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Photos from Wauwatosa East, Brookfield East basketball game now online

Jan. 29, 2011 7:04 a.m. | We've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from last night's Greater Metro Conference game between Wauwatosa East (12-4 overall, 8-1) and host Brookfield East (9-7, 4-5).

Tosa East's Anthony Carroll scored on a driving layup in the final seconds to give his team a 43-42 victory. The win, combined with Marquette's loss to Brookfield Central, gives the Red Raiders sole possession of first place in the Greater Metro Conference.

Go to photo gallery.

Looking for even more hoops? Check out our Roundball Rankings for NOW's top 21 boys and girls teams, player of the week, a poll, fan forum and more.

Lancers knock Marquette out of first, Raiders take over top spot with 1-point win over Brookfield East

Jan. 28, 2011 9:48 p.m. | Wauwatosa East took over first place in the Greater Metro Conference by nipping Brookfield East, 43-42, Friday night while Brookfield Central knocked off Marquette, 58-46.

The Red Raiders (8-1, 12-4) took a 1-game lead over the Hilltoppers (7-2, 9-5) and face off at MUHS on Tuesday after facing Waunakee (12-0) on the road in a non-conference game on Saturday.

Tosa East and Brookfield East (4-5, 9-7) were tied at 17-17 at half-time and then the Red Raiders took a 29-27 lead going into the fourth period. TE junior Darrell Bowie scored 14 points in the second half, seven in each quarter, to lead all scorers with 20 points.

The Raiders Anthony Carroll scored the game winning basket on a drive with 2.7 seconds left to play.

Darius Barnes scored 14 points and Ryan McBride and Andy Raymond added 13 to lead the Spartans, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

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Tosa East, Brookfield Central boys basketball photo gallery now online

Jan. 26, 2011 7:36 a.m. | Wauwatosa East's Darrell Bowie scored 16 points to lead the host Red Raiders past Brookfield Central, 46-40, and we've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from last night's game.

The victory improved East to 7-1 in the Greater Metro Conference, good for a tie for first with Marquette, and 11-4 overall. Central fell to 4-4 and 7-7.

East is currently the second-ranked team in NOW's Roundball Rankings and Central is tenth.

Go to photo gallery.

Armed robber hits North Shore Bank branch, tells customers to 'have a nice day'

Jan. 25, 2011 3:54 p.m. | North Shore Bank customers were shaken up, but not injured, after a gun-toting robber made off with a bag filled with money last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man with a scarf covering most of his face carried a semiautomatic handgun into the branch at 87th Street and North Avenue at 10:23 a.m. Jan. 17. He grabbed a customer who was leaving and forced him back into the building.

Then he approached the counter, threw a bag at a teller and demanded she fill it with money. He told a second teller to help the other and threatened to shoot her if she did not hurry up.

On the way out, he dropped the gun. When he stopped to pick it up, he told the staff and customers to have a nice day.

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Alert teller leads police to woman accused of using stolen ID to raid bank account

Jan. 25, 2011 3:52 p.m. | A tip from a bank employee led police to a Florida woman who allegedly drove around to Wells Fargo branches withdrawing money from another person's account. She has been charged with two felony counts of ID theft.

According to the Wauwatosa report:

Jennifer Grimaldi, 40, said she got a call from a male acquaintance who offered to pay her and help get her teeth fixed if she flew to Minnesota and helped him with some jobs.

She arrived in the Midwest on Jan. 14 and he picked her up in a car full of people. The group spent a few nights in Minnesota before heading to the Milwaukee area.

Grimaldi was given a purse - it was later learned it had been stolen during a car break-in - that contained identifying and financial information belonging to a Minnesota woman. She was told to go to various Wells Fargo locations and withdraw money from the victim's account. The man said he would follow in another vehicle and she should give the money to him when she was finished.

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Wauwatosa apartment development gets $20 million HUD loan guarantee

Jan. 25, 2011 3:52 p.m. | A high-end apartment complex proposed for Wauwatosa has obtained a $20 million federal loan guarantee, and the developer says construction will begin this spring.

The Enclave, with 152 units, is planned for a 4-acre property formerly occupied by Derse Inc,. at 1234 N. 62nd St. Developer HSI Properties proposed the $24 million project a year ago.

HSI announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved a federal government-backed guarantee for a $20 million loan. The loan is being arranged through Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC.

The former Derse building will be demolished within 30 days, and construction of the apartments will begin in April, said Ryan Schultz, an HSI principal.

Along with equity capital, The Enclave's financing includes $1.5 million provided by the City of Wauwatosa through a tax incremental financing district.

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Montessori school to open in Fisher Building

Jan. 25, 2011 9:38 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents will be able to send their children to the school district's first Montessori program this fall.

The School Board voted, 6-1, Monday to establish a Montessori program starting in the 2011-12 school year.

Board member Phil Kroner provided the only vote in opposition, saying he did not believe opening the school was the right route for the district to take.

The Montessori program will be housed in the Fisher Building on North Avenue, and officials plan to open as many as three multiage classrooms next fall, based on enrollment.

Classes will be divided into three age ranges - 4 and 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11 - and each classroom would require one teacher and one educational aide. Teachers will have to be certified by the state as well as in Montessori instruction.

