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Police seek suspect in Brown Deer bank robbery

Aug. 03, 2011 7:56 a.m. | Brown Deer police responded to a bank robbery at Guaranty Bank, 4000 W. Brown Deer Road, at 10:53 a.m. Tuesday.

According to police, a man armed with a gun and wearing dark clothing, a ski mask and wrap-around sunglasses entered the bank, demanded and got money before driving off in a vehicle described as a beige colored SUV, similar to a Lexus RX350. A possible partial plate of 90334 was obtained from witnesses. No further information is available about this license plate.

No one was injured during the incident.

An attempted armed robbery at the bank occurred on July 25.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brown Deer Police Department at (414) 371-2900.

Arrowhead overpowers Homestead, 28-14, in football opener

Aug. 20, 2015 11:08 p.m. | In the high school football expectation game, Arrowhead and Homestead are always going to say getting to Madison and state titles are on their yearly agenda.

Asking that question is about as newsworthy as "dog bites man."

This season, however, in year three of the powerhouses' renewed lidlifting nonconference rivalry, there can be some adjustments made to those goals. Arrowhead, with about 18 returning letterwinners, can be said to be aiming for the moon while Homestead is holding its breath, with only four returnees and several new coaches to boot.

So, the casual observer should not be surprised that over a span that included the last drive of the second quarter and the first two marches of the third quarter, Arrowhead scored three consecutive times and broke open a close game en route to a 28-14 victory.

The victory for the Warhawks broke a two-game winning streak for the Highlanders in the renewed series, but Homestead coach Dave Keel was not displeased.

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The 2015 Suburban Milwaukee Prep Football Guide

Aug. 19, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Football is back Thursday, August 20, when Arrowhead and Homestead once again square off in a heavyweight opening bout. Get the lowdown on your home team, and the competition, with our extensive guide to prep football teams and players from the Milwaukee suburbs.

INITIAL REACTION PODCAST: Homestead vs. Arrowhead ... who you got? (and a full-fledged football preview)


-Push for the playoffs (detailed team rankings)

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Get to know: Messmer/Shorewood Greyhounds

Aug. 19, 2015 4:03 p.m. | Life hit new Shorewood/Messmer football coach Chad Hofmann with a brick in the face when his father Rob passed away Aug. 1 as a result of injuries suffered in a bike accident at the young age of 51.

He missed the first week of practice, grieved and let his experienced staff and players do the heavy lifting for awhile. When he got back to work after the funeral, he was greeted with empathy and understanding.

Which was much welcomed.

"The kids rallied around me, the staff picked it up and we didn't skip a beat," said a still-emotional Hofmann on Aug. 17. "It's an incredible way to start my first season, but as we've told the kids before, it's family first and then football. They helped me come back to football."

And Greyhound football should be of help to Hofmann this fall. He worked for four years as defensive coordinator for former coach Drake Zortman, who helped build the program into respectability. Zortman is now the offensive coordinator at Homestead.

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Nicolet football program energized as varsity returns

Aug. 19, 2015 4:03 p.m. | "We have a lot more freshmen and sophomores out this year and we want to show them what it takes to be a varsity football player.

"What it takes to be a Nicolet varsity football player."

That rallying cry came from Knights senior quarterback Adam Plotkin, who will likely be running an up-tempo version of the wing-T offense for the team on Friday nights this fall, in varsity football games.

It's something he and the rest of his 30-something juniors and seniors currently did not have an opportunity to do last fall, when low levels of participation in the junior and senior classes forced the cancellation of the varsity schedule.

That was a hard decision, but the 10-2 record the combined junior varsity/varsity squad turned in last fall was validation of what the administration and the coaches felt they had to do.

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Still there in spirit, Whitefish Bay's Jim Tietjen battles brain cancer

Aug. 19, 2015 12:08 p.m. | "The atmosphere is definitely different. ...something's missing."

—Van Bassindale, Whitefish Bay running back

The stream of visitors to the SUV parked in the south end of the football field at Whitefish Bay High School on a steamy, hot Aug. 14 afternoon was steady and continuous as the Blue Dukes went through their paces in their scrimmage with Pius XI, Muskego and Racine Horlick.

