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The city of Oak Creek lifted its open burning ban today.
Recommendations and regulations still apply for people who wish to conduct controlled burning within the city, a city notice states.
Controlled burning permits can be requested through the Oak Creek Dispatch Center by calling (414) 762-8200, Option 0.
Those who adhere to the recommended burning guidelines may be allowed to burn in outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and burn barrels.
However, the Fire and/or Police departments retain the right to investigate any type of outdoor burning. If a nuisance call is received, and is directly related to the burn, all fires will be required to be completely extinguished.» Read Full Article
An app released by Milwaukee Riverkeeper makes it easy to find a safe beach for swimming.
The Swim Guide uses water quality monitoring data from government authorities. Green marks indicate acceptable water quality, while red marks show where it is unsafe. It also enables users to get directions, view photos and report pollution immediately to Milwaukee Riverkeeper.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper wants to protect beachgoers from getting sick, and raise public awareness about pollution threatening our rights to swimmable waters.
The technology was developed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and is now managed by Milwaukee Riverkeeper and other member groups of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a network of 200 water protection groups worldwide.
The app can be downloaded at milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/content/swim-guide.
NTT Worldwide Telecommunications Corp. has purchased a data center property in Franklin from Harley-Davidson Inc. for $8 million.
"It's an excellent location for us to operate our enterprise cloud computing platform as well as our backup, disaster recovery and business continuity services, given the high-quality workforce and the geographical distribution between our East Coast and West Coast data centers," according to a statement from NTT spokesman Christopher Davis.
The property is located in the 10000 block of S. Franklin Drive and the seller is listed as H-D Franklin LLC on records filed with the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds.
The data center property had earlier been split from a Harley-Davidson distribution center at the site, said Orrin Sumwalt, a planner in the Franklin Department of City Development. The distribution center property is for sale and is being actively marketed, he said.
It's too soon to discuss employment levels at the data center, Davis said, but he indicated job growth may occur.» Read Full Article
A 63-year-old man was cited driving a vehicle with an unsecured load after a drum of oil fell off his trailer at 60th Street and Grange Avenue on July 14.
According to the Greendale police report:
The man was towing a trailer behind a van on 60th Street when the 100-gallon drum fell, spilling oil all over the roadway shortly after 5:30 p.m. July 14.
Four Greendale Fire Department units responded to the spill, along with one unit from the Greenfield Fire Department and the Franklin Hazmat team. The Wisconsin Department of Emergency Management also got involved with the cleanup, and the Department of Natural Resources was notified after officials discovered some of the oil leaked into a nearby creek.
The driver was cited also cited because his trailer did not have brakelights.
Viewers of "The Dark Knight Rises" at South Shore Cinemas on Friday night took notice when a fellow movie-goer started acting strangely during an evening showing the Batman film.
Witnesses said the man walked near emergency exits and in the aisles as the film played, and they reported his actions to security personnel who asked the man to leave, according to an Oak Creek police log entry.
Just the day before, in Aurora, Colo., a man watching "Dark Knight Rises" got up before the show started and exited through an emergency exit, only to re-enter with the gun he used to shoot dozens of movie watchers, killing 12.
According to the Oak Creek police log:
Several theater-goers told cinema employees that the man was walking around, stretching in the aisles and walking near the emergency exits while the movie was running.» Read Full Article
Greendale will pay $750,000 to the City of Milwaukee in exchange for a guaranteed higher rate of water flow into the village from the city's distribution system, under terms of an intergovernmental agreement approved Tuesday by the Milwaukee Common Council.
The guarantee of a peak hourly flow rate equivalent to 5.25 million gallons of water a day will reduce the costs of planned improvements in Greendale's own distribution system, village officials said.
The boost in flows will enable the village to build a smaller than planned water tower, at a saving of $1.5 million, while providing adequate water pressure to fight fires.
Franklin police are seeking two people who allegedly threatened three boys and pointed a gun at them while they were walking on the evening of July 21.
According to the Franklin police report:
Three 13-year-old boys were walking in the 8500 block of West Puetz Road just before 8:30 p.m. when two males in a red, four-door Dodge Neon slowed down and pulled up next to them. The driver asked the boys, "Do you go to Franklin?"
