Vukmir holding inaugural reception in West Allis

Dec. 29, 2010 11:06 a.m. | State Senator-elect Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, will take a ceremonial oath of office and hold an inaugural reception in West Allis on Tuesday.

She takes her official oath in Madison on Monday, but she wants to replicate the process in front of constituents of the 5th District, which covers West Allis, West Milwaukee, Elm Grove and portions of Wauwatosa, Brookfield and Milwaukee.

The ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at West Allis City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave., prior to that city's Common Council meeting. Afterward, Vukmir will hold a reception at 88 Keys Piano Martini Lounge, 7211 W. Greenfield Ave.

Vukmir beat incumbent and fellow Tosan Jim Sullivan in the November election. She has served as a representative in the state Assembly since 2002.

Read stories of Resolve in our special section

Dec. 29, 2010 9:28 a.m. | For the last several weeks, we have asked readers to share with us their stories of hope and resolve from 2010.

The response was greater than we expected, as people contacted us and provided uplifting stories. We are pleased to be able to share some of them in our special section.

We hope you join us in looking ahead to 2011 with a sense of hope. The hard times experienced by so many during the past two years have shown us that change, whether we like it or not, is inevitable. Remembering the positives can help us meet those changes with optimism and resolve.

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Woman with tooth pain arrested for bad behavior on bus

Dec. 29, 2010 8:59 a.m. | A 21-year-old woman got angry about running late for a dental appointment and threatened a Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver last week, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also from the report:

The snow-covered roads caused the driver to take a little more time than usual getting to Mayfair Mall on Dec. 21. One of the passengers started to yell profanities and threatened to throw acid in the bus driver's face because he wasn't getting to her stop fast enough.

He pulled the bus over and called police. Officers stopped the woman as she walked in the mall parking lot and arrested her for disorderly conduct. She claimed she was homeless and had no ID, but she was found to have provided a fake name.

She also was arrested for marijuana possession after she was found to have a bag containing 11.7 grams of marijuana, which she said she used to ease the pain of an impacted wisdom tooth.

Mall, police thwart Tosa West flash mob

Dec. 29, 2010 8:56 a.m. | A campaign to gather a mob of Tosa West students at Mayfair Mall on one of the busiest shopping days of the year was thwarted by local police and mall management.

According to the Wauwatosa police:

More than 130 teens joined a Facebook group organizing a "flash mob," a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place to perform some type of activity, during the early afternoon Dec. 23. Group initiators planned on running through the mall playing freeze tag.

Mall management got wind of the prank and worried it could quickly become a safety hazard with the large crowds expected to be out shopping that day. A list of group members was created, and those people were "banned" from the mall for the day.

Police talked to the four students heading up the group and their parents and learned no one wanted to cause any problems. They agreed to call off the flash mob.

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Girl cited for drinking after playing hooky

Dec. 29, 2010 1:14 a.m. | A 17-year-old Wauwatosa girl was arrested for underage drinking at a home in the 7300 block of Blanchard Street at 12:47 p.m. Dec. 21, after she and her 16-year-old boyfriend were truant from Wauwatosa East High School, 7500 Milwaukee Ave., for two days, police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The couple refused to open the door until they called the boy's mother at work and she told them to let officers inside.

Police took the students to school, but the girl kept dropping items and was having trouble walking. She said she had drunk vodka that morning. Her blood-alcohol content was 0.13.

Both students were cited for habitual truancy. The boy had been absent 83 times and the girl had racked up more than 100 absences.

Vandals tag three bridges in Tosa

Dec. 29, 2010 1:10 a.m. | Three bridges in Wauwatosa were spray-painted with graffiti Monday.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

Numerous words and pictures - many unidentifiable - were drawn in multiple colors of paint underneath bridges at 78th Street and Blue Mound Road, Wisconsin Avenue and Honey Creek Parkway, and Portland Avenue and Honey Creek Parkway.

Those words that could be made out included "aloha," "juice" and "fake."

Woman's arrest follows 39 others

Dec. 29, 2010 12:42 a.m. | A 43-year-old Milwaukee woman with a history of 39 arrests saw her criminal record grow longer Dec. 23 when she was accused of shoplifting from Mayfair Mall and refusing to cooperate with police.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Employees at The Buckle overheard the sound of sensors popping off clothing in a fitting room about 7 p.m. The customer left without paying for a pair of jeans, so a saleswoman followed her.

