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Fox Point's village levy increases by a half-percent

Nov. 30, 2012 3:28 p.m. | A 2013 budget calling for a 0.5 percent increase in the property tax levy was approved Thursday by the Fox Point Village Board.

After six deliberation sessions with village staff and a public hearing, the board took action on the budget, which totals nearly $7 million. The document was approved, 6-1.

Coming in at 79 percent, property tax payments represent the majority of Fox Point's income. Additional sources include payments from other governmental agencies, license and permit fees and fine and forfeiture payments.

To make ends meet, the village is dipping into its reserves. About 5 percent of next year's expenses are expected to be covered through the fund balance (reserves).

Trustee wanted zero increase

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Mock trial puts students in middle of police excessive force debate

Feb. 13, 2016 10:22 p.m. | Rows of spectators sit silently as a young woman's inflection rises and voice bellows in an emotional monologue.

Her costume is a black blazer and horn-rimmed glasses. Her stage is an ornate courtroom, and her co-stars are her professionally clad classmates. Her message: Police are accountable to protect and serve their community.

Students representing six high schools in the Milwaukee area debated a case involving excessive force by a police officer in this year's regional mock trial competition held Saturday at the federal courthouse. It was one of several competition sites in the state for the Mock Trial Tournament sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin.

"We try to choose hot-button issues that are of interest to the students," said Emily Lonergan, co-chair of the mock trial program. "There have been a number of excessive force cases dealing with police officers in the news over the past year."

The personal injury case created for the competition involved a young man, perceived to be homeless, being approached by a police officer on a park bench, drawing similarities to the Dontre Hamilton case in Milwaukee.

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Mequon officials continue to wrestle with Airbnb ordinance

Feb. 12, 2016 4:18 p.m. | Mequon — Mequon officials continue to wrestle with an ordinance that would regulate short-term rentals in Mequon homes.

Under an ordinance that went before the Mequon Common Council on Feb. 9, Mequon residents who want to rent their property would have to apply for a conditional use grant, which requires a public hearing, notification of all neighbors within a quarter mile, notification in a newspaper and approval from the Mequon Plan Commission.

The ordinance would apply to rentals of 29 days or less. These short-term rentals would be limited to six guests, and would require a miminum two-night stay. Homeowners would only be allowed to rent their house six times per year under the ordinance.

The ordinance's harshest critic has been Alderman Mark Gierl. He suggested the issue be decided by voters in a referendum election.

"We don't need an ordinance because we don't have a problem," he said. "It's intrusive government, and it's a taking of property rights."

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Whitefish Bay girls basketball team wins twice, gains momentum

Feb. 12, 2016 3:01 p.m. | Showing increasing competitive fire, the Whitefish Bay girls basketball team beat both Nicolet (52-35) and Port Washington (49-43) last week.

"We're discovering that when we play inside out and don't force the the 3s we're much better off," said coach Jon Schneider. "We're looking much better against teams the second time around (in the North Shore Conference)."

With the two victories, the Blue Dukes are 5-6 in the North Shore and 8-11 overall. The not-tall and not-experienced Blue Dukes have won four of their last five games.

They took on two-time North Shore champ Germantown on Feb. 9 and then will visit winless Milwaukee Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. The Germantown game will be senior night for Bay as Rachel Schmidt and Emma Jonas will be honored.

Against area rival Nicolet, the Blue Dukes built a 22-16 first half lead and then slowly pulled away in the second session (it was 20-9 at one point).

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Brown Deer boys basketball team continues to roll and pass new tests

Feb. 12, 2016 3:01 p.m. | Just a few days after the conclusion of a mammoth week that included wins over state powers New Berlin Eisenhower and Wisconsin Lutheran, it would have been easy for the Brown Deer boys basketball team to let down moving forward.

No chance, as this young but ever improving team put itself two games up in the Woodland Conference East race with an impressive, 88-71 win over its closest divisional rival Whitnall on Feb. 2 and then an 81-68 victory over Cudahy on Feb. 5.

The two wins improved the Falcons to 10-2 in league play and 13-4 overall and gave them a five-game win streak. They have a good chance to extend that streak when they visited South Milwaukee (3-9 in conference) on Tuesday, Feb. 9 and then host Shorewood (3-9) also at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12.

"Going into it (beginning a few weeks ago with a loss to Pewaukee), we knew we wanted to be playing well as the homestretch started closing in," said coach Kelly Appleby. "We really wanted to play well in those games and see what we had.

"I think we answered a lot of the questions."

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North Shore athletes set their collegiate futures

Feb. 12, 2016 3:01 p.m. | Potential is starting to be realized in many ways for North Shore area athletes as National Collegiate Signing Day on Feb. 3 was a massive success.

