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Nicolet opens season at 2-0 with victory over Wauwatosa East

Aug. 26, 2011 11:22 p.m. | Nicolet's football team used a dominant fourth quarter to pull away from a relentless but winded Wauwatosa East team, emerging victorious 28-10 at Hart Park in Wauwatosa on Friday.

The game’s first half was marked mostly by methodical ball control offenses facing down sure-tackling defenses.
 
East drew first blood. After forcing a Nicolet punt, the Red Raiders worked their way downfield from their own 35, picking up yardage with a steady stream of first-down runs and timely third down passes culminating in a 38 yard field goal.


"(East's) offensive line came out firing every play. That’s probably their strongest part,” said Nicolet linebacker Alex Walker. "(Junior running back Mike) Meade is one tough little runner. He’s low to the ground, but tough to bring down.”

 
Third downs were all about quarterback Kyle Vnuk. The tall lanky Red Raider snuck through the line for one first down, then threw for two more to senior Vince Cupertino (16 yards) & junior Shaquille Redding (10 yards).
 
“He’s good,” Nicolet coach Brad Kozaczuk said. “Junior, big kid, great arm, and only going to get better.”
 
But the next four drives fizzled and stalled for both teams. Swarming defensive fronts reined in and collapsed on interior run plays. Neither side could buy enough time or string together enough passes to mount a significant air attack.
 
“Both defenses were playing well,” Kozaczuk said. “Both run a three front, which means bringing blitzes from lots of different places and angles. Makes it really tough for offensive lines.”
 
Nicolet senior quarterback Brandon Kappel agreed.

“Their D line was great, and they’ve got fast guys on the perimeter, especially (senior linebacker Will) Monreal. They should have a good year.”
 
Nicolet got its first break just before half. Facing fourth down with 2:54 remaining, the snap sailed over East’s punter.  Six plays later, Nicolet was in the end zone. Kappel picked up the last seven yards and touchdown on a pair of quarterback keepers.
 
The third quarter featured more back and forth stalemate.
 
After junior Tyler Crass intercepted a pass at the Nicolet 12, the Knights went deep.
 
Kappel escaped a collapsing pocket and heaved a bomb down the right sideline. He found Walker all alone. The senior pulled the pass in, galloping 71 yards for the score.
 
Nicolet appeared to be in good shape. But after forcing a punt on the ensuing drive and rushing for a first down, the Knights fumbled the snap. East recovered and six plays later, the Red Raiders were in the end zone. 
 
Vnuk threw a 6-yard bullet through the tightest of traffic to senior Josh Smentek, who tumbled forward into the end zone on the fourth quarter’s first play to make the game 13-10.
 
But that was the beginning of the end for East. Led by junior linebacker Hunter Crass and senior lineman Bernard Stutts, Nicolet tightened the screws. East’s final fourth quarter possessions resulted in a punt, a turnover on downs and an interception (junior Delton Clay) .
 
 “In the first half we had multiple opportunities to take over,” said Wauwatosa East coach Jake Wolter. “But we gave up some situation spots we shouldn’t have. When third and longs turn into first downs, you’re in trouble. You can’t live off of that.”
 
Nicolet turned the tables at the 7:30 mark in the fourth quarter. A quick bursting punt return and pair of East penalties put Nicolet near East’s 10. Four plays later, Kappel rolled out and found Tyler Crass in the corner of the end zone.
 
We got gassed,” Wolter said. “A lot of guys were playing both ways, and on special teams. They got gassed. And when we got down on the scoreboard, their heads sank a little bit.”
 
The Knight buried the Red Raiders once and for all at the 5:00 mark. On a play-action fake, Kappel rolled to his right, and found a wide open Nolan Wagner on the goal line. The pass hit the junior right in the numbers. He cradled it with two hands and backed into the end zone for the final score.
 
 “Our running game was effective, when we executed it,” Wolter said. “Our passing game was not bad. We’ve just got to get a little more wind and cash in at some key moments.”
 
“We had to find our feet a little bit,” said Nicolet coach Brad Kozaczuk. “But we got more intense as the game went along. We faced adversity and found a way to overcome it.”  

Hawaiian grocery crowd-funds commercial kitchen

July 28, 2014 3:34 p.m. | Hawaiian grocery store, deli and caterer One Kine Grindz is hoping to raise $35,000 from friends and fans online to install a commercial kitchen at their Wauwatosa storefront, which would allow them to continue serving prepared foods for take-out and catering.

On their recently launched GoFundMe page, they ask customers to help them meet state code requirements for a commercial kitchen, including a hood vent, stove, oven, indoor grill, and fire suppression system.

"This has proven to be a much larger and more costly proposition than we can handle ourselves," the description reads. "So we are reaching out in the hopes that you might donate what ever you can to help us get a kitchen built (no amount to small)."

The effort had a dozen backers Monday afternoon in amounts ranging from $10 to $100, together totaling $535.

