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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.

Free beer offered at opening of Hubbard Park Beer Garden

June 23, 2014 3:22 p.m. | The new Hubbard Park Beer Garden will hold a grand opening celebration Tuesday with free beer and music beginning at 5 p.m.

The free beer will be available until eight kegs are gone. A $5 deposit is required on glassware. Root beer is free, and wine and other soft drinks are also available.

The new beer garden is located at 3565 N. Morris Blvd. in Hubbard Park in Shorewood along the Oak Leaf Trail bike path just south of Capital Drive.

Parking is limited so biking and walking to the beer garden is encouraged.

The beer garden will feature local and German beers, along with nonalcholic drink options and summer-type food.

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Sprecher considers tap room for new building

June 23, 2014 12:21 p.m. | Glendale-based Sprecher Brewing Co. has purchased an adjacent building for storage and is considering a possible tap room for part of the space.

Sprecher bought the 65,000-square-foot building, 727 W. Glendale Ave., for $1,865,000, according to brokerage firm Colliers International. Bill Langhoff, of Colliers, brokered the transaction.

Sprecher's main facility covers around 70,000 square feet at 701 W. Glendale Ave. That includes the brewery, its offices and a gift shop. 

The craft brewer will use its new building for storage, President Jeff Hamilton said. Parts of the building are leased to tenants, and those businesses will remain at the property, he said.

Hamilton said part of the new building might be converted into a tap room, where people who take the Sprecher brewery tour could buy the company's craft beers and sodas.

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MMSD approves sewer service expansion in Mequon

June 23, 2014 11:42 a.m. | A 360-acre expansion of the Mequon sewer service area along Donges Bay Road was approved Monday by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District commission.

Vacant land in the block between Wauwatosa and Swan roads is targeted for development of 360 homes on lots of a half-acre or less, Mequon officials said. The lots would be clustered together to preserve common open space.

There is adequate capacity in the regional sewer system to handle additional wastewater from the proposed development, according to MMSD engineers.

The Mequon-Thiensville School District is owner of the largest undeveloped parcel in the block at 111.7 acres. The School Board will ask voting-age residents of the district attending an annual meeting July 21 to authorize sale of the property. The parcel is surplus and will not be needed for construction of a new school due to declining enrollment, district officials said.

Storms force 336 million gallons of sewage into Milwaukee waterways

June 20, 2014 4:37 p.m. | Overflows of combined sanitary and storm sewers Wednesday spilled an estimated 336.2 million gallons of untreated wastewater, mostly water with sewage, into local rivers and Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District said Friday.

Combined sewers in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood overflowed to waterways for 19.5 hours Wednesday after thunderstorms poured 2 inches or more of rain on those neighborhoods in one hour between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., the district says in a report to the state Department of Natural Resources. This was MMSD's second combined sewer overflow of the year.

Overflows began shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when the district's deep tunnel system started filling quickly in the heavy downpour.

More than 100 million gallons of water flowed into the main tunnels in just 12 minutes, between 1:52 and 2:04 a.m. Wednesday, according to flow monitors. The torrent took up 23% of the main tunnels' capacity in those few minutes.

MMSD Executive Director Kevin Shafer ordered Jones Island sewage treatment plant operators to start an emergency measure to reduce volumes in the tunnels. Starting at 2:15 a.m., wastewater was pumped directly out of the tunnels and diverted around some treatment to the final step of disinfection where chlorine was added to kill bacteria and pathogens. There it was mixed with fully treated wastewater and discharged to the lake.

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Milwaukee suburbs Fourth of July 2014 celebrations

June 20, 2014 9:30 a.m. |  

Bayside

  • Parade: 9 a.m. July 4, the annual parade begins at Standish Place entrance to Bayside Middle School.

City of Brookfield

  • Parade: 10 a.m. July 4. Starting at Gebhardt Rd. to Calhoun Rd. onto North Ave. The parade will be followed by an ice cream social at the Civic Plaza, 2000 North Calhoun Rd.
  • Family Fest: 6 to 9 p.m. July 4, family fun with live entertainment, inflatables and food for all to enjoy at Mitchell Park, 19900 River Rd.
  • Fireworks: 9:15 p.m. July 4 at Mitchell Park.

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6 Milwaukee-area municipalities report sewage overflows

June 19, 2014 11:53 p.m. | Milwaukee, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Bayside, Mequon and Port Washington joined the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in reporting sanitary sewer overflows to local waterways after Wednesday's storms poured several inches of rain across the metropolitan area, state environmental officials said Thursday.

The municipalities and the district relieved storm-swollen flows in a small number of sanitary sewers by pumping excess waste directly to streams, or to ditches and storm sewers that are tributaries to waterways. This is done to prevent backups of sewage into basements.

