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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.

Police say train accident was 'apparent suicide' by Oak Creek man

10:20 a.m. | A train-pedestrian accident in Wauwatosa this morning seems to have been a suicide, according to an initial investigation by Wauwatosa Police. Police said the man who died was from Oak Creek. 

Police responded to the collision shortly after 8 a.m. in the 6000 block of W. State Street, where the man was killed by a westbound freight train. 

Canadian Pacific Spokesman Andy Cummings said the CP train crew saw the man on the tracks, blew the train’s whistle and applied the emergency brakes before colliding with him. 

The front of the train that hit the man was stopped for hours after the collision near 62nd and State, a couple blocks from where the collision reportedly occurred. Cummings said freight trains can take a mile or more to stop after hitting the brakes. 

Cummings said the man was not at a regular crossing, such as a street, sidewalk or driveway. A shallow ditch with shrubbery separates the north side of the track from the sidewalk on State Street but there is no fence. 

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Milwaukee gets its first green bike lane installed in Riverwest

Aug. 27, 2014 2:46 p.m. | Big news for bicyclists in Milwaukee: Two bike lanes in the area are going green.

The first green bike lane was installed Tuesday in the Riverwest neighborhood. Another will be installed in Wauwatosa.

The green lane in Milwaukee is at the intersection of N. Humboldt Blvd. and E. Locust St., and it is broken into three segments of about 150 feet each. It was placed there as part of a paving project on Humboldt.

The intersection was chosen because it's a "conflict zone" for cyclists and motorists, said Dave Schlabowske, deputy director of the Wisconsin Bike Federation.

"It's a very popular bike route that also sees a high number of drivers," Schlabowske said. "It makes sense to put a green lane there."

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Mayfair Applebee's closes after 24 years in business

Aug. 27, 2014 2:22 p.m. | The Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurant at Mayfair Mall has closed after 24 years in business.

Applebee's and Mayfair couldn't reach a renewal agreement "that made sense for both parties," so the restaurant at 2500 N. Mayfair Road was closed at midnight Tuesday, the company said Wednesday.

An announcement that the Mayfair Applebee's would close actually was made more than a year ago. Back then, the dining chain said the restaurant would close June 30, 2013.  Ann Watson, a spokeswoman for Applebee's/Apple Hospitality Group, said Wednesday she didn't have information on why the restaurant stayed in business more than a year after it originally had been set to close.

The mall's general manager couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

Watson did not know how many employees worked at the restaurant, but said the company was committed to transferring as many as possible to other Applebee's locations. The nearest are at 2865 S. 108th St. in West Allis and 6750 W. State St. in Wauwatosa.

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Second design workshop for Tosa skate park is Thursday

Aug. 26, 2014 11:31 p.m. | Kanten Russell of Stantec/Action Sport Design will host a second design workshop for a new skate park in Hart Park at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Russell will discuss design ideas based on feedback from the first workshop Aug. 7. Conceptual plans include a bowl, half pipe, hand rail and grind ledges in a circular form around a green drainage area.

The grass-roots group pushing for the park, Tosa Skateboarders United, has a budget of more than $250,000, including money from the city and local fundraising efforts. They hope it will open next summer near 70th and Chestnut streets.

Former Wauwatosa priest pleads not guilty to embezzlement charges

Aug. 26, 2014 12:13 p.m. | Former Wauwatosa priest James Dokos pleaded not guilty this morning to a charge of felony theft. He is accused of embezzling more than $110,000 from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

Dokos, 62, is now a Chicago resident. If found guilty, he could see up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

The criminal complaint in the case says Dokos inappropriately spent money from a church trust fund he was given control over between August 2008 and October 2012, using funds to pay his credit card bill and writing several checks from the fund to himself and family members.

According to the complaint, Dokos had been made trustee of the account in 2008 after the deaths of both funders of the trust, Ervin and Margaret Franczak. Margaret had named him as a successor.

Dokos is due back in court Dec. 16.

The social media story of Wauwatosa West at Wauwatosa East football

Aug. 23, 2014 10:50 a.m. | Wauwatosa West and Wauwatosa East opened their football seasons in style: With a crosstown battle at Hart Park on Aug. 22.

The Trojans and Red Raiders have had an even record against each other in recent years. 

The Red Raiders won 21-13 in 2011. After skipping a matchup in the 2012 season, the Trojans won 54-0 last year.

Here is what happened in the 2014 matchup.

 

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Trojans rule the city another year

Aug. 22, 2014 11:56 p.m. | For the second year in a row, it was the Trojans from Wauwatosa West who ruled their city after beating Wauwatosa East, 42-7, on Aug. 22 at Hart Park in the season opener for both sides.

Senior running back Demaris Purifoy was particularly effective, scoring five times and racking up 152 yards to help the Trojans win easily.

Neither team produced particularly good offense on their respective opening possessions, but when the Red Raiders fumbled a Trojans punt, Matt Lundell was there to pounce on the loose ball and recover possession for West on the East 12-yard line. Truman Tyson ran the ball to the 1-yard line on the subsequent play, setting up Purifoy's touchdown run to open the scoring.

East couldn't get its offense rolling and turned the ball over on downs without getting a first down. The Trojans wasted little time adding to their lead and went up 13-0 on a 13-yard touchdown run from Paris Howell. Zach Veit added the extra point for a 14-0 lead.

