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Milwaukee man charged with stalking Tosa woman

Nov. 28, 2011 5:28 p.m. | A 34-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with felony stalking and other charges related to domestic abuse on accusations he stalked his ex-girlfriend in Wauwatosa for more than nine months.

The Wauwatosa woman told police she had dated Jacquay Armand Holman, 33, for seven years before breaking up with him in October 2010.

She said she started having problems with him after she began dating another man in February.

According to a criminal complaint released Monday:

In May, Holman came into the victim's house and stood over her and her new boyfriend while they were sleeping.

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Erin Canon named Distinguished Young Woman of Tosa

Nov. 28, 2011 10:38 a.m. | Erin Canon, daughter of Del and Pam Canon, has been named the Distinguished Young Woman of Wauwatosa and will compete to become the Distinguished Young Woman of Wisconsin.

The competitions are part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards academics, leadership and talent. In addition to earning scholarships for college, participants learn self-confidence through public speaking and performance.

Erin attends Wauwatosa East High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club. A junior, she hopes to attend college and become a psychologist and art therapist.

She participates in Chamber Choir, Vocal Jazz and the Tosa East Players theater group.

She is an active member of the Mount Carmel Lutheran Church youth group, sings in the choir and has gone on several summer mission trips.

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Currie golf course open through Saturday

Nov. 25, 2011 11:48 a.m. | Take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and snow-free ground by taking in a round of golf.

Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, remains open for play. The County Parks Department is running a Thanksgiving special so residents can play 18 holes for $20 through Saturday.

For information, call (414) 453-7030.

Hansen Golf Course, the other public facility in Wauwatosa, is closed for the season.

Former dry cleaner building site Tosa's second structure fire in 12 hours

Nov. 23, 2011 6:46 p.m. | Fire broke out this afternoon in a long-vacant building that the city has targeted for redevelopment.

The Fire Department was called to the former dry cleaner facility, 2578 Wauwatosa Ave., at 1:06 p.m. When crews arrived, fire was found burning the building exterior and flames quickly grew and spread into the structure.

The initial damage estimate was $30,000. There was fire damage to the exterior and the hallway and doors and windows had to be forced open to gain entry, Deputy Fire Chief James Case said.

The fire was quickly extinguished, which limited the damage, he said.

The city has been pursuing foreclosure on the former dry cleaner property, which has been the subject of many complaints by neighbors who say it's an eyesore, so it can proceed with environmental assessment and clean up.

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'Today' show to feature Tosa dementia program

Nov. 23, 2011 2:18 p.m. | A storytelling program for older adults at Luther Manor's Adult Day Center is scheduled to be featured Friday during the 8 a.m. hour on NBC-TV's "Today" show.

The "Today" show airs locally on WTMJ-TV (Channel 4).

The program, called TimeSlips, "helps people with dementia reaffirm their humanity and connect with staff members, family and friends," said a statement released Wednesday by Luther Manor in Wauwatosa.

Luther Manor was among the founding sites for TimeSlips in 1998.

The "Today" show segment was filmed Oct. 12 and involved about a dozen Adult Day Center participants.

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Tell us what Brookfield’s best hotspots are

Nov. 23, 2011 2:01 p.m. | NOW readers: We need your help.

We want to build a list of your favorite places — maybe an eatery, a park, a theater — to go to in the town and the city. We’ll then put that list on the location-based service Foursquare, where you can follow and check off as you visit each place.
 
Here’s how it will work:
 
Visit the MyCommunityNOW Facebook page from Nov. 24 to Dec. 4 and comment on our wall or in response to our status update telling us your favorite places to go to in Brookfield. You can recommend one place or you can recommend 10; it’s your choice.
 
Then from Dec. 5 to 11, visit our Facebook page again and vote on your two favorite places of the recommendations we received. The top 10 responses will be included in our Best of Brookfield list.
 
So help us discover your favorite places.

Chestnut Street garage starts on fire this morning

Nov. 23, 2011 12:26 p.m. | A garage in the 8000 block of Chestnut Street caught fire this morning.

There were no injuries. The cause of the fire and dollar amount of property damage have not yet been determined, Deputy Chief James Case said in a prepared statement.

When fire crews arrived at 3:32 a.m., a detached garage was filled with a large volume of smoke and fire, he said. Firefighters spent two hours extinguishing the blaze and investigating the scene.

We Energies was called in to assist with numerous downed power lines. As the Fire Department left the property, some neighboring homes were without power, Case said.

