WIAA semifinal games postponed until Friday

July 30, 2009 2:11 p.m. | After delaying the start time for games twice, WIAA officials have decided to postpone the baseball semifinal games until tomorrow due to poor field conditions after hours of rain in Stevens Point overnight Thursday and all day today.

The first semifinal between Franklin and Marquette will be held at 11 a.m. The second game featuring Arrowhead and Muskego will be at 2 p.m., with the championship game at 6 p.m.

Follow all the action at our live blog tomorrow. 


Business accelerator plan is dead, mayor says

July 29, 2009 10:42 a.m. | An idea to build a business accelerator at the Burleigh Triangle has been shot down by the property owner, Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier told a small group of residents today at a town hall meeting.

"It's a dead issue on that particular piece of property," she said.

The Burleigh Triangle -70 acres bordered by Burleigh Street, U.S. Highway 45 and Currie Park - likely ranks as the area most in need of redevelopment within Wauwatosa.

In April, Community Development Director Nancy Welch brought forward a proposal to apply for a grant for such a project. The site would provide the resources, technology and operating space to nurture businesses that have graduated beyond a business incubator but aren't ready to go it alone.

City officials still hope to find another home for an accelerator within the city, so the fledgling businesses that leave the incubator on the County Grounds will stay in Wauwatosa.

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School Board meeting location to change

July 28, 2009 4:59 p.m. | School Board members Aug. 24 will take up residence in a new board room located on the lower level of the Fischer Building, 12121 W. North Ave.

Board meetings during 2009-10 will begin at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The board meets only once in December, April and July.

With the move to the new meeting location, the School Board will end its past practice of holding meetings at various district schools.

The next School Board meeting will be held at Wauwatosa East High School, 7500 Milwaukee Ave., at 7 p.m. Aug. 24.

School Board will move meeting location

July 28, 2009 4:58 p.m. | School Board members Aug. 24 will take up residence in a new board room located on the lower level of the Fischer Building, 12121 W. North Ave.

Board meetings during 2009-10 will begin at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The board meets only once in December, April and July.

With the move to the new meeting location, the School Board will end its past practice of holding meetings at various district schools.

The next School Board meeting will be held at Wauwatosa East High School, 7500 Milwaukee Ave., at 7 p.m. Aug. 24.

Board expects 1,171 Open Enrollment students

July 28, 2009 4:20 p.m. | A total of 1,171 students are projected to attend Wauwatosa schools in 2009-10 through Open Enrollment.

Based on funding levels from the 2008-09 school year, these students will bring in an estimated $7.3 million.

Open Enrollment students make up about 17 percent of Wauwatosa's 6,800 student body. In addition, about 300 nonresident students attend the district through Chapter 220.

Of those 1,171 students, 730 attended the district through Open Enrollment during 2008-09. Seventy-nine are students who last year attended the district on a tuition waiver and will continue by way of Open Enrollment.

On April 8, the School Board opened 113 new Open Enrollment seats, of which 99 have been filled.

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Armed robbers target dog-walkers in Pabst Park neighborhood

July 28, 2009 1:30 p.m. | Armed robbers tried to get money from two Wauwatosa residents, who were outside with their dogs in the Pabst Park neighborhood.

Laura Schleif was walking her Chihuahua at 62nd and Lloyd streets, a few blocks from her home, at 10:30 p.m. July 21. She noticed a group of six boys walking toward her, but did not give it much thought.

"I'm used to seeing kids outside walking or riding their bikes in that area at that time of night," she said. "I was busy paying attention to my dog, so I just stepped out of their way."

One of the boys put what she thought was a gun to the back of her head and said "give me everything you got." When she said she had no money, he searched her pockets but came up with nothing and left.

By the time she had walked home, Schleif was shaking and crying, but didn't immediately call police. She never saw the gun and said it felt like it may have been plastic, so she told herself "maybe it was a really bad prank" and the boys were likely long gone.

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Man arrested in sting says he found pound of pot on roadside

July 28, 2009 12:02 p.m. | A Wauwatosa Police Department sting investigation resulted in the arrest of a 29-year-Milwaukee man who allegedly had been selling drugs at a local gas station.

Reginald Davant Abbott III was charged Friday with felony drug possession with intent to deliver. He is expected to appear before the judge today for a bond hearing.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An informant arranged to purchase one pound of marijuana from Abbott in the parking lot of Encore night club in Milwaukee. When officers stopped Abbott's vehicle, they found the drugs and made an arrest. Abbott said he had found the marijuana on the side of the road.

A search of Abbott's home resulted in more than 130 more grams of marijuana, several cell phones, marijuana pipes, drug paraphernalia with cocaine residue on it and a loaded semi-automatic handgun. Jars containing cash and coins were stashed throughout the house.

