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Bicyclist cited for vandalism after road rage incident in Oak Creek

Feb. 27, 2013 11:11 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 29-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for breaking the mirror on another driver's car during a road rage incident Feb. 20.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A driver called police after she unintentionally cut off a bicyclist while he was riding in the right lane of traffic in the 2000 block of West Ryan Road about 4:15 p.m. Feb. 20. The bicyclist followed the driver into the lot of Shell Gas, 2170 W. Ryan Road, where he confronted the woman about her driving. An argument ensued, and the bicyclist smashed the mirror on her car with his hand.

The bicyclist then attempted to get on a city bus at the Ryan Road Park and Ride. However, the driver and her husband, who was a passenger in the car, asked the bus driver to wait until police arrived.

When police arrived and questioned the bicyclist, he told police he believed he was almost struck by the woman's vehicle when the woman passed him in the right lane so he followed her to the gas station to confront her. When the driver disagreed that she had cut him off, the bicyclist got upset and punched the driver-side mirror on her vehicle, causing it to break.

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Franklin Police investigate armed robbery at North Shore Bank

10:41 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the North Shore Bank Thursday.

Police received a 9-1-1 call from bank employees around 4:47 p.m., reporting that the bank had been robbed.

The suspect demanded money from a bank teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the police news release. No one was injured during the robbery.

Police described the suspect as a black male, but no further description of the man was provided in the news release.

Officers from Franklin, Greenfield and Greendale, including two Franklin K-9 units, checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

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Franklin boys volleyball team wins Southeast divisional title

Oct. 22, 2014 9:27 p.m. | The Franklin boys volleyball team pulled out all the stops Wednesday night in its Southeast Conference Northern Division dual meet championship dual with Racine Horlick.

The Sabers enlisted the support of the girls team, they even had the band out there for some pre-match music and the national anthem, it was also senior night and they also had a large contingent of friendly, noisy fans cheering them on.

It all worked, as the Sabers secured the divisional crown with a tense 27-25, 26-24, 23-25, 27-25 decision over Horlick that will send them into Saturday's overall league tournament at Wilmot as one of the event favorites.

Saber coach Chris Dibb, who encouraged everyone to "pack the gym" in a pre-match e-mail, was encouraged by the backing and the result.

"It was a nice night," he said. "This (the dual meet title) had definitely been one of our goals since the beginning of the year. Now we can move on to our second and third goals."

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Glen Morrow hired as new Franklin City Engineer

Oct. 22, 2014 1:38 p.m. | Franklin — The Common Council welcomed its new City Engineer during a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Mayor Steve Olson made the appointment to hire Glen Morrow for city engineer and director of public works after an extensive search to replace former city engineer Jack Bennett, who retired earlier this year.

Morrow will move to Franklin from Indiana, where he served as city engineer for the city of Greencastle from 2000 to 2007. Since 2007, he has served as Senior Project Manager for the Utility Infrastructure Sector at Burgess & Niple, an engineering consulting firm in Indianapolis.

"The detailed process and my conversations with Glen make me confident that he is the right person to help move the city forward in this important position," Olson said in a news release. "I believe he will be a leader and an innovator and will serve the council and citizens well."

Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.



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Franklin's EDC remains clouded in political dust-up

Oct. 21, 2014 9:34 p.m. | Franklin —Following controversy regarding his appointment to the Economic Development Commission earlier this month, Ted Grintjes withdrew his application during Tuesday's Common Council meeting.

As a result, the EDC, a seven-member board, still has only three members. Until a fourth member is added, making it a quorum is met, the EDC cannot take formal action.

Grintjes, appointed by Mayor Steve Olson to both the Community Development Authority and the EDC, did not receive the approval needed from the council at a previous meeting in October.

Alderwomen Kristen Wilhelm and Susanne Mayer and Alderman Doug Schmidt questioned Grintjes' resignation from three city boards, including the EDC, in 2008.

Grintjes explained earlier that he resigned to avoid potential conflicts of interest related to business associated with his wife, a real estate agent, but indicated he was ready to serve on the EDC again and recuse himself from issues when appropriate.

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Man arrested for fraud after ordering food, passing out and leaving eatery

Oct. 21, 2014 12:06 p.m. | A man was arrested for fraud after he left without paying for food and drinks after he passed out at the bar and then left when he woke up Oct. 4.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man ordered food and drinks at at Branded Steer Restaurant, 1299 W. College Ave., about 7:05 p.m. Oct. 4. Employees said the man ordered $84 worth of booze and garlic bread and passed out at the bar.

When he woke up he was informed he had to pay his bill, at which point he left the restaurant and walked across the street to McDonald's.

Police arrested and cited the man for fraud, who admitted he had no intention of paying what he owed.