Recall supporter threatened with vandalism

Nov. 23, 2011 11:06 a.m. | A resident who allowed organizers of the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker to use his front yard to sign petitions, received a letter from someone threatening to vandalize his Wauwatosa home.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The resident of the 600 block of North 68th Street sat in his house - neighboring Walker's Tosa home - Nov. 15 while people set up a table and collected signatures in an effort to remove the governor from office.

The next day he received a letter addressed to "Walker Recall Help."

It read: "Dear resident, I have signed the petition to recall the governor. … I plan on delivering it to your home. It will be attached to a large rock, and it will be sent through your first-floor windows."

School district, others to help city with payout to Wheaton Franciscan

Nov. 23, 2011 10:56 a.m. | The city will seek to recoup $4.1 million from other taxing jurisdictions to help replenish funds it spent following a state Supreme Court ruling in a suit filed by Wheaton Franciscan.

Last summer, the state Supreme Court ruled that a large portion of the Wheaton Franciscan outpatient health care facility in Wauwatosa qualifies as tax exempt. Factoring in interest, Wauwatosa had to pay an $8.4 million to Wheaton Franciscan for erroneously collected taxes.

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has approved the city's request recoup $6.2 million, the largest single charge-back state officials can recall.

State law does not allow the city to seek help from the other entities who taxed Wheaton Franciscan to cover the interest payment, although it can - and is - requiring the those other entities to refund their share of the $6.2 million in tax dollars returned to the health care provider.

The Wauwatosa School District will be responsible for paying back $2.1 million to the city. About $2 million in refunds will come to the city from Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Milwaukee Area Technical College for their portions of the taxes levied. Those funds will be due back to the city by mid-February.

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Woman reports being raped in Wawautosa bar's parking lot

Nov. 23, 2011 9:36 a.m. | A 27-year-old woman reported being raped in a vehicle in the parking lot of Mo's Irish Pub, 10842 W. Bluemound Road, early Saturday morning.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The woman said she started the evening by having dinner with girlfriends at the Cheesecake Factory, where her husband met up with them. They continued to a friend's Wauwatosa apartment and Leff's Lucky Town, where they continued to drink.

At some point, someone brought her a drink that after one sip made her sick, she told officers.

Her husband headed home, but she stayed out to socialize. Her girlfriends had met some men and the group decided to head to Mo's, getting into the strangers' car for the trip.

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Party ends with man pulling gun on roommate

Nov. 23, 2011 9:19 a.m. | A night of partying ended with a man pulling a gun on his roommate and police seizing 36 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from a Wauwatosa home, police say.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A group of friends hit the bars, then returned to an apartment in the 1400 block of Martha Washington Drive to continue the party with alcohol and marijuana until 7 a.m. Saturday. As people were figuring out how they would get home, a 22-year-old man who lived at the apartment passed out.

His roommate tried to wake him so he could drive a guest home. A drunken argument ensued, and the man pulled a gun out of his pants pocket and started to point it at his roommate.

The roommate defended himself by punching the man in the face. The man slumped to the floor, and the gun dropped to the floor. When he came to, he didn't recall why they had argued, but he was arrested for reckless endangerment involving a gun.

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Man accidentally shoots hole in apartment wall

Nov. 22, 2011 10:42 p.m. | A man accidentally fired a shot through his apartment wall while unloading his handgun at 6:15 p.m. Friday evening.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 30-year-old Wauwatosa man was in the bedroom of an apartment at the Fountains of Wauwatosa, 9611 W. Hampton Ave., unloading his weapon when it fired a shot through the exterior wall.

Police were not able to find the bullet, but it left a hole in the wall.

He had a receipt for the gun purchase and a license, so the man received a warning about mishandling and discharging a firearm.

Luci'a, a clothing store, opens on North Avenue

Nov. 22, 2011 10:40 p.m. | Luci'a D'Acquisto finds beauty in the details of clothing and accessories.

From fuzzy winter hats dotted with antique buttons to a mocha-colored mini dress with a sequined neckline and fur cap sleeves, she tries to find unusual but feminine pieces to carry in her store.

"My business card says, 'Accessories that make you go hmm,' " she said.

Called Luci'a, the store opened in East Tosa last week. She's still working out the hours, but she has been open from noon to 6 p.m. in the formerly vacant storefront on the corner of 68th Street and North Avenue, next to Royal Court Academy martial arts studio.

"This corner has been empty, so people are stopping by; they're curious," D'Acquisto said.