Police arrived and the woman gave false identifying information. They checked out her three large shopping bags and found $415 worth of merchandise taken from mall shops. She also had a crack pipe and spoon with cocaine residue, so she was arrested for retail theft, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She fought against entering a squad car and started screaming suicidal threats. Eventually, Wauwatosa paramedics took her to Froedtert Hospital because she had a panic attack. She had to be restrained and admitted for a mental health evaluation.

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West girls win second in a row

Dec. 23, 2010 10:09 p.m. | The Wauwatosa West girls basketball won their second straight game and rolled into the holiday break with a 43-22 win over West Allis Hale.

The non-conference win improved the Trojans to 2-5 overall, West Allis Hale dropped to 0-7.

The Trojans defense was outstanding, holding the Huskies without a basket from 39 seconds in the first quarter until 3:10 in the third period. They outscored Hale 14-2 in the second quarter and 14-4 in the third perid, a 28-6 spread.

Leading 10-7 with 6:55 left in the half, the Trojans went on a 9-0 run with sophomore Latasha Harmon scoring seven of them, her only points of the game.

Paige Soles had a solid offensive performance with 12 points. No one scored more than six points for the Huskies.

Take a look at the best pictures of 2010 in our end-of-year galleries

Dec. 22, 2010 9:08 a.m. | NOW photojournalists C.T. Kruger and Peter Zuzga have collected their favorite photographs from the past 12 months into two galleries that capture some of the most interesting, exciting and unusual news and sports moments from the past year.

We invite you to take a look back at 2010 and browse through the top news and sports photos.

Another Tosa grandparent victimized by scam

Dec. 21, 2010 12:50 p.m. | The scam is not a new one. A grandparent gets a call from someone pretending to be a grandchild who is traveling and in need of money, fast. But local seniors are still being conned.

A 76-year-old Wauwatosa man became the victim earlier this month when he wired more than $5,500 in hopes of helping his grandson get out of a Canadian jail.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man received a call from a man claiming to be his grandson at 11 a.m. Dec. 8. He had supposedly traveled to Canada for a friend's funeral. Unfortunately he had befriended some guys and took a ride with them only to get pulled over by the cops for a busted taillight. Police found drugs in the car and all the occupants were arrested, the caller told him.

The caller asked grandpa to send money for bail to a Kmart in Atlantic City, N.J. He also provided contact information for a supposed police sergeant.

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Stech wrestling photo gallery now online

Dec. 20, 2010 3:00 p.m. | West Allis Central's Stech Wrestling Invitational is one of the most high-powered events on the wrestling schedule each year and we've just added a photo gallery featuring Jerry Luterman's images from the competition.

Mukwonago won the team title with 232 points while New Berlin was second with 151. The gallery also features competitors from Franklin, Germantown, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Whitnall.

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Greenfield, Wauwatosa wrestling photo gallery now online

Dec. 20, 2010 8:23 a.m. | Kent and Keith Morin, brothers and two of the top wrestling coaches in the area, competed against each other for what might have been the final time when Greenfield took on Wauwatosa in a Woodland Conference dual meet last week, as seen in this photo gallery.

Keith, who heads Greenfield's wrestlers, is planning to retire this season after 38 years of coaching. Kent is in his eighth year as head coach of the Wauwatosa co-op team.

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Tosa loses thriller to Wisco

Dec. 18, 2010 9:50 p.m. | Wauwatosa East had a jump shot blocked at the buzzer and dropped a 61-60 decision at Wisconsin Lutheran Saturday night in non-conference action.

After Terry Nash hit 1-of-2 free throws to give the Vikings a 61-57 lead with 1:53 left to play, Darrell Bowie was fouled and converted 1-of-2 free throws to cut the lead to 61-58.

Bowie then stole the ball, missed the shot, but put in his own rebound to cut the lead to 61-60.  The Red Raiders then got the ball back when Diamontae McKinley got a 5-second call on Nash, but they started their play for the final shot too late.

Bowie got the ball at the top of the key, was double teamed and passed to to Vince Cupertino, who put up a shot, which was 'blocked' as time ran out.

The difference in the game came at the free throw lines, as East managed to sink only 18-fo-33, including 8-of-17 by Bowie, while the Vikings were 12-of-15.

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East students win arts acclaim

Dec. 17, 2010 1:52 p.m. | A Wauwatosa East student has made it into the art elite.

