Red Raiders stave off crosstown stunner

Feb. 28, 2012 9:51 p.m. | Every coach will tell you to throw out the records when the postseason starts. Maybe it's typically true and maybe it isn't, but this wasn't just a battle for advancement in the WIAA Division 2 postseason.

This was a battle for Wauwatosa, and the underdog almost stole the crown.

Wauwatosa West, seeded 12th, led by nine points at halftime and held a lead in the final three minutes of regulation, but fifth-seeded Wauwatosa East made a couple more plays down the stretch and survived a massive scare from the Trojans in a 44-42 opening-round victory at East.

It was a far cry from the 61-39 win Tosa East (14-9) landed over West on Jan. 7, and West didn't look much like a team finishing the year 2-21.

"They played a heck of a basketball game, they really did," East coach Tim Arndorfer said of West. "We knew we missed a lot of easy baskets, which we did in the second half, too. We just had to get stops and convert on offense. We had a three right off hte bat, and we talked about getting it close quick, which we did. Then, it was a dogfight until the end."

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Man faces 4th-offense drunken driving after car crash

Feb. 28, 2012 7:04 p.m. | A 36-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges of felony bail-jumping and his fourth drunken driving offense in five years after he allegedly crashed his car and fled on foot into Wauwatosa last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Michael Wetzel was found walking in the 10400 block of West Grantosa Drive at 2:17 a.m. Feb. 20. He told police he was walking from Walgreens, which was closed, and was talking on the phone with his mother.

When officers told Wetzel his mother's car had been in a crash at 107th Street and West Capitol Drive and the vehicle was unoccupied, he said he had been in the car. However, he denied driving.

Wetzel said a friend had been driving, but had fled after the crash. That story didn't match up with what officers found at the scene.

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ATC, We Energies file power line, substation requests with PSC

Feb. 28, 2012 2:50 p.m. | American Transmission Co. filed its application with the state Monday, detailing where it plans to place high-voltage power lines to serve the growing demand on the County Grounds in Wauwatosa. We Energies followed suit today, filing documents detailing its need for a power substation.

ATC seeks approval to build two transmission line connections to serve a new substation near Watertown Plank Road and 93rd Street, adjacent to the existing We Energies Milwaukee County power plant and substation.

But the clock hasn't started ticking on the case yet, said Matthew Pagel, commission spokesman.

"We have 30 days to review the initial application to deem if it is complete or if our staff needs more information," he said.

If the application is considered complete, the commission has 180 days - which could be extended by another 180 days if needed - by state statute to deliberate the necessity for the project and whether the route placement is acceptable.

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Boy hit by train was wearing ear buds, hood

Feb. 28, 2012 1:44 p.m. | The 11-year-old boy who was killed by a freight train Monday was wearing ear bud headphones and had a hood over his head when he was hit, investigators said Tuesday.

Joseph Kramer, also known as Joey, was hit when he crossed the railroad tracks at the intersection of 68th and State streets in Wauwatosa on his way to school shortly before 7:30 a.m., according to a report released Tuesday by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office. Joey was a sixth-grader at Longfellow Middle School.

According to police and the report, Joey and his mother had just moved in January to a home less than a quarter of a mile from the scene of the accident. He was on his way to Longfellow at 76th and North Ave. as the train approached.

"According to the train engineer, conductor and numerous witnesses at the intersection, the train was approaching, eastbound at 35 mph. The train is approximately 4,000 feet long, carrying 4,000 tons of cargo," the report says.

"The decedent was walking northbound, and the train operators saw him walking, with his head down and hood up over his head. As the train approached, the train operators noted the decedent was not looking up and noticing the train coming, so they blew the train's whistle several times. The decedent was noted wearing ear buds in his ears, and walked across the tracks, head down the entire time. Witnesses say the decedent was struck just as he almost cleared the tracks at the above intersection."

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Sendik's makes $100K donation to childhood cancer research

Feb. 27, 2012 12:20 p.m. | Sendik's Food Markets raised $107,300 for the MACC Fund from its in-stores - including the Wauwatosa location - quarterly campaign that ended in January.

The Balistreri-owned and operated grocery stores this week presented the check to the charity that support childhood cancer research. Sendik's has raised $309,000 for the MACC Fund since 2008, with the amount collected increasing each year.

The grocery company sold a record 57,000 candy canes, 2,543 paper MACC Stars, and 1,500 Sendik's Real Food magazines and MACC Fund products at its stores.

The MACC Fund supports research at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. As federal cancer research funding has dropped, groups like the MACC Fund are trying to step up and fill in the gaps.

Child hit by train in Village this morning

Feb. 27, 2012 8:16 a.m. | A child has been taken to a local hospital following a 911 call this morning that reported a train had hit a pedestrian in the Village of Wauwatosa.

