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St. Robert to commemorate its namesake in bronze

Nov. 28, 2012 2:06 p.m. | St. Robert Parish School, 2200 E. Capitol Drive in Shorewood, will continue to celebrate its centennial with a life-sized bronze statue of patron Saint Robert of Newminster.

Bishop Emeritus Richard J. Sklba will bless the statue at a special mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

The project was initiated and commissioned by St. Robert Pastor Rev. Dennis Dirkx, and made by Shorewood resident and fourth-generation parishioner John A. Balistreri, who is an artist and graphics teacher at Messmer High School and operates a fine art gallery in Door County.

For more information, contact Lisa Lesjak at (414) 332-1164 ext. 302 or llesjak@strobert.org.

Vets to walk red carpet in Mequon for Honor Flight screening

Nov. 28, 2012 1:54 p.m. | Over 400 veterans, volunteers, and friends of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will walk the red carpet Thursday, Nov. 29 as the North Shore Cinema screens the documentary "Honor Flight".

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is a local chapter of the Honor Flight Network, a nation-wide group of volunteers, organizers, and donors who ensure that World War II veterans are able to visit the Washington D.C. WWII memorial.

Three local veterans featured in the film will be in attendance: 87-year-old Joe Demler of Port Washington; 87-year-old Harvey Kurz of Grafton; and 89-year-old Julian Plaster of Milwaukee.

The fourth local veteran in the film, Orville Lemke of Milwaukee, passed away six weeks after his honor flight.

Veterans will arrive at 5 p.m. and the screening begins at 6 p.m. Honor Flight will run in select Marcus theaters in Wisconsin from Dec. 5-7.

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Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Brown Deer, UWM form education collaboration

Nov. 28, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School District and the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin's School of Education are teaming up on education projects that benefit both parties.

The School Board on Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding for the current school year that details a partnership with UWM's SOE. There is no financial impact for the district as a result of this collaboration, Superintendent Deb Kerr said.

Both parties agree to work together on the development and implementation of projects that benefit both institutions. Funding could from either UWM or the district, depending on what is being done.

"We are using each other and the expertise and talent to accelerate and evaluate learning," Kerr said.

The district will help the SOE with both funded and unfunded research projects that can help educators from both places. For example, if the Brown Deer School District agrees to let a faculty member who teaches motivation, conduct research at Brown Deer, that faculty member will provide professional development or consultation with Brown Deer faculty at no cost.

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Brown Deer School District drafting letter to legislators detailing state budget needs

Nov. 28, 2012 10:34 a.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board on Tuesday decided to draft a letter to send to state legislators detailing the district's needs for the next biennial budget.

Brown Deer has faced massive cuts over the last state budget cycle. As talks of the new biennial budget begin, board member Dennis Griffin said this is an opportune time for the board to voice its opinion. Griffin recently attended lobbying meetings focused on the Department of Public Instruction's Fair Funding proposal, a plan DPI says would fix Wisconsin's funding formula and make it fair and equitable. In light of these lobbying efforts, Griffin brought the discussion of lobbying to the board to see what efforts they could make.

The issue is not whether the board supports the Fair Funding proposal, but rather what the district's main needs are in relation to state aid, Griffin said.

"I'm not saying if we should support the funding formula, I'm saying this is a good time to communicate what we need in Brown Deer," he said.

At the top of the list is more state aid. Business Director Emily Koczela said at the very least, Brown Deer needs to make it clear that it cannot withstand any further cuts in aid.

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Brown Deer seeks answers in an effort to improve

Nov. 28, 2012 10:32 a.m. | Brown Deer - About 100 students leave Brown Deer every year to attend public school outside of the district and the School Board wants to know why.

In an effort to get a better understanding of why parents choose to Open Enroll their students in surrounding public school districts, School Board members will reach out to these families via phone in the coming weeks.

"We can guess all we want, but until we get hard data we won't know what to focus on," board member Kevin Klimek said.

