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Authorities identify man, 91, struck, killed by car in Bay View

Nov. 29, 2012 1:18 p.m. | Witnesses say a 91-year-old man had just exited a bus and was trying to cross a major road in Bay View when he was struck and killed Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office identified the man Thursday as Howard P. Roepke. Roepke was struck shortly before 5 p.m. in the 1000 block E. Oklahoma Ave.

Roepke apparently was heading to Unity Lutheran Church for a free meal the church offers to seniors, according to a medical examiner's office report. He was crossing the street, using a walker, and he wasn't in the crosswalk when he was struck by a Hyundai Sonata, according to the report.

The driver told police that he didn't see Roepke until the car collided with him.

Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Police investigate tire slashings in Oak Creek neighborhood

Nov. 27, 2012 5:08 p.m. | Oak Creek - Tires were slashed on at least six vehicles in an area bounded by 11th Avenue, Puetz Road and Highway 32 between midnight Sunday and early Monday morning.

According to the Oak Creek police report the following tire-slashing incidents were reported to have happened that night:

Both driver-side tires were slashed on a Honda in the 3200 block of East Stonefield Drive.

Four tires were slashed on a van at Grace Lutheran Early Childhood Center, 3381 E. Puetz Road.

Three tires were slashed on one car and two rear tires were slashed on a second car at Lake Forest Apartments.

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Caller warns worker Oak Creek grocery store is about to be 'shot up'

Nov. 27, 2012 5:05 p.m. | Oak Creek - An anonymous caller threatened to kill an employee at Pick 'n Save, 2320 W. Ryan Road, Sunday, while warning that the store would be "shot up," according to an Oak Creek police report.

The report states:

At 2:54 p.m. Nov. 25, an employee received a phone call from an unidentified male who stated: "This is an officer. My boss told me to call you. I'm supposed to tell you that your store is going to get shot up. Listen to my directions, sit in the corner or I will kill you."

After the caller hung up, the employee called her manager, who then called police. Officers searched the store, the parking lot and surrounding business parking lots but did not find anything suspicious.

The manager called the phone number the call had originated from, but no one picked up the phone and there was no answering machine.

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Man says he was robbed while checking tires

Nov. 27, 2012 5:02 p.m. | Oak Creek - A 47-year-old Random Lake man told police he was robbed by a stranger after he pulled over on College Avenue to check his tires shortly after 11 p.m. Nov. 26.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man told officers he heard a squeak in his tire, which caused him to pull over in the 2500 block of West College Avenue. While he was checking his driver-side rear tire, an unidentified man walked up to him and said: "Give me your wallet. I have a gun."

The Random Lake man told police he pushed the man, and a struggle ensued. His wallet apparently fell out of his pocket. The thief grabbed the wallet and was picked up by a blue, four-door vehicle that pulled up next to them.

The Random Lake man followed the man's vehicle north on Interstate 94, but lost sight of the car in a subdivision near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee.

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Woman struck by car during spat in Franklin Walmart parking lot

Nov. 27, 2012 2:19 p.m. | Franklin - A pedestrian was injured after a driver allegedly struck her with her car during an argument in the parking lot at Walmart, 6701 S. 27th St., Thanksgiving Day.

According to the Franklin police log:

The victim, a 43-year-old Cudahy woman, told police the accident began as an argument when a driver sped through the parking lot and almost struck her about 9:10 p.m. Nov. 22. When she yelled at the driver to slow down, the driver put her car in reverse and the two began to yell and swear at each other.

The woman stated the driver reached out and punched her in the face during the argument. She then continued to back her vehicle up and deliberately turn it toward her, knocking her to the ground and causing abrasions to her right hand and both knees.

Police questioned the driver, a 35-year-old Milwaukee woman, who said the victim and five other people began pounding on her vehicle. She said the victim stuck her head and hands inside her vehicle while yelling at her, causing her to be fearful for her 9-year-old son, and she admitted punching the woman in the mouth.

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Photo gallery of Black Friday shopping at Southridge now online

Nov. 23, 2012 9:31 a.m. | Were you shopping in Southridge Mall today? Or are you just wondering how the crowds are for Black Friday?

Either way, you can now view our photo gallery of Black Friday shopping at Southridge Mall.

See the best fog photos on social media

Nov. 21, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Dense fog clouded Milwaukee and surrounding areas Wednesday morning, and many people took to Twitter, Instagram and other social media services to share photos.

View those photos here.

