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Police consolidation explored in Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay

June 11, 2012 10:58 p.m. | Elected bodies in Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay recently began preliminary talks in consolidating police services in the three communities.

The Glendale Common Council took the issue up Monday.

While a consolidated department could net savings in an environment of ongoing fiscal restraints, Glendale Mayor Jerry Tepper said the review process will be thorough.

"Some of this is territorial since we've all got to make sure that we're being taken care of," Tepper said. "We're not going to sacrifice that for money. We're being cautious and moving along carefully."

If preliminary talks do advance, City Administrator Richard Maslowski said public input would be taken into account.

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Homestead boys shutout Nicolet in third quarter in 65-30 rout

Dec. 17, 2014 12:49 a.m. | There's no such thing as a "perfect quarter" in basketball, but the Homestead boys turned in something awfully close to one Tuesday night against host Nicolet.

The Highlanders blew open a 30-18 halftime lead with a 21-0 effort in the third quarter. Forward Josh Mueller highlighted the run with 11 of his career-high 21 points in the session including two 3-point plays and 3-pointer.

It all led to an easy 65-30 victory that improved the Highlanders to 3-0 in the North Shore and 4-1 overall and kept them in a tie for the lead with three-time state champ Germantown (3-0, 4-0).

Nicolet meanwhile fell to 0-3 and 2-4 respectively.

"Our goal is to play the first three minutes of the third quarter very well but we just kept extending that all the way into the middle of the fourth," said Highlander coach Kevin McKenna. "It's very important to start well in the third.

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Wolf comes home as Homestead girls hoops team beat Nicolet, 51-41

Dec. 16, 2014 10:25 p.m. | She knew the route there, she knew the people who would be in charge of the game, and of course, she knew the floor, the court and the building very, very well too.

There's also her Nicolet Athletic Hall of Fame plaque that sits prominently in the hallway of the school.

Homestead girls basketball coach Corey Bronson Wolf came home to Nicolet Tuesday night, leading her Highlanders to a 51-41 win as her alma mater and the program she led to a WIAA state title to just four years ago put up a feisty, determined effort to try and knock her team from the unbeaten ranks.

"I got to see a lot of people sho supported (the Nicolet program) and who continue to support it and that was very nice," she said. "It was just nice to touch base with those people again.

"But once the game started, it was no different than it usually was. I don't try to think about the past a lot. The gym was familiar, the floor was familiar. ...To me it was just a game and I expected the kids to be focused because I knew this would be a tough game for us."

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Flu hits hard at Glendale-River Hills School District

Dec. 16, 2014 6:01 p.m. | Glendale — Glendale-River Hills School District was hit hard by the flu bug, as roughly 17 percent of students called in sick Monday and Tuesday.

Between Parkway Elementary School and Glen Hills Middle School, 158 students called in sick on Monday, and more than 160 students called in sick on Tuesday.

Superintendent Larry Smalley delivered a robocall to district parents Monday night informing them of the flu outbreak and asking families to take precautions such as washing their hands, drinking fluids and getting plenty of rest.

Smalley said he does not have any plans to cancel school, because teachers in the district seem to be recovering from the illness. Twenty-one staff members called in sick on Monday, and 15 called in sick on Tuesday. Smalley expects those numbers to improve throughout the week.

"We're finally starting to turn this around and win against the flu bug," Smalley said Tuesday afternoon. "It seems like our staff is getting healthier and healthier."

Man sentenced to prison in optical store fatal shooting

Dec. 16, 2014 5:44 p.m. | A man involved in a fatal attempted robbery of a Bayside optical store was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison followed by 71/2 years of supervision.

Tedric Sanders, 20, was charged with felony murder and bail jumping in the death of Joshua Drake, fatally shot by an employee of Innovative Optique during an attempted robbery Aug. 14.

Prosecutors agreed to drop the original charges when Sanders pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery as a party to a crime and recommended 71/2 years in prison plus 71/2 years on extended supervision. His attorney, Robert E. Webb Jr., argued for four years each of prison and supervision.

Assistant District Attorney Antonio Apollo said the optical store has not reopened. The owners did not attend Tuesday's hearing. He reminded Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Stephanie Rothstein that Sanders had several prior offenses.

