For the last several weeks, we have asked readers to share with us their stories of hope and resolve from 2010.
The response was greater than we expected, as people contacted us and provided uplifting stories. We are pleased to be able to share some of them in our special section.
We hope you join us in looking ahead to 2011 with a sense of hope. The hard times experienced by so many during the past two years have shown us that change, whether we like it or not, is inevitable. Remembering the positives can help us meet those changes with optimism and resolve.
A 21-year-old woman got angry about running late for a dental appointment and threatened a Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver last week, according to a Wauwatosa police report.
Also from the report:
The snow-covered roads caused the driver to take a little more time than usual getting to Mayfair Mall on Dec. 21. One of the passengers started to yell profanities and threatened to throw acid in the bus driver's face because he wasn't getting to her stop fast enough.
He pulled the bus over and called police. Officers stopped the woman as she walked in the mall parking lot and arrested her for disorderly conduct. She claimed she was homeless and had no ID, but she was found to have provided a fake name.
She also was arrested for marijuana possession after she was found to have a bag containing 11.7 grams of marijuana, which she said she used to ease the pain of an impacted wisdom tooth.
A campaign to gather a mob of Tosa West students at Mayfair Mall on one of the busiest shopping days of the year was thwarted by local police and mall management.
According to the Wauwatosa police:
More than 130 teens joined a Facebook group organizing a "flash mob," a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place to perform some type of activity, during the early afternoon Dec. 23. Group initiators planned on running through the mall playing freeze tag.
Mall management got wind of the prank and worried it could quickly become a safety hazard with the large crowds expected to be out shopping that day. A list of group members was created, and those people were "banned" from the mall for the day.
Police talked to the four students heading up the group and their parents and learned no one wanted to cause any problems. They agreed to call off the flash mob.» Read Full Article
photo gallery with shots from the pool.Homestead High School played host to some of the best swimmers in the area yesterday during the 11th-annual Metro Swim Officials Invitational and we've just posted Peter Zuzga's
Traditional power Arrowhead swam away with the team title, compiling 451 points to 322 for second-place Bay Port and 244 for third-place Shorewood.
The gallery also features swimmers from Greenfield/Greendale, Whitefish Bay, Menomonee Falls.
Brown Deer Police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery of Guarantee Bank.
Two masked suspects entered the bank, located at 4000 W. Brown Deer Road, Brown Deer, just before 10:36 a.m. Dec. 23. One of the robbers was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the teller. The two then fled to an awaiting red Dodge Neon four-door car occupied by a third suspect. The vehicle fled south on North Green Bay Road at a high rate of speed.
A responding Brown Deer officer observed the southbound vehicle, which crashed into a pole at the corner of Teutonia Avenue and Dean Road. The three suspects then fled on foot westbound from the accident scene. One suspect was taken into custody within five minutes of the call outside of the Brooklane apartment complex. A second person of interest was located approximately 90 minutes later also at the apartment complex.
The third suspect is still at large and is described as a black male, about 5 feet 10 inches, with a black coat and black pants. He may be injured as a result of the crash.
Evidence of the robbery, along with a weapon, was recovered from inside the vehicle, which had also been reported as stolen. No one at the bank was injured as a result of this incident.» Read Full Article
The scam is not a new one. A grandparent gets a call from someone pretending to be a grandchild who is traveling and in need of money, fast. But local seniors are still being conned.
A 76-year-old Wauwatosa man became the victim earlier this month when he wired more than $5,500 in hopes of helping his grandson get out of a Canadian jail.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
The man received a call from a man claiming to be his grandson at 11 a.m. Dec. 8. He had supposedly traveled to Canada for a friend's funeral. Unfortunately he had befriended some guys and took a ride with them only to get pulled over by the cops for a busted taillight. Police found drugs in the car and all the occupants were arrested, the caller told him.
The caller asked grandpa to send money for bail to a Kmart in Atlantic City, N.J. He also provided contact information for a supposed police sergeant.» Read Full Article
photo gallery featuring Jerry Luterman's images from the competition.West Allis Central's Stech Wrestling Invitational is one of the most high-powered events on the wrestling schedule each year and we've just added a
Mukwonago won the team title with 232 points while New Berlin was second with 151. The gallery also features competitors from Franklin, Germantown, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Whitnall.
The Warhawks won the girls game, 66-61, as Paige Groth led a well-balanced offensive effort with 15 points. Germantown's Luke Fischer poured in 33 points to lead the Warhawks to an 81-70 triumph in the boys contest.
photo gallery from the game.West Allis Central earned a 48-47 Greater Metro Conference victory over Brookfield East at home last night and we've just posted C.T. Kruger's
Jarvis Garrett led the Bulldogs with 14 points while Darius Barnes scored 17 for Brookfield East.
A man was arrested for drunken driving for the fifth time after he took a pile of sweaters from a Mayfair Mall store and tried to flee in his vehicle last week.
On Saturday, Ricky Jones, 51, of Milwaukee was charged with misdemeanor counts of retail theft and resisting arrest. Drunken driving charges are pending the state crime lab report on his blood-alcohol level.
