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Quartullo, Price claim thirds at La Crosse

Dec. 30, 2012 1:11 p.m. |  Austin Quartullo and Connor Price both captured third places for the Muskego wrestling team at the Bi-State Classic in La Crosse on Friday and Saturday.

Quartullo finished third at 120 pounds, while Price took that spot at 152 pounds. Quartullo went 6-1 for the tournament and is now 18-1 on the season, and Price posted an 8-1 mark and is 17-5.

The Warriors tallied 98 points to take 13th in the 18-team Division 1 of the event.

They return to action at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Kenosha Indian Trail Academy.

Aveda Experience Center opens in Brookfield Square Mall

Dec. 29, 2012 8:14 p.m. | Aveda, national manufacturer and distributor of cosmetic products, has partnered with Milwaukee-based Neroli Salon and Spa to open the Aveda Experience Center retail store in Brookfield Square Mall.

The 1,500 square-foot store, located near the main entrance of the mall, opened on Black Friday. Plans for a formal grand opening are in the works.

The new Aveda Experience Center offers a series of "rituals of renewal" designed to relax and rejuvenate, including a hand and shoulder ritual used to relieve stress.

Complimentary tea and skin and hair consultations are also offered.

"Aveda Experience Center retail stores embody our high-touch service philosophy," said Catherine Culotta, Vice President of retail for Aveda. "Experience Centers are oases of stress relief where guests can relax with a moment of wellness, experience Aveda products and receive referrals to full-service salons and spas in their neighborhood."

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Sebena memorial fund established

Dec. 29, 2012 7:46 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Peace Officers Association, or WPOA, has set up a memorial fund for Officer Jennifer Sebena, who was shot to death in the Village of Wauwatosa on Christmas Eve.

Those wishing to show support can do so by making donations to the "Officer Jen Sebena Memorial Fund" at any branch of Focus Credit Union. There are two branches in Wauwatosa: 3180 N. 124th St., Suite A and 1530 N. 68th St. There is also a branch in Menomonee Falls, at N88 W14930 Main St.

Donations can be made via check, cash or debit transfer.

The WPOA said they are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and other police branches.

Police discover loaded weapon on drunken driver

Dec. 28, 2012 1:54 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police officers investigating a report of a car in the ditch found a driver who was loaded in more ways than one.

According to police:

The driver of a 1996 Ford truck left the roadway on the north side of Lisbon Road and drove about 70 feet before entering a deep ditch about 1,500 feet east of Graysland Drive East at about 11:30 a.m. Dec. 20. The truck damaged a fence during the accident and the driver had minor injuries.

Officers noticed an odor of intoxicants coming from the driver, a 52-year-old Menomonee Falls man. When questioned, the driver readily admitted drinking rum and Cokes that morning at home before driving his vehicle. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for drunken driving. His blood alcohol content was 0.13.

During a vehicle search police also discovered the driver had a loaded .44 magnum revolver in his truck.

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Top Line Gym honors beloved dog with pet supply drive

Dec. 28, 2012 11:22 a.m. | Top Line Gym in Glendale is holding a pet supply drive to benefit the Humane Animal Welfare Society through Dec. 31.

Top Line owner Brett Summers is hosting the drive to honor his recently deceased dog and best friend Champ, who ran away in 2007 and was found in a busy intersection by a kind couple who took him to HAWS. Without HAWS, Summers said, their family would not have been able to enjoy the last five years with Champ.

The HAWS list of dog supplies includes: new or lightly used towels and blankets; Pup-eroni dog treats; Nature's Variety Instinct canned dog food and other high quality canned dog foods; Natural Balance Roll; Zuke's dog treats; large, American-made rawhide bones; limited slip/martingale collars; Kong dog toys; jars of meat based baby food; and general supplies like Q-tips, laundry detergent, hand soap, etc.

Donors can call (262) 309-5566 to arrange a drop-off, or can make a check out to HAWS and mail to: Top Line Gym, 2012 West Bender Road, Glendale WI 53209.

Husband charged in Tosa officer's murder

Dec. 27, 2012 7:46 p.m. | Benjamin Sebena has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Milwaukee County Circuit Court this afternoon. He stands accused of shooting his wife, Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena five times on Christmas Eve morning, police chief Barry Weber and Wisconsin Department of Justice Director of Field Operations David Spakowicz during in a news conference.

Benjamin Sebena confessed to killing his wife, according to the criminal complaint. It goes on to say he told officers he had been stalking his wife for several days and that on the day he shot her, he had waited several hours for her.

He shot her after she left Fire Station No. 1, where she had taken a break, it says.

He also told officers that as he shot her, she reached for her gun. He took that gun and shot her in the face three times with it. He said that he wanted to make sure that she was dead so she wouldn't suffer, the complaint states.

A Wauwatosa officer was sent to look for Jennifer Sebena about 5 a.m. Monday, after she failed to respond to a dispatcher. Jennifer Sebena was found outside the backdoor of the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

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Slain officer's husband jailed; police seek homicide charge

Dec. 27, 2012 8:12 a.m. | Benjamin Sebena last night was booked into Milwaukee County Jail on a tentative charge of first-degree intentional homicide relating to the death of Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena, his wife, on Dec. 24, the Wauwatosa Police Department and state Division of Criminal Investigation announced today.

