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West Allis district offers training for potential School Board candidates

Nov. 28, 2012 4:46 p.m. | West Allis - To help people decide if they want to run for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board, the district will hold a Board Academy to give information about the job and what potential candidates need to know to run.

The academy will be at 6:30 p.m. Mondayin Room 609, the regular board room, in the school administration building, 1205 S. 70th St.

More information is available from Brian Vissers, (414) 604-3007.

St. Robert to commemorate its namesake in bronze

Nov. 28, 2012 2:06 p.m. | St. Robert Parish School, 2200 E. Capitol Drive in Shorewood, will continue to celebrate its centennial with a life-sized bronze statue of patron Saint Robert of Newminster.

Bishop Emeritus Richard J. Sklba will bless the statue at a special mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

The project was initiated and commissioned by St. Robert Pastor Rev. Dennis Dirkx, and made by Shorewood resident and fourth-generation parishioner John A. Balistreri, who is an artist and graphics teacher at Messmer High School and operates a fine art gallery in Door County.

For more information, contact Lisa Lesjak at (414) 332-1164 ext. 302 or llesjak@strobert.org.

Vets to walk red carpet in Mequon for Honor Flight screening

Nov. 28, 2012 1:54 p.m. | Over 400 veterans, volunteers, and friends of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will walk the red carpet Thursday, Nov. 29 as the North Shore Cinema screens the documentary "Honor Flight".

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is a local chapter of the Honor Flight Network, a nation-wide group of volunteers, organizers, and donors who ensure that World War II veterans are able to visit the Washington D.C. WWII memorial.

Three local veterans featured in the film will be in attendance: 87-year-old Joe Demler of Port Washington; 87-year-old Harvey Kurz of Grafton; and 89-year-old Julian Plaster of Milwaukee.

The fourth local veteran in the film, Orville Lemke of Milwaukee, passed away six weeks after his honor flight.

Veterans will arrive at 5 p.m. and the screening begins at 6 p.m. Honor Flight will run in select Marcus theaters in Wisconsin from Dec. 5-7.

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Brown Deer, UWM form education collaboration

Nov. 28, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School District and the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin's School of Education are teaming up on education projects that benefit both parties.

The School Board on Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding for the current school year that details a partnership with UWM's SOE. There is no financial impact for the district as a result of this collaboration, Superintendent Deb Kerr said.

Both parties agree to work together on the development and implementation of projects that benefit both institutions. Funding could from either UWM or the district, depending on what is being done.

"We are using each other and the expertise and talent to accelerate and evaluate learning," Kerr said.

The district will help the SOE with both funded and unfunded research projects that can help educators from both places. For example, if the Brown Deer School District agrees to let a faculty member who teaches motivation, conduct research at Brown Deer, that faculty member will provide professional development or consultation with Brown Deer faculty at no cost.

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Brown Deer School District drafting letter to legislators detailing state budget needs

Nov. 28, 2012 10:34 a.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board on Tuesday decided to draft a letter to send to state legislators detailing the district's needs for the next biennial budget.

Brown Deer has faced massive cuts over the last state budget cycle. As talks of the new biennial budget begin, board member Dennis Griffin said this is an opportune time for the board to voice its opinion. Griffin recently attended lobbying meetings focused on the Department of Public Instruction's Fair Funding proposal, a plan DPI says would fix Wisconsin's funding formula and make it fair and equitable. In light of these lobbying efforts, Griffin brought the discussion of lobbying to the board to see what efforts they could make.

The issue is not whether the board supports the Fair Funding proposal, but rather what the district's main needs are in relation to state aid, Griffin said.

"I'm not saying if we should support the funding formula, I'm saying this is a good time to communicate what we need in Brown Deer," he said.

At the top of the list is more state aid. Business Director Emily Koczela said at the very least, Brown Deer needs to make it clear that it cannot withstand any further cuts in aid.

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Brown Deer seeks answers in an effort to improve

Nov. 28, 2012 10:32 a.m. | Brown Deer - About 100 students leave Brown Deer every year to attend public school outside of the district and the School Board wants to know why.

In an effort to get a better understanding of why parents choose to Open Enroll their students in surrounding public school districts, School Board members will reach out to these families via phone in the coming weeks.

"We can guess all we want, but until we get hard data we won't know what to focus on," board member Kevin Klimek said.

These families will receive a letter in the mail before calls are made, letting residents know what to expect. The letter will be signed by all the board members to show this is a unified effort by the board to better understand families' reasoning, as well as discover ways the district might improve, Board President Gary Williams said.

Klimek said most board members have agreed to make the calls.

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Background of profile picture leads police to escort in Brookfield

Nov. 28, 2012 10:17 a.m. | A Milwaukee woman was arrested for prostitution at Motel 6 in Brookfield after police noticed something familiar in the background of the woman's online profile picture.

According to the Town of Brookfield police report:

The 20-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for working as an escort at Motel 6, 20300 W. Bluemound Road, at 2:08 p.m. Nov. 7.

