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Mequon manufacturer adding new warehouse

Aug. 30, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Telsmith Inc. plans to build a 33,760-square-foot warehouse next to its 203,000-square-foot Mequon manufacturing facility and offices, and consolidate off-site storage operations from both Mequon and Brookfield.

That's according to a report filed with the Mequon Department of Community Development. The Plan Commission has approved the project, proposed for 10910 N. Industrial Drive.

That approval came after Telsmith worked with city staffers to place the building farther from Telsmith's south property line. As a result, 18 trees would be removed to make way for the new building, instead of 72 trees that would have been removed under the company's initial proposal.

Telsmith, with 300 employees, makes rock crushing equipment. It's a subsidiary of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Astec Industries Inc.

Shorewood School District gets a handbook

Aug. 28, 2012 9:54 p.m. | Shorewood - After more than a year of back and forth between administrators, staff, and community members, the School Board approved an employee handbook and teacher appendix tonight.

Though the board needed to address two areas of the handbook text before it was approved, board members and teachers expressed their relief to finally have the handbook - required by Act 10 to replace teacher contracts - in place.

"The employee handbook has been worked on for months and months," Superintendent Martin Lexmond said. "I think it's been a very smart process here. It's been very collaborative, (looking back at) when we backtracked all the various meetings and players, and I think it's been done very well."

Though the handbook has been approved, the district isn't done with it yet. On the horizon is the district's "big idea" meeting in January 2012, at which teachers, administrators, community members, and the School Board will have the opportunity to examine any defects they may have found in the handbook.

"It's good to have a document, something to build on," Shorewood Education Association President Michael Halloran said before the board meeting. "Now we get to take it for a test drive."

Join Pigskin Picks to test your skills against local celebrities, veteran sportswriters

Aug. 28, 2012 1:13 p.m. | How well do you know high school football?

You can find out by visiting mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek (pictured) and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin join the fray this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. 

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

The contest begins this week and lasts until the end of the regular season.

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Nearly flat Nicolet levy approved

Aug. 28, 2012 10:06 a.m. | Glendale - The Nicolet School Board and a handful of residents approved a minimal reduction to the district's levy for the 2012-'13 school year at the annual district meeting Monday night.

The total levy comes in at approximately $17 million, down .06% from last year, and the overall budget is set to increase by about .9% to just over $19 million.

The decrease is so slight, said district Director of Business Services Jeff Dellutri, that a resident with a $300,000 home would see a tax decrease of 81 cents in the coming year -- though that estimate relies on a flat equalized value estimate of area properties, which likely won't be the case.

And, of course, a critical component of the budget presented by Dellutri to the board and attending residents was the five-year, $2.15 million referendum that  offsets decreasing enrollment and state aid.

"Without a referendum," Dellutri said, "this would have been devastating for us."

Backyard animal-control effort results in firearm citation

Aug. 28, 2012 9:31 a.m. | A 73-year-old Whitefish Bay man was cited for illegal discharge of a firearm after a neighbor reported him shooting at birds and squirrels in the 100 block of W. Day Ave. at 11:30 a.m. last week.

According to the police report:

Police found a dead bird in his backyard last Monday and the man admitted he has been shooting “unwanted birds and squirrels” that were eating his “expensive bird food” — the food he put out for birds “he desires.”

He also said that he didn’t know it was illegal and that he was careful to shoot only at the ground so as not to hit anything else.

He had a .177-caliber pellet gun.

Man arrested in Shorewood bomb threat

Aug. 27, 2012 8:46 p.m. | Shorewood police said they took one man into custody after he allegedly threatened to bomb a courthouse and an assisted living facility Monday afternoon.

The man called police about 4 p.m. threatening to blow up the Shorewood municipal court and an unknown assisted living facility, later determined to be the River Park Apartments at 1600 and 1700 E. River Park Court. All buildings were evacuated and searched, with no evidence of a bomb. Residents were cleared to return to their homes about 6:30 p.m.

The man had been known to visit the apartments where police found him and arrested him without incident, police said. He is believed to have acted alone.

Milwaukee County buses were available to transport apartment residents after they were evacuated to Shorewood High School, but a police spokeswoman said all residents remained on the scene.

No one was injured.

Strong-armed robbery reported early Sunday in Whitefish Bay

Aug. 27, 2012 4:24 p.m. | An 18-year-old Whitefish Bay man called police to report that he and a friend were the victims of a strong-armed robbery, actual location not yet available, and were following the suspects near Wilson Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard at 12:42 a.m. Sunday.

According to the police report:

The victims were robbed by five teenage males who took their wallets, a $200 cellphone and about $70 cash.