In the SUV, Blue Duke football coach Jim Tietjen sat in air-conditioned comfort, talking football easily with anyone who came by, not speaking as much about the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

A few weeks earlier Tietjen had complained of forgetfulness, not a common thing for a man who when he said he would meet you at 3 p.m. he meant 3 on the dot if not 2:55. He would also fall unexpectedly.

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Get to know: Homestead Highlanders

Aug. 19, 2015 11:33 a.m. | Change is everywhere around the camp of the 14-time North Shore Conference champion Homestead football team, and it has little to do with the seven graduated first-team all-league performers who earned their diplomas last spring.

It has everything to do with the fact that veteran coach Dave Keel looks around and finds his good right-hand and defensive coordinator Fritz Rauch is now the head coach at Grafton.

It also has everything to do with the fact that he "fired" himself as offensive coordinator and brought in former Shorewood/Messmer head coach and former Highlander hand Drake Zortman to handle those duties.

And it has everything to do with the fact that he looks at his stadium and notes there is still construction equipment and squads of men putting in the new Fieldturf surface. He has not been given a date when the team will be able to use it but is getting used to the idea he might not have a home game until mid-September.

For a guy who's been in the business for well over 30 years, that's a lot of change to absorb in one summer camp.

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North Shore golfers get underway at Pius meet

Aug. 19, 2015 11:23 a.m. | North Shore area girls golf teams got their seasons off to a positive start in the 20-school Pius XI Invitational on Aug. 13 at Washington County.

Homestead was fifth in the 18-hole event with a 364 score while Whitefish Bay tied for 12th with a 385 and Nicolet was 18th with 449.

Homestead was fourth at the WIAA Division 1 state meet meet last fall while Bay was ninth.

Both teams took graduation hits as the Highlanders lost two top performers, including state individual runner-up Anika Hit,t while returning talented sophomores Speedy Kent (eighth individually at state) and Isabelle Maleki (36th) will lead the way this fall. Bella Barbiere is another returnee for the Highlanders.

Meanwhile, the Blue Dukes were almost wiped out by graduation.

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Get to know: Brown Deer Falcons

Aug. 19, 2015 10:48 a.m. | Where will the offense come from?

That is the primary question for the Brown Deer football program this fall as the Falcons try to do without WFCA Offensive Player of the Year Zack Baun, who is now out in Madison trying to become a linebacker for the Badgers.

Baun accounted for more than 90 touchdowns running and passing the last two seasons, and coach Rob Green and his staff will try to compensate for, if not replace entirely, the immensely productive Baun with a cadre of talented, if not as experienced, performers.

"We've been preparing ourselves for this for nine months now," said Green. "You look back, you realize you're still a high school, coaching high school kids. Elite classes like we had come around every four or five years, but now we have big opportunities for kids who worked behind them.

"Opportunities for them in terms of leadership, football and athleticism."

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Get to know: Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes

Aug. 19, 2015 9:23 a.m. | With coach Jim Tietjen ailing from cancer (see separate article), the Whitefish Bay football team is working hard to make him feel better in a major respect by using a talented skill position group to compete for an elusive North Shore Conference title this fall.

And though the Blue Dukes will be working with a young front line, these skill position people have the potential to do some serious damage in a league hit heavy by graduation last season.

"We have some pretty high-powered returnees," said associate head coach Jake Wolter. "Our lines are a concern because we'll be asking a lot of some sophomores, but we have some skill."

The Blue Dukes, who open at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at home against Brookfield Central, had a mixed effort at their scrimmage on Aug. 14. They looked very good against Pius XI, were effective against a much larger physically Muskego squad, but ran out of gas and looked a little flat against Racine Horlick at the end.

Wolter addressed mental toughness in brusk Tietjen-style terms afterward.

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The Cheel in Thiensville resurrects historic turret on landmark building

Aug. 18, 2015 9:18 p.m. | Thiensville — A historic building on Thiensville's Main Street has received a new 16-foot turret to make the building more closely resemble its original look.

The classic Queen Ann-style building at 105 S. Main St. is home to The Cheel, a Nepalese restaurant opened by Jesse and Barkha Daily in July 2014. Constructed in the 1890s, the building has housed many restaurants and saloons in its lifetime, but is most commonly known as The Commercial House saloon and motel.