Assistant Fire Chief Jim Case said he wasn't able to provide information on the condition of the injured person or the accident at this time.

Police remain at the scene at 68th and State streets investigating, he said.

Traffic in the area experienced heavy backups during the morning commute and had to be routed around the accident scene.

Whitnall warming house open; county sledding hills ready for action

Feb. 24, 2012 12:36 p.m. | The Whitnall Park warming house and sledding area are open until 8 p.m. today. Cross-country ski trails will be open, and ski rentals will be available in the concessions area of the warming house. Normal weekend hours for the warming house will be in effect this weekend with Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other winter activities to take advantage of are downhill skiing at Crystal Ridge Ski Resort, starting tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. Door County Sled dogs, providing authentic rides will also be open for normal weekend hours starting Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call the Door County Sled Dog hotline at (414) 967-9677.

All Milwaukee County Parks sledding hills will be in full operation today.

Lighted sledding hills for day or night-time fun (lights will be on tonight):

Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, lit until 9 p.m.

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Hilltoppers whip Tosa East, 52-38, in regular-season finale

Feb. 23, 2012 9:36 p.m. | Marquette jumped off to a fast start Thursday night and Wauwatosa East could never recover, as the Red Raiders ended the regular season with a 52-38 loss, their third in a row and their sixth in seven games.

The Red Raiders finished the season in fourth place (8-6) and fell to 13-9 overall. Since being tied with Brookfield Central for first place on Jan. 13, Tosa East finished the year with a 3-7 record, with wins over the bottom three teams in the Greater Metro Conference.

Marquette led, 27-23, with 4:12 left in the third period and that was the closest the Red Raiders came the rest of the game, as MUHS closed out with a 7-4 run and a 34-27 lead after three periods.

The Hilltoppers then opened the fourth period with a 10-5 advantage to put the game away at 44-32. Tosa East did manage a small run to cut the lead to 44-36 with 3:18 on the clock, but MUHS closed with an 8-2 stretch.

Donnell Cegars came off the bench to lead MUHS with 10 points, while Matt Misiewicz and Alex McBride had nine points each.

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Forum will examine issue of reducing size of Wauwatosa Common Council

Feb. 23, 2012 11:51 a.m. | Should Wauwatosa reduce the size of its Common Council? That's the question that will be posed to voters in the form of a referendum on the April 3 election ballot.

To help voters understand the issue including the existing structure and its benefits and drawbacks, the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce will host a forum with a panel of former and sitting city officials March 15.

The 7 p.m. forum will be moderated by Rob Henken, president of the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum, in the Civic Center on the lower level of City Hall.

The public will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel members: Jim Benz, former mayor and alderman; Craig Maher, former alderman and professor of government studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Dennis McBride, 4th District alderman who pushed for the referendum and former alderman Joe Ptaszek.

The council has 16 members, two from each aldermanic district. There is no specific alternative number of representatives suggested in the referendum questions. Rather a "yes" vote simply would indicate the size should be smaller, while a "no" would mean the council should continue to operate at its existing size.

Hoyt pool friend Lindberg named Tosa's Distinguished Citizen

Feb. 23, 2012 11:50 a.m. | The powerhouse behind the Tosa Pool and Hoyt Park will get recognition for the project that brought the community a summer hotspot last year.

Denise Lindberg has been named Wauwatosa's Distinguished Citizen of 2011.

Lindberg led the Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool through planning and fundraising hurdles a number of years. The work paid of in the form of an $8 million facility that features a renovated and expanded a historic pool house and a large pool with lap lanes, a diving well, zero-depth entry and play area for little ones and a waterslide.

More than 2,000 memberships were sold and 80,000 visitors walked through the gates in the pool's inaugural year.

However, her role in the community dates further back to establishing the 27 neighborhood associations within the city and the Neighborhood Association Council that guides them.

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Which community is the best place to live?

Feb. 23, 2012 9:35 a.m. | There are plenty of great communities in which to live in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and we'd like your help to rank them for an upcoming NOW contest.

Just make your picks from the list inside this story. You can choose more than one community if you'd like.

Wauwatosa and Oak Creek are the early voting favorites on NOW sites, garnering 17 and 13 percent of the responses so far.

You can also visit our Facebook page and cast your vote there as well. Wauwatosa has opened up an even bigger lead there, receving 34 percent of the vote to 13 percent for Brookfield.

We've limited the choices in both polls to areas covered by and NOW Newspapers.

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New life for Rosebud, Times theaters

Feb. 22, 2012 3:45 p.m. | The Times and Rosebud cinemas have a new lease on life.

AnchorBank, which held the loan, announced Wednesday that it plans to turn over operation of the two theaters to businessman Jay Hollis.

Hollis is the former owner of the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse, 6823 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, and the Times Cinema, 5906 W. Vliet St. He created the concept of the Rosebud, with sofas and more relaxed atmosphere, but sold the theater in 2007.

