Bomb threat at New Berlin Eisenhower was second this week

Sept. 27, 2012 8:27 p.m. | The New Berlin Police Department gave the all-clear earlier today after New Berlin Eisenhower's second bomb threat in a week.

Although the threat wasn't considered credible, the school was swept by authorities as a precaution at 1:15 p.m. this afternoon.

Officials resumed school activities at 2:15 p.m., but postponed the homecoming assembly.

Eisenhower parents were notified of the lockdown via email and voicemail.

Read a message to parents from Superintendent Joe Garza

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Eisenhower under lockdown

Sept. 27, 2012 3:06 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower was under lockdown this afternoon.

New Berlin NOW has learned that parents were contacted with an automated phone message.

The police said they will be issuing a news release later today. Stay tuned to for updates.

Town's TIF gets guarantee, draws diverse opinions at hearing

Sept. 26, 2012 10:54 p.m. | The town of Brookfield has received a guarantee of added support from the Marcus Corp. within the tax-incremental district that would financially support the proposed Corners development.

An overflow crowd of more than 100 squeezed into Town Hall on Wednesday to get details about the project and voice their opinions.

If the TIF district is created, the town will provide $39 million to improve the site, southwest of Bluemound and Barker roads, expected to one day soon be home to a Von Maur department store and other retail establishments. It's estimated that the development will increase the value of the property in the district from $66 million to $209 million - the estimate has dropped from the $243 million stated a week ago at a joint review board meeting - and tax dollars generated by the added value would be used to pay back the loan.

Michael Harrigan, senior financial adviser of Ehler's & Associates, the town's financial consultant, announced that the town and Marcus have a yet-to-be-finalized agreement that Marcus will guarantee $187 million of the project, effectively covering the principal and interest. Under the agreement, town officials would have the power to place a special assessment on the developer if the project's finances lag.

The public hearing in front of the Plan Commission was meant to give the panel a sense of what the community thought of the proposal.

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Sleeping motorist arrested on Mayfair Road for parole violation, drug offenses

Sept. 26, 2012 10:55 a.m. | A 37-year-old Jackson man was arrested for violating parole and drug-related charges after Wauwatosa police found him asleep behind the wheel on Mayfair Road last week.

According to the police report:

The man was passed out behind the wheel of a car with a marijuana pipe in his hand when police arrived at the intersection of Mayfair Road and Burleigh Street at 9:13 p.m. on Sept. 19.

The man tried hiding the pipe when he was asked to step outside the vehicle. There was also a bag of a leafy green substance labeled "Bizarre: not for human consumption" on his center console.

When police asked him what he was doing, he said he was going to work.

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Man tries to swallow metal pipe after car crash

Sept. 26, 2012 9:10 a.m. | Oak Creek - A Milwaukee man who drove his car off the roadway was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after trying to swallow a metal pipe while en route to the hospital about 5:20 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

A 911 caller reported the man - whose vehicle had veered off the roadway and come to rest in a yard in the 200 block East Forest Hill Avenue - was in medical distress.

When officers arrived, the driver, a 54-year-old Milwaukee man, was flailing his arms and convulsing. Officers were able to restrain the man until paramedics arrived and took him to Wheaton Franciscan for evaluation.

While en route to the hospital, the man took a metal pipe containing burned residue out of his waistband and attempted to swallow it. The man admitted the residue was K2, a synthetic marijuana that he purchases online.

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Porn displayed in garage could be seen by child, police say

Sept. 26, 2012 8:13 a.m. | Oak Creek - A 46-year-old Oak Creek man who called police about being pranked is facing a state charge of exposing a child to harmful material after police found pornographic images hanging in his garage.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

An officer responded to the man's home after he reported that his neighbor's children were pouring an unidentified substance on his grass, causing damage to his lawn. The man told police he was concerned the children were playing with a dangerous chemical and might get hurt.

While the officer was talking to the children's mother about the complaint, she told officers that her neighbor - the complainant - has pornographic images in his garage that are regularly shown to neighborhood children.

The officer returned to the man's house and the man showed the officer the images in his garage. After the officer told the man the images were indeed pornographic, the man stated that his 7-year-old daughter is the only child who has regular access to the garage.

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Police investigating burglary at bath & tile showroom

Sept. 25, 2012 5:14 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are investigating a burglary at P&J Bathroom Specialists, 6968 S. 13th St., which occurred over the weekend.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The general manager of P&J Bathroom Specialists called police shortly after 9 a.m. Monday after he came to work and found a window broken and the door kicked in.

Someone had forced his or her way into the main office and stolen three computer monitors and three VHS tapes. They also had forced entry into the accounting office, where they pried open a locked file cabinet and stole a cashbox containing $280.

About $15 was taken from a snack box, and a $350 brushed brass Kohler faucet was taken from one of the displays on the showroom floor.

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TV thief sets off fire alarm

Sept. 25, 2012 4:52 p.m. | Fire alarms were blaring in a Wauwatosa Kmart last week, but there was no fire. The false alarm was caused by a man running away with a 26-inch flat-screen television.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man walked into Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, at 3:48 p.m. Sept. 19, grabbed a cart and went directly to the electronics section. He put a flat-screen TV into the cart and wheeled it out the back door, tripping the alarm. He was in the store for less than two minutes.

Employees noticed the alarm and gave chase but it was too late. The man and the TV were gone.

Review of the surveillance video revealed that the man must have parked behind neighboring Sears. He ran in that direction and is thought to have driven off.

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Man unwittingly drives getaway car after theft

Sept. 25, 2012 4:46 p.m. | A man was stopped by an employee when he tried to walk out of Lowes, 1200 W. Burleigh St., with $188 worth of copper wire. The man told the employee to "back off before I pull this," the Wauwatosa police report states.

