Franklin - A 30-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for burglary after an investigation revealed he stole an $8,000 motorcycle from his employer's business during the overnight hours of Jan. 20, according to a Franklin police report.
Also in the report:
The owner of Speedway Auto Detailing, 6742 S. 112th St., reported that someone had forced his or her way into the business and stolen a motorcycle valued at $8,000 between the late evening hours of Jan. 20 and 8:50 a.m. Jan. 21.
During the investigation, police viewed surveillance video from a neighboring business that showed a U-Haul rental truck backing up to Speedway Auto Detailing the night of the burglary.
Police worked with U-Haul to determine who rented the truck, and found that it had been rented by an employee Speedway Auto Detailing.» Read Full Article
Crews cleared a crash that closed the right lane of eastbound state Highway 794 at E. Howard Ave. in St. Francis for about 20 minutes.
Greendale — A 75-year-old West Allis man was arrested for having a replica grenade in his vehicle at Southridge Mall on Friday.
According to a statement from the Greendale Police Department:
A mall security officer noticed the grenade while placing a parking warning on the vehicle and called the Greendale Police Department.
Police evacuated and blocked off the area as the Milwaukee County Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit conducted an investigation, which determined the grenade to be a replica.
The man will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for charging.
Greendale police have arrested a 75-year-old West Allis man following the evacuation of the Southridge Mall parking lot on Friday for a suspected grenade.
Mall security called police about 9:30 a.m. to report a grenade was inside a vehicle in the Southridge parking lot, according to a news release.
A security officer noticed the device when placing a parking warning on the vehicle. Greendale police evacuated and blocked off the area while waiting for the Milwaukee County Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit to arrive.
The county unit determined the grenade was a replica. The 75-year-old West Allis man was arrested and will be referred to the Milwaukee County district attorney's office on unspecific charges, according to a Greendale police news release.
A Franklin woman who had sexual relations with a 16-year-old whose wrestling team she used to help her husband coach was sentenced Friday to a day in jail, 20 hours of community service and a $750 fine.
Colleen Lewandowski, 27, has already met the first two requirements and will have six months to pay the fine, which Circuit Judge David Borowski said was meant to remind her of offense, and "make it sting a little more."
Prosecutors agreed to the sentence, noting that the 16-year-old had expressed his attraction to Lewandowski, already had a 2-year-old child of his own, and "was more than cooperative" in the incidents, in Borowski's words. Lewandowski and the teen had several encounters in March, while she was estranged from her husband.
Further, Lewandowski has undergone evaluations and therapy and was adjudged an extremely low risk to reoffend. She was not ordered to register as a sex offender.
When asked by Borowski what she was thinking, Lewandowski struggled amid tears to articulate. "I guess I was trying to get, I don't know, something I wasn't getting from my husband at the time." The couple has since divorced.» Read Full Article
Greendale quarterback Josh Ringelberg is quick to credit his teammates, but there was no doubt of the offensive impact the dual-threat junior had this season.
Ringelberg has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year after throwing for 41 touchdowns and running for 10. He led the Panthers to the Division 3 state finals, where he threw for a record 270 yards, including a record 97-yard toss to Nate Miller.
Ringelberg is joined on the team by Homestead's Dave Keel, the NOW All-Suburban Football Coach of the Year. Keel, a perennial contender for the award, garnered it for the first time after leading the Highlanders to an 11-1 mark despite losing the bulk of his 2012 state title team to graduation.
A resident of an Oak Creek apartment complex called police Nov. 29 to report an odor of "burning flesh," but all police found was a feast of food.
According to the Oak Creek police report:
A resident of an apartment complex in the 600 block of West Riverwood Drive called police the afternoon of Nov. 29 to report there was a "burning flesh" odor coming from somewhere in her building, and the resident said that it occurs often.
An officer went to the building and reported the he detected the smells of fresh baked bread, pumpkin pie, ham seasoned with brown sugar and cloves, taco seasoning, several Asian spices and various candle scents. The officer did not detect any odors that would be deemed as obnoxious or smelled like burning flesh, and the complaint was deemed unfounded.
Oak Creek — A driver and his passenger suffered serious injuries after their car struck a school bus about 9:20 a.m. Monday, Oak Creek police said.
A school bus southbound on S. 13th St. was struck by a northbound car as the bus made a turn east onto Rawson Ave., Sgt. Ron Piojda said.
