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Tosa woman charged in abduction, abandonment of friend's baby

Nov. 27, 2009 11:38 a.m. | A 19-year-old Wauwatosa woman has been charged with felony child abandonment after police say she took a friend's 10-month-old daughter and left her on a sidewalk in West Allis earlier this week.

Diandra N. Kroening, 19, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. She is being held at the Milwaukee County Jail without bail.

According to criminal complaint issued Friday, the little girl lives with her 20-year-old mother and grandmother in the 7000 block of Milwaukee Ave. in Wauwatosa. On Monday evening, Kroening came by unexpectedly and the mother asked her if she would watch the baby for a few minutes while the mother showered.

When the mother returned to the living room about 15 or 20 minutes later, Kroening, the baby and the little girl's pink diaper bag were all missing. Neither the child's mother nor grandmother, who is the girl's legal guardian, gave Kroening permission to leave with the baby.

A couple hours later, about 10 p.m. Monday, the child was found lying on the sidewalk in the 800 block of S. 75 St. in West Allis. Witnesses told police they had seen someone walk through a nearby alley carrying the baby and the pink bag and place them both on the ground in front of a residence and walk away.

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Police arrest woman suspected in abduction

Nov. 26, 2009 11:02 a.m. | Milwaukee police last night arrested a 19-year-old woman who was being sought by the Wauwatosa Police Department on suspicion of abducting and abandoning a friend's 10-month-old child.

The suspect, who was identified in earlier reports as Diandra N. Kroening, was located walking in the 1600 block of W. Lincoln Ave. about 10 p.m. Wednesday and was taken into custody, according to the Milwaukee police.

She was then turned over to the Wauwatosa Police Department, Milwaukee police said.

According to Wauwatosa police reports, Kroening took the 10-month-old from a home in Wauwatosa while the baby's mother took a shower.

Kroening abandoned the baby in a yard a short time later, and the unharmed child was returned to her family.

Tosa police seeking tips to solve abduction case

Nov. 25, 2009 7:46 p.m. | Wauwatosa — Police are seeking a 19-year-old woman who they say abducted an infant from a Wauwatosa home.

Diandra N. Kroening took the 10-month-old girl from her home while her mother took a shower and abandoned the baby a short time later, police said.

Kroening is a friend of the 20-year-old mother and unexpectedly stopped by the woman's home in the 7000 block of Milwaukee Ave. on Monday, police said.

The mother asked Kroening to watch the baby while she showered, but when the mother was finished Kroening and the baby were gone, along with a bag containing baby cloths. The baby was reported missing shortly before 8:30 p.m.

A witness reported seeing someone lay the baby down in a front yard in the 800 block of S. 75th St. in West Allis, where West Allis police found the infant unharmed about 10 p.m. The baby was taken for an examination to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin before being released to her family.

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City may stop disposing of residents' computers next year

Nov. 25, 2009 10:10 a.m. | The state has passed a law that will ban computers, printers and DVD players from going into landfills come next fall, and Wauwatosa officials are deciding how to comply with the rules.

Public Works Director William Kappel recommended on Tuesday that the city not become a "collector" of electronic devices because it would mean paying more recycling fees to Waste Management.

He instead suggested referring residents to businesses and organizations that would take the devices and recycle them at no cost to the residents. The Budget & Finance Committee supported that decision, but changes to the city's existing ordinance would need to be made.

At this point, residents can put electronics in their garbage carts or drop them off at the public works yard. Those items go into a landfill and the city is charged a per-ton dumping fee. Changing the city's ordinance would put an end to the city's electronics collection.

Train vs. car, three-car crash mar Tuesday's rush-hour

Nov. 25, 2009 10:04 a.m. | Wauwatosa emergency crews responded to two accidents - a car vs. train crash and a three-vehicle collision - during the evening rush-hour Tuesday.

About 5:30 p.m., a woman driving north on 68th Street tried to make a right turn onto State Street, but her car got stuck on the railroad tracks, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Case said.

"She got out of the vehicle before the train struck," he said.

The car was hit head on and was badly damaged.

While crews were dealing with the accident on the train tracks, they received another emergency call, this time regarding a three-car crash at Mayfair and Blue Mound roads. A minivan was on fire when firefighters arrived, but no one was inside, Case said.

