Tow truck driver arrested for Oak Creek car theft

Feb. 27, 2013 12:34 p.m. | Oak Creek - When your vehicle gets towed, it never ends well. But for one alert truck owner, a clandestine tow ended with the arrest of the tow truck driver.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A man called police after he saw a tow truck, with no lights on, tow his truck away from the former Black Diamond grounds, 124 E. Rawson Ave., about 8:45 p.m. Feb. 21. When the tow truck left the lot, the caller followed it to the Mobil station at 13th Street and Rawson Avenue.

Police arrived at the gas station the same time as the drivers and questioned both. The caller provided police with proof of ownership of the truck.

The tow truck driver, a 26-year-old Waukesha man, gave the officer conflicting information about who had authorized the tow and could not provide any documentation that the tow was legitimate.

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Bicyclist cited for vandalism after road rage incident in Oak Creek

Feb. 27, 2013 11:11 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 29-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for breaking the mirror on another driver's car during a road rage incident Feb. 20.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A driver called police after she unintentionally cut off a bicyclist while he was riding in the right lane of traffic in the 2000 block of West Ryan Road about 4:15 p.m. Feb. 20. The bicyclist followed the driver into the lot of Shell Gas, 2170 W. Ryan Road, where he confronted the woman about her driving. An argument ensued, and the bicyclist smashed the mirror on her car with his hand.

The bicyclist then attempted to get on a city bus at the Ryan Road Park and Ride. However, the driver and her husband, who was a passenger in the car, asked the bus driver to wait until police arrived.

When police arrived and questioned the bicyclist, he told police he believed he was almost struck by the woman's vehicle when the woman passed him in the right lane so he followed her to the gas station to confront her. When the driver disagreed that she had cut him off, the bicyclist got upset and punched the driver-side mirror on her vehicle, causing it to break.

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Franklin police make arrest in 2010 robbery, assault of elderly man

Feb. 27, 2013 8:52 a.m. | Franklin - An elderly Franklin man who was assaulted and robbed in his driveway on Christmas Eve, 2010, will have his day in court after a two-year investigation by the Franklin Police Department culminated an arrest this month.

Police arrested a 27-year-old former Greendale resident, Jake Breitzman, Feb. 8. He was charged with robbery by use of force in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Feb. 13 and is in custody awaiting trial.

According to the Franklin police report:

The robbery occurred at 9:10 p.m. Dec. 24, 2010, when Breitzman allegedly approached an elderly man in his driveway in the 7500 block of South 77th Street and struck him on the head with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground. He then stole a purse containing $700 the man had just won at Potawatomi Bingo and Casino in Milwaukee.

A neighborhood canvass by police revealed there was an older, light-colored pickup truck leaving the area driving backward down the street without its headlights on about the time of the incident. However, police were unable to find the vehicle or the suspect.

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Oak Creek's Alderman Michalski to host listening session

Feb. 26, 2013 6:50 p.m. | Oak Creek - Tom Michalski, 6th District alderman, will host a listening session from 10 a.m. to noon March 9.

The session is open to all residents and will allow them to ask the alderman questions in a personal setting.

For information, contact Michalski at (414) 745-1558 or

Hales Corners police seek suspect in Payday Loan robbery

Feb. 26, 2013 6:48 p.m. | Hales Corners - Police are looking for the man who robbed EZ Money Payday Loans, 5620 S. 108th St., Feb. 21.

According to the Hales Corners police report:

A man wearing a black ski mask walked into the business at 6:40 p.m. Feb. 21, held open a bag and told the employee to fill it with money. The employee put an undisclosed amount of cash into the bag and the man ran out.

No weapon was displayed during the robbery.

The man is described as a 6 feet tall, white, weighing about 200 pounds and wearing a tan coat and blue jeans.

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Two vehicles stolen in Franklin recovered in Milwaukee

Feb. 26, 2013 6:22 p.m. | Franklin - A car stolen from a local gas station Feb. 15 and a truck stolen from a local auto dealership Jan. 20 were recovered in Milwaukee within the past week.

According to the Franklin police report:

The Milwaukee Police Department contacted Franklin police at 2:55 p.m. Feb. 19 after they recovered a 2009 Infiniti G3 that had been stolen from Speedway, 10001 W. Church St., about 8 p.m. Feb. 15. The owner had left it running while he went inside for a coffee.

Police found the vehicle, along with the keys, parked outside a residence in the 3000 block of North 35th Street. The driver-side bumper was damaged and the front license plate was missing.

An investigation revealed a 16-year-old Milwaukee boy had driven the stolen vehicle to the Milwaukee location; he was arrested for driving a vehicle without consent of the owner.

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Whitnall to conduct communitywide survey

Feb. 26, 2013 3:14 p.m. | Probably next week, a communitywide survey aimed at exploring community priorities as they concern the Whitnall School District will begin.

The survey will be on the Whitnall School District website,, with the target audience including taxpayers, parents, teachers and students.

Among other things, survey that should take about five minutes to complete, will include questions about new initiatives in the schools.

The last time the district did such a survey was four years ago.

