Nicolet student attacked in woods by boy dressed as ninja

April 29, 2010 11:44 a.m. | River Hills - A 14-year-old Bayside boy is recovering from injuries after police say he was assaulted by a boy dressed as a ninja in a wooded area behind Nicolet High School. The victim was treated at St. Mary's Ozaukee for a cut to his forehead and released.

Police Chief Tom Rischmann said authorities are reviewing the incident to see if juvenile charges should be filed against a 16-year-old River Hills boy who is a suspect in the attack.

According to the chief:

After the end of the school day, at 2:45 p.m. Monday, a group of four or five students from the high school went into the Nicolet Woods, behind the high school at 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road. The high school owns a large wooded area that abuts wooded tracts in River Hills.

The students told police they were looking for a ninja after hearing that two girls walking through the wooded area the prior afternoon were confronted by a boy dressed as a ninja.

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Harley employee crashes into fence

April 27, 2010 1:34 p.m. | A Harley-Davidson employee crashed into a fence while test driving a motorcycle in the company's parking lot.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 57-year-old woman was a new rider practicing motorcycle maneuvers and skills in the employee parking lot, 11700 W. Capitol Drive, at 3:47 p.m. April 18. She noticed the throttle was sticking, so she turned it harder. The bike lurched forward, and she drove into a chainlink fence.

She was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where she was checked for facial injuries and head and arm pain, then released. The bike had severe front-end damage.

Brookfield teen faces juvenile charges in attack on cross-country runners

April 27, 2010 12:40 p.m. | A 17-year-old Brookfield boy suspected of participating in an attack on four Wauwatosa West High School cross-country runners last fall has been charged with delinquency in Waukesha County Children's Court.

According to the delinquency petition, the boy is being charged with disorderly conduct as a party to a crime.

Two 18-year-old Brookfield men, David Jameson and Jonathan Bibb, also have been accused of participating in the beating. They pleaded not guilty last month to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days imprisonment.

A hearing is scheduled for Jameson and Bibb on May 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

The three Brookfield residents are accused of beating four Wauwatosa West students Oct. 21 while the athletes were on a routine practice run through Brookfield's Lamplighter Park.

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Stein founded chain of garden centers

April 26, 2010 11:55 p.m. | Jack Stein learned a lot working for his parents' florist business, following service during World War II and a couple years of college.

"He learned that he didn't want to do that kind of work," said his wife, Joan Stein. "But he also learned other things."

Instead of taking care of one customer at a time, Stein wanted to take care of lots of customers. The result was Stein Gardens & Gifts, the second-largest independently owned garden center business in the country.

"He was a merchandiser," she said. "He wanted to sell merchandise."

Jack H. Stein died of cancer Sunday at home in River Hills. He was 83.

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Allstate to close Brookfield claims office

April 26, 2010 4:10 p.m. | An Allstate Insurance Co. claims office in Brookfield will be closed this summer, a move that will eliminate 54 jobs, according to a notice filed by the insurer with state regulators.

The claims office at 555 S. Executive Drive will be closed June 1 "to improve efficiencies," Allstate told the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in a letter.

Police search from man who took $5,000 from bar

April 26, 2010 3:48 p.m. |  Muskego Police Department photoMuskego - Police are asking for the public's help in the search for the person who took more than $5,000 in cash from the Karaoke Inn, 6409 S. Hillendale Drive.

A screen on the rear window of the business was pried open to gain access at about 4 a.m. April 19.

Muskego police hope someone will be able to identify the burglar from photos taken from surveillance cameras at the bar. The suspect appears to be a man in his early 20s and at least 6 feet tall, and was wearing a hooded sweat shirt, according to the police report.

Most of the estimated total of $5,140 was taken from three amusement slot machines and a Wisconsin pull tab machine, all of which had been pried open. A small amount of cash also was taken from two locations in the bar. The burglar tried unsuccessfully to open the safe.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. David Constantineau at (262) 679-4130.

Sewer repair plan would prevent some backups

April 26, 2010 9:14 a.m. | Wauwatosa public works staff expects that the plans to repair the sanitary sewer system in the Ruby Avenue neighborhood would prevent flooding in basements as a result of sewer backups if rain falls at the rate seen during the June storms of 2008 and 2009.

But whether the designed pipe size and pitch could handle the amount of water that fell on the area during floods that occurred in 1997 and 1998 remains up in the air.

Consultants are studying the scenarios before taking the project to the Common Council for approval to complete the design and submit plans to Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District for its approval. Construction could start this summer.

There is a caveat to the expectation of eliminating basement backups, City Engineer Bill Wehrley said. The MMSD's system has to be functioning without any excessive backups that could cause problems down the line.

And there was a "fluke" incident a few years ago when sewage in MMSD's pipes backed up 12 feet, but it didn't occur after a large rainfall. In those unexplained cases, extra precautions, like installing sump pumps and disconnecting foundation drains, would be needed to prevent backups.

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Repeat drunken driver leads police on chase before hitting two cars

April 23, 2010 4:40 p.m. | A 45-year-old Brookfield man was arrested for his sixth drunken driving offense this week when he crashed into two cars after a brief high-speed pursuit.

According to town of Brookfield police reports:

An officer was driving east on Moreland Boulevard near Kossow Road about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday when a truck came up behind him at a high rate of speed, nearly rear-ending the officer's SUV.

The truck then swerved around the officer, who followed the vehicle and tried to pull it over near Bluemound and Barker roads. The man slowed down briefly but then sped off eastbound on Bluemound, nearing speeds of 90 mph.

The man then tried to turn south on Brookfield Road but couldn't control his truck and struck two other vehicles that were stopped at the traffic lights on the south side of Bluemound Road. The man's truck ended up on the lawn in front of a business on the southeast corner of the intersection.

