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Wauwatosa East boys volleyball team edges Tosa West

Oct. 30, 2012 10:57 p.m. | Sometimes, the simplest solution can be the most effective.

That certainly was the case for the Wauwatosa East boys’ volleyball team in their thrilling five-game sectional semifinal win over rival Wauwatosa West on Tuesday at Tosa East.

The top-seeded Red Raiders did everything they could to set hitter Ben Plaisted up all over the court and the junior delivered, especially when it mattered most.
 
Plaisted finished with 36 kills, but tallied 11 of them in East’s 18-16 game five win.
“They couldn’t stop him,” said East coach John Simon. “We were sending him everywhere. He was hitting cuts and hitting angle shots and line shots.”
Perhaps Plaisted’s biggest shot came when East was down 13-11 and in jeopardy of seeing their run of consecutive WIAA State Tournament appearances end at six.
 
He buried a ball cross court and East (21-5) went on to win the next three points to take a 14-13 lead. 
 
“Every time the ball came to me, I just tried to swing as hard as I could,” Plaisted said. “I knew I was going to have to step up and I felt good out there.” 
 
The fourth-seeded Trojans rallied three times to tie the score, including an open court kill by senior Matt Stolz, who finished with a team-high 23 kills, to make it 16-16.
 
But another put away by Plaisted, followed by a futile scramble by the Trojans to keep the ensuring rally alive, secured the win for East.
 
“We knew they had big hitters, but I thought we played awesome and just came up a couple of points short,” Stolz said. “Plaisted just hit around us. It is what it is.”
 
Initially, the Red Raiders were getting production from their entire front line as the team jumped out to a 10-2 lead in game one.
 
Senior outside hitter Ben Mihelich paced East in their 25-17 opening game win with six kills, but West stabilized their blocking and took game two, 25-21.
That’s when Simon employed the simple strategy of getting the ball to Plaisted whenever possible.
 
“I told my setter after game two that every ball we can should go to Ben because they haven’t stopped him yet,” Simon said. “When they start stopping him, we’ll try something different.”
 
Plaisted finished off a 25-18 game three win for the Red Raiders with a thunderous kill, but the Trojans refused to disappear.
The two teams traded leads four times in game four, with neither squad going ahead by more than three points.
 
West (12-8) took the lead for good at 17-16 on a Stolz block and the senior finished the 25-22 win with a put away that forced game five.
 
“It was a battle and both teams came ready to play,” Tosa West coach Kyle Sikora said. “But they made adjustments and ran Plaisted across the whole back row, across the whole front row and we couldn’t stop him.”
 
While Plaisted proved to be a dominant presence, Simon acknowledged that the match could have gone either way.
 
“Whenever it’s East and West, it’s a battle royal,” he said. “It doesn’t matter records and that’s how this one was. So many points could have gone either way.”
 
Next up
The Red Raiders will now travel to Brookfield Central for the WIAA Sectional final to face the Lancers. East is the third-rated team in state and Central is the fourth-rated team.
 
The Red Raiders were undefeated in the Greater Metro Conference and Brookfield Central lost one game — to the Red Raiders.
 
In the Oct. 30th game at Tosa East, the Red Raiders won 3-1. Central won the first game (25-16), but then the Red Raiders regrouped and battled to win the final three games (25-22, 25-23, 25-19) and take the match.
 
On another angle, former Tosa East assistant to Simon is Brookfield Central coach Ken Nash.
 
The mentor will face the student with a trip to state on the line.
 

Men in stolen car elude police after short chase in Tosa

Oct. 30, 2012 7:34 p.m. | A Wauwatosa officer was led on a short chase that ended in a getaway after following a car parked in the BMO Harris lot, 7635 W. Bluemound Road, at 4:22 a.m. Oct. 22

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The police officer thought it was strange that a car would be parked there at that time. When he drove up to investigate, he noticed the occupants paying close attention to him. The thieves hit the gas when the officer made a U-turn to follow them, driving two blocks before jumping out of the car and running away.