High school senior Katharine Geerster has been named a 2011 YoungArts finalist in theater by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

In January, she will travel to Miami to participate in YoungArts Week to participate in arts enrichment activities with 150 of the nation's most talented 17- and 18-year-old artists spanning nine disciplines. Geerster made the cut from a pool of 7,000 applicants.

As part of this selection, she becomes a contender to be named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Fellow East senior Emma DeBord has been named a 2011 YoungArts merit award winner in visual arts.

St. Bernard, St. Pius X schools to merge

Dec. 17, 2010 12:04 p.m. | St. Bernard and St. Pius X parishes will merge to create a new elementary school, Wauwatosa Catholic, anticipated to begin classes next fall.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki has approved the school's formation after a six-month planning initiative called Project Embrace, where parents and parish leaders worked together to chart the future of their educational services, said Dean Weyer, director of administrative services for the schools.

He points to the increasing cost of operating two schools that have a total enrollment of 190 students as a driving factor.

"Collaboration is not a new concept," he said. "Our schools have shared teachers in the past and, as of this year, the parishes have a combined athletic program. The congregations also share a director of religious education, in addition to the director of administrative services and (along with Christ King Parish) a high school ministry program."

Wauwatosa Catholic will operate out of St. Bernard, 7474 Harwood Ave., in the Village. The school will provide classes for students in preschool, 4- and 5-year-old kindergarten and grades 1 through 8. Total enrollment for the two existing schools is at 190 students.

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East band to play send-off concert Monday

Dec. 17, 2010 11:58 a.m. | Tosa residents can watch a concert fit for a queen Monday night.

The Wauwatosa East bands will play a send-off concert at 7:30 p.m. at East High School, 7500 Milwaukee Ave., as a thank you to the community for its support. The Red Raiders bands will head to jolly ole England to march in London's New Year's Day Parade and perform in historic venues such as Cadogan Hall. All events of the New Year's festival are supported by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The concert was rescheduled from later in the week to accommodate the shipment of the Red Raiders bands' equipment to London. Admission is free, although donations to the band program would be appreciated.

Donor will match Saturday Salvation Army donations

Dec. 17, 2010 11:56 a.m. | Haven't thrown money into one of Salvation Army's red kettles yet this year? An anonymous donor is hoping his pledge to match each donation made Saturday up to $25,000 will sweeten the pot.

Typically, the Wauwatosa-based chapter of the Salvation Army that serves Wisconsin and Upper Michigan takes in $14,000 per day in its kettles. Since donations are down this year, Salvation Army officials would like to see the donor max out his match.

Money raised during the organization's holiday campaign pays for its toys shop and Christmas feast, as well as emergency shelter, medical and food services throughout the year.

For sweater or worse: Sweater theft turns into fifth drunken driving arrest for Milwaukee man

Dec. 15, 2010 11:35 a.m. | A man was arrested for drunken driving for the fifth time after he took a pile of sweaters from a Mayfair Mall store and tried to flee in his vehicle last week.

On Saturday, Ricky Jones, 51, of Milwaukee was charged with misdemeanor counts of retail theft and resisting arrest. Drunken driving charges are pending the state crime lab report on his blood-alcohol level.

If Jones' BAC comes out higher than 0.08, the drunken driving charge becomes a felony due to the number and frequency. Technically, the arrest counted as his fourth arrest because he has been arrested but doesn't go to trial until February on his actual fourth drunken driving offense, according to a Wauwatosa Police Department report.

Also, according to the report:

An officer was patrolling the mall parking lot when he saw a car parked in front of Boston Store with the door ajar about 8 p.m. Dec. 9. As he approached, Jones exited the store with a pile of sweaters valued at $1,200 that still had the anti-theft tags on them. He jumped in the driver's seat and took off.

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Grant helps homeowners weatherize homes

Dec. 15, 2010 9:16 a.m. | Wauwatosa homeowners with children younger than 6 in the house may qualify for grant money to help weatherize doors and windows.

The Heath Department is looking for five owners of single-family homes built prior to 1978 or home day care providers. Eligible people will also need to meet federal low- and moderate income guidelines.

There is money available to prevent lead poisoning of children, which often occurs from chipping household paint, especially with the friction caused by opening and closing windows and doors.

The department plans to start small and see how much of a commitment working with five households will entail, said Nursing Supervisor Lori Nielsen. But the program could be expanded depending on interest and resources available. Any homeowners who thinks they may qualify are encouraged to call (414) 479-8939 to get on the list.