They reported the plate number which came back as a stolen car. Milwaukee police stopped that car and arrested the occupants.

The investigation is on going.

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Anonymous caller tips police to balcony pot plants

Aug. 27, 2012 12:25 p.m. | A 45-year-old Brown Deer man was arrested for manufacturing of a controlled substance, and a 17-year-old Brown Deer girl for party to this crime after an anonymous caller reported a marijuana plant growing in Brown Deer.

According to the police report:

The caller reported what looked like a marijuana plant on a second-floor balcony in the 9000 block of North Park Plaza Court at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

Police found marijuana plants growing in a pot, one 40-inches tall, on that balcony.

When police asked about the plants, the man said various things including it was a “mosquito plant,” that he was only growing it because it “looked neat,” that he found the seeds in someone else’s ashtray and then said, “It’s not like I was going to sell it to anyone.”

Homestead gets its vengeance on Waterford

Aug. 24, 2012 11:32 p.m. | Homestead football coach Dave Keel said he was pleased with Homestead’s season-opening success against Waterford.

“This was a good start,” he noted after his team's 22-6 victory, one that avenged a nonconference loss to the same squad last year. “We didn’t turn the ball over and we hit well. Waterford is a good football team, well-coached. Each year is a new year and we will see what we make of it.”

Most of the offense came in the second half, none bigger than an 82-yard touchdown run from Shaquille Cole.

Waterford had just pulled within 7-6, and Homestead faced deep trouble when the quarterback Ryan Stendler was sacked by Jake Wirsching at the 18, creating a 3rd and 12.

But a missed assignment by the Waterford defense created a wide lane for Cole, who covered 82 yards for a game-changing score with 1:17 left in the third period. Waterford’s safety was closing quickly, but a clean block by Jay Schneider at the 15 allowed Cole to make the end zone.

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Menomonee Falls cross country photos now online

Aug. 24, 2012 12:03 p.m. | We've just published a photo gallery of more than 15 images from yesterday's grade level cross country invite in Menomonee Falls.

Brookfield Central's Carl Hirsch won the boys junior/senior race in 15 minutes, 22.84 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. Lauren Cunningham of Nicolet won the girls competition on the 4,000-meter course in 15:14.79.

Go to Menomonee Falls grade level invite photo gallery

Brown Deer Middle School principal Lucey resigns

Aug. 24, 2012 9:36 a.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board accepted the resignation of Middle School Principal Marirose Lucey on Thursday night.

Questions have lingered after Lucey, who over the last seven years has served at Algonquin Elementary, Dean Elementary, and the middle school, went on leave approximately three weeks before the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year.

The School Board approved a new middle school administrative team for the 2012-2013 school year, with three-year Assistant-Principal Ellis Turrentine taking over for Lucey.

Andy Bauschelt and Bruce Kramer will be Deans of Students.

Residents can meet the new administrators at a middle school open house on Aug. 29 from 5-7 p.m.

Bay rallies to edge GT, 2-1, in NSC soccer opener

Aug. 21, 2012 9:59 p.m. | The defending North Shore Conference champion Whitefish Bay boys soccer team had already caught the attention of area fans when it tied defending state champion Marquette last week.

And now, having done that, the Blue Dukes set out to take the first step towards defending their NSC title, which they did Tuesday night with a fine rally against a strong Germantown side.

Junior forward Paul Gwidt pounded into the net a close-in shot with an assist from senior midfielder Jack Comiskey at the 75:16 mark to give the Blue Dukes a 2-1 victory.

"This was an important win, a fact that was not lost on the players," said new Bay coach Andy Lee, "because Germantown is always a very good side and has some very good players."

With the win, Bay improved to 2-0-1 on the young season while the young Warhawks, who were also battling some injuries, fell in their season opener.

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Longtime municipal leader Henschel is sole contender in Waukesha

Aug. 21, 2012 3:58 p.m. | Waukesha - Former Elm Grove and Whitefish Bay village manager Edmund Henschel is the only contender under consideration as the next Waukesha city administrator and a job offer could be in the works, Mayor Jeff Scrima said Tuesday.

The city selection committee interviewed him last week before he headed out of state for the rest of the month. Then, after the committee reviewed additional semifinalists' applications with a consultant, the committee decided to pursue Henschel without interviewing anyone else, Scrima said.

He said a job offer "may be in process" by the city's human relations department and the search firm. An announcement could be made in early September after Henschel returns, Scrima said.

Henschel, a Waukesha resident, has 27 years of municipal management experience in Elm Grove, Whitefish Bay and Clio, Mich., and 12 years of municipal consulting experience, according to his application. He is executive director of the Wisconsin City/County Management Association.

