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Tosa's Kendl earns berth in state wrestling semifinals

Feb. 26, 2009 10:49 p.m. | By being the aggressor throughout his state quarterfinal bout with South Milwaukee's Bill Mitchell (39-5) Thursday night, Wauwatosa 285-pound wrestler Glen Kendl was able to earn a stalling apoint with three seconds remaining and take a 3-2 decision in the WIAA State Individual Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

With the win, the senior claimed a berth in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday back at the Kohl Center against Wisconsin Rapids Curt Fuller (38-2). The finals will be at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Kendl (39-2), who was bouncing back from a rare defeat in the sectional finals the previous weekend, pinned first-round opponent Jake Hoerchner of Menomonee Falls (25-15) in 1:38 to earn the match-up with Mitchell. Both wrestlers were on their feet with Mitchell backing up when Kendl earned the stalling point.

"This feels really good," Kendl said. "I kind of put it (the loss) away, pushed it to the back of my mind and used it to help make me better."

Because after previous state frustration, there is only one goal that he has in mind: To win it all.

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Hilltoppers crush Tosa East, win Greater Metro title

Feb. 26, 2009 9:59 p.m. | Marquette used a big third quarter to roll over Wauwatosa East, 60-43, and win the Greater Metro Conference Championship Thursday night at MUHS.

The Hilltoppers finished with a 13-1 record while Tosa East was 12-2, with both losses coming to Marquette.

Trailing 19-14 with 3 minutes and 7 seconds left in the half, Marquette went on a 9-4 run, as Sam Beres shot two 3-pointers and Mike Fertl hit a third one on the buzzer to tie the game at 23-23 at intermission and take away the Red Raiders momentum.

The Hilltoppers then came out and went on a 16-3 run to start the third quarter, as they took over control of the backboards, ran their offense flawlessly and set up a zone that the Red Raiders couldn't shoot over or drive through.  Several times the Red Raiders looked totally lost and forced shots as the disciplined Hilltoppers took control of the game.

Garrett Maloney, who was shut out in the first half, scored 13 second-half points, and Beres finished with a game-high 18 points as he ran the offense brilliantly.

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7 seek vacant Tosa aldermanic seat

Feb. 25, 2009 5:32 p.m. | Wauwatosa - Scott Walker's former deputy chief of staff and six other Wauwatosa residents have applied to fill a vacant alderman position.

The deadline to file papers for the opening was 5 p.m. today.

The applicants are:

• Robert Brunow, the owner of a Lake Michigan cruise business who has run three times for alderman and once for mayor.

• Robert Dennik, a vice president at VJS Construction Services who formerly worked as Milwaukee County's economic development director and as deputy chief of staff to County Executive Scott Walker.

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CDC recommends permit for beer garden for Leff's Lucky Town

Feb. 25, 2009 8:54 a.m. | After more than two hours of debate Tuesday night, the Wauwatosa Community Development Committee recommended Leff's Lucky Town receive a conditional-use permit that would allow it to renovate a former gas station on the adjacent property and add a beer garden with outdoor seating.

The recommendation stipulated an 11 p.m. closing time for the outdoor seating, hiring security to patrol the area during the summer and addressing parking issues on neighboring streets.

People for the project spoke to the civic-mindedness of owner Chris Leffler and their desire to see the blighted gas station property improved.

While a few others said they were completely against the project, many more neighbors said they would support Leff's expansion if the city and business owner could address parking issues, restrict the use of the outdoor seating and better patrol some of the bar-time problems like litter and public urination.

The committee forwarded the parking issues to the Traffic and Safety Committee, which meets in two weeks. The Common Council may take action on the conditional-use permit next Tuesday.

West girls beat Tosa East, face DSHA Saturday night

Feb. 24, 2009 10:08 p.m. | Wauwatosa West defeated Wauwatosa East, 47-31, Tuesday night at West in the first round of the WIAA Regional playoffs and advanced to the regional finals at Divine Savior Holy Angels at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Sophomore Jessica Allemang scored seven of her game-high 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Trojans hold off the Red Raiders.

Tosa East was leading, 21-19, with 3 minutes, 29 seconds left in the third quarter, when the Trojans went on an 11-0 run to take a 30-21 lead. The Red Raiders rallied in the fourth period to within 35-27 with 5:03 left to play, but then the Trojans went on an 8-0 run to clinch the game.

