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Video: Daykin discusses recent changes at Southridge Mall

Jan. 27, 2012 9:07 a.m. | In this week's Land and Space video, Tom Daykin talks about the addition of Macy's to Southridge Mall and other new stores in the area.

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Common Council, School Board to discuss Delphi plan

Jan. 27, 2012 7:00 a.m. | The proposed redevelopment of the former Delphi Corp. site will be the subject of a joint meeting Monday of the Oak Creek Common Council and the Oak Creek-Franklin School District Board.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the cafeteria of Oak Creek High School, 340 E. Puetz Road.

In August, a Wisconsin Energy Corp. affiliate purchased an 85-acre portion of the former Delphi property for $8 million, with plans for a mixed-use development there.

Also, city officials have been considering a possible move of City Hall and the Oak Creek Library to the Delphi site, which is at Howell and Drexel avenues.

Those new buildings and green space would use 5 to 10 acres, leaving the rest of the site for a mix of housing, offices and retail uses,

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Joint meeting will focus on Delphi and civic center redevelopment

Jan. 26, 2012 6:12 p.m. | The Oak Creek Common Council and the Oak Creek-Franklin School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss the redevelopment of the current civic center and the site of former Delphi Automotive plant.

The meeting will be held in the cafeteria of Oak Creek High School, 340 E. Puetz Road.

The purpose of the meeting is to review different options for developing both Howell Avenue sites, including their costs. The civic center is at 8640 S. Howell Ave. and the Delphi site, 7929 S. Howell Ave.

This meeting, open to the public, will also be televised on the city's public access channel, either Time Warner Channel 25 or AT&T Uverse channel 99.

Body found on Lake Michigan shore identified

Jan. 25, 2012 12:32 p.m. | The body that was found on the shore of Lake Michigan Tuesday in Oak Creek has been identified as a 22-year-old South Milwaukee woman.

Oak Creek police were called to the area at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a call about a body washing up on shore in Bender Park.

Police identified the woman Wednesday as Brittany Finley. They said she appeared to have died of exposure to the weather and her death does not look suspicious at this time.

Man, 76, cited for disorderly conduct after leaving car to explain 'rules of the road'

Jan. 25, 2012 8:39 a.m. | A 76-year-old Muskego man was issued a citation for disorderly conduct after he exited his vehicle to instruct the driver of a car he had just rear-ended about the "rules of the road."

According to the Hales Corners police report:

At approximately 9:40 a.m. Jan. 16, a 37-year-old Muskego woman was exiting the Sherper's parking lot on Highway 100 near West Scharles Avenue when the driver of the vehicle behind her started honking his horn and yelling at her. When she started to make her left turn onto Highway 100, she stated the other driver continued to sound his horn so she stopped her car. In doing so, her car was struck from behind by the other vehicle.

The woman told police the driver of the other vehicle then exited his car, approached her driver's side door and continued to yell at her about "the way she drives" before he got back into his vehicle, put it in reverse and fled north through the parking lot.

Police located the car on South 92nd Street and West Cold Spring Road and conducted a traffic stop. The driver stated he feared for his safety and was on his way to the police station to report the incident.

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Cudahy steel fabricating firm goes into receivership

Jan. 24, 2012 5:58 p.m. | American Welding and Engineering LLC, a steel fabricating and machining firm in Cudahy with about 20 employees, has gone into receivership.

The company, which occupies a 70,000-square-foot plant at 6001 S. Pennsylvania Ave., filed for protection from creditors through receivership last week.

The firm is currently closed but may reopen, court-appointed receiver Michael S. Polsky said Tuesday. He said he is talking with customers and to at least six potential buyers of the company.

American Welding does work for heavy manufacturers, including the mining and railroad industries.

The company's present incarnation dates to 2006, but it appears to be linked to predecessor operations that go back to the mid-'50s. The Cudahy factory was built in 1965 by a company also called American Welding & Engineering.

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Woman's body found in Lake Michigan off Oak Creek

Jan. 24, 2012 1:58 p.m. | Oak Creek - A woman's body was found Tuesday on the Lake Michigan shore near the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's South Shore sewage treatment plant, 8500 S. 5th Ave., police said.

The woman appears to have died from exposure.

Identification of the woman is being withheld pending notification of relatives, police said.

About 10:29 a.m., firefighters and police officers responded to a report of a body washed up on shore near Bender Park.

Officers asked plant operators to open the gate to a closed fishing pier on the north end of the property shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday so that they could get access to the lakeshore, said Scott Royer, general manager for Veolia Water Milwaukee. Veolia Water operates the South Shore and Jones Island treatment plants for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Whitnall Park sledding hill, warming house open this weekend

Jan. 20, 2012 10:21 a.m. | The sledding hill and warming house at Whitnall Park will be open today from 3 to 8 p.m.

