Man arrested for eating doughnut at Pick 'n Save

March 30, 2009 5:43 p.m. | An 18-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft after he was caught eating a doughnut at the Pick n’ Save at 6950 W. State St.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The man was seen eating a doughnut, which he did not pay for, near the bakery area at 5:37 p.m. Sunday.

He was then observed in the checkout line making a small purchase and walking out of the store with a large bulge in the front pocket of his sweat shirt.

A man from loss prevention confronted the man, who was attempting to steal a bag of gummy fish.

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Hoyt Park pool building vandalized a third time

March 27, 2009 6:36 p.m. | The Hoyt Park pool building, 1800 Swan Blvd., was vandalized for the third time in three months.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

A Milwaukee County Parks worker was checking on the property about 4 p.m. Sunday, when he noticed several doors ajar. The doors on the building's east side had been pulled off their hinges and several windows were broken. There was also evidence that a small fire had been set using an aerosol can as fuel, but had since been extinguished. Damage was estimated at $500.

The parks employee said he last checked the building March 15.

Family will honor boy with life celebration

March 27, 2009 6:02 p.m. | The Aldrich family is planning to celebrate their late son's life with a celebration April 25.

Jakob Alexander Aldrich, 7, lost his three-year-long fight with soft tissue cancer March 24. He died at home with his parents, Jennifer and Dustin at his side.

The community has taken an interest in the family and recently had a fundraiser to help cover some of the medical bills the family has incurred. Jennifer Aldrich announced on her blog today that a life celebration will be held at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 10121 W. North Ave.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. , followed by a memorial service. People are asked to wear Jakob's favorite color blue or Brewers or baseball gear.

A community blood drive organized in Jakob's honor will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Roosevelt Elementary School, 2535 N. 73rd St. Jakob attended school at Roosevelt.

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April 3 career fair canceled

March 27, 2009 4:34 p.m. | The NOW Newspapers Career Fair, which had been scheduled for April 3 at the Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date

Watch your local NOW community newspaper for details once a new date is announced.

Wauwatosa to use stimulus funds for energy efficiency

March 27, 2009 9:38 a.m. | Wauwatosa will receive $220,000 in economic stimulus funds to assist with energy efficiency efforts.

Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, yesterday announced more than $38.5 million in funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program to implement projects that would reduce fossil fuel emissions, lower energy use, and increase sustainability.

The funds are meant to create local construction, installation and materials handling jobs over the next year while generating energy savings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

City Administrator James Archambo was not immediately available to comment on how the funds will be used in Wauwatosa, but during a town hall meeting March 24 he mentioned the possibility of getting stimulus dollars to pay for energy-efficient design aspects such as a green roof and solar roof panels on the new fire station. Construction is slated to begin on the fire station later this spring.

Funds were allocated to cities, counties and tribes based on population.

Illinois company recalls nuts sold in Greenfield, Wauwatosa stores

March 26, 2009 6:56 a.m. | The Georgia Nut Company has recalled bulk wholesale and retail products containing shelled pistachio nuts -- sold at Wauwatosa and Greenfield stores -- that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The company, based in Skokie, Ill., reported in a statement released Wednesday that it had identified the potential "as a result of a rigorous sampling and testing regimen it conducted with respect to shelled pistachios provided by a third-party supplier."

The voluntary recall includes the following products:

• Bulk Deluxe Mixed Nuts with shelled pistachios purchased at the Not Just Nuts store in Wauwatosa from Dec. 5, 2008, through March 24, 2009;

• Bulk or custom packaged Deluxe Mixed Nuts with shelled pistachios purchased at Georgia Nut retail stores in Skokie and Glenview, Ill., Georgia Nut's Chocolate House location in Greenfield and through the company's web site from Dec. 11, 2008 through March 23, 2009;

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Power out in west Milwaukee, east Wauwatosa

March 25, 2009 3:20 p.m. | We Energies officials are trying to figure out why 3,200 customers in west Milwaukee and east Wauwatosa have lost power.

Customers bounded by W. Hadley St., N. 30th St., Wauwatosa Ave. and Hillcrest Drive have been hit by the outage. Company officials learned customers lost power around 2:30 p.m., We Energies spokeswoman Irrisol Arce said.

We Energies sent a crew to the area to discover the source of the outage, Arce said.

Woman accused of using phony IDs to steal electronics

March 24, 2009 11:38 a.m. | A 21-year-old California woman has been charged with felony theft after she was arrested at the Best Buy store in Wauwatosa.

Brittany Bergman had the FBI looking for her due to numerous crimes committed under several aliases in Illinois, Indiana and Chicago.

