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Summer school expands as interest picks up

March 30, 2010 10:56 p.m. | A quarter of the students attending Wauwatosa's two public high schools have provided feedback about their interests related to the school district's summer school program.

That information has been used by administrators to increase the number of class offerings for this coming summer and will guide the development of more courses for future years, said Beth Erhenberger, director of student learning.

High school students saw a five-question survey pop up when logging into their school computer accounts. Of the respondents, 18 percent planned to enroll in summer school courses to make up classes in which they did not perform well.

But a much larger population - 46 percent of those surveyed - want to earn extra credits or to complete a course to clear time in their fall schedules for electives.

Students want options

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Woman's purse snatched at Outpost Foods

March 27, 2010 3:54 p.m. | A 58-year-old New Berlin woman had her purse snatched and eyeglasses knocked off by a robber in the Outpost Foods parking lot Thursday afternoon.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The victim said she had been loading groceries into the back of her vehicle when she saw a car pull up behind her. A woman walked toward her, so she expected to be asked for directions. Instead, the woman demanded her purse and grabbed it.

The victim yelled for help several times, but no one responded. So she continued to cling to her purse and the robber pushed her and knocked her to the ground. Her eyeglasses were bent in the struggle and knocked off her face.

The robber finally got the purse, ran to her car and sped off.

Pizza parlor to open in Baby Grand location

March 26, 2010 1:36 p.m. | A pizza parlor will replace a piano bar on Blue Mound Road this week.

The last notes were played at The Baby Grand Piano Bar on Saturday. Now Jo Jo's Pizza & Pub is moving into the space at 11302 W. Blue Mound Road.

The eatery will serve pizza, sandwiches, beer and cocktails, and should be open by 4 p.m. Friday, manager Tony Fugarino said. Wauwatosa Common Council has approved its liquor and beer licenses, but a health inspection needs to be conducted before opening.

Jo Jo's is owned by Tony's brother, Joseph Fugarino. Wauwatosa residents likely will recognize him as the original owner of Jo Jo's Martini Lounge on Mayfair Road. While he sold off the lounge, he still operates the martini business at Summerfest.

With only a few months until the Big Gig, the brothers will start off their pizzeria business with dine-in and carry-out dinner service. In the future, lunch and delivery service will be added, Tony Fugarino said.

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Money available to cover homeowners' June 2008 flooding costs

March 25, 2010 3:02 p.m. | Homeowners who experienced basement backups after the heavy rains of June 2008 may be eligible to receive money to prevent such problems from occurring in the future.

City Engineer Bill Wehrley sent a letter this week to residents who reported flooding in their homes. But he suspects there are more homeowners who had basement backups and resulting damage to their homes and belongings.

"I think a lot of people just never bothered to report it," he said.

Now is the time to do so, he added. The federal government has awarded $6 million for Wisconsin residents who had surface flooding and basement backups due to the rainfall.

Homeowners can apply for a share of these funds to help with repair costs and to install preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of repeat flooding. For instance, installing a sump pump - or a second sump pump if the first one had a hard time keeping up during the heavy rainfall - may not only protect the individual homeowner, but also reduce the overall amount of water getting into the city's sanitary sewer system.

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Woman convicted of child neglect

March 24, 2010 7:28 a.m. | A Wauwatosa woman was convicted of misdemeanor child neglect after her young children exited the house while she slept Friday afternoon.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A woman walking her dog saw a 3-year-old girl walking on the sidewalk in the 6300 block of West Lloyd Street wearing only a diaper and T-shirt at 3:30 p.m. She assumed a caregiver was close by so she continued on her way. But when she passed by again 20 minutes later, the child was still outside in the 55-degree, windy weather. The little girl walked into the street trying to cross to see the dog.

Officers approached the child, who said her mom was sleeping. She led them into her house, and the officers found Bethany Lohman, 29, asleep on the couch.

They woke her up and explained the girl had been outside for some time. She then panicked, saying her 1-year-old son also was missing. They found him on the upstairs front porch where the railing was falling apart and dangerous items like lighter fluid and charcoal were kept.

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Options for preventing sewer backups to be discussed Tuesday

March 24, 2010 12:00 a.m. | Wauwatosa homes experience more basement backups during heavy rain storms that most other communities served by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District, according to information shared by the city engineer last week.

