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Team, students to wear orange to support coach

Jan. 28, 2010 11:26 a.m. | When Wauwatosa West boys basketball team hosts St. Francis on Friday, there will be an obvious show of support for coach Mike Landisch, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer this week.

In Tuesday night's emotional non-conference victory over Racine Horlick, the players wore orange shoelaces to show support for Landisch, who returned to the bench after missing the previous game.

A.J. Krause, one of the Trojans' starting guards, had done some research and found out orange is the color that represents cancer of the kidneys. His mom then went out and bought the shoelaces.

Since then, some of the players' fathers, along with the Booster Club, went out and purchased 300 orange T-shirts for the public to wear to show their support for Landisch. The team's T-shirts will say "Fight Like Champions."

The Trojans are 8-3, in second place in the Woodland Conference Black Division. St. Francis is 0-11 in last place in the Blue Division.  Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Dave & Buster's in Wauwatosa will open March 1

Jan. 28, 2010 9:49 a.m. | Dave & Buster's Inc., perhaps best described as a Chuck E. Cheese for adults, will open its Wauwatosa restaurant/tavern/game room on Monday, March 1.

That's the word from Jonathan Jue, assistant general manager. Dave & Buster's is at 2201 N. Mayfair Road, one block south of W. North Ave.

The 35,000-square-foot restaurant, which will feature arcade games, pool tables and other diversions, will have around 200 employees, Jue said. It will be the first Dave & Buster's in Wisconsin, and will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with closing time extended to 1 a.m. on weekends.

The Wauwatosa Common Council in November 2008 gave zoning approval for Dave & Buster's despite a vote against the development from a council committee. Some aldermen who initially opposed Dave & Buster's later reversed their votes, saying the company responded to their concerns about traffic and security.
 

Man wanted in Wauwatosa slaying arrested in Colorado

Jan. 27, 2010 2:33 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man who confessed to friends that he killed the mother of his young daughter was arrested early Wednesday in Colorado, officials said.

Authorities in Garfield County, Colo., were told Tuesday to look for a black 2001 Toyota Corolla driven by Benjamin M. Germano, 32.

According to New Castle (Colo.) police:

A police officer spotted the Corolla traveling west on I-70 in Garfield County and followed the car. Germano made a U-turn and began driving east in the westbound lanes, with the officer following.

Germano exited the highway but was arrested after he lost control of the Corolla and crashed. The Corolla's Wisconsin license plates had previously been replaced with Kansas plates.

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Wauwatosa East, Brookfield Central boys basketball photos now online

Jan. 27, 2010 11:47 a.m. | We've just posted NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from last night's Greater Metro Conference boys basketball game between Wauwatosa East and Brookfield Central.

Wauwatosa East fended off a Brookfield Central rally and earned a 53-48 victory.

Dan Sayles led Tosa East with 18 points. Alex Diciaula scored 16 to lead Central.

See the photo gallery.

New elementary language pilot started Tuesday

Jan. 27, 2010 10:28 a.m. | First- and second-graders at Lincoln Elementary School started learning German on Tuesday as part of a new district pilot program to test out world language instruction for younger students.

Eva Tuinstra, who spent the first half of the school year researching and writing the pilot's curriculum, will teach the 25-minute class two to three times a week for each grade.

In addition, Tuinstra will teach one or more lessons remotely to students at Washington Elementary using distance learning technology. This experiment will give insight into how students receive instruction virtually, and will help evaluate whether the district can deliver the elementary world language curriculum to more schools while remaining cost-effective, said Beth Erenberger, director of student learning.

The pilot's price tag is small: Tuinstra uses 20 percent of her work time on the program and material costs were minimal.

If the pilot is successful and approved by both the district's Curriculum Council and School Board, it could be implemented districtwide as soon as next school year.

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New stores at Mayfair

Jan. 27, 2010 6:00 a.m. | Blue Wave, a locally-owned swimwear shop, will open soon at Mayfair on the main level, in the space where Callister's Christmas store operated during the holidays.

On the second level, a number of retailers on short-term leases are moving around, to fill vacant space and to make way for a new Kids Footlocker store.

Viktor/Viktoria, a clothing store that has been at Mayfair for years, is moving to the former Pottery Barn Kids space. 98th Street, a children's clothing store, moves to the old Libby Lu space.  

