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Shooting Incident at Home on South Chicago Avenue

The South Milwaukee Police Department has issued the following press release about a shooting incident that allegedly occurred overnight …

On April 6, 2016 at about 12:51 a.m., the South Milwaukee Police Department responded to a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the 2600 block of South Chicago Avenue. A 37-year-old male victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

I’ll keep you posted if and when I hear more.

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On Crossing Guards

You may have seen that the South Milwaukee City Council voted last week to enter into a contract with a firm to handle school crossing guard duties.

I agree with that decision.

In working with Twin City Security Inc., we are joining communities like Cudahy, West Allis, Wauwatosa, Waukesha and Shorewood who have decided that the best way to deliver this service is by partnering with a third-party firm to do it.

For South Milwaukee, it was a difficult choice, but the right one as we continue to look for more efficient ways to deliver our services.

There are seven school crossing guards in all, and, until the new contract, all were hired and managed by the South Milwaukee Police Department. The city funds four of them. The school pays the city back for the services of the other three. Going forward, Twin City will supply the guards, removing the burden of managing the program from the police department.

The SMPD has long managed to do more with less. The numbers don’t lie — on a per-resident basis, we have the smallest department in the area. And we must manage those resources closely, ensuring the department is delivering on its core responsibilities in every way possible. Managing the crossing guard program took away from that.

Day-to-day oversight of the program — from hiring to firing to payroll to dealing with absences and the like — has proven more and more time-consuming. The program literally has taken patrol officers of the street; at times, officers have had to man crossing guard stations to fill in for guards away from work. That is not acceptable to me.

No one is saying crossing guards are unimportant. However, when balanced with the other duties our police department performs, we feel this is the right move, especially with contracted program costs being similar to our internal costs.

I want to thank all of our guards for their service.

I know some have become local institutions, and we are honoring one of them — Helga Allen, stationed near E.W. Luther for many years — during our police awards ceremony at our May 17 council meeting.

All have also been offered a chance to apply at Twin City, and I hope they do.


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Three Injured In Grant Park Crash; OWI Suspected

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On January 18, 2016, SMPD Officers were dispatched to a single car accident in Grant Park.  Officers located a vehicle, approximately 80 feet from the roadway, off Grant Park Drive and into the woods, near the south end of the “S-Curves.” 

The three occupants of the vehicle, all adults from Milwaukee, were transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-life-threatening, injuries.

The 32 year old driver is being investigated on suspicion of Operating While Intoxicated.

The South Milwaukee Police Department reminds motorists to drive sober, wear their seatbelts at all times, and obey speed limits to prevent motor vehicle accidents. 

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Fraud Alert: Scary Scam Alleges Abduction

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

SMPD has received some reports from citizens who are being called by an unknown person claiming that a relative of the citizen has been in an accident and is now being held against their will by the caller and his associates. The caller threatens bodily harm to the person they claim to be holding if the citizen does not produce money or if they hang up the phone.

The scammer …tries to keep the citizen on the phone with them while directing them to obtain cash and bring it to a specific drop off location. Many times the scammer will be vague in their description of the relative they claim to have abducted (they will give vague physical characteristics and/or vehicle) which then causes the citizen to fill in information. This makes it appear that the suspect/caller knows details about that relative. In the reports that we have taken on incidents of this type the relative who was alleged to have been held hostage was contacted and found to be fine, never abducted, and knew nothing about any accident or situation.

This is not a new scam and is one that has been seen in many jurisdictions. If you receive a call of this type, please contact the police. Calls have been reported to have come in to both cell phones as well as land line phones.


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Silver Alert Issued For South Milwaukee Man

Silver Alert

Update: The subject was found by police Friday night walking in South Milwaukee. He is safe and injured. 

South Milwaukee Police have issued a Silver Alert for Jesse Ruiz, a 90-year-old local man who has been missing since 10 a.m. today.

He is white, 5-foot-7, 130 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a beige jacket, dark pants and dark shoes.

From police …

He left the home on foot this morning, as he frequently does, and he didn’t return. He has Alzheimer’s and dementia, no other health problems. Has been known to travel by Milwaukee Transit Buses and frequent local taverns which have already been checked. 

If you see Mr. Ruiz, please call police at 414-768-8060.

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Winter Parking Permits For Sale

Restrictions begin Dec. 1.

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

As a reminder, please be advised that winter parking permits have been available for purchase at the police department since Nov 1. Winter parking permits are required to park on city streets Dec 1 to March 31 from 3am-6am. Permits cost $25 per month for the 4 months, but a 4 month season permit can be purchased for only $80 for a savings of $20. Permits can only be purchased at the police department 7am-8pm, Monday thru Friday. Permits are not available for purchase on weekends or holidays, so please plan ahead. The police department urges residents to obtain your permit(s) early to avoid long lines for the end of the month rush. More information can be found on the SM City website at within the “city departments” tab under “police department”, or at the SMPD website at within the “parking permits & regulations” tab.

