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Drunken driver had 6-year-old son in car, Wauwatosa police say

April 29, 2013 4:15 p.m. | A 47-year-old Milwaukee man allegedly drank a pint of vodka before and while driving, leading to his arrest at 5 p.m. April 23. Wauwatosa police say he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.30, and that his 6-year-old son was in the car.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was called in after drivers saw him weaving into the center lane at 74th Street and Washington Avenue. He was pulled over after police saw him make a U-turn over the median on Wisconsin Avenue.

Police found that his license had been revoked for drunken driving.

He admitted to having a drinking problem and that he shouldn't have been driving.

Wauwatosa bike and pedestrian committee seeks input at open house Wednesday

April 29, 2013 11:56 a.m. | The city panel studying a new bike and pedestrian plan is holding an open house Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1, 1601 Underwood Ave.

After a couple of meetings, including one last week, the bicycle and pedestrian plan steering committee is seeking input on what the community would like to see in a route system for cyclists and those who walk.

The Wednesday meeting will include a brief presentation at 6:30, and will feature maps and stations that address different aspects of the plan.

The committee is refining a vision and set of goals for residents, including creating a "bicycle and pedestrian friendly community" that encourages alternative methods of transportation, said Kevin Hardman, executive director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. Hardman, a Wauwatosa resident, has led the steering committee meetings.

Goals of the proposal include building on the network of trails and bike lanes to connect neighborhoods, schools, parks, businesses, and bike and pedestrian networks of surrounding communities, according to draft documents from the committee's work provided by the city's consultant, Toole Design Group, and the Wisconsin Bike Fed.

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Attendance optional at Wauwatosa West High School after bomb threat

April 24, 2013 10:56 a.m. | A bomb threat written on a bathroom wall has made classes optional at Wauwatosa West High School today, said school spokesperson Dan Chanen.

The threat was written late Tuesday, prompting Superintendent Phil Ertl to send an email and phone message to parents letting them know of the scare and informing them that attending classes would be optional.

The message said there was no immediate threat to public safety.

Wauwatosa police said they conducted bag searches at the door and have increased their presence at the school.

Wauwatosa police: Drunken driver burns rubber in front of officer three times

April 24, 2013 9:15 a.m. | It was three burnouts and you're out for a 59-year-old Milwaukee man when he was arrested for drunken driving, fifth offense, at 2:17 a.m. April 22.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer was following the man down Milwaukee Avenue when he accelerated after the stop sign at Wauwatosa Avenue, burning rubber. The officer followed him as he straddled the center line and drove 15 to 20 mph over the speed limit. He spun his tires at Harwood Avenue and 68th Street as well.

When the officer pulled him over, the man profusely apologized for speeding. He refused a breath test and blood draw results are pending.

Numerous complaints made against suspended Wauwatosa priest, report shows

April 18, 2013 10:00 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Catholic priest suspended after a teacher reported what she considered sexually inappropriate contact with a child has been the subject of numerous complaints by parents and others over the years, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Father Robert Marsicek, who is also under investigation in Sacramento, Calif., had been repeatedly counseled by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and his religious order, the Society of the Divine Savior, about "boundary issues" and was told to stop hugging and touching children.

In one case, a mother reported that Marsicek touched her daughter's genitalia through her clothes, but the case was not turned over to police, and there appears to be no record of it at the archdiocese or the religious order known as the Salvatorians.

Marsicek, who served at St. Pius X Parish in Wauwatosa and Mother of Good Counsel in Milwaukee, has been on leave since March 28 after a Wauwatosa Catholic School teacher reported what she considered inappropriate contact with a young child.

According to the police report, the teacher told detectives that on separate occasions she saw Marsicek squeeze the buttocks of the child who was sitting, facing him, on his lap and hold his hand on the child's upper thigh "near her private parts" while whispering in her ear.

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Wauwatosa officials ask residents to limit water use

April 18, 2013 8:26 a.m. | City of Wauwatosa officials are asking residents to reduce their water use Thursday and Friday to lower the risk of sewer overflows and basement backups during heavy rain Thursday into Friday.

Suggested ways to reduce water, according to the city, include: taking shorter showers and skipping baths, turning off the water while brushing teeth or shaving, and delaying laundry or running the dishwasher until after the rain stops.

The city's new release also listed several tips to reduce the risk of basement flooding, such as checking that downspouts are connected and are draining away from the house.

Yovani Gallardo apologizes to Brewers fans after drunken driving arrest

April 16, 2013 11:53 p.m. | Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo issued a public apology Tuesday afternoon after being arrested on allegations of drunken driving in the wee hours of the morning.