Jennifer Sebena's body had been found near Wauwatosa Fire Station No. 1 in the Village; she had been shot multiple times, according to Tosa police Lt. Gerald Witkowski.

Check WauwatosaNOW.com for continuing coverage. 

Jennifer Sebena becomes 263rd police officer to die in line of duty in Wisconsin

Dec. 24, 2012 8:52 p.m. | Law enforcement officers said Wednesday morning they are following multiple leads as they try to put together the facts about what happened to Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena in the moments before her death on Christmas Eve.

Sebena, 30, was found dead near Fire Station 1, 1601 Underwood Ave., about 5 a.m. Monday. She had been shot multiple times, Wauwatosa Police Lt. Gerald Witkowski said.

When a dispatcher attempted to send Sebena out on a call and didn't get a response, another officer was sent to investigate.

The officer found Sebena's body near Harmonee and Underwood avenues, Witkowski said. The area was searched, but no suspects were found. The Wauwatosa Police Department would not confirm whether she was found in her squad car.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the case.

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Franklin cougar mystery solved? Tracks ID'ed as coming from dog

Dec. 24, 2012 12:50 p.m. | Franklin - Mayor Tom Taylor told NOW Newspapers that tracks seen near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail last week, which at least one county parks worker believed belonged to a cougar, were identified as the prints of a large dog by a state wildlife specialist.

Local police departments have taken a handful of reports of large cat sightings in the area over the past several weeks.

Sightings have been reported in Franklin, Hales Corners and Oak Creek.

Oak Creek police search for two men in baby formula thefts

Dec. 24, 2012 11:22 a.m. | Oak Creek - Police are seeking two men who stole more than $500 worth of baby formula at Target, 8989 S. Howell Ave., on three separate occasions the week of Dec. 16.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A loss prevention officer called police at 6:40 p.m. Dec. 20 to report store surveillance video had captured two men shoplifting large quantities of baby formula on three consecutive days.

According to store security, the men stole $144 worth of formula Dec. 17, $160 worth of formula Dec. 18 and $224 worth of formula Dec. 19. In each case the men concealed the formula under their coats and exited the store. The men wore the same coats on all occasions and drove away each time in a dark-colored pickup truck.

A license plate number for the truck was obtained when it was involved in an attempted formula theft at Pick 'n Save on South Howell Avenue on Dec. 19. Police obtained a picture of the registered owner through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and it matched one of the people captured on video surveillance at Target.

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Off-duty security officer nabs shoplifter in Oak Creek

Dec. 24, 2012 10:42 a.m. | Oak Creek - An alert off-duty security officer thwarted a shoplifting attempt at Pick 'n Save, 2320 W. Ryan Road, at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 18, and detained one of the suspects until police arrived.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

An off-duty loss prevention contractor for Roundy's was shopping at the store when he saw two men loading a cart with baby formula. The officer recognized one of the men as a shoplifting suspect from recent store alerts and immediately told the store manager. When the manager attempted to stop the men at the store exit, one, a 51-year-old Milwaukee man, pushed the manager back and reached toward his waistband. Fearing the man had a weapon, the security officer wrestled him to the floor and held him until police arrived.

Pick 'n Save employees locked the front doors during the incident for the safety of incoming customers.

The second man involved in the theft attempt is described as a stocky black man wearing a multi-colored plaid shirt. He drove off in a silver or tan Buick Century.

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UWM professor selected as Shorewood School board member

Dec. 21, 2012 4:20 p.m. | The Shorewood School Board on Thursday selected University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor Paru Shah to fill the vacant School Board seat until the April election.

Shah, who moved to Shorewood in July 2011, is a political-science professor at UWM with research focused on the impact of racial/ethnic inequalities on politics in urban settings. Most recently, her research has examined when and where racial and ethnic minorities gain elected office, and what policy effect their presence has, according to her application to the School Board.

Because the majority of her research focuses on local elected offices - both school boards and city governments - she said in her application that she is familiar with the structures and institutions.

In addition to her academic interests, Shah said she had a desire to serve the community.

Before attending school for her PhD, Shah worked for an AmeriCorps program. She also served on the board of directors at Rape Victims Advocates.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin seeks donors to make up shortfall caused by storm

Dec. 21, 2012 9:48 a.m. | Blood donors and blood drive organizers canceled many appointments yesterday, and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin now estimates there will be a shortfall of more than 1,000 units of blood over the next few days, the organization announced in a news release.

BloodCenter is asking that anyone who is able to safely keep a scheduled donation appointment do so. Appointments are available for Saturday, Sunday and Monday for those who want to help.

Call (877) 232-4376 or visit Bcw.edu/snow.

The Wauwatosa BloodCenter donation location, 8733 Watertown Plank Road, has extended its hours until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, in hopes of meeting the need.

