It was a string of text messages that first led Wauwatosa police on the track of two alleged drug dealers who have since been charged in the heroin overdose death of a 19-year-old Wauwatosa woman, court records reveal.
Alexandra Hopping was found dead at her mother's home in the 1800 block of N. 70th St. in Wauwatosa on April 18, just five days before her 20th birthday, according to an affidavit accompanying a search warrant. On a coffee table in the living room next to her body, police found two metal spoons, a cigarette lighter, a syringe with heroin and oxycodone, two corner-cut plastic bags with heroin and two empty plastic bags.
Police also recovered Hopping's cellphone. It indicated that just hours before her death, Hopping had purchased $100 worth of high-quality heroin from a drug dealer on Milwaukee's north side through a middleman in Waukesha. Police believe she may have known the alleged middleman, Daniel Lee Birtic, 23, from her time at Waukesha West High School, where her parents said she started using narcotics before she graduated in 2009.
It was clear from the text messages that Birtic was aware the heroin was powerful.
"I hope you dont od. That happens alot with this stuff. And people always think it wont happen to them," Birtic warned Hopping in a text message the afternoon of April 17, hours before she died, according to the affidavit.» Read Full Article
Home furnishings and accessories retailer HomeGoods said Monday it plans to open a store at The Mayfair Collection next year.
The company has signed a lease for 22,454 square feet of space in the second phase of the retail shopping center, said Timothy Blum, executive vice president of retail development for HSA Commercial Real Estate. HomeGoods will occupy the northern end cap of the building at 11100 W. Bureleigh St., which will be anchored by a 45,150-square-foot Whole Foods Market.
The HomeGoods store, which will be the second in the metro Milwaukee area, is expected to open for business in fall of 2015. HomeGoods is an off-price retailer with about 400 stores in the U.S.
The Mayfair Collection is a 400,000-square-foot retail development at Highway 45 and Burleigh St. in Wauwatosa. Among stores opened in the first phase were Nordstrom Rack, DIck's Sporting Goods and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH.
Plans for the second phase also include about 50,000 square feet of junior anchor retail space, a mix of upscale bars and restaurants and a 140-room Hilton Homewood Suites hotel.» Read Full Article
Superintendent Phil Ertl joined superintendents and educators from across the country in attending President Barack Obama's "ConnectED to the Future" event on Wednesday, Nov. 19 to learn how to transition schools and districts to digital learning.
Ertl was one of two Wisconsin superintendents to attend the event.
President Barack Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative in 2013 to connect 99 percent of students to high speed Internet and equip teachers with technology they need to "transform teaching and learning," according to a news release.
"I am honored to represent the Wauwatosa School District at this event. Our students, staff, school board and community recognize that technology in the classroom enhances learning. I am proud of the innovation occurring in our classrooms. I also look forward to the opportunity to talk about our district and the need to provide high — speed Internet connectivity for all of our students," said Ertl in a news release.
Superintendents will commit to Obama's Future Pledge and participate in a signing ceremony, hosted by President Barack Obama during the event. By signing, superintendents are committing to lead a transition in their districts to use technology to support innovation in the classroom.» Read Full Article
The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's "tiniest patients" were moved into the newly designed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
The newly designed space at Children's Hospital, 9000 W. Wisconsin Ave., added 11 beds, from 59 to 70, to be able to care for more babies. The adopted design concept also supports shorter stays in the care unit and provides accommodations for multiple births.
PHOTO GALLERY: Children's Hospital moves babies from old to new ICU
In the updated NICU, nurse proximity to babies is maximized and new technologies have been integrated in the space.
VIDEO: The "crib cam" as captured by Children's Hospital.» Read Full Article
City Market owners Jeff Swanson and Julie Hollingsworth have closed and sold their café at 8725 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa, where they had been operating for about eight years.
According to city records, the building was sold in October to Dong Sin, who runs Westwood Dry Cleaners at 8731 W. North Ave., next door to the City Market building. His son, Jason Sin, said they hadn't yet decided whether to move their business there or lease out the space.
Hollingsworth said the North Avenue location shared some of the same customers as its other restaurant in Wauwatosa, 8700 W. Watertown Plank Road, and there wasn't enough business to thrive in both places.
"From the beginning, we thought the North Avenue store would have its own market, but truly they're so close together that it didn't do a lot of good for either store," Hollingsworth said. "Having two stores within five minutes of each other, each didn't develop their own identity."
City Market has been on Watertown Plank Road for about 16 years. Although it's had to withstand lengthy construction projects, Hollingsworth said the location is better situated to benefit from development at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and UWM's Innovation Campus.» Read Full Article
Here they came once again, charging hard like they have for the past two weeks.
Six straight points — five behind the serving of junior outside hitter Dan Jokisch — and suddenly Wauwatosa East's boys volleyball team had a 21-20 lead in the fourth game of its state quarterfinal game with top-ranked Milwaukee Marquette Friday.
"It was kind of like Cinderella," East senior middle blocker Ian Quast said. "We already weren't supposed to be here … and we weren't going quietly."
The Red Raiders certainly didn't go silently. But the powerful Hilltoppers did eventually make sure the clock struck midnight.
Marquette rallied back in the final game and put the finishing touches on a 22-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-22 victory. The Hilltoppers improved to 26-4 and advanced to Saturday's state semifinals against Burlington, while East finished the year 15-16.» Read Full Article
A female Wauwatosa food service worker is being investigated for fraudulently using a couple's credit card to buy clothes and other things while they were in the hospital, WISN 12 News reported Monday, Nov. 10.
The couple noticed charges on their credit card for hundreds of dollars at stores they had never been to, after a brief stay at Froedtert Hospital last month. They are from Waukesha County.
The couple said they had given their credit information to a food service worker at Froedtert to order dinner, according to a search warrant obtained by WISN.
