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Greendale trounces Franklin

Aug. 30, 2013 11:39 p.m. | The Greendale football team made a resounding statement to the prep football world Friday night, thrashing visiting perennial contender Franklin, 37-13, before an overflow home crowd. Franklin entered the contest ranked No. 2 in the area.

"It's a big win not just because it's a cross-town thing," Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz said. "It's Franklin. They're an annual power. You never know what to expect or how close a game is going to be. We have a lot of work to do, but I can't tell the kids it's not a big deal, because it is a big deal."

After a slow start for both offenses, Greendale clung to a 9-7 lead midway through the second quarter. Senior wideout Mitchell Brees put Greendale ahead 16-7 in the final minutes of the first half with an impressive catch and run that included five broken tackles.

"That was a filthy play," Stoltz said. "There's not much else you can say about him. He's an incredible athlete."

The 6-foot-3 Brees struck again in the third quarter, this time on a 54-yard touchdown strike from junior quarterback Josh Ringelberg. Brees simply outran the coverage and hauled in a perfect throw.

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Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi drops Assembly run

Aug. 30, 2013 1:33 p.m. | Madison — The race to replace outgoing Rep. Mark Honadel (R-South Milwaukee) turned into a wide-open contest Friday when the only announced candidate dropped out.

On Tuesday, Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi announced he would run for Honadel's seat when Honadel said he would be stepping down from the Assembly in mid-September. But on Friday, Scaffidi told Oak Creek Patch he would not seek the seat after all.

Scaffidi, who had said he planned to serve as both mayor and state representative, told Patch on Friday he decided not to run for the Assembly because he wanted to concentrate on his job as mayor.

No other Republican or Democrat has announced plans to run for the seat. Gov. Scott Walker has not determined when the special election would be held.

Steve F. Taylor, the president of the Franklin Common Council and a Milwaukee County supervisor, said he's thinking about running for Honadel's seat as a Republican but won't make a decision for a week or more.

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Cudahy man sentenced in fatal drunken driving crash

Aug. 29, 2013 6:53 p.m. | A Cudahy man was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed his passenger and injured Waukesha County sheriff's deputies whose patrol car he hit on the freeway last year.

According to court records:

Ihor M. Sahan, 19, was speeding east on Interstate 94 about 2:40 a.m. Nov. 1 when he slammed into a squad car parked in the turnaround area at Sunny Slope Road.

The injured deputies climbed out and pulled Sahan and his unconscious passenger from their burning vehicle. Ryan Petri, 17, had not been wearing a seat belt and suffered massive brain trauma. He was taken to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin but never regained consciousness and died.

Sahan told police he and Petri were returning from a Madison concert where he had consumed six drinks in an hour.

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Milwaukee says goodbye to Chill on the Hill for 2013

Aug. 28, 2013 9:08 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View showcased the last Chill on the Hill concert for 2013.

Global musical sounds from Spanglish entertained the crowd.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of the last 2013 edition of Chill on the Hill.

Arrowhead remains atop NOW/Lake Country football poll

Aug. 27, 2013 9:07 a.m. | Defending WIAA Division 1 football champion Arrowhead (1-0) has been a fixture at the top of the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country suburban football poll for more than a season.

The Warhawks retain their top spot in the rankings this week after 42-7 victory over Kenosha Bradford in the opening game of the season.

Arrowhead's next game is a non-conference matchup at defending Division 2 state champion Homestead this Friday. The Highlanders are fifth in the suburban poll.

Franklin defeated Hamilton, 44-16, in its opening game and is currently second in the suburban football poll.

You can see the rest of the top-ranked teams, a playoff forecast for area squads, Coach's Confidential, standings, photo of the week and more at MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Push for the Playoffs page.

Falls dominates second half in 16-10 win over Oak Creek

Aug. 23, 2013 10:08 p.m. | One game does not a season make, but for the Menomonee Falls football team a foundation can be laid on opening night and the Indians did just that on Friday, controling much of the game in beating host Oak Creek, 16-10.

"It's not the season," said coach John Baker, "but we can build off this. I think we just surprised a few people. With the way we fought for each other tonight, we can roll with this, this is special."

Veteran quarterback Adam Vechart agreed. Vechart was one of those people who picked up the gauntlet, rushing many times late in the game as the Indians were trying to kill the clock after top running back Christian Almonte went out with a leg cramp.

"We did a good job here tonight," Vechart said, "and this will only help our confidence. There are a lot of new people out there without a lot of experience and this will help us go into next week (the home opener next Friday against West Bend East)."