Each sanitary sewer overflow ended Wednesday, according to notices submitted to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Overflows of combined sanitary and storm sewers in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood ended shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to Peter Topczewski, MMSD director of water quality protection. At that time, the district started reopening gates between combined sewers and the deep tunnel system and allowing any continuing overflows to drain to the tunnels, he said.

The combined sewer overflows to waterways started shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when the gates were closed to preserve remaining space in the tunnels for overflows from separate sanitary sewers. No estimate of the volume of untreated wastewater discharged to local rivers and Lake Michigan was available Thursday.

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Woman arrested after throwing pizza on a wall, pouring detergent on bed

June 19, 2014 8:38 a.m. | A woman was arrested for disorderly conduct and damage to property after she broke a TV and poured detergent on her boyfriend's bed May 28.

According to the Brown Deer police report:

The Brown Deer woman, age not released, broke a TV, threw items around the house and poured detergent on her boyfriend's bed at 7:20 p.m. May 28.

She said he had cheated on her and after she confronted him, he took her clothes outside and poured bleach on them.

When police arrived, they saw what looked like blood on a wall, which turned out to be pizza sauce. She had thrown pizza on that wall.

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Social media photos of the June 18 storms around Southeast Wisconsin

June 18, 2014 3:53 p.m. | Severe weather, from rain to hail to flooding, arrived in southeastern Wisconsin on Tuesday morning.

Residents shared their views of the storms on social media, and we compiled some of the best photos for you.

View them in the June 18 storms around Southeast Wisconsin Storify story.

Woman reports being scammed by person she met on match.com

June 18, 2014 8:03 a.m. | A resident reported being the victim of a scam June 4 after sending money to a person she met on match.com May 8.

According to the Shorewood police report:

She and the person, who said he was a contractor working on an oil pipeline, communicated by email, phone and instant messaging.

After a short time, that person on match.com said he needed $5,000 to continue his work and asked her to send that amount via Western Union. She did.

He then said he needed another $4,000. She sent just $2,000 and he immediately asked her where the other $2,000 was.

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DeMuth's home run lifts Bay baseball team to 2-1 win over Germantown

June 16, 2014 10:13 p.m. | It was a heck of a birthday for Whitefish Bay baseball pitcher Cole Stasiak.

And teammate Turner DeMuth gave him the biggest gift of the night on Monday night as he blew out the candles on upset-minded Germantown's hopes with a laser-beam of a solo home run in the top of the seventh that broke a 1-1 tie.

Stasiak then said "thank you" by putting down Germantown in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure an important 2-1 victory.

"It was a nice day," said Stasiak, who also led the offense with four hits. "It was a kind of game that we've been playing. A lot of close ones. ...It was nice that we could pull it out. That guy (the Warhawks' Danny Knutson) had our number tonight. We definitely didn't do what we normally do (hit the ball), but we found a way."

The win improved the Blue Dukes to 8-1 in North Shore play and 12-2 overall and ran their winning streak to nine games. They sit just ahead of Homestead (6-2) in the league standings. Meanwhile, Germantown fell to 2-4 and 5-7.

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Get North Shore news on Facebook

June 16, 2014 5:36 p.m. | You get your North Shore NOW on Thursdays, but now you can get updates on Facebook, too.

Like the North Shore NOW Facebook page to receive police news, breaking news, feature stories and more, all from communities north of Milwaukee.

The page will feature updates from the North Shore websites, which focus on Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, Mequon, River Hills, Shorewood, Thiensville and Whitefish Bay.

Crews clear crash that shut I-43 in both directions at Brown Deer Road

June 12, 2014 1:50 p.m. | Crews have cleared a crash on I-43 north of Milwaukee that closed all lanes in both directions.

The crash occurred just before noon Thursday at Brown Deer Road, according to an automated alert from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

North Shore initially reported someone was trapped in the vehicle, though it wasn't immediately clear whether the person had been freed.

Brown Deer police seek man in robbery of Tri City bank

June 12, 2014 9:36 a.m. | Brown Deer police are searching for the man who robbed a Tri City National Bank.

A man entered the bank at 4295 W. Bradley Road just before 2 p.m. Wednesday and gave a note demanding money to a bank teller, according to a news release.

The man was given money and then fled in southwest direction. No one was injured during the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brown Deer police at (414) 371-2900.

Whitefish Bay gay couple second in Milwaukee County to attain marriage license

June 11, 2014 10:15 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — It took 14 years, but the marriage of Andrew Warner and Jay Edmundson was finally recognized by the state of Wisconsin last week.

When U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the state's gay-marriage ban unconstitutional Friday, June 6, the Whitefish Bay couple was second in line at the Milwaukee County Courthouse for a marriage license. Their tears of joy were mixed with the uncertainty of a brand new court ruling and the panic of finding someone to drive their two sons home from lacrosse practice that afternoon.

