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Milwaukee says goodbye to Chill on the Hill for 2013

Aug. 28, 2013 9:08 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View showcased the last Chill on the Hill concert for 2013.

Global musical sounds from Spanglish entertained the crowd.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of the last 2013 edition of Chill on the Hill.

Several businesses broken into along Capitol Drive

Aug. 27, 2013 7:57 p.m. | Many businesses in the Horizon Building, 10721 W. Capitol Drive, had their doors broken in, air vents pushed in and items taken from them between 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 7:35 p.m. Aug. 15.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Nearly every office in the building either had a door smashed in or vent kicked in. Items were taken from businesses as well, including two laptop computers and a carrying case stolen from Alliance Tax Resolution Services, amounting to a total loss of $1,090.

Most of the doors were opened with what appeared to be tools, including a hammer used to smash a window.

Many business owners believe the break-ins were made by people tied to a clinic in the building.

Wauwatosa man charged in casino shooting

Aug. 27, 2013 7:43 p.m. | After a shooting that left a woman wounded at Potawotami Bingo Casino on June 16, Wauwatosa resident Gregory Harmon has been charged with three class A misdemeanors.

The counts including carrying a concealed weapon, endangering safety by using a dangerous weapon with a detectable amount of controlled substance and carrying a handgun where alcohol is sold and consumed.

According to the criminal complaint:

Witnesses said that Harmon, while drinking at Potawotami Bingo Casino's bar, got into a shouting match and later a fistfight with others at the bar. Harmon was being attacked by multiple men and pulled a gun out of a bag.

Security yelled that he had a gun and to get back when Harmon fired twice, hitting a woman in the upper thigh.

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Arrowhead remains atop NOW/Lake Country football poll

Aug. 27, 2013 9:07 a.m. | Defending WIAA Division 1 football champion Arrowhead (1-0) has been a fixture at the top of the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country suburban football poll for more than a season.

The Warhawks retain their top spot in the rankings this week after 42-7 victory over Kenosha Bradford in the opening game of the season.

Arrowhead's next game is a non-conference matchup at defending Division 2 state champion Homestead this Friday. The Highlanders are fifth in the suburban poll.

Franklin defeated Hamilton, 44-16, in its opening game and is currently second in the suburban football poll.

You can see the rest of the top-ranked teams, a playoff forecast for area squads, Coach's Confidential, standings, photo of the week and more at MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Push for the Playoffs page.

Tosa West beats Red Raiders in football opener

Aug. 23, 2013 9:39 p.m. | After dropping a 21-13 decision to Wauwatosa East two years ago, Tosa West coach Matt Good called it the most disappointing loss of his coaching career. Friday night, the Trojans made up for it with a 54-0 romp of the Red Raiders at West in the season opener for both team's.

Last week Good said his team might be faster than last year's speedsters, who depended on big plays in a 9-2 season. It was a familiar story on Friday night.

The Trojans scored four first-down touchdowns and had 67, 45 and 26 yards scores among their seven offensive TDs, while Develyn Ferguson added a 40-yard interception return.

Quarterback Jared Morzinski opened the scoring with a 67-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to running back Jameson Brock with 5:59 left in the first half. Then Zach Veit intercepted a pass and ran it back 30 yards and RB Greg Lewis scored on a 27-yard run on the next play with 4:05 left in the quarter.

After RB Demaris Purifoy had a 67-yard TD run nullified for holding right before the end of the first quarter, it took the Trojans until 3:41 left in the half to score again when Morzinski tossed a beautiful bomb down the left sideline to Brock for another score and a 21-0 lead.

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It's Ladies Night at Bay View's Chill on the Hill

Aug. 21, 2013 8:53 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled celebration as it was Ladies' Night on Aug. 20 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

Musical guests Ramma Lamma and The Wanton Looks entertained the crowd.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill.

Man with pink elephant backpack robs inn, Wauwatosa police say

Aug. 19, 2013 4:11 p.m. | After saying he had a gun and kicking down a door to get to the cash register of Forty Winks Inn, 11017 W. Bluemound Road, a man told a woman to fill a backpack full of cash at 10:28 p.m. Aug. 14.

The bag was a pink, fuzzy children's backpack shaped like an elephant.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man walked up to the office and told the woman to put the money in the elephant. She said she was getting nervous so she stepped back from the office and closed and locked the door.

