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VFW awards Tosa firefighter Distinguished Service honor

Feb. 26, 2010 2:36 p.m. | Firefighter/paramedic Robert Reid will receive the Distinguished Service Award from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6498 in Wauwatosa.

Reid will be presented the award Tuesday at Fire Station 3, 10525 W. Watertown Plank Road, and he will be one of the people considered for the national award.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1988. After training, Reid was assigned to the 34th Mobile Aerial Port Squadron with the 440th Airlift Wing at Gen. Mitchell International Airport. He worked his way up from airman basic to his current master sergeant rank.

Over the years, he has contributed in peacetime and war efforts, specifically moving equipment in support of Desert Shield operations, humanitarian missions to South America and deployment to the Allied Forces Air Base in Kyrgyzstan.

He has received many awards and honors including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal. He is now assigned to the 76th Aerial Port Squadron with the 910th Airlift Wing in Youngstown, Ohio. He plans to retire from the service after 22 years on March 30.

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Stings leads to cocaine charges against three men

Feb. 26, 2010 2:32 p.m. | Three Milwaukee men have been charged with drug crimes as the result of a Wauwatosa Police Department sting operation.

Demario Lee, 23, and Larry Pettigrew, 19, have been charged with felony cocaine possession with intent to deliver. Clifton Yarber, 27, is charged with manufacturing and delivering cocaine. All three men were charged between Feb. 18 and 23, and they are appearing in court this afternoon.

Officers worked with informants to arrest the three men between Dec. 8 and Jan. 23 at locations in Milwaukee.

According to the criminal complaints:

Lee had 1.05 grams of the cocaine on him when he was arrested. He has one prior conviction for selling cocaine.

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Health Department offering radon detection kits for $5, while supplies last

Feb. 26, 2010 1:28 p.m. |

Cancer-causing, radioactive gas is not something anyone wants to be exposed to, yet radon, the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., can be found in some homes, according to information provided by the Wauwatosa Health Department.

Radon can’t be seen, smelled or tasted, so a detection kit is necessary to determine if your home is safe. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends all homes be tested for radon.

The Health Department offers these kits to city residents for $5 — but quantities are limited, so act fast. Kits are available at most hardware stores, too, but they may cost more. Consumers are urged to read the label carefully to determine if the kit they are buying is the right one for them, and whether the cost of results processing is included.

If you find radon in your home, there are simple fixes that aren’t too costly, the Health Department said.

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Refuse bins in snowbanks won't be emptied

Feb. 26, 2010 1:08 p.m. | Wauwatosa garbage collection crews will stop emptying residents' refuse carts if they are not placed properly at the curb, but residents will get a warning first. Pulling garbage carts from snow banks has caused injuries to Public Works Department employees, according to a memo from City Administrator James Archambo.

City ordinance states that for curbside or alley pickups, refuse carts should be placed between the sidewalk and curb as near to the street curb or edge of the alley as practical. Placement on or as close as possible to drive approaches is preferred, and containers must be stored in a clear area, free of snow and ice accumulation in winter months.

If a cart is improperly placed, collectors will tag it after it is emptied, which serves as the warning notice. Garbage in carts that continue to be placed improperly will not be collected and the resident will be contacted by a Public Works supervisor.

Zoo Interchange ramp closures announced

Feb. 26, 2010 12:56 p.m. | Construction crews will set beams in place for the new Zoo Interchange bridges next week. The work will require ramp closures.

Steel beams will be delivered to the work area on three nights. The ramps from Interstate 94 westbound to I-894/US-45 southbound and from US-45 southbound to I-94 eastbound will be closed at 11 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday to accommodate deliveries. They will open at 5 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

The ramps from I-94 westbound to I-894/US-45 southbound, I-94 eastbound to US-45 northbound and the through-connections of westbound I-94 and northbound US-45 (through the interchange) will be closed from 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights and open at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Additional law enforcement will patrol detour routes to help maintain safe and efficient traffic operations.

Man arrested after chemicals found at home

Feb. 23, 2010 10:54 a.m. | Wauwatosa Police Department has taken a 48-year-old man in custody after a HAZMAT team last night found chemicals commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine at his home in the 2300 block of 69th Street.

Police officials have not stated the house was used as a meth lab, but the case remains under investigation and there could be charges forthcoming, according to a news release issued this morning.

"The chemicals were removed and samples were preserved to identify the contents," the release stated.

Police received a call from a family member who reported some unusual substances around their home at 6:52 p.m. Tuesday. Chemicals with strong toxic odor were found, so the Fire Department's hazard materials team was called to the house.

The state Justice Department's Criminal Investigations Unit has been called in to assist.

Man arrested after firing gun outside bowling alley

Feb. 23, 2010 9:28 a.m. | A 27-year-old Milwaukee man is in custody on possible charges of first-degree reckless endangerment after police said he fired shots into the air outside a Wauwatosa bowling alley Saturday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The suspect's friend, also a 27-year-old Milwaukee man, was jumped in the parking lot at AMF Bowlero, 11737 W. Burleigh St., during an argument over a woman at 1:46 a.m. The suspect fired three shots in the air to scare away the attacker and gathering crowd. Officers found three spent .40-caliber shell casings in the parking lot.

