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Wauwatosa West, East girls volleyball photos now online

Sept. 29, 2009 12:00 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from last night's girls volleyball game between Wauwatosa West and Wauwatosa East.

West earned the victory over its crosstown rivals, 25-17, 25-9, 25-22.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Man killed in freak accident at auto repair shop

Sept. 28, 2009 5:30 p.m. | A 59-year-old Elkhorn man died Friday after he was pinned between two vehicles in a repair bay at Huckstorf Diesel Pump & Injector Service, 9745 S. 58th St.

According to a Franklin Police Department news release:

Jon D. Stritesky was standing between his pickup truck, which was under repair, and a truck parked in front of his vehicle about 8:35 a.m. The mechanic working on Stritesky's truck inadvertently caused the vehicle to lurch forward, crushing Stritesky between the vehicles.

He was found unconscious and not breathing. A Huckstorf employee and Franklin paramedics unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate Stritesky, who was pronounced dead about 10:15 a.m.

After an autopsy over the weekend, the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the torso.

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Police impersonator performs traffic stop

Sept. 28, 2009 4:50 p.m. | City of Brookfield police are looking for a man who impersonated an officer and performed a traffic stop last week.

According to police:

The man was driving an unmarked white Crown Victoria sedan when he pulled over another vehicle on Calhoun Road just north of Bluemound Road at 12:10 p.m. Sept. 24. The Crown Victoria had a flashing red emergency light on its dash.

As he approached the vehicle, the man pretending to be an officer displayed a badge, and the driver of the second vehicle saw a semiautomatic handgun in a holster on the man's waist.

After asking the driver whether he knew a specific person, the man impersonating the officer gave him a warning about his driving and left the scene. The driver then reported the incident to police.

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Muskego cross country invite photos now online

Sept. 28, 2009 10:36 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Saturday's cross country invite hosted by Muskego High School at Lake Denoon Park.

The gallery features runners from Brookfield Academy, Brookfield Central, Cudahy, Franklin, Germantown, Greendale, Homestead, Muskego, Oak Creek and West Allis Central and Hale.

Homestead won the girls race and Muskego was second. Brookfield Central led the boys field with Germantown the runner-up.

See NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photo gallery.

Oak Creek vs. Franklin football photos now online

Sept. 28, 2009 7:52 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Friday's soggy Southeast Conference match up between Oak Creek and host Franklin.

Franklin posted a 14-6 homecoming victory. It was the second straight win for the Sabers over the Knights, the first consecutive victories over their rival since winning three straight from 1973-75.

See NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photo gallery.

Greater Metro Conference swim meet photos now online

Sept. 25, 2009 8:33 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery featuring all the action from Thursday's Greater Metro Conference girls relay swimming meet at Menomonee Falls High School.

Brookfield Central and Brookfield East tied for first place with 145 points. Falls was second with 140.

The gallery features swimmers from Central, East, Falls, West Allis and Wauwatosa.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Woodland Conference relay swim meet photos now online

Sept. 24, 2009 10:51 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Wednesday's Woodland Conference girls swimming meet at Cudahy High School, featuring swimmers from Cudahy, Greendale, New Berlin Eisenhower, Shorewood and Wauwatosa West.

Shorewood cruised to a victory in the relay meet with 310 points.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Menomonee Falls, Brookfield East girls volleyball photos now online

Sept. 24, 2009 9:18 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Tuesday night's Greater Metro Conference girls volleyball game between host Menomonee Falls and Brookfield East.

Falls earned the victory, 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 25-11.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Parents, 10 children escape Germantown blaze

Sept. 24, 2009 6:12 a.m. | A couple and their 10 children escaped an early morning blaze at their Germantown home, WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) is reporting.

The fire began at 1:13 a.m. in the 11500 block of North Shadow Wood Dr. and police confirmed that the blaze is being treated as a crime scene.

TMJ4 Video

Oak Creek at Franklin video preview now online

Sept. 23, 2009 9:34 a.m. | We've just posted NOW sportswriter David Cotey's video preview of Friday night's football game between Southeast Conference rivals Oak Creek and Franklin, one of the most-anticipated match ups in the area this week.

It's homecoming for Franklin (3-1 overall, 2-0 conference) and the Sabers are coming off a 54-0 rout of Racine Case last week. Oak Creek (3-1, 1-1) enters the game looking for a victory after falling, 34-6, at Kenosha Bradford.