Because platelets are critically important, the Wauwatosa location also will be open by appointment only for platelet donors on Sunday, Dec. 23.

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Brookfield police issue second warning about ongoing wallet thefts

Dec. 19, 2012 3:04 p.m. | The City of Brookfield Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding suspects in ongoing wallet thefts in the area.

According to a crime alert issued this week:

On Dec. 11, a woman’s wallet was stolen from a purse at Pick ‘n Save, 12735 W. Capitol Drive. Video surveillance showed a black man, 5 foot, 5 inches to 5-10, and 40- to 45-years-old in glasses and black woman, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, and 35 to 40-years-old, both wearing black coats, using one of the stolen credit cards the same day at a Wauwatosa Target, 3900 N 124th St., to purchase three electronic tablets and other electronic items totaling more than $2,700. The couple had a toddler in a pink coat and hat in a shopping cart.

On Dec. 12, a purse containing credit cards was stolen from a locked minivan parked at the Brookfield Indoor Soccer Complex, 19485 W Lisbon Road. The suspect smashed the front passenger window of the van to gain access. Video surveillance showed a white man in a black jacket and baseball cap (pictured) using one of the stolen credit cards to buy two electronic tablets 20 minutes later at the same Wauwatosa Target.

The same suspect was seen on video surveillance using the same card to buy another electronic tablet at a West Allis Target, 2600 S 108th Street.

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Falls sends letter to parents in response to threat rumors

Dec. 19, 2012 1:05 p.m. | Like many schools across the area including in Oak Creek and Waukesha, rumors of a threat to Menomonee Falls High School have been circulating at school and in the community, which officials at the School District said are being thoroughly investigated.

A letter was sent to Menomonee Falls parents, saying nothing has indicated that there is a threat to the school on Friday, which is the day the rumor has targeted.

In cooperation with the Menomonee Falls Police Department, any concerns about specific students have been investigated through interviews with students and families, locker searches and media monitoring, according to the School District.

"While we intend to be visible and vigilant on Friday we do intend to continue with classes," reads a letter sent to parents from Menomonee Falls High School Principal Corey Golla. "As a parent you have every right to keep your children home on Friday."

The letter also asks parents to tell their children that providing false information will result in serious consequences at school and with police.

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Tosa police: Drunken driver thought he was in Whitefish Bay

Dec. 19, 2012 10:36 a.m. | A Whitefish Bay man thought he was still in Whitefish Bay after he was pulled over in the 2100 block of Wauwatosa Avenue at 10:51 p.m. Dec. 13, according to Wauwatosa police.

Also in the police report:

Police caught the man after a driver reported a vehicle striking multiple curbs and weaving in and out of traffic.

The man alluded to his status as CEO of a company twice on the trip to the police station and asked the officer if he cared.

While he was being booked, he mentioned knowing the Milwaukee County executive. He also said he'd mention the officer's "good work" during the stop. When going over the paperwork, he asked if there could be any leniency on the documents. He also asked the officer if there was any "professional discretion" that could be used.

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Is a cougar roaming the Oak Leaf Trail? Latest sighting on Puetz Road

Dec. 19, 2012 8:49 a.m. | Franklin - A Milwaukee County parks employee who responded to the scene of yet another report of a cougar sighting on the Oak Leaf Trail last week said he discovered evidence that may link a big cat to the area.

According to the Franklin police log:

A Franklin resident reported that his wife saw a cougar near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail about 9:30 a.m. Friday. The caller's wife stated she saw a cougar walking south, crossing Puetz Road between 51st Street and the trail.

Although no cougar was found, a county parks employee checked the area and said he found what appeared to be cougar tracks and possible cougar scat (droppings) along the grass trail close to the river - but no tracks or other evidence was found along the hardened bike trail.

After talking with the witness, the parks employee verified the animal described by the woman was a cougar and that the tracks were found in the area where she allegedly saw the big cat.

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Housekeeper accused of stealing jewelry from Brookfield home

Dec. 19, 2012 8:31 a.m. | Sapphire and oval citrine pendants are among the list of items a housekeeper is accused of stealing from a town of Brookfield home as she worked.

The 36-year-old West Allis woman, who works for local cleaning service, was arrested Nov. 20 after a homeowner accused her of stealing items from a jewelry box between August and November, according to a town of Brookfield police report.

The case is now being reviewed by the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office; no charges had been filed as of Tuesday's press deadline.

Also from the town police report:

The homeowner placed a small, white cloth inside the jewelry box before housekeepers arrived at her home. After noticing the white cloth in different positions after each visit, the homeowner began recording which items were present and which were missing after each visit. The homeowner called the business owner, who confronted the two housekeepers assigned to the home; both denied taking any of the items.

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Oak Creek police seek suspects in pull-tab machine thefts

Dec. 18, 2012 11:12 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are seeking two men who stole pull tabs from machines, then cashed them in for money at local gas stations last week.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

Two men began playing the pull-tab machine at Mobil Gas, 9510 S. 27th St., about 4:45 p.m. Dec. 8. They continued to play the machine for about two hours, according to the station manager, and cashed in their winning pull tabs for $725.