The female food service worker, 27, from Wauwatosa, is currently being investigated by Froedtert Hospital and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.
"As soon as we became aware situation, we conducted an internal investigation and then turned the matter over to law enforcement. The employee has been suspended without pay. She was not involved in caring for patients," said a Froedtert Hospital representative in a statement.» Read Full Article
An unknown man pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at the front doors of Applebee's, 6750 W. State St., at 10:07 p.m. Nov. 4, according to a Wauwatosa police report blotter.
According to the brief report, there is no more information at this time.
UW Credit Union branch at 6510 W. State St. The new branch could open in late 2015 or early 2016.The former Eckert Door Co. site is scheduled for demolition this month to make way for a new
In a press release, UW Credit Union President Paul Kundert said the new branch will help support a growing membership, with the credit union gaining 13,000 customers in 2013.
The UW Credit Union already has five locations in the Milwaukee Area, including one in Wauwatosa at 2365 N. Mayfair Road. The new location will include drive-up service and a no-charge ATM.
Eckert Door, which specialized in garage doors made of wood, has been closed for more than a year. It went out of business when the owners died, after 50 years of business in Wauwatosa.
Big plays, big mistakes, dominant defenses, and last second heroics. Such were the key factors of week three football in the WIAA postseason.
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A third location of Indulgence Chocolatiers will open next spring in Wauwatosa at 66th Street and North Avenue and will sell Milwaukee's Purple Door Ice Cream in addition to its full line of confections.
The shop will have indoor and outdoor seating.
"For those who love sweets, it just doesn't get any better than local artisan ice cream and local artisan chocolate served in the same bowl, each complimenting the flavors of the other," said Indulgence owner Julie Waterman.
The expected pairings will be rich, such as Chai ice cream with pistachio cardamom truffle, whiskey ice cream topped with candied bacon and cacao nib praline crumble or a classic vanilla ice cream with Indulgence's own sea salt chocolate sauce.
Indulgence was founded in Milwaukee in 2007. Its second location is in Shorewood.
Richard Jungen, who built the state's largest mortgage banking company, will plead guilty to obstruction of justice in return for a federal prosecutor's agreement to recommend he serve 12 to 24 months in prison, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court Thursday.
Jungen, 67, founder and former chief executive of now-defunct Central States Mortgage Company Inc., will seek probation and agreed to allow the government to keep $175,000 out of the $305,952 that it seized from his accounts after he was indicted in August 2013. He will also be required to provide information to prosecutors and possibly cooperate against other defendants, the agreement states.
Federal sentencing guidelines call for a term of 33 to 41 months. The sentence will be determined by U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman.
The plea deal, which was filed quietly with no announcement by prosecutors or the defense, brings to an end a six-year investigation that culminated with indictments against Jungen and three associates. Also charged were Jungen's ex-wife and former company president Elaine Jaeger; former chief financial officer Jerome Poehnelt; and David Chapman, 57, a CPA and an investor in an investment pool with the others. They were indicted on charges of engineering a scheme to illegally pay more than $9 million of the company's money to themselves and other investors. Jungen and Jaeger, 69, each collected more than $444,000, the indictment charged.
Court records do not show any agreements being reached with the other defendants.» Read Full Article
Streaking Wauwatosa East stormed from behind to win the first set and then rode the momentum to an upset of No. 2-ranked Brookfield East in four sets Thursday night in the sectional final of the WIAA boys volleyball tournament.
Brookfield East, which had swept the Red Raiders during the regular season en route to its first Greater Metro Conference title, was playing without one of its key players, 6-7 outside hitter Matt Klassen, who injured his wrist in the sectional semifinal victory over West Allis Hale.
"Before the match started, I said we needed to win game one, we need to make a statement" said Wauwatosa East coach John Simon. "Win game one, put them on their heels a little bit and then see how they react. It steamrolled into game two. I thought we were going to close it out in game three, but they played very well, they made big plays at the end."
"I give them a lot of credit," Simon said. "Their best player was not playing tonight."
In the first game, the Red Raiders trailed, 23-20, but rallied to win 29-27. Tosa East pulled away to win the second game, 25-19, and then almost rallied in the third, losing 26-24 after being down 19-11.» Read Full Article
The Republican strongholds of Waukesha and Lake Country, as well as the majority of the Milwaukee suburbs, voted decisively in favor of incumbent Governor Scott Walker. Referendums for increased funding in various municipalities and school districts were mostly successful.
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Wauwatosa voters supported Gov. Scott Walker again Tuesday in his third election in four years, with about 51.6 percent of residents who voted in the gubernatorial race giving Walker their votes, according to unofficial results Tuesday night. Statewide, he received about 53 percent of votes.
Mary Burke took about 46.6 percent of Wauwatosa's votes in the race, with other candidates receiving 1.8 percent.
There were 24,910 votes cast in the gubernatorial race in Wauwatosa. With 32,387 registered voters in the city, that indicates at least a 77 percent voter turnout. City officials did not release a voter turnout number Tuesday.
Walker's lead was slightly less than in the 2012 recall election, when he received about 54 percent of the vote.
In Gov. Scott Walker's home district at Jefferson Elementary School in Wauwatosa, some voters said they had connected with Walker personally as neighbors, but said they stuck to the issues when deciding who to vote for Tuesday between Walker and Mary Burke.
Here's what some voters at Jefferson had to say about their neighbor's bid for re-election:
· "I just think Walker is the most divisive politician in America." - Tom Knauss
· "I liked what he did working on tax bills." - Alan Koenig
· "I still don't know who to vote for. I just winged it in there. I don't trust either of them so I stuck with the devil I knew. If I don't vote, I don't retain the right to complain." - Beth Pollack» Read Full Article