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Wauwatosa board chooses language over librarians

Jan. 25, 2011 8:33 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board Monday night approved a new world language program that is set to eliminate most full-time elementary school librarian positions to afford hiring Spanish teachers.

The controversial proposal, which passed in a 4-3 vote, has drawn standing-room only crowds of parents at meetings, many of whom supported language instruction but didn't want to give up full-time library media specialist positions in exchange.

The district proposed moving librarians into teaching roles, save for one full-time position that would oversee part-time aides in the elementary school libraries. The district wanted to implement the world language program next school year.

Wauwatosa board members approved another item Monday that had received more universal support from parents: a K-8 Montessori school in the district. That item passed in a 6-1 vote, according to the superintendent's office.

NOW/Wave All-Star soccer game photos now online

Jan. 24, 2011 8:42 a.m. | Some of the area's best soccer players took to the field Saturday at the US Cellular Arena to represent their schools in the MyCommunityNOW/Milwaukee Wave Senior All-Star soccer match.

NOW's C.T. Kruger was there too, and created this photo gallery with more than 30 images from the contest.

The East team posted a 12-8 victory in the game, which featured players from Brookfield Central, Brookfield East, Franklin, Germantown, Greendale, Homestead, Menomonee Falls, Muskego, New Berlin Eisenhower, New Berlin West, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa East, West Allis Hale and Whitefish Bay.

Go to photo gallery.

School Board set to vote on proposed Spanish program

Jan. 21, 2011 1:30 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday will vote on a proposal to implement a Spanish language program for first- through fifth-grade students starting next fall.

The proposal has proven controversial because the district would restructure its elementary school library staff - creating one full-time supervisory position in charge of part-time assistants in Wauwatosa's nine elementary schools - to pay for the Spanish teachers needed in the new program.

A meeting earlier this month drew a standing-room-only crowd and dozens of comments from district parents and staff members.

The School Board on Monday also will vote on establishing a Montessori program for junior kindergarten through fifth-grade students starting in the 2011-12 academic year.

The School Board meeting will start at 7 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St.

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Meeting focuses on proposed gypsy moth treatments

Jan. 21, 2011 1:16 p.m. | Aerial spraying to control gypsy moth caterpillars has been proposed for areas of Wauwatosa.

A low-flying plane applies an insecticide that targets the caterpillars that defoliate trees. Typically, the process happens early in the morning sometime in May or June.

Spraying is planned at Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Blue Mound Road, the neighborhood of 114th to 120th streets between North and Meinecke avenues, and Blue Mound Road to Underwood Parkway between 115th and 121st streets.

A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Muellner Building at Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St., to talk about treatment program specifics. Land owners and residents within the proposed spraying area can request their properties not be sprayed by writing to Parks and Forestry Superintendent Ken Walbrant, 7300 W. Chestnut St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213, or call (414) 471-8420 by Feb. 18.

Radon test kits available for $5

Jan. 19, 2011 9:30 a.m. | Radon - a cancer-causing, radioactive gas - has been found in all Wauwatosa ZIP codes. To help local families determine if their homes are affected, the Wauwatosa Health Department is selling radon test kits for $5, while supplies last.

Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air. It can't be seen, smelled or tasted, so testing is the only way to know if it exists in a house.

Family of lost child at Mayfair fights with police officers

Jan. 19, 2011 8:34 a.m. | A moment that should have brought feelings of relief quickly turned to conflict between police and patrons at Mayfair Mall.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report released this week:

A 2-year-old boy was found lost in the mall about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7. As security and police officers tried to find his family, a 40-year-old Milwaukee woman approached and said she was his grandmother.

An officer asked for the woman's name, explaining she needed to document to whom the child was being turned over. The grandmother seemed hesitant to provide information, so the officer asked for an ID. That information was called in to dispatchers to find out if she had any warrants or other issues on her record.

The grandmother was accompanied by other family members, one of whom - an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman - started making comments that all the questions were disrespectful and unwarranted and that she believed they were being treated poorly due to the mayhem that had broken out at the mall Jan. 2.

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Fire contract ready to come up for vote

Jan. 19, 2011 8:14 a.m. | Under a tentative contract reached by the city and the fire union, firefighters' wages would not increase in 2011.

In the give and take that comes with bargaining, the firefighters may see better incentives for working as a driver or paramedic, while paying more toward health insurance premiums. No expenses would be added to this year's city budget.

The Employee Relations Committee talked about the proposed ratification of the 2011-13 labor contract with Wauwatosa Professional Firefighters Association Local 1923 during a closed session Jan. 11. The committee held off on a decision and is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to recommend the contract.

Hank Wendt, fire union president, said he would hold off on comment until the Common Council addresses the proposed agreement in coming weeks.

Negotiations began in mid-September on a contract that addresses wages, benefits and management concerns. Wages would remain unchanged for 2011, but the contract calls for a 1 percent to 1.5 percent increases the following two years.

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Man charged with posting threat about Mayfair Mall

Jan. 18, 2011 6:10 p.m. | A 40-year-old West Allis man who ranted on Craigslist that he would be taking a handgun to Mayfair Mall last weekend told police it was a stupid attempt to get people riled up and generate some online reaction, according to federal charges filed against him Tuesday.

