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State wrestling photos now online

Feb. 26, 2010 10:15 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery featuring more than 20 images from yesterday's opening round of the WIAA Division 1 individual state wrestling tournament.

Competitors from Brookfield, Franklin, Germantown, New Berlin, Nicolet, Muskego, Oak Creek, West Allis, Whitnall and Whitefish Bay are featured.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Man accused of stealing panties at open houses

Feb. 23, 2010 8:02 a.m. | A Hales Corners man has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of theft after police say he attended real estate open houses in the Milwaukee area and stole women's underwear from the homes.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Robert Remiker, 58, attended open houses in the 2300 block of North 62nd Street in Wauwatosa, as well as Greenfield and Franklin. Realtors and other visitors to the Wauwatosa open house said they saw Remiker opening drawers and taking items. When he was stopped by police, they found plastic bags containing eight pairs of underwear and printouts of Internet listings for area open houses.

Remiker told officers he was taking the items because he missed his ex-wife. He said he had about 50 more pairs at the home he lived in with his parents.

A look into his criminal history showed he had been arrested in 2004 for disorderly conduct and trespassing in the town of Brookfield for peeping into a neighbor's bathroom by attaching a stick to a mirror and putting it near a window.

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DA finds no problem with primary vote count at nursing home

Feb. 22, 2010 2:02 p.m. | The Milwaukee County District's Office has examined the absentee ballot procedures at the Mount Carmel nursing home and found nothing irregular occurred during Tuesday's primary election.

The district attorney's office was asked to look into it after one of the candidates, Donald Carlson, picked up 73 votes out of 102 ballots cast in Ward 16, which includes Mount Carmel. Carlson is employed at Mount Carmel, 5700 W. Layton Ave., as an activity therapy manager.

Incumbent Cathy Walsh placed second in that ward with 29 votes. That margin of 44 between the first- and second-place vote-getter was easily the widest among the 21 wards in Greenfield. Voters could pick two candidates out of five on the ballot.

Carlson, who received 45 percent of the vote in the rest of the city, received 72 percent of the ballots cast in Ward 16. In fact, Carlson captured a higher percentage of the vote in that ward that he did in the ward in which he lives (65 percent).

The district attorney's office found that all of the balloting at Mount Carmel was handled property by authorized voting deputies, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf said Monday. The office considers the matter closed.

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Combination of drugs leads to teen's seizure

Feb. 21, 2010 12:10 p.m. | A Wauwatosa West High School student had a seizure after she took drugs that had not been prescribed to her.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A 14-year-old West Allis girl was leaving school at 4 p.m. Tuesday, when her friend noticed she started looking sick. The girl fell to the floor and started having a seizure. An athletic trainer tended to the girl, who was conscious and breathing, until the paramedics arrived. She was taken to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

A prescription bottle containing a variety of pills - antidepressants, cold and pain medications and a stimulant used to treat attention deficit disorders - was found in her purse. She told officers she had taken three different pills that day.

She had a history of seizures, but said she had not experienced one since age 7.

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Assistant soccer coach charged with sexual assault

Feb. 19, 2010 4:14 p.m. | A former assistant soccer coach at Brown Deer High School was charged today with sexual assault after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a player.

Emily L. Patterson, 26, of Milwaukee, is charged with one count of sexual assault of child by a school staff person or a person who works with children.

Patterson was employed at Brown Deer High School as an assistant coach for the girls soccer team during the 2008-09 school year. Police say the assault occurred at the victim's residence. Court records said it happened on Jan. 1 of this year.

Patterson has not been employed by the Brown Deer district since 2008-09. She is now a teacher at Mukwonago High School.

Superintendent of Schools Deb Kerr issued the following statement: "Our administrative and counseling personnel have been available throughout this situation to all students and parents with concerns. The safety and welfare of our students is always the district's highest priority."

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Mom arrested for OWI while picking son up from school

Feb. 16, 2010 6:18 p.m. | A Wauwatosa woman was arrested for drunken driving outside Washington Elementary School, 2166 N. 68th St., while attempting to pick up her son.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A school secretary noticed the woman leaning on her son and walking unsteadily to her car, so she alerted the principal about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8. He approached the mother and asked if she was OK. She responded with peculiar answers such as, "I'm having a stroke" and "My leg, my leg."

The principal could smell alcohol on her breath, so he took the mother's key and escorted the boy to the school office.

An officer asked the woman to perform field sobriety tests, which she failed, and she was arrested.

