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Wauwatosa West, Brookfield Central volleyball gallery now online

Oct. 30, 2010 7:12 a.m. | Wauwatosa West defeated Brookfield Central yesterday in the opening round of the WIAA boys volleyball tournament and NOW's C.T. Kruger was there capturing shots from the game in this photo gallery.

Third-seeded West advanced to take on Shorewood with the 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19 victory over the No. 6 Lancers.

Go to photo gallery.

East wins, Central loses to Tosa West in boys volleyball

Oct. 29, 2010 11:29 p.m. | Brookfield East and Wauwatosa West advanced to the WIAA Sectional semi-finals with wins Friday night, while Brookfield Central saw its season come to an end.

The fourth-seeded Spartans beat the fifth-seeded Whitefish Bay/Dominican co-op in three games (25-19, 25-22, 25-18) - no individual stats were available. East will now play at Wauwatosa East against the top-seeded Red Raiders on Tuesday night.

The third-seeded Trojans beat sixth-seeded Central, 3-1, in a hard-fought match at West. The Trojans won the first two games (25-23, 25-20), but the Lancers battled back to win the third game (25-21). West then won the fourth game (25-19) to advance to the next round against second-seeded Shorewood, the Woodland Conference champs, on Tuesday night at Shorewood. They finished one game ahead of the Trojans.

Alec Redlich was on fire for the Trojans as he had 24 kills and 9 blocks against Central. Mitch Lahmann had 8 digs and Travis Hudson had 47 assists.

For Central, Steven Dusing had 19 assists and 4 aces while Andrew Dusing had 18 assists. Michael O'Brien had 13 kills, Michael Cayo added 11 digs, Drew Schilz had 9 kills, 4 blocks and 3 aces.

Follow the WIAA football playoffs live tonight

Oct. 26, 2010 6:46 p.m. | We're only a few moments away from kickoff in this season's WIAA football postseason and there is no better way to keep up with all the action in the first round than to check visit Preps Plus Playoff Central.

The special page features a tweeter feed with live updates from our reporters and fans at the games, a video roundtable previewing the first round, a poll and much more.

Go to Preps Plus Playoff Central

Police bust grow-house after anonymous tip

Oct. 26, 2010 2:44 p.m. | Two people have been arrested for growing marijuana in Wauwatosa.

The district attorney is expected to issue charges in the case Tuesday afternoon.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Police got a tip through Crime Stoppers of a home in the 6600 block of Hillside Lane that smelled of marijuana and had frequent visitors coming and going.

Officers checked out the apartment and found cardboard, dark film, blankets and blinds covering the windows. They also saw water and mold stains, which can indicate a home-grow operation.

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6,000 without power as storms move through area

Oct. 26, 2010 9:13 a.m. | About 6,000 We Energies customers in southeastern Wisconsin were without power as of about 9 a.m. because of powerful storms and strong winds moving through the region, a company spokesman said.

About 1,300 customers were without power in Sturtevant, where a tornado may have touched down just before 8 a.m., We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said. Several power lines were down in the area, he said.

About 1,700 customers near Somers in Kenosha County were also without power, Manthey said. The possible tornado that caused the damage near Sturtevant was reported to have passed near Somers while traveling north.

Meanwhile, We Energies crews have restored power to some customers in other areas. Only about 25 customers in Wauwatosa were still without power as of 9 a.m., down from about 1,200 customers around 7:40 a.m.

Scattered outages were also reported in Walworth and Jefferson counties.

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Alarming behavior sets police on to thieves, cross-dresser

Oct. 26, 2010 8:22 a.m. | A woman who pulled a fire alarm at the Cheesecake Factory ended up alerting police to the stolen goods she had in the getaway car last week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

An 18-year-old woman, 16-year-old girl and 18-year-old man dressed as a woman walked into the restaurant on the Mayfair Mall property and asked for "free water." After spending some time at the bar, they started to leave. The girl pulled the alarm on the way out.

Their vehicle was stopped at 104th Street and North Avenue, where a large number of items taken from various mall stores was recovered.

All three were arrested for possession of stolen property at 6:38 p.m. Oct. 18. They were also banned from the mall for five years.

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Police arrest woman playing on sympathy to score cash

Oct. 26, 2010 8:12 a.m. | A woman posing as the mother of a sick child in need of medication estimated she made about $300 off sympathetic Tosa residents last week. She has been arrested for aggressive panhandling.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 41-year-old woman would ring doorbells and pretend she lived a few houses down from the homeowners. She said she was in desperate need of money because her son had asthma and he needed a new inhaler. She asked for $31, but would take whatever money the homeowners could provide.

In some cases, she called the homeowners by their names and even gave one a hug for her generosity. Each time she promised to pay the money back, and in a few cases, wrote down fake contact information.

Police started getting reports of a woman calling herself "Victoria," not her real name, going door-to door for money Oct. 18 in the 2600 block of North 72nd Street at 5:21 p.m. Calls came in the following days from Jackson Park Boulevard, 62nd, 71st, 74th and 99th streets.

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Make your voice heard by participating in Village survey

Oct. 25, 2010 9:28 p.m. | Do you frequent the shops and restaurants in the Village? Or maybe, lack of parking and its winding, one-way streets keeps you away.

