Business groups urge selling County Grounds land to UWM

April 29, 2009 4:34 p.m. | Two Wauwatosa-based business groups with more than 300 member organizations have sent a letter to the Milwaukee County Board urging its members to authorize selling 89 acres of the County Grounds to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to develop an engineering and applied sciences school, as well as research and private facilities.

The West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Wauwatosa Economic Development Corp. cited their expectation that the campus would attract highly skilled professionals to the area, allow local businesses to partner on research efforts and provide money for the tax base from the private development.

The groups also urged preservation of the historic Eschweiler buildings and suggested the UWM Foundation enter into a protective covenant or other legally binding agreement to preserve the monarch butterfly habitat.

The county board's Economic and Community Development Committee is expected to vote on the proposed land sale May 11.

Get a scoop or two and help firefighting program at the same time

April 29, 2009 4:32 p.m. | Consider it an economic stimulus plan for sweet tooths. Baskin-Robbin's, 1417 Wauwatosa Ave., will sell ice cream for 31 cents per scoop tonight from 5 to 10 p.m.

As a corporation, Baskin-Robbins will donate $100,000 to the National Volunteer Fire Council's Junior Firefighter Program. The Wauwatosa Fire Department will be asking patrons to fill up their boots with cash they save due to the promotion.

Orders are limited to three scoops per customer.

Aldermen propose parameters for naming rights

April 29, 2009 11:30 a.m. | Wauwatosa Aldermen Don Birschel and Dennis McBride submitted a draft ordinance yesterday with the hopes that the Common Council would establish when it is appropriate to sell naming rights to city property.

Requests to commemorate contributions made by an individual or family at the local, state or national level would be preferred cases for naming rights, but an individual, business or nonprofit entity that wants to use its name would be considered if it met criteria, according to the proposed document. The following are some examples:

• The city property should not be used for advertising purposes, allow names that are derogatory to any race, gender, culture, religion; or have an affiliation with alcohol, tobacco or gambling or any business or person that has a bad reputation that would reflect poorly on the city.

• Political or religious groups should not be accepted for naming rights.

• An elected or appointed city official's name can be considered but only five years after he or she has left public office.

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Mayor proposes plan, pricing for selling Hart Park bleacher seats

April 29, 2009 9:14 a.m. | Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier on Tuesday introduced her plan for selling bleacher seats at the new, soon-to-be constructed Hart Park stadium as a way to offset project costs.

The Budget and Finance Committee supported the concept and unanimously approved allowing a committee created by the mayor to finalize plan details and start selling the seats, which will likely cost $200 to $250 each.

The project has already received backing from the Wauwatosa East High School athletic booster club, which has formed a team of about a dozen volunteers who will help sell seats.

Because of the tight construction timeframe, seats will need to be sold by mid-July, Didier said.

The stadium is expected to be finished in time for the fall sports season.

Committee supports allowing four tax chargebacks

April 29, 2009 12:08 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday recommended rescinding more than $157,000 in property taxes due to errors in the assessment process for four properties: Bluemound Preschool, 822 N. 68th St., was assessed twice; Trinity Episcopal Church, 177 Church St., was supposed to be a tax-exempt property; officials from Froedtert Hospital, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., incorrectly reported the taxable space; and Sears/Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, 601 W. State St., failed to report the change of ownership to a tax-exempt organization.

Since errors were reported after receiving tax bills, the city can request the Wisconsin Department of Revenue charge back the non-city portion to other taxing entities. The city portion of the tax loss would be $48,787, which would be covered from budget surplus funds.

The Common Council is expected to take action on the issue Tuesday, May 5.

Committee recommends repairing three guardrails

April 29, 2009 12:04 a.m. | Guardrails northbound and southbound at the Swan Boulevard bridge and at the foot of the pedestrian bridge on Harwood Avenue need repairs due to damages from car accidents that occurred during the winter, Public Works Department Director William Kappel said.

The Budget and Finance Committee on April 28 recommended dipping into contingency funds to pay the $12,625 needed to make the repairs.

However, the city may be able to recover about half the funds by filing a claim with one driver's auto insurance provider. The other accidents were hit and runs with no accident reports filed.

Boy, man arrested for urinating on clothing at mall

April 28, 2009 2:02 p.m. | Two people ruined $625 in merchandise at Macy's in Mayfair Mall on Thursday after they urinated on clothing racks.