These families will receive a letter in the mail before calls are made, letting residents know what to expect. The letter will be signed by all the board members to show this is a unified effort by the board to better understand families' reasoning, as well as discover ways the district might improve, Board President Gary Williams said.

Klimek said most board members have agreed to make the calls.

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The Nines in Mequon launching Sunday brunch buffet

Nov. 23, 2012 3:02 p.m. | Ozaukee County is getting a new brunch: The buffet brunch debuts Sunday at the Nines at the River Club of Mequon

It will have stations with salads, fruit, grilled vegetables and chilled seafood; breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage and a couple of breakfast dishes, such as biscuits and gravy, that change weekly; a carving station with beef tenderloin; and an omelet station.

Brunch is served 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s $18.95, or $10.95 for children 12 and younger.

The Nines is at 12400 N. Ville du Parc Drive.

See the best fog photos on social media

Nov. 21, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Dense fog clouded Milwaukee and surrounding areas Wednesday morning, and many people took to Twitter, Instagram and other social media services to share photos.

View those photos here.

Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged

Nov. 16, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For more than 40 years, Gary Medrow has wielded a telephone the way a check forger wields a pen.

Except instead of faking signatures for financial gain, Medrow has used the phone as a disguise to impersonate people in officialdom - from police officers to accident investigators - to indulge his favorite fetish: persuading complete strangers to carry each other around.

The latest persona adopted by the 68-year-old serial impostor, according to a criminal complaint, is that of a Journal Sentinel photojournalist, calling two female high school athletes to set up photo shoots in which they would hold each other upon their shoulders.

Medrow, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday and charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with two counts each of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident involving two Cedarburg High School girls.

Authorities in Franklin, Verona, Hartland and Mequon are investigating similar incidents, which involve female athletes who have had their pictures in the newspaper, Cedarburg police Officer Joe Biliskov said.

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Stingy defense gives Homestead football team its fourth state title

Nov. 16, 2012 6:49 p.m. | It takes heart and a bit more to break a state record 48-game winning streak, to turn back an empire that has won three state championships in a row, to shut out an offensive juggernaut that once scored 76 points on a team this year and which has not been shutout in something close to seven seasons.

The Homestead football squad had those qualities and did all of those things Friday afternoon in the WIAA State D2 championship game, defeating previously Waunakee by a 14-0 score. The title was the fourth for Homestead (12-1) since 1999 (1999, 2006, and 2008), and its first in division 2.

"It's a great day to be a Highlander," shouted defensive coordinator Fritz Rauch to anyone who listen in the late-afternoon sun at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison

And he wouldn't get any arguments from anyone wearing red and white fan gear this afternoon. His unit was on the field much of the second half but still found the will and the way to turn back the powerful Warriors (12-1) three times inside the five-yard line in the second half.

Arguably the most incredible effort was the first one on fourth and a foot situation early in the third quarter, where the interior of the Highlander line caved in the Warriors' offensive front to such an extent that quarterback Will Decorah was essentially tripped by one of his own men and his hand-off to back Tyler Reynolds was ruined resulting in a two-yard loss.

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Homestead shuts out Waunakee, wins D2 title

Nov. 16, 2012 4:03 p.m. | The Homestead football team did something no team has done in three years -- defeat Waunakee. It happened at the most opportune moment possible, with the Highlanders winning the WIAA Division 2 state title Friday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, 14-0.

Waunakee, which came into the battle with a 48-game winning streak and three consecutive D2 state titles, threatened to score on multiple occasions but never could crack the goal line, getting shut out for the first time since November of 2005.

Perhaps most important sequence came with 28 seconds left in the first half, when Homestead took the ball at its own 25 and scored two plays later. Jay Schneider ran 53 of those yards on first down, and quarterback Jake Laihinen hit freshman Jack Popp for a 22-yard score with 11 seconds to go. The Highlanders thus took a 14-0 lead into the locker room.