Let the people planning for the Village's future know what you think by taking a short survey at surveymonkey.com/s/QKSPXK6.

Responses that come in prior to Oct. 31 will be used as part of a design workshop scheduled for Nov. 2-4. The public is invited to participate in each session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Muellner Building in Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St.

Residents needed to help with upcoming election

Oct. 25, 2010 9:26 p.m. | The city is looking for additional residents to work the polls during the Nov. 2 election.

Voter turnout is expected to be high due to competitive races for governor and state and U.S. Senate.

To qualify, people must be a U.S. citizen, Tosa resident and at least 16 years old.

To learn about the commitment and pay that comes with working the polls, call the City Clerk's office at (414) 479-8919.

City budget hearing delayed until Nov. 16

Oct. 25, 2010 9:16 p.m. | A public hearing on the city's proposed 2011 budget has been delayed a week.

Wauwatosa property owners will get an opportunity to speak about the 2.03 percent tax levy increase and its impact on city services on Nov. 16, during a Common Council meeting.

The hearing was delayed to provide sufficient notice to residents in the Wauwatosa NOW.

Grab a seat at our prep roundtable as we preview the football postseason

Oct. 25, 2010 2:07 p.m. | The high school football playoffs begin tomorrow night at 7 p.m. and you can get insight into some of the top matchups in our video roundtable as NOW's David Cotey and Steven Tietz are joined by the Journal-Sentinel's Mark Stewart.

The video, a blog and more are also available on Preps Plus Playoff Central page, which will be updated with game stories and photo galleries throughout the postseason.

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Smaller school levy likely to get board's OK

Oct. 22, 2010 8:24 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday will approve its final 2010-11 budget, with a smaller increase than originally projected in the tax levy.

The total tax levy will be $43.9 million, a decrease of roughly $2.6 million from the original budget approval in June. The levy will about 3.4 percent higher than the 2009-10 $42.2 million tax levy.

Total net expenditures for 2010-11 are $89.2 million, up from $82.1 million in 2009-10.

The board also will discuss compensation for the district's non-represented employees at Monday's meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave.

Follow live from WIAA headquarters as football brackets are made

Oct. 22, 2010 3:32 p.m. | Be sure to check in with Lake Country Publications' JR Radcliffe today as he tweets from the war room in Stevens Point as WIAA staff members put together the football playoff brackets.

The WIAA worked into the early morning hours to determine the postseason field and expects to have the brackets finished later today.

Go to Preps Alcove.

Interim fire chief will come from within department

Oct. 21, 2010 9:42 a.m. | Assistant Fire Chief Michael Anton will lead the Wauwatosa Fire Department come Jan. 5.

The Police and Fire Commission has named Anton the interim chief when Fire Chief Dean Redman retires, going against a recommendation by city officials who thought Police Chief Barry Weber would make a better choice in the short-term.

The commission considered applicants for the position in closed session. However, they voted, unanimously, in open session, citing a desire to see continuity of management and operations within the department and a leader with experience protecting the safety of the public and firefighters.

"If you were to consider me, I would serve in that role professionally and objectively," Anton said.

As the commission talked about entering closed session, Mayor Jill Didier asked that the people in attendance be given an opportunity to speak.

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List of departing city officials swells; total increases to four

Oct. 20, 2010 12:48 p.m. | The list of top city officials who are leaving has just increased by two more.

Public Works Director William Kappel has announced he will retire at the end of November. City Finance Director Ron Braier retired quickly and unexpectedly this month.

This follows the announcement that Fire Chief Dean Redman will leave in January. The city has already lost Chief Building Official Dave Wheaton, who died of a heart attack in September.

The city has retained a recruitment firm, Voorhees & Associates, to look for the next public works director and will likely do the same for the finance director. The search will span the nation, but internal applicants are expected. The firm was used when Wauwatosa was hiring its economic development director this spring.

Kappel has worked for the city for 13 years. He is planning to move north and spend time golfing and being a grandfather.

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Aldermen seek residents' opinions on Fire Department

Oct. 20, 2010 12:00 p.m. | The two aldermen who represent Wauwatosa's 8th District have been vocal opponents of eliminating positions within the Fire Department, believing it would cause a service reduction that could have life-threatening consequences for their constituents.

Fire officials have said not filling three vacant positions would shut down a back-up ambulance at Fire Station No. 2 on the city's north side. That would mean crews would have to travel further from within the city or neighboring communities to respond.

This morning, aldermen Jason Wilke and Craig Wilson issued a letter on the topic and urged residents to provide their opinions during a Nov. 9 public hearing before the Common Council.

Two West students arrested for truancy, resisting arrest

Oct. 20, 2010 10:14 a.m. | Two Wauwatosa West students were arrested for resisting arrest and truancy after they were seen bicycling around the city and looking into garbage carts while they should have been at school last week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Two boys were seen going through garbages in the 1900 block of North 86th Street at 8:36 a.m. Oct. 11. An officer responded and activated the emergency lights on his squad car but one of the boys turned his bicycle around and starting pedaling away. He eventually dumped his bicycle in a driveway and ran through residential yards in the 2000 block of North 85th Street before he was stopped.