"I just want to apologize to the fans, my teammates, my family," Gallardo said in a brief media session on the field at Miller Park. "It's just a bad call. It's something I shouldn't have done. I regret it. But at this point there's nothing I can do about it now. It happened.

"I just want to apologize to the whole organization and all of the people in Milwaukee for my actions."

A breath analysis test conducted by a Milwaukee County deputy on Gallardo registered an alcohol content of 0.22, nearly three times the 0.08 at which a driver would be considered intoxicated. It was Gallardo's first offense, and he was ticketed per state law.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said another driver called 911 to report a suspected drunken driver. Gallardo's black Ford-150 pickup truck was pulled over at 2:10 a.m. on I-94 near S. 76th Street after the deputy spotted it driving very slowly and making erratic lane changes.

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Friends of Hoyt Park Pool wants to add beer garden in Wauwatosa

April 16, 2013 12:26 p.m. | Milwaukee County would get a second beer garden this summer, adjacent to the Hoyt Park Pool in Wauwatosa, if the community group seeking to operate the beer garden wins approvals for it.

The Friends of Hoyt Park Pool would operate the garden and is in negotiations on what the county's share of the take would be. The friends group raised about $8 million toward the new pool, which opened in 2011.

The Wauwatosa beer garden would follow in the footsteps of the county's first modern-era beer garden in Estabrook Park, which opened last year and was modeled after German beer gardens that combine food and beer in a family atmosphere. The Estabrook beer garden netted the county about $65,000 last year, based on a commission of 20% of beer and 10% of food sales.

If a deal is worked out, the Landing at Hoyt Park beer garden would open in early July at the historic bath house building at the pool site, said Kit Slawski, executive director of the Hoyt Park friends group.

The Hoyt Park beer garden would operate from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and would be on the opposite side of the bath house from the pool.

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Wauwatosa police: Drunken driver's story of crash turns to confession

April 16, 2013 11:48 a.m. | Wauwatosa police say a 25-year-old Milwaukee man changed his story slowly to an admittance of drunk driving after crashing into a cluster of trees in the 2200 block of Menomonee River Parkway at 2:03 a.m. April 8.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man originally said that a truck hit him, forcing him off the road. Police noticed he was swaying, slurring his speech and smelling of alcohol.

When his friend came to pick him up, he began changing his story. His friend told police that he called him, saying he was in big trouble.

The man eventually said he had too much to drink and that he would take whatever he had coming to him. In the middle of his confession, he fell over. His blood alcohol content was 0.16.

Man arrested for 55th time for taking items including soap, cane

April 16, 2013 9:56 a.m. | A 64-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for the 55th time after trying to steal various odds and ends at Walgreens, 2275 N. Mayfair Road, at 8:01 p.m. April 8.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was seen trying to conceal 23 items in his coat. The items included a walking cane, medication, lotion, soap, batteries, key chains and razors.

When arrested, he gave police a false name that immediately showed up as a known alias for him.

He admitted that he comes to that Walgreens specifically to steal and he sells the items for whatever he can get to pay for his medication.

Two Wauwatosa teachers win WCASS awards

April 12, 2013 3:50 p.m. | Two Wauwatosa teachers won awards from the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services.

The two teachers are Nick Becker, Wauwatosa West High School counselor, and Christina Watkinson, Eisenhower Elementary special education counselor.

Becker won the Pupil Services Team Award, and Watkinson won the Special Education Teacher Award.

The two were nominated by Therese Kwiatkowski, director of student services.

Kwiatkowski said that Watkinson was nominated for the ability to build opportunities for "independent, inclusive experiences" for those with significant disabilities. She said Becker was nominated due to his work as a student advocate.

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View flooding photos of suburban Milwaukee

April 12, 2013 9:36 a.m. | We've just updated our flooding photos from suburban Milwaukee gallery with images taken in Thiensville, Glendale and Shorewood.

Flooding can be seen in a lot of places, especially along the Milwaukee River, Menomonee River and Root River. Check out scenes from along those rivers and other flooding photos from suburban Milwaukee.

Wauwatosa formula restaurant ban along North Avenue still being studied

April 09, 2013 4:23 p.m. | The proposal to ban formula restaurants in the East Town neighborhood on North Avenue is still under staff consideration, said Alderman Joel Tilleson, who introduced the plan.

His proposal defines a formula restaurant as a business that has 11 or more outlets, and has at least two of these characteristics: a standardized menu, a standardized façade, a standardized décor and color scheme, uniforms, standardized signage and a trademark or service mark.

