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Man facing charges after Franklin road rage incident

May 29, 2013 10:36 a.m. | Franklin — A 47-year-old man was cited after he allegedly pulled another driver out of his car and attempted to assault him, and then broke off his rear-view mirror with a wooden club during a road-rage incident on May 23.

According to the police dispatch report:

Police responded to the 8200 block of South 51st Street after a motorist called to report that a driver assaulted him and damaged his car at about 2:50 p.m. May 23.

The caller told police he was attempting to make a right turn onto Drexel Avenue from 51st Street when a man driving a silver Chevy Silverado cut him off. The caller stated he slammed on his brakes when the Silverado cut him off, but told police he did not hit the truck.

When both vehicles were stopped, the driver of the Silverado, a 47-year-old Oak Creek man, got out of his truck, walked over to the caller and pulled him out of his car. The caller told police the enraged man tried to punch him but missed, and the caller got back into his car and locked the doors.

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Now reporter to live tweet 50 Cent appearance in Oak Creek

10:58 a.m. | Oak Creek — Now Newspaper reporter John Rasche will be live tweeting from Woodman's Foods this afternoon in preparation for rapper 50 Cent's appearance.

50 Cent will be promoting his EFFEN vodka brand from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the grocery store, 8131 S. Howell Ave.

The store anticipates a large crowd, forming a waiting line at noon.

You can follow Rasche on Twitter at: @Rasche_Now for live updates of the event.

Oak Creek-Franklin petition for larger school board verified for public vote

9:43 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District has verified that a petition to expand the school board has received enough signatures to qualify for a public vote.

More than 500 voters signed the petition, which requested that the five-member school board add two more seats to better represent the district.

Residents who attend the district's annual meeting on Aug. 24. will vote on whether the school board should include two new members.

Trio tries to add key points with their new Franklin sports bar

July 28, 2015 8:03 p.m. | Franklin — Three longtime friends have three reasons in mind as they set out to open a new pub and eatery on 76th Street and Rawson Avenue: "to make money, have fun and give back to the community."

At the very least, when David Bartels, Mark Mastrostefano, and Darrel Malek open the Point After Pub and Grille, they see it as adding something that has been missing from the local landscape.

"We've been saying for a long time how badly we need a sports bar in the area," Mastrostefano said. "We want to be the 'Cheers' of Franklin — we want that hometown feel, and to know everyone when they walk in and what drink they order. We want to be the destination."

Mastrostefano said the goal is to get the Point After open before football season rolls around. That's key, because they want their restaurant to be a destination after high school football games, as wel as during and after Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers games.

To that point, the Point After is going to be equipped with 18 TVs in the main area, plus a a 75-inch TV in a conference room.

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Greendale man drowns in Minnesota boating accident

July 28, 2015 1:53 p.m. | Greendale — A local man has died after a boating accident in Minnesota left him struggling to stay above water Monday evening, July 27

Richard Dziewit, 58, of Greendale was spotted treading water on Lake Vermilion in Greenwood Township around 8 p.m. "while his boat was running and spinning circles around him," the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported in a news release.

Two nearby boaters were able to pull Dziewit's boat away from him, but he sank below the water.

Dziewit's body was recovered about 21/2 half hours later by the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

The incident remains under investigation.

Ignitors softball team takes second in national tourney

July 28, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Southside Milwaukee area girls high school softball has always been strong, and among the reasons for that are the strong summer traveling programs in the area

This was recently demonstrated by the highly successful U-16 Greenfield Ignitors club team, which took an impressive second in the recent USSSA Road to Orlando Class A World Series.

According to Ignitors president and head coach Scott Bauer, the team was highly competitive the whole week (July 11-18) .

"It was an extremely successful week for our team, and we took an undefeated record into Saturday's championship game," he said. "Unfortunately, we fell a little short but still walked away with a second-place finish.

"We beat teams from Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas and Florida to get into the championship game. I think we surprised a lot of people. Before we played a team from Texas, one of the parents from that team was heard to say, 'They're from Wisconsin. How good can they be?' We beat that team 3-0 and really made our mark on that tournament."

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'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale

July 28, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.

The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.

The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.

Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.

Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.

Roadrunner buys El Paso, Texas, trucking firm for $35 million

July 28, 2015 10:28 a.m. | Continuing its acquisition strategy, Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. said Tuesday it has purchased an El Paso, Texas, trucking firm that operates across the Southwest and in Mexico.

Roadrunner said it bought Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution for $35 million, plus up to $5 million more based on the unit's future performance.

The purchase will let Cudahy-based Roadrunner operate its own trucks in Mexico, an authority the firm hasn't had. It also expands Roadrunner's presence in the Southwest.

Stagecoach's revenue totaled about $34 million for the 12 months ended June 30, Roadrunner said. Stagecoach is expected to add to Roadrunner's earnings this year.

The purchase is Roadrunner's 34th acquisition since 2005, and the first in 2015. The company made four purchases last year, spending about $230 million.

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Oak Creek food distributor faces $85K in fines after employee injury

July 28, 2015 10:14 a.m. | Oak Creek — A local frozen bread manufacturer faces up to $85,800 in fines after one of its employees was injured on the job.