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District won't take more Chapter 220 students

Nov. 23, 2009 9:52 p.m. | Fewer Chapter 220 students and more Open Enrollment students will attend Wauwatosa schools next year under participation guidelines unanimously approved by School Board members Monday.

Having fewer students from the Chapter 220 integration program will mean less state aid, and higher property taxes to make up the difference. However, extra Open Enrollment students provide the district with tuition income that is not subject to the state-imposed revenue cap.

Extending the guidelines currently in place, School Board members decided that Wauwatosa will open no new Chapter 220 seats, but accept siblings of Chapter 220 students already enrolled in the district. Seats for siblings could be opened in either K4 or K5.

For Open Enrollment, maximum class sizes for the 2010-'11 school year will be 18 students in junior and senior kindergarten, 20 students in grades one to five, and 23 students in core curricular areas.

Woman robbed at gunpoint in parking lot

Nov. 23, 2009 3:44 p.m. | A woman was robbed at gunpoint while walking in her apartment complex parking lot Friday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

As the woman got out of her car in the 4300 block of North 94th Street, she saw a man running toward her. He reached into his pocket, pulled out a gun and said, "Give me everything you have."

He took cash and grabbed the cell phone off her waistband before running away.

Milwaukee police are investigating whether this incident is related to another armed robbery that occurred a few blocks away on 92nd Street.

Kids, 11 and 14, arrested for armed robbery

Nov. 23, 2009 3:26 p.m. | Two kids were arrested for armed robbery after they allegedly left George Webb without paying for their meal and then threatened the waitress when she tried to collect payment.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Siblings - a 14-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy - from Milwaukee ate breakfast at George Webb on State Street at 11:45 a.m. Saturday. When they walked out of the restaurant without paying, a waitress followed them across the street and said they needed to pay their $15 bill.

The waitress said the boy pulled a knife out of his jacket and said, "I will kill you! I will stab you!"

Then the girl threatened to punch her.

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UWM student robbed while walking to bus stop

Nov. 22, 2009 1:44 p.m. | A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student was robbed at gunpoint while walking to a Wauwatosa bus stop Wednesday morning, according to a police report.

He was walking in the 4000 block of North 92nd Street when a man stopped him to ask directions. Then he said, "Just so you know, I have a gun. Follow me right here. Turn around and start walking."

The student saw the man's hand in his coat pocket, and believed he was armed. But he never saw an actual gun.

They walked for about a block before the man demanded money and a cell phone. Then he told the student to turn around and walk away.

A few minutes later when the student looked back, the robber was gone.

Elderly women robbed at Luther Manor

Nov. 22, 2009 1:28 p.m. | Two elderly women were knocked down and robbed by a purse snatcher at Luther Manor on Wednesday evening.

According to Wauwatosa police:

They had been out doing errands and were unlocking the door to the senior living facility, 4545 N. 92nd St., when a man came up behind them.

First he grabbed the purse of the 85-year-old resident, pulling her to the ground. Then he grabbed the purse of her friend, a 74-year-old Cudahy woman, and dragged her into the parking lot until she let go. The women suffered small abrasions and bruises.

Then the robber took off in a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero that appears to have been stolen from Milwaukee.

Tosa man wounded in hunting accident

Nov. 21, 2009 5:04 p.m. | A 36-year-old Wauwatosa man was wounded in the thighs Saturday morning in a deer hunting accident in Grant County, the Grant County Sheriff's Department said.

Rex M. Ballinger was wounded when a rifle being unloaded by Daniel Z. Kassees, 36, of Dousman, discharged, the Sheriff's Department said.

Kassees was unloading the gun next to his pickup truck on private property about 8:15 a.m. in Glen Haven Township. The shot went through the rear passenger compartment, exited the right side of the vehicle and struck Ballinger in the back of both thighs, the department said in a news release.

Ballinger was treated at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster for his injuries, the department said.

Hart Park ice rink hosts open skates Thanksgiving weekend

Nov. 20, 2009 3:22 p.m. | After indulging in a Thanksgiving feast, Wauwatosa residents can spend the rest of the holiday weekend burning off some calories at the Hart Park ice rink, which will be open for public skating from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 27 and 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29.

The ice rink inside the Muellner Building, 7300 Chestnut St., is opened to the community each year during the holiday season. The rink is usually used for curling competitions.