The search ended at 2:14 p.m. Thursday when she tried to purchase a $2,000 laptop computer and $500 gift card at Best Buy, 2421 N. Mayfair Road, with a recently opened line of credit.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The cashier grew suspicious after Bergman's purchase was declined because she had gone over her credit limit. Instead of forgoing the purchase, Bergman had the cashier try about five more times, each time decreasing the amount of the gift card and finally dropping the computer from the transaction.

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Children's Hospital expansion set to open next week

March 24, 2009 10:06 a.m. | The $165 million addition to Children's Hospital, known as the West Tower, is set to open next week. Our sister publication,, took a tour and is offering up a sneak peek of the facility, including a 30-shot photo gallery.

PSC asks for feedback on broadband needs

March 24, 2009 9:56 a.m. | The state Public Service Commission is asking Wisconsin residents and business owners to provide input on broadband needs by filling out a survey at

The survey will help identify areas of the state that do not have broadband Internet access or are underserved by the technology.

Up to $7.2 billion in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds are available nationally for broadband improvement. State officials hope to capture some of money.

Public invited to voice opinions on County Grounds land sale to UWM

March 24, 2009 9:02 a.m. | The public will get the opportunity to give their opinions on the proposed sale of a portion of the County Grounds to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which plans to build an engineering campus and facilities for private business.

The Milwaukee County Board's Economic and Community Development Committee will hold a public hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow night at the Zoofari Center, 10001 W. Blue Mound Road.

Representatives from UWM and county officials will describe what has transpired on this issue to this point and proposed development plans for the northeast quadrant of the grounds, which include the County Parks and historic Eschweiler buildings.

Meanwhile, groups like the Park People, Sierra Club and Milwaukee River Keepers will attend to advocate preserving as much green space, including the Monarch Trail, a butterfly migration habitat on the grounds.

Body found in Illinois identified as missing Tosa man

March 23, 2009 10:06 p.m. | The body of man discovered in a river in DeKalb, Illinois was identified Monday as that of a Wisconsin man missing since December.

According to DeKalb police, the body of James C. VerDuin was found in the Kishwaukee River near Hopkins Park at 2:45 p.m. Sunday.

VerDuin, who was found by a passerby, appeared to have been in the river for several weeks, according to a press release from the DeKalb Police Department.

No foul play was suspected, according to the release.

VerDuin, a researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was last seen Christmas Day at a Best Western motel in the DeKalb area, where he was taken after a traffic crash that disabled his vehicle.

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Burglar leaves more at scene than he takes

March 23, 2009 4:32 p.m. | Usually a home break-in results in items taken, but on Wednesday a burglar left several items at the scene.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The resident of a home in the 1300 block of North 63rd Court arrived home about 11 p.m. to find the rear door open and locked pried off. His wallet was found just outside the door. But although numerous drawers, rooms and closets were rummaged through nothing seemed to be missing.

Instead, a hammer was left on the table, a screwdriver was found in the yard and a shoe and car air fresheners were found in a couple of rooms.

Thieves take copper wire, tools from salvage site

March 23, 2009 4:28 p.m. | Nearly 400 pounds of copper wire and $5,460 in tools were taken from a building undergoing salvaging and demolition work in the 12100 block of West Feerick Street last week.

Owners of the demolition company who had been working at the site for numerous weeks said they have had many people stop by and ask for scrap metal, which they could recycle for a profit. Most of the requests were turned down.

But between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 6:45 a.m. Thursday, someone had opened the gate, drove a vehicle to the back of the property and loaded up the tools and wire. Footprints and tire tracks were found at the scene.

Man tries driving home after accident, air bag deploys

March 23, 2009 2:02 p.m. | A 51-year-old Grafton man was arrested for drunken driving after he drove from Oak Creek to Wauwatosa with his air bag deployed Wednesday evening.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The man had been drinking at On The Border, a strip club, and on his way out of Oak Creek, he struck a pole and damaged the front of his vehicle.
His air bag deployed, but he kept driving about 20 miles until his vehicle ran out of gas in the 10700 block of North Ave. He sat in his car until police arrived, but seemed a bit delusional because he begged them not to report him to the Secret Service.

He refused blood-alcohol content tests, but had the Wauwatosa Fire Department take him to Froedtert Hospital for neck pain.

Wauwatosa East band (and geese) on T.V.

March 21, 2009 12:19 p.m. | A parent lucky enough to score a trip to France last year with the Wauwatosa East High School marching band could score some cash as well when his video of a band event airs Sunday evening as a finalist on "America's Funniest Home Videos."

The story behind this video, from another parent along on the trip, is this:

The Red Raider Band marched in a traditional European parade in Chantilly on Dec. 31, a feature of which included the last unit: a flock of geese herded by a border collie upon one man's commands.

