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Trojans rule the city another year

Aug. 22, 2014 11:56 p.m. | For the second year in a row, it was the Trojans from Wauwatosa West who ruled their city after beating Wauwatosa East, 42-7, on Aug. 22 at Hart Park in the season opener for both sides.

Senior running back Demaris Purifoy was particularly effective, scoring five times and racking up 152 yards to help the Trojans win easily.

Neither team produced particularly good offense on their respective opening possessions, but when the Red Raiders fumbled a Trojans punt, Matt Lundell was there to pounce on the loose ball and recover possession for West on the East 12-yard line. Truman Tyson ran the ball to the 1-yard line on the subsequent play, setting up Purifoy's touchdown run to open the scoring.

East couldn't get its offense rolling and turned the ball over on downs without getting a first down. The Trojans wasted little time adding to their lead and went up 13-0 on a 13-yard touchdown run from Paris Howell. Zach Veit added the extra point for a 14-0 lead.

"You lose the turnover battle and you lose the battle up front, you have no chance of winning, and that's what happened tonight," Tosa East coach Mike Richards said. "Tosa West is a good team, and we lost the battle at the line of scrimmage. We couldn't really get things going. Unfortunately we gave them two gifts at the beginning of the game; we were down a quick 14-0."

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Meijer announces opening date in Wauwatosa

9:13 a.m. | Supercenter and grocery store Meijer has declared a date for its grand opening in Wauwatosa.

The store will open near W. Burleigh Street and N. Mayfair Road on Aug. 4, according to a news release. Meijer leadership and local dignitaries will dedicate the store's first day of business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The company, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., will feature special promotions and events to commemorate the store's grand opening beginning Aug. 6.

A Meijer store will also open in Oak Creek at 171 W. Town Square Way on Aug. 4.

The store is currently completing hiring for hourly positions. Interested candidates can apply online at bit.ly/1JLUdHx.

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Wauwatosa to participate in "Click It or Ticket" enforcement

July 06, 2015 3:43 p.m. | Wauwatosa will be participating in a "Click It or Ticket" enforcement this summer with the help of a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

In addition to usual enforcement efforts, the Wauwatosa Police Department will have extra deployments targeting safety belt violations, according to a Facebook post by the department.

In 2014, more than half of the drivers and passengers killed in crashes were not buckled up, according to WisDOT.

Wisconsin's safety belt use rate is approximately 85 percent, which is the all-time high for the state. However, the 85 percent rate in Wisconsin is still substantially lower than the national average of 87 percent and much lower than neighboring states whose rates exceed 90 percent.

Tosa East student completes leadership program at Yale University

July 06, 2015 10:53 a.m. | A Wauwatosa East High School student was selected to participate in an economic leadership program at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

Cole Wirth, a junior at the high school during the 2014-15 academic year, was one of 50 students from around the country who was accepted into the Foundation for Teaching Economics' New Haven "Economics for Leaders" program.

Students were selected based on demonstrated excellent leadership potential, according to a news release.

From June 28 to July 5, the selected students attained an understanding of economic reasoning principles and how to employ the concepts for successful and effective leadership. Additionally, students achieved a heightened awareness of the impact their decisions have on others.

Leff's Lucky Town in Wauwatosa considers kitchen expansion

July 02, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Hoping to offer fresher menu items, Chris Leffler said he is looking into building a new kitchen at Leff's Lucky Town, 7208 W. State St. in Wauwatosa.

The city's plan commission is scheduled to consider Leffler's request July 13 to combine two parcels he already owns as part of Leff's in order to build a kitchen.

Leffler said he would like to build a new structure on the property for the kitchen, which would attach to the bar by a hallway. He said it would provide a better environment for employees and also allow Leff's to offer more homemade dishes.

"It's a matter of keeping up with the competition that's come," Leffler said. "We want to keep up with business and keep customers happy."

Leffler said he faces limitations on what he can build because he is in a flood zone. At this point, he said he is just looking into whether building a new kitchen would be allowed. 

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Walker plans to file for president today

July 02, 2015 10:46 a.m. |  JSOnline is reporting that Gov. Scott Walker is planning to file papers to run for president today. Read more here. 

Driver ejected from car after hitting tree in Wauwatosa

July 01, 2015 2:18 p.m. | A 20-year-old Milwaukee man is in critical condition after he drove into a tree and was ejected from his car in the 2100 block of 71st Street in Wauwatosa about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Wauwatosa Police Lieutenant Brian Zalewski.

