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Knights weather Messmer's late push

Feb. 28, 2012 11:16 p.m. | The final few minutes of Nicolet’s 55-53 victory over Messmer in the first round of the WIAA boys basketball Division 2 basketball playoffs on Tuesday night were electric.

Trailing 44-34 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bishops had battled their way back into contention and brought themselves to within one point on a three-point shot from Jonathan Carson, who finished with 16 points. Nicolet failed to convert several subsequent free-throw attempts, giving Messmer the opportunity to tie the game with just a few seconds left on the clock. Fortunately for the Knights, none of the Messmer players on the court could finish the crucial layup that would have sent the game into overtime. No one watching the fourth quarter could have guessed how the game had started, however.

The Knights absolutely flew out of the starting gates, and by the end of the first quarter, had taken a 19-6 lead.

“We had energy,” said Nicolet’s Corey Smith. “We have to want it and in order to win, we have to have a great start. At the start of the season, we were struggling. We were only scoring eight points in the first quarter. In order to win, we have to win every quarter.”

The Knights had already jumped out to a 9-2 lead when Smith scored an old fashioned three-point play. Nicolet also implemented full court pressure that Messmer simply could not handle. Had it not been for Christopher Letherwood’s steal and layup with under 10 seconds to go in the first, Messmer’s only points of the quarter would have come from four of its seven free-throw attempts.

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Brown Deer blows lead but rallies past Shorewood

Feb. 28, 2012 9:36 p.m. | Brown Deer boys basketball coach Kelly Appleby called it "a tale of two halves" while Shorewood mentor Phil Jones liked the sense of character it brought out in his team.

At any rate, the Falcons blew a 21-point halftime lead, fell behind on several occasions in the fourth quarter and then got several big plays from the likes of senior forward Jamon Jackson-Wilson to edge area rival Shorewood, 66-64 in a WIAA Division 2 boys regional quarterfinal at Brown Deer Tuesday night.

"At the end, it was just the fact that we didn't want to go home yet," said Jackson-Wilson, who hit two critical free throws late and then blocked a three-point attempt from the Greyhounds' leading-scorer Deion Jackson-Body (30 points). "The good part of our games is that we can build big leads quickly.

"The bad part is is that we have a hard time holding it down. But we just couldn't go out like that."

With the win, the Falcons improved to 15-8 and will advance to a regional semifinal at second-seeded Milwaukee Washington (17-5) on Friday, while Shorewood ended its season 11-12.

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Lower interest rate to save district almost $9 million

Feb. 28, 2012 8:22 p.m. | The Brown Deer School District will save almost $9 million in projected interest costs on bonds issued for a building addition to Brown Deer High School and the remodeling of Brown Deer Middle School. The district plans to close and raze Dean School once the building projects are completed in 2013.

Voters in the district authorized a total of $22 million for the construction projects.

Finance Director Emily Koczela told the School Board tonight that FTN Financial Capital Markets was the low bidder for $10 million of general obligation bonds. The bonds have a 2.4 percent interest rate.

BOSC Inc. was the low bidder for $5 million of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds at an interest rate of 3.85 percent. The federal government pays the interest due on QZAB bonds; local taxpayers pay only the principal.

According to materials presented by consultant Robert W. Baird & Co., the principal and interest cost for the district will be $39,187,515 over 20 years instead of the $47,978,815 cost over 25 years as originally projected.

Brown Deer Police station opens new lobby

Feb. 28, 2012 10:44 a.m. | Demolition and remodeling of the lobby at the Brown Deer Police Station is done and the new lobby is now open for business from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lobby will be closed on weekends and holidays.

Residents requiring police assistance should contact the Bayside Communication Center at (414) 351-9900. For administrative purposes, residents may continue to call (414) 371-2900 during business hours.

911 should still be used for emergency calls.

For additional information on the project, visit the village of Brown Deer website at browndeerwi.org.

Police called to quell disruptive bus riders in Glendale

Feb. 28, 2012 9:57 a.m. | A 16-year-old boy and brothers, 23 and 15, all of Milwaukee, were arrested for disorderly conduct on a bus in the 1800 block of West Silver Spring Drive at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 18.

