Conspiracy charges added against Greendale neurosurgeon

Sept. 28, 2011 11:59 a.m. | Federal prosecutors on Wednesday added conspiracy charges against a Greendale neurosurgeon indicted in June on eight counts of income tax fraud.

Arvind  Ahuja, a board-certified neurosurgeon who practices primarily at Aurora St. Luke's, transferred and maintained millions of dollars in accounts in India and the Bailiwick of Jersey, an island off the coast of France, according to the June indictment. Ahuja did not report the bank accounts in his tax returns from 2006 to 2009 and failed to disclose more than $1.2 million in interest income earned from his India account, according to the indictment.


The indictment alleges that Ahuja also failed to pay taxes on that income and failed to file foreign bank and financial accounts with the Department of the Treasury.

A new indictment Wednesday contends Ahuja conspired with bankers to conceal foreign accounts from the IRS by telling them not to mail any records to his addresses here and in India.

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Greendale man apparently kills self in Kenosha jail

Sept. 28, 2011 11:58 a.m. | An inmate apparently committed suicide by hanging himself at the Kenosha County Detention Center, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

The man was identified as Chad M. Winkie, 40, of Greendale. He was being held at the detention center for the U.S. Marshal's Service in Milwaukee, said information officer Sgt. Bill Beth.

Efforts to revive Winkie were unsuccessful.

An investigation into the death is continuing, Beth said.

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Sept. 27, 2011 7:53 p.m. | Join sports director JR Radcliffe for this week's Prep Sports Primer, the fastest 90 seconds in local high school sports.

JR takes a look at some of the top stories in the area, including the 6-0 Muskego football team, some dominant efforts by the Brookfield Central girls cross country team and more.

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Dental Associates opens new large clinic in Franklin

Sept. 27, 2011 9:00 a.m. | Dental Associates, Wisconsin’s largest dental group practice, has opened a new 23,000-square-foot clinic at 6855 S. 27th St., in Franklin.

The $9.5 million clinic marks the company’s 10th site in Wisconsin. In July, Dental Associates opened its ninth clinic at 10155 Washington Ave., Sturtevant.

Also, the company’s Wauwatosa location, at 11711 W. Burleigh St., is undergoing a $750,000 renovation.

Former Wauwatosa West basketball coach Landisch loses battle with cancer

Sept. 26, 2011 11:37 a.m. | Former Wauwatosa West boys basketball coach Mike Landisch lost his year and a half year battle with cancer Sunday night.

Landisch, 31, is survived by his wife, Colleen, daughter, Makenna, and son, Caden, who was born in August. He was placed in hospice four weeks ago.

The Wauwatosa community and beyond, embraced the likeable Landisch, who discovered he had kidney cancer in January, 2010. There were several fundraisers set up to help him and his family battle medical bills.

Landisch's final season as a coach was one of the best in the school's recent history.

The Trojans finished with an 11-6 Woodland Conference record and a 15-11 overall mark and they won their first regional championship since 1996.

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Construction to close 7-Mile Road at I-94

Sept. 25, 2011 1:12 p.m. | Starting Monday morning, 7-Mile Road at I-94 will be closed for construction through mid-November.

The closure is part of the state Department of Transportation's I-94 reconstruction project, which covers portions of 7-Mile Road, East Frontage Road and West Frontage Road at 7-Mile Road in multiple stages.

In the first stage, 7-Mile Road will be closed to through traffic across the culvert located a quarter-mile west of I-94 starting at 6 a.m. Monday. The closure is required to construct a culvert across 7-Mile Road, the DOT said in a news release.

The DOT advises drivers to use County Highway G and County Highway U as a detour.

The entire project is expected to last until late 2012.

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Teen driver injures three during chase in Oak Creek

Sept. 25, 2011 11:14 a.m. | One person was flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and two others were injured after a 16-year-old led Franklin police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car Saturday night, police said.

According to a news release from the Franklin Police Department:

Just before 7:30 p.m., Franklin police discovered a car driving north in the 9600 block of S. 27th St. The car appeared to have been involved in a traffic accident.

The officer tried to pull the car over, but as the car turned east onto W. Puetz Road, the driver accelerated and tried to flee. The vehicle then struck another vehicle in the 1800 block of W. Puetz Road.

The car he struck had three occupants. One had to be taken to the hospital by Flight for Life. The other two suffered only minor injuries.

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Undefeated Muskego shuts out Sabers

Sept. 24, 2011 12:53 a.m. |

A glance at Muskego’s scoreboard on Friday night might have you believe the Warriors dominated Franklin. A 20-0 Homecoming win. More than 250 rushing yards. Two forced turnovers.

