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Shorewood board commissions study of proposed Atwater play equipment

April 17, 2012 12:36 a.m. | Following a two-hour discussion Monday, the Shorewood Village Board voted to conduct a study, not to exceed $5,000, of the impact of the playground equipment being proposed at Atwater Park.

Several board members have expressed questions about the overall effort, particularly a slide that has been proposed near the bluffs at the lower level of the park. The study will examine the environmental impact, address safety concerns and is designed to determine whether the slide and other playground equipment will impact the structural stability of the bluffs.

Other features of the proposed playground include a patented double arch swing that puts a new spin on traditional swing sets, a rotating net structure that offers children a safe environment to climb and a device known as the spinner round.

Members of the Friends of Atwater Beach, a grass-roots organization in the community, have been working with the village to install updated playground equipment in the lower level of the park. The organization has pledged to donate the equipment, set it up and provide landscaping.

The entire project, as proposed, carries an estimated price tag of nearly $90,000.

Homestead baseball team stuns Bay, 10-4, to earn state berth

July 21, 2014 8:44 p.m. | "How the heck are we going to state?"

Homestead baseball coach Ernie Millard had his hands on hips and was wearing a smile on his face as broad as the early evening sunshine at Cahill Park in Whitefish Bay on Monday.

His team was patiently going through the awards' line after stunning North Shore Conference champion Bay, 10-4, in the WIAA sectional final and earning the Highlanders (25-7) a surprising state tournament berth, their ninth overall and the first for the team since 2009.

After all, even though Millard was smiling when he asked the rhetorical question, it was very serious in its intent. Homestead had graduated its top five pitchers, including NOW All-Suburban selection Colten Poellinger and only three full-time starters returned from a good team of a year ago.

He came up with a simple but broad-based answer: This team really, really likes each other.

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Grand opening is Friday and Saturday at the Cheel, Thiensville's new Nepalese restaurant

July 18, 2014 6:37 a.m. | Reminder: The Cheel, a restaurant serving Nepalese fare and other food from the region around the Himalayas as well as American plates, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend in Thiensville. 

It will serve free samples of its fare from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the remodeled restaurant, 105 N. Main St. 

On Saturday, the restaurant will serve from its menu, including lamb, beef or vegetable momos, the traditional dumplings; khow shew, a Burmese dish of noodles in lentil chicken soup; and pork or vegetable served on crisped rice. Prices range from $7 to $17.

Dinner hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The bar is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and lunch service will be added later.

For more: (262) 236-9463; the Cheel is on Facebook. The restaurant is owned by Jesse and Barkha Daily, who also operate the farmers market in Thiensville. Its chef is Joe Sandretti. 

6-story apartment building wins Shorewood approval

July 08, 2014 7:00 a.m. |

A six-story apartment building proposed for Shorewood has won village zoning approval over opposition from some residents, who say it will be too tall for their neighborhood.
The Village Board, after nearly four hours of a public hearing and board discussion, voted 7-0 late Monday night to approve the building, which General Capital Group plans to develop west of Oakland Ave. and south of Olive St.
The apartment building, with about 90 units and street-level retail space, will be part of a larger project that includes a two-story Metro Market, to be built north of Kenmore Place, with a four-level parking structure between that upscale supermarket and the apartments. The existing one-story Pick 'n Save supermarket, and two smaller vacant buildings, will be demolished to make way for the new development.
General Capital, and village officials who support the project, said the apartment building needs to be six stories to make it financially feasible. While the village's master plan for Oakland Ave. calls for buildings no higher than four stories, those two extra floors bring additional apartments that create more rental income. 
Supporters say Shorewood has other buildings that are six stories or higher, including the LightHorse 4041 apartment building, which opened last year west of Oakland Ave. and south of Kenmore Place. They said the continued redevelopment of Oakland Ave. is generating more property tax revenue for the village, and its school district.
"We need this financial base to support those schools," resident Robert Dean said.
Opponents said LightHorse 4041 and the General Capital development are both too tall for an area that has mainly single-family homes, and apartments buildings no taller than four stories.
"This project does not respect my house," said John Townsend, who lives near the development site, and who presented a petition signed by over 600 people opposed to a six-story building.
"I think six stories is obscene on that street," resident Valerie Weber said.
In response to those concerns, General Capital made changes to its original design, including setbacks to the building's upper two floors, removing balconies from the building's west side that overlooks Bartlett Ave. homes, and reducing the building's height from just over 85 feet to below 74 feet. 
The Village Board in June approved a plan to help finance the project, with a $5.5 million grant to pay for the Metro Market's parking structure, and a $6.5 million loan to be repaid by General Capital. Other financing includes the firm's equity cash of $6.5 million, and a $27.2 million bank loan, according to village documents.
The grant will be repaid to the village through the development's new property taxes within an estimated 15 years. The development's property taxes then go to the village, its school district and other local governments.
Including its administrative costs, the village will borrow $13.9 million. The Metro Market and apartments will create $30.2 million in new property value, according to the village.
If the apartments were five stories, the grant would have to be increased to $7.7 million, and the pay back period on the village's funds would increase to 19 years, said Pete Petrie, chairman of the village Community Development Authority.
General Capital plans to begin construction this fall on the Metro Market and parking structure, with work beginning next spring on the apartments. The Pick 'n Save will close next April, with the Metro Market opening by September 2015 and the apartments completed by spring 2016.