Michael L. Musgrove succeeded. He posted the anonymous threat at 7:15 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Within the hour, other Craigslist users began calling Wauwatosa police. By 10:30 p.m. police and the FBI, working with Craiglist, had removed the post, traced it to Musgrove and arrested him at his home.

Now he's charged with transmitting a threat to injure in interstate commerce, a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, Musgrove posted a message with the title, "Mayfair Mall gonna make da news dis weekend again (da hood)." The rambling, expletive-laced message appears to be written in some attempt to mimic perceived urban thug vernacular.

It read, in part, "you aint tougher then my 9 which ill be bringin dis sat" and included a photo of a 9mm Glock handgun.

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Award is all about keeping Tosa in good repair

Jan. 18, 2011 3:44 p.m. | With many homes and buildings in Tosa constructed more than 50 years ago, it would be easy to let them fall into disrepair.

The Wauwatosa Historic Preservation Commission will recognize property owners who have made exterior improvements in the past five years through a new Preservation of Properties Award.

"This is a way to acknowledge and show appreciation to those that have done exterior improvement projects that honor the character of the home or property," said Kathy Ehley, commission chairwoman.

In an effort to open the contest to a larger population, the property need not be formally designated as historically significant to qualify, she said.

Improvements to homes, barns, garages and yards, and commercial and public buildings and grounds, are eligible. Winning properties will be chosen based on the challenges overcome and the strategies carried out to make the renovations, the impact the changes have on the community and how the project could serve as a model for others in Tosa.

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Whoop it up for the Packers, but watch out for cops on the drive home

Jan. 18, 2011 2:36 p.m. | Packers fans will be partying Sunday when Green Bay takes on the Chicago Bears in a competition for the NFC Championship and a spot in the Super Bowl this weekend.

Law enforcement officers will be out on the streets making sure people are celebrating responsibly. That means hiring a cab or usin a designated driver when heading out from a bar or party after drinking alcohol.

The Southeast Wisconsin Drunk Driving Task Force will be out from 8 p.m. Jan. 23 to 4 a.m. Jan. 24 looking for impaired drivers. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office will patrol the highways and local police departments will keep watch over other main roadways. A total of 13 agencies will participate, including Wauwatosa, Elm Grove, the town and city of Brookfield, Franklin, St. Francis, Cudahy, West Allis, South Milwaukee, Bayside, Greendale and Glendale.

East Tosa draft development plan to be unveiled

Jan. 18, 2011 12:54 p.m. | A draft plan for future development in East Tosa will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Fire Station No. 1, 1601 Underwood Ave.

The city and North Avenue Neighborhood Alliance have been working with planning consultant RDG USA since May, in an effort funded by Community Development Block Grant money. The planner has held public information sessions, delved into market data and walked the business district along North Avenue between 60th and 76th streets.

Roundball Rankings is back with the best in area hoops

Jan. 17, 2011 2:06 p.m. | The high school basketball season is heating up and we invite you to visit our Roundball Rankings, a weekly look at the top boys and girls basketball teams in the area.

NOW's JR Radcliffe checks in this week with his top 5 area boys and girls teams, a player of the week, photo of the week, Tokoto Watch and much more.

The Rankings will be updated each week throughout the season. You can go directly to the page at www.mycommunitynow.com/roundball.

Want to talk high school hoops? Check in at our forum, which can also be reached from the Roundball Rankings page.

Go to Roundball Rankings

Bartolotta, Saz's to be honored by chamber

Jan. 17, 2011 12:10 p.m. | Two restaurant businesses will be honored by the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce during the chamber's annual meeting.

The Wauwatosa-based Bartolotta Restaurant Group got the nod for its work toward opening the airport location of Northpoint Burgers and Custards and Harbor House on the lakefront.

Saz's will get the Small Business Community Award for its quality products and service and commitment to the community.

To attend the chamber's annual meeting from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27, go to TosaChamber.org. Tickets cost $28 for members and $31 for nonmembers.

Wauwatosa East, Menomonee Falls basketball photo gallery now online

Jan. 17, 2011 8:19 a.m. | We've just added Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from Friday night's down-to-the-wire boys basketball game between Wauwatosa East and host Menomonee Falls.

East posted a 69-66 victory in the Greater Metro Conference game to improve to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the GMC. Falls fell to 6-7 and 4-3.

Go to photo gallery.

Police make arrest in Internet threat against Mayfair Mall

Jan. 15, 2011 7:00 p.m. | A 40-year-old West Allis man was arrested by Wauwatosa police in connection with a threat made against Mayfair Mall that was listed on Craigslist, WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) reported Saturday night.

"Upon discovering the threat, management immediately contacted the Wauwatosa" Police Department, David Keating, vice president for corporate communications for mall owner General Growth Properties Inc., said in a statement to the Journal Sentinel.

"The Police Department is investigating," he said. "We have no reason to believe the threat was credible. However, we took it seriously."

Keating said he didn't have any specifics on the threat.