New program at Whitnall High School offers job skills, pay, diploma

Feb. 26, 2013 3:10 p.m. | Whitnall High School will offer students the chance to earn high school credits while learning skills and a paycheck at local businesses through the Second Chance Partners for Education program the Whitnall School Board approved Monday.

Students will apply for the program in which they will start school at an education center in the businesses at 7 a.m. They then will spend the afternoon working and learning on the floor of the manufacturing site. Many times students are offered jobs at the companies where they work after they graduate from high school.

Students in the program will receive diplomas from Whitnall.

Second Chance Partners for Education is already in many other school districts, including West Allis-West Milwaukee.

Farmers market coming to Greenfield, survey to help planning

Feb. 26, 2013 3:08 p.m. | A farmers market will be coming to Greenfield this summer, with location and dates to be announced.

The Greenfield Farmers Market Planning Committee is developing the community market with the help of a survey meant to determine community interest and the specifics and logistics for the market.

The online survey may be accessed at The survey will run through March 8.

"We strongly believe that a farmers market will be a vibrant addition to the city," Mayor Michael Neitzke said in the news release announcing the market. "A market providing access to fresh, healthy and locally grown produce will be a great benefit to our residents and will contribute to making Greenfield a better place."

The planning committee also is accepting help from volunteers.

Retired Beloit schools official named Greenfield interim business manager

Feb. 26, 2013 3:06 p.m. | Ronald Nortier, who retired from the Beloit School District in 2009 as executive director of operations, was named the interim director of business services by the Greenfield School Board on Monday.

Nortier was chosen from a field of nine candidates, two of whom were interviewed. He will serve until the School Board appoints a permanent replacement for Kristin Kollath, who has accepted a position with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The board expects to name a successor after it chooses a new superintendent.

Meanwhile, Nortier comes to the Greenfield schools with 36 years of experience in public education. He worked for the Beloit School District from 1985 until he retired in 2009.

District 1, 2 aldermen to host listening sessions

Feb. 26, 2013 1:22 p.m. | Oak Creek - District 1 Alderman Dan Jakubczyk and District 2 Alderman Dan Bukiewicz will hold listening sessions in March.

Bukiewicz's listening session will be held at the Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. March 4. Residents citywide are invited to come and ask the alderman about ongoing city initiatives and events.

Jakubczyk's listening session is focused more on Drexel Town Square and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 16 at Oak Creek City Hall, 8640 S. Howell Ave. He will provide cookies and coffee.

Glendale police say hotel party leads to arrest, discovery of drugs, weapons

Feb. 26, 2013 9:49 a.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for an outstanding Glendale warrant and a stash of guns and drugs was discovered after police were called for a noise complaint to the Residence Inn, 7275 N. Port Washington Road, at 1:40 a.m. Feb. 17.

According to the Glendale police report:

The woman, who had signed a "no party" form, admitted renting the suite to host a party for her sister. There were more than a dozen people on the first level who were told to leave and did.

Police then went to the loft level where they found five more people who also were told to leave and did. After they left, police found plastic bags holding 2 grams of marijuana, two handguns and more than a dozen rounds of ammunition under the mattress.

When asked who these people were, the woman and her sister said they could not identify them because they were "friends of friends."

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Police say man called in bomb threats to get revenge on ex

Feb. 26, 2013 8:44 a.m. | Camillus Court East, a senior retirement home at 10100 W. Bluemound Road, was evacuated at 7:53 a.m. Feb. 21 due to multiple bomb threats allegedly called in by a jilted lover.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The suspect, a 31-year-old Milwaukee man, allegedly called the retirement home multiple times saying that he left a bomb on the second floor men's bathroom. He also called and said he was the man who made the fake bomb threat. During another call he said that a female employee had urged him to make the threats. When pressed for a name, he didn't answer and said only that he hoped she got fired.

The employee in question, a 19-year-old woman, called the man after hearing about the threats and asked why he was doing it. "Are they scared now? I'm going to tell them you made the call," he allegedly said during their conversation.

The woman told police the man thought she owed him the $200 rent he paid before getting kicked out of her home for allegedly trying to burn her with an iron.

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Walmart conducting petition effort for proposed New Berlin store

Feb. 26, 2013 6:45 a.m. | Anyone who has been to the Walmart in the New Berlin City Center lately knows that the store is inviting customers to sign a petition if they would like to see the Walmart Super Center proposed for Greenfield Avenue built.

The store has a display of where the controversial Walmart would be located, showing its placement including how far off the road it would be.

If shoppers pause at the display, a staff member invites them to sign the petition if they would like the store to be built.

Currently, Walmart officials are trying to win city approval of the proposed store at 15205 W. Greenfield Ave. The store would need a change in zoning and in the city 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

The goal of the petition is to try to show city officials that there is support for the proposed Walmart.

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Assault rifle, pistols taken from home, Wauwatosa police say

Feb. 25, 2013 7:26 p.m. | A burglary in the 1600 block of Mountain Avenue put an assault rifle and three pistols, one of which came equipped with a laser sight, on the streets.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Report:

The homeowner had stepped out to Popeye's on 76th and Capitol at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m. he found his house ransacked and called the police.