At the end of the parade, the East students lined up in front of a chateau and played their half-time show for the crowd. The performance apparently attracted quite a few people ... and the geese.

The students held their composure as the geese tried to interfere, and it was all caught on videotape by band booster parent Dan Guendert.

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East teacher charged with three misdemeanors

March 18, 2009 4:18 p.m. | Roger Payne, a Wauwatosa East High School teacher, has been charged with three misdemeanors after marijuana and various drug paraphernalia were seized from his Pewaukee home in November.

Payne, 47, was charged Monday with possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting or obstructing an officer.

He will make his initial court appearance at the Waukesha Circuit Court on Wednesday, March 25.

On Nov. 20, Payne told police that a 21-year-old Waukesha man had taken $1,500 from his closet.

Upon interviewing the 21-year-old, police discovered that it was marijuana the man had stolen from Payne and not money. The 21-year-old told police he stole the marijuana because he was angry that Payne made unwanted sexual advances toward him.

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Man stopped after walking underdressed for the weather

March 16, 2009 4:22 p.m. | A man was taken into protective custody after police saw him walking in the 2100 block of North 60th Street underdressed for the weather.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

An 18-year-old Milwaukee man was walking in the middle of the southbound traffic lane at 5:28 a.m. Thursday while only wearing a cotton T-shirt and no shoes in below zero temperatures.

The officer tried to get the man to stop, but the 18-year-old kept walking and told the officer that his problem was personal.

Police had to use an electronic control device in order to get him into custody.

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Man arrested after attempting to steal donations

March 16, 2009 4:00 p.m. | An 18-year-old Greenfield man was arrested for attempting to steal a Habitat for Humanity donation bin at Mayfair Mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, at 9:17 a.m. Friday.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The man dragged the bin into a corridor that runs behind the food court.

From a surveillance video, police saw the man loitering near the bin. He then slowly began to drag the bin about 25 feet.

After dragging it, he sat down on the floor next to it, and tried to open it, but when he was unsuccessful, he continued to drag it into the corridor.

Tosa East photo gallery now online

March 15, 2009 9:20 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Saturday night's thrilling overtime game between the Wauwatosa East boys basketball team and Milwaukee Washington.

NOW photographer Peter Zuzga took some great shots from the Divisional 1 sectional final that saw the Raiders fall 60-57.

Check out the photo gallery and reporter Tom "Sky" Skibosh's story from the game.

Tosa East loses sectional final to Washington in overtime

March 14, 2009 9:37 p.m. | Eric Neal missed a desperation 3-point shot at the buzzer and Milwaukee Washington held on to beat defending state champion Wauwatosa East, 60-57, in overtime Saturday night at the Al McGuire Center.

After Stanley Hobson made only 1-of-2 free throws with 14.7 seconds left, Tosa East came down and tried to work a play. Knowing the Red Raiders had to make a 3 to tie the game, the Purgolders guarded everyone closely. Finally with the clock running out, Neal took an NBA 3-pointer past the top of the key, but the ball hit the back of the rim, went straight in the air and fell off and Washington got the rebound and the win.

Neal, who finished with 11 points, scored five points in the overtime, as Washington had a 10-7 advantage. The Red Raiders got into overtime when Eric Williams took an inbound pass under his own basket from Dan Sayles and flipped up a shot with 0.4 seconds left to play, tying the game at 50-50.

Washington improved to 22-1. Tosa East finished 18-5.

Mike Cupertino had 12 points, including three 3s in the fourth quarter, to lead the Red Raiders, while Barett Powell had 11 and Keondre Gholston added 10. Quevy Winters led Washington with 17, Terry Taylor had 12 and Antone Byrd had 10.

We're blogging live from Tosa East game tonight

March 14, 2009 6:33 p.m. | We're about a half hour from tip-off in the Division 1 sectional final game between the Wauwatosa East boys basketball team and Milwaukee Washington, and you can stay on top of all the action without leaving your computer.

Wauwatosa NOW sports editor Dave Cotey has just started blogging live from the Al McGuire Center and will provide updates throughout the game. With our Gameday Blog, you can post comments, ask Cotey some questions or participate in our interactive polls.

Go to the Gameday Blog.

Tosa East-Marquette photo gallery now online

March 14, 2009 9:32 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Tosa East's big win over Marquette Friday night in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal.

And as the Raiders get ready to play Milwaukee Washington tonight, the Wauwatosa NOW team will provide you with coverage you can't get anywhere else - a live Gameday Blog, starting at about 6:30 p.m., and a game story and photos when sectional final wraps up.