The defense made play after play to preserve the lead. On fourth and goal from the 1, Waunakee was turned away for a 2-yard loss on the first drive of the second half. Jacob Mehlhoff intercepted Waunakee quarterback Will Decorah after the Warriors had reached the Homestead 12-yard line on a fourth down play one series later.

Waunakee's next drive reached 1st and goal on the 8 before the Warriors turned the ball over on downs. Lineman Ryan Stendler also intercepted a pass in the first half to squelch a drive.

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Read the social media story of Homestead vs. Waunakee

Nov. 16, 2012 3:48 p.m. | The Homestead Highlanders won 14-0 against the Waunakee Warriors, ending the Warriors' 48-game win streak, in the Divsion 2 championship game.

Read the social media story of the game here.

Gynecologist sentenced to year in jail in patient sex case

Nov. 15, 2012 4:00 p.m. | A Whitefish Bay gynecologist was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail and three years of probation for having inappropriate sexual contact and conversation with four patients.

Evan Saunders was found guilty in September of four counts each of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Ellen Brostrom sentenced Saunders, 48, to four consecutive 90-day jail terms on the disorderly conduct counts. He must report by the day after Thanksgiving and will be allowed 10 hours a week of release time for child care.

Brostrom imposed a nine-month jail term for each sexual assault count but stayed that portion of the sentence in favor of three years of probation.

Among the conditions of the probation are that Saunders not practice medicine or work alone with others in a clinical setting - he surrendered his medical license last month; get sex offender and substance abuse assessments; maintain absolute sobriety; and perform 200 hours of community service.

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Falling kegs lead to surprise carbon monoxide discovery

Nov. 15, 2012 11:40 a.m. | North Shore Fire Department crews inadvertently discovered elevated levels of carbon monoxide at the Sprecher Brewery in Glendale while tending to an employee injured by several falling kegs.

According to an NSFD news release:

Bayside dispatch received a call at 4:05 p.m. yesterday requesting an ambulance for an employee who had been injured by several falling kegs.

While tending to the employee, a carbon monoxide warning device attached to a medical kit sounded, indicating elevated carbon monoxide levels. Crews on scene retrieved additional meters from the fire engine, finding readings as high as 120 parts per million (ppm) throughout areas of the structure.

The brewery was evacuated and ventilated. No employees complained of symptoms or requested evaluation from NSFD crews.

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Mequon Plan Commission recommends winery proposal

Nov. 14, 2012 7:57 p.m. | A zoning amendment that would allow approval for a proposed Mequon winery has been endorsed by the city's Plan Commission.

If approved by the Common Council, the zoning change would set the stage for relocating the Chiselled Grape Winery to 14136 N. Port Washington Road, about one-half mile south of Pioneer Road.

Under the zoning change, Chiselled Grape would seek a conditional-use permit for its operation. That would require separate council approval.

The winery, including its tasting room, would use a four-bedroom house and barn at the Mequon location. It would move from its current location at Lakefield and Port Washington roads, about 1.5 miles north of the Mequon site in the Town of Grafton.

Owners Allan Haas and co-owner Harald Tomesch opened Chiselled Grape in 2011 at a former country school, which their business is leasing.

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Sprecher Brewery evacuated for elevated carbon monoxide levels

Nov. 14, 2012 7:08 p.m. | A workplace injury Wednesday at the Sprecher Brewery in Glendale led to detection of elevated carbon monoxide levels, forcing an evacuation of employees, according to the North Shore Fire Department.

Firefighters and an ambulance crew were called to the brewery at 701 W. Glendale Ave. shortly after 4 p.m. when an employee was struck by several fallen kegs, according to Firefighter/Paramedic Dan Tyk.

While the employee was being treated, Tyk said, a carbon monoxide alarm attached to medical kit carried from the ambulance began to sound and elevated CO levels were detected throughout the building, which was then evacuated.