According to a Wauwatosa Police report:

A 19-year-old man and 15-year-old boy, both from Milwaukee, had been acting disorderly and were asked by security staff to leave the mall. They entered Macy's and went into the women's clothing department, where they unzipped their pants and urinated on clothing and the floor. Then they ran into the parking lot and started to flee in a vehicle.

Both were arrested for disorderly conduct. They said they had been drinking beer earlier, a violation of the man's bail. He was cited for violating parole.

A 20-year-old Milwaukee man was also cited for underage drinking after he was seen throwing a beer bottle out of their vehicle in the parking lot.

Tosa could withhold raises if performance is unsatisfactory

April 27, 2009 8:26 p.m. | Wauwatosa - The city has developed a new performance evaluation system that will allow it to withhold pay raises from nonunion employees whose performance is rated as unsatisfactory.

The withholding of so-called step increases - raises that are given based on how long an employee holds a position - can be done beginning in the fall, Assistant City Attorney Beth Aldana said Monday.

And on Tuesday, the Common Council's Committee on Employee Relations could make a recommendation on whether the city also should withhold so-called across-the-board, or cost-of-living, pay raises from nonunion employees whose performance is unsatisfactory. That would take effect Jan. 1.

If the committee makes a recommendation on withholding across-the-board pay raises, the full council would consider it May 5.

Aldana said she believes that if pay raises are withheld, they would affect a small number of employees. But withholding raises gives the city a tool to try to improve employee performance, she said.

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Construction to begin on Mayfair Road near new Pick 'n Save site

April 26, 2009 7:48 p.m. | The Pick 'n Save store under construction at Mayfair Road at Walnut Street is expected to open in early August, according to a memo from Wauwatosa City Administrator James Archambo.

To facilitate traffic, crews will begin reconstructing the intersection tomorrow with southbound lanes of Mayfair restricted to two lanes until early July.

Law enforcement agencies launch major drunken driving crackdown

April 24, 2009 12:50 p.m. | The parents of Jennifer Bukosky were flanked by law enforcement officers from several agencies Friday to announce a series of patrol crackdowns on drunken drivers scheduled to start Saturday, the one-year anniversary of the death of Bukosky and two of her children.

The crackdown will have some similarities to the stepped-up enforcement efforts made during holiday periods. But the new program will involve more officers than those holiday efforts, and agencies will coordinate more closely, organizers said.

The program, named the National Model Drunk Driving Enforcement Initiative, also should make it easier to catch motorists who try to evade law enforcement officers so they're not caught drunken driving.

Bukosky was killed along with her unborn daughter and her 10-year-old daughter, Courtney Bella, after a former physician, Mark Benson, drove into the back of her Honda on Highway 67 at Pabst Road in Oconomowoc on April 25, 2008. Two other children were injured in the crash but survived.

Benson faces three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle as well as other charges connected to those injured in the crash.

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Four dog parks to open by summer

April 23, 2009 11:14 a.m. | Four new dog exercise areas will open in Milwaukee County by this summer, the Milwaukee County Parks and Residents for Off-Leash Milwaukee Parks have announced.

The dog exercise areas will open in Estabrook Park, Currie Park, Lake Park and Bay View Park. They will be the first dog exercise areas established within existing Milwaukee County Parks.

"With the new dog exercise areas, the county will provide residents better access to places they can legally exercise their dogs off leash within a designated fenced in area," said Robin Barry, a ROMP spokeswoman.

Work has already begun at Estabrook and will soon start at Currie. The county plans to open the Currie Park dog area by Memorial Day, followed by Estabrook in mid-June, with Lake and Bay View opening shortly after that.

Two dog exercise areas, the Runway and Granville, already exist as stand-alone runs outside of county parks. The county plans to fence in Granville this summer, according to Jeff Baudry, county parks spokesman.

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Committee recommends Berdan as 7th District alderwoman

April 22, 2009 10:48 p.m. | A selection committee tonight recommended appointing Wauwatosa resident Cheryl Berdan as 7th District alderwoman.

Berdan has become a familiar face in the city through her work on the Civic Celebration Commission. For the last five years, she has helmed Wauwatosa's Fourth of July parade.

After three rounds of voting, a committee made up of five sitting council members narrowed down the pool of eight candidates to Berdan and Robert Sigrist, a resident who most recently worked as manager of New Berlin's inspections services department. Berdan received three votes compared with two for Sigrist.

