Burglar shot at by resident after chase, Wauwatosa police say

July 30, 2013 1:25 p.m. | Police in Wauwatosa needed to save a burglar after a man in the 1500 block of North 60th Street fired four shots at him.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A homeowner was looking out of his kitchen window when he noticed a man in his yard at 5:10 p.m. July 21, ducking and looking around. He thought this was suspicious so he went out and asked him what he was doing in his yard.

The man took off.

The homeowner gave chase.

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Homeowner woke to pounding on window, Wauwatosa Police say

July 30, 2013 12:15 p.m. | A homeowner in the 3000 block of North 121st Street woke up to a terrifying sight and sound: A man was outside of his bushes, pounding on his window.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowner went out to stop the man while simultaneously calling the police. He found the man wandering the street, walking up driveways and searching garbage cans.

When officers found him, the man had a gas can with him and a three-foot-long tube officers believe was used for siphoning gas. He told officers he was trying to get to a gas station that was closed at the time and in a different direction from where his truck was parked.

Officers asked him what the tube was for and he said he had it "in case any of his friends would like to help him." At his truck, officers noticed he had a marijuana pipe on the center console. They searched the truck, finding two more marijuana pipes, screens for crack pipes and .35 grams of marijuana on him. He was arrested for drug possession.

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Your Stories glitch fixed; thanks to our NOW contributors

July 29, 2013 8:42 a.m. | The technical problem with Your Stories submissions on NOW sites has been fixed.

Thanks to everyone for letting us know about the problem.

And an even bigger shout-out to our many contributors who choose NOW sites to publicize their local and national happenings.

Submitting a story is easy. Just visit the YourStory submission page on any NOW site and follow the instructions.  Your story will be posted within a business day.

Wauwatosa detective charged with stealing drugs from evidence locker

July 22, 2013 4:34 p.m. | Wauwatosa police Detective Robin Schumacher was charged today with misdemeanor theft, felony drug possession and felony misconduct following her July 16 arrest.

According to the criminal complaint:

She was arrested after an evidence clerk noticed pills were missing, prompting an internal investigation.

The investigation revealed confiscated prescription medications had been going missing from the evidence room since June 11. Investigators reviewed video surveillance footage, which showed Schumacher taking pills on six occasions between June 11 and July 11.

The video shows her taking the pills — and on one occasion, the bin the pills are kept in — to her vehicle while she was working. On the day of her arrest, she allegedly filled grocery bags with pills, brought them to her desk, and stuffed the pills in her pocket and under her desk.

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FRA puts train quiet zone application on hold

July 19, 2013 11:18 a.m. | Wauwatosa's application to allow trains to pass through the city without sounding their horns at railroad crossings has been put on hold, city officials announced in a written statement today.

The city's quiet zone status for the Canadian Pacific rail crossings expired June 24, and the Federal Railroad Administration did not process the waiver necessary to extend the quiet zones.

The FRA requires trains to sound their horns as they approach intersections, unless a waiver is granted based on the existance of sufficient safety measures to prevent drivers from ending up in the path of an oncoming train.

The city has several crossings that qualified for temporary waivers, making them quiet zones. But, the city has several crossings that did not previously meet the FRA criterion for automatic approval of a quiet zone, the city said.

The city's recent application seeks approval for enhanced safety measures at those crossings.

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Milwaukee beating victim says attackers cited Trayvon Martin

July 16, 2013 7:51 a.m. | A 34-year-old Wauwatosa man told Milwaukee police that he was repeatedly punched Sunday, unprovoked, and heard one of his assailants refer to Trayvon Martin during the beating.

The man, who was identified in media reports as Christopher Simpson, was attacked about 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of W. Cherry St. in Milwaukee. He told police he was punched in the back of the head, and then several other suspects punched and kicked him when he fell to the ground.

The suspects fled, and Simpson was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released, police said.

Simpson, who is white, told WTMJ-TV that he was beaten by a group of black teens and that one of them said, "This is for Travyon Martin." The attack occurred the day after neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Martin, a black 17-year-old, in Sanford, Fla.

A witness to the Milwaukee attack was interviewed by WISN-TV and confirmed that one of the attackers mentioned Martin.

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Spartans beat Tosa East, 11-1, in regional semifinals

July 10, 2013 7:31 p.m. | Wauwatosa East made 11 errors and Brookfield East rolled to an 11-1, 5-inning win in the WIAA Regional Semifinal in Brookfield.

The Spartans scored an unearned run in the first, four unearned runs in the second, an unearned run in the third, three of four unearned runs in the fourth and two unearned runs in the fifth to win the game.

Dennis Mistrioty scored three times and singled twice and Sam Brunker had a 3-run single and a sacrifice fly for 4 RBIs to lead the offense.

Ryan Rouse earned the win, pitching five innings, allowing five hits, one walk and fanning four.

Ben Carpenter, Harrison Klein, Jonah Meidl, Ben Plaisted and Jacob Martin had the Red Raiders five hits, with Martin driving in Carpenter for the only run in the fourth.

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Police: Woman scares burglar from Wauwatosa home

July 10, 2013 11:26 a.m. | A question yelled at a burglar caused him to flee the home he was breaking into in the 7000 block of Maple Terrace on June 27, according to the Wauwatosa police report.

The question: "What the hell are you doing in my house?"

