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Brown Deer police ask state for domestic violence training

Oct. 30, 2012 9:04 p.m. | Brown Deer Police Chief Steven Rinzel has asked the state Department of Justice for training on how to handle domestic violence situations - a request that comes as his department deals with sharp criticism for how it responded to calls involving Brookfield spa shooter Radcliffe Haughton and his wife.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Tuesday that Rinzel made the request not just for Brown Deer police but also for all law enforcement in the Milwaukee area.

The training won't be the first for the Brown Deer police force.

Nearly half of the force attended comprehensive training in 2006, including officers and a supervisor who investigated domestic violence twice at the Haughtons' Brown Deer home, according to records obtained by the Journal Sentinel.

On one call, in January 2011, officers saw Radcliffe Haughton point what appeared to be a rifle at his wife. Officers set up a tactical perimeter, told him he was under arrest and ordered him to surrender. He refused. A supervisor ordered officers to leave the scene 90 minutes into the standoff.

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Mishlove resigns from Shorewood board

Oct. 30, 2012 6:48 p.m. | Shorewood - Six-year Shorewood School Board member Michael Mishlove informed district administrators and officials via email early Saturday morning that he would be leaving his post on the board.

"Please be advised that I hereby resign from the Shorewood School Board effective immediately," Mishlove wrote in a brief email. "Please regard this message as my formal notice to the Board/District of my resignation."

Mishlove went on to express his pleasure in working with Superintendent Martin Lexmond and Shorewood Education Association President Michael Halloran, among other past and present SEA leaders, wishing Lexmond success in guiding the district and writing that he respects the "professionalism and work of the District faculty".

Mishlove didn't respond to NOW's requests for comment.

Board member David Cobb said Mishlove had seemed himself at the board's recent Oct. 23 meeting, and had made no indication of any intent to resign.

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Whitefish Bay football team advances with 28-3 rout of Brookfield Central

Oct. 27, 2012 11:17 p.m. | Last year when the Whitefish Bay football team advanced into the third round of the WIAA state playoffs for the first time in school history, they lingered long on the Brookfield East field celebrating the feat.

And when the Blue Dukes did it again on Saturday afternoon back at Lubar Stadium beating Brookfield Central, 28-3, with an impressive second half effort, they quickly broke their post-game huddle and celebrated with their home fans,

So, en masse, the players went over to the stands, and serenaded the remaining die-hards on the crisp late afternoon with an acappella rendition of Bay's alma mater.

And they weren't half bad.

"We knew we had something special going with this senior class heading into this year," said quarterback Grant Menard, whose 40-yard pass to fellow senior Ian Buchanan set up Jeremiah Holt's 10-yard run for score that broke open a 7-3 Blue Duke lead late in the third quarter.

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Homestead football team holds off Cedarburg, 21-18

Oct. 26, 2012 11:16 p.m. | The howl coming from the Homestead football team's sideline Friday night late in the fourth quarter of the Highlanders intense WIAA Division 2, Level 2 playoff battle with rival Cedarburg was simple:

"One more stop and we win this game!"

But that command was easy to say and much harder to execute.

And then in stepped Highlanders all-world defensive end Ryan Stendler, as with just over a minute to play and Homestead clinging to a 21-18 lead and the tenancious Bulldogs sitting with a 3rd and 5 from the 50-yard line, Stendler ripped through the right side and sacked Bulldogs quarterback Mike Mojica for a critical 10-yard loss.

The Bullodogs spent their final timeout and the subsequent desperation 4th and 15 was off target, though some on the Cedarburg bench could be heard shouting for an interference call that was never to come as the Highlanders hung on for a 21-18 victory.

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Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight

Oct. 26, 2012 1:10 p.m. | The second round of the WIAA high school football playoffs begins tonight and you can sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Germantown vs. Arrowhead, Cedarburg vs. Homestead, Brookfield Central vs. Whitefish Bay, Watertown vs. Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial vs. Pewaukee.

Andy Collins of Mequon was last week's winner as he picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay game.

Join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest here.

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Zina Haughton's attorney sheds light on interactions with Brown Deer police

Oct. 26, 2012 12:22 p.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Police Department was involved with and gave more help to Zina Haughton than the public thinks, attorney Lisa Martin told Brown Deer police in an interview with them yesterday. Brown Deer police released the audio of the interview to media earlier today.

