A customer who became unruly after finding out his lottery ticket was not a winner prompted a call from a Speedway employee to the Oak Creek Police Department last week.
According to the police report:
The employee called police after the 51-year-old man became loud and boisterous, kicked a shelf over and chased the employee around the store with his wheelchair after finding out his ticket was not a winner at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Speedway, 8667 S. Howell Ave.
The man eventually left the store and no charges were filed.
You can find this story and more in MyCommunityNOW's weekly Suburban Crime Report, which features incidents compiled from more than 20 local police departments.
Police are advising women not to place their purses in their shopping carts after two women had their wallets stolen while shopping at Oak Creek grocery stores last week.
According to the Oak Creek police reports:
A man stole a wallet out of an 80-year-old woman's purse while she was shopping at Pick 'n Save, 6462 S. 27th St., about 3 p.m. Jan. 26. The woman told police the man took the wallet out of her open purse after he helped her load a six-pack of water and some Solo cups into her shopping cart.
The man is described as a 6-foot-tall man with light brown skin; short, dark hair and a grayish goatee; and wearing a dark tan jacket. The wallet, worth about $9, contained a driver's license, medical cards, a credit and debit card, a $25 gift certificate and other membership cards.
Police checked with store security but the incident was not captured on video surveillance.» Read Full Article
It’s like Brown Deer boys basketball coach Kelly Appleby said:
Well, the Falcons clinched a share of the Woodland Conference Eastern Division title Tuesday night with probably their best quarter of the year, as they erased an eight-point halftime deficit to host Whitnall with a 33-8 third period frenzy that left their hosts looking for the bus that had run over them.
The end result was an 87-72 decision that improved the Falcons to 13-1 in Woodland play and 15-3 overall, while Whitnall fell to 8-6 and 10-7, respectively. Shorewood at 8-5 is the only team with an outside chance of even tieing the Falcons for the divisional crown with four games left to play.
Appleby said the team simply needed a change of strategy.
“We were working really hard at a tight man defense in the first half,” he said. “What we needed to do was to try something that was more usable and more conducive to success for us.”
Which was full-court, in-your-face man pressure, which would tighten up the gaps left as the Falcons had fallen behind, 41-33, at the half.
Brown Deer got the third quarter off to a good start, as a three-pointer from senior D’Sean Groce on the first possession, cut the deficit to 41-36. The host school bumped the lead back up to seven on a nifty lay-up by Daniel Weymier at the 7:31 mark of the third quarter.
Those would be the last points Whitnall would score for close to four minutes, as the Falcons would go on a 19-0 run that put them ahead for good at 55-43.
Senior point guard Desmond Jackson would get the go-ahead points on a three-pointer from the wing at the 5:44 mark of the third and he and Groce would combine on a unique five-point play that all but broke Whitnall’s back a minute later.
Jackson (14 points) got a steal and a lay-up to make it 49-43 Brown Deer. It was determined that he was fouled after the shot so Brown Deer got the ball back. Groce then calmly took the inbounds’ pass and notched a baseline three-pointer to make it 52-43.
A minute after that, Groce closed out the run with a trey from the wing that expanded the lead to 55-42 with 3:44 left in the third. Whitnall, which had expended two timeouts during the run, simply had no answers as Brown Deer would go on to take a 66-49 lead at the end of the third.
In the third, the Falcons hit 12 of 22 shots, including four threes, they would dominate the boards by a rough estimate of 15-1, force five turnovers and equal all the points they scored in the first half in just one period of play.
Brown Deer would hold Whitnall at bay in the fourth quarter as courtesy of 17 of 24 free throws on the night, the advantage would never drop below 10 points.
Appleby said the game was very similar to wins earlier in the season over Greendale and Pius XI, as in both those decisions, the Falcons fell behind big in the first half, only to rally and win going away.
“Both those games we responded very well early in the second half,” said Applby. “We knew we could put some pressure on them and speed up the game a little.”
Both Jackson and Palmer were pleased with the conference title, which was a very important first goal for the 10-man Falcon senior class.
“It’s always good to get that out of the way first,” said Palmer.
“It feels good because we’ve earned it,” said Jackson.
Center Devante Jackson, who would foul out of the game in the fourth quarter, would also finish with 18 points for the Falcons while Whitnall was led by Mitch Brault with 17.
Appleby was a happy and relieved man afterward as the Falcons can win the championship outright with a victory at St. Francis next Tuesday (Feb. 5).
