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DiCarlo's, Family Vision burglarized

March 05, 2013 5:12 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are investigating burglaries at two businesses in the 8400 block of South Howell Avenue.

According to the police reports:

An employee at DiCarlo's Trattoria & Pizzaria, 8469 S. Howell Ave., called police at 8:58 a.m. March 1 to report the restaurant had been broken into overnight.

The main customer doors to the restaurant had been forced open and the main office had been ransacked. Four cash registers were emptied and stacked in the main entryway. The amount of cash stolen during the burglary is estimated between $15,000 and $20,000.

During the investigation at the restaurant it was discovered an adjoining business, Family Vision, also had been burglarized. Although the doors to the business were found locked, an employee discovered that the petty cash drawer was short $150.

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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.

Franklin boys tennis team dominates SEC tourney

May 24, 2016 10:15 a.m. | On a rare, dry, nice day, the defending champion Franklin boys tennis team acted accordingly, dominating almost all levels of play and cruising to the Southeast Conference title May 19.

"It was a beautiful day for tennis," said an enthusiastic Sabers' coach Gail Champion. "We had six flights of conference champions. I don't remember us ever having this many champions.

"Everyone battled hard. We had a number of super tie breakers determine matches. We came into the tournament with 47 points, and we accumulated a grand total of 91 points (again a first)."

The Sabers looked to build on that effort as they started WIAA tourney play with subsectional action at Greenfield on Tuesday, May 24. Qualifiers took part in sectional play hosted by Marquette on Wednesday, May 25.

The first four finishers in Flight 1 of singles and doubles and the winners of Flight 2 in singles and doubles automatically advance to the WIAA State Individual Tournament in Madison, June 2-4.

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Big bats land Oak Creek softball team SEC title

May 24, 2016 10:10 a.m. | Known as a pitchers game for many years, the batters are starting to catch up in Wisconsin girls fast-pitch softball.

And the 20-5 Southeast Conference champion Oak Creek Knights are embracing that concept with gusto.

They have scored in double digits 12 times this season and did so again May 18 in stunning fashion, pounding 16 hits to run-rule Whitnall, 12-2, in what was supposed to be an intriguing nonconference southside showdown at Oak Creek East Middle School.

"Everyone is just crushing the ball," said Oak Creek coach Jeff Trask. "We start getting a few hits, and it saps the energy out of the opposing team. Hitting is just contagious on our team. We just need a couple of kids to put it together, and off we go."

The Knights continued their hitting streak in a big way with a 13-3 victory over Kenosha Indian Trail on May 19 that clinched the Southeast Confererence title. They finished the league schedule May 20 in impressive fashion with a tough-minded 2-1 decision over Kenosha Tremper.

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Steady Franklin golfers claim Southeast Conference title

May 23, 2016 8:34 p.m. | It was not a day to go for broke on a difficult and challenging course for the Franklin boys golf team at the Southeast Conference 18-hole finale at Meadowbrook on May 19.

No, this was a day to stay on target, work the game plan and just secure the conference title the team had worked so hard to earn over the course of the regular season.

And oh yes, be good sports along the way.

The Sabers did just that, putting a definitive capper on their first league title since 2013 with a winning 331 total, well head of Racine Horlick (343).

Furthermore, Franklin was also awarded the league's Sportsmanship Award, something that coach Brandon Johnsen was as proud of as the title itself.

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Grease fire damages oven at Franklin bakery

May 20, 2016 7:44 a.m. | A grease fire in an oven at Baptista's Bakery in Franklin caused "minimal" damage to the oven, according to a news release from the Franklin Police Department.

Police and fire personnel responded to a report of a fire at about 1:21 a.m. Friday, May 20, at the bakery, in the 4600 block of West Oakwood Park Drive.

The fire department extinguished a small grease fire in one of the bakery's ovens. The building was evacuated, and there were no injuries.

Five places to go to let your dog off the leash this summer

May 19, 2016 5:32 p.m. | Taking your dog out for a walk can be fun and good exercise for owner and canine alike.

But dogs on a leash are restrained in such a way that it limits their exercise. It keeps them from really being able to stretch their legs and get some speed, as they like to do when they are unharnessed. The Milwaukee County Parks website encourages such behavior in dogs (as well as humans).

"Calling all dogs! Enjoy the Dog Exercise Areas (DEAs) in the parks — where you and your human can run free," the county parks website reads. "Play Frisbee with your human, explore nature, and socialize with the big dogs or visit one of the Dog Exercise Areas with spaces fenced especially for small dogs."

The website claims it's "so much more fun than going for a walk around the block."

Why not find out for yourself? There are a number of places within the county that allow you to let your dog off leash and have some fun together.

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Reptile Day returns June 12 at Wehr Nature Center

May 19, 2016 3:01 p.m. | Those who visit Wehr Nature Center June 12 from 1-4 p.m. will have the chance to meet some reptiles and amphibians up close, according to a news release May 19.

From 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. those in attendance can participate in nature hikes to search for turtles, frogs, and snakes at the Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Avenue in Franklin.

Many different species will be on display including the common snapping turtle, blue-spotted salamander, and timber rattlesnake which are all native t Wisconsin. In addition, a few exotic species will also be there including the Amazon tree boa, ball python, and spiny-tailed lizard.

Oak Creek stuns Whitnall, 12-2, in battle of softball powers

May 19, 2016 12:21 a.m. | Known as a pitcher's game for many years, the batters are starting to catch up in Wisconsin girls' fastpitch softball.

And the 18-6 Southeast Conference leading Oak Creek Knights are embracing that concept with gusto.

They have scored in double digits 12 times this season and did so again on Wednesday in stunning fashion, pounding 16 hits to run-rule fourth-ranked in state D2 polls Whitnall, 12-2, in what was supposed to be an intriguing nonconference southside showdown at Oak Creek East Middle School.

"Everyone is just crushing the ball," said Oak Creek coach Jeff Trask. "We start getting a few hits and it saps the energy  out of the opposing team. Hitting is just contagious on our team. We just need a couple of kids to put it together and off we go."

The player the Knights fed off of today was pitcher Becca Oleniczak. She gave up a two-run homer to her opposing number, Falcons' hurler Alex Cimler, in the top of the first, but then got Oak Creek back into the game with a solo home run of her own in the bottom of the frame.

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