According to the Glendale police report:

The driver called transit security when a group of about 40 juveniles were being disorderly. Security arrived and when the crowd would not settle down they called police and pointed out the three males for being the most disruptive.

The older brother admitted getting in the faces of security because they “had an attitude.” He was arrested for possession of 0.7 grams of marijuana.

The 15-year-old was arrested for resisting an officer after pushing one as he got off the bus.

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Bayshore to cover costs for additional police services as needed

Feb. 28, 2012 6:44 a.m. | The owners of the Bayshore Town Center and the Glendale Police Department will partner in a Police Force Assistance Program that will provide enhanced department coverage at the Town Center on an as-needed basis during peak curfew time periods.

Under the agreement between the owners and city, Bayshore will reimburse the city for the additional services and police presence.

The officers will assist Bayshore security and ambassador staff in its enforcement of the center's Code of Conduct, according to the agreement provided the Common Council

Additional police officers would be stationed at the center in a marked squad car and will patrol key areas where youth are present. The agreement says they will engage youth when necessary.

The agreement will begin March 1 and expire April 30, 2013.

'Extended test drive' leads to arrest for car theft

Feb. 27, 2012 2:41 p.m. | A 43-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft of a 2010 Buick LaCrosse valued at $30,000 from Amato Nissan, 5200 N. Port Washington Road, the afternoon of Feb. 17.

The man told a salesperson he needed an “extended test-drive” to get a loan which was granted.

On Feb. 20, the dealership called police reporting they’d received a call from a probation officer and the man was now in custody and had admitted selling the car to buy drugs.

Police interviewed the suspect who told them he picked up a drug dealer early morning Feb. 18 near 25th and Wells and they drove to the 7600 block of North Fond du Lac Avenue where he sold the car for six or seven rocks of crack cocaine which he smoked.

Later that same day, he said he sold the car again for more crack cocaine which he again smoked. He then went to see his probation officer knowing he would not pass his urine test.

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Nicolet student cited, suspended for setting classmate's hair on fire

Feb. 27, 2012 10:53 a.m. | A 15-year-old Milwaukee boy was mailed a citation for disorderly conduct and given a five-day suspension after setting a girl’s hair on fire at Nicolet High School at 2:20 p.m. Feb. 20.

According to the Glendale police report:

The girl said the boy attempted to hug her and when she pushed him away, he lit her hair on fire and she had to pull out chunks of her burning hair.

The boy said the whole thing was an accident — that he was just playing with the lighter when she got too close because he would “never hurt a girl’s hair because he knows how important hair is to a female.”

Bay girls hold off Nicolet, in position for share of NSC crown

Feb. 24, 2012 10:29 p.m. | Ask Whitefish Bay senior guard Lindsey Agnew about what it was like when she had to miss the first game this season with Nicolet because of injury back in January, a 40-34 defeat that was the first of the year for the Blue Dukes and put them in chase mode for the North Shore Conference lead?

"Oh, that just about killed me," she said. "You have no idea how hard that was."

Now ask her what it was like to hit two clutch hoops and a big free throw down the stretch as the Blue Dukes held off Nicolet, 38-35, Friday night and pulled into a share of the North Shore lead with the Knights and Grafton with just one game to play.

"In four years here, we've never beaten Nicolet," she said after scoring a team-high 16 points. "We played so hard just to get them this once. We've talked about the conference title a lot. About how it hasn't happened in six years and how nice it would feel."

"It's great to have this chance."

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Whitnall warming house open; county sledding hills ready for action

Feb. 24, 2012 12:36 p.m. | The Whitnall Park warming house and sledding area are open until 8 p.m. today. Cross-country ski trails will be open, and ski rentals will be available in the concessions area of the warming house. Normal weekend hours for the warming house will be in effect this weekend with Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other winter activities to take advantage of are downhill skiing at Crystal Ridge Ski Resort, starting tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. Door County Sled dogs, providing authentic rides will also be open for normal weekend hours starting Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call the Door County Sled Dog hotline at (414) 967-9677.

All Milwaukee County Parks sledding hills will be in full operation today.

