Body of missing Mequon woman found in Milwaukee River

April 26, 2014 10:11 a.m. | The body of a missing Mequon woman was found late Friday in the Milwaukee River behind her home, according to Mequon police.

Candace Giles, 54, was found in 6 to 8 feet of water about 10 feet from the shoreline near her home in the 5500 block of Parkview Drive around 10:30 p.m. by a man who called police. An autopsy was scheduled for this morning.

Giles was reported missing on Thursday when she did not show up for a scheduled appointment.

Police search for missing Mequon woman

April 25, 2014 12:51 p.m. | Mequon— Mequon police are searching for 54-year-old Candace Giles, who was last seen at her Mequon home Thursday morning.

Giles did not show up for a scheduled appointment, and personal items were left at the residence, which would lead family and friends to believe that Giles may be in danger or in need of help, according to a news release from the Mequon Police Department. Police also say there is no evidence that the public is in danger or that foul play is involved.

Giles was last seen at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at her home in the 5500 block of Parkview Drive. She was wearing a red long sleeve shirt under a dark green sweater and blue jeans. Giles is 113 pounds and has dark brown, shoulder-length hair.

Mequon woman arrested after she threw candle and wax splashed in her face

April 25, 2014 8:45 a.m. | A Mequon woman was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after she threw a cellphone and candle at her husband and some of the melted wax splashed in her face April 13.

According to the Mequon police report:

The woman, age not released, got into an argument with her husband and threw a cellphone and a candle at him and some of the melted wax splashed on her face and in her hair at 12:15 a.m. April 13.

She was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence and possession of a controlled substance after she admitted to having "a few beers" and had a preliminary blood alcohol content of 0.17.

She was found with three Ambien pills, a Schedule IV narcotic, and she admitted that she did not have a prescription for the drug.

Plans to rebuild 14-mile stretch of I-43 set for hearing

April 24, 2014 3:07 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has proposals to rebuild a 14-mile stretch of I-43 between Glendale and Grafton, which may include adding or removing some highway interchanges.

Two public hearings will take place next week, on Wednesday and Thursday, to discuss options. Actions under consideration include rebuilding the main road, bridges and interchanges between Silver Spring Drive and Highway 60; constructing a new interchange at Highland Road; rebuilding local streets, and changing the partial interchange at County Line Road into a full interchange or perhaps removing the interchange altogether.

The project, which could begin in 2020, would require relocating 12 homes and three businesses, and would affect 27 acres of wetland, five acres of floodplain and 10 acres of farmland.

The hearings also will focus on design and environmental impacts, including the depositing of fill materials into bodies of water, which may require approval from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The public may attend any of two meetings to review displays, ask questions and provide testimony:

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Village might buy American TV store in Brown Deer

April 24, 2014 10:18 a.m. | The former American TV & Appliance store in Brown Deer, which is being sold to a local investor, could end up being owned by the Village of Brown Deer.

The village has agreed to pay $2.6 million for the 80,000-square-foot building and its 10-acre lot, said Nate Piotrowski, community development director.

The Village Board approved the purchase plan last week.

On Monday, a Dane County Circuit Court judge approved real estate investor John 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.

Schlueter said his company, Frontline Commercial Real Estate LLC, already has launched discussions with prospective tenants for the buildings.

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Salotto Zarletti opening in Mequon on Monday

April 24, 2014 8:50 a.m. |

Note: The restaurant now takes reservations; see below.

Salotto Zarletti, restaurateur-chef Brian Zarletti’s Mequon restaurant focusing on the food of southern Italy, debuts Monday for dinner.

It’s opening at 1515 W. Mequon Road, in the Shops at East Towne Square.

Southern Italian is a change for Zarletti, who has focused more on central Italy at his flagship restaurant in downtown Milwaukee, Zarletti, at 741 N. Milwaukee St., and at his casual pizza restaurant, Rustico, at 223 N. Water St.

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Urbashich reflects on 17 years on the Mequon-Thiensville School Board

April 23, 2014 11:31 a.m. | Mequon — Public education has gone through a lot of changes in the last 17 years. In the Mequon-Thiensville School District, Suzette Urbashich has been there to tackle them head on.

The Mequon mother of two still recalls moving to the district in 1986 and taking an early interest in school board happenings. At the time, there were not many board members with young children, and there had never been a board member from her rural west end of the village.

Urbashich's election victory in 1997 changed both of those things, marking the beginning of a long tenure that would witness drastic changes in the realms of politics, demographics and technological advancement.

It wasn't long before Urbashich would realize that these external factors were playing an important role within the school district. The school district's most pressing issue – declining enrollment – can be traced back to zoning decisions made by the Mequon Village Board in the early 2000s.

For better or worse, village officials decided to maintain the rural character by zoning land outside of the sewer district for five-acre lots. When the economic downturn hit, young families were more reluctant to make a large investment in a new lot when they could spend less money in a neighboring district, Urbashich said. Families were also deciding to have fewer children in general.

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Woman arrested after being found with her face in a plate of salad

April 23, 2014 8:20 a.m. | A Milwaukee woman was arrested for possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia after she was found slumped over in her car, her face in a plate of salad, on April 10.

According to the Glendale police report:

A 24-year-old Milwaukee woman was found slumped over in her car in the 5100 block of North Port Washington Road at 12:20 p.m. April 10.

The woman said she was pregnant and had been at a methadone clinic and became tired so she stopped driving. She also admitted smoking crack "earlier" but now "had nothing left."

Police found 3.1 grams of cocaine, 0.6 grams of marijuana, Suboxone pills and glass pipes in the woman's possession.

Resurfacing of 14 miles of I-43 to force lane closures

April 22, 2014 3:05 p.m. | Crews will begin construction work Wednesday evening on a 14-mile stretch of I-43, causing overnight lane closures until late summer.

The project extends from just south of Silver Spring Road to Highway 32. It includes resurfacing, which will start in May, as well as lengthening the southbound exit ramp at the Mequon Road Interchange.

Lane closures will take place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The Wisconsin DOT is currently conducting a comprehensive study of the I-43 corridor, for which there's a proposal for reconstruction.

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