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Dominican, Wauwatosa East boys basketball photo gallery now online

Nov. 29, 2010 8:38 a.m. | Traditional basketball powers Dominican and Wauwatosa East tipped off their 2010-11 seasons Saturday and we've just posted NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the game.

Dominican pulled away in the fourth quarter and posted a 55-43 victory in the NY2LA Sports Classic at Marquette.

Go to photo gallery.

Bad fourth period keys Raiders loss to Dominican

Nov. 27, 2010 10:07 p.m. | Wauwatosa East led Whitefish Bay Dominican, 39-37, after three quarters, but were then outscored 18-4 in the final period to drop their opener, 55-43, in the NY2LA Sports Classic at Marquette Saturday night.

Tosa East actually fell apart with 1:21 left in the third period with a 39-32 advantage. The Knights then outscored the Red Raiders, 21-0, before Diamonte McKinley put in a rebound basket with 45.7 seconds left o play to break the scoring drought.

Jamill Taylor scored seven straight points to open the third period to get the rout started and he finished as the game's top scorer with 16 points, nine coming in the fourth quarter.

Duane Wilson, Jr. scored 15 points and Iman Johnson added 11 for Dominican. Darrell Bowie had 11 and McKinley had 10 for the Red Raiders.

School District set to upgrade surveillance cameras, security access

Nov. 26, 2010 10:50 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday voted to spend nearly $1 million to upgrade surveillance cameras and security access across the district.

The district has budgeted $500,000 for the project in its 2010-11 budget, and another $492,000 will come from a federal grant.

Wauwatosa has cameras and other security features in place now, but the schools' resource officers have said those systems need to be upgraded. The new access system also could be expanded to allow centralized control of heating, cooling and other functions in buildings across the district.

While the motion was approved unanimously, Board Members Phil Kroner and Mary Jo Randall said they had concerns about to what extent other agencies - such as the Police and Fire departments - would be allowed to access the video system. Superintendent Phil Ertl said language on the access policy would come before the School Board before the system is in place.

The upgrades are expected to take place throughout the current school year.

Four School Board seats up for election

Nov. 26, 2010 10:48 a.m. | Candidates interested in running for one of the School Board's four at-large seats can begin circulating papers Dec. 1.

Four seats on the board are up for election this spring. Incumbent Jon Ray (Seat No. 5) announced at Monday's board meeting that he is not seeking re-election, while fellow incumbent Mary Jo Randall (No. 4) said she plans to run to retain her seat.

The other incumbents are Sharon Muehlfeld (Seat No. 6) and Lois Weber (Seat No. 7).

Election forms can be downloaded from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board website, gab.wi.gov, or picked up at the district office in the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave.

Nomination papers must be filed by 5 p.m. Jan. 4. Papers must indicate the numbered seat for which a candidate intends to run. If more than two candidates for any numbered seat file nomination papers, a primary election will be held on Feb. 15.

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School Board opts for Open Enrollment over Chapter 220 students

Nov. 26, 2010 10:46 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday voted not to accept any new Chapter 220 students for the 2011-12 school year, but it will continue to accept Open Enrollment students as space allows.

Wauwatosa has 233 students attending its schools via Chapter 220, a state program that allows Milwaukee students to attend suburban districts. However, Wauwatosa might not be able to accept new Chapter 220 students in future years anyway, since the district likely will surpass 30 percent minority enrollment this school year, the cutoff for accepting new Chapter 220 students.

The Chapter 220 students currently in the district will not be affected by the change.

For 2011-12, the district will use Open Enrollment seats to fill classes to prescribed levels - 18 students in 4- and 5-year-old kindergarten classes, 20 in grades one through five and 23 in the core classes in middle and high school.

Most of the seats likely will be available in the elementary school grades. Wauwatosa has 1,125 Open Enrollment students this year.

After drive-through collision, man drives into two buildings

Nov. 23, 2010 1:44 p.m. | A 59-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for third-offense drunken driving after he drove into two buildings and another vehicle in East Tosa on Friday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A mother with three kids in the car was picking up food in the drive-through at McDonald's, 6631 W. North Ave., at 7:06 a.m. Friday. A car pulled around and struck the mother's vehicle and the restaurant.

It appeared the driver was aware of the mistake, because he started to back up. However, he only managed to hit the building again.

Then the car took off across North Avenue and struck a chiropractic office, 6610 W. North Ave.