Lighted sledding hills for day or night-time fun (lights will be on tonight):

Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, lit until 9 p.m.

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GT boys finish unbeaten regular season, down stubborn HHS, 79-71

Feb. 23, 2012 10:48 p.m. | The important initial goals have all been ticked off the list for the Germantown boys basketball team.

Unbeaten regular season at 22-0.

Unbeaten North Shore Conference title 14-0.

Fifth North Shore title in six years.

It was also another game to be played, to be enjoyed, to be savored.

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Mequon asks We Energies to split cost of trail improvements

Feb. 22, 2012 11:02 a.m. | The Mequon Common Council tabled a proposal to rebuild a segment of the Ozaukee Interurban Trail near the We Energies electric substation south of Bonniwell Road on Tuesday. The total estimated cost of the relocation is $321,048, with 80 percent covered by a Wisconsin Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant and 20 percent coming from the city.

The city has asked We Energies to split that 20 percent cost and will wait for an answer before making a final decision.

Two aldermen, Dan Abendroth and Dale Mayr, appeared opposed to the project, saying it was too expensive.

The Ozaukee Interurban Advisory Council and the Mequon-Thiensville Bike and Pedestrian Committee both have identified the area for upgrades because of safety concerns. Between 175 to 325 people use the trail daily, according to a recent count.

The path crosses directly in front of gates into the substation, which is used by We Energies employees and vehicles two to five times a day. Perhaps a greater concern for those who bike on the path is the steep grade and two reverse curves that make east/south bound riding a challenge. Loose gravel at the bottom of the hill near the gate to the substation can heighten the danger for those on bikes.

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Shorewood Village Board OK's initiative designed to assist seniors

Feb. 22, 2012 10:50 a.m. | The Shorewood Village Board on Tuesday approved a program designed to assist senior citizens.

With backing by the village's Elder Services Advisory Board, elected officials approved an initiative known as Home Sweet Home. Administered by the Shorewood Senior Resource Center, the program will give seniors the ability to stay in a home as they age.

The SRC will pilot the program initially and could make tweaks over time. As proposed, Home Sweet Home will give residents the opportunity to have a volunteer survey the home and assist in obtaining adaptive equipment, including chair lifts and other related accessories throughout a home.

The goal, according to SRC officials, is for elderly residents to remain independent as long as possible in the residence of their choice.

Larson edged out in Mequon-Thiensville School Board primary

Feb. 22, 2012 12:12 a.m. | Roman Larson was eliminated as a candidate in the Mequon-Thiensville School Board race.

Results from Tuesday's primary are as follows:

Gary Laev - 1,695

Stephanie Clark - 1,683

Cheryle Rebholz - 1,652

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Read eliminated in Thiensville trustee race

Feb. 21, 2012 11:52 p.m. | Thiensville voters narrowed the field to four candidates for two vacant seats on the Village Board in the April 3 election, eliminating the fifth candidate, William Read, in Tuesday's primary election.

In unofficial results, challenger Ken Kucharski led the group with 289 votes followed by incumbents Don Molyneux, 196, and Toni Ihler at 188. Kim Beck had 174 votes and will be the fourth candidate. Read garnered 160 votes.

Mequon approves two tax incremental finance districts

Feb. 21, 2012 11:30 p.m. | Hoping to spur redevelopment in its commercial corridor along North Port Washington Road, the Common Council on Tuesday approved two rehabilitation and conservation tax incremental finance districts.

TIF districts allow municipalities to create set districts for redevelopment. Taxing bodies within the district agree to forgo taxes that are greater than those in place at the time of the district's creation to be used toward the cost of development. Those taxes are called the tax increment and, in the case of the pay-as-you-go districts, will be used as incentives for developers and for any public project costs.

TIF 4 has irregular boundaries along Port Washington Road, beginning just south of Mequon Road and ending at Baldwin Court. Most of the property on the east side of the street is in the district but a number of newer properties on the west side of the street are not.

On the east side, The Pavilion, Steins and the Feed Bag are among the properties. On the west side, the Ace Hardware store is included.