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Car salesman takes car off lot and doesn't come back

July 28, 2009 10:05 a.m. | An employee of Hall Chevrolet decided to take a road trip out East, but he allegedly used one of the dealership’s vehicles without permission.

The car’s On Star system tracked the vehicle and the driver, 35-year-old John Sargent of Milwaukee, far from Wauwatosa on July 21. The car was traveling through New York, and the driver was eventually stopped the next day in Milton, Pa., where he was charged with receiving stolen property.

Sargent told the trooper he had gone to New York to visit his sister in the hospital, and that his employer did not know he had taken the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Pennsylvania State Police.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

Another salesman had sold the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and had gone out onto the lot, 11011 W. North Ave., to retrieve it July 14. But he found it was missing. A second set of keys that had been kept in a locked box was missing.

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Man accused of stealing meat, vodka from Sentry store

July 28, 2009 9:56 a.m. | A Milwaukee man accused of stealing three times from a Wauwatosa grocery store was charged Monday with retail theft and bail-jumping.

Authorities say Marvin Smith, 45, had taken several hundred dollars in meat and liquor from Metcalf's Sentry Foods, 6700 W. State St., over the past two weeks.

According to a Wauwatosa police:

Store security staff called police Thursday when Smith was seen putting bottles of vodka into plastic bags so it looked like they had already been paid for and pushed them out in a cart.

During the investigation, store staff said security tapes showed Smith, with an unknown female accomplice, took a full cart of merchandise to an awaiting van July 14. The driver, a 36-year-old Milwaukee man, was also been arrested - but the Wauwatosa NOW is not naming him because he has not yet been charged - for parole violations and being party to a crime.

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Man charged after causing ruckus on bus

July 28, 2009 9:52 a.m. | A Milwaukee man who has posed frequent problems for Milwaukee County bus drivers was charged Friday with repetitive bail-jumping and disorderly conduct.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Kevin Hobbs, 45, was kicked off a county bus at 7:17 p.m. July 21 at Wauwatosa and North avenues because he threatened the driver, made racist comments and harassed riders. He was intoxicated and told officer he was "feeling suicidal and homicidal," comments that he often makes, according to bus security staff who were familiar with Hobbs.

He was taken to the county Mental Health Complex, but was cleared and sent to the Criminal Justice Facility.

Hobbs had a long record of disorderly conduct arrests and was out on bail for an incident that occurred earlier his month. He was violating his bail, which stipulated he must maintain absolute sobriety.

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Man charged in two bank robberies

July 28, 2009 9:48 a.m. | A 34-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of robbing North Shore Bank branches in Wauwatosa and Milwaukee to get money to pay off a drug debt.

Joseph Martinez has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, and he is being held at the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility until his preliminary hearing set for Aug. 5.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Martinez entered the bank at 87th Street and North Avenue at 9 a.m. July 21, with one hand in his pocket. He approached a teller and without saying a word, passed her a note that read, "I have a gun, give me $2,000."

He walked out of the bank with cash and got into a waiting vehicle.

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Economic development to be debated by council tonight

July 28, 2009 9:42 a.m. | Putting together an economic development advisory committee may seem like a mundane activity, but for Wauwatosa the process has grown contentious.

Supporters of forming such a committee it say would allow the city to tap into the business acumen of its residents, while opponents voiced concern that more action is needed during the committee's last meeting. A proposed ordinance to create an advisory group received support with a 6-2 vote.

The ordinance would charge the committee of local business people with assisting the mayor and council in facilitating the development of a healthy, diversified economy that will generate and sustain opportunities for development. The committee would evaluate economic condition and recommend appropriate policies, programs and projects in response.

Creating new ordinances require two rounds of discussion before they can be approved. The Common Council's Community Development Committee will continue to debate the issue Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Alderman Robert Dennik voiced support for creating the committee, saying the time is right.

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Tosa student's screenplay will be a movie

July 25, 2009 2:31 p.m. | A screenplay written by a student at Wauwatosa West High School is being turned into a short film that will air later this year as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival.

"Ward Three," a screenplay written by Tosa West student Natalie Mullins, was chosen from among 50 entries to Milwaukee Film's Collaborative Cinema program, which invites entries from high school students each fall.

For more on this, check out the Journal Sentinel's "School Zone" blog.

Red Cross asks businesses to hold blood drives

July 25, 2009 9:42 a.m. | The regional chapter of the Red Cross is making a plea to businesses and organizations to hold blood drives this summer to make up for cancellations due to economic factors.

The Red Cross relies on blood drives for nearly 80 percent of its blood supply.

