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Oak Creek church, school burglarized

July 19, 2013 12:20 p.m. | Oak Creek — Police are investigating a burglary that took place at a Faith Baptist Church and Badger State Baptist School, 8519 S. 13th St., at the end of June.

According to the police report released this week:

Someone apparently entered Faith Baptist Church and Badger State Baptist School through an unlocked church door between 8:30 p.m. June 29 and 7:15 a.m. June 30.

A bookstore cash register containing between $150 and $200 and a money box containing about $680 were taken. The perpetrator also entered the main office and stole a portfolio containing $200, along with several checks for $50 each that were made out to the school for deposit.

Two wood doors and a door frame were minorly damaged during the burglary.

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Milwaukee police arrest suspect in south side bank robbery

March 27, 2015 3:18 p.m. | Milwaukee police arrested a suspect in a robbery Friday at First Federal Bank, according to a news release.

According to police, a man armed with a handgun entered the bank, 3974 S. Howell Ave., about 9:30 a.m. and fled after receiving money from a teller.

Milwaukee police later learned the suspect was in a home in the 3600 block of S. Kansas Ave. in St. Francis. The man first refused to cooperate and hit in the home but eventually surrendered and was placed under arrest.

Police said the investigation into the bank robbery continues.

Roundy's decides not to renew lease on Racine Pick 'n Save store

March 26, 2015 6:43 p.m. | Milwaukee-based Roundy's plans to close a Pick 'n Save grocery store at 2210 Rapids Drive in Racine, according to a statement from the company. Roundy's said it will not be renewing the lease on the store when the current lease expires at year-end.

"We implemented a number of initiatives at the Racine Rapids Pick 'n Save over time to remain competitive, however, after careful consideration of the long-term financial performance of the store, our efforts did not bring about the results needed to meet our business goals and objectives," according to a statement from James Hyland, director of investor relations for Roundy's

"Although lease expiration is not until year-end, we wanted to notify these employees well in advance in order to ensure a smooth transition over the remainder of the year," according to the statement. The closing affects 66 employees.

Roundy's has three other stores in Racine County. It took over the 69,900-square foot Rapids Drive store from an independent operator in 2000.

Recall committee calls Franklin alderwoman a 'wicked witch' in flier

March 26, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Franklin — Some residents in the city's District 4 have received fliers that depict Alderwoman Janet Evans as "The Wicked Witch of Franklin" this week.

The flier, produced by the Franklin Exploratory Recall Committee, seeks to recall the district's alderwoman. Evans was elected last year.

On the flier, a photo of Evans was laid over an image of a witch from the "Wizard of Oz." The group also provided a list of grievances against Evans, declaring she "championed" for an apartment complex in the district that would bring forth more crime to the area.

The flier reads, "Let's get an elected representative who will listen to and speak for constituents in Franklin's 4th District."

"Everything on this flier is twisting the truth; it's all lies," Evans told Now Newspapers. "But this is what these (angry) people do when they don't have any legitimate claims against someone."

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Oak Creek High School track to be named after Jerry Anstett

March 26, 2015 2:46 p.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District will name its high school track after Jerry Anstett this spring, the district announced on its Facebook page March 25.

In 1958, Anstett started the track and field program at Oak Creek High School and became the school's first athletic director. He served as a teacher and athletic director at Oak Creek High School until his retirement in 1986.

He was named the Oak Creek Citizen of the Year in 1985, the same year in which he was inducted into the Wisconsin State Track Association's Hall of Fame.

The school district will hold a public social on Monday, April 20 in honor of Anstett.

The social will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

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Fatal shooting under investigation in South Milwaukee

March 26, 2015 11:57 a.m. | South Milwaukee Police have identified the woman found fatally shot at her home early Thursday as 68-year-old Scheherazade Mae Chadwick.

Police were called to Chadwick's home in the 2500 block of Lake Shore Drive around 6:30 a.m. on a report of an accidental shooting.

Officers attempted to resuscitate Chadwick but were unsuccessful, the department said in a statement. The case remains under investigation, it said, and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory has been called in to assist.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy to pilot program at Greendale High

March 25, 2015 4:57 p.m. | Greendale — Young Entrepreneurs Academy will pilot its first program in southeastern Wisconsin at Greendale High School starting this fall.

YEA! is an innovative program that transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes.

YEA! takes students between the ages of 11 and 18 through the process of planning and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program.

During the nine-month YEA! program, students will brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to real investors, obtain funding, file their DBAs, and by the end, actually launch their own business or social movement. Business mentors and local entrepreneurs across a variety of industries will support the students throughout the program.

Franklin High School seeks preschool-ready children

March 25, 2015 4:42 p.m. | Franklin — A Franklin High School class seeks children ages 3 to 5 who are ready for a preschool environment.

Students in the Child Development 2 class will sponsor Saber Preschool May 4 - 19. The preschool is designed for children who are toilet trained and ready to experience early levels of education. The participating children will work closely with the high school "teachers" to develop one-on-one relationships with them.

The high school teachers are students who are potentially interested in careers related to child development and have completed the Child Development course prerequisites. Teachers prepare daily lesson plans that enable the Little Sabers to develop socially but also enhance their kindergarten readiness skills.

Saber Preschool will include story time, large and small group activities, free time, songs and other activities.

Class time will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. and tuition will be $25 to cover the cost of materials and snacks.

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Franklin Health Dept. asks residents to check home for radon levels

March 25, 2015 9:57 a.m. | Franklin — The City of Franklin encourages residents check their households for radon levels this spring.

Radon is a contributor to thousands of lung cancer deaths each year.