TIF 5 starts at roughly Greenbrier Drive on the north and extends south to a point between Zedler and Fiesta Lanes where Port Washington Road crosses Interstate 43.

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Dominican's guards too quick for Bay girls, 51-41

Feb. 21, 2012 10:56 p.m. | When Dominican guard Dilonna Johnson emerged from the Knights lockerroom in the first quarter after rolling her ankle during warm-ups Tuesday night, coach Kevin Schramka felt an instant flashback.

"I know it's going to sound incredibly old, but it was like Willis Reed (of the New York Knicks) coming out of the tunnel for that playoff game (in the 1970s)," he said. "If she and the trainer felt she could than she would. She came out to the bench and she said 'I'm ready' and I said 'Go in!'"

And all the D1 college recruit did was help the Knights break open a close game with 13 second-quarter points, including three, three-pointers, as Dominican held off stubborn village rival Bay, 51-41, in a high-level girls nonconference game.

"They taped it up and she kept going," said Schramka, "and it was something. "Defenders fall off of her (outside the three-point arc) and they let her get squared up.That's when she's at her best."

Johnson would finish with 18 points, one of three Knights in double figures, as they worked their way towards their 14th straight victory. They are the third-ranked team in state D3 polls and improved to 18-1 overall.

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Scooter-riding woman cited for trespassing in Shorewood

Feb. 21, 2012 4:53 p.m. | A 69-year-old Shorewood woman was mailed a citation for trespassing after riding a motorized scooter in the 3800 block of North Bartlett Avenue at 5:40 p.m. Feb. 18.

According to the Shorewood police report:

A resident saw the woman riding the scooter in the alley behind the home.

The woman stopped, entered the yard, took two flower pots and rode off with them. Police were called and the woman was stopped and the pots returned.

She denied taking the pots saying, “I’m sorry. I’m Russian.”

Whitefish Bay delays decision on memorial proposed for Buckley Park

Feb. 21, 2012 12:04 p.m. | Concerned about a loss of open space, Whitefish Bay trustees want to talk more about a gift proposed for Buckley Park. The family of Geoffrey Farnsworth has offered to build a circular seating wall in the park. The wall would seat up to 12 people. Farnsworth, a Whitefish Bay Middle School teacher and coach, died last summer.

The plan for the wall was presented to the Village Board at its previous meeting. On Monday, the board deferred any action on the plan after several nearby residents objected, saying the seating area would decrease the open recreational area in the park.

The board directed Village Manager Patrick DeGrave to talk with the Farnsworth family about the donation, suggesting that another location, such as the middle school or Schoolhouse Park, might allow the village to maintain the open space while also permitting the family to give what several trustees called a generous gift.

Hand-held mobile devices to be allowed in Bayside Middle School upper grades

Feb. 20, 2012 10:54 p.m. | Bayside Middle School students in grades 7 and 8 will soon have an opportunity to bring iPhones, iPads and other mobile electronic devices to class in limited instances.

The Fox Point-Bayside School Board on Monday approved a pilot initiative for the upper-level middle-schoolers known as Bring Your Own Device. The policy is optional and will require parents sign a permission slip.

District Administrator Rachel Boechler said the effort could have a number of benefits, including increasing student enthusiasm for learning and using 21st Century tools to augment traditional classroom activities. Teachers will be empowered to determine when mobile devices will be allowed in class.

The policy, to be enacted in the near future, will run through the end of the school year. Boechler will meet with the School Board this summer to discuss how the pilot went, and decisions on its future will be made at that time.

Whitefish Bay commissions a model for sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure

Feb. 20, 2012 10:22 p.m. | Donohue and Associates will combine all existing data collected during its study of the village sanitary and storm sewers and utility data collected by the village for its geographical mapping system to create a three-dimensional model to aid the Village Board in its development of a final plan to upgrade its storm and sanitary sewer systems.

The model will lay out storm and sewer improvements for the 500 year storm, the highest level of protection suggested in the Donohue report.

The model will show where there are potential conflicts that would result from that proposal and help staff determine if Level 3 protection is feasible.

