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Man charged in Shorewood bomb scare

Aug. 31, 2012 4:14 p.m. | Shorewood - The 50-year-old Milwaukee man who was arrested Monday for allegedly calling in a bomb threat has been charged with one count of a Class I felony bomb scare.

According to Shorewood police, Thomas Yela was taken into custody Monday without incident after Village Hall, 1700 and 1600 E. River Park Court had been evacuated and cleared.

Under Wisconsin Statutes, a Class I felony can carry a maximum penalty of up to $10,000, 3½ years imprisonment, or both.

Beer could flow during Glendale's Fourth of July

Jan. 26, 2015 11:03 p.m. | Glendale — Glendale's Fourth of July celebration received some liquid encouragement from city officials Monday night.

The Common Council unanimously expressed its approval for the city's Fourth of July Committee to pursue a beer vendor for this year's holiday bash. The committee would like Glendale-based Sprecher Brewery, working with Sprecher Pub and Restaurant, to provide Sprecher beer and soda for the event. No kegs will be tapped, however, until Sprecher submits a special gathering permit application to the city and that permit is then granted by the Common Council.

Beer sales were rejected by city officials a decade ago when the Fourth of July festival was a three- or four-day event, but now that the event is only one day, city officials do not think beer will pose a threat to the family-friendly event. The vendor would be required to have a licensed bartender overseeing beer sales.

Whitefish Bay native 'Kit' Carson was Rush Limbaugh's right-hand man

Jan. 26, 2015 6:04 p.m. | The legions of Rush Limbaugh listeners never heard of Christopher "Kit" Carson until the radio host announced Monday on the air that his beloved producer had died of brain cancer.

Carson, who grew up in Whitefish Bay, was known as H.R. on the program, in a nod to President Nixon's White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman.

He was the longest-serving staff member on Limbaugh's radio show, starting part time answering phones and letters for the conservative talk show host shortly after the daily program started in 1988.

Carson, 58, died Monday in New York.

Conservative Milwaukee talk show host Mark Belling has filled in for Limbaugh about 50 times since 1998 and got to know Carson, who ran the program from behind the scenes.

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Crews clear crash that closed left lane of northbound I-43 at Glendale

Jan. 26, 2015 4:27 p.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the left lane of northbound Interstate 43 at Bender Road in Glendale for about 45 minutes. The lane reopened at 4:16 p.m.

Without Showalter, Germantown boys rally for win over Whitefish Bay

Jan. 23, 2015 10:36 p.m. |  

After his team rallied from an eight-point first quarter deficit to pull out a 67-53 North Shore Conference boys basketball decision over a feisty host Whitefish Bay squad, interim Germantown coach Mark Adams first words out of his mouth were:

"I was just glad I could call him and give him the right message (about a victory)," he chuckled.

"Him" being veteran Warhawk coach Steve Showalter, who was laid up all this week while fighting some setbacks in his recovery from some recent arthroscopic knee surgery.

Showalter has fought this same battle against blood clots before and so carefully took the week off as Adams and other assistants ran practice and prepared the Warhawks for the Blue Dukes.

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Medical examiner's report released in death at Bayshore Town Center

Jan. 22, 2015 12:06 p.m. | A man who fell more than 18 feet from a second-floor staircase at the Bayshore Town Center died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

Dustin Strzelecki, 21, of Silver Lake was critically injured about 9 p.m. Jan. 12 and died Wednesday evening at Froedtert Hospital.

Glendale police told investigators from the medical examiner's office that witnesses said Strzelecki had been drinking beer and possibly about four Long Island ice teas during a party, according to reports released Wednesday.

Police said Strzelecki was in the rotunda area at the mall when he tried to slide down the top rail of a banister and accidentally fell. Multiple people witnessed his fall and part of it was recorded on video that was reviewed by police, who have determined the incident was an accident.

Strzelecki was a junior studying engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, according to the university.

21-year-old man who fell from Bayshore balcony has died

Jan. 22, 2015 10:23 a.m. | Glendale — The 21-year-old man who fell from a balcony at Bayshore Town Center on Jan. 12 has died after nine days in critical condition at Froedtert Memorial Hospital.

