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620WTMJ: Franklin police try to identify unknown woman found wandering

April 23, 2013 11:50 a.m. | 620WTMJ is reporting that Franklin police are seeking help identifying a woman who was wandering through the city.

You can read more at 620WTMJ.

South Milwaukee flushing untreated wastewater to Lake Michigan

April 18, 2013 9:36 a.m. | For the second time this month, heavy rains early Thursday forced South Milwaukee sewage treatment plant operators to discharge untreated wastewater to Lake Michigan.

The plant is at half capacity due to a construction project so about half of all wastewater -- a combination of storm water and sewage -- flowing into the plant on 5th Ave. is diverted to the lake, South Milwaukee Wastewater Superintendent Andrew Bakalarski said Thursday.

The diversion around the plant, known as a bypass, began at 3 a.m. Thursday. he said.

Last week, the plant discharged 13.6 million gallons of untreated wastewater to the lake to prevent flooding of treatment basins there, Bakalarski says in a report submitted to the state Department .of Natural Resources.

South Milwaukee does not have combined sanitary and storm sewers. Leaks of storm water into private sanitary laterals and city sanitary sewers cause excess flows during storms, he said.

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LongHorn Steakhouse coming to Greendale

April 17, 2013 4:54 p.m. | Greendale - LongHorn Steakhouse, a national, chain restaurant that celebrates the rugged landscape of the American West, will soon be sizzling in the village.

The restaurant will hold its grand opening at 5220 S. 76th St. Monday, April 29, according to a news release. It will be the third LongHorn Steakhouse in the state of Wisconsin, and the first in the Milwaukee market. It currently operates more than 400 restaurants in 37 states.

The 6,221-square-foot restaurant will seat more than 240 guests and will create about 100 new jobs for the surrounding community.

Bay View resident Brandon Zieg, who has worked with LongHorn for more than nine years, will lead the Greendale location as managing partner.

Franklin reschedules tree giveaway

April 17, 2013 12:34 p.m. | Franklin - Franklin's Department of Public Works announced that due to weather, the city is forced to push back the date of its free tree distribution to honor Arbor Day.

The department expects to reschedule the distribution for May 10.

Tree saplings will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis to city residents at the Franklin Public Library parking lot, 9151 W. Loomis Road, from 10 a.m. to noon, or while the limited supply lasts. Limit one per child or one per family.

For more information, call Debbie Zobel at (414) 425-2592.

Oak Creek police arrest man who threatened woman out walking dog

April 17, 2013 10:11 a.m. | Oak Creek - A South Milwaukee man was arrested after he threatened a woman with a knife while she walked her dogs in the 8300 block of South Chicago Road about 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Oak Creek police said.

According to the police report:

The woman was able to flag down a squad car and told the officer the man unfolded the knife in front of her, told her to keep moving several times and kept staring at her for no reason.

The officer found the man, a 41-year-old South Milwaukee man, walking northbound on Chicago Avenue. The officer asked him to put his hands up for a weapons search, but the man refused. The officer then drew his gun, and the man responded by making a sign of the cross and asking the officer to shoot him.

An officer shocked the man with a stun gun, which barely fazed him, and after several more warnings officers released K-9 Bronco, who tackled him to the ground. Officers were then able to arrest the man and secure the knife he had in his possession.

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Franklin woman charged with heroin, cocaine possession after leaving child at preschool

April 17, 2013 8:41 a.m. | Franklin - Helen Balke, 31, of Franklin was charged with heroin and cocaine possession in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on April 13.

Franklin police say she overdosed on heroin and failed to pick up her 3-year-old child from preschool April 9.

According to the Franklin police report:

A co-worker learned Balke, who hadn't been at work that day, had failed to pick up her child from preschool. She went to Balke's home in the 2700 block of West Elm Road, about 3:45 p.m. April 9 and found her unconscious. She called paramedics.

When emergency workers and police arrived they found crack cocaine, a used syringe with heroin residue and other drug paraphernalia in the home.

