Oak Creek continues its upward climb

Sept. 28, 2012 11:51 p.m. | Oak Creek senior Virgil Hammond scored three touchdowns and led the Knights to a 40-7 victory over the visiting Kenosha Tremper on Friday, the latest in a string of standout performances by the Southeast Conference frontrunner.

“It was a great game,” Hammond said. “We stepped up and we came to play. It was great to get a home win, especially since they got us last year.”

After the Knights failed to score on their first possession and appearing to be in a tough spot on a third down and 5 from their own 7 yard line, Hammond found space and burst past the Trojans for a 93-yard touchdown run near the end of the first quarter.

Tremper looked poised to strike back after three plays had taken them from their own 36 yard line to Oak Creek’s 35 until Austin Sirovina sacked Tremper senior quarterback Kato Nichols for an 11-yard loss. Tremper could not convert and was forced to punt.

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Worth's toughness rubs off on Brown Deer in 34-13 homecoming win

Sept. 28, 2012 11:07 p.m. | Brown Deer football coach Rob Green admits that he does hold his breath a little bit every time physical quarterback Drew Worth lowers his shoulder and delivers a hit when he's off on an option run.

But Green does admit that Worth's kind of aggressive, physical attitude does have a positive effect on his offensive linemen.

"He accelerates the line play everytime he goes out there," said Green, "and when we put in our running package with 'Z' (linebacker/running back Zack Rhodes) the O-line gets very happy, because they hate pass-blocking all the time (laughs)."

Worth did both effectively Friday night at Brown Deer's homecoming game, as he completed seven of 16 passes for three touchdowns and 168 yards and he also rushed for 125 yards on 20 carries and two scores, as the Falcons moved into a share of the lead in the Woodland Conference East Dvision with a 34-13 victory over Whitnall.

How tough was Worth?

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Burglars targeting Franklin residents of Middle Eastern descent, police warn

Sept. 27, 2012 8:36 a.m. | Franklin police are warning residents about burglaries where victims appear to be targeted because they are of Middle Eastern or Indian descent, according to the city's website.

The burglaries occurred in Franklin and surrounding communities, police said. Members of foreign-born communities are urged by police to be vigilant in watching for suspicious people and activities in their neighborhoods.

Man tries to swallow metal pipe after car crash

Sept. 26, 2012 9:10 a.m. | Oak Creek - A Milwaukee man who drove his car off the roadway was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after trying to swallow a metal pipe while en route to the hospital about 5:20 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

A 911 caller reported the man - whose vehicle had veered off the roadway and come to rest in a yard in the 200 block East Forest Hill Avenue - was in medical distress.

When officers arrived, the driver, a 54-year-old Milwaukee man, was flailing his arms and convulsing. Officers were able to restrain the man until paramedics arrived and took him to Wheaton Franciscan for evaluation.

While en route to the hospital, the man took a metal pipe containing burned residue out of his waistband and attempted to swallow it. The man admitted the residue was K2, a synthetic marijuana that he purchases online.

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Porn displayed in garage could be seen by child, police say

Sept. 26, 2012 8:13 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 46-year-old Oak Creek man who called police about being pranked is facing a state charge of exposing a child to harmful material after police found pornographic images hanging in his garage.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

An officer responded to the man's home after he reported that his neighbor's children were pouring an unidentified substance on his grass, causing damage to his lawn. The man told police he was concerned the children were playing with a dangerous chemical and might get hurt.

While the officer was talking to the children's mother about the complaint, she told officers that her neighbor - the complainant - has pornographic images in his garage that are regularly shown to neighborhood children.

The officer returned to the man's house and the man showed the officer the images in his garage. After the officer told the man the images were indeed pornographic, the man stated that his 7-year-old daughter is the only child who has regular access to the garage.

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Police investigating burglary at bath & tile showroom

Sept. 25, 2012 5:14 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are investigating a burglary at P&J Bathroom Specialists, 6968 S. 13th St., which occurred over the weekend.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The general manager of P&J Bathroom Specialists called police shortly after 9 a.m. Monday after he came to work and found a window broken and the door kicked in.

Someone had forced his or her way into the main office and stolen three computer monitors and three VHS tapes. They also had forced entry into the accounting office, where they pried open a locked file cabinet and stole a cashbox containing $280.

