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Franklin's Wyndham Village shopping center sold

Nov. 27, 2013 9:00 a.m. | 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 District 6 aldermanic seat will be contested

Nov. 26, 2013 3:45 p.m. | 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.

Read social media story of Franklin vs. Arrowhead Division 1 football state title game

Nov. 23, 2013 8:36 a.m. | 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.

Arrowhead dispatches Franklin to defend Divison 1 state football title

Nov. 22, 2013 10:27 p.m. | 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.

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Greendale vs. Monona Grove photo gallery now online

Nov. 22, 2013 2:19 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from today's Division 3 title game between Greendale and Monona Grove.

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.

WIAA Division 3 football championship photo gallery.

Read social media story of Greendale's Division 3 football state title game

Nov. 22, 2013 12:38 p.m. | 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.

Black Bear to expand bottling operation in Oak Creek

Nov. 20, 2013 1:29 p.m. | 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.

Bearded dragons, other animals found living in squalor removed from Oak Creek home

Nov. 20, 2013 10:05 a.m. | Oak Creek — Police contacted officials at the Health Department after they discovered multiple animals living in filth inside a residence on Fitzsimmons Road on Saturday.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A resident who heard a dog barking inside a home in the 3800 block of East Fitzsimmons Road called police out of concern for the dog's welfare at 5:20 p.m. Saturday. The caller told police she believed the home was vacant because she hadn't seen anyone go in or out of the home in several days.

An officer entered the home through an open door and found multiple animals living in their own feces. The home was extremely dirty, there was no electricity or running water and it appeared no one was living there.

Police found three cats, two dogs, four chickens, one goat and two bearded dragons. One of the bearded dragons was deceased, and the other was barely alive. The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission responded to the home and took custody of the animals.

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Gun documentary recalls Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting

Nov. 19, 2013 12:34 p.m. | An MSNBC documentary about gun violence showing Friday, on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, includes a segment on the 2012 Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek. 

The program, called "50 Years of Guns," airs at 8 p.m. and is hosted by Al Sharpton, host of "Politics/Nation." According to the network: "This documentary looks at guns in America five decades after President Kennedy was taken by an assassin’s bullet."

"Sharpton travels around the U.S. to talk with people on different sides of the debate, including Second Amendment advocates and victims of gun violence. Examining the issues, Reverend Sharpton shares his own personal narrative in an effort to find solutions to one of the most enduring sources of conflict in the country."

An eight-minute clip provided by the network was a compelling overview of the events in Oak Creek, slickly filmed and with music, that included 911 calls, a tour of the temple and an interview with Amardeep Kaleka, whose father was killed in the attack by a white supremacist. The sequence also recaps the Newtown, Conn., and Virginia Tech shootings.

Kaleka has recently said he would run for the congressional seat of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). 

WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery now online

Nov. 17, 2013 12:32 p.m. | We've just updated our 2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery with more images from this weekend's state finals at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Marquette defeated Germantown, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12, to win the state title.

Marquette earned its spot in the finals with victories over Westosha Central and Brookfield East.

Germantown reached the finals with victories over Middleton and Catholic Memorial. The Warhawks rallied from two-set deficits in both contests.

2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery

Read social media story of Franklin vs. Mukwonago football playoff game

Nov. 16, 2013 9:01 a.m. | No. 1 seed Franklin and No. 5 seed Mukwonago face off at Kettle Moraine High School for a state berth in Division 1 on Friday.

Fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Read social media story of Greendale vs. Xavier football playoff game

Nov. 16, 2013 8:33 a.m. | Unbeaten No. 1 seed Greendale looks to continue a perfect season to state versus No. 3 seed Xavier in Division 3 on Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Greendale football team rolls on to Madison

Nov. 16, 2013 8:24 a.m. | Fans of this season's Greendale football team are not used to seeing many zeroes on the scoreboard.

A zero, however, is exactly what was on the Panthers' side of the board late in the first half of their WIAA Division 3, Level 4 state playoff game against Appleton Xavier on Friday at Slinger High School.

Even more troubling for Greendale's cheering section is that Xavier had 6 points on the board at that point.