But there’s no statistic for missed opportunities, and the Sabers had plenty in a game that was more competitive than the final score implies. While Muskego remained perfect, improving to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Southeast Conference to stay tied with Kenosha Bradford, Franklin was shut out for the second time this season and dropped to 4-2 (2-2).

“I wouldn’t say we let one get away,” Franklin head coach Louis Brown said, “because a lot would have had to go right for us to win tonight. But I did think we could have beaten them. There are no excuses though. That’s a great team.”

Franklin sophomore quarterback Sean McGuire fired precise passes on his first several drives. The problem was, his receivers weren’t catching them.

“We made too many mental mistakes,” Brown said. “Too many dropped passes, penalties, just things you can’t do against a team that good.”

Locked in a defensive battle for most of the first half, Muskego struck first on an 11-play, 40-yard drive capped by senior running back Jordan Gruettner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 4:47 left in the first half. The drive started when Franklin attempted a fake punt on fourth and 14 from its own 41-yard line. The Warriors weren’t fooled, as senior Jeff Glisch made a key stop.

“That was the play of the game in my eyes,” Muskego head coach Ken Krause said. “It’s fourth and 14, we’re expecting a punt, and we end up scoring. That was just a huge play.”

Franklin went three-and-out on its next possession, and Muskego responded with a four-play, 54-yard touchdown drive. Senior running back Brady Simkowski broke free from 20 yards out, and a scoreless tie became a 14-0 Warrior lead in less than three minutes.

“That was when I thought we had them,” Simkowski said. “We went up 14-0 right before the half, and obviously you never quit, and you start 0-0 in the second half, but those were big plays.”

With 1:40 left in the half, Franklin rallied and reached Muskego’s 28-yard line with 3 seconds to play. Junior Joe Falzon attempted a 45-yard field goal to put the Sabers on the board before the half, but it fell just short, bouncing off the crossbar in a fashion that seemed to fit Franklin’s fortunes all night.

Both teams traded punts to open the second half, but Franklin again found some offense and reached Muskego’s 2-yard line. Muskego’s defense tightened, and after three failed rushes, including two from the 1-yard line, a fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

“We kept knocking on the door, but you have to give them credit,” Brown said. “They made those goal line stops, and those are good teams that make stops like that. I’ve been there.”

After multiple deflating moments, Franklin’s defense kept fighting and gave the Sabers yet another chance. Another stop allowed Franklin to take over at Muskego’s 45-yard line. The Sabers drove inside the red zone and faced another fourth and 1 from the 5-yard line, but again, Muskego’s defense denied them.

The Warriors put the game out of a reach with another touchdown from Gruettner to build a 20-0 lead with 4:01 to play. Gruettner finished with 54 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.

“I give all the credit in the world to our defensive staff,” Krause said. “Our motto all year has been 11 Warriors to the ball, and I thought we did a great job of swarming to the ball. That was an impressive performance.”

Equally impressive was the Muskego running attack, which amassed 254 yards, including a 36-carry, 200-yard effort from Simkowski. The Warriors did not throw a single pass all night.

“They were more physical than us,” Brown said. “They come off the ball well, their running backs are big. They definitely wore us down.”

With a potential matchup of undefeated teams looming in two weeks when Kenosha Bradford visits Muskego, the Warriors are trying not to look ahead.

“I don’t want to sound cocky,” Simkowski said, “but I think we’re pretty good. We’re not even looking at Bradford though. Our motto is one game a time.”
Krause said he noticed a change in his team after a mediocre game against Racine Park last week.

“We played Park, and we gave up 27 points, and I think it was a turning point in our season,” he said. “Our seniors started to get on each other, and they were determined to never have a week of practice like that again. And this week, we got a good week of work in, and I think it showed.”

Muskego visits Racine Case (1-3, 2-4) next Friday, while Franklin hosts Racine Park (2-2, 3-3).

