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Newest alderman earns spot on economic development panel

April 29, 2010 9:30 a.m. | The new District 8 alderman will represent the Wauwatosa Common Council on the Economic Development Advisory Committee.

Craig Wilson told the council members that "he was not interested in biding his time during the first half of his term" simply sitting back and observing." Rather, he wasn't to get involved immediately and saw economic development as an area that could really impact the city.

He convinced many of the other aldermen and won the seat 11-5 over Alderwoman Linda Nikcevich.

Nikcevich, who has represented District 1 for two years, said she's sees a lot of opportunity for development in Wauwatosa and that she wants to see attention given to maintaining the city's small business as well as developing large parcels.

She called this a "critical point" as the city looks to hire an economic development director.

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City's census response rate tops state figure

April 29, 2010 9:28 a.m. | So far, 83 percent of Wauwatosa residents have completed their 2010 census forms and returned the documents to the federal government via the mail.

That number is lower than the 2000 rate of 89 percent, according to numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday. However, it is higher than the national figure by 17 percentage points, the county number by 16 percentage points and the state number by 2 percentage points. Wisconsin had the highest response rate in the state.

Bureau officials expressed content with the numbers because overall the amount of Americans who will respond to surveys by mail has declined and there has been a growing distrust of the government that could have prevented feedback.

The data accumulated through the census process is used to determine the number of congressional seats and how to distribute federal funds to state and local governments.

These rates attempt to take into account the economy's impact on the housing market and the higher number of vacant housing compared with a decade ago. An updated number will be released in fall after census workers double check the occupancy status of all households that didn't return a census form or forms and addresses where forms were returned as "undeliverable."

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Fire causes $115,000 in damage

April 29, 2010 9:26 a.m. | A fire in a two-family home in the 600 block of North 66th Street caused about $115,000 in damage Monday night, officials said.

One of the occupants suffered from minor smoke inhalation, but there were no other injuries.

When firefighters arrived at about 10 p.m., they saw heavy smoke in the neighborhood and one person outside the home who said there was a fire in the basement, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Anton said.

Firefighters conducted a search of the two-story building because it was unknown if anyone was still inside. However, everyone had gotten out of the building, and the fire was contained to the basement and first-floor kitchen. The fire caused heavy smoke damage throughout the house.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.

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Mo's owner seeks government funds for extra parking in Tosa

April 28, 2010 4:52 p.m. | Wauwatosa - Milwaukee restaurant operator John Vassallo, owner of Mo's Irish Pub and other eateries with the "Mo" name, is asking for government funds to build a parking lot, saying it would help create eight jobs.

Vassallo has requested from the city $280,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for the parking lot, which would serve Mo's Irish Pub at 10842 W. Blue Mound Road.

The city, however, says it has only $169,300 in CDBG money available.

Vassallo says the parking lot would enable Mo's to accommodate more customers and, in turn, trigger the need for more employees, the report says.

The report notes that Vassallo has not yet acquired one of the two properties that would be used for the parking lot. And it notes that when Vassallo sought rezoning approval for the parking lot, he said the lot was needed to accommodate existing customers.

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House fire causes $115,000 in damage

April 28, 2010 10:54 a.m. | A fire in a two-family home in the 600 block of North 66th Street caused about $115,000 in damage Monday night.

One of the occupants of the home also suffered from minor smoke inhalation but there were no other injuries.

"On arrival, we encountered heavy smoke conditions in the surrounding neighborhood," Wauwatosa Assistant Fire Chief Mike Anton said. "One occupant was outside home and reporting a fire in the basement."

Firefighters had to ventilate smoke from the building, place hoses to extinguish the fire and conduct a thorough search of the two-story building because it was not known if anyone was still inside.

Everyone had gotten out of the building and the fire was contained to the basement and first-floor kitchen. However, the fire caused heavy smoke damage throughout the house.

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West Allis Hale relay photos now online

April 28, 2010 8:40 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from yesterday's relay meet at West Allis Hale, which featured 14 boys and girls track and field teams from the area.

West Allis Hale won the boys portion of the meet with 117 points, edging out West Allis Central, which had 108.