For the defending Southeast Conference champion Knights it was a lesson in fitness. Oak Creek is replacing nine starters from a top-notch defense and the Knights were also a bit short-handed due to injury, but coach Mike Bartholomew didn't want to use that an as excuse.

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Franklin, Hamilton football photo gallery now online

Aug. 23, 2013 10:49 a.m. | We have just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the Franklin football team's 44-16 victory over Hamilton in the opening night of the WIAA football season.

You can also see a social-media recap of the Hamilton vs. Franklin football game on our Storify page. NOW's Steven L. Tietz was at the game, and you can see his Hamilton vs. Franklin game story here.

Franklin rolls past Hamilton in football opener, 44-16

Aug. 22, 2013 10:50 p.m. | Even after an impressive 330-yard, two-TD pass effort that led his team to an imposing 44-16 win over Greater Metro Conference favorite Sussex Hamilton Thursday night, Franklin quarterback Sean McGuire was not satisfied.

"Not good enough," he said. "Everything I did tonight was due to the O-line and my receivers."

His coach Louis Brown and opposing coach John Damato viewed the 6-3 senior's efforts in a little more positive light as the prep football season got underway.

"I'm telling you he had a great off-season and you're seeing the results," said Brown of the three-year starter. "He has a big chip on his shoulder and he's the perfect leader. I think he had one underthrown ball all night."

"...He may be the best we've every had."

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Nephew charged in campus overdose death in Greendale

Aug. 21, 2013 11:56 p.m. | Greendale — Resident Tyler Schmidt has been charged with first degree reckless homicide for delivering drugs to his uncle, Timothy Stanczyk. The charge, a class C felony, carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison or a $100,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

Stanczyk was found dead in a dorm room at UWM on Dec. 3 by what was determined as an overdose on a heroin and opiate mixture. Schmidt told police he and a friend left Stanczyk, his uncle, in the dorm room while they went for a cigarette. When they came back, his uncle was on his back and unresponsive. They dialed 911.

Schmidt initially denied giving any heroin to his uncle. His friend, however, said they got heroin from Schmidt's dealers and Stanczyk went unconscious after shooting up in the dorm room. Schmidt's friend said he urged him to dial 911, but Schmidt tried giving Stanczyk a remedy and then the two went outside to smoke cigarettes. He said when the two were done smoking, Schmidt shot up the rest of the heroin and threw the needles in a trash chute.

Police found the needles in the residence hall dumpster, which tested positive for heroin. They also reviewed residence hall video surveillance showing Schmidt, his friend and his uncle going into the dorm room elevator and Schmidt later running out of his room. He appeared upset and was swaying on camera when he returned.

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Brookfield Spartan Invite tennis photos now online

Aug. 21, 2013 10:41 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from the Brookfield East Spartan Invitational, featuring images from the first day of the two-day tournament.

Brookfield East Spartan Invitational photo gallery.

It's Ladies Night at Bay View's Chill on the Hill

Aug. 21, 2013 8:53 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled celebration as it was Ladies' Night on Aug. 20 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

Musical guests Ramma Lamma and The Wanton Looks entertained the crowd.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill.

Maintenance worker reported for painting shirtless

Aug. 20, 2013 3:38 p.m. | A maintenance worker at an apartment complex in Oak Creek caused quite a stir when he was painting without his shirt on.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A resident at Timber Ridge Apartments, 6935 S. Timber Ridge Lane, came into the police department to report a maintenance man at the apartment complex was painting outside the complex without his shirt on at about 3:25 p.m. July 11.

The resident said she was reporting the shirtless man because she thought it was illegal. She was told it wasn't illegal, but the officer spoke to the apartment manager and they said they would tell the painter to put his shirt back on.

Share your prep football spirit and win movie tickets

Aug. 19, 2013 1:18 p.m. | It's that time of the year again for soon-to-be cooling temperatures, school spirit and Friday night lights.

Area football teams are set to kick off their seasons this week, and we want you to showcase your school and alumni spirit by sharing your photographs.

One person who shares the most-liked photo showcasing their school spirit will win a pair of Marcus Theatres movie tickets.

Here's what you need to do: First, take a photo of yourself, your friends or whatever else you think shows your spirit for preps football. Then tag your photos with the #wisfb hashtag as well as a hashtag of your school (#Arrowhead, #Homestead and #CatholicMemorial are examples). Then post your photo to Twitter, Instagram or Flickr.

