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Chicago design firm opening office, retail store in Whitefish Bay

Aug. 16, 2011 3:51 p.m. | A Chicago design firm's office and retail store will open on Silver Spring Drive.

The Plan Commission Monday night approved a request from Susan Fredman Design Group to open an interior design business and retail sales store at 401 E. Silver Spring Drive. Fredman has a similar business in Chicago and Union Pier, Mich.

The business will open in an alliance with James Hoffman Builders, taking most of the first floor for design and retail space.

Hoffman will continue to have some space on the first floor but will have most of its business in the basement, according to Susan Rossie, the president of the firm.

"We will operate as separate businesses," Rossie said.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29

10:27 p.m. | Teams were looking to continue winning ways or bounce back after opening-week losses Aug. 28 and 29.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 2.

The social media story of Homestead at Arrowhead football

11:20 a.m. | Homestead and Arrowhead met Thursday night after the two were among the state's best football programs in 2013.

Last year Homestead surprised a lot of people by beating Arrowhead early in the season, 13-7.

Homestead lost in a Division 3 Level 3 game to Kimberly, 37-7. Arrowhead won the Division 1 state title over Franklin, 45-24.

 

Here is what happened in the 2014 matchup.

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Allen leads Homestead football team to 24-20 victory over Arrowhead

Aug. 28, 2014 11:28 p.m. | Excited about it? Yes. The end-all and be-all for the season? Definitely not.

That was the attitude of the Homestead football players and coaches after they went into Taraska Stadium in Hartland Thursday night and, for the second season in a row, beat the two-time defending WIAA state D1 champs from Arrowhead, 24-20.

Everyone was on the same page afterward.

"It was a nice victory over a good team, but it doesn't make our season and we know we have a lot of work to do," said veteran coach Dave Keel.

"The first one felt great last year, it was a dog fight, and this one is a great feeling too," said all-state defensive lineman David Pfaff. "But we need to bring it home to Camp Randall this year (for a state championship). This is a building block to what we need to do to make that happen.

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Bay boys soccer team opens NSC defense with 3-0 win over GT

Aug. 26, 2014 10:29 p.m. | Only when forward Joey Borris headed in midfielder Sean Garwood's perfect diagonal crossing pass into the far left corner of the net at the 79:45 mark of the second half against Germantown Tuesday night did Whitefish Bay boys soccer coach Jeff Worzella take a deep breath.

The goal gave the Blue Dukes a more comfortable 2-0 lead which was extended to 3-0 eight minutes later when the two teammates traded places, this time with Garwood scoring off of Borris' corner kick.

And so with the 3-0 victory, the defending North Shore Conference Blue Dukes opened up defense of their 2013 league championship on a positive note.

"Oh yeah," said Worzella of the importance of the second goal. "In a 1-0 game, amnything can happen, one mistake, one slip, and you're tied, especially against Germantown, which is a great team and which gave us a real battle. It was a physical game, but we were able to survive."

The victory improved the Blue Dukes to 3-0-1 on the season while the Warhawks fell to 1-2.

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Reward offered in search for suspect in Mequon heroin dealing

Aug. 26, 2014 3:15 p.m. | The Ozaukee County Sheriff's Drug Task Force is offering a $500 reward for information that helps authorities identify a man suspected of distributing heroin in Mequon this year.

Photos of the unidentified suspect were distributed Tuesday. To provide information to a Sheriff's tip line, citizens can send a text message to the number, 847411, with the key word OZSO.

The man allegedly provided an undercover officer with 2 grams of heroin on June 12 at a parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in Mequon, according to a criminal complaint.

Two other male suspects, both of Milwaukee, have been charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court for their roles in heroin distribution in Mequon during June, according to Sheriff's Lt. Rod Galbraith, supervisor of the drug task force.

Matthew Brown, 29, was charged June 20 with three counts of heroin delivery and two counts of heroin delivery as party to a crime.

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Poll: Will Homestead or Arrowhead win in Week 2 matchup?

Aug. 26, 2014 10:25 a.m. | Week 2 of the preps football season showcases a huge matchup: Homestead at Arrowhead.

Last year Homestead surprised a lot of people by beating Arrowhead early in the season, 13-7.

And both teams were among the state's best in 2013. Homestead lost in a Division 3 Level 3 game to Kimberly, 37-7. Arrowhead won the Division 1 state title over Franklin, 45-24.

Who do you think will win this week? Cast your vote in our poll below and ask your friends who they think will win by sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Shorewood man accused of voter fraud pleads insanity

Aug. 25, 2014 3:40 p.m. | A Shorewood man facing 13 counts of voter fraud has plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Robert Monroe, a 50-year-old health insurance executive, is accused of casting two ballots in the April 2011 Supreme Court election between David Prosser and Joann Kloppenburg, two ballots in the August 2011 recall election between Alberta Darling and Sandy Pasch, five ballots in the Gov. Scott Walker recall election in June 2012, one illegal ballot in the August 2012 partisan primary election and two ballots in the 2012 presidential election, according to a criminal complaint.

Monroe will undergo a psychological evaluation on Sept. 16, and court proceedings in the voter fraud case will resume on Oct. 14, according to online court records.

Each of the 13 charges carries a maximum prison sentence of three years and six months, as well as a $10,000 fine. The investigation into Monroe's voting history was conducted in part under the auspices of a John Doe proceedings into Walker's campaign activity, according to the complaint.

Shorewood man charged with illegal voting enters insanity plea

Aug. 25, 2014 12:06 p.m. | A Shorewood man charged with illegally casting multiple votes in various elections, including five in the 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall, has entered an insanity plea.