Brookfield East and DSHA led the girls field with 108 points each.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Chronic shoplifters arrested at Macy's

April 27, 2010 5:44 p.m. | Two people with extensive records were nabbed for retail thefts at the Macy's store at Mayfair Mall on Saturday afternoon.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The first incident occurred at 12:44 p.m., when a 57-year-old Milwaukee woman stuffed eight shirts into a shopping bag and tried to leave the store.

She made it sound like it was her first such arrest and said she took the goods because she lost her manufacturing job in March. She said she needed nice clothing for job interviews.

But a quick background check showed she had 13 prior retail thefts in Wisconsin, 25 in Florida and three in North Carolina.

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Power failure affects Wauwatosa neighborhood

April 27, 2010 4:38 p.m. | Wauwatosa — A power failure is affecting residents and businesses in the area of N. 76th St. and W. Center St.

Wauwatosa police officers are directing traffic in the heavily congested area.

It's not known how long power will be out.

Kids snatch purse from woman who was trying to help them out

April 27, 2010 4:28 p.m. | An elderly woman's kindness was repaid by having her purse taken outside Luther Manor on Saturday afternoon.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The woman was pulling into the parking lot of the senior facility at 4545 N. 92nd St., when three boys walked by. She had her window down, so she heard one of the kids ask for money.

She told him that she usually doesn't give money to strangers, but that they should use the cash for bus fare. As she opened her wallet, the boy reached his arm into the vehicle and snatched the woman's purse.

As the boys ran away, she activated the panic alarm on her keychain. Two employees heard the alarm and chased after the boys, catching one on 92nd Street. The 13-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for robbery and he refused to provide information on his friends.

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Man charged with seventh drunken driving offense

April 27, 2010 3:38 p.m. | A 45-year-old Milwaukee man on Monday was charged with drunken driving for the seventh time. He had been pulled over in Wauwatosa for failing to stop at a sign at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

According to the criminal complaint:

Phillip Jezak drew a patrol officer's attention when he sped through a stop sign at 100th Street and Glendale Avenue.

The officer hurried to catch up with Jezak and pulled him over in the 4800 block of North 110th Street. Jezak told the officer he was on his way home from the grocery store, but he was traveling in the wrong direction.

After failing all the sobriety tests, he was arrested. But he kept pulling his arms away and said "I'm not going to jail" as the officer tried to handcuff him. Jezak apparently had called a friend while the officer was checking his license. That friend arrived as the officer struggled with Jezak, and started yelling at the officer.

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Off-duty police officer's gun stolen from truck

April 27, 2010 2:38 p.m. | A off-duty Milwaukee police officer's personal gun was taken from his vehicle at Buffalo Wild Wings in Wauwatosa on Thursday. According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The officer went into the Mayfair Road restaurant at 9:35 p.m. to pick up an order and when he left the building he saw that his truck's dome light was on and a passenger door was open. His backpack, containing a loaded .40-caliber Glock, was gone.

He said the Glock was his off-duty weapon.

Texting while driving alleged in two-car crash

April 27, 2010 2:04 p.m. | A 19-year-old woman got into a car accident on North Avenue because she was texting while driving, police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The woman said she sent a text while changing lanes in the 8600 block of North Avenue about 9 p.m. April 20. As she was looking forward, she rammed a vehicle in front of her.

The passenger-side air bag was deployed, but the driver-side air bag did not. The woman's head struck the steering wheel, causing her head to bleed. She was taken to Froedtert Hospital and released. She was cited for inattentive driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

The 49-year-old female driver of the car that was struck was not hurt, but her vehicle had severe rear-end damage.

Harley employee crashes into fence

April 27, 2010 1:34 p.m. | A Harley-Davidson employee crashed into a fence while test driving a motorcycle in the company's parking lot.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 57-year-old woman was a new rider practicing motorcycle maneuvers and skills in the employee parking lot, 11700 W. Capitol Drive, at 3:47 p.m. April 18. She noticed the throttle was sticking, so she turned it harder. The bike lurched forward, and she drove into a chainlink fence.

She was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where she was checked for facial injuries and head and arm pain, then released. The bike had severe front-end damage.