Zalewski said the driver, who was the only person in the car, was transported to Froedtert Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses told police the driver had been in a minor crash with another car near Wauwatosa and Milwaukee avenues before hitting the tree. They said it appeared the driver fled that crash, and sped away as someone in the other car tried to spot his license plate number, according to Zalewski. Witnesses said the driver was alone and not being chased by the time he hit the tree.

Police estimate the man was driving 65-70 miles per hour just before hitting the tree, in a residential area where the speed limit is 25.

Zalewski said there was nothing to indicate drugs or alcohol were involved.

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Monarch habitat on the mend in Wauwatosa

July 01, 2015 10:08 a.m. | As trucks and construction workers have moved in and out of Innovation Campus in recent years, rerouting roads and erecting new buildings, a population of monarch butterflies has seen much of its local habitat uprooted.

The quiet area where monarchs used to roost, in the shadows of the vacant Eschweiler buildings, has recently been transformed as the Mandel Group builds the Echelon Apartments and the Department of Transportation has reconfigured surrounding roads.

Barb Agnew, president of the Friends of the Monarch Trail, said the original habitat for monarchs on the land is almost entirely gone, and the group is starting from scratch to rebuild it. But she also said she is the most optimistic she's ever been about the habitat, thanks to cooperation by Mandel, the DOT and the community.

"I think there's more hope than ever," Agnew said. "We are at the bottom working our way back up."

As the friends group looks to replant the area with roosting trees, milkweed and nectar plants for butterflies, Eagle Scout Spencer Zuberbuehler helped kick off efforts in a major way by putting in 1,400 plants of milkweed and perennials and building footbridges along the Monarch Trail.

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Wauwatosa Police Report: June 21-27

July 01, 2015 9:58 a.m. |

Robbery

1A woman was the victim of a strong arm robbery in which her purse was forcefully taken from her while she was in the parking lot of Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St. 12:45 pm June 22. The suspects left in a 2009 Ford Focus reported stolen through the Milwaukee Police Department.

Burglary

2Police believe two burglaries from detached garages in the 7200 and 7300 blocks of W. Bluemound Road around 8:30 p.m. June 22 were related. In both instances, the side service doors were forced open. A weed trimmer was stolen from one garage and a lawnmower from the other. The suspect vehicle was a Chevrolet Malibu.

Theft

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Wauwatosa detective home from hospital after shooting

July 01, 2015 8:55 a.m. | Wauwatosa Detective Jeffrey Griffin, who was shot in Milwaukee June 19 while investigating a burglary, was released from Froedtert Hospital June 30, according to Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber.

Weber said Griffin, 51, may still need more surgery but he is hopeful for a full recovery.

"We're just thrilled he went home today," Weber said.

Griffin, who has worked for the department for 25 years, was shot in the 7100 block of 60th Street shortly after 9 a.m. June 19 while investigating a burglary that had occurred in Wauwatosa, according to police. Najee Harmon has since been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide for the shooting.

According to a criminal complaint, Griffin and two other officers had blocked Harmon from moving when they saw him enter a stolen vehicle. Griffin and one other officer were in plain clothes in an unmarked car, while another officer was in uniform and a marked car. The officers reportedly drew their weapons and ordered Harmon to stop and surrender.

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Thai-namite plans new location in Wauwatosa's former City Market building

June 30, 2015 4:46 p.m. | Asian fusion restaurant Thai-namite is looking to open a location this October in Wauwatosa at 8725 W. North Ave., the building that previously housed City Market.

Thai-namite already has locations on Brady Street and in the Third Ward of Milwaukee. The restaurant specializes in Thai dishes and Japanese sushi.

The Wauwatosa location is planned to seat 70 with an outdoor patio and garden area. The restaurant would offer carryout, delivery and catering.

Thai-namite had previously announced plans to open a location at 7212 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa, but dropped them in September. That space is now home to Tosa Bowl and Bun.

Nini Buranabunyut, co-owner of Thai-namite, said she has been looking for another location in Wauwatosa ever since the first one didn't work out. 

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Sports Notes: July 2, 2015

June 30, 2015 3:23 p.m. |

Don Bosco Alumni

slates reunion for July 12

The Don Bosco Alumni Athletic Association is hosting its first event, an all-year reunion, at Matty's Bar & Grille, 14460 West College Avenue in New Berlin, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 12.

