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Christmas tree pickup is Jan. 4 to 8

Dec. 30, 2011 2:44 p.m. | The city's Public Works crew will make curbside pickups of real Christmas trees Jan. 4 to Jan. 8 on regular garbage collection routes.

Trees must be clear of wrappings, decorations, wire, metal, nails and tree stands. They will be chipped into mulch.

Residents looking to get rid of artificial trees or wreaths can dispose of them in the garbage.

$900 coin dropped into Salvation Army kettle

Dec. 30, 2011 2:42 p.m. | A gold coin worth $900 was dropped into one of the Salvation Army's red kettles in Milwaukee County this week.

The Wauwatosa-based Salvation Army of Milwaukee County has reached just more than 80 percent of its $2.7 million Christmas fundraising campaign goal.

The gold coin came in from an anonymous donor just as the kettles were being put away for the year.

County residents can continue to give through Jan. 31 at SAMilwaukee.org.

Kirby the dog hailed as hero in discovering Greendale church fire

Dec. 30, 2011 1:22 p.m. | If every dog has its day, then Kirby's was Christmas.

That's the day the 10-year-old pooch, part border collie and part Australian cattle dog, became a hero - if an unassuming one.

Kirby, a rescue dog who belongs to Fred Saunders of Greendale, was just doing what he does naturally. It was early morning and nature called.

Saunders took him to the backyard, and that's when Saunders noticed the flashing fire alarms inside St. Alphonsus Parish and School. There was no smoke and no fire, but Saunders nonetheless called the Police Department's nonemergency number. Within minutes, Saunders said, squads and fire trucks were on the scene, fighting what ended up being a blaze that caused $200,000 in damage to the building. No cause has been determined.

Saunders isn't sure Kirby is deserving of the attention he's been getting from church officials and staff, which gave him a bag of biscuits and a chew toy when Kirby visited the scene Thursday. "He didn't want to go out," Saunders said.

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St. Alphonsus students will return to school Jan. 6

Dec. 30, 2011 12:38 p.m. | St. Alphonsus School students will not return to class until Jan. 6, due to an early morning Christmas fire that caused extensive smoke damage to 17 classrooms. They were to have reported back from winter break Jan. 3, explained Principal Pat Wadzinski.

Teachers will report back to the Catholic school Jan. 5.

The fire caused $200,000 in damage to St. Alphonsus Parish and School, Greendale, and its cause is undetermined. No one was in the church, where the fire started, and no injuries were reported.

Wadzinski said two-thirds of the West Loomis Road school was damaged by smoke, and the classrooms need to be cleaned from top to bottom. Two restoration crews have been working in shifts to do so.

About 400 students attend the school.

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Guffy seeking re-election to Maple Dale board

Dec. 29, 2011 12:40 p.m. | Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board member Jane Guffy will seek re-election April 3.

Guffy, 49, is completing her second three-year term on the board.

She is the owner of JANE Putting it Simply and the Milwaukee area director of Safe Families for Children and holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Munelein College in Chicago.

She lives with her husband, Doug, and five children at 1770 W. Bradley Road, River Hills.

There are two School Board seats up for election in spring. People interested in running for either seat have until Jan. 3 to file their candidacy paperwork, which they can obtain at the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District office, 8377 N. Port Washington Road.

Molyneux running for re-election as Thiensville trustee

Dec. 29, 2011 12:33 p.m. | Donald Molyneux, 92, is running for re-election on the Thiensville Village Board. He has served on the board for 40 years, 12 of them as a village president and the remaining 28 as a trustee.

He lives at 326 Grand Ave. with wife LaVerne.

Molyneux is a retired zone manager with NCR Corporation. He also is a World War II veteran, having served as a lieutenant colonel.

People interested in running for village president or trustee have until Jan. 3 to file their candidacy paperwork, which they can obtain at Village Hall.

Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $1,800 per year; village president also serves a three-year term, earning $3,600 per year.

Ziegler seeking re-election to Mequon-Thiensville School Board

Dec. 29, 2011 12:32 p.m. | Incumbent Mequon-Thiensville School Board member Michele Ziegler has announced her intention to seek re-election.

Ziegler, 45, is completing her first term on the board.

She is the assistant professor and chair of Cardinal Stritch University's undergraduate special education department.

Ziegler lives at 13911 N. Martin Way with her husband, Dean, and two children.

She holds a bachelor's degree in special education and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, master's degree in education administration from Indiana University and a doctorate in education and education administration from UW-Madison.

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Moldenhauer drops out of mayoral race

Dec. 28, 2011 5:30 p.m. | One of the candidates for Wauwatosa mayor has dropped out of the race, but he's decided to run for a seat on the Common Council instead.

Jim Moldenhauer turned in papers today to withdraw from contention for mayor, Deputy City Clerk Susan Van Hoven said.

With Kathy Ehley, executive director of the Village Business Improvement District, declaring her candidacy for mayor last week, it brought the number of residents running to four.

"Mainly with Kathy joining the race, I came to a conclusion this was basically going to be a shoot-out and gobs of money were going to be spent, so all would be better served if I stepped aside," Moldenhauer said.

Alderman Peter Donegan and John Pokrandt, an account manager for a commercial printer, also are seeking the mayor's seat. With the field narrowed to three candidates, there will still need to be a primary election.

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No change to Muskego trash, recycling pickup for New Year's

Dec. 28, 2011 12:28 p.m. | With New Year's Day falling on the weekend this year, there will be no change to the trash and recycling pickup schedule in Muskego for the holiday.

The pickup schedule and route map are available on the city's website, www.ci.muskego.wi.us.

Anyone who misses their scheduled pickup will have to wait until the next scheduled pickup day, or they can drop off their trash and recycling at the Veolia site, S6350 College Court.

Veolia's holiday hours can be found at Veoliaes.com.

Teen says he was attacked for his MP3 player on way home from school

Dec. 28, 2011 10:43 a.m. | A 17-year-old boy said he was jumped for his MP3 player while walking home from Wauwatosa East High School last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The boy was walking near 69th Street and North Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. Dec. 20 when he stopped briefly to change songs. He noticed two unfamiliar males walking toward him.

As their paths crossed, one person punched the teen in the stomach, causing him to double over. The second attacker punched him in the jaw.

One of the attackers grabbed the boy's MP3 player, and they ran off.

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Teens arrested for Christmas-related vandalism spree

Dec. 28, 2011 8:52 a.m. | Two Wauwatosa boys were arrested for vandalism after a Grinch-like spree that included breaking spotlights, slashing an inflatable Santa and moving nativity figures.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Police were called after the 14- and 15-year-old Wauwatosa East students threw garbage cans at a passing train in the 7700 block of West State Street at 11:46 p.m. Dec. 19.

When a patrol car arrived, the two boys as well as three friends - two 14-year-old boys and a 14-year-old girl - all took off running. Meanwhile, the two boys were hiding on the roof of St. Bernard's Parish until they could run home. Prior to making a run for it, they had used marijuana.

Two days later, police tracked down the students, who were eventually arrested at Tosa East for vandalism. They estimated they had broken about 20 spotlights in yards near the Village and along Milwaukee Avenue by kicking them or hitting them with a baseball bat.

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Voting moves from Fisher Building to Public Works facility

Dec. 27, 2011 11:22 p.m. | Voters who live in Ward 20 - a portion of the 7th District - will no longer vote at the Wauwatosa School District administration building. For future elections, they will cast their votes at the Public Works building, 11100 W. Walnut Road.

With an alternative high school and Montessori school for younger children occupying portions of the district's Fisher Building, it's been increasingly challenging to find adequate space to set up a voting station there, City Clerk Carla Ledesma said.

The Public Works facility offers plenty of parking, handicap accessibility and enough space for voters to wait inside if there is a line to vote, she said. There's also space to store election signs and equipment.

Residents living in Ward 20 will be notified by postcard of the change prior to the February primary election.

Elm Grove police looking for suspect in dry cleaning reimbursement scam

Dec. 27, 2011 4:42 p.m. | A man tried to get two Elm Grove businesses to pay his dry cleaning costs in a scheme that netted $50 last week, according to the Elm Grove Police Department.

An employee of Walgreens, 15350 Bluemound Road, contacted police just before 4 p.m. Dec. 19 to report that the store may have fallen victim to a confidence game.

According to a police report:

An unidentified man claimed someone spilled soda on his jacket during a previous visit to the store, and a manager said the store would reimburse him for cleaning costs.

He presented a dry cleaning receipt for $50 and was reimbursed. The manager he had named wasn't on duty.

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Man, 27, arrested for drunken driving after leaving police station for prior drunken-driving arrest

Dec. 27, 2011 4:41 p.m. | A 27-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested twice for drunken driving in the 200 block of East Chateau Place: the first time at 2:50 a.m. and the second time at 5:35 a.m. Dec. 22.

