Men in stolen car elude police after short chase in Tosa

Oct. 30, 2012 7:34 p.m. | A Wauwatosa officer was led on a short chase that ended in a getaway after following a car parked in the BMO Harris lot, 7635 W. Bluemound Road, at 4:22 a.m. Oct. 22

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The police officer thought it was strange that a car would be parked there at that time. When he drove up to investigate, he noticed the occupants paying close attention to him. The thieves hit the gas when the officer made a U-turn to follow them, driving two blocks before jumping out of the car and running away.

The officer radioed for backup and gave chase. After he and other officers at the scene couldn't find either of the car's occupants, they gave up.

Police searched the stolen vehicle, finding no keys or any signs that the suspects tampered with the ignition. The vehicle was listed as stolen in West Allis, and was returned to its owner.

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Mishlove resigns from Shorewood board

Oct. 30, 2012 6:48 p.m. | Shorewood - Six-year Shorewood School Board member Michael Mishlove informed district administrators and officials via email early Saturday morning that he would be leaving his post on the board.

"Please be advised that I hereby resign from the Shorewood School Board effective immediately," Mishlove wrote in a brief email. "Please regard this message as my formal notice to the Board/District of my resignation."

Mishlove went on to express his pleasure in working with Superintendent Martin Lexmond and Shorewood Education Association President Michael Halloran, among other past and present SEA leaders, wishing Lexmond success in guiding the district and writing that he respects the "professionalism and work of the District faculty".

Mishlove didn't respond to NOW's requests for comment.

Board member David Cobb said Mishlove had seemed himself at the board's recent Oct. 23 meeting, and had made no indication of any intent to resign.

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Liquor thief thwarts alarm at Tosa store

Oct. 30, 2012 6:20 p.m. | Someone broke in through a window at Mayfair Liquor, 3122 N. Mayfair Road, and looted alcohol and cigarettes, according to a Wauwatosa police report. The business' alarm system was functional but was not set off, owners reported to police.

Also in the report:

The owners of Mayfair Liquor believe that whomever took the $1,636 worth of merchandise from the store must have had an intimate knowledge of the security system. The thief or thieves stacked crates to get access to the only non-alarmed window, which they smashed to get into the building between 9:15 p.m. Oct. 23 and 8:20 a.m. Oct. 24. Police found the hammer they believe was used in the robbery outside the business.

Once inside, the thieves only took items in an area that did not have a motion sensor or camera surveillance.

Arrest made in Oak Creek TCF Bank robbery

Oct. 30, 2012 6:16 p.m. | A 25-year-old South Milwaukee man was arrested for robbing TCF Bank, 8995 S. Howell Ave., Oct. 20.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

The man entered the bank about 11 a.m. wearing dark-rimmed glasses with a fake mustache attached to it, and handed a note to an employee that demanded money from her register. The note also stated not to use a dye pack or he would blow up the bank. The man then handed the employee a white plastic bag, which she filled with an undisclosed amount of money before handing it back to him.

He left the bank and was last seen walking west toward Kohl's.

During the investigation, police got a tip from a security guard at Caterpiller Global Mining in South Milwaukee, who said a man matching the description of the robbery suspect was at their facility that day speaking to another employee. A detective spoke to the employee, who said the man was his roommate. Officers went to the apartment in South Milwaukee and arrested the 25-year-old man.

Hurricane Sandy closes Bender Park

Oct. 30, 2012 6:10 p.m. | Bender Park will be closed through Friday due to gale force winds caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Winds are expected to reach speeds between 45 and 60 mph and waves of 14 to 18 feet are anticipated.

Fire Chief Thomas Rosandich, who was part of the decision to close the park, said: "It's twofold, we don't want anybody down there to get themselves in trouble, and if we go down there to rescue or recover people, we put ourselves in harm's way. This is an effort for safety."

Winds with gusts in excess of 40 mph are expected in Sheboygan, Milwaukee and Kenosha.

Residents can check the city's website,, for announcements about the park's re-opening.

Man allegedly sells friend's jewelry, car for crack

Oct. 30, 2012 3:52 p.m. | Ronald Kramer, a 48-year-old Greenfield man, was charged Oct. 27 with felony theft for selling his friend's Cadillac and $61,000 worth of his friend's jewelry.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Kramer, a recovering alcoholic, was living with his friend in the 6400 block of Upper Parkway North in Wauwatosa. He was allowed to stay alone at the home while his friend was in a hospital out of state.

The friend had been gone for some time when he received a call from his insurance agency; they had gotten an anonymous tip that two young men were driving his car trying to pick up young women.

Concerned, the friend called police and asked them to check whether his cars were at his residence.

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Woman died after having a stroke while driving in Tosa, police say

Oct. 30, 2012 1:16 p.m. | A 65-year-old woman had a stroke while driving in the 10700 block of West North Avenue on Oct. 22, causing her car to crash into a fire hydrant, according to a Wauwatosa police report. She died while receiving medical attention shortly afterward.

Also in the report:

A man who was behind her in traffic found her inside the car, with the doors locked and engine revving. He called 911. The woman briefly regained consciousness, speaking with police officers, but she had no pulse when paramedics arrived.

She was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say disgruntled painter stole $2,500 worth of goods from Wauwatosa garage

Oct. 30, 2012 11:37 a.m. | A 42-year-old house painter, disgruntled at having just been fired, left his last job site with a good number of items stored in a garage there, according to a criminal complaint.

Benjamin Flores of Milwaukee was charged with felony theft in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Friday. He is accused of taking $2,500 worth of items - ranging from a snow blower and lawn mower to a card table and lawn games - from a Wauwatosa family's garage.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was fired because of an allegation of theft at another property. He was painting a garage in the 2200 block of North 68th Street at the time of the firing, and, believing the homeowners to be away, he pulled his truck into the garage and closed the door.

But one of the homeowners was home, feeling ill. She didn't answer when he range the bell, but went outside when she heard the suspicious activity.

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Menomonee Falls School Board approves new health insurance plans

Oct. 29, 2012 8:36 p.m. | After numerous discussions, the Menomonee Falls School Board on Monday officially approved the district's health benefit plan that will offer employees three options with varying deductibles and employee premiums.

