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Masked man warned for trespassing outside Starbucks in wee hours

Jan. 30, 2012 5:04 p.m. | A 49-year-old Glendale man was warned for trespassing after a report of a man wearing a ski mask holding a computer standing outside of Starbucks, 302 E. Silver Spring Drive, at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 26.

The man said he was using the company's Wi-Fi to pay his bills online.

Brown Deer schools get $2.4 million additional bonds for campus remodel

Jan. 28, 2012 2:50 p.m. | The Brown Deer School District will have an additional $2.4 million in Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, QZAB, that will be used toward the remodeling of the middle school and the portion of the high school that will be used by the seventh and eighth grades once the move to a two-school campus is accomplished in 2013.

Director of Finance Emily Koczela said the authorization for additional bonds means taxpayers will save the interest on $2.4 million over the next 10 years.

Under the QZAB program, bondholders get federal tax credits instead of cash interest payments.

In June 2011, the district learned it got authority for $5 million under the program. The program requires a 10 percent match from the community.

Koczela said plans are under way for the match for the initial $5 million. Four projects, including the campus clean up, garden, plantings, creek clean up, the website, and the annual maintenance corps of volunteers, a Middle School PTO sponsored Science is Fun Fair and 20 internships per year for the next five years, and an educational concert or performance, are either under way or in the planning stage. Koczela estimates the value of the projects will be more than $500,000, or 10 percent, provided they all come to fruition.

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GT boys improve to 16-0 with impressive 90-54 rout of Bay

Jan. 27, 2012 10:24 p.m. | Whitefish Bay assistant basketball coach Jim Smallins knows all about terrifying, heart-in-your throat, head-shaking and what-in-the-name-of-heck-can-we do-against-these guys kind of teams.

After all, he coached a couple of them to WIAA state titles back in 1966 and 1967 during the halcyon days of the high-powered Milwaukee Lincoln program. Those teams could race up and down the court and score at will according to those of a certain age with long memories.

Lincoln is long-gone as an institution, but the memory of its powerful basketball program remains intact in the ferocious, intense man pressure that the Germantown boys are imposing on everyone they meet this season.

Good or bad or in-between, the results are the same, no one can stand in against the Warhawks (8-0 in the North Shore and 16-0 overall) for long, and the Blue Dukes, who entered Friday night's game with a respectable 9-4 overall mark (5-2 in the North Shore), were just the latest speed-bump.

The top-ranked in state Germantown squad forced nine first quarter turnovers, hit 14 of 24 shots in the period and generally made a mockery out of any sense of competition by racing out to a 33-4 lead.

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Worker killed in Mequon construction accident

Jan. 27, 2012 9:28 p.m. | A 27-year-old Racine man doing carpentry work was killed Friday afternoon in a construction accident at the Mequon Country Club, police said.

The accident was reported shortly after 2:40 p.m. at 12400 N. Villa Du Parc Drive, Mequon police said.

The man, whose identity was not released, fell from the upper portion of a structure that was being built at the location.

The accident is under investigation by Mequon police and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, police said.

Big guys lead charge for Germantown grapplers in 49-30 win over Homestead

Jan. 26, 2012 11:23 p.m. | The well-known bobblehead out in the trophy case alongside the Germantown gym probably tipped its head spontaneously in approval when no one was looking following the Warhawks' 49-30 North Shore dual meet win over rival Homestead on Thursday night.

But probably just a little bit, as because everyone in the area wrestling community knows, now retired coaching legend Barry Bernstein made his way across the North Shore leaving success in his wake, starting first at Whitefish Bay, then with a long tenure at Germantown (his formal employer) and then finishing up a fine stint at Homestead last season.

He and his lovely wife Nancee are now retired and living in Colorado, where Bernstein is no doubt helping bears to wrestle (laughs).

The bobblehead, which is the property of current Germantown coach and Bernstein protege' Casey Gabrielson, is probably a bit too skinny and Homestead wrestling coach Ernie Millard, who is a long-time friend of Bernstein's and who admits to having a copy of that very same bobble on his desk, offered this question:

'What I don't understand is why it does it have so much hair?"

