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Sixth 'Chat With the Chair' set for tonight

Aug. 29, 2012 2:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents can have a chat about county government and Milwaukee County's relationship with Wauwatosa with Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic this evening.

This is the sixth of seven Chat With the Chair sessions.

The event will be held at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave., from 6 to 7 p.m.

New Berlin considers stronger measures to integrate housing

Aug. 29, 2012 12:29 p.m. | Due to federal Department of Justice pressure, the New Berlin Common Council reached a consensus to take stronger measures to promote integrated housing in the city.

The council will take formal action when two aldermen who could not attend Tuesday's meeting return. The measures are being considered to keep intact the city's settlement of a discrimination lawsuit the DOJ brought against the city for its attempts to block workforce multifamily housing in the New Berlin City Center.

Instead of exploring reaching out to organizations such as the Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, the Waukesha Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity, the city would definitely contact the groups.

It also would more actively seek grants for a fund the settlement required the city to set up to promote integrated housing.

New plan would close Wilbur Drive east of City Center in New Berlin

Aug. 29, 2012 11:54 a.m. | A potential compromise aimed at providing a measure of relief from traffic to a neighborhood east of the New Berlin City Center was sent to the Plan Commission Tuesday by the New Berlin Common Council.

Instead of closing Wilbur Drive, which is advocated by some but opposed by others, the compromise would close off Wilbur farther east, leaving some access to the City Center intact. Closing the direct access to the City Center via Wilbur might discourage drivers who just use Wilbur and the Glen Park neighborhood around it as a shortcut to National Avenue on the other side of the City Center, some officials and residents said.

The Plan Commission could consider the plan as early as Tuesday. If it gets a favorable recommendation, the plan will be considered by the Public Works Committee, which has a meeting is Sept. 17.

NOW's Pigskin Picks debuts this week with celebrity guests, prizes

Aug. 29, 2012 8:42 a.m. | How well do you know high school football?

You can find out by visiting mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin have joined the fray this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They are joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

The contest begins this week and lasts until the end of the regular season. You can join at any time and still be eligible for weekly prizes.

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Shorewood School District gets a handbook

Aug. 28, 2012 9:54 p.m. | Shorewood - After more than a year of back and forth between administrators, staff, and community members, the School Board approved an employee handbook and teacher appendix tonight.

Though the board needed to address two areas of the handbook text before it was approved, board members and teachers expressed their relief to finally have the handbook - required by Act 10 to replace teacher contracts - in place.

"The employee handbook has been worked on for months and months," Superintendent Martin Lexmond said. "I think it's been a very smart process here. It's been very collaborative, (looking back at) when we backtracked all the various meetings and players, and I think it's been done very well."

Though the handbook has been approved, the district isn't done with it yet. On the horizon is the district's "big idea" meeting in January 2012, at which teachers, administrators, community members, and the School Board will have the opportunity to examine any defects they may have found in the handbook.

"It's good to have a document, something to build on," Shorewood Education Association President Michael Halloran said before the board meeting. "Now we get to take it for a test drive."

New Berlin's 911 switchover begins Saturday

Aug. 28, 2012 6:30 p.m. | The Waukesha County Communications Center will answer all 911 emergency calls from New Berlin as of 7 a.m. Saturday, the New Berlin police department announced today.

Since the Common Council decided in June on the controversial money-saving switch, the department has been slowly transitioning from its own dispatchers to WCC staff for such calls.

Nonemergency calls for service that still require a police response can be made by dialing (262) 782-6640.

Administrative inquiries regarding special events, citation payments, overnight parking permission, or for anything that does not require a police response, should be directed to the Police Department's administrative phone line at (262) 780-8123.

Drunken driving crackdown nets four arrests in matter of hours

Aug. 28, 2012 5:58 p.m. | The city of Brookfield Police Department arrested four people for driving under the influence of intoxicants between 9:20 p.m. Friday and 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

"Obviously, this problem is not going away any time soon," Capt. Phil Horter said in a news release. "We will continue to aggressively attack this issue with on-duty personnel and utilizing additional personnel with grant funding provided to us (from state and federal government)."

The arrests:

A 42-year-old Pewaukee woman was arrested for her third offense of drunken driving at 9:21 p.m. Friday.

A 49-year-old Germantown man was arrested for drunken driving after he crashed his motorcycle on Moorland Road at 9:43 p.m. Friday.

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Hales Corners Library alters hours for Labor Day weekend

Aug. 28, 2012 4:18 p.m. | The Hales Corners Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday in observance of Labor Day.

The library is set to resume normal hours on Tuesday.

Normal hours are from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on the library, go online to halescornerslibrary.org.

West Allis' Channel 14 dims from view

Aug. 28, 2012 3:33 p.m. | As things stand now, the Community Media Center, known as Channel 14, that has provided public access programming to West Allis residents for 30 years will go dark at the end of the week.

By a 17-13 vote Monday, the membership of the center rejected an offer of help from West Allis because it would have restricted the kind of programming it could show. In return for studio space and a part-time station operator, the city would have banned religious programming and put restrictions on political shows.

But the type of restrictions are irrelevant, said Bob Schramm, who became president of the center last night after Sharon Rhode resigned the post in protest. The station's mission is to promote freedom of speech, the free exchange of ideas and not to discriminate on the basis of religion or anything else, he said.

The station plans a symbolic sendoff at 8 p.m. Thursday, consisting of a five- to eight-minute video of highlights from the last 30 years.

The station's equipment will be moved out of the studio on Greenfield Avenue and put into storage on Wednesday until the board decides which nonprofit groups should get it.

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Join Pigskin Picks to test your skills against local celebrities, veteran sportswriters

Aug. 28, 2012 1:13 p.m. | How well do you know high school football?

You can find out by visiting mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek (pictured) and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin join the fray this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. 

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

The contest begins this week and lasts until the end of the regular season.

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Vacuum thieves strike Southridge twice in 24 hours

Aug. 28, 2012 1:00 p.m. | Police are seeking two men who shoplifted two high-end vacuum cleaners at Macy's at Southridge within a 24-hour period between Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.

According to the Greendale police log:

Store security personnel at Macy's, 5400 S. 76th St., reported that an unidentified man grabbed a $600 Dyson vacuum cleaner and ran out of the store about 1:15 p.m. Aug. 20. The man was described as a 6-foot-tall black man, age 25 to 30 years old and wearing a light blue or gray T-shirt, cargo pants and flip-flops.