Mayfair Mall's general manager Steve Smith was unavailable for comment Saturday night

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Playing for "Sarah", Tosa East boys rally past Falls, 69-66

Jan. 14, 2011 10:56 p.m. | Playing for a girl at school "who's going through a lot of tough things right now", Wauwatosa East boys basketball coach Tim Arndorfer and his Raiders battled back from a six-point fourth quarter deficit to pull out a critical 69-66 Greater Metro Conference basketball decision at Menomonee Falls Friday night.

"Sarah Pease is a sophomore at school who's been diagnosed with cancer (specificially AML, a form of leukemia) and so we decided to have a little tribute for her today," said a weary Arndorfer after the game.

The tribute, which went on all-day at school, included everyone wearing purple "How Strong, Sarah Strong" t-shirts. The team even wore them as warm-ups prior to the game.

And the strength the Raiders exuded this night was enough to keep them in a tie for the lead atop the GMC standings with Marquette at 5-1. East is 9-4 overall.

Meanwhile, Falls' hopes of back-to-back league titles took a major hit, as it lost another close effort to a quality opponent. A recurring theme for a team that is so close, but still just this far away from being among the elite.

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Explosion at Hoyt Park pool building causes injuries

Jan. 14, 2011 9:12 a.m. | An explosion occurred at the construction site of the Hoyt Park pool in Wauwatosa yesterday afternoon sending two people to the hospital.

The exact cause remains under investigation, but a welding accident may have occurred in the basement of the pool building, Deputy Fire Chief James Case said.

Wauwatosa Fire Department received a call at 2:50 p.m., and two people were taken to Froedtert Hospital with injuries considered not life-threatening, he said. The project was turned back over to the contractor, but a visit from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may follow.

Construction crews have been working to renovate the historic poolhouse and build a new community pool, dubbed Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park, which is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend.

Case said any damage from the explosion "doesn't appear that it would drastically impact the schedule of the project."

Driver, passenger ejected from vehicle after crash while trying to elude police

Jan. 14, 2011 8:58 a.m. | Two men were ejected from a vehicle that crashed in the 2000 block of North 72nd Street and Hillcrest Drive about 10 p.m. on Saturday. The driver has been arrested for drunken driving for the second time, causing injury and eluding police.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

They had been at a bar on North Avenue and decided to head to bars on Blue Mound Road. The 23-year-old driver had been speeding and failed to stop for a sign at 68th Street. The vehicle drove over the curb and sidewalk, narrowly missing a light pole, and into a yard at 71st Street and Milwaukee Avenue. The driver started the car up again and headed back over the curb onto Milwaukee Avenue.

The driver saw a patrol car and accelerated, driving north in the southbound lane of 72nd Street. He later told officers the 22-year-old front seat passenger was telling at him not to pull over because he had a warrant. A short pursuit ended when the car crashed into a tree in a residential yard.

The impact caused a loud crash that sounded like an explosion, neighbors said.

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Wauwatosa mayor hopes for more arrests from Mayfair incident

Jan. 12, 2011 2:24 p.m. | Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier said Wednesday she hoped more arrests will be made in connection with the Jan. 2 incident at Mayfair Mall in which an undetermined number of juveniles rampaged through the mall.

Didier said in an interview that the police investigation was continuing into the incident. A total of nine juveniles were apprehended in the fracas, which broke out first inside the mall and later outside.

"I am certainly hoping for more arrests," Didier said. "The investigation is not over."

Didier said police still were unsure exactly how many juveniles were involved. She added that investigators still could not prove that instigators organized the incident on social-media sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Mall officials have said they believe the fracas was organized.

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Wauwatosa teens robbed at gunpoint near Center Street Park

Jan. 12, 2011 9:22 a.m. | Two Tosa teens were robbed at gunpoint in East Tosa on Sunday night.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The duo, both 17 years old, had been walking home from Center Street Park when they saw two people in dark clothing standing at 66th and Clarke streets about 9 p.m. As they approached, they saw they were wearing ski masks.

One of the masked men grabbed the boy's arm and asked what he had in his pocket, taking his MP3 player. Then he tried to grab the girl's purse, but she wasn't giving it up.

The robber raised his arm and pointed a gun at the girl's head. He said he would shoot her if she didn't let the purse go. The boy convinced her to let the robbers have it.

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Angry moms cause disturbance at Wauwatosa East

Jan. 12, 2011 9:03 a.m. | Two mothers caused a ruckus last week when they showed up at Wauwatosa East High School to intervene for their daughters who felt threatened.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Administrators heard a commotion in the hallway and found parents and students yelling at each other at 12:50 p.m. Jan. 5. A student had been walking out to go to a doctor's appointment when the mother of a classmate grabbed her arm and threatened to beat up the girl and her mother.

Meanwhile, another mother chased a girl down the hall using profane language.

Neither parent had permission to be inside the school.

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Police chief makes bid to take helm in Fire Department, too

Jan. 11, 2011 11:18 p.m. | Police Chief Barry Weber wants to expand his leadership role to cover all the city's emergency services.

He has applied to become the next Wauwatosa fire chief.

