Tow truck driver arrested for Oak Creek car theft

Feb. 27, 2013 12:34 p.m. | Oak Creek - When your vehicle gets towed, it never ends well. But for one alert truck owner, a clandestine tow ended with the arrest of the tow truck driver.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A man called police after he saw a tow truck, with no lights on, tow his truck away from the former Black Diamond grounds, 124 E. Rawson Ave., about 8:45 p.m. Feb. 21. When the tow truck left the lot, the caller followed it to the Mobil station at 13th Street and Rawson Avenue.

Police arrived at the gas station the same time as the drivers and questioned both. The caller provided police with proof of ownership of the truck.

The tow truck driver, a 26-year-old Waukesha man, gave the officer conflicting information about who had authorized the tow and could not provide any documentation that the tow was legitimate.

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Bicyclist cited for vandalism after road rage incident in Oak Creek

Feb. 27, 2013 11:11 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 29-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for breaking the mirror on another driver's car during a road rage incident Feb. 20.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A driver called police after she unintentionally cut off a bicyclist while he was riding in the right lane of traffic in the 2000 block of West Ryan Road about 4:15 p.m. Feb. 20. The bicyclist followed the driver into the lot of Shell Gas, 2170 W. Ryan Road, where he confronted the woman about her driving. An argument ensued, and the bicyclist smashed the mirror on her car with his hand.

The bicyclist then attempted to get on a city bus at the Ryan Road Park and Ride. However, the driver and her husband, who was a passenger in the car, asked the bus driver to wait until police arrived.

When police arrived and questioned the bicyclist, he told police he believed he was almost struck by the woman's vehicle when the woman passed him in the right lane so he followed her to the gas station to confront her. When the driver disagreed that she had cut him off, the bicyclist got upset and punched the driver-side mirror on her vehicle, causing it to break.

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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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Your snow photos: It's back and it's beautiful

Feb. 27, 2013 7:55 a.m. | With another round of snow Tuesday, people across Southeastern Wisconsin snapped photos of the messy drives and the serene surroundings. 

Here are some of the best photos that people shared on social media.

Hales Corners police seek suspect in Payday Loan robbery

Feb. 26, 2013 6:48 p.m. | Hales Corners - Police are looking for the man who robbed EZ Money Payday Loans, 5620 S. 108th St., Feb. 21.

According to the Hales Corners police report:

A man wearing a black ski mask walked into the business at 6:40 p.m. Feb. 21, held open a bag and told the employee to fill it with money. The employee put an undisclosed amount of cash into the bag and the man ran out.

No weapon was displayed during the robbery.

The man is described as a 6 feet tall, white, weighing about 200 pounds and wearing a tan coat and blue jeans.

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Two vehicles stolen in Franklin recovered in Milwaukee

Feb. 26, 2013 6:22 p.m. | Franklin - A car stolen from a local gas station Feb. 15 and a truck stolen from a local auto dealership Jan. 20 were recovered in Milwaukee within the past week.

According to the Franklin police report:

The Milwaukee Police Department contacted Franklin police at 2:55 p.m. Feb. 19 after they recovered a 2009 Infiniti G3 that had been stolen from Speedway, 10001 W. Church St., about 8 p.m. Feb. 15. The owner had left it running while he went inside for a coffee.

Police found the vehicle, along with the keys, parked outside a residence in the 3000 block of North 35th Street. The driver-side bumper was damaged and the front license plate was missing.

An investigation revealed a 16-year-old Milwaukee boy had driven the stolen vehicle to the Milwaukee location; he was arrested for driving a vehicle without consent of the owner.

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District 1, 2 aldermen to host listening sessions

Feb. 26, 2013 1:22 p.m. | Oak Creek - District 1 Alderman Dan Jakubczyk and District 2 Alderman Dan Bukiewicz will hold listening sessions in March.

Bukiewicz's listening session will be held at the Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. March 4. Residents citywide are invited to come and ask the alderman about ongoing city initiatives and events.

