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Mequon man pleads not guilty in parents' slaying

June 29, 2011 4:18 p.m. | A Mequon man charged with killing his parents at their home in April entered not guilty pleas Wednesday.

Dennis Markov, 20, faces two counts of first degree intentional homicide in the April 17 slayings. Victor Markov, 45, and Larissa Markov, 39, were found dead in their home in the Ville du Parc neighborhood, after she failed to show up for work. Both had been shot in the back of their heads.

Markov, who was home when police arrived, told them he shot his parents after an argument that ensued when his father denied his request for $5 in gas money.

The case was set for trial in January.

Brown Deer School Board rejects teachers' counter offer on new contract

June 28, 2011 8:52 p.m. | Brown Deer School Board President Gary Williams called a special School Board meeting to order at 7 p.m. and by 7:01, it was over as member Lisa Zielinski quickly moved to adjourn the meeting that was called Monday night to discuss a contract counter proposal from the Brown Deer Education Association.

By a 4-3 vote, the board adjourned, preferring to allow the Budget Repair Bill to go into effect rather than taking an 11th hour action on a contract with teachers.

The union and board have been negotiating a contract over the last six weeks, but the work appeared to end when the union rejected the district's offer on June 22.

Lisa Albers, who is the chief negotiator for the union, said after looking at the proposal again, the union decided to accept it with some modifications and notified the district Monday night about 5 p.m.

Miguel Salas, the director of Lakewood Uniserv, a division of WEAC, said the union was concerned about layoffs in the current financial climate and wanted the district to consider seniority and the needs of the district as two factors when making layoff decisions.

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Brown Deer School Board meeting on teachers contract tonight

June 28, 2011 4:56 p.m. | The School Board is holding a special meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss a contract with the Brown Deer Education Association. The board, which held its regular meeting Monday night, exchanged contract proposals with the union earlier this month.

The union rejected the district's proposal on June 22 but late Monday afternoon changed course, notifying the district it would accept the contract with some modifications. At 6 p.m. Monday night the board scheduled a special meeting to discuss the contract, allowing a 24-hour notice as required by law.

After midnight Tuesday, the budget repair bill takes effect, limiting the union's ability to negotiate only to pay increases.

Shorewood summer music series kicks off Thursday

June 28, 2011 1:52 p.m. | Summer Sounds, a seven-week concert series, kicks off Thursday at Hubbard Park Lodge, 3565 N. Morris Blvd. The band Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz will perform.

The park opens at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. All concerts are free. Picnic food and other refreshments will be sold.

Several local organizations are spearheading this year's series. Among them: the village of Shorewood Marketing Committee, Shorewood Foundation and Shorewood Men's Club. Businesses supporting the program include PNC Bank, Big Bay Brewing Company and Culver's of Shorewood.

Wolf's GT edges Sykes' Nicolet, 3-1, as a friendly rivalry begins

June 27, 2011 10:25 p.m. | The whole overarching scenario felt weird to both of them, but there was nothing but genuine feeling that went into the hug between Nicolet baseball coach Dick Sykes and his long-time assistant turned head coach at Germantown Jeff Wolf, as the pair prepared to do battle in a North Shore Conference game on an achingly perfect Monday evening in Germantown.

The two coaches were entering new phases of their careers. Wolf had served as Sykes' chief assistant at Nicolet for 18 years before taking the Germantown job last fall while Sykes' had to enter a major rebuilding year without someone whom he felt was his conscience and his guide.

"It's just not the same without him," admitted Sykes in a candid moment after Germantown had won 3-1. "Jason (new assistant Grodsky) does a great job and is a great guy, but when you have someone around 17-18 years like Jeff was, well, it was like we were one person."

"I'd ask him a question, and he'd give me the answer that I was thinking myself. I know it's sad, but I was lucky to have him for that long and they're lucky to have him here now. He knows baseball, he knows talent and he'll make the commitment to them."

"They'll be winning conference titles soon just you watch."

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BD rallies from 4-0 deficit to edge host HHS, 5-4

June 24, 2011 11:12 p.m. | The Brown Deer baseball team found character in the form of a pair of very young pitchers as the Falcons rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat host Homestead, 5-4, Friday night.