The warming house will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The park is at 6751 S. 92nd St. in Hales Corners.

Groomed cross-county ski trails at Whitnall and Brown Deer Parks are open.

Cross-country ski rental on the weekends at Whitnall Park is $25 per day and $30 for 24 hours.

Those looking for less strenuous activity can take a dog sled ride, which are being offered Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whitnall Park clubhouse.

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Macy's to open at Southridge on March 14

Jan. 19, 2012 3:50 p.m. | Macy's at Southridge Mall will officially open March 14, and it has named Jennifer Duffy its store manager.

Duffy has been store manager of the Macy's Port Huron, Mich., store since 2008.

Shoppers who purchase shopping pass tickets from participating organizations in the store's Charity Shopping Day can get a sneak preview of the store March 10. For details, send an email to MacysSouthridgeCSD@gmail.com or call (414) 471-3699.

Meanwhile, Macy's announced it will hire about 160 employees for the Greendale mall store. Those interested in a position should apply online at MacysJobs.com.

Macy's said in May it would open a 150,000-square-foot store at Southridge; it will be the mall's fifth anchor.

Fire damages software company and causes injuries

Jan. 19, 2012 3:16 p.m. | Two people were injured in a fire this morning that caused about $80,000 worth of damage to Competitive Edge Software, 9850 S. 54th St., Franklin.

Fire Chief James Martins said the fire broke out around 10 a.m. in the software company's warehouse, after gasoline used in some machines created sparks.

Martins said he did not know the extent of the employees' injuries, but they were not life-threatening.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put the fire out, he said. The building suffered smoke damage but was structurally safe, and that utilities were not shut off.

Hales Corners teacher accused of sex with former student

Jan. 19, 2012 2:03 p.m. | A teacher at Hales Corners Lutheran School has been charged with having sex with a 16-year-old girl, a former student.

Craig Perino, 31, was charged Tuesday in Racine County with two counts of  sexual intercourse with a child 16 or older, a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 fine.  Both acts occurred at Perino's home in Waterford, according to the complaint.

Officials at the K-8 school would not discuss how long Perino worked as a middle school teacher, or his status as of Thursday.

Randy Masbruch, executive director of Hales Corners Lutheran Church, said in an email that officials were saddened by the news.

" We are cooperating with the authorities on this matter and are not able to provide additional information at this time," Masbruch said. " We have reached out to the people affected by this unfortunate event.  We care deeply about them and our prayers are with them."

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Nevada brewery plans operation in Franklin

Jan. 17, 2012 7:00 a.m. | A Nevada-based craft brewer plans to open a second brewery in Franklin to help it serve new markets in the Midwest and Northeast.

Joseph James Brewing Co. plans to operate the brewery at 9750 S. Oakwood Park Drive, in Franklin Business Park. The company will lease around 6,000 square feet within the Oakwood Commerce Center, a light industrial building.

Along with making beer and soda at the facility, the company plans to operate a tasting room and gift shop, according to Joseph James' application for zoning approval. The Franklin Community Development Authority is to consider the application at its Thursday meeting.

The operation will include brewery tours, the application said.

Joseph James is based in Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas, where it opened its first brewery in 2006, said Matt Lisowski, vice president of operations and marketing.

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Bus driver saves boy wandering in Cudahy

Jan. 16, 2012 3:20 p.m. | A 4-year-old boy wandering a busy street in Cudahy by himself early Monday was saved by a Milwaukee County bus driver, police said.

The bus driver noticed the boy walking alone in the 5400 block of S. Packard Ave. - one of the city's busiest streets - at 6:19 a.m. Monday and brought the boy onto the bus, Cudahy police Sgt. Chris Blunt said.

The boy had walked away from his grandparents' home in Cudahy and was fully clothed and uninjured, police said.

"Our cops - that's a common thing - they bought him breakfast. I think they bought him McDonald's," Blunt said. "The officers that dealt with the kid said he was a very nice kid, very clean cut. And he seemed to be very intelligent. I don't know of any distress, which is kind of rare."

The officers then took the boy home to his mom.

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Southridge owner may ban county buses because of noise, other concerns

Jan. 12, 2012 6:18 p.m. | Milwaukee County buses may be banned from Southridge Mall in Greendale starting next month, because of noise and other concerns raised by the Indianapolis-based owner of the mall.

Simon Property Group has told the county and Milwaukee County Transit System that the four bus routes that now serve the mall won't be able to use mall parking lots for picking up and dropping off mall-bound passengers.