Molly Boyle, who had two key baskets in the 11-0 run, had 10 points for West and Margaret Panter had 10 points, Carly Herald and Hannah Weinburg-Kinsey nine each for the Red Raiders.

Woman allegedly made $5,000 in fraudulent returns

Feb. 23, 2009 8:48 p.m. | An employee of Victoria's Secret at Mayfair Mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, was arrested for theft by fraud Feb. 13 for making $5,000 in false returns to support her new baby.

The 20-year-old Milwaukee woman used customer receipts to ring up false merchandise returns, then put the money on gift cards that she would sell for 80 percent of their value.

Management was tipped off when their gift card hotline got dozens of calls from the same phone number to check the balance on numerous cards between Dec. 10 and Jan. 10.

She was arrested after she returned from maternity leave. She told Wauwatosa Police that she was using the money to buy items for her baby. She also took $84 in lip gloss.

Mother cited for son's habitual truancy

Feb. 23, 2009 5:42 p.m. | A mother was cited for contributing to her fifth-grade son's truancy after he failed to show for school or arrived tardy more than 40 times since the beginning of the 2008-09 academic year.

Letters were sent home from teachers and the principal at Eisenhower Elementary School and the school resource officer made a phone call alerting the mother that the child's truancy was unacceptable.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

In January, the mother, a 37-year-old Milwaukee woman, said she has three children in three different Wauwatosa schools as well as a child in a Milwaukee school, and it is impossible for her to get them all to school on time. She suggested school staff or the officer pick up her child each day if they really wanted to see the child in class. The officer warned her that if the boy continued to not to show up for class, she would be cited.

Six weeks later, the boy's record did not show much improvement, so the mother was cited and told she would have to attend a manadatory court date. She said she knew the process, because she was already going through it with another child at Wauwatosa East High School.

Mother arrested for abandoning 4-year-old

Feb. 23, 2009 5:42 p.m. | A Milwaukee woman was arrested for child neglect after she abandoned her child at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, 1220 Dewey Ave., on Friday.

Staff called police after they saw a 4-year-old girl wandering around the campus in below-freezing temperatures.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Report:

The woman picked up her daughter from school because she had been acting out. Because the girl has had ongoing behavioral problems, she brought her to the psychiatric hospital, where she was informed such issues were dealt with on an outpatient basis.

The woman was frustrated so she took off in her car as the child was left behind crying. She said she started having second thoughts so she drove around the block and waited for awhile, then drove back to where she left her daughter. But the girl was gone.

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Tosa mayor wants to sell naming rights at Hart Park

Feb. 23, 2009 6:40 a.m. | Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier wants to sell naming rights to sports facilities at Hart Park, which is set for a $4 million upgrade this year.

Her proposal will be discussed Tuesday by the Common Council's Community Development Committee.

In a memo, Didier says selling the rights will help the city financially and "create a sense of public ownership" in the upgrade, which includes expansion of the athletic field and tennis courts.

Didier said the city is researching how much money other communities have received for naming rights. She would not estimate how much the rights at Hart Park could be sold for.

The city hopes the park improvements, now in the design stage, will be done by fall.

Tosa East nips Sussex Hamilton in overtime

Feb. 20, 2009 9:51 p.m. | Wauwatosa East rallied to beat Sussex Hamilton, 57-56, in overtime before a near-packed house Friday night in the final regular season home game of the year.

Barret Powell stole the inbounds pass and then raced down the court to score on a layup with eight seconds left to play in overtime. Hamilton called a timeout to set up a final play for Kameron Cerroni, who finished with 30 points.

Cerroni got the ball, was picked up by Keondre Gholston and then double teamed and took a shot from the top of the key that bounced off the rim. Brent Meinecke grabbed the rebound, tried a shot from the left side and Powell blocked that shot. But Cerroni picked up the ball and threw up a desperation 3-pointer which once again missed and Larry Bradley grabbed the rebound as time ran out.

Ironically, Cerroni, who was 10-for-10 from the free throw line, missed his second free throw with 11.9 on the clock and Hamilton leading 51-49. Eric Williams got the rebound and flipped it to Gholston, who drove the length of the floor and sank a pull-up jumper to tie the game with 4.5 seconds left.