When police entered the home they saw a black shotgun, pistol holster sans pistol, multiple loaded magazines, an empty bottle of tequila and an older .22 caliber rifle laying around a table.

The homeowner assured them that his guns were normally left lying about but he suspected the tequila was imbibed by the burglars.

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Wauwatosa police say couple coordinated children's clothes caper

Feb. 25, 2013 7:16 p.m. | A couple coordinated a $359 clothing caper at Macy's, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, at 3:07 p.m. Feb. 21.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man and woman entered the store, selected clothing including four children's shirts and two pairs of children's pants and put them in the woman's shopping bags.

The man distracted cashiers while the woman ran out of the store, setting off the alarm.

Both booked to the parking lot with the man yelling that he was the one who set off the alarms and stole the clothes. When guards weren't taking the bait, he yelled for the woman to "get in the (expletive) car!"

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Man burglarized and vandalized ex's home, Wauwatosa police say

Feb. 25, 2013 7:10 p.m. | A homeowner in the 6600 block of West Center Street came home to not only a burglary, but furniture destruction and an ominous letter at 12:13 a.m. Feb. 19.

According to the police report:

The home was a scene of destruction: the door's deadbolt was smashed off, a couch was sliced to ribbons, a television and wallet were missing and the stench of spilled bleach permeated the home. While a wallet was stolen with the television, the damage, estimated at $2,100, outweighed the loss of items, valued at $930.

In the middle of everything was a note that made reference to a man the homeowner was seeing and alleging that the homeowner owed the note writer $9,200.

The homeowner told police she believes the burglar/vandal to be her ex boyfriend, a 25-year-old Milwaukee man who shot at her a few days before the incident.

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State of City/County/State event this week

Feb. 25, 2013 5:54 p.m. | The New Berlin Chamber of Commerce will hold its State of the City/County/State event, featuring presentations and a question-and-answer period, at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 15441 W. Beloit Road, New Berlin.

Presentations will be given by New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero, County Executive Dan Vrakas and state Sen. Mary Lazich. They will focus on issues and challenges coming in 2013, as well as their individual plans, activities and initiatives.

Breakfast will be served.

The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for others.

To register, send an email to or call (262) 786-5280.

Still time to nominate businesses for award

Feb. 25, 2013 5:52 p.m. | The nomination deadline has been extended to Thursday for the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award.

People, groups or businesses can nominate a business that has shown dedication to the community through charitable donations, service activities and growth in either work force or sales.

Nominations should be emailed to

Brown Deer to host community input session on vacant Lowe's building

Feb. 25, 2013 2:48 p.m. | Brown Deer wants input on how to occupy the Lowe's building which has stood vacant since Oct. 2011.

Lowe's constructed the building in 2006 after the village invested $2.4 million through a tax incremental financing district.

Village officials will field questions and seek input on the Lowe's building on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Lois & Tom Dolan Community Center, 4355 W. Bradley Road.

For more information, contact Village Planning and Zoning Specialist Nate Piotrowski at (414) 371-3061.

New Berlin Walmart proposal likely delayed until May

Feb. 23, 2013 9:00 a.m. | The Walmart Super Center proposed for Greenfield Avenue in New Berlin will not be on Monday's Plan Commission agenda after all because the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has not finished reviewing the traffic study for the proposal.

After that review is done, others will need to review it so Walmart will likely not be on the Plan Commission agenda until May 6, Nikki Jones, New Berlin planning services manager, wrote to Walmart officials Friday.

Walmart officials have asked the city to change its 2020 Comprehensive Plan and its zoning to accommodate the proposed super center at 15205 W. Greenfield Ave.

Walmart also has applied for a one-lot certified survey map.

Judge dismisses $46 million Parkland Mall lawsuit

Feb. 22, 2013 12:56 p.m. | A $46 million lawsuit against the city of Muskego in connection with the former Parkland Mall property was dismissed by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lee Dreyfus Jr. on Wednesday.

He denied all the claims in the 2009 lawsuit that contains allegations from 1997.

The lawsuit filed by Parkland Venture, LLC, which owns the former mall property alleged that because Muskego would not let Parkland Venture do what it wanted to with the property after the demise of the shopping mall, the city had virtually taken the land without paying for it.

The judge found the claims lacked merit.

The Parkland Mall property is more than 10 acres located at Janesville Road and Lannon Drive.

West Allis leaders to discuss hiring director of public safety as city faces vacancies at police, fire chief

Feb. 22, 2013 12:29 p.m. | In a week, West Allis will not have a police chief or a fire chief.

In a letter dated Wednesday, Fire Chief Steven Hook announced his plans to retire Feb. 28.

Over at the Police Department, Charles Padgett has been interim chief since the retirement of chief Michael Jungbluth at the end of 2012. The Police and Fire Commission thought it had the police chief job nailed down with the appointment of Rick Balistrieri last week. But he suddenly withdrew his acceptance after he didn't get unanimous approval by the commission. The Common Council was made aware of his withdrawal Tuesday morning.

Because the city will soon have no chiefs, the Police and Fire Commission will meet with the Common Council on whether to combine those positions into one director of public safety.

