Who's in, who's out? Check out NOW's Push for the Playoffs and find out

Sept. 29, 2010 1:42 p.m. | We're more than five weeks into the prep football season and area football teams are starting to make their push for a coveted playoff spot. Will Homestead roll to another playoff bid? Is New Berlin Eisenhower's string of 15 consecutive playoff berths in jeopardy?

Each week, NOW senior sports reporter David Cotey will rank teams in the NOW coverage area as part of our special Push for the Playoffs page. Keep up with your favorite team's chances to make the playoffs, see the area's offensive leaders, participate in an online forum and more.

Go to Push for the Playoffs.

Think you know Tosa? Identify our mystery photo and win a pair of movie passes

Sept. 29, 2010 8:22 a.m. | How well do you know Wauwatosa? Take a look at this week's mystery photo, tell us where it was taken, and you could win a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theaters.

Dozens of people knew that last week's photo was a shot of the pedestrian bridge over the Menomonee River in Hoyt Park. Congratulations to Tina Kennedy, whose name was randomly selected as our weekly winner from all the correct entries.

The mystery photo is one of a number of new features in the redesigned WauwatosaNOW newspaper, which is available via subscription and for purchase at many locations around town.

You can also check back each week at www.wauwatosanow.com/mystery for a new photo to identify.

Go to mystery photo.

Cause of July 4 apartment fire eludes investigators

Sept. 28, 2010 2:02 p.m. | The investigation is complete, but the cause of a fire that broke out above Speedway Sales and Service, 66th Street and North Avenue, on the Fourth of July remains unknown, fire officials said.

Investigators determined the fire started on the second-story porch, which was attached to an apartment, but they could not pinpoint the cause of the fire.

A family of three that had been living in the apartment awoke to the smell of smoke and saw the balcony on fire at 1:44 a.m. They all got out unharmed, and the fire was contained to the second floor.

Proposed Mayfair Road store would carry new, used clothing

Sept. 28, 2010 12:52 a.m. | A former Wauwatosa resident is returning to open a clothing store.

Allison Phillips, who now lives in Franklin, has leased a 3,000-square-foot space at The Promenade Shopping Center, 801 N. Mayfair Road. She plans to call the business Hollywood Threads and carry a mix of new and gently used brand name clothing.

Operating as a resale shop requires a special permit from the city. Her application is expected to go to the Plan Commission on Oct. 11.

No public meeting about Tosa train station on tap

Sept. 28, 2010 12:52 a.m. | There will be no public meeting next week to talk about a potential high-speed rail stop in Wauwatosa.

Alderwoman Linda Nikcevich said she misunderstood a conversation with a state Department of Transportation official. Instead, there may be phone discussions to decide whether meeting with city leaders and the public would be useful.

Nikcevich has been a proponent of high-speed rail and has been lobbying to have Tosa considered as a location for a rail station.

The DOT has been in talks with the city of Brookfield about making that city a stop on the line between Milwaukee and Madison.

Tosans turn in more than 290 pounds of medicine

Sept. 28, 2010 12:48 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents dropped off more than 292 pounds of over-the-counter medications and 6,000 pills that are considered controlled substances during a medication collection Saturday at City Hall.

The collection was a joint effort between parent-teacher group Tosa United and the Police and Health departments. The goal is to keep pills out of the hands of children and drug abusers and out of the local water supply.

People dropped off cough syrups, inhalers, syringes and pills, officer Jeff Griffin said.

A pharmacist from Walgreens volunteered to identify all the medications. The Health Department provided grant funds to dispose of the medications; the police had to be on hand because controlled substances were involved.

Man arrested for seventh drunken driving offense

Sept. 28, 2010 12:46 a.m. | A 46-year-old homeless man was arrested for drunken driving for the seventh time after an officer heard his vehicle revving at Mayfair and Blue Mound roads Saturday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man's truck was weaving on the roadway and had a brake light out. He was stopped after he pulled into the Dave & Buster's parking lot at 2:28 a.m., after the business had closed for the night.

He told officers he didn't want to go back to prison and refused to answer any questions or take sobriety tests. A beer can was found in the cup-holder.

He had six prior drunken driving convictions, and he was driving despite having a revoked driver's license.

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Optometrist to take over form Jilly & George location in Village

Sept. 22, 2010 12:44 p.m. | Eyeglasses do more than help a person see. They provide insight to the wearer's character and make a fashion statement.

That's the philosophy behind a new optical boutique opening this fall in the Village.

