House fire causes $100,000 in damage

June 29, 2010 7:18 p.m. | Electrical problems are suspected of being the cause of a Wauwatosa house fire that resulted in about $100,000 on Monday night.

Wauwatosa Fire Department spent 30 minutes battling the blaze that broke out in the attic of a vacant two-story home at 1414 N. 121st Street, Deputy Fire Chief James Case said. Damage was contained to the attic and second floor of the house.

One firefighter was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The call came in at 6:40 p.m. and 30 firefighters responded. Local crews received assistance from five neighboring fire departments.

The house had recently been sold, but the owners had not yet moved in, Case said.

Frustrated man cited for taking shots at squirrels

June 29, 2010 6:32 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man who was sick of squirrels invading the walls of his home decided to take on the bushy-tailed rodents with a BB gun.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 30-year-old man had complained to his landlord about the animals but didn't get any response. So he went to Kmart, bought a BB gun and headed out to his backyard.

Neighbors in the 2300 block of North 63rd Street reported hearing gunshots about 8 p.m. June 22. Those sounds turned out to be the man shooting at the squirrels off power lines.

The man said he was unsure of whether he harmed or killed any of the animals, and that it hadn't occurred to him that a stray pellet could strike a person or property.

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Man who approached girl at store really was a cop

June 29, 2010 6:30 p.m. | A 6-year-old girl who became separated from her parents at a Wauwatosa store last week was approached by a man who claimed to be a cop. He showed the child a badge and said he would help her find her parents, according to Wauwatosa police.

But when her mom spotted the man and her daughter and called out for the girl, the man mumbled something about finding the girl and hurriedly walked off.

The June 22 exchange at the Target, 3900 N. 124th St., led the girl's family and Wauwatosa police to suspect the man had been posing as a police officer to lure the child.

Parents were surprised to learn the suspect is not only an officer with the Milwaukee Police Department, but is a member of the Sensitive Crimes Unit. He saw an alert about the incident sent out to area agencies and called the Wauwatosa department to let them know what happened.

When questioned about his strange behavior at the store, he said he had been frustrated that parents would let their child wander around the store unattended, so he left.

Woman who used feeding tube to drink dies at home

June 29, 2010 6:10 p.m. | A Wauwatosa woman who had used a feeding tube to drink alcohol and was arrested earlier this month for her third drunken driving offense died last week, likely of alcohol-related causes, police say.

According to police:

The 47-year-old woman was pronounced dead at her home in the 200 block of 111th Street about 7 p.m. June 22. Her father found her unresponsive in her bedroom. After pouring water over her head to get her to wake up and calling several relatives for advice, he decided to call paramedics.

She had been battling throat cancer for four years and had her voice box removed. She had a feeding tube inserted to get nourishment.

However, she told Wauwatosa police when she was arrested on June 11 that she had used the tube to ingest alcohol and she described herself an alcoholic. She was stopped after she was seen driving on the wrong side of the street and pulling into lot of a liquor store.

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Raiders edge Tosa West, 5-2, in a thriller

June 26, 2010 5:43 p.m. | Wauwatosa East nipped Wauwatosa West, 5-2, Saturday afternoon in their only regular season meeting in a well-played game on both sides.

Senior Dan Sayles of East outdueled sophomore Tyler Gross of West in a game where both defenses helped them out at times. Sayles allowed six hits and four walks and fanned five. Gross allowed nine hits, walked two (none after the first inning), hit a batter and fanned two.

The Raiders scored twice in the first inning on two-out RBI-singles by Brian Schneider and Kevin Leon. Justin Dobbe's two run single plated two more in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead.

West's Sean Akin scored from third on a wild pitch from Sayles in the fifth and then the Trojans added a run in the sixth on freshman JJ Belknapp's two-out single.

East added an insurance run when Tyler O'Brien, singled to left, stole second and went to third on a short wild pitch and then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Ben Carpenter which West's Adam Orlando ran down deep in left center field and made an excellent running catch on.

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Farina wins 200th game, New Berlin West beats Tosa West

June 25, 2010 7:15 p.m. | New Berlin West beat Wauwatosa West, 11-1, in six innings Thursday afternoon at New Berlin West in a Woodland Conference game and gave veteran coach Tom Farina his 200th career win.

The Vikings scored two runs in the first and second innings, one in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the six to end the game with the 10-run rule.

Lead-off hitter Zach Scholz scored four times, hitting a double, a triple, stealing two bases and getting hit by a pitch. Catcher Bryan Thiessenhusen drove in two runs, scored twice and had two hits, including a double. Brad Duggan got the win, pitching five shutout innings, allowing one walk, three hits and striking out one.

