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Whitefish Bay’s 2012-13 school calendar set

March 09, 2012 3:48 p.m. |

The Whitefish Bay School Board on Wednesday approved the district’s 2012-13 calendar.

School will begin Sept. 4, following Labor Day, and will conclude June 14, 2013.

Winter break will run from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2; spring break has been slated from March 29 to April 5, 2013.

Parent-teacher conferences are Nov. 21 and March 11, 2013.

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McDonald's owner gets 9 years for running pot ring

April 17, 2015 4:28 p.m. | A Whitefish Bay man was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Friday for running a large-scale marijuana distribution ring through his three North Shore McDonald's restaurants.

Prosecutors say Edward G. Patterson, 40, recruited his employees and a fellow Little League dad into the conspiracy, carried a gun and, once in jail, tried to hire someone to murder informants who helped agents make the case against him.

According to court records, he had started at the bottom of the McDonald's career ladder, worked his way up in the family business from laborer to manager and eventually took an ownership stake in stores in Glendale, Fox Point and Mequon.

But by 2012, he used them like a line of credit. He took money from the restaurants to buy large amounts of marijuana from California, for resale in Wisconsin, and then laundered the illicit profits back through McDonald's accounts, "in effect providing himself a short term loan," according to his lawyer's sentencing memo.

Patterson told at least one co-conspirator that he was selling marijuana to get enough money to buy the Glendale McDonald's outright, and that he was hoping to make $2 million in the pot trade because, "When they legalize it, it's all over."

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15-year-old boy attacked while walking in Shorewood

April 15, 2015 12:08 a.m. | Shorewood — A 15-year-old boy was attacked by a group of male teenagers in an attempted robbery Tuesday evening.

The boy was walking east in the 1900 block of Menlo Blvd. at 6:27 p.m., when another teenage boy with dreadlocks and gold teeth asked him to use his cell phone. The victim declined, and three or four more teenage boys got out of a nearby parked minivan and attacked him. The victim was knocked to the ground, but he was able to get up and run away. The suspects were attempting to steal the boy's backpack and cell phone, but they were unsuccessful.

The suspects drove northbound on Murray Avenue. Shorewood officers saw the vehicle flee north on Morris Boulevard at a high rate of speed. Officers lost sight of the vehicle, but it was seen again in Glendale and Milwaukee. The van, which was stolen, was later found abandoned in Milwaukee. The vehicle was recovered and returned to the owner.

The main suspect is believed to be between 16 and 17 years old. The other three to four suspects are believed to be between 16 and 19 years old. If anyone has information regarding this incident, contact the Shorewood Police Department at 414-847-2610.

Brown Deer house damaged by basement fire

April 14, 2015 11:38 p.m. | Brown Deer — No one was injured in a basement fire at a Brown Deer house Tuesday afternoon.

The resident living at 4502 W. Fountain Ave. called 911 at 1:36 p.m. Tuesday to report a fire in his basement. He said the fire may involve some type of chemical reaction. He was able to safely evacuate the home.

North Shore Fire Department crews arrived to find a significant amount of smoke coming from multiple sides of the home. The firefighters were met with high heat and zero visibility in the basement, but they were able to quickly locate the fire and bring it under control.

There is extensive fire, smoke and water damage to the basement of the home as well as smoke damage throughout the first floor. The damage estimate to the structure and contents is approximately $30,000.

Investigators from North Shore Fire/Rescue and the Brown Deer Police Department investigated the cause of the fire. They believe fumes from a solvent being used to clean and remove flooring in the basement were ignited by an unknown heat source.

Shorewood bank robbery suspects arrested

April 14, 2015 11:29 a.m. | Shorewood — Two suspects have been charged with robbing Wells Fargo Bank Saturday morning.

Phillip Conner, a 27-year-old Milwaukee man, and Jamilia Troop, a 29-year-old Milwaukee woman, are accused of robbing the bank, located at 4015 N. Oakland Ave., at 9:05 a.m. on Monday. Troop allegedly approached the bank teller and asked to cash a check, and then Conner allegedly displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The two suspects then fled out the front door into a car that drove west on Capitol Drive.