Scrima said Henschel's experience in negotiating a settlement to the 1980s "sewer wars" between the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and nine outlying suburbs called FLOW, for Fair Liquidation of Waste, would be particularly relevant to Waukesha "if he ends up joining our team."

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Fox Point trustees OK grant to Footbridge Friends

Aug. 21, 2012 9:13 a.m. | The Fox Point Village Board voted Monday night to grant local nonprofit Footbridge Friends $30,000 so the group can attempt to raise $625,000 for the controversial replacement of the Ravine Lane Bridge.

That money will go to In Progress Consulting, which will lead the fundraising effort, and its subcontractor Clear Verve Marketing.

Though the total cost of all the contracting work, as laid out by In Progress, could total more than $45,000, the Village Board opted to give enough for the first four months of fundraising - $30,000 - and potentially approve the rest at a later date.

Trustees Eric Fonstad and F.R. Dengel were adamant that any funds given to Footbridge Friends be reimbursed to the village, and a amendment to the resolution was made that Footbridge Friends be obligated to make that repayment.

The resolution passed, 4-1, with Trustee William Warner dissenting, saying that he would rather bring the footbridge issue to referendum.

Regional office moving from Mequon to downtown Milwaukee

Aug. 21, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Vacon Inc., which makes drives for electric motors, is moving its regional training office from Mequon to downtown Milwaukee.

Vacon is leasing 12,481 square feet at The Blue, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave., the office building also known as Reuss Federal Plaza, according to the Boerke Co. Vacon now leases 10,000 square feet at 6425 W. Executive Drive.

The lease was brokered by Andrew Jensen and David Pudlosky, of Boerke, who represented the building owner, RAIT Financial, and Jim Babiasz and Patrick Dedering, of Boerke, who represented Vacon. Dedering said less than 10 employees will be moving since the office mainly will be used for training workers from throughout North America.

Man arrested after trying to involve off-duty police officer in Quest scam

Aug. 20, 2012 3:07 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man is under investigation for using a government assistance card to purchase items and then resell them.

According to the Thiensville police report:

The man approached an off-duty police officer to use his "Quest card" and sell the officer items for cash.

The man said he did nothing wrong, and the only reason he approached the officer is because he's homeless and needs money.

The card is being held as evidence and he will be referred to the District Attorney's office for theft by fraud charges, and the Milwaukee office of Wisconsin Department of Health Services will review his eligibility for the government program.

Mum's the word on Dr. Lucey

Aug. 17, 2012 12:42 p.m. | Brown Deer - School district administrative staff is tight-lipped when it comes to the continued absence of middle school Principal Marirose Lucey.

Lucey, who has reportedly been on leave since around three weeks before school let out, is the subject of much speculation in the Brown Deer community, with many wondering if and when she will be back.

Superintendent Deb Kerr said that the district isn't ready to divulge any information on Lucey at this point, maintaining that personnel issues are "private and confidential."

Information is on the way, according to Kerr, though she could not say when.

"I'm sure we'll have some resolution soon," said Kerr.

Van Gompel announces resignation

Aug. 15, 2012 2:18 p.m. | Brown Deer - Village Manager Russell Van Gompel turned in his letter of resignation earlier today, requesting that his tenure with the village end Nov. 9.

Van Gompel will take over as City Manger of Eau Claire shortly thereafter in early November.

The village's Personnel Committee met yesterday and will solicit hiring proposals from three consulting firms. Members of the Personnel Committee and the Village Board will discuss how to fill the Village Manger position at an Aug. 20 board meeting.

Once a consulting firm is selected in the coming weeks, said Van Gompel, the village will be able to create a timeline for his replacement.

Sandwich sampler cited for disorderly conduct

Aug. 14, 2012 10:36 a.m. | A 43-year-old Milwaukee man who took a bite out of a sandwich and then put it back at a Mequon gas station last week ended up with a citation for disorderly conduct.

The man was cited for disorderly conduct after causing a disturbance at the BP Station, 11147 N. Port Washington Road, at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 8.

The man took a cheddar cheese and brat sandwich from a display, took a bite and then put the sandwich back on the display.

An employee told him he couldn't do that and had to pay for the sandwich. The man became angry, saying he thought it was hot dog and didn't want it.

He then began to yell, using vulgar language, and left the store.

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Man, on work release, accused of using jail van to commit Mequon burglaries

Aug. 14, 2012 9:27 a.m. | An incarcerated 43-year-old Milwaukee man is suspected of using a van he drove as part of a work-release program to help commit at least four burglaries of Mequon businesses on North Port Washington Road in June and July.