Open enrollment for the new benefit plans will begin Jan. 1 as the district moves to self-funded insurance through Humana, its current carrier.

The proposed employee premiums are set so the School District's contribution is the same under all three plans. By changing to self-funded health insurance, the district could save up to $750,000; however, the total savings will depend on which plan employees choose and their health care spending throughout the year.

Preventive care is covered 100 percent in all three plans, according to School District documents.

Plan one is a traditional preferred provider organization plan and most similar to the employees' current insurance plan, with the exception of adding in-network coinsurance.

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Muskego police chief to retire at end of year

Oct. 29, 2012 7:58 p.m. | Muskego Police Chief Paul Geiszler announced he will retire at the end of the year after more than 30 years with the Police Department, six of them as its chief.

"He served Muskego well and we're proud of his many contributions to making Muskego a good place to live, work and play," said Edward Gleason, chairman of the Muskego Police and Fire Commission that will meet Tuesday to discuss how to go about finding a replacement.

"He was a good steward of our funds and provided fine leadership," Gleason said. "We'll miss him."

Geiszler succeeded John Johnson as chief of police after Johnson became Muskego mayor.

Library to close for voting

Oct. 29, 2012 7:14 p.m. | The Greenfield Public Library is a polling place and will be closed to regular library patrons on Nov. 6, election day, because so many people are expected to come to the library to vote in the presidential, senatorial and local races.

The library will be closed to all but voters because it cannot guarantee safe and convenient parking and easy entrance into the building for library patrons, said library director Sheila O'Brien.

Menomonee Falls police seek Red Bull thief targeting Pick 'n Saves

Oct. 29, 2012 2:49 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police are seeking a 48-year-old Menomonee Falls man for questioning after he shoplifted energy drinks at two local Pick 'n Saves on Oct. 10 and Oct. 18.

The man is believed to have participated in 13 similar incidents at Pick 'n Saves throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

According to the Menomonee Falls police log:

The suspect pushed a cart filled with 25 cases of Red Bull energy drinks and two packs of Dasani water out of Pick 'n Save, N95 W18273 County Line Road, shortly before 11 a.m. Oct. 10. The suspect, who was accompanied by two females, then came back into the store, filled another cart with cases of energy drinks and pushed it into the produce section.

After employees became suspicious of the suspects, the produce manager recovered the cart and pushed it out of the area. The suspects apparently got scared and left the store without purchasing anything. The manager told police the suspects got into a large, white vehicle that was parked at the far north end of the parking lot and fled the area.

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Germantown police seeking missing zombies

Oct. 29, 2012 2:16 p.m. | A resident called the Germantown Police Department after three zombies were stolen from her graveyard in the W196 N11500 block of Shadow Wood Drive on Oct. 23.

According to the police report:

The resident stated the zombies, which were made of plastic and Styrofoam, were stolen from her yard between the late evening hours of Oct. 22 and early morning hours of Oct. 23.

One of the zombies was attached to a headstone, and the other two have white hair with heads attached to a stick and their hands are chained together.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of the stolen/missing zombies they are asked to call the Germantown Police Department at (262) 253-7780.

Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight

Oct. 26, 2012 1:10 p.m. | The second round of the WIAA high school football playoffs begins tonight and you can sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Germantown vs. Arrowhead, Cedarburg vs. Homestead, Brookfield Central vs. Whitefish Bay, Watertown vs. Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial vs. Pewaukee.

Andy Collins of Mequon was last week's winner as he picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay game.

Join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest here.

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Zina Haughton's attorney sheds light on interactions with Brown Deer police

Oct. 26, 2012 12:22 p.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Police Department was involved with and gave more help to Zina Haughton than the public thinks, attorney Lisa Martin told Brown Deer police in an interview with them yesterday. Brown Deer police released the audio of the interview to media earlier today.

Listen to Lisa Martin's statement given to Brown Deer police.

Martin represented Zina Haughton in the domestic abuse hearing and divorce proceedings against her husband, Radcliffe Haughton, who killed Zina, two others, and injured four before taking his own life at the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield on Sunday.

Martin takes issue with what she is calling the public misperception that Radcliffe wasn't arrested for the Jan. 8, 2011, standoff between Radcliffe and Brown Deer police.

"I'm hearing over and over that Brown Deer never arrested Radcliffe Haughton for the incident of January 2011, and clearly (in circuit court records) it shows an in-court arrest and the bail bond being posted," Martin said. "He paid cash, and was issued a no-contact order. He was clearly arrested, and yet everybody thinks he wasn't arrested."

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Stolen truck set ablaze at Currie Park Golf Course

Oct. 24, 2012 1:18 p.m. | The smoldering wreckage of a stolen truck is not par for most golf courses, but it was for Currie Park Golf Course last week.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Report:

The wreckage was found on the 15th fairway at 6:02 a.m. Thursday with deep ruts around it, signaling that the suspects had taken the truck for a joyride before eventually setting it on fire. The truck also had a can of gasoline in its rear bed, leading police to believe that the suspects used the gas to ignite the vehicle.

Police called the owner of the vehicle, who told them it was a work truck for Sirrah Construction in Milwaukee and that he didn't know it had been stolen. He added that he does not suspect any employee was involved.

The truck was worth $8,000. There are no suspects at this time.

Alleged bedding thief lays out crime

Oct. 24, 2012 11:38 a.m. | Police say an alleged bedding thief did not catching Target employees sleeping on the job.

According to the Wauwatosa police report;

Target employees noticed a 60-year-old Milwaukee man Oct. 18 running a cart through the bedding section of the store, 3900 N. 124th St., at 5:06 p.m, hastily throwing in items. The man then tried to run his cart past security staff, which were waiting by the door and stopped him.

The suspect came quietly, saying he had intended to sell the items on the street for $10 per package. He said that the items sell fast and that he "knew how to sell them."

The suspect has 14 prior charges of retail theft and has been caught for stealing bedding in the past. The total value of stolen items is $420.

Wauwatosa police say burglar shot door to open room

Oct. 24, 2012 9:22 a.m. | A burglar or burglars at a Wauwatosa home kicked open a back door and used a handgun to shoot open an interior door during an incident last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A rear door of a home in the 10000 block of West Park Ridge Avenue was kicked in and a television taken between 6 p.m. Oct. 16 and 12:10 p.m. Oct. 18.

