Local Things You Need To Know


Statewide campaign launched to recruit foster parents
6:25 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery is helping to promote the need for foster parents across Wisconsin.    
 Montgomery’s mother, Lisa, has fostered 17 children as her son was growing up. Lisa Montgomery says Ty needed some brothers to play with, so she jumped into foster care.    
 The Coalition for Children, Youth and Families recruits and supports foster families. Coalition CEO Oriana Carey says 350 to 400 children across Wisconsin are removed from their homes each month because of safety concerns or neglect. Carey says the need for stable foster homes has significantly increased in recent years, partly due to drug addiction.   
 Public service announcements and billboards are part of a two-year statewide campaign aimed at recruiting new foster parents.    
 Montgomery says he eventually plans to become a foster parent and possibly adopt.  


Residents can vote on new Milwaukee flag
12:35 p.m.

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee is in search of a new flag design. Over 300 people attended the unveiling of the Top 50 flag designs at City Hall on May 14. The search was led by Greater Together, AIGA, America’s Leading Organization of Professional Designers, and Milwaukee Flag.
The flags had to follow five principles: simple design, meaningful symbol, two to three colors, no lettering or seals, and  distinctiveness The Top 5 finalists are Jon Grider, Cameron Pothier, DeChazier Stokes-Johnson, Robert Lenz, and Chanya Hughes.
Now through May 31 the public can go to www.tinyurl.com/pfomrating and vote from the Top 5 finalists. The winner will be announced on June 1 at 8 p.m. at the Flag Day celebration at 88.9 Radio Milwaukee headquarters. Further details can be found on milwaukeeflag.com,  greatertogether.me, and on Facebook at facebook.com/greatertogether.

Muskego man allegedly threatened officers
12:34 p.m.

WAUKESHA — A Muskego man allegedly threatened officers after being taken to custody regarding a disorderly conduct incident.
Kevin Zirkelbach, 28, of Muskego, was charged Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with threat to a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. He faces up to six years and three months in prison if convicted.
According to the criminal complaint, the Muskego Police Department responded on Tuesday evening to a report of an intoxicated man — subsequently identified as Zirkelbach — yelling and threatening a Muskego homeowner. When officers approached Zirkelbach, he appeared to be extremely intoxicated, the complaint said. Zirkelbach became verbally uncooperative and later actively resisted an officer’s attempts to detail him.
The woman who initially called police said Zirkelbach had knocked at  her door earlier that evening asking for some headphones. When she 
said she didn’t have any, he became upset and grabbed her screen door and attempted to pull it open. He had what appeared to be a gun or weapon on his waist, she said, according to the complaint. While being transported to the Waukesha County Jail, he allegedly threatened to harm the officers, according to the complaint.



Milwaukee man charged with attempted murder in Sussex shooting case
11:37 p.m.

WAUKESHA — After allegedly shooting a teen in the head during a botched drug deal in Sussex, a Milwaukee man allegedly dumped his gun and texted a friend, asking her to keep quiet about the incident, according to a criminal complaint.
London D. White, 22, was charged Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two additional felonies.
For more on this story, see Thursday’s Freeman.



Man allegedly drove wrong way on I-43
11:35 p.m.

WAUKESHA — A man allegedly drove the wrong way on Interstate 43 for about five miles while drunk before being stopped in New Berlin.
For more details, see Thursday’s Freeman. 



Unemployment rate dips in metro-Milwaukee area
9:38 p.m.

WAUKESHA — The unemployment rate dropped in the four-county metropolitan area for the month of April, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Workforce Development.

The unemployment rate for the Milwaukee-Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington county region was 4.6 percent in April, compared to 5 percent in March and 4.8 percent a year ago April.
For more details, see Thursday’s Freeman.


Some road construction projects on hold during Memorial Day weekend
10:56 a.m.

MILWAUKEE — Construction usually adds a few minutes to holiday weekend travel, but drivers will be getting a bit of a break during Memorial Day weekend.
Construction work on most major highway projects throughout the state will be suspended during the three-day Memorial Day weekend to help travelers reach their destination safely and efficiently, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Most construction in highway work zones will stop by noon on May 27, and will not resume until 6 a.m. on May 31. Peak travel times for the Memorial Day weekend are expected to be from noon until 8 p.m. on both May 27 and May 30.

Some significant projects that may affect highway travel during the Memorial Day weekend include:
• Zoo Interchange project in Milwaukee County — lane closures on Interstate 94 eastbound at Sunny Slope Road and on Interstate 41/Interstate 894 northbound at Lincoln Avenue. The system ramp from I-94 westbound to I-41/I-894 southbound and various other exit and entrance ramps remain closed.
• Lakefront Gateway project in downtown Milwaukee — access to the lakefront at Lincoln Memorial Drive is closed. Posted detours show alternate access to lakefront destinations and locations to re-enter the freeway system.
• I-39/90 in Dane and Rock counties — new exit ramp location from I-39/90 southbound to WIS 59 (Exit 163) near Edgerton and Newville.  Ramps to/from I-39/90 northbound at US 51 interchange (Exit 156) are closed until late September 2016. Alternate routes are required.
• Verona Road and the Madison Beltline in Dane County.
For further information, visit wisconsindot.gov.