At 1:13 p.m. the next day, Macy's security called police after two black men grabbed another $600 Dyson vacuum and ran out of the store. One of the men was identified by store security as the same person from the Aug. 20 vacuum theft.

The men drove off in a black Nissan Xterra SUV. While leaving the parking lot, the passenger-side door was still open, which caused a mirror or window to break, leaving glass in the lot.

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Nearly flat Nicolet levy approved

Aug. 28, 2012 10:06 a.m. | Glendale - The Nicolet School Board and a handful of residents approved a minimal reduction to the district's levy for the 2012-'13 school year at the annual district meeting Monday night.

The total levy comes in at approximately $17 million, down .06% from last year, and the overall budget is set to increase by about .9% to just over $19 million.

The decrease is so slight, said district Director of Business Services Jeff Dellutri, that a resident with a $300,000 home would see a tax decrease of 81 cents in the coming year -- though that estimate relies on a flat equalized value estimate of area properties, which likely won't be the case.

And, of course, a critical component of the budget presented by Dellutri to the board and attending residents was the five-year, $2.15 million referendum that  offsets decreasing enrollment and state aid.

"Without a referendum," Dellutri said, "this would have been devastating for us."

Backyard animal-control effort results in firearm citation

Aug. 28, 2012 9:31 a.m. | A 73-year-old Whitefish Bay man was cited for illegal discharge of a firearm after a neighbor reported him shooting at birds and squirrels in the 100 block of W. Day Ave. at 11:30 a.m. last week.

According to the police report:

Police found a dead bird in his backyard last Monday and the man admitted he has been shooting “unwanted birds and squirrels” that were eating his “expensive bird food” — the food he put out for birds “he desires.”

He also said that he didn’t know it was illegal and that he was careful to shoot only at the ground so as not to hit anything else.

He had a .177-caliber pellet gun.

Germantown school district stays with WEA Trust, offers two base plans

Aug. 28, 2012 9:29 a.m. | The Germantown school district officially selected WEA Trust last night as its health insurance carrier that will offer employees two different options with varying deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses.

One option is the WEA Trust Base $1,000 deductible 80/20 option for non-AFSCME employees. This would change the preferred plan to a base plan and goes from a $500 individual deductible to a $1,000 deductible.

Family coverage would change from a $1,000 to $2,000 deductible. Once the deductible is met, employees still have to cover 20 percent, while insurance covers 80 percent. The existing plan for AFSCME employees remains the same.

The second WEA Trust Base plan is a $2,000 deductible 80/60 option.

WEA Trust came back with the lowest bid among carriers. If all employees chose the $1,000 deductible 80/20 option, the district would save 2.19 percent - $135,811 - compared with last year. Depending on how many employees choose the second plan, the district could save additional money.

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Strong-armed robbery reported early Sunday in Whitefish Bay

Aug. 27, 2012 4:24 p.m. | An 18-year-old Whitefish Bay man called police to report that he and a friend were the victims of a strong-armed robbery, actual location not yet available, and were following the suspects near Wilson Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard at 12:42 a.m. Sunday.

According to the police report:

The victims were robbed by five teenage males who took their wallets, a $200 cellphone and about $70 cash.

They reported the plate number which came back as a stolen car. Milwaukee police stopped that car and arrested the occupants.

The investigation is on going.

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Chat with the chair slated for tonight

Aug. 27, 2012 4:16 p.m. | Milwaukee County Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic will host a Chat with the Chair session from 6 to 7 p.m. today in the Oak Creek City Council Chambers.

Residents are invited to meet the chairwoman and ask questions regarding county government.

This is the fifth chat Dimitrijevic has hosted.

Her next chat is slated for this Wednesday at the Wauwatosa Public Library. The seventh will be held on Thursday at the North Shore Library in Glendale.

New Berlin schools, unions settle pay, benefit dispute

Aug. 27, 2012 3:24 p.m. | A resolution of $7 million in pay and benefit disputes between the New Berlin School Board and three employee unions has been reached, calling for the district to pay $525,000 to employees and retirees.

The disputes spanned four years and the resolution settles all pending litigation and claims between the School District and the three unions - the New Berlin Education Association, the New Berlin Special Education Paraprofessional Association and the New Berlin Clerical Association.

The disputes included wages for school years of 2009-10 and 2010-11; eliminating the sick leave bank; payments to some co-curricular coaches amounting to $21,154; and premium payments made to the district's self-funded health plan. No money will be paid to the unions.

Under 2011 legislation commonly called Acts 10 and 32, school districts are generally no longer required to negotiate wages and benefits. The School Board has set pay since the 2011-2012 school year.

Anonymous caller tips police to balcony pot plants

Aug. 27, 2012 12:25 p.m. | A 45-year-old Brown Deer man was arrested for manufacturing of a controlled substance, and a 17-year-old Brown Deer girl for party to this crime after an anonymous caller reported a marijuana plant growing in Brown Deer.

According to the police report:

The caller reported what looked like a marijuana plant on a second-floor balcony in the 9000 block of North Park Plaza Court at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

Police found marijuana plants growing in a pot, one 40-inches tall, on that balcony.

When police asked about the plants, the man said various things including it was a “mosquito plant,” that he was only growing it because it “looked neat,” that he found the seeds in someone else’s ashtray and then said, “It’s not like I was going to sell it to anyone.”

300-pound aquarium among items stolen from Tosa storage shed

Aug. 27, 2012 11:57 a.m. | An aquarium that measures four feet wide, two feet deep and five-and-a-half feet tall was one of many items taken from a storage shed in the 2500 block of North 124th Street at 7:39 a.m. Aug. 23.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Multiple people reported their items taken from a storage shed. A woman reported two children's scooters and a grill taken and a third person reported tampering but no items stolen.

The storage units were secured with chicken wire and boards, which was ripped out. The damage to the units was around $10.

The victims believe the suspects entered through an underground parking garage with a truck.

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Menomonee Falls cross country photos now online

Aug. 24, 2012 12:03 p.m. | We've just published a photo gallery of more than 15 images from yesterday's grade level cross country invite in Menomonee Falls.

