Nordstrom opening department store at Mayfair mall by 2015

Nov. 29, 2012 12:10 p.m. | Nordstrom Inc. will open its first full-line Wisconsin department store at Wauwatosa's Mayfair mall in fall 2015.

The Seattle-based company announced Thursday plans to open a 140,000-square-foot, three-level store. It will be on the mall's east side, between Boston Store and Mayfair's six-story attached office building.

"We've heard from customers in the Milwaukee area for years that they would appreciate a store in their community," said Erik Nordstrom, company stores president, in a statement. "We're glad we have an opportunity to serve our customers, as well as those new to Nordstrom, in such a strong location as Mayfair."

Mayfair, owned by Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc., has more than 160 stores and restaurants. Nordstrom would be the mall's third department store anchor, joining Boston Store and Macy's.

"GGP is a terrific partner for us," Nordstrom said. "They operate great shopping destinations with a quality tenant mix. That's important to us in terms of giving customers a reason to shop at one particular location over another."

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Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Tosa police say shoplifters caught making a run for it in their Mercedes

Nov. 27, 2012 3:14 p.m. | A trio of alleged shoplifters tried to make a getaway but were nabbed by a nearby police officer.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two Milwaukee girls, ages 15 and 17, and an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman were arrested after trying to take multiple items from Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, at 5:43 p.m. Nov. 11.

The group allegedly walked through the store, taking a curling iron and multiple pairs of underwear, stuffing many items into their bras.

They were watched as they took the items and when they tried to leave the store, they heard an employee say, "Call security."

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Listen to WauwatosaNOW reporter talk about Eschweiler buildings on WUWM

Nov. 27, 2012 2:58 p.m. | Wauwatosa NOW reporter Jon Olson was on "Lake Effect," a radio program on WUWM 89.7 FM, to talk about the Eschweiler buildings.

Listen to Olson talk about the Eschweiler buildings here. Olson wrote a Reporter's Notebook column on his experience on a tour of the buildings in the Milwaukee County Complex earlier.

Police: Women admit to Goodwill theft after losing jobs

Nov. 26, 2012 4:48 p.m. | Two Milwaukee women, ages 54 and 48, told police they took $116 of clothing from Goodwill, 12121 W. Feerick St., at 5:29 p.m. Nov. 13 because they had lost their jobs and times are hard.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

After being asked about the items, both women admitted to taking the clothes. One said that she recently lost her job and was going to give some of the stolen goods to her granddaughter. The other said she also had lost her job and that she was going through a rough divorce.

The two women had an elaborate theft system, putting the items in purses on top of other items, doing a cart swap and having one of the women purchase some items.

Most of the items taken were clothing or shoes.

Alleged diaper thieves wanted in string of thefts from Pick 'n Save stores

Nov. 26, 2012 9:46 a.m. | Police say two girls and one man, all from Milwaukee, are wanted for a rash of thefts from Pick 'n Save stores across the Milwaukee area.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The three are wanted in an alleged theft of $516 worth of diapers and baby formula from Pick 'n Save, 1717 N. Mayfair Road, at 6:24 p.m. Nov. 13.

The 48-year-old man is shown on video surveillance guiding the girls, ages 12 and 14, to the aisle where the theft happened. He left the store shortly before the two took the baby formula and diapers.

The trio is wanted in multiple Pick 'n Save thefts on the Southeast side of Milwaukee.

See the best fog photos on social media

Nov. 21, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Dense fog clouded Milwaukee and surrounding areas Wednesday morning, and many people took to Twitter, Instagram and other social media services to share photos.

View those photos here.

Alleged drunken driver wants to talk politics, Tosa police say

Nov. 20, 2012 10:41 a.m. | A 26-year-old Milwaukee man accused of drunken driving in the early morning hours after Election Day wanted to talk politics during his arrest, Wauwatosa police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was stopped by police in the 7400 block of West State Street at 12:58 a.m. Nov. 7 after his vehicle crossed the centerline multiple times. As he pulled over, he hit the curb, according to the police report.

The man immediately began mumbling about President Barack Obama when officers approached him. They told him they believed he had been drinking, and he replied, "You're the man, and if you say I did it, then I did," the report states.

He was driving with a suspended license, and when officers confronted him about it, he began talking about politics again.

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Man attacked after four-car crash, Tosa police say

Nov. 19, 2012 12:14 p.m. | A man received a few blows to the head after he rear-ended an SUV at North and Wauwatosa avenues at 5 p.m. Nov. 8.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 22-year-old SUV driver, a Milwaukee man, head-butted the other driver and punched him multiple times after the crash. When others who were involved in the crash tried to stop him, he threatened them with violence.

The victim, a 23-year-old Pewaukee man, barely had time to recover from the four-car accident after his air bags went off. He had rear-ended the Milwaukee man, whose car ran into a another, which was pushed into another.

