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South Milwaukee police warn of warrant scam

Jan. 25, 2013 5:42 p.m. | South Milwaukee Police are warning residents of a scam aimed at scaring people to send money to avoid be arrested on a warrant from their local police department.

According to an email from the South Milwaukee Police Department:

The South Milwaukee Police Department received a report from an elderly resident that she had received several phone calls from a company trying to solicit money. The caller identified himself as being from the "Martinez Law Firm" in Lawrence, Kansas, with a phone number of (785) 371-3081. The caller told the resident if she did not pay $250 by 2 p.m. Friday that an arrest warrant would be issued for her.

A short time later, she received another call from a person giving the name of an officer who works for the South Milwaukee Police Department. The caller ID also showed that the call had originated from the South Milwaukee Police Department. The caller at this time threatened to arrest the woman on the warrant if she did not pay by 2 p.m. The resident then came to the police department to find out what was happening.

Investigation revealed that this is a scam that has been running and that the suspect caller had "spoofed" the number to make it appear that the call had come from the South Milwaukee Police Department. The first call was also determined to not have come from a law firm in Kansas. The call actually was found to have originated from somewhere in Pakistan. The caller confessed to running a scam to try to get money from people by saying they were the police.

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Hales Corners Library ends summer reading program with comedy, prizes

July 27, 2016 4:06 p.m. | Hales Corners —Hales Corners Library, 5885 S. 116th Street, is celebrating the end of their summer reading program 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 3 with a comedy show and prizes.

"We've had 700 people sign up for our reading clubs and brought in lots of performers to make summer reading fun," said Youth Services Librarian Patrick Lodge.

Comedians Miller & Mike will put on a comedy show in the Hunt Room, which according to their website runs around 45 minutes and features, juggling, hat manipulation, yo-yo tricks, and audience participation all in one clean comedy show.

The library will also announce Super Readers and raffle winners for participants of the summer reading club at the event. Raffle items will include Kindles, gift cards, Legos, puzzles, books, and tote bags.

"We hope that everyone comes out for our Reading Celebration Party next Wednesday!" Lodge said.

South side restaurant operators to plead guilty in tax fraud case

July 27, 2016 3:59 p.m. | Three members of a Franklin family agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to commit tax fraud through the operation of their restaurants in Milwaukee, Franklin and Greenfield.

Paul and Freida Bouraxis and their son Andreas operate Omega Burger, El Fuego and El Beso, where federal prosecutors say they skimmed more than $3 million in cash receipts, failed to report much of it as income, and underpaid payroll taxes by compensating workers in cash.

Paul Bouraxis also agreed to plead guilty to tax evasion for his 2010 personal income tax returns.

All the defendants, including Paul Bouraxis' son-in-law, Reiad Awadallah, are scheduled to formally enter their guilty pleas in court next month, though no plea agreement had been filed for Awadallah as of Wednesday.

In return for the guilty pleas on Wednesday, prosecutors will recommend two years in prison for Bouraxis, a year and a day for his son, and six months of home detention for his wife.

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Oak Creek prepares for National Night Out

July 27, 2016 2:42 p.m. | Oak Creek —National Night Out is fast approaching on Aug. 2 with the location changed due to construction.

This year, the event will take place at the American Legion Post 434, 9327 S. Shepard Avenue, instead of the High School Freshman Campus due to construction on the building. The event will last from 6 to 9 p.m.

According to a Facebook post on the city's official page July 27, participants can get their Passport to Safety stamped at all booths for a chance to win various prizes including an emergency generator, security doorbell, Apple Watch, backpacks, hotel stay, and other prizes. Giveaways will also be offered including bike helmets for kids, steering column locks, and other items.

Several demonstrations from the Oak Creek Police Department will be offered as well. These include a demonstration of the jaws of life, CPR demos, an obstacle course for kids, and a K-9 demo. The Oak Creek High School Poms and cheerleader teams will put on shows as well as Nova Gym and Ascension Martial Arts.

Brats, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and ice cream will be offered with options for either bottled water or Black Bear Soda. A bounce house and big slide will be offered for kids until 8:15 p.m. At that time, Mayor Steve Scaffidi will address the crowd with the Police Department, the Passport to Safety drawing will commence as will a Target bike raffle.

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Jack Redmond & Frank Disco Gratke vie for chance at state assembly

July 26, 2016 8:45 p.m. | Oak Creek/Franklin —Two Democratic candidates will vie for the chance to unseat Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin), who is the current State Assembly representative from the 21st District, during the primary election Tuesday, August 9.

John (Jack) Redmond, 63, of Oak Creek and Frank Disco Gratke, 62, of South Milwaukee will both be on the ballot in August.

Gratke has lived in the 21st District for 34 years, and is a retired researcher, but says he is a "full-time citizen advocate." In 2015, he ran for the South Milwaukee School Board and in 2014 ran for an alderman seat in South Milwaukee. He says he has also been involved with "numerous committees," such as a Y-2K committee and citizen advisory environmental committee, both in South Milwaukee.

