1. Wauwatosa police officer fatally shoots man at Madison Park
Jay Anderson Jr. was shot and killed by Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah while sitting in a parked car in the parking lot of Madison Park June 23. Police say Anderson was in possession of a handgun. Mensah feared for his safety and discharged his weapon six times.
Other police officers arriving on scene administered first aid, said Public Information Officer Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department. Anderson was transported by the Wauwatosa Fire Department to Froedtert Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
2. No charges against police officer in Jay Anderson shooting
Dec. 5 the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office announced that no charges would be filed against Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah for the shooting of Anderson. The police also released a dashcam video which showed Mensah shooting into Anderson's car six times, killing him while in the driver's seat. The investigative synopsis released by the Wauwatosa Police Department says there was a gun in the front passenger seat and that Anderson was "lunging" for the weapon, prompting Mensah to shoot.
3. Holiday Train entertains crowd in Tosa Village
A crowd estimated in the thousands witnessed the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop in Wauwatosa for the second consecutive year. The train arrived at the Harwood Avenue crossing about 40 minutes past its scheduled 4:45 p.m. arrival time Tuesday, Dec. 6 but the people stuck around despite the 30-degree weather and light wind.
4. Principal's race-related comment to Wauwatosa West student sparks protest
A group of students at Wauwatosa West High School held a protest Monday, April 25, in response to an alleged racist comment made by the school's principal, Frank Calarco. Calarco allegedly said the following: "Hey, can somebody tell this kid it's not 1960, and he doesn't have to sit in the back of the class? What, nobody thinks that's funny?"
5. Indoor park proposed for Quarry Heights neighborhood in Tosa
Residents of Wauwatosa will be able to enjoy the experience of an outdoor playground in all four seasons if area businesswoman Kerry Krienitz is able to bring her indoor park vision to reality. The Village Park would be constructed in a vacant 20,000-square-foot building at 1167 N. 62nd St.
6. String of juvenile crime cases sweeps through Wauwatosa
Lt. Brian Zalewski, Wauwatosa Police Department public information officer, said follow-through by members of the department resulted in the arrest of suspects from incidents at Swan Serv-U Pharmacy, a home burglary on North 91st Street and a strong-armed robbery near Wisconsin Avenue and Honey Creek Parkway in August.
7. Wauwatosa man makes 'miracle' recovery after dying for 8 minutes
Richard Kulikowski was dead for eight minutes, before emergency crew Squad 51 revived him. Emergency responders were able to revive him, eventually finding a heartbeat. Richard was rushed off to the hospital and his wife Anne followed the ambulance.
"I kept saying, 'You're not leaving me,'" Anne said, as she recalled the day, tears welling up in her eyes. "It seemed like years."
After several tests, doctors told the couple fluid had built up near Richard's lungs, putting pressure on his heart, which was only operating at 10 percent when he died.
8. Construction project revamps Village
The ongoing Village construction project interrupted traffic and business on State Street, Underwood Avenue and Harwood Avenue for much of 2016. Lanes were closed on the Harmonee Bridge at times during the project. In November, State Street and a loop consisting of Harwood and Underwood avenues reopened and to date much of the project's Phase One work is completed. Look for more on this story in the coming months.
A major change that drivers in the area will need to adapt to is a parking arrangement that is immediately noticeable. The new method of pulling into a stall is called back-in angle parking and has been installed on both Underwood and Harwood avenues. The streets now have traffic traveling one-way alongside a bike lane that travels in the opposite direction and is separated by a double yellow line. The back-in parking was set up due to safety reasons, most notably the need for drivers pulling out of their parking spots to be able to see bicycles traveling in the bike lane.
9. Protests erupt in wake of police shooting
Citizens marched in support of the family of Jay Anderson Jr., who was shot and killed in Madison Park by Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah. At least twice Mayfair Mall was the site of demonstrations, according to various news reports and postings on social media. There were also protests reported near the Wauwatosa Police Department and Madison Park.
10. Wauwatosa launches food truck days
Aug. 25 and Sept. 22 the city invited residents to city hall, 7725 W. North Ave., to sample food from a number of food trucks that were parked in the building's parking lot. It was the first time the city tried such an event, said Zach Navin, an administrative intern for the city.