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Man arrested after spitting at driver, damaging store's automatic entrance

May 19, 2014 8:09 a.m. | A man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he got out of his vehicle in the middle of the road, screamed and spat at another driver May 9.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man got out of his vehicle in the middle of the road, started screaming at another driver in a green Suburban and spit at him during an apparent road rage incident while leaving Farm & Fleet, 501 W. Rawson Ave., at about 5:55 p.m. May 9.

The man was arrested later that same day, around 7:30 p.m., for criminal damage to property after he returned to Farm & Fleet.

He yelled at employees in the auto repair area, and then damaged an entrance door by prying the automatic sliding doors open from the inside and slamming them all the way open, causing them to stop working.

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Oak Creek baseball team wins third straight GMC title

10:03 p.m. | Finding character for the Oak Creek baseball program over the years had not been that difficult, but after back-to-back Greater Metro Conference losses to Franklin and Menomonee Falls on June 26 and June 29, respectively, the Knights found themselves with a shaky one-game lead and looking for some heart.

Which they found in a triumphant and expected fashion as consecutive victories over West Allis Hale (4-3), Brookfield Central (9-0) and West Allis Central (15-5) brought Oak Creek home to its third consecutive league title and its eighth in the last 11 years.

"We had a long talk after the Franklin game,' said coach Scott Holler. "We weren't playing Oak Creek baseball. It was at the point of the season where somebody had to answer the bell, and we found guys who did.

"And it seems that Doran (Turchin) is always ready."

The returning Now Player of the Year threw six innings of one-hit in his second start of the year in the title-clinching win over Brookfield Central on July 2.

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'Voracious' beetle now threatens Hales Corners' ash trees

7:28 p.m. | Hales Corners — The ash tree killing emerald ash borer that has spread throughout southeastern Wisconsin is invading Hales Corners, and the village is responding with a $270,000 five-year plan.

The invasive beetle was first spotted in Hales Corners in May in the 9900 block of West Edgerton Avenue, but the pre-emptive ash tree removal plan predates that discovery.

Hales Corners is already in the second year of its plan, which was enacted because of the ash borer's presence in the surrounding communities. According to Michael Martin, director of public works of Hales Corners, 30 to 40 percent of the village's tree population is ash trees, and is now at risk of exposure to the EAB.

"Last year we began by removing some of the smaller ash trees. This year we are removing the sick trees," Martin said. "The presence of (the emerald ash borer) was confirmed in May, but the infestation may have begun three to five years ago."

Martin said that the solution is the pre-emptive removal of ash trees, adding that it's safer to remove the trees while they are still alive because they are less brittle.

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Youthful Oak Creek softball team looking ahead

6:48 p.m. | The future is completely ahead for the Oak Creek girls softball team.

The Knights recently completed their season with a 19-9 record and fell just one step short of state when Southeast Conference champion Kenosha Bradford edged them 4-3 in the WIAA sectional final.

Oak Creek, which finished at 10-4 in the Southeast, is a team almost completely made up of sophomores and juniors with the only seniors being first-team all-conference catcher Lauren Blunt, Nicole Muccio and Mia Kazmerchek.

The Knights really hit their stride with an April 27-May 8 streak that included eight wins in a row, including a 1-0 victory over Bradford and a 7-1 triumph over future WIAA sectional finalist DSHA.

Their top pitcher was junior Nicky Widenski, who was voted pitcher of the year in the Southeast Conference with a 10-6 record, 112 strikeouts, 42 walks and a 2.06 ERA. She had big wins earlier over Kenosha Bradford and South Milwaukee but really came of age in the sectional semifinal upset of top-seeded Woodland Conference champion Greenfield, 3-2.

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New Academy of Performing Arts studio in Franklin to host ribbon-cutting

6:43 p.m. | Franklin — The Academy of Performing Arts will host a ribbon-cutting for its new Franklin location on Wednesday, July 15.

The new studio, which offers a larger facility to accommodate more students, is located at 10001 St Martins Road. The public ceremony will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour the new dance studio.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is just one benchmark of the academy's 10-year anniversary in 2015, proceeding a parade at the Disney World Magical Kingdom in February, a halftime performance at a Milwaukee Bucks game and an annual showcase at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

For more information, call the studio at (414) 768-0101 or visit www.academywi.com.