Committee approves yoga studio in Village

Dec. 15, 2010 9:08 a.m. | A yoga studio wants to fill a vacancy in the commercial building at 7400 State St.

Haleybird Studios has operated at 92nd and Center streets in Milwaukee, across the road from Wauwatosa. Now she wants to get into the "heart of Tosa" and has her sights on a spot in the Village that was previously occupied by Horizon Law Office.

She said the business was growing and she needed more space to conduct classes.

The Community Development Committee on Tuesday unanimously supported Haley Stozek be allowed to operate her yoga business from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Common Council will take action Dec. 21.

The Village Business Improvement District is eager to see this kind of service business that will bring people in that could patronize neighboring establishment, BID Director Kathy Ehley said.

Tosa East rolls past Marquette and we've got photos

Dec. 15, 2010 8:09 a.m. | Darrell Bowie and Anthony Carroll scored 20 points each last night to lead the Red Raiders past Marquette, and we've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the Greater Metro Conference boys basketball game.

The Red Raiders improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

John Kopriva led Marquette with 15 points.

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Truck driver pushes down fence, joy rides over ball fields

Dec. 14, 2010 8:15 a.m. | A vehicle drove through an outfield fence at the Wauwatosa School District property Sunday night.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Pieces of a Ford F250 Super Duty truck were found Monday near the fence at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave.

Tire tracks in the snow show the vehicle entered at 122nd Street and Garfield Avenue, drove across the soccer field, up the hill to the baseball field and through the fence, before it looped around and followed the same path off the property.

The fence was not split. Instead, it appeared the truck pushed on the fence until a portion was raised and the vehicle was able to drive underneath.

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Woodland Conference relays photo gallery now online

Dec. 12, 2010 7:49 a.m. | We've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery with all the action from the Woodland Conference swimming relays last week at Cudahy High School.

The combined Greenfield/Greendale team came out on top with 282 points while Shorewood was second with 266.

The gallery also features swimmers from Brown Deer/USM, Cudahy, New Berlin, Wauwatosa and Whitnall.

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Ike beats Tosa West to stay unbeaten

Dec. 10, 2010 10:34 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower exploded after a slow start and beat Wauwatosa West, 75-63, in Woodland Conference play Friday night in New Berlin.

After Tosa West took a 12-5 lead in the first period, the Lions doubled up the score (20-10) in the second period for a 25-22 lead at half-time. Ike then outscored West, 29-15, to take a 54-37 lead into the final period.

The final period was a fast-paced high scoring quarter, as West had a 26-21 advantage, but it was too little too late for the Trojans.

West's Tyler Krause led all scorers with 27 points while Jarvis Ashley and Ricky Landers had 10 each. Keith Kahlfeldt scored 24 to lead the Lions while Alex McRae and Reed Timmer had 17 and 15, respectively.

The Lions are now 2-0 in league play and 3-0 overall. Tosa West fell to 1-2, 2-4 overall.

Raiders beat Brookfield East boys

Dec. 10, 2010 10:14 p.m. | Wauwatosa East snapped a two-game losing streak against the Brookfield East boys with a 40-34 victory Friday night at Tosa East.

Both teams are now 1-1 in Greater Metro Conference play and 2-2 overll. Darius Barnes led all scorers with 13 points for BE while Darrell Bowie had 10 for the Raiders.

Brook East led 10-6 after the first quarter, but Tosa East took over from there, taking a 20-16 lead into half-time and a 27-24 lead into the final period.

Spartans beat Tosa girls; Burbach scores 16

Dec. 10, 2010 9:56 p.m. | Brookfield East defeated Wauwatosa East, 51-34, Friday night at East in the girls' Greater Metro Conference opener.

The Spartans improved to 2-3 overall and the Red Raiders fell to 1-2.

Laura Burbach, BE's 6-3 forward, had a big night with 16 points, getting all her points in the first three quarters. The Spartans had seven players score, as Allie Rooney had nine and Zoe Zanella and Megan Kratzer had eight apiece.

The Spartans went up 14-6 in the first quarter as Burbach had six points and Rooney four, but the Raiders cut the lead to 24-17 at half-time, as Yolanda Coleman, who led TE with 12 points, had eight in the first half.

The Spartans put the game away with runs of 8-0 in the third quarter abd 10-0 in the final period.

