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Nicolet Superintendent Monroe announces retirement

Dec. 18, 2012 10:26 a.m. | Nicolet Superintendent Rick Monroe will retire at the end of this school year, the district announced in a news release this morning.

Monroe, who has been Nicolet's Superintendent since 2007, announced his retirement at a special faculty and staff meeting today.

"I've been thinking about it since August, and over Thanksgiving break I had time to think and reflect on it," Monroe said. "I said 'yes, the time is right.'"

Monroe began his education career in 1976 in the Milwaukee Public Schools system as a special education teacher. He served in MPS for 19 years before becoming Principal of St. Francis High School and later Shorewood High School.

At this point, Monroe said he isn't considering any other employment options after retirement, and timed his announcement to allow the school board to find a suitable replacement by the beginnning of the 2013-14 school year. 

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Aurora gets naming rights to Homestead's strength and conditioning center

10:03 a.m. | Mequon — The Homestead High School Strength and Conditioning Center will be named after Aurora Health Care, in recognition of the organization's $50,000 donation to an athletic facilities fundraising campaign.

Aurora has offered to commit $50,000 to the Highlander Strong campaign in exchange for a five-year naming rights agreement for the school's strength and conditioning center. The Mequon-Thiensville School District is working with Aurora to design signage for the existing athletic facility.

Since October, the Highlander Strong fundraising campaign has raised $970,000 for the first phase of its project, which is estimated to cost $1.3 million. The first phase would construct a community pavilion, install artificial turf on the football field and regrade and irrigate the soccer field.

This is the school district's second naming rights agreement for the Highlander Strong campaign. The school board in February decided to name a future athletic pavilion after Sommer's Subaru in recognition of the car dealership's $250,000 contribution to the $500,000 building, which would include restrooms, concessions and two team rooms.

Crave Cafe plans to offer takeout food in former Runaway Meatball building

April 27, 2015 1:28 p.m. | Shorewood — A new takeout restaurant has plans to take over a building previously occupied by Runaway Meatball, which closed last year.

The new restaurant, called Crave Cafe, plans to open on May 1 in the building at 3592 N. Oakland Ave. The restaurant is owned by Unique Foods, which is listed as being located at 3600 N. Oakland Avenue, which is where East Garden Chinese restaurant is located.

Crave Cafe plans to offer a variety of burgers and fries, including unique offerings such as a tonkatsu burger, Korean BBQ burger and a soft shell crab BLT sandwich. The 1,450-square-foot space has seating for 12 people, in addition to a minimal amount of patio seating.

Crave Cafe plans to operate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to an application for a conditional use permit. The restaurant owners anticipate most of the business will be takeout orders.

The Shorewood Plan Commission will consider the restaurant's conditional use application at its meeting Tuesday night.

River Hills wants sex offender removed from village facility

April 27, 2015 11:23 a.m. | River Hills officials want a say in the fate of a sex offender they say has been living in the village illegally.

A court hearing on that request Monday marked the latest dust-up between municipal authorities, state agencies and judges over the increasingly difficult task of finding places where sex offenders can serve supervised release.

Earlier this month, another Milwaukee County judge said the county's patchwork collection of local residency restrictions amounts to a virtual ban on sex offenders, which frustrates the intent of a state law that allows indefinite civil commitment for the worst sex offenders but requires they have a chance to return to their communities after treatment.

River Hills has such an ordinance, adopted last fall, that prohibits sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of schools, day cares, parks, nature preserves, libraries or places where golf, tennis or swimming facilities are used by children.

Lawyers for the village want to be heard in the case of Edward Fink. Fink was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in the 2003 sexual assault of a 67-year-old woman in Oak Creek. He was ordered to treatment at a state mental hospital.

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Dance group to perform at Whitefish Bay library

April 24, 2015 12:38 p.m. | On Wednesday, April 29, in the Whitefish Bay Public Library Room, the Whitefish Bay Public

Library story time and the Ceci Broussard Dancers will unite for a dance book story time and a dance performance.

Dance story books will be read by the library's children's librarian at 6:30 p.m.

From 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., the Ceci Broussard Dancers will perform ballet, tap and jazz numbers in honor of National Dance Week.

Broussard is the Wisconsin State Representative for the National Dance Week Foundation.

Mequon police searching for bank robbery suspect

April 23, 2015 3:43 p.m. | Mequon — Mequon police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a US Bank location at 11111 N. Port Washington Road late Thursday morning.

The Mequon Police Department responded to a report at 11:23 a.m. of a robbery in progress at the bank, which is near the intersection of Port Washington Road and Mequon Road. The suspect, who was wearing sunglasses, a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and jacket, approached a teller and demanded money. He then fled the bank on foot and got into a black pickup truck parked waiting in a nearby parking lot.

No bank employees or customers were injured during the incident.

The robbery is being investigated by the Mequon Police Department. Mequon police, along with US Bank, are offering a cash reward for information that leads to the identification of the actors involved in this robbery.

