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Greenfield cancels Friday's flu clinic

Oct. 29, 2009 5:51 p.m. | The more than 900 people who showed up at swine flu vaccination clinics today at Greenfield City Hall wiped out the city's supplies of the vaccine and forced the cancellation of two clinics that had been scheduled for Friday.

The city's Health Department had to close its second clinic at 5:15 p.m. today because its supply of the vaccine had dwindled. The clinic was scheduled to run until 6 p.m.

Two clinics scheduled for Friday - from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. - have been canceled.

"We estimated that we provided over 900 H1N1 Influenza vaccinations at the time we made the decision to close," said Darren Rausch, the city's health officer/director. "There was a steady demand for vaccination throughout the day, but that demand depleted our vaccine supply and triggered our cancellation of Friday’s clinic."

While the city expects to receive more of the H1N1 flu vaccine within a few weeks, officials say the next clinic won't take place until at least Nov. 9.

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Eisenhower, Whitefish Bay football photos now online

Oct. 28, 2009 8:26 a.m. | We've just added a photo gallery from last night's first-round football game between New Berlin Eisenhower and Whitefish Bay.

Ike scored a late touchdown and held off a final Bay comeback bid to win 17-10, and advance to Saturday's second round.

See Katie Derksen's photo gallery.

Franklin vs. Greendale, Oak Creek vs. Hamilton football photos now online

Oct. 28, 2009 8:03 a.m. | Be sure to check out our photo gallery featuring last night's first-round football playoff games between Franklin and Greendale and Oak Creek and Milwaukee Hamilton.

Franklin defeated Greendale, 27-0, and Oak Creek posted a 52-0 victory to advance to the second round, which will be played Saturday.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Second area school closes because of flu

Oct. 27, 2009 4:42 p.m. | St. Mary's Parish School in Hales Corners became the latest area school to close because of flu-like illnesses among students.

The announcement of St. Mary's closing came just a few days after Canterbury Elementary School in Greendale reopened. Canterbury closed for three days after about 44 percent of students were absent Oct. 19 after they experienced flu-like symptoms.

At St. Mary's, more than 30 percent of students were absent Monday, which prompted the Hales Corners Health Department to close the school for at least the subsequent three days.

Hales Corners Health Officer Debra Persak said there is no magic percentage of student absences that trigger a school closure. The Health Department takes every school on a case-by-case basis.

Many factors go into the decision to close, such as the ability to get substitute teachers for sick staff members and the number of students who are particularly at risk of getting the virus, she said.

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Due to clerical error, Homestead will not host playoff games

Oct. 23, 2009 10:24 a.m. | Due to an administrative failure by the athletic department's office, the unbeaten and likely to be top-seeded Homestead football team will not be hosting any WIAA playoff games this fall.

"It was a failure on our part to say we were willing to host games," said Athletic Director Charlie Gross.

Gross said the WIAA Board of Control turned down a final appeal yesterday telling Homestead officials that they felt there was more than "ample time for communication not to have happened."

Homestead, the defending state champion, would have likely hosted at least two of the first three level of games due to its probable number one seed status (9-0 unbeaten North Shore champions). The first round of the WIAA playoffs are set for Tuesday.

Gross, who took responsibility for the mistake, said the hosting process is multi-layered. There is an original deadline of Sept. 11 where schools tell the WIAA that they are willing and able to host playoff games. Gross then added that there is a grace period until Oct. 16 where schools can tell the WIAA they either want to be on or off the list.

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Homestead, Germantown football photos now online

Oct. 23, 2009 8:55 a.m. | We've just a photo gallery featuring Homestead's dramatic come-from-behind victory over Germantown on Wednesday night.

The Highlanders won, 21-17, after the spirited Germantown squad had built 17-7 lead in the third quarter. The victory secured the seventh consecutive undefeated North Shore Conference campaign for the Higlanders. Germantown was eliminated from the postseason.

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

Also be sure to visit PrepsPlus Playoff Central, your one-stop shop for all the regular-season and postseason football news.

New Pick 'n Save opens Saturday

Oct. 22, 2009 6:20 p.m. | The new Pick 'n Save in the former Sendik's location in Franklin will open at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Get the details on the opening in the Journal Sentinel's "Shop Talk" blog.

