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Burglary suspect leads police on high-speed pursuit

Feb. 12, 2013 6:48 p.m. | A burglary alarm at a previously burglarized Oak Creek bakery resulted in a high-speed chase involving the suspect and an Oak Creek police officer, beginning on city streets and continuing on Interstate 94.

The suspect eluded in police in the Feb. 6 incident, but he was later identified as a 40-year-old Milwaukee man with past contacts with law enforcement agencies for theft and burglary. He is currently being sought.

According to police reports:

A security company called police at 4 p.m. to investigate a commercial burglar alarm at the electric room door at CSM Bakery Products, 7350 S. 10th St., which has been vacant for more than 10 months.

When an officer arrived, he saw a white Toyota Camry fleeing the site at high speed.

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Plans for Alyson Dudek ice skating center move forward with donation

3:42 p.m. | Hales Corners— The proposed Alyson Dudek outdoor shelter and ice skating facility in Hales Corners received a donation of $25,000 from Hales Corners Lutheran Church.

Friends of Hales Corners Park & Pool President Donald Schwartz announced on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, that the church had made the donation .

"Hales Corners Lutheran Church joined the Hales Corners Chamber of Commerce this past summer and now comes forward with this generous contribution. HCL wants to be intimately involved in our community and make a positive difference by assisting the Friends with the above projects. This kindness puts us a lot closer to the end game," said Friends of Hales Corners Park & Pool President Donald Schwartz.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 12 at the Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Rd.

Missing Franklin man found dead on Nov. 24 near Oak Leaf Bike Trail

3:15 p.m. | Franklin — Police confirmed in a news release that missing Franklin man James Blume was found dead on Tuesday, Nov. 24 — Blume had been missing since October.

The Franklin Police Department recovered a body of a man around 11:15 a.m. on Nov 24 near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail in the 6300 block of West Drexel Ave, according to a news release.

Police identified the body as 54-year-old Franklin resident, James Blume, who was reported missing on Oct. 8. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and found no evidence of foul play in Blume's death.

Police identify body found near bike trail as missing Franklin man

2:22 p.m. | Police have identified a man found dead near a bike trail in Franklin as a man reported missing in October.

Police recovered the body about 11:18 a.m. Tuesday near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail in the 6300 block of W. Drexel Ave., according to the Franklin Police Department. The man was identified as 54-year-old Franklin resident James W. Blume, who was reported missing Oct. 8. An autopsy by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner showed no foul play was involved.

Blume was last seen in the area of S. 68th St. and W. Drexel Ave, according to police. He was riding a black Nishiki mountain bike.

Oak Creek girls basketball team looks to dominate with depth

Nov. 24, 2015 8:36 p.m. | There will be no easing into the schedule for the high-expectation Oak Creek girls basketball team.

Challenging games with Janesville Craig, Rolling Meadows (Illinois), Milwaukee King and Franklin all await in the first three weeks of the season

But with three starters back and seven seniors all told off the 23-2 WIAA sectional finalist squad of a year ago, the Knights are looking to earn a trip back to Green Bay and the WIAA state tournament.

The last of the heavy lifters off the Knights' 2014 state championship squad, guards Hannah Settingsgaard and Jenna Santi, graduated last season after leading Oak Creek to its third straight unbeaten Southeast Conference title, but depth and experience in the backcourt will not be issues, said veteran coach Steve Hluchnik.

"I think in the end we can go 10, 11, 12 deep," he said. "It will definitely play itself out in the next few weeks. We'll find a rotation because they're all willing to work hard, and we're pretty far along for this time of year. We've gotten in just about everything we want."

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Wisconsin DOT: South 27th Street is open for business during holiday season

Nov. 24, 2015 4:14 p.m. | Oak Creek and Franklin — Shoppers will have an easier time navigating the South 27th Street corridor this holiday season, the Department of Transportation announced Nov. 24.

The department recently completed a major milestone of the Highway 241 (or South 27th Street) reconstruction project, which stretches from south of Drexel Avenue to north of College Avenue in Milwaukee County.

