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And NOW has published a new police blotter.

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Police Seek Help in Finding Missing Girl

AbigailThe South Milwaukee Police Department (SMPD) is requesting assistance in locating Abigail Maduscha, a missing/endangered 15 year old girl.  The SMPD has received information that Abigail has asked for someone to buy her a plane, train, or bus ticket to California.  California is the destination she had been discussing going to months earlier in relation to sex trafficking, specifically the Sacramento area.

Please call 911, or contact your local law enforcement if you see her.  SMPD case #17-026794.

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United Against Substance Abuse: Second-Annual Addiction and Resource Fair Set for January 22


From the South Milwaukee Unite Against Drug Abuse Coalition

This is the 2nd Annual Addiction Information and Resource Fair. This event is a FREE community forum to bring information to our residents to increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorder and treatment. At this event we will have speakers on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the connection to Addiction. A community member will share their personal story about addiction, and a panel of professionals will talk about treatment options. There will also be an opportunity for FREE Narcan training. For planning purposes, we ask that you please pre-register, however, walk-ins are welcome.

The event starts at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. Learn more and register here.

Thanks to all involved for their continued work on this critical effort, and for organizing this event. Parents and children are invited to attend.


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Man Suspected in Seven ALDI Robberies Arrested in Cudahy


Great news from the FBI today … there has been an arrest of a man suspected in seven ALDI robberies in recent months, including of the South Milwaukee store.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the arrest, especially the South Milwaukee Police Department, which played a significant role.

From the FBI …

On 12/08/17, Special Agent in Charge Justin Tolomeo of the FBI Milwaukee Division announced serial armed robbery suspect, Hiram O. Graham, age 30, resident of Cudahy, Wisconsin was arrested without incident at his residence. Graham is alleged to have victimized seven ALDI Foods’ stores throughout Wisconsin and northern Indiana over the past six months, and was arrested by the FBI’s Milwaukee Area Violent Crime Task Force (MAVCTF) around 6:00 am on Friday, December 8, 2017.

The FBI MAVCTF, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from the FBI, the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office Investigative Unit, supported by FBI SWAT teams from the Milwaukee and Chicago Field Offices executed two federal search warrants on residences in the 3300 block of W. Bottsford Avenue in Cudahy and the 200 block of W. Mitchell Street in Milwaukee.

The FBI announced on November 6, 2017, a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the spree of ALDI’s robberies. Regarding today’s arrest, Milwaukee FBI Special Agent in Charge Justin Tolomeo stated, “The FBI Milwaukee Division is committed to relentlessly pursuing violent offenders. This case highlights the lengths to which our task force will go to bring violent criminals to justice.”

Graham is believed to be responsible for the armed robbery or attempt armed robbery of the following locations:

  • 06/15/17- ALDI Foods located at 3105 South Chicago Avenue, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 07/10/17- ALDI Foods located at 4615 West Layton Avenue, Greenfield, Wisconsin
  • 08/01/17- ALDI Foods located at 1521 Unity Drive, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • 09/16/17- ALDI Foods located at 19555 West Bluemound Road, Town of Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • 10/07/17- ALDI Foods located at 3925 Lein Road, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 11/02/17- ALDI Foods located at 3105 South Chicago Avenue, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin (attempted robbery)
  • 11/24/17- ALDI Foods located at 10 81st Avenue, Merrillville, Indiana

Graham is charged with violation of the federal Hobbs Act and use of a firearm in a crime of violence. He is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee on Friday, December 8, 2017.

The referenced cases were jointly investigated by the FBI MAVCTF, South Milwaukee Police Department, Greenfield Police Department, Oconomowoc Police Department, Town of Brookfield Police Department, Madison Police Department, as well as the Merrillville, Indiana Police Department.

The public is reminded that all persons are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Welcome to South Milwaukee, Police Chief Jessup


The South Milwaukee Police & Fire Commission has chosen our next police chief: William Jessup.

The PFC voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the appointment of Jessup, a longtime Milwaukee Police Department leader who grew up in Cudahy. The South Milwaukee Common Council then accepted and placed on file the letter announcing his appointment, and approved his salary and benefits.

It is anticipated Chief Jessup will start with the SMPD on Jan. 8, giving him a week to work with Chief Ann Wellens before she retires. He will be sworn in Jan. 16.

A1773007-300C-418C-820E-7B703AA866E5He has big shoes to fill, as I’ve written about. One example of the impact Chief Wellens has had was on full display on Tuesday, as the chief received a proclamation celebrating the department’s latest Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group accreditation.

This is a strong validation of the work of our department, as WILEAG officials measure 237 items in assessing the quality of an agency. We excelled again, and are one of less than 10 percent of the state’s more than 550 police agencies to secure this accreditation. We’ve been accredited since 1998, when we were one of only three departments in the state to earn it the first year of the program.

“This is no small accomplishment,” said Stan Stojkovic, WILEAG board member and dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

No small accomplishment, indeed. Congratulations to Chief Wellens and the entire department for delivering every day to make this accreditation possible — and good luck to Chief Jessup as he builds on that legacy.

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Proclamation Recognizes Rocket Cross-Country Success


Proud to present this proclamation at tonight’s city council meeting. What a special group of young men and coaches, led by Stan Druckrey. Go Rockets!



Whereas, the South Milwaukee cross-country team finished in third place at the WIAA Division 1 state cross-country meet, the highest finish for South Milwaukee in 52 years; and

Whereas, the team accomplished this historic performance through a true team effort, led by seniors Jordan Janusiak, Andrew Strasser, Wyatt Schlager, Max Moran, Nick Sluga, and Jacob Meszaros;  junior Aidan Sodemann ; and sophomore Owen Smith.

Whereas, under the guidance of Coach Stan Druckrey and Assistant Coaches Paul Hiegel and Jim Oelschlager, the cross-country team finished second in four meets, won the Cudahy Purgold Invitational for the fourth straight year, and won the WIAA sectional meet, earning the Rockets a state berth; and 

Whereas, Jordan Janusiak placed fifth at the state meet, leading his team to their strong finish. Schlager finished 53rd, Moran 59th, Sodemann 94th, Sluga 105th, Smith 162nd and Strasser 168th.

Whereas, Janusiak finished his South Milwaukee running career with 15 individual meet titles and four appearances at state, including finishing eighth at the state meet in 2016; 

 Whereas, it is with great pride the City of South Milwaukee pays tribute to the South Milwaukee cross-country team and coaches for their dedication and outstanding performance during the season.

Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, Mayor Erik Brooks and the Common Council of the City of South Milwaukee, do hereby extend congratulations to the South Milwaukee cross-country team on their excellent year and third-place finish in the WIAA Division 1 state meet.

Dated at South Milwaukee this 5th day of December, 2017.   

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Holiday Events Update: Festival of Trees Celebration Set for Dec. 15


The updated list of South Milwaukee holiday events includes a really cool one: the first-ever Festival of Trees Celebration!

More information from this Facebook event

Check out more than 30 trees decorated by local organizations, businesses and families, and enjoy hot chocolate, candy canes and more. Caterpillar employees will be collecting personal hygiene products and new, unwrapped toys for Human Concerns. 4-7 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market. Presented by Ace Hardware and Caterpillar employees.

Of course, you can come by anytime to see the trees — many are already beautifully decorated. Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to become part of this new holiday celebration.



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