Tosa East girls beat St. Scholastica behind Walls, Simpson

Dec. 30, 2009 10:14 p.m. | Playing one of its best games of the season, Wauwatosa East beat St. Scholastica, 53-32, Wednesday afternoon at Tosa East.

The Red Raiders jumped out to a 30-15 lead at intermission as Cara Walls scored nine points and Talisha Simpson eight in the first-half run.  Walls And Simpson eached added three points in a 19-point third quarter to put the game away.

Walls finished with 15 points, Simpson 15, Emily Ferger had six and Cassie Osinski five to lead coach Rob Hamill's Red Raiders (2-6). Victoria Anichebe and Colleen Lowry each scored nine points to lead the Stingers (10-6).

Voter ID question will not be on April ballot

Dec. 30, 2009 11:02 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents won't see an advisory referendum on whether Wisconsin should require all voters to show a state-issued ID on the April election ballot.

Organizers of a petition said the holiday season turned out to be a bad time to collect signatures.

"This is not a time conducive for people to be politically active," Alderwoman Jacqueline Jay said.

From the start, she said the timeframe would be tight. Today is the deadline to get the referendum on the April ballot, and doing so would require having collected 3,656 signatures.

Jay said there is not a lack of interest, just a lack of time, to pursue direct legislation, a resident-initiated procedure to compel the Common Council to put a proposed ordinance or resolution before the public for a popular vote.

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Ewerdt confirms bid for re-election

Dec. 30, 2009 9:52 a.m. | Another incumbent has decided to seek re-election to the Wauwatosa Common Council.

Brian Ewerdt, 6th District alderman, has submitted candidacy papers to the city clerk's office to run in the April election.

He has served on the council since 2006.

With Ewerdt's decision to seek a second term, all but one of the 10 races has at least one candidate. There have been no candidates so far for the 8th District position occupied by Robert Dennik. He has filed noncandicacy paperwork signaling his intention to step down at the end of this term.

Wauwatosa residents who are interested in running for city office have until 5 p.m. Jan. 5 to submit paperwork to the clerk's office.

Target cashiers accused of defrauding store

Dec. 29, 2009 2:12 p.m. | Two cashiers at Target in Wauwatosa have been arrested for theft by fraud for loading gift cards they did not pay for, and then using them to purchase merchandise.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 17-year-old boy piqued the security staff's attention when they started noticing numerous money shortages and large value purchases at his register. The unusual transactions started Dec. 10 and continued through Dec. 23, when he was arrested.

He was found to have put $1,900 on gift cards without paying for them. Of that, he spent $1,186. Items taken from the store, including digital media players, headphones and other electronic devices, were found in his pockets and locker.

Some of the items he bought with the gift cards were given to his coworker, a 24-year-old woman. When she asked him where he got the money for all the merchandise, he filled her in on his scam and she started serving as an accomplice.

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Pottery Barn Kids at Mayfair to close

Dec. 29, 2009 12:15 p.m. | Pottery Barn Kids notified customers in an e-mail Tuesday that the store at Mayfair will close on Sunday, Jan. 17.

The Mayfair store is the only Pottery Barn Kids in Wisconsin. The company didn't give a reason for the closing in its announcement. 

The most recent earnings report for Pottery Barn's parent company, Williams-Sonoma, listed four Pottery Barn Kids stores around the country slated to close in the fourth quarter. For the full fiscal year, the company will close eight Pottery Barn Kids locations, including one temporary closing at a store that will be remodeled.   

Woman accused of forging checks

Dec. 29, 2009 11:38 a.m. | A Minnesota woman was charged Wednesday with two counts of felony forgery for allegedly using fake checks to buy televisions at Best Buy stores in Wauwatosa and Greenfield.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

Amber Cooper, 26, is accused of using a fake check to buy two televisions at the Greenfield electronics store Dec. 12. Cooper was with two other Milwaukee women, ages 29 and 34, who were later arrested for being party to a crime. Store security personnel realized the problem after they had left the store and called other area Best Buy locations to warn them.