Police conducted an investigation after coming across information about escorts working in the area through an Internet site. The woman's profile image included fixtures that matched those at the hotel, prompting police to perform a sting operation.

Veteran New Berlin School District employees will receive one-time payments

Nov. 28, 2012 8:44 a.m. | Many New Berlin School District employees will receive a one-time payment outside of the collective bargaining process, the New Berlin School Board decided Monday.

The board approved a 1.64 percent increase for the 2011-12 school year and a 1.86 percent increase for the current 2012-13 school year. Those who will receive the payment are current teachers, specialists, librarians, psychologists, counselors, therapists and special education paraprofessionals who worked for the district before this year. Payments are expected to be made early in 2013.

Board member Art Marquardt called the one-time payment an important way-station as the district works on a full compensation redesign. The compensation plan will be designed to recruit, retain and reward employees, and will form the basis of future compensation decisions.

While that redesign is in progress, the board wants to show the staff how it values and appreciates employees, board President David Maxey said.

The staff works hard and the board wants to recognize that, said board member Tom David, who also noted that it will help them keep up with the cost of living.

Police investigate tire slashings in Oak Creek neighborhood

Nov. 27, 2012 5:08 p.m. | Oak Creek - Tires were slashed on at least six vehicles in an area bounded by 11th Avenue, Puetz Road and Highway 32 between midnight Sunday and early Monday morning.

According to the Oak Creek police report the following tire-slashing incidents were reported to have happened that night:

Both driver-side tires were slashed on a Honda in the 3200 block of East Stonefield Drive.

Four tires were slashed on a van at Grace Lutheran Early Childhood Center, 3381 E. Puetz Road.

Three tires were slashed on one car and two rear tires were slashed on a second car at Lake Forest Apartments.

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Caller warns worker Oak Creek grocery store is about to be 'shot up'

Nov. 27, 2012 5:05 p.m. | Oak Creek - An anonymous caller threatened to kill an employee at Pick 'n Save, 2320 W. Ryan Road, Sunday, while warning that the store would be "shot up," according to an Oak Creek police report.

The report states:

At 2:54 p.m. Nov. 25, an employee received a phone call from an unidentified male who stated: "This is an officer. My boss told me to call you. I'm supposed to tell you that your store is going to get shot up. Listen to my directions, sit in the corner or I will kill you."

After the caller hung up, the employee called her manager, who then called police. Officers searched the store, the parking lot and surrounding business parking lots but did not find anything suspicious.

The manager called the phone number the call had originated from, but no one picked up the phone and there was no answering machine.

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Man says he was robbed while checking tires

Nov. 27, 2012 5:02 p.m. | Oak Creek - A 47-year-old Random Lake man told police he was robbed by a stranger after he pulled over on College Avenue to check his tires shortly after 11 p.m. Nov. 26.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man told officers he heard a squeak in his tire, which caused him to pull over in the 2500 block of West College Avenue. While he was checking his driver-side rear tire, an unidentified man walked up to him and said: "Give me your wallet. I have a gun."

The Random Lake man told police he pushed the man, and a struggle ensued. His wallet apparently fell out of his pocket. The thief grabbed the wallet and was picked up by a blue, four-door vehicle that pulled up next to them.

The Random Lake man followed the man's vehicle north on Interstate 94, but lost sight of the car in a subdivision near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee.

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Tosa police say shoplifters caught making a run for it in their Mercedes

Nov. 27, 2012 3:14 p.m. | A trio of alleged shoplifters tried to make a getaway but were nabbed by a nearby police officer.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two Milwaukee girls, ages 15 and 17, and an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman were arrested after trying to take multiple items from Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, at 5:43 p.m. Nov. 11.

The group allegedly walked through the store, taking a curling iron and multiple pairs of underwear, stuffing many items into their bras.

They were watched as they took the items and when they tried to leave the store, they heard an employee say, "Call security."

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Woman struck by car during spat in Franklin Walmart parking lot

Nov. 27, 2012 2:19 p.m. | Franklin - A pedestrian was injured after a driver allegedly struck her with her car during an argument in the parking lot at Walmart, 6701 S. 27th St., Thanksgiving Day.

According to the Franklin police log:

The victim, a 43-year-old Cudahy woman, told police the accident began as an argument when a driver sped through the parking lot and almost struck her about 9:10 p.m. Nov. 22. When she yelled at the driver to slow down, the driver put her car in reverse and the two began to yell and swear at each other.

The woman stated the driver reached out and punched her in the face during the argument. She then continued to back her vehicle up and deliberately turn it toward her, knocking her to the ground and causing abrasions to her right hand and both knees.

Police questioned the driver, a 35-year-old Milwaukee woman, who said the victim and five other people began pounding on her vehicle. She said the victim stuck her head and hands inside her vehicle while yelling at her, causing her to be fearful for her 9-year-old son, and she admitted punching the woman in the mouth.

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Plans for Whitnall disc golf course advance

Nov. 27, 2012 12:50 p.m. | Greenfield - By a unanimous vote, the Whitnall School Board confirmed Monday that it is open to the concept of a disc golf course in what is known as the nature pod near Whitnall high and middle schools.

