Discovery of grenade brings bomb squad to Port

Device found in garage turned out to be a dummy
Ozaukee Press Staff

The typical calm of a Friday night in suburbia was broken last week when the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad was called to Port Washington after a man found a grenade in his grandfather’s garage.

Andrew Potter called the Port police department shortly after 5 p.m. April 27 when he found a pineapple grenade in the garage at his grandfather’s house at 132 E. Walters St.

Potter, who was cleaning out the house after his grandfather moved to a nursing home, told officers he didn’t know if the grenade was real or not, according to police.

The grenade, which still had its pin intact, was found in an ammunition can, Potter told police, adding that his grandfather had served in the military.

Unsure whether the grenade was live or not, officers called for the bomb squad, according to police. The Port Washington Fire Department and Ozaukee County Emergency Management crew stood by.

Officers then blocked off the alley leading to the residence and cordoned off the house and neighboring homes.

The bomb squad arrived at about 6:20 p.m. and determined the grenade was a practice or dummy grenade, police said, noting the bottom had been sawed off and it was filled with a copper filling. They removed the grenade.

In other news, the Port Washington Police Department is asking the Ozaukee County District Attorney’s office to charge a 25-year-old Milwaukee man with stealing his girlfriend’s 2013 Chevrolet Cruze.

The man’s 23-year-old girlfriend, who lives in Port, told officers she agreed on April 19 to lend her car to her boyfriend for three hours, according to police. However, she said, he texted and sent her messages saying he needed the vehicle for longer.

Eventually she said, she told him to return the vehicle or she would call police and report it stolen.

Officers tried to contact the man, who did not return their calls, according to police, and they asked Milwaukee police to try and track down the car at the man’s residence.

About 9:45 p.m. Sunday, the woman called police to say the man had returned the car and keys, police said.


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