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Wauwatosa East, West softball photo gallery online

May 27, 2011 10:45 a.m. | Wauwatosa East took on Wauwatosa West yesterday at Miller Park's Helfaer Field and we've just published C.T. Kruger's photo gallery from the event.

Wauwatosa East earned an 11-5 victory.

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Greendale tennis sectional photo gallery now online

May 27, 2011 9:32 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the Greendale boys tennis sectional, which was held yesterday at Marquette University.

Brookfield East earned a team state berth with wins at second, third and fourth singles and second doubles. Brookfield Central was second with victories at first singles and first doubles.

The gallery also features competitors from Franklin, Greendale, New Berlin Eisenhower, Oak Creek, Wauwatosa East and Whitnall.

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Homestead track sectional photo gallery now online

May 27, 2011 6:55 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery featuring action from the WIAA Division 1 track and field sectional at Homestead.

Arrowhead posted victories in the boys and girls competitions, which also featured athletes from Germantown, Homestead, Oconomowoc, Menomonee Falls and Whitefish Bay.

The state meet is Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, in La Crosse.

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Homestead, Germantown soccer photos now online

May 25, 2011 9:45 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from last night's North Shore Conference soccer game between Germantown and Homestead.

The Highlanders won, 2-0, as Kate Wirthlin and Aubrey Quick scored goals.

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Greenfield man gets drunk, sells car to female friend

May 24, 2011 3:20 p.m. | A 61-year-old Greenfield man has discovered there can be financial hangovers, too. According to the Greenfield police report:

The man said he got drunk May 14 while in the company of a woman he knew. After he sobered up, the woman told him that he had sold his 2011 Chevrolet Malibu to her and that she had already traded it in.

The man reported the situation to police at 1:44 p.m. May 21 and told them he believed the woman took advantage of him.

There was no word on how much the woman is said to have paid for the vehicle or if they remain acquaintances.

Germantown golf regional photo gallery now online

May 24, 2011 3:11 p.m. | We've just published C.T. Kruger's photo gallery from today's WIAA Division 1 golf regional at Blackstone Creek Golf Club in Germantown.

Homestead's Jordan Niebrugge shot 74 for the low round of the day.

Menomonee Falls (322), Germantown (322), Cedarburg (330) and Homestead (334) advanced to sectional play, which is Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

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Shorewood officials approve plan to rehab sewer systems

May 24, 2011 1:28 p.m. | The Shorewood Village Board on Monday approved a sanitary and storm drainage plan that, if implemented, would repair and replace infrastructure to some of the hardest hit areas of the village in last summer's heavy rainfalls.

The detailed document includes plans to spend more than $8.43 million in sanitary and storm sewer repairs through 2014 along portions of Capitol Drive, Glendale Avenue, Kensington Boulevard, Newhall Street, Olive Street, Wildwood Avenue and Wilson Drive.

The plan also outlines steps to be taken for a combined sewer system in the village's northern and southern portions. More than $18.63 million has been earmarked for work along portions of Capitol Drive, Edgewood Avenue, Kensington Boulevard, Lake Bluff Boulevard, Murray Avenue, Oakland Avenue, Prospect Avenue, and Wood Place.

The board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, to discuss and possibly take action on financing and implementation plans, as well as a more finite timeline for the extensive construction work.

Despite opposition, School Board approves new teachers contract

May 24, 2011 11:25 a.m. | Menomonee Falls - After more than four hours and amid ferocious opposition, the Menomonee Falls School District unanimously voted to approve a two-year contract with its teacher union Monday night.

The vote was met with the familiar, "shame" jeers which have permeated seemingly every step of the lawmaking process since Gov. Scott Walker rolled out his budget plans for next year.

A new deal will be put in place once the old contract ends June 30 and will include contributions to retirement and health insurance payments, saving the district more than $5 million over the course of the contract.