Carroll's 42 points sparks Tosa West past Racine Horlick, 94-87

Jan. 26, 2010 10:14 p.m. | Freshman sensation Anthony Carroll scored 42 points and sparked Wauwatosa West past Racine Horlick, 94-87, at home Tuesday night in a non-conference game between two top teams.

Tosa West is now 11-5 overall, while Horlick is 9-6, 5-2 in the Southeast Conference.

The Trojans led 44-38 at half-time and then exploded for 30 points in the third period to take a 74-59 lead into the final period. Only a 28-20 advantage by the Rebels made the game close at the end.

Besides Carroll's 42 points was Ray Sterling with 23, Jarvis Ashley with 14 and Sam Krenzien with 10. Davontae Mullen had 36 points and Xavier Scaife added 21 for the Rebels.

Tosa East hangs on to edge Brookfield Central, 53-48

Jan. 26, 2010 10:00 p.m. | Wauwatosa East used a huge second quarter to pull away from Brookfield Central, but then the Lancers battled back, only to lose, 53-48.

Central led 14-9 after one quarter, as Alex Olson scored seven of his nine points to spark the Lancers. But the Red Raiders came out and outscored Central, 18-4, behind Dan Sayles' eight points and five points each from Jake Larson and Darrell Bowie. The Red Raiders held Central to one basket at the 7:21 mark and the Lancers didn't score after Seith Mortag sank two free throws with 6:23 left in the half.

Central's leading scorer, Alex Diciauala, who only scored two points in the first half, then scored eight of Central's 12 third-quarter points. Sayles with five and Aaron Uden added four points as Tosa also scored 12 points in the period.

When Mortag scored on an inbounds play with 45.3 seconds left, Central cut the lead to 49-47. But Bowie hit two free throws and Sayles hit two, while Central only go one free throw from Nick Hubbard the rest of the way.

Diciaula scored 16 points and Mortag 10 for Central, while Sayles added 18 and Bowie 11 to top Tosa East. Bowie didn't start for the Red Raiders because of a coach's decision.

Bartolotta's bracelets benefit Haitian children

Jan. 26, 2010 4:44 p.m. | A local restaurant group will sell bracelets and donate all proceeds to help children affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

Wauwatosa-based Bartolotta Restaurants' will sell bracelets at each of its five restaurants: Ristorante Bartolotta in the Village of Wauwatosa, Mr. B's steakhouse in Brookfield, Bacchus and Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee and the Bartolotta-catered brunches at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners. Each location will feature a different bracelet.

The Hearts for Haiti campaign is being organized by the restaurant group's charitable fund, Care-a-Lotta, at the suggestion of employee Natalie Czarkowski.

She recently returned from volunteering in Haiti, and the schools and orphanages where she built handicapped-accessible structures and fed sick children were severely damaged. Her work was done through the organization Fondation Pour les Enfants de Haiti, and the money Bartolotta raises will be donated to that group.

Volunteers are assembling the bracelets, which will be made of supplies donated from Eclectica in Brookfield. They will be on sale at the restaurants for $5 apiece Monday.

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Spring-seekers hope to avoid Wynter's shadow

Jan. 26, 2010 4:36 p.m. | A new addition to the Milwaukee County Zoo will let metro area residents know if warmer weathers on the horizon.

Wynter, a 2-year-old female groundhog, will make a weather prediction at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Legend has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog's Day, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If not, there will be an early spring.

Wynter arrived at the zoo in October after undergoing rehabilitation at an Ohio animal facility. The orphaned groundhog had been found on the roadside.

Zoo visitors can watch Wynter predict the weather during a ceremony in the Family Farm at the zoo.

Embezzlement suspected at Masonic Lodge

Jan. 26, 2010 3:28 p.m. | Wauwatosa police are investigating the possible embezzlement of nearly $44,000 from Wisconsin Masonic Lodge No. 13, 4315 N. 92nd St.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The money was taken from the fraternal organization's checking and savings accounts between November 2007 and April 2009. The missing funds were discovered by the lodge's new secretary in December.

Police have a suspect and are continuing to investigate the theft. Lodge officials declined to comment on the incident.