Freshman Ryan Hudson settled in after a rugged start and got the win after throwing five-and-a-third innings, while sophomore Drew Worth pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief to secure the save.

"They're just a couple of great kids," said Falcon coach Mike Donahue. "I have Ryan in class and he's just fantastic to be around. In fact, the whole group is great to be around and they just continue to work hard."

The nonconference win gave the Falcons an 11-8 record, while for the 11-7 Highlanders, it was double trouble.

They fell in an eight-inning rain make-up earlier in the afternoon at Port Washington, also by a 5-4 score, before hosting the Falcons in the 8 p.m. tilt at Rennicke Field.

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45-year prison term in River Hills sex assaults

June 23, 2011 2:38 p.m. | A man convicted of sexually assaulting teen girls at his River Hills mansion was sentenced Thursday to 45 years in prison.

Robert D. Lee-Kendrick, 38, denied ever molesting the girls, and said the accusations arose after he tightened up discipline on a bunch of teens who spent weekends and summers at his seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom home, which featured a pool and recording studio.

But at a trial earlier this month at which all three victims testified, he was found guilty of two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child and one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. The jury acquitted him of child sexploitation and found him not guilty of three counts of possession of child pornography.

Circuit Judge Dennis Cimpl gave Lee-Kendrick three consecutive 15-year terms, one for each count, followed by three consecutive 10-year terms of extended supervision when he is released.

Lee-Kendrick was initially charged in 2007 and pleaded no contest to three charges in 2008. But after he was hit with a 57-year prison term, he was allowed to withdraw his plea on the argument of ineffective assistance of counsel.

Nicolet rallies for 10-9 win over rival Bay on muddy, cool night

June 22, 2011 10:34 p.m. | The weather, with dank, unseasonable cold and the conditions of Stormonth Field--fans felt like they walking through a jungle swamp as they splashed through the rain-soaked grass to the grandstands-- should have been enough to depress the Nicolet baseball team Wednesday in its battle with archrival Whitefish Bay.

But when the Knights fell behind to the Blue Dukes, 9-3, after three-and-a-half innings, Nicolet would not have been blamed if it had gone completely in a funk and called it a night.

However, they did nothing of the sort, scoring in each of the last five innings, including a three-run rally in the seventh that was highlighted when C.J. Putterman was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded and the score tied lifting the Knights to a surprising 10-9 victory.

"We're still a Jekyll and Hyde sort of team," said Nicolet coach Dick Sykes, pointing to his team's four errors, a problem all season. "We really should not have won that game, but we hit the ball (13 hits) and we never quit."

"But seriously, we can't be making a habit of this."

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Village OKs merged health department

June 22, 2011 11:38 a.m. | The Village Board on Monday approved an agreement that provides for the merger of the North Shore and Shorewood/Whitefish Bay health departments. The merged department will be known as the North Shore Health Department and its employees will be employees of Brown Deer, as was the case previously.

The board of health for the new department will be made up of one representative of each of the seven member communities who will be appointed by the various municipal boards. There will also be a community representative and a medical doctor appointed by the board.

The funding for the department will be based on both direct and indirect costs. Direct costs are calculated using a formula based on actual staff hours. Indirect costs are based on the total service costs minus the direct costs.

Brown Deer will save an estimated $24,187 in 2012 with the new department.

Shorewood has approved the agreement and the remaining five communities are expected to take action on it during July.

Lion's Gates landscaping vandalized twice

June 22, 2011 11:34 a.m. | Village crews, along with a GreenScape Committee member, have worked diligently to provide some new plantings to the Lion's Gates, located at the Fairy Chasm Road/Lake Drive intersection.

While the hope is to provide a more aesthetically pleasing, natural landscaped area for the community to enjoy, the newly planted landscaping has been the subject of vandalism over the past two evenings.

On both occasions, several of the new plantings were removed or trampled, and then left at the side of the road. Incidents have been reported to the Police Department each night. If you have any information pertaining to this, please contact the Bayside Police Department at (414) 351-8800.