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Boy OK after being struck by car while crossing North 60th Street in Brown Deer

Jan. 24, 2012 5:40 p.m. | Brown Deer Police report a 13-year-old Milwaukee boy was struck by a car this afternoon while crossing North 60th Street in the crosswalk at West Fairlane Avenue.

The boy was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. His parents were notified and came to the scene of the accident.

Officers and the North Shore Fire Department were called to the area at 3:19 p.m. The driver of the vehicle, a 74-year-old Milwaukee woman, was at the scene. She was driving her car south on 60th Street when she struck the boy.She was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

There was no visible damage to the vehicle and the driver was not injured.

This is the second car-pedestrian accident in the general area this month. A 15-year-old Brown Deer boy was stuck by a car while in the crosswalk at North 60th Street and West Tower Avenue at 7 a.m. Jan. 6.

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Showalter's 36 leads motivated GT to stunning 86-48 rout of HHS

Jan. 20, 2012 10:50 p.m. | If this is the way that the Germantown boys basketball team reacts in the face of adversity, then the rest of the state's squads better hope that no one else on the unbeaten number-one ranked in state Warhawks gets hurt.

Because even without injured 6-11 center Luke Fischer, the Warhawks dominated the boards, outhustled and flat outplayed seventh-ranked in state Homestead by a lopsided 86-48 count in what was supposed to be a first-place showdown in the North Shore Friday night.

Oh, and they also had all-state guard Zak Showalter feeling like he was virtually unguardable as he recorded a career-high 36 points, including 24 in a first half that decided the game at 48-17.

"Every team faces some adversity," said Showalter of Fischer's broken pinky finger. "If we want to get to where we want to go, we have to face some of it."

And of course, everyone knows where the 14-0 Warhawks want to go this season:

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Tollaksen resigns as River Hills village manager

Jan. 19, 2012 4:00 p.m. | River Hills Village Manager Tom Tollaksen is resigning his post. His last day in the office will be Jan. 27.

Tollaksen, who was appointed River Hills' village manager in September, 1996, said he believes his goals at the village have been largely accomplished, including modernization of public services, improvement of village infrastructure, and fostering of a competent, compassionate and creative village staff.

"Although I will no longer be village manager," Tollaksen said, "I look forward to doing what I can to continue the village's status as a strong and vibrant community."

Tollaksen said his decision to leave the village was not an easy one.

"There are other personal goals that I want to accomplish," he said, "and the timing seems right for me and my family."

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Nourse asks Obama to withdraw her nomination to federal appeals court

Jan. 19, 2012 3:53 p.m. | University of Wisconsin law professor Victoria Nourse has asked President Barack Obama to withdraw his nomination of her to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"On January 18, I wrote the President asking that he withdraw my name from Senate consideration," Nourse wrote to a UW colleague:

The highest calling anyone could have is to serve their nation; I have served under two Presidents, one Democratic, the other Republican.   I am honored to have been asked to serve my nation again.  

 I have nothing else to say at this time, except to refer you to the letter sent by legal experts across the nation, among them many conservatives, supporting my nomination and objecting to the procedure that has been used to block it.

 To quote Chief Justice Roberts, 'the system is broken."

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Edge of Town in Mequon closes; to reopen as the Edge

Jan. 19, 2012 2:18 p.m. | A popular spot for Friday fish fry, the Edge of Town restaurant and bar at 14015 Cedarburg Road in Mequon closed last week after 41 years in business, according to its Facebook page.

Building owner Stephen Smith and his business partner are renaming the business The Edge and expect to reopen it by March 1 after doing some work on the interior.

It will reopen at first with liquor service only, gradually adding a food menu with items such as appetizers, burgers and sandwiches, Smith said.

Elsewhere:

T.J. Aliota’s at 261 E. Hampton Ave., a longtime neighborhood spot, is dark and the phone has been disconnected.