Sanders, Drake and at least one other person drove to the Audubon Shopping Center in a silver Dodge Charger and backed up to the store. Owner Guadalupe Aguilar asked his brother, Marty, to write down the license number.

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Mequon-Thiensville residents will vote on $18.2 million referendum proposal

Dec. 16, 2014 11:00 a.m. | Mequon — Residents in the Mequon-Thiensville School District will weigh in on a $18.2 million facilities referendum in the spring election.

The Mequon-Thiensville School Board unanimously voted Monday, Dec. 15, to put the referendum question on the April 7 ballot. The idea of a referendum was first proposed in October, and over the course of the last two months, district officials have solicited resident input through surveys and open house events.

In its survey, the district sought feedback on a $20 million referendum and an $11 million referendum. The $20 million option would have included about $14 million in capital improvements and $5.3 million toward the creation of collaborative learning environments at all district schools. The $11 million option only included capital improvements.

Out of the 540 survey responses, 87 percent of respondents said they believe the district's facility needs must be addressed now. Seventy-two percent of respondents said they would vote yes on a $20 million referendum addressing all of the district's facility needs.

Based on survey results, the school board decided to pursue a third option: an $18.2 million expenditure that would include $14.4 million in capital improvements and $3.8 million for collaborative learning environments at the middle school and high school levels.

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I-43 reconstruction project approved by feds

Dec. 15, 2014 6:01 p.m. | Glendale — Federal highway officials have approved a major reconstruction of Interstate 43 that would expand the highway to six lanes, reconfigure two interchanges and create one new interchange.

The reconstruction project would target the 14-mile stretch of I-43 between Silver Spring Drive in Glendale and Highway 60 in Grafton. In addition to constructing three lanes in each direction, the project would also create a new interchange at Highland Road, replace the partial interchange at County Line Road with a full-access interchange and replace the Brown Deer Road interchange with a new diverging diamond interchange. The remaining interchanges and most of the bridges within the corridor would be rebuilt.

Construction is expected to begin in 2020 , but the timing of the project is dependent on funding availability. The project is estimated to cost $460 million, or $560 million if accounting for inflation in 2020, according to a 441-page DOT report.

"WisDOT is pleased (the Federal Highway Administration) has given us the green light on the I-43 project," Brian Bliesner, the Department of Transportation Project Development Chief, said. "This decision, along with the (Transportation Projects Commission's) recommendation, will allow us to address important modernization needs of this more than 50-year-old corridor."

DOT officials say the reconstruction project is needed to increase safety and reduce congestion, especially between Silver Spring Drive and Good Hope Road. Current traffic volume reaches up to 84,000 vehicles daily, and is expected to increase to up to 101,000 vehicles in 20 years. About 40 percent of the corridor has crash rates exceeding the statewide average for similar roadways, according to a Transporation Planning Commission report.

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Shorewood apartments project seeks $5.5 million in village financing

Dec. 15, 2014 10:17 a.m. | A Minneapolis firm planning to develop 100 higher-end apartments for seniors in Shorewood is seeking $5.5 million in village financing assistance.

Sherman Associates Inc. would develop the units within a four-story building on 4 acres at 3900 N. Sherburn Place. The parcel now includes an industrial building, which once housed Milwaukee PC, that would be razed.

The value of the completed project is expected to be at least $18 million, according to a development agreement to be considered by the Village Board at its Monday night meeting.

That agreement, recommended by the Community Development Authority, calls for the village to provide up to $5.5 million in financing for the project. Those funds would be provided through the project's new property taxes, and would be paid over 20 years.

The project would not be feasible without the village's financial help, said Chris Swartz, village administrator. 

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Eisenhower girls beat Shorewood, 50-32

Dec. 12, 2014 9:57 p.m. |  Taylor Crubaugh doesn’t usually get in the spotlight for New Berlin Eisenhower, but Friday night, the senior wing stole the show in a 50-32 Woodland Conference victory over Shorewood at home.

