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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.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by car in Whitefish Bay

May 29, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — The 26-year-old Hartland woman who was hit by a car on Silver Spring Drive Tuesday afternoon died at Froedtert Hospital Thursday night.

The woman was attempting to cross Silver Spring Drive just east of Berkeley Boulevard at 4:04 p.m. Tuesday. A driver in a black Audi station wagon stopped and waved her across the street, but what happened next is under investigation. Police believe the driver of the Audi accidentally hit the gas and hit the pedestrian. A second car rear-ended the Audi, causing minimal damage.

The woman was transported by Flight For Life to Froedtert Hospital for head injuries. Whitefish Bay Police Chief Michael Young said the Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the accident, and that both drivers have been cooperative in the investigation. Young said neither driver is suspected of being intoxicated.

Crash scene that closed 2 NB lanes of I-43 at Hampton is cleared

May 29, 2015 10:28 a.m. | Crews have cleared the scene of a multiple vehicle crash that closed the two left lanes of northbound Interstate 43 at Hampton Ave. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office responded.

Mequon man injured in lawn mowing accident

May 28, 2015 4:31 p.m. | A 47-year-old Mequon man was severely injured after his lawn tractor fell over a 3 foot retaining wall on Wednesday afternoon.

Mequon Police and Fire departments responded to the 10700 block of N. Wauwatosa Road after receiving a call to dispatch at 5:52 p.m. Wednesday. The man was mowing grass with a lawn tractor, which slid off an embankment and over a 3 foot retaining wall. The man was thrown from the tractor and struck his head on the pavement.

The man was transported to Froedtert Hospital by a Flight For Life medical helicopter.

Two suspects charged in Brown Deer carjacking

May 27, 2015 10:00 a.m. | Brown Deer — Two young men have been charged with stealing a woman's car at gunpoint five months ago outside Bath and Body Works in the Brown Deer Marketplace shopping center.

Eighteen-year-old Javontae Hunley and 19-year-old Marvtavis Pugh, both of Milwaukee, were charged on Friday, May 22, in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Hunley has been charged with armed robbery, and Pugh has been charged as a party to the crime. A warrant has been issued for Hunley's arrest.

According to the criminal complaint:

The female victim was parking her car in the Bath and Body Works parking lot at about 2:52 p.m. on Dec. 28, when a man with face tattoos, wearing all black clothing entered the passenger door of her car, pointed a gun at her face and told her to get out of the car. As she started to get out of her vehicle, another man walked up to the driver's side and told her to get out of the car. Both men shouted forcefully with explicit language.

Hunley, the 18-year-old with the gun, demanded the woman give up her keys, which he then took from her hands, along with her purse. Pugh then entered the driver's side door, and then they sped off in her 2006 Toyota Corolla. The car had numerous items, including diapers and a Nutri-Bullet blender, in the trunk of the vehicle.

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Two men charged with robbing Topper's Pizza in Fox Point at gunpoint

May 26, 2015 8:23 p.m. | Fox Point —Two men have been charged with robbing a Topper's Pizza restaurant at gunpoint.

Eighteen-year-old Frederick Dixon-Allen and 22-year-old Jabari Rogers-Green, both of Milwaukee, are accused of robbing the Topper's Pizza at 383 W. Brown Deer Road at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, May 17. They have been charged with armed robbery in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Dixon-Allen allegedly entered the store with a long barrel rifle and ordered the employee to lay on the ground. Once he was on the ground, Dixon-Allen ordered him to get up and open the safe. The employee explained he was unable to open the safe, so Dixon-Allen ordered him to open the cash registers. The employee complied, and DixonAllen was able to obtain $240 from the restaurant, according to a criminal complaint.

As Dixon-Allen walked out the front door, he saw another employee who had been taking a break. He ordered that employee to the ground, then opened the front door again and told the first employee to "Enjoy your career." The armed robbery was captured on high quality video surveillance.

Glendale police stopped the suspect vehicle around Good Hope Road and Green Bay Avenue. Dixon-Allen had $230 cash in his pants pocket, along with a pair of translucent vinyl gloves, which he allegedly wore during the robbery. If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Pedestrian struck by car in Whitefish Bay

May 26, 2015 7:33 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — A 26-year-old Hartland woman is in critical condition after she was hit by a car on Silver Spring Drive Tuesday afternoon.