"For those who haven't been to Oak Creek or Franklin in a while, it's a great time to rediscover South 27th Street," said Brian DeNeve of the DOT's Southeast Region Communications. "Motorists shouldn't be afraid of the road work on South 27th Street as recent improvements have made it easier to travel there."

Construction crews were able to switch traffic to have northbound motorists driving on the newly-constructed concrete pavement on Nov. 16.

During the holiday season, most median openings will remain open. Two lanes of traffic will also be open in each direction, north of Minnesota Avenue. One lane of traffic will be open each way south of Minnesota Avenue, with plans to open two lanes in mid-December.

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Meijer to provide food for Oak Creek's annual 'Evening of Blessings'

Nov. 24, 2015 1:46 p.m. | Oak Creek — Meijer, the new supercenter in Drexel Town Square, will provide food for the Oak Creek Community Center's 10th annual "Evening of Blessings" from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 25.

The annual event, staffed by 100 volunteers, is a free, public event focused on providing a Thanksgiving meal to community members, including local senior citizens, individuals without families in the area, and those who may not be able to afford a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

"Our mission at Meijer is to provide healthy and affordable food options to the communities we serve," Oak Creek Meijer Store Director Polly Emelander said. "Partnering with the Oak Creek Community Center was a natural fit and we're happy to support to a community that has been so welcoming."

The event will be held at the community center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

"We're grateful to Meijer for providing the majority of the food for this year's Thanksgiving meal," said Rich Duchniak, executive director of the Oak Creek Community Center. "Our Evening of Blessings has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many residents in the community and we're proud to have Meijer as a partner."

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Greendale School Board Academy to be held for prospective spring election candidates

Nov. 24, 2015 10:48 a.m. | Greendale — Village residents interested in running for a seat on the Greendale School Board in the spring election will have an opportunity to learn more during the annual School Board Academy on Monday, Dec. 14.

During the meeting, Greendale's Interim Superintendent Dr. Paul Strobel and School Board President Joe Crapitto will present information on the duties and responsibilities of school board members, school finance, law, and personnel issues, ethical practices and accountability.

The five-member school board will have two positions on the 2016 Spring Ballot. The successful candidate will serve a regular, three-year term on the board. Ballot. To be on the ballot, all candidates must submit the required Declaration of Candidacy and file their Campaign Registration Statement at the District Office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The School Board Academy will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Greendale School District Office, 6815 Southway. Registration for the event is requested by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11., requested by calling Mary Ann Jacobsen at (414) 423-2700, ext. 2702.

Franklin girls basketball team has talent, looks for depth

Nov. 24, 2015 10:17 a.m. | Normally in any other year, Franklin girls basketball coach Tony Kathrens would welcome changes like the 18-minute halves and 36-minute games that are being experimented with this season by the WIAA.

Because the Sabers have always lived by being uptempo and by running as many people into the game as humanly possible.

But this is not any other year for Franklin. Despite the return of three starters, Kathrens worries about having enough depth to handle the rigors of the longer game over a 22-game schedule, especially when it has to try and challenge three-time Southeast champion and archrival Oak Creek at least twice a season.

"At our best, I think we can go seven or eight deep," he said. "Everyone else is learning this year."

The Sabers will have a chaotic opening week that will severely test that depth. They challenged Martin Luther on Nov. 24 and then will have two state-ranked challenges this weekend in the Brookfield Central Shootout. They will play De Pere at 3:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, and then will take on Green Bay Notre Dame at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

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Oak Creek pulls away late to beat Brookfield Central, 59-46

Nov. 21, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Both Oak Creek and Brookfield Central played their first girls basketball game of the season Friday night at Central as the Knights pulled away in the second half for a 59-46 victory.

There were some good things and bad things for both teams according to the coaches.

The Knights are coming off a 14-0 Southeast Conference Championship, having lost to Divine Savior Holy Angels in the sectional finals to finish 21-5.

After a low-scoring first half — Oak Creek led, 17-16 — which was dominated by defense and poor shooting, the Knights pulled away late in the second half (42-30) to win by 13 points.