The homeowner and police went through the house, noticing multiple drawers pulled out and belongings rummaged through. Closets had been ransacked, costume jewelry was strewn about and every room had been gone through.

When the homeowner and police got to a side room, they noticed two bullet holes in the door. Police also found two .22 caliber shells on the ground. The suspects had apparently shot the door twice to gain entrance. The television inside the room was taken.

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Noting taken in two Tosa home break-ins.

Oct. 23, 2012 4:42 p.m. | Two homes were the subject of burglaries this past week, even though nothing of value was stolen.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A home on the 2600 block of North 64th Street and a home on the 1200 block of West Hadley Street were broken into before 9 p.m. Oct. 16.

One home had its front door kicked in while no one was home. After a search of the property, the homeowner concluded the burglars must have fled before taking any items.

The home on Hadley was unlocked and thieves entered through a rear door in the basement. The homeowners had left their son in the house while they attended parent-teacher conferences. The homeowners assumed that their house must have been watched by the burglars, who were scared off when they heard their son upstairs.

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Workshop presents info on emerald ash borer

Oct. 23, 2012 4:18 p.m. | Greenfield - Greenfield will host a regional workshop on the emerald ash borer to provide property owners and even community forest managers with enough information to make a plan to deal with the menace on their own properties.

The emerald ash borer has denuded areas of eastern states of ash trees and the borer has been spotted in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Greenfield Community Center, 7315 W. Cold Spring Road. Residents, business owners and public officials from all communities will be welcome, Greenfield forester Dennis Fermenich said.

The workshop is being sponsored with the help of a grant from the state Department of Natural Resources. In fact, two of the speakers will be from the DNR. They will join plant expert Sharon Morrisey. Handouts will be provided. Admission will be free.

Looking for local trick-or-treat times?

Oct. 23, 2012 11:11 a.m. | Halloween is right around the corner and you can find a list of local trick-or-treat times on MyCommunityNOW's special trick-or-treat page.

$3,600 in electronics taken from vehicles in Wauwatosa Radisson Hotel parking lot

Oct. 23, 2012 8:20 a.m. | Police say two car owners not only got their vehicle windows smashed while staying at the Radisson, but also lost thousands in electronics.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two car windows were broken out in the Radisson Hotel parking lot, 2303 N. Mayfair Road, before 8 a.m. Oct. 13.

There were none of the usual pry marks found around the windows and police couldn't find any evidence pointing to the tool used to smash the windows out.

Both of the vehicles were locked and both had laptop computers and other equipment, including a camera valued at over $1,000.

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Muskego police investigate Obama campaign sign burning

Oct. 22, 2012 7:27 p.m. | Muskego - Police are investigating an incident in which an Obama campaign sign was set ablaze, likely with a flammable liquid, in the yard of a Muskego home last weekend.

Obama's name could still be seen in a corner of the melted sign, but it otherwise almost entirely burned up, even leaving some spots of blackened grass on the North Shore Road home of Bill Schuele.

Authorities believe a small amount of a flammable liquid, such as gasoline, was used to help ignite the fire about 11 p.m. Saturday. A car driven by the suspected arsonist was seen by a passerby, police said.

Schuele, who has lived on North Shore Drive for 25 years, viewed it as an unsettling attempt at intimidation.

"It reminded me of Mississippi in the '50s," he said, referring churches and other property were burned by opponents of the civil rights movement.

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Champagne thief tripped up by noisy jacket

Oct. 22, 2012 1:58 p.m. | A Walgreens employee knew something was wrong when he heard the clinking noise of six bottles of champagne in a man's jacket.

From the Wauwatosa police report;

The employee of Walgreens, 6600 W. State St., saw the suspect walking down an aisle with his arms at the sides of his bulging jacket around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13. The suspect was walking from a newly-empty champagne display case.

When the employee confronted the suspect about his suspicions, the suspect lost his cool demeanor and ran past the clerk to a waiting car.

The employee gave chase to the man, who warned him to stay away, saying that he had "something" for the employee in his car. When the suspect jumped in the car, a woman in the car shouted "go go go!"

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Neighbor recalls multiple disputes at suspected Brookfield spa shooter's household

Oct. 22, 2012 1:12 p.m. | Brown Deer resident Sandra Polk, neighbor to alleged Brookfield spa shooter Radcliffe F. Haughton, said she has seen a number of arguments and disputes across the street.

Polk, who lives in the 6500 block of Glenbrook Road, said Haughton, who killed three and injured four Sunday morning before taking his own life, argued with his wife, Zina, outside of their home on multiple occasions, and they sometimes ended up throwing objects around the front yard.

"We were definitely aware of some things that went on when they were outside, such as some verbal abuse," Polk said, "and some throwing, but not at each other. We never really saw anything really physical. No hitting or anything like that."

There were, Polk recalled, times when "things happened inside, after dark," necessitating police involvement. She said Haughton butted heads with Zina Haughton's 20-year-old daughter, Yasmeen Daniel, and once threw her clothes out across their front lawn.

"(Radcliffe) would get angry and kick her out," Polk said. "We think there was a little difference of opinion between him and her (Yasmeen)."

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Brookfield shooting deceased identified

Oct. 22, 2012 1:10 p.m. | Zina Haughton, 42, of Brown Deer, Cary L. Robuck, 35, of Racine, and Maelyn M. Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc, were killed Sunday morning, the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed. Shooter Radcliffe Haughton is among the deceased, and is believed to have committed suicide at the site of the shooting Sunday.

According to a press release, the Medical Examiner's Office plans to autopsy the three victims today to determine the exact cause of their deaths.

As of Monday morning, four wounded victims remained at Froedtert Hospital, three in satisfactory and one in critical condition.

Investigation just beginning in Brookfield shooting

Oct. 21, 2012 8:14 p.m. | Due to the sheer number of witnesses and law enforcement personnel involved, combined with the size and complexity of the crime scene at Azana Spa in Brookfield, police are looking at a lengthy investigation into the Sunday-morning shooting during which three were killed, four injured, and suspected shooter Radcliffe F. Haughton of Brown Deer was found dead inside the spa, Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said at a press conference Sunday evening.

