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Cross-country photo gallery now online

Aug. 29, 2009 8:55 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from the Menomonee Falls Challenge cross-country meet.

The gallery includes photos of runners from Wauwatosa, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield, Germantown, Nicolet, Waukesha and Homestead high schools.

Check out the gallery by NOW photographer Peter Zuzga.

West snaps losing streak at 12 with win over Milwaukee North

Aug. 28, 2009 10:43 p.m. | Wauwatosa West - behind the excellent play of senior quarterback Kevin Gorman - clobbered Milwaukee North, 46-20, tonight and snapped a 12-game losing streak.

The win was especially special for Trojans' coach Matt Good because it was his first as a head coach. The Trojans were 0-10 in his first season. North dropped its 11th in a row with the loss.

Gorman ran for touchdowns of five, 35 and 25 yards and tossed scores of 31 yards to Dylan Crafton and 51 yards to Ray Sterling, Jr.

Joe Januzzi ran for scores of one and six yards for the other West scores.

North was led by an outstanding quarterback also, as Jabari Hill scored on a 50-yard run and two short runs to key the North offense, which scored it's final 14 points against the West reserve defense.

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Open windows open door to purse thefts

Aug. 28, 2009 4:10 p.m. | Purses were snatched from three Wauwatosa homes Tuesday morning while the owners were sleeping.

In each case, a burglar broke the screen on a window that had been left open. A long branch or pole was used to reach into the home and hook the purse handles, according to Wauwatosa Police Department reports.

According to the reports:

The first call came in about 3 a.m. from residents of the 2600 block of North 75th Street. They found the purse on the ground outside the window, but the contents were missing. Also, a phone charger and loose change had been taken from an unlocked car.

The next call came at 5 a.m. from residents in the 700 block of Livingston Avenue. The owners awoke to a noise at 1 a.m. but after a quick look around decided to go back to sleep. When they got up again, they noticed the window screen was torn and a purse was missing.

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District asks court to rule on DPI enrollment count change

Aug. 28, 2009 3:46 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School District is asking a judge to decide whether the district can count students at the Juvenile Detention Center School as resident pupils.

In December 2008, the state Department of Public Instruction changed how it allows the district to count detention center students. The move will cost Wauwatosa about $1 million over the next four years, district officials said.

The district on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the DPI in Dane County Circuit Court in an effort to get the issue resolved, according to a press release from the district.

Because the Detention Center School is located on the Milwaukee County Grounds, the school is staffed by the Wauwatosa School District. For more than 15 years, students there during enrollment count dates in September and January were considered residents, no matter how short their stay. This bolstered the district's revenue cap authority and state aid.

In addition, the state reimbursed the district for all costs associated with students who were there less than a full semester.

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Tosa East loses grid opener, 42-6, to Riverside

Aug. 27, 2009 10:08 p.m. | Wauwatosa East dropped a 42-6 decision to Milwaukee Riverside at Milwaukee Custer Stadium Thursday night in the opening game for each school.

The Red Raiders trailed only 21-6 going into the final period, when the Tigers exploded for 21 points, the final two scores coming on a 66-yard run by Dominique Rhodes and a 22-yard fumble recovery by linebacker Jeremy Gordon, his second defensive touchdown of the night.

East initially fell behind with 7 minutes, 11 seconds in the first quarter when Nick Schlitz fumbled on the Riverside 25-line line and Gordon picked it up and raced down the sidelines for the score. The point after attempt was muffed and the Tigers led, 6-0.

The Tigers then converted a 10-play, 79-yard drive with 22 seconds left in the first half, when Barry Beverly scored on a trap play from three yards out. Quarterback John D’Amato then tossed a two-point conversion pass to Geoffrey Bacon for a 14-0 lead at intermission.

Laron Richardson then took the opening kick-off 89 yards for a 21-0 lead to start the third period and Tosa countered with its only score of the night, a beautiful 30-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Harris to Jake Larson down the right sideline.

Stimulus spending will be discussed Sept. 2

Aug. 25, 2009 2:58 p.m. | District administrators will facilitate a discussion about how best to spend the district's $2.2 million in federal stimulus dollars at a Special Education Parent Network meeting in Room A of the Fisher Building, 12121 North Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 2.

At the meeting, district staff members will share plans regarding the use of the funds and seek input from parents and members of the community.

The money is Wauwatosa's share of $366 million in federal stimulus funds allocated to Wisconsin schools for spending on special education and services for low-income students. It's all part of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, of which Wisconsin has received about $7.7 billion so far.

