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Boy, 15, drowns in private Franklin lake

May 29, 2010 4:40 p.m. | Franklin — A 15-year-old Franklin boy drowned Saturday while swimming with friends in a private lake at a Franklin condominium complex.

Three Franklin boys, all 15, were swimming in the lake at Tuckaway Shores Condominiums about 1:30 p.m. Saturday when one boy went under the water and did not come up, according to the Franklin Police Department. The two other boys made it to shore.

About 5 p.m., Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva said that after 3 1/2 hours under the water, the boy's chances for survival were slim and that the dive team's effort had become a recovery mission.

The Milwaukee Fire Department Dive Rescue Team found the boy's body about 6:40 p.m. and turned it over to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office for autopsy, according to Franklin police. They declined to identify the victim.

Oliva said the boy attended Forest Park Middle School in Franklin. He had a friend who lived at the condo complex; all three boys swam without any problems Friday, he said.

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Seven Nicolet teachers to receive final layoff notices

May 28, 2010 1:56 p.m. | Seven Nicolet High School teachers will receive final layoff notices today.

The School Board this morning approved layoffs as an audience of about 30 teachers, students and parents watched and listened. Eleven staff members were issued preliminary notices in April, but District Administrator Rick Monroe said additional trimming of the budget allowed the district to keep those positions.

Although seven teachers received the notices, the layoffs represent 3.8 full-time equivalents. Most teachers are seeing a reduction in their teaching hours instead of losing their jobs.

Monroe and Glendale-River Hills District Administrator Larry Smalley have worked out a job-sharing arrangement in which a math teacher losing a full-time position at Nicolet will be shared with Glen Hills Middle School. He will retain a 0.2 position at Nicolet and work a 0.9 position at Glen Hills. Monroe said a similar arrangement will be offered to a guidance counselor at Nicolet who is going from full time to half time, but will be able to take a half time position at Parkway Elementary School if desired.

Monroe said it is possible that teachers issued final layoff notices will be called back once the district settles contracts with its three unions. The School Board and teachers union representatives met in a mediation session that lasted until 1 a.m. today.

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Brookfield East track and field sectional photo gallery now online

May 28, 2010 8:36 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery featuring action from yesterday's Division 1 track and field sectional at Brookfield East.

Brookfield Central turned in the top team score in the girls meet with 116 points to Bradley Tech's 84.

Marquette won the boys meet with 108 points. Brookfield East was second with 99.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

51st Street to be closed starting Tuesday

May 27, 2010 2:34 p.m. | Work will begin Tuesday on the 51st Street reconstruction project.

Crews will first close 51st Street from Puetz Road to Franklin High School's main entrance, which means vehicles will be able to enter the school only from the Drexel Avenue side.

Franklin police will provide traffic control at 51st and Drexel during students' arrival and dismissal. The school district is also examining how the construction will impact bus routes, and will notify families if adjustments will be made.

On June 11, the day after school lets out for the summer, the street will be closed up to the school's north entrance. The main entrance is scheduled to reopen July 12.

Franklin school and city officials expect construction to finish before school comes back into session Sept. 1.

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Brookfield Central tennis sectional photos now online

May 27, 2010 7:05 a.m. | Some of the area's top tennis teams competed for state berths yesterday at the Brookfield Central tennis sectional and we've just posted a photo gallery with all the action from the courts.

The host Lancers had the best day overall, winning titles at No. 2, 3 and 4 singles and No. 3 doubles to earn a team-state berth. Brookfield East's Drew Lied won the No. 1 singles title.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Teen accused of making phony $20 bills to pay for pizza

May 25, 2010 6:10 p.m. | A 16-year-old Franklin boy was arrested on fraud charges after police say he made photocopies of a $20 bill and used them to pay for pizza.

According to Franklin police:

The boy took an authentic $20 bill and began duplicating it with a standard computer and printer. He then circulated them and at least four were given to drivers employed by Toppers Pizza, 2842 W. Rawson Ave.

According to Toppers employees, two were taken by a driver who delivered food to a home in the 8900 block of South Blackbird Trail, one for a delivery at 3900 block of Madison Blvd., and one to the boy's home in the 8800 block of West Lake Point Drive.

The employees became suspicious when they noticed two of the bills had the same serial number. They then turned over the counterfeit bills, and the addresses from which they came, to police, who then arrested the boy for fraud at 9:39 p.m. Sunday. The teen admitted to printing a total of 17 counterfeit bills.