Brookfield Central's Carl Hirsch won the boys junior/senior race in 15 minutes, 22.84 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. Lauren Cunningham of Nicolet won the girls competition on the 4,000-meter course in 15:14.79.

Go to Menomonee Falls grade level invite photo gallery

Construction slated for Sunnyslope, Cleveland intersection

Aug. 24, 2012 10:50 a.m. | Waukesha County Department of Public Works will begin road work on County Trunk Highway D (Cleveland Avenue) and Sunnyslope Road intersection in the city of New Berlin.

Construction will involve widening and resurfacing of the existing intersection and replacement of the existing traffic signals. Cleveland Avenue and Sunnyslope Road will be open to traffic at all times during construction. Residents are advised to drive carefully within the construction zone and to expect periodic delays due to construction activities.

Construction is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 27 and is expected to be completed by Oct. 12.

Payne and Dolan will construct the project. Waukesha County will perform construction management and inspection of the project.

For more information, contact Michael F. Grulke, county project manager, at (262) 548-7740 or Jim Soehner of Waukesha County at (262) 970-4720.

Brown Deer Middle School principal Lucey resigns

Aug. 24, 2012 9:36 a.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board accepted the resignation of Middle School Principal Marirose Lucey on Thursday night.

Questions have lingered after Lucey, who over the last seven years has served at Algonquin Elementary, Dean Elementary, and the middle school, went on leave approximately three weeks before the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year.

The School Board approved a new middle school administrative team for the 2012-2013 school year, with three-year Assistant-Principal Ellis Turrentine taking over for Lucey.

Andy Bauschelt and Bruce Kramer will be Deans of Students.

Residents can meet the new administrators at a middle school open house on Aug. 29 from 5-7 p.m.

Milwaukee man charged with driving into two people outside Danny's Lounge

Aug. 24, 2012 8:27 a.m. | Damon James Edward Howard, 36, of Milwaukee has been charged with two counts of felony reckless endangerment for allegedly driving an SUV into two pedestrians outside a West Allis bar Saturday.

Howard was charged with two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and three counts of striking an occupied or attended vehicle after he allegedly struck two people with a Ford Explorer outside Danny's Lounge, near 60th and Burnham streets, about 2 a.m. Saturday, West Allis Deputy Chief Charles Padgett said in a news release Thursday. Howard also is accused of striking a vehicle turning north onto 60th Street.

Two people were taken to Aurora West Allis and Froedtert hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Padgett said.

Police arrested a second man in connection with the hit and run; however, no charges have been filed.

Shots were reportedly fired at the fleeing SUV, and one man was arrested and a firearm was confiscated. Padgett said the investigation regarding the shooting is still under way. Shots were fired from the area of the 6100 block of West Burnham Street.

Falls schools hits five-year high in students taking ACT test

Aug. 23, 2012 1:30 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - Students in the Menomonee Falls High School class of 2012 who took the ACT outscored their peers around the state.

The ACT test is a national assessment that many universities in the Midwest use in the admissions process. The overall composite ACT score for the class of 2012 was 22.9, eight-tenths of a point higher than the state average of 22.1.

The composite score is lower than the past two years; however, more Menomonee Falls seniors took the ACT test than in the past five years.

"We are focused though not just on the score but on getting more students participating so they too get the feedback on their college preparation," said Superintendent Patricia Greco. "We could limit participation and focus on the score or focus on both, that is our target."

There were 291 students who took the test, which is 12 more than last year and 29 more than five years age, according to the Menomonee Falls School District. This means 73.1 percent of students in grade 12 took the ACT.

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Bicyclists to to be detoured

Aug. 22, 2012 12:40 p.m. | The bike and pedestrian path leading into the Village from the Menomonee River will be closed for about two weeks beginning Friday while the Harmonee Avenue bridge, which passes over the trail, is sandblasted and painted, the city announced today.

Signs will be posted at both ends of that section of trail. Trail users will be detoured to a route that follows the parkway and State Street. The detour will be marked by signs.

Part of the Red Store lot will be available for parking for the farmers market on Saturday and the next Saturday, Sept. 1. The contractor will not be working on Sept. 7 and 8, and will remove his equipment to the west end of the Red Store during Tosa Fest, the city said.

Fox Point trustees OK grant to Footbridge Friends

Aug. 21, 2012 9:13 a.m. | The Fox Point Village Board voted Monday night to grant local nonprofit Footbridge Friends $30,000 so the group can attempt to raise $625,000 for the controversial replacement of the Ravine Lane Bridge.

That money will go to In Progress Consulting, which will lead the fundraising effort, and its subcontractor Clear Verve Marketing.

Though the total cost of all the contracting work, as laid out by In Progress, could total more than $45,000, the Village Board opted to give enough for the first four months of fundraising - $30,000 - and potentially approve the rest at a later date.

Trustees Eric Fonstad and F.R. Dengel were adamant that any funds given to Footbridge Friends be reimbursed to the village, and a amendment to the resolution was made that Footbridge Friends be obligated to make that repayment.

The resolution passed, 4-1, with Trustee William Warner dissenting, saying that he would rather bring the footbridge issue to referendum.

Village Board approves medical facility in Falls

Aug. 20, 2012 9:56 p.m. | The site that was once home to the Stolper/Western Industries Inc. factory in Menomonee Falls will soon become a medical and wellness facility.

After months of environmental cleanup at the factory site located west of Pilgrim Road and south of Highway 45, the Menomonee Falls Village Board Monday approved a conditional use permit for Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. for the construction of a two-story, 91,000 square foot dual tenant medical and wellness building.

Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said Froedtert Health Inc. and the Wisconsin Athletic Club will occupy the development. Construction of the facility is slated to begin in December and must be completed by December 2013 per the tax incremental development agreement that was also approved Monday. The facility will include doctors, nurses and support staff offering a variety of medical services and treatments. The WAC portion of the building will feature a 47,500 square foot athletic club, offering health and fitness services, an indoor and outdoor pool, large fitness areas, group exercise rooms, saunas, steam rooms, tanning and massage rooms. It will also house a 4,931 square foot retail space to be filled with related businesses.

The development will sit on the north side of Richfield Way, a roadway that the village will begin expanding in coming weeks and is meant to act as a buffer between the commercial development and future residential development.

The property is part of tax incremental finance district No. 8 in a planned development district. The village purchased the property from Western Industries for $600,000. The village is spending $4.7 million on demolishing the former factory and doing the cleanup work.

