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Glendale fire damage estimate is $15,000

Feb. 15, 2012 8:26 p.m. | An electrical malfunction in a basement office at a Glendale home in the 5700 block of N.. Milwaukee River Parkway was the likely cause of a fire reported to dispatchers at 8:58 a.m. today.

First arriving crews found moderate smoke coming from the front door of the residence and found a working fire in the basement of the home. Crews made an aggressive interior fire attack and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Two occupants and three dogs were safely evacuated from the home without injury.

Damage, estimated at $15,000, was confined primarily to the basement of the home. There were no injuries to any fire personnel operating at the scene.

Fire crews reported hearing smoke detectors sounding on the first floor of the home when they made entry. However, no working smoke detectors were found in the basement of the home. For this reason, residents were not afforded the early detection possible had the basement detectors been operational.

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Stewart rushes for 315 yards as Messwood beats Nicolet

1:43 p.m. | Shorewood/Messmer football coach Chad Hofmann was in a bit of a hurry after his team's impressive 34-13 victory over area nonconference rival Nicolet on Aug. 28.

His mom, Candy, needed a ride home, and the two probably wanted to celebrate the moment of his first varsity victory.

It would have probably meant more had his dad, Robert "Rob" Hofmann, been there, too. The day before the win, Aug. 27, would have been Rob's 52nd birthday, but he died tragically about a month ago as a result of injuries suffered in a bike accident.

In short, Chad, an only child, and his mom needed this moment.

"It's a good feeling," Hofmann said. "It was his birthday yesterday, so I can't imagine doing anything better than this (getting a win to honor him). This is very special for me, because he's still here with me, still with the family (in spirit)."

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Lawyer arrested on report of assaulting golf course beer cart attendant

1:23 p.m. | A Mequon lawyer is free on $10,000 bail after his arrest on potential charges of sexually assaulting a beer cart attendant during a golf outing.

The attorney, Christopher Hale, 59, was arrested Monday — two weeks after the woman told officials at The River Club of Mequon she was assaulted on the golf course and club officials responded by investigating the matter, offering the woman $500 and asking her to sign a confidentiality agreement, according to club's general manager and the woman's lawyer. The agreement also included a no-contact agreement between the woman, a college student, and Hale.

"What would you want me to do?" club owner Tom Weickardt said Wednesday when asked whether he considered disciplining or expelling Hale from the club. "It was a he said-she said."

Weickardt called Hale a friend and said he has represented the club in some legal matters.

Weickardt said club officials talked to the woman and Hale.

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Williams' diverse efforts lead Brown Deer football team to 41-0 rout

1:03 p.m. | A scheduling quirk set up the Brown Deer football team to play Milwaukee Morse/Marshall in its second nonconference game of the season on Aug. 28 and coach Rob Green and the Falcons were not ungrateful, as Nyles Williams scored touchdowns three different ways in a 41-0 victory.

"We don't normally look to schedule a Milwaukee school," said Green, "but Laconia dropped out of the second year of our contract late (in the calender). Marshall was available and it worked out.

"And that was all right. Pewaukee (an opening 21-0 loss) wore on us pretty hard mentally and physically and we had some bumps and bruises we needed to take care of. This allowed us to get healthy and to work on some things because our biggest opponent is still ourselves."

The Falcons will now open Woodland Conference East Division play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at home against Cudahy (1-1). The Packers, who the Falcons routed 58-14 last season, are also 1-1 this season, having lost to Wilmot, 41-13, on Aug. 28.

"We've got to get better because this division is wide open," said Green. "We've got to get better in all facets. We want to keep that health train going."

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Brown Deer alum returns home to shoot first feature-length film

12:38 p.m. | Brown Deer — When you think of Christmas gifts for a 12-year-old boy, you probably think of items like video games, sports jerseys and skateboards.

Roman Zanoni asked for a camera, marking the beginning of his self-taught film career. Growing up through the Brown Deer school system, Zanoni — a self-described class clown — was active in the school's theater program and enjoyed making silly music videos in his free time. He also made a short movie with his wife, Sarah, whom he met in first grade.

Zanoni, now 31, will take on his biggest project to date next week in his hometown of Brown Deer when he begins filming for "Chase Lemonade" — a feature-length film that he hopes to submit to the Sundance Film Festival.