What "this" referred to was never discovered because the employee immediately backed off.

Also in the report:

Two men put the copper wire in a backpack at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 before leaving the store separately. One of them was stopped at the door. After his encounter with the employee, he ran to a getaway car and both men drove off.

Police were able to get the license plate number of the car, which belonged to a Milwaukee woman. They called the woman, who said she had no knowledge of the incident but that her husband was using the car at the time.

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Police say woman tried to flee to prevent fifth drunken driving arrest

Sept. 25, 2012 4:30 p.m. | A woman allegedly tried to escape her fifth drunken driving offense by driving drunkenly away from police.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 51-year-old Wauwatosa woman had purchased a bottle of wine at Pick 'n Save, 1717 N. Mayfair Road, dropped her bag, purchased lottery tickets and dropped her bag again about 8 p.m. Sept. 19. She fell in the parking lot before getting in her car. That's when Pick 'n Save employees called the cops.

Police pulled the woman over a few blocks away from Pick 'n Save.

The officer, noticing her slurred speech and the smell of liquor, asked her for her driver's license. She said she had forgotten it in her apartment. The officer asked her if it was in her purse, which was sitting on the passenger seat. That's when she put the car in gear and sped into a parking lot.

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Menomonee Falls police warn of magazine scam

Sept. 25, 2012 2:04 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department issued a warning today for residents to be on the alert for a magazine subscription scam that benefits wounded military veterans.

According to the police department's news release:

The Metro Detroit area has been flooded with a bogus company either using the name "U.C" or "United Circulation" or "W. W. C" or "Worldwide Circulation" scamming thousands of residents out of money.

The companies hire late teens, ages 17-22, to go door to door attempting to sell magazine subscriptions that supposedly go to wounded vets from Iraq. The unsuspecting victim is shown a list of wounded vets with names, rank and branch of service and then choose which vet receives whatever magazine that is chosen for the donation. The teens also use the deceptive con that not only do the vets receive the magazines but a portion of the proceeds will help the teen with a sports team, honor student, trips abroad or other school fundraisers. The teens represent themselves as attending the local school in the area that they are fundraising. This is all a scam! The teens do not attend the local school in the area that they are soliciting in and the proceeds do not benefit the school in any way.

The company "United Circulation" is based out of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa, area and is a limited liability company. The company does not have a website and they use craiglist and newspaper ads to have field managers recruit the teens to do the soliciting.

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Juneau Boulevard to be closed next week

Sept. 25, 2012 12:46 p.m. | Juneau Boulevard will be closed at the railroad crossing in the 13600 block beginning Monday. It is expected to reopen Friday, Oct. 5, Police Chief Jim Gage said in a news release today.

"No vehicle traffic will be permitted to travel through the road closure at anytime, day or night," he said.

CP Rail will be improving the crossing by adding concrete between the tracks, thereby smoothing out the crossing. Train traffic will continue one track at a limited speed of 25 mph, which may cause longer than usual traffic delays along Watertown Plank Road during this project, Gage noted.

No specific detour will be posted.

In addition to Watertown Plank Road, alternate east/west routes may include using North Avenue and Bluemound Road.

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North Shore Fire Department cuts equipment, staff in 2013 budget

Sept. 25, 2012 10:23 a.m. | The North Shore Fire Department will take one ambulance and one fire engine out of service in the coming year, as well as reduce its daily nonadministrative staffing level from 27/26 to 25/24, as part of a 2013 budget adopted by its board of directors Monday.

Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said the fire engine would come out of NSFD's Glendale station, though a combination fire engine and ladder truck would remain there, and staff members are working out where to cut the ambulance.

The adopted $13.9 million budget means an overall increase in contribution of 1.9 percent for member communities, and an increase of 1.4 percent in the overall NSFD budget from 2012.

Whitaker told the board that by making the reduction in staff and equipment, response times are likely to increase in the scenarios where the department is dealing with multiple calls and needs to draw resources from stations throughout the area.

"(The reduction) limits the crew we have to move around," he said.

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Town's bid to become a village sent back to state

Sept. 25, 2012 8:02 a.m. | The town of Brookfield's request to incorporate as a village has been sent back to the Wisconsin Department of Administration after mediation failed between the town and neighboring municipalities.

City of Brookfield Attorney Karen Flaherty today confirmed the move. She said that Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James Kieffer lifted the stay on the state's review of the incorporation Sept. 20.

Flaherty said she has not heard a timeline for the Department of Administration to review and decide any next steps in the matter.

The mediation was held between the town and nearby municipalities including the cities of Brookfield and Waukesha and the village of Sussex to iron out consolidation issues.

In order for the town to become a village, it needs a required minimum of four-square-miles of contiguous territory. The town, seeking to protect itself from annexation, has petitioned to annex 288 acres in the town of Waukesha.

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West Allis pumps up prepay method for gas stations

Sept. 24, 2012 7:00 p.m. | Gas drive-offs will be a thing of the past in West Allis after the Common Council on Tuesday voted to make all drivers prepay at the pump.

The West Allis Police Department requested the restriction because patrol officers have to respond to so many gas thefts.

Gas stations that fail or refuse to convert pumps for the prepay approach will risk loss of their business licenses, under the new ordinance. Short of that, police will no longer investigate gas thefts where prepayment is not required.

Prepayment can be in the form of a credit or debit card, cash, check or any other legal means of payment.

Greenfield wants food wagons hidden from view

Sept. 21, 2012 5:54 p.m. | A businessman who plans to convert an old farmhouse into a food-service business didn't get what he wanted from the Greenfield Common Council this week, but he thinks he may have a viable alternative.