Please contact the Mequon Police Department at 262-242-3500 and ask to speak with a detective or shift supervisor to provide information.

Shorewood School Board asks legislators to increase school funding

April 21, 2015 10:30 p.m. | Shorewood — The Shorewood School Board is asking state legislators to commit to a $250 increase in per-pupil funding in the state budget in each of the next two years.

Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget would cut $150 in per-pupil categorical aid next year, but would restore that funding in the second year of the biennium budget. In its letter to legislators, the school board said a $250 increase in per-pupil funding would support the needs of its students, including local efforts to advance STEAM initiatives and Expeditionary Learning practices. Additionally, the board said the district needs more funding to address higher poverty levels and an increase in the number of students needing special education services.

"This will support Wisconsin's public schools: the open-armed, broad-shouldered institutions throughout this state with the unique privilege of serving all of the children that come through their doors," the board wrote in its letter. "Please listen to us and the legions of professionals across the state who are making similar claims. Attacking public education does not serve the long-term interests of the state."

The school board went on to say it has reduced costs where possible by making school buildings more energy-efficient, reducing health insurance benefits for active employees and retirees and reducing the benefits employees receive upon retirement.

"We have excellent people across our district committing heart and soul to the success of all of our students," the board said. "We cannot continue to ask them to settle for less pay, longer hours, or fewer or further-reduced benefits.

Shorewood hires Burlington police chief to lead department

April 21, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Shorewood — Burlington Police Chief Peter Nimmer has been hired as Shorewood's new police chief.

Nimmer will become the ninth police chief in the history of the Shorewood Police Department, replacing David Banaszynski, who has served as chief for 10 years and has been with the department for 33 years. Nimmer will start work in Shorewood on May 18, and will be sworn in at the village board meeting that night.

Nimmer has nearly two decades of law enforcement experience, including five years as Burlington's police chief and 12 years of supervisory experience at the Brown Deer Police Department. He earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has also served in the Marine Corps and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Nimmer has served on the executive board of the Wisconsin Police Accreditation Coalition for seven years and worked for three years as a lead assessor for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group. Nimmer has also been on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association for the past two years and is the 3rd Vice President.

Nimmer was hired by the Shorewood Police Commission on Monday, April 20, after a thorough interview process, as well as 'meet and greets' with the village board, village manager and staff, as well as a representative from the police union.

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Rogers Memorial unveils Brown Deer facility

April 21, 2015 3:23 p.m. | Brown Deer —In an effort to expand mental health treatment to the North Shore area, Rogers Memorial Hospital is opening a new Brown Deer facility that will provide inpatient care for anxiety, depression, addiction and other mental health disorders.

The 55,000-square-foot facility will feature 56 beds, including an adult wing with 28 beds and a child and adolescent wing with 28 beds. The hospital features individual and group therapy rooms, experiential therapy, a gym, training and educational space, kitchen and cafeterias, and administrative offices. Four recreational patios extend off the inpatient units.

Jim Kubicek, vice president of operations for the Brown Deer facility, said the new hospital, which will eventually employ as many as 200 people, will help meet a market demand for an inpatient mental health facility in the North Shore area.

"There is no other dedicated inpatient psychiatric facility in the North Shore area, so we hope to be able to meet the demands of this population," he said.

The adult wing features 15 beds for mental health patients and 13 beds for patients suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. The balance of mental health services and addiction services can shift to accommodate either patient group, as the majority of patients with mental health disorders also tend to have alcohol or drug addiction issues, Kubicek said.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Bucks; Kaminsky; Brewers; WIAA balance rules

April 21, 2015 2:00 p.m. | Do the Bucks have a chance against local rival Chicago in the NBA playoffs? Also, will the Badgers make Frank Kaminsky their first-ever retired number, does the poor early start foretell doom for the Brewers, and how the WIAA landscape could dramatically alter on April 22.

Shorewood plants seed for farmers market

April 21, 2015 1:08 p.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood seems like a ripe environment for a farmers market, but up until now, village residents have had to leave the village to find local produce and specialty goods on the weekends.

With the Shorewood Village Board's approval of a farmers market on Monday, April 20, the village joins the ranks of other North Shore suburbs like Whitefish Bay, Fox Point and Brown Deer who have adopted farmers markets. The Shorewood Farmers Market will be held on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the west playground area at Atwater School. The market will start on June 28 and run through Nov. 1.

The farmers market is being organized and managed by Shorewood resident Tia Torhorst, who will also have the help of volunteers. Torhorst said a farmers market has long been discussed in Shorewood, which values local businesses, neighborhood interactions and forging relationships with farmers and producers.

"I've always been surprised Shorewood didn't have a farmers market, and I know it's something that a lot of people wanted for the village," Torhorst said. "I think we as a community support local businesses as much as we can, and this is a good way to support farmers and producers directly."