Fourth-down conversions carry Bradford

Sept. 24, 2011 12:22 a.m. |

Spurred by the emotion of Homecoming weekend and the big play ability of senior quarterback Nick Marks, Oak Creek raced to an early 13-7 lead over visiting Kenosha Bradford and looked poised to knock off the state’s second-ranked team.
But some fourth-down magic and the triple-threat capabilities of Bradford quarterback Zach Swisher carried the visiting Red Devils to a wild 55-35 Southeast conference win Friday night. Swisher threw, ran, and caught a touchdown in the victory, while Bradford scored three touchdowns on fourth down to remain unbeaten.
The Knights (3-3, 2-2) took the opening drive 65 yards and jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when Marks hooked up with receiver Rey Overland on a 35-yard streak down the left sideline just 2:40 into the game. After Bradford answered with a score, Marks expertly faked a running back toss and gashed a frozen Red Devils defense for a 68-yard touchdown run for the 13-7 lead.
But as it would all night, Bradford systematically moved the ball down the field, taking a 14-13 on a fourth-down running back pass from senior Quanzell Murphy to Swisher for a 10-yard score. Bradford would score a touchdown on their first six possessions of the game, and the Knights would not get a stop until junior Dylan Oleszak intercepted Swisher early in the fourth quarter.
Swisher finished with 267 total yards, including 96 on the ground in the victory.
 “We needed a stop and just couldn’t get one tonight,” said Oak Creek head coach Mike Bartholomew. “Their offensive line was the difference. We had some opportunities, but their offense is awfully good.”
Bradford (6-0, 4-0) took control of the game on a 13-yard touchdown run by senior running back John Myers with 31 seconds left in the first half, followed by a nearly six minute scoring drive to start the third quarter that put the Red Devils up 35-21.
“I thought it put us in great position,” said Kenosha Bradford head coach Jed Kennedy. “It was a big swing for us making it a two score game, because our offense is good enough to grind it out.”
The outcome spoiled a spectacular game for Marks and the Knights offense, as Oak Creek outgained Bradford, 460-439. Marks finished 12 of 25 for 207 and three touchdowns, adding 81 yards and the score on the ground, while running backs Lincoln Wylie and Virgil Hammond combined for 158 rushing yards.
Bradford would maintain a two-score advantage throughout the second half and put the Knights away on a beautifully orchestrated hook and ladder play to seal the victory. Following a muffed punt that Bradford recovered on the Oak Creek 24, receiver Tony DeBartolo flipped the ball to a streaking Myers after catching a short out for the clinching score.
“We work gadget plays every day in practice,” said Kennedy. “If we can make people defend us for 48 minutes, we feel like we’ll be in good shape. We ran some of our wildcat and flex stuff and were able to keep them on their heels.”
After moving the ball effectively against one of the state’s best teams, Bartholomew has high expectations for the Knights as they head to Kenosha Tremper (3-3, 1-3) next Friday.
“I’ve said all year, we are a good football team. But we need to win a close game, and to me, we need to win out. That starts with taking care of things next week,” said Bartholomew.
Kenosha Bradford will host Racine Horlick (0-6, 0-4) next Friday.

Second half leads Greendale over Hawks

Sept. 23, 2011 11:29 p.m. | Momentum was the story on Friday night as the Greendale football team capitalized on big plays to turn a defensive game into an offensive display against host Greenfield, 35-3.

The defensive contest was blown wide open in the third quarter. A 5-yard touchdown run by Greendale’s Mike Scheidt gave the Panthers a 14-3 lead with just one minute left in the third quarter, and from that point, the Panthers’ offense was virtually unstoppable.
In the fourth quarter, Greendale senior Kennedy Ringelberg caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Sam Brick, first for 51 yards, then for 23 yards 3:30 later. Sebastian Garcia-Bankowski finished the scoring with a 40-yard run after blazing his way through the middle of the Greenfield defense.
“All the credit to Greendale,” Greenfield coach Scott Otto said. “They beat us at their game. They lined up and smacked us and we didn’t get it going.”

“We executed well,” said Greendale coach Rob Stoltz. “We have some very good playmakers.”

Going into the third quarter, the momentum seemed to be with Greenfield. Alex Bosl had nailed a 37-yard field goal mere seconds before halftime to cut the Panthers’ lead to just 4, and Greenfield started the second half with the ball.

“I thought that with getting the field goal and going in to halftime 7-3, and then getting possession to start the third that we’d be fine,” Otto said.

Greenfield’s first possession amounted to very little, and the Hawks were forced to punt after 6 plays. Greendale took over on their own 25 yard line, but a bad snap on 3rd down and 3 forced the Panthers back to their own 5-yard line, and they had to punt from inside their own end zone. Brett Nethery punted the ball nearly 70 yards to the Hawks’ 40 yard line, preventing Greenfield from getting the good field position it had hoped for.
“That was absolutely huge,” said Stoltz. “He has a great leg. Obviously field position was a big part of it, and there were lots of momentum shifts.”

The momentum continued to shift to the Panthers after the Hawks failed to convert on a 4th and 4 situation. On the second play after Greendale took over on downs, Brick found Ringelberg on a 25 yard pass, which helped set up the touchdown run from Scheidt. Ringelberg finished the game with three touchdown receptions and 148 receiving yards.

“It’s just finding space and then making the catch,” Ringelberg said. “It’s what I love to do.”

“He works very hard. They all work very hard,” added Stoltz.

In the first half, Ringelberg scored just two minutes in on a pass from Brick.

Possession then changed hands a number of times before the field goal from Bosl. 

“We played a good game for two and a half quarters,” said Otto. “I thought our defense played well, but they usually aren’t on the field this much because we like to play a possession game. Momentum was huge in this game. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.”

