Cinematic soldiers cause stir in Franklin

April 24, 2012 5:07 p.m. | A group of 12 men who appeared to be armed and donned swastika-adorned military gear in Franklin on Sunday turned out to be less threatening than originally thought.

According to the police report:

A caller reported seeing 12 males putting on military gear with swastika banks on their arms and carrying weapons near the wooden bridge on the Oak Leaf Bike Trail in the 6000 block of West Puetz Road a little before noon.

Officers responded to the area and found the subjects were filming a movie and the weapons were all fake.

The subjects were advised next time they film to post a sign so it does not alarm others who are on the bridge.

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Industrial buildings in Glendale, Oak Creek sell for $9.5 million

April 24, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Zilber Property Group's purchase of four single-tenant industrial buildings in southeastern Wisconsin includes two buildings in Milwaukee County that sold for a combined $9.5 million.

Zilber announced it bought properties, totaling 601,000 square feet, from Clarion Partners, including two buildings in LakeView Corporate Park, in Pleasant Prairie, that are leased to Honeywell and Focus Products Group. Zilber now has seven buildings at LakeView.

Zilber also bought a building at 555 W. Estabrook Blvd., Glendale, for $4.5 million, according to the Milwaukee County register of deeds. That 78,000-square-foot building is leased to Forrer Business Interiors.

The fourth building is at 7475 S. 6th St., Oak Creek, and was sold for $5 million. The 120,000-square-foot building is leased to Independence Corrugated.

Clarion was represented by Tom Shepherd and Mike Fardy, of Inland Companies Inc.

Fire spreads to Franklin house after grill accident

April 23, 2012 9:50 p.m. | A fire, believed to be caused by a grilling accident, caused $200,000 in damage to a Franklin home Monday evening, the Franklin Police Department said.

The fire was reported about 5:45 p.m. at the home, 6875 S. 34th St.

When the first officers arrived, the first and second floors of the back of the home were ablaze, police said.

The Franklin Fire Department battled the blaze with help from Greendale, Greenfield, Oak Creek and Tess Corners fire departments.

No one was injured in the fire. Police said three occupants, including two children, were home at the time of the fire but had exited the residence before police and firefighters arrived.

Naked man runs afoul of Cudahy police

April 23, 2012 1:07 p.m. | A 41-year-old South Milwaukee man may have won a bet, but he also ended up with an arrest for lewd and lascivious behavior after allegedly running naked down a Cudahy street.

According to the Cudahy police report:

Neighbors had complained that a nude man was running in the street the evening of April 15.

When officers found the man, he was intoxicated and sitting at a picnic table wearing only socks and shoes in the 5500 block of O’Brien Avenue.

He told officers a friend had bet him $20 and a beer he would not run naked down the street.

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Franklin principal to take Pewaukee administrator job

April 18, 2012 3:25 p.m. | Mike Cady, the principal of Franklin High School and the 2010 Wisconsin High School Principal of the Year, has accepted a new job in the Pewaukee School District as chief academic officer.

According to a news release from the Franklin Public School District, Cady's new role will be a combination of an assistant superintendent and director of instruction position.

Cady will continue as principal of Franklin High School until June 30, according to the release.

Franklin firm buys Muskego building, will relocate

April 18, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Contract manufacturer Masteq LLC has purchased a 7,000-square-foot building in the Muskego Industrial Park for $300,000, and will move there from Franklin Industrial Park on June 1.

The new location, at W189 S8224 Mercury Drive, will double the company's capacity, said Steven Horvath, co-owner. The company, with seven employees, plans to double its workforce once the new plant is fully operational, Horvath said.

Franklin aquaponic proposal seeks zoning OK

April 17, 2012 7:00 a.m. | A proposal to raise fish and grow herbs and vegetables in Franklin could obtain initial zoning approval this week. 

Scott Biller has proposed the aquaponic operaton for 4.8 acres south of the 3500 block of W. Elm Road. The city Plan Commission, at its Thursday night meeting, is to consider recommending a special use permit for the project. 

