Next Wauwatosa mayor could earn $30K

June 29, 2011 1:04 p.m. | Whoever wins the next mayoral election could be looking at a salary of $30,000, a figure that would reflect the first raise given to the position in 27 years.

The Employee Relations Committee on Tuesday recommended, on a 3-1 vote, an increase from the existing mayoral pay of $22,500. The Common Council will need to vote on the matter July 5; if approved, the raise would not go into effect until after the April 2012 election.

Alderman Peter Donegan, committee chairman, estimated the value of mayoral job duties - appointing members to committees and commissions, breaking ties, holding veto power on council votes, representing the city at political and ceremonial events, and more - at $70,000 for a full-time position.

The job has never been officially designated as full- or part-time, but he said he expects Tosa's mayor to work 20 or fewer hours per week.

Alderman Brian Ewerdt suggested a $35,000 salary, but the motion failed.

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Fight about Facebook posts erupts at Mayfair

June 29, 2011 12:08 p.m. | A fight between two 23-year-old Milwaukee women at Mayfair last week resulted in hair scattered on the floor, nearly two dozen punches thrown and a bleeding eye, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also from the report:

One of the women was shopping at Journeys shoe store when the second entered, yelling about Facebook, at 6:32 p.m. June 22.

She pulled the first woman out of the store by her hair and punched her repeatedly, resulting in an eye injury.

Security guards arrived and pulled them apart.

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Man in purple hat accused of Wauwatosa Pick 'n Save thefts

June 29, 2011 10:54 a.m. | John Henry Smith Jr., 51, of Milwaukee has been charged with misdemeanor retail theft. He is accused of violating probation from a prior theft charge and taking liquor valued at $734 from Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St., two days earlier.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Grocery store personnel had been on the lookout for a man wearing a distinctive purple hat who had been taking liquor. He showed up at a checkout counter at 12:57 p.m. with an empty cart.

He tried to keep the cashier distracted while his accomplice - Charles Adams, 42, of Milwaukee, who has been charged with the same crime - pushed the full cart out the door.

The duo was loading a car when security approached, so they ran. Smith got on a bus but was arrested when he exited at 60th and Vliet streets.

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Woman strikes ex-boyfriend with high-heeled shoe

June 28, 2011 2:20 p.m. | A 40-year-old South Milwaukee woman was cited for battery after striking her former boyfriend in the head with a high-heeled shoe on June 25.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The woman struck her former boyfriend in the head with the shoe, causing a 2-inch gash to the man's head when the man tried to leave her outside during a party at a friend's home in the 9200 block of South Chicago Road at 11:04 p.m. June 25.

Two held in slaying of Brookfield man

June 23, 2011 1:40 p.m. | The death of a 63-year-old Brookfield man is being treated as a homicide and two suspects are being held in Waukesha County Jail, according to Brookfield Police.

Police officers responded to the 14300 block of Golf Parkway at 9:54 a.m. Wednesday to check the welfare of the homeowner because he hadn't reported to work, said Police Capt. Jim Adlam.

"Two suspects have been taken into custody and are currently located in the Waukesha County Jail," Adlam said. "There are no other suspects and residents in the area do not need to be concerned for their safety."

Investigators have referred charges against the two individuals, whom have not been identified, to the Waukesha County District Attorney's office, Adlam said.

The manner and time of death, as well as the victim's identity, have not yet been released.

Brookfield yanks company's permit to go door to door because of 'high-pressure' tactics

June 22, 2011 8:41 a.m. | Sales tactics employed by door-to-door solicitors didn't go over very well with Brookfield residents last week.

Brookfield police and City Hall received dozens of phone calls from residents who were unsettled by salesmen trying to sell them home security systems.

City Clerk Kris Schmidt said the company's permit to solicit in the city was revoked Friday after she received 16 inquiries from residents and police fielded at least 10 complaints.

"They scared people because they wanted them to feel unsafe in order to sell their security systems,' Schmidt said. "They used very high-pressure sales tactics and insinuated things that weren't true."

Police Capt. Jim Adlam said some of the salesmen insinuated they were working with the Police Department or the city.

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Greenfield decides pawn shop is bad trade-off

June 22, 2011 7:54 a.m. | Greenfield - It was a "no sale" when it came to establishing a mega-pawn shop in the former quarters of Circuit City in Greenfield.

