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July 29, 2013 8:42 a.m. | The technical problem with Your Stories submissions on NOW sites has been fixed.

Thanks to everyone for letting us know about the problem.

And an even bigger shout-out to our many contributors who choose NOW sites to publicize their local and national happenings.

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Angered by liquor store's appearance, man smashes TV on sidewalk, police say

July 19, 2013 1:49 p.m. | Oak Creek — A neighbor upset about the untidy appearance of a nearby liquor store was cited for disorderly conduct after he retaliated by smashing a television set in front of the business June 30.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The Oak Creek man lives near Checker Liquor, 9110 S. Chicago Road. He told police he was upset about the "mess" at the business, and that he had spoken to the city on several occasions but felt not enough was being done to clean up the property.

The man went to the store and confronted the owner about 10:30 a.m. June 30. During the confrontation, the man said he asked the store owner how he would feel if he smashed a TV set on the sidewalk in front of his business "for his customers to see."

When the owner stated, "go ahead," the resident got a TV set and smashed it on the sidewalk in front of the store.

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Oak Creek church, school burglarized

July 19, 2013 12:20 p.m. | Oak Creek — Police are investigating a burglary that took place at a Faith Baptist Church and Badger State Baptist School, 8519 S. 13th St., at the end of June.

According to the police report released this week:

Someone apparently entered Faith Baptist Church and Badger State Baptist School through an unlocked church door between 8:30 p.m. June 29 and 7:15 a.m. June 30.

A bookstore cash register containing between $150 and $200 and a money box containing about $680 were taken. The perpetrator also entered the main office and stole a portfolio containing $200, along with several checks for $50 each that were made out to the school for deposit.

Two wood doors and a door frame were minorly damaged during the burglary.

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Police say Greendale man facing charges for randomly punching teens on Summerfest shuttle

July 16, 2013 2:39 p.m. | An intoxicated Greendale man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly punched three teens in the face for no apparent reason while riding on a Milwaukee County Transit Summerfest shuttle bus on June 28.

According to the police report:

Police interviewed multiple witnesses who stated that Kyle Kubiak, 21, got agitated, started yelling profanities about police and then punched a teenage girl in the face for no apparent reason as the bus pulled into the Hales Corners Park-and-Ride lot at 4800 S. 108th St. in Greenfield at about 11:10 p.m.

Two friends of the victim, a boy and a girl, tried to come to the girl's aid, but were also punched in the face by Kubiak before two other bus riders forced him back into his seat and held him there until police boarded the bus.

A Greenfield police officer, who was monitoring the Hales Corners lot as bus passengers were being dropped, was flagged down by the driver. Kubiak was quickly removed from the bus by police, handcuffed, and taken into custody.

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Registration open for run/walk held in memory of shooting victims

July 15, 2013 2:53 p.m. | Oak Creek — Registration is open for the Chardhi Kala 6K run/walk, an event to not only commemorate those who lost their lives in the Aug. 5, 2012, shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, but to also celebrate the temple's strengthened connection to the community in the wake of the tragedy.

The event is aptly titled: Chardi kala can be translated from Punjabi as "positive attitude" or "ascending energy."

"It seemed really appropriate given the circumstances," said volunteer and temple member Gurmukh Singh. "It's (chardi kala) that kind of buoyant high spirit, relentless optimism. It's in that spirit that the event will be a success."

Each of the event's 6 kilometers also are symbolic. They represent one of the members of the temple killed that day by Wade Michael Page: Satwant Singh Kaleka, Paramjit Kaur, Suveg Singh Khattra, Prakash Singh and brothers Ranjit and Sita Singh.

The run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3 and runs until 11 a.m. Entertainment, speeches, festivities and games will be provided afterward. The run/walk will take place at Oak Creek High School, 340 E. Puetz Road.

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Oak Creek to vote on spending $23,000 in Packer advertisements

July 15, 2013 2:39 p.m. | Oak Creek — The Community Development Authority on July 10 recommended spending $23,000 on radio ads on Packers game days for next season as a means of promoting development in the city.

The money will come from CDA funds gained from hotel, motel and room taxes. The commercials will be aired in four slots before and after 20 Packers games on WTMJ-AM (620). The proposal came from Journal Broadcast Group, which approached the city.

While the city has purchased money for print ads, this is their first foray into radio advertising and something CDA Director Doug Seymour said was an "outside the box" way of marketing the city.

