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Oak Creek police called when prom reunion ends with ride on luggage cart

May 29, 2013 12:04 p.m. | Officers responded to Mainstay Suites, 1001 W. College Ave., after the front desk clerk reported there was a woman in the parking lot who was too drunk to walk at 4:55 a.m. May 18.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

While officers were enroute to the hotel, the clerk called back and stated that a man just wheeled the woman through the lobby on a luggage cart and went into the elevator.

An officer spoke to the man, who stated the woman was too heavy to lift without assistance, so he used a luggage trolley to take her back to the room.

The man also told police he had taken the woman to senior prom in 1964 and was reuniting with her for the weekend.

Man facing charges after Franklin road rage incident

May 29, 2013 10:36 a.m. | Franklin — A 47-year-old man was cited after he allegedly pulled another driver out of his car and attempted to assault him, and then broke off his rear-view mirror with a wooden club during a road-rage incident on May 23.

According to the police dispatch report:

Police responded to the 8200 block of South 51st Street after a motorist called to report that a driver assaulted him and damaged his car at about 2:50 p.m. May 23.

The caller told police he was attempting to make a right turn onto Drexel Avenue from 51st Street when a man driving a silver Chevy Silverado cut him off. The caller stated he slammed on his brakes when the Silverado cut him off, but told police he did not hit the truck.

When both vehicles were stopped, the driver of the Silverado, a 47-year-old Oak Creek man, got out of his truck, walked over to the caller and pulled him out of his car. The caller told police the enraged man tried to punch him but missed, and the caller got back into his car and locked the doors.

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Oak Creek police: Part of man's ear bitten off during fight at bar

May 29, 2013 9:07 a.m. | Oak Creek paramedics took one man, along with a piece of his ear, to the hospital after a chunk of his ear was bitten off during a bar fight in Oak Creek on May 19.

According to the police log:

A bartender at Diane's Second Chance, 9430 S. 27th St., called 911 after one man was injured after a bar fight shortly after 2 a.m. May 19.

When police arrived they found an injured man in the parking lot who stated that he and another unknown man had a verbal altercation in the parking lot before entering the bar. Once both men were inside the bar a physical altercation ensued.

The injured man admitted to police that he punched the other man after he was pushed, and then both men began wrestling on the ground. During the altercation the man told police that the unknown man bit off a 1-inch piece of his right ear.

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Franklin police investigating vehicle break-ins at Wehr Nature Center

May 28, 2013 4:03 p.m. | Franklin police are seeking the person responsible for breaking into a number of vehicles at Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., May 23.

According to police, at least $500 worth of items were stolen out of five locked vehicles at Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. May 23. Items stolen from the vehicles include purses, credit and debit cards, Bluetooth devices, cash, travel bags, an iPod and a jacket.

The suspect gained entry to each vehicle by smashing a window, causing an estimated $1,500 worth of damage to the vehicles.

While police were investigating the vehicle break-ins at the nature center, a caller reported a sixth vehicle break-in that occurred at Whitnall Park Golf Course, 6701 Whitnall Park Drive. The caller reported a cell phone stolen from a locked pickup truck. The front passenger and rear driver's side windows were smashed to gain entry.

Police are following up on a report of a possible suspect — a male with a medium build and short, dark hair — who who was seen driving a black, early 2000s Chevrolet Cavalier-style vehicle in the area at the time the incidents occurred.

Oak Creek police say drunken driver was texting when he struck and injured motorcyclist

May 28, 2013 3:09 p.m. | A man was taken to Froedtert Hospital after his motorcycle was rear-ended by a drunken driver who admitted he was texting when the accident occurred shortly after midnight May 19.

According to the responding officer, the drunken driver was traveling northbound in the 6400 block of South 13th Street and slowing for the light when he rear-ended the motorcycle, causing the driver to fall off the motorcycle and strike his head on the pavement at 12:23 a.m.

During questioning, the driver told police he was texting on his cellphone when he struck the cyclist, which is why he didn't see the motorcycle before the accident occurred.