Meanwhile, the second teen was stopped and told to sit on the curb while his friend was found. Police got an anonymous call saying the boy had made his way to 86th Street and Stickney Avenue. He had given a fake name - that of one of the district's elementary school principals - to police when he was first stopped.

A search of the second boy's pockets turned up two rings, which had been taken from his friend's house. The stepmother said she believed the boy had been hiding out in her home since he has been reported missing Sept. 23. He was also arrested for theft and sent to Children's Court.

Man urinates on tree after pulled over for drunken driving

Oct. 20, 2010 9:10 a.m. | A 71-year-old Waukesha man who had been pulled over for his fourth drunken driving offense got into more trouble when he insisted on urinating on a tree as officers were making the arrest Saturday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Officers pulled over the man's vehicle in the 10100 block of Blue Mound Road at 2:04 a.m. because he had unregistered license plates. While the officer was checking his record, the man got out of his car and said he needed to use the bathroom.

He didn't like the officer's order that urinating would have to wait, so he relieved himself on a nearby tree.

He refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, so he was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw. He resisted and tried to hit one officer in the face and put another in a headlock with his legs.

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Maryland visitor punched and robbed in Wauwatosa

Oct. 20, 2010 8:30 a.m. | A Maryland man visiting his folks in Wauwatosa got a less than pleasant souvenir to remember the trip.

The 59-year-old was robbed of his wallet and punched in the face several times resulting in a fractured eye socket and stitches above his eye, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also according to the report:

The visitor was walking in the neighborhood of 65th Street and North Avenue just after 7 p.m. Oct. 14. He heard people running up from behind him, so he turned to look. At that moment he was slugged in the face by one person, while a second held his arms behind him and a third put him in a chokehold.

He said he briefly lost consciousness, but woke up to see several people running away. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital.

West student arrested after pot found in his car at homecoming

Oct. 20, 2010 8:18 a.m. | A Wauwatosa West student who showed up to the homecoming dance led police to discover nearly 11 grams of pot in his car.

According to a police report:

The 17-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after his vehicle was searched at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

Chaperons noticed that he and his date, a 17-year-old Wauwatosa girl, were having trouble standing and were shaking during the dance. Eventually they said they had been smoking marijuana in the car beforehand.

He was also cited for having drugs within 1,000 feet of school property.

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Woman hurt after egg was thrown at bar

Oct. 20, 2010 8:06 a.m. | A Wauwatosa bar has been having problems with people throwing eggs at its patio. On Saturday night, the bad behavior turned dangerous.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A woman was enjoying the outdoor seating at Leff's Lucky Town, 7208 W. State St., when she felt a sharp pain in her eye at 10:28 p.m. Saturday. She realized an egg had been thrown hard and fast from a car driving by and it had hit her in the face.

She suffered bruising around the eye, broken blood vessels and cuts around the eyes and nose.

Bar staff said they've had to contend with multiple egg-throwing incidents.

Tosa woman sentenced to prison for illegal vote

Oct. 19, 2010 5:32 p.m. | A Wauwatosa woman who voted illegally in the 2008 presidential primary was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison after a stern lecture from the judge about the impact of voter fraud, even if doesn't turn an election.

"It destroys the integrity of our community, our nation and our president," Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Conen told Bridgett West. "You helped the detractors of our president go on their rampage that he's not our duly-elected president."

West, 37, was on probation for a felony theft when she cast her ballot at Wauwatosa East High School on Feb. 19, 2008. Conen sentenced her to a year in prison, followed by a year of supervised release for that offense, as well as 15 months in prison for an unrelated count of identity theft. Both sentences will be served concurrently.

West had pleaded guilty to both charges in exchange for prosecutors dismissing counts of lying to an election official and a second count of identity theft. According to court records, she had used the name and Social Security number of a North Carolina woman to get service from We Energies at two different addresses from 2005 to 2008.

The voting fraud was discovered as part of the identity theft investigation, and not by the Election Fraud Task Force, a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice, the Milwaukee County district attorney's office and the Milwaukee Police Department.

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Fire Department urged to manage sick leave, vacation better

Oct. 19, 2010 5:10 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department needs to manage its sick leave and vacation time better. If it did so, eliminating three firefighter positions would not have to shut down any of the vehicles, City Administrator James Archambo told the Budget Committee on Thursday.

The Fire Department was looking for three positions that had been placed into rolling vacancies to be reinstated as part of the 2011 budget. If that didn't happen, a backup ambulance would be shut down in the northwest portion of the city, Fire Chief Dean Redman said.

That would require a longer response time from other areas of city or aid from a neighboring municipality if an emergency call came in and the first ambulance was already on a call, he said.

Archambo denied those claims saying "there are enough resources to staff our operations." Each shift is staffed with 32 firefighters to ensure that after sick and vacation time off is accounted for, the daily staffing comes out to be 26 firefighters. Therefore, the department should be considering the cuts to take daily staffing from 32 to 31 people not 26 to 25, the city administrator explained in an interview after the meeting.

Better managing sick leave, which has been almost five people, or 15 percent of the daily work force, for the past three months would go a long way to filling those vacancies. In addition, vacation could be more spread out so fewer firefighters are off at the same time.

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City will soon be missing four top employees

Oct. 19, 2010 4:58 p.m. | The city is going to be missing four employees with leadership experience and institutional knowledge.