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Oak Creek man arrested for putting T-shirt on deer

April 17, 2013 8:08 a.m. | Oak Creek - Police arrested a 49-year-old Oak Creek man for mistreatment of an animal April 12 after police identified him as one of several men who put a T-shirt on a deer they trapped in Oak Creek.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man was identified by police because of a video of the incident that was posted on YouTube.

Police first learned about the deer incident April 10 after they received a phone call from WTMJ-4 news regarding the video on YouTube. The TMJ-4 representative sent a link to the video to police, and after viewing it, police were able to identify one of the perpetrators as a 49-year-old Oak Creek man.

He was arrested at 10:35 a.m. April 12 for mistreating an animal. The case was forwarded to the district attorney's office.

Oak Creek police seek suspect in roadside assault, robbery

April 16, 2013 8:06 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are looking for the man who assaulted and robbed a Milwaukee man shortly after he left On the Border during the early morning hours of April 13.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The Milwaukee man told police he left the Franklin strip club at 1 a.m. April 13, and was walking in the 10500 block of South 27th Street when a van approached him from behind. The driver jumped out of the van and struck the victim several times, took the victim's wallet, then got back into the van and continued driving north on 27th Street.

The wallet contained a credit card, driver's license, insurance cards and $50.

The Milwaukee man was taken to Wheaton Franciscan for treatment of lacerations and swelling to his right eye and right hand.

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Franklin police: Estranged wife comes knocking at Park Motel

April 16, 2013 6:18 p.m. | Franklin - A man and woman were asked to leave a local motel during the early morning hours of April 14 after the man's estranged wife came looking for them with a "Club" in her hand.

According to the Franklin police report:

Officers responded to the Park Motel, 7273 S. 27th St., after an employee reported two women pounding on all the motel doors and shouting for someone to come out about 12:20 a.m. April 14.

A 39-year-old Milwaukee woman apparently was looking for her husband, who was staying at the motel with another woman. She was holding a steering wheel locking device, known as "The Club," in her right hand.

The women left the motel parking lot in a newer model silver Dodge minivan before police arrived.

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Ice center fundraisers feature Chipotle, Xbox Madden Bowl

April 15, 2013 10:52 a.m. | Hales Corners - Two fundraisers are in the works to support the proposed Alyson Dudek International Ice Center.

The first will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. April 20 at Chipotle, 5794 S. 108th St. The store will be giving 50 percent of its proceeds to the development of the ice center.

The second is an NFL draft party to be held at 6:30 p.m. April 25 at the Hales Corners House and Pool, 5765 S. New Berlin Road. The draft party is free and will feature food and beverage, music and an Xbox Madden Bowl tournament for children. There also will be a silent auction.

The Friends of Hales Corners Park & Pool are seeking sponsorships including donations and items to be used for the silent auction.

For information about the fundraisers, call Don Schwartz at (414) 529-4821.

Greendale Schools to hold third annual Nourish event

April 15, 2013 10:48 a.m. | Greendale - The school district will host its third annual NOURISH-Mind, Body and Environment Expo on May 11 at Greendale High School, 6801 Southway.

The family-friendly event will begin with a 5-kilometer run and walk at 10 a.m., includes a keynote address on healthy living at 11:15 a.m. and features healthy lunches served by high school culinary students from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The expo opens at noon. There will be a bike helmet demonstration and giveaway, vendors, resource tables, exhibits and other activities related to living a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle. The event is open to the public; admission is free.

Advance registration is requested. For a $10 donation, participants will receive a free T-shirt. Donations will benefit SAVE-Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, one of the nation's first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide and a co-founding member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention.

Greendale High School Pro-Start Culinary Arts students will prepare and serve healthful lunches for a nominal fee. Menu items will be prepared using ingredients made or grown within 150 miles of the village. Money raised from the café will benefit Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee.

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Franklin hosts free yard debris collection week of May 6

April 15, 2013 10:38 a.m. | Franklin - The Public Works Department is encouraging Franklin residents to consider alternatives to burning yard debris.

Three times a year, the city holds scheduled pickups of bagged leaves and brush. Franklin's waste hauler will move through the city collecting yard debris May 6, and will work through the week until finished.