That will mean a long hike to the mall entrances from buses that drop off passengers at stops along S. 76th St. and other surrounding thoroughfares. The four regular bus routes that serve the mall provide about 1,200 rides a day.

The only specific problem raised by the mall owner was bus noise complaints from mall neighbors, according to a county memo. County officials said they had no documents spelling out other concerns, but expressed skepticism that noise was the only issue.

Supervisor Michael Mayo Sr., the chairman of the County Board's Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee, said he found the complaint about bus noise odd.

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Arrest made after man, woman fight over Walmart parking space

Jan. 11, 2012 10:17 a.m. | A Greenfield man was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct after he pulled a woman’s hair during a fight over a parking space at Walmart, 6701 S. 27th St., at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

According to the Franklin police report:

A 51-year-old Franklin man stated he was waiting for a parking spot at Walmart when a different vehicle snuck in front of him and took the space.

After a few words were exchanged, the driver of the vehicle that took the spot approached the caller’s vehicle, stuck his hand through the open window and pulled the hair of the passenger, a 57-year-old Franklin woman.

He then left the parking lot and entered the store.

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St. Francis woman is named Miss Milwaukee

Jan. 08, 2012 5:18 p.m. | A 22-year-old St. Francis woman has been named Miss Milwaukee 2012.

Stephanie Marie Obst, a dancer, won the title at the Marian Center for Non Profits Saturday night ahead of nine other women.

Obst was Miss Southern Wisconsin in 2010 and will make a second attempt at the Miss Wisconsin title on June 16 in Oshkosh. The daughter of Beth and Jeffery Obst, she is a junior advertising and journalism major at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

First runner-up was Angela Marie Ahcin, 20, of Cudahy. Second runner-up was Raquel Faye Bruening, 19, of New Berlin.

Anyone living in the state was eligible to compete.

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Fire-damaged school's reopening delayed

Jan. 06, 2012 7:06 p.m. | St. Alphonsus School students will return to classes on Monday, instead of today as anticipated.

The Rev. Alan Jurkus said the principal decided to delay opening the school until Monday after viewing the extent of the work involved in getting 17 classes ready for students following the Christmas morning fire at the Greendale parish.

The classrooms, about two-thirds of the school, received extensive smoke damage from the fire that caused more than $200,000 in damage to the parish, and its cause is undetermined.

No one was in the church, where the fire started, and no injuries were reported.

Restaurants might replace ex-Leath building at Southridge

Jan. 06, 2012 7:00 a.m. | The former Leath Furniture building, in the northwestern portion of Southridge Mall's parking lot, will soon likely have a new owner, with that property redeveloped into one or two restaurants.

That's according to a note from Village President John  Hermes in the latest Greendale community newsletter.

Village officials are working with the new owner "to bring exciting name/s to this location," Hermes wrote. He didn't identify the prospective buyer, or the restaurants. Village Manager Todd Michaels declined to provide any additional information.

However, one source said Longhorn Steakhouse and Panda Express might be replacing the building, which would be demolished.

I reported in May that a sale was in the works for the 39,000-square-foot building, 5220 S. 76th St.

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Hales Corners trustee will seek County Board seat

Jan. 05, 2012 5:50 p.m. | A prominent Hales Corners civic leader has decided to step into Milwaukee County's political realm by running for the 9th District supervisors seat.

Donald G. Schwartz today announced his intention to seek the seat currently held by Paul M. Cesarz, who has come under fire in recent months for his lack of contact with his constituents.

In announcing his candidacy in a press release, Schwartz made no mention of Cesarz directly. Instead, he addressed issues he said the County Board needs to address as a whole - particularly in terms of partnerships to more effectively deliver county services.

"In order to address the county's structural deficit, we need new and creative ways to operate county government," Schwartz said in the press release. "I will start by identifying priorities in each community and looking at ways to implement with fiscal responsibility and by building public and private partnerships."

Schwartz is a familiar name in Hales Corners. Among his other civic roles, he has served for the past nine years as an elected trustree on the Village Board. He is also president of the Hales Corners Chamber of Commerce, which he helped reorganize in 2003. Since 2007, he has also spearheaded efforts to keep the Hales Corners Pool open - a task which involved a coordinated deal with Milwaukee County.

New Berlin police warn of burglary ring

Jan. 05, 2012 9:52 a.m. | New Berlin - Police issued a warning Thursday about a burglary ring that has committed at least 14 break-ins since mid-December in at least seven municipalities in the region.

Most of the burglaries have occurred in the morning and the suspects are believed to be men in their 20s to 30s, New Berlin police said Thursday.

Five of the burglaries have occurred in New Berlin. Residences in Brookfield, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee and West Allis also have been hit.