According to the Whitefish Bay police report:

The first arrest occurred when the man was seen driving without lights. His BAC was 0.12 and he was taken to jail. About 5:15 a.m., he was turned over to a “responsible party.”

About 10 minutes later, an officer involved in the first arrest saw the man get into his car and drive off, not wearing his seat belt.

He was stopped and arrested again for drunken driving.

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From Miss St. Francis to Mrs. Claus, relive the year in pictures

Dec. 27, 2011 9:43 a.m. | We have just posted our collection of News Photos of the Year and Sports Photos of the Year as selected by NOW staff photojournalists C.T. Kruger and Peter Zuzga.

Browse the galleries to see images from some of the most newsworthy events of the past 12 months. You will also find some of the quieter, but no less photogenic events captured by our award-winning staff.

We also invite you to visit the links below to take a look back at the five most popular NOW photo galleries of 2011:

2011 Track and Field State Meet

Miss St. Francis pageant

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Handicapped-accessible disc golf course at Wil-O-Way Center

Dec. 23, 2011 4:36 p.m. | Milwaukee County has created a disc golf course that provides access for people in wheelchairs.

The course offers three holes on relatively flat terrain and shorter distances on the grounds of the Wil-O-Way Center, 10602 Underwood Parkway, Wauwatosa.

"The Underwood Course hugs along the pathway and offers an opportunity for wheelchair users to play the game," said Tim Ochnikowski, assistant director of the county's Office for Persons with Disabilities.

The tee markers, where people drive their discs, and the baskets that serve as holes are up. With no snow on the ground people of all abilities can play the course this holiday season.

The county also created a disc golf course at the Grant Park Wil-O-Way Center in South Milwaukee.

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Jay to face challenge for 3rd Aldermanic District

Dec. 23, 2011 4:24 p.m. | Wauwatosa likely has its first contested aldermanic race. Greg Walz-Chojnacki will challenge incumbent Jacqueline Jay for the District 3 seat in the April election.

Neither has filed their candidacy paperwork yet. However, both say they intend to do so next week.

Walz-Chojnacki, who has lived in Wauwatosa from more than 20 years, is involved with Grassroots Tosa, a group that calls itself "progressive" and which has organized protests of Gov. Scott Walker's legislation regarding the state budget and collective bargaining.

"I've done politics, now I want to do governance," he said.

While he sees plenty of positive aspects about the city, such as opportunities for economic development, he sees room for change as well.

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Roznowski, Kroll now official aldermanic candidates

Dec. 23, 2011 4:16 p.m. | Incumbent Jeff Roznowski has filed paperwork to run for re-election as 6th District alderman and newcomer Jeffrey Kroll has announced he will run for the 1st District seat in April.

Roznowski was appointed in October, 2010, when Thomas Herzog resigned and moved to Elm Grove. Roznowski then ran unopposed in the April, 2011, election to finish out the remainder of Herzog's term.

This time Roznowski will seek a full four-year term on the council.

Kroll, 32, is a lifelong Wauwatosa resident who works as a professor at Waukesha County Technical College.

District 1 incumbent Linda Nikcevich is not seeking re-election.

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McKenna leaves Tosa chamber for regional post

Dec. 23, 2011 1:20 p.m. | After two years of advocating for the local business community, Meg McKenna is leaving her position as executive director of the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce to take a job that has a regional impact.

McKenna will join VISIT Milwaukee, the area's convention and visitors bureau, as director of development starting Jan. 3.

Wauwatosa is the bureau's only suburban member, and it's McKenna's knowledge of Tosa and her connections here that helped her land the job.

"They were interested in me because I know Wauwatosa," she said.

The ability to promote Wauwatosa as a meeting and tourism destination is one of the reasons she decided to make the move.

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BID head Ehley announces mayoral bid

Dec. 23, 2011 12:50 p.m. | For the past four years, Kathy Ehley has been the face of the Village Business Improvement District. Now she's looking to represent the entire city - as mayor.

For years, she adamantly opposed the idea of going into the political realm, believing she could get more done through other channels, she said. She has lived in Wauwatosa for 42 years and has served on many city, school and community committees.

"I work for my community and get work done," she said.

Her campaign is nonpartisan, as is the position of mayor, Ehley said.

She cites pursuing economic development, updating sewers and infrastructure, and finding efficiencies in city government as critical issues. However, communication between the city and its residents could stand improvement, she said, noting she believes she's got the "proven track record" to shine in that arena.

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Shorewood School Board candidates, check district's office hours during holidays

Dec. 21, 2011 5:36 p.m. | Shorewood residents interested in submitting paperwork for the expiring School Board seat this spring should plan accordingly during the holidays.

The superintendent's office will be closed throughout the district's observance of winter break, from Dec. 23 to Dec. 31. Regular office hours will resume Monday, Jan. 2.

During winter break, forms can be obtained and dropped-off at the business office from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Wednesday, Dec. 28. Call the business office at (414) 963-6911 for further information.

Candidacy forms also are available on the Government Accountability Board's website: gab.wi.gov/forms.

The deadline to file papers is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Wauwatosa's aldermen appear short on challengers this election

Dec. 21, 2011 11:40 a.m. | It's looking like many of the aldermanic races may go uncontested. It's three weeks into the window for filing candidacy papers and, so far, only incumbents have turned in paperwork.

Eric Meaux, District 2; Dennis McBride, District 4; Michael Walsh, District 5; Cheryl Berdan, District 7; and Jason Wilke, District 8, have filed to become candidates, City Clerk Carla Ledesma said.

In addition, District 3 Alderwoman Jacqueline Jay on Tuesday said she will be seeking re-election.

District 1 Alderwoman Linda Nikcevich is choosing not to run for a second term, and there are currently no candidates for her seat.

Residents interested in running for a position on the Wauwatosa Common Council have until 5 p.m. Jan. 3 to file candidacy paperwork with the city clerk.

City workers to get modest raises in 2012

Dec. 21, 2011 11:18 a.m. | Half the city's employees will start the new year with a 1 percent raise and another 1 percent raise will follow come July. However, there's still some more money available that could go toward rewarding outstanding performance and productivity improvements.

The Common Council on Tuesday voted, 12-2, to give the cost-of-living raises to employees outside the police and fire unions. Police and fire supervisors also are not included in the measure. Those employees are being given wage adjustments based on negotiated agreements.

Aldermen Peter Donegan and Jacqueline Jay were opposed to Tuesday's decision because they wanted to hold off on committing to the July raise until city administrators bring back a detailed performance-based pay plan.

Rewarding bright ideas

Personnel costs account for the vast majority of the operating budget. The city needs to find innovative ways to reduce its expenses - and continuing to require larger health insurance and pension contributions each year is not the way to go, Donegan said in an interview prior to the meeting.

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Ludington Avenue home damaged by fire

Dec. 21, 2011 11:00 a.m. | Fire caused $100,000 in damage to a three-story home in the 1700 block of Ludington Avenue last week.

When fire crews arrived at 7:42 p.m. Dec. 15, the third story was burning. Using an "aggressive interior attack," firefighters were able to contain the majority of the damage to the third floor, Fire Chief Rob Ugaste said.

The cause is undetermined, although the fire likely originated near the third-floor attic window, Deputy Chief James Case said.

"The homeowner stated she used this area for smoking cigarettes, but we did not find this to be an exact cause of the fire," he said.

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

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Whitman, Longfellow to have dedicated police officers

Dec. 21, 2011 10:58 a.m. | Each of Wauwatosa's middle schools will have its own school resource officer walking the hallways early next year, following a unanimous decision by the city's Common Council to contribute funding for a fourth officer.

A school resource officer costs more than $100,000 per year. That cost shared, with the Wauwatosa School District picking up 75 percent, or $75,652, and the city paying out 25 percent, or $25,217. The School Board approved its share last week, having received the request for a fourth officer after the city had completed its 2012 budgeting.

Police Capt. Dale Weiss said he is confident the city's 25 percent, or $25,217, can be found within its existing budget for 2012.

The move allows a school resource officer at each high school and at each middle school. Currently, one officer splits time at both middle schools.

Only officers who have been with the department at least two years will be able to apply for the new post, which the department expects to fill in January.

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Hart Park to offer open-air ice rink

Dec. 21, 2011 10:36 a.m. | An outdoor ice rink could open at Hart Park in a matter of weeks - if Mother Nature cooperates, that is.

The Parks and Forestry Board OK'd the creation of the rink, 4-1, Tuesday, saying this winter will be a trial to see if such an effort is worth making in the future.

But would-be skaters will have to wait for a solid ground freeze followed by a light snowfall before an outdoor rink can be built, parks superintendent Ken Walbrant said.

