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Tosa woman sentenced to prison for illegal vote

Oct. 19, 2010 5:32 p.m. | A Wauwatosa woman who voted illegally in the 2008 presidential primary was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison after a stern lecture from the judge about the impact of voter fraud, even if doesn't turn an election.

"It destroys the integrity of our community, our nation and our president," Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Conen told Bridgett West. "You helped the detractors of our president go on their rampage that he's not our duly-elected president."

West, 37, was on probation for a felony theft when she cast her ballot at Wauwatosa East High School on Feb. 19, 2008. Conen sentenced her to a year in prison, followed by a year of supervised release for that offense, as well as 15 months in prison for an unrelated count of identity theft. Both sentences will be served concurrently.

West had pleaded guilty to both charges in exchange for prosecutors dismissing counts of lying to an election official and a second count of identity theft. According to court records, she had used the name and Social Security number of a North Carolina woman to get service from We Energies at two different addresses from 2005 to 2008.

The voting fraud was discovered as part of the identity theft investigation, and not by the Election Fraud Task Force, a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice, the Milwaukee County district attorney's office and the Milwaukee Police Department.

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Milwaukee Co. Zoo celebrates first birthday of young gorilla

4:30 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Zoo's newest baby gorilla turned one year old Nov. 24.

Sulaiman was born one year ago to mother Shalia and father Cassius and marks the pair's first offspring. In honor of his first birthday, Sulaiman will receive gelatin blocks — "cake" — along with seeds and peanuts scattered throughout his exhibit.

According to a news release, zookeepers report that Sulaiman is doing well within his gorilla group, weighing between 10-15 pounds. The young western lowland gorilla has 16 teeth and eats solid food, although he nurses from Shalia at nighttime.

Sulaiman enjoys grazing on different fruits and vegetables throughout the day, and his favorite treat is sweet potatoes.

Sulaiman is joined by a long line of new additions at the zoo; harbor seal pup named Siku was born June 14 at the Milwaukee County Zoo and a baby giraffe named Tafari was born Sept. 16.

Wauwatosa stores set Thanksgiving, Black Friday hours

Nov. 23, 2015 1:41 p.m. | While Thursday promises plenty of turkey and pie for many local families, it also promises Black Friday deals.

A number of area stores have set hours on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27.

Mayfair mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday and will be open again from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Best Buy, 2401 N. Mayfair Road, will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Stores at the Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St., have each set their own holiday hours. Of the stores on site, Dick's Sporting Goods will be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday and from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

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Tosa's city health department earns national accreditation

Nov. 23, 2015 10:26 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board, joining seven other health departments in Wisconsin and 83 departments across the country that are also accredited.

"Accreditation helps ensure that the programs and services the City of Wauwatosa Health Department provides are as responsive as possible to the needs of the community," said Dr. Nancy Kreuser, PhD, City of Wauwatosa Health Officer and Health Department Director.

The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards which the nation's more than 3,000 government public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance upon.

To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multifaceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards and measures, according to a news release.

Free screening of 'Most Likely to Succeed' held Dec. 1

Nov. 23, 2015 10:06 a.m. | The Friends of Tosa Destination Imagination will hold a screening of education documentary "Most Likely to Succeed" next week.

The screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Wauwatosa East High School's Dale K. Hiddle Theatre, 7500 Milwaukee Ave.

Since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, "Most Likely to Succeed" has appeared at the Milwaukee Film Festival and it was shown as the kickoff for the White House Next Gen High School Summit.

This is the only viewing event currently scheduled in southeastern Wisconsin, according to a news release.

For more information contact friendsoftosadi@gmail.com or register to guarantee seating at bit.ly/1OCEDQb. The event is free.

Wauwatosa stores launch Small Business Saturday event

Nov. 20, 2015 3:21 p.m. | Eight specialty retailers on North Avenue, between 60th and 92nd Streets, are celebrating Small Business Saturday with the first North Avenue Shop Hop on Saturday, Nov. 28.

North Avenue Shop Hop will feature deals, chances to win prizes and treats. An idea originating in the stores Cattywampus and Ruckus & Glee, the North Avenue Shop Hop will feature a variety of retailers and products, including home goods, toys, cosmetics, specialty foods and apparel.

Customers can pick up a postcard at any participating store during the North Avenue Shop Hop and have it stamped at the participating stores to be entered into a drawing to win gift certificates from participating stores. There is no cost to participate.

For more information, visit the North Avenue Shop Hop Facebook page.

North Avenue Shop Hop stores:

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Wauwatosa dealership taking 'extra precautions' after four vehicles were stolen

Nov. 19, 2015 11:00 a.m. | A Wauwatosa car dealership is piecing together clues after four vehicles were taken from its parking lot early last Tuesday morning.

Between midnight and 1:30 a.m. Nov. 17, four vehicles — a 2015 Dodge Caravan, a 2013 Kia Optima, a 2007 Nissan Altima and a 2016 Kia Optima — were all taken from Russ Darrow Kia of Wauwatosa on Mayfair Road, said Lynn Seif, the business' office manager.

Seif said the suspects broke into the dealership through a rear service window, rifled through offices and took 13 sets of keys to new vehicles and several unregistered license plates in addition to the four vehicles.

Seif said the dealership first learned of the theft when the Wauwatosa Police Department found one of the stolen vehicles idling in the middle of Mayfair Road during the early morning hours of Nov. 17.

Although she is still uncertain, Seif believes the thief dropped the keys in the process of taking the vehicle from the dealership and was only able to drive so far until indicators in the car demanded the keys be located. The vehicle operated with a push button start.

