Former Tosa mayor candidate John Pokrandt running for Assembly

April 28, 2012 5:32 p.m. | After an unsuccessful bid to become Wauwatosa mayor, John Pokrandt now seeks election to the state's 13th Assembly District, running as a Democrat.

Other declared candidates for the 13th Assembly District include Republicans Matt Adamczyk, an advisor to Sen. Leah Vukmir, and Rob Hutton, a former Waukesha County supervisor.

A sales and marketing professional, Pokrandt is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin and a resident of the 13th District for more than 11 years. John and his wife, Miyoshi, have two children, 6-year-old son Kaito and 4-year-old daughter Hana. They live in the Quarry Heights neighborhood of East Wauwatosa.

"I am running for the 13th Assembly District because our district deserves a strong leader who can balance the needs of a diverse constituency. I know the importance of good schools, strong public safety services, affordable healthcare and family supporting jobs," he said in a news release issued today.

"I believe that our elected officials need to serve their constituents above all else. We need to put an end to the partisan bickering and radical agendas and get Wisconsin moving forward again"

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Waukesha County holding prescription drug collection Saturday

April 27, 2012 2:20 p.m. | Waukesha County will be holding a prescription drug collection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The collection, which is the fourth for the Waukesha County Drug Free Communities Coalition, is an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings in Waukesha County as well as help protect local waterways.

Prescription drugs are a gateway for more serious drug use, Capt. Chuck Wood, commander of the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit, said.

"Everyone sees the danger in drugs like heroin; unfortunately many people do not recognize the danger that lies in unused prescriptions sitting in their medicine cabinets," Wood said. "Diverted pharmaceuticals, when misused, are a large contributor to the drug threat in Waukesha County."

Items that will be accepted include: Prescription medication, over the counter medication, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, herbals and pet medications.

Items that will not be accepted include: biohazardous material (including sharps), mercury, household hazardous waste and personal hygiene products.

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State's first Walmart Neighborhood Market targets June opening

April 27, 2012 9:34 a.m. | The first Walmart Neighborhood Market in Wisconsin will soon be opening its doors in Wauwatosa, and it has begun searching for about 75 people to work there.

The 38,000-square-foot store, located at 3850 N. 124th St., likely will be opening this June, although a firm date has not yet been set, a Walmart media relations representative said.

The retailer has opened a temporary hiring center at W226-S1500 Highway 164 in Waukesha, where applications for full- and part-time positions will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Applications also can be filed out online at

The majority of associates will begin work in May to help prepare the store for the grand opening.

Walmart's Neighborhood Market stores operate in a smaller format than the company's standard retail locations. There are about 200 throughout the United States, with the Wauwatosa location being the only one in Wisconsin at this time.

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Blood drive scheduled in Menomonee Falls

April 25, 2012 10:42 a.m. | The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is hosting blood drives throughout Waukesha County in the month of May.

The Menomonee Falls blood drive is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. May 3 at M&I BMO Financial Group, N82 W15415 Appleton Ave.

To sign up for the drive visit or call 1-(877) 232-4376. Donors should bring a photo ID. The entire donor process takes about an hour. All blood types are needed.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be free of a major cold, flu or allergy symptoms. Donors also cannot have had hepatitis after the age of 11 or have any risk factors or behaviors associated with HIV or AIDS.

According to the BloodCenter, hospitals including Aurora Sinai Medical Center - Summit and Memorial Hospital in Waukesha County, have come to rely on BloodCenter of Wisconsin for a stead supply of blood to treat their patients. Nearly 800 donors are needed every day to help maintain the supply to the hospitals served by the BloodCenter.

Recreation path to get another look

April 24, 2012 10:44 p.m. | A controversial recreation path planned for beside a portion of Tess Corners Drive will go back to the Public Works Committee for more review, the Muskego Common Council narrowly decided Tuesday night to the relief of about 20 residents at the meeting who oppose the path.

Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti cast the tie-breaking vote that sent the matter to committee. Because much of the path will cut through the district of newly elected Alderman Robert Wolfe who was at his first Common Council meeting Tuesday, Chiaverotti said she wanted the new alderman to become familiar with the options.

Wolfe is on the Public Works Committee that will likely hold a special meeting to give the earliest consideration possible to the path.

City officials still hope that the path and the related Tess Corners Drive road and drainage work can still be done this year, despite the delay due to 11th-hour objections to the path.

Moving the path from its planned off-road location to beside the shoulder of the road could add roughly $170,000 to the $1.4-million project, David Simpson, public works director, estimated. But Alderman Dan Soltysiak speculated that the extra cost could be brought down under some of the options that came up at the meeting.

Shorewood School Board sets 2012-13 calendar

April 24, 2012 10:28 p.m. | On a narrow 3-2 vote, the Shorewood School Board on Tuesday voted in favor of a 2012-13 calendar that sets in motion the start and end dates of the school year, as well as the extended winter and spring breaks.

School will begin Sept. 4 and wrap June 13, 2013. Winter break will run from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2; spring break will be held from March 25 to April 1.

The board was divided on Tuesday's course of action. This was the first calendar drafted since Act 10 removed calendar building from the collective bargaining process.

Administrators drafted the calendar, but did have dialogue with teachers on the document. Concerns about the thoroughness of the drafting process were raised by the board.

Brown Deer School Board approves health insurance plan for 2012-2013 school year

April 24, 2012 9:26 p.m. | The Brown Deer School Board approved a health insurance plan tonight that slightly modifies benefits but represents a savings of more than $84,000 over the current plan, which was set to increase by 3 percent.

The district buys its health insurance through the Wisconsin Counties Association

Premium costs will decrease in most cases by a $1 depending on the type of coverage. Co pays for second and third tier prescription drug coverage will increase from $20 to $30 and $40 to $50 respectively. Urgent care co pays will increase from $10 to $25.

The current policy includes a waiver of premium for an employee who would become permanently disabled while on the job but the new policy does not include the waiver. Finance Director Emily Koczela said the waiver was last used in the district in 2004.

Employees who take health insurance will continue to pay a $249 in-network deductible for single coverage and a $500 deductible for a family. There is a $10 copay for office visits.

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Juvenile arrested after repeated theft attempts involving retail employee lockers

April 24, 2012 6:14 p.m. | After she was seen searching through employee lockers at four different businesses on Mayfair Road, a juvenile was eventually arrested Monday for theft at Cardinal Fitness, 2881 N. Mayfair Road.

Wauwatosa police will also present charges of obstructing a police officer to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office against the 15-year-old Milwaukee girl, who Wauwatosa police say they were unable to book because of her erratic behavior.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

At 8 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to Mayfair Mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, after they were alerted to a suspicious girl going through employee lockers at the store Justice. When confronted by employees, she fled the store, but police located her on the first level of the mall near Macy's. After she identified herself, she was released.

Less than an hour later, police were again called, this time to Massage Envy, 2751 N. Mayfair Road, after an employee reported seeing a girl in employee locker area. When confronted by an employee, the girl left the locker area, but then asked where the bathrooms were located. A short time later, the employee once more saw the girl emerge from the employee locker area and quickly exit the building. In the locker room, the employee noticed a co-worker's purse and its contents strewn about the floor.

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Islamic group address variety of concerns tied to mosque

April 24, 2012 11:24 a.m. | A mosque in Brookfield, if approved, might be months from completion, but Monday night the group behind the project brought Islam to the community.

Calling it an informational meeting intended to deal not only with the mosque but the religion of Islam as a whole, the Islamic Society of Milwaukee hosted a town hall-style meeting at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church to attempt to address concerns over the proposed Muslim place of worship off Calhoun Road.

With a panel on stage in front of a mural of Jesus with a group of children, the setting appeared symbolic of the kind of ecumenical outreach Executive Director Othman Atta and his group wanted.

