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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.

Temporary ice rink in Hales Corners will close after this weekend

2:04 p.m. | Hales Corners — This is the last weekend the Alyson Dudek temporary ice rink will be open for skating in Hales Corners Park, due to warm weather.

The rink was maintained by Jay Mathwick, Bruce Ranta and Bob Stollenwerk of the Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool and was operable for almost three months.

Craft project leads way to house fire in Franklin, no significant injuries reported

9:53 a.m. | Franklin — No serious injuries were reported after a home caught fire on March 5.

The Franklin Fire Department responded to the home fire, in the 12100 block of W. Elmwood Drive, at approximately 4 p.m.

The homeowner, a 45-year-old woman, had been working on a craft project with two of her young daughters in the basement, according to a news release. The woman had been using spray paint in the enclosed area.

The fire department believes the water heater then ignited the paint fumes, causing a flash explosion.

The homeowner, her two daughters and her teenage son were able to vacate the house with only minor burns. No one was transported to the hospital.

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Oak Creek girls basketball team edges Franklin in sectional semifinal

March 05, 2015 9:20 p.m. | No, this was not going to be like two years ago for the Oak Creek girls basketball team, when point guard Morgan Kokta went down with an injury at the start of the fourth quarter and the Knights could not hold on to a big lead against a feisty Franklin squad in a WIAA sectional semifinal game.

No, the WIAA sectional semifinal held Thursday night at West Allis Central was going to be different.

Franklin went on an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 29-28 lead with 1:13 remaining, but the Knights (21-4) got a key bucket in the post from sophomore Katie West and then got two critical stops to hold on for a messy, defensive-minded 32-29 victory at West Allis Central.

The win puts the defending WIAA state D1 champs in a 1 p.m. sectional final at Brookfield Central on Saturday against Greater Metro Conference champ DSHA (23-2), which downed Brookfield Central in the sectional semifinal.

The winner there will advance to the WIAA State Tournament in Green Bay, March 12-14.

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Free Hot Hula 'try-it' class offered March 17

March 05, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek Recreation Department is offering a free Hot Hula "try-it" class, inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands, at East Middle School, 9330 S Shepard Ave., on Tuesday, March 17.

Hot Hula Fitness focuses on core muscles and is set to Polynesian drum beats with Reggae music.

The try-it class, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., gives participants a taste of the new adult recreation class session beginning March 24.

Call the recreation department at 414-768-6515 if you have any questions.

Oak Creek city hall, fire station and library opening dates announced

March 05, 2015 5:23 p.m. | Oak Creek — A representative of the city of Oak Creek announced opening dates for the new city hall, public library and fire station during this week's common council meeting.

Construction on the fire station will finish the first week in June, with staff occupying the new building the first week of August.

City Administrator Gerald Peterson said the public will be invited to a walk-through of the fire station in July.

Owner's Representative Steve Chamberlin said "unanticipated challenges" with the city hall and library's foundations and concrete delayed its opening, but that a firm date would be reached in the next two-to-four weeks.

The original completion date was slated for the first week of August.

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Franklin replaces old pedestrian bridge in Legend Park

March 05, 2015 1:46 p.m. | Franklin — A 30-year-old pedestrian bridge in Legend Park, 8717 W. Drexel Ave., is being replaced.

The pedestrian bridge, located near the Forest Hills Condominiums, crosses Legend Creek.

During inspection of the bridge, the Franklin Engineering Department discovered the steel had significantly deteriorated.

"Corrosion got the best of it," said Jerry Schaefer, superintendent of Franklin Public Works. "It needed repairs, but it just wouldn't be cost effective to keep the same material."

The old bridge was dismantled and scraped for steel on March 2. The new bridge will be built on-site at the existing location for the next few days.

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Franklin man accused of stealing aluminum from roofing business

March 04, 2015 4:54 p.m. | Racine County sheriff's deputies have arrested a Franklin man accused of repeatedly stealing aluminum products from a roofing company in Waterford.

Deputies were called to the company on Feb. 25 and told that someone had stolen a large volume of aluminum products at least four times, according to a news release.

Investigators were able to identify a suspect vehicle and named 20-year-old Jordan Janis as a potential suspect but were unable to locate him immediately, the release stated.

On Tuesday, deputies saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's in Waterford and learned Janis was the driver. During a traffic stop, deputies found narcotics and arrested Janis, according to the release.

According to online court records, misdemeanor theft and drug possession charges were filed Wednesday against Janis. He is being held in the Racine County Jail.

Taste of Hales Corners, Oak Creek-Franklin is Thursday, March 5

March 04, 2015 2:14 p.m. | Three communities will celebrate their annual "taste" events on Thursday, March 5.

Here is the schedule:

Hales Corners: The 12th annual Taste of Hales Corners wine and beer tasting takes place at the Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will offer 50 new wines from around the world, a selection of homemade beers, hot and cold appetizers from Hales Corners restaurants and homemade dessert.

All proceeds benefit the public library. Tickets are $30; designated driver tickets — food and soft drinks only — are $10. Entry is $35 at the door.