Robert L. Monroe, 50, will be examined next month by a forensic psychologist after entering a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect at a hearing on Friday. A report of the evaluation is due to be returned in October.

Monroe was charged in June with 13 counts of illegal voting, accused of casting multiple votes in four elections in 2011 and 2012 using addresses in Shorewood, Milwaukee and Indiana, the names of his son and his girlfriend's son in addition to his own.

The felony counts, which include providing false information to an election official and registering in more than one place, carry a total maximum penalty of up to 19 1/2 years in jail and a fine of $130,000.

Prosecutors in Milwaukee began investigating Monroe in early 2013 after the defendant's son, Benjamin Monroe, who was the initial suspect of the investigation, signaled that his father might have submitted a ballot "on his behalf" in the 2012 recall election.

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Bus driver dies after medical episode

Aug. 25, 2014 10:38 a.m. | Brown Deer — A Milwaukee County Transit bus veered off the road on Friday, Aug. 22, after the 57-year-old bus driver experienced a medical episode.

The accident occurred at 8:11 p.m. near Green Bay Road and Teutonia Avenue in Brown Deer. The driver, Milwaukee resident Robert Dowden, experienced a medical issue, and at some point either during or after the crash, went unconscious. Dowden, who was not breathing and did not have a pulse, was unable to be revived by emergency personnel.

There were four passengers on the bus at the time of the crash, none of whom were injured. The bus, which was found up an embankment and tilted to one side, was towed from the scene by MCTS.

Brown Deer and River Hills police responded to the scene, along with two engines, one truck company, a paramedic unit, a basic life-support ambulance and a battallion chief from North Shore Fire and Rescue.

New option emerges for Estabrook Dam problems

Aug. 24, 2014 11:39 a.m. | Milwaukee County officials are weighing a new option to address the aging Estabrook Dam, which has deteriorated to the point where the state has ordered that the Depression-era structure be repaired or torn down.

Officials are now considering constructing a structure of boulders and large rocks that they say could satisfy concerns of two competing constituencies:

■ It would be engineered to allow fish to have the run of the river by letting them swim over the top.

Environmentalists and angling groups are pushing for fish passage at Estabrook and would like to see the dam removed altogether to complement improvements in the river after removal of the North Ave. dam in 1997 and construction of a fish passage system at Thiensville in 2010.

■ It would also hold back water so motor boats could move over the river from near Hampton Ave. to north of Lincoln Park.

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Whitefish Bay hands Lancers, Kennedy opening-night defeat

Aug. 22, 2014 10:33 p.m. | It was not the type of debut that Brookfield Central coach Jed Kennedy was hoping for Friday night, as Whitefish Bay dominated the Lancers and rolled to a 20-6 victory at Central in the season opener.

“The defense was on the field most of the game,” Kennedy said. “What did they have, 75 offensive plays? We have physical kids up front but they just didn’t play that way.”
 
An elated Whitefish Bay coach Jim Tietjen had an answer for that.

“I was concerned with all these new rules about our conditioning,” he said. “But I felt our kids were in better shape. We got after them. There were points early in the game I felt when we drove on them, they were tired.

“They got the big guys and the heat takes it toll on them. We’re not very big, but our kids rose to the occasion. We had some questions coming in and we answered them.”

After BC senior linebacker Matt Patterson sacked Bay quarterback Jake Fisher to stop the opening drive, the Blue Dukes stopped Central on a 3-and-out and put together a 10-play, 74-yard drive.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 1.

Whitefish Bay leads state in ACT scores

Aug. 21, 2014 6:01 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Whitefish Bay High School's ACT scores have once again topped all other public schools in the state.

Whitefish Bay's Class of 2014 earned an average ACT score of 26.7, with 88.5 percent of students taking the test. Last year's senior class not only beat out the rest of the schools in the state, but also beat their predecesors in the Whitefish Bay Class of 2013, which led state public schools with an average ACT score of 26.

Whitefish Bay Superintendent Laura Myrah said the high school's most recent ACT score are in keeping with a long tradition of high test scores in the district.

"To our knowledge, we are the only public school district in Wisconsin that has scored above 25 on the ACT for 16 years in a row," Myrah said. "We attribute that success to our top-notch faculty up through all grade levels, our highly supportive and engaged families, and most obviously to our bright, hard-working students."

Not far behind Whitefish Bay was Homestead High School, where graduated seniors recorded the highest average ACT score in the history of the high school with a score of 26. Homestead ranked third among public schools in the state, tailing behind 26 by students from Williams Bay High School.

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Milwaukee police, U.S. marshals arrest teen in robbery case

Aug. 20, 2014 2:11 p.m. | Milwaukee police and U.S. marshals arrested a 17-year-old armed robbery suspect Wednesday.

Police say the teen, whom they arrested about 10:30 a.m. in a hotel parking lot in the 5400 block of N. Port Washington Road in Glendale, committed the robbery July 28 in the 3700 block of W. National Ave. in Milwaukee.

Police identify Milwaukee man fatally shot in Bayside store

Aug. 15, 2014 5:48 p.m. | The man who was fatally shot at a boutique eyeglasses shop in Bayside was identified Friday as Joshua Drake.

Drake, 22, of Milwaukee, was shot during an attempted robbery at Innovative Optique on W. Brown Deer Road about noon on Thursday, and the investigation continued late into Thursday night, with police questioning two "people of interest" in the case.

Police said during the course of the attempted robbery, shots were exchanged between the attempted armed robber, identified by police as Drake, and an armed employee of the store, Fox Point Acting Police Chief Christopher Freedy said in a news release.

Witnesses and store employees continue to cooperate with investigators, he said.

Drake had a prior conviction for taking part in an armed robbery in 2010.

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