Hollis will be running the theaters for Siegel-Gallagher, the real estate firm that is the receiver for the property.

"The Milwaukee and Wauwatosa neighborhood communities are the backbone of the long-term success of these theaters' operations, and we are looking forward to being an economic driver for the surrounding business districts once again," Hollis said.

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Kroll, Moldenhauer come out on top in Tosa's District 1 race

Feb. 21, 2012 11:08 p.m. | Jeffrey Kroll and Jim Moldenhauer will face off in the race to represent the 1st District of Wauwatosa. Candidate Robert Smith received the fewest votes in today's primary, so he has been eliminated from the race.

Kroll said his "comprehensive strategy" and "dedicated and tireless volunteers who spread the word about me" helped him bring in the most votes - 411 (44 percent) in all.

"I went door to door as much as possible, and I found much more support at the doors than opposition" he said. "The citizens of District 1 need a sensible, moderate voice representing them."

In addition to the typical yard signs and literature, Kroll used social media to connect with residents.

Moldenhauer said he was a bit disappointed he came in second with 377 votes, or 40 percent of the votes.

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Ehley, Donegan advance to spring mayoral race

Feb. 21, 2012 10:48 p.m. | The race for Wauwatosa mayor is down to Alderman Peter Donegan and Kathy Ehley, executive director of the Village Business Improvement District.

Businessman John Pokrandt has been eliminated from the competition.

Ehley, who took the most votes with 3,079 - or 47 percent of the vote - credited a history of numerous leadership positions and connections within the city for her success, as well as having met a lot of people while knocking on doors.

"I'm the one candidate that has the proven track record of getting people together to make things happen for the betterment of the community," she said.

Donegan was the second-highest vote-getter with 2,366, or 37 percent. He wasn't immediately available for comment.

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Tosa says 'no' to changing messages more than once a day

Feb. 21, 2012 10:16 p.m. | There will be no change to electronic sign regulations in Wauwatosa, not even on a trial basis.

The Common Council tonight voted 8-6 against allowing businesses that already have electronic signs to change the message every 10 minutes for a period of 90 days.

Instead, the law will continue to stipulate that messages can only change once per day.

When aldermen started debating a possible change a month ago, they were initially concerned about potential traffic hazards. But the discussion has since come to focus on city aesthetics.

Alderwoman Jill Organ pushed for the denial, saying a change would only encourage additional signs and force policies on everything from the length of the message to brightness, letter height and color.

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Tosa East won't be polling place for April 3 election

Feb. 21, 2012 7:48 p.m. | Today's primary election was the last time ballots will be cast at Wauwatosa East High School. For the general election April 3, the Ward 1 polling place will move to Fire Station 1 in the Village.

The Common Council on Tuesday unanimously supported the move as part of an ongoing effort to protect students in the Wauwatosa School District.

Schools Superintendent Phil Ertl worries about the safety of students and district property on election days. Today was just one of four scheduled for 2012, with a fifth possible if a recall of Gov. Scott Walker moves forward.

The district has invested numerous dollars installing security cameras, creating plans and securing building entrances for every other day of the year. Election days should be no different, he said in an interview.

While there have been no serious problems so far, people have been found wandering the buildings and property has gone missing on past election days, Ertl said.

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Tosa officials stress vaccinations after rise in whooping cough cases

Feb. 21, 2012 5:17 p.m. | Outbreaks of whooping cough have made children sick in Wauwatosa during the past six weeks, so the Wauwatosa Health Department is reminding people to get vaccinated to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The initial cases involved people who live outside of Wauwatosa but are enrolled in local schools and day care facilities, Nursing Supervisor Lori Nielson said. They passed the disease onto children who live within the city.

"They're very active at that age - in playgroups, sports, extracurricular activities," she said. "Those seem to be the vehicles where it's spreading."

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial disease spread through the air when infected people cough. It can be dangerous, even fatal, for babies, the elderly and people with serious medical conditions. Infants are particularly vulnerable because they can't be vaccinated until they are 2 months old.

For families with children younger than 2 months, Nielson recommends "cocooning." Everyone who regularly comes in contact with that baby should be vaccinated, providing a shield of protection.

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Woman arrested for grazing at grocery stores

Feb. 21, 2012 2:53 p.m. | Many people have made a meal off the free samples offered during a trip to the grocery store, but a 35-year-old Milwaukee woman is accused of turning Wauwatosa supermarkets into personal buffets.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Staff at Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St., recognized her at 12:49 p.m. Feb. 15 as the woman who had spent two to three hours walking through the store and eating items from the shelves and deli area on the two prior days. This time she filled her cart and pushed it around while snacking for more than an hour. A store employee approached her and asked if she planned to pay for the food she had eaten.