Torhorst said she plans to book about 20 local vendors, including produce, meat, eggs, coffee, food items, canned preserves, seeds and flowers and other specialty goods. She said she wants to partner with as many local businesses as possible.

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Two critically injured after rollover crash in Mequon

April 20, 2015 10:03 a.m. | Mequon — A 30-year-old Milwaukee man and a child were critically injured in a rollover crash Friday, April 17, at Highland and Wasaukee roads.

Flight For Life helicopters transported the man and child to Froedtert Hospital after the crash at 3:45 p.m., which according to a news release from the Mequon Police Department, was caused by the Milwaukee man driving his van into the rear of a utility trailer being pulled by a small dump truck. The dump truck, driven by a 56-year-old Mequon man, was stopped westbound on Highland Road, at the stop sign for Wasaukee Road.

The Mequon man was not injured in the accident. When police and fire officials arrived at the scene, bystanders were removing the Milwaukee man and child from the van, which had rolled over into a ditch.

The accident is being investigated by the joint Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department/Mequon Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit.

McDonald's owner gets 9 years for running pot ring

April 17, 2015 4:28 p.m. | A Whitefish Bay man was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Friday for running a large-scale marijuana distribution ring through his three North Shore McDonald's restaurants.

Prosecutors say Edward G. Patterson, 40, recruited his employees and a fellow Little League dad into the conspiracy, carried a gun and, once in jail, tried to hire someone to murder informants who helped agents make the case against him.

According to court records, he had started at the bottom of the McDonald's career ladder, worked his way up in the family business from laborer to manager and eventually took an ownership stake in stores in Glendale, Fox Point and Mequon.

But by 2012, he used them like a line of credit. He took money from the restaurants to buy large amounts of marijuana from California, for resale in Wisconsin, and then laundered the illicit profits back through McDonald's accounts, "in effect providing himself a short term loan," according to his lawyer's sentencing memo.

Patterson told at least one co-conspirator that he was selling marijuana to get enough money to buy the Glendale McDonald's outright, and that he was hoping to make $2 million in the pot trade because, "When they legalize it, it's all over."

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15-year-old boy attacked while walking in Shorewood

April 15, 2015 12:08 a.m. | Shorewood — A 15-year-old boy was attacked by a group of male teenagers in an attempted robbery Tuesday evening.

The boy was walking east in the 1900 block of Menlo Blvd. at 6:27 p.m., when another teenage boy with dreadlocks and gold teeth asked him to use his cell phone. The victim declined, and three or four more teenage boys got out of a nearby parked minivan and attacked him. The victim was knocked to the ground, but he was able to get up and run away. The suspects were attempting to steal the boy's backpack and cell phone, but they were unsuccessful.

The suspects drove northbound on Murray Avenue. Shorewood officers saw the vehicle flee north on Morris Boulevard at a high rate of speed. Officers lost sight of the vehicle, but it was seen again in Glendale and Milwaukee. The van, which was stolen, was later found abandoned in Milwaukee. The vehicle was recovered and returned to the owner.

The main suspect is believed to be between 16 and 17 years old. The other three to four suspects are believed to be between 16 and 19 years old. If anyone has information regarding this incident, contact the Shorewood Police Department at 414-847-2610.

Brown Deer house damaged by basement fire

April 14, 2015 11:38 p.m. | Brown Deer — No one was injured in a basement fire at a Brown Deer house Tuesday afternoon.

The resident living at 4502 W. Fountain Ave. called 911 at 1:36 p.m. Tuesday to report a fire in his basement. He said the fire may involve some type of chemical reaction. He was able to safely evacuate the home.

North Shore Fire Department crews arrived to find a significant amount of smoke coming from multiple sides of the home. The firefighters were met with high heat and zero visibility in the basement, but they were able to quickly locate the fire and bring it under control.

There is extensive fire, smoke and water damage to the basement of the home as well as smoke damage throughout the first floor. The damage estimate to the structure and contents is approximately $30,000.

Investigators from North Shore Fire/Rescue and the Brown Deer Police Department investigated the cause of the fire. They believe fumes from a solvent being used to clean and remove flooring in the basement were ignited by an unknown heat source.

Shorewood bank robbery suspects arrested

April 14, 2015 11:29 a.m. | Shorewood — Two suspects have been charged with robbing Wells Fargo Bank Saturday morning.

Phillip Conner, a 27-year-old Milwaukee man, and Jamilia Troop, a 29-year-old Milwaukee woman, are accused of robbing the bank, located at 4015 N. Oakland Ave., at 9:05 a.m. on Monday. Troop allegedly approached the bank teller and asked to cash a check, and then Conner allegedly displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The two suspects then fled out the front door into a car that drove west on Capitol Drive.

Shorewood police say Conner and Troop were arrested after getting off a bus in Kansas City, where they are awaiting extradition back to Wisconsin. The two suspects have been charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday with one count each of robbery of a financial institution, a class C felony.

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