Listen to Lisa Martin's statement given to Brown Deer police.

Martin represented Zina Haughton in the domestic abuse hearing and divorce proceedings against her husband, Radcliffe Haughton, who killed Zina, two others, and injured four before taking his own life at the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield on Sunday.

Martin takes issue with what she is calling the public misperception that Radcliffe wasn't arrested for the Jan. 8, 2011, standoff between Radcliffe and Brown Deer police.

"I'm hearing over and over that Brown Deer never arrested Radcliffe Haughton for the incident of January 2011, and clearly (in circuit court records) it shows an in-court arrest and the bail bond being posted," Martin said. "He paid cash, and was issued a no-contact order. He was clearly arrested, and yet everybody thinks he wasn't arrested."

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Homestead student charged in bomb threat

Oct. 24, 2012 4:52 p.m. | A Homestead High School student was charged Wednesday with scribbling a bomb threat on a boys bathroom wall at the school, according to a criminal complaint.

Kevin D. Bielert, 18, of Mequon wrote the threat Monday with a pencil in letters about a half-inch in size, according to the complaint. The felony charge carries a penalty of up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Looking for local trick-or-treat times?

Oct. 23, 2012 11:11 a.m. | Halloween is right around the corner and you can find a list of local trick-or-treat times on MyCommunityNOW's special trick-or-treat page.

Man arrested after bringing 'party pack' to meeting with parole officer

Oct. 23, 2012 10:02 a.m. | An 18-year-old man who toted a variety of drugs to a meeting with his parole officer was arrested on drug charges in Glendale.

According to the police report:

The man, whose residence was not listed, was arrested for possession of prescription medicine without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia after arriving to see his parole officer at the Wisconsin Department of Correction, Probation and Parole Facility, 4160 N. Port Washington Road, about 4 p.m. Oct 4.

The man arrived on a bicycle and was seen leaving his backpack outside. In that backpack, there were numerous prescription pills including hydrocodone and Vicodin.

Also found was a glass pipe, grinder, scale and another bag of various pills which he called a “party pack.” He asked how long he would be in jail saying, “I really screwed up.”

Neighbor recalls multiple disputes at suspected Brookfield spa shooter's household

Oct. 22, 2012 1:12 p.m. | Brown Deer resident Sandra Polk, neighbor to alleged Brookfield spa shooter Radcliffe F. Haughton, said she has seen a number of arguments and disputes across the street.

Polk, who lives in the 6500 block of Glenbrook Road, said Haughton, who killed three and injured four Sunday morning before taking his own life, argued with his wife, Zina, outside of their home on multiple occasions, and they sometimes ended up throwing objects around the front yard.

"We were definitely aware of some things that went on when they were outside, such as some verbal abuse," Polk said, "and some throwing, but not at each other. We never really saw anything really physical. No hitting or anything like that."

There were, Polk recalled, times when "things happened inside, after dark," necessitating police involvement. She said Haughton butted heads with Zina Haughton's 20-year-old daughter, Yasmeen Daniel, and once threw her clothes out across their front lawn.

"(Radcliffe) would get angry and kick her out," Polk said. "We think there was a little difference of opinion between him and her (Yasmeen)."

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East soccer team earns third straight trip to state with win over Bay

Oct. 20, 2012 10:31 p.m. | Not meaning to sound arrogant or dismissive of the very deep sectionals that his team has played in, Brookfield East boys soccer coach Herbie Dundun still said the WIAA State Tournament berths the Spartans earned in 2010 and 2011 were "almost givens".

Not so this year. East had huge graduation losses, and furthermore, it lost five more potential starters to the newly-founded soccer academy in the area.

So on Saturday night at Central, after the Spartans earned their third state trip in a row to Uihlein Park with a heartstopping 3-2 overtime shootout WIAA sectional final victory over a persistent Whitefish Bay team, a relieved Dundun said this state slot feels much different than the others.

"We were fishing here and there, trying to put the pieces together," he said. "The chemistry was always something a little different, something we were always working on."

"It was very much on the edge at times. It's very satisfying to have done this, but it feels very patched together. We had to fill the gaps as we went along."

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Crews rescue resident in Shorewood house fire

Oct. 20, 2012 2:36 p.m. | North Shore Fire crews used a ladder to pluck a resident from the second floor of a burning Shorewood home early Saturday.

