Tosa East season opener photo gallery now online

Aug. 28, 2010 3:38 p.m. | It wasn't pretty, but we've just posted photos from the Wauwatosa East football team's season-opening loss to Cudahy.

NOW photographer C.T. Kruger has some nice shots from the game in this photo gallery.

East, West drop football openers

Aug. 27, 2010 11:01 p.m. | Both Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West dropped their season openers Friday night at home.

The Trojans lost, 29-16, to Milwaukee Hamilton of the City Conference at West, while Tosa East got crushed by Cudahy, 34-7, at Hart Park.

Tosa West

Tosa West was trailing 15-0 when the Trojans scored twice on a 5-yard TD catch by Mickey Morgan from QB Colin Dettlaff and then the defense added two points on a safety by Troy Festge to go into half-time trailing only 15-9.

But the Wildcats scored twice for a 29-9 lead, before Tosa West closed out the scoring with a two-yard run by Josh Stoeckman.

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Have you seen coyotes in Tosa?

Aug. 27, 2010 7:22 p.m. | The staff of Wauwatosa NOW has received a few reports of coyotes roaming through the city.

If you've seen or heard coyotes in your neighborhood, reporter Stefanie Scott wants to talk to you. If you have any photos of coyotes, she really wants to hear from you!

Send Scott an e-mail at or give her a call at 262-446-6618.

Have a cookie on us at Tosa Farmers Market!

Aug. 27, 2010 6:45 a.m. | Wauwatosa NOW editor Jennifer Pfaff and reporter Stefanie Scott, and other members of the NOW staff, will be at the Tosa Farmers Market Saturday morning to meet with readers and talk about the revamped newspaper that debuted this week.

We'll be giving away several goodies, including "mini" newspapers and kitchen magnets. And, if you clip out a coupon that appeared on Page 16 of Thursday's Wauwatosa NOW, you also can get a free cookie from Simma's Bakery.

We hope to see you at farmers market, located in the Village, from 8 to 10 a.m.

Read more about the changes in Wauwatosa NOW.

Special football preview section now online

Aug. 26, 2010 12:18 p.m. | We're just hours away from the first official games of the 2010 high school football season and there is no better way to find out the latest news on your favorite team then to check out NOW's comprehensive football preview page.

The page is packed with videos on area teams, a roundtable discussion from our sportswriters previewing the top teams to watch, position by position breakdowns, an interactive poll, photo gallery and more.

Go to NOW's 2010 football preview section.

Tosa School Board OKs pay hikes for Ertl, other administrators

Aug. 24, 2010 11:14 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday approved increases in total compensation - including a bump in health insurance - for Superintendent Phil Ertl, administrators, and the district's nonunion employees.

Ertl will receive a 3.5 percent increase in total compensation in the 2010-11 school year, while 3 percent increases are planned for the district's administrators and nonunion employees during the same span.

School Board member Mary Jo Randall said she was pleased the increases could be granted, and credited it to "the hard work going on at every level of the district."

Man's nose broken after attack at Mayfair

Aug. 23, 2010 8:12 p.m. | A man walking out of Mayfair Mall had his nose broken in two spots after what appears to have been an unprovoked beating last week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 23-year-old white victim was leaving the mall at 12:28 p.m. Aug. 19 when he was punched in the face and knocked to the ground. After a few seconds, he regained consciousness and saw a black man standing over him and yelling racial comments.

The suspect and his brother ran to a vehicle and drove away. Meanwhile, witnesses called police.

When officers arrived, the victim was bleeding profusely from his nose, and his eyes were bruised and swollen shut. He said he had never met the man who hit him and the two had not exchanged any words prior to the attack.

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Tools, keys and more taken from DPW

Aug. 23, 2010 7:56 p.m. | Tools, a city map and keys to a dump truck were taken from the Wauwatosa Public Works Department building at 11100 W. Walnut Road last week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

An electrical department employee noticed a ground fault locator missing from his truck, which had been parked inside between 3:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 9 a.m. Aug. 18.