To make The Cheel more closely resemble The Commercial House, the Dailys have resurrected its iconic turret, which was built by Bill Conley. Installed on Aug. 13, the turret also features a bronze eagle, which is symbolic because Cheel is the Nepalese word for eagle. The bronze eagle was handmade by local Thiensville artist Allen Caucutt and sculptor Tom Queoff.

Rob Reinhoffer resigns from Shorewood School Board

Aug. 18, 2015 8:48 p.m. | Shorewood — After more than five years on the Shorewood School Board, Rob Reinhoffer is resigning to tend to personal matters.

In a letter to Board President Paru Shah, Reinhoffer said he is regretfully resigning from the board, effective Oct. 1.

"My current family and work commitments have become too great for me to fulfill the requirements of my position on the board, and I feel it would be best for me to step down at this time to allow adequate time to find my replacement before the start of the school year," he wrote in the letter.

Reinhoffer elaborated on his decision at a school board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 18, saying his parents are having medical issues. He said he is excited about the plans the board has put in place, including the hiring of Superintendent Bryan Davis and the implementation of a new coherence governance model that is designed to create linkages between the board and the community, highlight the work of the school district and solicit feedback from the community.

Reinhoffer said he plans to continue to attend school board meetings, even though he will not serve on the board.

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Bayside public works facility gets $2 million renovation

Aug. 18, 2015 6:18 p.m. | Bayside —The village of Bayside is in the midst of a roughly $2 million construction project that would modernize the Department of Public Works yard behind village hall.

The renovation project would turn the three-building DPW facility into two buildings. The salt storage building on the north side of the DPW building was torn down in April, and the 35-year-old, 4,000-square-foot cold storage building was torn down in June.

A 10,000-square-foot building that was warmed for vehicle storage and a mechanics bay was posing several structural and safety issues, as it was built in 1957.

"We were starting to spend more and more money on the building each year, so we did a facility needs analysis to determine whether it was worth sticking more money into it or to just build a new building," Village Manager Andy Pederson said.

That building will be retrofitted with a smaller footprint, with the elimination of the easternmost garage bay. The roof and structure of the building will remain in place, but new 10-foot walls will be constructed. HVAC and other utilities will be stripped out of that building, since it will be used to store salt and other various items. The building can store as much as 500 tons of salt, compared to the 350-ton capacity in the old salt storage facility.

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Greenfield pickup driver killed in one-vehicle Mequon crash

Aug. 18, 2015 12:30 p.m. | A speeding pickup driver died Monday night after his vehicle left the roadway and traveled more than 100 yards while rolling and colliding with various objects, Mequon police reported Tuesday.

The driver, a 29-year-old Greenfield man, was the pickup's only occupant and was ejected from the car during the crash.

About 11:30 p.m., police officers arrived to the scene of the single vehicle crash at the intersection of Swan Road and Poplar Drive in Mequon.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. Police are investigating the crash.

Greenfield man killed in single-vehicle crash in Mequon

Aug. 18, 2015 12:13 p.m. | Mequon — A 29-year-old Greenfield man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Monday night near Swan Road and Poplar Drive in Mequon.

The man was reportedly traveling northbound at "an extremely high rate of speed" on Swan Road when it left the roadway and traveled more than 100 yards, colliding with several objects and overturning numerous times, according to Mequon police. The man was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and pronounced dead at the scene at 11:22 p.m..

The man was the only occupant of the truck. Officers are investigating the crash, and an autopsy is scheduled to take place today.

Brown Deer police seek 2 suspects in convenience store holdup

Aug. 15, 2015 11:49 a.m. | Brown Deer police are seeking two suspects in an armed robbery at the World Food and Petro Mart, 4685 W. Bradley Road, about 7 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release.

The two suspects entered the store with one of them asking the clerk to purchase cigarettes and cigars while the second waited by the door. The first suspect then produced a black revolver and pointed it at the clerk demanding money, cigarettes and cigars.

Both suspects fled the store on foot and then entered a black Chevy Monte Carlo that was parked in the parking lot. The vehicle fled in an unknown direction. They took an unknown amount of cash.

The suspect carrying the gun is described as a black male, about 20 years old standing five feet, eight inches tall and about 160 to 170 pounds with a thin build. He was wearing a black jacket with white stripes on the shoulder and around the wrist, blue jeans, white Nike tennis shoes.

He had hair on his chin and a"Philly" style haircut, with a light brown ace bandage around his right hand from an apparent injury.

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