The exhaust from a forklift being used inside the plant was determined to be the source of the carbon monoxide and the entire structure was ventilated, Tyk said.

The incident highlights the importance of having working carbon monoxide detectors in homes and workplaces, he said.

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Fox Point OKs run-walk organizers' request to use village streets

Nov. 14, 2012 2:10 p.m. | The Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday approved a request by organizers to use village streets in conjunction with a planned 5K run-walk in support of a child who has a form of leukemia.

Nine-year-old Audrey Parrott, who lives in the area, was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In an effort to fund a portion of the mounting medical expenses, organizers are planning the run-walk at 9:30 a.m. Sunday near Stormonth Elementary School, 7301 N. Longacre Road.

While organizers were given permission to use village streets, the board did not act on a request to waive fees associated with the usage request. The village does not have an ordinance that speaks to an organization asking to use village streets free of charge.

Firm moving Mequon, Waukesha offices to Third Ward

Nov. 14, 2012 12:41 p.m. | A firm with separate branches in two suburban locations has moved to a new office in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.

EmPowerHR, a human resources firm, and Laurus Strategies, which does business consulting, have moved from Mequon and Waukesha, respectively, to 10,000 square feet at the Warehouse No. 1 Building, 126 N. Jefferson St., the businesses announced Wednesday.

The move accommodates the current staff of 25 employees, and will allow for expansion.

Pasch commends MATC board for early collective bargaining with faculty

Nov. 13, 2012 2:00 p.m. | Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch (D–Shorewood) Tuesday released a statement supporting the Milwaukee Area Technical College Board's split decision to open collective bargaining negotiations with the union representing faculty some 15 months before the current contract expires.

“I am happy to see that the MATC board has agreed to open contract discussions with their faculty," Pasch said in the statement. "Our communities benefit when everyone has a seat at the table and we work together to find solutions to the complex issues we are facing.

“I trust that the MATC board and faculty will sit down together, roll up their sleeves, look each other in the eye, and negotiate important workplace issues that will not only benefit MATC and its students, but also employers and the wider Milwaukee community.”

When he heard about the MATC board's decision, state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) called the board "a bunch of union hacks." 

The MATC board by a split vote decided Monday to accept the union's request to open negotiations roughly a year before they normally would begin. The board voted publicly after meeting in a specially scheduled one-hour meeting behind closed doors. Closed door meetings to discuss collective bargaining are allowed under state law.

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Father arrested, apologizes for disorderly conduct after son cut from basketball team

Nov. 13, 2012 10:42 a.m. | A 37-year-old man upset that his son did not make the school basketball team was arrested for disorderly conduct last week in Glendale.

According to the police report:

The Glendale man was arrested after causing a disturbance at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

The man became angry after his son was cut from the basketball team. He went to the school and demanded to see the coach, who was in a meeting, and he was told to make an appointment but instead went to the meeting room and yelled and swore.

He was arrested at his home and apologized for his reaction saying this would be a teaching tool for his son on “how not to go about things.”

Shoplifting team suspected in Whitefish Bay jewelry theft

Nov. 13, 2012 10:19 a.m. | A platinum and diamond ring valued at $5,995 was taken from a Whitefish Bay jewelry store a little after 2 p.m. Nov. 2.

According to the police report:

Police were called just after the theft was discovered at Thiet Jewelers, 513 E. Silver Spring Drive, about 2:15 p.m. Nov. 2.

The suspects are two white couples in their 50s who spread out in the store and distracted a clerk who inadvertently left a display case open.

Two couples, matching the description, had visited another jewelry store in the area.

Outpost Natural Foods plans Mequon store

Nov. 12, 2012 3:02 p.m. | Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative is planning to open a new store in Mequon at the northeast corner of Mequon Road (Highway 167) and Wauwatosa Road (Highway 181).