The same women walked into the Wauwatosa Best Buy store at 10:42 p.m. and again asked to purchase two televisions. They tried to pay with a check, but the account was flagged. Officers stopped the women as they were entering their vehicle in the parking lot.

Cooper had numerous Boston Store bags in the vehicle, and she also is accused of forging several other checks to buy more than $2,000 in items and gift cards from the Mayfair Mall department store.

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Three aldermen to step down from city council

Dec. 29, 2009 11:34 a.m. | The longest-serving alderman on Wauwatosa's Common Council has decided not to seek re-election.

Second District Alderman James Krol has filed noncandidacy paperwork with the city clerk's office.

Come April, he will have sat on the council for 20 years.

Alderman Robert Dennik also has turned in noncandidacy papers, just nine months after being sworn in to represent the 8th District.

Dennik was appointed to the position in March to fill the seat left vacant due to the death of Tom Treis. A committee of aldermen interviewed numerous candidates, and Dennik received the most votes. He has been serving as the aldermanic representative on the city's Economic Development Advisory Committee that was formed this fall.

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Sayles' shot upsets Washington in WBY Shootout

Dec. 28, 2009 11:01 p.m. | Wauwatosa East's Dan Sayles' 3-point basket on the buzzer upset Milwaukee Washington, 57-56, in the 2009 Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout at the Al McGuire Center Monday night, snapping a 6-game losing streak for the Red Raiders.

Washington junior Quevyn Winters' two free throws with 4.2 seconds left had just given the Purgolders a 56-54 lead. The Red Raiders got the ball into Sayles, a sharp-shooting senior forward who leads the team in scoring.

Sayles dribbled through a double team and past two more Purgolders before shooting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the wing for the win.

Tosa East, a young and inexperienced team, improved to 3-7 with the win, while Washington, the third-ranked team in the area, fell to 5-2. What made the upset even more unlikely was the fact that an average Pius XI team clobbered Tosa East Sunday night by 18 in the first day of the tourney.

After shooting 28% against the Popes, the Red Raiders came back and shot 60% (12-of-20) in the second half and hit 7-of-14 3-pointers against Washington, an excellent defensive team.

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Work on Zoo Interchange bridges to start next week

Dec. 28, 2009 3:12 p.m. | Three replacement bridges will be built alongside deteriorating spans in the Zoo Interchange, in a quick and temporary fix that will cost $15.3 million, according to a contract detailed by the state Department of Transportation on Monday.

Milwaukee Constructors LLC will start work on Jan. 4 and have the new bridges open for traffic by May 24, with very limited traffic disruptions during the construction, under the agreement with the DOT.

Milwaukee Constructors LLC is made up of Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc., Lunda Construction Co. and Zenith Tech. The same three contractors teamed together and received more than $413.7 million for work on the Marquette Interchange, completed in 2008.

The consortium of Wisconsin-based firms submitted the only bid for the emergency work in the Zoo Interchange and proposed to build the replacement spans for $11.3 million.

The price increased by $4 million during negotiations, as the DOT sought to limit the ramp and lane restrictions during the construction, according to Paul Trombino, operations director for the DOT highways division.

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Pius XI clobbers Tosa East in holiday tournament

Dec. 27, 2009 10:21 p.m. | Milwaukee Pius XI clobbered Wauwatosa East, 52-34, in the 2009 Shootout sponsored by the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Sunday night at the Al McGuire Center.

Artie Turner and Larry Fitzgerald scored 16 and 14 points to lead the Popes (4-3) to victory. Turner scored 12 points in the first half as Pius took a 28-12 lead after an 18-2 first quarter. Fitzgerald scored eight of his points in the second half.

Darrell Bowie scored 10 points to lead the Red Raiders, who are now 2-7. Tosa East faces Milwaukee Washington Monday night at the Al at 6:30 p.m.

Offensively-challenged BD boys fall to Tosa West, 69-59

Dec. 22, 2009 10:34 p.m. | When the Brown Deer boys basketball team went inside to junior post player Kierre Ogbonna good things tended to happen Tuesday night against visiting Wauwatosa West.

He not only scored but also got rebounds and helped the Falcons grab an early 6-0 lead and a 20-15 advantage at the end of the first period.