Tosa West freshman shortstop JJ Belknapp played an excellent defensive game and reached base with a walk and a single to center. Starting pitcher Kyle Heideman had a single and Tyler Gross ripped a double for the Trojans' three hits.

Heideman struggled with his control but still pitched a complete game for the Trojans, who only had 10 players available.

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San Camillo resident to throw out first pitch

June 25, 2010 4:24 p.m. | A resident of San Camillo Retirement Community in Wauwatosa will throw out the first pitch at the Brewers game Wednesday afternoon.

Bill Hoppenjan was selected to take the mound in celebration of Senior Day. He serves as president of the retirement community's Resident Advisory Council and is an athlete in the Wauwatosa Curling Club.

Hoppenjan will have a cheering section of 30 fellow residents and staff members dressed in red San Camillo jerseys.

No major injuries in Harley plant fire

June 25, 2010 2:24 p.m. | A fire that broke out this morning at the Harley-Davidson plant in Wauwatosa was caused by an electrical problem in a maintenance room.

There was no damage to the structure, but the Wauwatosa Fire Department was at the facility at 11800 W. Capitol Drive for more than two hours assisting with ventilation and clean up work, Deputy Fire Chief James Case said.

Paramedics evaluated five Harley employees who were experiencing difficulty breathing. One of those people was taken to a local hospital, but he has already been treated and released, Case said.

The building's fire suppression system extinguished the flames prior to the Fire Department's arrival, he said.

The plant was evacuated for a short time but business operations resumed shortly after the Fire Department arrived.

Salvation Army feeds tornado victims

June 25, 2010 2:22 p.m. | The Salvation Army served 600 meals to tornado victims and emergency personnel in Eagle on Thursday.

The organization's Wauwatosa-based divisional headquarters deployed its disaster services team to work in partnership with community groups and emergency management officials to help the residents of the 125 homes that were damaged or destroyed by tornadoes earlier in the week.

People who want to donate money to disaster relief for Eagle, can go to or call (800) 264-6412.

Fire at Harley-Davidson plant in Wauwatosa causes breathing problems

June 25, 2010 9:58 a.m. | At least two people have been taken to hospitals for treatment of breathing problems suffered during a fire at the Harley-Davidson plant in Wauwatosa, a police official said.

Wauwatosa firefighters were sent to the plant at 11800 W. Capitol Drive just before 9 a.m. after receiving a report of an electrical fire, Wauwatosa police Lt. Gerald Witkowski said.

No serious injuries have been reported, Witkowski said.

Want to win Summerfest tickets? Head over to Twitter

June 24, 2010 10:20 a.m. | It's the opening day of Summerfest, and it's also your chance to win some free Summerfest tickets.

All you need to do is follow @MyCommunityNOW on Twitter and tweet the following: "Follow @MyCommunityNOW and RT this for a chance to win a pair of #Summerfest tickets."

We will be giving away a total of five pairs of tickets in two random drawings. The first drawing will be held at noon tomorrow. The second drawing will be held at noon on Wednesday. You have to tweet the message only once to be entered in both drawings.

Winners will be contacted on Twitter and will need to pick the tickets up at our office in Waukesha.

First Tosa Tonight concert of the season canceled

June 23, 2010 5:06 p.m. | Severe storms in the weather forecast have caused Tosa Tonight to postpone tonight's concert.

Singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey will take the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Hart Park at 5 p.m. Thursday, followed by the early Americana sounds of the Wooldridge Brothers at 7 p.m.

The concert is the first of the 2010 season. Landscaping and the grass amphitheater-style seating have just been finished.

Sleeping pills may have played part in car crash

June 23, 2010 5:06 p.m. | Side effects of sleeping pills may have contributed to a Wauwatosa man's crash into a traffic sign at 70th Street and Blue Mound Road last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 50-year-old man's vehicle mounted a curb and struck and bent a school zone speed limit sign at 1:04 a.m. Wednesday. The light mounted on top of the pole shattered and wires were exposed.

The Fire Department was called to help get the man out of the car, which had severe front-end damage.

When he was freed, he told firefighters he had taken prescription sleeping pills at 9 p.m. and midnight. But because he still couldn't fall asleep, he drove to a gas station at 92nd Street and Blue Mound for doughnuts and cigarettes.

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Bridge reopens in the Village

June 23, 2010 3:46 p.m. | Café Hollander has resumed offering seating on the Harwood pedestrian bridge to its customers.

The bridge that crosses the Menomonee River and connects more than 250 parking spaces to the heart of the Wauwatosa Village has reopened after nearly two months of construction.

Initially, the bridge and the Hart's Mill Parking Lot on the opposite side of the railroad tracks were scheduled to undergo a facelift. The old, red brick pavers were removed and stamp concrete was to be installed. The construction schedule called for the area to reopen by June 5.