Flu-stricken school sticks to plans to reopen

Oct. 22, 2009 4:08 p.m. | Canterbury Elementary School, which temporarily closed Tuesday due to the high number of students with flu-like illness, will reopen as planned on Friday.

Village health officials and Greendale School District administrators inspected the school today and will continue to monitor absences at all five district schools, Superintendent William Hughes said.

School will start and end at its normal times, and the child care program before and after school will resume as usual.

The school, 7000 Enfield Ave., was closed Tuesday through Thursday after more than 40 percent of students were absent Monday with flu-like illness.

Swine flu shuts down Greendale school until Thursday

Oct. 19, 2009 8:50 p.m. | The Greendale Health Department has announced it will close Canterbury Elementary School through Thursday because of a high number of students who have contract the H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu.

More than 40 percent of 300-plus students were absent on Monday and experiencing symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat, according to a Health Department news release.

School will resume on Friday, pending the approval of the Health Department. During the closure, all academic activities before and after school will be canceled, including Bridge for Kids child care and other groups who use Canterbury School, 7000 Enfield Ave.

School and village officials will hold a 9:30 a.m. press conference Tuesday to discuss the issue further.

Anyone with a flu-like illness should stay home and not go into the community, except to seek medical care, for 24 hours after their fever has subsided, health officials said.

New details emerge on car-train crash

Oct. 19, 2009 7:20 p.m. | New details in a Wauwatosa police report show just how lucky the Milwaukee woman whose vehicle was struck by an oncoming train Oct. 9 was that she and her children walked away from the accident unharmed.

The CP Rail engineer told officers that the 4,075-foot long train had 74 loaded cars that provided an impact of 8,492 tons when it clipped the front of Tonya Swift's Chrysler Pacifica at 70th and State streets.

Swift, 29, stopped her vehicle past the white line by the traffic control signal about 3:30 p.m. She said she saw the crossing warning signals but thought she was far enough away from the tracks. Then the crossing gate came down and struck her car.

She said tried to back up, but couldn't move and could only watch the train approach and strike the left corner of her vehicle pushing it sideways into the crossing gate standards.

However, witnesses tell a slightly different story. The train engineer and the driver of the car behind Swift said there was room and time to back up, but that Swift made no attempt to reverse. The gate came down on the rear of the vehicle because it was so close to the tracks.

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Student cited after paintball barrage at Tosa East

Oct. 19, 2009 6:58 p.m. | Wauwatosa East High School looked like it had been under attack earlier this month - from a paintball strike, that is.

A 15-year-old West Allis boy who attends school at East was arrested for disorderly conduct after he brought a backpack full of paintballs into school and spent the first two periods of the school day hurling orange and pink paint around the second-floor hallway, restrooms and library, according to a Wauwatosa police report released this week.

Students tried to stay clear of the paint splatters in the Oct. 6 incident, but their shoes tracked the paint throughout the building and left janitors with numerous messes to clean up.

In the hallways, the floors were covered with paint footprints. Administrators estimated 20 paintballs had been thrown at the walls, ceiling and floor in one bathroom.

The student was found sitting with a friend outside the boys locker room, where another 20 paintballs were found in a garbage can. The friend had a paintball in her purse, which she said the boy had just given her.

Student cited after paintball barrage at school

Oct. 19, 2009 6:58 p.m. | Wauwatosa East High School looked like it had been under attack earlier this month - from a paintball strike, that is.

A 15-year-old West Allis boy who attends school at East was arrested for disorderly conduct after he brought a backpack full of paintballs into school and spent the first two periods of the school day exploding orange and pink paint around the second-floor hallway, restrooms and library, according to a Wauwatosa police report released this week.

Students tried to stay clear of the paint splatters in the Oct. 6 incident, but their shoes tracked the paint throughout the building and left janitors with numerous messes to clean up.

In the hallways, the floors were covered with paint footprints. The walls, ceiling and floor were covered in splatter in one bathroom, where administrators estimated 20 paintballs were used.

The student was found sitting with a friend outside the boys locker room, where another 20 paintballs were found in a garbage can. The friend had a paintball in her purse, which she said the boy had just given her.

Woman arrested for doing cocaine in store parking lot

Oct. 19, 2009 4:26 p.m. | A 27-year-old Waukesha woman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction and carrying a concealed weapon after witnesses said they saw her doing drugs in the parking lot of a Brookfield pet store.

