Police officer rushes choking child to hospital

Aug. 30, 2011 5:14 p.m. | A 13-month-old child who was choking on a piece of hard candy was rushed to the hospital by a Wauwatosa police officer Saturday, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also in the report:

An officer was patrolling the 3900 block of 124th Street when a frantic 20-year-old woman clutching a child flagged down his squad.

The 13-month-old was having difficulty breathing and saliva was frothing from her mouth.

The officer radioed for an ambulance, but as the baby's body began going limp, he took her into his squad car and rushed her to Children's Hospital.

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Teen's beating caught on video, posted online

Aug. 30, 2011 5:04 p.m. | Police are investigating a video posted on the Internet that shows a Wauwatosa boy being beaten in a school playground by two Milwaukee boys as others watch.

Two brothers, ages 13 and 14, are suspected of beating the 15-year-old Wauwatosa boy on the Lincoln Elementary School playground, 1741 Wauwatosa Ave., June 25, police said.

According to Wauwatosa police reports:

The 15-year-old boy said the altercation began weeks prior to the June 25 assault when he saw the 13-year-old boy hit a girl in the Village.

He said he stood between the 13-year-old and the girl until she was able to run away, but the boy promised the 15-year-old that he would get his older brother to beat him up.

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Brown Deer school survey due date extended to Sept. 11

Aug. 30, 2011 2:52 p.m. | The School District of Brown Deer recently mailed a survey to all Brown Deer households seeking public opinion on a proposed consolidated two-school campus plan. Since the survey mailing was a bit later than originally planned, the survey deadline has been extended to Sept. 11.

The survey is a way for the School Board to gauge the community's interest in the plan. The board wants all residents of voting age to take the survey. Residents are encouraged to complete the survey to learn about the consolidation plan and to provide valued input before a decision is made for a possible referendum this fall.

For more information or to obtain additional survey forms or access codes, contact Barb Fleming at (414) 371-6758 or bfleming@browndeerschools.com.

Village holds off on banning concealed carry in public buildings

Aug. 30, 2011 12:30 p.m. | The village of Elm Grove has changed its ordinance to comply with state laws allowing concealed weapons to be carried in the village, but will wait to decide whether it will ban such weapons from public buildings.

Wisconsin's new concealed carry law meant Elm Grove had to change its ordinance, which banned concealed weapons everywhere in the village, to move into compliance. Village officials had intimated that they may be looking at banning weapons from public buildings, something that would be their prerogative even under the new law.

Police Chief Jim Gage weighed in by saying that most times a citation for someone carrying a concealed weapon is a secondary offense, meaning the police stopped or arrested the person for some other reason.

Gage added that a sign on a public building may do little to deter someone from bringing a concealed weapon into that building, making enforcement of such a ban difficult.

The village did decide to wait on implementing such a ban because officials want time to explore the village's liability should something catastrophic happen while a ban is in place.

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Pearl Jam fans raise money for Tosa skate park

Aug. 30, 2011 11:58 a.m. | Fans of rock band Pearl Jam are throwing a party in Lake Geneva on Friday, and Wauwatosa group Tosa Skateboarders United will get a cut of the money raised.

Pearl Jam is holding a two-day concert event at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy on Saturday and Sunday. Wishlist Foundation, a fan nonprofit organization, will kick off the 20th anniversary festival concert series with a fundraiser at Hemingway's in Lake Geneva on Friday.

Brett Taylor, a Wauwatosa resident and Pearl Jam fan, connected the two groups.

He learned about TSU's efforts to build a skate park at Hart Park when he visited the group's booth at Chilin' on the Avenue in East Tosa earlier this summer. He just happened to mention that Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament has been involved in building skate parks.

Taylor joined the Pearl Jam fan club while in college in 1992. Since members get concert tickets based on seniority, he typically sits in the first several rows. His car even has vanity plates that reference Pearl Jam's song "Even Flow."

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Show your gratitude to police officers, firefighters at Mayfair on 9/11

Aug. 30, 2011 11:30 a.m. | Pay tribute to the emergency response workers who gave their lives 10 years ago at the World Trade Center by honoring local police and fire officials Sunday, Sept. 11.

Mayfair invites people to sign a thank you card for the Wauwatosa Fire and Police departments in the mall's Center Court between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

General Growth Properties, the owner of Mayfair and more than 130 other malls, is partnering with 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance (911day.org), created to inspire millions of people to annually pay tribute on the anniversary of 9/11 by pledging to perform good deeds, support charitable causes, volunteer and engage in acts of compassion.

Mall representatives will deliver breakfast and lunch to the Wauwatosa Fire and Police departments as a way of thanking the men and women who serve and protect our community each day.

"This is an opportunity for Mayfair to unite with the nation as we honor and remember the victims, family members, survivors, rescue and recovery workers, and countless volunteers who were affected on that tragic day," said Steve Smith, Mayfair senior general manager, in a news release. "Though the enormity of what happened will never be forgotten, the spirit of the American people persevered. What better time to show the strength and goodness of our country than on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11?"

Hoyt pool closing for season after Labor Day weekend

Aug. 30, 2011 11:24 a.m. | The Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park will close for the season on Labor Day.

With warm temperatures anticipated for the holiday weekend, people can get in their last splashes, ride the slides and dive into the deep water during open swim Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pool members can be admitted starting an hour earlier.

Admission costs $7.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center getting new executive director

Aug. 30, 2011 10:48 a.m. | The Friends of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Board of Directors has appointed Nathan Smallwood as executive director of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Nathan will be replacing Elizabeth "Buffy" Cheek, who is retiring after 19 years of service to SANC and its community of supporters.

"We wish Buffy all the best in her retirement, and thank her for making the center one of the best in the country," Margarete Harvey, Board president said in a news release.

Nathan comes to SANC from the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has been the director of institutional advancement. In that position, he oversaw all fundraising for the museum and managed the marketing department including membership, public relations, web, publications and outreach materials. During his tenure, he has obtained some of the largest operating gifts in the museum's history.

"Nathan brings exceptional executive, fundraising, communications and strategic management skills with him and we believe these skills, along with his collaborative approach to management, make him a great fit for this position," Harvey added.

Muskego Legion plans 9/11 recognition event

Aug. 29, 2011 6:44 p.m. | Muskego American Legion Post 356 will hold a 10th anniversary recognition of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Greg Van Dunk, pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church in Muskego.

The Legion is inviting citizens and all veterans organizations, and Boy and Girl Scout troops to join in the ceremony, said Legion Post Commander Fred Korth. Organizations planning to attend should call him at (262) 679-8396.

Police seek renewal of standards accreditation

Aug. 29, 2011 6:38 p.m. | In what Muskego Police Chief Paul Geiszler calls a highly prized recognition, Muskego police will again seek the backing of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group concerning how it adheres to certain standards.

If approval, it would be the city's second accreditation renewal. But first, as part of the assessment to be carried out next week by an accreditation team, the public will have a chance to comment. The focus will mainly be on how people feel they were treated in contacts with police.

The public comment meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave. Those who cannot attend may offer comments by phone at (262) 679-5664 between 1 and 4 p.m. Sept. 7. Appearances and telephone comments will be limited to 10 minutes and must address the department's compliance with police standards.

Written comments may be sent to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, 2720 Boles Circle, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495.

Accreditation status is granted for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the standards.

Thief tries stealing from same store one too many times

Aug. 29, 2011 5:42 p.m. | An 18-year-old Milwaukee woman who stole baby formula from a Menomonee Falls store on multiple occasions was apprehended after an observant store employee spotted the suspect while he was compiling a theft report.

According to Menomonee Falls police:

A woman entered Target, N95 W17707 Shady Lane, at two different times on Aug. 23, concealed about 35 cans of baby formula valued at $735, and left the store without paying.

At about 3 p.m. the next day, Aug. 24, a Target loss prevention officer was preparing his security reports and surveillance video in anticipation of reporting the crime when the same woman entered the store and attempted to steal more baby formula. The woman fled the store and the police were notified.

Menomonee Falls police located the vehicle at 3:10 p.m. and apprehended the suspect and the driver of the getaway car, a 27-year-old Milwaukee man. They were taken to the store and were positively identified by the store employee and video surveillance.

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Gas station clerk keeps eye on suspected drunken driver

Aug. 29, 2011 4:58 p.m. | A Milwaukee man was arrested for a fourth offense of drunken driving after he told a gas station clerk he was "wasted," Brookfield police said.

According to the City of Brookfield police report:

The 52-year-old man uttered that "he was wasted" to a clerk at the gas station at 124th Street and Burleigh Road at 11 a.m. Aug. 27.

The clerk jumped in her car and followed the man to Sluggo's Sports Bar, 12760 W. Burleigh Road, and reported to police that he was stumbling in the parking lot.