Nine municipalities, including Wauwatosa, reported having basement backups in June 2008 and June 2009. Fourteen other municipalities had backups after only one of those storms, and four municipalities reported that basements stayed dry in both events.

"In terms of how we rate in the metro area, we are on the wetter side," City Engineer Bill Wehrley told the Common Council's Budget and Finance Committee on March 16.

The committee has been discussing how the city can prevent basement backups in the future. Increasing the size of city sanitary sewer pipes, adding storage reservoirs and requiring owners of older homes to disconnect floor drains from the sewer are all ideas that have been brought up.

Bigger pipes could come with a big price tag - $7 million to $9 million just for a handful of areas in the city where studies have been done so far - but access would be fairly easy and results would be immediately seen.

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Man arrested twice in three days

March 23, 2010 10:36 p.m. | A Milwaukee man who was arrested for stealing from cars in the Mayfair Mall parking lot, was picked up again at the shopping center only three days later.

According to Wauwatosa police:

An officer at the mall recognized the 31-year-old man while walking through Macy's at 4:10 p.m. March 16 because of his prior arrest. He had been banned from the mall and signed a document to that effect. He was supposed to go to jail for the thefts March 18.

When the man and his friend, a 25-year-old Milwaukee man, saw the officer, they ran out of the mall toward their vehicle.

The older man was arrested for trespassing and bail jumping. The younger man was allowed to leave but when he tried to start the car, it wouldn't work. Officers realized they had hot-wired the car.

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36 grams of pot found in man's car

March 23, 2010 10:30 p.m. | A 23-year-old Wauwatosa man has been charged with marijuana possession with intent to deliver after more than 36 grams of pot and a lot of cash were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop at 60th and Vliet streets March 17.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The license plate showed an expired registration, but a 2010 registration sticker was on the vehicle, so an officer pulled over driver James Bloczynski for questioning. Immediately, the officer could smell marijuana. Several bags full of the drug, three cell phones and $500 - consistent with items used in drug dealing - were seized from the vehicle.

He is expected in Milwaukee County court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Tosa artist featured on Channel 10 auction

March 22, 2010 3:50 p.m. | A Wauwatosa resident has been selected as one of four featured artists for this year's Channel 10 Great TV Auction that will air April 23 through May 1.

Reginald Baylor, 43, uses bold and bright colored paints and straight lines to create a stained-glass window effect in his works. Throughout the auction, prints of Baylor's piece, "Variety," will be available to bid on and a video about his career and painting will be broadcast.

He has fine arts and art education degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and worked for the Laguna Beach and Newport Beach art museums in California. In the late 1990s, he moved back to Wisconsin and has been working from a studio in Milwaukee's Third Ward.

In 2008, he was selected for a one-month artists' residency at Ragdale, a retreat located on the grounds of Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw's 1897 summer home in Lake Forest, Ill. It was after that retreat, where he was immersed in art and surrounded by fellow emerging artists, that he decided to become a full-time artist. Before that, he was a truck owner/operator and did painting on the side.

Since then, he has pursued his painting career and is finishing his yearlong, artist-in-residence position at the Pfister Hotel.

Share thoughts about use of new county park in Tosa

March 22, 2010 2:14 p.m. | A 55-acre parcel of land directly north of the Milwaukee County Parks Administrative Building has been dedicated as park land.

A public input session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss potential future uses and improvements on this property.

This park land is surrounded by the Menomonee River Parkway, Underwood Creek Parkway, Hoyt Park, Hansen Golf Course, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Complex and the proposed UWM Innovation Park.

The public is invited to attend this informal meeting, during which people will be able to view maps and discuss the site with Parks Department representatives.

Hoyt Park pool plan gets final OK from city

March 17, 2010 12:10 p.m. | Things are going swimmingly for the Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool as the Common Council on Tuesday approved the group's request to operate a pool, bathhouse and concession at the park.

The vote of support was nearly unanimous. Alderman Dennis McBride had to refrain from voting because he sits on the Friends' board.

The group has raised $7.7 million in funds from private donors and Milwaukee County to build a community pool with features like eight lap lanes, a zero-depth entry and a water slide. A community campaign is expected to get under way soon to raise another $500,000 for amenities like diving boards and tot water play equipment.

Construction could begin this spring and the Friends are hoping for a Memorial Day 2011 opening.

New medical building seeks financing help from rare Tosa bond sale

March 17, 2010 9:15 a.m. | The developer of a three-story medical office building under construction in Wauwatosa is seeking financing help through an unusual city bond issue.