Homestead alone had 16 athletes ink National Letters of Intent, including several off the WIAA State D2 football team of last fall.

Meanwhile, the WIAA State D2 champion Whitefish Bay boys soccer team saw three standouts earn NCAA DI scholarships

And Nicolet had several athletes give themselves a chance at greater athletic and educational success.

The Homestead football, which overcame a rough start to claim a remarkable fifth WIAA state title, had Now All-Suburban and all-state selection at defensive back Jack Popp get a preferred walk-on at the University of Wisconsin while star defensive lineman Josh Mueller will switch sides to offense as he earned a scholarship to Iowa State.

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Victims in fatal Brown Deer crash identified

Feb. 12, 2016 2:04 p.m. | Brown Deer police have identified the driver and passenger who died in a crash Thursday.

Kierra M. Jackson, 20, of Milwaukee, the driver, died at the scene of a single-car crash at the southwest corner of N. Teutonia Ave. and W. Dean Road about 12:33 a.m.

A passenger flown to a hospital by Flight For Life was identified as Fredericka L. Owens Wright, 22, of Milwaukee. Owens Wright died at the hospital.

A third occupant has been identified as America K. Goudy, 20, of Milwaukee. Goudy has been released from the hospital.

A four-door Chevrolet Cavalier appeared to have lost control and left the road southbound in the 8400 block of Teutonia.

Milwaukee man fatally injured in Brown Deer crash

Feb. 11, 2016 5:54 p.m. | A man who caused a three-car crash while driving the wrong way in Brown Deer died from his injuries, police said Thursday.

Charles E. Washington, 59, of Milwaukee was driving north in the southbound lane in the 8600 block of N. Green Bay Ave. just before the crash, reported about 8:30 p.m., Friday, according to a news release from the Brown Deer Police Department.

Washington died Wednesday and two other people suffered injuries in the crash that are not life-threatening, according to the release.

Alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the crash, which remained under investigation, according to the release.

Wrong-way driver dies in hospital after three-car accident

Feb. 11, 2016 3:25 p.m. | Brown Deer — A 59-year-old Milwaukee man died on Wednesday, Feb. 10, five days after causing a three-car accident by driving the wrong way on Green Bay Road.

The wrong-way driver, Charles Washington, drove northbound in the southbound lanes of Green Bay Road, causing a three-car crash in the 8600 block around 8:31 p.m. on Friday Feb. 5. Washington was transported to the hospital for severe injuries, but died five days later on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Two other people were transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Another person was treated on the scene.

A preliminary investigation indicates alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Update: 20-year-old woman released from hospital after car crash that killed 2 other women

Feb. 11, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Brown Deer — One of the three young women involved in a single vehicle accident in Brown Deer early Thursday morning has been released from a hospital.

America Goudy, 20, of Milwaukee, has been released from the hospital as of Friday, Feb. 12. She was in critical condition on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Police have also released the names of the two young women who died in the car crash.

The driver, a 20-year-old Milwaukee woman named Kierra Jackson, was ejected from the car and died on the scene. A second passenger, a 22-year-old Milwaukee woman named Fredericka Owens Wright, was flown to a hospital by Flight for Life and died at the hospital.

The crash occurred at 12:33 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the southwest corner of Teutonia Avenue and Dean Road.

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What residents in Southeast Wisconsin need to know to prevent the spread of Zika virus

Feb. 11, 2016 12:02 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —It may not be on the minds of most Wisconsinites amid the snow and frigid temperatures, but as the seasons change a major international health concern could have widespread effects right in our backyards.

Following the Feb. 1 declaration by the World Health Organization that has deemed the Zika virus an international public health emergency, local businesses and health care organizations are bracing for what the virus could mean at a local level.

Mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common symptoms of the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness, which has prompted several travel alerts to be issued to areas including the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

Before the warmer temperatures make their ways back into the area, local pest control professionals are saying there are some things for those making plans for spring break to keep in mind.

While Wil-Kil Pest Control does not have the medical expertise to comment directly on the virus and symptoms, Regional Manager Randy Allen said the company is seeking to generate awareness about mosquito prevention.

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Shorewood girls basketball team closing in on third straight Woodland title

Feb. 10, 2016 2:04 p.m. | Wins over Greenfield and South Milwaukee allowed the Shorewood girls basketball team to pull even closer to that hoped-for third consecutive Woodland Conference East Division crown.

The Greyhounds entered the week at 9-4 in league play and 13-6 overall. If they beat both Whitnall (road game on Feb. 9) and then visiting Brown Deer on Friday, Feb. 12, they will clinch that crown outright with one game left to play.

