College plans cause worry

July 11, 2012 10:54 a.m. | Wisconsin Lutheran College wants to rezone 15 homes it bought in Wauwatosa so it can change one to use as office space and allow more students to move into the others.

Dozens of neighbors worried about continued expansion by the college into the residential community came to the Plan Commission on Monday to voice their concerns. They fear that rezoning will just open the door to replacing the buildings with larger dormitories or classroom buildings in the future.

Homeowners said they have battled the college for nearly 30 years. It purchased less than 10 acres of land in Milwaukee initially and has been expanding to the east into Wauwatosa since then, residents said. In 2000, the college requested a rezoning that led to a mediation effort between the college and city. It resulted in a 10-year college boundary agreement that has since expired on the east side of the campus, adjacent to the rear yards of the properties on the west side of Pleasant View Street.

"This is something that's really going to have a big impact on our neighborhood and our property values," resident Tom Genack said.

Residents talked about the increased crime, parking problems and poorly maintained properties that have resulted as the college has bought up homes during the last decade.

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Iced bottle of Jagermeister found in car of men chased down by Tosa police

July 11, 2012 9:56 a.m. | A Wisconsin Rapids man was arrested for drunken driving and violating probation after he was found in a vehicle with his former partner in crime and tried to flee police last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police reports:

The 22-year-old man failed to stop for a sign at Menomonee River Parkway and North Avenue so he was pulled over at 2:05 p.m. July 5. As soon as he stopped his car, he and the 51-year-old passenger, also from Wisconsin Rapids, got out of the car.

The driver made a run for it into the woods along the parkway. Dispatchers received numerous calls from residents reporting a man running through their yards, and in one case he damaged a screen porch in the 2300 block of North 102nd Street.

Officers caught up to the man on 101st Street and smelled alcohol on his breath. His blood-alcohol content was 0.13.

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Big inning propels Marquette past Tosa West

July 11, 2012 9:33 a.m. | A season that marked a major turnaround for the Wauwatosa West baseball team came to an abrupt end Tuesday night at Breitlow Field.

The Trojans fell to Marquette, 6-3, in the opening round of the WIAA summer baseball regionals. The loss was especially tough for the upstart Trojans, given the fact that they held a 3-1 lead heading into the sixth inning.

Tosa West junior Austin Jones led the Trojans’ fast start, pitching four scoreless innings before being tagged for one run in the fifth inning. In the sixth, costly errors on a missed tag at first and a dropped foul ball gave the Hilltoppers a chance to strike.

With two runners on, Marquette’s Joe Bartoletti drilled a double into left-center, tying the game at 3-3. Alex Herman followed with another double to bring Bartoletti home, giving Marquette a one-run lead that it would never relinquish.

A passed ball and an RBI-single from Parker Sniatynski capped a five-run sixth inning that gave Marquette the decisive 6-3 edge.

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79-year-old arrested for exposing himself in mall

July 11, 2012 8:24 a.m. | An elderly Brookfield man was arrested for exposing and fondling himself in a Mayfair mall bathroom last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Security staff received numerous reports of a man exposing himself in the bathroom about 11:30 a.m. July 6. An officer found the 79-year-old man standing in front of a urinal.

When the officer acted as if he was a mall patron using the restroom, the man turned to him and began to shake his penis with his hand. Then he looked at the officer and smiled.

At that point, the officer identified himself and told the man to zip up. He was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior.

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Arrested man flees ER, found in Tosa backyard

July 10, 2012 9:16 p.m. | A patient tried to escape police custody while at Froedtert Hospital, leading to a search of surrounding residential neighborhoods last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 31-year-old Oak Creek man who was wanted on multiple warrants and had a history of weapons violations and being assaultive to police had been brought to Froedtert Hospital for medical clearance following an arrest by West Milwaukee police July 3.

About 7:30 p.m., the prisoner took off from the emergency room and ran through the alley on Robertson Street near Gridley Avenue. Wauwatosa police were called to assist the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office with the manhunt.

The police dog pulled its handler through the gate to a backyard in the 8300 block of West Portland Avenue. The prisoner - who was given two warnings to come out or the dog would be released - surrendered.

Kozlowski helps Hamilton onward

July 10, 2012 8:17 p.m. | Tyler Kozlowski never let Wauwatosa East get in the game -- or even out of the infield.

The Sussex Hamilton senior pitcher allowed two infield singles and one unearned run over seven superb innings, and Sussex Hamilton handled Wauwatosa East in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs at Hamilton on Tuesday, 7-1.

Kozlowski finished with eight strikeouts -- at least one in every inning -- and retired the final seven batters he faced.

"Tyler's been our No. 1 all year," said Hamilton coach Mike Schramek, whose team will now battle host Brookfield East (15-14) in Friday's regional final. "He obviously keeps us competitive and he really knows how to command his pitches, when to throw what pitches, where to throw location-wise. It's a luxury to have someone that legitimately has three pitches they can throw, which keeps the opposing team off balance."

Hamilton (16-13) did commit four errors, including one that allowed Tosa East's lone run to come around in the fourth. But by then, the Chargers had a 5-0 lead, starting with three runs in the opening frame, then sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth and claimed two more tallies. Mark Lunowa went 3 for 4 for the Chargers with two runs scored and two RBIs.

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Driver hits flagman while making turn in construction zone

July 10, 2012 6:46 p.m. | A road construction worker was injured after a driver struck him at Mayfair Road and Burleigh Street last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 46-year-old Brookfield man intended to turn left from Mayfair onto Burleigh at 1:44 p.m. July 6. The driver was looking at the traffic signals that showed a green arrow. However, he didn't notice the flagman holding up a stop sign in the roadway until he was just about to hit him.