The city Redevelopment Authority this week granted preliminary approval to an $18 million conduit bond sale for the 60,000-square-foot building, at 2999 N. Mayfair Road.

The bond issue is not a city loan to building developer Mayfair Medical Properties LLC, said Nancy Welch, Wauwtosa's director of community development.

Mayfair Medical would be responsible for repaying the debt. However, the city's role as a conduit means the bonds would be tax-exempt, allowing Mayfair Medical to pay a lower interest rate to investors who buy the bonds.

The bond sale will require final approval from the Redevelopment Authority board after a public hearing, Welch said. That hearing has not yet been scheduled. It marks the first such bond issue by Wauwatosa since 1998, she said. However, Milwaukee and other cities are routinely involved in such bond sales.

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Sushi bar to open on Mayfair Road

March 17, 2010 8:50 a.m. | A sushi restaurant is planning to open on Mayfair Road in mid-April.

Ginza Sushi Bar is set to occupy a 2,000-square-foot space in 1 Mayfair Place, 2727 Mayfair Road. It will be owned by Fang Ping Xiao, who's already known to Wauwatosa diners as the owner No. 1 Chinese Restaurant on 61st Street and North Avenue.

In addition to raw fish dishes, the bar will serve cocktails. The Common Council on March 2 approved issuing Xiao licenses to sell beer and liquor at the business.

St. Pat's Day to bring extra police patrols

March 16, 2010 6:06 p.m. | Call a taxi, designate a driver, walk or take a bus. Those are safe methods of transportation from bars, restaurants and parties after celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Wednesday.

"We want people not to drink and drive," Wauwatosa police Lt. Tim Sharpee said. "There's got to a better way to get home."

For those people who are considering imbibing on St. Patrick's Day and getting behind the wheel, the Southeast Wisconsin Drunk Driving Task Force will have 119 squad cars stationed around the Milwaukee metropolitan area looking for impaired drivers.

Wauwatosa participates in that task force and will target areas around popular St. Pat's hangouts and high-traffic thoroughfares in the city. Using funds from grants to crack down on speeding, aggressive driving and drunken driving, more than a dozen officers will patrol the streets from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 3 a.m. Thursday.

Wauwatosa police also encourage people who see a drunken driver on the road to call the station for assistance.

Leff's employee arrested after brawl at bar

March 16, 2010 12:32 p.m. | An employee of Leff's Lucky Town was arrested for disorderly conduct after police say she instigated a fight that left two people battered at the bar early Sunday morning.

She was fired immediately following the incident, bar owner Chris Leffler said.

We do not tolerate this activity in Leff's," he said.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A 29-year-old woman, an off-duty employee, got angry when she was bumped by a female patron at 12:21 a.m. March 14. They women exchanged words, then the patron was pulled from her bar stool by the employee's boyfriend and dragged across the floor.

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Two arrested for multiple thefts at Mayfair

March 16, 2010 8:50 a.m. | Two people - one an employee and one a patron - were arrested for repeated thefts at stores in Mayfair Mall in separate incidents over the past week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The first arrest came March 8 at Abercrombie & Fitch, when a 20-year-old Milwaukee man who worked for there set off the theft alarm when he left for the night. He had a bag with two pairs of jeans and a leather jacket, which still had the security tag on it. Since store policy stipulates all employee purchases had to be rung up by a manager, his boss was suspicious.

It soon was determined that he had taken 67 items, valued at $3,437, since Dec. 1. He told officers that he had been selling the items to friends for cash to help his out-of-work parents make ends meet.

In an unrelated incident, a 33-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for retail theft after she tried to return dresses she had just pulled from the sales floor at Macy's at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday.

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Man robbed at knifepoint outside his home

March 16, 2010 7:54 a.m. | A young man was robbed at knifepoint in front of his home Wednesday evening.

According to Wauwatosa police:

As the 21-year-old victim was pulling into the driveway in the 600 block of Elm Spring Avenue about 10 p.m., he saw a man walking on the sidewalk.

He opened the door to the back seat and leaned in to collect some belongings. When he stood up, he realized the man was directly behind him displaying a pocket knife.

The robber grabbed the man's grocery bag, tore it and items fell on the ground. Then he poked the tip of the knife into the victim's side and demanded money.