One Kine Grindz opened in 2010 at 7215 W North Ave. in Wauwatosa, expanding over the years from selling groceries to catering and serving meals inside and on its patio.

Wauwatosa School District creates new mobile app

July 25, 2014 4:06 p.m. | Wauwatosa School District has gone mobile.

In the next logical step to increasing its web presence with a refreshed website, the district has created a mobile app for iPhone and Android phones. The mobile app offers both a private and a public function.

The public setting displays the same information that is visible from the district's desktop website. The private setting allows users to login with a custom username and password and access classes that their children are enrolled in, combined calendars and more.

Students will have the same access to class information from the private app setting.

Download the app for iPhone from the Apple App Store or for Android from Google Play.

Tosa responds to concerns about radiation from water meters

July 25, 2014 2:56 p.m. | After receiving two complaints in the past couple months from residents who did not want Wauwatosa to install new smart water meters on their properties, city officials are considering an opt-out option for residents with health concerns about radiation.

One Wauwatosa man, Greg Schliesmann, recently turned to the media to voice his frustration over the installation attempt, saying the city threatened to shut off his water if he did not allow the smart meter on his property.

According to the American Cancer Society, the radio-frequency waves emitted from the meters, like those from cell phones, have a potential to cause harm but at an "extremely low" risk. The smart meters are able to relay readings back to City Hall so workers don't have to visit private properties.

Karen Jaeckels, mayoral assistant, said the city is now in touch with Schliesmann and proposing a smart meter to go outside his home to give him more distance, as it did last year for another resident with a health concern. She said the city has no plans to shut off his water.

City staff are also considering an opt-out program that might allow residents to pay a fee to use a meter without radiation. That would have to be approved by the Common Council and the Public Service Commission.

Menomonee River 14-year-old drowning victim identified

July 21, 2014 2:01 p.m. | Van Sang Vanmauipial, of Milwaukee, has been identified as the 14-year-old boy who drowned in the Menomonee River in Hoyt Park Saturday, July 19, around 3 p.m., according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department.

Vanmauipial had been swimming in the river with his friends when he did not resurface. Medical personnel tried to revive him before he was taken to the Children's Hospital. There, he was pronounced dead, according to the medical examiner's office.

Boy drowns in the Menomonee River at Hoyt Park

July 19, 2014 7:20 p.m. | A 14-year-old boy drowned in the Menomonee River in Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies received a 911 call that a group of children had gone swimming in the river and one did not resurface.

Members of the of the Wauwatosa and Milwaukee fire departments responded and the dive rescue team located the boy under water a short distance from where the children had last been seen. Medical personnel tried to revive him. He was transported to Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His name was not being released as of 6 p.m.

Detectives from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident.

Former priest accused of theft again fails to appear in court

July 14, 2014 7:22 p.m. | A former priest accused of bilking more than $100,000 from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa failed to appear in court for the second time Monday, WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee reported.

The attorney representing James Dokos, Jr., 62, said his client was admitted to a hospital Monday morning, according to a story posted on the station's website.

Dokos was scheduled to appear in court last week, but his attorney said his car broke down, the station reported.

According to a criminal complaint, the theft was discovered by the church's parish council in 2013, months after Dokos, the priest at Annunciation for many years, had transferred to another church in Illinois.

Dokos is accused of diverting money from a trust a couple had left for the construction of a cultural center at the church while he was serving as successor trustee after the death of the trust's creator.

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Police connect teens to recent Milwaukee, Wauwatosa carjackings

July 12, 2014 5:14 p.m. | Police are investigating whether a string of carjackings and robberies in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa this summer are the work of a ring of teenagers, and have charged a 17-year-old in connection with two of the incidents.

A 15-year-old involved in two incidents was subject to a more immediate consequence last month, when the woman he was trying to carjack shot him, police said.

The boy remains in the hospital with serious injuries, Milwaukee Police confirmed. He is in custody but has not been charged.

The 17-year-old, John Marshall Davis, was charged last week with attempted robbery as a party to a June 23 crime in which police sayhe and the 15-year-old demanded car keys from a woman in the 4100 block of N. 14th St. in Milwaukee.

The woman, Victoria Davison of Milwaukee, pulled a gun from a gym bag and shot the younger boy.

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Briggs & Stratton closing Georgia site, will add 370 jobs in Wauwatosa

July 10, 2014 11:10 p.m. | Bucking a decadeslong trend that saw many manufacturing jobs migrate to lower-cost Southern states, Briggs & Stratton Corp. is closing a Georgia factory while adding 220 full-time jobs and 150 seasonal jobs at its Wauwatosa plant.

Briggs is closing a factory in McDonough, Ga., whose roots date back more than a century. Briggs acquired it in 2004 as part of its purchase of Simplicity Manufacturing Inc.

Briggs will move the factory's production of riding lawn tractors, pressure washers and snow throwers to Wauwatosa in 2015. The move will nearly double the company's manufacturing workforce at the plant, where employees are represented by United Steelworkers Local 2-232.

