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Homestead senior charged in fatal rollover crash

Jan. 20, 2011 4:52 p.m. | A 17-year-old Mequon girl has been charged with negligent homicide in the September rollover crash that killed her friend and passenger, a fellow Homestead High School senior.

Madeline Kudlata initially had been ticketed for driving too fast for conditions and for having an open container of alcohol in her vehicle, which flipped after she struck a retaining wall on an exit onto Highway 41 from Interstate 94 on the morning of Sept. 18.

Sydney Tabakin, 17, died in the crash. She had been a passenger in the back seat and was not wearing a seat belt.

Prosecutors had been awaiting results of lab tests for several weeks. Assistant District Attorney Mark Williams confirmed Thursday that Kudlata's blood was tested but said he could not comment on the results.

Kudlata made her initial court appearance Thursday and was released on a $25,000 signature bond. She was ordered to maintain absolute sobriety. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 11.

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Get a pool preview June 4 and 5 in Mequon

May 26, 2016 3:45 p.m. | The Mequon Community Pool will be open June 4 and 5 for a preview with the regular open season beginning June 13 through the end of August.

The pool, located at 11335 N. Cedarburg Road, will be open from 12:30 to 8 p.m., weather permitting.

Various pool passes are available for Mequon and Thiensville residents as well as nonresidents. For example, a family pass for Mequon residents is $115 while Thiensville residents pay $150 and nonresidents pay $200. Check the city website for more rates.

Children under three are free for everyone, resident or not.

Pool passes can be purchased at the bath house before the pool opening. The bath house is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26 and 27 as well as June 2 and 3. Following the preview days, the bath house will again be open June 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Police looking for man who sexually assaulted woman in Shorewood

May 26, 2016 3:10 p.m. | Shorewood — A woman who was sexually assaulted in Shorewood on Wednesday, May 25, struck her assailant in the face, causing him to flee.

The Shorewood Police Department was dispatched to the area of Wood Place and Downer Avenue at 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.

The female victim said she was walking past a male on the sidewalk, and as they passed each other, the male turned around and told the female to sit on the ground. The man then grabbed the woman by the wrist and had the victim sit in the grassy area near the curb.

The suspect began to touch the victim, and then the victim struck the man in the face. The man fled south from the area in the 4100 block of Downer Avenue.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned biracial male, 17-25 years old, 5'07"-5'10", 170 to 180 pounds, short afro-style curly hair. He was last seen wearing long, loose-fitting dark or khaki colored cargo shorts, dark colored baggy T-shirt, and black rectangular frame glasses.

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2016 Bicycle Fest coming to Thiensville June 4

May 26, 2016 1:41 p.m. | Thiensville — The Thiensville Police Department is sponsoring their annual Bicycle Safety Fest Day from 9 a.m. to noon in the Thiensville Village Park, according to a news release May 25.

A skills course for bike riders, safety inspections, refreshments and door prizes (including bicycles) will be offered at the event. Kids will receive safe bike riding materials and they can also register for licenses.

Extreme Ski and Bike mechanics will be in attendance to provide the safety inspections. Dr. Theirl will provide helmet fitting, the release states.

Registration is June 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thiensville Police Department, 250 Elm Street. Class sizes are limited to the first 40 students with a registration fee of $25.

For more information contact Officer Gary Belzer, 242-2100 or visit the village website at villageofthiensville.wi.us.

Shorewood's Cloud Red softly opens its doors

May 26, 2016 1:25 p.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood's newest bar opened Wednesday, May 25 with an eclectic mix of homemade foods.

Cloud Red, 4488 N. Oakland Ave, softly opened its doors, showcasing all of the renovationss that have been made since the 2,000-square-foot space was known as The Village Pub.

Cloud Red will have 16 taps, as well as a wide selection of liquors, a reliable wine list and their own take on classic cocktails.

Cloud Red has two sides to their menu: the "always menu" and the "sometimes menu," which is constantly evolving. Some of the sample items on the "sometimes menu" include barbeque brisket mini tacos, falafel, fresh spring rolls, pierogies, meatballs, mini polenta dogs, mac 'n cheese and a local charcuterie plate.

The "always menu" includes small plates like root chips with horseradish chevre dip, a homemade chunk of bread with three different spreads and the ability to build your own flatbread. The "always menu" also includes soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches and a sandwich of the day like flank steak or Vietnamese crispy chicken po'boy. Wraps and sandwiches are in the $9 to $11 range.

Celebrate Memorial Day in the North Shore region

May 25, 2016 12:14 p.m. | North Shore communities will honor the sacrifices made by our military veterans this Memorial Day weekend.