Jakubczyk's listening session is focused more on Drexel Town Square and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 16 at Oak Creek City Hall, 8640 S. Howell Ave. He will provide cookies and coffee.

Franklin police make arrests after sending SWAT officers

Feb. 24, 2013 7:50 p.m. | Franklin police arrested a 28-year-old man who made threats to harm himself Sunday afternoon.

SWAT officers were sent to a home in the 7100 Block of S. 47th Place in Franklin after the man refused to answer the door shortly before 11 a.m.

The man later surrendered. Police also arrested a 46-year-old woman on an outstanding warrant.

WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches

Feb. 24, 2013 8:51 a.m. | The WIAA individual state wrestling tournament crowned its champions yesterday in Madison and MyCommunityNOW has updated photojournalist Peter Zuzga's state wrestling tournament photo gallery with images from the championship rounds.

Photo gallery: WIAA state wrestling photo gallery

Story: Arrowhead's Andrew Crone wins another individual title

Key's heroics come against old coach

Feb. 23, 2013 12:28 a.m. | For most of the first half on Friday night, West Allis Central sophomore guard Brandon Key was definitely out of his comfort zone.

Central was playing against defensive-minded, methodical Oak Creek in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game, and the slow pace - as indicated by the 16-12 halftime lead for the Knights - was not to his liking.

"I'm used to a faster tempo," Key said, "and we started off slowly. The tempo was too slow for me, I like playing fast, and I had to adjust."

Central head coach David Mlachnik had a few words with Key at halftime.

"He was kind of frustrated in that first half," Mlachnik said. "I told Brandon at half, 'This is a game where you have to be mentally tough. Be patient; understand that you're not going to get a lot of touches, you're not going to get a lot of opportunities.

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Weymier plays hero as Whitnall edges Bay View in thriller

Feb. 22, 2013 11:34 p.m. | Danny Weymier was not about to let his senior season of Whitnall boys basketball end this early.

Weymier hit the go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left, had a steal on the ensuing Bay View possession and hit the front-end of a 1-and-1 as No. 5-seeded Whitnall earned a 75-73 win over No. 4-seeded Milwaukee Bay View in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal Friday night.

"At the four-minute mark (Whitnall) coach (Steve Kujawa) brought us in and said, 'Do you want your season to be over now or are you going to do something about it?'" said Weymier, who finished with a game-high 32 points, his third-straight game breaking the 30-point threshold. "I didn't see much (on the last drive). The last few times in I was actually expecting a call."

The Falcons (15-7) earn another shot at top-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower on Saturday.

Kujawa drew up the possession for Weymier, who helped bring the Falcons back from double-digit deficits in the second and fourth quarters.

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Cookpot-swinging woman cited for disturbance at Oak Creek home twice in about an hour

Feb. 20, 2013 9:25 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 46-year-old Cudahy woman who was removed from an Oak Creek home by police after she began throwing dog food and swinging a cooking pot at the residents returned to the scene within minutes of her release and started all over again.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A resident in the 200 block of East Susan Drive called police and asked officers to respond to the home to remove a woman who was causing a disturbance and "tearing up the place" shortly after 5 a.m. Feb. 18. The caller stated the 46-year-old Cudahy woman had been intoxicated hours before the incident, but now was just "being a whack job," and said he wanted her out of his home.

When officers arrived, they questioned a second person, who stated the woman was throwing dog food, swinging a cooking pot at him and constantly arguing with everyone. Officers arrested the woman and took her to the police station, where she was booked and cited for disorderly conduct. She was released from police custody and she left the station in a taxi cab.

At 6:15 a.m., the resident called police again stating the woman had returned. Apparently the woman left the police station in the taxi, traveled back to the residence and entered the home, which was not locked, and yelled, "That didn't work too well, did it?" and began screaming obscenities at the residents.