Dustin Strzelecki of Silver Lake, was with his Toppers Pizza coworkers for a company holiday party at Bayshore's iPic bowling alley that night. After several drinks, he attempted to slide down a railing, according to a Glendale police report. Witnesses told police that Strzelecki tried to slide down the second floor railing, but he did not slide very far down the railing before he fell backwards over the railing to the lower staircase. The distance from the top of the rail to the surface on which he landed is 18 feet and 7 inches, according to the report.

When Glendale police and North Shore Fire and Rescue officials arrived at the scene at 9:22 p.m., they found Strzelecki unconscious at the base of the stairwell. He was transported via Flight For Life to Froedtert Memorial Hospital.

Apartment project proposed for Glendale

Jan. 22, 2015 9:59 a.m. | A development with 56 townhome-style apartments in Glendale would include 11 apartments set aside for people with disabilities under a tentative proposal pending before county officials.

The apartments would be built with public financing help at 1633 W. Bender Road, according to a report to the County Board's Economic and Community Development Committee. That site has a former nursing home that would be demolished to make way for the project, developer Ted Matkom said Thursday.

The apartments would be developed by Bond Realty LLC, a partnership between Matkom and neighboring property owner David Hobbs Honda, the county report said.

Bond Realty's affiliate, Bender Road Apartments LLC, is seeking $2 million in federal funds, provided through the county, to help finance the 11 apartments that would be rented at below-market rates to low- and middle-income disabled people, according to the report. The committee is to consider that request for the zero-interest, 20-year loan at its Monday meeting.

The development proposal faces "a lot of hurdles," Matkom said, including obtaining the public funds, as well as state Department of Natural Resources approval for an environmental cleanup at the site.

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Washington boys basketball team too quick for Brown Deer, 59-49

Jan. 21, 2015 10:22 p.m. | They schedule like a state championship team and carry themselves like a state championship team too.

But the defending WIAA state D3 titlist Brown Deer boys basketball squad needed to play a little bit more like a championship team tonight as a determined Milwaukee Washington unit made the quick Falcon squad play faster than even it wanted too, forcing numerous turnovers and easing away to a 59-49 victory at the Novak Family Fieldhouse.

"They did a very nice job of getting us to play fast," said Brown Deer coach Kelly Appleby. "That's a real credit to them. They just sped us up all night. We felt like we had a lot of opportunities tonight, but we needed to take better care of the ball."

The loss broke a three-game winning streak for the Falcons (7-4) while the under-rated, hard-scheduling Purgolders improved to 6-4.

Brown Deer was able to secure the lead only three times over the course of the game, 2-0, 4-2, and the last time late in the second quarter on a Lewrenzo Byers 3-pointer that made it 22-21.

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Fleeing the scene of a robbery, suspects crash stolen car near Whitefish Bay

Jan. 19, 2015 9:16 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Three robbery suspects in a stolen SUV were arrested after crashing into another car near the Whitefish Bay-Milwaukee border Monday afternoon, Jan. 19.

The suspects allegedly robbed a 16-year-old girl of her cellphone near 38th and Burleigh streets at about 2:45 p.m. Monday, according to Lt. Mark Stanmeyer of the Milwaukee Police Department.

Milwaukee police officers pursued the suspect vehicle, a white 2003 GMC Envoy, but the vehicle did not come to a stop until it crashed into a red Ford Focus at around 3:20 p.m. outside of the Clark gas station in the 4700 block of Wilson Drive, just south of Hampton Road and Santa Monica Boulevard.

Two juvenile suspects and one adult suspect were arrested.

The crash occurred in Milwaukee, but Whitefish Bay and Shorewood police assisted Milwaukee officers in searching for a possible fourth suspect. Police carried rifles as they searched the surrounding area.

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Strong fourth quarter lifts Homestead girls past Whitefish Bay, 44-34

Jan. 17, 2015 12:31 a.m. | It was never a pretty game between the Homestead and Whitefish Bay girls basketball teams Friday night in the nightcap of the boy-girl doubleheader at Bay.

But for the Highlanders, it was a perfectly lovely fourth quarter, as they broke a 28-all tie by scoring the first 14 points of the session and then cruising home to a 44-34 North Shore Conference victory.

"There was no rhythm and it was very sloppy on both sides," said Highlander coach Corey Wolf,  "but in the fourth quarter we had a little more composure. A little more composure and intensity.

"We scored early in that fourth quarter and that's what got us going."