Greyhound coach Jeff Eimers, whose team has won 11 of its last 12 games, thought that last season's fun Woodland and WIAA regional championship squad was the pinnacle of the program's recent turnaround, but he has been impressed by his squad's efforts despite some serious graduation losses.

"I was in the gym last night (on Feb. 5) and I was looking up at the banner and it hit me, 'How cool would it be to have three (titles) in a row?'" Eimers said. "Not many teams get to do that, but soon we could be adding 2016 to the banner.

"It's funny, the season is playing out much like it did last year."

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Homestead's Millard to be inducted into WBCA Hall

Feb. 10, 2016 1:29 p.m. | North Shore Conference baseball coaches Ernie Millard, Jeff Wolf and Jay Wojcinski are old pals, and they like to beat each other's brains out each summer as the leaders of the Homestead, Germantown and Whitefish Bay squads, respectively.

But they also like to celebrate each other's grand accomplishments (occasionally sticking each other with the bill), like the time a couple of years ago when Wolf and Millard took Wojcinski out to congratulate him on the Blue Dukes' first North Shore title in many years.

Recently Wolf and Wojcinski took Millard out to celebrate a grand and entirely well-deserved honor for this relentlessly optimistic, hard-working, well-respected and honest-to-a-fault paragon of coaching excellence.

They're going to stick Millard in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches' Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Marriott Middleton Hotel because as Menomonee Falls baseball coach Pat Hansen said:

"He's just a great role model."

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Whitefish Bay boys basketball team stays in NSC race with rally past Nicolet

Feb. 10, 2016 1:18 p.m. | Everyone counts on the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team, from stars Elijah Moore and David Thompson to clutch 3-point ace Cade Garcia, and down to the five senior reserves who started the 79-74 win over border rival Nicolet on Feb. 5.

"I really liked how those kids (Kale Moore, Alec Lindfors, Tony Schulz, Carter Heston and Charlie Cohen) reacted to the situation (of starting)," said Blue Duke coach Chris Millner. "They deserved that shot. They've worked hard. And Cade got hot at the right time for us (a run of three 3-pointers in a two-minute span late in the second half).

"That's the thing about this team. There's always someone stepping up, picking us up."

It was a fitting win on senior night for Bay, who on this busy evening also had the Milwaukee Bucks' mascot Bango, the Bucks' Band and the UW-Milwaukee Panther in attendance.

The Blue Dukes, who rallied from an 8-0 deficit incurred in the first couple of minutes, improved to 7-3 in the North Shore Conference with the win and 12-6 overall. They trail only Germantown (9-1) and Cedarburg (8-2) in the NSC.

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Shorewood boys swimming team uses depth to win fourth league title

Feb. 10, 2016 11:54 a.m. | Shorewood senior swimmer and defending WIAA D2 state 100-yard butterfly champ Michael Perry was annoyed that he couldn't pull off a win in his specialty at the Woodland Conference Meet at Greenfield on Feb. 6.

But then he thought about the big picture, about how the Greyhounds successfully won their fourth consecutive league championship and about the prospect of going really, really fast and the Greyhounds doing some seriously big things in the WIAA D2 state meet in Madison on Feb. 19, and then he relaxed.

"I was definitely disappointed about that," he said with a small chuckle. "I came off that third wall, and I should have taken him (Greenfield's Tyler Lustig). I really can't believe I didn't take him. But then I thought about it, and I remembered Greenfield/Greendale/Pius rested a little for this meet while we kept working.

"High school swimming is very much a team sport. When one guy has a really good swim, we all feed off of it. It just becomes easier that way. The guys we did rest had great meets, too, which gives us some insight into how the next couple of weeks will (hopefully) go."

The Greyhounds, who were third in the state D2 meet last season, have high goals in mind for the coming state series. They will head down to Whitefish Bay for sectional competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The winner of each event, plus all those who efforts are among the next 12 fastest out of all sectionals statewide, will head to that state meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium on Feb. 19.

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SPORTS SHORTS: Feb. 11

Feb. 10, 2016 11:29 a.m. |

USM CO-OP GIRLS HOCKEY

The Wildcats successfully defended their Eastern Shores Conference title with a 2-1 victory over the Bay Area Ice Bears in the league tournament championship game on Feb. 6.

Junior Nicole Unsworthprovided the winning goal on a shorthanded effort in the third period.

"What a great hockey game," said USM hockey coach Jake Haury, "and what a win for us. Marie (keeper Detert) played out of her mind tonight. What an effort. Our defense was also great. I can't believe it. The Ice Bears are a great team. Our games against them are always tough."

Freshman Gaby Turer scored the first goal of the game in the opening minute on a deflection off a shot from Michaela Fritz.

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