Some aldermen expressed the view that the Fire Department has too many chiefs, so the Common Council asked to discuss the possibility of a combined police and fire director, said Joseph Kempen, Police and Fire Commission president. At a combined meeting that could take place the week of March 4, commissioners and aldermen will discuss the pros and cons of a joint position and what it would look like.

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Germantown superintendent resigns

Feb. 21, 2013 9:36 a.m. | Superintendent of the Germantown School District Susan Borden is resigning from her position at the end of the school year.

Borden has accepted a position as superintendent of the DeForest Area School District in Madison. Her last day in Germantown is June 30, after which she will immediately begin her position with DeForest.

"It's just a wonderful opportunity personally and professionally," she said.

The School Board will approve her resignation at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday and decide what route to take in finding a replacement.

Borden started her position in Germantown in 2010.

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Wauwatosa police say Starbucks tip jar bandit gets away, again

Feb. 20, 2013 10:47 a.m. | Baristas at Starbucks, 3900 N. 124th St., had a nasty surprise for the third time at 12:44 p.m. Feb. 13. A man had stolen their tip jar.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An anonymous customer told the manager that a man had just taken the tip jar and was running out the door.

While there was only $20 in the tip jar, the manager wasn't about to let the man get away without a chase. He bolted down the road, pursuing him for a quarter-mile.

The chase ended at the 12100 block of West Capitol Drive, where the thief jumped into a waiting getaway car and flew down the road.

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Cookpot-swinging woman cited for disturbance at Oak Creek home twice in about an hour

Feb. 20, 2013 9:25 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 46-year-old Cudahy woman who was removed from an Oak Creek home by police after she began throwing dog food and swinging a cooking pot at the residents returned to the scene within minutes of her release and started all over again.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A resident in the 200 block of East Susan Drive called police and asked officers to respond to the home to remove a woman who was causing a disturbance and "tearing up the place" shortly after 5 a.m. Feb. 18. The caller stated the 46-year-old Cudahy woman had been intoxicated hours before the incident, but now was just "being a whack job," and said he wanted her out of his home.

When officers arrived, they questioned a second person, who stated the woman was throwing dog food, swinging a cooking pot at him and constantly arguing with everyone. Officers arrested the woman and took her to the police station, where she was booked and cited for disorderly conduct. She was released from police custody and she left the station in a taxi cab.

At 6:15 a.m., the resident called police again stating the woman had returned. Apparently the woman left the police station in the taxi, traveled back to the residence and entered the home, which was not locked, and yelled, "That didn't work too well, did it?" and began screaming obscenities at the residents.

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Man accidentally shoots girlfriend in the buttocks on Valentine's Day, police say

Feb. 20, 2013 8:06 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 24-year-old Oak Creek man was arrested for a weapons violation after he accidentally shot his girlfriend in the buttocks on Valentine’s Day.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man called police about 5:45 p.m. to report he had accidentally shot his 21-year-old girlfriend in the buttocks with a 9-millimeter handgun. Dispatchers helped the man tend his girlfriend's wounds until police and paramedics arrived.

The woman was taken to the hospital. The report did not state the severity of her injuries but police confirmed they were not life-threatening.

After the man was questioned at the police station he was arrested on a state charge of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

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Ament and Chiovatero advance in New Berlin mayoral race

Feb. 19, 2013 10:50 p.m. | New Berlin Alderman David Ament and two-term Mayor Jack Chiovatero came out on top of a field of five candidates all vying in Tuesday's primary election for the city's four-year mayoral seat.

Ament and Chiovatero will now go on to the April 2 spring election.

Ament actually outpolled the incumbent Chiovatero, 2,472 to 1,753, according to unofficial vote totals.

Former mayor Mary Claire Lanser garnered 1,438 votes in a strong third-place finish. Candidates Janet Schulz had 334 votes and Joseph Wieneke 318.

Hansher, Leszczynski advance in Mequon's 4th District aldermanic race

Feb. 19, 2013 10:42 p.m. | Jeff Hansher and John Leszczynski advanced to the general election for the 4th District aldermanic seat on the Mequon Common Council.

The two newcomers beat Cherry Lange, who was also new to the campaign trail. Incumbent John Wirth announced his noncandidacy.

Leszczynski received 163 voters, or 47.38 percent. Hansher received 112 votes or 32.56 percent. Lange received 64 votes or 18.6 percent. Out of the 2,330 registered voters in District 4, 344 turned out to vote - a 14.8 percent turnout.

The general election is April 2. Council members earn $1,800 annually and serve three-year terms.

Unofficial results are:

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Jakubczyk, Kurkowski win Oak Creek primary

Feb. 19, 2013 10:28 p.m. | Incumbent Alderman Dan Jakubczyk and challenger Steve Kurkowski won Oak Creek's aldermanic primary, defeating challenger Shawn Vollmer Tuesday.

The two won by a close margin, with Jakubczyk and Kurkowski garnering 155 and 110 votes, respectively, and Vollmer getting 101 votes.

They will square off in the April 2 general election.

Crawford knocked out of Bay trustee race

Feb. 19, 2013 9:30 p.m. | The candidate field for the Whitefish Bay Village Board is down to four, and newcomer Robert Crawford is out of the running.