Crews responded to a call about 2:20 a.m. that a person was trapped in the upper unit of a home on 2700 E. Jarvis Ave. Crews reported heavy smoke and flames lapping from the second floor when they arrived on the scene.

A single occupant was located on the balcony and rescued immediately, fire officials reported. The person was treated on the scene by paramedics and transported to Columbia-St. Mary's, Milwaukee for nonlife-threatening injuries due to smoke inhalation and burns.

Crews quickly extinguished the fire, though it did approximately $50,000 in damage to the structure.

No other human injuries were reported, though the fire did claim one dog.

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Nicolet baseball coach Sykes to retire after 23 years

Oct. 20, 2012 1:19 a.m. | After 23 years, one state title, nine conference crowns and over 500 career wins, Nicolet baseball coach Dick Sykes has announced his retirement.

Sykes said that he wanted to be able to see his youngest son Alex participate in high school sports, which Sykes said he was unable to do with his other children. He said he will also be retiring from teaching at the end of the school year.

He led Nicolet to four state tournament berths including a WIAA state title in 1998. He was also elected into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame a few years ago.

"I leave with no regrets, I accomplished everything I wanted to do while coaching," he said.

Donovan's injury overshadows Bay's 37-0 playoff win over Messwood

Oct. 20, 2012 12:01 a.m. | Shorewood/Messmer football coach Drake Zortman concluded his postgame business in a solemn mood with his Whitefish Bay counterparts following the Greyhounds 37-0 loss in a level 1 WIAA Division 2 playoff game Friday night in Bay.

He walked deliberately towards his anxious team waiting in the north end zone, quietly took over for his defensive coordinator, who was praising the unit for the four turnovers that it forced in the season-ending loss and then told his players "To clutch a teammate and think about Donovan for a minute."

He then let his team breathe again when he quickly followed that statement with a decisively said: "He's going to be fine. In my heart, he's going to be fine."

And that's when Shorewood/Messmer senior defensive back/running back Donovan Freeman's teammates could finally exhale again.

The game was already out of hand at 35-0 when on the second series of the third quarter, Bay defensive back Adam Strehlow intercepted a pass from Greyhounds' quarterback Taylor Dennis. Strehlow set off running along the Bay sideline and in the ensuing chaos and pursuit, Donovan collided hard with another teammate.

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Homestead completely holds down Hortonville

Oct. 19, 2012 11:54 p.m. | It took just three plays for the Homestead defense to make its presence known in Friday night’s WIAA Division 2 matchup with Hortonville, on senior David Anderson’s interception, but that was just the beginning.

An overwhelming performance that allowed just 20 yards, tallied five sacks and two interceptions in the first half alone did more than enough to lead the way to a 42-3 victory for the No. 2-seeded Highlanders over the seventh-seeded Polar Bears.

“That interception at the start of the game set the tone for the whole night,” Homestead coach Dave Keel said. “The defense is just getting better night in and night out. That’s what you want to see is kids improving."

Homestead (8-1) went up 14-0 less than a minute into the second quarter with senior quarterback Jake Laihinen’s 1-yard sneak at the goalline. Just two plays into the next possession, senior defensive end Ryan Stendler intercepted a tipped Andrew Thompson pass.

“We have been practicing screen all week,” the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Stendler said. “The first few we didn’t recognize very well. After (senior defensive lineman) Henri Shein tipped the ball, I just brought it down.”

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Hubley, Memorial too much for Falcons

Oct. 19, 2012 11:17 p.m. | Catholic Memorial could do no wrong, racing to a 41-7 lead and ultimately defeating Brown Deer in the WIAA Division 3 football playoffs at Carroll University on Friday, 48-28.

Senior running back Matt Hubley served as the table setter for the CMH offense, delivering 71 yards and four rushing touchdowns in the first half alone.

"Those guys (the offensive line) were doing a good job all night” said Hubley after the game.

Memorial moved on to a Level 2 game against Pewaukee -- a familiar foe at this stage of the postseason. The two programs have split games in Level 1 contests each of the past two postseasons.

Brown Deer looked like it had a case of nerves, particularly on an opening drive that could not have gone worse. The Falcons were whistled for a false start penalty on the first play from scrimmage, and quarterback Drew Worth was sacked on the second play and fumbled the ball, though Brown Deer recovered.