About $15 was taken from a snack box, and a $350 brushed brass Kohler faucet was taken from one of the displays on the showroom floor.

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Student arrested for threat at Greendale High School

Sept. 25, 2012 4:18 p.m. | Greendale - A Greendale High School student was arrested and charged today for a threat that was found in the school's boy's restroom Sept. 20.

The threat indicated that something would happen in the ensuing three days. Nothing happened, but a joint investigation by the Greendale Police Department and the school district resulted in the arrest.

In a prepared statement, the district said the student will face "usual and customary discipline" up to and including expulsion. The student will not be allowed to return to the school until the situation is resolved.

"It is important to emphasize that no students at Greendale High School were in any imminent danger," Superintendent John Tharp said.

All shades of Bessler's life were colorful

Sept. 23, 2012 1:40 p.m. | Erwin "Bud" Bessler liked bright colors, bow ties, helping others and playing the drums.

He was a Cudahy native who fought in Europe during World War II, returned home, married, raised five children and got involved in the community he loved so much, serving as an alderman, school board member and member of several city commissions.

At the end of his life, in declining health, all he wanted to do was go home. And that is where he died Thursday, surrounded by family.

He was 89.

In May 2010, Bessler received the French government's Legion of Honor Medal, an award established by Napoleon Bonaparte. Bessler, the driving force behind the Cudahy War Memorial, said he accepted the award for those he knew who did not come home from the war.

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Greendale outlasts Eisenhower in shootout

Sept. 22, 2012 12:29 a.m. | After the homecoming barnburner played between the Greendale and New Berlin Eisenhower football teams, the postgame bonfire hardly seemed necessary.

But who could blame the Panthers and their fans for wanting to keep the party going after Greendale held off its Woodland West Division foe, 41-34, in a classic seesaw affair Friday night.

A muffed punt recovered by freshman Tristian Pipp set up Greendale’s final scoring drive, which was capped by sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg’s 9-yard touchdown run.

The Lions had less than four minutes to mount one last comeback, but any hope of forcing overtime ended when quarterback Vince Gabrielsen was intercepted at midfield by Jack Ringelberg.

“You love these games when you win them, and our kids showed a lot of resiliency because they got smacked in the face last week (by conference leader Pewaukee), they got smacked again tonight, and they kept coming back so hats off to them,”  Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz said.

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Falcons rally past South Milwaukee

Sept. 22, 2012 12:11 a.m. |

For those in the Whitnall community who doubted Jeff Wallack when he was hired this past year as head coach might need to check the Woodland East conference standings. After a sluggish first half, Whitnall rallied for a 37-30 win at South Milwaukee and moved into first place of the Woodland East.
“Not going to lie, this is a program win,” said Wallack. “Since I got here, we have had guys coming to the weight room and wanting to really make a difference.”

One senior has really made a difference despite never playing football for three years.

Enter game changer Patrick Wyrowski, former cross country runner.

Trailing 23-22 with two minutes to go in the third quarter, Wyrowski ran a simple five-yard hitch route but broke two tackles on his way to an 87-yard touchdown to give the Falcons their first lead of the game.

“I loved cross country,” said Wyrowski. “But I just knew I could really help this team and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Nothing beats this, Friday night lights.”

Whitnall (4-1) forced a three and out on South Milwaukee's next possession. Again, it was Wyrowski shinning under the bright lights. The wideout broke free again and quarterback Zach Sutton found him in stride for a 43-yard strike to push their lead to two scores.

Wyrowski finished with six catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

“He is a really special player,” said Sutton, who finished with 308 yards passing with four touchdown passes. “We play as a family, when one of us makes a great play we celebrate, when we make a mistake, we pick each other up.”

The Rockets (2-3) made things interesting with a quick touchdown drive of their own with 2:09 remaining. Evan Marlowe caught a 10-yard touchdown grab from Justin Oliden. Oliden finished with 158 yards passing with a touchdown.

However, an interception by Nick Climler put the Rockets in a hole they just couldn’t get out of in the fourth quarter.

“We knew we did not play our best football in the first half,” said Falcons senior linebacker Zach Price. “We were really hungry to get out there in the second half and get back to it.”

Wallack has always been good on the offensive side of the ball but he prides himself on his defensive units.

