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Read social media story of South Milwaukee at Greenfield football game

Sept. 28, 2013 9:12 a.m. | An undefeated South Milwaukee team looked to go to 6-0 and put its stamp on the Woodland Conference East Division at Greenfield.

But the Hustlin' Hawks put up quite a fight in a game with a big ending.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Read social media story of New Berlin West at Greendale football game

Sept. 28, 2013 8:46 a.m. | Last night featured New Berlin West Vikings trying to take down the undefeated Greendale Panthers in a powerhouse Woodland West matchup.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Panthers flash other facets in downing Vikings

Sept. 28, 2013 1:24 a.m. | New Berlin West knew that the unbeaten Greendale Panthers had an outstanding offense. But in Friday night's 44-7 win by Greendale, it was the defense and special teams which stood out.

"When your defense and special teams are scoring a lot of points, things are going pretty well," Panthers coach Rob Stoltz said. "We had a fumble return for a touchdown, an interception for a touchdown and a blocked punt for a touchdown."

Now add to that quarterback Josh Ringelberg and the dynamic duo of Mitchell Brees and Cody Kmetz (6-for-50, TD) had their aerial circus going and the Vikings didn't have much of a chance.

Ringelberg, who had an off-night by his high standards, completed 17-of-24 passes for 179 yards and 3 touchdowns, but West picked him off three times.

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Kitten killed after being thrown out car window

Sept. 25, 2013 8:07 a.m. | A 911 caller reported a kitten was run over and killed by a vehicle after people in another vehicle threw it out the window while driving.

According to the Oak Creek police report, which was released this week:

A 911 caller at 7:55 a.m. Aug. 2 called and reported someone tossed a black kitten out of a vehicle that was driving northbound on Howell Avenue and Oak Leaf Drive. The caller said the kitten was run over and killed by another vehicle.

The caller said the suspect vehicle, a mid-90s white GMC with tinted windows, tossed the kitten out of the rear passenger side window and he swerved and missed it, but the vehicle behind him drove over it. The caller told police he didn't know how many people were inside the car due to the tinted windows and was unable to get the license plate number.

Read social media story of Oak Creek at Franklin football game

Sept. 21, 2013 8:12 a.m. | Oak Creek met up with Franklin for a rivalry game Sept. 20. Heading into the game, the Knights were 2-2 (1-1 in league) while Franklin was 3-1 (2-0).

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Franklin rallies to beat Oak Creek in 'Helmet Game'

Sept. 20, 2013 10:38 p.m. | What was it about this particular Friday night?

Maybe it was the full moon or the fact that the Oak Creek bus failed to show up before the game, forcing the Knights players to drive to the crowded Franklin parking lot themselves?

Or maybe people should have known something was up during the national anthem, when an official raced in to prevent an American flag from tipping over off its stand at midfield, a gesture that earned the official a proper round of applause.

Or maybe it was the simple fact that it was just Oak Creek-Franklin football in all its wacky mid-season madness.

How else could you explain the Sabers crazy come-from-behind 14-6 victory? A game that included an inadverent onside kick, a blocked punt, a Franklin touchdown called back by not one but two penalties on a single play, and enough penalties, especially on the Sabers, to make the officials' arms tired from throwing so many flags?

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Driver who didn't want fish fry to get cold warned for tailgating

Sept. 18, 2013 8:32 a.m. | Oak Creek police warned a driver for tailgating after he said he was hurrying to get home because he didn't want his fish fry to get cold.

According to the police report, which was released this week:

A motorist called police to report the driver of a Gold Windstar was tailgating her, passed her on 13th Street at Willow Drive, then continued to tailgate other vehicles, causing hazardous driving conditions for other drivers, about 5 p.m. July 26.

Police stopped the driver, who said he was in a hurry to get home because he didn't want his fish fry to get cold, but the driver didn't admit to tailgating.

The officer warned the driver about the complaint and that further complaints would result in citations.

Stove fire in Franklin home leads to marijuana arrest

Sept. 17, 2013 2:15 p.m. | A 21-year-old woman who called 911 to report her stove was on fire was later arrested for drug violations after fire officials found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her residence Saturday.

According to the Franklin police report:

The Franklin Fire Department and police responded to a report of a stove fire at a home in the 6600 block of South Parkedge Circle about 10:40 a.m. Saturday.

It was determined the fire was started by bacon grease, and the stove was quickly removed from the residence by the firefighters.

