Here is what the media are covering in South Milwaukee this week …

Also, the South Milwaukee Police Department has published a new crime summary. Check it out on its Facebook page.

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No One Hurt in South Milwaukee Garage Fire

Update: The South Milwaukee Police Department is investigating the fire “because of suspicious circumstances.”

From the South Milwaukee Fire Department … please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers on Christmas Eve.

At approx. 4:15am this morning, SMFD and SMPD responded to a 9-1-1 report of a garage fire in the 600 block of Elm Avenue. Arriving units discovered a well involved detached garage with fire extending to the nearby single-family house. The fire was extinguished with the help of our mutual aid partners. The garage and the vehicle inside are a total loss. The house received moderate damage to the rear exterior wall, mostly from direct flame impingement and radiant heat. No injuries were reported. Investigators are currently looking into the cause.

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Arrest Made in South Milwaukee Bank Robbery

Good news from the South Milwaukee Police Department …

The Milwaukee Police Department and the SMPD have arrested the person that we believe to be responsible for the recent robbery at the South Milwaukee Associated Bank! This subject is also believed to be responsible for a recent bank robbery in the City of St. Francis and an attempted bank robbery in Milwaukee. Charges have been presented to the Milwaukee County DA’s Office.

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Progress: South Milwaukee Downtown Update


More wins than losses: That’s what we are trying to drive when it comes the redevelopment of South Milwaukee.

And we’re seeing that, especially downtown.

Let’s take a quick tour, west to east, with more details to come on all of these in coming days, weeks and months … 

  • 1234 Milwaukee Ave. Please join me in welcoming our newest downtown business, Neutral Ground Martial Arts & Fitness! This is the third Milwaukee-area location for this martial arts studio, which also has locations in Bay View and on the East Side. From their website: “Open since 2005, we believe in a ‘safety first’ approach to the martial arts, in a laid back and playful environment that nurtures learning and camaraderie. We look after each other, building up the newbie from their first day onward. With our eclectic mix of instructors and training partners, we’re proud to share our mats with all walks of life, and our diversity contributes greatly to our individual and group mastery of the arts.”  Their focus is on Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It’s a great get for South Milwaukee, as Jon Friedland brings his well-established business with a regional draw into our city center. Plan on attending their opening on Saturday, Jan. 5. Here is their Facebook page. 
  • Jogging south down 12th Avenue, there is David’s 4-Speeds. This a really cool muscle car transmission business that is moving from Milwaukee to a renovated space that is part of the former Line Material property, 2205 12th Ave. They are working toward their occupancy now. 
  • Back on Milwaukee Avenue, here’s a quick shoutout to the runaway success that is Milwaukee Sausage Co., 1200 Milwaukee Ave. They recently were named the official hot dog and sausage partner of the Milwaukee Milkmen, the new professional baseball team headed to Routine Field in Franklin. More details here
  • Continuing past the soon-to-be-new-home for Da Crusher statue, Black Sheep Tattoo will replace Revolution Hair Studio, 1017 Milwaukee Ave. The city council approved their conditional use permit on Tuesday after initially denying due to a previously suggested name. I look forward to officially welcoming the Zollers to this terrific space. 
  • Turning south on 10th Avenue, the former Grebe’s/Nona’s Cafe/Grillworks at 2206 10th Ave. is getting new life, as Annette Hall is working hard to open a Southern/Cajun restaurant in early 2019. I met her recently and left impressed with her plans for the space. I can taste the fried chicken, catfish, mac and cheese and greens already!
  • At 10th and Marquette, the dilapidated gas station is now fully razed. It is addition by subtraction, as that property eventually goes up for sale and is redeveloped. This should be a valuable parcel on a high-traffic corner of our city, a gateway to downtown. 
  • Back on Main Street, Gecko Leatherworks continues its growth and is now getting a Milwaukee Avenue storefront! The leather shop will soon take half the space currently used by Serendipitous Designs & Gifts, 907 Milwaukee Ave., as Jamie right-sizes her business for future growth. A win-win, as we now get two local artist shops for the price of one. 
  • Down the block, new life is coming to the former clinic at 902 Milwaukee Ave., as Aurora Health Care is planning to bring more than 20 office employees to the space. Lots more to come on this exciting development that will surely boost downtown businesses. 

All of this is happening as significant progress is made on the redevelopment of the former Bucyrus campus, with the new owners, Reich Brothers, continuing to advance their campus subdivision and master plans, and their lease buyout negotiations with Caterpillar. The latter is critical because, once complete, Reich will have true control of the campus. 

And our streetscaping plans are progressing. The Public Works & Public Property Committee met several times in the fourth quarter to advance the plan toward a final design. Final council consideration is expected in February, with plans for an August start.

More wins than losses, over months and years — this is how we’ll get things done in downtown South Milwaukee. Let’s go!

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Milwaukappella 2019: Tickets on Sale for Jan. 19 Concert, Workshop at SMPAC

Another terrific show coming to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, to benefit a terrific local organization.

From the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field …

HIVE, a group of five fierce and very different vocalists who make music and sound effects solely with their voices, are headlining Milwaukappella, Jan. 19, 2019, at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center www.southmilwaukeepac.org.

HIVE’s 7:30 p.m. performance opens with students who will have attended classes in a daylong workshop at South Milwaukee High School conducted by veteran vocal teachers and HIVE musicians.Formed in August 2017, HIVE has released singles and music videos which can be found on all streaming platforms. HIVE also has exclusive numbers on Patreon.