If Jones' BAC comes out higher than 0.08, the drunken driving charge becomes a felony due to the number and frequency. Technically, the arrest counted as his fourth arrest because he has been arrested but doesn't go to trial until February on his actual fourth drunken driving offense, according to a Wauwatosa Police Department report.
Also, according to the report:
An officer was patrolling the mall parking lot when he saw a car parked in front of Boston Store with the door ajar about 8 p.m. Dec. 9. As he approached, Jones exited the store with a pile of sweaters valued at $1,200 that still had the anti-theft tags on them. He jumped in the driver's seat and took off.» Read Full Article
photo gallery from the Greater Metro Conference boys basketball game.Darrell Bowie and Anthony Carroll scored 20 points each last night to lead the Red Raiders past Marquette, and we've just posted Peter Zuzga's
The Red Raiders improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
John Kopriva led Marquette with 15 points.
A male postal worker was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior after walking naked into an office to deliver mail in the 300 block of West Silver Spring Drive, at 1:10 p.m. Dec. 4.
Chris Baltz, manager of the North Shore Post Office, said the matter is being handled internally and the department is working with law enforcement. The employee is not out delivering mail, he said.
According to the police report:
The 52-year-old Fox Point man, who was arrested at the North Shore Post Office, 5600 Lydell Ave., on Dec. 9, admitted he had delivered the mail completely naked and that he was sorry and it was a stupid thing to do.
The man said he told a 21-year-old female employee in that office that he would retrieve the mail from the business’ post office box — something the woman usually does — and deliver it to her naked because she seemed “stressed out” and he wanted to “cheer her up and make her laugh.”» Read Full Article
A vehicle drove through an outfield fence at the Wauwatosa School District property Sunday night.
According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:
Pieces of a Ford F250 Super Duty truck were found Monday near the fence at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave.
Tire tracks in the snow show the vehicle entered at 122nd Street and Garfield Avenue, drove across the soccer field, up the hill to the baseball field and through the fence, before it looped around and followed the same path off the property.
The fence was not split. Instead, it appeared the truck pushed on the fence until a portion was raised and the vehicle was able to drive underneath.» Read Full Article
photo gallery with shots from the game.Traditional rivals Nicolet and Whitefish Bay began the North Shore Conference boys basketball season Friday night and we've just posted a
Nicolet earned a 42-38 victory over the host Blue Dukes to improve to 4-1. Bay, which has played a tough non-conference schedule, fell to 1-4.
Michelle Alar of the Acres of Hope & Aspirations, S7138 Durham Place, wants Muskego residents to be on the alert for coyotes after the facility lost several therapy animals to coyote attacks recently.
She said she found five holes coyotes dug under an 8-foot wire fence surrounding the facility that provides a habitat for chickens, geese, ducks, peacocks, a rabbit, pot-bellied pigs, deer, a pony and cats. Members of the staff drove the coyotes off with ice picks and pitchforks.
The coyotes are not frightened by motion detector lights, Alar said, so Muskego residents should watch their pet dogs and cats at night.
Alar, who said Muskego police referred her to private trappers to get rid of the coyotes, is also appealing to the community for help. She asks anyone with suggestions to keep the coyotes away to contact Acres of Hope & Aspirations at (414) 422-4882 and/or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acres of Hope & Aspirations is a home/farm that helps people recover from brain injuries.» Read Full Article
photo gallery with all the action from the Woodland Conference swimming relays last week at Cudahy High School.We've just posted Peter Zuzga's
The combined Greenfield/Greendale team came out on top with 282 points while Shorewood was second with 266.
The gallery also features swimmers from Brown Deer/USM, Cudahy, New Berlin, Wauwatosa and Whitnall.
photo gallery from last night's gymnastics dual between the combined Brookfield team and host Whitefish Bay.We've just posted Peter Zuzga's
Bay won the dual, 130.825-58.425, as Kelly Danek turned in a first-place all-around finish.
photo gallery from Friday's basketball doubleheader between West Allis Central and host West Allis Hale.We've just added CT Kruger's
Central earned bragging rights with a 46-25 victory in the girls game and a 66-43 triumph in the boys contest.
photo gallery from last night's non-conference basketball game between Brookfield Central and Germantown.We've just posted Peter Zuzga's
Host Germantown got 20 points from Zak Showalter and cruised to a 70-54 victory. Riley La Chance had 15 points to lead Brookfield Central.
photo gallery from last night's boys basketball game between Franklin and host Brookfield East.We've just posted C.T. Kruger's
Franklin won the non-conference contest, 60-54. Nick Romanowski led Franklin with 19 points while Brookfield East's Darius Barnes had 21.
Tell us about it! Your story could be featured in a special year-end project.Is there something positive that happened to you or your family in 2010 that you'd like to share with others?
Tell us how you or someone you know found a way to make life a bit better this year. Perhaps you turned a layoff into a chance to pursue the career of your dreams. Maybe this was the year you celebrated a long-awaited birth of a child or welcomed home a loved one from Iraq or Afghanistan. Or is there something else that happened this year that you’re thankful for? No story is too big or too small.
Those are the kind of stories we're looking for -- stories that inspire, motivate and show that spirit of Resolve.