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Jackson-Body's 29 points lead Shorewood boys past Brown Deer, 73-65

Jan. 17, 2012 10:07 p.m. | Heart is succeeding with a knee wrap, four fouls and knowing that your opponent is taller, more athletic and maybe faster than you.

Heart is 5-8 Shorewood senior guard Deion Jackson-Body and his Greyhound teammates, who rallied from an eight-point first half deficit to pull away from visiting Brown Deer for a surprising 73-65 Woodland Conference victory Tuesday night.

"This is a really nice accomplishment," said Jackson-Body, who scored 29 points to lead the Greyhounds. "We got a few more wins last year and now we're getting some good wins this year (over good teams) and that's what makes it even better."

It was a major accomplishment, according to coach Phil Jones, because the Greyhounds (4-6 in Woodland play and 7-6 overall) have had a series of close games recently that they just couldn't quite put away.

But that wasn't the case tonight, largely due to the heart of players like Jackson-Body, Bobby Kohl, Aaron Bailey and Donovan Freeman.

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Fox Point-Bayside extends administrator contract

Jan. 17, 2012 12:44 p.m. | The Fox Point-Bayside School Board extended the contract for the district's superintendent Monday night after fielding calls for her resignation.

School Board President Michael Weiss said in a statement Tuesday that the board voted, 4-0, to approve the extension of "all administrative contracts," including that of Superintendent Rachel Boechler.

At issue is a decision that Boechler made in the early 1990s when, as a guidance counselor for Wauwatosa East, she did not report the sexual relationship between a female student and a teacher at the school.

The Fox-Point-Bayside board was aware of the case when it hired Boechler. Details of that case became more widely known after a Journal Sentinel column by Daniel Bice was published this month.

"It is important to remember that the Wauwatosa School District handled this matter according to its own procedures 20 years ago, and we have been advised that Dr. Boechler did report the matter to her supervisor at the time," Weiss wrote. "With a much better understanding of the facts than we have today, the Wauwatosa School District chose to take no disciplinary action against Dr. Boechler. . . .

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Bearden's free throw lifts Homestead boys to 61-60 win over Bay

Jan. 13, 2012 11:05 p.m. | Homestead sophomore point guard Lamonte' Bearden knew he was going to sink at least one free throw in the delicate situation he was placed in Friday night in the Highlanders' North Shore Conference showdown with Whitefish Bay.

How delicate? Try being fouled with one second left and the score tied at 60-all with a share of first place in the North Shore Conference on the line.

And then just for fun, Bearden tightened the screws on himself and Highlander fans just a little more by missing the first toss.

"Oh God," he laughed, many minutes after he sank the second throw giving Homestead a critical 61-60 victory over the defending state D2 champs and keeping their massive first-place showdown at top-ranked in state Germantown (13-0) next Friday intact.

"I knew I was going to sink one and more importantly, the team believed I was going to sink it too. They told me to miss the second one (if he made the first one). I guess I got that backwards (laughs)."

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Nicolet School Board candidate Halstrom withdraws

Jan. 13, 2012 2:18 p.m. | Nicolet School Board candidate Melody Halstrom has withdrawn from the three-person race this spring. While her name will likely appear on the ballot April 3, Halstrom's announcement essentially means the Nicolet race will be uncontested.

Incumbent Marilyn Franklin and newcomer Libby Gutterman also are seeking the two seats up for election. Incumbent Jennifer Peltz is not seeking re-election.

Halstrom, of River Hills, said she likely will run for Nicolet School Board in the future. After speaking with Gutterman, Halstrom said her opinions mirrored her would-be rival and felt there would be a duplication. Halstrom said she also respected Franklin, who has been on the Nicolet board for 24 years.

Mequon council approves senior apartments despite neighbors’ objections

Jan. 11, 2012 8:35 p.m. | Property owners who live near a proposed senior apartment facility on North Cedarburg Road continued to oppose the project but an equal number of city residents from other areas as well as support from outside the city and from business owners made a strong case for allowing the project to continue at Monday's Common Council meeting.