Once conditions are right, the picnic area in Hart Park just east of 72nd Street will be iced over. There's plenty of level ground and nearby parking.

"We actually do have a pretty convenient spot," Walbrant said, adding that there are parking two fire hydrants in the area that can provide water for the rink.

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Shoplifter claims, unsuccessfully, she was accidentally locked in store

Dec. 21, 2011 10:29 a.m. | Kmart employees who arrived early to open the store at 5600 S. 108th St. in Hales Corners last week found something quite unexpected: A woman with a cart full of merchandise who claimed to have been locked in the store overnight.

According to a police report, Kmart employees found the suspect, a 37-year-old Oak Creek woman, when they opened the store at 4:45 a.m. Dec. 15.

The suspect had a shopping cart full of clothing, cosmetics, handbags and other items, valued at $516.

Price tags were removed from some of the items, and some packaged items were opened.

The woman was also wearing brand new clothes taken from the store.

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County create mental health unit for women

Dec. 21, 2011 10:06 a.m. | A new unit has opened at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Complex to specialize in the treatment of women.

Women experiencing combinations of severe and persistent mental health symptoms, substance abuse issues and significant trauma will work with a multidisciplinary team of professional staff and peer specialists. Recovery plans will include individual psychotherapy and group therapy focusing on building skills such as being mindful, regulating emotions and problem-solving.

Tours of the Wauwatosa-based facility, 9455 W. Watertown Plank Road, were provided Monday to display changes the behavioral health division is making based on recommendations from a mental health redesign task force and input from staff and advocates.

Previously the space offered one of four general acute treatment units, said E. Marie Broussard, director of strategic affairs for the county's Department of Health and Human Services.

The redesign provides a physical transformation as well as changes to programming to better treat female patients, she added.

West Allis council already has plenty of candidates

Dec. 20, 2011 10:56 p.m. | There will be races in all five aldermanic districts in West Allis in the spring election.

All 10 incumbents on the West Allis Common Council had at least started the filing process for running for re-election as had seven challengers as of Tuesday afternoon.

However, Alderman Marty Weigel, District 2, was the only incumbent not to file a declaration of candidacy, although he did file a campaign registration statement. If he eventually decides not to run, he has until Friday to file a declaration of noncandidacy.

There still is plenty of time for candidates to file before the Jan. 3 filing deadline.

As of Tuesday afternoon, District 1 has incumbents Michael Czaplewski and Vincent Vitale and challenger Mark Nisenbaum; District 2 has incumbents Kurt Kopplin and Weigel against challengers Scott Bunker and Cathleen Probst; District 3 has incumbents Gary Barczak and Richard Narlock against Jon Keckeisen and Michael May; District 4 has incumbents Thomas Lajsic and Daniel Roadt and challenger Linda Dobrowski; District 5 has incumbents Rosalie Reinke and James Sengstock and challenger Richard Sujecki.

Foeckler named to fill Bolender's mayoral term

Dec. 20, 2011 9:38 p.m. | Al Foeckler, a former Common Council president and alderman, is the new mayor of Oak Creek.

He will take office on Thursday and serve the duration of the late Mayor Dick Bolender's term, which ends April 16.

Foeckler, a personal injury attorney with Cannon & Dunphy SC, was appointed mayor Tuesday night on a 3-2 vote, receiving the minimum number of votes to succeed Bolender, who died unexpectedly Dec. 10. Acting Mayor Stephen Scaffidi received two votes, and former Mayor Dale Richards didn't garner any votes, though he was nominated.

Foeckler, a 13-year resident of the city, served on the council from 1999 to 2008, leaving after his fourth son was born. He received his bachelor's and law degrees from Marquette University.

He said he asked to be appointed out of respect to Bolender, who he served under, and because he was familiar with issues facing Oak Creek.

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Friends of Hart Park gets grant for riverside plantings

Dec. 20, 2011 8:32 p.m. | After years of trying to remove invasive species from the banks of the Menomonee River, the Friends of the Hart Park believe they've made some headway.

The next step is to put in trees and plants that will block buckthorn from growing back, said Rosemary Wehnes, Friends president.

To that end, the Friends applied for and received a $4,000 grant for stream bank restoration from Sweet Water, the regional watershed trust.

The money will be used to purchase the plants, she told the Parks and Forestry Board on Tuesday.

The group will count on volunteers to provide the manpower. More than 100 people turned out to the last Earth Day cleanup event, and similar work sessions will be planned for 2012. In addition, the group will organize river walks and conservation talks to make people aware of local natural resources and hopefully attract more help.

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MATC instructor offers to complete park pillars as class assignment

Dec. 20, 2011 8:12 p.m. | A masonry instructor has offered up the services of his class to construct pillars to mark the 70th Street entrance to Hart Park.

The Milwaukee Area Technical College students would provide labor and the instructor the oversight to complete a design component of the park's master plan. However, purchasing the materials and the cost of delivering them to the park would fall to the city.

"We haven't budgeted for materials in 2012," Ken Walbrant, Parks and Forestry superintendent said Tuesday.

As a capital project, it should go to the city's Engineering Department for consideration and to be priced out. If there's interest, engineers likely would design the plans for the class to follow, Walbrant said.

The project would give masonry students an opportunity to work with limestone, Parks Board member George Haas said.

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Teen reports violent road rage incident on Mayfair Road

Dec. 20, 2011 7:51 p.m. | A New Berlin teen was punched in the face several times after he was followed to Mayfair by a driver with a case of road rage Friday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 18-year-old man was driving down Mayfair Road on the way to pick his girlfriend up from the mall about 9 p.m.

He noticed a speeding car coming up quickly behind him so he started to switch lanes. However, the approaching car was already changing lanes and the driver turned on his high beams to show his irritation.

The car, which had three to four people inside, started following him until he pulled into the parking lot under the AMC Theatre at Mayfair. A passenger in the following vehicle jumped out and approached the teen's car. He punched the New Berlin teen in the face several times through his open car window.

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Woman's purse snatched in her own driveway

Dec. 20, 2011 5:06 p.m. | A woman with her 2-year-old son in tow was accosted in her driveway last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The mother had just unloaded her little boy from the backseat of the car. Holding his hand, she walked toward the back door of her home in the 1300 block of North 69th Street about 4 p.m. Dec. 14.

A man approached her from behind and grabbed her around the waist with both hands. When he demanded her purse, she tried to speak but the robber jammed an object into her ribs and told her to "shut up."

He took her purse and ran off through the backyard.

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Nation running to keep Shorewood trustee seat

Dec. 20, 2011 3:56 p.m. | Shorewood Trustee Thad Nation will seek election April 3 to the Village Board. He was appointed to the position in June after former Trustee Margaret Hickey stepped down because of a move outside the community.

Nation, 38, is the owner of Nation Consulting. He previously served as a press secretary for former Gov. Jim Doyle.

He holds a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Notre Dame.

Nation lives at 4426 N. Farwell Ave., and has four children.

People interested in running for a seat on the Village Board have until Jan. 3 to file their candidacy paperwork, which they can obtain at Village Hall.

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Beck throws hat into ring for Thiensville trustee seat

Dec. 20, 2011 3:52 p.m. | Kim Beck is running for Thiensville trustee April 3. He currently serves on the Thiensville Plan Commission and has never run for elected office.

Beck, 56, is the director of arts, humanities and science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education.

He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn., and two master's degrees: one in humanities from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and another in theater and drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Beck also is a recent graduate of Leadership Wisconsin, a two-year program focusing on development of leaders to strengthen local communities.

He lives with his wife, Pamela, and son at 501 Heidel Road.

People interested in running for village president or trustee have until Jan. 3 to file their candidacy paperwork, which they can obtain at Village Hall.

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Pool cue becomes weapon after beer dispute escalates, police say

Dec. 20, 2011 1:18 p.m. | A Brookfield man struck another man in the head with a pool cue after an argument over a pitcher of beer, according to a criminal complaint.

Kyle Filbrandt, 22, has been charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct as a repeat offender in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

If convicted on both counts, he could face more than five years in prison and $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

Filbrandt was playing pool at the Saloon on Calhoun, 17000 W. Capitol Drive, about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 2 when an altercation began.

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Falls police warn of daytime burglaries

Dec. 20, 2011 10:40 a.m. | Menomonee Falls Police are warning residents about two daytime burglaries that happened Monday in the southeastern part of the village.

The first burglary took place sometime between 9:40 and 11:30 a.m. Two people reportedly broke into a residence in the N6600 block of Parkway Drive through a side window and removed a laptop computer.

The resident was not home at the time.

A neighbor provided descriptions of the suspects. The first suspect is described a male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, and wearing a gray sweatshirt. The second suspect is a male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, slim build, and dressed in all black clothing.