Crubaugh blew open a close game by scoring 11 of the Lions’ 15 points in the third quarter, giving Eisenhower some breathing room when the Greyhounds battled back at the end of the quarter.
Leading 26-15 at intermission, junior forward Emalie Hahn opened the second half with two free throws and a layup off a pass from senior guard Sammy Kozlowski for a 30-15 lead.
Crubaugh scored on a fastbreak off a pass from Kozlowski while Shorewood countered with baskets by senior Ashley Eimers and junior Jada Stackhouse cutting the lead to 32-19.
But then Crubaugh nailed a 3-pointer at 4 minutes, 1 second, another at the 3:30 mark and a third at the 1:59 mark – all from the right side - for a 41-19 lead, forcing Shorewood coach Jeff Eimers to call a time out.
"I just found an opening and it happened to be at the same spot each time," Crubaugh said. "I just shot it."
Ike coach Gary Schmidt talked about his senior's performance.
"Taylor's strength is outside shooting," he said. "She likes to load up from the outside. We know them would play zone (1-3-1) tonight and we needed a zone buster and she was it tonight."
When Stackhouse scored on a drive and a free throw and another drive and Annie Leo scored on a steal, the Greyhounds climbed back to within 41-26 after three quarters. Stackhouse scored seven of Shorewood’s 11 points in the third period.

But Eisenhower held off the Greyhounds with a low-scoring fourth quarter (9-6) and the closest Shorewood could get was 13 points.
Kozlowski led the way with 15 points, Crubaugh added 13 and Hahn added 10. Stackouse led Shorewood with 14.
Afterwards Eimers talked about his team's performance.
"We had to play an error-free game," he said. "Our offense worked, we had shots, but I felt we missed a lot of layups. In a game like this, if we're going to win it, we have to make those layups."
After Crubaugh hit those 3-pointers, Shorewood switched to man-to-man and Eimers was pleased with the results.
"I was happy with it," he said. "I didn't think we could match up with them. We told the kids in the third quarter, it was up to them (on how they finished the game) and they did not give up at all. They were tired."

River Hills woman killed in driveway accident

Dec. 12, 2014 8:22 p.m. | A River Hills woman was killed when her SUV rolled over her in the driveway of her home, according to a report released Friday by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

According to the report, Kap Y. Bae, who would have turned 70 Friday, was found by her husband under the driver's side of the vehicle in the 8300 block of N. Range Line Road about 7 p.m., Thursday.

The keys to the SUV were found in the ignition, and evidence indicated Bae was in front of the vehicle attempting to stop it when she was pulled under the vehicle as it moved forward, according to the report.

Cable firm opening Glendale headquarters

Dec. 05, 2014 7:00 a.m. |

Network cable installer Cable Com LLC will establish its headquarters in Glendale under a proposal approved this week by that city's Plan Commission.
The company plans to buy a building at 6070 N. Flint Road from United Technologies-Otis Elevator to use as its headquarters, according to a commission report. Cable Com is now at 3701 W. Burnham St., in Milwaukee.
Cable Com has 55 employees, and expects to relocate to the Glendale facility in January, said owner Nik Ivanevic.

Sushi restaurants to open on North Shore: Ginza in Bayside-Fox Point, Kawa in Glendale

Dec. 04, 2014 11:32 a.m. | Kawa, a restaurant serving sushi and Japanese dishes, plans to open at 325 W. Silver Spring Drive in Glendale.

The site is the former Irina’s Kitchen, and Jonathan’s Bagels before that.

The City of Glendale has approved occupancy for the restaurant, and the owner now is renovating the space. Kawa is expected to have about 25 seats at tables, with 11 seats at a sushi bar.

The restaurant is on pace to open in late January or early February, owner Lin Jin Xiao said.

Ginza Japanese Restaurant will open a second location soon in Audubon Court, at 333 W. Brown Deer Road. The shopping plaza straddles Bayside and Fox Point.

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Mequon lawyer indicted on 33 counts related to fraud, money laundering

Dec. 03, 2014 10:52 p.m. | A Mequon lawyer whose clients sued her for fraud in civil court two years ago has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 33 counts, including bank and wire and mail fraud, money laundering and filing a false tax return.

Sarah E.K. Laux, 35, runs her own office in Greenfield and targeted older clients with estate planning and trust services, often through free luncheon seminars. She also had a related insurance company she at times claimed was a nonprofit organization, according to former clients.