Watch the preview.

Read the preview story.

Wauwatosa East at Brookfield Central video preview now online

Sept. 23, 2009 9:13 a.m. | We've just posted NOW sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh's video preview of Friday night's Greater Metro Conference football contest between Wauwatosa East and Brookfield Central.

It's homecoming for Brookfield Central (3-1 overall, 1-1 GMC), which is coming off a 44-16 victory over Brookfield East last week. Wauwatosa East (0-4, 0-2) lost to powerhouse Marquette, 30-0, in its last game.

Watch the video preview.

Homestead, Brown Deer video previews now online

Sept. 23, 2009 8:49 a.m. | We've just posted NOW sportswriter Steven L. Tietz's video previews for this Friday's Cedarburg at Homestead and Brown Deer at Pewaukee football games, all featuring 4-0 teams.

Homestead puts its 49-game North Shore Conference winning streak on the line against the Bulldogs, the team that last defeated the Highlanders in a conference game back in 2002.

Brown Deer is averaging 42.3 points per game and will take on a Pewaukee team that has allowed just 21 points all season, all of those coming in last week's victory over Eisenhower.

Watch the video preview.

Read the preview story.

Bay OKs transfer of land to Shorewood

Sept. 22, 2009 10:56 a.m. | The Whitefish Bay Village Board voted 6-1 Monday night to approve the transfer of two parcels in Whitefish Bay to Shorewood.

The two lots are part of the former Mobil gas station site at the corner of Oakland Avenue and Kensington Boulevard. WiRED Properties, which owns the site, sought to consolidate the land in order to simplify its redevelopment to a mixed-use retail and apartment building.

By detaching the land from Whitefish Bay and making it part of Shorewood, the property would be incorporated into a tax-incremental finance district in Shorewood, making the entire site eligible for TIF funding.

In approving the detachment, the board agreed to accept $104,748 from Shorewood, the assumed loss of projected tax revenue for the two lots for the next 150 years.

The Shorewood Village Board still needs to approve the deal.

2 charged with pot-growing in Franklin

Sept. 22, 2009 9:28 a.m. | Two Franklin men have been charged with growing dozens of marijuana plants in the basement of the home they shared on W. St. Martins Road.

Michael G. Walman, 25, and Corey E. James, 23, each face three felony counts - manufacture and possession of marijuana, and operating a drug house. The crimes are punishable by a maximum of 19 years in prison.

According to the complaint, Franklin police raided the home in the 11300 block of W. St. Martins Road on Friday and discovered 37 plants in the basement, along with lights, fertilizer and a ventilation system. In bedrooms, they found scales, and jars and bags of processed marijuana.

James told investigators that about 10 ounces of the pot was for his personal use, but that he also sold some for $50 per eighth ounce. Walman, a Milwaukee County parks employee who owns the house, said he discounted James' rent by the amounts he spent for equipment used in the growing operation.

The complaint notes that suspected stolen county property was also found at Walman's house and retrieved by county officials.

Wife of drunken driver reports husband to police

Sept. 21, 2009 2:30 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department often receives calls from people complaining about drunken drivers on city streets. But on Friday afternoon, the tip came from the intoxicated driver's own car.

According to the police report:

The Wauwatosa man's wife and 16-year-old son were in the car as the man, who had a blood-alcohol content nearly four times the amount a driver is allowed by law, recklessly drove around the city. The man's wife called police to report the reckless driving.

At 2:50 p.m., officers arrived at Wauwatosa Avenue and Clarke Street to find the 45-year-old father lying on the ground outside his car and his wife and son sitting in the car. Nearby, Roosevelt Elementary School was letting out, and the area was filled with parents driving cars to pick up their children.

His BAC was 0.30. His wife said he had drunk a pint of vodka and that he had been a "functioning alcoholic" for 22 years.

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Brookfield Central, East football photos now online

Sept. 21, 2009 7:52 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Brookfield Central's 44-15 victory over Brookfield East on Friday night in a Greater Metro Conference football game.

The victory improved Central to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the GMC. East is 2-2 and 0-2 in the conference.

See NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photo gallery.