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Meet the 2010 NOW All-Suburban Football Team

Nov. 23, 2010 11:48 a.m. | This was the second season we asked you, the fans, to help us select the NOW All-Suburban Football Team and you responded in a big way.

Nearly 21,000 votes were cast during the 11-day voting period. The final tallies have been made, the staff has voted, and we are pleased to present the 2010 NOW All-Suburban Football Team, which is in its 22nd season.

Franklin quarterback Lance Baretz is this season's player of the year while Brookfield East coach Tom Swittel is the coach of the year.

2010 NOW All-Suburban Football Team

Robbers upset by victim's lack of money

Nov. 23, 2010 9:13 a.m. | A man was robbed while walking in East Tosa, but the robbers were disappointed that he only had $1 in his wallet.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The 23-year-old man had gotten off the bus and was walking in the 6400 block of North Avenue when a man approached and took his elbow. He led him into a parking lot, where an accomplice was waiting behind a building.

The duo took the victim's cell phone, MP3 and wallet. When they found little money in the wallet they accused him of holding out on them.

"We might have to bust out the gun and pop you," one of the robbers said.

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School rivalry goes too far after explosive blows up mascot's mailbox

Nov. 23, 2010 8:00 a.m. | A rivalry between Tosa's two high schools got nasty following a sectional boys volleyball game in which Wauwatosa East defeated Wauwatosa West.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

While at home, the student who serves as Wauwatosa West High School's mascot was receiving taunting text messages from boys at Wauwatosa East.

Within a few minutes, he heard a loud noise coming from the front yard. An explosive was put in the mailbox and it was on the ground with leaves smoldering around it at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

There have been no arrests made.

Students worry about showmanship during after-school fight

Nov. 23, 2010 7:57 a.m. | Two boys arrested for disorderly conduct at Wauwatosa East High School last week said they had to start their fight over three times because the action wasn't "good enough" for the crowd that had gathered.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

More than 40 students had gathered in a circle at the soccer field at Menomonee River Parkway and Harmonee Avenue at 3:31 p.m. Nov. 18. In the middle, a 16-year-old Wauwatosa boy and 17-year-old Milwaukee boy were throwing punches.

They had gotten into an argument during the lunch hour and decided to fight it out after school. The crowd was cheering on the action, but the boys stopped hitting each other when one's eyes started rolling back in his head.

Most of the crowd made a run for the woods or through nearby yards when they saw the police car pull up.

Pranksters injure girl during egging

Nov. 22, 2010 11:56 p.m. | Another drive-by egging injured a person - this time an 11-year-old girl - in Wauwatosa.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The girl was walking at 87th Street and North Avenue when she was hit by an egg causing a welt on her leg at 1:35 p.m. Nov. 13.

A short while earlier, a carload of boys or young men threw eggs at the storefront of Buy Rite Liquor, 6002 W. North Ave., an employee reported.

In October, a woman's eye was injured when eggs were thrown at Leff's Lucky Town in the Village.

Woman's shoplifting leads cops to theft ring

Nov. 22, 2010 8:56 p.m. | A woman caught taking a couple of bottles of hair gel led officers to the man she was stealing for and her other accomplices.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The woman had put the hair products in her purse and walked out to a waiting vehicle in the parking lot at Dollar Tree, 2851 N. Mayfair Road, at 5:14 p.m. Nov. 10. An employee followed the 18-year-old Milwaukee woman and told her to pay for the items.

Officers stopped the vehicle that had been waiting for her and found a 47-year-old man behind the wheel. He handed over an instructional driver's permit, but officers soon learned it was a fake. The man had a felony warrant for violating parole and was driving after his license had been revoked.

Also in the vehicle was a 14-year-old Milwaukee girl who tried to convince officers she was older. Turned out she was a runaway.

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Want to stand up for District 6? Aldermanic race about to begin

Nov. 22, 2010 6:44 p.m. | Residents of Wauwatosa's 6th District who want to run for a seat on the Common Council can begin circulating nomination papers Dec. 1.

Thomas Herzog resigned from the position in August and Jeff Roznowski was appointed to fill out the remainder of the year. The election will decide who fills the seat from April 2011 to April 2012, the remainder of Herzog's term.

Nomination papers must be filed by 5 p.m. Jan. 4. For papers, go to Wauwatosa.net or call the clerk's office at (414) 479-8918.

Drunken driving crackdown planned for Thanksgiving

Nov. 17, 2010 2:26 p.m. | New Year's Eve, Fourth of July and St. Patrick's Day are all big drinking holidays. But one of the largest celebrations involving alcohol use happens the night before Thanksgiving.