Public financing plan for Shorewood project approved by Village Board

June 21, 2011 9:00 a.m. | A plan to provide over $8 million in public financing to help pay for a $35 million apartment and retail development in Shorewood has been approved by the Village Board.

The board voted 6-0 late Monday night to approve the financing plan, and zoning approval, for a six-story building west of N. Oakland Ave. and south of E. Kenmore Place, on the parking lot for Nehring's Sendik's grocery store.

The new building, to be developed by Mandel Group Inc. and RE Enterprises LLC, will relocate Walgreens from its current location across Kenmore Place, and feature 84 apartments on the upper floors.

The project will include two parking decks, one under the apartments and the other to be built just west of Sendik's. They will  provide spaces for the apartment residents, and residents of a nearby apartment building operated by Katz Properties Inc.

The parking decks also will provide around 150 free parking spaces for day-time customers of Walgreens, Sendik's and other nearby businesses, with the village charging fees for overnight parking.

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Honor roll page updated

June 20, 2011 10:49 a.m. | We've just updated our honor roll page with the latest lists of academic achievers from area schools.

The schools updated are: Forest Park Middle School (Franklin), Greenfield Middle School, Homestead High School, Marquette University High School, Martin Luther High School, Menomonee Falls High School, Muskego High School, Oak Creek-Franklin West Middle School, Oak Creek High School, St. Francis High School and St. Matthew School (Oak Creek).

Go to honor roll page.

Bradford limits HHS opportunities in 3-0, state softball match-up

June 16, 2011 8:53 p.m. | Homestead's Dave Keel is retiring from the classroom this school year, but not from the coaches' box in either softball or football where he is an unqualified success.

And he's definitely not taking a leave of absence from his most important job as Dad.

That's why he spent a long time hugging both senior first baseman Siena Mitman and his daughter/four-year starting catcher Amy immediately after the Highlanders 3-0 WIAA state quarterfinal softball loss to Kenosha Bradford Thursday afternoon at the Goodman Diamond in Madison.

That's because he's going to miss his daughter very much when she goes off to St. Louis University this fall to major in business.

"Much too far away," he said with a laugh in a recent conversation. "I may have to rent an apartment in St. Louis to keep an eye on her."

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Mequon teen sentenced to year in jail for friend's death

June 16, 2011 4:34 p.m. | As her fellow Homestead High School graduates head off to college dorms in coming weeks, Madeline Kudlata will split her time between Marquette University and a jail cell as punishment for killing her best friend and classmate in a rollover crash last September.

Kudlata, 18, of Mequon was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail, with release privileges to attend Marquette, as a condition of five years probation. If she violates that or other conditions, she could go to prison for two years, and as many as five, under a sentence imposed, and stayed, by Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Kevin Martens after a daylong hearing of emotional testimony from family on both sides.

Sydney Tabakin died Sept. 18 after Kudlata lost control on the ramp to northbound U.S. 41 from eastbound I-94. Kudlata and a front-seat passenger were not seriously injured. Tabakin was riding in the back seat without a seat belt.

In April, Kudlata pleaded no contest to homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle. She was initially ticketed for driving too fast for conditions and having an open container of alcohol in her car, but was charged with the felony in January.

Witnesses told investigators that Kudlata was disposing of liquor bottles at the scene. A blood test showed traces of marijuana, but no alcohol. Tabakin had no alcohol or illicit drugs in her system.

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Mequon council greenlights Prairie-style office building

June 15, 2011 6:50 p.m. | The Common Council agreed to a zoning change and more that will allow Spectrum Investment Advisors to build a Prairie-style office building on the corner of Mequon Road and Industrial Drive.

Spectrum will move its offices into the majority of the 11,500-square-foot building, carving out a small 1,000 square-foot tenant space. The business is now located on Donges Bay Road.

The site for the new building is part of a larger development, Brewery Square, that was approved but never built after the economy hit hard times in 2009.

The city will also spend $450,000 to bury utilities around the street side perimeter of the Brewery Square site, along Buntrock Avenue, Mequon Road and Industrial Drive. The area is part of the Town Center, which is in a tax incremental financing district. The city borrowed $2.3 million to buy utilities as part of the project plan.