The theft went unnoticed until the next day, when a gas station employee told the manager he thought it was strange when he found the machine was completely out of pull tabs and no money had been deposited into the machine.

According to the manager, the men apparently used some kind of device or fraudulent bill to obtain the pull tabs without payment being deposited into the machine. The men apparently emptied the machine of 929 pull-tabs, valued at $1 each, adding up to a total loss of $1,654 to Mobil Gas.

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Early morning fire damages Oak Creek home

Dec. 18, 2012 11:06 p.m. | Oak Creek - Firefighters and police responded to a basement fire at a home in the 8500 block of South Parknoll Drive during the early morning hours Tuesday.

The homeowners called police at 3:23 a.m. after they woke up and smelled smoke inside their home, then heard the smoke detector sound a short time later. The couple located their two daughters, ages 8 and 6, and one of their two dogs and exited the residence.

Smoke was seen coming from the basement when emergency personnel arrived. After the Oak Creek Fire Department arrived, it was determined the was fire started by a pilot light in the water heater due to items in the basement.

The fire caused major damage to the water heater and basement. No official damage estimate was available at the time of the report.

No injuries were reported; however, paramedics attended to the children, who complained of slight smoke inhalation. The second dog later was found.

Blodorn to resign from School Board, hired by District

Dec. 18, 2012 1:40 p.m. | Menomonee Falls School Board Member Lori Blodorn will resign from the School Board within the next few weeks as she accepted the position of human resources manager within the School District.

Blodorn, whose Board seat is open in the spring election, will replace the current Human Resources Manager Ken Kuberka.

According to the District, Blodorn will officially start her new job in January.

The School Board will also decide in January how to handle the vacant seat. The Board can either appoint someone who would then have to run for election in April, or run with six members until the election.

More than 75 candidates were reviewed for the human resources manager position. A handful of candidates were interviewed, according to the District.

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Man experiences the pitfalls of drunken driving, police said

Dec. 18, 2012 11:24 a.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee man was down in the pits after drunkenly driving into one at 2:46 a.m. Dec. 10.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was on the side of the 1000 block of Mayfair road trying to flag down police when he was picked up. Police, who had a call about an upside-down car lying in the 12-foot deep pit, asked him if it was his.

He said no at first, but then admitted it was his car. When asked where it was, he said "over yonder."

He had a hard time discerning which direction he was driving when the car fell in the pit.

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Police say drunken driver caused five-car accident

Dec. 18, 2012 11:22 a.m. | A five-car collision was the scene of a drunken-driving arrest last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 45-year-old Milwaukee man was said by witnesses to be driving 70-80 MPH in the 1700 block of North Mayfair Road when he slammed into a car trying to change lanes at 2:19 p.m. Dec. 10.

That car caromed off his and into another car, causing a chain reaction of bent steel and broken glass.

A 50-year-old man was sent to the hospital as a result of the accident.

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Tosa police arrest man who missed court because he was too high

Dec. 18, 2012 11:16 a.m. | Police arrived at a Wauwatosa apartment to find a man and woman arguing about the man being too high to go to a court hearing about a drug-related offense. He was arrested shortly thereafter for possession of narcotics and bail jumping.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Police found the 21-year-old Wauwatosa man bent over, pale and coping with what appeared to be an opiate-induced stupor. He was mumbling, apparently apologizing for being so high.

His grip on reality apparently tightened when police asked him if he had any drugs on him. He pulled a pill bottle out of his jacket and dashed to the bathroom.

To the officers, he seemed to be moving in slow motion. The officer simply walked up between him and the bathroom.

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Man experiences the pitfalls of drunken driving, police said

Dec. 18, 2012 11:16 a.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee man was down in the pits after drunkenly driving into one at 2:46 a.m. Dec. 10.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was on the side of the 1000 block of Mayfair road trying to flag down police when he was picked up. Police, who had a call about an upside-down car lying in the 12-foot deep pit, asked him if it was his.

He said no at first, but then admitted it was his car. When asked where it was, he said "over yonder."

He had a hard time discerning which direction he was driving when the car fell in the pit.

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Wauwatosa police say drunken driver caused five-car accident on Mayfair Road

Dec. 18, 2012 10:57 a.m. | A five-car collision was the scene of a drunken-driving arrest last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 45-year-old Milwaukee man was said by witnesses to be driving 70-80 MPH in the 1700 block of North Mayfair Road when he slammed into a car trying to change lanes at 2:19 p.m. Dec. 10.

That car caromed off his and into another car, causing a chain reaction of bent steel and broken glass.

A 50-year-old man was sent to the hospital as a result of the accident.

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Nicolet Superintendent Monroe announces retirement

Dec. 18, 2012 10:26 a.m. | Nicolet Superintendent Rick Monroe will retire at the end of this school year, the district announced in a news release this morning.

Monroe, who has been Nicolet's Superintendent since 2007, announced his retirement at a special faculty and staff meeting today.