College students head home and often hit the bars or gather for parties. Family members in town for a visit are kicking off their holiday celebrations.

But when they hit the road after partying, that's when the problems start and a happy homecoming becomes a tragedy.

"Go have a good time, just don't drive," said Wauwatosa Police Department Lt. Tim Sharpee, who wants people to arrange for a designated driver, bus or taxi to get home.

Those who do get behind the wheel intoxicated will get caught, he said. The Southeast Wisconsin Multi-Jurisdictional Drunk Driving Task Force will be out from 8 p.m. Nov. 25 to 4 a.m. Nov. 26 looking for impaired drivers.

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County transit will put in bus shelter at Mayfair and Blue Mound

Nov. 17, 2010 9:20 a.m. | Milwaukee County Transit System will install a bus shelter at the northeast corner of Mayfair and Blue Mound roads to protect waiting passengers at the busy intersection.

The transit system has received complaints of cars crossing the passenger boarding pad while entering the parking lot at this corner. That puts waiting passengers at severe risk, said Fran Musci, an MCTS representative, in a letter to the city.

By installing the shelter, it lets drivers know that the bus stop is not an entrance.

Wauwatosa Common Council on Tuesday gave permission, and the transit system is also seeking approval from the state, because Mayfair Road is also known as State Highway 100. The shelter will be owned and maintained by MCTS.

Armed robber fails to get cash at George Webb

Nov. 16, 2010 9:40 p.m. | A man armed with a semi-automatic pistol attempted to rob George Webb, 6108 W. Bluemound Ave., at 4:43 a.m. Nov. 11.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man entered the restaurant through the front door. He demanded employees open a safe in the back of the kitchen, but the employees were unable to do so. The man then smashed the cash register on the ground in an attempt to collect the cash, but the register did not open. He left through a rear door and ran off.

Volunteers needed to clear teasel from Monarch Trail

Nov. 16, 2010 9:36 p.m. | Volunteers are needed to help clear teasel, an invasive plant, from the Monarch Trail on Wednesday morning.

Horticulturist Carrie Hennessy and her crew from Menomonee Falls-based Johnson's Nursery will be removing teasel, but they could use some assistance. Teasel crowds out the native species that support Monarch butterflies during their annual migration, as well as other birds and bugs that live on the County Grounds.

Volunteers can give an hour or stay for the entire day. Bring sturdy gloves and a pair of loppers and show up at 9 a.m. at the Milwaukee County Park Department, 9480 Watertown Plank Road. If it rains, work will be rescheduled for Thursday.

For information, call (262) 252-4988 or e-mail chennessy@johnsonsnursery.com.

Fire station parking lot goes public in time for holiday shopping

Nov. 16, 2010 9:34 p.m. | The city will provide more parking spaces in the heart of the Village this holiday shopping season.

Village business owners are hoping people will do their shopping and have their holiday get-togethers in the Business Improvement District.

With that in mind, Wauwatosa's Board of Public Works on Monday authorized use of the south parking lot adjacent to Fire Station No. 1 as a public parking lot from 7 a.m. to midnight daily through Jan. 17.

The lot is expected to become available later this week or early next week when construction on the fire station is complete. A sign will be installed alerting Village patrons when the lot opens to the public.

Village officials have heard complaints about perceived parking shortages. There are several hundred spaces, but many require a short walk to get to local shops. With the winter chill setting in and the potential for shoppers to have arms filled with packages, the BID is trying to make parking more convenient for the holiday season.

Teen robbers use rifle to get wallet from pedestrian

Nov. 16, 2010 5:12 p.m. | A robber described as being 17 to 19 years old pointed a rifle at a 59-year-old Tosa man's head and yelled, "Give me everything you got. I'll blow your head off," before making off with the man's wallet, according to the Wauwatosa police report.

The incident occurred at 105th Street and Courtland Avenue at 8:12 p.m. Nov. 13.

According to the report:

The man was walking when a light blue Chevrolet drove by him with its lights off. The driver then turned the headlights on. A teen got out of the car and threatened the man, who tossed his wallet, worth $60, on the ground.

The thief picked up the wallet and ran back to the vehicle.

