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Nov. 02, 2012 9:44 a.m. | We are four days away from the next election and one of the best resources to find out local voting information is at the state's official page for Wisconsin Voter Information.

There you can find information on where to vote in your community, check your provisional ballot status and more.

Click here to visit the Wisconsin Voter Information page.

North Shore voters can visit our North Shore Voting Guide, which has a list of polling places and a post-redistricting guide to congressional, assembly, and senate districts.

Wauwatosa home damaged, two taken to hospital after driver swerves to avoid squirrel

Nov. 02, 2012 9:03 a.m. | Two people were taken to Froedtert Hospital on Oct. 21 after slamming into a parked car, which careened into a house and ruptured a gas line, because a squirrel crossed the road.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 19-year-old woman driving the car swerved to avoid a squirrel in the 1300 block of North 68th Street, driving across a lane of traffic and into a parked car.

Her car caused the unoccupied, parked vehicle to go airborne and slam into the porch and natural gas meter of the neighboring house. A concrete chunk was ripped off the porch and the railing pierced the outer wall of the home.

The driver and her passenger, a 20-year-old man, were taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment of knee and jaw pain at 5:50 p.m.

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Red Raiders beat Brookfield Central, 3-1

Nov. 01, 2012 9:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa East will be making a seventh straight trip to the WIAA boys volleyball state tournament following a 3-1 win over the Lancers in the WIAA sectional final at Brookfield Central.

The Red Raiders won the first two matches, 25-18, and 25-21, but the Lancers fought back to win the third game, 25-20. East then won a thriller, 25-23, to clinch the match.

The games were played with each team making big runs, as well as a healthy quotient of lift calls and unforced errors.

Central led 16-9 in game four, but East went on a 7-0 run to tie the match. The Lancers took an 18-17 lead, but the Red Raiders scored seven unanswered points for a 24-18 lead. Central then rattled off five straight, with East hitting three of the points out of bounds, pressing to get that final point.

Following a timeout by coach John Simon, East returned a shot off a Lancers player out of bounds for the win.

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Good Samaritan chases thief who robbed elderly woman on Mayfair Road

Oct. 31, 2012 11:41 a.m. | A 50-year-old Milwaukee man didn't stand idly by when he saw an elderly woman robbed of her prescriptions outside Wheaton Franciscan-Wauwatosa, 201 N. Mayfair Road; he chased the man through multiple parking lots and down Mayfair road, flagging down cars and trying to stop him.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The suspected thief hit the woman in the arm and grabbed her prescription bag, later jumping from a 10-foot ledge and climbing over a barbed-wire fence while being pursued. A vehicle flagged down by the Milwaukee man joined the pursuit of the pill-filcher into the Super 8 parking lot, 115 N. Mayfair Road, where he eluded capture.

Police were able to identify the man from witness accounts and find his apartment. His friend was there and told police that the man had left to go to the hospital because he had a broken ankle.

The 36-year-old Milwaukee man was found and arrested at St. Mary's Hospital, 2301 N. Lake Drive in Milwaukee, at 11:13 a.m. Oct. 25.

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Craigslist shoppers steal Tosa homeowner's furnace

Oct. 31, 2012 10:47 a.m. | A man who used Craigslist to help clean out his house before a remodel found himself missing a gas furnace in Wauwatosa last week.

According to the police report:

The gas furnace was taken from a residence in the 400 block of North 68th Street at 10:25 a.m. Oct. 25.

The victim was doing a total remodel of his home and invited people from Craigslist to take items from the house.

The man said not to take the new, high-efficiency gas furnace, valued at $300.

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Wauwatosa East boys volleyball team edges Tosa West

Oct. 30, 2012 10:57 p.m. | Sometimes, the simplest solution can be the most effective.

That certainly was the case for the Wauwatosa East boys’ volleyball team in their thrilling five-game sectional semifinal win over rival Wauwatosa West on Tuesday at Tosa East.

