Wauwatosa police cite more than 30 minors at party

Jan. 29, 2014 9:53 a.m. | More than 30 juveniles were cited and a man was arrested after police broke up a drinking party in the 1700 block of Alta Vista Avenue at 12:19 a.m. Jan. 1.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Police, following a tip about the party, were let in by girls. The police saw many empty beer cans and alcohol bottles with a sign pointing downstairs, saying "this way to the club."

The one man sitting on a couch upstairs said he had no idea about a party. He was arrested for contributing to delinquency.

Roughly 60 juveniles were found in the glitter- and graffiti-covered basement. One tried escaping by running past police to a back door but was knocked down and handcuffed.

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Wauwatosa police release photos of Radio Shack robber

Jan. 28, 2014 8:09 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department released photos on Monday of a suspect who robbed a Radio Shack at gunpoint.

The suspect went into the Radio Shack, 6407 W. North Ave., about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, showed a gun and demanded money and cellphones, according to a police news release. A clerk gave him the money and phones, and he fled on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Steve Kirby at (414) 471-8430 ext. 5150 or leave information anonymously by contacting Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers at (414) 771-8672.

Spartans nip Tosa East, 48-45, in thriller

Jan. 24, 2014 10:14 p.m. |

Brookfield East’s boys basketball team fought off a second-half rally at Wauwatosa East on Friday and hung on for a 48-45 victory.
The win was the Spartans’ first win in the Greater Metro Conference , tying The Red Raiders and West Allis Hale, all with 1-5 records. After losing their last 8 games, the Spartans have now won two in a row.
After taking a slim 9-7 lead in the first quarter, Brookfield East went on a 15-4 run in the second period to coast into halftime with 24-11 lead. Christian Simon, who led all scorers with 23 points, scored six in the quarter to spark the Spartans.
But the Red Raiders came to life in the second half behind Nick Pridgeon, who scored 12 points of his 14 points and Drue Holley, who had nine of his 11, outscoring Brookfield East, 34-22.
Tosa East actually took the lead for the first time with a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter, as Ethan Telderer came off the bench and hit two 3’s, sandwiched around a steal and a dunk by Pridgeon, a fastbreak basket by Pridgeon off a pass from Bryce Beekman and a drive by Sean Wheeler for a 45-42 lead with 1:54 left to play.
But the Red Raiders wouldn’t score again while the Spartans finished with a 6-0 run.
Simon hit two free throws with a minute left, Dominic Cartier hit a layup and Corey Smith hit two free throws with 21.8 left to play.
In the final seconds Wheeler missed a 3-pointer, but Pridgeon, who was a monster on the boards all night, grabbed the rebound and kicked it back out but Brookfield East’s Smith knocked the ball out of bounds with a few seconds left to play.
Holley tried a long 3-pointer, but it hit the front of the rim and the game was over.  

East pounds Bulldogs for first GMC victory

Jan. 17, 2014 9:27 p.m. | Wauwautosa East used 19 points from senior Katie Salmon and 16 from sophomore Bailey Berlin to pound West Allis Central, 60-24, and win their first Greater Metro Conference game of the season.

The Red Raiders also went over the .500 mark with a 5-4 record and improved to 1-4 in the GMC while WAC fell to 0-5 and 1-10 overall.

With East winning, 6-5, Salmon picked up her second foul with 4:25 left in the quarter. But instead of folding, the Red Raiders took off, as tiny point guard Berlin scored 12 straight points to give East an 18-7 lead at the quarter.

First she hit a 3-pointer, then she scored on a fastbreak. She then nailed another 3 and closed it out with a 4-point play, as she sank a 3-pointer, was fouled and she sank the free throw.

Salmon added another talented sophomore Maya Walls scored five to spark a 17-2 run in the second quarter for a 35-9 lead at halftime. Salmon scored eight points in the third for a 51-21 lead going into the final period.

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Police reports to return next week

Jan. 09, 2014 11:37 a.m. | Due to holiday staffing shortages, the Wauwatosa Police Department did not release any police reports the past two weeks.

Reports will return to the newspaper next week.

Police reports will return next week

Jan. 09, 2014 11:35 a.m. | Due to holiday staffing shortages, the Wauwatosa Police Department did not release any police reports the past two weeks.

Reports will return to the newspaper next week.

It's cold outside — a good thing for the Hart Park ice rink

Jan. 08, 2014 9:26 a.m. | The outdoor rink at Hart Park has been open for a few weeks now, and it's been a pretty good winter for it.

Better than last year, anyway, when days of labor went into building a rink that lasted only about week, park maintenance custodian Bill Dess said.

"They want their ice, so we try to accommodate them," he said.

Making the annual rink is a labor- and water-intensive job.

"Generally, it's got to be cold for about a week, and the ground has got to be fairly frozen. And it's gotta be below zero before I even think about putting the ice down," Dess said. "People have the perception that at 32 degrees things freeze and you can make ice. Well, that's not the case."

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Apartments proposed for Wauwatosa site

Jan. 06, 2014 10:56 a.m. | Two eight-unit Wauwatosa apartment buildings would be razed and replaced with 24 higher-end apartments under a new proposal.

An affiliate of Madison-based Cardinal Capital Management Inc. is proposing the development for a site it owns on the north side of the 8400 block of W. North Ave., said Ald. Jeffrey Roznowski, whose district includes the site.

Known as Pasadena Apartments, the units would have monthly rents of around $1,000 to $1,200, with a focus on attracting empty nesters and young professionals, Roznowski said Monday.

The four-story development would include 24 covered parking spaces on the first floor, with apartments on the upper floors, according to information filed with the city. There would be another 22 surface parking spaces.

Cardinal would demolish a pair of two-story buildings, with studio apartments, to make way for the new building, Roznowski said. A pair of four-unit apartment buildings on the eastern portion of the site would be retained, he said.

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Watertown Plank/Highway 45 Interchange to close Monday for 2014

Jan. 03, 2014 4:12 p.m. | The Watertown Plank/Highway 45 Interchange will close by Monday morning, along with the portion of Watertown Plank Road running beneath the highway between Swan Blvd. and Discovery Parkway.

The closures will last for the remainder of 2014, said Jason Roselle, a project manager at the state Department of Transportation.

One off-ramp will remain open on Highway 45 southbound, to allow drivers to exit west on Watertown Plank Road and reach Highway 100. Northbound travelers should take the Wisconsin Ave. exit. The North Ave. exit is another option for travelers on Highway 45 in both directions.

"Prepare to take an alternate route to your destination and add extra time to your commute to make sure you get there on time," Roselle said. "It will take longer to get to some of the areas because of the new traffic configurations."

2013 Suburban sports photos of the year gallery now online

Jan. 03, 2014 8:56 a.m. | 2013 was a big year in suburban sports.

Germantown boys basketball, Muskego boys soccer, Menomonee Falls girls volleyball, New Berlin West boys baseball, Shorewood and Brookfield East boys track and field and Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall gymnastics teams all won state titles.

From football and basketball to wrestling, track and swimming, NOW Newspapers and MyCommunityNOW covered many meets, games and invites. 

And you can find photos from those events and more in our 2013 Suburban Sports Photos of the Year gallery.

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