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Donors needed to boost summer blood supply

July 28, 2011 6:44 p.m. | Blood donations drop off in summer months, but the demand remains just as strong.

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin will hold a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Pettit National Ice Center, 500 S. 84th St., West Allis.

Donations will help children and adults who are seriously injured, undergoing surgery or being treated for cancer and other illnesses. By donating just one unit of blood and one hour of their time, donors have the potential to save up to three lives.

Anyone who is 16 years old is eligible to donate with parental consent and donors under the age of 18 years old are asked to visit bcw.edu to view specific height and weight requirements.

The entire process takes about an hour and all blood types are needed. Donors should bring a photo ID. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO.

Brookfield East season ends in quarterfinal round

July 28, 2011 2:32 p.m. | Brookfield East's rallies in the sixth and seventh inning fell short Thursday morning and the Spartans dropped their WIAA State game to Marquette, 3-2, at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point.

Trailing 3-0, the Spartans used errors by Hilltoppers first baseman Gino A'mato and third baseman Willy Bolles to put Pat O'Brien and Nick Kanavas on base to lead off the sixth. Nolan Peterson then walked Kevin Sylla for the second time in three at bats to load the bases.

Sophomore sensation Mike Eberle then ripped a single to right field coming up with another huge hit down the stretch for the Spartans, scoring O'Brien and Kanavas and cutting the lead to 3-2. With pinch-runners Jack Snow on second and Alex White on first, starting pitcher Brian Sylla bunted the runners over to second and third.

With the infield in, Drew Kehoe hit the ball to shortstop Dan Flatley, who looked to third and looked to short, but by then it was too late to get Kehoe at first, loading the bases.

Coach Bill Woodring then put on a suicide squeeze that John Foley put down in front of the plate, but the athletic Peterson bounced off the mound, gloved the ball and flipped it to catcher Nate Siudak for the force at home.

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Doughnut shop interested in former Burger King lot

July 28, 2011 2:26 p.m. | The Burger King restaurant that closed more than a month ago in the Sendik's New Berlin Plaza, 3500 S. Moorland Road, likely will be replaced with a doughnut shop and an AT&T office, officials said.

Plans call for the Burger King building to be razed and a new building about the same size to be built there near the Taco Bell and McDonald's restaurants, which will be unaffected by the change.

The New Berlin Plan Commission gave its blessings Monday, and the Architectural Review Subcommittee is expected to approve an awning modification next Aug. 1. That is the last city approval needed.

While final details must still be worked out, Dunkin' Donuts is interested in the site, officials said.

Police officers to teach firearms course in Hales Corners

July 28, 2011 11:24 a.m. | Firearms safety classes for satisfying training requirements to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit will be held starting in August at the James Ryan Municipal Building, 5635 S. New Berlin Rd., Hales Corners.

The six - hour course will be taught by police officers who are firearms instructors. It covers safety awareness, proper firearm care, secure storage, legal aspects of carrying a firearm and basic marksmanship. Each participant will pay a nominal fee of $100.

Any member of the public is welcome to attend with the exception of those not yet 21, those who have been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor domestic violence offenses or those prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law. Also ineligible for the course are those who have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony and the court has prohibited them from possessing a dangerous weapon as a condition of bail or release.

For more information or to register for a class, contact Sgt. Rick VonDrasek at 414-529-6140.

Whitnall considers selling naming rights

July 27, 2011 3:28 p.m. | The Whitnall School District will look into selling naming rights for athletic facilities to offset some of the $6.5 million cost to renovate the athletic facilities at Whitnall High School.

The Whitnall School Board on Monday approved forming a committee to explore naming rights. Board member Bernard Shaw said the committee would look to large donors who are buying naming rights for the long term. The committee also will need a dynamic leader to pull off the plan, he said.

Muskego approves redistricting

July 27, 2011 2:32 p.m. | Muskego has new aldermanic districts following the Muskego Common Council's 4-3 approval of the plan last night.

But the redrawn districts leave Alderman Kert Harenda outside his 2nd Aldermanic District. He can continue to represent District 2, as is allowed by state law, until his term is up in April, 2013. Harenda could run to represent the new District 3 either next April when the aldermanic district map takes effect or in 2013. That district is now represented by Alderman Neil Borgman.

The new map also preserves, to some extent, Little Muskego Lake being represented by three aldermen. However, Alderman Dan Soltysiak will lose about three-quarters of his lake constituents. He was to lose all of them under a previous staff redistricting plan, but that plan was revised due to an outcry by some lake residents.

Those who voted in opposition to the redistricting plan pointed to the difference of 580 people in the populations of the largest and the smallest districts.

Mt. Tosa neighborhood plan changes gain panel backing

July 27, 2011 11:24 a.m. | Assisted-living apartments could serve Wauwatosa's aging population on the west side of town, said members of the city's Community Development Committee who supported a change in the Mount Tosa neighborhood plan Tuesday.

Helmut Toldt, developer of the neighborhood at 113th Street and Walnut Road, has requested an amendment to his developer's agreement with the city. With the condominium market stagnant, he has proposed building a 67-unit assisted-living and memory-care facility at the site where a 40-unit condominium building had been approved.

Condos would still be part of the larger neighborhood plan, just on a different lot. The new plan has the condos replacing a 51-unit apartment building, Toldt said in a letter to Mayor Jill Didier.

The assisted-living building could be built and start bringing in taxes sooner than condos, Toldt said.

The existing plans call for 100 apartments and 40 condos spread among three lots, and would have a total value of $16.7 million. The proposed amendment would change plans for the same three lots to 60 apartments, 40 condos and 67 assisted-living units, creating a value of $18.3 million.

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Fundraising to begin for Forest Exploration Center

July 27, 2011 10:44 a.m. | The state has budgeted $145,000 in seed money for the Forest Exploration Center, 67 acres of urban woodland on the County Grounds to be used for educating the public about the role forests play in their lives.

However, the money comes with certain conditions, said Tom Gaertner, member of the center board.

A full-time executive director must be hired by July, 2012. The state Department of Natural Resources owns the property, but it was mandated that a nonprofit organization operate the facility. A part-time director has worked remotely from Ohio, but his contract is nearly up and the board is mounting a candidate search.

The DNR must approve a written management plan and the center must at minimum be able to match the seed money. So far, the center has raised $130,000, Gaertner said.

That means the board will embark on a fundraising campaign seeking dollars from the community, major donors and sponsors. It also will look for opportunities to get grant money.

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Couple surprised by armed robbers in home

July 27, 2011 10:10 a.m. | Two men robbed a home in the 500 block of 98th Street at gunpoint Saturday night.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 23-year-old man and his girlfriend were hanging out in his upstairs bedroom while his three roommates threw a party downstairs. After the roommates left about 11:45 p.m., the girlfriend decided to move her vehicle into the driveway, so she started down the stairs. She said she was met by two men with t-shirts covering most of their faces, one carrying a gun.