He was cited for texting while driving and for causing injury while operating while intoxicated. He was taken to Wheaton Franciscan Hospital for a blood draw, the results of which were unavailable.

Franklin woman faces charges she had sex with teen wrestler she helped coach

May 24, 2013 9:34 a.m. | A Franklin woman has been charged with having sexual relations with a 16-year-old boy she met while helping her husband coach wrestling.

Colleen Lewandowski, 27, faces three counts of having intercourse with a child 16 or older, a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint, the boy told police Lewandowski used to assist at wrestling practices and meets last school year, and that he saw her again at a match in February, when he was no longer on the team. She told him about her marital problems and began communicating with him on Facebook, and then texting, the boy told police.

In March, they began a sexual relationship, and the boy spent about eight nights at Lewandowski's residence; her husband had moved out and was staying with a friend, the boy said she told him.

Lewandowski admitted to police that she did pick the boy up at school or near his home on several occasions, that he spent nights at her apartment and they engaged in sexual relations. On Wednesday, her attorney filed a motion seeking to suppress her statements because police questioned her at the police station for nearly 15 minutes before announcing her Miranda rights to a lawyer.

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Man banned from store for stealing 49-cent 'Beavis and Butt-head' tape

May 22, 2013 10:39 a.m. | A Milwaukee man is no longer welcome in a local thrift store after getting caught shoplifting a "Beavis and Butthead" VHS tape last week.

According to the Franklin police report:

The 19-year-old man was arrested for shoplifting the tape at the Salvation Army Store, 6341 S. 27th St., at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday. The tape was valued at 49 cents.

The man was cited and banned from the store because he is a suspect in previous shoplifting incidents.

Visit MyCommunityNOW's Suburban Crime Map each week for more crime reports, which are compiled by NOW reporters from more than 20 local police departments.

Are there cougars in Franklin? Police officer sees large, wild cat on bike trail

May 21, 2013 11:23 a.m. | Franklin — A police officer is the latest in a list of witnesses to report seeing a large, wild cat near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail.

According to the Franklin police report:

A police officer was talking to a resident in the 6800 block of South 68th Street at 7:08 p.m. May 16. They were standing between the 68th Street entrance and the Rawson Avenue entrance to the Oak Leaf Bike Trail when they both saw a large, brown cat with a stub tail walk out from the wooded area, leap into the air over the path and walk back into the woods.

The officer and resident described the cat as being as tall as a large dog and having a light brown face, similar to a bobcat's. The cat had a nub tail and no spots.

The officer followed the cat into the woods to look for tracks, and also found and collected scat of unknown origin. The evidence was turned over to an area wildlife supervisor who is investigating the sighting.

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Greendale police arrest boy for graffiti damage

May 20, 2013 3:09 p.m. | Greendale — Police arrested a boy on May 10 for criminal damage to property in connection with several graffiti incidents throughout the village.

According to the police report:

Greendale police received information from a potential suspect's mother who saw the graffiti at the Community Center and recognized it to be similar to graffiti tagging she had seen in her house.

Police arrested the boy for the tagging and he was released with a court date in Children's Court.

After his release, new tagging began appearing again throughout the Village. An investigation found that the same suspect was tagging again, and he was subsequently arrested. This time, he was held in custody at the Milwaukee County Children's Court Center.

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Judge dismisses Sikh group lawsuit filed in wake of Oak Creek temple shooting

May 20, 2013 10:12 a.m. | A judge has dismissed a Sikh group's U.S. lawsuit against a Indian official who was in Wisconsin last year in the wake of the mass shooting at the Sikh temple at Oak Creek.

After months of litigation, conflicting testimony and suggestion of a government coverup, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled Friday that the lawsuit was never served on the defendant, Parkash Singh Badal.

Sikhs for Justice vow to appeal, saying what Adelman terms a case mistaken identity is actually a matter of witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

Sikhs for Justice sued in Milwaukee under the federal Torture Victim Protection and Alien Tort laws, which grants jurisdiction in U.S. courts. The suit contends that Badal oversaw torture and murder of Sikhs in India, where the religious minority has been the subject of persecution by the Hindu majority.

