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Oak Creek's Ben Hakes makes WIAA state wrestling semifinals

Feb. 28, 2014 12:11 a.m. | Proving that anything worth having is worth working for, Oak Creek 160-pound wrestler Ben Hakes went the full mile Thursday at the WIAA State Individual Tournament in making Friday's semifinals.

Hakes (44-1) had a small lead over Oshkosh West's Cole Yoder (26-8) for most of the first-round bout before pinning him at 5:56 and then in the quarterfinals, he got a key reversal at the start of the third period and then held on for a 4-3 win over Hortonville's stubborn Nate Rynish (39-9).

The two victories advance Hakes, in his first state tournament appearance, to Friday's 6 p.m. semifinals at the Kohl Center in Madison agains Wausau West's Travis Hettinga (43-3).

The championship bouts will be 6 p.m. Saturday.

"A lot of hard work went into this," he said. "I just had to make sure that I wrestled like I had all season. Do what got me here in the first place."

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Date steals woman's belongings, strands her at gas station

Feb. 27, 2014 10:24 a.m. | Oak Creek — Officers responding to a report of a "hysterical" female inside a gas station Feb. 22 discovered a first date gone terribly wrong. The woman told police her date ditched her and took off with all her belongings.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

An employee called police to report a woman was hysterical and crying inside Kwik Trip, 9535 S. 13th St., about 8:55 p.m. Feb. 22.

Police spoke to the woman, who stated she was on a first date with a man — whose name she did not know — and they had gone out for some drinks and a movie earlier that evening.

The man then drove to Kwik Trip and told her to run inside and buy him some 5-Hour Energy drinks. While the woman was inside the business the man drove off, with her purse and overnight bag still inside his vehicle.

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Air Force recruiting office reports receiving threatening phone calls

Feb. 26, 2014 10:40 a.m. | A member of the U.S. Air Force recruiting office reported receiving multiple threatening phone calls from a woman between 12:40 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. Feb. 27.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The woman called the recruiting office, 10050 S. 27th St., multiple times, and stated that she hopes the Air Force member's children will be harmed and his wife decapitated.

The Air Force member believes the calls are coming from a woman who is blaming him for her husband's suicide last year.

A 24-hour patrol watch was requested at the recruiting station and at the service member's residence, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police investigating bomb threats at three Oak Creek businesses

Feb. 26, 2014 9:15 a.m. | Oak Creek — Police are investigating a series of bomb threats phoned in to three Oak Creek businesses on South Howell Avenue the evening of Feb. 22.

According to Oak Creek police reports:

The first bomb threat was received at Tazino's, 8201 S. Howell Ave., at 7:27 p.m. Feb. 22. The restaurant received a call from a male who stated, "There is a bomb in the store. You need to evacuate." Police made a sweep of the restaurant, but did not find anything unusual.

The second bomb threat was received at Subway on 82nd Street and Howell Avenue about 7:30 p.m. that day. A male called the store and stated, "You need to evacuate the store. There is a bomb in the store, and a bomb in your car."

Police did a security sweep of the store but found nothing unusual.

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Police say man beat woman when she did not know where they were

Feb. 26, 2014 8:31 a.m. | A 31-year-old Milwaukee man was cited for battery after allegedly beating woman and leaving her when she did not know where they were.

According to the South Milwaukee police report:

The man and a 22-year-old Milwaukee woman had been at a bar on the south side of Milwaukee and became lost after leaving.

When they arrived in South Milwaukee, the man asked the woman where they were and she did not know.

He became angry, punched and kicked her several times, and dragged her out of his car, and left her in the 800 block of Park Avenue. The caller heard a scream for help around that time.

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Man steals TVs and more from two Franklin hotels

Feb. 26, 2014 7:43 a.m. | Franklin — Police are seeking a Milwaukee man who stole appliances and bedding out of two motel rooms during the early morning hours of Feb. 21.

According to the Franklin police report:

A 25-year-old man rented a room at the Sunrise Motel, 9347 S. 27th St., and was scheduled to leave the morning of Feb. 21. When an employee entered the room to clean it shortly after noon, they found all the appliances and bedding had been stolen.