The legal ceremony went off without a hitch, essentially ratifying the union created at their first wedding ceremony, which was held at a church 14 years ago.

"Friday was deeply moving and important, but it felt like the state was finally catching up to what we did in 2000," said Warner, a pastor at Plymouth Church on the east side of Milwaukee.

Ever since the chaotic Friday ceremony, Warner and Edmundson have been overwhelmed by kind words from their family, friends and neighbors. Although the couple are married, have two adopted sons — ages 14 and 11 — and a house in Whitefish Bay, Warner said he always felt his family has been viewed differently.

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Man reports being victim of fraud after trying to help stranger

June 09, 2014 9:08 a.m. | A man reported being the victim of a fraud after giving $200 to a stranger May 27.

According to the Shorewood police report:

A man approached another man at a Milwaukee Walmart store and told him a story and asked for money at 4:15 p.m. May 27.

The victim believed the man's story, drove him to the 4500 block of Oakland Avenue in Shorewood.

He gave the man $200, but he had the man sign a note saying the money would be repaid May 28.

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Mequon may be in line for big surge in residential development

June 08, 2014 6:17 p.m. | Mequon leaders are expecting a surge of home construction on small lots west of Wauwatosa Road if they are able to extend sewer service to 360 undeveloped acres along Donges Bay Road.

Residential developments with houses clustered together to preserve open space around them could be coming to the west side of Mequon, an area of the city where large homes spread across the landscape on 5-acre minimum rural lots are common.

Even though the city does not expect to receive approval until later this month for adding the land to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's service area, Community Development Director Kim Tollefson said she had met with more than half a dozen developers and home builders in the last three weeks who wanted to know the possibilities.

And several property owners in the block of Donges Bay Road between Wauwatosa Road and Swan Road are willing to sell their parcels once sewer service is assured, Tollefson said. The opportunity to connect to sewers boosts property values.

One of the willing sellers is the Mequon-Thiensville School District, owner of the largest undeveloped parcel in the block at 111.7 acres.

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Germantown softball team rallies to beat Homestead, 10-7

June 03, 2014 11:02 p.m. | The finger is feeling fine said Germantown senior softball pitcher Kim Soderberg.

And that finger, broken about a month ago in a fielding accident, along with Soderberg's skill and her teammate's will, allowed the Warhawks to rally from a 6-0 first inning deficit and beat archrival Homestead, 10-7, in a WIAA sectional semifinal game Tuesday night in Germantown.

"Four weeks tommorrow, actually" said Soderberg, after pitching six-plus innings of two-run relief ball. "This was my first real game back. I was a little nervous coming in, but I hit my spots with my pitches. ...and we never got down. We just kept encouraging each other and helping each other get the job done."

Soderberg said the game was very similar to the two teams' first meeting in North Shore play earlier this season when Homestead jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second before Germantown rallied for a 14-10 victory.

With the win, the Warhawks (16-8) hopes of a third straight WIAA state tournament berth stay intact. They will host Greater Metro Coinference runner-up Brookfield Central in the sectional final on Thursday at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to the WIAA State Toiurnament in Madison, June 12-14.

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Community Watch

» Tree falls on man in Fox Point 6/28

» Stunned friends try to grasp shooting of Glendale brothers Updated:  6/27

» One killed, one injured in Glendale shooting Updated:  6/26

» Homestead baseball team gets help from G'town mistakes in 10-4 win 6/26

» Updated: Glendale man charged with shooting two sons 6/26

» New shopping center planned for Grafton 6/26

» Shorewood man charged with 13 counts of voter fraud Updated:  6/24

» Homestead football golf outing on June 30 6/24

» Free beer offered at opening of Hubbard Park Beer Garden 6/23

» Sprecher considers tap room for new building 6/23

» MMSD approves sewer service expansion in Mequon 6/23

» Storms force 336 million gallons of sewage into Milwaukee waterways Updated:  6/20

» Milwaukee suburbs Fourth of July 2014 celebrations 6/20

» 6 Milwaukee-area municipalities report sewage overflows Updated:  6/19

» Woman arrested after throwing pizza on a wall, pouring detergent on bed 6/19

» Social media photos of the June 18 storms around Southeast Wisconsin 6/18

» Woman reports being scammed by person she met on match.com 6/18

» DeMuth's home run lifts Bay baseball team to 2-1 win over Germantown 6/16

» Get North Shore news on Facebook 6/16

» Crews clear crash that shut I-43 in both directions at Brown Deer Road Updated:  6/12

» Brown Deer police seek man in robbery of Tri City bank 6/12

» Whitefish Bay gay couple second in Milwaukee County to attain marriage license 6/11

» Man reports being victim of fraud after trying to help stranger 6/9

» Mequon may be in line for big surge in residential development 6/8

» Germantown softball team rallies to beat Homestead, 10-7 6/3

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