Graphic: Controversial building gets approval

Germantown's Finger blanks North Shore baseball champ Bay, 2-0

July 07, 2014 9:20 p.m. | In the recent past the Germantown baseball team's pitching staff had been so deep that the Warhawks didn't need the services of Randy Finger.

But time and graduation have taken a toll on the Warhawks' resources and Finger, now in his senior year, was called back to the hill.

And is coach Jeff Wolf and the team ever happy that he did.

Showing command of all his pitches, moving corner to corner and up and down, Finger completely baffled North Shore Conference champion Whitefish Bay on the Blue Dukes' homefield Monday night.

He scattered three hits, worked out of a couple of jams deftly, walked four and struck out an impressive 10, including the last three in a row. He even scored the game's only two runs as the Warhawks stymied the potent Blue Dukes, 2-0.

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Some Shorewood residents opposed to height of new developments

July 05, 2014 1:03 p.m. | Jackie Keltner and her husband, Alan, have lived in Shorewood for nearly 40 years, and appreciate much of the new development that's occurred lately on Oakland Ave., north of Capitol Drive.

But two of those projects — a six-story apartment and retail building completed last year near their home, and a similarly sized building proposed for just a few blocks away — are simply too tall, according to the Keltners and other residents.

"I feel like four stories would be more appropriate," Jackie Keltner said. "The scale of a two-story house against a six-story building is really out of whack."

The latest project is to undergo final zoning review at a Village Board meeting on Monday. General Capital Group wants to develop the six-story apartment building, with street-level retail space, west of Oakland Ave. and south of Olive St.

The apartment building, with about 90 units, would be part of a larger project that includes a two-story Metro Market, to be built north of Kenmore Place, with a four-level parking structure between that upscale supermarket and the apartments. The existing one-story Pick 'n Save supermarket, and two smaller vacant buildings, would be demolished to make way for the new development.

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Milwaukee man accused of seeking to deliver heroin to Ozaukee County

July 02, 2014 11:14 a.m. | A Milwaukee man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of conspiracy to deliver heroin in Ozaukee County, officials said Wednesday.

Antonio C. Green, 33, was charged with three counts of conspiracy to deliver heroin after he delivered about 5.5 grams of heroin to an undercover officer on three occasions, according to a news release from the Ozaukee County sheriff's office.

The three incidents occurred between June 17 and 20 on Bayshore Drive in Glendale.

Officials arrested Green in Milwaukee on Tuesday, and he is set to make an initial appearance in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon, according to the release.

Glendale dad charged with shooting sons said he was bullied

June 30, 2014 8:35 p.m. | An intoxicated Glendale man who shot his two sons, killing one and wounding the other, told police he was being bullied and disrespected in his own house by his wife and children and that some rough play by one of the boys during a game of basketball was the last straw, according to a criminal complaint.

Robert C. Washington, 57, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Robert Curtis Washington II, 20, on Thursday at their home in the 1000 block of W. Theresa Lane, according to the complaint.