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Laacke & Joys closing downtown, Mequon stores

Oct. 19, 2012 3:38 p.m. | Laacke & Joys, a retail business that's been in Milwaukee for 168 years and once outfitted commercial sailing vessels, is closing its downtown sporting goods store in January 2014, the company said Friday.

Laacke also is closing its Mequon store in March 2013 and will consolidate the Milwaukee and Mequon retail operations into the company's store on Blue Mound Road in Brookfield.

In addition to selling canoes, kayaks, camping gear and patio furniture, Laacke has a manufacturing business that makes a plethora of products including accessories used in medical imaging, eyewash stations, welding curtains and parking meter covers. The company is expanding its manufacturing after having acquired the assets of Concept Seating Inc., a specialty chair maker, and is seeking a new location for the work.

Laacke & Joys was founded in 1844, while Wisconsin was still a territory, and originally supplied cordage, covers, oars, tackle blocks and more for commercial sailing vessels. It has been a fixture in Milwaukee ever since then.

The company moved to its current location, a 75,000-square-foot building at 1433 N. Water St., in 1961. Previously, the four-story building was a furniture factory, company President Marsha Mather said.

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Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today

Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m. | We're a little bit more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's first-round of the WIAA high school football playoffs, so there is still time to sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Appleton East vs. Menomonee Falls; Brown Deer vs. Catholic Memorial; Greendale vs. Wauwatosa West, South Milwaukee vs. Brookfield Central and Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay.

Congratulations to Drew Hunkins of Waukesha, who was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks. He earned a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

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Four hospitalized after house fire in Mequon

Oct. 19, 2012 11:26 a.m. | Four people, including an elderly couple rescued by police, were hospitalized with smoke inhalation after a fire at a family farm house on N. Granville Road, south of Highland Road in Mequon Thursday evening, Mequon Fire Chief David Bialk said Friday.

The four were taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Ozaukee. Two were released Friday morning, but Bialk said he wasn't sure who was released.

Thursday evening, he said the fire department received a 911 call from someone inside the house saying they were trapped because of the fire. Two of the residents are elderly and needed assistance getting out, he said.

Two women, a mother and her grown daughter, were also at the house at the time, Bialk said.

The mother jumped out of the top floor and the daughter, described as in her 20s, got out of the house before fire and police arrived, he said.

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Nines in Mequon opening to public Nov. 6

Oct. 19, 2012 10:31 a.m. |

River Club of Mequon photos

Nines, the restaurant and pub at the River Club of Mequon, will open to the public Nov. 6.

The restaurant, at 12400 N. Ville du Parc Drive, between Highland and Freistadt roads, is part of a huge renovation of the golf club. The dining room (above) has a tree sculpture at its center; the pub (below) includes a wine bar with 44 wines by the glass, dispensed through a system that can keep an open bottle of wine fresh for weeks. The wines are available in 2- and 5-ounce pours, as well as by the carafe or bottle. And a notable feature for parents is a 4,000-square-foot activity center for children.

The restaurant is having a soft opening now, open to club members. 

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Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings

Oct. 17, 2012 12:28 p.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (8-0) has been a fixture atop the Living Lake Country/NOW suburban football rankings all season, never moving from the top spot.

The No. 1-seeded Warhawks begin WIAA Division 1 postseason play at home this Friday against No. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (5-3).

You can get the lowdown on Arrowhead's postseason prospects and more first round games in a video preview at NOW's Push for the Playoffs.

Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs

Oct. 17, 2012 9:51 a.m. | The first-round match ups are set in this season's WIAA football playoffs and you can test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters by taking part in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Drew Hunkins of Waukesha was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks, earning a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

You can join the fun in the playoff version of Pigskin Picks.

Two charged in Brown Deer armed robbery

Oct. 16, 2012 1:44 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man and 16-year-old boy from Milwaukee have been charged with robbing a man in Brown Deer.

Brown Deer police were sent to the 8900 block of N. Park Plaza Court on the evening of Aug. 3 for a report of three people fighting. Officers learned a 20-year-old Milwaukee man was robbed by two other males who struck him in the head with a gun, taking a cigar and tool from him. The victim was treated for minor injuries.

The two suspects were arrested in Milwaukee last week and on Monday, Johnny R. Hunley, 19, and the juvenile were charged with armed robbery.