“We only held them 73 yards total in the first half,” said Wallack. “I knew if we played the way we can and limit out mistakes we would be ok.”
Both teams entered the night with 2-0 records in division play. Whitnall's victory guaranteed the Falcons a spot in the playoffs.

Oak Creek back to powerhouse form

Sept. 21, 2012 11:42 p.m. | The last time an Oak Creek football team beat Kenosha Bradford, Mike Bartholomew was on the other side.

Considering he’s in his sixth season leading the Knights, it had been awhile. It last happened in 2005.

But Friday night, that all changed. Oak Creek dominated the defending state champion in every aspect of the game, cruising to a 42-10 victory at Jaskwhich Stadium in Kenosha.

Bartholomew, who was the head coach at Bradford from 2002-06 before taking the job at Oak Creek, usually jots down a score prediction for the following week’s game after breaking down film of the opponent on Sunday’s.

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Choking game death prompts warning to South Milwaukee parents

Sept. 20, 2012 7:46 p.m. | Parents in South Milwaukee are being warned about children playing "choking games" after the death of a 12-year-old boy believed to have been playing such a game.

The boy, a student at South Milwaukee Middle School, was found unresponsive in his bed by his father shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

The boy was found with a fleece scarf around his neck and a grocery bag over his head. Efforts to revive the boy by his father and first responders were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene, the medical examiner's office said.

The death was ruled an accident.

The school principal, Jim Hendrickson, sent a letter to parents urging them to talk to their children about the dangers of choking games.

Waukesha expects water plan by end of October

Sept. 19, 2012 10:04 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha city officials expect to have a Lake Michigan water purchase plan in hand by the end of October, and it appears Oak Creek is the front-runner to become the preferred supplier.

Water Utility Commission President Dan Warren declined to comment Wednesday on whether the commission or Common Council in back-to-back closed door meetings Tuesday stated a preference for Oak Creek or Racine as the supplier.

Dan Duchniak, water utility general manager, said both the commission and council gave him their recommendations on which community had the best offer but he did not disclose whether it was Oak Creek or Racine.

The timetable calls for the Waukesha Common Council and the preferred supplier's city council to approve by the end of October a formal memorandum of understanding that summarizes details of an eventual water agreement.

Only Oak Creek is capable of meeting Waukesha's timetable.

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Theft of purse at Quiznos lands two in trouble

Sept. 18, 2012 4:34 p.m. | A Quiznos employee and her friend could face multiple charges stemming from the theft of a customer's purse Sept. 16.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

An Oak Creek man called police at 5:50 p.m. Sept. 16 after the Coach purse his wife accidentally left at Quiznos Subs, 8880 S. Howell Ave., was taken from the manager's office by a store employee.

Police questioned the employee, a 31-year-old Caledonia woman, but she insisted the purse in question actually belonged to her. After an hour of questioning, the woman admitted to officers that she gave the purse to her girlfriend, a 31-year-old Racine woman, and told her to empty it. The employee then emptied out her own purse and put the contents into the stolen Coach purse, stating she and the victim had identical purses.

The purse and credit cards were returned to the victim, with the exception of $100, which had been spent by the employee's friend. The friend also admitted she took the credit cards and made several purchases at Kohl's, Target and Pick 'n Save before the cards were returned to the owner.

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Police need help solving street sign thefts

Sept. 18, 2012 4:28 p.m. | Franklin police are investigating the theft of six street signs between Sept. 5 and Sept. 12.

According to police reports:

The following street signs were reported stolen by the Department of Public Works:

a "Duck Crossing" sign in the 8900 block of West Drexel Avenue

a "Deer Crossing" sign in the 3600 block of West Puetz Road

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Oak Creek man wins third week of NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 17, 2012 10:31 a.m. | Congratulations to Anthony Nuck of Oak Creek who is the Week 3 winner in MyCommunityNOW’s Pigskin Picks contest.

Nuck correctly selected the winner in four out of five high school football games and was the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. Brookfield Central contest.

He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Movie passes will be given away to one winner each week and three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

You can join the more than 700 people who have already signed up for the fun by registering at www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin. You can register using your Facebook account and the game is fully playable through a smart phone.

NOW sportswriters John Rech and Tom “Sky” Skibosh lead the VIP competition. Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek is a game back.

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Wounded Oak Creek officer appears at fundraiser for Sikh victims

Sept. 16, 2012 8:42 p.m. | Oak Creek - Brian Murphy, the police lieutenant critically wounded during the shooting rampage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin last month, appeared with his family at a fundraiser Sunday for victims of the attack.

