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Man hurt in Glendale house explosion dies

May 30, 2012 10:40 p.m. | Marvin Engler, one of two people injured when a house exploded in Glendale, has died, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Wednesday night.

Engler and a 78-year-old woman were injured in the Saturday blast that destroyed the home at 4835 N. Iroquois Ave.

An investigation by North Shore Fire/Rescue, the Glendale Police Department, the State Fire Marshall's Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not determine the cause of the explosion, but found no evidence of foul play.

Travelers, the insurance company for the property has retained an investigator to determine the cause of the blast and fire.

Special Act 10 section now online

May 30, 2012 1:11 p.m. |

Act 10: Pass or Fail? 

We have just published our special section taking a detailed look at the landmark Act 10 legislation and the effect it has had on local school districts.

The section features a main story examining the overall effects of the law and feature stories focusing on local school districts.

You'll also find a photo gallery highlighting some of the controversy surrounding the passage of the law, a Storify of opinions collected from social networks and more.

Go to special section.

Dominican basketball coach placed on leave following arrest

May 30, 2012 9:09 a.m. | Whitefish Bay - Today's TMJ4 is reporting that Dominican boys basketball coach Paul Wollersheim has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a female teacher inside Dominican early Friday morning

Go to story.

No foul play found in Glendale explosion, but cause still unknown

May 29, 2012 9:12 p.m. | Local, state and federal authorities have been unable to determine the cause of a house explosion in Glendale that injured two people, the North Shore Fire Department said Tuesday.

Travelers, the insurance company for the property at 4835 N. Iroquois Ave., has retained an investigator to determine the cause of the blast and fire, which was reported about 6 p.m. Saturday, the fire department said.

The investigation by North Shore Fire/Rescue, the Glendale Police Department, the State Fire Marshall's Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, found no evidence of foul play in connection with incident, the fire department said.

3 injured when SUV crashes into Mequon home

May 29, 2012 7:16 a.m. | Mequon - Three people were hurt when the driver of an SUV lost control and crashed into a house in Ozaukee County.

Mequon police said the injured were in the SUV. Two people inside the home were shaken, but not injured. Flight for Life took one of the victims from the SUV to a nearby hospital.

WTMJ-TV reported that the crash happened about 11 p.m. Monday night and left a big hole in the front of the house.

First Watch open in Mequon

May 29, 2012 6:57 a.m. | The breakfast-and-lunch restaurant First Watch has opened in the Mequon Pavilions, 11032 N. Port Washington Road.

It's open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

This is the second First Watch to open in metro Milwaukee; the first opened last year in Brookfield. The local franchisees of the Florida-based chain are father and son Michael and Vincent Busalacchi.

Milwaukee man arrested after bringing pot to meeting with parole officer

May 28, 2012 3:45 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after he arrived to meet with his parole officer and was discovered to be carrying 19 bags of pot.

According to the Glendale police report:

The man came to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, 4160 N. Port Washington Road, at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday.

In a routine search, 19 individual bags holding a total of 28.2 grams of marijuana were found on his person.

The man admitted he intended to sell the drug in Milwaukee for $4 to $5 a baggie as he had done in the past.

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Blast destroys Glendale house; 5 injured

May 26, 2012 11:04 p.m. | Glendale - Firefighters from four counties worked to contain damage from an explosion shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday that injured an elderly couple and destroyed their house on the 4800 block of N. Iroquois Ave.

Two other houses were damaged by fire, and at least four other houses in the area were damaged by the blast.

Officials on the scene said a firefighter, a neighbor and a passer-by were also injured in the fire. They were treated at Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital and released.

A man in his 80s and a woman, 78, are being treated at Columbia-St. Mary's Regional Burn Center. The woman is listed in critical condition and the man is in serious condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Kathy Schmitz.

The house is owned by Marvin Engler, 88. He is described by neighbors as a disabled veteran.

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Area boys track athletes qualify for state from Falls sectional

May 25, 2012 12:19 a.m. | The chances for the Whitefish Bay boys track team repeating as state champions in the 400 and 800 relays took a major hit on Monday, when the Blue Dukes, dropped the baton in the 400 relay in the regional meet.

