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Police nab suspected counterfeiter

Nov. 16, 2009 8:28 p.m. | Wauwatosa police have apprehended one of two men suspected of using counterfeit money to get real cash back at North Avenue businesses over the past several weeks.

According to police reports:

A 24-year-old Milwaukee paid for a dozen roses with a $100 bill at Sendik's Food Market, 8616 W. North Ave., on Wednesday afternoon. While checking out, he asked the cashier for her name and phone number, and she had a sense of déjà vu.

The same man had hit on a cashier Oct. 26 while buying flowers using a $100 bill that was determined to be counterfeit

She tried to stall the man while she had a manager check out the money, which turned out to be a washed out $5 bill. But he quickly left, driving into a nearby neighborhood, then abandoning his car to run through backyards on Jackson Park Boulevard, where he was arrested.

Village streetscape project passes through Tosa's Common Council

Aug. 04, 2015 9:24 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council unanimously gave Aug. 4 general approval for the conceptual master plan in the Wauwatosa village streetscape project.

The council also granted specific approval for the first of three concepts for the project which focuses on the State Street and Wauwatosa Avenue corridor.

The first concept will include improvements like new bike lanes and trees, the widening of sidewalks and enhancing intersections in the Village. Construction on the first concept design is expected to begin in 2016.

If approved, the second concept will focus on landscaping, street furnishings such as benches, bus stop treatments, trash receptacles, bike racks and bike-sharing stations, lighting improvements, signage, surface treatments, and bollard placements, among other things.

Lastly, the third concept would focus on design development drawings for Pocket Park and Root Common.

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Milwaukee School of Engineering AD Dan Harris announces retirement

Aug. 04, 2015 1:53 p.m. | Milwaukee —MSOE Athletic Director Dan Harris has announced his retirement effective Sept. 1, 2015.

The decision puts an end to a long and decorated career in collegiate athletics dating back 53 years. He recently completed his 20th year at MSOE after taking the job in 1995.

"Obviously I have loved what I have done all these years," Harris said. "None of it was more fulfilling than the 20 years I have spent developing the MSOE program and seeing the result we have today. My goal was to make sure our athletic programs match the quality of the overall university. I'm proud of where this department has come and I look forward to seeing how far it can still go in the future."

Under Harris' leadership, the athletic department has enjoyed remarkable growth and success. The Raiders have grown from 14 teams to 21 in his tenure, including the addition of growing sports men's volleyball, men's rowing and men's lacrosse, as well as men's and women's track & field.

MSOE teams have won 47 conference regular season and tournament championships during his tenure, while making seven NCAA tournament appearances. The Raiders have also had 25 individual qualifiers for national championships and boasted 19 All-Americans in his tenure. Also, in the eight years that the Raiders have been in the NACC, the men's athletic programs have been in the top three in the All-Sports Award standings, including four runner-up finishes and the department's first All-Sports Award in 2015.

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Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K set for Sept. 26

Aug. 04, 2015 1:28 p.m. | Milwaukee — The fourth annual Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, presented by Sendik's, is Saturday, Sept. 26, and runners who register prior to July 31 can save on the registration fee.

During the first three years of the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, race participants have helped to raise over $190,000, with all fundraising proceeds benefiting the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.

Fundraising for the MACC Fund is supported by the Brewers Community Foundation and particpating runners. Participants can create their own fund-raising page at BrewersMini.com and submit online donations. Individual fundraisers will have their names entered in a raffle for a chance to win great prizes. The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

The Brewers and the MACC Fund are excited to announce another exclusive fundraising incentive this year. Registered runners who raise at least $40 for the MACC Fund will receive a limited edition Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K running cap. The navy blue performance cap features the Brewers Mini and 10K logo on the front and the MACC Fund logo on the side. Runners who qualify for the cap will be notified in September and will be able to pick up their running caps at packet pick-up on Thursday or Friday, Sept. 24-25, in the Miller Park SKYY Lounge.

Last year a combined 7,200 runners, representing 39 states and six countries, participated in the Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) and the 10K race (6.214 miles). The races both begin and end at Miller Park, with unique courses that take participants past Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley and the Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes). It also gives partici-pants the opportunity to run inside Miller Park on the warning track.

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Fire crews battle flames at Sherwin-Williams paint store

Aug. 04, 2015 1:07 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department battled flames at a local paint store Tuesday morning for upward of three hours.

A passerby noticed flames coming from Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, 6634 W. North Ave., around 6:30 a.m. and called 911.