She said she had not planned to pay and offered to leave the store, but store staff wanted her arrested for theft. She quickly became loud and argumentative.

Pick 'n Save employees learned she also had been sampling at Metcalfe's Market, 6700 W. State St., Feb. 10. Following that incident, the woman complained that her leg hurt and she could no longer walk so an ambulance was called and the police call was canceled.

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Customers of Chinese restaurant warned to watch credit statements

Feb. 21, 2012 1:40 p.m. | Customers of China East should check their financial accounts for fraudulent purchases, police say. An employee has been arrested for identity theft for allegedly making online purchases using customers' credit card numbers.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

A resident of the 7300 block of Saint James Street heard his dog bark so he looked out the window of his home and saw an unfamiliar Asian female looking in his mailbox and opening his door at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 10.

The suspicious activity came during a week when he had received three packages in the mail that were addressed to his address but not his name. He hadn't order the products, which were body piercing supplies.

He got into his car and went looking for the girl, who he found walking behind the strip mall at 68th and State streets, where China East restaurant is located. He identified one of the employees, a 17-year-old girl, as the female who had been prowling around his home.

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Capitol Drive down to one lane at parkway bridge

Feb. 20, 2012 1:36 p.m. | Traffic is being restricted to one lane on a section of Capitol Drive in Wauwatosa to allow for bridge work over the Menomonee River Parkway.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is re-decking a bridge, so traffic will be down to one lane westbound on Capitol between Mayfair Road and Highway 45. Lane closures are expected to last four to five months.

During the bridge work, the Menomonee River Parkway will be closed to vehicles at the bridge. However, pedestrian and bicycle access will be allowed through the work site in a safe, restricted area.

Beginning in April, road work will restrict traffic in both directions on Capitol Drive from Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa to Brookfield until project completion in November.

West girls win, boys lose

Feb. 17, 2012 10:48 p.m. | The Wauwatosa West girls won, 49-34, at Greendale on Friday and improved their record to 8-7 and 10-9 overall.

Leading 23-18 at half, the Trojans went on a 16-9 third-quarter run to take a 39-27 lead into the final period.

Latasha Harmon had 13 points and Jenna Lahmann had nine. Greendale (7-8, 7-14) had Taylor DeLong and Maya Boren with nine each.

West has won four in a row and five of six games.


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Lancer girls beat Red Raiders, win third straight

Feb. 17, 2012 10:22 p.m. | Senior Anna Liewen scored 22 points and led Brookfield Central to a 54-23 victory at Wauwatosa East on Friday night.

Sarah Fotsch and Jasmine Lewis added nine points each for Central, while Emily Jensen and Denieshaw Kinnebrew led East with eight. The Red Raiders are still playing without an injured Katie Salmon.

Central led 23-9 at half and 38-13 after three quarters.

The Lancers are 8-4, 12-8 oveall, and the Red Raiders are 4-8, 6-13.

Lancers beat Tosa East, improve to 10-3

Feb. 17, 2012 10:07 p.m. | Brookfield Central beat Wauwatosa East boys team, 60-50, Friday night at home and improved to 10-3 in the Greater Metro Conference and 16-5 overall.

Seth Mortag, who scored 10 of his 15 points in the third period, helped the Lancers to a 43-35 lead through three quarters. Riley LaChance led Central with 21 points, as both players picked up their second foul with three minutes left in the first quarter and didn't play their usual minutes. Nate Rohde (9 points) and Nick Olson (8 points) helped pick up the slack.

Tosa East, playing without Anthony Carroll and Marquise Carter who were lost for  year because of an athletic code violation, were short-handed, but still kept battling the Lancers until the end of the game.

Ben Carpenter led East with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, nine coming in the third period which kept his team in the game. Diamonte McKinley scored 13 points, including six in the fourth quarter.

East fell to 8-5 with a 13-8 record overall.

East Tosa sites chosen for sewer lateral rehab program

Feb. 15, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Two areas in East Tosa have been chosen as test sites for the city's lateral rehabilitation pilot program.

The results should help city staff identify specific fixes and the associate costs to prevent basement backups, while reducing the amount of clear water getting into the sanitary sewer system.

The first area, North 65th Street from North Avenue to Clarke Street, showed heavy leaks during earlier dye testing, said Dave Bennett, consultant from Brown & Caldwell, which has been working with the city on sewer studies. This area has already seen sewer improvements on the public side so it will give crews an even better idea of the problems coming from the private side.

Right now, consultants believe about 75 percent of all excess water entering the system is coming from the laterals connected from private homes to the city's sewer main.

The second area targets Eagle Street between Wauwatosa Avenue (76th Street) and 80th Street.

