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Drunken driver backs truck over pedestrian, police say

Dec. 31, 2012 12:06 p.m. | Franklin - A 67-year-old Hales Corners man was arrested for drunken driving after he struck a man and rolled over him while backing up his truck at 4:18 p.m. Dec. 22, according to a Franklin police report.

Also from the report:

A 36-year-old Franklin man told police he was standing behind the 1995 Ford F150 truck at Durham Auto Salvage & Sales, 10568 S. 124th St., attempting to retrieve his bicycle out of the truck bed, when the driver started backing up. After the man was knocked down, the driver continued in reverse and drove over him with his rear, passenger-side tire.

The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. Both the driver and victim were intoxicated at the time of the incident.

The Hales Corners man was arrested for drunken driving/causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. His blood-alcohol content was 0.11.

Milwaukee County Parks extends Oak Leaf Trail to OakView Business Park

10:31 a.m. | Oak Creek — A new extension to the Oak Leaf Trail will provide a new way to enter the OakView Business Park.

The extension, about a third of a mile long, will connect the existing trail at Howell Avenue to Elm and Oakwood roads, ending right in front of the future business park, located at the corner of Oakwood Road and Howell Avenue.

Oak Leaf Trail is a network of trails that spans 118 miles through Milwaukee County parks and parkways.

"This new segment will give occupants of the business park direct access to the Oak Leaf Trail, where they can enjoy lunch breaks or want to exercise during the work day," said Kevin Haley, landscape architect for Milwaukee County Parks. "With this addition, employees could also bike to work if they wanted."

Milwaukee County Parks, in partnership with WISPARK and the city of Oak Creek, will formally introduce the new section of paved trail during a "bike-chain-cutting" ceremony at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. at the intersection of South Howell Avenue and East Elm Street.

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The Academy of Performing Arts to host 2nd annual 'Trunk or Treat' event

9:08 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Academy of Performing Arts will host its second annual "Trunk or Treat" event in early October.

Trunk or Treat is a free, safe, trick-or-treat event that is open to the public. Local businesses will be 'hosting' the trunk and handing out candy to all of the young participants, who can also participate in costume contests for prizes.

The academy will also hold its annual "Food Fight" fundraiser, where guests can donate nonperishable food items. Visitors who donate a grocery bag full of nonperishable items will be entered to win a grand prize. All donations will go toward The Salvation Army.

The academy will hold events at both of its locations this year. The Oak Creek location, 9160 S. Pennsylvania Ave., will host the event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. The Franklin location, 10001 St. Martins Road, will hold the "Trunk or Treat" event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

Registration is open now online at For more information, contact Cara Wehrman at (414) 768-0101 or by email at

Greendale High School reaches new ACT average

Aug. 31, 2015 10:04 a.m. | Greendale — Greendale High School has a reported a new record in ACT results.

Greendale High School's Class of 2015 earned a composite score of 24.5 on the ACT, the highest ACT average recorded by the high school.

Compared to its benchmarking districts, Greendale High School students scored competitively or outperformed on the college-readiness test. Ninety-one percent of 2015 Greendale graduates were tested. The students also achieved a math subscore of 25.

Wisconsin's composite score for 2015 was 22.2, which was 1.2 points higher than the national average of 21.

"Our strategic plan, adopted in 2012, helped narrow our focus on college and career readiness as a district," said Steve Lodes, principal of Greendale High School. "Our teachers do an outstanding and effective job of planning for sensible and data-driven instruction that is aligned with core knowledge needed to do well on the ACT. These scores are the result of that hard work over the past few years."

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Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Franklin football team emphatic in 37-0 rout of area rival Greendale

Aug. 27, 2015 9:52 p.m. | Friends and neighbors, rivals and competitors; the players who took part in the powerhouse rivalry between the Franklin and and Greendale football teams the last three years will be rehashing and embellishing the highs and lows of these contests for decades to come at picnics, taverns and family reunions.

The hits will get harder, the passes will get longer as time goes on.

Only the 28 seniors on this year's Franklin group will have an emphatic last word at all those gatherings, as the Sabers ended a two-game skid against the Panthers on Thursday night with an impressive 37-0 rout of their hosts.