The officer radioed for backup and gave chase. After he and other officers at the scene couldn't find either of the car's occupants, they gave up.

Police searched the stolen vehicle, finding no keys or any signs that the suspects tampered with the ignition. The vehicle was listed as stolen in West Allis, and was returned to its owner.

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Liquor thief thwarts alarm at Tosa store

Oct. 30, 2012 6:20 p.m. | Someone broke in through a window at Mayfair Liquor, 3122 N. Mayfair Road, and looted alcohol and cigarettes, according to a Wauwatosa police report. The business' alarm system was functional but was not set off, owners reported to police.

Also in the report:

The owners of Mayfair Liquor believe that whomever took the $1,636 worth of merchandise from the store must have had an intimate knowledge of the security system. The thief or thieves stacked crates to get access to the only non-alarmed window, which they smashed to get into the building between 9:15 p.m. Oct. 23 and 8:20 a.m. Oct. 24. Police found the hammer they believe was used in the robbery outside the business.

Once inside, the thieves only took items in an area that did not have a motion sensor or camera surveillance.

Man allegedly sells friend's jewelry, car for crack

Oct. 30, 2012 3:52 p.m. | Ronald Kramer, a 48-year-old Greenfield man, was charged Oct. 27 with felony theft for selling his friend's Cadillac and $61,000 worth of his friend's jewelry.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Kramer, a recovering alcoholic, was living with his friend in the 6400 block of Upper Parkway North in Wauwatosa. He was allowed to stay alone at the home while his friend was in a hospital out of state.

The friend had been gone for some time when he received a call from his insurance agency; they had gotten an anonymous tip that two young men were driving his car trying to pick up young women.

Concerned, the friend called police and asked them to check whether his cars were at his residence.

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Woman died after having a stroke while driving in Tosa, police say

Oct. 30, 2012 1:16 p.m. | A 65-year-old woman had a stroke while driving in the 10700 block of West North Avenue on Oct. 22, causing her car to crash into a fire hydrant, according to a Wauwatosa police report. She died while receiving medical attention shortly afterward.

Also in the report:

A man who was behind her in traffic found her inside the car, with the doors locked and engine revving. He called 911. The woman briefly regained consciousness, speaking with police officers, but she had no pulse when paramedics arrived.

She was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say disgruntled painter stole $2,500 worth of goods from Wauwatosa garage

Oct. 30, 2012 11:37 a.m. | A 42-year-old house painter, disgruntled at having just been fired, left his last job site with a good number of items stored in a garage there, according to a criminal complaint.

Benjamin Flores of Milwaukee was charged with felony theft in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Friday. He is accused of taking $2,500 worth of items - ranging from a snow blower and lawn mower to a card table and lawn games - from a Wauwatosa family's garage.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was fired because of an allegation of theft at another property. He was painting a garage in the 2200 block of North 68th Street at the time of the firing, and, believing the homeowners to be away, he pulled his truck into the garage and closed the door.

But one of the homeowners was home, feeling ill. She didn't answer when he range the bell, but went outside when she heard the suspicious activity.

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Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight

Oct. 26, 2012 1:10 p.m. | The second round of the WIAA high school football playoffs begins tonight and you can sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Germantown vs. Arrowhead, Cedarburg vs. Homestead, Brookfield Central vs. Whitefish Bay, Watertown vs. Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial vs. Pewaukee.

Andy Collins of Mequon was last week's winner as he picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay game.

Join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest here.

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Telephone service back up after multistate failure

Oct. 24, 2012 5:22 p.m. | Telephone service has been restored to all Windstream Communications customers in Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, the company announced Wednesday.

All repairs were completed by 3:30 p.m. CDT, company spokeswoman Erin Ascione said.

Telephone service at the Shorewood School District, the Wauwatosa School District and city of Wauwatosa city hall had been affected by the failure, which began around 7 a.m.