Oak Creek-Franklin: The Taste of Oak Creek-Franklin features a sampling highlight of local restaurants, and offers a cupcake war competition. The sixth annual event is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

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About 3,000 people currently without power in Franklin, Hales Corners

March 03, 2015 4:10 p.m. | Franklin and Hales Corners — About 3,000 We Energies customers in the Franklin and Hales Corners communities are without power.

Two outages were first reported around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, said Cathy Schulze, a media spokeswoman for We Energies.

A utility pole fire in Hales Corners has caused about 1,700 customers to be without power, Schulze said.

Utility pole fires "tend to happen more frequently when it's moist out there, like today," she said. "The salt buildup from this winter really wreaks havoc on our equipment when it starts to get moist."

Crews are on site and will restore the power as soon as they can, Schulze said.

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Cudahy police identify man found dead in house fire

March 03, 2015 2:00 p.m. | Cudahy police on Tuesday confirmed the identity of a man found dead in a house fire as David M. Gaber.

Gaber, 62, died in the fire at his home in the 3700 block of E. Mallory Ave., police said. The fire broke out shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday and began in the living room, according to a news release from the Cudahy Police Department.

Gaber's cause of death was inhalation of soot and combustion products, as well as thermal injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Cudahy police and the Wisconsin Fire Marshal's Office.

Ayusa International looks for Franklin, Oak Creek families to host international students for 2014-15

March 03, 2015 11:46 a.m. | Franklin and Oak Creek —Ayusa International is currently looking for area families to host foreign exchange students next school year.

Ayusa International, which stands for Academic Year in the USA, is a nonprofit organization that connects international high school students with families across the country.

Ayusa's exchange students are between 15 and 18 years old and come from more than 60 countries around the world, including Brazil, Japan, China and Morocco. The students are fully insured, bring their own spending money and are proficient in English.

Host families provide three meals a day and a bedroom. Each exchange student is supported by a professionally trained representative from Ayusa, who works closely with the family and student throughout the program.

Ayusa is currently accepting applications from potential host families in Franklin and Oak Creek as well as other communities across Wisconsin.

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Pyrotechnician injured in July 4 fireworks display sues manufacturer, distributor

March 03, 2015 9:45 a.m. | A worker for Bartolotta Fireworks Co. injured during a municipal July 4 show has sued the makers and distributor of the specific firework.

Michael Subotich, and his wife Jennifer Subotich, sued Chinese company Liuyang Dun Pai Fireworks, which does business as Dominator Export Fireworks, and its Missouri distributor, Firework Solutions International, LLC and insurance companies in federal court in Milwaukee last month.

According to the lawsuit, a 5-inch shell made by Liuyang Dun Pai was defective and exploded prematurely after Subotich lit  it during the fireworks show in Hales Corners in 2013.

The show was called off after the explosion,  just minutes and a few rockets into the show. It was rescheduled and held in August that year.

Subotich suffered injuries and damages including disability, humiliation, pain and mental distress, the suit claims, and his wife suffered loss of his society and companionship.  The lawsuit doesn't detail Subotich's injuries, but news reports at the time said the injured technician suffered a broken leg and injuries to one side of his body and face.

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Graverson returns as Franklin girls basketball team wins regional

March 01, 2015 12:19 a.m. | One of the Franklin scorekeepers said it best early in a first quarter flurry Saturday afternoon during the Saber girls' basketball team's 53-32 WIAA regional final victory over Racine Horlick.

"What a difference one person makes."

Indeed.

2014 NOW All-Suburban junior forward Carly Graverson scored just eight points, all of them in that first quarter, but she provided a huge psychological lift to the Sabers.

She had been gone for two months with a broken foot, but was cleared to play on Wednesday and got in a few minutes and scored four points in the regional semifinal rout of West Allis Central on Friday.

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Man found dead in Cudahy fire still not identified

Feb. 27, 2015 6:32 p.m. | The identity of a man found dead in a Cudahy house fire remained unconfirmed Friday, one day after the blaze in the 3700 block of E. Mallory Ave., police said.

Investigators did determine that the fire, reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, began in a living room but had not determined its cause, according to a news release from the Cudahy Police Department.

The cause of the man's death also remained under investigation, according to the release.

Oak Creek's Hakes back in state wrestling semis for second time

Feb. 27, 2015 12:14 a.m. | You just have to believe.

That's the attitude of Oak Creek senior 160-pound wrestler Ben Hakes as he advanced for the second time in as many years in into the WIAA State Individual Tournament semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Hakes (27-1), who was fifth last season at state, advanced through the first two rounds Thursday to earn the berth. He will take on Marshfield's Mitch Hertel (28-1) in his semifinal. If he wins, he will take on the winner of West Bend East's Jordan Gundrum (48-0) and Kenosha Bradford's Oscar Ramos (38-1) in the 6 p.m. Saturday championship match.

For Hakes, the goal has been the same since he lost in the semifinals last season.

"This feels great," he said. "Right now, the goal is to change the outcome from last year (in the semifinals). There are things I can improve on. I need to wrestle smarter, not so emotional. ...To take the state title, I need to be that way."

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