Advance tickets for the evening performance start at $14 for students and seniors, $19 for adults, family 4-pack $15 each. Children 4 and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased on the SMPAC website, or click here:http://southmilwaukeepac.org/event/milwaukappella.More information about the event and the student workshop classes, which will cover beatboxing, vocal percussion, belting, blending, arranging, vocal technique, blocking and choreography, is at http://www.rcomf.org/Stories/a-cappella-music-milwaukee-milwaukappella-2019.

The workshop advance $45 fee ($55 at the door) includes classes, two meals, participation in the evening performance opening number and a great seat for the remainder of the show.

The workshop classes and performance are presented by the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field, with additional support from Pineapple Café in Oak Creek, McDonald’s, Meijer, Farm and Fleet, Jimmy Johns and Culvers.

Performance proceeds support charitable efforts of The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field. RCMF funds student scholarships, grants to local non-profits, a Christmas party for Goodwill workers, and a prom for senior citizens, and provides food to families at Thanksgiving. The club has been serving Cudahy, Franklin, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, St. Francis and Bay View since 1958.

A portion of Milwaukappella proceeds also go to South Milwaukee Music and South Milwaukee Music Parents Association to support the district’s music programs.

This is the consecutive fifth year Landaas & Company Investments will have sponsored and provided major funding for Milwaukappella. Landaas & Company Investments is independent of big banks and brokerage houses and therefore uniquely qualified to provide objective, unbiased investment advice to help people meet their financial goals.

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Sex Offender Notification

A message from the South Milwaukee Police Department …

City of South Milwaukee Police Department
Sex Offender Notification

On June 1, 1997, Wisconsin Act 440, entitled “Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law,” became effective. This is Wisconsin’s version of “Megan’s Law,” a law intended to help protect society by identifying convicted sex offenders and their placements within communities. This law applies to all persons who, on or after 12/25/93 were sentenced, in an institutional setting, discharged, or on field supervision for sex crimes.


The South Milwaukee Police Department is releasing this information pursuant to WI State Statutes 301.46(2m) which allows law enforcement agencies to inform the public that a registered sex offender is living in their community.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex-related offense that requires registration with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. This offender has served his sentence imposed by the court and is now under the supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections-Division of Community Corrections.

Basic information about Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification

This notification is not intended to increase fear, but rather intended to increase your awareness of this person’s presence in your community. Our belief is that an informed community is a safer community.

Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated. It is illegal and violators will be prosecuted. Please understand that such abuse could potentially end our ability to do community notifications. We believe that the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex offender, since sex offenders often derive their power or ability to victimize through secrecy.

Under Municipal ordinance 23.167 the City of South Milwaukee has limited legal authority to direct where a sex offender may, or may not, reside. Otherwise, offenders are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose.



Dialo R. Fuller
Date of Birth: November 1997
Height: 5’5” Weight: 151lbs.
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black

Dialo Fuller (a registered sex offender) will be residing as a homeless person in the City of South Milwaukee. He will be monitored by GPS. He is currently on probation for: Exposing Genitals to a Child and False Imprisonment.

Dialo Fuller’s conviction arose from an incident that occurred when he forcibly exposed the genitals of a sleeping female juvenile non-family member, and then placed his body on top of her, rendering her unable to escape when she awoke.

How the South Milwaukee Police Department deals with registered Sex Offenders: 
In Wisconsin, convicted sex offenders are registered with the Department of Corrections following conviction. Once released into the community and under supervision, many of them must report to the local police department to participate in a face to face registration process. In South Milwaukee, the face to face registration consists of an interview and photographs of the offender and their vehicle.

The assessment of an offender’s potential to re-offend is not an exact science. Many factors are considered in deciding if the person is a potential threat to re-offend. If there are sufficient factors present to suggest a potential for danger to the community, a decision group is convened within the Police Department to determine what type of community notification might be necessary. Our decision group consists of supervisory members of the Police Department. Information from the Probation/Parole records and any other information deemed pertinent is considered when deciding what type of community notification might be appropriate.

William Jessup, Chief of Police
City of South Milwaukee

Any questions related to the sex offender’s placement, conditions of probation, or of a general nature should be directed to the Corrections Field Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Corrections-Division of Community Corrections at: (414)229-0600

Contact the South Milwaukee Police Department if you witness the subject of this notification engaging in any criminal behavior, as you would for any other crime. (414) 768-8060


Follow up to our previous Sex Offender Notification post:
Per State law, because the offender resided in South Milwaukee at the time of his offense/time of his arrest, the City of South Milwaukee cannot prevent him from being placed in our city.

The fact he is homeless is also addressed by State law and the Department of Corrections is working on finding suitable housing.

SMPD takes the job of keeping our city and citizens safe very seriously and we will be closely monitoring his activity with the assistance of the Department of Corrections.


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There is Still Time to Donate Toys for Homeless Kids

Just a reminder that the Brooks family is again gathering toys, games, etc.  and then delivering those Christmas gifts to several Milwaukee-area homeless/domestic violence shelters on Christmas Eve. We’ll also donate toys to South Milwaukee Human Concerns.

Our family is going shopping this weekend at South Milwaukee Walmart, already with a generous donation from Thrivent Financial and others.

So here is the ask: If anyone wants to donate gifts for us to take, or donate money for us to spend on gifts when we go shopping, drop them off with Sarah or me any time before Christmas Eve.

New, unwrapped items, please.

And if you’d like to come with us on Dec. 24 — and show your kids the true meaning of the season — please join us. We’d love to have you. We leave from our house around 9 a.m. and will stop for lunch afterward.

Post a comment here, or feel free to email me at erikbrooks32@gmail.com for more information.

Thanks for helping make a child’s life more merry this Christmas.

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