The suspect and his friend drove off and were stopped by police on Highway 45 at Burleigh Road. A Glock pistol was found hidden under the cushion of a child safety seat and an open handgun case was located in the trunk.

The friend, who was driving the getaway vehicle, was arrested for drunken driving. Beer cans were seen in the back seat, but he refused to submit to a Breathlyzer test.

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Tosa's elderly targeted in phone scams

Feb. 23, 2010 9:26 a.m. | Two elderly Wauwatosa residents were targets of phone scams - also one's suspicions protected her from losing money while the other fell victim to the fraud.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A 79-year-old man received a call a man claiming to be his adult grandson at 2:44 p.m. Saturday. The caller said he was on vacation in London and had gotten injured in a car accident. His passport had been confiscated and he needed $4,500 immediately to pay for fines, damages and medical treatment.

Because the caller gave the name of his grandson, who had visited England numerous times, and the voice was garbled, the victim believed the situation was real. He went to Walmart and sent a money order to the address provided by the caller.

Afterward, he checked in with other family members only to find out his grandson was on a trip to Florida.

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Man accused of stealing panties at open houses

Feb. 23, 2010 8:02 a.m. | A Hales Corners man has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of theft after police say he attended real estate open houses in the Milwaukee area and stole women's underwear from the homes.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Robert Remiker, 58, attended open houses in the 2300 block of North 62nd Street in Wauwatosa, as well as Greenfield and Franklin. Realtors and other visitors to the Wauwatosa open house said they saw Remiker opening drawers and taking items. When he was stopped by police, they found plastic bags containing eight pairs of underwear and printouts of Internet listings for area open houses.

Remiker told officers he was taking the items because he missed his ex-wife. He said he had about 50 more pairs at the home he lived in with his parents.

A look into his criminal history showed he had been arrested in 2004 for disorderly conduct and trespassing in the town of Brookfield for peeping into a neighbor's bathroom by attaching a stick to a mirror and putting it near a window.

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Man arrested after scuffle with Mayfair security guard

Feb. 22, 2010 9:36 p.m. | A security guard was injured during a fight with a patron who had been shoving his girlfriend at Mayfair Mall.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The man had been arguing and pushing a woman near the food court at 7:40 p.m. Feb. 11. The guard told him to leave, but the suspect started arguing and a group gathered to watch. The man pushed the guard and they started wrestling. At some point pepper spray was administered.

The guard hit the back of his head and was in pain and disoriented was officers arrived.

The 20-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct, which got the gathering crowd riled up. People started yelling at the officers to leave him man alone.

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After hit-and-run crash, drunken driver causes scene at hospital

Feb. 22, 2010 9:32 p.m. | A 43-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for his third drunken driving offense and hit and run after he mixed prescription drugs and alcohol then hit the road.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A minivan struck a parked vehicle, causing a large hole in the passenger door at 68th Street and Blue Mound Road at 6:32 p.m. Feb. 14. Witnesses saw the vehicle continue going north on Blue Mound, striking a snow bank and driving in the wrong lane at one point.

The driver had a revoked license and his vehicle was not registered. He also had four outstanding warrants for traffic violations in Elm Grove.

A half-empty bottle of whiskey was found in the car, so he was cited for having open intoxicants. He told officers he had been drinking and taking muscle relaxer drugs.

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Shoplifting suspects were wanted elsewhere

Feb. 22, 2010 9:24 p.m. | Two Milwaukee women, who were wanted on eight warrants between them, were arrested for retail theft at Boston Store at Mayfair Mall.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A 20-year-old woman was seen concealing items valued at $135 in a bag, then taking them to the cashier to return for store credit on Feb. 13. She used the credit to buy items and gave the remaining balance to her 22-year-old friend. A security guard stopped the woman before the friend's transaction was done.

The younger woman was found to be on probation and staying away from Boston Store was one of the conditions.

The older woman was also arrested for obstruction because she gave an alias to officers so they wouldn't find her bail-jumping and retail theft warrants from numerous other communities

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Froedtert named one of the healthiest workplaces in U.S.

Feb. 22, 2010 8:50 a.m. | Froedtert Hospital has been recognized among the healthiest places to work in the nation.

The Wauwatosa-based medical facility has received a 2009 Gold Well Workplace awards from the Wellness Councils of America for its commitment to the health and well-being of its employees.

Froedtert officials attribute the award to its workplace wellness initiatives, including a confidential annual health risk assessment, personal wellness coaching, online health activity tracking system, and team-based activities such as a walking program and a weight loss challenge.

A twice weekly strength and conditioning free-weight class, healthy lunchtime learning sessions and fitness challenges are also part of the company culture.