So, behind an inspired effort from anchor runner Brandon Threats, the Blue Dukes made up for that mistake in a swift manner that reminded everyone that they are still state champs until proven otherwise next week in La Crosse.

Threats chased down the anchor runner from Riverside as the Bay unit that included Rashadeem Gray, Tommy Friesch, and James Stecker won the 800 relay in the WIAA sectional meet at Menomonee Falls in a state best time of 1:27.83 as Riverside recorded the second-best clocking of 1:27.91.

"We spent all week working on exchanges," said Threats. "We changed the order a little bit and went from there. As far as the race was concerned, I saw that I was behind and I knew I had to step it up as a senior. Just make a difference any way I could."

Threats' thrilling finish led a series of strong area efforts as teams sent athletes to the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse, June 1 and 2.

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Area girls track squads qualify for state from Falls sectional

May 24, 2012 10:11 p.m. | In the end, it's like Germantown girls track coach Greg Siegert said:

"In the end, it just comes down to the time, the height and the distance, and if it's good enough, then it's good enough."

Siegert said that after a heady, talent-filled WIAA sectional at Menomonee Falls on Thursday during which area teams advanced large numbers of athletes to the WIAA State Track Meet in La Crosse, June 1 and 2.

Germantown itself advanced Jayne Bertieri in the 100 meters (school record 12.34), Katelyn Turner in the shot put (personal best 36-4 1/2), Melissa Asmondy in the discus (102-10), Caitlin Dillon in the 800 (2:18.96), repeat qualifier Jennifer Ellis in the 300 low hurdles (45.58) and the 400 relay team of Sammie Gassner, Bethany Laubenheimer, Sydney Langmann and Bertieri (school record 50.3) to next week's meet.

The relay got in on a judge's decision after being caught in the same time as a squad from Grafton. That decision ended a long run of Germantown near-misses at sectional meets in recent years.

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Stefanski named acting police chief in Whitefish Bay

May 24, 2012 8:48 a.m. | The Whitefish Bay Police Commission last night named Lt. Ron Stefanski acting chief. Stefanski will assume his new duties on June 5. Chief Robert Jacobs last day is June 4. Jacobs is retiring.

Stefanski, 49, joined the department as a patrolman in September 1986, was promoted to sergeant in 1991 and to lieutenant in 2007.

He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from St. Mary's University in Minnesota.

The commission has culled a list of ten people from the 27 who applied for the chief's position and is in the process of conducting telephone interviews with them to further narrow the field.

Tennis courts at Brown Deer High closing tomorrow for upgrades

May 23, 2012 8:24 a.m. | Tennis courts at Brown Deer High School will be closed beginning tomorrow. The School District has hired a contractor who will prep, clean, level and resurface seven of the eight courts. The eighth court will be eliminated to make space for the new addition to the high school and a fire lane.

School officials expect the courts to reopen July 2.

Brown Deer School Board delays vote on OPEB transition plan

May 22, 2012 10:14 p.m. | Brown Deer School Board members delayed a decision on a OPEB transition plan tonight at their board meeting.

Director of Finance Emily Koczela presented a recommendation from a committee that has been studying other post employment benefits for teachers in the district. The benefits disappeared with the union contracts at the end of June 2011.

For the short term, through the 2011-2012 school year, the School Board guaranteed the same benefits that were available through the contracts while working through what, if any, post employment benefits the district would offer in the future.

In addition to post employment benefits offered by the district , teachers also receive a pension from the Wisconsin Retirement System.

In the past the district continued health insurance coverage for up to 10 years and provided a cash payout of five days per year for every year of service, as long as the teachers met the age and requirements for years of employment in the district. The cash payout averaged $40,000 per teacher and was paid over five years for a group of 11 teachers who retired in June 2011, Koczela said.

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Shorewood Plan Commission hears, reacts to plans for senior living facility

May 22, 2012 9:40 p.m. | Preliminary plans for a senior living facility are moving forward in Shorewood.