And -- win or lose -- we'll have complete coverage of East in Thursday's Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.

Third time's the charm as East beats Marquette

March 13, 2009 10:44 p.m. | Seniors Fraizier Reiland, Keondre Gholston and Eric Williams weren't ready to see their careers come to an end Friday night, so they went out and defeated arch-rival Marquette, 57-43, in the WIAA sectional semifinals at the Al McGuire Center.

Reiland scored 19 points, Gholston added 13 and Eric Williams, who didn't start because of the flu bug, added 13 points to lead the way. The Hilltoppers had defeated Tosa East, 44-39, and 60-43 this year to win the Greater Metro Conference title by one game.

But the third time was the charm for the Red Raiders.

"We played them twice and I don't think we were mentally ready," Gholston said. "This week we knew we had to come out and take care of business. We practiced hard all week and it showed out there when we played tonight."

East jumped off to a 15-5 first quarter lead, as Gholston (6 points), Williams (5) and Reiland (4) did all the scoring. The Hilltoppers then battled East point-for-point and cut the lead to 27-18 at half-time.

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Applicants needed for 7th District aldermanic seat

March 13, 2009 3:28 p.m. | Applicants are being sought to fill the 7th District seat on the Wauwatosa Common Council left vacant when Atis Purins resigned last month.

Residents who want to be considered for the position must submit a resume and letter of intent that includes their full name and birth date to the city clerk by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8. A selection committee appointed by Mayor Jill Didier will interview candidates Wednesday, April 22.

The appointment would remain in effect until April 2010, at which time the person would have to run for election to complete the balance of the term that ends April 2012.

Pay is $350 per month.

Applications should be sent to City Clerk's office, 7725 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, 53213.

Hart Park improvements move on despite lack of land sale proceeds

March 11, 2009 10:10 a.m. | The Hart Park improvements project will go out to bid even though the city has not sold the Public Works land, a deal that was supposed to cover $1.2 million of the costs.

The Budget and Finance Committee last night voted unanimously to remove the contingency of the sale from the city's ability to fund capital projects outlined in the 2009 budget, citing a strong desire by residents to see the park work move forward and high interest in renting the athletic facilities when they are complete.

Committee members suggested that the cash on hand and borrowing alone could pay for the $4.4 million for the athletic facilities, which would need to go out to bid in the next few weeks to get work done in time for the fall sports season. That would give more time to negotiate on the land sale before the remaining $1.7 million is needed this fall to complete the infrastructure and park improvements at the Rotary Performance Pavilion.

If the sale does not go through, the Common Council could shift the remaining amount into the following year's budget by issuing a notice of intent to borrow.

Check out our video preview of Tosa East-Marquette game

March 10, 2009 7:36 p.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys basketball team is taking on Marquette Friday night in the biggest game of the season - and one that the Raiders must win if the team hopes to go the state tournament.

We've just posted a video of NOW sports writer Tom "Sky" Skibosh previewing the sectional semifinal game and handicapping East's chances of beating the Hilltoppers.

Don't forget to check out Thursday's Wauwatosa NOW newspaper for complete coverage of the game. And on Friday, we'll post the results of the semifinal soon after it's over.

Check out Skibosh's video preview

Man charged in fatal Wauwatosa bus stop shooting

March 10, 2009 4:32 p.m. | A 28-year-old man was charged Tuesday in the fatal shooting of another man at a Wauwatosa bus stop over the weekend.

According to a criminal complaint, Richard L. Harper of Wauwatosa is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, in the shooting death of Marc Joseph Boldt of Milwaukee.

Boldt, 38, was shot shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday at the northeast corner of N. 68th St. and W. Wisconsin Ave.

According to the complaint, Harper told police he became upset and shot Boldt after Boldt offered to perform a sex act on him in exchange for money.

If convicted, Harper would face a maximum sentence of life plus five years in prison.

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Former county development director selected as Treis' replacement

March 10, 2009 9:12 a.m. | A former Milwaukee County development director received support tonight from a selection committee charged with recommending a replacement for late Wauwatosa 8th District Alderman Tom Treis.

Robert Dennik told the committee about his background in lobbying at the local, state and federal levels, his experience in county government and his knowledge about policy and procedure. He recently took a position as vice president of business development for VJS Construction Service and serves on the Milwaukee County Research Park board.

He received more votes from committee members then the other six applicants who each participated in 15 minute interviews. After three rounds of voting to narrow down the candidate pool, Dennik received three votes to runner-up Thomas Lutzow, chief executive officer for Independent Care Health Plan.

The Wauwatosa Common Council will vote on Dennik's selection at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Wauwatosa City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Delay in land sale could slow Hart Park improvements

March 09, 2009 5:10 p.m. | Hart Park improvement work is scheduled to get under way soon, but the city has yet to finalize $1.2 million in project funding.