“We have either a share of the Woodland title or we’ve won it outright (a tie for the moment), but we just want to keep the momentum going. We want a full head of steam by (WIAA) tourney time.”
“We can still do a lot better,” he said. “We have a lot more building to do until we reach our full potential.”
Franklin - A Meijer official today informed Mayor Tom Taylor that the company is no longer pursuing a 190,000-square-foot store at the southwest corner of Highway 100 and Loomis Road.
Taylor told NOW Newspapers that Mike Flickinger, director of real estate for Meijer, called to inform him of the decision. He noted that the decision centered on the company's difficulty in getting approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build on or near the site's wetlands.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation also had some difficulty with the entrance and exit traffic flow plan of the site, though that concern reportedly had been cleared in recent months.
"Meijer is a quality store and they tried to come up to the standards that we as a city had established for architecture, landscaping and the location of the docks," Taylor said.
He noted that the potential flooding and traffic issues were problematic throughout the process.» Read Full Article
Franklin girls basketball coach Tony Kathrens and his Sabers threw everything but the kitchen sink at their powerful second-ranked in state rivals from Oak Creek Friday night.
Triangle and two, 2-2-1, 2-1-2 and even a little man defense. A Princeton-style offense and even the most unheard of thing of all, a willingness to play a slower game with longer possessions.
And it worked for a long time. Foul trouble on the taller, longer Knights bogged their offense down to a sloggy standstill and the Sabers took advantage to close the gap to 21-20 at the half.
But as Oak Creek senior point guard Morgan Kokta noted, coach Steve Hluchnik wanted the Knights to play smarter, but to remain aggressive.
"He really wanted us to get our act together," she said. "We needed to stay aggressive and make smart passes and still go to the basket hard."» Read Full Article
South Milwaukee Police are warning residents of a scam aimed at scaring people to send money to avoid be arrested on a warrant from their local police department.
According to an email from the South Milwaukee Police Department:
The South Milwaukee Police Department received a report from an elderly resident that she had received several phone calls from a company trying to solicit money. The caller identified himself as being from the "Martinez Law Firm" in Lawrence, Kansas, with a phone number of (785) 371-3081. The caller told the resident if she did not pay $250 by 2 p.m. Friday that an arrest warrant would be issued for her.
A short time later, she received another call from a person giving the name of an officer who works for the South Milwaukee Police Department. The caller ID also showed that the call had originated from the South Milwaukee Police Department. The caller at this time threatened to arrest the woman on the warrant if she did not pay by 2 p.m. The resident then came to the police department to find out what was happening.
Investigation revealed that this is a scam that has been running and that the suspect caller had "spoofed" the number to make it appear that the call had come from the South Milwaukee Police Department. The first call was also determined to not have come from a law firm in Kansas. The call actually was found to have originated from somewhere in Pakistan. The caller confessed to running a scam to try to get money from people by saying they were the police.» Read Full Article
Nick Bobos was not looking forward to studying for his algebra and world geography semester exams that he has on Wednesday.
But the Franklin junior guard said he will have a smile on his face tomorrow as he takes his tests because his clutch three-pointer from the right baseline with 14 seconds to go put the Saber basketball team up for good, as host Franklin rallied for a 57-54 Southeast Conference win over Kenosha Bradford Tuesday night.
"Now I have to go home and study for three hours, awesome," he said somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as he walked off the court.
But then he put a smile on his face and talked about how resilient the Sabers, who are now 3-5 in league play and 7-9 overall, have become this season.
"This is nothing new for us," he said. "We've just been fighting hard the entire season. We've been down by a little, we've been down by a lot, but we've always fought back."» Read Full Article
A strange smell coming from a pair of shoes resulted in the discovery of a hidden cache of marijuana last week.
According to the Oak Creek police report:
A resident called police about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 after her daycare provider in the 8100 block of South Wildwood Drive told her that her 2-year-old's shoes smelled "like skunk."
The resident later found a plastic bag containing a small amount of marijuana in the shoe.
Officers questioned the child's father, who had dropped his son at daycare that day, and he stated his son's shoes were bought at a rummage sale and he had no idea where the marijuana came from.
Runners from around the local area came to West Allis this weekend to try some distance running.
South Milwaukee Police say the woman thought to be held against her will in a home has been found in the city of Milwaukee and said she was never held against her will or harmed.
South Milwaukee had staked out a neighborhood overnight on a report that someone was holding a woman inside a home against her will.