For those who live in Wauwatosa, admission is $2 for adults and free for children. Have family visiting from out of town? They would pay $4 for adults and $2 for kids.

H1N1 vaccination clinic to be held Nov. 30

Nov. 20, 2009 3:10 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Health Department plans to hold four more clinics to vaccinate residents against the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

The next clinic is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at City Hall. Assuming the city continues to receive vaccine shipments, clinics also will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 21.

The flu shots will be offered to the following population groups: pregnant women, health care workers who have direct contact with patients, all children ages 6 months to 18 years, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months and adults 19 to 64 who have chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu-related complications.

Since late October, the Health Department has given 2,500 H1N1 vaccines.

Garbage pickup, library hours change for holiday week

Nov. 20, 2009 3:04 p.m. | Wauwatosa City Hall and the library will be closed Thursday and Friday (Nov. 27) for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Public Works crews will pick up both days' garbage routes on Friday.

Brookfield developer to buy former Drew's Variety & Craft building

Nov. 18, 2009 11:34 a.m. | Developer Richard Conley is planning to purchase the building that formerly housed Drew's Variety & Craft.

Conley, owner of Brookfield-based Metropolitan Development, has an accepted offer to purchase the site, 7505 Harwood Ave. It offers 9,000 square feet of retail space with five one-bedroom apartments above.

Now he's checking out the structural integrity and utilities and trying to determine how he will use the building.

"I'm mapping out scenarios," he said. "We'd been looking into it and we're not quite sure what to do with it."

Retail, office and residential are all possibilities, all of which would require significant interior and exterior renovations, Conley said.

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Brookfield man plans to run for Vukmir's vacated Assembly seat

Nov. 17, 2009 2:56 p.m. | Brookfield resident Dale Kooyenga announced today that he plans to run for the state's 14th Assembly District seat, which represents Elm Grove and parts of Wauwatosa, Brookfield, West Allis and Milwaukee.

The seat is held by Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, who is vacating it in order to run for state Senate.

Kooyenga, also a Republican, wants to create an environment "that is suitable for fostering economic growth and creating jobs" in Wisconsin, he said in a news release.

He works as an accountant. A U.S. Army Reservist, he recently returned from Iraq.

The seat is not up for election until fall 2010.

More groups eligible for swine flu vaccine at Thursday's clinic

Nov. 16, 2009 10:40 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Health Department will offer H1N1 vaccinations to healthy children and most adults with chronic medical conditions, as well as people in other target groups, at its clinic Thursday.

From 3 to 6:30 p.m., the following people can get immunized at City Hall: pregnant women, health care workers, all children ages 6 months to 18 years, those who care for infants younger than 6 months, and adults 19 to 64 who have chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications.

The waiting line may extend outdoors, so people are advised to dress in weather-appropriate clothing.

Enter the parking lot off from Wauwatosa Avenue.

Counterfeit bills used to buy cell phones

Nov. 16, 2009 10:36 p.m. | Two people who sold cell phones through Craigslist found they had been paid for with counterfeit money last week.

According to Wauwatosa police reports:

The first seller met two men in the Burger King parking lot, 3880 N. 124th St., at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. She sold a phone for $125, but she immediately thought the $100 bill she was given was counterfeit.

A little more than an hour later, a second seller met two men at Buffalo Wild Wings on Mayfair Road. They paid $260, but again the seller thought the $100 bills looked strange. However, they drove off before he could question the men further.

Trips to their banks validated the sellers' suspicions. It looked as though the buyers had printed their own money, which bank tellers confiscated.

Police nab suspected counterfeiter

Nov. 16, 2009 8:28 p.m. | Wauwatosa police have apprehended one of two men suspected of using counterfeit money to get real cash back at North Avenue businesses over the past several weeks.

According to police reports:

A 24-year-old Milwaukee paid for a dozen roses with a $100 bill at Sendik's Food Market, 8616 W. North Ave., on Wednesday afternoon. While checking out, he asked the cashier for her name and phone number, and she had a sense of déjà vu.

The same man had hit on a cashier Oct. 26 while buying flowers using a $100 bill that was determined to be counterfeit

She tried to stall the man while she had a manager check out the money, which turned out to be a washed out $5 bill. But he quickly left, driving into a nearby neighborhood, then abandoning his car to run through backyards on Jackson Park Boulevard, where he was arrested.