Public Works Director William Kappel has announced he will retire at the end of November, followed by Fire Chief Dean Redman in January. The city has already lost Chief Building Official Dave Wheaton, who died of a heart attack in September. City Finance Director Ron Braier retired quickly and unexpectedly this month.

The city has retained a recruitment firm, Voorhees & Associates, to look for the next public works director and will likely do the same for the finance director. Administrators have recommended the recruiter to aid the Police and Fire Commission with its search for a chief. The firm was used when Wauwatosa was hiring its economic development director this spring.

As for Wheaton's position, his job and the building division will be reviewed to determine if some of the duties can be redistributed. Ultimately, someone will be hired but it likely won't be for the exact same position, City Administrator James Archambo said.

For more about the departures, see this week's Wauwatosa NOW.

Police chief to temporarily lead Fire Department?

Oct. 19, 2010 4:54 p.m. | City leaders have suggested the police chief become the temporary leader of the Wauwatosa Fire Department come January.

A letter has been submitted to the city's Police and Fire Commission by the city administrator, mayor and chairman of the Common Council's Budget and Finance and Employee Relations committees. The message to the commission is that Police Chief Barry Weber already has experience overseeing emergency services and managing emergency situations so his role could be expanded for a few months while a permanent fire chief is found.

The city will not release information on how many people have applied for the interim chief position. The Fire Department has two assistant chiefs and four deputy chiefs working under Fire Chief Dean Redman.

Redman has announced he will retire Jan. 4.

The commission will meet Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Police Department, 1700 N. 116th St. The fire chief recruitment process and consideration of interim candidates is on the agenda.

Proposed power line would cut through Tosa; public meeting on tap

Oct. 18, 2010 1:56 p.m. | We Energies plans to build a new energy distribution substation and a two-mile transmission line in Wauwatosa.

A public meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave., at which people can learn about the route the proposed power line will follow, ask questions and express their opinions.

The demand for electricity in the Highway 45 corridor is projected to double during the next six to eight years. Existing facilities and equipment can't meet that level of service, so expansion is required, according to utility officials.

We Energies is working with American Transmission Co. to complete the project, which calls for the construction of a new substation adjacent to the existing substation at the power plant on Watertown Plank Road and 93rd Street. The transmission line will connect to the new substation to provide feeder service for the western portion of the county.

During the next year, ATC will narrow down the route options for the line. An application is expected to be filed with the state Public Service Commission in early 2012, so construction could begin in 2014.

Check out the football post-season picture in Push for the Playoffs

Oct. 17, 2010 8:09 a.m. | Want to know who is in, who is out, and who is on the bubble? Then check out our updated Push for the Playoffs page, featuring the latest post-season picture for area high school football teams as they head into the final game of the regular season.

Franklin solidified its spot as one of the best, if not the best team in the state with a 40-35 victory over undefeated Kenosha Bradford. Homestead rolled to its 60th consecutive North Shore Conference victory while New Berlin West dealt Brown Deer its first loss of the season.

In addition to playoff prospects, Push for the Playoffs also features a fan poll, forum, live blogs and more.

Go to Push for the Playoffs.

Greater Metro Conference cross country meet photos now online

Oct. 17, 2010 7:41 a.m. | Greater Metro Conference cross-country runners gave it their all yesterday during the conference meet and NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga was there capturing all the action from Milwaukee's Washington Park in this photo gallery.

Brookfield East used its superior depth to post a first-place finish in the girls portion of the meet by one point over Brookfield Central. Central's Elizabeth Flatley won the girls race on the 4,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 3 seconds. Marquette won the boys competition while Brookfield Central was second.

The gallery also features athletes from West Allis Hale and Central, Menomonee Falls, Hamilton and Wauwatosa East.

Go to photo gallery.

Germantown, Wauwatosa West soccer photos now online

Oct. 15, 2010 11:05 a.m. | Third-seeded Germantown only scored once, but that proved to be enough to hold off visiting No. 6 Wauwatosa West in a WIAA Division 1 regional-final boys soccer game last night and we've just posted NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the contest.

Germantown advances to take on second-seeded Brookfield Central next Thursday in a sectional semifinal. Wauwatosa West advanced to the regional final with a 3-0 victory over Grafton on Tuesday.

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Tosa girls volleyball seedings announced

Oct. 15, 2010 9:25 a.m. | The WIAA Sectional seedings were announced this week and Wauwatosa West and Wauwatosa East are seeded third and fifth, respectively, in the Pius XI Sectional.

Tosa West already moved into the second round when No. 14 Milwaukee Washington/CEO/Lead forfeited. The Trojans will now play the winner of the No. 6 South Milwaukee/No. 11 Bay View match on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Tosa West.

Tosa East will host Milwaukee Juneau/Custer/Samuel at 7 p.m. at East next Thursday in the first round. The winner of that match will face the winner of the No. 4 Oak Creek/No. 13 Milwaukee South match on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Germantown edges Tosa West kickers, 1-0, in regional final

Oct. 14, 2010 9:30 p.m. | It just wasn't the Trojans night Tuesday at Germantown according to Wauwatosa West coach Ryan Bailey and as a result they dropped a 1-0 decision to the Warhawks in the WIAA Regional Championship game.