The incident began about 9 p.m.
Mayor Tom Barrett on Wednesday called President Barack Obama's gun-control plan a "bold initiative" and "common-sense" legislation.
"This is something that has been a long time coming and something that I believe a majority of Americans have long felt is overdue in this country," Barrett said at a news conference at City Hall.
Barrett urged backers of the president's initiatives to contact their congressmen and ask them to back the legislation.
The mayor said he expects to hear from opponents of gun control by email or phone calls. The same opponents also will call Police Chief Edward Flynn and legislators, telling them to reject Obama's proposals. But Barrett said he believes the majority of Americans want change.
"This is a watershed moment in American politics," he said. "Because the question is going to be: Will the forces that have worked tirelessly to defeat common-sense legislation win again, or will the American people win again?"» Read Full Article
A Meijer supermarket and discount store could anchor a retail and apartment development proposed for the former Delphi site in Oak Creek.
The 191,000-square-foot Meijer store would be on the eastern portion of the 85-acre site, which is west of S. Howell Ave. and south of W. Drexel Ave., said Jerry Franke, president of development firm Wispark LLC.
The Meijer store would occupy about one-third of the site, formerly occupied by Delphi Corp. That auto parts factory closed, and was later demolished.
The western portion of the site would have around 150,000 to 200,000 square feet of commercial space, mainly in the former of smaller stores, restaurants and other services, such as a fitness center and medical offices, Franke said Wednesday.
There also would be around 700 apartments, he said. The apartments and additional commercial space would be developed in stages over roughly eight years, with the first phase--including Meijer--completed by mid-2015.» Read Full Article
The New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team is always secure in its identity.
"We like to come out and get in our opponents' faces and take them out of what they like to do," said Lions coach Gary Schmidt after the Lions surprisingly easy 57-41 nonconference victory over a red-hot Franklin club. "A lot of teams don't know us, so we like to schedule games like this. It was a good marquee match-up on a Tuesday night."
Only most of the starpower belonged to the Lions, who never trailed in this game and who improved to 12-1 overall. Meanwhile, the Sabers (10-3) saw their winning streak end at eight games leaving their coach a bit mystified in the process.
"This was almost exactly like the Oak Creek game earlier in the year," said Franklin coach Tony Kathrens referring to the Sabers' last loss in early December. "We get in against a taller, better defensive team that makes us work hard and we fold like a house of cards."
"It's just frustrating. Anytime we play against a quality big (post player like the Lions' 6-2 Chelsea Brackmann) we struggle, because Cassidy (Mihalko, the Sabers' best player) likes to go inside, but we had that taken away from us tonight."» Read Full Article
Oak Creek - Police are seeking the person who shattered the rear windows of at least six vehicles and damaged two apartment windows with a BB gun Jan. 9 and 10.
According to Oak Creek police reports:
Dispatch received the first report about 9:10 p.m. Jan. 9, when a resident of the 400 block of East Centennial Drive stated someone had just shot a BB through her apartment window, causing about $200 in damage to the screen and outer window.
On Jan. 10, a resident of the 9100 block of South Fifth Avenue reported someone had shot a BB through her apartment window, and her rear car window also had been damaged by a BB, between 9 p.m. Jan. 9 and 9:15 a.m. Jan. 10. Damage to her home and car is estimated at $500.
Also Jan. 10, a resident of the 9600 block of South Veronica Drive reported the back windows of two vehicles had been shattered by a BB gun between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Jan. 10. Damage to both vehicles is estimated at $700.» Read Full Article
A man who facing his third drunken driving arrest was captured by police after he attempted to flee during a traffic stop Jan. 12.
According to Oak Creek police reports:
The driver, a 30-year-old Oak Creek man, and his passenger both ran off after police pulled their car over in the 4100 block of East Studio Lane about 2:40 a.m. Jan 12. A foot chase ensued and police took both the driver and the passenger, a 37-year-old Oak Creek man, into custody a short time later.
The driver was arrested for third-offense drunken driving and third-offense driving with a revoked license. He also was cited for possession of marijuana after police found an orange pill bottle containing THC in the center console of his car during the arrest search. The passenger was arrested for resisting/obstructing an officer.
The driver was scheduled to appear in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office this week.
The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin will reopen for skiing Tuesday after a weekend equipment theft hindered its ability to make snow.
Franklin police are investigating the theft of $1,600 in electrical lines and supplies needed to operate the ski hill's snow guns, said Capt. Joe Spak. Rock Sports reported the theft Sunday, and the hill was closed Sunday and Monday night.
