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One killed in fiery South Milwaukee crash

Dec. 13, 2012 10:34 a.m. | A person was killed in a car crash in South Milwaukee early Thursday morning near 9th and Edgewood avenues.

According to police, an officer was running a speed gun at 1:51 a.m. when a car passed clocked at 25 mph over the posted limit. Using squad lights and siren, the officer attempted to pull over the driver, who did not stop. The vehicle crashed into a tree. The car started on fire, which spread to a house. The residents in the house were not injured.

The South Milwaukee Police Department did not release any information about the victim. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office confirmed it dispatched an investigator.

Oak Creek police called after customers vie for spot at gas station pump

Dec. 12, 2012 3:08 p.m. | Two customers refused to move for the other for a spot at a gas station pump in Oak Creek.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

An employee called police after two customers, a 69-year-old Franklin man and an 18-year-old Oak Creek man, pulled up to a gas pump at the same time and neither one would move for the other to access the gas pump at Speedway, 8667 S. Howell Ave., shortly before 1 p.m. Dec. 8.

No one became disorderly but the two were upset with one another and neither one was willing to switch pumps.

The Franklin man switched pumps after a passenger in the Oak Creek man's car prepaid $20 on the pump, and no further police assistance was needed.

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Germantown, Hamilton the top-ranked teams in NOW's Roundball Rankings

Dec. 12, 2012 11:59 a.m. | The defending Division 1 state champion Germantown boys basketball team has won 32 games in a row and finds itself atop the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings.

The Hamilton Chargers are the top-ranked girls team and are coming off a 64-10 victory over West Allis Central in the Greater Metro Conference opener.

In addition to the top five boys and girls teams in the area, Roundball Rankings includes a player of the week, poll, area scoring leaders and more.

Man arrested for blackmailing woman with nude photos

Dec. 12, 2012 8:20 a.m. | A 32-year-old Racine man was arrested Dec. 5 after he attempted to blackmail an Oak Creek woman with nude photos he received from her through a "personals" website.

According to the Oak Creek police:

At 6:40 p.m. Dec. 5, a 29-year-old Oak Creek woman called police to report a man she met on Craigslist personals was threatening to post nude photos of her online and share them with her family and co-workers unless she paid him money.

The woman admitted exchanging hundreds of emails with the suspect, and least one nude photo of her breasts and several other photos including pictures of her face, between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5. The victim told police the suspect began sending her numerous emails on the morning of Dec. 5 demanding she give him $2,000 in cash or he would tell her husband, post the photos online, place photos on her co-workers' cars and various other threats.

To catch the suspect, Oak Creek police placed a bait envelope at a predesignated location. A white Buick was later stopped in the parking lot at Woodman's, 8131 S. Howell Ave., with the bait envelope inside.

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Oak Creek girls basketball team's fast start does in Franklin, 52-38

Dec. 11, 2012 9:58 p.m. | Franklin girls basketball coach Tony Kathrens had two defenses, one a zone, another a man, set up to battle Oak Creek's mighty 6-2 post players Stephanie Kostowicz and Tamya Sims Tuesday night in the local rivals' showdown.

What he did not have is a defense for junior guard Katie Finn's outside shooting, as Finn drained three first-quarter three-pointers, as the Knights took an 11-0 lead and then never looked back in gaining a critical leg up in the Southeast Conference with a 52-38 decision.

"I think if you look at the box we held both of them (Kostowicz and Sims) to well below their averages," said Kathrens. "Their bigs just did not hurt as much as we thought they might, but give credit to Finn. She hit her threes."

Finn, who finished with 18 points, noted that she has put in extra practice time on her three-point shooting.

"The shot felt good all night," she said. "I work hard on that every day after practice. It's been my thing since I've been little."

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Woman threatened while walking through Oak Creek parking lot

Dec. 11, 2012 4:28 p.m. | A 60-year-old Milwaukee woman was allegedly threatened by an unknown man who asked her for money in the parking lot at Pick 'n Save, 6462 S. 27th St., Oak Creek, the morning of Dec. 7.

The victim told police she was walking across the parking lot when she was approached by a man who asked her for the time. The woman stated she pointed to the clock at Tri-City National Bank and told the man it was 6:30 a.m.

The man then asked the woman for some money. When she said no, the suspect pointed his finger into the left side of her ribs and told her he wanted to kill her. The victim ran into Pick 'n Save and the suspect ran toward the Hy-View Mobile Home Park, according to the police report.

The suspect is described as a male in his 20s. He was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt with the hood pulled over his head.

No money was taken from the victim and she was uninjured. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Oak Creek burglar takes $2,000 of electronics, silverware

Dec. 11, 2012 4:24 p.m. | More than $2,000 of video gaming equipment, electronics, silverware and cutlery were stolen during a burglary at a residence in the 100 block of West Oak Leaf Drive, Oak Creek, on Dec. 8.

According to Oak Creek police, the unknown suspect(s) apparently entered the locked condominium through an unlocked sliding patio door on the front balcony sometime between 5:30 and 8:25 p.m. Saturday.

Some of the items stolen during the burglary were a PlayStation 3 and Halo 4 Xbox 360 gaming systems, four Xbox controllers, two hand-held PSP video systems, an iPad2, a silverware set and a set of cutlery. The victims also stated that approximately 20 to 30 Xbox games were also stolen.

Police are investigating but there are no suspects at this time.

Oak Creek police investigating suspicious phone call by fake detective

Dec. 11, 2012 4:16 p.m. | Police are investigating a phone call to an Oak Creek woman by someone who stated he was a detective with the Oak Creek Police Department.

According to the police:

A 25-year-old Oak Creek woman reported she was driving home from a movie when she received a call on her cellphone from an unknown number. The unidentified caller stated he was a detective from the Oak Creek Police Department and asked her what kind of car she drove. When the woman questioned the suspect about his identity, he stated he would send an officer to her house if she gave him her address.

The woman did not give the caller any information before hanging up, and told officers she did not recognize the voice or the number. She also stated she called the number back but no one answered. Officers are following up on the cell number.

Police investigating assault at Franklin's Park Motel

Dec. 11, 2012 10:40 a.m. | A 48-year-old woman called police after she was allegedly urinated on and beaten by a man she was drinking with at the Park Motel, 7273 S. 27th St., Franklin, on Dec. 8.

According to Franklin police:

Officers responded to the Park Motel shortly after 5 a.m. Dec. 9 after receiving a call from a woman who stated she had been beaten by a man she met on Saturday afternoon.

The victim told police she and the suspect, known only to her as "Mike something," decided to go to the Park Motel after they met at the Walmart bus stop on Saturday afternoon. While in a room they began drinking heavily, she said, and the suspect told her he wanted to have intercourse. After the victim refused to have sex the suspect urinated on her and then punched her in the right eye. She also told police the suspect took $120 from her before leaving the motel.

The victim suffered a black eye and a bruise on her right ring finger during the assault. Police noted she was still highly intoxicated when she was transported to the hospital at 6 a.m.

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