State wrestling Day 1 photo gallery now online

Feb. 25, 2011 8:16 a.m. | The individual state wrestling tournament began yesterday at the Kohl Center in Madison and we've just added a photo gallery from Peter Zuzga featuring action from the matches.

The 20-image gallery includes competitors from Brookfield, Franklin, Germantown, Greenfield, Homestead, New Berlin, Oak Creek, Waukesha, West Allis, and Whitnall.

The state tournament continues today and Saturday with the finals set for 6 p.m. Saturday. 

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Man blames dog hair for alleged drunken driving accident

Feb. 23, 2011 10:32 a.m. | A 51-year-old Milwaukee man said he was removing dog hair when his car mounted the curb and hit objects along it Feb. 18.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The man's vehicle mounted the curb, struck a parked car, drove along the sidewalk and hit a tree, garbage can and bench at 60th and Vliet streets at 5:01 p.m.

He had empty mini vodka bottles in his car and pockets and a bottle of compressed air in his hand. He said he had been removing dog hair from the dashboard while driving.

He was arrested for drunken driving and his BAC was 0.11. The vehicle had severe damage and was leaking fluids.

Man accused of sideswiping police car on his way to buy booze

Feb. 23, 2011 9:45 a.m. | A Wauwatosa man was arrested for drunken driving after he sideswiped a police car and drove off last week, police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Officers were responding to an incident in the 1300 block of North 68th Street, with their squad car parked on the street, at 7:46 p.m. Feb. 16. They heard a crash and one of the officers saw a hit-and-run had occurred, leaving scrapes on the police vehicle.

The striking vehicle was found parked across two spaces at Metcalfe's Market, 6700 W. State St. The driver had gone inside to purchase a six-pack of beer. He was arrested when he returned to his vehicle.

The 29-year-old driver told officers he had been drinking at home and was making a run to the store to pick up more alcohol. His blood-alcohol content was 0.21, nearly three times the legal limit.

Robbery suspects lead police on chase in cemetery

Feb. 23, 2011 8:15 a.m. | Police arrested two people for armed robbery after conducting a manhunt in Wauwatosa Cemetery on Friday night.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two men were riding a Milwaukee County bus from the east end of Milwaukee. When they exited at 88th Street and North Avenue, they were followed by three other riders. Soon afterward, one of the men was pushed, and he turned around to see a gun pointed at his face. The robber hit him in the face with the gun and said, "Gimme your stuff."

The two victims emptied their pockets. As the three robbers - police were still looking for the third as of Tuesday night  - took off, one said, "Don't follow us or we'll cap you."

As officers arrived, they saw the three robbers climb the cemetery fence. Milwaukee police and Waukesha County sheriff's deputies and their dogs were called in to help track them. A 17-year-old Milwaukee boy was apprehended first with some of the stolen items and marijuana in his possession.

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Greendale police use Craigslist to track down alleged thieves

Feb. 23, 2011 8:08 a.m. | For two suspects in a string of car thefts last summer, Craiglist may prove to be as much as a smoking gun as a sales venue for stolen items.

Greendale police announced Tuesday that the department has cleared 32 local theft cases involving items taken from vehicles from July to September 2010 in the village.

Interim Police Chief Bob Malasuk said the department was able to close those cases after two men were arrested for allegedly stealing Global Positioning Systems, car stereos, computers and other items from vehicles.

Police detectives spotted some of the items when they appeared on the online classified advertising venue Craigslist. Though the items were listed under fictitious accounts, police were able to ascertain the true identity of the sellers, Malasuk said, resulting in the arrests.

Both suspects were charged in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. Police did not name the suspects or provide other information in a press release issued Tuesday evening.

Applebee's to stay; Mad Dog is out in Tosa

Feb. 22, 2011 1:36 p.m. | Applebee's is open in the Village and will stay that way now that the owner of Mad Dog Saloon has withdrawn his proposal to move into the building at 68th and State streets.

The city received a letter from Dominic Lalicata, the attorney for the owner of Mad Dog Saloon in Greenfield, stating he was pulling any pending applications for permits to open a bar in the building occupied by Applebee's.

Anthony Cortese, vice president of marketing for Wisconsin Hospitality Group, which owns Applebee's, said he's not clear about what transpired behind the scenes. He only knows that the purchase of the property by Mad Dog was no longer going to be pursued.