After one of the boys responded, the driver asked, "You ever been shot at?"
As the vehicle started to slowly pull away, the driver reached his right hand over his shoulder and pointed what was perceived to be a black, semi-automatic handgun at the three teens. The car then continued eastbound on Puetz Road.» Read Full Article
Greendale police are seeking three men who stole a purse from a woman in the Southridge Mall parking lot July 12.
According to the Greendale police report:
The woman told officers that three masked men jumped out of a dark green minivan and stole her purse while she was walking outside the food court at Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St., shortly after 10 p.m. July 12. The men jumped back into the van and sped away.
The van was recovered in West Allis and was later reported as stolen. Police are investigating.
Police are seeking a woman who fled while a manager was attempting to detain her for shoplifting at Walgreens, 6210 W. Loomis Road, at 7:50 p.m. July 19.
The suspect, described in the Greendale police report as a white female between 16 and 24 years old with her hair pulled back in a ponytail and wearing white pants, a blue tank top and a white headband, fought with the manager after he tried to detain her and fled into a wooded area behind the store.
The female left her purse and car keys at the scene, but no identification was found in the purse.
Milwaukee County Parks has extended today's hours of operation for all of its outdoor deep-well pools, including Hales Corners Pool, due to the day's extreme heat. All deep-well pools will have evening hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The other deep-well pools are: Grobschmidt, Holler, Jackson, McCarty, Pelican Cove, Sheridan, Washington and Wilson.
Cool Waters at Greenfield Park and David F. Schulz Aquatic Park at Lincoln Park will be open until 8 p.m.
"Baseball is a funny game," said Oak Creek baseball coach Scott Holler moments after first baseman Riley Shelton's ripping single up the middle completed a roaring comeback from a 4-0 deficit and earned them the unlikeliest of WIAA state championships against Germantown Friday night at Kapco Park in Mequon.
"It can be so cruel and yet be so sweet."
And Holler and company had endured much of both in the last month, as they claimed their summer baseball record fourth state crown with the thrilling 5-4 decision.
After all, it wasn't supposed to be this rebuilt Oak Creek unit that was to taste this sweetest prize of all. This team with just two-and-a-half starters coming back (if you really stretch it) from the 2011 Greater Metro Conference regular season champions.
Further, they really weren't supposed to do it because a month ago top pitcher Austin Barbee dislocated his shoulder and tore a tendon in a head-first slide during a bad loss to archrival Franklin. He was supposed to be lost for the season.» Read Full Article
Mequon - Down four didn't keep Oak Creek from getting No. 4.
The Knights, who erased a 4-0 deficit in the final two innings, became the first summer baseball team to win four state titles by shocking Germantown, 5-4, in the championship game Friday night at Kapco Park.
Riley Shelton's single with two outs - and two strikes - drove in Hayden Krimmer from second base in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Oak Creek a 28-7 record and its first title since winning three straight from 2003-'05.
"Our assistant coach (Joel Paar) from the 2005 team, he said that they were down, too, and they didn't doubt it one bit that they were going to come back and win it," Shelton said. "And we didn't doubt it. We all had the feeling we were going to come back."
But even down four with five outs left?» Read Full Article
photo gallery of today's WIAA state summer baseball finals in Mequon with images from the championship game between Oak Creek and Germantown.MyCommunityNOW has just updated its
Oak Creek rallied from four runs down to win, 5-4.
Oak Creek - The city has denied Mark Verhalen's claim for a $1,160 reimbursement for damage caused to his property when a firework from the city's Fourth of July display started his field on fire.
The Small Claims Committee made the decision yesterday, advising Verhalen to file his complaint with Spielbauer Fireworks, the company that set off the fireworks.
Verhalen's field started on fire about 9:30 p.m. July 4. A neighbor reported the fire to the Fire Department, and residents living near Verhalen's home, located at 1200 E. Ryan Road, were evacuated. The fire was extinguished in 15 minutes by the Oak Creek Fire Department.
