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State boys volleyball photo gallery now online

Nov. 15, 2010 8:16 a.m. | We've just posted NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photo gallery from the quarterfinal round of this weekend's boys volleyball state tournament at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.

Catholic Memorial defeated Kaukana, Westosha Central and Marquette to win the state championship. The photo gallery also features shots from Franklin, Greendale, Nicolet and Wauwatosa East games.

Go to photo gallery.

Protest over fatal shooting forces brief closure of Mayfair Mall

July 23, 2016 5:17 p.m. | Wauwatosa —Protestors demanding justice for the June killing of Jay Anderson by a Wauwatosa police officer marched through Mayfair Mall on Saturday, briefly forcing its closure, Wauwatosa police said.

No arrests were made. Wauwatosa Police Sgt. Kyle Strands said the protestors disbanded without significant incident.

"There wasn't any behavior that warranted any arrests," Strands said.

Strands said an exact count of protestors wasn't available, but it was likely in the dozens. The protest began at about 2 p.m.

A Mayfair Mall security director declined to comment at the scene.

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Reports into fatal Wauwatosa police shooting delivered to DA

July 22, 2016 6:43 p.m. | The Milwaukee County district attorney's office announced Friday that it had received the final investigative report into the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Jay Anderson by a Wauwatosa police officer.

Milwaukee police led the investigation to fulfill a state law that requires a team of at least two investigators from an outside agency to lead investigations of officer-involved deaths.

According to a statement, District Attorney John Chisholm and Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern met with members of Anderson's family and their legal representatives and shared the evidence collected by the Milwaukee Police Department.

The evidence includes recordings of officer dispatches before and after the critical incident, video of the incident and reports by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory.

The DA's office did not release a timetable for determining whether the police officer would be criminally charged.

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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Business Spotlight: Cranky Al's has grown from desperation to a Wauwatosa institution

July 20, 2016 11:55 a.m. | Susie Brkich never expected to make donuts.

"It came out of sadness," she said. "We had lost everything with a different business venture. It was one of those things. I was racking my brain. What could we do?"

After looking around her new neighborhood -- Brkich and her husband, Alex, moved from Chicago to Milwaukee to start their other restaurant – the idea came.

"I said, 'I think we should do donuts.' And he said, 'Are you crazy?' But I saw all the kids in the community, all the walking traffic, and there were no donut shops."

Then, on a trip back to Chicago, Brkich helped a woman find her car. To say thanks, the woman gave her donuts.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Michaelis leads Wauwatosa East past rival West in regional

July 20, 2016 9:48 a.m. | It had been quite some time since the Wauwatosa East baseball team last celebrated a WIAA playoff victory. The fact the Red Raiders' first postseason win since 2007 came over their crosstown rivals made it even sweeter.

A complete-game gem by Spencer Michaelis led sixth-seeded Wauwatosa East to a 3-1 win over 11th-seeded Wauwatosa West in a regional semifinal game July 12 at Breitlow Field.

"With the crosstown matchup, we know that we were in for a battle," Red Raider coach Pete Schwichtenberg said. "That is exactly what we got."

Wauwatosa West strikes first

The Trojans took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Logan Scharf that scored Jake Hronek in the top of the second.

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Milwaukee County Chargers earn overtime win over Muskego

July 20, 2016 9:15 a.m. | There's still six weeks to play in the Midstates Football League regular season, but the playoff race is already taking shape.

The Milwaukee County Chargers helped their playoff chances July 16 by pulling out a 27-20 overtime win over the Muskego Hitmen.

Chargers strike first

After dropping their first two games, the Chargers have won two straight to pull into a tie with Muskego for the third and final playoff spot from the Northern Division.

Three plays into Muskego's opening drive, Charger linebacker Steve Vitale intercepted a pass and returned it to the Muskego 11-yard line. The turnover led to a 9-yard touchdown pass from Shannon King to Jordan Cosby to put Milwaukee County up 7-0.

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Activists push DA for disclosure on police killing in Wauwatosa

July 19, 2016 6:26 p.m. | About 30 community activists crowded into Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm's office Tuesday to press for the disclosure of information on the killing of Jay Anderson by a Wauwatosa police officer.

The officer, whose name has not been made public, shot Anderson on June 23. Anderson had been sleeping in his car in Madison Park. The Wauwatosa police department said the officer feared for his safety when he saw that Anderson had a gun.

The group of activists, which included representatives from various community organizations and Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), presented a letter to Chisholm demanding that he release the dashboard video of the shooting and other info.

"They had no right to do that to [Anderson]," activist Rodney Robbins said.

Chisholm told the group that he has not yet received all findings from Milwaukee police, who are investigating the shooting to comply with a state law requiring that outside agencies investigate police-related deaths.

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Video: How a Pokémon Go newbie experienced the craze playing in Wauwatosa

July 19, 2016 4:10 p.m. | There's a new game grabbing the attention of young people in Wauwatosa and thrusting them into the great outdoors. It's called Pokémon Go.

Curious about the new game that's encouraging people to get active and make new friends, I downloaded the app on my iPhone and got to work. Alongside photographer C.T. Kruger, I hit the streets of Wauwatosa to uncover exactly what makes this game so appealing.

About Pokémon

But first, here's a little background information on Pokémon: it's a media franchise that was created in Japan in 1995. It's centered on fictional creatures called "Pokémon," which humans, known as Pokémon trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport. The franchise began as video games and now includes animated television shows, movies, comic books, toys and trading cards.