The gold - the second-highest of four award levels - recognizes organizations that have comprehensive wellness plans, produce measureable results, and are an integral part of the organization's overall business strategy, according to a news release from the hospital.

Combination of drugs leads to teen's seizure

Feb. 21, 2010 12:10 p.m. | A Wauwatosa West High School student had a seizure after she took drugs that had not been prescribed to her.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A 14-year-old West Allis girl was leaving school at 4 p.m. Tuesday, when her friend noticed she started looking sick. The girl fell to the floor and started having a seizure. An athletic trainer tended to the girl, who was conscious and breathing, until the paramedics arrived. She was taken to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

A prescription bottle containing a variety of pills - antidepressants, cold and pain medications and a stimulant used to treat attention deficit disorders - was found in her purse. She told officers she had taken three different pills that day.

She had a history of seizures, but said she had not experienced one since age 7.

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City getting its first police dog

Feb. 21, 2010 11:08 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department will soon have its first furry, four-legged officer.

A German shepherd has been purchased from a kennel in Sharpsville, Pa., that specializes in providing dogs to law enforcement agencies.

Officer Tim Kastner, who has served on the department for eight years, has been chosen to work as the canine handler. He was chosen from 16 officers who asked to be considered for the position, Capt. Jeff Sutter said.

Kastner was selected after an evaluation by department supervisors, interview process, and a physical fitness and agility test.

Kastner will attend a six-week handlers training academy at the kennel beginning in late March. Then he will bring the dog back to Wauwatosa.

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East grad one of 21 with perfect 36 on ACT

Feb. 18, 2010 4:06 p.m. | Wauwatosa East High School graduate David Covell was one of only 21 members of the Class of 2009 statewide who earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT college admissions and placement exam.

That makes East one of just 16 Wisconsin high schools that had one or more students in the 2009 graduating class who earned the top score.

Only 628 of the more than 1.4 million 2009 graduates nationally who took the ACT earned a top score. In Wisconsin, 46,000 2009 graduates took the test.

The ACT, a curriculum-based achievement test, consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. The average composite score for the national high school graduating Class of 2009 was 21.1.

Other area high schools with Class of 2009 members who scored a 36 include Arrowhead High School, Milwaukee's Heritage Christian School, Marquette University High School and Homestead High School.

It's Brunow, Wilson in the 8th District

Feb. 16, 2010 10:19 p.m. | Robert Brunow and Craig Wilson will advance to the April 6 election for Wauwatosa's District 8 aldermanic seat.

The two men brought in more votes than Wade Cepulis in today's primary election.

According to unofficial results, Brunow receive 124 votes, Wilson got 139 and Cepulis ended up with 68, which eliminates him from the race.

Causier, Arney advance in 2nd District primary

Feb. 16, 2010 9:34 p.m. | Margaret Michele Arney and Kathleen Causier will advance to the April 6 election for Wauwatosa's District 2 aldermanic seat.

The two women ranked as the top two vote-getters out of the four competing in today's primary election.

Gay Leigh Mundy and Ilija Potkonjak were eliminated from the race.

According to final, unofficial results, Causier received 249 votes and Arney had 120 votes. Potkonjak received 71votes and Mundy had 46.

Arney and Causier are new to city government. Incumbent James Krol had decided not to seek re-election.

Mom arrested for OWI while picking son up from school

Feb. 16, 2010 6:18 p.m. | A Wauwatosa woman was arrested for drunken driving outside Washington Elementary School, 2166 N. 68th St., while attempting to pick up her son.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A school secretary noticed the woman leaning on her son and walking unsteadily to her car, so she alerted the principal about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8. He approached the mother and asked if she was OK. She responded with peculiar answers such as, "I'm having a stroke" and "My leg, my leg."

The principal could smell alcohol on her breath, so he took the mother's key and escorted the boy to the school office.

An officer asked the woman to perform field sobriety tests, which she failed, and she was arrested.

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Three cars stolen in Tosa last week

Feb. 16, 2010 6:10 p.m. | Three late 1990s-era vehicles were taken from Wauwatosa streets during the past week.

According to the Wauwatosa police:

In two of the cases the owners recalled locking the car, and they could account for the vehicle's keys. In the first of those incidents, a 1999 Dodge Caravan was taken from a driveway in the 2500 block of North 71st Street between 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 6:50 a.m. Friday.

Similarly, a 1999 Plymouth Voyager was taken from the 6000 block of West Garfield Avenue between 10 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The next vehicle to disappear was a 1998 Chevy Suburban, which the owner had left running on the street in the 9500 block of West Ruby Avenue. She started up the car about 7 a.m. Friday to let it warm up and left it unlocked while she finished preparing for the day. Nearly $4,000 of snowboarding equipment and other items were in the car at the time of the theft.

Prep basketball sectional tickets now on sale

Feb. 16, 2010 3:51 p.m. | Tickets are now sale at for the WIAA boys basketball "Super Sectionals" to be played at Marquette University's Al McGuire Center at 12th and Wells Streets in Milwaukee, March 11-13.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Germantown will be co-hosting the event.