Two street closures expected this week

Aug. 24, 2009 5:18 p.m. | Two road improvement projects will cause street closures this week.

The intersection of 68th and State streets was closed to traffic today so CP Railroad can work on railroad crossing improvements.

The work is expected to take one to two weeks. In the meantime, traffic will be detoured to 63rd and 68th streets.

On Tuesday, the 70th Street bridge over the Menomonee River will be closed so soil borings can be taken in preparation for an upcoming bridge reconstruction project.

Alleged gas drive-off ends in car chase, injury

Aug. 24, 2009 4:44 p.m. | Police say an Illinois man led officers on a car chase, broke into a local office building and injured his leg in an attempt to flee from officers after he drove away from a Wauwatosa gas station without paying for fuel last week.

James Cooley, 30, of Freeport, Ill., has been charged with felony eluding officers and is being held in the Milwaukee County jail until his arraignment hearing Aug. 31. He also is accused of violating his parole.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

About 1:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Cooley filled up his vehicle with $31.30 in gas at BP, 11417 Watertown Plank Road. He went inside the convenience store to use the bathroom and pretended to use the automated-teller machine. Then he made a run for his car and drove off, failing to stop for red lights.

An officer pulled over the vehicle, got out of his car and started walking toward Cooley, who accelerated and fled the traffic stop. A nearly one-mile car chase ended in the Milwaukee County Research Park.

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17-year-old arrested for OWI a second time

Aug. 24, 2009 3:34 p.m. | A 17-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for his second drunken driving offense in the Mayfair Mall parking lot, this time while driving a stolen vehicle.

His vehicle was seen speeding, so an officer tried to pull him over, but the teen drove into the mall lot, got out and started running. The chase ended when the driver tried to enter the mall.

An officer grabbed him, they both fell to the ground and the driver hit his head on the sidewalk. He was taken to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for medical attention at 7:14 p.m. Aug. 14.

He refused to have his blood-alcohol content tested. He was on probation for a drunken driving arrest in June.

The teen was also arrested for driving after his license had been revoked and trespassing because he had been banned in 2007 from entering Mayfair Mall for five years.

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Man arrested after drug deal at Walter's

Aug. 24, 2009 3:16 p.m. | A 37-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for marijuana possession after police received an anonymous tip of a drug deal going down at Walter's on North, 6930 W. North Ave.

When officers arrived at the bar, they spoke to the suspected buyer, a 38-year-old Beaver Dam man. A Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office dog found a marijuana pipe in that man's vehicle, so he was arrested for drug paraphernalia possession.

Meanwhile, the Wauwatosa man left his nearly full drink, wallet and keys on the bar, and slipped out of the establishment. They found him at his home, where he was arrested for a warrant with the West Allis Police Department.

They searched his van, which was back at the bar, and found 59 grams of marijuana, a knife, lighter and rolling papers.

District ACT scores, participation fall slightly

Aug. 21, 2009 3:26 p.m. | The average Wauwatosa ACT score fell slightly this year, decreasing to 23.6 from 23.8 last year, but the district again outscored the state and the nation, according to data from the state Department of Public Instruction.

Students statewide averaged a composite score of 22.2 on the 36-point college entrance exam, down from 22.3. Students nationwide averaged 21.1 for the second year.

The district's scores dropped 0.1 to 0.4 points in the four categories tested - reading, English, math and science.

Beth Erenberger, district director of student learning, said she was pleased the scores held steady, but said district leaders will focus on improving scores in the future.

Participation was down districtwide: 68.9 percent of graduating seniors took the test, down from 69.5 percent last year. Erenberger said the district wants more students to take the test. Statewide, 57 percent of graduates took the test. Nationwide participation was 45 percent.

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Underdog Bethany-Calvary wins City Softball Tournament

Aug. 19, 2009 10:03 p.m. | 15th-seeded Bethany-Calvary scored seven runs in the final two innings and beat top-seeded Schmidt & Bartelt 'A', 8-1, for the Wauwatosa Recreation Men's City Tournament Championship Wednesday night at Hart Park.

The win was huge for manager/first baseman Ted Blankschein who won his first championship on his 41st birthday. Blankschein singled twice and doubled and drove in two runs to lead the BC attack.

BCV scored in the first inning on Blankschein's RBI single and SAB tied the game with a run in the second on a walk and two singles.