One of the men headed upstairs, where he told the man, "Give me everything, this is a robbery." The robber was carrying a gym bag and called the resident by his nickname. The man handed over $2,000 to $3,000, watches and jewelry, a videogame system and games, cell phone, keys and more.

At one point, the woman was thrown to the ground in the hallway and ordered not to talk.

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Sex offender arrested for removing tracking bracelet

July 27, 2011 10:04 a.m. | A two-time sex offender was arrested for violating probation after he removed his monitoring ankle bracelet Monday.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Department:

Police were alerted by a tampering alarm that Tristan Harris, 26, had removed his GPS-enabled bracelet at 11:32 a.m. Monday. When officers arrived at his Wauwatosa home in the 2200 block of 73rd Street, Harris lifted his pant leg and the bracelet fell off.

Removing the device takes substantial force and likely tools, said a monitoring specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Correction.

Police say Harris told them he didn't like wearing the bracelet and had been pulling on it for a year to remove it. He was sentenced in 2009 to wear it for his lifetime, so law enforcement officers can track his location.

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Man makes threats to neighbor kids' lives

July 27, 2011 2:12 a.m. | A 60-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he threatened the lives of his neighbor's children Friday evening.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A mother went outside to tell her 10-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, who were playing in the 12200 block of West Dearbourn Avenue, that it was time to come in about 7:50 p.m. July 22. She didn't find them immediately, so she started to yell out for them to come home.

Meanwhile, the man came out of his apartment and asked what the mother was doing. When she replied that she was looking for her kids, he had a scary message for her: "You better watch your kids. You better watch them, they might not come home tonight. You might want to check by the train tracks later on. I cut them from neck to groin."

The mother started to panic and called 911. Although the children returned before officers arrived, the mother was worked up and sobbing. She said her neighbor had threatened her kids in the past.

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Man accused of driving into gas station, fifth OWI

July 27, 2011 2:08 a.m. | A 42-year-old Milwaukee man is facing a felony charge of fifth-offense drunken driving after he drove into a Wauwatosa gas station Friday evening.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Drivers at Highway 45 and Mayfair Road called in a reckless driver who had hit the curb in several spots and whose vehicle had smoke coming from it at 6:13 p.m. As Brett Lieungh drove his Mercury Grand Marquis past Congress Street, he reportedly came close to hitting a pedestrian.

When his car pulled into the gas station at 11131 W. Hampton Ave., it struck the building. The damage looked cosmetic and the impact was minimal.

When officers confronted Lieungh, he couldn't stand up or walk. He required a wheelchair to enter Wisconsin Heart Hospital for a blood test.

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City won't create small-business specialist post just yet

July 27, 2011 2:02 a.m. | A small business specialist position has been put on the shelf until the city's 2012 budget picture becomes clearer.

The Employee Relations Committee on Tuesday voted to put the request to create the position on file, which means that no action will be taken at this time but it could be brought up again.

With the city facing a $2.3 million budget shortfall next year and a shortfall of $8 million over five years, there has been concern among some committee members about adding staff. The Budget Committee will start meeting to consider funding requests in September.

Proposed compensation includes a $51,000 to $71,000 salary plus benefits.

The draft job description calls for the holder of the post to provide small business development assistance, coordinate retail and commercial attraction and retention efforts, provide administrative support to boards and commissions, collect and analyze demographic and economic data, assist in implementing redevelopment plans, make presentations to business and community groups, and prepare economic development grant applications.

Badger CrossFit gym opens near 62nd and State

July 27, 2011 1:46 a.m. | Badger CrossFit gym will open Saturday, taking advantage of the growing residential population coming to Wauwatosa's State Street district.

The gym will operate at 1169 62nd St., across the street from The Reserve apartments on State Street. The Enclave apartments broke ground earlier this summer on 62nd Street and the proposed master plan for the Village calls for additional housing units in the area.

The grand opening will include group workouts by owners/trainers Tyler Sullivan and Marc Boff at 1 and 2 p.m., to demonstrate the CrossFit method of "functional fitness." For information, visit BadgerCrossFit.com.

"We perform movements which closely mimic the natural movements we do in everyday life, like squatting every time we get up off a chair or dead-lifting every time we pick something up off the ground," Sullivan said in a news release. "These movements use multiple muscle groups together to help keep you mobile and strong during all stages of your life."

The CrossFit philosophy touts 10 areas that people of all fitness levels should focus on: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

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Pasch makes her case for senate seat Wednesday in Mequon

July 26, 2011 5:32 p.m. | State Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Whitefish Bay, will be addressing her bid to unseat Alberta Darling in the 8th state senate district from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon.

Pasch will be discussing "Nurturing Democracy: The 8th District Recall Election." Unitarian Church's Social Justice Committee is initiating the event.

For information, contact Joyce M. Latham, chair of the Social Justice Committee, at joyce.mary96@yahoo.com or visit ucnorth.org. The recall election between Darling and Pasch is Aug. 9.

Fire chief wants residency rules eased

July 26, 2011 11:10 a.m. | Scott Erke has been promoted from deputy chief to assistant fire chief.

Erke steps into the position vacated by Michael Anton, who retired earlier this month. Since it's likely a second assistant chief position will open up in the next six months, Wauwatosa Fire Chief Rob Ugaste is doing some staff planning.

Tonight, he'll ask the Employee Relations Committee to consider removing the residency requirement for deputy chiefs, which are the third tier of leadership within the department.

A healthy fire department promotes from within, typically from the rank below, Ugaste said. If another assistant chief retires, that position will be filled by a deputy chief.

Taking into account a restructuring that would eliminate one deputy chief position, there should be one deputy chief vacancy to fill in the not too distant future.

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Florida woman charged with ID theft, endangering safety

July 26, 2011 11:04 a.m. | A Florida woman who led Elm Grove police on a high-speed chase after attempting to cash a stolen check faces five felony charges in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Elizabeth A. Sturm, 21, was charged July 18 with two counts of identity theft, two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, and attempting to flee an officer.

She is being held in Waukesha County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were called to M&I Bank, 900 Elm Grove Road, July 14 because a teller suspected that Sturm was attempting to cash a stolen check.

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Wauwatosa considers allowing food carts in Hart Park

July 26, 2011 10:57 a.m. | A game of Frisbee, biking along a trail and playing tennis can really work up an appetite, and at least one Wauwatosa food vendor is interested in satisfying the hunger of Hart Park visitors.

China East restaurant, located at 68th and State streets, is interested in setting up a food cart or kiosk inside the park. Tosa has no specific ordinances governing the operation of such an endeavor on park property so the issue was turned over to the Parks and Forestry Board last week.