"It could take days, weeks to figure this all out," said Tushaus, adding that investigators and evidence technicians will need to work through the numerous rooms of the 9,000 square-foot spa to reconstruct the events of the shooting. "It's very large, complex, and involving. There are a lot of things going on, and it's just way too premature to get into (details)."

Police have not identified the three female victims who died during the shooting or the four female victims injured and treated at nearby Froedtert Hospital, and did not comment on whether Haughton's wife, who had gotten a restraining order against him, was among the dead or injured. Police didn't say what type of firearm the suspect had used, if it had been recovered, or if any sort of note had been found.

Tushaus was quick to point out that Haughton was the only suspect in the shooting.

"We are not, I repeat, not seeking any additional suspects," he said. "Our community can feel safe. Southeastern Wisconsin can feel safe in this matter."

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Shooter sought in ongoing scene in Brookfield

Oct. 21, 2012 12:56 p.m. | The city of Brookfield Police Department has locked down the area near Azana Spa on Moorland Road across from Brookfield Square Mall after reports of a multiple shooting occurred at the spa sometime between 11 and 11:15 a.m.

Unconfirmed reports from eyewitnesses said the shooter might be a disgruntled husband or boyfriend of a salon worker.

Police evacuated people from the front and back of the Azana building. A woman was seen rolling and crawling as she left the building.

People went into a McDonald's restaurant, just north of the Azana building.

Unconfirmed reports by eyewitnesses said at least three people were shot. An eyewitness also said a barefoot girl who came out of the salon said: "He shot my mom. He's shooting everyone."

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Shooting reported near Brookfield Square

Oct. 21, 2012 12:03 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that a shooting occurred around 11:30 this morning near Brookfield Square Mall.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

Padgett takes on interim role of West Allis police chief

Oct. 19, 2012 4:54 p.m. | Charles Padgett, a deputy chief of police in West Allis, was appointed interim chief by the West Allis Police and Fire Commission Thursday.

Padgett started with the department as a patrol officer 24 years ago. Rising through the ranks, he became deputy chief in March 2011. He currently is in charge of operations.

Padgett will take over as interim chief Nov. 17, subsequent to Police Chief Michael Jungbluth's last working day. Jungbluth will not officially retire until the end of the year.

The Police and Fire Commission will accept applications for the chief's position until Oct. 26. It will start evaluating candidates after that.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity," Padgett said Friday. "I'll work as hard as I can to ensure that we move forward and continue the positive atmosphere with other departments and citizens throughout the city."

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Local Civil Discourse talk avoids conflict with that other national debate

Oct. 19, 2012 4:30 p.m. | The date of the Civil Discourse debate on jobs, the economy and the deficit has been changed from Monday to Nov. 1 to avoid conflicting with the presidential debate.

The Civil Discourse debate will still be between 7 and 8:15 p.m. at the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., and will feature Frank Tramel, conservative blogger; Jennifer Epps of the Citizen's Action Committee; Dale Schmidt, CEO of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce; and Louis Fortis, owner of the Shepherd Express who has a doctorate in economics.

The debate is the second of three sponsored at the library by the Greenfield Listening Debates Alliance.

North Avenue in Wauwatosa to close Monday for three weeks

Oct. 19, 2012 12:45 p.m. | The city has announced that the closure of North Avenue at 90th street will begin on Monday and last just three weeks, until Nov. 12, far shorter than originally anticipated. Original estimates had the avenue shutting down in early October and staying closed for as a long as six weeks.

"The contractor did a little different operation," said Joe Marks, construction and survey engineer for the city. Instead of digging a trench to lay the narrow pipe of the new sanitary sewer line, the contractor bored a hole under the open lanes and inserted a pipe through it.

For the much larger storm sewer pipe, a trench will have to be dug, necessitating the shutdown, he said.

Through traffic will be diverted by detour signs at Wauwatosa Avenue (76th Street) from the east, and Swan Boulevard from the west. The detour will take cars up north to Center Street and down Wauwatosa or Swan, depending on direction of travel. North will be open to local traffic up to 90th Street from both directions, for access to local businesses and residences, but no traffic will be able to cross 90th Street. Trucks will be diverted at Mayfair from the west, and Wauwatosa Avenue from the east, and will cross on Capitol Drive. The Route 21 bus detour will be North to Swan to Center and to 88th Street, and back to North.

This is all part of a $14.4 million project, one of the largest public works project the city has ever undertaken, is designed to prevent flooding of the kind that affected 500 homes in 2009, according to the city.

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Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today

Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m. | We're a little bit more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's first-round of the WIAA high school football playoffs, so there is still time to sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Appleton East vs. Menomonee Falls; Brown Deer vs. Catholic Memorial; Greendale vs. Wauwatosa West, South Milwaukee vs. Brookfield Central and Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay.

Congratulations to Drew Hunkins of Waukesha, who was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks. He earned a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

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Radtke Park chosen for skate park

Oct. 18, 2012 3:32 p.m. | Radtke Park at 84th Street and National Avenue is the best site for a skate park, the West Allis Common Council decided Tuesday.

The city hopes to use federal community development block grant money to create a skate park with the help of a generous private donor, so no property taxes would be used.

Now designing can go forward with a target completion by Christmas. Construction would be next spring.

The city studied 16 potential sites and Radtke Park had more of what city officials were looking for, they said.

Greenfield budget off to public hearing

Oct. 17, 2012 5:26 p.m. | A proposed 2013 budget where Greenfield would spend nearly 5.3 percent less than it budgeted for this year but would increase the property tax levy by 1.98 percent will head for a public hearing on Nov. 20.

The Greenfield finance committee of the whole cleared the proposed budget Tuesday to go to public hearing.

A Common Council vote on the proposed 2013 budget is slated for the same night as the hearing.

Of the total $46.3 million proposed budget, $24.4 million would be for the general fund, considered the operating budget. That represents a 2.7 percent increase or $639,422.

Children's Court worried about access during roadwork

Oct. 17, 2012 1:38 p.m. | The presiding judge at Milwaukee County Children's Court Center said construction on Watertown Plank Road related to the Zoo Interchange project will present a major challenge to those who require access to the center.

The center, at 10201 W. Watertown Plank between Mayfair Road and Highway 45, handles juvenile and child court matters, and houses juvenile detention.

