Voting for our All-Suburban Baseball team ends this weekend; vote now and you could win Brewers tickets

July 30, 2010 9:52 a.m. | There's still time to help us select the best players and coach in the area for our 2010 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Team, but you need to get your votes in before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Check out our nominees and their stats, and then vote for the players and coaches you think are most deserving. You can vote once a day, and everyone who votes will be entered in a random drawing for a pair of box seats to a Milwaukee Brewers game.

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Car seat, with baby still in it, found in road

July 27, 2010 10:56 p.m. | A tired, stressed out Wauwatosa dad allegedly left his baby in the road, then got upset when a motorist called police.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A driver saw a car seat in the eastbound lane of 89th Street at Meinecke Avenue, about four feet from the curb. He figured it was empty and had been lost or abandoned. Then he saw the baby sitting inside.

The motorist quickly pulled over, got the baby out of the street and called 911. As he waited for an officer, a 40-year-old Wauwatosa man claiming to be the child's father arrived.

He said he had worked all night and couldn't sleep because he had to watch his two boys, ages 5 months and 20 months. They had the flu, so he brought them to the Madison Park playground for some fresh air.

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Home burglar uploads porn on family's computer before getting away

July 27, 2010 6:30 p.m. | A burglar who entered a home in the 6300 block of Cedar Street must not have been in too much hurry to leave the house as he apparently took time to download pornographic images to one of the computers he left behind.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The family's daughter came home from work and couldn't locate her laptop computer at 3:50 p.m. July 19. Figuring her father was borrowing it, she sat down at a desktop computer.

She was shocked when she moved the mouse and a dozen pictures of sex acts involving children and adults popped up on screen.

At dinner, she entered into a very uncomfortable conversation with her father about what she found on the computer. He was not only embarrassed but he adamantly denied the online activity.

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Police say man lost $6K, drugs in armed robbery

July 27, 2010 6:16 p.m. | A man was robbed at gunpoint for the drugs and cash he had in his vehicle at a Wauwatosa gas station Saturday evening, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also according to the report:

The man said he went into the Midtown Shell convenience store, 641 N. Hawley Road, to buy a soda, and when he returned to the car, a man jumped into the passenger seat and waved a revolver.

The robber demanded the victim's cash, cell phone and jewelry.

Officers grew suspicious of the story after watching surveillance video. The man never alerted the gas station owner of the robbery; instead, he went to a nearby friend's house to call police.

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Photos from chili festival now online

July 25, 2010 9:29 a.m. | There was chili and a whole lot more at the Chili'n on the Avenue festival along North Avenue on Saturday.

NOW photographer Peter Zuzga was there and has some nice shots of the event in this photo gallery.

Heavy storm floods basements, causes problems 'everywhere'

July 23, 2010 3:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa officials have received hundreds of calls from property owners dealing with flooded basements from last night's storms.

Sewers have been backing up and the Menomonee River has overflowed, City Administrator James Archambo said.

He and city workers have been conducting damage assessments of city facilities. So far most have only seen minor problems, but he had not yet gotten over to Hart Park and its buildings, which are next to the river.

As far as Wauwatosa School District buildings, no problems have been found, spokesman Chris Preisler said this afternoon.

Archambo could not pinpoint one area of the city that was hit hardest. "We're pretty much seeing problems everywhere," he said.

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Wauwatosa officials get more than 220 flood calls

July 23, 2010 2:44 p.m. | As of 1 p.m., the Wauwatosa Public Works division received more than 220 calls regarding flood damage, said Michael J. Kreiter, operations superintendent for the city.

One house near N. 85th St. and W. Meinecke Ave. reported watermarks on the garage as high as 18 inches from ground level.

Kreiter said trucks will be collecting curbside flood debris and the waste yard will be open to residents who can show proof of residence.

Some water in 8th District basements

July 23, 2010 11:02 a.m. | Alderman Craig Wilson, who represents Wauwatosa's 8th District, said he hasn't had many calls from district residents related to last night's storms but said he and his neighbors on the Menomonee River Parkway did have some water in their basements.

