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63rd Street home suffers basement fire

March 17, 2012 10:36 p.m. | The home at 2409 N. 63rd St. suffered severe smoke damage after a basement fire Saturday evening.

According to a statement released by Fire Chief Rob Ugaste:

The home's owner was home alone at the time of the fire and was able to get out of the house before fire crews arrived.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke when the entered the home, and smoke could be seen coming from the second-story windows. However, they were able to contain the fire to the basement.

The home owner was taken to Froedert Hospital for evaluation.

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Police stop man for speeding, make pot bust

March 14, 2012 2:42 p.m. | A 21-year-old Franklin man was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell after police allegedly found 94.48 grams of the drug and $2,200 in his vehicle March 5.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was driving west on Burleigh and was stopped for speeding in the 12300 block about 1 a.m. March 5. A total of 64.99 grams of marijuana was found in a jar while the rest was stashed in four plastic bags. The cash was found in a sealed envelope.

Police said the value of the marijuana, could only be determined depending on the drug's quality which was not known at the time of the arrest.

Police also found a receipt in the car indicating that the man had been released Jan. 18 from Milwaukee County Jail, where he had been held after a drug possession arrest.

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Event planners may have to pay for police in Wauwatosa

March 14, 2012 1:18 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department has spent more than $9,000 on overtime to oversee politically motivated gatherings in a year's time.

Police presence and crowd control were provided for events that supported Gov. Scott Walker, as well as those that pushed for his recall. In each case, no reimbursement was provided.

The Community Development Committee on Tuesday recommended changing an ordinance so the city can recoup similar costs in the future. The issue will go to the entire Common Council for a vote at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The city requires organizers of parades, charity runs and other activities that take place on roadways to apply for a permit from the Police Department. Police Chief Barry Weber then determines staffing levels and overtime costs based on the area that will need patrolling and projected attendance.

The proposed changes would expand the rules to special events on public and private property.

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Grandma busted for drunken driving with toddler in car

March 14, 2012 8:19 a.m. | Grandmothers tend to conjure up thoughts of love and protection. Driving drunk with a 1-year-old grandson in the backseat is not part of that heart-warming image.

But that's what a 50-year-old Racine woman is accused of doing after she left Red Lobster on Mayfair Road last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Carmen Taylor has been charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, driving with a revoked license and drunken driving with a child in the vehicle.

Restaurant management called police after Taylor allegedly got intoxicated and used obscenities with the waitstaff during her meal. They were worried as she put the little boy into the vehicle and got into the driver's seat at 3:42 p.m. March 5.

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Man accused of ignoring police warning and driving drunk anyway

March 14, 2012 6:32 a.m. | A 58-year-old Brookfield man apparently was so sure he was fine to drive that he got behind the wheel despite a warning from cops and the fact that a designated driver was on her way to pick him up.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Staff at Mo's Irish Pub refused to continue serving the man and his friend after they became highly intoxicated and disruptive. As they got into a vehicle at 2:37 a.m. Saturday, bar employees called police.

Officers arrived before he had pulled out of the parking lot. To convince him he was too drunk to drive, he was given a breath test. His blood-alcohol content was 0.21.

The man called his wife, who said she'd be at the restaurant to pick him up in 10 minutes. Then he thanked police for the help and officers left.

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Women use knife, bat in fight over a man

March 13, 2012 8:40 p.m. | Two women - one armed with a knife, the other with a bat - fought in the front yard of a Wauwatosa home Sunday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two Milwaukee women, ages 21 and 26, showed up at a home in the 2300 block of 95th Street at 4 p.m. Sunday looking for a 22-year-old woman who lives in the home. While the mother tried to get them to leave, the Wauwatosa woman armed herself with a kitchen knife and headed into the yard.

She confronted the visitors - who had come to fight after an exchange of heated texts about a man - and told them to leave. The older woman grabbed an aluminum baseball bat from her vehicle and handed it to her friend. The friend struck the Wauwatosa woman in the head.

In response, the Wauwatosa woman lunged with the knife, cutting the 21-year-old woman's shirt and leaving marks on her chest.

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Drunken woman arrested for trespassing, spitting on officers

March 13, 2012 8:28 p.m. | A 30-year-old Milwaukee woman got drunk, broke into a Wauwatosa home and spit on officers who arrested her early Saturday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A resident of the 2300 block of North 72nd Street was watching over the home of his honeymooning neighbors when he noticed clothing, dog food and mail strewn across the lawn. When he went to check it out, he found a highly intoxicated woman screaming about someone being killed.

She left before police arrived, but officers found her stumbling along 69th Street at 2:30 a.m. March 10. She couldn't recall what had transpired that night and became belligerent. As an officer arrested her for trespassing, she tried to kick him in the groin. She spit on one officer's shirt and in the other's face. Then she proceeded to spit about 25 times around the prisoner compartment of the squad car.

In addition to trespassing, she was arrested for discharging bodily fluids on police officers.

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Men pepper-sprayed after jewelry deal in food court goes bad

March 13, 2012 5:48 p.m. | Two men got pepper-sprayed near the restrooms in the Mayfair food court after a jewelry sale went bad Saturday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two Milwaukee men, ages 26 and 34, were waiting in line to buy food when they were approached by a 68-year-old Milwaukee man, who asked if they were interested in buying jewelry. They moved to the area outside the restrooms, where one of the potential buyers slipped on a ring.