The man charged into the door, kicking it down. She fell over trying to get away from the man, who said he had a gun in his waistband.

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Police say Wauwatosa grandmother scammed out of $14,660

Aug. 19, 2013 3:08 p.m. | A woman called police after she was scammed out of $14,660 in multiple telephone calls from people pretending to either be her grandson or authorities on South America.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The woman received a phone call from someone saying he was her grandson at 8 a.m. Aug. 5. The man said he crashed his rental car in Mexico City and needed $1,800 wired to him. He also told her he was embarrassed and not to tell his parents. She went to Kmart and wired the money to him.

Thus began a four-day-long phone scam.

The same person called back and said he was jailed by the Mexican Authorities and needed $4,900. She sent him the money. He called again, saying he needed $4,850 to bribe authorities. She sent him the money.

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Man robs Papa Murphy's at knifepoint, Wauwatosa police say

Aug. 19, 2013 1:59 p.m. | A man wearing a nylon mask robbed Papa Murphy's, 7630 W. Bluemound Road, at knifepoint at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man walked straight behind the counter with a large plastic bag and said something to the employees.

His speech was muffled by the nylon mask over his face so employees asked him what he wanted.

He pulled a butcher knife from his waistband, grabbed an employee by the arm, and told her to open the register.

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Share your prep football spirit and win movie tickets

Aug. 19, 2013 1:18 p.m. | It's that time of the year again for soon-to-be cooling temperatures, school spirit and Friday night lights.

Area football teams are set to kick off their seasons this week, and we want you to showcase your school and alumni spirit by sharing your photographs.

One person who shares the most-liked photo showcasing their school spirit will win a pair of Marcus Theatres movie tickets.

Here's what you need to do: First, take a photo of yourself, your friends or whatever else you think shows your spirit for preps football. Then tag your photos with the #wisfb hashtag as well as a hashtag of your school (#Arrowhead, #Homestead and #CatholicMemorial are examples). Then post your photo to Twitter, Instagram or Flickr.

Photos will be compiled on the NOW Newspapers #wisfb prep football spirit photos page, and you can vote for your favorite there.

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Wauwatosa police arrest boys for coming back to take bicycles

Aug. 19, 2013 1:03 p.m. | Two boys were arrested for taking bicycles after they returned to the 6200 block of West North Avenue to take more bicycles between 3:30 and 8:40 p.m. Aug. 9.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The two were arrested for looking in windows and acting suspicious. Since police had a call of two bicycles stolen from the same area at the same time, they asked the boys about the bicycles.

They both admitted to taking the bicycles after they saw them hanging in a window of a garage. One of the boys said the feeling of getting away with taking the bicycles was the best part.

The two said they rode the bicycles a few blocks to Fast Track Oil Change, 6207 W. North Ave., where they sold them to a man for $25. The man was suspicious because they bicycles were worth a total of $900. Police called him later and he agreed to return the bicycles.

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Wauwatosa police say Subway on North Avenue robbed at gunpoint

Aug. 19, 2013 10:35 a.m. | Two men robbed Subway, 6733 W. North Ave., with a handgun at 1:35 p.m. Aug. 8.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The Subway employee noticed the two walk around where the sandwich line starts and head straight to the counter. One of the men, wielding a silver handgun, told her to put all the money from the register into a bag and to not make it look obvious or else she would get shot.

She hurriedly filled the bag. The man with the handgun yelled at her to get to the safe and empty that as well.

She complied, but as she was kneeling over the locked safe pulling out money bags, she noticed the man had left. He was walking away, money spilling out of the bag. He walked to the back, took three employees' purses, and left.

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Wauwatosa police say woman drove past would-be burglars in her driveway

Aug. 19, 2013 10:24 a.m. | A woman drove past two would-be burglars' jeep while it was parked in her driveway, missing them by mere seconds.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The woman's neighbors were playing cards at 12:59 p.m. Aug. 10 when they noticed a gold-colored jeep pull into their neighbor's driveway in the 2300 block of North 115th Street.

Two men jumped out of the jeep; one climbed a fence to get to the back door, while the other walked to the front door.

They called police and noticed their neighbor, described as an elderly woman, drive around the jeep and into her garage.

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Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Irish sounds

Aug. 14, 2013 9:00 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled with Irish sounds from McTavish and the Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance on Aug. 13 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill.