Also from the report:

The homeowner was inside her home at 10:20 a.m. June 27 when she heard the doorbell. She peeked around the front porch to see a man holding a bottle of laundry detergent and thought he was trying to sell her something, so she ignored him.

He rang the bell five more times. She continued to ignore him.

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Tall Guy and a Grill storefront debuts July 13 in Tosa

July 08, 2013 8:16 a.m. | The catering and carryout company Tall Guy and a Grill opens Saturday at 7227 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa.

Owner Dan Nowak said the shop for now will have food by advance order only, with a carryout menu of items such as bourbon barbecue pork meatballs ($10.99 a pound) and caprese skewers ($14.99 a dozen) that must be ordered at least 24 hours ahead of time, along with tailgate-to-go options.

Sandwiches for walk-in customers could be offered down the road, Nowak said.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

To contact: (414) 777-0770.

Carpenter's walk-off RBI single beats Port on Senior Day

July 06, 2013 5:26 p.m. | You couldn't have written a better script as senior Ben Carpenter ripped a single over a drawn-in outfield to give Tosa East a 5-4 win over Port Washington on Senior Day in the final game at Breitlow Field for the seniors.

With the score tied 4-4 and the bases loaded, Carpenter took an easy swing and drilled the ball well over the centerfielder's head and then Derek Wulff was mobbed when he scored the winning run.

Trailing 4-3, Ryan Yahn worked Mitch Bartlein, the third Pirate pitcher, for a walk to lead off the seventh. Wulff laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, but when the first baseman dropped the throw, pinch-runner Quast raced to third and Wulff went to second.

Steff Uhrich then bunted and the pitcher misplayed it, allowing Quast to score, Wulff to go to third and Uhrich to second.

Hoping for a force-out, Harrison Klein was walked intentionally and then Carpenter ripped his hit to win the game.

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Trapper Schoepp & The Shades to play Shindig in Tosa's Hart Park

July 06, 2013 11:11 a.m. | When Trapper Schoepp & the Shades headline a show at Hart Park Pavillion Wednesday, it's not just another show. It's a Shades Shindig.

The Wauwatosa show is an evening curated by the band and featuring music from special guests Tim Schweiger, Joseph Huber of .357 String Band, Joe Crockett from the Championship, Frankie Lee from Minneapolis, Chris DeMay from Juniper Tar, Quinn Scharber and more — put together by the Yellow Phone Music Conference.

The music starts at 6 p.m. and continues through 9 p.m. It's free and part of the Tosa Tonight concert series.

Police say drunken driver fled, hit trees

July 03, 2013 12:17 p.m. | A graduation party, a drunken ride and a police chase ended at a tree at 2:35 a.m. June 23.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man was arrested for drunken driving and fleeing the police after he blew a stop sign going an estimated 60 to 70 mph at 68th and Wright streets.

An officer, who was waiting at the intersection, tried pulling the driver over but the man hit the gas, hitting speeds of up to 75 mph. The chase, however, was short-lived as the man failed taking a turn at Meinecke Avenue and 74th Street.

He jumped the curb, bounced off a tree, went through a driveway, caromed off another tree, veered to the other side of the road and took out a stop sign.

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Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with social media

July 03, 2013 7:22 a.m. | Music filled Humboldt Park once again in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert, even if it was a little chilly for summer.

But photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill, which featured American Legion Band.

Eisenhower's Katie Lang named NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year

July 02, 2013 5:38 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower's Katie Lang led the Lions to a 16-4 mark this season while striking out 147 batters in 95 innings, hurling a pair of no-hitters and knocking in 19 runs from her spot in the middle of the order.

Those accomplishments led to a selection as the NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year, as voted by the NOW Newspapers sports staff.

She is joined on the team by Menomonee Falls coach Nick Heiting, the All-Suburban Softball Coach of the Year. He led the Indians to a 19-5 mark after taking the team over on an interim basis.

You can see the rest of the team and more at the NOW 2013 All-Suburban Softball Team page.

Wauwatosa police: Dealer drops OD'ing man off in health clinic parking lot

July 02, 2013 10:20 a.m. | A man's drug dealer left him overdosing, gasping and holding his chest in the parking lot of Aurora Health Clinic, 4025 N. 92nd St., at 7:25 p.m. June 20, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also in the report:

The man, after taking Valium and drinking alcohol, was picked up from outside his parents' Brookfield home by his drug dealer.

They drove around and parked in Milwaukee, where the man shot the heroin into his wrist. Shortly after he felt woozy. The next thing he remembers is waking up in an ambulance.

He had been dropped off in the Aurora Health Clinic lot. Workers there said the man's dealer was last seen putting a phone on the man's chest and driving away.

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Wauwatosa woman struck in head, robbed, while moving groceries, police say

July 01, 2013 2:11 p.m. | A woman was punched in the face, thrown into her van and had her purse taken while she was moving groceries to her home.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The woman had finished grocery shopping at 9:54 p.m. June 19 and was moving bags between her car and her home in the 1200 block of 68th Street when two males walked up to her and asked if she needed any help. While not directly denying them, she made a noise indicating that she didn't need help.

In response, one of the males punched her in her right eye, sending her reeling into the driver's seat of her car. As she fell, the second male snatched her purse, containing a wallet, credit cards, her driver's license, a cellphone and roughly $40 in cash. They both ran to a nearby vehicle and drove off.

She received a black eye but did not seek medical attention.

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