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Fox Point's village levy increases by a half-percent

Nov. 30, 2012 3:28 p.m. | A 2013 budget calling for a 0.5 percent increase in the property tax levy was approved Thursday by the Fox Point Village Board.

After six deliberation sessions with village staff and a public hearing, the board took action on the budget, which totals nearly $7 million. The document was approved, 6-1.

Coming in at 79 percent, property tax payments represent the majority of Fox Point's income. Additional sources include payments from other governmental agencies, license and permit fees and fine and forfeiture payments.

To make ends meet, the village is dipping into its reserves. About 5 percent of next year's expenses are expected to be covered through the fund balance (reserves).

Trustee wanted zero increase

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Police identify Milwaukee man fatally shot in Bayside store

Aug. 15, 2014 5:48 p.m. | The man who was fatally shot at a boutique eyeglasses shop in Bayside was identified Friday as Joshua Drake.

Drake, 22, of Milwaukee, was shot during an attempted robbery at Innovative Optique on W. Brown Deer Road about noon on Thursday, and the investigation continued late into Thursday night, with police questioning two "people of interest" in the case.

Police said during the course of the attempted robbery, shots were exchanged between the attempted armed robber, identified by police as Drake, and an armed employee of the store, Fox Point Acting Police Chief Christopher Freedy said in a news release.

Witnesses and store employees continue to cooperate with investigators, he said.

Drake had a prior conviction for taking part in an armed robbery in 2010.

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Alderman launches mayoral campaign in Glendale

Aug. 15, 2014 4:07 p.m. | Glendale — Glendale Alderman Dick Wiese has filed paperwork to run for mayor in April 2015.

Glendale has not held a mayoral election since former mayor Jerome Tepper resigned in February to be with his family in Virginia. Since Tepper's resignation, Common Council President JoAnn Shaw has served as acting mayor. The council recently decided to have Shaw continue in that role until April 2015, when Tepper's term would have ended.

With a vacancy looming in the mayor's seat, Wiese has filed candidacy paperwork to run for the position. He plans to collect his nomination signatures by December to appear on the April ballot.

Wiese said he plans to start reaching out to Glendale residents in the coming months to earn their vote.

"I have had the honor and pleasure of representing Glendale's 4th Aldermanic District for approximately eight years, and have learned a tremendous amount about the needs of our local community, but also of Glendale in a more inclusive sense," he wrote in a letter to his constituents. "Therefore, I am please to make this announcement, and in the coming months it is my plan to make direct contact with as many Glendale citizens as possible to learn more about what issues are of prime importance, as well as to be able to discuss my vision for Glendale's future."

Four suspects arrested in Oak Leaf Trail robbery

Aug. 15, 2014 2:33 p.m. | Shorewood — One man and three boys have been arrested in a robbery that occurred on Oak Leaf Trail on Thursday, Aug. 14.

A 37-year-old Shorewood man was riding his bike on the bike path when he was confronted by the four suspects just south of Capitol Drive. Shorewood police say the group pulled him off his bike, beat him and took his bicycle and backpack. The four were arrested after climbing a fence and walking through a back yard in the 3700 block of Morris Boulevard.

An 18-year-old man was transported to Milwaukee County Jail, and three juveniles — ages 12, 14 and 16 — were referred to Milwaukee County Children's Court. The Shorewood bicyclist received his property back and was not in need of medical attention.

1 man, 3 juveniles arrested in attack on Oak Leaf Trail in Shorewood

Aug. 15, 2014 1:57 p.m. | Shorewood police have arrested one man and three boys in connection with a robbery on the Oak Leaf Trail.

The robbery was reported just before 6 p.m. Thursday on the Oak Leaf Trail, south of Capitol Drive, according to a post on the police department's Facebook page.

A 37-year-old Shorewood man was riding his bike on the path when the robbers confronted him, pulled him off the bike and beat him, police said. The robbers took the man's bicycle and backpack but were arrested after climbing a fence and walking through a backyard on the 3700 block of N. Morris Blvd.

The man, 18, was taken to Milwaukee County Jail, while the three boys, ages 16, 14, and 12, were referred to Milwaukee County Children's Court.