Watertown Plank in front of the center will be rebuilt, and the ramps that give access to the highway will be replaced with a broad, looping, high-capacity interchange, including the addition of a new lane west of the interchange passing in front of the center.

"It appears it's going to … have a major impact on people getting to and from the Children's Court Center," Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Donald said this week.

Donald said 455 people work at the center, and his "best-guess estimate" is that an additional 650 people come through it on a daily basis.

Library overdue fines to double in new year

Oct. 17, 2012 12:48 p.m. | Overdue fees on books and other items will double beginning Jan. 1 following a decision last week by the Wauwatosa Public Library Board.

The board unanimously supported a recommendation by Library Director Mary Murphy to increase the fine on overdue books and compact discs from 10 cents per day to 20 cents per day in the new year. In addition, the board increased the fines on DVD and VHS items from 50 cents to $1 per day, but extended the lending period on those items from three days to one week.

Fire Department puts new engine into service

Oct. 17, 2012 12:46 p.m. | In its first day of service last week, the Wauwatosa Fire Department's new engine responded to two calls by 1 p.m.

If the year ahead is like years past, the truck will respond to a healthy proportion of the 5,500 calls the department will field this year, including a couple of dozen serious "working fires," and 30 to 40 mutual aid calls, to help out other departments.

The truck, a Pierce Quantum model with a 450-horsepower engine, carries 500 gallons of water, 30 gallons of foam, medical aid equipment and supplies, air tanks for firefighters that are refillable at the truck from large supply tanks, 800 feet of hose to connect the truck to a hydrant, and 1,500 feet of attack hose. And it does 65 miles an hour.

The Fire Department paid $599,000 for the truck, under the budget set aside of $650,000.

Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings

Oct. 17, 2012 12:28 p.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (8-0) has been a fixture atop the Living Lake Country/NOW suburban football rankings all season, never moving from the top spot.

The No. 1-seeded Warhawks begin WIAA Division 1 postseason play at home this Friday against No. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (5-3).

You can get the lowdown on Arrowhead's postseason prospects and more first round games in a video preview at NOW's Push for the Playoffs.

Two men escape Wauwatosa police in car pursuit

Oct. 17, 2012 10:12 a.m. | Police were led on a short, low-speed pursuit that ended in the woods after trying to stop a stolen car.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer tried to pull a speeding Dodge Neon over at the intersection of Washington Circle and Martha Washington Drive at 11:52 p.m. Oct. 10 when the car tried to escape him.

The driver blew through a stoplight, went over a curb and stopped in a field when the two occupants bailed out and started running away.

The suspects ran into the woods with multiple flashlight-wielding officers at their heels.

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Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs

Oct. 17, 2012 9:51 a.m. | The first-round match ups are set in this season's WIAA football playoffs and you can test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters by taking part in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Drew Hunkins of Waukesha was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks, earning a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

You can join the fun in the playoff version of Pigskin Picks.

More state aid spells repeat relief for Muskego district

Oct. 16, 2012 11:28 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School District will receive more state aid, meaning fewer property tax dollars from homeowners compared to last year, said Scot Ecker, director of business services.

The state Department of Public Instruction announced state aid amounts Monday.

This will be the first time since 1997 that Muskego-Norway has been able to reduce tax levies for two consecutive years, Ecker said.

This positive financial news did not happen by accident, he said. Over the past few years, the district has taken calculated, but sometimes controversial, actions to reduce costs and increase enrollment, in part to deliberately increase state aid.

Among those efforts are a change in health insurance and the addition of kindergarten for 4-year old kindergarten, both of which have been validated by increasing aid, Ecker said.

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Fire completely destroys detached garage in Oak Creek

Oct. 16, 2012 8:26 p.m. | Firefighters and police officers responded to a garage fire in the 800 block of East Mackinac Avenue at 11:44 p.m. Oct. 12.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

When emergency vehicles arrived the detached garage was fully engulfed in flames. It was unknown what caused the fire, due to the intense heat and total destruction of the structure.

The garage and its contents were destroyed. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

No injuries were reported.

Driver hits sheriff's squad on off-ramp

Oct. 16, 2012 8:22 p.m. | A Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office squad was struck by a car after the deputy got out to assist a vehicle that went into the ditch during the early morning hours of Oct. 14.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

Oak Creek police were assisting the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office when a driver exiting the freeway struck an unoccupied sheriff's squad about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 14. The deputy parked his squad to block the southbound Ryan Road off-ramp in order to assist a motorist who had driven his car into a ditch on the west side of the ramp.

The driver of the striking vehicle, an 18-year-old Racine woman, stated she was traveling about 65 mph onto the off-ramp during wet conditions and did not see that the ramp was closed. When she noticed the ramp was blocked she could not stop in time and struck the rear of the squad.

The squad had its emergency lights on.

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Computer equipment stolen from two cars at restaurant

Oct. 16, 2012 8:18 p.m. | Thieves who broke into two locked vehicles at an Oak Creek restaurant got away with almost $15,000 worth of high-end electrical equipment and accessories Oct. 11.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

An employee at Branded Steer Restaurant, 1299 W. College Ave., called police after a customer reported his locked truck had been broken into about 8:15 p.m. Oct. 11. The rear passenger-side window was smashed to gain access to the personal property inside.

Items stolen from the vehicle were two HP laptop computers, a value of $2,400; two iPads, a value of $1,700; a Mac computer and a MacBook, a value of $4,000; a $250 Garmin GPS unit; a $1,000 fountain pen; a $200 Nissan remote key; a $100 backpack; a $400 computer bag and $200 worth of miscellaneous chargers. Damage to the truck is estimated at $250.

While investigating, an officer found another vehicle in the parking lot with a smashed driver-side window. The owner of the car was soon found and he confirmed that a $200 briefcase, a $3,000 Dell laptop computer and a $1,500 Panasonic projector had been stolen during the break-in. Damage to the car window was estimated at $250.

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Four people accused of using stolen credit card

Oct. 16, 2012 8:10 p.m. | Four Illinois residents were arrested for committing two vehicle break-ins after they attempted to use a stolen credit card at Target on Oct. 10.

