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Frustrated man cited for taking shots at squirrels

June 29, 2010 6:32 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man who was sick of squirrels invading the walls of his home decided to take on the bushy-tailed rodents with a BB gun.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 30-year-old man had complained to his landlord about the animals but didn't get any response. So he went to Kmart, bought a BB gun and headed out to his backyard.

Neighbors in the 2300 block of North 63rd Street reported hearing gunshots about 8 p.m. June 22. Those sounds turned out to be the man shooting at the squirrels off power lines.

The man said he was unsure of whether he harmed or killed any of the animals, and that it hadn't occurred to him that a stray pellet could strike a person or property.

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Wauwatosa police say train death was accidental

Oct. 30, 2014 4:54 p.m. | A 65-year-old Wauwatosa man was struck and killed by a train near 68th and State streets about 3 p.m. Oct. 29, according to Wauwatosa police. 

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office has not yet released the man's name. 

From an initial investigation, police said the incident appeared to be accidental. 

Andy Cummings, spokesman for Canadian Pacific Railway, said the train crew sounded their whistle and applied the emergency brakes before the collision, but it can take trains more than a mile to come to a full stop. 

Photo Gallery: WIAA state soccer tourney day one

Oct. 30, 2014 3:32 p.m. | Day one photos from Uihlein Park in Milwaukee, where St. Thomas More defeated Barron 3-0 to advance to the Division 4 final.

Check back Friday for photos and gameday coverage of the Division 2 semifinal between Brookfield East and Pulaski as well as the Division 1 semifinal between Menomonee Falls and Beloit Memorial.

Four-story apartment building proposed for Hall Automotive site

Oct. 30, 2014 1:41 p.m. | A four-story, 236-unit luxury apartment building called The Reserve has been proposed for 11011 W. North Drive, the Hall Automotive property just west of Mayfair Road.

The Wauwatosa Plan Commission is scheduled to consider the plans, submitted by developers Campbell Capital Group, LLC, and Atlantic Realty Partners, at its Nov. 10 meeting.

According to plans submitted to the city, the developers plan to construct the four-story apartment building around a five-level parking garage. Plans also show two interior courtyards, a pool, a fitness room and a clubhouse.

The developers estimate the project would increase property taxes on the site by about $642,000.

Hall Automotive Vice President Charlie Hall said the company owns land in Waukesha where it plans to move its dealership.

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Apartments planned at Hall Automotive site in Tosa

Oct. 30, 2014 12:47 p.m. | Yet another large, upscale apartment development is being proposed in Wauwatosa.

Two Atlanta-based firms, Campbell Capital Group LLC and Atlantic Realty Partners LLC, have submitted plans to develop a four-story building with 236 apartments at the 5-acre site of Hall Automotive, a car dealership, at 11011 W. North Ave.

The apartment building, called The Reserve at Mayfair, would wrap around a five-level parking garage and include a fitness center, pool, private courtyards and a two-story clubhouse, according to the plans. Each parking garage floor would connect to each floor of the apartment building.

The apartments would be designed and built to a level that would allow them to perhaps eventually be converted to condominiums.

"The luxury apartment market today consists of a renter who chooses to rent versus own," the proposal said, "and is looking for an upscale community in close proximity to work, retail and entertainment. This site has all those qualities."

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Little Read Book in Wauwatosa has author signing Sunday

Oct. 30, 2014 11:15 a.m. | Meet Kevin J. Miyazaki, author and Milwaukee-based photographer of "PERIMETER: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan." The special event will take place at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 2, at The Little Read Book, 7603 W. State Street in the Village of Wauwatosa. His books will be available for purchase and personalization — a great gift idea.

Miyazakiwas commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University to create an artwork reflecting on the importance of Lake Michigan. He drove 1,800 miles around Lake Michigan's perimeter, traveling through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan to capture his "contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan."

For more informaton, call (414)774-2665.

Pedestrian struck, killed by train in Wauwatosa

Oct. 29, 2014 4:59 p.m. | A man was struck and killed by a train in Wauwatosa on Wednesday in what appears to be an accident, according to Wauwatosa police.

The man, from Wauwatosa, was struck by the eastbound train shortly before 3 p.m. at the railroad crossing at N. 68th and W. State streets, according to a news release from the Wauwatosa Police Department.