"The board is committed to as much protection as physically feasible and financially possible," said Trustee Jim Roemer, running the meeting in the absence of Village President Julie Siegel.

Village Manager Patrick DeGrave said the report would let the village determine what is physically possible.

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Case dismissed against Shorewood teen in infant death

Feb. 20, 2012 6:10 p.m. | A judge Monday dismissed a delinquency petition against a 17-year-old Shorewood girl who, having given birth to a boy in her bathtub, hid his body in her bedroom and eventually buried him in a flower bed behind her house.

The case, Children's Court Judge Karen Christenson said, turned on the issue of intent: The law required the state to prove not only that the girl concealed the infant's birth, but also that she did so with the specific intent of keeping officials from determining if the child was born dead or alive.

While the girl unquestionably tried to conceal the birth, Christenson said, she may have acted simply to avoid alienating her friends or disappointing her mother.

The girl told police that the baby was conceived in early winter of 2010, around the time of her 16th birthday. She said that although she did not gain weight or feel sick, she began to suspect she was pregnant in July 2011.

She said "she found it hard to move around," the petition says, "but was far too busy and didn't have time to worry about anything too much."

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Bay defense stifles Homestead boys, gives Germantown outright NSC title

Feb. 17, 2012 10:51 p.m. | On the one hand, it was a signature win for the defending WIAA State D2 champion Whitefish Bay boys basketball team Friday night, full of intense defense and timely buckets.

On the other hand, it was a signature failure by Homestead, which had a chance to go into next Thursday's regular season finale with undefeated Germantown still with a chance at a share of the North Shore Conference title.

Instead the Highlanders now find themselves in a fight just to stay alone in second in the NSC after turning the ball over in droves and clanging free throws by the score.

In short, the physical, basket-defying 45-31 victory for the Blue Dukes was one strange way for both teams to go into Saturday's WIAA sectional seeding meetings.

"We needed that," said Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik. "We've been working hard in practice. Good intense work on our defensive assignments. We did a great job of fighting through screens and getting after their shooters."

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Wisth withdraws from School Board race

Feb. 17, 2012 11:04 a.m. | Brown Deer School Board candidate Kevin Wisth has withdrawn from the School Board race. Wisth said his work schedule changed unexpectedly, forcing him to reconsider running for the board.

"I want to thank anyone who encouraged me to run and had an interest in my candidacy," he said. "I think it is only fair to let people know that I have to withdraw."

Wisth served five years on the board and lost a bid for re-election in April 2011.

Wisth's withdrawal leaves four candidates running for three seats.

Glendale fire damage estimate is $15,000

Feb. 15, 2012 8:26 p.m. | An electrical malfunction in a basement office at a Glendale home in the 5700 block of N.. Milwaukee River Parkway was the likely cause of a fire reported to dispatchers at 8:58 a.m. today.

First arriving crews found moderate smoke coming from the front door of the residence and found a working fire in the basement of the home. Crews made an aggressive interior fire attack and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Two occupants and three dogs were safely evacuated from the home without injury.

Damage, estimated at $15,000, was confined primarily to the basement of the home. There were no injuries to any fire personnel operating at the scene.

Fire crews reported hearing smoke detectors sounding on the first floor of the home when they made entry. However, no working smoke detectors were found in the basement of the home. For this reason, residents were not afforded the early detection possible had the basement detectors been operational.

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Village to apply for State Trust Fund loans

Feb. 15, 2012 8:16 p.m. | River Hills will apply for two State Trust Fund loans. The first loan for $405,598 would refinance an existing unfunded pension liability trust fund loan, reducing the interest rate from 5.25 percent to 3.5 percent. The second loan for $575,689 at 3 percent interest would finance capital program in the village for 2012. The Village Board approved the applications tonight.

Proposed chicken ordinance defeated in Fox Point

Feb. 15, 2012 9:07 a.m. | After debating the issue for four months, the Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday nixed a proposal that, if enacted, would have allowed residents to keep chickens in narrowly defined instances.

The vote to move forward with an ordinance was defeated on a 4-2 vote.