So far this summer, 33 companies have cancelled blood drives due to layoffs other factors during the recession. Another 52 organizations have reduced their donations goals, which has resulted in 1,725 fewer scheduled donations. This decrease just adds to the difficulty in collecting blood during the summer because of vacations and other activities.

While the supply has decreased, the need for blood remains constant, so the Red Cross is asking businesses and organizations to organize blood drives. All blood types needed, especially type O negative, B negative and A negative.

To organize a blood drive, call (800) 448-3543 or visit givebloodgivelife.org.

Divided council rejects voter ID referendum

July 22, 2009 10:02 a.m. | Residents who want to see an advisory referendum on requiring state-issued ID for voters appear on the ballot will have to bring back a petition to that effect, the Common Council decided Tuesday night.

After a 7-7 vote that was broken by Mayor Jill Didier, the council decided not to take any action on the issue. Instead, they're leaving it to their constituents to determine if they feel strongly enough about the issue to initiate a referendum.

Tuesday's action comes one week after a council committee directed the city attorney to draft a referendum question that would have appeared on the ballot next year. The non-binding referendum would have asked whether Wisconsin should require all voters to show a state-issued ID before they cast their ballots.

But those who shot down the idea said such an initiative should come directly from the residents - not city officials.

"If the people want it, they need to go out and do the petition," Didier said, adding that elected officials have more pressing and pertinent tasks to tackle.

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Vandals hit historic cemetery

July 22, 2009 5:39 a.m. | Vandals have disturbed the final resting place of the people buried at historic Wauwatosa Cemetery, pushing over at least six large gravestones and a granite bench top.

Donald Joers, a former cemetery employee who has several family members buried there, regularly walks or drives through the property to make sure there are no problems. But last week he saw the upended headstones and knew vandals had struck.

"You can’t expect the police to sit there and watch 24/7," he said. "It's too bad some people don’t have the maturity to understand. It’s disrespectful for the people buried there and the people who come visit their loved ones."

In addition to the headstones being overturned the night of July 15, an American flag that had been donated a few weeks prior by Wauwatosa VFW Post 1465 was stolen from the cemetery flagpole and a granite ball estimated to weigh one ton was knocked off a historic monument.

People have been buried at the cemetery since the mid-1800s, and all of the graves are at least 50 years old,

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Former Tosa teacher charged with child enticement

July 21, 2009 1:50 p.m. | A former Wauwatosa teacher was charged Tuesday with child enticement after a teenage babysitter told police that the man indecently touched her while his wife and a son were out of the house.

Todd R. Paaske, a band teacher at Underwood Elementary School, told police that he touched the babysitter inappropriately, according to a criminal complaint. Paaske told investigators he might have shown a topless picture to another teenage girl he worked with at an ice rink, according to the complaint.

Paaske, 32, has been charged with child enticement, exposing a child to harmful material and exposing a child to harmful descriptions. A search warrant describing a search of Paaske's house last week said the investigation started when Paaske's wife found computer screen shots that showed sexually explicit chats with two teenage girls.

Paaske was under a one-year contract with the Wauwatosa School District that expired at the end of the school year, a spokesman said.

Golf cart taken for joyrides at two golf courses

July 21, 2009 1:48 p.m. | Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in two golf cart joyrides at county parks. The incidents caused minor property damage.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

Police received a call reporting that three golf carts were missing from their parking stalls at Currie Park Golf Course, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, at 3:30 a.m. July 14. They were found abandoned in a wooded area near the ninth hole. Tire marks were left on the course, and flags were damaged on two greens.

Three nights later, police received a report of three missing golf carts, this time at Hansen Golf Course, 9800 Underwood Parkway. A security cable that was hooked to the carts had been cut. A hacksaw was left on the ground.

The carts were found on the gravel road that connects to Hoyt Park.

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Friends of Hart Park to sell benches, picnic tables

July 21, 2009 1:26 p.m. | The Friends of Hart Park Foundation got the OK today to sell benches and picnic tables for use in Hart Park.

The Parks Board approved allowing 4- and 6-foot long benches and picnic tables made of recycled plastic to be placed throughout the park. Similar to the Buy-a-Bleacher project taking place for the park's new football stadium, donors will contribute the money to buy the seating fixtures and in return will receive an engraved memorial plaque.

As the money comes in, the Friends will purchase benches from Deerfield-based Allen Ventures. Eventually, the group would like to see the seating dotting the park - along the walking trails and in front of the senior center to the future picnic and playground area and a formal garden where engagement and wedding photos could be taken.

The shorter bench costs $368, the longer one is $440, and picnic tables cost $549.

To contact the Friends, visit ihartpark.com.