All brush piles and bagged leaves are required to be curbside and next to the driveway by 7 a.m. May 6.

Brush and bagged leaves that are not out when the hauler goes by will not be picked up at a later date.

In the city's March newsletter, Public Works Department officials said burning wet leaves creates large amounts of smoke that may irritate neighbors and the environment.

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Greendale Schools menus earn national certification

April 14, 2013 4:58 p.m. | Greendale - The Schools Food Service Department has earned national certification for the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, according to a district news release.

This distinction validates that school lunch menus meet or exceed all nutritional requirements mandated in the most recent legislation for the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs.

The district receives an additional six cents per meal reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, retroactive to October 2012, as a result of the certification.

"Greendale Schools promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment," the release said.

Last year, Greendale High School students raised eight garden beds and grew vegetables to supplement processed foods for their school lunch ingredients.

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City of Franklin steps up enforcement of noxious weeds, grass length

April 14, 2013 4:46 p.m. | Franklin - In the past, the city has generally enforced the noxious weed and grass length ordinance by notifying the property owner of the violation. If the property is not mowed, the Weed Commissioner has the parcel mowed and an invoice is sent to the property owner.

Beginning this year, in addition to paying the costs to have the property mowed, property owners could receive a municipal citation for violating the ordinance.

According to the city's newsletter, the citation would require the individual to attend municipal court. If found guilty, the violator would owe as much as an additional $150 in fines and court fees and penalties could double for repeat offenders.

The Common Council has recommended increasing the $10 administrative fee associated with each billing to at least $25.

The newsletter states that some residents are using the city's current enforcement practice as a yard maintenance service. City officials hope the additional citations will increase voluntary compliance with existing mowing requirements.

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Franklin Fire Department finalist in $25,000 kitchen makeover contest

April 14, 2013 4:40 p.m. | Franklin - The Fire Department is one of five finalists in the IKEA and The Family Handyman magazine's "Fire Station Kitchen Makeover" contest.

The city's fire department was chosen by contest judges from approximately 1,000 entries. The winning department will be selected by the most online votes. Voting concluded earlier this month.

If the Franklin Fire Department wins, it would bring some much needed upgrades and repairs - at no cost to taxpayers - to the kitchen area at Fire Station No. 1, its headquarters. The IKEA kitchen makeover is valued at $25,000.

The winning fire department was supposed to be selected April 12 based on the number of online votes. However, contest organizers told Franklin firefighters that they're pushing back the date and will not select a winner until May 1.

Alleged drunken driver hits railroad gates in Cudahy

April 14, 2013 12:44 p.m. | An intoxicated Milwaukee driver crashed into railroad gates at Whitnall Ave. and Ladish Ave. in Cudahy at 1:41 a.m. Sunday, injuring a passenger, the Cudahy Police Department said.

An officer saw the car on Ladish Ave., turn to the right and hit the railroad crossing gates. The 34-year-old was drunk, Sgt. Randy Scheel of the Cudahy Police Department said, and the case is being reviewed by the Milwaukee County district attorney's office for a charge of driving while intoxicated causing great bodily harm.

The 28-year-old passenger, who lives in Oak Creek, was taken to Aurora St. Luke's South Shore hospital for treatment.

South Milwaukee discharging untreated waste to lake

April 12, 2013 11:06 a.m. | South Milwaukee's sewage treatment plant has been discharging untreated wastewater to Lake Michigan since Tuesday, city wastewater officials said Friday.

This week's heavy rains came during a major construction project and the plant is at half capacity, Wastewater Superintendent Andrew Bakalarski said. He expected the sanitary sewer overflow to end late Friday along with the end of this week's rounds of heavy rainstorms.

The wastewater discharged to the lake is a combination of sewage and storm water collected by the sanitary sewers, he said. Leaks of storm water into the sanitary sewers cause excess flows in heavy rains. A city rain gauge measured 4.5 inches for the week, he said.

No overflow volume is available.

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District postponed ending combined sewer overflows in the face of extreme flows of wastewater continuing to pour into the deep tunnel late Thursday, officials said Friday.

