Empty piece of pipe is culprit of scare at Lake Shore Middle School

Feb. 24, 2013 10:00 p.m. | An object resembling a pipe bomb was found in the wood shop of Lake Shore Middle School in Mequon on Sunday afternoon.

The object turned out to be an empty piece of pipe capped at both ends. The Milwaukee County Bomb Squad moved the pipe to a safe location and detonated it at 4:20 p.m.

A group of parents and a technology education teacher was cleaning and reorganizing the wood shop area when the suspicious object was found at 1:15 p.m., according to a letter sent to parents by the Mequon-Thiensville School District. The pipe appeared to be discarded plumbing parts and not an attempt to build a pipe bomb.

A second search of the building was conducted after the disposal of the object, and nothing else suspicious was discovered. Classes on Monday will not be affected.

WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches

Feb. 24, 2013 8:51 a.m. | The WIAA individual state wrestling tournament crowned its champions yesterday in Madison and MyCommunityNOW has updated photojournalist Peter Zuzga's state wrestling tournament photo gallery with images from the championship rounds.

Photo gallery: WIAA state wrestling photo gallery

Story: Arrowhead's Andrew Crone wins another individual title

Germantown too much for Homestead

Feb. 24, 2013 1:22 a.m. | For the third time this season the Homestead boys basketball team gave defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Germantown a battle, but for the third time, the Warhawks’ size and length proved too much.

Top-seeded Germantown had a 17-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back in defeating fourth-seeded Homestead, 70-44, in a regional final Saturday in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

“We did what we had to do to take care of this team,” Germantown coach Steve Showalter said. “Nothing was easy. We had some spurts where things weren’t going right.”

The Warhawks (24-0) notched their 52nd straight win, a streak that dates back to the 2011-12 season. The win earned them a spot in the sectional semifinals Thursday against No. 3 seed Arrowhead at Waukesha West.

If a first quarter can turn a game one way or another, the Warhawks made it count, holding the Highlanders to just 1 of 11 shooting. As they have done all season, Germantown used its size and length.

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Brown Deer has answer for every St. Catherine's strike

Feb. 24, 2013 1:16 a.m. | After one quarter of its WIAA Division 3 regional championship contest on Saturday night, the Brown Deer boys basketball team held a comfortable 16-5 lead over visiting Racine St. Catherine’s.

Head coach Kelly Appleby and his team, however, were not fooled by that.

“We expected them to come back,” Appleby said of the Angels. “They’re a good team and a quality opponent. They’ve got a great coach over there (the veteran Bob Letsch), and they’ve had huge success through the years.

“We knew they wouldn’t just roll over for us. We weren’t too excited about what we had there. We had a good start, but we had a whole game to play.”

True to Appleby’s prediction, St. Catherine’s indeed kept coming back, climbing to within one point in the second period and two points in the fourth quarter, but each time, the Falcons answered with a run of their own.

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Whitefish Bay drops a heartbreaker to Milwaukee Washington

Feb. 24, 2013 12:16 a.m. | Whitefish Bay has seen its fair share of talented basketball players this season.

Unfortunately, they ran into one more in Milwaukee Washington’s latest superstar,

Jamaar McKay. His unselfish pass to Justin Harris led to the game-winning free throw as the Purgolders eliminated the Blue Dukes, 63-62, Saturday night at Washington in a WIAA Division 2 regional final.

Washington advances to play No. 1-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran Thursday at Waukesha North.

“He has been making those plays all season,” said Washington first year coach Fred Riley. “I have been saying he is the ‘Lebron James of Wisconsin’ all season.”

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Homestead keeps composure to oust Waukesha West

Feb. 22, 2013 11:16 p.m. | In close, meaningful games, a team tends to bond over a huge 3-pointer or a gutsy defensive stand. The Homestead boys gathered themselves early in the fourth quarter not after a huge play by a teammate but rather the opponent, Waukesha West.

After a 3-point play was followed up by a technical foul, Homestead went on a 10-2 run to close the door and notch a 62-51 WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal win over the fifth-seeded Wolverines. The Highlanders advanced to play at No.1-seeded Germantown on Saturday night.

"To be honest with you, it just really made us mad," said Highlanders forward Luke Worthington. "We kind of rallied around it. A lot of the calls were not going our way all night, but we battled through it."

Holding a cozy 46-35 lead two minutes into the fourth quarter, Homestead felt the boat take a hit. West senior Christian Walz scored a layup and the Highlanders (15-8) were called for a five-second, closely-guarded violation on the ensuing possession.

West guard Earnest Cowser drove to the basket, and Tyler Domenoski was able to gather a rebound, avoid a tumble and put up a shot that went in attached with a foul by Worthington, which put him on the bench for a considerable amount of time. The technical made matters worse, and Domenoski drilled all three free throws to cut the lead to only 46-42 with 5:22 remaining.

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Disciplined Grafton boys end Nicolet season in 56-50 upset

Feb. 22, 2013 10:46 p.m. | Nicolet basketball coach Paul Hepp was so certain that the baseline 3-pointer that was put up by his team late in its WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal Friday night with North Shore rival Grafton was down that he had all but called the time-out already.

Instead, the ball did at least a 720-degree, maybe even 1,080-degree spin around the basket, being sucked more than halfway down before it popped back out and into the hands of Grafton forward Beau Benzschawel.

So instead of being down just two with just under a minute to go and with another chance to force a turnover, the Knights were forced to foul Benzschawel.

He downed two free throws with 45 seconds left for a 54-47 lead and the Knights were never able to get within four again in a season-ending 56-50 defeat.

"Sometimes the basketball gods just don't smile on you," said a philosophical Hepp, "but this more or less came down to whether we could play a full game or not. Even when we were on a recent winning streak (six games), we'd play some good halves and then we'd play some mediocre halves."

