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Oak Creek's Jakubczyk faces two opponents in aldermanic race

Jan. 03, 2013 1:44 p.m. | Oak Creek has three aldermanic seats up for re-election April 2.

Incumbents James Ruetz, District 3, and Kenneth Gehl, District 5, will run unopposed.

District 1 Alderman Dan Jakubczyk will square off against Steve Kurkowski and Shawn Vollmer.

The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

2:04 p.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

-Lake Country Lutheran handily defeated Waukesha North, 40-0.

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Franklin defense locks down Kenosha Bradford

Oct. 25, 2014 12:08 a.m. | The Franklin offensive line gets all the attention on game days. However, it's what the massive group does during the week to the defense that has the Sabers on track with a rematch with their oldest rival.

Franklin stayed in control from the beginning to eliminate Kenosha Bradford from the football postseason, cruising to a 24-7 Friday night in a WIAA Division 1, Level 1 matchup. The Sabers advanced to Level 2 where they will face arch rival Oak Creek next Friday night at Oak Creek.

"I don't know if we have ever played them in the playoffs," said Franklin coach Louis Brown. "Either way, it won't take much to get the guys ready for this one."

Franklin fell short in their regular season matchup back in September, 20-12. The two ultimately shared the Southeast Conference title.

Nursing a slim 10-0 lead to start the third quarter, the Sabers leaned on junior running back Gavin Boeck to put the Red Devils away. He picked up a pair of first downs before a promising drive began to stall. Back-to-back fumbles were quickly recovered to keep the drive alive as Boeck scored from 1-yard out.

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Blount capitalizes for Waukesha West

Oct. 24, 2014 11:58 p.m. | Waukesha West quarterback Conor Blount turned a short field into a long night for the visiting Greenfield Hustlin' Hawks.

The Wolverines defense provided opportunistic field position, and Blount responded with three second-quarter touchdown passes as Waukesha West rolled to a 35-0 victory over Greenfield in the first round of the Division 2 state football playoffs on Oct. 24.

"That was huge," said Blount, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 139 yards. "All credit to the defense. They put us in those spots, and we just have to capitalize off that. You don't get many chances where you're going to work with 50 or less yards."

The second-seeded Wolverines (8-2) advanced to next weekend's second-round game against sixth-seeded Waterford (7-3), which erased a 14-0 halftime deficit to upset third-seeded South Milwaukee, 21-14.

Each of the Wolverines' first three scores were set up by forcing the Hawks to punt from deep in their own territory.

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

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 Level 1.

Franklin Police investigate armed robbery at North Shore Bank

Oct. 24, 2014 10:41 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the North Shore Bank Thursday.

Police received a 9-1-1 call from bank employees around 4:47 p.m., reporting that the bank had been robbed.

The suspect demanded money from a bank teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the police news release. No one was injured during the robbery.

Police described the suspect as a black male, but no further description of the man was provided in the news release.

Officers from Franklin, Greenfield and Greendale, including two Franklin K-9 units, checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

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Franklin boys volleyball team wins Southeast divisional title

Oct. 22, 2014 9:27 p.m. | The Franklin boys volleyball team pulled out all the stops Wednesday night in its Southeast Conference Northern Division dual meet championship dual with Racine Horlick.

The Sabers enlisted the support of the girls team, they even had the band out there for some pre-match music and the national anthem, it was also senior night and they also had a large contingent of friendly, noisy fans cheering them on.

It all worked, as the Sabers secured the divisional crown with a tense 27-25, 26-24, 23-25, 27-25 decision over Horlick that will send them into Saturday's overall league tournament at Wilmot as one of the event favorites.

Saber coach Chris Dibb, who encouraged everyone to "pack the gym" in a pre-match e-mail, was encouraged by the backing and the result.

"It was a nice night," he said. "This (the dual meet title) had definitely been one of our goals since the beginning of the year. Now we can move on to our second and third goals."

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Glen Morrow hired as new Franklin City Engineer

Oct. 22, 2014 1:38 p.m. | Franklin — The Common Council welcomed its new City Engineer during a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Mayor Steve Olson made the appointment to hire Glen Morrow for city engineer and director of public works after an extensive search to replace former city engineer Jack Bennett, who retired earlier this year.