The council on Tuesday rejected Craig Mengeling's request that he be allowed to move two food concession wagons onto the property at 5225 W. Forest Home Ave. when they are not in use at fairs and festivals.

The original proposal involved the use of a fence to shield the parked wagons from view. Instead, alderman favored the construction of a garage to fully shelter the food wagons.

However, based on what he heard from city officials, Mengeling said he now believes that by adding lattice work on top of an existing fence, one wagon will be sufficiently hidden. He also is considering an offer by a Franklin farmer who is willing to store the other wagon.

By making arrangements to use the church parking lot behind the property, Mengeling also believed that he had taken care of a vehicle parking concern aldermen also expressed. But whether that proposal is adequate is something he will discuss with city planning officials next week.

Mequon-Thiensville district board meetings have new location

Sept. 21, 2012 9:54 a.m. | Future meetings of the Mequon-Thiensville School District School Board will take place in the conference room at Range Line Elementary at 11040 N. Range Line Road in Mequon.

The move, according to a MTSD news release, is meant to provide better parking and a larger audience capacity.

The first board meeting at the new location will be Sep. 24 at 7 p.m.

Suicide believed to be cause of Brown Deer death

Sept. 20, 2012 1:30 p.m. | Brown Deer police and the Milwaukee County Medical Examiners Office suspect suicide in the death of a man discovered off a Brown Deer recreational trail this morning, according to a Brown Deer police news release.

From the release:

Brown Deer and Mequon police responded to a report of a deceased person in an area of recreational trail between West County Line Road and West Brown Deer Road at approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Officers interviewed a witness who said he found the body as he was jogging along the trail. After locating the man, officers confirmed that he was deceased.

Brown Deer police and the examiners office believe the man committed suicide, though the investigation is ongoing.

Greenfield Walmart will become a church

Sept. 19, 2012 7:02 p.m. | The Ridge Community Church can now make its new home in the soon-to-be-vacated Walmart store at 4500 S. 108th St.

On Tuesday, the Greenfield Common Council approved the church's site, building and landscape design plans, clearing the way the congregation's acquisition of the old Walmart building.

About 60,000 square feet would be used by the church, which would lease out the remaining 50,000 square feet to retail tenants or offices.

Walmart itself will move into its larger quarters under construction around the corner in late October.

Man misrepresents himself to steal tires

Sept. 19, 2012 10:28 a.m. | A 24-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for fraud after he accepted payment for work he hadn't completed and hadn't been authorized to do, according to Wauwatosa police.

The Wauwatosa police report goes on to say that:

Curry Park Automotive paid the man, who they believed was working for Wes's Tire Service, $107 to remove 39 tires from the property.

However, some of the tires that were to have been removed were later found in the bushes along the alleyway, and tires in one garage weren't moved at all.

The owner of Curry Park Automotive called Wes's Tire Service, and learned that the man had been fired from Wes's about a month earlier.

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Mortgage company ex-employee accused of embezzling $80,000

Sept. 19, 2012 10:04 a.m. | The owner of Mayfair Title Corp. got a surprise when he checked up on a financial discrepancy: An employee had allegedly embezzled over $80,000 from the company.

According to the police report:

The owner was reviewing the company's finances when he found a discrepancy, which he reported to the financial director, a 42-year-old Greenfield woman.

The owner became suspicious after the financial director couldn't explain the discrepancy. Looking deeper into the company's finances, the owner found more discrepancies. Checks were being made out to a mortgage company and to a woman he didn't know.

The woman turned out to be the financial director's sister. The owner believes the mortgage company holds the financial director's mortgage.

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Theft of purse at Quiznos lands two in trouble

Sept. 18, 2012 4:34 p.m. | A Quiznos employee and her friend could face multiple charges stemming from the theft of a customer's purse Sept. 16.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

An Oak Creek man called police at 5:50 p.m. Sept. 16 after the Coach purse his wife accidentally left at Quiznos Subs, 8880 S. Howell Ave., was taken from the manager's office by a store employee.

Police questioned the employee, a 31-year-old Caledonia woman, but she insisted the purse in question actually belonged to her. After an hour of questioning, the woman admitted to officers that she gave the purse to her girlfriend, a 31-year-old Racine woman, and told her to empty it. The employee then emptied out her own purse and put the contents into the stolen Coach purse, stating she and the victim had identical purses.

The purse and credit cards were returned to the victim, with the exception of $100, which had been spent by the employee's friend. The friend also admitted she took the credit cards and made several purchases at Kohl's, Target and Pick 'n Save before the cards were returned to the owner.

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Police need help solving street sign thefts

Sept. 18, 2012 4:28 p.m. | Franklin police are investigating the theft of six street signs between Sept. 5 and Sept. 12.

According to police reports:

The following street signs were reported stolen by the Department of Public Works:

a "Duck Crossing" sign in the 8900 block of West Drexel Avenue

a "Deer Crossing" sign in the 3600 block of West Puetz Road

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First of two superintendent chats is today

Sept. 18, 2012 10:52 a.m. | A public chat session with Elmbrook School District Superintendent Mark Hansen will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the black-box theater at Brookfield East High School, 3305 N. Lilly Road.

Hansen is expected to provide an overview of the district and allow time for questions.

A second session is planned for 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 26 in the black-box theater at Brookfield Central High School, 16900 W. Gebhardt Road.

The chat sessions are sponsored by the Elmbrook Parent Network and Leadership Council. The newly formed organization represents the merger of the former Parent Network and the Elmbrook Parent Leadership Council.