Village President Mike West and Trustee Bill Warner voted in favor of the ordinance. Trustees Beverly Bell, F. R. Dengel III, Douglas Frazer and Christine Symchych voted against it. Trustee Eric Fonstad was not present at the meeting.

In October, Residents Jeff and Kara Ziebelman came before the Village Board and requested officials consider allowing chickens, citing similar communities - including the city of Milwaukee - that have adopted an ordinance.

Concordia to build three-story parking garage

Feb. 13, 2012 11:04 p.m. | The parking crunch at Concordia University is expected to ease with the construction of a three-story 700-stall parking garage on the northwest corner of the campus. The Mequon Plan Commission approved the building tonight against the recommendation of staff. The building will be the first parking structure in the city.

City staff, while supporting the need for additional parking, objected to the removal of 40 specimen trees in the proposed location for the garage. Staff suggested building it elsewhere on the main campus.

The university did not support the other locations because it has plans for academic or athletic facilities in those areas.

The parking garage will be located between Lake Shore Drive and the football stadium and will include a new press box for the stadium.

University President Patrick Ferry told the commission that the university had consulted with neighbors who earlier had opposed plans for a parking garage south of Highland Road. Using a consultant, he said the university worked hard to find a solution to its parking problems that met its needs and would be supported by neighbors.

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Glendale-River Hills School Board denies residents' request to join Maple Dale-Indian Hill district

Feb. 13, 2012 9:46 p.m. | Citing concerns about setting a precedent, the Glendale-River Hills School Board on Monday voted to deny five petitioners' requests to secede from the K-8 district and join the Maple Dale-Indian Hill district.

The petitioners live in the 400 and 500 blocks of West Calumet Road on the south side of the street in the city of Glendale. The residents requested the boundary changes in an effort to keep the entire neighborhood consistent. Residents on the north side of Calumet are within Maple Dale-Indian Hill's boundaries, based on a map drawn up in the 1950s.

Glendale-River Hills board members gave a number of reasons for their denial, including an adverse financial impact on the district and the potential for setting a precedent. There are other streets throughout the Nicolet community that are split between K-8 feeder districts.

Had the Glendale-River Hills board approved the petition, the issue would have gone on to the Maple-Dale Indian Hill School Board later this week.

Glendale-River Hills School Board members' salaries remain flat

Feb. 13, 2012 9:26 p.m. | The Glendale-River Hills School Board on Monday voted to maintain the same salaries for the upcoming year.

The board president will receive $600 for the year; all other members will earn $540 for the year.

The compensation structure, reviewed annually, has been in place for a number of years.

Mother of slain Brown Deer man speaks out

Feb. 11, 2012 10:54 p.m. | The mother of slain Naperville, Ill., teacher Shaun Wild of Brown Deer tells WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) that she is trying to stay positive and is thankful for the support of her son's friends.

Read more here.

Gess withdraws from School Board race

Feb. 11, 2012 12:28 p.m. | David Gess will not run for Shorewood School Board. Gess said he has realized since filing his papers the he is unable to commit the time needed to do justice to the position." His withdrawal leaves one candidate, David Cobb, running for the position now held by Paul Zovic. Zovic announced in December that he would not seek re-election.

Traffic and Safety Committee meeting postponed

Feb. 09, 2012 10:28 a.m. | Due to the memorial service this evening for Shaun Wild, the meeting of the Traffic and Safety Committee scheduled for 7 p.m. has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Memorial for Brown Deer teacher murdered in Illinois

Feb. 09, 2012 4:49 a.m. | BROWN DEER - A man from Brown Deer was to be remembered by his hometown Thursday.

Shaun Wild was killed over the weekend while trying to break up a bar fight near Chicago.

His memorial service has been scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Brown Deer High School.

Those who grew up with him were in shock, and his family and friends call his murder senseless.

"I've known Shaun since kindergarten," explained Andrew Schwark, a friend of Wild's.

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Two lanes of I-43 closed due to crash

Feb. 08, 2012 9:42 a.m. | GLENDALE - Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies have gone to the scene of a two-car crash that has brought about the closure of two lanes of a freeway in Glendale.

Authorities closed the middle and right lanes of I-43 southbound near Silver Spring Drive because of the crash.