Murphy, who was shot 15 times, including in the neck, by Wade Michael Page, received a hero's welcome at the event, which was held in the parking lot of a bowling alley across the street from the temple, according to a report by WTMJ (Channel 4).

Assisted by a microphone, but unable to speak above a whisper, Murphy told the crowd: "I just want to let everyone know how appreciative I am, my family is, for your kindness, prayers and support that means so much to us."

Murphy, who was celebrating his birthday, joked that he did not mind getting older.

Page killed six people before fatally shooting himself during the Aug. 5 rampage. Three others were wounded.

Sutton has hot hand for Whitnall

Sept. 14, 2012 11:24 p.m. | It took a while, but eventually the Falcons took care of business as planned against visiting St. Francis on Friday. Thanks in large part to the second quarter performance of senior quarterback Zach Sutton, the Falcons came away with a 43-15 victory on Friday.

With his team leading 8-0 one-third of the way through the second quarter, Sutton found the proverbial “zone." After completing just one of his first five pass attempts through the 16 minutes of the game, Sutton completed 8 of his next 9
pass attempts for 136 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown was a 20-yard strike to senior Nick Cimler with 5:24 left in the second quarter, and the second touchdown was a 26-yard pass to senior tight end Patrick Wyrowski at the 2:22 mark of the second quarter.

“We were just getting our momentum going and just pass after pass and just kept going” said Sutton.

St. Francis appeared to on the road to an upset early. On the game's very first drive, St. Francis began with the ball on its own 36-yard line and marched deep
into Whitnall territory before fumbling on the 1-yard line. The Mariners began their second drive with great field position but failed to gain even one first down before turning the ball over on downs.

“We got it back again a little later, but we fumbled the ball on the 1-yard line, and that takes air out of the sails” said St. Francis head coach Doug Sarver after the game.

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Pewaukee superb against Greendale

Sept. 14, 2012 11:02 p.m. | T.J. Watt wanted a prize his brothers never had -- and he took it upon himself to go get it.

 The Pewaukee two-way standout put his fingerprints all over the Pirates' 38-24 win over Greendale on Friday, helping PHS defeat the Panthers for the first time since joining the Woodland Conference. Watt scored three touchdowns, ran for 90 yards, forced a fumble, returned an interception to the Greendale 14-yard line and ran a fake punt 16 yards on 4th and 8 to essentially ice the Woodland West Division victory in a battle of undefeated teams.
"Nobody else in Pewaukee history has beaten Greendale," Watt said. "None of my brothers could do it. I'm happy because we could do it as a team. We had good blocking, good defense, and it all came together and we had a great game."
Watt, who will follow in the footsteps of brothers J.J. and Derek and play for the University of Wisconsin next year -- as a tight end -- had his best game at quarterback thus far for the Pirates (4-0). His 14-yard run on the first series of the third quarter tied the game at 17-17, and on the ensuing Greendale series, he intercepted quarterback Josh Ringelberg from the defensive end position and scampered from the Pewaukee 46 to the Greendale 14.
Three plays later, Pewaukee had its first lead of the game. Though the Panthers would re-tie the score on a sparkling 47-yard connection between Ringelberg and Mitchell Brees with 2:47 left in the third, Watt capped a 14-play, time-consuming (6:54) drive with another touchdown.
"He came to me and said, 'I want to be the quarterback' (before the season), and I think we kind of found out why tonight," said first-year Pewaukee coach Justin Friske. "He played better than he's played in any game up to this point. The plays he made on defense and offense showed what type of athlete he is. Without him, we're certainly a different team, but that's not to short all the other guys that played because we had a complete team effort tonight."
Included in that stable was David Girmscheid, who rushed for 179 runs and delivered the dagger touchdown with 1:42 to go on a 15-yard run. That score came on the ninth play of a drive that was kept alive when Watt rolled out on a rugby punt and kept it on 4th and 8 from the Greendale 28, picking up twice as many yards as necessary.
"He's phenomenal," Greendale coach Rob Stoltz said of Watt. "Everything you want in a senior leader. He did his name proud, that's for sure. He's the best player in the conference, and that was made pretty clear tonight, making plays in every facet of the game. He's a special player and we did not do nearly enough to stop him."
Greendale looked like the aggressor early, scoring less than 1:30 into the game on a Jake Zywicki 47-yard run for touchdown. Though Pewaukee answered immediately with an 80-yard kickoff return for TD by Ryan Stepanovich, the Panthers recovered a fumble to kill a Pewaukee drive and built a lead as large as 17-7. Brees caught another long ball -- this one from 65 yards -- to give his team a 14-7 lead.
Zywicki had 115 yards on the ground in the first half alone, but he was held to 19 in the second half. Meanwhile, Pewaukee kept piecing together long scoring drives.
"We just didn’t have an answer for it on defense," Stoltz said. "Whether it was the scheme or execution of it, we just didn't come to play on defense today, and it was unfortunate because our defense is a lot better than that. They're running their base wing-T stuff and we just did not execute."
Friske thought his team simply looked more composed in the second half.
"It was really a matter of us settling down and saying, 'Pewaukee football, let's go,' and the kids responded," he said. "We run the football. It's what we do. We're not going to be real fancy looking I suppose, but we do a lot of different things inside the tackles that can be confusing for a defense. I thought in the second half, our nerves were a lot better."
Greendale (3-1) will still be heavily favored to reach the playoffs, even if it lost a foothold in the chase for the Woodland West title.
"We've talked about complacency for a few weeks now. ... I don't know if we were complacent this week or as a coaching staff we didn't do a good enough job making sure everyone understands their assignment in all facets of the game."