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Embezzlement from Oak Creek Youth Football program reported

Feb. 16, 2010 5:56 p.m. | Oak Creek — Officials with the Oak Creek Youth Football have reported a possible embezzlement of funds from the 5-year-old program.

The possible theft was reported to police, but the league will not comment until it drafts a statement, league president Dan Sass said. The league is consulting with an attorney, he said. The league's treasurer, Dennis Schulte, could not be reached for comment.

Police Chief Tom Bauer confirmed that a theft report had been made. He refused to comment further. The league says it serves more than 500 students in first through eighth grades.

One dead in West Milwaukee industrial accident

Feb. 16, 2010 11:40 a.m. | A person died Tuesday morning after being trapped under a piece of steel at an industrial facility in West Milwaukee, authorities said.

Milwaukee firefighters were sent to the building in the 1000 block of S. 40th St. shortly before 11 a.m.

The victim's identity has not yet been released. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office is investigating the death.

Authorities have not yet confirmed the name of the business where the incident occurred. At least two businesses are located at the address.

Drive your way to auto show with free tickets

Feb. 16, 2010 10:16 a.m. | The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show starts Saturday, and you could win a pair of free tickets by entering our Twitter contest.

To win, simply follow MyCommunityNOW on Twitter and tweet "I want to win free tickets to the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show from @MyCommunityNOW. RT to win. Details: http://bit.ly/cdQMKE"

A drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday for the four pairs of free tickets. Winners must pick tickets up at NOW's Waukesha offices. Winners will be contacted through Twitter before noon on Friday.

For more information on the auto show, visit AutoShowMilwaukee.com.

Robbery suspect dead after exchange of gunfire with police

Feb. 15, 2010 9:36 p.m. | Glendale —— A suspect in an armed robbery died Monday after an exchange of gunfire in Glendale with Fox Point police, authorities said.

No officers were injured in the incident, reported shortly before 6:30 p.m. in the 500 block of W. Luebbe Lane, according to the Glendale Police Department.

Fox Point officers responded to a report of an armed robbery shortly after 6 p.m. at the Game Stop store in the 8900 block of N. Port Washington Road in Fox Point, police said.

Fox Point officers located the suspect, who opened fired on them.

Officers returned fire and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene of an apparent gunshot wound, police said.

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Pair from Shorewood indicted on fraud charges

Feb. 15, 2010 1:46 p.m. | A pair from Shorewood has been indicted on charges they "busted out" 28 credit cards - maxing them out for more than $120,000 over six days this summer, buying luxury vehicles they planned to send to Russia, pricey jewelry and other items, according to federal court documents.

Sergey Mikayelyan, 49, and Rita Grigoryan, 47, each are charged with seven counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy, according to an indictment handed down by a grand jury in Milwaukee last week.

Records indicate Mikayelyan and Grigoryan live in the same apartment in Shorewood, but there is no information in court records about their marital status. Attorneys for the defendants did not return calls for comment.

The defendants were arrested and charged last fall, but the case was dropped. Court records do not say why.

According to the indictment filed last week, the pair applied for and received 18 credits cards between November 2004 and July 27 of last year. In all but four, they used inflated incomes. Then, during the last six days of July, they received 10 more credit cards, using phony income.

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Truck driver accused of sideswiping emergency vehicle

Feb. 15, 2010 11:14 a.m. | Germantown - The Wisconsin State Patrol has issued a citation to a 27-year-old New Berlin man accusing him of driving his semitrailer truck too fast for weather conditions and failing to move over, or shift one lane, from an emergency vehicle in a collision during last Tuesday's snow storm, Police Chief Peter Hoell said.

Jeffrey T. Bayer's truck sideswiped the driver's side of a Germantown Police Department SUV parked on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of U.S. Highways 41/45 near the Lannon Road exit ramp about 3:08 p.m. Tuesday. The police officer driving the SUV had stopped to assist another motorist and the police vehicle's emergency lights were flashing, Hoell said.

The state's move-over law is intended to provide a safety zone for emergency vehicles and prevent such collisions, Hoell said. "This was a sideswipe and we could easily lose a life in those crashes," he said.

A Germantown police officer seated in the SUV was treated for minor injuries at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls.

For failing to move over when passing the emergency vehicle, Bayer was fined $263.50 and three demerit points were added to his driving record, Hoell said. The citation for unreasonable speed comes with a fine of $213.10 and four demerit points.

Paradise Theater has interested buyer

Feb. 11, 2010 3:54 p.m. | The man who opened the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse in Wauwatosa has expressed an interest in purchasing the Paradise Theater in West Allis.

Jay Hollis has shared his "vision" for what the theater could become, and those plans include returning it to a public use, City Planner Shaun Mueller said.

