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Nicolet defense prevails in win over Tosa East

Sept. 03, 2010 10:23 p.m. | They still have to change in the trailers and the tents by flashlight after games and they're still a week away from using their lockers, but the members of the Nicolet football team made themselves right at home Friday night, as they battled injuries, execution problems and inconvenience in dominating Wauwatosa East, 9-0.

"We just did what we could do," said quarterback Brandon Kappel, who threw a perfect 21-yard TD pass to Alex Walker with just four seconds in the first half and then added a clinching 41-yard field goal with less than six minutes to go. "It's football. We all did this and it just felt good. The line did the job and everyone stepped up. We could have scored a lot more points, but this is still special."

Indeed it was in the eyes of first-year coach Brian Sommers in the first official school-sanctioned event on the grounds since the July 22 floods.

"The kids are getting tired of life in a trailer," he said. "It's starting to wear on them. They want to get back into a routine. Maybe this'll start a routine of winning (laughs). Now that would be something fun to get into (laughs)."

And at that moment, an unknown assistant clapped him on the shoulder and said as he ran by: "The first of many more to come coach. Just the first."

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Crash closes left lane of northbound I-43 at Glendale

4:07 p.m. | A crash has closed the left land of northbound Interstate 43 at Bender Road in Glendale. The incident is expected to take an hour to clear. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is responding.

Without Showalter, Germantown boys rally for win over Whitefish Bay

Jan. 23, 2015 10:36 p.m. |  

After his team rallied from an eight-point first quarter deficit to pull out a 67-53 North Shore Conference boys basketball decision over a feisty host Whitefish Bay squad, interim Germantown coach Mark Adams first words out of his mouth were:

"I was just glad I could call him and give him the right message (about a victory)," he chuckled.

"Him" being veteran Warhawk coach Steve Showalter, who was laid up all this week while fighting some setbacks in his recovery from some recent arthroscopic knee surgery.

Showalter has fought this same battle against blood clots before and so carefully took the week off as Adams and other assistants ran practice and prepared the Warhawks for the Blue Dukes.

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Medical examiner's report released in death at Bayshore Town Center

Jan. 22, 2015 12:06 p.m. | A man who fell more than 18 feet from a second-floor staircase at the Bayshore Town Center died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

Dustin Strzelecki, 21, of Silver Lake was critically injured about 9 p.m. Jan. 12 and died Wednesday evening at Froedtert Hospital.

Glendale police told investigators from the medical examiner's office that witnesses said Strzelecki had been drinking beer and possibly about four Long Island ice teas during a party, according to reports released Wednesday.

Police said Strzelecki was in the rotunda area at the mall when he tried to slide down the top rail of a banister and accidentally fell. Multiple people witnessed his fall and part of it was recorded on video that was reviewed by police, who have determined the incident was an accident.

Strzelecki was a junior studying engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, according to the university.

21-year-old man who fell from Bayshore balcony has died

Jan. 22, 2015 10:23 a.m. | Glendale — The 21-year-old man who fell from a balcony at Bayshore Town Center on Jan. 12 has died after nine days in critical condition at Froedtert Memorial Hospital.

Dustin Strzelecki of Silver Lake, was with his Toppers Pizza coworkers for a company holiday party at Bayshore's iPic bowling alley that night. After several drinks, he attempted to slide down a railing, according to a Glendale police report. Witnesses told police that Strzelecki tried to slide down the second floor railing, but he did not slide very far down the railing before he fell backwards over the railing to the lower staircase. The distance from the top of the rail to the surface on which he landed is 18 feet and 7 inches, according to the report.

When Glendale police and North Shore Fire and Rescue officials arrived at the scene at 9:22 p.m., they found Strzelecki unconscious at the base of the stairwell. He was transported via Flight For Life to Froedtert Memorial Hospital.

Apartment project proposed for Glendale

Jan. 22, 2015 9:59 a.m. | A development with 56 townhome-style apartments in Glendale would include 11 apartments set aside for people with disabilities under a tentative proposal pending before county officials.

The apartments would be built with public financing help at 1633 W. Bender Road, according to a report to the County Board's Economic and Community Development Committee. That site has a former nursing home that would be demolished to make way for the project, developer Ted Matkom said Thursday.

The apartments would be developed by Bond Realty LLC, a partnership between Matkom and neighboring property owner David Hobbs Honda, the county report said.

Bond Realty's affiliate, Bender Road Apartments LLC, is seeking $2 million in federal funds, provided through the county, to help finance the 11 apartments that would be rented at below-market rates to low- and middle-income disabled people, according to the report. The committee is to consider that request for the zero-interest, 20-year loan at its Monday meeting.

