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Greendale High School reports four pertussis cases

Nov. 30, 2012 1:08 p.m. | Greendale - Four cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, among high school students have been reported to the village Health Department by the school district.

School Nurse Kathy Andrzejewski said the district may see more cases.

"The district is working with the Greendale Health Department to alert parents of the situation and help staff members contain the spread of the contagious disease," Superintendent John Tharp said. "We are monitoring the situation and will continue to work with the Health Department to ensure that parents and the community remain informed."

Pertussis is an upper respiratory illness that is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms usually occur within a week of exposure, but sometimes take as long as six weeks to appear, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The district has instructed teachers to refer students with pertussis symptoms to the nurse's office. The district's custodians have been instructed to ensure that hand sanitizer is available and that common surfaces are disinfected.

Authorities identify man, 91, struck, killed by car in Bay View

Nov. 29, 2012 1:18 p.m. | Witnesses say a 91-year-old man had just exited a bus and was trying to cross a major road in Bay View when he was struck and killed Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office identified the man Thursday as Howard P. Roepke. Roepke was struck shortly before 5 p.m. in the 1000 block E. Oklahoma Ave.

Roepke apparently was heading to Unity Lutheran Church for a free meal the church offers to seniors, according to a medical examiner's office report. He was crossing the street, using a walker, and he wasn't in the crosswalk when he was struck by a Hyundai Sonata, according to the report.

The driver told police that he didn't see Roepke until the car collided with him.

Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Police investigate tire slashings in Oak Creek neighborhood

Nov. 27, 2012 5:08 p.m. | Oak Creek - Tires were slashed on at least six vehicles in an area bounded by 11th Avenue, Puetz Road and Highway 32 between midnight Sunday and early Monday morning.

According to the Oak Creek police report the following tire-slashing incidents were reported to have happened that night:

Both driver-side tires were slashed on a Honda in the 3200 block of East Stonefield Drive.

Four tires were slashed on a van at Grace Lutheran Early Childhood Center, 3381 E. Puetz Road.

Three tires were slashed on one car and two rear tires were slashed on a second car at Lake Forest Apartments.

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Caller warns worker Oak Creek grocery store is about to be 'shot up'

Nov. 27, 2012 5:05 p.m. | Oak Creek - An anonymous caller threatened to kill an employee at Pick 'n Save, 2320 W. Ryan Road, Sunday, while warning that the store would be "shot up," according to an Oak Creek police report.

The report states:

At 2:54 p.m. Nov. 25, an employee received a phone call from an unidentified male who stated: "This is an officer. My boss told me to call you. I'm supposed to tell you that your store is going to get shot up. Listen to my directions, sit in the corner or I will kill you."

After the caller hung up, the employee called her manager, who then called police. Officers searched the store, the parking lot and surrounding business parking lots but did not find anything suspicious.

The manager called the phone number the call had originated from, but no one picked up the phone and there was no answering machine.

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Man says he was robbed while checking tires

Nov. 27, 2012 5:02 p.m. | Oak Creek - A 47-year-old Random Lake man told police he was robbed by a stranger after he pulled over on College Avenue to check his tires shortly after 11 p.m. Nov. 26.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man told officers he heard a squeak in his tire, which caused him to pull over in the 2500 block of West College Avenue. While he was checking his driver-side rear tire, an unidentified man walked up to him and said: "Give me your wallet. I have a gun."

The Random Lake man told police he pushed the man, and a struggle ensued. His wallet apparently fell out of his pocket. The thief grabbed the wallet and was picked up by a blue, four-door vehicle that pulled up next to them.

The Random Lake man followed the man's vehicle north on Interstate 94, but lost sight of the car in a subdivision near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee.

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Woman struck by car during spat in Franklin Walmart parking lot

Nov. 27, 2012 2:19 p.m. | Franklin - A pedestrian was injured after a driver allegedly struck her with her car during an argument in the parking lot at Walmart, 6701 S. 27th St., Thanksgiving Day.

According to the Franklin police log:

The victim, a 43-year-old Cudahy woman, told police the accident began as an argument when a driver sped through the parking lot and almost struck her about 9:10 p.m. Nov. 22. When she yelled at the driver to slow down, the driver put her car in reverse and the two began to yell and swear at each other.

The woman stated the driver reached out and punched her in the face during the argument. She then continued to back her vehicle up and deliberately turn it toward her, knocking her to the ground and causing abrasions to her right hand and both knees.

Police questioned the driver, a 35-year-old Milwaukee woman, who said the victim and five other people began pounding on her vehicle. She said the victim stuck her head and hands inside her vehicle while yelling at her, causing her to be fearful for her 9-year-old son, and she admitted punching the woman in the mouth.

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