Oak Creek signs off on Waukesha water deal

Nov. 20, 2012 9:59 p.m. | Waukesha - The City of Waukesha's history-making quest for Lake Michigan water moved a step forward this week as Oak Creek officials signed a revised letter of intent to be the seller.

Waukesha's Common Council approved the revision at its meeting Tuesday. The letter must be signed by Mayor Jeff Scrima and Treasurer Thomas Neill before the agreement can be forwarded to the state Department of Natural Resources for its review.

This water deal is one of the last pieces Waukesha needs to complete its application to divert up to an average of 10.9 million gallons of lake water a day by 2050 across the subcontinental divide separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds, Water Utility general manager Dan Duchniak said.

But sealing the deal with signatures was delayed more than one month after wholesale rate payments unexpectedly became an obstacle in early October. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission at the time ruled Oak Creek could not bill Franklin for providing adequate volume and pressure for fighting fires as part of its wholesale charges to the community.

Oak Creek water officials subsequently declined to sign Waukesha's agreement if it could not be guaranteed of recovering full costs of providing water service to wholesale municipal customers.

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FBI says Page acted alone in Sikh temple shootings

Nov. 20, 2012 8:30 p.m. | Wade Michael Page acted alone when he fatally shot six worshippers and injured four others in his rampage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek on Aug. 5, the FBI said Tuesday.

In its statement, the FBI said it found no evidence to suggest the attack was "directed or facilitated by any white supremacist group." The FBI and Justice Department initially had said they were looking into Page's killing spree as an act of domestic terrorism.

Teresa L. Carlson, special agent in charge of the FBI's Milwaukee office, said the investigation was now officially over.

"During the shooting at the temple, Page exchanged gunfire with two Oak Creek police officers, seriously wounding one, before being shot by another officer, then turning his weapon on himself. There is also no evidence to suggest the attack was part of any ongoing threat to the Sikh community," the FBI statement says.

Page shot Oak Creek police Lt. Brian Murphy multiple times. His fellow officer, Sam Lenda, a decorated sharpshooter, shot Page. Page then put his 9mm handgun to his head and fired what would be the fatal shot.

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Alert Franklin officer nabs burglary suspects

Nov. 20, 2012 5:02 p.m. | Franklin - Two 19-year-old men were arrested for burglary after an alert police officer pursued a vehicle speeding out of a Franklin subdivision Monday.

According to the Franklin police report:

The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over after he saw it speed out of a subdivision near 76th Street and Drexel Avenue about 3 a.m. Monday. The driver failed to stop for the officer and a pursuit ensued.

The chase ended when the driver pulled over in the 9500 block of West Loomis Road. After police discovered numerous stolen items in the car, the occupants, a 19-year-old Franklin man and a 19-year-old Milwaukee man, were arrested.

A police investigation determined the men stole the items from a home and four vehicles in the 7900 block of South 55th Street prior to the police chase. They apparently entered the home while the residents were sleeping.

Oak Creek police investigate burglaries at adjoining businesses

Nov. 20, 2012 4:24 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are investigating the theft of cash from two adjacent businesses in the 8500 block of South Howell Avenue between 9 a.m. Nov. 12 and 11 a.m. Nov. 13.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

During that timeframe, about $600 was taken from the cash drawer at Mailtruck Model A Ford Parts and a cash drawer containing $200 was taken from Cutest Kids consignment store. There was an unsecured access point between the two businesses.

Officers found pry marks on a door connecting the consignment store to WJ Kuhn, but nothing was reported missing from either WJ Kuhn or HK Graphics, which also is in the same building.

The front entry doors to both businesses were secured, and there were no signs of forced entry.

Oak Creek make arrest in connection to Craigslist robbery

Nov. 20, 2012 4:10 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police arrested a 19-year-old Milwaukee man Nov. 14 in connection with the robbery of a man he met through Craigslist on Oct. 26.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The 19-year-old arranged to meet a 24-year-old Milwaukee man in an unlit area at the entrance of Hy-View Mobile Home Park, 2539 W. Carroll Ave., the evening of Oct. 26. He said he was interested in buying two iPhones the older man had posted for sale on Craigslist.com.

While they were talking, three men walked toward the 24-year-old, one of them holding a club. One of the men yelled, "I'm gonna get you (expletive)," and the man got in his car and headed south on Interstate 94, with the others in pursuit.

The 24-year-old called the supposed buyer during the pursuit to ask him for an explanation as to why he stole his iPhones. The teen replied, "We will get you." The man exited the freeway on Rawson Avenue and the others continued driving south on I-94.

