Shorewood - Firefighters and police were dispatched to 3602 N Murray Avenue around 8:44 p.m. last night, quelling an attic fire which caused an estimated $300,000 in damage, according to a media release.
Fire investigators have concluded that the likely cause of the fire was a lightning strike from the severe storm system in the area at the time of the call. First responders found smoke coming from the roof and eaves of the duplex and upgraded the call to bring in additional companies, which fought the fire from two ladder trucks.
Fire, smoke, and water damage to the attic and third floor of the duplex is reportedly extensive.
Two firefighters were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and have since been released. No civilian injuries were reported.
The community will be welcome at a pep rally for the Brown Deer boys basketball team this Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in the Novak Family Fieldhouse at the high school.
The event will honor the team and give it a good send-off as it prepares to take part in the WIAA State Tournament in Madison at the Kohl Center this weekend.
The team, which is making its first trip to state since 2002, will take on Manitowoc Roncalli in a state division 3 semifinal at 9:05 a.m. on Friday. The Falcons, coached by Kelly Appleby, defeated Ripon in the sectional final last Saturday to advance.
Gov. Scott Walker will deliver the May 16 commencement speech for Concordia University Wisconsin's graduate students, including the university's first class of pharmacy school students.
Sixty-seven Pharmacy School students, dubbed the Genesis Class when the Pharmacy School opened in 2010, will receive degrees during the commencement ceremony, set to begin at 6 p.m. in Concordia's Field House.
“The School of Pharmacy Class of 2014 demonstrated a tremendous amount of faith when committing to be part of a brand new pharmacy school,” Dean Arneson, dean of the School of Pharmacy, said in prepared remarks. “We are greatly honored to have Gov. Walker come to speak in recognition of the notable achievement of the students and the University.”
Norman Sell will give the commencement speech during the undergraduate ceremony 1:30 p.m. on May 17, also in the university's Field House. Sell was the longtime treasurer of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod before retiring several years ago.
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Mequon — With the intent of remaining neutral, a third-party facilitator was brought into the fold this week to help guide a 17-person committee charged with examining Mequon-Thiensville's need for a balanced budget and quest to remain a top-ranking school district.
Howard Bellman, a longtime mediator with an extensive background, met for the first time with the School Board's appointed Community Engagement Committee, which on Tuesday met for the fifth time. Plans call for Bellman to be on hand at additional meetings in upcoming months.
The bulk of the committee's most recent hour-and-a-half meeting was devoted to Bellman discussing his background and how he believes the committee should function.
"I'm not a run-of-the-mill meeting facilitator," Bellman said to the committee, which was formed in January by the board and is comprised of professionals from such varied backgrounds as education, business and law.
Bellman said he aims to help the committee bring the board a unified mission statement as Mequon-Thiensville continues to grapple with ongoing budget shortfalls — the result of declining enrollment statistics — and a goal of retaining the illustrious position as the state's top-ranking school district.» Read Full Article
The Community Development Authority has furthered two prospective redevelopments — one that would renovate on older commercial building and another that would create new senior housing within the village.Shorewood —
On Friday, the CDA approved, in concept, a village loan to renovate the former Catholic Family Life Insurance building on Capitol Drive and forwarded to the Plan Commission a 100-unit active senior apartment complex along the Milwaukee River.
For the last nine months Northwoods Software Development has rented the former Catholic Family Life building at Capitol Drive and Newhall Street. The $400,000 loan, half from the village and half from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, would allow the company to purchase the building and complete necessary renovations, including heating, cooling, and boiler work.
According to the news release, Northwoods is a 32-person company and is expected to grow in the near future.
The CDA, Village Board and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation still need to approve the renovation loan.» Read Full Article
Robert Christophel told police he was sure he didn't kill Peter Holzberger when he put him in a choke hold last fall because his father had done it to him numerous times growing up as a means of discipline.
Christophel, 29, said he put his arm around Holzberger's neck after the eccentric 65-year-old Glendale gadfly got upset and began shouting at Christophel and Nicholas Retzlaff to leave his property, where they had gone Nov. 5 to reclaim items that Retzlaff said were his.
Christophel said he counted to 20, and Holzberger went limp.
"Any time after it will kill him," Christophel said in a video of his interrogation by Glendale police that was played Wednesday for the jury in his first-degree intentional homicide trial.
