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Fire causes $27,000 damage to Brown Deer apartment

June 30, 2011 3:12 p.m. | A resident was overcome by smoke and taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries in a fire reported to the North Shore Fire Department shortly before 9 p.m. yesterday.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke in a hallway in the second floor of an apartment building at 8901 N. Park Plaza Court. Because of the conditions, additional fire crews and apparatus were summoned as the building was being evacuated.

Fire attack crews encountered a fire with heavy smoke conditions in the kitchen of a second floor apartment.

The fire, quickly brought under control and extinguished, was contained to the kitchen area of the apartment. Damage to the apartment and apartment hallway is estimated at $27,000.

There were no injuries to any fire personnel operating at the scene.

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Burglary suspects flee police in Brown Deer, crash car in Whitefish Bay

March 25, 2015 4:20 p.m. | Brown Deer — Five teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 were arrested after allegedly burglarizing a house in Brown Deer, leading police on a high-speed chase through the North Shore and eventually crashing into a light pole in Whitefish Bay.

A Brown Deer resident called police at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday to report a burglary at a neighbor's house in the 8500 block of N. 66th St. Brown Deer police arrived in time to see two vehicles flee the scene of the burglary. One of the vehicles fled into Milwaukee, where officers stopped pursuing the car after the chase exceeded 100 miles per hour. Police later learned the vehicle was stolen.

The other vehicle, which was also stolen, led police east on Brown Deer Road, then south on Lake Drive before it drove over police stop sticks on Lake Drive in Fox Point, Whitefish Bay Police Chief Michael Young said. When the vehicle started to slow down, four teenagers bailed from the vehicle and were arrested, Young said.

The 17-year-old driver continued driving south on Lake Drive, turning right onto Henry Clay Drive and crashing into a light pole just east of Whitefish Bay Middle School. The driver attempted to flee on foot, but was caught by officers less than 30 seconds after the crash, Young said.

No one was injured during the incident, which involved collaboration between officers from Brown Deer, Bayside, Fox Point, Whitefish Bay and Glendale.

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Glendale mayoral candidates will debate city issues tonight

March 24, 2015 10:42 a.m. | Glendale mayoral candidates Bryan Kennedy and JoAnn Shaw will participate in a candidate forum tonight.

The forum, hosted by the North Shore Republican Club, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the community meeting room of the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road. Candidates will respond to a series of questions from a moderator, as well as questions from the audience.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Diamond Stone the greatest ever?

March 24, 2015 10:30 a.m. | The guys look back at state-tournament weekend for boys basketball and examine state titles for Dominican, Brown Deer and Young Coggs Prep, plus another great run for Germantown. And how sweet will the round of 16 be for the Wisconsin Badgers?

The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Whitefish Bay native finishes 46th in Iditarod

March 23, 2015 12:58 p.m. | Whitefish Bay native Laura Allaway finished her first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 21.

Allaway, who has worked with sled dogs in Alaska since 2007, finished the 1,000-mile race in 12 days, 3 hours, 3 minutes and 54 seconds. She took 46th place.

For more information on Allaway, check out this Whitefish Bay Now story from January.

New bus route running through Brown Deer

March 23, 2015 12:08 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Transit System started a new bus route in Brown Deer on Sunday, March 22.

Route 276 is a new route that provides service from Park Plaza and Brown Deer, to Green Bay Road, to Cherrywood Lane primarily along Brown Deer Road. The area contains several office and industrial businesses that do not have transit service. Route 276 will run weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The new route and schedule are available to view on RideMCTS.com.

Proud Brown Deer boys basketbal team claims second state title

March 21, 2015 5:32 p.m. | Last year's WIAA Division 3 title for the Brown Deer boys basketball team was an historic first-time event full of hugs, tears and a sense of accomplishment.

This season's impressive repeat championship, claimed March 21 at the Kohl Center in Madison with a 74-60 victory over Appleton Xavier, was also an historic accomplishment. But this time, the hugs were a bit more reserved and the tears of happiness were replaced by proud smiles.

"No less fun, no greater feeling," said veteran Falcons athletics director Mike Novak.

In short, this was something the 25-4 Falcons felt that they had earned after erasing an early 7-0 deficit to the Hawks (24-4) and steadily building a margin that was as large as 23 points in the second half.

"We came into it confident," said senior power forward Zack Baun, a starter on last year's champions. "If anything, we were more hungry than last year. We knew we had to get going because we had something to defend."

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Brown Deer boys basketball team heads back to state title game

March 20, 2015 12:27 p.m. | Brown Deer boys basketball coach Kelly Appleby is a big fan of the 1990s juggernaut Chicago Bulls' squads and Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson.

Jackson trusted his players and so let them play through bad moments, and Appleby tends to follow that model, as he did in his team's 62-50 in the WIAA Division 3 state semifinal March 20.

When top-ranked in state Prescott sliced an 8-point Brown Deer lead down to one at 25-24 early in the third quarter at the Kohl Center in Madison, Appleby trusted the defending state champs' skill and instincts.

Turned out, he was right to do so, as this is what happened in the next 1:39:

Forward Jordan Milam earned a 3-point play, and after a turnover, guard Craig Schimenz drained a 3-pointer. Donovan Lucas hit a floater in the lane, and Lewrenzo Byers knocked down two free throws.