Cyclist lets loose on mouthy driver

Nov. 16, 2010 4:56 p.m. | A bicyclist caught a case of road rage about 7:44 p.m. Nov. 9, throwing his bike at a car at Bluemound Road and Glenview Avenue.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The driver of the car yelled a profanity at the bicycle rider, who had failed to stop for a red light. In response, the biker threw his bike at the man's car, picked it up off the roadway and rode away.

State boys volleyball photo gallery now online

Nov. 15, 2010 8:16 a.m. | We've just posted NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photo gallery from the quarterfinal round of this weekend's boys volleyball state tournament at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.

Catholic Memorial defeated Kaukana, Westosha Central and Marquette to win the state championship. The photo gallery also features shots from Franklin, Greendale, Nicolet and Wauwatosa East games.

Go to photo gallery.

Photo gallery from yesterday's police standoff in Brookfield now online

Nov. 14, 2010 7:31 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW.com photojournalist Peter Zuzga has created this photo gallery from the scene yesterday in the City of Brookfield as law enforcement officers from throughout the metro area surrounded a house where a man had barricaded himself.

Police said the man was involved in a fatal crash on Highway 45 and fled from the scene to the house near the intersection of 128th and Wright Streets. He ordered the occupants of the home to leave and locked himself inside. The man was arrested around 8:40 p.m. after police fired tear gas into the home.

Go to photo gallery.

Man arrested after crash, standoff

Nov. 13, 2010 9:10 p.m. | Brookfield — A man who fled on foot from the scene of a fatal traffic crash Saturday on U.S. Highway 45 was arrested around 8:40 p.m. after police fired tear gas into a home to end a standoff that had lasted several hours.

The 25-year-old suspect from Milwaukee was found hiding in the basement of the Brookfield home, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said. Officers from the Milwaukee County SWAT team searched the home and arrested the man.

One officer was cut by broken glass when entering the home. Tear gas shells were fired into the home about 7 p.m., after officers lost communication with the suspect, Clarke said.

After fleeing the crash site on northbound Highway 45 at Burleigh Road in Milwaukee County, the man ran west through several neighborhoods with police in pursuit. The suspect was confronted by a homeowner on Mayfair Drive who observed him in the yard. Clarke said the suspect "bull rushed" past the man and entered the home.

The suspect ordered the occupants out of the home, locking himself in.

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Police search for suspect near 124th Street and North Avenue

Nov. 13, 2010 4:10 p.m. | Police from Brookfield, Elm Grove, Wauwatosa and the Waukesha County Sheriffs Department are attempting to arrest a suspect about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Brookfield.

About 3 p.m., police from the four departments had blocked off several streets near the area of 124th Street and North Avenue. An official at the Elm Grove Police Department would only say that police are in the process of arresting a suspect.

Police have blocked off Center Street heading west off of 124th Street, as well as several streets north of North Avenue heading off of 128th, 130th, 131st and Mayfair Drive.

Click here to see a photo from the scene.

MUHS beats Tosa East spikers in state semi-finals

Nov. 13, 2010 2:46 p.m. | Wauwatosa East played Marquette tough, but the talented Hilltoppers won 3-1 in the WIAA State Boys Volleyball semi-finals Saturday afternoon at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Marquette (39-6) won the first match, 27-25, as the Hilltoppers rallied from a 24-23 deficit. Tosa East won the second match (25-23) in another back-and-forth battle to even the match at 1-1.

Marquette led, 20-19, but East's Max Kilpin killed a shot to tie it and then served three straight points, two on kills by Aaron Uden to take a 23-20 lead.

Peter Hutz of Marquette killed a shot and Michael Schneck aced a serve to cut the lead to 23-22, but Uden and Hutz traded kills to make it 24-23, when Uden killed a shot from the right side for the win.

But Marquette won the third game, 25-21, holding several four-point leads and then rolled over the Red Raiders in the fourth game 25-12.

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WIAA Division 2 state swimming photo gallery now online

Nov. 13, 2010 7:07 a.m. | The state's best girls swimmers from schools in Division 2 gathered in Madison yesterday for the state meet and NOW's Peter Zuzga was there too, capturing all the action in this photo gallery.

Brookfield Academy's Kelsey Hojan-Clark capped her standout high school career with victories in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. She was joined on the first-place medal stand by Whitnall diver Rachel Stave and New Berlin Eisenhower's Alli Bellford, who won the 50 free.

The gallery also features competitors from Shorewood, which had the top local team finish, Brown Deer/University School, Wauwatosa West, Whitefish Bay, Catholic Memorial and Pewaukee.

Go to photo gallery.

