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.» Read Full Article
Brown Deer police have released photos from a gas station armed robbery that occurred about 8:30 p.m. Monday.
A man armed with a handgun entered the BP, 5125 W. Brown Deer Road, demanded and received an undisclosed amount of money and then fled in a silver SUV, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to a police news release.
The suspect is described as a black man, in his late teens to early 20s, standing between 5-foot, 10-inches to 6-feet tall. He has a thin build and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a mid-thigh length, black coat that appeared to be leather, a black baseball hat and had a black backpack.
Anyone with information is asked to call Brown Deer police at (414) 371-2900.
As the old basketball adage goes:
"You can't teach height."
And that's what the Brown Deer boys used to great advantage Tuesday night against Woodland rival Shorewood, as despite first half foul trouble for both, the inside pair of 6-6 Jerry Luckett (22 points) and 6-9 Devante Jackson (14) combined for 36 points and generally made life miserable for their much shorter hosts in a 66-50 decision.
"They're long and athletic and that's going to be a problem for any team built like us (no one over 6-4)," said Shorewood coach Phil Jones. "I don't know where they get them all. They must restock (chuckles)."
The loss dropped Shorewood to 2-1 overall while a surprising Falcon team, in what's supposed to be a rebuilding year improved to 4-0.» Read Full Article
Glendale — Janice Nieman, 49, of Milwaukee, is accused of embezzling nearly $1.1 million from the payroll accounts of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and several of its subsidiaries.
Nieman was charged Nov. 25 with three counts of theft and one count of unauthorized use of personal information in connection with her alleged scheme. According to a summons issued on Friday, Nieman is expected at an initial court hearing on Dec. 20.
Each theft charge carries a maximum fine of $25,000 and prison term of 10 years; the personal information charge carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and prison term of six years.
According to a Nov. 25 criminal complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court:
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The left lane of southbound Interstate 43 has reopened at the Ozaukee/Milwaukee county line after crews cleared a disabled vehicle, according to a state traffic alert.
New Berlin West's girls basketball team defeated Whitefish Bay Dominican, 38-36, at the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout on Friday.
Allazia Blockton scored 25 points to lead all scorers, but the Vikings used a balanced attack to hang on and give coach Jef Radtke his first win back as a head coach.
Sarah Meleski had nine points, Claire Radtke and Rachel Novotny each had eight to lead West.
Trailing 10-8 after one quarter, the Vikings outscored the Knights, 12-2, in the second quarter as Meleski scored seven points on three baskets and a free throw to lead 20-12 at halftime.
Claire Radtke had two key steals in the final minute and Novotny had two big baskets in the final quarter.» Read Full Article
Fiddleheads Coffee Roasters will open its fourth cafe sometime in December, at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale.
The cafe will fill the space left vacant by Caribou Coffee at the shopping center’s southern end, near W. Silver Spring and N. Bayshore drives, said Fiddleheads spokeswoman Lauren Stagakis.
Besides coffee and espresso drinks and the roaster’s own scones, muffins and other baked goods, Fiddleheads’ breakfast and lunch menu will be served. Breakfast is served all day, such as the sausage and egg sandwich ($5.25), on Fiddleheads’ own bread. Lunch sandwiches are $7.95, or $8.45 for a half sandwich and soup.
The menu includes vegetarian and dairy-free items, and the cafe will have wraps and salads for customers to grab and go.
The exact date it will open is to be determined, but the hours are set: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.» Read Full Article
The matter was all but settled Monday afternoon when River Hills Village President Bob Brunner, called first in a roll call vote, gave his assent for a funding formula proposal he had pledged to veto up until last week.
Following his "yes," the rest of the North Shore Fire Department board quickly and without further discussion passed the proposal unanimously.
Now approved by the NSFD board, the formula proposal will need to be ratified by the village boards or common council in each of the seven NSFD member communities. Glendale Mayor Jerome Tepper requested that each board vote on the proposal by the end of the year, so that in the unlikely event the formula is turned down somewhere, Glendale could still issue its two-year withdrawal notice, effective 2016, by the end of the year.