City of Brookfield police responded to Petco, 16095 W. Bluemound Road, at 7:43 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a woman using drugs in a vehicle in the store's parking lot.

According to the police report:

When officers approached the vehicle, the woman's arm and fingers were bleeding. She told officers that she was bleeding because she had just injected herself with cocaine.

A search of the vehicle yielded an uncapped syringe, pill bottles and a 3-inch folding knife.

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Woodland Conference cross country photo gallery now online

Oct. 19, 2009 11:44 a.m. | We've just posted a gallery of NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photos from Friday's Woodland Conference cross country meet at Sheridan Park in Cudahy.

The photos feature competitors from Brown Deer, Cudahy, Hales Corners, Greendale, Greenfield, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Shorewood, St. Thomas More and Wauwatosa West.

Shorewood won the boys meet and was second in the girls competition, which was won by Pewaukee.

Il Mito restaurant owner sentenced in tax case

Oct. 17, 2009 11:04 a.m. | The chef and owner of Il Mito restaurant in Wauwatosa was sentenced Friday to four months in a halfway house and four months home confinement for filing false tax returns and structuring bank transactions.

Michael Feker, formerly known as Mohammad Daghighfekr, entered a guilty plea to the two felony counts in June. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman also levied a $2,000 fine and 16 months probation after his confinement, according to a member of Adelman's staff.

Federal sentencing guidelines called for eight to 14 months in prison, according to the plea agreement. The prosecutor recommended a sentence of four months in prison and four months of home confinement, it says. Feker agreed to pay $37,000 prior to sentencing.

Feker has operated restaurants in Milwaukee for nearly a decade, including Il Mito when it was on W. Virginia St. and Los Mitos on N. Jefferson St.

He currently runs Il Mito Trattoria e Enoteca, 6913 W. North Ave., and the School of Culinary Magic next door.

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Mequon woman dies of injuries from crash last week

Oct. 13, 2009 6:12 p.m. | An 80-year-old Mequon woman died Tuesday at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa of injuries suffered in a crash last week in Ozaukee County that killed an Illinois man, authorities said.

Mary J. Parker was a passenger in her 1995 Cadillac Seville when the car and an SUV were struck by a semitrailer truck on northbound I- 43 in the Town of Belgium, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office.

The driver of the SUV, Donald J. Sherman, 78, of Stickney, Ill., died Thursday and his wife Roberta, 75, and two others were injured in the crash.

Authorities said the driver of the semi, identified as Curtis D. Hawkins, 36, of Dexter, Mo., became distracted and struck the two vehicles, which were slowed by lane closures on northbound I- 43.

As of Tuesday, no citations or charges had been issued in connection with the crash, which was still under investigation, according to Ozaukee County Sheriff's Capt. David G. Guss.

Game of the Week video previews now online

Oct. 13, 2009 4:52 p.m. | We've just posted our latest video previews for this week's top football games.

NOW's Steven L. Tietz previews the showdown between undefeated Menomonee Falls and Marquette at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. Both teams are 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Greater Metro Conference.

Brookfield Central and West Allis Central are two teams fighting for a playoff berth and also have identical records at 4-3, 2-3. NOW's Tom "Sky" Skibosh previews the chances for the Lancers to keep alive their string of making the postseason.

Also be sure to check out our Push for the Playoffs page featuring power rankings of area teams, a poll, a forum and area statistical leaders.

West Allis Christmas parade again will be held in November

Oct. 12, 2009 1:06 p.m. | After two years of poor weather and declining attendance, the West Allis Christmas parade is moving move back to its old time slot.

This year's parade will be held nine days before Thanksgiving, just as it was for more than 25 years prior to its move in 2007 to the first Saturday of December.

The parade is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 17 along Greenfield Avenue, from 81st to 66th streets.

Parade organizers heard from many residents who wanted it moved to its former time and date because of cold and snowy weather the previous two years, parade Chairwoman Marjorie Larson said.

Two years ago, the parade was held during a snowstorm and last year was marked by flurries and cold temperatures. Nov. 17 was one of the few dates with no other major conflicts with other events, Larson said.