Union members will have to pay 5.8 percent toward the Wisconsin Retirement System, and either 8 percent or more than 15 percent depending on the health care package. The carrier will also be moved from the Wisconsin Education Association plan to a Humana plan which will feature increases in deductibles as well.

Falls will have the option to make major changes to the plan after the first year.

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Germantown, Homestead softball photos now online

May 24, 2011 10:08 a.m. | We've just posted Jerry Luterman's photo gallery from last night's softball game between Homestead and host Germantown.

Germantown clinched the North Shore Conference title with its 4-1 victory.

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Two Chihuahuas taken from West Allis home

May 24, 2011 8:28 a.m. | Two Chihuahuas were among the many items taken from a residence in West Allis prior to 2 a.m. May 23.

According to a West Allis police report:

The items were taken from a residence in the 2200 block of South 82nd Street prior to 2 a.m. May 23. The total items are worth about $1,700. The owner suspects her friend might be responsible for the burglary.

St. Francis woman, 78, finds live grenade in basement

May 24, 2011 8:04 a.m. | St. Francis - More than a month after a live missile from the Korean War era was found in the wall of a home here during a remodeling project, an elderly woman found a live grenade from World War II while cleaning out the basement of her home last week.

Marge Maynard, 78, of the 3800 block of South Iowa Avenue, was cleaning out her house on May 17 when she went up on a ladder and came upon an object wrapped in newspaper in her deceased husband's basement work cabinet.

According to the police report, when Maynard couldn't free the object, which she said was sticky and gooey, she used a metal trowel to dislodge it. Once freed from the shelf, she unwrapped the object and observed the grenade, which was later determined to be an MK2-HF fragmentation hand grenade from World War II.

Maynard then cleaned off the softball-sized grenade in a basement sink, dried it, then took the yellow grenade upstairs, setting it on the kitchen counter where it remained overnight. Police were notified when Maynard's daughter, Susan Kruse, 46, came over to check on her the following day.

Maynard told police she has been cleaning out the house, as it has been sold following the death of her husband last May. Maynard's husband, Jack, served in the Navy as a gunner in World War II.

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Franklin field named after Hughes

May 23, 2011 7:19 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the dedication ceremony in Franklin naming the high school baseball field after coach Jim Hughes.

Hughes led the Sabers to a state title last summer and is Wisconsin's all-time leader in high school baseball victories.

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Eisenhower, New Berlin West softball photos now online

May 20, 2011 10:59 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from yesteday's softball game between New Berlin Eisenhower and host New Berlin West.

Eisenhower scored once in the eighth to earn a 3-2 extra-inning victory.

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Man says he was robbed at gunpoint on 73rd Street in Wauwatosa

May 18, 2011 10:20 a.m. | A 33-year-old Wauwatosa man said he was robbed by a man holding a shotgun last month but didn't report the incident until last week because he was scared.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was walking in the 2100 block of North 73rd Street about 1 a.m. April 30 when he saw a white and gray vehicle pull up and park on the west side of the street.

He was wearing headphones, and when he heard footsteps behind him, he thought it was somebody out jogging. A man then told him to get on the ground, and the man complied. When he turned to look at the perpetrator, the man had a double-barreled shotgun pointed at his head.

The robber took the man's cell phone, two wallets and his backpack, which contained 20 CDs and a laptop computer. Total loss is estimated at $685.

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Woodland Conference track photos now online

May 18, 2011 9:08 a.m. | We've just added Peter Zuzga's photo gallery with action from yesterday's Woodland Conference outdoor track meet at Wauwatosa West.

The host Trojans ran away with the boys meet, compiling 152 points to 81.5 for second-place New Berlin West. South Milwaukee and Whitnall tied for first in the girls meet.

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Greater Metro Conference track photo gallery now online

May 18, 2011 8:37 a.m. | We've just published C.T. Kruger's photo gallery with all the action from yesterday's Greater Metro Conference outdoor track meet at Quad Park in Milwaukee.

Brookfield Central won the girls meet with Brookfield East finishing second. Brookfield East was first in the boys competition to second-place Hamilton.

