Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Sheriff's crackdown on speeders results in nearly three times as many tickets as last year.
Labor Day means picnics with the family and a day off for most, but it also means a busy weekend for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. Overall traffic citations written by sheriff's deputies over the Labor Day weekend jumped by 80 percent over the same period last year. Speeding citations went up the most — leaping 170 percent, from 175 citations to 472. Fran McLaughlin, public information officer for agency, said the increase is a result of having more squads on patrol over the weekend, thanks in part to a federal grant. "The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office had speed grant money this year that we did not have last year," McLaughlin said. "Based on last year's numbers, we budgeted more grant money for this weekend and were able to …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Four vehicles were involved in wreck on I-94 near Puetz Road.
Updated 1:30 p.m. Editor's note: The original version of this story said the accident occurred on I-94 near Ryan Road. It was actually closer to Puetz Road. The story has been updated to reflect that information. One man has died after a four-vehicle accident on Interstate 94 near Puetz Road late Monday. According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, the crash involved three semi tractor-trailers and a minivan in the northbound lanes of I-94. The man who died was driving the minivan, which was registered in Illinois. Two of the truck drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Oak Creek resident (and Patch blogger) Jennifer Moreau lives near the scene and said …
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Drivers were not as lucky on the freeway system.
No crashes were reported on Oak Creek streets last night despite a freezing drizzle that made it slick-going for drivers. Police called the Oak Creek Street Department about 8:45 p.m. reporting that road conditions were deteriorating. Salt trucks were sent out about 9 p.m. While no incidents were reported in Oak Creek, drivers were not so lucky on the freeway system. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office reported 17 crashes and four disabled vehicles between 6 and 9 p.m. In addition, the airport spur was closed for a short time.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Snowfall could be biggest of season.
Snow is expected to continue into the evening, which is not a good sign for Oak Creek roads already in bad shape. Most of the main streets in Oak Creek were still packed with snow as of 4 p.m. today as plows struggled to keep up. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department cautioned drivers to slow down and allow extra travel time to get to their destination. Thirty-four crashes on the freeway system have been reported since 7 a.m. today, according to the sheriff's office. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory and said the area could receive about five inches of snow. The NWS also predicted temperatures will sharply drop this week. The high was expected around 30 today, but only 15 tomorrow and just 6 degrees on …