Between 60 and 80 people came to the meeting, seemingly split pretty evenly between opponents and supporters of the mosque, and cars were lined up down the block. Atta said he was glad those in opposition came out to the meeting,

Mushir Hassan, a Brookfield doctor and one of the driving forces behind this project, told the group that Muslims have been in the community for decades. He said they came to Brookfield for the same reasons Christians, Jews and everyone else came: good schools and safe neighborhoods.

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Parent desires conflict with Whitnall plan, survey indicates

April 24, 2012 8:06 a.m. | The results of a parent survey show that their desires apparently conflict with the Whitnall School District's new plan for letting elementary children out of school early some days and having secondary students start late some days so that teachers have time to collaborate.

The results, presented Monday night to the Whitnall School Board, indicated that parents heavily favor having half days off of school for all children occasionally. The current plan is to let elementary children out early once a week and have secondary students come to school later twice a month.

But because of parents' objections to that plan which the School Board approved in January, the board last month decided to take a survey. The board will take the matter up at a future meeting. The plan as approved, however, is slated to go into effect this fall.

Nicolet 2012-13 employee handbook to be adopted next month

April 23, 2012 11:54 p.m. | Within the next three weeks, Nicolet High School officials are expected to put the finishing touches on an employee handbook for the 2012-13 school year.

One of the key components of the handbook will be other post-employee benefits (OPEB) and 403(b) pension benefits.

Monday night, Business Manager Jeff Dellutri presented a proposed timeline on the handbook drafting and adoption.

Drafts of the handbook will be reviewed by various committees before the School Board acts o the document May 14. Teacher contracts are to be issued the following date.

School Board talks budget before May vote

April 23, 2012 9:32 p.m. | Although nothing will be finalized until May, the Menomonee Falls School District is anticipating no more than 5.5 full time employee layoffs at the end of the school year.

The announcement was made during the Menomonee Falls School Board meeting Monday night while Superintendent Patricia Greco lead the final discussion on the 2012-2013 preliminary budget. When the budget was first looked at months ago, the district was projecting between seven to 12 layoffs, however, as numbers become more finalized that number was reduced.

The board will vote on the preliminary budget May 14.

"We have a little bit of time before we have to declare final layoffs so we will continue to watch that," Greco said.

The district will have a balanced budget for the upcoming year and is anticipating a .5 percent mill levy reduction in fall, which equals a 5 cent reduction per $1,000 of property value in the mill rate.

Thiensville taking application for vacancy on Village Board

April 23, 2012 8:02 p.m. | Residents who are interested in filling a vacant position on the Thiensville Village Board have until May 1 to submit a letter of interest to Village Manager Dianne Robertson.

Newly elected Village President Van Mobley's seat on the Village Board is vacant and by ordinance the Village Board can name a successor or leave the seat vacant.

The board is seeking applicants and as of today has already received three letters for the position.

Robertson said she planned to schedule interviews for the applicants beginning May 3. The board conducts the interviews and make a decision in open session.

Mobley said he thinks it best to fill the position before deciding on a new police chief for the village. The field of applicants for the chief's position has been narrowed to two finalists.

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Tosa M&I robbed; suspect may also have robbed Milwaukee bank

April 23, 2012 2:58 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department is seeking information about the person who robbed M&I Bank, 9120 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa, on Wednesday and a U.S. Bank branch in Milwaukee in early January.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man entered M&I at 4:38 p.m. Wednesday and handed a teller a note that demanded money from her drawer. The robber verbally threatened the employee before handing her the note, saying something to the effect of "This is not a joke, I will kill you." He then placed a plastic grocery bag on the counter, again demanding money.

The teller took money from her drawer and put it on the counter. The man fled from the bank with the money and the teller hit the silent alarm to notify police. There were no other customers in the bank at the time of the robbery.

The man is believed to be the same person who robbed the U.S. Bank branch at 2303 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee on Jan. 5. He is believed to have made his getaway from that robbery as a passenger in a dark, four-door, full-size vehicle, possibly a Chevy Impala.

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Fire severely damages Elm Grove home

April 23, 2012 12:00 p.m. | The Elm Grove Fire Department responded a fire early Monday morning that nearly destroyed an Elm Grove home.

There were no reported injuries to occupants or emergency personnel. Police Chief Jim Gage said no one was home when fire and police personnel arrived just before 3 a.m. in the 15000 block of Westover Road. Brookfield, Waukesha, New Berlin, Menomonee Falls, Lannon and Muskego also responded.

The cause of the fire, which officials said was under control by 4 a.m., is still under investigation. No origin has been determined at this time.

Early estimate of structural loss is $407,300. Total assessed value of the home, including land, is $548,000, based on 2012 property tax listings. The home had been listed for sale.

It was not immediately known whether the home had working smoke detectors or a fire alarm system.

DA reviewing allegations against Germantown teacher

April 20, 2012 2:44 p.m. | The Milwaukee District Attorney's office is reviewing allegations against a Germantown teacher for inappropriate contact with a high school student.

Late last week, a teacher with the Germantown School District was reported for having "inappropriate contact" with a student at a nonschool sponsored event in Milwaukee. The gender and age of the teacher in question have not been released.

A report was filed by the school district with the Milwaukee Police Department and the teacher was placed on administrative leave with pay on April 16, according to a news release from the School District. According to the district, the leave was necessary to allow time for the police department to conduct an accurate and thorough investigation of the allegation.

The school district and a spokeswoman with the Milwaukee Police Department said additional information is not available at this time as it is an ongoing investigation. The teacher's leave will continue until the investigations are further along and employment status at that time will be re-evaluated, according to the school district. will have more details when available.

Accused Germantown teacher placed on leave

April 18, 2012 7:38 p.m. | A teacher with the Germantown School District who was seen having "inappropriate contact" with a student is under investigation by Milwaukee police, the district said Wednesday.

The contact was witnessed at a nondistrict sponsored event outside the school district, according to a news release from the district. No information on the age or genders of the teacher or student was disclosed.

The teacher was placed on paid, administrative leave and the findings of an investigation by the district were filed with the Milwaukee Police Department, according to the release.

Banquet hall denied - again

April 18, 2012 5:08 p.m. | Several neighbors of the Parkside Wedding Chapel, 9008 W. Forest Home Ave., Greenfield, attended Tuesday'sGreenfield Common Council meeting to make sure that "no" stayed "no" to the chapel's request to open a banquet room to serve its wedding clients.

The council had decided 4-1 against the request in February mainly because wedding parking already overflows onto the street. Allowing those cars to remain longer would just aggravate the situation in the neighborhood where there is a home on one side of the chapel and apartments on another.

So, the council voted 4-1 again Tuesday in its reconsideration.

Working against chapel owner Jeff Kohl was the council's expectation that he would meet with neighbors to try to make the proposal work. But several neighbors not only attended Tuesday's meeting but spoke against the request.

Pietrowski becomes Greenfield Common Council's president

April 18, 2012 2:16 p.m. | Alderman Tom Pietrowski was voted the new Greenfield Common Council president Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the three aldermen who ran unopposed in the April 3 election were sworn in for another three-year term. They were Karl Kastner in District 3, Pam Akers in District 4 and Shirley Saryan in District 5.

Summer hours set for Muskego library

April 18, 2012 1:58 p.m. | The same Muskego Library summer hours as the library had last year were approved Tuesday by the Muskego Library Board.

The summer closing time of 8 p.m. on weekdays will be an hour earlier than currently. Similarly, the library will close at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, rather than staying open until 5 p.m. as it does now. The library is closed on Sundays.

The summer hours will be in effect from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. Because the library is closed the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the summer hours will effectively start the day after Memorial Day.

Old Town Hall gets donated flagpole and bench

April 18, 2012 11:52 a.m. | American Legion Post 356 has donated a 20-foot flagpole and a concrete bench to be placed at Muskego's Old Town Hall at the Old Settlement Center, S8074 Racine Ave.