The Plan Commission on Tuesday heard a presentation from representatives of Illinois-based Pathway Senior Living. The company is proposing a 104-unit development at the site of the former Pig 'n Whistle and Riverbrook restaurants, 1111 E. Capital Drive.

According to details outlined in Pathway's plans, the development is to encompass 56 assisted living units and 48 units offering memory care services. There would be two connected buildings standing as high as four stories.

If plans proceed, the Pathway development would replace the ill-fated Sunrise Senior Living development proposed in 2008. Sunrise pulled out of the project as the economy soured.

With the preliminary meeting accomplished, Pathway officials are now tasked with drawing up finite plans that will be brought back to commissioners for further review at a later date.

GT wins NSC softball title outright with 2-1 thriller over Homestead

May 21, 2012 9:25 p.m. | Germantown softball pitcher Lauren Renard's first instinct Monday afternoon at Thiensville Village Park was to save herself.

Homestead's Taylor Levin had just hit a screaming linedrive right back at her with none out and a runner on first in the seventh inning while the Warhawks were nursing a 2-1 lead in their North Shore Conference championship showdown with the Highlanders.

Renard defensively stuck up her glove and snagged the ball cleanly.

And then she obeyed her second instinct when she carefully threw the ball back to first to easily double up Hannah Young. And two batters later, when Renard induced the Highlanders' Hannah Behnken to fly out to right to end the game, the Warhawks had their second consecutive outright league championship.

"My first thought was to protect my face," chuckled a happy Renard afterwards of the linedrive. "So I put my glove up. We knew this would be a tough game and we wanted the title outright, we didn't want to share it."

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Shoplifter hit with additional charges after objecting to treatment

May 21, 2012 3:12 p.m. | An 18-year-old Milwaukee woman who told police no one had a "right to touch her just because she stole something" was arrested for theft, battery and obstruction after giving a false birth date and fictitious address at Boston Store in Glendale last week.

According to the police report:

The woman had taken items valued at $50 and put them in a purse with a shielding device at 1:30 p.m. at the store, 5701 N. Lydell Ave., on May 16.

When stopped, she spit in the face of a loss prevention officer and then punched her causing minor injury.

She was identified by her fingerprints which revealed numerous arrests for battery, theft and disorderly conduct.

Concordia official appears OK after car plunges off lake bluff

May 21, 2012 10:32 a.m. | Mequon - Concordia University's director of campus safety plummeted down the school's Lake Michigan bluff after the accelerator on his vehicle stuck while he was making a turn during a patrol about 8 a.m. Monday.

The front end of the vehicle Mario Valdes was driving ended up in Lake Michigan, but Valdes got out of the car and was walking around, said Craig McCarthy, a university spokesman.

Valdes was taken to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee to be checked out, McCarthy said.

McCarthy said university officials are looking into the incident. As of about 10 a.m., McCarthy said officials had not yet been able to speak directly with Valdes.

Many university officials were at a breakfast leadership event on campus featuring Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and were pulled away from the function to respond to the bluff incident, McCarthy said.

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Bartolotta to open Mequon, Greendale restaurants

May 18, 2012 12:01 a.m. | The Bartolotta restaurant group is charging into new suburban territory: It will open supper club-style restaurants in Mequon and Greendale this summer.

The Mequon restaurant is opening in the former Riversite space, at 11120 N. Cedarburg Road; the fine-dining Riversite closed in September.

The Greendale restaurant will take the place of Harmony Inn the Village, which still is open at 5601 Broad St.

Joe Bartolotta, the group's president and co-owner, said he expects Harmony Inn to close June 1, and the group would try to honor as many commitments for private parties already scheduled as possible.

The new ventures are the first Bartolotta restaurants in the north and south suburbs. To the west, the group operates Ristorante Bartolotta and Pizzeria Piccola in Wauwatosa and Mr. B's - A Bartolotta Steakhouse is in Brookfield.