Toldt Development was supposed to buy land near the Public Works Yard to build 427 units of condos, senior apartments and lofts, a deal city staff expected to wrap up by the end of February.

Now the deal is held up by negotiations over price, according to a memo from City Administrator James Archambo to the Common Council's Budget & Finance Committee.

The park facilities project depends on money from the city's capital budget, borrowing and funds from the land sale. Tomorrow night, the committee will discuss whether to hold off on park improvements until the sale goes through or if other funding options such as borrowing a larger amount of money should be pursued.

The park project is in the design phase and city officials had hoped the athletic facilities would be ready for the fall sports season.

Man arrested for running prostitution ring in Wauwatosa

March 09, 2009 5:04 p.m. | A 25-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested yesterday for soliciting prostitutes and putting them up at Super 8, 115 N. Mayfair Road.

According to Wauwatosa Police reports:

Officers received a call from a woman saying her 22-year-old sister from Green Bay had dropped off her kids Feb. 23 saying she was going out with friends. It was not until March 6 that the sister called crying and saying she was being held against her will.

Officers found the Green Bay woman and a 20-year-old Milwaukee woman in a hotel room. The Green Bay woman said she and a friend had hung out with an acquaintance in Green Bay who had asked her to go on a trip to Florida with her. But on March 1, they arrived in Wauwatosa and picked up the Milwaukee woman and had been staying in the hotel since.

The Green Bay woman told officers she started getting scared because the man kept talking to her about prostituting herself, and the Milwaukee woman, who is familiar to Wauwatosa police due to a past shoplifting incident, coached her on getting guys drunk, avoiding cops and stealing customers' credit cards. During the next week, they took her to clubs around Milwaukee and Chicago to practice and gave her a cell phone to use if she had any interest from potential customers. The man started getting angry because she was not soliciting jobs.

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Murder suspect could be charged tomorrow

March 09, 2009 4:30 p.m. | A 28-year-old Wauwatosa man is expected to be charged tomorrow for killing a man at a bus stop at 68th Street and Wisconsin Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

Investigations prove the shooter and victim did not know each other, but they had a brief conversation before the incident, Wauwatosa Police Department Lt. Dominic Leone said. He would not comment as to the nature of the discussion.

The police have released few details about the incident, but an autopsy on the 38-year-old victim, Mark Boldt of Milwaukee, was schedule for today. He had been shot in the face and died later at Froedtert Hospital

Several calls from witnesses allowed police to respond quickly, picking up the suspect on a bus at 61st Street. Police also recovered the gun. Riders were ordered off the bus and the suspect was taken into custody without any problems, Leone said.

It has been little more than a year since the last homicide in Wauwatosa, Leone said. A murder-suicide occurred on March 2, 2008.

Sale of County Grounds property put on hold

March 09, 2009 2:25 p.m. | The Journal Sentinel's Tom Daykin is reporting that a proposed sale of land by Milwaukee County to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for UWM's planned new engineering campus on the County Grounds ran into a delay Monday before the County Board's Committee on Economic and Community Development.

Committee members voted unanimously to hold the item until some changes--including a proposed increase in the sale price--can be made to the proposal. The proposal could return later this month to the committee.

For more on this story, check out Daykin's Land and Space blog on JSOnline.

Tosa West falls to Marquette

March 07, 2009 9:01 p.m. | There will be no Tosa vs. Tosa rematch.

Wauwatosa West lost, 59-44, in a WIAA regional final at Marquette on March 7, bringing the Trojans' season to an end.

Marquette (18-2-1) will play Wauwatosa East in a sectional semifinal at the Al McGuire Center at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13. The Red Raiders beat Bay View, 68-56, earlier in the day to advance.

The Trojans (10-12) looked poised to play their crosstown rival after a solid first half against the Hilltoppers. Tosa West held Marquette to 1-of-12 shooting in the second quarter and built a 26-21 halftime lead.

The Trojans, however, could not keep up the pace against the Greater Metro Conference champions after intermission. In the third quarter, Tosa West shot just 3-of-12 and was outscored, 17-6, and Marquette never looked back.

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Man shot to death at Wauwatosa street corner

March 07, 2009 4:16 p.m. | Wauwatosa - A 38-year-old Milwaukee man was shot to death Saturday at the intersection of N. 68th St. and W. Wisconsin Ave. by a man who tried to escape on a Milwaukee County bus, Wauwatosa police said.

