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Your snow photos: It's back and it's beautiful

Feb. 27, 2013 7:55 a.m. | With another round of snow Tuesday, people across Southeastern Wisconsin snapped photos of the messy drives and the serene surroundings. 

Here are some of the best photos that people shared on social media.

Police say man called in bomb threats to get revenge on ex

Feb. 26, 2013 8:44 a.m. | Camillus Court East, a senior retirement home at 10100 W. Bluemound Road, was evacuated at 7:53 a.m. Feb. 21 due to multiple bomb threats allegedly called in by a jilted lover.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The suspect, a 31-year-old Milwaukee man, allegedly called the retirement home multiple times saying that he left a bomb on the second floor men's bathroom. He also called and said he was the man who made the fake bomb threat. During another call he said that a female employee had urged him to make the threats. When pressed for a name, he didn't answer and said only that he hoped she got fired.

The employee in question, a 19-year-old woman, called the man after hearing about the threats and asked why he was doing it. "Are they scared now? I'm going to tell them you made the call," he allegedly said during their conversation.

The woman told police the man thought she owed him the $200 rent he paid before getting kicked out of her home for allegedly trying to burn her with an iron.

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Assault rifle, pistols taken from home, Wauwatosa police say

Feb. 25, 2013 7:26 p.m. | A burglary in the 1600 block of Mountain Avenue put an assault rifle and three pistols, one of which came equipped with a laser sight, on the streets.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Report:

The homeowner had stepped out to Popeye's on 76th and Capitol at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m. he found his house ransacked and called the police.

When police entered the home they saw a black shotgun, pistol holster sans pistol, multiple loaded magazines, an empty bottle of tequila and an older .22 caliber rifle laying around a table.

The homeowner assured them that his guns were normally left lying about but he suspected the tequila was imbibed by the burglars.

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Wauwatosa police say couple coordinated children's clothes caper

Feb. 25, 2013 7:16 p.m. | A couple coordinated a $359 clothing caper at Macy's, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, at 3:07 p.m. Feb. 21.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man and woman entered the store, selected clothing including four children's shirts and two pairs of children's pants and put them in the woman's shopping bags.

The man distracted cashiers while the woman ran out of the store, setting off the alarm.

Both booked to the parking lot with the man yelling that he was the one who set off the alarms and stole the clothes. When guards weren't taking the bait, he yelled for the woman to "get in the (expletive) car!"

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Man burglarized and vandalized ex's home, Wauwatosa police say

Feb. 25, 2013 7:10 p.m. | A homeowner in the 6600 block of West Center Street came home to not only a burglary, but furniture destruction and an ominous letter at 12:13 a.m. Feb. 19.

According to the police report:

The home was a scene of destruction: the door's deadbolt was smashed off, a couch was sliced to ribbons, a television and wallet were missing and the stench of spilled bleach permeated the home. While a wallet was stolen with the television, the damage, estimated at $2,100, outweighed the loss of items, valued at $930.

In the middle of everything was a note that made reference to a man the homeowner was seeing and alleging that the homeowner owed the note writer $9,200.

The homeowner told police she believes the burglar/vandal to be her ex boyfriend, a 25-year-old Milwaukee man who shot at her a few days before the incident.

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WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches

Feb. 24, 2013 8:51 a.m. | The WIAA individual state wrestling tournament crowned its champions yesterday in Madison and MyCommunityNOW has updated photojournalist Peter Zuzga's state wrestling tournament photo gallery with images from the championship rounds.

Photo gallery: WIAA state wrestling photo gallery

Story: Arrowhead's Andrew Crone wins another individual title

Tosa East can't keep up with top-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran in regional final

Feb. 23, 2013 11:15 p.m. | Wauwatosa East came to play.

One day after winning a thriller over Pius XI, the Red Raiders, seeded fourth, came out clicking and led top-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran, 17-13, after the first quarter.

But soon, the Vikings showed their muscle and the Red Raiders had no answer as Wisconsin Lutheran rolled to a 57-43 win.

The Vikings took a 31-28 lead into half and outscored the Red Raiders in the second, 26-15, to advance to the sectional round.