The Common Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment at its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.

Program aims to discourage parents from providing alcohol to minors at parties

April 22, 2009 2:56 p.m. | Tosa United has partnered with city of Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier to present a program urging parents to avoid hosting underage drinking parties.

The program Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don't be a Party to Underage Drinking, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Riverview Room of the Muellner Building, 7300 Chestnut St.

As prom and graduation approach, the panel will discuss recent trends in teen drinking statistics and emphasize the importance of parental involvement in regard to safe celebration practices.

Materials such as yard signs, posters and window clings will be available for parents to display to show their support in keeping children alcohol and drug free.

Woodward to speak at Tosa event

April 22, 2009 11:32 a.m. | Wauwatosa - Journalist and author Bob Woodward, whose reporting on the Watergate scandal helped win a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post, will speak at the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation's leadership luncheon.

The event is set for noon May 12 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10499 Innovation Drive.

Jon Vice, past president and chief executive officer of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, will be honored.

For information on the event, go here.

Development director proposes city-owned business accelerator

April 22, 2009 9:40 a.m. | Wauwatosa's Common Council last night authorized staff to apply for a $2.8 million federal matching grant application that would be used to construct a business accelerator in the Burleigh Triangle, an area that city officials have wanted to see redeveloped for several years.

A business accelerator is a facility where entreprenuers can transform their ideas for technical innovations into actual products without having to invest a lot of money.

Community Development Director Nancy Welch has been working on a business plan, which would require the triangle - 70 acres bordered by Burleigh Street, U.S. Highway 45 and Currie Park - to be deemed a tax-incremental funding district. Taxes on the increase in value of the TIF district area pay off municipal bonds used to finance the redevelopment.

Welch foresees constructing the building on about six acres just south of the tip of the triangle off Highway 45, and she has been in talks with property owners about a long-term land lease. She has also received letters of interest from some potential tenants.

The project would allow Wauwatosa to become a player in the global marketplace while specifically targeting a problem area of land within the city, Welch said.

Tosa police to join regional drunken driving task force

April 21, 2009 6:14 p.m. | Wauwatosa Police Department has joined a drunken driving crackdown effort that could serve as a model to law enforcement agencies nationwide.

The Southeast Wisconsin Drunk Driving Task Force, a group made up of 13 police and two sheriff's departments, officially starts operating Saturday. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will follow the program and, if it proves successful, will encourage other metropolitan areas to replicate it.

If a pilot deployment is any indication, the task force has already started making an impact, Wauwatosa Lt. Tim Sharpee said. On Brewers opening day, 31 drunken drivers were arrested, eight of whom were stopped by Wauwatosa officers.

"The goal is to stop, test and arrest drunk drivers," he said.

Vandals hit historic Wauwatosa Cemetery

April 21, 2009 4:24 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents are being asked to keep an eye out for vandals in Wauwatosa Cemetery, 2485 Wauwatosa Ave., where historic monuments have been knocked down and damaged in recent weeks.

A large granite ball weighing several hundred pounds was removed from a gravestone and rolled down a hill. A few days later, three other monuments were tipped over and eggs were tossed around the grounds, city Public Works Director William Kappel said.

Since then, two monuments have been put back in place, but the remaining two will need repairs or replacement. Due to the age of these monuments - typically built in the early 1900s - repairs prove costly.

"It's usually the larger ones that are shaped differently than the ones you see today that are being targeted," said Christine Hentges, who works for The Tribute Companies, which manages the cemetery.

Wauwatosa police are investigating the incidents, but want neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

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Milwaukee Highland Games move to Tosa

April 21, 2009 2:34 p.m. | Scottish Fest/Milwaukee Highland Games, one of the area's oldest ethnic festivals, is moving to a new location.

After many years at Old Heidelberg Park in Glendale, the games will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 6 at Wauwatosa's Hart Park, at N. 70th and W. State streets.

Organizers promise an expanded lineup of Scottish-kilted cultural events, everything from massed bagpipe bands to demonstrations by working sheepdogs. The fest's signature caber (telephone pole) tosses will return, along with highland dance competitions and food vendors.

This year may mark the first time ax throwing has hit Hart Park.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. For details, go to

Brookfield East-Tosa East rained out

April 21, 2009 10:13 a.m. | The Greater Metro Conference softball game between Wauwatosa East and Brookfield East in Brookfield today has been postponed.