The incident occurred about 1 p.m. After shooting the victim in the face with a handgun, the suspect, a 28-year-old Wauwatosa man, got on an eastbound bus. However, police, who had received several 911 calls, arrested him on the bus at N. 61st St. and W. Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa Police Lt. Dominic Leone said.

Leone said other passengers were ordered off the bus and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. Police could not say what led to the homicide, which was the first in Wauwatosa this year.

The city had one homicide last year, Leone said.

Mayor's first town hall meeting is March 24

March 07, 2009 3:56 p.m. | Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier will use her first town hall meeting to discuss recent improvements and future development plans for Hart Park. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the Muellner Building, 7300 Chestnut St.

Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns about community issues.

86-year-old man targeted in sweepstakes scam

March 07, 2009 3:54 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department is investigating a sweepstakes offer that promised an 86-year-old Wauwatosa man $3.5 million if he would pay a processing fee.

On Monday, the resident received a call around noon from a woman saying she represented a Florida-based lottery and sweepstakes commission and that he was a winner. She went on to say members of her staff were in Racine handing out money to another winner and she needed to verify some personal information so they could visit him next. In addition, she told him to have a $970 check ready to cover the processing fee.

Wary of a scam, the resident called the Wauwatosa police. An officer called the number and talked to the woman, who hung up before the conversation was finished.

Within the next half hour, the woman called the resident back and directed him to go to Wal-Mart to buy a money order and send it to a Florida address. She said the "commission" would call her about her prize after it received the money.

Such processing fee scams that target seniors are on the rise, said Merry Noel Johnson, Hart Park Senior Center director. On Friday, she warned members of a scam by an organization that represents itself as a senior center association.

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One, not two, 8th District seats to be filled this month

March 07, 2009 3:52 p.m. | Only one 8th District aldermanic seat will be filled this month, Mayor Jill Dider said.

On Monday, an aldermanic selection committee appointed by the mayor will interview seven candidates to fill the seat left vacant when Tom Treis died in December. The second alderman for the district, Craig Maher, resigned this week and said he hoped two appointments to the council would be made from Monday night's interviews.

That will not be the case, Didier said. Instead, the city will follow the established procedure of advertising for applicants, creating a separate selection committee and conducting separate interviews.

"Those not selected for former Alderman Treis' seat are welcome to resubmit their information for the next selection committee," she said in an e-mail.

Because Maher had been appointed to the aldermanic selection committee for Treis, Dider has named Jill Organ - the last person appointed to the council - to serve on the panel.

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Burglary suspect found in recycling cart

March 07, 2009 3:46 p.m. | A 41-year-old Milwaukee man was charged Friday with three counts of burglary for crimes that occurred in Wauwatosa over the past two weeks.

Wauwatosa police arrested Gregory Webb for attempted burglary Tuesday after officers found him hiding in a recycling cart outside United Methodist Church.

According to police reports:

Webb saw a neighbor watching him as he used a hammer to smash a window on a house in the 7500 block of Kenwood Avenue, so he fled and hid, assuming she would call police.

He had a backpack with cleats in his possession, which were taken from a home in the 1800 block of North 73rd Street on Feb. 26. He said he had sold the other items taken in that burglary - a video game system and games - for crack cocaine.

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Red Raiders beat Redcats, survive regional

March 07, 2009 3:17 p.m. | The Bay View Redcats were approximately 4 minutes away from guaranteeing the state of Wisconsin would have a new WIAA Division 1 boys basketball champion.

But behind a late, spirited run, the Wauwatosa East Red Raiders, last year's champion, pulled out a 68-56 home regional final win over the Redcats on March 7.

Bay View (10-12) took a 45-44 lead on Joeseph Woodland's 3-pointer with 4 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Tosa East senior Fraizier Reiland, however, answered with a 3 at 4:11, starting a game-ending 24-11 Red Raider run.

Reiland, who added another 3 and a three-point play during the late run, finished with a game-high 19 points for the Red Raiders (17-4), who have won seven of their last eight games. Barett Powell added 11.

Woodland finished with 16 for the Redcats, and Antoine Howard had 15.

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A video preview of the post-season for local teams

March 05, 2009 8:50 p.m. | "March Madness" - at least for high school basketball fans - has arrived and NOW sports writer Tom "Sky" Skibosh has just posted a video that takes a look at the post-season match-ups for high school basketball teams in Brookfield and Wauwatosa.

Three Brookfield schools and two Wauwatosa schools are still alive as the post-season heats up starting Friday - the Brookfield Central girls and the boys teams from Brookfield Central, Brookfield East, Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West.

Skibosh offers his take on how the challenges facing the local teams in his new video as well as his blog, "Sky's the Limit."

Second Tosa alderman resigns

March 05, 2009 2:02 p.m. | Another Wauwatosa Common Council member resigned in the past week just as a selection committee was looking to fill another aldermanic seat.