While they couldn’t complete the upset, Red Raiders coach Tim Arndorfer had no complaints about his team’s first-half performance.

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Mihelich's buzzer-beater nips Popes

Feb. 22, 2013 9:19 p.m. | Ben Mihelich tossed in a short jumper at the buzzer as Wauwatosa East beat Pius XI in a 49-47 thriller in a WIAA regional game Friday night before a packed house at East.

Popes junior guard Donovan Jackson tied the game at 47-47 with his second straight 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left. After a timeout, East senior Ben Carpenter inbounded the ball, passed the ball to another senior Kyle Vnuk at mid-court, who in turn passed the ball back to Carpenter racing down the left side of the court.

With time running out Carpenter, who looked like he was going to try a 3-pointer, instead threw a bullet pass to Mihelich, who tossed up a short jumper, which rolled around the rim and fell through for the game winner.

Carpenter actually thought Vnuk was fouled, but when no call was made, he called for the ball and made his big play.

"I was so excited," he said. "It was cool. It was cool. The energy was something else. We haven't had that many people (watching) in like, forever. It was fun."

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Wauwatosa police say Starbucks tip jar bandit gets away, again

Feb. 20, 2013 10:47 a.m. | Baristas at Starbucks, 3900 N. 124th St., had a nasty surprise for the third time at 12:44 p.m. Feb. 13. A man had stolen their tip jar.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An anonymous customer told the manager that a man had just taken the tip jar and was running out the door.

While there was only $20 in the tip jar, the manager wasn't about to let the man get away without a chase. He bolted down the road, pursuing him for a quarter-mile.

The chase ended at the 12100 block of West Capitol Drive, where the thief jumped into a waiting getaway car and flew down the road.

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Early disadvantage hurts Trojans

Feb. 19, 2013 11:36 p.m. | Two key elements to making a run in the WIAA boys basketball tournament are winning big games and putting together a streak of them. Despite just a 6-16 regular season, Wauwatosa West had proven they could do those things.

Earlier in the season, the Trojans strung together four straight wins, and just one week ago toppled conference power Pewaukee on the road, showing that they weren't going to be an easy out for any opponent.

The Trojans proved to be that tough out on Tuesday night, battling all the way to the end of a 74-66 loss to Milwaukee Morse-Marshall/Juneau in the Division 2 playoff opener. As he has done all season long, sophomore guard Andre Carroll led Tosa West with 21 points, but it was Morse-Marshall/Juneau junior Kevontrell Ellis who set the tone.

Ellis scored early and often as part of a 10-0 run to start the game. If not for a free throw made prior to the start of the game, awarded for a pre-game technical foul, Tosa West would have been shut out for first several minutes. Ellis would finish the first quarter with 10 points, with Carroll scoring 9 of his own to keep his Trojans in the game, down 20-13 after the first quarter. That initial run proved to be the difference in the game, forcing the Trojans out of rhythm on offense for the rest of night.

"I just wish we would have followed the game plan a little more and in the first half been a little bit more patient offensively," Tosa West coach Chad Stelse said. "I didn't want to take the aggressiveness away from our guys, but at the same time, that's how we were successful offensively last week."

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DOT says new signal technology will ease traffic on Highway 100

Feb. 15, 2013 11:56 a.m. | New traffic technology is expected to make the drive on a busy patch of Highway 100 more efficient, the state Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Beginning Tuesday, a new signal system will control the six traffic lights along 1.5 miles of Highway 100 between W. Burleigh St. and W. Walnut Road.

The technology at each of the six intersections will identify the number of vehicles on Highway 100 and side streets and determine how long vehicles have been waiting. The signals are linked by a fiber optic communication system that will relay information that computers will use to maximize the length of green lights.

"Motorists should pay close attention to changing traffic signal indications in this area," said Elizabeth Schneider, at DOT signal engineer.

The DOT said it will fine tune the adaptive signal system over the next several months.

Gas main closed after break in Wauwatosa

Feb. 15, 2013 9:26 a.m. | We Energies said it has shut off a gas main that broke in Wauwatosa on Friday morning.