Shorewood police say Conner and Troop were arrested after getting off a bus in Kansas City, where they are awaiting extradition back to Wisconsin. The two suspects have been charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday with one count each of robbery of a financial institution, a class C felony.

Wrong-way I-43 driver crashes into ditch in Bayside

April 14, 2015 10:18 a.m. | Bayside — A wrong-way driver on I-43 is facing potential jail time after crashing in a ditch early Monday morning.

Nyree Holt, a 41-year-old Milwaukee resident was arrested at about 1:50 a.m. Monday for drunken driving and second-degree recklessly endangering safety. Police found an almost empty liter bottle of vodka in her car, and her blood alcohol content was 0.20, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department.

Several drivers called 911 to report a wrong-way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-43 south of Brown Deer Road. A Bayside police officer noticed her vehicle, a 1997 Nissan Maxima, while on a traffic stop. The officer noticed the car was missing the passenger side tires and was riding on its rims. The vehicle ran off the road and crashed in a ditch just north of the county line.

If convicted of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, Holt faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Holt was also cited for operating without a license and driving the wrong way on a divided highway.

Brown Deer man identified as victim of Milwaukee motorcycle-car crash

April 13, 2015 6:03 p.m. | A man killed when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Milwaukee's northwest side was identified by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office Monday as David V. Berg, 72, of Brown Deer.

The crash was reported shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of N. 76th St. and W. Thurston Circle, according to a medical examiner's report.

According to the report, Berg was riding a Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 northbound on 76th St. and a 24-year-old man was driving a 2006 Chrysler Sebring southbound.

Milwaukee police said the driver of the car failed to yield the right of way when attempting to turn east and drove into the path of the motorcycle.

Berg, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head and torso injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the medical examiner's report.

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Suspects in Shorewood bank robbery arrested in Kansas City

April 13, 2015 2:08 p.m. | Suspects in the robbery Saturday of the Wells Fargo branch in Shorewood are in custody in Kansas City, Mo., awaiting extradition to Wisconsin, the Shorewood Police Department said in a news alert Monday.

Phillip O. Conner, 27, and Jamilia N. Troop, 29, both of Milwaukee, were charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Monday with one count each of robbery of a financial institution, a Class C felony.

The two are accused of robbing the Wells Fargo branch at 4015 N. Oakland Ave. about 9:05 a.m. Saturday. They were arrested getting off a bus in Kansas City, according to police.

Diamond Stone headlines 2014-15 All-Suburban Boys Basketball team

April 13, 2015 11:55 a.m. |

Player of the Year

Diamond Stone, 6-10 center, Dominican

McDonald's All-American capped perhaps the most decorated career in Wisconsin history with a fourth state championship. ... Averaged 24.4 points per game on 67 percent shooting, with 11.7 rebounds per game. ... Shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and finished with 74 blocks. ... Wrapped up his career north of 2,000 points. ... Career highlights include the only triple-double in state-tournament history, recorded as a freshman. ... Posted two double-doubles in the state games this year. ... Racked up 43 points and 18 rebounds against Division 1 foe Racine Case in the regular season. ... Committed to Maryland.

Story: Dominican's Diamond Stone left a mark that will be remembered for decades

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Milwaukee man arrested in Mequon overdose death

April 09, 2015 5:28 p.m. | U.S. marshals arrested a Milwaukee man Thursday in connection with the drug overdose death of a woman in Mequon, according to Mequon police.

Brian Adams, 26, is suspected of supplying the heroin and cocaine that led to the overdose death of Dawn Wiebe, 30, July 4, 2014, in the 12000 block of Lakeshore Drive, according to a news release from the Mequon Police Department.

According to the release, Adams was taken into custody without incident shortly after 8 a.m. at his home in the 3400 block of N. 14th St.

He was turned over to Mequon police and booked on suspicion of first-degree reckless homicide, according to the release.

U.S. Marshals arrest man who allegedly supplied heroin, cocaine to overdose victim in Mequon

April 09, 2015 2:33 p.m. | Mequon — A Milwaukee man was arrested today for supplying heroin and cocaine to a Mequon woman who died of a drug overdose in July 2014.