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Public meeting on County Grounds parkland set

April 23, 2010 2:56 p.m. | Before Wauwatosa's Community Development Committee takes up the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's proposal to build Innovation Park on 88 acres of the County Grounds off Watertown Plank Road, the Milwaukee County Parks Department will hold a meeting to consider what to do with an adjacent 55 acres.

The county will hold a public information session from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Milwaukee County Parks Administration Building, 9480 Watertown Plank Road, to discuss potential future uses of and improvements to the land, recently dedicated as parkland, directly north of the parks building.

County residents can attend to view maps and informally talk about the future of the site with Parks Department representatives.

The city's Community Development Committee will take up the Innovation Park research and graduate studies development proposal at 8 p.m. at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave. The meeting is open to the public.

Franklin officials are glad sex offender rules will stand

April 22, 2010 5:20 p.m. | A bill that would have pre-empted local ordinances on sex offender residency restrictions has died in the state Legislature.

That comes to the delight of Franklin city officials and other suburban leaders, several of whom were vocal in their opposition to the bill and spoke against it before a state Assembly committee in March.

Franklin, Greenfield and other municipalities have laws banning sex offenders from living in certain areas, including near schools. The bill would have prevented those municipalities from enforcing those ordinances and prohibit any more from being enacted.

Franklin leaders appealed to residents to contact their state legislators, saying they had worked hard to enact the restrictions and win the resulting court and political battles.

In a letter to residents, Mayor Tom Taylor pleaded for help in stopping "these types of attacks that erode our right as citizens to home rule."

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Frank Lloyd Wright teacher accused of assault

April 22, 2010 1:12 p.m. | A teacher at Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School has been placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate a former student's complaint about an alleged assault.

The alleged incident happened in the 2004-05 school year, according to a report from Today's TMJ4. The teacher, a man, was placed on leave April 16, pending the outcome of the investigation.

"We are cooperating fully with the authorities," the school district said in a statement. "We want to assure you that the safety, well being, and protection of the children in our district and community are our number one priority."

The district said parents who have questions can contact student services staff at each school. Officials said they would not be commenting further because it is an ongoing investigation.

The West Allis Police Department could not be immediately reached for comment.

Miss St. Francis 2010 photo gallery now online

April 16, 2010 11:47 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from the 46th annual Miss St. Francis Pageant, which was won by Oak Creek's Angela Ahcin.

Ahcin took home a $2,500 scholarship to the school of her choice and earned the opportunity to compete at the 2010 Miss Wisconsin Pageant this June.

Ahcin was joined in the event by four others from Oak Creek and competitors from South Milwaukee and Cudahy.

Go to photo gallery.

Woman struck and killed by train identified

April 12, 2010 7:30 p.m. | A 24-year-old woman struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Oak Creek was identified Monday by Oak Creek Police as Andrea M. Barnier.

Barnier was walking on the railroad tracks when she was struck by the northbound train, which was en route from Chicago to Milwaukee, shortly after 4:30 p.m. Friday near the 800 block off W. Rawson Ave., according to a news release from the Oak Creek Police Department.

The incident was determined not to be suspicious and foul play is not suspected, according to the release.

Man arrested after aiming dump truck at squad car

April 12, 2010 2:56 p.m. | Muskego — A 52-year-old Muskego man is facing multiple charges after police say he tried to ram his dump truck into the squad car of an officer responding to a domestic dispute at his home.

According to police:

The incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. April 5 at a home in the South 10200 block of Thode Drive. The man's wife called police after her husband had come home intoxicated and threatened to knock the house over with his dump truck.

After police arrived, the man got into his truck and began driving around the property and eventually headed straight toward the squad car, causing an officer to quickly flee the vehicle.

Shots were fired at the truck, and the man stopped before striking anything and was subdued by officers. He was arrested for reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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City director of administration retiring May 3

April 08, 2010 5:10 p.m. | Dean Marquardt, Brookfield's longtime director of administration, plans to retire May 3. Marquardt said he notified Mayor Jeff Speaker and mayor-elect Steve Ponto of his decision this week.

Marquardt, 62, oversees the city's inspection services, emergency management, fleet services and facilities departments, as well as the city clerk's office. His salary was $108,785 in 2009.

Marquardt, who has been with the city since 1989, was named director of administration in 2004 under former Mayor Kathryn Bloomberg. He said he plans to spend more time with his two daughters and four grandchildren, who recently moved back to Brookfield.

Latest Wauwatosa honor rolls now online

April 07, 2010 12:35 p.m. | We've just posted the latest honor roll lists for the third quarter at Wauwatosa East and West high schools.

Not only you will find the complete list of hundreds of outstanding area students, but when you click on a student's name, you'll see a printable honor roll certificate. and Marquette University, which sponsors the honor rolls, would like to congratulate the local students for their outstanding achievements.

We also welcome honor rolls for local elementary and middle schools - both public and private. If you don't see your child's school on this list, ask your school to e-mail its honor roll to

Drunken drivers strike out on roads

April 06, 2010 11:54 a.m. | West Allis — Police arrested five drunken drivers on Monday as part of a countywide initiative to beef up enforcement during the Milwaukee Brewers' season opener.

Extra squads were on the road in West Allis and throughout Milwaukee County from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. thanks to grant money from the state Department of Transportation to pay for officers' overtime.

Extreme speed

Among those arrested was a 28-year-old man who was clocked at 86 miles per hour in a 30-mph speed zone near 52nd Street and Lincoln Avenue.

The driver ran three stop signs before police caught up with him at 57th Street. He pulled over on the grass when officers flashed their emergency lights.

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