Witnesses say they saw the Pewaukee man "playing" on his cellphone just before the accident.

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Suspected shoplifter argues her way into arrest at Mayfair, Tosa police say

Nov. 19, 2012 10:08 a.m. | A teen's belligerence led to her arrest for disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and carrying a concealed weapon at Mayfair - even though the store employees who suspected her of stealing had been ready to let her go.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Employees of Pac Sun in Mayfair, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, caught the 16-year-old girl taking a pair of jeans from the store at 7:18 p.m. Nov. 10. The store didn't want to have her arrested, but they did want their property back. Wanting her to return her items and leave, they called mall security.

When the security guard asked her if she had taken anything else, the girl became belligerent and police were called. She told officers the guard had "been rude to her."

The officers found a stolen belt, panties and jewelry in the girl's purse, as well as a set of spiked brass knuckles.

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Deodorant thieves elude capture, Tosa police say

Nov. 17, 2012 4:22 p.m. | Even the dark underbelly of crime is worried about the smell of their underarms.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

Four people - two men and two women in their mid-20s - are suspected of taking 44 sticks of deodorant, a value of $290, from CVS Pharmacy, 7520 W. Bluemound Road, and Walgreens, 2275 N. Mayfair Road.

The four worked as a team to snatch the merchandise. At Walgreens, two people blocked employees' vision while two grabbed the deodorant sticks.

Walgreens employees, suspecting the theft, called the police. The four were able to escape in a car with a temporary license plate before heading straight to CVS.

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Thieves break into cars in church parking lot, police say

Nov. 17, 2012 3:54 p.m. | About $780 in goods were stolen from two cars parked at Calvary Memorial United Church, 4515 N. Mayfair Road.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Windows on both cars were smashed out, resulting in $200 damage to each car, between 6 and 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

A backpack containing paperwork for a thesis paper and school books was taken from one car. A briefcase, a pair of shoes and a business card case were among the items taken from the second car.

East boys cruise to opening win over Racine Park

Nov. 16, 2012 10:07 p.m. |  Wauwatosa East blew away Racine Park with a 26-2 run and ran off with a 61-37 opening night victory Friday night at home.

Leading 16-14, the Red Raiders closed out the first half with a 13-0 run. They opened the second half with a 7-0 run for a 20-0 streak. Nate Moore (7 points) and Derek Hurt (4 points, 2 assists) sparked the first-half run.

Moore finished with 17 points, while Ben Mihelich, right off the volleyball court, scored 13.

East's defense and passing stood out all night.

Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged

Nov. 16, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For more than 40 years, Gary Medrow has wielded a telephone the way a check forger wields a pen.

Except instead of faking signatures for financial gain, Medrow has used the phone as a disguise to impersonate people in officialdom - from police officers to accident investigators - to indulge his favorite fetish: persuading complete strangers to carry each other around.

The latest persona adopted by the 68-year-old serial impostor, according to a criminal complaint, is that of a Journal Sentinel photojournalist, calling two female high school athletes to set up photo shoots in which they would hold each other upon their shoulders.

Medrow, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday and charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with two counts each of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident involving two Cedarburg High School girls.

Authorities in Franklin, Verona, Hartland and Mequon are investigating similar incidents, which involve female athletes who have had their pictures in the newspaper, Cedarburg police Officer Joe Biliskov said.

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Tosa East falls in heartbreaker at state volleyball

Nov. 09, 2012 10:55 p.m. | Wauwatosa East held a 2-1 lead on Kettle Moraine in the WIAA boys volleyball state quarterfinal, but despite huge efforts from Ben Mihelich and Ben Plaisted, the Red Raiders fell at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday night, 25-15, 18-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-11.

Plaisted (25 kills, .378 hitting percentage) and Mihelich (20 kills, 12 digs) were both dominant at times, especially in a stretch in the fourth set when the tandem conspired for kills on seven straight Tosa East points. But the Lasers held on to their precarious lead to take the set, themn jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the fifth set.

The Red Raiders rallied to within 12-10, but the third seed was ousted from the tourney shortly thereafter.

"I wish we would have played better," Tosa East coach John Simon said. "I thought we had them right where we wanted them when we were up 2-1. We just couldn't close out. We couldn't put them away when we had the chance to. We let them hang around, hang around; they got on a roll at the end. We really didn't have an answer for a lot of their stuff. I wish they would have played better at the end."

North Avenue, State Street open today in Wauwatosa

Nov. 07, 2012 2:40 p.m. | North Avenue, which has been closed at 90th Street since late last month, was expected to open to traffic today, said Alderman Jeffrey Roznowski, who represents the area.

Work was expected to last another week, but the contractor has been ahead of schedule, he said.

Also, the project at State Street and Harwood Avenue, in the center of the Village, is also wrapping up, and State also is expected to open to through traffic today.

Looking for your local polling place?

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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