Photos will be compiled on the NOW Newspapers #wisfb prep football spirit photos page, and you can vote for your favorite there.

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Ground breaking ceremony set for Greendale baseball field

Aug. 19, 2013 12:19 p.m. | Greendale — Work is underway to renovate the Greendale High School's baseball field, and a ground breaking ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 on the school's campus, 6801 Southway.

The project is being funded through a grant from the Reiman Foundation with matching funds from Greendale Schools. The budget for the project is $570,000, according to a press release from the school.

Phase 1 of the renovation includes repositioning the field and moving home plate toward Southway to increase the distances to the outfield. The new field will feature natural turf with an irrigation system and includes the installation of the infrastructure for light poles and lights.

Alterations to the field and dimensions create a WIAA regulation field to allow Greendale to host playoff games and tournaments.

Additional site work is required to meet Department of Natural Resources and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District regulations and includes re-grading of the football and soccer practice field and the creation of a bioswale for stormwater management.

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Drilling's Panther Pub & Eatery open in Greendale

Aug. 16, 2013 7:21 a.m. | Named for the local high school’s teams and lined with vintage team photos, Drilling’s Panther Pub & Eatery has opened at 5651 Broad St. in Greendale.

The restaurant and pub, which bills itself as family-friendly, is owned by Greendale resident Mike Drilling. 

The menu lists appetizers like beer cheese fondue ($7). Sandwiches include bourbon-braised chicken ($11), and there are a half-dozen burgers ($6 to $12) and entrée salads and macaroni and cheese ($7 to $10). On Fridays, the fish fry ($11) is beer-battered cod with crab fritters and house slaw.

Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight daily, with the kitchen open until 10 p.m.

To contact: (414) 423-5800; .

Man threatens cops, says he will 'shoot up Cudahy like it's a Sikh temple'

Aug. 15, 2013 10:42 a.m. | A South Milwaukee man was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting an officer after threatening police officers and saying he would "shoot up Cudahy."

According to the Cudahy police report:

The 32-year-old man was in the 4800 block of South Packard Avenue in the evening hours Aug. 10 when he confronted an 18-year-old Cudahy woman and a 55-year-old Cudahy woman walking a dog, eventually grabbing the younger woman and attempting to pull her toward him.

When police arrived, the man claimed that a group of men had stolen his laptop computer, despite the laptop being in a bag over his shoulder. He then threatened the officers.

After the man was taken to the station, police noticed a bulge in the man's sock and found a bag containing marijuana.

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Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Irish sounds

Aug. 14, 2013 9:00 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled with Irish sounds from McTavish and the Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance on Aug. 13 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill.

Kurtz Road closes to through traffic

Aug. 13, 2013 2:48 p.m. | Hales Corners — Kurtz Road will be closed to through-traffic at a point just north of Janesville Road through Saturday.

Crews are installing a culvert under the road as part of the Kurtz Road Reconstruction project that began July 25 and is slated to end Oct. 15. The project will cost $800,000.

Sunnyslope Road in New Berlin and 116th Street in Hales Corners are being suggested as alternative routes.

Kurtz Road will be reconstructed from Grange Avenue to Janesville Road, and the sewer system updated

Michael Martin, Director of Public Works for Hales Corners said, "We're very thankful to the residents that are affected by this. No road construction is neat and tidy. They're noisy, they're dusty and they're messy, but come October, we'll have a beautiful, completed road."

Greendale police seek man who robbed PNC Bank at gunpoint

Aug. 13, 2013 2:17 p.m. | Greendale — Police are investigating an armed robbery at PNC Bank, 5499 S. 76th St., the morning of Aug. 6.

According to the Greendale police report:

An unidentified man entered the branch of PNC Bank at 11:27 a.m. Aug. 6, displayed a handgun and demanded money from a bank employee.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the man left the bank on foot. He was last seen running west toward several apartment buildings.

He is described as a 5-foot-tall white or Hispanic male who wore a black bandanna to cover his face. He was wearing a red and black Milwaukee Brewers baseball hat with a white "M" on the front, long black pants and a black shirt. He placed the stolen money into a black bag with yellow drawstrings that he was carrying on his back.

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Goodwill to move headquarters to Greendale as Reader's Digest relocates

Aug. 12, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin plans to move its headquarters from Milwaukee's far northwest side to Greendale.