City uses tax financing tool to aid 27th Street redevelopment

Sept. 17, 2009 4:50 p.m. | The Greenfield Common Council on Tuesday gave final approval to use tax-incremental financing to help jump-start redevelopment of 27th Street.

A TIF district was created from Howard Avenue to a few lots south of Grange Avenue on 27th Street.

TIF is a mechanism that allows municipalities to borrow money for infrastructure improvements in an area that otherwise would be difficult to develop or redevelop. TIF districts can also be structured as "pay as you go," where developers pay for costs up front. In either case, the increased property tax revenue from the improved land is diverted from the tax rolls to pay off the loan.

Alderman Tom Pietrowski cast the lone dissenting vote against the TIF district.

He said during the council meeting that the tax increment generated from the Sonic restaurant and Viet Hoa Supermarket, both scheduled to open later this year, will be relatively small. City officials had said they wanted to create the district to take advantage of those businesses coming in.

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Mom thwarts attempted West Allis robbery

Sept. 17, 2009 4:40 p.m. | West Allis — For the second time in less than 24 hours, a citizen response thwarted an attempted robbery here.

According to a West Allis police news release issued Thursday:

A 31-year-old West Allis woman was putting her 18-month-old child into a car seat about 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Towne Center, 6800 W. Greenfield Ave. She was approached by a 38-year-old Milwaukee man who stuck what she thought was a gun in her back.

The man asked her how much she had in her bank account and she said about $100. He asked her the location of her bank but then, after a struggle, she got out of her van and yelled that she was being robbed.

A number of people approached and the man fled toward the Pick 'n Save store. The people chased him into the store, where he was found by police.

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Shorewood students appeal suspensions for toilet-papering

Sept. 17, 2009 4:08 p.m. | Shorewood — Four Shorewood High School students have appealed their suspensions for toilet papering the campus and are awaiting a decision from Dean Schultz, the school district's interim director of instruction.

The parents of two of the senior boys said Thursday they were not told when Schultz would decide whether to uphold the one-day suspensions or expunge them from the boys' student records.

Schultz could not be reached for comment.

The district has said it notified students and parents a number of times over the past five years that strewing the high school campus with toilet paper, an annual tradition just prior to the start of classes, would no longer be tolerated. The parents dispute that contention and the district has not yet responded to a request made Friday by the Journal Sentinel for copies of those notifications.

Five senior boys were suspended for the first day of classes this month after police caught them among a larger group of students that hung toilet paper and did acts of vandalism on the campus. The parents of all five boys deny they participated in any vandalism and one of the boys decided not to appeal the suspension. The others fled.

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TV report: Brookfield woman fights ticket for 911 calls

Sept. 16, 2009 12:34 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that a Brookfield woman called 911 in August three times in August a fighting a $700 ticket she received for violating the city's 911 policy.

Chris Thies called 911 three times last month when she saw kids throwing rocks at a home across the street. Brookfield police concluded it was kids throwing rocks at a beehive. The kids were not cited, but Thies was given a $681 ticket for improper use of 911.

See story and video from Today's TMJ4.

Greenfield approves gun ticket ordinance

Sept. 16, 2009 12:30 p.m. | Greenfield — The Common Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that allows police to write tickets to people who violate state gun laws. Citations could be issued for, among other things, possession of firearms in public buildings, carrying a handgun where alcoholic beverages may be consumed and possession of a gun near schools.

The ordinance was approved, 4-1, with Ald. Tom Pietrowski voting no.

Ertl calls speech decision a mistake

Sept. 16, 2009 11:28 a.m. | If he could do it over again, Superintendent Phil Ertl said he would have allowed students to view the live broadcast of President Obama's speech to students last week.

"(In) hindsight, I think I would have made a different decision on it," Ertl said. "As I look at it, it is our president of our country and the opportunity for him to speak without disruption, I think, would have been a decision I could have made that would have been beneficial to everyone in our district."

Ertl banned the speech from being shown live, but said teachers could play the address at a later date with parent permission. That choice was made when only limited information about the speech was available, Ertl said, and that information led him to believe the event would have disrupted the classroom learning environment.

Not alone in decision

Wauwatosa was one of several area school districts that decided not to allow students to watch the speech live. The Elmbrook, West Allis-West Milwaukee and Waukesha districts are among those that took the same step after some officials heard from parents who said they would pull their children out of class if the speech aired.