“It looked like the first game (of the season) in the first half,” Oak Creek coach Steve Hluchnik said. “I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I thought we would struggle at times scoring, but not like that. We were 0-for-11 in the paint in the first half. The posts got their butts chewed in the first half and we didn’t perform like we could in the first half.”

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Oak Creek 8th graders 'view the world' as journalists in writing unit, 4 essays to be posted online

Nov. 19, 2015 2:40 p.m. | Oak Creek — Hundreds of eighth-graders from across the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District dove into the world of investigative journalism as part of their writing unit this fall.

And four of those students from East Middle School are now featured online, through a partnership with MyCommunityNow Newspapers.

As part of the journalism unit, students were asked to address a topical subject through narrative writing. Topics ranged from school commentary to local government to social issues, such as teen pregnancy.

The program is designed to "synthesize story writing skills with informative writing, like professional journalists do," said Language Arts teacher Dan Piotrowski, one of four teachers who organized the unit. "The journalism unit also encourages students to begin viewing the world from a new perspective, one from which they need to observe details, gather quotes and synthesize multiple perspectives to tell a relevant news story."

This is the second year the district has taught a journalism unit to its eighth-grade classes, having adopted a new comprehensive writing curriculum during the 2014-15 school year. Although the new curriculum is only two years old, middle school teachers have already seen significant improvement in their students' writing abilities, Piotrowski said.

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Updated state championship game rankings of area prep football teams and players

Franklin's $37 million budget has no tax change

Nov. 18, 2015 4:52 p.m. | Franklin — City residents will see no increase in the tax levy for the third year in a row.

The Common Council on Nov. 17 adopted the 2016 city budget of about $37 million, a 9 percent decrease from 2015's budget of $41 million. The tax levy remained at about $20.5 million — the same as 2014 and 2015.

Alderman finalized the budget after some expenditures were cut from the mayor's recommended budget on amendments offered by Alderman Steve Taylor and passed by the Committee of the Whole on Oct. 13.

The lower total budget amount is because of a lower Capital Improvement Fund, said Director of Finance and Treasurer Paul Rotzenberg said. A new water and waste building was included in the 2015 budget.

The 2016 tax rate is about $6.26 per $1,000 of assessed property value, a less than 1 percent decrease from 2015's tax rate of $6.30. A home valued at $200,000 will pay about $1,250 in property taxes in 2016.

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Rawson Avenue closure beginning Nov. 18

Nov. 18, 2015 12:21 p.m. | Franklin — Rawson Avenue at Highway 100 will be closed for one to two weeks, beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 18, according to the City of Franklin's website.

Rawson Avenue, including the ramps to and from Highway 100, will be closed for an emergency storm sewer repair by Milwaukee County, beginning at 6 a.m. on Nov. 18.

While a detour route is posted, the city's website advised drivers to choose an alternate route during the closure.

Cudahy man found dead near hunting tree stand in Adams County

Nov. 18, 2015 11:56 a.m. | A Cudahy man who was last seen alive Saturday has been found dead near a tree stand in Adams County, officials say.

The man, Linn C. Nelson, 75, was reported missing to the Adams County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center on Tuesday just after 10:30 a.m., according to a news release. Nelson was reportedly in the area hunting.

Nelson's vehicle was located in the town of Preston on public hunting land, and he was found dead near the base of a hunting tree stand. Officials say the investigation does not show there to be foul play. No further details are available.

Greendale trustees raise tax levy 1 percent, bump up budget by 45 percent to construct fire station

Nov. 18, 2015 11:37 a.m. | Greendale — Despite one trustee's request to freeze the tax levy for 2015, the Greendale Village Board recently approved a 1 percent increase for taxpayers.

For most residents whose home values remained the same during a recent assessment of property, the 1 percent increase would actually result in 1.3 percent increase in their tax bill. The average homeowner would see an increase of about $20.

During a Committee of the Whole meeting Nov. 17, trustee Carl Genz argued for a reduction in the village's proposed budget to help Greendale's senior residents.

"Twenty dollars might not seem like a lot to some people, but it means a lot to others … (especially) for the elderly and seniors in the village who are on a fixed income and rely on social security," Genz said.

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