"They'll have no more bragging rights!" were the final gleeful words of Sabers coach Louis Brown to his happy team in the postgame huddle.

He was surprised that his Sabers (2-0) were able to put the running clock on the state D3 power Panthers, but according to senior quarterback Ben Wachter, who had two TD passes and two interceptions on defense, it was the only way this game could have turned out.

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Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Greendale Education Foundation announces new calendar raffle fundraiser

Aug. 27, 2015 12:13 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale Education Foundation has launched a new TGIF Calendar Raffle fundraiser for the upcoming school year.

The raffle will benefit the foundation and its KidBoosters program, which advocates on behalf of children and families in need of financial assistance.

Each Friday, from Oct. 2 through May 20, 2016, the foundation will draw one slip from "the hat" of purchased raffle calendar participants. The winner will receive $100 and his or her name is returned to pot for the next week's drawing. Only 1,000 calendars will be sold.

Raffle calendars cost $20 each and may be purchased at the Greendale school office, the Greendale Park and Recreation Department office, at the Greendale Open Markets on Saturdays in September and at high school home football games.

For more information, visit the Greendale Education Foundation website at

Greendale's Park and Recreation holds contest for new logo

Aug. 27, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Greendale — To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Greendale Park and Recreation Department is looking for a new logo.

Parks and Recreation is calling on residents to create a new image that represents the department "of today," but will also represent the department for another 25 years.

The department offers comprehensive programs and activities, including summer camps, concerts and a winter ice rink.

Entries must be submitted to the Parks and Recreation office, 5647 Broad Street, by Sept. 25. The winning logo will be presented at the department's pancake breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 11. The final logo will be professionally finished by the department.

The winner will also receive a Greendale Village Business Center gift card.

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Reiman Chapel in Franklin to host blessing, tour for public

Aug. 26, 2015 8:48 a.m. | Franklin — The Conservancy for Healing and Heritage and Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care will host a blessing and tour of the new Reiman Chapel on Thursday, Aug. 27.

The Reiman Chapel is part of Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care — Reiman Center, St. Francis, 7410 W. Rawson Ave. The chapel will serve as a serene resource for patients, visitors and the public.

Coffee and a light, continental breakfast will be offered at 8 a.m. The blessing will be held at 8:30 a.m., followed by tours of the facility.

Interested parties are encouraged to register for the event online at or by calling (888) 994-3286.

Young Oak Creek football team makes impression with rout of Falls

Aug. 25, 2015 8:38 p.m. | While on the phone with a somewhat skeptical radio reporter after his team's surprisingly impressive 26-0 win over visiting Menomonee Falls in the season opener on Aug. 21, Oak Creek football coach Mike Bartholomew could only laugh and say, "I said we'd be inexperienced, I didn't say we weren't any good."

And that much his young Knights proved, as despite the loss of 30-plus seniors from a Southeast Conference co-championship squad of a year ago and despite four turnovers against Falls, they had the lead from the opening drive and never gave the Indians a real opportunity to get into the game.

"I think I said that I really liked the vibe on this team," Bartholomew later extrapolated. "Now can you define that? With this group it means work ethic, discipline and unselfishness, and that can make a really big difference."

A great example of that came late in the fourth quarter. The Knights were already in firm control at 19-0 and were driving again. A Jakup Sinani pass intended for Roy Harden was picked off by the Indians' Kam Walker.

But the Knights didn't give up on the play. Harden trailed Walker on the return and managed to strip the ball from Walker, which teammate Jay Bright recovered on the Falls 27, very near where Oak Creek had started the play in the first place.

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Greendale police searching for strong-arm robbery suspect

Aug. 25, 2015 7:03 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale Police Department is asking the public for help to identify a man suspected to be involved in several strong-arm robberies on Aug. 6.

The suspect allegedly robbed the public library in Rochester, attempted to rob an elderly woman in front of the Waterford library and forcibly stole a purse from a 14-year-old girl in the 5300 block of South 108th Street in Hales Corners.

At 3:30 p.m., the suspect then approached an elderly woman in front of the Boston Store in the Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St., and demanded her purse. The woman refused and the male began to violently attempt to pull the purse away from her. The victim was thrown to the ground, causing her to break her hip.