The driver had entered a lane that had been closed off with construction barrels and traffic cones and didn't seem aware that he couldn't continue in that lane. He was cited for failure to yield the right of way to construction workers on a highway (Mayfair Road is also known as Highway 100).

The construction worker said he tried to get out of the roadway when he saw the car driving at him, but he was struck in the leg and knocked to the ground. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital to have pain to his pelvis and legs checked out and treated.

Residents worry Wisconsin Lutheran intruding into neighborhood

July 10, 2012 11:26 a.m. | Wisconsin Lutheran College wants to rezone 15 homes it bought in Wauwatosa so it can change one for use as office space and allow more students to move into the others.

Dozens of neighbors worried about continued expansion by the college into the residential community came to the Plan Commission on Monday to voice their concerns. They worried that rezoning would just open the door to replacing the buildings with larger dormitories or classroom buildings in the future.

Homeowners said they have battled the college for nearly 30 years. It purchased less than 10 acres of land in Milwaukee initially and has been expanding to the east into Wauwatosa since then, residents said.

"This is something that's really going to have a big impact on our neighborhood and our property values," resident Tom Genack said.

Commissioner Jody Lowe moved that the college's request be held for a month so the college can bring forward information about its plans for future growth and, specifically, about the parcels on Bluemound Road, Maywood Avenue, Bel Air Court and Wisconsin Avenue. The college owns additional homes in the neighborhood that aren't up for rezoning at this time.

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Jim Plaisted replaces Kathy Ehley as BID director

July 10, 2012 10:44 a.m. | Jim Plaisted has been hired as the new executive director of the Wauwatosa Village Business Improvement District, replacing Kathy Ehley, who was elected the city's mayor in April.

Plaisted, a Wauwatosa resident, will be coming from positions managing business districts in Shorewood and Milwaukee's East Side.

"He has overseen successful marketing, special events and business reinvestment to transform commercial corridors into active, appealing areas," according to an announcement issued by the BID Board today.

BID Board President Chris Leffler said Plaisted's knowledge will be important in implementing special projects under the recently adopted Village Master Plan such as remodeling the Harmonee Bridge, redesigning and improving pedestrian paths at rail crossings within the Village limits and dealing with streetscaping, signage and bicycle amenities.

The BID was established in 1994 to increase traffic and activity within Wauwatosa's historic Village.

Court reprimands Wauwatosa lawyer

July 10, 2012 9:53 a.m. | His first run-in with the lawyer ethics police, for writing a worthless check for less than $1,000, got Reed Martin a private slap on the wrist back in 2003.

He's taking the lick  publicly this time, as the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a reprimand for two violations related to Martin skipping a February 2008 hearing on his juvenile client's claim of ineffective assistance, and subsequent lies about being on vacation at the time.

According to the court's ruling, prosecutors became concerned about Martin's behavior and decided to reduce his client's two prior convictions to a single lesser charge. Martin came to the courthouse for a rescheduled hearing in March on the ineffective assistance claim, but upon learning of the reduced charge, never entered Circuit Judge Dennis Cimpl's courtroom to explain his prior failures to appear. Cimpl filed a complaint with the Office of Lawyer Regulation.

Martin (Wisconsin, '95) later wrote to the OLR that he missed the original hearing because his family left for a vacation the night before. But records later showed that he had purchased gasoline in Wauwatosa on the day of the hearing.

Martin pleaded no contest to two violations of professional misconduct, but argued for a second private reprimand, since he had faxed the court the night before the original hearing, saying he was going on vacation, and offering several  other dates to reschedule the hearing. He also said he had simply been mistaken when he first told the OLR that he had left town the night before the hearing.

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Should police, fire chiefs have to live in Tosa?

July 09, 2012 1:58 p.m. | Every couple of years the issue of whether to require certain city employees to live in Wauwatosa comes up - and it's that time again.

The residency requirement "presents challenges in recruiting and retaining top employees," city Human Resources Director Beth Aldana wrote in a memo to the Employee Relations Committee.

She will ask the committee today for the OK to come up with a revised ordinance that would allow more flexibility for positions in which response times are critical.

People holding the following positions must live in Wauwatosa: city administrator, city attorney, public works director, finance director, police chief and fire chief.

There are many more positions that require residency, however waivers can be granted if response time would be similar or if dropping the restriction would attract the best candidate for the position. Those jobs are the public works operations, fleet/electric, water and parks and forestry superintendents; city engineer; city assessor; city clerk; chief building inspector; library director; and health department director.

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Milwaukee County Parks volunteers' commitment to ecology honored

July 09, 2012 1:50 p.m. | Milwaukee County Parks has been recognized for its work in restoring natural areas with the help of volunteers and community partners.

The department received the 2012 Virginia M. Kline Award for Excellence in Community-Based Restoration, in recognition of the use of creative partnerships to maintain and improve the ecology of the 10,000 acres of natural areas within the Milwaukee County Parks System.

More than 14,000 volunteer hours were spent from 2009 through 2011 to restore and maintain public natural areas.

The idea behind community-based restoration is that it "brings the human community together and creates a more satisfactory relationship between humans and the larger biotic community," according to an announcement about the award.

The award will be presented Oct. 11 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum as part of the Leopold Restoration Awards issued by the Friends of the Arboretum and the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Tosa came through extreme heat comparatively well

July 09, 2012 1:48 p.m. | Wauwatosa fared well during the recent dangerously hot multiday stretch.

"People are being really smart about this," Assistant Fire Chief James Case said. "They're staying hydrated and staying indoors with air conditioning when possible."

The Fire Department hasn't seen a spike in heat-related illnesses, he said.

Department leaders also watched out for their own crews, cutting down on "non-essential activities" like fire inspections that could wear them out.

If a fire were to break out in these dry conditions, assistance from other communities would be called in early, Case said.

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