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Greendale schools closed Monday

Jan. 03, 2014 5:48 p.m. | The Greendale School District announced that all public schools will be closed Monday due to dangerously low temperatures in the forecast, Communications Director Kitty Goyette said in an email.

Greendale is just one of several school districts across the Milwaukee area that has chosen to cancel class on Monday because of concerns regarding a wind chill warning issued by the National Weather Service.

According to www.weather.com, the expected high on Monday will be approximately 13 degrees below zero.

"We're getting the word out now," Goyette said, in regards to notifying parents.

Firefighters respond to report of smoke at home, find DJ smoke machine on

April 23, 2014 9:57 a.m. | The Oak Creek Fire Department and police responded to a 911 caller who reported smoke was pouring out of a mobile home to find a smoke machine on.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Firefighters and police responded to the call about a mobile home at Sunrise Shores, 8481 S. 5th Ave., about 7 p.m. April 19. When emergency workers arrived they saw smoke coming out of the windows of the trailer.

Officials determined the smoke was coming from a DJ's smoke machine that was left on inside the residence.

An officer spoke with the resident, who stated that he and four other people were at the trailer and left about 6:45 p.m., and that someone must have left the smoke machine on prior to their departure.

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Franklin council rejects funding minor league ballpark

April 22, 2014 10:41 p.m. | A minor league ballpark planned for Franklin has again struck out in its bid for public financing.

But city officials on Tuesday night once again left open the possibility of the plan resurfacing.

The Franklin Common Council voted 6-0 to reject a plan to provide $10.5 million in city funds for the stadium.

Developer Mike Zimmerman would build the stadium at The Rock, a sports complex Zimmerman operates near S. 76th St. and W. Loomis Road.

The stadium would be mainly used by a new Frontier League baseball team Zimmerman hopes to have playing by the start of the 2015 season. The stadium also could be used for high school games, as well as concerts and other public events.

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Stella and Chewy's to relocate, expand to Oakview Business Park

April 22, 2014 7:32 p.m. | Oak Creek — Stella and Chewy's will relocate and expand its premium raw pet food manufacturing facility to Oakview Business Park in the second quarter of 2015, the Oak Creek Plan Commission approved Tuesday.

With 45 percent growth year over year, Stella and Chewy's eyed the 164,007-square-foot manufacturing space at 111 Oakview Parkway to "put down some long term roots in the community of Oak Creek," said Jen Guzman, chief executive officer.

The 20-plus year lease offers an opportunity for Stella and Chewy's to purchase the building after five years. The company expects 130 starting employees in 2015 and up to 160 or more by 2016.

"This is going to be our leading, signature company at Oakview Business Park. It's a tremendous, first class company. Welcome to Oak Creek," said Mayor Steve Scaffidi.

This item was approved at the Plan Commission level and does not need Common Council approval. 

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Police, firefighters respond to brush, leaf fires in Oak Creek

April 21, 2014 9:53 a.m. | Oak Creek police and firefighters responded to two fires, both caused by a resident or business burning leaves or brush, on April 10 and 11.

According to the Oak Creek police reports:

In the first incident, the Oak Creek Fire Department and police responded to a ditch fire in the 9000 block of South Chicago Road at 12:55 p.m. April 10.

The fire, which was extinguished before firefighters arrived, was caused by someone who was burning leaves nearby. Apparently, an ash flew into the ditch due to gusting winds, which caused damage to a 100-foot by 30-foot area. No citation was issued.

In the second incident, police and firefighters responded to a report that a grass fire was out of control in the 800 block of West Oakwood Road at about 12:10 p.m. April 11.

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Franklin girls third, Oak Creek fourth at Mukwonago track meet

April 18, 2014 10:40 p.m. | The outdoor season got off to a competitive if cool weather-wise start for the Franklin and Oak Creek girls track teams as the Sabers took third and the Knights fourth in the 10-school Mukwonago "M" Club Relays on April 16.

Franklin scored 79 points for its spot and Oak Creek 72-1/2 as host Mukwonago won with 99-1/2.

The Sabers picked up a first from the triple jump trio of Melissa Kirchoff, Breanna Judkins, and Katrina Voge. Kirchoff had the best individual triple jump at 35 feet-five inches, while Judkins was third at 33-9.