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Man accused of beating woman, then locking her up

May 24, 2010 7:00 p.m. | A 35-year-old Waukesha man is being referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's office on charges of false imprisonment, strangulation/suffocation and aggravated battery after a 33-year-old East Troy woman said the man beat her and locked her in a room in a Brookfield home.

According to city of Brookfield police reports:

The East Troy woman called police about 4 a.m. Friday, saying she had escaped from a home in the 13100 block of James Street in Brookfield, where the Waukesha man was staying.

She told police that the man threw her in a room and locked her in. The woman, who is married, also said she was beaten and choked and suffered a broken hand.

When interviewed, the man said he was trying to keep the woman from driving under the influence. He also said he thinks the woman could have injured her hand while hitting him.

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West Allis outlaws feeding of deer

May 24, 2010 3:24 p.m. | The Common Council has approved an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of deer in West Allis.

The action came on the heels of a petition signed by 185 residents on the city's west side requesting such an ordinance. Residents say the proliferation of deer near the city's border with New Berlin has resulted in problems such as damaged landscapes and properties, traffic safety issues and deer droppings all over yards.

A violation could result in a fine up to $100.

Residents have also asked the city to work with surrounding communities and the state Department of Natural Resources to eliminate the deer herd in West Allis.

On that front, city officials are still examining options, which could include shooting of deer by contracted agencies or live trapping.

Ninja suspect remains in custody, eligible for day passes home

May 21, 2010 5:16 p.m. | A 16-year-old River Hills boy accused of dressing like a ninja and attacking another youth will remain at a secure shelter until his next appearance in Milwaukee County Children's Court in mid-June. But he is eligible for day passes that will allow him some home visits before his next court appearance.

The boy has been held since April 27, charged with felony substantial battery for an alleged assault with a machete on a 14-year-old Bayside boy in the woods behind Nicolet High School. Twenty stitches were required to close the wound over the right eye of the younger boy.

He was one of four Nicolet students, who, after hearing that two girls had seen a boy dressed as a ninja in the woods the previous day, went to see if they could find him after school ended. The boy was attacked when he was briefly separated from his companions. The attack took place on private property abutting the Nicolet woods.

At the time of the suspect's last court hearing on May 6, Judge Frederick Rosa said he would consider releasing the boy to his parent's custody pending the results of a psychological evaluation, done during the last two weeks.

Rosa, who received the evaluation at today's court hearing, said he wanted time to read it before deciding on how to proceed.

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TMJ4: West Allis bartender torches statue of Obama

May 20, 2010 11:40 a.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that the Secret Service is investigating an incident at a West Allis bar in which a statue of President Obama was burned in effigy.

The TV station obtained a videotape that shows customers at Yester Years Pub and Grill, 9427 W. Greenfield Ave., shouting and laughing as a bartender torched the statue for the crowd. Flames tore through the statue with what looks like duct tape wrapped around its neck.

West Allis police told the station that the Secret Service is investigating, as it does with any possible threats against the president.

Click Here to watch raw video of the incident.

Read Today's TMJ4 report.

Greater Metro Conference track photo gallery now online

May 20, 2010 7:17 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from this week's Greater Metro Conference track and field championships featuring more than 25 images from the sun-splashed day at Menomonee Falls High School.

The Brookfield Central girls completed the triple crown by winning the meet with 198.33 points to 119 for host Falls.

Brookfield East's boys also captured the triple crown, winning with 161 points to Marquette's 135. The triple crown is achieved by winning each season's indoor, relay and outdoor championship meets.

Go to NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photo gallery.

Woodland Conference track meet photo gallery now online

May 19, 2010 8:20 a.m. | South Milwaukee High School played host to the annual Woodland Conference Outdoor Meet yesterday and we've just posted a photo gallery with more than 15 images from the competition.

Wauwatosa West captured the girls title and Whitnall took home the boys crown.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Where's the beef? In the back seat

May 18, 2010 7:22 p.m. | A retail theft call led Wauwatosa police to arrest a drunken driver in possession of stolen meat from area Pick 'n Save stores.

According to police:

A man tried to run out of the grocery store on Mayfair Road with four rib eye steaks. Store staff were able to get the meat back and the man ran across the railroad tracks to the city's public works yard.

Employees had noticed the man gesturing to a vehicle that was creeping along behind him. Officers pulled over the driver, a 23-year-old Wauwatosa woman, and saw numerous packages of meat stolen from West Allis and Wauwatosa stores in the back seat.