Think you know high school football? Test your skills in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 14, 2012 12:48 p.m. | The experts and special celebrity pickers have weighed in on some of tonight's top high school football games, and you can too by joining MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest.

Visit www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to register for the contest and take your best shot at winning the weekly prize of a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

This week's featured games are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg, Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.

Time-Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin moved into a tie for the top spot among VIP pickers with his performance last week. He is a game ahead of Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, who fell back a bit last week after debuting at 5-0.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Chick-fil-A seeking to open in Greendale

Sept. 14, 2012 12:15 p.m. | Chick-fil-A wants to open a restaurant in Greendale - its second in Wisconsin.

The growing, Atlanta-based chicken-sandwich chain, whose president recently generated both scorn and praise over his public opposition to gay marriage, has applied for a permit to build a restaurant on an outlot of the Walmart now under construction.

Chick-fil-A would build the 5,000-square-foot restaurant at 5351 S. 76th St., across from Southridge Mall. The firm's application for a special-use permit goes before the Greendale Village Board Tuesday evening.

Privately held Chick-fil-A , with annual sales of $4.1 billion, has more than 1,615 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Few are in the upper Midwest though, and the only outlet in Wisconsin is in Racine's Regency Mall.

3 hurt in Cudahy crash

Sept. 12, 2012 6:08 p.m. | Three people were injured Wednesday in a multivehicle crash in Cudahy, police said.

The crash was reported shortly before 4 p.m. in the 6100 block of S. Pennsylvania Ave., police said. Three vehicles and a motorcycle were involved.

One of the injured was taken by Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa and the other two were taken to hospitals with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

$10K in power tools stolen from 12 trucks at gas station

Sept. 11, 2012 4:25 p.m. | Franklin police are investigating the theft of more than $10,000 worth of power equipment stolen from 12 tree maintenance trucks Labor Day weekend.

The trucks, owned by Asplundh Tree Export Co., were parked at Andy's, 5120 W. Ryan Road, between 10:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and 10 a.m. Sept. 3. Someone pried open the locked tool compartments on all 12 vehicles.

Sixteen chainsaws, two hydraulic stick saws and $900 worth of climbing equipment were taken.

The trucks sustained more than $10,000 in damage.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Franklin Police Department at (414) 425-2522.

Lack of sprinkles on donuts prompts call to police

Sept. 11, 2012 3:09 p.m. | A customer's dissatisfaction with her donut order prompted a call to police in Hales Corners last week.

According to the Hales Corners police report:

The woman called police because she was unhappy with the amount of sprinkles on the donuts she bought at Honey Dip Donuts, 5158 S. 108th St., shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 6.

The woman also complained that she was given a dirty donut box. An officer responded and peace was restored.

Ryan to meet with Oak Creek first responders

Sept. 11, 2012 12:45 p.m. | Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan came home to Wisconsin on Tuesday, arriving at 12:26 p.m. at Mitchell International Airport.

