Friday, January 4, 2013
A United States-hating employee of a business in Mitchell International Airport is suspected of stealing the money and fleeing to Turkey.
Authorities are investigating an incident in which a foreigner with a deep-seated hatred of the United States working at Mitchell International Airport allegedly stole more than $20,000 from a safe there. According to search warrant documents filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Courts, Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies were called to the airport on Dec. 8 after an employee of HMS Host reported someone broke into safes and made off with $20,235 in cash. A red wire cutter was left behind at the scene and a fingerprint found on it was traced back to an employee. The employee was interviewed by deputies about the incident and was unable to provide adequate information on his whereabouts at the time of the burglary, despite two US Airways …
Friday, July 27, 2012
A 28-year-old allegedly parked in a no-stopping zone at the airport with two open cans of Old Milwaukee in his car.
A 28-year-old Oak Creek man is facing his fourth drunken-driving charge after he allegedly drove to the airport drunk, then parked in a no-parking zone. Eric N. Ayala was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated within a five-year period. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On Nov. 18, a Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy on patrol at Mitchell International Airport spotted Ayala's car parked in the no-stopping zone at the ticketing departure area. The car was there five minutes, then Ayala came out of the airport, saying he parked the car there. The officer noticed Ayala smelled of alcohol, so he …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The hottest it has been on July 17 was 98 degrees — and that was in 1942 — but on Tuesday, Oak Creek hit 100. The heat is having some negative repercussions statewide.
Temperatures didn't stop creeping upward Tuesday, eventually reaching numbers big enough to set a new record. The July 17 record for Mitchell International Airport was 98 degrees, according to Fox 6. On Tuesday, the temperature hit 100 degrees before falling dramatically in the evening hours. But breaking records isn't the only thing this heat is doing. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday said the hot weather is the confirmed cause of at least eight deaths statewide, but could possibly be responsible for up to 19 fatalities, according to a press release from the department. And according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources weekly news, "fire danger levels as of July 17 were at extreme in 25 southern counties …
Friday, June 8, 2012
It's been a struggle to get construction on Four Points by Sheraton hotel started, but council says proposal has too many benefits to give up on just yet.
Oak Creek aldermen aren't ready to give up on a proposed Four Points by Sheraton development just yet. The council has given developer Greg Trapani 45 more days to meet with the city and try reaching an agreement so that Oak Creek keeps its financial incentives on the table. Aldermen went against the recommendation of Oak Creek city staff, which in the face of the developer's ongoing financing struggles, had recommended the council withdraw its support for $4.5 million in city financing. Council members said the proposal planned for the corner of College and Howell avenues would bring many positives and want to give the developer more time to make it happen. "Given the scope of this project, the potential of this project, we owe it to give…
Monday, June 4, 2012
The north-south runway is closed, meaning more planes are coming in and out of Mitchell International Airport from the east and west.
If you've noticed fewer planes flying over Oak Creek lately, there's a reason for it. The north-south runway is closed until August, which means most air traffic is using the east-west runway, Mitchell Airport spokeswoman Pat Rowe said. And, consequently, fewer planes are coming in from the north and south to land at Mitchell. The runway is closed to accommodate construction of a runway safety area, Rowe said. It is expected to reopen Aug. 20. The opposite was the case last year, when the east-west runway was shut down and more planes used the north-south runway.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Several area fire and police departments were part of a tribute for Robert Wojczulis of Oak Creek, a Milwaukee County firefighter at Mitchell International Airport.
A giant American flag draped over Layton Avenue in Greenfield set the backdrop for a ceremonial 'last ride' for a Milwaukee County firefighter Friday morning. Robert Wojczulis, 53, died of pancreatic cancer May 13. The Oak Creek resident was a firefighter at Mitchell International Airport the last nine years. Before that, he was a Milwaukee police officer for nine years and was also a 30-year military veteran. Fire and police apparatus from several departments, including Milwaukee, Greenfield, Franklin and Oak Creek were part of a funeral procession that left from Max A. Sass & Sons funeral home, 4747 S. 60th St., east down Layton Avenue toward Wojczulis's final resting place at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Cudahy.
Monday, May 7, 2012
The eastbound lanes near the tunnel had about three feet of water, according to a police report. It's at least the second time high water has forced the closure of the newly-reconstructed College Avenue.
Heavy rains Sunday night caused flooding and forced the closure of College Avenue between Howell and Pennsylvania avenues. According to an Oak Creek police report, cars in the eastbound lanes were turning around inside the tunnel about 7:30 p.m. due to about three feet of water. The Milwaukee County Highway Department and Mitchell Airport crews were called to address the flooding. It's at least the second time high water has forced the closure of that stretch of College Avenue since it reopened following a reconstruction and expansion project.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight had a late landing Saturday night, but that didn't deter the hundreds of people who showed up to thank the veterans during a special homecoming parade.
More than 100 veterans from throughout Wisconsin were greeted at General Mitchell International Airport late Saturday night by hundreds of people welcoming them home and thanking them for their service. Some of the members of the Greatest Generation had tears in their eyes as they walked and wheeled through the airport. The trip was especially long as their flight had been delayed for hours in Washington, D.C. The group of World War II veterans – men and women – spent the day in Washington, D.C., while on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. The trip is designed to give the veterans a chance to see the World War II monument through a special one-day excursion. It all came to an end with the special late-night homecoming parade in the airport…
Monday, March 19, 2012
Suspect tells police she brought her boyfriend heroin when she picked him and a 2-year-old child up at the airport.
Updated 2:15 p.m. Wednesday: a previous version of this story incorrectly identified which of the suspects was returning from vacation. The story now reflects that correction. A 23-year-old man and his girlfriend are facing charges after they allegedly shot up heroin in the airport parking structure and planned to drive home with a 2-year-old child in the back seat. Mark A. Berzill and Ashley Mae Kollath, 23, of Jefferson, were charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday with one count of possession of narcotic drugs. If convicted, they each face up to 3 ½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On March 15, Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies were called to the Mitchell Airport parking structure …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Oak Creek hit by severe thunderstorm Monday.
This morning's heavy rainfall left its mark in Oak Creek and led to a closure of College Avenue near the airport Monday afternoon. Authorities closed a stretch between Howell and Pennsylvania avenues due to high water. A severe thunderstorm rolled through the area in the late morning hours.