The details on the acquisition status of the Paradise are murky. Hollis said in an e-mail he has an accepted offer, though the Realtor for the Paradise said that the building is still for sale.

Regardless, city officials are excited about the possibility of the theater becoming a vibrant part of the West Allis again.

"We will work with Jay or any other interested party in returning it to an entertainment destination," Mueller said.

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Wauwatosa West, East girls basketball photos now online

Feb. 11, 2010 11:28 a.m. | Wauwatosa West's Jackie Glaser scored 21 points to lead her team past host Wauwatosa East in a crosstown game last night, and we've got action from the contest in NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Mariah Smith added 18 points for the victorious Trojans. Cara Walls led East with 15.

West improved to 12-5 overall with the victory while East fell to 3-13. West is currently ranked 10th in our Roundball Rankings.

See the photo gallery.

Body found inside Franklin home after fire

Feb. 09, 2010 12:52 p.m. | A man's body was found inside a house in Franklin after firefighters extinguished a fire there Monday night, according to Franklin police.

The man's identity has not been confirmed, according to a news release from the Police Department. An autopsy was conducted Tuesday, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

According to police:

Neighbors saw smoke and flames coming from the ranch house at 7273 S. 36th St. and called 911 about 7:40 p.m.

Investigators believe the house was unoccupied and undergoing renovation. Franklin's Police and Fire Departments and the state fire marshal's office are investigating the cause of the fire.

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Parents unhappy over plan to restructure elementary schools

Feb. 09, 2010 10:38 a.m. | There could be major changes afoot for families of elementary school students in the Whitnall School District.

District administrators are proposing to make Hales Corners Elementary a school for 4-year-old kindergarten through second grade, while Edgerton Elementary would house grades 3 through 5.

The district brought the proposal forward as a means to save money and balance the enrollment at the two schools. By restructuring the elementary schools, officials say they could cut four teachers to save about $280,000 and would cut more costs by consolidating services.

But about 75 people attended Monday's School Board meeting and most spoke out against the proposal.

Many parents said it would create hardships for families with two elementary-age children. They also worried about the effect on busing and the logistics of transitioning to the new model.

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Red Robin eyes Houlihan's site at Brookfield Square

Feb. 08, 2010 8:30 p.m. | Red Robin plans to build a new restaurant on the former site of Houlihan's at Brookfield Square, but Plan Commissioners on Monday tabled any action on the proposal and asked the gourmet burger chain to come back with a more distinctive architectural design.

Red Robin would raze the Houlihan's building, which sits north of Barnes and Noble on the mall's east side, and build a new 5,700-square-foot structure.

Houlihan's closed late last month.

Red Robin, which has nine locations in Wisconsin, would have a capacity of just more than 200 people, and would be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant also plans to have a full-service bar.

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Public can comment on Waukesha water plan

Feb. 08, 2010 5:14 p.m. | The public is invited to comment on topics to be included in an environmental impact study of Waukesha's pending bid for Great Lakes water.

The Waukesha City Council likely will be asked in March or April to approve submitting an application to the DNR, Mayor Larry Nelson has said. A draft application released last month says the city would buy up to 18.5 million gallons a day of Lake Michigan water to meet demand several decades from now.

The lake water would replace radium-tainted water from the city's deep sandstone wells.

The state Department of Natural Resources will work with Waukesha to complete an environmental study to be included as part of the city's proposed application to divert water out of the Lake Michigan drainage basin, officials said. The application must be approved by the governors of Wisconsin and each of the other seven Great Lakes states.

The environmental impact study would include an analysis of water supply options, as well as alternatives for returning the city's treated wastewater to Lake Michigan, under terms of a Great Lakes protection compact.

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Boy injured when WWII rifle goes off

Feb. 08, 2010 1:34 p.m. | A Wauwatosa teen was cut above his eye and suffered gunpowder burns to his forehead when a World War II rifle that had been on display as art fired as he looked at it Friday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A year ago, the boy and his mother moved into her boyfriend's home in the 100 block of North 121st Street. During that time, he has expressed interest in the vintage bolt-action wood rifle that hung over the fireplace. The Japanese World War II rifle was given to the boyfriend by his father more than 20 years ago, and he believed it was not loaded and would not fire even if it had ammunition.

About 5 p.m. Friday, the teen asked his mother if he could look at it and she agreed. He heard a rattling sound coming from inside the barrel, so he pointed it toward the floor and a bullet fell out. He put the bullet back in, and it immediately fired, hitting him in the forehead just above his right eye.