The fictional indie comedy is about a 12-year-old boy's successful lemonade stand, which eventually grows into a large lemonade franchise in the Brown Deer neighborhood. The boy, named Charlie Chase, makes enemies with a local coffee shop, runs into trouble with the local health department and eventually finds himself in court.

Zanoni said he is impressed by the intelligence of young kids, particularly his friend's kid who works as a DJ. That made him think wonder how an entrepreneurial kid would run a lemonade stand. The script only took him a couple weeks to write, he said.

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Motivated Whitefish Bay boys soccer team looks to finish things up in 2015

12:33 p.m. | It was a hard, bitter 4-0 defeat to eventual Division 2 state champion Brookfield East in the 2014 sectional final for the powerhouse Whitefish Bay boys soccer team.

One that coach Jeff Worzella said "he's still getting over" in some ways.

But despite the loss of 11 seniors to graduation from the 20-2-2 defending North Shore Conference champions, Worzella feels that the Blue Dukes have a chance to make some serious amends for that defeat.

Because after a pair of 2-0 wins over Madison Memorial and Shorewood to open the season, the Blue Duke coach was confident enough to announce that "this could be the most talented group he's had since he's been at Bay."

"We're very deep and very talented," he said, "and I think that will lead to a lot of success."

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Nicolet girls tennis team still keeping it real

12:23 p.m. | Common knowledge around the state of Wisconsin states that Nicolet is one of the "empire" schools in the world of girls tennis — one of those select few like Homestead, DSHA, Whitefish Bay and Brookfield Central that always seem to be in the hunt for a WIAA state title.

But it is a bit shocking to realize the last time the Knight women won a state crown was back in 2000 when the highly-touted doubles team of Molly Ratke and Sarah Leevan and steady singles player Lexi Golden were patrolling the courts. It's hard to believe it was the last of a state-record 17 crowns for the Knights.

Coach Tim Koppa, who led that group to the championship and who still prowls the sidelines with a laid-back but still-fierce intensity, does not want to get caught up in looking at the past, nor does he want his youthful and preposterously talented team to get caught looking even a month into the future, thinking about a chance at rejoining the elite of the elite.

No, they do not talk about potential state titles at Nicolet in August.

Even after after the impressive effort the Knights put in in claiming the Brookfield Central Lancer Invitational title on Aug. 27 and 28 with its best player still nursing a back issue.

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Shorewood girls cross-country team aims for state title

12:18 p.m. | Normally, in the hierarchy of Shorewood cross-country teams, the boys are the ones looking to contend for a state title on a yearly basis while the girls look to get to state and make a good showing.

But this fall, expectations have been turned around a bit.

The Greyhound girls, behind 2013 state D2 champion Morgan Florsheim, return everything from a team that finished third at state last season and look to knock down the door for an elusive first state championship this fall. Despite missing a number of runners for a variety of reasons, they still comfortably won their own season-opening Early Bird Invite at Kern Park on Aug. 27.

"It was crazy," said veteran coach Sarah Kopplin. "We had four of our top 10 not race this day because of illness, family reunions and weddings, and we still did that."

Meanwhile, the returning state D2 runner-up boys, who graduated six of their top seven, are looking to get back to standard fairly quickly despite a lack of experience and upfront firepower. They were an encouraging second in the Early Bird Invite.

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Sport Shorts: Sept. 3, 2015

11:08 a.m. |

WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The Blue Dukes opened their season in impressive fashion by going unbeaten and claiming the title in the 10-school West Allis Central Invitational on Aug. 29.

Bay went 8-0 in pool play, defeating Delavan-Darien, Elkhart Lake, Waukesha North and Madison East in pool play. The Blue Dukes then won the crossover semifinal with Pius XI and defeated Delavan-Darien again, 25-15, 25-18, for the title.

No other details were available from the event.

HOMESTEAD GIRLS GOLF

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Former Bavarian Inn will be remodeled, reopened as Bavarian Bierhaus

Sept. 01, 2015 9:14 p.m. | Glendale — Beer will flow once again at the former Bavarian Inn and adjoining Old Heidelberg Park at 700 W. Lexington Blvd.

Mike Weiss is one of several investors working to renovate and reopen the former Bavarian Inn, which closed in 2011. The new restaurant, Bavarian Bierhaus, will brew its own beer, and will also serve beers from other companies. Weiss said they plan to brew as many as eight or nine different types of beers.

The restaurant will also serve authentic German food and some American favorites. A house band will entertain crowds every night, and special acts will be brought in on Friday and Saturday nights.