Ringelberg connects

The Panthers' offense finally kicked into gear, though, as quarterback Josh Ringelberg hit Mitchell Brees for a 37-yard gain to the Appleton 38, then hooked up with Nate Miller for a 38-yard score to put Greendale on the board with 2 minutes, 13 seconds left in the half.

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"Saber Nation" rises as Franklin gridders advance to state finals, 35-8

Nov. 15, 2013 11:23 p.m. | "A chance to live out our childhood dreams."

That's how Franklin senior linebacker Jake Fernandes put it after the cohesive, physical and talented Sabers earned their first WIAA State Finals berth since 2006 when they hammered a game Mukwonago team, 35-8, in a state division 1 semifinal at Kettle Moraine Friday night.

"It just takes your breath away," said Fernandes. "It's something you work for since youth football. Something you dream about as a little kid."

"Now we get to play for that chance."

Fernandes was part of mauling, speedy, aggressively physical defense that didn't let the Indians, who had scored 90 points in their last two playoff wins combined, find the end zone until Franklin had hit them with the running clock at 35-0 early in the third quarter.

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$10K in cellphones stolen from RadioShack in Oak Creek

Nov. 13, 2013 1:01 p.m. | Oak Creek — Police are investigating the theft of more than $10,000 worth of cellphones during an early morning burglary at RadioShack, 8907 S. Howell Ave., Nov. 5.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The store's security company alerted police after receiving multiple alarms at 4:44 a.m. Nov. 5. The security company reported two glass breaks at the building and movement in the front and rear sales areas.

When police arrived, they discovered someone had smashed out a window just east of the main entrance doors. Once inside, the perpetrator looked for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon iPhones. Display cases were pulled off counters and drawers were rummaged through.

A hammer was used to break the lock on a caged area where the cellphones are kept.

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Oak Creek police say naked customer, with strategically placed sock, ends up pizza-less

Nov. 13, 2013 8:44 a.m. | Oak Creek — A pizza delivery person in Oak Creek has a tip for anyone who asks for home delivery: If you answer your door naked, you won't get any pizza.

According to an Oak Creek police report:

A pizza delivery person working for Domino's in Franklin attempted to deliver a pizza to an apartment in the 1700 block of Timber Ridge Lane at 12:40 a.m. Sunday.

A man answered the door completely naked, except for a sock covering his genitals. The money for the pizza was tucked inside the sock.

The delivery person left the apartment without delivering the pizza. He told officers he heard several other people in the apartment laughing during the incident.

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View snow photos from social media users

Nov. 11, 2013 1:50 p.m. | Whether you think it's coming too early or are embracing it whole-heartedly, snow is here in the Milwaukee area.

And people around the area were sharing their thoughts - and photos - on Twitter, Instagram and more.

Take a look at some of the photos and videos that were shared in the MyCommunityNOW Storify story of the first snowfall of 2013.

Arrowhead surges to top spot in suburban football poll

Nov. 11, 2013 11:53 a.m. | Arrowhead has moved back to the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications suburban football poll on the strength of a 36-3 victory over Germantown in Friday's Level 3 contest.

Former No. 1 Homestead lost to Kimberly, 37-7. Undefeated Greendale, a 41-27 winner over Plymouth in Level 3, is second in the poll.

Visit Push for the Playoffs for the rest of the poll, Coaches Confidential, You Make the Call and more.

Read social media story of Division 1 Level 3 football playoffs games

Nov. 09, 2013 9:47 a.m. | Area teams Arrowhead, Germantown, Mukwonago, Oconomowoc and Franklin took on their next opponents  in Level 3 of the WIAA Division 1 football playoffs Friday.

Fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Read social media story of Division 3 Level 3 football playoffs games

Nov. 09, 2013 8:21 a.m. | Area teams Greendale and Catholic Memorial looked to reach Level 4, just one step away from state, in the the WIAA Division 3 football playoffs Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Ringelberg rings up victory for Greendale in playoffs

Nov. 09, 2013 12:24 a.m. | Josh Ringelberg of Greendale is a classic double-threat quarterback, and never was that fact made clearer than in the Panthers' WIAA Division 3, Level 3 playoff game against Plymouth on Friday night.

Ringelberg is equally dangerous throwing or running the football, and he did both extremely well as Greendale downed plucky Plymouth at Steve Gavinski Field, 41-27.