He said he was sure Holzberger was still alive, even a day later when he and Retzlaff returned to Holzberger's distinctive house on Port Washington Road, because he felt for a pulse from the victim, whom they had left hogtied and gagged on his bed.» Read Full Article
Glendale — Plans for renovation of the Milwaukee River Hilton received a friendly reception from the Plan Commission, which unanimously voted for use and occupancy approval Tuesday night.
Nagib Lakhani described the renovation during and after the meeting as a representative of CMH Milwaukee River LLC, a partnership which is in the process of buying the hotel, located at 4700 N. Port Washington Road.
"Almost every surface is going to have to be remodeled," Lakhami said. "A fair number of rooms will be upgraded. Our intent is to open up the lobby, so when you walk in you'll have a clear view of the river."
The hotel's current Hilton affiliation ends April 1. CHM Milwaukee plans to operate the hotel as an independent location until October or November, when it plans to affiliate with Holiday Inn, although renovation may not be complete until January.
Lakhami said Holiday Inn had drawn up a 54-page improvement plan, and inspectors from the chain visit every four to six weeks to check on progress.» Read Full Article
Fox Point — Political newcomer and eight-year village resident Marty Tirado has launched a write-in campaign for the Village Board and is running on a platform opposed to the reconstruction of the Bridge Lane Ravine footbridge.
Tirado, 41, hopes to unseat incumbent Christine Symchych or beat out Terry McGauran, who is running for the second time after a failed campaign in spring 2013. Before Tirado's campaign, Symchych and McGauran were running unopposed for two seats on the board.
Tirado's main selling point is an outspoken opposition to the reconstruction of the footbridge, which was closed years ago due to structural problems and sat idle while the Village Board deliberated at length over its fate.
In recent years a non-profit fundraising group has been tasked with raising $625,000, or half on an early reconstruction estimate, and the bridge was torn down in August. The Village Board recently put the reconstruction project out to bid in an effort to solidify a cost but has not yet committed to the project itself.
While the numerous estimates over the years have varied wildly, Tirado said he trusts the accounting of outspoken project opponent Larry Booth, who contends the true cost could be near $3 million and cost the average homeowner between $500 and $1,000.» Read Full Article
Mequon — After nearly four hours of presentations, claims, counterclaims, impassioned resident testimony — some fiery, some indignant and some tearful — and deliberation, the Planning Commission on Monday gridlocked on a 4-4 vote and failed to make a recommendation to the Common Council regarding River Club of Mequon owner Tom Weickardt's proposal to build a 19-home subdivision on a 42-acre lot along the Milwaukee River.
Commissioners LeRoy Bessler and Dave Fuchs, along with Alderwoman Pam Adams and Mayor Dan Abendroth, voted against Weickardt's plan; commissioners Brian Parrish, John Mason, John Stoker and Chuck Western voted for it.
Before the Common Council takes up the matter in April, Abendroth said he will be negotiating with the Ozaukee Land Trust in an effort to have the city purchase the 42-acre lot for the purposes of conservation.
Weickardt's newest pitch for the 19-home subdivision is similar to a plan voted down by the Planning Commission in 2012, though this time he is willing to put into perpetuity open-space easements throughout the entire Ville Du Parc neighborhood and forgo any other future developments, as well as donate a tract of land along the Milwaukee River to the city. The new deal constitutes Weickardt's latest attempt to win over the neighbors, various Ville Du Parc homeowners associations and elected officials.
To a certain extent, the effort was a success as 37 residents registered speaker cards in support of Weickardt's plan. Many of them spoke in favor of the proposal, as well as its increase to the city tax base, and said the city should support Weickardt, whose investment in the River Club has revitalized the area.» Read Full Article
Three incumbent Elmbrook School Board members and two other candidates discussed a variety of district issues at a forum held March 6.
The forum, sponsored by the Elmbrook Parent Network and Leadership council, touched upon teaching styles, improving ACT scores, block scheduling and a multitude of other items related to local education.
Incumbent Richard Brunner, who has served on the board for three years, is running against Zackary Vrana, a 2012 Brookfield East High School graduate, for the Area I seat.
Board President Thomas Gehl, who has been on the board since 2005, is running against former board member Jeffrey Liotta for the Area III seat. Liotta served on the board in the early 1980s as a 21-year-old. He is a Brookfield Central High School graduate.
Incumbent Kathryn Wilson, who first served in 2010, is running unopposed for the at-large seat.» Read Full Article
Robert Michael Christophel, 28, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and burglary in connection with the death of Peter Holzberger. His co-defendant is Nicholas Retzlaff, 25, who is due in court Monday for a final pretrial hearing and has a jury trial slated for March 17.