The Muskego Parks and Recreation Board on Monday accepted the donation.

The flagpole and bench will be installed west of the asphalt trail through the grounds.

Muskego youth baseball club plans to raise funds for full-size field

April 18, 2012 11:30 a.m. | The Muskego Warriors select youth baseball club has stepped up to the plate and has its eye on hitting a homer in the form of finding enough sponsors to create a full-size baseball diamond at Park Arthur.

At Monday's meeting of the Muskego Parks and Recreation Board, the Muskego Warriors presented its plans for offering banners at the future ball field to potential sponsors. The board gave the group its go-ahead.

The Warriors hope to provide 100 percent of the $70,000 to $75,000 it will take to create the field, complete with bleachers. Most of the cost will be for the fencing.

The sponsorship banners would likely go behind the dugouts and in left and right fields, said Craig Anderson, director of parks and recreation.

Work is slated to start on the diamond this fall and it should be ready for play next summer, he said.

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Frozen yogurt chain coming to Whitefish Bay

April 18, 2012 12:24 a.m. | An Oklahoma-based frozen yogurt chain has announced plans to enter Wisconsin with its first store operating in Whitefish Bay.

Representatives from Cherry Berry came before the Plan Commission on Tuesday and were granted a conditional-use permit to operate a store at 106 W. Silver Spring Drive. The space is next to Dunkin' Donuts and ATI Physical Therapy.

Cherry Berry touts itself as a self-service yogurt bar that uses fresh ingredients. A wide variety of yogurt flavors and toppings are featured on the menu.

According to the company's website, additional locations across the state are planned in Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Janesville, La Crosse, Mequon and Oshkosh.

Proposed JCC operational changes advance in Whitefish Bay

April 18, 2012 12:04 a.m. | Proposed changes at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation's Karl Jewish Community Campus have advanced, following a review and favorable recommendation by the Plan Commission on Tuesday.

Commissioners discussed JCC's plans for the site, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., as a standard practice outlined in Village Code. The prevailing concern raised during Tuesday's discussion centered around parking at the site during larger events. JCC officials expressed a continued willingness to work with village staff and nearby neighbors.

Commissioners' recommendation will now be forwarded to the Village Board for final action.

JCC officials are requesting eight operational and structural changes at the campus. The list includes proposed fencing on the back field of the property, increasing the number of permissible annual special events on the campus from 12 to 20 and requesting up to 30 events, including wedding receptions, be allowed to function until 1 a.m., instead of the current 11 p.m. cut off time.

Familiar face leads to theft, drug possession arrests

April 17, 2012 3:31 p.m. | Two Milwaukee men, including one who has been arrested more than 30 times as an adult, were arrested for retail theft during a traffic stop on Mayfair Road, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also in the report:

An officer pulled over the vehicle in the 700 block of North Mayfair Road about 5:50 p.m. Friday after noticing the registration tag was worn out and discolored.

The officer recognized the 40-year-old driver from previous arrests. The man has been arrested 32 times as an adult, including for numerous retail thefts in Wauwatosa.

The passenger, a 52-year-old man, was found to have 3 grams of cocaine on him. He had been previously arrested for cocaine possession.

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Burglar, on probation, checks out adult websites during break-in

April 17, 2012 11:20 a.m. | Fox Point - A 50-year-old Menomonee Falls man was arrested for burglary - party to the crime of burglary of a dwelling while occupied, possession of burglary tools, both with the added enhancer of repeater, and possession of marijuana after he entered a home in the 7800 block of North Club Circle about 3 a.m. April 14.

According to Fox Point police:

The residents heard noises coming from downstairs and saw a flashlight being used. The family gathered in the master bedroom, locked the door and called 911. Police arrived and found the patio door opened and saw the suspect riding off on a bicycle. When stopped, he said he and another man entered the home and the other man was now "long gone."

The resident reported an iPad left in the kitchen was "opened to various pornography sites that no one in his family had accessed."

The suspect had been convicted of burglary and sent to prison August 2004 until March 2011 and was now on probation.

Shorewood board commissions study of proposed Atwater play equipment

April 17, 2012 12:36 a.m. | Following a two-hour discussion Monday, the Shorewood Village Board voted to conduct a study, not to exceed $5,000, of the impact of the playground equipment being proposed at Atwater Park.

Several board members have expressed questions about the overall effort, particularly a slide that has been proposed near the bluffs at the lower level of the park. The study will examine the environmental impact, address safety concerns and is designed to determine whether the slide and other playground equipment will impact the structural stability of the bluffs.

Other features of the proposed playground include a patented double arch swing that puts a new spin on traditional swing sets, a rotating net structure that offers children a safe environment to climb and a device known as the spinner round.

Members of the Friends of Atwater Beach, a grass-roots organization in the community, have been working with the village to install updated playground equipment in the lower level of the park. The organization has pledged to donate the equipment, set it up and provide landscaping.

The entire project, as proposed, carries an estimated price tag of nearly $90,000.

Whitefish Bay Village Board wants more information on storm water system costs

April 16, 2012 11:18 p.m. | Whitefish Bay trustees want more information on the costs of upgrading the specific areas hardest hit by flooding in 2010 before making any decisions on how to proceed. Steve Stricklen of Donohue and Associates tonight gave the Village Board both the good and bad news.

The good news? There is sufficient room underground for engineers to design a system that would handle the storm water from a 500 year rain, and avoid other utilities. The bad news was the cost.

Basic costs for the system designed for the 500 year event were $134 million. They dropped to $110 million for the 100 year flood and to $108 million for the 10 year flood.

Most communities do not build a storm sewer system for a 500 year rain, with most designed for a 10 year flood.

The cost doesn't include other programs aimed at keeping storm water out of basements such as the detention pond that will likely be built at Cahill Park and the costs of the private property inflow and infiltration program. Private sanitary laterals would be lined with pipes to prevent ground water from getting into the sewer pipes.

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Message states Marquette High School coach won't be fired

April 16, 2012 7:24 p.m. | The Marquette High School football coach arrested for drunken driving in Elm Grove will keep his job, according to an email sent to alumni Monday afternoon.

The school declined to issue any other public statement concerning the disposition of Jeffrey "Maz" Mazurczak beyond that email, which also indicated that any punishment, if there is one, will not be made public.

Mazurczak was stopped by Elm Grove police just after 2 a.m. April 1 on his way home from a fundraiser at the school. Mazurczak can be seen in a patrol car's dash cam video telling officers of his position at Marquette High. The video, widely distributed by local television stations, shows Mazurczak failing a field sobriety test.

Police said his blood alcohol content was 0.11, above the legal limit of 0.08.

Kriss Schulz, vice president of communications and planning at Marquette High, said the email from the president, the Rev. Warren Sazama, sent to alumni would serve as the school's official statement.

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Pasch running for re-election in new Assembly District

April 16, 2012 10:20 a.m. | Whitefish Bay - Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch announced today that she will run for re-election in Wisconsin's new 10th Assembly District. Pasch represented the 22nd Assembly District until redistricting earlier this year placed her in a new area.

 "While Republicans have made it impossible for me to serve the 22nd Assembly District, I am excited for the opportunity to continue representing Milwaukee communities in the new 10th Assembly District," Pasch said.

Pasch noted that the new 10th Assembly District includes Milwaukee and Shorewood - both communities that she has represented her past two terms. She looks forward to continue representing and fighting for their values and priorities as the sole incumbent currently announced running for re-election in the 10th Assembly District.

Pasch is a Milwaukee native, graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools, and resident of the area since 1986. She has been a practicing nurse since 1976 and has served for 15 years as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia College of Nursing, instructing students in the fields of community health and mental health.

