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Earth Day Celebration, keeping Milwaukee clean

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Fourth Annual Urban Grassroots Earth Day Clean-Up and Celebration was held at Victory Over Violence Park on Saturday, April 19th to clean-up the environment and celebrate the community.

The Earth Day celebration is a collaborative effort involving Alderwoman Priscilla Coggs, Urban Grass Roots Inc., Career Youth Development, and Ori Entertainment.

Milwaukeeans got a jump-start on Earth Day by working to make a difference in the community and the world by cleaning up garbage and planting flowers in the community.

“It started out as a pet peeve seeing so much trash and litter in the inner city and my motto is that is we can change the way we view our community, we can change the mentality of it as well, ” said Priscilla Coggs-Jones, founder of Urban Grass Roots Inc.

Volunteers focused on the area west of the park from Martin Luther King Junior Dr. all the way to 7th St.

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“Lot of hurdles” as Bucks look for way to pay for new arena

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Two days after the announcement of the new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, these questions linger: How will the Bucks pay for a new arena and who will provide the money?

“It’s going to be a struggle, there’s no doubt about it,” said Mark Kass, editor of Milwaukee Business Journal.

Kass says when it comes to replacing the BMO Harris Bradley Center, there’s little desire outside of Milwaukee to provide public funding, either through a new tax or expanding an existing one.

“Any elected official right now is scared of that work. They don’t want to be anywhere near it and there doesn’t seem to be any public support of it,” said Kass.

While the new Bucks owners and former Sen. Herb Kohl have pledged $100 million, it will still take at least $200 million more to build a new arena.

SMASHED! Dozens of car windows broken in Bay View

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police are investigating approximately a dozen reports of broken out windows of cars parked in the Bay View neighborhood.

The incidents happened in the overnight hours Thursday, April 17th into Friday, April 18th, near the area of Oklahoma Ave. and Superior St. It is unclear what was used to break the windows, but officers believe it may have been a BB gun.

Chris Barden walked out to his car Friday morning and his window wasn’t quite right.

“I thought it was frost at first and that I had to scrape it off, and then realized it wasn’t, and you know, then I closed the door and it shattered on me,” said Barden.

Friday morning is also when manager of Safe Auto Glass, Talib “Tom” Almaghrabi, first thought something strange was happening near Superior St.

Black entrepreneurs grow businesses with help from Dream MKE

Black entrepreneurs grow businesses with help from Dream MKE

by Rick Brown, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

For Nkosi Brown, a business began with a game.

Community members march across bridge to stop violence

by Karen Slattery, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Derrick Shoates, a 21-year-old mentor to children in the city of Milwaukee, started his career at the Holton Youth + Family Center several years ago.

Already, his first mentee is dead.

Recognize this guy? He held up a Speedway gas station

MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Milwaukee police are asking the public to help identify an armed robbery suspect who is accused of robbing the Speedway Gas Station at 84th and Howard just before 11 p.m. on April 13th.

The suspect walked in the store, grabbed some merchandise and approached the counter. He then took out a gun and demanded money from the cashier. The clerk complied with the demand and the suspect fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a male, white, around 30-years-old, 5’6″, and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark skullcap with a tan and white boarder, a tan sweater, and blue jeans.