Bomb scare prompts search of Whitman school in Wauwatosa

Oct. 30, 2013 10:26 a.m. | A message left on the girls bathroom wall at Whitman Middle School on Oct. 24 referenced a bomb and the date Oct. 29, prompting police and bomb-sniffing dogs to search the school Monday evening and students as they entered the building this morning, according to Wauwatosa Police Lt. Christopher Fox.

The message was found after school Oct. 24 by a student, prompting a police investigation, Superintendent Phil Ertl said. Since there was no school on Friday for class development, there were no class cancellations.

Bomb-sniffing dogs from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office searched the school on Oct. 28 and found no traces of explosives, Fox said. Each of the district's four school resource officers were on site Oct. 29, checking students and their belongings for explosives. No explosives or weapons were found.

Parents were notified via email, letters and phone calls Oct. 25 and again on Oct. 28, Ertl said. They were given the option of an excused absence for their children due to the threats.

Police are working with the school district to investigate. Neither Ertl nor Fox would say if there was a suspect.

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Drunken driver arrested after near-miss with squad car, Wauwatosa police say

Oct. 16, 2013 11:19 a.m. | A man was arrested for drunken driving after veering into oncoming traffic, nearly hitting a Wauwatosa squad car head-on at 2:16 a.m. Oct. 2, police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

When pulled over, the man said his passengers had goaded him into making the pass in the construction zone of the 9800 block of West Capitol Drive. According to him, they were calling his car weak and he wanted to show them his black Cadillac "wasn't no weak car."

He was arrested for drunken driving after failing sobriety tests. He was on parole for a 1999 armed robbery and recklessly endangering safety conviction.

Wauwatosa police: Thieves didn't bother to conceal alcohol theft

Oct. 16, 2013 8:04 a.m. | Two men and a woman walked out of CVS Pharmacy, 7520 W. Bluemound Road, with a black garbage bag filled with bottles of booze, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also from the report:

One went so far as to walk out of the store holding the 1.75 liter bottle of alcohol in his hand.

The three took nine bottles of alcohol from CVS at 12:23 p.m. Oct. 2. An employee tried stopping them from leaving but was foiled when one of the men told the other to knock the employee out.

The man didn't punch the employee, but shoved him aside.

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Alleged purse thief nabbed after walking in front of Tosa squad car

Oct. 15, 2013 8:39 p.m. | Security photos led to a man's arrest three days after he allegedly took a purse from a woman shopping at Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St., at 1:25 p.m. Oct. 2.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer was patrolling in the 6100 block of Vliet Street at 5:50 p.m. Oct. 5 when he saw a familiar-looking man walk in front of his squad car. The man was wearing a blue baseball hat and a blue-striped polo shirt.

The officer had been looking through Pick 'n Save security photos of a suspected thief two hours earlier. The man in the photos was wearing a blue baseball hat and blue-striped polo shirt.

The man was caught after scrambling onto a bus. He admitted to taking the purse and was found with a a syringe, glass pipe and tourniquet in his possession.

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Homestead secures spot atop suburban football poll

Oct. 14, 2013 9:15 a.m. | The Homestead football team retains its No. 1 ranking in the NOW/Lake Country suburban football poll by holding off a rally by Germantown to clinch at least a share of its 13th consecutive North Shore Conference title.

You can see the rest of the teams ranked in the poll, get a capsule look at schools who have clinched playoff spots, learn what coaches really think, and much more at the Push for the Playoffs special section.

Go to NOW/LakeCountry Push for the Playoffs.

Cars broken into at Wauwatosa Dave & Buster's

Oct. 09, 2013 11:59 a.m. | Windows were smashed on three cars parked at Dave & Buster's, 2201 N. Mayfair Road, between 5 and 11:34 p.m. Sept. 28. The perpetrators then stole items from the cars, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

A stereo, an amplifier, electronics, sunglasses, cellphone chargers, a security badge and a security jacket were among the items taken, the report states.

Total loss, including damage to the windows, is estimated at $1,181.

Suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times now online

Oct. 07, 2013 12:40 p.m. | We've just posted our comprehensive listing of 2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times, featuring activities from Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Washington County and Waukesha County.

2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times.

Spartans take care of business against Tosa East

Oct. 04, 2013 11:18 p.m. | Friday's football game between Wauwatosa East and the visiting Spartans from Brookfield East was summed up on the first play when Brookfield's Will Sutton returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. The Spartans would cruise on to a 54-7 win, keeping their hopes for both the playoffs and a share in the Greater Metro Conference Championship alive.

"I don't think we've had a kickoff return for a touchdown this year," said Spartans coach Tom Swittel, " but you know we've got some pretty quality return guys and good speed, so we practice like it could happen any time. Tonight it worked out that way. It was a great start to the game, no question. We wanted to come out and start fast and play fast and we did that. We did pretty much what we intended to do tonight, so I'm happy with the effort and everything else. We need one more win to get into the playoffs."

The Spartans went up 47-0 on a touchdown run from Gerald Childs, his second of the night. The Spartans also scored on a run from Sam Santiago-Lloyd, two runs from quarterback Zach Damico, and an interception returned for a touchdown by Justin Muro.

"That team is a lot better than we are, and we're trying to focus on positive things," said Tosa East coach Mike Richards. "There weren't a whole lot of positives that came out of this game, unfortunately, so I told the kids when I talked to them after the game we've got a short memory, got to forget about it, and focus on West Allis Hale next week. I credit coach Swittel; he's a very good coach. He's got a good staff, he's got a very good ball club, and we're hoping to get as big and as fast and as strong as they are."

The Raiders did manage to score a touchdown just before the end of the first half on a pass from quarterback Jackson Telderer to Ryan Kelnhofer. With a running clock in the second half, Brookfield East managed just one more touchdown on a short run by Josh Dempsey.

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Pewaukee powers way to control of Woodland soccer

Oct. 02, 2013 9:47 p.m. | The Pewaukee soccer team remained unbeaten with two regular season matches to play, but more importantly, the Pirates grabbed sole possession of first place in the Woodland Conference on Wednesday with a 4-0 win over Wauwatosa West.

The Trojans came into Pewaukee also unbeaten in Woodland play, but the Pirates used a dominant second half to assert themselves as the class of the conference.

All four goals came after halftime. The first half proved to be a defensive battle with little action near either goal; the Pirates held a 3-0 advantage on corner kicks and outshot West 3-1 but had nothing to show for it.

“In the first half, we were just hitting it a bit too hard and seemed a little bit excited,” Pirates head coach Randy Staus said. “The guys were kind of saying to each other, ‘Just settle down.’ We weren’t playing our best in those first 10 minutes.”

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