Commissioners said they don't believe a small food cart would take too much away from efforts to get park users to patronize neighboring Village businesses, and it would give park users a snack option when the stadium concession stand isn't open. The concession stand is operated by the high school booster clubs as a way to raise money.

It's easy to imagine one cart leading to interest in bringing wagons and food trucks to the park, Commissioner Steve Berg said.

"I'm not saying that's good or bad," he said. "We have to determine limits and whether they would pay a percentage of sales or a rental fee (to the city)."

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Man seen masturbating said he was balancing his checkbook

July 26, 2011 9:34 a.m. | A man seen committing a sexual act told West Allis police he was balancing his checkbook at 5 p.m. July 19.

According to the police report:

During a surveillance watch at Kohl's Department Store, 2601 S. 108th St., a loss prevention officer noticed a man masturbating in his vehicle, which was parked in the parking lot.

Police were notified and approached the man. The man told police he was balancing his checkbook.

The man was issued citations for lewd and lascivious behavior.

West Allis police to give away 'The Club' to owners of certain vehicles

July 26, 2011 7:31 a.m. | On Wednesday, the West Allis Police Department will kick off its "20 percent by 2012" campaign by giving away The Club, a trademarked anti-theft device, to owners of vehicles heavily targeted by car thieves in recent months.

Utilizing Wisconsin Department of Transportation records, owners of these targeted vehicles have already been identified and will be contacted in person by a West Allis police officer or by mail.

Those eligible live in West Allis and own specific 1998-2001 Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth vehicles, including the Dodge Caravan, Stratus and Intrepid, Chrysler Town and Country, and Plymouth Voyager. Together, they accounted for 37 percent of all motor vehicle thefts in West Allis this year, police said.

Because the supply is limited, The Club will be made available to West Allis residents owning targeted vehicles first, with remaining units available to the general public. Other auto theft deterrents will include additional police surveillance and the use of bait vehicles.

The West Allis Police Department's "20 percent by 2012" campaign's goal is to reduce property crime in the city at least 20 percent by December 2012.

Wacker Neuson expansion would include $3.3 million in Falls funds

July 26, 2011 7:00 a.m. | Construction equipment maker Wacker Neuson Corp.'s plans to expand its Menomonee Falls facility could include $3.3 million in village financing, according to a new proposal.

Wacker Neuson operates a 430,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at N92 W15000 Anthony Ave., in the industrial area north of Highway 45, between Pilgrim Road and Fountain Blvd. The company, which has around 360 employees, plans to add over 97,000 square feet, with additional expansions planned.

The village is proposing a tax incremental financing district, and would spend $2.3 million on street work and other public improvements, along with $1 million to help Wacker Neuson pay for its expansion.

The payment to the company is needed because of bedrock that needs to be blasted and removed to make way for the expanded building, according to the proposal. That has created unusually high site preparation costs.

The property taxes from the Wacker facility improvements, eventually valued at $21 million, would pay back the village funds over an estimated 18 years, according to the plan. Once the money is repaid, the property taxes from the expansion would flow to the village, its school district and other local governments.

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Plan for working with higher-than-expected Hart Park playground costs in works

July 25, 2011 5:02 p.m. | Bids for the Hart Park playground project came in higher than anticipated, but city staff members believe part of the project can move forward this year by shifting around some capital improvement dollars and borrowing some money.

The Parks and Forestry Board held a meeting Friday to review the bids that had come in the prior day.

"The bids came in substantially over the latest estimates," said Bill Porter, city public works director.

City staff expected the project to cost $1.2 million, plus a 15 percent contingency, for a total cost of $1.4 million. However, the low bid for the entire project came in at more than $1.6 million.

Porter said he could only guess that asking for bids during the busy summer/fall construction season and an uptick in the economy led to the higher project costs.

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Brown Deer PD hosts National Night Out on Tuesday

July 25, 2011 4:18 p.m. | The Brown Deer Police Department presents the village's Night Out for Justice program from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall and the police station, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive.

Residents are encouraged to bring family, friends, lawn chairs and blankets for the event, geared toward the entire family.

The itinerary is as follows:

5 to 8:30 p.m. - an opportunity to meet community leaders

5 to 6 p.m. - an opportunity to meet Brown Deer Police Department's canine officer, Justis, and Police Officer Brad Caddock

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Two Elm Grove men face narcotics charge

July 25, 2011 4:16 p.m. | Elm Grove residents Zachriah Napierala, 22, and Colten A. Weber, 21, are accused of having heroin in a parked car they were sitting in in the 17000 block of Winston Park Court on July 18. Both are charged with narcotics and paraphernalia possession.

The charges were issued July 20 in Waukesha County Circuit Court. The men face up to four years in prison if convicted on both counts.

According to the criminal complaint:

About 2 p.m. July 18 a resident told a Brookfield police officer that a suspicious vehicle was parked at the entrance of Winston Park Court.

The officer found Napierala in the driver's seat cupping a syringe. A small metal cup containing heroin was nearby.

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Piotrowski named Brown Deer's community development director

Umpire says he was pushed by player who disagreed with call

July 25, 2011 3:48 p.m. | An umpire working a softball game at Village Park last week says he was pushed by a player who disagreed with a call, according to an Elm Grove police report.

Elm Grove police are investigating the incident, which allegedly took place during a game Thursday.

Also from the report:

The 50-year-old Waukesha man was umpiring a softball game when an altercation unfolded with a 50-year-old Elm Grove man just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday .

The umpire said the Elm Grove man, a player in the game, threw a baseball glove at him and pushed him when he made a call that the player didn't agree with.

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Brown Deer police searching for armed robbery suspects

July 25, 2011 3:48 p.m. | Brown Deer Police are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred about 9:45 a.m. Monday at U.S. Bank, 4200 W. Brown Deer Road.

According to police, a uniformed security guard who was conducting business at the bank, but not employed or on duty at U.S. Bank, reported that two masked suspects enter the facility. They fled shortly thereafter when they noticed the security guard. One of the suspects was seen carrying a handgun, according to a news release.

A third suspect was in what was believed to have been a get-away vehicle that was stolen. Brown Deer Police recovered the vehicle shortly after the incident.

The description of the suspects:

No. 1: tall black male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black mask with a white emblem on the front; suspect was holding a handgun, possibly a 9-millimeter semiautomatic

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Man arrested for stealing minivan from service shop

July 25, 2011 11:48 a.m. | A Milwaukee man who allegedly took a minivan from the service bay at a Wauwatosa automotive center Thursday is facing a felony vehicle theft charge.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Jermaine Russell, 35, approached a technician at Kapusta Brothers & Sons, 6005 W. Vliet St., to ask what was wrong with the Ford Windstar about 9:45 a.m. The vehicle was parked in front of the service bay, where it was to undergo an engine test. It was unlocked with the keys in the ignition.