Meanwhile, Bay coach Rick DeKeyser was disappointed with the finish.

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Bay boys hang on, 44-42, after losing big lead against Homestead

Jan. 16, 2015 10:39 p.m. | Normally a basketball coach can sit back and relax after his or her team takes an 18-0 lead at home and just wait for the final score to be posted.

But in these days of a depleted roster due to injury and a lack of interior strength, Whitefish Bay boys coach Kevin Lazovik is not in the position to relax.

So that's why Lazovik and bis Blue Dukes had to sweat out a 44-42 victory over Homestead Friday after taking just such a lead.

Lazovik was not thrilled by the ending but is relieved by the outcome as the Blue Dukes improved to 5-2 in North Shore Conference play and 8-4 overall. Bay is now tied with Homestead (5-2, 7-4) and Port Washington (5-2, 10-3) for second place in the North Shore behind unbeaten Germantown (7-0, 11-0)

"I mean we started off red-hot and finished the game ice-cold," Lazovik said. "We sort of knew that might happen (the rally) because they are exceptionally long and very hard to get inside on.

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Motivated Germantown wrestlers beat Nicolet, 63-15

Jan. 15, 2015 9:50 p.m. | In Germantown wrestling coach Jeff Szohr's mind, success is all about imposing your will upon an opponent.

The Warhawks succeeded broadly in that regard Thursday night, recording seven pins in a 63-15 North Shore Conference dual meet victory over host Nicolet.

It was an impressive effort for a team that earlier this season had to deal with a great deal of youth (no seniors in the starting line-up) and the suspension of its best wrestler for an athletic code violation (Szohr's son Zack).

"I liked our intensity and I liked the intensity we had in fighting for our style," said Coach Szohr., "We're fighting for the way we look in the practice room, because we've been working really hard since On-the-Water (the big Oshkosh tournament that was held late last month).

...You've got to be able to force your style on the other guy and whoever succeeds in doing that will usually win."

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Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started!

Jan. 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. | My Community Now and Lake Country Now are extending the second annual Suburban Selfies contest through Sunday, Jan. 25. Contest answers and winners will be announced Jan. 29.

Below, and in the above video, are two free riddle solutions to get you started!

Check out the contest at

Solution One:

Lake Country Now contest riddle: My body is silver but you can see through me. Waukesha's hometown boy was famous for playing me. (Location: Waukesha)

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109-lot subdivision approved in Mequon

Jan. 13, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Mequon — A 109-lot subdivision received conceptual approval from the Mequon Plan Commission on Monday, Jan. 12.

The subdivision would be located on 110 acres of land immediately south of the Brighton Ridge and Knightsbridge subdivisions between Swan and Wauwatosa roads. The land, which is under negotiations to be purchased from the Mequon-Thiensville School District, is part of the new central growth zoning district, which allows lots as small as one-third of an acre in certain "cluster" developments containing at least five houses.

The smaller lot sizes in the central growth area are designed to allow developers more flexibility in providing open common areas. In these cluster developments, at least 30 percent of the total site area must be designated as open space. Thirty-three percent of this subdivision is designated as open space.

The plan proposed by developer Neumann Companies results in a density of one home per acre. The "cluster" lots range in size from 0.48 to 0.87 acres in size, with the average lot spanning 0.53 acres. The homes will have an estimated market value of $400,000 to $600,000 per site, resulting in a total property value of $44 million to $66 million.

The subdivision will include a neighborhood recreational area in the center of the subdivision connected to the sidewalks via a pathway system.

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Man critically hurt in fall 20 feet from Bayshore mall balcony

Jan. 13, 2015 10:03 a.m. | A 21-year-old man from Silver Lake is in critical condition after falling about 20 feet from a balcony Monday night in the rotunda at the Bayshore Town Center mall in Glendale.

So far, a police investigation indicates it was an accident and that no foul play was involved.

Dustin Strzelecki was being treated at Froedtert Memorial Hospital, North Shore Fire/Rescue said in a news release Tuesday.

According to the release, firefighters were called to the rotunda of the Bayshore mall, near the iPic Theaters and Bar Louie, at 9:19 p.m. Monday. They found Strzelecki unconscious at the base of a stairwell in the rotunda.

Emergency responders managed to stabilize him so he could be transported to Froedtert by a Flight for Life helicopter.

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