In announcing the charges Wednesday, U.S. Attorney James Santelle said financial fraud by people in positions of trust is a high priority for his office, "especially so when the victims of the suspected offense are vulnerable because of age or infirmity and have relied upon their attorney to faithfully protect their financial interests and well being — only to have the trust exploited and abused."

Laux's growing troubles were first reported by the Journal Sentinel last year, when her most prominent clients, the heirs of early 20th century Milwaukee industrial leader Charles Pfister Vogel, claimed she had converted more than $1.5 million, money they claimed Laux used, in part, to purchase real estate in Mequon and pay personal expenses.

According to that civil suit and the federal indictment, that scheme involved Laux convincing the trustees of Carleen Vogel Guenther's main trust that she needed $450,000 from a trust principal as the move-in fee at Newcastle Place, a senior housing development in Mequon. That was approved, and Laux, acting with Guenther's power of attorney, moved the money into accounts she controlled at a different bank.

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Glendale dad gets 41 years for shooting sons during driveway argument

Dec. 02, 2014 11:41 a.m. | A Glendale man who shot his two sons — killing one of them — during an argument in their driveway was sentenced Tuesday to 41 years in prison.

Robert C. Washington Sr., 58, pleaded guilty in October to first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Robert Curtis Washington II, 20, and to first-degree reckless injury for wounding Wesley Washington, 15.

Washington was sentenced to 32 years for the homicide, plus nine more for the nonfatal shooting.

The incident took place in June at their home in the 1000 block of W. Theresa Lane.

According to the complaint, Washington told police he was being bullied and disrespected in his own house by his wife and children and that some rough play by one of the boys during a game of basketball put him over the edge.

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Whitefish Bay appoints village manager

Dec. 02, 2014 12:47 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — Steven Sheiffer has been appointed as Whitefish Bay's village manager after eight months of serving on an interim basis.

Sheiffer, 65, was hired on March 21 by the Whitefish Bay Village Board on a six-month agreement to temporarily fulfill the duties of former Village Manager Patrick DeGrave, who resigned without explanation in early March. After only two months under the original agreement, Sheiffer's employment was extended on May 19 for an additional year, with his work week expanding from 25 hours to 30 hours.

The latest employment agreement unanimously approved by the village board on Monday, Dec. 1, removes "interim" from Sheiffer's job title, placing an indefinite time window on his employment. The agreement stipulates that Sheiffer will receive $70 per hour and will work 30 hours per week, excluding village board meetings. Sheiffer is an at-will employee, and would need to provide four months advance notice before resigning.

Sheiffer retired in 2008 after 34 years in local government administration. He most recently served 21 years as the city manager of Janesville, which has a population of 65,000 people. He has also worked in Concord, Massachusetts, Salem, Illinois, and Amherst, Massachusetts.

Sheiffer still lives in Janesville, so he typically spends Mondays and Tuesdays in Whitefish Bay, works from home on Wednesday, and returns to Whitefish Bay on Thursday and Friday. The village pays $10,000 for him to stay in a local hotel on Monday and Thursday nights, and provides a monthly cell phone allowance of $50.

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Shorewood police chief to retire after 33 years

Dec. 01, 2014 11:21 p.m. | Shorewood — A lifelong Shorewood resident, Police Chief David Banaszynski has spent his entire adult life looking out for his friends and neighbors.

On Monday, Dec. 1, Banaszynski announced his 33-year career with the Shorewood Police Department would be coming to an end in May. Banaszynski, who turns 57 in April, said he is retiring to spend more time with his wife, three children, their spouses and his seven grandchildren.

"It is time I take my own advice — 'Family comes first'," he wrote on Facebook. "I have spent most of my adult life serving and protecting the residents of Shorewood, something I am happy to do, but now it is time to serve my family."

The Shorewood Police Commission will soon begin its process of recruiting a new police chief, and Banaszynski said he will work to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.

After spending his entire life in Shorewood, Banaszynski said he and his wife are planning to move closer to family in Arkansas, where the weather is warmer and the cost of living is cheaper. In addition to spending time with his family, he also has a number of bucket list items, like visiting the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and Yankee Stadium.

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