The new owners will add a small beer garden on the southwest side of the building, providing outdoor seating for 150 people. While some other exterior renovations will be made, such as new windows and signage, most of the renovations to the 23,500-square-foot building will be made on the interior.

The interior of the building will be redesigned. The existing ballroom will be partially used for the new brewery, while the rest of that area will be used for a dining room and beer hall. The main hall will have seating for 330 people. The existing restaurant, bar and restrooms will also be refurbished.

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Large medical office building proposed in Mequon

Sept. 01, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Mequon — A developer is planning to build a three-story, 86,000-square-foot medical office building in Mequon next year.

The medical office building, which is valued at $21 million, would be built at the northeast corner of Port Washington Road and Venture Court. The building would be 47 feet tall, which is within the city's zoning code.

The three-building Venture Court retail complex would be razed to make way for the building, which would also occupy undeveloped land to the north. The Venture Court complex, which includes Wooden Goose Cafe and other businesses, has had numerous vacancies in recent years.

The city's zoning code allows medical offices no larger than 20,000 square feet, so developer Ryan Companies is using the city's planned unit development process to build the larger building. Ryan is proposing to break ground in the spring of 2016, with the first medical groups opening in late 2016.

The Mequon Plan Commission on Monday voted in favor of the concept plan and rezoning the property. Final approval is still needed from the Mequon Common Council.

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Some Shorewood residents feel shut out by school board participation policy

Aug. 31, 2015 6:48 p.m. | Shorewood — Some Shorewood residents are worried that the Shorewood School Board's new public participation policy will limit their input during board meetings.

The new policy allows each resident to speak for five minutes, and comments are only allowed at the beginning of the meeting. The previous policy allowed residents to contribute their viewpoints as the board discussed each agenda item. The new policy also limits public comment to three people on each side of a given issue, unless the majority of the board agrees to make an exception.

The board was prompted to change the policy after the district's previous superintendent, Martin Lexmond, resigned to lead the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. In the process of hiring Lexmond's replacement, two of the candidates told Shorewood School Board President Paru Shah that the school board's meetings "were like a circus," Shah said.

By limiting public comment to the beginning of the meeting, Shah said she hopes the board will be able to have more productive conversations with each other.

Shah has said public comment doesn't have to be restricted to board meetings. She encouraged residents to email school board members or new Superintendent Bryan Davis, and said concerns raised by residents will be addressed at the following school board meeting.

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Deangelo Stewart rushes for 315 yards as Messwood overpowers Nicolet

Aug. 28, 2015 10:30 p.m. | Shorewood/Messmer football coach Chad Hofmann was in a bit of a hurry after his team's impressive 34-13 victory over area nonconference rival Nicolet on Aug. 28.

His mom, Candy, needed a ride home, and the two probably wanted to celebrate the moment of his first varsity victory.

It would have probably meant more had his Dad, Robert "Rob" Hofmann, been there, too. The day before the win, Aug. 27, would have been Rob's 52nd birthday, but he died tragically about a month ago as a result of injuries suffered in a bike accident.

In short, Chad, an only child, and his mom needed this moment.

"It's a good feeling," Hofmann said. "It was his birthday yesterday, so I can't imagine doing anything better than this (getting a win to honor him). This is very special for me, because he's still here with me, still with the family."

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Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Menomonee Falls volleyball team opens season with win over Nicolet

Aug. 26, 2015 10:07 p.m. | After winning the school's first state girls volleyball title in 2013, Menomonee Falls slid under the radar last season following big graduation losses.

Now working with what he calls "his deepest squad ever", Indian coach J.C. Bruns said he likes the idea of his Indians laying low and out of sight for the time being in 2015 too as they prepare to make a run back towards elite status.

The Indians may have a hard time staying quiet for long, as despite missing starting setter Mckenna Micech due to an injury, they still overpowered strong area nonconference foe Nicolet, 25-15, 25-19, 19-25, 25-12, in their season opener Wednesday night.

"I really like this group," he said "It's a nice mix of young and old. The young will push the old to get better and the old will show the young what they have to do out there (to succeed)."

One of the "old ones" will be 6-2 junior outside hitter Mackenzie Robertson. Robertson was a rightside hitter last year, but during the club season with the Milwaukee Sting, she transitioned over to the outside. She has also started playing of a more all-around game and looked as comfortable playing in the backrow as she did in the front tonight.

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