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Two charged in beating of Tosa cross country runners

March 15, 2010 2:30 p.m. | The two Brookfield men suspected of attacking four Wauwatosa West High School cross country runners last fall have been charged with disorderly conduct.

Charges were filed last week in Waukesha County Circuit Court against David Jameson and Jonathan Bibb, both 18-year-old Brookfield residents. The two are accused of beating four Wauwatosa West students Oct. 21 while the athletes were on a routine practice run through Brookfield's Lamplighter Park.

The charges, brought by Assistant Waukesha District Attorney Kevin Osborne, are considered a class B misdemeanor and carry a maximum penalty of $1,000, 90 days in jail or both.

Charges against a third suspect, who is 16, were filed in Children's Court last week by Waukesha County District Attorney Ted Szczupakiewicz, but a request for information had not been processed as of NOW's press deadline.

According to the criminal complaint against Jameson and Bibb and Brookfield police reports:

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Wauwatosa schedules meeting on Waukesha's Lake Michigan water plan

March 15, 2010 11:04 a.m. | Waukesha officials will discuss a pending application to buy Lake Michigan water and discharge treated wastewater to Underwood Creek at a public information meeting scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. March 22 in the Firefly Room at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.

Waukesha has proposed distributing about 10.9 million gallons of lake water a day to meet the average daily demand of customers after 2035. The city is seeking lake water as a substitute for radium-contaminated water pumped out of the city's deep sandstone wells.

A Great Lakes protection compact requires a community that diverts water out of the lake's drainage basin to return most of it back to the lake as treated wastewater.

The city's draft application recommends discharging Waukesha's treated wastewater to Underwood Creek at W. Blue Mound Road. The creek flows through Wauwatosa to its confluence with the Menomonee River.

Waukesha's wastewater would not degrade the stream's water quality or spur algae growth, according to a consultant hired by the city.

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Trojans' season ends in regional final

March 13, 2010 8:59 p.m. | For the 10th consecutive season, the Wauwatosa West girls basketball team's season has ended short of the sectional.

And for the second straight season, the Divine Savior Holy Angels Dashers extended the Trojans' streak.

DSHA's Kelly Brandenburg scored 15 points to lead her team to a 46-38 victory over West (17-7) in a regional final at DSHA on Saturday.

The Dashers (17-7) broke the game open with a 15-0 run from the end of the second quarter into the third, a run that snapped an 18-18 tie. DSHA never led by fewer than seven points the rest of the way.

The Trojans struggled to get into an offensive flow. Through three quarters, they had 16 turnovers compared to 20 shot attempts.

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Republican Party hosts Tosa candidate forum

March 11, 2010 3:58 p.m. | Candidates running for seats on the Wauwatosa Common Council will present their views about city issues during a debate at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Wauwatosa Women's Club, 1626 N. Wauwatosa Ave.

Candidates from the contested races in districts 1, 2, 3 and 8 will answer questions posed by the local branch of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County.

The public is invited to attend.

Ann Phillips wins honor for Ronald McDonald House 'secret garden'

March 11, 2010 3:56 p.m. | Wauwatosa resident Ann Phillips has been chosen as the International Society of Arboriculture Gold Leaf Award recipient for her work in the garden of the local Ronald McDonald House.

She has led a group of fellow Master Gardeners in creating and maintaining "the secret garden," a place of comfort and solitude for families dealing with a seriously ill child. Plantings, a gazebo, wishing pond and pathways are some of the amenities of the private, walled garden.

She will receive the award April 12 at the Ronald McDonald House on Watertown Plank Road.

Help us choose the All-Suburban teams and you could win Bucks tickets

March 11, 2010 7:21 a.m. | Want to weigh in on who you think are the best boys and girls basketball players in the suburban area?

Now's your chance, as we're asking high school hoops fans to help us select the annual NOW Newspapers All-Suburban boys and girls basketball teams, and the Players of the Year.

We've nominated the top players in the area to fill 10 spots on each honors team and we're asking you to pick the players that you think are the best in the NOW Newspapers coverage area.

When the fan voting is over, your votes - along with the votes of our sports staff - will determine the makeup of our All-Suburban Teams. And one lucky person will win a pair of lower-level tickets to a Milwaukee Bucks game just for voting!

Vote for the boys team

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Brookfield man charged with sexual assault of Falls teen

March 10, 2010 6:22 p.m. | A 48-year-old Brookfield man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met at a Menomonee Falls gas station.

