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Oak Creek police investigating rash of BB gun vandalism

Jan. 15, 2013 5:21 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are seeking the person who shattered the rear windows of at least six vehicles and damaged two apartment windows with a BB gun Jan. 9 and 10.

According to Oak Creek police reports:

Dispatch received the first report about 9:10 p.m. Jan. 9, when a resident of the 400 block of East Centennial Drive stated someone had just shot a BB through her apartment window, causing about $200 in damage to the screen and outer window.

On Jan. 10, a resident of the 9100 block of South Fifth Avenue reported someone had shot a BB through her apartment window, and her rear car window also had been damaged by a BB, between 9 p.m. Jan. 9 and 9:15 a.m. Jan. 10. Damage to her home and car is estimated at $500.

Also Jan. 10, a resident of the 9600 block of South Veronica Drive reported the back windows of two vehicles had been shattered by a BB gun between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Jan. 10. Damage to both vehicles is estimated at $700.

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Greendale School District to "get on a different trajectory" for polling place issue

7:49 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale School Board unanimously agreed Thursday night to rescind its two letters to the village's Board of Trustees, which requested action to move polling places from its schools.

The school district initially asked the village in May to remove the polling places by the general election after concerns arose about student safety during election days.

Alternative locations for the polling places have been hard to find in Greendale, however. Polling places require facilities to meet certain requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To gain public input on the matter, the board of trustees agreed to bring the issue before its voters through a referendum question — "Should the polling places for the Village of Greendale be located in buildings other than in schools owned by the Greendale School District?"

The school board issued a second letter earlier this week that granted permission to use its schools for the general election on November 4.

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Franklin High's new auditorium, classrooms to be ready for first day of school

1:11 p.m. | Franklin — Construction for Franklin High School is right on schedule as contractors from CG Schmidt prepare the building for the first day of school.

The high school, located at 8222 S. 51st Street, has been under construction since the summer of 2013 for a new academic addition and a performing arts auditorium.

Students will be able to enjoy new classrooms and a 850-seat auditorium starting the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

"We are moving into the new additions for this school year as planned," said Steve Patz, district superintendent. "It is gratifying to see this project's first phase take shape and we look forward to welcoming our students and staff to the new spaces. We thank our community for all of their support throughout this process."

Construction inside the building's academic addition will continue into the 2014-15 school year, as will landscaping outside. The next phase of the district's project will be to complete the high school's main entrance and center atrium in September. Other remodeling phases include a new art department and studio.

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Greendale Schools to re-evaluate polling place requests this Thursday

Aug. 20, 2014 4:40 p.m. | Greendale — A special school board meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, to consider rescinding previous requests sent to the village to move polling places out of district schools.

Due to a growing concern for student safety, the Greendale School District sent a formal letter to the board of trustees in May to ask that polling places be moved out of schools by the general election.

Under pressure from the district to move the polling places, the board of trustees passed a referendum question on July 15 that would ask voters to weigh in on the controversy.

The school district sent another letter to the board earlier this week, which granted permission for the village to use schools as polling places for the upcoming election.

"We understand the various challenges faced by the Village as work continues to find suitable alternative sites to serve as polling locations," the letter states. "… Therefore, we agree to adjust our expectations on timing, and are no longer suggesting that you move polling places in Greendale out of the elementary schools beginning with the next scheduled election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014."

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Franklin to accept bids for new water, sewer facility

Aug. 19, 2014 9:31 p.m. | Franklin — The City of Franklin will begin accepting bids for a new water and sewer facility after the Common Council unanimously approved to move forward with the project on August 19.

The existing Water and Wastewater Operations facility, located at 5550 W. Airways Avenue, was built in 1985.

Since then, the facility has grown in staff and equipment and the operation currently uses nearby property for storage space.

The city is now considering a design that would expand the facility's existing 2,800 square foot building to one about six times larger — 13,600 square feet.

The design calls for offices, employee work stations, a conference room, a break room, locker rooms for men and women, vehicle storage and parking areas for employees and visitors.

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Chick-fil-A celebrates National Lemonade Day with free samples in Brookfield, Greendale

Aug. 19, 2014 4:47 p.m. | Greendale — Chick-fil-A will celebrate National Lemonade Day on Wednesday, August 20 with "pop up" lemonade stands in Brookfield and Greendale, the communities of the first two stand-alone restaurants in Wisconsin.

