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 vpa.wi.gov.

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 ExtremeMakeoverCasting.com.

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.

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