Badal was in the Milwaukee area last summer to attend local businessman Darshan Dhaliwal's daughter's wedding .Because his region is home to thousands of Sikhs, Badal found himself thrust into the news as he met with temple shooting survivors and spoke to area reporters.

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Franklin elementary to reopen today after illnesses

May 20, 2013 7:10 a.m. | Pleasant View Elementary School in Franklin reopens today after at least 50 students were sent home sick Thursday, according to WDJT-TV (Channel 58).

When the students and a few staff members suffered vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and fevers, the district decided to cancel classes on Friday so the building could be cleaned. District officials said if students still have symptoms Monday, they should remain at home.

Apartment expansion planned for Oak Creek

May 17, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Southfield Apartments, in Oak Creek, is planning to eventually add 56 units under a proposal that was reviewed this week by the city Plan Commission.

Southfield, which is west of S. 13th St. and a few blocks north of W. Rawson Ave., would develop the units in seven separate buildings on 2.5 acres next to its current 19-acre campus, according to the proposal.

Oak Creek officer shot during Sikh temple rampage retiring

May 15, 2013 3:56 p.m. | Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, the first officer on the scene during the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, said Wednesday that he turned in paperwork to retire from the force.

His last day is expected to be June 12.

Murphy was hit with 12 bullets during the attack. He has a duty-incurred disability, ending his 22-year career on the Oak Creek force. He previously worked a year as a deputy in the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

"I didn't heal enough for the doctors to deem me eligible to go back to work," said Murphy, 52.

Six Sikh worshippers were killed in the attack and three others were wounded. The gunman, Wade Michael Page, killed himself after he was taken down with a rifle shot by Oak Creek officer Sam Lenda.

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Franklin police investigating robbery at KFC

May 14, 2013 10:07 a.m. | Franklin — The Police Department is investigating a robbery at KFC, 6311 S. 27th St., on Friday.

Sgt. Kevin Magno said the department received a call about the robbery just after 10 p.m. when the restaurant was closing, and officers were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Officers from Franklin, Greenfield and Oak Creek, including Oak Creek's canine unit, responded to the restaurant but were unable to find any suspects.

Officers are still gathering information on three suspects who brandished a undisclosed weapon, including pulling surveillance video, Magno said.

No one was injured during the robbery and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

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Franklin honors outgoing library director

May 10, 2013 3:08 p.m. | Franklin - Mayor Frank Taylor recognized the outstanding service of outgoing Franklin Library Director Barbara Roark with a proclamation in her honor at the May 7 Common Council meeting.

"Barbara is much more than a librarian. She is the heart and soul of this community, and she leaves our library as the center of our city's cultural life," Taylor said.

After 15 years on the job, Roark leaves to spend more time with her family in Indiana, where she expects to welcome a new grandchild.

Roark helped organize a $5.8 million referendum to build the new library, 9151 W. Loomis Road. In 2000, the measure passed with 63 percent of the vote, and when construction was finished nearly two years later, it came under budget by about $300,000.

In 2002, Roark was named the Wisconsin Library Association's Muriel Fuller award recipient.

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Reader's Digest may have buyer for Greendale office building

May 10, 2013 8:00 a.m. | Reader’s Digest Assocation Inc. may have found a buyer for its office building in Greendale, a former employee tells me.

There has been strong interest from prospective buyers for the 164,800-square-foot building, 5400 S. 60th St., said Susan Russ, vice president of global communications at White Plains, N.Y.-based Reader’s Digest. The company is evaluating “potential opportunities,” but nothing is yet final, she said.

Regardless of a building sale, Reader’s Digest will keep an operation in the greater Milwaukee area, Russ said. The Greendale building was the longtime headquarters of Reiman Publications, owner of Taste of Home and other magazines, before Reader’s Digest bought that business in 2002.