She serves as the Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader and chair of the Milwaukee Democratic Legislative Caucus. During her two terms as a State Representative, she has focused on strengthening education, improving health care, and creating family-sustaining jobs.

Website will make it easier to track Muskego city meetings

April 11, 2012 12:26 p.m. | In coming months it will be much easier to follow civic affairs using the city of Muskego's website.

Thanks for upgrades to the website, residents will be able to actually watch a meeting via computer whenever it is convenient for them. Not only that, but people will be able to click on an agenda item and hear the discussion of that item without having to sit through the entire meeting.

The streaming and archived video will be available for meetings of the Common Council, the Committee of the Whole and the Finance Committee. That list might be expanded, but additional storage space would be needed sooner.

The upgrade costing about $25,000 will offer a number of other improvements as well, officials said.

Ousted Muskego alderwoman calls for community healing

April 11, 2012 12:14 p.m. | In a farewell to the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday night, Alderwoman Tracy Snead called for healing in the community after an unprecedented amount of negativity engulfed all three aldermanic races leading up to last week's election.

That negativity came not necessarily from the candidates themselves but from groups supporting various candidates. The underlying issue was the controversial lake park proposal that brought tempers on both sides to the boiling point.

"In 16 years, I've never seen Muskego the way it is now. It's very disheartening," said Snead, who lost in her bid for re-electionn.

"I want to encourage people to play fair," she said. "We can disagree, but we can do it with integrity and civility. … This is a great place to live and I'd like to see it kind of get back to that. Please, please please, let's pull it together."

Separate law firm will deal with any Muskego recall issues

April 11, 2012 12:06 p.m. | Muskego has hired an outside law firm to provide legal advice to the city concerning any issue tied to the recall efforts against Mayor Kathy Chiaverottti and aldermen Keith Werner and Neome Schaumberg.

On Tuesday night, the Common Council selected Maistelman & Associates, which assisted Muskego several years ago when then-Mayor Charles Damaske was involved in a recall election in 2006.

The reason for outside help is that the law firm that normally provides city attorney services - Arenz, Molter, Macy, Riffle & Larson -to Muskego notified officials that it would appear to be a conflict of interest if the firm provided assistance to the city clerk on recall issues.

Maistelman & Associates will charge the same as the city's regular legal firm. City officials expect only minimal expenses.

Harley plans to split local plant

April 11, 2012 11:40 a.m. | Harley-Davidson has submitted plans to the city of Wauwatosa which would pave the way for the motorcycle giant to sell a portion of their manufacturing plant in 117th and Capitol Drive.

Wauwatosa Director of Economic Development Paulette Enders said the plan would split the parcel between the north and south end.

Twenty-eight acres on the north portion of the plot, which currently has the product development facility, will remain with Harley.

The other 21 acres, now the manufacturing facilities, will be sold, although a specific buyer was not provided to city officials. Furthermore, Enders said the city has not been notified as to whom the potential buyer would be.

Calls to Harley-Davidson with requests for more information have, so far, gone unreturned.

Armed robber takes man's cash outside Wauwatosa grocery store

April 11, 2012 10:28 a.m. | A Wauwatosa man was robbed while sitting in his car outside Pick 'n Save, 1717 N. Mayfair Road, about 12:45 p.m. April 5 by a person who flashed a handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also from the report:

A man was arranging $900 in cash he had just withdrawn from the bank inside the grocery store when a dark green Dodge Intrepid pulled up behind his car, blocking his exit.

The victim's car was parked in the southeast corner of the parking lot when a man, likely between the ages of 28 and 35, knocked on the driver's side window. The thief demanded the man's money while putting his hand on the butt of a gun located in the waistband of his pants.

The victim handed over the $900 and remained in the vehicle.

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Woman arrested for hit and run after striking teen

April 11, 2012 10:28 a.m. | A 16-year-old girl was struck by a car while crossing the street at Wisconsin Avenue and 68th Street on April 6.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The girl had the right of way and began crossing the street when a vehicle turned right onto 68th Street and struck her. The victim fell onto the hood and hit her head on the windshield. She was taken to Froedtert Hospital and received treatment for a head injury and scrapes to her elbow and arm.

The vehicle drove off; however, officers were able to find the vehicle and driver at 9 p.m. in Pewaukee. Lisa Fugina, 43, was arrested for a hit and run causing injury and causing injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

The teen was able to provide a description of the driver to officers at the hospital, which matched the description of Fugina.

Final count does not change election results

April 11, 2012 10:26 a.m. | The City of Wauwatosa Clerk's Office Tuesday released the final tally for the April 3 spring election after tallying fewer than 20 at-deadline absentee ballots.

Final numbers did not change the outcome of any local race. Final numbers can be seen on the city's website,

City Clerk Carla Ledesma said she has not received a request for a recount in any of the races. The recount-request deadline is 5 p.m. April 12.

Ledesma said the city's election turnout of just under 43 percent of between 32,000 and 34,000 registered voters was surprisingly low. Two previous mayoral races each generated about a 50 percent turnout, she said.

"I thought it would have been higher," she said, "because the election also included the Presidential primary vote."

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Police embark on second burglary investigation at 107th Street home

April 11, 2012 10:24 a.m. | A home in the 500 block of North 107th Street was reportedly broken into for the second time in two months.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Between 6:30 and 10:21 p.m. April 9, someone forced their way into the home and unattached garage, taking and damaging property. The homeowner called authorities after realizing a $50 bill was removed from a dresser in one of the bedrooms.

Police found a small window on the ground outside the residence. A television valued at $850 was taken. There was a TV mounted to the wall that the suspects tried to remove, causing an estimated $800 in damage to the wall.

The garage door and lock were damaged, with the value of damage estimated at $530. A screw gun valued at $100 was taken from the garage.

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Franklin tagged with Trayvon Martin-related vandalism

April 11, 2012 8:04 a.m. | Residents in Franklin got some unexpected mail recently - along with some current events and social commentary.

According to the Franklin police reports:

On April 3, residents in the 10200 block of Scepter Circle reported that someone had taped a black and white photo of Trayvon Martin, with the word "Revenge" in red, to several mailboxes.

In a separate incident, a resident in the 10200 block of West St. Martins Road reported two stickers were placed on his mailbox, one with a picture of Trayvon Martin with "Revenge" written in red, the other was a fist that said "Kill Whitey."

Special watches were requested in both cases.

Fox Point board votes to replace footbridge

April 10, 2012 11:40 p.m. | After discussing the issue for two hours, the Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday voted to move forward in the long-running debate surrounding the footbridge connecting Bridge and Barnett lanes. The existing footbridge will be removed and will likely be replaced with a similar structure.

Civil engineering firm Ayers Associates will provide design services for the project, which did not have a firm timeline amid Tuesday's discussion.

The board also went on record, stating that a portion of the cost of replacing the footbridge should be covered through fundraising. There had been discussion of seeking $625,000 in donations, though the amount could be a moving target as the endeavor gets under way.

Throughout the footbridge debate, cost estimates associated with removing the existing structure and constructing a new one have hovered around $1.5 million to $1.9 million. Specific figures will bubble to the surface as Ayers conducts its design work.

In recent months, several residents have suggested the footbridge issue be placed on an upcoming ballot by way of a referendum question, but that proposal was scrapped as part of the board's decision.

Mequon adopts personnel code

April 10, 2012 10:58 p.m. | Under the watchful eyes of about 50 employees, the Mequon City Council tonight approved changes to its personnel code that establish employment practices and guidelines for city jobs. Some of the changes were the result of Acts 10 and 32 that limited collective bargaining to wages only for union members; others were part of an effort to provide employees with a competitive wage and benefit package in a time of tights budgets.

Several employees addressed the council asking that holiday, sick time and vacations remain the same as part of the revisions.