After the Feb. 19 primary, incumbent Jay Miller and newcomers Carl Fuda, Kevin McMahon, and Ken Wysocky advance to the April 2 election and will vie for two seats currently held by Miller and James Roemer, who has filed noncandidacy.

Almost 2,900 Whitefish Bay voters cast ballots in the trustee race, and the primary drew a 21 percent turnout of Whitefish Bay’s 10,306 registered voters.

Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $600 annually.

Unofficial results are:

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West Allis cans trash cart talk for now

Feb. 19, 2013 9:18 p.m. | A proposal to require all West Allis residents to buy a city trash cart to combat a growing rat problem in parts of the city, and to beautify it, was delayed by the Public Works Committee on Tuesday so that more information can be gathered.

Among other things, the committee wants to know if there is enough of a problem to warrant the requirement. The committee will likely take the matter up March 11.

About 65 percent of residents already have city carts, said Alderman Vincent Vitale, who proposed requiring the remaining 35 percent to buy them also. Not only are rats becoming amore of a problem in some eastern sections of the city, but the trash cans blow around and sometimes make it hard to get through alleys, he noted.

A 60-gallon cart would cost about $40 and a 90-gallon cart $45, he said, and residents would have two years to purchase them. The city might even be able to buy them in bulk and get a better deal for residents, Vitale said.

Milwaukee man charged after having sex with 15-year-old Oak Creek girl

Feb. 19, 2013 9:14 p.m. | Oak Creek - A 23-year-old Milwaukee man is facing felony charges after he had sex with a 15-year-old Oak Creek girl he met through an online social networking site in October.

Matthew Elmore was charged Saturday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of possessing child pornography.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Elmore was arrested Feb. 12 after receiving a call from the girl's mother Feb. 10 reporting her daughter had had sexual intercourse with a man she met on the website in October. The mother told police the two conversed for several months before they engaged in sex on two occasions in mid-January.

Elmore's next court appearance is scheduled for March 4, for a scheduling conference.

Arrest made in connection to Oak Creek apartment burglaries

Feb. 19, 2013 9:00 p.m. | Oak Creek - A police investigation of two burglaries in the same apartment building led to the Feb. 15 arrest of an 18-year-old man who lives in the apartment complex.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The investigation started when an apartment resident in the 100 block of East Field Stone Circle came home and discovered his Xbox gaming system and $350 worth of videogames had been stolen from his locked apartment between 7:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

On Feb. 14 police responded to the same apartment building after a resident reported more than $1,400 worth of electronics, including a flat-screen television, two gaming consoles, two hand-held gaming systems and numerous video games, had been stolen from his home between 7:45 a.m. and 3:40 p.m.

In both cases there were no signs of forced entry and no evidence was found at either apartment.

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Greendale Chamber of Commerce to host candidate forums

Feb. 19, 2013 5:14 p.m. | Those seeking to know more about their candidates are invited to attend the Greendale candidate forums hosted by the Greendale Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters.

Two candidate forums will be held this year, one for Village Board candidates and the other for School Board candidates.

The Village Board candidate forum is slated from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 21. The School Board candidate forum will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 27. Both forums will be held in the Greendale High School multipurpose room, 6801 Southway.

All candidates have been invited and are expected to participate. The candidates will answer audience questions posed by a mediator.

For information, call Todd K. Michaels at (414) 423-2100.

None injured in Bayside assisted living facility fire

Feb. 18, 2013 4:50 p.m. | Bayside - No one was harmed this afternoon when Bayside police and the North Shore Fire Department evacuated residents and staff of the Elizabeth Residence after a fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.

According to an NSFD news release:

The fire department and police were immediately dispatched to the Elizabeth Residence, 9279 N. Port Washington Road, at approximately 2:50 p.m. after a 911 caller reported fire on the second floor. The call was immediately upgraded to bring additional staff and equipment due to the large population of elderly and disabled residents in the assisted living facility.

Arriving police officers reported heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the building. The first NSFD unit on the scene quickly determined the automated sprinkler system had put out the fire, though there was still smoke in several corridors of the building. Fire companies shut off the sprinklers, though a significant amount of water, fire and smoke had extensively damaged the area surrounding the unit where the fire began.

Police and fire department commanders evacuated and accounted for staff and residents of the building.

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Falls receives safe city award

Feb. 18, 2013 2:20 p.m. | The village of Menomonee Falls was recently named one of the safest cities in America.

This honor was received from the neighborhood research site Neighborhood Scout, which looked at cities with a population of over 25,000. The award will be presented in front of the Menomonee Falls Village Board at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, N8480 Pilgrim Road, according to Police Chief Anna Ruzinski.

The award was unsolicited and based on the total number of crimes per 1,000 residents. Data used for the research included the total crimes in the village reported to the FBI, as well as the total population.

Crime statistics reflect the 2011 calendar year, which are the most recent vetted by the FBI.

To learn more about the ranking, visit

New Berlin election results to be available via live streaming

Feb. 18, 2013 1:13 p.m. | In what New Berlin City Clerk Kari Morgan calls another initiative to increase government transparency and communication with the community, people will be able to watch live as election results are entered onto a spread sheet for Tuesday's primary election.