Vukmir named Legislator of Year

July 21, 2009 11:56 a.m. | State Rep. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, was honored Friday by her peers as Legislator of the Year at the 36th annual American Legislative Exchange Council meeting in Atlanta.

The award goes to council members who have distinguished themselves by advancing, introducing and/or enacting policies based on the fundamental Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, according to a news release issued today by the council.

Vukmir has served the 14th Assembly District since 2002, and she sits on the Health and Health Care Reform Committee, on which she worked in 2007 to stop a government-run health care proposal in Wisconsin.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is a national, nonpartisan organization of state legislators.

Burglars take 100 bottles of booze from liquor store

July 21, 2009 9:12 a.m. | Wauwatosa police are looking for clues in connection with a burglary at a Mayfair Road liquor store in which more than 100 bottles of liquor - valued at more than $5,000 - were taken.

The break-in took place last week at the Mayfair Liquor Mart, 3122 N. Mayfair Road, police said.

Police believe more than one burglar must have been involved due to the large amount of merchandise removed: 30 bottles of champagne, 32 of cognac, 28 of vodka, three of tequila, three of whiskey, seven of gin and six of various liqueurs, and three cartons of cigarettes.

The rear door of the building was broken prior to 12:50 a.m. Wednesday and a hammer was found behind the service counter, police said.

Farmers market to freshen up city in 2010

July 20, 2009 8:28 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents will be able to shop for fresh produce, locally made items and crafts by area artisans in 2010, thanks to a group of residents who have spent the past several months working to bring a farmers market to the city.

Organizers had hoped to get a weekly market up and running this summer, but found few vendors available on short notice. However, residents will get a taste this year of the regionally grown foods to come with a harvest festival Sept. 26.

The market will operate from the municipal parking lot behind The Little Red Store, 7720 Harwood Ave.

Tosa ex-teacher may face charges

July 17, 2009 11:44 a.m. | Police arrested a former Wauwatosa teacher on potential charges of child enticement after, according to an affidavit for a search warrant, his wife found computer screen shots that showed sexually explicit chats with two teenage girls, including a family baby sitter.

The baby sitter later told investigators the man had indecently touched her while his wife and a son were out of the house, trapping her against a wall in the kitchen, according to the affidavit.

The warrant was to seek evidence including computer records.

The man was a part-time employee at Underwood Elementary School and on a one-year contract that ended at the end of the school year, a Wauwatosa School District spokesman said.

According to the affidavit:

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New Berlin Eisenhower, Wauwatosa East baseball photos now online

July 17, 2009 11:11 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from yesterday's New Berlin Eisenhower vs. Wauwatosa East baseball game. Eisenhower scored three runs in each of the first three innings on the way to an 11-0 victory.

Harley plans to cut another 1,000 jobs

July 16, 2009 11:21 a.m. | Easing off the throttle and cutting 1,000 more jobs, Harley-Davidson Inc. has hit a rough patch of road.

The world's largest manufacturer of heavyweight motorcycles on Thursday also said it was shutting down production for 14 weeks later this year at plants in Wauwatosa and Kansas City, Mo. The company also is suspending production between five and 14 weeks at other plants, including Menomonee Falls, Tomahawk, and York, Pa.

Nearly half of the 1,000 job reductions announced Thursday will be in Wisconsin, including 300 hourly production jobs and 180 salaried positions, mostly at the Milwaukee headquarters and product development center. Worldwide, the company has 9,200 employees.

Harley-Davidson is slashing its payroll and slowing production to address the current difficulties of selling motorcycles that can cost up to $35,000.

Even many die-hard Harley loyalists, caught by the severity of the recession, aren't buying new bikes.

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Storage business gets Plan Commission approval

July 16, 2009 9:14 a.m. | A self-storage facility may soon be coming to North 124th Street.

Edwin Reitan of Reitan Architects requested a conditional-use permit to operate in an existing industrial building and four outbuildings at 4480 N. 124th St.

The Plan Commission recommended approval with a vote of 6-1 Monday night. The Community Development Committee also voted in unanimous support Tuesday night.

Commissioner John Albert was the lone vote in opposition, voicing concern about security issues. The business would be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but storage unit renters would have access to the facility using keyless entering from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Other commissioners said they see a need for a business of this type in the city and they believe the idea that storage facilities are targets for crime is a fallacy.

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Mayor will address city's budget situation at town hall meeting

July 15, 2009 3:38 p.m. | Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier will talk about the city's 2010 budget outlook during a town hall meeting July 29.

The public can attend the 7:30 a.m. meeting at Flat Top Grill, 2751 N. Mayfair Road, which will focus on the upcoming budget discussions. There will also be time for questions on any other community issues or areas of concern.

