Police called when man swings bat at boys riding bikes

May 31, 2014 10:00 a.m. | Police were called after a man got out of his vehicle and started swinging a baseball bat at boys riding bikes May 21.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A few boys were riding bicycles on American Avenue and Chicago Road about 7:50 p.m. May 21.

A man drove by and stared at them. One of the boys game him the peace sign, and the man stopped and approached them with the bat.

He then chased them as they rode off.

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Man arrested after throwing glass in his girlfriend's face

May 30, 2014 8:17 a.m. | A man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he threw shards of glass in his girlfriend's face May 3.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man threw shards of glass in his girlfriend's face, broke numerous glass objects, then pinned her down and slapped her in the face and pulled her hair in her apartment in the 8800 block of South Oak Park Drive about 4 a.m. May 3.

The woman said the couple had an argument that started in a bar in Milwaukee and escalated while they were driving to her residence.

The Oak Creek Fire Department medical unit treated her injuries and she refused transportation to the hospital.

DOT to hold meeting on remake of S. 27th St.

May 29, 2014 2:57 p.m. | The Department of Transportation is holding an open house-style meeting about the final design of Highway 241, or S. 27th St., from Drexel to College Avenues.

The public can provide input on the design and learn about the project, which is a complete reconstruction of the road intended to improve safety. There will be a new concrete pavement, wider shoulders with bike lanes, more turn lanes and new traffic signals.

Work is expected to start next spring and last until late 2015.

The meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Church Hall, 7219 S. 27th St., in Franklin.

There will be exhibits on construction plans for the road and intersections, changes to medians and driveways, and right of way impacts.

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Woman robbed, vehicle stolen at Franklin Walmart

May 29, 2014 7:02 a.m. | A customer at a Walmart in Franklin was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday.

The suspect robbed the 56-year-old Franklin woman at about 9:30 p.m. and stole her vehicle, according to a news release from the City of Franklin Police Department.

The woman wasn't hurt, and her vehicle was recovered a short distance away. Police are investigating, and no suspects were located.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Kevin Magno at (414) 425-2522.

Oak Creek man dead after freak accident in parking lot

May 28, 2014 1:50 p.m. | A 77-year-old Oak Creek man's death was ruled accidental after a police officer found his body pinned underneath a vehicle in a parking lot of a Hales Corners business early Saturday morning.

According to the Hales Corners police report:

A patrol officer came across a deceased man in the parking lot at Hales Corners Beer & Liquor Depot, 10561 W. Forest Home Ave., about 2 a.m. Saturday.

The man, Robert Layne of Oak Creek, was found pinned under the left front driver-side tire of his vehicle.

A police investigation revealed that the man got out of his vehicle while it was still in reverse and was caught and pulled underneath the car, pinning him under the front driver-side wheel.

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A star is reborn: Restoration of landmark Avalon Theater in full swing

May 28, 2014 12:51 p.m. | The stars are being put back up in the sky at Milwaukee's Avalon Theater.

Not literally, of course. But installing new twinkling lights on the ceiling to re-create the Avalon's atmospheric feel is among the tasks on property owner Lee Barczak's to-do list.

His $2.5 million restoration of the long-closed Bay View neighborhood landmark is in full swing.

Other jobs include carving out space for a new lounge; preparing areas for a new kitchen, as well as new restrooms; and building the new marquee, which will evoke a 1920s look.

The new marquee, which received Historic Preservation Commission approval in April, is replacing one that was "tacked on" in the 1950s, Barczak said. That old marquee has been removed, which uncovered some bricks that were crumbling and are being replaced, he said.

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Franklin police seeking males in armed home invasion

May 28, 2014 7:55 a.m. | Franklin police are seeking two unknown males who forced their way into a home, displayed weapons and stole money from two of the residents on Saturday evening.

According to the Franklin police report:

A resident in the 4900 block of West Tumblecreek Drive called police after he was confronted by an unknown male armed with a long gun as he was opening his back patio door about 9:25 p.m. May 24.

When the male ordered the resident to go inside the home, another unknown male armed with a handgun also entered the home. The two stole $300 from one of the men and $80 from the other, and then fled the residence on foot in an unknown direction.

The males are described as two males wearing all black. Both suspects were also wearing masks and hoodies.

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Joe Koch takes over Greenfield head football coaching position

May 27, 2014 12:35 p.m. | Success has followed Joe Koch through his 30 years of high school football coaching.

Koch's coaching road has led through strong tenures at Whitefish Bay Dominican, Oak Creek and Pius XI, and now it is taking him to Greenfield High School.

He accepted the head football position with the Hustlin' Hawks this week, taking over for Scott Otto, who resigned last month.

Both sides are happy with the arrangement.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Greenfield community as the new head football coach of the Hustlin' Hawks," Koch said in a statement. "We will build a team based on unity, discipline and the importance of every individual.

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Chick-fil-A construction progresses in Brookfield, Greendale

May 27, 2014 12:07 p.m. | Chick-fil-A on Thursday plans to start building momentum for the autumn opening of its first two stand-alone restaurants in the Milwaukee metro area.

The suburban Atlanta company will unveil signs announcing the coming restaurants during a media event Thursday featuring Wisconsin Chick-fil-A franchise operator Jamie Fuller and the Chick-fil-A mascot, a cow that carries an "Eat Mor Chikin" sign. The sites are under construction.

The event begins at the Greendale site, 5351 S. 76th St., at 10:30 a.m., and in Brookfield, 12625 W. Capitol Drive, at 2:30 p.m. 

As it does with its other restaurant openings, Chick-fil-A plans this fall to hold a First 100 giveaway at the metro Milwaukee restaurants. That promotion offers free food for a year — a card loaded with 52 ssandwich meals — to qualified contestants who show up and register. If more than 100 people show up — as almost certainly will be the case — a drawing will be held to name the winners.

Chick-fil-A has more than 1,800 restaurants in 39 states and Washington D.C.

Resident says elderly women screamed profanities at her children

May 27, 2014 7:45 a.m. | An Oak Creek resident reported that two elderly women came to the back of her fence and started screaming profanities at her young children who were jumping on a trampoline May 7.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The resident said her children were jumping on a trampoline at 9 p.m. May 7 in the 8600 block of South Glen Forest Court.

The caller said that her children and two of their friends were making some noise, but nothing excessive, when two elderly woman approached her wooden, fenced-in backyard and started yelling at them at about 8:40 p.m.

Police checked the area but could not locate the women.

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