Oak Creek officials asked Verhalen to keep them apprised of the matter and said they hoped this would be a speedy recovery for Verhalen.» Read Full Article
A 22-year-old Greenfield man who ate approximately one gram of marijuana in an effort to hide it from police during a traffic stop ended up receiving a citation anyway.
According to Oak Creek police:
Officers pulled the man over for an unsafe lane deviation in the 2600 block of West Sycamore Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. While giving the man a written warning, the officer observed that the driver seemed somewhat "out of it," and noticed his heart was beating rapidly, his breathing was fast and his words were shaky.
The officer then asked the suspect to exit his car in order to speak to him. While exiting, the driver turned away from the officer and appeared to conceal something in his waistband. A body search was executed and a purple glass pipe with charred residue fell out of the suspect's shorts and onto the ground.
During the search the officer also noticed the suspect had several small pieces of plant material on his tongue. The suspect then admitted to the officer that he ate approximately one gram of marijuana during the traffic stop in an attempt to hide it from police.» Read Full Article
A 51-year-old California man was cited for disorderly conduct after he took a knife into a restaurant kitchen to complain about the way his gravy was prepared.
According to the Oak Creek police report:
A witness observed the suspect holding a five- or six-inch knife behind his back while walking towards the kitchen area at Denny's Restaurant, 9650 S. 20th St., shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The suspect entered the kitchen and walked into the cook line, where he started to complain about the way his gravy was made.
When an employee asked the suspect to leave, he told her to call the police. The employee then stated she noticed the man had a knife in his right pocket.
Police pulled the suspect's vehicle over near South 39th Street and West Ryan Road in Franklin, where they found a black and silver knife in the front passenger side of his car.» Read Full Article
An odd choice of clothing and a return to the scene of the alleged crime resulted in an arrest for lewd and lascivious behavior in Greendale last week.
According to the police report
A male juvenile was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior at Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St., shortly before 9 a.m. July 12.
The suspect, who was allegedly wearing a short blue halter-style woman’s dress and cowboy boots, followed a woman into the bathroom at Macy’s and exposed his genitals to her at 2:20 p.m. July 10.
The suspect returned to the mall wearing the same clothing on July 12, where he was arrested by police.
The way the Oak Creek baseball team dominated its two WIAA sectional opponents on Monday by a combined 17-1 score, it almost seemed like the Knights were on a mission.
That’s because they actually were.
"This year, this team really rallied,” said head coach Scott Holler. “We lost our booster club president, Tim Ungerecht, when he passed away in the winter. We really rallied around his passing. His son (Tyler) is on the team this year, and his other son played for us last year.
“We’ve dedicated this season to him, and always at the forefront of our minds has been the fact that people like Tim have helped get us to this point, helped the kids when they were younger. He was a great baseball guy, and the guys wanted to do this for him.”
The Knights blanked Greendale, 8-0, in the semifinal game, then shut down streaking West Allis Hale, 9-1, in the sectional championship contest to earn their first trip to the state tournament since 2008.» Read Full Article
When Whitnall’s Sam Mentkowski lined Zack Miller’s first pitch over the left field wall, the Falcons and their fans had reason to feel good about their WIAA regional title game against Greendale on Friday night.
Those positive feelings were jolted just a few minutes later, as the Panthers used four hits and a couple of errors to score six runs in the bottom of the inning and take a 6-1 ead.
Greendale eventually rode that advantage to a 9-5 triumph over its Woodland Conference Black Division rival before a large crowd at Brinkman Field.
The Panthers improved to 17-14 on the season and earned a spot in next Monday’s sectional against top seed Oak Creek on the West Allis Hale grounds. Whitnall wound up at 15-11.
The crowd barely had time to settle back in the seats after the national anthem before Mentkowski belted his first home run of the season. Greendale freshman pitcher Miller, however, quickly retired the next three batters.» Read Full Article
There won’t be a third consecutive state championship for the Franklin Sabers baseball team.
Visiting No. 11-seeded South Milwaukee upended the No. 3-seeded Sabers on Friday in the WIAA summer baseball regional final, 5-4. It was a game that won’t make much sense if you only look at the box score.
