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Wauwatosa man killed in Dodge County motorcycle crash

June 03, 2012 5:38 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man was killed Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Dodge County.

The 51-year-old man was traveling with his 8-year-old grandson when the motorcycle he was driving veered onto the shoulder of State Highway 16/60 at County Highway J and struck a mailbox, according to the Dodge County Sheriff's Department.

The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene. His grandson was taken to Beaver Dam Hospital.

The accident happened at 11:35 a.m. in the Town of Lowe.

NOW, Lake Country state track photo gallery now online

June 03, 2012 10:14 a.m. | We've just added the final images to the NOW/Lake Country Publications photo gallery from this weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse.

Photojournalists Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath collected more than 100 images from two days of competition at the sun-splashed Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Brookfield East repeated as the boys champions in Division 1 while Riverside captured the girls title.

Go to photo gallery.

Tosa saluted for its use of technology

June 01, 2012 4:28 p.m. | The city has received a Salute to Government Award for its effective use of technology.

The Public Policy Institute, which looks for innovative initiatives in government, took note of Wauwatosa's culmination of a new technology network that allows wireless connectivity between municipal buildings and high-speed data replication.

The project was spurred by an $80,000 Homeland Security grant to install a new video surveillance system, which prompted city staff to use the opportunity to upgrade the rest of its information technology infrastructure, according to an announcement of the award winners.

Milwaukee County was also recognized for improvements in collecting delinquent taxes and going paperless to reduce expenses in the Treasurer's Office. Sue Black, director of Milwaukee County Parks, will receive the Norman N. Gill Award, to celebrate her 30 years of leadership in the park and recreation industry.

Ristow becomes fifth to file for state's 13th District legislative seat

June 01, 2012 2:14 p.m. | Nate Ristow, a Wauwatosa resident and Gov. Scott Walker's former assistant legal counsel, is the latest person to enter the race for the state's 13th Assembly District seat.

"My message of bold conservative reforms that promote limited government, constitutionalism and job growth is resonating with the residents of the 13th Assembly District," Ristow said in his candidacy announcement today. "I look forward to earning the opportunity to represent my friends and neighbors in Madison as we continue to move Wisconsin forward."

Having submitted his nomination papers to the Government Accountability Board, Ristow will be included on the ballot for the race, which begins with an Aug. 14 partisan primary election.

Ristow is the fourth Republican and fifth candidate overall to file for the seat that will be vacated by David Cullen, D-Milwaukee, who chose not to seek re-election. The others are John Pokrandt, D-Wauwatosa; Matt Adamczyk, R-Brookfield; Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield; and Thomas Schellinger, R-Brookfield.

The 13th Assembly District covers areas of Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Elm Grove and West Allis and Milwaukee.

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Ladwig receives Innovation in Community Engagement Award

June 01, 2012 1:42 p.m. | Assistant District Attorney Christopher Ladwig is the recipient of the Innovation in Community Engagement Award for his work improving Milwaukee's Metcalfe Park Neighborhood.

The Wauwatosa resident received the award from The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, a national organization dedicated to making communities safer.

Ladwig was chosen for his commitment to community engagement and public safety. Some of the Community Prosecution projects he's been involved with include a prostitution abatement plan, a chronic inebriate nuisance abatement plan, a most violent offenders initiative and a partnership with Marquette University and Metcalfe Park Neighborhood Association to improve the look of vacant and foreclosed homes.

His dedication extends to Wauwatosa, where he serves on the Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers.

Foot Locker in Mayfair adds House of Hoops gear

June 01, 2012 1:38 p.m. | A store dedicated to basketball gear will debut at Mayfair this month.

The Foot Locker House of Hoops is the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Foot Locker was remodeled and the House of Hoops was added in store-within-a-store concept.

The store will carry everything Nike Basketball, from apparel to exclusive and limited edition shoes.

The new store will be on the first level of the mall, next to Barnes & Noble.

Motorist killed in Brookfield was Wauwatosa woman

May 30, 2012 8:14 p.m. | A woman killed in a head-on crash in the city of Brookfield was identified by Brookfield police Wednesday as Candace M. Durdin, 69, of Wauwatosa.