According to a copy of a criminal complaint, Sunil K. Singh talked the Menomonee Falls girl into getting into a car Saturday before getting her drunk, groping her and driving to an apartment building in the 11000 block of W. Meinecke Ave. in Wauwatosa.

According to the complaint, Singh threatened to kill the girl before dragging her by the wrist into the basement of the building, where he beat her and forced her into sex.

The girl managed to escape to a nearby apartment, where a resident called police.

Singh admitted to police that he provided the girl with alcohol, had sex with her and slapped her several times to keep her from crying.

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Wauwatosa East vs. Oak Creek girls basketball photos now online

March 09, 2010 9:56 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from tonight's first-round girls basketball tournament game between host Oak Creek, a fifth seed, and 12th-seeded Wauwatosa East.

Oak Creek posted a 53-29 victory over the Red Raiders to move to the second round. The Knights will play at No. 4 King at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Man accidentally shoots himself in leg

March 09, 2010 5:44 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man accidentally shot himself in the leg Friday morning with a revolver he kept in his basement.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 22-year-old man was constructing furniture in his basement in the 6400 block of Milwaukee Avenue at 3 a.m. and had been drinking alcohol. He took the .357-caliber revolver that had been sitting on the heat duct and cocked it. It is not known why. When he tried to return the weapon to the uncocked position, it discharged and he was shot about three inches above the knee.

He called his father to tell him about the accident, then he drove around for four hours because he was scared neighbors might have heard the shot and that he would get in trouble. The father went to his son's house and took the gun, then told him to go to the hospital.

Doctors said they did not believe the gun owner had meant to hurt himself and that he was likely embarrassed. He had minor wounds and was released from St. Joseph Hospital that day.

Woman causes scene after long wait in Aldi parking lot

March 09, 2010 5:42 p.m. | If angry drivers on the highway experience road rage, a 54-year-old Milwaukee woman's arrest for disorderly conduct can only be blamed on parking petulance.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The woman was circling the parking lot at Aldi, 12120 W. Burleigh St., looking for a space close to the store entrance. She followed a woman who was returning to vehicle and waited for the car to back out.

Although she did not say how much time had passed, she believed the shopper was taking a long time to leave just to irritate her.

So the woman parked in a different spot and walked to the shopper's car to confront her. She called the other lady a "spoiled brat" and yelled at her about being selfish.

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Woman accused of stealing from two employers

March 09, 2010 5:36 p.m. | A 25-year-old Wauwatosa woman has been arrested for stealing from the North Avenue businesses she worked at and for resisting arrest.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The manager at Mobil Mart reported March 3 that on three occasions money recorded in the cash register totals didn't make it into the bank deposits. In all, about $590 was unaccounted for. The woman was the only person who recorded register totals and dropped off the money for the gas station, so she was fired.

Officers went to her house, but she refused to come outside and speak with them. Instead, she got irate, started pounding on the door from the inside and shouted threats.

On Sunday police were notified she had returned to the gas station, and officers found her walking on North Avenue. She refused to stop for police, quickly turning violent and resisting arrest. She struck the officer in the chest and ripped her uniform shirt, leading to a struggle on the ground.

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Mom cited for kids' chronic truancy

March 09, 2010 3:58 p.m. | A Wauwatosa mother has been cited for truancy because her three sons have only made it to school seven out of 53 days since they've been enrolled in the school district.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 49-year-old woman enrolled one son as a first-grader at Eisenhower Elementary School and her 16- and 17-year-old boys at Wauwatosa West High School in early December. Since then, they have not shown up for class most days.

Often, the mother does not call in her kids' absences, but when they have gotten ahold of her she has provided various excuses, such as being called out of town for family emergencies and bad weather making travel difficult.

Her youngest son allegedly told his teacher that he "was at home watching SpongeBob" when he didn't come to school.

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Three charged in home burglary on 111th Street

March 09, 2010 2:46 p.m. | Three 19-year-old Milwaukee men were each been charged Friday with felony burglary and vehicle theft after a television taken from a Wauwatosa home was found in their car trunk.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The owner of a house in the 4000 block of 111th Street arrived home to find the television missing and rear door kicked in at 11:45 a.m. March 2. Soon she learn a couple hundred dollars of cash was gone, too.