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West Allis Central vs. Hale football video preview now online

Sept. 16, 2009 7:53 a.m. | Be sure to check out NOW sportswriter David Cotey's preview of Friday night's football matchup between city rivals West Allis Central and West Allis Hale.

The Greater Metro Conference matchup has playoff implications as Central (2-1 overall, 0-1 GMC) is trying to avoid starting conference play with two straight losses after falling to Marquette last week.

Hale (1-2, 1-0) comes into the game with some momentum after defeating Wauwatosa East, 48-21, in the conference opener last week.

Watch the preview | Vote in our poll

Video preview of Hamilton vs. Menomonee Falls football game now online

Sept. 16, 2009 7:37 a.m. | We've just posted a video of NOW sportswriter Steven L. Tietz previewing this Friday's rivalry match up between Hamilton and host Menomonee Falls in a Greater Metro Conference football game.

Falls enters the game on a roll, having defeated Brookfield Central, 28-25, last week in the GMC opener. The Indians are 3-0 overall and ranked second in this week's NOW Poll. Hamilton is also 3-0 and is coming off a 49-7 rout of Brookfield East last week.

Steven L. Tietz previews Hamilton at Menomonee Falls.

Video preview of Brookfield East, Brookfield Central football game now online

Sept. 15, 2009 5:50 p.m. | We've just posted Tom "Sky" Skibosh's video preview of Friday night's rivalry contest between Brookfield Central and Brookfield East in a Greater Metro Conference football game.

Both teams enter the game after suffering losses last week. Central fell to Menomonee Falls, 28-25, while East lost to Hamilton, 49-7. Both teams are 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the GMC.

Watch the Brookfield Central vs. Brookfield East preview.

Grenade in East locker causes evacuation

Sept. 14, 2009 5:40 p.m. | Wauwatosa East High School was evacuated last week after a custodian reported seeing a grenade in a student's locker.

After questioning the students who share the locker, school administrators determined the Vietnam-era grenade was inert. The 14-year-old was not arrested. Instead, school district officials said they would handle disciplining the student.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A custodian was sweeping the hallways at 6:05 p.m. Sept. 8, when he saw an open locker with what looked like a hand grenade inside and a student nearby. He alerted administrators, but when they returned to the locker it was closed and the boy was gone.

Officials called the Milwaukee County bomb squad and talked to the parents of one of the boys who shared the locker. They said they were aware of the grenade, but were not worried because the grenade was inactive with a hole in the bottom where it had been hollowed out.

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Officials expect Lilly Road bridge to re-open in mid-October

Sept. 14, 2009 2:46 p.m. | Village officials expect the Lilly Road bridge, between Fond du Lac and Menomonee avenues, to reopen in mid-October.

Officials closed the bridge Aug. 3 after crews working on paving the road found significant deterioration of the concrete deck under the asphalt.

Assistant Village Manager and Director of Public Works Arlyn Johnson said the village has hired contractor Payne and Dolan to make repairs, totaling $53,500. Johnson said the village is considering alternative funding sources for the repairs.

The village has selected a timber plank deck repair option that will allow car and light truck traffic by mid-October.

Only vehicles up to a maximum 8-ton load limit will be permitted to use the bridge, although the road still will be posted with a 3-ton load limit.

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Longtime Shorewood store on the move

Sept. 14, 2009 11:32 a.m. | Shorewood — Harleys, a business institution in the village, will move Wednesday south of E. Capitol Drive to 3565 N. Oakland Ave.

The men's clothing store has operated north of Capitol, at 4009 N. Oakland Ave., for more than 60 years, according to an announcement Monday from the Shorewood Business Improvement District.

Residents oppose Clement Manor expansion plans

Sept. 14, 2009 11:30 a.m. | A plan to build an addition at Clement Manor, a faith-based retirement community near 92nd Street and Howard Avenue, has run into some resistance from neighbors.

A collaboration of religious communities, including the School Sisters of St. Francis and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, are proposing a single-story, 44-unit memory care facility on the southwest side of the Clement Manor grounds.

However, Alderman Karl Kastner said neighbors are concerned about the proximity of the facility to their homes. He said residents there also believe there was a promise made that the land would remain undeveloped, but officials from the city and the development group say no document has been found supporting that as truth.

"None of (the neighbors) are happy," said Kastner, who represents the district encompassing Clement Manor.