Optometrist Mark Veth is renovating the former Jilly & George space, 7605 Harwood Ave., to make way for his shop. Be Spectacled, will carry designer frames from lines like Oakley, Salt and Mykita, and he will conduct eye exams.

"You should put something on your face that complements you," he said.

He will help clients find the correct prescription lenses and good-looking frames, Veth said.

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Two interview for Herzog's vacated council seat

Sept. 22, 2010 11:58 a.m. | Two residents from the city's 6th District want to fill the Common Council seat vacated by Thomas Herzog in August.

Randall Daut, a retired psychologist, and Jeff Roznowski, director of the Wisconsin Wireless Association, will meet with a selection committee of sitting aldermen Sept. 29 at City Hall.

In Daut's application, he said he's lived in the district for 28 years and has been working with neighbors to seek relief from sewer backups. Professionally, he's worked with government entities through the Wisconsin Psychological Association.

As for Roznowski, he has a track record of community involvement. He's president of the Wauwatosa Historical Society, vice chairman of the city's Youth Commission and a member of the Village Business Improvement District board.

The committee will conduct interviews and recommend a candidate to the entire council.

Men return to scene of crash to search for lost drugs, police say

Sept. 22, 2010 8:33 a.m. | A Tosa homeowner found two men crawling around his backyard just hours after a car they'd been passengers in struck the home Sept. 9 - and police say they don't buy the excuse that the duo was looking for a cell phone and money lost there.

Instead, officers believe the men - a 23-year-old and a 24-year-old, both from West Allis - were searching for the more than 50 pills, mostly oxycodone and Xanax, the homeowner found in his yard after the crash, according to the Wauwatosa police report.

The 23-year-old man's girlfriend had been the driver during the crash. She had been found hiding in the backyard at 4:41 a.m.

The men were arrested for trespassing. Additionally, the 23-year-old was arrested for prowling and the 24-year-old was arrested on a warrant for driving with a revoked license and was found to be in violation of his probation.

Teens threaten gay man on county bus, show up at his work

Sept. 22, 2010 7:40 a.m. | Two Milwaukee teens were arrested for disorderly conduct after they threatened a gay man on the bus Sept. 13 and showed up at his workplace in Mayfair Mall later that day, police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The boys, 16 and 17, threw candy at the 20-year-old man and made comments about his sexual orientation. The man asked the bus driver for help, so the driver pulled over and told the boys to get out at 104th Street and North Avenue.

The boys saw the man's work ID and said they'd be paying him a visit later to beat him up. They showed up at the store where he works.

In addition to the disorderly conduct arrest, the older boy was arrested for giving false information to an officer and trespassing (he had been banned from entering the mall due to a prior crime), and on a warrant because he had run away from a group home.

UWM Innovation Park wins final OK for city financing

Sept. 22, 2010 7:00 a.m. | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's plan to develop a science campus and a tech-oriented business park in Wauwatosa has won approval for up to $12 million in city financing.

The Common Council, on a 10-3 vote Tuesday night, approved the financing plan for the project, known as Innovation Park. The funding plan last week was recommended by the Plan Commission, and the council's Budget and Finance Committee.

The city would pay for roads, sewers and other public improvements at the project site, east of Highway 45 and north of W. Watertown Plank Road. Those funds would be repaid through property taxes generated by developments at Innovation Park. University-owned buildings will be tax-exempt. But the land itself, along with privately owned buildings, would generate property taxes.

A report by a city consultant said Innovation Park would likely generate enough property tax revenue to pay off the city's debt within the 27-year payback period allowed under state law. Based on development prospects, city officials expect that payback period to be shorter, perhaps 20 years or less.

No city money would be spent if UWM doesn't go forward with the development, and the city funds would be spent in phases as development occurs. That phased approach would require future council votes.

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Special ed departments to get new math program

Sept. 21, 2010 2:16 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board has approved spending $37,000 to implement a new math teaching program and $20,000 on a cargo van for the district's Buildings and Grounds Department.

The district will purchase Trans Math, a program that targets knowledge gaps in mathematics, for the special education departments at Longfellow, Whitman, East and West. Cost for materials is $32,000, and training costs will add another $5,000.

Both expenditures were approved unanimously.

Woman with dementia causes traffic accident

Sept. 21, 2010 1:44 p.m. | An elderly woman with dementia crashed her vehicle into a parked car and drove off but didn't recall the accident when officers pulled her over a few minutes later.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An 88-year-old woman was seen stopped on North Avenue in the turn lane to Menomonee River Parkway on Sept. 12. There was no cross traffic, but she failed to make the turn. The driver behind her honked her horn.