"I've been thinking about it since August, and over Thanksgiving break I had time to think and reflect on it," Monroe said. "I said 'yes, the time is right.'"

Monroe began his education career in 1976 in the Milwaukee Public Schools system as a special education teacher. He served in MPS for 19 years before becoming Principal of St. Francis High School and later Shorewood High School.

At this point, Monroe said he isn't considering any other employment options after retirement, and timed his announcement to allow the school board to find a suitable replacement by the beginnning of the 2013-14 school year. 

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Greenfield school principal plans his retirement

Dec. 17, 2012 6:14 p.m. | Dan Carr, principal of Glenwood Elementary School in Greenfield, has submitted his request to retire after this year.

In his 14 years with the district, Carr has served as a counselor and administrator.

He took on the duties of principal with very late notice last year, according to school district officials, who also said Carr has been a calm, steadying influence for students, staff and parents.

Muskego and New Berlin list tax payment options

Dec. 17, 2012 5:56 p.m. | Even though the Muskego and New Berlin city halls will be closed for the holidays, people can still pay their property taxes.

The Muskego City Hall will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, but people can put their tax bills into drop boxes outside City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave., and the Muskego Library, W16663 Janesville Road.

All tax bills placed in the drop boxes through Jan. 1 will have receipt dates of Dec. 31.

Muskego residents can also pay their taxes through December at U.S. Bank, North Shore Bank, Waukesha State Bank, Harris Bank and Citizens Bank of Mukwonago. Taxpayers also can pay from checking or savings accounts for free or with a credit card for a fee.

In New Berlin, City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays for people to pay their taxes, although it will be closed Dec. 24 and 25. City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 31 before closing until Jan. 2.

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State will buy 94 additional acres for Big Muskego Lake wildlife area

Dec. 17, 2012 1:38 p.m. | The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved the state's acquisiton of 94 acres of land that Muskego deems to be a high priority conservation area.

The parcel, which includes a bald eagle nesting area, currently owned by Rachel Lang would be added to the state's Big Muskego Lake State Wildlife Area. Wisconsin's acquisition of of that Lang parcel would create the largest contiguous area of conservancy, at 350 acres, in Muskego, said Tom Zagar, conservation coordinator/city forester.

The closing on the land purchase is expected before year's end. The Big Muskego Lake/Bass Bay Protection & Rehabilitation District will contribute $50,000 toward the acquisition.

Holiday decoration prompts call to police from concerned Germantown resident

Dec. 17, 2012 12:55 p.m. | It could have been a case of "Up on the rooftop, slip, slip, slip" that caused a concerned Germantown resident to call police when what looked to be a person was hanging from a second-story gutter.

Not to worry. The person was actually a humorous holiday decoration.

According to the Germantown police:

A resident called police to report a subject hanging from a second-story gutter and was not moving in the W164 N11000 block of Kings Way at 3:50 p.m. Dec. 13.

Officers responded to the address and determined the subject in question was a holiday decoration.

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Milwaukee County Zoo welcomes first jaguar cubs since 1975

Dec. 13, 2012 2:48 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Zoo has announced the arrival of two jaguar cubs.

These are the first jaguar cubs displayed at the zoo since 1975, according to a statement.

The cubs were born here Nov. 13 to Stella, and father Pat. They are nursing, sleeping and "even hissing and scratching," according to the statement. They will be visible to the public via video feed, any time the zoo is open, said spokeswoman Jennifer Diliberti. See the Milwaukee County Zoo jaguar cam here.

"We always wait a few weeks to announce a significant birth to make certain that the cubs are viable and healthy, and that the mother is taking proper care of them," she said.

The cubs will nurse until they are 5 or 6 months old, and will sample meat at about 5 weeks of age.

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Brown Deer police seek information on hit-and-run driver

Dec. 12, 2012 4:04 p.m. | Brown Deer police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck an 11-year-old boy at the intersection of Carlotta Lane and Radcliffe Drive at 2:36 p.m. today.

According to the department's news release, the boy was struck by a vehicle driving south on North Carlotta Lane. After striking the boy, the vehicle continued to travel southbound on Carlotta without stopping. The boy who was struck was transported to an area hospital to be evaluated.

The boy described the vehicle as a large red vehicle, possibly a truck or a sport utility vehicle.

If there was any damage to the vehicle, it would likely be on the front, driver's side. No other witnesses came forward on scene. The incident remains under investigation.

Any additional witnesses or anyone with further information regarding the hit and run crash is encouraged to call the Brown Deer Police Department at (414) 371-2900.

Oak Creek police called after customers vie for spot at gas station pump

Dec. 12, 2012 3:08 p.m. | Two customers refused to move for the other for a spot at a gas station pump in Oak Creek.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

An employee called police after two customers, a 69-year-old Franklin man and an 18-year-old Oak Creek man, pulled up to a gas pump at the same time and neither one would move for the other to access the gas pump at Speedway, 8667 S. Howell Ave., shortly before 1 p.m. Dec. 8.