The suspect was seen running southbound through the mall parking lot. He was last seen wearing a dark blue or button-up Nike jersey, dark blue baggie shorts and a pair of black Nike shoes. Victims of the suspect describe him as white, or possibly Hispanic, and in his late 20s or early 30s. The suspect is between 5 feet 8 inches tall and 5 feet 10 inches, weighing approximately 200 pounds.

Video surveillance and still photos are available on the police department's official Facebook page.

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Greendale man killed in Washington County crash

Aug. 25, 2015 5:58 p.m. | A man killed in a three-vehicle crash in Washington County was identified Tuesday as Robert Krzewinski, 67, of Greendale.

The crash was reported shortly after 11:30 a.m., Monday just north of where Interstate 41 and Highway 45 merge in the Town of Polk, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

According to a news release, a truck was southbound on I-41 near Pioneer Road when it rear-ended a car driven by Krzewinski as traffic slowed for a construction project on Highway 41/45.

The truck pushed the car toward the median, and then hit a second car before coming to a stop on the right shoulder.

Krzewinski died from injuries at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. His dog was taken to the Washington County Humane Society for safekeeping, according to the release.

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Oak Creek man killed in Sauk County traffic accident

Aug. 25, 2015 5:40 p.m. | Oak Creek — A traffic accident in Sauk County resulted in the death of an Oak Creek man on Monday, Aug. 24.

A car traveling eastbound on Interstate 90 near Lake Delton crossed the median for an unknown reason at about 5:45 p.m. and began traveling east inside the shoulder of the westbound lane, the Wisconsin State Patrol reported.

The driver lost control and the car was placed in a sideways position. As the driver rotated into the travel lanes, an oncoming truck struck the car. The truck driver had attempted to evade the crash by steering onto the shoulder. After the crash, the truck lay on its side off the exit shoulder.

Car passenger Gary A. Gritton, 65, sustained fatal injuries from the crash. Car driver Gary D. Gritton, 36, and passenger Gail P. Gritton, 64, sustained life-threatening injuries and are being treated at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

Gary D. Gritton was not wearing a seat belt at the scene. The Wisconsin State Patrol reported alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

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Oak Creek tennis team wins South Milwaukee Invite

Aug. 25, 2015 5:39 p.m. | Last year, with a rain-date scheduling conflict forcing them to withdraw after completing only part of the tournament, the Oak Creek girls tennis team didn't know whether it could win the 16-school South Milwaukee/Oak Creek Dual Meet Invite.

This year, the Knights were able to stick around for the entirety of the event and prove their mettle, winning four matches and claiming the championship in the two-day meet held Aug. 19 and 20.

"We had to go to Madison last year; we had another commitment," said veteran coach Don Tellefsen. "So we were very happy we were able to finish it this time."

The Knights beat Mukwonago, 5-2, downed Southeast Conference rival Racine Case, 6-1, and then in what proved to be the de facto title match, outlasted New Berlin West, 4-3, in the semifinals. In the finals, the Knights overpowered Grafton, 6-1.

In the win over West, Tellefsen said the Knights were down in all four singles matches before junior Varsha Sriram pulled out a super tiebreaker third-set win at the second position.

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Oak Creek community buries time capsule at future city hall

Aug. 25, 2015 3:38 p.m. | Oak Creek — More than a 100 items from Oak Creek's history were buried in a 5-foot-deep hole Tuesday to be preserved for the next 50 years.

City officials collected donations from residents earlier this year to store inside a time capsule, as part of Oak Creek's 60th anniversary.

Donations included such wide-ranging items as a 2012 presidential ballot, an Apple iPhone, student essays, and books on Oak Creek's history. Local social clubs contributed fliers, rosters, posters, patches, coins and T-shirts. Churches gave their directories. Oak Creek dentist Dana Bott donated a toothbrush and some business information.

"I think the coolest things were the yearbooks," said City Clerk Catherine Roeske, who helped organize the time capsule event. "They were a good score."

The city received yearbooks from every school in the district for the 2014-15 academic year.

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