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Bicyclist cited for vandalism after road rage incident in Oak Creek

Feb. 27, 2013 11:11 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 29-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for breaking the mirror on another driver's car during a road rage incident Feb. 20.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A driver called police after she unintentionally cut off a bicyclist while he was riding in the right lane of traffic in the 2000 block of West Ryan Road about 4:15 p.m. Feb. 20. The bicyclist followed the driver into the lot of Shell Gas, 2170 W. Ryan Road, where he confronted the woman about her driving. An argument ensued, and the bicyclist smashed the mirror on her car with his hand.

The bicyclist then attempted to get on a city bus at the Ryan Road Park and Ride. However, the driver and her husband, who was a passenger in the car, asked the bus driver to wait until police arrived.

When police arrived and questioned the bicyclist, he told police he believed he was almost struck by the woman's vehicle when the woman passed him in the right lane so he followed her to the gas station to confront her. When the driver disagreed that she had cut him off, the bicyclist got upset and punched the driver-side mirror on her vehicle, causing it to break.

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Mason's scoring spree leads Slinger past Whitnall

Aug. 22, 2014 11:41 p.m. | Senior running back Jacob Mason rushed for five touchdowns and scored a total of 38 points as visiting Slinger spoiled the debut of new Whitnall head coach Jared McGranahan with a 44-16 victory over the host Falcons.

Mason, who also serves as the Owls placekicker, scored on runs of 30, 10, 8, 5, and 4 yards as Slinger controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening kickoff. His 30-yard scamper on Slinger's first offensive possession got the Owls on the board, and his 33-yard field goal on their second drive staked them to an early 10-0 lead.

"If you aren't where you need to be, and you don't use proper technique, you won't get a second shot against that young man (Mason)," said McGranahan. "He took a few long on us, and he is a heck of a player.

Whitnall answered with an offensive drive deep into Slinger territory, but Falcons quarterback Tyler Merritt was intercepted looking for receiver Michael Grim on an out route, as Slinger defensive back Jesse Bellefeuil undercut Grim to make the play at the Owls 10-yard-line. Bellefeuil, who muffed a punt that Slinger recovered on the previous series, returned the interception all the way to Whitnall's 36-yard line, and Mason would hammer home his second touchdown of the game three plays later. Bellefeuil's show of mental toughness was not lost on his head coach.

"I always tell our kids that when they make a mistake, they are going to get another opportunity to make a play," said Slinger head coach Bill Jacklin. "These games are really momentum driven, and that play helped us greatly."

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Oak Creek rallies for victory over Falls

Aug. 22, 2014 10:45 p.m. | For 2 1/2 quarters on Friday, the Menomonee Falls football team, despite giving up hundreds of pounds of line weight and years of experience to visiting Oak Creek, had the Knights on the ropes to the tune of a 10-0 deficit in opening-night action.

But then the Knights forgot all their lofty, preseason rankings and just started playing football.

They scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter and then held on to overwhelm the game Indians by a 20-10 to count.

"This should serve as a lesson to us," said Oak Creek coach Mike Bartholomew to the team afterwards on the muggy, foggy evening. "We are not the hunter this year; we are the hunted. We've got to practice like we're in second place all week long and then play like we're in first place all game long."

One key player who did do that this evening was senior defensive back/receiver Doran Turchin. Turchin, the NOW Newspapers Baseball Player of the Year for the Knights, did not play football last season in order to concentrate on baseball, but he made his presence felt in his return to the gridiron.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 1.

Franklin football team catches second wind at Hamilton

Aug. 22, 2014 1:12 p.m. | Two teams with brand new defenses went at each other on opening night Aug. 21 at Grove Field at Sussex Hamilton High School, and it was Franklin that emerged as the survivor, needing a resounding rally to pull it off.

The visiting Sabers fell behind, 21-0, but rallied for a 44-28 win over the Chargers on Aug. 21 at Hamilton's Stan Grove Field.

The game, covered by local television with the United States Marines and the United State Army on hand, looked like it was headed in a completely different direction early.