After checking with co-workers, he noticed more than $400 in tools - some that belonged to the city and others from his personal collection - had been taken.

A second employee reported his tools, valued at $333, a city map and the dump truck keys were also missing.

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Seat belt credited for preventing carjacking

Aug. 23, 2010 12:43 p.m. | A seat belt thwarted an attempted carjacking at 112th Street and Blue Mound Road on Friday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The female driver was approaching a flashing yellow light when she saw a man step off the curb across the street just before 6 a.m. She stopped the car to let him cross safely, but she became nervous when he started walking to her door.

She tried to roll up the car window, but wasn't quick enough. He punched her in the cheek and demanded she get out of the car. He opened the door and pulled on her arm, but the seat belt prevented him from pulling her out of the vehicle.

A truck driver saw what was happening and approached the car carrying a baseball bat. The carjacker turned and ran off.

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Tosa School Board to vote tonight on raises for administrators

Aug. 23, 2010 12:06 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board tonight will vote on raises for Superintendent Phil Ertl, administrative staff and the district's nonunion employees.

Ertl is expected to receive a 3.5 percent increase in total compensation in the 2010-11 school year, while 3 percent increases are planned for the district's administrators and nonunion employees.

The board also will discuss a pilot teacher evaluation program and the district's long-term development plan.

The regular board meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave. An agenda can be found here.

After the regular meeting, board members will meet in closed session to discuss the possible sale of district-owned land to the Wauwatosa Cemetery, and administrative evaluations and compensation.

Gubernatorial candidates talk economics at local forum

Aug. 17, 2010 4:44 p.m. | Candidates in Wisconsin's race for governor will discuss the state's economic issues at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St.

The Wauwatosa West Suburban Association of Commerce and Milwaukee Press Club are sponsoring the candidate forum, which will focus on economic issues affecting the state and matters relating to doing business in Wisconsin. A panel of Milwaukee journalists will ask questions of the candidates who survive the Sept. 14 primary election.

Tosa was chosen because of its central location, chamber Director Meg McKenna said. However, it's a timely topic for the city, which recently has hired an economic development director, is working on developing the County Grounds and has the busiest mall in southeastern Wisconsin.

The general election will take place Nov. 2.

Boy arrested for punching Macy's security officer

Aug. 17, 2010 11:36 a.m. | A 17-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for theft and battery for punching a Macy's security agent in the face as the agent tried to apprehend him for theft, Wauwatosa police say.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The loss prevention agent followed the boy and a 23-year-old Milwaukee man out of the Mayfair Mall store because they had taken $306 worth of merchandise without paying for it about 5:20 p.m. Aug. 16. When he caught up with them, a fight ensued between the agent and the boy. The 23-year-old watched over the agent's back..

The 17-year-old punched the agent two times in the face while he tried apprehending him.

After the 23-year-old did not comply with police requests to "get down," the officer delivered two baton strikes to his left hip area.

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Wauwatosa man pleads guilty to reduced charge in killing

Aug. 16, 2010 5:42 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man charged with killing his former girlfriend and then driving around with her body in his car for four days has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree intentional homicide.

Benjamin Germano, 32, will be sentenced Nov. 5.

Germano was charged with strangling Sarah Rosio on Jan. 13 at his apartment in the 6700 block of Vista Ave. in Wauwatosa.

The body of the 24-year-old Milwaukee woman was found in a West Allis storage unit.

Germano told friends he "snapped" after Rosio attacked him in front of their daughter, a toddler, according to a criminal complaint.

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Herzog resigns aldermanic post

Aug. 13, 2010 2:20 p.m. | Wauwatosa's most senior alderman, Thomas Herzog, has resigned. He has represented the 6th District for a decade.

"I have enjoyed representing the 6th District for the last 10 plus years and will miss the many friends I have made along the way," he wrote in his letter of resignation.