The woman was attempting to cross Silver Spring Drive just east of Berkeley Boulevard at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. A driver in a black Audi station wagon stopped and waved her across the street, but what happened next is under investigation. Police believe the driver of the Audi accidentally hit the gas and hit the pedestrian. A second car rear-ended the Audi, causing minimal damage. 

The woman was transported by Flight For Life to Froedtert Hospital for head injuries. Whitefish Bay Police Chief Michael Young said the Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the accident, and that both drivers have been cooperative in the investigation. Young said neither driver is suspected of being intoxicated.

Goodwill opens new store in Brown Deer

May 22, 2015 1:40 p.m. | Brown Deer — Goodwill Industries opened a 19,200-square-foot retail store and donation center in Brown Deer on Friday, May 22.

Customers who attended the grand opening of the store at 9305 N. Green Bay Road received free reusable shopping bags and $5 gift cards, and enjoyed live music. The store, which employs 45 employees, will make shopping and donating easier for customers in Brown Deer and throughout the North Shore. Prior to now, North Shore residents had to travel to Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls or Grafton.

Cheryl Lightholder, spokeswoman for Goodwill of Southeastern Wisconsin, said the organization is excited to make buying and donating easier for residents in Brown Deer and surrounding areas. Goodwill pays attention to the zip codes of its donors, which plays a factor into where Goodwill launches new stores and donation centers.

"We're very excited to be in that community because we don't have a presence there," Lightholder said. "We think the residents in that community will be happy to have a place to donate as well as to shop."

The revenue generated by Goodwill stores helps fund the organization's workforce development initiatives, including Goodwill Workforce Connection Centers, which offer free job search assistance, resume assistance, workshops on interviewing, access to computers and other technology, job boards and a regular schedule of employer recruitment sessions.

Germantown softball team edges Homestead, 1-0, for NSC crown

May 21, 2015 12:12 a.m. | One swing of the bat by shortstop Morgan Brantley on a rainy May 14 evening effectively gave Germantown its fifth straight North Shore Conference girls softball title over archrival Homestead.

Though the efforts of motivated Germantown pitcher Michelle Moore six days later on May 20 were enormously helpful in making that home run by Brantley stand up in a 1-0 decision.

Rain held up the game in the bottom of the third on May 14 with Germantown nursing the lead earned by Brantley's laser beam of a home run to left in the bottom of the second.

"We had been anxious all week to get to this game," said Brantley. "We had a lead but we felt we had more runs in us. The funny thing was (about the pitch she hit) was that it was very inside but I got the bat around on it."

The Warhawks didn't get any more runs thanks to the game effort of Homestead pitcher Samantha Schindler (11 strikeouts and three walks), but Moore and the Germantown defense made the lead stand up.

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Update: 13-year-old Glendale girl found

May 20, 2015 3:43 p.m. | (Update: Alexandria Simon was found on Friday.)
 

Glendale — Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a 13-year-old Glendale girl who has been missing since Monday.

Alexandria Simon is 5'1" and 120 pounds with brown eyes and strawberry blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a brown leather coat and brown boots, and was carrying a turquoise bag. She left her home sometime overnight by exiting through her bedroom window.

In past reported missing runaway cases she was located in the areas of West Good Hope Road at North Teutonia Avenue and North 82nd Street at West Hampton Avenue, which are both located in Milwaukee.

Tips from public lead Mequon police to gas station robbery suspect

May 20, 2015 12:38 p.m. | Detectives from the Mequon Police Department have identified a suspect in a robbery Sunday at the Northshore Mobil, police said.

The suspect, who was identified from tips received from the public, is already in custody at the Manitowoc County Jail on unrelated charges, according to a news release. A request for charges regarding the Sunday robbery will be sent to the Ozaukee County district attorney's office early next week.

The station is at the corner of Port Washington and Mequon roads, near the Interstate 43 interchange.