Man pulled over after drunkenly hitting curb with car, Wauwatosa police say

Aug. 13, 2013 10:37 a.m. | A Wauwatosa officer pulled over the driver of a car making a scraping, thumping noise coming from a blown tire, driving down in the 1900 block of Swan Boulevard at 25 MPH.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was slurring his speech, his eyes glazed over, when the officer contacted him at 10:06 p.m. Aug. 3. He was being followed by another driver who was honking his horn in an attempt to let him know the vehicle's tire rim was digging into the pavement.

The following vehicle's driver told officers the man had lost control of his car in a turn, smashing into a curb. The curb popped his tire and damaged his wheel well.

The driver failed all his sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of 0.18. He was arrested for drunken driving, second offense.

Estranged wife smashes car with sledgehammer, Wauwatosa police say

Aug. 13, 2013 10:30 a.m. | A woman trying to mend her relationship with her estranged husband smashed his girlfriend's car with a sledgehammer.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was in his kitchen in the 2400 block of Wauwatosa Avenue when he heard glass crunching sounds at 6:40 a.m. Aug. 4.

It was his wife, wielding a two-pound sledgehammer, smashing his girlfriend's car's windshield. The wife jumped in her car and sped off before he could confront her. Before she left she did $1,200 of damage, putting a 6-by-4-inch hole in the windshield, spider-webbing it completely and smashing a hole in the driver's side window.

When the estranged wife came to the station, she confessed to the hammering. She said she had been trying to work things out with her husband for a year and heard he was dating another woman.

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Saks Off 5th, Old Navy, Carter's announced for Mayfair Collection

Aug. 12, 2013 8:00 a.m. |

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Old Navy and Carter’s have signed leases for The Mayfair Collection, the shopping center being built at a former warehouse site in Wauwatosa.
 
Saks Off 5th and the other stores will join previously announced tenants Nordstrom Rack, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Ulta Beauty when the shopping center's first phase opens next spring. 
 
Saks Off 5th is a value-priced offshoot of the Saks Fifth Avenue department store chain, and sells clothes and accessories for men, women and children.
 
The chain has 67 stores, and The Mayfair Collection store will be its first in Wisconsin. The closest Saks Off 5th to Milwaukee is in Gurnee, Ill.
 
Old Navy sells clothing for men, women and children, while Carter's focuses on clothing for children, including babies and toddlers. Old Navy operates stores in the Milwaukee area, and Carter's has stores at outlet malls in Pleasant Prairie and Johnson Creek.
 
The new tenants were announced Monday by Chicago-based HSA Commercial Real Estate Inc., which is developing The Mayfair Collection east of Highway 45 and north of W. Burleigh St.
 
In the project's first phase, HSA is demolishing part of a former supermarket warehouse complex, and is creating 270,000 square feet of retail space split between renovated warehouse space and new buildings. Future phases will include stores and restaurants in new buildings, plus offices and apartments.
 
The Mayfair Collection has attracted interest from several other retailers seeking their first locations in suburban Milwaukee, said Timothy Blum, executive vice president and managing director of HSA's retail division.
 
Around 192,000 square feet has been leased, or is close to being leased, said Brenton Schrader, HSA marketing associate.
 
The Wauwatosa Common Council in November approved a proposal to provide up to $8.5 million in city funds to help develop the Mayfair Collection. Those funds will be provided by allowing HSA  to recover the development's property taxes.
 
Once HSA recovers its costs, the Mayfair Collection's property taxes will go to the city, its school district and other local governments. City officials estimate it will take 12 to 14 years to pay off the tax incremental financing district debt.
 
The estimated value of the project's first phase is $46.6 million.

Benjamin Sebena sentenced to serve at least 35 years

Aug. 09, 2013 10:33 p.m. |

Confessed murderer Benjamin Sebena will be 65 before he can apply for release on extended supervision.
 
Following a nearly three-hour hearing, Judge David Borowski sentenced Sebena to the mandatory sentence life in prison, with no eligibility to apply for release for 35 years in the first-degree intentional homicide of his wife, Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena.  
 
Sebena is 30 years old.
 
The sentence was a middle ground between the prosecutor’s recommendation of a minimum of 50 years before eligibility, and the defense attorney’s suggestion of 20 to 25 years. 
 
Borwoski, in an hour-long discussion punctuated by periods of silence, weighed the heinousness of the crime against mitigating factors, including the fact that Sebena had confessed, Sebena’s war record, and what a psychiatrist testified was perhaps the most severe cast of post-traumatic stress syndrome he had seen.
 