Germantown's outstanding junior midfielder Brad Bane got into a 1-on-1 situation to the left of goalkeeper Kyle Heideman, beat his man and then kicked the ball by Heideman, who was forced to come out of the net to cut down the angle. The goal came at the 51:26 mark and it was the game's only score.

"I'm proud of these guys," Bailey said. "I've been with these seniors for four years - their first year as freshman I was the JV coach and we were on the JV together. We've gotten everything we possibly could out of them."

Third-seeded Germantown will face second-seeded Brookfield Central next Thursday at Central.

Four in hospital after morning car crash

Oct. 14, 2010 11:34 a.m. | Four people were taken to a local hospital after two vehicles crashed and one rolled over and landed on its roof at 92nd Street and Watertown Plank Road this morning.

Seven Wauwatosa units and a West Allis ambulance arrived on the scene to stabilize the vehicle that had landed on its roof, treat patients and manage the large amount of fluid leaking from the vehicles.

The injuries were non-life threatening, Deputy Chief James Case said in a news release.

The Police Department and Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies helped direct traffic. The accident scene caused significant traffic delays.

Entrepreneurs sell green home, wedding services

Oct. 13, 2010 3:14 p.m. | A couple of entrepreneurs hope to bring in a little green in the form of money while inspiring customers to add some green to their own lives - as in sustainability.

Go Green Design Center has opened in the former Drew's Variety Store building, 7511 Harwood Ave. Owner Karen Wilman provides a showroom and architectural design services for green building products and energy-efficient features for the home.

Andrea Savage is operating Pollen, a business that takes a green approach to wedding and event planning, out of the Go Green space. Wedding dress resales, finding outdoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions and providing flower arrangements are some of the services she's providing. Savage's background is in the floral design industry. She wanted to transition her skills into the growing green market and expand to all aspects of planning.

"It's very special to me to work with a bride and be part of their day," she said.

But that day goes by so fast, she hopes to make brides aware that they can do it with a little less impact to the environment.

Scuffle sours sweet-16 party

Oct. 13, 2010 11:56 a.m. | A fight broke out during a sweet-16 birthday party at the Muellner Building last week.

More than 100 teens were loitering in front of the building in Hart Park, and many ran or jumped into vehicles and drove off as squads arrived just before 10 p.m. Oct. 8, according to a police report.

No one had been hurt and city property went undamaged, said Ken Walbrant, Parks and Forestry superintendent.

"The police were called by park staff and the party was shut down immediately," he said.

Rita Cole, mother of the birthday girl, said her daughter was disappointed the party had to end more than an hour earlier, but as a parent she understood the safety precautions.

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Think you know Tosa? Identify our Mystery Photo and win movie passes

Oct. 13, 2010 11:50 a.m. | How well do you know Wauwatosa? Take a look at this week's mystery photo, tell us where it was taken, and you could win a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres.

Last week's photo was of the sculpture outside the GE Healthcare building on Innovation Drive.

Congratulations to Daniel Shepherd, who correctly identified the picture and was randomly selected as our weekly winner.

The mystery photo is one of a number of new features in the redesigned WauwatosaNOW newspaper, which is available via subscription and for purchase at many locations around town.

You can also check back each week at www.wauwatosanow.com/mystery for a new photo to identify.

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Push for the Playoffs updated with latest post-season prospects

Oct. 13, 2010 10:32 a.m. | We've just updated our Push for the Playoffs page with the latest post-season prospects for area teams. If you are a high school football fan then be sure to check out the page for an updated view of every NOW team's postseason positioning, videos, a poll, forum and more.

A number of teams have clinched playoff spots since the last update, including Brookfield East and new coach Tom Swittel, who has the Spartans back in the postseason for the first time since 2003.

Go to Push for the Playoffs.

West wins, East loses in regional semi-finals

Oct. 13, 2010 9:09 a.m. | Wauwatosa West is moving on, but Wauwatosa East isn't following the WIAA Regional semi-finals at Whitman Field on Tuesday night.

The 6th-seeded Trojans beat 11th-seeded Grafton, 3-0, behind goals by Erik Garncarz, Evan Carlin and Joel Zembles. They will now meet 3rd-seeded Germantown at Germantown at 7 p.m. in the Regional Finals on Thursday.

8th-seeded Tosa East was shut out 2-0 by 9th-seeded Sussex Hamilton, a team they handily beat last week, and saw it's post-season end quickly.

Hamilton will now face the state-ranked No.1 Brookfield East at East at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Two women arrested in drug sting

Oct. 12, 2010 11:20 a.m. | Two women were arrested for possession and selling drugs after they bought prescription pills during a police sting last month.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The women showed up to a drug store in Wauwatosa. A 46-year-old Hartford woman went inside to use the restroom, while a 58-year-old Hartford woman stayed in the car and exchanged $2,100 for 60 pills of OxyContin with a police informant.

After the two women drove off, the older woman then sold the drugs to her passenger for a profit. They were pulled over near 76th and Center streets.

The younger woman said she was purchasing the drugs to sell to a friend.