He got off a Romney-Ryan campaign plane wearing jeans and a blue shirt.

Ryan, a Janesville congressman, was due to meet with police, fire and emergency medical first responders at a fire house in Oak Creek.

The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek was the site of an Aug. 5 shooting rampage that left six people dead and four wounded, including Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy.

The shooter, Wade Michael Page, killed himself after he was taken down by a shot fired by Oak Creek Officer Sam Lenda.

Retired Cudahy firefighter charged in sexual assault of child

Sept. 11, 2012 9:10 a.m. | A retired Cudahy firefighter has been charged in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Robert T. Shimeta, 53, is accused of touching the girl's breasts on June 8 while they were watching animal videos on the Internet in a bedroom of a St. Francis residence, according to the complaint. The girl was sitting on his lap, the complaint says.

Shimeta retired from the department in March 2010. The month before, the Cudahy Common Council unanimously approved a resolution recognizing Shimeta for 18 years of service with the fire department.

According to the criminal complaint, after the alleged assault, Shimeta told the girl not to tell her mother about the incident.

The complaint says that Shimeta admitted to St. Francis officers that he touched the girl, but denied he was sexually aroused by it.

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7th Circuit rules for school district in suit over sex assault by teacher

Sept. 11, 2012 8:15 a.m. | A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a decision to dismiss the St. Francis School District from a lawsuit filed by the parents of boy who was the victim of an inappropriate relationship with his eighth grade teacher.


Kelly Sweet, 31, a former teacher at Deer Creek Intermediate School, pleaded guilty to one count of 4th degree sexual assault of a boy, then 14, in 2009.  She was sentenced to two years of probation.

The victim and his family sued the district and Sweet in 2009 for damages. It claimed the school district's failure to prevent the abuse violated the boy's rights under Title IX, and amounted to intentional infliction of emotional distress under Wisconsin law.

Chief U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert dismissed the claim agains the school district. In affirming that decision, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that a school district can not be held liable in private action under Title IX over the actions of its employee without actual notice of the misconduct.

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Video: Sikh Temple incident dash-cam video released

Sept. 10, 2012 4:14 p.m. | Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, officer Savan Lenda, Mayor Stephen Scaffidi and U.S. Attorney James Santell today released dash-cam video from the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings that took place Aug. 5.

The video, taken from Lt. Brian Murphy's and Lenda's vehicles, shows Murphy's arrival, his immediate care of the victims - whose images are blurred - and his contact with gunman Wade Michael Page.

It shows that Murphy was able to fire a round at Page before he was taken down. The video then cuts to Lenda's vehicle as it enters the temple parking lot, stops and backs up.

"I've got a man in the parking lot with a gun," Lenda says in the video. Lenda's windshield is then hit by a bullet. Lenda returns six shots, and Page falls to the ground. One extra shot, believed by the FBI to be the fatal self-inflicted shot, is heard.

Santell confirmed that the FBI's investigation showed Lenda's headrest was hit by the bullet that struck his vehicle.

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Pigskin Picks Week 2 winner revealed

Sept. 08, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Congratulations to Brian Karas of New Berlin, who is this week's winner in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks Football Contest.

Karas picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. West Alls Hale game. He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and has a shot at being one of the three winners at the end of the regular season. Each of those winners will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Next week's featured contests, which are now open for picking, are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg; Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Greendale holds its ground