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View flooding photos of suburban Milwaukee

April 12, 2013 9:36 a.m. | We've just updated our flooding photos from suburban Milwaukee gallery with images taken in Thiensville, Glendale and Shorewood.

Flooding can be seen in a lot of places, especially along the Milwaukee River, Menomonee River and Root River. Check out scenes from along those rivers and other flooding photos from suburban Milwaukee.

Rain leaves rivers rising in southeastern Wisconsin; heavy snow hitting north

April 10, 2013 10:22 p.m. | After three days of rain, rivers throughout southeastern Wisconsin were filled to the top of their banks and there were scattered reports of minor flooding in Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Kenosha and a few inland counties.

The dam on the Milwaukee River at Thiensville was submerged Wednesday and the river had inundated Village Park. The river was expected to rise another 1 1/2 feet by late Thursday or early Friday, so flooding problems could extend beyond the park, Village Emergency Government Director Andy LaFond said.

In the Town of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin Emergency Management delivered 2,000 sandbags to Johnsonville Sausage to divert the flooding Sheboygan River away from the factory at county Highway JM, officials said. At least 500,000 sandbags are stored around Wisconsin and can be delivered to flood-threatened communities, emergency management officials said.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday the Root River in Franklin was flooding, as well as the Fox River at Waukesha, Sheboygan River in the city of Sheboygan, the Fox River near New Munster in Kenosha County and the Crawfish River at Milford in Jefferson County. Major flooding was forecast at New Munster by midday Thursday.

It wasn't just southeastern Wisconsin suffering from weather problems.

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Man accidentally shoots himself at Southridge after drug payment goes bad

April 10, 2013 8:45 a.m. | Greendale - A drug debt payment went wrong last month, ending with the Greendale Police Department responding to what officers found to be an accidentally self-inflicted gunshot wound at Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76 St.

According to the Greendale police report, just released last week:

Police officers were dispatched to the mall's Food Court about 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 after receiving calls about a man with an injured leg and another man seen with a handgun in the men's restroom.

Upon arrival, officers met mall security personnel and rendered aid to Wayne Helstowski, 65, who was bleeding profusely from a wound on his right leg, about five inches from his groin.

Helstowski initially told police he didn't know how he received the wound, saying multiple times that he "must have walked into a pitchfork."

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Oak Creek police seek suspect in sexual assault

April 10, 2013 7:45 a.m. | Oak Creek - Police are looking for the man who grabbed a 25-year-old Greendale woman between her legs in the Milwaukee Area Technical College parking lot, 6665 S. Howell Ave., about 1:35 p.m. April 8.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The woman was exiting the main door at MATC and held the door for a man who walked out behind her. The man said, "thank you," to the woman as he walked out.

While walking toward her car, the woman felt the man getting closer to her. When she began to walk faster, the man ran up, reached between her legs and grabbed her genital area with his right hand. He then ran back into the building.

The woman was not injured. Police and campus security searched the building but could not find the man.

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MMSD takes emergency measures to prevent overflows

April 09, 2013 10:28 p.m. | The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District took emergency steps at the Jones Island sewage treatment plant Tuesday in an attempt to prevent combined sewer overflows and backups of sewage into residential basements.

At 4:30 p.m., the district started pumping a blend of storm water and sewage out of the deep tunnel system and disinfecting the flow with chlorine at the plant before discharging it to Lake Michigan, MMSD Executive Director Kevin Shafer said. This step provides more space in the tunnel system to store sewage and storm water flowing into it and reduces the risk of overflows.

The district cannot divert more than 100 million gallons a day of wastewater around the full treatment process at Jones Island during a heavy rainstorm, under a state permit.

The process is known as combined sewer overflow treatment since solids settle out of wastewater stored in the tunnel and regulators have determined that is equivalent to primary treatment at the plant. Overflowing combined sanitary and storm sewers in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood are directed into the deep tunnel system in a deluge.

At the time this emergency step was announced Tuesday, both the Jones Island and South Shore sewage treatment plants were operating at capacity.