The senior drove over the curb and struck a stop sign, then continued onto the parkway, swerving from side to side. Eventually, her vehicle mounted the curb and nearly struck a telephone pole before re-entering the roadway and striking a parked car with a 67-year-old woman sitting inside.

The 67-year-old woman was taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment of neck and back pain.

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Threat of gun allows shoplifters to get away

Sept. 21, 2010 1:40 p.m. | Several people attempting to shoplift baby formula and other items told a grocery store security guard that they were armed last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The security guard who tried to stop a group of people from taking $128 worth of baby formula they hadn't paid for from Pick 'n Save, 1717 Mayfair Road, was told by one them that she had a gun, and he backed off when he saw a man with her reach into his coat.

The incident occurred at 2:10 p.m. Sept. 16.

A man had taken two garbage cans and put them into carts being pushed by two women. They each had infants sitting in the carts.

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Police dog finds theft suspect hiding in backyard

Sept. 21, 2010 10:40 a.m. | Tosa's police dog tracked down a fleeing theft suspect in a residential neighborhood last week.

According to police:

A 53-year-old Milwaukee man took eight bottles of liquor - a total value of $264 - from Pick 'n Save, 1717 N. Mayfair Road, at 8:57 p.m. Friday.

He fled in a waiting vehicle and drove with the lights off to try to elude police. An officer spotted the vehicle and tried to pull it over. Just before the vehicle came to a stop, the passenger door opened and the man took off running.

Canine officer Addy was brought in to track the man's scent, and he was found hiding behind garbage cans in a backyard in the 8100 block of Jackson Park Boulevard.

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Multitasking driver learns sandwiches, booze don't mix

Sept. 21, 2010 8:06 a.m. | An Elm Grove man who police say was making a sandwich while he was behind the wheel was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in Wauwatosa last week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Dispatchers received a call reporting a reckless driver in the 2300 block of North Mayfair Road at 9:34 p.m. Sept. 12. He nearly struck a car, was swerving between lanes and failed to use his turn signal.

When an officer pulled behind the 24-year-old man's vehicle he noticed the driver was leaning over the passenger seat. During the traffic stop he noticed the driver was eating a sandwich and had a loaf of bread and packages of salami and cheese on the passenger seat.

He said he had gotten into a fight with his mother and was just driving around.

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Share your Michigan Memories and win a family getaway

Sept. 20, 2010 12:55 p.m. | Need a getaway this fall? Share your favorite photographic memories of a family trip to Michigan and you could win a prize, including the grand prize of round-trip tickets for two adults, two children and one vehicle on the Lake Express high-speed ferry, and a two-night stay at the Hampton Inn in Muskegon, Mich.

Just upload a shot of you and the family having fun in our friendly neighboring state, and you could be a winner. The second-place prize is round-trip tickets for two adults and a vehicle on the ferry. The third-place prize is one round-trip ticket for an adult.

The prize certificates are good for this fall (the ferry runs through October) or anytime in the 2011 season.

Go to contest.

Innovation Park project financing plan OK'd by Tosa council committee

Sept. 15, 2010 7:00 a.m. | A plan to provide up to $12 million in city funds for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Innovation Park project was recommended for approval Tuesday night by a Wauwatosa Common Council committee.

The Budget and Finance Committee voted 5-2 to recommend the funding plan to the full council. The 16-member council will take up the issue on Sept. 21. The funding plan was recommended by the Plan Commission Monday night on a 5-1 vote, and is also supported by Mayor Jill Didier.

The committe's vote came hours after I broke the news that Innovation Park, which would create a science research campus and technology-based business park, had received a $5.4 million federal grant. That's a major funding boost for the project.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, will be used in part to fund a business accelerator building, according to a department statement. The grant was awarded to the UWM Real Estate Foundation and the City of Wauwatosa.

The building would house both UWM research functions and private businesses. It would be the first building at Innovation Park, which is planned for the Milwaukee County Grounds, east of Highway 45 and north of W. Watertown Plank Road. Construction is to begin in 2011.

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Suspects at large following high-speed chase

Sept. 15, 2010 6:12 a.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that a high-speed chase that started in Germantown has ended at a Harley-Davidson plant in Wauwatosa, but police are searching for two of the three suspects involved.

The TV station says the chase started after Germantown police attempted to pull over a van for speeding at U.S. Highway 41 and West Mequon Road.

As of this morning, officers were searching for two suspects who ditched their van at the parking lot at the Harley-Davidson production facility near the corner of North 119th Street and West Capitol Drive.

For the latest on this story, go to Today's TMJ4's website.