The crash happened at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

There was no initial word on any injuries.

Shorewood board agrees to fill deputy police chief, building inspector positions

Feb. 07, 2012 11:26 p.m. | The Shorewood Village Board on Monday authorized staff members to move forward and fill two currently vacant positions: lead building inspector and deputy police chief.

The deputy police chief position was created 16 months ago amid Police Chief Dave Banaszynski's reorganization of staffing within the department. Terry Zimmerman, then a lieutenant on the force, was promoted to the position, and retired in December.

Banaszynski said there are a number of virtues to having a deputy police chief position, including a distinct chain of command, maintaining departmental continuity and allowing for sergeants to be back on the street - a scenario that was not always possible without the position.

The lead building inspector hire is part of an overall reorganization to the planning and development department. Responsibilities for the position will be absorbed by two currently vacant inspection positions within the department.

Homestead hangs on to beat Tokoto, Falls, 71-69, in OT

Feb. 07, 2012 10:52 p.m. | With about a minute to go in overtime Tuesday night, a fan on the Menomonee Falls side of the Homestead Fieldhouse rubbed his hands eagerly and said:

'It's a man's game now, no little kids allowed!"

And that thought was the correct one this evening, as in a high-profile nonconference boys basketball game with WIAA sectional seeding implications, Homestead got two free throws with 5.5 seconds to go from guard LaMonte' Bearden to pull off a thrilling, 71-69 overtime decision over the Indians.

In doing so, the Highlanders improved to 16-2 overall whiile Falls, which had won five in a row and eight of its last 11 (nine of 11 without a forfeit), fell to 9-8.

A game like this late in the season is just all part of the plan, according to Highlander coach Marquis Hines.

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Whitefish Bay to seek Bird City USA designation

Feb. 07, 2012 8:16 p.m. | Whitefish Bay is the latest community in Wisconsin looking to become a Bird City USA community, with backing by the Whitefish Bay Garden Club and Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation.

Bird City USA is Bayside-based organization that was created a year ago through participation with the Milwaukee Audubon Society. It is designed to promote bird conservation by working with member municipalities to examine best practices for bird habitats.

Designees hold a ceremonial event that includes a plaque presentation and educational events. To qualify, a municipality needs to pay $100 annually and go through a comprehensive application process.

The Village Board approved moving forward with the application process Monday with the caveat the membership fee be split in thirds between the Garden Club, Civic Foundation and the village's operating budget.

Public hearing on JCC proposal planned next month

Feb. 06, 2012 10:48 p.m. | Whitefish Bay residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on several proposed changes at the Karl Jewish Community Campus at a public hearing next month.

The Village Board on Monday voted to move the plans forward to the public hearing level, with members of that board and the Plan Commission jointly overseeing the event.

JCC officials are requesting eight operational and structural changes at the campus, 6423 N. Santa Monica Blvd. The list includes proposed fencing on the back field of the property, increasing the number of permissible annual special events on the campus from 12 to 20 and requesting up to 30 events, including wedding receptions, be allowed to function until 1 a.m., as opposed to the current 11 p.m. cut-off time.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. March 19 at a venue to be announced.

Brown Deer Village Board denies beer, wine licenses

Feb. 06, 2012 9:14 p.m. | The Brown Deer Village Board decided to stick with precedent and deny a request for licenses to sell packaged beer and wine at a new variety store, Shop on Sherman.

Previous requests for similar licenses at two convenience stores and at Walgreens have been turned down, Trustee Jeff Baker noted, and he did not support breaking with that precedent. His colleagues agreed, leading to a 7-0 vote to deny the licenses.

Driver pleads guilty in hit-and-run crash that killed couple

Feb. 06, 2012 3:58 p.m. | A man with a history of drunken driving convictions pleaded guilty Monday to a hit-and-run crash that killed a Brown Deer couple in Mequon last year.

Daniel J. Fagan, 36, was charged in January 2011 with two counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and two counts of hit-and-run resulting in death for a crash that killed Emiliya Krol, 69, and her husband, Leonid Krol, 72 as they walked in the 4700 block of W. County Line Road.