The game has yet to be rescheduled.

Two arrested after marijuana found in car

April 20, 2009 3:44 p.m. | A 17-year-old Milwaukee boy and 19-year-old Wauwatosa man were arrested for dealing drugs outside a home in the 2300 block of North 116th Street Sunday night.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

An officer drove by and saw three people sitting in a car with no lights on. One of the people quickly left the car and went into a house.

The people remaining in the car said they had been smoking grape-flavored cigars, but officers saw marijuana on the car floor.

After a search of their clothing and vehicle, they were found to have nearly 20 grams of marijuana, two scales and other drug paraphernalia.

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Man arrested for underage drinking after cutting head on poker table

April 20, 2009 12:54 p.m. | An 18-year-old man was arrested for underage drinking and resisting arrest after the Wauwatosa Fire Department was called to a residence in the 1800 block of North 73rd Street at 12:42 a.m. April 11.

According to a Wauwatosa Police report:

The man had hit his head on the edge of a poker table, and he was bleeding. When paramedics arrived, he ran out of the house, and his friends quickly locked the doors and turned off the lights. When officers tried to investigate, the residents did not answer the door or phone. The 18-year-old man said they were not happy with him because he drank six beers on the walk to their house.

The man resisted arrest, so officers used pepper spray on him. He finally settled down when officers said they might have to use a Taser.

The man made suicidal comments and was taken to Milwaukee County Mental Health before being sent to Froedtert Hospital to treat his head laceration.

Mayfair Mall owner files for bankruptcy

April 16, 2009 10:39 a.m. | General Growth Properties, which owns Mayfair Mall and more than 200 other malls, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday in a tough bargaining move to restructure its $27 billion in debt.

The company said shoppers at its malls will not be affected by the bankruptcy filing.

For more on this story, visit JSOnline.

Proposal to cut pay for Tosa aldermen put on hold

April 15, 2009 4:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa - A proposal by two aldermen to temporarily cut the salaries of all 16 aldermen has been put on hold by the Common Council's Committee on Employee Relations.

The committee's vote on Tuesday night means the proposal probably would not be considered until September, when the council takes up the 2010 city budget, City Administrator Jim Archambo said Wednesday.

Aldermen Dennis McBride and Jacqueline Jay proposed that salaries be cut by $100 a month for one year "in response to the economic conditions in the community," according to a memo. The savings would be $19,200.

Aldermen are paid $350 a month, an amount that was set in 1982.

Wauwatosa's TeraMedica to partner with D.C. software company

April 15, 2009 11:54 a.m. | TeraMedica Healthcare Technology is partnering with Compressus Inc., a Washington, D.C., software technology company, the companies said Wednesday.

Compressus makes software that helps health care providers organize work flow and integrate information from different systems. TeraMedica is a Wauwatosa company with 30 employees that makes software to help health care providers collect digital medical images.

Together, the products allow physicians and patients to instantly access medical images such as X-rays, MRI scans or cardiology exams, as well as other types of clinical digital content such as electronic reports, from a single work list, the companies said.

"We do all the heavy images," said Paul Markham, TeraMedica's vice president of global strategy and marketing. "And they deal with, once you've got it, where are you going to send it and how are you going to look at it."

Drunken driver's car leaves trail for police

April 13, 2009 7:28 p.m. | Officers typically follow a trail of evidence when investigating a crime. But they did not have to look hard to find the driver of a vehicle that knocked down a concrete light pole April 6.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report, a 34-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for drunken driving after he struck a pole in the 3200 block of Menomonee River Parkway about 9:30 p.m.. The light pole was on the ground with a large puddle of fluids next to it.

The fluid trail led to a heavily leaking vehicle with severe damage parked in a driveway in the 3400 block of 99th Street, where the driver was visiting a friend.

His blood-alcohol content was 0.17.

Police find shoplifter hiding in nearby alley garbage can

April 13, 2009 7:22 p.m. | A 16-year-old Milwaukee girl was apprehended for retail theft after Wauwatosa police found her hiding in an alley garbage can in the 10300 block of West North Avenue on Saturday.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

Boston Store security personnel had been watching the girl because she had been in the store several times that week, and they were suspicious she had been shoplifting.