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Oak Creek to host clean-up with mayor

April 09, 2013 5:00 p.m. | Oak Creek - Residents are invited to help clean up the city with Mayor Steven Scaffidi from 10 a.m. to noon April 27, at Oak Creek City Hall.

The event is part of a citywide cleanup taking place from April 20 to April 27. The city has partnered with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful in the Great American Cleanup.

Participants are asked to bring their own gloves. Bags will be provided by Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful. Those younger than 18 must have a signed parent permission slip.

All trash will be picked up courtesy of the city streets department.

Police department to host girls' self-defense class

April 09, 2013 3:10 p.m. | Oak Creek - The Oak Creek Police Department will host a free self-defense seminar for girls from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 20 at the police station, 301 W. Ryan Road.

Participants must be a high school student and 17 years or older to participate.

Registration applications are available in the Oak Creek High School main office.

For information, call the Police Department Community Resource Bureau at (414) 766-7624.

Hales Corners Fire Department donates more than 350 jars of peanut butter

April 09, 2013 3:04 p.m. | Hales Corners - The Fire Department, along with the Milwaukee County Association of Fire Chiefs, donated more than 500 jars of peanut butter to the Hunger Task Force during its peanut butter drive, which ended April 1.

Residents of Forest Ridge contributed 160 jars and the Hales Corners Fire Department gave more than 350 jars.

The contribution by residents and the department helped the Hunger Task Force reach its goal of collecting 100,000 jars of peanut butter.

X-ray thieves put area hospitals, medical centers on alert

April 09, 2013 11:11 a.m. | Franklin - An alert was issued to area medical centers and hospitals after two people attempted to steal old X-ray films from two medical facilities in Franklin on April 2, according to a Franklin police report.

Also in the report:

The people, who posed as employees of a recycling company contracted by the facility's administration to pick up old X-rays, attempted to steal X-ray film from Aurora-Franklin Medical Center, 9200 W. Loomis Road, at 4:50 p.m. April 2.

Police received a second report at 5:10 p.m. after the same two people attempted to steal recyclable X-ray films from Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, 10101 S. 27th St.

The people, described as two white males, were captured on video surveillance when they attempted to steal X-rays at the Aurora-St. Luke's Main Campus at 27th Street and Oklahoma Avenue at 3:45 p.m. March 29. During each incident the men also were seen driving a silver Toyota Tundra pickup truck with carpet in the rear bed.

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DNR to host public meeting on groundwater contamination

April 09, 2013 10:28 a.m. | Franklin - The state Department of Natural Resources will host its third informational meeting for the public on molybdenum groundwater contamination in southeastern Wisconsin from 6 to 8 p.m. April 11 in the community room at Franklin City Hall, 9229 W. Loomis Road.

The meeting will be in an open house format. Tables will be set up so residents can talk to local and state officials about health issues, testing their wells and how to treat well water for elevated levels of molybdenum.

Molybdenum is a naturally occurring metal found in the earth's crust, and in some cases groundwater. It is an essential nutrient in the human diet, found in leafy vegetables, grains and meat, and included as a dietary supplement in multivitamins. But excessive levels are not healthy and can lead to digestive problems and gout. The metal also is found in man-made industrial sources such as coal ash.

The DNR, local officials and well owners first learned molybdenum was present at elevated levels in a handful of private wells in the Caledonia area in August 2009. An extensive DNR study completed in January helped identify areas of Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine counties that have elevated levels of molybdenum, but was unable to pinpoint the origin.

"We will provide as many chances as we can for the public to get information, express their concerns on the issue and offer input. We're there to listen," DNR Southeast Regional Director Eric Nitschke said in a news release.

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Franklin giving out free trees for Arbor Day

April 08, 2013 3:36 p.m. | Franklin - The city of Franklin and the Franklin Environmental Commission will be distributing trees from 10 a.m. to noon April 27, in honor of Arbor Day.

Saplings will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis to city residents in the Franklin Public Library parking lot, 9151 W. Loomis Road.

The supply is limited, so it is recommended that interested residents come early.

Limit one per child or one per family.

For information, call Debbie Zobel at (414) 425-2592.

