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Police: Woman scares burglar from Wauwatosa home

July 10, 2013 11:26 a.m. | A question yelled at a burglar caused him to flee the home he was breaking into in the 7000 block of Maple Terrace on June 27, according to the Wauwatosa police report.

The question: "What the hell are you doing in my house?"

Also from the report:

The homeowner was inside her home at 10:20 a.m. June 27 when she heard the doorbell. She peeked around the front porch to see a man holding a bottle of laundry detergent and thought he was trying to sell her something, so she ignored him.

He rang the bell five more times. She continued to ignore him.

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'Rollover ejection crash' closes southbound Highway 45 at Highway 100

5:57 p.m. | All lanes of southbound Highway 45 remain closed at North Ave. for a crash the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office describes as a "rollover ejection crash."

A motorist reported after the crash that southbound vehicles are slowly being directed to turn around and head north on one of the southbound lanes and exit at Mayfair Road.

As of 5:30 p.m., the state Department of Transportation was reporting delays of up to 3 miles.

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of YMCA properties

5:51 p.m. | U. S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley Tuesday approved the sale of four suburban YMCA properties for a total of $9 million, marking an important step in the efforts to downsize and restructure the organization that has been mired in debt.

"This was a huge hurdle today for the mission of the Y, which will be stronger in the region," said Julie Tolan, the president and CEO of the Milwaukee Y, after the hearing. It will also allow the Milwaukee Y to begin to move forward to focus on its future as a smaller, urban YMCA, she said.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy protection in June faced with $29 in debt which threatened to sink the organization.

Under the court-approved sale, the YMCA of Central Wisconsin will purchase the Southwest Y in Greenfield, the Tri-County Y in Menomonee Falls and the West Suburban Y in Wauwatosa for $7 million in cash, with a possible $1 million more based on earnings in the next two years.

The Kettle Moraine YMCA will buy the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA for $2 million in cash at closing. The closings are tentatively scheduled for October 15.

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Rollover crash shuts down southbound Highway 45 in Wauwatosa

3:21 p.m. | A "rollover ejection" crash on Highway 45 near Watertown Plank Road has caused a full southbound closure in the area, the Milwaukee County Sherriff's Office reported this afternoon. 

The office said in a Tweet there were life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred at about 2:20 p.m. and involved multiple vehicles, according to the state Department of Transportation. It said closures could continue through rush hour. 

Southbound lanes were closed from North Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue. Deputies reversed traffic near the scene to exit at North Avenue.

Enter Halloween contest to win tickets to Legends & Lore

9:39 a.m. | Halloween is creeping up, and that means it's time to see and hear about your favorite Halloween haunts.

If you do, you have a chance to enjoy haunted walks, spooky stories and crafts plus folklore from Wisconsin's past with free tickets to Halloween Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle on Oct. 11, 18, 25 and 31.

Here's what you need to do to be entered into a giveaway for one adult and one child admission:

Post a photo of you in your best Halloween costume or share your favorite place to go to for a Halloween fright. You can enter on Twitter or Instagram, but either way, you must include the hashtag #HalloweenWI in your post.

Deadline to enter is noon Thursday, Oct. 9. Four winners of one adult and one child admission each will be selected and notified Friday, Oct. 10.

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Motorcyclist dies after collision on North Avenue in East Tosa

Sept. 29, 2014 5:57 p.m. | A motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene of a crash at North Avenue and 67th Street Monday afternoon, according to police. Wauwatosa Police were called to the scene at about 2 p.m.

While the crash is still under investigation, Wauwatosa Police Lieutenant Brian Zalewski said it appeared the motorcyclist was heading east on North Avenue when it collided with a pickup truck traveling north on 67th Street.

Zalewski said the medical examiner was called to the scene, where the motorcyclist was pronounced dead. There were no other injuries.

Zalewski said it did not appear alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident. He said police are still looking into any conditions that might have contributed to the collision, including construction in the area.

"Part of that area is under some construction but we're not sure whether that had an impact on it," Zalewski said. "We're looking into all possible factors."

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Two-vehicle crash in Wauwatosa kills motorcyclist

Sept. 29, 2014 5:09 p.m. | A motorcyclist was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Wauwatosa, according to Wauwatosa police.

The crash was reported shortly after 2 p.m. at N. 67th St. and W. North Ave., according to Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski.

The no one else was injured in the crash, and the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Zalewski said.

The crash remained under investigation and no further information was available, Zalewski said.

Hue serving first dinner in Tosa tonight

Sept. 29, 2014 4:44 p.m. | Hue Vietnamese Restaurant is serving its first dinner in East Tosa today at 5 p.m. in its new location at 6519 W. North Ave. Lunches could begin next week.

The menu, similar to Hue's first location in Bay View, features foods inspired by the Thua-Thien Hue Province in central Vietnam, where owners Mark Nielsen and Cat Tran have family ties. The walls are filled with artwork from the province's capital city.

The restaurant is about twice the size as the Bay View location, with 18 tables and a bar serving both beer and wine on tap.

With a larger kitchen, Nielsen said he wants to offer more seafood options to differentiate the Wauwatosa location. At the same time, the popular Hue dish Bánh Xeo (like a crepe filled with pork and shrimp) will be exclusive to Bay View.