Video: Oak Creek-Franklin flips coin to determine task force chair; parents invited to apply

1:13 p.m. | Editor's note: Story has been updated to include link to task force application.

Oak Creek — All parents within the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District will soon be invited to apply for a seat on a new Community Ad Hoc Task Force for Elementary Attendance Boundaries, after the school board approved the new committee June 29.

The task force, anticipated to include between 15 to 20 members, will help the district determine new attendance areas, which are required in order to accommodate the addition of a new elementary school for the 2016-17 academic year.

School board member Sheryl Cerniglia will serve as lead chair for the task force; Board Vice President Jon Jossart will serve as co-chair. The decision was made by flipping a coin.

The district will accept applications until July 24 and select the task force members on July 27.

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Oak Creek's Meijer supercenter to open Aug. 4

11:59 a.m. | Oak Creek — The new Meijer supercenter in Oak Creek will officially open Tuesday, Aug. 4, the company announced July 7.

Meijer leadership and local officials will dedicate the store's first day of business at 171 W. Town Square Way with a ribbon- cutting ceremony.

The retailer will also feature special promotions and events to commemorate the store's grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 6.

An additional Meijer in Wauwatosa will open the same day — making it the fourth location in Wisconsin this year.

Meijer is currently completing hiring for hourly positions. Interested candidates can apply online at http://jobs.meijer.com/newstore.

Meijer sets Oak Creek, Wauwatosa store opening dates

11:08 a.m. | Meijer said Tuesday that its new stores in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa will open on Aug. 4.

The Oak Creek and Wauwatosa locations are the latest of four new stores Meijer is opening in Wisconsin this year. The retailer's first two stores opened in Grafton and Kenosha on June 23.

Meijer is aggressively expanding into Wisconsin and plans to open two to three new Wisconsin stores each year for the next four years.

In addition to Wisconsin, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer operates 219 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

A typical Meijer supercenter totals about 180,000 square feet and sells grocery and general merchandise items.

Edgerton Avenue reconstruction project in the works

9:58 a.m. | Village of Hales Corners — The village board was presented a draft agreement prepared by Graef-USA Inc to provide engineering service for the resurfacing/reconstruction of West Edgerton Avenue to West Forest Home Avenue.

The agreement covers the design, and bidding for the reconstruction of West Edgerton Avenue. The agreement is under review and a decision will be made on whether to approve the draft or not at the next meeting on July 13.

"It should be approved at next weeks meeting," Mike Martin, DPW director, said. "If approved, we can proceed with the topographical survey, and with the new GPS equipment I anticipate that it can be done in about two weeks."

Martin said the road is deteriorating very quickly, and he thinks that is hasn't been renovated since the 60s.

Greendale Marching Band launches fundraiser for trip to Macy's Parade

July 06, 2015 11:18 a.m. | Greendale — The Greendale High School Marching Band has officially launched its online fundraising campaign to attend the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2016.

The group is raising money to assist its full student band — approximately 240 students — to march in the nationally-televised parade, after receiving a surprise invitation by Macy's in April. The band has a fundraising goal of $250,000.

The Greendale Marching Band was one of 10 marching bands — out of hundreds of applicants — to be selected for the parade.

Donations can be made online by visiting www.youcaring.com/greendaleband. Checks can be made out to: GHS Marching Band, 6801 Southway, Greendale, Wisconsin 53129.

Tentative groundbreaking date for Kayla's Playground scheduled for July 23

July 06, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Franklin — Major Steve Olson said that Franklin is planning to break the ground for Kayla's Playground in late July, and are shooting for a date of July 23.

Olson said that the goal is to break ground before they start moving dirt to begin the construction process.

"I'm really excited, the reception that Kayla's Krew got at the 4th of July parade was unbelievable," Olson said. "This is a tremendous thing for the community, we are looking forward to moving forward with this project.

The site for the all-inclusive playground is Franklin Woods Nature Center, located off W Puetz Road near S 27th Street.

More details regarding the playground are to be discussed at the common council meeting Tuesday, July 7. The city is scheduled to discuss the bids for the materials and tools needed for the playground at the meeting.

The Rock announces July Fourth celebration plans

July 02, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Franklin — The Rock Sports Complex and MKE Sports & Entertainment will host its third Independence Day celebration at The Umbrella Bar at The Rock July 4.