Brookfield teen faces juvenile charges in attack on cross-country runners

April 27, 2010 12:40 p.m. | A 17-year-old Brookfield boy suspected of participating in an attack on four Wauwatosa West High School cross-country runners last fall has been charged with delinquency in Waukesha County Children's Court.

According to the delinquency petition, the boy is being charged with disorderly conduct as a party to a crime.

Two 18-year-old Brookfield men, David Jameson and Jonathan Bibb, also have been accused of participating in the beating. They pleaded not guilty last month to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days imprisonment.

A hearing is scheduled for Jameson and Bibb on May 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

The three Brookfield residents are accused of beating four Wauwatosa West students Oct. 21 while the athletes were on a routine practice run through Brookfield's Lamplighter Park.

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Wauwatosa scout rounds up 60 volunteers to plant trees Saturday

April 26, 2010 3:08 p.m. | Rudy Berg and his crew of 60 volunteers Saturday will plant 1,500 trees -- hickory, oak and sugar maple -- at a nature preserve in the Town of West Bend.

Berg, a member of Boy Scout Troop 125 in Wauwatosa, is coordinating the work to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

The trees will be planted on property purchased by the Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation as part of the land trust's 10th annual adopt-a-tree program.

The public can sponsor, or adopt, trees at a cost of $10 for one, $20 for twins, $30 for triplets, $40 for quadruplets and $50 for a family of five, said Holly Bauer, a spokeswoman for the foundation.

Work begins at 9 a.m.

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Idea for regional recycling center re-emerges

April 26, 2010 11:01 a.m. | Wauwatosa - Talk of creating a recycling facility to serve Wauwatosa, Milwaukee and Waukesha County is resurfacing.

The hope is that a regional facility could be more cost-effective for the municipalities. Three years ago, a consultant hired by Waukesha County suggested building a regional facility. The consultant's report proposed various options.

At the time, the county was deciding whether to replace its facility; Milwaukee wanted to relocate its facility in the Menomonee Valley to open that site to development; and Wauwatosa was pondering what to do with its facility, which had been heavily damaged by fire.

Initially, building a facility in Wauwatosa was considered.

Now, officials think that retrofitting Milwaukee's sorting facility at 1311 W. Mount Vernon Ave. would be more cost-effective, Wauwatosa Director of Public Works Bill Kappel said Monday.

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Wisconsin Lutheran Invite photos now online

April 26, 2010 9:21 a.m. | Damp conditions didn't prevent local track-and-field competitors from giving it their all at Wisconsin Lutheran High School on Saturday during the annual co-ed Viking Invitational.

We've just posted a photo gallery from the event, which features athletes from Greenfield, Muskego, Wauwatosa East, West Allis Hale, and Whitnall.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Sewer repair plan would prevent some backups

April 26, 2010 9:14 a.m. | Wauwatosa public works staff expects that the plans to repair the sanitary sewer system in the Ruby Avenue neighborhood would prevent flooding in basements as a result of sewer backups if rain falls at the rate seen during the June storms of 2008 and 2009.

But whether the designed pipe size and pitch could handle the amount of water that fell on the area during floods that occurred in 1997 and 1998 remains up in the air.

Consultants are studying the scenarios before taking the project to the Common Council for approval to complete the design and submit plans to Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District for its approval. Construction could start this summer.

There is a caveat to the expectation of eliminating basement backups, City Engineer Bill Wehrley said. The MMSD's system has to be functioning without any excessive backups that could cause problems down the line.

And there was a "fluke" incident a few years ago when sewage in MMSD's pipes backed up 12 feet, but it didn't occur after a large rainfall. In those unexplained cases, extra precautions, like installing sump pumps and disconnecting foundation drains, would be needed to prevent backups.

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Rain force cancellation of Tosa Field Day

April 24, 2010 11:59 a.m. | Tosa Field Day, which was scheduled to run through 4 p.m. today, has been canceled because of the bad weather.

The open house, hosted by Mayor Jill Didier, was aimed at giving residents a chance to check out and go on the field of Hart Park's new stadium.

There's no word on weather the event will be rescheduled.