No one became disorderly but the two were upset with one another and neither one was willing to switch pumps.

The Franklin man switched pumps after a passenger in the Oak Creek man's car prepaid $20 on the pump, and no further police assistance was needed.

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Meetings planned for prospective Elmbrook School Board candidates

Dec. 12, 2012 12:42 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District will host informational meetings for prospective School Board candidates at 8 a.m. Dec. 13 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Central Administration Offices, Room 133, 13780 Hope St.

The meetings will include information about candidacy, board members' commitments and district goals.

For information, call (262) 781-3030, Ext. 1140.

Second baseball diamond proposed for Breitlow Field

Dec. 12, 2012 11:52 a.m. | A second baseball diamond at Breitlow Field was proposed at the Wauwatosa School Board meeting Tuesday.

The single diamond at Breitlow Field, on the grounds of the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave., is not adequate to meet growing demand for playing time by an increasing number of players, said buildings and grounds manager Tom Kulczewsi.

The $1.3 million proposal would create a second diamond, with the infield made of FieldTurf, a durable artificial surface that dries quickly even under heavy rain, resulting in fewer canceled games. The turf also would allow base paths to be adjusted to create a smaller diamond for softball and youth leagues. Both the existing diamond and the planned new diamond would have the artifical surface.

As this was a first hearing, the board took no action, but board members and Superintendent Phil Ertl reacted positively to the plan.

Board member Phil Kroner noted the cost, saying the district could fund a $50,000-a-year incentive program for teachers for more than 20 years for that much money.

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Kitchen fire heavily damages Brookfield home

Dec. 12, 2012 10:40 a.m. | A fire that apparently started near a kitchen stove and exhaust vent caused an estimated $88,000 in damage and forced three people to evacuate their home at 14830 San Marcos Drive on Tuesday afternoon.

It could have been worse, city of Brookfield Assistant Fire Chief David Mason said. "The house is not a total loss and the fire was contained to the kitchen area," Mason said.

Firefighters reported heavy smoke in the structure upon arrival and upgraded the fire to a first alarm. "The fire seemed to be in the floor and got into the walls," Mason said. "So we called for mutual aid for assistance."

The city of Brookfield Fire Department got help from crews in the town of Brookfield, Butler, Elm Grove, Pewaukee, Lisbon, and West Allis to assist in extinguishing the blaze and covering stations for additional calls.

All three occupants escaped without injury. There were working smoke detectors in the home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Man arrested for blackmailing woman with nude photos

Dec. 12, 2012 8:20 a.m. | A 32-year-old Racine man was arrested Dec. 5 after he attempted to blackmail an Oak Creek woman with nude photos he received from her through a "personals" website.

According to the Oak Creek police:

At 6:40 p.m. Dec. 5, a 29-year-old Oak Creek woman called police to report a man she met on Craigslist personals was threatening to post nude photos of her online and share them with her family and co-workers unless she paid him money.

The woman admitted exchanging hundreds of emails with the suspect, and least one nude photo of her breasts and several other photos including pictures of her face, between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5. The victim told police the suspect began sending her numerous emails on the morning of Dec. 5 demanding she give him $2,000 in cash or he would tell her husband, post the photos online, place photos on her co-workers' cars and various other threats.

To catch the suspect, Oak Creek police placed a bait envelope at a predesignated location. A white Buick was later stopped in the parking lot at Woodman's, 8131 S. Howell Ave., with the bait envelope inside.

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Woman threatened while walking through Oak Creek parking lot

Dec. 11, 2012 4:28 p.m. | A 60-year-old Milwaukee woman was allegedly threatened by an unknown man who asked her for money in the parking lot at Pick 'n Save, 6462 S. 27th St., Oak Creek, the morning of Dec. 7.

The victim told police she was walking across the parking lot when she was approached by a man who asked her for the time. The woman stated she pointed to the clock at Tri-City National Bank and told the man it was 6:30 a.m.

The man then asked the woman for some money. When she said no, the suspect pointed his finger into the left side of her ribs and told her he wanted to kill her. The victim ran into Pick 'n Save and the suspect ran toward the Hy-View Mobile Home Park, according to the police report.

The suspect is described as a male in his 20s. He was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt with the hood pulled over his head.

No money was taken from the victim and she was uninjured. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Oak Creek burglar takes $2,000 of electronics, silverware

Dec. 11, 2012 4:24 p.m. | More than $2,000 of video gaming equipment, electronics, silverware and cutlery were stolen during a burglary at a residence in the 100 block of West Oak Leaf Drive, Oak Creek, on Dec. 8.

According to Oak Creek police, the unknown suspect(s) apparently entered the locked condominium through an unlocked sliding patio door on the front balcony sometime between 5:30 and 8:25 p.m. Saturday.

Some of the items stolen during the burglary were a PlayStation 3 and Halo 4 Xbox 360 gaming systems, four Xbox controllers, two hand-held PSP video systems, an iPad2, a silverware set and a set of cutlery. The victims also stated that approximately 20 to 30 Xbox games were also stolen.

Police are investigating but there are no suspects at this time.