Eric Reimer then missed a 3-pointer from the left side to send the game into overtime.

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Pregnant woman's water breaks on county bus

Feb. 20, 2009 2:08 p.m. | Milwaukee County bus Route 21 had just left Mayfair Mall this afternoon when there came a slight delay in the travel: A pregnant passenger requested medical help after her water broke.

Wauwatosa paramedics responded to the scene just after 1:30 p.m. on the 2500 block of N. Mayfair Road, where the bus waited for about 20 minutes. Milwaukee County Transit System spokeswoman Jackie Janz said there were three people on board, and the bus was held while paramedics assisted the woman.

She was taken to a local hospital, according to the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

"No baby on the bus this time," Janz said.

Goodwill Industries buys Wauwatosa building

Feb. 20, 2009 11:28 a.m. | Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin has purchased a light industrial building in Wauwatosa that it plans to convert into a warehouse and retail store.

Goodwill bought the 65,240-square-foot building, at 12121 W. Feerick St., for $2.4 million, according to RFP Commercial Inc. Scott Revolinski, Bob Flood and Paul McBride, all of RFP, represented the seller, Feerick Investments LLC, a local investors group.

Cafe Hollander lease for pedestrian bridge use approved

Feb. 17, 2009 9:36 p.m. |

The Wauwatosa Common Council tonight approved a lease agreement that allows restaurant owners to use a portion of the pedestrian bridge as outdoor seating space for the next 25 years.
The lease with Cafe Hollander management includes a first-year rental fee of $250, followed by an increase of 2 percent or the Consumer Price Index rate, whichever is higher; a deadline of Nov. 1 to remove outdoor equipment and fixtures for the winter; a requirement to put a decorative cover over the fountain during the winter months; an agreement to remove the fountain when they leave if they city requests; and a 30-day termination notice with cause.
Mayor Jill Didier and city staff are working with the artist of the sculpture in front of Cafe Hollander’s future home, 7707 Harwood Ave. Under a artist’s rights law, the sculptor must approve relocating the piece before it can be removed.
Cafe owners can begin to move into the building at 7707 Harwood Ave. in early April.

Milwaukee man charged in six armed robberies

Feb. 17, 2009 7:04 p.m. | A 25-year-old man was in the Milwaukee County Jail Tuesday facing a potential prison sentence of up to 260 years for a string of armed robberies in Milwaukee, Glendale, West Allis and Wauwatosa, according to a criminal complaint.

According to the complaint, Devon L. Walker, of the 2900 block of N. 41st St. in Milwaukee, is charged with six counts of armed robbery, use of force, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon.

According to the complaint filed Monday, the robberies were committed between Nov. 29 and Jan. 30.

Three of the robberies took place in Milwaukee: at Miss Groove Intimates, 1224 E. Brady St., on Nov. 29; at Sally's Beauty Supply, 544 E. Ogden St., on Dec. 21; and at GameStop, 104 W. Silver Spring Drive, on Jan. 30.

The three other robberies took place at two Radio Shack stores, 5520 N. Port Washington Road in Glendale on Dec. 23, and 6407 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa on Dec. 30; and a Cricket cell phone store at 1405 S. 108th St., West Allis on Dec. 24.

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Man charged in Christmas Eve robbery

Feb. 17, 2009 3:47 p.m. | A 25-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged in the Christmas Eve robbery of Cricket Communications, 1405 S. 108th St., as well as several other robberies throughout the area.

Devon Walker faces six counts of armed robbery-threat of force and two counts second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

One of the counts stems from a robbery of Cricket, a cellular phone store on Highway 100. According to a criminal complaint filed Monday, Walker pointed a gun at the business owner's head and told him to open the cash drawers.

Walker forced the owner to open the cash register and the manager's register and then made him walk to the back of the store and open a safe, all while keeping a revolver pointed toward him, according to a complaint.

Milwaukee police last week arrested Walker and the owner identified Walker in a police lineup Feb. 10.

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More women's wallets stolen from restaurants

Feb. 16, 2009 7:12 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department has received three more reports of wallets taken from women's purses while they were patronizing local restaurants.

On Feb. 8, a woman hung her purse over the back of her chair at Alterra, 9125 W. North Ave., between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. By 1:30 p.m., her credit card company had called to alert her of $500 in charges at Pick 'n Save.