Suspects arrived in a burgundy/wine colored mini van. The van has a sliding door on the driver's side.

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Compensation for Wauwatosa fire supervisors up for debate

Dec. 20, 2011 10:24 a.m. | The Common Council will decide tonight whether to change pension and health insurance contributions, as well as whether to make wage adjustments, for fire supervisors to keep them on par with what the fire union negotiated in its new contract.

State law requires that supervisors - in this case the chief, his two assistants and three deputies - pay the same 3 percent pension contribution that was negotiated for 2012 by the fire union.

Under the state budget-repair bill, police and fire workers aren't automatically required to contribute to their pensions like others who lost the ability to collectively bargain earlier this year.

The fire contract bumps up all fire union and fire supervisors to nearly 6 percent contributions for 2013, eventually bringing their contribution to the same level that most city employees have been paying at since August.

The police union and city haven't settled on a contract so there is no pension contribution coming from police union or supervisory employees at this point, City Administrator James Archambo said.

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New Berlin municipal union decertifies, donates money to charity

Dec. 20, 2011 6:54 a.m. | New Berlin library aides, clerical staff, police and fire dispatchers and inspectors have chosen not to recertify their union, and members are giving their share of collected dues back to the community in the form of donations to the New Berlin food pantry, HAWS and other charities.

Under new state law, public employee unions must recertify every year. But the same law strips most of the unions' bargaining powers away.

The New Berlin employees had been represented by Local 2676 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The local represented 29 full-time and 21 part-time employees.

On Saturday, the union presented $5,935 to the New Berlin food pantry and $1,505 to HAWS to protect homeless and mistreated animals.

Members also requested that additional money be distributed to other charities such as the CAP Fund, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Waukesha Special Olympics, the American Diabetes Association and the Susan G. Koman for the cure organization that fights cancer.

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Wiese seeks re-election to Glendale council

Dec. 19, 2011 4:28 p.m. | Glendale's Fourth District alderman Richard Wiese will seek re-election April 3.

Wiese is completing his second full two-year term on the council. He was appointed to the council prior to his election.

Wiese, 59, is the owner of technical communications and training firm Integrated Solutions and co-owner of Riden Manufacturing.

He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial education and minor in business from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a master's degree in media technology and minor in business from UW-Stout.

Wiese lives at 7505 N Berwyn Ave. with his wife. The couple have two sons, two daughters-in-law and two grandsons.

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Seem seeking re-election to Glendale-River Hills board

Dec. 19, 2011 3:32 p.m. | Incumbent Theresa Seem will seek a second term on the Glendale-River Hills School Board.

Seem, 48, is a contract attorney with Contract Counsel Solutions.

She lives with her family at 1800 W Woodbury Lane, Glendale.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in rhetoric and communication studies at the University of Virginia and a J.D. degree at Marquette University.

There are two seats on the School Board that will be contested in the April 3 election. Members serve three-year terms and earn $540 annually.

Anderson running for 8th District aldermanic seat in Mequon

Dec. 19, 2011 3:24 p.m. | Newcomer Nancy Anderson will run for the 8th District seat on the Mequon Common Council in the April 3 election. The seat is now held by longtime council member Pam Adams. Adams has filed a notice of candidacy but has not filed nomination papers.

Anderson, 52, lives with her family at 119 W. Ravine Court. She has been active in a number of community groups over the past 20 years including the Mequon Thiensville Education Foundation. She recently was the co-chairman of the Community Conversation Task Force.

She earned B.A. in accounting at the University of Iowa. She is also a certified public accountant.

Residents will get chance to comment Muskego lake park

Dec. 16, 2011 6:02 p.m. | Assuming the city and property owners can come to an agreement on a price, the creation of a park along Little Muskego Lake will face additional public input.

Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti said today a meeting will be held on the controversial proposal.

Those against the idea were worried that the Common Council would go ahead with the proposed purchase of most of two lake homes and lake frontages from two more without more public input, but the mayor eased concerns on that front.

For now, there is no deal in place. The city and the four property owners that would give up land for the park are negotiating. But Chiaverotti said if a price can be agreed on, a meeting will be held and an overview given, after which everyone can offer their opinions.

The appraisals arrived only Tuesday on the properties. The two homes came in at $3.7 million for W18004 and W17960 Janesville Road. The strips along the lake added another $869,000, bringing the total to $4,365,000.

Judge commits teen in Waukesha County ax killing

Dec. 15, 2011 5:56 p.m. | Waukesha - A Fox Point teen who killed his grandfather with an ax in May pleaded guilty Thursday but was found not mentally responsible for the crime and committed to state treatment for life.

Richard B. Wilson, 17, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia last year, but he didn't always take his medications. Two psychiatrists who examined him recently concluded that at the time of the killing, Wilson was suffering a mental condition that prevented him from appreciating the wrongfulness of his conduct, or conforming his actions to the law.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge William Domina relied on and adopted the reports and the agreement of both the prosecutor and Wilson's attorney, in finding Wilson not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Thursday's disposition of the case came as a bit of a surprise; the hearing had been scheduled only for a return of the doctors' reports.

But attorney Michael Steinle said he and District Attorney Brad Schimel had been discussing the possible outcome for weeks and were prepared to go forward, and Domina said he believed it might help the family to get the matter settled before the holidays.

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Verhalen, Michalski join race to be mayor

Dec. 15, 2011 2:16 p.m. | Two more candidates for Oak Creek mayor have emerged: Alderman Thomas Michalski and Oak Creek-Franklin School Board Member Mark Verhalen.

They join acting Mayor Stephen Scaffidi in the race for the city's top leadership position. Scaffidi replaces Mayor Dick Bolender, who died Saturday but had indicated he would not seek a fourth term.

People interested in running for the mayoral post have until 5 p.m. Jan. 3 to file their candidacy paperwork, which can be obtained at City Hall.

Scaffidi's aldermanic seat is not up for re-election in April, but Michalski's is. He told NOW that he would run for both positions.

"If I were to win both elections, I wouldn't take alderman," Michalski said. So far, he is the only candidate for the aldermanic position.

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Buckley to leave Village Board in April; Foster will seek re-election

Dec. 15, 2011 2:12 p.m. | Trustee Richard Foster will seek re-election April 3, but Trustee Kevin Buckley will not run again.

Foster is completing his first three-year term on the board. He was appointed to the board prior to his election.

A retired newspaper reporter, editor and editorial writer, Foster, 73, has a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lawrence University.

He lives with his wife and two children at 4645 N. Murray Ave.

People interested in running for either seat have until Jan. 3 to file their candidacy paperwork, which they can obtain at Village Hall.

Separate trials ordered in homicide

Dec. 15, 2011 10:36 a.m. | Tommy V. Douyette and Lynn M. Hajny will be tried separately on homicide charges filed in the death of local businessman John Aegerter in June. 

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick Haughney granted a motion filed by Hajny's attorney, Michael Hart, to sever the cases during a hearing held Thursday morning. 

Douyette, 42, of Milwaukee, and Hajny, 49, of New Berlin, had been scheduled to appear before a 12-person jury on charges of first degree intentional homicide in January. 

Hart moved to sever the cases because Douyette and Hajny allegedly made statements implicating each other in the homicide of 63-year-old Aegerter in the garage of his Brookfield home on June 22. 

Waukesha County Deputy District Attorney Timothy Westphal and Douyette's attorney, Jonathan Smith, both agreed that the cases should move forward separately. 

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Harenda won't run against Borgman in next election

Dec. 14, 2011 4:50 p.m. | Muskego District 2 Alderman Kert Harenda said he would not run against 3rd District Alderman Neil Borgman in the spring election.

After redistricting was completed this year, Harenda ended up in Borgman's district. Harenda can continue to serve as District 2 alderman until his term expires in 2013 or he could have run for Borgman's seat next year. Borgman is up for re-election in 2012.

"I support Neil," Harenda said. "He's financially and fiscally responsible and he's not afraid to ask questions."

Fire contract requests response times from Tess Corners

Dec. 14, 2011 4:44 p.m. | As part of its contract renewal with the Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department, Muskego city officials want to know how long it takes for firefighters and rescue personnel to respond to calls.

But the majority of the Common Council on Tuesday night decided not to spend $4,800 for software to get additional information on how many firefighters arrive at calls.

Response times are important, which is why the city is requesting such information for the first time as part its contract with Tess Corners, but Alderman Neil Borgman said the city also needs to know the number of firefighters responding to be able to measure the city's fire protection against national standards.

The council was split on the value of such information, however, with Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti noting that it may be unfair to expect Muskego's volunteer department to meet standards for full-time departments.

The $4,800 expenditure had been recommended on a split vote by the Public Safety Committee.