Bay clinches share of North Shore

Oct. 13, 2012 12:03 a.m. | As satisfying as Whitefish Bay’s win over Homestead was last week, the Blue Dukes knew coming into Friday what they had to do to earn a share of the first conference title for the school since 1993 -- top Nicolet.

After perhaps a slow first quarter, Bay turned it on, allowing just 94 yards to the Nicolet offense on its way to a 44-0 North Shore Conference victory in the regular-season finale at Nicolet High School.

“I stressed staying focused in practice all week,” said Bay junior running back Rashadeem Gray, who had touchdown runs of eight, 21 and 25 yards. “A lot of guys were excited (after the 14-7 win over Homestead), thinking we were going to come in here and they were just going to roll over. It is the final game of the season, so I knew they were going to come out and hit us hard.”

Knowing what they had accomplished, and with Homestead’s 28-7 victory over Germantown on Thursday night setting up the possibility for the tie atop the conference standings, the Blue Dukes (6-1 North Shore, 7-1 overall) were all smiles after the victory.

“Most of us have been together since fifth grade,” said senior quarterback Grant Menard, who had a pair of touchdown passes from six and seven yards to senior tight end Jackson Weber in the first half. “We made a pact back then we would get it done in the big games and we did. I couldn’t be prouder.”

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Greendale bounces back with a vengeance

Oct. 12, 2012 11:44 p.m. | Coming off back-to-back losses, the Greendale football team needed to win its regular season finale to ensure a playoff berth.

On Senior Night, the honorees took matters into their own hands.

Led by superior line play on both sides of the ball, the Panthers exploded for four touchdowns in the second quarter en route to a 42-0 rout of Brown Deer, Oct. 12 at Greendale High School.

“Competition is a very fickle thing,” said Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz. “We’ve had a lot of things not go the way we had planned or anticipated to be certain, but this is a resilient group. That scoreboard doesn’t tell how talented Brown Deer is; they have talent. For our kids to do what they did tonight I thought was pretty special, and what a great memory for the seniors.”

The Panthers opened the game with a 79-yard drive that culminated in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Josh Ringelberg to junior wideout Mitchell Brees. Ringelberg was a perfect 4 for 4 passing on the drive and also rushed for 30 yards behind a steady push by his senior-led offensive line.

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2nd person charged in Mequon bank robbery

Oct. 12, 2012 7:40 p.m. | A second person was charged Friday with robbing a Mequon bank in September.

Anthony E. Taylor, 32, of Milwaukee, is charged with robbery of a financial institution, party to a crime, for the Sept. 28 holdup at the Chase Bank near Mequon and Cedarburg roads.

Willetta King, 42, also of Milwaukee, previously was charged with the same offense in connection with the robbery.

The bank was robbed by a man who handed a teller a note demanding cash, according to a criminal complaint.

Homestead buries GT in second half, secures share of NSC title

Oct. 11, 2012 11:05 p.m. | When in doubt, trust your players.

And that's exactly what veteran, state championship-winning Hall of Fame coach Dave Keel did Thursday night, as with his offense stuck in reverse in the first half (15 plays for just 26 yards) against archrival Germantown, the Highlanders needed a jump-start after a 0-0 first two quarters.

"The kids made a couple of suggestions," Keel said. "They said the sweep might be open and then Jay (running back) Schneider went and made us look like geniuses."

That he did.

Because Schneider took the ball on the first play of the second half from his own 19-yard line on that very sweep call.

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Woman charged in Mequon bank robbery

Oct. 11, 2012 3:22 p.m. | Port Washington - A 42-year-old Milwaukee woman has been charged with being part of a Mequon bank robbery last month.

Willetta King faces a single count of robbery of a financial institution, party to a crime for the Sept. 28 incident at the Chase Bank near the corner of Mequon and Cedarburg roads.

According to a criminal complaint:

It was about 4:40 p.m. when a man entered the bank and gave a teller a note that read, "This is robbery. 50 and 100." The teller had to clarify that he meant he wanted $50 and $100 bills. She handed him money from her till and he left.

Video surveillance showed the SUV he entered at several locations. A bank photo of the suspect was circulated among law enforcement and a probation officer said it looked like one of her clients. Police went looking for him and found the SUV from the surveillance video parked in Milwaukee. A neighbor said the suspect lived with King nearby.