Responding officers found the man inside the bar and performed sobriety tests before he could order a drink.

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Machine fire causes damage at Guhring Inc.

Aug. 29, 2011 4:40 p.m. | Guhring Inc., 1505 Commerce Ave., suffered $225,000 in damages after a machine caught fire Aug. 24.

According to a City of Brookfield Fire Department news release:

Oil inside a planking machine heated up and caught fire just before 8 p.m.

Responding firefighters pushed through thick smoke to extinguish the fire by 8:30 p.m.

A fire extinguishing system within the machine failed to contain the fire.

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West Allis company noted for its growth

Aug. 29, 2011 1:26 p.m. | Commercial Bargains Inc., 2005 S. 54th St., West Allis, was just named to Inc business magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the United States, coming in at number 1,628.

Commercial Bargains Inc. sells all kinds of consumer products, including exercise machines, hammocks, Himalayan salt lamps and hunters tree stands online. The company also offers products to businesses.

Brown Deer schools hosts first listening session on facilities options tonight

Aug. 29, 2011 12:42 p.m. | The Brown Deer Park and Recreation Department staff is providing complimentary child care for the School District's Community Information & Listening Sessions. The meetings are designed to share information about facilities options under consideration, answer questions, and obtain input from our community.

The first meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. at the Brown Deer Middle School Cafeteria, 5757 W. Dean Road. There will be a second session at 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at the MAC at Brown Deer High School, 8060 N. 60th St.

The third session, at 6 p.m. Sept. 8, will take place in the library at Brown Deer High School rather than at the middle school as previously announced. Child care will be available at all sessions.

Alleged armed robber killed by Okauchee homeowner

Aug. 28, 2011 9:37 p.m. | OKAUCHEE - Police say an Okauchee homeowner shot and killed a man he claims broke into his house.

It happened around 2:00 a.m. Saturday on Wisconsin Ave.

The crime scene tape around his Okauchee home is gone but the memories of early Saturday morning are fresh and hard for Mike Fitzsimmons.

"I’m happy that I'm alive today,” Fitzsimmons told TMJ4 reporter Keller Russell.

He says he was asleep inside his home  when he heard someone breaking in. He grabbed his flashlight and a gun.

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Erdmann resigns from Germantown School Board

Aug. 25, 2011 1:20 p.m. | Michael Erdmann, who has served nearly seven years as School Board president, is resigning his School Board post, according to a letter he sent out today.

Erdmann, a doctor and administrator at the VA hospital in Milwaukee, said he is resigning for personal reasons. With his professional responsibilities growing, time spent with family has been cut significantly, making his position as president an even greater burden on his time.

"I challenge others who are deeply committed to the education of our youth to step forward to serve the district (by) filling my vacant seat," Erdmann said in his letter to the district.

"The time is now. The next generation waits. Education is the greatest hope to unleash the full potential of the American Dream."

Any adult interested in serving on the board is encouraged to apply for the vacant seat.

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Muskego makes offer to buy 100 acres of land

Aug. 24, 2011 4:26 p.m. | The Muskego Common Council last night extended an offer to buy 108 acres of prime conservation land adjacent to the 27-acre Ridges conservation area, north of Field Drive and west of Hillendale Drive.

The $1,243,648 offer is contingent on the city receiving a state Department of Natural Resources grant, though it is unclear how much of the purchase price the grant would cover. The city has had property appraised.

Officials say conserving the land, owned by Nancy Borst, is important because it has areas identified as conservation and acquisition priorities in the city's Parks & Conservation Plan and its 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

Firm hired to help with splash pad proposal

Aug. 24, 2011 4:22 p.m. | New Berlin has selected a contractor to do all the preliminary site and engineering work that's needed to firm up a proposal for a splash pad water attraction at Malone Park.

SAA Design Group Inc. was awarded the contract for up to $29,958 last night by the Common Council.

The firm will provide details short of actual project plans and construction documents, but will complete at least a conceptual design for the splashpad, trail, playground, and parking areas. The analysis will also explore options and certain details, such as how the water should be recirculated.

SAA will also provide marketing assistance to the New Berlin Junior Woman's Club, which is trying to raise funds for the project.

The splash pad is a water play area in which children run past fixtures that squirt or pour water on them.

Elmbrook superintendent announces retirement

Aug. 24, 2011 1:44 p.m. | Matt Gibson, superintendent of the Elmbrook School District, has announced that he will retire after the 2011-12 school year. At that time he will have served 17 years as Elmbrook's superintendent, 31 years as a school superintendent and 40 years total in education, according to an Elmbrook news release.

"It's been a great match and a labor of love working with the people and leading through the needs of the most competitive large school district in the state," Gibson said in the release.

Gibson said he believes this school year may be his most challenging, and he looks forward to transitioning the district into a "new era."

School Board President Tom Gehl said the board will soon decide on a superintendent search process and begin moving toward securing Gibson's replacement.

"Choosing Matt Gibson's successor will be the most important decision this board will make in the next eight months," Gehl said in the release. "It will be so for obvious reasons, not least of which is the combination of care, wisdom, discretion and commitment he has demonstrated during his many years of service to our district and community."

Historic parkland may become a park again

Aug. 24, 2011 12:28 p.m. | Muskego as another chance to create a park on Little Muskego Lake to boost lakeside recreation and provide lake views to motorists as part of a broader development project.

Last night, a developer offered the city the opportunity to buy two lots at Janesville and Pioneer roads, an area that was home to Muskego Beach and DandiLion Park, once a major tourist attraction along the lake.

The lots currently have houses on them, but attorney Gerald Boisits, representing developer Ener-Con Companies of Greenfield, told the Muskego Common Council that the owners are willing to sell.

The area is is roughly on the same site where another much larger park was proposed last year. That idea failed mainly because it was too big and too expensive and it required razing some nice homes. The current proposal is smaller and presumably less expensive, although no asking price has been discussed for the two homes assessed at $3.5 million.

In addition to the park, the development could include new homes.

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McCop busted at McDonald's

Aug. 24, 2011 11:12 a.m. | A man dressed like a law-enforcement agent was arrested for violating bail after he was seen carrying weapons at McDonald's in East Tosa last week.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

A 22-year-old Milwaukee man was seen walking with a group of people on North Avenue and openly carrying a handgun on his waist at 1:36 p.m. Aug. 16. When officers arrived, the man had entered McDonald's, 6631 W. North Ave.

Officers noted he was dressed like "some sort of law enforcement agent" with mirrored sunglasses; black, military-uniform-style pants; distinctive vest meant to look bullet-proof; and a holster on a duty belt like those worn by police.

A handgun was sticking out of the holster, but when an officer tried to remove the magazine, he found certain controls weren't located where they should be. The man told an officer it was a BB gun. He also had canisters of tear gas and pepper spray, two sets of handcuffs, a small walkie-talkie and a gold badge with the word "security" on it.

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Tobacco Outlet Plus clerk robbed at gunpoint

Aug. 24, 2011 10:42 a.m. | An armed robber hit Tobacco Outlet Plus, 11712 W. North Ave., at 8:55 p.m. Monday.

A person wearing a ski mask entered the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and said, "Give me all the money," according to the Wauwatosa police report. He told the clerk several times to hurry up, then he ran out of the shop.

Trio of robberies reported on 3 consecutive days on Wauwatosa streets

Aug. 24, 2011 10:40 a.m. | Three Wauwatosa teens were the victim of separate strong-armed robberies on three consecutive days.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

The first incident involved a 13-year-old boy who was walking with a friend at 74th Street and North Avenue when three males started following and asking the boys if they wanted to smoke. The boys declined and kept heading for home when one of the trio asked for his MP3 player and another wanted his watch.

When the 13-year-old refused to hand over the items to the older boys, he was punched in the face. He took off his watch and ran away yelling at 6 p.m. Aug. 15. A witness stopped and called police.

The victim showed officers wounds to his upper lip.

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Tosa kills street-light timers

Aug. 24, 2011 10:22 a.m. | An experiment that turned on streetlights in some neighborhoods for fewer hours has reached its conclusion and saved the city thousands.

"All of the lights that were shut off are now back on," Mayor Jill Didier said Tuesday.

A year ago, the city installed time clocks in six of Wauwatosa's 47 substations that control circuits for streetlights. Those clocks allowed the city to turn lights on and off based on the time, overriding sensors that do so by measuring ambient light, as is standard practice. Areas controlled by the clocks turned on streetlights 30 minutes after sunset and turn them off 30 minutes before sunrise. Those lights also shut off from 3 to 4 a.m.

The experiment helped the city deal with a budget crunch in the short-term. It is estimated it saved more than $15,000 over the past year.

Even though the trial is over, residents can expect to see longer term savings as existing streetlights are gradually changed to energy-efficient versions, Didier said.