East spikers beat Greendale, advance to state semis vs. Marquette

Nov. 12, 2010 9:58 p.m. |

Wauwatosa East swept Greendale in the WIAA Boys State Volleyball Tournament on Friday night to advance to the semi-finals at noon on Saturday.

 

The Red Raiders (33-6) will face arch-rival Marquette (38-6), who advanced by beating Franklin (30-8), 25-19, 25-20, 25-21.

 

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Check out student productions this weekend at Wauwatosa East and West

Nov. 12, 2010 9:34 a.m. | Theater fans in Wauwatosa will have a chance to catch the fall productions at both high schools this weekend.

Wauwatosa East will present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the school, 7500 W. Milwaukee Ave. "Putnam County" also will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students.

Wauwatosa West will offer its final two productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school, 11400 W. Center St. The Saturday showtime was incorrect in the "Weekly Planner" section of the Nov. 11 WauwatosaNOW.

Tickets for "Cinderella" are $12 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Phone survey addresses breastfreeding practices

Nov. 11, 2010 5:14 p.m. | Families may get a call from a Wauwatosa Health Department nurse in coming weeks asking a few questions about breastfeeding practices.

Supporting breastfeeding, with its many known benefits for infants and their mothers, is a key strategy in improving the health of families, according to the department.

Survey results will help public health nurses develop strategies to support the needs of Wauwatosa families.

Tour Brookfield's Cafe Manna in our Grab a Bite feature

Nov. 11, 2010 7:28 a.m. | We've just updated our Grab a Bite restaurant feature with Michael Hofstedt's video tour of Cafe Manna, a vegetarian restaurant in Brookfield that concentrates on serving food with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Grab a Bite is an informal look at the food scene in the Wauwatosa, Brookfield and Elm Grove area by freelance writer Karen Waldkirch. Whether you're looking for a place for a "date night" or a casual spot for lunch, Waldkirch will be out and about scouting eateries for you. If you have a suggestion for a future column, e-mail her at kmwaldkirch@yahoo.com.

Grab a Bite

Woman who escaped correctional center arrested for stealing bras from Kmart

Nov. 10, 2010 10:30 a.m. | A woman who escaped from a correctional center was arrested in Wauwatosa for shoplifting lingerie Monday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 46-year-old Milwaukee woman was recognized by employees at Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, as having been involved in a prior retail theft. So when she stuffed 26 bras, underwear and T-shirts up her coat sleeves, workers were on to her.

She initially gave a fake name and birth date - both of which turned out to be her daughter's - so officers wouldn't figure out she was wanted on a Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office warrant for escaping custody and a Milwaukee Women's Correction Center warrant for being an escaped prisoner.

A check of her criminal record showed 30 arrests for a variety of crimes.

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Grab a seat our our prep football video roundtable

Nov. 10, 2010 8:32 a.m. | There are plenty of intriguing matchups this weekend in Level 4 of the WIAA football playoffs and we've just posted a video roundtable with our sportswriters previewing some of the key games.

You can also check out our Scramble to Camp Randall blog, part of the special Preps Plus Playoff Central page.

Go to Level 4 video preview.

Bush league: Scammers claim to be from real service organization

Nov. 10, 2010 7:51 a.m. | A Milwaukee organization prepping for a fundraising gala that includes a visit from President George W. Bush today has had its name used by scam artists looking for quick cash.

Wauwatosa police arrested two people for aggressive panhandling last week who were pretending to represent Teen Challenge, a faith-based addiction recovery program. But there has been talk by people who have handed out cash that many more fake solicitors have been hitting up people in recent weeks.

Calls to officials from the real Teen Challenge International-Wisconsin were not immediately returned. A staff member said officials were busy setting up at the Frontier Airlines Center, but they were aware of the scams.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The first arrest happened outside The Home Depot at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 5. A 16-year-old Milwaukee boy had been asking shoppers for money inside and in the parking lots of businesses at 124th Street and Capitol Drive.

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Christmas tree sales would benefit high school baseball

Nov. 09, 2010 11:40 p.m. | Two local businesses are teaming up to sell Christmas trees to raise money for high school baseball programs.

The Plan Commission and Community Development Committee this week supported a request by Locker's Florist and Leff's Lucky Town to sell the holiday trees. The Common Council will take final action Nov. 16.

The sale would begin the day after Thanksgiving at Leff's Lucky Town, 7206 W. State St.

