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Lipscomb to run unopposed for North Shore court judgeship

Jan. 03, 2013 10:58 a.m. | Current Glendale Municipal Court Judge Christopher Lipscomb will run unopposed for North Shore Municipal Court Judge, a position created by the recent consolidation of the Glendale and Brown Deer municipal courts.

Brown Deer Municipal Court Judge David Victor filed for non-candidacy. Lipscomb can be reached at (414) 276-5763.

Officials expect each municipality to contribute its current judge's salary toward the new position, $8,000 annually from Brown Deer and $14,000 annually from Glendale throughout the three-year term.

Whitefish Bay hands Lancers, Kennedy opening-night defeat

Aug. 22, 2014 10:33 p.m. | It was not the type of debut that Brookfield Central coach Jed Kennedy was hoping for Friday night, as Whitefish Bay dominated the Lancers and rolled to a 20-6 victory at Central in the season opener.

“The defense was on the field most of the game,” Kennedy said. “What did they have, 75 offensive plays? We have physical kids up front but they just didn’t play that way.”
 
An elated Whitefish Bay coach Jim Tietjen had an answer for that.

“I was concerned with all these new rules about our conditioning,” he said. “But I felt our kids were in better shape. We got after them. There were points early in the game I felt when we drove on them, they were tired.

“They got the big guys and the heat takes it toll on them. We’re not very big, but our kids rose to the occasion. We had some questions coming in and we answered them.”

After BC senior linebacker Matt Patterson sacked Bay quarterback Jake Fisher to stop the opening drive, the Blue Dukes stopped Central on a 3-and-out and put together a 10-play, 74-yard drive.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 1.

Whitefish Bay leads state in ACT scores

Aug. 21, 2014 6:01 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Whitefish Bay High School's ACT scores have once again topped all other public schools in the state.

Whitefish Bay's Class of 2014 earned an average ACT score of 26.7, with 88.5 percent of students taking the test. Last year's senior class not only beat out the rest of the schools in the state, but also beat their predecesors in the Whitefish Bay Class of 2013, which led state public schools with an average ACT score of 26.

Whitefish Bay Superintendent Laura Myrah said the high school's most recent ACT score are in keeping with a long tradition of high test scores in the district.

"To our knowledge, we are the only public school district in Wisconsin that has scored above 25 on the ACT for 16 years in a row," Myrah said. "We attribute that success to our top-notch faculty up through all grade levels, our highly supportive and engaged families, and most obviously to our bright, hard-working students."

Not far behind Whitefish Bay was Homestead High School, where graduated seniors recorded the highest average ACT score in the history of the high school with a score of 26. Mequon-Thiensville ranked third among public schools in the state, tailing behind 26 students from Williams Bay High School.

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Milwaukee police, U.S. marshals arrest teen in robbery case

Aug. 20, 2014 2:11 p.m. | Milwaukee police and U.S. marshals arrested a 17-year-old armed robbery suspect Wednesday.

Police say the teen, whom they arrested about 10:30 a.m. in a hotel parking lot in the 5400 block of N. Port Washington Road in Glendale, committed the robbery July 28 in the 3700 block of W. National Ave. in Milwaukee.

Police identify Milwaukee man fatally shot in Bayside store

Aug. 15, 2014 5:48 p.m. | The man who was fatally shot at a boutique eyeglasses shop in Bayside was identified Friday as Joshua Drake.

Drake, 22, of Milwaukee, was shot during an attempted robbery at Innovative Optique on W. Brown Deer Road about noon on Thursday, and the investigation continued late into Thursday night, with police questioning two "people of interest" in the case.

Police said during the course of the attempted robbery, shots were exchanged between the attempted armed robber, identified by police as Drake, and an armed employee of the store, Fox Point Acting Police Chief Christopher Freedy said in a news release.

Witnesses and store employees continue to cooperate with investigators, he said.

Drake had a prior conviction for taking part in an armed robbery in 2010.

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Mayoral race gets early start in Glendale

Aug. 15, 2014 4:07 p.m. | Glendale — It may only be August, but two candidates have already thrown their hats into the ring for the mayoral election in April.