Initial investigation indicates the incident was an accident, but it remains under investigation, according to the release.

The accident has closed N. 70th St. and lower Harwood Mall crossings, in addition to N. 68th St., and motorists are advised to avoid the area, according to police.

An 11-year-old boy who was wearing headphones as he walked to school was struck and killed by a train at the same location February 2012.

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Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

Oct. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Initial Reaction podcast: Examining week one matchups.

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

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New Mayfair parking structure to open tonight

Oct. 24, 2014 3:17 p.m. | Mayfair's new two-level, 622-space parking structure is set to open tonight, just east of Boston Store, after several months of construction.

While the 105th Street entrance will remain closed, customers will be able to enter on 104th Street to reach the parking structure and travel around the mall to other parking areas.

The structure is not connected to the mall, but customers can walk west from the lot to Boston Store. Next year, they will be able to walk north to Nordstrom.

Nordstrom is scheduled to open Oct. 23 next year. A corridor that connects Nordstrom to the mall offers space for about 15 new stores, which Mayfair General Manager Stephen Smith said he hopes to have fully open by the end of 2015.

Two stores on the mall-end of the corridor will open earlier because they have entrances on the existing mall. Wet Seal is set to open Oct. 29, and Athleta is set to open the week of Nov. 10. Stores farther down the corridor have not been announced yet.

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The Malt Shoppe opens Friday in Wauwatosa

Oct. 23, 2014 2:40 p.m. | The Malt Shoppe, 813 N. Mayfair Road, will open to the public at 10 a.m. Friday Oct. 24, kicking off business with giveaways all weekend.

Oct. 24-26, customers will receive free glass growlers they can pay to fill with their choice of 30 tap beers. The growlers (32 or 64 ounces) are meant to be reused to buy tap beer at the store to bring home.

In addition to taps, the shop has more than 800 varieties of bottled beer. Owner Pat Lafferty also plans to offer specialty glassware, rotating beers of the month, and beer tastings.

Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.



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Wauwatosa negotiating financial aid for Underwood apartments

Oct. 22, 2014 12:32 a.m. | The Common Council gave city staff permission Oct. 21 to make Phelan Development and WiRED Properties an offer for financial assistance in building apartments on Underwood Avenue.

Developers are proposing a three-story apartment and retail building called The Ardor at 1463 Underwood Ave., next to the Village fire station, although specific plans have not been revealed.

The terms of the offer are not public, because staff are still in negotiations with the developers. The terms were decided in a closed session meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee Oct. 21. They won't be made public until there is an agreement.

Two aldermen, Tim Hanson and Michael Walsh, voted against making the offer, arguing that the parcel could be developed without city assistance.

"We are not staying true to the litmus test," Walsh said, referring to the standard that in order to offer tax-incremental financing, city officials must decide the development would not happen without it. "We don't need a subsidy here."

T.J. Maxx opening Oct. 30 in Wauwatosa

Oct. 20, 2014 11:55 a.m. | T.J. Maxx is scheduled to open Oct. 30 at Wauwatosa's Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St.

The grand opening will start with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m., when the store will present a $5,000 donation to the Children's Outing Association. The store will be open to shoppers 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the first 1,000 customers receiving free reusable bags.

T.J. Maxx will join several other retailers that have been operating at Mayfair Collection since it opened in April, including Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue off 5th, Old Navy, and Dick's Sporting Goods. Most recently, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse opened Sept. 20, and Corner Bakery Cafe opened Oct. 20.

Work is already underway on a second phase of construction at Mayfair Collection. It is slated to include a 144-room Hilton Homewood Suites, a Whole Foods Market, three Bartolotta restaurants, and a recently announced Pizza Man restaurant.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

500 free winter emergency kits given away at Mayfair tomorrow

Oct. 17, 2014 2:33 p.m. | More than 500 free emergency kits will be given away at Mayfair's Center Court, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, on Saturday, Oct. 18 to help prepare Milwaukee families for the winter storm season.

Last winter was Milwaukee's coldest in 35 years, according to the National Weather Service. The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts that this year will bring colder temperatures and heavier snowfall than normal, the news release said.

Dozens of volunteers will help distribute the kits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kits include an emergency blanket, flashlight, first aid kit, cleaning supplies and more.

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