However, construction crews discovered the concrete panels that create the expanse were disintegrating due to water damage. They had to be removed and replaced, work that required a large crane to be brought to the site.

Even with the extra work, the opening was only delayed by about two weeks, said Kathy Ehley, Village Business Improvement District executive director.

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Tosa firefighters assist with Eagle's tornado cleanup

June 22, 2010 8:18 p.m. | As part of a Milwaukee County task force, the Wauwatosa Fire Department sent firefighters to Eagle to help with cleanup efforts related to last night's tornado.

The task force dispatched five engines, four ambulances and five chief officers at 5 a.m. to provide the command role, said Wauwatosa Deputy Chief James Case, who heads up the city's paramedic program. Meanwhile, local units got a chance to rest after a long night on duty and check on their own families and homes.

Case managed the damage assessment process, while Deputy Chief William Rice made sure adequate staffing and vehicle resources were available.

A Wauwatosa engine crew went door to door assessing damage and responding to residents' needs.

The task force was released this afternoon.

Police say plans to party took turn for worse

June 22, 2010 8:06 p.m. | A Milwaukee couple is accused of taking condoms and male performance enhancement drugs from a Wauwatosa drug store last week, then driving off in a stolen van to party.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 44-year-old man and 56-year-old woman drove to the Walgreens at Mayfair Road and North Avenue looking to buy liquor about 11 p.m. June 15. After they were informed that alcohol sales had stopped two hours earlier, the man stuffed the prophylactics and pills under his clothes and they walked out the store.

The van was stopped at 58th Street and North Avenue, and the license plate came back matching a vehicle stolen from Milwaukee.

A search of the woman's purse resulted in a bag full of equipment used to smoke crack cocaine. She said they had planned to get high and party in the van.

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Man driving on rim charged with 4th OWI

June 22, 2010 6:50 p.m. | A man whose car started on fire after he rode through Wauwatosa on three tires and a rim has been charged with drunken driving for the fourth time.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Frank Donaldson, 73, of Milwaukee told an officer he wasn't aware his rear driver-side tire was missing. But the rim was almost completely ground down and sending a shower of sparks down North Avenue when the car was pulled over in the 12200 block at 9:31 p.m. Thursday.

"The disc brake was glowing a molten red and yellow, and I observed a small flame coming from the brake caliper," the officer said.

The Fire Department doused the car's wheel well with water to put out the fire.

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Shoplifter bit employees, claimed to have HIV, report says

June 22, 2010 6:46 p.m. | Pick 'n Save employees who had a skirmish with a suspected shoplifter Sunday told police the woman bit them and then claimed she was HIV-positive.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 38-year-old homeless woman walked into the Pick 'n Save on 69th and State streets with one purse over each shoulder, and quickly filled them with about a dozen steaks. As a manager approached the woman, she made a run for the front doors.

Store personnel tackled the woman in the lot. She grabbed one employee's chin, put her finger in his mouth and tried to break his jaw. When he broke free, she bit the employees.

She yelled, "I'm HIV positive." The employees did not know if the claim was truthful or a trick to try get them to let her go. None of the bites broke skin.

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Hoyt Park Pool groundbreaking photos now online

June 19, 2010 5:41 p.m. |  After years of planning and fundraising, a new pool at Hoyt Park moved closer to reality today during groundbreaking ceremony that took place at the park.

Hundreds of people showed up for the groundbreaking and accompanying community celebration, including Wauwatosa NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga, who created this photo gallery from the event.

Muskego, Wauwatosa East baseball photo gallery now online

June 17, 2010 6:57 a.m. | Muskego defeated host Wauwatosa East, 6-5, yesterday to stay undefeated in Greater Metro Conference baseball play at 7-0 and we've just posted a photo gallery from the game.

Muskego's Sam Hammer went 2-for-3 with a home run and 3 RBIs while Tosa East's Ben Carpenter was 2-for-3, doubled and drove in a run.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

The rain came and went...and we've got photos

June 15, 2010 7:06 p.m. |  It was over almost as soon as it started, but a brief storm that hit Wauwatosa this afternoon dumped about 1.5 inches of rain on the city in about an hour, the National Weather Service says.

NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga was at Hart Park shortly after the storm and created this photo gallery of the minor flooding he saw there.

Man accused of stealing from homeowner who let him sleep on couch

June 15, 2010 1:20 p.m. | A homeless man has been accused of taking items valued at more than $10,000 while he was a house guest at a Wauwatosa home.

Aaron Federman, 26, was charged Thursday with felony theft. He is expected to make his initial court appearance today.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Federman and his girlfriend went out to an area bar with a man residing in the 8500 block of Stickney Avenue on May 19. Later they went back to the Wauwatosa home to hang out.