The break occurred near Highway 100 and W. Blue Mound Road about 8 a.m., filling the air with the smell of gas. No one was injured.

Wauwatosa police say diners threw glass at waitress over tip

Feb. 13, 2013 8:13 a.m. | The customer is always right, except when they throw glasses at their waitress and chase her around the restaurant.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

An 18-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for disorderly conduct after she and five friends caused mayhem at Applebee's, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, at 9:56 p.m. Feb. 9.

The group, incensed that they had to pay a gratuity for their group and citing bad service, yelled at their servers, asked for extra food and caused a scene that prompted other diners to stop eating to witness the havoc.

After telling them that yes, they had to pay their gratuity, the manager heard a crash and the tinkling of broken glass as he turned away from their table. He turned around to watch the group chase the waitress across the store.

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Man found with marijuana candy, police say

Feb. 11, 2013 7:56 p.m. | A 36-year-old Oconomowoc man's sweet tooth for marijuana candy got him arrested on drug possession charges at 3:42 a.m. Feb. 9.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Police found a disabled vehicle sitting unoccupied in the median of the 2500 block of North Mayfair Road. They eventually found the wandering owner of the vehicle and asked if he needed help.

He assented to the help and the officers' nose caught a whiff of marijuana before they entered his locked vehicle. Once inside, they saw a marijuana pipe and small bag of marijuana in a door compartment of the vehicle. The smell had gotten stronger as well.

They also found three large bags of red candies with a white powder covering them. They confronted the man about the sweets after finding he had a prior cocaine possession charge.

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Man arrested after pulling steering wheel of ex's car, police say

Feb. 11, 2013 7:26 p.m. | A 38-year-old West Allis woman was allegedly assaulted by her ex-boyfriend while driving him on errands in the 2200 block of North Mayfair Road at 3:06 p.m. Feb. 6.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Her ex had been drinking in the parking lot and was on probation for second degree sexual assault. She had broken up with him while he was in jail and was seeing someone else.

She was looking to get away from him while they were at Barnes and Noble, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, and found an out when her current boyfriend texted her, saying he needed the car.

This upset her ex, who started swearing. They got in the car to drop him off, which incited him to try kissing her and telling her to stop at a park so they could have sex. She rebuffed his attempts, which prompted him to yank the car's wheel to the left. She stopped the car and he tried taking her keys and cellphone.

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Lanes shutting down Monday on US 45 off-ramp to Watertown Plank

Feb. 11, 2013 9:18 a.m. |  

 
Starting at 9 a.m. today (Monday, Feb. 11), two of the three lanes on the southbound off-ramp from US 45 to Watertown Plank Road will be closed for watermain repair work. 
 
Work may continue until the end of the day.  Motorists are advised to expect delays at the ramp location. 
 

Police say man robbed at gunpoint while passenger of own car

Feb. 05, 2013 3:04 p.m. | A 21-year-old Menomonee Falls man's day took a turn for the worse when, while getting out of his parked car at Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, an armed man jumped out at him yelling "Yeah, you know what time it is!"

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The victim wasn't seven steps past his car before being forced back into it at gunpoint at 2:10 p.m. Jan. 29. His two assailants took positions in the driver seat and in the back seat.

The driver said for the other alleged robber to keep the heat on the victim, which prompted the other man to punch the victim in the head while holding a gun on him.

The victim was forced to take his pants off and empty his pockets while his captors drove his car. He gave them his cellphone, wallet and credit cards before being unceremoniously kicked out of his car. He lost $1,743.

Two Wauwatosa women reportedly followed by same man

Feb. 05, 2013 11:35 a.m. | Two women reported being followed by an Indian man in his early-to-mid 20s while walking through Hart Park last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police reports:

A woman's shortcut through Hart Park ended in a terrified run from a man who had been following her.

The woman had been shopping at Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St., and was walking through Hart Park between 1 and 2 p.m. Jan. 29 when she noticed she was being followed.

At first, she thought nothing of it and changed her direction a few times. Her pursuer changed his direction as well. She started jogging. He started jogging. She broke into a flat-out run. He ran as well.