When he didn't pay, an argument ensued and the seller started feeling threatened. He sprayed the men and took off.

When the seller was found, he was intoxicated. His criminal record showed 46 past arrests.

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Scout project lets you dedicate a North Avenue flag to a loved one

March 13, 2012 2:58 p.m. | The opportunity to honor military personnel and other members of the community made a new program involving the flags along North Avenue an attractive Eagle Scout project to Matt Barrett.

The sophomore at Wauwatosa West High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 111 has taken on a project that was the brainchild of the Kiwanis Club and former alderman Richard Bachman.

Community members are invited to buy a flag to dedicate to a veteran or other person, and the flag will be displayed on a light pole between 76th and 124th streets along North Avenue before being given to the purchaser as a keepsake.

To buy a flag, send a check for $100 to the Treasurer at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave., along with your name and contact number. The money will be used to buy a gold flag post - instead of the traditional silver ones - and an American flag with the name of the person being honored on border, the Scout said. Ten dollars of each purchase will be donated to a veterans hospital or veterans charity.

"People can get them in memorial, honor of or in dedication to someone," Matt said. "They will fly for a time, (from) before Memorial Day to after Labor Day."

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Plan Commission gives green light to auto parts store

March 13, 2012 8:56 a.m. | An O'Reilly Auto Parts may not rank as the preferred business to fill the building that formerly housed Blockbuster in East Tosa from the neighborhood residents' standpoint. However, it's a better option than a vacant building, the Plan Commission decided Monday,

After nearly four hours of discussion, the commission unanimously recommended the city grant conditional use to operate the auto parts store at 61st Street and North Avenue.

"I don't think it fits the vision of the community," Commissioner John Albert said. "But it's clearly better than an empty building."

The commission's support came with a few conditions aimed at helping the business better fit the neighborhood. For instance, there was a desire to see more green space by possibly taking out a few of the 40-plus parking spots. Auto repair in the parking lot would be prohibited.

Other conditions suggested by city staff were dropped, namely requirements to put security cameras on site and share its parking lot with neighboring businesses.

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Get the skinny on Highway 100 road work at March 20 meeting

March 12, 2012 5:22 p.m. | People interested in learning about the plans to improve Mayfair Road between Walnut Road and Burleigh Street can attend a public information meeting March 20.

Representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and consultants from Payne & Dolan will be available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 20 in the Community Room on the lower level of the Mayfair North Tower, 2600 N. Mayfair Road, to talk about the project schedule and access to businesses during construction.

Project goals include creating a smoother riding surface, increasing the road's capacity, increasing the vertical clearance under the Highway 45 bridge and installation of new lighting, signs and pavement markings.

The project is scheduled to be finished by fall so all lanes of traffic will be open prior to the holiday shopping season, DOT officials said.

Child's death spurs leaders to evaluate safety of city's railroad crossings

March 12, 2012 4:23 p.m. | Changes meant to improve pedestrian and driver safety at State Street railroad crossings likely will begin with simple, inexpensive measures, but city officials foresee more substantial efforts in the coming years.

"The city must turn the recent tragedy into an opportunity to improve the safety of this city by making this area as safe as possible," City Administrator James Archambo said. "We can never make any place 100 percent safe, but we intend to do all that we can to move as close as possible to that goal."

He was referring to the death of Joey Kramer, the Longfellow Middle School student who was crossing 68th and State streets when he was hit by a train Feb. 27.

Wauwatosa, state and railroad officials got talks about State Street crossing safety rolling March 7. The meeting was attended by Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner Jeff Plale and his lead investigator, representatives from the Federal Railroad Administration and Canadian Pacific Railroad, staff from State Sen. Leah Vukmir's office and Wauwatosa department heads.

The state Office of the Railroad Commissioner called the meeting to consider safety upgrades for pedestrians and vehicles along the State Street corridor, from Harwood Avenue to 63rd Street.

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Ehley, Donegan square off in March 26 candidate forum

March 12, 2012 4:14 p.m. | Wauwatosa mayoral candidates Peter Donegan and Kathy Ehley will face off in a forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 26 in the Civic Center Auditorium at City Hall.

Alderman Peter Donegan and Kathy Ehley, executive director of the Village Business Improvement District, will provide comments and answer questions about issues facing Wauwatosa. The audience will have a chance to pose questions to the candidates.

Wauwatosa NOW, the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County and the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the forum. The league, a non-partisan civic organization, will provide the moderator and each sponsoring organization will provide questions for the candidates.

Medical College wins $10M to study bleeding disorder

March 12, 2012 4:12 p.m. | A $10 million grant will allow The Medical College of Wisconsin to study Von Willebrand disease, the most common hereditary bleeding disorder.

The money from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Program will be used to research genetic causes of low or abnormal von Willebrand factor, which is necessary for normal blood clotting, according to an MCW news release.

The disease, which affects men and women, is typically mild. But aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs can make the condition worse. The study will determine the clinical and genetic characteristics of a large number of patients as well as carriers of genes for various forms of the disease.

In addition, there are seven primary clinical centers - Milwaukee, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Iowa City - and more than 25 secondary clinical centers throughout the United States that recruit research subjects and send the samples to Wauwatosa for the specialized testing. More than 600 families have been recruited for this project.

Robert R. Montgomery, a professor of pediatrics at the Medical College, senior investigator at the Blood Research Institute and pediatric hematologist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, is principal investigator for the grant.

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