Redmond works as a business agent for UPS and has lived in the district for 25 years. He said this is his first time running for office, but noted that he has volunteered for PBS, Food for Families, and Teamsters.

Here are the top three things to know about both of the candidates. (Some responses have been edited for length.)

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Franklin school specialist is 'Making IT Happen' with technology

July 26, 2016 8:43 p.m. | Franklin — District Technology Integration Specialist Chad Kafka was recognized by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) at its national convention as an outstanding leader and educator for "Making IT Happen."

Kafka was one of two Wisconsin educators who received the "Making IT Happen" award, which "honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students," according to the ISTE's website.

"The thing I'm happy about is that the award not only recognizes my work, but also Franklin as a leader to bring technology into schools," Kafka said.

Aiding career readiness

LuAnn Zielinski, Franklin's district technology supervisor, said that Kafka works in a variety of ways to integrate technology into Franklin schools.

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Bridge connects offerings at Abendschein Park

July 26, 2016 5:09 p.m. | Connecting two popular features at Abendschein Park on Drexel Avenue, a footbridge was installed July 26.

The new 80-foot bridge can be found at the southeast corner of the park, 1321 E. Drexel Avenue. It connects the disc golf course to the skate park portion of the park, according to the city's Facebook page.

In addition to those offerings, a baseball diamond and playground are also offered on-site. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

New pickleball courts to be painted at Ken Windl, Pleasant View Parks

July 26, 2016 3:13 p.m. | Franklin —Two new pickleball courts will be painted in the next few weeks at Ken Windl and Pleasant View Parks as popularity for the sport continues to grow in Franklin.

An extra bench will also be installed at each location, and the parks commission is looking into putting a storage cabinet at the parks to store equipment that has been donated, according to Superintendent of Public Works Jerry Schaefer.

The pickleball courts will be painted on existing tennis courts at each park. Each park already has two courts painted on one of its tennis courts, one on each side of the net, and the new courts will also be painted the same way, though in a less bright color as the other courts.

Paul Jahnke, Program Coordinator for the Franklin Community Education and Recreation Department, describes pickleball as "life-size table tennis."

"Pickleball is a racket sport played on a badminton-sized court with a tennis-height net. Game play is most similar to tennis. The racket is slightly larger than a table tennis racket and the ball is a very hard whiffle ball," Jahnke described.

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Walks catch up to Oak Creek baseball team in state loss to Marquette

July 26, 2016 1:48 p.m. | For most of the WIAA state semifinal contest with Greater Metro rival Marquette on July 22 at Kapco Park, Oak Creek baseball coach Scott Holler would look at the basepaths and see Hilltopper runners poised to do dangerous things over and over again.

But then he would see that the Knights were ahead in the hits column for most of the game as well as on the scoreboard.

However, he knew his pitchers were giving Marquette too many opportunities with walks, and eventually, as Holler feared, it caught up with the Knights in the sixth.

At that point, the Hilltoppers took advantage of four walks and punctuated them with three hits to score six times. That outburst erased a 3-2 deficit en route to a stunning 8-3 win over the Knights.

"It was a good game for 51/2 innings," Holler said ruefully afterward as the Knights' bid for a fifth WIAA state title came up short and their 19-game winning streak came to an end.

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Hales Corners Night Out to "promote and preserve prosperous community"

July 26, 2016 1:12 p.m. | Hales Corners —Hales Corners police, fire department, businesses, and other community members will celebrate National Night Out in Hales Corners Park, 5765 S New Berlin Rd., 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, August 2 with food, music, and other activities.

The night will feature a Fun Run presented by Instep, inflatable bounce houses and slide, a Speleo Cave maze, and various vehicles and boats on display, including police squad cars.

Local businesses at the event will have prize drawings, children's activities, and games. Two local martial arts academies will also be presenting demonstrations.

The Hales Corners VFW will provide food for purchase including hot dogs, burgers, snacks, and soda. Hales Corners Lions will provide root beer floats for purchase.

"The purpose of Hales Corners Night Out is to bring our local residents, businesses, civic organizations and civil servants together for an evening of fun and fellowship," said Jessica Klima. "We encourage everyone to come out on August 2nd to help promote and preserve our fun, safe and prosperous community."

Franklin Library to host Pokemon Go Night on August 11

July 26, 2016 11:28 a.m. | Franklin —The Franklin Public Library invites Pokemon Go players from the community to catch some Pokemon and join in other game-related activities at their Pokemon Go Meetup 5-8 p.m. Thursday August 11.

Players at the event can actively seek out Pokemon in the area, or hang out in the PokeBreakroom, which will be located 20 feet from a lured PokeStop inside the library's Create Space. In the breakroom, there will be snacks, crafts, video and board games, and the 3D printer will be running all night printing Bulbasaur planters and Onyx sculptures as prizes for activities.