It will be the biggest jobs increase for Briggs in Wisconsin in years, according to the company.

"I am hoping this is a start of a trend where we see work coming back to Wisconsin," said Ross Winklbauer, a Steelworkers subdistrict director who was employed at Briggs & Stratton years ago when it had a bigger manufacturing workforce here.

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Section of I-94 to close entirely July 18-21

July 10, 2014 2:50 p.m. | The stretch of I-94 between the Zoo Interchange and Highway 100 will be fully closed in both directions from 11 p.m. July 18 to 5:30 a.m. July 21, the Department of Transportation announced July 9.

While the interstate is closed, construction workers will place the Union Pacific rail bridge overhead, and install a storm sewer pipe. They will also demolish the west span of Highway 100, which will be reconstructed as part of a new interchange.

The DOT said traffic is expected to be heavy and backups will occur around the closed area. It has posted alternative route ideas online.

Weather could cause the closure to be delayed.

Wauwatosa man killed in crash that snarled Highway 41 traffic

July 10, 2014 11:03 a.m. | A 25-year-old Wauwatosa man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning on southbound Highway 41 in Menomonee Falls, according to a news release.

The Menomonee Falls Police and Fire Departments responded to the crash about 4:30 a.m., police say. The Wauwatosa man, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was transported to a hospital where he later died from his injuries. His identity has not been disclosed.

Two southbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours during the investigation of the crash. All lanes were open as of 10 a.m. Thursday.

The crash remains under investigation, and Menomonee Falls police have directed all questions to Assistant Chief Mark Waters at (262) 532-8702.

Hundreds in Tosa without power

July 01, 2014 1:21 p.m. | About 790 We Energies customers remained without power Tuesday afternoon, with crews working to restore power for nearly all of them by 11 p.m. Wednesday, We Energies spokesman Barry McNulty said.

"We're throwing everything we can toward it," McNulty said.

With 27,000 customers still without power in its coverage area, which includes Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, McNulty said the company is drawing on resources from other utilities to work more quickly.

Wind speeds of about 70 miles per hour snapped countless trees and limbs last night, bringing down power lines and leaving 120,000 We Energies customers without power. As the utility works to restore power, McNulty said they are still getting some calls about new outages, as weakened tree branches settle and give out.

McNulty warned residents to leave downed wires where they are and stay at least 25 feet away from them. If you think a wire is dangerous, call (800) 662-4797 to report it.

Wauwatosa detective sentenced for drug theft

June 24, 2014 11:10 p.m. | A Wauwatosa police detective charged with stealing prescription drugs from the department's evidence room was ordered Tuesday to spend 30 months on probation, according to state court records.

The order came after a 13-month jail sentence and 12-month term on extended supervision was stayed for Robin L. Schumacher, 39, after a plea of no contest to felony misconduct in public office, according to the records.

The plea was entered as part of a plea agreement in which charges of felony possession of narcotics and misdemeanor theft were dismissed, the records show.

In July 2013, Schumacher was caught on surveillance video in the evidence room with two plastic bags and then returning to her desk and removing items from the bags.

She was found in possession of a variety of drugs and admitted to investigators she had stolen the pills, and others, because she was addicted to painkillers, according to a criminal complaint.

Milwaukee suburbs Fourth of July 2014 celebrations

June 20, 2014 9:30 a.m. |  

Bayside

  • Parade: 9 a.m. July 4, the annual parade begins at Standish Place entrance to Bayside Middle School.

City of Brookfield

  • Parade: 10 a.m. July 4. Starting at Gebhardt Rd. to Calhoun Rd. onto North Ave. The parade will be followed by an ice cream social at the Civic Plaza, 2000 North Calhoun Rd.
  • Family Fest: 6 to 9 p.m. July 4, family fun with live entertainment, inflatables and food for all to enjoy at Mitchell Park, 19900 River Rd.
  • Fireworks: 9:15 p.m. July 4 at Mitchell Park.

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Social media photos of the June 18 storms around Southeast Wisconsin

June 18, 2014 3:53 p.m. | Severe weather, from rain to hail to flooding, arrived in southeastern Wisconsin on Tuesday morning.

Residents shared their views of the storms on social media, and we compiled some of the best photos for you.

View them in the June 18 storms around Southeast Wisconsin Storify story.

Sewage backups may occur with Wauwatosa sewer at full capacity

June 18, 2014 2:13 p.m. | With the city of Wauwatosa's sanitary sewer system at full capacity and more rain in the forecast, city officials are warning residents that they may start seeing sewage backups in their basements.

In addition to moving valuable items, officials recommend several steps to mitigate basement flooding:

·Divert rainwater from your property with temporary extensions to your downspouts and sump pumps

·Clean sewer grates to allow rainwater to flow through them

·Refrain from running more water than necessary during or immediately after a storm

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