She was slurring her words and said she had smoked crack cocaine earlier in the day. A crack pipe was found in the vehicle. She had a blood-alcohol content of 0.09, above the 0.08 legal limit for drivers.

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Man flips car during diabetic episode

May 18, 2010 7:20 p.m. | A New Berlin man suffering from diabetes-related complications led police on a high-speed chase through Wauwatosa and crashed on a residential lawn last week.

According to police:

An officer saw a car that was not slowing as it approached a stop sign at 70th and Lloyd streets at 5:39 p.m. May 9. It came to an abrupt stop halfway through the intersection, then accelerated and continued. The officer followed as the vehicle sped into oncoming traffic, nearly struck vehicles and ran several stop signs.

At 74th Street, the vehicle mounted the curb and became airborne, vaulting about 5 feet into the air and striking street signs before landing on a lawn and rolling over.

The 57-year-old driver was not moving but he was breathing. Paramedics noticed an empty pill bottle on his lap and an insulin pump connected to his body. He had bitten his tongue, which was bleeding. His blood-sugar level was extremely low.

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Man uses Walgreens drive-through to demand drugs

May 18, 2010 7:02 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man was arrested after he tried to score prescription narcotics by dropping a threatening letter in the drive-through canister of a Walgreens store.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The pharmacist working the late shift at Walgreens, 2275 N. Mayfair Road, heard a canister drop in the pharmacy but thought it odd because the alarm that alerts staff when a vehicle is in the drive-through did not sound.

He found a typed letter demanding Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Morphine and Xanax in their manufacturers' bottles be put in the canister for pickup.

The letter said the author knew about the pharmacist's personal life and would harm his family if he failed to comply or called police.

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3 from Brown Deer charged in UWM area armed robberies

May 18, 2010 6:20 p.m. | Three Brown Deer teenagers have been charged with three armed robberies in the in the area of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Andrew S. Essien, 19, Phillip M. Jones, 18, and Deiryon D. Nicholson, 18, were each charged with being party to the crime of armed robbery, use of force for the robberies that took place in the early morning hours of May 8, according to a criminal complaint.

According to the complaint, the trio used a .380 caliber Lorcin handgun to rob two women in the 2500 block of N. Murray Ave. and a man in the 3100 block of N. Bartlett Ave. shortly after 12:30 a.m. and another woman about 1 a.m. in the 2900 block of N. Hackett Ave.

Nicholson was in custody Tuesday in the Milwaukee County Jail on $50,000 bail, according to online jail records.

Jones is free after posting $50,000 bail, according to online court records.

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Homestead names new athletic director

May 18, 2010 12:43 p.m. | Mequon – The Mequon-Thiensville School Board Monday approved the appointment of Ryan Mangan as director of the school's Athletic and Recreation Department.

Mangan currently serves as athletic director at St. Thomas More High School in St. Francis. He will replace longtime director Charlie Gross, who left the school in February to take a position with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in February.

Homestead girls track and golf coach John Krueger, who also was one of three finalists for the AD's job, has been filling the position on an interim basis.

Superintendent Demond Means said a thorough background check was made before Mangan was recommended for the position.

"There was one consistent message," Means said of the feedback he and fellow administrators received. "(Mangan) is a great communicator and put his students first."

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West freshmen involved in drinking incident on zoo field trip

May 17, 2010 2:38 p.m. | Several New Berlin West High School freshmen were involved in an underage drinking incident at the Milwaukee County Zoo Friday, including a 14-year-old who had to be taken to the hospital for intoxication after he become unresponsive in the school bus on the way back to New Berlin, authorities said.

The boy's blood-alcohol content was 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit for an adult driver. He was cited by New Berlin police for underage drinking.

The teenager was on a freshman biology field trip to the zoo with more than 300 other New Berlin West students. The boy was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital after 2 p.m. Police interviewed eight other students in connection with the incident, but none was cited by New Berlin police.

However, Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies cited at least three other students for underage drinking, police said. More information from the Sheriff's Office was not available. More students might have been involved. Deputies found at least one water bottle that contained alcohol on one of the school buses, New Berlin police said.

New Berlin School Superintendent Paul Kreutzer would not provide any details Monday on how many students were involved in the incident or what action - if any - would be taken against them.

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Worker injured after being hit by car on 27th Street

May 11, 2010 12:14 p.m. | A 50-year-old Franklin man was seriously injured Monday after he was hit by a car while working on the side of 27th Street.

According to the Franklin police:

The man, employed by Unibar Maintenance Services, was marking gas lines in front of 8361 S. 27th St. when a 62-year-old Racine man hit him about 1 p.m.