In the end, after almost three hours of discussion, the council, by a 5-3 vote, decided to allow the construction of the 96-unit apartment building at 10908 N. Cedarburg Road to move ahead.

Jury acquits Whitefish Bay man of 2008 sexual assault try involving baby sitter

Jan. 11, 2012 1:21 p.m. | After the state Supreme Court agreed to suppress his statements to investigators, a Whitefish Bay man was found not guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage babysitter in Sheboygan County in 2008.

A jury acquitted Brad Forbush, 51, late Tuesday after a two-day trial, the Sheboygan Press reports.

The girl had told investigators Forbush had invited her to see a video of his children but when it began it was pornography, and he told her that's what they were going to do. He then tried to keep her inside his Town of Holland vacation home before she escaped.

Forbush testified that the wrong DVD played by mistake, he never mentioned sex, and he only tried to get hold of the babysitter -- now 22 -- to explain what had happened. 

Forbush's attorney, Craig Mastantuono of Milwaukee, told the Press the jury decided “what we can reasonably surmise happened from the testimony is not what the prosecution said it is.”

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Shorewood School Board accepts superintendent's retirement

Jan. 11, 2012 12:01 a.m. |  The Shorewood School Board voted to accept the retirement of Superintendent Blane McCann on Tuesday night -- but not without being scolded by members of the public for letting him go.

Shorewood residents spoke at the beginning and end of the school board meeting at Atwater Elementary School, many of them criticizing the board for not doing more to keep McCann.

"I'm extremely disappointed and angered," said Shorewood resident John Carlton, "regarding the forces that came to lead Dr. McCann to retire." Carlton's a former school board member who lost a re-election bid in 2010.

McCann, 54, asked the board in a letter dated Dec. 29 to approve his request to retire after nine years as superintendent. The letter said the retirement would be effective July 10.

But the retirement will apparently not be the end of McCann's education career.

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West boys make enough plays to hold off Shorewood, 58-55

Jan. 10, 2012 10:12 p.m. | Shorewood junior forward Donovan Freeman could only pump his fist in frustration as his long three-pointer rattled off the back of the iron Tuesday night at the buzzer allowing New Berlin West to take a collective deep breath as it pulled off a physical 58-55 Woodland Conference road decision.

"That's the way our season has been going," said Greyhound coach Phil Jones. "Almost all of our losses have been like that. Greendale, South Milwaukee, Eisenhower and now this one. All four points or less."

With the win, West improved to 6-3 in Woodland divisional play and 8-4 overall while Shorewood fell to 3-5 and 6-5, respectively.

And Vikings coach Jeff Lewiston knows how lucky his team was tonight. West led wire-to-wire but the Greyhounds hung around all night and there was no point in the second half when the Vikings felt comfortable.

"We were fortunate," Lewiston said. "They just kept coming and coming. We had to keep our foot on the accelerator because they just kept battling."

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Brown Deer official appointed to MMSD panel

Jan. 09, 2012 5:16 p.m. | Brown Deer Village President Carl Krueger has been appointed to fill an elected official vacancy on the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's 11-member governing commission. Krueger is owner of Carl Krueger Construction Inc., a remodeling contractor.

Milwaukee County's Intergovernmental Cooperation Council on Monday appointed Krueger to complete the remaining term of former Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier, who stepped down as mayor on Dec. 15 to become Milwaukee County's economic development coordinator. Her term on the MMSD commission expires in July 2013.

The ICC on Monday also appointed Leon Saryan of Greenfield as a citizen member of the commission to complete the remaining term of Dale Richards of Oak Creek. Saryan, a biochemist and member of the Greenfield Board of Health, is retired from a job as director of industrial toxicology at Aurora Health Care.

Richards, the former Oak Creek mayor, stepped down in December after serving the maximum nine-year limit on the commission. His term expires in July 2012.