Oak Creek police investigating suspicious phone call by fake detective

Dec. 11, 2012 4:16 p.m. | Police are investigating a phone call to an Oak Creek woman by someone who stated he was a detective with the Oak Creek Police Department.

According to the police:

A 25-year-old Oak Creek woman reported she was driving home from a movie when she received a call on her cellphone from an unknown number. The unidentified caller stated he was a detective from the Oak Creek Police Department and asked her what kind of car she drove. When the woman questioned the suspect about his identity, he stated he would send an officer to her house if she gave him her address.

The woman did not give the caller any information before hanging up, and told officers she did not recognize the voice or the number. She also stated she called the number back but no one answered. Officers are following up on the cell number.

Police investigating assault at Franklin's Park Motel

Dec. 11, 2012 10:40 a.m. | A 48-year-old woman called police after she was allegedly urinated on and beaten by a man she was drinking with at the Park Motel, 7273 S. 27th St., Franklin, on Dec. 8.

According to Franklin police:

Officers responded to the Park Motel shortly after 5 a.m. Dec. 9 after receiving a call from a woman who stated she had been beaten by a man she met on Saturday afternoon.

The victim told police she and the suspect, known only to her as "Mike something," decided to go to the Park Motel after they met at the Walmart bus stop on Saturday afternoon. While in a room they began drinking heavily, she said, and the suspect told her he wanted to have intercourse. After the victim refused to have sex the suspect urinated on her and then punched her in the right eye. She also told police the suspect took $120 from her before leaving the motel.

The victim suffered a black eye and a bruise on her right ring finger during the assault. Police noted she was still highly intoxicated when she was transported to the hospital at 6 a.m.

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Stranger in Wauwatosa yard was looking for hidden marijuana

Dec. 11, 2012 8:33 a.m. | A Wauwatosa homeowner received an unexpected request at 6:24 p.m. Dec. 3. A man asked him if he could look through the backyard for marijuana he was hiding from police, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also from the report:

The homeowner saw an SUV and a squad car sitting outside his house in the 2500 block of North 65th Street and, thinking nothing of it, he ignored it and sat down.

His doorbell rang. He went to investigate and, seeing no one outside, sat down again. About five minutes later, the bell rang again.

Thinking something was up, the man went to his backyard to find a man looking through his window. He walked out and confronted the man, asking what he was doing in his backyard.

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Woman robbed at gunpoint while waiting for bus in Wauwatosa

Dec. 10, 2012 4:18 p.m. | While waiting for a bus in the 9200 block of West Congress Street at 1:40 p.m. Dec. 6, a man in shorts walked up to a woman while pulling his hooded sweat shirt over his face, reached into his pocket and pulled out a large black revolver, according to a Wauwatosa Police Report.

Also from the report:

The man seemed nervous, shaking the gun pointed at the woman's chest.

"Give me your phone," he demanded, she told officers.

The Milwaukee woman hastily complied, and the robber jogged off. The woman said he came from an apartment complex near the bus stop, but went in a different direction.

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Muskego police seeking strong-armed robber

Dec. 10, 2012 2:12 p.m. | Muskego police are looking for a suspect in an attempted strong-arm robbery in the parking lot of Sauced Restaurant, W16355 Woods Road, that happened at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

A woman reported to police that a man knocked her down and attempted to steal her vehicle. The suspect could not find her vehicle keys in her purse and ran off. She described him as about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Officers searched the area using the Waukesha County canine unit, but the suspect was not located.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (262) 679-4130.

Failure to buckle prisoner in nets officer 4-day suspension

Dec. 06, 2012 6:16 p.m. | The Brookfield Fire and Police Commission voted, 4-1, today to uphold a four-day suspension of an officer who failed to properly buckle a prisoner in a seatbelt in her squad car.

Andrew D. Schauer, attorney from Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said his client, officer Sarah Mork, will serve the suspension and is looking forward to moving on.

"Sarah and the association are disappointed with the commission's decision, but we fully respect the decision. It will be carried out as the commission orders, and Sarah looks forward to returning back to work, ready to serve and protect the citizens of Brookfield," Schauer said after the ruling. "The statutes provide for a circuit court appeal, which we will not be doing."

Chief Daniel Tushaus filed charges against Mork alleging she had engaged in "serious acts of misconduct warranting disciplinary action" earlier this year. She appealed, and the case was heard this week.

Can you identify this Brown Deer theft suspect?

Dec. 06, 2012 1:02 p.m. | The Brown Deer Police Department is looking for help identifying a suspect in at least seven entries to autos and thefts from autos.

According to a BDPD news release:

At 1:10 a.m. on Nov. 20 the suspect gained entry into the Northpointe Apartments, 9418 N. Green Bay Road in Brown Deer. He rang multiple doorbells until he was let into the secured lobby. The suspect then went into the underground parking area and let in a second subject in a vehicle. Multiple cars were entered, damaged, and items were stolen. The two left in the vehicle together.