At a hearing in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the negligent operation counts in exchange for the guilty pleas to the hit-and-run counts.

Over his attorney's objections, Fagan, who had been free on $50,000 bail, was taken into custody Monday pending his sentencing next month. Prosecutors plan to recommend he be sent to prison for 12 years, followed by 13 years of extended supervision.

Shorewood girl faces hearing in death of newborn

Feb. 06, 2012 3:40 p.m. | A delinquency hearing will be held Feb. 20 for a 17-year-old Shorewood girl who investigators say gave birth to a boy in her bathtub and buried him in a flower bed beside her house, a judge ordered Monday.

The girl is charged in a delinquency petition with one count of concealing the death of a child.

According to the petition:

The girl told police that the infant was conceived in early winter of 2010, around the time of her 16th birthday. She said that although she did not gain weight or feel sick, she began to suspect she was pregnant in July 2011.

She said "she found it hard to move around," the petition says, "but was far too busy and didn't have time to worry about anything too much."

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Shorewood considers prospects at ex-Catholic Life building

Feb. 06, 2012 7:00 a.m. | The former headquarters of Catholic Family Life Insurance is among possible future development sites in Shorewood, according to village officials.

The 50,200-square-foot office building, at 1572 E. Capitol Drive, was left vacant after Catholic Family was merged into the larger Catholic Knights, based at 1100 W. Wells St., in Milwaukee. 

Both groups were fraternal organizations that offer life insurance, annuities and other financial products and benefits to members. The merged organization is now known as Catholic Financial Life.

Village officials hope to see some type of development, or new tenants for the building, said Chris Swartz, village manager. He spoke at a Friday meeting of the village Community Development Authority's board, which was reviewing possible future development sites.

The building is listed for lease or sale by local brokerage firm Cassidy Turley Barry, according to commercial real estate Web site Loopnet.com. The listing price is $2.45 million.
 

Illinois stabbing victim was athlete, scholar from Brown Deer

Feb. 05, 2012 8:18 p.m. | The victim of a stabbing in Illinois was remembered Sunday as a multi-sport athlete at Brown Deer High School and a great student and leader.

Shaun Wild, 24, a second-grade teacher for a Naperville, Ill., school, was stabbed to death, apparently after an altercation at a Naperville bar early Saturday.

Wild, who graduated from North Central College in December, had recently started teaching second grade at Spring Brook Elementary School in Naperville.

He played football at North Central - he was the team's punter - and also played football for four years at Brown Deer High School, said his coach there, Rob Green.

"His junior and senior years, we won back to back conference titles in the Parkland conf, and he was our quarterback and our punter," Green said. He also played first base and pitched on the school's baseball team and was a hurdler on the track team. He was in the National Honor Society and won a statewide award as a student-athlete.

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New officers introduced in Bayside

Feb. 03, 2012 8:30 a.m. | Bayside Police Chief Bruce Resnick introduced two new officers to the Village Board this week. Officer Gina Kleeba, sworn in on Jan. 2, is now attending the Police Academy. Kleeba was a village dispatcher prior to being sworn in. She will be back in the village in about three months when her schooling is completed. Resnick said he misses her computer skills and will be happy to see her back.

Cory Fuller, who speaks both French and Spanish, is the other addition to the department. Fuller spent a year teaching in France, Resnick said. While his French language skills might not be needed often, Resnick said his Spanish will likely be a help to the department. Fuller is on-the-road under the supervision of a training officer while he does his field training.

Brown Deer gunshot victim stable

Feb. 01, 2012 5:42 p.m. | Brown Deer Police say they anticipate a review of charges by Friday against a 20-year-old Brown Deer man who is a suspect in a shooting that took place in a village residence Tuesday morning. A 24-year-old Brown Deer man who was shot is in stable condition at Froedtert Hospital.

Police Tuesday said the victim was driven to St. Mary's Ozaukee after being shot in the leg/pelvic area. Hospital staff via Mequon Police notified local police of the injury. The suspect, with his attorney, later came to the village police station and turned himself in.

Police said he has been booked and taken to the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility.

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