The proposed location would primarily serve the City of Mequon and the Town of Thiensville, and is expected to draw owners and shoppers from neighboring communities, including Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Cedarburg and Grafton, the company said in a statement.

The proposal still must be approved by the city's Plan Commission.

Outpost wants to construct a building featuring many of the green and sustainable design characteristics of the existing Outpost stores.

MSI General of Oconomowoc is the company contracted for the design/build and is the firm responsible for all of Outpost's design/build and renovation projects. The 1.89-acre site would include a 16,000-square-foot building and parking for about 70 cars.

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Read the social media story of Level 4 prep football

Nov. 12, 2012 10:13 a.m. | Area teams took on other contenders for a trip to state and Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Nov. 9 and 10.

Read the social media story of the games, complete with tweets, photos and more.

In Division 1, Arrowhead took on Hudson. In Division 2 action, Homestead attempted to oust Marshfield and Whitefish Bay took on Waunakee.

And in Division 3, Catholic Memorial faced off against Mount Horeb/Barneveld.

Read the Storify story at this link or below. You can also view NOW's photo gallery of Level 4 action.

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Blue Dukes lose overtime thriller to Waunakee

Nov. 10, 2012 7:35 p.m. | Perhaps Whitefish Bay senior quarterback Grant Menard summed it up best.

"I have no regrets; absolutely no regrets. We gave it our all,” he said following a thrilling, yet heartbreaking 35-28 loss to Waunakee on Saturday in a WIAA Level 4 Championship game at Wisconsin Lutheran College Stadium.
 

“Waunakee, they’re a fabulous team, outstanding. We played our hearts out. We could have won that game. But we left it all out on the field. And I have no regrets.”

Yes, Waunakee is an outstanding team. The Warriors tied the state record with their 48th straight victory.
 
Yes, Waunakee is an outstanding team. The Warriors have won the last three WIAA State D2 Championships.
 
But the fact of the matter is, coach Jim Tietjen’s Blue Dukes had them on the ropes early and then again in the final minutes of the game.
 
Whitefish Bay led 7-0 when Rashadeem Gray scored on a 17-yard run with 9 minutes, 59 seconds left in the first quarter. He had 118 yards rushing in the first half.
 
Waunakee tied the game on an 11-play, 80-yard drive, topped off by a 1-yard run by running back Tyler Reynolds with 4:49 left in the quarter.
 
Bay then went 66 yards in seven plays, getting the lead back on a quarterback sneak by Menard at the 11:57 mark of the second quarter. 
 
But then the Warriors went 60 yards in 12 plays, the big play being a fake punt that the up-man Dalton Kind took and raced around left end 20 yards to set up a first down on the 25-yard line.
 
Finally on third and 16 the Warriors took a timeout and quarterback Will Decorah came out and lofted a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Kruser in the right end zone. Two Blue Dukes were on the spot, but somehow Kruser came up with the football.
 
So with 15.6 seconds left in the half, Waunakee tied the game at 14-14.
 
In the second half, after a six-play drive which ended in a Bay punt, the Warriors went 61 yards in eight plays and scored on a quarterback sneak by Decorah to take a 21-14 lead at the 6:29 mark. 
 
After Bay went 3-and-out on the next drive, Decorah tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Michael Meffert to end a 8-play 76-yard drive for a 28-14 lead with 48 seconds left in the third period.
 
Neither Teitjen nor Menard felt the devastating catch before the half hurt the Blue Dukes mentally or emotionally. 
 
“I don’t think it took anything out of our kids, but they (Waunakee) came out and really went after it,” he said. “Our kids were playing hard. They (Waunakee) gave us a shot and we had to overcome it.”
 
With 5:15 left in the game, Menard then took over and worked his magic.
 
First he drove 53 yards in seven plays, tossing a 5-yard score to Darrein Walker to cut the lead to 28-21 with a 2:30 left to play. 
 
On the second-last play of the drive, Menard rolled left was tackled and rolled his left ankle.
 