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Man caught fondling himself at library by teen

Nov. 22, 2011 8:26 p.m. | He probably wasn't reading the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for the articles.

A 17-year-old girl spotted a man fondling himself as he read the magazine at the Wauwatosa Public Library last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The girl sat down to do homework when she saw a man open his pants and expose himself. He hardly tried to conceal himself, standing partially behind a bookshelf about 6 feet from the girl.

A few minutes later he fastened his jeans and picked up a large briefcase, then walked behind the bookshelf and started reading. After a security guard made his rounds, the man again began masturbating.

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Police get description of Cardinal Fitness theft suspect

Nov. 22, 2011 8:22 p.m. | Police have a description of a man who is suspected of breaking into lockers at Cardinal Fitness locations.

According to Wauwatosa police reports:

A member of Cardinal Fitness, 2885 N. Mayfair Road, said his lock had been removed and his wallet taken from a locker between 5:40 and 6 a.m. Nov. 14. A lock that had been cut was found outside the facility. His credit cards had been used.

The front counter clerk recalled a man had come in, saying he had forgotten his wallet so he had no ID or membership card. He gave his name as John Smith and received access to the locker room. Cameras showed him pretending to workout for a few minutes, then he made a big deal to the employee about leaving to put his valuables in his car because of thefts that happen in locker rooms.

He never returned.

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Man accused of biting security guards after trying to steal clothes

Nov. 22, 2011 8:16 p.m. | A Milwaukee man faces two misdemeanor charges for battery and one for retail theft after he was arrested for trying to steal a stack of clothing and repeatedly biting security guards while resisting apprehension.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Anthony Harris, 31, grabbed a large stack of clothing valued at nearly $1,300 and tried to make his way out of Boston Store at Mayfair at 1:23 p.m. Nov. 14. Security guards met him at the exit.

Harris violently pushed a door into one of the guards and tried to make a run for it. The guard grabbed him around the waist and they struggled, rolling around on the sidewalk outside the department store. Then Harris bit the guard on the hand several times, drawing blood.

He was able to crawl to a railing, which overlooked a 30-foot drop to the lower parking lot. He attempted to jump, but guards were able to grab him in time, and he hung upside down until they were able to pull him back.

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Man accused of pepper spraying another for parking in front of his home

Nov. 22, 2011 6:02 p.m. | A parking dispute led to a pepper spray attack on Glenway Street.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 33-year-old man arrived to visit his uncle at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12, but he couldn't park immediately in front of his uncle's house because leaves had been raked into the street for fall collection. Instead, he parked along the curb in front of a neighbor's home.

That 65-year-old neighbor charged down the driveway, irate that the 33-year-old had parked there because he had planned to blow the leaves from his yard into the gutter.

Words were exchanged and the neighbor lunged at the younger man, grabbed his shirt and sprayed him in the face with pepper spray. The younger man stumbled to his uncle's front door and told him to call police.

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Clerk's fast action thwarts robbery attempt at Tosa gas station

Nov. 22, 2011 9:50 a.m. | A masked man tried to rob the Citgo gas station at 103rd Street and Bluemound Road on Monday, but a quick-thinking clerk and protective equipment thwarted the crime.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The robber came to the check-out counter with his right hand under his jacket to imply he was armed. He told the clerk: "Give me the money. Give me big bills."

The clerk worked behind bullet-proof glass, but the window was open so he could assist customers.

He quickly took the key from the cash register and slammed the window shut.

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East's theater director earns spot in hall of fame

Nov. 22, 2011 9:12 a.m. | Wauwatosa East High School theater director Thomas Thaney will be inducted into the Theatre Directors Hall of Fame, the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association has announced.

Thaney is part of the inaugural class of directors.

He has been the theater director at East for more than 10 years. Before that, Thaney taught in the Elmbrook School District. He has a bachelor's degrees from Concordia University River Forest and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and master's in theater arts from Schiller International University in Strasbourg, France.

Thaney was honored at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival's Judges Dinner at Waterford Union High School on Nov 17.

NOW newspapers to be delivered Friday this week

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WELS fires church official over child porn charges

Nov. 18, 2011 4:49 p.m. | The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod fired its communications director on Friday, a day after he was charged with possessing child pornography at his Waukesha home and Wauwatosa office.

Synod President the Rev. Mark Schroeder issued a brief statement Friday saying Joel W. Hochmuth’s employment had been terminated.