The girlfriend's father picked her up, but Federman did not have a ride to the Milwaukee motel where he had been staying.

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Deal lets wireless company put antennas on school rooftops

June 15, 2010 10:56 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday unanimously approved leases with Clear Wireless for rooftop space for antenna equipment at four schools.

The antennas will be constructed at McKinley, Washington and Wilson elementary schools and Wauwatosa East High School. The district already rents out rooftop space to other wireless companies.

Clear Wireless will receive a 12-month lease option for $1,000 at each of the four sites. If the company decides to execute the leases, Clear Wireless would agree to a 25-year-lease in five-year increments.

If that happens, the district would receive $20,000 in rent per year at each site.

Man with baseball bat robs dry cleaners back to back

June 15, 2010 10:35 a.m. | A robber wielding a baseball bat hit two Wauwatosa dry-cleaning businesses within a matter of minutes Friday evening.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A man said he was picking up clothes at Martinizing Dry Cleaning, 6737 Milwaukee Ave., at 6:39 p.m., but a search in the computer showed no orders in his name. When the clerk told him that, he walked around the counter and showed a wooden bat. He said, "This is a robbery. Give me all your money or I'll smack you with this bat."

He fled with the money before officers arrived.

As police started their investigation of that robbery, they received a call that Master Dry Cleaners, 6326 W. Blue Mound Road, had been hit.

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Man addicted to pain medication leads cops on high-speed chase

June 15, 2010 10:33 a.m. | A 24-year-old West Allis man high on pain medication led Wauwatosa police on a chase before he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of drugs Friday afternoon.

According to police:

Officers noticed a speeding vehicle at Blue Mound Road and Ravenswood Circle about 1:30 p.m. The driversaid he was in hurry to pick up his girlfriend, but his eyes were bloodshot and his hands were shaky violently.

A prescription pill bottle was found so officers asked him to get out of the vehicle. During a body search, he started to resist and spun around. After several warnings, a stun gun was used, but only one of the darts struck him. The man fell, but managed to get in the car and drive off.

A chase ensued with the man driving about 80 mph. The pursuit stopped as he got onto Interstate 94 near Miller Park Stadium.

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Man arrested for drunken driving after car gets stuck on railroad tracks

June 15, 2010 10:33 a.m. | A Wauwatosa man was picked up for drunken driving after his station wagon got stuck on the railroad tracks in the Village on Saturday night.

This morning, Scott James Reed, 46, was charged with his fourth drunken driving offense, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine and up to a year in prison if he's convicted. He sits in Milwaukee County Jail awaiting his bail hearing scheduled for Friday.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Reed's vehicle was facing eastbound on the tracks about 30 feet from the intersection at 70th and State streets at 9:46 p.m. As he stood next to the station wagon, officers noticed Reed smelled of alcohol and had trouble standing up.

He said he made a wrong turn and drove down the tracks. Transmission problems made it impossible for him to move the vehicle.

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Man arrested for theft - for the 53rd time

June 15, 2010 9:34 a.m. | A Milwaukee man was arrested for his 53rd theft after he police say he tried to take liquor and laundry detergent from a Wauwatosa grocery store Sunday afternoon.

Henry Williams, 52, has been charged with misdemeanor repetitive retail theft and is sitting in Milwaukee County Jail.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Williams tried to push a filled cart of out the Pick 'n Save on 69th and State streets about 2 p.m. He was stopped by security staff in the parking lot.

He said he had gotten out of jail Friday after serving three months for retail theft. He was now homeless and was looking for money so he could rent an apartment.

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Widow is scammed while trying to help others avoid fraud

June 14, 2010 9:04 p.m. | A grieving widow trying to help prevent elderly from being scammed out of their money ended up falling for a hoax that cost her $5,800.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The incident happened Wednesday morning, when the woman received a call from a man asking whether one of her checks had been fraudulently cashed.

After telling him "no," the man explained that a con artist was trying to bilk elderly people out of their money. He went on to say that he was "Lt. Cromwell" and that he worked for her bank. He asked if she would want to help him catch the thieves.

Later he called back and told her to go to her bank and withdraw $5,800, and that he would then meet her in the Mayfair Mall parking lot. He added that police would be watching the sting take place.

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Woman who drank wine from her feeding tube busted for OWI

June 14, 2010 9:04 p.m. | A Wauwatosa woman who drinks through a feeding tube was arrested for drunken driving for the third time Friday morning.