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GT beats Nicolet to clinch share of second NSC softball title in a row

May 17, 2012 10:47 p.m. | Germantown girls softball co-coach Amy Barbiaux was a happy person following the Warhawks 8-1 victory Thursday night over North Shore Conference rival Nicolet.

It had been Junior Warhawks nights where she and the rest of the program were able to thank the youth teams and coaches that provide so much talent for the varsity. Signed team softballs or individual lessons with coaches were raffled off between innings which made everyone happy.

The win improved the Warhawks to 13-0 and 16-4 overall and clinched a share of the team's second straight North Shore title.

But Barbiaux's happiness was tempered by the fact that to make this championship clean and official the Warhawks will have to beat archrival Homestead (12-1, 16-2) on Monday at 4:15 p.m. on the Highlanders' home field in Thiensville Park. The game will be the closer to the conference season.

"Every team has certain goals, making state is one of them," she said, "but this (conference) comes first and we know we're not done yet. We know winning this conference means a lot as there a lot of good players and pitchers out there for us to contend with."

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Review continues on Mandel's proposed luxury apartment development in Whitefish Bay

May 16, 2012 9:48 p.m. | A proposed luxury apartment development behind the Fox Bay Cinema building in Whitefish Bay is advancing, following a preliminary review by the village Plan Commission on Wednesday.

Commissioners held a pre-petition conference with The Mandel Group, the developer that is looking to build 103 upscale apartments at 302-334 E. Silver Spring Drive. The conference was a formality under village code and was an opportunity for commissioners to weigh in and determine whether the proposal was worth pursuing further.

Mandel executives emphasized that public parking would be an important part of the development if it moves forward. The existing 135 village-owned parking spaces would be replaced by the development. But it would include 132 covered spaces at street level that would be made available and retained under village ownership.

Crank caller tells police to 'come and get me' - so they do

May 16, 2012 2:29 p.m. | Glendale — A 46-year-old St. Francis man was charged with unlawful use of telephone (obscene calls) and disorderly conduct May 10 after calling a woman and threatening her at a business in the 6800 block of North Green Bay Avenue on May 8.

According to the police report:

Police were at the business and spoke with the man when he called again.

James C. Miller Jr., who was “very drunk,” was told to “cease and desist” but he continued to threaten the woman telling police “to come and get me.”

Police went to the 4400 block of South Whitnall Avenue, St. Francis, and found the man, who was intoxicated, and admitted making the calls. He said he did stupid things when he drank.

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Homestead boys thinclads give it their all to win fourth straight outdoor

May 15, 2012 9:50 p.m. | Homestead boys track coach Dan Benson was having none of it.

It had all but become official that the Highlanders had won their fourth straight North Shore Conference outdoor Tuesday night on an uneven weather night in Grafton.

But when asked for comment he acted dismayed, not wanting to jinx anything before it all became official, because there were still some events out and he remembered his first league title as a coach back in 1989.

"The Tosa East coaches were shaking hands (and getting ready to accept the plaque), but my guy brings home the 1,600 relay and Nicolet passes Tosa East at the last-second (in the race) and we wind up winning by less than a point," he said.

"I was a neophyte coach then just trying to figure things out and still every year, it's always terribly exciting."

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Beaver Dam teacher tapped for Homestead administrative position

May 15, 2012 6:00 p.m. | School officials in the Mequon-Thiensville district are recommending Lori Keiser for the position of assistant principal at Homestead High School. Her appointment will be made official Monday when the School Board votes on it.

Keiser currently serves as a science teacher at Beaver Dam High School - a position she has held for seven years.

Girl pushed off bicycle during Shorewood robbery attempt

May 15, 2012 2:27 p.m. | A 17-year-old girl reported being the victim of a strong-armed robbery Saturday morning in Shorewood.

According to the police report:

The girl was riding her bicycle in the 3900 block of North Downer Avenue at 9 a.m. when a man jumped out of a bronze Jeep Grand Cherokee.

He pushed her off her bike and demanded her cellphone.

She told him she didn’t have one and he drove off. She had cuts on her knees and an ankle.