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Man arrested after trying to involve off-duty police officer in Quest scam

Aug. 20, 2012 3:07 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man is under investigation for using a government assistance card to purchase items and then resell them.

According to the Thiensville police report:

The man approached an off-duty police officer to use his "Quest card" and sell the officer items for cash.

The man said he did nothing wrong, and the only reason he approached the officer is because he's homeless and needs money.

The card is being held as evidence and he will be referred to the District Attorney's office for theft by fraud charges, and the Milwaukee office of Wisconsin Department of Health Services will review his eligibility for the government program.

DOT explores closing local I-94 ramps

Aug. 20, 2012 11:32 a.m. | West Allis government officials and business people are upset about two exits from Interstate 94 that directly serve the downtown and the Renaissance Faire redevelopment, 801-833 S. 60th St., being considered for shut down.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is investigating which of the access ramps to I-94, including the 68th/70th Street and the 60th Street ramps, can be permanently closed.

The 68th/70th street exit gives direct access to downtown West Allis while the 60th Street exit gives direct access to the Renaissance Faire.

"This could be devastating to the community," said Diane Brandt, executive director of the West Allis-West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce.

An open house public hearing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, Tommy Thompson Youth Center, 640 S. 84th St., Gate 5.

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Vehicle strikes, kills Muskego retirement home resident

Aug. 19, 2012 4:30 p.m. | A 90-year-old resident of a retirement community in Muskego was killed shortly before 9:50 a.m. Sunday after he was struck by a vehicle, police reported.

According to Muskego police Lt. Andrew Kraus:

The man, a resident of Tudor Oaks on McShane Drive, was in a smoking area outside one of the buildings and adjacent to a parking lot.

A 63-year-old Hales Corners man who was visiting another resident struck the victim and then a garage with his vehicle. He was hospitalized for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The victim, a former New Berlin resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Falls police send out bank robbery photos

Aug. 18, 2012 11:28 a.m. | Menomonee Falls police are sending out photos of two men they say were involved in a bank robbery in the village Friday.

The robbery took place shortly before 3:30 p.m. at the PNC Bank at N87 W16586 Appleton Ave. The two concealed their faces with handkerchiefs, "implied a weapon and demanded cash," police said.

The two robbers fled east on foot with the cash after the robbery, police said.

Mum's the word on Dr. Lucey

Aug. 17, 2012 12:42 p.m. | Brown Deer - School district administrative staff is tight-lipped when it comes to the continued absence of middle school Principal Marirose Lucey.

Lucey, who has reportedly been on leave since around three weeks before school let out, is the subject of much speculation in the Brown Deer community, with many wondering if and when she will be back.

Superintendent Deb Kerr said that the district isn't ready to divulge any information on Lucey at this point, maintaining that personnel issues are "private and confidential."

Information is on the way, according to Kerr, though she could not say when.

"I'm sure we'll have some resolution soon," said Kerr.

Van Gompel announces resignation

Aug. 15, 2012 2:18 p.m. | Brown Deer - Village Manager Russell Van Gompel turned in his letter of resignation earlier today, requesting that his tenure with the village end Nov. 9.

Van Gompel will take over as City Manger of Eau Claire shortly thereafter in early November.

The village's Personnel Committee met yesterday and will solicit hiring proposals from three consulting firms. Members of the Personnel Committee and the Village Board will discuss how to fill the Village Manger position at an Aug. 20 board meeting.

Once a consulting firm is selected in the coming weeks, said Van Gompel, the village will be able to create a timeline for his replacement.

Van Gompel announces resignation

Aug. 15, 2012 2:18 p.m. | Brown Deer - Village Manager Russell Van Gompel turned in his letter of resignation earlier today, requesting that his tenure with the village end Nov. 9.

Van Gompel will take over as City Manger of Eau Claire shortly thereafter in early November.

The village's Personnel Committee met yesterday and will solicit hiring proposals from three consulting firms. Members of the Personnel Committee and the Village Board will discuss how to fill the Village Manger position at an Aug. 20 board meeting.

Once a consulting firm is selected in the coming weeks, said Van Gompel, the village will be able to create a timeline for his replacement.

Brookfield police respond to explosive situation

Aug. 15, 2012 2:14 p.m. | City of Brookfield police responded Tuesday to information that a man had threatened to blow up his residence in the 18700 block of Anita Court, harm himself and harm his wife and family, according to a news release issued by the department. The man also allegedly had threatened to shoot any officers who arrived on the scene.

The Brookfield Police Department requested that the Lakes Area Critical Incident team respond to the scene to help bring the man into custody. Two officers were able to apprehend the man before the team responded, the release states. They took him into custody as he was trying to load items into his vehicle. The man was armed with a handgun when he was taken into custody.

A hazardous device unit responded due to the nature of the threats and a possible military-style incendiary device on the property. The unit found a military device and disposed of it, according to the release.

No one was injured during the incident.

Note: This story was edited to correct the day when the incident occurred, which was incorrect in the original version.

Keith Hastings back on School Board

Aug. 14, 2012 2:02 p.m. | Keith Hastings, who resigned from the New Berlin School Board on June 1, is back on the board as of Monday.

When he resigned, he said his work commitments had come to make it impossible for him to give enough time to the job of School Board member.

In his time away from the board, he has explored other career possibilities that he could not explore as a board member. Finally, he decided he needed to make a bigger change, Hastings said. In the meantime, he said, he has time for board work.

After his resignation, the School Board decided to appoint someone to fill Hastings' term, which expires in April, 2013. Hastings followed the board's procedure to be appointed by sending in a resume with a letter of intent. The board interviewed him Monday and appointed him.

Board member Art Marquardt said, "Two weeks ago, I was thinking in favor of leaving the seat empty."

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Work begins on exit ramp tied to Zoo Interchange project

Aug. 10, 2012 1:36 p.m. | Construction will begin next week on a temporary exit ramp to Wisconsin Avenue off northbound Highway 45 to help alleviate traffic congestion during the Zoo Interchange reconstruction project.

The highway southbound entrance ramp at Wisconsin Avenue will close overnight from 10 p.m. Aug. 13 to 5:30 a.m. Aug. 14. Lane restrictions on Wisconsin Avenue between 98th and 95th streets will begin the week of August 20 through early fall.