Appraisals are in, but city isn't ready for further input on lake park project

Dec. 14, 2011 4:22 p.m. | Appraisals are ready for the four Muskego lake properties the city is looking at as part of a proposed park on the south side of Little Muskego Lake along Janesville Road.

In a closed session Tuesday night, the Muskego Common Council began deliberations about whether to buy two homes and parts of two more as part of the effort.

The fact that the discussion happened in closed session meant there was no public input - something some aldermen want more of before the city makes an offer on the properties or commits to any park development.

Likewise, several Muskego residents who stood in a hallway during Tuesday's meeting wanted a chance to speak on related cost issues, including what might be the price of maintaining a park.

The council is split on the input issue with some aldermen noting that the public has had a chance to speak on two previous occasions: when the park proposal was unveiled in August and when the council approved a resolution enabling the city to obtain the appraisals.

Tepper running for re-election in Glendale mayoral race

Dec. 14, 2011 12:54 p.m. | Incumbent Glendale Mayor Jerry Tepper will seek re-election April 3.

Tepper, 70, lives at 2140 W. Green Tree Road with his wife, Mina. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Tepper has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and law degree from Marquette Law School. He is a self-employed attorney.

Tepper was first elected mayor in 2006.

Mayors serve three-year terms and earns $5,700 a year.

Man, 74, calls police after being shortchanged by 'escort’

Dec. 14, 2011 12:24 p.m. | A 74-year-old Milwaukee man called police to report a theft of $50 after two women failed to give him $50 back in change for "escort services" he received at an Oak Creek hotel Monday.

According to the police report:

The man told police he had contracted for one of the women, known as "LaDonna," to give him a $50 back massage from 1:13 a.m. to 1:43 a.m. in his room at Days Inn, 1201 W. College Ave.

The man told the women he only had a $100 bill, and the women agreed to provide him with change in the morning, but he never received it.

Police questioned LaDonna, a 22-year-old Illinois man dressed as a woman, who told police he was an escort who had his own website advertising LaDonna's services.

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New business experiments with a mix of paint and wine

Dec. 14, 2011 11:40 a.m. | Forget wining and dining. The new trend to hit Wauwatosa will be "paint and sip" if the owners of new business Arté - Italian for "art" - have their way.

Karen Salituro, owner of the former Drew's Variety building and the business Go Green, has teamed up with Lisa Allen, owner of Authentic Journeys. The duo will offer one-night painting parties in an attempt to bring another entertainment option to the Village, she said.

The wine and painting studio will open Dec. 28 in the space, 7511 Harwood Ave., next to Go Green, extending the building's niche for introducing new products and services to the area.

"When there's a down economy, people get creative," Salituro said.

Salituro heard about the business concept from a friend in Colorado, while Allen's sister teaches at a Houston shop. The concept is fairly new to the Midwest.

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Couple fighting mad over shopping choices

Dec. 14, 2011 11:23 a.m. | A Milwaukee couple has been ordered to have no contact and each faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following a fight that started at Burger King in Wauwatosa and continued on a Milwaukee County transit bus last week.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

Ivy Dickerson, 25, and Xavier Harrell, 24, started arguing during a shopping trip to TJ Maxx in Brookfield. The disagreement escalated and they were allegedly heard yelling and physically fighting the bathroom at Burger King, 3880 N. 124th St. Staff at the fast-food restaurant called police but the duo left before police arrived.

Police were called to a Milwaukee County bus that had stopped in the 9200 block of West Capitol Drive at 2:58 p.m. Dec. 6. The driver allegedly saw them slapping each other. A former corrections officer, she recognized Harrell as a former inmate.

Their arrests didn't go smoothly. Dickerson is said to have threatened to fight police, getting so combative that she had to be restrained by four officers. She screamed and kicked the cell door and she removed all of her clothing.

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Yoga, medicine business proposed near Indian grocer

Dec. 14, 2011 11:06 a.m. | A business that would offer yoga sessions and an Indian form of medicine called Ayurveda plans to move into the building that will also become the new home to Indian Groceries & Spices.

Wauwatosa resident Mary Bruck wants to open Yoga & Ayurveda Corner at 10701 W. North Ave., to help people maintain and improve their health through techniques such as relaxation, diet, color and gem therapy, she said.

"It's a holistic healing system," Bruck said.

The proposed hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The Plan Commission and Community Development Committee supported the use, and it is scheduled to go to the full Common Council for final approval Tuesday.

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New alarm fee could give police a secure feeling

Dec. 14, 2011 11:04 a.m. | The owners of Wauwatosa homes and businesses equipped with alarms may be required register their security systems and pay a $20 annual fee starting in January.

The Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 5-1 to support instituting the new fee.

City officials say it's an effort to provide better safety for residents and officers who don't know what they'll find each time they respond to one of the nearly 1,000 security alarms triggered within the city each year.

"Keeping our people safe to me supercedes the $20," Alderman Tim Hanson said. "They can choose to pay that fee because they chose to have an alarm."

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Loud party leads to Secret Service questioning man with bogus bills

Dec. 14, 2011 11:00 a.m. | A 26-year-old man Milwaukee found in possession of three counterfeit $100 bills is under investigation by the U.S. Secret Service.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Staff at the Radisson Hotel on Mayfair Road notified police after getting a complaint of a loud party coming from a guest room at 8:38 p.m. Saturday. Participants were told to leave the hotel, but the man was stopped because he had a warrant for driving after his license had been revoked.

He was found to have counterfeit money on him, so he was held in custody until Secret Service special agent could arrive at the police station to inspect the money and interview him.

The Secret Service is concerned with the significant increase in counterfeit U.S. currency being paid to Milwaukee area businesses. The special agent already interviewed the same suspect a year ago in connection with a counterfeiting offense. At that time, the man was found in possession of numerous counterfeit $10 bills.

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Stun gun used on man who wouldn't stop for police

Dec. 14, 2011 10:56 a.m. | A Wauwatosa police officer used a stun gun on a man who was stopped for questioning for an incident he was determined not to be involved with earlier this month.

According to a police report:

Two female students at Wauwatosa West High School said a man was on school property staring at them about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Based on the man's description and direction he was seen heading, an officer pulled up to a man walking near Best Buy on Mayfair Road and asked to talk to him.

The 21-year-old Milwaukee man wouldn't stop for the officer, who eventually jogged up to the suspect and grabbed him by the arm. The man pulled away and told the officer not to touch him.

The officer ordered him to the ground. The man failed to comply; instead he spun around and angrily yelled at the officer, so the officer used his stun gun. It struck the suspect's left side, but there was no physical reaction so he struck him in the knee and put him in a headlock, taking him to the ground.

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Elmbrook schools add cameras to SMART technology

Dec. 14, 2011 10:46 a.m. | Document cameras designed to share academic work to a classroom or across classrooms soon will be part of the learning environment for Elmbrook School District students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

A $50,000 Lighthouse Grant from the Wisconsin Technology Initiative in partnership with the Elmbrook Education Foundation will provide document cameras that can project book text, written work from students and teachers as well as microscope slides onto existing Smart Boards. The content then can be digitally captured for group viewing and editing or saved for later use.

The technology, Elmbrook officials said, will enhance student learning through more immediate interaction among wider audiences. Chris Thompson, Elmbrook's chief information officer, pointed to the district's commitment to technology and a strong relationship between the district and the Elmbrook Education Foundation.

"This partnership that we have developed with the EEF over the past four years laid the groundwork for successful grant application with the Wisconsin Technology Initiative," Thompson said.

Johnson running for re-election as Shorewood president

Dec. 14, 2011 10:40 a.m. | Incumbent Village President Guy Johnson will seek re-election for another three-year term.

Johnson, 65, lives at 2423 E. Shorewood Blvd., is married and has two children and three grandchildren.

Prior to being elected president in 2006, Johnson served as a trustee beginning in 1998.

He has a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's of business administration. He is retired.

The village president earns $1,300 yearly.

Franklin up for another re-election to Nicolet School Board; Peltz is not

Dec. 14, 2011 10:36 a.m. | Longtime Nicolet School Board member Marilyn Franklin will seek re-election April 3, but incumbent Jennifer Peltz will not seek another term.

A former English teacher, Franklin was first elected to the Nicolet Board in 1988 and has served continuously since then. She was a member of the Fox Point-Bayside School Board from 1977 to 1989.

Franklin, 66, lives with her husband at 7870 N. Regent Road. She has two adult sons and four grandchildren.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education.

Members serve three-year terms and earn $1,000 a year.

Man wearing Santa hat spits on people in church parking lot

Dec. 14, 2011 10:06 a.m. | Churchgoers were welcomed to an unusual sight Sunday when an intoxicated man who was wearing a Santa Claus hat was spitting on people in the church parking lot.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Police responded to a report of an intoxicated man wearing a Santa Claus hat and spitting on people in the parking lot at Oak Creek Assembly of God, 7311 S. 13th St., at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 11.

