Voting for our All-Suburban Baseball team ends this weekend; vote now and you could win Brewers tickets

July 30, 2010 9:52 a.m. | There's still time to help us select the best players and coach in the area for our 2010 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Team, but you need to get your votes in before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Check out our nominees and their stats, and then vote for the players and coaches you think are most deserving. You can vote once a day, and everyone who votes will be entered in a random drawing for a pair of box seats to a Milwaukee Brewers game.

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Franklin hands Hughes first title with win over West Bend West

July 29, 2010 10:12 p.m. | Stevens Point — No, 64-year-old Franklin baseball coach Jim Hughes did not jump into the Wisconsin River.

His Sabers continued the tradition, however, after an 11-4 victory over West Bend West in the state championship game Thursday at Bukolt Park.

"We might have to throw him in there," senior catcher Matt Sklander said. "It's just a fantastic feeling. He's way overdue for his first state title."

Hughes, who became Wisconsin's all-time leader in victories July 20 and has 748 in 38 seasons, had a perfectly fine explanation why he stayed behind.

"I don't need all that wet clothing on," Hughes said. "I look bad enough without it."

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Franklin baseball state championship photos now online

July 29, 2010 9:01 p.m. | Franklin ended its season with a convincing 11-4 victory over West Bend West today in the summer baseball state championship game and we've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery of images from the game and the celebration after the final out.

The state title is the first for Franklin and coach Jim Hughes, who this season became the all-time winningest baseball coach in state history. His team finished 30-14.

Go to NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Franklin baseball team headed to title game

July 29, 2010 3:39 p.m. | The Franklin baseball team got a strong performance from pitcher Ian Malmstadt this afternoon to beat Waukesha West, 5-1, in a WIAA State Tournament semifinal game in Stevens Point.

With the win, Franklin advances to the state championship game against West Bend West, which defeated Germantown earlier in the day. The title game should start around 4:15 p.m.

NOW sports writer David Cotey has been blogging live from the state tournament all day and will be there for the championship showdown.

We'll be posting a game story and photos as soon as they're available.

Check out our Live Gameday Blog for a replay of the semifinal game and for live coverage of the championship.

Warhawks' tournament run ends quickly

July 29, 2010 12:29 p.m. | Germantown baseball coach Parrish Wagner knew that if his team was going to make its first state tournament appearance in 24 years a lengthy stay, his Warhawks would have to play perfect baseball.

In a WIAA State Summer Baseball Tournament quarterfinal against Waukesha West at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point on Thursday, that did not happen.

A pair of base-running miscues and a key infield error paved the way to a 2-1 West victory as Germantown’s remarkable postseason run came to an end.

“We always talk about giving a team 22, 23 outs,” Wagner said. “Well, we gave them 22, and we only made them make 19. We got ourselves out twice and those were big innings.”

Germantown led, 1-0, before giving up a pair of runs in the sixth. A leadoff error by shortstop Jordan Infield started West’s rally. Two batters after the miscue, Ryan Solberg ripped a triple to center field off Germantown reliever Brian Keller that tied the score.

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We're blogging live today from the state baseball tournament

July 29, 2010 8:37 a.m. | Germantown and Waukesha West are scheduled to take the field today at 9 a.m. to play the state quarterfinal baseball game that was postponed from last night due to problems with the lights at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point.

NOW's David Cotey is at the game and will be blogging live throughout the day bringing you all the action from the tournament games featuring local teams. The winner of this morning's game will take on Franklin in a semifinal that will be played after West Salem and West Bend West play in the other semifinal contest.

The championship game is set for approximately 5 p.m.

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Franklin shuts out New Berlin West to advance in state tourney

July 28, 2010 7:51 p.m. | The Franklin High School baseball team is one game away from the state championship game after defeating New Berlin West, 4-0, in a quarterfinal game at the WIAA State Baseball Tournament in Stevens Point.

First baseman Ryan Geil lead the Sabers to the victory with three RBIs.

Pitcher Brandon Wiedenfeld hurled the complete game shutout and had 10 strikeouts and no walks. He finished the game by striking out the side in the seventh inning.

Franklin outhit the Vikings 12-5.

With the win, Franklin will play either Germantown or Waukesha West in a semifinal on Friday for the right to advance to the championship game.

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We're blogging live from today's state baseball games

July 28, 2010 11:39 a.m. | Join NOW's David Cotey today as he blogs live from Bukolt Park in Stevens Point during the summer baseball quarterfinal games between New Berlin West (25-10) vs. Franklin (27-14) and Germantown (14-16) vs. Waukesha West (27-6).

Follow any of the links above to sign up and receive an e-mail reminder when the blog goes live.