The nonprofit group has proposed moving those offices, and a worker training center, to a building now owned by a subsidiary of Reader’s Digest Association Inc. The 164,800-square-foot building is at 5400 S. 60th St.

That's according to a new proposal filed with the Greendale Plan Commission, which is to consider Goodwill's special use application at a Wednesday meeting.

Goodwill expects around 500 employees to work at the building, the filing said. Its facility would not include a Goodwill store or donation drop-off, said Pat Boelter, the group's chief marketing officer.

White Plains, N.Y.-based Reader's Digest emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 31, which allowed the company to enter into negotiations on selling the building, Boelter said. A Reader's Digest executive said the company is looking for a new Milwaukee office location.

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Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones named 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year

Aug. 07, 2013 12:32 p.m. | Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones has been named the NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year for the 2013 season.

The hard-throwing senior struck out 131 batters in 80 innings while compiling a 0.70 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and a 9-3 record.

New Berlin West coach Tom Farina is the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Coach of the Year. The veteran skipper led the Vikings to their first-ever state baseball title and was also named the state coach of the year.

You can see the complete team and more in the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Team special section.

Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Nora Collins and Eagle Trace

Aug. 07, 2013 9:10 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled with country sounds from Nora Collins and rock music from Eagle Trace on Aug. 6 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill.

Oak Creek community remembers Sikh Temple shooting with vigil

Aug. 06, 2013 8:22 a.m. | Many people showed up Monday night, Aug. 5, to remember the events of one year ago, when a man shot and killed six worshippers at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

Read our Oak Creek Sikh Temple vigil Storify story, with photos from people sharing on social media. You can also visit NOW photographer Peter Zuzga's Sikh Temple photo gallery, featuring images from memorial ceremonies.

'Abraham Lincoln' arrested for drunken driving on front lawn of South Milwaukee City Hall

Aug. 05, 2013 2:31 p.m. | A 60-year-old South Milwaukee man, who later told hospital staff he was Abraham Lincoln, was arrested for drunken driving, first offense, after police found him in his minivan parked in the front lawn of South Milwaukee City Hall, 2424 15th Ave., passed out with the engine running and music blaring, around 2 a.m. Friday.

According to the police report:

When an officer asked him to turn the volume of his music down, he stared blankly and turned the volume up louder.

Eventually, responding officers turned the car off for him. helped him out and seated him on the lawn, while he was begging them not to beat him.

The man requested medical attention, and he was taken by an ambulance to St. Luke's South Shore Hospital without giving a breath sample.

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Oak Creek community remembers Sikh temple shooting

Aug. 05, 2013 8:17 a.m. | For the past few days, Oak Creek and Milwaukee have been hosts to activities and events to honor and remember the Sikh Temple shooting on Aug. 5, 2012.

The events included a 6k memorial run/walk, special sermon and more.

Read our Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting anniversary Storify story, with tweets and photos from social media.

Community Watch

» Greendale trounces Franklin 8/30

» Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi drops Assembly run 8/30

» Cudahy man sentenced in fatal drunken driving crash 8/29

» Milwaukee says goodbye to Chill on the Hill for 2013 8/28

» Arrowhead remains atop NOW/Lake Country football poll 8/27

» Falls dominates second half in 16-10 win over Oak Creek 8/23

» Franklin, Hamilton football photo gallery now online 8/23

» Franklin rolls past Hamilton in football opener, 44-16 8/22

» Nephew charged in campus overdose death in Greendale 8/21

» Brookfield Spartan Invite tennis photos now online 8/21

» It's Ladies Night at Bay View's Chill on the Hill 8/21

» Maintenance worker reported for painting shirtless 8/20

» Share your prep football spirit and win movie tickets 8/19

» Ground breaking ceremony set for Greendale baseball field 8/19

» Drilling's Panther Pub & Eatery open in Greendale 8/16

» Man threatens cops, says he will 'shoot up Cudahy like it's a Sikh temple' 8/15

» Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Irish sounds 8/14

» Kurtz Road closes to through traffic 8/13

» Greendale police seek man who robbed PNC Bank at gunpoint 8/13

» Goodwill to move headquarters to Greendale as Reader's Digest relocates 8/12

» Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones named 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year 8/7

» Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Nora Collins and Eagle Trace 8/7

» Oak Creek community remembers Sikh Temple shooting with vigil 8/6

» 'Abraham Lincoln' arrested for drunken driving on front lawn of South Milwaukee City Hall 8/5

» Oak Creek community remembers Sikh temple shooting 8/5

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