Russell got into the van, and an employee ordered him to get out. Instead, Russell told the employee off and drove away. He left a girl's bicycle at the auto shop.

Russell was stopped in the minivan at 60th Street and North Avenue. Milwaukee police had been looking for him for a theft that had occurred in their city earlier that morning. He was wearing a shirt taken in the theft and had a bag with metal-cutting snips and a screwdriver in his possession.

Go green at Chill on the Hill

July 25, 2011 11:36 a.m. | The Bay View Neighborhood Association today announced Go Green Night at Chill on the Hill. Go Green Night is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Humboldt Park band shell, 3000 South Howell Ave. The evening focuses on renewable energies, urban ecology, recycling initiatives and cleaner transportation.

"Chill on the Hill's Go Green Night will provide opportunities for attendees to learn how to live more sustainably, more than simply separating recyclables out of the trash," said Rob Miller, BVNA's Environmental Chair. "The average citizen probably doesn't know that even old athletic shoes can be recycled as well as aluminum cans or plastic bottles."

Besides collecting art supplies for Project Crayon Box and toiletries for homeless veterans, the BVNA, along with Milwaukee Recycles, will be recycling athletic shoes in spirit of the night's green initiatives.

At least 10 local organizations will set up booths and exhibits, including: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District; Milwaukee Recycles; Holistic Mom's Network; Sweet Water Organics; Midwest Renewable Energy Association; Milwaukee Energy Efficiency; Milwaukee Shines; Victory Garden Initiative; Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin; and Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Homes

Man charged with vandalism in East Tosa

July 22, 2011 5:08 p.m. | A 61-year-old Wauwatosa man is facing vandalism charges after he allegedly broke the window of a commercial building in East Tosa early Wednesday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A neighbor heard loud banging noises followed by glass breaking in the 6300 block of West North Avenue at 1:53 a.m.

When officers arrived they saw Villa Johnson at the door. He had cuts on his arms and there was blood on the broken glass. He told officers his grandmother lived in the building but could not provide her name or contact information.

Johnson lives in East Tosa, where there have been several businesses broken into since early July. He was intoxicated and said he last recalled gambling and drinking bourbon at Potawatomi Casino. He further told police that he's a diabetic and is not supposed to drink alcohol.

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Elmbrook to vote on eliminating top HR post

July 22, 2011 2:16 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board will vote Tuesday on eliminating the district's assistant superintendent for human resources position and hiring an internal candidate for a combined position of human resources director and staff counsel.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Central Administration Office, 13780 Hope St., Brookfield.

The board will vote on whether to appoint Kristi Foy, who now serves as the district's legal counsel, to the new position. Foy would have a 12-month contract and earn $85,000 in the new role, but her salary would be prorated to reflect an Aug. 1 start.

Some human resources responsibilities also would be delegated to Keith Brightman, assistant superintendent for finance and operations. Brightman's salary would be increased to $130,000, also prorated to an Aug. 1 start date.

The move is estimated to save the district $93,000, Supintendent Matt Gibson wrote in a memo to the School Board.

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Senior Center director eyes fundraising to make up for lost revenue

July 22, 2011 1:12 p.m. | A decrease in federal grant funds has the Hart Park Senior Center director looking for ways to make up the gap.

The city received 16.5 percent fewer Community Development Block Grant funds than anticipated for 2011. That cut was spread among applicants, including the senior center.

Merry Noel Johnson, senior center director, requested $124,500, but the final allocation came in $20,500 less. This is especially difficult as the grant dollars count as the group's largest source of revenue.

As the funding has been steadily decreasing since its high of $170,000, Johnson anticipates next year bringing even less block grant money to Tosa. It's possible that the funding will be eliminated completely at some point in the future, she added.

Noel asked the Parks and Forestry Board on Tuesday for permission to start fundraising for money to fill the gap.

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Health prompts change in roles for Lakeview principal

July 21, 2011 5:48 p.m. | Lakeview Elementary School Principal Dawn Marisch will not be well enough by fall to return to her duties, due to a sudden medical emergency that almost took her life last month.

Muskego-Norway School District officials had hoped that she would be able to return by the start of school, but now it looks like Marisch will not be ready to return until late December.

So, she and former Lakeview principal Alan Groth will switch jobs, the School Board decided.

Groth was Lakeview's principal for nine years before becoming director of student learning in 2007. And Marisch has excellent potential to be successful in a curriculum and instruction role at the district level, Superintendent Joe Schroeder wrote in a letter Monday to Lakeview parents. That position also gives flexibility for a gradual return to work as opposed to the job of principal with its daily demands, Schroeder said.

Marisch will report to Tammy Kapp, director of school performance, he said.

Muskego School Board to consider second referendum

July 20, 2011 5:22 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School Board reached a consensus Monday night to hold a second referendum on an elementary school consolidation and update plan.

The board will vote Aug. 8 on a resolution asking voters for permission to borrow up to $29.9 million for the update. It involves closing the two oldest elementary schools - Tess Corners and Muskego elementary schools - and building a new elementary school and adding onto Mill Valley Elementary School.

The $29.9 million is a lower price tag than the $34 million referendum that failed in balloting last November. School officials were able to chop the price down by modifying the addition at Mill Valley.

Greendale board seeks health care professionals

July 20, 2011 1:58 p.m. | The Greendale Board of Health is looking for health professionals to serve on the board beginning in September.

Village bylaws say the Board of Health is composed of seven members, including five citizen members. A good faith effort is made to include nurses, physicians, dentists and mental health professionals with a special emphasis on finding a candidate with public health experience.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the village.

Interested parties may contact Board of Health Chairman Christopher Greenberg at cg.gboh@hotmail.com.

Greendale firefighters raise almost $9,000 for MDA

July 20, 2011 1:56 p.m. | The Greendale Fire Department collected $8,906 during the July 15-16 Fill-the-Boot fundraiser at 76th Street and Grange Avenue.

The annual Fill-the-Boot campaign supports Muscular Dystrophy Association, funding services for children and young adults such as support groups, clinic visits, summer camp, and wheelchair purchases and repairs.

Last year, Wisconsin firefighters raised $600,000 for MDA.

Franklin teacher named finalist for Presidential Teaching Award

July 20, 2011 1:52 p.m. | Forest Park Middle School teacher Mary Fassbender is one of five Wisconsin educators being considered for Presidential Teaching Awards, the nation's highest honor for mathematics and science teachers.

Fassbender teaches seventh and eighth grade.

"These teachers have been singled out by their peers, parents and former students, or school administrators as exceptional educators," State Superintendent Tony Evers said in a press release. "They represent the dedication of the many individuals who work with our students in Wisconsin classrooms throughout the school year. I congratulate them."

Following their nomination, each director completed application materials addressing how they met criteria, including mastery of content knowledge, use of instructional methods and strategies, effective use of assessment, reflective practice and lifelong learning and leadership in education outside the classroom.

