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Nearly $189K in jewelry missing from Zales

Oct. 24, 2011 12:52 p.m. | The loss of more than 190 pieces of jewelry, a collective value of nearly $189,000, was discovered at Zales, 5720 N. Bayshore Drive, during a store inventory, according to a Glendale police report.

Management reported the "internal theft of jewelry" from the store Aug. 30, saying the thefts must have occurred over the past 10 or 11 months. The case is under investigation, the report states.

Wisconsin native killed in robbery attempt on California hiking trail

2:32 p.m. | A Wisconsin native who was an award-winning writer was killed in an apparent robbery attempt while hiking near his home in California.

David Ruenzel, 60, was hiking in the Huckleberry Regional Preserve in Oakland on Tuesday afternoon when witnesses heard three gunshots. One of the witnesses then found Ruenzel wounded along a trail in that area, according to East Bay Regional Park District Police.

Two men entered the trail just before the sound of gunshots, witnesses told police, and those men are considered persons of interest in the case. So far, no arrests have been made.

"It was not unusual for him if he had a free hour or two to hike the trails," his wife, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, said Friday. "Those are trails that I've walked with him on. That was part of the texture of his life. He was a very contemplative man and he liked to go hiking."

Ruenzel graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1973 and often walked with his father, Fred, in natural areas near Milwaukee.

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Nicolet tennis court project receives rezoning approval from River Hills

Nov. 21, 2014 5:49 p.m. | River Hills — Nicolet High School's proposed 13-court tennis complex is one step closer to becoming a reality, due to action taken by the River Hills Village Board on Friday, Nov. 21.

River Hills trustees unanimously agreed to rezone the property at 535 and 617 West Green Tree Road to allow for the construction of the tennis courts. The board also granted a special use permit for the tennis courts, which would be located on a 3-acre plot of land north of the football field.

The two Green Tree Road parcels consist of two houses owned by the school district. One of those homes will be torn down to make way for the future expansion of I-43, while the other home is being torn down to accommodate the proposed tennis court complex.

The rezoning approval from River Hills clears the way for Nicolet to move forward with an ambitious athletic facilities renovation plan.

"This was the linchpin to the whole process because our plan really revolved around utilizing this property," Nicolet Superintendent Robert Kobylski said of the tennis court property. "If we didn't have the ability to do that, we would have had to start over."

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The Cheel offers a taste of Nepal in Thiensville

Nov. 21, 2014 6:00 a.m. | A Nepali restaurant in Thiensville? I heard that more times than I could keep straight after the Cheel opened in summer in the little village's downtown. Everyone was expecting German, maybe?

It's a rare cuisine here, surely. The Cheel is the Milwaukee area's only restaurant serving dishes mainly from Nepal (a food truck last year served Nepali dumplings, and its operators hoped to open a bricks-and-mortar restaurant). That rarity alone would make it a must-try for curious food lovers.

But Cheel owners Jesse and Barkha Daily have also created a warm and convivial place for dinner and drink, after an extensive renovation that saved this Thiensville landmark from the wrecking ball. They work the room like hosts at a party, and their attention to detail in the restaurant comes across, down to the imported brass utensils.

It's an intimate restaurant — it seats 60 all told, in a small dining area and a bar area with high-top tables and a vintage Art Deco bar, serving a list of smart cocktails.

Like the dining room, the menu isn't oversized, but there are soul-satisfying dishes to choose from. They're found in the small plates that could be an appetizer or a feast in themselves, along with a half-dozen substantial soups and salads, and another half-dozen or so entrées. With Nepal between Tibet and India, the dishes show influences from both, and dishes branch out toward Burma as well.

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Paper will be delayed by holiday

Nov. 19, 2014 10:34 a.m. | Home delivery of the Nov. 27, 2014, edition of North Shore Now will be delayed by one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The newspaper will be home-delivered to Journal-Sentinel subscribers on Friday, Nov. 28. However, the newspaper will be available on newsstands as usual and websites will be updated.

Candidates for Lisbon post named

Nov. 18, 2014 4:50 p.m. | Town of Lisbon - Three Milwaukee area municipal administrators have been named as finalists in the Town of  Lisbon search for a clerk/administrator

The three candidates were selected by the Town Board following a closed session Monday night in which the board reviewed  a field of six semi finalist.

Those six candidates were selected from a field of 34 applicants by the municipal human resource consulting firm GovHR.USA.

The firm conducted an intial round of interviews with each of the six candidates in addition to completing reference checks and additional research on each of the candidates who were later recommended to the Town Board, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.

The three finalists selected by the board, according to Gehrke, are::

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Mequon teen ODs on alcohol after chugging gin with Cedarburg girls

Nov. 18, 2014 10:45 a.m. | A 17-year-old Mequon boy wound up at Children's Hospital with a blood-alcohol level of 0.347 after he, another 17-year-old boy from Mequon and two 13-year-old Cedarburg girls chugged a bottle of gin in less than an hour, according to

According to the report, Cedarburg police say the two girls were bored at one of their homes on Nov. 7, walked to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store, stole a bottle of gin and met up with the two boys to drink it.

The boy was hospitalized after the mother of one of the girl's called his father to pick him up at 10 p.m. Nov. 7, according to the report. The father found him unconscious, took him to Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital in Mequon before he was transferred to Children's.

A 0.347 blood-alcohol count is more than four times the level considered evidence of intoxication in Wisconsin. Children's Hospital notified Cedarburg police.

Rebuilt Fox Point footbridge opens

Nov. 16, 2014 7:41 p.m. | An old community landmark got new life Sunday with the opening of the Bridge Lane ravine footbridge in Fox Point.

The project is the result of a public-private partnership that saw roughly half the funds for construction coming from private donors.