An aquaponic operation is a recirculating system that uses fish waste to help fertilize produce, with the produce helping to filter the water used to raise the fish. It is designed to use small plots of land and create a minimal amount of waste.

Biller, an architect, plans to build four separate 10,000-square-foot greenhouses and fish tanks, where he would raise tilapia and grow tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables, as well as herbs. Biller told me he hopes to begin construction in June on the first building.

Biller is vice president of Integrated Aquaponics Inc., which will focus mainly on raising produce. The development would be built on a small portion of 80 acres of farm land that have long been owned by Biller's family.

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Bay View woman crowned Miss St. Francis

April 16, 2012 9:27 a.m. | Bay View's Colleen Mrotek earned a $2,500 scholarship to the school of her choice and a spot in this year's Miss Wisconsin competition when she was crowned Miss St. Francis at Saint Thomas More High School on Saturday.

Mrotek was second runner-up in last year's pageant, which was won by Tonya Popowski of Cudahy.

Participants in Miss St. Francis are judged on the same standards used by Miss America, which are private and on-stage interviews, talent, evening wear and swimsuit.

Other participants in the competition, which is in its 48th year, were: Jennifer Dombrowski of St. Francis; Abby Janiszewski of Oak Creek; Mary Kappus of Cudahy, Alexa Nommensen of Oak Creek, Rachael Obst of St. Francis, Aryn Swann of Oak Creek and Desireé Zarnowski of Oak Creek.

Photo gallery: Miss St. Francis 2012

New Berlin ousts Wauwatosa to win Battle of the Burbs

April 13, 2012 8:37 a.m. | The voters in MyCommunityNOW's Battle of the Burbs contest have spoken and New Berlin has been tabbed the best place to live in the suburban Milwaukee area.

The second-seeded Waukesha-county suburb cruised past No. 1 Wauwatosa with 65 percent of the vote to 35 percent.

Congratulations to Mark Klug of Greendale, who was randomly chosen from all voters to receive a $100 gift card. Kudos are also in order for William Smith of Waukesha, who will receive a $50 gift card and Jennifer Phelps of New Berlin, who will receive a $25 gift card.

Thanks to all of our voters for taking part in the contest.

Franklin tagged with Trayvon Martin-related vandalism

April 11, 2012 8:04 a.m. | Residents in Franklin got some unexpected mail recently - along with some current events and social commentary.

According to the Franklin police reports:

On April 3, residents in the 10200 block of Scepter Circle reported that someone had taped a black and white photo of Trayvon Martin, with the word "Revenge" in red, to several mailboxes.

In a separate incident, a resident in the 10200 block of West St. Martins Road reported two stickers were placed on his mailbox, one with a picture of Trayvon Martin with "Revenge" written in red, the other was a fist that said "Kill Whitey."

Special watches were requested in both cases.

Man facing felony charges after rear-ending police car

April 10, 2012 1:37 p.m. | A 29-year-old Wales man is facing two felony charges after he rear-ended a police squad on April 6.

According to the Greenfield police log, an officer reported he was rear-ended while stopped at a light in the 4700 block of South 27th Street at 6:49 p.m. April 6.

An incident search of the driver and vehicle revealed the suspect was in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Police also discovered the suspect was wanted for bail jumping for a previous drug possession charge. He was arrested and taken to the county jail facility.

The suspect is now facing one felony charge of heroin possession, one felony charge of bail jumping and he was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Germantown's Showalter named All-Suburban Boys Basketball Player of the Year

April 05, 2012 9:24 a.m. | Germantown senior Zak Showalter has been named the NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Showalter helped the Warhawks to a 28-0 mark and the WIAA Division 1 boys basketball championship last month.

He is joined on the NOW squad by teammate Luke Fischer and Steve Showalter, Zak's father and the co-coach of the year.

West Allis Central head coach David Mlachnik shares coach of the year honors.

Photo gallery: Zak Showalter through the years

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Franklin student charged in bomb scare

April 04, 2012 12:16 p.m. | All he wanted was a day off from school, but a prank bomb threat at Franklin High School last week could end up costing a Milwaukee teen up to 3 1/2 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if he's found guilty.

Ross Alan Menken, 17, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of making a bomb scare at the high school March 29.