Retzlaff and Christophel attacked Holzberger on his property, with Christophel choking him into unconsciousness, according to a criminal complaint. The men then allegedly took Holzberger inside the home, wrapped a bungee cord around his neck and buried him under six feet of clothing, boxes and debris in the basement, records show.
Holzberger had met Retzlaff, then a teen, in late 2004 and helped him, but after Retzlaff repeatedly stole from Holzberger and a friend, Holzberger stopped assisting the man.
A friend has described Holzberger as a "peace-loving person" to the Journal Sentinel.» Read Full Article
Long after the WIAA Division 2 regional final was over Saturday night at Whitefish Bay, injured Blue Dukes all-state candidate Maya Jonas finally grabbed her crutches and slowly worked her way out of the fieldhouse with her dad, Jeff, by her side.
She still faces a long rehabilitation just a few days removed from a second surgery on the same knee in less than two years. She suffered the injury about 10 days ago in a nonconference loss to Kettle Moraine.
Jonas was having an amazing season and the injury shocked and dismayed everyone around her, including obviously, her team.
But she will have one brilliant, wide-eyed happy memory from the final week, and it came just moments before her departure, because before Jonas was allowed to leave, her teammmates mobbed her, placed the regional championship plaque carefully in her lap and then took smiling, tear-filled photos with her from her place in the bleachers.
The short-handed Blue Dukes had rallied from a ghastly first quarter where they did not score against Wauwatosa West. They did not take the lead until senior Catie McBride hit one of two free throws at the end of the third quarter to make it 18-17.» Read Full Article
Thiensville — The reality of a beer garden on the bank of the Milwaukee River in Village Park sank as the sole proposal to run the venue was withdrawn.
Village President Van Mobley officially announced that Laura Adair withdrew her Request for Proposal for a beer garden at Village Park in Thiensville as the first agenda item at Monday night's Committee of the Whole meeting.
"I wish it would have worked," Adair said, earlier in a phone interview. "We (the community) have to focus on the kids (teenagers) and keep them occupied. I didn't want to call it a beer garden."
Adair filled out a 16-page proposal, listed Community Concessions to serve at the venue, submitted suggested foods and beverages with pricing and included three letters of recommendation.
"Suddenly she withdrew it, 24 hours after it became public," Trustee David Lange said.» Read Full Article
Two industrial buildings in Glendale and Oak Creek have been sold for $12.7 million, according to state real estate records.
An affiliate of Zilber Property Group sold a 78,000-square-foot light industrial and office building, at 555 W. Estabrook Blvd., for $5.1 million, and a 120,000-square-foot industrial building, at 7475 S. 6th St., for $7.6 million, to an affiliate of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Opus Group, in a transaction recorded Thursday.
The Glendale building is leased to Forrer Business Interiors Inc., and the Oak Creek building is leased to Independence Corrugated LLC. Zilber bought the two buildings in April 2012 for $9.5 million.
A Brown Deer boys basketball assistant coach first asked the question outside the Falcons' lockerroom at Waukesha West on Thursday, and then it was echoed inside the lockers a moment later by a relieved head coach Kelly Appleby:
"What time is practice?"
It was a jubilant call as the Falcons had just put themselves a step away from the WIAA Division 3 state tournament with a harrowing, physical 58-55 sectional semifinal decision over East Troy.
"I knew from the beginning that there would be a chance this could happen," said 6-7 senior forward Jerry Luckett, who had 14 points. "I knew that if we kept working together it could happen because we had the talent on the team to do it."
The victory pushed Brown Deer (20-5 overall) into a D3 sectional final on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Whitefish Bay against Ripon (21-5), which was a 45-38 winner over Oostburg in its own sectional semifinal.» Read Full Article
the Hollywood Reporter, Timothy Hutton will star in "American Crime," the new series Mequon native John Ridley is creating for ABC. The series is being written, directed and produced by Ridley, who Sunday won an Oscar for his "12 Years a Slave" screenplay.According to
The series is about a group of people involved in a racially charged trial. According to the story:
"Hutton will play an honest but average guy working at a big-box retailer in Arizona who has made great pains to reconnect with his now adult sons, Matt and Mark, and speaks with the latter - a war veteran - every week.
"He's destroyed when he learns that Matt and his wife, Lily, have been murdered in their home in Modesto, Calif., and he flies there immediately."
The series will feature the talents of two Oscar winners: Ridley, and Hutton, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for the 1980 film "Ordinary People."