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Motorist reports brick was thrown at her vehicle after a near accident

April 30, 2014 7:54 a.m. | A motorist in Oak Creek reported a brick was thrown at her moving vehicle on April 18.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A motorist reported the brick was thrown at her moving vehicle on Nicholson Road and Highway 100 on the evening of April 18.

She told police she was driving eastbound in the 100 block of East Ryan Road when the truck in front of her slammed on the brakes and she swerved around the truck, pulling off onto the side of the roadway.

The truck then pulled up to her and someone threw a brick out of the window, striking the passenger side door of her vehicle and causing $500 in damage.

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Greendale officials to look at TIF option for redeveloping apartment complex

1:46 p.m. | Greendale — Two informational meetings will be held later this month to discuss recommendations by the Community Development Authority for a Tax Incremental Financing District to improve the downtown area.

The CDA recommended a tentative TIF district on August 6 as a way to attract development, including new apartments, for the Canterbury Heights Revitalization Project.

The concept is to redevelop the existing apartment complex and add new, high-end market rate apartments with balconies and fireplaces.

Under a TIF district, the village's investment in the project would be repaid through new tax revenue generated by the development. A TIF would not affect homeowners' tax rate.

A TIF district could help grow the area's tax base and finance other enhancements to the historic downtown area, the CDA has propounded.

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Oak Creek Knights stadium available Saturdays for open track

11:50 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek High School track will open for community use every Saturday morning starting this weekend from 7 to 11 a.m.

The track, 340 E Puetz Rd., will remain open until Saturday, Nov. 22 and will host the Mayor's Thanksgiving Day Run and Walk on Thursday, Nov. 27.

No gum, food or beverages are allowed on the track. Patrons must wear walking shoes — not athletic spikes — while on the track to preserve its condition.

Franklin Educational Foundation to hold beer-tasting "Cheers to Education" event Oct. 17

11:20 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Educational Foundation will host its first beer-tasting and auction "Cheers to Education" event at Muskego Lakes Country Club on Friday, Oct. 17.

Beer, food, music and games will be offered as the foundation celebrates educational opportunities in the Franklin School District. Silent and live auctions will also be offered. Reservations cost $50 per person and includes a commemorative tasting glass.

All proceeds will benefit the foundation.

In conjunction with the foundation's largest fundraising event of the year, it will also hold a raffle. Tickets, which are limited, will cost $25 each. The winner of the raffle will get a package for four to the 2015 Men's Final Four Championship in Indianapolis.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the country club, located at 14020 Loomis Road.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

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 4.

Greendale trustees to hold special meeting for Hose Tower discussion

Sept. 12, 2014 3:20 p.m. | Greendale — A special board of trustees meeting regarding funding for the Hose Tower reconstruction will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The meeting will include discussion and necessary action regarding funds for the cost of finishing the meeting room space at the Hose Tower Building.

The issue was discussed at a meeting on September 2, when the board denied a request for an additional $120,000 to be used from this year's budget to help complete the Hose Tower project.

The meeting will be held inside Village Hall, located at 6500 Northway.

Resident injured after falling down stairs with oil poured on them

Sept. 12, 2014 10:26 a.m. | A resident who recently had back surgery was injured after falling down stairs that had had vegetable oil poured on them Aug. 23.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Someone poured vegetable oil on the steps of a residence in the 2100 block of West College Avenue before 1:40 p.m. Aug. 23.

A resident then fell down the stairs and suffered a possible back injury. Police discovered the oil was intentionally poured on the steps after responding to the scene with the Oak Creek Fire Department.

The resident, who recently had back surgery, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital and gave police the name of a possible suspect, but she denied any knowledge of it.

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Franklin to host Family Health Night

Sept. 10, 2014 2:53 p.m. | Franklin — The Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Franklin Hospital will host its annual Family Health Night on Thursday, Sept. 18.

The Family Health Night will include a display of emergency vehicles, a chili cook-off between firehouse teams, educational booths and a teddy bear clinic.

Flight for Life will also land at the hospital, along with a car crash rescue competition.

The inflatable Mega-heart will be a new addition to the event, where children can "explore" the inside of a heart.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, located at 10101 S. 27th Street. The community event is free and open to the public,

Scurry over to Wehr Nature Center on Sunday for bug day

Sept. 10, 2014 2:34 p.m. | Hales Corners — Creepy, crawly, slimy and everything else "buggy" will be on display Sunday, Sept. 14 for Wehr Nature Center's Bug Day from 1 to 4 p.m.

Live insects such as cockroaches, walking sticks and praying mantids will be on display in the live insect zoo. Chef Bill will cook "creepy crawly cuisine" snacks for patrons to taste. There will also be special crafts for children.