The state Department of Transportation project includes constructing the ramp, adjustments to turn lanes on Wisconsin Avenue between the highway and 92nd Street, building a temporary cul-de-sac on 95th Street, installing a temporary traffic light at 97th Street and Bluemound Road, and lengthening the left-turn lane on Bluemound at 97th Street.

The cul-du-sac will be located where 95th Street intersects with Wisconsin Avenue and will be closed to through traffic in late September. It will remain in place until the completion of the Wisconsin Avenue and Bluemound Road interchanges, likely reopening 95th Street to through traffic in 2016 or 2017.

Bunkers sets sights on new heights

Aug. 09, 2012 3:18 p.m. | Worry arose this week about the fate of Bunkers in downtown West Allis that had emailed regulars telling them that Bunkers would close Wednesday.

But Thursday owner Scott Bunker said the restaurant at 7420 W. Greenfield Ave. closed to transform itself into an entirely new establishment with a new concept and a new name. He said he was trying for an opening in the first week of October, but that depends on how soon a custom-made piece of kitchen equipment arrives.

Regular customers should be very pleased with the new restaurant, he said, that will keep all the favorites such as the Friday fish fries and the shrimp peel and eat on Wednesdays.

"We decided to get more casual and family-friendly," Bunker said.

The changeover, in the works for nearly three months, will include getting booths, adding televisions, changing the menu and adding different drink specials, he said.

Brown Deer manager selected for Eau Claire job

Aug. 09, 2012 11:20 a.m. | Brown Deer - Village Manager Russell Van Gompel will take over as City Manger of Eau Claire with a tentative start date of Nov. 5, according to a city of Eau Claire news release.

The Eau Claire City Council will vote on an employment contact at its Aug. 14 meeting, after which Van Gompel expects to turn in his resignation with the village.

Van Gompel said that the village will convene a personnel committee meeting on Aug. 14 to begin forming a timeline and process for his replacement, and that the Village Board would need to approve an early November start date, given that his resignation would occur slightly within the 90-day window prescribed by the village.

"I'm going to be asking the board to authorize that," said Van Gompel.

The personnel committee will likely make recommendations regarding Van Gompel's replacement to the Village Board, which will meet on Aug. 20 and potentially approve a hiring plan.

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Rosebud Cinema gets beer license, closer to reopening

Aug. 08, 2012 8:42 a.m. | The Rosebud Cinema moved a step closer to reopening when the Wauwatosa Common Council approved its application for a Class B Beer/Class B License Tuesday night.

The Rosebud, 6823 W. North Ave., and its sister, Times Cinema, 5906 W. Vliet St., were shut down in March when AnchorBank won a foreclosure judgment against the theaters' owner, David Glazer. Glazer reportedly had used the theaters as collateral for other real estate.

Investor Lee Barczak purchased both properties in early May at a sheriff's auction for $540,000, according to reports.

The Rosebud is undergoing some remodeling, and its marquee announces it is "coming soon." Barczak has reportedly indicated a desire to open the theater yet this month. He did not attend Tuesday's meeting.

"That's been a long time coming. It was scary this year when the Rosebud closed down," said Alderman Bobby Pantuso. His 5th District lines up across North Avenue from the theater.

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Man arrested in sexual assault at bus stop

Aug. 08, 2012 6:54 a.m. | A 23-year-old West Allis man has been charged in connection with a July 27 sexual assault in which he is accused of grabbing a woman and touching her inappropriately at a bus stop in the 400 block of Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee police said.

Police are trying to determine whether Anthony H. Kodrich is linked to seven other similar assaults in Milwaukee, South Milwaukee and Shorewood.

Kodrich was charged Sunday with second-degree sexual assault in connection with the 5:30 p.m. July 27 incident.

Police said after the woman was attacked she later saw news reports about similar incidents in Bay View and South Milwaukee and reported the attack on her to police.

Police said they had bus video of the July 27 incident and that Detective Branko Stojsavljevic and Officer Amy Stolowski on July 30 went to the Lincoln Ave. area where the attack occurred and boarded buses to look for the suspect.

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City OKs Firefly's outdoor seating after the fact

Aug. 07, 2012 11:10 p.m. | Firefly Urban Bar & Grill was flying without a license when it expanded onto the sidewalk in front of the restaurant at 7754 Harwood Ave.

"We saw it about three weeks ago," Wauwatosa City Attorney Alan Kesner said.

The Common Council got that straightened out Tuesday, putting in place an encroachment agreement that allows the outdoor seating with certain stipulations, including allowing four feet of public right of way, installing a border or fixture indicating the boundaries of the encroachment space, and "that no rugs be placed on the ground," according to the resolution.

"I think it'll make a nice addition for the Firefly," said Mayor Kathy Ehley. Most of its competitors already have outdoor seating.

Kesner said the outdoor expansion was reported to the city, and the city approached the restaurant to make it legal. He said the Firefly would need to apply for a license to serve liquor in the outdoor space.

George Webb restaurant in Greenfield robbed twice in four days

Aug. 07, 2012 3:19 p.m. | Police are seeking suspects responsible for two armed robberies at a George Webb restaurant Wednesday and Sunday.

According to Greenfield police:

A masked man entered the restaurant at 4845 W. Forest Home Ave. shortly after 8 p.m. Aug. 1, held a gun to an employee's head and demanded money from the cash register. After receiving an unknown amount of cash, the suspect left the restaurant in an unknown direction. A vehicle was not seen.

The suspect is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build, and wearing black running pants with stripes down the side and a short-sleeve shirt with blue and gray graphics worn over a black long-sleeve shirt. The suspect was also wearing a ski mask and dark-colored gloves. He displayed a semi-automatic handgun with chipped metal on the barrel.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m. Aug. 5, police responded to a second report of an armed robbery at the same restaurant. The masked suspect again displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect then left with an unknown amount of cash. Police were unable to locate him.

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Skinny dipping leads to arrest in Wauwatosa

Aug. 07, 2012 1:23 p.m. | Cops ordered a 46-year-old West Allis man out of a pond he had gone skinning dipping Sunday afternoon.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

A man had been collecting minnows from a pond in the wooded area in the 8600 block of Watertown Plank Road at 2:34 p.m. There was another smaller pool of water about 50 yards south and he noticed a naked man swimming in it.

