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Tosa officer 'ambushed' responding to robbery

Dec. 14, 2009 9:34 p.m. | Wauwatosa — The men who held up a Chinese restaurant late Sunday may have then been trying to steal from the owners' nearby apartment when a police officer arrived and was "ambushed" by multiple gunshots, police and people who know the restaurant owners said Monday.

The 28-year-old officer, the first in Wauwatosa to be shot in 21 years, was wearing a protective vest but nonetheless was wounded in the abdomen while still in her squad car, police said.

After surgery, the officer who has 3 1/2 years of experience was reported in stable condition.

"She was suddenly ambushed in what turned out to be a very violent attack," Police Chief Barry Weber said Monday.

A suspect, a 28-year-old Milwaukee man, was arrested near the scene of the shooting a short time later. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered, Weber said.

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Public invited to Wauwatosa Village streetscape workshop

9:58 p.m. | The public is invited to attend a workshop regarding the Wauwatosa Village streetscape project.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Firefly room at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7725 W. North Avenue, the public can offer feedback on designs for the village center streets, Root Common and the Pocket Park.

Those with questions should contact David Jaeckels at the City of Wauwatosa at (414) 479-3528 or

Large crowd in Wauwatosa gymnasium discusses coyote attacks, seeks answers

9:48 p.m. | Packed tight into a gymnasium Tuesday night it was apparent many residents concerned about a recent surge in coyote attacks were interested in one thing: a plan.

After two dogs were killed in Wauwatosa last month and a suspected third just last week, city officials and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held a public meeting Oct. 6 at Underwood Elementary School to discuss how to combat the reoccurring problem.

Amid educational information about how to scare away coyotes and their behavioral tendencies were questions about the legal penalties of discharging a firearm within city limits and whether city officials plan to add extra park patrols around dusk and dawn.

"If I have a concealed carry, how much trouble will I get it in if I shoot a coyote?" asked one man in the audience.

"What if it's out of self-defense?" asked another.

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Bedbugs found in Wauwatosa juvenile court center

5:35 p.m. | Bedbugs have been found in a Wauwatosa building that aims to provide a safe and secure environment for detained youth.

The parasitic insects were located at the Vel R. Phillips Center, 10201 W. Watertown Plank Road, on Thursday, Oct. 1, said Milwaukee County’s Facilities Management Director Jeremy Theis. The insects were then treated Oct. 2.

Thomas Wanta, the center’s administrator, said he’s uncertain when the bedbugs were first found, but the insects were first identified in the building’s district attorney area.

“That resulted in an evaluation and assessment (by) the pest control professionals,” he said, adding the experts have recommended to treat the affected areas.

According to a release from Milwaukee’s Department of Neighborhood Services, bedbugs have also been found inside the Marcia P. Coggs Center near 12th and Vliet Streets in Milwaukee. 

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Nordstrom Mayfair announces gala, late-night party fundraising events

9:03 a.m. | Before its grand opening to the public Oct. 23, Nordstrom Mayfair will host a gala to benefit three area nonprofits.

The Links, Incorporated Cream City and Milwaukee chapters, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County will each benefit from the Oct. 21 gala.

The 6 p.m. event promises cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainments and fashion presentations throughout the evening. Complimentary valet parking is also available.

Following the event, Nordstrom Mayfair, 2424 N. Mayfair Road, will host Fashionably Late from 9 to 11 p.m. The event will feature drinks, sweet and savory treats, live music by recording artist Sean Jones, fashion presentations of new fall looks and shopping in the 140,000-square foot store. The party will end outside with local food trucks on site serving late night snacks, including burgers, pizza and mac & cheese.

Together, the gala and Fashionably Late are expected to raise $162,500 to benefit the three local charities.

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Aurora plans $35 million upgrade to psychiatric hospital in Tosa

Oct. 02, 2015 8:18 p.m. | Aurora Health Care announced plans Friday to spend $35 million to expand and renovate the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital Campus in Wauwatosa.

The health system's plan includes increasing capacity for additional patients and staff, building a new parking structure and replacing its residential substance abuse and rehabilitation facility to increase patient capacity and consolidate services spread throughout the campus.

The psychiatric hospital in Wauwatosa provides care to 20,000 to 25,000 patients a year, said Pete Carlson, president of Aurora Psychiatric Hospital and Behavioral Health Services. Most of the care is provided through outpatient services.

Systemwide, Aurora provides care to more than 40,000 behavioral health patients a year throughout eastern Wisconsin and employs more than 300 psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and certified substance abuse counselors.

The expansion and renovation of the Wauwatosa campus is projected to begin early next year, pending approvals, and to be completed by early 2018.

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Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players

Oct. 02, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Mayfair mall, Susan G. Komen host series of breast cancer events

Oct. 02, 2015 10:13 a.m. | Mayfair mall and Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin announced a series of October events to help increase awareness about breast cancer.

From October 2 - 16, the "Pink Promise Zone" will feature an educational exhibit with a series of activities and promotions in the mall's lower level center court. Guests will have the opportunity to pledge and display their promise to take measures toward breast health. The result will be a mural covered with pink pieces of paper representing each guests' promise to advocate for better breast cancer health, according to a news release.

In addition to the Pink Promise Zone, Mayfair mall and Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin invites guests to the following events and activities:

·Healthy Lifestyle Choices and Food: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4, two nutrition experts from Cancer Treatment Centers of America will serve simple recipes featuring foods that help reduce risk of illness. Samples will be given and guests are welcome to ask health and nutrition questions.

·"Wok" for a Cure: From 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8, P.F. Chang's China Bistro chefs will teach how to cook healthy lettuce wraps. Samples will be given.