Players and their parents from the Wauwatosa East and West baseball teams would work the sale. All profits would go to the baseball programs, said Chris Leffler, owner of Leff's Lucky Town.

The businesses got a temporary permit last year, but now they've decided to make it an annual fundraiser.

Salvation Army holiday campaign targets $2.75 million take

Nov. 09, 2010 8:34 p.m. | The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County hopes to raise $2.75 million this holiday season to pay for its annual Toy Shop and Christmas Family Feast programs, as well as year-round support of its emergency shelter, medical services, food pantries, meals to the homeless and care for military veterans.

Bell-ringing continues to serve as a major fundraiser. To volunteer a place of business as a bell-ringing site or to ring bells call (414) 302-4300 or visit SAmilwaukee.org.

This year's theme, Hope Wanted, draws attention to The Salvation Army's urgent need for financial support during the country's continuing economic crisis. The organization is seeing many families requesting assistance for the first time, and the total number of requests for help is up 30 percent over last year, according to a news release from the Wauwatosa-based chapter.

Interim heads of public works, finance nominated by mayor

Nov. 09, 2010 8:30 p.m. | Three city employees have been selected by the mayor and city administrator to fill in after the retirement of the finance and public works directors.

City Engineer Bill Wehrley will take over as interim public works director when William Kappel retires at the end of the month.

As finance director, Ron Braier acted as treasurer and comptroller, so his job will be split between two staff members. Accounting Manager Jean Plass will handle comptroller duties, while Business Supervisor Derek Summerfield will oversee the treasurer's office.

Before these interim appointments become official, the Common Council must vote on them. Mayor Jill Didier has asked that a vote be held Nov. 16.

A recruitment firm has been hired to help the city find permanent replacements. An anticipated timeline shows new public works and finance directors could be chosen in early January.

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Arrest for cocaine possession comes as shock to admitted user

Nov. 09, 2010 7:41 a.m. | A woman who had been doing cocaine all day was surprised that she was being arrested for drug possession in Wauwatosa last week, Wauwatosa police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer pulled over a car at 72nd Street and North Avenue at 12:53 a.m. Nov. 3 because the license plates on it didn't belong to that car. The driver, a 29-year-old Milwaukee woman, said she had just purchased the car and was using old plates. She said she was in a hurry because she was taking a friend with a cut hand to the hospital.

After a quick records check, the officer learned she was on probation for maintaining a drug trafficking house. A search of the vehicle turned up a filet knife with an eight-inch blade that the driver said she keeps for protection. She was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.

The officer also found 0.1 gram of cocaine, and a crack pipe that had been thrown out the car window. The passenger, a 41-year-old Milwaukee woman, had a hard time believing she had any drugs left in the car.

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Wauwatosa West freshman attacked by schoolmates

Nov. 08, 2010 2:31 p.m. | A Wauwatosa West High School freshman was beaten up by three teens while on his way home last week, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also according to the report:

The boy - whom family members described as mentally challenged and often bullied - was walking in the 2300 block of North 116th Street when three boys approached him. He had his headphones on, so he wasn't sure what they said before they "hockey-checked him," knocking him to the ground. Then they jumped on the boy and punched and kicked him about 20 times.

He was not seriously injured.

He did not recognize his attackers, but a West staff member driving by was able to identify two of the teens. She stopped the car and the attackers ran off, so she stayed with the victim until police arrived.

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Nonresident students, security cameras on School Board agenda

Nov. 07, 2010 12:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa School Board members will vote Monday on how many Open Enrollment and Chapter 220 students to accept for 2011-12, as well as hear an update on the district's video surveillance system.

Tosa School of the Trades Principal Jason Zurawik also will provide an update on the charter school's status.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave.

An agenda and supporting materials can be found here.

Survey gauges interest in district Montessori school

Nov. 05, 2010 1:22 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School District is conducting a survey to gauge interest in establishing a Montessori school in 2011-12.

The survey, which closes Nov. 19, can be found here.

A preliminary presentation on a Montessori school came before the Wauwatosa School Board last month, but board members said they wanted more questions answered on costs, interest from the public and more before making a final decision.

Montessori education differs from traditional classroom instruction by using multiage classrooms, hands-on activities and cross-discipline curriculum. The method started more than 100 years ago in Italy, and school districts across the country have started to embrace the approach more in recent years.

Wauwatosa East, West boys volleyball photo gallery online

Nov. 05, 2010 8:27 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West boys volleyball teams faced off last night in Whitefish Bay with a berth in the state finals on the line and NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger was there, capturing all the action in this photo gallery.