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Alert maid helps police catch men thought responsible for suburban thefts

Aug. 24, 2011 10:12 a.m. | An observant hotel maid helped nab suspects believed to be responsible for thefts in a number of communities.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

An 18-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft and retail theft and a 17-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for retail theft after they were seen prowling in Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot, 10499 Innovation Drive, at 3:56 p.m. Aug. 14.

A housekeeper saw a man with a metal tool in his hand get out of a Chevy Malibu and peer into the window of a car in the lot. The employee recognized it as the same car involved in a break-in the prior week.

The vehicle also matched the description of a car seen driving away from a retail theft at Advanced Auto Parts on 121st Street and Capitol Drive in July. The stolen auto parts were found still in the trunk.

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GPS, bike thieves arrested

Aug. 24, 2011 10:06 a.m. | Drunken riding is what drew attention to two 19-year-old Milwaukee men arrested for possession of stolen property.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The duo was seen riding and repeatedly falling off bicycles outside of Alterra Coffee, 2292 Swan Blvd., at 6:10 a.m. Aug. 13. A coffee shop employee called police after the men rode over flowers.

When officers stopped the men, one had a GPS and the other was carrying a charger, both of which had been taken from an unlocked vehicle in the 2100 block of North 70th Street.

One of the men had bloody knees, because he kept falling off his bike, which had been stolen from the 8300 block of North Avenue. He was intoxicated and said he had taken Xanax.

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Applebee's, Pizza Hut owner honored for commitment to local causes

Aug. 23, 2011 9:38 p.m. | Wauwatosa-based Wisconsin Hospitality Group, which owns 38 Applebee's and 82 Pizza Hut restaurants throughout Wisconsin, has been named a Wisconsin finalist for the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award.

Wisconsin Hospitality Group represents the state in the Large Business/National Chain category for its efforts helping several causes that have greatly impacted its employees.

WHG Applebee's raised more than $926,000 for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin through walkathons, brat fries, disc golf events and car washes. The hospital has used the money to purchase hospital equipment and fund social programs.

WHG Applebee's also served more than 21,000 free meals to active and veteran military personnel on Veteran's Day last year. It also initiated an Honor Flight program that raised money to send World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., so they might see the war memorial there.

The Applebee's restaurants held a Teacher's Day free meal promotion honoring instructors for their dedication to education, a blood drive and a holiday gift drive for those in need.

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Man carrying bow stopped, arrested for burglary, drug possession

Aug. 23, 2011 9:06 p.m. | A Brookfield man faces narcotics and burglary charges after he was stopped for walking along Moorland Road with a bow and other items he is accused of stealing from a New Berlin residence.

William D. Miller, 31, was charged with burglary, possession of narcotic drugs and marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and bail-jumping in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Aug. 15.

He was held on $5,000 cash bond and is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing Thursday.

If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of more than 20 years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint:

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City spends $53K to replenish salt reserve

Aug. 23, 2011 3:26 p.m. | The effects of tumultuous weather last winter, including a blizzard that dumped 19 inches of snow and ice on the area in February, are still reverberating through the city of Brookfield.

City officials had to allocate $53,160 to replenish reserves of road salt that were drawn down more than anticipated last winter.

"We evaluated our salt stored at the time and budgeted for average use of salt for the year. As it turned out, the amount of snow we had in the winter of 2010-11 was more than average," Public Works Director Tom Grisa stated in a memo to the Common Council.

The Common Council on Aug. 16 approved purchasing one ton of salt for $53,160 to replenish reserves and also approved purchasing an additional 4,400 tons of salt, an expense of $233,904, to use this winter.

Cooking oil starts house fire, causing $40K in damage

Aug. 23, 2011 9:26 a.m. | A home in the 700 block of Oakwood Lane caught fire because cooking oil was left unattended, according to City of Brookfield firefighters.

According to a Fire Department press release:

Firefighters responded to the home at 770 Oakwood Lane about 6 p.m. and discovered smoke billowing from the front door and kitchen windows.

The owner was at home and said nobody was inside.

Unattended cooking oil started the top of the stove on fire.

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Glenwood gets new principal - again

Aug. 22, 2011 1:20 p.m. | Guidance counselor Dan Carr will take over as Glenwood Elementary School principal in Greenfield, succeeding the retired Jeff Krumbein.

Carr has been with the Greenfield School District for 20 years, most recently serving as a guidance counselor.

Originally, Lisa Elliott was to move over from being principal of Maple Grove Elementary School to being Glenwood's principal. The School Board approved the switch this summer. But Elliott subsequently took a position with the Nicolet School District.

Fire causes damage to Potter Road home

Aug. 21, 2011 4:16 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department extinguished its third house fire in a week's time Saturday evening.

There were no injuries, but about $70,000 in damage was done to the house at 11408 W. Potter Road, Deputy Chief James Case said.

Fire officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

The call came in at 5:51 p.m., and when firefighters arrived, they found flames and heavy smoke coming from the attic and second-floor. The fire was quickly distinguished, Case said.

Earlier this week, the Fire Department battled two other blazes. On Aug. 14, a fire likely due to electrical problems caused $70,000 in damage to a home in the 1400 block of North 65th Street.

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Davis era at Germantown begins with rout

Aug. 19, 2011 10:43 p.m. | Certainly new Germantown football coach Jake Davis will sleep a lot more easily this evening.

For after not getting a wink the night before his first game at the Warhawk helm, the team went out and rewarded his hard work with a through, almost immaculate 56-0 rout of Whitnall on parents' night Friday.

"I got a couple of hours this morning but that was about it," Davis chuckled afterward. "Just too much on the mind."

The players labored hard to ease their new coach's mind.

"No, no," said senior quarterback Josh Mongan, who was eight of 11 this night for 139 yards and two TDs. "You never want to start a new coach on a bad note. It felt great. We needed to get it done right for him (Davis)."

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Pick 'n Save opens new location

Aug. 19, 2011 7:18 p.m. | The new Pick 'n Save across from the Spring Mall has opened while officials continue to find a tenant for the supermarket's old location in the shopping center.

On Tuesday, the last detail - the Greenfield Common Council's approval of the transfer of a liquor license from the old store to the new one - was completed, allowing the shelves to be fully stocked.

As part of its grand opening celebration this week, Pick 'n Save donated $5,000 to the Greenfield Library Foundation.

Meanwhile, both Roundy's Supermarkets Inc., which operates the Pick 'n Save, and Spring Mall owner Centro Properties are trying to find a new anchor tenant for the old spot, which Pick 'n Save has a lease that extends into 2012.

Making it more difficult to find a tenant is that the space will have to be remodeled from its grocery store design, said Greenfield Director of Economic Development and Planning Chuck Erickson.

Greenfield police announce firearm training classes

Aug. 19, 2011 7:04 p.m. | The Greenfield Police Department will offer concealed carry training to the community in anticipation of the new concealed carry law going into effect in November.

In addition to offering instructions on how to safely handle firearms, police will also discuss how to keep out of legal trouble by making the proper decisions on the use of deadly force.

"We would much rather have our residents attend the training than simply use a hunter safety class they attended 20 years ago to fulfill the training requirements," Interim Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said in a news release.

Training will consist of six hours of classroom and practical exercises. Students will learn the legal aspects of concealed carry, weapons familiarization and ways to safely carry a firearm. The class will conclude with practical exercises using simulated weapons - real firearms that shoot a modified round with small paint cartridge.

The costs for the four Saturday sessions - Oct. 15, Oct. 24, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 - is $100 for Greenfield residents and $150 for nonresidents. Participants must be at least 21 years old. Additional classes may be added based on demand. To register, contact the Greenfield Police Department at (414) 761-5357.

Muskego scores even higher in ACT

Aug. 19, 2011 5:26 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School District hit another record high in results for the ACT college entrance exam.

The results, released this week, show a 23.9 composite score, a significant jump from last year's previous record of 23.2, school officials said.

Boosting the district to that record were the highest scores ever for the district in English, reading and science. Those subscores were 23.6 for English and reading and 23.8 for science.

The math subscore showed a sixth straight year of improvement with a composite of 24.1, they said.

"Overall, these ACT results are very encouraging and the result of many hands involved in making this happen," Superintendent of Schools Joe Schroeder said in a press release.

Woman accused of stealing from employer to feed drug habit

Aug. 19, 2011 1:00 p.m. | A former bookkeeper of Brookfield-based Mailwaukee Mailing Equipment is accused of using a company credit card to draw cash advances and make unauthorized purchases totaling nearly $40,000 to fund her drug habit, according to a criminal complaint.

Nicole D. Buchert, 36, of West Allis has been charged with theft in a business setting totaling more than $10,000, identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

She faces a maximum sentence of 26 years in prison if convicted on all three felony counts.

