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Trio of robberies reported on 3 consecutive days on Wauwatosa streets

Aug. 24, 2011 10:40 a.m. | Three Wauwatosa teens were the victim of separate strong-armed robberies on three consecutive days.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

The first incident involved a 13-year-old boy who was walking with a friend at 74th Street and North Avenue when three males started following and asking the boys if they wanted to smoke. The boys declined and kept heading for home when one of the trio asked for his MP3 player and another wanted his watch.

When the 13-year-old refused to hand over the items to the older boys, he was punched in the face. He took off his watch and ran away yelling at 6 p.m. Aug. 15. A witness stopped and called police.

The victim showed officers wounds to his upper lip.

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Meijer opens stores in Wauwatosa and Oak Creek

10:23 a.m. | Meijer, the newest entrant in southeastern Wisconsin's highly competitive grocery scene, opened new stores Tuesday in Wauwatosa and Oak Creek.

The opening of the supercenters, which sell general merchandise and pharmacy items as well as food, is part of an aggressive expansion by the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer into Wisconsin.

Meijer entered the state on June 23 with stores in Grafton and Kenosha. The company plans additional stores in Waukesha, Greenfield and Sussex next year and also is eyeing locations in Janesville, West Bend and Sheboygan. Meijer has said it plans to open two or three Wisconsin stores each year for the next four years.

The stores opened Tuesday are at 11111 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa; and at 171 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek. The latter store anchors the Drexel Town Square development near Howell and Drexel Avenues.

"Since opening our first two stores in the state six weeks ago, local residents and new customers have welcomed us with open arms and responded positively to the new shopping option we offer in Wisconsin," co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "We are thrilled to be opening our Wauwatosa and Oak Creek supercenters, giving us the opportunity to provide a quality one-stop shopping experience to more communities around Milwaukee."

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Meijer to open in Wauwatosa Tuesday

8:43 a.m. | Supercenter Meijer is scheduled to open in Wauwatosa Aug. 4 near W. Burleigh Street and N. Mayfair Road.

Opening celebrations will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials.

The retailer also planned to open a location in Oak Creek Tuesday. The new stores are expected to create nearly 600 jobs.

In July, Meijer announced a $25,000 donation to the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation to build an Internet cafe for young adults.

Meijer is a family-owned and privately-held company with 222 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The retailer plans to open two to three new Wisconsin supercenters per year through 2019, according to a news release.

Fire crews battle flames at Sherwin-Williams Paint Store

8:39 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department is battling a fire at Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, 6634 W. North Ave., in Wauwatosa Tuesday morning.

The Milwaukee Fire Department was also on scene assisting.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Wauwatosa police search for armed bank robbery suspect

Aug. 03, 2015 4:38 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department is asking for help from the public in identifying an armed bank robber suspect.

Around 2:45 p.m. Aug. 3, police responded to a robbery report at Associated Bank, 2645 N. Mayfair Road. An initial investigation shows the unknown suspect approached a teller, displayed a black handgun, demanded and obtained money and left the bank.

The suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion, 40 to 45 years old, approximately 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall, unshaven and had a thin build.

Additionally, the man was wearing a black baseball cap with the Chicago White Sox logo, a light green polo shirt with a white T-shirt underneath and black shorts.

Anyone with information should contact the Wauwatosa Police Department's detective bureau at (414) 471-8430 or anonymously contact Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers at (414) 771- TOSA (8672).

J. Crew Mercantile to open store at The Mayfair Collection

July 30, 2015 1:28 p.m. | The second J. Crew Mercantile store in the country is expected to open at The Mayfair Collection before the end of the year.

Executive Vice President of Retail Development for HSA Commercial Real Estate announced Thursday the firm has successfully executed a lease with J. Crew to open a store at the shopping center, according to a news release.

"From the outset of this project, our strategy has always been to find best-in-class fashion brands that can attract customers throughout southeast Wisconsin," Blum said in a statement. "With this being J. Crew Mercantile's second store in the country, we believe that we have further fulfilled that goal, and we are excited to have them as part of The Mayfair Collection."

The store announced earlier this year that the company is opening its first Mercantile store in Dallas.

J. Crew Mercantile — a more affordable branch of the retailer — will be located in Suite 110 between Ulta and Men's Wearhouse at the Mayfair Collection. 

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Wednesday house fire causes $100,000 in damage to Tosa home

July 30, 2015 11:23 a.m. | A Wednesday evening house fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, according to the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

Around 5 p.m. July 29, 911 calls alerted emergency crews to a fire in the 2400 block of North 63rd Street in Wauwatosa.

"Our crews arrived and found an outside fire that had extended into the house," said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Case.

Following an initial investigation, it's believed the fire started outside near the deck on the rear side of the home. The exact cause is still undetermined.

"With the assistance of neighboring departments, the fire was quickly extinguished and the scene was made safe," Case said.

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A Wauwatosa artist's unique work will be on display at the Firefly Art Fair

July 29, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Dan Atkinson always had a fascination in art, he grew up with sketchbooks that his dad would keep laying around the house, but shortly after high school, Atkinson abandoned art and joined to army with the goal of becoming a police officer.

After spending five years as a military police officer, Atkinson decided it wasn't for him, and left the Army as a sergeant. He began to pursue his old passion for art by attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and getting his bachelors degree at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee soon after. He is currently practicing an art that is not your typical canvas and paint brush.

Atkinson etches, and designs bricks and headstones. He is self-employed and got his start by etching headstones for his uncle's headstone shop in Watertown.

"I grew up in Watertown, and my uncle asked me if I could do it (design headstones), and I went from there," Atkinson said.