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Bay hammers Morse-Marshall

Feb. 22, 2013 10:14 p.m. | The Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes boys basketball team earned a trip to the third round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs on Friday night by knocking off visiting Milwaukee Morse-Marshall Juneau, 78-40.

The third-seeded Blue Dukes (17-6) move on to face No. 2 Milwaukee Washington (16-7) on Saturday. The Purgolders were co-champions of the strong City Conference.

Blue Dukes senior guard Keelin Johnson helped his team jump out to the kind of fast start so important in postseason games by scoring Bay's first nine points. Johnson got into foul trouble early, but junior forward Joe Sherburne helped pick up the slack, and the pair combined for 16 first-quarter points to give Bay a 22-9 lead after one.

"Keelin played really well for us, Joe Sherburne, Christian Lane, Miles Sigh, you could really go down the list," Whitefish Bay head coach Kevin Lazovik said. "It was a great team effort. Guys came in off the bench and contributed and that's what we need at this point. You want to be playing your best basketball at this point in the season. That was a good one, and hopefully we can be even better still."

The Blue Dukes kept attacking, using their up-tempo, aggressive style to build a 20-point lead early in the second quarter and a 36-18 advantage at halftime. The sixth-seeded Eagles struggled working inside against a much bigger Whitefish Bay team and were forced to settle for long-range shots for most of the night.

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Summit Credit Union to close Brown Deer Road branch

Feb. 22, 2013 12:20 p.m. | Summit Credit Union said Friday it plans to close its location at 6914 W. Brown Deer Road on March 29.

"The decision to close the Brown Deer Road location came after careful consideration and evaluation of our branch network," Kim Sponem, chief executive and president of Madison-based Summit, said in a statement. "The Brown Deer Road branch was underutilized, and because it was not full-service, many of our members were already using our other three Milwaukee locations, as well as the shared credit union service branch just five blocks from the Brown Deer Road office."

The ATM at the Brown Deer Road location will continue to remain available to members, Summit said.

Employees at the Brown Deer Road branch will relocate to other Summit locations in Milwaukee, including the branch at 10015 W. Greenfield Ave., which is being rebuilt, Summit said.

"Our commitment to our Milwaukee-area members remains strong," Sponem said. "The closure of the Brown Deer Road branch allows us to focus on our plans to add more full-service, convenient locations in the Milwaukee area, which is a primary focus of growth for us throughout the next several years."

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Hansher, Leszczynski advance in Mequon's 4th District aldermanic race

Feb. 19, 2013 10:42 p.m. | Jeff Hansher and John Leszczynski advanced to the general election for the 4th District aldermanic seat on the Mequon Common Council.

The two newcomers beat Cherry Lange, who was also new to the campaign trail. Incumbent John Wirth announced his noncandidacy.

Leszczynski received 163 voters, or 47.38 percent. Hansher received 112 votes or 32.56 percent. Lange received 64 votes or 18.6 percent. Out of the 2,330 registered voters in District 4, 344 turned out to vote - a 14.8 percent turnout.

The general election is April 2. Council members earn $1,800 annually and serve three-year terms.

Unofficial results are:

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Season ends for Shorewood boys against Tech

Feb. 19, 2013 10:39 p.m. | Short and short-handed, the Shorewood boys basketball team could only do so much against a physical and determined Bradley Tech team Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game, as the Trojans eased away from the host Greyhounds by a 67-62 count.

Coach Phil Jones wasn't happy with the physical play or the outcome, which ended the Greyhounds' season at 13-10.

"We were short-handed," he said. "Carmen Purvis wasn't available tonight and we play only six, sometimes seven people so that made it hard. ...We were active on the boards tonight, but everytime we were we got beat up and mauled underneath. That sort of negates all the good that you've done."

Bradley Tech now advances to a Division 2 regional semifinal Friday at second-seeded City Conference co-champ Milwaukee Washington.

Shorewood took an initial 16-13 lead in the first quarter, but then the Trojans came back with a 23-12 effort in the second period that put them up 36-28. Sophomore forward Joseph Harries had 11 points in the first half for Tech, including three 3-pointers and eight points in the second.

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Crawford knocked out of Bay trustee race

Feb. 19, 2013 9:30 p.m. | The candidate field for the Whitefish Bay Village Board is down to four, and newcomer Robert Crawford is out of the running.

After the Feb. 19 primary, incumbent Jay Miller and newcomers Carl Fuda, Kevin McMahon, and Ken Wysocky advance to the April 2 election and will vie for two seats currently held by Miller and James Roemer, who has filed noncandidacy.

Almost 2,900 Whitefish Bay voters cast ballots in the trustee race, and the primary drew a 21 percent turnout of Whitefish Bay’s 10,306 registered voters.

Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $600 annually.

Unofficial results are:

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None injured in Bayside assisted living facility fire

Feb. 18, 2013 4:50 p.m. | Bayside - No one was harmed this afternoon when Bayside police and the North Shore Fire Department evacuated residents and staff of the Elizabeth Residence after a fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.

According to an NSFD news release:

The fire department and police were immediately dispatched to the Elizabeth Residence, 9279 N. Port Washington Road, at approximately 2:50 p.m. after a 911 caller reported fire on the second floor. The call was immediately upgraded to bring additional staff and equipment due to the large population of elderly and disabled residents in the assisted living facility.

Arriving police officers reported heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the building. The first NSFD unit on the scene quickly determined the automated sprinkler system had put out the fire, though there was still smoke in several corridors of the building. Fire companies shut off the sprinklers, though a significant amount of water, fire and smoke had extensively damaged the area surrounding the unit where the fire began.

Police and fire department commanders evacuated and accounted for staff and residents of the building.

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