The car driver and passenger suffered what Piojda called severe injuries, but their conditions were not immediately available. The two were transported by ambulance to a hospital after Flight For Life was called off of the crash.
An official with Go Riteway bus company said the bus driver had completed his route and no students were aboard. The bus driver was not hurt.
Last year was last year, this year is this year.
And the experienced, talented Oak Creek girls basketball team is going to settle for nothing less but glory this season as the top-ranked in state Knights came out of the talent-laden Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout with two impressive wins this weekend.
"Taking into consideration what happened at the end of last year (the devastating sectional loss to rival Franklin), things are going fairly well," said 6-2 senior forward Stephanie Kostowicz after Saturday night's 53-34 victory over Rufus King. "...Everything was so close last year. It's our senior year and I think we all want that final hoo-ra."
Loosely translated, Kostowicz means a state championship.
Coach Steve Hluchnik is not going to get even close to thinking about something that grand yet, but he was largely pleased with the victories over state-ranked opponents like Middleton (Friday) and King these past two nights.» Read Full Article
A portion of Franklin's Shoppes of Wyndham Village, which saw its developer file for bankruptcy, has been sold to a Chicago-area investment group.
An affiliate of Cloverleaf Group, based in Northbrook, Ill., bought a 94,425-square-foot portion of the shopping center, 7780 S. Lovers Lane Road, said Joy Parker, the firm's property manager. That includes the Pick 'n Save supermarket, she said, but not the separately owned Target store.
The $12.8 million sale includes 25 acres, according to state real estate records. The seller was an affiliate of Greenwich, Conn.-based Starwood Capital Group, which acquired the property after developer Mark Carstensen defaulted on a $19 million loan. Carstensen in 2011 filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.
Oak Creek — Traffic and Safety Commission member Christopher Guzikowski has notified the city of his intent to run for the District 6 aldermanic post now held by Thomas Michalski.
Guzikowski ran against and lost a bid against Michalski in 2012, when Michalski garnered 372 votes and Guzikowski 353.
Candidates can start circulating nomination papers Dec. 1, and incumbents not seeking re-election must file for non-candidacy by Dec. 27.
Michalski told NOW that he does plan to seek re-election.
If a primary is needed, it will be held Feb. 18. The general election is April 1. Districts two, four and six are up for election.
Classic 8 winner Arrowhead (12-1) takes on Southeast winner Franklin (12-1) in the Division 1 title game on Friday.
Fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.
The leader of this year's Franklin football team, this self-titled "Saber for life," didn't want to take off his helmet Friday night, couldn't bear the thought of leaving Camp Randall Stadium without his teammates, his "brothers."
In the end, quarterback Sean McGuire embraced everyone who wanted to share in the sadness after the Sabers' second-half breakdown in the 45-24 WIAA State Division 1 championship loss to Arrowhead in Madison.
It was all hard to think about. The three interceptions that helped off-set his Division 1 state finals record 250 yards passing and the impressive 427 total yards the Sabers (12-2) put up against the harrowing Arrowhead (13-1) defense.
Fumble, penalties hurt chances
It was also difficult thinking about the critical fumble that prevented Franklin from breaking a 17-all tie in the third quarter and the highly uncharacteristic 10 penalties for 120 yards that always seemed to come at inopportune moments.» Read Full Article
Monona Grove (14-0) erased a 17-point halftime deficit to record a 21-17 victory and win the Division 3 title. The loss was the first of the season for Greendale, which finished 13-1.
You can also read our Storify social media story of the Greendale vs. Monona Grove game.
A battle of unbeaten teams will be the highlight in Division 3 as 13-0 Greendale takes on 13-0 Monona Grove in Madison on Friday.
As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.
Oak Creek — Black Bear Bottling Group will expand its Oak Creek bottling plant, 2025 W. South Branch Blvd., by 18,839 square feet, adding loading docks and office space.
The company got approval to expand from the Plan Commission on Nov. 12. Black Bear plans to add three to five employees, according to information submitted to the city.
The addition will be used primarily for storage of drinking water and soda. Two loading docks will be added as well.
Black Bear bottling pushed for, and was granted, landscaping permission due to a lack of shrubs.
The company purchased the building from the city in 2012, after operating there on a lease for many years.