Teen drug use, prevention panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 30

Oct. 21, 2014 9:45 a.m. | Oak Creek — A forum comprised of community members and local government officials will discuss teen drug use and prevention with parents and caregivers on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oak Creek Assembly of God church, 7311 S. 13th St.

This event is a call to action, the news release said. Presentations and information will be focused on signs to look for and what to do if you discover your teen using drugs. Tom Murray from TMJ-4 will moderate the event.

Speakers include: Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Rep. John Nygren, Paul Zenisek of Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, Sgt. Loontjens of the Oak Creek Police Department, Jody Ebbinger-Bentley of Oak Creek High School and Martine Tate, a parent advocate who will share a personal story.

This event is open to all communities. Participants can also enter to win a medication lockbox.

Early voting now open at Oak Creek City Hall

Oct. 21, 2014 9:42 a.m. | Oak Creek — Early voting is now open to the public at Oak Creek City Hall, 8640 S. Howell Ave.

Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Oak Creek town hall meeting on Wednesday

Oct. 20, 2014 12:28 p.m. | Oak Creek — Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor (District 9) will be hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct 22 to discuss the proposed 2015 county budget from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

"I invite residents to provide their valuable input and to identify priorities in the Milwaukee County 2014 Proposed Budget," said Taylor in a news release.

"I'm looking forward to discussing the issues facing the Ninth District, including current road construction projects on North Cape Road, St. Martin's Road and 13th Street as well as County Executive Chris Abele's recommendation to close the Hales Corners Wading Pool," said Taylor.

County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Hales Corners town hall meeting on Wednesday

Oct. 20, 2014 12:25 p.m. | Hales Corners — Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor (District 9) will be hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct 22 to discuss the proposed county budget from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hales Corners Park pool house, 5674 S. New Berlin Road.

"I invite residents to provide their valuable input and to identify priorities in the Milwaukee County 2014 Proposed Budget," said Taylor in a news release.

"I'm looking forward to discussing the issues facing the Ninth District, including current road construction projects on North Cape Road, St. Martin's Road and 13th Street as well as County Executive Chris Abele's recommendation to close the Hales Corners Wading Pool," said Taylor.

A Committee of the Whole meeting will immediately follow the town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall, 5635 S. New Berlin Road.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

New theater group raises the curtain in Franklin

Oct. 15, 2014 2:41 p.m. | Franklin — Michael Schottle is a mechanical engineer by trade, but in his personal life serves as the president and general manager of the new Root River Theatre Company.

"(Theater) is the creative part of my brain," the Franklin resident said. "The acting bug bit me a long time ago. I'm kind of a big showoff at heart."

While living in Waukegan, Illinois, Schottle, who has lived in Franklin for the past five years, took up a friend's invitation to join her theater group, the Waukegan Community Players. From there, Schottle moved to Rockford and became board president of the Main Street Players of Boone County.

"In that position, I was behind the scenes a lot," Schottle said. "I worked with promoting and organizing the group's productions. I liked it almost as much as acting on stage."

But Schottle's theater activity came to a standstill when he moved to Franklin.

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Village Board requests Hales Corners Wading Pool remains open in 2015

Oct. 15, 2014 11:26 a.m. | Hales Corners — In response to the proposed closing of the Hales Corners Park Wading Pool, the Village of Hales Corners has sent a letter to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, requesting that the pool remain open for the 2015 season.

The letter was approved by board members during the meeting on Monday, Oct. 13 and was signed by Robert Ruesch, village president

The letter states:

"This pool has been serving the families and children in southwestern Milwaukee County for many decades and is an integral part of the recreational and quality of life of our citizens. We understand that other such Pools are funded for 2015, and therefore, the Hales Corners Wading Pool should be funded.

The Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool was instrumental in keeping the Hales Corners Pool open under similar circumstances in 2003, 2004 and again in 2007. That group has a 12-year track record and continues to be active. They are a valuable resource in exploring and implementing solutions to keep the Wading Pool open.

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At Franklin High, digital age overtakes parent-teacher conferences

Oct. 14, 2014 8:58 p.m. | The fall tradition of parent-teacher conferences is well underway this month at schools across Wisconsin.

But not at Franklin High School, where the formal in-person meetings have been dropped this year in favor of how many parents already communicate with their child's teacher: electronically.

"The reality is that in this day and age where there's electronic gradebooks and Internet communications and phone conversations, parents take advantage of those and a lot of them don't want to come in during those traditional times," principal Michael Nowak said.

Thechange in policy reflects a trend well-known to educators: As children get older, fewer parents show up for conferences.

Some believe the old-fashioned meetings are too short for meaningful interactions and too focused on test scores. And the designated dates for conferences, traditionally in October, may stall conversations about problems that started weeks prior.

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