Germantown political sign debate continues, but ordinance stays the same

Sept. 18, 2012 6:40 a.m. | After two hours of debate, the Germantown Village Board Monday voted to not change the campaign sign ordinance they updated back in May.

The General Government Committee in a 3-to-1 vote approved changes to the ordinance that if approved by the village board would ban all campaign signs from the public right of way. After an hourlong public comment period where residents had differing opinions on whether or not campaign signs should be allowed in public right-of-ways, the board unanimously voted against changing the village code.

The ordinance was clarified in spring to state that campaign signs can be placed on village right-of-ways abutting residential properties only if the property owner has given his or her approval for the sign to be placed there.

Before the April 3 election, candidates thought they could place campaign signs on village right-of-ways as long as they were 4-feet from the curb line. The Germantown Police Department and the village were inundated with calls from residents throughout the month of March asking for illegally placed campaign signs to be removed from the village right-of-ways abutting their property.

Village Attorney Brian Sajdak said prohibiting campaign signs in public space altogether would clear up any confusion regarding the ordinance. He said by allowing signs in the right-of-ways, it also makes a space "quasi-public," meaning the right of way is still public space, but it's not fully public because property owners have to grant permission to place signs there.

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Zoo Interchange construction public meetings this week

Sept. 17, 2012 4:16 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is hosting public information meetings this week to discuss construction planning efforts related to the Zoo Interchange.

The open house style meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St. The site is accessible on bus route 67.

The same information will be presented both nights. Project team members will be available to answer questions and explain details of the project.

Zoo Interchange construction public meetings this week

Sept. 17, 2012 4:10 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is hosting public information meetings this week to discuss construction planning efforts related to the Zoo Interchange.

The open house style meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St. The site is accessible on bus route 67.

The same information will be presented both nights. Project team members will be available to answer questions and explain details of the project.

No injuries reported in Glendale fire

Sept. 17, 2012 1:52 p.m. | A Glendale homeowner was treated for minor smoke inhalation early this morning after the North Shore Fire Department quelled a fire which had caused an estimated $80,000 in damages.

From an NSFD news release:

NSFD received a call at approximately 1:30 a.m. reporting a fire spreading from an attached garage at 2425 West Applewood Lane. Crews made an aggressive attack on the fire, keeping it from spreading further throughout the home.

As a result of the heavy fire and resources necessary to handle it, the incident commander upgraded the call to request area resources. A total of four engines, one ladder truck, two paramedic units and several command staff responded to the fire.

While fighting the fire, NSFD received aid from the Mequon, Thiensville, West Allis, Wauwatosa and Cedarburg fire departments to help with coverage.

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Arrowhead retains top spot in suburban football poll

Sept. 17, 2012 11:29 a.m. | The Arrowhead High School football team has rolled to victories in each of its first four contests to cement its spot atop the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications football poll.

The poll is part of the Push for the Playoffs special section, which is updated throughout the week with the latest playoff forecast, statistics, top players and more. Coach's Confidential is the newest feature and will include state coaches anonymously weighing in on controversial topics.

Go to Push for the Playoffs.

Oak Creek man wins third week of NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 17, 2012 10:31 a.m. | Congratulations to Anthony Nuck of Oak Creek who is the Week 3 winner in MyCommunityNOW’s Pigskin Picks contest.

Nuck correctly selected the winner in four out of five high school football games and was the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. Brookfield Central contest.

He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Movie passes will be given away to one winner each week and three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

You can join the more than 700 people who have already signed up for the fun by registering at You can register using your Facebook account and the game is fully playable through a smart phone.

NOW sportswriters John Rech and Tom “Sky” Skibosh lead the VIP competition. Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek is a game back.

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Think you know high school football? Test your skills in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 14, 2012 12:48 p.m. | The experts and special celebrity pickers have weighed in on some of tonight's top high school football games, and you can too by joining MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest.

Visit to register for the contest and take your best shot at winning the weekly prize of a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

This week's featured games are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg, Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.

Time-Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin moved into a tie for the top spot among VIP pickers with his performance last week. He is a game ahead of Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, who fell back a bit last week after debuting at 5-0.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Road closure discourages shortcut route to New Berlin City Center

Sept. 13, 2012 9:15 a.m. | The New Berlin Common Council this week approved closing Wilbur Drive at a key point near City Center in an effort to dissuade drivers from using a residential neighborhood as a shortcut route.

Aldermen hope the move will reduce the amount of traffic cutting through the neighborhood to and from Sunny Slope Road east of the the mixed-use commercial complex while not completely eliminating the center's access for neighbors.

The proposal, in which Wilbur would be cut off on Cottonwood Drive, was a compromise from an earlier suggestion that Wilbur be cut off completely from the center's access at 147th Street. It was approved Tuesday.

The Board of Public Works will now make a recommendation on the design and cost of blocking the road. Board chairman Alderman Dave Ament said he will strive for a design that would enable pedestrians and bicyclists to get through the blockage.

Board members will meet Monday to start that process.

Proposed Buddhist temple dealt blow

Sept. 12, 2012 10:52 a.m. | The Greenfield Plan Commission decided to keep land the city had set aside for a future road, rather than allow a congregation that wants to build a Buddhist temple in Greenfield incorporate the land into its building plans.

The action Tuesdaydealt a blow to the proposed temple that some on the commission and some neighbors see as too big for the site.

But an official of the congregation said after the meeting that it would be back with scaled-down plans.

"We'll change it a little here and there to make it perfect," said Andy Tran, temple controller.

The Phuoc Hau Buddhist Temple of Milwaukee, 1575 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, proposed an 8,100-square-foot temple on 1.5 acres at 44th Street and Edgerton Avenue. The temple owns one acre and was hoping the city would vacate the half-acre it has been saving to eventually put 44th Street through. The city originally acquired that right of way from the parcel that the temple now owns.