His mother and sisters heard him scream and ran into the room to find him bleeding. His eyebrow was peeled back. The Wauwatosa Fire Department took him to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, where he was treated for a cut above his swollen eye and gunpowder burns to his forehead. His sight was not affected.

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Brookfield woman dies in Minnesota crash

Feb. 08, 2010 11:30 a.m. | A 34-year-old Brookfield woman died in a crash on Saturday in Winona County, Minn., after her car was struck by a truck, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Jessica Lin was westbound on Interstate 90 near Winona when she rolled over through the median and her vehicle came to rest in the eastbound lanes of the interstate about 5 a.m. Saturday, the state patrol said. Her Honda Accord then was struck by an eastbound tractor-trailer truck.

Lin was not wearing a seat belt, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

The truck driver, Max C. Sharp, 54, of Preston, Idaho, was not injured.

Road conditions were dry at the time, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

Man remains hospitalized after Taser incident at mall

Feb. 07, 2010 11:54 a.m. | A 20-year-old man remained hospitalized Sunday after an incident at Southridge Mall, in which a Greendale police detective used a Taser.

The man was checked and found unresponsive. The officer called for help and the man was revived by rescue personnel.

"He's alive and stable," Greendale Police Chief Rob Dams said Sunday morning.

The incident began about 4:20 p.m. Saturday when the detective - on routine patrol at the mall - saw the man grab a woman's collar with both hands.

"(He) pushed the woman backward, yelling at her that she could not buy any (expletive) shoes," according to a police department release. "The detective approached the male subject in an attempt to de-escalate his behavior toward the woman."

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MFHS turnabout dance's canceled after just 10 kids sign up

Feb. 05, 2010 4:54 p.m. | Because of minimal interest, the turnabout dance scheduled for next weekend at Menomonee Falls High School has been canceled.

The decision to cancel the dance comes after an ongoing controversy over new rules that banned "grinding" - dancing in a way that imitates a sexual act - at school-sponsored dances.

Superintendent Keith Marty said officials canceled the dance Thursday after fewer than 10 students had signed up for the spring event.

"I think it was combination of a couple of things," Marty said.

He speculated that some students sought to protest the new code of conduct for dances, while others might have been interested in going to a student-sponsored alternative dance instead. At  least 75 students have already signed up for that dance.

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'Wauwatosa bug' believed to have harassed students twice in past

Feb. 05, 2010 4:54 p.m. | The 14-year-old boy behind the recent Facebook threats to both Wauwatosa high schools has inappropriately used technology on at least two prior occasions, according to Wauwatosa police.

According to police:

In December, the boy pretended to be a female on Facebook. He enticed a freshman boy to send nude photos, which he in turn posted on the social media site under a sexually suggestive user name. The boy sent out numerous requests to students to check out his page and the photos.

Also, in December, police investigated obscene calls and text messages that were made to a female student and her family members from the boy's cell phone. Many of those messages were phrased similarly to ones posted by the "Wauwatosa bug."

In the most recent case, the boy is accused of posting racist and sexual comments and threats to Wauwatosa West and Wauwatosa East high schools on Facebook, using the screen name "Wauwatosa bug."

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Brookfield Central boys basketball photos now online

Feb. 05, 2010 10:49 a.m. | We've just posted NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from Brookfield Central's 64-51 victory over host Hamilton last night in a Greater Metro Conference boys basketball game.

Central's Alex Diciaula had a career-high 30 points while Nevan Lewis came off the bench to score 13 and Seth Mortag added 10 points. Central improved to 9-9 overall and 5-6 in the GMC. Hamilton fell to 11-7, 7-4.

See the photo gallery.

Follow us on Twitter for chance to win Bucks tickets

Feb. 04, 2010 2:48 p.m. | Follow us on Twitter and you could win a pair of Bucks tickets to Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons.

All you have do is visit twitter.com/MyCommunityNOW, click the "follow" button, and then post your own tweet mentioning @mycommunitynow and the words "Tweet this for a chance to win Bucks tickets." The deadline to win the tickets is 5 p.m. Friday.

If you're already following us on Twitter, just send us the Tweet - this contest is open to new and existing followers.

At 5 p.m. Friday, we'll randomly select two people from everyone who tweeted "Bucks Tickets" - and they'll each will win a pair to tickets to Tuesday's game.

If you're not already following us on Twitter, do so today. Not only will you get a chance to head to the game, but you'll also be able to stay on top of the latest news, sports, photos and more from the MyCommunityNOW.com Web sites.

