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Due to thefts, Oak Creek police advise women to leave purses home when shopping

Jan. 30, 2013 9:00 a.m. | Police are advising women not to place their purses in their shopping carts after two women had their wallets stolen while shopping at Oak Creek grocery stores last week.

According to the Oak Creek police reports:

A man stole a wallet out of an 80-year-old woman's purse while she was shopping at Pick 'n Save, 6462 S. 27th St., about 3 p.m. Jan. 26. The woman told police the man took the wallet out of her open purse after he helped her load a six-pack of water and some Solo cups into her shopping cart.

The man is described as a 6-foot-tall man with light brown skin; short, dark hair and a grayish goatee; and wearing a dark tan jacket. The wallet, worth about $9, contained a driver's license, medical cards, a credit and debit card, a $25 gift certificate and other membership cards.

Police checked with store security but the incident was not captured on video surveillance.

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Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool Road Rally fundraiser being held June 4

5:16 p.m. | Hales Corners —The third annual Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool Road Rally is being held June 4.

"Participating teams will ponder puzzles, perform feats of daring, and take on a scavenger hunt as they navigate a course through Hales Corners," said Bob Stollenwerk in an email about the event.

Cost for the event is $15.

Village Trustee Don Schwartz called it a "really fun community event."

Money raised goes to Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool, a group with the goal of bringing year-round opportunities for recreation to the Hales Corners community.

Hales Corners Youth Music Theatre presenting The Sound of Music

5:09 p.m. | Hales Corners Youth Music Theatre is putting on a production of The Sound of Music with three days of performances at the beginning of June.

The production will be presented at Faith Bible Church, 4175 S. 112th St., in Greenfield. Performances will be held June 3 at 7:30 p.m., June 4 at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., and June 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission with seniors and children getting in for $10.

Suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country's 2016 WIAA State Track and Field Meet Special Section

3:00 p.m. | The WIAA state meet runs Friday and Saturday at the Unviersity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and several area athletes will be taking part looking to make history.

Check out our special section for the event, including athletes to watch, past photo galleries and past champions with the meet just around the corner.

Second year to Stuff the Squad for St. James food pantry

10:12 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Police Department along with Roundy's are offering residents the chance to Stuff the Squad for the second year June 4-11 to benefit the St. James food pantry.

The event will be held at two Pick 'n Save stores, 7201 S. 76th Street and 5800 S. 108th Street. Customers can purchase $5 or $10 prepackaged bags of food for the drive.

"This type of program was done very successfully at the Pick 'n Save at Easter time for the benefit of our pantry," said Frank Levar, volunteer at the St. James food pantry.

Levar said a squad will be present June 11 to be stuffed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both locations.

Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country

May 27, 2016 12:15 p.m. | There are many programs, parades and events on Memorial Day in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.

Here's a roundup of events on the Monday, May 30, federal holiday:


Festival Foods proposal advances in Hales Corners with panel's support

May 26, 2016 4:25 p.m. | The proposed Festival Foods has bagged some key village support as plans advance for a store in the old Kmart site along Highway 100 in Hales Corners.

The plan commission's recommendation for a conditional-use permit and a tax incremental financing district tied to the development now puts the plan in the hands of the village board, which will meet June 6 and is expected to act on both measures.

Village Administrator Mike Weber said this week that a developer's agreement will also be on the agenda, but terms have not been finalized so far.

In TIF districts, the increase in property tax dollars generated by a new development help to finance some upfront costs of construction. The proposed TIF is over 19 acres with 13 parcels, including commercial frontage along Highway 100 as well as existing multifamily residential.

A presentation at the plan commission's May 16 meeting by Ehlers and Vandewalle Associates projected expenditures of approximately $10.7 million, spread over five phases. It also mentioned streetscaping and other utility costs up to a half-mile radius from the TIF district, which could divert tax dollars for up to 27 years to pay for the costs.

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Warrior Dash obstacle course coming to The Rock Aug. 13

May 26, 2016 2:10 p.m. | Are you a warrior?

A 5K obstacle course known as the Warrior Dash is coming to The Rock Sports Complex Aug. 13 with registration open now.

"Whether you're an elite athlete, this is your first 5K, or you just like getting outside on the weekends, you can conquer the battleground," an email release from The Rock states.

The course includes 12 world-class obstacles — such as Goliath, Deadman's Drop, Fisherman's Catch, and Chaotic Cargo — leaps over fire, and mud paths according to the official website, warriordash.com.

Following the finish line are games, music, and food.