Here's how each community is celebrating.

Fox Point

The North Shore Rotary Club and Boy Scout Troop 391 are organizing a Memorial Day ceremony in Fox Point. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on the southeast corner of Port Washington and Bradley Road, heading east on Bradley Road until reaching a small triangular park space at the southwest corner of Lake Drive and Bradley Road. A ceremony will be held in the park at 10:30 a.m., and will include an invocation, pledge of allegiance, "The National Anthem," a keynote speaker, a flag ceremony, "Taps," the placement of a wreath and a closing prayer. The ceremony is expected to last 45 minutes.

Shorewood

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Missing Mequon woman Jacquelyn Ranallo found dead in Milwaukee River

May 25, 2016 8:54 a.m. | River Hills — A decomposed body found in the Milwaukee River near Range Line Road Tuesday, May 24, has been identified as 53-year-old Mequon resident Jacquelyn Ranallo, who has been missing since November.

Ranallo's body was discovered by two bicyclists looking over the Range Line Bridge at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to River Hills police. The bicyclists flagged down a passing River Hills police sergeant.

The North Shore Fire Department retrieved the decomposed human remains, which were then turned over to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. On Wednesday, May 25, the medical examiner's office used dental records to identify the body as Ranallo.

The autopsy did not reveal any sign of trauma to her body or head. The case has been labeled an undetermined death, but it remains under investigation. Toxicology reports will be available in six to eight weeks.

Ranallo was reported missing on Nov. 21 after she did not show up for a dinner appointment. She was last heard from on Wednesday, Nov. 18. In February, Ranallo's family offered a $15,000 reward for any information that might lead to her whereabouts.

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North Shore sports shorts: May 26, 2016

May 25, 2016 8:14 a.m. |

NICOLET BOYS TRACK

David Dunlapset a record in the 100-meter dash and also won the 200 dash and anchored the winning 4x200 relay team as the Knights finished a strong third in the North Shore Conference outdoor meet they hosted on May 17.

They scored 851/2 points for their spot, as Whitefish Bay won with 148.

Dunlap took down the 17-year old 100 record of Knights' legend BJ Tucker (10.71 seconds) with a record time of 10.64.

Dunlap was astounded by his effort

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Whitefish Bay boys track team makes history with first North Shore Conference title

May 25, 2016 7:52 a.m. | Everyone who knows even a little about Wisconsin preps track knows the story of the Whitefish Bay boys and legendary Hall of Fame coach Chet Wangerin, who led the Blue Dukes to 16 state titles in a row between 1937 and 1952.

The Blue Dukes lead the entire state in terms of state titles with 18.

And Bay has remained good since that early run, full of high-level, state-championship talent ever since. But what it's been missing for a long time is the classically deep, well-balanced team that could win the most basic of desired goals: conference titles.

In fact, until the surprising championship effort the Blue Dukes put in May 17 at the conference meet at Nicolet, there had never been one for Bay in the 30-year history of the North Shore Conference.

The Blue Dukes would have to go back to the old Suburban Conference for the last one, and records for that are sketchy.

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Steffen students earn first place in math competition

May 24, 2016 5:55 p.m. | Mequon —Steffen Middle School sixth, seventh, and eighth graders earned first place among Wisconsin schools participating in the Continental Math League, according to a news release May 18.

Approximately 200 students — nearly half of the student body at Steffen Middle School — made up the three teams. The teams places in the top four in all three grade levels in the region as well, according to the release. The region included Minnesota, Missouri, and Kansas.

One eighth-grader, Jessica Lamers, achieved a perfect store of 30 out of 30 and was recognized as a National Student Leader. Lamers was one of two Wisconsin students and one of 41 across the county with perfect scores.

Students who participate in the CML "engage in a series of contests throughout the school year, focusing on high-level problem solving," the release states.

"At Steffen Middle School, we strive to offer non-routine problem-solving opportunities for all students," said Steffen math specialist Derek Pipkorn. "Non-routine problem solving allows them to productively struggle and troubleshoot new scenarios in mathematics that they may have never encountered. (It's) a skill that can be applied to all subject areas."

Lake Shore and Steffen students awarded top honors at music festival

May 24, 2016 5:46 p.m. | Eight students from the Mequon-Thiensville School District earned top rankings at the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival according to a news release May 16.

The music festival was held May 7 at Cardinal Stritch University.

Amy Koo, Heaven Kim, Grayson Eichmeier and Inga Salsbury of Steffen Middle School, and Daniel Shveytser, Natan Botshtein, Elizabeth Foster and Jacob Yasonik of Lake Shore Middle School were all award winners at the event.