Taken were a $50 refrigerator; a $325 television along with an $80 wall mount; a $125 microwave; two bedspreads, valued at $150; four $20 pillows; $40 worth of sheets; and a $40 telephone.

While police were investigating the incident, dispatch received a theft report from an employee at the Plaza Motel, 8151 S. 27th St.

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Medenwaldt's clutch three caps stunning rally for Oak Creek

Feb. 25, 2014 9:48 p.m. | The shot wasn't supposed to go to senior Oak Creek guard Alex Medenwaldt.

"The play was designed for a drive and kick to Harrison (Cleary)," said Medenwaldt, "but they had that covered so I took it."

That particular shot came just moments after the host Greenfield boys basketball team had missed what could have been a clinching front-end of a bonus situation with about four seconds left in a WIAA regional quarterfinal game Tuesday night.

Medenwaldt went up the court as fast as he could and released the desperation 3-point shot from the right wing, and it swished at the buzzer, knotting the score at 40-all.

"It was a long shot," said Medenwaldt, "but my teammates gave me the confidence that I could hit it. I'm just glad they gave me that shot."

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Police say Cudahy man bit brother to stop him from drinking

Feb. 25, 2014 10:47 a.m. | A 45-year-old Cudahy man was cited for assault for allegedly biting his 49-year-old brother in the arm Feb. 14 in their apartment after the brother went to get a beer, and the 45-year-old demaded he stop.

According to the Cudahy police report:

The two men were in their apartment on East Grange Avenue when the older brother wen to the refrigerator to get a beer just after 6 p.m. Feb. 14.

When the older brother went to get a beer, the younger brother "began to yell at him, demanding he stop drinking," then threw a lit cigarette at him. When the cigarette missed, his brother bit him.

The younger brother told police, "I bit him in the arm because I don't want him drinking anymore." The older brother told police his brother "is intolerant of any drinking within the house."

Whitnall candidates face questions at March 11 forum

Feb. 24, 2014 6:53 p.m. | A candidate forum for all four Whitnall School Board candidates will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 in the School Board meeting room, 5000 S. 116th St., Greenfield.

The Edgerton Elementary School PTO is facilitating the forum, to which candidates Jonathan Cagle, Michael Clarizio, Jon Jones and incumbent Nancy Zaborowski have been invited.

Each candidate will give an introduction and share why they are running. After that, candidates will respond to written questions from the audience. If time allows, questions submitted via email to edgertonpto@gmail.com will be addressed.

The four candidates will vie for three seats in the April 1 spring election.

More information is available from David Cotey, communications coordinator, at dcotey@whitnall.com or (414) 458-0592.

Cudahy man faces charges for threatening cousin for dating his ex-girlfiend

Feb. 20, 2014 8:34 a.m. | A 19-year-old Cudahy man faces charges of battery and criminal damage to property after he threatened his cousin over the cousin's relationship with his ex-girlfriend Feb. 6 and 7.

According to the Cudahy police report:

The 19-year-old had been threatening his 21-year-old cousin over the cousin's relationship with the 19-year-old's ex-girlfriend.

The 19-year-old attacked his cousin with a hammer outside the ex-girlfriend's home in the 3700 block of East Morris Avenue on Feb. 6.

The 21-year-old was hospitalized at St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital, 5900 S. Lake Drive, and the 19-year-old allegedly found his car parked outside, and did $1,250 worth of damage shortly after midnight Feb. 7.

Mayoral races, other offices to be narrowed in today's primary votes

Feb. 18, 2014 7:34 a.m. | Polls are open until 8 p.m. today for primary election voting in for local offices.

The primaries are held where the field for office needs to be narrowed to two candidates for the April 1 general election.

A featured race tonight is for mayor of Waukesha, where incumbent Jeff Scrima is fending off three challengers —attorney Shawn Reilly, Common Council President Terry Thieme and Michael Volpano, a part-time instructor of marketing at Waukesha County Technical College.

In other mayoral races:

South Milwaukee: Mayor Tom Zepecki is asking voters to hire him for a fifth two-year term. His two challengers are Ald. Erik Brooks, a co-founder of the South Milwaukee farmers market, and James Leavens, a retired Wauwatosa firefighter.

