Texting driver cited after 'flipping the bird' to police officers in unmarked car

July 30, 2013 3:19 p.m. | A woman was cited after she "flipped off" two police officers in an unmarked vehicle who tried to warn her about texting and driving on July 22.

According to the Greenfield police log:

Two police officers in an unmarked vehicle observed a vehicle swerving while traveling southbound in the 4300 block of South 108th Street at about 12:45 p.m.

The officers pulled up next to the swerving car and noticed the female driver was texting.

When the officers rolled down their window and attempted to warn the woman about texting and driving, she responded by making an obscene hand gesture and kept on driving.

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Your Stories glitch fixed; thanks to our NOW contributors

July 29, 2013 8:42 a.m. | The technical problem with Your Stories submissions on NOW sites has been fixed.

Thanks to everyone for letting us know about the problem.

And an even bigger shout-out to our many contributors who choose NOW sites to publicize their local and national happenings.

Submitting a story is easy. Just visit the YourStory submission page on any NOW site and follow the instructions.  Your story will be posted within a business day.

Argument over children's behavior at R-rated film leads to arrests for disorderly conduct

July 24, 2013 3:14 p.m. | Two couples were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after an argument about children's behavior during a late-night showing at a Greenfield movie theater ended with one of the subjects deploying pepper spray.

According to a report released by Greenfield police, which was obtained this week after an open-records request by NOW Newspapers:

A 21-year-old Mukwonago woman and a 33-year-old Milwaukee woman started arguing after the Mukwonago woman complained several times that the other woman’s young children were kicking the back of her chair and making too much noise during a showing of the R-rated movie “Olympus has Fallen” at Budget Cinema, 4475 S. 108th St., at about 11 p.m. June 25.

The woman told police she turned around several times and asked the children’s mother to make them quiet down, and twice asked the woman to stop her child from kicking the back of her seat. 

After the child kicked her seat the third time, she turned around and told the children’s mother that if the child kicked her chair one more time, “We’re going to have a problem.” After that comment, the two women started bickering loudly and using profanities, according to several witnesses.

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Woman robbed at Greenfield bank

July 23, 2013 2:49 p.m. | Greenfield police are seeking a man who robbed a woman while she was making a night deposit at a local bank on July 19.

According to the police log:

The woman stated she was attempting to make a night deposit at BMO Harris Bank, 7600 W. Layton Ave., when she was approached by an unidentified man at about 7:35 p.m.

The man pushed the woman against her vehicle and took her black deposit bag, which contained about $200 in cash and a $360 money order. He was last seen running south toward Kopp's Frozen Custard.

The victim described the suspect as a 6-foot-tall Hispanic male weighing about 200 pounds, and wearing a gray shirt and a tan baseball cap with an emblem on it.

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Retail development planned at former West Allis dealership

July 23, 2013 7:00 a.m. | An 8-acre West Allis site that was once a car dealership has been sold to local development firms that plan to build a retail center there.

The former Hub Chrysler property, 3007-3035 S. 108th St., was sold in April for $1.2 million to developers Robert Joseph, who operates Joseph Property Development LLC, and Robert Schmidt III, president of BoulderVenture Inc.

Joseph said he and Schmidt are creating plans to develop retail buildings on the vacant lot, where the former dealership building was demolished. He said there is already "tremendous interest" in the site from prospective tenants.

In 2010, the Sanfelippo family proposed a used-car lot, car rental business and auto repair shops at the site.

But that plan was dropped amid disagreements over site improvement conditions city officials wanted.

Greenfield police seeking suspect in foiled robbery attempt

July 17, 2013 12:21 p.m. | Police are seeking a man whose attempt to rob a Greenfield bank was foiled when a patron interrupted the robbery and fought with the suspect on Saturday.

According to Greenfield police:

The suspect entered Great Midwest Bank, 5150 S. 76th St., at about 11:30 a.m., displayed an electric shock-type device and forced all the employees into the vault, where he bound them and demanded money.

When a customer walked into the bank and interrupted the robbery, the suspect attempted to force the patron into the vault. When the patron resisted, he fled the bank without obtaining any money.

The customer sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene and released.

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Police say Greendale man facing charges for randomly punching teens on Summerfest shuttle

July 16, 2013 2:39 p.m. | An intoxicated Greendale man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly punched three teens in the face for no apparent reason while riding on a Milwaukee County Transit Summerfest shuttle bus on June 28.

According to the police report:

Police interviewed multiple witnesses who stated that Kyle Kubiak, 21, got agitated, started yelling profanities about police and then punched a teenage girl in the face for no apparent reason as the bus pulled into the Hales Corners Park-and-Ride lot at 4800 S. 108th St. in Greenfield at about 11:10 p.m.

Two friends of the victim, a boy and a girl, tried to come to the girl's aid, but were also punched in the face by Kubiak before two other bus riders forced him back into his seat and held him there until police boarded the bus.

A Greenfield police officer, who was monitoring the Hales Corners lot as bus passengers were being dropped, was flagged down by the driver. Kubiak was quickly removed from the bus by police, handcuffed, and taken into custody.

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Hales Corners fireworks abruptly canceled because of accident

July 04, 2013 9:48 p.m. | The Hales Corners fireworks show tonight was abruptly canceled about four minutes after its 9:30 p.m. start after a loud, unexpected bang was followed by emergency sirens, ambulances and police vehicles.

Officials cordoned off the entrance to Hales Corners Park where the program was being held. Ambulances from both Hales Corners and Franklin reported to the scene, which was not easily accessible.

A gurney could be seen heading up the hill toward the launch site.

A short while later, one of the ambulances could be seen getting a police escort out of the area, presumably to an area hospital.

No details of who or how many were hurt in the incident were available though at least one injury was reported.

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Lancers blank West Allis Central, 3-0

July 03, 2013 11:13 a.m. | Brookfield Central blanked West Allis Central, 3-0, Wednesday morning in the consolation bracket of the Greater Metro Conference Tournament at Brookfield Central.

Junior Matt Ausloos tossed a 5-hitter, walking three and fanning two on the way to the win. The Lancers took advantage of three Bulldog base running errors to preseve the shutout.

Victor Perea appeared to have scored in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Dylan Diebitz to cut the lead to 2-1. But the Lancers appealed that he left third too soon and won the appeal.

Riley Richarz led off the BC first inning with a HBP, stole second and third and scored on an error by the shortstop off a grounder by Ausloos.

Elijah Goodman and Luke Summerfeld had infield hits, the latter on a perfect bunt down the third base line, to start the fourth. After a passed ball moving the runners up, Connor Shipman had an infield hit to score courtesy runner Mike Egan for a 2-0 lead.

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Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with social media

July 03, 2013 7:22 a.m. | Music filled Humboldt Park once again in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert, even if it was a little chilly for summer.

But photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill, which featured American Legion Band.

Eisenhower's Katie Lang named NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year

July 02, 2013 5:38 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower's Katie Lang led the Lions to a 16-4 mark this season while striking out 147 batters in 95 innings, hurling a pair of no-hitters and knocking in 19 runs from her spot in the middle of the order.

Those accomplishments led to a selection as the NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year, as voted by the NOW Newspapers sports staff.

She is joined on the team by Menomonee Falls coach Nick Heiting, the All-Suburban Softball Coach of the Year. He led the Indians to a 19-5 mark after taking the team over on an interim basis.

You can see the rest of the team and more at the NOW 2013 All-Suburban Softball Team page.

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