Buzz kill: Duo arrested for pot possession after shoplifting adult item at Mayfair

Sept. 25, 2013 9:10 a.m. | It's never a good idea to steal anything from a store, and it's an even worse idea to steal something while in possession of illegal substances, as a pair of shoplifters found out at Mayfair Mall recently.

According to the Wauwatosa police report, which was released this week.

A woman and a girl were arrested for drug possession after they were caught stealing a vibrator valued at $20 from Spencer’s Gifts at Mayfair, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, at 4:31 p.m. Sept. 9. The retailer specializes in gag and adult gifts.

One had a bag of synthetic marijuana on her while the other had partially smoked blunts.

Pewaukee glides past Tosa West

Sept. 20, 2013 11:18 p.m. | Pewaukee quickly erased the bitter taste from last week's loss at Greendale by thumping visiting Wauwatosa West on Friday night, 41-13.

"We talked a lot about forgetting last week and moving forward," Pewaukee head coach Justin Friske said. "We try to strive on being 1-0 every week. We wanted to get off to a hot start again and get a streak going. We talked all week about letting our play speak for itself."

The victory kept the Pirates (4-1, 2-1) near the top of the Woodland West Conference standings, while the Trojans dropped to 3-2 overall, 1-2 in the conference.

Pewaukee senior quarterback Ben Tenpas suddenly sparked a slow first quarter with a 65-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Matt Wendelberger down the middle of the field.

Much of the first half lacked excitement, but when the Pirates' Evan Hansen returned a punt 45 yards to the Trojans 14 in the waning moments of the second quarter, Pewaukee had a chance to pull away. Six plays later, Tenpas crept in from the 1-yard line to put the Pirates up 14-0 at halftime.

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Wauwatosa police: Thieves nabbed while being chased by resident

Sept. 18, 2013 12:37 p.m. | Two admittedly repeat thieves who stole items from cars were arrested by Wauwatosa police at 12:10 a.m. Aug. 26.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Police received multiple calls about four boys breaking into and stealing items from cars in the 6500 block of West Wright Street.

While on patrol, police found the four youths running away from a man. He had seen them break into his neighbor's car while smoking a cigarette and immediately gave chase.

Other officers entered the chase and found two of the boys, one hiding with half his body sticking out of bushes while the other was found crouched by a pile of firewood.

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Man accused of taking money denies it, then takes $20

Sept. 18, 2013 12:15 p.m. | A man accused of taking money from a woman denied it, then got angry and took $20 from her.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A woman believed she had $20 taken from her purse while waiting for the bus at Harwood and Glenview avenues at 1:56 p.m. Aug. 29.

She chased the man she thought had taken her money down, threw her purse on the ground and yelled at him.

He denied taking the money but eventually got angry, snatched a $20 out of her purse and ran away.

West Bend woman nearly perfect in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 17, 2013 10:37 a.m. | Michele Spiekerman of West Bend has won a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres by correctly picking all five games in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest and coming the closest to predicting the final score of the West Allis Hale vs. Marquette tie-breaker.

You can join the Pigskin Picks contest and test your picking skills each week against a field of area football fans, NOW sportswriters and celebrity guests. Weekly winners receive two tickets to Marcus Theatres and overall winners will receive gift cards to Bartolotta Restaurants.

Featured games this week are Arrowhead at Mukwonago, Oak Creek at Franklin, Brookfield East at Brookfield Central, Menomonee Falls at Hamilton and Milwaukee Lutheran at Germantown.

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Learn what area football coaches really think and more at Push for the Playoffs

Sept. 16, 2013 12:55 p.m. | Should high school football players wear their names on the back of their jerseys? What's the strangest complaint a coach has ever received from a parent? Do prep players use performance-enhancing drugs?

You can found out the answers anonymous area coaches gave to those questions and more on Coaches Confidential, part of MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country's Push for the Playoffs special section.

Push for the Playoffs also features the latest standings, playoff projection, a poll and more.

BloodCenter declares emergency, extends hours at area donation sites

Sept. 16, 2013 12:47 p.m. | BloodCenter of Wisconsin is extending hours today through Wednesday at eight southeastern Wisconsin donor locations to offset an emergency-level shortage of all blood types.

According to a Blood Center news release, a lack of donors since Labor Day has caused the shortage and left the organization with a one-day supply of several blood types, including rare universal blood type O negative. The Blood Center is seeking an additional 1,000 donors over the three-day span to make up for the shortage.

