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Man stabbed to death in Cudahy, suspect arrested

Dec. 22, 2012 6:32 p.m. | A 25-year-man is in custody in connection with the stabbing death in Cudahy of a 52-year-old man early Saturday.

The victim was stabbed in the back in his apartment in the 3700 block of E. Layton Ave. about 1:30 a.m., Cudahy police said.

Less than an hour later, St. Francis police arrested the 25-year-suspect. Police say the victim and suspect are known to each other.

The victim was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where he died about 8:20 a.m.

Is a cougar roaming the Oak Leaf Trail? Latest sighting on Puetz Road

Dec. 19, 2012 8:49 a.m. | Franklin - A Milwaukee County parks employee who responded to the scene of yet another report of a cougar sighting on the Oak Leaf Trail last week said he discovered evidence that may link a big cat to the area.

According to the Franklin police log:

A Franklin resident reported that his wife saw a cougar near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail about 9:30 a.m. Friday. The caller's wife stated she saw a cougar walking south, crossing Puetz Road between 51st Street and the trail.

Although no cougar was found, a county parks employee checked the area and said he found what appeared to be cougar tracks and possible cougar scat (droppings) along the grass trail close to the river - but no tracks or other evidence was found along the hardened bike trail.

After talking with the witness, the parks employee verified the animal described by the woman was a cougar and that the tracks were found in the area where she allegedly saw the big cat.

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Oak Creek police seek suspects in pull-tab machine thefts

Dec. 18, 2012 11:12 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are seeking two men who stole pull tabs from machines, then cashed them in for money at local gas stations last week.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

Two men began playing the pull-tab machine at Mobil Gas, 9510 S. 27th St., about 4:45 p.m. Dec. 8. They continued to play the machine for about two hours, according to the station manager, and cashed in their winning pull tabs for $725.

The theft went unnoticed until the next day, when a gas station employee told the manager he thought it was strange when he found the machine was completely out of pull tabs and no money had been deposited into the machine.

According to the manager, the men apparently used some kind of device or fraudulent bill to obtain the pull tabs without payment being deposited into the machine. The men apparently emptied the machine of 929 pull-tabs, valued at $1 each, adding up to a total loss of $1,654 to Mobil Gas.

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Early morning fire damages Oak Creek home

Dec. 18, 2012 11:06 p.m. | Oak Creek - Firefighters and police responded to a basement fire at a home in the 8500 block of South Parknoll Drive during the early morning hours Tuesday.

The homeowners called police at 3:23 a.m. after they woke up and smelled smoke inside their home, then heard the smoke detector sound a short time later. The couple located their two daughters, ages 8 and 6, and one of their two dogs and exited the residence.

Smoke was seen coming from the basement when emergency personnel arrived. After the Oak Creek Fire Department arrived, it was determined the was fire started by a pilot light in the water heater due to items in the basement.

The fire caused major damage to the water heater and basement. No official damage estimate was available at the time of the report.

No injuries were reported; however, paramedics attended to the children, who complained of slight smoke inhalation. The second dog later was found.

Social media users share images of today's snowfall

Dec. 18, 2012 1:48 p.m. | Snow. It's here, whether you're ready for it or not. And social media users shared a bunch of photos as it began to fall Tuesday.

Read the story and see the photos of snowfall today.

Visit Today's TMJ4 for more on today's snowfall and a winter storm watch later this week.

Pedestrian, 82, killed in intersection in Greendale

Dec. 18, 2012 8:22 a.m. | An 82-year-old woman was killed Monday evening after she was struck by a car at the intersection of W. Grange Ave. and S. 68th St., Greendale police said Tuesday.

Beatrice Salo of Greendale was struck by a 21-year-old delivery driver around 7:45 p.m. Video surveillance from a traffic camera at that intersection shows the woman in the crosswalk wearing dark clothing. Police said the driver had the green light, according to the driver and the traffic control signal for W. Grange Ave.

Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor, and the driver is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

The investigation is ongoing. The Wisconsin State Patrol has been called in to produce an accident reconstruction.

NOW bloggers talk about Newtown shooting

Dec. 17, 2012 9:27 a.m. | There have been a lot of national gun-related shootings this year, but Friday's in Newtown, Conn., took the country by surprise perhaps more than any other.

And several of the NOW bloggers took up their virtual pens to share their thoughts on the latest tragedy.

  • Tom Ceparski of Oak Creek writes of the conflict he feels being a father of a young girl and a gun owner.
  • Tom Gaertner of Wauwatosa writes that he spent time cleaning his firearms after his hunting season.
  • Lester Schultz of the North Shore believes it is time to do something about gun control.
  • Karen Waldkirch of Wauwatosa says we need to look at ourselves in order to change the culture in America.
  • Robin Zdroik of Greenfield thinks we should look inward to do the best that we can.
  • Kevin Fischer of Franklin wonders what would happen if shooter Adam Lanza were alive.
  • TJ Meyers-Jansky of West Allis reminds us that the shooting occurred because of human choices.

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