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Child abandonment charges may be coming for mom who left son at store

Feb. 15, 2012 8:58 a.m. | A 45-year-old Milwaukee woman may be facing charges of child abandonment after leaving her son at a Wauwatosa grocery store Sunday afternoon.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 7-year-old boy was seen taking packs of meat from a shopping cart and stuffing them into a backpack at Outpost Natural Foods, 7000 W. State St., at 2:26 p.m. Sunday.

A manager noticed, and after taking the food back walked the boy up and down the aisles looking for his mother. She also paged the parent two times, but there was no response.

The boy said he had arrived at the store with his mother and her two friends, one of which stayed in the vehicle. They shopped for awhile before his mother said she had no money and walked away. He hadn't seen her since, but a video showed her leaving the store.

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Man allegedly involved in three high-speed chases in two days

Feb. 15, 2012 12:12 a.m. | A 20-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for eluding after he led three officers on high-speed chases as he made his way to Marinette County last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police reports:

The man threatened his mother at 6:14 p.m. Feb. 8 because he had no money after being released from jail a week earlier. He was on probation for assaulting his father.

At some point during the argument, he had a knife and locked himself in the house in the 1700 block of Alta Vista Avenue. He took a family vehicle without permission and fled before police arrived.

An officer caught up with the man at 65th Street and Garfield Avenue, where he started to pull toward the curb and indicated with a turn signal that he was pulling over. Instead, he continued to drive slowly, pulling in front of another vehicle and accelerating onto North Avenue.

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Drug possession arrest made after car cuts off police officer

Feb. 15, 2012 12:04 a.m. | Synthetic drugs, three types of prescription pills and supplies to cook and shoot up heroin where found in a vehicle that cut off a Wauwatosa police officer Saturday afternoon.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The vehicle made a U-turn in front of an officer and was seen weaving between street lanes at 3:09 p.m., so it was pulled over for reckless driving in the 11200 block of Burleigh Street.

The driver, a 26-year-old Menomonee Falls man, had a warrant for drug paraphernalia possession. His yellow teeth and scarring led police to believe he was a heroin user. Supplies such as syringes were found in the vehicle, as well as a marijuana pipe and two knives.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old West Allis man riding in the car was wanted on a felony warrant for possessing and dealing synthetic drugs in Washington County. He initially gave an alias, so he also was arrested for resisting.

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The road to progress needs a better name, aldermen say

Feb. 14, 2012 11:24 p.m. | Butterflies, local history and technology all come together as part of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Innovation Park project.

The name of the road that connects Watertown Plank Road and Swan Boulevard on the site should reflect those components said members of the city's Community Development Committee on Tuesday. They're looking suggestions from the public to find an alternative to the street that the Board of Public Works previously approved as Technology Parkway.

"That name is so common that it could be in any development or any research park in the country," Alderman Jason Wilke said.

With a little thought, a more innovative name could be found that reflects more than just the science and technology activities that will occur on the campus, he said. He threw out "Monarch Pass," to showcase the commitment to preserving the butterfly habitat; or "Exploratory Drive" to encompass science and nature.

The name was an attempt to bridge those aspects, said Paulette Enders, city economic development director.

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Time running out to vote by absentee ballot

Feb. 14, 2012 11:22 a.m. | With the spring primary election drawing near, time is running out to vote by absentee ballot.

The city clerk's office will stop mailing out absentee ballots to registered voters at 5 p.m. Thursday. However, Wauwatosa residents can continue to vote by absentee ballot at the clerk's office in City Hall until 5 p.m. Friday.

Residents who need to register to vote will also need to get to the clerk's office by 5 p.m. Friday or do it at their polling place on Election Day.

For questions about where to vote, call the clerk's office at (414) 479-8921 or go to

Plans accelerate for first Innovation Park building

Feb. 14, 2012 8:52 a.m. | Voice recognition, human bones' reactions to implants and prosthetics and transistors that can sense items in air such as contaminants are just some of the sophisticated research slated for the biomedical and engineering technology incubator that will be the first building constructed at Innovation Park.

Representatives from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation and Eppstein Uhen Architects introduced the Innovation Accelerator to the Plan Commission on Monday night. The proposed project starts with a 25,000-square-foot building and provides space for a 9,000-square-foot expansion on a two-acre parcel at 9700 Watertown Plank Road, just north of the Milwaukee County Parks Administration Building.

The commission unanimously supported the plans.

"Technology and development like this is fantastic," said Alderman Don Birschel, who serves on the commission. "To have something like this in the Milwaukee area is really a feather in our cap."

The city and foundation received a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to build the accelerator, which will offer lab and office space, a two-story lobby and conference rooms.

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Center St. space getting second chance as child care center

Feb. 13, 2012 9:48 p.m. | A day care center has again been proposed for the vacant space in a building at 73rd and Center streets.

Shacolia Gillespie, who operates a licensed children's day care out of her Milwaukee home, is looking to expand to a larger space. She plans to operate from 6 a.m. to midnight weekdays to accommodate parents with first- and second-shift jobs.