Seniors duped into allowing men into their homes

Jan. 26, 2010 10:36 a.m. | Two elderly Wauwatosa women were tricked by men who posed as utility company employees to gain entry to the victims' homes.

According to Wauwatosa police:

An 87-year-old woman was working in garage in the 6700 block of West Wisconsin Avenue, when she heard a knock on the door about 1 p.m. Jan. 19. She answered and a man said he needed to check on her electrical transformer. She left the garage door open and allowed him into her home.

The man flipped a light switch several times. Then he asked the homeowner to hold her finger on the switch and let him know if it jumped around. Meanwhile, he talked on his cell phone for 10 to 15 minutes, and Then he abruptly left her house.

When she returned to the garage, money was missing from her purse and her file drawers had been disturbed.

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Shoplifter arrested after leaving behind cell phone

Jan. 26, 2010 7:20 a.m. | A man who took clothing and ran from Mayfair Mall on Friday left his cell phone behind, making it easy for police to track him down.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Two Milwaukee men, ages 18 and 20, were arrested for retail theft after they were seen stuffing $412 in merchandise into a plastic bag at the Macy's department store at 6:43 p.m.

As they exited the store, security guards tried to stop them. The younger man ran, but the older man shoved a guard and took a swing at his face. The guard injured his hand blocking the punch and the older man also was arrested for battery.

The younger man took off his sweatshirt while running, but must have forgotten that his cell phone was in the pocket. Police ended up using the phone to call his mother, who told them where they lived.

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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Follow tonight's School Board meeting on Twitter

Jan. 25, 2010 2:28 p.m. | School Board members tonight will review the results of an audit of the district's band program, which recommends changing the offerings at Wauwatosa East and West high schools to make the programs more equitable.

And if you can't be there in person, but want to stay on top of what's happening, we'll be using Twitter to provide real-time updates of the meeting. You can follow as-it-happens coverage of the meeting at www.twitter.com/israldebruin.

The audit report comes after parents and students in June fought a district decision to scale back band staffing levels at West.

In addition, the board will vote whether to allow the Tosa School of Health Science & Technology, housed at Wilson Elementary, to add a K5 program. Some board members expressed concerns about the idea, because it is tied to a long-term plan that grows the charter school to occupy half of Wilson.

The board will also act on routine policy updates discussed Jan. 11, formally approve the latest version of the teachers contract, discuss Sunday use of district buildings, receive a report about the elementary world language pilot program and another update about the district's long-range plan.

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Trojans whip Whitnall, take over second in Woodland Black Division

Jan. 22, 2010 9:34 p.m. | Seniors Ray Sterling and Sam Krenzien got Wauwatosa West into the fourth quarter with a lead and then freshman Anthony Carroll help put away Whitnall as the Trojans came away with an impressive 64-55 win Friday night in Wauwatosa.

The victory helped the Trojans (8-3, 10-5) take over second place from the Falcons (7-4, 8-5) behind New Berlin Eisenhower (10-0) not counting tonight's game at St. Francis.

The Trojans came out firing, as Krenzien scored 10 points in the first quarter to spark an 18-9 advantage. But the Falcons behind 11 points from Will Pelkofer went on a 13-3 run to spark 19-7 second quarter advantage, taking a 28-25 lead into intermission.

Assistant coach Chad Stelse, taking over for coach Mike Landisch, who has been out with a kidney problem, reminded the Trojans about how much they dominated that first period.

The Trojans came out pressing the Falcons and went on a 16-7 third-quarter run behind Sterling (6 points), Krenzien (4) and Kieviante Love (4) to go into the final period with a 41-35 lead.

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Man accused of trying poison ex-girlfriend

Jan. 22, 2010 6:40 p.m. | A Milwaukee man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's Wauwatosa home and trying to poison her Tuesday is facing felony charges.

According to the criminal complaint:

Stephen Quinn Henry Jr., 30, was jealous because his former girlfriend was seeing a new guy, so while she was on a date he broke into her home, took about $800 in wine and household goods, and put bleach into her juice.

When the woman came home, she noticed her front door opened too easily, a window screen had been cut open and her bedroom had been ransacked. She also found that the juice in her refrigerator was discolored and smelled bad, and that a new bottle of bleach was nearly empty.

