Oak Creek - An officer waiting for a tow truck after arresting a Franklin man for drunken driving in the 2600 block of West Rawson Avenue arrested a second drunken driver at the same location during the early morning hours of Dec. 30.
According to the Oak Creek police report:
An officer came across a vehicle parked in the middle of the road in the 2600 block of West Rawson Avenue about 2:45 a.m. Dec. 30. While questioning the driver, a 26-year-old Franklin man, the officer noticed the man smelled of alcohol. The man admitted to drinking four drinks in a bar prior to driving and failed field sobriety tests. A breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13, and he was arrested for drunken driving.
While the officer sat in his squad waiting for the driver's car to be towed from the scene, about 3:25 a.m., another driver pulled up behind the squad, stopped his car in traffic and began texting on his cellphone. The squad had its emergency lights activated at the time.
The officer went to talk to the driver, a 23-year-old Oak Creek man, and found he had slurred speech and red, glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol. The man admitted to drinking at bars in downtown Milwaukee with friends and stated multiple times that he had made a stupid mistake, should not have driven home and that he was too drunk to drive. He also failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for drunken driving. His BAC was 0.14.» Read Full Article
Oak Creek — The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District has verified that a petition to expand the school board has received enough signatures to qualify for a public vote.
More than 500 voters signed the petition, which requested that the five-member school board add two more seats to better represent the district.
Residents who attend the district's annual meeting on Aug. 24. will vote on whether the school board should include two new members.
Franklin — Three longtime friends have three reasons in mind as they set out to open a new pub and eatery on 76th Street and Rawson Avenue: "to make money, have fun and give back to the community."
At the very least, when David Bartels, Mark Mastrostefano, and Darrel Malek open the Point After Pub and Grille, they see it as adding something that has been missing from the local landscape.
"We've been saying for a long time how badly we need a sports bar in the area," Mastrostefano said. "We want to be the 'Cheers' of Franklin — we want that hometown feel, and to know everyone when they walk in and what drink they order. We want to be the destination."
Mastrostefano said the goal is to get the Point After open before football season rolls around. That's key, because they want their restaurant to be a destination after high school football games, as wel as during and after Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers games.
To that point, the Point After is going to be equipped with 18 TVs in the main area, plus a a 75-inch TV in a conference room.» Read Full Article
Greendale — A local man has died after a boating accident in Minnesota left him struggling to stay above water Monday evening, July 27
Richard Dziewit, 58, of Greendale was spotted treading water on Lake Vermilion in Greenwood Township around 8 p.m. "while his boat was running and spinning circles around him," the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported in a news release.
Two nearby boaters were able to pull Dziewit's boat away from him, but he sank below the water.
Dziewit's body was recovered about 21/2 half hours later by the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.
The incident remains under investigation.
Southside Milwaukee area girls high school softball has always been strong, and among the reasons for that are the strong summer traveling programs in the area
This was recently demonstrated by the highly successful U-16 Greenfield Ignitors club team, which took an impressive second in the recent USSSA Road to Orlando Class A World Series.
According to Ignitors president and head coach Scott Bauer, the team was highly competitive the whole week (July 11-18) .
"It was an extremely successful week for our team, and we took an undefeated record into Saturday's championship game," he said. "Unfortunately, we fell a little short but still walked away with a second-place finish.
"We beat teams from Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas and Florida to get into the championship game. I think we surprised a lot of people. Before we played a team from Texas, one of the parents from that team was heard to say, 'They're from Wisconsin. How good can they be?' We beat that team 3-0 and really made our mark on that tournament."» Read Full Article
Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.
The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.
The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.
Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.
Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.
Continuing its acquisition strategy, Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. said Tuesday it has purchased an El Paso, Texas, trucking firm that operates across the Southwest and in Mexico.
Roadrunner said it bought Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution for $35 million, plus up to $5 million more based on the unit's future performance.
The purchase will let Cudahy-based Roadrunner operate its own trucks in Mexico, an authority the firm hasn't had. It also expands Roadrunner's presence in the Southwest.
Stagecoach's revenue totaled about $34 million for the 12 months ended June 30, Roadrunner said. Stagecoach is expected to add to Roadrunner's earnings this year.
The purchase is Roadrunner's 34th acquisition since 2005, and the first in 2015. The company made four purchases last year, spending about $230 million.» Read Full Article
Oak Creek — A local frozen bread manufacturer faces up to $85,800 in fines after one of its employees was injured on the job.
A 30-year-old temporary employee required extensive surgery after suffering burns and lacerations of tendons and ligaments in her right hand after she used a cutting and sealing machine at Joseph Campione Inc., the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported in a news release.
Joseph Campione Inc. supplies products to Costco Wholesale Corp., IGA, Piggly Wiggly and others.
OSHA inspectors found that the Oak Creek food distributor ignored safety requirements to protect workers from moving machine parts. The agency issued one willful and four serious safety violations to the company on July 22, citing the company for failing to protect workers from machinery hazards.