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Man accidentally shoots girlfriend in the buttocks on Valentine's Day, police say

Feb. 20, 2013 8:06 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 24-year-old Oak Creek man was arrested for a weapons violation after he accidentally shot his girlfriend in the buttocks on Valentine’s Day.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man called police about 5:45 p.m. to report he had accidentally shot his 21-year-old girlfriend in the buttocks with a 9-millimeter handgun. Dispatchers helped the man tend his girlfriend's wounds until police and paramedics arrived.

The woman was taken to the hospital. The report did not state the severity of her injuries but police confirmed they were not life-threatening.

After the man was questioned at the police station he was arrested on a state charge of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

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Michaels lifts Greendale past Cudahy

Feb. 20, 2013 12:04 a.m. | After a lackluster opening quarter against Cudahy on Tuesday night, the Greendale boys basketball team needed a spark.

The Panthers actually received two sparks in the second period, one from their defense and the other from guard Josh Michaels.

Greendale held the Packers to just four points in that quarter and Michaels tallied 11 himself to help stake the Panthers to a 33-19 halftime lead.

They went on to coast to a 62-45 triumph in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal contest, improving to 10-13 and earning a visit to Pewaukee at 7 p.m. Friday for a regional semifinal game.

Before securing the victory on Tuesday, though, the Panthers had to shake off the cobwebs of a slow start, especially on defense.

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Cold-shooting Greenfield eliminated by Park

Feb. 19, 2013 11:48 p.m. | A slow start signaled the end to the Greenfield boys basketball team's season as the Hawks fell 69-55 to Racine Park in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 tournament at Greenfield on Tuesday.

After Greenfield senior guard Ricky Santiago drilled a 3-pointer to open the scoring, the visiting Panthers closed the first quarter on a 13-0 run and never relinquished the lead.

"I thought both teams came out a little lethargic or timid at first, and we did dig ourselves a hole," Greenfield head coach Jack Miller said. "Usually, we are a better shooting team than we were tonight, but we did manage to come back a couple times."

That they did. After falling behind by as many as 11 points midway through the second quarter, the Hawks closed the gap to 24-18 on back-to-back layups by junior Josh Czerwinski and sophomore Jeremy Swider.

And after Park extended its lead to 30-18 early in the third quarter, the resilient Hawks rallied to within 34-33 when senior forward Sonnie Wilbert converted in the paint with two minutes left to cap a 9-0 run. The charge was sparked by Santiago, who scored nine of his game-high 22 in the period.

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Jakubczyk, Kurkowski win Oak Creek primary

Feb. 19, 2013 10:28 p.m. | Incumbent Alderman Dan Jakubczyk and challenger Steve Kurkowski won Oak Creek's aldermanic primary, defeating challenger Shawn Vollmer Tuesday.

The two won by a close margin, with Jakubczyk and Kurkowski garnering 155 and 110 votes, respectively, and Vollmer getting 101 votes.

They will square off in the April 2 general election.

Milwaukee man charged after having sex with 15-year-old Oak Creek girl

Feb. 19, 2013 9:14 p.m. | Oak Creek - A 23-year-old Milwaukee man is facing felony charges after he had sex with a 15-year-old Oak Creek girl he met through an online social networking site in October.

Matthew Elmore was charged Saturday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of possessing child pornography.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Elmore was arrested Feb. 12 after receiving a call from the girl's mother Feb. 10 reporting her daughter had had sexual intercourse with a man she met on the website in October. The mother told police the two conversed for several months before they engaged in sex on two occasions in mid-January.

Elmore's next court appearance is scheduled for March 4, for a scheduling conference.

Arrest made in connection to Oak Creek apartment burglaries

Feb. 19, 2013 9:00 p.m. | Oak Creek - A police investigation of two burglaries in the same apartment building led to the Feb. 15 arrest of an 18-year-old man who lives in the apartment complex.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The investigation started when an apartment resident in the 100 block of East Field Stone Circle came home and discovered his Xbox gaming system and $350 worth of videogames had been stolen from his locked apartment between 7:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

On Feb. 14 police responded to the same apartment building after a resident reported more than $1,400 worth of electronics, including a flat-screen television, two gaming consoles, two hand-held gaming systems and numerous video games, had been stolen from his home between 7:45 a.m. and 3:40 p.m.