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Shorewood/Messmer unveils new football logo

Oct. 10, 2012 5:47 p.m. | Updated with new Messwood logo and comments from Wednesday afternoon press conference.

Shorewood - The Messwood football team has a new logo, less than 24 hours after the Shorewood School Board decided to remove the cross from the design the team has sported all season because of a possible conflict over the separation of church and state.

The new logo, the words "2012 PLAYOFFS" in red set on a blue football, is meant to represent the accomplishments of the two schools, district and team officials told reporters this afternoon.

"Our new helmet logo is going to celebrate the successes these young men have worked so hard for this season," said Messwood Head Coach Drake Zortman.

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Brown Deer senior apartments to expand

Oct. 10, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Deerwood Crossing, a 66-unit apartment building for seniors, will add 30 more apartments under a proposal endorsed by the Brown Deer Plan Commission.

The Village Board is to review the proposal at its Monday meeting, said Nate Piotrowski, community development director.

Deerwood Crossing, 4195 W. Bradley Road, opened in 2010, and has over 100 prospective renters on its waiting list, Piotrowski said. It was developed by Jewish Family Services and General Capital Group LLP, and an expansion has long been planned.

The developers hope to begin construction before the end of the year, Piotrowski said. The expansion would take about a year to complete, he said.

Jewish Family Services and General Capital Group also developed the nearby Bradley Crossing, a 60-unit apartment community, which includes several units for disabled people, at 4375 W. Bradley Road.

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Police arrest two in Nicolet homecoming vandalism incident

Oct. 09, 2012 9:41 a.m. | Two 17-year-old Glendale boys were arrested Friday for criminal damage to property during homecoming events at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, on Sept. 20 and 21.

According to the police report:

One of the boys told police they came to the school carrying cans of paint and brushes and painted obscenities on school property, climbed on a roof off West Daphne Road and entered the pool area through an unlocked door.

One threw a laptop computer into the pool and they then hung a mannequin outside an office.

One boy kept saying what they did was just funny homecoming pranks.

Glendale lays groundwork for consolidated court

Oct. 08, 2012 9:16 p.m. | The Glendale Common Council approved a shared services agreement tonight which, if approved by Brown Deer at an upcoming meeting, will create a shared North Shore Municipal Court between the two.

One judge would take over the work of the two existing municipal judges, said Glendale City and Brown Deer Village Attorney John Fuchs, and would be on the ticket for election in April.

Cost savings would be minimal up front, said Fuchs, since the shared judge would be paid roughly what the two judges make now, with each municipality contributing the approximate cost of their individual judges.

"If you use the relative size of the communities you'd come up with the same number," said Fuchs.

However, savings could accumulate as the consolidated court finds potential efficiencies over time. More significantly, officials hope that other North Shore municipalities will be drawn to the consolidated court in coming years and thereby create additional savings.

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How might the WIAA football playoff brackets stack up?

Oct. 08, 2012 12:44 p.m. | The WIAA football postseason picture is becoming a little more clear as teams prepare this week for their final regular-season games.

Lake Country's JR Radcliffe takes a shot at seeding the Division 1, 2 and 3 brackets in his latest Bracketology blog.

Messmer/Shorewood finds Academy rewards

Oct. 06, 2012 8:34 a.m. |

A year after earning a playoff berth amid a storm of controversy, the Messmer/Shorewood football co-op entered this season hungry to prove it belonged in the discussion as a respectable program.
 
At Shorewood’s homecoming Friday night, the Greyhounds did nothing to hurt that newfound distinction with a 42-6 thrashing of Brookfield Academy in a game that many thought would go down to the wire. Instead, the outcome made it clear who the top dogs are in the Midwest Classic Conference: Messmer/Shorewood and Lake Country Lutheran, which defeated the Greyhounds 43-41 earlier this season.
 
The contest was as tight as advertised after a scoreless first quarter, but that would change in the second on the heels of an electrifying 76-yard touchdown run down the left sideline from Shorewood senior Donovan Freeman.
 
“I had the ball, I didn’t see any lanes, so I looked to the cutback and I saw plenty of room,” Freeman said. “So I started going that way, and once I got to the sideline I threw a few stiff arms and I just had free space.”
 
Fellow senior tailback Alec Grimmer added two rushing touchdowns to Messmer/Shorewood hold a 21-0 edge at half.
 