The junior completed 7 of 12 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns while running 15 times for 173 yards and three scores.

One at a time

Interestingly, he seemed to focus on one aspect of his game at a time. Ringelberg hit 7 of 10 passes for 144 yards in the first half, including 5 of 5 for 109 in the second quarter.

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Karow's pick-six ignites Franklin to Level 4

Nov. 08, 2013 11:40 p.m. | Had the Marquette Hilltoppers started the second half of Friday's playoff game with the Franklin Sabers like they did the first half, there's a real chance it would have been their dream of reaching Camp Randall that was still alive and not Franklin's.

Senior defensive back Jared Karow made sure that wasn't the case.

Karow stepped in front of Marquette quarterback Charlie Greif's pass at the Hilltoppers' 15-yard line and returned it for a touchdown minutes into the second half to give the Sabers an 8-point lead en route to a 41-13 blowout in a WIAA Division 1, Level 3 contest at Franklin.

"The ball was there and I just made a jump on it," said Karow, who collected two of the Sabers' five interceptions on the night. "Coach (Louis) Brown has been working on that all week, and there's nothing you can do but make that play after making it so many times in practice."

With the win, Franklin (11-1) heads to the state semifinals for the fourth time in six years but first time since 2010.

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Police: Evidence found that Oak Creek home was fired at Nov. 1

Nov. 06, 2013 12:47 p.m. | Oak Creek police officers have found evidence that a weapon was fired at a home in the 2000 block of East Birch Drive and that the home was struck Nov. 1, according to a news statement issued today by the Oak Creek Police Department.

It states that the homeowner believes a weapon was fired, striking the home, between midnight and 11 a.m. Nov. 1.

The department asks that anyone with information call Detective Robert Michalski at (414) 766-7630, or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at (414) 766-7699.

No further information has been released at this time.

Man stabbed in Greendale after yelling profanities

Nov. 06, 2013 8:52 a.m. | A man went to the emergency room at 2:45 a.m. Oct. 30 after being stabbed in his back after drinking at a Greendale bar.

According to the Greendale police report, which was released this week:

An emergency room nurse at St. Luke's Hospital called police after the man came into the ER with a stab wound in his back.

The man said he was walking south along Basswood Street at Grange Avenue after drinking at Ray & Dot's Tap when a man he didn't know stabbed him in the back.

The victim had yelled profanities at the man before the attack. The victim had a two-centimeter puncture wound that required four stitches. The investigation into the assault was pending at the time of the report.

Oak Creek police investigate theft of $300,000 in weight loss supplements

Nov. 05, 2013 3:50 p.m. | Oak Creek — Police are investigating the theft of more than $300,000 worth of weight loss supplements after a manager at Supplement Warehouse, 2440 W. Corporate Preserve Drive, discovered a pallet of the pills went missing between July and September.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The manager called police to report her business was missing a pallet of USP Labs Oxy Elite Pro, which is a fat-burning supplement, Oct. 24. The pallet had been accounted for during an inventory check July 31, but was missing from the warehouse during an inventory check Sept. 9.

The manager told police she believed the pallet had been stolen when a pipe broke at the warehouse in August. During that time a lot of people and companies were in and out of the business, which would have made it easy for someone to steal the pallet.

The company didn't immediately report the theft after the pallet turned up missing during the Sept. 9 inventory because it took a long time to search the entire warehouse to verify that the pallet was not just moved or misplaced.

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Oak Creek-Franklin teachers express concern over negotiation impasse

Nov. 05, 2013 12:24 p.m. | Oak Creek — More than 70 teachers and residents attended Monday's School Board meeting, raising concerns about the future salary structure given failed negotiations.

Teachers and residents read from prepared statements calling for the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District to open up discussions and give teachers more respect.

A mediator on Oct. 17 declared the salary negotiations between the teacher's union and school district at an impasse. The district could impose its salary offer on the teachers at the Nov. 11 School Board meeting.

Superintendent Sara Burmeister said the district is attempting to increase starting wages for younger teachers this year. That means administrators have proposed larger increases for less-experienced teachers than veteran teachers.

"I understand some people feel it is unfair that some teachers are receiving a larger base-building increase this year compared to other teachers," Burmeister said in an email to NOW Newspapers. "Last year, all teachers received the same percent increase, and the union, while agreeing to this, criticized the district and board for not doing more for our newer, lower-paid teachers, pointing out the widening gap between the highest and lowest paid teachers."