The suspect, a 74-year-old Milwaukee man, had been banned from the property due to past disorderly incidents at the church.

The church declined to file charges and the man was taken to the Days Inn, where he was a registered guest.

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Good Samaritan ends up victim of car theft

Dec. 14, 2011 9:42 a.m. | A man who stopped to offer aid to a person thrown from a car became the victim in an apparent strong-armed car theft on North Root River Parkway on Dec. 9.

According to a Greendale police report:

The man was driving on South 76th Street near the Timber Wolf Preserve shortly before 8:30 p.m. when he observed a vehicle in front of him pull to the side of the road and throw a person out the passenger side door.

The man stated he pulled over and got out of his vehicle to see if the passenger needed help when someone suddenly came up behind him and began choking him.

While the victim was wrestling with his attacker, the passenger who was "thrown" from the car got up from the side of the road and got into the victim's vehicle, and his assailant got into his vehicle.

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Lamb on the lam causes headaches on Rawson Avenue

Dec. 14, 2011 8:58 a.m. | An Oak Creek police officer who responded to a report of a goat running loose in traffic discovered two things: the goat was actually a lamb, and a lamb on the lam is hard to corral.

According to Oak Creek police, a caller reported that a goat was running northbound in traffic on South Ash Street and East Rawson Avenue around 12:40 p.m. Dec. 9.

The officer responding to the call reported the animal was actually a lamb, and believed it belonged to the petting zoo at Mega Discount Nursery, 1901 Rawson Ave.

The officer tried to assist nursery employees who were trying to corral the lamb, but he was unable to secure it before leaving the area.

Employees at the nursery continued to follow the lamb, who led them on a two-hour chase through yards, over fences and across streets.

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Not-so-clean getaway: Burglars target apartments' laundry rooms

Dec. 13, 2011 4:34 p.m. | Coins were taken from laundry machines in two North Avenue apartment buildings, and pry marks left on the doors of an additional building provided evidence that burglars tried for more.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

The problems started when more than $100 in coins were taken from two laundry machines in the basement of a building in the 7700 block of North Avenue between 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Damage to the machines was estimated at $500.

It was soon discovered that a door on a building in the 7900 block had been pried open during the same time frame but nothing appeared missing.

Another door on an apartment building in the 7900 block was forced open between 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and noon Dec. 9. This time a dryer was tipped over and a coin box was removed. Someone also had defecated on the floor.

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Clark announces run for Mequon-Thiensville School Board

Dec. 13, 2011 3:04 p.m. | Ann Brownfield, longtime Mequon-Thiensville School Board member, will not seek re-election on April 3, but newcomer Stephanie Clark will make her first run at elective office, seeking one of three open seats on the School Board.

Clark, 47, lives with her family at 11154 Sutton Ridge Drive, Mequon.

She earned a B.A. In English, minor in Psychology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and a Master of Humanities at the University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.

She has been active the past five years as president, PTO Area Council, co-president of both Steffen Middle School and Homestead High School PTOs, clerk to the Vestry of St. Boniface Episcopal Church and the Mequon-Thiensville Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

School Board members serve three-year terms and are not paid.

Wendy's could take Steak 'n Shake's spot near Briggs

Dec. 13, 2011 10:36 a.m. | A Wendy's could fill the fast-food void left when Steak 'n Shake closed at 124th and Burleigh streets 18 months ago.

Tedd Meredith, a representative for the Oak Creek-based Wendy's franchisee Bridgeman Foods, brought a request Monday for a conditional use to the city's Plan Commission.

In an application, Meredith said he expected to hire 45 full- and part-time employees to work at the restaurant.

As with other Wendy's locations, this restaurant will offer indoor seating and use the existing drive-thru. Hours will be similar to the Steak 'n Shake's operation: 5 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

When the Steak 'n Shake was approved - it opened in 2007 - there was talk that the late-night hours would allow Briggs & Stratton workers from various shifts find a nearby place to eat, Mayor Jill Didier said.

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Friberg running for re-election on Fox Point-Bayside School Board

Dec. 13, 2011 10:30 a.m. | Fox Point-Bayside School Board member Debbi Friberg will run for re-election April 3. There is one vacant seat on the board.

Friberg, who lives with her family at 6475 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point, is completing her first term on the board.

She has an elementary education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is the area director for AuPairCare and an executive secretary at Congregation Beth Israel.

Members serve three-year terms and are not paid.

Shaw seeks re-election to Glendale Common Council

Dec. 13, 2011 10:28 a.m. | JoAnn Shaw will seek re-election to her 6th District seat on the Glendale Common Council on April 3.

Shaw, a licensed customer service manager at the Derek Parker Agency of American Family Insurance, lives at 5792 N. Argyle Ave., with her husband.

She has a bachelor of science in business administration and a certification in Human Resource Management from Cardinal Stritch University. She was first elected to the council in April 2006.

Council members serve two-year terms and earn $2,700 a year.

Funeral services set for Dick Bolender

Dec. 12, 2011 6:22 p.m. | Funeral services for Oak Creek Mayor Dick Bolender, who died Saturday at age 68, will be Wednesday.

Visitation will be from noon to 5:45 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1441 W. Oakwood Road, Oak Creek, with a funeral Mass to follow at 6 p.m.

Bolender died unexpectedly at home Saturday, and the cause of death is not known. No autopsy will be performed, said his daughter, Lisa Reid.

The Oak Creek Police Department will honor the mayor with a 21-gun salute; Bolender's son, Michael, is a captain on the force.

Bolender served the city for 10 years, first as an alderman and then as a three-term mayor. He had just last Tuesday announced he would not seek a fourth term.

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Town of Brookfield home fire causes $90,000 damage

Dec. 12, 2011 4:52 p.m. | Fire caused about $90,000 in damage to a town of Brookfield home on Dona Vista Drive on Dec. 7, according to the town of Brookfield Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to the home at 755 Dona Vista Drive when a motorist on Davidson Road reported seeing smoke just after 11 p.m. Dec. 7.

A town of Brookfield police officer who was among the first on scene pounded on the door until a woman who resided there awoke and came outside, according to a police report.

Fire Chief Andrew Smerz said the fire started in the garage, and an insurance company investigator is working to establish its cause.

Smerz said it appears the fire caused about $70,000 in structural damage. Smoke and fire damage to contents of the home and garage - including a car - totaled about $22,000.

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Holiday band concert moved to Jan. 11

Dec. 12, 2011 3:42 p.m. | Brookfield Central High School has announced a change in its Holiday Band Concert. The free performance originally scheduled for Dec. 13 will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive.

Woodard seeks re-election on Whitefish Bay School Board

Dec. 12, 2011 3:36 p.m. | Incumbent Pam Woodard is the third candidate for three open seats on the Whitefish Bay School Board in the April 3 election.

Woodard, in her 17th year on the board, was first elected in 1993. She and her husband, Blane, live at 4942 N. Diversey Blvd. and have three adult children.

Woodard earned a B.A. in political science from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and did graduate work in public administration.

She has a long-term volunteer position as chief facilitator for the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership.

Members serve three-year terms and earn $1,000 per year.

After some wrangling, Sensenbrenner sets Tosa town hall meeting

Dec. 12, 2011 3:30 p.m. | U.S. Rep. F. James "Jim" Sensenbrenner Jr. in January will hold his first Wauwatosa town hall meeting since the one he abruptly adjourned amidst shouts from protesters in March. The upcoming visit required a change of venue and resulted in some finger-pointing about what went wrong last time around.

Sensenbrenner, R-Brookfield, sent a letter to Mayor Jill Didier on Dec. 1 requesting use of the Wauwatosa Public Library's Firefly Room, the same space the last meeting was held. The room had exceeded the capacity of 125 people and an overflow crowd lined the hallway to the library entrance.

It is the Library Board, not the mayor, who has the authority to approve requests for use of library spaces, she said. The board denied the request, which led Sensenbrenner's staff to suggest the city was keeping the representative's constituents from having an opportunity to meet with him.

"The decision to deny our access to your public meeting room is misguided and only results in penalizing the citizens of Wauwatosa," said Loni Hagerup, the 5th District director.

She went on to say it's the responsibility of the congressman to alert local police of his meeting, but that providing adequate safety and security falls to the city. To Sensenbrenner and his staff, that meant making sure the meeting space didn't get overcrowded.

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Brookfield man, riled over Walker recall, could face disorderly conduct citation

Dec. 12, 2011 3:21 p.m. | A Brookfield man could be cited for disorderly conduct after a heated exchange with people collecting signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker was recorded, according to city of Brookfield police.