Andy Lucas led Greenfield in rushing yards at 48. Greendale’s Sam Brick completed 8 passes for 174 yards.

The win moves Greendale to 5-1 overall, and 5-0 in the Woodland conference. Greenfield dropped to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in conference. The Hawks will try to recover against Wauwatosa West, while Greendale seek to maintain its undefeated conference record against Whitnall.

Happy homecoming as Lions beat Whitnall

Sept. 23, 2011 10:16 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower’s 28-14 victory Friday night over Whitnall was an important victory for a couple reasons.

First of all, the Lions hadn’t had a homecoming win the last two years.

Second of all, it improved their record to 3-2 in the Woodland Conference Black Division, tied for second with Whitnall and Greenfield behind first-place Greendale (5-0).

Third of all, it showcased power running back Tony Stewart, who scored all four of his team’s touchdowns.

“This is big,” a happy Lions coach Jeff Setz said afterwards, while watching the homecoming events on the field. “We’ve lost our homecoming game the last two years. That takes a lot of pizzazz out of the whole night, the whole weekend. I know the kids are excited about it – both the football players and the whole school atmosphere.”

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Police investigate student hazing incident at Thomas More

Sept. 23, 2011 7:00 p.m. | St. Francis police are investigating an incident of hazing at Thomas More High School, according to a statement from police and a letter to school parents, and the police statement suggests it involved sexual assault.

The incident involves members of the school's football team, according to the letter to parents from Mark Joerres, the school's chief administrator. The letter was sent to the Journal Sentinel by the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

In a release Friday headed "Sexual Assault Child-Other," police said a preliminary investigation was started into "possible hazing incidents" among students at a Thomas More athletic program.

"The alleged actions of several students are being viewed as criminal in nature," says the release, which refers to a single victim.

The school's letter said police were called in after school officials met with the students involved and their parents. It added that the students have been suspended during the investigation, and that hazing "could be grounds for expulsion."

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Bay View Piggly Wiggly opens in October

Sept. 23, 2011 8:00 a.m. | A Piggly Wiggly supermarket near Milwaukee's Bay View area will open in the first week of October, says Ald. Tony Zielinski, whose district includes the store.

The Pig is replacing a former Sentry Foods store, at 123 W. Oklahoma Ave., which closed at the end of June. The building has since been remodeled, and a soft opening is planned for Oct. 1, with a grand opening scheduled for Oct. 5, said store operator Salvatore Butera.

The store will have around 120 employees, Butera said.

Class helps seniors prevent falls

Sept. 22, 2011 5:46 p.m. | A workshop to help those 65 and older prevent falls is accepting its final participants, according to the city's Health Department.

Stepping On, a program in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin, begins Sept. 29. The two-hour class will be held weekly for seven weeks at City Hall.

A one-time $10 registration fee includes an adjustable ankle weight exercise manual and a light snack at each session.

To register, call 414-768-6539.

Center backs coats campaign

Sept. 22, 2011 5:36 p.m. | Franklin - Chiropractic Care Center, as part of its eighth straight year as a partner in the Condella's Coats for Kids campaign - is asking parents to donate winter outerwear that no longer fit their children.

The slightly used coats will be cleaned and distributed by the Salvation Army.

Donations are being accepted through October 15 at the Center, Highway 100 and Loomis Road.

Authorities release name of victim in fatal accident

Sept. 22, 2011 4:34 p.m. | Greendale police have identified the man killed in the single-car accident Sept. 16 as Kenneth Goff, 73, of Waterford.

Goff was pronounced dead at the scene after his car left the roadway and went into a ditch in the 6700 block of South 76th Street shortly after 1 p.m. Sept. 16.

Southridge Boston Store financing plan approved

Sept. 22, 2011 8:00 a.m. | Greendale officials have approved a plan to provide $2 million to Bon-Ton Stores Inc. to help finance the $10.5 million renovation of the company's Southridge Mall Boston Store.

The Village Board, on Tuesday night, and the Joint Review Board, on Wednesday, approved spending the money through a tax incremental financing district.

Under that plan, property taxes generated by the improved portion of the Boston Store will pay back the money to the village. That debt will be an estimated $3.2 million, including interest and other costs.

Once that debt is paid off, those property taxes will flow to the village, its school district and other local governments. The payoff is expected to occur by 2025, according to the village's feasibility study.

Meanwhile, that portion of the building's property taxes that already is collected by the local governments will continue to be paid to them.

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Girl missing in Greendale is found, unharmed

Sept. 21, 2011 10:52 p.m. | Greendale - An 11-year-old girl reported missing Wednesday morning was located late Wednesday night, authorities said.

Clara Rose Tung was found unharmed.

No information on how or where she was found was immediately available.

The girl, who originally is from Ethiopia, has been living in Greendale for about a year.