Just before noon, she took several items into a fitting room, but walked out without any items. She met two other girls near the exit, but one of them - a 17-year-old from Milwaukee - told her to put back the items - so she fled out of the store with $254 in merchandise. All of the items were damaged when sensors were removed.

The friend who told the 16-year-old not to steal was arrested, too, for trespassing. She had been banned from Mayfair Mall in September 2008 for stealing from Macy's.

Opening day keeps Tosa police busy; 8 OWI arrests

April 13, 2009 6:56 p.m. | Wauwatosa police arrested eight drunken drivers Friday, most of whom were on their way home from opening day festivities at Miller Park.

Among those stopped was a 59-year-old West Bend man who was arrested for his sixth drunken-driving offense. He was seen crossing the divider line into oncoming traffic in the 7400 block of Wisconsin Avenue at 7:20 p.m. His vehicle struck a curb as he was pulling over.

He is being held at the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility. He refused to submit to Breathalyzer tests, so the department is waiting results of a blood test submitted to a state crime lab before he can be brought up on charges.

Also nabbed was a 28-year-old man from St. Charles, Ill., who was arrested for his second drunken-driving offense after he drove through a flashing red light at 68th and State streets at 12:42 a.m. He got out of his vehicle and approached the squad car. The officer yelled numerous times for him to return to his car. But the man was confused and when he returned to his vehicle, he put his hands on the hood and spread his legs like he was waiting to be searched.

When he did get back in the vehicle, the female passenger got out and tried to approach the squad. After she was told to return to the car, she got out again and walked toward the squad one more time.

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Chronic shoplifter arrested at Macy's

April 13, 2009 6:24 p.m. | A 32-year-old West Allis woman was arrested for retail theft and habitual crimes after she took $741 in merchandise from the Macy's store at Mayfair Mall at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

She was seen quickly selecting clothing without paying attention to sizes or prices, then grabbing four purses and going into a fitting room. She put a few items back on the racks and then tried to leave the store.

She told officers she had been arrested too many times to count and had been in prison for past retail thefts. While she said she was sorry and that she believed she had some kind of psychological problem that made her steal, she also acted calmly and said she knew it would take more arrests before she was sent back to prison.

She was referred to the district attorney's office.

Man arrested twice for prowling around homes

April 13, 2009 6:20 p.m. | A 55-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested twice in last week for prowling in residential areas.

The man lives in a local unsupervised group home for the mentally disabled and he has been told on seven occasions since February not to peep in windows or try entering people's homes and garages.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

On April 5, he tried to enter the rear door of a residence in the 600 block of Crescent Court at 10:30 a.m. The homeowner scared the man off, but she watched as he walked through yards and tried to open doors in the 6800 block of Blue Mound Road.

On Saturday, he went into an open garage, then tried to open a door at a residence in the 6700 block of Blue Mound Road. The homeowner said she has seen him trying to enter properties many times and on this day watched as he checked out several neighboring residences.

Tosa's oldest building gets new life

April 13, 2009 11:22 a.m. | Wauwatosa - The 155-year-old Little Red Store - over the years it has operated as a general store, railroad depot, library, harness shop and more - is newly renovated, and several events are planned in celebration.

The first of what is planned as an annual Little Red Ride, a family-oriented bicycle ride, is set for May 2 and begins three days of celebration.

For details, see the site of the Wauwatosa Historical Society.

The store, at 7720 Harwood Ave., is Wauwatosa's oldest commercial building. According to the historical society, prior to the store's renovation, it was listed as one of the state's most endangered properties by the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation.

Former Children's Hospital chairman selected for leadership award

April 10, 2009 3:36 p.m. | Jon Vice, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin chairman, is the recipient of the 2009 Arthur B. Kohasky Leadership Award, making him one of the people who will be honored for making a positive impact on the community at the Wauwatosa Public Library Leadership Luncheon on Tuesday, May 12.

Vice, who recently retired from the position of chief executive officer, provided nearly 30 years of hospital leadership. He serves on several boards, including that of the Children's Miracle Network.

Student Leadership Awards will be given to Madeline Bersch, Pius XI High School; Jaclyn Glaser, Wauwatosa West High School; Anna Layden, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School; Ryan Moss, Marquette University High School; Matthew Patton, Wauwatosa East High School; and Erica Spielgelberg, Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author Bob Woodward will give the keynote address for the luncheon at the Crowne Plaza.

To purchase tickets, call (414) 471-8487.

