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Wauwatosa man charged in killing of ex-girlfriend

Jan. 25, 2010 4:54 p.m. | Wauwatosa — A man being sought by police confessed that he killed the mother of his young daughter - perhaps in front of the toddler - and then drove around with the woman's body in his car for four days, according to court documents released Monday.

As the search for Benjamin M. Germano entered its fifth day, the 32-year-old Wauwatosa resident was charged Monday with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Sarah Rosio.

The body of the 24-year-old Milwaukee woman wasn't found until last Thursday, in a storage unit in West Allis, triggering the search for Germano.

According to a criminal complaint and a search warrant document filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court:

Germano told two friends Thursday that he killed Rosio eight days earlier, on Jan. 13, at his apartment. He said the 5-foot-3, 100-pound Rosio attacked him in front of their daughter, and "I just snapped, I lost it."

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Chinese Lunar New Year celebration at Mayfair Sunday

1:42 p.m. | To celebrate the end of the winter season and the arrival of a new year in Chinese culture, Mayfair will host its fourth annual Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in the lower level center court on Sunday, March 8 from 1 to 2 p.m.

The event is geared toward families and anyone interested in learning more about and celebrating Chinese culture. The OCA Youth Dance Troupe will provide live entertainment and P.F. Chang's Chinese Bistro will host lettuce wrap sampling while supplies last.

"We are pleased to offer our shoppers the opportunity to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at Mayfair," said Brenda Vento, marketing manager at Mayfair. "Our partnerships with the OCA Youth Dance Troupe and P.F. Chang's China Bistro enable our guests to experience this unique cultural tradition."

For information, call (414) 771-1300 or visit www.mayfairmall.com. Mayfair is located at 2500 N Mayfair Rd. in Wauwatosa.

Police to warn against impaired driving on St. Patrick's Day

11:20 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department will educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving in the area of North Mayfair Road and West Bluemound Road Tuesday, March 17 around 4 or 5 p.m.

Officers from numerous agencies throughout Southeastern Wisconsin will be present for this "street role call" as part of a St. Patrick's Day OWI Task Force deployment.

The presentation will also bring awareness to law enforcement's "ongoing commitment to deterring impaired driving and arresting those who choose to drive under the influence," a news release said.

Fundraiser covers funeral expenses for victim of Wauwatosa house fire

10:36 a.m. | An online fundraiser for Faith Cruz, a 3-year-old who died in a house fire in Wauwatosa Feb. 22, raised $5,920 for the girl's funeral expenses. Some of the money will also go toward the family who lost their home in the fire, the GoFundMe page notes.

"The results of this fundraiser have truly opened our eyes to the great community we here have in Wauwatosa," Ashley Reed, a friend of the family, wrote on the page. "Faith's funeral and service were absolutely beautiful."

Cruz's funeral service was at Krause Funeral Home in New Berlin Feb. 27. She was buried at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Student in custody for bringing knives to Wauwatosa East High School

March 03, 2015 11:18 a.m. | A juvenile was taken into custody after bringing knives to Wauwatosa East High School, 7500 Milwaukee Ave., at 2:45 p.m. Feb. 28, according to a report through the Wauwatosa Police Department.

The report did not indicate any additional information.

OSHA says drill rig involved in construction worker's death

March 03, 2015 10:15 a.m. | The construction worker who died at the Zoo Interchange project Feb. 28 "came into contact" with a drill rig while he was installing tiebacks on a retaining wall, according to Chris Zortman, Milwaukee area director for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

OSHA is investigating the incident with assistance from the Milwaukee County sheriff's office. 

Although many details are still unknown, the sheriff's office has reported that 33-year-old Ryan C. Calkins of Brookfield was pronounced dead on the scene near Interstate 94 and 91st Street about 7:41 a.m. Feb. 28.

Fran McLaughlin, director of support services for the sheriff's office, said Calkins was involved in a "machinery accident" but did not clarify what happened because of the ongoing investigation. She said the sheriff's office and Brookfield police helped interview witnesses, notified family members, and are now assisting OSHA with its investigation.