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Oak Creek man winds up in a creek, faces 7th drunken driving charge

Feb. 15, 2014 10:15 a.m. | An Oak Creek man whose car ended up in a creek in Caledonia is facing his 7th drunken driving charge, the Racine Journal Times reports.

Witnesses saw Trevor Davis, 39, drive erratically on 6 Mile Road before going over a snow embankment at the dead end of 5 Mile Road about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the Journal Times report.

Officers found the vehicle in a creek and Davis sitting in the driver's seat smoking a cigarette, according to the complaint.

Franklin mayor candidate says he was 'railroaded' in obstruction, harassment cases

Feb. 14, 2014 6:24 p.m. | Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve F. Taylor -- who is running for Franklin mayor on Tuesday -- offers no apologies for his run-ins with police and prosecutors while on the La Crosse Common Council.

In 2000, Taylor was convicted of a misdemeanor count of obstructing a police investigation and he cut a plea deal on a charge of violating a harassment order. 

"I was definitely railroaded," Taylor said Thursday.

This is what the records show:

Taylor's ex-girlfriend obtained a restraining order against him for harassment after the pair broke up. He then pleaded guilty in a deferred prosecution agreement in 2000 to a misdemeanor count of violating that restraining order. The conviction was deleted after a year because he didn't violate the order again.

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Oak Creek resident says property was damaged after bachelorette party

Feb. 13, 2014 9:16 a.m. | An Oak Creek resident called police Feb. 4 to report property damage after renting her trailer to a friend for a bachelorette party.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A resident in the 6300 block of South 24th Street called police to report a friend damaged her property at 10:40 a.m. Feb. 4.

The caller told police she rented her trailer to a friend and her friend's friend for a bachelorette party Feb. 1, and said that drinks were spilled that left stains on her carpet, drink "rings" were left on her piano and one of her beer mugs was missing and possibly broken.

She was advised the damage was a civil matter, not a police matter.

Handgun used in Franklin Check 'n Go robbery

Feb. 11, 2014 12:31 p.m. | Franklin — Police are seeking a man who displayed a handgun during a robbery at a check cashing business Feb. 6.

According to the Franklin police report:

The man entered Check 'n Go, 6505 S. 27th St., just before 5 p.m. Feb. 6 and asked an employee if he could cash a tax refund check. He then passed the employee a note, displayed a black handgun tucked into his left waistband, and ordered the employee to get him money.

He obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled.

The man is described as a 6-foot-tall black man about 35 years old and weighing about 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a Cincinnati Reds baseball cap, a plaid flannel shirt, gray hooded sweatshirt, cuffed blue jeans and red shoes with matching shoelaces.

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Franklin police help identifying Check N Go robbery suspect

Feb. 11, 2014 11:04 a.m. | Franklin police are seeking assistance identifying a suspect in a robbery Thursday of the Check N Go store at 6505 S, 27th St.

The suspect displayed a weapon and demanded money from the clerk. He escaped with cash.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the identity of the suspect should contact the Franklin Police Department at (414) 425-2522.

Frozen yogurt store to open in Southridge

Feb. 07, 2014 11:43 a.m. | Greendale — Southridge Mall could soon become the home of Wisconsin's first Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt.

Yumz, a self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, has 12 stores divided between Florida, Illinois and Indiana.

The mall expects the store to be open in spring.

The store offers multiple flavors of fat-free frozen yogurt, including bubble gum and eggnog, made with natural ingredients.

For information, visit the store's website at YumzFrozenYogurt.com.

Fatality reported in Cudahy after large police response

Feb. 05, 2014 3:06 p.m. | The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office is responding to a death at S. Whitnall Ave. near Nicholson Ave. in Cudahy, where a throng of police officers were gathered Wednesday morning and afternoon.

According to WTMJ-TV, someone called police around 9:30 a.m. to say a male family member was suicidal. Neighbors were instructed to stay indoors.

Police didn't immediately respond to a call seeking information Wednesday afternoon.