The city also agreed to create four on-street parking spaces on Industrial Drive and install the streetscaping planned for the area.

Rotary foundation springs for acoustic panels for pavilion

June 15, 2011 6:46 p.m. | The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Foundation will purchase and install acoustic panels at the Reuter Pavilion at Rotary Park. The pavilion is the site of several annual community events, including Gathering on the Green, Lobsterfest and the Thiensville-Mequon Lions Club shrimp dinner.

The sound quality within the pavilion is poor and there is an echo. The pavilion has block walls and a concrete floor which don't absorb sound.

The panels themselves will cost $6,678.

Because of the amount of the donation, the city had to approve the project which it did on Tuesday.

The foundation previously donated money to install similar panels at the Sommer Pavilion at River Barn Park.

Mequon takes title of nature preserve

June 15, 2011 6:44 p.m. | The Common Council on Tuesday accepted the 438-acre Mequon Nature Preserve from its long-time partner, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. The city will soon negotiate a lease with Mequon Nature Preserve, a nonprofit friends group who will manage the property and operate the PieperPower Education Center. The city initiated the Mequon Nature Preserve project as a result of its residents' vision to save green space as expressed on a 1999 community wide survey according to former Mayor Christine Nuernberg, who is the secretary-treasurer of MNP.

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust was instrumental in the nature preserve's development, purchasing the property and managing it. With the city's acceptance of a conservation easement that prohibits development on the land forever, OWLT will turn over the property title to the city of Mequon.

The council was evenly split on the decision to accept the land and easement, with Mayor Curt Gielow casting the deciding vote on its acceptance.

Aldermen John Wirth, John Hawkins, Dan Gannon and Mark Seider voted against it, objecting not to having the preserve but to some of the terms of the agreement and the fact that the resolution tied them to a lease they have not yet agreed to.

Nuernberg, who attended the meeting, said it had always been the city's intent to take ownership of the land, which was partially purchased with $8 million in donations, plus another $2 million from the city.

Pay-as-you-go incentive proposed for Mequon TIFs

June 15, 2011 12:26 p.m. | Concerned about the older commercial district on Port Washington Road south of Mequon Road, the Common Council on Tuesday decided to move ahead with the development of a plan for two tax incremental financing districts for the area. The council also approved a TIF district incentive policy that could spur redevelopment not only in the proposed new TIFs but also in the city's two existing TIFs.

Although there will likely be changes to the TIF proposals reviewed Tuesday by the council, two TIF districts, including mainly businesses abutting Port Washington Road, would stretch from Mequon to County Line roads along Port Washington Road, broken in the middle by an area that does not qualify for redevelopment.

One district begins at County Line Road and ends south of Stein's Garden Center and includes most, though not all, property on both the east and west side of the street. The Pavilions Shopping Center is included in this TIF.

The second district begins on the east side of the street with the Marathon Buildings, 10620 N. Port Washington Road, and moves south to Donges Bay Road where it expands to both the west and east sides of the street. The district ends at County Line Road.

Community Development Director Kim Tollefson said a TIF incentive policy open to projects that create a new construction value of $1.5 million above the value of existing buildings would help all TIFs in the city.

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Council realigns wards to reflect census

June 15, 2011 9:58 a.m. | The Common Council adjusted all of the city's ward boundaries at its meeting Monday night, moves made necessary by the 2010 census. Three aldermanic district boundaries, districts, 4, 5 and 6, were also adjusted.

The city is required to adjust wards in order to have similar population counts.

The adjustments, which go into effect Jan. 1, result in ward populations of 1,000 to 1,200 except in the 6th District where both wards 6 and 12 have 952 and 987 residents. City Administrator Richard Maslowski said the city anticipates population growth in those wards over the next decade.

Residents whose ward or district changed will be notified in January of their new polling locations.

Joplin humane society seeks donations

June 15, 2011 1:08 a.m. | Glendale - Tina Clementi, the general manager of Trim Time, is collecting supplies and money for animals displaced by the Joplin, Mo., tornado.