 The service problems were described as an unusual convergence of events by Windstream Communications on Wednesday that caused telephone service to go down to many businesses, government agencies, and commercial phone users in the three states.

Windstream provides voice and data services to many customers in the three states. The company had at the same time a computer card failure and two separate fiber cable cuts, said Ascione, a spokeswoman for Windstream, which has its headquarters in Little Rock, Ark.

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Stolen truck set ablaze at Currie Park Golf Course

Oct. 24, 2012 1:18 p.m. | The smoldering wreckage of a stolen truck is not par for most golf courses, but it was for Currie Park Golf Course last week.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Report:

The wreckage was found on the 15th fairway at 6:02 a.m. Thursday with deep ruts around it, signaling that the suspects had taken the truck for a joyride before eventually setting it on fire. The truck also had a can of gasoline in its rear bed, leading police to believe that the suspects used the gas to ignite the vehicle.

Police called the owner of the vehicle, who told them it was a work truck for Sirrah Construction in Milwaukee and that he didn't know it had been stolen. He added that he does not suspect any employee was involved.

The truck was worth $8,000. There are no suspects at this time.

Alleged bedding thief lays out crime

Oct. 24, 2012 11:38 a.m. | Police say an alleged bedding thief did not catching Target employees sleeping on the job.

According to the Wauwatosa police report;

Target employees noticed a 60-year-old Milwaukee man Oct. 18 running a cart through the bedding section of the store, 3900 N. 124th St., at 5:06 p.m, hastily throwing in items. The man then tried to run his cart past security staff, which were waiting by the door and stopped him.

The suspect came quietly, saying he had intended to sell the items on the street for $10 per package. He said that the items sell fast and that he "knew how to sell them."

The suspect has 14 prior charges of retail theft and has been caught for stealing bedding in the past. The total value of stolen items is $420.

Wauwatosa police say burglar shot door to open room

Oct. 24, 2012 9:22 a.m. | A burglar or burglars at a Wauwatosa home kicked open a back door and used a handgun to shoot open an interior door during an incident last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A rear door of a home in the 10000 block of West Park Ridge Avenue was kicked in and a television taken between 6 p.m. Oct. 16 and 12:10 p.m. Oct. 18.

The homeowner and police went through the house, noticing multiple drawers pulled out and belongings rummaged through. Closets had been ransacked, costume jewelry was strewn about and every room had been gone through.

When the homeowner and police got to a side room, they noticed two bullet holes in the door. Police also found two .22 caliber shells on the ground. The suspects had apparently shot the door twice to gain entrance. The television inside the room was taken.

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Noting taken in two Tosa home break-ins.

Oct. 23, 2012 4:42 p.m. | Two homes were the subject of burglaries this past week, even though nothing of value was stolen.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A home on the 2600 block of North 64th Street and a home on the 1200 block of West Hadley Street were broken into before 9 p.m. Oct. 16.

One home had its front door kicked in while no one was home. After a search of the property, the homeowner concluded the burglars must have fled before taking any items.

The home on Hadley was unlocked and thieves entered through a rear door in the basement. The homeowners had left their son in the house while they attended parent-teacher conferences. The homeowners assumed that their house must have been watched by the burglars, who were scared off when they heard their son upstairs.

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Looking for local trick-or-treat times?

Oct. 23, 2012 11:11 a.m. | Halloween is right around the corner and you can find a list of local trick-or-treat times on MyCommunityNOW's special trick-or-treat page.

$3,600 in electronics taken from vehicles in Wauwatosa Radisson Hotel parking lot

Oct. 23, 2012 8:20 a.m. | Police say two car owners not only got their vehicle windows smashed while staying at the Radisson, but also lost thousands in electronics.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two car windows were broken out in the Radisson Hotel parking lot, 2303 N. Mayfair Road, before 8 a.m. Oct. 13.

There were none of the usual pry marks found around the windows and police couldn't find any evidence pointing to the tool used to smash the windows out.