According to police:

A drunken driving task force officer noticed a car driving on the wrong side of the street at 111th Street and Blue Mound Road at 3:02 a.m. The driver pulled into the lot of Breeze Thru Wine & Spirits as if she expected it to be open. But when she saw it was closed, she drove her car over a median and back onto the road.

Officers pulled over the 47-year-old woman, who was dressed in a bathrobe and pajama pants. She could not speak because she lost her voice box to cancer and had left the device the helps her communicate at home.

Through lip reading and writing on a notepad, officers learned she had been drinking wine through a feeding tube to her stomach and she was on very strong prescription narcotics for pain.

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14-year-old takes school bus for a joy ride

June 14, 2010 7:58 p.m. | A 14-year-old boy who was suspended from school last week decided to steal a bus and take it for a joy ride to Mayfair Mall.

According to Wauwatosa police:

After having been suspended from school on June 8, the Milwaukee teen went for a walk and saw a school bus parked with its engine running near 90th Street and Capitol Drive. The driver had gotten out of the vehicle to help a special-needs student to his front door.

Wrestling with his conscience, the boy walked past the bus numerous times and debated whether to get inside. The falling rain helped him make up his mind, however, and he jumped into the driver's seat and drove away.

The first stop was his grandmother's house near 45th Street and Concordia Avenue, where he parked the vehicle for a few hours. Then he took the bus to Mayfair Mall, where he was seen driving recklessly and not obeying stop signs.

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Man found guilty of shooting Wauwatosa officer

June 14, 2010 4:03 p.m. | Prosecutors introduced ballistics evidence, cell phone records, DNA, uniquely folded currency, and even a precocious 8-year-old witness in the case of a Wauwatosa restaurant robbery, home burglary and attempted homicide of a police officer.

But it was the simple footprints in the snow that led to Michael Dengsavang and helped a jury convict him of all three crimes Monday.

Officer Abby Pavlik was shot in the abdomen as she drove up to investigate a burglary at the Normandy Village apartments the night of Dec. 13, a burglary prosecutors say was done by the same men who robbed the Happy Wok restaurant moments earlier.

Someone fired five shots from 15 or 20 feet away into the hood and driver's door of Pavlik's squad car.

"No question whoever's shooting at her at this point is trying to kill her," Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Mark Williams said in closing arguments Monday, the sixth day of trial.

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Wauwatosa East, West graduation photo gallery now online

June 14, 2010 10:48 a.m. | Members of the Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West Class of 2010 gathered this weekend for one final time to take their bows before family and friends during the schools' commencements, and we've just posted a

photo gallery

from the events.

'Worst pain I ever felt,' Tosa officer testifies in shooting trial

June 09, 2010 4:42 p.m. | A fully recovered, confident Abby Pavlik took the witness stand Wednesday to tell jurors about the worst night of her career as a Wauwatosa police officer - the night she took a bullet.

As nearly two dozen of her colleagues watched from the gallery, Pavlik, 28, calmly testified to the harrowing events, smiling most of the time, even when she had to talk about pictures of a giant scar down her abdomen.

Michael Dengsavang, 28, is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in Pavlik's shooting, as well as armed robbery and burglary, all as party to a crime, in a series of badly bungled offenses Dec. 13.

That night two men robbed the Happy Wok restaurant at 2332 N. 124th St., tied up the owners, and went to their apartment nearby where the owners' 8-year-old son was home alone. Pavlik said she was sent to the apartment complex, Normandy Village. She parked and walked toward the apartment when she saw two men in hoodies exit and walk the other way.

She returned to her squad car, planning to drive around the buildings and cut them off. But as she did, a silver sedan parked nearby started up and peeled out of the complex. Pavlik gave chase out to 124th St. but stopped when another message came over her radio.

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UPDATED: Car sends table through Starbucks' window; patron injured

June 09, 2010 2:00 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Starbucks, 1417 N. Wauwatosa Ave., is closed until 5 p.m. because a woman drove her vehicle into the front of the store, causing minor injuries to one patron and damage to the building.

About 12:30 p.m., the driver was pulling her Toyota Camry into a parking spot, but drove over top of the parking block toward the store, said Lt. Joe Schwark of the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

The car hit an outdoor table, sending it through a window and into the store.

Two patrons were sitting at the table when the car struck it. One of them sustained minor abrasions to the leg, back and hip and was taken to a Froedtert Hospital, where the person was treated and released, a Wauwatosa Police Department spokesman said.

No other details were immediately available.

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Panel pans tobacco store's request to sell liquor

June 08, 2010 11:06 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Plan Commission is recommending that Tobacco Outlet Plus be denied the opportunity to sell liquor, a 180-degree turn from how it handled a similar request from a wine shop going in right across the street.

On a 4-2 vote Monday, the panel said it opposes adding liquor to the shelves at Tobacco Outlet Plus, 11712 W. North Ave., which already sells cigarettes and beer.