Fire crews arrived on the scene shortly after the call and found flames coming from the retailer's back warehouse area, where paints are stored, said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Case of the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

The fire was extinguished in about one hour, Case said, but crews spent more than two hours after that searching for flames that could have been contained or hidden from view.

"It took quite a while due to the age of the building," Case said.

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Meijer opens stores in Wauwatosa and Oak Creek

Aug. 04, 2015 10:23 a.m. | Meijer, the newest entrant in southeastern Wisconsin's highly competitive grocery scene, opened new stores Tuesday in Wauwatosa and Oak Creek.

The opening of the supercenters, which sell general merchandise and pharmacy items as well as food, is part of an aggressive expansion by the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer into Wisconsin.

Meijer entered the state on June 23 with stores in Grafton and Kenosha. The company plans additional stores in Waukesha, Greenfield and Sussex next year and also is eyeing locations in Janesville, West Bend and Sheboygan. Meijer has said it plans to open two or three Wisconsin stores each year for the next four years.

The stores opened Tuesday are at 11111 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa; and at 171 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek. The latter store anchors the Drexel Town Square development near Howell and Drexel Avenues.

"Since opening our first two stores in the state six weeks ago, local residents and new customers have welcomed us with open arms and responded positively to the new shopping option we offer in Wisconsin," co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "We are thrilled to be opening our Wauwatosa and Oak Creek supercenters, giving us the opportunity to provide a quality one-stop shopping experience to more communities around Milwaukee."

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Meijer to open in Wauwatosa Tuesday

Aug. 04, 2015 8:43 a.m. | Supercenter Meijer is scheduled to open in Wauwatosa Aug. 4 near W. Burleigh Street and N. Mayfair Road.

Opening celebrations will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by remarks from Meijer leadership and local officials.

The retailer also planned to open a location in Oak Creek Tuesday. The new stores are expected to create nearly 600 jobs.

In July, Meijer announced a $25,000 donation to the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation to build an Internet cafe for young adults.

Meijer is a family-owned and privately-held company with 222 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The retailer plans to open two to three new Wisconsin supercenters per year through 2019, according to a news release.

Wauwatosa police search for armed bank robbery suspect

Aug. 03, 2015 4:38 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department is asking for help from the public in identifying an armed bank robber suspect.

Around 2:45 p.m. Aug. 3, police responded to a robbery report at Associated Bank, 2645 N. Mayfair Road. An initial investigation shows the unknown suspect approached a teller, displayed a black handgun, demanded and obtained money and left the bank.

The suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion, 40 to 45 years old, approximately 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall, unshaven and had a thin build.

Additionally, the man was wearing a black baseball cap with the Chicago White Sox logo, a light green polo shirt with a white T-shirt underneath and black shorts.

Anyone with information should contact the Wauwatosa Police Department's detective bureau at (414) 471-8430 or anonymously contact Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers at (414) 771- TOSA (8672).

J. Crew Mercantile to open store at The Mayfair Collection

July 30, 2015 1:28 p.m. | The second J. Crew Mercantile store in the country is expected to open at The Mayfair Collection before the end of the year.

Executive Vice President of Retail Development for HSA Commercial Real Estate announced Thursday the firm has successfully executed a lease with J. Crew to open a store at the shopping center, according to a news release.

"From the outset of this project, our strategy has always been to find best-in-class fashion brands that can attract customers throughout southeast Wisconsin," Blum said in a statement. "With this being J. Crew Mercantile's second store in the country, we believe that we have further fulfilled that goal, and we are excited to have them as part of The Mayfair Collection."

The store announced earlier this year that the company is opening its first Mercantile store in Dallas.

J. Crew Mercantile — a more affordable branch of the retailer — will be located in Suite 110 between Ulta and Men's Wearhouse at the Mayfair Collection. 

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Wednesday house fire causes $100,000 in damage to Tosa home

July 30, 2015 11:23 a.m. | A Wednesday evening house fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, according to the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

Around 5 p.m. July 29, 911 calls alerted emergency crews to a fire in the 2400 block of North 63rd Street in Wauwatosa.

"Our crews arrived and found an outside fire that had extended into the house," said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Case.

Following an initial investigation, it's believed the fire started outside near the deck on the rear side of the home. The exact cause is still undetermined.

"With the assistance of neighboring departments, the fire was quickly extinguished and the scene was made safe," Case said.