The first suspect is described as: Black male late teens to early 20s, 5'8" to 5'11" with a slim build and short black hair, wearing a black hooded Adidas zipper sweatshirt with white stripes on the sleeves, tan pants, and bright pink Adidas tennis shoes.

The second suspect was not described.

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Presentations on possible I-94 ramp closures in West Allis are today, Thursday

Dec. 05, 2012 3:10 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold two meetings this week on possible partial closures of Interstate 94 ramps at 70th and 60th Streets that serve the West Allis downtown and MATC.

One of the leading options for the ramps would result in westbound I-94 traffic being able to get off at 60th, but not at 70th. Eastbound freeway traffic is the opposite. It can get off at 70th but not at 60th.

Similar confusion would face those wanting to get onto the freeway.

The first meeting is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (today) at the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., gate 5.

The second meeting is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Marquette University High School, 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Visitors should use the Henke Center entrance parking lot on Michigan Street.

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Fire in Falls destroys barn, semitrailer

Dec. 05, 2012 10:24 a.m. | A fire that erupted Tuesday afternoon, destroying a barn, is still under investigation after crews worked into the early morning Wednesday to extinguish the blaze.

The fire at W220 N9110 Town Line Road was reported at 3:38 p.m. About 17 communities responded to the fire that destroyed the main barn on the property, as well as a semitrailer parked next to it. A home also received minor damage.

One firefighter was sent to Community Memorial Hospital with minor injuries from back strain, said Menomonee Falls Fire Department Chief Jeffrey Hevey. No other injuries were reported and the injured firefighter was released from the hospital Tuesday night.

At the time the fire broke out, there were more than 25 horses in the barn and all were removed safely.

It took hours to put out the fire as water had to be trucked to the property in a dozen water tenders because there aren't fire hydrants in the area. Water tenders hold between 2,000 and 3,500 gallons of water.

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Falls police warn residents about 'ransomware' online scam

Dec. 04, 2012 3:51 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department is warning residents about a new cyber scam that poses as a criminal complaint center, freezes someone's computer and requires payment for it to be unlocked.

The latest version of the ransomware uses the name of "Internet Crime Complaint Center" to frighten victims into sending money to the perpetrators, according to the Police Department. This version of the malware also claims that the user's computer activity is being recorded using audio, video and other devices.

The cyber-scam lures victims to a drive-by download website, at which time the ransomware is installed on the user's computer. Once installed, the computer freezes and a screen is displayed warning the user they have violated United States Federal Law. The message further declares that a law enforcement agency has determined that a computer using the victim's IP address has accessed child pornography and other illegal content, according to the Police Department's news release.

To unlock the computer from being frozen, the user is instructed to pay a fine using prepaid money card services. The geographic location of the user's PC determines what payment services are offered. The malware then continues to operate on the compromised computer and can be used to commit online banking and credit card fraud.

For information about this scam or to report Internet abuse, contact the Menomonee Falls Police Department by calling (262) 532-8700.

Germantown seeks new Park and Recreation director

Dec. 03, 2012 9:30 p.m. | The Village of Germantown is seeking a new Park and Recreation Department Director after the Village Board on Monday announced the resignation of Director Brett Altergott.

Altergott has accepted new employment in Minnesota.

"It's really sad to see Brett go," said Village Manager David Schornack. "He's done an outstanding job here and we really wish him and his family the very best."

The Board approved advertising for the position on Monday; however, after a brief debate voted not to advertise the job with a salary range.

Trustees Terri Kaminski and Shane Daniels opposed the decision to not include salary in the advertisement. Kaminski said though it is common for private sector jobs to not include salary ranges, every public sector job advertisement does. The starting salary would have been advertised at $59,000 for someone with a bachelor's degree.

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Packers' A.J. Hawk to sign autographs in Brookfield

Dec. 03, 2012 4:44 p.m. | Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk will sign autographs at the grand opening celebration of ATI Physical Therapy in Brookfield, located at 17500 W. Bluemound Road, Suite B, Dec. 11.

The celebration will kick off with a broadcast of ESPN Radio's Homer and Thunder show live from the clinic from 2:30 to 5 p.m. A.J. Hawk will be available for autographs from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

ATI, the Official Physical Therapy Provider of the Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers, is a provider of physical therapy and sports medicine services. ATI has 16 locations in Southeastern Wisconsin and more than 200 locations nationwide.

Azana Salon's interior changes pay tribute to fallen employees

Dec. 02, 2012 8:58 p.m. | Brookfield - Azana Salon and Spa clients entered a new normal when the salon reopened Saturday at 8 a.m.

The salon held a media walkthrough Friday to preview the new changes to the interior, which was completely destroyed when Radcliffe Haughton shot seven people and then set fire to the building on October 21.

Tami Gemmell, Azana's owner, said she and her employees are excited about the changes and are ready to start fresh.

"We have all been committed to the healing process," Gemmell said. "This is our home away from home."

The new interior was designed by Gemmell's sister, Viki Murray. Murray designed the salon when it first opened 13 years ago and said she felt she was the only one who could handle the job of redesigning her sister's salon after the tragedy.

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