The city hired a recruitment firm, Voorhees & Associates, to field applications and narrow down the candidate pool. More than 30 people submitted resumes and the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission has scheduled final interviews for Feb. 15.

"Any one has the right to apply, and all those applicants will get thorough consideration," Mayor Jill Didier said.

Didier, City Administrator James Archambo, Common Council President Eric Meaux and the aldermen who helm the Budget and Finance and Employee Relations committees - Brian Ewerdt and Peter Donegan - pitched for Weber to take over temporarily as interim chief.

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Maxfield's Pancake House wins panel support for Tosa location

Jan. 11, 2011 12:20 p.m. | Maxfield's Pancake House wants to serve breakfast to hungry Tosans.

Gus Zarmakoupis already owns one restaurant in Bayside, but he has applied to bring a second eatery to One Mayfair Place shopping center, 2727 N. Mayfair Road.

With very little discussion, the Plan Commission on Monday voted to support the business proposal. The owner will take his plans to the city's Community Development Committee on Jan. 25, followed by the Common Council the next week.

The plan calls for Maxfield's to occupy the first floor of a two-story building next to the railroad tracks. Initially, Zarmakoupis plans to serve food from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. But he asked for operating hours until 10 p.m. in case he expands into dinner service in the future.

A sports bar with stripper poles? Tosa officials concerned about elements in Mad Dog proposal

Jan. 11, 2011 12:20 p.m. | Stripper poles, a large stage for entertainment and lack of an operating plan didn't win Mad Dog Saloon any points with Plan Commission on Monday night.

Dominic LaLicata applied to open the bar in the Village at 6750 W. State St., where an Applebee's currently operates. The Applebee's is set to close at a later date. LaLicata owns a Mad Dog Saloon in Greenfield, as well as Boulder Junction restaurant in Brookfield and Crazy Horse strip club in West Allis.

LaLicata pitched his business as a sports bar, but Mayor Jill Didier voiced concern that the set up at the Greenfield location might show otherwise.

"Rumor has it you have a couple of stripper poles in your establishment," said Didier, chairwoman of the commission.

LaLicata called the poles "a gimmick," comparing it to the giant pepper people can ride at La Perla in Milwaukee.

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'Small fights,' but no arrests after Tosa basketball game

Jan. 10, 2011 11:28 a.m. | Wauwatosa police said Monday that several squads were sent to Wauwatosa West High School on Saturday night after the boys' basketball game with Wauwatosa East because of crowd issues and "some small fights."

No arrests were made, and no complaint reports have been filed, police Lt. Gerald Witkowski said.

Wauwatosa East, West boys hoops photo gallery now online

Jan. 09, 2011 7:46 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys basketball team earned a 69-56 victory over host Wauwatosa West yesterday and we've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery with all the action from the game.

Darrell Bowie led East with 24 points. Ricky Landers had 17 for West.

Go to photo gallery.

East's Bowie dominates Trojans in intra-city win

Jan. 09, 2011 12:37 a.m. | Wauwatosa East - behind 24 points by Darrell Bowie - held off a scrappy Wauwatosa West squad, 69-56, Saturday night before a packed house at Tosa West.

Bowie led the way for the Red Raiders (7-4), but he had plenty of help from Jackson Orin, who helped East pull away early, finishing with five 3-pointers for 15 points. Former Trojan Anthony Carroll added 14 points, but he struggled from the free throw line, sinking 3-for-13.

West freshman Ricky Landers scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots. Jarvis Ashley had 12 points and Tyler Krause added 11, as the Trojans fell to 4-7.

Orin scored nine points in the first quarter helping East to an 18-13 advantage and then Bowie scored eight points in the second period for a 36-30 lead at intermission.

Bowie finished strong with 10 points in the final period, as the Raiders had to hold off the Trojans all night.

Capital improvement plan, Montessori school on Monday's agenda

Jan. 07, 2011 1:48 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday will tackle a number of topics, including the 2011-12 capital improvement plan and an update on a proposed Montessori school in the district.

The board will vote on two action items: the capital improvement plan and changes to the district's AP math offerings, both of which initially were discussed last month.

A number of other items are up for discussion, including a proposal to start Spanish education in grades one to five, the use of mobile learning devices in classrooms and more information about a potential Montessori program.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave.

For an agenda and background information, click here.

School of the Trades open house rescheduled to Feb. 3

Jan. 07, 2011 7:50 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School District has rescheduled an open house for the Tosa School of the Trades to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the school, 12121 W. North Ave.

The open house originally was scheduled for next week.

At the open house, residents will be able to learn more about the school, which offers academic, technical and employment skills to students in grades 11 and 12.

Police make arrests in burglaries, armed robbery

Jan. 07, 2011 7:37 a.m. | Police spent hours Wednesday tracking burglary suspects, an effort that paid off when they caught two men breaking in a door at a Milwaukee home, just outside Wauwatosa, and trying to carry out a television.

“Our guys had been on them and we literally caught them red-handed,” said Officer Luke Vetter, Wauwatosa police union president.

The Wauwatosa Police Department has saturated the East Tosa area between 60th Street to Wauwatosa Avenue and Center Street to North Avenue to catch, or at least scare off, the criminals that had been breaking into homes since early December.