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A Wauwatosa artist's unique work will be on display at the Firefly Art Fair

July 29, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Dan Atkinson always had a fascination in art, he grew up with sketchbooks that his dad would keep laying around the house, but shortly after high school, Atkinson abandoned art and joined to army with the goal of becoming a police officer.

After spending five years as a military police officer, Atkinson decided it wasn't for him, and left the Army as a sergeant. He began to pursue his old passion for art by attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and getting his bachelors degree at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee soon after. He is currently practicing an art that is not your typical canvas and paint brush.

Atkinson etches, and designs bricks and headstones. He is self-employed and got his start by etching headstones for his uncle's headstone shop in Watertown.

"I grew up in Watertown, and my uncle asked me if I could do it (design headstones), and I went from there," Atkinson said.

Atkinson has sold his etched bricks to about 10 different companies across Wisconsin, and he even still designs headstones on occasion for his uncle's shop.

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Wauwatosa Meetings: July 30

July 29, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Wauwatosa Revolving Loan Fund Corporation: 7:45 a.m. Aug. 1, City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Board of Public Works: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3, City Hall

Common Council: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4, City Hall

Committee for Citizens with Disabilities: 7 p.m. Aug. 5, City Hall

Historic Preservation Commission: 7 p.m. Aug. 5, City Hall

Wauwatosa West's inexperience affects season in close losses

July 29, 2015 9:18 a.m. | Wauwatosa West baseball coach Chad Mateske felt he misjudged his young squad's ability to make the jump to varsity after a successful junior varsity season.

But the future looks bright for the Trojans, who will be playing under a new coach next season as Mateske has stepped down to focus more on his new family and his teaching duties.

While the Trojans will lose some talented seniors in Zach Veit, an all-division infielder, Jonathan Meyer, Khalil Jackson and Alex Halloran, the new coach will have plenty of talent returning.

"Getting Zach back healthy and up to full speed was nice this year." Mateske said. "Jackson gave us some nice offensive ability. He hit the ball hard and had three homers. He also helped us eat up some innings as a pitcher."

There will be 10 juniors returning in Jacob Greenberg, Will Jushka, Myles Fish, JJ Morgan, Scott MacGillis, Jake Hronek, Ian Newton, Jake Klippel, Jake Brophey and John Dettlaff.

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Six Wauwatosa East baseball players earn GMC honors on some level

July 29, 2015 9:03 a.m. | Despite a 6-25 overall mark and a 1-17 record in the Greater Metro Conference, coach Brian Karas had six members of his Wauwatosa East baseball team earn all-conference honors on some level.

Senior Daniel Joannes earned scholar-athlete honors (3.661 GPA), senior Danny Markwardt earned first-team honors in the outfield and senior Ian Quast earned second-team honors in the infield.

In addition, junior outfielder Dan Scallon, junior infielder Sean Denny and senior outfielder Angel Schilling received honorable-mention honors.

There were also six athletes who earned five team honors. The Offensive MVP award went to Denny, and Schilling and Quast were named Defensive co-MVPs.

The Pitching MVP award went to freshman Jeff Mason, the Team Most Improved award went to sophomore Ricky Serrano and the Team Coach's Award went to junior Spencer Michaelis.

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Land O'Lakes game brings back good memories

July 29, 2015 8:48 a.m. | It brought back a lot of memories sitting on the sidelines Saturday at McCoy Field watching the Brookfield Blue Sox defeat the Sussex Cardinals, 8-4, for their sixth straight victory.

I was one of the youngest managers in Land O'Lakes history back when I was 19 years old. After graduating from Brookfield Central in 1967, I played for the Brookfield Lakers, which is now the Brookfield Bulldogs.

I use the words "played for" loosely.

I had a lifetime batting average of .200, getting two hits in 10 at bats, both off a pitcher named Kent Larson, who pitched for Muskego, which was then part of the Eastern Division.

In fact, when you only have two career hits, you remember them well.

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Jr. Trojans set baseball tryouts for U9-U14 teams

July 28, 2015 10:08 p.m. | In July and August, the Jr. Trojans Baseball Club will be conducting tryouts for their U9 through U14 teams for the 2016 season.

The specific day, time and location can be found below and at the team's website, tosatrojansbaseball.com/tryouts.

The third-grade tryouts will be at noon Saturday, July 25, and at noon Aug. 1 at Breitlow Field Upper. The fourth-grade tryouts are at 8 a.m. the same days.

The fifth-grade tryouts will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 8, at Breitlow Upper.

The sixth-grade tryouts will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 8, at Breitlow Upper.

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