While officers were investigating the incident, Henry showed up at the home and allowed them to search his vehicle. They found the missing wine bottles, and he directed them to a garbage receptacle where they could find the other missing items.

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Woman likely killed in domestic dispute

Jan. 22, 2010 6:30 p.m. | Wauwatosa police say investigations so far indicate that the woman found dead in a West Allis storage unit Thursday night likely was killed during a domestic dispute.

Sarah Rosia, 24, of Milwaukee is believed to have been killed in Wauwatosa, before her body was taken to the storage unit.

Police continue to look Benjamin Germano, a 32-year-old man suspected in the homicide.

He drives a black 2001 Toyota Corolla with Wisconsin license plate144KJV, according to Wauwatosa police.

Anyone who has seen Germano or his vehicle is asked to call the Police Department at (414) 471-8430.

Body of person believed slain in Wauwatosa found in West Allis

Jan. 22, 2010 2:48 p.m. | A Milwaukee woman was identified Friday as the victim of a homicide believed to have been committed in Wauwatosa, police said.

The body of Sarah Rosio, 24, was found in a storage unit in West Allis on Thursday night, according to a news release from the Wauwatosa Police Department.

According to the release, Benjamin M. Germano, 32, is suspected of killing Rosio during a domestic dispute.

Germano might be driving a black, four-door 2001 Toyota Corolla with Wisconsin license plates 144 KJV.

Anyone with information on Germano's whereabouts is asked to call Wauwatosa police (414) 471-8430 or a local police department.

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Poor-shooting Tosa West girls upset by Whitnall

Jan. 21, 2010 9:44 p.m. | The Wauwatosa West girls, trying to contend in the Woodland Conference Black Division, took a big step backwards Thursday night, dropping a 35-33 decision at Whitnall.

The Trojans dropped to 7-4, while the struggling Falcons improved to 5-6 in conference play.  Tosa West missed five uncontested lay-ups during the game, hit only 7-of-24 free throws and struggled running their offense against Whitnall's various zones.

Amy Ford and Lisa Donaldson led all scorers wth nine points each for Whitnall. Jessica Allemang and Jenna Engel led Tosa West with eight points each.

Tosa West led 14-7 after the first quarter and then in ugly second period where both teams couldn't find the basket, the Falcons won a 5-1 battle to cut the lead to 15-12 at intermission.

With the Trojans leading 22-16 with 5:23 left in the third period, the Falcons went on a 10-0 run to take a 26-22 lead with 1:38 left in the quarter. Donaldson sparked the rally with six of her points.

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Goodwill now accepting used TVs, working or not

Jan. 18, 2010 5:08 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents can dispose of their used televisions at no cost through the Goodwill Store and Donation Center, 12121 W. Feerick St., beginning today.

Goodwill will sell working televisions in its stores throughout southeastern Wisconsin, and CRT Processing will handle and process any sets that no longer work and those that go unsold, according to a news release from the organization.

These efforts follow Goodwill's partnership with Dell, established in July, to recycle old computer equipment.

Televisions and computers are on the list of electronic devices the state will soon ban municipalities from putting into landfills. City officials have been working with Goodwill to find cost-free disposal options for Wauwatosa residents. The city will stop accepting electronic devices at the municipal drop-off center later this year.

Incensed customer punches clerk

Jan. 18, 2010 5:08 p.m. | A customer took batteries and beat up a clerk who tried to stop him at a Wauwatosa gas station about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A customer at Midtown Shell, 641 N. Hawley Road, paid for a $5 package of batteries with a $50 bill. The clerk held the bill up toward the light to make sure they it wasn't counterfeit. The customer got irate and spit in the clerk's face, took the batteries and the money, and started to leave.

The clerk stepped out from behind the counter, and the customer grabbed the front of his shirt and punched him twice in the face. The men fought, knocking merchandise off the shelf. Finally, the customer bit the clerk's hand, pulled free and ran out the door.

The clerk's lip was split in the incident.

Robber gets pinched at BP

Jan. 18, 2010 2:04 p.m. | An armed robber who wanted to take money from the BP station at 12334 W. North Ave. only came away with injured fingers Tuesday night.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The masked robber came into the convenience store at 11 p.m. and said to the clerk: "This is a robbery. If I have to pull out this gun, you're going to die."