“WELS holds it employees to high ethical and moral standards; we will not and cannot tolerate behavior that goes against these principles,” Schroeder said. He said the synod is cooperating with authorities in the investigation and praying for all who have been affected by the events.

Hochmuth, 52, was charged Thursday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with three counts of possession of child pornography. He was released on $20,000 bail.

Hochmuth is accused of using the Internet to download hundreds of images of boys engaged in sexual acts with other youths and adult men, according to the criminal complaint. Images were found on his computer at his Waukesha home and on a thumb drive at his office, it said.

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Binge drinking identified as a problem among Tosa's adults

Nov. 15, 2011 9:40 a.m. | "Wisconsin is No. 1 for binge drinking and Wauwatosa matches that," said Lori Nielsen, nursing supervisor with the city Health Department.

As the department nears the end of its data collection for the state-mandated Community Health Assessment, there are a few issues that already stand out. Heavy drinking is one of those, but this time the problem must be addressed with adults, Nielsen said.

Wauwatosa women are more likely to be heavy drinkers - have more than one drink per day - than either the state or nation.

Binge drinking is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as five drinks in one hour for men and four or more drinks in about a two-hour period for women.

In Tosa, 22 percent of adults said they consume enough alcohol to qualify as binge drinking at least once a month. That's slightly lower than the state rate of 23.9 percent.

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Germantown upsets Red Raiders at state volleyball

Nov. 11, 2011 7:21 p.m. | Germantown - making its first trip to the WIAA Boys State Volleyball Meet - upset Wauwatosa East - making his sixth trip since 2002 - at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday evening.

The fired-up Warhawks won the match, 3-sets-to-1, over the veteran Red Raider team.

The Warhawks won the first set, 25-14, but Tosa East battled back to win the second (25-20). But Germantown then rolled to an easy 25-12 win.

Fighting for their lives, the Red Raiders led 18-13, before Germantown went on an 8-2 run to take a 21-20 lead.

After East battled back to take a 22-21 lead, the Warhawks went on a 3-0 run to lead 24-22. East's Ben Mihelich killed a shot to cut the lead to one, 24-23, but Germantown's Zak Showalter dropped in a soft kill shot in front of the net for the win.

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City extends leaf collection by week

Nov. 11, 2011 3:18 p.m. | A stroll through Tosa neighborhoods or a drive along the city's streets shows Mother Nature may be trying to hold onto autumn as long as possible. Most trees still have some leaves on their branches.

That fact hasn't been lost on Wauwatosa Public Works Director Bill Porter, who today announced leaf collection will be extended to accommodate the stragglers.

City crews completed two of the three pickup cycles Wednesday. Typically 4,000 tons of leaves are collected, but city workers have only collected 45 percent of that amount, he said. He attributes that to warm weather that lasted late into fall.

"Normally the collection rate is closer to 60 percent at this time of the season," he said. "While oak trees traditionally hang onto their leaves late into the fall months, this year the maple trees have been very slow to drop their leaves as well."

Initially, he planned to end leaf collection Nov. 13, but the start of the final run though the city has been delayed until Nov. 21. The hope is to get all leaves off the streets before the first snowfall cover so crews may be working the day after Thanksgiving. Have all leaves raked into the street by the end of the day Nov. 20 to ensure they get removed, Porter said.

Santa's sleigh to reach Mayfair this weekend

Nov. 11, 2011 3:14 p.m. | Parents, dress up your kids. Boys and girls, make out your wish lists. It's that time of year when Santa makes his way to his throne at Mayfair to listen to each child's must-haves this holiday season.

Mr. Claus will make the trek from the North Pole and arrive in the mall Center Court at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Don't worry, there's no need for a mad rush - the Jolly Old Elf will be hanging out at Mayfair for visits and photo opportunities through Dec. 24. Children on the nice list will receive a free holiday coloring book after their visit.

Free meals for veterans at Applebee's today

Nov. 11, 2011 3:12 p.m. | Veterans and active members of the military will be treated to a free meal at Applebee's restaurants Friday.

In a salute to Veteran's Day, entrees and their side dishes will be on the house from lunch through dinner for local heroes who dine in the restaurant and bring proof of military service.

Wisconsin Hospitality Group, the owner of Applebee's restaurants throughout the state, is based in Wauwatosa. Locally, Applebee's can be found at Mayfair, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, and in the Village Business Improvement District at 6750 W. State St.

Design Review attendance report apparently faulty

Nov. 10, 2011 4:34 p.m. | Patricia Bohach had nearly perfect attendance for the 13 years she served on one of the city's Design Review Boards charged with looking at the aesthetics of residential developments and exterior improvements.