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Tosa house fire causes half-million in damage

Oct. 10, 2009 10:12 a.m. | A fire Friday night caused an estimated $500,000 in damage to a house at 11745 Underwood Parkway, the Wauwatosa Fire Department said.

The fire was reported just after 9 p.m. Friday and when firefighters arrived about 3 minutes after getting the call they saw flames shooting through the home's roof, the department said.

It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

The residents were not at home when the fire broke out, the department said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it does not appear to be suspicious, the department said.

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Four car passengers survive train collision in Tosa

Oct. 09, 2009 4:40 p.m. | Two women and two children in a car struck by a train in Wauwatosa appeared to have survived the crash without injury, according to a witness who went to their aid.

A white Chrysler Pacifica was northbound on N. 70th St. when it stopped for a light at State St., said Mark Rowbottom, who was setting up a tailgate party for the Wauwatosa East homecoming game at nearby Hart Park about 3:30 p.m.

"The train was laying on the horn and not letting up so we looked and saw the car on the tracks," Rowbottom said. "She must have panicked because she had plenty of time to back up or get out the car."

He said it was almost surreal to watch the westbound train, trying to brake, just smash into the Pacifica.

He said the train violently clipped off the front of the car, and pushed it east, but that somehow, none of the passengers were hurt.

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Police trying to extradite man suspected in home invasion

Oct. 09, 2009 2:30 p.m. | Muskego — Authorities are attempting to extradite a 24-year-old man who is believed to have been involved in a June home invasion in Muskego where an 88-year-old man was tied up and his van and other property were taken.

Colorado state troopers arrested the suspect in the stolen van after a short pursuit in Limon County, Muskego Police Capt. John LaTour said. The troopers arrested the 24-year-old man and took two women into custody. A baby was with them. The baby and one of the women are from Wisconsin and the other woman is from Colorado, LaTour said.

The man, believed to be from La Crosse, has pleaded guilty or no contest to three burglaries since 2003. He pleaded guilty to a burglary in La Crosse and was sentenced in June 2006 to two years in prison and a year of extended supervision.

He had been released from prison June 17, LaTour said.

Colorado troopers pursued the van July 29 because it was allegedly involved in a gas drive-off in Diamond, Ill., on July 28, and was the getaway vehicle when the man and women bought $80 worth of food at a restaurant and did not pay in Wright City, Mo., later on July 28, LaTour said.

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Pick 'n Save eyes former Sears Grand location for store

Oct. 09, 2009 11:00 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission on Tuesday will discuss a plan for a Pick 'n Save supermarket at the former Sears Grand, W14435 Appleton Ave.

The existing building was built in 1973 as a Kmart store and more recently served as a Sears Grand location. The building has been vacant since March.

The property owner, Continental 202 Fund, plans to raze the building and build a 103,000-square-foot store for a 24-hour full-service grocer with floral and liquor departments and a pharmacy with a drive-through.

The store would have 59 full-time and 136 part-time employees.

Community Development Director Matt Carran said the Pick 'n Save at W14501 Appleton Ave. would move to the former Sears Grand site. There is another Pick 'n Save in the village at W18273 County Line Road.

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Man commits suicide outside of Village Hall

Oct. 08, 2009 3:58 p.m. | A 70-year-old man killed himself outside Village Hall Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Police Lt. Ron Stefanski said the man, a village resident, was suffering from a painful illness but, as far as the department knows, left no notes. His wife told police he left the house to pick up more pain medication.

A village employee looked out of his office at 12:50 p.m. and saw the man lying on the ground next to a picnic table on the north side of the building. He went outside to check on the man, saw blood and a gun, and called police.

Stefanski said the North Shore Fire Department was called, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the .380-caliber semi-automatic gun recovered at the scene belonged to the man.

Mixed use project approved for Brookfield Road

Oct. 07, 2009 11:24 a.m. | The Brookfield Common Council has approved Metropolitan Development's plans for a mixed-use building that would include retail, restaurant and office space as well as apartments at 3015 N. Brookfield Road.

The Common Council approved the plans at a meeting Tuesday night.

Mike Theis, planning administrator for the city of Brookfield, said the project will have about 18,000 square feet and includes underground parking with 25 stalls.

The area is just north of North Avenue and is included in one of the city's targeted investment areas, Theis said.

The city's plans for redeveloping the area date back to the early 1990s, he said.