Teams from three sectionals will determine state tournament berths at the events. From division I sectional eight, area teams that could be involved include Nicolet, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and Wauwatosa East and West.

From division I sectional five, potential sectional participants include Germantown, Homestead, and Menomonee Falls.

In addition, the division 2 sectional final will be held at the McGuire Center at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, March 13. This loaded event features many of the state's top-ranked teams including New Berlin Eisenhower, Port Washington, defending state D2 champ Wisconsin Lutheran and Catholic Memorial, along with Brown Deer, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and New Berlin West.

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Drive your way to auto show with free tickets

Feb. 16, 2010 10:16 a.m. | The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show starts Saturday, and you could win a pair of free tickets by entering our Twitter contest.

To win, simply follow MyCommunityNOW on Twitter and tweet "I want to win free tickets to the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show from @MyCommunityNOW. RT to win. Details: http://bit.ly/cdQMKE"

A drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday for the four pairs of free tickets. Winners must pick tickets up at NOW's Waukesha offices. Winners will be contacted through Twitter before noon on Friday.

For more information on the auto show, visit AutoShowMilwaukee.com.

Work resumes on Tosa building; to become surgery center

Feb. 15, 2010 7:15 a.m. | Construction work has resumed on a three-story office building in Wauwatosa after an 18-month stoppage, with plans to create an outpatient surgery center there.

The 60,000-square-foot building, at 2999 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, is being developed by VJS Development Group, which had initially planned to lease it to Mayfair Radiology. The building is south of W. Burleigh St., and is replacing the former home of radio station WLUM-FM, which was razed.

The $15 million project, however, ground to a halt in the spring of 2008 after Mayfair Radiology was bought by Aurora Health Care Inc. The radiology practice in January 2009 moved into an Aurora facility just south of Mayfair Mall, at 10400 W. North Ave.

Aurora had signed a lease for the Mayfair Road buiding. But work stopped while the health care system studied its space needs to determine what operations would move to the building.

The plan now is to open an outpatient surgery center, along with support services and doctors' offices, by the first half of 2011, said Mary Reinke, an Aurora spokeswoman. The building's exterior work is about halfway completed, and the structure should be enclosed by summer, she said.

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Landisch Fundraiser set for Feb. 28

Feb. 12, 2010 10:09 a.m. | A fundraiser for Wauwatosa West boys basketball coach Mike Landisch has been set for Feb. 28 from 5-9 p.m. at the Crowe Plaza Hotel, 10437 Innovation Drive in Wauwatosa.

Wauwatosa parents, friends and the family of Landisch are raising funds to help defray the medical costs as he fights his battle with kidney cancer.

There will be hors d'oerves, a silent auction and a raffle. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children, 12 and under. Tickets are available at home basketball games for both Wauwatosa High Schools or by calling Scott Landisch (414) 793-4374, Barb Krause (414) 536-6039, Dave Krenzien (414) 403-2827, Erin Orlowski (414) 828-0913 and Don Soderberg (414) 771-1288.

Wauwatosa West, East girls basketball photos now online

Feb. 11, 2010 11:28 a.m. | Wauwatosa West's Jackie Glaser scored 21 points to lead her team past host Wauwatosa East in a crosstown game last night, and we've got action from the contest in NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Mariah Smith added 18 points for the victorious Trojans. Cara Walls led East with 15.

West improved to 12-5 overall with the victory while East fell to 3-13. West is currently ranked 10th in our Roundball Rankings.

See the photo gallery.

Glaser, Smith spark West over East in girls basketball

Feb. 10, 2010 9:41 p.m. | Wauwatosa West - behind the efforts of Jackie Glaser and Mariah Smith - beat crosstown rival East, 55-45, Wednesday night at East.

Glaser scored 21 points and Smith added 18, as they sparked the Trojans to a 29-15 half-time lead. Glaser scored six points and Smith four in the first quarter which ended in a 10-10 tie. But then in the second quarter, West opened with a 6-0 run and then finished with a 12-1 run. Glaser and Smith eached scored eight points in the quarter and finished with 14 and 12, respectively.

Tosa East trailed 42-25 going into the final period, but East's Carly Herald had two back-to-back three point plays to help spark the Raiders at the end of the third quarter. The Red Raiders out-scored the Trojans 20-13 in the final period as Cara Walls had eight points in the quarter and Talisha Simpson and Alexa Kramer had five each.

Walls led Tosa East with 15 points while Simpson added nine.

Tosa West improved to 12-5 overall and Tosa East dropped to 3-13 with their seventh straight loss.

City likely to let gym operate 24/7

Feb. 10, 2010 10:06 a.m. | Operators of Snap Fitness need one more approval before the North Avenue gym can stay open around the clock.

The Plan Commission on Monday and the Common Council on Tuesday got behind the request to keep the fitness business open 24 hours a day like most of the company's other locations.