A 30-year-old temporary employee required extensive surgery after suffering burns and lacerations of tendons and ligaments in her right hand after she used a cutting and sealing machine at Joseph Campione Inc., the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported in a news release.

Joseph Campione Inc. supplies products to Costco Wholesale Corp., IGA, Piggly Wiggly and others.

OSHA inspectors found that the Oak Creek food distributor ignored safety requirements to protect workers from moving machine parts. The agency issued one willful and four serious safety violations to the company on July 22, citing the company for failing to protect workers from machinery hazards.

"Thousands of workers are injured each year because manufacturers fail to recognize machine hazards. No worker's shift should end with a hospital stay," Christine Zortman, OSHA's area director in Milwaukee, stated in the news release.

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Update: Tanker truck crash in Hales Corners, Highway 100 closed

July 28, 2015 9:28 a.m. | Hales Corners — A tanker truck was involved in a crash with a semi-truck at the intersection of Highway 100 and W. Janesville Road, spilling about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, Tuesday morning.

Deputy chief Martin Freibergs of the Hales Corners fire department said that tanker truck was hit by another truck heading southbound on Highway 100. He said it was one of the worst spills he has seen in his career.

Freibergs said that the intersection is expected to be cleared by mid-afternoon on Tuesday. The fire department is handling the cleanup by pouring sand onto the spilled diesel, and then will sweep it up. The clean up process will take about three hours because the tanker that spilled has to unload the rest of its fuel into a separate tanker, Freibergs said. The Wisconsin DOT said they believe the Highway to be re-opened by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Freibergs said that there is a chance that because asphalt soaks up diesel, the DNR might go back and deem the Highway unsafe and be forced to tear it up.

No one was hurt during the crash, an employee at the Bosh Tavern located next to the scene said she heard a load "boom," and saw fuel spill out onto the street.

Star of 'Dance Moms' to make Oak Creek appearance

July 27, 2015 2:48 p.m. | Oak Creek — JoJo Siwa, one of the young stars of Lifetime's television series "Dance Moms," will make an appearance in Oak Creek on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Siwa will host two meet-and-greet sessions at The Academy of Performing Arts in Oak Creek, 9160 S. Pennsylvania Ave. The sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Registration is limited. Tickets can be purchased at

Sikh Temple announces memorial events to honor victims of 2012 shooting

July 24, 2015 2:38 p.m. | Oak Creek — The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin will welcome the public to take part in a series of events to honor victims of the mass shooting three years ago.

"The Sikh community has always been united, but I think we've united as a whole community (since the attack)," said Pardeep Kaleka, an organizer of the memorial events.

Six members of the temple were killed when a gunman went on a rampage Aug. 5, 2012. Kaleka's father, Satwant Singh, served as the temple's leader and president before he was killed in the mass shooting.

"Shortly after (the tragedy), we saw a huge influx of people we had not seen before," Kaleka said. "More and more people are learning that in order to overcome tragedies like this, we need to move forward together as a community."

The events will also honor the victims of a similar church shooting that occurred this year, on June 17, in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Kayla's Playground groundbreaking

July 24, 2015 8:43 a.m. | "Today we break ground and disrupt and weaken the soil only to be followed by hundreds of volunteers who will walk on this very ground to create a strong foundation to build Kayla's Playground," Michelle Runte, founder of Kayla's Krew said. "A community once again coming together to strengthen and to build our community in this beautiful setting of Franklin Woods Nature Center; we couldn't ask for a better silver lining."

St. Alphonsus Parish to host 'Feast on the Blacktop'

July 23, 2015 12:23 p.m. | Greendale — St. Alphonsus Parish will host a special "Feast on the Blacktop" celebration on Sunday, Aug. 2.

Members of the community are invited to enjoy food, games and live music from noon until 9 p.m. at the church, 6060 W. Loomis Road.

Music performances will include Vern Tretow, Mt. Olive and 76 Juliet. Square dancing will also be offered.

The church will also collect nonperishable items for its food pantry.

For more information, call the parish at (414) 421-2442.

Public hearing for new TIF district

July 23, 2015 11:06 a.m. | Hales Corners — A public hearing for the establishment of a new TIF district for the area east of Highway 100 is scheduled to take place at the August 17 plan commission meeting.

Village Administrator Mike Weber said that the village is still exploring potential developers for the commercial area east of Highway 100 and south of West Grange Avenue. This area has been subject to new development talks ever since the Kmart left the area.

Franklin parks commissioner calls out common council

July 22, 2015 12:23 p.m. | Franklin — Dave Pautz of the Franklin Parks Commission used the citizens comments period of the July 21 Franklin common council meeting to voice his displeasures with the common council.

Pautz was upset when he found out that the appointment of Alderwoman Susan Mayer to the parks commission had been tabled at the previous common council meeting, as well as the tabling of three other mayoral appointments. Pautz went further to accuse several aldermen of collaborating before meetings, which is illegal.

While Pautz was accusing four aldermen of collaborating, he was interrupted by Alderman Dan Mayer. Mayer asked Pautz to name the four Aldermen he thought were conspiring together, and made the point that this was just Pautz's opinion.

Mayer apologized shortly after for interrupting.

Pautz encouraged citizens to go online and listen to the audio recordings of the common council meetings.

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