D.A. John Chisholm Addresses East Side Crime Issues at HWTN Monthly Meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016

In light of recent crimes including a wave of carjackings on the East Side, Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm has been invited to speak at Historic Water Tower Neighborhood’s next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016.


Chisholm will also take questions from residents.

The meeting takes place in the Marcia Coles Community Room of Lake Park Pavilion, beneath the Lake Park Bistro. Complimentary cookies and coffee courtesy of Lake Park Bistro will be available starting at 6:45 p.m..

The meeting is free and open to the public. HWTN’s regular board meeting will take place after Chisholm’s appearance.

Police District #1 Capt. Eric Moore and several officers spoke to a packed room last month about an uptick in carjackings and other crimes in the area.

For the Feb. 3 meeting, Chisholm has been asked to:

  • Explain the Milwaukee Gun Violence Reduction Initiative
  • Discuss current problems with the overwhelmed gun court and addition of new gun court and two prosecutors, include expected impact on the speed of gun crime adjudications and the purpose of gun courts as a gun crime deterrent
  • Outline progress on other parts of the initiative (e.g. improved monitoring of people on parole and probation, GPS monitoring of offenders, apprehension strategy for carjackings)
  • Address a residents’ proposal to hire private security and what legal consequences might need to be considered
  • Set forth his strategy for dealing with increasing crime in the neighborhood and any ideas as to how we can contribute to ensuring safety in our community and the successful prosecution of violent gun crimes

Also coming up at the meeting will be a discussion on concerns over large WE Energies electric poles being installed on residential streets. Details on that issue, the full meeting agenda and minutes and summaries from the last two HWTN meetings are available here.

According to Chisholm’s biography:

John T. Chisholm is the District Attorney of Milwaukee County. His office handles criminal cases for the State of Wisconsin in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

As District Attorney, John organizes his office to work closely with neighborhoods through his nationally recognized Community Prosecution program. He designed a Child Protection Advocacy Unit to better serve child victims, formed a Public Integrity Unit to focus on public corruption matters and a Witness Protection Unit to thwart attempts to intimidate victims and witnesses of crime. Specialized units focus on violent firearm and sexual assault offenders. He helped start the drug treatment court and participated in Milwaukee County’s selection as a seed site for the National Institute of Corrections’ Evidence Based Decision Making framework.

John is an Army Veteran and worked with the Veterans’ Administration and collaborative partners to establish resources for veterans who encounter the criminal justice system in Milwaukee County, resulting in the opening of the Veterans Treatment Initiative and Treatment Court.

John is past chair of the Milwaukee County Community Justice Council and past chair of the Washington DC based Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. He sits on numerous boards including the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, Safe & Sound, and the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area board.

John is a graduate of Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Here is information on the District Attorney’s office from its website:

The District Attorney of Milwaukee County is assisted directly by five deputy district attorneys. In addition, the legal staff is composed of approximately 125 assistant district attorneys, all of whom represent the State of Wisconsin in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, generally in connection with criminal cases. Within the office, there are a number of specialized units for offenses involving homicides, drug violations, sexual assaults, white collar crimes, domestic violence, and consumer fraud. There are also units which prosecute felonies, misdemeanors, and offenses involving juveniles.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office is to promote public peace and safety by just and vigorous prosecution; to seek and to do impartial justice by ensuring that the guilty are punished and the innocent go free; to protect the health and welfare of children who are victims of child abuse and neglect; and to safeguard the rule of law and to promote citizens’ participation in law enforcement by treating all persons who come in contact with the criminal justice system with fairness, dignity, and respect.




Crime Concerns on Tap for Sept. 9 HWTN Meeting with MPD Representative

The Milwaukee Police Department’s Tom Klein, our area’s community liaison officer, will speak and answer questions about crime and crime trends in our neighborhood and the city at our next meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015.

patch-thumbThe presentation is part of Historic Water Tower Neighborhood’s next monthly meeting, which is open to the public.

The meeting takes place in Lake Park Pavilion’s Marcia Coles Community Room, (lower level, below Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro). Come a little early to chat with neighbors and enjoy cookies and coffee courtesy of Bartolotta’s.

Note: Our meetings are generally held the first Wednesday evening of each month, but due to that night landing before Labor Day this September, we’ve rescheduled the meeting for Sept. 9. Next month, we return to our regular schedule.


Police Capt. Aaron Raap to Speak at HWTN Jan. 8

Milwaukee Police Capt. Aaron Raap, head of the department’s 1st District, will be the guest speaker at the first monthly HWTN meeting of 2014 on Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014.


Capt. Raap speaking at HWTN

Capt. Raap, who was recently named the head of the 1st District, will discuss neighborhood public safety issues and take questions. Capt. Raap has been on the force for 23 years, previously serving with the Department’s Neighborhood Task Force office. Our regular business meeting will follow his presentation.

Our meeting begins at 7 p.m., following a social half hour of coffee, cookies and neighborhood camaraderie that starts at 6:30 p.m.

We meet in the Marcia Coles Room of the Lake Park Pavilion, beneath Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro, which graciously supplies the refreshments for our meetings.

East Library Relocating to Temporary Site This Summer, Holding Public Meeting on Design in April

The Milwaukee Public Library distributed the following news release on March 26 about the library’s temporary relocation and an April 10 meeting at which the public can give input in the design of the new library:


MPL’s East Library Will Relocate to Temporary Facility This Summer and Hold Public Meeting on Design in April

Library Will Use Temporary Site During Construction of East Branch
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Library’s (MPL) East Library will be relocated during the construction phase of the new East Branch at 1910 East North Avenue. The library will move to a temporary site located at 2430 North Murray Avenue this summer.

East Branch is part of a multi-use development featuring 99 apartments, a 16,000 square-foot library and retail space on the first floor and underground and surface parking. The new branch will have dedicated surface parking. The development project, headed by HSI Properties, LLC, is targeted for completion in late 2014.

“Our libraries provide a vital link to technology, lifelong learning and community,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “We look forward to offering a new branch that meets the needs of patrons today and well into the future.”

The temporary library site will include the basic services valued by patrons: onsite parking, ADA accessibility, laptop computers, a collection of popular materials for check-out, hold pick-ups and an external book drop. There will be limited service interruptions during the move. Dates for closure of the current library site and opening of the temporary site will be announced later this spring.

Community input will be sought on design concepts for the new library at a public meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm at East Library. The architectural firm Hammel Green & Abrahamson Inc. (HGA) was selected by the Board of Trustees to design the new library space.

“We are excited to share some of the new design concepts with the public in April,” said Library Director Paula Kiely. “Following the success of the new Villard Square Branch, we will have a library that encourages a sense of community and incorporates the natural features around it.”

“Since the beginning, we have committed to making this an open and informed process by gathering public input,” said Library Board Trustee and Alderman of the third district, Nik Kovac. “We want residents to feel a sense of ownership and pride that translates to greater use of their new library.”

Updates on the East Library project can be found on the library’s website www.mpl.org. Updates will also be available on the MPL Facebook page and twitter feed @MilPubLib.


Current East Library


Architectural rendering of future East Library