The southbound driver drove off the road, hit the back of the truck and then the worker, who was admitted to Froedtert Hospital with a broken left leg and head injuries.

The driver was disoriented and confused after the accident and taken to St. Luke's Hospital.

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Auto body business moves closer to calling Glendale home

May 11, 2010 11:38 a.m. | The $1.5 million purchase and upgrade of a building that would be used by ABRA Auto Body & Glass moved a step closer to reality Monday when the Common Council approved the rezoning of the property at 2300 W. Florist Ave. from manufacturing to planned unit development.

ABRA plans to open at the site with 22 employees and a projected yearly $1.1 payroll. Company officials said they have been encouraged to open in the city by insurance companies in the area who use its services and by a zip code analysis of its existing customer base at the Brookfield location. The company operates 98 centers in 11 states.

There were no questions at a public hearing on the rezoning request. The plan for the building and site will now shift to the Plan Commission for its review and approval.

UWM County Grounds development plan wins council approval

May 05, 2010 11:01 a.m. | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's development plan for a portion of the Milwaukee County Grounds, east of Highway 45 and north of W. Watertown Plank Road, was approved Tuesday night by the Wauwatosa Common Council on a 13-2 vote.

The council also voted 15-0 to approve zoning for the site, where UWM plans to develop a science research facility, technology-based business park and other buildings, including housing developed within the historic Eschweiler buildings. The development will be called Innovation Park.

A portion of the land will be set aside as a wildlife habitat, including migration grounds for monarch butterflies.

The development plan that was approved is a preliminary proposal. UWM will return for additional city approvals on more detailed portions of the overall plan as it develops various portions of the property.

The County Board a year ago approved an agreement to sell the 89-acre parcel for $13.55 million. The buyer will be UWM Innovation Park LLC, an affiliate of the university's real estate foundation. It has until September to close on the purchase.

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Car thief in drag leads cops on high-speed chase

May 04, 2010 6:32 p.m. | A man dressed in women's clothing and makeup has been stealing cars and leading police on high-speed chases.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The most recent incident occurred Friday morning, when a motorcycle cop stopped a speeding vehicle in the 9800 block of Byron Place.

The officer immediately noticed the male driver was dressed as a woman, so he asked for identification. The driver did not have a license and got nervous when the officer asked who owned the car.

The driver quickly accelerated the car and fled. A chase ensued for about a minute, but with the fleeing vehicle reaching speeds of 100 mph and driving recklessly, officers decided to stop the chase for the safety of other drivers.

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Chronic shoplifter threatens suicide

May 04, 2010 6:32 p.m. | A man threatened to kill himself Monday after he was arrested for his 42nd retail theft, which he blamed on the voices in his head.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 52-year-old Milwaukee man took two men's fragrance sets from Macy's at Mayfair Mall at 11:45 a.m. He said he didn't want to shoplift anymore, but the voices in his head encouraged him to take items.

The prior week he had been arrested twice for retail theft and was on parole for burglary.

When he arrived at the Police Department, the man threatened numerous times to kill himself. When officers saw him rolling up his shirt to make a rope, they worried he would try to hang himself.

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Driver in Greendale fatal crash was not impaired

May 04, 2010 6:04 p.m. | Greendale - The driver involved in a traffic accident that killed a 5-year-old Greendale girl had no alcohol or other substances that could have impaired her driving that day, she wasn't using a her cell phone just prior to the accident and her car was in good working order, Police Chief Robert Dams said Tuesday.

Dams identified the driver as Anita Nalencz of Franklin.

Ava Marie Zimmerman was killed April 14 after Nalencz's Honda Civic struck her as she was walking across Broad St. with other family members. Her mother, Tanya Zimmerman, 29, suffered minor injuries.

No decision has been made whether to charge Nalencz, 60, criminally or whether a municipal citation should be issued. Dams said investigators have not yet completed their reports.

Names of motorists involved in traffic accidents are usually released shortly after the incident. Dams said he waited to release Nalencz's name "until we had some structure in our investigation." He said he decided to release her name "to take a lot of the unnecessary spin off the case" by people who speculated about who the driver might be.

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Dan Benson Invitational photo gallery now online

May 03, 2010 8:06 a.m. | Wauwatosa West High School played host to the 30th annual Dan Benson Track and Field Invitational on Friday and we've just posted a photo gallery featuring 17 images from the event.

Homestead's boys and girls squads won the team portion of the meet, which is named for longtime Wauwatosa West coach Dan Benson.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

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