Wilson said in an e-mail this morning that the water was "due to yard runoff rather than drain backups."

"This is not surprising given the amount of flooding of many roads in Wauwatosa and neighboring cities," he wrote.

Wilson said that it was difficult to leave his neighborhood last night after the rain, and he saw "a number of stray cars driving past, apparently looking for alternatives to major roads that were flooded and congested."

He also said he expects to learn more about the impact of the rain, which is expected to continue today, as the day progresses and over the weekend.

Tosa to pick up flood-damaged items 'as soon as possible'

July 23, 2010 10:10 a.m. | The city of Wauwatosa will pick up flood-damaged items "as soon as possible," according to a news release this morning.

Residents should place flood-damaged items on the curb for pickup. The news release says pick-ups likely will not be immediate, since Wauwatosa has two dump trucks for the entire city.

Residents should report flood damage to the city's Public Works Department, (414) 471-8422.

Help us select our All-Suburban Baseball Team and you could win Brewers tickets

July 23, 2010 8:23 a.m. | Voting has just begun for this season's NOW All-Suburban Baseball team, now in its 21st season, and we're asking fans to help us select the area's most outstanding baseball players, including the player and coach of the year.

One lucky fan who votes for this season's team will win a pair of Brewers tickets. Go online and check out our nominees and their stats, and then vote for the players you think are most deserving. You can vote once a day, and everyone who votes will be entered in a random drawing for a pair of box seats to a Milwaukee Brewers game.

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No major flooding problems reported in Tosa

July 22, 2010 11:40 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department responded to about 20 calls related to storms - from basment flooding to fire alarms going off - as of 11:30 p.m., said Deputy Chief James Case.

There have been no injuries.

The new Fire Station No. 1 on Underwood Avenue, which had experienced flooding last week has remained dry through this storm. Sandbags had ben placed on the property for protection.

Highway 45 now open at Hampton Ave.

July 22, 2010 8:39 p.m. | Highway 45 is open at Hampton Avenue once again, according to the state Department of Transporation.

Highway 45 closed at Hampton; I-43 from Atkinson Ave. to Mequon Road

July 22, 2010 7:38 p.m. |

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office closed Interstate 43 from Atkinson Avenue to Mequon Road and Highway 45 at Hampton Road at 6:40 p.m. due to flooding on the roadways, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The closures will stay in effect until conditions improve enough to allow safe travel.

Squirrel caused power outage in Tosa

July 22, 2010 10:40 a.m. | Power is back on for about 800 Wauwatosa households this morning after a squirrel caused the power to go out earlier, WTMJ4 reports.

West Allis Hale, Tosa East baseball photo gallery now online

July 21, 2010 9:47 a.m. | West Allis Hale defeated Wauwatosa East, 3-1, at Breitlow Field in a regional baseball game yesterday and we've just posted a photo gallery from the tournament contest.

With the victory, fifth-seeded Hale advances to take on No. 1 New Berlin Eisenhower at 11 a.m. Friday at New Berlin West. The winner of that game moves to the sectional final at 5 p.m against either No. 3 New Berlin West  or No. 2 Marquette.

Go to photo gallery.

Madison school asphalt, Fisher Building alarm projects OK'd

July 20, 2010 3:58 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday approved spending $195,000 on two capital improvement projects in the district.

Madison Elementary School will get new asphalt on its property. The $127,000 project will be completed by Black Diamond Group, an Oak Creek company, before the fall semester begins.

Milwaukee's Roman Electric was awarded a $68,000 contract to upgrade the fire alarm system at the Fisher Administration Building. Work is scheduled to start this month.

Both projects are part of the district's 2010-11 capital improvement plan.

Farmers to start selling produce at Hartung Park Wednesday

July 20, 2010 2:22 p.m. | Fresh fruit and vegetables will be sold at Hartung Park on Wednesday evenings beginning this week.