Later that day, Milwaukee Police Department chased and pulled over a vehicle in the 3100 block of North 78th Street. During a vehicle search, the television was found in the trunk.

Abu Bruce, Jarquise Cunningham and Justin Johnson are scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Brookfield man arrested in suspected assault of teen

March 08, 2010 5:44 p.m. | Wauwatosa police have arrested a 48-year-old Brookfield man suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl Saturday, a police spokesman said Monday.

Police expect to refer the case to the Milwaukee County district attorney's office Tuesday, Lt. Dominic Leone said. The man is in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail, Leone said.

The girl, a resident of Menomonee Falls, told police the man abducted her and then sexually assaulted her in an apartment near N. 111th St. and W. Meinecke Ave., police said.

The girl was able to get out of the apartment and call police.

The man was arrested Saturday night while he was driving near the apartment, police said.

Follow tonight's School Board meeting live on Twitter

March 08, 2010 1:22 p.m. | Wauwatosa School Board members tonight will receive updates on the status of district technology, the comprehensive student services model and the number of non-resident students who have applied to attend through the Open Enrollment and Chapter 220 programs.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave.

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 is expected to approve changes to its contract with the Tosa School of the Trades, that will bring the charter school into closer compliance with state and federal guidelines.

The meeting agenda can be viewed and downloaded here on the district's Web site.

UWM wants more time to buy County Grounds site in Tosa

March 08, 2010 12:30 p.m. | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee says it needs more time to buy a Milwaukee County Grounds parcel in Wauwatosa, where the university and its partners plan to develop a science research facility, technology-based business park and other buildings.

UWM was to buy the 89-acre parcel in April after waiving all contingencies by March 31. The land, east of U.S. Highway 45 and north of W. Watertown Plank Road, is being sold for $13.55 million.

But the university had to redesign its layout of the development site after the County Board changed the boundaries of a wildlife habitat zone on the parcel, said David Gilbert, president of the UWM Foundation. That delayed UWM from seeking zoning approval for the proposed development, he said, with the Wauwatosa Plan Commission taking up the issue at tonight's 7 o'clock meeting.

So, the university is asking the County Board to postpone the deadline on waiving contingencies until July 31. The board's Committee on Economic and Community Development recommended approval on a 5-0 vote at its Monday meeting.

The request is being formally made by UWM Innovation Park LLC, an affiliate of the university's real estate foundation.

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Brookfield Central vs. Whitnall, Tosa West basketball photos now online

March 08, 2010 10:30 a.m. | This weekend featured a number of closely contested regional-final boys basketball games and we've posted NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo galleries from two of the top matchups.

Brookfield Central defeated Whitnall, 73-65, in a regional final Saturday to advance to a sectional semifinal and our photo gallery features more than 20 images from the game.

We also have shots of Wauwatosa West's 78-67 loss to Milwaukee Washington that included a post-game tribute to West coach Mike Landisch.

Brookfield Central vs. Whitnall gallery

Wauwatosa West vs. Washington gallery

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Washington's new balance too much for Trojans

March 07, 2010 6:44 a.m. | The two high school boys basketball teams in Wauwatosa might finally have something to collectively agree on.

Playing at Milwaukee Washington in the state tournament is a gauntlet.

Wauwatosa West found it out Saturday night, falling to the Purgolders, 78-67, on the same floor the Red Raiders of Wauwatosa East had the season end a year ago.

Playing without suspended leading scorer Quevyn Winters and fellow junior Dominique Williams, Milwaukee Washington used a balanced attack of four players scoring 15 points or more. Winters and Williams were suspended from play last week after an incident with an official. Coach Jay Kenseth's new game plan served him well against a Wauwatosa West team that came to fight.

“When the door of opportunity closes for someone, it opens for someone else so we're going small and trying to reinvent ourselves,” Kenseth said. “The Tosa West players are great warriors and the coach is one of the kindest people I've ever met in my life.

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Season comes to an end for West boys

March 06, 2010 9:20 p.m. | Milwaukee Washington had four players score 15 points or more Saturday as it defeated Wauwatosa West, 78-67, in a Division 1 WIAA regional final.

Senior Terry Taylor and junior Melvin Cook lead the Purgolders with 17 points each, while senior Sam Krenzien led the Trojans with 21 points.

Washington moves on to face Milwaukee Riverside in the sectional semifinal on Thursday

Wauwatosa West finishes the season with a 16-6 record.