McLaughlin said Calkins was the only worker injured in the accident. 

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Twirly Birds vintage store plans return to Wauwatosa

March 02, 2015 3:00 p.m. | After more than three years of business in the Wauwatosa Village, the owners of Twirly Birds moved their vintage store to a larger space in Waukesha in August.

But owners Kim Jenkins and Penny Stark said they have missed Wauwatosa and are planning to return to the city at 6429 W. North Ave. If they receive the necessary approvals from the city, they hope to open the last week in March. 

"We miss the quaintness, and our customers," Stark said.

Stark said she and Jenkins had always wanted to stay in Wauwatosa, but couldn't find a large enough location in the city when they outgrew their store in the Village. The new space on North Avenue is bigger than both their old store and their current location in Waukesha. 

"When we saw an opportunity, we looked at it and thought it was perfect," Stark said. 

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Dry cleaner seeks expansion into old City Market in Wauwatosa

March 02, 2015 8:15 a.m. | Dong Sin, owner of Westwood Dry Cleaners in Wauwatosa, is hoping to expand his business next door to the old City Market location at 8725 W. North Ave.

Sin purchased the building in October for $595,000. City Market owners Jeff Swanson and Julie Hollingsworth said at the time that there weren't enough customers to support the restaurant with another location close by on Watertown Plank Road. They had operated the North Avenue location for about eight years.

Sin's application to the city to allow dry cleaning in the building states that his business is growing and he needs more space.

"The applicant's current property has limited space and the customer base is expanding, since there are upcoming and new developments in Wauwatosa," the application says.

The Wauwatosa Plan Commission will consider the request March 9.

'Momastery' author coming to Wauwatosa

Feb. 27, 2015 5:04 p.m. | Glennon Doyle Melton, author of a popular blog about motherhood and marriage called "Momastery," will be speaking at Wauwatosa East High School 10 a.m. June 6.

Tickets will be available April 6 for $19, which includes a copy of Melton's book "Carry On, Warrior." Proceeds will be donated to Milwaukee's Cribs for Kids program.

The event is organized by Firefly Real Estate, with additional sponsorship by Great Midwest Bank.

Colleen Sprague, owner of Firefly Real Estate, said Melton changed her outlook on life and she hopes to expose more people to Melton's writing.

"Her words have changed me and really made my outlook so much more positive," Sprague said. "Hosting Glennon in Wauwatosa is an opportunity to share her story with others while encouraging a culture of authenticity and supportiveness in the community that sometimes isn't there."

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Wauwatosa's Folley and Reagan advance to state wrestling semis

Feb. 26, 2015 11:43 p.m. | "This shows that Tosa wrestling is nothing to take lightly."

That was the comment of Wauwatosa 138-pound wrestler Ben Reagan after he defeated West Allis Central's Mauricio Cardoso, 9-2, to advance to the semifinals of the WIAA State Individual Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Thursday night.

Reagan (41-2), who had also defeated Cardoso in a tournament back in December, joined 126-pound teammate Justin Folley (44-1), who also advanced to the semifinals after a 10-3 decision over Andrew McIntosh of Oak Creek.

It is the second straight trip to the semifinals for Folley, who wound up fifth in state last season while at Milwaukee Riverside.

"I feel very confident right now," said Folley. "The best part of the day for me was even though I was tired I still kept pushing on through."

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Wauwatosa East teacher Barb Bruesewitz named ProStart Teacher of the Year

Feb. 26, 2015 3:36 p.m. | Wauwatosa East High School teacher Barb Bruesewitz has been named the Wisconsin 2015 ProStart Teacher of the Year for her leadership in teaching skills for careers in the restaurant industry.

As a teacher of family and consumer education, Bruesewitz has led ProStart teams to state championship competitions three years, bringing home a first place win in 2012. ProStart, administered by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, is a two-year curriculum on the restaurant industry that involves hands-on culinary competitions throughout the country.