Residents can drive or walk over to the park along Menomonee River Parkway, just south of West Keefe Avenue, between 4 and 7 p.m. to purchase produce from two farmers.

The small market organized by the Hartung Park Community Association will operate through September.

Ice cream man arrested

July 20, 2010 10:34 a.m. | As temperatures hovered in the 80s on Thursday ice cream truck made the rounds in the neighborhood of 118th Street and North Avenue.

But the 27-year-old Milwaukee man behind the wheel didn't have a license to drive or sell frozen treats in Wauwatosa.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The officer that pulled the truck over knew that the city had not issued permits to any ice cream vendors this year. In addition, the truck had chimes playing over its loud speaker in violation of city ordinance that prohibits amplified recorded sounds from vehicles.

The driver received a warning against selling in Wauwatosa. However, he was arrested on a warrant from Germantown Police Department for driving with a suspended license.

School Board OKs hiring of five teachers

July 20, 2010 7:16 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday approved the resignation of one teacher and the hiring of five others.

The new teachers are: Neil Shaeffer, Latin teacher, who will split his time between Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West; Michelle Simons, a part-time reading specialist at Longfellow Middle School; Jack Strebel, special education teacher, Madison Elementary; Amber Rush, a part-time junior kindergarten teacher at Wilson Elementary; and Patrick Leo, English teacher, Wauwatosa West.

Jennifer Berthold, a reading specialist at Madison Elementary School, resigned effective June 28.

Elderly man accused of trying to kill family cat

July 20, 2010 7:16 a.m. | A 75-year-old Wauwatosa man could face felony charges of animal cruelty for attempting to stab the family cat to death in his backyard Friday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 2-year-old cat had bitten the man's wife a few months ago. The woman had an infection as a result of the bite and spent a week in the hospital recovering.

On July 1, the cat again bit the women when she tried to pet the animal. She was again treated by a doctor and had to wear intravenous medical equipment on her arm to protect against infection.

Because of those incidents, the couple decided to take the cat to the humane society and have it euthanized. At least that was the wife's plan.

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School Board OKs hiring of five teachers

July 20, 2010 6:42 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday approved the resignation of one teacher and the hiring of five others.

The new teachers are: Neil Shaeffer, Latin teacher, who will split his time between Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West; Michelle Simons, a part-time reading specialist at Longfellow Middle School; Jack Strebel, special education teacher, Madison Elementary; Amber Rush, a part-time junior kindergarten teacher at Wilson Elementary; and Patrick Leo, English teacher, Wauwatosa West.

Jennifer Berthold, a reading specialist at Madison Elementary School, resigned effective June 28.

Man beat up at George Webb, church parking lot

July 19, 2010 5:44 p.m. | A 23-year-old man suffered a broken nose and eye socket and chipped tooth after he was beat up twice early Sunday morning.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department:

The man could not recall everything that transpired because he was highly intoxicated. However, he remembered going with friends to George Webb, 6108 W. Blue Mound Road, to eat after a night at the bars.

A group of four men came into the restaurant. Eventually a coffee creamer was thrown and a verbal argument started.

The victim stepped outside for a cigarette and the group of men came out and started picking a fight. The victim started to wrestle with one of them and was punched and kicked in the face and head numerous times.

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Resident gets rude awakening when car hits house

July 19, 2010 5:42 p.m. | A drunken driver crashed into a Wauwatosa house in the 9400 block of Wilson Boulevard early Thursday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A homeowner awoke to a loud crash, followed by a smaller crash at 2:34 a.m. He looked out the window to see a vehicle had struck his house at the chimney. The driver was out of his car and talking on his cell phone as heavy rain poured down.

The 28-year-old Wauwatosa man had driven away by the time officers arrived, but they stopped him at 94th and Center streets. His seat was stuck in the fully reclined position. He couldn't recall where he was coming from or going to. His blood-alcohol content was 0.12.