Five mayoral candidates are vying for two spots in the general election on April 2.

The results can be viewed live on the city's cable channel 25 or on the city's website.

Results will be entered by ward into a results spreadsheet with live polling location results first and absentee (or central count) results second. Finally, the results will be merged for a total outcome.

To view the process on computers through live streaming, people can copy and paste the link into their Internet browsers. The link is

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Retired deputy chief becomes new West Allis police chief

Feb. 13, 2013 2:04 p.m. | The West Allis Police and Fire Commission on Tuesday named retired West Allis deputy police chief Patrick "Rick" Balistrieri as the new chief of police to succeed Michael Jungbluth, who retired at the end of 2012.

"The field of candidates was outstanding," Joseph Kempen, commission president, said in a press release announcing the commission's decision.

"And we wish to express our gratitude to all the fine candidates that were a part of this selection process," he said.

Balistrieri retired from the department more than a year ago.

In Jungbluth's absence, Charles Padgett, who had been deputy chief in charge of operations, has been serving as interim police chief. Padgett and Balistrieri were the top two candidates remaining for the job.

Glendale parade will go on

Feb. 13, 2013 8:41 a.m. | Although doubts were cast a month ago, Glendale's Fourth of July parade is set to move forward this year with a group of resident volunteers committed to planning the venerable event.

While the city's 2013 budget included $12,000 for a fireworks show amid Independence Day festivities this year, no money has been earmarked for a parade, which in years past cost between $6,000 and $7,000.

The decision not to fund the parade, made late last year by the Common Council during budget deliberations, was a deviation from past years where city funding had been allocated toward fireworks and a parade. Budget constraints were cited as a reason for the decision.

Barring outside resources - in terms of planning and financial contributions - Mayor Jerry Tepper and City Administrator Richard Maslowski last month said a parade would not take place this year.

"City staff is not equipped, or do we have the time, to plan and implement a Fourth of July festival," Maslowski wrote in a memo.

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Wauwatosa police say diners threw glass at waitress over tip

Feb. 13, 2013 8:13 a.m. | The customer is always right, except when they throw glasses at their waitress and chase her around the restaurant.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

An 18-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for disorderly conduct after she and five friends caused mayhem at Applebee's, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, at 9:56 p.m. Feb. 9.

The group, incensed that they had to pay a gratuity for their group and citing bad service, yelled at their servers, asked for extra food and caused a scene that prompted other diners to stop eating to witness the havoc.

After telling them that yes, they had to pay their gratuity, the manager heard a crash and the tinkling of broken glass as he turned away from their table. He turned around to watch the group chase the waitress across the store.

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Burglary suspect leads police on high-speed pursuit

Feb. 12, 2013 6:48 p.m. | A burglary alarm at a previously burglarized Oak Creek bakery resulted in a high-speed chase involving the suspect and an Oak Creek police officer, beginning on city streets and continuing on Interstate 94.

The suspect eluded in police in the Feb. 6 incident, but he was later identified as a 40-year-old Milwaukee man with past contacts with law enforcement agencies for theft and burglary. He is currently being sought.

According to police reports:

A security company called police at 4 p.m. to investigate a commercial burglar alarm at the electric room door at CSM Bakery Products, 7350 S. 10th St., which has been vacant for more than 10 months.

When an officer arrived, he saw a white Toyota Camry fleeing the site at high speed.

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Employee arrested for stealing motorcycle from Franklin business

Feb. 12, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Franklin - A 30-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for burglary after an investigation revealed he stole an $8,000 motorcycle from his employer's business during the overnight hours of Jan. 20, according to a Franklin police report.

Also in the report:

The owner of Speedway Auto Detailing, 6742 S. 112th St., reported that someone had forced his or her way into the business and stolen a motorcycle valued at $8,000 between the late evening hours of Jan. 20 and 8:50 a.m. Jan. 21.

During the investigation, police viewed surveillance video from a neighboring business that showed a U-Haul rental truck backing up to Speedway Auto Detailing the night of the burglary.

Police worked with U-Haul to determine who rented the truck, and found that it had been rented by an employee Speedway Auto Detailing.

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Franklin police investigate trailer break-ins at FedEx

Feb. 12, 2013 12:58 p.m. | Franklin - Someone jumped over a fence topped with razor wire so they could break into five loaded trailers at FedEx Freightways, 10613 S. 27th St., between the late evening hours of Feb. 9 and early morning hours of Feb. 10, according to a Franklin police report.

Also in the report:

The person broke the cast iron locking hook with an object, which allowed him or her to open the trailer door. An estimate of damage to the trailer doors was unavailable at the time of the report.

Two of the trailers were filled with pallets, one was filled with pamphlets for printing, one was loaded with refrigerators and one had end-cap displays for the DVD "Game of Thrones," including DVD games.

Nothing was stolen from any of the trailers.

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Man found with marijuana candy, police say

Feb. 11, 2013 7:56 p.m. | A 36-year-old Oconomowoc man's sweet tooth for marijuana candy got him arrested on drug possession charges at 3:42 a.m. Feb. 9.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Police found a disabled vehicle sitting unoccupied in the median of the 2500 block of North Mayfair Road. They eventually found the wandering owner of the vehicle and asked if he needed help.