In an effort to make the meetings accessible to all residents, the times and locations of the town hall meetings vary. This is the second informal meeting the mayor has led this year. The first meeting was held in the evening at Hart Park.

Tosa tobacco shop wants to sell beer

July 14, 2009 3:04 p.m. | The management of a Wauwatosa tobacco store wants to start selling beer and malt beverages, saying it is the only one of their Wisconsin shops that does not have that privilege.

Tobacco Outlet Plus, 11712 W. North Ave., is moving to a larger storefront within the same building, space that would provide ample room to see alcoholic beverages, company executives told the Plan Commission Monday night.

The retailer made a similar request 10 years ago, but the city denied the conditional-use permit due to numerous concerns expressed by neighbors.

This time the Community Development Department has not received any calls on the topic, Director Nancy Welch said.

Company representatives said the Wauwatosa store remains the last of its 17 locations not to permit beer sales.

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Decline in state aid could mean higher school taxes

July 14, 2009 2:24 p.m. | A $2.29 million drop in state aid to the Wauwatosa School District could mean a higher-than-expected property tax hike for residents, an official said.

Wauwatosa's state aid for 2009-10 is expected to drop to $18.43 million from this year's $20.72 million, an 11.1 percent decrease, according to the state Department of Public Instruction.

John Mack, district director of business services, said seesaw-like revenue formulas stipulate that property taxes rise to make up for lost aid.

Mack said he didn't have specifics about how the aid decline will affect district taxpayers, but said he's "quite confident" the district's aid reduction will be less than 11 percent.

During a June budget presentation, Mack said he expected property tax rates to increase between 5 and 8 percent. Earlier this week, Mack said the 8.6 percent increase he included in the June budget draft is more likely, but still not definite.

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Safety improvements planned for railroad crossing

July 14, 2009 1:36 p.m. | The Soo Line Railroad will make safety improvements to the Wauwatosa crossing that has seen nine train-vehicle accidents since 1973.

The intersection at 68th and State streets will be reconstructed with wider lanes, more space between the tracks and sidewalks and a right-turn lane to improve traffic flow and reduce the likelihood that a vehicle would get trapped on the tracks, according to the Wisconsin Commissioner of Railroads Office.

The project also calls for adding signals that will give earlier warnings of approaching trains and gates with lowering arms to prevent vehicles from entering the crossing. Brighter lights will also be added.

Wauwatosa expects to see about a dozen more trains come through per day at a higher rate of speed due to proposed high-speed passenger trains.

Soo Line will pay 80 percent of the reconstruction cost and Wauwatosa will pick up 20 percent.

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Magic markers: Potter vandals target Tosa stop signs

July 14, 2009 12:50 p.m. | Harry Potter fans may call it a unique movie advertising campaign, but the Wauwatosa Police Department calls it vandalism.

The word "Voldemort" has been written in permanent marker on 50 to 75 stop signs throughout the city, Patrol Specialist Paul Leist said. Take a step back and look at the entire sign, and the message becomes "Stop Voldemort," a nod to the villain in the novels and movies that have millions of fans worldwide.

The latest film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," premieres in cinemas at midnight.

While the marked signs might put a smile on a Muggle's face, police officers and public works staff are getting tired of cleaning off the ink. In fact, cleaning chemicals have damaged some stop signs' finish, which will mean they will need to be replaced at a cost of $80 each, Leist said.

"Is it the crime of the century? No," Leist said. "But the problem is it's starting to add up."

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Report on Waukesha use of Underwood Creek due soon

July 14, 2009 12:10 p.m. | Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said today he expects a report on how the city's returning treated Lake Michigan water to the lake through Underwood Creek in Wauwatosa would be completed next week. Read more in Waukesha FYI.

Plans for three new businesses move forward

July 14, 2009 11:50 a.m. | Several entrepreneurs received support for their business proposals from Wauwatosa's Plan Commission Monday night.

• Erica Vinson plans to open a massage therapy studio in an office building at 10514 W. Blue Mound Road. She would take appointments by referral only.

• Valerie Kufrin wants to open a dance and fitness studio that specializes in Zumba at 8816 W. North Ave.

• Edwin Reitan of Reitan Architects provided plans for a self-storage facility at 4480 N. 124th St.

The commission recommended approval for each of the applicants' conditional-use permit requests. The requests tonight will go before the Community Development Committee for consideration.

Report of shooting at gas station called a 'hoax'

July 14, 2009 11:00 a.m. | Brookfield police said a reported shooting at an out-of-business gas station on the city’s east side this morning appears to be a hoax.

Police responded to the gas station at 3075 N. 124th St. at 9:35 a.m. after a caller reported that a suspect had shot a worker and was holding a gun to the caller’s head. Officers entered the building but did not find anyone inside.