At this week's Plan Commission meeting, City Planner Tammy Szudy and Mayor Kathy Ehley said the discussion surrounding the proposal had become a more general one, and city administrators are exploring options that are broader than a simple ban on formula restaurants, such as making the issue a matter of design standards, or some kind of good neighbor agreement that would protect the character of the commercial district, from 60th Street to Wauwatosa Avenue along North Avenue.

Tilleson said the formula restaurant ban as he proposed it is still on the table, but that exploring options is appropriate.

Szudy said it will be months before any proposal will be ready for Common Council consideration.

Wauwatosa police say woman threatened child who answered door

April 09, 2013 2:48 p.m. | A 30-year-old Wauwatosa woman, upon being arrested for drunken driving, blamed her 10-year-old daughter for everything and threatened to attack her in front of officers, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also from the report:

Shoppers at Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St., called police after the woman hit a car in the parking lot and drove off. Officers were able to follow her to her home and knocked on the door at 1:24 p.m. April 1.

The 10-year-old answered and let the officers in. Her mom was asleep, and they had difficulty rousing her.

After finally waking up, the woman giggled and told the officers that she wasn't taking any medication but had been drinking. She would giggle and nod off while officers asked her how much she had to drink and whether she had been driving. She mocked the officers by repeating their questions.

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Wauwatosa police say nature's call leads to drunken driver's arrest

April 09, 2013 1:18 p.m. | According to a 25-year-old Milwaukee man, nature's call caused him to run a red light and nearly hit a Wauwatosa squad at 12:02 a.m. April 7.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The arresting officer was driving through a green light at the intersection of West Bluemound Road and North 68th Street when the Milwaukee man's car came within 10 feet of striking him.

He immediately turned and pulled over the Milwaukee man, who had four passengers in his car. When the officer asked why he nearly hit him, the man said that he had to go to the bathroom.

The man smelled like booze and admitted to having two-to-three cans of beer at a family party.

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Man eludes them after crashing vehicle, Wauwatosa police say

April 09, 2013 11:50 a.m. | A 35-year-old Milwaukee man allegedly eluded police after threatening to vandalize his girlfriend's car, pounding on her hotel door and crashing his car.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man and his 24-year-old girlfriend were staying at Extended Stay, 11121 W. North Ave. When he failed to return one night, she locked him out.

He came back at 12:22 p.m. April 1 angry and threatened to smash her car with a tire iron. Police showed up as he was leaving the parking lot in his car and they gave chase.

Although their speeds topped out at 80 MPH, police were having a hard time keeping up with him as he barreled down Hwy 45 and tried exiting on West Capitol Drive.

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Colleen Mrotek named 2013 Miss Southern Wisconsin in photo gallery

April 08, 2013 11:18 a.m. | Colleen Mrotek of Bay View, Miss St. Francis 2012, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin 2013 on April 7.

The Miss Southern Wisconsin 2013 pageant is an official preliminary event for Miss Wisconsin pageant and was held at the at the Marian Center for Nonprofits.

View Mrotek and the other pageant participants in our photo gallery.

South Milwaukee's Cecilia Margraff crowned Miss St. Francis 2013

April 07, 2013 8:02 p.m. | South Milwaukee native Cecilia Margraff was crowned Miss St. Francis 2013 last night by reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek at Saint Thomas More High School in Milwaukee.

The event is in its 49th year and is an official preliminary competition for Miss Wisconsin. Margraff will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the school of her choice.

The Miss Wisconsin pageant is June 16-22 in Oshkosh.

Miss St. Francis 2013 photo gallery

Hamilton's Mackenzie Latt leads NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball Team

April 05, 2013 12:55 p.m. | Junior Mackenzie Latt from Sussex-Hamilton was voted the NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball Player of the Year after helping her team to a second consecutive conference championship.

New Berlin Eisenhower's Gary Schmidt was voted as Coach of the Year for taking his squad to the Division 2 state title game.

Read more about them and the other members of the team on the special page highlighting the 2012-13 NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball Team.

Slain Wauwatosa officer Jennifer Sebena to get name on memorial wall

April 03, 2013 4:22 p.m. | Wauwatosa's police chief praised the unanimous decision Wednesday of a national nonprofit organization to add the name of a Wauwatosa police officer killed on the job to its memorial wall, reversing an earlier decision.

Officer Jennifer Sebena's name will be inscribed later this month on a national monument created and maintained by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and officially dedicated at the memorial's annual candlelight vigil on May 13.

