Monday, April 1, 2013
Josh Najda was working as a security guard at Caterpillar when he saw a person acting suspiciously. He later connected him with a bank robbery earlier in the day.
The Oak Creek Police Department will honor a man whose alertness helped catch a bank robbery suspect. Josh Najda will be presented a Citizen Citation during the department's awards ceremony May 20. Last October, he spotted the suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at TCF Bank, 8995 S. Howell Ave. Najda said in an interview he heard a description of the suspect on the police scanner earlier in the day. When he saw a man acting suspicious at Caterpillar's South Milwaukee plant, where he works as a security guard, he checked surveillance photos posted on Oak Creek Patch, realized it was the same person and called police. The suspect, Joseph Janich, is due back in court later this month for a plea hearing.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Girls about to head to college or enter the workforce can get free self-defense training through the Oak Creek Police Department.
The Oak Creek Police Department will host a free self-defense seminar for high school girls from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 20. The seminar's goal is to give training to seniors in high school who will soon leave for college or enter the workforce, said Kim Bogadi of the police department's community resource bureau. The class will present practical information to help women reduce the risk of an assault and survive dangerous encounters. Applications are available at Oak Creek High School and through the city's website. Girls must be in high school and age 17 or older. For more information, call the community resource bureau at (414) 766-7624.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Oak Creek's Heritage Funeral Home hosted numerous officers from across Wisconsin last week.
Police officers from Oak Creek and across Wisconsin participated in a funeral honors training last week at Heritage Funeral Home, 9200 S. 27th St. The training involved color guard, casket guard, and flag folding and presentation, Heritage Director Joe Laedtke said. The training was led by officers from Washington, D.C.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
K-9 Kuno was honored during a short ceremony Wednesday at the Oak Creek police station.
The Oak Creek Police Department always holds short ceremonies for its retiring officers. On Wednesday, it decided to do the same for its retiring police canine Kuno. Kuno was honored for his years of service to the department with a short ceremony Wednesday in the Oak Creek municipal court room. Since 2005, he and Officer Paul Hernon have responded at a moment's notice to calls for police service. With Kuno sitting in the front row gnawing on a bone, Police Chief John Edwards noted a few highlights of Kuno's career: In 2007, Kuno found and apprehended a man with a butcher knife who was reportedly threatening his family. Officers were able to arrest the man and prevent serious harm to himself and others. Kuno helped saved the life of a …
A Milwaukee woman faces charges of fleeing an officer after she was caught in Illinois after a 24-mile chase down Interstate 94.
A woman police say almost caused a crash by blowing a red light, followed that up by leading officers on a 24.1-mile chase, from Oak Creek to Illinois. Michele M. Hart, 47, of Milwaukee, is charged with fleeing a traffic officer for the March 14 incident. The chase began when an Oak Creek officer tried to stop Hart, according to the criminal complaint, after he saw her go through two red lights. At the light at 27th Street and Ryan Road, the officer reported Hart's failure to stop almost caused an accident. He, another Oak Creek officer and a State Patrol officer followed her south onto the freeway, the criminal complaint states, where officers report her speed varied from 50 to 70 mph. About eight minutes into the pursuit, she appeared …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Oak Creek Police Department sought two people who stole electronic merchandise from Target on three separate occasions.
Update 10:15 a.m. Police said Friday morning they have made in an arrest in the investigation into thefts at Target. The Oak Creek Police Department is looking for the public's help in identifying two suspects in multiple thefts at Target, 8989 S. Howell Ave. According to the department, the people in the above pictures stole electronic merchandise from Target on three separate occasions. The OCPD is now seeking information on the identity of these people. Anyone with information can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (414) 766-7699 or the main police number at (414) 762-8200.
A form gives Oak Creek officers crucial information about children and adults with special needs.
Patch's media partners at WISN have the story on how an Oak Creek father and police officer helped spur a groundbreaking program. Police Lt. Dave Ashenhurst told the station how he feared for his son, who has a form of autism. With his autism, 14-year-old Sean can't always communicate easily, and that could be a problem if he ever encounters police. Across the country, children with autism have been subdued by a Taser or even killed by police because officers misunderstood their behavior. Police and school officials in Oak Creek created a special needs alert form that dispatchers can access. Family members can fill out the form and provide officers a picture of the person and information such as emergency contacts, nature of disability and…
Friday, February 15, 2013
A 24-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting of a woman, according to a report.
Updated 2 p.m. Friday Patch has confirmed that a person in Oak Creek was wounded by a gunshot Thursday night, as first reported by the Journal Sentinel. Police told the newspaper Friday afternoon that a 24-year-old man was arrested after shooting a 21-year-old woman. Police say the shooting, in the 500 block of E. Town Square Court, was an isolated incident and the woman's injuries were not life threatening. The case has been referred to the district attorney's office.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
An automated telephone call attempts to get surveillance equipment placed in residents' homes and vehicles to allegedly help stop thefts.
Several residents have reported receiving automated phone calls from someone claiming to be associated with the Oak Creek Police Department and asking to place surveillance equipment in the residents' homes or vehicles. People should not take them up on it. "Be advised that the Oak Creek Police Department would never call to solicit individuals," according to a department news release. "Residents should be wary of responding to calls of this nature." According to the news release, the scammers claim they want to install surveillance "free of charge" so they can stop thefts and burglaries from occurring. To avoid becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud, police say residents should not give financial information to unknown callers, be …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Some are apparently willing to test their luck, however.
The mild winter temperatures prompted the Oak Creek Recreation Department to warn people against ice skating on the pond at Henry Miller Park. The recreation department late last week posted signs about thin and dangerous ice and advised Oak Creek police to watch for people walking on it, according to the department logbook. Indeed, ice only covered about half of the pond by late Monday afternoon. Not that it stopped these brave (crazy?) Oak Creek High School students from wandering over it.