Hamilton got a touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage by senior running back Tyler Davis, covering 67 yards. Senior Isaiah Webb had a 19-yard touchdown run before Franklin, a team in the WIAA Division 1 state championship fight last year, nearly self-destructed. The Sabers gave up a 9-yard touchdown run to Webb after a snap from center ended up over the head of junior punter Nathan Gennrich just south of the game's first TV timeout.

At that point, Franklin collectively took a deep breath, knowing there was a lot more football to be played.

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Motorist chased children, used racial slur, cops say

Aug. 22, 2014 11:07 a.m. | A caller reported a motorist chased her children and used a racial slur toward them while they were walking Aug. 2.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The children were walking in the area of Rawson and Quincy avenues about 7:15 p.m. Aug. 2 when a man driving a red pickup truck chased her children and used a racial slur.

The responding officer spoke to the children, who stated the man got out of his truck and started chasing them southbound through a wooded area.

The man stated, "Lucky I don't have a gun, I would shoot you guys," and then got into his truck and was last seen traveling eastbound on Rawson Avenue.

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Greendale School District to "get on a different trajectory" for polling place issue

Aug. 21, 2014 7:49 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale School Board unanimously agreed Thursday night to rescind its two letters to the village's Board of Trustees, which requested action to move polling places from its schools.

The school district initially asked the village in May to remove the polling places by the general election after concerns arose about student safety during election days.

Alternative locations for the polling places have been hard to find in Greendale, however. Polling places require facilities to meet certain requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To gain public input on the matter, the board of trustees agreed to bring the issue before its voters through a referendum question — "Should the polling places for the Village of Greendale be located in buildings other than in schools owned by the Greendale School District?"

The school board issued a second letter earlier this week that granted permission to use its schools for the general election on November 4.

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Franklin High's new auditorium, classrooms to be ready for first day of school

Aug. 21, 2014 1:11 p.m. | Franklin — Construction for Franklin High School is right on schedule as contractors from CG Schmidt prepare the building for the first day of school.

The high school, located at 8222 S. 51st Street, has been under construction since the summer of 2013 for a new academic addition and a performing arts auditorium.

Students will be able to enjoy new classrooms and a 850-seat auditorium starting the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

"We are moving into the new additions for this school year as planned," said Steve Patz, district superintendent. "It is gratifying to see this project's first phase take shape and we look forward to welcoming our students and staff to the new spaces. We thank our community for all of their support throughout this process."

Construction inside the building's academic addition will continue into the 2014-15 school year, as will landscaping outside. The next phase of the district's project will be to complete the high school's main entrance and center atrium in September. Other remodeling phases include a new art department and studio.

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Greendale Schools to re-evaluate polling place requests this Thursday

Aug. 20, 2014 4:40 p.m. | Greendale — A special school board meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, to consider rescinding previous requests sent to the village to move polling places out of district schools.

Due to a growing concern for student safety, the Greendale School District sent a formal letter to the board of trustees in May to ask that polling places be moved out of schools by the general election.

Under pressure from the district to move the polling places, the board of trustees passed a referendum question on July 15 that would ask voters to weigh in on the controversy.

The school district sent another letter to the board earlier this week, which granted permission for the village to use schools as polling places for the upcoming election.

"We understand the various challenges faced by the Village as work continues to find suitable alternative sites to serve as polling locations," the letter states. "… Therefore, we agree to adjust our expectations on timing, and are no longer suggesting that you move polling places in Greendale out of the elementary schools beginning with the next scheduled election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014."

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Franklin to accept bids for new water, sewer facility

Aug. 19, 2014 9:31 p.m. | Franklin — The City of Franklin will begin accepting bids for a new water and sewer facility after the Common Council unanimously approved to move forward with the project on August 19.

The existing Water and Wastewater Operations facility, located at 5550 W. Airways Avenue, was built in 1985.

Since then, the facility has grown in staff and equipment and the operation currently uses nearby property for storage space.

The city is now considering a design that would expand the facility's existing 2,800 square foot building to one about six times larger — 13,600 square feet.

The design calls for offices, employee work stations, a conference room, a break room, locker rooms for men and women, vehicle storage and parking areas for employees and visitors.