Rock Sports officials did not return telephone calls for comment. But the hill will reopen Tuesday, according to its Facebook page, with discounted prices through Thursday. More information is available by calling (414) 529-SNOW or going to Facebook.
A 31-year-old Greendale woman has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle after striking a pedestrian with her Cadillac Escalade and killing him in October.
Josephine E. Sardina of Greendale had marijuana in her system when she fatally struck David Budge, 54, of South Milwaukee about 3 p.m. in the 4500 block of W. Loomis Road in Greenfield, according to a criminal complaint.
If convicted, Sardina faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, a fine of $100,000 or both.
Budge was walking south on the east side of the road in the parking lane when he was struck by Sardina, who was attempting to enter a gas station, the complaint says.
Sardina said she thought she had hit a parked car, the complaint says. She denied being on her cellphone, but phone records show she sent a text message at 2:58 p.m. and received and read one less than two minutes later. At 3:02 p.m., she called 911 to report the accident.» Read Full Article
Oak Creek - More than 100 people, including some who lost family members in the Aug. 5 mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, met at a school here Saturday to learn how they can prevent violence.
Much of the discussion at East Middle School focused on things anyone could do, such as taking time to personally connect with other people so they don't feel detached from their community.
"We need to start learning about each other and develop relationships. We all need to look out for each other in every way we can," said Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, a member of the Sikh temple whose uncle, Satwant Singh Kaleka, was killed in the shooting there.
The shooting at the Oak Creek temple was one of at least 62 mass shootings in the United States in the past 30 years, according to a December article in Mother Jones magazine. Most of the killers were mentally ill and obtained their guns legally, the magazine noted.
If someone has even one healthy relationship and has developed a friendship with someone who keeps them plugged into the broader community, it's unlikely they will go on a killing spree, Kaleka said.» Read Full Article
Franklin - Police are searching for a man who robbed the Walmart pharmacy Monday evening.
According to Franklin police:
About 10:05 p.m. Monday, a man pulled a multi-tool knife on an employee and forced open a register in the pharmacy at Walmart, 6701 S. 27th St. He took a cash bag containing an undisclosed amount of money. He then left the pharmacy and was last seen walking toward the center of the store.
Franklin police responded and formed a perimeter around the store but were unable to find the man.
Police identified a suspect, a 51-year-old Milwaukee man, and are seeking him for questioning.
Franklin - Three people are facing possible car theft charges and two of them are facing possible drug charges after police say they found cocaine and marijuana in a stolen car Jan. 7.
According to the Franklin police report:
Officers pulled a 2004 Lexus over on 68th Street at Pineberry Ridge at 3:22 a.m. after discovering the car was reported stolen through the Pewaukee Police Department.
The driver, a 45-year-old Franklin man, was arrested for receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to deliver. He also was cited with speeding.
Two passengers in the car, a 31-year-old woman and a 29-year-old woman, were arrested for operating a vehicle without the owner's consent. The 29-year-old woman also was arrested for possession of cocaine.
Franklin will see two contested aldermanic races April 2.
Four candidates, Mark Dandrea, Clarke Johnson, Greg Kowalski and Bob Knackert, submitted their paperwork to run for Alderman Steve Olson's District 1 seat. Olson is not seeking re-election.
Curt Bolton and Daniel Mayer are running for the District 2 seat. Incumbent Tim Solomon is not seeking re-election.
District 5 will see incumbent Doug Schmidt run unopposed to retain his seat.
Oak Creek - An officer waiting for a tow truck after arresting a Franklin man for drunken driving in the 2600 block of West Rawson Avenue arrested a second drunken driver at the same location during the early morning hours of Dec. 30.
According to the Oak Creek police report:
An officer came across a vehicle parked in the middle of the road in the 2600 block of West Rawson Avenue about 2:45 a.m. Dec. 30. While questioning the driver, a 26-year-old Franklin man, the officer noticed the man smelled of alcohol. The man admitted to drinking four drinks in a bar prior to driving and failed field sobriety tests. A breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13, and he was arrested for drunken driving.
While the officer sat in his squad waiting for the driver's car to be towed from the scene, about 3:25 a.m., another driver pulled up behind the squad, stopped his car in traffic and began texting on his cellphone. The squad had its emergency lights activated at the time.