The Chick-fil-A stands will offer free lemonade samples and promotional items.

The Brookfield lemonade stand will be set up outside 200 N. Corporate Drive, in the Brookfield Lakes Corporate Center, at 11:30 a.m.

The Greendale stand will be located inside the Martin Luther High School parking lot, 5201 S. 76th Street, at 2:30 p.m.

These two new Wisconsin locations join Chick-fil-A's family of more than 1,800 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Both restaurants are on schedule to open this September, when they will invite the local community to participate in the "First 100" free food promotion.

YoFresh Yogurt Cafe to open in Hales Corners

Aug. 19, 2014 1:38 p.m. | Hales Corners — A new frozen yogurt shop called YoFresh Yogurt Cafe is slated to open on South 108th Street by the first week of September.

YoFresh is part of a Boston-based franchise. It's new cafe at 5760 S. 108th St. will be the second location in Wisconsin besides Oak Creek.

Customers will be able to customize their sweet treat with any of YoFresh's self-serve "lots o' toppings."

YoFresh frozen yogurt is all-natural, contains no artificial sweeteners and is fat free, according to its menu online.

Dennis Dietscher of Hales Corners charged with accepting bribes

Aug. 19, 2014 10:26 a.m. | Hales Corners — Ex-Milwaukee County official Dennis Dietscher, 55, of Hales Corners, was charged Monday, Aug. 18 with six counts in all, related to accepting bribes, official misconduct and lying about his handling of contract work.

Dietscher helped manage the restoration of the Milwaukee County Courthouse after an electrical fire in the summer as the county's safety coordinator and risk manager. The charges issued Monday are not related to that work.

According to the criminal complaint, Dietscher used money from the county's insurance carriers to pay for renovation work done on his home, fishing and hunting trips, expensive dinners, and $1,300 worth of tools from 2009 and 2013. He nearly always chose the same restoration contractor, Belfor USA.

At one point, Belfor USA issued a check to Dietcher's Hales Corners-based roofing company for work allegedly done on a county project. Dietscher Roofing did not work on that project, according to the criminal complaint. The money was reportedly used to pay for work done at the home of Dietscher's father in Big Bend. The work cost $2,500.

The incident was listed as the probable cause for Dietscher's arrest in February and is the basis for one of the bribery counts in the complaint.

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VIDEO: Whitnall distributes nearly 1,400 iPads across district

Aug. 19, 2014 10:26 a.m. | The Whitnall School District is preparing to issue 830 iPad Mini tablets to its High School students in the first of a multi-year program to integrate one-to-one online technology with its students and staff.

Whitnall will issue an additional 540 iPads to its Middle School students who are in the second year of the integration, which now replaces textbooks with online content only for several classes.

 

Greendale School Board OKs schools for general election

Aug. 18, 2014 9:40 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale School District will permit the village to keep its traditional polling places in schools for the upcoming general election.

The district formally asked the village's board of trustees in May to move the polling places from the schools by the general election on November 4 after concerns arose about the safety of students during election days.

After months of discussion between the school district and village administration, the board of trustees approved a referendum question for the general election on July 15. The referendum question will ask residents: "Should the polling places for the Village of Greendale be located in buildings other than in schools owned by the Greendale School District?"

Currently, all three of the district's elementary schools and the high school are used as polling places.

With the village's efforts to find alternative locations in mind, school board members unanimously approved Monday use of its facilities for the general election.

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Motorcyclist killed after crashing into parked SUV in St. Francis

Aug. 15, 2014 2:00 p.m. | A 36-year-old motorcyclist was killed overnight Thursday when he crashed into a parked SUV in St. Francis, police said.

The crash occurred about 12:45 a.m. Friday in the 3400 block of E. Howard Ave. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's name is being withheld pending notification of family.

Police have not indicated what may have led up to the crash.

Roadrunner Transportation to acquire Michigan logistics firm

Aug. 11, 2014 9:59 p.m. | Acquisition-oriented Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. is branching into expedited air cargo with its biggest purchase yet, buying a Michigan logistics company that recently posted annual sales of $265 million.

Cudahy-based Roadrunner said Monday it will pay $115 million in cash for Active Aero Group, a 275-employee firm based in Belleville, Mich.