With its vote, the board gave the official go-ahead to Whitnall senior Clayton Anderson to begin filling out the details of his plan. Anderson, 17, wanted to give something back to the school. So he started developing plans for a disc golf course on the 5.4-acre nature pod. The nearest disc golf course might be as far as New Berlin, said school board member T.J. Anderson, Clayton's father.

Disc golf is similar to golf, except that players throw flying discs like Frisbees toward a metal basket on a pole.

The school district owns the nature pod, a wetland parcel science classes use for their studies. That would continue, under Anderson's proposal.

Now he will work on a financing plan for the project expected to cost less than $15,000. He will also test neighbors' reactions and see what the city's perspective might be. School administrators are helping him and others in the community are interested in participating.

Police: Women admit to Goodwill theft after losing jobs

Nov. 26, 2012 4:48 p.m. | Two Milwaukee women, ages 54 and 48, told police they took $116 of clothing from Goodwill, 12121 W. Feerick St., at 5:29 p.m. Nov. 13 because they had lost their jobs and times are hard.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

After being asked about the items, both women admitted to taking the clothes. One said that she recently lost her job and was going to give some of the stolen goods to her granddaughter. The other said she also had lost her job and that she was going through a rough divorce.

The two women had an elaborate theft system, putting the items in purses on top of other items, doing a cart swap and having one of the women purchase some items.

Most of the items taken were clothing or shoes.

Woman reports being trampled by Black Friday shoppers at Germantown Walmart

Nov. 26, 2012 3:26 p.m. | A 43-year-old woman called police after she was trampled by numerous customers during the Thanksgiving Day sales event at Walmart.

According to the Germantown police log:

The woman stated she was in the video gaming section of the electronics department to purchase advertised video games at Walmart, W190 N9855 Appleton Ave., shortly after 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. When employees started handing out the special sale-priced video games, customers behind her began to trample and push her as they tried to grab the products for themselves.

The woman sustained minor injuries to her right wrist and right ankle and declined medical treatment.

She was unable to identify anyone involved in the melee and told police she would be filing an incident report with Walmart management.

Brookfield police issue warning about theft ring targeting elderly women

Nov. 26, 2012 2:18 p.m. | The City of Brookfield Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding suspects in a possible theft ring in the area.

In a crime alert issued by the department last week, police officials said elderly women are being targeted by multiple white men, ranging in age from about 40 to about 65, with heavy Eastern European accents.

One man distracts the victim by asking a question while the other removes the wallet from the victim's purse.

Several women had their purses or wallets stolen this month.

According to the alert:

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Alleged diaper thieves wanted in string of thefts from Pick 'n Save stores

Nov. 26, 2012 9:46 a.m. | Police say two girls and one man, all from Milwaukee, are wanted for a rash of thefts from Pick 'n Save stores across the Milwaukee area.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The three are wanted in an alleged theft of $516 worth of diapers and baby formula from Pick 'n Save, 1717 N. Mayfair Road, at 6:24 p.m. Nov. 13.

The 48-year-old man is shown on video surveillance guiding the girls, ages 12 and 14, to the aisle where the theft happened. He left the store shortly before the two took the baby formula and diapers.

The trio is wanted in multiple Pick 'n Save thefts on the Southeast side of Milwaukee.

Brookfield man charged in highway wrong-way cruise

Nov. 20, 2012 7:40 p.m. | Joshua P. Klawikowski of Brookfield, 21, faces a single count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony that carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years. Klawikowki made an initial appearance in court on November 14, where he was ordered to maintain absolute sobriety.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office received several 911 calls Nov. 10 reporting that a car was traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 43.

Klawikowski was seen on Department of Transportation cameras in a black car driving at speeds that topped 100 mph, narrowly missing oncoming cars and trucks. A sheriff's deputy drove parallel to Klawikowski in the northbound lanes and shone his light at him in an attempt to pull him over, but Klawikoski continued driving, weaving through a construction zone on Interstate 94 at Drexel Avenue.

Klawikowski made a U-turn at Ryan Road and was pulled over by sheriff's deputies south of College Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Saturday November 10. When asked if he knew where he was, he looked around, saw an Amtrak sign and said he was at the train station.

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Alert Franklin officer nabs burglary suspects

Nov. 20, 2012 5:02 p.m. | Franklin - Two 19-year-old men were arrested for burglary after an alert police officer pursued a vehicle speeding out of a Franklin subdivision Monday.

According to the Franklin police report:

The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over after he saw it speed out of a subdivision near 76th Street and Drexel Avenue about 3 a.m. Monday. The driver failed to stop for the officer and a pursuit ensued.

The chase ended when the driver pulled over in the 9500 block of West Loomis Road. After police discovered numerous stolen items in the car, the occupants, a 19-year-old Franklin man and a 19-year-old Milwaukee man, were arrested.

A police investigation determined the men stole the items from a home and four vehicles in the 7900 block of South 55th Street prior to the police chase. They apparently entered the home while the residents were sleeping.