In both cases there were no signs of forced entry and no evidence was found at either apartment.

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Greendale Chamber of Commerce to host candidate forums

Feb. 19, 2013 5:14 p.m. | Those seeking to know more about their candidates are invited to attend the Greendale candidate forums hosted by the Greendale Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters.

Two candidate forums will be held this year, one for Village Board candidates and the other for School Board candidates.

The Village Board candidate forum is slated from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 21. The School Board candidate forum will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 27. Both forums will be held in the Greendale High School multipurpose room, 6801 Southway.

All candidates have been invited and are expected to participate. The candidates will answer audience questions posed by a mediator.

For information, call Todd K. Michaels at (414) 423-2100.

Arrest made in Oak Creek shooting

Feb. 15, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Oak Creek police arrested a 24-year-old man in the shooting of a 21-year-old woman on Thursday.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries in what police called an isolated incident in the 500 block of E. Towne Square Court.

Police said the case is being referred to the District Attorney's office for review of charges. The man arrested and the victim are both from Oak Creek, police said

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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Employee arrested for stealing motorcycle from Franklin business

Feb. 12, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Franklin - A 30-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for burglary after an investigation revealed he stole an $8,000 motorcycle from his employer's business during the overnight hours of Jan. 20, according to a Franklin police report.

Also in the report:

The owner of Speedway Auto Detailing, 6742 S. 112th St., reported that someone had forced his or her way into the business and stolen a motorcycle valued at $8,000 between the late evening hours of Jan. 20 and 8:50 a.m. Jan. 21.

During the investigation, police viewed surveillance video from a neighboring business that showed a U-Haul rental truck backing up to Speedway Auto Detailing the night of the burglary.

Police worked with U-Haul to determine who rented the truck, and found that it had been rented by an employee Speedway Auto Detailing.

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Franklin police investigate trailer break-ins at FedEx

Feb. 12, 2013 12:58 p.m. | Franklin - Someone jumped over a fence topped with razor wire so they could break into five loaded trailers at FedEx Freightways, 10613 S. 27th St., between the late evening hours of Feb. 9 and early morning hours of Feb. 10, according to a Franklin police report.

Also in the report:

The person broke the cast iron locking hook with an object, which allowed him or her to open the trailer door. An estimate of damage to the trailer doors was unavailable at the time of the report.

Two of the trailers were filled with pallets, one was filled with pamphlets for printing, one was loaded with refrigerators and one had end-cap displays for the DVD "Game of Thrones," including DVD games.

Nothing was stolen from any of the trailers.

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Oak Creek officer who was wounded at temple will attend State of the Union

Feb. 11, 2013 12:52 p.m. | Washington, D.C. -- Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, who was shot repeatedly while responding to the Sikh Temple massacre last August, will be a guest in the first lady’s box when President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress Tuesday night.

“It’s kind of remarkable,” Murphy said of the invitation."I'm extremely excited."

Murphy will join other guests whose presence is meant to underline the impact of policies the president is proposing, among them new measures aimed at reducing gun violence. 

Murphy was critically wounded as he responded to the scene, struck by 15 bullets, and has been hailed as a hero for his courage under fire. Murphy is still recovering from his wounds and is on medical leave from the department.  

Murphy, 51, said in an interview he is glad the issue of gun violence is being debated.

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Greendale robbery report results in arrest of victim and alleged perpetrator

Feb. 06, 2013 9:22 a.m. | Greendale - A 21-year-old Franklin man who walked into the Greendale Police Department to report he was the victim of a robbery is himself facing a charge of strong-armed robbery, among other charges.

The other party, a 26-year-old Greendale man, also is facing multiple charges, including robbery and drug-related allegations tied to the incident, which was reported at 1:55 a.m. Jan. 21.