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Seven Wauwatosa East students busted for drinking at homecoming dance

Oct. 12, 2010 10:44 a.m. | Seven students were cited for underage drinking during the homecoming dance at Wauwatosa East High School but there were likely a lot more teens that consumed alcohol and didn't get caught.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A chaperon said two students in the Learning Center smelled of alcohol at 5:44 p.m. Oct. 2. One girl was walking around barefoot and was unsteady on her feet. The boy she was with said he had been drinking at a party before heading over to the school.

Just as administrators were dealing with the first two students, two more students who were having trouble standing up were brought into the office.

One girl cried and got so worked up that she vomited. She was taken by ambulance to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Bleeding man claims he was attacked but can't recall details

Oct. 12, 2010 7:35 a.m. | A man found bleeding profusely on the front lawn of a Wauwatosa home said he had been beaten by two people but could not recall the details of the attack Sunday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

A newspaper carrier alerted police to a 55-year-old man sitting on the ground in the 600 block of North 63rd Street with blood covering his head and clothing at 6:19 a.m.

He said he had been walking in the area - his home was only a few blocks away - when he had been attacked by two men. The victim smelled of alcohol and there was blood on the lawn and walkway.

At Froedtert Hospital, he was diagnosed with a forehead laceration, broken nose, fractured sinus cavity, brain bleeding and a hematoma. He was admitted to the hospital.

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Robber takes woman's car, purse in drug store parking lot

Oct. 11, 2010 11:32 p.m. | A woman was robbed of her purse and car in a Walgreens parking lot Sunday afternoon.

According to Wauwatosa police:

As she exited the store at 2656 Wauwatosa Avenue at 3:10 p.m., she saw a man walking between cars. He followed her, and as she opened her car door, he asked for directions.

Within seconds, he reached into his coat and said "this is a stickup." He demanded she give him her car keys or threatened to shoot her. Then he grabbed the purse around her wrist.

The robber pushed the victim away and jumped into her 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and drove away.

24-hour fitness club proposed for former North Avenue furniture store location

Oct. 11, 2010 11:20 p.m. | A 24-hour gym wants to open in a portion of the former Furniture Clearance Center at 89th Street and North Avenue.

Wauwatosa resident John Mathie wants to open what would be his fourth Anytime Fitness location in his hometown. He plans to take up a portion of the building that was vacated when Furniture Clearance Center went out of business this spring.

The business would be staffed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. most days, but would remain open around the clock to members using keys. A few neighbors had contacted city officials with concerns about late-night operations, Community Development Director Nancy Welch said.

However, approving 24-hour per day operations for Snap Fitness at 72nd and North Avenue back in March did set a precedent.

The Plan Commission voted, 5-1, to allow the gym to remain open at all times. The Community Development Committee will take up the request Oct. 26.

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Michigan Memories Lake Express photo contest winners announced

Oct. 08, 2010 8:38 a.m. | Congratulations to Carla Rentas of Muskego who submitted a photo taken at Holland State Park in Michigan that was judged by our panel to be the best picture of more than 100 submissions to our Michigan Memories photo contest, sponsored by the Lake Express High Speed Ferry.

Carla wins a Lake Express prize package that includes round-trip tickets for two adults, two children and one vehicle on the high-speed ferry, and a two-night stay at the Hampton Inn in Muskegon, Mich.

Our second-place winner is Kendra Bradford of Greendale, who submitted a photo of her daughter enjoying a sunset along the banks of Luke Superior. The second-place prize includes round-trip tickets for two adults and a vehicle on the ferry.

Brookfield's Ryan Furness submitted a photo of a sunfish caught on a beautiful day on the Sunset Lake in Iron River and won the third-place prize, a round-trip ticket for an adult on the ferry.

Visit the contest page to see the three winners and browse the more than 100 submissions we received. Thanks to everyone for participating.

Anonymous donor gives $14K for police defibrillators

Oct. 06, 2010 11:45 a.m. | An anonymous donor has given enough money to buy automated external defibrillators for the Police Department's patrol cars.

Former alderman Richard Bachman got a check for $14,000 from a woman who called the donation "money from heaven." One of her loved one's died as the result of cardiac problems, and she believes that if the first responders had had an AED to shock the person's heart back into rhythm that person would still be alive.

Bachman was completely surprised by the donation. He also has received several hundred dollars from other individuals and organizations - and he'll keep collecting.

Money will be needed to cover training costs and to replace batteries or AEDs down the road, he said. It's also possible additional units could be purchased and placed in more of the police vehicles.

The Friends of Hart Park are planning an Election Day bake sale to raise money for the program, and the Kiwanis will hold a wine tasting in November.

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How well do you know Wauwatosa? Identify our mystery photo and you could win movie passes

Oct. 06, 2010 11:21 a.m. | How well do you know Wauwatosa? Take a look at this week's mystery photo, tell us where it was taken, and you could win a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres.

Last week's photo was a shot of clouds reflected in the windows of the south tower of the Mayfair Towers office building near the mall. Kudos go to Leigh Ann Tatnall who correctly identified the picture and was randomly selected as our weekly winner.

The mystery photo is one of a number of new features in the redesigned WauwatosaNOW newspaper, which is available via subscription and for purchase at many locations around town.

You can also check back each week at www.wauwatosanow.com/mystery for a new photo to identify.