Oak Creek police investigate burglaries at adjoining businesses

Nov. 20, 2012 4:24 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are investigating the theft of cash from two adjacent businesses in the 8500 block of South Howell Avenue between 9 a.m. Nov. 12 and 11 a.m. Nov. 13.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

During that timeframe, about $600 was taken from the cash drawer at Mailtruck Model A Ford Parts and a cash drawer containing $200 was taken from Cutest Kids consignment store. There was an unsecured access point between the two businesses.

Officers found pry marks on a door connecting the consignment store to WJ Kuhn, but nothing was reported missing from either WJ Kuhn or HK Graphics, which also is in the same building.

The front entry doors to both businesses were secured, and there were no signs of forced entry.

Oak Creek make arrest in connection to Craigslist robbery

Nov. 20, 2012 4:10 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police arrested a 19-year-old Milwaukee man Nov. 14 in connection with the robbery of a man he met through Craigslist on Oct. 26.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The 19-year-old arranged to meet a 24-year-old Milwaukee man in an unlit area at the entrance of Hy-View Mobile Home Park, 2539 W. Carroll Ave., the evening of Oct. 26. He said he was interested in buying two iPhones the older man had posted for sale on Craigslist.com.

While they were talking, three men walked toward the 24-year-old, one of them holding a club. One of the men yelled, "I'm gonna get you (expletive)," and the man got in his car and headed south on Interstate 94, with the others in pursuit.

The 24-year-old called the supposed buyer during the pursuit to ask him for an explanation as to why he stole his iPhones. The teen replied, "We will get you." The man exited the freeway on Rawson Avenue and the others continued driving south on I-94.

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$68,000 concession stand prompts review in Greenfield

Nov. 20, 2012 12:14 p.m. | The Greenfield School District will investigate how the costs got so high for a new concession stand at Greenfield High School.

Doubts expressed by some Greenfield residents, piled on top of doubts of some Greenfield School Board members, about whether the school district paid too much for the concession stand triggered that decision by the board Monday.

The 12-by-12-foot structure cost $68,000. It was built as part of a massive update of the high school that was paid for with $48.5 million in funds approved in referendums in 2007 and 2008.

School Board President Bruce Bailey said people have told him the cost of the concession stand seems excessive.

The board isn't expecting a refund, but if the process of approving spending was flawed, it needs to be fixed, said board member Cathy Walsh.

Alleged drunken driver wants to talk politics, Tosa police say

Nov. 20, 2012 10:41 a.m. | A 26-year-old Milwaukee man accused of drunken driving in the early morning hours after Election Day wanted to talk politics during his arrest, Wauwatosa police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was stopped by police in the 7400 block of West State Street at 12:58 a.m. Nov. 7 after his vehicle crossed the centerline multiple times. As he pulled over, he hit the curb, according to the police report.

The man immediately began mumbling about President Barack Obama when officers approached him. They told him they believed he had been drinking, and he replied, "You're the man, and if you say I did it, then I did," the report states.

He was driving with a suspended license, and when officers confronted him about it, he began talking about politics again.

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Menomonee Falls Village Board approves budget, slight levy increase

Nov. 20, 2012 6:45 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday approved a 0.95 percent increase to the property tax levy for the 2013 budget.

The 2011 tax rate was $5.1947 per $1,000 of assessed value; the 2012 rate has been set at $5.1997 per $1,000 of assessed value. The total levy for the 2013 budget is $21,915,109, which reflects a $205,589 increase, or a 0.947 percent rise from last year's levy of $21,709,520. The 2013 general operating budget also increased 0.9 percent.

Fees and utility rates will remain the same in 2013.

"This year, with very minimal increase in the tax rate, the direct impact to citizens is minimal," said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald. "We think in this economy, it would have made no sense to do anything radically different."

Since 2006, the total tax increase for a property valued at $250,000 was $29. For homes assessed at $250,000 and less, the 2013 budget reflects a tax increase of about $1.

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Labor Day fireworks won't be a tradition in Elm Grove

Nov. 19, 2012 4:39 p.m. | Elm Grove will keep its annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July holiday instead of moving it to Labor Day.

The summer's drought and extreme heat made it unsafe to shoot off fireworks in July, so the village postponed the display to Labor Day, throwing a community event in Village Park in September. It proved popular, prompting the Recreation Committee on Thursday to discuss when to hold fireworks in the future.

The panel was against ending the traditional Fourth of July fireworks display in favor of a late-summer display, but was open to having a second display over Labor Day weekend - if private funding can be found.

"It (Labor Day) was packed and every other surrounding community has Fourth of July activities and fireworks," committee member Paul Schmidt said. "We'd be unique to have this event to differentiate us and possibly bring more people to our community."

Other committee members agreed the Labor Day festivities were a success, but pointed out that having police officers provide crowd control at two fireworks displays during the summer would be costly for the village.

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8-Twelve benefit raises thousands for Azana victims' families

Nov. 19, 2012 12:56 p.m. | A benefit held at 8-Twelve Restaurant to raise money for the Azana Salon shooting victims' families brought in nearly $62,000 last week.