After hearing the employees reasoning, the council agreed to cut sick days from the previous 12 to 8, rather than the three suggested. Employees will also be able to accrue up to 180 days of sick time, donate sick days to other employees, and use accrued sick time for the cost of up to 18 months of health insurance.

Going forward, employees will have only 9.5 instead of the current 12 holidays and the top tier of vacation allotment will be eliminated. In the past workers with more than 25 years of service had 30 work days off but that will change to 25 days.

The council asked city staff to present a plan for paid time off, a hybrid plan that provides employees with a set number of paid days off that may be used as personal, sick or vacation time.

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Planned recreation path takes new turn

April 10, 2012 10:22 p.m. | With residents protesting about the loss of trees and the loss of sometimes large parts of their front yards because of a planned recreation path, the Muskego Common Council decided tonightto take another look at the path.

It is planned as an off-road path along Tess Corners Drive between Janesville and Woods roads. A petition protesting the path and signed by 34 people along that stretch was submitted to City Hall.

Although the loss of trees is their major concern, it's difficult to tell in some cases whether trees would be taken for the path or the Tess Corners Drive road and drainage project, David Simpson, DPW director has said.

To try to get a read on whether residents really are against the path or if the path has many supporters as officials suspect, the city will invite everyone who lives along the planned path to the April 24 Common Council meeting.

At that time the council also will see if there are affordable options that might keep the path further from homes and save trees. Officials are worried that the delay might mean there will not be time to do the project this year. The city had planned to go out for bids three days ago.

Waste-nots wanted at hazardous collection site

April 10, 2012 8:46 p.m. | The first mobile collection of household hazardous waste of the year will be at State Fair Park Friday and Saturday.

There will be no charge to visit and people don't even have to get out of their cars to dispose of such things as compact fluorescent light bulbs, motor oil and rechargeable batteries at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's household hazardous waste program.

The mobile collection will be at Gate 8, just off South 76th Street, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridayand from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A list of things that can and cannot be dropped off, along with permanent hazardous waste dropoff locations and hours, is available at

Church may go to Walmart

April 10, 2012 4:56 p.m. | The Ridge Community Church, which had hoped to build a church on Layton Avenue, will ask the Greenfield Plan Commission tonight for conceptual approval of a plan to convert part of the Walmart store instead.

When a last-minute hitch in February derailed church plans to build in the 9500/9700 block of Layton Avenue, church officials said they would seek another location in Greenfield. They eyed the soon-to-be-vacated Walmart building at 4500 S. 108th St.

Walmart will move into its new super store, now under construction next door, this fall.

The church, which would purchase the entire building. would use about 60,000 square feet of the old 110,000-square-foot Walmart store. The remaining 50,000 square feet would be leased for commercial use.

The church needs a rezoning and a change in the comprehensive land use plan. Public hearings would be needed for those requests. The Plan Commission is expected to schedule the hearings after the church presents its plans tonight.

Marquette High football coach arrested for drunken driving

April 10, 2012 12:40 p.m. | The head football coach and Director of Alumni Relations at Marquette University High School was arrested April 1 for drunken driving. Jeffrey "Maz" Mazurczak was stopped by Elm Grove police just after 2 a.m. April 1 after he was seen driving erratically on Bluemound Road.

According to the police report, Mazurczak failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Elm Grove Police Department for a blood toxicity test. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.11. He was booked for drunken driving and released to his wife just before 4 a.m.

Kriss Schulz, vice president of communications and planning at MUHS, said the school is aware of the situation "and the administration will take appropriate action following thorough review of the facts.

"We're still in the process of reviewing the situation," she said.

The administrators who need to decide what that "appropriate action" will be are out of town as it is spring break. Mazurczak reports to Athletic Director Bob Herman and Principal Jeff Monday. Schulz is unsure if the president of the school will be involved in determining what action the school will take.

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Boy, 13, arrested for strong-armed robbery in Glendale

April 10, 2012 11:12 a.m. | A 13-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for strong-armed robbery after taking a woman’s purse as she walked with her son in the 4700 block of North Port Washington Road at 3:20 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Glendale police report:

Witnesses saw this boy and another male, who were riding bikes, and reported one boy hit the woman in the face and grabbed her purse and rode off.

A witness followed one of the boys who was caught in the 4000 block of North Seventh Street and arrested.

He admitted being involved but said he bumped into the woman by accident while on his cellphone and his friend told him to take the purse.

TCBY to join Taco Bell, Jimmy John's in Mequon

April 09, 2012 10:54 p.m. | Developer Andrew Petzold made his case to the Mequon Plan Commission for a third restaurant at a strip mall now under construction on North Port Washington Road., persuading commissioners to allow a TCBY store in addition to the previously approved Taco Bell and Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches.

The addition of the TCBY, which sells frozen yogurt, sundaes, smoothies, beverages and other frozen treats, could cause a parking crunch at the site.

There are 75 parking spaces and using the city's estimates for parking, the three eateries need 78 spaces. Community Development staff recommended the commission deny the conditional use permit Petzold needed for the restaurant, but the commission decided to ignore the recommendation.

There are four vacant, yet-to-be-leased spaces remaining in the 12,000 square foot building. Assistant Community Development Director Jac Zader said that permitted uses for the remaining spaces include professional offices, retail space or salons. Restaurants are conditional permitted uses and require Plan Commission approval. Permitted uses do not require a Plan Commission review and approval.

Petzold argued that more than 50 percent of customers pick up their food rather than eat at restaurants and because of that, less parking is needed.

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PSC says ATC's Tosa power line project application is complete

April 09, 2012 2:36 p.m. | The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have reviewed American Transmission Co.'s application, submitted in February, for two new transmission lines meant to improve electric system reliability in Western Milwaukee County. The agencies determined the application is complete.

This determination of completeness signifies the start of a 180-day review period by the PSC during which it will evaluate the project, hold public hearings and conduct technical hearings before rendering a decision on the project, ATC officials said in a news release.

The Western Milwaukee County Electric Reliability Project, announced in October 2010, involves the construction of two transmission line connections to serve a new substation proposed by We Energies near Watertown Plank Road and 93rd Street, adjacent to the existing We Energies Milwaukee County power plant and substation.

If the project is approved, the PSC will select the final two transmission line routes; variations on four routes have been proposed. Construction of the new lines and substation would begin in 2014 with the expectation they would operational the following year.

Alderman Meaux steps down from council

April 09, 2012 11:06 a.m. | Just two days after winning re-election as District 2 alderman, Eric Meaux submitted his resignation from the post, effective May 1.

"It is with mixed emotion that I inform constituents of the 2nd District and fellow council members that I will not be able to serve another full term as alderman of the 2nd District," he wrote in a letter dated April 5. "I thank you for your support of confidence and it has been a privilege to represent your interests over the years. However, our family will be moving from the aldermanic district by the end of June, 2012, as a result of an employment change."

Meaux was elected to another four-year aldermanic term April 3 in an uncontested race. He currently serves on the Community Development Committee and chairs the Traffic and Safety Committee, and is council president.

City Clerk Carla Lesdesma said she expects the first year of the vacated term will be filled by appointment, with an election next April to fill the remaining three years of the term.

Further, she said, she doesn't expect the city to begin accepting applications for the post until mayor-elect Kathy Ehley is sworn in and able to form a selection committee.

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Thief caught after grabbing clothing worth more than $1,000 at Mayfair

April 06, 2012 11:22 a.m. | A Milwaukee man was arrested this week for taking more than $1,000 in clothing from Boston Store at Mayfair and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Security stopped the 54-year-old after seeing him grab a stack of clothing and attempt to run from the store Tuesday. The incident was similar to one last month, in which thieves grabbed more than $4,600 worth of clothing.

During a search, he struggled with the security guard, who found a crack pipe in the man's jacket. The man was arrested by police and found to be in violation of his probation, having been convicted of 10 crimes within the last five years.

