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Caller warns worker Oak Creek grocery store is about to be 'shot up'

Nov. 27, 2012 5:05 p.m. | Oak Creek - An anonymous caller threatened to kill an employee at Pick 'n Save, 2320 W. Ryan Road, Sunday, while warning that the store would be "shot up," according to an Oak Creek police report.

The report states:

At 2:54 p.m. Nov. 25, an employee received a phone call from an unidentified male who stated: "This is an officer. My boss told me to call you. I'm supposed to tell you that your store is going to get shot up. Listen to my directions, sit in the corner or I will kill you."

After the caller hung up, the employee called her manager, who then called police. Officers searched the store, the parking lot and surrounding business parking lots but did not find anything suspicious.

The manager called the phone number the call had originated from, but no one picked up the phone and there was no answering machine.

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Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Franklin football team emphatic in 37-0 rout of area rival Greendale

Aug. 27, 2015 9:52 p.m. | Friends and neighbors, rivals and competitors; the players who took part in the powerhouse rivalry between the Franklin and and Greendale football teams the last three years will be rehashing and embellishing the highs and lows of these contests for decades to come at picnics, taverns and family reunions.

The hits will get harder, the passes will get longer as time goes on.

Only the 28 seniors on this year's Franklin group will have an emphatic last word at all those gatherings, as the Sabers ended a two-game skid against the Panthers on Thursday night with an impressive 37-0 rout of their hosts.

"They'll have no more bragging rights!" were the final gleeful words of Sabers coach Louis Brown to his happy team in the postgame huddle.

He was surprised that his Sabers (2-0) were able to put the running clock on the state D3 power Panthers, but according to senior quarterback Ben Wachter, who had two TD passes and two interceptions on defense, it was the only way this game could have turned out.

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Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Greendale Education Foundation announces new calendar raffle fundraiser

Aug. 27, 2015 12:13 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale Education Foundation has launched a new TGIF Calendar Raffle fundraiser for the upcoming school year.

The raffle will benefit the foundation and its KidBoosters program, which advocates on behalf of children and families in need of financial assistance.

Each Friday, from Oct. 2 through May 20, 2016, the foundation will draw one slip from "the hat" of purchased raffle calendar participants. The winner will receive $100 and his or her name is returned to pot for the next week's drawing. Only 1,000 calendars will be sold.

Raffle calendars cost $20 each and may be purchased at the Greendale school office, the Greendale Park and Recreation Department office, at the Greendale Open Markets on Saturdays in September and at high school home football games.

For more information, visit the Greendale Education Foundation website at

Greendale's Park and Recreation holds contest for new logo

Aug. 27, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Greendale — To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Greendale Park and Recreation Department is looking for a new logo.

Parks and Recreation is calling on residents to create a new image that represents the department "of today," but will also represent the department for another 25 years.

The department offers comprehensive programs and activities, including summer camps, concerts and a winter ice rink.

Entries must be submitted to the Parks and Recreation office, 5647 Broad Street, by Sept. 25. The winning logo will be presented at the department's pancake breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 11. The final logo will be professionally finished by the department.

The winner will also receive a Greendale Village Business Center gift card.

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Reiman Chapel in Franklin to host blessing, tour for public

Aug. 26, 2015 8:48 a.m. | Franklin — The Conservancy for Healing and Heritage and Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care will host a blessing and tour of the new Reiman Chapel on Thursday, Aug. 27.

The Reiman Chapel is part of Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care — Reiman Center, St. Francis, 7410 W. Rawson Ave. The chapel will serve as a serene resource for patients, visitors and the public.

Coffee and a light, continental breakfast will be offered at 8 a.m. The blessing will be held at 8:30 a.m., followed by tours of the facility.

Interested parties are encouraged to register for the event online at or by calling (888) 994-3286.

Young Oak Creek football team makes impression with rout of Falls

Aug. 25, 2015 8:38 p.m. | While on the phone with a somewhat skeptical radio reporter after his team's surprisingly impressive 26-0 win over visiting Menomonee Falls in the season opener on Aug. 21, Oak Creek football coach Mike Bartholomew could only laugh and say, "I said we'd be inexperienced, I didn't say we weren't any good."

And that much his young Knights proved, as despite the loss of 30-plus seniors from a Southeast Conference co-championship squad of a year ago and despite four turnovers against Falls, they had the lead from the opening drive and never gave the Indians a real opportunity to get into the game.

"I think I said that I really liked the vibe on this team," Bartholomew later extrapolated. "Now can you define that? With this group it means work ethic, discipline and unselfishness, and that can make a really big difference."

A great example of that came late in the fourth quarter. The Knights were already in firm control at 19-0 and were driving again. A Jakup Sinani pass intended for Roy Harden was picked off by the Indians' Kam Walker.

But the Knights didn't give up on the play. Harden trailed Walker on the return and managed to strip the ball from Walker, which teammate Jay Bright recovered on the Falls 27, very near where Oak Creek had started the play in the first place.

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Greendale police searching for strong-arm robbery suspect

Aug. 25, 2015 7:03 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale Police Department is asking the public for help to identify a man suspected to be involved in several strong-arm robberies on Aug. 6.

The suspect allegedly robbed the public library in Rochester, attempted to rob an elderly woman in front of the Waterford library and forcibly stole a purse from a 14-year-old girl in the 5300 block of South 108th Street in Hales Corners.

At 3:30 p.m., the suspect then approached an elderly woman in front of the Boston Store in the Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St., and demanded her purse. The woman refused and the male began to violently attempt to pull the purse away from her. The victim was thrown to the ground, causing her to break her hip.