Omar Shaikh, co-owner of SURG Restaurant Group, which sponsored the event, said the event more than doubled the organizers' goal of $30,000.

8-Twelve Restaurant partners Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers came up with the idea for the benefit and donated several autographed items to the silent auction.

Other items were donated by Kohl's Department Stores, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Milwaukee Wave and others.

Three women were killed and four others were wounded when Radcliff Haughton walked into the spa and opened fire Oct. 21. The deaths left eight children without mothers.

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Man attacked after four-car crash, Tosa police say

Nov. 19, 2012 12:14 p.m. | A man received a few blows to the head after he rear-ended an SUV at North and Wauwatosa avenues at 5 p.m. Nov. 8.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 22-year-old SUV driver, a Milwaukee man, head-butted the other driver and punched him multiple times after the crash. When others who were involved in the crash tried to stop him, he threatened them with violence.

The victim, a 23-year-old Pewaukee man, barely had time to recover from the four-car accident after his air bags went off. He had rear-ended the Milwaukee man, whose car ran into a another, which was pushed into another.

Witnesses say they saw the Pewaukee man "playing" on his cellphone just before the accident.

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Suspected shoplifter argues her way into arrest at Mayfair, Tosa police say

Nov. 19, 2012 10:08 a.m. | A teen's belligerence led to her arrest for disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and carrying a concealed weapon at Mayfair - even though the store employees who suspected her of stealing had been ready to let her go.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Employees of Pac Sun in Mayfair, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, caught the 16-year-old girl taking a pair of jeans from the store at 7:18 p.m. Nov. 10. The store didn't want to have her arrested, but they did want their property back. Wanting her to return her items and leave, they called mall security.

When the security guard asked her if she had taken anything else, the girl became belligerent and police were called. She told officers the guard had "been rude to her."

The officers found a stolen belt, panties and jewelry in the girl's purse, as well as a set of spiked brass knuckles.

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Deodorant thieves elude capture, Tosa police say

Nov. 17, 2012 4:22 p.m. | Even the dark underbelly of crime is worried about the smell of their underarms.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

Four people - two men and two women in their mid-20s - are suspected of taking 44 sticks of deodorant, a value of $290, from CVS Pharmacy, 7520 W. Bluemound Road, and Walgreens, 2275 N. Mayfair Road.

The four worked as a team to snatch the merchandise. At Walgreens, two people blocked employees' vision while two grabbed the deodorant sticks.

Walgreens employees, suspecting the theft, called the police. The four were able to escape in a car with a temporary license plate before heading straight to CVS.

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Thieves break into cars in church parking lot, police say

Nov. 17, 2012 3:54 p.m. | About $780 in goods were stolen from two cars parked at Calvary Memorial United Church, 4515 N. Mayfair Road.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Windows on both cars were smashed out, resulting in $200 damage to each car, between 6 and 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

A backpack containing paperwork for a thesis paper and school books was taken from one car. A briefcase, a pair of shoes and a business card case were among the items taken from the second car.

Youth author Gordon Korman to speak Nov. 19 at Wilson Center

Nov. 15, 2012 2:00 p.m. | Author Gordon Korman will be the featured speaker at a free presentation to be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive.

"An Evening with Gordon Korman" will include a presentation by the author and an autograph session.

At 6:30 p.m., the author also will moderate a special trivia contest entitled "Battle of the Books" between students at Pilgrim Park and Wisconsin Hills Middle Schools.

Korman has authored more than 50 middle-grade and teen novels. His works include New York Times bestseller "The 39 Clues" as well as "One False Note," "The Juvie Three," "Son of the Mob," "Born to Rock," Swindle" and "Schooled."

His latest book, Hideout, is scheduled to be released in January.

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Falling kegs lead to surprise carbon monoxide discovery

Nov. 15, 2012 11:40 a.m. | North Shore Fire Department crews inadvertently discovered elevated levels of carbon monoxide at the Sprecher Brewery in Glendale while tending to an employee injured by several falling kegs.

According to an NSFD news release:

Bayside dispatch received a call at 4:05 p.m. yesterday requesting an ambulance for an employee who had been injured by several falling kegs.

While tending to the employee, a carbon monoxide warning device attached to a medical kit sounded, indicating elevated carbon monoxide levels. Crews on scene retrieved additional meters from the fire engine, finding readings as high as 120 parts per million (ppm) throughout areas of the structure.

The brewery was evacuated and ventilated. No employees complained of symptoms or requested evaluation from NSFD crews.

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Greenfield panel backs plan that could accommodate Mormon church

Nov. 15, 2012 10:26 a.m. | A proposal that would lay the groundwork for a Mormon church sanctuary on an unused section of Arlington Cemetery cleared the Greenfield Plan Commission on Tuesday.

Arlington Cemetery, 4001 S. 27th St., is asking to create three parcels, one of which could accommodate the church on its 5.1 acres.

The cemetery's request could be discussed by the Common Council, which must ultimately approve the plan, as early as next week, though a public hearing on the Mormon church plan itself won't be held until Dec. 4.