The bicyclist retrieved his bike and backpack and did not need medical attention, police said.

Police question 2 'people of interest' in fatal Bayside shooting

Aug. 14, 2014 11:00 p.m. | Police are questioning two "people of interest" after a man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon at a strip mall in Bayside.

The investigation into the shooting, which police say occurred after an attempted robbery at Innovative Optique on W. Brown Deer Road, continued late into the night.

Authorities have not identified the victim and said late Thursday that they had not taken anyone into custody for the shooting.

Officials entered the store Thursday night after waiting more than six hours for a search warrant to collect evidence and to perform an autopsy.

"With these types of cases, the investigation is going to be ongoing and very time-consuming," said Christopher Freedy, the Fox Point acting police chief.

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Nicolet cancels varsity football season

Aug. 14, 2014 8:39 p.m. | In a stunning development, Nicolet High School has elected to cancel the varsity football season in 2014, citing a lack of numbers within the program. The season was slated to begin with a game against Waukesha South on Aug. 22.


A statement from Nicolet athletics director Kirk Krychowiak was released Thursday and reads as follows:

 

"Nicolet High School has always considered excellence in athletics to be a key component of the quality education we provide to our students. The success we have achieved in our athletic programs is a direct result of the enthusiasm of our coaches, students and the community.

 

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Fatal shooting in Bayside eyeglass store

Aug. 14, 2014 4:40 p.m. | Fox Point — One of the men accused of robbing a Bayside optical store last week has been charged in the murder of one of his accomplices, who was shot by a store employee.

Tedric Sanders, 20, of Milwaukee, has been charged with felony murder in the death of 22-year-old Joshua Drake of Milwaukee. Sanders, Drake and three other people were allegedly involved in a deadly armed robbery at Innovative Optique, 333 W. Brown Deer Road, shortly after noon on Thursday, Aug. 14.

According to a criminal complaint, Drake, Sanders and another suspect entered the store wearing masks over their faces, pointing guns at store employees and asking, "Where's the money?" One of the employees, Federico Aguilar, shot at the suspects, killing Drake and injuring Sanders.

While Drake laid motionless on the floor, the other two suspects ran back into the silver Dodge Charger, where a driver and one other person were waiting. The vehicle was then involved in a hit-and-run accident on southbound I-43 before exiting at 11th Street and Highland Avenue to take Sanders to Sinai Samaritan Hospital for gunshot wounds.

If convicted on the felony murder charge, Sanders faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison. Felony murder charges can be issued against felony actors or co-actors when someone is murdered during the commission of a felony. Sanders has also been charged with bail jumping related to a recent incident in which Sanders fled from police during a robbery at Tower Optical in Wauwatosa.

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Southbound lanes of I-43 in Glendale reopened after crane crash

Aug. 13, 2014 10:03 p.m. | Two southbound lanes of Interstate 43 at Green Tree Road in Glendale have reopened after a crash closed them down for almost three hours.

Around 5 p.m., a truck with a crane attachment passed under the bridge, and the crane crashed into it, knocking some debris into the roads.

Two southbound lanes were closed by the crash, while the left "high speed" lane of the I-43 remained open through the night.

Bridge inspectors visited the crash site to help clear the roads, which were reopened around 8 p.m. An inspector from We Energies was also on the scene to inspect a gas pipe that was under the bridge but did not notice any leaking.

No injuries or car damage were reported, according to Fran McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

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Bublr bike-share coming to Shorewood

Aug. 13, 2014 12:30 p.m. | Shorewood — The Bublr bike-share stations that were introduced to downtown Milwaukee last week will eventually make their way up to Shorewood due to a federal grant approval.

Midwest BikeShare, the nonprofit operator of Bublr Bikes, expects to have 10 bike-sharing stations installed in downtown Milwaukee by the end of the month. The program is expected to offer an additional 25 to 35 stations with 200 to 300 bikes next year, eventually expanding to 100 stations with 1,000 bicycles across Milwaukee, Shorewood, West Allis and Wauwatosa in the next three to four years.

