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Waukesha buys option on land for Root River discharge

Feb. 03, 2013 6:51 p.m. | The City of Waukesha has an option to purchase 60 acres in Franklin on the east bank of the Root River should Waukesha succeed in its request to buy Lake Michigan water.

The property southeast of the intersection of Oakwood Road and S. 60th St. is one possible location for Waukesha to end a pipeline carrying treated wastewater so it could be discharged to the river and returned to the lake, Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said.

Waukesha paid $60,000 for a four-year option to buy the parcel, Duchniak said. The amount equals about 10% of the purchase price.

The city is asking each of the Great Lakes states for permission to divert lake water inland for its use.

If the eight states unanimously approve the request, the Great Lakes protection compact would require Waukesha to return most of the water to the lake in the form of treated wastewater. The Root River empties into the lake at the harbor in Racine.

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Oak Creek boys bounce back from tough losses, beat Bradford

Feb. 02, 2013 12:41 a.m. | Tuesday night hurt, there was no getting past that for the Oak Creek boys basketball team.

They had unbeaten in the Southeast Conference Racine Case on the ropes for what coach Mike Jossie called about "30-plus minutes" and then let the game slip away in the last 1:30 with some uncharacteristic mistakes in a 41-40 defeat.

"It was a real heartbreaker," said Jossie. "There were tears shed in the lockerroom after that game. We played so well, so disciplined for more than 30 minutes and even had an eight-point lead at one time in the second half, but we made mistakes and Case, to its credit, made us pay for those mistakes."

And that loss had been right on top of a difficult defeat to archrival Franklin just a few days before.

So Jossie needed to see if the resurgent Knights, who have played suffocating defense and smart, patient offense all this encouraging season en route to a 6-5 league mark and a 10-9 overall record, "could find their heart and passion again."

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Police: Customer, unhappy with lottery results, chases clerk with wheelchair

Jan. 30, 2013 12:38 p.m. | A customer who became unruly after finding out his lottery ticket was not a winner prompted a call from a Speedway employee to the Oak Creek Police Department last week.

According to the police report:

The employee called police after the 51-year-old man became loud and boisterous, kicked a shelf over and chased the employee around the store with his wheelchair after finding out his ticket was not a winner at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Speedway, 8667 S. Howell Ave.

The man eventually left the store and no charges were filed.

You can find this story and more in MyCommunityNOW's weekly Suburban Crime Report, which features incidents compiled from more than 20 local police departments.

Due to thefts, Oak Creek police advise women to leave purses home when shopping

Jan. 30, 2013 9:00 a.m. | Police are advising women not to place their purses in their shopping carts after two women had their wallets stolen while shopping at Oak Creek grocery stores last week.

According to the Oak Creek police reports:

A man stole a wallet out of an 80-year-old woman's purse while she was shopping at Pick 'n Save, 6462 S. 27th St., about 3 p.m. Jan. 26. The woman told police the man took the wallet out of her open purse after he helped her load a six-pack of water and some Solo cups into her shopping cart.

The man is described as a 6-foot-tall man with light brown skin; short, dark hair and a grayish goatee; and wearing a dark tan jacket. The wallet, worth about $9, contained a driver's license, medical cards, a credit and debit card, a $25 gift certificate and other membership cards.

Police checked with store security but the incident was not captured on video surveillance.

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Brown Deer boys rally to earn share of Woodland title

Jan. 30, 2013 12:48 a.m. |  It’s like Brown Deer boys basketball coach Kelly Appleby said:

“Sometimes we have bad quarters and sometimes we have good quarters.”

Well, the Falcons clinched a share of the Woodland Conference Eastern Division title Tuesday night with probably their best quarter of the year, as they erased an eight-point halftime deficit to host Whitnall with a 33-8 third period frenzy that left their hosts looking for the bus that had run over them.

The end result was an 87-72 decision that improved the Falcons to 13-1 in Woodland play and 15-3 overall, while Whitnall fell to 8-6 and 10-7, respectively. Shorewood at 8-5 is the only team with an outside chance of even tieing the Falcons for the divisional crown with four games left to play.
 