The officer went to talk to the driver, a 23-year-old Oak Creek man, and found he had slurred speech and red, glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol. The man admitted to drinking at bars in downtown Milwaukee with friends and stated multiple times that he had made a stupid mistake, should not have driven home and that he was too drunk to drive. He also failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for drunken driving. His BAC was 0.14.» Read Full Article
Franklin - Police arrested a 51-year-old Racine man in connection with the theft of a tractor-trailer filled with scrap brass Dec. 12, 2011. He was taken into custody in Racine on Dec. 28 after a year-long investigation by the Franklin Police Department culminated in a warrant for his arrest.
According to the Franklin police report:
The man is accused of stealing a tractor-trailer from Dalor Transport, 6005 W. Ryan Road, shortly before 9 a.m. Dec. 12, 2011. The tractor was found abandoned at a Citgo station in Zion, Ill., three days later.
The truck had been hauling a 53-foot enclosed trailer loaded with 42,235 pounds of scrap brass. The trailer and its contents, valued at more than $113,000, were not found.
He was arrested for theft and is being held in the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility.
A handgun allegedly used in an armed robbery was found in the parking lot of the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, where six temple members were shot to death in August, police said Monday.
According to Oak Creek police, a vehicle believed used in the robbery Saturday evening in the 800 block of Lakewood Ave. was pulled over in the 7500 block of S. Howell Ave.
Two people inside the car fled on foot but were soon apprehended, and the gun was later recovered from the nearby parking lot, police said.
The shootings at the temple Aug. 5 also wounded four people, including an Oak Creek police lieutenant, before the gunman, Wade Michael Page, fatally shot himself after being shot by an Oak Creek police officer.
The South Milwaukee Police Department has issued the following statement:
"On the evening of Jan. 5, 2013, SMPD received a call of an armed robbery in the 800 block of Lakeview Avenue. A suspect vehicle was later observed by SMPD officers, and the vehicle was stopped in the 7500 block of Howell Avenue in Oak Creek. A foot chase with two subjects that fled the vehicle resulted in their apprehension. A firearm believed to have been used in the robbery was later recovered in the parking lot of the Sikh Temple. This case remains under investigation. It is believed all suspects have been taken into custody."
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Letter writers also must provide their phone number, so we can call to verify that the sender truly is who they say they are.» Read Full Article
A 20-unit townhouse apartment development proposed for South Milwaukee is on hold.
Vangard Group proposed the townhouses for a 1.45-acre parcel at 909 Menomonee Ave.The city-owned site is within walking distrance of downtown South Milwaukee, and just north of Heritage Reserve condos.
A city Plan Commission hearing, tentatively set for Jan. 15, has been canceled, said Tamara Mayzik, city administrator. That hearing was canceled after concerns were raised by commission members about plans for parking and other details, she said.
Commission members like the idea of townhouse-style units at the site, and Vangard could revise its plans, Mayzik said. Vangard owner Kalan Haywood couldn't be reached Thursday for comment.
Vangard would seek federal affordable housing tax credits to help finance the development.Those credits are given to developers in an annual competitive process.» Read Full Article
Oak Creek has three aldermanic seats up for re-election April 2.
Incumbents James Ruetz, District 3, and Kenneth Gehl, District 5, will run unopposed.
District 1 Alderman Dan Jakubczyk will square off against Steve Kurkowski and Shawn Vollmer.
The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Wednesday.
With three trustee seats open for the upcoming election, not one has a challenger in Hales Corners.
Village Board incumbents Don Schwartz, Joseph Mesec and Linda Teschendorf are all seeking re-election April 2.
The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Bow hunting for deer and trapping for coyotes or other mammals would be legal on a 95-acre site that could be added to Milwaukee County's Bender Park, under rules for land purchased with state stewardship fund money.
It would be the first time - at least in modern times - that hunting would be allowed on county property, if supervisors accept the undeveloped parcel that's adjacent to the park in Oak Creek. The county has already authorized the Conservation Fund to apply for a state grant to help buy the land.
The fund plans to turn the land over to the county, if the state money and other funding come through to purchase the property from a development firm.
The proposed 95-acre addition to Bender Park lies south of Fitzsimmons Road and east of a rail corridor on the far southeastern tip of the county.
Any new county parkland purchased with money through the state Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program must be open to hunting and trapping, as well as other recreational uses, under provisions of the Sports Heritage Act approved by the Legislature last year. The measure also opened all state parks and trails to hunting and trapping.» Read Full Article