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TMJ4: West Allis bartender torches statue of Obama

May 20, 2010 11:40 a.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that the Secret Service is investigating an incident at a West Allis bar in which a statue of President Obama was burned in effigy.

The TV station obtained a videotape that shows customers at Yester Years Pub and Grill, 9427 W. Greenfield Ave., shouting and laughing as a bartender torched the statue for the crowd. Flames tore through the statue with what looks like duct tape wrapped around its neck.

West Allis police told the station that the Secret Service is investigating, as it does with any possible threats against the president.

Click Here to watch raw video of the incident.

Read Today's TMJ4 report.

Waukesha's annual brush pickup begins May 4

April 27, 2015 7:43 p.m. | The city of Waukesha's annual brush pick up runs from Monday, May 4, to Friday, May 8.

Residents should pile branches, up to 3 inches in diameter and 6 feet long, on the terrace (the area between the sidewalk and the street) by 7 a.m. on their regular garbage pickup day.

Branches and brush should be neatly piled, with all butt ends in the same direction.

City of Waukesha's Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator Dustin Nolan said residents should tie small amounts of brush in bundles, not more than 6 feet in length or more than 40 pounds.

He said residents should not put the branches in bags, boxes or trash containers. Small twigs and branches less than 18 inches in length are considered yard waste and will not be collected.

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Wife of former Waukesha County detective pleads guilty to several offenses

April 24, 2015 10:48 a.m. | While her husband wades through his own legal trouble, Natasha Korns has been fighting a protracted battle in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Korns on April 22 pleaded guilty to five total class A misdemeanor offenses — two counts of criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to dwelling, resisting or obstructing an officer and bail jumping — in two separate cases and will be sentenced for those crimes on June 4, according to online court records.

The maximum penalty for a class A misdemeanor in Wisconsin is a jail term of nine months and a $10,000 fine.

All the charges stem from two 2012 incidents in which Korns allegedly broke into two different houses — she was reportedly found on the roof of one of them — and was caught each time by the homeowner. She was initially charged with burglary and attempted burglary of a building or dwelling, both felonies.

According to court documents, Korns pleaded guilty to the lesser offenses as part of a plea bargain negotiated between her defense team, the prosecution and the alleged victims in both cases, who are seeking more than $7,000 in restitution from Korns, which she has agreed to pay.

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Woman hurt in strong arm robbery at Franklin Wal-Mart

April 21, 2015 1:15 p.m. | Franklin — Franklin police say a woman was injured during a strong armed robbery at Wal-Mart.

Police say officers were called to the store on the corner of West Sycamore Street and South 27th Street at 4:04 a.m. Tuesday.

The 49-year-old victim was loading groceries into her car when three suspects approached her and threw her to the ground. She was kicked and punched while on the ground. The suspects then entered a silver minivan and left the scene, according to a news release from the Franklin Police Department.

Officers located the minivan on South 27th Street near Ryan Road and a pursuit ensued.

The minivan fled south onto Interstate 94, where the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Racine County Sheriff's Department assisted in the pursuit. The suspect vehicle then exited the freeway at Highway 11 and eventually stopped near 14th Street and Main Street in Racine.

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Waukesha, Washington counties at "very high" fire danger risk

April 16, 2015 2:23 p.m. | Germantown — Dry conditions are putting the entire state of Wisconsin on high alert for wildfires.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources indicates conditions in Waukesha and Washington counties are creating a "very high" risk of fire.

All other Wisconsin counties are also at "very high" risk, except Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee and Ozaukee, which are classified one level lower at "high" risk.

One grass fire spanning about 5 acres was reported and subsequently contained recently in Germantown near Bonniwell Road and Country Aire Drive — an incident that has prompted Germantown Fire Chief Gary Weiss to urge residents to use common sense when it comes to burning in the area.

"If anybody is burning, they need to be extremely careful," Weiss said. "They should stay by the fire, keep a hose nearby and make sure the area around it is safe."

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Local sports complex receives 'Riders' Choice Award'

April 10, 2015 12:33 p.m. | Franklin — A local sports complex has received regional honors.