Both of the vehicles were locked and both had laptop computers and other equipment, including a camera valued at over $1,000.

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Champagne thief tripped up by noisy jacket

Oct. 22, 2012 1:58 p.m. | A Walgreens employee knew something was wrong when he heard the clinking noise of six bottles of champagne in a man's jacket.

From the Wauwatosa police report;

The employee of Walgreens, 6600 W. State St., saw the suspect walking down an aisle with his arms at the sides of his bulging jacket around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13. The suspect was walking from a newly-empty champagne display case.

When the employee confronted the suspect about his suspicions, the suspect lost his cool demeanor and ran past the clerk to a waiting car.

The employee gave chase to the man, who warned him to stay away, saying that he had "something" for the employee in his car. When the suspect jumped in the car, a woman in the car shouted "go go go!"

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Azana therapist describes tense 45 minutes in hiding

Oct. 21, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For nearly 45 terrifying minutes, Katie O'Rourke sat crouched inside a darkened, second-floor treatment room, with no windows, whispering to a 911 operator on her cellphone.

With O'Rourke, a 23-year-old massage therapist from Wauwatosa at the Azana Spa in Brookfield, was a co-worker, whom she named Mary, and two clients.

She had called 911 after hearing gun shots downstairs. "Quite a few of them," she said in a Sunday night interview hours after the rampage.

She said she was first told by 911 operators to leave the building.

"But I didn't know where the shooter was," she said.

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Greendale crushes Tosa West, 41-16

Oct. 19, 2012 10:52 p.m. | Sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg passed for 301 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 109 yards and another score as Greendale crushed Wauwatosa West, 41-16, Friday night in a WIAA Level 1 Playoff game at West.

The win for the Panthers was their first in the playoffs since moving to D2 in 2008. Greendale, which lost to Tosa West, 37-30, in overtime on Oct. 5, put this game away early this time.

Ringelberg raced 74 yards for a touchdown with 11:02 in the first quarter and then tossed a beautiful 86-yard touchdown to sophomore wide receiver Cody Kmetz for a 12-0 lead at the 5:59 mark.

West sophomore running back Demaris Purifoy scored on an 8-yard run and Zach Veit booted the point after to cut the lead to 12-7 with 3:54 left in the first period.

But it was all downhill from there for the Trojans.

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North Avenue to close Monday in Wauwatosa

Oct. 19, 2012 12:47 p.m. | The city has announced that the closure of North Avenue at 90th street will begin on Monday and last just three weeks, until Nov. 12, far shorter than originally anticipated. Original estimates had the avenue shutting down in early October and staying closed for as a long as six weeks.

"The contractor did a little different operation," said Joe Marks, construction and survey engineer for the city. Instead of digging a trench to lay the narrow pipe of the new sanitary sewer line, the contractor bored a hole under the open lanes and inserted a pipe through it.

For the much larger storm sewer pipe, a trench will have to be dug, necessitating the shutdown, he said.

Through traffic will be diverted by detour signs at Wauwatosa Avenue (76th Street) from the east, and Swan Boulevard from the west. The detour will take cars up north to Center Street and down Wauwatosa or Swan, depending on direction of travel. North will be open to local traffic up to 90th Street from both directions, for access to local businesses and residences, but no traffic will be able to cross 90th Street. Trucks will be diverted at Mayfair from the west, and Wauwatosa Avenue from the east, and will cross on Capitol Drive. The Route 21 bus detour will be North to Swan to Center and to 88th Street, and back to North.

Editor's note: This story was updated at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. The above paragraph was added.

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North Avenue in Wauwatosa to close Monday for three weeks

Oct. 19, 2012 12:45 p.m. | The city has announced that the closure of North Avenue at 90th street will begin on Monday and last just three weeks, until Nov. 12, far shorter than originally anticipated. Original estimates had the avenue shutting down in early October and staying closed for as a long as six weeks.