"I've never understood what redeeming value Tobacco Outlet has in this neighborhood," Commissioner John Albert said.

He moved to recommend against the request on the basis that it could negatively impact the neighborhood and home values.

Last month the commission also delivered a 4-2 vote, that time in favor of Amandip Singh's request to open a wine, beer and liquor shop across the street from Tobacco Outlet Plus. The Common Council gave final approval to Singh on June 1 for the use, and the liquor license request is expected to come to the council next week for action.

Officers say underage drinker caused scene at mall

June 08, 2010 8:42 p.m. | A 20-year-old West Bend man was arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and underage drinking Saturday after attempting to damage property at Spencer's Gifts at Mayfair Mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Road.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Mall security officers contacted police at 7:20 p.m., after the man was found trying to break out a glass storefront inside Spencer's. Police removed the man from the store, and during questioning, he said he had consumed 13 bottles of vodka earlier in the day. He also told police he had been arrested for underage drinking four times previously.

The man was taken to the mall's booking room and on two occasions attempted to run away from officers. He was highly uncooperative and made a scene inside the mall. He used profane language and made some sexual comments directed at a female officer.

Because of the man's behavior, police did not photograph, fingerprint or perform a test to determine the man's blood-alcohol content at the mall booking room. He was taken to the Wauwatosa police station and later released to a relative.

Student arrested for buying, selling pot at school

June 08, 2010 8:36 p.m. | A 16-year-old Wauwatosa boy was arrested Friday for possession of 1.2 grams of marijuana at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The boy was called out of class about 2 p.m., after school administrators received an anonymous tip the boy had drugs. The boy initially denied the accusation, but two small bags of marijuana were found in his backpack.

He also had what appeared to be a drug ledger with sales goals. Among texts on the boy's cell phone were numerous messages that indicated the boy might be buying or selling marijuana on school property.

After extensive questioning, the boy confessed to police he had been buying marijuana from three students at the school and, at times, was selling some of his supply to other classmates. The boy told police he did this one to two times each week.

Trial delayed for Wauwatosa man accused of killing woman

June 08, 2010 5:12 p.m. | A homicide trial for a Wauwatosa man charged with killing his former girlfriend and then driving around with her body in his car for four days has been delayed.

Benjamin Germano, 32, had been scheduled to go on trial on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide Monday. His attorney, William Reddin, was granted a postponement until Aug. 23 after prosecutors turned over more investigative information to him.

Germano, who is in custody, is charged with strangling Sarah Rosio, on Jan. 13. The body of the 24-year-old Milwaukee woman was found in a West Allis storage unit.

Germano told friends he "snapped" after Rosio attacked him at his apartment in front of their daughter, a toddler, according to a criminal complaint.

He was arrested days later near New Castle, Colo.

Jet's Pizza eyes Burleigh Square location

June 08, 2010 4:10 p.m. | Jet's Pizza may debut in Wisconsin with a restaurant at Burleigh Square.

A month after a real estate developer declined to divulge the name of a potential tenant for the 2,000-square-foot space in the outlet building at 124th and Burleigh streets, he returned to the Wauwatosa Plan Commission with a name.

The Michigan-based pizza business has been expanding throughout the Midwest, recently opening stores in the northern Chicago suburbs.

Most of the restaurant's business is expected to come from carry-out and delivery orders. Jet's Pizza carries the typical sausage and pepperoni pies, but customers also can choose some fancier flavors like BLT, barbecue chicken and chicken Parmesan.

The crust options - poppyseed, Cajun and butter, for instance - set the eatery apart from other pizza places, according to the company's website.

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Wauwatosa college to expand due to impressive program

June 08, 2010 3:14 p.m. | Bryant & Stratton College hopes to expand its Wauwatosa facility due to its successful nursing program.

In 2004, the college signed a lease to operate out of 33,000 square feet of the building at 10950 W. Potter Road. Since then, the Wauwatosa campus added another 12,000 square feet in 2007, making the latest request its second expansion.

The 13,000-square-foot growth would remain within the existing building, but the college would occupy more than 50 percent of the space, college representatives told the Plan Commission on Monday. The only noticeable changes would be a second entrance and some windows on the building's south side.

Wauwatosa Plan Commission supported the expansion, so the proposal will go to the Community Development Committee on June 29.

Since opening the Wauwatosa campus, the school has added nursing degrees with more than 90 percent of graduates obtaining licenses and employment, said Peter Pavone, college director. The campus offers nearly 20 different programs including accounting, criminal justice and information technology.

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Family describes their ordeal with gunmen

June 08, 2010 12:30 p.m. | Second-grader Calvin Dong learned one school lesson very well.