According to a police report:

The 51-year-old man approached two people collecting signatures in the 17000 block of Bluemound Road at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10.

He used profane language and grabbed a camera that one of the signature collectors used to record the exchange.

The man acted as though he was going to smash the camera, but gave it back and left the scene.

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New Berlin district employees recertify three unions

Dec. 12, 2011 2:08 p.m. | Three of the employee unions in the New Berlin School District have recertified so far as bargaining units for the upcoming year, the School District announced.

Under new state law, public employee unions must recertify annually to remain viable.

The teachers union, the clerical union and special education aides union recertified. There was no word on the custodian's union as of Monday.

Roundball Rankings is back with a list of the area's best basketball squads

Dec. 12, 2011 12:50 p.m. | Which squads are the best basketball teams in the area?

You'll find the answers at our Roundball Rankings page, home to a rundown of the top 20 boys and girls teams, the player of the week, photo of the week, area scoring leaders, a fan forum and more.

Germantown (4-0) is the top team in the boys rankings this week while Dominican (3-0) is rated the best girls squad.

Health Department offers discounted flu shots

Dec. 12, 2011 9:24 a.m. | The Health Department offers free flu shots for children and will provide adult immunizations for a discount with food pantry donations this holiday season.

Children can receive injections of the flu mist for free during the following clinics: 8:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 13 and 16; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 20; and 8:15 to 4:15 p.m. Dec. 27-29.

Adults are charged $25 for a flu shot, but a $5 discount will be offered with four nonperishable food items. Food will be given to the Tosa Community Food Pantry.

Flue shots are covered by Medicare Part B/Medicaid.

Oak Creek mayor's sudden death shocks family and city

Dec. 11, 2011 1:00 p.m. | Oak Creek Mayor Dick Bolender died Saturday night. He was 68. 

The cause of death was not immediately known, although a heart attack is suspected, according to Alderman Steve Scaffidi. He had been taken to St. Luke's in Milwaukee late Saturday, Scaffidi said, where he was pronounced dead.

The mayor just last Tuesday announced that he would not seek a fourth term as mayor, saying that after 10 years, it was time to "really retire." Before becoming mayor, Bolender served one year as alderman.

Bolender's daughter, Lisa Reid, said her father was not ill prior to his death and looking forward to the holidays and retirement. "He was so excited for Christmas," she said. "He was excited for the future of not having all those (city) meetings."

Bolender's daughter-in-law said Sunday that prior to joining politics, he worked for American Family Insurance Co., where he was a fire and theft investigator for 36 years. Reid said her father served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve during college; he was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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District refutes blog that Poplar Creek school would get all of Glen Park's students

Dec. 09, 2011 7:26 p.m. | A letter to Poplar Creek Elementary School parents seeks to ease fears that school would be deluged with 180 students if Glen Park Elementary School closes.

Poplar Creek parents were apparently upset by a blog written by the Save Our Schools group of Glen Park parents who oppose the potential closing of the New Berlin school. Many parents also apparently received the blog in email form.

In making the statement that 180 Glen Park children could end up at Poplar Creek, the blog said it was quoting an option in the recent facilities study that consultant IFF did for the New Berlin School Board.

But in the rebuttal letter issued before the weekend and signed by the principal and assistant principal, the administrators flatly denied that assertion.

"…That has never been considered or discussed by us, our district administrators, nor the board as a whole," the letter reads in part. "We certainly would certainly never support such a plan."

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City calculates cost of near riot at fairgrounds

Dec. 09, 2011 2:50 p.m. | The near riot on the first night of the Wisconsin State Fair resulted in at least $30,000 in additional West Allis police overtime, city officials estimate.

Although violence didn't erupt after that first night, police had extra patrols in neighborhoods around the fair and took other security measures, including setting up a command post inside State Fair Park for the event's remaining 10 days.

That first night, dozens if not a couple hundred black youths went out of control, first beating each other, then beating whites as they left the fair. They stopped traffic, banged and walked on cars. Some robberies also were reported.

West Allis gets money annually from the fair to help provide year-round security and help with municipal costs associated with having the fair in West Allis, said City Administrator Paul Ziehler. The city and the fair negotiate the amount to go to the city, which is in the second year of a five-year agreement, he said.

The cost of providing services to the fair varies, Ziehler said, but generally the negotiated amount is equitable to both sides. He didn't see a reason to try to reopen negotiations to increase that payment unless this kind of expense recurs year after year.

County will allow golfers to play on chilly (but snow-free) courses

Dec. 09, 2011 2:02 p.m. | Snow and freezing temperatures are supposed to be par for the course this time of year in southeastern Wisconsin, but with nary a snowflake to be found, Milwaukee County Parks has decided to reopen several golf courses.

That includes Whitnall Park, Franklin. Tee times will be taken that day by calling (414) 425-7931.

The other courses that will be open for play this weekend are Currie Park, Wauwatosa; Grant Park, South Milwaukee; and Lincoln Park, Milwaukee.

County will allow golfers to play on chilly (but snow-free) courses

Dec. 09, 2011 1:58 p.m. | Snow and freezing temperatures are supposed to be par for the course this time of year in southeastern Wisconsin, but with nary a snowflake to be found, Milwaukee County Parks has decided to reopen several golf courses.

That includes Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, on Sunday. Tee times will be taken that day by calling (414) 453-7037.

The other courses that will be open for play this weekend are Grant Park, South Milwaukee; Whitnall Park, Franklin; and Lincoln Park, Milwaukee.

Fire causes $45,000 in damage to condo

Dec. 09, 2011 10:59 a.m. | The cause of a fire that left a condomium with $45,000 in damages Thursday afternoon remains under investigation, according to the city of Brookfield Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to a two-family condominium at 16405 Dane Court East in Brookfield just before 3 p.m. Thursday and found flames extending up an exterior wall on the second floor.

According to a release from the fire department:

While responding, firefighters learned that an elderly person resided there. It was later discovered, however, that the unit was unoccupied at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Within 20 minutes, the fire was extinguished. A bedroom area and the exterior walls of the second-floor unit suffered about $45,000 in damages.

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Tax bills will be less taxing for most in West Allis

Dec. 08, 2011 4:24 p.m. | Property tax bills are on track to be mailed this weekend, so West Allis residents and businesses will soon see how the mix of tax levies and credits actually affect them.

The total 2012 combined tax rate for all six taxing units is $26.14 per $1,000 of assessed value. That tax rate is 3 cents per $1,000 of assessed value higher than this year, bringing the property tax tab up $4.50 for the owner of a home assessed at $150,000.

However, larger lottery and first dollar credits - which are a combined $9 higher for 2012 - will more than wipe out that increase. Because of the larger credits, all taxpayers with properties assessed at less than $300,000 will pay less. That $300,000 is the break-even point where the higher tax bill is $9 and the increased credits are $9.

In terms of percentage, tax rates for the city (up 1.5 percent) and Milwaukee County (up 0.7 percent) were offset by decreases from the schools, MATC and the state. The rate for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District stayed the same.

Work on pizza place begins at Ridge Cinema

Dec. 08, 2011 4:06 p.m. | In the next few weeks, foundation and footing work will start at the Marcus Ridge Cinema, 5200 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin, as the first step toward converting one of the 20 theaters into a restaurant.

Zaffiro's Pizzeria & Bar is scheduled to open this spring at the Ridge. A similar transformation was previously performed at another Marcus Theaters movie complex, the North Shore Cinema.

No timetable for the rest of the work at the Ridge is available, said Carlo Petrick, communications manager for Marcus Theaters.

Drug teams conduct at West Allis location

Dec. 07, 2011 6:18 p.m. | Two people were taken into custody today following a raid in the 1300 block of South 116th Street that police say turned up chemicals used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs.

The raid, which took place at 2:30 p.m., involved the West Allis and Milwaukee police departments, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations, the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Group and the West Allis Fire Department.

As a precaution, part of 116th Street was initially blocked off as entry teams went in wearing hazardous materials protection suits.

There was no one in the building at the time, but authorities took two suspects in to custody at another location.

Police released no details about what chemicals or how much were confiscated. The investigation is continuing.

Village believes con artist posing as paper deliveryman

Dec. 07, 2011 3:11 p.m. | It appears a scam artist is playing the Grinch, trying to take holiday tips from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel subscribers under the guise of being their newspaper carrier.

Local police are working with the Postal Inspector's office in investigating the scam, which thus far has targeted homes in Brookfield, Elm Grove and Pewaukee. Residents in those communities found fliers from a man with a Pewaukee mailing address portraying himself as a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel carrier in their newspaper tubes or mailboxes. That flier instructs the recipient how to send him a holiday tip.

Elm Grove Police Chief Jim Gage said a customer notified her real paper carrier that someone else had been putting fliers in newspaper boxes in the community.