By the time the Rockets scored their fifth and final run, they had managed just one hit. Through four innings, Franklin led 4-0, starter Tyler Gentz had a no-hitter going, and the Sabers appeared poised to make another deep postseason run.
“I don’t know if I would have thought three hits would have been enough,” South Milwaukee head coach John Galewski said. “Not against that team. It may not have even been enough on a normal day. We made some really nice defensive plays. Being down to them like we were, high school baseball is a funny game and sometimes the ball bounces your way, and that’s what happened.”
In the fifth inning, the wheels fell off for Franklin. Gentz walked Alex Cramer to start and balked while facing Brad Hofer, who later reached base on an error. With runners at second and third and one out, South Milwaukee’s Cameron Bazan plated the Rockets’ first run on a fielder’s choice.» Read Full Article
The Franklin Municipal Water Utility has filed an application to increase water rates by 3.2 percent.
If the new rate goes through as expected on Sept. 2, the average residential customer with a quarterly usage of 12,000 gallons of water will rise from the current $64.14 to $66.21.
The application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin was made "to reduce the existing deficiency in present rates."
The utility noted that the rate-change request is being made under Wisconsin Statute 196.193. Rates granted under the statute do not require a public hearing.
Water rates come under five different customer classifications including average and large residential, commercial, public authority and industrial.
The Franklin School Board has voted to put three separate referendum questions on the Nov. 6 ballot, the district announced Thursday.
Two of the questions relate to expansions at Franklin High School and the third proposes an expansion at Forest Park Middle School. If all three pass, the cost would be $48.8 million and the estimated tax impact would be $76 per $100,000 of assessed value.
The first question would increase academic capacity at the high school with more classrooms and science areas. It would also create a secure main entry and potentially add 187 parking stalls. The cost is estimated at $20.4 million with a tax impact of $32 per $100,000 of assessed home value.
The second question proposes an 850-seat auditorium at the high school along with new band, chorus and music instruction space. It would relocate the football practice fields and potentially create 191 additional parking spaces. The cost is $12.6 million with an estimated tax impact of $20 per $100,000 of assessed home value.
The third question would address immediate space needs at Forest Park Middle School, according to the district. The current gym would be converted to classroom space and a new gym would be built. The cafeteria would also be expanded. Steps would be taken to improve the traffic pattern and an additional 111 parking spaces would be added.» Read Full Article
An Oak Creek police officer and an Oak Creek resident worked together to rescue 10 ducklings stuck in a storm drain July 6.
According to the Oak Creek police report:
Shortly after 8 p.m. July 6, The Oak Creek Fire Department received a report that several ducklings were trapped in a storm drain outside Noodles & Co., 8609 S. Howell Ave. The Fire Department responded and confirmed the situation.
The Oak Creek Street Department was notified, but said they couldn't respond to the call due to the high traffic volume on Howell Avenue. The Fire Department then called police and requested an officer respond.
After the officer arrived, he contacted the Humane Society Wildlife Center, but personnel there were unavailable during the evening hours and would not be able to come to the area until after 8:30 a.m. the next day.» Read Full Article
A 64-year-old man who called 911 to report he had just killed a man who was holding a gun to his head ended up being arrested by Oak Creek police for drunken driving.
According to the Oak Creek police report:
Police received a 911 call at 2:50 a.m. July 3 from a man who stated Al Capone's son was holding a gun to his head in his car at the Villa Vista Motel, 8060 S. 27th St. While officers were responding to the call, the man told dispatchers that he was able to kill his attacker by breaking his neck.
Officers arrived at the motel and found the caller sitting in the driver's seat of his vehicle with his keys in the ignition. No one else was inside the car.
When asked about the gun and the alleged attacker, the man told police he must have just strangled his assailant, not killed him, because he walked out of the car with the gun.» Read Full Article
The WIAA summer baseball tournament kicked off Tuesday, and Whitnall ace Josh Serio was in full playoff mode.
Serio was one out away from pitching a no-hitter over first-round opponent West Allis Central, but his bid was spoiled when Bulldogs sophomore Jason Alvarez smacked a two-out triple to the wall in right center in the top of the seventh inning.