East won the match, 20-25, 25-12, 25-16, 22-25, 19-17, and will play Greendale at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, at Wisconsin Lutheran College in a state quarterfinal game.

Go to photo gallery.

East beats West in 5-game thriller, heads to state for fifth straight season

Nov. 04, 2010 9:51 p.m. | Faced with match point five times in the fifth game, Wauwatosa East fought off Wauwatosa West for a 19-17 win to take the WIAA Sectional Championship, 3-2, Thursday night at Whitefish Bay.

The Red Raiders took a 7-5 lead in the final game and from that point on neither team had more than a one-point lead until East scored three straight points after trailing 17-16, the last two on kills by senior captain Aaron Uden.

"I'm happy for Aaron," East coach John Simon said. "He made two errors at the end of game four that closed the game out, so it was nice that he came back to win it for us."

The Trojans won the first game, 25-20, but the Red Raiders got the momentum back by outscoring them, 10-5, down the stretch.

"I told the guys, we lost the game, but we now have the momentum," Simon said and sure enough the Raiders, dominated the next two games to win, 25-12, and 25-16.

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Cast your votes now for the All-Suburban Football Team's defensive linemen

Nov. 04, 2010 7:06 a.m. | We're in the process of choosing the 22nd-annual NOW All-Suburban Football Team and we need your help.

Help us put the team together by voting for the most deserving players at each position through Nov. 12. Fan votes will count for one-fifth of the total with votes from the NOW sports staff making up the rest.

The voting kicked off this week and more than 3,500 votes have been cast thus far.

Voting will be at www.mycommunitynow.com/vote with a different position each day. Here is the schedule:

  • Today - Defensive line
  • Friday - Defensive secondary
  • Saturday – Offensive linemen
  • Sunday – Wide receivers and tight ends
  • Monday, Nov. 8 – Running backs
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 – All-purpose players
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Quarterbacks
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 – Coach of the year
  • Friday, Nov. 12 – Player of the year

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East vs. West in boys volleyball sectional finals Thursday night at Bay

Nov. 03, 2010 2:59 p.m. | The battle that Wauwatosa boys volleyball fans have been waiting for takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Whitefish Bay Fieldhouse in the WIAA Sectional Championship match.

Wauwatosa East, currently ranked No. 4 in the state, will face Wauwatosa West, with the winner earning a trip to the state tournament on Nov. 12-13 at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

The No. 1 seeded Red Raiders earned a first-round bye and then beat fourth-seeded Brookfield East (25-21, 25-23, 25-20) Tuesday night at Tosa East.

The No. 3 seeded Trojans beat sixth-seeded Brookfield Central (25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19) last Friday at Tosa West and second-seeded Shorewood (23-25, 25-15, 25-21,17-25, 20-18) Tuesday night at Shorewood in a come-from-behind thriller.

The Red Raiders and Trojans finished second in the Greater Metro Conference and Woodland Conference, respectively, behind Marquette and Shorewood.

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Huge Tosa voter turnout sides with Republicans

Nov. 03, 2010 10:12 a.m. | Wauwatosa had significant voter turnout Tuesday with 74.2 percent of the city's registered voters casting 24,338 ballots.

Republicans had a big night with Scott Walker becoming the next Wisconsin governor, Ron Johnson unseating Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate, and Leah Vukmir winning the election for the 5th District State Senate seat.

Wauwatosa votes mimicked that of the state totals with 52 percent voting for Johnson and Walker, while Democratic candidates Russ Feingold and Tom Barrett got 48 percent of local votes.

As for Vukmir, she won by a very slim margin when considering only votes cast by Tosans. She brought in 28 votes more than incumbent State Sen. Jim Sullivan. Vukmir got 50 percent of the vote to Sullivan's 49.9 percent in Wauwatosa voting wards. Looking at the entire 5th District, her win becomes a bigger 54 percent.

In past elections, Wauwatosa has been split nearly even when it comes to votes cast for Democrats and Republicans.

Our sportswriters preview round three of the WIAA football tournament

Nov. 03, 2010 9:54 a.m. | Join NOW's David Cotey and Steven L. Tietz and Lake Country Publications' JR Radcliffe as they take a look at some of the best Level 3 matchups in the next round of the WIAA football tournament in this video roundtable.

The video, photo galleries and much more are also available at Preps Plus Playoff Central.