Man covered in feces charged with drunken driving

Sept. 12, 2012 10:36 a.m. | A drunken driving arrest can get a bit messy, but not usually in this way.

A 54-year-old Milwaukee man who was arrested for drunken driving Sept. 4 after police tracked him down at home was, for some undisclosed reason, covered in feces. The smell coming from his home was so bad a police officer hesitated before entering.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man had bought liquor from Walgreens, 2656 Wauwatosa Avenue, at about 8 a.m. The employee who sold him the liquor noticed that the man appeared intoxicated. When the employee tried to get him to stop his truck, the man said "I'm OK," then drove off with difficulty.

The employee called the police, who located the truck parked diagonally outside the man's residence.

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Bicycle thief apologizes, blames job loss for theft

Sept. 12, 2012 8:39 a.m. | A 16-year-old boy was robbed of his bike and $10 in cash by a man wearing a McDonald's uniform who claimed he had just lost his job.

According to police reports:

The boy was walking his bike down the 1400 block of North 68th Street in Wauwatosa at 4:45 p.m. Sept. 5 when the man tapped him on the shoulder and asked him for change. The man took a $10 bill from the boy's wallet when he opened it.

The man then then told the boy he was taking his bike, too. They wrestled for the bike until the man threatened that he was going to "pull something" on him, prompting the boy to end the struggle.

The suspect started biking away, but then turned around and apologized to the boy, telling him that he had just lost his job.

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Fox Point accepts NSFD funding formula, for now

Sept. 11, 2012 11:46 p.m. | The Fox Point Village Board tonight begrudgingly accepted its percentage of the North Shore Fire Department's budget as allotted in an amended NSFD funding formula which will be in effect for the next three years.

Trustees took action in July to add a three-year sunset clause to the formula so that Fox Point, as well as the other NSFD member communities, can renegotiate in 2015. The sunset clause was supported by the River Hills Village Board and was ultimately approved by the NSFD Board of Directors, though a decrease in Fox Point's percentage contribution - which trustees and Village President Michael West had expressed interest in - was not.

In the new funding formula Fox Point will contribute 10.31 percent of the NSFD budget annually, down from the 10.38 percent it had paid from 2008 through 2012. However, West and Fox Point trustees have taken issue with the new percentage, since it is more than the 9.31 percent Fox Point would be paying for the next three years, had the original NSFD funding formula in effect from 1995 through 2007 been used and the percentages not been frozen in 2008.

"If you think (the original) formula is fair, then these proposed numbers aren't really fair to Fox Point," said trustee F.R. Dengel.

West told trustees that using an NSFD subcommittee to come up with the altered formula hadn't worked in his estimation, and that he would campaign for negotiations between all the member communities and a new formula between now and 2015.

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Woman's 'niece' asks for $1,700 from Peru

Sept. 11, 2012 11:24 p.m. | A common scam, in which a caller claiming to be a relative jailed in another country, found its way into a Wauwatosa woman's home, thankfully without success, last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The woman got a call Sept. 6 from someone posing as her niece, phoning to say that she was in jail in Peru and needed bail money. A subsequent call, allegedly from the girl's attorney, asked for $1,746 in bail money.

The woman called a family member, who is an attorney and confirmed that her niece was not in Peru. Her family member told her not to send any money.

The phone number that was used by the callers was blocked, so police were unable to track the source.

Thief steals cash drawer in 27 seconds

Sept. 11, 2012 10:56 p.m. | A change drawer with $600 in it was taken from Baskin-Robbins, 1417 Wauwatosa Ave. at 10:57 a.m. Sept. 7.

According to a police report:

The manager was opening the store alone and closed the change safe but did not lock it using the key.

After unlocking the back door's deadbolt, she went to the bathroom. That's when a man entered the back door, went directly to the change drawer and took it without taking anything else. He was in and out in 27 seconds.

The manager didn't notice the money was gone until the store owner asked her for change later in the day.

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Boys arrested for stealing cellphones

Sept. 11, 2012 9:54 p.m. | Two Milwaukee boys, ages 13 and 15, were arrested after they allegedly took three cell phones from a woman's car in an underground garage in the 9600 block of W. Hampton Avenue at 4:59 p.m. Sept. 6.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The boys had followed the victim when she parked in the parking garage. She left her windows open and her car unlocked, thinking that her car was safe in the garage. When she returned to her car soon after, she discovered that her car rummaged through and three cellphones missing.

Because the theft occurred in such a short time frame, she suspected the two boys, who she had seen outside of her apartment about the same time. She provided police with a description of both youths.

After locating the boys, police searched them, finding the three cellphones in their possession. At first, the boys initially told the police they owned the cellphones, but later admitted to stealing them.

$10K in power tools stolen from 12 trucks at gas station

Sept. 11, 2012 4:25 p.m. | Franklin police are investigating the theft of more than $10,000 worth of power equipment stolen from 12 tree maintenance trucks Labor Day weekend.

The trucks, owned by Asplundh Tree Export Co., were parked at Andy's, 5120 W. Ryan Road, between 10:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and 10 a.m. Sept. 3. Someone pried open the locked tool compartments on all 12 vehicles.

Sixteen chainsaws, two hydraulic stick saws and $900 worth of climbing equipment were taken.

The trucks sustained more than $10,000 in damage.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Franklin Police Department at (414) 425-2522.

Residents OK Greenfield schools' small levy hike

Sept. 11, 2012 11:45 a.m. | After a public hearing at which no one spoke, the 28 residents at the Greenfield School District annual meeting Monday night unanimously approved a $25 million property tax levy for the 2012-'13 school year.