Those who want to honor their Pokemon Go Team can also receive free emblem badges inside the PokéBreakroom, which they can wear around the event to easily identify other members of their Team.

In addition, a Pokémon scavenger hunt for children and teens ages 8 to 15 will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by a scavenger hunt for adults ages 16 and up at 7 p.m. Completed and correct forms will be entered into a prize drawing.

The library, 9151 W Loomis Rd, will also be setting up lures from 5:30 — 7:30 p.m. at nearby Pokestops to attract more Pokemon to the area.

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Amber Frymark wins Hottest Kitchen Entreprenuer Challenge

July 26, 2016 8:47 a.m. | Hales Corners —Amber Frymark took home the top prize at the Hottest Kitchen Entreprenuer Challenge July 20 for her start-up business Chowventions and her product Zwitchel syrup.

The entrepreneur challenge selects three start-up and three early-stage business finalists to compete at an event where their products are sampled by judges, business "VIPs," and eventgoers. The finalists also give a presentation on their product and business concept to the audience and answer questions from the judges.

Though nervous, Frymark said the day went better than she expected, and she feels "very very humbled" by winning the grand prize.

"It felt like being crowned Ms. America for the food world," she described, adding that she was not expecting to win. "I had great competitors. Everyone belonged in that competition."

Throughout the competition, Frymark received a lot of positive feedback on her product, as well, receiving compliments that it was "tasty" and that people "loved the flavor."

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Lawmaker Grobschmidt knew how to reach across the aisle

July 25, 2016 6:57 p.m. | Richard Grobschmidt, a former Wisconsin state Assembly member and senator who was known for his understated and collaborative style, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 68.

In his 18 years in the Assembly and Senate, Grobschmidt spearheaded legislation requiring all school buses in the state to have mechanical safety arms and establishing a school-to-work apprenticeship program.

The apprenticeship legislation came from his lifelong passion for education, which led him to his first job as a high school social studies teacher and his final job as assistant superintendent of public instruction.

Grobschmidt, a Democrat, also worked on legislation for family medical leave, insurance coverage for infertility treatment and parental consent for minors seeking abortions.

He believed in the power of compromise, said his daughter, Tamara Grobschmidt.

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Oak Creek Public Library to host Hogwarts Reunion

July 25, 2016 10:45 a.m. | The Oak Creek Public Library will transform into an after-hours magical world of literary proportions on July 29 as it hosts a Hogwarts Reunion party, timed to coincide with the July 31 release of J.K. Rowling's new book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Because the book has been marketed toward an adult audience, Library Director Jill Lininger explained that the event itself is marketed to adults 21 and older, where they can enjoy drinks and a home-brewing seminar. Lininger said 150 people bought tickets and plan to be in attendance at the now sold-out event.

The party will be modeled after many of the events libraries and bookstores held in the late 1990s and 2000s when Rowling was turning out previous books in the popular series. Lininger said many of the people set to attend this event will be people who attended those parties when they were younger.

Similar to those earlier events, partygoers can expect a convention-style scene at the library, with games, crafts, snacks and drinks themed around Harry Potter.

In addition to those staples, the party will also include a presentation on snakes from the Racine Zoo, crystal reading, tarot and tea leaf reading and home-brewing and cooking seminars.

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Live coverage: 2016 WIAA State Summer Baseball Tournament

July 22, 2016 6:00 p.m. | UPDATE: Menomonee Falls and Marquette won their semifinal games and are playing in the state title game.

A WIAA state summer baseball title is up for grabs at Kapco Park today.

The field has been whittled to four teams: Marquette, Oak Creek, New Holstein and Menomonee Falls. 

Marquette (26-6) and Oak Creek (31-2) square off in the first semifinal game, set for 9:05 a.m.

New Holstein (20-10) and Menomonee Falls (23-10) will battle in the other semifinal approximately 30 minutes after the opener is complete. 

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Big inning leads Marquette past Oak Creek in state semifinal

July 22, 2016 12:55 p.m. | A six-run sixth inning propelled Marquette to an 8-3 victory over Oak Creek in a WIAA state semifinal Friday, July 22 at Kapco Park.

Oak Creek issued four walks and made two errors in the sixth inning, as Marquette turned a 3-2 deficit into a commanding lead.

"We just didn't execute pitches when we needed to," Oak Creek coach Scott Holler said. "They are too good of a hitting team to give freebies to. They made it hurt. With their team speed and hitters up and down the lineup, they create all kinds of problems. That was the difference in the game."

The Knights scored three runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead. A balk plated Oak Creek's first run, and D.J. Ellifson added an RBI triple and Alex Binelas an RBI single.

Marquette scored single runs in the third and in the fourth against Ellifson to pull to within 3-2. The Hilltoppers scored their second run without the benefit of a hit after a pair of walks, a double steal and a wild pitch.

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