After he couldn't reach his parents and two masked men with guns came to his house in December, the 8-year-old knew to call 911.

"I'm scared," he told a Wauwatosa emergency dispatcher.

The robbers had just left his parents bound and blindfolded at their restaurant, the Happy Wok, about a block away. His father had managed to get free and dial 911 himself, so as the robbers left the apartment, police were already arriving.

One of them, Wauwatosa Officer Abby Pavlik, was wounded when a volley of gunfire pierced her squad car.

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Two enter pleas in Happy Wok robbery

June 07, 2010 3:00 p.m. | Two of three men charged with trying to kill a Wauwatosa police officer who was investigating a December armed robbery at the Happy Wok restaurant have pleaded guilty to lesser charges as a trial was set to begin.

Michael S. Dengsavang, 28, Paul M. Phonisay, 30, and Thongsavahn Rodthong, 27, were all charged with attempted homicide, party to a crime, in the shooting of Abby Pavlik, who was ambushed in her patrol car. Pavlik, who was wearing a protective vest, was shot once in the abdomen and survived.

The men also were charged with burglary. Rodthong and Dengsavang were charged with armed robbery as well.

The trial for all three men was set to begin Monday, but Rodthong instead pleaded guilty to the armed robbery and burglary charges. Phonisay also entered guilty pleas to robbery charges. Their sentencings were set for July 23.

Jury selection was under way Monday afternoon for a trial for Dengsavang, near whom police had recovered a handgun that fired the shots into Pavlik's patrol car.

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Burleigh resurfacing to begin next week

June 07, 2010 2:34 p.m. | Resurfacing work on Burleigh Street from Knoll Terrace to Mayfair Road is expected to begin next week. The stretch of Burleigh to be overhauled is dotted with potholes, despite the fact the city did seal coating work in the area about five years ago to try to remedy the problems.

Federal stimulus dollars will be used to fund the project. The resurfacing effort was a part of Wauwatosa's five-year capital improvement project list, but was bumped up from 2011 when word came that it was eligible for federal stimulus money.

During the construction, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction.

The project should be completed by September.

Residents can drop off items on Thursdays this summer

June 07, 2010 2:14 p.m. | The Public Works Drop-Off Center is offering extended hours Thursdays throughout summer to ease the congestion that builds up on weekends and give residents more options as to when they can dispose of items.

Through Sept. 9, residents can use the Drop-Off Center, 11100 W. Walnut Road, between 4:30 and 7 p.m. The following items will be accepted: clean fill, commingled recyclables, motor oil, paper product, reusable household items for the Salvation Army, scrap metal, textiles for Goodwill, wood and yard brush, branches and leaves.

Permit holders can take away wood chips, leaf mulch and fire wood.

Permits are required to use the Drop-Off Center. A $5 one-time use permit or a $20 annual permit can be purchased at the center.

Spartan kickers advance by nipping Tosa West, 1-0, in overtime

June 05, 2010 8:28 p.m. | The top-ranked Brookfield East Spartans edged Woodland Conference co-champion Wauwatosa West, 1-0, in overtime Saturday evening to win the regional title.

East sophomore Taylor Swittel battled for a loose ball on the left side and slid and kicked it free to junior Kathy Luy. Luy then raced toward the goal from about 10 yards out and beat Tosa West goalkeeper Rachel Gerlach for the game-winning goal at the 82:53 mark.

The Spartans will now host the first game of the sectional against fifth-seeded Cedarburg, which upset fourth-seeded Arrowhead, 2-1, at East Saturday afternoon.

The Trojans defense and the goalkeeping of Gerlach, who was outstanding, kept the game scoreless in regulation, as the Spartans had several shots blocked or missed, especially in the first half when they dominated play.

East freshman goalkeeper Erin Wachowiak and the Spartans' defense were also outstanding, as the game was played in a constant downpour.

Probation given in attack on Wauwatosa cross-country runner

June 04, 2010 11:14 a.m. | Waukesha - One of the two 18-year-old Brookfield men charged in the beating of a Wauwatosa West High School student pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct Friday and was sentenced to one year of probation.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Mac Davis also ruled that Jonathan M. Bibb will have the opportunity to get the conviction expunged, if he follows the conditions of probation.

A hearing on that request is set for June 6, 2011.

The other defendant, David J. Jameson, is scheduled to enter a plea and be sentenced July 23. He is charged with disorderly conduct and battery, both misdemeanors.

The men were charged after an African-American student who was running along with three other Wauwatosa West cross-country runners was injured after being struck in Lamplighter Park in Brookfield on Oct. 21.

