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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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Looking for your local polling place?

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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Brown Deer police ask state for domestic violence training

Oct. 30, 2012 9:04 p.m. | Brown Deer Police Chief Steven Rinzel has asked the state Department of Justice for training on how to handle domestic violence situations - a request that comes as his department deals with sharp criticism for how it responded to calls involving Brookfield spa shooter Radcliffe Haughton and his wife.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Tuesday that Rinzel made the request not just for Brown Deer police but also for all law enforcement in the Milwaukee area.

The training won't be the first for the Brown Deer police force.

Nearly half of the force attended comprehensive training in 2006, including officers and a supervisor who investigated domestic violence twice at the Haughtons' Brown Deer home, according to records obtained by the Journal Sentinel.

On one call, in January 2011, officers saw Radcliffe Haughton point what appeared to be a rifle at his wife. Officers set up a tactical perimeter, told him he was under arrest and ordered him to surrender. He refused. A supervisor ordered officers to leave the scene 90 minutes into the standoff.

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Mishlove resigns from Shorewood board

Oct. 30, 2012 6:48 p.m. | Shorewood - Six-year Shorewood School Board member Michael Mishlove informed district administrators and officials via email early Saturday morning that he would be leaving his post on the board.

"Please be advised that I hereby resign from the Shorewood School Board effective immediately," Mishlove wrote in a brief email. "Please regard this message as my formal notice to the Board/District of my resignation."

Mishlove went on to express his pleasure in working with Superintendent Martin Lexmond and Shorewood Education Association President Michael Halloran, among other past and present SEA leaders, wishing Lexmond success in guiding the district and writing that he respects the "professionalism and work of the District faculty".

Mishlove didn't respond to NOW's requests for comment.

Board member David Cobb said Mishlove had seemed himself at the board's recent Oct. 23 meeting, and had made no indication of any intent to resign.

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