But then the Falcons largely forgot about post play after that and without a viable perimeter game (no three-pointers made on the night and very few attempted), the lead evaporated and the Trojans were gradually able to pull away with a 69-59 victory.

"It's a broken record," said Brown Deer co-coach Andy Bauschelt of his team's third loss in a row. "We played well at the start of the game but then we reverted back to what we know which is street ball and that doesn't bode well when you're trying to win a high school basketball game."

The loss dropped the Falcons to 4-3 in Woodland Conference play and 4-6 overall in their final game of the 2009 portion of the season while West improved to 4-2.

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West girls beat Brown Deer, improve to 5-2 in Woodland

Dec. 22, 2009 9:33 p.m. | The Wauwatosa West girls basketball team beat Brown Deer, 43-34, Tuesday night at home and improved their Woodland Conference record to 5-2.

Senior guard Jessica Allemang scored a game-high 15 points and four other Trojans managed five or more points - Jackie Glazer (7), Mariah Smith (6), Jenna Lahmann (6) and Molly Boyle (5).

Brown Deer only trailed, 33-29, after three quarters, when the West pressure defense put the game away early in the fourth quarter.

Glazer led a fastbreak, passing to Lahmann for a basketball to open the final period. Then Smith followed suit, passing to Lahmann for another easy score and finally Lahmann passed to Allemang for a lay-up and the Trojans led 39-29 with 6:21 left in the game.

Mariah Weddle led Brown Deer with 13 points and 6-2 Ariel Feiertag added 10.

City's spring ballot beginning to fill up

Dec. 22, 2009 11:42 a.m. | Two weeks before the filing deadline, the city clerk's office is seeing numerous Wauwatosa residents submitting candidacy paperwork for the April election.

Two incumbents will seek re-election in April, a newcomer has announced his candidacy and a longtime alderman has chosen to end his service on the Wauwatosa Common Council.

After a decade representing Wauwatosa's 5th District, Alderman Jerry Stepaniak has decided not to seek re-election. He has filed notification of noncandidacy with the city clerk's office. Stepaniak could not be reached for comment.

So far, one newcomer, Bobby Pantuso, has submitted paperwork to run for the 5th District seat.

In the 3rd District, Tim Hanson will run for a second term. A challenger, Sandra Callaghan, has previously announced her entry into the race.

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Wauwatosa-area honor rolls now online

Dec. 22, 2009 11:28 a.m. | We've just posted the latest honor roll lists for Wauwatosa-area schools.

The honor rolls that are online, all from the first quarter, are: Wauwatosa East High School, Wauwatosa West High School, Marquette University High School, Longfellow Middle School and Whitman Middle School.

Not only you will find the complete list of hundreds of outstanding area students, but when you click on a student's name, you'll see a printable honor roll certificate. and Marquette University, which sponsors the honor rolls, would like to congratulate the local students for their outstanding achievements.

We also welcome honor rolls for local elementary and middle schools - both public and private. If you don't see your child's school on this list, ask your school to e-mail its honor roll to

3rd suspect arrested in shooting of Tosa officer

Dec. 20, 2009 11:30 a.m. | Milwaukee police officers arrested a third suspect early Sunday who was charged with taking part in the shooting of a Wauwatosa police officer last week.

Thongsavahn Rodthong, 27, of Milwaukee, was arrested in the 400 block of N. 34th St. about 12:50 a.m., police said.

Michael S. Dengsavang, 28, Paul M. Phonisay, 29, and Rodthong, all of Milwaukee, face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the charges of attempted homicide, party to a crime. They also are charged with burglary. Rodthong and Dengsavang are charged with armed robbery as well.

Abby Pavlik, a 3½-year veteran of the Wauwatosa Police Department, was shot inside her patrol car as she responded to an armed robbery call at the Happy Wok, 2332 N. 124th St., about 10:30 p.m. last Sunday. Her investigation took her to a nearby apartment complex, where police say she was ambushed by the suspects.

Pavlik, 28, who was wearing a protective vest, was struck once in the abdomen.