A committee organized by the National Science Foundation may select one teacher of mathematics and one of science to receive presidential awards from each state and four U.S. jurisdictions. Winners receive $10,000 and a certificate signed by the president.

Contracts have more city workers paying into insurance

July 20, 2011 12:06 p.m. | Members of three city employee unions will see changes to their health insurance benefits that will have them paying toward premiums and deductibles.

The changes come following the passage of the state's budget bills, even though Wauwatosa doesn't participate in the state health insurance program.

The city had reached agreements with the dispatcher, clerical and public works unions that called for an increase in health care insurance premium contributions from 3 percent to 10 percent, for an annual savings of $162,000, City Administrator James Archambo said. However, those contracts weren't ratified by the Common Council.

Now that the budget-repair bill limits bargaining to wages for all non-police and -fire unions, city officials are ready to make changes to benefits that could help narrow the $2.3 million budget gap anticipated for 2012.

In addition to increases in health insurance premiums for three groups of active employees, the Common Council on Tuesday approved requiring nonprotective city workers who were hired between Sept. 1, 1991 and before Jan. 1, 2008 to pay 5 percent toward their premiums in retirement and the city to offer only one health plan beginning next year.

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Theft from New Berlin mayor's house linked to daughter's boyfriend

July 20, 2011 11:53 a.m. | The boyfriend of New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero's daughter has been charged with stealing property from the mayor's home.

According to the criminal complaint filed Monday by the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office, the boyfriend, Cory Naber, 21, faces a felony charge in connection with the theft of a 9mm pistol from the mayor's bedstand.

He also has been charged with misdemeanor theft of other undisclosed property. But the complaint notes that the defendant admitted stealing $190 cash, an iPod, a violin, a bass guitar and jewelry from the home since May.

Naber told police that he traded the iPod for two oxycodone pills. He denies taking the gun, however.

Naber also is charged with theft of a .357 Magnum revolver from his father's home in New Berlin.

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Public hearing to be held on Waukesha water proposal

July 20, 2011 10:58 a.m. | Now that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has determined the city of Waukesha's application for Great Lakes water is complete, a public hearing has been scheduled for July 27 in Wauwatosa, city staff told the Parks and Forestry Board on Tuesday.

The application concludes Lake Michigan is the only reasonable long-term water supply for Waukesha. Waukesha's plans call for the used water to be treated and piped to the Wauwatosa border. From there, water would get dumped into Underwood Creek in Wauwatosa, where it would ultimately travel back to Lake Michigan.

Although determined complete by the DNR, state environment officials must approve the plan before it can move forward for consideration by the governors of all Great Lakes states as required by the Great Lakes Compact.

The DNR will hold public hearings at the Muellner Building in Tosa's Hart Park, as well as in Waukesha and Sturtevant, as part of a review on the environmental, public health, sustainability, reliability and financial impacts of tapping into Great Lakes water.

All hearings will include an open house with displays, handouts and DNR staff available to answer questions starting at 5:30 p.m. A presentation and question-and-answer period will begin at 6 p.m. The formal public hearing will be conducted at the conclusion of the question-and-answer period.

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Walmart grocery store agreement OK'd

July 20, 2011 10:54 a.m. | The Common Council unanimously approved a developer's agreement Tuesday that will allow Walmart to open a neighborhood market in the former Jewel-Osco building at 124th Street and Capitol Drive.

The agreement states that Walmart must keep its grocery offerings within 38,500 square feet of space and is prohibited from expanding its store into the remaining 25,000 square feet, City Attorney Alan Kesner said during an interview. That other square footage will be split into up to three other retail spaces.

The document also lists types of businesses the city will not allow to go into the additional retail spaces - including cigarette shops, coin-op laundries and secondhand stores.

Another clause prohibits RVs and campers from parking overnight there, a practice that is allowed at some Walmart stores around the country, Kesner said.

When the store opens it will be a 24-hour grocery store with a pharmacy inside. It will be significantly smaller in size than the traditional Walmart general merchandise or Super Walmart stores.

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City offers places to escape heat

July 19, 2011 10:00 p.m. | With the National Weather Service issuing an extreme heat warning for the area through Friday, Greenfield has opened several cooling stations where residents can go to escape the heat.

The locations, open for this purpose until Friday, are:

The Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., open from 10 a.m. 8:30 p.m. through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

The Greenfield Community Center, 7215 W. Cold Spring Road (the former library), open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Greenfield Police Department, 5300 W. Layton Ave., community room, open 24 hours.

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Three arrested for alleged arson

July 19, 2011 5:28 p.m. | Three Greenfield men were taken into custody for the early morning arson of a vacant home at 4253 W. Loomis Road.

Greenfield police arrested two brothers, ages 19 and 20 and a third man, aged 18.

A Greenfield officer who serves as the school resource officer at Greenfield High School was able to identify the suspects through surveillance photos taken at the scene of the arson.

All three suspects are cooperating with police in the investigation.

Detectives have also recovered evidence at the scene that links the suspects to the arson, according to police.

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50 curb ramps may be added along school routes

July 19, 2011 3:12 p.m. | The city's Public Works Department plans to use grant money to help pay for the installation of more than 50 curb ramps so children who ride their bicycles to school will find safer routes come fall.

The low project bid came in at a little more than $170,000 and a Safe Routes to School grant will cover about $145,000 of that. Funds in the city's safety enhancements account will cover the gap.

The smooth slope will allow easy passage from sidewalk to street for kids on bicycles, parents pushing strollers, people using wheelchairs and others who find stepping on or off a curb difficult, city engineering staff have said.

Before construction can start, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation must approve the plans. That review is not expected to be finished before the Common Council goes on break Aug. 2 for the remainder of the month. The Board of Public Works on Monday approved the contract contingent on DOT approval so work could be accomplished before school starts. The Common Council is expected to follow suit tonight.

State Supreme Court issues ruling: Tosa loses tax dispute

July 19, 2011 1:48 p.m. | Wauwatosa taxpayers will be required to refund a portion of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare's multimillion-dollar property taxes, with interest, following a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling issued Tuesday against the city.

The court issued its opinion in the case of Covenant Healthcare v. the City of Wauwatosa, a case that municipalities around the state have been following as precedent-setting.

At question was whether the outpatient health care facility at 201 N. Mayfair Road should be tax-exempt. The Supreme Court ruled yes, saying "it is used primarily for the purpose of supporting the tax-exempt St. Joseph's Hospital in Milwaukee," City Attorney Alan Kesner stated in a memo to Common Council members.

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, formerly Covenant, has paid property taxes on the buildings at the site since 2003. Each year they file two cases, one disputing the assessed value, saying it's overpriced, and another looking for tax exemption. This case only takes into account the exemption.

Outpatient centers - rather new in concept when Wheaton Franciscan proposed building the one in Wauwatosa - are popping up around the state and country as another way to treat patients and make money, Kesner said.