Eighth District Alderman Craig Maher unexpectedly left the council March 5 citing increased professional responsibilities and a frustration with recent votes among his reasons to step down after five years.

His decision to exit leaves the 8th District without representation, at least until Tuesday, March 17, when the council will vote on appointing former Milwaukee County development director Robert Dennik to replace Tom Treis, who died in December.

Maher said he considered staying on the council for a few months while the a new alderman was chosen, noting that the timing of his departure brings the total of empty council seats to three on the 16-seat body.

Frustration with council

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Teen drug abuse is topic of Tosa program

March 05, 2009 11:48 a.m. | The truths, myths and dangers of teen prescription drug abuse will be discussed at a free program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Longfellow Middle School, 7600 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa.

The speaker is Paul Zenisek, senior psychotherapist at the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital.

The program is sponsored by Tosa United, a community group in Wauwatosa. For information, call Rebecca Huenink at (414) 773-2966.

The cause of the death Sunday of 15-year-old Madison Kiefer of Whitefish Bay has not yet been determined. But one of her friends told police that on the night before she died, Kiefer smoked marijuana and may have taken Suboxone, a drug prescribed for addicts of heroin and other opiates.

Suboxone can cause respiratory, cardiovascular or liver failure if mixed with other drugs, according to a Medical College of Wisconsin professor.

Council OKs power-lift cots for ambulances to cut down on injuries

March 04, 2009 10:12 p.m. | Wauwatosa will equip its ambulances with power-lift cots in an effort to reduce patient-lifting injuries and the overtime costs associated with filling for a worker who has been hurt.

The Common Council last night approved spending nearly $31,000 on three of the automated cots that make it easier to transfer a patient in and out of an ambulance, an activity that has resulted in an average $7,390 in annual workers compensation payments for the city, according to a weekly memo from City Administrator James Archambo. That number does not include the costs associated with lost time and overtime payments.

Alderman Brian Ewerdt said he was against the expenditure when it came before the Budget & Finance Committee last week because staff did not provide numbers that showed a cost-savings benefit. After he learned that each cot was supposed to have a 10-year life, the possible $40,000 in savings changed his mind.

He and several other council members encouraged city staff to look for possible savings due to ergonomics in other city departments for savings.

The Fire Department purchased one power-lift cot in 2008 to test the technology.

Wauwatosa council opposes regional transportation proposal

March 04, 2009 10:08 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council last night took a stand against Gov. Jim Doyle's recommendations to create a permanent Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority, which would have the ability to levy up to a half-percent sales tax in Milwaukee County.

However, the decision was far from unanimous. On a vote of 8-6, the council passed a resolution that expresses its opposition to the regional transportation proposal.

Doyle's plan includes recommendations for leadership from Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine counties and the most populous municipalities within them; bonding authority to cover capital improvements; and oversight for transit service and operations and the sole recipient of federal transit aids in each municipality.

As far as the sales tax increase, the governor reasons it will spread costs beyond local residents because out-of-region visitors pay up to 30 percent of local sales tax.

Council members against the RTA proposal worry one charge will not cancel out the other.

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City to provide rebates for rain gardens

March 04, 2009 4:20 p.m. | Wauwatosa property owners who installed rain gardens last year can apply for a reimbursement from the city.

In 2008, a state matching grant allowed the city to pay back property owners $4 per square foot up to 400 feet as an incentive to create rain gardens, which manage volume, rate and quality of stormwater runoff.

With a limited time to spend the grant money, the Common Council last night agreed to allow property owners that have rain gardens larger than 400 feet to apply to the Public Works Department for reimbursement for up to 500 feet.

In addition, the council increased the reimbursement rate to $5 per square foot up to 500 feet in a effort to sway more property owners to install rain gardens this year.

The city will provide information about how to install a rain garden and the benefits to the property owners and greater community for doing so during Rain Gardens for Wauwatosa from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Riverview Room on the second floor of the Muellner Building in Hart Park, 7300 Walnut St.

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Le Reve gets OK for sidewalk seating

March 04, 2009 10:32 a.m. | Le Reve Patisserie & Café got approval Tuesday night to add café-style seating in front of its restaurant, 7610 Harwood Ave., and a neighboring store, Oro Di Oliva.

Owner Andrew Schneider wants to provide room for about one dozen people to dine on benches and bistro tables put up against the building, but the seating is expected to encroach about 3 1/2 feet onto the 10-foot-wide sidewalk in the public right-of-way.

He said the outdoor seating would increase the eatery's visibility within the Wauwatosa Village Business Improvement District and add to the European village feel of the area.