The Oak Creek Common Council will examine and vote on the proposal in the next few weeks.

Krimmer sets Oak Creek wins record in Knights' 9-3 regional victory

July 12, 2013 10:31 p.m. | Breaking a record held by all-time Oak Creek baseball great deserves a special celebration.

So when Knight pitcher Hayden Krimmer was being interviewed after claiming the victory in Oak Creek's 9-3 WIAA regional final victory over visiting South Milwaukee Friday, he was caught by surprise when his teammates doused him with an ice bucket bath.

"Sorry about that," he laughed, noting that there was a fair amount of splash from the bucket and an even larger amount of laughter coming from his happy teammates.

With the victory, Krimmer now has 26 career wins, breaking the Major League draft choice Butler's old mark of 25. He did it in splendid fashion, with a five strikeout-no walk effort on the hill and a spectacular effort with the bat, including three hits and four RBI.

"Doing that feels great," said Krimmer of breaking the pitching record. "Tony is always somebody that I've looked up to."

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Man shot in Cudahy, police say

July 10, 2013 9:48 p.m. | A man was shot Wednesday evening inside a home in Cudahy, police said.

According to Cudahy police, officers were called to the home in the 5900 block of S. Packard Ave. shortly after 6 p.m.

The man was flown by helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, where his condition was not available.

The man, whose identity was not released, is in his 20s and a person identified only as a male was taken into custody, according to police.

We Energies pays $100,000 to settle state lawsuit over bluff collapse

July 09, 2013 1:53 p.m. | We Energies will pay $100,000 for three violations of state environmental regulations in connection with the October 2011 bluff collapse that sent a mixture of coal ash and sediment into Lake Michigan.

The state attorney general's office filed a stipulation and settlement agreed to by the state and the utility in Racine County Circuit Court. Racine County Circuit Court Judge Gerald P. Ptacek approved the settlement on Monday.

The bluff collapse released 22,720 cubic yards of material, including coal ash, a small portion of which went into Lake Michigan.

The collapse also carried debris from the construction work site, including vehicles and heavy machinery, down the bluff and into the lake.

The complaint alleged that We Energies had excavated waste materials and constructed a new retention pond in areas other than those approved by the DNR, failed to notify the DNR when grading of the project reached 50% completion, and failed to revise its erosion control plans when the retention pond was moved.

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Franklin police seek women who brawled at child's birthday party

July 09, 2013 9:53 a.m. | Franklin — Police are looking to arrest three women for disorderly conduct after they began brawling during a child's birthday party at a play center in the city Saturday.

According to the Franklin police log:

An employee at Jump Zone, 6544 S. Lovers Lane Road, called 911 at 5 p.m. July 6 to report that three women were fighting.

According to witnesses, two of the women sustained injuries during the fight after one of the women struck the other with a stainless steel coffee pot, and the other woman struck her with a fire extinguisher that had been pulled off a wall.

Employees stated all the women knew each other and were at the play center for a child's birthday party.

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Hales Corners fireworks abruptly canceled because of accident

July 04, 2013 9:48 p.m. | The Hales Corners fireworks show tonight was abruptly canceled about four minutes after its 9:30 p.m. start after a loud, unexpected bang was followed by emergency sirens, ambulances and police vehicles.

Officials cordoned off the entrance to Hales Corners Park where the program was being held. Ambulances from both Hales Corners and Franklin reported to the scene, which was not easily accessible.

A gurney could be seen heading up the hill toward the launch site.

A short while later, one of the ambulances could be seen getting a police escort out of the area, presumably to an area hospital.

No details of who or how many were hurt in the incident were available though at least one injury was reported.

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Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with social media

July 03, 2013 7:22 a.m. | Music filled Humboldt Park once again in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert, even if it was a little chilly for summer.

But photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill, which featured American Legion Band.

Eisenhower's Katie Lang named NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year

July 02, 2013 5:38 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower's Katie Lang led the Lions to a 16-4 mark this season while striking out 147 batters in 95 innings, hurling a pair of no-hitters and knocking in 19 runs from her spot in the middle of the order.

Those accomplishments led to a selection as the NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year, as voted by the NOW Newspapers sports staff.

She is joined on the team by Menomonee Falls coach Nick Heiting, the All-Suburban Softball Coach of the Year. He led the Indians to a 19-5 mark after taking the team over on an interim basis.

You can see the rest of the team and more at the NOW 2013 All-Suburban Softball Team page.

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