Woman accused of stealing hats, then ditching her clothes

Nov. 16, 2009 8:04 p.m. | A Milwaukee woman accused of taking items from a Mayfair Mall store and then stashing her clothes in another shop has been charged with retail theft and bail-jumping.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Nettie Mae Belcher, 52, took six hats valued at $166 from Hat World, then took off at 11 a.m. Friday. Staff at Pottery Barn Kids said they had seen Belcher in their store stuffing her jacket and other clothing under a display bed before she ran out of the mall.

She was found soon afterward hiding in bushes in a nearby neighborhood.

When police put her in a holding cell, she threatened to repeat the actions - taking off all her clothing - she took after her July 11 arrest, also for retail theft.

Dad leaves young children home alone to go out drinking

Nov. 16, 2009 8:00 p.m. | A Milwaukee man left his young daughters alone at home while he went out drinking early Sunday morning. Before he could make it home, he was pulled over for drunken driving in Wauwatosa.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The 36-year-old father was watching his daughters - a 4-year-old and a 10-month-old - while his wife worked the late shift at a local hospital. He had been drinking at home and after the children fell asleep, he headed out to bars on State Street.

At 2:20 a.m., an officer saw the man drive through a flashing red light on 68th Street. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22. When questioned, he thought he had been gone about 20 minutes, but it was actually nearly two hours.

Milwaukee police were dispatched to the home, where they found the door unlocked and the kids asleep in the same bed.

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Marquette sweeps Tosa East in state quarter-finals

Nov. 13, 2009 9:11 p.m. | The top-ranked Marquette Hilltoppers swept away Wauwatosa East in the quarter-finals of the State Boys Volleyball Tournament tonight at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

The Hilltoppers were flawless in the first game, outscoring the Red Raiders, 10-2, at one point to run away with an easy 25-8 victory.

Tosa East played much better in the second two games, but still lost, 25-21, and 25-19. In game two, the Red Raiders led as late as 20-19, before MUHS outscored them, 6-1, for the win. In Game three, Tosa East led 15-13, before the Hilltoppers went on a 12-4 run for the win.

Tosa resident Trevor Metz and Matt Machi led MUHS with 10 kills, while Zak Sylvester had 7 and Kyle O'Connell had 6. Peter Heinen, another Tosa resident, had 31 assists, and Tosa East's Ryan Hoffland was all over the floor, getting 20 assists for the Red Raiders.

Mike Schneck had 10 digs for MUHS and Machi had 6, while senior Matty Patton led the Red Raiders with 3. Steven Berg of Tosa had 3 blocked shots for the Hilltoppers.

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Wauwatosa man found guilty for role in deadly heroin ring

Nov. 12, 2009 1:04 p.m. | Waukesha - A 25-year-old man accused of being part of a heroin conspiracy that authorities say led to 11 overdoses, five of them fatal, was found guilty Thursday in two of the deaths.

Jason M. Lund of Wauwatosa entered guilty pleas and was convicted in separate Waukesha County courtrooms in the heroin overdose deaths in 2008 of David Knuth, 25, of the city of Pewaukee, and Andrew M. Goetzke, 19, of the village of Pewaukee.

As part of a plea agreement, Assistant District Attorney Sue Opper said the state will seek a total of 15 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision for Lund when he is sentenced in January.

In June in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee, Lund pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. He is awaiting sentencing but as part of a plea agreement, a 20-year prison term will be recommended, according to federal court records. No sentencing date has been set.

Opper said the state will recommend that Lund's prison term in the deaths of Knuth and Goetzke be served concurrently with Lund's federal sentence.

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Weigh in on traffic issues at Washington School

Nov. 10, 2009 1:46 p.m. | Neighbors, teachers and parents can share their opinions on traffic safety around Washington Elementary School by filling out a short online survey.

Alderwoman Linda Nikcevich is working with the Pabst Park Neighborhood and school representatives to improve traffic flow and safety issues at the school on 67th Street and Garfield Avenue.

She is asking people to respond to the survey questions through Sunday. Results will be analyzed and a neighborhood meeting is scheduled for to talk about traffic safety issues.

To take the survey, visit pabstpark.org.