The ICC appoints four of the 11 commission members. Seven are appointed by the Milwaukee mayor.

Stanley Cup coming to Ozaukee County

Jan. 09, 2012 3:35 p.m. | Tony Hrkac, Concordia University Wisconsin men's hockey coach, will help welcome the Stanley Cup when it makes a stop at the Ozaukee Ice Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

As a player, Hrkac hoisted the Cup in 1999 after his Dallas Stars team won the National Hockey League crown.

Now, area hockey fans will have an up-close viewing opportunity. The Cup has been awarded annually to the NHL champion after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup finals since 1926.

Admission and photo opportunities for the Cup on Jan. 14 will be $10 for adults, seniors, and children 10 and older. Kids younger than 10 will be admitted for $5.

Admission includes cup viewing, photo taking, and CUW's men's hockey game vs. Finlandia at 2 p.m.

Shorewood administrator McCann retiring

Jan. 09, 2012 1:44 p.m. | Shorewood School District Administrator Blane McCann plans to retire July 10. The School Board will consider McCann's request for retirement at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In a letter to the board, McCann, who has been administrator for 10 years, said that he plans to "remain active in the field of education and to continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Agnew's spark gives Bay girls the strength to pull past Grafton, 28-24

Jan. 06, 2012 10:29 p.m. | The Whitefish Bay girls basketball team was looking for a spark, any kind of offensive spark in a grinding, physical defensive struggle at North Shore rival Grafton Friday night.

And senior guard Lindsey Agnew was the one who finally hit the circuit breaker.

She hit a jumper from the wing at the end of a minute-long possession at the start of the fourth quarter to close the gap to 18-17 and then three minutes later, she hit a three-pointer, also from the wing to put the Blue Dukes ahead for good, as they remained unbeaten with a 28-24 decision over the host Blackhawks.

"Lindsey was clearly the star of the night," said Blue Duke coach Greg Capper. "She held us in there offensively until the rest found their feet."

"And as we know, that took awhile."

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Fox Point-Bayside plans to test alert system Sunday

Jan. 06, 2012 4:14 p.m. | The Fox Point-Bayside School District will be testing its Blackboard Connect mass notification system on Sunday evening, Jan. 8.

The program allows school district leaders to contact parents and others with time-sensitive information.

"Today we must be prepared for emergency situations that we never could have anticipated happening, such as the bank robber apprehension on school grounds at Stormonth and the extended power outage at Bayside this past fall. The Blackboard Connect platform provides our district with the technology needed to quickly communicate with parents and staff," said Rachel Boechler, district administrator, in announcing the new system "We recognize the important role that immediate communication plays in safety, as well as student success, and we will use the system to engage parents and keep them informed of important issues as they come up."

In urgent situations, the district can quickly send accurate notifications and updates to parents and staff, helping to prevent the spread of misinformation, streamline efforts and keep students safe. The system also has the capability to disseminate information such as mandatory school closures, testing schedules, parent teacher conferences and related school events.

The messages can be sent via voice, text or email.

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Mequon man pleads guilty to killing parents

Jan. 06, 2012 3:28 p.m. | A 21-year-old Mequon man pleaded guilty Friday to killing his parents in the family's home after they refused him $5 for gas, and faces a likely sentence of life in prison.

Dennis Markov was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the April 17 deaths of Victor Markov, 45, and mother Larissa Markov, 39.

Police found the couple shot to death in the garage of their home in the Ville du Parc subdivision after Larissa Markov's co-workers reported that she hadn't shown up for job at Alexian Village retirement community.

Dennis Markov was also there and told police he had shot his parents, who had emigrated from Ukraine when their son was about 6.

The case had been set for trial Jan. 27, but a judge last month denied Markov's attorney's motions to suppress statements Markov made to police and to have the trial moved to another county. Plans for a change of plea were filed Tuesday.