That levy, up 0.26% from the previous year, will support a nearly $45.6 million budget that's 0.02% lower than 2011-'12 budget. The general fund, basically the operating budget, is less than 0.1% higher than last year.

School officials warned that the news may not be entirely good for taxpayers if assessed values fall. If assessed property values remain stable, school taxes will go up only 0.26%, said Kristen Kollath, director of business services. But if assessed values should fall by 3%, for example, school taxes would go up 3.36%, she said.

Menomonee Falls residents approve levy decrease

Sept. 11, 2012 6:47 a.m. | Residents of the Menomonee Falls School District can expect a lower tax bill as the levy - which includes a 0.4 percent decrease - was approved at the annual meeting Monday night.

About 25 residents approved the total levy of $38,282,890 for the 2012-13 school year. Despite a projected 15 percent decrease in state aid for the 2012-13 school year, the mill rate will be decreased $0.05 per $1,000 of property value. The mill rate will be $11.42 per $1,000.

According to Business Manager Jeff Gross, a property owner with a home valued at $200,000 would see a reduction of $9.17. The property owner would pay $2,285.52.

This is the second year in a row the levy was lowered in the Menomonee Falls School District. For the 2011-12 school year, it was lowered by 1.96 percent.

Total expenditures in the district are down 1 percent. The transition to a self-funded insurance plan and reducing things such as energy and transportation costs helped the district come to a balanced budget and lower levy.

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Video: Sikh Temple incident dash-cam video released

Sept. 10, 2012 4:14 p.m. | Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, officer Savan Lenda, Mayor Stephen Scaffidi and U.S. Attorney James Santell today released dash-cam video from the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings that took place Aug. 5.

The video, taken from Lt. Brian Murphy's and Lenda's vehicles, shows Murphy's arrival, his immediate care of the victims - whose images are blurred - and his contact with gunman Wade Michael Page.

It shows that Murphy was able to fire a round at Page before he was taken down. The video then cuts to Lenda's vehicle as it enters the temple parking lot, stops and backs up.

"I've got a man in the parking lot with a gun," Lenda says in the video. Lenda's windshield is then hit by a bullet. Lenda returns six shots, and Page falls to the ground. One extra shot, believed by the FBI to be the fatal self-inflicted shot, is heard.

Santell confirmed that the FBI's investigation showed Lenda's headrest was hit by the bullet that struck his vehicle.

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Man escapes hospital after arrest for suspected overdose

Sept. 10, 2012 11:16 a.m. | A customer found an unconscious man when he tried to open the bathroom door at the Midtown Shell on 641 N. Hawley Road.

According the Wauwatosa police report:

The suspect, a 42-year-old New Berlin man, was conscious but unable to answer questions when the police arrived. The police found a backpack on the scene containing nine hypodermic needles, alcohol prep pads, syringes filled with an agent that counteracts overdoses and three grams of heroin. Police found three grams of marijuana and a pipe on the man after searching him.

Due to the suspect's intoxicated nature, police sent him to Froedtert Hospital. The suspect left the hospital before he was medically released and is still wanted for drug possession.

Intoxicated man arrested, escapes hospital

Sept. 10, 2012 9:04 a.m. | Police are looking for a man who escaped from a hospital after they caught him while he was inebriated, waving his shirt around near a busy intersection.

According to the police report:

When police arrived, the man had his shirt off and was waving it at traffic and yelling at 5:39 p.m. Aug. 29 at the corner of North Avenue and Mayfair Road. When the man noticed the police, he began running away. Police followed him, and as they did, he ditched a red container in the bushes. Police were able to catch him and the container, which contained eight oxycodone hydrochloride pills.

Police noticed the man was extremely inebriated, lapsing in and out of consciousness. When the man would lapse into consciousness, he swore at the police officers. The man said that the police could have given him a warning.

The man was brought to Froedtert Hospital due to his intoxicated state. The man escaped Froedtert before being medically cleared to leave. Police are looking for the man, who is a 23-year-old Wauwatosa native.

Pigskin Picks Week 2 winner revealed

Sept. 08, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Congratulations to Brian Karas of New Berlin, who is this week's winner in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks Football Contest.

Karas picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. West Alls Hale game. He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and has a shot at being one of the three winners at the end of the regular season. Each of those winners will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Next week's featured contests, which are now open for picking, are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg; Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Greenfield woman likely died from West Nile virus

Sept. 07, 2012 6:08 p.m. | The recent death of a Greenfield women in her 70s may have been due to the West Nile virus, the Greenfield health department announced today.

Official confirmation linking this death, and another in the area, is pending further testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

West Nile virus is spread to people by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. While 80 percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito experience no symptoms at all and most of the other 20 percent have only a mild illness, individuals older than 50 are most at risk, health officials said.

Symptoms usually are fever, headache, eye pain, muscle aches, joint pain, a rash on the trunk, swollen lymph nodes, nausea and vomiting. Less than 1 percent of people infected with the West Nile virus become severely ill. Symptoms of severe illness include extreme muscle weakness, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), paralysis and coma. In rare cases the infection may be fatal, particularly in the elderly and people with other medical conditions, according to the health department.

Think you know high school football? Test your skills at Pigskin Picks

Sept. 07, 2012 11:38 a.m. | We're a little more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's high school football games and there is still time to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks Football Contest.

Register now for the chance to each week win a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss. St. Francis, joined the fray this season as a celebrity guest picker and rolled to a 5-0 record in the first round. She was joined in the ranks of the undefeated by NOW sportswriter John Rech and contestant Jeff Slusar, who won movie tickets by predicting the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.