He was arrested for drunken driving, and hit-and-run causing damage to property.

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Too drunk to ride his bike, man hops on shopping scooter

July 19, 2010 5:40 p.m. | A 19-year-old man who believed he was too drunk to ride his bicycle decided a motorized shopping scooter would be easier transportation.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The Milwaukee man was riding in the 6700 block of West State Street at 10:44 p.m. Sunday when he spotted a scooter outside Metcalf's Market. He put his bicycle in the shopping basket, hopped on the scooter and took off.

Officers caught up with the man driving the wrong way on State Street. He said he had planned to return the scooter the next day.

His blood-alcohol content was 0.11.

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Milwaukee women responsible for series of liquor thefts

July 19, 2010 5:10 p.m. | A string of liquor thefts from Wauwatosa grocery stores came to an end Saturday with the arrest of two Milwaukee women.

According to Wauwatosa police:

On Thursday an employee of Outpost Foods returned a shopping cart to neighboring Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St. Two women were seen taking 15 bottles of vodka, valued at $450, at 6:51 p.m.

The next day, the same 20-year-old women stuffed four more bottles of vodka into their purses at Metcalf's Market, 6700 W. State St., and left the store.

The duo returned to Metcalf's Market at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. They filled a shopping cart with vodka and covered the bottles with their purses. As they pushed the cart out of the store, security guards chased the women.

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UWM Tosa development plan delayed as city considers financing

July 19, 2010 11:02 a.m. | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's plans to create a science campus, tech-based business park and other developments at the Milwaukee County Grounds, has run into another delay--this one over a request for financial help from the City of Wauwatosa.

UWM officials are seeking $11.5 million in city funding to pay for streets and other public improvements at the development, known as Innovation Park. Those funds would be repaid by property taxes generated by privately owned buildings at the development, which is planned for east of Highway 45 and north of W. Watertown Plank Road.

UWM had hoped the city Plan Commission would consider the matter at its July meeting. But city officials say they need more time to study whether enough private development will occur to pay back the city's funds.

The Plan Commission is expected to consider the financing proposal at its Sept. 13 meeting, said Craig Dillman, county real estate manager.

Dillman spoke Monday to members of the County Board's Committee on Economic and Community Development. Committee members voted unanimously to extend a contingency deadline to Sept. 30 on the pending sale of the county-owned development site.

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Five arrested after cops break up underage drinking party

July 17, 2010 4:28 p.m. | An underage drinking party had Wauwatosa police chasing teens trying to make a getaway so their parents didn't find out.

According to police:

Dispatchers got calls about a loud party coming from a home in the 4000 block of North 110th Street at 1:54 a.m. July 9. When they arrived, dozens of people were congregating in the house and garage. Beer cans were strewn in the driveway and on the porch and the property smelled of alcohol.

Some of the party-goers took off as squad cars pulled up. But officers arrested five people.

The resident, a 19-year-old Wauwatosa woman, said she was throwing the party because she was leaving in a few days to study in Australia. This was her third underage drinking violation. Her blood-alcohol content was 0.05.

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Vicious dog strikes again, injures 81-year-old woman

July 17, 2010 4:26 p.m. | A dog that bit a child in the face last year injured an elderly woman who was caring for the animal Monday afternoon. According to Wauwatosa police:

An 81-year-old woman was taken to Froedtert Hospital because beagle mix clamped down on her ankle pulling away the skin so her muscle and tendon were exposed.

She was taking care of the 14-year-old dog for her daughter, who lives in the 2200 block of North 62nd Street. She had just returned from walking the dog when it refused to enter the house. The dog pulled at its leash causing the woman to fall into a fence. When she was down the animal charged and bit her.

Officers were familiar with the dog because it had bitten a toddler in the face in May 2009. It had been quarantined for a short time until the owner could prove it was up to date on its vaccines.

The officers cited the 57-year-old woman who owns the canine for a vicious dog violation. The animal will again be quarantined in the house and the Health Department will investigate.