Clementi and two coworkers plan to drive to Joplin on June 23 to drop off the items they collect. Needed are animal blankets, kennels, bowls, and food. If you want to donate money, checks can be made out to the Joplin Humane Society.

Many pet owners, homeless themselves, have been forced to give up their pets. The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri is taking the overflow from Joplin. Any excess supplies or money would go to Springfield if they are not needed in Joplin.

Donations may be dropped off at Trim Time, 6131 N. Green Bay Ave., between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.

Former Doyle aide appointed to Shorewood Village Board

June 14, 2011 2:38 p.m. | Thad Nation, onetime spokesman for Gov. Jim Doyle, has been appointed to the Shorewood Village Board.

The board voted 4-2 Monday to name Nation to a seat vacated in April by Margaret Hickey when she moved out of town, village officials said.

The appointment came after the board interviewed six candidates who'd applied for the job.

Nation is the founder and senior partner of Nation Consulting, a public affairs consulting firm based on the west side of Milwaukee.

The firm's website said that besides holding the spokesman's job, he'd been deputy campaign manager in Doyle's 2002 gubernatorial campaign and had held other jobs in state government - including working for then-Gov. Evan Bayh of Indiana - and for the Democratic Party.

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City goes back to mailing newsletters

June 14, 2011 10:28 a.m. | The city will mail a printed newsletter to all residents beginning with the fall publication.

The city stopped printing and mailing the newsletter several years ago due to budget constraints, moving to an online version for the most part. A limited number of printed copies were available at City Hall.

Liturgical Publications will sell advertising for the newsletter and also publish it. The city will pay for mailing it, approximately $1,700 per each of the three issues. If Liturgical Publishing meets its revenue goal, the excess revenue would be used to cover the city's mailing expense.

The council thought the proposal was worth a try, especially since the five-year contract can be cancelled after a year.

Sendik's market in Mequon completes expansion project

June 14, 2011 9:13 a.m. | The Sendik's Food Market at Mequon Pavilions shopping center has completed its expansion, according to shopping center owner Centro Properties Group.

The supermarket now occupies 56,877 square feet, up from 45,697 square feet, announced Centro, an Australian company. Mequon Pavilions is south of Mequon Road and east of Port Washington Road. 

Board interviewing trustee candidates tonight

June 13, 2011 4:20 p.m. | The six sitting members of the Shorewood Village Board will interview candidates for the seventh vacant position at a special meeting at 4:45 p.m. Monday.

Six candidates filed paperwork at Village Hall by the deadline earlier this month. Residents include Bryan Koester, Thad J. Nation, Niki Karp Skinner, Joseph Stolzman, David Tatarowicz and Avner Zarmi.

The selected candidate will fill the position that had been held by former Trustee Margaret Hickey. Her seat is up for re-election in 10 months.

Cedarburg's two quick goals eliminate HHS in WIAA soccer, 2-1

June 09, 2011 10:13 p.m. | Cedarburg girls soccer coach Trent Berg said that the two-goal first half advantage his team earned against archrival and host Homestead in a WIAA sectional semifinal Thursday night was a great thing.

Up to a point.

"You've got the momentum, but then it becomes a mental challenge because sometimes its hard to maintain focus," he said. "In a way, it's the most dangerous thing in the game."

But the Bulldogs (15-3-1) maintained that focus and fought off a second half surge from the second-ranked in state Highlanders (18-2-2) to pull off the 2-1 upset and a berth in Saturday's 5 p.m. WIAA sectional final at Brookfield East against top-ranked in state Grafton (22-2-3).

A berth in next week's WIAA State Tournament at the Uihlein Soccer Complex in Milwaukee is on the line. Homestead had beaten Cedarburg, 3-2, in the regular season.

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Road repair contract approved for several Bay streets

June 08, 2011 10:10 a.m. | Street resurfacing will take place this summer in Whitefish Bay along portions of Bay Ridge, Bartlett, Hollywood, Kent, Lancaster and Lydell avenues, following action by the Village Board on Monday.