According to the criminal complaint:

Buchert obtained a company credit card in her name while she worked as a bookkeeper for Mailwaukee Mailing Equipment, 17020 Pheasant Drive, in August, 2010.

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We're tweeting live tonight from high school football games, and you can too

Aug. 19, 2011 10:04 a.m. | You can follow the opening Friday night of high school football action as Journal Sentinel, NOW and Lake Country reporters tweet from high school football games throughout the area.

You can add to our coverage of the games by sending your own tweets with the tag #wisfb to add it to our running feed.

After the games, check out the football scoreboard and statistics page, produced in partnership with WisSports.net.

Before the games begin, you can take a look at the prospects for area teams in our football preview stories, which are featured on the Suburban Sports Roundup page.

Fire, fatality leave many questions among the ashes

Aug. 18, 2011 9:18 p.m. | "Chaotic" is the word the Wauwatosa fire chief used to describe the scene of a house fire that ended in a fatality today.

Any fire is unpredictable and dangerous but when the possibility of gunfire gets added to the mix, it's taken to another level, Chief Rob Ugaste said.

"There's no way to prepare yourself to have someone shooting at you," he said.

No one did shoot at firefighters, but they were convinced they heard gunfire while trying to rescue the adult son living at 1430 N. 119 St. His mother had made it out of the home and told emergency responders that he was still inside.

"As they neared the top of the stairs they yelled 'Fire Department' and heard nothing in response," the fire chief said. "Then they heard what they thought to be gunfire, so they backed out."

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Suspect connected to numerous burglaries

Aug. 17, 2011 4:14 p.m. | A man charged with burglaries in Menomonee Falls had been connected to numerous break-ins at Wauwatosa businesses this summer.

Scott Laskowski, 32, of Wauwatosa is sitting in Waukesha County Jail on two felony counts of burglary, felony possession of burglary tools and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia. Charges were filed Monday.

Wauwatosa police are also pursuing charges for burglaries on North Avenue between the 66th and 88th streets and in the Village.

"We think he was good for about 20 (burglaries)," Wauwatosa Police Lt. Dennis Davidson said.

Both communities' departments put a lot of effort into patrol and surveillance knowing "it was only a matter of time before we found him," Davidson said.

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Local parks benefit from golf event

Aug. 17, 2011 2:00 p.m. | More than $5,900 was raised in the 14th Mini-Golf Invitational to benefit the Partners of Greenfield Parks and Recreation.

About 70 golfers took part in the Aug. 13 event at the River Falls Family Fun Center.

Proceeds will go to benefit the city's parks.

Entertainment complex moves forward, but not at light speed

Aug. 17, 2011 12:14 p.m. | The concept of a go-kart and laser-tag entertainment facility won approval from the Greenfield Common Council last night, although there may be a hitch depending on feedback the council receives from police.

Some aldermen wanted the Police Department's opinion of the facility closing at midnight. That feedback should be in by the next council meeting.

The facility called Lightspeed High Energy Entertainment proposed for 4251 S. 27th St. still needs building and site approvals from the city.

Greenfield says no to Mormon church along busy street

Aug. 17, 2011 12:08 p.m. | Concern about traffic on a street which residents already feel is crowded heavily contributed to the Greenfield Common Council's decision last night to deny the construction of a Mormon church on the southeast corner of 35th Street and Barnard Avenue.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints wanted to build a sanctuary on 4.2 acres of vacant land for two of its congregations that now meet in Hales Corners.

The congregations, each between 300 and 500 people, would have held separate services at the church, adding about 115 cars going and coming twice a day on Sundays, a church representative estimated.

The church also would schedule some evening activities involving as many as 30 cars coming and going.

Church officials indicated they will continue to look for space in Greenfield because the city is in a good location for its members.

Brown Deer to appoint person to fill vacant School Board seat

Aug. 17, 2011 11:40 a.m. | The School Board plans to appoint a person to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Kathy Stresman last month.

In order to qualify, you must be 18 years old, a citizen of the United States and a resident for at least 28 days preceding the selection (appointment).

Those who are interested in applying should send a letter of interest and résumé to School Board clerk, 8200 N. 60th St., Brown Deer, 53223. Materials may also be dropped off during normal business hours.

Applications are due no later than Sept. 8. Interviews will be scheduled for Sept. 15.

For additional information, call Barb Fleming at (414)371-6758.

Tosa woman charged in connection to random acts of violence

Aug. 17, 2011 10:51 a.m. | An intoxicated Wauwatosa woman allegedly punched two people in random acts of violence as she walked with her three children Wednesday night. Now she's charged with misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct while armed.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The driver of a moped was stopped as a train crossed at 70th and State streets about 7 p.m. Wednesday. The 33-year-old mother, Cory Christopherson, approached from behind and punched the driver in the side of the face several times, then threw a cup of beer and pushed her off the moped. The driver wasn't injured because she was wearing a helmet, but the moped was damaged.

When police responded to the moped driver's call, Christopherson had made her way to the Pick 'n Save parking lot, 6950 W. State St. The driver of a vehicle there stopped to allow the family to cross in front of her, but Christopherson approached the car and the driver rolled down the window. The mother reached in and punched the driver.

The man riding as passenger got out of the vehicle and followed the family at a distance as they walked to a home in the 6800 block of St. James Street. Christopherson is accused of exiting the house a few minutes later carrying a knife and yelling obscenities at the man.

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Man punched in face after offering aid to truck driver

Aug. 17, 2011 7:59 a.m. | A concerned motorist was punched in the face after he offered help to a truck driver at 68th and Center streets Aug. 3.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The victim was stopped at a red light when he saw a truck "blow" through, weave along the road and abruptly pull over. Concerned the driver might be experiencing a medical problem, he pulled up next to the truck and asked the driver if he was OK.

The truck driver and passenger started swearing and told the motorist to mind his own business. The concerned driver tried to leave but found himself at another red light.

The truck pulled up, and the passenger exited. He banged on the driver's window and told him to get out and fight, then stood in front of the driver's car so he couldn't leave. The driver had rolled down his window so the man couldn't break it, and he got punched in the face.

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Teens accused of suburban gas station burglaries

Aug. 17, 2011 7:57 a.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was charged with five counts of burglary after he allegedly tried to break into Speedway, 6804 W. North Ave., the morning of Aug. 10.

He and a 15-year-old Milwaukee man also have been accused of gas station burglaries - some attempted and some successful - in Tosa, Brookfield, Menomonee Falls, Glendale, West Allis and Milwaukee.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Rodney Randolph was driving a stolen vehicle when he picked up the 15-year-old boy Wednesday. They drove to Speedway, but decided to hold off on the burglary due to traffic on North Avenue. Later they returned and threw a rock at the door, breaking the glass. Again they drove off because they believed they had been heard or seen.

At the sight of squad cars, they got out of their vehicle and ran several blocks. When Randolph was stopped, he said he was a college student home for the summer and looking for money for school. In several of the other cases, the duo is accused of taking cash registers or money.

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Access to Taco Bell may be cut off if fence not up soon

Aug. 16, 2011 10:30 p.m. | The city has given the owner of the Taco Bell property at 510 N. Mayfair Road 30 days to complete a fence to shield neighbors from the restaurant. If the fence isn't up in time, the city may have the driveway barricaded.

The Taco Bell building was built in 2008, and the lack of fencing has been an issue ever since. Neighbors have complained about restaurant customers cutting through their properties and garbage ending up in their yards.

City staff members have tried to contact owner Rich Lepping, president of the Taco Bell franchise Border Patrol Wisconsin, numerous times, but there has been no response. The city has a deposit on hand due to work on the property not being completed in a timely manner, and city staff members suggested the money be used to have a fence installed.

City Attorney Alan Kesner recommended to the Board of Public Works earlier this month that one more letter be sent to Lepping, giving him notice that he has 30 days to complete the fence or he will face one of two options: The city would use the deposit to hire a contractor to complete the work or to barricade the parking lot until the work can be done. If the expense is greater than the deposit amount, the remainder of the cost would be put on the tax roll.

City Engineer Bill Wehrley said he doesn't know if his department has the time to hire a contractor and oversee the work this fall, so the property could stay blocked off for some time if Lepping doesn't comply.

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Fire causes $70K in damage to home

Aug. 16, 2011 10:10 p.m. | Fire caused $70,000 in damage to a home in the 1400 block of North 65th Street on Sunday morning.

A neighbor saw smoke coming from the attic, Deputy Fire Chief James Case said. The homeowner was able to exit the home; there were no injuries.

"The exact cause is undetermined, but (it's) suspected to be electrical in nature," Case said.

It took 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze and Wauwatosa firefighters received assistance from the Elm Grove, Brookfield, Butler, North Shore and West Allis departments.