However, a memo from the city Building Department about attendance records that was used by the Community Development Committee as it considered changing the structure of the city's review boards incorrectly showed Bohach had not attended any meetings in 2010.

After the information was released and an article appeared in Wauwatosa NOW, Bohach said she was no longer a board member in 2010, having previously filed her resignation from the board.

Attendance numbers during Bohach's time volunteering on the board back up her claim of regular participation.

Tosan Heidi Lorenzen is Miss Wisconsin, ready for nationals

Nov. 10, 2011 1:26 p.m. | A Wauwatosa teen has been crowned this year's National American Miss Wisconsin.

Heidi Lorenzen, daughter of Elmer and Kay Lorenzen, will compete for more than $500,000 in cash and prizes at the national pageant in California the week of Thanksgiving.

Lorenzen volunteers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, and has collected books and new stuffed animals for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the Wauwatosa Police Department and the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. She has participated in and volunteered at many walk/runs for charitable organizations.

She is majoring in kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and hopes to become a physical therapist.

The National American Miss program is open to girls 4 to 18, with five age divisions. Participants compete on inner beauty, as well as poise, presentation and all-American spirit. Emphasis is placed on gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, building good attitudes about competition and setting and achieving personal goals.

Tosan takes part in "Oprah's Lifeclass"

Nov. 10, 2011 1:22 p.m. | The leader of a Wauwatosa-based organization working to provide athletic opportunities for people with disabilities has gotten Oprah's attention.

Damian Buchman, founder and executive director of The Ability Center, will appear on "Oprah's Lifeclass" at 7 p.m. on OWN.

Buchman, 33, responded to a question pertaining to karma posted on the talk show host's Facebook page in September. He gave a brief history of his life experiences as a two-time childhood cancer survivor.

He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma first in his right leg, then in his left during his teen years, a rarity in itself. To survive was almost unheard of. He said he "felt as though he knew firsthand, from a young age, what karma was all about."

Less than two hours after posting his response, a producer contacted Buchman for a phone interview. The following week, arrangements were made for him to take part in a "field trip" for tonight's episode and to be in the studio the following day.

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Wauwatosa Cemetery foresees financial turnaround

Nov. 09, 2011 10:32 a.m. | A year ago, Wauwatosa Cemetery officials were worried they were on the brink of financial insolvency and were looking at selling the burial grounds.

With many new trustees on the board, plans to sell have been scrapped, and a new management company has been hired to operate and maintain the 11-acre property at Wauwatosa Avenue and Wright Street.

"We have a very positive outlook that we're going to maintain that cemetery," said Jim Benz, board president and former Wauwatosa mayor. "We want to preserve it for its historical significance for the city of Wauwatosa."

Tribute Cos. had been managing the site and Benz said they did a fine job - but the cemetery could no longer afford Tribute's services. Instead, Hirschfeld Services will manage the cemetery and the board has entered into a one-year agreement that has the city providing property maintenance services there. Those changes should bring $25,000 in annual savings, Benz said.

In the past, the city has plowed snow from cemetery roads, provided salt and removed dead and diseased trees at no charge. Under the new agreement, the city will also maintain the lawns, Public Works Director Bill Porter said. Money paid to the city will cover the costs of hiring the contractor who already cuts grass and sprays for weeds on street medians throughout Tosa.

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Thieves cut through Alioto's roof to get to booze

Nov. 09, 2011 9:44 a.m. | Burglars looking for alcohol made their way into Alioto's Restaurant by cutting a hole in the roof Monday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An employee found ceiling tiles over the bar in the restaurant, 3041 N. Mayfair Road, had been pushed down Nov. 6.

Later she found a large cooler had been moved, a hole in the drywall next to the wine cellar and prymarks on the door to a room where liquor is stored.

More ceiling tiles were found on the ground in the coat room, as were two bags containing tools and a folding ladder.

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Trio busted for stealing from home under construction

Nov. 09, 2011 7:58 a.m. | Three men have been arrested for breaking into a home under construction, stealing building materials and causing interior damage.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The owner of a home under construction at 106th Street and Wisconsin Avenue said a painting crew arrived Oct. 31 to find a window open. Four boxes of drywall compound were missing and wiring had been cut and removed throughout the entire structure. Damage is estimated at more than $3,000, because the entire home will have to be rewired, a job made more difficult because the drywall is already in place.