Planning commissioners also approved an unrelated request, a proposed meditation garden.

Kopp's Frozen Custard, 7601 W. Layton Ave., is proposing illuminated panels for the meditation garden it wants to create. Fence panels would be separated by glass artwork cubes, which can be internally illuminated. That issue could also be discussed as early as next week before the council.

Muskego, New Berlin school districts earn AP honors

Nov. 14, 2012 3:38 p.m. | Both the Muskego-Norway and the New Berlin school districts have won places on the College Board AP District Honor Roll, a distinction achieved by only 6 percent of school districts in Wisconsin, and only 539 school districts nationally.

The honor is given for both increasing the number of students taking advanced placement college-level courses while maintaining a high learning level enabling the students to score high enough on AP exams to be eligible for college credit.

This is the first year Muskego-Norway has been named to the honor roll. New Berlin has been on it before.

The goal is to have students able to score at least a three out of five on AP exams. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the country offer college credit, advanced placement or both for that score. High schools preparing their students at the college level through AP classes save students and families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

To earn the honor, districts must among other things, increase participation or access to AP classes by 4 to 6 percent, depending on their size and make sure that the percentage of minority students taking AP exams doesn't drop by 5 to 10 percent, again, depending on district size.

Fox Point OKs run-walk organizers' request to use village streets

Nov. 14, 2012 2:10 p.m. | The Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday approved a request by organizers to use village streets in conjunction with a planned 5K run-walk in support of a child who has a form of leukemia.

Nine-year-old Audrey Parrott, who lives in the area, was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In an effort to fund a portion of the mounting medical expenses, organizers are planning the run-walk at 9:30 a.m. Sunday near Stormonth Elementary School, 7301 N. Longacre Road.

While organizers were given permission to use village streets, the board did not act on a request to waive fees associated with the usage request. The village does not have an ordinance that speaks to an organization asking to use village streets free of charge.

North Avenue, State Street open today in Wauwatosa

Nov. 07, 2012 2:40 p.m. | North Avenue, which has been closed at 90th Street since late last month, was expected to open to traffic today, said Alderman Jeffrey Roznowski, who represents the area.

Work was expected to last another week, but the contractor has been ahead of schedule, he said.

Also, the project at State Street and Harwood Avenue, in the center of the Village, is also wrapping up, and State also is expected to open to through traffic today.

No surprise: New Berlin, Muskego deliver votes for Republican candidates

Nov. 07, 2012 1:06 p.m. | Tuesday's election results were disappointing for the majority of voters in Muskego and New Berlin who gave the Romney-Ryan ticket and former Governor Tommy Thompson the vast majority of their votes but to no avail.

Barack Obama prevailed, winning four more years and Tammy Baldwin stepped up to the U.S. Senate in her win over Thompson.

The unofficial vote totals for Muskego, where the turnout was 91.7 percent, are:

Romney - 10,760

Obama - 4,608

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Greenfield and West Allis differ in votes for president and U.S. Senate

Nov. 07, 2012 12:58 p.m. | Greenfield and West Allis were opposites in their support of presidential and Wisconsin's U.S. Senate candidates in Tuesday's general election, though not by wide margins in either race.

In Greenfield, Republican challenger Mitt Romney received 10,411 votes to Democrat incumbent President Barack Obama's 9,744. In the Senate race, Republican Tommy Thompson got 10,044 Greenfield votes and Democrat Tammy Baldwin received 9,439 votes.

In West Allis, Obama got 16,279 votes compared to Romney's 14,775, and Baldwin got 15,474 votes compared to Thompson's 14,508.

The results won't be official until the canvassing boards in each communities approves the final numbers.

In both municipalities, voter turnout, in terms of percentage of registered voters, was heavy - 91.6 percent in Greenfield and 85.8 percent in West Allis.

Drunken driver arrested after nearly hitting squad car stopped for another OWI arrest

Nov. 07, 2012 12:00 p.m. | Officers responding to the scene of a drunken driving accident arrested a second drunken driver who attempted to drive around the scene during the early morning hours Sunday.

According to Oak Creek police:

A 29-year-old Oak Creek man was speeding when he plowed into the rear end of a vehicle driving at the posted speed limit in the 1500 block of West Puetz Road shortly before 1:30 a.m. Nov. 4.

Both vehicles left the roadway and were totaled in the accident, but no injuries were reported. The Oak Creek Fire Department was called to the scene due to a large amount of smoke coming from the engine compartment of one of the vehicles.

The 29-year-old man was arrested for drunken driving, second offense, and was cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed. His blood-alcohol content was 0.18.

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Lime green water in Underwood Creek is just a test

Nov. 07, 2012 11:38 a.m. | Your eyes are not fooling you. The water in Underwood Creek in Elm Grove and Brookfield is green, but there is no need to be alarmed.

The city of Brookfield is testing for leaks in its sanitary and storm sewer system as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The green fluorescent dye used in the testing empties into the creek. Brookfield Public Works Director Thomas Grisa said the dye is non-toxic and testing will continue for the next few weeks.

