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Arrest made in year-old semitrailer, scrap metal theft in Franklin

Jan. 08, 2013 11:02 a.m. | Franklin - Police arrested a 51-year-old Racine man in connection with the theft of a tractor-trailer filled with scrap brass Dec. 12, 2011. He was taken into custody in Racine on Dec. 28 after a year-long investigation by the Franklin Police Department culminated in a warrant for his arrest.

According to the Franklin police report:

The man is accused of stealing a tractor-trailer from Dalor Transport, 6005 W. Ryan Road, shortly before 9 a.m. Dec. 12, 2011. The tractor was found abandoned at a Citgo station in Zion, Ill., three days later.

The truck had been hauling a 53-foot enclosed trailer loaded with 42,235 pounds of scrap brass. The trailer and its contents, valued at more than $113,000, were not found.

He was arrested for theft and is being held in the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Oak Creek softball team's road trip successful

May 02, 2016 8:29 p.m. | Sometimes you just have to see some new faces.

And that was the motivation for the Southeast Conference softball co-leader Oak Creek as the Knights headed up to Pulaski in the Fox River Valley for three interesting out-state games.

They defeated Hortonville, 5-3, lost to DC Everest, 9-3, and then beat Wausau West, 11-1. Coupled with the Southeast Conference victories over Racine Case on April 26 (10-6) and Kensoha Tremper on April 27 (4-1), the Knights entered a pivotal week at 5-1 in league play, same as Kenosha Indian Trails and 9-4 overall.

"It was a good trip," said Oak Creek coach Jeff Trask. "Sometimes you just have to go see what's out there. We play enough teams in the southeast area of Wisconsin, we just need to see how the rest look."

Trask felt it was a good experience and it came just at the right time.

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Ikea plans large store in Oak Creek overlooking I-94

May 02, 2016 7:57 p.m. | Ikea is planning its first Wisconsin store for a large site along I-94 in Oak Creek.

The Swedish furniture and home goods chain, which has been considering the Milwaukee area for nearly a decade, has selected roughly 30 acres west of I-94 and north of W. Drexel Ave., according to a source.

That source, who characterized it as "a done deal," said the announcement is scheduled for Thursday.

A major announcement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at City Hall, according to Gary Billington, a former Oak Creek Community Development Authority board member.

Billington was invited to the announcement, but said he has no idea what it involves. He did say there have been rumors about Ikea and other large retail chains that might be interested in the Drexel Ave. site.

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Franklin condo fire sends one woman to the hospital

April 27, 2016 1:48 p.m. | The Franklin Fire Department assisted a 58-year-old woman out of a flaming condominium unit at 12155 Virginia Circle in Franklin on April 27 according to a news release from the Franklin Police Department.

The woman has been taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee for medical evaluation.

The fire was reported at 9:24 a.m., April 27. Both the police and fire departments responded and upon arrival observed smoke and flames coming from one unit of an eight unit complex. The fire was contained to the one unit and quickly extinguished, the release reads.

All condominium residents were evacuated, but have since been allowed back into their homes.

The release states the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Franklin police holding self-defense seminar for women May 7

April 27, 2016 12:00 p.m. | Franklin —A seminar on basic awareness and self-defense for women will be held at the Franklin Police Department, 9455 W. Loomis Road, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The class is free but has a capacity of 18 students with 12 needed at a minimum for the class to run. Those who wish to participate must be a city of Franklin resident, a Franklin high school student, or work in the city. Workout clothes and athletic shoes are recommended.

According to the application those in attendance will be asked to participate in a "physical self-defense component." Participation is not mandatory with attendees allowed to work "at their own comfort level."

An application is available on the city website to fill out and send to dmorris@franklinwi.gov or mhernon@franklinwi.gov.

For more information, call 414-425-2522.

Sport Shorts: April 28, 2016

April 26, 2016 7:30 p.m. |


The Sabers finished a strong second to area rival Greendale, 336-338, in its own 18-hole invite played on April 22 at Oakwood Golf Course.

"Mitchell Ottled the team with a great score of 80 on a day in which the cold weather, high winds and bumpy greens did not yield low scores," said coach Brandon Johnsen. "We hung in there. We all wanted to shoot lower than what we did, but with the weather the way it was, you really just needed to grind it out. That's what we did. Very proud of the way my guys handled the tough conditions."

The sabers also won a Southeast Conference mini-meet at Maplecrest on April 20 and took second at another league mini-meet on April 18.

At the invite, Greendale won with an 18-hole score of 336, while Franklin came in with 338 in the 14-team field.

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Franklin water rates could increase by 7 percent

April 26, 2016 5:49 p.m. | Franklin — Water rates for the city of Franklin are set to rise by 7 percent, on average, according to the Franklin Board of Water Commissioners at a meeting April 19.

Paul Rotzenberg, Franklin's director of finance and treasurer, said the average single-family residential user would see such an increase on their bill likely effective mid-June.

The fee is tied to the actual cost of providing the service, panel members concurred.

"Our (current) rates don't support our infrastructure," said Commissioner Jack Takerian.

The magic number

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Whitnall gets new school district superintendent

April 26, 2016 1:27 p.m. | Greenfield — The Whitnall School Board on Monday appointed Lisa Olson as the next superintendent of the Whitnall School District.

District officials called Olson a skilled leader, noting her work as superintendent for the Hartford Union High School District for six years.

Although Olson is an innovator, school board President LuAnn Bird said, "We aren't looking to bring in a change agent."