The man was identified through surveillance video inside two of the businesses and another that revealed the license plate of the van he drove.

Police traced that plate and discovered the van belonged to the Department of Corrections and the suspect was then traced to a cell at the Marshall E. Sherrer Correction Center on North 14th Street, Milwaukee.

The man drove the van while on work release taking other inmates also on work release to their jobs.

After he dropped them off, he allegedly committed burglaries at Dark Side Tan, Signature Auto Detailing, Picardy Shoe Parlor and North Shore Auto Service. The van had a GPS tracking system, which also showed the van was at each of these locations at the time they were entered.

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Trio arrested for Whitefish Bay robberies

Aug. 14, 2012 9:02 a.m. | Three Milwaukee males, 16, 17 and 18, were arrested for two robberies last week in Whitefish Bay.

In the first robbery the two younger males, both with bandannas covering their faces, forced a woman to give them her two shopping bags as she walked in the 200 block of East Birch Avenue about 5 p.m. Aug 9. They fled in a van driven by the 18-year-old.

In the second robbery, the same two boys again covering their faces, forcibly took a purse from a woman in the 300 block of East Lake View Avenue at 6:45 p.m.

They again fled in the van but were stopped by Glendale police in the 3700 block of West Silver Spring Drive.

A pictorial look at Paul Ryan in the suburbs

Aug. 11, 2012 8:17 a.m. | U.S. Rep Paul Ryan, who was named this morning as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, has made a number of recent stops in suburban Milwaukee for listening sessions.

NOW photographer Peter Zuzga was there to cover Ryan's appearances, including a stop in Franklin in 2011 and Greendale in May.

Former Whitefish Bay official considered for Waukesha post

Aug. 10, 2012 4:28 p.m. | Waukesha - The selection committee looking for a new Waukesha city administrator is back at work, narrowing the list of semifinalists Monday with plans to interview finalists on a rolling basis, a change from its mid-September target for interviews.

One candidate will get an early interview.

Ed Henschel, executive secretary of the Wisconsin City/County Management Association and the former Whitefish Bay village manager, will be interviewed Monday because he will be out of the state for the rest of the month.

"The recruitment firm feels that Mr. Henschel would be a finalist in any event and that it is advantageous to both the city and Mr. Henschel to conduct his interview before he leaves," Human Resources Manager Donna Hylarides Whalen wrote in an email Friday.

Waukesha's former city administrator, Lori Curtis Luther, left in August 2011 for another job. After a search for her replacement, the preferred candidate - the only one the committee could agree on - withdrew from consideration so the city started from scratch, changing its recruiting firm as well.

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Brown Deer manager selected for Eau Claire job

Aug. 09, 2012 11:20 a.m. | Brown Deer - Village Manager Russell Van Gompel will take over as City Manger of Eau Claire with a tentative start date of Nov. 5, according to a city of Eau Claire news release.

The Eau Claire City Council will vote on an employment contact at its Aug. 14 meeting, after which Van Gompel expects to turn in his resignation with the village.

Van Gompel said that the village will convene a personnel committee meeting on Aug. 14 to begin forming a timeline and process for his replacement, and that the Village Board would need to approve an early November start date, given that his resignation would occur slightly within the 90-day window prescribed by the village.

"I'm going to be asking the board to authorize that," said Van Gompel.

The personnel committee will likely make recommendations regarding Van Gompel's replacement to the Village Board, which will meet on Aug. 20 and potentially approve a hiring plan.

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Man arrested in sexual assault at bus stop

Aug. 08, 2012 6:54 a.m. | A 23-year-old West Allis man has been charged in connection with a July 27 sexual assault in which he is accused of grabbing a woman and touching her inappropriately at a bus stop in the 400 block of Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee police said.

Police are trying to determine whether Anthony H. Kodrich is linked to seven other similar assaults in Milwaukee, South Milwaukee and Shorewood.

Kodrich was charged Sunday with second-degree sexual assault in connection with the 5:30 p.m. July 27 incident.

Police said after the woman was attacked she later saw news reports about similar incidents in Bay View and South Milwaukee and reported the attack on her to police.

Police said they had bus video of the July 27 incident and that Detective Branko Stojsavljevic and Officer Amy Stolowski on July 30 went to the Lincoln Ave. area where the attack occurred and boarded buses to look for the suspect.

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Shorewood fireworks to fly with FAB on Aug. 11

Aug. 07, 2012 11:20 a.m. | Shorewood - The fireworks cancelled at Shorewood's Fourth of July celebration will light up the sky at Friends of Atwater Beach's fourth annual beach party on Aug. 11.

