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We Energies plant fire deemed minor

Oct. 30, 2013 12:35 p.m. | Oak Creek — Firefighters from Oak Creek, Cudahy, South Milwaukee, Franklin, Saint Francis and Greenfield responded to reports of smoke and fire at the Oak Creek We Energies power plant on Tuesday.

The fire was caused by a loss of control systems to two of the plant's boilers, causing cooling fans to shut down and igniting coal dust around insulation Oak Creek Fire Chief Thomas Rosandich said. Plant operators shut both boilers down and called 911.

Two small fires resulted, and they were put out within an hour, Rosandich said. No firefighters were injured. He added that the logistics of getting personnel to the right portion of the 1,400-acre plant was the most difficult part of the operation.

"The guys stuck to their plan inside, and everything went very well," Rosandich added.

We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said the plant was evacuated and no employees were injured. The two boilers will remain offline until plant operators run through a total inspection and fix the control systems.

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Man found passed out in turn lane arrested for fourth drunken driving offense

Oct. 29, 2013 4:24 p.m. | A man was arrested for his fourth drunken driving offense within a five-year period after he was found passed out in his vehicle on Howell Avenue during the early morning hours of Oct. 13.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Police were alerted to the intoxicated driver after a 911 caller reported the driver of a Jeep appeared to be passed out or sleeping in the left-turn lane on Howell Avenue at Rawson Avenue about 4:45 a.m. Oct. 13.

An officer found the vehicle just past the left-turn lane with its brake lights on. The officer waited through one cycle of lights but the vehicle didn't move, and the officer's first attempts to wake the driver were unsuccessful.

The driver finally woke up after the officer shook his vehicle. The driver was arrested for drunken driving after he registered a 0.22 on breath test. He was taken to Wheaton Franciscan Hospital for a blood draw.

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Couple cited after complaint of sex in Cudahy apartment building

Oct. 29, 2013 9:43 a.m. | A 25-year-old Cudahy woman and a 27-year-old Milwaukee man were cited for disorderly conduct after police received a complaint about a couple having sex in the hallway of an apartment building Oct. 17.

According to the Cudahy police report:

Someone in the building was alerted to the activity when his dog began to bark. He called police, who found the woman and man in the hallway of the apartment building in the 3800 block of East Edgerton Avenue at 4:54 a.m. Oct. 17.

The Milwaukee man said the couple was "just making out," and were in the hallway because "there were children in the apartment and they did not want to do that in front of them."

Franklin home likely a 'complete loss' after fire

Oct. 28, 2013 3:04 p.m. | Franklin — Six residents were evacuated from their home after a fire ravaged the structure Sunday, according to the Franklin Fire Department.

The department responded to the home fire in the 6800 block of South Dory Drive about 7 p.m. Sunday, Franklin Fire Chief Adam Remington said.

"The fire was pretty extensive," Remington said. "We believe it began on, or under, the deck and spread to the house. All three floors, including the basement, were pretty well involved by the time we got there.

"The house will probably be a complete loss."

Three of the residents were evaluated for smoke inhalation, but did not require further medical treatment, Remington said.

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Read social media story of Division 1 Level 1 football playoffs games

Oct. 26, 2013 9:19 a.m. | Arrowhead, Franklin, Germantown, Oconomowoc, Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago and Oak Creek all faced Level 1 competition in the WIAA football playoffs Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Read social media story of Division 3 Level 1 football playoffs games

Oct. 26, 2013 7:58 a.m. | Greendale, Brown Deer, Pewaukee, New Berlin West and Catholic Memorial all faced off in Level 1 of the WIAA football playoffs Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Indian Trail's fast start too much for Oak Creek in 52-28 playoff decision

Oct. 25, 2013 10:46 p.m. | Towards the end of an already alarmingly bad first half for the Oak Creek football team in its eventual season-ending 52-28 WIAA Division I Level I playoff loss to host Kenosha Indian Trail Friday night, some wag in the stands offered this advice for the defense:

"What you're doing isn't working, try something else!"

Easy for him to say, because the Knights, who had been looking for a bit of revenge against the Hawks for a regular season defeat two months ago, were often caught in what seemed to be a Halloween movie-style nightmare all evening long.

Because just like a ghost, everytime they tried to grasp an Indian Trail receiver or back, that player seemed to disappear into the open field and right into the end zone.

Over and over again.