"If the worse news is that we get to keep serving our guests on State Street, our employees don't have to move to another location and Applebee's remains part of the neighborhood, we aren't all that sad to hear it," he said.

Lalicata had twice come before the Plan Commission with his proposal to open a sports bar. On both occasions he was met with lack of support from the panel, which voted unanimously Feb. 7 to withhold its recommendation for the plan.

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Allegedly fraudulent company used Brookfield address

Feb. 22, 2011 9:14 a.m. | A fraudulent money-lending business used the address of a vacant Brookfield office space to conduct transactions that victimized at least two people, according to Brookfield police reports.

Also according to the reports:

An Indiana man reported Feb. 16 that he couldn't get in touch with Avesco Financial after sending $500 to its offices at 200 S. Executive Drive, Suite 207, in Brookfield to secure a loan.

A second report came Feb. 18 from a California woman who said she sent $4,500 to Avesco Financial after applying for a home loan.

She said she wasn't able to proceed with the loan and attempts to recover her money had been unsuccessful.

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Customer apologetic about sexting

Feb. 22, 2011 8:54 a.m. | A Brookfield woman attempting to sell a computer on the Internet received a graphic message from an interested buyer.

According to the Brookfield police report:

The woman gave the man her home address after he inquired about the laptop computer she had posted for sale.

The man then called her 15 times and sent her a picture message containing an image of a male genitalia. He then sent her an apologetic message.

Upset about teachers protesting budget repair bill, man harasses local company

Feb. 22, 2011 8:19 a.m. | Staff members at United Education Profession in Brookfield received harassing phone calls last week from a man who was angry about union protests in Madison.

According to the Brookfield police report:

An angry man repeatedly called United Education Profession, 13805 W. Burleigh Road, to complain Feb. 18 about teachers protesting Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget repair bill.

The man called clerical staff obscene names and claimed that his wife is a teacher.

He stopped calling when staff at United Education Profession said they were going to alert police.

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New restaurant replacing closed Carleton Grange Pub in St. Francis

Feb. 22, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A new restaurant and tavern will replace Carleton Grange Pub, which closed last September in St. Francis after its owners said road improvements were reducing nearby on-street parking spaces.

Attebury's Pub is scheduled to open at the former Carleton Grange, 3807 S. Packard Ave., on March 8, said co-owner Brad Tarnof.

Attebury's will feature an extensive beer list, pizzas baked in the restaurant's wood-fire oven, sandwiches and other items, said Tarnof and partner Andrew Maricle.

Maricle and Tarnof own Palms Bistro and Bar, 221 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. They said the prices at Attebury's will be lower than the menu prices at Palms, which opened in 2002 and was sold to Maricle and Tarnof in 2007.

Dean Brazaitis, head chef at Palms, also will be head chef at Attebury's, and will have an ownership stake in the new business, Maricle said.

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West Allis Central wrestling sectional photo gallery now online

Feb. 21, 2011 3:32 p.m. | Individual state berths were on the line when West Allis Central hosted its wrestling sectional Saturday and we've just posted Jerry Luterman's photo gallery from the event.

The state individual tournament begins Thursday in Madison. The team tournament begins Friday, March 4.

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22 street signs vandalized in Brookfield, Elm Grove

Feb. 21, 2011 3:16 p.m. | Eighteen street signs in Brookfield and four signs in Elm Grove were intentionally damaged over the weekend.

According to police reports:

Street signs were found snapped off or bent over throughout Brookfield and Elm Grove on Feb. 20.

It appears the perpetrator put a bumper against the sign posts and slowly accelerated, causing the posts to snap off or bend.

The posts showed no signs of paint transfer from a vehicle, and no witnesses have come forward.

Germantown's Thielke headed to Olympic Training Center with eye to 2012

Feb. 21, 2011 2:36 p.m. | The moment, likely sometime around 7 p.m. Saturday night, will have a more poignant and final air to it than some thought it would.

Germantown's Jesse Thielke will likely become the 10th Wisconsin wrestler in prep history to win four WIAA state titles. There will be an announcement, an ovation and an acknowledgment of the likely sell-out crowd at the Kohl Center by Thielke himself.

He will soak it all in, maybe take a bow and then make an appropriate and discreet exit, where he will likely be feted by the media and fans who want to know how all this feels.

Thielke may be a little more gracious with his time, a little long in leaving this stage, because he may want to soak it all in.

Because two days from then, he will be winging his way with the U.S. wrestling team to Romania and Bulgaria for an international Greco-Roman tournament, which is nothing new to him.