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State tennis photo gallery now online

June 04, 2010 7:58 a.m. | The state individual tennis tournament began yesterday at Madison's Nielsen Tennis Stadium and NOW's Peter Zuzga was there capturing the action, as seen in this photo gallery, which features more than 15 images.

The tournament continues through Saturday, with championship matches set for around 11:30 a.m. The team state tournament is Friday and Saturday, June 11-12.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Wauwatosa West, East softball photo gallery now online

June 02, 2010 12:36 p.m. | Wauwatosa West's Amy Matzen singled in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Trojans a 9-8 victory over Wauwatosa East in a first-round regional game yesterday and NOW's Peter Zuzga was there capturing all the action in this photo gallery.

With the victory, West advances to take on host and No. 1-seeded Homestead at 4:15 p.m. tomorrow.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Aldermen send tower plan back to committee for more discussion

June 02, 2010 10:38 a.m. | An outcry from District 5 residents opposed to a 100-foot freestanding communications tower for the Water Utility caused their aldermen to ask for the issue to be sent to the budget and finance committee.

While the majority of aldermen were in favor of sending it back to the committee for further deliberation on an 11-3 vote, others Tuesday night said the city needs to consider the costs and improve security.

The city would place the tower in the 64th Street neighborhood behind a water pumping station. A communications tower is needed to provide a high-speed data link for security and surveillance among the water facilities, City Hall and the Police Department. Eventually the system would include the Fire Department and Hart Park.

It must be 100 feet tall to clear tree foliage.

The utility allocated $30,000 in its 2010 budget for the tower - $20,000 for the tower and $10,000 for ancillary equipment. The utility has received a bid for just less than $20,000 for the tower.

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City honors officer shot in robbery investigation

June 02, 2010 10:14 a.m. | Officer Abby Pavlik and other Police Department personnel involved in a Dec. 13 armed robbery investigation accepted accolades from their chief, the Common Council and community Tuesday.

Police Chief Barry Weber welcomed back Pavlik, who had been shot in the stomach during the incident. She came back in April on light duty and began her patrol duties four weeks ago. She received the department's medal of honor and purple heart.

Weber also presented various awards to more than 40 other police personnel involved in the incident ranging from dispatchers to detectives.

The trial for the men involved in the incident starts Monday. Milwaukee residents Thongsavahn Rodthong, 27, Michael Dengsavang, 28, and Paul Phonisay, 30, face homicide and burglary charges. Rodthong and Dengsavang also face armed robbery charges.

They are accused of holding up Happy Wok, 2332 N. 124th St., then breaking into the restaurant's owners' nearby apartment and shooting Pavlik through the window of her squad car about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

Germantown sectional golf photos now online

June 02, 2010 8:36 a.m. | State-meet berths were on the line yesterday at Blackstone Creek Golf Course in Germantown and we've just posted a photo gallery from the competition.

Marquette (301) and Germantown (316) finished first and second to earn team berths at next week's state meet at University Ridge, just outside of Madison.

Marquette's David Christian fired a 74, the low round of the day. See complete results.

Go to NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photo gallery.

Walk-off hit gives Trojans, 9-8 win over Tosa East in regional opener

June 01, 2010 6:22 p.m. | Amy Matzen's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh gave Wauwatosa West a thrilling 9-8 win over Wauwatosa East at Whitman Field Tuesday night in the WIAA Regional opener.

With the scored tied at 8-8, Michele O'Rourke, the winning pitcher, was safe on the third baseman's error. Tosa East's Ann Michna then fanned the next hitter, but Cara Gaines singled to center moving pinch-runner Martha Schuster to second.

Matzen, a righthanded batter, then hit a ground ball down the first base line and into rightfield. Schuster was waved home and beat the throw to the plate.

Michna's RBI single gave East a 1-0 lead in the first, but West answered on a two-run homer by Sam Himmelspach to right center and Alison Coppersmith later scored on an error by the left fielder.

East tied the game at 3-3 in the second on RBI singles by Sarah Nilsen and Carley Murphy. The Red Raiders then added three runs for a 6-3 lead in the third on a two-run single by Brittany Gottschalk and an RBI single by Nilsen.

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Tosa police officer shot on duty to be honored tonight

June 01, 2010 1:00 p.m. | Wauwatosa - Abby Pavlik, the first Wauwatosa police officer to be shot on duty in 21 years, will be honored tonight by the Common Council.

Pavlik was wearing a protective vest Dec. 13 but was struck in the abdomen by a bullet while she was in her squad car.

Police said she was ambushed after she pursued suspects in the armed robbery of the Happy Wok restaurant earlier that evening.

Three men are charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the case.

Paul Phonisay, Thongsavahn Rodthong and Michael S. Dengsavang are scheduled to go on trial June 7 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

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