According to the Franklin police report:

Shortly after 6 p.m., police responded to Target, 7800 S. Lovers Lane Road, because an employee reported that four people were trying to use a stolen credit card to buy merchandise. The credit card had been stolen from a purse during a smash-and-grab that had occurred a short time earlier at Risen Savior Lutheran Church & Preschool on 95th Street and Drexel Avenue.

Upon further investigation, police discovered the same four people also were involved in a similar incident at Target on Oct. 5, when they used a stolen credit card to purchase $2,400 worth of merchandise. In that case the credit card they used had been stolen during a smash-and-grab that occurred at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in the 6800 block of South 51st Street.

The four people were arrested for the following:

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Shorewood/Messmer unveils new football logo

Oct. 10, 2012 5:47 p.m. | Updated with new Messwood logo and comments from Wednesday afternoon press conference.

Shorewood - The Messwood football team has a new logo, less than 24 hours after the Shorewood School Board decided to remove the cross from the design the team has sported all season because of a possible conflict over the separation of church and state.

The new logo, the words "2012 PLAYOFFS" in red set on a blue football, is meant to represent the accomplishments of the two schools, district and team officials told reporters this afternoon.

"Our new helmet logo is going to celebrate the successes these young men have worked so hard for this season," said Messwood Head Coach Drake Zortman.

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Citation issued after Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues go up in flames

Oct. 10, 2012 9:12 a.m. | A 34-year-old man was cited for for illegal burning after police responded twice in a week to the same Franklin duplex, including one incident where Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues were burned.

According to the police report:

An officer responding to a burning complaint found old Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues smoldering in the backyard of a duplex in the 3300 block of West College Avenue at 1:24 p.m. Oct. 1.

No one was home at the time. The officer extinguished the fire with the resident’s hose and warned the property owner, a 34-year-old man, about illegal burning.

He then was cited for illegal burning on Oct. 7 after he was caught burning items in his backyard at 2:50 p.m. Oct. 7.

Alleged drunk driver goes three-wheeling after crash

Oct. 09, 2012 10:00 p.m. | A 26-year-old Wauwatosa man was stuck between the law and a wet place when he allegedly drunkenly crashed his car in the 1200 block of North 70th Street at 11:41 p.m. Oct. 3.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Police responding to an accident found the man rolling his tire up the road. The man was uneasy on his feet and slurring his speech. He smelled like alcohol.

The man said he was turning and hit a wet spot, which led to his crash. Police found that his vehicle did go sideways, hit a curb and crash into a flower bed. The vehicle lost its tire when it smashed into the curb. The man drove the three-wheeled vehicle into the nearby Pick 'n Save parking lot, where police found him.

He was cited with drunken driving. His blood-alcohol content was 0.14.

Driver admits to being too drunk to be behind wheel

Oct. 09, 2012 9:48 p.m. | A 42-year-old Brookfield man was cited for drunken driving after blowing through a flashing red light and stopping in the middle of an intersection in the 10800 block of West Bluemound Road at 3:28 a.m. Oct. 4.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

When asked if he knew why he'd been pulled over, the man cut off the officer and said that he was driving like crazy and was a little buzzed.

When the officer said field sobriety tests would be conducted to see if the man was able to drive, the man interrupted again, saying "I'm not (able to drive)." He said the tests weren't worth doing because he was not able to drive.

He was taken for a blood draw so his blood-alcohol content could be determined. Results were not available.

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Menomonee Falls police arrest man suspected of abducting kids

Oct. 09, 2012 12:36 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - A 19-year-old Fond du Lac man was arrested after he fled from Menomonee Falls police and crashed his car with three young children inside on Oct. 1.

According to Menomonee Falls police:

At 6 p.m., Menomonee Falls police received an alert from the Fond du Lac Police Department regarding an attempt to locate a man driving a red, 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The driver of the car, a 19-year-old Fond du Lac man, allegedly abducted three young children after a domestic violence incident in Fond du Lac.

Menomonee Falls officers located the vehicle and pulled it over in the 12400 block of U. S. Highway 41. When the officers approached the vehicle and attempted to talk to the driver he sped away, initiating a police pursuit. The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed on the 124th Street exit ramp from Highway 145.

The driver fled the car, leaving the three young children behind. The foot pursuit ended when canine officer Tyson located the suspect in the courtyard of a business at 11770 Lake Park Drive in Milwaukee.

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Alert employee helps police arrest two sets of thieves

Oct. 09, 2012 11:54 a.m. | Germantown - An observant employee at L.T. Hampel helped police catch three thieves at a neighboring business between 11:15 p.m. and Oct. 1 and 4 a.m. Oct. 2.

According to Germantown police:

An employee at L.T. Hampel called police to report he heard the sound of glass breaking shortly after a suspicious vehicle drove into the parking lot at Systems Inc., W194 N11481 McCormick Drive, at 11:15 p.m. Oct. 1. The business is located just south of L.T. Hampel and was closed for the evening.

Officers arrived on the scene and arrested a 56-year-old man and a 46-year-old man for theft from a vehicle.

The same employee called police again at 4 a.m. Oct. 2 to report another suspicious vehicle in the parking lot behind Systems Inc. The caller stated the vehicle, a silver minivan, left the parking lot after a short amount of time and turned eastbound onto Edison Drive.

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Man faces charges after stealing from grandparents

Oct. 09, 2012 11:40 a.m. | A 25-year-old Menomonee Falls man was arrested for stealing his grandparents' debit card and using it to make fraudulent charges and take money out of their account.

According to Menomonee Falls police:

Officers responded to the victims' residence in the N70 W13500 block of Brentwood Drive after receiving a report that someone stole a debit card from the home sometime between midnight Sept. 22 and 4 a.m. Sept. 29. The suspect apparently used the card to make cash withdrawals from area ATMs and fraudulent purchases in the Falls area.

The victims told police they believed their grandson, who had access to their home, stole the card.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 30, an officer parked near the victims' residence saw the victims' grandson exiting a cab in front of the home. When the officer approached the suspect and identified himself, the suspect tried to run away and a foot pursuit ensued. The suspect was eventually tackled to the ground and taken into custody for identity theft and resisting arrest.

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Police arrest two in Nicolet homecoming vandalism incident

Oct. 09, 2012 9:41 a.m. | Two 17-year-old Glendale boys were arrested Friday for criminal damage to property during homecoming events at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, on Sept. 20 and 21.

