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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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Homestead just a little bit better against Bay

Feb. 15, 2012 8:26 p.m. | Playing in a cold, stiff, Halloween night wind, host Homestead rode a staunch defensive effort and its trademark running game to bring home the treat of a 26-13 victory over North Shore Conference rival Whitefish Bay in a WIAA Division 2 playoff game on Friday night.

Quarterback Nick Allen and running back Matt Winters combined for 173 rushing yards, and senior Matt Swenson returned a fumble 14 yards for a backbreaking fourth quarter touchdown to carry the Highlanders to their second hard-fought victory in three weeks over the Blue Dukes (7-4).

"It was a ball control game," said Homestead head coach Dave Keel. "We were fortunate to get one more drive than they did tonight, and then our defense was able to capitalize on the fumble and take that in for six."

Homestead (10-1) jumped out to an early 6-0 first quarter lead on a one-yard touchdown run from Winters, but Whitefish Bay quickly answered with a one-yard blast of their own from running back Van Bassindale to take a 7-6 lead.

However, behind a pair of big plays on the ground from Winters, Allen and their strong offensive line, the Highlanders took control of the game in the second quarter. Winters found the edge of the Whitefish Bay defense and capped a seven-play drive with a 38-yard touchdown burst down the left side to put Homestead up, 13-7.

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Falcons come close to knocking off Wisco

11:37 p.m. | The Brown Deer football team never looked intimidated in its second-round WIAA playoff football game against Wisconsin Lutheran on Friday.

The Falcons got an early lead and remained ahead or tied through the game's first 46 minutes, thanks in large part to the legs and strong right arm of superstar quarterback Zack Baun. They were on the cusp of defeating one of the most successful programs in the state over the last 15 years.

But the host Vikings (11-0) overpowered the Falcons (8-3) after intermission and pulled out a 31-28 thrilling, come-from-behind victory at Raabe Stadium to remain undefeated.

"Our boys are awesome," Brown Deer coach Rob Green said. "It goes to show you that Woodland football is pretty awesome. We're a pretty competitive league. We played a hard-fought game. Wisconsin Lutheran is outstanding, and we just ran out of time."

Wisconsin Lutheran quarterback Logan McShane's quarterback keeper from 2 yards out with 1 minute, 55 seconds left gave the Vikings their first lead of the night, 31-28, and capped off the host team's incredible rally.

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 2

10:25 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy continued in cold and windy conditions on Halloween night Oct. 31 as Level 2 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 2.

2 congregations — 1 Jewish, 1 Baptist — collaborate for concert

8:42 p.m. | Two congregations — one white and Jewish, the other African-American and Christian — will explore their shared narratives of slavery in an ambitious musical collaboration Sunday at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in Glendale.

The concert, "Go Down Moses," will showcase the choirs of Beth Israel and Tabernacle Community Baptist Church in Milwaukee.

In addition, it will feature excerpts from Dave Brubeck's rarely performed cantata "The Gates of Justice," featuring Milwaukee native bass-baritone Jason McKinney and internationally known hazan, or cantor, Alberto Mizrahi of Chicago.

"This has been really very rewarding in the way everyone has responded to it," said Beth Israel's hazan, Jeremy Stein, who collaborated with Tabernacle's minister of music, Milton Childs, on the program.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing it all together."

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Photo Gallery: WIAA state soccer tourney day one

Oct. 30, 2014 3:32 p.m. | Day one photos from Uihlein Park in Milwaukee, where St. Thomas More defeated Barron 3-0 to advance to the Division 4 final.

Check back Friday for photos and gameday coverage of the Division 2 semifinal between Brookfield East and Pulaski as well as the Division 1 semifinal between Menomonee Falls and Beloit Memorial.

Vets to be honored in Glendale on Saturday, Nov. 1

Oct. 30, 2014 2:03 p.m. | All veterans and friends are invited to this year's military salute in Glendale, being held Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 7877 North Port Washington Road.

Doors open at 5 p.m. to view displays and socialize; the formal program begins at 6 p.m. with patriotic music, dinner and a military guest speaker, The Rev. Dr. John C. Wohlrabe. Wohlrabe, who served as an active-duty United States Navy chaplain for 22 years, will speak on Operation Barnabas, a program to support active military, veterans and their families.

Reservations are needed as seating is limited.

Tickets may be purchased at St. John's or email your request to For more information, contact Peggy Frank at (414) 352-4150.

Educator Harris left indelible influence on his students

Oct. 29, 2014 1:17 p.m. | A long-ago student remembered the words of her teacher, Mark Harris. "You are not lost," said Harris, then a teacher at Bruce Guadalupe School. "I won't kick you out of my class because that's what you want, and I won't give up on you."

A student who was being abused at home remembered finally being able to tell someone what was happening.

"I sat down in Mr. Harris' office across from his desk. I'll always remember the deep and sincere stare he had on his face. All of a sudden I felt safe. I told him everything. He was the first person to know the truth about my life and my pain."

A parent at Shorewood Intermediate School, where Harris was principal, recalled a scene. "I remember him standing in the cafeteria after lunch, shaking his head as a disaster of milk cartons, wrappers and half-eaten food were piled underneath the tables. He bent over and started cleaning up. Something I am sure he did not have to do."

They were among the remembrances on a memorial site for Harris, a beloved educator, who died Oct. 23 at St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee of complications of bronchial asthma, two days after being hospitalized. He was 40.

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Fantle takes over top job at NARI

Oct. 27, 2014 2:00 p.m. | David Fantle, Wisconsin's former No. 2 tourism official, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Fantle, a veteran Milwaukee-area marketing and public relations professional, resigned in August as deputy tourism secretary after nearly four years with the state, saying he wanted to return to Milwaukee and end the daily commutes to Madison.