Kooyenga captures GOP race to succeed Vukmir in Assembly

Sept. 14, 2010 11:44 p.m. | Barring a successful write-in campaign in the general election, Dale Kooyenga, 31, will fill the state Assembly seat left empty by Rep. Leah Vukmir, who stepped down in order to run against Jim Sullivan for the 5th district's state Senate seat.

With 90% of precincts reporting late Tuesday, Kooyenga, a certified public accountant, had secured 57% of the votes, followed in a distant second by attorney David Coon with 18%. Kooyenga, an Iraq War veteran, earned a bronze star for working with local Iraqis to restore a major highway outside Baghdad.

Six Republican candidates ran to represent the 14th District, which includes Wauwatosa, West Allis, Brookfield, Elm Grove and a small section of Milwaukee. In addition to coon, the other candidates were Chris Maurer, a finance manager; Dennis Kaun, retired from running an insurance agency, Michael Olen, a City of Milwaukee building inspector; and Ryan Shulander, a manager for a medical company.

In the absence of any Democratic candidates, the winner of this election automatically fills the seat after the Nov. 2 general election barring a successful write-in campaign.

Salon takes Hooters-like approach to male primping

Sept. 14, 2010 2:08 p.m. | Pretty women cutting and coloring hair, filing nails and massaging sore muscles. Sounds like another salon/spa striving to primp and pamper its clients.

But the newest beauty business making its way to Tosa caters to those with a higher volume of testosterone. Knockouts aims to prove that men can be just as into their looks as women.

This would be the first Knockouts franchise in Wisconsin, and the owners say they hope to eventually operate a dozen salons in and around Milwaukee and Madison.

The concept mixes hair, massage and grooming (facials, waxing and nail) services with names like the Uppercut and Heavyweight with stylists reminiscent of Hooters girls with a bit more clothing.

The Wauwatosa salon would operate at One Mayfair Road, the shopping center at Mayfair Road and Center Street that is home to Starbucks and Flat-Top Grill.

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Tosa financing for UWM development wins Plan Commission OK

Sept. 13, 2010 10:02 p.m. | A plan to provide $12 million in city funds to help pay for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's proposed Innovation Park development in Wauwatosa has just received approval from the city Plan Commission.

The commission recommended approval on a 5-1 vote at the Monday night meeting. The financing plan will next go to the Common Council's Budget and Finance Committee at its Tuesday meeting, and then to the full council on Sept. 21.

Innovation Park would include a science campus, along with buildings with private companies. It would also include housing and retail developments.

The proposal calls for creation of a special tax district, with the city borrowing money to build roads, sewers and other 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.

A report by a city consultant said there likely would be enough property tax revenue to pay off the debt within the 27-year payback period allowed under state law. But opponents said there are too many assumptions about future development, much of which remains speculative, and that the project would be too risky.

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Tosa sees big jump in whooping cough cases

Sept. 13, 2010 9:14 p.m. | Wauwatosa is experiencing an outbreak of whooping cough.

In a typical year, the city sees three to five cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis. Since late August, the Health Department has seven confirmed cases and is investigating another dozen potential cases, Nursing Supervisor Lori Nielsen said.

This outbreak is proving tricky because symptoms aren't the normal ones for the illness.

"It's not having the classic whoop," she said. "People think it's a common cold."

Health care workers are also making an incorrect assumption that people who are vaccinated are immune to the disease, Nielsen said. The vaccines are working because people are not being hospitalized or dying from pertussis, but they still may come down with a mild illness.

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Parents leave young kids in car while they get beer, movies

Sept. 13, 2010 9:04 p.m. | Three children were left alone in a vehicle at 60th Street and North Avenue for 45 minutes while their parents shopped for beer and movies Saturday afternoon.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A car parked behind Buy Rite Liquor, 6002 W. North Ave., about 4:30 p.m. An employee noticed the vehicle had not moved, even though there were no customers in his store. On closer inspection he found three children - an 8-year-old girl and two boys, ages 7 and 4 - in the back seat.

At 5:15 p.m., the Milwaukee parents returned to their vehicle carrying a six-pack of beer and three DVDs from a nearby entertainment store. They said they didn't want to bring the children into a liquor store and they felt in the mood to look for some movies.

Since they often leave their 8-year-old daughter in charge of the younger children, they felt the concern for their safety was unwarranted. The windows had been rolled down.

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Gun pulled on Denny's employee in parking lot

Sept. 13, 2010 8:54 p.m. | A man pulled a gun on an employee on break in the parking lot of Denny's restaurant, 11155 W. North Ave., on Saturday morning.