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Oak Creek house fire sends one to hospital

Oct. 25, 2013 2:12 p.m. | One man was taken to the Wheaton Franciscan Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and neck pain after a house fire in the 200 block of East Forest Hill Avenue on Oct. 13.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The Fire Department and police responded to the home when a passerby called 911 to report flames coming out of the roof of the house at 6:24 a.m. Oct. 13.

The Franklin and Greenfield fire departments also assisted in extinguishing the fire, which caused major damage to the home. A damage estimate was unavailable at the time of the report.

The resident told police he had multiple electrical cords in the house, and that he woke up "to the sound of the electricity coming on" before realizing his attic was on fire. He stated he had run outside, gotten a garden hose and gone back into the residence to try to put out the fire but was overcome by the smoke.

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Milwaukee County offering free golf

Oct. 23, 2013 3:29 p.m. | From Oct. 23-25, those who rent a $10 golf cart at six Milwaukee County Parks golf courses will have green fees waived.

For parties, each player would pay $10 for a share of an available cart and play for free. If all carts are rented golfers may walk on for free.

"The weather is beautiful — it's just a bit cooler," said Assistant Recreation Chief Joe Mronzinski. "There's still time to get some quality play in this season, and for the next three days, your green fee is free."

Reservations can be made over the phone at (414) 475-6222 or online at milwaukeecountygolfcourses.com.

Participating courses are:

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Report: 55% of Wisconsin schools buy locally sourced food

Oct. 22, 2013 11:12 a.m. | More than half of Wisconsin's public school districts are buying food from local sources and another 19% intend to start doing so soon, according to the first "farm-to-school census" conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The new report says 43% of districts nationwide had farm-to-school programs in place in the 2011-'12 school year, with fruits, vegetables and milk topping the list of local purchases.

Wisconsin schools that bought local in 2011-'12 reported spending a total of $32 million on school food, with $4.3 million of that staying in the community. The most highly cited local items bought were apples, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and lettuce, according to the USDA report.

A searchable tool for districts shows that the Greendale School District bought 30% of its school food locally, and Shorewood and Glendale-River Hills bought 10% of their food through local sources. The Slinger School District spent 20% of its food budget on local items.

Cudahy road rage incident ends after bananas, soda thrown

Oct. 22, 2013 9:38 a.m. | A 35-year-old South Milwaukee woman and a 32-year-old South Milwaukee man were cited for disorderly conduct and a 23-year-old Cudahy man was cited for vandalism after a road rage incident after bananas and soda were thrown Sept. 17.

According to the Cudahy police report:

The South Milwaukee woman told officers that a passenger in a van driven by a 54-year-old Cudahy woman threw a large soda at her car that went through a window and hit her in the face while both vehicles were stopped at the end of the Lake Parkway at Pennsylvania and Edgerton avenues. She said an occupant of the van later threw an item at her vehicle that smashed her windshield.

The Cudahy man said that the South Milwaukee woman cursed at them and threw bananas at the van, at which point the South Milwaukee man threw the soda at the woman's car. He then said he "knew it was wrong, but it was funny." The Cudahy man admitted throwing an aerosol can at the South Milwaukee woman's windshield.

Waukesha North, Greendale again claim state marching band titles

Oct. 21, 2013 9:32 a.m. | The dynasties continued their run of excellence at Saturday's Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships. 

Waukesha North won its seventh straight state title in the Class AAAA grouping (the large-school division), while Greendale captured its ninth straight championship in the Class AA division. 

The competition was held at Perkins Stadium on the campus of UW-Whitewater.

North, which won with 90.80 points, was followed by Waukesha West (89.55) and Oak Creek (88.10). This was the same finishing order as 2012 and 2011.

Waukesha West, which won seven titles from 1997 to 2006, has finished the runner-up to North each of the last seven years.

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Greendale runs table in Woodland

Oct. 18, 2013 11:22 a.m. | The members of the Greendale football team clustered near the end zone at Steve Gavinski Field, posing for pictures and holding high the first Woodland Conference championship trophy.

The Panthers had just rolled past South Milwaukee, 41-7, in the initial meeting of the champions of the Woodland West and East Divisions on Thursday night.

They accomplished something that had not been done before, but they did it in a similar fashion to all their other victories during a 9-0 season.

They simply dominated behind a powerful and diverse offense and an underrated but stout defense.

"Our offense has some talented people, and I'll tell you what, our defense has some really talented people," head coach Rob Stoltz said. "We're very fortunate that we have very hard-working, committed kids who are also very talented."