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Wauwatosa schools celebrate Walk to School Day on Oct. 7

Oct. 02, 2015 9:58 a.m. | Tosa residents might see giant "walking school buses" on Oct. 7 for the sixth annual Walk to School Day as students, staff, families and city officials celebrate walking to school.

Walk to School Day is an international event, with 40 countries and thousands of schools participating every year — McKinley Elementary School in Wauwatosa first participated in 2010. This year, students from Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, McKinley, Roosevelt, Wauwatosa Montessori and Wilson/Wauwatosa STEM elementary schools will participate in walking to school.

Music, healthy snacks, donated books and safety reflectors and celebrity crossing guards — including Wauwatosa Mayor Kathleen Ehley — are aimed to excite students about safe walking and pedestrian practices.

"Walk to School Day is integral to Wauwatosa's identify as a walkable and bikeable city," Sixth District Alderman Jeff Roznowski said. "Those are some of the features that make a great city — valuing people who walk and bike."

For more details about Walk to School Day, visit:

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football?

Oct. 01, 2015 11:00 a.m. | With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?

Wauwatosa West football whips Pius XI in wild scoring affair

Sept. 29, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Wauwatosa West was missing star running back Kobe Vines last Friday against Pius XI, so what did coach Matt Good do?

"We pulled another guy out of our stable," he said, referring to middle linebacker Jacob Cieszynski, a backup running back who focuses on defense.

All Cieszynski did was rush 18 times for 169 yards and a 13-yard touchdown, to spark a wild 47-30 scoring festival Sept. 25 at Tosa West.

Cieszynski slid into the lineup with Vines undergoing concussion protocol.

"He has been a backup tailback all year, getting a handful of carries here or there," Good said. "He is our closer running back. We call the play, he puts his head down and runs over people. I'm really happy for him. He works hard, never complains, and he took advantage of it."

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Tosa West boys split two matches

Sept. 29, 2015 3:48 p.m. | Wauwatosa West split two matches this week, winning the more important of the two.

The Trojans started the week with a 3-1 nonconference loss to Brookfield East, but closed the week with a conference win over Shorewood.

Taking it to four

Brookfield East won the match (25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19).

West stat leaders were Scott MacGillis (22 kills), Quinn Barkow (31 assists), John Franks (12 digs) and Alou Dillon (four blocks).

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East kickers tie, lose, win during busy week

Sept. 29, 2015 3:33 p.m. | It was a busy week for Wauwatosa East boys soccer coach Eric Dale's crew, as they tied, lost and won in three matches.

The team had only one Greater Metro Conference match and ended up tying West Allis Hale on Sept. 22 at Whitman Field.

It then lost to a good Whitefish Bay team, 5-1, on Sept. 24 at home in a nonconference match.

Finally it closed out the week by blanking New Berlin Eisenhower in another nonconference match, 3-0, at Ike.

Tying Hale

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Tosa East girls take third at Bay Invitational

Sept. 29, 2015 3:28 p.m. | Wauwatosa East dropped a Greater Metro Conference match to West Allis Hale to start the week and then took third place in the Whitefish Bay Invite on Sept. 26.

East hosted the Huskies on Sept. 22, losing in three sets (27-25, 25-13, 25-23) despite playing well.

"The first game was a real back-and-forth game where we had some opportunities which we did not capitalize on late in the game to close it out," East coach Gary Tome said. "Then in Game 2 we got behind early and never recovered, and Game 3 was again a back-and-forth affair where we came up short in the end.

Senior libero Molly Devine led the Red Raiders with eight digs, and senior Bridget Lee lead the team with four service aces.

Then the Red Raiders traveled to Whitefish Bay for the Blue Dukes Invite and finished third overall, going 2-1 in Blue Pool play and then winning their playoff match.

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East's Potter finishes second at Nikolai Invite

Sept. 29, 2015 3:23 p.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team scored 106 points to place third of 15 teams (111 runners) at the Manitowoc Len Nikolai Invite on Sept. 26.

Sam Potter finished second overall with a personal best 15:58.36, the eighth fastest of all time for Tosa East.

"This was a huge breakthrough for Potter, as he has not had a PR since the Highlander Invite in 2014," coach Mackenzie Laska said. "He ran with the lead pack from the gun, as one by one runners fell off until it was just him and the Southwest runner with 500 meters to go. Sam lost a few steps on a steep downhill but fought hard to the finish. It was his first sub-16 minute 5K."

Marquez Green finished 20th (PR, 17:06.83), Nathan Green was 24th (PR, 17:13.83), Jack Sveum took 30th (PR, 17:21.34), and Paul Gagne finished 32nd (PR, 17:23.69).

Three other runners also competed: Faisal Bartlett (38th, PR, 17:33.07), Sam Stelloh (53rd, 17:50.42) and Tony Busalacchi (65th, 18:14.65).

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Wauwatosa Sports Shorts Oct. 1

Sept. 29, 2015 3:18 p.m. |



The Wauwatosa West girls entered only four girls in the Pete Nielsen Laser Relays on Sept. 26 at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, but that didn't stop the Trojans from coming up with the top runner.

Freshman Chole Beaudointook first in the 5-8 race in 20:47.46. Sophomore Eliza Soczkafinished 19th (personal best, 22:49.18), junior Lauren Casperwas 23rd (23:04.90), and sophomore Toriah Haanstadfinished 24th (23:06).

"(It was an) excellent race from super freshman Chloe Beaudoin,. coach Jack LoPresti said. "Excellent meet for the girls. We continue to get stronger every week."



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