Mandel proposes Whitefish Bay apartments, seeks village financing

May 15, 2012 12:55 p.m. | Mandel Group Inc. wants to build 103 upscale apartments, a $27 million project that would receive public financing help, in Whitefish Bay.

The rental units would be on parking lots behind the Fox Bay Cinema building, 302-334 E. Silver Spring Drive, and other neighboring retail properties, in three separate building, said Richard Lincoln, Mandel's senior vice president of development. Two buildings would have three stories, and another would be four stories, he said Tuesday.

Part of the development site is a public parking lot owned by the village. The other parking lot is owned by Madison-based AnchorBank, which acquired the property earlier this year from developers Boris Gokhman and Walter Shuk to help settle a foreclosure suit.

Mandel would replace 135 parking spaces owned by the village with 132 new street-level covered spaces that would be beneath the apartments. Those public spaces will be owned by the village, and continue to be free, Lincoln said. 

The apartment residents would have underground parking.

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Walker signs burned in Oak Creek, Fox Point

May 15, 2012 11:18 a.m. | WTMJ-AM (620) and WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) are reporting that campaign signs supporting Gov. Scott Walker have been burned in Oak Creek and Fox Point, according to police departments in those communities.

Anyone with information on the vandalism in Oak Creek is asked to call police at (414) 762-8200. Anyone with information on the vandalism in Fox Point is asked to call police at (414) 351-8911.

Scammer walks away with $6,006 worth of items from Apple store

May 15, 2012 10:20 a.m. | A 24-year-old Atlanta man is a suspect in the fraudulent use of a credit card at the Apple Store at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale.

According to the police report:

The man entered the store, 5715 N. Centerpark Way, around 5:45 p.m. May 6.

The man said he was a “traveling graphic artist” and purchased two computer notebooks, software and covers valued at $6,006 using a credit card which was declined.

He then used his phone allegedly calling the credit card company and told the clerk the purchase was approved and handed him the phone. The employee wrote down what he thought was an authorization number and the suspect left with the items.

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Glendale-River Hills officials weigh their budgetary options

May 14, 2012 10:02 p.m. | School officials in the Glendale-River Hills district discussed the complexity of crafting a 2012-13 budget at a meeting Monday.

At the moment, the district has cash reserves in the fund balance hovering around 7.17 percent, and District Administrator Larry Smalley suggested increasing the amount to about 9.8 percent of the total budget in the upcoming school year.

School districts and municipalities with lower fund balances can be affected adversely with lower bond ratings which, in turn, can create difficulty borrowing money in the future. Cash reserves also are beneficial in the event of an unanticipated expense.

But the School Board and administrators are weighing other issues, including staff salary increases, health care contributions and other benefit costs. A proposal also is on the table to add a section in next year's fourth-grade class because of an anticipated swell in enrollment.

The district's budget building process will continue for several months. The board will act on a draft version of the budget in July, in advance of a public hearing in August.

Diner warned after protesting end of all-you-can-eat fish fry

May 14, 2012 12:14 p.m. | A 53-year-old Mequon man was warned for disorderly conduct after being told the Thiensville restaurant at which he was dining ran out of fish for its all-you-can-eat fish fry last week.

According to the police report:

The man had already consumed 12 pieces of fish around 7:40 p.m. Friday when informed the restaurant had run out and could not substitute any other fish.

The man then refused to pay his bill. After the restaurant gave him eight more pieces of fish to go, he paid his bill.

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M&I branch in Mequon robbed, suspect sought

May 11, 2012 4:30 p.m. | Mequon - A man robbed the M&I Bank, 1555 W. Mequon Road, about 10:40 a.m. Friday, fled on foot and made his getaway in a vehicle parked nearby, possibly a dark green, older-model CJ type Jeep.

Mequon police said the robber made off with cash.

Police described the suspect as a white man in his late 20s to early 30s, 5-foot-10, thin, clean-shaven with dark eyebrows and eyes. He was last seen wearing a green military fatigue jacket, possibly a hoodie and black, horn-rimmed prescription glasses.