The DBAAA was created to renew ties and reconnect with all the athletes that played during their days at Bosco. Anyone who took the field, court, mat or were just in the stands cheering for the Dons is welcome to attend this first of many events by this newly minted organization.

The core mission of the DBAAA is to find a way to honor the championship teams and standout individual players that donned the green and gold uniform back in the day.

Their accomplishments have fallen through the cracks after the hallowed halls on Windlake and Becher closed their doors for good in 1972 and became St. Thomas More.

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Wauwatosa police say woman was dragged across parking lot in purse robbery

June 30, 2015 11:49 a.m. | Wauwatosa police are investigating two recent strong-armed robberies in which suspects took women's purses.

In the first instance, a 78-year-old woman was approached in the parking lot after leaving Walgreen's, 10800 W. Capitol Drive, shortly before 3 p.m. June 20. According to police, a suspect grabbed the woman's purse and dragged her across the parking lot to force her to let go of the purse. The woman sustained several non-life-threatening injuries.

In an another incident, police said two suspects took a purse from a 64-year-old woman in the parking lot at the Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St., about 12:40 p.m. June 22. When the woman did not immediately let go of her purse, one of suspects reportedly said, "Just give me your purse and you won't get hurt."

Police released a photo of the suspects in the Mayfair Collection robbery from store surveillance they said was captured shortly before the robbery. They believe the suspects may have also been involved in a similar robbery in Menomonee Falls, in which a woman suffered a severe head injury.

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Thirsty Duck brings duckpin bowling to Wauwatosa

June 30, 2015 8:06 a.m. | Minutes before opening their new duckpin bowling alleys in Wauwatosa Monday, brothers Dan and Mark Zierath took a minute to bowl side by side before getting back to work with their staff, putting final touches on the new Thirsty Duck bar and restaurant.

The Zieraths already own and operate Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, 11302 W. Bluemound Road, and recently began leasing the former location of Pitch's Baby Grand for their new bar, right next door. The Thirsty Duck is at 11320 W. Bluemound Road.

Duckpin bowling follows the same rules as traditional bowling but everything is about a third of the size, including the balls, lanes, and pins. Human pin-setters (who accept tips) reset the lanes and send the balls back on a half-pipe of PVC after each bowl.

The lanes are equipped with a sound system and disco lights for "midnight" bowling after 11:30 p.m. each night.

"It's going to be a lot of fun in here," Dan Zierath said. "When you hit a strike, everyone is high-fiving and the camaraderie is great."

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Kate Spade New York store to open at Mayfair Mall

June 29, 2015 9:23 a.m. | Wauwatosa — A new lifestyle brand for women announced Monday it will open its first-in-Wisconsin full price store.

Kate Spade New York is projected to open on the lower level center court of Mayfair Mall in the spring of 2016.

Kate Spade New York is a global, multichannel, lifestyle brand that offers handbags, clothing, jewelry, shoes and fashion accessories, along with complementary tabletop accessories, stationery and décor.

"(Kate Spade New York) is a wonderful addition to our mix of fashionable retailers," said Stephen Smith, senior general manager of Mayfair in a statement. "We continue our commitment to providing our guests with the most exclusive stores to enhance their shopping experience, and Kate Spade New York perfectly aligns with that goal."

Suspect charged in shooting of Wauwatosa police officer

June 25, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Najee Harmon of Milwaukee was charged Thursday with attempted homicide in the shooting of Wauwatosa police detective Jeffrey Griffin and firing at two other officers in the incident last week.

Harmon, who turns 21 on Friday, faces four felony counts, which carry a combined maximum sentence of more than 200 years. Three of the charges are for attempted first-degree intentional homicide. The fourth charge is for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Harmon was convicted of substantial battery, a felony, in 2012. As a part of his sentence, he was not allowed to be in possession of a firearm.

The charging documents allege the incident occurred when three Wauwatosa police officers were investigating a recent burglary when they spotted a parked red Honda that had been reported stolen. Harmon and an unidentified female allegedly walked out of a nearby apartment and into the stolen vehicle near N. 60th St. and W. Good Hope Road.

Two plainclothes police officers in an unmarked car, and one uniformed police officer in a marked Wauwatosa squad car, blocked the car in. Police drew their weapons and ordered Harmon to surrender. The charging documents say Harmon fled on foot, drew a handgun and fired it at officers. One bullet struck the Wauwatosa detective in the pelvic area.

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