But then 62-year old pitcher Jimmy Haas shut down the SAB offense the rest of the night, while BC scored four runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to win going away.

The game was played in a downpour that increased as the game went on. SAB was missing five starters who were playing the Milwaukee Tournament, but manager Don Devine gave Hass, Blankschein and his team credit for playing a great game.

IMAX movie screen coming to Mayfair

Aug. 19, 2009 11:00 a.m. | Just in time for the holidays, AMC Mayfair in Wauwatosa is unveiling an IMAX screen, aiming to lure viewers amid the intense competition for 3-D movie releases.

An IMAX screen at the Mayfair Mall movie theaters will be the second in the Milwaukee market. The Humphrey Imax Dome Theater at the Milwaukee Public Museum is devoted to educational films and occasional second-run feature films.
 
This one won’t be an IMAX dome or a high-rise, but the screen will be 25% larger than a typical movie screen, said Justin Scott, an AMC spokesman. No walls or ceilings will be moved at Mayfair to accommodate the screen, but all new IMAX digital projection and audio equipment will be installed. The theater will be reconfigured to seat 340 people, he said.
 
Construction has yet to begin, but plans are for the IMAX theater to open as soon as Oct. 16 or as late as Nov. 6, Scott said. The first 3-D film scheduled to run on the screen is "Where the Wild Things Are," based on the popular children’s book by Maurice Sendak.
 
It typically costs an extra $4 per ticket to see IMAX movies at AMC’s theaters, Scott said, although pricing hasn’t been set at Mayfair yet.
 

The IMAX Corp. is a publicly traded entertainment company that offers movie-viewing technology and also serves as a distributor of films. As of June 30, there were 394 IMAX theaters (273 commercial, 121 institutional) operating in 44 countries, according to the company’s Web site.

As much as anything, IMAX is also a brand.

Movie makers and theater companies have been trying to draw viewers with an ever-growing list of 3-D releases.

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Business owner threatens to shoot mayor

Aug. 18, 2009 7:06 p.m. | A local businessman who made threatening calls to Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier's office because he was upset over sewer testing in his neighborhood has received a verbal warning from police.

The 55-year-old man, who owns a business on Center Street, wanted to speak with Didier last week, but her secretary said the mayor was in a meeting.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The man told the secretary he was upset about smoke testing of sewers that was occurring in the neighborhood around his business and on three occasions threatened to "shoot whoever comes to my door."

Employees of the city's Engineering Department and the contracting firm on the job also reported the man had been shouting at them. During a confrontation, he said he would shoot the project manager and stated, "Why don't you send the mayor? I'll shoot her, too."

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Weight limits posted for Zoo Interchange

Aug. 18, 2009 5:28 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has imposed weight restrictions on three ramps along the Zoo Interchange after recent inspections showed bridge deterioration, but state officials say the ramps remain safe to drive upon.

The state has been monitoring interchange structural conditions and decided to post weight limits while a more thorough assessment can be conducted, a process that will likely take several months, DOT Secretary Frank Busalacchi said in a news release.

"Our first priority is safety," Busalacchi said. "These ramps will continue to safely handle traffic in the busy interchange. By restricting heavy loads, we decrease wear and tear on the bridges and preserve the integrity of the structures until they can be rehabilitated or replaced."

The ramps have different weight limits, varying from 60,000 to 80,000 pounds. Starting today, vehicles exceeding the weight limits are banned from driving on the connector ramps on interstates 94, 894 and 45.

Detours for those vehicles will be marked.

Jesus' head stolen from church's statue

Aug. 18, 2009 4:16 p.m. | NOW photo / Stefanie ScottIn recent months, Wauwatosa has seen cemetery headstones, city stop signs and the Hoyt Park pool house damaged. But this time, vandals have struck a new target: The statue at the entrance to St. Joseph Congregation now features a headless baby Jesus.

"Somewhere someone is using (the head) for a trophy," church Business Administrator Deb Labermeier said today. "The officer and I and the custodians looked everywhere on the property for it, and it's gone."

The statue of Joseph holding his infant son was given to the church by the Christian Women's Society more than 10 years ago. The marble statue is one of several on the church grounds at 12130 W. Center St.

"It's not essential to what we do, we can function without it," Labermeier said. "But our members take this personally. They take pride in the property. This is so senseless."

The church has insurance, which will pay for the majority of the estimated $5,000 cost to replace the statue. But the parish will be responsible for paying the $1,000 deductible.