This week's featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Germantown school receives Blue Ribbon award

Sept. 07, 2012 11:32 a.m. | Rockfield Elementary School in Germantown was named a 2012 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

There were eight elementary schools in Wisconsin that received the award. There are approximately 15,000 public school districts nationwide and 269 individual schools received Blue Ribbon awards this year.

"We are thrilled to have won the Blue Ribbon Schools award. Blue Ribbon Schools exemplify the principal and teacher leadership we continue to cultivate in our schools focused on students," said Germantown Superintendent Susan Borden,

There are now three Blue Ribbon principals out of the four elementary schools in the Germantown School District. County Line Elementary won the award in 2009. Amy Belle Elementary Principal Maria Kucharski recently started with the Germantown School District after working at Magee Elementary in Kettle Moraine, a school that also received a 2012 award.

"Congratulations. Only a few schools in the nation receive Blue Ribbon honors each year," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "This award recognizes that staff members at these schools work with their communities to help all students achieve at high levels so they are prepared to graduate from high school ready for college and career."

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Bayside village board closes waste collection site, changes to monthly services

Sept. 07, 2012 10:40 a.m. | The village of Bayside board of trustees unanimously voted Thursday to close the yard waste collection site on Fairy Chasm Road and offer one collection day per month for both recycling material and yard waste.

The unmonitored yard waste site, 201 E. Fairy Chasm Road, has been a target of ongoing illegal dumping by both nonresidents and contractors, said Village Manager Andy Pederson. Because of this abuse, the board voted to create a monthly drop off day on the third Tuesday of each month for residents to drop off their yard waste and recycling materials at Village Hall, 9705 Regent Road.

"We're changing the service and we're adding a service," Pederson said.

The Bayside Police Department has patrolled the dump site over the past couple of years and written citations to people from many of the surrounding North Shore communities. Electronic items, steel, a toilet, windows and hazardous materials have been found illegally dumped at the site.

"We know of several contractors who in the last week, who are doing business out of town, brought their brush here and taxpayers have to absorb that cost to move it and grind it," Pederson said.

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Whitefish Bay residents approve increased district tax levy

Sept. 06, 2012 9:29 a.m. | Residents of the Whitefish Bay School District are looking at a district levy increase of up to 3.37 percent for the coming 2012-13 school year.

Over 100 Whitefish Bay residents turned out and voted at the district's annual meeting Wednesday night to approve a levy of $21.8 million, which fits into a draft 2012-13 budget of $39.4 million - down about 6.7 percent from a 2011-12 budget of approximately $42.2 million.

The 3.37 percent levy increase is based on a conservative district estimate of state aid which assumes a decrease of nearly $270,000. Director of Business Services Sean Yde told attendants of the annual meeting that if earlier Department of Public Instruction estimates of state aid hold, which project an increase of approximately $200,000, the levy increase will be more in the ballpark of 1.1 percent.

According to his calculations, the conservative estimate would lead to an increase of $142 in property taxes for a home valued at $400,000. The DPI estimate would result in an increase of $46 for that same $400,000 home.

He expects that when the district receives final state aid numbers from the state on Oct. 15, the final certified levy will fall somewhere in the middle, though nearer to the DPI estimate.

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Committee discusses treatment of Emerald Ash Borer found in village

Sept. 05, 2012 9:46 p.m. | The village of Brown Deer Finance and Public Works Committee met Wednesday to discuss a plan of attack for Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that rapidly kills ash trees and was recently discovered in the village.

The committee discussed the removal or treatment of trees to stop the infestation of the insect that will kill untreated trees within a few years. So far, the borer has been detected in one street tree on 47th Street, on the south side of Brown Deer.

"You don't prevent it," said Operations Superintendent of the Department of Public Works Larry Neitzel. "Once you've got the bug, it's probably all over the place."

Treatment on trees located on the north side of the village, where the bug is not believed to be in mass quantities yet, will begin at the end of September. A fund was started a few years ago as part of the village's Capital Improvement Program to go toward Emerald Ash Borer.

The Finance and Public Works Committee did not vote on allocating additional funds Wednesday; however, committee members did say they would support increasing the EAB budget in 2013. There is currently $7,500 in the EAB fund.

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Eisenhower's Terrian wins Teacher of the Year

Sept. 05, 2012 4:11 p.m. | Eisenhower Elementary School teacher Nancy Terrian was named Wisconsin's Elementary Teacher of the Year today in Wauwatosa.

She was surprised with a ceremony honoring her today in the school gym. State Superintendent Tony Evers was there to present her with the award in front of the student body, school staff and her family.

"While there are many outstanding educators and teachers in Wisconsin, right here in Wauwatosa is one of the most outstanding teachers this year," Evers said. "All these people have come here today to tell that teacher something very important. We're here to say 'thank you.' "

When Terrian won the award, she beckoned her family to join her as she made an acceptance speech.

"Thank you so very much. There are some people here that could get this honor. I work with so many amazing people," she said. "Most importantly, Eisenhower youth are the greatest people, and this is the greatest place to work by far."

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Visit Push for the Playoffs to follow your favorite high school team's postseason prospects

Sept. 05, 2012 3:30 p.m. | Want to know which high school football teams are headed toward a WIAA postseason bid and who might be among the also-rans?

Visit Push for the Playoffs each week at as Lake Country Publications/NOW Newspapers sports director JR Radcliffe sizes up the playoff chances of all area teams. You will also find standings, area statistical leaders, a player of the week and more.

Go to Push for the Playoffs

Meijer now sets its sights on Tosa

Sept. 05, 2012 2:28 p.m. | Meijer, the big-box grocery and department store retailer, is seeking approval from the city to build a store at 11123 W. Burleigh Road, on the site of the old Stroh Die Casting plant.