Big crowd expected again for today's flu clinic

Nov. 10, 2009 12:42 p.m. | Wauwatosa Health Department officials expect long lines of people hoping to get a vaccine to protect against the H1N1 virus, also called the swine flu, during its clinic today from 3 to 6 p.m. at City Hall.

"We're asking that people be patient," Heath Officer Nancy Kreuser said. "There will probably be long waiting periods."

She cautions people to dress appropriately as the waiting line could extend outdoors for long periods of time.

Because large crowds are anticipated, city staff has set up a traffic flow plan. Drivers should enter the City Hall parking lot from Wauwatosa Avenue and exit onto North Avenue.

Kreuser also is asking the public to understand only certain population groups will qualify for the vaccine at this point. Those people who do not fall into the target groups will be turned away.

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New burger, sandwich shop to open at Mayfair

Nov. 10, 2009 12:36 p.m. | Hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches make up the menu of what will likely become Mayfair Mall's next restaurant.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries came before the Wauwatosa's Plan Commission on Monday to ask for a permit to operate an eat-in and carry-out restaurant in the first-floor storefront formerly occupied by Sharper Image.

The menu is pretty simple. Bacon and cheese can be added to burgers and dogs, plan or Cajun-style fries and sodas. Customers can also choose from more than a dozen toppings and sauces.

The Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval, so the request will next go to the Community Development Committee on Nov. 24.

If the permit gets approved, the restaurant would be able to remain open until midnight because it has a separate entrance that would not require patrons to go through the mall.

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Voter ID referendum kickoff meeting set

Nov. 09, 2009 4:28 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents interested in seeing the city hold an advisory referendum about whether voters statewide should be required to show their ID can attend a meeting led by Alderwoman Jacqueline Jay at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Wauwatosa Public Library's Firefly Room.

During the organizational meeting, residents will determine whether to shoot for getting a question on the April 2010 ballot, which would require gathering more than 3,600 signatures by the end of December. As an advisory referendum, the outcome would not be binding but would send a message to state officials, Jay said.

Jay is looking for assistance soliciting all those signatures.

In July, Jay brought up the idea of holding an advisory referendum on whether voters should show their IDs at the polls, and the city attorney drafted a question to pose to voters. But the council's vote was tied, and Mayor Jill Didier, who serves as tie-breaker, decided not to pursue the issue.

Instead, it was left to Wauwatosa residents to determine if they feel strongly enough about the issue to initiate a referendum.

Cigarette likely cause of leaf pile fire

Nov. 09, 2009 2:42 p.m. | Wauwatosa Fire Department extinguished leaf piles burning in a residential neighborhood Saturday morning.

Crews saw 3-foot-tall flames coming from four large piles of leaves on the street in the 3300 block of North 107th Street and the 10700 block of West Townsend Street when they arrived at 5:38 a.m., according to the Wauwatosa police report.

The fires did not cause any damage. Fire officials said the flames likely were started by a tossed cigarette.

Threat against principal found in bathroom

Nov. 09, 2009 2:16 p.m. | A threat against Wauwatosa West High School's principal was written in a boys bathroom stall last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The words "I'll kill Luebke" were written in black marker. A student, who saw the message while getting ready for gym class, immediately alerted school staff. Principal Patricia Luebke told officers she had not received any other recent threats and did not have any suspects in mind.

The stall door was removed and taken to the Police Department for processing before it was cleaned and returned to the school.

Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers has printed up posters encouraging students to provide any information that could lead to an arrest in this incident. To reach Crime Stoppers, call (414) 771-8672.

Man accused of harassing phone calls to senator

Nov. 09, 2009 12:44 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man has been charged with making harassing phone calls to U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl's office.

Timothy Harwood, 55, was arrested Wednesday for using obscene language, racial slurs and making threats during 17 phone calls to Kohl's Milwaukee office between Oct. 23 and Nov. 4, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating the case because the calls allegedly made threats against a federal official. Kohl, D-Wis, has represented the state in the U.S. Senate for 21 years.

Harwood is scheduled to appear at the Milwaukee County Courthouse for a pretrial conference Dec. 3.

Armed robbers hit National City Bank's State Street branch

Nov. 06, 2009 5:46 p.m. | Armed robbers held up a bank on State Street on Wednesday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two masked men entered National City Bank at 9:54 a.m. One of the men jumped over the counter and demanded the teller take him to the vault, while the other told employees to get down on the ground and watched over them while holding a gun.