Here are other special demonstrations at Bug Day:

■ 1:30 p.m. "The Bug Whisperer" asks "Who wants to be an Entomologist" for his afternoon program.

■ 3 p.m. Beekeepers will demonstrate their work on Wehr's resident honeybee hives.

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'Worst road in Oak Creek' finally sees interim work

Sept. 09, 2014 1:41 p.m. | Oak Creek — By the end of the week, South 13th Street — the reported "worst road in the city" — will be slightly more drivable.

Milwaukee County agreed to do maintenance work on South 13th Street, which is a county road, from Rawson to Drexel avenues as a temporary fix before its scheduled reconstruction in 2017. Construction started Monday, Sept. 8 and is expected to finish a few days later.

"We are all very excited," said Mike Simmons, Oak Creek city engineer. "We take so many calls on this road."

The county responded to the nuisance road after Oak Creek officials mailed a resolution on March 6 urging Milwaukee County to reconstruct or rehabilitate South 13th Street.

The county also worried the road wouldn't last until 2017's reconstruction.

Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes expands operations to Oak Creek

Sept. 09, 2014 1:40 p.m. | Oak Creek — Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes & Distinctive Desserts is expanding its operations to a vacant building in Oak Creek, 9911 S. Howell Ave., between Ryan and Oakwood roads.

Its new office will operate similarly to its current location in St. Francis at 1775 E. Bolivar Ave., with production and distribution.

Suzy's was founded by Suzy Strothmann in 1983 when she began baking as a stay-at-home mother.

Now, Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes are in grocery stores across America.

Milwaukee man charged with homicide in car chase ending in shooting

Sept. 09, 2014 1:26 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was charged Monday with killing a man with a gunshot to the head during what a witness said was car chase sparked by a heroin deal gone bad.

Daven Dodson is charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon; one count of recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon; and one count of possession of firearm by a felon.

If convicted on all counts, he faces 92 years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint:

A witness told police that on Sept. 3rd, he and another man, Joel Michael Dammann, parked their car behind the Milwaukee Airport Inn in the 1700 block of W. Layton Ave. Dammann, the witness said, gave Dodson money in return for drugs, and the witness and Dammann then drove away.

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Video: Franklin crews clean up overturned truck site

Sept. 09, 2014 11:56 a.m. | Franklin — Part of West Drexel Avenue is still closed after a truck overturned at the West Loomis Road intersection Tuesday morning.

The driver reported that his truck's brakes failed and he was forced to swerve out of the way of a school bus, Franklin Fire Chief Adam Remington said. The truck then overturned at the intersection, spilling its contents across the road.

The truck was transporting "contaminated" dirt from a construction site when it turned on its side, Remington said. Response crews also located a fuel leak and a hazmat team has been called in to clean up the site.

The spill has been isolated, Remington said.

Remington could not comment on possible injuries, but said the driver was conscious and responsive when emergency crews arrived at the scene. The driver was the only occupant in the truck and no one else was injured, he said.

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BREAKING: Truck overturns on W. Loomis and W. Drexel

Sept. 09, 2014 9:34 a.m. | Franklin — Fire and police units are currently responding to the scene of an overturned truck, located at the intersection of West Loomis Road and West Drexel Avenue.

Emergency response crews were seen treating at least one person with an injury around 9:19 a.m. Tuesday morning. A total number of injured persons is unknown at this time.

The truck appeared to be carrying a large shipment of dirt, which was dumped on the road as the truck overturned.

Traffic near the intersection was temporarily halted, but has since opened up on Loomis Road.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Franklin, Greendale receive "Schools of Recognition" awards by DPI

Sept. 08, 2014 12:43 p.m. | Franklin and Greendale — Two elementary schools in Franklin and Greendale were recently named as "Schools of Recognition" by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the 2014-15 school year.

Country Dale Elementary School in Franklin and Canterbury Elementary School in Greendale were recognized as "high progress" schools for being in the top 10 percent of Title 1 schools to experience growth in reading and math.

In order to receive a School of Recognition award, schools must meet state test-participation and attendance goals and receive Title 1 funds based on state guidelines.

"Country Dale earning the Wisconsin Title I High Progress Schools of Recognition Award is a powerful testament to the impact strategic selection of interventions has on student growth," said Wendy Dzurick, director of instruction for the Franklin School District, in a news release. "Data driven decisions, students engaged in goal setting, and professional development around effective classroom practices created a learning environment that allowed students to achieve to their potential. Congratulations to the staff, students and parents for earning this well deserved recognition."

"We are proud of this accomplishment at Canterbury," said John Tharp, superintendent of the Greendale School District, in a news release. "Our District strategic plan places an emphasis on narrowing achievement gaps between the various demographic groups of students. Strong instructional delivery and classroom practices, collaboration among teachers, and focused professional development is helping us to move forward and meet student growth goals for every student."

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

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 3.

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