The Rock Sports Complex, located at 7900 Crystal Ridge Road, was named the Best Bike Park in the Midwest by MTBparks.com, a website that posts information relating to mountain bikes in the United States.

The Rock Sports Complex offers more than seven miles of cross country mountain bike trails, a BMX track and coached lessons.

More than 3,000 bike riders participated in an online survey at MTBparks.com to choose the winner of the "Riders' Choice Award."

The bike park at The Rock Sports Complex will open mid-May for the 2015 season, weather permitting, and will be open weekends only, 10 a.m. — 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit RockComplex.com.

New Elm Grove business to offer outlet for creativity

April 07, 2015 5:33 p.m. | Residents of Elm Grove and the surrounding communities will have a new place to go to both express their creativity and socialize in the coming weeks.

Katherine Oberst of Brookfield and Danielle Heckenkamp of Wauwatosa have teamed up to bring Elm Grove Art, a wine and paint bar, to the village, offering plenty for both adults and children alike.

"Elm Grove Art is going to be a wine and paint bar in the evenings but it's also going to offer a lot of kids programs and day camps for moms and kids," Oberst said. "We're in the stage of decorating our place right now and our grand opening will be May 1."

The co-owners got the idea of a wine and paint bar from their own experiences visiting similar establishments in the past.

"(Danielle) and I have always been creative. We each have three children and we do a lot of crafts and stuff with our kids at home. We have so many mom friends and they always say 'We need a place to go where we can take our kids and be creative and not have the mess at home,'" Oberst said.

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Franklin author publishes kid-friendly organ donation book

April 07, 2015 1:38 p.m. | Franklin — A Franklin author has published a book that explains surgery and organ donation to kids.

Brenda E. Cortez recently released "My Mom is Having Surgery (A Kidney Story)," a book about a young girl named Kailey and her concern for her mother. Kailey is worried and scared because as her mother undergoes surgery, but throughout the course of the book she learns surgery is safe and her mom was able to save another person's life in the process.

The book is published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises and is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at tatepublishing.com/bookstore or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

The story is based off Cortez's 2005 kidney donation. She is now a strong advocate for living organ donation awareness. The author will donate one dollar from every book sold to the Donate Life America, an organization committed to increasing awareness for organ donation.

Cortez lives in Franklin with her husband Shawn, daughter Kailey, son Kyle and two Dachshund dogs.

Suspicious driver reported in Franklin

April 07, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Franklin — Law enforcement encourages residents to report any suspicious people or vehicles to the Franklin Police Department following a report received earlier this week.

On April 6, the department received a call regarding a red Dodge van, 2013 or newer without rust, driven by a white male in his 60s. The man was wearing a baseball hat, had no facial hair and was stopped on the corner of South 42nd Street and West Maplecrest Drive where he motioned to three youths, an 11-year-old and two 6-year-olds, to come to his vehicle. The driver did not say anything.

The children did not respond and went home.

The van was northbound on South 42nd Street when the incident occurred. The caller stated the vehicle had been seen in the area for the last two weeks.

To report suspicious activity call the Franklin Police Department at (414) 425-2522.

Plans announced for South 27th Street reconstruction between Franklin and Oak Creek

April 02, 2015 2:23 p.m. | Franklin and Oak Creek — Reconstruction of South 27th Street will begin this spring.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced its plans for reconstruction of South 27th Street (Highway 241) in the Franklin and Oak Creek area during a public involvement meeting on March 26.

The portion of the highway, which spans from Drexel Avenue to College Avenue, is highly deteriorated and traffic accidents are above the statewide average on the corridor, according to the DOT. Increased traffic and congestion are expected.

The project will include full reconstruction of the pavement, modification of the median openings and addition of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Intersections will be improved by adding and extending right- and left-turn lanes and updating the traffic lights.

During construction, two lanes of traffic will be open in each direction along 27th Street with turn lanes. At night, one lane of traffic will be open in each direction for the entire length of the project and turn lanes may be closed.

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Franklin hosts free pond maintenance seminar

April 01, 2015 3:38 p.m. | Franklin — The city of Franklin will host an evening for the public to learn and ask questions about pond maintenance April 15.