The naked man said he had simply been out for a nature walk.

Police directed him to get out of the water and put his clothing back, then they arrested him for two warrants - one for vandalism and another for resisting arrest - from Menomonee Fall Police Department.

Woman dies of apparent overdose three days after arrest for driving under the influence

Aug. 07, 2012 12:00 p.m. | A 48-year-old Milwaukee woman who was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in Wauwatosa, died in her home three days later from an apparent overdose.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

A reckless driver with flat tires was pulled over at 60th and Wright streets at 12:27 p.m. July 29.

She was holding an empty Xanax bottle and stated she was looking for the Milwaukee Police Department to file a theft of prescription medication report. She said her pills were stolen during a house party the prior night.

She was seen striking the curb, getting out of the car and looking at the damage. After sitting in her car for a bit, she drove off again.

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Shorewood fireworks to fly with FAB on Aug. 11

Aug. 07, 2012 11:20 a.m. | Shorewood - The fireworks cancelled at Shorewood's Fourth of July celebration will light up the sky at Friends of Atwater Beach's fourth annual beach party on Aug. 11.

The beach party will run from 3-10 p.m. on the upper lawn of Atwater Park and will feature local bands Lil' Debbie & The Tone Gods, Fred Bliffert & the Atwater Beach Blues Band, and Dukster.

Admission will be free and food will be $6 per plate. All proceeds will go toward restoring the beach.

"The beach party celebrates this wonderful natural resource," said FAB co-founder Jay Urban in a news release, "and provides a way for people to support FAB's mission."

Lawn watering now allowed in Germantown

Aug. 07, 2012 11:16 a.m. | The Germantown Department of Public Works lifted the lawn watering ban Tuesday to alternate sides of the road as a result of conservation efforts and favorable weather conditions.

On even days, watering is allowed along the even side of the road and on odd days watering is allowed along the odd side of the road.

Pumping times have decreased, allowing one out of the six village pumps to recharge for 24 hours at a time.

"We're giving each pump one day off, so that's a good thing," said Director of Public Works Dan Ludwig.

The water levels and aquifers are beginning to rise slightly. With proper conservation continuing with the odd and even schedule and periodic rain, Ludwig said they felt a full lawn watering ban was no longer needed.

Food delivery drivers robbed in two separate incidents in Shorewood

Aug. 07, 2012 11:08 a.m. | Shorewood Police are investigating a robbery of a food delivery driver that occurred early Monday morning on the 3500 block of North Oakland Avenue.

According to a Shorewood Police Department alert:

At approximately 12:35 a.m. Monday, a Domino's Pizza delivery driver was attacked and beaten after making a delivery to an apartment in the 3500 block of Oakland Avenue. A vehicle, described as a gray or silver Chevrolet Impala pulled in front of the delivery driver's vehicle. At least three subjects got out of the silver vehicle and beat the delivery driver causing injury. The suspects took property from the delivery driver including keys to his 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. At least one of the suspects got into the Cobalt and the others got into the Impala, and both vehicles fled south on Oakland into Milwaukee.

The delivery driver was transported to Columbia/St. Mary's hospital for treatment for head and facial injuries.

In a similar incident, a group attempted to rob a Jimmy John's delivery driver at 11:35 p.m. Saturday in the 3800 block of North Maryland Avenue after placing a fictitious order.

Bay working out tax incremental financing details for Mandel luxury apartments

Aug. 07, 2012 6:59 a.m. | Whitefish Bay - Whitefish Bay officials are working with developer Mandel Group and financial advisory firm Ehlers Investment Partners to hash out details of a tax incremental district for the developer's proposed $28-30 million luxury apartment complex.

Ehlers Senior Financial Advisor Michael Harrigan presented a preliminary draft Monday night to the Community Development Authority, tentatively outlining a $1.8 million investment from the village in the form of general obligation bonds. An approximate amount of $2 million will go into a "developer TIF," which will allow Mandel Group to pay off a portion of its project debt with property taxes from the proposed development. 

Nearly $1.1 million worth of air rights over the current municipal lots would be granted to Mandel as part of the project, rounding out an estimated $4.9 million in public investment. 

An additional $14 million of property value is expected to be added to the proposed TID as a result of the 100-unit luxury apartment complex, according to the Ehlers report.

The CDA ultimately voted to take the proposed TID to a series of meetings on Sept. 6. A public hearing will take place at 6 p.m., followed by a joint-review board meeting with members from local taxing authorities, and a meeting during which the CDA may adopt an updated TID project plan.

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Local folks cook up some State Fair winners

Aug. 06, 2012 6:06 p.m. | Eight Wauwatosa residents who have been busy in their kitchens took home awards from the Wisconsin State Fair for their culinary creations.

Leading the local prizewinners was Sue Urbaniak, who for starters received blue ribbons for her recipe featuring grapes, nonfruit jelly, peach and raspberry marmalades and marbel, upside down and vegetable cakes. Urbaniak also won second-place honors for her cherry jelly and German chocolate and citrus-flavored cakes; third places for coffee cake, cherry pie and combined fruit, strawberry and cherry jellies; and an honorable mention for pecan pie and fruit butter.

The Radewahns showed that talent runs in the family.

Rebekah Radewahn won firsts for cinnamon bread, French bread and citrus pie entries. Her sandwich cookies and pork recipe took third places while her shortbread brought in an honorable mention. Carla Radewahn's top prize came from a recipe made with wild rice. Her recipe made with peas took a second and she received third places for honey sauce, the sandwich showdown, and maple syrup cake and cookies. Her brat recipe and Gold'n Plump grilling challenge entries took honorable mentions. In the children's category, Julie Radewahn earned a first for her summer beverage and third places for quickbread and pasta salad.

Maria Kuhn earned a blue ribbon for her tea party cakes and third places for decorated-by-a-youth and Wisconsin-themed cakes.

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Tosans earn numerous ribbons at State Fair

Aug. 06, 2012 5:54 p.m. | Talented Tosa residents received honors for their artistic projects at this year's Wisconsin State Fair.

Kimi Krueger took home blue ribbons for making a poncho and sewing any household item. In the sewing category, Krueger took third place as a first-time entrant. She was also awarded second places for her infant afghan, felted item and lap robe; third place for a knit hat; and honorable mentions for a knit scarf and fabric pillow.