When the robber reached into a slightly open safe, the clerk kicked the door and pinched the man's fingers. Then the clerk screamed to employees at the attached McDonald's restaurant. The robber was shaking his hand in pain as he ran out the door.

East edges West boys in cage thriller

Jan. 16, 2010 10:35 p.m. | Wauwatosa East continued its mastery over crosstown rival Wauwatosa West Saturday night, winning a 76-72 thriller before 1,600 fans in a packed house.

For the second game in a row, Tosa East 6-foot-6-inch sophomore center Darrell Bowie had a monster game, scoring 33 points and grabbing 22 rebounds, including 15 fourth-period points as the Red Raiders held off a Trojan rally. Senior guard Dan Sayles added 23 points for Tosa East.

But Tosa West had an outstanding one-two punch as well, as freshman sensation Anthony (AC) Carroll scored 24 points and senior guard Sam Krenzien added 23.

The Red Raiders used a 15-8 second period to lead 30-22 at intermission, but the Trojans rallied with a 22-18 third period to cut the lead to 48-44 going into the final period. The fourth period was an offense shootout as each team raced up and down the court to a 28-28 tie.

East led 74-72 when Bowie added two free throws with 2.7 second on the clock, as he scored East's last five points of the game from the free throw line.

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Falls beats Red Raiders, 72-64

Jan. 15, 2010 10:36 p.m. | Sophomore star J.P. Tokoto scored 22 points to lead Menomonee Falls past Wauwatosa East, 72-64, in Wauwatosa Friday night.

Tokoto spent the majority of the second quarter on the bench with two fouls, coming back to score 16 of his points in the second half.

Another 6'6" sophomore, Darrell Bowie, kept the Red Raiders in the game scoring a career high 19 points. 53 fouls were called resulting in 69 free throw attempts. Tosa East converted 21-of-33 and Falls was good on 20-of-36.

Dan Sayles finished with 18 points for the Red Raiders, while John Cording added 13 for Falls.

Ex-priest convicted of sexually assaulting boys

Jan. 15, 2010 2:00 p.m. | Waukesha - A former member of the Brothers of the Holy Cross religious order who later became a Catholic priest pleaded guilty Friday and was convicted of sexually assaulting two boys in the Elm Grove area, one in the late 1970s and the other in the early 1980s.

Prosecutor Debra L. Blasius said the state will argue that James R. Blume receive a 10-year prison term when he is sentenced March 26.

Blume, 64, was charged with two counts of sexual assault against a child. He decided to enter guilty pleas Friday rather than take the case to trial and was found guilty by Waukesha County Reserve Judge Patrick L. Snyder.

Blume was charged in July with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in the winter of 1979 at the Sleepy Hollow Motel in Elm Grove.

The second sexual assault charge was added after another man came forward in October after hearing that Blume had been accused of molesting the 13-year-old boy. The man, now 41, told Elm Grove Police that Blume had sexually assaulted him between April 1982 and January 1984, starting when he was a 14-year-old boy.

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More students need tougher challenges

Jan. 12, 2010 3:26 p.m. | Many educators, parents and students have long believed that college-bound students need a more challenging high school curriculum than those planning to enter the work force after graduation, but newer research has shown that isn't true, Superintendent Phil Ertl said.

"It really comes down to, all students need a rigorous high school education, not just those going to four-year colleges," Ertl said.

Comparable readiness in the areas of reading and math is necessary both for success in work force training and in college, Wauwatosa West High School Principal Patricia Luebke said, citing a 2006 study from ACT.

That means a shift in how teachers, administrators and parents look at high school education.

"We're moving more toward 'readiness for the future' and away from 'what does it take to graduate,' " Luebke said.

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Woman fights to keep purse, even as dragged by car

Jan. 11, 2010 6:00 p.m. | A robber who tried to snatch a woman's purse outside Target Thursday didn't count on the owner's tenacity.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The woman was loading her purchases into a car when a man approached her, pointed a gun and said, "Give me your purse."

She refused, so he grabbed at it. He had a difficult time getting the strap off her shoulder, and as they struggled, he pulled her toward the car next to hers. Then, he got in the car and started the engine. A passenger, who was waiting in the vehicle, told the driver not to shoot the woman.

The woman held on to the purse strap as she was dragged a few feet, and finally she pulled hard enough that she got the purse back.

