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Tosan wakes up to find burglar at his door

July 03, 2012 10:35 a.m. | A 29-year-old West Allis man faces two burglary charges, one with a dangerous weapon, after he allegedly sold items that were taken last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A resident woke up to the sound of his bedroom door handle jiggling and the floor in the hallway creaking at an apartment in the 12200 block of West Bluemound Road at 6:45 a.m. June 27.

He looked into the hall and saw a man with his back toward him going through closets. The resident asked what the burglar was doing and yelled at him to "get out."

The man allegedly pulled a folding knife out of his pants and walked toward the resident in a threatening manner. The resident quickly jumped back into his room and locked the door. When police arrived, he climbed out his bedroom window.

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Small fire doused in men's restroom at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

11:24 a.m. | A small fire broke out Wednesday morning in a men's bathroom in Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the hospital said in a release.

The incident occurred on the first floor about 9:30 a.m. The Wauwatosa Fire Department responded extinguished the fire. There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Ask NOW: When will the lanes on Burleigh Street near Highway 45 be less confusing?

April 15, 2014 2:32 p.m. | Is there a rumor you've heard that you would like to track down? Is there something in the city — like playground equipment or a pothole — that needs to be fixed? Rick Romano answers some of the mysteries of life in Wauwatosa and helps solve everyday problems.

When will the lanes on Burleigh Street near Highway 45 be less confusing?

Issue: Two readers within a few days wrote to us noting the confusion on westbound Burleigh Street approaching the highway.

"There are two left-turn lanes," wrote one reader, noting that she has seen drivers think the right-most left-turn lane also allowed them to go straight. The other reader called attention to similar confusion in the far right lane of westbound Burleigh Street.

They both wonder when pavement lane markings will be corrected.

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In helping others, Bachman became 'Mr. Wauwatosa'

April 12, 2014 11:09 a.m. | Richard Bachman made sure the streets of Wauwatosa were lined with American flags, that it had Little League Baseball and a Fourth of July celebration, that food pantries were stocked, and that every squad car was equipped with a lifesaving defibrillator.

Yes, Bachman was an alderman for 24 years, but it was not a good idea to call him a politician.

"If you called him a politician, he would get extremely angry with you," said his son Rick Bachman. "He saw himself as a public servant — that's what he viewed himself as."

Richard Bachman, who served the city's 7th District and was one half of the team known as "Mr. and Mrs. Wauwatosa," died April 5 of congestive heart failure at a Menomonee Falls care facility. He was 83.

A tool-and-die-maker who worked at Cutler Hammer and Milwaukee Electric Tool, Bachman decided to run for alderman in 1968. Over the years, he and his wife would team up on a variety of civic works. He'd met the former Gloria Mallon, a model and former Miss South Shore Frolic, on a blind date.

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City says goodbye to 'Mr. Wauwatosa'

April 09, 2014 11:37 a.m. | From spring cleanups to serving at the food pantry to a long stint of service on the Common Council, it is not difficult to look around Wauwatosa and see the impact Dick Bachman had on the community.

Bachman, who was known by the nickname "Mr. Wauwatosa," died Saturday at age 83.

For more than 40 years, Bachman took part in a long list of projects that remain in place to this day. He also made pivotal decisions as an alderman on the Common Council. He served for 24 years — from 1968 to 1984 and again from 1990 to 1998.

"I learned to spell my name by putting up campaign signs with him," said his son, also named Richard. "He was my mentor, my role model and my best friend."

Many longtime Tosans have similar sentiments to those shared by Bachman's son.

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Three new Bartolotta restaurants announced for Mayfair Collection

April 08, 2014 2:52 p.m. | Ample foot traffic welcomed the new retail destination, Mayfair Collection, last Thursday with shopping at Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dick's Sporting Goods and more. Now, shopping patrons can stay and eat at three new Bartolotta restaurants, announced to open by winter 2014 and summer 2015.

While still in the development stages, possible restaurant concepts include a modern diner, a beer-themed pub and a casual French bistro. Bartolotta Restaurants partnered with Phoenix Development Partners to create, open and manage the eateries.

"Our new Mayfair Collection restaurants will be casual eateries catering to families, shoppers and anyone looking for elevated dining options," said Peter Jensen, partner with the Phoenix group.

"We look forward to bringing these new dining concepts to the area and to begin part of this jewel of Wauwatosa," said Joe Bartolotta, co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants with his brother Paul.

Mayfair Collection occupies 270,000 square feet of retail space, adapted from former warehouses, at Highway 45 and Burleigh Street. The Collection is a three-phase project by HSA Commercial Real Estate, a Chicago-based firm, with retail as phase one; a 144-room extended-stay hotel and Whole Foods Market for phase two; and residential for phase three.

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Vukmir releases records related to ALEC work

April 04, 2014 11:55 a.m. | Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir has released documents related to her work with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council as part of a settlement of an open records lawsuit filed by the liberal Center for Media and Democracy.

The center's attorney, Brendan Fischer, told the Wisconsin State Journal that the documents provide the first evidence that an effort by ALEC to rebrand itself as being legislator-driven is "just a sham."

The more than 100 pages of records show Vukmir sponsored a model bill under the direction of a Florida lobbying group, after voting last spring on an ALEC policy allowing only lawmakers, and not lobbyists, to introduce model bills.

"This demonstrates that ALEC is really a lobbyist-driven organization," Fischer said. "The lobbyists are the ones calling the shots. The legislators are just following along."

ALEC spokesman Bill Meierling said the documents are the culmination of a "yearlong witch hunt based on unfounded accusations." He said any model policy that legislators introduce would be consistent with their community culture.