Satisfied with the company's efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for members, the one hiccup was providing spaces for overnight parking. Parking is not prohibited on city streets between 3 and 6 a.m.

City staff recommended that the business lease up to three parking spaces in the municipal parking lot at 72nd Street and North Avenue.

Community Development Director Nancy Welch said city staff felt comfortable making an exception to the rule prohibiting 24-hour operations in the North Avenue business district because of the type of business and the support for it from the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

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Panel recommends firm to conduct North Avenue study

Feb. 10, 2010 9:42 a.m. | A Wauwatosa committee has selected an Omaha-based firm to conduct a study that would guide future redevelopment on North Avenue in the East Town district.

Twenty-four consulting firms from around the country bid on the project that will look at streetscaping, urban design and economic vitality, among other factors, of the commercial district bounded by 60th and 76th streets.

A committee made up of the city's Public Works and Community Development directors, 1st District Alderwoman Linda Nikcevich, a member of the North Avenue Alliance and a representative of the Wauwatosa business community looked through all the bid packages, interviewed top candidates and made a recommendation to the Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday.

The top choice was RDG Planning and Design, which submitted a bid $66 short of the budgeted $40,000 for the services. The company specializes in development plans for business corridors and special districts. Representatives from RDG have already visited Wauwatosa, although that was not a bid requirement. They walked the district, stopped in some of the businesses and got a feel for the neighborhood.

The finance committee recommended selecting this consulting firm and the decision will go on to the Common Council next week.

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Tosa West/Tosa East girls to be made up Wednesday night

Feb. 09, 2010 6:22 p.m. | The Wauwatosa East-Wauwatosa West girls basketball game - which was cancelled for tonight - will be rescheduled for tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at Tosa East.

This is the only meeting of the two teams during the regular season since it is a non-conference game.

Aldermanic candidates aren't raising big bucks

Feb. 09, 2010 5:18 p.m. | None of the aldermanic candidates in Tuesday's primary election has raised more than $1,000 during the campaign.

As a result, the seven candidates - four in the 2nd District and three in the 8th District - have requested exemptions from filing campaign finance reports, city Deputy Clerk Susan Van Hoven said.

Election laws state a candidate is eligible for exemption if less than $1,000 in contributions are accepted or distributions made from a campaign in a calendar year. Also, financial contributions from a single source, other than from the candidate's own pocket, can not amount to more than $100.

Residents of the 2nd and 8th districts can vote during the primary election from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Storm prompt city to declare snow emergency

Feb. 09, 2010 5:06 p.m. | Ten Wauwatosa snowplows are working to keep the main roads open and a citywide street cleanup is set to start at 10:30 p.m., Mike Kreiter, Public Works operations superintendent, said this afternoon.

To facilitate that work, a snow emergency, which prohibits on-street parking, has been called from 11 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The lightweight flakes have helped cleanup efforts go smoothly even with accumulation of more than 6 inches so far, he said.

Crews have also responded to a small downed tree on 104th Street and a water main break at 96th Street and North Avenue that sent quite a bit of water flowing in the area.

Wauwatosa Fire Department has responded to two weather-related car accidents with injuries, Deputy Chief Jim Case said. An adult was taken to Froedtert Hospital after a crash on U.S. Highway 45 ,and a child was driven to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin following a traffic accident on Menomonee River Parkway.

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East-West game, other after-school activities canceled

Feb. 09, 2010 2:12 p.m. | With the exception of after-school day care, all after-school and evening activities at Wauwatosa School District buildings have been cancelled today because of the snow, according to a district spokesman.

That includes the West-East girls basketball game that had been scheduled for tonight at Tosa East. The Trojans (9-4, 11-5) and the Red Raiders (1-9, 3-12) meet once a year in a non-conference battle for city bragging rights. The game will be rescheduled.

As of now, however, there are no plans to end the school day early.

City crews keep busy battling storm

Feb. 09, 2010 10:02 a.m. | Wauwatosa Public Works crews started salting streets at 3 a.m. this morning and snowplow drivers are patrolling the roads to keep snow to the side and travel lanes open, Operations Superintendent Mike Kreiter said.

A few employees will stay on the job this evening to monitor road conditions and respond to emergencies. At this time, another citywide plowing operation is set to get under way at 10:30 p.m.

Public Works Director William Kappel has declared a snow emergency to begin at 11 p.m. and go until 7 a.m. Wednesday to allow for the plows to clean up the accumulation on the streets.

Ray's Liquor seeks 'educational area' for employees

Feb. 08, 2010 8:20 p.m. | The owner of Ray's Liquor wants to convert second-floor offices into an educational area for staff and the public to learn about the alcoholic products sold at the North Avenue store.

The Plan Commission tonight unanimously supported granting owner Rick Laev a conditional-use permit. The request will go to the Community Development Committee Tuesday night, then on to the Common Council next week.