Rain in Stevens Point last night pushed back the start times of today's earlier games to 12:30 p.m. with the other games to follow about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the previous game. The first two games are West Salem (28-5) vs. New Holstein (18-10) and West Bend West (33-2) vs. Grafton (22-8).

Car seat, with baby still in it, found in road

July 27, 2010 10:56 p.m. | A tired, stressed out Wauwatosa dad allegedly left his baby in the road, then got upset when a motorist called police.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A driver saw a car seat in the eastbound lane of 89th Street at Meinecke Avenue, about four feet from the curb. He figured it was empty and had been lost or abandoned. Then he saw the baby sitting inside.

The motorist quickly pulled over, got the baby out of the street and called 911. As he waited for an officer, a 40-year-old Wauwatosa man claiming to be the child's father arrived.

He said he had worked all night and couldn't sleep because he had to watch his two boys, ages 5 months and 20 months. They had the flu, so he brought them to the Madison Park playground for some fresh air.

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Home burglar uploads porn on family's computer before getting away

July 27, 2010 6:30 p.m. | A burglar who entered a home in the 6300 block of Cedar Street must not have been in too much hurry to leave the house as he apparently took time to download pornographic images to one of the computers he left behind.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The family's daughter came home from work and couldn't locate her laptop computer at 3:50 p.m. July 19. Figuring her father was borrowing it, she sat down at a desktop computer.

She was shocked when she moved the mouse and a dozen pictures of sex acts involving children and adults popped up on screen.

At dinner, she entered into a very uncomfortable conversation with her father about what she found on the computer. He was not only embarrassed but he adamantly denied the online activity.

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Gas leak prompts evacuation in Greenfield

July 27, 2010 10:58 a.m. | The Greenfield Public Library has been evacuated and the city's Police Department and municipal court have been partially evacuated because of a gas leak, a Greenfield police official said.

The leak was caused by a contractor who struck a gas main between the Law Enforcement Center and the library in the 5300 block of W. Layton Ave. about 10:15 a.m., Deputy Inspector Bradley Wentlandt said in an e-mail.

The Law Enforcement Center is closed to the public, but essential public safety services such as 911 dispatching have not been disrupted, Wentlandt said.

Oops! Nude photo intended for girlfriend went to her mom instead

July 26, 2010 4:32 p.m. | Note to all you lovebirds out there:

If you decide to send a risqué picture of yourself to your girlfriend, make sure she doesn't share her cell phone with her mother first.

An 18-year-old Glendale man got in trouble last week after he sent a nude picture of himself to his 17-year-old girlfriend in Brookfield.

The problem is, the girl shares her phone with her mother, who was the one who first saw the picture.

Brookfield cops cited the man for disorderly conduct.

Waukesha West trounces Muskego to advance to state

July 25, 2010 5:16 p.m. | The Waukesha West baseball team shut down the powerful Muskego offense while their hitters came through in the clutch in defeating the Warriors, 8-4, this afternoon in a WIAA sectional final at Muskego.

The victory over the top-seeded Muskego sends West to the state tournament, where the team will face Germantown at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a quarterfinal game in Stevens Point.

The game was close throughout until the Wolverines exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Muskego hitters were able to tag starting pitcher Kurt Poquette for four runs before he was taken out in the fifth.

However, reliever Jeff Neuman shut down Muskego the rest of the way, scattering one hit over the final three innings.

Upset special: Germantown beats Falls to head to state

July 24, 2010 7:59 p.m. | Germantown got a two-run home run from Jimmy Doedens in the third inning and a six-strikeout, two-walk effort from pitcher Tyler Thicke to upset top-seeded Menomonee Falls, 2-1, in a WIAA sectional final Saturday night in Germantown.

The unlikely win means the sixth-seeded Warhawks (14-16) are headed to the state tournament, which starts in Stevens Point on Wednesday.

We'll post a complete game story and photos from the final soon on and

Victory sends New Berlin West to state tourney

July 24, 2010 7:14 p.m. | The New Berlin West baseball team defeated West Allis Hale, 10-0, in five innings in a WIAA sectional final tonight at the Waukesha County Technical College.

With the win, the Vikings will head to the state tournament for the first time. The tournament starts Wednesday in Stevens Point.

Junior righthander Austin Brzeski gave up just one hit in five innings in a game that ended early because of the WIAA's 10-run rule.

The Vikings scored three runs in the first, with the key hit coming from Adam Ruiz, who had a two-out, two-run single.

Leading 5-0 in the fifth inning, West scored five unearned roads to seal the game. Ruiz had another RBI in that frame.

S. Howell Ave. closed in Oak Creek, Caledonia

July 24, 2010 1:48 p.m. | S. Howell Ave. has been closed at both Oakwood Road in Oak Creek and at 7 Mile Road in Caledonia because of flooding, according to a traffic advisory issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Transportation officials do not know how long the road will be closed, and drivers are advised to find an alternate route and to expect delays, the advisory said.