In these roughly 15 incidents, burglars broke into empty homes and took televisions, electronics, jewelry and more.

There have also been violent home invasions by a man claiming to work for a tree service that aren’t connected to these arrests.

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No proof yet of social media tie in Mayfair incident, police say

Jan. 06, 2011 6:08 p.m. | Wauwatosa police said Thursday there is still no definitive proof that young people used social media websites to organize an incident that brought more than 100 disruptive teens to Mayfair Mall on Sunday.

Lt. Gerald Witkowski said investigators are still looking into the motive behind the incident.

"I can't say definitively one way or the other that's what occurred," he said of the possibility that young people went on Twitter or Facebook to organize. "I would say there is good speculation, or a theory, but we can't confirm it one way or the other."

Mall manager Steve Smith told the Journal Sentinel on Tuesday that the incident was planned through social media, probably on Facebook.

Smith said Thursday:

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Hoyt pool needs votes to win $50K from Pepsi

Jan. 06, 2011 2:18 p.m. | The Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park could win $50,000 if enough people cast votes online.

The Pepsi Refresh Challenge, the soda manufacturer's community outreach campaign, will award the money to the program that receives the most votes this month. The Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool have tried for the past four months to be chosen as a contestant.

The money would go toward pool amenities like a waterslide, shade umbrellas and deck furniture. The pool is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend.

Anyone 13 and older can vote daily in support of the pool, the Friends have announced. To encourage participation, the Friends will hold daily drawings for pool admission passes for those who vote through this link: RefreshEverything.com/fohpp.

This month more than $1,100 ideas are up for vote with $1.3 million in grant money available to divvy up, according to the Pepsi Refresh Project's website. The top 100 runners-up from each category will be transferred over to the next month's voting period.

Police warn of strong-arm robber invading homes

Jan. 05, 2011 1:12 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department has sent out an alert today warning residents of a man who claims to work for a tree service but then robs people once he gets inside their homes.

According to the news release:

Wauwatosa and Milwaukee police both reported home invasions involving the same man.

At 93rd and Capitol Drive in Wauwatosa, the man told the female homeowner that he needed to use the bathroom and was there as a representative of Brookfield Tree Service. Once inside, he grabbed the woman from behind and demanded money.

In the Milwaukee incident, he attempted to talk his way into the home claiming he worked for Hoppe Tree Service.

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Man forces way into Wauwatosa home, assaults owner

Jan. 05, 2011 11:04 a.m. | A man pretending to represent a tree service, burglarized a Wauwatosa home and got violent with the owner last week.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

A resident of the 4100 block of North 93rd Street heard knocking at her door at 11:28 a.m. Dec. 28. She was not expecting visitors, so she ignored it until the knocking became incessant.

The man at the door said he was there from a tree service, but she had not made an appointment. He asked to use her bathroom before leaving, but she said no and started shutting the door. He pushed it back open forcing her to fall back into a closet. He grabbed her by the shoulders and demanded money.

She was pushed down the stairs and he forced her to take him through the house looking for jewelry and other valuables. When she screamed, he threatened to hurt her.

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Man tied up by burglars who invaded home

Jan. 05, 2011 10:16 a.m. | A man was tied up and beaten by burglars who invaded his Wauwatosa home in the 2400 block of North 63rd Street last week.

According to a Police Department report:

The 28-year-old victim was asleep in his bedroom when he awoke to punches in the face from two men. They asked where money and valuables were kept, then bound his hands and ankles and gagged his mouth.

Officers could not find signs of forced entry and questioned whether he knew the burglars. They found bags typically used to sell drugs in his room, but he said that was only for his personal use.

One of the men was armed with a kitchen knife and threatened to kill the victim. He also heard mention of a gun and later a BB gun was found on the floor.

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Historical society to reopen research library Jan. 15

Jan. 05, 2011 10:14 a.m. | Wauwatosa Historical Society will reopen its research library Jan. 15 in the Kneeland-Walker House, 7406 Hillcrest Drive.

The collection had been moved so that the roof could be replaced on the historic home that serves as the organization's headquarters. Research materials are back on the second floor and ready for use by the public.

The Judith A. Simonsen Research Library will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month. Research assistance is available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays by appointment.

Use of the library is free for society members and a $5 donation is requested for nonmembers. E-mail and phone assistance is free for the first 15 minutes, with a $20 hourly fee kicking in for longer sessions.

For information, call (414) 774-6826 or e-mail staff@wauwatosahistoricalsociety.org.

Sign of the times? Driver makes rude entrance into Wauwatosa

Jan. 05, 2011 9:00 a.m. | The sign welcoming drivers at Wauwatosa's eastern border was destroyed last week when a pickup truck crashed into it.

According to a Police Department report:

The 48-year-old man driving the truck looked down at his glove compartment. When he glanced up he saw a red light, but he couldn't stop in time and collided with a car.

The impact forced the car to the side and the truck jumped the curb and struck a concrete planter and the welcome sign at 9:46 a.m. Dec. 28.

The male passenger in the pickup was taken to Froedtert for overall body pain.