Public meeting on County Grounds parkland set

April 23, 2010 2:56 p.m. | Before Wauwatosa's Community Development Committee takes up the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's proposal to build Innovation Park on 88 acres of the County Grounds off Watertown Plank Road, the Milwaukee County Parks Department will hold a meeting to consider what to do with an adjacent 55 acres.

The county will hold a public information session from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Milwaukee County Parks Administration Building, 9480 Watertown Plank Road, to discuss potential future uses of and improvements to the land, recently dedicated as parkland, directly north of the parks building.

County residents can attend to view maps and informally talk about the future of the site with Parks Department representatives.

The city's Community Development Committee will take up the Innovation Park research and graduate studies development proposal at 8 p.m. at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave. The meeting is open to the public.

Environmental concerns raised on UWM plan for County Grounds

April 22, 2010 10:19 a.m. | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's proposal to develop a science research facility, technology-based business park and other buildings at the  Milwaukee County Grounds drew concerns at a public hearing this week.

The hearing is part of the zoning approval process. The Wauwatosa Common Council will decide whether to approve the plan for the 89-acre parcel. The County Board last year approved plans to sell the land, east of U.S. Highway 45 and north of W. Watertown Plank Road, for $13.55 million to UWM Innovation Park LLC, an affiliate of the university's real estate foundation.

"Lack of specific plans, the extent of proposed development and traffic congestion ranked as the most prevalent concerns" among those who spoke at the hearing, says an article in Wauwatosa Now.com, by Stefanie Scott.

The university's plans include a wildlife habitat zone on the parcel.

UWM plans to complete its land purchase by July 31 despite the loss of funding university officials had expected to receive for the project from retired business executive Michael Cudahy.

Woman accused of entering home, taking checkbook

April 21, 2010 5:30 p.m. | A central Wisconsin woman has been accused of entering a Wauwatosa residence, taking a checkbook and trying cash the checks at a West Allis business.

Valentine Van Houten, 28, of Nekoosa was charged Wednesday with burglary and forgery, crimes that carry maximum penalties of up to $35,000 in fines and 18½ years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint:

The resident of a home in the 1500 block of North 124th Street was talking on the phone to her daughter when she heard a knock at the front door at 10:14 a.m. Friday. She saw Van Houten and stepped outside to talk to her.

Van Houten said her vehicle had run out of gas and that she needed money. When the homeowner refused to help, Van Houten grabbed her arm and the phone and ordered her back into the house.

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Big crowd expected at tonight's County Grounds hearing

April 20, 2010 12:00 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents who want to voice support for or opposition to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's plans to build an engineering campus and research park on a portion of the County Grounds will have their opportunity at 7:30 tonight.

The Common Council will hold a public hearing at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave., on two related issues. The first is whether to rezone a portion of the County Grounds at the northeast corner of Highway 45 and Watertown Plank Road. In addition to a graduate studies engineering and applied sciences campus, the proposal calls for creating a research park where small businesses and laboratories could operate, and converting the historic Eschweiler buildings into housing units.

The second portion of the hearing will consider whether to rezone a portion of the land as a conservancy district to protect the wildlife - from foxes to Monarch butterflies - and green space on the County Grounds.

The plan has proven contentious from the moment UWM showed interest in buying and developing the land. In March 2009, a Milwaukee County Board public hearing drew several hundred people. Some expected job creation and a synergy with the neighboring medical campus. Others feared destruction of the migratory path and roosting sites for the Monarch butterfly.

City officials expect to see a council chambers packed with residents from all over Milwaukee County.

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Man charged with assaulting 10-year-old girl

April 20, 2010 6:20 a.m. | An 18-year-old Wauwatosa man has been charged with repeated first-degree sexual assault for inappropriately touching a 10-year-old girl over a four-year period.

Joseph Bagley pleaded not guilty Monday. He is next scheduled to appear in court May 14.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The girl had been watch teen soap opera "DeGrassi," and the episode involved a character who had been molested but waited until she was older to tell her mother. The girl start crying and told her parents that she had been touched by her brother's friend on numerous occasions.

When her parents weren't home and her brothers were not around, he would grope her, involve her in role playing games and other sexual activities, she said.