The acquisition is Roadrunner's largest both in price and in the annual revenue of the acquired company.

It also takes the Cudahy trucking and logistics firm into a new field — rush delivery airfreight, known in the industry as expedited. Active Aero operates a fleet of 10 cargo aircraft, and has access to 100 more through partnerships with other carriers.

The airfreight business represents about 70% of Active Aero's revenue, Mark DiBlasi, Roadrunner's president and CEO, said in an interview. Expedited ground freight makes up the balance, he said.

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Whitefish Bay latest to enact sex offender residency rules

Aug. 07, 2014 4:45 p.m. | Whitefish Bay has become the latest municipality in Milwaukee County to enact an ordinance imposing residency restrictions on registered sex offenders.

River Hills, Shorewood and Hales Corners are contemplating enacting ordinances as well.

If those villages pass ordinances, each community would have some form of residency restrictions for sex offenders.

The recent rush to restrict sex offenders appears to be a reaction to Milwaukee's new ordinance, which severely restricts the placement of registered sex offenders in the city. Mayor Tom Barrett, who with other city officials has said the city has had to house a disproportionate number of sex offenders compared with other municipalities, has called on the state Department of Corrections to come up with a statewide solution.

In River Hills, Village President Robert Brunner said the board would meet in September to discuss a residency restriction ordinance.

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Oak Creek road rage leads to rollover

Aug. 06, 2014 12:13 a.m. | Oak Creek police are seeking a man who forced a vehicle containing two children off the road during a road-rage incident on Monday evening, Aug. 4.

According to the police dispatch log:

The Oak Creek Fire Department and police responded to a report of a vehicle rollover in the 9000 block of South Chicago Road at about 10:45 p.m.

The victim told police she was traveling southbound on Chicago Road when a truck attempted to pass her and purposely side-swiped her vehicle, causing her vehicle to leave the roadway and roll over. The driver of the truck did not stop when the accident occurred and continued traveling southbound.

The driver of the vehicle and her three passengers, two of them children, were treated at the scene for small lacerations on their hands.

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Events mark anniversary of Sikh Temple shooting

Aug. 02, 2014 5:57 p.m. | On the cusp of the second anniversary of the Sikh Temple shooting, people laced up their sneakers Saturday for the Chardhi Kala 6K run in Oak Creek.

Last year, members of the Sikh community created a weekend of memorial events, including the charity run, to mark the anniversary of the temple shooting that occurred on Aug. 5, 2012. Six Sikh worshipers were killed that day when a white supremacist opened fire on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.

The Sikh principle of Chardhi Kala means resilience, or having a positive attitude even in the face of fear and pain.

Roughly 400 people participated in the charity run, said Mandeep Kaur, one of the run's organizers.

More commemorative events at the temple are planned for this week, including a tribute and prayer services on Sunday and a remembrance ceremony on Tuesday.

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Sikh Temple shooting first-responding officers to receive Congressional Badge of Bravery

Aug. 01, 2014 4:34 p.m. | Oak Creek — For their roles during the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting two years ago, Lt. Brian Murphy and Officer Savan "Sam" Lenda will be presented with the Congressional Badge of Bravery during a free and open to the public ceremony on Wednesday, August 6 at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

Murphy, who is now retired, endured 15 total gunshot wounds as the first-responding officer to the scene, where an active gunman, Wade Michael Page, had killed six temple members and fired at least six rounds at women and children who were hiding in the pantry area of the temple. Lenda was the second officer to arrive at the scene. He moved toward the gunman to move Page away from Murphy—actions that may have saved Murphy's life. Lenda then fired at and injured Page, who then collapsed to the ground before eventually taking his own life.

"It is felt that the actions of both Lieutenant Murphy and Officer Lenda saved an untold number of lives," according to a statement provided by the Office of Justice Programs.

In a statement released by the City of Oak Creek, Chief of Police John Edwards said: "(Murphy) and (Lenda) are very deserving of the Congressional Badge of Bravery. Their actions on August 5, 2012 exemplify courage and bravery and should be a model for all officers to follow. I am extremely proud of not only (Murphy) and (Lenda), but all of the officers that responded on that day. They came together as a team and handled an extremely difficult situation."

The award celebration is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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