"You lose the turnover battle and you lose the battle up front, you have no chance of winning, and that's what happened tonight," Tosa East coach Mike Richards said. "Tosa West is a good team, and we lost the battle at the line of scrimmage. We couldn't really get things going. Unfortunately we gave them two gifts at the beginning of the game; we were down a quick 14-0."

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 1.

Poll: Who will win the Battle of Wauwatosa: West or East?

Aug. 21, 2014 10:24 a.m. | Tonight at Hart Park, Wauwatosa West and Wauwatosa East open their football seasons in style: With a crosstown battle.

The Trojans and Red Raiders have had an even record against each other in recent years. 

The Red Raiders won 21-13 in 2011. After skipping a matchup in the 2012 season, the Trojans won 54-0 last year.

Who do you think will win tonight? Cast your vote in our poll below.

 

Wauwatosa students hit same average ACT score as last year

Aug. 20, 2014 5:38 p.m. | Coming out ahead of the statewide average ACT score, but not showing improvement from previous years, Wauwatosa students scored a composite average of 23.4 this year on the curriculum-based college readiness test.

More Wauwatosa students took the test than ever before, according to Superintendent Phil Ertl, with 75 percent of students participating.

About 73 percent of Wisconsin high school graduates took the ACT. The average score statewide, 22.2, was the second highest in the nation, falling only behind Minnesota's average of 22.9.

Wauwatosa did not score in the top ten school districts in the metro area, which was led by Whitefish Bay with an average score of 26.72. The highest possible score is 36.

Wauwatosa students taking the test this year tied last year's score, but came in lightly lower than previous years since 2002.

Twirly Birds vintage and hand-craft store moves to Waukesha

Aug. 19, 2014 10:31 a.m. | Wauwatosa — Kim Jenkins and Penny Stark of Twirly Birds will be moving their vintage and hand-craft store from West State Street to a Waukesha warehouse, 1426 Arcadian Ave., by the end of August.

The store concept in Waukesha will be an "occasional marketplace," in which multiple vendors will operate out of the same warehouse and will reopen each month with a fresh offering of goods to sell. Twirly Birds will be open the second Wednesday through Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A moving sale is currently advertised on Twirly Birds website and Facebook page at its current Wauwatosa location at 7532 A W. State St.

Paving complete on North Avenue

Aug. 18, 2014 2:49 p.m. | Paving is complete on North Avenue from 60th Street to Wauwatosa Avenue, as part of the road's reconstruction to eliminate left-turn lanes and implement bike lanes and pedestrian crosswalks. Street parking is back and traffic is flowing.

The road was closed Sunday for the work, which Public Works Director Bill Porter said went smoothly. Porter said the road will remain open for the remainder of the work, including pavement striping and installation of streetlights and signage. All work is scheduled to be complete by the end of September.

To attract customers to the area during construction, the East Tosa Alliance purchased more than 250 yellow hardhats for businesses to hand out to customers for special deals.

Nicolet cancels varsity football season

Aug. 14, 2014 8:39 p.m. | In a stunning development, Nicolet High School has elected to cancel the varsity football season in 2014, citing a lack of numbers within the program. The season was slated to begin with a game against Waukesha South on Aug. 22.


A statement from Nicolet athletics director Kirk Krychowiak was released Thursday and reads as follows:

 

"Nicolet High School has always considered excellence in athletics to be a key component of the quality education we provide to our students. The success we have achieved in our athletic programs is a direct result of the enthusiasm of our coaches, students and the community.

 

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East Tosa business owners clash over BID

Aug. 11, 2014 10:59 p.m. | As one group of property owners in East Tosa hopes to establish a business improvement district to promote and enhance North Avenue, another is trying to stop it, worried about the additional charge on their property tax bills.

At a public hearing Monday night, the opposition was louder, but the Wauwatosa Plan Commission approved the East Tosa BID's initial operating plan. Members of the Plan Commission said they hoped the businesses would come to a compromise on the details of the district to gain more support before the plan goes before the Budget and Finance Committee next month. The proposal would also have to be approved by the Common Council.

The plan could be stopped in its tracks if businesses collect opposing signatures from owners representing at least 40 percent of the assessed value in the district — a process they have already begun.

The district would stretch from 60th Street to Wauwatosa Avenue, which includes a total taxable assessed value of about $32.8 million. Property owners in the district would have to pay $3.50 per $1,000 of assessed value to the BID, with a $550 minimum and $5,000 maximum. Residences and non-profits would be exempted.

Under the proposal, the BID would have a 2015 operating budget of about $110,000. That includes about $57,000 for staff and administrative expenses, $27,000 for banners and street furniture, and $26,000 for marketing.

Weed found at Macy's inside Mayfair mall

Aug. 11, 2014 2:23 p.m. | A small, clear plastic bag of marijuana was found on the floor in front of a cash register at Macy's inside Mayfair mall, 2500 North Mayfair Road, at about 7:40 p.m. August 1.

An unidentified male employee discovered the bag of weed on the ground, the report said, but does not know when it would have appeared or who it would belong to.

Police could not recover digital surveillance of the area because the camera was not pointed in that direction during the potential time of the incident, the report said.

The bag of marijuana weighed about 0.61 grams.

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