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City will pick up your flood-damaged items

July 16, 2010 6:02 p.m. | Wauwatosa homeowners dealing with water-damaged furniture and other belongings due to heavy rainfall on Wednesday night can put items at the curb for pickup.

The Public Works Department will have two trucks picking up basement trash beginning Monday.

To alert the Public Works Department of a pickup, call (414) 471-8422. If items are small, they can be disposed during regular trash collection.

8 communities plus MMSD report sewer overflows

July 15, 2010 1:26 p.m. | Milwaukee, Mequon, Wauwatosa, Cudahy, Shorewood, Brown Deer, Fox Point and Elm Grove - in addition to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - reported sanitary sewer overflows to local waterways Thursday morning after overnight thunderstorms poured up to 5 inches of rain on the metropolitan area, a state environmental official said.

Sanitary sewer overflows generally prevent sewage backups into basements and reduce property damage, MMSD officials said.

Even so, overflows of separate sanitary sewers are prohibited by the federal Clean Water Act, said James Fratrick, watershed specialist with the Department of Natural Resources in Milwaukee.

But the DNR is not likely to take enforcement actions against MMSD and the eight municipalities, Fratrick said. The primary reason is that MMSD is under a court-ordered stipulation to complete an estimated $1 billion in sewer and treatment plant improvements by the end of this year, he said. The goal of making those improvements is to reduce the incidents of sanitary sewer overflows.

Communities served by the district are under a separate court order to decrease leaks of storm water into their sanitary sewers.

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Heavy rains damage city's new fire station

July 15, 2010 1:20 p.m. | Wauwatosa's new fire station received substantial water damage due to Wednesday night's heavy rainfalls.

Private restoration contractors were hired to help the Wauwatosa Fire Department remove standing water in the administrative offices, apparatus bays and basement at Fire Station No. 1, 1601 Underwood Ave.

Fire officials are trying to determine how the flooding occurred and the extent of the water damage.

The fire station opened June 5.

Former Drew's building may get a second life

July 14, 2010 4:52 p.m. | The former Drew's Variety Store building in Wauwatosa's Village could become home to a sustainable design business.

Go Green Design Center has requested $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to help acquire the building at 7503 and 7509 Harwood Ave. and make façade improvements.

The building would provide a showroom with eco-friendly products for homeowners, contractors and designers. Plans also call for a second business, Building Energy Solutions, and commercial space for lease to take up the remainder of the building, which has been vacant since January 2008.

Wauwatosa Economic Development Corporation will discuss the request Friday. However, the city has less than $216,000 in grant funds available for economic development projects.

Another high-profile property vying for $71,000 in grant dollars is the building at 6502 W. North Ave., which was damaged in a fire 10 years ago. The vacant and blighted building has been an eyesore for neighbors ever since.

Medical College gets $20 million national grant

July 14, 2010 4:52 p.m. | The Medical College of Wisconsin will receive $20 million to create a biomedical research consortium to accelerate development of new medical treatments.

The National Institutes of Health announced today it has awarded a grant that will bring together medical expertise from eight Milwaukee-area institutions. The funds will administered by a new academic entity called the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin.

The consortium will work to advance the new academic discipline of clinical and translational sciences. Professionals in this area act as translators who explain how the complex laboratory findings can be used in the hospital setting. Then they describe patient and clinic problems that need solving to researchers.

Training programs will be developed to improve elementary and high school science programs, and foster students' interest in medical research careers.

Wauwatosa-based Children's Hospital and Health System, Froedtert Hospital and the Blood Center of Wisconsin will participate in the consortium.

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Firefighter honored for service to city and country

July 13, 2010 4:52 p.m. | A Wauwatosa firefighter received a national award today in recognition of his military and fire service work.

Firefighter/paramedic Robert Reid was given the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Firefighters Award this afternoon at Fire Station 1. He was chosen from more than 4,400 applicants submitted by VFW posts around the nation.