According to the police report resulting from the subsequent investigation:

The Franklin man told police he picked up an unidentified man who flagged him down near Layton Avenue and Loomis Road and asked him for a ride home. When they got to the man's house in the 5300 block of Root River Drive, the passenger attacked him, punching him in the face, kneeing him and gouging at his eyes, the Franklin man claimed in a written statement. The man told police the subject then stole his cellphone and $80 before running into his residence.

When officers paid a visit to the Greendale man's resident to investigate, he told police that the alleged robbery victim had contacted him in order to buy 18 pills of Percocet for $120 and subsequently had driven drove to the Greendale man's residence, where the transaction was to take place.

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Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

Waukesha buys option on land for Root River discharge

Feb. 03, 2013 6:51 p.m. | The City of Waukesha has an option to purchase 60 acres in Franklin on the east bank of the Root River should Waukesha succeed in its request to buy Lake Michigan water.

The property southeast of the intersection of Oakwood Road and S. 60th St. is one possible location for Waukesha to end a pipeline carrying treated wastewater so it could be discharged to the river and returned to the lake, Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said.

Waukesha paid $60,000 for a four-year option to buy the parcel, Duchniak said. The amount equals about 10% of the purchase price.

The city is asking each of the Great Lakes states for permission to divert lake water inland for its use.

If the eight states unanimously approve the request, the Great Lakes protection compact would require Waukesha to return most of the water to the lake in the form of treated wastewater. The Root River empties into the lake at the harbor in Racine.

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Oak Creek boys bounce back from tough losses, beat Bradford

Feb. 02, 2013 12:41 a.m. | Tuesday night hurt, there was no getting past that for the Oak Creek boys basketball team.

They had unbeaten in the Southeast Conference Racine Case on the ropes for what coach Mike Jossie called about "30-plus minutes" and then let the game slip away in the last 1:30 with some uncharacteristic mistakes in a 41-40 defeat.

"It was a real heartbreaker," said Jossie. "There were tears shed in the lockerroom after that game. We played so well, so disciplined for more than 30 minutes and even had an eight-point lead at one time in the second half, but we made mistakes and Case, to its credit, made us pay for those mistakes."

And that loss had been right on top of a difficult defeat to archrival Franklin just a few days before.

So Jossie needed to see if the resurgent Knights, who have played suffocating defense and smart, patient offense all this encouraging season en route to a 6-5 league mark and a 10-9 overall record, "could find their heart and passion again."

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Community Watch

» Tow truck driver arrested for Oak Creek car theft 2/27

» Bicyclist cited for vandalism after road rage incident in Oak Creek 2/27

» Franklin police make arrest in 2010 robbery, assault of elderly man 2/27

» Your snow photos: It's back and it's beautiful 2/27

» Hales Corners police seek suspect in Payday Loan robbery 2/26

» Two vehicles stolen in Franklin recovered in Milwaukee 2/26

» District 1, 2 aldermen to host listening sessions 2/26

» Franklin police make arrests after sending SWAT officers 2/24

» WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches 2/24

» Key's heroics come against old coach 2/23

» Weymier plays hero as Whitnall edges Bay View in thriller 2/22

» Cookpot-swinging woman cited for disturbance at Oak Creek home twice in about an hour 2/20

» Man accidentally shoots girlfriend in the buttocks on Valentine's Day, police say 2/20

» Michaels lifts Greendale past Cudahy 2/20

» Cold-shooting Greenfield eliminated by Park 2/19

» Jakubczyk, Kurkowski win Oak Creek primary 2/19

» Milwaukee man charged after having sex with 15-year-old Oak Creek girl 2/19

» Arrest made in connection to Oak Creek apartment burglaries 2/19

» Greendale Chamber of Commerce to host candidate forums 2/19

» Arrest made in Oak Creek shooting Updated:  2/15

» Burglary suspect leads police on high-speed pursuit 2/12

» Employee arrested for stealing motorcycle from Franklin business 2/12

» Franklin police investigate trailer break-ins at FedEx 2/12

» Oak Creek officer who was wounded at temple will attend State of the Union Updated:  2/11

» Greendale robbery report results in arrest of victim and alleged perpetrator 2/6

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