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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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Thieves cash in on $20,000 left in car at Brookfield movie theater

Jan. 30, 2013 8:26 a.m. | Town of Brookfield Police continue to search for suspects in an ongoing string of car break-ins at Majestic Cinema, most notably punctuated by one report in which a man said he lost $20,000 cash contained in a briefcase.

Police responded to such a report at the Marcus theater complex, 770 Springdale Road, at 11:55 p.m. Jan. 19. The New Berlin man told officers that the briefcase, which also contained a $500 laptop computer, was taken from his car after the thieves broke the rear passenger window.

As to why he was keeping so much cash in his car, the man told police he is a bar promoter and that his intentions were to "deposit the currency, but the bank was closed." The victim told police he thought he may have been followed to the theater.

But police reports show he was not the only victim that night.

An MP3 player worth $400 and a purse worth $200 were also taken from a locked vehicle at the theater that evening.

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Report of shots fired leads to second Brown Deer School District lockdown

Jan. 29, 2013 4:58 p.m. | Brown Deer High School was locked down for the second time today, along with the elementary and middle schools, after police received reports of possible shots fired just west of campus.

According to a Brown Deer police news release:

Police responded to a report of possible shots fired in the 8000 block of North 60th Street at approximately 2:55 p.m.

Officers on scene received conflicting statements over what type of sound was heard.

Due to the proximity to the high school and the potential for a serious situation, school officials put the district into lockdown as per safety protocols.

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Greenfield Public Library to close for Super Bowl Sunday

Jan. 29, 2013 4:04 p.m. | The Greenfield Public Library will be closed Feb. 3, Super Bowl Sunday, a day when it is nearly deserted every year.

The Library Board approved the closure in November as part of its 2013 calendar approval.

As a side benefit, being closed on Super Bowl Sunday will enable the staff to enjoy Super Bowl parties and get-togethers, said Sheila O'Brien, director of the library, at 5310 W. Layton Ave.

The library's automated exterior book drop/check-in services and the web page will continue to be available.

Gun remark puts Brown Deer High School into brief lockdown

Jan. 29, 2013 12:52 p.m. | Brown Deer High School went into a 40-minute lockdown this morning after a staff member overheard a student remark a gun was in the school.

According to a release on the district website:

The staff member reported the remark to district administration and the Brown Deer Police Department was contacted. The building was put into lockdown at approximately 9:35 a.m. as per the district's safety protocol.

Students were released back to class at 10:15 a.m. after school staff and Brown Deer police completed a search of the school and determined there was no gun.

School administrators and police are following up and will take appropriate disciplinary action.

DOT holding informational meetings on upcoming I-43 project

Jan. 29, 2013 11:50 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold informational meetings Wednesday and Thursday on an upcoming Interstate 43 reconstruction along a 14-mile stretch from Silver Spring in Glendale to Highway 60 in Grafton, currently in planning stages and slated for construction in 2019.

The first meeting will take place between 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, Glendale. The second meeting is from 4 to 7 p.m. at Christ Church in Mequon, at 13460 N. Port Washington Road.

More information on the project is available at http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/seregion/43/index.htm or through Project Manager Steve Hoff at (262) 548-6428 or steve.hoff@dot.wi.gov.

Tosa police say driver obeyed traffic laws during chase

Jan. 29, 2013 10:44 a.m. | A suspect led police on a less-than-dangerous pursuit through the 100 block of North 92nd Street at 2:36 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

After trying to pull over a car driving 10 mph over the speed limit with expired registration, the officer was led on a pursuit that reached speeds of 30 mph and involved full stops at stop signs.

The suspect calmly drove with an officer flashing his lights and blaring his siren. When the officer called in and said he was in a pursuit due to expired registration, dispatch advised him to cut off the chase.

Officers came to the vehicle owner's house later and towed the suspected fleeing vehicle. The owner's mother was at the house and refused to answer any questions or let police into her home.

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Dog walk leads to recovery of stolen truck

Jan. 29, 2013 10:20 a.m. | A man took his dog for a walk and ended up witnessing a burglary and helping find a stolen truck.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man walking his dog in the 2600 block of North 85th Street saw a man park a truck in a driveway, move the truck to another driveway and walk through several front yards before heading to a back yard at 8 p.m. Jan. 22.

He memorized the truck's license plate number and called police.

The driver then got in the truck, drove past the man and threw several mason jars out the window.

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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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