Vote for the All-Suburban Basketball Team and you could win Bucks tickets

March 04, 2010 7:43 a.m. | Want to weigh in on who you think are the best boys basketball players in the suburban area?

Now's your chance, as we're asking high school hoops fans to help us select the annual NOW Newspapers All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team, and the Player of the Year.

We've nominated 14 players to fill 10 spots on the honors team and we're asking you to pick the player that you think is the top basketball player in the NOW Newspapers coverage area.

When the fan voting is over, your votes - along with the votes of our sport staff - will determine the makeup of our All-Suburban Team. And one lucky person will win a pair of lower-level tickets to a Milwaukee Bucks game just for voting!

Vote here.

Orange crush: Landisch returns, leads Trojans onward

March 02, 2010 9:49 p.m. | For the players at Wauwatosa West it's one game at a time.

For the head coach at Wauwatosa West it's one day at time.

Both of those objectives were completed Tuesday night on the Trojans home floor.

Head coach Mike Landisch, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this season, returned to coach his team for the first time since having surgery to remove his kidney and lymph nodes. The Trojans (16-5) didn’t disappoint him, toppling the South Milwaukee Rockets, 67-57, and advancing to the second round of the state tournament. Wauwatosa West plays at Milwaukee Washington at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The stars for Wauwatosa West were seniors Ray Sterling and Sam Krenzein, who combined for 40 points to lead the Trojans. Landisch, however, was the hero for both teams.

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Returning Landisch leads Wauwatosa West past South Milwaukee

March 02, 2010 8:58 p.m. | Mike Landisch, coaching his first game since undergoing treatment for cancer earlier this season, led host Wauwatosa West past South Milwaukee, 67-57, in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 tournament tonight.

Senior forward Ray Sterling scored 25 points to lead the Trojans. Junior Defrim Ramushevski scored 14 for South Milwaukee in the losing effort.

It's the third time Wauwatosa West has beaten South Milwaukee this season.

The Trojans (17-6) advance to Saturday's second round and will face the winner of the No. 14 Oak Creek vs. No. 3 Milwaukee Washington game.

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Library Leadership Luncheon set for March 25

March 02, 2010 5:22 p.m. | Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder will provide the keynote address for the Wauwatosa Public Library Leadership Luncheon on March 25 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

His descriptions of the challenges facing Haiti in his best-seller "Mountains Beyond Mountains" make Kidder's visit timely. The story focuses on a compassionate doctor who fights HIV and tuberculosis in the impoverished country.

In addition to Kidder's speech, Mary Ellen Stanek, Robert W. Baird's managing director and former Wauwatosa resident, will receive the 2010 Arthur B. Kohasky Leadership Award recipient.

She serves on the boards of a dozen organizations including Children's Hospital Foundation, Junior Achievement and United Way.

This annual event celebrates the important role the library plays in the community, while honoring area high school students and an adult whose leadership has had a positive impact on the community, according to a news release from the foundation.

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Public meeting scheduled on Capitol Drive improvements

March 02, 2010 11:46 a.m. | Brookfield - A public information meeting about planned improvements to Capitol Drive between Mayfair Road in Milwaukee County to Highway 74 in Waukesha County is scheduled at the Brookfield Public Safety Building from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation staff will present information in an open house format and will answer questions and record comments. No formal presentation is planned.

The state plans to resurface the road, replace bridges over the Fox River, rehabilitate bridges over Duplainville Road, re-deck the westbound bridge over the Menomonee River Parkway, upgrade traffic signals and make some operational improvements at signalized intersections and medians.

The construction is expected to cost $12.5 million. The stretch of Capitol Drive from Wauwatosa through Brookfield carries from 32,800 to 42,900 vehicles a day, according to DOT spokesman Dennis Shook. That's expected to increase to 51,900 cars a day in 20 years.

In the city of Brookfield, a sidewalk will be constructed along the road between 124th St. and Brookfield Road. In addition, Calhoun Road will be reconstructed for about 800 feet north and south of Capitol Drive.

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Target employee charged with stealing $7,600 in electronics

March 02, 2010 10:22 a.m. | A Target employee who had aspirations of working in loss prevention is accused of taking more than $7,600 in merchandise from the store in the past month.