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'Lost' man in car assaults woman

Feb. 16, 2011 11:12 a.m. | A 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man pretending he was lost Monday.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The woman said a man stopped her at 78th Street and Capitol Drive and said he needed directions to his father's business on Mayfair Road. She voluntarily hopped in the car to guide the driver at 9:45 a.m.

He started taking side streets and rubbing her leg as they drove. He told her she was pretty and made lewd comments. She got nervous and asked several times to be let out of the car, but he refused.

Eventually he pulled onto Menomonee River Parkway and forced her hands down his pants. He forced her to perform oral sex, before letting her leave. She called 911 and met police at a bus shelter, where she was found crying and shaken. She was taken to a hospital to be examined and to gather evidence.

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Tosa labor issues tabled until Madison takes action

Feb. 16, 2011 9:44 a.m. | Wauwatosa officials, waiting to see what transpires in Madison, where legislators are considering proposed changes to union benefits for state employees, put on hold Tuesday a fire-union contract and a move to require nonrepresented city employees to pay more toward health-insurance premiums

Mayor Jill Didier moved to hold off action on the two items on the Common Council meeting agenda, even though the Employee Relations Committee recommended approving the union contract and increased premium share. Alderman Peter Donegan, committee chairman, agreed with the delay but asked that these issues be discussed in coming weeks at a time when the majority of the council could attend.

"This is very significant legislation to us and our future," Donegan said.

Gov. Scott Walker is pushing for most public workers to pay half their pension costs, about 6 percent, as well as 12 percent of the health care costs. Walker's proposal would limit unions to only bargaining over wages and not benefits or other work rules. Only the police, firefighter and state troopers unions could continue to collectively bargain for benefits. Calling the legislation "a budget repair bill," the governor has said the changes would bring a $300 million savings in two years.

Donegan suggested a Committee of the Whole session or an Employee Relations Committee meeting when no other committees are in session. Common practice is to hold several committee meetings simultaneously with aldermen split among different rooms.

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Budget crunch leads Nicolet football coach to USM

Feb. 11, 2011 10:43 a.m. | The renewed hopes of the Nicolet football team just fell victim to the realities of school financing as Athletic Director Kirk Krychowiak confirmed that first-year football coach Brian Sommers will leave his position to take a similar post at University School Milwaukee.

"In light of the upcoming (school financing) referendum, the administration has decided to make a cut in the physical education department and despite the fact that Brian has been here for 14 years, he was low man on the totem pole," Krychowiak said.

Sommers had just completed his first year with the rebuilding Nicolet program and lifted hopes with an improved atmosphere and a 3-6 record last fall, the team's best in many seasons.

But the school district is facing budget shortfalls due to declining enrollment and other factors and is looking to cut costs, according to Krychowiak. The April 5 referendum is a five-year financing plan designed to fill some of the financial gaps and mitigate the worst of the cuts. Sommers' job would certainly be eliminated at the end of the current semester if the referendum fails.

Krychowiak said there would have been a chance to save both Sommers' teaching position and his football post if the referendum passes, but noted there was no guarantee of that happening.

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Man facing battery charge after choking Macy's guard

Feb. 09, 2011 9:23 a.m. | A 22-year-old Milwaukee man who put a Macy's security guard in a chokehold last week has been charged with battery.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

About noon Feb. 1, Aaron Buchanan and his girlfriend were in the elevator at Macy's. He took a child's shirt from the store and stuffed it into his girlfriend's bag, which was filled with items she had purchased.

When the security guard confronted the couple, Buchanan grabbed the guard's throat and pulled his head to the side, knocking off and damaging his glasses. Then he picked up the guard by the neck so his feet were off the ground, and started to choke him.

An employee at the cosmetic counter screamed for Buchanan to let go and told a co-worker to call 911. Buchanan quickly dropped the guard and ran from the store.

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Germantown, Whitefish Bay boys basketball photo gallery now online

Feb. 09, 2011 8:25 a.m. | We've just posted C.T. Kruger's photo gallery from last night's boys basketball game between Whitefish Bay and host Germantown.

Germantown took an early lead and rolled to a 75-62 victory in the North Shore Conference contest. The victory improved the Warhawks to 16-1 overall and 9-0 in the conference. Bay fell to 11-6 and 7-3.