The men left with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt, but employees were shaken up.

Bank employees described the robbers as black, about 20 years old, between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches, and having medium to slim builds. They were wearing white gloves and surgical masks.

Sarcastic postal patron won't face federal charges

Nov. 06, 2009 5:42 p.m. | The 83-year-old woman who made a sarcastic comment about having a bomb in her package at the Mayfair Road post office will not face federal charges, according to Wauwatosa police.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

She was arrested for disorderly conduct; however, postal officials have decided not to pursue federal charges and say she can continue using the Wauwatosa branch to mail packages.

The woman was mailing eyeglasses back to the manufacturer when the clerk asked her whether the items were perishable or hazardous, which is standard procedure for when handling any package.

The customer became angry because of "all the silly questions she was being asked," so she made a "flippant comment" about having a bomb in the box.

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Hospital's purple glow meant to shine light on premature births

Nov. 06, 2009 5:38 p.m. | People may notice a purple light emanating from the top of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin this month.

The health care provider has illuminated its building, as well as three trees in front of the building to raise awareness about premature births, the No. 1 cause of infant deaths.

The Wauwatosa hospital treated more than 300 premature babies in 2008.

Prematurity Awareness Day is Nov. 17, but the lights will be on after sunset all month long.

Walgreens, Aldi want to sell liquor

Nov. 06, 2009 3:56 p.m. | A national drug store chain and a grocery store want to sell beer and liquor at their Wauwatosa locations.

Walgreens has submitted an application to sell alcohol at its four Wauwatosa stores: Mayfair Road, Capitol Drive, State Street and Wauwatosa Avenue. The request is part of a move by Walgreens to make alcoholic beverages part of its sales mix at its 7,000-plus stores nationwide.

Aldi, 12120 W. Burleigh St., also has submitted a request to add beer and liquor to its store shelves.

Both applications will go before the city's Legislation, Licensing and Communications Committee at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

Flu vaccines available for some Tuesday at City Hall

Nov. 06, 2009 3:52 p.m. | Swine flu vaccines will be given to certain population groups Tuesday afternoon at Wauwatosa City Hall.

The Wauwatosa Health Department is receiving a limited supply of vaccines - mostly in the injectable form - to protect residents against the H1N1 virus. Shots will be given from 3 to 6 p.m. to the following people: pregnant women; health care workers with direct patient contact; children ages 6 months to 4 years old; children 5 to 18 with medical conditions that put them at high risk for flu-related complications and people who care for infants 6 months and younger.

Those people who do not fall into the target groups will be turned away, the department said.

Because large crowds are expected, city staff have set up a traffic flow plan. Drivers should enter the City Hall parking lot from Wauwatosa Avenue and exit onto North Avenue.

Other flu clinics in the city have attracted hundreds of people, some of whom waited for hours to get vaccinations.

Tosa East, West boys volleyball photos now online

Nov. 06, 2009 11:04 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from last night's boys volleyball sectional final between Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West.

East won, 25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, to earn a berth in next week's state finals.

The Red Raiders will play a quarterfinal game against Marquette at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

East spikers beat West, make fourth straight trip to state

Nov. 05, 2009 9:31 p.m. | Wauwatosa East beat Wauwatosa West, 3-games-to-1, Thursday night at Whitefish Bay to win the sectional championship and advanced to next week's state tournament for the fourth year in a row.

The Red Raiders will face the winner of tonight's match between Marquette/Pius XI at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Tosa East was in control right from the start, winning, 25-19, 25-23, before the Trojans bounced back with a 25-23 win. But Tosa East won the final match, 25-19, closing in out when senior Thomas Schulz killed a shot for the victory.

In the first game, with Ryan Hoffland serving, the Red Raiders went on a 6-0 run and then a 10-1 run to put the game away. West rallied to 22-18, but that was as close as the Trojans got. In game two, the Trojans were winning 11-10, when Tosa East went on a 10-2 run to take a 20-13 lead. West rallied to cut the lead to 24-23, but Kyle O'Connell killed a shot for the win.

In the third game, the Trojans took control early with leads of 10-5, 18-8 and 21-11. Tosa East rallied to within 21-18 and then 24-23, before Tosa West won on a shot by Sean McGillis.