You can also check out our voting for the 22nd-annual All-Suburban Football team today through Nov. 12 at www.mycommunitynow.com/vote.

Police connect overly friendly thief, partner with drunken-driving case

Nov. 03, 2010 7:50 a.m. | Two men who stole liquor from a Tosa grocery store were picked up after a drunken driving incident five days later, Wauwatosa police said.

According to the police report:

A 47-year-old Milwaukee man walked into Metcalfe's Market, 6700 W. State St., combing his long hair at 8 p.m. Oct. 23. He asked if the clerk had a problem with his actions and told her to "lighten up." Then he grabbed her and gave her a hug and kiss before heading to the liquor department.

Later, store employees became aware that a second man had taken vodka; they both left in the same minivan.

At 9 p.m. Oct. 28, police got a call about a suspicious vehicle. The same minivan that had been used in the theft had a flat tire and was parked at an angle, sticking out into traffic in the 7300 block of Milwaukee Avenue.

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Man attempts suicide after robbery arrest

Nov. 02, 2010 10:08 a.m. | A 35-year-old Milwaukee man tried to hang himself at the Wauwatosa Police Department after he was arrested for attempting to rob George Webb last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man entered the restaurant, 7410 W. State St., with his hand in his pocket and a shirt covering his face at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 27. A waitress saw him arrive and locked herself and a co-worker in the back office.

A customer tried to run out of the restaurant, but he slipped and fell, wounding his hands, arms and leg. The robber demanded the customer's wallet and threatened to shoot him, but the customer refused.

The robber took off empty-handed but was stopped at 61st and Vliet streets. He said he had been living in a van that had been parked there.

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Car chase ends in drug arrest

Nov. 02, 2010 10:02 a.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man who deals marijuana led police on a short chase so officers would not find the pot in his car last week, Wauwatosa police said.

According to the police report:

An officer pulled behind a vehicle at 64th Street and Meinecke Avenue at 12:24 a.m. Oct. 27, and the driver accelerated in an attempt to elude the patrol car. He drove through several stop signs and sparks started shooting out from beneath the vehicle.

The vehicle eventually stopped at 58th and Wright streets because a belt broke and the car was no longer drivable.

He said he had been dealing marijuana and had 1.3 grams of the drug in the vehicle.

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OMG! Wauwatosa East students told to stop sending nasty text messages

Nov. 02, 2010 9:36 a.m. | Three Wauwatosa East High School students have sent thousands of harassing text messages to each other and school officials have had enough.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Between Sept. 2 and Oct. 22, two 17-year-old girls and the 18-year-old boy they had each dated sent about 200 text messages per day calling each other names and threatening violence.

Students signed a no-contact order earlier this year when they were harassing each other over phone and at school. On several occasions, the students had to be removed from school due to threat of violence. Still they continued the harassment.

A sampling of messages included, "Pretty much every time I see you I feel like throwing up" and, "I'd fight you any time, anywhere."

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Community Watch

» Dominican, Wauwatosa East boys basketball photo gallery now online 11/29

» Bad fourth period keys Raiders loss to Dominican 11/27

» School District set to upgrade surveillance cameras, security access 11/26

» Four School Board seats up for election 11/26

» School Board opts for Open Enrollment over Chapter 220 students 11/26

» After drive-through collision, man drives into two buildings 11/23

» Meet the 2010 NOW All-Suburban Football Team 11/23

» Robbers upset by victim's lack of money 11/23

» School rivalry goes too far after explosive blows up mascot's mailbox 11/23

»  Students worry about showmanship during after-school fight 11/23

» Pranksters injure girl during egging 11/22

» Woman's shoplifting leads cops to theft ring 11/22

» Want to stand up for District 6? Aldermanic race about to begin 11/22

» Drunken driving crackdown planned for Thanksgiving 11/17

» County transit will put in bus shelter at Mayfair and Blue Mound 11/17

» Armed robber fails to get cash at George Webb 11/16

» Volunteers needed to clear teasel from Monarch Trail 11/16

» Fire station parking lot goes public in time for holiday shopping 11/16

» Teen robbers use rifle to get wallet from pedestrian 11/16

» Cyclist lets loose on mouthy driver 11/16

» State boys volleyball photo gallery now online 11/15

» Photo gallery from yesterday's police standoff in Brookfield now online 11/14

» Man arrested after crash, standoff Updated:  11/13

» Police search for suspect near 124th Street and North Avenue 11/13

» MUHS beats Tosa East spikers in state semi-finals 11/13

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