According to police:

The employee had gone outside for a cigarette when he noticed a man inside the car that belonged to the employee's girlfriend, who also worked at the restaurant. He approached the car and saw the stereo had been removed.

The man asked the employee if that was his car. After he answered "yes," the man put a gun to his side and said he thought the vehicle belonged to his cousin, who owed him money. He planned to steal to make them even and it was just a mix-up. Then he got into another vehicle and drove off.

The stereo was found on the floor of the vehicle.

Drunken driver nabbed after wiping out car during Tosafest

Sept. 13, 2010 8:28 p.m. | A 38-year-old man was arrested for drunken driving after his car spun 180 degrees on the Harmonee Bridge during Tosafest on Friday night.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Another driver saw a beer can thrown from the car before it lost control on the bridge. The car then made its way to Robertson's Hardware, 1417 Underwood Ave., where it parked briefly at 6:58 p.m. People walking to the festival noticed the vehicle was covered in mud with branches stuck under it.

Witnesses said the driver seemed confused because roads were closed off because of the festival in the Village. He struck a car while trying to leave the lot. Eventually, he made his way to 67th and State streets, where an officer spotted his vehicle driving through a red light.

The driver refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, but told officers that he had purchased beer at a liquor store and drove around the County Grounds for a while.

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Wauwatosa West, East soccer photo gallery now online

Sept. 13, 2010 10:17 a.m. | Wauwatosa West and East met Saturday night at Hart Park with local soccer bragging rights on the line and we've just posted Dave Haberkorn's photo gallery from the contest.

West earned a 3-0 victory on goals by Josh Fobair, Nico Zabala and Andre Randle-Virgil.

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Drug debt leads men to breaking into cars at Mayfair Mall

Sept. 12, 2010 2:10 p.m. | Two men from Milwaukee were caught allegedly breaking into cars at Mayfair Mall in an effort to find items that could help pay off a drug debt.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A security guard spotted D'undra Rayford, 22, and David Hughes, 18, park next to a vehicle in the parking lot, break a window and take a medical bag at 3:54 p.m. Sept. 3. The car sped off and crashed into two other vehicles at Mayfair Road and Center Street. At that point, the men got our and ran.

The car had been stolen in Milwaukee. The ignition was missing and tools for hot wiring were found on the floor. The car was smoking and leaking engine fluid.

They were found hiding in some bushes and arrested.

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Drunken driver strikes tree, rolls car

Sept. 12, 2010 2:02 p.m. | A 31-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for drunken driving for the second time after he rolled his car and the Jaws of Life had to be used to remove him from his vehicle last week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The man was driving on 92nd Street when the car left the roadway and struck a tree in the 4200 block, rolled over, slid 10 feet and came to a stop in the roadway at 1:43 a.m. Sept. 6.

A woman saw his car on its side and stopped. He told her he was drunk and she could smell alcohol and see blood coming from the vehicle.

After firefighters extracted him from the car, he was taken to Froedtert Hospital because he had lacerations to the front and back of his head from hitting the windshield.

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Pot smoker something other than laid back after kicking officer in face

Sept. 12, 2010 1:56 p.m. | A Wauwatosa police officer was kicked in the face by a man who got caught with drugs in a Mayfair Mall restroom last week.

Michael Swain, 31, of Milwaukee was charged Tuesday with felony marijuana possession, second offense, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

According to a police report:

A security guard overheard two men in the same restroom stall talking about drug activity at 8:13 p.m. Sept. 3. Officers arrived and smelled marijuana. They found a blunt in Swain's pocket and a bag containing 8.41 grams of pot.

Upon his arrest, he started getting agitated and banged his head on the back of the squad car and wall of the booking room. Eventually he went limp and officers had to carry him. That's when he kicked one of the officers in the face.

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Promise of Vegas cash stings women for $1,400 in scam

Sept. 12, 2010 1:55 p.m. | Two Wauwatosa women fell for a scam that promised them $2.5 million but ended up costing them more than $1,400.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The women, who are in their 60s, got a call from a man who said he was affiliated with a Vegas casino alerting them they won money. As with most scams, he asked them to wire money, $1,447, to a Utah address and $400 to a New York address to cover processing costs.

They sent money from their bank the morning of Aug. 27, but they soon started to have second thoughts. They canceled the smaller payment but were told it was too late to stop the larger payment because it had already cleared.

The man called again that afternoon to ask why they canceled one of the payments. The women said they were getting concerned because the money had not arrived. He tried to stall by saying the delivery driver's vehicle had broken down so it had been delayed.