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Read social media story of South Milwaukee at Greendale football game

Oct. 18, 2013 8:51 a.m. | The first Woodland title game of its kind pits two champions of their respective divisions against each other, as South Milwaukee traveled to Greendale on Thursday.

Greendale was be heavily favored after South Milwaukee lost its first game of the year in Week 8.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Franklin police field multiple reports on The Hill Has Eyes haunted event

Oct. 17, 2013 9:51 a.m. | Franklin police dealt with reports of underage employees drinking, a woman hit with a chainsaw and a man who kicked four people during The Hill Has Eyes haunted house event at The Rock Sports Complex.

According to the Franklin police reports:

· Police arrested a 23-year-old Milwaukee man for disorderly conduct after he intentionally kicked four people in four incidents during The Hill Has Eyes haunted house event at The Rock Sports Complex, 7900 W. Crystal Ridge Drive, about 10:40 p.m. Oct. 10. The man was told he was no longer welcome at the complex and was instructed not to return.

· One woman reported she was hit with a chainsaw and another woman reported she was "harassed" while at the haunted house about 12:10 a.m. Oct. 11. The two women came into the Police Department lobby to file a report but left before talking to an officer.

· An anonymous caller reported on Oct. 14 that employees under the age of 21 who were working in the field area at the event were drinking alcohol. The caller stated that all the employees in the field were highly intoxicated on the night of Oct. 11 because they were "stumbling and falling over" while scaring people in the field, and requested police do sobriety checks on actors at this event.

Armed man surrenders peacefully in Greendale

Oct. 15, 2013 3:57 p.m. | The Greendale Police Department successfully negotiated with an armed man inside a home in the 6000 block of Oakwood Lane today.

According to a statement issued by police:

Police were alerted to a domestic dispute between a 42-year-old man, his mother and his mother's boyfriend at 10:42 a.m.

"During the argument, the 42-year-old man armed himself with a pistol and fired into the floor of the residence," it states. "The mother and her boyfriend fled the residence and called police, leaving the 42-year-old man in the residence alone."

Police secured the area and contacted the man by phone.

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Son of murdered Sikh temple president to run for Paul Ryan's seat

Oct. 14, 2013 3:53 p.m. | Amar Kaleka, the son of the Sikh temple president who was killed along with five others in a shooting rampage at their Oak Creek temple, announced his intention to challenge Rep. Paul Ryan.

Kaleka, a 35-year-old Democrat, says he's running to restore accountability to Congress.

Also Monday, the Democrat who failed to unseat Ryan last year revealed plans for an "announcement rally" at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Rob Zerban has formed a congressional exploratory committee but he hasn't formally announced his candidacy. Committee coordinator Al Benninghoff says the Oct. 26 event is being billed as an "announcement rally" but he didn't have further details.

Zerban is a former Kenosha County board member.

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Homestead secures spot atop suburban football poll

Oct. 14, 2013 9:15 a.m. | The Homestead football team retains its No. 1 ranking in the NOW/Lake Country suburban football poll by holding off a rally by Germantown to clinch at least a share of its 13th consecutive North Shore Conference title.

You can see the rest of the teams ranked in the poll, get a capsule look at schools who have clinched playoff spots, learn what coaches really think, and much more at the Push for the Playoffs special section.

Go to NOW/LakeCountry Push for the Playoffs.

Sabers affirm elite status in Southeast, clinch title tie

Oct. 12, 2013 7:30 a.m. | "You're not ready!" chanted the Kenosha Indian Trail student section as the visiting Franklin Sabers took the field just before kickoff Friday at Jaskwhich Stadium.

It would turn out to be wishful thinking for Hawks fans.

Senior quarterback Sean McGuire tossed two first-half touchdown passes to receiver Nick Plath, and the Sabers (7-1, 6-0) held off a furious Hawks rally in the final two minutes to prevail, 28-21, over Kenosha Indian Trail (7-1, 5-1) in a battle between the top two teams in the Southeast Conference.

The victory clinches no worse than a tie for the league title for the Sabers, and their first crown since 2010. They have a chance to clinch the title outright in the regular season closer when they host Racine Park (0-8) at 7 p.m. Friday. The WIAA playoffs will follow.

Franklin will go in with a large head of steam following its critical win over Indian Trail, which was vying for a historic first league championship in just its second year of existence.

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Chick-fil-A plans to open Brookfield, Greendale stores

Oct. 09, 2013 4:29 p.m. | Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A plans to open a restaurant in Brookfield next summer.