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Wauwatosa East girls basketball team has plenty of experience returning

Nov. 18, 2015 10:31 a.m. | Wauwatosa East girls basketball coach Rob Hamill is looking forward to the upcoming season.

That's because Hamill has plenty of experience returning and two very talented newcomers who should chip in right away.

Hamill will have seven returning letter winners to work with, including six seniors.

Leading the way are senior guards Bailey Berlin and Tori Logan; senior forwards Maya Walls and Sam Doll; senior post Sammy Jensen; senior post/forward Chyna Sincere; and junior post Johanna Taylor.

But Hamill will also be counting on two promising newcomers: sophomore forward Elizabeth Bueckers and freshman forward Brooklyn Blackburn.

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Wauwatosa East's Potter earns two team cross-country awards

Nov. 18, 2015 10:23 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys cross-country teams had three goals going into the 2015 season.

"Two out of three ain't bad," said coach Mackenzie Laska when talking about what his team accomplished. "At the beginning of the season, we had three team goals: finish top two at GMC, qualify for state and place five individuals on all-conference teams."

The Red Raiders, who were 93-17 (.845) overall, finished second in Greater Metro Conference action (6-1, .857) and had five runners on the all-conference team.

Sam Potter, who won the GMC and was the conference's Runner of the Year, was a first-team selection.

Marquez Green was named to the second team, and Nathan Green, Paul Gagne and Faisal Bartlett were third team.

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Wauwatosa West girls to field experienced basketball team

Nov. 18, 2015 10:13 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West girls basketball team finished 10-14 overall last season and 6-10 in the rugged Woodland West Division.

Coach Ashley Imperiale will have plenty of experience to draw on with nine returning letter winners, including eight seniors.

Gaby Zabala, a three-year varsity player, leads the way. Other returning seniors are Emma Clough, Emily Katula, Kate Murphy, Olivia Starrett, Lindsey Starrett, Amanda O'Rourke and Megan Stoffel.

Libbi Fassbender is the only returning junior.

Promising newcomers to watch, according to Imperiale, include junior Cheri'A Adams, sophomore Emily Wagy and senior Anna Rogahn.

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Wauwatosa East's Ripple ends career with impressive showing at state swimming meet

Nov. 18, 2015 10:04 a.m. | Wauwatosa East senior Ceclia Ripple finished her prep career like she started it — with a bang.

Ripple had an excellent showing at the WIAA Division 1 State Girls Swimming and Diving Championships on Nov. 14 at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.

First of all, she finished fifth in the state in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 5.15 seconds, just off her seeding time of 1:05.00.

Muskego junior Lauren Stigler won the event in 1:02.97, bettering her seeded time (1:03.79).

Ripple finished 13th in the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 10:07 seconds, just off her seeded time (2:09.58), but more importantly, she broke the school record in the process.

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Wauwatosa West freshman Julia Larson does well at state swimming championships

Nov. 17, 2015 8:44 p.m. | Wauwatosa West freshman Julia Larson had an excellent performance at her first WIAA Division 1 Girls Swimming and Diving Championships on Nov. 14 at the University of Wisconsin natatorium in Madison.

In both her events, the first place winner set a record in the process.

Larson finished 19th in the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 58.16 seconds, just off her seeded time, which was 1:57.10.

Cedarburg senior Katie Drabot won the event in 1 minute, 44.21 seconds, beating her own record (1:45.40) which she set last year. She was well under her seeded time of 1:50.63.

Larson finished 22nd in the 100 freestyle (54.47 seconds), off her seeded time of 54.05.

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Wauwatosa West's Alicia Picard, Alyssa Piek, Nicole Mystrow earn top tennis honors

Nov. 17, 2015 8:35 p.m. | Coach Kosta Zervas recently announced the Wauwatosa West award winners at the team banquet, along with the team captains.

The Trojans ended up with a 9-5 overall record, second in the Black Division and in the Conference Tournament.

Alicia Picard was honored with the MVP Award, Alyssa Piek earned the Most Improved Award and Nicole Mystrow earned the Coaches Award.

The Captains Awards went to Picard, Alyssa Goodwillie and Ella Hagopian.

Picard, Mystrow, Hagopian, Goodwillie, Abbey Kuehn, Morgan McDuffie and Jasmyn Kosier will be lost to graduation.

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Christian Laettner hoops camps at Wauwatosa East successful

Nov. 17, 2015 6:59 p.m. | Former Duke University star Christian Laettner certainly drew a crowd in Wauwatosa earlier this month.

Over 120 kids age 7 to 18 from all around the Milwaukee area participated in the Christian Laettner's basketball camps held Nov. 6-7-8 at Wauwatosa East High School.

Laettner worked individually with players on developing the fundamental skills of passing, catching, dribbling and layups, then stuck around to take pictures and sign autographs for the kids and more than a few parents.

The coaching clinic on Nov. 8 drew about 15 local parents interested in new ideas for their teams' practices and a meet-and-greet' fundraiser dinner on Nov. 7 that was attended by about 80 fans.

Laettner shared stories from his days at Duke and in the NBA and answered questions about everything from Shaquille O'Neal to fishing lures.

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Wauwatosa East High School mourns death of student

Nov. 17, 2015 3:09 p.m. | Wauwatosa East High School is mourning the loss of one of its students Tuesday.

Principal Nick Hughes emailed parents about 11 a.m. to tell them that junior Davion Crawford had died earlier in the morning of a medical emergency.

"This impacts our entire East family," Hughes said in the email. He did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

A spokeswoman for the district said she had no additional information about Crawford's death. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office said the teen died at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and that it did not have jurisdiction because it appeared related to a medical condition.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Crawford played lineman for the Wauwatosa varsity Red Raiders, and competed in the shot put and discus in track & field.


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