The Plan Commission tonight unanimously recommended the use because it mirrored a request that was approved a year ago by another day care operator that abandoned those business plans.

The plan must go before the Community Development Committee Feb. 28, followed by the Common Council the next week before Gillespie can open her door to little ones.

Neighbors concerned pub patio may be noisy addition

Feb. 13, 2012 9:44 p.m. | A new bar and restaurant wants to add outdoor dining to attract customers, but neighbors worry it will cause late-night noise.

Mark Zierath plans to open Blue Ribbon Pub in the former Jo Jo's Pizza & Pub building, 11302 W. Bluemound Road. He has asked the city for permission to add outdoor seating along the building's front and east side, which faces a residential neighborhood.

Resident Gina Palen, who lives directly across from the business said there's already noise issues. With kids in the home, she opposed the proposed keeping the outdoor seating available until midnight daily.

"We've already got smokers talking and giggling out there," Palen said.

Neighbor Ann Kammerer suggested seating be moved to the west side, next to a parking lot and other commercial businesses.

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MADACC urges pet owners to spay/neuter their animals

Feb. 13, 2012 5:00 p.m. | There is one home for every 11 cats that are born, filling shelters with unwanted animals or leaving communities to deal with strays.

The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission attributes the overpopulation of cats and dogs to their owners' failure to spay and neuter their animals. Since spring is known as mating season, now is the time to prevent animal reproduction, officials said.

According to MADACC:

Spaying or neutering pets can eliminate or reduce a number of health problems.

Spaying can prevent uterine and ovarian cancers and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when spaying happens before the first estrous cycle. Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.

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GE Healthcare wins inaugural Spirit of STEM award

Feb. 13, 2012 5:00 p.m. | GE Healthcare will be honored with the first Spirit of STEM award for advancing science, technology, engineering and math education in southeastern Wisconsin.

The company, which has headquarters in Wauwatosa, has worked with nonprofit organization STEM Forward to bring nearly 700 volunteers and mentors into Milwaukee Public Schools in 2011 to provide a link between the classroom and real-world applications. They assist teachers with the Project Lead the Way curriculum and provide support in extracurricular activities and programs such as FIRST Robotics.

The board of STEM Forward, formerly the Engineers & Scientists of Milwaukee, chose GE Healthcare as its inaugural award recipients. The organization will present the award Thursday during the 59th Annual Engineers' Week Banquet in Milwaukee.

'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' holds casting call in Tosa

Feb. 13, 2012 4:56 p.m. | Milwaukee-area residents have a reputation for chugging beer, dining on brats and cheese, and packing on the pounds. So it makes sense that producers for the television show "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" would head to the area to hold an open casting for its third season.

People who fall into the category of "super obese," carrying at least 200 pounds more than their ideal weight, can head to Dave & Buster's, 2201 N. Mayfair Road, in Wauwatosa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for a chance to land one of eight spots on the reality show.

Those who can't attend the casting call can send a home video to

Milwaukee is part of a nine-city, nationwide search to find participants who will be documented as a trainer moves into their home and works on nutrition and exercise regimes with the goal of shedding half their body weight within a year.

Learn more about Watertown Plank Road bridge projects

Feb. 13, 2012 4:52 p.m. | Although construction isn't expected to start for five years, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold its first public information meeting next week to discuss rehabilitation of the Watertown Plank Road bridges, which were built in 1972.

The proposed project involves improvements to the Watertown Plank Road bridges over the Canadian Pacific Railway, Underwood Creek and the Oak Leaf Trail. The existing bridge decks will be replaced with new, slightly wider decks, and minimal work will be done to the approaching roadway.

The design work is expected to be done in 2012-13, with construction anticipated in 2017.

The bridges are planned to be constructed one at a time so two-way traffic can be maintained on the opposite bridge throughout construction.

Representatives from the project team will be available to answer questions from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.

Mayoral candidates to field questions at tonight's forum

Feb. 13, 2012 4:46 p.m. | Have a question for the three candidates running for Wauwatosa mayor? Candidates Peter Donegan, Kathy Ehley and John Pokrandt will address questions from the audience during a candidate forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the library, 7635 W. North Ave.

The Feb. 21 primary election will bring the number of mayoral candidates down to two.

In addition, the three candidates running for the position of 1st District alderman have been invited to talk informally with the audience before the mayoral forum gets under way.

Schlitz Park lands suburban technology firm

Feb. 08, 2012 11:13 a.m. | A suburban company that provides technology to the financial services industry has signed a lease for 18,000 square feet of space at downtown Milwaukee's Schlitz Park.

The firm, which wasn't named in the Wednesday announcement from Schlitz Park developer Gary Grunau, plans to move 50 employees to the first floor of Schlitz Park’s Bottlehouse A building. That move will occur June 1.