At that time, Reiman had more 500 employees, most of them in Greendale. Reader’s Digest, which is reorganizing its finances under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time since 2009, now has around 200 employees at the Greendale office, Russ said.

The former employee told me Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin is rumored to be the buyer of the Greendale building.

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Franklin High School evacuated due to unusual odor

May 09, 2013 2:04 p.m. | Franklin - The Fire Department was called about 8 a.m. today to Franklin High School to investigate a report of a smell of natural gas.

The high school was evacuated while fire crews investigated the odor, said Meghan Dade, communications coordinator for the Franklin School District.

After the investigation, firefighters determined that the odor was not natural gas, and believe it came from a battery that was charging overnight in the school's auto shop. When the battery was removed and the area aired out, the smell was gone, Dade said.

The school day is continuing as normal.

"We take issues of safety seriously and we thank our students, staff and families for their cooperation," Dade said.

Classes resume at Franklin High School after evacuation

May 09, 2013 10:24 a.m. | No natural gas leaks were detected at Franklin High School by We Energies Thursday morning, a We Energies spokesman said.

School officials said the Franklin Fire Department removed what was believed to be the source of the odor and that classes resumed. District officials did not identify the suspected source.

Students were evacuated from the building while the Franklin Fire Department and the utility company investigate a possible gas leak Thursday morning. Firefighters were called to the school about 7:40 a.m.

Eight Oak Creek police officers to be honored at White House

May 08, 2013 12:44 p.m. | The first eight Oak Creek police officers who rushed to the scene to stop a mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin will be honored in Washington this weekend during a ceremony Saturday in the Rose Garden at the White House and a law-enforcement awards dinner Sunday night.

The eight are among the recipients of the TOP COPS Award presented by the National Association of Police Organizations.

Seven people, including the gunman, died in the Aug. 6 attack.

The first officer on the scene, Lt. Brian Murphy, confronted the gunman, was shot 15 times and survived.

Oak Creek officer Sam Lenda wounded the gunman with a rifle shot. The gunman, Wade Michael Page, then killed himself.

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Oak Creek police arrest woman for providing escort services without license

May 08, 2013 9:03 a.m. | Oak Creek - A woman was arrested for providing escort services without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia after police discovered what she said was a massage business April 24.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Officers and K9 Officer Bronco responded to the Candlewood Suites, 6440 S. 13th St., after an employee called to report drug use and prostitution in a room about 3:30 p.m. April 24.

Officers found the woman had a massage table set up in her room, and there was a man present.

Officers questioned the woman about the table, and she told police she charges $80 to give massages in the room at the hotel.

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Oak Creek police search for repeat shoplifters who assaulted store employee

May 08, 2013 8:34 a.m. | Oak Creek - Police are searching for a couple who ran out of a local store with two carts full of merchandise, then kicked an employee who attempted to stop them from leaving April 24.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Employees at Kohl's, 9035 S. Howell Ave., told police this is the third time the man and woman have shoplifted from the store.

The duo filled two shopping carts with clothing and fled the store without paying for the items about 8:35 p.m. April 24. When several employees followed the couple into the parking lot to stop them, one of the thieves kicked an employee in the right thigh. The two then grabbed some clothing, got into their vehicle and drove off.

It is unknown how much clothing the couple stole, but it is presumed to be worth more than $100.

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Sikh group invokes 'missing witness' rule in Oak Creek summons service dispute

May 06, 2013 8:15 a.m. | A human rights group has invoked the "missing witness" rule in its final argument over whether a Punjab state official from India was lawfully served a lawsuit at Oak Creek High School, days after the mass shooting at the Sikh temple.

A Milwaukee federal judge's decision on the issue could determine whether or not the case and its potential international implications goes forward or gets thrown out.

Parkash Singh Badal, the chief minister of Punjab state, had planned a trip to the Milwaukee area last summer to attend local businessman Darshan Dhaliwal's daughter's wedding. Two days before he arrived, a gunman attacked the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, killing six people and then himself. Badal, whose region is home to thousands of Sikhs, found himself thrust into the news as he met with survivors and spoke to area reporters.