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Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged

Nov. 16, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For more than 40 years, Gary Medrow has wielded a telephone the way a check forger wields a pen.

Except instead of faking signatures for financial gain, Medrow has used the phone as a disguise to impersonate people in officialdom - from police officers to accident investigators - to indulge his favorite fetish: persuading complete strangers to carry each other around.

The latest persona adopted by the 68-year-old serial impostor, according to a criminal complaint, is that of a Journal Sentinel photojournalist, calling two female high school athletes to set up photo shoots in which they would hold each other upon their shoulders.

Medrow, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday and charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with two counts each of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident involving two Cedarburg High School girls.

Authorities in Franklin, Verona, Hartland and Mequon are investigating similar incidents, which involve female athletes who have had their pictures in the newspaper, Cedarburg police Officer Joe Biliskov said.

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Greenfield police officer resigns after sexting suspect in jewelry theft

Nov. 14, 2012 9:34 a.m. | A Greenfield police office has resigned for sexting a woman who was a suspect in a jewelry theft, police said.

According to Greenfield police, a tip was received in August from a third party that an officer may have engaged in inappropriate behavior.

Chief Bradley Wentlandt ordered an investigation into the matter.

Investigators said that the woman was initially unwilling to cooperate, but that she was convinced that potential misconduct was "a very serious matter" and agreed to cooperate.

The text messages were consensual, but the messages from the officer included several that were sexually explicit in nature, police said.

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Waukesha, Oak Creek working to put water deal back in motion

Nov. 09, 2012 1:02 p.m. | Waukesha - A proposed amendment to an agreement for Oak Creek to sell Lake Michigan water to the City of Waukesha will put the plan back on track after a one-month delay, Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said Friday.

The revision clarifies how Waukesha's future rate payments to Oak Creek will be determined, Duchniak said. The amendment is intended to reassure Oak Creek that it will be paid rates that reimburse it for full costs of the service.

The Oak Creek Water & Sewer Commission will review the proposal Tuesday.

Both the Oak Creek and Waukesha common councils are scheduled to adopt the amended agreement at separate meetings on Nov. 20. The Waukesha council discussed the amendment Thursday night in a closed-door session.

Rate payments unexpectedly became an obstacle to sealing the deal in early October when the Wisconsin Public Service Commission ruled Oak Creek could not bill Franklin for providing adequate volume and pressure for fighting fires as part of its wholesale charges to the community.

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Drunken driver arrested after nearly hitting squad car stopped for another OWI arrest

Nov. 07, 2012 12:00 p.m. | Officers responding to the scene of a drunken driving accident arrested a second drunken driver who attempted to drive around the scene during the early morning hours Sunday.

According to Oak Creek police:

A 29-year-old Oak Creek man was speeding when he plowed into the rear end of a vehicle driving at the posted speed limit in the 1500 block of West Puetz Road shortly before 1:30 a.m. Nov. 4.

Both vehicles left the roadway and were totaled in the accident, but no injuries were reported. The Oak Creek Fire Department was called to the scene due to a large amount of smoke coming from the engine compartment of one of the vehicles.

The 29-year-old man was arrested for drunken driving, second offense, and was cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed. His blood-alcohol content was 0.18.

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Anti-Semitic pamphlets being distributed around Oak Creek, South Milwaukee

Nov. 07, 2012 8:48 a.m. | Several residents called Oak Creek police in the past week after receiving an anti-Semitic pamphlet that also discussed the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in August.

According to Oak Creek police, the South Milwaukee Police Department also received about six reports of matching literature being placed on porches in their city; however, they also have no information on who is distributing the pamphlets.

Police examined the pamphlet and stated it didn't contain any direct threats toward people or establishments.

If you have information about the organization or person/people distributing these pamphlets you can call the Oak Creek Police Department at (414) 762-8200. If residents receive one of these pamphlets they are advised to simply throw the literature away, police said.

Oak Creek teens accused of assaulting, robbing 17-year-old

Nov. 07, 2012 8:24 a.m. | Two 17-year-old Oak Creek boys were arrested Nov. 4 in connection with the Oct. 17 assault and robbery of a boy.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

The teens were arrested after a police investigation determined they were involved in the incident in which the victim, a 17-year-old Oak Creek boy, was struck and knocked to the ground by five or six teens while walking his dog in the 300 block of East Parkway Estates at 1:20 p.m. Oct. 17. While on the ground, one of the boys stole $20 out of the victim's pocket before the group ran into a wooded area.

The victim refused medical attention.

