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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

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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Harvest of Arts and Crafts starts this weekend

12:19 p.m. | Greendale — The Milwaukee County Historical Society will hosts its 32nd annual Harvest of Arts and Crafts this weekend at the Trimborn Farm.

The festival will feature more than 90 vendors from throughout the Midwest and include food and refreshments.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7 at the historic farm, located at 8881 W. Grange Ave. Free parking will be offered at Southridge Mall, with a complimentary shuttle to, and from, the farm. Parking is also available on the Trimborn Farm grounds.

Admission costs $5 for adults and $3 for children ages four to six. Children under three will be admitted for free. All proceeds will go toward the Milwaukee County Historical Society.

For more information, call the society at (414) 273-8288 or visit

Boyfriend of woman found mummified used her debit card

12:07 p.m. | The boyfriend of a woman found mummified in a Cudahy apartment last month used the woman's debit cards after her death, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The deceased woman is believed to be Peggy Pamperin, 50, though DNA testing is still pending to confirm her identity, according to documents filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Pamperin's boyfriend, Gregory J. Prey, 40, was taken into custody on a probation violation after police found the woman's body on Aug. 13.

In an interview with detectives on Aug. 13 and 14, Prey said Pamperin died inside the Cudahy apartment sometime during the first week of June 2014.

He admitted racking up more than $1,200 in purchases using Pamperin's debit card from July 8 until Aug. 5, when it was declined at a gas station where he tried to use it, court documents say. The woman's card was used regularly up to May 27 and was dormant, except for automated payments, until July 8.

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Bicyclist in Franklin struck, killed by motorist

Aug. 30, 2014 10:10 a.m. | A 41-year-old Franklin woman was killed Friday evening while riding her bicycle on State Highway 100 and Elm Court in Franklin.

According to Franklin Police, the bicyclist crossed over oncoming traffic to turn onto Elm Court shortly before 8 p.m. She was transported by ambulance to Froedtert Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police offered no other information about the woman or the driver of the vehicle that struck her.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said it would not release information about her until Tuesday.

Greendale spoils Franklin football dedication, 31-14

Aug. 29, 2014 10:37 p.m. | Franklin threw itself a party when it dedicated the brand-new Sullivan Stadium Friday night in front of an overflow house.

But it was the visiting Greendale football team that was doing the celebrating, as the Panthers scored 21 points off of four second half Saber turnovers and turned a sleepy 3-0 halftime lead into a resounding 31-14 victory.

An exuberent Panther coach Rob Stoltz told his team "That they should get excited" about what they accomplished tonight and then happily asked his players one by one "How ya feel?, How ya feel?"

Every answer was "good" or "great", as well it should have been as the 2-0 returning WIAA State D3 runner-ups knocked off the host Sabers (1-1), who were WIAA state D1 runner-ups last season themselves.

Stoltz noted that when most people think of Greendale football, they think of returning all-state quarterback Josh Ringelberg and the high-powered Panther offense, but he was pleased as punch with the four turnovers his defense created.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29

Aug. 29, 2014 10:27 p.m. | Teams were looking to continue winning ways or bounce back after opening-week losses Aug. 28 and 29.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 2.

Alverno College students to work with Greendale schools for reading program

Aug. 29, 2014 12:55 p.m. | Greendale — Alverno College students will work with Greendale elementary schools this year as part of a special program for reading instruction.

Pre-service teachers from the college will participate in a reading methods course designed to develop an understanding of the theory and strategies for reading instruction.

An Alverno professor will be on-site with the college students in the Greendale Schools to teach. Every Alverno student in the course will be paired with an elementary classroom to observe and engage in, while putting their theoretical learning into practice.

"This direct connection and experience before student teaching provides pre-service teachers with a deeper understanding of their theoretical learning and practical skills as they enter the profession," said Greendale Communications Director Kitty Goyette.

The Alverno course will begin in September.

Annual MACC Fund Car Show to be held on Sunday, Sept. 7

Aug. 29, 2014 12:39 p.m. | Franklin — The Hiller Ford dealership will host its fifth annual MACC Fund Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 7.

The car show will feature more than 600 automobiles "of all makes and models," said organizer Jim Patterson.

The event will include an iPad drawing, food vendors, live music and a raffle for autographed memorabilia from Aaron Rodgers.

All proceeds will benefit the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund. The daylong car show typically earns between $12,000 and $15,000 for the nonprofit organization, Patterson said.

The car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hiller Ford dealership, located at 6455 S. 108th Street.

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Woman was struck after argument about friend being hit in the groin

Aug. 28, 2014 11:09 a.m. | A woman was struck in the face at least five times after an argument about her friend being hit in the groin for being "too touchy" with a different female Aug. 9.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The woman reported an unknown female struck her in the face at least five times as they were leaving Bootz Saloon and Grill, 8950 S. 27th St., about 2 a.m. Aug. 9.

The woman said the suspect hit her after they had an argument over the victim's male friend being hit in the groin for being "too touchy" with an unknown female. The suspect was described as a female with long, dark hair down to her waist and was wearing circular, black glasses, a long reddish/brown dress and rings on her right hand.

The victim, who went to the hospital for a laceration to her left cheek, also stated that during the argument her purse containing two wallets went missing in the parking lot.

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Police say train accident was 'apparent suicide' by Oak Creek man

Aug. 28, 2014 10:20 a.m. | A train-pedestrian accident in Wauwatosa this morning seems to have been a suicide, according to an initial investigation by Wauwatosa Police. Police said the man who died was from Oak Creek. 

Police responded to the collision shortly after 8 a.m. in the 6000 block of W. State Street, where the man was killed by a westbound freight train. 

