Oak Creek girls basketball team holds off Franklin, 51-43

Jan. 25, 2013 9:30 p.m. | Franklin girls basketball coach Tony Kathrens and his Sabers threw everything but the kitchen sink at their powerful second-ranked in state rivals from Oak Creek Friday night.

Triangle and two, 2-2-1, 2-1-2 and even a little man defense. A Princeton-style offense and even the most unheard of thing of all, a willingness to play a slower game with longer possessions.

And it worked for a long time. Foul trouble on the taller, longer Knights bogged their offense down to a sloggy standstill and the Sabers took advantage to close the gap to 21-20 at the half.

But as Oak Creek senior point guard Morgan Kokta noted, coach Steve Hluchnik wanted the Knights to play smarter, but to remain aggressive.

"He really wanted us to get our act together," she said. "We needed to stay aggressive and make smart passes and still go to the basket hard."

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South Milwaukee police warn of warrant scam

Jan. 25, 2013 5:42 p.m. | South Milwaukee Police are warning residents of a scam aimed at scaring people to send money to avoid be arrested on a warrant from their local police department.

According to an email from the South Milwaukee Police Department:

The South Milwaukee Police Department received a report from an elderly resident that she had received several phone calls from a company trying to solicit money. The caller identified himself as being from the "Martinez Law Firm" in Lawrence, Kansas, with a phone number of (785) 371-3081. The caller told the resident if she did not pay $250 by 2 p.m. Friday that an arrest warrant would be issued for her.

A short time later, she received another call from a person giving the name of an officer who works for the South Milwaukee Police Department. The caller ID also showed that the call had originated from the South Milwaukee Police Department. The caller at this time threatened to arrest the woman on the warrant if she did not pay by 2 p.m. The resident then came to the police department to find out what was happening.

Investigation revealed that this is a scam that has been running and that the suspect caller had "spoofed" the number to make it appear that the call had come from the South Milwaukee Police Department. The first call was also determined to not have come from a law firm in Kansas. The call actually was found to have originated from somewhere in Pakistan. The caller confessed to running a scam to try to get money from people by saying they were the police.

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Franklin boys basketball team rallies to beat Bradford, 57-54

Jan. 22, 2013 10:04 p.m. | Nick Bobos was not looking forward to studying for his algebra and world geography semester exams that he has on Wednesday.

But the Franklin junior guard said he will have a smile on his face tomorrow as he takes his tests because his clutch three-pointer from the right baseline with 14 seconds to go put the Saber basketball team up for good, as host Franklin rallied for a 57-54 Southeast Conference win over Kenosha Bradford Tuesday night.

"Now I have to go home and study for three hours, awesome," he said somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as he walked off the court.

But then he put a smile on his face and talked about how resilient the Sabers, who are now 3-5 in league play and 7-9 overall, have become this season.

"This is nothing new for us," he said. "We've just been fighting hard the entire season. We've been down by a little, we've been down by a lot, but we've always fought back."

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Oak Creek police: 'Skunk' smell leads to marijuana in toddler's shoes

Jan. 22, 2013 4:41 p.m. | A strange smell coming from a pair of shoes resulted in the discovery of a hidden cache of marijuana last week.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A resident called police about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 after her daycare provider in the 8100 block of South Wildwood Drive told her that her 2-year-old's shoes smelled "like skunk."

The resident later found a plastic bag containing a small amount of marijuana in the shoe.

Officers questioned the child's father, who had dropped his son at daycare that day, and he stated his son's shoes were bought at a rummage sale and he had no idea where the marijuana came from.

Social media users showcase running in West Allis

Jan. 21, 2013 9:35 a.m. | Runners from around the local area came to West Allis this weekend to try some distance running.

The Icebreaker Indoor Marathon is comprised of a 5K, a half marathon, a relay marathon and a marathon. Here's what runners and their friends and family were sharing on social networks.

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