The Glendale Clerk's Office has received declarations of candidacy from Fourth District Alderman Dick Wiese and Bryan Kennedy, who serves on the Glendale-River Hills School Board and the village's Fourth of July Committee.

Glendale has not held a mayoral election since former mayor Jerome Tepper resigned in February to be with his family in Virginia. Since Tepper's resignation, Common Council President JoAnn Shaw has served as acting mayor. The council recently decided to have Shaw continue in that role until April, when Tepper's term would have ended.

If no other candidates submit candidacy papers, Wiese and Kennedy will face off in a mayoral election on April 7. If more candidates enter the race, a primary election will have to be held on Feb. 17 to narrow the field down to two candidates, said Glendale Clerk Susanne Hanaman.

Although Wiese and Kennedy have both submitted their declarations of candidacy, they will not be able to start circulating nomination papers until December. Any candidates who want to appear on the spring 2015 ballot must submit their declaration of candidacy and nomination papers by Jan. 6.

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Four suspects arrested in Oak Leaf Trail robbery

Aug. 15, 2014 2:33 p.m. | Shorewood — One man and three boys have been arrested in a robbery that occurred on Oak Leaf Trail on Thursday, Aug. 14.

A 37-year-old Shorewood man was riding his bike on the bike path when he was confronted by the four suspects just south of Capitol Drive. Shorewood police say the group pulled him off his bike, beat him and took his bicycle and backpack. The four were arrested after climbing a fence and walking through a back yard in the 3700 block of Morris Boulevard.

An 18-year-old man was transported to Milwaukee County Jail, and three juveniles — ages 12, 14 and 16 — were referred to Milwaukee County Children's Court. The Shorewood bicyclist received his property back and was not in need of medical attention.

1 man, 3 juveniles arrested in attack on Oak Leaf Trail in Shorewood

Aug. 15, 2014 1:57 p.m. | Shorewood police have arrested one man and three boys in connection with a robbery on the Oak Leaf Trail.

The robbery was reported just before 6 p.m. Thursday on the Oak Leaf Trail, south of Capitol Drive, according to a post on the police department's Facebook page.

A 37-year-old Shorewood man was riding his bike on the path when the robbers confronted him, pulled him off the bike and beat him, police said. The robbers took the man's bicycle and backpack but were arrested after climbing a fence and walking through a backyard on the 3700 block of N. Morris Blvd.

The man, 18, was taken to Milwaukee County Jail, while the three boys, ages 16, 14, and 12, were referred to Milwaukee County Children's Court.

The bicyclist retrieved his bike and backpack and did not need medical attention, police said.

Police question 2 'people of interest' in fatal Bayside shooting

Aug. 14, 2014 11:00 p.m. | Police are questioning two "people of interest" after a man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon at a strip mall in Bayside.

The investigation into the shooting, which police say occurred after an attempted robbery at Innovative Optique on W. Brown Deer Road, continued late into the night.

Authorities have not identified the victim and said late Thursday that they had not taken anyone into custody for the shooting.

Officials entered the store Thursday night after waiting more than six hours for a search warrant to collect evidence and to perform an autopsy.

"With these types of cases, the investigation is going to be ongoing and very time-consuming," said Christopher Freedy, the Fox Point acting police chief.

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Nicolet cancels varsity football season

Aug. 14, 2014 8:39 p.m. | In a stunning development, Nicolet High School has elected to cancel the varsity football season in 2014, citing a lack of numbers within the program. The season was slated to begin with a game against Waukesha South on Aug. 22.


A statement from Nicolet athletics director Kirk Krychowiak was released Thursday and reads as follows:

 

"Nicolet High School has always considered excellence in athletics to be a key component of the quality education we provide to our students. The success we have achieved in our athletic programs is a direct result of the enthusiasm of our coaches, students and the community.

 

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Fatal shooting in Bayside eyeglass store

Aug. 14, 2014 4:40 p.m. | Fox Point — One of the men accused of robbing a Bayside optical store last week has been charged in the murder of one of his accomplices, who was shot by a store employee.