"The contractor did a little different operation," said Joe Marks, construction and survey engineer for the city. Instead of digging a trench to lay the narrow pipe of the new sanitary sewer line, the contractor bored a hole under the open lanes and inserted a pipe through it.

For the much larger storm sewer pipe, a trench will have to be dug, necessitating the shutdown, he said.

Through traffic will be diverted by detour signs at Wauwatosa Avenue (76th Street) from the east, and Swan Boulevard from the west. The detour will take cars up north to Center Street and down Wauwatosa or Swan, depending on direction of travel. North will be open to local traffic up to 90th Street from both directions, for access to local businesses and residences, but no traffic will be able to cross 90th Street. Trucks will be diverted at Mayfair from the west, and Wauwatosa Avenue from the east, and will cross on Capitol Drive. The Route 21 bus detour will be North to Swan to Center and to 88th Street, and back to North.

This is all part of a $14.4 million project, one of the largest public works project the city has ever undertaken, is designed to prevent flooding of the kind that affected 500 homes in 2009, according to the city.

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Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today

Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m. | We're a little bit more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's first-round of the WIAA high school football playoffs, so there is still time to sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Appleton East vs. Menomonee Falls; Brown Deer vs. Catholic Memorial; Greendale vs. Wauwatosa West, South Milwaukee vs. Brookfield Central and Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay.

Congratulations to Drew Hunkins of Waukesha, who was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks. He earned a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

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Children's Court worried about access during roadwork

Oct. 17, 2012 1:38 p.m. | The presiding judge at Milwaukee County Children's Court Center said construction on Watertown Plank Road related to the Zoo Interchange project will present a major challenge to those who require access to the center.

The center, at 10201 W. Watertown Plank between Mayfair Road and Highway 45, handles juvenile and child court matters, and houses juvenile detention.

Watertown Plank in front of the center will be rebuilt, and the ramps that give access to the highway will be replaced with a broad, looping, high-capacity interchange, including the addition of a new lane west of the interchange passing in front of the center.

"It appears it's going to … have a major impact on people getting to and from the Children's Court Center," Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Donald said this week.

Donald said 455 people work at the center, and his "best-guess estimate" is that an additional 650 people come through it on a daily basis.

Library overdue fines to double in new year

Oct. 17, 2012 12:48 p.m. | Overdue fees on books and other items will double beginning Jan. 1 following a decision last week by the Wauwatosa Public Library Board.

The board unanimously supported a recommendation by Library Director Mary Murphy to increase the fine on overdue books and compact discs from 10 cents per day to 20 cents per day in the new year. In addition, the board increased the fines on DVD and VHS items from 50 cents to $1 per day, but extended the lending period on those items from three days to one week.

Fire Department puts new engine into service

Oct. 17, 2012 12:46 p.m. | In its first day of service last week, the Wauwatosa Fire Department's new engine responded to two calls by 1 p.m.

If the year ahead is like years past, the truck will respond to a healthy proportion of the 5,500 calls the department will field this year, including a couple of dozen serious "working fires," and 30 to 40 mutual aid calls, to help out other departments.

The truck, a Pierce Quantum model with a 450-horsepower engine, carries 500 gallons of water, 30 gallons of foam, medical aid equipment and supplies, air tanks for firefighters that are refillable at the truck from large supply tanks, 800 feet of hose to connect the truck to a hydrant, and 1,500 feet of attack hose. And it does 65 miles an hour.

The Fire Department paid $599,000 for the truck, under the budget set aside of $650,000.

Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings

Oct. 17, 2012 12:28 p.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (8-0) has been a fixture atop the Living Lake Country/NOW suburban football rankings all season, never moving from the top spot.

The No. 1-seeded Warhawks begin WIAA Division 1 postseason play at home this Friday against No. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (5-3).

You can get the lowdown on Arrowhead's postseason prospects and more first round games in a video preview at NOW's Push for the Playoffs.