Also on the NSFD board agenda was the potential expulsion of River Hills, a subject which was retired after Brunner voted "yes" on the funding formula.
"There's no need to go into that discussion," Brown Deer Village President Carl Krueger said, adding later, "I'm very happy that NSFD is going to stay together as a cohesive unit."» Read Full Article
River Hills — For the first time in five years, River Hills residents will see an increase in the village tax levy, and as a result, an increase in the tax rate.
In each of the last four years, the Village Board has kept the village tax levy flat at about $2.9 million. The levy approved by the Village Board last week breaks the $3 million mark, and is about $81,000, or $2.7 percent, more than the 2013 levy. The increase amounts to a 13 cent increase to the tax rate for a total of $6.23 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Overall spending is budgeted to increase by about $142,000, or 4 percent, a majority of which will go toward increased debt payments.
For the average River Hills resident with a $738,400 home, that means a village bill of $4,600 for 2014 — about $128 more than last year, when the average home value was estimated at about $733,000.
About half of the $80,000 levy increase will go toward an increase in village costs for police and fire dispatch services provided by Bayside, Village Manager Chris Lear said. The other half will be used for an increase in property insurance.
Guiding the board's decision to increase the levy was the desire to curb the village's debt load. When reviewing a preliminary budget in October, the board decided to use the levy increase to eliminate planned borrowing for capital projects and a projected budget deficit. The 2014 budget increases debt payments by about $100,000, to a total of about $600,000, to increase the rate at which the village pays down its outstanding debt.» Read Full Article
River Hills — Village President Bob Brunner will give his approval next week when the North Shore Fire Department votes on a proposed funding formula.
After spending nearly an hour in closed session talks Wednesday evening, the River Hills Village Board gave a 6-1 recommendation that Brunner votes in favor of the formula next week. Brunner, who has repeatedly criticized the proposal, was the lone "no" vote.
Trustees declined to comment on the nature of their closed-door deliberations.
The meeting was the second time in the last week that the River Hills board discussed the formula proposal, which Brunner had previously said he would veto at the NSFD board level. Talks among NSFD board members became heated in the last month after Brunner announced his intention to veto the formula, prompting Glendale Mayor Jerome Tepper to say he would advise Glendale to withdraw from the fire department.
Over the weekend, Brown Deer Village President Carl Krueger invoked a provision of the NSFD agreement which allows six communities to expel the seventh on a unanimous vote. The NSFD board Tuesday morning opted to hold over the formula and expulsion deliberations until next week, a move which gave the River Hills board one more chance to sway Brunner.» Read Full Article
Glendale — The city will tax the same amount as last year and spend less, but a decrease in property values means an increase in the tax rate.
The Common Council last week approved a $12.2 million levy and $18.7 million city budget. The levy remains flat in 2014 while overall city spending decreases by about $215,000, or 1 percent, compared to 2013.
Though the city's equalized value — the fair market value of city properties as estimated by the state — increased, the city's assessed value decreased by about $8 million. The spike in value of commercial properties within the city's tax incremental financing districts paired with the drop in assessed values citywide means a 21 cent, or 2.8 percent, increase in the tax rate to $7.54 per $1,000 of assessed value, City Administrator Richard Maslowski said.
For the average Glendale homeowner with a $170,000 home, that means a city tax bill of $1,281, about $35 more than last year.
In a memo to the Common Council, Maslowski writes that the continued struggle is in accounting for inflation in basic operating costs like electricity, gas, and natural gas while having flat revenue due to state-mandated levy limits.» Read Full Article
Bayside — Bayside has held the line on its tax levy for the fourth consecutive year. The tax rate on the other hand is rising slightly.
After a brief overview of the 2014 budget, the Bayside Village Board on Tuesday approved a $4.4 million tax levy that supports a $9.3 million budget. With decreasing property values, the tax rate is increasing 5 cents — $7.71 per $1,000 in assessed value in 2013 to $7.76 in 2014.
In 2012, the tax rate was $7.07, according to 2014 budget documents.
The average Bayside home will see an increase of $15.60 on the village portion of their tax bill. For a $300,000 home, that totals $2,328.