Seizing a rare opportunity, the human rights group Sikhs for Justice sued in Milwaukee under the federal Torture Victim Protection and Alien Tort laws, which grants jurisdiction in U.S. courts. The suit contends that Badal oversaw torture and murder of Sikhs in India, where the religious minority has been the subject of persecution by the Hindu majority.

The plaintiffs claimed to have served Badal at Oak Creek High School at a Justice Department community forum on Aug. 9. Badal's attorneys, former federal prosecutors Steven Biskupic and Michelle Jacobs, put on witnesses at a hearing in February that suggest two West Allis brothers, professional process servers, mistakenly gave the summons to an Illinois man who was at the high school that day to act as an interpreter. Surinder Singh Kalra.

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South Milwaukee liquor store robbed

May 06, 2013 4:48 a.m. | South Milwaukee police responded to an armed robbery at King's Row Liquor Store in the 1200 block of Milwaukee Ave. about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, police said Monday.

A masked gunman entered the store and demanded money. Nobody was injured.

Greendale High School on nation's most challenging schools list

May 03, 2013 1:46 p.m. | Greendale High School earned a spot on the Washington Post's list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

Out of more than 1,900 public and private high schools nationwide, Greendale was ranked 1,240th. Within the state of Wisconsin, it ranked 15th.

For the past 15 years, the list has been compiled by a formula using the number of college-level tests - Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education - given at a school in 2012, divided by the number of seniors that graduated that year.

The entire list can be found at apps.washingtonpost.com.

Area's first LongHorn Steakhouse open in Greendale

May 03, 2013 7:33 a.m. | The first LongHorn Steakhouse in the Milwaukee area opened on Monday in Greendale, at 5220 S. 76th St.

The steakhouse has seating for more than 240 diners. 

Besides serving steaks ranging from a 6-ounce sirloin ($11.99) to a 30-ounce porterhouse for two ($39.99), the restaurant serves ribs, chops, seafood, chicken and sandwiches. 

The chain of 400 restaurants in 37 states includes two others in Wisconsin, in Green Bay and Madison. LongHorn is owned by Darden Restaurants, which also owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Capital Grille. 

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Community Watch

» Oak Creek police called when prom reunion ends with ride on luggage cart 5/29

» Man facing charges after Franklin road rage incident 5/29

» Oak Creek police: Part of man's ear bitten off during fight at bar 5/29

» Franklin police investigating vehicle break-ins at Wehr Nature Center 5/28

» Oak Creek police say drunken driver was texting when he struck and injured motorcyclist 5/28

» Franklin woman faces charges she had sex with teen wrestler she helped coach 5/24

» Man banned from store for stealing 49-cent 'Beavis and Butt-head' tape 5/22

» Are there cougars in Franklin? Police officer sees large, wild cat on bike trail 5/21

» Greendale police arrest boy for graffiti damage 5/20

» Judge dismisses Sikh group lawsuit filed in wake of Oak Creek temple shooting 5/20

» Franklin elementary to reopen today after illnesses 5/20

» Apartment expansion planned for Oak Creek 5/17

» Oak Creek officer shot during Sikh temple rampage retiring 5/15

» Franklin police investigating robbery at KFC 5/14

» Franklin honors outgoing library director 5/10

» Reader's Digest may have buyer for Greendale office building 5/10

» Franklin High School evacuated due to unusual odor 5/9

» Classes resume at Franklin High School after evacuation Updated:  5/9

» Eight Oak Creek police officers to be honored at White House 5/8

» Oak Creek police arrest woman for providing escort services without license 5/8

» Oak Creek police search for repeat shoplifters who assaulted store employee 5/8

» Sikh group invokes 'missing witness' rule in Oak Creek summons service dispute 5/6

» South Milwaukee liquor store robbed 5/6

» Greendale High School on nation's most challenging schools list 5/3

» Area's first LongHorn Steakhouse open in Greendale 5/3

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