Kevin Hardman, the launch director of Bublr Bikes, said he is introducing the bike share program to other nearby suburbs where residents have expressed interest. Customers will be able to rent bikes from automated kiosks for $7 per day or $20 per month and return the bikes to any station.

"All of the places we've touched on are dense communities, so this offers another easy and convenient transportation choice," he said. "If you look at the north end of Oakland Avenue, for example, where parking is at a premium, bike sharing is wonderful because it gives people a choice that didn't exist before."

Shorewood will be home to nine bike share stations as proposed in a $398,607 federal grant that was recently acquired through the state's Department of Transportation. The federal grant covers 80 percent of the cost of the Shorewood stations, while the remaining 20 percent is borne locally.

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David Bowen carries Democrat's 10th Assembly District primary

Aug. 12, 2014 11:58 p.m. | Milwaukee County Supervisory David Bowen defeated three other Democrats in the 10th Assembly District primary on Tuesday. No Republican is in the race, ensuring a victory for Bowen in November.

Man killed in Mequon car crash

Aug. 12, 2014 11:27 a.m. | Mequon — A 51-year-old Milwaukee man died in a car accident in the 10100 block of Cedarburg Road on Monday, Aug. 11.

The man's vehicle was headed northbound on Cedarburg Road, when at 4:46 p.m., his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a southbound vehicle head-on. The driver of the other vehicle, a 29-year-old Milwaukee woman, was transported to the hospital.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, according to a news release.

Tuesday morning traffic delayed due to I-43 crash

Aug. 12, 2014 10:44 a.m. | Glendale — Early morning commuter traffic was delayed for an hour on southbound Interstate 43 on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

All lanes of I-43 were closed at Good Hope Road, due to a three-car accident that occurred at 6:13 a.m. Fran McLaughlin of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said the lanes were closed to allow for a person to be extricated from one of the vehicles. That person complained of leg injuries from being pinned in the vehicle. No other injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

The accident caused traffic delays for more than 3 miles. The scene was cleared and lanes were reopened at 7:25 a.m.

Man robbed after meeting woman on Plenty of Fish dating website

Aug. 12, 2014 9:30 a.m. | A man reported his car, clothing and smartphone were taken by a woman he found on a dating website July 26.

According to the Glendale police report:

A man picked up a woman in Milwaukee after they met online on the Plenty of Fish dating website July 26.

The man took the woman to Bayshore Town Center, where he bought her lingerie items. The two then went to Day's Inn, 5485 N. Port Washington Road, before 7:30 p.m.

As the man was taking a shower, the woman took his car, valued at $21,000, with $4,000 worth of clothing and a $300 Galaxy S3 inside.

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Three killed in Glendale crash

Aug. 11, 2014 11:05 a.m. | Glendale — Three Milwaukee residents were killed in a car accident on Silver Spring Drive near the Glendale-Milwaukee border Friday night.

Davonna Wilson, 47, was driving eastbound on Silver Spring Drive with her 19-year-old daughter Koteeri Riley and her 48-year-old boyfriend James Taddey at 7:44 p.m. when her 1995 Lexus hit a sign, then a tree, before rolling over and coming to a rest on the sidewalk in front of 2455 W. Silver Spring Drive, said Glendale Police Sergeant Larry Slamann.

All three were declared dead at the scene. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, which was a contributing factor to the crash, Slamann said. Riley's boyfriend told police they were on their way to get pizza.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident. The accident remains under investigation.

Whitefish Bay latest to enact sex offender residency rules

Aug. 07, 2014 4:45 p.m. | Whitefish Bay has become the latest municipality in Milwaukee County to enact an ordinance imposing residency restrictions on registered sex offenders.

River Hills, Shorewood and Hales Corners are contemplating enacting ordinances as well.

If those villages pass ordinances, each community would have some form of residency restrictions for sex offenders.

The recent rush to restrict sex offenders appears to be a reaction to Milwaukee's new ordinance, which severely restricts the placement of registered sex offenders in the city. Mayor Tom Barrett, who with other city officials has said the city has had to house a disproportionate number of sex offenders compared with other municipalities, has called on the state Department of Corrections to come up with a statewide solution.

In River Hills, Village President Robert Brunner said the board would meet in September to discuss a residency restriction ordinance.

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