The night before, an officer had pulled over a Jeep containing two Wauwatosa men, ages 22 and 23, and a 29-year-old Milwaukee man - familiar faces to local law enforcement. They had been arrested or interviewed in connection with past robberies, burglaries, thefts and drug crimes. They had large tangles of copper wire, tools such as hatchets and wire cutters, and other building materials in their vehicle.

At the time of the traffic stop, police hadn't yet been alerted to the burglary, and the men said the items belonged to a boss for whom they were during construction work.

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Two more seniors report telephone scams

Nov. 09, 2011 7:52 a.m. | Two 80-year-old Wauwatosa women received phone calls from people looking to scam them out of money. One fell for the con, the other smelled a rat.

The scams are not new, but every few months they resurface, targeting seniors in the community, Tosa police officers said.

According to police reports:

The first woman received a call about 11 a.m. Nov. 3 from a man who greeted her as "grandma" and said he needed help. He went on to say that he had been stopped for speeding and that some friends in the car had drugs on them - so he needs $2,400 to be released from jail.

A second person then identified himself as an officer from Deerbrook, Wis., and told the woman she could no longer talk to her grandson. He specified how to send the money, along with a $126 service charge, to an account in Spain.

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European-style bakery likely to open on North Avenue

Nov. 09, 2011 7:40 a.m. | With restaurants Cranky Al's and Il Mito, upscale resale boutique U-Turn and Rosebud Cinema proving popular stops along North Avenue, the 68th and 69th street blocks have become the heart of East Tosa's commercial district.

Wauwatosa resident Geoff Trenholme hopes to launch another successful business, Rocket Baby Bakery, across the street.

He received unanimous support from the city's Plan Commission and Community Development Committee this week. If the Common Council follows suit next week, he hopes to have his European-style retail bakery and coffee shop open in February.

Trenholme plans to fill his shop with artisan breads, breakfast pastries, cookies, scones and muffins, as well as heartier fare such as soups, sandwiches, salads and quiches.

All food products would be made from scratch and baked in-house, which would lead him to hire the equivalent of seven full-time employees for the kitchen and service counter. He received a Community Development Block Grant from the Wauwatosa Economic Development Corp. to help get his business off the ground because he pledged to create jobs.

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Police on look-out for man passing fake $100s

Nov. 09, 2011 7:26 a.m. | Counterfeit money has been passed at Tosa businesses several times in the past few weeks, and the Wauwatosa Police Department has a description of the suspect.

According to police reports:

In the last week, a black man in his 20s or 30s with dreadlocks pulled into a ponytail passed counterfeit $100 bills at two Walgreen's stores in Wauwatosa. Store employees said he was wearing a dark-colored jacket, perhaps leather, a white sweater with thin blue horizontal stripes along the bottom, light color pants and white tennis shoes.

On Sunday, he purchased first aid tape for a little less than $5 with a $100 bill at the store on Mayfair Road and North Avenue. Suspicious, the clerk began to examine the money but the man said his grandmother gave him it so of course it was real. Feeling bad about doubting the man, the clerk let him go only to find out his instincts had been correct.

The fake $100 was really a washed out $5 bill.

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Does Tosa have too many salon- and spa-style businesses?

Nov. 08, 2011 12:36 p.m. | A massage therapist wants to open a studio in East Tosa, and that leads at least one resident to question whether too many spa and salon establishments line North Avenue.

Ramona Beyer asked the Plan Commission yesterday for permission to operate Healthy Living Massage in a space at 7018 W. North Ave.

Commissioners didn't have a problem with a massage business in the commercial district and unanimously recommended approval. The request goes to the Community Development Committee tonight.

However, another entrepreneur who is in the process of opening a massage therapy establishment only a few doors down said she wouldn't have chosen her location if she knew a similar business would move in so nearby.

East Tosa resident Martin Castro said he doesn't understand why so many hair and nail salons and massage businesses set up shop on North Avenue.

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Turkeypants indoor playground eyes Potter Road location

Nov. 08, 2011 12:14 p.m. | An indoor playground planned for Tosa's Village is now looking at a location on Potter Road instead.

Wauwatosa mom Mary Pruitt Martinez got the city's approval this spring to operate Turkeypants Playground in the same State Street building that houses George Webb. The property owner has since fielded offers for uses that would take up more of the vacant space in the building, she said.

"We decided to let it go and move on," Pruitt Martinez told the Plan Commission yesterday.

Now she's working with the owners of the building at 10930 W. Potter Road, next to Bryant & Stratton College.