"The dye is safe for the creek and its inhabitants," Grisa said. "A resident sent me a picture of ducks swimming in the creek this morning."

Elm Grove conducted similar tests last week.

Falls and Germantown residents support Romney, Thompson at the polls

Nov. 07, 2012 11:09 a.m. | Both the Germantown and Menomonee Falls communities had more than a 90 percent voter turnout following Tuesday's election, with the majority of voters supporting Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Republican senatorial Candidate Tommy Thompson.

President Barack Obama won a second term in office when unofficial results poured in Tuesday night. He also won the electorate vote in Wisconsin. Democrat Tammy Baldwin was the first woman from Wisconsin elected to the U.S. Senate, beating Thompson statewide despite Thompson's landslide victory in both villages of Menomonee Falls and Germantown.

Republican Dan Knodl beat Democrat Shan Haqqi for the Menomonee Falls district 24 state assembly seat.

In Menomonee Falls, 93.58 percent of registered voters cast ballots, which is 22,791 votes out of the 24,355 registered voters, according to unofficial election results posted by the Menomonee Falls Clerk Services Department. There were 7,539 absentee ballots issued. As of Wednesday, 7,425 were returned.

There was a 96.38 percent voter turnout in Germantown. There were 12,379 people who cast ballots in the village, out of the 12,844 registered voters, according to unofficial results posted by the Washington County Clerk's Office.

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Anti-Semitic pamphlets being distributed around Oak Creek, South Milwaukee

Nov. 07, 2012 8:48 a.m. | Several residents called Oak Creek police in the past week after receiving an anti-Semitic pamphlet that also discussed the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in August.

According to Oak Creek police, the South Milwaukee Police Department also received about six reports of matching literature being placed on porches in their city; however, they also have no information on who is distributing the pamphlets.

Police examined the pamphlet and stated it didn't contain any direct threats toward people or establishments.

If you have information about the organization or person/people distributing these pamphlets you can call the Oak Creek Police Department at (414) 762-8200. If residents receive one of these pamphlets they are advised to simply throw the literature away, police said.

Oak Creek teens accused of assaulting, robbing 17-year-old

Nov. 07, 2012 8:24 a.m. | Two 17-year-old Oak Creek boys were arrested Nov. 4 in connection with the Oct. 17 assault and robbery of a boy.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

The teens were arrested after a police investigation determined they were involved in the incident in which the victim, a 17-year-old Oak Creek boy, was struck and knocked to the ground by five or six teens while walking his dog in the 300 block of East Parkway Estates at 1:20 p.m. Oct. 17. While on the ground, one of the boys stole $20 out of the victim's pocket before the group ran into a wooded area.

The victim refused medical attention.

The two teens were taken into custody shortly after 3 p.m. Nov. 4. They are both facing possible charges of robbery and physical abuse of a child.

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Man escapes Oak Creek drug sting after trip to hospital

Nov. 06, 2012 5:46 p.m. | Police have issued an arrest warrant for an alleged drug dealer who escaped custody Oct. 31.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A 26-year-old Milwaukee man sold six bags of crack cocaine to an undercover police officer while the two were sitting in a car in the parking lot at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 6665 S. Howell Ave., shortly before 8 a.m. Oct. 31.

When a detective came to the passenger-side door to make the arrest, the man struck him and ran off, with two officers in pursuit. The officers caught the man, but he resisted arrest and refused to put his hands behind his back.

Police used a Taser to gain control of the man after they saw him place a plastic bag into his mouth. The man was unable to swallow the bag and eventually spit it out. The bag contained 3.5 grams of powder cocaine, 14 grams of crack cocaine and 33 additional corner-cut bags.

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Crews investigate 'suspicious' house fire in Menomonee Falls

Nov. 06, 2012 12:41 p.m. | A house fire that erupted early this morning extensively damaged a two story, single family residence on Claas Road, causing about $90,000 in damage.

No one is currently living in the vacant home. The cause of the fire that was reported at 12:48 a.m. at W136 N6870 Claas Road is considered "suspicious," said Menomonee Falls Fire Chief Jeffrey Hevey.

Crews from the Menomonee Falls Fire Department and Police Department were still on scene as of noon today investigating the fire.

Fire crews from Germantown, Butler, Lannon and Elm Grove responded to assist Menomonee Falls firefighters with putting out the blaze.

An update on the cause of the fire will be available later in the week.

Brookfield offers yard waste disposal options

Nov. 06, 2012 10:56 a.m. | As the last of the leaves fall from the trees, the city of Brookfield Department of Public Works is reminding residents about the rules for disposing of yard waste.

Thomas Grisa, director of public works, said burning is allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. when the wind speed does not exceed 15 mph. Burning piles must be no larger than 5 feet in diameter, 2 feet high, 25 feet from the front lot line, 15 feet from the side and 10 feet from the rear. Burning is not permitted on ditches or roadways.

The city does not pick up yard brush and waste, he said.. City of Brookfield residents can haul bagged leaves to the recycling center, 19700 Riverview Drive, or call a licensed hauler to remove the leaves. The recycling center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m. through Nov. 30, and year-round on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the recycling center for yard waste disposal requires proof of residency.