Nielsen said East Tosa's Hue will continue to expand in the spring, with the opening of a fenced-in back patio, and a faster dining option next door. In the same building, in the storefront just east of Hue, Nielsen has plans for lunch spot that will share a kitchen with Hue but offer different menu items.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 6.

Ronald McDonald House expansion means there'll be room in the inn

Sept. 23, 2014 10:03 p.m. | Wauwatosa— Liz Benecke stood in the doorway and surveyed the spacious suite — the four-poster bed, the dark wood armoire equipped with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, and she smiled in approval.

Not because it is posh — though it's certainly that. The bed and armoire came from the Pfister Hotel, donated as a result of renovations there.

What she saw in the new 26,000-square-foot wing of the Ronald McDonald House was home — a place where she and her three boys can live while her 8-month-old daughter Audrey gets treatment for a brain condition at nearby Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

The suites are part of the $10 million expansion of the Ronald McDonald House at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa that got a grand opening Tuesday. The expanded house, linked by a new pedestrian bridge to the hospital, will have 70 suites, compared with the previous 38.

They will mean that Benecke and other families are less likely to be turned away when the house is full. With 38 suites, it happens to 888 families a year. It happened to Benecke. Three times.

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Pedestrian killed in crash at Bluemound and Mayfair roads

Sept. 23, 2014 2:44 p.m. | A 44-year-old West Allis woman died after she was hit by a dump truck at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Bluemound and Mayfair roads.

According to a report from the Milwaukee Police Department, the woman was crossing Mayfair Road on foot when she was hit by a dump truck traveling north. The driver was a 34-year-old man.

Witnesses said the pedestrian was walking against a red light while the truck traveled straight through the intersection, according to police. Police Captain Michael Brunson said Monday night alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

No citations were issued and police were still investigating the incident Tuesday. The district attorney's office will review the investigation when complete.

Poll: Will Wauwatosa West or Greendale win in Week 6 matchup?

Sept. 23, 2014 1:00 p.m. | Week 6 of the preps football season showcases a big Woodland Conference matchup: Wauwatosa West at Greendale.

Last year in Wauwatosa, the Panthers beat the Trojans, 35-20.

West enters the game with a 1-2 record this year (3-2 overall). Greendale is 3-0 (5-0).


Auction for YMCAs called off after no new bidders emerge

Sept. 22, 2014 6:31 p.m. | No new bidders emerged for the four YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee centers the organization plans to sell as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, so an auction set for next week has been canceled, agency officials announced Monday.

No new qualified bidders to submitted offers by a deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, according to a statement issued by the Y.

The next step is for a court hearing Sept. 30 to consider approval of the existing offer to purchase the Southwest Y in Greenfield, Tri-County in Menomonee Falls and West Suburban in Wauwatosa by the YMCA of Central Waukesha County for $7 million in cash at closing, plus a possible $1 million more based on earnings in the next two years.

At that time the court will also consider the offer by the Kettle Moraine YMCA to purchase the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville for $2 million cash at closing.

"The process has reaffirmed that the offers from the Waukesha and Kettle Moraine Y's represent the fair value of these properties," said Julie Tolan, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.

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Apartment project proposed for Wauwatosa Village

Sept. 22, 2014 4:01 p.m. | Looking to redevelop the 7400 block of State Street in the Wauwatosa Village area, HSI Properties is proposing a five-story complex with retail on the ground floor and apartments above, according to plans submitted to the city.

If approved by the city, the State Street Station project would raze several buildings, including two houses on 74th Street, Chase Bank, and the multitenant building that houses George Webb. HSI is already under option to purchase all of the properties.

HSI plans to install both Chase Bank and George Webb in its development, which includes three buildings in triangle formation to fit the block. The complex also would host four other retailers and 174 luxury apartments.

Construction is planned for two phases. Pending city approval, the first could start next spring, to be complete next summer, with about 75 percent of the retail and apartments. The remainder would be constructed immediately afterward, opening in the summer of 2017.

HSI President Ryan Schultz said Chase would remain open throughout construction, while George Webb would not.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 5.

Tosa West rushes to 31-10 win over Eisenhower

Sept. 19, 2014 10:09 p.m. | Wauwatosa West rushed for 379 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense didn’t allow a touchdown as the Trojans rolled to a 31-10 victory over New Berlin Eisenhower on Sept. 19 at home.

The Trojans improved to 1-2 in the Woodland West Division and 3-2 overall, while the Lions fell to 1-2 and 2-3 overall.

West’s star running back senior Demaris Purifoy rushed for 216 yards on 20 carries (10.8 average) and two touchdowns, while junior Truman Tyson ran for 61 yards in 7 carries (8.7) and a score. Sophomore Paris Howell added 60 yards on 11 carries (5.5) and a TD.

“I’m super happy,” Howell said. “Our team came out, executed, did what we needed to do. I love playing with Demaris. He is one of the elite backs. Whenever I get the ball, he blocks for me. Whenever he gets the ball, I block for him. He’s just a real dynamic player.”

West coach Matt Good knows that both Howell and Tyson will have to play a role the rest of the way as teams try to stop Purifoy.

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