Tietjen then showed tremendous faith in his outstanding defense, when he kicked off to the Warriors, knowing one first down would spell doom for his ballclub.
 
Led by linebacker Steven Baldwin and defensive lineman Trenton Triggs, the Blue Dukes held Reynolds to one, zero and two yards and forced a punt.
 
With the line of scrimmage the 19-yard line, Waunakee’s Troy Laufenberg then shanked a punt to the right, which hit on about the 30-yard line and bounced back down the left sideline, before the Warriors could stop it on the 13-yard line.
The ball traveled a minus-6 yards.
 
 “I didn’t realize how close we were,” Menard said. “I was sitting on the bench having my ankle looked at. I looked over at the ball and we had it at the 13-yard line. I said ‘Let’s go, we got this’ and we punched another one in.
 
It took only three plays for Menard, playing in the shotgun because he had no mobility to hand the ball off, to rifle a pass to tight end Jackson Weber, who made an amazing catch to tie the game at 28-28 with 32.9 seconds left to play.
 
“This is my senior season. I’m going to battle until I die for these boys,” Menard said. “I just had to fight through it. I didn’t have any other choice.”
 
Menard’s gutsy play didn’t surprise Teitjen. 
 
“He’s been our leader all year,” the veteran coach said. “There’s not much we can say about it. He does a great job; made some throws when we needed it, He’s carried us all year, against Homestead and whoever else.”
 
Unfortunately, the overtime ended quickly, following a Decorah 15-yard TD pass to Kruser, Menard was intercepted in the end zone to end the game. 
 
Tietjen then talked about his troops afterward.
 
“I expect them to play hard,” he said. “They scrapped, made some mistakes, but came back and that was where we wanted to be.” 
 

Homestead football team routs Marshfield, makes it back to state finals

Nov. 10, 2012 5:49 p.m. | Fritz Rauch is as cerebral and smart as they come in his role of the Homestead football team's defensive coordinator.

But he can be blunt as heck too.

"Luck is for losers," he said following the Highlanders' stunning, near-perfect, 49-8 demolition of Marshfield in the WIAA D2 state semifinals Saturday afternoon in Oshkosh.

"We talk about it all the time: Great personnel, great preparation, great performance. That's how you win games."

His boss, Highlander head coach Dave Keel agreed as the Highlanders (11-1) earned their first trip back to the WIAA state finals this coming Friday at Camp Randall since the D1 title year of 2008.

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Shorewood girls swim team wins seventh WIAA State D2 title

Nov. 09, 2012 9:35 p.m. | Behind four individual first place finishes, including record-setting efforts from junior Kristin Malone and sophomore Rachel Munson, the Shorewood girls swim team won its seventh WIAA State D2 title Friday night at the Natatorium in Madison.

The Greyhounds, who last won a championship in 2003, scored 255 points as 2011 champ Milton was second with 217 and Grafton third with 193.

Malone set broke a three-year old mark in the 200 free with a clocking of 1:48.83 and then cracked a five-year record in defending her title in the 100 free (50.28).

Senior Ellen Stello won her first individual state title in the 500 free by four seconds with a 4:58.34 effort.

Munson also got into the record-books when she claimed the 100 breaststroke with a clocking  of 1:01.37, taking down the year-old mark by close to two seconds.

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Glendale nursing home sold for $6.7 million

Nov. 08, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Seven Oaks, a 94-bed nursing home in Glendale, has been sold for $6.7 million, according to documents filed with the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds.

The property, at 6263 N. Green Bay Ave., was sold to Glendale NH Property LLC, an investment group affiliated with Chicago-based Aviv REIT Inc., by a local partnership, led by John Sauer.

Indulgence Chocolatiers opens in Shorewood

Nov. 06, 2012 11:06 a.m. |  Indulgence Chocolatiers said its new chocolate boutique is now open at 4525 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood.