TV report: Third shooting suspect arrested

Dec. 20, 2009 10:05 a.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that the third suspect in the shooting of a Wauwatosa Police officer was arrested early Sunday.

Milwaukee officers with the Neighborhood Task Force arrested Rodthong Thongsavahn, 27, in the 400 Block of N. 34th Street, the station reports.

Thongsavahn and two other suspects, Michael Dengsavang, 28, and Paul Phonisay, 29, face charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and burglary.

Carroll, Sterling spark West to comeback win over St. Thomas More

Dec. 18, 2009 10:08 p.m. | Freshman Anthony Carroll and senior Ray Sterling sparked a late comeback as Wauwatosa West rallied to beat St. Thomas More, 61-48, at Tosa West Friday night.

Trailing, 35-24, Tosa West coach Mike Landisch called time out with 3:32 left in the third quarter. After making some key substitutions, the Trojans came out and went on a 16-2 run to take a 40-37 lead into the final quarter.

Sterling, who scored 10 points in the quarter, had six points, Sam Krenzien and Carroll added five each, in the 16-2 run.

Then in the fourth quarter Carroll scored the first 11 points of the period to give West a 51-44 lead. He scored 13 of the Trojans 21 points in that final period.

Carroll led the way with a game-high 23 points, while Krenzien had 12 and Sterling 10.

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3 men to be charged in shooting of Tosa officer

Dec. 18, 2009 5:02 p.m. | Prosecutors expect to charge three men with attempted homicide in the Sunday night shooting of a Wauwatosa police officer, officials announced Friday.

At a new conference, Wauwatosa police identified the three suspects as Michael S. Dengsavang, 28, Paul M. Phonisay, 29, and Thongsavah Rodthong, 27. The first two men are in custody; police are asking the public's assistance in finding Rodthong.

All three Milwaukee men are expected to be charged soon with attempted homicide, armed robbery false imprisonment and burglary, according to police.

Abby Pavlik, a 3 1/2 year veteran of the Wauwatosa Police Department, responded to an armed robbery call at the Happy Wok, 2332 N. 124 St. about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Her investigation took her to a nearby apartment complex, where police say she was ambushed by the suspects who fired multiple shots at Pavlik's squad car.

Pavlik, 28, who was wearing a protective vest, was struck in the abdomen.

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Wauwatosa West, Greendale boys basketball photo gallery now online

Dec. 16, 2009 11:17 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from last night's Woodland Conference basketball game between Wauwatosa West and Greendale.

Tosa West posted a 54-47 victory in overtime as West's Anthony Carroll led all scorers with 17 points. Cordney Wren led Greendale with 15.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Arney, Causier running for 2nd District seat

Dec. 15, 2009 6:46 p.m. | Wauwatosa will have at least one contested race in the spring election as two candidates are running for the 2nd District seat on the Common Council.

Margaret Michele Arney, a co-founder of the Wauwatosa Village Neighborhood Association, and Kathleen Causier, Wauwatosa Historical Society Board president, have filed campaign registration statements indicating their intention to run.

In addition, 1st District Alderman Peter Donegan will seek re-election.

One of the two seats from each of the city's eight aldermanic districts will be up for election. In addition, two other council seats that were filled by appointments due to mid-term resignations also will appear on the ballot.

So far, incumbents Jill Organ, 4th District, and Don Birschel and Cheryl Berdan, both representing the 7th District, have filed campaign paperwork. Newcomers Sandra Callaghan, 3rd District, and Bobby Pantuso, 5th District, also hope to be elected to city government.

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More families turning to Salvation Army this year

Dec. 15, 2009 1:46 p.m. | The number of families who will rely on the Salvation Army to provide gifts for their families this Christmas has nearly doubled from last year.

The Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee, which has headquarters in Wauwatosa, registered a record number 15,344 children from 5,462 families for holiday assistance, according to a news release from the organization.

In 2008, the organization helped out 2,916 families.

Registered families will have the opportunity to visit the Salvation Army Toy Shop between Thursday and Monday. Most of those items will come from the annual Toys for Tots drive.