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Boys state soccer photo gallery updated

Nov. 02, 2013 4:09 p.m. | We've just updated the MyCommunityNOW WIAA boys state soccer photo gallery with images from today's Division 4 title game between University School and The Prairie School. USM won, 1-0.

The state soccer photo gallery also features images from Muskego's 1-0 victory over Arrowhead in the Division 1 semifinals; Cedarburg's 2-1 win over Whitefish Bay in the Division 2 semifinals; Notre Dame's 1-0 victory over Pewaukee in the Division 3 semifinals; and University School's 1-0 victory over Sturgeon Bay in the Division 4 semifinals.

Go to 2013 WIAA boys soccer state photo gallery.

Read social media story of Division 1 Level 2 football playoffs games

Nov. 02, 2013 8:47 a.m. | Arrowhead, Franklin, Germantown, Oconomowoc and Mukwonago tried to take one more step toward a state title in Level 2 of the WIAA Division 1 football playoffs Friday.

Fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Read social media story of Division 2 Level 2 football playoffs games

Nov. 02, 2013 7:54 a.m. | Homestead, Hamilton, Waukesha West, Whitefish Bay and South Milwaukee were all area teams that took on second-round opponents in the WIAA Division 2 football playoffs Friday.

 

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Read social media story of Division 3 Level 2 football playoffs games

Nov. 02, 2013 7:39 a.m. | Greendale faced Brown Deer while Catholic Memorial and Pewaukee faced off in Level 2 of the WIAA Division 3 football playoffs Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Franklin's defense sparkling in mud and muck

Nov. 01, 2013 10:26 p.m. | They call it "The Swamp" down at Franklin.

The much-abused, overworked, rain-sodden and cleat-torn home field that the Southeast Conference champion Sabers football team was used to great effect this fall.

It will probably get replaced by a shiny new artificial field turf surface in a few years, but in the minds of players like seniors Sean McGure, Jake Fernandes and Erik Wimmer, the memories of the mud and torn grass surface will be as beautiful as the field itself is in high summer, before anyone has laid a foot on it.

Especially after Friday night, when two days of rain left "The Swamp" in a soft and mucky condition.

It was the perfect consistency to help a revved-up Sabers' defense slow the high-octane offense of Southeast Conference rival Kenosha Indian Trail to a crawl in an emotional 17-14 WIAA Division 1, Level 2 victory.

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Community Watch

» Franklin's Wyndham Village shopping center sold 11/27

» Oak Creek District 6 aldermanic seat will be contested 11/26

» Read social media story of Franklin vs. Arrowhead Division 1 football state title game 11/23

» Arrowhead dispatches Franklin to defend Divison 1 state football title 11/22

» Greendale vs. Monona Grove photo gallery now online 11/22

» Read social media story of Greendale's Division 3 football state title game 11/22

» Black Bear to expand bottling operation in Oak Creek 11/20

» Bearded dragons, other animals found living in squalor removed from Oak Creek home 11/20

» Gun documentary recalls Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting 11/19

» WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery now online 11/17

» Read social media story of Franklin vs. Mukwonago football playoff game 11/16

» Read social media story of Greendale vs. Xavier football playoff game 11/16

» Greendale football team rolls on to Madison 11/16

» "Saber Nation" rises as Franklin gridders advance to state finals, 35-8 11/15

» $10K in cellphones stolen from RadioShack in Oak Creek 11/13

» Oak Creek police say naked customer, with strategically placed sock, ends up pizza-less 11/13

» View snow photos from social media users 11/11

» Arrowhead surges to top spot in suburban football poll 11/11

» Read social media story of Division 1 Level 3 football playoffs games 11/9

» Read social media story of Division 3 Level 3 football playoffs games 11/9

» Ringelberg rings up victory for Greendale in playoffs 11/9

» Karow's pick-six ignites Franklin to Level 4 11/8

» Police: Evidence found that Oak Creek home was fired at Nov. 1 11/6

» Man stabbed in Greendale after yelling profanities 11/6

» Oak Creek police investigate theft of $300,000 in weight loss supplements 11/5

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