The two teens were taken into custody shortly after 3 p.m. Nov. 4. They are both facing possible charges of robbery and physical abuse of a child.

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Man escapes Oak Creek drug sting after trip to hospital

Nov. 06, 2012 5:46 p.m. | Police have issued an arrest warrant for an alleged drug dealer who escaped custody Oct. 31.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A 26-year-old Milwaukee man sold six bags of crack cocaine to an undercover police officer while the two were sitting in a car in the parking lot at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 6665 S. Howell Ave., shortly before 8 a.m. Oct. 31.

When a detective came to the passenger-side door to make the arrest, the man struck him and ran off, with two officers in pursuit. The officers caught the man, but he resisted arrest and refused to put his hands behind his back.

Police used a Taser to gain control of the man after they saw him place a plastic bag into his mouth. The man was unable to swallow the bag and eventually spit it out. The bag contained 3.5 grams of powder cocaine, 14 grams of crack cocaine and 33 additional corner-cut bags.

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Driver who struck deputies' car now facing homicide charge

Nov. 05, 2012 5:20 p.m. | An 18-year-old St. Francis man who authorities say plowed into Waukesha County Sheriff's patrol car on a freeway last week now faces a homicide charge for the death of his own passenger.

According to the criminal complaint:

Ihor M. Sahan was speeding east on Interstate 94 about 2:40 a.m. Thursday when he slammed into the squad car that was parked in the turnaround area at Sunny Slope Road. Deputies Bryan Skaar and Patrick Sykes were running radar speed enforcement and noted Sahan's vehicle approaching at 74 mph right before it struck their car.

The injured deputies climbed out of their damaged car to see Sahan's vehicle on fire a short distance away. They pulled Sahan and his unconscious passenger from the burning vehicle.

The passenger, Ryan Petri, 17, had not been wearing a seat belt and suffered massive brain trauma. He was taken to Children's Hospital but never regained consciousness and died Saturday.

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Looking for your local polling place?

Nov. 02, 2012 9:44 a.m. | We are four days away from the next election and one of the best resources to find out local voting information is at the state's official page for Wisconsin Voter Information.

There you can find information on where to vote in your community, check your provisional ballot status and more.

Click here to visit the Wisconsin Voter Information page.

North Shore voters can visit our North Shore Voting Guide, which has a list of polling places and a post-redistricting guide to congressional, assembly, and senate districts.

Man with ammo, 'strange writings' detained at Sikh temple

Nov. 01, 2012 10:58 p.m. | Oak Creek - A Maryland man who walked into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin with ammunition and written references to a mass shooting in Colorado sipped tea with temple members before being detained by police, a temple spokesman said Thursday.

Police searched and questioned the man and released him after determining he intended no harm, according to Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal.

The incident occurred Sunday, almost three months after gunman Wade Michael Page killed six temple members and wounded three others before being shot by a police officer. Page then fatally shot himself.

According to a police report on the Sunday incident, from which the man's identity was redacted:

Officers were called to the temple shortly after 8:30 a.m.

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Community Watch

» Authorities identify man, 91, struck, killed by car in Bay View 11/29

» Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year 11/28

» Police investigate tire slashings in Oak Creek neighborhood 11/27

» Caller warns worker Oak Creek grocery store is about to be 'shot up' 11/27

» Man says he was robbed while checking tires 11/27

» Woman struck by car during spat in Franklin Walmart parking lot 11/27

» Photo gallery of Black Friday shopping at Southridge now online 11/23

» See the best fog photos on social media 11/21

» Oak Creek signs off on Waukesha water deal Updated:  11/20

» FBI says Page acted alone in Sikh temple shootings Updated:  11/20

» Alert Franklin officer nabs burglary suspects 11/20

» Oak Creek police investigate burglaries at adjoining businesses 11/20

» Oak Creek make arrest in connection to Craigslist robbery 11/20

» Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged Updated:  11/16

» Greenfield police officer resigns after sexting suspect in jewelry theft 11/14

» Waukesha, Oak Creek working to put water deal back in motion Updated:  11/9

» Drunken driver arrested after nearly hitting squad car stopped for another OWI arrest 11/7

» Anti-Semitic pamphlets being distributed around Oak Creek, South Milwaukee 11/7

» Oak Creek teens accused of assaulting, robbing 17-year-old 11/7

» Man escapes Oak Creek drug sting after trip to hospital 11/6

» Driver who struck deputies' car now facing homicide charge 11/5

» Looking for your local polling place? 11/2

» Man with ammo, 'strange writings' detained at Sikh temple Updated:  11/1

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