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Voters disagree with Citizens United ruling

April 02, 2014 12:04 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents voted against language modeled after the Supreme Court case known as Citizens United, which opted to not ban political spending, Tuesday. 

The local vote was 4,056 in favor of the referendum question and 2,286 opposed.

By voting "yes," Wauwatosa voters agree to instruct state and federal representatives to regulate political contributions and spending while upholding the constitutional rights of human beings — not corporations, the resolution says. This is a direct rejection of Citizens United.

Brian Bawden elected to Wauwatosa School Board

April 01, 2014 11:52 p.m. | Brian Bawden, 63, was elected to Seat 7 of the Wauwatosa School Board on Tuesday.

According to unofficial results Tuesday:

Bawden received 2,167 votes, and his opponent, Michael Huitink, received 2,085.

Seat 7 was formerly held by Carmela Rios, who declined to run for re-election. Bawden is a former teacher in the Wauwatosa School District.

Bawden said in January he would no longer seek Seat 7 due to his father's diminishing health.

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Jason Kofroth elected District 7 alderman

April 01, 2014 11:47 p.m. | Jason Kofroth was elected District 7 alderman Tuesday.

According to unofficial results Tuesday:

Kofroth received 443 votes; Michael Morgan received 409.

Kofroth, 27, a self-described fiscal conservative, is a retirement services relationship coordinator at BMO Harris Bank.

Michael Walsh elected District 4 alderman

April 01, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Michael Walsh was elected District 4 alderman Tuesday.

According to unofficial results Tuesday:

Walsh garnered 543 votes and his opponent, John Pokrandt, received 460.

Walsh served as 5th District alderman from 2008 to 2012 before moving to the 4th District to be closer to his children's school. He is currently the operations manager of Interior Systems, a Wauwatosa manufacturer of restaurant seating and decor.

Matt Stippich wins District 1 aldermanic seat

April 01, 2014 11:18 p.m. | Matt Stippich was elected to represent Wauwatosa's District 1 as alderman Tuesday.

According to unofficial results Tuesday, Stippich won 726 votes, and his opponent, W. Scott Nelson, received 409.

Stippich, of 2220 N. Wauwatosa Ave., is owner and general counsel of Digital Intelligence, a local computer forensics firm, and a partner in Stippich, Selin & Cain.

Body found in Tosa identified as James Kieckbusch, 57

April 01, 2014 5:01 p.m. | The decomposed body found Sunday afternoon in a wooded area at 124th Street and Bluemound Road was identified as James Kieckbusch, 57, no known address, according to a medical examiner's report provided by Milwaukee County.

Kieckbusch's remains were discovered by Daniel and Donald Kempka, a father and son, who had been hiking through the wooded area while looking for deer antlers. Kieckbusch was pronounced dead upon arrival at 4:48 p.m.

The medical examiner identified pill bottles in the jacket pocket with medications still inside as well as a wallet and identification card on Kieckbusch's right leg between his blue jeans and pair of long pajama-type pants.

The area did not appear to be a place where the subject lived or a homeless shelter. No obvious trauma was observed at the scene. 

Kieckbusch had been on parole and had a history of bipolar disorder, the report said. His brother, William, said Kieckbusch was a "binge" drinker and had previous illicit drug use, according to the report.

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Body found at border of Elm Grove and Wauwatosa

April 01, 2014 11:45 a.m. | A partially decomposed body was found under bushes on the east side of the UPS building, 12400 W. Bluemound Road, about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, according to an Elm Grove police report.

Elm Grove police responded to the scene, but determined the dead body, about 150 yards east of the UPS access road, was just over the border, in Wauwatosa, the report states. Officers from both departments taped off the area.

Elm Grove Assistant Police Chief Jason Hennen said Elm Grove officers were not further involved in the case, which was taken over by Wauwatosa police.

The Wauwatosa Police Department had no formal police report on the incident as of 10:30 a.m. except a "dead on arrival" call from officers who were dispatched Sunday, said Karla Ordal, records clerk.

Neither Police Chief Barry Weber nor Lt. Christopher Fox could be reached for comment.

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Michael Lovell's move is a net gain for Milwaukee, business leaders say

March 26, 2014 12:49 p.m. | While a shock to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the departure of highly regarded Chancellor Michael Lovell for the top post at Marquette University will prove to be a net gain for the area, business leaders said Wednesday.

Lovell's move across town, they said, won't stop the momentum for university-based economic development efforts such as UWM's Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa.

And they believe Lovell's drive to build connections between the academic and business communities will lead to greater involvement by Marquette in such collaborations.

"Mike Lovell arrived in Milwaukee ready and willing to collaborate for regional growth," said Cate Rahmlow, water technology industry specialist at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. "He was inclusive when he got here. I would anticipate more of that. To me, nothing has changed. He's still ready and willing to collaborate, but from another chair."

Timothy Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, called the news about Lovell bittersweet.

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Wauwatosa police seek suspect in BMO Harris Bank robbery

March 14, 2014 5:26 p.m. | Wauwatosa police are searching for a man who robbed BMO Harris Bank on Thursday.

The robber approached a teller at the bank, 7501 W. North Ave., demanded money then fled on foot about 5 p.m. He didn't display a weapon.

He's described as a man in his mid-20s, between 5 feet, 4 inches and and 5 feet, 6 inches with a medium build, a thin mustache and a goatee. He was wearing an Air Jordan cap, a dark-colored hoodie and dark sunglasses.

People with information should contact Detective James Donovan at (414) 471-8430 or for those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers at (414) 771-8672.

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