The top-seeded Red Raiders did everything they could to set hitter Ben Plaisted up all over the court and the junior delivered, especially when it mattered most.
Plaisted finished with 36 kills, but tallied 11 of them in East’s 18-16 game five win.
“They couldn’t stop him,” said East coach John Simon. “We were sending him everywhere. He was hitting cuts and hitting angle shots and line shots.”
Perhaps Plaisted’s biggest shot came when East was down 13-11 and in jeopardy of seeing their run of consecutive WIAA State Tournament appearances end at six.
He buried a ball cross court and East (21-5) went on to win the next three points to take a 14-13 lead. 
“Every time the ball came to me, I just tried to swing as hard as I could,” Plaisted said. “I knew I was going to have to step up and I felt good out there.” 
The fourth-seeded Trojans rallied three times to tie the score, including an open court kill by senior Matt Stolz, who finished with a team-high 23 kills, to make it 16-16.
But another put away by Plaisted, followed by a futile scramble by the Trojans to keep the ensuring rally alive, secured the win for East.
“We knew they had big hitters, but I thought we played awesome and just came up a couple of points short,” Stolz said. “Plaisted just hit around us. It is what it is.”
Initially, the Red Raiders were getting production from their entire front line as the team jumped out to a 10-2 lead in game one.
Senior outside hitter Ben Mihelich paced East in their 25-17 opening game win with six kills, but West stabilized their blocking and took game two, 25-21.
That’s when Simon employed the simple strategy of getting the ball to Plaisted whenever possible.
“I told my setter after game two that every ball we can should go to Ben because they haven’t stopped him yet,” Simon said. “When they start stopping him, we’ll try something different.”
Plaisted finished off a 25-18 game three win for the Red Raiders with a thunderous kill, but the Trojans refused to disappear.
The two teams traded leads four times in game four, with neither squad going ahead by more than three points.
West (12-8) took the lead for good at 17-16 on a Stolz block and the senior finished the 25-22 win with a put away that forced game five.
“It was a battle and both teams came ready to play,” Tosa West coach Kyle Sikora said. “But they made adjustments and ran Plaisted across the whole back row, across the whole front row and we couldn’t stop him.”
While Plaisted proved to be a dominant presence, Simon acknowledged that the match could have gone either way.
“Whenever it’s East and West, it’s a battle royal,” he said. “It doesn’t matter records and that’s how this one was. So many points could have gone either way.”
Next up
The Red Raiders will now travel to Brookfield Central for the WIAA Sectional final to face the Lancers. East is the third-rated team in state and Central is the fourth-rated team.
The Red Raiders were undefeated in the Greater Metro Conference and Brookfield Central lost one game — to the Red Raiders.
In the Oct. 30th game at Tosa East, the Red Raiders won 3-1. Central won the first game (25-16), but then the Red Raiders regrouped and battled to win the final three games (25-22, 25-23, 25-19) and take the match.
On another angle, former Tosa East assistant to Simon is Brookfield Central coach Ken Nash.
The mentor will face the student with a trip to state on the line.

Men in stolen car elude police after short chase in Tosa

Oct. 30, 2012 7:34 p.m. | A Wauwatosa officer was led on a short chase that ended in a getaway after following a car parked in the BMO Harris lot, 7635 W. Bluemound Road, at 4:22 a.m. Oct. 22

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The police officer thought it was strange that a car would be parked there at that time. When he drove up to investigate, he noticed the occupants paying close attention to him. The thieves hit the gas when the officer made a U-turn to follow them, driving two blocks before jumping out of the car and running away.

The officer radioed for backup and gave chase. After he and other officers at the scene couldn't find either of the car's occupants, they gave up.

Police searched the stolen vehicle, finding no keys or any signs that the suspects tampered with the ignition. The vehicle was listed as stolen in West Allis, and was returned to its owner.

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Liquor thief thwarts alarm at Tosa store

Oct. 30, 2012 6:20 p.m. | Someone broke in through a window at Mayfair Liquor, 3122 N. Mayfair Road, and looted alcohol and cigarettes, according to a Wauwatosa police report. The business' alarm system was functional but was not set off, owners reported to police.

Also in the report:

The owners of Mayfair Liquor believe that whomever took the $1,636 worth of merchandise from the store must have had an intimate knowledge of the security system. The thief or thieves stacked crates to get access to the only non-alarmed window, which they smashed to get into the building between 9:15 p.m. Oct. 23 and 8:20 a.m. Oct. 24. Police found the hammer they believe was used in the robbery outside the business.

Once inside, the thieves only took items in an area that did not have a motion sensor or camera surveillance.

Man allegedly sells friend's jewelry, car for crack

Oct. 30, 2012 3:52 p.m. | Ronald Kramer, a 48-year-old Greenfield man, was charged Oct. 27 with felony theft for selling his friend's Cadillac and $61,000 worth of his friend's jewelry.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Kramer, a recovering alcoholic, was living with his friend in the 6400 block of Upper Parkway North in Wauwatosa. He was allowed to stay alone at the home while his friend was in a hospital out of state.

The friend had been gone for some time when he received a call from his insurance agency; they had gotten an anonymous tip that two young men were driving his car trying to pick up young women.

Concerned, the friend called police and asked them to check whether his cars were at his residence.

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Woman died after having a stroke while driving in Tosa, police say

Oct. 30, 2012 1:16 p.m. | A 65-year-old woman had a stroke while driving in the 10700 block of West North Avenue on Oct. 22, causing her car to crash into a fire hydrant, according to a Wauwatosa police report. She died while receiving medical attention shortly afterward.

Also in the report:

A man who was behind her in traffic found her inside the car, with the doors locked and engine revving. He called 911. The woman briefly regained consciousness, speaking with police officers, but she had no pulse when paramedics arrived.

She was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say disgruntled painter stole $2,500 worth of goods from Wauwatosa garage

Oct. 30, 2012 11:37 a.m. | A 42-year-old house painter, disgruntled at having just been fired, left his last job site with a good number of items stored in a garage there, according to a criminal complaint.

Benjamin Flores of Milwaukee was charged with felony theft in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Friday. He is accused of taking $2,500 worth of items - ranging from a snow blower and lawn mower to a card table and lawn games - from a Wauwatosa family's garage.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was fired because of an allegation of theft at another property. He was painting a garage in the 2200 block of North 68th Street at the time of the firing, and, believing the homeowners to be away, he pulled his truck into the garage and closed the door.

But one of the homeowners was home, feeling ill. She didn't answer when he range the bell, but went outside when she heard the suspicious activity.

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