Karen Lemmer earned second place for a children's garment and honorable mention for a knit baby sweater and cap.

Ann Fritsch received a third-place ribbon for her table linens and honorable mention for a general craft, while Patricia Krause walked away with third place for her fabric pillow and honorable mention in general sewing.

Rebekah Radewahn received numerous ribbons: blue for a one-piece dress, knit scarf; third for a shawl and stuffed animal; honorable mentions for doll clothes and any garment outside other judging categories.

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Driver seeking medical help arrested for drunken driving

Aug. 06, 2012 4:46 p.m. | A 52-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for third offense drunken driving after he pulled up next to a police squad and asked the officer for medical assistance shortly after 3:30 a.m. July 31.

According to the police report:

A Menomonee Falls police officer was conducting radar checks in a marked squad in the parking lot of Gordie Boucher, N88 W14300 Main St., Menomonee Falls, when a man driving a white Chrysler turned into the lot and parked parallel to the squad. The driver first told the officer he was confused, and later stated he was diabetic.

The officer immediately had the suspect medically evaluated on the scene by paramedics. After EMS reported his evaluation was normal, the suspect admitted to drinking a pint of vodka.

The suspect failed field sobriety testing; his preliminary blood alcohol content was 0.28. He was arrested for drunken driving-third offense and was conveyed to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office on a 12-hour hold.

Harmonee Bridge work will force lane closures in Wauwatosa

Aug. 04, 2012 10:03 a.m. | Repair work to the Harmonee Bridge, a gateway into the Village in Wauwatosa, is expected to begin Monday.

The work will require temporary lane closures, though workers will try to minimize closures to the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, Public Works Director Bill Porter said. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction at all times.

The Harmonee Bridge provides an entrance into the Village from Watertown Plank Road.

The $1.2 million project will include structural repairs and repainting by Florida-based contractor Monoco. The work is expected to be completed later this year.

City staff has consulted with Village Business Improvement District officials to look at aesthetic enhancements as part of the project. A sign will be put up to help create an identity, new lights will complement lighting elsewhere in the district and improve safety for people using the parking lot, and pathways under the bridge will be installed.

Tosans win State Fair recipe contests

Aug. 04, 2012 10:00 a.m. | Wauwatosa resident Rebekah Radewahn found the sweet spot in a new baking competition at the Wisconsin State Fair.

The 21-year-old culinary student won the blue ribbon in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship with her Chocolate Raspberry Dream Cake, a recipe she found in a magazine years ago but has tweaked extensively.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wauwatosa girl Maria Kuhn cooked up a different kind of cake that took top honors in another fair contest.

She won the "Kid Chef" title in the Great American Spam Championship for her Spammy Cakes. Think of it as a unique take on the cupcake.

Want to try to replicate these award-winning recipes? The directions are as follows.

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Elm Grove to have Labor Day weekend fireworks, celebration

Aug. 03, 2012 12:46 p.m. | After initially considering a winter holiday firework display, Elm Grove officials have decided to reschedule the Fourth of July Fireworks for Sept. 2. The Independence Day show was canceled due to extreme heat and dry conditions.

Elm Grove officials and the Fourth of July Committee had bounced around the idea of pairing the rescheduled fireworks with Christmas in the Grove. That plan was apparently rejected by the Parks and Recreation Committee because shortly after its meeting, a news release was sent out by the village detailing the Labor Day festivities.

There will be soda, beer and other refreshment sold, as well as extended pool hours from 1 to 8 p.m.

A DJ will play and food will be sold from 6:30 until 8 p.m. with the fireworks to follow.

According to the release, if the village's burn ban remains in effect, the fireworks will again be canceled.

DOT to hold public info meetings for I-43 project on 8/7, 8/8

Aug. 03, 2012 10:46 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be hosting informational meetings next week about an upcoming project which may result in the full reconstruction and redesign of the I-43 corridor, according to a DOT news release.

The first meeting will take place between 4-8 p.m. at Mequon City Hall on Aug. 7, and the second at Nicolet High School between 4-8 p.m. on Aug. 8.

The Federal Highway Administration and DOT will compile an Environmental Impact Statement after evaluating the 14 mile stretch of I-43 between Silver Spring Drive and Wisconsin Highway 60, as well as interchanges and arterial roads in Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties.

The EIS is scheduled for release in 2014, and construction has a tentative start date of 2020 or beyond, according to DOT documentation.

For additional information, residents can contact Project Manager Steve Hoff at (262) 548-6718 or steve.hoff@dot.wi.gov.

Village Board selects new trustee

Aug. 02, 2012 12:32 p.m. | The Germantown Village Board selected Wednesday Shane Daniels to fill the district two trustee seat left open by Daniel Wing, who resigned from the board in June.

Daniels, who works as a contract management analyst at DDN in Menomonee Falls, was chosen out of three applicants.

"I appreciate every one of the applicants who took the effort to fill out an application and go through the process of an interview with the Village Board," said Village President Dean Wolter. "Overall, everyone did a really nice job."

Daniels was raised in Germantown. After living away from the village for a few years, he returned and now raises a young family.

Wolter said the board liked that Daniels can bring a fresh approach to the Village Board.

Men accused of stealing from one Walgreens, arrested at another

Aug. 02, 2012 7:44 a.m. | Two Milwaukee men shoplifted at a Walgreens in Wauwatosa, and were apprehended awhile later after they hit another of the drug store chain's locations in the city.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The men, ages 21 and 23, tried to return two fans without a receipt at Walgreens, 2656 Wauwatosa Ave., at 11:20 a.m. July 25. They left and returned, this time heading to the alcohol aisle.

One of the men brought alcohol to the checkout, prompting the clerk to ask for ID.

Meanwhile, the second man pushed a customer aside and got behind the counter, where he took three cartons of cigarettes.

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It's not the same old song and dance for wireless carrier this week

Aug. 01, 2012 4:08 p.m. | Kaylee MacDougall has a regular job with U.S. Cellular that usually doesn't involve her pulling out her guitar and breaking into song.

For this week, at least, her job description changed in that regard.

MacDougall, who works at U.S. Cellular's Greenfield store at 5096 S 76th St., was one of 10 musical talents culled from more than 9,000 U.S. Cellular associates to perform live in a company promotion on Twitter from July 31-Aug. 2.