He assented to the help and the officers' nose caught a whiff of marijuana before they entered his locked vehicle. Once inside, they saw a marijuana pipe and small bag of marijuana in a door compartment of the vehicle. The smell had gotten stronger as well.

They also found three large bags of red candies with a white powder covering them. They confronted the man about the sweets after finding he had a prior cocaine possession charge.

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Man arrested after pulling steering wheel of ex's car, police say

Feb. 11, 2013 7:26 p.m. | A 38-year-old West Allis woman was allegedly assaulted by her ex-boyfriend while driving him on errands in the 2200 block of North Mayfair Road at 3:06 p.m. Feb. 6.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Her ex had been drinking in the parking lot and was on probation for second degree sexual assault. She had broken up with him while he was in jail and was seeing someone else.

She was looking to get away from him while they were at Barnes and Noble, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, and found an out when her current boyfriend texted her, saying he needed the car.

This upset her ex, who started swearing. They got in the car to drop him off, which incited him to try kissing her and telling her to stop at a park so they could have sex. She rebuffed his attempts, which prompted him to yank the car's wheel to the left. She stopped the car and he tried taking her keys and cellphone.

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Fire department scammer reaches into New Berlin

Feb. 11, 2013 2:04 p.m. | New Berlin police have put out an alert that a scammer is calling people asking for donations to the New Berlin Fire Department.

Neither the New Berlin Fire nor Police Department is soliciting donations by phone, police said.

Anyone with information, such as name or phone number of the caller, is asked to call the New Berlin Police Department, (262) 782-6640.

New Berlin police warn of Fire Department solicitation scam

Feb. 08, 2013 2:42 p.m. | The New Berlin Police Department just received information that one of its residents received a phone call soliciting a cash donation that was allegedly on behalf of the New Berlin Fire Department.

According to a news release by the New Berlin Police Department, neither the New Berlin Police nor Fire departments solicit donations by phone, so residents should not fall prey to this recent scam.

Anyone with information on this case, such as names or phone numbers of the caller, please call the New Berlin Police Department at (262) 782-6640. If you have received a call like this, but do not have any pertinent information that would help us solve this case, you do not need to call.

Just a test: Brookfield to run new emergency siren Feb. 8

Feb. 07, 2013 1:50 p.m. | If you hear emergency sirens in Brookfield on Friday, do not be alarmed.

The city is planning a test of its emergency siren system on Feb. 8 at noon, weather conditions permitting.

Director of Finance Robert Scott said the upgraded system includes the change in radio frequency used to communicate between siren locations, as mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.

The upgrade also includes a new siren near Brookfield Road and Capitol Drive that improves the warning coverage area on the northwest side of the city.

Scott said the test is expected to last a minute or so.

West Allis delays decision on how to use redevelopment tax dollars

Feb. 06, 2013 1:58 p.m. | A plan to move excess funds from one special redevelopment district that is doing well to two others that are not yet self-sustaining rather will be considered by the West Allis Administration and Finance Committee at a special meeting Monday.

The committee decided Tuesday that the matter requires more time for debate than was available at the recess portion of Tuesday's Common Council meeting.

The committee will try to decide which scenario benefits taxpayers the most: using the excess dollars from the successful Quad Graphics tax incremental financing district to keep two less successful TIF districts out of financial trouble, or divided the money among the schools, MATC, Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to help them keep their levies down. Either way, taxpayers would not get tax relief directly.

The committee will make a recommendation to the full council, which would then make the final decision. The next council meeting is Feb. 19.

Menomonee Falls Plan Commission approves commercial bakery

Feb. 06, 2013 1:08 p.m. | A commercial bakery moved a step closer to construction on Tuesday after the Menomonee Falls Plan Commission approved a new facility proposed for the Westbrook Business Park.

The 22,047-square-foot building on the west side of Westbrook would serve as headquarters for the company. It would handle the administrative, baking, warehousing and distribution for the company that was not identified in village documents.

"They need a much larger space so it's a great opportunity to come to our community and a great opportunity for us to embrace a new business," said Village Trustee and member of the Plan Commission Mike McDonald. He did not know the name of the business.

He did say plans call for the bakery to have a small retail area in the front of the building, though much of the business will be for wholesale.

McDonald said the company has plans to grow rapidly within the next few years. According to village documents, there are currently 29 employees working on one shift; however, they plan to grow to accommodate 100 employees across multiple shifts within three years.

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Brown Deer chooses new Village Manager

Feb. 05, 2013 3:18 p.m. | Brown Deer - After a nearly six-month long search, Brown Deer has found a new Village Manager.


The Village Board approved an employment contract Monday with Michael Hall, most recently the city administrator in Shawano.

The search began in mid-August after 14-year Village Manager Russell Van Gompel resigned to take over as city manager of Eau Claire. Beginning with a pool of 40 applicants, the Village Board and its Personnel Committee met numerous times, interviewing 10 of the applicants and eventually arriving at Hall.

