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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. 
 

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