Similarly, a woman noticed her wallet was missing after visiting the Cheesecake Factory, 2350 N. Mayfair Road, between 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Friday. She, too, had her purse hung over the back of her chair at the bar. Her husband recalled a man and two women standing directly behind them, watching as she took her wallet out to pay for their drinks.

Three people matching a similar description were spotted at Mo's Irish Pub, 10842 W. Bluemound Road, later that night. A woman had a purse at her feet and she noticed the man next to her tried to purchase drinks with two credit cards, both of which were declined. Later, she noticed her wallet missing and she received at call that her credit card had been used at Walgreens.

These are just the latest in a series of wallet snatchings from women's purses at area restaurants that have been occurring since late December.

Thieves stealing from lockers at local gyms

Feb. 16, 2009 7:04 p.m. | Keep an eye on locker keys while working out at the gym.

In the past week, two men had their wallets and cell phones taken from lockers - one at the West Suburban YMCA, 2420 N. 124th St., and another at the Wisconsin Athletic Club, 8700 Watertown Plank Road.

At the Y, the member had given his locker key to the front desk clerk as a deposit for a basketball, but put the ball off to the side of the court when he got involved in a pick-up game on the morning of Feb. 9. When he returned for his ball, it was missing and Y staff told him it had already been returned, as had the key. When he checked his locker, the items were gone.

During the evening of Feb. 12, a man attached his key to a towel, which he put down while lifting weights. When he returned to his locker he noticed the key was gone along with his belongings. His debit card was used later that day to make $350 in purchases from GameStop.

Girl gets disorderly conduct ticket when she refuses to stop text messaging

Feb. 16, 2009 6:05 p.m. | A Wauwatosa East High School student was arrested for disorderly conduct after she refused to stop texting on her cell phone during class Wednesday.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The 14-year-old girl had been texting on her phone. The teacher tried to take away the phone but the girl would not hand it over.

A school resource officer was called in, but the girl denied owning a cell phone or bringing one to school. A search showed she had hidden the phone in her pants, which the girl thought was funny.

She was arrested for disrupting class, not complying with the teacher's demands and lying to the officer.  She was also suspended from school for a week.

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Runaway arrested for stealing car

Feb. 16, 2009 5:58 p.m. | A 15-year-old Milwaukee girl was arrested for vehicle theft at North 67th Street and Vista Avenue at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers saw her driving with the windows down during a rain storm because the car's wipers did not work.

She lost control of the vehicles, hopped the curb and struck a parking sign. She turned out to be a runaway who had left her parents' home three weeks ago.

She said she took the vehicle from the man who had put her up at a Milwaukee hotel.

The girl was turned over to the Bureau of Child Welfare after she said her parents had been making her buy drugs for them and were beating her.

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DA charges man in grocery store thefts

Feb. 16, 2009 4:37 p.m. | A 52-year-old Milwaukee man who allegedly shoplifted seven times from Metcalf's Sentry Foods has been charged with misdemeanor theft.

According to police:

On Feb. 8, Gerald Stewart filled a cart with $115 in meat products before wheeling it into a different aisle and stuffing the merchandise into empty bags he had brought into the store.

He exited without paying and walked away from security staff when they approached him.

Stewart told officers he took food because he was unable to work and had to care for his mother.

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Suspects in several Wauwatosa burglaries arrested

Feb. 16, 2009 4:07 p.m. | Wauwatosa Police have arrested two men who may have been responsible for numerous home burglaries that have occurred within the city during the past couple of months.

Two Milwaukee men, ages 45 and 47, were arrested for burglary and violating parole, after they were stopped for a traffic violation in the 6500 block of West North Avenue about 6 p.m. Friday. While speaking with the men, officers received a report of a burglary in the 1800 block of North 73rd Street of coins the men had in their vehicle.

The older man said he worked as a mentor for troubled youth, but both men were found to have extensive rap sheets.

Numerous other items, including camera and computer equipment, crystal ornaments and a vaccuum were later found in the vehicle’s trunk. Some of those items belonged to homeowners who had reported burglaries in January and February. The men’s shoes also matched footprints found at the scene of a Jan. 14 burglary.