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Man accused of posing as doctor's office employee to get drugs

Jan. 11, 2010 4:24 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man is accused of calling in fraudulent prescriptions for narcotic painkillers, then using military health insurance to pay for the drugs.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

Area pharmacists were alerted that the 30-year-old man had fraudulently obtained numerous prescriptions for hydrocodone by calling in and posing as an employee of a local doctor. He was convincing, using medical and pharmaceutical terms, said pharmacists from Walgreens stores in Wauwatosa, where he obtained 150 pills Dec. 8 and 9. In all cases, he called in prescriptions for the same name.

On Jan. 2, he arrived at CVS, 7520 W. Blue Mound Road, to pick up 240 pills. The large amount had made the pharmacist suspicious. She recognized the name, so she called the doctor's office and learned he was a former patient who had become hooked on the drug.

When the doctor cut the patient off, he tried other doctors, then started pretending to work at a doctor's office.

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Man busted for heroin possession following overdose

Jan. 11, 2010 4:22 p.m. | A 23-year-old Elm Grove man was arrested for heroin possession after paramedics were called to a Wauwatosa home when the man apparently overdosed on the drug.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The man had been kicked out by his parents for his drug activity - he had several prior arrests - so he was staying with a friend at a home in the 10300 block of West Vienna Avenue.

The friend told police they had gone to Barnes & Noble, Walmart and a car dealership on Jan. 2. At each business, he went to the restroom for more than 30 minutes. Toward the end of the day, the man had started slurring his words and had trouble remaining conscious. He said he felt sick, so the friend called 911 at 9:15 p.m.

Paramedics saw fresh needle tracks on his arms. In his backpack, drug paraphernalia, heroin, a half-empty bottle of vodka and numerous prescription drugs.

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Municipal group endorses uniform trick-or-treating hours

Jan. 11, 2010 4:14 p.m. | Cudahy — A group representing the mayors and village presidents of Milwaukee County's 19 municipalities recommended Monday that each community hold trick-or-treat on the same day - usually a Sunday.

The resolution is aimed at keeping children safe and deterring groups of kids from collecting candy outside their own communities.

The recommendation is not binding on any city or village.

Under the resolution, trick-or-treat would be held from 1 to 4 p.m. the Sunday on or before Oct. 31. When Oct 31 falls on a Saturday, trick-or-treat would be held that day.

The resolution is for 10 years.

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Zoo Interchange ramp closures announced

Jan. 11, 2010 12:28 p.m. | Late-night drivers can expect lane closures in the Zoo Interchange this week as crews prepare to replace bridges. This week's work includes mobilizing cranes and equipment, and placing a temporary barrier wall, according to a state Department of Transportation construction update.

Today through Thursday, the system ramp from Interstate 94 westbound to I-894/Highway 45 southbound will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. The ramp will be closed from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday.

On Wednesday, system ramps from I-894/Highway 45 southbound to I-94 eastbound and I-894/Highway 45 northbound to I-94 westbound will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. The westbound Greenfield Avenue entrance ramp to I-894/Highway 45 northbound will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

On Thursday, the system ramp from I-894/Highway 45 northbound to I-94 eastbound will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

On Friday, the system ramp from I-894/Highway 45 southbound to I-94 eastbound and I-94 eastbound to I-894/Highway 45 northbound will be closed from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

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Tosa resumes talks on mayor's pay

Jan. 08, 2010 2:22 p.m. | Wauwatosa — The Common Council's Committee on Employee Relations will resume Tuesday its discussion of the compensation and duties of the office of mayor.

The committee on Dec. 8 began discussing a proposal from Ald. Brian Ewerdt to double the mayor's pay, which has been $22,500 since 1984.

The full council would have to approve any changes.

A Journal Sentinel story this week found that, among cities in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties with a comparable population, Wauwatosa ranked near the bottom in salary for mayor.

However, considering the salary of the mayor and the city administrator, Wauwatosa ranked in the middle of comparable cities.

Snow emergency declared in Tosa

Jan. 07, 2010 3:52 p.m. | A snow emergency has been declared in Wauwatosa to begin at 10:30 p.m., when public works crews will start snowplowing the city streets, said Operations Superintendent Mike Kreiter.