Teen arrested for disorderly conduct said he had drunk malt liquor energy drinks

Aug. 16, 2011 10:08 p.m. | A 19-year-old Wauwatosa man who got out of control and was arrested for disorderly conduct Aug. 10 said he only had energy drinks made up of malt liquor and caffeine in his system.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Officers responded to a home in the 8000 block of West Wisconsin Avenue about 5 p.m. Aug. 9 because a parent had called in to report a son who was acting out and had smashed a toilet seat. He had taken his mother's bicycle and ridden off before police arrived.

He returned home about 1:30 a.m. and rang the doorbell, but a house rule stipulates he is not allowed inside if he's not home by midnight. He continued to knock and ring the doorbell and pushed his way into the house, so the police were called.

He struggled with an officer in the yard and caused a disturbance. His parents said they had never seen him act this way and believed he had taken drugs. His blood pressure was low so the jail wouldn't accept him. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where he denied taking drugs but said he had had four large cans of malt liquor/caffeine drinks.

City's population decreased in past decade

Aug. 16, 2011 10:04 p.m. | The U.S. Census Bureau has been crunching numbers to determine population statistics and trends for municipalities.

The 2010 headcount showed Wauwatosa had a citywide population of 46,396, down from 47,271 a decade ago. In the latest census, females made up 53.4 percent of the population, very similar to 10 years ago.

The median age of a Tosa resident was 39.8 years, up from 39.1 years. The size of youngest group, people younger than 5, remained pretty much unchanged, while the 65 and older population has dwindled by about 1.5 percent. The following is a breakdown of residents by age in 2010:

Birth to 14: 18.1 percent

15 to 24: 9.6 percent

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Man charged with armed robbery for pulling gun on jewelry seller at Burger King

Aug. 16, 2011 9:56 p.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with armed robbery for allegedly pulling a gun on a man trying to sell costume jewelry in a Burger King bathroom about 2:15 p.m. Aug. 11.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The victim, a 49-year-old Milwaukee man, had been visiting restaurants to try to sell costume jewelry to the employees. When he found no interest at Burger King, 3880 N. 124th St., he left, but a 41-year-old employee stopped him and said a co-worker wanted to buy something in the restroom. The seller went inside and showed gold chains and women's rings to Isaiah Guy, whom he said pulled a handgun from his waistband and demanded the jewelry.

Once outside the restaurant, the seller called 911. Police arrived and searched Burger King for the gun, which was found, loaded, in a box of cup lids.

Guy has previously been convicted for dealing marijuana and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Co-workers said he is a gang member and frequently talks about weapons.

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Tosans invited to learn more about city's efforts to end sewer backups

Aug. 16, 2011 4:42 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents may have breathed a sigh of relief that June and July passed without a major storm - but that doesn't mean a major downpour won't happen again.

The city is working on a plan to prevent basement flooding. A public meeting will be held to educate residents about the problems, potential solutions and cost of fixing the sewer system. Residents also will be able to provide feedback about what they consider the best options.

Results will help city staff members and elected officials formulate policies and determine how much to spend on sewer work.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave. Drop in to meet with representatives from Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, sewer consultants hired by the city and a contractor who specializes in high-tech sewer repair and inspection, as well as city staff.

Teen says dad's incarceration tied to his drug use

Aug. 16, 2011 4:38 p.m. | The son of a Brookfield man convicted of sexual assault told officers he was having a hard time dealing with his father's incarceration, and he'd started using drugs after that, police said. He was arrested for drug use Aug. 10, in front of the same Wauwatosa apartment complex where the sexual assault occurred last year.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Police received a report at 9:12 a.m. Aug. 10 that people had been sleeping in a vehicle outside Mayfair Manor Apartments, 2435 N. 111th St., for the past several nights.

Officers found an 18-year-old Brookfield man and a 17-year-old Wauwatosa girl, who had been reported as a runaway, asleep in the car. The man said he'd been thrown out of his home by his mother because they both were having a difficult time dealing with his father's conviction.

A search turned up 1.2 grams of marijuana and two pipes, so he was arrested for drug possession. In addition, he was arrested for theft because his car matched the description of a vehicle that had driven off without paying for gas at Mayfair Mobil, 3106 N. Mayfair Road, Aug. 7.

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Chicago design firm opening office, retail store in Whitefish Bay

Aug. 16, 2011 3:51 p.m. | A Chicago design firm's office and retail store will open on Silver Spring Drive.

The Plan Commission Monday night approved a request from Susan Fredman Design Group to open an interior design business and retail sales store at 401 E. Silver Spring Drive. Fredman has a similar business in Chicago and Union Pier, Mich.

The business will open in an alliance with James Hoffman Builders, taking most of the first floor for design and retail space.

Hoffman will continue to have some space on the first floor but will have most of its business in the basement, according to Susan Rossie, the president of the firm.

"We will operate as separate businesses," Rossie said.

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Vandals damage Falls Little League facility, equipment

Aug. 16, 2011 3:50 p.m. | Menomonee Falls Police are looking for the person or people responsible for doing significant damage to facilities at the Menomonee Falls Little League complex.

It's unclear precisely when the incident occurred or how many people were involved, but it is believed to have taken place sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, according to a news release.

Suspects entered a locked concession stand and vandalized the inside, while also damaging three storage sheds and three vending machines. The vandals also removed and damaged a golf-type utility cart which was recovered in the subdivision to the south of the complex around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Police believe some of the damage to several sheds was most likely done by ramming them with the utility cart. Police estimated the damage total as several thousand dollars.

Menomonee Falls Little League and Waukesha County Crime Stoppers are both offering cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for the damage.

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Dunkin Donuts moving to Whitefish Bay

Aug. 16, 2011 2:40 p.m. | Dunkin Donuts will be the first tenant in the new retail building under construction adjacent to PNC Bank. The restaurant will occupy the east end of the building at the corner of Silver Spring Drive and Bay Ridge Avenue.

John Clark is the vice president of operations for the Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Co., which owns the franchise for Dunkin Donuts in this area. Clark said the village's Dunkin Donuts will have upscale finishes and signals the re-entry of the restaurant into the Milwaukee market. His group opened a Dunkin Donuts in Menomonee Falls earlier this year.

Two other Dunkin Donuts in the Milwaukee area are not part of this franchise, Clark said.

Some residents who live on Bay Ridge Avenue raised concerns, citing congestion during the early morning hours, the prime service time for Dunkin Donuts and also the drop off time for Dominican High School and the addition of another coffee business to those already in the community. Some felt the fast food reputation of the restaurant would be a better fit for Port Washington Road, but Clark said the restaurant wants to focus on coffee and offers a menu that has heart-healthy choices.

The restaurant use is allowed in that location under the village code, according to Assistant Manager Matt Schuenke.

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Unhappy with meal, McDonald's customer gets disorderly, police say

Aug. 16, 2011 7:47 a.m. | A 29-year-old man was warned for disorderly conduct after he returned to a McDonald's three hours after placing an order to curse at employees and demand a refund for an issue involving tomatoes, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

But he did get his money back.

Also from the report:

The 29-year-old pulled into the drive-through lane and began cursing at employees at the McDonald's at 300 N. Moorland Road about 8 p.m. Aug. 10.

The man said he would hold up the line of cars behind him until he got a refund for the food he had ordered three hours prior.

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Man arrested for sixth drunken driving offense

Aug. 15, 2011 3:56 p.m. | A Lannon man notched his sixth drunken driving arrest after city of Brookfield police were called to a home because of a reported trespasser.

Officers responded to the 600 block of Calhoun Road just after 10:30 p.m. Friday, when family of the 48-year-old man reported he was outside their home pounding on windows and shouting, according to police reports.

Also from the reports:

Officers were conducting increased patrols in an effort to crackdown on drunken driving at the time of the call.

They arrived at the home in time to see the man accelerate rapidly from the driveway.

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West Allis police make 'The Club' available to other car owners, too

Aug. 13, 2011 8:29 a.m. | A limited supply of "The Club" anti-theft devices is now available to all West Allis residents, regardless of what kind of vehicle they own, for a fee.

Over the past few weeks, the West Allis Police Department has pursued its "20 percent by 2012" campaign by distributing "The Club" anti-auto theft device, free of charge, to West Allis owners of vehicles heavily targeted by thieves.

Hundreds of West Allis residents have taken advantage of a police initiative.

While the expanded initiative is not free for other car owners, "The Club" can be purchased for $13 anytime from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the West Allis Police Department's Crime Prevention Bureau, 11301 W. Lincoln Ave.

More information is available at (414) 302-8050.

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Better Business Bureau warns of asphalt scammers

Aug. 12, 2011 5:08 p.m. | An asphalt paving contractor is using a false Oak Creek address and apparently scamming homeowners, according to a warning from Wisconsin's Better Business Bureau.