Help us select our All-Suburban Baseball Team and you could win Brewers tickets

July 23, 2010 8:23 a.m. | Voting has just begun for this season's NOW All-Suburban Baseball team, now in its 21st season, and we're asking fans to help us select the area's most outstanding baseball players, including the player and coach of the year.

One lucky fan who votes for this season's team will win a pair of Brewers tickets. Go online and check out our nominees and their stats, and then vote for the players you think are most deserving. You can vote once a day, and everyone who votes will be entered in a random drawing for a pair of box seats to a Milwaukee Brewers game.

Vote now

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Elderly man accused of trying to kill family cat

July 20, 2010 7:16 a.m. | A 75-year-old Wauwatosa man could face felony charges of animal cruelty for attempting to stab the family cat to death in his backyard Friday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 2-year-old cat had bitten the man's wife a few months ago. The woman had an infection as a result of the bite and spent a week in the hospital recovering.

On July 1, the cat again bit the women when she tried to pet the animal. She was again treated by a doctor and had to wear intravenous medical equipment on her arm to protect against infection.

Because of those incidents, the couple decided to take the cat to the humane society and have it euthanized. At least that was the wife's plan.

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Man beat up at George Webb, church parking lot

July 19, 2010 5:44 p.m. | A 23-year-old man suffered a broken nose and eye socket and chipped tooth after he was beat up twice early Sunday morning.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department:

The man could not recall everything that transpired because he was highly intoxicated. However, he remembered going with friends to George Webb, 6108 W. Blue Mound Road, to eat after a night at the bars.

A group of four men came into the restaurant. Eventually a coffee creamer was thrown and a verbal argument started.

The victim stepped outside for a cigarette and the group of men came out and started picking a fight. The victim started to wrestle with one of them and was punched and kicked in the face and head numerous times.

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Too drunk to ride his bike, man hops on shopping scooter

July 19, 2010 5:40 p.m. | A 19-year-old man who believed he was too drunk to ride his bicycle decided a motorized shopping scooter would be easier transportation.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The Milwaukee man was riding in the 6700 block of West State Street at 10:44 p.m. Sunday when he spotted a scooter outside Metcalf's Market. He put his bicycle in the shopping basket, hopped on the scooter and took off.

Officers caught up with the man driving the wrong way on State Street. He said he had planned to return the scooter the next day.

His blood-alcohol content was 0.11.

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Hotel employees report prostitute

July 19, 2010 4:38 p.m. | Police didn't find the prostitute that hotel personnel wanted removed from a room at the Sheraton, 375 S. Moorland Road, at 2:37 a.m. Thursday, but officers did arrest a 25-year-old Milwaukee woman in the parking lot for obstructing an investigation and on a warrant.

According to the city of Brookfield police report:

Employees of the hotel contacted police about having a prostitute removed from the premises. When officers arrived, they saw a vehicle circling the parking lot. The woman was in the vehicle, but provided a false name. Police determined her true identity and found she was wanted on a warrant.

The woman admitted to dropping off someone to provide escort services, bu the officers never located the prostitute.

Respiratory illnesses reported at Greenfield nursing home

July 19, 2010 12:00 p.m. | Greenfield - "A respiratory illness of unknown origin" has affected at least 21 residents at Mount Carmel Health and Rehabilitation Center, the state's largest nursing home, city Health Director Darren Rausch said Monday.

Mount Carmel is fighting allegations of substandard care made in seven lawsuits, but Rausch said the outbreak - which appears viral in nature - is not uncommon.

The nursing home, 5700 W. Layton Ave., reported Friday that 21 residents were suffering "generalized respiratory symptoms" such as coughing and congestion, Rausch said.

No residents had been transported to a hospital as of Friday, but it was unknown whether the number of residents affected or their conditions have changed since then, he said.

Residents with symptoms have been tested, but more specialized tests are being done Monday to pinpoint the cause of the outbreak and to help determine treatment, Rausch said.

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Greenfield police say woman was not shot in garage incident

July 19, 2010 10:35 a.m. | Greenfield police have determined no shots were fired in an incident this morning that left a woman injured with wounds to the abdomen and head.

A 49-year-old woman called 911 shortly before 7 a.m. and reported being hit over the head and possibly shot. Police found the woman in her garage in the 4900 block of S. Bartel Drive, just off Loomis Rd. between Layton and Edgerton avenues.

Investigators have confirmed her injuries are "superficial" in nature and not life threatening, Deputy Inspector Brad Wentlandt said.

No one else was home at the time of the incident. Police are still on the scene and at Froedtert Hospital gathering more information.

No other details were available Monday morning.