Search for safe ride home turns sour

April 10, 2009 11:54 a.m. | A 47-year-old West Allis man with seven drunken-driving arrests on his record was arrested again Tuesday. This time he was drunk, but he was looking for a designated driver, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also according to the report:

An officer saw the man walking in the street at Glenview Avenue and Blue Mound Road just after midnight. The man was approaching vehicles and asking for a ride with his thumb hitched. When he saw the officer, he quickly returned to the roadside.

The man smelled of alcohol and had a cut on his forehead. He said he was cold and looking for a ride home.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct and violating his probation by drinking alcohol.

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7th District vacancy gets eight applicants

April 09, 2009 11:52 a.m. | Eight Wauwatosa residents have submitted applications to represent the 7th District and fill the Common Council seat left vacant by Atis Purins in February.

The following information about the candidates was taken from their applications.

• Cheryl Berdan works as a receptionist at Milwaukee County Courthouse. She serves on the Civic Celebration Commission, heading up the city's Fourth of July parade.

• Peter Hart works as a finance manager for Morris Material Handling. He also volunteers as a scoutmaster.

• John Kastl, a retired naval commander, has a legal practice. He also serves as co-chair of master gardener's butterfly habitat at Milwaukee County Zoo.

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City Hall closed tomorrow

April 09, 2009 11:18 a.m. | Wauwatosa City Hall will be closed tomorrow for the Good Friday holiday.

City business will resume Monday, April 13.

Organ wins District 4 seat on Common Council

April 07, 2009 10:52 p.m. | Incumbent Alderwoman Jill Organ will retain her seat representing the 4th District on Wauwatosa’s Common Council.

She received 655 votes - 53 percent of the votes cast - while challenger John Hallanger garnered 573, or 47 percent.

Organ won a one-year term on the council; she was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Jill Didier became Wauwatosa’s mayor last year and will finish out Didier's term.

An election will be held next April to fill the seat for a full term.

City will apply for stimulus funds for road work

April 07, 2009 10:40 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council tonight voted to apply for economic stimulus to pay for resurfacing West Burleigh Street from the east city limits to Highway 100 and enter into an agreement with a consulting firm for the design work.

If the city gets the funds for the resurfacing work, Wauwatosa will still have to foot the design consultant's bill.

The vote was 10-2, with Aldermen James Krol and Jacqueline Jay opposed, but for different reasons.

Krol voiced concern about the number of projects - flood-proofing the Muellner Building, Hart Park athletic facilities improvements, the new fire station and televising the city's sewers - the engineering staff already has to oversee and the tight turnaround required for this project. He also worried about moving up a project that was slated for 2012 because residents would have to pay special assessments earlier.

Jay said she didn't believe the city should take any stimulus funds because of an opposition to President Barack Obama's entire economic recovery plan.

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Council OKs $4.2 million bid for Hart Park improvements

April 07, 2009 9:36 p.m. | Wauwatosa's Common Council tonight voted to accept a $4.2 million bid to improve the athletic facilities at Hart Park.

Triad Construction of Milwaukee turned in the lowest of the three bids received by the April 2 deadline. The bid came in about $12,000 below the amount budgeted for the project.

Plans call for a new football stadium with synthetic turf, tennis courts and a track. Work is expected to begin later this month and be completed by the start of the fall sports season in August.

State Street closing this week

April 07, 2009 2:36 p.m. | State Street will be closed to through traffic between 60th and 68th streets beginning this week to allow for paving and utility work.

Traffic will be detoured onto 68th Street and Blue Mound and Hawley roads, then redirected to State Street. For access to residences and businesses within the work zone, local traffic will be permitted during the majority of project.

Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 1.

For project updates, call the city's construction hotline at (414) 479-8987.

Street sweeping starts

April 07, 2009 1:48 p.m. | Street sweeping on Wauwatosa roadways started this week.

Work is done at night and will take about a month to complete. The work is done under contract with city of Milwaukee.

Tosa council may award Hart Park contract tonight

April 07, 2009 7:12 a.m. | Wauwatosa - The Common Council on Tuesday will consider awarding a $4.2 million contract to Triad Construction for improvements to Hart Park.

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. For details on the work, which will upgrade athletic fields and tennis courts, see the city's Web site.

