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Usher to headline at Summerfest on Sunday, July 6th

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials announced the ninth major show slated for Summerfest 2014.  Usher with special guest Bebe Rexha will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, July 6. Milwaukee will be User’s only stop in the U.S. this summer.

Usher is getting ready to release his much anticipated eighth studio album that is due out Fall 2014.  He will also star as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone,” a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran played by Edgar Ramirez that co-stars Robert De Niro due out late 2014.  Usher is also currently enjoying his second season as a coach on NBC’s Emmy award winning hit reality TV show “The Voice.”

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Franklin rejects plan to repay millions borrowed for proposed baseball stadium

FRANKLIN (WITI) — The Milwaukee Business Journal is reporting Franklin is asking The Rock’s CEO, Mike Zimmerman, to commit to his $40 million retail, housing and hotel development before the city would borrow $10.5 million for a baseball stadium.

The proposed stadium would occupy a corner of the 120-acre The Rock property at 76th Street and West Rawson Avenue.

The Rock has secured the rights for a Frontier League baseball franchise, and now wants to build the stadium.

Zimmerman says the stadium is the catalyst for the $40 million project that he would develop after the stadium is built — according to the Business Journal.

Man arrested for carrying handgun into Whitnall M.S.

GREENFIELD (WITI) —  Greenfield officers arrested a 74-year-old Milwaukee man for carrying a handgun into Whitnall Middle School around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 3rd.

A custodian reported he saw the suspect seated at a table waiting to pick up a student, and observed a hand gun in a holster on the man’s hip.

A subsequent investigation by the School Resource Officer and a review of surveillance video determined that the suspect was armed with a handgun on school premises. He was taken into custody Friday afternoon and will be ordered to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

The handgun was taken as evidence and is in police custody. Police have determined that the suspect did not have any ill intent and do not believe students and staff were in any danger.

Police arrest man accused of carrying gun into Whitnall Middle School

GREENFIELD (WITI) — Greenfield police have announced the arrest of a 74-year-old Milwaukee man — accused of carrying a handgun into Whitnall Middle School on Thursday, April 3rd.

It happened just before 5:00 p.m.

Police say a custodian reported he saw the man seated at a table waiting to pick up a student — and observed a handgun in a holster on the man’s hip.

An investigation by the School Resource Office and review of surveillance video determined the suspect was armed with a handgun on school premises.

He was taken into custody and charges are being referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

The handgun was taken as evidence and is in police custody.

Police have determined the man did not have any ill intent, and do not believe students and staff were in danger.

Milwaukee Co. employees celebrate “Badgers Day”

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee County employees traded in their business attire for Badgers Gear — at least for one day on Friday, April 4th.

“I think it shows great spirit that county employees are wearing their red and white to support the Wisconsin Badgers,” said Joe Czarnezki, Milwaukee County Clerk.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele declared Friday “Wisconsin Badgers Day” to help celebrate the team playing in the Final Four on Saturday. Part of that includes wearing that enthusiasm on the outside – all county employees were encouraged to wear Badgers gear or red and white to work.

“It’s an opportunity to take pride in something. I think the whole state is excited about it. we have a good team, they are playing well and I think they’ve had a good a shot as anybody,” said County Executive Chris Abele.

Lifeguard training course available in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE CO. (WITI) — To fill its ranks of about 250 lifeguards, Milwaukee County Parks is offering the final lifeguard training course before the summer season. The free in-water course will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 8-24, from 7-9 p.m. at Pulaski Pool, 2701 S. 16 St. The performance exam will be given Saturday, April 26 at 7 a.m.

The free in-water training is open to all Wisconsin residents, age 16 and older by the start of the summer swimming season. Attendees must be in good physical condition and able to swim 100 meters in under
1 minute and 45 seconds.

All lifeguard candidates are required to complete testing through the Parks Dept. The Parks does not accept outside certifications.

After passing the in-water training, candidates must pass a first-responder course to be placed on the eligible list for hiring. Starting pay is about $10 per hour.

Police investigate death at Town of Brookfield motel

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD (WITI) — Police are investigating a death at a Town of Brookfield Motel 6 on Bluemound Rd.

Police say cleaning staff made the discovery around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2nd. They say a man in his 30s was found dead. His wife was highly intoxicated and passed out.

According to police, the man had a history of medical problems and was probably intoxicated — which may have led to his death.

The wife is in stable condition at a hospital.

Police say the couple was homeless, but originally from Franklin.