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Evacuation After Car Crashes Into Home, Ruptures Gas Meter


Update: Check out coverage from Fox 6 and CBS 58. And be sure to like my Facebook page for more timely updates. I initially posted something on this on Facebook shortly after it happened.

From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …

At approximately 5 PM this evening, SMFD responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles ended up striking the front of a house and its gas meter. The area was evacuated since the flow of gas could not be stopped as the gas line was severed below the valve. WE Energies had to come in and dig up the gas main to clamp off the flow of gas. One patient was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

And from the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On 11-9-15 at 1653 hours numerous 911 callers reported a vehicle had crashed into the front of a house in the 800 block of Milwaukee Avenue in South Milwaukee.  The vehicle had caused the gas line to break at the house and people in that area were evacuated.  The accident was a two car accident and it appears the driver of the vehicle that struck the house accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the break.  The driver of the vehicle that struck the house had only minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment.  Nobody else was injured.  The gas was shut off and people were allowed to go back in their homes after 90 minutes. 

Scary stuff, but deep thanks go out to all of the first responders from across the area for their quick action.

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Update: Silver Alert Cancelled

The Silver Alert issued last night for a South Milwaukee man has been cancelled.

Garry Lonergan has been located safely, police said.

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Silver Alert Issued For South Milwaukee Man


Have you seen Garry Lonergan?

If so, please contact the South Milwaukee Police Department at 414-768-8060.

More details from Fox 6.

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Help Wanted In Finding Battery Suspects

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

The South Milwaukee Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the four (4) persons and vehicle depicted in the contained video in relation to a substantial battery which took place at 1123 Milwaukee Avenue in South Milwaukee, reported to the SMPD at approximately 2:48AM on Sunday Nov 1, 2015. If any person knows the persons or vehicle associated with this crime they are encouraged to contact the SMPD at 414-768-8060. Thank you.

See the video in this WISN report.

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Suspect Sought In Azteca Robbery

Azteca robbery

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On October 18, 2015 a burglary was discovered to have occurred at the Azteca Restaurant in South Milwaukee.  The subject pictured below forced his way into the restaurant and took U.S. currency. 

The City of South Milwaukee Police is looking for assistance in identifying this subject.  Anyone with any information about this crime or any other crime is encouraged to contact the South Milwaukee Police Department at the above listed phone number (414-768-8060) or via the internet at

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Innovating Around Crash Reporting

“South Milwaukee is the first department in the state to transition to an electronic crash reporting platform and can serve as a template for other agencies state-wide.”

I love reading quotes like this … and innovating in how we deliver our services.

That statement describes a new online service being offered by the South Milwaukee Police Department allowing commercial entities (like insurance companies and law firms) to obtain accident reports electronically through an automated, online platform, 24/7.

I’ll let Police Chief Ann Wells explain the Lexis Nexis Police Reports service better …

“The ability to offer accident reports in an electronic format will save our officers and clerical staff countless hours in processing time. This new system will also provide a benefit to our citizens who are looking to expedite the insurance and/or legal process associated with an automobile accident. Instead of sending physical copies of our reports to the state and then mailing requested copies to insurance companies and law firms, those organizations can now request and access them online. This has the potential to cut delivery time from 10-20 days down to one or two.”

Read the whole press release here.

Keep in mind that only citizens with insurance can use the service, which also provides these benefits …

  • Elimination of the agency’s need to input crash data;
  • Improved agency investigative strength by providing easy access to their crash reports and those of other participating agencies; and
  • Simplified crash data storage, access and distribution.

Also, a portion of the proceeds of each crash report purchased through the system will be provided to the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association.


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Friday: Support Justice For A Cure

Pink Day

Program begins at noon … then a parade of squads to raise awareness, and funds for breast cancer research.

See you there!

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Driver Arrested After 12-Year-Old Struck In Hit-And-Run Accident

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On 09-22-15 at about 3:26pm the South Milwaukee Police were called to the 1500 block of N. Chicago Avenue (N. Chicago/ Rawson) on report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a car. While officers were responding to the accident scene witnesses reported that the striking vehicle had fled the accident scene. Through witness information officers were provided a license plate and were able to locate the suspect vehicle at an address in Cudahy. The driver was taken into custody at that address. Preliminary investigation indicates that the pedestrian (a 12 year old child) was crossing against the signal. The child was transported for medical treatment as a precaution. 

Case remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

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Cudahy Police Investigate Man’s Death

From Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt …

At approximately 4:52 am on Tuesday September 22, 2015, the Cudahy Police Department received a report of an unresponsive male at 2500 East Adams Court. The Cudahy Police and Fire Departments immediately responded to the scene.

An initial investigation is under way by the Cudahy Police Department. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol have been called and were on scene as of 09:30 am this morning. While the initial investigation is being treated as a homicide investigation, no further details are available to be released at this time. This currently an ongoing investigation.

We have no reason to believe that the community or neighborhood is in danger. We are asking for the communities help that anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Cudahy Police Department, 414-769-2260.

Further information will be released to the media and the public when more details can be released.

Mayor John Hohenfeldt
City of Cudahy

Check out coverage from Fox 6 and TMJ4.

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