Armed robbers tie up restaurant owner

April 06, 2009 7:36 p.m. | Two armed robbers tied up the owner of Bluemound Gardens so they could clear out the safe Saturday night.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The owner of the restaurant and banquet hall was entering his office about 11:10 p.m., when he heard a door open to the banquet hall, 11703 W. Blue Mound Road. Two men wearing pantyhose over their heads and guns in their hands started running toward him.

The men pushed the owner into his office and held his head down so he could not look at them. One of the men tried to turn off the video security equipment, while the other took out a knife.

After rummaging through the pile of papers on the owner's desk, they ordered him to open the safe. They took his glasses, cell phone and wallet, tied his hands behind his back with tulle - a fine netting used for decorating the banquet hall - and gagged him with a shirt before fleeing.

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Police nab suspected pickpocket

April 06, 2009 6:30 p.m. | A 37-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for pickpocketing after a group of people chased and surrounded her in Wauwatosa's Village area Friday.

According to a Wauwatosa Police report:

A woman who had hung her purse over the back of her chair at La Reve Patisserie & Café about 7 p.m., got worried after she noticed a couple sitting near her table leave without ordering any food. When she checked her purse, her wallet was gone. She and her friend quickly ran after them. Several people saw the chase and joined in. The man got away, but the crowd surrounded the woman in front of Vino 100 until police arrived.

The woman said she did not know the man and was not involved in the crime, she was only running because she had been swept up in the chase for the man. Then she started hyperventilating and Wauwatosa paramedics took her to Wisconsin Heart Hospital.

She made suicidal comments to the doctors, so she was taken to Milwaukee County Mental Health complex for treatment.

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Man arrested for fourth drunken-driving offense

April 06, 2009 6:08 p.m. | A 50-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for his fourth drunken-driving offense in the 2500 block of Wauwatosa Avenue at 2:42 a.m. Friday.

However, the Milwaukee County District Attorney is looking into whether the incident is actually his fifth offense. A background search shows he may have been charged with an out-of-state violation.

According to a Wauwatosa Police report:

The man was pulled over because he was driving without his vehicle's headlights. He had no license with him and refused to submit to blood-alcohol tests.

He is being held at the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility because he is in violation of probation with the Wisconsin Department of Correction.

Woman hit with gun in attempted robbery

April 06, 2009 6:04 p.m. | A woman was hit on the head with a gun in the 7200 block of West State Street during an attempted armed robbery Thursday night.

According to a Wauwatosa Police report:

She and a friend were leaving Leff's Lucky Town just before midnight when they noticed a maroon Dodge Intrepid trying to pull between two parked cars, even though there was not enough space.

The woman opened her car and was clearing off the passenger seat for a friend when she felt a hit to the side of her head. When she looked up, she saw a man pointing a gun in her face. He yelled for her to hand over her purse, but she started to scream.

He ran around to the passenger side, but her friend had already gotten in and locked the door.

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East student arrested for possessing, dealing pot

April 06, 2009 5:56 p.m. | A 15-year-old Wauwatosa boy was arrested for possession and dealing marijuana at Wauwatosa East High School, 7500 Milwaukee Ave., at 1:15 p.m. March 30.

A student said the boy had been showing off bags of marijuana during class. When questioned by principals, the boy was found to have two bags of the drug and grape and strawberry flavored cigars, which he said are used as blunts to mask the marijuana smell.

By searching the text messages on his cell phone, officers were able to determine he had actually brought three bags of marijuana and three cigars to school.

He sold one of each to a 16-year-old female student during class. She was arrested for marijuana possession, and officers found prescription pain pills in her purse.

Man has good taste in meat, lousy arrest record

April 06, 2009 5:54 p.m. | A 57-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for retail theft after he took $87 in rib eye steaks and beef tenderloins from Metcalf's Sentry Foods, 6700 W. State St., at 3:40 p.m. April 2.

He put rolls of toilet paper around the walls of the cart and put the meat facing down in the middle in attempt to conceal it. Then he went up and down the aisles, transferring the meat to his coat pockets and under his clothing as he went along.

A background check on the man showed he had 58 prior arrests, mostly for retail theft.

He was also arrested for bail jumping because he was out on bail for a Feb. 11 theft at Walgreens on State Street.

Two men sought in armed robbery of Cousins

April 06, 2009 5:48 p.m. | Two men held up employees of Cousins, 12325 W. Burleigh St., before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money Wednesday.