Two men escape Wauwatosa police in car pursuit

Oct. 17, 2012 10:12 a.m. | Police were led on a short, low-speed pursuit that ended in the woods after trying to stop a stolen car.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer tried to pull a speeding Dodge Neon over at the intersection of Washington Circle and Martha Washington Drive at 11:52 p.m. Oct. 10 when the car tried to escape him.

The driver blew through a stoplight, went over a curb and stopped in a field when the two occupants bailed out and started running away.

The suspects ran into the woods with multiple flashlight-wielding officers at their heels.

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Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs

Oct. 17, 2012 9:51 a.m. | The first-round match ups are set in this season's WIAA football playoffs and you can test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters by taking part in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Drew Hunkins of Waukesha was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks, earning a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

You can join the fun in the playoff version of Pigskin Picks.

Late touchdown caps superb Tosa West season

Oct. 13, 2012 12:11 a.m. | A colorful fireworks display capped the season finale between Wauwatosa West and Greenfield on Friday night, but it was the explosive play on the field that proved to be the real spectacle.

Running back Greg Lewis’ three-yard touchdown run with 17 seconds left gave the Trojans a thrilling 28-21 Homecoming win and put an exclamation point on the team’s first playoff berth since 2006.

“We were able to find something at the end,” Tosa West head coach Matt Good said. “We were trying to get in for a field goal, but Greg’s a beast and was able to get into the end zone for us.”

While Tosa West (7-1) never trailed in the game, the Trojans had their hands full with an inspired Greenfield team. Despite their 2-6 record, the Hustlin’ Hawks played well on both sides of the ball and nearly came away with an upset.

The Trojans entered the night averaging more than 300 rushing yards per game, but Greenfield held Tosa West to 101 yards on the ground and forced three turnovers.

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Alleged drunk driver goes three-wheeling after crash

Oct. 09, 2012 10:00 p.m. | A 26-year-old Wauwatosa man was stuck between the law and a wet place when he allegedly drunkenly crashed his car in the 1200 block of North 70th Street at 11:41 p.m. Oct. 3.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Police responding to an accident found the man rolling his tire up the road. The man was uneasy on his feet and slurring his speech. He smelled like alcohol.

The man said he was turning and hit a wet spot, which led to his crash. Police found that his vehicle did go sideways, hit a curb and crash into a flower bed. The vehicle lost its tire when it smashed into the curb. The man drove the three-wheeled vehicle into the nearby Pick 'n Save parking lot, where police found him.

He was cited with drunken driving. His blood-alcohol content was 0.14.

Driver admits to being too drunk to be behind wheel

Oct. 09, 2012 9:48 p.m. | A 42-year-old Brookfield man was cited for drunken driving after blowing through a flashing red light and stopping in the middle of an intersection in the 10800 block of West Bluemound Road at 3:28 a.m. Oct. 4.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

When asked if he knew why he'd been pulled over, the man cut off the officer and said that he was driving like crazy and was a little buzzed.

When the officer said field sobriety tests would be conducted to see if the man was able to drive, the man interrupted again, saying "I'm not (able to drive)." He said the tests weren't worth doing because he was not able to drive.

He was taken for a blood draw so his blood-alcohol content could be determined. Results were not available.

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How might the WIAA football playoff brackets stack up?

Oct. 08, 2012 12:44 p.m. | The WIAA football postseason picture is becoming a little more clear as teams prepare this week for their final regular-season games.

Lake Country's JR Radcliffe takes a shot at seeding the Division 1, 2 and 3 brackets in his latest Bracketology blog.

Tosa West's storybook season continues in OT win

Oct. 06, 2012 12:24 a.m. | Friday night's game between Wauwatosa West and Greendale was like a championship fight.

Back and forth, the Trojans and Panthers delivered blow after blow to one another, but in the end it was Tosa West who provided the knockout punch and was left standing in a classic high school football game.

Robert Davis’s interception in overtime sealed Tosa West’s 37-30 win, moving the Trojans to 6-1 and leaving the Panthers still one win shy of a playoff berth.