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Woman claiming to be a hostage rams car into house

Sept. 12, 2010 1:24 p.m. | A West Allis woman who said she had been held hostage drove a car into a house at 91st and Wright streets Thursday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The father of her children and their roommate got a call from the woman saying a man had tried to hold her hostage at his Milwaukee home and she was fleeing. They agreed to pick the 21-year-old woman up at a Tosa gas station.

When they picked her up, she got into the driver's seat. A man in a truck, who said she had stolen from him, was following their vehicle.

While turning onto Wright, the woman's vehicle jumped the curb, struck a tree and stopped against a house at 4:41 a.m. All three occupants got out and ran. The car had four flat tires and a dented bumper.

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Teen 'freaks out' at court, caught for prowling later

Sept. 12, 2010 1:14 p.m. | A teen boy who "freaked out" and fled from a hearing at Children's Court was arrested for prowling in a Wauwatosa neighborhood last week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 16-year-old from Milwaukee was found after a resident of the 2600 block of North 66th Street saw him looking into vehicles in the alley at 11:39 a.m. Sept. 2.

He had a watch, MP3 player and cell phone in his pocket, but his mother said he didn't own any of those items.

He had been at Children's Court that morning and got upset during his hearing for auto theft and ran away. A probation agent found him at Harmonee and Wauwatosa avenues, but he refused to get into the vehicle.

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West kickers blank East, 3-0

Sept. 11, 2010 9:41 p.m. | In the battle of Tosa - soccer-style - Wauwatosa West blanked Wauwatosa East, 3-0, Saturday night at Hart Park.

Sophomore midfielder Joshua Fobair scored at the 7:22 mark for a 1-0 lead and that was all the scoring the Trojans would need, as goalkeepers Zachary Soderberg and Kyle Heideman and the defense shut down the Red Raiders' offense.

Leading 1-0 at intermission, the Trojans scored quickly on a goal by senior forward Nico Zabala, who got the Trojans on the board at 42:29 with a rebound shot off a defender, which he then battled for and knocked past freshman goalkeeper Kyle Mabie.

Senior forward Andrae Randle-Virgil Zabala then scored at the 54:31 mark, as he raced down the left sideline, beat his defender inside and kicked the ball into the right side of the goal for a 3-0 lead.

Madison's Mike Brinen named Wisconsin Elementary Teacher of the Year

Sept. 09, 2010 4:36 p.m. | Mike Brinen, a physical education teacher at Madison Elementary in Wauwatosa, has been named Wisconsin Elementary Teachers of the Year for 2010-11.

Brinen was honored during a surprise ceremony at the school today. As part of the honor, he will receive $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, and Brinen and the three other state winners will be honored during state Superintendent Tony Evers' State of Education address Sept. 16 in Madison.

Brinen, who has been at Madison Elementary for 14 years, wasn't even at school today - he had a doctor's appointment - but came in for the special assembly this afternoon.

"I'm just extremely honored and flattered and surprised," he said. "I come here every day, and I do what I do. I don't think I necessarily do anything special. I think I have a passion for working with kids, and I love kids, and I think that's the bottom line."

Madison Principal Lori Lester she was "speechless" when she found out a few weeks ago that Brinen won the award.

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Man struck by tree limb during wind storm dies

Sept. 09, 2010 2:44 p.m. | An 80-year-old Wauwatosa man who was struck by a massive tree limb that fell in his yard during strong wind gusts Tuesday has died, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

Charles Sermersheim died Thursday at Froedtert Hospital after suffering renal and respiratory failure, according to a medical examiner's report. An exact cause of death will not be determined until Sermersheim's medical records are reviewed.

Sermersheim was collecting small braches that had fallen in his yard in the 2500 block of N. 90th St. when the limb fell approximately 30 feet, according to the medical examiner's report.

Sermersheim was not pinned by the limb but suffered multiple fractures of his ribs and back, a fractured sternum and internal injuries, the report says.

The limb is believed to weigh more than 1,000 pounds and knocked Sermersheim's garage off its foundation, according to the report.

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Dunk a firefighter to help out diabetes research

Sept. 09, 2010 12:14 p.m. | Douse the Wauwatosa firefighters in water for a good cause during Tosafest in the Village this weekend.

Members of the local firefighters union will take turns in the dunk tank and ask people to fill their boots with dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of Underwood Avenue.

Since Saturday is the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a firefighter memorial will be set up and a brief ceremony will be held to honor emergency professionals who lost their lives that day.