The site is on the south side of Burleigh, between 112th Street and the railroad tracks to the east.

Alderman Brian Ewerdt, who represents the area, said the store would be 157,000 square feet, with 65 percent dedicated to selling groceries and 35 percent to selling other retail items.

Meijer hopes to open the store early next year.

The chain is making its first foray into Wisconsin, having recently proposed to other sites in the Milwaukee area. Grafton this week approved a store, while Franklin advanced a plan but has not given final approval for the development.

Old West Allis car dealership becomes Easter Seals' new home

Sept. 05, 2012 2:20 p.m. | Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin Inc. will move from South Milwaukee to an old car dealership location in West Allis.

The West Allis Common Council on Tuesday approved a special-use permit for organization to operate at 2222 S. 114th St., the site of the former CU Fleet vehicle dealership.

Easter Seals will locate its headquarters at the site, and will also offer adult and children's day care and therapy there.

West Allis church gets OK to take over old credit union building

Sept. 05, 2012 2:16 p.m. | The way is clear for Cornerstone Christian Life Tabernacle to settle in its own home in West Allis.

The West Allis Common Council on Tuesday approved a special-use permit the church needed to renovate and move into a former credit union building at 5433 W. Burnham St.

Currently, the congregation of about 45 rents space at Grace Chapel at 81st Street and Lapham Avenue in West Allis, where it has held worship services for about eight years.

The congregation plans to extensively renovate the Burnham Street building, with the inside completely redesigned and the exterior freshened up.

Elmbrook Garden Club to learn about butterfly trail

Sept. 05, 2012 2:08 p.m. | The Elmbrook Garden Club will meet at the Milwaukee County Parks Department, 9480 W. Watertown Plank Road at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 to hear a presentation on the Monarch Butterfly Trail.

There will be a monarch butterfly banner on the entrance of this location.

For information about membership in the garden club, email Sandy at The club meets on the first Thursday of each month, usually at the Brookfield Public Library, 1900 N. Calhoun Road.

Oak Creek police seek those who set off bottle bombs

Sept. 05, 2012 10:32 a.m. | Oak Creek police are seeking the people responsible for the explosion of two bottle bombs in a residential area the evening of Aug. 28.

According to the police report:

Several residents called police after hearing what they thought were shotgun blasts, fireworks or a car backfiring in the 400 block of East Wynbrook Drive at 11:12 p.m. Aug. 28. Firefighters and police officers responded to the area, where they found two, two-liter bottles on the sidewalk and tin foil strewn about. No property was damaged by the blasts.

Officers talked to the residents who live on the property where the bottles were found, but they did not have any suspects or know why their house was targeted.

While canvassing the area, an officer talked to one resident who said he heard squealing tires in the area of South Mona Drive about two minutes before hearing the two large explosions. He also stated he saw four males, possibly in their late teens or early 20s, running westward on Wynbrook Drive, then run south on Verdev Drive. Two of them then doubled back to a vehicle parked on Wynbrook, got into the car, and slowly left the area.

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Safe stolen from Mega Discount Nursery

Sept. 04, 2012 4:02 p.m. | Oak Creek - A safe containing about $3,000 was stolen during a burglary at Mega Discount Nursery, 1901 E. Rawson Ave., the evening of Sept. 2.

According to the police report:

The thief can be seen on surveillance video entering the business and removing a safe containing between $2,500 and $3,000 from underneath a counter at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 2. He had his face covered and appeared to be aware of the camera locations.

It was unknown how the man entered the locked business, as there were no signs of forced entry. Police are investigating.

Shoplifter suspected of being involved in New Berlin burglary

Sept. 04, 2012 11:38 a.m. | Officers investigating a shoplifting incident Aug. 29 discovered evidence that the suspect might also be involved in a recent burglary in New Berlin.

According to the Hales Corners police report:

An employee at Pick 'n Save, 5800 S. 108th St., called police at 3:45 p.m. after an unidentified man shoplifted a bottle of vodka and ran from the store. Although police were unable to find the man, they did locate his vehicle in the parking lot.

During a search of his vehicle, officers found drug paraphernalia and several items stolen during a burglary in New Berlin.

Police are seeking the owner of the vehicle, a 21-year-old New Berlin man, in connection with the shoplifting incident and for questioning about the burglary.

Two firefighters injured in Whitefish Bay garage fire

Sept. 04, 2012 8:56 a.m. | Whitefish Bay - Two firefighters suffered minor injuries Monday morning after the North Shore Fire Department quelled a garage fire in the 5700 block of North Kent Avenue.

From an NSFD news release:

Firefighters and Whitefish Bay police found the garage ablaze at 5707 N. Kent and took several hose lines to the fire, later taking up a defensive position after discovering a propane cylinder leaking and on fire.

One firefighter was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a rafter storage area collapsed on him, and a second received treatment for heat exhaustion on-scene. Neighboring properties were undamaged.

The total estimated damage to the property is $45,000, and the original cause of the fire remains unknown.

Pigskin Picks Week 1 winner revealed; Miss St. Francis, NOW scribe lead VIP pickers

Sept. 01, 2012 7:10 p.m. | Congratulations are in order for Jeff Slusar, who correctly picked the winners of all five games in this week's MyCommunityNOW Pigskin Picks contest and predicted the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.

Slusar wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and is among the leaders as we head into the second week of the contest. Three winners at the end of the season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, proved her football prowess by picking all five games correctly. She is joined atop the VIP rankings by NOW sportswriter John Rech, who also enjoyed an undefeated week.

This week's games are now available for picking. Featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.

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