"I am very pleased with the decision made today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. I believe the correct decision was made," Wauwatosa police Chief Barry Weber said in a statement.

"Her sacrifice should not be forgotten and will not be forgotten. I thank everyone who has been supportive of our department. I was confident the right decision would ultimately be made. And it was."

The fund initially decided not to include Sebena on its memorial wall in Washington, D.C., apparently because the suspect in her on-duty slaying is her husband, Benjamin Sebena, making the crime an act of domestic violence.

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Children's Theatre to present 'The Two Dwarfs and the Seven Whites'

April 03, 2013 11:20 a.m. | The Children's Theatre of Wauwatosa will present "The Two Dwarfs and the Seven Whites," performed by the Concordia University Players, of Mequon on April 27 at the Wauwatosa East High School, 7500 Milwaukee Ave.

The comedic story will center around two dwarfs as they make mischief for Prince Charming.

The play will be the last of the 2012 and 2013 Children's Theatre's series of live Saturday productions.

Series tickets for both East and West shows will be accepted.

Tickets are to cost $5 at the box office, which opens at 1:30 p.m. April 27.

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Boyfriend flees police in unwilling girlfriend's car, Wauwatosa police say

April 02, 2013 12:34 p.m. | A pit stop to Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St., took a turn for the worse when a 39-year-old Milwaukee woman's date said he stole from the store as he was fleeing police in her vehicle.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The date started at 9:24 a.m. March 25 when the woman got a call from her boyfriend, whom she called Butch, saying that he needed a ride from a hospital. He had gotten into an argument with his ride, leaving him stranded.

She picked him up and they stopped by Pick 'n Save on the way home. The seemingly innocent trip took a suspicious turn when, after leaving her at the salad bar, Butch returned panicked and on the phone. He said he got an emergency call and they needed to leave right away.

She didn't know that security was on his heels for concealing two 1.75 liters of liquor in his jacket.

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Wauwatosa police say nephew burgles home for revenge

April 01, 2013 8:40 p.m. | While searching for missing items in his ransacked home, a man got a call from his nephew. The nephew said he wasn't finished and the man should watch his truck.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The phone call confirmed the homeowner's suspicions that his nephew was exacting revenge by breaking his window and moving items around in his home in the 2400 block of North 65th Street.

The nephew was angry that the man helped evict him from his mother's home for being high all the time and scaring his siblings. He started threatening the man over the phone with texts saying that he was going to start busting windows.

The man, tired of the boy's disrespectful tone, stopped paying for his cellphone shortly after the texts. He believed cutting off the phone service led the boy to break his $600 window, take a $100 watch and steal two handguns valued at $400 each.

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Community Watch

» Drunken driver had 6-year-old son in car, Wauwatosa police say 4/29

» Wauwatosa bike and pedestrian committee seeks input at open house Wednesday 4/29

» Attendance optional at Wauwatosa West High School after bomb threat 4/24

» Wauwatosa police: Drunken driver burns rubber in front of officer three times 4/24

» Numerous complaints made against suspended Wauwatosa priest, report shows Updated:  4/18

» Wauwatosa officials ask residents to limit water use 4/18

» Yovani Gallardo apologizes to Brewers fans after drunken driving arrest Updated:  4/16

» Friends of Hoyt Park Pool wants to add beer garden in Wauwatosa 4/16

» Wauwatosa police: Drunken driver's story of crash turns to confession 4/16

» Man arrested for 55th time for taking items including soap, cane 4/16

» Two Wauwatosa teachers win WCASS awards 4/12

» View flooding photos of suburban Milwaukee 4/12

» Wauwatosa formula restaurant ban along North Avenue still being studied 4/9

» Wauwatosa police say woman threatened child who answered door 4/9

» Wauwatosa police say nature's call leads to drunken driver's arrest 4/9

» Man eludes them after crashing vehicle, Wauwatosa police say 4/9

» Colleen Mrotek named 2013 Miss Southern Wisconsin in photo gallery 4/8

» South Milwaukee's Cecilia Margraff crowned Miss St. Francis 2013 4/7

» Hamilton's Mackenzie Latt leads NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball Team 4/5

» Slain Wauwatosa officer Jennifer Sebena to get name on memorial wall Updated:  4/3

» Children's Theatre to present 'The Two Dwarfs and the Seven Whites' 4/3

» Boyfriend flees police in unwilling girlfriend's car, Wauwatosa police say 4/2

» Wauwatosa police say nephew burgles home for revenge 4/1

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