Colleen Mrotek named 2013 Miss Southern Wisconsin in photo gallery

April 08, 2013 11:18 a.m. | Colleen Mrotek of Bay View, Miss St. Francis 2012, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin 2013 on April 7.

The Miss Southern Wisconsin 2013 pageant is an official preliminary event for Miss Wisconsin pageant and was held at the at the Marian Center for Nonprofits.

View Mrotek and the other pageant participants in our photo gallery.

South Milwaukee's Cecilia Margraff crowned Miss St. Francis 2013

April 07, 2013 8:02 p.m. | South Milwaukee native Cecilia Margraff was crowned Miss St. Francis 2013 last night by reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek at Saint Thomas More High School in Milwaukee.

The event is in its 49th year and is an official preliminary competition for Miss Wisconsin. Margraff will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the school of her choice.

The Miss Wisconsin pageant is June 16-22 in Oshkosh.

Miss St. Francis 2013 photo gallery

Oak Creek Community Center hosts drive-up food donations

April 05, 2013 2:02 p.m. | Drive Up To Stop Hunger will be held at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Donate cash or a bag of nonperishable food items in the center's parking lot. Each vehicle will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Brewers jersey.

All donations will be given to the Oak Creek Salvation Army Food Bank and The Family Life Center at St. Stephen Church.

Hamilton's Mackenzie Latt leads NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball Team

April 05, 2013 12:55 p.m. | Junior Mackenzie Latt from Sussex-Hamilton was voted the NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball Player of the Year after helping her team to a second consecutive conference championship.

New Berlin Eisenhower's Gary Schmidt was voted as Coach of the Year for taking his squad to the Division 2 state title game.

Read more about them and the other members of the team on the special page highlighting the 2012-13 NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball Team.

Cudahy election results roundup

April 03, 2013 10:09 a.m. | Challenger John Hohenfeldt defeated incumbent Cudahy Mayor Tony Day in yesterday's election, capturing 1,629 votes (51 percent) to 1,591 (49 percent) for Day.

Randy Hollenbeck was elected District 3 alderman, capturing 221 votes (51 percent) to 211 (49 percent) for Zachary Wisniewski.

You can see more results on the Journal-Sentinel's April 2 election results roundup page.

Police called after naked woman on Amtrak train refuses to put clothes back on

April 03, 2013 8:47 a.m. | Employees and passengers on an Amtrak train got more scenery than they bargained for last week when a woman disrobed, sat on the floor and refused to get dressed.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Dispatchers received a call from the Canadian Pacific Railway Police just after 6 p.m. March 26, requesting officers respond to an Amtrak train that was stopped at the railroad crossing in the 1000 block of West Puetz Road.

The caller told police there was a naked woman in the first car of the train and they wanted her removed.

According to witness accounts, a railroad employee found the 38-year-old West Allis woman topless in the vestibule of the forward train car and asked her to put her shirt back on. A short time later, the train conductor found the woman in the same location, but by this time she was completely nude. The conductor stopped the train at the West Puetz Road crossing and contacted police for assistance.

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Greendale gets first look at new canine officer Nova

April 02, 2013 4:44 p.m. | Greendale - The Police Department released a photo of Nova, the 18-month-old German shepherd/Belgian malinois mix that will head the newly formed K9 unit.

Officer Tony Fitzgerald left for North Carolina this week to undergo a six-week training program with the dog.

The department reported via Facebook that Nova appeared to accept Fitzgerald quickly, and the human half of the team is excited to start formal training.

The department and Village Board held a contest last month to name the dog, and selected Nova, which stands for "New Official Village Avenger." The winning name was submitted by 9-year-old Alex Alenius from Highland View School.

Hales Corners braces itself for EAB invasion

April 02, 2013 4:04 p.m. | Hales Corners - The village is bracing itself for the impending invasion of emerald ash borer, an invasive insect known to destroy ash trees.

The Committee of the Whole approved a motion to update the village tree inventory and develop a strategy to deal with the infestation when it comes.

Although there are no official reports of EAB in the village, Village Manager Michael Weber said it is just a matter of time before the bug is found in Hales Corners.