Shorewood School Board announces top two finalists in superintendent search

May 11, 2012 3:58 p.m. | The Shorewood School Board today announced the two top finalists in its superintendent search.

The two candidates for superintendent are Kirk Juffer, Ph.D., the principal of Lake Bluff Elementary School and districtwide Gifted and Talented director in the Shorewood School District and Martin Lexmond, superintendent of the Kohler Public School District and principal of Kohler High School in Kohler, Wis.

Juffer has been principal at Lake Bluff for 21 years and was previously the director of instruction at Holmen School District in Holmen, Wis. Before that, he served the School District of Richland Center for three years as a special-education teacher.

Lexmond has been the superintendent and principal at Kohler Public Schools for two years. Before that, he was the director of curriculum and instruction as well as the director of the department of school innovation at Milwaukee Public Schools. Before those positions, he taught in Denver and was an assistant principal and teacher at Milwaukee Public Schools.

Based on interviews with the board, these two candidates clearly stood out as the best fit to the Shorewood District profile. Both exhibited strong communication skills, high intellectual acumen and flexibility.

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Mequon tables request for funding repairs to leaking private sewer laterals

May 10, 2012 8:11 a.m. | Sensing a reluctance from residents living in the Ville du Parc area proposed for a private property infiltration and inflow study, Mark Lloyd, deputy director of Public Works, asked the Mequon Common Council on Wednesday for money to make repairs to private laterals.

The city is planning to spend $135,000 of a $779,725 allocated to the city from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to televise private laterals and investigate other sources of I and I.

Fifty houses would be part of the study, but Lloyd said residents are unwilling to volunteer because they fear either they will be forced to fix the laterals at their own expense or they will have to disclose any problem that is not repaired should they decide to sell.

Lloyd estimated that the cost of completely replacing all the laterals would be $400,000 although complete replacement is likely a worst-case scenario.

Alderman John Wirth said the city should not fund repairs for a group of residents without first developing a policy to deal with how it would fund similar repairs for other residents. Wirth believes MMSD will eventually mandate repairs of private sewer laterals and that the city should have a policy on the funding for repairs.

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Community meetings next week for Shorewood superintendent search

May 09, 2012 12:48 p.m. | The final two candidates for the next superintendent of the Shorewood School District will meet with staff and community members on May 15 and May 17.

On each day, four community meetings will be held. In most instances, residents and staff members are welcome to attend any of the sessions.

The meeting schedule on both days:

8:45 to 9:30 a.m. at Shorewood Intemediate School, 3830 N. Morris Blvd., Room 122

10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the southwest entrance of Atwater Elementary School's Early Education Center, 2100 E. Capitol Drive

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Man wants to bequeath property to Fox Point

May 09, 2012 3:48 a.m. | A Park Falls, Wis., man wants to bequeath personal property and other belongings to the village of Fox Point - a proposal elected officials were at least receptive to while discussing the issue Tuesday.

A decade ago, Kenneth Leindecker expressed a desire to be buried at Old Dutch Cemetery, a property near Doctor's Park along the lakefront, because other family members are buried at the site. Leindecker's wishes were approved by passage of a resolution.

By default, the historic cemetery is under the village's purview, and staff members maintain the site.

Through his attorney, Leindecker more recently expressed a desire to will the assets of a life insurance policy, historic documents and his 30-acre Park Falls property to Fox Point upon his death. The full value of all of Leindecker's assets are not known.

The board took no action during Tuesday's discussion, but staff members were directed to look into the issue further.

Shorewood woman charged in wrong-way incident on Hoan Bridge

May 08, 2012 4:12 p.m. | A Shorewood woman who investigators say drove the wrong way over the Hoan Bridge last week was charged Tuesday with an array of traffic-related offenses, including driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

Besides registering a 0.18 on a device to measure blood-alcohol concentration, Megan Ninneman, 26, fell into a grassy area while attempting to complete a field sobriety test, according to a criminal complaint.