Laev plans to use the space to educate his 15 to 20 employees about the products sold in the liquor store. Vendors regularly come to introduce new spirits hitting the market. In addition, wine tastings and other special events for up to 25 people are expected.

Any sales brought in from the events will be done in the store, which closes at 9 p.m., so the upstairs space is expected to have the same operating hours.

Laev has applied for a Class B liquor license that would allow alcohol to be served and consumed on premises.

Homes near Mo's will be moved, not razed, for parking lot

Feb. 08, 2010 4:18 p.m. | Plans to demolish two houses to make room for another parking lot at Mo's Irish Pub have changed.

Movers have spent the afternoon today inserting steel beams under the 1,400-square-foot ranch house across the street from the restaurant at 431 108th Place.

By the end of the day, they expect to remove the house from its foundation, but it will have to remain on the property while permits to take the structure on the road are finalized at the city and state levels. The house will be relocated to West Bend within the next two to three weeks.

Owner Johnny Vassallo started looking into moving the homes late last fall after residential neighbors of the pub voiced opposition to demolishing two houses that were in good condition to put in asphalt pavement.

Mo's staff will work with the building movers to start preparing the neighboring house for moving over the next several months.

Follow tonight's School Board meeting on Twitter

Feb. 08, 2010 1:34 p.m. | Wauwatosa's next charter school could be based on the Montessori method, which employs a more free, self-directed approach to learning.

School Board members tonight will receive a report from Superintendent Phil Ertl about the district's interest in the possibility of creating a Montessori charter.

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.

In addition, the board will receive a report on the district's gifted and talented program, a proposed contract revision for the Tosa School of the Trades, an update on the district's long-range plan and a possible policy revision regarding the district's relationship with its charter schools.

The meeting agenda can be viewed and downloaded here: www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/agendas_2010.cfm.

Boy injured when WWII rifle goes off

Feb. 08, 2010 1:34 p.m. | A Wauwatosa teen was cut above his eye and suffered gunpowder burns to his forehead when a World War II rifle that had been on display as art fired as he looked at it Friday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A year ago, the boy and his mother moved into her boyfriend's home in the 100 block of North 121st Street. During that time, he has expressed interest in the vintage bolt-action wood rifle that hung over the fireplace. The Japanese World War II rifle was given to the boyfriend by his father more than 20 years ago, and he believed it was not loaded and would not fire even if it had ammunition.

About 5 p.m. Friday, the teen asked his mother if he could look at it and she agreed. He heard a rattling sound coming from inside the barrel, so he pointed it toward the floor and a bullet fell out. He put the bullet back in, and it immediately fired, hitting him in the forehead just above his right eye.

His mother and sisters heard him scream and ran into the room to find him bleeding. His eyebrow was peeled back. The Wauwatosa Fire Department took him to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, where he was treated for a cut above his swollen eye and gunpowder burns to his forehead. His sight was not affected.

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Crown Vic linked to vehicle break-ins

Feb. 08, 2010 12:44 p.m. | Wauwatosa police are looking for a white, older-model Ford Crown Victoria vehicle that is believed to have been involved in a series of vehicle break-ins that occurred in the past week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The vehicle, which has black rims and a hood that is slightly sprung up, was seen in video footage taken of the parking lots at Wisconsin Heart Hospital, 10000 W. Blue Mound Road, and GE Healthcare, 9900 Innovation Drive, about the time that vehicles were broken into there Thursday afternoon.

At the hospital, a car window was broken and a glove box rummaged through. Nothing appeared missing.

Cash and Global Positioning System units were taken from two cars at GE Healthcare.

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Tosa West-Whitnall basketball gallery now online

Feb. 07, 2010 8:08 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Wauwatosa West boys basketball team's 62-57 victory over Whitnall.

Whitnall's William Pelkofer scored his 1,000th career point for the Falcons in the loss.

Check out our photo gallery from the game.

West beats Falcons again in thriller, Pelkofer passes 1,000 point mark

Feb. 05, 2010 10:16 p.m. | Wauwatosa West won its fourth straight and seventh game in eight outings Friday night at Whitnall, defeating the Falcons for the second time in two weeks, 62-57.

The win improved the Trojans to 10-3 behind first place New Berlin Eisenhower (13-0) with four games left to play in the Woodland Conference. Whitnall fell to 8-5.

The Trojans played outstanding defense in the first quarter to take an 18-8 lead and that 10-point advantage held up at half-time (35-25) and through three quarters (53-43). But William Pelkofer scored seven of his team-high 24 points in the fourth period as the Falcons outscored West, 14-9.

Pelkofer banked in a 3-point shot from the top of the key with 2:05 left to play to tie the game at 57-57. But West's Sam Krenzien stole the ball and scored with 1:25 left to play. After the Falcons tossed the ball out of bounds on a long pass, A.J. Krause was fouled with 17.5 seconds left. After missing the first free throw, Whitnall coach Ken Kroupa called time out to try and ice Krause, but he hit the second free throw after time resumed for a 60-57 lead.