A fire lieutenant who was clearing smoke from the rooms reported finding a plastic bag containing a green, leafy substance and a red bong in plain view. Canine officer Charlie was brought into the home and found several other smoking pipes and marijuana blunts.

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West Bend woman nearly perfect in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 17, 2013 10:37 a.m. | Michele Spiekerman of West Bend has won a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres by correctly picking all five games in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest and coming the closest to predicting the final score of the West Allis Hale vs. Marquette tie-breaker.

You can join the Pigskin Picks contest and test your picking skills each week against a field of area football fans, NOW sportswriters and celebrity guests. Weekly winners receive two tickets to Marcus Theatres and overall winners will receive gift cards to Bartolotta Restaurants.

Featured games this week are Arrowhead at Mukwonago, Oak Creek at Franklin, Brookfield East at Brookfield Central, Menomonee Falls at Hamilton and Milwaukee Lutheran at Germantown.

Join Pigskin Picks football contest.

Learn what area football coaches really think and more at Push for the Playoffs

Sept. 16, 2013 12:55 p.m. | Should high school football players wear their names on the back of their jerseys? What's the strangest complaint a coach has ever received from a parent? Do prep players use performance-enhancing drugs?

You can found out the answers anonymous area coaches gave to those questions and more on Coaches Confidential, part of MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country's Push for the Playoffs special section.

Push for the Playoffs also features the latest standings, playoff projection, a poll and more.

BloodCenter declares emergency, extends hours at area donation sites

Sept. 16, 2013 12:47 p.m. | BloodCenter of Wisconsin is extending hours today through Wednesday at eight southeastern Wisconsin donor locations to offset an emergency-level shortage of all blood types.

According to a Blood Center news release, a lack of donors since Labor Day has caused the shortage and left the organization with a one-day supply of several blood types, including rare universal blood type O negative. The Blood Center is seeking an additional 1,000 donors over the three-day span to make up for the shortage.

Potential donors can arrange appointments by calling (877) 232-4376 or visiting www.bcw.edu/appt. Those over 16 are encouraged to donate. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate.

Extended hours at area locations are as follows:

Milwaukee, 638 N. 18th St. — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Greendale seizes control of Woodland Conference

Sept. 13, 2013 11:38 p.m. | Greendale football coach Rob Stoltz feels his team has a lot more to give than what it mustered Friday in a crucial Woodland West battle against Pewaukee. But that doesn't mean his explosive offense was struggling to score.

The Panthers led by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter, and though the Pirates scratched back within six points at the 39-second mark, an ensuing onside kick drifted out of bounds, and the Panthers walked away with a 34-28 victory at Greendale.

Running back Jake Zywicki ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Josh Ringelberg threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns as Greendale won the battle of 3-0 teams and snapped Pewaukee's 18-game regular-season winning streak.

Still...

"We gave them every opportunity to get back in the game," Greendale coach Rob Stoltz said. "Not once, not twice, repeatedly, all second half. That's what you get when you play Pewaukee; they're a phenomenal program, very well coached. You talk about getting 100 percent out of the players, they do it.

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South Milwaukee remains undefeated beating Brown Deer, 29-14

Sept. 13, 2013 10:36 p.m. | Is history being made by the South Milwaukee football program?

Veteran coach John Galewski will wait and see.

"I can't remember the last time we've been 4-0," said Galewski moments after the Rockets pitched a 15-0 second half shutout en route to beating visiting Woodland Conference rival Brown Deer, 29-14 Friday night. "We're in uncharted territory."

But that territory has a chance to expand, thanks to strong and determined effort by the Rocket offensive line and a revitalized effort by the defense that limited the Falcons to just 16 total yards on the first four possessions in the second half after Brown Deer had gained over 270 in the first half.

Add into the fact that Brown Deer had three turnovers that the Rockets turned into 14 points, and Falcon coach Rob Green had an easy explanation why his young team (just 15 seniors) fell from the unbeaten ranks (3-1) tonight.

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Test your high school football picking skills in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 13, 2013 2:09 p.m. | We are a few hours away from the kickoffs of tonight's high school football games, which means there is still time to prove you can out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin.

Visit mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Featured games this week are Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead, Pewaukee vs. Greendale, Brookfield Central vs. Menomonee Falls, New Berlin Eisenhower vs. New Berlin West and West Allis Hale at Marquette.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Gelato, fro yo and crepes shop Cream City Swirl plans November opening in Bay View

Sept. 13, 2013 12:01 p.m. | Bay View will be getting a new frozen yogurt, gelato and crepes shop, likely in early November. Susan Nolan will open Cream City Swirl at 2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., at Lenox St.