The gallery also features athletes from Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa East and West Allis.

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Wauwatosa elementary student alleges teacher put him in closet

May 18, 2011 8:13 a.m. | A Lincoln Elementary teacher was placed on administrative leave after allegations arose that she made a 10-year-old student stand in a closet for 35 minutes after he disrupted class by laughing.

According to the police report:

The student's father came to the Wauwatosa Police Department on Friday after his son told him about the incident, which the son said had happened two weeks earlier at the school, 1741 Wauwatosa Ave. The student said he was told to stand in the closet with the lights on for about half an hour, while another student who was disciplined was sent to the cafeteria.

In another incident May 12, the same teacher grabbed the student by the back of the shirt, causing scratches on his back and making him bump his head, according to the student and his father.

The complaint was forwarded to the Police Department's detective bureau for further review.

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Tosa police follow trail to cardboard thief

May 18, 2011 7:24 a.m. | Wauwatosa police last week arrested a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who had made hundreds of dollars by stealing cardboard from local businesses and cashing it in at recycling centers.

According to the police report:

An officer saw the man using a pallet jack to load 800-pound bales of cardboard into a truck behind Metcalfe's Sentry, 6700 W. State St., about 1:30 a.m. May 12. The man said he had a contract with the store to collect their recycling, and he provided documentation and identification to the officer.

The officer got in touch with Sentry officials, who said they had a contract with different hauler. Sentry also had reported similar thefts in recent weeks - 10 bales had been taken since May 3 - and video surveillance from those incidents showed a perpetrator matching the man's description.

Police also found discrepancies with the business name and address the man provided. He eventually admitted to police that he had been renting the truck and picking up cardboard at 137 businesses in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and the surrounding area.

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West Alls Hale invite photo gallery now online

May 14, 2011 7:10 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery featuring all the action from yesterday's West Allis Hale track and field invitational.

Brookfield East won the girls competition with 166 points to 136 for second-place Hale. West Allis Central took home top honors in the boys meet with 190 and Hale was second with 171.

The invite included a steeplechase event, which is rarely contested at the high school level.

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Homestead, Germantown tennis photo gallery now online

May 13, 2011 9:05 a.m. | Homestead posted a 7-0 victory over Germantown in a boys tennis match yesterday and we've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the courts.

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Ike, Whitnall softball photo gallery now online

May 13, 2011 9:00 a.m. | We've just posted C.T. Kruger's photo gallery from yesterday's Woodland Conference softball game between New Berlin Eisenhower and Whitnall.

Ike's Jamie Kilps struck out 12 and walked one to help her team to an 8-2 victory.

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Whitefish Bay, Homestead girls soccer photos now online

May 11, 2011 12:56 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from last night's North Shore Conference girls soccer game between Homestead and host Whitefish Bay.

Bay got two early goals on the way to a 2-1 victory over the top-ranked Highlanders.

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Couple, 10-year-old attacked in separate incidents in Wauwatosa

May 11, 2011 10:42 a.m. | Wauwatosa has seen a number of people attacked and assaulted in recent weeks, and the violence continued this past week.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

A couple was walking in the 9000 block of Jackson Park Boulevard about 11 p.m. Sunday when they were jumped from behind by three men. The man was punched in the face and knocked to the ground. When he said he had no money, they kicked and punched him in the head. They searched his pockets, grabbed his wallet and took off.

The woman walking with him was punched in the forehead and also was knocked down. She said she never saw the attackers' faces but knew they were male from their voices.

The couple was taken to the hospital for treatment of facial injuries.

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Man with purse grabs security officer's attention at Tosa grocery

May 10, 2011 10:47 a.m. | Security guards are trained to spot suspicious activity. At Pick 'n Save on State Street a man walking through the store with a large leather purse got the staff's attention.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

A 27-year-old Milwaukee man was seen putting a bottle of liquor in the purse at 5:41 p.m. Friday. At the checkout, he paid for a salad but not the alcohol.