The board approved a recommendation by village staff to award a $280,194 contract to Stark Asphalt. The firm was the lowest bidder for the project. The village had earmarked $350,000 for the work in its 2011 budget, but Assistant Village Manager Matt Schuenke said the cost was defrayed because Whitefish Bay teamed up with Brown Deer, a community undertaking similar work, to increase the size of the contract and lower bid prices.

Property owners living within the affected areas will be charged a special assessment fee.

Shorewood set for Summer Sounds concert series

June 08, 2011 10:06 a.m. | Seven free outdoor concerts will be held in Shorewood this summer, following action by the Village Board on Monday.

Summer Sounds will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from June 30 to Aug. 11 at Hubbard Park Lodge, 3565 N. Morris Blvd. A variety of musicians will be performing throughout the summer with genres including jazz, reggae, Caribbean and contemporary pop.

The initiative is being spearheaded and partially funded by the Village of Shorewood Marketing Program. Additional underwriting is from the Shorewood Foundation, Shorewood Men's Club, PNC Bank, Big Bay Brewing Company and Hubbard Park Lodge.

Officials from the Marketing Program had to apply for permits for all seven concerts. In addition to approving the requests, the board reduced the permit fee from $700 to $100. The village typically charges $100 per event.

Homestead beats Central, 9-0, in sectional semis

June 07, 2011 7:37 p.m. | Homestead junior pitcher Rachel Behnken shut out Brookfield Central, 9-0, tonight at Thiensville Village Park to win the sectional semi-final.

Behnken allowed only five hits and two walks and fanned six.

Central made a game of it briefly, as the Highlanders led 1-0 through two innings before scoring four runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

Behnke had an RBI double, Megan Bailey had an RBI single and Sami Wolniakowski ripped a 2-run double to key the third inning rally.

Homestead then added a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

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Federal judge dismisses Green Tree Road lawsuit

June 07, 2011 5:08 p.m. | Federal Magistrate Judge Patricia Gorence has dismissed all federal civil rights claims brought against River Hills by the city of Glendale and Nicolet School District over a proposal to close the eastbound land of traffic on Green Tree Road between River and Jean Nicolet roads.

Attorney Michael Cieslewicz who represents the village said Gorence's ruling dismissed constitutional claims brought by the city and district but sent the state law claim back to Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Gorence ruled that neither the city nor district has the legal standing raise a federal civil rights claim.

Last month River Hills rescinded the November 2009 resolution that called for a six month trial closure and led to the lawsuit.

Glendale City Attorney John Fuchs said he and Attorney Alan Marcuvitz, who has represented the city in the lawsuit, would meet with the Common Council to make a decision on whether to continue the case in state court in light of River Hills' action.

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Brown Deer joining consolidated dispatch

June 07, 2011 10:38 a.m. | The Village Board on Monday decided to move its dispatch operations to the consolidated dispatch center that will be built in Bayside.

The board made the move by a 6-1 vote after almost two years of discussion over costs and service, directing Village Attorney John Fuchs to negotiate the agreement.

Tuberculosis confirmed at Bay middle school

June 06, 2011 9:32 p.m. | The Shorewood/Whitefish Bay Health Department Health Officer, Jamie Berg, has confirmed that a case of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) has been identified at Whitefish Bay Middle School.

The student is currently being treated, and the Shorewood/Whitefish Bay Health Department is working collaboratively with the Whitefish Bay Middle School to assure that anyone who has been in close contact with the student, or who is at risk of contracting the disease, is being contacted and will be offered free testing and treatment if necessary.

According to Lorna Will, Program Director of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services TB Program, "Catching TB from an infected person is not that easy. Close and continued contact (within 6 feet and several hours) with an infected person is usually required for the spread of the disease."

In Wisconsin, approximately 70 new cases of tuberculosis disease are diagnosed each year. The most common symptoms are chronic cough, fever, sweats and weight loss. Tuberculosis can be cured with a proper regimen of medicine, and contacts who are at risk of developing the disease may also receive medicine to decrease their risk of getting the disease.

For more information about tuberculosis and questions about potential exposure, contact your own health care provider or the Shorewood/Whitefish Bay Health Department at (414) 847-2710, or the State TB Program at (608) 261-6319.