Wauwatosa VFW Post 6498 Commander Robert Jaworski and VFW District 5 Commander Bob George presented the award, and called Reid "a local hero."

Reid has worked for Wauwatosa Fire Department for eight years, most recently as an acting lieutenant and member of the special rescue team.

He recently retired from the Air Force Reserves as a master sergeant with 22 years of service in the 440th Airlift Wing. Over the years, he has contributed in peacetime and war efforts, specifically moving equipment in support of Desert Shield operations, humanitarian missions to South America and deployment to the Allied Forces Air Base in Kyrgyzstan.

Guitar store to open on North Avenue

July 13, 2010 2:46 p.m. | A new business will offer guitar lessons and sell instruments and music equipment on North Avenue.

Wauwatosa resident Sean Radecki got the OK on Monday to operate East Tosa Guitars in the formerly vacant storefront at 6513 W. North Ave.

He had been teaching guitar lessons from his home. As he found success and accumulated clients, his wife told him it was time to move the business to a different location.

A storefront will give Radecki more exposure and the opportunity to attract more students.

Construction is nearly finished, with the commercial space split into two studios. Other guitar instructors will rent space at the location.

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Vandals make 'spider web' at Hoyt Pool construction site

July 07, 2010 8:00 a.m. | Describing the scene as a replica spider web, construction officials reported theft and vandalism to playground equipment at Hoyt Park, 1800 Swan Blvd., and the nearby pool area that is being remodeled.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Construction equipment belonging to contractor Integrity Environmental Services was taken from the site between 10 p.m. June 28 and 6:13 a.m. June 29. Items taken include 12 rolls of duct tape, two nail guns and two respirator hoods. The estimated value is $245.

The duct tape had been used to tape together swings, slides and climbing equipment, resulting in a suspended-in-motion scene similar to a spider web. A portable toilet also was duct-taped shut. Additionally, the word "spider" was spelled out in duct tape on a nearby walking path.

Access to the grounds was gained by cutting a lock to a fence.

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Topper's Pizza robbed; surveillance being reviewed

July 07, 2010 7:56 a.m. | Three men, one of them armed, fled Topper's Pizza, 12132 W. Capitol Drive, with an unknown amount of money at 1:34 a.m. July 4, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also according to the report:

Two of three men ran into the store abruptly and unexpectedly, one of them brandishing a gun, believed to be a .45-caliber pistol. The third man entered the store a short while later. All three men had covered their faces.

Two of the men forced two employees to the ground, while the third man took money out of the cash register. A third employee fled the store to look for help, but was chased by one of the men.

The employees told police they were not certain how much money was taken from the register, though it is believed to be a minimal amount.

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Tosa East beats Spartans, 6-4, in extra innings, sweeps series

July 06, 2010 8:19 p.m. | Wauwatosa East beat Brookfield East, 6-4, in eight innings and swept this week's two-game series following Monday's 5-3 victory.

For the second time in two days Dan Sayles of Tosa East came in, slammed the door and got the win. With the scored tied at 4-4, Brian Schneider was hit by a pitch by losing pitcher Brian Sylla and Sayles singled to center field.

When the ball got by Brandt Rogers in center, Schneider went to third and Sayles to second. After Sylla struck out Kevin Leon, Matt Wulff scored Schneider on a beautiful suicide squeeze bunt and Ethan Harris singled to center to score Sayles to make the score, 6-4.

After Sylla lead off the inning by being safe on an error, Jake Schaffhauser hit into a double play from shortshop Ben Carpenter to Wulff to Halvorsen to end the game.

Tosa East scored first when Sayles walked to lead off the fourth, was sacrificed to second by Wulff and then scored when he stole third and catcher Andy Wiesen threw the ball into left field. But Wiesen tied the game in the bottom of the inning when his two-out double scored Kevin Sylla.

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Wauwatosa Independence Day photo gallery now online

July 06, 2010 8:08 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from yesterday's red, white and blue Independence Day festivities in Wauwatosa.