In addition, Kirchoff had the best overall 100-meter high hurdle effort of 15.97 seconds in leading the 3x100 meter hurdle trio that included Jamie Mercado and Haley Pyan to a second place finish.

Also earning runner-up slots for the Sabers were the 4x400 relay team (4:18.68), the 1,600 sprint medley relay (4:29.87) and the high jump relay team of Nancy Vo, Voge and Montana Mack.

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Oak Creek boys second, Franklin fifth at Mukwonago track meet

April 18, 2014 10:11 p.m. | The outdoor season got off to a positive start for the Oak Creek and Franklin when the Knights took second and Franklin fifth in the Mukwonago "M" Club Relays on April 16.

The Knights scored 105 points for their spot in the seven-team meet as the host Indians won with 118. The Sabers earned their spot with 52.

Oak Creek picked up firsts from its 4x100-meter relay team (45.89 seconds), the 4x400 relay (3:31.88); the triple jump trio of Macen Leonardi, Matt Hamilton and Nathan Harvey and the discus crew of Robert Campos, Peter Mitchell and Cullen Quinn.

Leonardi had the best triple jump for the Knights with a leap of 39 feet-five inches and Quinn had the best discus throw for Oak Creek with a throw of 130-11.

In addition, the hurdle trio of Donovan Brown, Brian Weinzirl and Dominique Smith was victorious in both the 3x110 high hurdle and the 3x300 intermediate hurdle events.

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Oak Creek Mayor Scaffidi to host 'State of the City' chat via Twitter tonight

April 16, 2014 2:29 p.m. | Mayor Scaffidi will host a "State of the City" chat via Twitter tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. using the hashtag #askthemayor.

Scaffidi will tweet announcements from the city's Twitter account, @CityofOakCreek, and respond to any questions labeled with the hashtag #askthemayor.

Last year's "State of the City" chat took place at the Oak Creek Community Center. Scaffidi said he held a Twitter chat once before and hopes to get the same response tonight, if not better.

"I thought I'd mix it up this year," said Scaffidi.

Sikhs in Washington honor Officer Brian Murphy

April 16, 2014 1:00 p.m. | Oak Creek — Police officer Brian Murphy was awarded a Sewa (service) Award in Washington for being the first officer on the scene during the Aug. 5, 2012, shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

The Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, a Sikh organization based in Washington, presented the award on Sunday, April 13, or Vaisakhi Day.

"It's well deserved," said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards. "The Sikh community has been fantastic to not only (Murphy) but our entire police department. (Murphy) is well-deserved for any award for the actions he took on that day."

Murphy was struck with 12 bullets at the attack, during which six Sikh worshippers were killed and three others were wounded. Murphy is now retired.

"We, as an organization, decided to honor Brian Murphy with a Sewa (service) Award," said Inder Paul Singh, chairman of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, in an article online. "This is given annually to someone recognizing their spirit of sewa and contributions toward the Sikh community. We are highly grateful to him for his sacrifice and exemplary service."

Whitnall hires new varsity football coach

April 10, 2014 9:45 a.m. | Whitnall High School has hired former Cumberland High School football coach Jared McGranahan to lead the Falcons football program.

McGranahan's team went 5-5 last year and qualified for the WIAA Division 5 playoffs. Cumberland is located in the northwest part of the state, roughly 85 miles northeast of Minneapolis. It was his only season at Cumberland.

“Thanks to our great student-athletes and our first-class football facilities, we had a lot of interest in our head football coaching position, and we are confident we found a great coach in Coach McGranahan,” Whitnall athletics and activities director Scott Bruening said in a school release.

McGranahan replaces Jeff Wallack, who resigned in February after two seasons. Wallack's teams went 7-11 overall and reached the WIAA playoffs once.

McGranahan has also served as running backs and safeties coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for four years and was an assistant football coach at Cuba City in 2009, an assistant boys basketball coach at Darlington for one season and a youth football coach in Darlington from 2006-08. McGranahan himself graduated from Darlington in 2003.