According to Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Wisconsin's geologic features are associated with creating relatively high levels of radon. Less than one percent of households in the state have tested for radon. Franklin is within an area where more than half of the tested households have elevated radon levels.

Testing households now, before residents open their windows or screen doors, will yield more accurate radon results, said William Wucherer, Franklin's director of health and social services. The health department charges $6.50 per kit.

The radon results will help homeowners determine whether new ventilation equipment will be necessary, Wucherer said.

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New scholarship available to Franklin students pursuing careers in the arts

March 24, 2015 3:17 p.m. | Franklin — Resident students now have an opportunity to apply for a new scholarship program.

The Dr. and Mrs. Michael Schmalz Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship, established March 24, provides for two $1,500 scholarships a year to Franklin resident students pursuing careers in the visual and performing arts.

The scholarships will be funded with money previously raised by the former Franklin Cultural Arts Center, an organization who worked to raise awareness of the need for a Performing Arts Center in Franklin.

"While the construction of a free standing, self-supporting, performing arts center was not in the cards for Franklin, we are thrilled and supportive of the School Districts success in building a performing space for our community," FCAC founder Don Dorsan stated in a news release. "We are thankful to all of those in the community who supported the FCAC over the years, (and) as the major funders of the FCAC it is only fitting that the scholarship be named on behalf of Dr. and Mrs. Schmalz."

Students can access scholarship applications through the Franklin High School website, listed under student services.

Greendale High School educator, student recognized by Kohl Foundation

March 24, 2015 2:42 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale School District's Tom Reifenberg received a Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship Award this week for his leadership within the district.

The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in Wisconsin.

Reifenberg — known as "Reif" — is a teacher and director of bands at Greendale High School. He has led the school's marching band, having won 10 consecutive Wisconsin School Music Association Championships.

"Reif's engagement with his students, their families, and band alumni helps to fuel the group's success," the district stated in a news release. "In the classroom and on the field, Reif pushes his students to achieve beyond their expectations and to improve in comparison to the top national talent and programs."

Greendale High School senior Grace Irwin was also awarded a Kohl Excellence Scholarship for her participation in numerous school activities, including the math club, National Honor Society and swim team. She is also a student services aid, working with students with special needs.

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Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square lands $1 million state grant

March 24, 2015 10:07 a.m. | Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square mixed-use development is getting a $1 million state grant to help finance a parking structure for a medical facility to be built there.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. grant is tied to the four-level, 550-space parking structure for a primary and specialty health care center planned by Froedtert Health. The parking structure's construction was a critical factor in Froedtert's decision to locate at Drexel Town Square, according to WEDC's Tuesday announcement.

Froedtert's health care facility could be as large as 200,000 square feet, and valued at an estimated $41 million. Froedtert is continuing to develop its plans for the project, said Cathy Jacobson, president and chief executive officer.

Construction is to begin this fall.

Drexel Town Square is being developed on 85 acres west of S. Howell Ave. and south of W. Drexel Ave. on the former Delphi Corp. factory site.

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St. Francis considers plan to reduce tax district debt

March 24, 2015 7:00 a.m. | St. Francis officials are considering a plan to help reduce debt tied to a financially troubled tax incremental financing district.

The city in 2007 borrowed $4.9 million to do street work and other public improvements within a lakefront area tax district along Lake Drive, Packard Ave. and Howard Ave. Property taxes from new development were to eventually pay off that debt.

But there's been little development within the tax district, forcing the city to use its cash reserves to make debt payments. With interest, that district's current debt is around $5.1 million, said City Administrator Tim Rhode.

The new plan would use property taxes from the future FBI offices to help pay off that debt. Las Vegas-based developer Molasky Group in February bought the former Stark Investments headquarters, 3600 S. Lake Drive, and is renovating it into offices which the bureau will lease for its Milwaukee-area operation.

The new proposal is to be reviewed at Tuesday night's meeting of the Community Development Authority and Planning Commission. It would require Common Council approval.

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Kayla's Krew gets caught in middle of playground fight over site options in Franklin

March 23, 2015 10:17 p.m. | Franklin — It has been an emotional week for Kayla's Krew.

With a deadline quickly approaching to build an all-accessible playground in Franklin, the nonprofit organization is facing more challenges with the city than ever before.

"It's unclear as to how a playground that has had unanimous support in this community can lead to this much controversy," said Shelly Runte, founder and director of Kayla's Krew, at a special meeting March 23. "If our ignorance in city politics or city policy has contributed in any way to this, we apologize. … We are not politicians. We're just citizens who want to build a playground."

Considering alternatives

Complications began earlier this month, when Kayla's Krew declared that Victory of the Lamb Church — the intended location for the playgroundwas not the most ideal site for the project. According to a list of potential locations organized by city staff, the church location, among other "cons," was the most expensive option.

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The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Oak Creek reports former alderwoman Betty Kopplin has died

March 23, 2015 1:04 p.m. | Oak Creek — Longtime alderwoman Elizabeth Kopplin has died, the city reported on Facebook March 23.

"Betty" Kopplin served as District 1 alderwoman for 25 years. She was elected for 13 consecutive terms and served as Common Council President for eight years.

"Betty was a tireless advocate for her constituents," the city stated on Facebook. "Betty was proud to say that she 'did her homework' on all issues that came before the Common Council. And she did. She was always in touch with the residents of the 1st District when an issue affected them. If a constituent had a problem they could count on Betty to investigate and attempt to solve the problem in their behalf."

Kopplin served for many years on the Plan Commission and served on the Community Development Authority, Stormwater Management Committee, Zoning Code Review Committee, and many other committees during her tenure.

"Betty provided great service to the City of Oak Creek and her constituents," the city stated. "She will be missed. Her family is in our collective thoughts and prayers."

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