About two years of his term remain.

Last chance to win State Fair tickets on Facebook

Aug. 12, 2010 8:04 a.m. | With just a few days left of the Wisconsin State Fair, you still have time to score free tickets from NOW Newspapers.

All you have to do is "like" NOW Newspapers on Facebook and respond to our last status update and tell us your favorite story from our papers this week.

A random drawing will be held at 8 a.m. Friday and announced on Facebook.

Winners will receive a four-pack of tickets to the fair, which begins runs to Sunday. Winners will have to pick up the tickets in our Waukesha office, 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, 53186.

Tosa school administrative assistants to get 4.27 percent increase over three years

Aug. 10, 2010 8:30 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School District has reached an agreement with the union that represents the district's administrative assistants.

Under the new contract, employees will receive a 1.5 percent pay increase in the first two years of the contract and a 2 percent increase in the final year, Human Resources Director Dan Chanen said.

The School Board on Monday unanimously approved the three-year contract with the Wauwatosa Educational Support Association. The contract runs through the 2012-13 school year.

Over the life of the contract, the average total compensation increase will be 4.27 percent.

The district reached a tentative agreement with the union in May but has negotiated some minor changes to health insurance benefits and contract language since then, Chanen said.

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Associate principal named for East, while West has new AD

Aug. 10, 2010 8:02 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board approved the hiring of two new high school administrators on Monday.

Michael Heun was named a new associate principal at Wauwatosa East High School. He replaces Mark Supa, who in June took at job as principal at Roosevelt Elementary in Wauwatosa.

Heun, a Tosa East graduate, will make $76,000 a year.

Nathan Delany was named the new athletic and activities director at West High School. Delany previously held a similar job at Sterling (Ill.) High School.

He will make $63,500 a year.

Cemetery officials frustrated school district won't sell land

Aug. 10, 2010 7:38 a.m. | Frustrated with their attempts to work out a potential land sale with the school district, trustees with the Wauwatosa Cemetery said this week they will likely turn to the city to help address financial problems at the 144-year-old facility.

"I'm extremely disappointed by (the board's) inability to have a long-term plan to look into the future and understand that this is a community issue rather than a School Board issue," said Christine Toson Hentges of The Tribute Cos., which operates the cemetery.

Cemetery officials last month told the district that a potential buyer wants to purchase all or part of a roughly 4-acre district-owned parcel adjacent to the cemetery behind Longfellow Middle School.

Board reluctant to sell

But some board members said this week they aren't interested in giving up the property because of potential future need and the presumably low price they would receive in today's depressed real estate market.

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Innovation Park proposal gets favorable comments from Plan Commission

Aug. 10, 2010 7:00 a.m. | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's request for $12 million in city funds to help finance its Innovation Park development, in Wauwatosa, received favorable comments from Plan Commission members at a Monday night meeting.

The commission voted 5-0 to delay action on whether it will recommend approval of the financing plan to the Common Council. That delay was sought by Mayor Jill Didier, who's also commission chair, so more information can be obtained about the financing plan.

Didier's administration is seeking council approval for the financing proposal. And three other commission members - John Albert, Jody Lowe and Gloria Stearns - all made favorable comments about UWM's proposal to develop a science research campus, along with privately developed office, housing and retail space.

That indicates the commission is leaning toward approving the financing plan at its next meeting. The proposal calls for creation of a tax incremental financing district, with the city borrowing money to build roads, sewers and other public improvements at Innovation Park, east of Highway 45 and north of W. Watertown Plank Road.

The city's debt and interest, totaling $18.6 million, would be repaid through property taxes from the privately owned buildings. UWM's academic buildings would be exempt from paying property taxes.

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Wauwatosa DUI task force photo gallery now online

Aug. 09, 2010 8:40 a.m. | Wauwatosa police officers took part in a multi-jurisdictional drunken-driving task force this weekend, part of a crackdown that included officers from 15 departments across the metro area.