Nobel prize winner graduated from Lawrence, Tosa High

Oct. 07, 2009 11:12 a.m. | Appleton — A graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton has been named one of three winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Thomas Steitz and two others shared the prestigious honor Wednesday for their cellular research that contributed to the development of antibiotics.

A Lawrence spokesman says Steitz graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1958 and what was then called Lawrence College in 1962.

Steitz's former academic adviser remembers the 69-year-old as one of his favorite students.

Robert Rosenberg is now an 83-year-old adjunct professor of chemistry at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He says Steitz was a top student, someone who was curious and asked insightful questions.

Tosa church loses appeal in property tax case

Oct. 07, 2009 7:06 a.m. | Madison — A state appeals court has ruled that a Wauwatosa church must pay property taxes on the residence where its custodian lives.

The District 1 Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected arguments by Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church that the residence should be exempt from taxes. The court said state law limits property tax exemptions to church-owned homes for religious leaders such as pastors and their ordained assistants.

The court rejected the church's attempt to allow the homes of other key church personnel to qualify.

Church lawyers had argued that the custodian is "integral to the functioning of the church" since he must be available on short notice for maintenance and security and to open and close the church.

Divided council approves plans for more parking at Mo's

Oct. 07, 2009 6:18 a.m. | Two homes on North 108th Place will soon disappear and a parking lot will go up in their place.

The owner of Mo's Irish Pub won the fight to rezone two residential properties so he can raze the houses and put in 48 parking spots. The Wauwatosa Common Council on Tuesday night voted 9-6 in favor of Johnny Vassallo's request.

Aldermen on both sides of what has become a contentious issue said they were voting to protect the adjacent residential neighborhood.

Those who opposed the proposal said having the parking lot would infringe on neighbors' privacy and would be an eyesore.

But those who backed the idea said the parking area would get cars off the street, and would alleviate problems such as customers leaving trash or urinating on residents' lawns.

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Games of the Week video previews posted

Oct. 06, 2009 3:35 p.m. | We've just posted the latest video previews for this Friday's top football games.

NOW's Steven L. Tietz previews the North Shore Conference showdown between Whitefish Bay and Homestead. Whitefish Bay (5-1 overall, 4-0 conference) is hoping to end the Highlanders' 51-game conference winning streak. Homestead (6-0, 4-0) hasn't lost a conference game since 2002.

Woodland Conference foes Greendale and Whitnall enter their contest at Whitnall with identical 5-1 records, including 4-1 in the conference. NOW's David Cotey previews the contest between the two high-scoring offenses.

NOW's Tom "Sky" Skibosh previews a pair of Greater Metro games as Brookfield Central (4-2, 2-2) hosts powerful Marquette (6-0, 4-0). Central enters the game on the heels of a 9-7 loss at West Allis Hale last week. Meanwhile, Brookfield East (2-4, 0-4) hopes to spoil homecoming for Wauwatosa East (0-6, 0-4).

Also be sure to check out our Push For the Playoffs page to keep up to date on the football playoff race, vote on key match ups and talk with other football fans.

Woman passes out while driving, hits another car

Oct. 06, 2009 6:52 a.m. | A 19-year-old Brookfield woman who calls herself "a junkie" passed out behind the wheel of her car and crashed into another vehicle, sending that driver to the hospital, police said.

She has been referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, which will seek charges of causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle when she appears in court Oct. 30.

According to a Wauwatosa police:

The driver and her friend, a 20-year-old Milwaukee woman, have been living in the car and were on their way to Mayfair Mall at 11:47 a.m. Sept. 19. The car started veering off the road in the 1700 block of Mayfair Road, so the passenger looked over to see the driver slumped against the door. She started screaming "wake up," as the car struck the curb.

Other cars tried to get out of the way, but one of them could not move fast enough and was hit by the woman's car. The 52-year-old driver of the car that was hit was taken to Froedtert Hospital for neck and back injuries.

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West Allis considers limoncello proposal

Oct. 06, 2009 6:52 a.m. | West Allis — The Common Council on Tuesday will consider giving permission for a new business to produce limoncello, an Italian after-dinner drink made from the rinds of lemons.

The drink would be marketed under the name Sole.

Piero Spada is proposing the processing and production facility for 2,500 square feet of leased space at 2078 S. 56th St.

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