The suburban Atlanta company has preliminary approval from Brookfield planning officials to construct a 5,000-square-foot restaurant at 12575 W. Capitol Drive, in what now is part of a retail parking lot. It would have a drive-through window and a terrace with outdoor seating.

"This will be a free-standing building in that shopping center area at the corner of 124th and Capitol," said Mayor Steve Ponto.

Chick-fil-A also intends to open a restaurant near Southridge Mall in Greendale. The company recently submitted building plans to the village, said Village Manager Todd K. Michaels.

Currently, the closest Chick-fil-A to the Milwaukee metro area is in Racine.

Fight starts at Cudahy High School over racially offensive comment

Oct. 09, 2013 8:53 a.m. | A 15-year-old Cudahy boy suffered a facial fracture and three loose teeth after he was punched in the face over a racially offensive comment Oct. 1.

According to the Cudahy police report:

The 15-year-old boy began the argument by directing a racially offensive comment to a 17-year-old Cudahy boy at Cudahy High School, 4950 S. Lake Drive, at 11:25 a.m. Oct. 1.

That comment prompted a confrontation and pushing between the two. The fight ended when the older boy punched the 15-year-old boy in the face, causing him to stumble back, trip over a chair and fall to the ground.

No one has been cited for the incident, but the case is being reviewed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

Suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times now online

Oct. 07, 2013 12:40 p.m. | We've just posted our comprehensive listing of 2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times, featuring activities from Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Washington County and Waukesha County.

2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times.

Police: Greendale crossing guard hospitalized after being hit by driver

Oct. 02, 2013 1:13 p.m. | Greendale police said crossing guard Karen Ziglinski, 62, has been hospitalized after she was hit by a vehicle driven by an 87-year-old West Allis woman.

According to police:

Ziglinski was helping students cross at Northway and Arrowood Street at 8:29 a.m. Oct. 2 when the vehicle struck her. She had moved into the street to clear the way for children and the children had not yet been waved into the roadway. She was the only one injured.

She was taken to Froedtert Hospital with what police say are "significant injuries." The driver was issued a citation for failing to obey a crossing guard sign.

Greendale Detective Jeremy Vlaj, who remembers Ziglinski since his early days on the force 13 years ago, said, "Karen is a great lady and we definitely want to see her have a speedy recovery. I want to see her back out there because I know she's important to a lot of people."

Report of couple having sex in Greendale bushes ends with pair of arrests

Oct. 02, 2013 9:16 a.m. | A man and a woman were arrested after someone reported that they were having sex in the bushes outside of a home in Greendale on Sept. 22.

According to the Greendale police report, which was released this week:

Officers responded to a report of a man and woman having sex in some bushes outside a home in the 5300 block of Orchard Lane about 3 a.m. Sept. 22.

Police arrested the man on a Greenfield Police Department warrant for disorderly conduct, for resisting arrest and a felony parole violation.

Police found the woman walking in the vicinity of Eastway Apartments and arrested her for obstructing an officer.

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Community Watch

» We Energies plant fire deemed minor 10/30

» Man found passed out in turn lane arrested for fourth drunken driving offense 10/29

» Couple cited after complaint of sex in Cudahy apartment building 10/29

» Franklin home likely a 'complete loss' after fire 10/28

» Read social media story of Division 1 Level 1 football playoffs games 10/26

» Read social media story of Division 3 Level 1 football playoffs games 10/26

» Indian Trail's fast start too much for Oak Creek in 52-28 playoff decision 10/25

» Oak Creek house fire sends one to hospital 10/25

» Milwaukee County offering free golf 10/23

» Report: 55% of Wisconsin schools buy locally sourced food 10/22

» Cudahy road rage incident ends after bananas, soda thrown 10/22

» Waukesha North, Greendale again claim state marching band titles 10/21

» Greendale runs table in Woodland 10/18

» Read social media story of South Milwaukee at Greendale football game 10/18

» Franklin police field multiple reports on The Hill Has Eyes haunted event 10/17

» Armed man surrenders peacefully in Greendale 10/15

» Son of murdered Sikh temple president to run for Paul Ryan's seat 10/14

» Homestead secures spot atop suburban football poll 10/14

» Sabers affirm elite status in Southeast, clinch title tie 10/12

» Chick-fil-A plans to open Brookfield, Greendale stores 10/9

» Fight starts at Cudahy High School over racially offensive comment 10/9

» Suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times now online 10/7

» Police: Greendale crossing guard hospitalized after being hit by driver 10/2

» Report of couple having sex in Greendale bushes ends with pair of arrests 10/2

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