According to the police report:

One of the boys told police they came to the school carrying cans of paint and brushes and painted obscenities on school property, climbed on a roof off West Daphne Road and entered the pool area through an unlocked door.

One threw a laptop computer into the pool and they then hung a mannequin outside an office.

One boy kept saying what they did was just funny homecoming pranks.

Germantown School Board may consider new facility fee

Oct. 08, 2012 9:40 p.m. | The Germantown School Board may consider implementing a facility usage fee to the Germantown Parks and Recreation Department for the use of district buildings to run many of their programs.

Board member Bruce Warnimont said the district's Building Committee has begun to entertain the idea of charging the recreation department a fee and asked the board if it was worth further discussion. Although the recreation department does not pay any fees, the department does place money into a fund that is set aside for special projects within the school district.

"I think to some degree we should try recoup utility costs," said Board Member Tom Barney.

Sarah Larson and Diana Kline were the only two board members who said the current structure should be left as is and no fees should be charged.

In addition to further discussing a new fee structure, Warnimont said the Building Committee is also talking about whether or not the recreation department should be allowed to use academic portions of district facilities. Currently, recreation programs are limited to using school gymnasiums.

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Glendale lays groundwork for consolidated court

Oct. 08, 2012 9:16 p.m. | The Glendale Common Council approved a shared services agreement tonight which, if approved by Brown Deer at an upcoming meeting, will create a shared North Shore Municipal Court between the two.

One judge would take over the work of the two existing municipal judges, said Glendale City and Brown Deer Village Attorney John Fuchs, and would be on the ticket for election in April.

Cost savings would be minimal up front, said Fuchs, since the shared judge would be paid roughly what the two judges make now, with each municipality contributing the approximate cost of their individual judges.

"If you use the relative size of the communities you'd come up with the same number," said Fuchs.

However, savings could accumulate as the consolidated court finds potential efficiencies over time. More significantly, officials hope that other North Shore municipalities will be drawn to the consolidated court in coming years and thereby create additional savings.

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Two boys arrested for beating 15-year-old Germantown High School student

Oct. 08, 2012 3:22 p.m. | Germantown - Two students were arrested after a 15-year-old boy was severely injured during a fight at Germantown High School on Friday.

Updated: Germantown High School has released a statement on the incident.

According to a news release: Germantown police responded to a report of a fight at Germantown High School, W180 N11501 River Lane, at 11:13 a.m. Oct. 5. When officers arrived at the scene, the school resource officer and school administration had already broken up the fight and separated everyone involved.

As a result of a preliminary investigation, a 16-year-old male student was arrested for substantial battery and was transported to the Washington County Juvenile Secure Detention Facility. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested for disorderly conduct for his involvement in the fight. He was booked at the Germantown Police Department and released.

The 15-year-old victim in this incident was transported to Children's Hospital with severe facial injuries. Police later learned that the victim was going to need surgery to repair facial injuries.

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How might the WIAA football playoff brackets stack up?

Oct. 08, 2012 12:44 p.m. | The WIAA football postseason picture is becoming a little more clear as teams prepare this week for their final regular-season games.

Lake Country's JR Radcliffe takes a shot at seeding the Division 1, 2 and 3 brackets in his latest Bracketology blog.

Greendale Schools invite parents to talk about school safety

Oct. 05, 2012 3:54 p.m. | The Greendale School District today issued a letter to parents asking community members to join a conversation about safe schools and anti-bullying efforts.

"The Greendale Schools and our community hold a shared belief that a child needs to feel safe physically, mentally and emotionally in order to perform to the best of his or her ability," the letter, signed by Superintendent John Tharp and School Board President Joe Crappito states, going on to reference the recent bomb scare at the high school. "...This incident provides us with a clear opportunity to take a closer look at school climate and the student experience in our schools."

To that end, the district is forming a task force aimed at combating problem behavior and bullying, as well as rewarding positive choices and actions. Topics will be discussed at the Parents as Partners Conference on Oct. 17.

Police involved over Booster Club accounting discrepancy

Oct. 05, 2012 2:56 p.m. | A representative from the Shorewood Band Parents Booster Club informed district administrators of a discrepancy in the club's accounts yesterday, prompting an investigation from Shorewood police, according to a district news release.

A leader within the Band Parents Booster Club has taken responsibility for the error, according to the release, though that individual has not been identified.

Shorewood police are in the beginning stages of the investigation and have not been able to comment on the case.

The district said in the release that it will lend support to the club as it sorts out the issue. The size of the accounting discrepancy has not been released.

New Berlin police identify high school student for making bomb threats

Oct. 05, 2012 1:08 p.m. | A New Berlin Eisenhower High School student has admitted to making the bomb threats at the school Sept. 25 and 27, New Berlin police announced.

An investigation led School Resource Officer Steve Dodson to the suspect. It has not been determined why the threats were made, police said. Charges will be referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office for review.

The student was not in school Friday, according to a letter that was sent to parents. Due to student confidentiality laws, the school is unable to disclose further details about the student, the letter states.

Both threats were scrawled on bathroom stalls. The first, on Sept. 25, was found shortly before school was to be dismissed. After students left for the day, police swept the building to be sure no bomb was there.

The Sept. 27 threat was discovered at midday and the school went into lockdown. Evacuation wasn't deemed necessary because of the nature of the threat, Principal Michael Fesenmaier said earlier. Again the school was swept and no bomb was found. The sweep was shortly after 1 p.m. and regular activities resumed shortly after 2 p.m.

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Aid drops potential levy from 2.69 percent to 2.13

Oct. 04, 2012 6:50 p.m. | Higher than expected state transportation aid drops New Berlin's 2013 potential property tax levy for municipal purposes from 2.69 percent to 2.13 percent.

The New Berlin Common Council met Tuesday to continue its review of the proposed 2013 spending plan in hopes of approving a preliminary budget on Oct. 9 to go to a public hearing. While two aldermen expressed opposition to the size of the tax levy before Tuesday's meeting, they didn't push for changes. Tuesday's review was mainly aimed at fact-gathering for potential proposals on Oct. 9 to raise revenues and increase efficiencies.