Outlining Sebena’s experience as a Marine, Borowski said he had killed 68 people, including a boy he had befriended who turned on him, and was, like others, often assigned the grisly task of cleaning human remains – including that of friends and people he served with – off of military equipment.
 
None of it was a reason to murder a loving wife, Borowski said. Jennifer Sebena was in the habit of leaving messages of affection and encouragement on Post-It notes strewn throughout their home, the judge said.
 
She was shot twice in the back of the head, and several more times with her own gun in the face. Describing pictures he was given, Borowski said she “basically had no face.” 
 
Sebena is a danger to the community, he said. “You basically brought an act of war to Wauwatosa.” 
 
More than 100 people jammed into the gallery, including two dozen members of the Wauwatosa Police Department.

Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones named 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year

Aug. 07, 2013 12:32 p.m. | Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones has been named the NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year for the 2013 season.

The hard-throwing senior struck out 131 batters in 80 innings while compiling a 0.70 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and a 9-3 record.

New Berlin West coach Tom Farina is the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Coach of the Year. The veteran skipper led the Vikings to their first-ever state baseball title and was also named the state coach of the year.

You can see the complete team and more in the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Team special section.

Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Nora Collins and Eagle Trace

Aug. 07, 2013 9:10 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled with country sounds from Nora Collins and rock music from Eagle Trace on Aug. 6 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill.

Man resists arrest for drunken driving, Wauwatosa police say

Aug. 06, 2013 12:40 p.m. | A man argued with officers during every step of his arrest for drunken driving, first offense, after being pulled over for driving 80 MPH in a 40 MPH zone.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer followed the man as he was driving 80 MPH at Mayfair Road and Burleigh Street at 2:19 a.m. July 29. The man, driving a red pickup, didn't respond to the officer following him with his lights on. To get his attention, the officer turned his siren on and off. The man still didn't pull over until the officer had been following him for 0.7 miles.

The ordeal had just begun for the officer.

The man's window was slightly cracked open and the officer told him to roll it all the way down. The man told him that he wouldn't roll his window down and could hear the officer just fine. The officer kept telling him to roll the window down and the man kept arguing, eventually saying the officer was abusing his power by asking him to roll the window down.

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Milwaukee County Transit System offering $3 shuttles to state fair

Aug. 01, 2013 12:30 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Transit System is offering Shuttle/Freeway Flyer service to the Wisconsin State Fair this year from the Watertown Plank Road Park-Ride Lot, on the south side of Watertown Plank Road, west of Highway 45, and added service at the Timmerman Field Park-Ride Lot, on the west side of Appleton Ave., just south of Silver Spring Drive.

The Timmerman Field service has been added to reduce traffic congestion and provide additional parking, as road construction has reduced parking at the Wauwatosa Plank Road lot.

The shuttle fare is $3.00 per round trip.

Community Watch

» Milwaukee says goodbye to Chill on the Hill for 2013 8/28

» Several businesses broken into along Capitol Drive 8/27

» Wauwatosa man charged in casino shooting 8/27

» Arrowhead remains atop NOW/Lake Country football poll 8/27

» Tosa West beats Red Raiders in football opener 8/23

» It's Ladies Night at Bay View's Chill on the Hill 8/21

» Man with pink elephant backpack robs inn, Wauwatosa police say 8/19

» Police say Wauwatosa grandmother scammed out of $14,660 8/19

» Man robs Papa Murphy's at knifepoint, Wauwatosa police say 8/19

» Share your prep football spirit and win movie tickets 8/19

» Wauwatosa police arrest boys for coming back to take bicycles 8/19

» Wauwatosa police say Subway on North Avenue robbed at gunpoint 8/19

» Wauwatosa police say woman drove past would-be burglars in her driveway 8/19

» Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Irish sounds 8/14

» Man pulled over after drunkenly hitting curb with car, Wauwatosa police say 8/13

» Estranged wife smashes car with sledgehammer, Wauwatosa police say 8/13

» Saks Off 5th, Old Navy, Carter's announced for Mayfair Collection 8/12

» Benjamin Sebena sentenced to serve at least 35 years 8/9

» Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones named 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year 8/7

» Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Nora Collins and Eagle Trace 8/7

» Man resists arrest for drunken driving, Wauwatosa police say 8/6

» Milwaukee County Transit System offering $3 shuttles to state fair 8/1

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