Check back at WauwatosaNOW.com for the time and location of the ceremony.

Tosa's top building official, David Wheaton, dies at 55

Sept. 08, 2010 10:10 a.m. | Wauwatosa's chief buildings official died Tuesday of a massive heart attack.

David Wheaton was 55 and had worked for the city for 30 years.

City officials were shocked to learn of his death this morning, as he had just attended the Common Council meeting last night and appeared healthy.

"It's so surprising; no, surprising doesn't even begin to describe it," City Administrator James Archambo said. "Dave was such a dedicated and reliable employee, someone you always expected to be around."

As chief building official, Wheaton led the city's Building and Safety Division, which handles building inspections, property maintenance complaints, construction permits, damage assessment and recovery, and facilities management for the municipal buildings in Wauwatosa.

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Man cuts limbs from neighbor's tree, gets ticket

Sept. 07, 2010 5:54 p.m. | A 52-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he took a feud with his neighbor too far, police say.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Four years ago, the man's neighbor, a 76-year-old woman, asked the city to plant a tree on her property in the 1100 block of Glenview Avenue. Since then, the man has complained about the tree hanging over his backyard. He doesn't live at the property, but he owns it and serves as landlord.

The neighbor and her friends were having breakfast on her patio at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 when the man and two workers started cutting limbs off her tree. She ran out and told them to stop, but he directed them to keep cutting.

She said her neighbor made threatening comments, including, "I have plans for you," and "Hasta la vista, baby."

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Man trapped when tree blown over

Sept. 07, 2010 5:36 p.m. | An 80-year-old man became trapped under a large tree that the wind knocked over this afternoon in the 2500 block of North 90th Street.

The Wauwatosa Fire Department responded at 12:30 p.m.

Firefighters removed the man and took him to a local hospital for evaluation. His injuries did not appear life-threatening, Deputy Chief James Case said.

Wind gusts reached up to 40 mph in Tosa at the time of the call.

Speeding cyclist gets away

Sept. 06, 2010 3:18 p.m. | A motorcycle driver led police on a high-speed chase that covered nearly a half-mile and reached 84 mph near 94th Street and Capitol Drive at 8:28 p.m. Aug. 28.

According to the police report:

A Wauwatosa officer heard a revving engine, then saw a motorcycle drive by at twice the speed limit. He activated his siren and the motorcyclist turned and looked before taking off. The pursuit was terminated before the cyclist could successfully be pulled over. The motorcycle had no license plate.

Police: Boy asked to pull his pants up lashes out, gets arrested

Sept. 06, 2010 3:14 p.m. | A 15-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for disorderly conduct and lewd behavior after police said he threatened to kill officers and repeatedly spit on them at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St., at 1:38 p.m. Sept. 1.

According to the police report:

Principal Frank Calarco told the boy to pull up his pants - and that made the teen angry. He began swearing and refused to go to the office.

Although the boy was told he could not get a bus pass to go the mall with friends after school, he went and requested one anyway. His mother was called to take him home, but he refused to leave school and tried to re-enter the building several times.

He kicked, flailed and spit on the officers who responded to the incident. In the squad car, the teen spit over the protective screen onto the back of an officer's head.

Trojans explode in third quarter, crush Thomas More, 40-0

Sept. 04, 2010 4:21 p.m. | Wauwatosa West exploded for 27 points in the third quarter and coasted to a 40-0 victory over St. Thomas Moore on Saturday afternoon at St. Francis High School.

The game was scoreless at half-time as Tosa West had to play short-handed because five players were suspended. But playing at full strength in the second half, the Cavaliers were no match for coach Matt Good's crew.

Running back Amauri Rushing got the Trojans off and running in the second half when he raced around right end for a 55-yard touchdown run with 7:14 on the clock and a 7-0 lead. Linebacker Troy Festge then sacked the Cavaliers quarterback giving the ball back to Tosa West.

Quarterback Colin Dettlaff then dropped back to pass and hit wide receiver Oliver Jones in stride down the left sideline for a 60-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 4:52 on the clock.

Then Mickey Morgan dumped a short kick-off down the right side of the field and when the More player backed off instead of falling on the ball, Jon Doolen recovered it for the Trojans.  Six plays later, Joe Domina bulled in for the score from the 2-yard line and a 21-0 lead.

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West Allis Hale Betz cross country invite photos now online

Sept. 04, 2010 7:57 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from yesterday's West Allis Hale girls cross country invitational in Greenfield Park.