He also is charged with first-degree reckless injury for allegedly wounding Wesley Washington, 15.

According to the complaint, on the afternoon of the shooting, Robert Washington Sr. had been drinking vodka while watching Wesley play baseball.

Later, as his sons played basketball in the driveway of their home, Washington Sr. appeared intoxicated when he came out of the house, got in their way and was knocked over by Wesley.

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Tree falls on man in Fox Point

June 28, 2014 11:32 a.m. | A man was injured Saturday morning in Fox Point when a tree fell on him, authorities said.

A helicopter was sent to help the man who was injured near the intersection of N. Lake Drive and N. Gray Log Lane, according to the North Shore Fire Department. The man was taken to a hospital.

WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) reports the man was out for a morning jog and that he sustained serious injures that were not life threatening.

Stunned friends try to grasp shooting of Glendale brothers

June 27, 2014 11:10 p.m. | Wesley and Robert Washington Jr. were outside their Glendale home Thursday, playing basketball, when their father came out and wanted to play, too.

The sons were reluctant; the father joined anyway.

After going up for a rebound, he fell to the ground.

Robert Washington Sr. went back inside.

According to Sean Kelly, a family friend: When the father re-emerged, he had a gun. He shot Wesley, 15, twice. Robert, 20, ran over and tried to tackle his father. A bullet pierced the right side of the elder son's chest.

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One killed, one injured in Glendale shooting

June 26, 2014 10:37 p.m. | Glendale police have arrested a man suspected of shooting and killing one of his sons and injuring another Thursday afternoon.

A 20-year-old was killed and a 15-year-old was injured and called police after the shooting, according to Detective Troy Nitschke. About a dozen police and rescue vehicles were on the scene just after 2:30 p.m.

Police Department spokesman Joel Dhein said the shooting occurred inside a house in the 1000 block of W. Theresa Lane.

When officers arrived, they found the wounded 15-year-old attending to the 20-year-old victim, Dhein said.

Officers pulled the 20-year-old to the driveway of a neighboring home first before administering first-aid because they did not know where the shooter was, Dhein said.

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Homestead baseball team gets help from G'town mistakes in 10-4 win

June 26, 2014 9:29 p.m. | Sometimes when a team gets beat soundly, its coach will just tip his cap and say "We got beat by a better team".

But in the case of the Homestead baseball team's 10-4 victory over visiting Germantown Thursday night at beautifully refurbished Rennicke Field, winning coach Ernie Millard said he sort of felt sorry for Germantown, because the Warhawks handed the Highlanders opportunity after opportunity courtesy of six errrors.

"They (the Warhawks actually came out and played well at the beginning), but then they had one bad inning (the fifth, with three errors and five Homestead runs) and we took advantage," said Millard. "We were able to score but we didn't exactly tear the cover off the ball."

The win came on the heels of a completion of a suspended game between the two squads that was played at Germantown. In that game, the score was 11-11 in the top of the 11th and Homestead used three hits, including a Bryce Juedes RBI single and a passed ball to score two runs in that frame to pull out a 13-11 win.

Then the two teams boarded their buses and headed down Mequon Road to Rennicke Field for a regularly scheduled game on a rare beautiful June night.

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Updated: Glendale man charged with shooting two sons

June 26, 2014 7:38 p.m. | (Editor’s note: This story was updated at 1 p.m. on July 1 with information from the criminal complaint against Robert C. Washington, Sr.)