Five arrested after cops break up underage drinking party

July 17, 2010 4:28 p.m. | An underage drinking party had Wauwatosa police chasing teens trying to make a getaway so their parents didn't find out.

According to police:

Dispatchers got calls about a loud party coming from a home in the 4000 block of North 110th Street at 1:54 a.m. July 9. When they arrived, dozens of people were congregating in the house and garage. Beer cans were strewn in the driveway and on the porch and the property smelled of alcohol.

Some of the party-goers took off as squad cars pulled up. But officers arrested five people.

The resident, a 19-year-old Wauwatosa woman, said she was throwing the party because she was leaving in a few days to study in Australia. This was her third underage drinking violation. Her blood-alcohol content was 0.05.

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Vicious dog strikes again, injures 81-year-old woman

July 17, 2010 4:26 p.m. | A dog that bit a child in the face last year injured an elderly woman who was caring for the animal Monday afternoon. According to Wauwatosa police:

An 81-year-old woman was taken to Froedtert Hospital because beagle mix clamped down on her ankle pulling away the skin so her muscle and tendon were exposed.

She was taking care of the 14-year-old dog for her daughter, who lives in the 2200 block of North 62nd Street. She had just returned from walking the dog when it refused to enter the house. The dog pulled at its leash causing the woman to fall into a fence. When she was down the animal charged and bit her.

Officers were familiar with the dog because it had bitten a toddler in the face in May 2009. It had been quarantined for a short time until the owner could prove it was up to date on its vaccines.

The officers cited the 57-year-old woman who owns the canine for a vicious dog violation. The animal will again be quarantined in the house and the Health Department will investigate.

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Woman arrested for drunken driving for eighth time

July 16, 2010 11:40 a.m. | A 41-year-old Milwaukee woman who was on her way to Potawatomi Bingo Casino was arrested for drunken driving for the eighth time - and is facing harsher penalties under the state's revised OWI laws.

According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday:

Town of Brookfield police arrested Carri Zarske at Moreland Boulevard and Kossow Road at 8:56 p.m. Monday. She was stopped for going 63 mph in a 45-mph zone.

She told police she was heading to Potawatomi Bingo Casino from her home. She admitted to drinking, but was unsure of how much she had, admitting to one beer and then later saying it was two beers. Police asked her how many times she had been arrested for drunken driving and she told them - a lot.

After she failed field sobriety tests, police took her to a local hospital for a blood draw. Her preliminary breath test resulted in a reading of blood-alcohol content 0.13, above the legal limit of 0.08.

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Mayor says plans for lake park are dead

July 16, 2010 10:46 a.m. | The proposed Bring Back the Lake park project that had been planned for Little Muskego Lake is dead, Mayor John Johnson said today.

Michael Dillworth, owner of three parcels that were to become part of a proposed park has decided not to sell his land. He did not say why, Johnson said.

The owner of the other two properties that were to have been a major part of the plan announced he would not sell during an informational meeting where the plan was strongly and nearly unanimously criticized.

City officials had already decided against acquiring two additional very expensive lake properties for the project. The owners were willing to sell.

Johnson said of the Dillworth property withdrawal: "That effectively kills the Bring Back the Lake proposal."

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New Berlin housing proposal rejected

July 12, 2010 10:32 p.m. | New Berlin - Yielding to intense public opposition, New Berlin's Plan Commission on Monday night shot down MSP Real Estate's plans to build a controversial affordable housing and senior housing project in the City Center area.

The prospect of low-income housing for the City Center, an area that was envisioned as having upscale shops and higher-end condominiums, angered some residents. In public comments before the vote, they urged the commission to reject MSP's proposal.

Low-income housing would have a negative effect on attracting retail to the area, would reduce property values and would generate significantly less property tax revenue for the city than condos, said Jeff Kipfmueller, a member of Concerned Citizens of New Berlin, which mounted a drive to defeat MSP's proposal.

"There is no significant need for this housing," Kipfmueller said.

Resident Doris Gillard asked the commission, "What were you thinking when you allowed a developer to come in with a fistful of tax dollars to aid him in building a tenement."

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Oak Creek will be asked to pay farmer's legal bill

July 05, 2010 1:58 p.m. | Oak Creek - The Common Council, which was hit by a storm of denunciation after it considered using eminent domain to acquire a 94-year-old farmer's property, will be asked Tuesday to pay the man's $9,081 legal bill.

The request comes from Michael Shober, the attorney who represents Earl Giefer.

Giefer's family has said it has no interest in selling the farm at 10523 S. Howell Ave., which has been in family since the 1800s.

City officials had argued that the 25-acre property would impede plans for a business park nearby and believe the farm qualifies as blighted.

The council decided June 1 to stop discussions of the possible use of eminent domain.

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