The development proposal faces "a lot of hurdles," Matkom said, including obtaining the public funds, as well as state Department of Natural Resources approval for an environmental cleanup at the site.

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Washington boys basketball team too quick for Brown Deer, 59-49

Jan. 21, 2015 10:22 p.m. | They schedule like a state championship team and carry themselves like a state championship team too.

But the defending WIAA state D3 titlist Brown Deer boys basketball squad needed to play a little bit more like a championship team tonight as a determined Milwaukee Washington unit made the quick Falcon squad play faster than even it wanted too, forcing numerous turnovers and easing away to a 59-49 victory at the Novak Family Fieldhouse.

"They did a very nice job of getting us to play fast," said Brown Deer coach Kelly Appleby. "That's a real credit to them. They just sped us up all night. We felt like we had a lot of opportunities tonight, but we needed to take better care of the ball."

The loss broke a three-game winning streak for the Falcons (7-4) while the under-rated, hard-scheduling Purgolders improved to 6-4.

Brown Deer was able to secure the lead only three times over the course of the game, 2-0, 4-2, and the last time late in the second quarter on a Lewrenzo Byers 3-pointer that made it 22-21.

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Fleeing the scene of a robbery, suspects crash stolen car near Whitefish Bay

Jan. 19, 2015 9:16 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Three robbery suspects in a stolen SUV were arrested after crashing into another car near the Whitefish Bay-Milwaukee border Monday afternoon, Jan. 19.

The suspects allegedly robbed a 16-year-old girl of her cellphone near 38th and Burleigh streets at about 2:45 p.m. Monday, according to Lt. Mark Stanmeyer of the Milwaukee Police Department.

Milwaukee police officers pursued the suspect vehicle, a white 2003 GMC Envoy, but the vehicle did not come to a stop until it crashed into a red Ford Focus at around 3:20 p.m. outside of the Clark gas station in the 4700 block of Wilson Drive, just south of Hampton Road and Santa Monica Boulevard.

Two juvenile suspects and one adult suspect were arrested.

The crash occurred in Milwaukee, but Whitefish Bay and Shorewood police assisted Milwaukee officers in searching for a possible fourth suspect. Police carried rifles as they searched the surrounding area.

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Strong fourth quarter lifts Homestead girls past Whitefish Bay, 44-34

Jan. 17, 2015 12:31 a.m. | It was never a pretty game between the Homestead and Whitefish Bay girls basketball teams Friday night in the nightcap of the boy-girl doubleheader at Bay.

But for the Highlanders, it was a perfectly lovely fourth quarter, as they broke a 28-all tie by scoring the first 14 points of the session and then cruising home to a 44-34 North Shore Conference victory.

"There was no rhythm and it was very sloppy on both sides," said Highlander coach Corey Wolf,  "but in the fourth quarter we had a little more composure. A little more composure and intensity.

"We scored early in that fourth quarter and that's what got us going."

Meanwhile, Bay coach Rick DeKeyser was disappointed with the finish.

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Bay boys hang on, 44-42, after losing big lead against Homestead

Jan. 16, 2015 10:39 p.m. | Normally a basketball coach can sit back and relax after his or her team takes an 18-0 lead at home and just wait for the final score to be posted.

But in these days of a depleted roster due to injury and a lack of interior strength, Whitefish Bay boys coach Kevin Lazovik is not in the position to relax.

So that's why Lazovik and bis Blue Dukes had to sweat out a 44-42 victory over Homestead Friday after taking just such a lead.

Lazovik was not thrilled by the ending but is relieved by the outcome as the Blue Dukes improved to 5-2 in North Shore Conference play and 8-4 overall. Bay is now tied with Homestead (5-2, 7-4) and Port Washington (5-2, 10-3) for second place in the North Shore behind unbeaten Germantown (7-0, 11-0)

"I mean we started off red-hot and finished the game ice-cold," Lazovik said. "We sort of knew that might happen (the rally) because they are exceptionally long and very hard to get inside on.

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Motivated Germantown wrestlers beat Nicolet, 63-15

Jan. 15, 2015 9:50 p.m. | In Germantown wrestling coach Jeff Szohr's mind, success is all about imposing your will upon an opponent.

The Warhawks succeeded broadly in that regard Thursday night, recording seven pins in a 63-15 North Shore Conference dual meet victory over host Nicolet.