A security guard tried to stop him but he became combative and tried to head-butt the guard in the face.

A search of his purse turned up a steak knife with a five-inch blade, a hammer and 2.6 grams of marijuana.

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Security heightened at Brookfield military recruitment office after bin Laden death

May 10, 2011 8:01 a.m. | The death of Osama Bin Laden has led police and military officials to heighten security at a recruitment center for the U.S. Armed Forces in Brookfield.

An officer working in the office at 17135 W. Bluemound Road reported that a Middle Eastern man made suspicious inquiries there the evening of May 4.

The man asked about the recruitment center's hours, when the doors are locked and about the responsibilities of an officer on duty, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Brookfield Police Capt. Jim Adlam said officers have heightened patrol efforts surrounding the recruitment center in the wake of bin Laden's death last week.

"Because of the recent event that occurred with Osama bin Laden, many recruitment stations have been getting threats or have been vandalized," he said.

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Man taken for ride after one-night stand

May 09, 2011 3:34 p.m. | An Illinois man's car was stolen from a hotel parking lot after a one-night stand went awry, according to a town of Brookfield police report.

Also from the report:

The Illinois man was patronizing a casino in Milwaukee when he met a woman in the early hours of April 23.

The two left the casino and stopped at a restaurant before renting a room at the Hampton Inn, 575 N. Barker Road, to spend the night.

The man awakened just prior to 7 a.m. April 23 to discover that the woman was gone - along with his $50,000 BMW, his credit card and his driver's license.

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Franklin field to be renamed for Hughes, state's winningest baseball coach

May 06, 2011 2:12 p.m. | The Franklin High School baseball field will be dedicated to long-time coach Jim Hughes in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20.

Hughes Field will be unveiled on that day, honoring Hughes, who last year became Wisconsin's all-time leader in victories with 743 and claimed his first WIAA state championship as well.

Hughes enters this season with a 629-264 record in 24 years at Franklin.

His teams own 11 conference championships, seven WIAA sectional crowns and nine 30-victory seasons, which is believed to be a state record.

Photo galleries: Franklin downs Greenfield as Hughes sets state mark

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Lawmakers push tougher OWI bills

May 06, 2011 11:40 a.m. | Brown Deer - Flanked by Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and suburban law enforcement officials, two state legislators said Friday they are introducing two new drunken-driving bills that would strengthen current laws.

The main thrust of bills from Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) is to increase the penalties across the board for drunken-driving violations.

One bill calls for a first drunken-driving offense to be a crime if the person has a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 or higher.

Current law makes a first offense a municipal violation. Current law also makes it a criminal offense if the driver has a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher and there is a child 16 years of age or younger in the car.

The other bill would make a third and fourth drunken-driving conviction a felony. Currently, the fourth arrest for drunken driving is considered a felony if it comes within five years of the third offense.

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Greater Metro Conference relay photos now online

May 05, 2011 7:16 a.m. | NOW's Peter Zuzga was at Brookfield East High School yesterday capturing all the action from the annual Greater Metro Conference relays for this photo gallery.

The Brookfield East boys accumulated 124 points to outlast second-place Marquette (79). Brookfield Central's girls posted 114 points to 78 for second-place Brookfield East.

The gallery also features competitors from Hamilton, Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa East, West Allis Central and West Allis Hale.

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Family accused of stealing from Macy's at Mayfair; daughter of biting cop

May 03, 2011 3:14 p.m. | A woman is accused of biting and kicking a police officer after she was arrested for helping her family take more than $800 in clothing from Macy's at Mayfair on Sunday evening.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 18-year Milwaukee woman had been shopping with her 32-year-old mother and two 16-year-old sisters. For about 45 minutes they collected a large number of items without any regard to size or price. Eventually they all ended up in one fitting room, where they concealed merchandise in bags.

The mother was arrested for retail theft and resisting arrest at 6 p.m. She had refused to follow officers' instructions and she got her daughters riled up. She had to be restrained.