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Shoeless woman gets third drunken-driving arrest after Tosa crash

Jan. 05, 2011 8:58 a.m. | A Whitefish Bay woman was arrested for drunken driving for the third time after she crashed her car into a tree in the 7300 block of Grand Parkway last week.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department:

The 21-year-old woman was not familiar with the area so she was asking her passenger for directions. At the last minute she took a turn and lost control of the vehicle. It slid and struck a tree and she overcorrected and crossed the media into an oncoming traffic lane, up the sidewalk and into a fire hydrant. From there, the car struck a tree on the passenger side.

Prior to officers arriving, the duo fled. They were found walking in the 6700 block of West Wisconsin Avenue. The woman was shoeless.

Her high heels were found next to the wrecked car.

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Accused bedding thief finds little comfort at Mayfair

Jan. 05, 2011 8:28 a.m. | A 65-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for possession of stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon after he was seen carrying two large comforters across a Mayfair Mall parking lot last week.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department:

The man was familiar to Boston Store staff, because he was suspected of taking bedding two days prior.

On this occasion, he drew attention to himself when he was seen ripping price tags off four fragrance sets valued at $244 at 7 p.m. Dec. 28. He placed the items near an exit and left.

Soon a 47-year-old Milwaukee man picked them up and exited the store. He was arrested for retail theft.

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Falcons outlast Tosa West, 68-55

Jan. 04, 2011 10:14 p.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys basketball team shot 30 percent from the free-throw line and 52 percent from the free-throw line Tuesday night and were run out of their gym by an athletic Brown Deer team, 68-55.

Trailing, 26-21, at intermission, the Falcons went on an 8-3 run to take a 10-point lead at 34-24 with 5:50 left in the third quarter. Baskets by Zach Soderberg and Alex Chu sandwich around two free throws by Jarvis Ashley cut the lead to 34-30 with 2:35 left, but Brown Deer closed out the quarter on a 12-5 run sparked by Trayvon Palmer’s five points.

The Falcons then took a 53-40 lead at the 7:03 mark when the Trojans had their only good stretch from the free-throw line.

Ashley hit two, Tyler Krause, who struggled all night from the field, was 3-of-4, Soderberg put in a rebound shot and Krause stole the ball and passed to Chu for a basket, cutting the lead to 53-49 with just under five minutes left to play.

But the Falcons got hot once again and close out the game on a 15-6 run, sparked by Jamon Jackson-Wilson three lay-ins and 5-of-6 free throws from his teammates down the stretch.

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Mayfair extends teen curfew policy to Sundays

Jan. 04, 2011 7:51 p.m. | Mayfair Mall will prohibit kids ages 17 and younger from entering the mall unchaperoned after 3 p.m. Sundays.

The change is an extension of the existing parental guidance required program, which begins at 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The program requires any youth at the mall to be with a parent or supervisory adult older than 21 during PGR hours.

The policy change comes in response to incidents of disorderly and violent behavior by teens at the mall Sunday evening.

Mayfair disruption was planned via social media, mall manager says

Jan. 04, 2011 7:24 p.m. | The incident that brought more than 100 disruptive teens to Mayfair Mall Sunday was planned through social media, probably on Facebook, mall manager Steve Smith said Tuesday.

Nine juveniles were apprehended Monday night in connection with the incident, which forced an early closure of the mall Sunday.

Wauwatosa police also confirmed that a gun was fired outside the mall late Sunday afternoon. Wauwatosa CrimeStoppers on Tuesday announced a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

Also on Tuesday, both Mayfair and Bayshore Town Center in Glendale announced tougher teen curfews in response to the Sunday incident. Both centers now will restrict access to the center by teens under 18 on Sunday afternoons, in addition to Friday and Saturday curfews that are already in place at both centers.

In his first interview since the fracas occurred, Smith described the events and Mayfair's response:

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Cash reward offered for tips about boy who fired gun at Mayfair

Jan. 04, 2011 5:18 p.m. | A $2,000 reward has been offered to anyone who can help the Wauwatosa Police Department track down the teen who attempted to rob someone and fired a gunshot in the Mayfair Mall parking lot Sunday night.

Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers is working with mall management to provide cash as an incentive to get information that will lead to an arrest and conviction.

The attempted armed robbery happened at 6:04 p.m. The suspect is described as a black boy ages 16 to 17, with a medium complexion and a thin build.

To report information, call the police detective bureau at (414) 471-8430.

All four School Board seats uncontested

Jan. 04, 2011 5:16 p.m. | Three incumbents and one newcomer will be uncontested for four seats on the Wauwatosa School Board this spring.

Incumbents Mary Jo Randall (Seat 4), Sharon Muehlfeld (Seat 6) and Lois Weber (Seat 7) all filed their nomination papers by Tuesday's deadline. They will be joined by Thomas Jarosz, who is uncontested in his bid to replace outgoing School Board member Jon Ray in Seat 5.

Randall and Muehlfeld have been on the School Board since 2005. Weber has served since 1976.

School Board members serve three-year, unpaid terms.

Mayfair Mall to expand parental guidance policy

Jan. 04, 2011 2:22 p.m. | General Growth Properties, the owner-operators of the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, announced Tuesday that it would expand its parental guidance required (PGR) policy at the popular shopping center to include Sundays.