Olson doesn't represent a change in course but will develop innovations to help the district along the course it has already set, Bird said.

"Her innovations align with what the schools are already doing," Bird said. Large among those is personalized learning, she said. Olson has already implemented personalized learning at the high school level.

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New Franklin track christened with Saber invite wins

April 26, 2016 9:09 a.m. | Everyone involved in the long and successful history of the Franklin track program deserved what happened on Saturday, April 23.

And it wasn't just the fact that the Sabers won both the boys and girls competitions of their own first-in-a-long time Franklin Invitational on a cool but sunny day and got the meet done in a sprightly three-plus hours.

No, it was the fact that the Sabers and everyone else involved got to run on a spectacularly nice and new championship-level eight-lane track that was recently completed as part of Franklin's two-year, $3 million-plus public/private facilities upgrade project.

It passed all the tests and earned a lot of smiles and compliments, according to boys coach John Troy and girls coach Jack Hervert, including one all-important one from former girls coach and Franklin AD Don Kurth, who when texted a picture of the track before the meet, was in awe of what he saw:

"That looks amazing," he said, before laughingly noting, "You know how much time I spent on that old six-lane hunk of junk?"

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Oak Creek girls track wins third straight outdoor invite

April 26, 2016 9:09 a.m. | There seems to be no stopping the Oak Creek girls track team in the outdoor season as the Knights won their third consecutive major meet title in as many tries at the 13-team East Troy Invite on April 22.

The Knights' boys worked hard to keep up with their distaff partners taking second in their 12-team effort at East Troy.

"The depth is what is so impressive right now," said Oak Creek girls' coach coach Robert Haberli. "The girls are so willing to work together. A lot of girls who were in so many events last year don't have to be this year because there are others coming up."

But all these meets are just the opening acts to the main events that are coming up including the Southeast Conference Relays at Oak Creek on Tuesday, May 3.

"We've told the girls, everything is leading up to this meet, this meet and this meet," said Haberli. "We really want to hit our stride in May."

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Franklin celebrating Arbor Day with saplings and city cleanup

April 25, 2016 5:36 p.m. | Franklin is hosting its 17th annual Arbor Day celebration May 7 in conjunction with the 15th annual citywide cleanup through Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Inc., according to two releases on the city website.

Both events will be based at the Franklin Public Library, 9151 West Loomis Road, from 10 a.m. to noon.

In honor of Arbor Day, tree saplings will be handed out in the library parking lot on a first come, first served basis. The trees will be given out one per child or one per family.

In addition, trash bags will be available at the library for residents to "help clean up Franklin of winter trash," according to the release, for "Great American Cleanup Day." Everyone who participates will get a token of appreciation.

Those participating in the cleanup are asked to pre-register with the Franklin Public Works department — who will pick up the filled bags — at 414-425-2592 or via email to dzobel@franklinwi.gov with the subject line "City Wide Cleanup." Those interested could also register at the library the day of the event between 10 a.m. and noon.

Kayla's Playground closed April 26

April 25, 2016 1:53 p.m. | Franklin —Kayla's Playground will be closed April 26 to allow "cutting of pavers" according to a release April 25 on the city of Franklin's official website.

The release states a "dry cutting" process, which is "extremely dusty and would not make the playground visit enjoyable," is required and prompted closing the playground.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Previewing NFL Draft with Rob Reischel and Nathan Tanguay

April 25, 2016 7:51 a.m. | JR and JP dive into a crazy situation at Marquette surrounding the departure of Wally Ellenson from the basketball team and discuss the twice-rejected "success-based factor" plan in the WIAA (12:45). Packers Plus beat writer Rob Reischel chats with JR about the pros and cons of Packers general manager Ted Thompson and what to expect in Thursday's draft (26:15), and Mukwonago alumnus Nate Tanguay talks about playing for an FCS powerhouse in North Dakota State and teammate Carson Wentz, who could go first overall in the draft (55:00).  Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Whitnall names Lisa Olson superintendent of schools

April 22, 2016 5:00 p.m. | The Whitnall School Board has announced the selection of Lisa Olson as the next superintendent of schools for the Whitnall School District.

District officials called Olson a skilled leader, noting her work as superintendent for the Hartford Union High School District for six years.

"We were impressed with Lisa's background, instructional innovation, and deep commitment to student success," said Board President LuAnn Bird. "Her experience as a leader along with her business background and skills in continuous improvement will benefit our district."

Olson has implemented personalized learning at the high school level and she has built business partnerships in the community so students could experience a wider range of careers, Whitnall officials say.

For her part, Olson said she's looking forward to fulfilling the Whitnall's board's expectations of her.

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Rooftop patio added to proposed expansion of the Bosch

April 21, 2016 6:44 p.m. | Hales Corners —Plans to move the Bosch were back in front of the Hales Corners plan commission April 18 with a few updates and new features including a rooftop seating area being added to a proposed additional building.

The new plans were approved along with a few conditions including lighting for the rooftop patio, finalized exterior color and finish, and adding something to "break up the large expanse of brick on the northern elevation," according to Commissioner William Banach.

"It's really a blank wall," Banach said.

Bosch owner Richard Putlitz presented plans in March to move the historic Bosch building, 5871 S. 108th St., 40 feet to the west. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to add a turn lane at the Highway 100 and Janesville Road intersection where the Bosch currently sits during a reconstruction project in 2018.

In addition, Putlitz planned to expand along Janesville with a beer garden and a brewery, which would eventually become a tasting room. The updated plans featured a few different building materials as well as elevation changes.

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