Ivory Morehouse, 20, of Milwaukee, has been charged with felony theft for taking a total of six digital media players, five televisions and two laptop computers.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Morehouse had been approached by customers to allow them to pay for merchandise with fake checks and in turn they would pay him a portion of what they could sell the good for on the street. He didn't go along with the plan, but he did take one person's phone number.

A week later, he ran into that person at a grocery store and they agreed to meet up the next day in Milwaukee. Morehouse said he had hoped to help take this guy down and get a promotion to a loss prevention position.

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UWM to unveil County Grounds campus plans tonight

March 02, 2010 10:06 a.m. | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee officials will introduce plans tonight for its proposed Innovation Park, which will include an engineering and applied sciences campus, on the County Grounds off Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa.

The plans will be presented to the Wauwatosa Common Council during a Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave. The public is welcome to attend the meeting to learn about the proposed project, but there will be no opportunity for comments or questions during the meeting.

Residents who would like to speak to UWM officials can arrive at 6 p.m. and ask questions prior to the meeting.

The next opportunity for public input will occur during the Plan Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Man arrested after firing shots to get police to respond to theft

March 02, 2010 9:55 a.m. | A 32-year-old Milwaukee man fired shots in the air in an effort to get a faster response from police for a theft he reported early Sunday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Several residents reported hearing three or four shots fired and seeing several men on the street in the 2700 block of North 76th Street about 5:30 a.m. Wauwatosa police responded to the scene and learned he had called Milwaukee Police Department at 2:30 a.m. to report a theft.

He called back more than a dozen times, angry about the time it was taking to respond to his call, and told the dispatcher that if he went outside and fired shots, police would how up faster.

Police went to the man's home in the 2900 block of North 81st Street to take his complaint and investigate the shootings. He had a black semiautomatic handgun out in the open. He was also drunk with a blood-alcohol content of 0.17.

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Jeweler loses $10,000 in phony gold scam

March 02, 2010 9:24 a.m. | A man duped the owner of a Wauwatosa jewelry store was duped into paying $10,000 for what turned out to be fake gold chains and coins.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A customer brought two 14-karat and two 24-karat gold chains and two gold coins in to sell at Gold Emporium, 7024 W. North Ave., at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 23. The owner thought it was unusual for someone to sell 24-karat gold because of its high value, so he weighed the items and examined them for authenticity. Satisfied that they were real, he negotiated a price of $10,000, if the seller was willing to get fingerprinted.

The seller became angry and took back the bag of items, saying he would take his business to downtown Milwaukee. Then he started telling his life story, claiming that he was a military veteran who needed to sell items so he would have money to put toward buying a house. Eventually, he agreed to the fingerprinting, but the store owner backed off the request.

The seller handed back the bag for the money. After he left, the owner realized he had been given an identical bag, but this one was filled with look-alike costume jewelry.

Tosa East student arrested for selling marijuana

March 02, 2010 9:12 a.m. | A 15-year-old Wauwatosa boy has been arrested for drug possession on school and delivery of marijuana after he was seen collecting money from his fellow Wauwatosa East High School students Friday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Staff became suspicious after they saw a group of students huddled around the boy giving him money in the school library at 7:40 a.m.

When he was confronted, he started throwing a chair and punching a life-size Packers cutout. He was found to have seven bags of marijuana, totaling of 7.58 grams of the drug, in his coat pocket.

He was taken to Milwaukee County Children's Court.

Swing into the 2010 Golf Show with free tickets

March 01, 2010 1:50 p.m. | The 2010 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Golf Show starts Friday, and you could win a pair of free tickets by entering our Twitter and Facebook contests.

On Twitter, simply follow MyCommunityNOW and tweet "I want to win free tickets to the #MKE Golf Show from @MyCommunityNOW. RT to win. Details: http://bit.ly/cPficZ"

A random drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday for the three sets of free tickets, with each winner receiving four tickets. Winners must pick tickets up at NOW's Waukesha offices. Winners will be contacted through Twitter before noon on Thursday.

On Facebook, become a fan of the MyCommunityNOW fan page and respond or write on the wall about a story, photo or some other staff work you saw in one of our papers or on one of our Web sites and tell us what you liked or didn't like about that work. Two winners will be picked during a random drawing at 10 a.m. Thursday with each receiving four free tickets. Winners will be contacted through Facebook and must pick tickets up at NOW's Waukesha offices. Winners will be contacted through Twitter before noon on Thursday.

For more information on the golf show, visit the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Golf Show Web site.

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