Once the Milwaukee man was placed in a holding cell, he removed his shirt and attempted to make a noose. Police stopped him before he put it around his neck. He was not injured.

After being released from the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, the man was taken to the Milwaukee County Jail.

Bayside refinances bonds for NSFD Station 5

April 05, 2012 7:32 p.m. | The seven member communities that make up the North Shore Fire Department will benefit from a $1,605,000 refunding of the 2003 bonds used to finance the construction of Station 5 in Bayside. Bayside borrowed $2,530,000 in August 2003 to build the station.

The Bayside Village Bond tonight acted on the sale of the bonds. Bankers Bank of Madison was the low bidder with a true interest rate of 1.7607.

James Mann of Ehlers said the size of the refund was downsized by $30,000 after the bids were opened because of savings in various underwriting and rating fees.

The refinancing will save $117,000 over the term of the bonds, which will be paid off in 2023. Each of the seven communities pays a share of the debt and will share in the savings.

Moody's Investor Services rated the bonds as AA2, citing Bayside's ample financial reserves and affluent tax base. It also noted the village has seen only "modest assessed valuation declines in 2009 and 2010."

New Berlin sets meetings on County dispatch

April 05, 2012 10:09 a.m. | New dates have been set for public information meetings on whether New Berlin should have all its police and fire emergency dispatching handled by the Waukesha Communications Center or if dispatch should stay inhouse.

The new dates are April 19, May 3 and 17. All will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the municipal courtroom, 16300 W. National Ave.

The pros and cons of both options will be presented. Then people will be encouraged to contact their aldermen or the mayor about which option they think is better, said Police Chief Joe Rieder.

Door-to-door donation seeker banned from Tosa

April 04, 2012 12:38 p.m. | Residents who receive a visit from a man soliciting donations for Milwaukee Restoration Church should not give him money and should call police, Wauwatosa police officials said.

The 49-year-old man has been arrested twice this year for soliciting without a permit in Wauwatosa, with the most recent arrest coming March 16.

According to the police report:

The man and members of the organization he represents have been warned in the past to stay out of Wauwatosa. There is an ongoing fraud investigation concerning Milwaukee Restoration Church, which according to its website provides homes to people battling substance abuse.

The man initially said he didn't know about the ban from Tosa or the need to have a permit to go door to door asking for money. However, he had been arrested for the same violation Jan. 30 in Wauwatosa and was wanted on a Franklin Police Department warrant.

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Ehley takes mayoral win

April 04, 2012 11:35 a.m. | Kathy Ehley is the next mayor of Wauwatosa, having won 58 percent of the vote.

She defeated opponent Peter Donegan in Tuesday's election.

"It feels surreal, but I have a real calm about it," she said. "It feels like the natural next step."

She will serve a four-year term and earn an annual salary of $30,000, thanks to a raise passed by the Common Council before the race started.

The vote total, according to unofficial results Tuesday:

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Police seek suspect in MATC assault linked to Syrian politics

April 04, 2012 9:23 a.m. | Police are seeking a man who assaulted a woman after the two disagreed about the president of Syria during a classroom discussion at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

According to the police log, the 24-year-old victim stated that back in February a male student she didn't know came up to her in the hallway outside a classroom and asked her if she was for or against the Syrian government. The victim stated she did not answer the man and kept on walking.

On April 2 the woman stated she noticed the suspect in the hallway and tried to go out another exit to the parking lot. As she was walking the suspect grabbed her arm, and said to her in Arabic, "People like you should die. You don't know what good the president did for Syria."

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with black hair in a ponytail, a full black beard and diagonal lines shaved through both eyebrows. He was last seen wearing a black sleeveless shirt and blue jeans. The suspect also has a tattoo of the Syrian flag on his right arm and a tattoo of the face of the Syrian president on his left arm.

MATC is reviewing video surveillance and police are investigating.

Teen injured in robbery near Mayfair, Center Street in Wauwatosa

April 04, 2012 9:12 a.m. | A teen was robbed by a group of men while walking in the area of Mayfair Road and Center Street last week, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also in the report:

The boy was walking alone about 1 a.m. March 25 when three people approached him and knocked him to the ground, repeatedly kicking and striking him in the head. They demanded his wallet and one man started going through his shorts pockets while the others continued to beat him.

They didn't find a wallet, but they took off with his cell phone.

The victim had a large contusion around his right eye and numerous other injuries to his face, upper torso and back. He was treated at Froedtert Hospital and released.

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Thieves make off with $4,600 in clothing from Boston Store

April 04, 2012 8:52 a.m. | There have been numerous grab-and-run thefts at Boston Store at Mayfair in the past few weeks, with one of the most recent resulting in a loss of clothing valued at more than $4,600.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The department store had been open only minutes when employees heard the theft alarm sound at at 10:03 a.m. March 24.

Two men had grabbed armfuls of clothing and ran to a vehicle.

One of the men was recognized as the same person who had been casing the store the prior day. He had left when he saw a uniformed security guard.

Incumbents returned to Elmbrook School Board

April 04, 2012 12:46 a.m. | Elmbrook voters returned Jean Lambert and Meg Wartman to serve on the School Board for another term Tuesday.

Lambert beat opponent Paul Byrne, 6,060 votes to 5,141, returning her to the Area IV School Board seat.

Wartman squared off against Lynne Thomas, receiving 7,348 votes to Thomas' 3,979 in the race for the at-large seat.

All results remain unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers Wednesday.

Voters say Tosa should have fewer aldermen referendum

April 04, 2012 12:44 a.m. | More than 72 percent of Wauwatosa voters want to see a smaller Common Council.

Residents were questioned Tuesday in the form of an advisory referendum if they would be in favor of reducing the size of the council.

No specific alternative numbers of representatives or aldermanic districts were mentioned in the referendum. Rather a "yes" vote simply indicated the size should be smaller, while a "no" meant the council should continue to operate at its existing size.

The vote total, according to unofficial results Tuesday:

Yes 8,145

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Friberg retains Fox Point-Bayside School Board seat

April 04, 2012 12:06 a.m. | Incumbent Debbie Friberg defeated challenger Eilene Stevens in the Fox Point-Bayside School Board race.

The vote total, according to unofficial results:

Debbie Friberg - 697 votes, 52 percent

Eilene Stevens - 644 votes, 48 percent

A Board of Canvassers will meet later this week to confirm the results.

Klimek, Schofield join Bembenek on Brown Deer School Board

April 04, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Newcomers Kevin Klimek and Michelle Schofield along with incumbent Michael Bembenek won the three open seats on the Brown Deer School Board in Tuesday's election.

Klimek, who ran unsuccessfully for the board a year ago, led all candidates with 1,310 votes. Bembenek, who also ran unsuccessfully for the board two years ago and was appointed last summer to fill the remainder of Kathy Stresman's term, had 1,281 votes. Schofield had 1,259 votes, while incumbent Leslie Galloway Sherard lost her seat, earning 1,210 votes. Sherard is completing a three-year term on the board.

Election results remain unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers, which meet after press deadline.

Walsh defeated by challenger Tilleson in District 5 election

April 03, 2012 11:58 p.m. | Less than 10 votes clinched the win for newcomer Joel Tilleson in the race for the 5th District aldermanic seat. He ousted incumbent Michael Walsh, who has served on the council for four years.

The vote total, according to unofficial results Tuesday:

Joel Tilleson 522

Michael Walsh 513

Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the board of canvassers, which met Wednesday, after press deadline.

Election results from the City of Cudahy

April 03, 2012 11:54 p.m. | Here are the election results from the City of Cudahy. Click on this link for the PDF of the results.

Challenger Walz-Chojnacki wins 3rd District election

April 03, 2012 11:50 p.m. | Incumbent Alderwoman Jacqueline Jay lost her seat representing Wauwatosa's 3rd District to Greg Walz-Chojnacki tonight by only 18 votes.