Barry Ballinger then came up with a huge defensive play when he forced a Whitnall player into traveling, giving the Trojans the ball with 3.9 seconds left. Krenzien was fouled and he sank both free throws for the win.

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Tosa East snaps two-game skid against West Allis Central

Feb. 05, 2010 9:41 p.m. | Darrell Bowie scored 17 of his game-high 21 points to lead Wauwatosa East to a 61-47 win at West Allis Central on Friday.

Bowie made 13 of 15 free throws, including eight of 10 in the fourth quarter to lead a remarkable display of foul shooting by the Red Raiders (8-11, 5-6), who had lost their previous two games.

East was 28-for-30 from the foul line, made its first 18 attempts and scored its last 16 points on 16-of-18 foul shooting.

West Allis Central's Nick Starich hit a pair of free throws with 3:06 remaining to pull the Bulldogs (9-10, 4-7) within six at 45-39. But the Red Raiders put the game away at the line.

Central freshman point guard Jarvis Garrett scored his team-high 15 points in the second half.

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Teen accused of using stolen Lexus to injure officer

Feb. 05, 2010 5:04 p.m. | A 15-year-old boy is accused of stealing two cars and using one of them to rear-end a police squad, injuring a police officer.

The boy was arrested for vehicle theft and recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon Wednesday .

According to Wauwatosa police:

The boy first took a PT Cruiser that had been left unattended with the engine running in a driveway across from his Milwaukee home. He jumped in, drove to his girlfriend's house and took her to school.

On the way home, he drove through the 2500 block of North 66th Street in Wauwatosa, where he saw another unattended vehicle - this time a Lexus - with its engine running just after 8 a.m. He exchanged the PT Cruiser for the Lexus.

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'Wauwatosa bug' believed to have harassed students twice in past

Feb. 05, 2010 4:54 p.m. | The 14-year-old boy behind the recent Facebook threats to both Wauwatosa high schools has inappropriately used technology on at least two prior occasions, according to Wauwatosa police.

According to police:

In December, the boy pretended to be a female on Facebook. He enticed a freshman boy to send nude photos, which he in turn posted on the social media site under a sexually suggestive user name. The boy sent out numerous requests to students to check out his page and the photos.

Also, in December, police investigated obscene calls and text messages that were made to a female student and her family members from the boy's cell phone. Many of those messages were phrased similarly to ones posted by the "Wauwatosa bug."

In the most recent case, the boy is accused of posting racist and sexual comments and threats to Wauwatosa West and Wauwatosa East high schools on Facebook, using the screen name "Wauwatosa bug."

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Tosa Alderman donates monthly salary to Landisch fund

Feb. 05, 2010 3:02 p.m. | Dennis McBride, one of the Fourth District Aldermen in Wauwatosa, has donated his monthly alderman's salary to Mike Landisch's fund.

The city of Wauwatosa - East and West sides - have come together to suport Landisch, the Wauwatosa West boys basketball coach who recently was diganosed with kidney cancer. Tosa West had a night for Landisch last Friday at the boys game. Tosa East had a night last Tuesday for the boys game and will have another on Tuesday when the girls teams from East and West play.

It was also announced earlier today that the school's portion of the 50/50 raffle at the Menomonee Falls/Brookfield East game will be donated to Landisch.

"The sense of community in Tosa and other communities has come through because of this," McBride said. "Even though we compete in athletics, everyone has come together for this."

The alderman's monthly salary (after taxes) is $323.22, but McBride is is rounding his check up to $325.

Spartans to donate 50/50 money to Tosa West coach

Feb. 05, 2010 9:52 a.m. | The Brookfield East basketball program has found a small way to reach out and help Wauwatosa West coach Mike Landisch, who is battling kidney cancer.

The Spartans will have their usual 50/50 raffle tonight when first-place Menomonee Falls comes to East for a 7:30 p.m. game.

Fans purchased raffle tickets for three quarters and then the winner is announced. The winner keeps half the money and the program keeps the other half. Brookfield East will donate its half to Landisch and there is a hope that the winner will do the same.

"It is something we wanted to do for Mike and his family," East coach Andy Farley said. "We wish him best of luck."

Follow us on Twitter for chance to win Bucks tickets

Feb. 04, 2010 2:48 p.m. | Follow us on Twitter and you could win a pair of Bucks tickets to Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons.

All you have do is visit twitter.com/MyCommunityNOW, click the "follow" button, and then post your own tweet mentioning @mycommunitynow and the words "Tweet this for a chance to win Bucks tickets." The deadline to win the tickets is 5 p.m. Friday.

If you're already following us on Twitter, just send us the Tweet - this contest is open to new and existing followers.

At 5 p.m. Friday, we'll randomly select two people from everyone who tweeted "Bucks Tickets" - and they'll each will win a pair to tickets to Tuesday's game.

If you're not already following us on Twitter, do so today. Not only will you get a chance to head to the game, but you'll also be able to stay on top of the latest news, sports, photos and more from the MyCommunityNOW.com Web sites.