I was never much of a fan of Pokémon growing up, but I remember Pokémon being a big deal when I was about 8 years old in the late 1990s. My friends would bring plastic Poké balls to school and launch them throughout the hallways; the Pokémon television show would play in the background during playdates at friends' houses; and Pokémon trading cards were hot show and tell items.

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Tosa police, firefighters celebrated during First Responders Fest

July 18, 2016 11:11 a.m. | Wauwatosa firefighters and police officers will be celebrated for their service during the fourth annual First Responders Fest scheduled for July 20 at Hart Park.

The event, which will feature food and drink provided by Leff's Lucky Town and live music by Deputy Mick and the Bandcuffs, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the park's Rotary Pavillion state near 68th and State streets. The free, public event will also feature a bounce house and face painting for children.

Members of the Wauwatosa fire and police departments will receive a ticket upon check-in for a complimentary beer and sandwich.

The idea for the event sparked about four years ago after Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena was fatally shot by her husband while on patrol on Christmas Eve 2012, organizers have said. The event is hosted by the Wauwatosa Business Improvement District.

Ray's Wine & Spirits in Tosa celebrates 55 years with public party

July 15, 2016 12:49 p.m. | Ray's Wine & Spirits will celebrate its 55th anniversary with a parking lot party July 24.

From noon to 5 p.m. that day the store, which first opened doors in the summer of 1961, invites the public to the event, which will close off the entire parking lot. The store and the growler gallery will remain open during normal business hours.

Food and drink can be purchased, but the party is free to attend.

Scheduled events at the business, 8930 W. North Ave., include a Falafel Guys food truck, Oscar's on a Roll burger truck, Lily's ice cream stand with 50 percent of all profits benefiting the Hunger Task Force, live music from 1 to 5 p.m. by the band Fairly Local and bean bag toss and ladderball.

A beer truck will also be on site, serving a number of rotating taps.

Wauwatosa's Relay for Life event slated for July 22

July 14, 2016 1:24 p.m. | The annual Relay for Life event, an organized overnight community walk that raises money to fight cancer and honors those who have fought the disease, is slated for July 22 in Wauwatosa.

Teams of Wauwatosa residents will gather at Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8800 W. Bluemound Road, from 5 to 11:30 p.m. for the late night relay.

The event will begin with a survivors' lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or are currently battling the disease. Games, music, live entertainment provided by local businesses such as Legacy Gym and Studio Via will encourage participants to keep moving through the night.

Attendees may also bid on silent auction packages from local sponsors.

The Luminaria Ceremony will happen after sundown, honoring the community's cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track surrounded by glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer.

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Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley receives award for business leadership

July 14, 2016 12:54 p.m. | Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley has received a 2016 Women of Influence Award from the Milwaukee Business Journal, according to a news release from the city.

Ehley, who began her second four-year term in April, has overseen much development in Wauwatosa during her tenure, including new housing, industry, college satellites, hotels, infrastructure, amenities and roads, according to the release.

"Mayor Ehley has undoubtedly proven herself to be incredibly dedicated to her community and to her constituents," Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said in a statement. "Mayor Ehley has done her absolute best to increase growth and prosperity in the city of Wauwatosa."

Before she was elected mayor, Ehley was the executive director of the Wauwatosa Business Improvement District for five years. She also serves as commissioner for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, director for the Wisconsin Center District Board, member of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, director for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Board, among involvement with several other organizations.

The Women of Influence Awards recognize remarkable businesswomen in the greater Milwaukee area.

Video: Mayfair Collection's Bartolotta restaurants billed as 'triple threat'

July 14, 2016 12:00 p.m. | Wauwatosa native and chef Zachary Espinosa began his culinary career as a teenager working at Mayfair mall's food court at the since-closed 1 Potato Two restaurant.

Now, at 39, he's executive chef for three restaurants operated by Bartolotta Restaurants at Wauwatosa's Mayfair Collection shopping center. The eateries — a taqueria, a tavern, and a soon-to-be French bistro — share a central kitchen, which is something Espinosa said he's never seen in his more than two decades of experience in the food business.

"I call it the triple threat," said Espinosa of the concept. The chef previously worked at Bartolotta's Harbor House, a seafood restaurant on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Milwaukee.

Co-owner of the restaurant group Joe Bartolotta has said the experimental idea could be "genius."

And so far, it's worked well, said Espinosa, adding there's still one restaurant that has yet to open — a French bistro called Cafe Grace, slated to open its doors July 19. The other two restaurants include a taqueria called El Jefe serving a variety of a la carte tacos, margaritas, Mexican beer and chips with salsa, and ABV Social, a tavern that offers an extensive selection of beer on tap, yard games and pub-style food.

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Bus rapid transit route clears two hurdles

July 13, 2016 2:54 p.m. | Proposed bus rapid transit service between downtown Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Complex in Wauwatosa cleared two hurdles Wednesday with preliminary approvals of City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County panels.

The County Board's transportation committee and the Common Council's public works committee in separate meetings Wednesday recommended use of a preferred route along sections of Wisconsin Ave. and Blue Mound Road for the new bus service.

Ald. Mark Borkowski was the only official to vote against the proposal at those meetings.

The Common Council will act July 26, and the County Board on July 28, on their respective committee recommendations.

The Wauwatosa Common Council adopted the plan on June 21.

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