The men are in the Criminal Justice Facility and have been referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

Woman suspected in numerous thefts from Macy's

Feb. 16, 2009 4:05 p.m. | A 20-year-old Waukesha woman suspected of at least nine retail thefts by fraud from Macy’s at Mayfair Mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Mall, was apprehended Friday.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

At 5:35 p.m., she took a coat off the rack and brought it the service counter as a return. She used the $328 credit to purchase other merchandise from the store.

Security had been watching her because they had suspected her of previous incidents of fraud in the past six months but did not have enough evidence to make an arrest. She was also wanted for theft at the Rockford, Ill., Macy’s store.

She was referred to the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office.

Cudahy, Tosa latest to consider blocking mandates

Feb. 16, 2009 6:24 a.m. | Two more Milwaukee suburbs – Cudahy and Wauwatosa - will consider measures aimed at blocking ordinances like the paid-sick-days mandate that was approved for Milwaukee.

Both common councils are expected to vote on their ordinances Tuesday.

The suburbs that have taken up such ordinances have been unanimous in adopting them. The ordinances prohibit their cities from forcing private businesses to provide certain pay or benefits to employees.

The Milwaukee ordinance, approved in a November voter referendum, requires private businesses to give employees paid sick days. It was to take effect this month but has been blocked by a lawsuit that is pending in court.

Is traffic light needed near apartments?

Feb. 13, 2009 4:45 p.m. | A study will be done to determine whether a traffic signal is needed on State Street near the site of a proposed 148-unit apartment complex.

Among the concerns residents voiced at a Plan Commission earlier this week was a perceived traffic congestion problem they said would be exacerbated by a high-density residential development on the former Derse property.

A similar study was conducted when developer David Israel pitched a condominium complex at 1215 N. 62nd St. While the development project was approved, the traffic signal was not because the study showed it wasn't warranted.

This new study will assess whether the additional cars expected an additional multifamily housing development would bring enough traffic for a signal, Community Development Director Nancy Welch said.

If the study still show high enough traffic counts, the Common Council may still want to consider a signal to provide a safe pedestrian crossing across State Street to the eastern portion of Hart Park, she added.

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Volunteers needed for holiday celebrations

Feb. 13, 2009 4:43 p.m. | Residents who recall fond memories of watching fireworks at Hart Park and the Independence Day parade on North Avenue can help create those same experiences for others in Wauwatosa.

Wauwatosa's Civic Celebration Commission is seeking new members to help organize Memorial Day and Fourth of July activities within the city.

The commission, a group of local volunteers, next meets Thursday, Feb. 22, at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

For information, call the special events hotline at (414) 479-8988.

Parks Board meeting postponed one week

Feb. 13, 2009 4:33 p.m. | Due to Tuesday's primary election, the Wauwatosa Parks Board will hold its next meeting the following Tuesday, Feb. 24, at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Topics to be discussed include signage for the Hart Park Senior Center on State Street and requiring security deposits for rentals at the park's Muellner Building.

Book shop pays homage to closed stores

Feb. 13, 2009 4:31 p.m. | One Wauwatosa village store will pay tribute to two others that have shuttered their doors in the last year.

The Little Read Book has added stationary and note cards, pens, new greeting card lines and more to serve the customers who previously shopped at Paper Perfect.

Toys, gift items and a new jewelry line are among the new additions to the book shop's inventory to draw some of those patrons who shopped Drew's Variety & Craft.

At a time when retailers are struggling, Little Read Book owner Linda Burg is trying some new strategies and keeping a positive outlook.

Some of the people who previously shopped the area's Harry Schwartz Bookshops have been making their way to Little Read Book and Burg said traffic to neighboring the proposed Cafe Hollander could bolster her store's sales.

Union protests work on new Pick 'n Save

Feb. 13, 2009 4:27 p.m. | Construction on a new Pick 'n Save on Mayfair Road has drawn protest from a local union.

Preliminary construction work has started on the grocery store at the northwest corner of Mayfair and Walnut roads, and members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 have been protesting at the site since Wednesday.

The protesters say the contractor on the project, Winneconne-based Radtke Contracting, is providing substandard benefits and wages for workers.

The protesters also are upset because they feel Roundy's Supermarkets - which owns Pick 'n Save - should have given more consideration to local contractors on the project, said Dave Parkinson, organizer with Local 139.

Parkinson said 25 to 30 people have been protesting the site every day.

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Tosa West Boys beat Tosa East

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