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Woman arrested for battery after pulling her fiance's scrotum

July 19, 2011 11:45 a.m. | A man's fiancee was arrested for battery after she grabbed and pulled on his scrotum on July 17.

According to a West Allis police report:

Police responded to a residence in the 2200 block of South 70th Street for a report of a man being stabbed at 8 p.m. July 17.

When police arrived, the man said his fiancee grabbed his scrotum and pulled it, causing an injury.

The man was taken to Froedtert Hospital to stitch the detached scrotum. The fiancee was arrested for battery.

Brown Deer board OKs development agreements for Bradley Crossing

July 19, 2011 11:34 a.m. | The Village Board approved development agreements for the construction of Bradley Crossing, a 60-unit apartment complex that will have 30 units set aside for residents with disabilities, and for an additional 33 units that will be the second phase of Deerwood Crossing.

Bradley Crossing, which will be built in the 4300 block of West Bradley Road, will also have a community center for village residents. Plans call for the 6,000-square-foot center to be scheduled and operated by the village Park and Recreation Department.

The second phase at Deerwood Crossing will provide additional apartments for seniors. The popular apartments for seniors 55 and older are owned by Jewish Family Services, and have a long waiting list.

The village will sell two acres of land adjacent to Deerwood Crossing to JFS for $1 to allow for the expansion. The financing for Deerwood Crossing is not completed, according to Steve Schnoll of General Capital, which is building the apartments. Construction could start on the additional 33 units in either the fall or spring.

Financing for Bradley Crossing is complete, with construction likely to start in the fall. The village will contribute $105,000 to the cost of construction.

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Mayfair now featuring butterflies

July 19, 2011 10:50 a.m. | Department stores, specialty retailers a food court … and butterflies?

Mayfair has added a special butterfly exhibit to the mall's center court for the next three weeks.

Visitors can get close to hundreds of butterflies while learning about them from an educational guide for $1 during regular mall hours through Aug. 6. Kids will have the opportunity to take part in butterfly-themed arts and crafts projects.

Butterfly boxes will be sold for $8, allowing families can observe the process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly at home over 15 to 25 days.

Tosans form shopping, dining wish list

July 19, 2011 10:48 a.m. | A Trader Joe's grocery store, IKEA furniture and a Super Walmart top the list of businesses Wauwatosa residents would like see open their doors here, according to an online survey conducted by the city's economic development department.

The answers show residents want a mix of specific chain businesses and opportunities for small businesses to move in.

Some of the well-known companies on Tosa residents' wish list include: Michaels or Jo-Ann craft stores, Costco wholesale warehouse, Woodman's grocery store and Nordstrom department store and its off-price version Nordstrom Rack. As for dining options, respondents called for an Outback Steakhouse, California Pizza Kitchen and Dunkin Donuts.

Others didn't have a certain provider in mind, but they would sure like to see a tea house, hot dog eatery, Indian restaurant and a stone-fired pizza establishment with entertainment for children and adults.

Some of the recommendations smacked of nostalgia, such as a variety store similar to Drew's, which operated for years in the Village.

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Chili cook-off, run/walk come to North Ave. on Saturday

July 19, 2011 10:28 a.m. | The temperature isn't the only thing bringing the heat. This weekend, Tosa residents can burn some energy in a new charity run and taste some spicy chili during East Tosa's Chili'n on the Avenue.

The Chili Charity Run/Walk is a new addition for the event's second year. The 3-mile run/walk will raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, which is located in Wauwatosa.

The run steps off at 8 a.m. Saturday. Registration will be accepted at a tent between 69th and 70th streets the morning of the run. The registration fee is $20 per person or $60 for a family of four or more.

A marketplace, featuring foods from local businesses and children's activities, will be located between 68th and 71st streets and will open at 9 a.m. Live music by Semi-Twang, Greg Koch and Meaghan Owens starts at 11 a.m.

The Chili Cook Off - with more than 15 cooks competing for bragging rights - is the centerpiece of the street party. Contestants will prepare their chili recipes on site, and attendees can sample chili and salsa for $1.

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Tosa School Board to discuss teacher evaluation

July 18, 2011 2:10 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board tonight will discuss a number of topics, including a new teacher evaluation model and an update on middle- and high-school scheduling.

The board also will vote on membership in the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and the district's contract for services and personnel with Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 1 for 2011-12.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave. For a full agenda and background materials, click here.

Chase ends in arrest of theft suspect in Elm Grove

July 18, 2011 2:08 p.m. | A Florida woman tried to elude Elm Grove police after an attempt to cash a fraudulent check went awry July 14, according to an Elm Grove police report.

Also in the report:

An employee of M&I Bank, 900 Elm Grove Road, alerted police when the 21-year-old woman attempted to cash a stolen check just before 5 p.m. July 14.

The woman fled in a car when officers arrived and led them on a chase that ended on Sunnyslope Road, near Beechwood Avenue in the city of Brookfield, after one of her tires went flat.

She was arrested after a brief attempt to run away.

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Retired teacher receives nearly $37,000 in severance package

July 15, 2011 5:32 p.m. | Whitefish Bay - The School Board likely signaled its intention to continue to offer severance packages to eligible employees when it approved the retirement of Richards School second-grade teacher Susan Rymer on July 13.

Rymer, who has taught in the schools since 1992 and in the Whitnall district for 10 years prior to that, retired with the severance package allowed under the now defunct teachers' contract for the last school year.

The district is developing an employee handbook that will spell out working conditions and employee benefits but does not expect that to be finished for several months. Some portions of it, including a grievance procedure, will be in place for the start of the school year, according to discussion at the recent School Board meeting.

"For other employee groups we still have a retiree severance package," Director of Human Resources Mark Kapocius said after the meeting. "This can be seen as a signal that we will continue some sort of a severance package, although the board will have to look at exactly what it wants to provide."

Teachers were required to submit notice of their intent to retire by Feb. 1, but the Personnel and Policy Committee, chaired by Member Pam Woodard, accepted Rymer's later notice. The request was submitted within the last few weeks.

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Supporters lead the march to stronger band group

July 15, 2011 4:12 p.m. | After years of seeing the numbers languishing, but not the quality of the high school marching band, the Whitnall School Board is on the verge of trying to build up the band again.

A committee may be formed to take a holistic look at the entire music program with an eye to enabling the marching band to expand.

The band was 120 strong at its peak in 2004 when the board made the band an extracurricular activity. Numbers dwindled to just 40 members this past year.

Some officials as well as the Whitnall Band Boosters, a group made up of parents, would like the band to become a mix of curricular and extracurricular. That way, students could get academic credit and still have a full marching schedule.

School Board member Bernard Shaw cautioned the board not to lose sight of the priorities it has already set elsewhere in the educational program.