Sept. 07, 2012 11:43 p.m. |  

Greendale and Milwaukee Pius entered Friday night’s matchup undefeated after both teams dominated the opposition in their first two games.
But this contest showed the two might be farther apart than most observers thought. The Panthers pummeled the visiting Popes, 45-6, on a rainy, chilly evening that featured countless dropped passes and seven combined turnovers.
Despite fumbling on the opening kickoff and their first two plays from scrimmage, the Panthers drew first blood when junior Frankie Rutkowski connected on a 21-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in the first quarter.
After Pius fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Greendale sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg connected with sophomore wideout Cody Kmetz on a 22-yard touchdown pass to close out the first quarter. The pair connected again from 12 yards out later in the second quarter to give the Panthers a 17-0 lead.
“Josh has a tremendous understanding of the offense,” Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz said. “The quarterback, in our offense, has one of the most difficult jobs on the field. He has to have complete command of the offense, and I was incredibly proud of the way he played tonight.”
Ringelberg finished with 334 all-purpose yards, three touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns.
But Pius didn’t go quietly in a game that potentially could have been much closer than the final score indicated. Pius junior defensive back Christian Garcia picked off his first of two interceptions with two minutes remaining in the half. The Popes offense sputtered, setting up a 3rd-and-26 from the Greendale 29-yard line, but after a dizzying scramble, senior quarterback Connor Senger hit senior wideout Darius Nance for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 8 seconds left.
The Popes received the ball to start the second half and drove to Greendale’s 20-yard line but fumbled after converting a fourth down.
“That hurt us,” Pius head coach George Machado said. “We talked to the kids, and really I give Greendale all the credit. They were much more physical than we were. We’re a finesse team. That’s great if you’re going to a wedding dance, but if you’re going to a street brawl, you better bring some physical attitude to the game, and we just really didn’t. I was disappointed in how passive we were.”
From there, the Panthers blew the door open, scoring four unanswered touchdowns, including two rushing and one passing from Ringelberg. The Panthers, who improved to 3-0, have defeated their opponents by an average score of 42-7.
“It was absolutely closer than it looked,” Stoltz said. “They score right at the end of the half, they had the momentum, and they’re going down the field. If they score there, this could be an entirely different game.”
For Pius, who had been equally dominant heading into Friday, the road won’t get much easier next week when the Popes host undefeated Wauwatosa West.
“The fact that we were 2-0 is going to help us rebound,” Machado said. “If we were 0-2 and then got our butt kicked like this, then I’d really be in trouble. We just have to bounce back. It’s a tough conference, and I don’t think the score was really indicative of how the game really looked. We had opportunities that we just let slip away.”
The Panthers will attempt to stay perfect at Pewaukee.
“Any time you add a program like Pius to your conference, your conference becomes better,” Stoltz said. “That’s a great program. I don’t think there’s any question that it raises the level of competition, and any time you do that, you make yourselves better. It’s a very competitive conference.”

Oak Creek overpowers Franklin, 24-7, in rivalry game

Sept. 07, 2012 11:05 p.m. | Oak Creek football fans stormed the field on this wet Friday night as if the squad had won the state title while players were hugging each other and crying.

Meanwhile, Knights head coach Mike Bartholomew asked no one in particular "Now where is our trophy?" referring to the famous divided piece of hardware that his team plays for every year against archrival Franklin.

The answer to his question was that it was being hoisted by other happy members of his team as the warm steam they gave off rose against the cool, damp air to form a cloud of well-won success as the Knights went down to Franklin and beat the Sabers for the first time in four years, 24-7.

In doing so, the Knights erased a bitter memory from a year ago, where they had a 13-0 halftime lead on the Sabers only to see it evaporate in a 26-20 decision. Further, Oak Creek improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Southeast play, keeping some long overdue playoff and conference title hopes firmly in place.

"I think I got to touch it a little bit," laughed senior running back Virgil Hammond said of the trophy, after rushing for 116 hard-earned yards on 26 carries including a crushing 35-yard TD run down the right side with 4:27 left that gave the Knights an insurmountable 17-7 advantage.

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Think you know high school football? Test your skills at Pigskin Picks

Sept. 07, 2012 11:38 a.m. | We're a little more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's high school football games and there is still time to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks Football Contest.

Register now for the chance to each week win a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss. St. Francis, joined the fray this season as a celebrity guest picker and rolled to a 5-0 record in the first round. She was joined in the ranks of the undefeated by NOW sportswriter John Rech and contestant Jeff Slusar, who won movie tickets by predicting the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.

This week's featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Visit Push for the Playoffs to follow your favorite high school team's postseason prospects

Sept. 05, 2012 3:30 p.m. | Want to know which high school football teams are headed toward a WIAA postseason bid and who might be among the also-rans?

Visit Push for the Playoffs each week at www.mycommunitynow.com/push as Lake Country Publications/NOW Newspapers sports director JR Radcliffe sizes up the playoff chances of all area teams. You will also find standings, area statistical leaders, a player of the week and more.

Go to Push for the Playoffs

Crews repairing natural gas leak in Cudahy

Sept. 05, 2012 2:04 p.m. | A natural gas leak was reported about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in the 5800 block of S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Cudahy, and some houses and businesses were evacuated.