People who want to donate a toy or volunteer at the toy shop can call (414) 302-4300.

2 arrested in connection with Tosa officer's shooting

Dec. 15, 2009 1:20 p.m. | Wauwatosa — Two people who might have information about suspects involved in the shooting of a Wauwatosa police officer have been arrested and are in custody, Lt. Dominic Leone said Tuesday.

The two people are being held on unrelated charges, but were arrested as part of the investigation into Sunday night's shooting, Leone said.

He would not say which law enforcement agency arrested the pair.

The 28-year-old female officer who was wounded in the abdomen remains in stable condition and appears to be improving, Leone said. He refused to say whether she is now able to provide investigators with more details about the shooting.

The officer was wounded in what police described as an ambush outside of an apartment complex. She had gone there seeking suspects in an armed robbery that occurred about 10:30 p.m. at a nearby Chinese restaurant.

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School Board approves new teachers contract

Dec. 15, 2009 10:22 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board last night approved a new contract agreement with the district teachers union, increasing teacher pay and benefits by a combined 4.76 percent for this school year and 4.25 percent in 2010-11.

Board members and Superintendent Phil Ertl said they were pleased to have reached a voluntary settlement, one they believe is beneficial to the district and to teachers.

The School Board approved the contract unanimously, though several board members expressed concerns that future layoffs could be necessary if state funding to schools doesn't improve.

The contract agreement was ratified by members of the Wauwatosa Education Association, the district teachers union, on Dec. 11, with 78 percent of teachers voting in favor, according to a district news release and Debbie Brent, WEA chief negotiator.

The voluntary contract agreement is the first negotiated in the district since Wisconsin eliminated its qualified economic offer law as part of the 2009-11 biennial budget. The QEO allowed districts to avoid going to arbitration for teacher negotiations as long as they offered the union a 3.8 percent annual increase in pay and benefits.

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Tosa officer 'ambushed' responding to robbery

Dec. 14, 2009 9:34 p.m. | Wauwatosa — The men who held up a Chinese restaurant late Sunday may have then been trying to steal from the owners' nearby apartment when a police officer arrived and was "ambushed" by multiple gunshots, police and people who know the restaurant owners said Monday.

The 28-year-old officer, the first in Wauwatosa to be shot in 21 years, was wearing a protective vest but nonetheless was wounded in the abdomen while still in her squad car, police said.

After surgery, the officer who has 3 1/2 years of experience was reported in stable condition.

"She was suddenly ambushed in what turned out to be a very violent attack," Police Chief Barry Weber said Monday.

A suspect, a 28-year-old Milwaukee man, was arrested near the scene of the shooting a short time later. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered, Weber said.

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Two arrested in string of credit card thefts

Dec. 14, 2009 7:02 p.m. | Two Milwaukee men have been arrested on allegations that they took wallets from shoppers at area Pick 'n Save stores, and then used stolen credit cards to buy merchandise at Kmart stores.

Wauwatosa and West Allis police are working together on the case that also includes thefts in Cudahy and West Milwaukee.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A shopper noticed her wallet missing from her purse while she shopped at the Pick 'n Save on Mayfair Road at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Then she remembered a man had been hovering near her cart while she was picking up items that had fallen off a freezer shelf.

She called to cancel her credit cards, but found out they had already been used to purchase a television and camcorder for $900 at the Kmart in Wauwatosa.

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Phony meter readers steal thousands from elderly couple

Dec. 14, 2009 7:00 p.m. | An elderly Wauwatosa couple was scammed out of several thousand dollars by two men posing as meter readers Wednesday afternoon.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The husband was outside shoveling snow outside his home in the 2500 block of North 72nd Street. When he went inside at 2:30 p.m., he found his wife talking to two men, who said they had come by to read the meters.

The men told the couple that they needed to go upstairs and into the basement to turn on all the lights so they could better read the meters. A half hour later, when the men left, the couple remembered that workers for the electric company had come by to change over some meters a few weeks earlier.

They grew suspicious and called police. After a search of the home, the couple found money that had been paid as part of the husband's military pension had been stolen.