8-Twelve Restaurant announces benefit for children of Azana Spa victims

Nov. 05, 2012 3:42 p.m. | Brookfield's 8-Twelve MVP Bar and Grill will hold a fundraiser for the children of the victims of the Azana Salon and Spa shooting.

Radcliff Haughton killed three women and wounded four others when he opened fire in the spa on Oct. 21.

The dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at 8-Twelve, 17800 W. Bluemound Road.

Tickets cost $100; food and drinks are included. A silent auction will take place, featuring items donated by Packer's quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, who arepartners in the restaurant with SURG Restaurant Group. Other auction donors include the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Wave, Global Sight and Sound and Kohl's Department Stores.

All money raised will go to the children of Zina Haughton, Maelyn Lind and Cary Robuck, who were killed in the Oct. 21 shooting.

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Brookfield Trader Joe's celebrates grand opening today

Nov. 05, 2012 2:46 p.m. | Grocery chain Trader Joe's officially opened its Brookfield location today.

The 12,500-square-foot store celebrated its grand opening at 12665 W. Bluemound Road this morning with Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto and store manager Jeff Clark cutting a ceremonial lei. Festivities will continue throughout the day, with face painting for kids and food demonstrations.

The chain describes itself as a grocery store like no other, carrying domestic and imported items including fresh-baked artisan breads, international frozen entrees, 100 percent juices, deli items, and vitamins and supplements.

The store is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Trader Joe's has more than 380 stores in 34 states. Wisconsin is home to three of these stores, one in Glendale at Bayshore Town Center, one in Madison and the Bluemound store.

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Brown Deer hires expert for independent review of Haughton encounters

Nov. 02, 2012 2:54 p.m. | Brown Deer has hired Robert C. Willis, a law enforcement instructor, trainer and consultant, to review the Police Department's numerous interactions with Zina and Radcliffe Haughton, Village Manager Russell Van Gompel announced in a news release today.

Radcliffe killed his estranged wife, Zina, and two other women, and injured four more at the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield on Oct. 21 before taking his own life.

The Brown Deer Police Department has since come under scrutiny for failing to arrest Radcliffe after a number of domestic abuse incidents. An Oct. 30 letter signed by 12 Wisconsin lawmakers calls for an external audit of the Brown Deer Police Department's interactions with the Haughtons.

"In the interest of getting an unbiased evaluation of the facts and law enforcement standards relevant to the Village of Brown Deer Police Department's contacts with the Haughtons, we have hired Wisconsin Law Enforcement Instructor Robert C. Willis to conduct an independent review of all contacts with the Haughtons", Van Gompel said in the release. "We have instructed Mr. Willis that he has no restraints on the scope or depth of his review."

Willis has served as a patrol officer, SWAT team member, and in a number of training positions. He is currently a part-time patrol officer in Milwaukee County, is a Deputy Sheriff in Brown County, and works as a full-time instructor and trainer at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Tactical Training Complex.

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DJ's Pub and Grill owner submitting new plans for restaurant, four-family building

Nov. 02, 2012 1:06 p.m. | The owner of DJ's Pub and Grill, a property that was involved in at least one controversial proposal to establish a park on Little Muskego Lake, has again submitted plans to the city for a restaurant/bar twice the size of the current establishment and a separate four-family building.

Owner Dan Hewitt had submitted hand-drawn project plans to the city earlier this year, but last summer, the Muskego Common Council refused the needed rezoning, saying not enough specifics were submitted.

DJ's, W18040 Janesville Road, closed Sunday and will be demolished because it's in the way of the Janesville Road widening project.

On Tuesday, Hewitt will be before the Plan Commission with far more detailed plans.

They show the restaurant/bar close to Janesville Road and the residential building close to the shore of Little Muskego Lake.

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Looking for your local polling place?

Nov. 02, 2012 9:44 a.m. | We are four days away from the next election and one of the best resources to find out local voting information is at the state's official page for Wisconsin Voter Information.

There you can find information on where to vote in your community, check your provisional ballot status and more.

Click here to visit the Wisconsin Voter Information page.

North Shore voters can visit our North Shore Voting Guide, which has a list of polling places and a post-redistricting guide to congressional, assembly, and senate districts.

Wauwatosa home damaged, two taken to hospital after driver swerves to avoid squirrel

Nov. 02, 2012 9:03 a.m. | Two people were taken to Froedtert Hospital on Oct. 21 after slamming into a parked car, which careened into a house and ruptured a gas line, because a squirrel crossed the road.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 19-year-old woman driving the car swerved to avoid a squirrel in the 1300 block of North 68th Street, driving across a lane of traffic and into a parked car.

Her car caused the unoccupied, parked vehicle to go airborne and slam into the porch and natural gas meter of the neighboring house. A concrete chunk was ripped off the porch and the railing pierced the outer wall of the home.

The driver and her passenger, a 20-year-old man, were taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment of knee and jaw pain at 5:50 p.m.

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