The 4,000-square-foot space is a bit larger than the prior location. She plans to offer indoor play equipment for children ages infant to 10 years old.

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Deadly crash in Wauwatosa Tuesday morning

Nov. 08, 2011 5:03 a.m. | WAUWATOSA - One person has died after an early morning crash Tuesday in Wauwatosa.

The crash happened at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday on West Capitol Drive near Menomonee River Parkway.

The driver of a pickup truck died after apparently crashing into a wall there.

Paramedics rushed to the scene, but were unable to save the driver's life.

No other vehicles were involved, and no one else was hurt.

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Pandora, Dry Goods open in Mayfair

Nov. 07, 2011 2:50 p.m. | Two new shops hope Mayfair patrons will come check out what they have to offer.

Pandora, a jewelry store best known for its charms, sits between Hot Topic and American Eagle on the mall's upper level. A global brand, the company is headquartered in Denmark and the pieces - bracelets, necklaces, watches, etc., - are manufactured in Thailand.

While it sounds more like a food store than an apparel retailer, Dry Goods stocks clothing and accessories for young women. Hot brands like Free People, Joe's Jeans and Silver will line the shelves and racks. Dry Goods can be found on the lower level, near Macy's.

The two stores should be the only newcomers to Mayfair this holiday season.

"We don't have anything else on the radar to open before the end of the year," mall Marketing Manager Brenda Vento said.

Community development director laid off; city plans to restructure position

Nov. 07, 2011 1:38 p.m. | As the Plan Commission meets tonight to consider plans for a new East Tosa bakery, a new Alterra Café and an indoor children's playground, Community Development Director Nancy Welch will not be in attendance to provide background and guidance on the proposed projects.

Welch no longer works for the city, City Administrator James Archambo said in a letter to city staff and officials.

"By mutual agreement, she has been permanently laid off in anticipation of restructuring the position," he said. "I sincerely wish her well and have signed a positive letter of reference for her."

Archambo has divvied up her duties on an interim basis: building maintenance functions have been assigned to Public Works Director Bill Porter, while planning and building inspection work will be under the leadership of Economic Development Director Paulette Enders.

The city administrator plans to present to the Employee Relations Committee his longer-term plans for restructuring the city's development functions, possibly as soon as Tuesday.

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Vote on your favorite Wauwatosa places

Nov. 07, 2011 8:13 a.m. | We asked you to name your favorite places in Wauwatosa on our Facebook page.

You did.

We received 26 comments and 49 venue recommendations. But now it’s time to vote. We want to know the top 10 of your favorite places in Tosa.

So read the list of the 50 venues, head over to our Facebook page, and vote for your two favorites. (Any votes for venues not already suggested will not be counted.) Some venues are just outside of Tosa's borders, but are included anyway because of their proximity to the city.

Voting will take place through Sunday, Nov. 13. Once the top 10 places have been compiled, you’ll be able to find them as a Foursquare list.

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Karas named Tosa East baseball coach

Nov. 04, 2011 2:48 p.m. | Former Wauwatosa East assistant baseball coach Brian Karas was named to the Red Raiders head job this week.

Karas replaced Matt Dahlstrom, whose career record was 38-90, a .297 winning percentage, which included going 21-62, a .253 winning mark, in the rugged Greater Metro Conference. Dahlstrom resigned in August to spend more time with his family.

The Red Raiders best season the past five years was 2010, when they finished 7-13 in league play and 15-19 overall. This past season they were 5-18 in league play and 9-21 overall.

The personable Karas has 11 years experience as a high school baseball coach, beginning in 2001 as a varsity assistant at St. Francis High School. He then moved on to Shorewood High School from 2002-05 where he was an assistant varsity coach. In fact, in 2004 he wore two hats, coaching the JV as well as assisting on the varsity level.

He moved on to St. Francis High School where he was a varsity assistant (2006-08) and then came over to Tosa East the last three seasons. This past year, in addition to his varsity duties, he also coached the JV for half the season.

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Pre-dawn opening, free coffee on tap for Black Friday at Mayfair

Nov. 04, 2011 10:05 a.m. | Mayfair will open its doors at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

The day after Thanksgiving, this year it falls Nov. 25, is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and often marks the kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

To put shoppers in a festive mood, snow will fall in the mall's Center Court every hour beginning at noon and a men's a cappella group will serenade shoppers. The winter showers will continue daily through Christmas Eve.

Mayfair will provide an energy boost in the form of free coffee, breakfast treats and entertainment in the food court from 5 to 10 a.m.