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Chick-fil-A celebrates National Lemonade Day with free samples in Brookfield, Greendale

Aug. 19, 2014 4:47 p.m. | Greendale — Chick-fil-A will celebrate National Lemonade Day on Wednesday, August 20 with "pop up" lemonade stands in Brookfield and Greendale, the communities of the first two stand-alone restaurants in Wisconsin.

The Chick-fil-A stands will offer free lemonade samples and promotional items.

The Brookfield lemonade stand will be set up outside 200 N. Corporate Drive, in the Brookfield Lakes Corporate Center, at 11:30 a.m.

The Greendale stand will be located inside the Martin Luther High School parking lot, 5201 S. 76th Street, at 2:30 p.m.

These two new Wisconsin locations join Chick-fil-A's family of more than 1,800 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Both restaurants are on schedule to open this September, when they will invite the local community to participate in the "First 100" free food promotion.

YoFresh Yogurt Cafe to open in Hales Corners

Aug. 19, 2014 1:38 p.m. | Hales Corners — A new frozen yogurt shop called YoFresh Yogurt Cafe is slated to open on South 108th Street by the first week of September.

YoFresh is part of a Boston-based franchise. It's new cafe at 5760 S. 108th St. will be the second location in Wisconsin besides Oak Creek.

Customers will be able to customize their sweet treat with any of YoFresh's self-serve "lots o' toppings."

YoFresh frozen yogurt is all-natural, contains no artificial sweeteners and is fat free, according to its menu online.

Dennis Dietscher of Hales Corners charged with accepting bribes

Aug. 19, 2014 10:26 a.m. | Hales Corners — Ex-Milwaukee County official Dennis Dietscher, 55, of Hales Corners, was charged Monday, Aug. 18 with six counts in all, related to accepting bribes, official misconduct and lying about his handling of contract work.

Dietscher helped manage the restoration of the Milwaukee County Courthouse after an electrical fire in the summer as the county's safety coordinator and risk manager. The charges issued Monday are not related to that work.

According to the criminal complaint, Dietscher used money from the county's insurance carriers to pay for renovation work done on his home, fishing and hunting trips, expensive dinners, and $1,300 worth of tools from 2009 and 2013. He nearly always chose the same restoration contractor, Belfor USA.

At one point, Belfor USA issued a check to Dietcher's Hales Corners-based roofing company for work allegedly done on a county project. Dietscher Roofing did not work on that project, according to the criminal complaint. The money was reportedly used to pay for work done at the home of Dietscher's father in Big Bend. The work cost $2,500.

The incident was listed as the probable cause for Dietscher's arrest in February and is the basis for one of the bribery counts in the complaint.

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VIDEO: Whitnall distributes nearly 1,400 iPads across district

Aug. 19, 2014 10:26 a.m. | The Whitnall School District is preparing to issue 830 iPad Mini tablets to its High School students in the first of a multi-year program to integrate one-to-one online technology with its students and staff.

Whitnall will issue an additional 540 iPads to its Middle School students who are in the second year of the integration, which now replaces textbooks with online content only for several classes.

 

Greendale School Board OKs schools for general election

Aug. 18, 2014 9:40 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale School District will permit the village to keep its traditional polling places in schools for the upcoming general election.

The district formally asked the village's board of trustees in May to move the polling places from the schools by the general election on November 4 after concerns arose about the safety of students during election days.

After months of discussion between the school district and village administration, the board of trustees approved a referendum question for the general election on July 15. The referendum question will ask residents: "Should the polling places for the Village of Greendale be located in buildings other than in schools owned by the Greendale School District?"

Currently, all three of the district's elementary schools and the high school are used as polling places.

With the village's efforts to find alternative locations in mind, school board members unanimously approved Monday use of its facilities for the general election.

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Motorcyclist killed after crashing into parked SUV in St. Francis

Aug. 15, 2014 2:00 p.m. | A 36-year-old motorcyclist was killed overnight Thursday when he crashed into a parked SUV in St. Francis, police said.

The crash occurred about 12:45 a.m. Friday in the 3400 block of E. Howard Ave. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's name is being withheld pending notification of family.

Police have not indicated what may have led up to the crash.

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