NOW's Peter Zuzga was there with the officers and created this photo gallery.

Two men nabbed in credit union robbery

Aug. 08, 2010 2:00 p.m. | Two men have been arrested for robbing a Wauwatosa credit union last week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Landmark Credit Union, 3600 N. 124th St., was robbed at 11:43 a.m. Monday. A man passed a note to a teller and demanded money. He reached into his pocket, so the teller feared he might have been armed.

The teller kept handing over money until the robber said he had enough. The man ran out the door to a waiting vehicle.

The getaway vehicle was spotted at an Economy Inn in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Officers obtained a search warrant, and found crack pipes and pills in a hotel room that was used by the men.

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Longtime Tosa bar wants to create smoking area for patrons

Aug. 04, 2010 12:16 p.m. | Walter's on North, 6930 W. North Ave., is the latest Wauwatosa business to seek permission to build a patio for the purpose of creating a smoking area.

Walter's has been in business for more than 40 years. The owner, George Grbich, has requested a conditional-use permit from the city.

Numerous bars and restaurants constructed outdoor seating areas in preparation of the statewide smoking ban that went into effect July 5. City officials anticipated another round of requests as local businesses adjust to the no-smoking policy.

The Plan Commission will take up the request at 7 p.m. Monday.

Suspect sought in robberies of credit union, Walgreens

Aug. 03, 2010 5:22 p.m. | Wauwatosa — Police are looking for a man who robbed the Landmark Credit Union Monday morning and may have been involved in an earlier robbery at Walgreens in Milwaukee.

The Wauwatosa robbery took place at 11:43 a.m. at the credit union at 3600 N. 124th St., police said. The suspect implied he had a weapon and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man entered a green vehicle - believed to be a four-door sedan and possibly a Pontiac Bonneville - and fled the area.

The suspect is described as a black male, dark complexion, 25 to 40 years of age and between 180 and 220 pounds. He has short, natural black hair and facial hair.

He was seen wearing a white crew-neck T-shirt and dark shorts. A second black male drove the suspect from the scene.

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Know who broke police speed trailer? You could get cash reward

Aug. 03, 2010 2:48 p.m. | A radar trailer used to determine how fast drivers are traveling on Wauwatosa streets has been damaged, and Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

The trailer, which belongs to the Wauwatosa Police Department, was tipped over the night of July 13 or early morning of July 14 in the 1700 block of North 71st Street.

Information about the radar trailer damage can be made anonymously by calling (414) 771-8672.

Hart Park garage windows smashed

Aug. 03, 2010 2:28 p.m. | Eight Hart Park maintenance garage windows were broken last week.

The windows were broken after the night custodian left and before the park maintenance worker arrived July 27, Park Superintendent Ken Walbrant said.

That means people are coming in after the park closes at 10:30 p.m. If juveniles are responsible for the vandalism then they are also violating curfew, according to Wauwatosa police.

Repairing or replacing the windows will cost about $300, which will require dipping into the park maintenance reserve fund. Those dollars could go toward myriad other projects, Walbrant said.

Although park and its facilities see several incidents of vandalism per year, but the number or types of incidents have not been escalating as the park gets developed, he said.

Smokes and snacks stolen from gas station found in car's trunk

Aug. 02, 2010 4:58 p.m. | Three people were arrested for breaking into Currie Park Auto Center and taking cigarettes and candy Sunday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The burglar alarm was triggered at the business on 107th Street and Capitol Drive at 4:25 a.m. Sunday. An officer spotted a vehicle with its lights off driving through the alley. Two Milwaukee men, ages 19 and 20, and a 17-year-old Milwaukee boy were in the vehicle.

Officers found two large garbage bags filled with cigars, cigarettes, candy and other snacks - a total value of more than $3,200 - in the trunk.

The older man said he needed to sell the stolen items to supplement his disability payments from the government and help pay child support.

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