According to the warning, representatives of the James Joles Asphalt Paving have approached homeowners with cut-rate prices for "extra" asphalt leftover from other jobs.

The BBB stated customer complaints ranged from bad workmanship to damaged property. Money is required before the work.

To top it off, the address listed by the company, 6508 S. 27th St., Suite 9, #116, is the site of a UPS store that has nothing to do with the asphalt company.

"Unfortunately, we this type of scam arise every year when the weather warms up," said Ran Hoth, Wisconsin BBB president. "Their work is shoddy and customers can't reach them after they finish the job.

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Southridge Boston Store TIF to get Aug. 15 public hearing

Aug. 12, 2011 5:02 p.m. | A tax incremental financing district designed to support the renovation of the Southridge Mall Boston Store will get a public hearing before the Greendale Plan Commission at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Village Hall Board Room, 6500 Northway.

Focused on a $2 million developer incentive with possible additional support through public works improvement, the village's third TIF district within the past year would enhance Boston Store's commitment to renovate its store.

In spring of 2010, Greendale established TIF District 1 for construction of a $17 million, 90-unit senior housing complex just south of Southridge and last October established TIF District 2 to support a $52 million renovation of Southridge as part of the mall's plan to bring in a new Macy's department store in 2012.

Falls delivers knockout punch to Pasch's bid for Senate

Aug. 10, 2011 11:30 a.m. | The 8th District Senate recall race on Tuesday ended in a familiar way: waiting on Waukesha County. According to unofficial results, Republican Sen. Alberta Darling received 9,052 votes to Democrat Rep. Sandy Pasch's 4,567 with a 67 percent voter turnout.

The northwestern part of the district was supposed to be key for Darling as she had conservative strongholds in Menomonee Falls, Germantown and Mequon. Results for most of the night favored Pasch until Waukesha County results came in.

In the end, Falls, which Pasch won in the primary against the Republican protest candidate, proved to be the decisive blow to Pasch's bid at unseating Darling. The race also set up to be for control of the Senate with two Democrats having already upset Republican incumbents, needing a third to complete the flip.

With two recalls against Democratic Senators still to come, the Republicans assured themselves the majority in the Senate for at least the next year, although current Senate Republicans not facing recalls have been fundraising heavily to prepare for any further recall attempts next year when other legislators, including Gov. Scott Walker become eligible.

Owners allowed to quarantine own animals after bites

Aug. 10, 2011 11:24 a.m. | The Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday approved a revised ordinance related to the impounding of animals for rabies and biting.

Village Attorney Eric Larson was charged with making the changes, following concerns voiced by residents.

Larson's changes to the ordinance include a provision in which owners, for the first time, have an opportunity to quarantine a pet within their own home. Other amendments were designed to more closely align the ordinance with state statutes.

An owner found in violation of the quarantine could be cited by police and subject to penalties that would be determined in municipal court.

Pasch grabs nearly 59 percent of votes in Brown Deer

Aug. 09, 2011 10:44 p.m. | Brown Deer voters cast the majority of their support for Democrat Rep. Sandy Pasch in unofficial results for the 8th District Senate seat.

Pasch garnered 2,889 votes to 2,038 for Republican incumbent Sen. Alberta Darling.

Voter turnout was 62 percent.

Germantown voters back Darling over Pasch by nearly 4,000 votes

Aug. 09, 2011 10:34 p.m. | Enormous crowds at some Germantown polling places showed in the results as incumbent Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, gashed challenger Sandy Pasch by more than 2.5-to-1.

The unofficial vote totals Tuesday night were 6,030 votes for Darling to 2,320 votes for Pasch.

Waiting times at some polling places were more than 30 minutes as lines grew more than 70 deep at times in a historically Republican-leaning district that was billed as crucial for Darling in her bid to retain her 8th District Senate seat.

Voter turnout was unavailable following the count.

Darling carries River Hills over Pasch

Aug. 09, 2011 10:10 p.m. | Republican incumbent Sen. Alberta Darling carried her home town of River Hills in unofficial results for her 8th District Senate seat.

In the recall election, Darling had 566 votes to 354 for challenger Rep. Sandy Pasch.

Voter turn out was 70 percent.

Thiensville voters back Darling in recall

Aug. 09, 2011 9:52 p.m. | Thiensville voters favored incumbent Sen. Alberta Darling in unofficial results for a recall race for the 8th Senate District.

Darling had 942 votes while challenger Rep. Sandy Pasch had 585.

Bayside voters like Pasch over Darling

Aug. 09, 2011 9:48 p.m. | Rep. Sandy Pasch carried Bayside in unofficial results provided by the village.

In the recall election for the 8th Senate District, Pasch had 1,299 votes to 997 for incumbent State Sen. Alberta Darling.

Bayside reports a 66.9 percent voter turnout.

Pasch edges Darling in Fox Point

Aug. 09, 2011 9:44 p.m. | The results in State Senate District 8 recall election in Fox Point were close.

In unofficial results for the village, Rep. Sandy Pasch had 1,843 votes to 1,683 for Sen. Alberta Darling.

Shorewood voters show strong support for Pasch

Aug. 09, 2011 9:20 p.m. | Shorewood voters showed strong support for Rep. Sandy Pasch in the Senate District 8 recall election.

Pasch garnered 4,582 votes to 1,630 for incumbent Sen. Alberta Darling in unofficial results for the village.

The turnout was 63.7 percent in the community.

Pasch gets 1,000-vote edge over Darling in Glendale

Aug. 09, 2011 9:14 p.m. | Seventy two percent of Glendale voters turned out to indicate their preference for Rep. Sandy Pasch, in the Senate District 8 recall election.

In unofficial results in the city, Pasch, a Democrat, had 2,946 votes to Republican incumbent Sen. Alberta Darling's 1,928.

Whitefish Bay likes Pasch slightly more than Darling

Aug. 09, 2011 9:10 p.m. | Rep. Sandy Pasch narrowly carried her hometown over State Sen. Alberta Darling in unofficial Whitefish Bay results for the recall election.

Pasch's total was 3,687 to Darling's 3,518.

Theft victim says culprit accompanied by monkey

Aug. 09, 2011 3:38 p.m. | The victim of a theft said the thief had a black "chimp-looking" monkey with them.

According to a Franklin police report:

A saw was stolen from a parking lot in the 7200 block of South 27th Street prior to 7 p.m. Aug. 3.

The victim said the monkey was with the thief or thieves.

The victim was advised to call police if he sees the monkey again.

Men charged with heroin possession after alleged overdose

Aug. 09, 2011 12:54 p.m. | Two Brookfield men were charged with possessing heroin after one of the men allegedly overdosed on the drug in a Waukesha apartment.

Christopher R. Reistad, 22, and Cale J. Russo, 21, were charged with felony counts of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Aug. 3.

They are scheduled to make initial court appearances Aug. 22.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha police officers and paramedics were called to an apartment in the 1200 block of Lambeth Road for a possible overdose in October.

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Panel won't support adding bar within liquor store

Aug. 09, 2011 12:40 p.m. | Tosa Wine & Spirits owners Sukhlal Gill and Amandip Singh would like to add a lounge-style bar area to the liquor store, but the idea failed to gain Plan Commission support Monday.

That doesn't mean the idea is dead, however. The matter now moves to the Community Development Committee for review, possibly Sept. 6.

Plan Commission officials recommended, on a 3-2 vote, that the city deny the conditional-use request by Tosa Wine & Spirits, 11747 W. North Ave.

Mayor Jill Didier, Alderman Don Birschel and Commissioner John Albert supported the recommendation for denial, while commissioners Gloria Stearns and Chris Jackson voted against it.

In order for Tosa Wine & Spirits to sell alcohol for consumption on site, its Class A liquor license needs to be replaced with a Class B or tavern license. The major concern was that granting such a license likely would limit the city's control over the establishment's hours.

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Parking restrictions still a hot topic in Shorewood

Aug. 09, 2011 12:07 p.m. | One man's meat is another man's poison. That sums up the reaction to two-hour parking restrictions on north/south streets south of Capitol Drive in the congested residential commuter area, the southeast quadrant of the village.

Residents near Capitol Drive who live on north/south streets such as Farwell Avenue love the program, which limits long-term parking in front of their houses. Businesses and apartment managers in the area, whose employees and residents need to park in the congested area, fear a two-hour restriction will hurt businesses and unfairly target apartment dwellers, some of whom already pay for night parking permits but under the new rules for the area, would be required to get a day time permit as well.

When the Village Board began discussing a change in parking regulations for the area, it was focused more on preventing University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students and staff from parking all day on streets close to the university.

The village plans to work with a group of trustees, business owners and residents to see what can be done in the northern part of the area for businesses and apartment dwellers.