The vote total, according to unofficial results Tuesday:

Greg Walz-Chojnacki 746

Jacqueline Jay 728

Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the board of canvassers, which Wednesday, after press deadline.

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Adams re-elected to Mequon Common Council

April 03, 2012 11:36 p.m. | Voters in Mequon's 8th Aldermanic District returned longtime alderwoman Pam Adams to the Common Council. Adams, first elected in 1994, had 491 votes to challenger Nancy Anderson's 401 votes.

Reached at a small election night party at her home, Adams said she is very happy.

"I appreciate the support of the district and will continue to represent their interest in furthering Mequon's future," she said.

Adams has not faced any opposition in 12 years but said she campaigned hard.

"I did a lot of door to door and I find that very inspiring," she said.

Incumbents defeated in Mequon-Thiensville School Board race

April 03, 2012 11:28 p.m. | Three newcomers will join the Mequon-Thiensville School Board later this month.

Incumbents Michele Ziegler and Cindy Miske were defeated in a race that had six candidates vying for three seats.

Candidates Gary Laev, Stephanie Clark and Cheryle Rebholz were the top three vote-getters, based on preliminary results Tuesday.

The unofficial vote totals:

Gary Laev - 3,872 votes, 18.2 percent

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Tadda, Noshay win Menomonee Falls School Board race

April 03, 2012 11:24 p.m. | Paul Tadda was the top vote-getter in the Menomonee Falls School Board race receiving 4,029 votes Tuesday, about 40 percent. The top two candidates were elected to the board.

Incumbent David Noshay resumes his seat on the board after securing 2,801 votes, 24 percent, beating Michele Divelbiss who followed closely behind with 2,661 votes, and Richard Houdek, who garnered 2,388 votes.

Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the Board of Canvassers, which met Wednesday, after press deadline.

Menomonee Falls School Board members receive $5,000 annually and serve three-year terms.

Zabel re-elected to Germantown Village Board

April 03, 2012 11:10 p.m. | Incumbent Art Zabel will resume his seat on the Germantown Village Board after receiving 925 votes against challenger and Mequon police officer John Hoell, who received 539 votes.

Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the Board of Canvassers, which meets Wednesday, after press deadline.

Zabel is not new to the Village Board. He was first elected as a board trustee from 1984-1991. He then held the village presidency from 1991-1993 before resuming his role as a trustee from 2006-present.

Village Board members serve three-year terms and receive $5,500 annually.

Larson, Loth, Barney win contentious Germantown School Board race

April 03, 2012 11:06 p.m. | After combining forces to create a campaign flier, the candidates running on a vocal conservative platform swept the Germantown School Board elections Tuesday night. Sarah Larson continued to be unstoppable at the polls after defeating Lisa Laskowski for Seat 1 in the primary in what turned out to be an unusually contentious race. Michael Loth defeated Gregory Anderson for Seat 6 and Thomas Barney beat incumbent Thomas Bowe for Seat 7.

Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the Board of Canvassers, which meets Wednesday, after NOW's press deadline. Larson and Loth will hold three-year terms. Barney will serve a one-year term.

Larson won with 3,913 votes that include votes from Germantown, the village of Richfield and Colgate. Laskowski received 2,016 votes. Loth beat Anderson with 3,490 votes compared with 2,017. Barney received 3,284 votes and Bowe 2,199 votes.

A small portion of the town of Polk is also in the Germantown School District, but results have not been posted on the Washington County website as of 11 p.m.

Board members receive $4,000 a year.

City to raze home and put in a parking lot at 69th and North

April 03, 2012 10:46 p.m. | The owners of the home behind Voline Garage on North Avenue spent thousands of dollars renovating the property in hopes of finding a buyer and making some profit.

But the new owner won't be enjoying meals in the new kitchen or decorating any of the three bedrooms. The Common Council on Tuesday agreed to purchase the property at 2323 N. 69th St. with plans to demolish it and build a parking lot.

"They understand it's the buyer's right to do what they want with it," said George Levin, the real estate agent with First Weber who is handling the deal. "They feel they got a fair and equitable arrangement."

The house has been vacant since his clients purchased the home in December, 2010, Levin said.

While a parking lot may seem less than glamorous, it's an important first step to implementing the master plan for North Avenue in East Tosa, city staff said.

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Shorewood trustee incumbents keep their seats

April 03, 2012 10:06 p.m. | Incumbents Jeff Hanewall and Thad Nation edged out opponent Avi Zarmi in the Shorewood trustee race Tuesday.

According to unofficial vote totals:

Jeff Hanewall - 1,859 votes, 41 percent

Thad Nation - 1,690 votes, 38 percent

Avi Zarmi - 955 votes, 21 percent

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Ehley wins Tosa mayor race

April 03, 2012 10:02 p.m. | Kathy Ehley will serve as the next mayor of Wauwatosa, defeating opponent Peter Donegan.

She thanked her supporters and shared her joy over a win Tuesday night during her campaign celebration at Jimmy's Island Grill and Iguana Bar within the Radisson Hotel.

The vote total, according to unofficial results Tuesday:

Kathy Ehley 7,241

Peter Donegan 5,177

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Newcomers oust incumbents from Thiensville trustee seats

April 03, 2012 9:52 p.m. | Thiensville voters swept out the incumbents on the Village Board, electing two newcomers, Ken Kucharski and Kim Beck, while selecting Van Mobley as the new village president. Incumbents Toni Ihler and longtime trustee and former Village President Don Molyneux lost their bids to return to the Village Board.

Mobley, a trustee on the board since 2006, will take over the gavel from Karl Hertz who did not seek re-election as village president. Hertz ran unopposed for his seat on the Ozaukee County Board. Mobley garnered 778 votes while his opponent Roland Runge had 229.

Mobley, 43, is a history professor at Concordia University.

Kucharski, 55, and the owner of Skippy's Sport Pub, led all trustee candidates with 639 votes. Beck, with 427 votes, narrowly edged out Molyneux's 416. Ihler had 312 votes.

Beck, 56, is Director of Arts, Humanities and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. He is a member of the village Plan Commission.

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Lowerr claims District 7

April 03, 2012 9:50 p.m. | Incumbent Renee Lowerr beat challenger Thomas Schellinger in the race for District 7 alderman in the city of Brookfield.

According to unofficial results, Lowerr won 849 votes and Schellinger won 462.

Results remain unofficial until the board of canvassars meets tomorrow.

Sutton beats Steinberg in District 1 race

April 03, 2012 9:44 p.m. | Incumbent Dan Sutton has defeated challenger Richard Steinberg in the race for Brookfield's 1st Aldermanic District.

According to unofficial results tonight, Sutton won 949 votes and Steinberg 528.

Results remain unofficial until the board of canvassars meets tomorrow.

Jurken wins Brookfield's 4th Aldermanic District

April 03, 2012 9:38 p.m. | Reports of stolen election signs supporting Buck Jurken didn't slow the incumbent 4th District alderman. Jurken won the election by more than 150 votes, according to preliminary totals.

The preliminary results of tonight's election: Jurken claimed 778 votes while his opponent, Cathy Wolfla won 605.

Results remain unofficial until certified by a board of canvassers, which will meet Wednesday.

Jurken was quick to credit the voters for believing in him, something he said he takes seriously.

"I value and cherish the trust that the voters have given me, and will continue to do my part in making Brookfield a better community to live, grow and flourish."

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Wauwatosa police officer injured chasing teen theft suspect

April 03, 2012 9:10 p.m. | A teen who took clothes from a mall shop led police officers and sheriff's deputies on a chase, which resulted in an injury to one officer last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 16-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for receiving stolen property and resisting arrest after he took clothing valued at $139 from Hollister Co. at Mayfair at 10:36 a.m. March 24.