Guests can enjoy a view of fireworks from over 20 cities, the Umbrella Bar's brick patio, dance space and views of Milwaukee County and The Rock's Major League Replica baseball fields. Patrons may also purchase DiMaggio's Stone Fire Pizza, cocktails and beer at the Umbrella Bar. Food purchases can also be made from The Rock's guest caterer, Muskego Lakes Country Club from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday only.

Late afternoon visitors can enjoy listening to the Phillip Williams Band from 4 to 7 p.m.

Live music from The Eddie Butts Band, which is part of the Summer Concert Series at The Rock, will begin at 8 p.m.

For a full lineup of the Summer Concert Series at The Rock, click here.

Oak Creek-Franklin parent group pushes for larger school board membership

July 01, 2015 3:48 p.m. | Oak Creek — A parent-led group in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District has started a new campaign to increase the number of members on the school board.

YES for Oak Creek Schools, a volunteer group that advocates for the school district, launched the campaign June 30.

The Oak Creek-Franklin School Board is currently composed of five members — making it one of the smallest school boards among the state's 50 largest districts.

YES is advocating for a seven-member board to better represent the needs of the district.

"Currently, the school district only requires three (board members) at a meeting to have a quorum," said YES co-founder Amy Mlot. "So any times there's a quorum, they could make a decision without the other two (members) ... and it just doesn't seem like a good number to represent the size of our district."

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Oak Creek baseball team raises $2,300 for autism aid, research

June 30, 2015 1:33 p.m. | It's hard to dislike really good players when they turn out to be fine humans in the process.

Oak Creek baseball coach and athletic director Scott Holler discovered that when he was sitting with returning Now Player of the Year Doran Turchin and fellow senior leader Mitch Makarewicz at an open gym a couple of years ago.

"And they said 'Coach, everybody does those Coaches vs. Cancer things (at games). Wouldn't it be cool if we did something for your son (Chase)? We'd really like to do something for your son,'" Holler said.

The person Turchin and Makarewicz were referring to was Holler's young, rambunctious, good-natured son Chase, who has autism.

Holler and his wife Julie are very active in the area programs to help develop treatments and work toward a cure. They are especially active in the Autism Speaks organization. Holler, with Chase's help, even threw a first pitch on an Autism Awareness Night the Milwaukee Brewers held earlier this season.

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Opportunistic Franklin baseball team surges past Oak Creek

June 30, 2015 1:18 p.m. | In the mind of Oak Creek baseball coach Scott Holler, the Knights played about two-thirds of a great game against archrival Franklin on June 26 at Abendschein Park.

It was just the remaining third, the thing the 18-2 Knights have hung their hats on all summer, that let them down so catastrophically and led to the surprising 12-8 loss to the surging Sabers.

"You could talk about the (size of the) strike zone," Holler said, "but that had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. We just pitched as bad as we probably could have.

"We didn't execute in hitting spots, and we fell behind in the count. We didn't consistently throw strikes, and when we did, they were belt high right over the middle of the plate."

The result was disastrous 12-walk, one-hit batter team pitching performance by five Knight hurlers that also included two runs forced in by walks.

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Menomonee Falls' ace Weber returns and stymies Oak Creek, 6-2

June 29, 2015 10:07 p.m. | The tedium, boredom and frustration that nearly engulfed Menomonee Falls all-state pitcher Ty Weber during his month off because of an abdominal strain injury was replaced tonight by anxiety, fatigue and ultimately success as he made his comeback with an impressive 6-2 win over Greater Metro Conference leader Oak Creek.

"I was exhausted after facing the meat of their order," he laughed after striking out the Knights' freshman phenom Alex Binelas with the bases-loaded in the seventh, "but I wasn't on a pitch count, because I definitely feel a lot better. This is so much nicer than just sitting around and watching."

And his was a welcome return as with the win, the Indians are now 11-4 in league play and 16-5 overall, while the Knights lost their second straight GMC tilt to fall to 12-3 and 20-3, respectively.

The Illinois-recruit Weber had played but a few games and won only one contest pitching  before being hit by the strain. He was then very limited after that, missing several weeks completely before finally coming back last week, where he displayed his usual big bat and also threw a comfortable two innings of relief in a win over Franklin.

The nine-strikeout, four-walk effort was hardly perfect, but was a big jolt in the arm, said Indian coach Pat Hansen.

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