In conjunction with the City of Franklin Engineering department, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources — Water Division, will hold a public discussion at the Franklin Public Library in the Fadrow Room, 9151 W Loomis Road from 6 to 8 p.m.

Discussion topics will include alternative pond chemical treatments, vegetation growth, animal damage, storm water ponds and algae blooms, among other things. The public will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Guest speakers will include Storm water Engineer Pete Wood and Water Resources Biologist Craig Helker, both of the Wisconsin DNR.

To RSVP for this free seminar or to ask questions before time call Marcia LaPointe at (414) 425-7510 or by email at MLaPointe@FranklinWI.gov.

City of Waukesha committee recommends sober server ordinance for bars

March 30, 2015 2:30 p.m. | Will Waukesha be a safer all-around city if a sober server ordinance is adopted? The police department believes so. Downtown bar owners don't feel the ordinance is a bad idea, either.

In addition, there would be other benefits from an ordinance that would force any business with an alcohol license to require its bartenders, bouncers and staff to have a blood alcohol content level less than 0.08, police say.

The common council is expected to vote on the ordinance on Thursday, April 9.

Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said the ordinance, which passed in a 4-1 vote by the Ordinance and License Committee on March 23, would assist police in multiple ways.

Jack and other police personnel said if bartenders aren't drinking it would help them better determine who is already intoxicated, help eliminate underage drinking and vandalism around the city, keep bars orderly, and give establishments more credibility when police need to ask questions during an investigation.

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Recall committee calls Franklin alderwoman a 'wicked witch' in flier

March 26, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Franklin — Some residents in the city's District 4 have received fliers that depict Alderwoman Janet Evans as "The Wicked Witch of Franklin" this week.

The flier, produced by the Franklin Exploratory Recall Committee, seeks to recall the Evans, who was elected last year.

On the flier, a photo of Evans was laid over an image of a witch from the "Wizard of Oz." The group also listed grievances against Evans, declaring she "championed" for an apartment complex in the district that would bring forth more crime to the area.

The flier reads, "Let's get an elected representative who will listen to and speak for constituents in Franklin's 4th District."

For her part, Evans took exception to what she felt was a misrepresentation of facts.

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Waukesha bicycle shop Cyclesmith closes its doors

March 24, 2015 1:27 p.m. | Cyclesmith, a full-service bicycle repair shop at 1314 S West Ave. has closed.

A message on Cyclesmith's voicemail for incoming callers states: "We regret to inform you that Cyclesmith has closed" and that the store is "no longer accepting new business."

The message adds the store is "working diligently to complete all remaining work orders."

People with outstanding orders are asked to call the store and leave a voicemail to get a status update on their order or to make arrangements to retrieve the order.

The store's website says the family-owned and operated business had been in Waukesha for more than 10 years.

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'Columbine' graffiti reference results in extra police presence at Waukesha South High School

March 20, 2015 2:40 p.m. | Following a reference to Columbine High School — the site of a 1999 school shooting — in one of its school bathrooms, an extra police presence was on hand last week at Waukesha South High School.

"This is the New Columbine," read the message.

Parents of Waukesha South students received an email early Friday morning, March 20, from Principal Timothy Joynt informing them that graffiti was found the night before that made reference to Columbine.

"Please know that we have been participating with our school superintendent and the Waukesha Police Department through the night," Joynt said.

The principal said Friday that the increase in police presence was a precaution.

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Top of truck 'peeled back like a can' after collision with bridge in Wauwatosa

March 20, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Debris has been cleared and traffic is flowing again on Swan Boulevard after a tractor trailer collided with a railroad bridge about 6:45 a.m. this morning near Hoyt Park. The driver was not injured.

"There was a lot of debris from the top of the truck basically being shredded," Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski said. "The whole top got peeled back like a can."

The truck was lodged under the bridge until about 8 a.m. when it was towed away, according to police. Zalewski said there were no hazardous materials on board and there was no damage to the bridge.

Several signs in the area warn that no trucking is allowed. A large yellow sign on the bridge marks its clearance as 12 feet. Zalewski said the driver was issued a citation for inattentive driving for failing to notice the signs.

TMJ4 has footage of the truck while it was lodged under the bridge:

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