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Walter's gets approval for patio

Oct. 06, 2010 10:34 a.m. | Last week, the Wednesday night crowd at Walter's on North was about half the turnout that would have filled the bar six months ago, Alderman Bobby Pantuso said.

He speculated the statewide smoking ban that went into effect in July was keeping some customers away. A smoking patio might help bring back some business.

The Common Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to allow owner George "Butch" Grbich to construct a patio in the parking lot behind the business, 6930 W. North Ave., where patrons can take a cigarette break or order food and drink.

Pantuso said he's talked to Grbich and his staff and they realize the approval "is a privilege that can be yanked" if noise or other problems occur that disturb the surrounding residential neighborhood.

Grbich is not sure whether the patio will be constructed this fall or wait until spring. Before alcohol can be served outside, Walter's will need to obtain an extension to its liquor license.

Knockouts wins right to give massages

Oct. 06, 2010 10:15 a.m. | One alderman likened a new hair salon and spa coming to Wauwatosa to a "nudie bar" that fictional 1980s television character Al Bundy, known for his less-than-classy ways, would have patronized.

Alderman Don Birschel said 17 city residents contacted him or his wife to say they didn't want to see Knockouts move into a shopping center on Mayfair Road. The business caters to men and, because its employees tend to be women in tight-fitting uniforms, has been compared to Hooters in its business approach.

Wauwatosa has many fine restaurants and shops, and this doesn't live up to the city's standard, Birschel said.

His fellow Common Council members disagreed. They allowed Knockouts to offer massage services on a 15-1 vote Tuesday.

Cheryl Berdan, Birschel's fellow representative in the 7th District, said she had received no communications about the business from constituents.

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Check out our updated opinion page

Oct. 05, 2010 4:04 p.m. | We've just updated our opinion page at WauwatosaNOW with the latest work from editorial cartoonist Phil Hands.

This week, Phil takes on the issue of the city making cuts in fire department staffing based on a consultant's recommendation. You can also view a gallery of past cartoons.

The opinion page is updated each week with the latest letters to the editor, opinion polls, staff editorials and more.

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Man accused of heroin use, causing crash arrested twice

Oct. 05, 2010 3:18 p.m. | A 24-year-old Elm Grove man who said he uses heroin has been causing problems over the last week or so, Tosa police say.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Wauwatosa's drug-sniffing dog was called to Elm Grove at 2:24 p.m. Thursday to check out a backpack that belonged to an intoxicated man in the roadway at Lilly and Wrayburn roads. The dog found heroin and drug paraphernalia, so the man was referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office for possible drug possession and paraphernalia possession charges.

Wauwatosa officers said they had arrested the same man for driving under the influence of drugs less than a week earlier.

In that incident he had struck a vehicle at a red light at 68th Street and Wauwatosa Avenue at 4:14 p.m. Sept. 24; that vehicle plowed into a third. The two other drivers and a passenger all suffered neck pain.

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Purse snatching involves death threat

Oct. 05, 2010 1:56 p.m. | A woman's purse was snatched and her life threatened at a Wauwatosa gas station last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 24-year-old woman had gone into BP, 7532 W. Center St., to pre-pay for gas at 10:31 p.m. Thursday. A man who had been speaking with the clerk about cigarettes followed her out of the convenience store.

He tried to knock the purse off her shoulder from behind, but she got a grip on it. They both started pulling, and he said he would kill her if she didn't let go. The strap broke, and he was able to run off with the purse.

Her wallet was found nearby, and the purse was found the next day by a woman walking at 72nd and Clarke streets.

Onslaught of scam attempts moves woman to action

Oct. 05, 2010 1:02 p.m. | In the last month an 85-year-old Wauwatosa woman has received numerous calls and letters from people trying to bilk her out of money, but she outsmarted them all.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

In August, the woman was sent a check for $1,962 and told it was a prize. She suspected it wasn't real, and her bank confirmed that.

Three weeks ago, she got a call from someone claiming to represent Publisher's Clearinghouse who said she had won $260,000. Because the money was supposedly coming from Canada, she needed to wire $1,900 to convert the funds to U.S. currency. The caller even told her where she should go in Wauwatosa to wire the money, and said a women with a package would be waiting for her when she finished. The woman checked her facts by calling the real Publisher's Clearinghouse and found out it was a scam.

Soon afterward, she received a letter from a company in Quebec that said she was a beneficiary of an $80,000 unclaimed settlement - all she had to do was call a number and provide information.

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Woman found slouched over in running car, arrested for drunken driving

Oct. 05, 2010 11:52 a.m. | A 40-year-old Pewaukee woman was arrested for drunken driving after she was found passed out behind the wheel with her pants soaked in urine and a water bottle full of booze in the cup-holder last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

She was seen slouched over the wheel of a vehicle, which was running, in the 2300 block of North 60th Street at 2:25 a.m. Thursday. The officer knocked repeatedly on the window to wake her. When she came to, she was disoriented and thought the officer was her boyfriend.

She said she had been at a bar in the Village and was headed to a Pewaukee gentleman's club. A small dog was sitting in the vehicle.

She was arrested for her second drunken-driving offense, but it may actually have been her third. She has another second drunken-driving offense working its way through the legal process - because no conviction has been made in that case at this time, her arrest Thursday also was considered a second offense.