The area north of Capitol Drive currently has unrestricted parking on its streets, but changes south of Capitol Drive could create parking woes in those areas, officials said.

Man giving CPR to friend arrested for heroin possession

Aug. 09, 2011 11:52 a.m. | A 19-year-old Muskego man was arrested for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia after his friend stopped breathing in the Dairy Queen parking lot, 6520 W. North Ave., about 6 p.m. July 27.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The Muskego man was seen performing CPR on his friend, a 23-year-old Wind Lake man. A neighboring business owner called 911 so the Muskego man grabbed his drug paraphernalia - including items typically used when selling drugs - and ran.

When the Wind Lake man came to, he gave several names and birthdates. He was arrested for providing false information to an officer. He is a recovering drug addict staying in a sober living facility in Milwaukee. He started using again following his grandfather's death.

The friends were in Wauwatosa to buy liquor at a North Avenue shop.

UWM students to create PARK(ing) Day art in Shorewood

Aug. 09, 2011 11:40 a.m. | PARK(ing) Day, an international public art program, comes to Shorewood on Sept. 16 thanks to a collaboration between the village's Public Arts Committee and students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Associate Professor Mo Zell said her students will develop public art displays that will be placed in metered public parking places on Capitol Drive between noon and 6 p.m. Students will analyze the sites and create both a poster showing an analysis of the site and a three dimensional model of the artwork they deem appropriate.

Zell told the Village Board last night that PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 and since then has grown to include 140 cities in 21 countries on six continents.

Dick Eschner of the Public Arts Committee said the event will be a way to make people interested and aware of public art.

Last year Zell's students did a similar project in Milwaukee.

Shorewood gains as Dow plunges

Aug. 09, 2011 10:52 a.m. | A stock market spiraling down more than 600 points didn't hurt the village yesterday as Ehlers financial adviser Michael Harrigan reported the sale of general obligation bonds to the Village Board on Monday night.

"We all were a little anxious about it," Harrigan said of the sale during the crazy day on Wall Street.

J.P. Morgan Securities was the low bidder, with a true interest rate of 2.8663 percent. The interest rate, lower than the estimate of 3.25 percent, and reduced premium costs allowed the village to borrow $100,000 less than anticipated.

The village will save more about $226,000 in debt costs over the 15-year life of the issue.

The money will be used to refinance about $2.5 million of debt from 2002 and for road, sewer and park projects. The village's share of capital costs for the new dispatch center that will be located in Bayside, $325,000, and for fire department apparatus, $164,800, were also included in the bond issue.

Teen calls 911 to win argument with mother

Aug. 09, 2011 9:10 a.m. | A 14-year-old Whitefish Bay girl was informed of the correct use of 911 after she called police and then hung up in the 100 block of East Fairmount Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police went to the home and the girl admitted calling 911 hoping they would take her side in her argument with her mother.

Police then informed her of the importance of following house rules.

Man drives to eatery to throw pizza at workers, police say

Aug. 09, 2011 8:20 a.m. | A New Berlin man who hurled pizza and breadsticks at Toppers employees July 31 has been cited for disorderly conduct by town of Brookfield police.

According to the police report:

The 26-year-old man's pizza order went awry when he mistakenly submitted an online order for carryout rather than delivery.

He realized the mistake an hour later and called Toppers, 21461 E. Moreland Blvd., and arranged to have his order delivered.

He became upset when his food arrived cold, and after airing his grievances in a phone call, drove to the store to hurl the pizza, breadsticks and obscene comments at Toppers employees.

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Distinguished Young Women photo gallery now online

Aug. 08, 2011 8:29 a.m. | We've just published a photo gallery from this weekend's Distinguished Young Women of Wisconsin state finals, which were held in South Milwaukee.

The event, formerly known as Jr. Miss, featured young ladies from throughout the metropolitan area competing for the right to attend next year's national competition in Mobile, Ala.

Local competitors, who won their respective regional events, include: Abigail Rufer (Brookfield), Michelle Papala (Cudahy), Sarah Creegan (Elm Grove), Athylia Paremski (Franklin), CeCi Scheuber (Menomonee Falls), Gina Miliacca (Oak Creek), Allison Blochowicz (South Milwaukee), Emily Mixon (Hales Corners), Karlee Nimmer (Kewaunee), Amy Walsh (Sussex), and Becca Richter (Waukesha).

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Ten percent of Bayside voters have weighed in already on recall via absentee ballot

Aug. 05, 2011 11:44 a.m. | The village of Bayside was reporting 10.8 percent voter turnout for the Aug. 9 recall election via absentee voting as of yesterday morning. Voters have until 5 p.m. today (Friday) to vote absentee in person or to register to vote in the District 8 recall race pitting Sen. Alberta Darling against challenger Rep. Sandy Pasch.

There will be no in-person absentee voting or voter registration on Monday but voters can register at the polls on election day as in the past.

Residency requirements for voting have changed. Voters must live in the district for 28 days prior to the election, rather than the previous 10.

Brookfield to conduct aerial mosquito treatment Friday

Aug. 04, 2011 11:12 a.m. | Due to elevated mosquito larvae counts in specific areas, the city of Brookfield intends to conduct a treatment of the mosquito abatement program Friday, weather permitting, according to a news release issued by the city.

Consultant Clark Environmental Mosquito Management will treat about 410 acres of public wetlands and floodlands in portions of the Fox River corridor area with a biolarvicide by helicopter beginning at daybreak and during the morning hours.

The biolarvicide, VectoLex CG, is a naturally occurring soil bacterium that is granular in form (i.e. not a liquid or spray) and will be applied using GPS navigational technology to assure accuracy in identifying treatment locations, city officials stated.

There are no restrictions for public use of the treated areas. However, park users are cautioned to avoid using the areas of the park while treatment operations are being conducted.

The entire city of Brookfield is not being treated for mosquitoes. The only identified treatment area meeting larval density and development stage requirements of the permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources is the portion of the Fox River Corridor consisting of the wetlands adjacent to the Fox River between Springdale Road, running east then north to Capital Drive including Mitchell Park. Treatment area maps are available at City Hall and on the city’s website, www.ci.brookfield.wi.us.

New Berlin will listen to neighbors on major development prospect

Aug. 04, 2011 6:54 a.m. | With sewers likely coming soon to the largest tract of farmland east of Moorland Road and development following behind, New Berlin officials will hold several listening sessions with neighbors to get their opinions about the kinds of development desired.

The city's Comprehensive Plan calls generally for that land to be a mix of business and residential developments, but a lot of details still have to be filled in.

The listening sessions will be held, probably starting in September, to help officials do just that.

The Plan Commission also will hold a public hearing before sending a recommendation to the Common Council.

The area, known as section 35 and part of section 34,is approximately bounded by Sunny Slope Road to the east, College Avenue to the south, Grange Avenue to the north and Moorland Road to the west.

Sewer talk flows down temporarily

Aug. 03, 2011 3:32 p.m. | The city has delayed taking its first step toward extending sewers to 60 acres in the northwestern part of the New Berlin to allow the development of a new industrial park.

The New Berlin Utility Committee decided last night to delay a vote on the prospect until its next meeting in September.

The land, roughly in the 19000 block of West Lincoln Avenue, is part of the Geipel Certified Sod farm, whose owners want to develop the property into an industrial park. Businesses there could potentially use the railroad line that runs north of the property.

A vote was delayed because two aldermen wanted more time to meet with sod farm representatives. The committee also want to make sure the sewer boundary extension request would be handled the same way the extension was that resulted in New Berlin West High School getting sewer service.

The sod farm owner submitted a sewer study that concluded the sewers can handle industrial park development, even if all undeveloped land already inside the sewer service area is developed. That conclusion has been backed by New Berlin City Engineer J.P. Walker.

Funding for water attraction doesn't make a splash with supporters

Aug. 03, 2011 2:42 p.m. | Supporters were disappointed that the $62,000 in hoped-for funding for a splashpad at Malone Park was cut in half last night.

The New Berlin Common Council slashed the proposed funding to design the splashpad, a flat water pad where colorful fixtures squirt water and pour water down in sheets onto children.

While aldermen whole-heartedly supported the idea, they said the city budget will be stretched to the max for at least the next two years to complete badly needed road projects. But not wanting to close out supporters entirely, they offered to fund design work short of creating engineering documents, which might become outdated anyway by the time the city could approve its construction.

For now, city officials have only a ballpark figure of construction costs: $350,000 to $400,000.

Representatives of the New Berlin Junior Woman's Club, which has raised about $63,000 so far for splashpad construction, had hoped the city would approve the $62,000 in public funding to let design plans take shape. They said they hope the project delay doesn't cause their fundraising momentum to falter, though they pledged to keep at it.

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City takes steps to extend sewer line

Aug. 03, 2011 1:14 p.m. | Despite some concerns about what impact future developments might bring, the New Berlin Common Council last night voted to provide sewers for the area known as section 35 and parts of section 34.