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Man who led cops on chase charged with felony

April 19, 2010 8:02 p.m. | A 44-year-old Milwaukee man who led officers on vehicle and foot chases and broke a Wauwatosa police officer's hand in a struggle - all to get away with deodorant he had taken from a Walgreens store - has been charged with a felony count of eluding an officer and misdemeanor counts of retail theft and resisting an officer.

After Darin Lee Lloyd was arrested April 10, he said he planned to sell the hygiene products and use the money to buy cocaine. He had concealed 18 deodorant items in his pockets and walked out of the store on Mayfair Road.

If convicted, he faces up to $30,000 in fines and five years in prison. Because he has been convicted of prior felonies, the penalties could be increased.

He is scheduled to appear in Milwaukee County Court for a preliminary hearing Friday.

Police employee charged with keeping drug house placed on leave

April 19, 2010 5:54 p.m. | A Wauwatosa Police Department desk clerk has been put on unpaid administrative leave following charges issued against her for operating a drug house in Milwaukee.

According to a criminal complaint:

Juanita Negrete, 30, was charged with keeping a drug house, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of up to a $10,000 fine and 3 1/2 years in prison. In addition, she was charged with possession of THC, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

Police Department policy prohibits employees from unlawful conduct and misconduct that interferes with performing job duties, said Chief Barry Weber. Negrete is a civilian employee, meaning she is not a sworn officer, but the policy still applies.

The department's investigation will look into whether she used work time or equipment to accomplish any criminal activity, Weber said.

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Woman arrested for drunken driving says she was attacked

April 19, 2010 12:38 p.m. | A 43-year-old Wauwatosa woman, who said she was attacked after she rear-ended another driver's vehicle, was arrested for drunken driving last week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Police received reports of a vehicle with severe damage and with the air bag deployed driving in the 8100 block of Harwood Avenue at 2:39 p.m. April 14. The vehicle had extensive front-end damage, a shattered windshield and a smoking hood.

When officers pulled the woman over, they found her dressed in a bikini top, and she was bare foot. She told police that she had struck another vehicle and the occupants had started attacking her so she fled the scene.

A blood sample was sent out to determine her blood-alcohol content

Small fire quickly extinguished Saturday

April 19, 2010 12:26 p.m. | One resident was treated for minor smoke inhalation when the Wauwatosa Fire Department responded to a fire that broke out at 9:19 p.m. Saturday in the upstairs bedroom of a two-family residence in the 900 block of North 123rd Street.

The fire was likely caused by a short in an extension cord. The fire was contained to one room and damage was estimated at $500.

Residents were on the first floor of the building when they were alerted by neighbors of the fire, which was visible from the exterior, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Anton.

The house was evacuated and one resident tried to extinguish the fire. The Fire Department arrived within two minutes of the call and quickly put out the fire, Anton said.

Two aldermen vying for council president

April 17, 2010 8:14 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council will decide who will serve as its president and representatives on the Plan Commission and the Economic Development Advisory Council during a caucus Tuesday night.

So far, aldermen Don Birschel and Eric Meaux have indicated they would like to be named council president, according to the city clerk's office. Meaux joined the council in 2006, and leads the Traffic and Safety Committee. Birschel has sat on the council since 2004 and ran unopposed for re-election earlier this month. He heads up the council's Licensing, Legislation and Communications Committee.

James Krol, who decided not to seek re-election, is the outgoing council president.

Birschel also wants to be considered for the position of aldermanic representative to the Plan Commission, which he has held since Atis Purins resigned from the council in early 2009.

As for the Economic Development Advisory Council, two people want to become part of that panel: Newcomer Craig Wilson, who will be sworn in as one of the District 8 alderman on Tuesday, and 1st District Alderwoman Linda Nikcevich, who was elected to the council two years ago.

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Spartan Invitational boys track photos now online

April 14, 2010 12:41 p.m. | Area track and field teams got to take their game outdoors at Brookfield East High School and compete in the 41st annual Mike Gain/House of Speed Invite and we've just posted a photo gallery from the event.

Homestead turned in four first-place finishes to capture the team portion of the 15-team competition while Menomonee Falls was second and host East third.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Chili cook-off coming to North Avenue

April 14, 2010 11:14 a.m. | Summer - at least one day of the season - will get hotter this year when a nationally sanctioned chili cooking contest comes to the East Towne district.