The Greenfield Plan Commission reviewed the plan last week. More detailed plans will come to the Plan Commission later before the Common Council could give final approval for the project.

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Brookfield Central football photos now online

Sept. 12, 2009 8:05 p.m. | We've just added a photo gallery from Menomonee Falls' 28-25 victory over host Brookfield Central in a Greater Metro Conference football game Friday night.

Falls trailed at halftime, 17-6, before scoring 22 second-half points to earn the victory.

See NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photo gallery.

Franklin, Muskego football photos now online

Sept. 12, 2009 7:40 p.m. | We've just post a photo gallery from Franklin's 41-36 victory over Muskego in a football game Friday night.

Franklin scored a late touchdown on a 1-yard run by quarterback Lance Baretz to help post the victory.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

We're blogging live from tonight's New Berlin Eisenhower at Pewaukee football game

Sept. 11, 2009 8:32 a.m. | Be sure to check out Lake Country Publication's JR Radcliffe blogging live tonight from the football game between New Berlin Eisenhower and Pewaukee. You can sign up to be notified via e-mail when the blog goes live.

Also, be sure to watch NOW sportswriter David Cotey's video preview of tonight's game and read his preview story from this week's paper.

Nicolet vs. Whitefish Bay video preview now online

Sept. 09, 2009 8:54 a.m. | We've just posted NOW sportswriter Steven L. Tietz's video preview of Friday's North Shore Conference contest between Nicolet and Whitefish Bay.

Nicolet enters the game at 1-1 after a 28-6 victory over Kenosha St. Joseph last week. The host Blue Dukes are also 1-1 after a 33-0 victory over Slinger.

Watch Steven L. Tietz's preview of Nicolet at Whitefish Bay

Who will win the North Shore Conference? Vote in our poll.

Man arrested for incident at bus stop

Sept. 09, 2009 8:13 a.m. | A 43-year-old Milwaukee man accused of robbing a woman at the bus stop at 68th Street and Wisconsin Avenue on Sept. 3 was arrested for disorderly conduct.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The woman told police that the man approached her as she was walking to the bus stop at 11 p.m., and that he said he was going to walk with her. She said he walked with her and asked her for cigarettes.

While she was sitting on a bench speaking to another man, she felt the 43-year-old touch her left arm near where her purse handles were. After sitting at the bus stop for a while, she decided to run to the bus stop at 68th and State streets because she felt nervous.

As she attempted to run, she told police, the man grabbed on to her purse, which was on her left arm. The woman ran, and her cell phone fell out of her purse.

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New Berlin Eisenhower vs. Pewaukee video preview posted

Sept. 09, 2009 8:03 a.m. | Be sure to watch NOW sportswriter David Cotey's video preview of Friday's contest between Woodland Conference powers New Berlin Eisenhower and Pewaukee.

Pewaukee handed the Lions their lone conference loss last season on a late field goal. Both teams enter Friday's game with 2-0 records. Pewaukee has yet to allow a point this season after routs over Nicolet and Greenfield. Ike has defeated New Berlin West, 27-6, and St. Thomas More, 56-6.

Watch David Cotey's preview of New Berlin Eisenhower at Pewaukee.

Menomonee Falls vs. Brookfield Central video preview now online

Sept. 09, 2009 7:39 a.m. | Be sure to check out NOW sportswriters Steven L. Tietz and Tom "Sky" Skibosh previewing Friday night's Greater Metro Conference football opener between Menomonee Falls and Brookfield Central.

Both teams enter the contest with 2-0 records. Falls is coming off a 41-6 victory over West Bend East and Central routed Shorewood/Messmer, 49-6.

Each week our sportswriters will pick their game of the week and it will be featured in a video on a NOW site.

Steven L. Tietz and Tom "Sky" Skibosh preview Menomonee Falls at Brookfield Central.

Who will win the GMC? Vote in our poll.

Local cop noted for role in serial killer arrest

Sept. 08, 2009 3:52 p.m. | At a Monday news conference announcing the arrest of a suspected serial killer, officials credited an alert Franklin police officer who saw the suspects' car at a 27th Street motel, which led to the capture of the suspect.

Franklin Police officer Jason Fincel spotted Walter E. Ellis' vehicle at the Park Motel, 7273 S. 27th St., on Saturday morning.