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Wauwatosa police say botched break in led to blocked burglary

Feb. 05, 2013 10:14 a.m. | While sitting down for dinner, residents in the 900 block of North 115th Street heard the telltale "click" of their breezeway door closing. Not expecting company, one of them went to the front door to find a crouched-down 14-year-old Milwaukee boy. Upon seeing the owners, the boy took off, running around the house and out of sight.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowners immediately called police, who combed the area looking for the boy. They found him riding a bike taken from a garage a few houses down.

They stopped him and asked him to empty his pockets. Batteries and another object fell out, but due to his actions, they thought that wasn't everything.

He was asked to let officers pat him down, which he flatly refused. Although the boy was 14, he was much larger than the officers and fought against their attempts to bring him down until he was struck three times in the hip.

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Wauwatosa homeowner chases burglars with car

Feb. 05, 2013 10:07 a.m. | A Wauwatosa homeowner tried to chase down burglars with his car after coming home to discover them in the process of breaking into his house last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowner pulled up to his house in the 2600 block of North 72nd Street on Jan. 29 and found a broken-in door and a SUV with three or four people in it and the engine running. The SUV screamed away and the man gave chase.

The homeowner stopped following the SUV after it ran through red lights.

He came home to a pried-open door, a ransacked home and missing electronics including a television and gaming system. He believes the burglary happened between 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

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Police say car thief was startled to find 5-year-old in back seat

Feb. 04, 2013 5:06 p.m. | A stolen car was found near Wauwatosa Avenue and Center Street on Jan. 30, abandoned not far from where it had been taken. The 5-year-old boy who had been in the backseat was still in the vehicle.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer saw a man fitting the suspect's description walking along 75th Street, breathing heavily. When the officer approached, the man looked around nervously and said he had just gotten off the bus. The officer, noting the proximity to the stolen car and the man's heavy breathing, handcuffed him and put him in the back of his squad.

"What happened?" the officer asked multiple times, adding that someone had taken a car and it was a good thing it had been found and no one was hurt. He added that the car thief must have gotten scared and run away because there was a child in the back. Hesitant at first, the man finally said that "something like that" happened.

"That's why I got out," the 19-year-old Milwaukee said after the officer asked if he knew the child was in the back before he took the car.

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Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

Wauwatosa East, West girls basketball photos now online

Feb. 04, 2013 10:16 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Saturday's girls basketball game between Wauwatosa East and host Wauwatosa West.

West opened up a 13-point halftime lead on the way to a 60-44 victory, which improved the Trojans to 8-10 overall. East fell to 3-15.

Girls basketball: Wauwatosa East vs. Wauwatosa West photo gallery.

Community Watch

» Your snow photos: It's back and it's beautiful 2/27

» Police say man called in bomb threats to get revenge on ex 2/26

» Assault rifle, pistols taken from home, Wauwatosa police say 2/25

» Wauwatosa police say couple coordinated children's clothes caper 2/25

» Man burglarized and vandalized ex's home, Wauwatosa police say 2/25

» WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches 2/24

» Tosa East can't keep up with top-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran in regional final 2/23

» Mihelich's buzzer-beater nips Popes 2/22

» Wauwatosa police say Starbucks tip jar bandit gets away, again 2/20

» Early disadvantage hurts Trojans 2/19

» DOT says new signal technology will ease traffic on Highway 100 2/15

» Gas main closed after break in Wauwatosa 2/15

» Wauwatosa police say diners threw glass at waitress over tip 2/13

» Man found with marijuana candy, police say 2/11

» Man arrested after pulling steering wheel of ex's car, police say 2/11

» Lanes shutting down Monday on US 45 off-ramp to Watertown Plank 2/11

» Police say man robbed at gunpoint while passenger of own car 2/5

» Two Wauwatosa women reportedly followed by same man 2/5

» Wauwatosa police say botched break in led to blocked burglary 2/5

» Wauwatosa homeowner chases burglars with car 2/5

» Police say car thief was startled to find 5-year-old in back seat 2/4

» Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings 2/4

» Wauwatosa East, West girls basketball photos now online 2/4

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