Shorewood — Homer D. Washington, a 21-year-old Milwaukee man, has confessed to and been charged with the murder of Clarence W. Charles, who was found dead in his Shorewood apartment July 16.
The murder is the first in Shorewood in 20 years.
Washington is also charged with stealing Charles' 2002 Chevrolet Blazer. The theft charge carries a maximum fine of $10,000, six-year sentence, or both.
The first degree murder charge carries a life sentence.
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Shorewood — Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of 57-year-old Clarence W. Charles, who was found dead in his Shorewood apartment July 16.
A Shorewood police officer said the department will refer charges to the District Attorney Friday afternoon. The murder is Shorewood's first in 20 years.
Shorewood police are asking for help locating Charles' car, which they say the suspect stole. The vehicle is described as a silver, two-door, 2002 Chevrolet Blazer Sport Utility Vehicle, with the license plate 109-UWE.
Police are requesting that anyone who sights the vehicle not approach it or contact the driver, but rather contact the Shorewood Police Department immediately at (414) 847-2610.
A suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the death of a man in Shorewood, police said Thursday.
The body of Clarence W. Charles, 57, was found Tuesday evening in an apartment at 4460 N. Oakland Ave., and his death was ruled a homicide the next day. Charles had been reported missing.
Shorewood police have have released no further information on the case, including how Charles died.
Brown Deer — The decision to institute a stepped-up dress code at the least, and school uniforms at the most, will be put off until after the coming fall semester.
At the behest of Superintendent Deb Kerr, the School Board in recent meetings has considered district-wide school uniforms, an idea which has been met with mixed feedback from the board and district residents.
At a Tuesday meeting, the board considered a dress code policy with a list of suggested outfits which, while not a school uniform policy, was too close for comfort.
Though board members agreed among themselves to strike the suggested outfits from the policy altogether, and thereby remove any semblance of a uniform requirement, they later decided to put the whole policy on the backburner until the district can poll students and parents throughout the fall semester and administrators can come up with a way to enforce the current dress code.
"Last month we said we were going to have conversations with all the stakeholders, and we didn't," said board member Kevin Klimek. "I'm hesitant of even talking about this until we have the conversation."» Read Full Article
The principal of Brown Deer High School, James Piatt, will become the new leader of Messmer Catholic Schools and its more than 1,600 students, the urban Catholic school system announced Wednesday.
As president of Messmer, Piatt will replace popular former CEO Brother Bob Smith, who resigned in November 2012 after growing the Catholic high school into a K-8 program and secondary school on three campuses. Messmer participates in the Milwaukee private school voucher program, and of the 1,645 students enrolled at the three campuses in fall 2012, 83% were attending with the help of a taxpayer-funded voucher.
Piatt worked at Messmer in the 1990s as a math and computer teacher and girls basketball coach. He was an associate principal at Franklin High School and then principal of Dominican High School before joining Brown Deer High School as principal in 2004, according to a news release.
The release said Messmer's search committee liked Piatt's experience working in urban education. Brown Deer has a large black population, and the committee noted Piatt's "aggressive literacy program" had helped to boost achievement for black students in the district.
Messmer reports a 95% attendance rate at all of its schools, and reports that 85% of graduates go to college, according to a news release.» Read Full Article
Columbia St. Mary's Inc. has sold a Glendale medical office building to a Milwaukee investors group for $1.75 million, according to state real estate records.
The 70,758-square-foot building, 575 W. River Woods Parkway, was sold to a 575 Riverwoods Partners LLC. That group is affiliated with Phoenix Investors LLC, led by David Marks and Frank P. Crivello.
The building, known as Glendale Medical Commons, is in a business park east of N. Port Washington Road and south of W. Hampton Ave. The sale was brokered by C.B. Richard Ellis Inc.
Glendale — Larry Smalley is off to do some learning of his own.
Smalley, superintendent of the Glendale-River Hills School District for the last 10 years, was recently accepted into an exclusive, invite-only organization called the Suburban School Superintendents. The 100-member group, consisting of superintendents curated from distinguished districts across the nation, meets once each year to discuss the state of education, to share ideas and the decisions that have made their districts successful.
"It's a sharing opportunity, a think tank, where we can talk," Smalley said, "and then go back and try different things."
Representing Wisconsin at the SSS are Sussex Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Pewaukee School District Superintendent JoAnn Sternke, the 2013 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year according to the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, and retired Whitefish Bay Superintendent Jim Rickabaugh, who was once Smalley's mentor. Cooke and Sternke were the ones who nominated Smalley for induction into the group.
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Mequon — An upcoming Sept. 10 special election will decide what the Common Council could not, whether Rob Holtz or Robert Strzelczyk will fill the vacant District 1 council seat.
The seat has been vacant since April, when longtime District 1 alderman Dan Abendroth unseated incumbent Mayor Curt Gielow in a neck-and-neck contest, at the same time beating Strzelczyk for the District 1 spot. Abendroth chose the mayoral post and created the vacancy.
Since then the council has failed on numerous votes — almost resorting to a coin flip at one point — to appoint either Holtz or Strzelczyk by the required five-vote majority. Each vote has produced the same 4-3 gridlock, with aldermen Ken Zganjar, John Leszczynski, John Hawkins and Andrew Nerbun voting for Strzelczyk, and aldermen Pam Adams, Dale Mayr, and Mark Seider voting for Holtz.
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Mequon — On a 61-3 vote, residents of the Mequon-Thiensville School District approved an increased budget and tax levy for the coming 2013-14 school year at the district's annual meeting Monday.
The district's total budget will increase by 3.2 percent, while the total local tax levy will increase by 1 percent.
Extrapolating the recent trend of decreasing home values to include another 3 percent decrease, business director Gail Grieger estimates the district tax rate to increase 60 cents from last year to $9.28 per $1,000 of assessed property value, a 6.9 percent increase. Should property values remain flat, Grieger estimates the tax rate to increase to $9 per $1,000 of assessed value, a 3.6 percent increase.
For someone with a $300,000 home, a 6.9 percent increase would mean an extra $180 on the district tax bill compared to last year, while a 3.6 percent increase would mean an extra $96.
Driving the increased budget are several strategic plan items the School Board has approved in recent months, including a human resources director, communications director, expansion of advanced placement classes at Homestead and increased staff training on data collection.» Read Full Article
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative officially breaks ground Tuesday for its new Mequon store, at the northeast corner of Mequon and Wauwatosa roads.
The $6.3 million project, which includes $3.2 million in development costs, is expected to be completed by late spring 2014. The 16,000-square-foot store will create around 80 full- and part-time jobs, and will be the fourth grocery store for Milwaukee-based Outpost.
Mequon is providing $229,241 in assistance for the development. That cash will be provided through the city's tax incremental financing district along Mequon Road between Wauwatosa Road and the Milwaukee River. A portion of Outpost's annual property tax bill will be rebated to the cooperative over four years.