More police officers soon arrived and Ellis was taken into custody. Ellis has since been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide and has been linked to eight other murders in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and Mayor Tom Barrett thanked Fincel at the Labor Day news conference, and Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor the Franklin Police Department "performed tremendously" in responding and the incident shows the value of good officers.

"Franklin is relatively crime-free, but that's the way we want to keep it," he said. "The best way to do that is to be vigilant and have quality police officers."

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Canoes, kayaks can now be launched in Tosa

Sept. 08, 2009 2:14 p.m. | The public can now launch canoes and kayaks on the Menomonee River because the Common Council last week unanimously voted to repeal an ordinance prohibiting such activities.

State law stipulates all navigable waters in Wisconsin are held in trust for use by the public. However, until the council repealed the ordinance, the self-propelled boating on the waterway was legal, but actually getting onto the river was a problem, City Attorney Alan Kesner said.

The land along the river is designated as parkway and owned by Milwaukee County. While the county allows self-propelled boats; however, the city was prohibiting launching watercraft from county lands.

Four boys suspected of stealing from cars this weekend

Sept. 08, 2009 2:00 p.m. | Brookfield police said today they suspect four Brookfield teens in thefts from more than a dozen unlocked cars over the weekend.

A homeowner in the 18900 block of Lothmoor Drive Upper called police about 3:10 a.m. Saturday to report that he had seen a group of teenage boys entering three unlocked vehicles in his driveway and was had been able to write down their vehicle's license plate number, Capt. Jim Adlam said.

Police, who were investigating another vehicle entry in the area when they got the call, found the car outside a home in the 2000 block of Limerick Lane and made contact with the four boys, three 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old. Purses and other items were found in the backseat of their car, he said.

The department is still trying to figure out what the boys took, but police have "tons of items" in property inventory, he said. The items include purses, Global Positioning Systems, cameras and loose change.

The boys entered about 50 unlocked cars and took items from 10 or 15 of those, Adlam said. They also took a set of golf clubs, beer and liquor from an unlocked garage in the 2300 block of Buckingham Place.

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Bulldog Invitational cross-country photos now online

Sept. 07, 2009 7:11 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from the West Allis Central Bulldog Invitational, held at McCarty Park in West Allis on Sept. 4.

Some of the best boys and girls runners in the area competed at the Bulldog and the gallery features athletes from Brookfield Central, Franklin, Germantown, Greendale, Homestead, New Berlin Eisenhower, Shorewood, Waukesha West and West Allis Central.

View NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Greendale schools won't let students see Obama speech live

Sept. 04, 2009 2:52 p.m. | Add the Greendale to the list of area school districts that have decided that President Barack Obama's address to the nation's youth on Tuesday will not be shown live in its schools.

"There is a lot of talk out there about this issue. We are not going to enter into the debate," Superintendent William Hughes said in a statement. "I am asking that we keep the students focused on school - teaching and learning."

School officials need more information about the content and message of the speech, Hughes said. It may be shown later if it is appropriate and aligned with curriculum.

Parents can watch the speech with their children outside the school day, but the district will remain focused on school work, Hughes said.

"I am asking that there not be a live broadcast as part of the school day experience until it is previewed and deemed appropriate, as any of the materials used in Greendale schools should be," Hughes said.

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1,500 pot plants seized in Oak Creek bust

Sept. 04, 2009 2:38 p.m. | Two citizen tips led Oak Creek police to seize more than 1,500 marijuana plants Wednesday.

According to a Police Department news release:

The citizens led officers to two fields of marijuana plants in an organized growing operation. The plants were in various stages of growth and mixed in with the underbrush natural to the terrain.

No arrests have been made. Police are not releasing the location of the site or information about the suspects because the investigation is ongoing.

The bust does not appear related to any past investigations in Oak Creek.

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Tosa East, Brookfield Central volleyball photos now online

Sept. 04, 2009 11:14 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from this week's Greater Metro Conference boys volleyball contest between Brookfield Central and host Wauwatosa East.

East posted a 25-15, 25-14, 25-16 victory.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

No one found in home after Muskego police stakeout

Sept. 03, 2009 4:11 p.m. | Muskego — Police officers armed with rifles set up a perimeter Thursday morning around a house after a woman returned home about 9 a.m. and thought someone was in her residence.