"Thousands of workers are injured each year because manufacturers fail to recognize machine hazards. No worker's shift should end with a hospital stay," Christine Zortman, OSHA's area director in Milwaukee, stated in the news release.» Read Full Article
Hales Corners — A tanker truck was involved in a crash with a semi-truck at the intersection of Highway 100 and W. Janesville Road, spilling about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, Tuesday morning.
Deputy chief Martin Freibergs of the Hales Corners fire department said that tanker truck was hit by another truck heading southbound on Highway 100. He said it was one of the worst spills he has seen in his career.
Freibergs said that the intersection is expected to be cleared by mid-afternoon on Tuesday. The fire department is handling the cleanup by pouring sand onto the spilled diesel, and then will sweep it up. The clean up process will take about three hours because the tanker that spilled has to unload the rest of its fuel into a separate tanker, Freibergs said. The Wisconsin DOT said they believe the Highway to be re-opened by 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Freibergs said that there is a chance that because asphalt soaks up diesel, the DNR might go back and deem the Highway unsafe and be forced to tear it up.
No one was hurt during the crash, an employee at the Bosh Tavern located next to the scene said she heard a load "boom," and saw fuel spill out onto the street.
Oak Creek — JoJo Siwa, one of the young stars of Lifetime's television series "Dance Moms," will make an appearance in Oak Creek on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Siwa will host two meet-and-greet sessions at The Academy of Performing Arts in Oak Creek, 9160 S. Pennsylvania Ave. The sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Registration is limited. Tickets can be purchased at jojowisconsin.eventbrite.com.
Oak Creek — The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin will welcome the public to take part in a series of events to honor victims of the mass shooting three years ago.
"The Sikh community has always been united, but I think we've united as a whole community (since the attack)," said Pardeep Kaleka, an organizer of the memorial events.
Six members of the temple were killed when a gunman went on a rampage Aug. 5, 2012. Kaleka's father, Satwant Singh, served as the temple's leader and president before he was killed in the mass shooting.
"Shortly after (the tragedy), we saw a huge influx of people we had not seen before," Kaleka said. "More and more people are learning that in order to overcome tragedies like this, we need to move forward together as a community."
The events will also honor the victims of a similar church shooting that occurred this year, on June 17, in Charleston, South Carolina.» Read Full Article
"Today we break ground and disrupt and weaken the soil only to be followed by hundreds of volunteers who will walk on this very ground to create a strong foundation to build Kayla's Playground," Michelle Runte, founder of Kayla's Krew said. "A community once again coming together to strengthen and to build our community in this beautiful setting of Franklin Woods Nature Center; we couldn't ask for a better silver lining."
Greendale — St. Alphonsus Parish will host a special "Feast on the Blacktop" celebration on Sunday, Aug. 2.
Members of the community are invited to enjoy food, games and live music from noon until 9 p.m. at the church, 6060 W. Loomis Road.
Music performances will include Vern Tretow, Mt. Olive and 76 Juliet. Square dancing will also be offered.
The church will also collect nonperishable items for its food pantry.
For more information, call the parish at (414) 421-2442.
Hales Corners — A public hearing for the establishment of a new TIF district for the area east of Highway 100 is scheduled to take place at the August 17 plan commission meeting.
Village Administrator Mike Weber said that the village is still exploring potential developers for the commercial area east of Highway 100 and south of West Grange Avenue. This area has been subject to new development talks ever since the Kmart left the area.
Franklin — Dave Pautz of the Franklin Parks Commission used the citizens comments period of the July 21 Franklin common council meeting to voice his displeasures with the common council.
Pautz was upset when he found out that the appointment of Alderwoman Susan Mayer to the parks commission had been tabled at the previous common council meeting, as well as the tabling of three other mayoral appointments. Pautz went further to accuse several aldermen of collaborating before meetings, which is illegal.
While Pautz was accusing four aldermen of collaborating, he was interrupted by Alderman Dan Mayer. Mayer asked Pautz to name the four Aldermen he thought were conspiring together, and made the point that this was just Pautz's opinion.
Mayer apologized shortly after for interrupting.
Pautz encouraged citizens to go online and listen to the audio recordings of the common council meetings.» Read Full Article
(Editor's note: After a late addition putting Anthony Pettis in the top 15, the "Suburban 15" was expanded to the "Suburban 16")
The meteoric rise just continues.
Pewaukee graduate J.J. Watt, once a scholarship tight end at Central Michigan and then a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin, was voted the No. 1 player in the National Football League by the league's players in a poll conducted by the NFL Network.
Higher than Aaron Rodgers (No. 2) and Tom Brady (No. 3). Higher than anyone could have imagined even when he became the 11th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Even with his second career NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award last year, it's still staggering to think that when the players in the NFL consider who the league's best player is, they turn to Watt.
Sure, all rankings have to be taken with a grain of salt, but especially with the accomplishments of Watt and Jordan Niebrugge, a Homestead graduate who shot an amateur-record round of 67 at the British Open and then tied for sixth in the tourney, there have been some exciting accomplishments racked up by local products. Considering athletes who competed in high school in the Now Newspapers or Lake Country Publications coverage area (and remain active), here's my Suburban 16, where I attempt to rank players based on exposure, impact and post-prep accomplishments.» Read Full Article