U.S. Marshals arrested 26-year-old Brian Adams at his home in the 3400 block of N. 14th St. in Milwaukee at 8:05 a.m. Thursday morning. He was turned over to the Mequon Police Department and booked on a charge of first degree reckless homicide for providing heroin and cocaine to 30-year-old Dawn Wiebe, who died of a drug overdose on July 4 at a home in the 12000 block of Lakeshore Drive in Mequon.

The Mequon Police Department, with assistance from the Ozaukee County Anti-Drug Taskforce and other law enforcement agencies, determined that Wiebe's death was the result of "acute drug intoxication." On March 17, police issued an arrest warrant for Adams, who is alleged to have supplied Wiebe with the heroin and cocaine that led to her death.. Police have been unable to locate him until today.

Adams is currently in custody at the Ozaukee County Jail and has a probation hold through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Tornado watch in effect

April 09, 2015 1:59 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, in effect for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha and Milwaukee counties until 11 p.m. A tornado watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes, but does not indicate that tornadoes have been spotted. People should be prepared to take safety measures if the watch escalates to a warning.

2015 Milwaukee suburbs election roundup

April 08, 2015 10:10 a.m. | Election returns from the Milwaukee suburbs. This page will be updated as more results become available.

Referendums pass in Mequon-Thiensville, Fox Point-Bayside

Whitnall school referendums handily defeated

Fox Point: Voters send message of change

Brown Deer: Three School Board members return for a second term

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Franklin, Gutterman keep seats on Nicolet School Board

April 08, 2015 1:08 a.m. | Glendale — Nicolet School Board members Marilyn Franklin and Libby Gutterman have survived a formidable election challenge from a university mathematics education professor.

Franklin, a 27-year incumbent, won 40.3 percent of the vote; Gutterman received 35.5 percent of the vote; and challenger Michael Steele, who is the incoming chairperson of the UW-Milwaukee Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received 24.2 percent of the vote. 

Franklin, who won the majority of votes in all four communities, said she was grateful for all of her friends and supporters who helped her win reelection.

"It was a real grassroots effort made up of people believe in what I believe, which is that Nicolet is a great place," she said. "I think people see that I'm sincere about not only maintaining our academic excellence but also continuing to improve in the future."

Steele said he talked with voters who were concerned the district is not doing enough to address the achievement gap between minority and white students. He also heard from parents who were concerned about how efforts to close the achievement gap would affect higher-achieving students — a concern that should be addressed with improved communication from the board, Steele said.

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Three Brown Deer School Board members return for a second term

April 08, 2015 12:28 a.m. | Brown Deer — Three incumbents on the Brown Deer School Board will be back to serve a second term after surviving a challenge from newcomer Jeffrey Bersch.

Michael Bembenek, who has served on the board 3 1/2 years, said he thought the campaign resulted in good discussions at two candidate forums.

"I think I was reelected because I think we've been having good open discussions with residents and focusing on the kids and their academic performance, and the challenges they have," he said.

Kevin Klimek, who has served three years on the board, said the election seems to indicate that voters are happy with the direction of the current board.

"It was a quiet election, more quiet than the first time around and I hope it's not that people have lost interest; I hope it's because they have confidence in the work were doing."

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Incumbent Pam Adams wins reelection in Mequon

April 08, 2015 12:13 a.m. | Mequon — Longtime Mequon Alderwoman Pam Adams fended off a challenge from attorney Thomas Myers in Tuesday's election.

Adams, who has served on the council for 21 years, won with 63 percent of the vote. She received 508 votes while Myers collected 294.

"Every year, the city has new challenges and opportunities. I have gratitude for being able to contribute and am looking forward to meeting our challenges in the future," she said. "I expect my value will continue to increase with the term the voters have given me. I will work very hard to make the Mequon of the future full of safe and well-maintained streets, low taxes, innovative, value-added development and great schools."

Myers said Adams ran a good campaign, and that he heard from many people who supported her candidacy.

"Pam is well intended. I don't always agree with her positions, but she works hard and acts with what she believes to be the best interest of residents," Myers said. "What more can you ask than that they do their homework and do what they believe is best?"

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