A press release from Brookfield Police Capt. Phil Horter said the incident remains under investigation but "appears to be a hoax."

The Butler Police Department, the Wauwatosa Police Department, and the Milwaukee and Waukesha County sheriff’s departments assisted the city on the call.

Traffic near 124th Street and Burleigh Road was shut down for approximately 45 minutes.

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Drunken baseball fan loses $8,700 after debit card is stolen

July 14, 2009 8:42 a.m. | An Illinois man who was in Milwaukee for the weekend series between the Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers found the trip cost him a lot more money than he thought - about $8,700 more.

After the Friday game, the man and his brother patronized several downtown Milwaukee bars and met three women whom they invited back to the Days Inn, 11811 W. Blue Mound Road.

Along the way, they stopped at an automated-teller machine. Because he was intoxicated, one of the ladies helped him punch in his account information.

Once they got to the hotel, one of the women started kissing the man. But she stopped abruptly and told her friends it was time to leave.

The next morning, when he sobered up, the man realized his debit card was missing from his pants pocket. A call to his bank revealed that $8,700 had been taken from his checking and savings accounts and spent at Milwaukee area Wal-Mart and Walgreens stores between 2:30 and 6:45 a.m.

Banned from Mayfair, man just can't stay away

July 13, 2009 6:22 p.m. | An 18-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested twice within a week for shoplifting from Macy's and trespassing at Mayfair Mall

According to Wauwatosa police:

On July 7, the man was seen pulling on car door handles throughout the parking lot. Then he was seen entering a vehicle, which officers searched and found $330 in stolen merchandise from Macy's. They also arrested two of his friends - 18 and 19 year-old Milwaukee men - for retail theft inside the mall.

Officers also found a bag of fine white powder that to the man's luck turned out to be Parmesan cheese. He told officers he found it on the floor in the mall and thought he had stumbled upon free drugs.

A background check showed the man had been banned from entering the mall until 2011 because of a disorderly conduct incident, so he was cited for trespassing.

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Man robbed after a night of bar-hopping

July 13, 2009 6:20 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning on Honey Creek Parkway at 68th Street.

According to Wauwatosa police:

He had taken a cab to his girlfriend's house in after a night out bar-hopping. When she did not answer the door, he decided to walk home.

He noticed that a car had stopped and saw the driver jump out. The driver ran over to him with a gun in his hand and demanded money. When the victim said he did not have any cash, the driver took his wallet, cell phone and keys, valued at $220. The suspect then he returned to his car and drove away.

The man went back to his girlfriend's house because he did not have a phone or keys to get in his house. He took officers to the spot of the robbery and found the keys had been dropped nearby.

Company exec chases, tackles would-be thief

July 13, 2009 6:00 p.m. | Company presidents typically work hard to protect their business interests.

But for James Kloth, the president of Kloth Tax Advisory Group, that meant tackling a thief who was trying to get away with company property.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Kloth walked out to the reception area in the building at 3077 N. Mayfair Road to see if an afternoon appointment had arrived July 7.

Instead, he found a man carrying a duffle bag looking around the room. The man said he had been looking for a job fair and asked Kloth if he could use a phone to call for the correct location. Kloth grew suspicious when he heard the man talking to an automated message.

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Man charged with fifth OWI offense

July 13, 2009 4:56 p.m. | A 48-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged his fifth drunken driving offense and two felony counts of bail-jumping.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Gregory Trice was pulled over after an officer determined he was driving 24 mph over the speed limit in the 10200 block of West Capitol Drive at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday.

His blood-alcohol content was 0.14.

He was found to have a warrant with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department for driving after his license had been revoked, and was awaiting court action on charges of drug paraphernalia possession and resisting an officer.

Former Tosa East teacher gets probation, 15 days in jail on drug charges

July 13, 2009 4:06 p.m. | Waukesha — A former Wauwatosa East High School teacher on Monday was placed on two years of probation and ordered to serve 15 days in the Waukesha County Jail on marijuana charges.Roger K. Payne, 47, had pleaded guilty earlier in Waukesha County Circuit Court to marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession and obstructing an officer at his City of Pewaukee home.

Payne also was ordered to pay $264 in penalties and court costs. His driver's license was revoked.

Police arrested Payne in his condominium in December after he reported the theft of $1,500 to police.

The suspect named by Payne admitted that he took a quarter-pound of marijuana, not cash, according to a criminal complaint.

The suspect told police that Payne would regularly host parties for underage people, including former students, according to a police report. He told police that party-goers would regularly smoke marijuana or use mushrooms and cocaine at Payne's residence, the report says.