He ran through the mall lot, through neighboring yards and alleys, climbed an eight-foot fence and made his way to the grassy median between the North Avenue on-ramp and Highway 45. He was removing his clothing, including his shoes, and dropping the items he took as he ran.

An officer punctured his hand on a sharp portion of the fence during the foot chase.

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Restaurant staff falls victim to scam

April 03, 2012 9:02 p.m. | The owner of a Wauwatosa restaurant was scammed out of $770 by a caller who said he wanted a large party catered.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A call came into Kahn Mongolian Barbecue, 725 N. Mayfair Road, at 8:36 p.m. March 12 from a person who identified himself as a telephone operator. He said he was translating a message for a person who had just had throat surgery.

The caller placed a catering order for 130 people and gave a credit card number, authorizing a charge of $1,950, which was greater than the amount owed. The caller asked that $770 be sent by money order to a family member.

After the money was sent, the caller upped the order to food for 250 people and gave the OK to charge more money to the card and send more money to a family member. At that point restaurant owners grew suspicious.

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Police respond to two threats at Elmbrook middle school

April 03, 2012 8:18 p.m. | Brookfield police were called twice to Wisconsin Hills Middle School on March 29 to deal with students making violent threats. The first incident took place just before 9 a.m. and involved a 14-year-old boy threatening to kill another student during an aggressive and expletive-filled exchange.

The boy was cited for disorderly conduct and referred to juvenile court.

Later that day, at 1:47 p.m., police again came to the school after it was found a 12-year-old girl used another student's iPad to announce via Facebook she planned to blow up the school. The girl said she was frustrated that her friend was being bullied by another student.

She was not cited.

Punches thrown over MP3 player

April 03, 2012 8:10 p.m. | A teen tried to take another boy's MP3 player and assaulted him in the process while they were hanging out near the Menomonee River.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The boy and his friend were swinging on a rope across the river near Hoyt Park, 1800 Swan Blvd., at 5 p.m. March 21. He had put his MP3 player on a tree stump so it wouldn't be damaged.

Meanwhile, another group of boys arrived to throw rocks in the river, and one saw the MP3 player. He told the owner he wanted it, and they started to fight.

Eventually adults walking by broke up the fight. The boy who tried to take the music player got in several punches before throwing the MP3 player back at the victim, who suffered a cut lip and facial bruising.

Man in stolen car leads police on chase

April 03, 2012 7:48 p.m. | A man driving a stolen vehicle led officers on a car chase that reached 84 mph and started on Mayfair Road last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was wanted for a retail theft at a West Allis liquor store and Wauwatosa police spotted his vehicle on Mayfair Road near Mayfair mall at 12:05 p.m. March 24. A pursuit covered 2.5 miles of the city before it was terminated out of concern for the safety of other drivers.

The vehicle had been stolen on St. Patrick's Day, when the owner gave his friend a ride home from a bar. When they stopped at a gas station, the friend took the car while the owner was in the store.

He later called and offered to sell back the car for $40. When they met, money was exchanged and the owner was directed to the car but it was nowhere to be found.

Crack cocaine found in theft suspect's bra

April 03, 2012 7:38 p.m. | A 40-year-old Milwaukee woman was found to have a rock of crack cocaine stashed in her bra when she stole liquor from a Wauwatosa grocery store last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The woman went through the self-checkout at Metcalfe's Market, 6700 W. State St., but failed to scan six bottles of vodka, a total value of $154, at 12:15 p.m. March 29. She said her pimp told her to steal or he would beat her.

During a search, an officer found she had 0.10 grams of crack cocaine in her bra.

The woman initially gave her sister's name as an alias so officers wouldn't find out she had three Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office warrants for retail theft.

Thiensville narrows its choice for police chief to two men

April 03, 2012 4:14 p.m. | Dale Racer, the police chief in Twin Lakes, and Scott Nicholson, an officer with the Thiensville Police Department are the finalists for police chief position in Thiensville.

Village Manager Dianne Robertson said the Village Board narrowed the field Monday night in a closed session. There were six candidates considered last night. They were culled from the original field of 40.

Racer, 55, has been chief in Twin Lakes since 2006. Before that he was a member of the Milwaukee Police Department from November 1980 to November 2006. He was a sergeant in Milwaukee. He was a dispatcher in Brown Deer from 1977 to 1980. Racer lives in Rochester.

Nicholson, 56, has been a police officer in Thiensville since October 1984. He also lives in the village.

Robertson said the Village Board will make a final decision at its April 23 board meeting.

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Lake park proposal sinks with owners' decision not to sell

April 03, 2012 4:00 p.m. | The owners of the two properties Muskego is considering buying to establish a park on Little Muskego Lake have decided not to sell, probably killing the controversial park proposal.

A letter City Hall received today from attorney Gerald Boisits representing Michael Dilworth and Ener-Con Companies Inc., states: "My clients have indicated that they are no longer interested in promoting and/or offering any land for what is known as the Little Muskego Lake Development, effective immediately."

The city also received a similar letter from the attorney representing Nan Gardetto, owner of the other property.

In response, Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti issued a statement as well.

"On behalf of the city of Muskego, I wish to thank both property owners for offering their property to the community in support of the city's Comprehensive Plan and Parks and Open Space Plan," she stated. "The city further appreciates the professional and genuine manner in which both property owners worked with the city and council throughout the process."

Shorewood village board OKs security fencing at Atwater Park

April 03, 2012 9:41 a.m. | The Shorewood village board last night agreed to a conceptual plan that calls for putting security fencing at the top of the bluff area at Atwater Park.

The proposal is in response to security and vandalism concerns that have been raised in recent years during periods of time when the park is closed.

The specific design and placement of the fencing is still under consideration. It will likely be installed in June.

Public works or police staff will likely lock a gate each night and open it each morning.

Village Manager Chris Swartz said another option - a timer that would lock and unlock a gate to the park - is also under consideration.

Village extends deadline to purchase golf course land

April 02, 2012 10:44 p.m. | The deadline has come and gone for the owners of the Blackstone Creek Golf Course to approve the sale of more than 20 acres of land to the Village of Germantown.

A month has gone by since the Germantown board of trustees first voted to purchase approximately 24 acres of the Blackstone Creek Golf Course. When the board voted to approve the land acquisition March 5, owners of the golf course, Frank Romano and Troy Schmidt were given four days to approve the agreement. The board of trustees unanimously voted Monday night to extend the offer deadline to April 12.

The acquisition of the 24 acres would put in motion a land agreement the village has with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Should the village purchase a portion of the golf course, MMSD would buy the bulk of the course for the purposes of park and flood management in the floodplain of the Menomonee River.

MMSD would also give 131 acres to be combined with the village's 24 acres for the creation of a public park consisting of about 153-acres. In return, the village would hand over control of 204 acres at the river's headwaters to MMSD as part of the Greenseams flood management program.

Muskego group reports early recall petition results

April 02, 2012 1:22 p.m. | After gathering signatures Saturday and Sunday, Muskego for Ethical Government reported varying results in its efforts to recall Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti, Alderwoman Neome Schaumberg and Alderman Keith Werner.

In terms of percentages, on the low end was drive against the mayor - the group had collected only about 16 percent of the required 3,005 signatures. The group is shooting for 3,400 to give a cushion, said Lorie Oliver who is spearheading the drive. It got about 500 signatures while manning a location on Janesville Road last weekend.

The group was about half way to recalling Werner and a third of the way to recalling Schaumberg, the group reported today. It needs 360 signatures for Werner and 430 for Schaumberg, Oliver said.

The group has 60 days from when it filed with City Hall on March 29 to gather the required number of signatures.

The recall petition drive attracted opposition in the form of counter-recall proponents from Stand Up Muskego and Muskego Proud. Some held up signs to dissuade motorists from stopping and signing the recall petitions. Some motorists waiting to sign were approached in their cars, Oliver said.

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