Former West student accused of being Facebook 'bug'

Feb. 04, 2010 1:56 p.m. | A former Wauwatosa West High School student is behind the Facebook threats posted under the alias "Wauwatosa bug" on Sunday, according to the Wauwatosa Police Department.

The 14-year-old boy now lives in San Diego, Calif., and authorities there are investigating, a news release issued today states. Police did not give the boy's name. He is not in custody at this time.

"We believe the threats were made by a person out-of-state and not in a position to carry out the threats," according to the release.

"Wauwatosa bug" posted messages on the social media site threatening a "blood bath" at Wauwatosa high schools and containing sexually obscene and racist statements. The threats have been removed from Facebook.

Ex-student suspected in Facebook threat inquiry, police say

Feb. 04, 2010 8:12 a.m. | A 14-year-old former Wauwatosa West High School student has been referred to juvenile authorities in San Diego in connection with threats against Wauwatosa high school students that were posted on Facebook last weekend, police said Thursday.

The child is not in custody, according to a statement from Wauwatosa police. Authorities have not identified the child.

The investigation began after a Facebook user who went by the name "Wauwatosa bug" friended several students before posting obscene comments and threats on the social media Web site, including threats about creating a "blood bath."

The postings have since been removed from Facebook, police said.

Mayfair area property owners claim excessive property taxes

Feb. 03, 2010 2:18 p.m. | Wauwatosa — Property owners in and near Mayfair Mall - including Macy's and Boston Store - say the city dramatically overvalued their properties in 2009 and have filed claims that could cost the city and other local taxing bodies about $3 million in property tax revenue.

The claims of excessive property tax assessment were presented Tuesday to the Common Council, which referred them to the city attorney's office.

City Attorney Alan Kesner said Wednesday that the claims have already been reviewed, but the city would consider them again before responding within the required 90 days.

If the city continues to stand by its assessments, the property owners would have to file a lawsuit, he said.

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is seeking to reduce the 2009 property tax bills connected to its clinic and offices at 201 N. Mayfair Road by more than $2 million.

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Last second rebound basket gives Marquette win over Tosa East

Feb. 02, 2010 10:12 p.m. | Phil O'Connor put in a rebound shot with 2.5 seconds left and Marquette beat Wauwatosa East, 53-51, at East Tuesday night.

With the score tied at 51-51 Quinten Calloway badly missed a jump shot from the left elbow and the game looked like it was heading to overtime. But Tosa East failed to block out O'Connor, who easily grabbed the rebound and banked in the game winner.

After a timeout, the Red Raiders inbounded the ball and Darrell Bowie threw it the length of the court. The ball hit the back of the rim bounced up and hit the extensions above the basket - which are out of play - and then fell through. The officials immediately signaled no basket and the game was over.

This was a game that the Red Raiders could have won, as they led 18-14 after one quarter, 30-29 at intermission and 45-40 going into the final period. But the Hilltoppers more than doubled the score (13-6) in the fourth period and got the win.

John Kopriva led MUHS with 19 points and Mark Haas added 16, including six in the final quarter. Dan Sayles had 16 points, while Bowie added 10 and Vince Cupertino and Jake Larson added nine apiece.

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Facebook user threatens Wauwatosa students

Feb. 02, 2010 3:12 p.m. |

A Facebook user who threatened Wauwatosa high school students Sunday is believed to live out of state and is “not in a position to carry out the threats,” according to a statement issued Tuesday by Wauwatosa police.

 

The user went by the name “Wauwatosa bug” and friended several students before posting obscene comments and threats on the social media Web site, according to WauwatosaNOW.com, which posted a story about the incident Tuesday morning.

 

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Drunken man banned from mall after getting kicked out three times

Feb. 02, 2010 7:58 a.m. | A Wauwatosa man got kicked out of Mayfair Mall three times in the same day after he acted drunk and disorderly.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 32-year-old man dropped and broke a bottle of vodka in the food court at 5:42 p.m. Jan. 26. He was told to leave for the day because he was intoxicated.

Police were again called to the mall, this time to Macy's at 7 p.m. because the same was lying out on the floor of the shoe department. He was making "loud growling noises" and yelling that his chest hurt. Store staff said he smelled of alcohol, and was carrying a bag of four full beer cans and an open liquor bottle.

Wauwatosa paramedics responded, but when they got him into the ambulance, he decided he no longer wanted medical treatment.

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Tosa office building shines with Energy Star certification

Feb. 01, 2010 9:15 a.m. | High Pointe Office Center, 1200 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, has earned the Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is the highest-ranked Energy Star office building in Wisconsin, according to developer Wangard Partners Inc.

Buildings carrying the Energy Star label consume, on average, roughly 35% less energy than other office buidings.

With a 93 score on the program's 1 to 100 scale, the 127,000-square-foot High Pointe is in the top 7% of Energy Star certified office buildings nationwide, said Stewart Wangard, president of Wangard Partners.

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