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Groundbreaking for fire station is Tuesday

July 13, 2009 3:16 p.m. | Wauwatosa officials will break ground on a replacement Fire Station No. 1 at 11 a.m. Tuesday and will open a time capsule buried in 1942, when the Fire Department moved into its existing building.

To mark the occasion, the Fire Department Honor Guard will perform a flag ceremony and local officials will speak. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will follow.

No parking spaces will available on the fire station site. Visitors can check for parking at the city lots at Blanchard Street, or the Little Red Store, 7720 Harwood Ave.

The new station will go up at 1463 Underwood Ave., just north of the existing station. Voters approved construction of the facility in an April 2008 referendum. The new 29,500-square-foot, two-story station will offer more space for apparatus storage and maintenance and training activities, modern mechanical systems and sustainable design features.

Longfellow Middle School honor rolls now online

July 13, 2009 11:39 a.m. | We've just posted the latest honor roll lists for Longfellow Middle School. Not only will you find the complete list of outstanding area students, when you click on a student's name, you'll see a printable honor roll certificate.

WauwatosaNOW and Marquette University, which sponsors the honor rolls, would like to congratulate the local students for their outstanding achievements. We also welcome honor rolls for local elementary and middle schools - both public and private. If you don't see your child's school on this list, ask your school to e-mail its honor roll to honors@mycommunitynow.com.

District hires West associate principal

July 13, 2009 11:14 a.m. | Lena Crawford will replace Jason Zurawik as associate principal at Wauwatosa West High School pending School Board approval tonight.

Crawford holds a master's degree in educational leadership, and has served as a teacher and assistant principal in Milwaukee.

Crawford will receive an annual salary of $77,397 under a two-year contract expiring June 30, 2011.

Zurawik left West for an associate principal position at Wauwatosa East High School.

Menononee Falls, Wauwatosa East baseball photos now online

July 10, 2009 9:47 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Menomonee Falls' 18-5 victory over Wauwatosa East yesterday. The victory improved the Indians to 24-7 overall and 11-6 in the Greater Metro Conference.

Bail is set in Waukesha County heroin case

July 09, 2009 3:12 p.m. | Waukesha — The third person in Waukesha County charged after a multi-county federal, state and local investigation into heroin overdoses made his first court appearance Thursday.

Bail was set at $50,000 Thursday for Jason M. Lund, 24, of Wauwatosa, who is being held in the Waukesha County Jail. He faces charges of party to the crime along with Candice J. Haid, 21, of Waukesha in the heroin overdose death of David Knuth, 25, of Pewaukee. Knuth overdosed July 3, 2008, and died two days later at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, according to a criminal complaint.

Haid pleaded no contest and was convicted earlier this month. Her sentencing is Sept. 14.

Lund also is charged in the heroin overdose death of Andrew M. Goetzke, 19, of the Village of Pewaukee, according to the criminal complaint. Goetzke died June 6, 2008.

Twenty-seven people from Milwaukee, Chicago and Waukesha County were arrested last year as the result of an investigation called Operation Lake Effect by federal, state and local authorities that began in early 2007.

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Whitefish Bay man sentenced to 7 years in overdose death

July 08, 2009 2:40 p.m. | A 28-year-old Whitefish Bay man who supplied a lethal dose of heroin to a woman who overdosed in 2006 has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Timothy J. Manikowski was also sentenced Tuesday to an additional five years in prison on two unrelated counts of being party to the crime of manufacturing and delivering heroin, according to court records.

Brenda M. Schneeberg, 24, was found dead in her Wauwatosa apartment Nov. 4, 2006. She had overdosed on a mixture of heroin and Fentanyl, an opiate derivative 80 times more powerful than morphine.

Council approves naming ordinance

July 08, 2009 10:44 a.m. | The rights to name pieces of city property can now be purchased under a resolution approved Tuesday night by the Common Council.

After months of debate, aldermen agreed they should have oversight only when naming rights sales are valued at greater than $10,000.

The ordinance states that "any building, facility, grounds, field, park, stadium, court" can be named. Improvements to city property and city programs can also be named. Streets cannot be named.

Under the ordinance, city staff members would conduct market research to determine appropriate pricing after an offer is made to name a piece of city property. The Public Works Department would handle any sales with a value less than $10,000, whereas approvals for naming rights with a value of $10,000 and more would require a majority vote of the council.

Though a $5,000 limit was passed by committee, Alderman Thomas Herzog proposed an ordinance with a $10,000 limit. Herzog said the higher threshold will keep the council from getting bogged down with naming requests.

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City voices opinion about interchange

July 08, 2009 6:30 a.m. | City officials Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution stating their preferences for a pending revamp of the Zoo Interchange.