The North Avenue Neighborhood Alliance is planning to host Chili'n on the Avenue on July 24, so they need a street festival permit. Alliance President Meg Miller said the group wants to close off North Avenue between 68th and 71st streets and a city parking lot for safety purposes. A music stage, chili village with about 30 chefs, children's area, beer tent and street market of other food and product vendors are expected.

Chili Appreciation Society International is behind the cook-off and it holds more than 600 such events around the world to promote the dish and raise money for local charities. The event likely will draw chili cooks from around Wisconsin, as well as Illinois and Minnesota, offering a lot of exposure to North Avenue, alliance member Bobby Pantuso said.

He hopes the cook-off will become an annual event for the alliance.

State smoking ban may prompt city to repeal local law

April 14, 2010 11:10 a.m. | Attorneys in Wauwatosa's legal department are recommend repealing the city's smoke-free restaurant ordinance to make way for a statewide ban that will prohibit smoking in just about all indoor public places starting July 5.

Although the city is required to follow the state's stricter ban, adopting it as the local ordinance will allow Wauwatosa to enforce the law in municipal court, which means fines from violators would become city revenue.

The existing ordinance, enacted in 2006, prohibits smoking in city restaurants. But exemptions are allowed for eatery/bar combinations that made at least half their gross sales from alcohol or already had smoking areas sealed by walls or doors.

The Community Development Committee on Tuesday unanimously supported doing away with the existing ordinance, but there were a couple of dissenters - Aldermen Robert Dennik and Thomas Herzog - on adopting the state ban.

"I already have a mother, I don't need another one," Alderman Robert Dennik said, referring to a disagreement with government dictating where people can smoke when private businesses are involved.

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Pick 'n Save shoplifter pulls knife on security guard

April 14, 2010 7:12 a.m. | A man trying to get away from a Pick 'n Save security guard pulled a knife Friday afternoon.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A man stuffed eight bottles of vodka, valued at $259, under his jacket and walked out of the Mayfair Road store. The security guard chased him and they started to struggle. As they fought, a car pulled up and the suspect was able to open the passenger door and yell to the driver to give him a knife.

The guard continued to fight with man and hold back the arm holding the knife. Meanwhile, the man slipped out of his sweatshirt, crawled into the vehicle and the dark green Dodge Ram quickly pulled away.

The security guard was not injured.

HHS first, Falls second, BE third in early outdoor boys track slugfest

April 13, 2010 8:51 p.m. | In some cases the athletes were still stretching their legs and getting the spring break kinks out of their system at the first big local outdoor boys track meet of the season at Brookfield East Tuesday.

But in other cases, they were stretching the premise of what was possible, as two meet records were tied and several early state best outdoor times were produced at the 41st annual Mike Gain/House of Speed Invite.

North Shore champion Homestead pulled out the team title with the help of four first place finishes, including two from weightman Justin Barber.

"I think it was a good call to have us come out here," said Homestead coach Dan Benson of his close win over Greater Metro Conference powers Menomonee Falls and host East. "It was a good chance to get us out and competing. Some kids stayed back and worked with Coach (Todd) Brawner (over break) while others showed a little rust."

"But it was a good step in developing our outdoor team."

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Woman says she was raped at hotel

April 13, 2010 7:16 p.m. | An 18-year-old woman told Wauwatosa police she had been raped by a friend of her cousin's while staying at the Days Inn, 11811 W. Blue Mound Road.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The woman had gone the hotel to celebrate her cousin's birthday. They spent most of the evening swimming in the pool and eating pizza, but her cousin called a male friend and asked him to bring alcohol and marijuana to their room.

The victim said the man, who was in his late 30s or 40s, arrived around 10 p.m. and they drank gin and smoked pot. She passed out a few hours later and woke up to pain in her abdomen. She was being raped by the man and even though she repeatedly told him to stop, he continued until she passed out again. When she woke up, her clothes had been removed and the man was gone.

The victim came to the police station Friday, a week after the assault. It took her time to tell her family what had occurred, and they eventually convinced her to tell police and get a physical exam.