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2 men sentenced in attempted carjackings in Greenfield, Oak Creek

May 25, 2016 5:52 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for using a stolen car to try to commit another carjacking, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Devonte Hayes and his accomplice, Norman Howard, 18, for carjackings that occurred last August in Oak Creek and Greenfield. Howard received 7 1/2 years in prison.

The two tried to rob a female driver who had slowed for a red light at S. 76th St. and W. Layton Ave. A red car swerved in front of her and stopped. A man carrying a revolver got out of the car and came to her partially rolled down window and asked for directions before ordering her out of the car, prosecutors said.

"I am going to (expletive) shoot you," the man said, according to the criminal complaint.

The man opened her door but the woman didn't move immediately because she had her seat belt on, and the man shoved her. The woman began honking the car horn to draw attention, which caused the man to run back to the red car and get in the passenger seat.

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Classes resume at Franklin High School following evacuation

May 25, 2016 1:15 p.m. | Franklin — Classes have resumed following an evacuation after an automated bomb threat phone call was received at Franklin High School May 25.

Police did a sweep of the building at 8222 S. 51st Street and found nothing according to the department's dispatcher.

According to the Franklin School District a "computer generated threat" came through early in the morning. A press release from Franklin police said both police and fire responded at about 9:45 a.m. to the school.

A similar evacuation also happened in Germantown.

Franklin High School wins awards for "Fiddler on the Roof"

May 25, 2016 12:10 p.m. | Franklin High School was awarded eight Tommy Awards for their 2016 production of "Fiddler on the Roof" according to a news release May 24.

Those awards include:

·Outstanding Orchestra

·Outstanding Lead Performance by Brandon Heath (Motel)

·Outstanding Supporting Performance by Emma Brockman (Chava)

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View some Art in the Park in Oak Creek May 28

May 25, 2016 10:08 a.m. | Displayed among the natural art of nature in a park will be various displays and demonstrations for Oak Creek's Art in the Park event in Henry Miller Park on May 28.

The event, held at 315 E. Groveland from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is being presented by the Oak Creek-Franklin Foundation for Education and sponsored by U.S. Bank.

Both vendors and students will have art sales along with a student art demonstration, live student performance art, hands-on instruction, art raffles, and a food truck.

One raffle will be for Adirondack chairs donated by the Oak Creek Lions and hand-painted by students.

Kohl's Color Wheels, an off-site studio program from the Milwaukee Art Museum that offers free art activities will be featured.

Boerner Botanical Gardens hosting Herb Fair May 28

May 24, 2016 6:15 p.m. | Hales Corners —The Herb Society of America's Wisconsin Unit is celebrating pepper as the "Herb of the Year" at the 2016 Herb Fair May 28 at Boerner Botanical Gardens, according to a news release.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 9400 Boerner Drive in Whitnall Park in Hales Corners.

Talks will be held regarding peppers as appetizers and desserts as well as growing herbs in containers. There will also be various demonstrations, thousands of herb plants on display, art with an herb garden theme, herbal items made by Wisconsin Unit members, and a tea room.

Kids of all ages will be entertained making seed paper.

Greendale's Canterbury Elementary enters recycling contest to win new playground

May 24, 2016 6:07 p.m. | Greendale —Canterbury Elementary is trying to win a playground from Colgate, Meijer, and Terracycle made from oral care products.

The school will earn one "playground credit" for every unit of oral care waste, according to a news release May 16. Those units can be toothpaste tubes and floss containers, for example. Additional credits are earned for every online vote cast on the contest website — meijer.com/colgate — by June 18.

The grand price is a playground made of recycled oral care waste collected through the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program. The challenge launched April 24 in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. The program is ongoing and open to any individual, family, school, or community group, the release states.

Every piece of waste sent in with a prepaid shipping label earns money toward the participants' school or charity of choice.

To learn more, visit www.terracycle.com/colgate.

Oak Creek boys track team stays on task, win sixth SEC outdoor title

May 24, 2016 1:54 p.m. | When a team has won six straight Southeast Conference outdoor track titles like the Oak Creek boys have, there are bound to be several good reasons.

One major reason, according to veteran coach Rick Stack, is how he staffs the meet, which he and his team have hosted for the last several years.

"It's always nice to be at home," said Stack after the Knights latest dominant league outdoor title effort May 17. "I had my JV kids working the meet, and those guys are out there doing things to make the meet run more easily, and they're taking it all in.

"They see what happens, and they say to themselves 'We don't want to let that (run) down,' and that also helps in their confidence."

The Knights, who also won the Southeast Conference Relays, will now look to build on that momentum in the WIAA series of qualifying meets. They took part in a regional at South Milwaukee on Monday, May 23, and sent qualifiers from there to the sectional at Whitnall, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26.

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Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

May 24, 2016 12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.


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