Morrow will move to Franklin from Indiana, where he served as city engineer for the city of Greencastle from 2000 to 2007. Since 2007, he has served as Senior Project Manager for the Utility Infrastructure Sector at Burgess & Niple, an engineering consulting firm in Indianapolis.

"The detailed process and my conversations with Glen make me confident that he is the right person to help move the city forward in this important position," Olson said in a news release. "I believe he will be a leader and an innovator and will serve the council and citizens well."

Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.



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Franklin's EDC remains clouded in political dust-up

Oct. 21, 2014 9:34 p.m. | Franklin —Following controversy regarding his appointment to the Economic Development Commission earlier this month, Ted Grintjes withdrew his application during Tuesday's Common Council meeting.

As a result, the EDC, a seven-member board, still has only three members. Until a fourth member is added, making it a quorum is met, the EDC cannot take formal action.

Grintjes, appointed by Mayor Steve Olson to both the Community Development Authority and the EDC, did not receive the approval needed from the council at a previous meeting in October.

Alderwomen Kristen Wilhelm and Susanne Mayer and Alderman Doug Schmidt questioned Grintjes' resignation from three city boards, including the EDC, in 2008.

Grintjes explained earlier that he resigned to avoid potential conflicts of interest related to business associated with his wife, a real estate agent, but indicated he was ready to serve on the EDC again and recuse himself from issues when appropriate.

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Man arrested for fraud after ordering food, passing out and leaving eatery

Oct. 21, 2014 12:06 p.m. | A man was arrested for fraud after he left without paying for food and drinks after he passed out at the bar and then left when he woke up Oct. 4.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man ordered food and drinks at at Branded Steer Restaurant, 1299 W. College Ave., about 7:05 p.m. Oct. 4. Employees said the man ordered $84 worth of booze and garlic bread and passed out at the bar.

When he woke up he was informed he had to pay his bill, at which point he left the restaurant and walked across the street to McDonald's.

Police arrested and cited the man for fraud, who admitted he had no intention of paying what he owed.

Teen drug use, prevention panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 30

Oct. 21, 2014 9:45 a.m. | Oak Creek — A forum comprised of community members and local government officials will discuss teen drug use and prevention with parents and caregivers on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oak Creek Assembly of God church, 7311 S. 13th St.

This event is a call to action, the news release said. Presentations and information will be focused on signs to look for and what to do if you discover your teen using drugs. Tom Murray from TMJ-4 will moderate the event.

Speakers include: Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Rep. John Nygren, Paul Zenisek of Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, Sgt. Loontjens of the Oak Creek Police Department, Jody Ebbinger-Bentley of Oak Creek High School and Martine Tate, a parent advocate who will share a personal story.

This event is open to all communities. Participants can also enter to win a medication lockbox.

Early voting now open at Oak Creek City Hall

Oct. 21, 2014 9:42 a.m. | Oak Creek — Early voting is now open to the public at Oak Creek City Hall, 8640 S. Howell Ave.

Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Oak Creek town hall meeting on Wednesday

Oct. 20, 2014 12:28 p.m. | Oak Creek — Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor (District 9) will be hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct 22 to discuss the proposed 2015 county budget from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

"I invite residents to provide their valuable input and to identify priorities in the Milwaukee County 2014 Proposed Budget," said Taylor in a news release.

"I'm looking forward to discussing the issues facing the Ninth District, including current road construction projects on North Cape Road, St. Martin's Road and 13th Street as well as County Executive Chris Abele's recommendation to close the Hales Corners Wading Pool," said Taylor.

County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Hales Corners town hall meeting on Wednesday

Oct. 20, 2014 12:25 p.m. | Hales Corners — Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor (District 9) will be hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct 22 to discuss the proposed county budget from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hales Corners Park pool house, 5674 S. New Berlin Road.

"I invite residents to provide their valuable input and to identify priorities in the Milwaukee County 2014 Proposed Budget," said Taylor in a news release.

"I'm looking forward to discussing the issues facing the Ninth District, including current road construction projects on North Cape Road, St. Martin's Road and 13th Street as well as County Executive Chris Abele's recommendation to close the Hales Corners Wading Pool," said Taylor.

A Committee of the Whole meeting will immediately follow the town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall, 5635 S. New Berlin Road.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

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