Wauwatosa residents are being asked to keep an eye out for vandals in Wauwatosa Cemetery, 2485 Wauwatosa Ave., where historic monuments have been knocked down and damaged in recent weeks.
A large granite ball weighing several hundred pounds was removed from a gravestone and rolled down a hill. A few days later, three other monuments were tipped over and eggs were tossed around the grounds, city Public Works Director William Kappel said.
Since then, two monuments have been put back in place, but the remaining two will need repairs or replacement. Due to the age of these monuments - typically built in the early 1900s - repairs prove costly.
"It's usually the larger ones that are shaped differently than the ones you see today that are being targeted," said Christine Hentges, who works for The Tribute Companies, which manages the cemetery.
Wauwatosa police are investigating the incidents, but want neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.» Read Full Article
Our popular Suburban Selfies contest is back for the 2014 holiday season, and it's bigger and better than ever. We've expanded the contest to cover both the My Community Now coverage area (Milwaukee suburbs) and Lake Country Now coverage area.
The rules are simple:
-Solve the riddles, which allude to landmarks in the suburbs.
-Go to the landmarks and take a selfie with the landmarks in question in the background.
-Submit your selfies via our online contest page.» Read Full Article
Hundreds of protesters obstructed entrances to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Tuesday night to protest the decision not to file charges in the fatal police shooting of Dontre Hamilton.
Dozens of police officers blocked access to the entrances, forming paths and using metal barricades to allow fans to enter the building.
No arrests were reported.
Some attendees were visibly upset and angry about the inconvenience, including one man who brought his family from out of town to see the game between Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Hornets.
"I'm not sure if we're going to stay," said the man, who did not want to provide his name.» Read Full Article
Demonstrators gathered at Mayfair mall about 4 p.m. Tuesday to peacefully protest the police shooting of Dontre Hamilton.
Hamilton was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer, Christopher Manney, at Red Arrow Park April 30. Manny was fired after the incident but District Attorney John Chisholm decided not to file criminal charges against him. The U.S. Department of Justice is planning to review the case.
According to videos posted to Vine, the protesters sang "Sleep in Heavenly Peace," before lying down as part of a "die-in." This type of demonstration, where people simulate being dead, has also been used to protest the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Some protesters rose to speak as shoppers looked on. Together the group chanted, "Justice for Dontre."
Photos on Twitter showed some stores appeared to close during the protest. According to a press release from the city of Wauwatosa, the protesters disbanded peacefully after about 15 minutes and the mall remained open.» Read Full Article
Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at the stadium interchange near Miller Park will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for a storm sewer installation.
The state Department of Transportation expects backups during the day Saturday on westbound I-94 between the Marquette and stadium interchanges.
The DOT recommends the following detours:
- Miller Park Way to National Avenue to Greenfield Avenue
- US 41 to Bluemound Road to Glenview Avenue to Watertown Plank Road
- I-894 bypass or I-43 to other regional east/west routes
More information the project, and other projects, is available on the DOT website.
A woman was arrested for driving drunk to pick up a drunken driver from the Wauwatosa Police Department, 1700 N. 116th St., at 2:40 a.m. Dec. 4.
Police arrested the woman in the police department lobby, according to a Wauwatosa police report blotter.
The woman was there to pick up a man who had been arrested for drunken driving in the 700 block of Glenview Avenue at 11:43 p.m. Dec. 3.
The report did not indicate any additional information.
Unidentified suspects have been arrested for committing five burglaries in the area south of Bluemound Road between 112th Street and 117th Street in early October, according to the Wauwatosa Police Department's Facebook page.
"In each incident, entry to the house was made by force and approximately $10,000 worth of items were stolen and/or damaged combined. I'm happy to report that with some quick detective work, the people responsible for these burglaries have been arrested and subsequently charged with the crimes," the post said.
Neither Lt. Christopher Fox or Lt. Paul Leist could be reached for comment as to how the suspects were apprehended. Other representatives from the Wauwatosa Police Department were not available to comment.
The Wauwatosa Police Department Facebook page is managed by Leist and clerks, who post about the department's positive achievements, local crime, safety tips and more. Fox is a communications spokesperson for the department.
In September, the page helped lead to the apprehension of a missing endangered person.
A woman threatened to stab a Sak's loss prevention agent with a knife after she stole nine men's shirts valued at $389 from Sak's OFF 5th, 11500 W. Burleigh St., at roughly 6 p.m. Dec. 2, according to a Wauwatosa police report blotter. Nobody was injured.
The suspect fled the department store in a black Nissan Altima.
The blotter did not indicate any additional information.
Wauwatosa Alderman Jason Wilke has announced he is running for the vacant Milwaukee County Supervisor seat in the 15th District, which includes parts of Wauwatosa, Milwaukee and West Milwaukee.
If Wilke wins, there could be an opening on the Wauwatosa Common Council.
"It is too soon to assess the interplay between my current Council obligations and a position as a County Supervisor," Wilke said in a statement. "I will address this issue when the time is right."
The special election to fill the County Supervisor position will be held with the general election April 7. Former 15th District Supervisor David Cullen left the seat open when he was elected Milwaukee County treasurer in November.
Wilke was the only registered candidate for the position as of Dec. 5, according to the Milwaukee Election Commission. Candidates have until Jan. 6 to register and file nomination papers.» Read Full Article
Attendance was down at Wauwatosa East High School on Dec. 5 after the school received an anonymous threatening email the day before.
The Milwaukee County K-9 Unit went through the building Dec. 4 and found no evidence of explosives, Superintendent Phil Ertl said. Police increased their presence at the high school and at Lincoln Elementary School across the street Dec. 5.
Police are working to determine who sent the email.
"People may believe it's anonymous, but I don't believe there's such a thing with email," Ertl said.
In an automated voice message sent Dec. 4, Ertl told parents they could keep their kids home Friday with an excused absence. He said a "significant" number chose to do so, but classes went on as usual.» Read Full Article
About 600 bowlers and volleyball players will compete at the Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) State Fall Sports tournament at AMF Bowlero Lanes, 11737 W. Burleigh St., in Wauwatosa and Center Court Complex in Waukesha.
The 35th annual event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
Bowling is SOWI's most popular sport, according to a news release.
"The State Fall Sports Tournament is just one example of how Special Olympics reveals the champion in all of us. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities," the statement said.
Approximately 200 coaches and 350 volunteers will be present. Interested volunteers should contact their local Special Olympics office at (800) 552-1324 or come to the event on Dec. 6 with a photo ID.
Kindergarten registration will take place during two sessions at each Wauwatosa public elementary school. Parents may attend 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14 or 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. Children are not required to be present.
To register, parents must bring two items to prove proof of residency, such as a mortgage document or property tax bill or lease/rental agreement showing the landlord's name and phone number and a current utility bill sent to the home showing name and address. Also bring a child's original birth certificate and a child's most up-to-date immunization record.
For information about the documents needed for registration or to determine area of attendance, parents should contact the Teaching and Learning Student Support Services office at (414) 773-1080. For school-specific information, parents should call the respective school directly.
Ryan Heffner, a fourth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School in Wauwatosa, died unexpectedly Nov. 26 at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.
The cause of death had not been determined as of Dec. 2, according to the Waukesha County medical examiner's office. Heffner, 44, lived in Oconomowoc and is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their two children: Sara, 10, and Will, 4.
Heffner taught at Eisenhower for more than 20 years.
"It's a hard loss for everybody in the district, and everybody that knew him," Superintendent Phil Ertl said. "Everybody respected him and held him in high regard. He was a great teacher, and more importantly, a great person. He's really going to be missed."
Remembered» 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