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East, West baseball teams selling Xmas trees, wreaths

Dec. 10, 2010 1:11 p.m. | Buy a Christmas tree and help the Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West baseball teams.
In a collaborative effort with Tosa East and Tosa West baseball, Leff’s Lucky Towne and Locker’s, Christmas trees and wreaths are available to purchase outside Leff’s on State Street.
“We have awesome trees and wreaths and for every sale that is made the two baseball programs will be getting a portion of the profits,” Tosa East coach Matt Dahlstrom said.
The sale will continue until Dec. 22 or until all the trees are sold, whichever comes first.

Defensive Tosa East uses 17-0 run to overpower Bay, 64-46

Dec. 07, 2010 10:01 p.m. | Wauwatosa East boys basketball coach Tim Arndorfer has been waiting for his team to close out a game once it got a lead.

And he finally saw it happen Tuesday night, as the Red Raiders used an effective half-court defense to stifle a short-handed Whitefish Bay squad to the tune of a 17-0 run at the end of the third quarter that eventually led to a surprisingly easy 64-46 victory, the first of the season for East.

"We really needed that kind of intensity on the defensive side of the ball," said Arndorfer. "We've been struggling offensively and we needed the defense to step up."

The victory improved the Red Raiders to 1-2 overall while the Blue Dukes, who were without sharp-shooting forward Ron Patten in the second half because of illness, fell to 1-3.

But what concerned Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik the most was the 23 turnovers his team had, including eight in that pivotal third quarter.

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Lancers bury Tosa East in overtime

Dec. 03, 2010 10:22 p.m. | Brookfield Central and Wauwatosa East went into overtime Friday night at Central and then the Lancers went on a 17-3 tear to walk away with a 58-44 victory.

Senior guard Alex Olson missed the front end of a 1-on-1 with 3.8 seconds left in regulation, but then made up for it by scoring seven of Central's 17 points in overtime.

Olsen nailed a 3-pointer with 2:30 left to play to give Central a 44-41 lead. Tosa East then turned the ball over and Seth Mortag then got the ball, took off down court and dunked the ball, bringing down the house on the Lancers' side.

Anthony Carroll then fouled Olson and he sank two free throws for a 48-41 lead with 1:36 left to play.

Freshman Riley LaChance then hit Jacob Mahkorn with a beautiful pass for a lay-up for a 50-41 lead. Tosa East's Vince Cupertino then hit a 3-pointer from deep in the right corner, cutting the lead to 50-44 with 49.3 seconds left. But that was the only points the Red Raiders scored in the OT period.

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U.S. Aluminum to consolidate in Wauwatosa

Dec. 01, 2010 1:38 p.m. | U.S. Aluminum Inc., a manufacturer of aluminum rain gutter products, plans to move its manufacturing plant from Milwaukee to its administration facility in Wauwatosa.

The move will allow the company to expand operations and create a second work shift, the state Department of Commerce said Wednesday.

The state is awarding the company $35,000 in tax credits through the CEconomic Development Tax Credit Program to facilitate the move. The company will invest about $100,000 in the project and create 21 jobs, the agency said.

Burglars hit three neighboring businesses

Dec. 01, 2010 1:34 p.m. | Burglars got a jump on the holiday when they broke into several businesses in the 7200 block of West North Avenue the day before Thanksgiving.

Tiny Bubbles Laundromat, 7223 W. North Ave., Nail Design, 7221 W. North Avenue and Day Makers Cafe, 7225 W. North Ave., were broken into between 3:30 and 9:55 p.m. Nov. 24.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

A janitor noticed a back door was unlocked, which leads to a hallway linking the Laundromat to three other businesses - Nail Design, Day Makers Cafe and Colonel Pops Popcorn Co. After further inspection, the man noticed someone entered Nail Design, and immediately called police.

When police arrived, it was determined that Nail Design and Day Makers Cafe had been entered after burglars pried open the back doors leading to the businesses. Pry marks were found on a door leading to Colonel Pops Popcorn Co., but the business was not entered.

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We're looking for your stories of Resolve

Dec. 01, 2010 8:27 a.m. | Is there something positive that happened to you or your family in 2010 that you'd like to share with others? Tell us about it! Your story could be featured in a special year-end project.

Tell us how you or someone you know found a way to make life a bit better this year. Perhaps you turned a layoff into a chance to pursue the career of your dreams. Maybe this was the year you celebrated a long-awaited birth of a child or welcomed home a loved one from Iraq or Afghanistan. Or is there something else that happened this year that you’re thankful for? No story is too big or too small.

Those are the kind of stories we're looking for -- stories that inspire, motivate and show that spirit of Resolve.

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