Arrowhead was first overall while Brookfield East finished second in the competition, which also featured runners from West Allis Hale, Wauwatosa East, Nicolet and New Berlin West.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Nicolet, Wauwatosa East football photo gallery now online

Sept. 04, 2010 7:18 a.m. | We've just posted C.T. Kruger's photo gallery from last night's non-conference football contest between host Nicolet and Wauwatosa East.

Nicolet posted a 9-0 victory and improved to 1-1 this season as quarterback Brandon Kappel and Alex Walker hooked up for a 21-yard scoring pass. Kappel later added a 41-yard field goal.

Go to NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photo gallery.

Nicolet defense prevails in win over Tosa East

Sept. 03, 2010 10:23 p.m. | They still have to change in the trailers and the tents by flashlight after games and they're still a week away from using their lockers, but the members of the Nicolet football team made themselves right at home Friday night, as they battled injuries, execution problems and inconvenience in dominating Wauwatosa East, 9-0.

"We just did what we could do," said quarterback Brandon Kappel, who threw a perfect 21-yard TD pass to Alex Walker with just four seconds in the first half and then added a clinching 41-yard field goal with less than six minutes to go. "It's football. We all did this and it just felt good. The line did the job and everyone stepped up. We could have scored a lot more points, but this is still special."

Indeed it was in the eyes of first-year coach Brian Sommers in the first official school-sanctioned event on the grounds since the July 22 floods.

"The kids are getting tired of life in a trailer," he said. "It's starting to wear on them. They want to get back into a routine. Maybe this'll start a routine of winning (laughs). Now that would be something fun to get into (laughs)."

And at that moment, an unknown assistant clapped him on the shoulder and said as he ran by: "The first of many more to come coach. Just the first."

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Boys Cross Country: Trojans fourth at Shorewood

Sept. 02, 2010 2:51 p.m. | Sophomore Patrick Campbell finished 10th to lead Wauwatosa West at the Shorewood Early Season Invitational at Kern Park on Aug. 26.
Marquette won the six-team event with 18 points followed by Shorewood (55), Whitnall (89), Tosa West (111), DeForest (140) and University School of Milwaukee (141).
Campbell ran a 17 minute, 33 second, race.
“Patrick opened his season extremely well, finishing within 10 seconds of his personal best,” Tosa West coach Mike Vann said. “… He will continue to drop time and lead the way for us.”
Michael Kayser finished 23rd (18:27), Taylor Floyd-Mews, 32nd (20:31), Andrew McOlash, 34th (20:57), Kevin Dettlaff, 35th (20:58) and Jack Bresnahan, 42nd (36:44).
“Michael had a breakthrough race, improving on his personal best by over 30 seconds,” Vann said. “His summer mileage and outstanding effort in practice was evident in this meet. Freshman Taylor Floyd-Mews ran impressively in his first race. He will be a valuable contributor on the varsity level.
“Andrew and Kevin both displayed excellent effort, opening the season at a considerably faster pace than a year ago.”
Vann was happy with his team’s accomplishment.
“I’m pleased with our overall performance and confident that as the season progresses we will field a strong top five,” he said.

Sullivan won't take part in candidate forum

Sept. 02, 2010 2:40 p.m. | State Sen. Jim Sullivan, D-Wauwatosa, will not take part in a local candidates forum being hosted by NOW, the Greater Brookfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Brookfield Rehabilitation and Specialty Care, a spokeswoman from his campaign told NOW today.

Sullivan, who is squaring off against Republican Leah Vukmir for the District 5 seat, will take part in other forums, but cannot fit the 8 a.m. Wednesday event at City Hall into his calendar, the spokeswoman said.

Vukmir and Sullivan will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Republican candidates in the District 33 race, Tim Dietrich and Rich Zipperer, also were invited to the forum. They will face off in a primary Sept. 14.

Questions about the forum can be directed to the Greater Brookfield Area Chamber of Commerce at (262) 786-1886.

Help Wanted: 6th District alderman

Sept. 02, 2010 12:52 p.m. | You think taxes are too high or not enough is being done to fight crime in the city?

If you live in the 6th District, here's a chance to be part of the solution: become an alderman.

The City Clerk's Office is accepting applications to fill the Common Council seat left vacant by Thomas Herzog's resignation last month. The deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 20.

Mayor Jill Didier will appoint a selection committee, which will interview candidates Sept. 29 and make a recommendation for a replacement to serve until April 2011. The council will vote on the appointment the following week. The successful appointee will be required to run for election in April 2011 to complete the final year of this term.

Aldermen are expected to attend weekly meetings. The compensation is a $350 monthly salary, plus a Wisconsin Retirement System pension and life insurance.

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