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Man tells police that escort tried to leave before hour was up

March 28, 2014 12:09 p.m. | A man claimed an escort was rushing him after he paid for one hour with her and she wanted to leave before that when police responded to a 911 call March 23.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Police responded to a 911 call from a room at Value Inn, 9420 S. 20th St., at 12:45 a.m. March 23. During questioning, a man admitted to contacting a woman on a website for prostitutes, and stated he was upset because she was rushing him after he paid $200 for one hour with her and she wanted to leave before the hour was up.

The woman was cited for prostitution (escort license required) and the man was cited for disorderly conduct.

Oak Creek resident finds hand grenades in attic

March 26, 2014 10:37 a.m. | An Oak Creek resident found four hand grenades while cleaning out her attic March 18.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The woman was cleaning out her attic at 6:10 p.m. March 18 when she found the hand grenades. She told police her deceased husband had stashed the grenades up there without her knowledge.

Police responded to the home and found a rifle-fired grenade, a hand grenade, a trip-wire flare and a smoke grenade. All were live military ordnance that appeared to have been kept in the house by the resident's deceased husband, who had been in military service.

The items were recovered and destroyed by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit.

Maple Sugar Weekend opens Saturday at Wehr Nature Center

March 25, 2014 5:48 p.m. | As the weather warms, maple syrup making season gets under way.

Real maple syrup starts with freshly tapped sap: the lifeblood of trees. It flows like water from sugar maple trees in spring, when there are cold nights and warm days. Sugar maples are the sweetest maple tree and have been Wisconsin's state tree since 1949.

Those interested in learning the full process of syrup making are invited to Sugar Maple Weekend at Wehr Nature Center.

Attendees will learn how to identify sugar maple trees and will be shown how to tap the tree. There also will be games, activities for kids and a lesson on how tapping was done in pioneer days. The whole loop takes about an hour and a half to complete and finishes with a taste of real maple syrup on a pancake.

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Oak Creek Franklin School District approves new teacher compensation structure

March 25, 2014 3:46 p.m. | A new teacher compensation structure based on performance and instructional effectiveness was approved by Oak Creek Franklin School Board members Monday in response to the state's new teacher evaluation program.

Instructors' professionalism, leadership and instructional effectiveness will be assessed in the new structure and will categorize them into four tier groups. Initial educators comprise tier one; professional or master educators will be identified as tier two, three or four, depending on how consistently instructors demonstrate professionalism, leadership and instructional effectiveness.

The pay range for each tier will reflect the increased level of effectiveness, according to the School Board meeting minutes. Tier four is the maximum pay range.

The School Board is now tasked to work out details of the compensation structure, including pay range minimum and maximums, while staying competitive to other districts.

St. Francis High School to reopen Wednesday after bomb threat

March 25, 2014 2:32 p.m. | St. Francis High School was closed Tuesday because of a bomb threat, but authorities have determined the building is safe to resume classes Wednesday.

A message containing the bomb threat was discovered at the high school on Tuesday, prompting district administrators and St. Francis police to investigate, according to a district news release. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office assisted with a sweep of the building and grounds.

All after-school activities, including high school parent-teacher conferences, scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled. The parent-teacher conferences have been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 2.

The "Sophomore-Junior Think College Night" has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. April 2. Information about rescheduling classes for the missed day will be released later, the release stated.

Individuals who make threats to students, staff or school facilities will face "considerable disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and criminal charges," officials said in the release.

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Oak Creek celebrates girls state basketball championship

March 24, 2014 9:13 a.m. | It was a first in many ways for the Oak Creek girls basketball team.

The Knights celebrated their first state title in girls basketball with a 73-52 victory over Superior on Saturday, shooting a blistering 67 percent for the game (25 of 37) and turning a close game midway through the first half into a no-doubter.

Oak Creek dominant in winning first state championship

March 22, 2014 10:09 p.m. |

Though customary at the sectional level in WIAA postseason basketball, girls basketball teams do not get an opportunity to cut down the nets after winning a state championship at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Which is fine, since Oak Creek had already burned them up.

Oak Creek celebrated its first state title in girls basketball with a 73-52 victory over Superior on Saturday, shooting a blistering 67 percent for the game (25 of 37) and turning a close game midway through the first half into a no-doubter. Leading the charge was Stephanie Kostowicz, who hit on her first 8 shots and finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds.

“Superior is an unbelievable offensive team; they have two players who average over 20 a game and they average 77 points a game as a team,” Oak Creek coach Steve Hluchnik said. “Our goal was just to control both those kids as much as we could. We got off to a great start and they answered right back, but they didn’t seem to have an answer for our offense tonight. We were able to keep our pace and fortunate enough to get some stops throughout the game, and they couldn’t get many stops on us.”