"Barb's contributions to education, extracurricular programming, and foundation work all show an unmatched passion for the industry and make her very well-deserving of this commendation," Alex Newman, ProStart coordinator for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation, said in a news release.

Watch Bruesewitz receive her award:

Pancake breakfast Sunday will raise money for scholarships

Feb. 25, 2015 11:03 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Kiwanis Club and Wauwatosa high school key clubs are hosting a pancake breakfast 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 1 at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St. Money raised at the breakfast will support scholarships for four Wauwatosa students.

In addition to pancakes, there will be scrambled eggs, sausage, applesauce, coffee, orange juice and milk. There will also be music, games, face painting and raffles.

Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door, and $5 for kids 12 and under. Advanced tickets are available at both high schools, or by calling Ken Snyder at (414) 459-4567.

Read the winning essays in Tosa's All-City Read contest

Feb. 24, 2015 12:17 p.m. | As part of Tosa's All-City Read, a program encouraging all Wauwatosa residents to read the same book together, nine students and adults have won awards for essays on the topic of portaging.

The topic is central to this year's All-City Read book, "Orphan Train," in which the characters have to decide what to take with them and what to leave behind on their journeys, or portages. Some of the winning writers wrote about their own lives, while others interviewed family members.

All of the winning essays are available online at tosasallcityread.com.

Grades 3-5 winners

First place: "Wisconsin to Louisiana" by Eleanor Hannan

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Victim in fatal Wauwatosa house fire was 3-year-old girl

Feb. 23, 2015 2:15 p.m. | A 3-year-old girl was killed in a Wauwatosa house fire on Sunday, the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office confirmed on Monday.

The fire was reported shortly before noon at the home of the girl's grandparents in the 500 block of N. 106th St. The girl was identified as Faith Ann Cruz and her cause of death was listed as smoke inhalation, according to the medical examiner. Her death was ruled an accident.

A passer-by called 911 at 11:48 a.m. Sunday and told dispatchers the house was on fire and one person had suffered burns, according to a Wauwatosa Fire Department news release.

A man was found outside with significant burns and told firefighters that a child was still in the house. The man suffered serious injuries and was taken to Columbia St. Mary's Regional Burn Center in Milwaukee, according to the Fire Department. His condition was not known on Monday.

The cause of the fire remained undetermined on Monday, but it was believed to have started in the basement of the one-story house.

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MMSD commission OKs $6.4 million flood control project

Feb. 23, 2015 11:48 a.m. | The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's Commission on Monday approved a $6.4 million flood control project with a levee along the Menomonee River in Wauwatosa.

A contract awarded to Ram's Contracting Ltd. of Lannon includes construction of a 1,000-foot-long soil berm south of State St., between 60th and 63rd streets. The hillside between the levee and the river will be excavated to provide storage space for floodwater.

The project includes removal of an underground culvert south of State St. that contains the flow of Schoonmaker Creek. Nearly 400 feet of the creek will be opened to daylight and allowed to run free to the river.

Medical examiner identifies 3-year-old who died in Wauwatosa house fire

Feb. 22, 2015 11:42 p.m. | The victim of a house fire at 504 N. 106th St. in Wauwatosa Sunday has been identified as 3-year-old Faith Ann Cruz, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office. 

According to reports from the office, the house fire was at Cruz's grandparents' house. The first 911 call about the fire came from a passerby at 11:48 a.m. Sunday, the Wauwatosa Police Department reported. 

Firefighters on the scene found a man outside the home with significant burns. The man told firefighters there was still a child in the house. He was transported to Columbia St. Mary's Regional Burn Center and his current condition is unknown, the fire department reported. 

Inside the home, firefighters said they found Cruz unresponsive and took her to a waiting paramedic unit. She arrived at Children's Hospital at about 12:20 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 12:46 p.m.

According to the medical examiner's reports, Cruz did not have any burns and it appeared she died from smoke inhalation.

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