Townhouses proposed for South Milwaukee put on hold

Jan. 04, 2013 7:00 a.m. | A 20-unit townhouse apartment development proposed for South Milwaukee is on hold.

Vangard Group proposed the townhouses for a 1.45-acre parcel at 909 Menomonee Ave.The city-owned site is within walking distrance of downtown South Milwaukee, and just north of Heritage Reserve condos.

A city Plan Commission hearing, tentatively set for Jan. 15, has been canceled, said Tamara Mayzik, city administrator. That hearing was canceled after concerns were raised by commission members about plans for parking and other details, she said.

Commission members like the idea of townhouse-style units at the site, and Vangard could revise its plans, Mayzik said. Vangard owner Kalan Haywood couldn't be reached Thursday for comment.

Vangard would seek federal affordable housing tax credits to help finance the development.Those credits are given to developers in an annual competitive process.

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Oak Creek's Jakubczyk faces two opponents in aldermanic race

Jan. 03, 2013 1:44 p.m. | Oak Creek has three aldermanic seats up for re-election April 2.

Incumbents James Ruetz, District 3, and Kenneth Gehl, District 5, will run unopposed.

District 1 Alderman Dan Jakubczyk will square off against Steve Kurkowski and Shawn Vollmer.

The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Wednesday.

No challengers for Hales Corners trustee seats

Jan. 03, 2013 1:42 p.m. | With three trustee seats open for the upcoming election, not one has a challenger in Hales Corners.

Village Board incumbents Don Schwartz, Joseph Mesec and Linda Teschendorf are all seeking re-election April 2.

The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Possible Bender Park addition would be open to hunting

Jan. 01, 2013 5:02 p.m. | Bow hunting for deer and trapping for coyotes or other mammals would be legal on a 95-acre site that could be added to Milwaukee County's Bender Park, under rules for land purchased with state stewardship fund money.

It would be the first time - at least in modern times - that hunting would be allowed on county property, if supervisors accept the undeveloped parcel that's adjacent to the park in Oak Creek. The county has already authorized the Conservation Fund to apply for a state grant to help buy the land.

The fund plans to turn the land over to the county, if the state money and other funding come through to purchase the property from a development firm.

The proposed 95-acre addition to Bender Park lies south of Fitzsimmons Road and east of a rail corridor on the far southeastern tip of the county.

Any new county parkland purchased with money through the state Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program must be open to hunting and trapping, as well as other recreational uses, under provisions of the Sports Heritage Act approved by the Legislature last year. The measure also opened all state parks and trails to hunting and trapping.

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Man reports assault, attempted robbery at Oak Creek home

Dec. 31, 2012 2:28 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police responded to a home in the 1100 block of East Stonegate Drive after a 911 caller reported an assault and attempted robbery Dec. 23.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Two men knocked on the home's door at 9:40 p.m. Dec. 23, and told the resident they were looking for a man who looked like him. The two men then stated something to the effect of "gimme the money" several times, according to the victim, and then grabbed him, tried to pull him out the door and choked him.

The men ran off when they heard police were being called. The victim stated he did not see the subjects get into a car, but did hear a car start soon after they left. Police canvassed the neighborhood but no one saw or heard anything suspicious.

The victim described one of them men as a 5-foot-8, white or Chinese man about 30 years old and wearing gym pants, a gray knit hat and a long-sleeve gray T-shirt. The second man was described as a 5-foot-8 white man, about 35 years old, with a thin build and wearing a gray knit hat and a lightweight jacket resembling a Green Bay Packers coat.

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Woman who stole truck from Franklin gas station shot by Milwaukee police, report states

Dec. 31, 2012 12:25 p.m. | Franklin - A 31-year-old Milwaukee woman who stole a truck from a customer at a Franklin gas station used the vehicle to ram a squad car in Milwaukee during a police pursuit on Christmas Eve, police said.

According to the Franklin police report:

A 25-year-old man reported that his 2000 Ford F250 truck was stolen at Andy's Gas, 5040 W. Rawson Ave., at 2:25 p.m. Dec. 24. He had left it parked and running while he went inside the business.

The truck owner was able to get a ride from another customer, and they followed the stolen truck to College Avenue and 27th Street before losing sight of it.

Milwaukee police officers on patrol spotted the stolen vehicle about 6:45 p.m. and followed it into an alley near 72nd Street and Mill Road. The driver rammed the truck into the police squad while making a U-turn in the alley. An officer fired a weapon at the vehicle after the driver backed up and attempted to ram the squad a second time. The driver, a 31-year-old Milwaukee woman, was grazed by the bullet.

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Drunken driver backs truck over pedestrian, police say

Dec. 31, 2012 12:06 p.m. | Franklin - A 67-year-old Hales Corners man was arrested for drunken driving after he struck a man and rolled over him while backing up his truck at 4:18 p.m. Dec. 22, according to a Franklin police report.

Also from the report:

A 36-year-old Franklin man told police he was standing behind the 1995 Ford F150 truck at Durham Auto Salvage & Sales, 10568 S. 124th St., attempting to retrieve his bicycle out of the truck bed, when the driver started backing up. After the man was knocked down, the driver continued in reverse and drove over him with his rear, passenger-side tire.

The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. Both the driver and victim were intoxicated at the time of the incident.

The Hales Corners man was arrested for drunken driving/causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. His blood-alcohol content was 0.11.

After high-speed chase, man drives into yard

Dec. 31, 2012 11:58 a.m. | Franklin - Police are seeking a 30-year-old Waukesha man who led officers on a high-speed chase during the early morning hours of Christmas Day.

According to the Franklin police log:

Officers began pursuing a maroon 1996 Chrysler Concorde after the driver suddenly turned off his headlights and started speeding in the 7800 block of West Imperial Drive, shortly after 2:30 a.m. Dec. 25. The pursuit ended when officers lost sight of the vehicle in the 8200 block of West Winston Way.

At 3:14 a.m. police received word that the car was discovered in the back yard in the 8200 block of West Winston Way. The driver had apparently hit the curb at the dead end of Winston Way and continued driving onto a residential property. The car struck a window well and electric meter on the west side of a home before crashing into a brush pile in the back yard.

The driver, a 30-year-old Waukesha man, was not in the vehicle and officers were unable to find him.

Social media users remember Jennifer Sebena

Dec. 31, 2012 11:26 a.m. | Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena was remembered on Saturday at her funeral at Elmbrook Church. 

But community members, law enforcement officials and other people didn't stop then. They continued to offer remembrances on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels. Read the social media story.

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