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UWM experts learn more about skull left with police

Aug. 17, 2009 7:20 p.m. | Members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's anthropology department have determined that a skull dropped off at Wauwatosa Police Department came from a Native American man who likely died 75 years ago.

After police handed the skull over to the Milwaukee County medical examiner on Thursday, he consulted university experts to see if they could identify the age and ethnicity of the skull and how long the person had been dead.

The skull is consistent with a 20- to 25-year-old Native American, but anthropologists couldn't identify the tribe.

It has been returned to the medical examiner for safekeeping, but university staff is helping determine the proper way to dispose of it.

The skull was brought into the Police Department in late July in a covered in burlap and a cardboard box by retired Catholic priest, Rev. Paul Janette.

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The search is on for city's holiday tree

Aug. 17, 2009 5:40 p.m. | Christmas is more than four months away, but Wauwatosa is getting a jump start on holiday planning.

The Forestry Department is looking for a tree to serve as the city's official 2009 holiday tree.

Traditionally, a large tree is donated by a Wauwatosa family. The forestry staff does a site visit to make sure the quality and shape are appropriate and that removal is possible.

If the criteria is met, staff will cut down and moves the tree to the Village, where it is prepped for the annual tree lighting, which is scheduled for Dec. 5.

Residents interested in possibly providing the holiday tree can call the Forestry Department at (414) 471-8420.

$2,000 reward offered in cemetery vandalism

Aug. 17, 2009 3:54 p.m. | Providing information on recent acts of vandalism at Wauwatosa Cemetery could result in a $2,000 reward.

An anonymous donor, who has family buried in the cemetery, 2405 W. Wauwatosa Ave., has pledged $1,000 as an incentive to get anyone with information about the vandalism to come forward. The cemetery's trustee board is matching that donation.

In July, vandals pushed over at least six large gravestones and a granite bench top. In addition, an American flag that had been donated a few weeks prior by Wauwatosa VFW Post 1465 was stolen from the cemetery flagpole and a granite ball estimated to weigh one ton was knocked off a historic monument.

Due to the material and craftsmanship of the memorials, which weigh thousands of pounds, they are nearly impossible to restore to original condition.

"The community is appalled at this complete lack of respect for the heritage and memories that this beautiful cemetery holds," said Christine Toson Hentges, vice president of cemeteries, in a news release.

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Appeals court upholds city's rejection of payday loan store

Aug. 14, 2009 12:52 p.m. | An Aug. 11 decision by the state Court of Appeals upheld the city of Wauwatosa's 2006 decision to reject an EZMoney Payday Loans store that sought to open at 6502 W. North Ave.

That decision is the latest in a three-year legal dispute between the city and EZCorp Inc. The Texas-based company filed a lawsuit in February 2007 against the city's Board of Zoning Appeals, saying trade district zoning ordinances do not apply to its quick cash loan services. EZCorp said its business falls under a different banking classification than designated in the ordinance.

However, the state court's decision does not necessarily mean an end to the dispute, and for now the long-vacant storefront will remain empty, City Attorney Alan Kesner said in a news release. EZCorp has 30 days to request the state Supreme Court review the decision.

EZCorp's legal department did not immediately respond to a phone call from a reporter seeking comment.

Brewers Block Party tomorrow at Hart Park

Aug. 14, 2009 10:10 a.m. | The Milwaukee Brewers will hold their final block party of the season tomorrow at Hart Park from 11 to 1 p.m.

Players and coaches scheduled to attend include Ryan Braun, Mike Burns, Todd Coffey, Craig Counsell, Brad Fischer, Trevor Hoffman, Jason Kendall, Felipe Lopez, Ken Macha, Willie Randolph and Mitch Setter. They are scheduled to appear between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and the appearance schedule is subject to change.

Bernie Brewer and the World Famous Racing Sausages will also make an appearance and the events will be emceed by Bill Michaels and Jeff Falconio of Newsradio 620 WTMJ-AM. Raffle prizes feature Brewer tickets, game-used memorabilia and other autographed items will be given away.

The latest Brewer apparel will be available in the merchandise tent and free hot dogs, soda and potato chips will be available compliments of Klements, Pepsi and Sportservice for approximately 300 people.

For further information check out brewers.com/blockparty.

TMJ4: Priest drops off human skull at Tosa police station

Aug. 13, 2009 8:04 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that a human skull was dropped off at the Wauwatosa Police Department by a 75-year-old retired priest.