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Wauwatosa East vs. West girls basketball photo gallery now online

Feb. 09, 2011 8:00 a.m. | Wauwatosa West defeated East, 46-29, last night in a girls basketball game and we've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery with all the action from the contest.

Jessica Pike led the host Trojans (4-12 overall) with 14 points and Ellyse Ditscheit added 12. Emily Jensen and Carly Herald led East (2-14) with 8 points apiece.

Players and coaches from both teams wore pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness.

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Early morning fire damages downtown Waukesha restaurant

Feb. 08, 2011 9:56 a.m. | Waukesha - A fire that appeared to have started in a wall behind the bar at Taylors People's Park in downtown Waukesha was discovered by a cleaning person shortly before 6:30 Tuesday morning.

Three engines, two ladder trucks and four ambulances responded and had the fire out by about 7 a.m., said Battalion Chief Richard Neustaedter.

No one was injured, but Neustaedter said the fire damaged the bar area and the restaurant sustained substantial smoke damage, likely closing the popular bar and eatery for some time.

A woman who said she was waiting by a nearby bus stop e-mailed the Journal Sentinel and reported she saw a worker run out of the building and report the fire at about 6:20 a.m.

Neustaedter said investigators were still at the scene mid-morning. The fire did not close an adjoining business - the Potter's Shop - but may have temporarily displaced residents of at least one residential unit over People's Park, 337 W. Main St., he said.

Tosa commission members curb Mad Dog Saloon's plan to move next to grocery

Feb. 08, 2011 9:48 a.m. | Permitting Mad Dog Saloon to move into a strip mall at 68th and State streets would put public safety and the success of the grocery store next door at risk, the Plan Commission ruled Monday night

The panel unanimously voted to deny a request by Dominic Lalicata to open Mad Dog Saloon in the building that houses Applebee's, 6750 W. State St. However, the plan is not dead because the commission only has advisory power. The Community Development Committee is the next stop Feb. 22.

If patrons who have imbibed in alcohol drive through the busy parking lot shared by Metcalfe's Market, it could result in disaster, commissioners said Monday night.

The shopping carts, cars backing in and out and parents with young children in tow are the norm in the lot that sees peak business of 300 to 400 customers per hour between 4 and 8 p.m. Friday and up to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, said grocery store owner Kevin Metcalfe.

Those busy times overlap with the 6 to 7 p.m. period that Rebecca Boyle, attorney for Mad Dog, called prime time for the bar.

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Woodland Conference swim meet photo gallery now online

Feb. 07, 2011 8:54 a.m. | We've just posted C.T. Kruger's photo gallery from Saturday's Woodland Conference boys swimming meet at Greenfield, featuring more than 15 images from the contest.

The combined Greenfield/Greendale team came out on top with 440 points to 430 for second-place New Berlin combined.

Greendale's Matt Jungers swam to a conference and pool record time in the 200-yard individual medley to pace the victors.

The gallery also features swimmers from Brown Deer, Cudahy, New Berlin, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, St. Francis/Thomas More, Wauwatosa and Whitnall.

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Tired of waiting for the big game to start? Post photos of yourself in your Packers gear to Twitter

Feb. 06, 2011 7:19 a.m. | Yes, we're all excited for the Super Bowl today.

So let's celebrate! invites you to post pictures of yourself in your finest Packers gear to Twitter. Make sure you include the #PackersMe hashtag in your tweets. Let's see your Packers love.

Looking for even more local news and sports? Check out the Twitter feeds of MyCommunityNOW, MyPrepSportsNOW and Living Lake Country for the latest on local news and sports.

Crews clearing crash, diesel leak in Glendale

Feb. 04, 2011 8:06 a.m. | Emergency responders are asking drivers to avoid the area of Green Bay Ave. and Silver Spring Drive in Glendale because a semitrailer truck is leaking diesel fuel.

The North Shore Fire Department is responding to the wreck, according to its Twitter account. There are no notable injuries in the wreck, the fire department said.

Blizzard photo gallery now online; special Packers colors in this week's NOW

Feb. 02, 2011 3:52 p.m. | We've just updated our gallery of snowstorm pictures with some shots from New Berlin and a bunch of user-submitted photos from throughout the area. How high are the piles of snow in Glendale? Would you believe all the way to the top of a street sign?

Got some snow photos of your own? Check out the Your Photos link on each NOW home page and send us your best shots.

Readers of our print editions should also keep their eyes open this week for a special surprise on the front page. You might see a few colors on the top that look familiar. Will this week's NOW become a collector's edition? Only time will tell...