In New Berlin, the burglars have driven through neighborhoods on weekday mornings after people have left for work and look for houses that do not appear to be occupied, Lt. Mike Glider stated in a news release.

Suspects follow routine

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Greendale schools purposefully chosen as venue for state literacy program announcement

Jan. 04, 2012 11:52 a.m. | Gov. Scott Walker this morning unveiled a new statewide literacy program, Read to Lead, at Greendale's Highland View Elementary School because it is "a great school district that excels."

At a news conference in the school's library, Walker noted that, according to the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, Wisconsin's progress in reading achievement is stagnant at best. The Greendale School District, meanwhile, boasts that 89.2 percent of its 10th-graders ranked as proficient or advanced in reading, as measured by the Wisconsin Knowledge Concepts Examination.

Walker said students who are not proficient early are four times more likely not to graduate from high school. When poverty is factored in, the odds are greater, with students 13 times more likely not to complete school.

For that reason, he convened a bipartisan task force in spring whose recommendations include early literacy screenings, aggressive professional development for teachers, and accountability standards to measure Read to Lead's outcome.

No specific funding source for the program has been identified, although there are grant dollars - about $600,000 - for the universal literacy screenings. As far as oversight of the program, Walker said the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Children and Families will likely coordinate its various elements.

Franklin rallies, uses patience to down Muskego girls, 48-44

Jan. 03, 2012 10:11 p.m. | Once his team got the lead against Southeast rival Muskego Tuesday night in the fourth quarter, Franklin girls basketball coach Tony Kathrens did something that the Sabers haven't done much in the last 15 successful years of the program.

They pulled the ball out and milked the clock.

"I wasn't hesitant to slow it down," Kathrens. "With the way they (the Warriors) play I wanted the kids to stay calm and be able to dictate the pace. When we played Nicolet (in the recently held Rathke Tournament), we tried to run with them and we turned it over a ton."

"We weren't going to do that again."

And they didn't.

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Oak Creek police investigating child porn case

Jan. 03, 2012 4:44 p.m. | Oak Creek police are investigating an Oak Creek man who turned himself in, saying he's addicted to child pornography and has been viewing it for the past few years, court records show.

The man in his mid-20s walked into the police station Dec. 18 with his laptop computer, which he said he used to view the porn off the Internet two to three times a week, according to an affidavit accompanying a search warrant.

The man told a police officer which sites he uses and said he views children from 6 years old and up, but prefers girls near the age of 12.

Police seized the laptop, which they expect to search for evidence of possession of child pornography, the document shows.

The man has not been charged and not previously been convicted of any similar offenses in Wisconsin, court records show.

The most-read stories of 2011

Jan. 03, 2012 12:54 p.m. | Some of the most interesting news often happens in the suburbs and the just-completed year was no exception.

The most-read NOW online story of 2011 was an item on a 70-year-old St. Francis man who found a missile buried in the wall of his bathroom. How did it get there? We don't know for sure, but a former owner of the house was a World War II veteran known to collect war souvenirs.

We invite you to take a look back at some of the other most popular stories from 2011:

Woman uses 5-year-old son as shield against Taser

Family of lost child at Mayfair fights with police officers

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Community Watch

» Video: Daykin discusses recent changes at Southridge Mall 1/27

» Common Council, School Board to discuss Delphi plan 1/27

» Joint meeting will focus on Delphi and civic center redevelopment 1/26

» Body found on Lake Michigan shore identified 1/25

» Man, 76, cited for disorderly conduct after leaving car to explain 'rules of the road' 1/25

» Cudahy steel fabricating firm goes into receivership 1/24

» Woman's body found in Lake Michigan off Oak Creek Updated:  1/24

» Whitnall Park sledding hill, warming house open this weekend 1/20

» Macy's to open at Southridge on March 14 1/19

» Fire damages software company and causes injuries 1/19

»  Hales Corners teacher accused of sex with former student 1/19

» Nevada brewery plans operation in Franklin 1/17

» Bus driver saves boy wandering in Cudahy 1/16

» Southridge owner may ban county buses because of noise, other concerns 1/12

» Arrest made after man, woman fight over Walmart parking space 1/11

» St. Francis woman is named Miss Milwaukee 1/8

» Fire-damaged school's reopening delayed 1/6

» Restaurants might replace ex-Leath building at Southridge 1/6

» Hales Corners trustee will seek County Board seat 1/5

» New Berlin police warn of burglary ring 1/5

» Greendale schools purposefully chosen as venue for state literacy program announcement 1/4

» Franklin rallies, uses patience to down Muskego girls, 48-44 1/3

» Oak Creek police investigating child porn case 1/3

» The most-read stories of 2011 1/3

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