New Berlin West's 11-run first crushes Tosa West

July 14, 2011 8:09 p.m. | New Berlin West (13-3, 20-6) scored 11 runs in the first inning and coasted to a 16-1 victory over Wauwatosa West at Breitlow Field on Thursday night.

Zach Scholz and Darrin Sowinski drove in nine runs from the 1-2 spots in the order.

Scholz had four hits, including a double, three runs scored and four RBIs. Sowinski had three hits, including a double and a homer, scored three times and drove in five runs. Austin Brzeski also homered for the Vikings.

Austin Fritz pitched a 5-inning complete game win, allowing two hits and four walks and fanned one hit. Tyler Gross and Jake Boudreaux each singled for the Trojans, who are now 8-9 and 12-14.

Matt Gillis and Austin Jones combined to allow one run in the final three innings.

Furniture Deals and Steals complaints flood BBB

July 14, 2011 12:57 p.m. | Many customers of Furniture Deals & Steals have described their experience with the retailer as more of a steal than a deal since the store abruptly closed earlier this month.

The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau has fielded about 70 complaints from customers of Furniture Deals & Steals locations around the state.

The retailer’s Brookfield location at 16460 W. Bluemound Road closed for Independence Day and never reopened, said Susan Bach, a BBB representative.

Craig Widenski of Pewaukee said he paid $300 for a down payment on a sectional couch in April at the Brookfield location.

Delivery was supposed to take up to eight weeks, but the couch still hasn’t arrived.

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Hale wins GMC consolation title; Engle fans 14 Lancers

July 13, 2011 9:33 p.m. | Dillion Engle was the major reason his West Allis Hale baseball team beat Brookfield Central, 8-0, Wednesday night at McCoy Field to win the Greater Metro Conference Tournament Consolation Championship.

Engle, who is headed to UWM to play baseball in the fall, was exceptional, as he fanned 14 Lancers and allowed only three hits - a single by Bill Calawerts and a double by Ryan Hinz in the third and an infield hit to Dan Barwick in the sixth. He only walked two batters.

Engle was also outstanding at the plate, as he had four singles in four at bats and two RBIs and Garet Morganroth singled twice, doubled, scored three times and drove in two.

Brian Kimpel singled twice and drove in a run and Patrick Heal singled twice, scored a run and drove one in.

Hale scored a run in the first, three in the second and two runs in the fourth and seventh innings.

Whitnall athletic director takes new job

July 13, 2011 4:14 p.m. | Jill Stobber, who has been athletic director for the Whitnall School District for two years, will become athletic director for Hartford High School this fall.

She will leave Whitnall next week. She oversaw athletics for the entire district.

The district will begin to search for a replacement.

Alderman want more options on census redistricting

July 13, 2011 4:12 p.m. | The area around Little Muskego Lake would lose one of its three aldermen on the Muskego Common Council under a proposed district redrawing plan tied to current census data.

Parts of the Little Muskego Lake area are in the districts of aldermen Neil Borgman, 3rd district; Keith Werner, 4th district, and Dan Soltysiak, 5th district. Under the proposed plan, Solysiak would no longer represent any lake residents.

The seven-member Common Council and some in the audience at last night's Common Council meeting want to avoid that. As a result, the plan was sent back for more alternatives to be developed.

The proposed plan also would redraw ward lines, reducing the number of wards from the current 17 to 16. That would not affect polling places.

Residents urge New Berlin to fight racist stigma

July 13, 2011 4:08 p.m. | With the U.S. Justice Department asking a federal judge to order New Berlin to issue building permits for a low- to moderate-income housing project the city nixed last summer, the ugly label of racist that the feds are hanging on New Berlin was back in the spotlight.

And a lot of New Berlin residents don't like it.

At a Common Council meeting Tuesday night, they urged the council to keep fighting the Justice Department lawsuit, filed June 23, to clear the city's name and stop its residents from being the brunt of jokes.

They wanted the council also to defend the city against the charge of racism in the media.

"We have been stained," said an angry Kevin Bush of Meadowshire Drive. "The United States government calls the city of New Berlin racist?"

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Oak Creek to get new Dunkin' Donuts

July 13, 2011 3:22 p.m. | A new Dunkin' Donuts restaurant is scheduled to open in September at 2345 W. Ryan Road, previously home to Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop.

Construction will begin in August for a shop that will feature seating for 20 and a drive-through window.

"We look forward to serving the hardworking people of Oak Creek and hope to become a popular destination and an everyday ritual for guests looking for high quality coffee, baked goods and snacks," said John Clark, vice president of operations for the Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Co.

The company is a partnership of six Dunkin' Donuts franchisees that operate 370 restaurants on the East Coast. It plans to open 36 new restaurants in Southeastern Wisconsin over the next five years.

Homicide suspects to have preliminary hearing Friday

July 13, 2011 1:06 p.m. | Two people charged with homicide in the death of a Brookfield business owner are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

Tommy V. Douyette, 42, and Lynn M. Hajny, 48, are respectively charged with first-degree intentional homicide and being a party to first-degree intentional homicide in the beating and strangulation death of John Aegerter in his home on Golf Parkway on June 22.

They could be ordered to stand trial on the charges if Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Martin Binn finds probable cause to believe the allegations are true in Friday's preliminary hearing.

According to a criminal complaint, Douyette and Hajny went to Aegerter's home to confront him about money he owed Hajny's husband. Douyette, under the direction of Hajny, bludgeoned and strangled the 63-year-old.

A tip from Hajny's cousin led to their arrests in Slinger on June 22.

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Community Development Block Grant funds decrease

July 13, 2011 11:06 a.m. | The federal government is sending fewer Community Development Block Grant dollars Wauwatosa's way this year.

City planner Jennifer Ferguson used the $1.3 million funding level for 2010 when she worked with a block grant committee last fall to allocate grant dollars for 2011. She has now learned that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has cut Wauwatosa's fund by 16.5 percent or more than $200,000.

Knowing funding levels could change, the block grant committee had directed Ferguson to apply any reductions equitably among programs and services. She did that with a few exceptions, she told the city's Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday.

Engineer declines funds

Namely, City Engineer Bill Wehrley declined additional dollars for sanitary sewer improvements in areas serving low- to-moderate income people. Public Works has sufficient funding to cover the projects that can be accomplished this year and a decision still needs to be made on how to handle inspections and maintenance to sewer laterals on private property before setting aside money.

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Aldermen split on proposal to add business specialist

July 13, 2011 10:40 a.m. | With any increase in property tax revenues relying solely on new development, Wauwatosa needs to bring in projects to fill city coffers.

Hiring a small business specialist could provide more manpower to land developments and help retain and grow successful businesses that already call Wauwatosa home, city staff said Tuesday.