Police are not trying to determine identify the skull and where it came from.

The told police said he stored the skull his locker at the Cousin's Center in St. Francis for years, and only recently rediscovered it while planning his own funeral, the TV station reports.

Go to complete story from Today's TMJ4

Wauwatosa football photos now online

Aug. 13, 2009 10:34 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery of NOW photographer Peter Zuzga's pictures from the first day of football practice Tuesday in Wauwatosa as East and West players ended their summer vacations a little early to take part in practices at Hart Park and Wauwatosa West High School.

The fall season for all prep sports will be underway soon and WauwatosaNOW.com will continue to post prep sports galleries throughout the season.

Subway, massage therapy practice win panel approval

Aug. 12, 2009 3:22 p.m. | Wauwatosa's Plan Commission has given its support to two new businesses.

A former house at 7835 Harwood Ave. is set to become the new home of a business offering massage therapy and wellness counseling.

A Subway restaurant is planned for the eastern half of the storefront that once housed Aetna Hardware, at 10940 W. Capitol Drive.
 

Man arrested for defecating outside apartment

Aug. 10, 2009 2:26 p.m. | A 62-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for disorderly conduct in the 1200 block of Glenview Avenue at 4:23 a.m. Aug. 5 after relieving himself on private property, according to a Wauwatosa Police Department report.

Also according to the report:

The owner of an apartment building on Glenview Avenue had reported on at least three prior occasions that an unknown person had defecated along the north side of the building.

The officer checked the building for fresh feces about 2 a.m. Aug. 5, but found none.

About 4:20 a.m., officers saw a man standing on the sidewalk near the bus stop in front of the apartment building. An officer asked the man if he knew anything about the prior incidents. The man said he did not and that he has never seen anyone in the area while he waits for the bus.

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Woman victim of strong-arm robbery outside Walgreen's

Aug. 10, 2009 1:52 p.m. | A 41-year-old Wauwatosa woman was punched in the face and robbed in front of Walgreen’s, 2656 Wauwatosa Ave., at 7:41 p.m. Sunday, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

According to the report:

The woman was walking toward her car when she noticed a man sitting on the curb. As she walked closer to the man, he stood up, turned around and punched her in the left temple. The woman fell to the ground and “blacked out” for a moment.

As she was falling to the ground, the man grabbed her pocketbook, which contained a $200 cell phone, a Social Security card, debit card and credit card.

The man then ran off with another man.

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New charter school to open in Wauwatosa

Aug. 07, 2009 12:02 p.m. | Wauwatosa — A new charter school, the Tosa School of the Trades, is scheduled to open for the 2009-'10 school year.

On Monday, the city Plan Commission is scheduled to vote on a permit to allow the school to operate in the Fisher Building, 12101 W. North Ave.

The school will provide training in the mechanical and building trades to 11th- and 12th-grade students, according to a brochure.

Worried North Ave. is ignored, Pantuso to run for office

Aug. 06, 2009 1:56 p.m. | A resident of Wauwatosa's East Towne neighborhood has announced his candidacy for 5th District alderman more than seven months before the election.

Bobby Pantuso plans to run for a seat on the city's Common Council because he is concerned that "North Avenue is getting ignored."

"North Avenue is a thoroughfare through the city," he said. "It's the first and last impression people get of Wauwatosa."

He grew up on the city's east side and now serves as one of the Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association's board members. He also is involved in the North Avenue Alliance and serves on the boards of the Village Business Improvement District and city's Civic Celebration Commission.

This will be Pantuso's second run for alderman. He lost to Alderman Michael Walsh in 2008.

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Police say driver under the influence of drugs had baby in back seat

Aug. 04, 2009 1:56 p.m. | A 37-year-old Greendale man has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs after he drove from Greendale to Wauwatosa while his 1-1/2-year-old daughter was sleeping in the back seat.

According to a Wauwatosa police:

The man was driving near Southridge on Sunday afternoon when another driver saw him striking the curb and driving through several stoplights before she lost sight of him.

Officers tracked him to the 8400 block of Menomonee River Parkway in Wauwatosa, about 10 miles away, where he was driving in the parking lane and nearly struck another car.

Background records showed two prior drunken driving arrests. The man told police he had not been drinking and that he has attended regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings since March. But he did say he was taking several prescription drugs for anxiety, pain and depression.

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Man charged in prostitution sting at Tosa hotels

Aug. 04, 2009 1:18 p.m. | A Milwaukee man has been charged with pimping after Wauwatosa police conducted a sting operation at local hotels.