Man calls police, is arrested after punching officer in head

April 10, 2014 8:59 a.m. | A man who called police to report his condo association president threatened to beat him was arrested for battery to a police officer after he punched an officer in the head April 2.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man called police to report his condo association president threatened to beat him up because his dog was running loose at the Oak Leaf Condo Association, 410 W. Aspen Drive.

The man was arrested for battery to a police officer and disorderly conduct (state charges) after he punched an officer in the head about 5:50 p.m. April 2.

The man continued to resist and police had to deploy a Taser to subdue him. The man, who had two valid warrants for resisting/obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct through the Oak Creek Police Department, was taken into custody after he was medically cleared.

The Rock baseball stadium proposal strikes out, for now, in Franklin

April 09, 2014 1:10 p.m. | Franklin — The Rock Sports Complex's proposed professional baseball stadium will not be paid by the taxpayers, the project's task force has decided.

The Rock Professional Baseball Stadium Development Proposal Franklin Task Force held a meeting last week to discuss the complex's proposal for a public-private partnership to fund a $10.5 million baseball stadium.

The proposal that calls for a $10.5 million from the city excludes $4 million Mike Zimmerman, owner of the Rock and Zimmerman Ventures, would pay for team acquisition fees and team operating costs.

Not a hit in first at-bat

Following a public comment portion of the meeting that touched on issues related to the stadium proposal, the task force went into closed session Wednesday, April 2, before unanimously approving a motion to reject The Rock's proposal.

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Oak Creek-Franklin School District weighs teacher merit pay

April 09, 2014 12:40 p.m. | Oak Creek — A new teacher compensation structure based on performance and instructional effectiveness will roll out in the 2014-15 school year once the Oak Creek-Franklin School Board finalizes salary ranges in future board meetings.

The compensation structure will categorize teachers into four tiers. Each tier reflects a pay range based on that teacher's instructional effectiveness, professionalism, leadership and other descriptors.

The goal was to increase initial educators' starting salary, while shrinking the compensation gap between starting and veteran teachers, with a salary maximum at $80,000. The compensation structure only applies to salary.

"This will give people an opportunity to see that what they do in the classroom will make a difference rather than seniority," said School Board Vice President Paul Mason.

The Board agreed with the new evaluation concept and compensation structure March 24.

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Cash donations for funeral taken from Oak Creek home

April 09, 2014 8:19 a.m. | An Oak Creek resident reported that cards containing cash donations from his mother's funeral were stolen from his home sometime from March 21 to 23.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The resident reported on April 1 that cards from his mother's funeral were stolen from his home in the 10300 block of South Oriole Lane sometime between March 21 and March 23.

Some of the cards contained cash donations, and they were stolen out of a bag that was in his bedroom. The resident also reported that a black Apple iPod 4G and a black Apple iPhone 4, valued at $400, were also stolen from the home sometime before March 28.

The resident gave police the name of a possible suspect, and police were trying to find him at the time of the report.

Man injured, arrested after police standoff in Cudahy

April 04, 2014 7:12 p.m. | A suicidal 34-year-old Cudahy man was hospitalized Friday after being injured in a standoff with police at his home.

Both the man and a police officer fired shots during the incident in the 5500 block of S. Disch Ave., however Cudahy Police Chief Thomas D. Poellot said he could not say if the man was shot by the officer or describe the nature of his injury, which the chief described as non-life-threatening.

People in surrounding homes were evacuated during the incident, which began shortly before noon.

According to a news release from Cudahy police:

An out-of-state caller reported to Cudahy police that the man was making suicidal statements and displaying a firearm during a video phone call on FaceTime.

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Plan to use taxpayer money for minor league ballpark in Franklin appears dead

April 02, 2014 7:58 p.m. | Franklin - A proposal for Franklin taxpayers to borrow $10.5 million to build a minor league baseball park is apparently dead.

But a different city proposal to help finance the stadium at The Rock sports complex might be forthcoming.

A city task force voted 4-0 Wednesday night to reject the funding plan from Mike Zimmerman, who owns The Rock.

That vote came after task force members met in closed session for over two hours. State law allows governments to meet in closed session to discuss real estate negotiations.

The recommendation, which task force members approved without discussion, also called for city staff to work on a revised funding proposal.

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