The store's hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Our hope is that chocolate enthusiasts all over the Milwaukee area will view us as a destination where they can learn about and enjoy all of the fine chocolate confections we handcraft in our local kitchen," sid Indulgence owner Julie Waterman.

As a grand opening promotion, Indulgence Chocolatiers is offering a $5 gift card for a future visit to customers who spend $25 or more. The promotion runs until Nov. 17. 

Medical offices in Milwaukee, Mequon sold

Nov. 05, 2012 7:00 a.m. | The Water Tower Medical Commons building, 2350 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee, and the Seton Professional building, 13133 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, are among 14 buildings in six states recently sold by Seavest Healthcare to Duke Realty, according to Xceligent real estate reporting service.

The 162,000-square-foot Water Tower Medical Commons sold for $40.9 million, and the the 72,822-square-foot Seton building sold for $11 million. 

Indianapolis-based Duke Realty is one of the nation's largest  owners of commercial real estate.

Schneider's run leads Homestead football team into state semifinals

Nov. 03, 2012 10:59 p.m. | In Homestead football lore, there is the cool-as-the-other-side-of-the-pillow touchdown pass from Derek Watson to David Harkensee to beat Germantown in the greatest regular season game ever in 2003.

In 2007, there was the overtime fourth-down out pass from Casey Barnes to Justin Howard, which Howard took over the goal line to help beat Whitefish Bay on its refurbished stadium's dedication night.

Some Bay fans still insist that Howard never got the ball over.

To that legacy, you can now add "The How in the Name of Red Grange's Century- Old Sneakers Did Jay Schneider Find Room to Slide Down the Sideline?" seven-yard TD scamper with 1:16 remaining Saturday that lifted the Highlanders to a 17-13 WIAA Division 2, Level 3 playoff win over previously unbeaten host Green Bay Southwest.

With the win, the Highlanders (10-1) advance to the WIAA D2 state semifinals next weekend against Marshfield (10-1). It is their first berth in the semifinals since the 2008 D1 state championship season.

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Whitefish Bay football team rallies past East in playoff action, 24-14

Nov. 02, 2012 11:21 p.m. | Because he got smart in the second half, Whitefish Bay offensive coordinator Jake Wolter won't have to start looking for another job.

And because he was smart enough to give the ball to his all-world back Rashadeem Gray to the tune of 22 times and 170 yards in the second half, the Blue Duke football team is en route to the WIAA State Division 2 semifinals for the first time in its history courtesy of a 24-14 level 3 victory over previously unbeaten Brookfield East Friday night.

"It was kind of funny," said Wolter. "Rah- Rah (Gray's nickname) and I were talking about five or six weeks ago, and I told him that if we lose from here on out and you don't have at least 20 touches and you're not hurt, I'm going to fire myself (laughs)."

"In my my mind, he's the best player in the state and he needs to have the ball."

Gray, who finished with 193 yards on 28 carries that included the game-clinching 59-yard burst for score with 1:45 remaining and who also scored the go-ahead TD on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Grant Menard with 3:53 remaining, appreciated the compliment.

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Brown Deer hires expert for independent review of Haughton encounters

Nov. 02, 2012 2:54 p.m. | Brown Deer has hired Robert C. Willis, a law enforcement instructor, trainer and consultant, to review the Police Department's numerous interactions with Zina and Radcliffe Haughton, Village Manager Russell Van Gompel announced in a news release today.

Radcliffe killed his estranged wife, Zina, and two other women, and injured four more at the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield on Oct. 21 before taking his own life.

The Brown Deer Police Department has since come under scrutiny for failing to arrest Radcliffe after a number of domestic abuse incidents. An Oct. 30 letter signed by 12 Wisconsin lawmakers calls for an external audit of the Brown Deer Police Department's interactions with the Haughtons.