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Oak Creek girls to play for state title after 46-40 OT win over Kimberly

March 21, 2014 10:20 p.m. | With grit, tenacity and will on their side, plus a fair amount of luck, the Oak Creek girls basketball team found itself playing for a WIAA Division 1 state title after pulling off a 46-40 overtime win over No. 1-ranked Kimberly in a thrilling state semifinal at the Resch Center in Green Bay on Friday.

The Knights found themselves down 36-31 with 50 seconds to go, but when post Stephanie Kostowicz went the wrong way on an inbounds play with 2 seconds to go, she found herself wide open for an easy lay-up and the Knights found themselves in overtime at 38-all.

"I ran the play wrong, I was supposed to go the other way, but I saw an opening," said Kostowicz, who was so excited that she thought the shot was the game-winner.

In the overtime, fellow post Tamya Sims put the Knights up for good on a bank shot, and forward Katie Finn, who led Oak Creek with 16 points and eight rebounds, then hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to clinch the victory.

"We struggled at points," said coach Steve Hluchnik, "and at times in the second half our body language was not the best, but the bottom line was that we made plays."

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Oak Creek Assembly of God to screen ‘Waking In Oak Creek’ on April 3

March 21, 2014 2:00 p.m. | A second screening of the PBS documentary "Waking In Oak Creek" will take place April 3 at Oak Creek Assembly of God Church, 7311 S. 13th St.

The event is free and open to the public, not just Oak Creek residents. Doors open at 6 p.m. The film will start at 6:30 p.m. Attendees should enter through entrance No. 3, where they will be directed to the screening. Seating is capped at 750 people.

"Waking in Oak Creek" was produced by PBS's production company, Not In Our Town, to generate discussion on how city's affected by hate crimes can move forward from the tragedy and become inclusive.

'Sole Sisters' running club to hold expo April 5

March 21, 2014 1:03 p.m. | The "Sole Sisters" Womens' Running and Walking Club LLC will celebrate it second anniversary with the second annual "Sister's Vendor EXPO & Social"  to be held Saturday, April 5 at the West Allis Wisconsin Athletic Club from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  

There will be 25 vendors including local artists, handmade crafts, jewelry, accesories, a fun photo booth, food samples, mini-massages, makeovers and manicures. Moms, sisters, girlfriends, co-workers, all are welcome. The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to www.solesistersclub.org.

Woman arrested for drunken driving after nodding off in Taco Bell drive-thru

March 21, 2014 10:03 a.m. | A woman was arrested on a state charge of drunken driving after nodding off in the Taco Bell drive-thru and having two kids in the car with her at 11:50 p.m. March 15.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A woman drove into the drive-thru at Taco Bell, 8261 S. Howell Ave., and placed an order. An employee reported to police that the woman had slurred speech when she placed her order, and then started nodding off while waiting for her food at the drive-thru window at 11:50 p.m. March 15.

The responding officer found the woman to be intoxicated, and she was arrested on a state charge due to having two children, ages 4 and 7, as passengers inside the vehicle.

After she refused chemical breath testing, the officer obtained a search warrant for a blood draw and she was taken to Wheaton Franciscan. The two children were taken safely to their home by Oak Creek police.

Franklin man dies in Upper Michigan snowmobile crash

March 21, 2014 6:47 a.m. | Burt Township, Mich. — Police say a snowmobiler from Wisconsin has died after a crash into a tree along a trail in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Michigan State Police say snowmobilers found the 41-year-old Franklin man's body on Thursday in Alger County's Burt Township and investigators believe the crash happened Wednesday night.

Police say it appears the man went off the trail, hitting the tree. His name wasn't immediately released. The crash is under investigation.

Greendale police look for missing man

March 18, 2014 5:02 p.m. | Greendale — The Police Department is asking for information that may lead to the location of a missing and/or endangered adult man.

The man, identified as Dennis, is described as a 63-year-old white man who is 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs 183 pounds. He was last seen wearing a Green Bay Packers T-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Police believe he may be wearing glasses.

Dennis' family fears he is suffering from a head injury after falling and being admitted to the hospital March 17 for treatment. He was later released at his home in the 6800 block of Crocus Court at 7:30 p.m. He has not been seen or heard from since, police stated.

Dennis trembles and walks slowly due to a medical condition. He left without his medications and has been having difficulty remembering things recently, a news release stated.

Anyone with information regarding Dennis' whereabouts is encouraged to call the Police Department at (414) 423-2121.

Oak Creek defense shuts down Lancers, 46-25

March 15, 2014 4:10 p.m. | For Oak Creek girls basketball coach Steve Hluchnik the third time was the charm.