Ninneman, driving a maroon SUV, was southbound in the northbound lane of I-794 when she clipped another vehicle about 2 a.m. May 2, the complaint says.

She was arrested after being pulled over where the Lake Parkway ends at E. Edgerton and S. Pennsylvania avenues.

Ninneman is charged with second-degree reckless endangering; failing to stop after striking an occupied vehicle; operating while intoxicated (first offense); operating while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.15 (first offense).

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Lifeguards will staff Atwater Beach

May 08, 2012 10:50 a.m. | Shorewood - Atwater Beach will have lifeguards this summer, courtesy of Milwaukee County. The Village Board voted Monday to authorize a budget of approximately $10,000 for nine weeks of lifeguard service.

The tentative start date is June 16 and the tentative end date of the service is Aug. 18. The village received two separate service options for lifeguard staffing from Milwaukee County, and ended up going with a compromise of work hours and cost. Lifeguards will be on duty from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m., seven days a week.

"There will be a large block of time where parents will know there's a lifeguard," Trustee Michael Maher said.

The original cost for the lifeguards was approximately $16,000, but the village has $6,000 left over from last year as a result of beach closings, bringing the total cost down.

Trustees and Friends of Atwater Beach members expressed interest in a later end date for the lifeguard service, which is currently set for Aug. 18 because a majority of lifeguards are college students who head back to campus mid-month.

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Mequon approves changes to Concordia baseball stadium

May 08, 2012 10:31 a.m. | By a 4-3 vote the Mequon Plan Commission agreed last night to an amended building plan for the Concordia University baseball stadium, drawing sarcastic comments, "Thank you for standing up for the taxpayers," from several nearby residents who opposed the changes.

Eight to ten brick columns planned for the back of the main grandstand and entry area and concessions under that grandstand will no longer be part of the plan, at least for the foreseeable future.

Andrew Petzold, speaking on behalf of the university, downplayed the changes, saying that the university had added hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrades to the building, including artificial turf and a choice to move from stadium seats and bleachers to all stadium seats.

Petzold said fundraising for the brick columns, Pillars of Faith, did not work out as anticipated.

"The goal was to get a sponsor for those," he said. When the sponsor was unable to make the expected $250,000 donation, the university decided to change the plan.

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Whitefish Bay park to be named after Craig Counsell

May 08, 2012 7:10 a.m. | Green space used by recently retired professional baseball player Craig Counsell during his formative years is being named in his honor.

The Whitefish Bay Village Board last night voted to name a site Craig Counsell Park. The venue, located along Lydell Avenue, has informally been referred to as Water Tower Park over the years.

Counsell, a Whitefish Bay native, played baseball at Water Tower and Cahill parks as a youth. He currently lives in the community with his wife, Michelle, and his four children.

Counsell made his Major League Baseball debut in 1995 with the Colorado Rockies and retired at the end of the 2011 season as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers - the team he played for throughout most of his career.

Apartment manager arrested for breaking into building he used to manage

May 07, 2012 3:38 p.m. | A former apartment manager was arrested for breaking into the Shorewood building where he used to work and allegedly stealing more than $1,000 in electronic equipment, among other items.

According to the police report:

The 39-year-old man, formerly of Shorewood and now homeless, was arrested April 30 for burglary, criminal trespass and criminal damage to property in the 3900 block of North Maryland Avenue that occurred about 3 a.m. April 29.

The man broke into the basement and took 13 sets of keys and then used some of those keys to enter occupied apartments, taking items while telling at least one tenant he was investigating a water leak.

Before the burglary was reported, the man was seen carrying what turned out to be stolen items including a laptop computer and a digital media player valued at more than $1,000.

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High school students cited after setting up fight via Twitter

May 07, 2012 2:45 p.m. | Two 16-year-old boys of Milwaukee and Glendale were mailed citations last week after taking part in a "planned fight" at Whitefish Bay High School coordinated through social media.

According to the police report:

The boys had tweeted each other to set up the confrontation on April 30. The Glendale boy said he didn't want to fight but had no choice after a large group of students gathered around them to watch. The fight began around 3:15 p.m. in the boys locker room.