The crash was reported about 7 p.m., Tuesday, on North Ave. east of Hollyhock Lane, according to a police department news release.

According to the release, Durdin was driving a Dodge Caravan east on North Avenue when it was struck by a westbound Buick Regal that crossed the centerline.

She was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, where she was later pronounced dead from her injuries.

The driver of the Regal, a 30-year-old Waukesha man, was also taken to Froedtert, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday, according to the release.

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Special Act 10 section now online

May 30, 2012 1:11 p.m. |

Act 10: Pass or Fail? 

We have just published our special section taking a detailed look at the landmark Act 10 legislation and the effect it has had on local school districts.

The section features a main story examining the overall effects of the law and feature stories focusing on local school districts.

You'll also find a photo gallery highlighting some of the controversy surrounding the passage of the law, a Storify of opinions collected from social networks and more.

Go to special section.

Teens chased after impromptu episode of dancing with the cars

May 30, 2012 9:48 a.m. | Three teenage boys took dancing in the streets to a new level last week.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The 14-, 15- and 16-year-old Milwaukee boys got their groove on in the city's busiest and most dangerous intersection - North Avenue and Mayfair Road - at 7:56 p.m. May 21.

They danced up to the vehicle of an off-duty Milwaukee police officer, who yelled at the trio to get out of traffic. The boys screamed back racial slurs, profanities and threats before heading to the Walgreens parking lot.

The officer followed and the boys ran past businesses on Mayfair Road and were eventually stopped across the street on Fisher Parkway.

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Police seek man they say led them on chase

May 30, 2012 9:34 a.m. | A warrant has been issued for a 32-year-old Milwaukee man police say led them on a car chase after an officer tried to pull him over for a seatbelt violation last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Jeffrey Reimann was not wearing his seatbelt and an officer was working under a seatbelt enforcement grant through the Click It or Ticket program at 10:02 a.m. May 23.

He didn't immediately pull over. Instead he rolled through a stop sign at 92nd and Marion streets and paused briefly before taking off. He reached 60 mph and covered 1.2 miles before the pursuit was terminated.

A background check showed Reimann was wanted on warrants from Washington County for drug dealing so a temporary felony warrant was issued for his arrest. Wauwatosa police are also seeking a felony warrant for fleeing an officer.

Lure of iPad too much for alleged drunken driver

May 30, 2012 8:49 a.m. | A man who allegedly crashed his car while driving drunk and then fled was apprehended by Wauwatosa police after returning to pick up his iPad.

According to the police report:

A 39-year-old New Berlin man was arrested for drunken driving, hit-and-run and resisting arrest after he struck a parked car and crashed into a front yard in the 8100 block of West Wisconsin Avenue at 5:53 p.m. May 23.

He took off running, then returned briefly to grab his iPad before running off again. He was stopped in the 8000 block of Portland Avenue with cuts on his face.

When the patrol car pulled up, he ran into a wooded area of Honey Creek Parkway. The police dog located him.

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Tosa wins another round of brownfields grant funding

May 29, 2012 1:22 p.m. | Wauwatosa received a $200,000 federal grant to help clean up contaminated properties, known as brownfields, to create opportunities for redevelopment within the city.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant dollars will be used to update the city's brownfields Geographic Information Systems database, perform environmental site assessments, prepare cleanup plans and target redevelopment corridors.

"Given the scarce grant funds available, the award is a vote of confidence from U.S. EPA that the city of Wauwatosa has successfully administered and expended its 2009 Brownfield Assessment Grants," Paulette Enders, city development director, said.

The EPA already has granted $400,000 to Wauwatosa. That money was used to test for contamination at sites including the former lumber mill/manufacturing facility at 69th and State streets, where PNC Bank is building a new branch, and at the long-vacant structure at 65th Street and North Avenue, which has been redeveloped into Home Solutions, a home maintenance and accessibility provider.

Wauwatosa was the only prior municipal grant recipient in Wisconsin that received assessment funding this round. There are a number of sites requiring assessment throughout the community, Enders said.

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