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Woman's shoplifting leads cops to theft ring

Nov. 22, 2010 8:56 p.m. | A woman caught taking a couple of bottles of hair gel led officers to the man she was stealing for and her other accomplices.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The woman had put the hair products in her purse and walked out to a waiting vehicle in the parking lot at Dollar Tree, 2851 N. Mayfair Road, at 5:14 p.m. Nov. 10. An employee followed the 18-year-old Milwaukee woman and told her to pay for the items.

Officers stopped the vehicle that had been waiting for her and found a 47-year-old man behind the wheel. He handed over an instructional driver's permit, but officers soon learned it was a fake. The man had a felony warrant for violating parole and was driving after his license had been revoked.

Also in the vehicle was a 14-year-old Milwaukee girl who tried to convince officers she was older. Turned out she was a runaway.

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Judge casts cloud over web of sex offender residency restrictions

5:28 p.m. | Starting in 2005, Milwaukee suburbs began, one by one, adopting strict rules on where sex offenders could live. As they did, more and more of the released inmates wound up in the city and a shrinking number of places without bans.

Now a judge has declared that the local restrictions, while legally acceptable in isolation, collectively act to defeat the state law meant to manage sex offenders after release from secure state treatment.

City attorneys expect to challenge the ruling, which could have implications far beyond the placement of the offender in question in the case.

"We're certainly aware of it, and are evaluating an appropriate response," Deputy Assistant City Attorney Danielle Bergner said. "Every municipality in Milwaukee County is doing the same thing."

District Attorney John Chisholm said he and others have warned about such a consequence.

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2014-15 All-Suburban Girls Basketball Team named

1:55 p.m. |

Player of the year

Taylor Higginbotham, 5-10 senior, Germantown

Western Illinois recruit led Warhawks to North Shore Conference title and 20-4 season. ... NSC Player of the Year. ... Losses included two to state-qualifier Arrowhead and one to state champion Divine Savior Holy Angels. ... Averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and remarkable 4.7 steals per game. ... Shot 42 percent from field and finished with 43 assists. ... First-team All-State by state coaches association.

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Kari Miller leaves Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce

1:28 p.m. | After more than eight years with the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce, Kari Miller worked her last day as assistant executive director March 31. She is now the community relations and marketing coordinator for Easters Seals Southeast Wisconsin.

"I am very thankful to have had a job that allowed me to interact with so many wonderful business and community members," Miller said. "I plan to continue to promote and support Wauwatosa in my new position at Easter Seals and as a Tosa Tonight board member."

Miller organized 10 Days In Tosa, wrote weekly newsletters, coordinated events and managed the Chamber's website and social media accounts. 

Speakeasy to replace One Way Cafe in Wauwatosa Village

9:50 a.m. | Lucky Joe's Alchemy and Eatery, a speakeasy-style bar and restaurant, could open this summer in the space that has housed One Way Cafe for over a decade at 1425 Underwood Ave. in the Wauwatosa Village.

One Way Cafe owner Sandy Haeger said she was looking to "start a new chapter," while likely remaining in the food industry. She stopped operating the cafe earlier this month.

"It's been a great ten years with a great customer base," Haeger said.

As she welcomed Lucky Joe's, Alderwoman Allison Byrne said the community would miss One Way Cafe.

"Thank you for the many wonderful breakfasts," Byrne said. "We wish you a fond farewell."

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Jackson's Blue Ribbon looks to bring duckpin bowling to Wauwatosa

March 31, 2015 1:18 p.m. | The owners of Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, 11302 W. Bluemound Road, are planning to expand next door to Pitch's Baby Grand with a new restaurant, bar and duckpin bowling alley called the Thirsty Duck. It could open in June if permits are approved by the city.

Jackson's co-owner Dan Zierath said he's been looking to expand for years as he has watched duckpin bowling become more popular at other establishments like Koz's Mini Bowl in Milwaukee. Duckpin bowling is set up similar to traditional bowling but the balls and pins are smaller and there are some variations on the rules.

"Koz's is always really busy," Zierath said. "We know there's a need for it here."

Zierath said he and his brother Mark will be leasing the building from the current owner, whose family has owned it for decades.

Owner John Picciurro, who goes by John Pitch, told a Wauwatosa Now blogger that since the 1970s, the building has seen many different businesses, including Here's Johnny's, Jacks or Better, Four Flags, Pitch's Kansas City Style BBQ, Greek Village, Guadalupe Mexican Restaurant, and finally Pitch's Baby Grand. 

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Chairman of Dickey's Barbecue Pit to visit chain's 500th store, in Wauwatosa

March 31, 2015 1:13 p.m. |

With the barbecue chain's 500th store having opened in Wauwatosa, the chairman of Dickey's Barbecue Pit will attend some of the grand opening festivities at the restaurant, 3180 N. 124th St., and customers will have a chance to win gift cards and other items.

The first 50 guests after the store opens at 11 a.m. Thursday will receive gift cards for $5 to $50. CEO Roland Dickey Sr. will be at the store on Friday, giving away 100 copies of "Mr. Dickey's Barbecue Cookbook," and pulled pork sandwiches will be $2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The store also will give away a $500 gift card, and three other guests on Friday will win free barbecue for a year. Merchandise will be given away to customers on Saturday.

Sherri Povolo is the franchisee of the Wauwatosa store, which opened March 20; the chain is based in Dallas.

The number for the Dickey's in Tosa is (844) 634-2539. It's on Facebook.

