Woman found safe after South Milwaukee standoff

Jan. 18, 2013 2:04 p.m. | South Milwaukee Police say the woman thought to be held against her will in a home has been found in the city of Milwaukee and said she was never held against her will or harmed.

South Milwaukee had staked out a neighborhood overnight on a report that someone was holding a woman inside a home against her will.

The incident began about 9 p.m.

Barrett calls Obama's gun measure 'common sense,' opponents disagree

Jan. 16, 2013 9:36 p.m. | Mayor Tom Barrett on Wednesday called President Barack Obama's gun-control plan a "bold initiative" and "common-sense" legislation.

"This is something that has been a long time coming and something that I believe a majority of Americans have long felt is overdue in this country," Barrett said at a news conference at City Hall.

Barrett urged backers of the president's initiatives to contact their congressmen and ask them to back the legislation.

The mayor said he expects to hear from opponents of gun control by email or phone calls. The same opponents also will call Police Chief Edward Flynn and legislators, telling them to reject Obama's proposals. But Barrett said he believes the majority of Americans want change.

"This is a watershed moment in American politics," he said. "Because the question is going to be: Will the forces that have worked tirelessly to defeat common-sense legislation win again, or will the American people win again?"

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Meijer could anchor retail and apartment development at Delphi site

Jan. 16, 2013 9:59 a.m. | A Meijer supermarket and discount store could anchor a retail and apartment development proposed for the former Delphi site in Oak Creek.

The 191,000-square-foot Meijer store would be on the eastern portion of the 85-acre site, which is west of S. Howell Ave. and south of W. Drexel Ave., said Jerry Franke, president of development firm Wispark LLC.

The Meijer store would occupy about one-third of the site, formerly occupied by Delphi Corp. That auto parts factory closed, and was later demolished.

The western portion of the site would have around 150,000 to 200,000 square feet of commercial space, mainly in the former of smaller stores, restaurants and other services, such as a fitness center and medical offices, Franke said Wednesday.

There also would be around 700 apartments, he said. The apartments and additional commercial space would be developed in stages over roughly eight years, with the first phase--including Meijer--completed by mid-2015.

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New Berlin Eisenhower girls pull away from Franklin, 57-41

Jan. 15, 2013 10:02 p.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team is always secure in its identity.

"We like to come out and get in our opponents' faces and take them out of what they like to do," said Lions coach Gary Schmidt after the Lions surprisingly easy 57-41 nonconference victory over a red-hot Franklin club. "A lot of teams don't know us, so we like to schedule games like this. It was a good marquee match-up on a Tuesday night."

Only most of the starpower belonged to the Lions, who never trailed in this game and who improved to 12-1 overall. Meanwhile, the Sabers (10-3) saw their  winning streak end at eight games leaving their coach a bit mystified in the process.

"This was almost exactly like the Oak Creek game earlier in the year," said Franklin coach Tony Kathrens referring to the Sabers' last loss in early December. "We get in against a taller, better defensive team that makes us work hard and we fold like a house of cards."

"It's just frustrating. Anytime we play against a quality big (post player like the Lions' 6-2 Chelsea Brackmann) we struggle, because Cassidy (Mihalko, the Sabers' best player) likes to go inside, but we had that taken away from us tonight."

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Oak Creek police investigating rash of BB gun vandalism

Jan. 15, 2013 5:21 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are seeking the person who shattered the rear windows of at least six vehicles and damaged two apartment windows with a BB gun Jan. 9 and 10.

According to Oak Creek police reports:

Dispatch received the first report about 9:10 p.m. Jan. 9, when a resident of the 400 block of East Centennial Drive stated someone had just shot a BB through her apartment window, causing about $200 in damage to the screen and outer window.

On Jan. 10, a resident of the 9100 block of South Fifth Avenue reported someone had shot a BB through her apartment window, and her rear car window also had been damaged by a BB, between 9 p.m. Jan. 9 and 9:15 a.m. Jan. 10. Damage to her home and car is estimated at $500.

Also Jan. 10, a resident of the 9600 block of South Veronica Drive reported the back windows of two vehicles had been shattered by a BB gun between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Jan. 10. Damage to both vehicles is estimated at $700.

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Man arrested for drunken driving after fleeing police

Jan. 15, 2013 4:26 p.m. | A man who facing his third drunken driving arrest was captured by police after he attempted to flee during a traffic stop Jan. 12.

According to Oak Creek police reports:

The driver, a 30-year-old Oak Creek man, and his passenger both ran off after police pulled their car over in the 4100 block of East Studio Lane about 2:40 a.m. Jan 12. A foot chase ensued and police took both the driver and the passenger, a 37-year-old Oak Creek man, into custody a short time later.

The driver was arrested for third-offense drunken driving and third-offense driving with a revoked license. He also was cited for possession of marijuana after police found an orange pill bottle containing THC in the center console of his car during the arrest search. The passenger was arrested for resisting/obstructing an officer.

The driver was scheduled to appear in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office this week.

Franklin ski hill to reopen after equipment theft

Jan. 15, 2013 11:40 a.m. | The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin will reopen for skiing Tuesday after a weekend equipment theft hindered its ability to make snow.

Franklin police are investigating the theft of $1,600 in electrical lines and supplies needed to operate the ski hill's snow guns, said Capt. Joe Spak. Rock Sports reported the theft Sunday, and the hill was closed Sunday and Monday night.

Rock Sports officials did not return telephone calls for comment. But the hill will reopen Tuesday, according to its Facebook page, with discounted prices through Thursday. More information is available by calling (414) 529-SNOW or going to Facebook.

Greendale woman charged with homicide in pedestrian death

Jan. 14, 2013 3:46 p.m. | A 31-year-old Greendale woman has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle after striking a pedestrian with her Cadillac Escalade and killing him in October.

Josephine E. Sardina of Greendale had marijuana in her system when she fatally struck David Budge, 54, of South Milwaukee about 3 p.m. in the 4500 block of W. Loomis Road in Greenfield, according to a criminal complaint.

If convicted, Sardina faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, a fine of $100,000 or both.

Budge was walking south on the east side of the road in the parking lane when he was struck by Sardina, who was attempting to enter a gas station, the complaint says.

Sardina said she thought she had hit a parked car, the complaint says. She denied being on her cellphone, but phone records show she sent a text message at 2:58 p.m. and received and read one less than two minutes later. At 3:02 p.m., she called 911 to report the accident.

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