Currently, the mall's security officers enforce a policy in which people 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a parent or supervising adult age 21 and older after 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

That same policy now includes Sundays.

David Keating, a General Growth Properties spokesman, said the company was  reviewing its policies to determine what additional changes might be considered.

The review comes two days after an incident Sunday afternoon in which as many as 100 young people stormed through the popular shopping center.

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Looking for the best sledding hills? Check out our video reviews

Jan. 04, 2011 1:07 p.m. | Alan Hamari and Isral DeBruin, who we like to call the Siskel and Ebert of sledding hills, or maybe the Abbott and Costello, are back with a look at some of the best runs in the area.

This year the downhill duo checks in with a video review of hills in New Berlin, West Allis and Hales Corners. You can also check out past reviews of North Shore and Elm Grove Hill.

Go to sledding reviews.

Fire causes extensive damage to home

Jan. 03, 2011 11:02 p.m. | A Wauwatosa home received extensive heat and smoke damage after a fire that broke out in the basement Sunday afternoon.

A neighbor saw smoke at 6104 W. Wells St. and called the Fire Department at 1:19 p.m., Assistant Chief Michael Anton said.

The fire had spread through the walls and traveled to the attic.

"Damage to the structure and its contents is estimated at $250,000," Anton said.

The owners arrived home as firefighters were dousing the blaze. No one had been in the house.

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Mayfair considering changes after teens storm mall

Jan. 03, 2011 10:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa — Mayfair Mall officials said Monday they are considering operational changes one day after dozens of young people stormed the popular mall late in the afternoon, scaring customers and store employees.

Police confirmed on Monday that a gun was fired outside the mall. It was unclear whether the disruption inside the mall was connected to an attempted armed robbery near a bus stop where police said the gun was fired.

One eyewitness said Monday that anywhere from 80 to 100 young people went through the Boston Store, in the south end of the mall, about 15 to 20 minutes after security guards broke up a fight outside the department store entrance on the mall's second floor.

Stephanie Beyersdorf watched the mayhem unfold from her assignment in the junior's department, just inside Boston Store's glass entrance.

"They stampeded inside the store and knocked over everything in their way," Beyersdorf said Monday. "It was scary because you didn't know what they were going to do."

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Woman mapped future shortly before fatal crash

Jan. 03, 2011 9:12 p.m. | At 34 years of age and facing a new year, Corrie A. Damske felt it was time to take stock of her life.

So Thursday night Damske, a Wauwatosa resident and mother of a young daughter, put together a list of her talents and, with the help of one of her best friends, strategized about how to reach her goals.

"She was very creative and artistic," Michelle M. Friedman recalled Monday. "She had just finished designing and building a chest for her daughter that she decorated entirely in bouncy balls, all different sizes and colors," Friedman said.

"We talked about how to move our lives forward, how she could go about getting her ideas in front of the right people and how she could put herself in the direction of her passions."

But shortly after 7 a.m. on New Year's, before she even had a chance to give the chest to her 9-year-old daughter, Hayden, Corrie Damske was killed when the car she was driving was struck by another vehicle headed in the wrong direction on westbound I-94 near 20th St. in Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee County sheriff's office.

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City leaders speak out about Mayfair gun incident

Jan. 03, 2011 1:54 p.m. | Wauwatosa officials are speaking out about the crimes that went down at Mayfair Mall on Sunday evening.

"As mayor of Wauwatosa, I want to be very clear when I say that the kind of disruption that was made last night at Mayfair Mall will not be condoned," Mayor Jill Didier said in a statement this afternoon.

She vowed that the city will pursue and prosecute the criminals.

Several people have been arrested for various crimes, including disorderly conduct and vandalism, but no arrests have been made in the attempted armed robbery or gunfire in the mall parking lot.

Brian Ewerdt, alderman for the district in which the mall is located, also had strong words about the perpetrators, who he referred to as a "herd of punks that in hindsight will wish they picked a different spot to pull something this stupid."

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Mayfair Mall closes early after tumult

Jan. 02, 2011 9:30 p.m. | Mayfair Mall closed down early on Sunday afternoon as New Year's weekend shoppers were told to leave after witnesses reported seeing groups of unruly young people shouting and running in the Wauwatosa shopping center.

There also were unsubstantiated reports of gunfire.

Elsa Mercado was trying on clothes in a fitting room at Ann Taylor Loft when she heard loud noises. Her sister was at another store, and when Mercado tried to leave to check on her, she discovered she was locked in as some of the stores brought down their security gates.

"Someone was pounding on our door and saying, 'Please let me in. There's gunfire.' We unlocked the door and let him in. He was very frightened, he was very pale," said Mercado, who used her cell phone to call 911.

Mercado said the 911 dispatcher asked her location.

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Community Watch

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» Alert teller leads police to woman accused of using stolen ID to raid bank account 1/25

» Wauwatosa apartment development gets $20 million HUD loan guarantee 1/25

» Montessori school to open in Fisher Building 1/25

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» NOW/Wave All-Star soccer game photos now online 1/24

» School Board set to vote on proposed Spanish program 1/21

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