The Glendale boy punched and kicked the other boy and fled the scene but gave himself up a few blocks away.

The Milwaukee boy was found semiconscious and bleeding and was treated by a school nurse and North Shore rescue. When his mother arrived, she refused transport, and drove her son to a hospital.

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Senior apartments proposed for Shorewood site

May 03, 2012 9:45 a.m. | A high-profile Shorewood site would become a senior housing development under a new proposal from a Chicago-area firm.

Pathway Senior Living LLC wants to develop assisted living apartments on 3.2-acre site on the south side of E. Capitol Drive, between the Milwaukee River and the biking trail overpass, Village Manager Chris Swartz told me Thursday.

Pathway is planning to make a presentation to the Community Development Authority at the agency's Friday board meeting, Swartz said. He said the number of units could be between roughly 80 and 100, in two four-story buildings.

The site includes a vacant lot on Capitol Drive where the former Riverbrook Family Restaurant, which closed four years ago, was demolished in 2011. It also includes the vacant Sherburn Place Apartments, just south of the lot.

Wangard Partners Inc. recently bought the property for $1.5 million, and will be selling it to Pathway, said Jimmy Rosen, a Wangard vice president.

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Health care provider to anchor Brown Deer development

May 03, 2012 7:00 a.m. | A Concentra walk-in medical clinic will anchor a 13,500-square-foot building planned for the northwest corner of W. Brown Deer Road and N. 55th St.

The Brown Deer Plan Commission this week approved the $2 million development proposal from the Barry family, which operates the Cassidy Turley Barry commercial real estate brokerage. The Village Board is to review it Monday. 

Concentra apparently plans to move to the new building from its urgent care center at 8923 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, said Nate Piotrowski, Brown Deer community development director. A Concentra representative didn't return my phone call.

Concentra will lease 7,000 square feet, with the remaining space in the one-story building available for office or retail tenants, Piotrowski said. Construction is to begin this spring, with completion by fall, he said.

HHS boys track teams uses depth to roll to title in NSC relays

May 02, 2012 11:41 p.m. | Homestead boys track coach Dan Benson is a man who likes to maintain an even strain.

Nothing gets him too upset.

So that's why Benson was able to manage well the various ups and downs of the North Shore Conference Relays Wednesday, as his Highlanders bounced back from a few setbacks to cruise to another championship.

"In the end, tjhe job got done," said Benson, "and the relay meet tends to lend itself to that kind of situation. You can't get too high or too low. You respond to one event and then move onto the next."

"But this meet always brings great satisfaction to me. Especially to win like this (without having a dominant performance)."

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Candidates for Thiensville Village Board swell to 15

May 01, 2012 5:04 p.m. | Fifteen candidates have applied for a vacant position on the Thiensville Village Board created when Van Mobley was elected village president in the April election. The term on the board ends in April 2013.

The list includes two former trustees, Elmer C. Prenzlow, 506 Oakwood Drive, and Donald A. Molyneux, 326 Grand Ave. The other applicants are David A. Lange, 428 Alta Loma Drive; Andy Match, 505 Alta Loma Drive; Peter A. Giersch, 419 Alta Loma Drive; Michael Stephens IV, 120 Riverview Drive; John C. Cabaniss, 503 Riverview Drive; Kurt Braun, 610 Oakwood Drive; Judy Ziebell, 727 Riverview Drive; Aaron John Benson, 526 Rosedale Drive; Donald A. Cary, 404 Woodside Lane; M. "Randy" Pasternak, 524 Bel Aire Drive; Michael J. Dyer, 600 Bel Aire Drive; Todd Ruhkick, 408 Oakwood Drive; and Greg Steinbrenner, 211 S. Orchard St.

The board will interview all the candidates between 5:30 and 8:45 p.m. Thursday with the exception of Steinbrenner who cannot attend that night.

The interviews and any board deliberation are open to the public. The meeting is at Village Hall, 250 Elm St.

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