Doctor, wife accused of shoplifting just for kicks

Dec. 14, 2009 5:50 p.m. | When people are arrested for theft at Mayfair Mall, officers often hear suspects complain of being out of work or having an addiction to drugs as reasons for their crimes.

But a doctor who makes more than $150,000 per year and his wife had a different excuse: they did it for the thrill of the sport.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The Milwaukee couple had arrived at the mall on Saturday evening planning to shop for Christmas gifts. Instead, the 30-year-old wife suggested they take what they wanted. Because Macy's was so busy with shoppers, she didn't think they would be noticed.

They took turns serving as a lookout while the other took items - more than $1,500 worth - from just about every department in the store. They stuffed items in shopping bags from other stores, purses and the stroller that was carrying their two young children. The 39-year-old husband likened the experience to "a game" in which they saw what they could get away with.

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City flu clinics set for this week

Dec. 13, 2009 6:28 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents who want seasonal or swine flu shots will have opportunity during three upcoming vaccine clinics at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

The Health Department will give free vaccines to protect the H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu, from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 21.

As for seasonal flu vaccines, those will be given from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The flu vaccine costs $35 for adults. But it will be offered free for kids ages 6 months through 18 years while supplies last.

Problems from snow storm not as bad as expected

Dec. 09, 2009 1:44 p.m. | The winter storm that was expected to drop heaps of snow on the city Tuesday night did not cause as many problems as expected locally, according to city staff.

"It's been fairly quiet," said Wauwatosa police Lt. Dominic Leone today. "It appears people are driving reasonably for the conditions."

Officers have been assisting motorists who have gotten stuck in the snow, but only one traffic accident came in since 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The Fire Department did not receive any reports of injuries, but 43 storm-related calls came in, mostly for downed power lines and fallen trees.

Emergency medical service personnel did assist one resident who had a home power outage that affected his oxygen system, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Case said.

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Two housing developments take steps forward

Dec. 09, 2009 11:44 a.m. | The Community Development Committee gave its support to two developments that would add more than 550 housing units to Wauwatosa.

A development with the working name of Mount Tosa - due to its placement at a former dump site - and The Enclave, an urban-style apartment complex for young professionals, could be under construction in the city come spring.

A year after the final plans for Mount Tosa were approved by the Common Council, the city has worked out the details of a developer's agreement for an 18-acre parcel of land at the public works yard at 113th Street and Walnut Road.

Soil uncertainties reduce price

Toldt Development plans to build 427 units, a mix of condominiums and apartments, with some specifically for senior housing. However, the site's soil conditions have been a sticking point, City Attorney Alan Kesner said.

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Pay boost, defined duties for mayor eyed

Dec. 09, 2009 10:42 a.m. | Should Wauwatosa's mayor be paid more? At least one alderman thinks so, but the sitting mayor says don't mess with success.

Alderman Brian Ewerdt asked city officials to look at increasing mayoral compensation, which is now an annual $22,500 salary.

For a city the size of Wauwatosa - about 46,000 residents and more than 400 city employees - the dollar amount seems significantly low, especially when compared with the six-figure salaries some of the city managers make, he said.

"I would like to see this in the $45,000 range," Ewerdt said.

That salary would provide a more realistic living wage, he said. At this point, heads of households or single parents likely would not be able to afford to serve as mayor.

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Two more newcomers join spring race for city council seats

Dec. 09, 2009 12:12 a.m. | The municipal judge will seek another term in office and three more people have declared their candidacy for seats on Wauwatosa's Common Council.

Judge Richard Baker's name will appear on the April election ballot. The position of municipal judge is a four-year term and comes with a salary of $23,000. So far no challengers have joined the race.

Also, one incumbent and two newcomers have announced they are running to become alderwomen. Fourth District Alderwoman Jill Organ is seeking re-election. Organ was appointed in spring 2008 when Jill Didier left her aldermanic post to became mayor. Organ then won the spring 2009 election to finish the remainder of that term. This time she is running for a four-year term.

In the 2nd District, Kathleen Causier will run for the Common Council seat. The incumbent is James Krol, who has not filed candidacy papers yet.