Canadian Pacific Spokesman Andy Cummings said the CP train crew saw the man on the tracks, blew the train’s whistle and applied the emergency brakes before colliding with him. 

The front of the train that hit the man was stopped for hours after the collision near 62nd and State, a couple blocks from where the collision reportedly occurred. Cummings said freight trains can take a mile or more to stop after hitting the brakes. 

Cummings said the man was not at a regular crossing, such as a street, sidewalk or driveway. A shallow ditch with shrubbery separates the north side of the track from the sidewalk on State Street but there is no fence. 

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Poll: Will Greendale or Franklin win in Week 2 matchup?

Aug. 27, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Week 2 of the preps football season showcases a huge matchup: Greendale at Franklin.

Last year Greendale beat Franklin at home, 37-13.

And both teams were among the state's best in 2013. Greendale lost in the Division 3 state title game to Monona Grove, 21-17. Franklin lost in the Division 1 state title game to Arrowhead, 45-24.

Who do you think will win this week? Cast your vote in our poll below and ask your friends who they think will win by sharing on Facebook and Twitter.


Greendale trustees rescind polling place referendum question

Aug. 25, 2014 7:01 p.m. | Greendale — Polling places will remain in Greendale schools during elections — at least for the near future — after the board of trustees unanimously approved to rescind its referendum question addressing the controversial topic Monday evening.

The board of trustees approved the referendum question, which would ask residents whether or not they wanted polling places to be removed from district schools, in July.

Concerns regarding student safety during election days quickly grew earlier this year, after members of the Highland View Elementary PTO expressed their fears before the Greendale School Board last December.

In response, the school district requested in a formal letter that the Village of Greendale remove its polling places from schools by the general election on November 2. The school district sent another letter to the board of trustees last week, which redefined its request and granted permission to keep polling places in schools for the election due to "the various challenges faced by the Village."

Both letters were rescinded by the school board last week, thereby removing the need for a referendum question.

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Flight for Life responds to rollover accident in Greendale

Aug. 25, 2014 4:57 p.m. | Greendale — A vehicle rollover accident that occurred this afternoon resulted in a Flight for Life operation, according to a report from the Village of Greendale.

The report stated that at approximately 2:45 p.m., Greendale Police and Fire Crews responded to a rollover accident on Highway 36, just south of Root River Parkway.

Crews found one occupant trapped in the cab of a construction truck and Flight for Life was called to the scene for a prolonged extrication.

Fire crews were able to recover the occupant from the vehicle and the individual was transferred to Froedert Medical Center by Flight for Life.

Greendale was assisted by the Franklin Police Department, Franklin Fire Department, Hales Corners Fire Department and the Greenfield Fire Department.

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St. Martins Fair returns for Labor Day weekend

Aug. 25, 2014 3:17 p.m. | Franklin — St. Martins Fair will be held during Labor Day weekend from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31 and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1.

The fair will include a variety of vendors, food and entertainment.

"Vendors at this fair sell an assortment of merchandise including clothing, shoes, hardware and household items, paper products, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, sporting equipment, gift items, dried flowers and arrangements, furniture, antiques, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables, prepared food, and other miscellaneous merchandise," the city website states. "Special music groups also entertain the crowd throughout the Labor Day weekend event."

The fair takes place on St. Martins Road, from West Forest Home Avenue to West Church Street. For more information, visit the city website or call the City Clerk's Office at (414) 425-7500.

Fairs on St. Martins also take place the first Monday of every month, as weather permits.

Complaint: St. Francis man played with gun before wounding girlfriend

Aug. 25, 2014 1:27 p.m. | A man who tried to blame a St. Francis shooting on a "short Hispanic man" has been charged with obstructing police and with the shooting.

His false claim led police from several agencies to swarm an area of St. Francis last week looking for the supposedly armed suspect.

The real story was that Lloyd R. Robinson, 24, of St. Francis was playing with his handgun at an E. Tesch Ave. apartment Thursday when he accidentally shot his girlfriend, police say.

According to the criminal complaint released Monday:

Robinson called 911 about 3:30 a.m. to report that his girlfriend had been shot. He told police a "short Hispanic male" in blue, possibly a gang member, had fired the shot from a revolver then ran off.

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Mason's scoring spree leads Slinger past Whitnall

Aug. 22, 2014 11:41 p.m. | Senior running back Jacob Mason rushed for five touchdowns and scored a total of 38 points as visiting Slinger spoiled the debut of new Whitnall head coach Jared McGranahan with a 44-16 victory over the host Falcons.

Mason, who also serves as the Owls placekicker, scored on runs of 30, 10, 8, 5, and 4 yards as Slinger controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening kickoff. His 30-yard scamper on Slinger's first offensive possession got the Owls on the board, and his 33-yard field goal on their second drive staked them to an early 10-0 lead.

"If you aren't where you need to be, and you don't use proper technique, you won't get a second shot against that young man (Mason)," said McGranahan. "He took a few long on us, and he is a heck of a player.

Whitnall answered with an offensive drive deep into Slinger territory, but Falcons quarterback Tyler Merritt was intercepted looking for receiver Michael Grim on an out route, as Slinger defensive back Jesse Bellefeuil undercut Grim to make the play at the Owls 10-yard-line. Bellefeuil, who muffed a punt that Slinger recovered on the previous series, returned the interception all the way to Whitnall's 36-yard line, and Mason would hammer home his second touchdown of the game three plays later. Bellefeuil's show of mental toughness was not lost on his head coach.

"I always tell our kids that when they make a mistake, they are going to get another opportunity to make a play," said Slinger head coach Bill Jacklin. "These games are really momentum driven, and that play helped us greatly."

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