"In all likelihood they're already here," he said.

The village has ash trees in its parks and public rights of way. Village staff members will count the total number of trees and decide what to do with them in preparation for the insect's arrival.

Village hopes to cut losses on tax district through refinancing

April 02, 2013 4:00 p.m. | Hales Corners - The Committee of the Whole voted Monday to refinance a faltering special tax district on the west side of Highway 100.

The district was established to give the developer of the Hales Corners Shopping Plaza a financial incentive to remodel in 2008. Tax-incremental financing allows debt taken on for a project to be repaid with the additional taxes generated by property after it has been improved.

The plaza projected a $3 million increase in value but due to low real estate prices, hasn't been able to repay the village.

The village has been losing money on the district and hopes to reduce debt payments by an annual $4,000 through refinancing at a lower interest rate. Although payments will be reduced, the village expects to continue to lose money on the district.

Hearing scheduled for Gov. Walker's budget proposal

April 02, 2013 3:54 p.m. | Greendale - The Joint Finance Committee will hold a hearing on Governor Walker's proposed biennial state budget Thursday.

The hearing will be held from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Greendale High School Auditorium at 6801 Southway.

Panels will be organized for the hearing so groups can testify together about specific topics, including education, transportation, employment and health care.

Greendale Chamber of Commerce to host Brewers tailgate

April 01, 2013 12:58 p.m. | To celebrate Greendale's 75th anniversary, the Greendale Chamber of Commerce will host a tailgate party May 5 and offer a free ride to Miller Park to see the Milwaukee Brewers take on the St. Louis Cardinals.

The tailgate party will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Greendale High School, 6801 Southway, and will be held rain or shine.

Following the party, fans will board school buses and arrive at Miller Park in time for the 1:10 p.m. Brewers game.

Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball game will be available March 15 through April 5, and can be purchased online for $20 on the chamber's website, GreendaleChamber.com.

Tickets for the tailgate party will be available for purchase from March 15 through April 26 at the Greendale Park and Recreation Department, located in the Greendale Public Library, 5647 Broad St.

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Franklin Special Olympics wins regional basketball title

April 01, 2013 12:56 p.m. | The Franklin Special Olympics basketball team wrapped up a successful season recently, winning the regional title game but falling just short in the sectional for a chance to compete for the state championship.

Mark Finne, the team's assistant coach and a social worker at Franklin High School, said it has been fun watching the players develop their skills over the years. Some of the athletes started playing in the fifth grade and are now in their 20s.

"I love it. We all have become a really close-knit family over the years. It's more a social thing than an athletic competition," he said.

The team won all three regional games before running into some tough competition at the sectional on March 23 in Pleasant Prairie.

Franklin lost to Janesville, 32-22, in the first sectional game, but if the team had won its second game, it could still have earned a spot at the state competition in Oshkosh.

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Edible book contest coming to Franklin Public Library

April 01, 2013 12:16 p.m. | The Franklin Public Library is asking residents to literally digest what they read for its annual Edible Book Festival that will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. April 17 at the library, 9151 W. Loomis Road.

The annual family-friendly event invites community members from across southeast Wisconsin to create an edible entry inspired by a book. The creations will be exhibited, documented, judged and finally consumed.

Some of the categories include People's Choice, Most Resembles a Physical Book, Funniest/Punniest and Most Nutritious.

In the past, entries have depicted everything from the "Grapes of Wrath" to the "Hunger Games" and "Green Eggs and Ham."

The festival is free to enter, however donations for local food pantries will be accepted at the event. You can pick up an entry form at the library, or download it on the library's website at mcfls.org/franklin.

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Community Watch

» 620WTMJ: Franklin police try to identify unknown woman found wandering 4/23

» South Milwaukee flushing untreated wastewater to Lake Michigan 4/18

» LongHorn Steakhouse coming to Greendale 4/17

» Franklin reschedules tree giveaway 4/17

» Oak Creek police arrest man who threatened woman out walking dog 4/17

» Franklin woman charged with heroin, cocaine possession after leaving child at preschool 4/17

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