Atkinson has sold his etched bricks to about 10 different companies across Wisconsin, and he even still designs headstones on occasion for his uncle's shop.

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Wauwatosa Meetings: July 30

July 29, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Wauwatosa Revolving Loan Fund Corporation: 7:45 a.m. Aug. 1, City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Board of Public Works: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3, City Hall

Common Council: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4, City Hall

Committee for Citizens with Disabilities: 7 p.m. Aug. 5, City Hall

Historic Preservation Commission: 7 p.m. Aug. 5, City Hall

Wauwatosa West's inexperience affects season in close losses

July 29, 2015 9:18 a.m. | Wauwatosa West baseball coach Chad Mateske felt he misjudged his young squad's ability to make the jump to varsity after a successful junior varsity season.

But the future looks bright for the Trojans, who will be playing under a new coach next season as Mateske has stepped down to focus more on his new family and his teaching duties.

While the Trojans will lose some talented seniors in Zach Veit, an all-division infielder, Jonathan Meyer, Khalil Jackson and Alex Halloran, the new coach will have plenty of talent returning.

"Getting Zach back healthy and up to full speed was nice this year." Mateske said. "Jackson gave us some nice offensive ability. He hit the ball hard and had three homers. He also helped us eat up some innings as a pitcher."

There will be 10 juniors returning in Jacob Greenberg, Will Jushka, Myles Fish, JJ Morgan, Scott MacGillis, Jake Hronek, Ian Newton, Jake Klippel, Jake Brophey and John Dettlaff.

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Six Wauwatosa East baseball players earn GMC honors on some level

July 29, 2015 9:03 a.m. | Despite a 6-25 overall mark and a 1-17 record in the Greater Metro Conference, coach Brian Karas had six members of his Wauwatosa East baseball team earn all-conference honors on some level.

Senior Daniel Joannes earned scholar-athlete honors (3.661 GPA), senior Danny Markwardt earned first-team honors in the outfield and senior Ian Quast earned second-team honors in the infield.

In addition, junior outfielder Dan Scallon, junior infielder Sean Denny and senior outfielder Angel Schilling received honorable-mention honors.

There were also six athletes who earned five team honors. The Offensive MVP award went to Denny, and Schilling and Quast were named Defensive co-MVPs.

The Pitching MVP award went to freshman Jeff Mason, the Team Most Improved award went to sophomore Ricky Serrano and the Team Coach's Award went to junior Spencer Michaelis.

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Land O'Lakes game brings back good memories

July 29, 2015 8:48 a.m. | It brought back a lot of memories sitting on the sidelines Saturday at McCoy Field watching the Brookfield Blue Sox defeat the Sussex Cardinals, 8-4, for their sixth straight victory.

I was one of the youngest managers in Land O'Lakes history back when I was 19 years old. After graduating from Brookfield Central in 1967, I played for the Brookfield Lakers, which is now the Brookfield Bulldogs.

I use the words "played for" loosely.

I had a lifetime batting average of .200, getting two hits in 10 at bats, both off a pitcher named Kent Larson, who pitched for Muskego, which was then part of the Eastern Division.

In fact, when you only have two career hits, you remember them well.

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Jr. Trojans set baseball tryouts for U9-U14 teams

July 28, 2015 10:08 p.m. | In July and August, the Jr. Trojans Baseball Club will be conducting tryouts for their U9 through U14 teams for the 2016 season.

The specific day, time and location can be found below and at the team's website,

The third-grade tryouts will be at noon Saturday, July 25, and at noon Aug. 1 at Breitlow Field Upper. The fourth-grade tryouts are at 8 a.m. the same days.

The fifth-grade tryouts will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 8, at Breitlow Upper.

The sixth-grade tryouts will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 8, at Breitlow Upper.

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Tosa's Night Out set for Aug. 4 at Hart Park

July 28, 2015 11:53 a.m. | The 21st annual Tosa's Night Out celebration is right around the corner and is once again packed full of events for the entire family.

The Wauwatosa Police Department and Wauwatosa's Neighborhood Watch Committee will host the crime prevention event Aug. 4 at Hart Park, 7300 W. Chestnut St.

The mission of the Wauwatosa Neighborhood Watch Committee is to support a high quality of life for Wauwatosa citizens through an active watch program, crime prevention and awareness education and to support the Wauwatosa Police Department, according to the group's website.

Returning this year will be a children's area that includes games, inflatable rides, a coloring contest, Kid Care ID and more. Other scheduled highlights include live music; food and refreshments; safety displays; and health and wellness exhibits.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Aug. 4, and the popular 1.5 mile "Family Flashlight Walk" begins at 8 p.m. The walk will wind through Honey Creek Parkway, the lower Harwood area and the village of Wauwatosa.

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'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale

July 28, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.

The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.

The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.

Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.

Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.

Mayfair holds back-to-school style event

July 28, 2015 10:14 a.m. | Mayfair mall will host a back-to-school style event next week.

Mini fashion shows with Vera Bradley, interactive fitness sessions with Athleta, a cover photo opportunity with Milwaukee Magazine and educational programs lead by Children's Community Health Plan will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 8 in Mayfair's lower lever center court.

The day's events will also feature information on the latest fashion and trends from The Container Store and a mobile photo booth from Nordstrom.

"Back-to-school shopping is our second-largest retail season of the year and our goal is always to make shopping an inspiring and rewarding experience for all of our guests," said Senior General Manager of Mayfair Stephen Smith. "Mayfair's retailers are offering significant discounts and incentives this season to help shoppers save money and make the back-to-school shopping experience enjoyable."

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