It was an impressive effort for a team that earlier this season had to deal with a great deal of youth (no seniors in the starting line-up) and the suspension of its best wrestler for an athletic code violation (Szohr's son Zack).

"I liked our intensity and I liked the intensity we had in fighting for our style," said Coach Szohr., "We're fighting for the way we look in the practice room, because we've been working really hard since On-the-Water (the big Oshkosh tournament that was held late last month).

...You've got to be able to force your style on the other guy and whoever succeeds in doing that will usually win."

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Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started!

Jan. 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. | My Community Now and Lake Country Now are extending the second annual Suburban Selfies contest through Sunday, Jan. 25. Contest answers and winners will be announced Jan. 29.

Below, and in the above video, are two free riddle solutions to get you started!

Check out the contest at mycommunitynow.com/selfies.

Solution One:

Lake Country Now contest riddle: My body is silver but you can see through me. Waukesha's hometown boy was famous for playing me. (Location: Waukesha)

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109-lot subdivision approved in Mequon

Jan. 13, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Mequon — A 109-lot subdivision received conceptual approval from the Mequon Plan Commission on Monday, Jan. 12.

The subdivision would be located on 110 acres of land immediately south of the Brighton Ridge and Knightsbridge subdivisions between Swan and Wauwatosa roads. The land, which is under negotiations to be purchased from the Mequon-Thiensville School District, is part of the new central growth zoning district, which allows lots as small as one-third of an acre in certain "cluster" developments containing at least five houses.

The smaller lot sizes in the central growth area are designed to allow developers more flexibility in providing open common areas. In these cluster developments, at least 30 percent of the total site area must be designated as open space. Thirty-three percent of this subdivision is designated as open space.

The plan proposed by developer Neumann Companies results in a density of one home per acre. The "cluster" lots range in size from 0.48 to 0.87 acres in size, with the average lot spanning 0.53 acres. The homes will have an estimated market value of $400,000 to $600,000 per site, resulting in a total property value of $44 million to $66 million.

The subdivision will include a neighborhood recreational area in the center of the subdivision connected to the sidewalks via a pathway system.

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Man critically hurt in fall 20 feet from Bayshore mall balcony

Jan. 13, 2015 10:03 a.m. | A 21-year-old man from Silver Lake is in critical condition after falling about 20 feet from a balcony Monday night in the rotunda at the Bayshore Town Center mall in Glendale.

So far, a police investigation indicates it was an accident and that no foul play was involved.

Dustin Strzelecki was being treated at Froedtert Memorial Hospital, North Shore Fire/Rescue said in a news release Tuesday.

According to the release, firefighters were called to the rotunda of the Bayshore mall, near the iPic Theaters and Bar Louie, at 9:19 p.m. Monday. They found Strzelecki unconscious at the base of a stairwell in the rotunda.

Emergency responders managed to stabilize him so he could be transported to Froedtert by a Flight for Life helicopter.

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Bayside home damaged in Sunday fire

Jan. 12, 2015 10:31 a.m. | Bayside — An estimated $25,000 in damage was done to a Bayside home that caught fire Sunday afternoon.

The resident living at 8974 N. Seneca Road called 911 at 4:28 p.m. Sunday to report heavy smoke was coming up the stairs from her basement . The Bayside Police Department was the first to arrive on the scene and reported heavy smoke coming from multiple sides of the home, which caused North Shore Fire officials to bring additional resources to the scene according to a news release. The residents and a dog were evacuated from the home, but a cat remained somewhere in the home.

Firefighters went inside the home and quickly extinguised the basement fire, according to the news release. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by North Shore Fire/Rescue and Bayside Police Department investigators. None of the residents were injured, and the cat was eventually found hiding in a second floor bedroom closet. Fire damage was confined to the basement, but the fire department reported extensive smoke damage throughout the basement and first floor of the home.

Germantown boys late rally keeps Homestead at bay, 65-58

Jan. 09, 2015 10:52 p.m. | With his team having squandered the entirity of the 15-point lead it had going into the fourth quarter against Homestead, and with it now trailing by one, Germantown junior forward Max Keefe lined up a potential go-ahead 3 with about 1:11 remaining.

How confident was he about it going in?

"Eh, eh, I don't know," said the talented 6-6 junior. "Of course, of course, I thought it would go in all the way (laughs)."

And it did, giving Germantown a 57-55 advantage.

That started a chain-reaction of events that eventually led to a strange six-point play for the Warhawks that allowed them to squeeze by the Highlanders and maintain their sole control of the North Shore Conference lead with a 65-57 victory.

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