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Franklin police make arrest in 2010 robbery, assault of elderly man

Feb. 27, 2013 8:52 a.m. | Franklin - An elderly Franklin man who was assaulted and robbed in his driveway on Christmas Eve, 2010, will have his day in court after a two-year investigation by the Franklin Police Department culminated an arrest this month.

Police arrested a 27-year-old former Greendale resident, Jake Breitzman, Feb. 8. He was charged with robbery by use of force in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Feb. 13 and is in custody awaiting trial.

According to the Franklin police report:

The robbery occurred at 9:10 p.m. Dec. 24, 2010, when Breitzman allegedly approached an elderly man in his driveway in the 7500 block of South 77th Street and struck him on the head with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground. He then stole a purse containing $700 the man had just won at Potawatomi Bingo and Casino in Milwaukee.

A neighborhood canvass by police revealed there was an older, light-colored pickup truck leaving the area driving backward down the street without its headlights on about the time of the incident. However, police were unable to find the vehicle or the suspect.

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Franklin football team catches second wind at Hamilton

1:12 p.m. | Two teams with brand new defenses went at each other on opening night Aug. 21 at Grove Field at Sussex Hamilton High School, and it was Franklin that emerged as the survivor, needing a resounding rally to pull it off.

The visiting Sabers fell behind, 21-0, but rallied for a 44-28 win over the Chargers on Aug. 21 at Hamilton's Stan Grove Field.

The game, covered by local television with the United States Marines and the United State Army on hand, looked like it was headed in a completely different direction early.

Hamilton got a touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage by senior running back Tyler Davis, covering 67 yards. Senior Isaiah Webb had a 19-yard touchdown run before Franklin, a team in the WIAA Division 1 state championship fight last year, nearly self-destructed. The Sabers gave up a 9-yard touchdown run to Webb after a snap from center ended up over the head of junior punter Nathan Gennrich just south of the game's first TV timeout.

At that point, Franklin collectively took a deep breath, knowing there was a lot more football to be played.

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Motorist chased children, used racial slur, cops say

11:07 a.m. | A caller reported a motorist chased her children and used a racial slur toward them while they were walking Aug. 2.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The children were walking in the area of Rawson and Quincy avenues about 7:15 p.m. Aug. 2 when a man driving a red pickup truck chased her children and used a racial slur.

The responding officer spoke to the children, who stated the man got out of his truck and started chasing them southbound through a wooded area.

The man stated, "Lucky I don't have a gun, I would shoot you guys," and then got into his truck and was last seen traveling eastbound on Rawson Avenue.

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

Aug. 21, 2014 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

Aug. 21, 2014 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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