Tosa Wrestlers at Summerfest on Sunday

June 30, 2012 1:26 p.m. | The Wauwatosa East/West co-op wrestling team will be competing tomorrow at Summerfest.

Tosa will be competing between noon and 5 p.m. at the ULine Sportszone area. They were one of four teams to be chosen to take part in this event.

"It was a nice honor," Tosa coach Kent Moran said.

The City Kids Wrestling Club, Pewaukee and the Chicago Beat the Streets program are the other three teams.

It's better to see a display than to set off fireworks this year

June 27, 2012 2:36 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department is urging residents to refrain from setting off fireworks, given the stretch of dry weather and numerous accidents and injuries caused every year.

Instead, anyone interested in pyrotechnics can plan to attend a public fireworks display, Assistant Fire Chief James Case suggested.

Other than sparklers less than 36 inches long, snakes and small exploding caps, it is illegal to set off fireworks. Even the permitted items present a danger, Case said. For instance, sparklers burn extremely hot and send a number of people to the emergency rooms each year.

Residents who do choose to use permitted fireworks should be extra cautious during the dry conditions. Keep a water source such as a hose or bucket on hand, Case said.

Night of partying turns sour, expensive

June 27, 2012 12:10 p.m. | A man was left with a hefty bill after he partied with a prostitute at a Wauwatosa hotel earlier this month, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also from the report:

The man had met up with a woman, who was an acquaintance of his brother, and a man she said was her brother on June 3 because they were known to have drug connections that would supply crack cocaine.

After doing drugs and drinking liquor, the man decided they needed a place to continue the party and sleep it off. He was intoxicated when they checked into Extended Stay America, 11121 W. North Ave., at 9:30 p.m. June 3. The woman signed for two rooms, which were charged to his credit card.

The next morning the man woke up feeling hung over, but the woman refused to turn in the room key until he took her and her brother shopping to pay them back for the crack.

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Man, seen asleep at the wheel, then drives into his home

June 27, 2012 10:54 a.m. | A drunken driver trying to pull into his driveway struck his Wauwatosa house Sunday morning, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also in the report:

A passerby noticed the man slumped behind the wheel in the 2100 block of North 60th Street at 2:47 a.m. Sunday.

When she circled back, she saw the vehicle drift across the center line, roll up over the curb, cross the lawn and enter a driveway at 60th and Lloyd streets. The car struck the corner of the house, stopped briefly, then pulled forward into the driveway.

When officers arrived, the man was asleep at the wheel but the engine was running and the brake lights were on. As they tried to wake him, he took his foot off the gas and the vehicle started rolling forward. Officers were able to stop the car and take the keys from the ignition.

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Hart Park ballfield finished under budget

June 27, 2012 10:50 a.m. | Improvements to the Hart Park softball diamond came in $10,000 under budget, so the money was returned to the city's coffers.

However, softball players have wondered why those dollars weren't spent to make some of the changes they had been told didn't make the initial project budget.

"It's more surprise and frustration on our part," said Scott Reidel, a softball player who has been advocating for improvements to the ballfield. "We had $40,000 to do renovations and we turned $10,000 away."

The money for the project was specifically to renovate the infield, which included replacing the drainage system, Parks and Forestry Superintendent Ken Walbrant said. When the drainage system was deemed in good condition, the money went back to the city's general fund.

Players have pitched in

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Little library trend catches on

June 27, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Heather Deaton enjoyed the book "Memoirs of a Geisha," but since it's a few years old and has been a popular book club choice, she wasn't sure if there would be a lot of interest in the novel.

She took a chance and put it in the cabinet in her front yard and quickly it disappeared.

Deaton counts among a growing number of Wauwatosa property owners - at least eight so far - getting involved in the Little Free Library movement. They build or buy a ready-made small book depository, fill it with reading materials and wait for neighbors to take or donate items.

"We encourage people to stop and look, take a book now or come back later and come back often," said Deaton of the library on her property in the 2500 block of Lefeber Avenue.

Worth the effort

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Parolee arrested after bizarre vandalism incident

June 27, 2012 9:27 a.m. | A 32-year-old man on parole for burglary was arrested for vandalism after an odd incident at a Wauwatosa business last week.

According to the police report:

The man was arrested after he spread honey across a desk, damaged a computer mouse pad and threw a Bible and religious brochures on a desk at Hall Automotive, 11011 W. North Ave., at 12:51 p.m. June 20.

A nail was driven through the literature, mouse pad and Bible to bind them together. The jar of honey was on the desk but he opened it and poured it.

He was carrying a backpack full of chicken bones.

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Ten-mall shoplifting binge ends with local arrest

June 27, 2012 8:30 a.m. | Two Milwaukee men with a car full of stolen clothing were arrested after they allegedly tried to take items a store at Mayfair on Thursday evening.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The men, ages 22 and 27, set off the theft alarm at 8:35 p.m. June 21 while entering Abercrombie & Fitch, so employees were immediately suspicious. After the men tried to take several items, with a combined value of $544, an employee stepped in their way. They threatened to beat up the employee, then threw the merchandise at him and ran to a vehicle.

The car was soon located and stopped by police in the 3100 block of North Colonial Drive. The driver jumped out and ran, but police caught up to him in a nearby alley.

They both gave aliases, but their fingerprints revealed their real identities.

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Tosa splash pad, wading pool hours extended

June 27, 2012 8:29 a.m. | High temperatures forecast for Wednesday and Thursday have led Milwaukee County Parks to extend the hours of its water recreation sites, officials announced Tuesday.

In Wauwatosa, kids and their caregivers can beat the heat at the splash pad in Madison Park, 9800 W. Glendale Ave., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or the wading pool at Jacobus Park, 6501 Hillside Lane, from 1 to 7 p.m.

You can find more ways to cool off in NOW's guide to area swimming pools and splash pads.

Madison Park vandalism gets costly

June 26, 2012 8:00 p.m. | Vandals have been causing damage at Madison Park.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The restroom doors at the golf course starters shack were kicked prior to 10:23 a.m. June 17.

The next day, a Milwaukee County Parks employee reported three skylight covers broken, several vent pipes filled with pebbles and a ceiling-mounted exit sign in the restroom building had been broken. Two other exit signs had been broken only days earlier.

The employee estimated it would cost $1,600 to repair the damage.

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