The day kicked off with a parade down North Avenue and continued at Hart Park where festival-goers cooled off with free ice cream and took part in games for kids and adults.

Go to photo gallery.

Utility crews repair gas leak at Mayfair Crate and Barrel

July 04, 2010 9:02 p.m. | We Energies crews repaired a gas leak on the roof of the Mayfair Mall Crate and Barrel store Sunday afternoon, according to Brian Manthey, We Energies spokesman. No one was injured and there was no damage to the store, he said. No gas was leaking inside the store and no one was evacuated, he said.

The Wauwatosa Fire Department called the energy company shortly after 4 p.m. with to report the smell of gas outside the store, Manthey said. Workers discovered the rooftop connection to the furnace unit was leaking and had repaired it by around 6 p.m., he said.

No injuries in fire at Tosa store

July 04, 2010 11:16 a.m. | A fire was reported early Sunday morning in Wauwatosa at the Speedway Power equipment store, at the corner of N. 66th St. and W. North Ave., TMJ4 reports.

Residents from the apartments above the store were able to escape without injury.

TMJ4 has posted video of the fire.

Rubatt's big bat and August's steady pitching lead Falls to 11-3 win over TE

July 01, 2010 9:51 p.m. | The bats may have been going a little stale in the last few games for the Menomonee Falls baseball team, so according to Indian outfielder/pitcher Adam Rubatt, a little shake-up was needed.

"It's almost the start of a new season for us," said Rubatt, after hitting two doubles and a triple and scoring three times in the Indians 11-3 win over Wauwatosa East Thursday night. "So we put in some new walk-up music (for each at-bat) just for this game."

It seemed to work, as the Indians (9-6 in Greater Metro play and 21-10 overall) rapped out 12 hits against the game Red Raiders (5-10, 13-14). The two teams will meet again at Breitlow Field in Tosa on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

For Falls coach Pat Hansen, the win was a good piece of news after a frustrating loss to Brookfield Central on Tuesday.

"It's just part of the roller-coaster ride for us," said Hansen. "The challenge at this point of the season for us is to do things consistently."

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Franklin, Wauwatosa East baseball photos now online

July 01, 2010 7:49 a.m. | We've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from yesterday's Greater Metro Conference baseball game between Franklin and Wauwatosa East at Breitlow Field in Tosa.

Franklin got the better of the Red Raiders in the high-scoring affair, 15-7, and improved to 16-8 overall this season. East fell to 13-13.

Franklin's Jay Dirienzo was 1-for-1 with a home run, four runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Tosa East's Dan Sayles finished 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

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Community Watch

» Voting for our All-Suburban Baseball team ends this weekend; vote now and you could win Brewers tickets 7/30

» Car seat, with baby still in it, found in road 7/27

» Home burglar uploads porn on family's computer before getting away 7/27

» Police say man lost $6K, drugs in armed robbery 7/27

» Photos from chili festival now online 7/25

» Heavy storm floods basements, causes problems 'everywhere' 7/23

» Wauwatosa officials get more than 220 flood calls 7/23

» Some water in 8th District basements 7/23

» Tosa to pick up flood-damaged items 'as soon as possible' 7/23

» Help us select our All-Suburban Baseball Team and you could win Brewers tickets 7/23

» No major flooding problems reported in Tosa 7/22

» Highway 45 now open at Hampton Ave. 7/22

» Highway 45 closed at Hampton; I-43 from Atkinson Ave. to Mequon Road 7/22

» Squirrel caused power outage in Tosa 7/22

» West Allis Hale, Tosa East baseball photo gallery now online 7/21

» Madison school asphalt, Fisher Building alarm projects OK'd 7/20

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» School Board OKs hiring of five teachers 7/20

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Best Summer Ever


We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.



Hidden Tosa


"Hidden Tosa" is a semi-regular feature where our Wauwatosa reporter explores the closed down and closed off parts of Wauwatosa.