The city hasn't specified when the snow emergency will end since the storm is expected to continue into the morning hours. Depending on accumulation, more road cleanup work may be necessary.

So far, the snow has been light and powdery, but slick. However, city emergency personnel have seen few problems on the roads leading up to the afternoon rush hour.

"Given the amount of snow, the roads are more than passable," police Lt. Dominic Leone said.

Earlier in the day, the Fire Department responded to one-car accident with minor injuries. That driver was take to a local hospital for evaluation, Deputy Fire Chief James Case said.

Snow blots out Tosa West art show

Jan. 07, 2010 3:20 p.m. | An art show scheduled to take place tonight at Wauwatosa West High School has been cancelled because of inclement weather conditions, according to the school district's Web site.

The art show has been rescheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in the school library, 11400 W. Center St.

Voter ID petition drive at library Saturday

Jan. 07, 2010 2:26 p.m. | A group of Wauwatosa residents hoping to get the city to hold an advisory referendum on state-issued voter IDs have about one-third of number of signatures they need to collect in order to get the question on an election ballot.

Organizers will be collecting more signatures from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wauwatosa Public Library, said Alderwoman Jacqueline Jay, who is spearheading the effort.

"People will be able to come to sign the petition, and people can turn in their petitions that they have been circulating," she said.

The group would need to collect 3,656 signatures, or 15 percent of the number of votes cast by Wauwatosa residents in the last election for governor, by Monday to trigger direct legislation. So far, people have turned in about 1,000 signatures to Jay, but they may have more to turn in on Saturday, she said.

The deadline has passed to get this referendum on the April ballot, but if they get enough signatures the measure could appear on the fall ballot.

Nationally known speaker to address teens on drug abuse

Jan. 07, 2010 11:04 a.m. | A parents group that formed after the drug overdose death of Madison Kiefer is bringing a nationally known motivational speaker to talk to students and parents in the Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Wauwatosa areas.

Kiefer, a 15-year-old freshman at Whitefish Bay High School, overdosed on two prescription drugs March 1. Her death heightened concerns about drug use among adolescents.

The group that formed, Bay United, is bringing Milton Creagh to the area for presentations on Feb. 1 and 2. Creagh, who speaks on drug abuse and other issues affecting teens, will speak to students at Wauwatosa East and West high schools on Feb. 1 and to parents from the Wauwatosa area that evening.

On Feb. 2, Creagh will speak to students at Shorewood middle and high schools and at St. Robert School in Shorewood. He will give a presentation that evening at Whitefish Bay High School for North Shore-area parents.

Times and other details are still being arranged.

Tosa streets salted; residents asked to clear fire hydrants

Jan. 07, 2010 8:50 a.m. | Wauwatosa Public Works crews have already salted the entire city and are in watch-and-wait mode, Operations Superintendent Mike Kreiter.

"Our goal is to keep the main roads cleared," he said.

Under the city's salt conservation plan - a way to minimize the environmental impact of salt run-off and save the city money -the main roads and the intersections, school properties, hills and curves on the side streets have been salted.

If there is accumulation of 4 inches or more, DPW will send out plows to clear city streets. However, the Wauwatosa Fire Department is asking individual property owners to remove snow from the fire hydrants in front of their homes.

If these hydrants aren't cleared it can delay our ability to put out a fire in the area," Deputy Fire Chief James Case said.

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2 plead not guilty in shooting of Tosa officer

Jan. 06, 2010 5:36 p.m. | Two of the three men charged in last month's shooting of a Wauwatosa police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday and were bound over for trial, according to court records.

Thongsavahn Rodthong, 27, and Michael S. Dengsavang, 28, entered the pleas during preliminary hearings Wednesday.

Rodthong, Dengsavang and Paul M. Phonisay, 30, are each charged with being party to the crimes of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and burglary.

Rodthong and Dengsavang also are charged with being party to the crime of armed robbery.

Phonisay pleaded not guilty on Dec. 29, according to court records.

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Tosa backs away from prohibiting gas stations beer sales

Jan. 06, 2010 11:32 a.m. | Wauwatosa — The Common Council has refused to create a prohibition on beer sales in stores that also sell gasoline.

Currently, no gas or convenience stores in the city that sell gasoline also sell beer or other alcohol.