“I’m so proud of our guys, the way they competed,” Tosa West coach Matt Good said. “They had a couple of chances to fold up, and they stuck to their guns and they played hard. I’m so proud of our guys right now.”

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Police say pot-paraphernalia engineers caught at birthday party

Oct. 03, 2012 8:35 a.m. | A man got an unhappy birthday surprise from Wauwatosa police when they found his party favors included 6.55 grams of marijuana and multiple items of paraphernalia, some of which were created by the party goers.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two Wauwatosa men, ages 19 and 20, were arrested for drug possession after an anonymous tip led police to a garage with a marijuana smell coming out of it.

The men answered the door, asking police if they were looking for a cat. The police could see a table with a hookah, a three-foot bong, a glass pipe, a rolling machine and two bags of marijuana sitting on it.

Police arrested the men and, after further investigation, found that many of the pieces were made by them. The hookah was made from an Arizona iced tea bottle, the pipe was made from a 9/32 inch socket and there was a medicine bottle that was converted into a pipe with aluminum foil.

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Public hearing set for Mayfair Collection financing plan

Oct. 02, 2012 10:48 a.m. | The first public hearing for a city proposal to help finance The Mayfair Collection shopping center has been scheduled for Nov. 1, before the Wauwatosa Community Development Authority.

That's according to a new timeline from Paulette Enders, city economic development director. Under that timeline, the Common Council's Budget and Finance Committee will review the proposal on Nov. 13, with the full council to consider it on Nov. 20.

The project's developer, HSA Commercial Real Estate Inc., hopes to begin construction next spring, and have the stores open by spring or summer of 2014, said Tim Blum, the firm's retail division managing director.

Details on the proposal haven't yet been released.

I reported in August that the financing proposal was to have its first public hearing in September after a tentative agreement was reached in late July.

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Quintet of undefeated teams headline suburban football poll

Oct. 01, 2012 10:47 a.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (6-0, 5-0 Classic 8) continues its season-long run atop the MyCommunityNOW football poll this week, though the Warhawks are joined by four more undefeated squads.

Brookfield East (6-0, 5-0 Greater Metro), Oak Creek (6-0, 5-0 Southeast), Homestead (6-0, 5-0 North Shore), and Pewaukee (6-0, 5-0 Woodland West) round out the top five.

The poll is part of MyCommunityNOW's Push for the Playoffs page, which provides a comprehensive view of the current postseason picture, a poll, photo of the week, Coach's Confidential and more.

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» Wauwatosa East boys volleyball team edges Tosa West 10/30

» Men in stolen car elude police after short chase in Tosa 10/30

» Liquor thief thwarts alarm at Tosa store 10/30

» Man allegedly sells friend's jewelry, car for crack 10/30

» Woman died after having a stroke while driving in Tosa, police say 10/30

» Police say disgruntled painter stole $2,500 worth of goods from Wauwatosa garage 10/30

» Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight 10/26

» Telephone service back up after multistate failure Updated:  10/24

» Stolen truck set ablaze at Currie Park Golf Course 10/24

» Alleged bedding thief lays out crime 10/24

» Wauwatosa police say burglar shot door to open room 10/24

» Noting taken in two Tosa home break-ins. 10/23

» Looking for local trick-or-treat times? 10/23

» $3,600 in electronics taken from vehicles in Wauwatosa Radisson Hotel parking lot 10/23

» Champagne thief tripped up by noisy jacket 10/22

» Azana therapist describes tense 45 minutes in hiding 10/21

» Greendale crushes Tosa West, 41-16 10/19

» North Avenue to close Monday in Wauwatosa 10/19

» North Avenue in Wauwatosa to close Monday for three weeks 10/19

» Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today 10/19

» Children's Court worried about access during roadwork 10/17

» Library overdue fines to double in new year 10/17

» Fire Department puts new engine into service 10/17

» Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings 10/17

» Two men escape Wauwatosa police in car pursuit 10/17

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