Two residents mounted a defense of the last large tract of farmland east of Moorland Road, saying that it should not be readied for development on environmental grounds.

Officials countered that the area's unique environmental features would be preserved and that the question of preserving the top-grade soils in the area will be addressed.

In addition to expanding the New Berlin sewer service area and approving an expansion of the service area of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to include the tract, the council awarded a contract to design the sewers.

City considers special legal team for housing lawsuit

Aug. 03, 2011 12:50 p.m. | Saying that a housing discrimination lawsuit filed against the city must be handled well to avoid far-reaching effects on city development in general, the New Berlin Common Council will try to beef up its legal team.

The focus of the federal housing discrimination lawsuit is specifically an affordable housing project, initially opposed by the city, that has been proposed for the New Berlin City Center. Even though the city has since preliminarily settled a separate legal challenge by the developer to allow the project to proceed, the U.S. Justice Department has yet to drop its case.

The council will interview two law firms specializing in housing discrimination cases. It interviewed the first one last night, questioning representatives from the firm of Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan. Reinhart, Boemer, Van Deuren is the other firm.

Technically, the developer, Minneapolis-based MPS Real Estate, also has yet to officially drop its state lawsuit, filed in March, but the city has agreed to a memorandum of understanding that has been accepted by MSP.

So the legal team would likely focus on the federal lawsuit, which the Justice Department filed in June alleging that New Berlin violated federal fair housing statutes by blocking a proposed low- to moderate-income apartment project in the City Center.

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Hart Park playground wins approval

Aug. 03, 2011 11:38 a.m. | A dugout canoe, log balance beams and a climbing tree are among the features kids will have the opportunity to play on next spring when the Hart Park playground opens.

The Common Council on Tuesday approved spending $921,000 on playground equipment and site infrastructure, as well as a contract with local construction firm Selzer-Ornst.

The playground design, which celebrates "presettlement Wauwatosa," originates from the master plan for improvements to Hart Park as a whole, architect Ed Haydin said.

The Menomonee Riverwas used by Native Americans to travel to the valley. The playground design incorporates natural materials and colors, and items like logs, a sand pit and limestone.

Inclusive structures

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Arrest made in connection to two sex assault cases

Aug. 03, 2011 11:06 a.m. | An alert Wauwatosa police officer may have found a sexual assault suspect last week when he noticed a familiar vehicle along Menomonee River Parkway.

According to a Tosa police report:

The officer saw a blue Jeep Cherokee parked in the 3800 block of Menomonee River Parkway at 1:34 p.m. Inside were a man and a younger woman. The vehicle matched descriptions of that used by a man who had sexually assaulted young women on two occasions, the most recent assault happening in February.

When the officer questioned the driver, a 46-year-old Milwaukee man, said the two were family friends who had known each other for years. A short while later, he changed his story and said they had met about 45 minutes ago at a bus stop and that he was giving her a ride to the mall.

The 24-year-old Milwaukee woman said the man told her he was looking for someone to spend money on at Mayfair. In the vehicle, he tried to rub her leg and offered her money for sex. She admitted to having worked as a prostitute in the past but said she was not looking to provide sexual favors in this case.

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Mt. Tosa will include assisted-living apartments

Aug. 03, 2011 10:58 a.m. | The Common Council agreed to allow assisted-living units as part of the Mt. Tosa Neighborhood, even though Mayor Jill Didier on Tuesday warned that the development already has undergone numerous changes that move it away from the original project vision.

Developer Helmet Toldt's pitch for an urban village on former Public Works property at 113th Street and Walnut Road was chosen by the city among several proposals, Didier said.

Since the project was approved, the sale price was cut by more than half, the city provided financial assistance and the first parcel was sold to a senior-housing management company. The latest request by Toldt to amend the developer's agreement with the city proposes building a 67-unit assisted-living and memory-care facility at the site where a 40-unit condominium building had been approved.

"Nothing of which the developer proposed has happened," Didier said.

At some point, the city must hold a developer accountable to the agreement, she added.

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Police, Fire supervisors' health contributions drop

Aug. 03, 2011 10:52 a.m. | Police and Fire supervisors have paid 10 percent of their health insurance premiums since February, but that's coming to an end - at least temporarily.

The Common Council on Tuesday repealed certain ordinances regarding employee benefits and replaced them with others. In most cases, employees will be paying more toward their health insurance, both as active workers and during their retirement. All city employees other than those in the Police and Fire Departments are now paying 10 percent of health insurance premiums and contributing 5.8 percent of their wages to the pension system.

However, non-union employees working for the Police and Fire departments will pay a lesser contribution for health insurance premiums and nothing toward the state's pension program. When a contract is finalized for the protective unions, the supervisors' benefits will follow suit, city officials said.

Uncertainty unsettling

Non-represented Police and Fire employees started paying 10 percent in February. Now, those workers will return to a 3 percent premium contribution, in line with union members' contributions under their prior contract. Bargaining between police and fire unions and the city have reached a standstill and are in arbitration.

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Wauwatosa police say fight led to battery, manhunt

Aug. 03, 2011 10:06 a.m. | A 44-year-old registered sex offender has been charged with trespassing and vandalism following an altercation at his Wauwatosa girlfriend's home that led to a manhunt Sunday night.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Michael Fink of East Troy got into an argument with his 24-year-old girlfriend while they were driving in Milwaukee. He kicked her out of the car, so she called a friend and waited for a ride.

Meanwhile Fink's car ran out of gas, so he showed up at the girlfriend's home - she lives with her parents in the 1000 block of 115th Street - and continuously rang the doorbell. Her mother told him to leave but he refused, so she called police at 11:10 p.m.

Fink left before officers arrived, but he returned shortly after police took off. They responded a second time but again he already had left.

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Man accused of trying to cook heroin in Mayfair bathroom

Aug. 03, 2011 8:16 a.m. | Allegations that he was cooking up heroin in a Mayfair restroom have landed a 23-year-old Wauwatosa man in jail; he faces a felony drug possession charge.

According to the Wauwatosa police report, Jeremy Fimreite was overheard talking with another man in the same restroom stall at 8:54 p.m. July 26. His friend had been banned from the mall for a disorderly conduct incident, so security staff called police.

An officer knocked on the stall door and saw Fimreite throw an object in the toilet. A charred spoon was found in the bowl, the report states.

It goes on to say that he told the officer he was getting ready to cook heroin and that he planned to shoot up before going to the movie theater at the mall.

He allegedly had heroin in his sock and a syringe in his pocket.

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Police seek suspect in Brown Deer bank robbery

Aug. 03, 2011 7:56 a.m. | Brown Deer police responded to a bank robbery at Guaranty Bank, 4000 W. Brown Deer Road, at 10:53 a.m. Tuesday.

According to police, a man armed with a gun and wearing dark clothing, a ski mask and wrap-around sunglasses entered the bank, demanded and got money before driving off in a vehicle described as a beige colored SUV, similar to a Lexus RX350. A possible partial plate of 90334 was obtained from witnesses. No further information is available about this license plate.

No one was injured during the incident.

An attempted armed robbery at the bank occurred on July 25.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brown Deer Police Department at (414) 371-2900.

Couple's fighting results in arrest, tickets

Aug. 02, 2011 11:34 p.m. | A 26-year-old Wauwatosa man faces a misdemeanor vandalism charge and a municipal citation for marijuana possession after police had to respond to calls to his home because of suicide threats, disorderly conduct and trespassing in the past week.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The trouble started at 8:22 p.m. July 26 when police received a report of a domestic dispute involving a man with a knife who was trying to cut his wrists and a woman who was throwing items into the street in the 4600 block of North 100th Street.

The man had gotten into a fight with his girlfriend, so he had locked himself in the bedroom. He had attempted suicide in the past, so she picked the lock and found him on the bed with a knife.

Officers were told the man talked about killing himself as his 2- and 3-year-old sons entered the room. Their 9-month-old baby was downstairs in a car seat. The girlfriend got angry and said something to the effect that if he really wanted to see blood, she would help. Then she got a butcher knife from the kitchen.

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Brown Deer agrees to buy land to help with parking in Original Village area

Aug. 02, 2011 2:44 p.m. | After a closed session discussion last evening, the Brown Deer Village Board agreed to purchase property in the Original Village, a step that will help create some additional off-street parking.

The parcel at 8759 N. Deerwood Drive, between Prime Time Pub & Grill and Larry's Brown Deer Market, will be purchased for $185,000.

Jim Jagodizinski, the owner of the land, which includes a garage that is used for storage and personal auto restoration, offered to sell the land, Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said. The agreement to purchase is contingent on the adoption of a revised streetscape plan and the closing of the sale by Dec. 31.

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