She was reported missing about 11:30 a.m. and had been last seen running in her stocking feet on Lilac Lane near S. 51st St. and W. Ramsey Ave.

Iconic public art planned for Bay View

Sept. 21, 2011 4:47 p.m. | When major thoroughfares converge, it’s often an opportune destination for cafes, boutiques and other businesses. But these high visibility intersections yield something else, too: forlorn patches of unused space.

One of these concrete islands, in the heart of Bay View, may be transformed into art. 

An ad hoc committee made up of business owners, city and county officials, artists and architects plans to commission a major work of public art that will also serve as a Milwaukee County Transit bus stop in Bay View. The budget may be as much as $200,000, said Ald. Tony Zielinski.

“This is the heart of the downtown business strip in Bay View,” Zielinski said. “We’ve got a lot of great things there…but in the middle of all of this we’ve got this dilapidated bus stop. This will tie everything nicely together for that area.”

The site is a small triangle near the intersection of S. Kinnickinnic Ave., E. Lincoln Ave. and S. Howell Ave. and surrounded by businesses such as Café Lulu, Riviera Maya, Boulevard Theater and Stone Creek Coffee Roasters.

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Oak Creek police investigate bank robbery

Sept. 20, 2011 6:44 p.m. | Oak Creek police are seeking information from the public on a man who robbed the Tri City National Bank inside the Pick 'N Save store, 6462 S. 27th St.

The robbery was reported shortly before 7 p.m., Monday and the robber is described as a white male with a gray beard and a baseball cap with lettering, police said Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Oak Creek police at (414) 762-8200.

Oak Creek cops keep chucking woodchuck out of road

Sept. 20, 2011 4:52 p.m. | Oak Creek police were called twice Sept. 18 on reports of a crazed woodchuck that had wandered into the middle of Ryan Road.

According to Oak Creek police report:

Police responded to a report of a crazed woodchuck in the middle of the road near Bender Park, 4503 E. Ryan Road, at 5:10 p.m. Sept. 18. Police removed the woodchuck from the roadway and put it in the bushes.

Police received a second call that the same crazed woodchuck wandered back into the roadway at 6:45 p.m.

Police responded and placed the woodchuck further into the woods.

Franklin manufacturer plans $5.4 million addition

Sept. 20, 2011 7:00 a.m. | Steele Solutions Inc., which makes mezzanines, equipment platforms and other industrial products, plans to nearly double the size of its Franklin facility, and add 30 jobs.

Steele plans to add 34,000 square feet to its 41,000-square-foot plant at 9909 S. 57th St., according to information filed with the City of Franklin.

The company wants the city to issue $5.4 million of industrial revenue bonds to help finance the project.

With that issue, the city would not be lending money to Steele. The company would borrow the money by selling the bonds to investors. Steele would be able to borrow the money at a lower interest rate because the bonds purchased by the investors would be tax exempt.

Steele makes towers, catwalks and other products for material handling, storage, conveyor, equipment and machinery support.

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Robbery spree covers three counties

Sept. 19, 2011 6:12 p.m. | A masked man has captured the attention of police, not just because of the number of armed robberies he has committed - 15 so far, all in the past month - but the unusual geographical breadth of his hits.

He has covered eight police jurisdictions in three counties, hitting gas stations and liquor stores near freeways and highways in the greater Milwaukee area. And he's not working alone; after the robberies, he jumps into the passenger seat of a getaway vehicle.

"What is kind of unique here is the fact that it's spread out in such a wide range of jurisdictions, from Ozaukee to Waukesha County, Milwaukee County," Milwaukee police Lt. Kenneth Grams said Monday. "So that's fairly . . . I'm not going to say unique, but that's not real common."

The man started his armed robbery spree just before 10 p.m. Aug. 18 at the S&M Petro Mart on Stevenson St. in Milwaukee.

Since then, the man has committed 14 more nighttime robberies, police said. All the stores are within a mile of major highways, and all the robberies except one occurred between 8 and 11 p.m. Three of the robberies were repeats at stores he previously had hit, Grams said.

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Measles case in Greendale is infant

Sept. 19, 2011 5:20 p.m. | The Greendale Health Department has confirmed a new case of measles in an infant too young to be vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

The child, who has not been hospitalized, is believed to have contracted measles from a Milwaukee child confirmed to have the disease two weeks ago. The new case involves a child who is cared for at home by grandparents, and is not in a daycare setting, said Susan Shepeard, health director for the Greendale Health Department.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is analyzing DNA fingerprints to definitively link the cases. But the children attend the same church, Shepeard said. The Greendale infant developed symptoms early last week, and the measles diagnosis was confirmed by lab tests on Saturday.

Shepeard noted that one does not need to have direct face-to-face contact with someone infected with measles because it can circulate in the air or in an air ventilation system. Measles remains airborne for two hours after an infected person leaves a location, she added.