We're blogging live from tonight's Brookfield mayoral forum

Feb. 04, 2010 10:48 a.m. | The third and final Brookfield mayoral forum before the Feb. 16 primary will be held tonight and we'll be there blogging live. You can sign up now to receive an e-mail reminder a little before the event begins.

Tonight's event is sponsored by the East Central Branch of the Waukesha County Republican Party and will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

You can also check out our special mayoral election page, which features candidate videos, links to past live blogs, questions from readers and more.

Facebook user threatens Wauwatosa students

Feb. 02, 2010 3:12 p.m. |

A Facebook user who threatened Wauwatosa high school students Sunday is believed to live out of state and is “not in a position to carry out the threats,” according to a statement issued Tuesday by Wauwatosa police.

 

The user went by the name “Wauwatosa bug” and friended several students before posting obscene comments and threats on the social media Web site, according to WauwatosaNOW.com, which posted a story about the incident Tuesday morning.

 

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New Sendik's could open this fall

Feb. 02, 2010 6:36 a.m. | New Berlin — A proposal to open a Sendik's Food Market at the New Berlin Plaza, 3600 S. Moorland Road, is on its way to the Common Council for final approval Tuesday.

Both the New Berlin Plan Commission and Architectural Review Committee on Monday approved plans to remodel the building that has held a Lang Company store and Goodwill store. The Lang store moved to 17115 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield, and Goodwill will move to an addition to be built onto the north end of the building. Three homes along Coffee Road will be razed to make room for the addition.

The 44,000-square-foot Sendik's store is expected to open Nov. 1, said developer Greg Devorkin, of Devo Management of Mequon. The store will be about the average size for a Sendik's, he said. The upscale grocery store will include have a liquor department.

Remodeling will start in late February or early March. The exterior will tie into the existing façade, Devorkin said.

Sendik's has a store and corporate headquarters in Whitefish Bay, and stores in Elm Grove, Germantown, Franklin, Greenfield, Grafton, Mequon and Wauwatosa.

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Brookfield mayoral candidate videos now online

Feb. 01, 2010 3:41 p.m. | You can see incumbent Jeff Speaker and challengers David Marcello, Steve Ponto and Thomas Schellinger give the reasons why they should be the next mayor of Brookfield in videos we have just added to our special Brookfield mayoral election page.

The primary is Feb. 16 and the two candidates who receive the most votes will square off in the general election April 6.

Poshepny withdraws from aldermanic race

Feb. 01, 2010 1:32 p.m. | New Berlin — Saying that he wants to concentrate on his physical rehabilitation, 5th District Alderman Joseph Poshepny today withdrew as a candidate for re-election in the spring election.

He will continue filling the duties of alderman until his term expires in April, he wrote in his letter of withdrawal.

It is too late, however, to remove his name from the Feb. 16 primary election ballot. Poshepny had been one of three candidates running for the 5th District seat. Also running are Jake Krueger and Deena Liska.

Poshepny is recovering from a serious illness that kept him from attending Common Council and other city meetings from mid-May until fall. Because of his illness, he resigned and then withdrew his resignation. The council reinstated him in January after Poshepny filed a lawsuit to reclaim his seat. He has dropped the lawsuit.

Poshepny said he withdrew his candidacy because he was accepted into a much larger and more rigorous physical rehabilitation program than he had planned.

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Greenfield to discuss limiting alcohol licenses

Feb. 01, 2010 11:00 a.m. | Greenfield — The Common Council on Tuesday will consider a temporary ban on issuing so-called Class A licenses to retail stores to sell alcohol - and it will consider requests from three stores that want a license.

A council committee that considered Ald. Linda Lubotsky's proposal forwarded it to the council without a recommendation.

Also on Tuesday's agenda:

• Requests from Walgreens for Class A licenses to sell beer and wine at 4405 W. Layton Ave. and 4688 S. 108th St.

• A request from Karl Rajani for a Class A license to sell beer and wine at his Layton Petro Mart, 12345 W. Layton Ave.

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One injured in overnight Shorewood blaze

Feb. 01, 2010 6:50 a.m. | One person was injured in an overnight fire in Shorewood that started in the basement of a home on N. Morris Blvd.

Four adult residents had escaped the fire before firefighters arrived, but one of the residents suffered burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to Columbia St. Mary's Hospital-Milwaukee, according to the North Shore Fire Department.

The fire was burning in the basement and first floor when firefighters arrived but quickly spread to the attic, forcing firefighters from the home for a time, according to a release from the department.

The blaze caused an estimated $180,000 in damage to the home at 3575 N. Morris Blvd. The cause is under investigation.

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