Hluchnik has been coaching the Knights girls basketball team for five seasons and he has reached the sectional finals three times. On Saturday at West Allis Central - his old haunting grounds - Hluchnik's team took the next step and easily defeated Brookfield Central, 46-25, to win his first sectional championship and head to next week's WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament.

Oak Creek began three of four quarters with a run - 10-0 to start the game; 7-0 to begin the second half and 8-0 to start the final quarter.

Both West Allis Central and Racine Case in the regional and Franklin in the sectional semifinal kept the game close for one quarter, so Hluchnik stressed getting off to a fast start.

"I didn't want to talk about it at practice and make it an issue," he said, "but I think it showed coming out today that they were ready."

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No drama this year, Oak Creek girls rout Franklin

March 13, 2014 9:51 p.m. | The drama that attended last year's wild rally by Franklin and upset over Oak Creek in a WIAA Division 1 girls sectional semifinal was not dwelled upon by the Knights in practice this week as the two teams prepared for a rematch on the same playoff level tonight in Racine Case.

"We were motivated of course," said Oak Creek Steve Hluchnik, "but it was not our main focus."

But you would have had a hard time convincing anyone who attended tonight's game of that fact. The Knights (23-2 overall) held the Sabers (19-6) scoreless for the final six minutes of the first half, built a 24-11 lead at the break and then cruised to a 53-28 triumph.

"This was not about payback," said Hluchnik. "This was about taking care of business."

And boy did the Southeast Conference champions do just that, as they advanced to a WIAA sectional final at 2 p.m. Saturday at West Allis Central against Brookfield Central (21-4). The Lancers rallied for a 45-43 victory over DSHA tonight to advance. The Knights did beat Central 40-35 in the last regular season game on Feb. 25.

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Traffic stop nets alcohol-related arrests

March 12, 2014 9:19 a.m. | Oak Creek — A woman was arrested for drunken driving after she was pulled over for an unsafe lane deviation in the 6300 block of South Howell Avenue at 2:10 a.m. March 10.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

She admitted consuming a large vodka and pomegranate mixed drink prior to driving, and her blood-alcohol content was 0.08.

Officers searched her purse and found 2.4 grams of THC and a metal pipe with residue, and she was cited for both.

An intoxicated male passenger was taken into custody after he told police he had a handgun in his pants pocket after police offered him a ride home. He was arrested for being armed with a firearm while intoxicated.

Oak Creek student arrested for punching another student

March 12, 2014 7:50 a.m. | An Oak Creek High School student was arrested for battery after physically assaulting another male student in the hallway March 4.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The student was apparently dancing around while talking to a group of students in the hallway about 3:40 p.m. March 4 at Oak Creek High School, 340 E. Puetz Road. The other student put his hand on his shoulder in order to walk past him and keep him from stepping backward on him.

The student who was dancing then chased the other student down the hall, "puffed up his chest" and punched the student three to six times in the face without provocation.

The student who was punched suffered pain to his left eye, and possibly sprained his right thumb. The male student who was dancing was arrested for battery.

Community center screens documentary about Sikh temple shooting

March 11, 2014 3:04 p.m. | Oak Creek — A documentary film about the Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting, "Waking in Oak Creek," will be screened from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

PBS's production company, "Not In Our Town" started filming "Waking in Oak Creek" after the candlelight vigil 18 months ago. Filmmakers sought to capture the city's reaction to tragedy and how it has been strengthened because of it, said Leslie Flynn, geographic informational systems coordinator at City Hall.

Flynn said the film is suitable for children but may contain emotional content.

A panel discussion with Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Police Chief John Edwards and Amardeep Kaleka will follow the screening. Kaleka is son of Satwant Kaleka, temple president, who was among those killed by gunman Wade Michael Page in 2012.

To see a sample of "Waking in Oak Creek," visit niot.org/cops/wakinginoakcreek.

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Greendale reschedules musical around WIAA basketball tournament

March 10, 2014 2:12 p.m. | Greendale High School's surprise qualification for the WIAA Boys Basketball State Tournament this weekend posed an unforseen threat to another high-profile event: the opening of the school's spring musical.

School leaders report they've had to do some last-minute rescheduling after realizing the Division 2 semifinal game will be played late Friday afternoon - directly conflicting with opening night of the school's musical, Pippin.

One basketball player is a bass player in the pit orchestra. A soundboard operator plays in the school's pep band. The conductor of the pit orchestra is in the pep band, too.

To try to accommodate students - and fans - of both programs, school leaders have made a controversial decision to move opening night of the musical from Friday to Thursday, and to cancel both the Friday and Saturday performances this week.

The school added a Pippin performance next Thursday.

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Multiple injured or sick coyote sightings reported in Oak Creek

March 10, 2014 9:46 a.m. | Oak Creek police fielded multiple phone calls reporting injured or sick coyote sightings around the city from Feb. 25 to 28.