Tips from the public also played a key role in the arrest of a suspect in the robbery of the Northshore BP in early March, police said.

A robbery on April 23 at the US Bank branch on N. Port Washington Road remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Mequon police at (262) 242-3500.

Sex offender housed in River Hills moving to Milwaukee facility

May 18, 2015 3:53 p.m. | The only convicted sex offender in River Hills will soon have a new home, in Milwaukee.

Edward Fink, 66, had been living at a group home in River Hills last fall until he was found out of compliance with certain conditions and prosecutors moved to revoke his supervised release.

River Hills officials tried to intervene in Fink's case, saying that if he were re-released, he should not be allowed to return to Be's House of Hope II on Larkspur Lane because it is within 2,000 feet of a school. Fink's residence there, the village contended, would be in violation of an ordinance adopted last fall that limited where sex offenders may live within River Hills.

At a court hearing Monday, Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner approved a new placement plan for Fink, who has been at the Mendota Mental Health Institute since late last month.

This time, however, Fink will serve his supervised release at Be's House of Hope I, in Milwaukee, not the the same agency's adult group home in River Hills.

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MMSD to push for removal of Estabrook Park dam

May 18, 2015 12:49 p.m. | The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's commission agreed Monday to advocate for removal of the dam on the Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park in Glendale.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and County Board supervisors will be notified of the commission's approval of an advisory resolution in support of demolishing the county-owned dam rather than the more costly option of repairs and maintenance, district officials said.

The Milwaukee Common Council on May 12 approved a similar advisory resolution in support of removing the dam.

Removing the dam would reduce the risk of flood damage to upstream properties when river flows are extremely high, MMSD Executive Director Kevin Shafer said. One of the district's responsibilities is to reduce flooding of buildings along waterways within its regional service area.

Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy asked the commission to reject the resolution since the fate of the dam will be the subject of a five-day hearing in Milwaukee County Circuit Court beginning July 20.

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Fire at Shorewood apartment building likely caused by unattended candle

May 14, 2015 4:18 p.m. | Shorewood — An unattended candle may have caused a fire at a Shorewood apartment building Wednesday afternoon.

A third-floor tenant in the apartment building at 4460 N. Oakland Ave. called 911 at 2:52 p.m. Wednesday to report smoke coming from the apartment across the hall. Fire and police were dispatched to the apartment, where they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the window of a third floor apartment. Firefighters were able to bring their hoses up to the third floor and quickly extinguish the fire.

The building manager arrived on the scene, and helped contact the apartment's tenant, who was gone at the time of the fire. Fire officials believe the tenant left a candle burning unattended in the vicinity of window blinds and other combustible items.

North Shore Fire Department estimates $10,000 worth of damage was caused by the fire. There is extensive fire, smoke, and water damage to the kitchen area of the affected unit.

Let us know about your Memorial Day event

May 13, 2015 1:29 p.m. | Are you or your organization planning an event commemorating Memorial Day? Send information to us at news@jrn.com so we can include it in a roundup of events. Deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Monday, May 18.

Mequon considers bait and kill approach to coyote problem

May 13, 2015 1:20 p.m. | Mequon — Mequon city officials hope to solve the city's coyote problem with a nuisance permit from the Department of Natural Resources.

The city's protection and welfare committee unanimously voted Tuesday, May 12, to have city staff contact the DNR about a nuisance permit, which would allow for hunting and trapping of a select number of coyotes with the use of meat bait. Once city staff does further research and collects data about implementing the permit, the committee could decide to apply for the permit, with the request to make the permit transferable to residents. The committee's recommendation would then need to be approved by the common council.

The DNR has never issued a nuisance permit for coyotes, because year-round hunting and trapping of coyotes is already legal under state law. The nuisance permit, however, would allow hunters or trappers to bait coyotes with meat instead of attracting them with mating calls.

Alderman Mark Gierl, whose dog was killed by a coyote, said the easiest way to get rid of coyotes is to hire a bowhunter with a permit from the city. He said the city doesn't need to take on a large-scale culling program; shooting one or two coyotes will teach a lesson to the rest of the pack.

"You put an arrow in one or two from the pack, and they won't come back," he said.

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