Push for the Playoffs updated with latest postseason picture

Oct. 05, 2010 9:12 a.m. | If you are a high school football fan then be sure to check out our Push for the Playoffs page for an updated view of every NOW team's postseason prospects, videos, a poll, forum and more.

Whitnall was one of the big gainers in this week's power rankings, moving from on the bubble to qualifying for a playoff spot after its first victory over New Berlin Eisenhower in a decade.

Franklin solidified its position as the top team in NOW's rankings and assured itself of a postseason bid for the 10th consecutive season with a victory over Kenosha Tremper.

Go to Push for the Playoffs.

Wauwatosa East locked down after fights broke out

Oct. 05, 2010 8:46 a.m. | Wauwatosa East was locked down after fights broke out at the high school last week leading to three arrests for disorderly conduct.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Two students - a boy and girl - got into a "vulgar shouting match" in the school's learning center at 7:55 a.m. Sept. 27. She called the boy "a want to be gang member," which got him upset.

After several attempts to quiet them, they were pulled apart. Before running upstairs, the 15-year-old boy said "I'll show you who's fake. I'll pop all of you."

He than ran into another schoolmate, a 17-year-old Wauwatosa boy, and exchanged words about which gangs were stronger. The younger boy took off his jacket and backpack, pushed the older boy and challenged him to a fight.

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Gang member charged with selling cocaine

Oct. 05, 2010 8:22 a.m. | Wauwatosa police busted a Milwaukee gang member for possession and selling cocaine.

Montrell Gardner, 31, was charged Friday with two felony counts and sits in jail until his hearing later this week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Gardner sold two "eight balls," which are one-eighth ounces of cocaine, during a sting operation in Milwaukee. He also had additional drugs in his vehicle.

He was already on probation for a prior conviction of drug possession with intent to deliver. His record also includes three other felony drug convictions since 1998.

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True love? No, just a scam, man finds

Oct. 05, 2010 8:14 a.m. | A Wauwatosa man thought he met the woman of his dreams, but after loaning her nearly $37,000, he realized she loved his money.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The man was gambling this summer at Potawatomi Casino when he struck up a conversation with the woman sitting next to him.

Before she left, they exchanged phone numbers and a few days later they agreed to meet up. She said she had been in a car accident and needed $2,000 but she would pay him back as soon as the insurance payment came in.

They continued to date and she continued to ask for loans for everything from traffic fines to hair appointments, purchasing a cell phone to taking a trip.

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Golf sectional to be Tuesday at Wanaki

Oct. 02, 2010 10:36 a.m. | Clearing up some confusion, officials at the host school Brookfield Central stated Friday that the WIAA girls golf sectional at Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls will be played on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 9 a.m.and not Thursday, Oct. 7 as previously reported.

The meet, which includes the Whitefish Bay/Shorewood team as well as individual qualifier Amy Hurwitz of Nicolet, will send the top two teams and first three individuals not on those teams to the WIAA State Tournament at University Ridge in Verona, Oct. 11 and 12. Other area competitors include the Brookfield East and Central teams as well as Wauwatosa's Carly Herald.

DSHA won the regional qualifying meet last Thursday.

Wisconsin cities get federal grants for schools security

Oct. 01, 2010 6:15 a.m. | West Allis and Wauwatosa are among nine Wisconsin cities getting a share of $15.91 million from the federal Community Oriented Policing Services to help make schools safer.

COPS, and its Secure Our Schools program, are part the U.S. Department of Justice. The grants are meant to pay partial costs of locks, lighting, fencing, metal detectors, surveillance systems and the like at schools. The nearly $16 million will go to 167 agencies and municipalities in 40 states and Puerto Rico.

Wisconsin grants include:

City of Wauwatosa, $491,911

West Allis Police Department, $499,286

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Community Watch

» Wauwatosa West, Brookfield Central volleyball gallery now online 10/30

» East wins, Central loses to Tosa West in boys volleyball 10/29

» Follow the WIAA football playoffs live tonight 10/26

» Police bust grow-house after anonymous tip 10/26

» 6,000 without power as storms move through area Updated:  10/26

» Alarming behavior sets police on to thieves, cross-dresser 10/26

» Police arrest woman playing on sympathy to score cash 10/26

» Make your voice heard by participating in Village survey 10/25

» Residents needed to help with upcoming election 10/25

» City budget hearing delayed until Nov. 16 10/25

» Grab a seat at our prep roundtable as we preview the football postseason 10/25

» Smaller school levy likely to get board's OK 10/22

» Follow live from WIAA headquarters as football brackets are made 10/22

» Interim fire chief will come from within department 10/21

» List of departing city officials swells; total increases to four 10/20

» Aldermen seek residents' opinions on Fire Department 10/20

» Two West students arrested for truancy, resisting arrest 10/20

» Man urinates on tree after pulled over for drunken driving 10/20

» Maryland visitor punched and robbed in Wauwatosa 10/20

» West student arrested after pot found in his car at homecoming 10/20

» Woman hurt after egg was thrown at bar 10/20

» Tosa woman sentenced to prison for illegal vote 10/19

» Fire Department urged to manage sick leave, vacation better 10/19

» City will soon be missing four top employees 10/19

» Police chief to temporarily lead Fire Department? 10/19

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