Whitefish Bay group forms to address drug abuse issues

Published on: 3/17/2009

In the wake of Madison Kiefer's death, a group of parents has formed to address drug abuse in Whitefish Bay.

Bay United will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria at Whitefish Bay Middle School, 1144 East Henry Clay St. The meeting is open to the public.

June Rubner of Whitefish Bay, one of the two co-founders of the group, said the first meeting is intended to air concerns that eventually will be brought to police and the School District.

The group is planning a second meeting for April 7, she said.

Kiefer, who was a 15-year-old freshman at Whitefish Bay High School, was found dead at a friend's Whitefish Bay home March 1. A cause of death has not yet been determined, but she had a history of drug abuse and police believe she took drugs on the night before her death.

Rubner said she was motivated to help form the group because of Kiefer's death and because she had her own son arrested for drug use.

Court records show Justin Rubner, 20, of Whitefish Bay was convicted of felony narcotics possession last March and is currently serving a one-year term in the House of Correction for a felony burglary conviction in December.