Man calls police because hot sauce in his to-go bag spilled

Feb. 05, 2014 9:12 a.m. | A man who called Hales Corners police Feb. 2 to complain about sauce spilling in his to-go bag was told it did not warrant police intervention.

According to the Hales Corners police report:

A man called police at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 2 to ask an officer to respond to Confucius Restaurant, 5394 S. 108th St., because they put his sauce upside-down in his to-go bag and sauce spilled all over his car.

The man was upset because the manager refused to do anything about it when he complained, so he wanted police to go to the restaurant first "before the cops are called on him."

The caller was advised it was a civil matter and did not warrant police intervention.

Franklin to move Open Enrollment students to solve overcrowding

Feb. 04, 2014 3:32 p.m. | Franklin — To address overcapacity at Robinwood Elementary School — and future overcrowding predicted at Pleasant View Elementary — the School Board has considered three options:

· Plan A: Do nothing and allow Robinwood to remain at 108 percent capacity and Pleasant View at 95 percent.

· Plan B: Move a total of 56 Open Enrollment and district exception students from both schools to another elementary school.

· Plan C: Adjust school boundaries to move 132 of the district's elementary students, and place most of them in Ben Franklin Elementary, which is only at 75 percent capacity.

Concluding a heated discussion about the role of Open Enrollment students in the district, the Franklin School Board approved Plan B on Jan. 29.

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Opposition arises to proposed beer garden in Greendale park

Feb. 03, 2014 1:33 p.m. | Opposition surfaced Monday to a proposed beer garden at Milwaukee County's Scout Lake Park in Greendale, including fears from nearby residents of increased crime, noise and littering.

The park's small size and mostly wooded area coupled with its proximity to an elementary school would make it a poor choice for a beer garden, said Sonja O'Brien, who lives near the park on the 5800 block of Lakeview Drive.

The beer garden would be on or near a half-mile path around Scout Lake, which is heavily used by children, families and elderly walkers, O'Brien said. Small side paths into wooded areas could provide cover for misdeeds, she said.

"It's the perfect environment for criminals and stalkers," O'Brien told the County Board's parks committee. She said she might get a concealed carry permit to arm herself in the park if the beer garden is approved.

Scout Lake Park is at 5902 W. Loomis Road.

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Franklin vs. Oak Creek doubleheader basketball photo gallery now online

Feb. 03, 2014 8:31 a.m. | Franklin and Oak Creek played a doubleheader in girls and boys basketball on Friday.

Photojournalist C.T. Kruger was at the games to capture all the action as the Franklin boys won 61-59, and the Oak Creek girls won 52-34. 

View the MyCommunityNOW photo gallery of the doubleheader games.

Community Watch

» Oak Creek's Ben Hakes makes WIAA state wrestling semifinals 2/28

» Date steals woman's belongings, strands her at gas station 2/27

» Air Force recruiting office reports receiving threatening phone calls 2/26

» Police investigating bomb threats at three Oak Creek businesses 2/26

» Police say man beat woman when she did not know where they were 2/26

» Man steals TVs and more from two Franklin hotels 2/26

» Medenwaldt's clutch three caps stunning rally for Oak Creek 2/25

» Police say Cudahy man bit brother to stop him from drinking 2/25

» Whitnall candidates face questions at March 11 forum 2/24

» Cudahy man faces charges for threatening cousin for dating his ex-girlfiend 2/20

» Mayoral races, other offices to be narrowed in today's primary votes 2/18

» Oak Creek man winds up in a creek, faces 7th drunken driving charge 2/15

» Franklin mayor candidate says he was 'railroaded' in obstruction, harassment cases Updated:  2/14

» Oak Creek resident says property was damaged after bachelorette party 2/13

» Handgun used in Franklin Check 'n Go robbery 2/11

» Franklin police help identifying Check N Go robbery suspect 2/11

» Frozen yogurt store to open in Southridge 2/7

» Fatality reported in Cudahy after large police response 2/5

» Man calls police because hot sauce in his to-go bag spilled 2/5

» Franklin to move Open Enrollment students to solve overcrowding 2/4

» Opposition arises to proposed beer garden in Greendale park 2/3

» Franklin vs. Oak Creek doubleheader basketball photo gallery now online 2/3

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