The city recently adopted guidelines for leasing public right-of-way because newcomer Café Hollander plans to operate outdoor seating on the pedestrian bridge south of State Street.

Council OKs permit for Leff's outdoor patio

March 04, 2009 10:26 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council on Tuesday granted Leff's Lucky Town a conditional-use permit that will allow it to operate an outdoor patio until 11 p.m.

The Community Development Committee last week recommended requiring security to monitor the area around the bar, a stipulation that the council chose to strike from the resolution because no other establishment within the city is held to those standards, and a security guard would have little authority.

Instead, aldermen suggested people call Wauwatosa Police if problems arise.

The conditional-use permit is just the first step in developing the former gas station on the corner of State and 72nd streets as an extension of the existing Leff's. Conceptual plans call for transforming the gas station building into a second bar.

Trojans race past Oak Creek; play at Marquette Saturday night

March 03, 2009 9:07 p.m. | Wauwatosa West beat Oak Creek, 55-46, in a regional semifinal game at Tosa West Tuesday night behind 20 points by Ray Sterling and a great all-around game by Sam Krenzien.

Sterling poured in 20 points, while Krenzien had eight points, eight rebounds and six assists. Andy Minkley had 13 points, seven in the final period, and Bendell Lee had 10 points. Nick Stout had 15 points for Oak Creek and Chad San Agustin and Danny Rajchel had 10 each.

The win sends the Trojans to Marquette (17-2-1) Saturday night for an 8 p.m. regional title game with the Hilltoppers, the champions of the Greater Metro Conference and a team that beat Tosa East twice in conference play.

Rajchel sank a basket with 46.6 to play in the first half to give Oak Creek a slim 25-24 lead at intermission. But Tosa West had a 17-5 third-quarter advantage to coast into the fourth period with a 41-30 lead as Sterling had six points and Lee four to spark the run. Rajchel had all five of the Knights' points in the quarter.

Tosa West opened a 12-point lead at 44-32 with 4 minutes, 47 seconds left to play, but the Knights rallied to within 44-40 as San Agustin and Rajchel each hit 3's and Stout added a lay-up.

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Man arrested for unauthorized sleepover

March 03, 2009 8:48 a.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for trespassing and violating parole after a homeowner learned he had slept in his residence in the 1000 block of North Perry Court at 7:49 a.m. Saturday.

The homeowner heard knocking on the door from the enclosed sunroom to the house. When she answered an intoxicated man asked for Jessica, but no one by that name lived there. He said he had been drinking with friends and did not know how he got there but that he had spent the night in the sunroom.

He had also smoked in the garage, where his cigarettes and lighter were found.

He was on probation for robbery.

Man arrested for leaving kids in running car

March 03, 2009 8:48 a.m. | A 36-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for parking an operating vehicle after he left three small children unattended in the 2200 block of North 72nd Street about 7 p.m. Saturday.

A 1-year-old and 2-year-old twins were sleeping in an unlocked, running vehicle that had the keys in the ignition.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Shortly after officers arrived, the man came out to the truck from a nearby residence and told officers he did not see a potential problem.

"This is Wauwatosa. This ain't Fifth and Center," he said.

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Burglar with bad habit steals cameras, smoking cessation aids

March 03, 2009 8:48 a.m. | A burglar took a dozen digital cameras from Walgreens on State Street about 1 a.m. Monday.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Security video shows a masked man breaking the lower pane of glass on the exterior and lobby doors and crawling through to the photo department where he crouched down and filled a backpack with items. He also grabbed five packs of smoking cessation aids before exiting, bringing his take to nearly $1,500 in merchandise.

A security guard said this is the latest in a series of about 10 burglaries to Walgreens in the Milwaukee area.

Update: I-94 lanes reopened at Zoo Interchange

March 02, 2009 5:20 p.m. | A semitrailer truck that was stuck under an overpass at the Zoo Interchange this afternoon has been removed, and all westbound lanes of Interstate 94 are now open, according to the Milwaukee County sheriff's office.

Westbound traffic on I-94 had been restricted to the right emergency lane after the truck struck the bridge about 1:40 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

No injuries were reported, according to the sheriff's office.

Semi stuck under overpass in Zoo Interchange

March 02, 2009 3:34 p.m. | The westbound lanes of I-94 at southbound U.S. Highway 45 in the Zoo Interchange are closed to traffic because of a semi stuck in an overpass, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

According to a news release from the department, all westbound lanes of traffic are blocked and traffic is restricted to the right emergency lane only.

The semi has been stuck since about 1:40 p.m. and the lanes will probably be closed through the rush hour.

Motorists are urged to use alternate routes to avoid delays and exercise caution.

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