Unfazed, the junior hurler retired the next batter, and the Falcons happily settled for a 5-0 shutout victory and a date in Friday’s regional final against Greendale.
In addition to allowing the lone hit, Serio struck out 14 and walked just one.
“We’re just looking for him to pound the zone,” Whitnall head coach Ben Krey said. “For whatever the reason, the last couple games he wasn’t doing that, he was staying up. So it was very nice to see him working low; he had a good mix.”» Read Full Article
If an intergovernmental agreement could have a theme, this one would be: "Give me pressure."
Greendale would make a one-time $750,000 payment to the City of Milwaukee in exchange for a guaranteed higher rate of water flow into the village from the city's distribution system under terms of a proposed intergovernmental agreement.
Greendale is asking Milwaukee to provide a peak hourly flow rate equivalent to 5.25 million gallons a day, Milwaukee Water Works Superintendent Carrie Lewis said. The water pressure needed to push through that peak rate is available at Greendale's connection points following upgrades to Milwaukee's system.
The Milwaukee Common Council's Public Works Committee will act on the proposal Wednesday.
The higher rate of flow would enable Greendale to reduce the cost of its own planned water distribution system improvements while providing adequate water pressure to fight fires, according to a consultant's report.» Read Full Article
In the minds of the Muskego baseball team it was no time to panic.
Even though Oak Creek ace Brad Schulte had set down 13 Warriors in a row Friday night and went into the seventh inning of the Greater Metro Conference tourney championship game with a 2-1 lead, Muskego coach Jacob Paige and eventual winning pitcher Josh Breider knew all the team needed was a little spark.
And they got it with seventh inning lead-off hitter Nate Hammel, who coaxed a sharp grounder just inside the third base line for a double. That kickstart led to a four-hit, four-run rally that allowed the visiting Warriors to claim the GMC tourney title with a 5-2 victory over the Knights.
"We had no doubts," said Breider, who threw six innings for the win and also had a two-run single to knock in a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. "We knew we could get one run. We just needed a baserunner."
"After that it was just a matter of holding our composure, trusting our defense and making plays."» Read Full Article
Where supporters of a Franklin Meijer store see an opportunity for expanded tax base, local job creation and a new place to shop, opponents see the loss of wetlands, more traffic and a store too large to fit the city's neighborhood feel.
The Franklin Plan Commission drew a full house Thursday as it met to consider a proposal to build a Meijer grocery and department store at the eastern corner of Loomis and St. Martin's roads.
And though Mayor Tom Taylor decreed in advance that the matter would be put off until the next meeting, that didn't stop a presentation and public comment period that lasted close to two hours and illuminated sharp schisms in public sentiment.
More than two dozen members of the public spoke, and their comments were almost evenly divided between support for the project and opposition.
"I'm in support of this," Sara Nowacki said. "I think Franklin needs more retail right now."» Read Full Article
The Oak Creek baseball team has won the last two Greater Metro Conference regular season titles only to see someone else pull out the league tournament crown.
Now the Knights have a chance to reverse those fortunes as they rode the strong arm of freshman pitcher Mitch Makarewicz and some opportunistic play to defeat archrival Franklin, 6-2, in a GMC tourney semifinal Thursday night held at a sweltering Abendschein Park.
"I've always thought that the regular season tells the true tale of the tape," said Knight coach Scott Holler, "but they've put this opportunity (the tournament) in front of us the last few years. ...We haven't been able to win it since, but maybe we'll win it this time around."
The Knights will (22-6) will get that opportunity Friday night back at Abendschein at 5:30 p.m. against Muskego (19-10) which upset regular season champ Menomonee Falls, 6-3, Thursday night.
The two teams split their regular season games, with the Warriors taking the first contest, 8-2, and Oak Creek the second round, 8-3.» Read Full Article
While some fireworks displays were canceled Wednesday night because of hot and dry conditions, a couple of communities were forced to stop their fireworks in the middle of the shows because of grass fires.