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Police say man robbed at gunpoint while passenger of own car

Feb. 05, 2013 3:04 p.m. | A 21-year-old Menomonee Falls man's day took a turn for the worse when, while getting out of his parked car at Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, an armed man jumped out at him yelling "Yeah, you know what time it is!"

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The victim wasn't seven steps past his car before being forced back into it at gunpoint at 2:10 p.m. Jan. 29. His two assailants took positions in the driver seat and in the back seat.

The driver said for the other alleged robber to keep the heat on the victim, which prompted the other man to punch the victim in the head while holding a gun on him.

The victim was forced to take his pants off and empty his pockets while his captors drove his car. He gave them his cellphone, wallet and credit cards before being unceremoniously kicked out of his car. He lost $1,743.

Two Wauwatosa women reportedly followed by same man

Feb. 05, 2013 11:35 a.m. | Two women reported being followed by an Indian man in his early-to-mid 20s while walking through Hart Park last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police reports:

A woman's shortcut through Hart Park ended in a terrified run from a man who had been following her.

The woman had been shopping at Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St., and was walking through Hart Park between 1 and 2 p.m. Jan. 29 when she noticed she was being followed.

At first, she thought nothing of it and changed her direction a few times. Her pursuer changed his direction as well. She started jogging. He started jogging. She broke into a flat-out run. He ran as well.

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Wauwatosa police say botched break in led to blocked burglary

Feb. 05, 2013 10:14 a.m. | While sitting down for dinner, residents in the 900 block of North 115th Street heard the telltale "click" of their breezeway door closing. Not expecting company, one of them went to the front door to find a crouched-down 14-year-old Milwaukee boy. Upon seeing the owners, the boy took off, running around the house and out of sight.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowners immediately called police, who combed the area looking for the boy. They found him riding a bike taken from a garage a few houses down.

They stopped him and asked him to empty his pockets. Batteries and another object fell out, but due to his actions, they thought that wasn't everything.

He was asked to let officers pat him down, which he flatly refused. Although the boy was 14, he was much larger than the officers and fought against their attempts to bring him down until he was struck three times in the hip.

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Wauwatosa homeowner chases burglars with car

Feb. 05, 2013 10:07 a.m. | A Wauwatosa homeowner tried to chase down burglars with his car after coming home to discover them in the process of breaking into his house last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowner pulled up to his house in the 2600 block of North 72nd Street on Jan. 29 and found a broken-in door and a SUV with three or four people in it and the engine running. The SUV screamed away and the man gave chase.

The homeowner stopped following the SUV after it ran through red lights.

He came home to a pried-open door, a ransacked home and missing electronics including a television and gaming system. He believes the burglary happened between 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

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Police say car thief was startled to find 5-year-old in back seat

Feb. 04, 2013 5:06 p.m. | A stolen car was found near Wauwatosa Avenue and Center Street on Jan. 30, abandoned not far from where it had been taken. The 5-year-old boy who had been in the backseat was still in the vehicle.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer saw a man fitting the suspect's description walking along 75th Street, breathing heavily. When the officer approached, the man looked around nervously and said he had just gotten off the bus. The officer, noting the proximity to the stolen car and the man's heavy breathing, handcuffed him and put him in the back of his squad.

"What happened?" the officer asked multiple times, adding that someone had taken a car and it was a good thing it had been found and no one was hurt. He added that the car thief must have gotten scared and run away because there was a child in the back. Hesitant at first, the man finally said that "something like that" happened.

"That's why I got out," the 19-year-old Milwaukee said after the officer asked if he knew the child was in the back before he took the car.

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Information meeting on Janesville Road plans being held Thursday in Muskego

Feb. 04, 2013 1:02 p.m. | A third public information meeting on the proposed reconstruction of Janesville Road from Lannon Road to Racine Avenue will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

The meeting will be an open-house format with no formal presentation. People can stop by anytime.

Representatives from Waukesha County, Ayres Associates and the city of Muskego will be available to discuss the project, answer questions and gather comments. Maps and other exhibits will be displayed.

Additional information on the project can be located at Or for more information, please contact Ed Hinrichs, department project manager, at (262) 548-7740.

Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

Ben Franklin Elementary School has new leader

Feb. 04, 2013 10:22 a.m. | Cassie Martin will soon bring her experience as a principal, assistant principal, department chair, alternative program administrator and teacher to Menomonee Falls' largest elementary school.

Martin is slated to step into her post as principal of Ben Franklin Elementary School Feb. 25.

She most recently worked as principal at Barton Elementary School in West Bend, where she has served since 2011. Before that, Martin served as the director of Washington County Head Start for three years. She served as assistant high school principal for two years, math department chair for one year and was a math teacher for five years.

Martin has facilitated Barton Elementary as a Response to Intervention demonstration site for the past two years and has implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports at the school. Menomonee Falls uses both RtI and PBIS at its schools.

"Our leadership team is remarkably strong. Cassie Martin is another great addition to the team," said Superintendent Patricia Greco. "Cassie is passionate about making a difference in the lives of every child, and she is deeply talented in working with families and staff in leading a strong school culture. We are very fortunate to have Cassie joining us."

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