The Common Council Tuesday night voted 3-2 against issuing a special-use permit that would have allowed an Exchange Street pawn and resale business at 4585 S. 76th St., a big-box retail site that was last occupied by Ultimate Electronics earlier this year.

Minnesota-based Exchange Street operates four shops in the state and a total of 23 around the country. But a majority of Greenfield aldermen weren't comfortable with the local site becoming the chain's fifth Wisconsin location, especially after input at a public hearing Tuesday.

Pawn problems

The main concerns of alderwomen Linda Lubotsky, Pam Akers and Shirley Saryan included the probability that a police detective would have to be hired to make sure stolen goods are not sold there.

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Pump tampering suspected as thief gets away from Brookfield station with $635 in gas

June 21, 2011 2:20 p.m. | An unidentified man made away with 160 gallons of premium gasoline and paid for only seven after tampering with a pump, according to city of Brookfield police.

Someone driving a truck pulled into Brookfield Place Gas, 3075 N. 124th St., at 12:40 a.m. June 16 and pumped 160 gallons of premium gas - that's worth $635, but the person only paid about $28, according to the police report.

"We believe they somehow tampered with the pump," police Capt. Jim Adlam said.

The owner of the gas station reported the theft June 17.

Footage from a security camera shows a truck pull up, but the driver isn't clearly visible.

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Police called when man swims in underpants at Brookfield hotel

June 21, 2011 7:29 a.m. | A Waukesha man made quite a splash at a local hotel after spending much of June 13 swimming and lounging around a pool in his underpants.

According to a town of Brookfield police report:

Officers were called to Motel 6, 20300 W. Bluemound Road, just before 6:30 p.m. June 13 by an employee who received complaints that a man was swimming in the hotel pool in his underpants.

The 40-year-old Waukesha man was seated at a poolside table, wearing only gray underpants, when officers arrived.

He said he spent the day in the pool area and didn't realize his attire made other guests uncomfortable.

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Honor roll page updated

June 20, 2011 10:49 a.m. | We've just updated our honor roll page with the latest lists of academic achievers from area schools.

The schools updated are: Forest Park Middle School (Franklin), Greenfield Middle School, Homestead High School, Marquette University High School, Martin Luther High School, Menomonee Falls High School, Muskego High School, Oak Creek-Franklin West Middle School, Oak Creek High School, St. Francis High School and St. Matthew School (Oak Creek).

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Hero officer steps down two years after train collision

June 15, 2011 9:34 a.m. | John Krahn won't be working for the Elm Grove Police Department anymore, but to so many in the area, he will always be Officer John Krahn.

"I had to get some work done on my car in the town of Brookfield, and I decided to go for a walk on my crutches," Krahn recalled.

"Some guys recognize me and said, 'Hey we heard about you, we hope your legs get better.' It's amazing that even two years later people recognize me."

Krahn, for his part, has no problem remembering what happened to his leg - the memory still has him struggling to sleep at night. It has been more than two years since his heroic effort to save a mother and child from an oncoming train before the 2009 Memorial Day parade.

"I remember everything. I have nightmares every night, I remember every aspect of it," Krahn said.

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Group of men linked to four Brookfield burglaries

June 14, 2011 7:20 p.m. | A group of Milwaukee men have been linked to a rash of burglaries in Brookfield, according to city of Brookfield police.

Milwaukee police arrested four men from Milwaukee - ages 22, 20, 20 and 21 - after receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle June 6, Brookfield Police Capt. Jim Adlam said.

"Physical evidence and interviews have tied them to four burglaries in Brookfield," he said.

Information gleaned from the suspects led police to arrest three additional Milwaukee men who are suspected of breaking into homes in Brookfield, Menomonee Falls and Milwaukee, Adlam added.

Investigation is ongoing, and charges are expected to be forthcoming.

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District aims to monitor snacks

June 14, 2011 2:18 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls District Wellness Committee intends to set guidelines on acceptable snacks sent to school by parents in a move that would essentially limit the types of acceptable food based on nutritional value.

School nurse Julie Italiano-Thomas and Director of Food Nutrition Ruth Ann Kiley laid out the plan for the School Board last week. The proposal would be to send a list home to parents explaining what is and is not an acceptable snack to send to school with a student.

If a non-healthy snack is sent with a student, the teacher would send the item home with student along with a letter explaining why that food was not acceptable. After one such incident, the school would provide a snack for the student, but all subsequent violations would result in the student receiving no snack.