But creating such a prohibition would have formalized an "unwritten rule," said Ald. Linda Nikcevich, who made the proposal.

A council committee on Dec. 8 backed the proposal. But the full council on Tuesday voted 9-6, with Ald. Jerry Stepaniak absent, to reject it, Ald. Brian Ewerdt said Wednesday.

Ewerdt said he was among those voting no because he felt the prohibition was "well intentioned but goes too far."

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Tosa East boys beat West Allis Central, 45-37

Jan. 05, 2010 9:38 p.m. | Dan Sayles scored 17 points and led Wauwatosa East to a 45-37 decision over West Allis Central in Greater Metro Conference action Tuesday night.

The win tied the Red Raiders (2-2, 4-7 overall) with the Bulldogs (2-2, 7-4 overall) for fourth in league play. It was also the first winning streak of the year for the Raiders - a two-gamer.

The Raiders led, 12-5, after a quarter and 23-14 at half-time, as Sayles had nine first-half points. He was supported by sophomore Darrell Bowie, who chipped in 12 points.

The Bulldogs had no one in double figures, as Jarvis Garrett had nine points and Najeal McMillian had eight.

Districts 2, 8 to see primary in aldermanic race

Jan. 05, 2010 5:52 p.m. | The races for the Wauwatosa District 2 aldermanic seat and the 4-year District 8 aldermanic seat will feature primaries Feb. 16.
Ilija Potkonjak, Kathleen Causier, Margaret Michele Arney and Gay Leigh Mundy all seek the District 2 seat. Incumbent Richard Krol is not seeking re-election. The primary will narrow the field to two candidates, who will move on to the April 6 general election.
Robert W. Brunow, Wade E. Cepulis and Craig Wilson will compete for one of two spots on the April ballot for the 4-year District 8 aldermanic seat. Incumbent Robert Dennik is not seeking re-election.
Contested races also will be seen on the April ballot for the Districts 1 and 3 seats and the two-year District 8 seat. These races do not require a primary.
In District 1, incumbent Pete Donegan will face John Sandvik.
In District 3, Sandra J. Callaghan will vie with incumbent Tim Hanson.
Incumbent Jason Wilke and Michael Llanas are the candidates seeking the two-year District 8 post.
Aldermanic races in the other districts, and the race for municipal judge, will be uncontested.
In District 4 incumbent Jill Organ seeks to keep her position.
Bobby Pantuso is the sole candidate in the District 5 election. Incumbent Jerry Stepaniak is not seeking re-election.
Incumbent Brian Ewerdt is unchallenged in the District 6 election.
Incumbent Cheryl Berdan is the only person seeking the two-year District 7 aldermanic post, and incumbent Donald Birschel is uncontested in his bid for another four-year term representing District 7 on the Common Council.
Incumbent Richard Baker is the lone candidate for the municipal judge’s chair.

Mayfair patron pushed, sprayed with mace

Jan. 04, 2010 11:45 a.m. | A 26-year-old Florida woman was sprayed in the face with mace at Mayfair Mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, at 3:55 p.m. Thursday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The woman said she was leaving the store Rave when she commented to her friend how cold she was, and that she is always cold here because she from Florida. When she made the statement, a man and woman were entering the store.

The man turned around and said he had heard what she said about the woman he was with. She responded that she wasn’t directing her statement to anyone but her friend.

Then the woman pushed her, and the Florida woman realized the woman was a man wearing a dress. She, her friend and her friend’s 2-year-old daughter tried walking away, but the man wearing men’s clothing sprayed her in the face with mace.

Attempt to foil purse-snatcher unsuccessful

Jan. 04, 2010 11:32 a.m. | A man ran off with a woman’s purse after a brief struggle in the parking lot of Walgreens, 2656 Wauwatosa Ave., about 5:35 p.m. Thursday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The woman had just arrived at Walgreens, and was walking through the parking lot toward the store when she was approached by a man who looked to be between 17 and 20 years old. He said, "This is what you are going to do: You are going to give me the purse."

She knew he was going to try to steal it, so she pulled it toward her body and held onto it tighter. He then tried to take the purse from her, pulling at it and swinging her around until the purse became free. He ran off through the alley to the east of Walgreens.

The purse and its contents are valued at $60.

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