The marketing event, "Call Someone Who Cares," promotes the wireless carrier by comparing its services against customer complaints, often voiced on Twitter, about the industry in general. The promotion uses actual employees who just happen to exhibit musical talent.

Though the event is happening live on Twitter, the finished videos are on YouTube. To see MacDougall in action (she is the blond woman playing the black guitar), follow on Twitter via #HelloBetter and #CSWC or visit U.S. Cellular's YouTube posting at http://www.youtube.com/user/uscellularcorp/videos?query=call+someone+who+cares.

Clinics take shot at boosting vaccination rates

Aug. 01, 2012 11:34 a.m. | As part of a one-year pilot project to raise the vaccination rate, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is teaming up with the Wauwatosa and Milwaukee health departments to operate a clinic in an effort to ensure children are up to date on their immunizations.

The hospital provides the space and referrals from doctors at their specialty clinics, everything from orthopedics to cardiology. If the Wisconsin Immunization Registry indicates the young patient is due for a shot, they will refer the child, Dr. Lyn Ranta said.

The clerical work, specifically updating the records in the registry, is being handled by the Wauwatosa Health Department. The nurses administering the vaccines come from the Milwaukee Health Department.

"It's a good example of teaming up to provide extra service to the community," Wauwatosa Health Director Nancy Kreuser said. "The idea is to catch people when they are already on site."

The immunization clinic opened last week and organizers expect to see a number of children coming through following back-to-school physicals and doctor visits, Ranta said. There will also be a push come fall to get everyone vaccinated against the flu, she added.

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Theater takes no chances about suspicious 'Dark Knight' caller, alerts police

Aug. 01, 2012 10:22 a.m. | A Marcus Majestic Cinema employee called town of Brookfield police after receiving a suspicious call from a man asking about the theater's security measures.

The man apparently inquired about the theater's security systems, metal detectors and whether people were still going to theaters following the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., where 14 people were killed and more than 50 injured.

That massacre occurred during an opening night showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" Batman movie. James Holmes is accused of opening fire in the theater during the movie, killing 12 people and injuring 58.

The call in Brookfield was placed July 24, and the caller apparently planned to see the movie the following day. An extra squad was on duty in the area, but there were no incidents following the call.

No further investigation was reported by police.

Couple robbed at gunpoint on 72nd Street in Wauwatosa

Aug. 01, 2012 10:19 a.m. | A couple talking at the foot of a driveway at a home in the 900 block of North 72nd Street was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

They were talking at 11 p.m. when they noticed three men walking along the sidewalk toward them. As they drew near, the three men split up and one approached the man, who was standing by his vehicle.

One robber said "Get on the ground" and pressed a handgun against the back of his head. Then the woman was ordered to the ground and a second suspect started walking circles around the victims.

The robber searched the man's pockets asking several times "Where's the money at?" The victim said he had no money.

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Dog jumps out of car, bites woman in Mayfair parking lot

Aug. 01, 2012 9:54 a.m. | A dog jumped out of a vehicle and bit a woman in the Mayfair parking lot Thursday afternoon.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A woman and her friends were walking through the lot toward Macy's when a dog jumped out of an open vehicle window and aggressively circled the group at 12:33 p.m. July 26. The dog growled, and bit the woman's arm. The women screamed, causing the dog to run off.

Someone grabbed the dog and put it back in the vehicle, but it wasn't apparent who handled the animal because the owner - a 45-year-old Milwaukee woman - didn't return to the vehicle until about 10 minutes after police arrived.

She said she just popped into Macy's for a few minutes. The 8-year-old dog's vaccines were up to date and the dog was friendly, the owner said. However, the dog did bite a person at a beach as a pup.

Lush to open its first Wisconsin bath and body story at Mayfair

Aug. 01, 2012 9:52 a.m. | Lush, a business from the United Kingdom that sells handmade natural bath and body products, will open a story at Mayfair later this month.

The store, which will be located next to Pottery Barn, comes as part of Lush's effort to expand its presence in the Milwaukee market, said Mark Wolverton, president and CEO of LUSH North America, in a news release.

The company has significant sales space near the entrance of Macy's within the mall. But the new store will mark the first dedicated Lush shop in the state.

Lush is probably best known for its "bath bombs," effervescent balls with names like Golden Slumber and Rose Queen that add essential oils and natural materials into a bath for a rejuvenating and relaxing effect.

In addition to other bath and shower products, the store will sell hair and skin products and perfumes. All products are made using only vegetarian ingredients and the company advocates for green business practices and against animal testing, according to the company's website.

Dog's alleged dip in motel pool helps police find man wanted on warrants

Aug. 01, 2012 9:07 a.m. | It started with a report of a dog in the Motel 6 swimming pool and ended with a shirtless, drugged-up man in handcuffs, according to a town of Brookfield police report.

According to the report:

Officers were called to the Motel 6 in the town of Brookfield just after 4 p.m. July 22 because a dog was swimming in the pool.

They found a 29-year-old man and a dog that was not in the water, but appeared wet. The Schofield man insisted it wasn't his dog, but his friends'. When it was determined the man did not have a valid reservation at the motel, he was asked to leave.

In the parking lot, officers noticed a woman leaving Bullwinkle's bar, which is next door, and the Schofield man identified her as the dog's owner. The 35-year-old Oconomowoc woman said the dog belonged to another man who had already left because he was wanted on outstanding warrants.

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Video reportedly captures mother repeatedly slapping baby

Aug. 01, 2012 8:55 a.m. | A Wauwatosa mother faces four felony charges of child abuse with the intention to do harm, one count for each of the times she allegedly struck her 3-month old daughter Thursday morning.

Chancline Babcock, 19, was allegedly caught on video abusing her baby at 10:22 a.m. Now she is in jail, and the baby is in the father's care while the Child Welfare Bureau investigates.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The father had been using a video camera to record the baby. At first, the video shown to police captured images of a happy little girl smiling and cooing. He let the camera continue to record while he stepped out for a minute to use the telephone in the downstairs apartment. Babcock, the father's boyfriend, was still in the home.

When he returned a few minutes later, he found the baby red-faced and screaming. He played back the video, which showed a woman's hand audibly slapping the baby across the face. The baby cried hard enough that she was having trouble breathing. The slaps continued, leading to even louder crying.

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