The plan would also dictate certain classrooms be nut-free based on student allergies, meaning parents would be alerted to a nut-allergy in their student's class and required to send snacks not containing nuts.

Italiano-Thomas said the list was created from USDA guidelines which encouraged fresh, natural and protein-rich snacks as well as certain types of processed snacks. She added that brands were not a part of the list so that parents wouldn't be saddled with purchasing more expensive items for their children.

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Thank you for reading NOW newspapers - oh, and win prizes

June 08, 2011 3:04 p.m. | It's easy to consume news nowadays, and it's just as easy to share news.

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Take a picture of you reading a NOW paper or website and share it with us on social media. You can post it to MyCommunityNOW's Facebook page or mention @MyCommunityNOW on Twitter.

On Thursdays starting tomorrow, you can post to those places and be entered in a chance to win a pair of Marcus Theatres movie passes. A winner will be chosen and notified each Friday.

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Brookfield police investigate three armed robberies at local businesses

June 07, 2011 3:14 p.m. | Brookfield police are investigating three armed robberies reported in the city over a two-week span.

According to police reports:

In the most recent case, a man brandishing a "plastic looking" gun entered the Residence Inn Hotel, 950 S. Pinehurst Court, at 11:45 p.m. Saturday.

The man pointed the gun at an employee's ribcage and demanded money from the registration office. He got away with about $500.

Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect, described as an Asian man in his mid-30s who stands 5 feet, 5 inches tall and has dark, gelled hair.

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State track and field photo gallery now online

June 06, 2011 2:16 p.m. | We've just updated the photo gallery from Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath with more action from all divisions in this year's state track and field meet in La Crosse.

Brookfield East won the boys Division 1 competition with 57 points to 39.33 for Arrowhead. Bradley Tech was tops in the girls Division 1 meet, outpacing Arrowhead, 64-40.

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Deer crashes Muskego kindergarten class

June 06, 2011 1:05 p.m. | Muskego - It was a heck of a way to start the day.

A kindergarten teacher and four of her charges were about to enter a classroom to start their day Friday at Discovery Days Child Care, W18906 Janesville Road, when a deer crashed through the classroom window.

The animal, as startled as the humans, looked around and dashed out of the classroom and down the hallway. Turning around, he ran back and headed into the kitchen.

That's where the aghast staff slammed the door on him and waited for police.

They were there shortly before 8:30 a.m. Friday and made sure all the kids and staff were safe. Then they cautiously opened the kitchen door and let the deer back into the classroom.

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Worker forced at gunpoint into cooler at Brookfield Subway

June 01, 2011 12:36 p.m. | An employee of Subway, 21250 W. Capitol Drive, told police he was forced into a cooler at gunpoint by a man wearing large sunglasses and a hood just before 8 p.m. May 28. The man took cash from the business before leaving, he said.

Police Capt. Jim Adlam said responding officers were unable to find the perpetrator.

Security camera footage from a neighboring business shows the man enter the store, Adlam said, and fleeing through a back door.

The only employee on duty followed the robber's orders to go inside a walk-in cooler and count to 100, Adlam said.

The robber is described as a white man between 18 and 25 who is no taller than 5 feet 8 inches.

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Daytime burglary in Brookfield continues recent trend

June 01, 2011 12:01 p.m. | A series of daytime burglaries in Brookfield continued early last week, city of Brookfield police said.

According to a police report, two flat-screen televisions were taken from a home in the 15000 block of Santa Maria Drive between 7:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. May 23. Loss is estimated at $2,300. A front door was kicked in to gain entry.

Three similar cases were reported in the city between May 16 and May 19.

In those incidents, a television valued at $1,329 was taken from a home in the 3200 block of Burlawn Parkway on May 16 and a television valued at $1,500 was taken from in the 12000 block of Pinewood Ridge on May 17.

On May 19, a woman in the 16000 block of Elderlawn Parkway reported the front door of her home was broken open, and upon emerging from a bedroom she saw a man fleeing the home through the front door.

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Whitnall vs. Waukesha West softball photo gallery now online

June 01, 2011 8:35 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from yesterday afternoon's regional softball game between Waukesha West and Whitnall.

Whitnall won, 7-6, and advances to play at Watertown on Thursday.

Go to photo gallery.

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