The suspect was seen running southbound through the mall parking lot. He was last seen wearing a dark blue or button-up Nike jersey, dark blue baggie shorts and a pair of black Nike shoes. Victims of the suspect describe him as white, or possibly Hispanic, and in his late 20s or early 30s. The suspect is between 5 feet 8 inches tall and 5 feet 10 inches, weighing approximately 200 pounds.

Video surveillance and still photos are available on the police department's official Facebook page.

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Greendale man killed in Washington County crash

Aug. 25, 2015 5:58 p.m. | A man killed in a three-vehicle crash in Washington County was identified Tuesday as Robert Krzewinski, 67, of Greendale.

The crash was reported shortly after 11:30 a.m., Monday just north of where Interstate 41 and Highway 45 merge in the Town of Polk, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

According to a news release, a truck was southbound on I-41 near Pioneer Road when it rear-ended a car driven by Krzewinski as traffic slowed for a construction project on Highway 41/45.

The truck pushed the car toward the median, and then hit a second car before coming to a stop on the right shoulder.

Krzewinski died from injuries at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. His dog was taken to the Washington County Humane Society for safekeeping, according to the release.

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Oak Creek man killed in Sauk County traffic accident

Aug. 25, 2015 5:40 p.m. | Oak Creek — A traffic accident in Sauk County resulted in the death of an Oak Creek man on Monday, Aug. 24.

A car traveling eastbound on Interstate 90 near Lake Delton crossed the median for an unknown reason at about 5:45 p.m. and began traveling east inside the shoulder of the westbound lane, the Wisconsin State Patrol reported.

The driver lost control and the car was placed in a sideways position. As the driver rotated into the travel lanes, an oncoming truck struck the car. The truck driver had attempted to evade the crash by steering onto the shoulder. After the crash, the truck lay on its side off the exit shoulder.

Car passenger Gary A. Gritton, 65, sustained fatal injuries from the crash. Car driver Gary D. Gritton, 36, and passenger Gail P. Gritton, 64, sustained life-threatening injuries and are being treated at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

Gary D. Gritton was not wearing a seat belt at the scene. The Wisconsin State Patrol reported alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

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Oak Creek tennis team wins South Milwaukee Invite

Aug. 25, 2015 5:39 p.m. | Last year, with a rain-date scheduling conflict forcing them to withdraw after completing only part of the tournament, the Oak Creek girls tennis team didn't know whether it could win the 16-school South Milwaukee/Oak Creek Dual Meet Invite.

This year, the Knights were able to stick around for the entirety of the event and prove their mettle, winning four matches and claiming the championship in the two-day meet held Aug. 19 and 20.

"We had to go to Madison last year; we had another commitment," said veteran coach Don Tellefsen. "So we were very happy we were able to finish it this time."

The Knights beat Mukwonago, 5-2, downed Southeast Conference rival Racine Case, 6-1, and then in what proved to be the de facto title match, outlasted New Berlin West, 4-3, in the semifinals. In the finals, the Knights overpowered Grafton, 6-1.

In the win over West, Tellefsen said the Knights were down in all four singles matches before junior Varsha Sriram pulled out a super tiebreaker third-set win at the second position.

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Oak Creek community buries time capsule at future city hall

Aug. 25, 2015 3:38 p.m. | Oak Creek — More than a 100 items from Oak Creek's history were buried in a 5-foot-deep hole Tuesday to be preserved for the next 50 years.

City officials collected donations from residents earlier this year to store inside a time capsule, as part of Oak Creek's 60th anniversary.

Donations included such wide-ranging items as a 2012 presidential ballot, an Apple iPhone, student essays, and books on Oak Creek's history. Local social clubs contributed fliers, rosters, posters, patches, coins and T-shirts. Churches gave their directories. Oak Creek dentist Dana Bott donated a toothbrush and some business information.

"I think the coolest things were the yearbooks," said City Clerk Catherine Roeske, who helped organize the time capsule event. "They were a good score."

The city received yearbooks from every school in the district for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: What stood out on the first week of high-school football?

Aug. 25, 2015 11:25 a.m. | JP and JR talk about the rise of the Franklin Sabers, a big battle between Arrowhead and Homestead, strong wins for Oak Creek and Germantown and other notes from the first week of football. Plus: the guys differ on whether the Packers will survive the Jordy Nelson injury.

Oak Creek-Franklin School Board receives voter approval to add two more seats

Aug. 24, 2015 10:23 p.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek-Franklin School Board will soon be a seven-member body.

At its annual meeting on Monday, Aug. 24, residents of the joint school district approved a motion for two additional board members .

YES for Oak Creek Schools, a parent-led organization, raised more than 500 signatures from residents this summer to bring the request before a public vote. The group argued more school board members were necessary to accurately represent the community.

"This community has grown ... but this school board has not gained any seats at all," Jenny von Helms, a co-founder of YES, said at the meeting. "This community is so large and diverse that we're at a crossroads. So many important things are happening in our community, especially in our schools, and I think having two other voices will really help make those critical decisions."

Not everyone at the meeting agreed that a larger school board would benefit the district.

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Oak Creek-Franklin School District approves preliminary budget, calls for tax rate increase

Aug. 24, 2015 9:46 p.m. | Oak Creek — Electors in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District approved an 8.5 percent increase in the total tax levy and a 15.4 percent raise in the tax rate during the Aug. 24 annual meeting.

The projected increase in the tax levy, now proposed at $34.5 million, is primarily due to voter-approved debt. Last November, residents voted in favor of adding a new elementary and secondary school to the district — a $59 million referendum question.

The voter-approved debt accounts for more than 83 percent of the projected tax levy increase.

The tax levy for operations, however, is projected to increase by approximately $471,000 or 1.7 percent.

The Oak Creek-Franklin tax rate will increase to $9.90 per $1,000 of assessed value for taxpayers under the preliminary budget. The district's projected rate is below the 2014-15 state average rate of $10.26.

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