The resolution outlines five items the Common Council wants considered by state Department of Transportation officials heading the design of the interchange:

• greater highway access to the Regional Medical Center;

• a bridge connecting the Regional Medical Center with the Milwaukee County Research Park;

• a full double-loop interchange at North Avenue;

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Lancers nip Marquette; Tosa East upsets Spartans in eight innings

July 07, 2009 8:27 p.m. | Upstart Wauwatosa East took some of the shine off the battle for first place in the Greater Metro Conference Tuesday night by beating Brookfield East, 6-5, in eight innings while Brookfield Central held off Marquette, 3-1.

The Lancers (13-3) will travel to Brookfield East (12-5) on Thursday and then the Spartans will head to McCoy Field on Friday for a big two-game series.

Central did it's part Tuesday night by beating Marquette, 3-1, as Ryan Hinz came on with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh and got a strikeout and a grounder back to the mound to end the game.

Ricky Leachy tripled and scored on Pete Ostergaard's RBI-single in the first inning. Matt Upson singled and Tim Peterson doubled in the two-run fourth inning. Matt Gordon scored pinch-runner Collin O'Gorman with a suicide squeeze bunt and Peterson scored on an error for a 3-0 lead.

Collin Weyer of Wauwatosa pitched a complete game for the Hilltoppers (7-10), allowing two earned runs, seven hits while fanning four. Mike Mierow got the win, working 6.1 innings, allowing four hits, five walks and a hit batter and fanned two.

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Spartans tip pesky Raiders, 6-3

July 06, 2009 8:42 p.m. | Brookfield East rallied for four runs in the sixth inning and beat Wauwatosa East, 6-3, tonight at Breitlow Field.

Righthander Eric Woodward held off the Spartans as Tosa East led 2-1 going into the sixth inning. Winning pitcher Jake Janowski then singled, Kevin Sylla walked and Jake Schaffhauser was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no one out.

Matt Talbot then singled to right field to tie the game and Tosa East ace Dan Sayles came in to try and stop the rally. But East coach Tim Granger pinch hit Scott Bergquist and he smashed a ball down the third base line which hit the bag and went into left field scoring two runs for a 4-2 lead. Zach Sines then hit a sacrifice fly for the fourth run of the inning.

Talbot singled in another run in the seventh for a 6-2 lead and the Red Raiders matched it when Sayles singled in a run in the bottom of the inning, but Janowski struck out the final hitter to end the game.

Janowski finished with nine strikeouts, six hits, two walks and a hit batter.

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Boys arrested for partying in home of vacationing family

July 06, 2009 4:47 p.m. |

Three Wauwatosa boys and one Milwaukee boy, all 15, were arrested for trespassing after they had a party at the home of an out-of-town family the weekend of June 26.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The family came home to their residence in the 100 block of North 87th Street to find beer and hard lemonade missing from the home. Several of the beds had been slept in, and pieces of glass from a broken marijuana pipe were found in the basement.

The boys had used a hidden spare key to enter the house. The homeowners' son, a 15-year-old Wauwatosa boy, was arrested for obstructing a police investigation after he lied twice about telling his friends where the hidden key was and giving them permission to stay at the house while he and his family were gone.

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Wauwatosa July 4 parade photos now online

July 06, 2009 9:57 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Wauwatosa's July 4 parade.

New Berlin West, Tosa West baseball photos now online

July 01, 2009 12:57 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from New Berlin West and Wauwatosa West's baseball doubleheader, played June 30.

Sensenbrenner holding town hall meeting Monday

July 01, 2009 10:46 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents will have a chance to voice their opinions to Fifth District U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner during a town hall meeting at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave., at 7 p.m. Monday.

At the meeting, the congressman will respond to questions and comments from residents on federal issues before meeting with constituents one-on-one.

Other area legislators also have been invited to the meeting.

Tough economy may mean job cuts at City Hall

July 01, 2009 9:46 a.m. | The city may need to eliminate as many as 12 positions next year to bridge an anticipated $1.2 million budget gap brought on by weak economic conditions.

City Administrator James Archambo said the numbers are still up in the air, but the city will cut as many jobs "as necessary to make the budget balanced."

Reduced state aid and a drop in recycling revenue - both caused by ongoing economic turbulence - are two areas expected to hurt the city's bottom line.

Archambo said the difference will mostly be made up through job reductions, but added that all areas of the budget will be reviewed for potential savings. He also hinted that city fees could increase to bring in extra revenue.

Although the numbers presented to aldermen Tuesday were preliminary and subject to change, the $53 million budget calls for a 3.3 percent increase in the city's property tax levy - from $35.53 million to $36.7 million.

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