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Dominican overwhelms Regis in state semifinal

March 19, 2015 8:36 p.m. | You could say Eau Claire Regis' unbeaten run through the 2014-15 boys basketball season didn't even make it back to the court after halftime.

Whitefish Bay Dominican (24-3), on a mission to win its fourth consecutive state championship, delivered a resounding performance in the state semifinal at the Kohl Center in Madison on March 19, burying the Ramblers with precise shooting in the first half and pulling away for a 93-54 victory.

The win was the precursor to the Knights' championship game victory over Mineral Point on March 21.

Diamond Stone, who has averaged 19 points and close to 12 rebounds in his six previous state-tournament games, continued to solidify his legacy in state hoops history with 33 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.

Perhaps even more impressively, his teammates couldn't miss from the perimeter, notably senior guard Austin Moutry (4 for 5 from 3-point range, 16 points).

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Truck being hauled by military convoy strikes overpass in Mequon

March 18, 2015 6:46 p.m. | A box truck atop a flatbed truck in a military convoy traveling through Mequon was knocked onto Interstate 43 on Wednesday afternoon when it struck the Port Washington Road overpass as the flatbed operator drove beneath the bridge, the sheriff's office said.

No one was injured in the accident, reported shortly after 3 p.m. in the southbound lane. The incident caused the full and partial closure of the lane until about 5:30 p.m., according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

It appeared that only minor damage was caused to the overpass bridge. A DOT inspector will determine if the structure is safe, according to a news release from the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office.

As authorities investigated the accident another crash involving two vehicles occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 94 at Port Washington Road, resulting an injury to one person that is not life-threatening, according to the release.

Atwater Park is getting new playground equipment this year

March 17, 2015 7:24 p.m. | Shorewood — Work is underway on a new playground at Atwater Park.

The village's Department of Public Works began dismantling the existing playground on the north end of the park Wednesday morning to make way for a new playground of the same size. The Shorewood Village Board on Monday approved a $100,000 contract with Northland Recreation to build the playground.

The wood chips on the existing playground will be replaced with a rubber surface to make it accessible for wheelchairs and people with physical disabilities. The playground will also feature several ramps, which will make all levels of the structure accessible by wheelchair.

The playground will have a nautical explorer theme, with a ship mast, helm and catwalk bridge and a ship that rocks back and forth. The playground will also feature time-tested favorites like slides, ladders and monkey bars.

The playground is expected to be finished by the end of May - just in time for the Shorewood Men's Club chicken barbeque event on June 13. Atwater Beach also opens to the public on June 13.

Mequon police identify woman killed in grocery lot as driver's wife

March 17, 2015 2:26 p.m. | An 87-year-old man apparently suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel that caused him to run over his elderly wife in the parking lot of a Sendik's grocery store in Mequon, police said Tuesday.

Lorraine T. Winter, 85, of Milwaukee, died in the accident, which occurred just after 3:30 p.m. Monday at the store at 10920 N. Port Washington Road, according to a police news release.

The driver of the vehicle was her husband, Henry J. Winter, who remained hospitalized "as it appears he had some sort of medical event which possibly led to this unfortunate tragedy," the news release stated.

The vehicle was in reverse when it struck the parked vehicles and then accelerated forward and struck Lorraine Winter, whom investigators at the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office later determined had died from multiple blunt force injuries in the accident.

Police continue to investigate, and said in the release they not intend to seek criminal charges.

Mequon-Thiensville hires new bus company

March 17, 2015 1:44 p.m. | Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District hired Riteway Bus Service to provide transportation services next school year.

The contract approved by the School Board Monday night will result in $240,000 in savings in the first year. The bid required gas prices to become Riteway's responsibility, with additional savings realized by the district if fuel prices continue to remain low. Riteway will use all new vehicles with GPS units and camera units installed in all vehicles.

In November, the district released a request for proposal for the provision of transportation services for a term of three years. After reviewing the proposals, a transportation committee recommended the proposal from Riteway Bus Service. Riteway's contract also includes improved performance language, penalties for late buses, and specific requirements for regular drivers.

Pedestrian killed by elderly driver in Sendik's parking lot

March 16, 2015 8:02 p.m. | Mequon — An 85-year-old Milwaukee woman was killed in the Sendik's parking lot Monday afternoon after an elderly man struck her with his van.

The older model van, which was driven by an 87-year-old Milwaukee man, struck five parked vehicles while operating in reverse before accelerating forward to strike the woman and several other parked vehicles and objects on the south end of the Mequon Pavilion shopping center at about 3:40 p.m. Monday.

The Mequon Police Department is investigating, along with the assistance of the Ozaukee County Accident Reconstruction Team.

Woman, 85, killed by vehicle at Mequon Sendik's store

March 16, 2015 6:20 p.m. | An 85-year-old woman was killed Monday afternoon when she was struck by a vehicle driven by an 87-year-old man that had just struck five vehicles in the parking lot of a Sendik's grocery store in Mequon, police said.

The woman was struck shortly after 3:30 p.m. at the Sendik's store at 10920 N. Port Washington Road, according to a news release from the Mequon Police Department.

The vehicle driven by the Milwaukee man was in reverse when it struck the parked vehicles. The vehicle then accelerated forward and struck the woman, also from Milwaukee, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

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