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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