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State track and field photo gallery now online

June 06, 2011 2:16 p.m. | We've just updated the photo gallery from Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath with more action from all divisions in this year's state track and field meet in La Crosse.

Brookfield East won the boys Division 1 competition with 57 points to 39.33 for Arrowhead. Bradley Tech was tops in the girls Division 1 meet, outpacing Arrowhead, 64-40.

Go to photo gallery

Police union plans complaint over Brown Deer closed meeting

June 03, 2011 1:44 p.m. | A lawyer for the statewide police union that represents dispatchers in Brown Deer says he'll file a complaint next week over a closed meeting the village held to discuss consolidation of its dispatch services.

Roger Palek, staff attorney for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said the subject of the meeting listed on its notice went beyond the exceptions in the state's open meetings law that allow some government meetings to be conducted behind closed doors.

The Village Board met in closed session Tuesday to discuss the idea of merging its dispatch services with six other North Shore communities.

The other suburbs have already voted to merge their services and have been waiting on Brown Deer to decide if it wants to come to the party.

Currently, two groups of suburbs share dispatching - Bayside, Fox Point and River Hills out of a center in Bayside; and Whitefish Bay, Shorewood, Glendale and the North Shore Fire Department out of a center in Whitefish Bay.

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State tennis photo gallery now online

June 03, 2011 8:29 a.m. | We've just published a photo gallery from NOW's Peter Zuzga and Lake Country Publications' Todd Ponath featuring action from the opening round of the state individual tennis tournament.

The matches continue today with semifinals and finals on Saturday from the Nielsen Tennis Center in Madison.

The gallery features competitors from Arrowhead, Brookfield Central and East, Homestead, Muskego, Nicolet, Waukesha South, Wauwatosa East and Whitefish Bay.

Go to photo gallery.

Teen ruled incompetent to face ax murder charges

June 02, 2011 9:50 p.m. | Waukesha - Richard B. Wilson was declared incompetent on Thursday to face charges that he killed his grandfather with an ax last month, and a judge ordered the teenager committed for mental health treatment.

A report from a court-appointed psychologist who examined Wilson in the aftermath of the May 8 killing of real estate developer Ronald Siepmann stated that Wilson has an active psychotic condition, but that he is likely to regain competency with treatment.

If Wilson, 17, of Fox Point, regains competency, the criminal case against him will proceed. Defendants cannot be prosecuted if they are unable to understand the proceedings against them.

According to the report by Deborah L. Collins, Wilson did not appear to be faking the condition, he had delusional beliefs that were "impermeable to rational information," and he did not appear to fully grasp his circumstances, Waukesha County Circuit Judge William J. Domina said during the hearing.

Based on the report, Domina suspended the criminal proceedings against Wilson and committed him to the state Department of Health Services for treatment.

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Magee principal heads to Germantown School District

June 01, 2011 10:48 a.m. | Four years after stepping into the role of principal at Magee Elementary School Maria Kucharski has taken a position closer to home at the principal at Amy Belle in Colgate, in the Germantown School District. While Kucharski will end her role as Magee principal at the end of June, she will remain with the Kettle Moraine School District as the Summer Academy Director.

"Four years ago I went through three rigorous and unique interviews and accepted the position of elementary principal at Magee Elementary. Little did I know that over the next few years I would be provided with some of the most exceptional learning and growing opportunities, and that I would work for and with some of the most talented educators I have ever met," Kucharski said in her resignation letter.

Kucharski's decision stemmed from a desire to not only be closer to home, but to also focus solely on her role as principal and a return to graduate school to obtain her curriculum license.

"Magee Elementary is fortunate to have dedicated, passionate and gifted staff members who genuinely care about the students they serve. We are equally fortunate to have parents and community members who support the purpose and vision of our school and who help to make Magee a great place for children to grow and learn," Kucharski said in her letter. "I thank the Kettle Moraine Schools, the teachers and staff … for embracing the charge of transformation, remaining positive in difficult political times, and making a difference for all children. It has been a privilege to work for and with all of you and I hope our paths will continue to cross in the future."

According to Superintendent Pat Deklotz, the process to find the next principal for Magee is under way.

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