Crepes will be made to order, with fillings such as fresh fruit and Nutella, Nolan said. The store will have bottled beverages, iced tea and coffee, and possibly hot chocolate for winter.

A kitchen will be added to the space, and the front of the store will have four frozen yogurt machines.

There’ll be soft seating for lounging and board games for guests who want to hang out. The store will have counter seating at the tall windows at the front, with a lower counter for young children, Nolan said.

Behind the 1884 building is a courtyard where Cream City Swirl would have patio seating next summer.

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Franklin police: Women arrested for shoplifting, fleeing officers

Sept. 10, 2013 3:54 p.m. | Two women who attempted to evade police after shoplifting more than $1,600 worth of merchandise at the Franklin Walmart were arrested after their car struck a street sign on Sunday, Franklin police said.

According to a Franklin Police Department statement:

Officers responded to Walmart, 6701 S. 27th St., after an employee reported two women were trying to shoplift $1,650 worth of merchandise about 1:47 p.m. Sunday. An officer found the suspects' vehicle near Walmart and attempted to pull it over, but the driver failed to stop and instead led police on a 2.5-mile pursuit.

The pursuit ended about 2 p.m. when the suspects' vehicle spun out and struck a street sign at College Avenue and Lake Drive in Cudahy, where the suspects, a 36-year-old Milwaukee woman and an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman, were taken into custody.

The 36-year-old woman was arrested for fleeing/eluding police and retail theft. The 18-year-old woman was arrested for retail theft and on an Outagamie County Sheriff's Department warrant for prostitution and obstructing an officer.

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Police seeking suspects in similar 27th Street burglaries

Sept. 10, 2013 2:55 p.m. | Franklin and Oak Creek police are investigating break-ins at two stores on 27th Street that occurred over Labor Day weekend.

According to the Franklin police report:

The front door window at The Salvation Army Family Store, 6341 S. 27th St., was smashed out and a black metal safe was stolen from the business between 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and 8:30 a.m. Sept. 2. The safe contained about $450, cash drawers and business paperwork belonging to The Salvation Army.

Franklin police believe the burglary might be related to a break-in that occurred at Aldi's, 6810 S. 27th St., during the same timeframe.

In the break-in at Aldi's, video from a security camera shows a male smashing a front window about 10:10 p.m. Sept. 1. He walks away from the building in a northwest direction, but returns to the business at 1:15 a.m. wearing different clothing.

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Homestead leads suburban football poll

Sept. 09, 2013 10:25 a.m. | Homestead retained its spot atop the Lake Country/MyCommunityNOW suburban football poll with a 44-21 victory over Port Washington in the North Shore Conference opener.

The Highlanders moved into the top spot last week after defeating defending Division 1 champion Arrowhead.

Arrowhead defeated Kettle Moraine, 21-3, and is second in the poll.

You can see the rest of the top five, test your knowledge of football rules, learn what area high school football coaches really think and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake County Push for the Playoffs page.

Challenge Miss Southern Wisconsin, veteran sportswriters in NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 09, 2013 9:26 a.m. | How well do you know high school football? Can you out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin?

Find out by going to mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin return this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. Rech was the leading VIP picker in last season's regular-season contest. Radcliffe was first in the playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Upstart Indian Trail knocks off Oak Creek

Sept. 07, 2013 9:06 p.m. | What a difference a year makes.

The second-year Kenosha Indian Trail Hawks looked like the state-ranked team they suddenly are Saturday afternoon, downing Oak Creek, 28-14, at Jaskwhich Stadium.

Just 11 months ago, Oak Creek clinched its Southeast Conference title by embarrassing Kenosha Indian Trail, 69-7. But for Hawks head coach Mike McKay, this had nothing to do with redemption.

"I don't think it's really personal for our kids," McKay said. "Our kids are really focused; it's just a next step toward reaching our goals. Last year was last year. Our kids really grew up in the offseason, and this is just what happens when you get some seniors involved."

Slow start

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Read social media story of Whitnall at Greenfield football game

Sept. 07, 2013 10:19 a.m. | The Whitnall Falcons and Greenfield Hustlin' Hawks football teams met last night during Week 3 of the WIAA prep football season for an intense rivalry game.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

 

You can also see photos of the Hamilton vs. Franklin football game in a photo gallery by NOW's Peter Zuzga.

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