No serious injuries reported in rollover crash on Highway 45 at Watertown Plank

March 31, 2015 9:23 a.m. | All southbound lanes on Highway 45 are shut down at Watertown Plank Road after a rollover crash occurred about 8:05 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

Wauwatosa Fire Assistant Chief Jim Case said the vehicle that rolled over was a small crane truck and there were no serious injuries. The sheriff's office said two cars were also involved.

The southbound lanes could be closed until about 11 a.m., the sheriff's office said. Case added that traffic on Mayfair Road has slowed as a result.

State Reps. Hutton and Kooyenga hold town hall meetings in Wauwatosa

March 30, 2015 10:58 a.m. | With state representatives visiting Wauwatosa today and tomorrow, residents will have the chance to pose questions and share their opinions on the state budget and other issues.

State Rep. Rob Hutton is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. today, March 30, at the Wauwatosa Lions Club, 7336 St. James St. Those who cannot attend can contact Hutton's office at (888) 534-0013 or through his website.

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, assembly vice co-chair on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, will have a listening session at 7 p.m. tomorrow, March 31, at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave. Residents are also invited to fill out a survey on his website, or contact his office at (888) 534-0014.

Members of Wauwatosa's Support Our Schools group are planning to attend Kooyenga's listening session to ask him to increase public education funding in Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget as it moves through the Joint Finance Committee.

Wauwatiki plans to bring Caribbean cuisine, cocktails to East Tosa

March 27, 2015 1:55 p.m. | A new tiki bar and restaurant, Wauwatiki, is planning to overhaul the Home Solutions USA building at 6502 W. North Ave. in East Tosa this summer. 

Wauwatiki plans to serve Caribbean-style lunch, dinner and late-night food along with craft cocktails, beer, wine and spirits. 

One of the owners behind Wauwatiki, Jason Growel, already runs the Eastsider, a bar on the east end of North Avenue in Milwaukee. He said he has been looking to move to the East Tosa area after watching other Milwaukee bars like Camp and Red Dot open locations there. 

"My bar is more of a college bar and I wanted to try something different," Growel said. "I'm not as young as I used to be."

The owners are applying for a conditional use permit from the city to do a full renovation and add on to the building to create space for two full-service bar areas. They also plan to add a three-season wrap-around patio.

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Student writing contest entries due today

March 27, 2015 7:10 a.m. | Entries to Community Newspapers' student writing contest is 5 p.m. today, Friday, March 27. Students, imagine you're the last person on earth. Write a story about what it would be like and what you would do and feel. Drop off entries at our Waukesha office, 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A. Be sure to include your name, age, home address, phone number, grade and school. (Address and phone number will be used to notify winners and distribute prizes; they will not be published.) Email entries will not be accepted. Entries will be divided into two categories: grades three through five, and six through eight. Cash prizes will be awarded; winners will be published in Brookfield-Elm Grove Now and Wauwatosa Now this spring. Good luck!

Zoo Interchange ramp closing March 26-April 2

March 26, 2015 3:53 p.m. | The ramp from southbound Highway 45 to westbound I-94 will be closed from March 26 to April 2.

During the closure, construction workers will be finishing a temporary road that will be used to accommodate further construction on the interchange.

Traffic can detour off Highway 45 at Watertown Plank Road or Greenfield Avenue, and take Mayfair Road to I-94.

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Wauwatosa police chase ends in crash, injury

March 24, 2015 2:30 p.m. | Chased by Wauwatosa police Monday night, a stolen vehicle ran a red light on Center Street and caused a three-vehicle crash at 51st Street, according to Wauwatosa Police Lieutenant Brian Zalewski.

Zalewski said police responded to a call that a vehicle was stolen about 11:40 p.m. Monday near North Avenue and 62nd Street in Wauwatosa. Police spotted the vehicle heading eastbound on Center Street near 71st Street.

When police turned on their lights, Zalewski said the vehicle did not stop and continued east at a high rate of speed. When the stolen car had still not stopped at 57th Street, Zalewski said the officer followed standard procedure and pulled over to signal that police were no longer chasing the stolen car.

Despite the officer pulling over, Zalewski said the stolen vehicle continued to speed east and ran a red light at 51st Street, where it struck another vehicle going north through a green light. Zalewski said one person in the northbound car appeared to sustain minor injuries, and one of the cars careened into a third car.

Zalewski said the officer on the scene saw three people get out of the stolen vehicle and run away on foot. Since the crash was in Milwaukee, police and fire departments from there responded to the incident. Zalewski said it appeared none of the suspects were taken into custody.

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The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Car fire extinguished at Colectivo in Wauwatosa

March 23, 2015 9:15 a.m. | Wauwatosa firefighters responded to a car fire outside Colectivo, 6745 W. Wells St. in Wauwatosa, about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Deputy Chief Stacey Lueptow.

Lueptow said the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes of the call and there was no damage to anything other than the vehicle, which was fully engulfed and likely a total loss.

Assistant Chief James Case said the fire was caused by a mechanical issue with the car. 

Top of truck 'peeled back like a can' after collision with bridge in Wauwatosa

March 20, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Debris has been cleared and traffic is flowing again on Swan Boulevard after a tractor trailer collided with a railroad bridge about 6:45 a.m. this morning near Hoyt Park. The driver was not injured.

"There was a lot of debris from the top of the truck basically being shredded," Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski said. "The whole top got peeled back like a can."

The truck was lodged under the bridge until about 8 a.m. when it was towed away, according to police. Zalewski said there were no hazardous materials on board and there was no damage to the bridge.

Several signs in the area warn that no trucking is allowed. A large yellow sign on the bridge marks its clearance as 12 feet. Zalewski said the driver was issued a citation for inattentive driving for failing to notice the signs.

TMJ4 has footage of the truck while it was lodged under the bridge:

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