City's new Web site to have plenty of bells and whistles

April 13, 2010 7:54 a.m. | Making requests for services via the Web or smart phone app, getting texts or e-mails about upcoming meetings or community events, and paying bills online count among the benefits of the city of Wauwatosa's redesigned Web site, which will be accessible April 21.

The relaunch of wauwatosa.net is a move toward more transparency and accountability on the city's part, Mayor Jill Didier said in a statement.

The city worked with Kansas-based CivicPlus to redevelop the site. The technology allows city staff to update content as needed.

The new site will offer a service called Citizen Request Tracker, which will allow residents to make a request for service, submit or report a concern, and view the status of each request. Residents will be able to attach a photo to illustrate the problem. A free application for the iPhone will also be available to make and track requests.

People will be able to subscribe to receive notifications via e-mail or text messages for agendas and minutes, bid postings, community events, employment opportunities, meetings and emergency alerts. The city is hoping to cut down on the number of paper copies of the quarterly newsletter that has to be printed and mailed.

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Latest Wauwatosa honor rolls now online

April 07, 2010 12:35 p.m. | We've just posted the latest honor roll lists for the third quarter at Wauwatosa East and West high schools.

Not only you will find the complete list of hundreds of outstanding area students, but when you click on a student's name, you'll see a printable honor roll certificate.

WauwatosaNOW.com and Marquette University, which sponsors the honor rolls, would like to congratulate the local students for their outstanding achievements.

We also welcome honor rolls for local elementary and middle schools - both public and private. If you don't see your child's school on this list, ask your school to e-mail its honor roll to honors@mycommunitynow.com.

Police release more details on child sex assault case

April 07, 2010 11:48 a.m. | A 48-year-old Brookfield man accused of abducting and raping a 14-year-old girl in the basement of a Wauwatosa apartment complex on March 8 is set to appear in court April 16.

On March 10, the Milwaukee County District Attorney charged Sunil Kumar Singh with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and one count child enticement.

The recently released Wauwatosa police report provides more insight into what happened the day leading up to Singh's arrest.

According to the report:

The 14-year-old girl from Menomonee Falls said she had gone to the hair stylist that afternoon, then to a gas station for cigarettes. But because she was underage, the clerk would not sell them to her.

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Divided council backs plan for senior apartments

April 07, 2010 10:34 a.m. | While still not entirely the condominium development they had wanted, enough aldermen said Tuesday that a subsidized senior housing development proposed for 62nd and State streets was better than the existing vacant lot on that site.

The Common Council voted, 9-4, to approve changing plans for an 82-unit building from ownership condos to rental apartments for low-income seniors. The apartments would serve as the first phase of what's envisioned as a three-building development called Stone Pointe by developer David Israel. The other two buildings are supposed to go up as condos, but it is uncertain when they would be built.

The development had been a topic of debate among the council and its committees for several weeks, and the debate continued for more than an hour leading up to the final vote.

Backers: Project fills a need

Those in support of the project change said the apartments would serve a demographic that is looking for affordable housing. The apartments also would be conveniently located near in Israel's development of grocery and retail stores and restaurants along State Street.

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Sensenbrenner holds town hall meeting Thursday

April 07, 2010 10:00 a.m. | U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menonomonee Falls) will hold a town hall meeting to discuss national issues and how they affect local residents at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.

Residents can ask questions and provide comments on federal issues during the first portion of the meeting. Afterward, he will meet with constituents to assist with any problems they may be having with federal agencies.

The congressman has invited state legislators to attend the meeting so they can answer questions that fall within their jurisdictions.

Causier, Wilson, incumbents win seats on council

April 06, 2010 11:26 p.m. | Incumbents in Wauwatosa's contested races have retained the seats, according to the results provide by the city clerk's office tonight.

Alderman Peter Donegan eked out a victory to represent the 1st District by a nine votes over John Sandvik.

In the 3rd District, Tim Hanson will continue to serve as alderman winning by 70 votes beating out Sandra Callaghan.

Jason Wilke, who was appointed to an 8th District seat in June, won his first election and will be able to continue serving for another two years. He received double the number of votes of his challenger, Michael Llanas.