A person is contagious for four days before symptoms appearing. The first symptom is a fever, followed by a rash. The measles rash doesn't usually appear until about 14 days after exposure and two to three days after the fever begins.

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Johnsen named new baseball coach

Sept. 16, 2011 12:34 p.m. | Brian Johnsen has been hired as the new head varsity baseball coach at Greendale High School, it was announced this morning.

Johnsen takes over for Ted Brzenk, who resigned after 10 seasons with the Panthers.

Johnsen will appear at a 'meet the coach' session on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

Franklin shopping center at center of Carstensen bankruptcy

Sept. 14, 2011 7:00 a.m. | The foreclosed--and controversial--Shoppes of Wyndham Village, in Franklin, is at the center of a Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy filing by developer Mark Carstensen.

That's according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court documents.

They show a claim pending against Carstensen of $19 million, owed to SB1 General Portfolio Owner LLC.

SB1, an affiliate of Starwood Capital, based in Greenwich, Conn., has a foreclosure judgment pending in Milwaukee County Circuit Court against Carstensen and Wyndham Retail Village LLC, the investment group formed by Carstensen to develop the shopping center.

SB1 filed its foreclosure suit in December after Wyndham Village defaulted on a $19 million loan. The loan originated with Associated Bank, and was later sold to SB1, said  Russell Long, SB1's attorney.

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Brick leads Greendale past Eisenhower

Sept. 10, 2011 1:31 a.m. | Both New Berlin Eisenhower and Greendale made their share of big plays on both sides of the ball in their Woodland Conference football game on Friday night. As Greendale’s 27-25 winning margin shows, though, the Panthers made just a few more than the Lions.

“Our kids rose to the occasion,” said Greendale coach Rob Stoltz, whose team improved to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the Woodland Conference, tied for the Black Division lead with Whitnall. “Resiliency is a big thing that we preach. We made some plays when we had to.”

Eisenhower coach Jeff Setz could not say the same of his team, which slipped to 1-2 in the Woodland and 2-2 overall.

“We did a lot of good things, just not quite enough,” Setz said. “It seemed we were kind of always working ourselves uphill and just couldn’t make a big play when we had to, although we made some.

“We came up short on a few other plays that we needed to make, whether it was offense, defense or special teams.”

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Karweik's score wins it for Whitnall

Sept. 09, 2011 11:53 p.m. |

Keying in on Whitnall’s explosive big-play offense that had put up 85 points in its last two contests, a stifling Wauwatosa West defense made the Falcons scratch and claw for every yard Friday night.
But thanks to workhouse back Travis Karweik and an equally stout performance from the Falcons defense, it still wasn’t enough.
Karweik rushed for 114 tough yards on 32 carries, including the decisive one-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal in overtime to propel host Whitnall to a 13-10 Woodland-Black conference victory.
“Tonight was a knock-down, drag-out, fight; they have some speed over there and were able to match up with us on the perimeter,” said Whitnall head coach Rob Leboeuf. “They were going to make sure we had to work it down the field and take away our vertical shots.”
Whitnall (3-1, 3-0) didn’t need to take any shots down the field on its first possession, opening the game on a bruising 18-play, 80 yard touchdown drive capped by a one-yard Karweik run that chewed up most of the first quarter.
But Tosa West (1-3, 1-2) would answer with a touchdown of its own in the second quarter, with junior Mickey Morgan scooping up a backward pass from quarterback Jared Morzinski to tie the score at 7. Players on both sides appeared to stop as they anticipated an incomplete pass call while Morgan fielded the bounce and scampered into the end zone for a 22-yard scoring run to knot the score.
While Tosa West would continue to move the ball on the ground behind a multitude of backs, the Trojans struggled to finish drives against the Whitnall defense, stalling out inside the Falcons 10-yard line just before halftime and again in overtime when they settled for a 25-yard Morgan field goal to take a brief 10-7 lead. Sophomore Greg Lewis led the Trojans with 62 yards on eight carries.
The Trojans pass offense also struggled, with Morzinski passing for just 37 yards on four of seven passing.
“We talked to our defense about taking big plays away and we were able to do that; they have played well all season and done everything that we’ve asked of them,” said Wauwatosa West head coach Matt Good. “We just need to find ways to finish our blocks and put more points on the board.”
That defense was able to cool off red-hot Whitnall quarterback Luke Mentkowski, holding him to 110 passing yards after he had thrown for 685 yards and five touchdowns in victories over Cudahy and St. Francis coming into Friday’s contest.
“They have a really good defense, and they seemed to know what we were doing," Mentkowski said. "They were bringing blitzes up the middle and forcing me out of the pocket.vBut our defense won us this game today. They played a great game.”
With just three returning starters on offense from last year, Whitnall moved to 3-0.
“I’m proud of our guys and the way we have started the season, especially with the youth and some of the injuries that we have,” said Leboeuf. “We are really optimistic about the future but we also have a lot of things to fix.”
Both teams will play at home next Friday, with Whitnall hosting Greenfield and Wauwatosa West taking on New Berlin Eisenhower.