Commercial real estate industry sources said the tenant is Indianapolis-based Streetlinks Lender Solutions, which operates its Milwaukee-area office at 2365 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa. Streetlinks provides housing valuation services and technologies to mortgage lenders.

A Streetlinks executive didn't respond immediately to a request for comment. 

This is the first new tenant announced for Schlitz Park since renovations started in December at the business park’s two Bottlehouse buildings, at 1610 N. 2nd St. and 101 W. Pleasant St.

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Man says gun was pointed at him on Mayfair Road

Feb. 08, 2012 9:57 a.m. | An incident of road rage resulted in a man pointing a gun on Mayfair Road on Friday night.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man was driving in the 500 block of North Mayfair Road when a sports-utility vehicle pulled out from Taco Bell and directly entered his path. He had to swerve to avoid a collision.

When the SUV pulled up beside his vehicle, the three men inside were yelling and swearing. The backseat passenger rolled down the window and pointed a gun at him, then said, "What are you going to do now?"

The man sped up and the SUV followed as he drove to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office substation on Watertown Plank Road, where he reported the incident.

Teens fight, draw a crowd to Alice Street

Feb. 07, 2012 7:10 p.m. | Two teens decided to settle a dispute at the dead end on Alice Street. The 15-year-old boys fought while about 25 other high school students watched Jan. 30.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A homeowner saw several cars coming down Alice Street and a large group of high school-age students walking toward the road's dead end at 3:23 p.m. Jan. 30. Two of the boys fought while the rest looked on.

While the homeowner called police, he noticed the kids leaving. One of the boys who had been fighting was bleeding as he got into a vehicle.

When police tracked the boys down they said they had been arguing about a girl through rude comments on Facebook. They decide to meet up after school and fight.

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Fight in mall parking lot leads to charges

Feb. 07, 2012 7:00 p.m. | A warrant has been issued for a 23-year-old Milwaukee man, who was charged Friday with disorderly conduct following a fight with his ex-girlfriend in a Mayfair parking lot two days prior.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A mall patron called police after he heard the couple yelling and saw the man try to force the woman into a vehicle at 12:42 a.m.

The 20-year-old woman accused Carrington Smith of stalking her during the four months since they broke up. Things allegedly got violent in late January when she says he attacked her and brandished a gun outside a Milwaukee nightclub.

On Feb. 1, she had gone to the AMC Theatre with friends. When she exited the mall, she found Smith standing next to her vehicle. She said he repeatedly hit her and grabbed her around the neck so she hit back in defense. Smith then pushed her into the vehicle, but as she resisted he pulled a handgun from his waistband and threatened her.

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Lego coming to Mayfair

Feb. 07, 2012 4:04 p.m. |  Construction on a new Lego store -- the first in the Milwaukee market -- is set to begin this week at Mayfair mall.

The store, to be upstairs at the mall between Starbucks and Gymboree, is scheduled to open in May.

The store will feature "kid-chic design, innovative displays and consumer-friendly play areas that deliver an engaging, entertaining and fun experience for famiiles of all ages," according to Denmark-based Lego.

"Our store at Mayfair will enhance our consumers' overall Lego brand experience through product variety, store design and regular hands-on family events," said Eric Wolfe, vice president of Lego Group. "Children and families will be able to experience first-hand and hands-on the creativity and imagination that goes into Lego building and be inspired by the over 4 million Lego bricks that are in the store at any given time."

The Lego store will include the popular "Pick-A-Brick Wall," which allows customers to pick and buy specific Lego bricks and elements in a variety of colors and shapes in bulk.

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Milwaukee Map Service moves to 124th Street

Feb. 07, 2012 1:24 p.m. | Milwaukee Map Service has moved to a new location within Wauwatosa.

The family-owned business closed its Mayfair Road doors last week and found a new home at 3720 N. 124th St.

The business and building are owned by the three Swain brothers. The decision to move resulted from an increasing difficulty in finding and keeping renters to fill up the remainder of the building.

"The speed of vehicle traffic on Mayfair Road, south of Mayfair Mall, and being located away from other retail locations made it difficult to attract customers into our store location," senior cartographer Gary Kraft said. "We had to be a destination location."

The business offers more than 6,000 maps and related products, including nautical charts, globes, atlases and travel guides. Employees also make and publish maps.

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Craigslist 'buyer' turns car thief

Feb. 06, 2012 1:41 p.m. | In an example of a transaction gone wrong, a 53-year-old Hartford man reported that an unidentified man drove away with his 2004 Audi, valued at $8,000, during a test drive after the two met about 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the parking lot of Target, 3900 N. 124th St.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The two agreed to meet at the lot because the potential buyer lived on Milwaukee's East Side.