There were two contested races with no incumbents running.

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Not everyone who experienced flooding eligible for grants

April 06, 2010 10:24 p.m. | The state has fielded numerous calls from Wauwatosa residents who experienced water backing up in their basements after the heavy rainfall of June 2008. But many of them do not qualify for the $6 million allocated to Wisconsin to help with repair costs and to install preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of repeat flooding.

Eligible applicants must have experienced some form of damage from the flooding, City Engineer Bill Wehrley said.

City staff are learning more about the grant funds and may have more specifics by the end of the week.

For now, residents who believe they may be eligible should call (877) 947-2211 or go to 2008floodrecovery.org to set up a meeting with a case manager who will determine a homeowner's eligibility and help with the application process.

Video game theft ring suspected

April 06, 2010 8:58 p.m. | Milwaukee-area Target stores are hearing numerous complaints from people who say they bought video games only to find the product missing from the boxes. Now it is believed the claims are fraudulent.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Last week, the local department was notified that security staff had been investigating a theft ring in which Asian men are purchasing video games from Target stores, then returning empty boxes and claiming there was never a game inside. But really they are buying the games, opening the package and removing the games, then resealing the package and trying to make returns.

The first incidents occurred in January. A man who bought a game at the Brown Deer store returned it at the Wauwatosa location. In February, two more incidents occurred at the local store.

The West Milwaukee Police Department, which handled complaints from Target in its jurisdiction, is heading up the Milwaukee-area investigation from this point on.

Drunken driving arrest made after car stops on lawn

April 06, 2010 7:00 p.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for drunken driving after he fell asleep behind the wheel while his car was stopped on a Wauwatosa resident's front lawn, police said.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A neighbor awoke at 4:41 a.m. Saturday, and he saw bright lights coming from the next yard in the 400 block of North 113th Street. He didn't recognize the vehicle.

Officers found the car operating and headlights on, but the driver was passed out. They knocked on the window and the driver woke up, but he said he had no idea where he was or how he got there. He last remembered partying at bars on Water Street in downtown Milwaukee.

A test showed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.08.

No go for "Hug & Go" signs in Tosa

April 06, 2010 4:46 p.m. | Wauwatosa - A parent has lost his bid to attach "Hug & Go Zone" signs to "No Parking" signs outside of Madison Elementary School.

The parent, Jason Kauflin, said Tuesday that he hasn't decided whether to try an alternative proposal or to just drop his effort.

Kauflin wanted the hug signs on the east side of N. 100th St., where many parents drop off their children in the morning. Because some parents park along the street, despite the city's no-parking signs, he thought the hug-and-go message might help keep traffic flowing.

But the city public works director rejected the request, saying the message would confuse some motorists. And on Monday the city Board of Public Works upheld the denial, saying it didn't want to create a precedent.

A story last week on Kauflin's request drew more than 40 reader comments.

Thieves keep hitting Hall Chevrolet

April 06, 2010 3:54 p.m. | Two vehicles were found on blocks at Hall Chevrolet, making it the 15th time vehicles had been stripped of their tires and rims at the Wauwatosa car dealership in five years.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Officers have been keeping closer tabs on the dealership due to the number of thefts occurring on the lot; there had been two prior incidents this year alone. While on patrol, an officer saw two vehicles on blocks at Hall Chevrolet, 11011 W. North Ave. at 10:23 a.m. March 28.

Four tires, 20-inch rims, air-pressure sensors and hub caps, collectively valued at $4,900, had been removed. Nearly 50 lug nuts had been left behind and were scattered on the pavement.

Like in all prior thefts, the blocks were red decorative bricks typically used in landscaping and must have been brought in by thieves.

Stealing third no laughing matter in Tosa

April 06, 2010 3:50 p.m. | Stealing third base usually results in cheers and applause. But at Longfellow Middle School, grounds crews are hardly excited.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Employees noticed in early March that the second and third bases on the school baseball diamond, 7600 W. North Ave., had been taken over the winter. It wasn't until the snow melted that the missing bases were noticed.

At 10 a.m. March 25, employees put in new bases. When they returned to do more grounds work a half-hour later, the third base again had been stolen.

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