Wauwatosa detective sentenced for drug theft

June 24, 2014 11:10 p.m. | A Wauwatosa police detective charged with stealing prescription drugs from the department's evidence room was ordered Tuesday to spend 30 months on probation, according to state court records.

The order came after a 13-month jail sentence and 12-month term on extended supervision was stayed for Robin L. Schumacher, 39, after a plea of no contest to felony misconduct in public office, according to the records.

The plea was entered as part of a plea agreement in which charges of felony possession of narcotics and misdemeanor theft were dismissed, the records show.

In July 2013, Schumacher was caught on surveillance video in the evidence room with two plastic bags and then returning to her desk and removing items from the bags.

She was found in possession of a variety of drugs and admitted to investigators she had stolen the pills, and others, because she was addicted to painkillers, according to a criminal complaint.

Milwaukee suburbs Fourth of July 2014 celebrations

June 20, 2014 9:30 a.m. |  


  • Parade: 9 a.m. July 4, the annual parade begins at Standish Place entrance to Bayside Middle School.

City of Brookfield

  • Parade: 10 a.m. July 4. Starting at Gebhardt Rd. to Calhoun Rd. onto North Ave. The parade will be followed by an ice cream social at the Civic Plaza, 2000 North Calhoun Rd.
  • Family Fest: 6 to 9 p.m. July 4, family fun with live entertainment, inflatables and food for all to enjoy at Mitchell Park, 19900 River Rd.
  • Fireworks: 9:15 p.m. July 4 at Mitchell Park.

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Social media photos of the June 18 storms around Southeast Wisconsin

June 18, 2014 3:53 p.m. | Severe weather, from rain to hail to flooding, arrived in southeastern Wisconsin on Tuesday morning.

Residents shared their views of the storms on social media, and we compiled some of the best photos for you.

View them in the June 18 storms around Southeast Wisconsin Storify story.

Sewage backups may occur with Wauwatosa sewer at full capacity

June 18, 2014 2:13 p.m. | With the city of Wauwatosa's sanitary sewer system at full capacity and more rain in the forecast, city officials are warning residents that they may start seeing sewage backups in their basements.

In addition to moving valuable items, officials recommend several steps to mitigate basement flooding:

·Divert rainwater from your property with temporary extensions to your downspouts and sump pumps

·Clean sewer grates to allow rainwater to flow through them

·Refrain from running more water than necessary during or immediately after a storm

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Corner Bakery coming to Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa

June 11, 2014 4:06 p.m. | Corner Bakery Cafe, which has locations in Illinois as well as throughout the country, plans to open its first Wisconsin store at the Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa later this year.

The 4,000-square-foot café will be near the entrance to the shopping center at Burleigh and 114th streets. Construction will begin in the next few weeks.

"We couldn't be more thrilled that Corner Bakery Cafe has chosen The Mayfair Collection as the place to introduce its brand to the state of Wisconsin," said developer Tim Blum in a press release. "Though it took a little patience, we believe that we have found the best possible café and coffee shop for our customers and future residents to enjoy."

Gunfire leads to police chase in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa

June 11, 2014 3:30 p.m. | The sound of gunfire early Wednesday led to a chase that began in Milwaukee and ended in Wauwatosa, police said.

Milwaukee police officers patrolling the area of N. 45 and W. Center streets heard gunshots shortly after 1 a.m. and spotted a minivan driving from the direction of the sound as the officers searched for potential victims and suspects, according to a news release.

The officers tried to pull over the van, but the driver fled and officers chased the van down city streets, onto the freeway and back onto city streets, traveling into Wauwatosa.

The driver stopped near N. 106 St. and W. Wisconsin Ave. and six people, including the driver, fled on foot, police said.

Milwaukee police officers searched for the suspects with help from Wauwatosa officers and Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies. Officers with the three agencies were able to find and arrest five of the six suspects — three 17-year-old boys and two 16-year-old boys.

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Wauwatosa Catholic authorized to become International Baccalaureate World School

June 04, 2014 2:32 p.m. | Leaders of Wauwatosa Catholic School have announced they've been authorized to become an International Baccalaureate school, taking part in a worldwide program designed to teach students intercultural skills and how to live in a globalized economy.

That positions Wauwatosa Catholic to become the first Catholic elementary school in the state to achieve IB status, according to school leaders.

The school, which is the result of a 2011 merger between St. Pius X and St. Bernard schools, will take part in the IB's Primary Years Programme, geared toward students ages 3 to 12. The program in the primary school years aims to prepare children for IB programs at the high school level, where students can take rigorous tests that may be accepted as credit for universities.

"It means we're recognized worldwide for our rigorous curriculum," said Karen Scharrer-Erickson, IB coordinator at Wauwatosa Catholic and a former MPS teacher.

Schools that take part in the IB program follow state requirements in addition to using the IB curricula, which mandates that all students learn a second language.

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Waukesha YMCA plans to purchase Wauwatosa site

June 04, 2014 1:16 p.m. | With the bankruptcy of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, the affiliated West Suburban YMCA in Wauwatosa could soon change hands.

The YMCA of Central Waukesha County, based in the city of Waukesha, has a letter of intent to purchase the site, though financial details have yet to be finalized.

Looking to pay down its debt, the Milwaukee YMCA announced today it plans to sell the Wauwatosa facility, along with most of its centers outside urban Milwaukee.

The Waukesha YMCA plans to purchase the three westernmost sites now operated by the Milwaukee organization. In addition to the Wauwatosa location, which is near the county border, this includes the Tri-County YMCA in Menomonee Falls and the Southwest YMCA in Greenfield.

Chris Becker, chief executive officer of the Waukesha YMCA, said his organization has been considering the purchases over the last two weeks. Due to the sites' proximity to Waukesha County, he said he thought it would be a "natural fit."

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