The eldest daughter became enraged and tried to attack officers. As one of the officers tried to get her under control, she bit him in the wrist and kicked him in the shin. As she fought, the rest of her family yelled and encouraged her to continue resisting.

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Falls replaces basketball coach; Tokoto will stay

May 03, 2011 2:10 p.m. | Menomonee Falls has a new boys basketball coach, and he will get the chance to work with one of the most sought-after recruits in state history.

Dan Leffel, who spent the past three seasons coaching the freshman team at the school, has been hired to replace Ben Siebert, who resigned in March.

Meanwhile, North Carolina recruit J.P. Tokoto will play his senior year at Falls, his father, Trevor Trimble, said. The family was considering other options such as prep school.

Leffel, 34, comes into the position with 12 years of coaching experience and has coached in the Menomonee Falls School District since 2003.

"I think he exhibited a high level of passion for the job," Falls athletic director Dave Petroff said. "I think he came across as being a guy who will communicate really well with his players."

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East Tosa car chase ends in one arrest; one suspect still at large

May 03, 2011 11:57 a.m. | A 15-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for car theft and eluding arrest after he allegedly took a car from 74th Street and Meinecke Avenue last week and led police on a chase through East Tosa.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The owner of a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee said the vehicle was taken from his driveway between 9 p.m. April 26 and 5:40 a.m. April 27. The vehicle hadn't been locked because it had been stolen previously and the thief had damaged the locks and ignition and cracked the windshield.

Due to the number of thefts occurring in East Tosa recently, an extra patrol was placed on Meinecke and the car was spotted at 11:43 p.m. April 27. When an officer approached the parked car, he heard the engine rev. The car took off and led a 1.9-mile chase that lasted just less than three minutes and reached speeds of 60 mph.

The car chase ended at 54th Street, where the two occupants bailed from the Jeep and took off running. Eventually, officers caught up with one of the boys, who had a pocket knife and small-caliber bullet on him. The other boy continued to elude police.

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Two teens attacked in separate incidents in Wauwatosa

May 03, 2011 9:51 a.m. | A Wauwatosa East freshman was walking to Hart Park on Thursday afternoon when he was attacked by two boys. But they would soon figure out they had messed with the wrong kid.

It was the second attack on teens that week.

According to Wauwatosa police reports:

The freshman was on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of Alice Street when he was struck in the neck from behind at 3:50 p.m. A male had hit him with a skateboard.

The 15-year-old victim fought back and punched twice, knocking the attacker to the ground.

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Anxious cat ruptures owner's vein

May 02, 2011 4:02 p.m. | A Brookfield woman suffered a ruptured vein when her housecat flew into a rage upon seeing her prepare to leave for work, she told Brookfield police.

According to the police report:

A 77-year-old woman was preparing to leave her apartment in the 18000 block of Emerald Circle for work just before 9:30 a.m. April 27 when her cat, Lizzy, latched onto her leg with its claws and teeth.

The 4-year-old Tabby's unexpected attack ruptured a varicose vein in the woman's ankle, causing dramatic blood loss.

The woman bled through two towels while waiting for Brookfield Fire Department paramedics to arrive.

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Man celebrating bin Laden death arrested for firing gun

May 02, 2011 3:12 p.m. | A 30-year-old South Milwaukee man was arrested for disorderly conduct after a neighbor heard four gunshots fired in a backyard in the 1300 block of Manitoba Avenue on May 1.

The man told police he fired the gunshots directly into the ground from his handgun to celebrate the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed.

Police confiscated the gun.

Benson Invite photo gallery now online

May 02, 2011 8:23 a.m. | We've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the Dan Benson Track and Field Invitational, featuring 21 images from the boys and girls meet at Wauwatosa West High School.

Homestead won the boys meet with 203 points and Whitefish Bay took home the girls crown with 135.

The gallery also includes athletes from Brookfield Central, Waukesha West, Wauwatosa West and Whitnall.

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