Koo and Salsbury also both were recognized with Exemplary Solo Recognition Awards.

"These students have worked very hard to accomplish this success and we are very proud of all of them," said middle school orchestra teacher Kirsten Ertl.

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Glendale mayor vetoes backyard chicken ban

May 24, 2016 4:55 p.m. | Glendale — Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy has used his veto pen to overrule the Glendale Common Council's vote banning backyard chickens.

Backyard chickens have been allowed in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and other local communities in recent years as part of a growing local food movement that prioritizes local, hormone-free and environmentally-sustainable food sources.

In Glendale, an old ordinance required residents to get a permit from a health officer to keep chickens within 75 feet of a home. That resident would also have to get a permit from the city's inspection department to build a chicken coop.

In recent years, Glendale's inspection department had made an informal practice of denying all permit applications.When Glendale resident Mike Theine's application was denied, he contacted Mayor Bryan Kennedy, who looked into the city's chicken policies.

To clarify the city's position, Glendale City Attorney John Fuchs amended the ordinance to prohibit all chickens.

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'TietjStrong' football tourney at Bay a success on many levels

May 24, 2016 4:24 p.m. | This is what love looks like, Whitefish Bay football style.

It's Jenny Tietjen racing up and down from the press box at Lubar Stadium collecting checks and adding one column of numbers up with another. She was doing it on a warm and brilliantly sunny day at the TietjStrong Touch Football Fundraiser on May 21 that honored her late father, former Bay football coach Jim Tietjen.

After all, there was a goal to reach.

There was her brother, Joey, taking part in the tournament himself, on a team of over-30-year-old Bay coaches. Although they have all seen better days physically, they still managed to outmaneuver the younger Bay football alumni to win the title in what is hoped will become an annual event.

It didn't hurt that in the last of the losers' bracket games, another team of over-30-year-olds edged a team of eager 18- to 20-year-olds.

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Tested Homestead girls soccer team wins North Shore Conference

May 24, 2016 4:04 p.m. | When listing just the recent injuries his now two-time North Shore Conference champion girls soccer team has had to endure this spring, veteran Homestead coach Rich Dorn couldn't help but break into an ironic and sadly joking rendering of a favorite holiday song:

"There was one concussion, then another, two appendixes. And a partridge in a pear tree."

Even given all that, the Highlanders (6-0 in league play and 12-5-1 overall) still managed to clinch that second straight title with a gritty 1-0 win over Whitefish Bay on May 17.

Homestead, ranked third in the Division 2 state poll, followed that win with a tough (with still more injuries) loss to unbeaten and top-ranked (in Division 1) Brookfield Central, 4-2, on May 19.

Homestead looked to finish the conference schedule on an unbeaten note with its closer against Cedarburg on May 24.

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Birthday fun surrounds Keel family softball reunion

May 24, 2016 3:58 p.m. | It seems that Shorewood girls softball coach Amy Keel has always been instrumental in the success of Homestead sports.

Those efforts included playing for her dad, Dave, as the rock-steady four-year starting catcher on the 2010 WIAA state finalist Highlander squad, and being the ball girl for many seasons for Dave's highly successful football teams when she was just a child.

But the story really goes much further back, when she "helped" her then much-distracted dad and his Homestead softball team win the 1993 North Shore Conference title.

Dave's wife and Amy's mom, Pam, said the story goes like this: She was late in her pregnancy with Amy when she went to a regular appointment with her doctor on May 20. After a few brief tests, the doctor's eyes got wide as he told Pam she needed to get to the hospital immediately, because the baby was coming.

The Homestead softball team was playing archrival Germantown for the North Shore Conference title that very day. Upon learning of Pam's situation, Dave rushed off to be with her. Retired Homestead athletic director, Hall of Famer and all-purpose coaching fill-in Phil Puerling was called in to help with the softball team.

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Thorough Homestead girls track team wins North Shore Conference outdoor title

May 24, 2016 3:46 p.m. | It was a friendly gesture and probably one that Homestead girls track coach John Krueger appreciated.

At the end of the North Shore Conference outdoor championships at Nicolet, when most everyone was gone, Germantown coach Greg Siegert was trotting toward the gate with something metallic in his hand.

He didn't want Krueger to forget the conference championship bar that every winning team gets.

"I think he would be mad if he did," chuckled Siegert, and he strode by.

Especially since the surprisingly deep Highlanders won their first league outdoor title since 2010 with an efficient and thorough effort.

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