Officers searched the residence on Bay Lane Drive north of Woods Road, but did not find anybody in the house, Muskego Capt. John LaTour said.

But there are indications that someone had entered the home, LaTour and the woman said.

The woman said that when she left the home to drive her children to school, no televisions were on.

When she returned home, a television was playing, a light that had been turned off was on, and the back door, which had been closed, was open..

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Death of Glendale man investigated

Sept. 03, 2009 11:18 a.m. | Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old Glendale man who had been dropped off at a hospital by friends who said they had found him with needles and a spoon in his pocket.

An autopsy was done Thursday on Randall F. Gottschalk, who lived with his mother in the 2200 block of W. Glen Hill Court, but no cause of death will be determined until after toxicology tests are completed.

According to reports from the Milwaukee County medical examiner:

Gottschalk had no heartbeat and was wearing only underwear when he was dropped off by unknown persons at the emergency room of Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Columbia in Milwaukee shortly before noon Wednesday.

The friends arrived at Gottschalk's home about 12:45 p.m. They told his mother, Maria Bacon, they had been partying and her son passed out. They said they tried to wake him and could not so they took him to the hospital. They said they found needles and a spoon in his pocket.

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Tosa West vs. Brown Deer football video preview now online

Sept. 03, 2009 10:28 a.m. | Be sure to check out our video of NOW sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh previewing Friday night's football game between Wauwatosa West and Brown Deer.

West (1-0) is coming off a 46-20 victory over Milwaukee North, which snapped a 12-game losing streak. Brown Deer (1-0) routed Watertown Luther Prep, 36-12, in its opening contest.

Each week our sportswriters will pick their game of the week and it will be featured in a video on a NOW site.

Tom "Sky" Skibosh previews Tosa West vs Brown Deer.

Franklin, Oak Creek football video previews now online

Sept. 03, 2009 10:10 a.m. | Be sure to check out our video of NOW sportswriter David Cotey previewing Friday night's football games between Franklin and Marquette and Oak Creek vs. Pius.

Franklin's offense will square off against a Marquette defense that includes three Division-I prospects. The Oak Creek game features former Oak Creek coach Joe Koch, who now coaches Pius.

Each week our sportswriters will pick their game of the week and it will be featured in a video on a NOW site.

David Cotey previews Franklin and Oak Creek's matchups.

Menomonee Falls vs. West Bend East video preview now online

Sept. 03, 2009 9:49 a.m. | Be sure to check out our video of NOW sportswriter Steven L. Tietz previewing Friday night's football game between Menomonee Falls (1-0) and West Bend East (0-1). Each week our sportswriters will pick their game of the week and it will be featured in a video on a NOW site.

Falls is coming off a 42-7 victory over Oconomowoc in the opening game of the season. East enters the contest stinging from a 34-6 loss to Kewaskum last week.

Steven L. Tietz previews West Bend East vs. Menomonee Falls

Talks in South Milwaukee housing discrimination suit continue

Sept. 02, 2009 3:52 p.m. | South Milwaukee — The Common Council held another closed-meeting discussion Tuesday but took no action to settle a lawsuit that accuses the city of discrimination in housing.

A lawyer for the city and lawyers for tenants in an apartment complex will meet again in federal court Thursday in an attempt to resolve the 9-year-old suit.

Tenants of the Lake Bluff complex and the bank that holds the mortgage on the two buildings sued the city to block the city's plan to raze Lake Bluff, which houses a large concentration of minority residents.

The city says the complex was built illegally in violation of zoning laws and has offered recently to raze only the larger of the two buildings, which house a total of about 200 residents.

Age bias alleged in school district

Sept. 01, 2009 5:40 p.m. | Former Germantown High School Principal James Blackburn, who was reassigned to the newly created job of coordinator of communication and transition services, has filed an age discrimination claim against the School Board.

Blackburn, 57, alleges that before he was transferred to the new job, the board in February offered him a one-year contract as principal while offering other administrators, including those who are younger, two-year deals. Previously, the board had approved two-year contracts for Blackburn.

He contends that by doing so, the district was preventing him from receiving certain retirement benefits he would have been eligible for at the end of a two-year contract.

Blackburn also says he was involuntarily transferred from his position as principal in August without any opportunity for him to communicate with the board before the decision was made.

He is seeking to be reinstated as principal, a position he held for the past three years.

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