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Brown Deer teen OK after being hit by car going to school

Jan. 06, 2012 11:58 a.m. | A 15-year-old Brown Deer boy was taken to a local hospital for non life threatening injuries after he was struck by a car around 7 a.m. today.

According to police, the boy was crossing North 60th Street in the crosswalk at West Tower Avenue when a car driven by a 49-year-old Milwaukee woman struck the boy. The woman, who was driving north on 60th Street told police she did not see the boy. The boy was walking to Brown Deer High School where he is a student.

The pedestrian sustained non-life threatening injuries, including a possible broken leg, and was transported by North Shore Fire Department ambulance to a local area hospital. The parents of the pedestrian were notified.

The vehicle, a 2007 Honda, sustained minor damage and the driver was not injured. The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and released from the scene.

Williams-Sonoma closing Bayshore shop

Jan. 05, 2012 2:30 p.m. |  Upscale cooking-supply, glassware and table-linen retailer Williams-Sonoma is pulling out of Bayshore Town Center.

The shop, located in the enclosed mall, will shut down after the close of business on January 15. Williams-Sonoma has been at Bayshore since 1999.

The retailer acted after lengthy but ultimately unsuccessful negotiations with Bayshore, a statement Thursday from Chris Jaeger, general manager of the shopping complex, indicated.
 
"After several months of efforts made to renew the lease with Williams-Sonoma at Bayshore, the decision was made by Williams-Sonoma corporate office to move in a different direction and not renew,” Jaeger said.
 
It appears no one is lined up to occupy the 3,576-square-foot space near the Bayshore food court. Jaeger’s statement said the mall “will move forward and continue to pursue high-quality retailers that our customers have come to expect.”
 
The Bayshore shop is among the smaller ones in the Williams-Sonoma chain. The average Williams-Sonoma store has 6,500 square feet, nearly twice the size of the Bayshore operation, according to the company’s most recently quarterly financial filing.
 
As of October 30, the San Francisco firm had 268 Williams-Sonoma stores, including one at Mayfair Mall; 201 Pottery Barn locations; and a combined 120 stores under the Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm brands.
 
Williams-Sonoma did not respond to questions Thursday.
 

Work to start in February on Shorewood Walgreens, apartments

Jan. 05, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Excavation work is to begin in February for a parking structure that will be part of a Shorewood development to include a new Walgreens, and 84 apartments.

Developer Mandel Group Inc. will close on its financing by the end of January after the Village Board this week approved a revised development agreement, said Richard Lincoln, the firm's senior vice president of development.

The agreement was revised in part to reflect reduced financing costs to the village of around $80,000, said Lincoln and Chris Swartz, village manager.

The project's first phase will be a parking deck just west of Nehring's Sendik's grocery store.

Once that's completed, the Walgreens and apartment building, including an additional parking structure, will be built on the parking lot for Nehring's Sendik's, west of N. Oakland Ave. and south of E. Kenmore Place. The new building will relocate Walgreens from its current location across Kenmore Place.

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Schilz seeking re-election to Brown Deer Village Board

Jan. 04, 2012 12:54 p.m. | Tim Schilz is running for re-election to the Brown Deer Village Board.

Schilz, 55, lives with his wife, Kathleen, at 6543 W. Floral Lane. The couple have two sons.

He is completing his fourth consecutive term on the board and was first elected to the position in 2000.

Schilz earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and serves as director of analytical business development for the Van London-pHoenix Co.

Oates runs again for Brown Deer Village Board

Jan. 03, 2012 9:20 p.m. | Brown Deer Trustee Robert Oates is running for re-election to the Village Board.

Oates, 54, lives with his wife, Joan, and two daughters at 8185 N. 61st St.

He is completing his second term on the board.

Oates, a senior wholesale account executive with Caliber Funding, holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Sweeney will seek another term as alderman

Jan. 03, 2012 9:18 p.m. | Dan Sweeney, 2nd District alderman in Glendale, is running for re-election.

Sweeney, 32, lives at 6521 N. Sunny Point Lane and has a fiance, Emily.