According to a criminal complaint released Wednesday:

On the afternoon of March 29, Menken walked into the men's restroom, where he used a pen to write on a toilet stall: "No school tomorrow . . . Boom . . . Bomb." Above the word "bomb," he added an arrow pointing upward.

A custodian discovered the message and contacted school officials.

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Police seek suspect in MATC assault linked to Syrian politics

April 04, 2012 9:23 a.m. | Police are seeking a man who assaulted a woman after the two disagreed about the president of Syria during a classroom discussion at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

According to the police log, the 24-year-old victim stated that back in February a male student she didn't know came up to her in the hallway outside a classroom and asked her if she was for or against the Syrian government. The victim stated she did not answer the man and kept on walking.

On April 2 the woman stated she noticed the suspect in the hallway and tried to go out another exit to the parking lot. As she was walking the suspect grabbed her arm, and said to her in Arabic, "People like you should die. You don't know what good the president did for Syria."

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with black hair in a ponytail, a full black beard and diagonal lines shaved through both eyebrows. He was last seen wearing a black sleeveless shirt and blue jeans. The suspect also has a tattoo of the Syrian flag on his right arm and a tattoo of the face of the Syrian president on his left arm.

MATC is reviewing video surveillance and police are investigating.

Election results from the City of Cudahy

April 03, 2012 11:54 p.m. | Here are the election results from the City of Cudahy. Click on this link for the PDF of the results.

St. Marie-Carls is new mayor in St. Francis

April 03, 2012 9:44 p.m. | CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls will be St. Francis' new mayor after she defeated Jeffrey L. Mayer in Tuesday's election.

Unofficial totals show St. Marie-Carls had 53.9% of the vote compared with 46.1% for Mayer.

St. Marie-Carls, 50, is the former public information officer for the City of Kenosha and former executive director of the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a project manager for a communications company.

Mayer, 55, is a former alderman. He retired in 2009 as assistant superintendent of the County Correctional Facility-South.

St. Marie-Carls will succeed Mayor Al Richards, who has served since 2004 and is retiring from office after two terms.

Hales Corners man arrested for driving drunk in wrong direction

April 03, 2012 2:52 p.m. | A 30-year-old Hales Corners man was arrested early Tuesday morning after officials say he drove drunk in the wrong direction on I-94.

A Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy on patrol saw Adam Bruno, 30, headed westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-94 at 60th St. at 1:55 a.m. Tuesday, a spokesman for the sheriff's department said in a news release. After a tow-truck driver flashed his yellow lights, Bruno pulled into a construction area and several squads responded to the scene.

Bruno was taken to the patrol substation where he blew a .18 on the Intoximeter, more than twice the legal limit. Deputies also recovered a marijuana pipe on the floor of his vehicle.

Bruno was ticketed for first-offense drunken driving and arrested for a class C misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, and a class G felony charge of second-degree reckless endangering safety. He faces a six- to nine-month revocation of his license on the drunken-driving charge, 30 days in jail on the possession of drug paraphernalia charge, and up to 10 years in prison on the felony charge.

It's the second wrong-way drunken driver arrested by deputies in less than a week. On Monday, Rachel Kuebbing was charged with a felony for driving the wrong-way on the freeway while drunk on March 29. She also faces up to 10 years in prison.

Firm offers to buy part of ex-Iceport site in Cudahy

April 02, 2012 7:00 a.m. | An Appleton development firm wants to buy just under 17 acres of the former Iceport site, in Cudahy.

Economic Development Associates' offer has been accepted, in principal, by the  city's Community Development Authority, said Brian Biernat, Cudahy's economic development director. A proposed sale price hasn't been disclosed yet, and is still subject to negotiation, he said.

Biernat declined to say what the firm has planned for the site. An executive at Economic Development Associaites, an affiliate of Appleton-based Consolidated Construction Co., didn't return my phone calls.

However, Biernat told me in February that two separate projects, using around 16 to 18 acres, were being considered for the site. Both would involve building distribution centers.

Economic Development Associates is to present a conceptual plan to the authority at its April 10 meeting.

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