As for the 3rd District, Sandra Callaghan will run to represent the district. She could not be reached for comment. The incumbent is Tim Hanson, who has not filed candidacy papers, but has said he plans to run again.

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Armed men rob man in garage

Dec. 08, 2009 7:02 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man was robbed of $4 at his home in the 3300 block of North 107th Street about 8:50 p.m. Nov. 30.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

When the victim arrived home at 8:52 p.m., he saw a vehicle at the end of his driveway that had been following him. Two men armed with guns and wearing masks started running toward him. He attempted to close the garage door, but one of the men entered and pointed a gun close to his face. He thought the two wanted to steal his car, so he held up the keys and said, "Take it." He then dropped the keys on the floor.

The second robber then entered the garage and said, "Give me the money" several times.

One of the robbers reached into the man's front pocket and pulled out four dollar bills saying "Your going to get killed over this?" They took the money and ran back to their vehicle.

Honk of a horn scares would-be purse snatcher away

Dec. 08, 2009 6:58 p.m. | A woman was the victim of an attempted purse snatching as she loaded groceries in her vehicle at Sendik's.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The shopper was approached by another woman in the store parking lot, 8616 W. North Ave., at 7:24 a.m. Dec. 1. Initially, she did not think anything was wrong, and believed the other woman was going to ask her a question.

But the woman twice said, "Give me your purse," then grabbed it and tried to pull it away from the shopper.

A driver pulling into the parking lot beeped her horn and scared the purse snatcher away.

Man arrested in connection with armed home invasion

Dec. 08, 2009 6:54 p.m. | A 22-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested after a home in the 1600 block of Mountain Avenue was invaded Sunday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowner was changing her clothes at 12:30 p.m. when she heard the front door open. She assumed it was one of her children returning from playing outside, but she saw a man coming up the stairs.

He pointed a gun, said he wanted money and ordered her to the floor. She showed him there was no money in her purse.

As they walked from the kitchen, she bolted out the front door screaming, and the robber ran to a vehicle and drove away.

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Man accused of exposing himself at Hansen Golf Course

Dec. 08, 2009 6:50 p.m. | Wauwatosa police say a 39-year-old Shorewood man exposed himself to two men, who caught the incident on camera, at Hansen Golf Course on Sunday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two brothers had been watching deer across the street from the golf clubhouse, 9800 Underwood Parkway, at 11:10 a.m.

They saw a vehicle park, and when the driver got out he was dressed in black - a hat, women's panties, tight long-sleeve shirt and open-toed women's shoes. When the man saw them looking at him, he reached down, pulled his panties back and exposed his penis.

When the brothers told him they had gotten a picture of the exposure, he drove off.

Health department cancels flu clinic tomorrow

Dec. 08, 2009 6:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa Health Department has canceled tomorrow's seasonal flu clinic due to the winter snowstorm expected to hit the Milwaukee area over the next 36 hours.

"We'd prefer to err on safety of the public," city Health Officer Nancy Kreuser said, adding "The seasonal flu clinic will be rescheduled and announced in the near future."

The H1N1 vaccination clinic set for today also was canceled. People who were planning to attend are encouraged to come to City Hall for clinics from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 21.

Kroner will seek re-election to School Board

Dec. 03, 2009 3:36 p.m. | Wauwatosa School Board member Philip Kroner said he will seek re-election to his at-large seat during the spring election.

Kroner's announcement means incumbents will run for all three of the School Board seats up for election April 6. Board members Michael Meier, who holds Seat 2, and Anne Fee, who holds Seat 3, have previously said they hope to renew their seats. Kroner holds Seat 1.

If more than two candidates file for any one seat, a primary election will be held Feb. 16 to narrow the pool of candidates.

All seven of Wauwatosa's School Board seats are citywide, and not assigned to a specific area of the district. District residents vote for all three seats, regardless of where they live.

Board members serve three-year terms without monetary compensation.

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Wauwatosa East girls basketball photos now online

Dec. 02, 2009 3:51 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from the Wauwatosa East girls basketball team's game last night against Wisconsin Lutheran.