The tax levy is only $7 less than the last two years and identical to the 2011 budget, said Village Manager Andy Pederson.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay — Sewer rates will increase by 16 percent next year in Whitefish Bay under the 2014 budget adopted by the village.
After conducting a public hearing on Monday, the Village Board adopted resolutions approving the main components of the 2014 budget, including its four utility funds. The board also approved a separate resolution for the sewer utility rate increase.
Beginning Jan. 1, the rate will rise from $2.65 per 100 cubic feet to $3.07 per 100 cubic feet, an increase expected to generate more than $400,000 in additional revenue for metered local usage in 2014, compared with what is projected for 2013.
Village Manager Patrick DeGrave said the rate increase, which was initially proposed at 33 percent for 2014, will be split between 2014 and 2015 in an effort to ease the burden on users. The increase, along with the transfer of about $227,000 from the village's 2014 capital fund, will help offset increased debt service payments of more than $500,000, which will fund projects along Larkin Street and Hollywood, Hampton and Bartlett avenues, in addition to design and construction inspection services.
Since 2011, the village's debt service costs have increased by 108 percent for its sewer utility and 45 percent for its water utility, as presented during a recent budget review session. With a continued focus on infrastructure improvements, the 2014 budget includes a total of about $11.6 million in capital projects to be financed through a combination of borrowing and special assessments for water, sewer and stormwater utility improvements, as stated in the letter of transmittal for the proposed budget.» Read Full Article
Shorewood — Average village homeowners can expect to pay about $16 more in taxes for village services in 2014 than they did for 2013.
On Monday the Village Board approved a 2014 tax levy of about $10.6 million, a 0.97 percent increase over the 2013 levy. The increase is the first of five annual increases of about 1 percent planned by the village board; the total 5 percent increase is the amount allowed under state levy limit laws.
According to Village Manager Chris Swartz's budget presentation, the levy has increased at an average of about 2 percent over the last 10 years, in part due to a decrease in interest on village investments and declining state aid.
"Those things continued to be squeezed," Swartz said. "You have to cut expenditures, as we've done, and increase property taxes (as a result)."
For 2014 the village tax rate comes to $7.17 per $1,000 of assessed home value, a 5 cent increase over last year. For a Shorewood homeowner with a $300,000 home, that means a 2014 village tax bill of $2,152, or $15.65 more than the 2013 tax rate.» Read Full Article
Waiting for the results of a second round of discussion at the River Hills Village Board on Wednesday, the North Shore Fire Department Board of Directors early Tuesday decided to delay its decision on a proposed funding formula.
The decision will be made when the NSFD board meets at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at the NSFD headquarters in Brown Deer.
Consideration of both the formula and a possible expulsion of River Hills was on the agenda Tuesday. By delaying the two matters, the NSFD board bought time for the River Hills Village Board to weigh in and potentially call a vote on the formula at its upcoming Wednesday meeting.
River Hills Village Manager Chris Lear said several trustees have contacted him to have a formula discussion and potential vote included on the board agenda Wednesday.
"We want to see what the outcome of that is before we cast this thing in stone," said Bayside Village President Sam Dickman, who made the motion to hold over deliberations until next week.» Read Full Article
River Hills could find itself forced out of the North Shore Fire Department, depending on the outcome of an NSFD Board of Directors meeting Tuesday.
The main topic of conversation will be a proposed funding formula, which River Hills Village President Bob Brunner has threatened to veto. Glendale Mayor Jerome Tepper has said that he will advise Glendale to leave the fire department if the proposal is defeated.
Meeting with the River Hills Village Board on Friday, Brunner said he was committed to the veto, despite whatever feedback the River Hills board may have had. He declined to comment Monday what his position was relative to the veto.
The fire services agreement binding the seven NSFD member communities contains a provision which allows representatives from six communities to expel the remaining community on a unanimous vote. The provision has existed in the NSFD arrangement since the department's inception in 1995 but has not been invoked or included on an agenda before now.
Over the weekend, Brown Deer Village President Carl Krueger requested that an item relating to a possible expulsion be added to the NSFD board's agenda.» Read Full Article