"The bridge is now officially opened, and we're all happy," said Barbara Schwartz, president of Footbridge Friends, the nonprofit raising money for the project.

The Fox Point Village Board voted in April to accept a bid of $876,496 to rebuild the bridge. Crews broke ground in August and lifted the final section of the span into place this month.

Footbridge Friends is to contribute $515,000 to the overall costs, which include additional expenses for the demolition of the old span and inspections and related costs for the new bridge.

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Menasha's late score stuns Homestead in state football semifinals, 8-7

Nov. 15, 2014 7:43 p.m. | "That decision was made years ago. I just took the time-out to think about it a little more."

That was the frank and honest answer of Menasha football coach Jeramie Korth as to how much thought went into the idea of going for a two-point conversion with 31 seconds left in the WIAA State D2 semifinal with Homestead on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Ripon's Ingalls Field.

The bold and affirmative choice to do so was confirmed a few moments later. Bluejay quarterback Tyler Johnson, who had scored from two yards out a minute or so earlier, faked a run to the middle, and then pitched it out to running back Jadin Sell who sailed easily into the end zone.

Menasha, who had struggled to score all day against stout resistance from Homestead, just earned its most important points of the season as it went up 8-7.

And its defense made it stand up.

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Goldi shoe and fashion store in Shorewood to close

Nov. 13, 2014 3:10 p.m. | Upscale shoe and fashion shop Goldi, a longtime fixture on the Milwaukee retail scene, will close on Jan. 15.

Owners Goldi and Mark Miller are closing the store, 4114 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, to focus on their rapidly growing Fashion Angels Enterprises.

"Fashion Angels is a business that is taking all of our time, and more," Mark Miller said Thursday in an interview at the company's headquarters in the Third Ward.

He and his wife opened their first Goldi store 42 years ago in Madison, while they were 19-year-old students at the University of Wisconsin. The concept eventually expanded to 10 stores, including shops at Mayfair Mall, in Milwaukee's Grand Avenue and on Chicago's North Michigan Avenue.

The Shorewood store, the last remaining outlet, opened about 20 years ago. With the lease expiring and neither of the Millers sons, both in investment banking, interested in taking over the shop, the time is right to close what has "turned into a hobby," Goldi Miller said.

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Interactive North Shore school tax roundup: who's up and who's down in 2015

Nov. 12, 2014 11:00 a.m. | Will your school district tax bill be increasing or decreasing in 2015? Find out with our interactive graphic and school tax roundup.

Suburban roundup: Week three of the WIAA football postseason

Nov. 10, 2014 10:45 a.m. | Big plays, big mistakes, dominant defenses, and last second heroics. Such were the key factors of week three football in the WIAA postseason.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Homestead pulled off a miraculous last-minute drive and converted a two point attempt to defeat rival Cedarburg 15-14.

-Arrowhead scored on multiple big plays to defeat Mukwonago, 28-10. PHOTO GALLERY: Arrowhead vs. Mukwonago.

-Darlington managed to contain Lake Country Lutheran's explosive halfback Adam Tovar en route to a 41-12 win.

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Bayshore neighbors bridle at falling assessments

Nov. 08, 2014 2:53 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Joe and Michelle Lapinske bought their three-bedroom Whitefish Bay house in 2011. By last year, its assessed value had increased to $246,000.

So it was jarring when, amid a reviving Milwaukee-area housing market, their home recently received a new assessed value of $187,000 — a 24% drop from 2013.

"We're very disappointed, and very concerned," said Joe Lapinske.

The couple live on a three-block stretch of N. Lydell Ave., just across from Bayshore Town Center in neighboring Glendale, where other houses also have been hit with sharp declines in their assessed values from 2013 to 2014.

Those drops are tied to Bayshore, which in 2006 underwent a major expansion that included a new, four-level parking structure built just across Lydell Ave. from some of those homes. Lydell Ave. is the border between Glendale and Whitefish Bay.

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Stunning rally sends Homestead past Cedarburg

Nov. 07, 2014 10:48 p.m. | It was really no gamble at all in the viewpoint of Homestead football coach Dave Keel.

The Highlanders had just taken advantage of an enormous break in Friday's WIAA State D2, Level 3 playoff game with archrival Cedarburg. A bad snap to the back-up Bulldogs punter had set up the Highlanders on the Bulldogs 38-yard line with 1:46 left and Homestead trailing, 14-7.

As one Homestead player had screamed as he ran out onto the field after the turnover: "This is our miracle, let's use it!"

And they did, as five plays later, quarterback Nick Allen found end Patrick Minkin on a wheel route close to the front right corner of Homestead end zone. He was pushed across the line to complete the 18-yard TD play with just 41 seconds to go.

Now the game was in Keel's hands, he of four WIAA state titles and conference championships too numerous to count. Go for the tie and overtime before a full-throated home crowd or roll the dice and go for the win down 14-13?

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 3

Nov. 07, 2014 10:15 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy continued as the calendar turned to a new month and cold and windy conditions on Nov. 7 in Level 3 of the WIAA playoffs.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area: Arrowhead, Mukwonago, Franklin in Division 1; Homestead, Greendale and Waukesha West in Division 2; and Catholic Memorial in Division 3.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 3.

Election roundup: How the Milwaukee suburbs and Lake Country voted

Nov. 05, 2014 1:09 p.m. | The Republican strongholds of Waukesha and Lake Country, as well as the majority of the Milwaukee suburbs, voted decisively in favor of incumbent Governor Scott Walker. Referendums for increased funding in various municipalities and school districts were mostly successful.

A roundup of our coverage:

INTERACTIVE: See how your community voted and how it stacked up against its neighbors.

-The search is on for Brad Schimel's successor for Waukesha DA post.

-Unexpected turnout slows voting in Lisbon.

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