Greenfield's early lead plenty against SM

Sept. 09, 2011 11:50 p.m. |

Greenfield remembered well what happened when it played South Milwaukee last year, and this time, the Hustlin' Hawks came out on top. The Hawks scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and another in the second, to build a 21-0 lead en route to a 24-7 win at home on Friday evening.

“We have great kids,” said Greenfield coach Scott Otto. “It was a total team effort.”

Flipping the script from one year ago, when South Milwaukee defeated Greenfield, 22-7, the Hawks took another step forward in their rapid evolution.

The first quarter started with a bang, as the Hawks were able to score on the first possession of the game led by running plays from Bathong Pham and quarterback Tyler Laverdure. The 10-play drive was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run from Pham, followed by an extra point from Alex Bosl to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.

South Milwaukee could not respond on their first possession. Mat Tagye simply couldn’t find a way around the Greenfield defense in two carries and an incomplete pass on the third down led to a punt attempt that was blocked and recovered on the South Milwaukee 25 yard line. It only took four plays for Greenfield’s Andy Lucas, who ran for 105 yards during the game, to find the end zone.
“I couldn’t do it without the linesmen,” said Lucas. “They blocked well and opened holes.”

Halfway through the second quarter, Laverdure found space to move around the South Milwaukee defense and burst into the open field, running for a 58-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.

South Milwaukee was able to score a touchdown with just under two minutes left in the first half to make it 21-7 at the break.

South Milwaukee had opportunities to score in the second half, as well. The Rockets had a golden opportunity to get back into the game midway through the third quarter when Greenfield was forced to punt, and the snap sailed over the head of Alex Bosl.

The ball was downed on the 15-yard line of Greenfield, but the Rockets could not move the ball against the Greenfield defense, which gave up only 105 total yards in the game. The subsequent field goal attempt was blocked by Reggie Blakely.

“I tip my hat to the other team,” said Rockets coach John Galewski. “They played very well. We didn’t take advantage of the bad snap we recovered. We knew that we had to play assignment football and we had breakdowns. They outplayed us on both sides of the ball.”

Greenfield rounded off the scoring with a late field goal from Bosl to make it 24-7 with just over two minutes to play.

“We saw things in our scouting report that we liked,” said Otto. “We saw things that we thought we could expose. Our defensive backs did a nice job. South Milwaukee’s a very good football team. I’ve very pleased with our team tonight.”

Greenfield next plays at Whitnall, a squad undefeated in the Woodland Conference. The Hawks are working toward their first winning season since 2002.

“We’ve come a long way from years past,” said Lucas, “and we’re going to win some ball games.”

Franklin overcomes 13-point deficit to outlast Oak Creek

Sept. 09, 2011 10:56 p.m. |  

They've been playing this contest, called "The Helmet Game," between the Franklin and Oak Creek football teams for 48 years now.

But even old-timers would be hard-pressed to remember one as exciting or one with as many switches of second-half momentum as the one that transpired Friday night at Oak Creek, when Knights quarterback Nick Marks' fourth down pass to Virgil Hammond came up eight yards short of the end zone as time expired and the Sabers had escaped with a 26-20 win.

It was a victory in which the Sabers had overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit, including three first-half interceptions by sophomore quarterback Sean McGuire, and it was a victory in which Franklin finally ended a six quarter scoreless streak by exploding for all their points in the final 24 minutes.

"It was very gratifying," said Franklin head coach Louis Brown in his first go-round as head man for the Sabers in this annual battle of border rivals. "A great win. I was proud of all the kids, but I didn't have a great feeling before the game.

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Salvation Army to host 9/11 ceremony

Sept. 09, 2011 3:10 p.m. | A special honor guard ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Salvation Army Centennial Worship & Community Center, 8853 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek.

The Oak Creek Police Department will present the colors and the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble will perform the national anthem. The congregation will then recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Caterpillar worker killed in South Milwaukee plant

Sept. 08, 2011 4:56 p.m. | A man working in a weld shop area at the Caterpillar plant in South Milwaukee was killed Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a welded structure that was being moved, according to a statement issued by the company.

Production workers were sent home immediately after the incident, which is under investigation. The company is arranging counseling for workers who request it, according to the statement.

Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Ill., is the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment. It acquired Bucyrus International in July.