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TMJ4: Woman cited for joking about bomb at Tosa post office

Nov. 05, 2009 12:42 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that Wauwatosa police have cited an elderly woman after she allegedly told a post office clerk that she had a bomb.

The woman, 82, was upset with what she perceived to be the clerk's rude attitude Wednesday, and told her, "Just go ahead and mail my bomb, will you?"

The bomb squad was called to the post office, and it was determined that there was no bomb.

For more on this story, visit Today's TMJ4 Web site.

Suburban water customers hire expert in rate dispute

Nov. 05, 2009 11:34 a.m. | Suburbs facing a proposed 36% increase in the price of water they buy from Milwaukee are hiring a consultant to evaluate the city's proposal.

A report from the firm, Short Elliot Hendrickson, isn't expected until next year, Jim Wojcehowicz, Wauwatosa's water utility superintendent, said Thursday.

The report is estimated to cost $47,510.

Milwaukee is proposing rate increases of 28.5% for city residents and other retail customers and 36% for the 10 suburban communities with their own water utilities that buy Lake Michigan water wholesale.

The 10 communities have made formal objections to the state Public Service Commission, which would need to approve the rate request.

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Tosa West vs. Shorewood boys volleyball photos now online

Nov. 04, 2009 2:31 p.m. | We've just post a photo gallery from last night's sectional semifinal boys volleyball game between host Wauwatosa West and Shorewood.

Tosa West won, 27-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-16, to set up tomorrow night's sectional final game against Whitefish Bay. 

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Read a preview of the East vs. West game

Police investigating suspicious package at post office

Nov. 04, 2009 1:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa police officers are investigating a suspicious package brought to the Mayfair Road post office by an elderly woman today.

The woman is on the scene with police, but little else is known at this time, police Lt. Dominic Leone said. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office also is responding.

The post office is open at this time.

Check back at WauwatosaNOW.com for updates.

Alderwoman to spearhead referendum on voter ID

Nov. 04, 2009 11:30 a.m. | After her proposal for a voter ID referendum was shot down by the Common Council, Alderwoman Jacqueline Jay is organizing a petition drive to get the measure on the city ballot.

In July, Jay brought up the idea of holding an advisory referendum on whether voters should show their IDs at the polls, and the city attorney drafted a question to pose to voters. But the council, on a tie vote broken by Mayor Jill Didier, decided not to take any action on the issue.

Instead, they deemed it best to leave it to Wauwatosa residents to determine if they feel strongly enough about the issue to initiate a referendum.

Jay will lead that effort, calling upon the people who called and e-mailed her in support of the idea to help with the signature drive, she said. Although a specific referendum date has not been set, Jay expects to hold an organizational meeting later this month.

"We need to collect 3,600 signatures, but I think we'll try to get 4,000," she said.

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Suspect in 14 city, suburban robberies last month arrested

Nov. 03, 2009 5:26 p.m. | A 33-year-old man suspected in 14 robberies in less than three weeks last month in Milwaukee and three suburbs was arrested Monday by Milwaukee police, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

Calvin L. Brown, who was charged last week in connection with four of the Milwaukee robberies, was arrested about 2:30 p.m. at a home on the north side by police acting on a tip, Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer said.

Brown is in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail, records show.

The 14 robberies occurred between Oct. 8 and Oct. 28 at businesses in Milwaukee, Glendale, Wauwatosa and West Allis, Stanmeyer said.

Brown punched store employees in at least two of the robberies for which he has been charged, breaking bones in their faces, according to a criminal complaint .

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Elephant that slipped into moat gets out

Nov. 02, 2009 9:05 p.m. | An elephant that slipped into the moat of her outdoor exhibit area at the Milwaukee County Zoo Monday afternoon was back in her indoor enclosure Monday night, a zoo official said.

Zookeepers used a mixture of treats, including pumpkins, to coax Ruth, an 8,000 pound African elephant, up a series of stairs about 7:15 p.m., zoo spokeswoman Jenifer Diliberti said.

A zookeeper found Ruth in the approximately 6-7-feet deep moat about 3:15 p.m., Diliberti said.

The elephant was checked out by a veterinarian who determined that she was not injured, Diliberti said.

Ruth came to the Milwaukee County Zoo in December, 2006 from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas.