The beach party will run from 3-10 p.m. on the upper lawn of Atwater Park and will feature local bands Lil' Debbie & The Tone Gods, Fred Bliffert & the Atwater Beach Blues Band, and Dukster.

Admission will be free and food will be $6 per plate. All proceeds will go toward restoring the beach.

"The beach party celebrates this wonderful natural resource," said FAB co-founder Jay Urban in a news release, "and provides a way for people to support FAB's mission."

Mequon police use crime dog to catch baseball streaker

Aug. 07, 2012 7:13 a.m. | A 20-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested for disorderly conduct and underage drinking after a naked run around the bases at Kapco Park in Mequon last week.

According to the police report:

The man ran the bases naked after a baseball game at Concordia University, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, at 7:45 p.m. July 29.

Children were also running the bases at the same time. When police arrived, the man ran into a heavily wooded area but canine officer Vero found him.

He then said his shorts "fell off" and he was "too embarrassed" to pull them back up.

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Bay working out tax incremental financing details for Mandel luxury apartments

Aug. 07, 2012 6:59 a.m. | Whitefish Bay - Whitefish Bay officials are working with developer Mandel Group and financial advisory firm Ehlers Investment Partners to hash out details of a tax incremental district for the developer's proposed $28-30 million luxury apartment complex.

Ehlers Senior Financial Advisor Michael Harrigan presented a preliminary draft Monday night to the Community Development Authority, tentatively outlining a $1.8 million investment from the village in the form of general obligation bonds. An approximate amount of $2 million will go into a "developer TIF," which will allow Mandel Group to pay off a portion of its project debt with property taxes from the proposed development. 

Nearly $1.1 million worth of air rights over the current municipal lots would be granted to Mandel as part of the project, rounding out an estimated $4.9 million in public investment. 

An additional $14 million of property value is expected to be added to the proposed TID as a result of the 100-unit luxury apartment complex, according to the Ehlers report.

The CDA ultimately voted to take the proposed TID to a series of meetings on Sept. 6. A public hearing will take place at 6 p.m., followed by a joint-review board meeting with members from local taxing authorities, and a meeting during which the CDA may adopt an updated TID project plan.

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DOT to hold public info meetings for I-43 project on 8/7, 8/8

Aug. 03, 2012 10:46 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be hosting informational meetings next week about an upcoming project which may result in the full reconstruction and redesign of the I-43 corridor, according to a DOT news release.

The first meeting will take place between 4-8 p.m. at Mequon City Hall on Aug. 7, and the second at Nicolet High School between 4-8 p.m. on Aug. 8.

The Federal Highway Administration and DOT will compile an Environmental Impact Statement after evaluating the 14 mile stretch of I-43 between Silver Spring Drive and Wisconsin Highway 60, as well as interchanges and arterial roads in Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties.

The EIS is scheduled for release in 2014, and construction has a tentative start date of 2020 or beyond, according to DOT documentation.

For additional information, residents can contact Project Manager Steve Hoff at (262) 548-6718 or steve.hoff@dot.wi.gov.

Community Watch

» Mequon manufacturer adding new warehouse 8/30

» Shorewood School District gets a handbook 8/28

» Join Pigskin Picks to test your skills against local celebrities, veteran sportswriters 8/28

» Nearly flat Nicolet levy approved 8/28

» Backyard animal-control effort results in firearm citation 8/28

» Man arrested in Shorewood bomb threat Updated:  8/27

» Strong-armed robbery reported early Sunday in Whitefish Bay 8/27

» Anonymous caller tips police to balcony pot plants 8/27

» Homestead gets its vengeance on Waterford 8/24

» Menomonee Falls cross country photos now online 8/24

» Brown Deer Middle School principal Lucey resigns 8/24

» Bay rallies to edge GT, 2-1, in NSC soccer opener 8/21

» Longtime municipal leader Henschel is sole contender in Waukesha 8/21

» Fox Point trustees OK grant to Footbridge Friends 8/21

» Regional office moving from Mequon to downtown Milwaukee 8/21

» Man arrested after trying to involve off-duty police officer in Quest scam 8/20

» Mum's the word on Dr. Lucey 8/17

» Van Gompel announces resignation 8/15

» Sandwich sampler cited for disorderly conduct 8/14

» Man, on work release, accused of using jail van to commit Mequon burglaries 8/14

» Trio arrested for Whitefish Bay robberies 8/14

» A pictorial look at Paul Ryan in the suburbs 8/11

» Former Whitefish Bay official considered for Waukesha post 8/10

» Brown Deer manager selected for Eau Claire job 8/9

» Man arrested in sexual assault at bus stop 8/8

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