The real newspaper carrier then sent a notice to his customers warning them of the scam as well as a confirmation letter from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel circulation. A Journal-Sentinel spokeswoman said the company is aware of the scam and has sent letters to its customers letting them know not to give money to the man referenced in the flier.

The fraudulent flier came with a Christmas card put in with Milwaukee Journal-Sentinels and Wall Street Journals, or simply into mailboxes in some cases. The note contains a name and address where checks can be mailed, and according to police, some residents did indeed mail checks to the fake newspaper carrier.

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Two Shorewood incumbents seek re-election

Dec. 07, 2011 1:34 p.m. | Two Shorewood incumbents have decided to seek re-election in the April 3 election. Two positions on the Village Board, and the village president and municipal judge positions will be filled in the election.

Donal Demet, municipal judge since 1997, will seek another three-year term. Demet, 55, lives at 3532 N Frederick Ave. He and his wife Mary, an elementary teacher at St. Robert School, have six children ages 13 to 27. Demet earned a bachelor of arts and J. D. degrees at Marquette University and an LL.M, master's of law from New York University.

He is an attorney practicing at Demet & Demet. The judge serves a three-year term and earns $5,000 per year.

Incumbent Trustee Jeff Hanewall will also seek another three-year term on the Village Board. Hanewall, 46, is completing his sixth year on the board. Married with one son, he lives with his family at 2414 E Jarvis St. He has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in architecture. He is a project manager with Engberg Anderson. Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $1,000 a year.

Wauwatosa increases mayoral pay for first time since 1984

Dec. 07, 2011 1:01 p.m. | For the first time in nearly 30 years, the position of Wauwatosa mayor is getting a raise.

Wauwatosa's next mayor will make $30,000 per year, the Common Council decided Tuesday. The job has paid $22,500 per year since 1984 - and that didn't sit well with a majority of the city's aldermen.

"It's kind of an insult and embarrassment to the city of Wauwatosa," Alderman Don Birschel said.

The raise received just enough votes - 12 in favor, four against - to pass. An ordinance brought to light by City Attorney Alan Kesner stipulates that changing the mayor's pay takes affirmative votes from three-quarters of the council.

Now is the right time

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The Mayfair Collection granted more time to prepare plans

Dec. 07, 2011 11:48 a.m. | The developer looking to bring The Mayfair Collection of shops to the Burleigh Triangle will get some extra time to submit its plans to the city.

The Common Council on Tuesday granted Chicago-based HSA Commercial a six-month extension because the analysis needed to justify creating a special-tax district in taking longer than anticipated, Paulette Enders, city economic development director, said.

"They want to be assured that the ability to tap into that TIF financing is in place" she said. "They want to know that they'll be able to pull the increment out of it to pay down their debt."

The proposal calls for a developer-funded tax incremental financing district. That means, if approved, HSA would front $8.7 million, then the taxes collected by all entities would stay with district for public improvements.

Enders expects the consulting firm hired by the city will submit a financial analysis draft next week. Staff will review and finalize the documents and bring them to the proper committees for consideration.

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Teens grab and run at Macy's, caught aboard bus

Dec. 07, 2011 11:38 a.m. | Eight teens were arrested for retail theft after they ran out of Macy's at Mayfair with armfuls of designer clothing and hopped a bus Friday night.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

Members of the group selected items that totaled nearly $2,100 in value while one acted as a lookout about 8:30 p.m. Friday. Suddenly, they all made a ran for the exit and ran to a Milwaukee County bus.

The bus was stopped and numerous pieces of clothing with tags on them were found underneath the seats.

A prisoner van was brought to the mall parking lot to collect the suspects, who range in age from 13 to 19.

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Alterra Cafe wins final approval for Wauwatosa location

Dec. 07, 2011 11:09 a.m. | The coffee soon will be brewing at Alterra Café.

The Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved final plans for the 3,200-square-foot, one-story coffee shop at 68th and Wells streets.

There was no discussion prior to the council vote that night.

Developer Sean Phelan last week told the Community Development Committee that he hasn't set a start date for construction. However, aldermen said they are anxious to see the long-vacant medical clinic building that's on the site now removed.

Townhomes that some neighbors complained were too massive to fit the character of the area had been approved for the property. With the continuing sluggish housing market, however, property owner/developer William Ibach looked for other options.

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City hall and library will be discussed in joint Oak Creek meeting

Dec. 07, 2011 11:00 a.m. | The Common Council and the Oak Creek-Franklin School Board will hold a joint meeting to discuss a site for a new city hall and library at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

At the insistence of Mayor Dick Bolender, the meeting will be televised.

The date was set after a lengthy discussion on whether the council should meet with all the interested parties separately, as Alderman Stephen Scaffidi recommended, or as one large group, favored by Bolender, who remarked: "Divide and conquer - that's what that's about."

The mayor also said meeting individually with groups would slow the decision process down. "You're going to drag it out for another six, eight meetings."

In the end, the council voted in favor of a larger meeting, and city staff assured the aldermen that results of a resident survey seeking input on the location of a new civic center would be available before that meeting for their review.

City looks to save dollars through partnership

Dec. 07, 2011 10:56 a.m. | Wauwatosa is working with three other similarly sized communities to get a deal on property assessment software.

The Common Council on Tuesday authorized city staff to contract with Vision Government Solution, at an anticipated price of a little more than $123,000 for software licensing and installation, data conversion and training.

That number could change if Brookfield, Waukesha and LaCrosse officials get on board with the purchase of the mass appraisal software. The more communities, the lower the cost, City Assessor Steve Miner said.

The four communities together bring just shy of 70,000 parcels, and the group has three years to recruit other municipalities. Cudahy is among the communities that have expressed interest, Miner said.

"There's a strong possibility of 190,000 parcels," he told the Budget and Finance Committee last week.

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Oak Creek approves change in postal building that may never be built

Dec. 07, 2011 10:56 a.m. | The Oak Creek Common Council on Tuesday approved a change in plans that called for a 900,000-square-foot processing and distribution site for the U.S. Postal Service - at the same time acknowledging the facility may never materialize.

The site, 2201 E. College Ave., is adjacent to the Chapel Hills subdivision, and residents there objected to the revised conceptual plans that would decrease the size of the post office building dramatically, to about 200,000 square feet, but add retail and two- and multi-family housing.

Specifically, residents said the proposed rental properties would increase traffic in the area.

With that in mind, aldermen agreed to add a 50-foot buffer between the rental units and the subdivision, and they gave assurances that a USPS building would likely never be built, given recent reports of the program closing offices and reducing its workforce. They said the plans needed to be modified so that the developer working with the USPS could market the property.

"Part of this driven by the nature of this economy," said City Attorney Lawrence Haskins. "Things are quite stagnant and they need to market the plan."

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Bolender won't seek re-election to Oak Creek mayoral seat

Dec. 07, 2011 10:43 a.m. | Oak Creek Mayor Dick Bolender will not seek a fourth term this spring.

"I love this community," Bolender said Tuesday night. "But there comes a time when you need to really retire."

He was first elected mayor in 2003, having served as an alderman for one year prior.

He said the decision not to run was hard, made only after "I had a long discussion with my wife."

Meanwhile, Alderman Stephen Scaffidi, who serves as council president, indicated he would run for mayor.

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Mequon OKs 96-unit apartment complex

Dec. 07, 2011 8:46 a.m. | Over the objections of neighbors, the Mequon Plan Commission this week approved plans for a 96-unit senior apartment complex called Riverwalk Highlands for 10908 N. Cedarburg Road. The complex will have one- and two-bedroom apartments, a community center, exercise room and library.

About five years ago a different developer proposed condominium development, River Trace, for the site which, at that time, was zoned for business.

Several residents addressed a zoning change made at that time to allow for condominiums rather than office space. The zoning change was made conditioned on approval of the condominium plans. They were approved although not built.

According to Assistant Community Development Director Jac Zader, the zoning change stands although the condominiums were not built.

A new developer, United Financial Group, asked for apartments which are allowed under the institutional zoning approved five years ago.

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Man accused of battery, having pot at hotel

Dec. 07, 2011 7:44 a.m. | A 20-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for substantial domestic battery, marijuana possession, vandalism and violating probation after he beat up the mother of his child at Days Inn, 11811 W. Blue Mound Road.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man had been staying at the hotel before moving out of state, while the 19-year-old ex-girlfriend was residing at a domestic abuse shelter.

After she saw the man out with another woman, she took a bus to the hotel. The clerk heard arguing and saw him via a security camera striking her several times at 3:20 p.m. Friday.

A few minutes later, hotel staff members said they heard screaming coming from a guestroom where the door was ajar. They saw the 19-year-old woman on the floor with the man standing over her. She got up and ran from the room, collapsing in the hallway.

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