“We had to come out playing a lot harder than we had in the first half,” said Falcon senior forward Trayvon Palmer, who was one of four Brown Deer players in double figures this night with 18 points. “It gets really exciting when we start playing like that. When it starts going really well, it makes us want to play harder, go even faster."

Appleby said the team simply needed a change of strategy.

“We were working really hard at a tight man defense in the first half,” he said. “What we needed to do was to try something that was more usable and more conducive to success for us.”

Which was full-court, in-your-face man pressure, which would tighten up the gaps left as the Falcons had fallen behind, 41-33, at the half.

Brown Deer got the third quarter off to a good start, as a three-pointer from senior D’Sean Groce on the first possession, cut the deficit to 41-36. The host school bumped the lead back up to seven on a nifty lay-up by Daniel Weymier at the 7:31 mark of the third quarter.

Those would be the last points Whitnall would score for close to four minutes, as the Falcons would go on a 19-0 run that put them ahead for good at 55-43.

Senior point guard Desmond Jackson would get the go-ahead points on a three-pointer from the wing at the 5:44 mark of the third and he and Groce would combine on a unique five-point play that all but broke Whitnall’s back a minute later.

Jackson (14 points) got a steal and a lay-up to make it 49-43 Brown Deer. It was determined that he was fouled after the shot so Brown Deer got the ball back. Groce then calmly took the inbounds’ pass and notched a baseline three-pointer to make it 52-43.

A minute after that, Groce closed out the run with a trey from the wing that expanded the lead to 55-42 with 3:44 left in the third. Whitnall, which had expended two timeouts during the run, simply had no answers as Brown Deer would go on to take a 66-49 lead at the end of the third.

In the third, the Falcons hit 12 of 22 shots, including four threes, they would dominate the boards by a rough estimate of 15-1, force five turnovers and equal all the points they scored in the first half in just one period of play.

Brown Deer would hold Whitnall at bay in the fourth quarter as courtesy of 17 of 24 free throws on the night, the advantage would never drop below 10 points.

Appleby said the game was very similar to wins earlier in the season over Greendale and Pius XI, as in both those decisions, the Falcons fell behind big in the first half, only to rally and win going away.

“Both those games we responded very well early in the second half,” said Applby. “We knew we could put some pressure on them and speed up the game a little.”

Both Jackson and Palmer were pleased with the conference title, which was a very important first goal for the 10-man Falcon senior class.

“It’s always good to get that out of the way first,” said Palmer.

“It feels good because we’ve earned it,” said Jackson.

Center Devante Jackson, who would foul out of the game in the fourth quarter, would also finish with 18 points for the Falcons while Whitnall was led by Mitch Brault with 17.

Appleby was a happy and relieved man afterward as the Falcons can win the championship outright with a victory at St. Francis next Tuesday (Feb. 5).
“The big picture? The conference title, we’re excited about that,” he said.

“We have either a share of the Woodland title or we’ve won it outright (a tie for the moment), but we just want to keep the momentum going. We want a full head of steam by (WIAA) tourney time.”


Palmer agreed.

“We can still do a lot better,” he said. “We have a lot more building to do until we reach our full potential.”

Meijer pulls plans for Franklin store

Jan. 28, 2013 4:44 p.m. | Franklin - A Meijer official today informed Mayor Tom Taylor that the company is no longer pursuing a 190,000-square-foot store at the southwest corner of Highway 100 and Loomis Road.

Taylor told NOW Newspapers that Mike Flickinger, director of real estate for Meijer, called to inform him of the decision. He noted that the decision centered on the company's difficulty in getting approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build on or near the site's wetlands.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation also had some difficulty with the entrance and exit traffic flow plan of the site, though that concern reportedly had been cleared in recent months.

"Meijer is a quality store and they tried to come up to the standards that we as a city had established for architecture, landscaping and the location of the docks," Taylor said.

He noted that the potential flooding and traffic issues were problematic throughout the process.

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