Potential donors can arrange appointments by calling (877) 232-4376 or visiting Those over 16 are encouraged to donate. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate.

Extended hours at area locations are as follows:

Milwaukee, 638 N. 18th St. — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Raiders win on last-minute touchdown

Sept. 14, 2013 12:51 a.m. | It was nearly a frustrating day for the Wauwatosa East offense, but as the old saying goes, hard work does pay off.

Quarterback Jackson Telderer found Nick Pridgeon for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds left in the game, and Greg Holley added the crucial extra point to earn the Red Raiders a 7-6 victory over West Allis Central at the West Allis Athletic Complex Friday night.

The Red Raiders improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in Greater Metro Conference play with the win.

“We put it together, (and) we gave Jackson some time,” Wauwatosa East head coach Mike Richards said about the final drive. “My assistant coaches pointed out that when we went to our doubles formation, the linebackers dropped back, and (we) had a couple designed quarterback runs. The other ones that happened were all Jackson (Telderer), and he made some things happen with his feet, which we really hadn’t seen all year, but he’s really capable of doing.”

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Test your high school football picking skills in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 13, 2013 2:09 p.m. | We are a few hours away from the kickoffs of tonight's high school football games, which means there is still time to prove you can out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin.

Visit to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Featured games this week are Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead, Pewaukee vs. Greendale, Brookfield Central vs. Menomonee Falls, New Berlin Eisenhower vs. New Berlin West and West Allis Hale at Marquette.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Former Children's Theatre director Lois Weber dies

Sept. 10, 2013 5:35 p.m. | Former Wauwatosa School Board member and Children's Theatre of Wauwatosa director Lois Weber died earlier today.

She served the board for 37 years and was a longtime member of the Children's Theatre, directing plays and operating the wardrobe and prop studios.

Information on what caused her death is not available at this time.

Man arrested for stolen property in Wauwatosa after taking motorcycle back

Sept. 09, 2013 1:53 p.m. | A man was arrested for possessing stolen property in Wauwatosa after police pulled him over after hearing loud radio coming from the motorcycle he was driving and checking the vehicle registration.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was driving near Highway 100 and Capitol Drive at 12:53 p.m. Aug. 27 when an officer saw a motorcycle driving with a loud radio, and ran its registration. It came back stolen.

The man was pulled over, and told the officer that a friend had bought the bike for him, but registered and insured it in her name. In October, 2012, it was stolen, and the friend filed a claim and received payment from the insurance company.

He said he later saw someone riding his bike, struck the person and took the bike back. He said he never reported that he had found the bike or let his friend know.

Homestead leads suburban football poll

Sept. 09, 2013 10:25 a.m. | Homestead retained its spot atop the Lake Country/MyCommunityNOW suburban football poll with a 44-21 victory over Port Washington in the North Shore Conference opener.

The Highlanders moved into the top spot last week after defeating defending Division 1 champion Arrowhead.

Arrowhead defeated Kettle Moraine, 21-3, and is second in the poll.

You can see the rest of the top five, test your knowledge of football rules, learn what area high school football coaches really think and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake County Push for the Playoffs page.

Challenge Miss Southern Wisconsin, veteran sportswriters in NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 09, 2013 9:26 a.m. | How well do you know high school football? Can you out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin?

Find out by going to to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin return this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. Rech was the leading VIP picker in last season's regular-season contest. Radcliffe was first in the playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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New Berlin West football storms Wauwatosa West

Sept. 06, 2013 11:21 p.m. | Thunder, thunder, thunder and then, a dash of lightning.

New Berlin West used a steady diet of bruising runner Bryan Watson to help the Vikings achieve greater than 200 yards rushing in the second half, but it was Travis McKeon who took an inside give on a fourth-and-1 play from the Vikings' own 35. With 2:06 to play, following the 1-2 punch formula that had benefited it all game, New Berlin West got the necessary yardage and sealed a 28-20 victory over Wauwatosa West on Friday.

Big Woodland win

McKeon, playing in his first game of the year after a concussion kept him out for the Vikings' difficult nonconference schedule, racked up 83 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns as his team rallied for 21 unanswered points to secure a huge Woodland Conference victory.

"I have five senior offensive linemen and two senior running backs," New Berlin West coach Al Moroder said about the gutsy fourth-down call. "We had 10 seniors on the ball. We talked to these kids about how if you want something, you've got to go get it. That was a metaphor for what they need to know. You have to go take it, and that's what they did."

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