According to a Wauwatosa Police report:

They entered the store with black hoods over their heads and scarves covering the lower part of their faces. They quickly pointed a handgun at an employee and ordered her to open the register. They came behind the counter and started grabbing money, then fled on foot.

Employees described both suspects as black men in their late teens or early 20s. One had light skin with a medium build, was about 5 feet 4 inches tall and curly hair. The second was described as 5 feet 6 inches, medium build with dark skin.

Man robbed of jacket at gunpoint

April 06, 2009 5:36 p.m. | A 22-year-old man said he was held up at gunpoint by two men who took his coat in the 10400 block of Capitol Drive on Wednesday.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The man was waiting for a bus when a vehicle stopped quickly in front of him and two men jumped out. They confronted him and put a semi-automatic handgun in his face, then ordered him to drop his jacket. After they picked it up, the got back in the vehicle and fled.

The victim said he was not sure why they wanted the coat as it was a simple department store variety $40 jacket. His cell phone and digital music player, valued at $300, were inside the coat.

He described one of the men as black, in his mid 20s, about 6 feet tall and 175 pounds. He had a light-colored mustache and razor bumps on his face. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dirty work jeans.

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Tosa East softball games rescheduled

April 06, 2009 9:20 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East softball team has re-scheduled two games which were previously postponed.

The Red Raiders have rescheduled the April 2 game with Divine Savior Holy Angels for Friday, April 24, at DSHA at 4 p.m.

The game with Sussex Hamilton on March 31 is scheduled to be played this Wednesday at Hart Park at 4 p.m.

Tosa West reschedules two softball games

April 03, 2009 1:17 p.m. | The Wauwatosa West softball team has rescheduled two games lost to the weather this week.

The home game with St. Thomas More on April 31 was rescheduled to Monday, May 18, at home and the game at Cudahy on April 2 was re-slated for Monday, May 11, at Cudahy.

Tonight's game at Greenfield was also postponed, but not rescheduled yet.

'Johnny V' of Mo's establishments faces foreclosure suit

April 01, 2009 10:12 p.m. | Milwaukee restaurant operator John Vassallo, owner of Mo's Irish Pub and other eateries with the "Mo" name, has defaulted on loans totaling just more than $5 million, and is facing a foreclosure suit on two downtown buildings.

Chicago-based Harris Bank says Vassallo's investors group, Mostreet LLC, borrowed $2.7 million in 2005, and an identical amount in 2008. Those loans were made by Lincoln State Bank, which Harris bought last year.

Mostreet defaulted by failing to pay the balance when the second loan came due on July 25, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

As of March 19, Mostreet owed $5.1 million. Vassallo personally guaranteed the loans, according to the lawsuit, which names him as a defendant.

Vassallo, known as "Johnny V," said Wednesday that he hopes to avoid foreclosure by reaching a settlement with Harris Bank.

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Community Watch

» Business groups urge selling County Grounds land to UWM 4/29

» Get a scoop or two and help firefighting program at the same time 4/29

» Aldermen propose parameters for naming rights 4/29

» Mayor proposes plan, pricing for selling Hart Park bleacher seats 4/29

» Committee supports allowing four tax chargebacks 4/29

» Committee recommends repairing three guardrails 4/29

» Boy, man arrested for urinating on clothing at mall 4/28

» Tosa could withhold raises if performance is unsatisfactory 4/27

» Construction to begin on Mayfair Road near new Pick 'n Save site 4/26

» Law enforcement agencies launch major drunken driving crackdown Updated:  4/24

» Four dog parks to open by summer 4/23

» Committee recommends Berdan as 7th District alderwoman 4/22

» Program aims to discourage parents from providing alcohol to minors at parties 4/22

» Woodward to speak at Tosa event 4/22

» Development director proposes city-owned business accelerator 4/22

» Tosa police to join regional drunken driving task force 4/21

» Vandals hit historic Wauwatosa Cemetery 4/21

» Milwaukee Highland Games move to Tosa 4/21

» Brookfield East-Tosa East rained out 4/21

» Two arrested after marijuana found in car 4/20

» Man arrested for underage drinking after cutting head on poker table 4/20

» Mayfair Mall owner files for bankruptcy 4/16

» Proposal to cut pay for Tosa aldermen put on hold 4/15

» Wauwatosa's TeraMedica to partner with D.C. software company 4/15

» Drunken driver's car leaves trail for police 4/13

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