East's Carly Herald led all scorers with 12 points, but that was not enough as Wisconsin Lutheran pulled away in the second half and posted a 57-34 victory.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photos.

Tosa OKs new economic development position

Dec. 02, 2009 2:22 p.m. | Wauwatosa — The Common Council has approved creating an economic development director position that will pay between $70,000 and $130,000 per year.

The job description says the director, who would report to the city administrator, would try to increase the non-residential tax base, promote the city's role as a center for research and innovation, and support walk-able neighborhoods.

The city hopes to hire a director by spring.

Road repaving could mean assessments

Dec. 01, 2009 10:02 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council will hold a public hearing Jan. 19 on street repairs proposed for 2010.

The city is planning six street improvement projects that call for milling the existing pavement, repairing curbs and abutting approaches and sidewalks where necessary, and resurfacing the street with asphalt. In some areas, sewer or water main work may be needed beneath the road.

If the projects get approved, owners of properties fronting the following streets would be charged special assessments:

• North 120th Street from West Locust to West Chambers streets;

• North 124th Street from Walnut Road to north of Garfield Avenue;

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Aldi wins beer and liquor licenses

Dec. 01, 2009 10:00 p.m. | The Common Council granted Aldi beer and liquor licenses Tuesday.

Not all of the company's stores carry alcoholic beverages, but most of the newer locations sell such products, according to the Aldi Web site. The discount grocery store chain is opening a store at 121st and Burleigh streets on Dec. 10.

The company has been trying for several years to find a spot in the city.

Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Aldi has become known for carrying its own line of the 1,400 most frequently purchased grocery and household products - a smaller selection than some of its competitors - requiring a 25-cent deposit to use a shopping cart, charging for bags and not accepting credit cards, which require processing fees. The efforts help keep costs down.

Swine flu clinic at City Hall on Monday

Dec. 01, 2009 9:30 p.m. |

H1N1 vaccination clinic to be held Monday

Any Wauwatosa residents who want to be vaccinated against the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, can attend a clinic from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The Wauwatosa Health Department has lifted restrictions and opened its clinics to the general population.

Assuming the city continues to receive vaccine shipments, clinics also will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 21.

Since late October, the Health Department has given 2,500 H1N1 vaccines.

Voter ID referendum petition drive set for Wednesday

Dec. 01, 2009 4:20 p.m. | An effort to get a voter ID referendum on the ballot in the next city election is picking up steam as a petition drive is set for 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Leff's Lucky Town, 7208 W. State St.

Wauwatosa residents who want to vote on whether the state should require any voter to show a photo ID can stop by the bar in the Village and add their signature to the list. Because voter ID is a state issue, a referendum on Wauwatosa's ballot would not be binding. It would be an advisory measure, but supporters say its passage would send a strong message to state lawmakers.

The drive is being led by Alderwoman Jacqueline Jay, who said she has received about 100 signatures so far and had heard from numerous others who want to add their name to the list of supporters. Setting up a spot at the bar where people can stop in and sign petitions makes the collection more convenient than going door to door, she said

Some of those people who have contacted her also have also become involved in the petition drive, she said. Organizers need to collect more than 3,600 signatures by the end of the month to get the measure on the April ballot.

"After the drive at Leff's, we'll have a better idea of how much more work we need to do," she said.

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Man accused of stealing 50 cans of baby formula

Dec. 01, 2009 5:48 a.m. | A 49-year-old Milwaukee man accused of stealing more than 50 cans of baby formula from a Wauwatosa grocery store over a three-day period has been charged with repeat offender retail theft.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Kenneth Frazier was arrested while carrying 12 cans of baby formula, valued at $168, in his sweatshirt about 6 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Pick 'n Save on State Street.

He told officers he takes items from area grocery stores and sells them to men he meets in Milwaukee. In addition to formula, he told police he also steals and then sells razor blades and over-the-counter medications.Frazier had been in the store that morning and noticed the supply of formula was low, so he asked an employee to restock the shelves. He left the store with nine cans and five packs of razor blade refills.

He also is accused of stealing formula from the same store on Nov. 20 and 21.

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