According to the Oak Creek police reports:

In the first call, a resident in the 3200 block of East Puetz Road reported there was a sick or injured coyote behind her garage and it "hissed" at her and her dog about 5:35 p.m. Feb. 25.

The responding officer, who reported the incident to the Department of Natural Resources, noted that the coyote was very thin and looked like it had open wounds on its legs, but it left the immediate area while he was on the scene.

In the next reported sighting, a caller reported seeing a sick or injured coyote in the 3300 block of East Carrollton Drive about 5:50 p.m. Feb. 26.

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Glendale, Oak Creek industrial buildings sell for $12.7 million

March 07, 2014 8:15 a.m. | Two industrial buildings in Glendale and Oak Creek have been sold for $12.7 million, according to state real estate records.

An affiliate of Zilber Property Group sold a 78,000-square-foot light industrial and office building, at 555 W. Estabrook Blvd., for $5.1 million, and a 120,000-square-foot industrial building, at 7475 S. 6th St., for $7.6 million, to an affiliate of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Opus Group, in a transaction recorded Thursday. 

The Glendale building is leased to Forrer Business Interiors Inc., and the Oak Creek building is leased to Independence Corrugated LLC. Zilber bought the two buildings in April 2012 for $9.5 million.

Police: Mother punched by daughter after knocking grandson, 1, to ground

March 04, 2014 3:13 p.m. | A 25-year-old South Milwaukee woman was taken into custody on an warrant she punched her mother in an altercation involving the woman's son about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

According to the South Milwaukee police report:

The 25-year-old woman was taken into custody on an Oak Creek warrant after police were called to a home in the 1600 block of Clark Court regarding an altercation between the woman and her 46-year-old mother.

According to the police report, at one point, the older woman told her daughter "Go ahead, hit me," and the younger woman did so.

The daughter told police she punched her mother after the older woman knocked her 1-year-old son to the ground, saying "I guess my motherly instincts just kicked in when she knocked my son down."

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Milwaukeeans share paczki on social media

March 04, 2014 10:58 a.m. |

It's Fat Tuesday, which means paczki for a lot of Milwaukeeans.
 
Coworkers brought boxes full of the annual treat into offices around the suburban area. People lined up to wait for theirs despite the snow.
 

Here's a look at how some people are celebrating in the MyCommunityNOW social media story.

Man arrested for pulling man from car, punching him

March 03, 2014 10:41 a.m. | A man was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct after he pulled a man out of his car and punched him in the face and then pushed the man's wife to the ground in the 300 block of West Rawson Avenue at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man pulled the man out of his car and punched him in the face, causing a minor cut to his right cheek. Then he pushed the man's wife to the ground, screamed profanities at her and threatened to beat her up and leave her for dead.

The man was arrested again the same evening after he became intoxicated, returned to the residence in violation of a no-contact order and threatened one of the subjects again at about 10:30 p.m., and then fled when police were called.

Police pursued the man's vehicle, but he failed to stop for officers until he reached his residence in the 1300 block of West Rawson Avenue.

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Community Watch

» Man tells police that escort tried to leave before hour was up 3/28

» Oak Creek resident finds hand grenades in attic 3/26

» Maple Sugar Weekend opens Saturday at Wehr Nature Center 3/25

» Oak Creek Franklin School District approves new teacher compensation structure 3/25

» St. Francis High School to reopen Wednesday after bomb threat Updated:  3/25

» Oak Creek celebrates girls state basketball championship Updated:  3/24

» Oak Creek dominant in winning first state championship 3/22

» Oak Creek girls to play for state title after 46-40 OT win over Kimberly 3/21

» Oak Creek Assembly of God to screen ‘Waking In Oak Creek’ on April 3 3/21

» 'Sole Sisters' running club to hold expo April 5 3/21

» Woman arrested for drunken driving after nodding off in Taco Bell drive-thru 3/21

» Franklin man dies in Upper Michigan snowmobile crash 3/21

» Greendale police look for missing man 3/18

» Oak Creek defense shuts down Lancers, 46-25 3/15

» No drama this year, Oak Creek girls rout Franklin 3/13

» Traffic stop nets alcohol-related arrests 3/12

» Oak Creek student arrested for punching another student 3/12

» Community center screens documentary about Sikh temple shooting 3/11

» Greendale reschedules musical around WIAA basketball tournament 3/10

» Multiple injured or sick coyote sightings reported in Oak Creek 3/10

» Glendale, Oak Creek industrial buildings sell for $12.7 million 3/7

» Police: Mother punched by daughter after knocking grandson, 1, to ground 3/4

» Milwaukeeans share paczki on social media 3/4

» Man arrested for pulling man from car, punching him 3/3

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