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Garage fire may have been arson

Nov. 02, 2009 6:48 p.m. | A fire that broke out in the garage of a foreclosed home on Halloween is under investigation as a possible arson.

According to Wauwatosa police:

Firefighters responded to a fire in a detached two-car garage in the 7500 block of West Wright Street at 11:50 a.m. Saturday. Damage was contained to a corner of the garage.

A gas can had been found in the garage and there were signs of accelerant inside the structure.

The house has been vacant since the owner died a few years ago. A realty company has been managing the property, which is in foreclosure.

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Two arrested for trying to steal underwear for Halloween costume

Nov. 02, 2009 6:00 p.m. | Two men decided to upgrade their Halloween costumes by stealing designer underwear from Macy's at Mayfair Mall on Thursday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 18-year-olds, one from West Allis and one from Cudahy, had gone to a costume party dressed as underwear models, but their generic boxers and briefs fell flat with the crowd.

They decided some Armani underwear might make them more believable, so they took a pack of each style available in that brand.

Their plan was foiled by an anonymous tipster who called the store's security staff and warned them of the impending crime.

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Burglars raid Currie Park snack machine

Nov. 02, 2009 5:56 p.m. | Burglars broke into the Golf Dome at Currie Park last week, taking snacks and damaging the structure and a golf cart.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Officers responding to a report that a gas line had been cut on a golf cart at the Milwaukee County park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, Friday morning learned a 3-foot hole had been cut into the dome. Damage is estimated at $500.

All of the soda, chips and candy bars had been removed from two vending machines. Some of the items were strewn about the ground, but Golf Dome staff members estimated that the burglars left with 80 bottles of soda and 175 packs of chips and candy bars.

Man was texting as accident occurred

Nov. 02, 2009 5:16 p.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee man told police he was texting via cell phone when he drove his car into a railing at 66th and Lloyd streets at 1:27 a.m. Saturday. The entire front end of his vehicle was suspended over the drop-off to the creek in the Washington Highlands neighborhood, according to police.

Also according to the report:

The driver and his brother were standing outside the car, which was still running and had all the doors open when police arrived. The man said they had been driving home from a bar, but gotten lost in the area. The man smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. His blood-alcohol content was 0.09.

The man was arrested for drunken driving and cited for inattentive driving.

State cross country photos now online

Nov. 02, 2009 8:13 a.m. | We've just a photo gallery with more than 40 pictures from Saturday's WIAA state cross country meet in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Brookfield Central boys captured the Division 1 state crown while Shorewood's boys ran to the title in the Division 2 meet. The Whitefish Bay girls were second in their D1 meet.

The gallery features competitors from Brookfield, Cudahy, Franklin, Germantown, Greendale, Homestead, Muskego, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Allis and Whitefish Bay

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Community Watch

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» Police arrest woman suspected in abduction 11/26

» Tosa police seeking tips to solve abduction case 11/25

» City may stop disposing of residents' computers next year 11/25

» Train vs. car, three-car crash mar Tuesday's rush-hour 11/25

» District won't take more Chapter 220 students 11/23

» Woman robbed at gunpoint in parking lot 11/23

» Kids, 11 and 14, arrested for armed robbery 11/23

» UWM student robbed while walking to bus stop 11/22

» Elderly women robbed at Luther Manor 11/22

» Tosa man wounded in hunting accident 11/21

» Hart Park ice rink hosts open skates Thanksgiving weekend 11/20

» H1N1 vaccination clinic to be held Nov. 30 11/20

» Garbage pickup, library hours change for holiday week 11/20

» Brookfield developer to buy former Drew's Variety & Craft building 11/18

» Brookfield man plans to run for Vukmir's vacated Assembly seat 11/17

» More groups eligible for swine flu vaccine at Thursday's clinic 11/16

» Counterfeit bills used to buy cell phones 11/16

» Police nab suspected counterfeiter 11/16

» Woman accused of stealing hats, then ditching her clothes 11/16

» Dad leaves young children home alone to go out drinking 11/16

» Marquette sweeps Tosa East in state quarter-finals 11/13

» Wauwatosa man found guilty for role in deadly heroin ring 11/12

» Weigh in on traffic issues at Washington School 11/10

» Big crowd expected again for today's flu clinic 11/10

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