Early risers will be rewarded with $20 gift cards that can be used with purchases of $150 or more. The first 1,000 shoppers can claim a tote bag.

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Tosa East spikers beat Shorewood, makes sixth straight trip to State

Nov. 03, 2011 9:14 p.m. | Wauwatosa East battled a scrappy Shorewood team Thursday night and emerged with a 3-1 victory and the WIAA Sectional Championship at Brookfield East.

The Red Raiders, who were down 25-24, won the first game, 27-25, but Shorewood bounced back to win the second game, 25-19 to even the match at 1-1.

But the Red Raiders, who were making their sixth straight trip to state, won the third match easily, 25-16, to take a 2-1 lead.

Coach Kevin Gemignani fired up his young Greyhounds, who only had four seniors on the team, and they battled the Red Raiders before losing a thriller, 30-28.

"We're an athletic team, but we're small," Gemignani said. "They're an athletic team, but they're big."

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Wauwatosa fire contract moves department closer to parity with others

Nov. 02, 2011 10:49 a.m. | The city and fire union have reached a new contract that should keep compensation costs flat through 2013.

Wauwatosa Professional Firefighters Association Local 1923 ratified the contract Monday and the Common Council unanimously followed suit Tuesday.

Union President Capt. Gary Webb did not divulge how the vote went among the membership, only that, "It passed."

In the last several months, the parties looked to be headed for binding arbitration after mediation had reached an impasse. At the 11th hour, union representatives told the city they wanted to give bargaining another try, City Administrator James Archambo said, giving the firefighters credit for starting the compromise that resulted in this contract.

The contract retroactively starts Jan. 1, 2011, and will be in effect through 2013. There is no pay increase for union members this year; 3 percent increases are set for each of the next two years.

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Sculptures could detract from Hart Park performance pavilion, groups worry

Nov. 02, 2011 10:48 a.m. | The group that donated the performance stage in Hart Park has a problem with plans to move six sculptures near it.

Rich Mannisto, president of the Wauwatosa Rotary Club, sent a letter to members of the Common Council and Park and Forestry Board, voicing the club's opposition to placing the artwork in the triangle just west of the Rotary Performance Pavilion.

"The members are excited about the artwork being considered for placement in Hart Park, but not in the triangle west of the stage," he wrote. "After consulting with several local artists, the placement of the six sculptures would be best suited for other areas of the park, namely a much larger tract of land, for their display."

He said the abstract sculptures - they range in size from 3 to 10 feet tall - would interfere with aesthetics and crowd the area.

The board of Tosa Tonight, which holds its concert series at the stage, has similar reservations.

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City budget fails to make waves with public

Nov. 02, 2011 9:48 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents were a no-show for the public hearing on the proposed 2012 city budget Tuesday.

The Budget Committee has finished its review of the document that calls for no levy increase. For the second year, the tax levy comes to $36.5 million.

The total operating budget is $53.4 million, up 0.8, or a little more than $423,000 higher than in 2011.

The Common Council decided to hold off discussion and action on the proposed budget until Nov. 15.

However, City Administrator James Archambo provided some background on how the budget had reached this point and the impact it will have on the average homeowner.

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Medical College funds 13 public health initiatives

Nov. 01, 2011 12:52 p.m. | The Medical College of Wisconsin is awarding $4.8 million to public health initiatives throughout the state.

The Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program today announced 13 new awards that align with the aims of the Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 state health plan.

Money will be provided to help accomplish the following goals:

Change the culture of risky drinking behavior in LaCrosse.

Increase the diversity of Wisconsin's public health workforce.

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Donate your candy to U.S. troops overseas

Nov. 01, 2011 12:48 p.m. | Kids may be on a sugar high right now, reveling in their bags full of trick-or-treat candy. But for the dental community, the thought of all those sweets affecting young teeth is a nightmare.

Bohl & Race Orthodontics, 12720 W. North Ave., is giving local families the opportunity to exchange the Halloween candy they collected for healthy alternatives and chances to win prizes from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The orthodontics practice has joined with national charity Smiles Change Lives. Everyone who stops by will receive a healthy treat and goodie bag.

Bohl & Race Orthodontics plans to donate the candy collected to U.S. troops overseas. For every pound raised, a dollar will be donated to Smiles Change Lives. This year, the goal is to collect 500 pounds, which will help provide braces for low-income children in the Milwaukee area.

Community Watch

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» Luci'a, a clothing store, opens on North Avenue 11/22

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