"Dave has the management experience, record of accomplishment and passion that will help Milwaukee/NARI continue to fulfill its mission of serving the area's remodeling industry and educating the public on the many advantages of selecting a NARI contractor for any home remodeling project," David Pekel, NARI board president and owner of Pekel Construction and Remodeling, Inc., said in a statement Monday announcing the hiring.

Fantle, a Bayside resident, also is a former vice president of Visit Milwaukee, and served in communications posts with Kohl's Corp. and Wisconsin Energy Corp.

Fantle is a past president of the Southeast Wisconsin chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and has served on the boards of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Wisconsin State Fair, Film Wisconsin, The Black Public Relations Society Milwaukee chapter, the Nicolet High School Foundation, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee and the Glendale Little League. He also served six years as a Bayside Village Trustee and Village President.

Glendale man pleads guilty to killing one son, wounding another

Oct. 27, 2014 11:25 a.m. | A Glendale man pleaded guilty Monday to fatally shooting one son and wounding another during a drunken encounter in their driveway in June.

Robert C. Washington, 57, had been scheduled for trial Monday but decided to plead guilty instead.

He faces up to 55 years in prison at his sentencing, set for Dec. 2.

Washington was charged in June with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Robert Curtis Washington II, 20, at their home in the 1000 block of W. Theresa Lane, and first-degree reckless injury for wounding Wesley Washington, 15.

Prosecutors dropped a weapon enhancement in return for the guilty pleas.

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Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

Oct. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Initial Reaction podcast: Examining week one matchups.

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

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Baun remarkable again as Brown Deer downs Pewaukee

Oct. 25, 2014 12:28 a.m. | It's fair to say that the Pewaukee Pirates have had enough of Brown Deer quarterback Zack Baun and the Falcons prolific offense.

A week after accounting for nearly 400 total yards and seven touchdowns against the Pirates, Baun followed up with another superlative performance, rushing for 402 yards and six touchdowns to carry the host Falcons past Pewaukee, 49-40, in a WIAA Division 3 Level 1 playoff game Friday night.

Baun scored five touchdowns of 39 or more yards, and the Falcons needed every spectacular play from him to hold off a game Pewaukee team eager to atone for a sloppy 48-21 loss at Brown Deer that concluded the regular season.

"He's a gamer isn't he? He's that ultimate competitor," said Brown Deer head coach Rob Green of Baun. "He is always one stiff arm or one move away from breaking something, so we didn't want to take the ball out of his hands, especially in the second half. He is a tough man to deal with."

Brown Deer (8-2) attacked Pewaukee's defense on the ground from their opening drive as it piled up 630 total rushing yards. In addition to Baun's eye-popping total, Nick Coleman added 135 rushing yards on eight carries, and David Hubbard ran for 85 yards, including a 71-yard scoring dash in the first quarter.

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Whitefish Bay makes a memorable trip north

Oct. 24, 2014 11:47 p.m. | A ground game that just kept churning up the yards and a defense that wouldn't let Oshkosh North establish anything was the winning combination for Whitefish Bay on Friday night.

The Blue Dukes shut out the Spartans, 28-0, in a WIAA Division 2, Level 1 playoff game at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Titan Stadium to set up a Level 2 contest against North Shore conference rival Homestead, which advanced to the next round with a 49-0 win over Milwaukee Madison.

The Blue Dukes established what they were going to do on their first possession, driving the ball 72 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Van Bassindale before the first period was five minutes old.

Bassindale, who carried six times on the opening drive, credited the Blue Dukes' offensive line for opening holes that he and his fellow running backs could hit consistently for positive yardage.

"They did an outstanding job," Bassindale said. "We worked really hard at it all week. We worked had in the offseason and I'm glad it paid off tonight."

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 1.

Shorewood Intermediate School Principal Mark Harris dies after medical emergency

Oct. 24, 2014 9:52 a.m. | Shorewood — The Shorewood community is mourning the death of Shorewood Intermediate School Principal Mark Harris, who died Thursday, Oct. 23, after experiencing a medical emergency two days earlier.

Harris, 40, was hospitalized and not able to recover. He is survived by his wife, Erin, and their three children.

Superintendent Marty Lexmond said it was "heartbreaking" to lose a talented person who was a skilled educational leader, as well as a friend and colleague. He said Harris had a great sense of humor, as well as a unique ability to build relationships with young people.

"He was genuine, supportive and held students to high expectations at the same time," Lexmond said.

Lexmond said 25 additional school counselors and psychologists were on hand the day after Harris' death to help students, teachers and parents cope with the loss. The school was also open the following Saturday for families who wanted to create artwork or leave a message for the Harris family.

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Brown Deer sets terms to drop purchase plans for American TV site

Oct. 22, 2014 11:04 a.m. | The Village of Brown Deer will drop its offer to buy the former American TV & Appliance store if the property's owner submits a redevelopment plan by the end of November.

The provision to the village's purchase offer is designed to reassure prospective tenants of the redevelopment site that Brown Deer isn't planning to buy the property as long as a redevelopment effort is proceeding, said Nate Piotrowski, the village's community development director.

Village officials have been working with developer John Schlueter to find new uses for the vacant 80,000-square-foot building and its 10-acre lot at 6700 W. Brown Deer Road, Piotrowski said Wednesday.

Schlueter, who operates Front Line Commercial Real Estate LLC, said he has prospective tenants for the building, but declined to comment further because those pending leases aren't final.

Schlueter's $7.2 million bid to buy the former American TV stores in Pewaukee and Brown Deer, and 19 acres of vacant land in Oak Creek, was approved in April through a court-supervised receivership case.

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