The owner accompanied the man as he test drove the vehicle on several roads, including Capitol Drive, North Avenue and Highway 45.

Stopped on the Swan extension near Watertown Plank Road and Highway 45, the driver asked the owner to drive, saying he wanted to "listen" to the vehicle from the back seat while it was being driven.

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Teen accused of trying to rob four people

Feb. 06, 2012 1:38 p.m. | A 17-year-old Milwaukee boy arrested for attempted robbery is accused of making four separate robbery attempts within 20 minutes near Wauwatosa and North avenues the afternoon of Feb. 1.

According to Wauwatosa police reports:

The teen accosted a 66-year-old Milwaukee man and three Longfellow Middle School students - ages 14, 13 and 11 - demanding money and showing them what they thought was a knife.

The knife turned out to be a switchblade facsimile that contained a comb.

The incidents occurred within a block or two of the intersection. The teen approached each victim with threatening demands including, "Do you got any money" and "Give me three dollars."

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Salvation Army beats its Red Kettle fundraising goal

Feb. 03, 2012 12:20 p.m. | The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County collected $2.9 million during its 2011 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, surpassing its goal by $200,000. The fundraiser ended Jan. 31.

Contributions will help the organization, which has headquarters in Wauwatosa, assist the county's unemployed, underemployed, homeless and others in need with emergency shelter, food and clothing.

In Milwaukee County, the Salvation Army operates 85 programs including disaster relief, utility and rent assistance, employment services and summer lunch programs for children.

Crosswalk at Glenview and Wisconsin to be quite noticeable

Feb. 01, 2012 11:02 a.m. | Residents living near Glenview Avenue have vehemently opposed widening the road, saying they are concerned that doing so will make the already busy intersection at Wisconsin Avenue more dangerous.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation brought plans for crosswalk and signal changes that should provide extra protection for pedestrians to the city's Traffic and Safety Committee on Tuesday.

A 20-foot-wide colored concrete crosswalk will be installed with a striped eight-foot crosswalk in the middle.

"It's really going to stand out in this area," said Tim Anheuser, consultant with Forward 45, which is working with the DOT on the Zoo Interchange reconstruction project.

Changes to the intersection are expected to happen in 2013; the DOT anticipates more traffic on local roads due to freeway construction.

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Sending a message: Businesses ask for sign code change

Feb. 01, 2012 10:58 a.m. | Surrounded by the city of Milwaukee on three sides, Bluemound Automotive competes with national franchises that attract customers with inflatable mascots and flashy signage.

Jim Dietrich, president of the business at 60th Street and Bluemound Road, would like to step up his promotions by changing the message on his electronic sign more frequently than once per day.

"I'd like to be on a level playing field with the competition," he said.

Dietrich got support from Alderman Dennis McBride, who on Tuesday asked the Community Development Committee to consider allowing businesses with electronic signs to change them as frequently as every hour for a trial period of 90 days.

"If we're going to allow electronic signs, we ought to allow them to be useful," McBride said.

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City, district look to improve traffic safety near schools

Feb. 01, 2012 10:42 a.m. | The city and Wauwatosa School District likely will partner on a project aimed at enhancing safety for pedestrians and motorists along streets near four public schools.

The Traffic and Safety Committee on Tuesday unanimously supported spending $26,700 - half of which would be covered by the school district - to hire consultants to investigate "short- and long-term structural solutions" in two heavy traffic zones. The first is along Center Street, the route to Wauwatosa West High School, Whitman Middle School and Eisenhower Elementary School. The second area is on 100th Street in front of Madison Elementary School.

The full Common Council must approve the contract before the study can start.

Meetings with school and police officials, on-site observations and traffic counts would be conducted. A final report with recommendations for changes is anticipated before the city starts putting together its budget for 2013, Bill Porter, city public works director, said.

Schools Superintendent Phil Ertl contacted the city in late fall to voice concerns for motorists and schoolchildren during drop-off and pick-up times. School and city officials have determined that simple solutions such as adding crossing guards or installing stop signs likely won't work in these situations, Porter said.

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Video of Bowlero vehicle break-ins leads to arrest

Feb. 01, 2012 8:58 a.m. | A 32-year-old Wauwatosa man has been arrested for a string of car break-ins that happened at a local bowling alley between October and January.

In most cases, car windows were smashed out at AMF Bowlero, 11737 W. Burleigh Road, and items such as purses and wallets were taken. The cash and credit cards were then used at gas stations and stores until the owners got wise and canceled the cards.

"We have a pretty state-of-the-art camera system in place so we were able to ID the vehicle to police," said Roy Brent, bowling center manager.

The video led police to a minivan owned by the Tosa man, and officers started conducting surveillance.

"We believed there was a pretty good chance we'd witness him committing a crime within a short period of time," Sgt. David Moldenhauer said. "It was just a different crime than we expected."

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