Brookfield Academy got on the board with a touchdown run from quarterback Dominic Ricci, but Messmer/Shorewood responded with another score from Freeman and two second-half touchdowns from quarterback Taylor Dennis, one rushing and one passing to Jonathan Carson.
 
Freeman was the night’s standout performer with 183 yards on nine carries along with 14 receiving yards. Grimmer added 84 yards on the ground on 84 carries and a 37-yard reception.
 
“Offensively, we were balanced tonight,” Messmer/Shorewood head coach Drake Zortman said. “We wanted to establish the run, and I think we did a little bit tonight. I have two seniors, Donovan Freeman and Alec Grimmer, two Shorewood seniors on homecoming, and they wanted to make sure that they got the job done.”
 
A packed student section watched as the Greyhounds improved to 4-1 in the Midwest Classic and 6-1 overall, an achievement many thought was impossible for the program just a few seasons ago.
 
“My freshman year, we were awful,” Freeman said. “Not much better my sophomore year. It’s a nice turnaround. It’s nice to have a homecoming win for my senior year. Hopefully, the program is going up from now. We lead the way, and everybody follows.”
 
Messmer/Shorewood’s performance has silenced critics of last year’s controversial playoff berth, when the team's playoff eligibility was settled in a courtroom after the WIAA initially contended the program still ineligible for leaving the Woodland Conference three years earlier. Zortman said that was never something on his mind.
 
“Any win is a nice win,” he said. “Everyone wants to constantly go back to last year. We’re past that as a program, I’m past it as a coach, and the kids are past it. We’re just trying to get better. To win four ball games in a league against some good teams, we feel pretty good about that. There’s one more next week and hopefully we get another one. We’ve come a long way in the last year and a half. I couldn’t be prouder of both schools, the parents, the administrations and certainly the boys. All the credit goes to these boys.”
 
Messmer/Shorewood finishes the regular season next week when it hosts Living World Lutheran (2-3, 2-5). Brookfield Academy (3-2, 4-3) visits St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (3-2, 5-2) in a game that will likely determine which team earns a playoff spot.
 
With Messmer/Shorewood guaranteed a spot in the postseason, the Greyhounds are starting to look at the bigger picture.
 
“Last year, we got our first playoff attempt,” Freeman said. “Now we’re going to get our first playoff win.”

Germantown looking for its share

Oct. 05, 2012 11:10 p.m. | The Germantown football team hosted Nicolet on Friday night in what many would consider a trap game. With an end-of-the-season battle looming a week away for a chance at the conference title, the Warhawks made sure not to look past a struggling opponent.

Despite a strong defensive effort from Nicolet, the trap was not sprung on the Germantown season, and the Warhawks defeated the Knights 28-7 on Homecoming night. The win, coupled with Homestead losing to Whitefish Bay, means Germantown joins those teams with just one loss at the top of the North Shore standings.

“It’s been a tough week and a challenge to not look ahead,” Germantown head coach Jake Davis said. “Then of course it’s Homecoming week, and that’s always a challenging week in itself.

“We knew Nicolet was going to come play hard and we couldn’t take anyone lightly.”  

Early on in the contest, the Warhawks certainly seemed willing to take risks, going for it on 4th down and 2 on the first drive of the game. After an incomplete pass and two mildly successful runs, the Nicolet defense was able to stop Germantown and force the early turnover on downs. On two different occasions in the first quarter, Germantown went for it on 4th down and short, with the Nicolet defense stopping them both times.

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Bay breaks 12-year drought against Homestead

Oct. 05, 2012 10:34 p.m. | How much does the physical, emotional and ultimately historic 14-7 win that the Whitefish Bay football team pulled off against archrival Homestead on Friday night night mean?

On the surface, it meant that Blue Dukes coach Jim Tietjen got his first Gatorade bath in 36 years.

"They haven't done that ever," he said with a laugh. "I think they're afraid to."

But these Blue Dukes (5-1 in North Shore play and 6-1 overall) weren't afraid to play, as they handed the Highlanders (5-1, 6-1) their first loss of the season. It was the first win for Bay over Homestead since 2000 and puts the team within a win over border rival Nicolet next Friday of at least a share of its first conference title since 1993.

On the more emotional and metaphysical level, it meant that Bay players could hug and cry and be joined in an onfield celebration by an army of fans and many former players who swarmed together for a homecoming get-together for the ages.