A contractor doing road work struck a service line, We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said.

The leak was stopped by 10:20 a.m. and a crew was repairing the line, Manthey said. Crews were still working on a repair, but people were allowed to return to their homes and businesses, Manthey said.

Grafton Meijer store OK'd; Franklin advances, with Tosa store proposed

Sept. 05, 2012 2:00 p.m. | Meijer Inc.'s combined supermarket-discount store planned for Grafton received final zoning approval Tuesday night from the Village Board.

Also, the Meijer store proposed for Franklin received zoning approval Tuesday night from the Common Council. But the council delayed acting on a separate permitting issue until its Sept. 18 meeting.

Meanwhile, we now learn that Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer is seeking to develop a store in Wauwatosa.

That store is proposed for 11123 W. Burleigh St., on the site of the old Stroh Die Casting plant, according to WauwatosaNow.com.

The site is on the south side of Burleigh St., between N. 112th Street and the railroad tracks. The 157,000-square-foot Meijer store would be just across Burleigh St. from The Mayfair Collection, a retail, office and residential complex propoposed by Chicago-based HSA Commercial Real Estate Inc. 

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Oak Creek police seek those who set off bottle bombs

Sept. 05, 2012 10:32 a.m. | Oak Creek police are seeking the people responsible for the explosion of two bottle bombs in a residential area the evening of Aug. 28.

According to the police report:

Several residents called police after hearing what they thought were shotgun blasts, fireworks or a car backfiring in the 400 block of East Wynbrook Drive at 11:12 p.m. Aug. 28. Firefighters and police officers responded to the area, where they found two, two-liter bottles on the sidewalk and tin foil strewn about. No property was damaged by the blasts.

Officers talked to the residents who live on the property where the bottles were found, but they did not have any suspects or know why their house was targeted.

While canvassing the area, an officer talked to one resident who said he heard squealing tires in the area of South Mona Drive about two minutes before hearing the two large explosions. He also stated he saw four males, possibly in their late teens or early 20s, running westward on Wynbrook Drive, then run south on Verdev Drive. Two of them then doubled back to a vehicle parked on Wynbrook, got into the car, and slowly left the area.

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Safe stolen from Mega Discount Nursery

Sept. 04, 2012 4:02 p.m. | Oak Creek - A safe containing about $3,000 was stolen during a burglary at Mega Discount Nursery, 1901 E. Rawson Ave., the evening of Sept. 2.

According to the police report:

The thief can be seen on surveillance video entering the business and removing a safe containing between $2,500 and $3,000 from underneath a counter at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 2. He had his face covered and appeared to be aware of the camera locations.

It was unknown how the man entered the locked business, as there were no signs of forced entry. Police are investigating.

New Whitnall field to have grand opening

Sept. 04, 2012 1:43 p.m. |  The new athletic stadium at Whitnall High School will have its grand opening on Friday night.

The event will begin with a tailgate party at 4 p.m. and dedication ceremonies will start at 6:30 p.m.

The Whitnall football team (1-1) will meet rival Greenfield (0-2) at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow the game.

On Saturday, Whitnall youth football teams will use the new field for their league games, and an all-day block party will also be held on the high school grounds.

The new field features seating for more than 2,500, a scoreboard with video capabilities and field turf.

NOW reader not happy with reception at city hall

Sept. 04, 2012 1:28 p.m. | Oak Creek - Grace Schrank, 82, does not own a cell phone.

So the Oak Creek native had to count on the kindness of strangers when her home phone recently stopped working.

As she relates in a letter to the SouthNOW newspaper, she was not entirely pleased with the assistance she received when looking for a phone.

Read Schrank's letter.

Pigskin Picks Week 1 winner revealed; Miss St. Francis, NOW scribe lead VIP pickers

Sept. 01, 2012 7:10 p.m. | Congratulations are in order for Jeff Slusar, who correctly picked the winners of all five games in this week's MyCommunityNOW Pigskin Picks contest and predicted the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.

Slusar wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and is among the leaders as we head into the second week of the contest. Three winners at the end of the season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, proved her football prowess by picking all five games correctly. She is joined atop the VIP rankings by NOW sportswriter John Rech, who also enjoyed an undefeated week.

This week's games are now available for picking. Featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.

Join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks contest

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