6 hospitalized after chemical problem in Hales Corners

Sept. 08, 2011 3:12 p.m. | Six people, including three firefighters, were taken to the hospital Thursday after a pool pump malfunctioned at Gold's Gym in Hales Corners.

The Hales Corners Fire Department received a call shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday about a possible chemical spill or leak at the gym, 5321 S. 108th St. Investigation showed a pool pump had malfunctioned and stopped operating. Once it started to back up, it sent out more than its normal dose of chlorine and acid, and people who breathed the cocktail suffered respiratory symptoms, Fire Chief Mike Jankowski said.

"When you mix these together, you get an irritant in the air," he said. "They had difficulty breathing, sore throat, respiratory distress."

The gym was evacuated, and firefighters ventilated the room and monitored air quality.

All firefighters had been released from the hospital by Thursday afternoon. The other patients were to be released later Thursday, Jankowski said.

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Baptista's Bakery plans to expand Franklin facility; add 200 jobs

Sept. 08, 2011 9:41 a.m. | Snack maker Baptista's Bakery Inc. plans to add 200 jobs with an expansion of its facility in the Franklin Business Park, it was announced Thursday.

The company, which now has 160 employees, plans to add production lines with a 120,000-square-foot expansion at the  company's facility at 4625 W. Oakwood Park Drive. That would nearly double the size of the 135,000-square-foot building.

The company is seeking financing assistance from the city, said Mayor Tom Taylor.

Taylor declined to disclose the size of the possible city grant prior to a Sept. 21 meeting of the Community Development Authority. The authority wiil likely consider the grant application at that meeting.

The company will be eligible for up to $2.26 million in state tax credits, according to a statement from Gov. Scott Walker.

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Bradford brings Franklin back to earth

Sept. 02, 2011 10:32 p.m. | In 2009, Kensoha Bradford beat Franklin, giving the Sabers a lone conference loss and the Red Devils the conference title.

In 2010, Franklin beat Bradford, giving the Red Devils a lone conference loss and the Sabers the conference title.

On Friday night, Bradford beat Franklin, 25-0, giving the Sabers (2-1, 0-1) a lone conference loss and the Red Devils (3-0, 1-0) an early lead in the race for the Southeast conference. Such has been the rivalry between the Southeast Conference powerhouses.

Senior quarterback Zach Swisher completed just two passes but he made those connections count for 106 yards and two touchdowns. With just 26 seconds left in the first half, Swisher found junior Danny Lira for a 74-yard touchdown to give the Red Devils a 19-0 lead at the half. On the next Bradford drive, with 9:04 left in the third quarter, Swisher hit senior John Myers on a 32-yard touchdown grab for the final score of the game.
The initial touchdown pass came after Franklin was held from the end zone despite having first and goal from the three yard line, eventually turning it over on downs. Sabers head coach Louis Brown saw that sequence as a key to the game.

 "That was huge and one of those things where we had a guy out of position," Brown said. "A guy that was playing both ways and we have a few more guys than we are used to playing both ways.

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District offers preschool screening sessions

Sept. 02, 2011 7:52 p.m. | Greendale - The school district will hold its Child Development Days from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at College Park School, 5701 W. College Ave.

A team of education specialists will assess preschool-aged children for appropriate development. Hearing and vision tests also will be conducted during the one-hour session.

To reserve a place in the program, contact the School District Office at (414) 423-2715.

Psychologist guilty in sexual exploitation case

Sept. 02, 2011 2:07 p.m. | A former Oak Creek psychologist was found guilty Friday of starting a sexual relationship with a longtime patient in 2005.

Jeffrey Adamczak, 48, faces up to 7 1/2 years in prison for sexual exploitation by a therapist. His sentencing was set for Oct. 13. Jurors deliberated about two hours. The trial began Monday.

Adamczak was charged in August 2010. The victim, with whom he carried on a yearlong affair before she broke it off in 2006, reported Adamczak to authorities in March 2010 after she became convinced he was again having sexual contact with his patients.

A second former patient also testified that Adamczak had sexual contact with her in 2004, and two other former patients described what they considered inappropriate sexual comments from him during therapy.

His attorney, Gerald Boyle, told jurors in closing arguments that jealousy drove the  woman to destroy Adamczak, and said his client's testimony and office records showed the affair didn't start until after he had closed the woman's file, ending the therapist relationship.

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Police investigate possible theft at St. Matthew's in Oak Creek

Sept. 02, 2011 11:14 a.m. | Authorities are investigating a possible theft of funds from St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Oak Creek.

Church treasurer Mike Kuick confirmed Friday that the probe is ongoing and that a staff person has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome. He said the church's finance committee noticed accounting irregularities about two months ago and turned the information over to the Oak Creek Police Department. A police spokesman said it is working with the Milwaukee County district attorney's office on the investigation.

Police and church officials declined to comment Friday on the amount.

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