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Police involved over Booster Club accounting discrepancy

Oct. 05, 2012 2:56 p.m. | A representative from the Shorewood Band Parents Booster Club informed district administrators of a discrepancy in the club's accounts yesterday, prompting an investigation from Shorewood police, according to a district news release.

A leader within the Band Parents Booster Club has taken responsibility for the error, according to the release, though that individual has not been identified.

Shorewood police are in the beginning stages of the investigation and have not been able to comment on the case.

The district said in the release that it will lend support to the club as it sorts out the issue. The size of the accounting discrepancy has not been released.

Germantown volleyball team closes in on North Shore title with sweep of Nicolet

Oct. 04, 2012 9:20 p.m. | Germantown senior all-around volleyball ace Megan Johnston partcipated in that thrilling, dynamic five-game dual dual meet loss to archrival Nicolet last season held before a boisterous crowd on the Knights' home court that decided the North Shore dual meet crown.

The talent level in that match was very high with several players off both sides earning some kind of college scholarship.

Flash forward to Thursday night before a much quieter and smaller crowd in the Warhawk gym. The talent level is a bit diminished on both sides, but the degree of "want-to" is still the same, as the Warhawks clinched no less than a share of the North Shore Conference dual meet crown with an impressive 26-24, 25-17, 25-19 victory over the Knights.

"Both of us have a lot of new girls out there," said Johnston, who was one of five Warhawks celebrating senior night, "but it's always a great match. Every year it's competitive and close."

With the win, Germantown improved to 6-0 in league meets with only a match at Homestead (5-1) on Tuesday night to close out the NSC dual slate. Nicolet, meanwhile, saw its hopes for another share of the championship evaporate as it is now 4-2.

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Shorewood High issues 'code red' procedure during police incident

Oct. 03, 2012 4:52 p.m. | Students at Shorewood High School were ushered to safe areas of the campus during their lunch hour Wednesday when a police search for a possible suicidal man led to the school's parking lot.

The "code red" procedure, short of a school lockdown, was declared shortly before noon when the school was notified that police were searching for the man in the area, Shorewood School District Superintendent Marty Lexmond said.

The 19-year-old Fox Point man was located in the school's parking lot and students were moved inside or to the front lawn of the building, Lexmond said.

The man was taken into custody without incident and the code red was called off shortly after noon, he said.

Brown Deer residents approve levy with no increase

Oct. 02, 2012 8:32 p.m. | Because residents rallied around the Brown Deer School District for a multiyear building referendum in 2011, the School Board did not want an increase in the tax levy.

Their goal was achieved at the district's annual meeting on Tuesday as 16 residents unanimously approved the levy with no increase aside from the slight rise in referendum funds.

The levy for the 2012-2013 school year totals $13,313,714. This does reflect a 0.38 percent increase in the amount of $50,401, which is previously approved money from referendum funding. That funding is spread over the next eight years.

Legally, the School Board could have raised the levy by 6 percent at the most; however, they chose to limit the levy to just the increase approved in the building referendum.

The referendum funds are going toward consolidating the school campus from three buildings to two buildings. The elementary school has fallen into disrepair over the years and will ultimately close. The middle school and high school will be renovated to accommodate the additional students.

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Young chosen as new Whitefish Bay Police Chief

Oct. 01, 2012 2:08 p.m. | Whitefish Bay has hired Michael D. Young of the Milwaukee Police Department to take over as Police Chief, according to a village press release.

Young is currently an MPD captain and commander of Milwaukee's sixth district. He began his career with the village of Grafton in 1981.

His first day will be Nov. 12, starting with an annual salary of $96,000.

Quintet of undefeated teams headline suburban football poll

Oct. 01, 2012 10:47 a.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (6-0, 5-0 Classic 8) continues its season-long run atop the MyCommunityNOW football poll this week, though the Warhawks are joined by four more undefeated squads.

Brookfield East (6-0, 5-0 Greater Metro), Oak Creek (6-0, 5-0 Southeast), Homestead (6-0, 5-0 North Shore), and Pewaukee (6-0, 5-0 Woodland West) round out the top five.

The poll is part of MyCommunityNOW's Push for the Playoffs page, which provides a comprehensive view of the current postseason picture, a poll, photo of the week, Coach's Confidential and more.

Go to Push for the Playoffs

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