He is completing his first two-year term as a Glendale alderman. He previously served on the city of Milwaukee's Board of Appeals from 2008-10.

Sweeney holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is a community development officer with Wells Fargo's Wisconsin and upper Michigan offices.

Man, 57, arrested for drunking driving after stopping to ask policer officer for directions

Jan. 03, 2012 1:39 p.m. | A 57-year-old Fox Point man who stopped to ask a police officer for directions was arrested for drunken driving in the 8800 block of North Port Washington Road at 2:10 a.m. Dec. 24.

According to the Village of Bayside police report:

The man pulled up behind a squad car saying he was lost and needed directions to get home.

The officer asked to see the man’s license and he pulled out at least 15 cards and went through them twice before finding it.

When asked if he’d been drinking he said, “Not much.”

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The most-read stories of 2011

Jan. 03, 2012 12:54 p.m. | Some of the most interesting news often happens in the suburbs and the just-completed year was no exception.

The most-read NOW online story of 2011 was an item on a 70-year-old St. Francis man who found a missile buried in the wall of his bathroom. How did it get there? We don't know for sure, but a former owner of the house was a World War II veteran known to collect war souvenirs.

We invite you to take a look back at some of the other most popular stories from 2011:

Woman uses 5-year-old son as shield against Taser

Family of lost child at Mayfair fights with police officers

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Robber grabs cash, drugs at Shorewood pharmacy

Jan. 02, 2012 10:08 p.m. | Shorewood - A man robbed a pharmacy at gunpoint Monday, leaving two employees in handcuffs and taking cash and narcotics, police said.

According to police, the gunman entered the Thompson's Serv-U Pharmacy at 1421 E. Capitol Drive about 1 p.m. and displayed a chrome or silver handgun. He fled in a dark-colored four-door vehicle with no plates that had been parked in the rear of the parking lot. One of the victims was able to free herself and call police.

The suspect was described as an African-American male, wearing a black jacket and gray hooded sweat shirt underneath, a knit cap and a scarf partially covering his face. Anyone with information about the robbery is being asked to call Shorewood police at (414) 847-2610.

Community Watch

» Masked man warned for trespassing outside Starbucks in wee hours 1/30

» Brown Deer schools get $2.4 million additional bonds for campus remodel 1/28

» GT boys improve to 16-0 with impressive 90-54 rout of Bay 1/27

» Worker killed in Mequon construction accident 1/27

» Big guys lead charge for Germantown grapplers in 49-30 win over Homestead 1/26

» Boy OK after being struck by car while crossing North 60th Street in Brown Deer 1/24

» Showalter's 36 leads motivated GT to stunning 86-48 rout of HHS 1/20

» Tollaksen resigns as River Hills village manager 1/19

» Nourse asks Obama to withdraw her nomination to federal appeals court 1/19

» Edge of Town in Mequon closes; to reopen as the Edge 1/19

» Jackson-Body's 29 points lead Shorewood boys past Brown Deer, 73-65 1/17

» Fox Point-Bayside extends administrator contract 1/17

» Bearden's free throw lifts Homestead boys to 61-60 win over Bay 1/13

» Nicolet School Board candidate Halstrom withdraws 1/13

» Mequon council approves senior apartments despite neighbors’ objections 1/11

» Jury acquits Whitefish Bay man of 2008 sexual assault try involving baby sitter 1/11

» Shorewood School Board accepts superintendent's retirement 1/11

» West boys make enough plays to hold off Shorewood, 58-55 1/10

» Brown Deer official appointed to MMSD panel 1/9

» Stanley Cup coming to Ozaukee County 1/9

» Shorewood administrator McCann retiring 1/9

» Agnew's spark gives Bay girls the strength to pull past Grafton, 28-24 1/6

» Fox Point-Bayside plans to test alert system Sunday 1/6

» Mequon man pleads guilty to killing parents 1/6

» Brown Deer teen OK after being hit by car going to school 1/6

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