In Oak Creek, fireworks were stopped when a grass fire erupted in the 1200 block of E. Ryan Road.
And in Waukesha, the display was halted shortly before 10 p.m. because of fires from falling embers and sparks that landed on the grounds of Crites Field, said a police dispatcher.
No injuries were reported.
Two men participating in the Cudahy Fourth of July parade Wednesday were injured when the driver of a car in the parade struck a man in front of him who was carrying a flag, Cudahy police said Wednesday.
The driver of the car, a member of the VFW, suffered a medical emergency - possibly heat stroke - lost consciousness and ran into the man walking in front of him, police said.
Members of the Cudahy Fire Department were marching in the parade behind the driver and immediately began to assist the two men, police said. One television station reported the driver was 90 years old, but police could not immediately confirm that.
Police said the driver of the car was taken to Aurora St. Luke's South Shore hospital.
The pedestrian was taken to Froedtert Hospital, she said. The conditions of the two men were not available.» Read Full Article
Independence Day photo gallery with colorful shots from today's events in Oak Creek and yesterday's parade in Menomonee Falls.We've just updated our suburban
We'll continue to update the gallery throughout the day with more images from the metropolitan area.
Due to extreme heat, the Bay View Neighborhood Association has canceled Chill on the Hill at Humboldt Park tonight.
Hales Corners Fire Chief Michael Jankowski, Greendale Fire Chief Tim Saidler and Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn have all issued immediate bans on burning and the use of all fireworks, including sparklers and caps. These bans are the result of severe drought conditions. As such, burning and the use of fireworks would constitute a public nuisance affecting safety.
This ban includes fires in all outdoor fireplaces, pits, camp fires and the private use of consumer fireworks including sparklers, caps and novelty fireworks. In order to prevent fires, the community's police departments will strictly enforce these restrictions, they said.
Violators of this ban and adults who permit the use of any kind of fireworks, including caps and sparklers, or burning by minors will receive citations. This ban does not prohibit residents from using contained grills for cooking food. The ban will remain in place until further notice in all these communities.
An alleged drunken driver is facing charges after a passenger in his car was seriously injured during a one-vehicle accident on Rawson Avenue on Saturday.
According to the Oak Creek police report:
The 24-year-old South Milwaukee man was traveling west through the intersection of Rawson and Pennsylvania avenues when he drove onto a median and struck a traffic signal and light pole.
The impact caused the front passenger in his vehicle, a 27-year-old South Milwaukee woman, to be ejected through the car window. She was on the ground outside the vehicle when emergency personnel arrived on the scene.
When police asked the driver what happened, he stated the sun was in his eyes and he got scared and turned the steering wheel of the car, causing the accident.» Read Full Article
Several municipalities in southern Milwaukee County issued a temporary ban on fireworks and some burning Tuesday because of severe drought conditions.
Hales Corners, Greendale and Greenfield placed a ban on all outdoor fireplaces, pits, camp fires and private use of fireworks, including caps and sparklers. Franklin's ban on fireworks has been in place since June 15. Contained grills for cooking food is permitted.
Violators will receive public nuisance citations if found lighting fireworks.
Public July 4 fireworks displays are still planned.
NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year after slugging her way to 12 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Huskies this season.West Allis Hale junior Rachel Seefeldt has been named the
She is joined on the squad by teammate Sarah Mueller and players from 10 other suburban teams.
Germantown co-coaches Kurt Raguse and Amy Barbiaux were named the coaches of the year.
A 20-year-old Illinois man who had just been arrested for traffic offenses received an additional citation after an officer caught him urinating on the Police Department building immediately after he was released from custody June 29.
According to Oak Creek police report:
Officers stopped the man after his vehicle crossed the white fog line on 27th Street at Oakwood Road at 10:15 p.m. June 29. The driver provided police with a Mexican ID and did not have a valid driver's license.
The man was arrested for underage drinking, driving without a license and deviating from a designated lane.
He was taken to the police station for processing and released.» Read Full Article
The city of Cudahy's Fourth of July parade starts at noon beginning at Lake Drive and Grange Avenue north to Armour Avenue and Lake Drive.