Glendale — The Glendale man who allegedly shot his two sons told police he was being bullied by his son during a game of basketball.
Robert Washington, 57, has been charged with killing one of his sons and injuring his other son shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday outside their house at 1011 West Theresa Lane.
Washington has been charged with first degree reckless homicide in the death of his 20-year-old son Robert Washington, Jr. and first degree reckless injury in the shooting of his 15-year-old son Wesley Washington. Washington faces a maximum 85-year prison sentence if convicted.
Wesley, the younger son, told police that he was playing basketball at about 2 p.m. Thursday when his father came outside and appeared to be intoxicated, according to a criminal complaint. He said his father got in the way of them playing basketball, and Wesley knocked him over. His father got up and said, "You do that again, you ain't gonna wake up," according to the criminal complaint.
Washington then shot Wesley twice, once in the thigh and once in the calf.
Robert Washington, Jr., who was cutting the grass at the time, ran over to his father. That's when his father shot him in the chest and killed him, according to the complaint. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wesley Johnson said he then went into the house and called 911. His father followed him inside the house, causing Wesley to run out of the house. Glendale police then called the home, and the father answered.
Washington gave himself up, crawling out of the house and into police custody. Once he was placed in the squad car, he said, “he’s a 15-year-old kid tried bully daddy, bully me all the time.” 
When officers arrived at the scene, they found Wesley attending to his older brother in the driveway outside of their house. Wesley said their father was inside the house, so paramedics relocated him to a neighboring driveway before administering first aid.
Robert Washington, Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. Wesley Washington was transported to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Washington, the alleged shooter, had a slightly different version of that afternoon's events. Washington told police that Wesley was bullying him while they were playing basketball in the driveway, saying he didn't want to play with his dad because he was too old, according to the complaint.
Washington said he tried to block Wesley's shot, and then Wesley "came at him like a football player," knocking him down, according to the criminal complaint.
Washington said his older son Robert tried to stick up for his dad, saying "Why do you hit daddy like that, he is a 60-year-old man." Washington said his son Wesley continued to insult him, prompting him to grab the .45 caliber pistol he keeps in his bedroom.
Washington said he went outside with the gun and told Wesley that he was tired of him talking like that, and then Wesley threw the basketball at him. He said the gun "went off" at that moment, and he does not remember how many shots were fired. He said he was drinking vodka at Wesley's baseball game earlier that afternoon.
He told police, “I should not have brought the gun out. I killed my son,” according to the complaint.
Several neighbors interviewed at the scene described the family as an upstanding family who never caused any problems in the neighborhood, which is just east of Milwaukee River Parkway. Dhein said the shooting has been a shock for the neighborhood and the community.
“This is normally a quiet neighborhood,” he said. “Our thoughts go out to the family. This has been a tough situation for the family and the community.”

New shopping center planned for Grafton

June 26, 2014 11:12 a.m. | A shopping center featuring Pier 1 Imports, ULTA Beauty and Men's Wearhouse is planned for Highway 60 and Port Washington Road in Grafton.

The Redmond Co. said Thursday it will design and construct the 25,000-square-foot retail shopping center, which is being developed by Rick Schmit Rentals Inc.

Shorewood man charged with 13 counts of voter fraud

June 24, 2014 10:49 a.m. | A Shorewood man has been charged with more than a dozen counts of illegal voting, accused of casting multiple ballots in four elections in 2011 and 2012, including five in the 2012 gubernatorial recall.

Robert D. Monroe, 50, used addresses in Shorewood, Milwaukee and Indiana, according to the complaint, and cast some votes in the names of his son and his girlfriend's son.

According to the complaint:

Monroe cast two ballots in the April 2011 Supreme Court election, two in the August 2011 Alberta Darling recall election, five in the Scott Walker-Tom Barrett recall, one illegal ballot in an August 2012 primary, and two ballots in the November 2012 presidential election.

In the presidential election, Monroe cast an in-person absentee ballot in Shorewood on Nov. 1 and drove a rental car to Lebanon, Ind., where he showed his Indiana driver's license to vote in person on election day, Nov. 6, the complaint charges. Monroe owns a house there, according to the complaint.

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Homestead football golf outing on June 30

June 24, 2014 12:26 a.m. | The 22nd annual Homestead Football Golf Outing will be held Monday, June 30 at Fire Ridge Golf Course in Grafton, starting at 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $100 and that cost covers 18 holes of golf, a power cart, prizes, refreshments and a dinner after the outing. It's an 18-hole event with a shotgun start.

The 2014 season represents the 54th year of Homestead football and every coach and player who has been involved in the program from 1959 to 2008 is being invited back to the event

Proceeds go to help the Highlanders successful football program.

For more information, please call head coach Dave Keel (414) 460-0238 or assistant coaches Fritz Rauch (262) 238-5869, Tom Fugate (262) 238-5941 and Matt Wolf (262) 238-5907.

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