According to police reports:

Johnny Grady, 41, operated prostitution service called Five Star Quality Entertainment and he had allegedly booked rooms at the Super 8 motel, 115 N. Mayfair Road, 36 times since February. He had also booked rooms at other Wauwatosa hotels.

On Thursday, police collared Grady when he showed up at the motel to collect his cut of the $125 payment from a prostitute, who was actually a police informant. Also arrested was the customer, a 37-year-old Waukesha man, whose name is not being reported because he has not yet been charged with a crime.

The sting came as the result of complaints from hotel managers of prostitution and drug activity.

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Fire Department will demonstrate effectiveness of sprinklers at Tosa's Night Out

Aug. 03, 2009 10:52 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department will set side-by-side fires during Tosa's Night Out to show residents the effectiveness of fire sprinklers in a building.

The live burn is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hart Park as part of an evening of safety-focused activities. The demonstration will show the rapid speed and destruction of a home fire in a structure that does not use fire safety technology vs. a structure equipped with smoke detectors and sprinklers.

Sprinklers can stop fires from spreading and protect firefighters from injuries, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association.

Health Department set to give away digital thermometers Tuesday

Aug. 03, 2009 10:48 p.m. | Wauwatosa Health Department will hand out free digital thermometers Tuesday to help people prepare for the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu.

Residents can pick up the thermometers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., while supplies last, at the Health Department on the lower level of City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Wauwatosa is one of 14 Milwaukee area public health agencies giving away thermometers.

Drug bust in apartment leads to charges against Wauwatosa woman

Aug. 03, 2009 10:46 p.m. | A 25-year-old woman who was found to have more than 220 grams of drugs in her Wauwatosa apartment was charged today for marijuana and cocaine possession.

Rebecca Lynch is being held at the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility, and she is expected to appear before a judge Thursday. According to a Wauwatosa Police report:

Police received an anonymous tip that Lynch may have been selling pot from her apartment. During a search they found a blunt in an ashtray, marijuana seeds, a pipe, rolls of dollar bills, scales, a small bag of cocaine and numerous bags of marijuana stashed around the home. In her closet, officers found a half-pound of pot.

Lynch allegedly said all of the drugs were for her personal use and that she had been smoking marijuana since age 16.

DMV offices closed Friday

Aug. 03, 2009 5:26 p.m. | Division of Motor Vehicles offices will be closed Friday due to mandated furloughs for state employees.

The automated phone system will remain in operation so people can make road-test appointments and access recorded information. Services such as vehicle registration renewal can be performed online at any time.

In addition, titling and registration services are offered by many third-party partners, such as police stations, grocery stores and financial institutions around the state. Information can be found at dot.wisconsin.gov.

DMV staff members are required to take off eight days per year for the next two years as a way to cut costs in the state budget. All DMV offices will resume business Aug. 10.

Scout creating guide to local historical cemetery

Aug. 03, 2009 5:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa Cemetery is the final resting place for members of the Hart, Harwood, Hoyt and Underwood families, which have had local parks and streets named in their honor.

Soon, visitors to the historic cemetery, 2405 Wauwatosa Ave., will be able to better find their memorials thanks to Patrick Merz, a member of Whitman Boy Scout Troop 111 working toward the Eagle Scout rank. He has created a Web site that includes a listing of who is buried there - full names, birth and death dates and burial plots - and linked photos of their headstones for research purposes.

The project, which remains a work in progress, has required hours of looking through cemetery records and verifying information.

Patrick has worked with the cemetery's board and management company, and organized volunteers who helped clean up and photograph headstones.

Anyone with information about the people buried at Wauwatosa Cemetery is encouraged to contact him. See his work at www.wauwatosacemetery.info.

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UW Credit Union buys Amcore building in Tosa

Aug. 03, 2009 3:04 p.m. | UW Credit Union said Monday it will buy the 3-year-old Amcore Bank branch building located across from Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The purchase of the 14,000-square-foot building will give UW Credit Union, which is one of the state's biggest credit unions, a third branch in the Milwaukee area. UW Credit Union plans to open the branch in spring of 2010.

"We are pleased to respond to member requests for an additional Milwaukee location that provides convenient service to the Wauwatosa and Brookfield communities," said Paul Kundert, president and chief executive of UW Credit Union.

The deal involves only the sale of the building, not Amcore's loans or deposits.

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