Local Things You Need To Know
Statewide campaign launched to recruit foster
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty
Montgomery is helping to promote the need for foster parents
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
Montgomery says he eventually plans to become a foster parent
and possibly adopt.
Residents can vote on new Milwaukee flag
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
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.
man allegedly threatened officers
WAUKESHA — A Muskego man allegedly threatened
officers after being taken to custody regarding a disorderly
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
Milwaukee man charged with attempted murder in
Sussex shooting case
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
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
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
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
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
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.