The council's review left the total all funds budget at 1.14 percent higher than the 2012 spending plan. The potential property tax rate of $5.58 per $1,000 of assessed value is far higher than the $5.01 per $1,000 from 2012 because the city revalued all property this year, so rates are not comparable.

Police say pot-paraphernalia engineers caught at birthday party

Oct. 03, 2012 8:35 a.m. | A man got an unhappy birthday surprise from Wauwatosa police when they found his party favors included 6.55 grams of marijuana and multiple items of paraphernalia, some of which were created by the party goers.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two Wauwatosa men, ages 19 and 20, were arrested for drug possession after an anonymous tip led police to a garage with a marijuana smell coming out of it.

The men answered the door, asking police if they were looking for a cat. The police could see a table with a hookah, a three-foot bong, a glass pipe, a rolling machine and two bags of marijuana sitting on it.

Police arrested the men and, after further investigation, found that many of the pieces were made by them. The hookah was made from an Arizona iced tea bottle, the pipe was made from a 9/32 inch socket and there was a medicine bottle that was converted into a pipe with aluminum foil.

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Brown Deer residents approve levy with no increase

Oct. 02, 2012 8:32 p.m. | Because residents rallied around the Brown Deer School District for a multiyear building referendum in 2011, the School Board did not want an increase in the tax levy.

Their goal was achieved at the district's annual meeting on Tuesday as 16 residents unanimously approved the levy with no increase aside from the slight rise in referendum funds.

The levy for the 2012-2013 school year totals $13,313,714. This does reflect a 0.38 percent increase in the amount of $50,401, which is previously approved money from referendum funding. That funding is spread over the next eight years.

Legally, the School Board could have raised the levy by 6 percent at the most; however, they chose to limit the levy to just the increase approved in the building referendum.

The referendum funds are going toward consolidating the school campus from three buildings to two buildings. The elementary school has fallen into disrepair over the years and will ultimately close. The middle school and high school will be renovated to accommodate the additional students.

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Handyman arrested for stealing copper from employer

Oct. 02, 2012 5:08 p.m. | An apartment complex maintenance worker was arrested for allegedly stealing copper piping from his employer, scrapping it for cash, and then replacing it with inexpensive and non-compliant PVC piping.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

On Sept. 27, an employee at Oak Park Apartments, 8828 S. Oak Park Drive, reported a maintenance worker had stolen copper piping at eight apartment buildings. The caller stated she became suspicious about the 50-year-old Oak Creek man after receiving multiple tenant complaints about leaking pipes the man supposedly had replaced with new copper piping purchased by the apartment complex owner.

Upon inspection it was found that the man had used PVC pipe for the repairs, not the copper pipe that was supplied by the apartment complex. When employees and the property owner confronted the man, he allegedly admitted to selling the copper for scrap because he was "hard up" for money, but said he would be willing to work something out to compensate the complex for any losses incurred as a result of his actions. He also admitted replacing the pipes with lower-quality PVC, which is against code.

The cost to replace the PVC pipe with copper is estimated between $8,000 and $12,000.

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Oak Creek man facing state charge of child abuse

Oct. 02, 2012 4:57 p.m. | A 42-year-old Oak Creek man was arrested for physical abuse of a child after he allegedly beat up his 15-year-old stepson Sept. 26.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Police were made aware of the incident after they received an anonymous phone call at 11 a.m. Sept. 28, stating that a 15-year-old boy had been substantially injured during an altercation with his non-adoptive stepfather.

The boy had bruises on his nose, arms and chest, his forehead was swollen above the left eye and the back of his head was swollen.

The boy told officers he bled from his nose, a cut above his left eye and his left ear after being struck by his stepfather. He reported significant pain.

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UPS employee arrested for drug thefts

Oct. 02, 2012 2:58 p.m. | A 54-year-old Franklin man was arrested for stealing narcotics from multiple shipments at UPS, 6800 S. Sixth St., Sept. 27.

The man, an employee at UPS, was arrested after managers launched an investigation into multiple thefts from drug shipments that occurred over the past year. When a company official confronted the employee and told him he was a suspect, the man admitted stealing narcotics from shipments.

At the time he was arrested, officers found 25 oxycodone pills in the man's possession. The man gave police permission to search his residence, where officers found an additional 74 pills of various narcotics that were confirmed stolen from shipments at UPS.

He is facing possible state charges of theft and possession of Schedule II narcotics.

Watchful officer stops catalytic converter theft

Oct. 02, 2012 2:56 p.m. | Two Milwaukee men received multiple citations after an alert patrol officer foiled a theft attempt at a Franklin auto lot Sept. 26.

According to the Franklin police report:

A patrol officer executing a business check saw a person attempting to steal a catalytic converter off a vehicle inside the closed auto lot at Ewald, 6319 S. 108th St., about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 26. The 27-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested and cited for possession of burglary tools, attempted theft, prowling and criminal trespass to land.

A 30-year-old Milwaukee man who was walking in the area of the dealership at the time of the incident was questioned by police, who later linked him to the attempted theft. He was taken into custody in the 11100 block of West Forest Home Avenue and was cited for possession of burglary tools, attempted theft, bail-jumping, prowling, possession of marijuana and criminal trespass to land.

Both men were taken to the Milwaukee County Correctional Facility.

Taste of Brookfield menus revealed

Oct. 01, 2012 3:32 p.m. | The menus for Taste of Brookfield & Beyond - from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Marcus Majestic, 770 N. Springdale Road - have been announced.

Participating restaurants and their offerings:

Baker's Square - chicken pot pie, tomato basil soup, pumpkin pie, pecan pie

Carrabbas Italian Grill - wood-grilled chicken marsala, penne pasta with picchi pacchiu sauce (vegetarian), homemade sausage and lentil zuppe, lobster ravioli in vermouth cream sauce

First Watch - pumpkin pancakes, fruity chicken, siesta key cocktail, maple pulled-pork sandwich

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Young chosen as new Whitefish Bay Police Chief

Oct. 01, 2012 2:08 p.m. | Whitefish Bay has hired Michael D. Young of the Milwaukee Police Department to take over as Police Chief, according to a village press release.

Young is currently an MPD captain and commander of Milwaukee's sixth district. He began his career with the village of Grafton in 1981.

His first day will be Nov. 12, starting with an annual salary of $96,000.

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