Latest school closings, weather, travel and flight information

Feb. 01, 2011 5:31 p.m. | Looking for the latest info on the snowstorms headed our way? Check out the links below to get the latest on weather, travel, flight and school closures.

Elmbrook cancels after-school, evening activities

Feb. 01, 2011 12:00 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District has canceled all after-school and evening activities due to the weather.

The school day will run as normal, said Melinda Mueller, Elmbrook's communications manager.

Alert Tosan helps police find stolen goods

Feb. 01, 2011 11:42 a.m. | Items taken during numerous car break-ins in Wauwatosa have been recovered, but local and federal law enforcement officers are still looking for the person who stole them.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A resident of the 1400 block of North 65th Street called in to say that an auto break-in was happening at 3:13 a.m. Jan. 28. The thief was scared off and drove away.

The vehicle was found at State and 68th streets, but the driver eluded officers. The 2005 Nissan Altima was found running but abandoned at 71st Street and Blanchard Avenue, where it had hit a snowbank. Footprints and a shoe were found in the yard.

The vehicle was full of tools, flashlights, three Global Positioning Systems, two phones, two stereos, baby clothes, gift certificates and more items believed to have been stolen from vehicles in the city.

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Alcohol thief nearly runs over off-duty cop

Feb. 01, 2011 11:35 a.m. | An off-duty Milwaukee police officer was nearly struck by a man fleeing after he tried to take alcohol from a Wauwatosa grocery store Thursday morning.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The off-duty officer noticed a security guard chasing a man through the parking lot at Metcalfe's Market, 6700 W. State St., at 10:30 a.m. He tried to stop the suspect from driving off by showing his badge and pointing his gun. Initially, the suspect put up his hands, but then he backed out his minivan.

The officer ran after the suspect's minivan and stood in front of it again trying to get him to stop. The driver was undeterred and he nearly struck the officer before driving off.

The security guard said the man had been recognized for stealing three bottles of liquor the prior day and he was filling a cart that day with alcohol.

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North Shore communities announce snow emergencies, cancellations

Feb. 01, 2011 11:16 a.m. | A number of North Shore communities have issued snow emergencies and postponed or cancelled meetings and school activities in response to the blizzard expected Tuesday night:

The weather outside is frightful; see the latest school closings, weather, travel and flight information.

Feb. 01, 2011 10:39 a.m. | The snow has begun with more on its way and some have already made plans to close for Wednesday. Check out the links below to get the latest information on weather, travel, flight and school closings.

  • Closings: Schools, businesses, churches, civic, social and more.
  • Local weather including maps, forecasts, current conditions and more.
  • Travel times and winter road conditions by region and highways.
  • Mitchell International flights: Arrivals and Departures.

Scammers using phony letters at Mayfair to open cell-phone accounts

Feb. 01, 2011 8:38 a.m. | A group pretending to represent area schools and businesses is running a scam to steal cell phones and cash in on rebates.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Sales staff at the Verizon kiosk at Mayfair Maill got suspicious after four different people tried to buy cell phones for workplaces and schools between Jan. 3 and 11. Each one had an official looking letter that contained a taxpayer identification number. They claimed to work for Milwaukee School of Engineering, University School of Milwaukee, Marine First Credit Union and ARC Milwaukee.

An internal investigation showed the customers had no ties to those organizations.

They opened accounts for 27 phones valued at $13,137. Verizon was offering a promotion of free phones and $100 rebate per account. Rebate claims were starting to come in when the cell phone company reported the scam Jan. 28.

Bayside bank robbery suspect in custody

Feb. 01, 2011 7:39 a.m. | Bayside Police have arrested a 44-year-old Germantown man for the robbery of the Great Midwest Bank, 505 W. Brown Deer Road, on Saturday, and they are crediting some alert police work in Germantown for the quick resolution of the incident.

According to Bayside Police Lt. Tom Henkel, a man who implied he had a gun entered the bank at 11:08 a.m. Saturday, eventually approached a teller and demanded money.

Immediately after the robbery, Bayside police sent out an bulletin to other area police agencies. An alert officer in Germantown noticed the description of the clothing the bank robbery suspect was wearing matched clothing worn by a missing Germantown man. The man's family reported him missing on Friday.

Henkel said the suspect had drug abuse problems in the past.

He returned home early Sunday, was questioned by Bayside police and confessed to the armed robbery.

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