The Employee Relations Committee was asked to support creating a business specialist position primarily to assist small businesses. Adding the position would free up Economic Development Director Paulette Enders to concentrate on bigger projects and more long-term issues, she said.

Enders gave an example of work she was handling but would likely become the responsibility of the specialist. An existing small business that wants to expand is having difficulty with building acquisition. The same business also finds banks reluctant to provide a loan, so she is helping the owner find financial assistance.

"They are an established business that wants to grow," she said. "Someone like that needs even more care."

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A bar in a liquor store? Wauwatosa outlet seeks license change

July 13, 2011 8:21 a.m. | A Wauwatosa liquor store wants to open a lounge to boost sales, but city officials worry a change in liquor license would take away any city control over the business's operation.

Tosa Wine & Spirits, 11747 W. North Ave., has applied to open a small bar area that shop owners are calling "a lounge" with couches and a few tables that would provide seating for fewer than 10 people, a bar and television. People could order craft beers and socialize with friends from the neighborhood, owner Amandip Singh said.

Shortly after Tosa Wine & Spirits received permission to sell liquor, Tobacco Outlet across the street and a nearby Walgreens got licenses to sell packaged spirits. The competition has kept sales down, so a new strategy is needed to differentiate the liquor store, Singh said.

Singh pointed to Vino 100 in the Village - which sells wine by the glass and in bottles to take home - as an operation he would like to emulate, but Mayor Jill Didier said "there's not even a close comparison."

To only sell alcohol packaged to consume off premise, an establishment obtains a Class A license, but serving alcohol on site would require a change to a Class B license, Deputy City Clerk Susan Van Hoven told the Plan Commission on Monday night.

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Brookfield Central nips Brookfield East, 6-5, in GMC tourney

July 12, 2011 8:58 p.m. | Brad Leachy struck out the last batter with the bases loaded and Brookfield Central held on to beat Brookfield East, 6-5, Tuesday night at East.

Central advanced to the Consolation Championship of the second GMC Tournament. The Lancers will host West Allis Hale and the Spartans will play at Menomonee Falls on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

East had won the first meeting, 10-3, on May 31 at East and Central won, 8-5, on July 5 at Central. The teams could meet one more time if they reach the sectional finals on July 22.

Tuesday’s game was a thriller down to the final out, as the Spartans cut the Lancers lead to 6-5 and had the bases loaded with two outs when Brad Leachy fanned the final East hitter to end the game.

“Brad Leachy has found his role,” Central coach Jeff Bigler said. “He relishes coming in and slamming the door. It was fun to watch because his fastball was finishing.”

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Congressional schedule forces cancellation of Ryan visit

July 12, 2011 5:52 p.m. | Because of ongoing budget issues in Washington and because the House of Representatives will not be in recess, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, has rescheduled his July 19 appearance before the Whitnall Park Rotary Club.

He was to have been the guest speaker at the group's luncheon which will be open to the public. Ryan now plans to be at the Sept. 6 luncheon, which also will be open at Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W. Oklahoma Ave., West Allis.

Those wanting to come should pre-register through the Whitnall Park Rotary's website by Aug. 28. The cost is $15.

Waukesha DA won't charge Falls after Belling complaint

July 12, 2011 5:36 p.m. | One of the loudest voices in opposition to new teacher contracts in Menomonee Falls was muffled, at least to some degree.

The Waukesha County District Attorney declined to press any charges in connection with allegations by radio talk show host Mark Belling and others that administrators with the Menomonee Falls School District officials failed to comply with open records requests.

Belling made his requests on air the night of the meeting in late May when the School Board ratified new teacher contracts ahead of the repair bill being made into state law. Dozens of attendees at the meeting also demanded to see the content of the contract before it was ratified, but were denied by the board.

Former Superintendent Keith Marty and School Board President Kathy Shurilla were named in the complaint, but the district as a whole was not named.

In a memo sent late last week, District Attorney Brad Schimel noted the difference between an oral request and a written request citing state statute which allows any oral request to be denied. A further request may be made within five days of the denial, however the contract in question was made public within the five day period making that part of the statute irrelevant.

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School closing, health care plans among Elmbrook topics tonight

July 12, 2011 1:27 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board tonight will discuss several topics, including the timeline for a decision on an elementary school closing and proposed changes to employee health-care plans.

The board also will act on changes to the 2011-12 district budget and whether to admit siblings of Open Enrollment students for the 2011-12 school year.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Central Administration Office, 13780 Hope St., Brookfield. An agenda and background information can be found here.

Man attacks co-worker over radio music argument

July 12, 2011 9:54 a.m. | An argument between co-workers over what they listened to on the radio resulted in one man attacking another, according to a town of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

The 19-year-old victim was working on a car in the service department at Lexus of Brookfield, 20001 W. Bluemound Road, when he was attacked by a 22-year-old co-worker on June 22.

Witnesses said the 22-year-old blindsided the victim with punches to the face and head.

The victim told police that he and the 22-year-old had an argument on June 17 over Salsa music that was on the radio.

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More than 500 without power in town of Brookfield

July 11, 2011 12:32 p.m. | Thunderstorms knocked out power to more than 500 homes and businesses in the town of Brookfield on Monday morning.

According to the We Energies website:

An outage reported just after 10 a.m. left 560 customers south of Interstate 94, near Brookfield Road, without power.

Also, about five customers near the intersection of Bluemound and Brookfield roads and about 16 customers just east of Rolling Meadows Park are without power.

In the city of Brookfield, near Greenfield Avenue and just east of 124th Street, about 50 customers were without power.

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Greenfield PD receive grant to monitor pedestrian safety

July 08, 2011 5:08 p.m. | The Greenfield Police Department has received a state highway safety grant to improve pedestrian safety, and officers will soon be watching in unmarked cars for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.

State law requires drivers of vehicles to yield to pedestrians when they are crossing in a crosswalk without exception, said police Sgt. Dave Patrick in a news release announcing receipt of the grant.

So far this year, Greenfield police have investigated eight accidents in which pedestrians have been hurt.

Fines for failing to yield range from $63 to $145.

Bayside holding session for residents to discuss 2011 assessments

July 08, 2011 5:04 p.m. | Bayside residents will have an opportunity to discuss their 2011 assessments during an open book session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall, 9075 N. Regent Road.

Representatives from Accurate Appraisal, the firm providing assessments in Bayside, will be on hand.

To schedule an appointment during the open book session, visit www.accurateassessor.com. For information on the Board of Review process, visit www.revenue.wi.gov/faqs/slf/bor.html.

July 4 photo galleries now online

July 05, 2011 1:56 p.m. | NOW photographers were out and about in the community this weekend and we've just published a number of photo galleries featuring all the red, white and blue fun from this year's Independence Day festivities in the suburbs.

Follow the links below to check out each community's July 4 celebrations:

Elm Grove Revolutionary War re-enactors

Menomonee Falls

New Berlin

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