Tedric Sanders, 20, of Milwaukee, has been charged with felony murder in the death of 22-year-old Joshua Drake of Milwaukee. Sanders, Drake and three other people were allegedly involved in a deadly armed robbery at Innovative Optique, 333 W. Brown Deer Road, shortly after noon on Thursday, Aug. 14.

According to a criminal complaint, Drake, Sanders and another suspect entered the store wearing masks over their faces, pointing guns at store employees and asking, "Where's the money?" One of the employees, Federico Aguilar, shot at the suspects, killing Drake and injuring Sanders.

While Drake laid motionless on the floor, the other two suspects ran back into the silver Dodge Charger, where a driver and one other person were waiting. The vehicle was then involved in a hit-and-run accident on southbound I-43 before exiting at 11th Street and Highland Avenue to take Sanders to Sinai Samaritan Hospital for gunshot wounds.

If convicted on the felony murder charge, Sanders faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison. Felony murder charges can be issued against felony actors or co-actors when someone is murdered during the commission of a felony. Sanders has also been charged with bail jumping related to a recent incident in which Sanders fled from police during a robbery at Tower Optical in Wauwatosa.

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Southbound lanes of I-43 in Glendale reopened after crane crash

Aug. 13, 2014 10:03 p.m. | Two southbound lanes of Interstate 43 at Green Tree Road in Glendale have reopened after a crash closed them down for almost three hours.

Around 5 p.m., a truck with a crane attachment passed under the bridge, and the crane crashed into it, knocking some debris into the roads.

Two southbound lanes were closed by the crash, while the left "high speed" lane of the I-43 remained open through the night.

Bridge inspectors visited the crash site to help clear the roads, which were reopened around 8 p.m. An inspector from We Energies was also on the scene to inspect a gas pipe that was under the bridge but did not notice any leaking.

No injuries or car damage were reported, according to Fran McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

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Bublr bike-share coming to Shorewood

Aug. 13, 2014 12:30 p.m. | Shorewood — The Bublr bike-share stations that were introduced to downtown Milwaukee last week will eventually make their way up to Shorewood due to a federal grant approval.

Midwest BikeShare, the nonprofit operator of Bublr Bikes, expects to have 10 bike-sharing stations installed in downtown Milwaukee by the end of the month. The program is expected to offer an additional 25 to 35 stations with 200 to 300 bikes next year, eventually expanding to 100 stations with 1,000 bicycles across Milwaukee, Shorewood, West Allis and Wauwatosa in the next three to four years.

Kevin Hardman, the launch director of Bublr Bikes, said he is introducing the bike share program to other nearby suburbs where residents have expressed interest. Customers will be able to rent bikes from automated kiosks for $7 per day or $20 per month and return the bikes to any station.

"All of the places we've touched on are dense communities, so this offers another easy and convenient transportation choice," he said. "If you look at the north end of Oakland Avenue, for example, where parking is at a premium, bike sharing is wonderful because it gives people a choice that didn't exist before."

Shorewood will be home to nine bike share stations as proposed in a $398,607 federal grant that was recently acquired through the state's Department of Transportation. The federal grant covers 80 percent of the cost of the Shorewood stations, while the remaining 20 percent is borne locally.

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David Bowen carries Democrat's 10th Assembly District primary

Aug. 12, 2014 11:58 p.m. | Milwaukee County Supervisory David Bowen defeated three other Democrats in the 10th Assembly District primary on Tuesday. No Republican is in the race, ensuring a victory for Bowen in November.

Man killed in Mequon car crash

Aug. 12, 2014 11:27 a.m. | Mequon — A 51-year-old Milwaukee man died in a car accident in the 10100 block of Cedarburg Road on Monday, Aug. 11.

The man's vehicle was headed northbound on Cedarburg Road, when at 4:46 p.m., his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a southbound vehicle head-on. The driver of the other vehicle, a 29-year-old Milwaukee woman, was transported to the hospital.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, according to a news release.

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