"In the interest of getting an unbiased evaluation of the facts and law enforcement standards relevant to the Village of Brown Deer Police Department's contacts with the Haughtons, we have hired Wisconsin Law Enforcement Instructor Robert C. Willis to conduct an independent review of all contacts with the Haughtons", Van Gompel said in the release. "We have instructed Mr. Willis that he has no restraints on the scope or depth of his review."

Willis has served as a patrol officer, SWAT team member, and in a number of training positions. He is currently a part-time patrol officer in Milwaukee County, is a Deputy Sheriff in Brown County, and works as a full-time instructor and trainer at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Tactical Training Complex.

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Nov. 02, 2012 9:44 a.m. | We are four days away from the next election and one of the best resources to find out local voting information is at the state's official page for Wisconsin Voter Information.

There you can find information on where to vote in your community, check your provisional ballot status and more.

Click here to visit the Wisconsin Voter Information page.

North Shore voters can visit our North Shore Voting Guide, which has a list of polling places and a post-redistricting guide to congressional, assembly, and senate districts.

2 former Homestead students get 30 days in jail for assault on girl

Nov. 01, 2012 10:56 p.m. | Port Washington - For what a prosecutor called "cooperative sexual assault," two recent Homestead High School graduates were sentenced Thursday to 30 days of jail and two years of probation for having sex with a 14-year-old girl inside the school last year.

Deangelo Dantzler and Brent Anderson, both 19, pleaded no contest in September to physical abuse of a child as part of plea bargains that amended the original charges of sexual assault of a child.

Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams ordered Dantzler and Anderson to each perform 200 hours of community service during the term of their probation, and allowed them to serve the jail time starting Dec. 21, when they will be on break from college, Anderson at UW-Parkside and Dantzler at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

She declined requests to let the men use work-release time for anything but counseling.

"This is pure punishment," Williams said.

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Scissor-tailed flycatcher draws crowd in Ozaukee County

Nov. 01, 2012 2:05 p.m. | Autumn is prime time for unusual bird sightings in Wisconsin, with many species winging through the state on a southerly migration.

Sometimes, too, a rare bird shows up that defies the typical travel pattern.

Case in point: A scissor-tailed flycatcher has been observed Wednesday and Thursday at the edge of a farm field in Mequon. 

The scissor-tailed flycatcher is the state bird of Oklahoma and typically found in a handful of southern states. As its name implies, the bird eats insects. It normally flies south in fall and winters in Central America.

But every so often, one makes a foray north.

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Community Watch

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» Vets to walk red carpet in Mequon for Honor Flight screening 11/28

» Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year 11/28

» Brown Deer, UWM form education collaboration 11/28

» Brown Deer School District drafting letter to legislators detailing state budget needs 11/28

» Brown Deer seeks answers in an effort to improve 11/28

» The Nines in Mequon launching Sunday brunch buffet 11/23

» See the best fog photos on social media 11/21

» Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged Updated:  11/16

» Stingy defense gives Homestead football team its fourth state title 11/16

» Homestead shuts out Waunakee, wins D2 title 11/16

» Read the social media story of Homestead vs. Waunakee 11/16

» Gynecologist sentenced to year in jail in patient sex case 11/15

» Falling kegs lead to surprise carbon monoxide discovery 11/15

» Mequon Plan Commission recommends winery proposal 11/14

» Sprecher Brewery evacuated for elevated carbon monoxide levels 11/14

» Fox Point OKs run-walk organizers' request to use village streets 11/14

» Firm moving Mequon, Waukesha offices to Third Ward 11/14

» Pasch commends MATC board for early collective bargaining with faculty 11/13

» Father arrested, apologizes for disorderly conduct after son cut from basketball team 11/13

» Shoplifting team suspected in Whitefish Bay jewelry theft 11/13

» Outpost Natural Foods plans Mequon store 11/12

» Read the social media story of Level 4 prep football 11/12

» Blue Dukes lose overtime thriller to Waunakee 11/10

» Homestead football team routs Marshfield, makes it back to state finals 11/10

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