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Proposed entertainment center with indoor go-karts looking for new site

Dec. 03, 2010 7:00 a.m. | A family entertainment center, featuring indoor go-kart racing tracks, proposed for an empty warehouse in the Town of Brookfield is looking for a new location.

Mark Damico had planned to open Top Dog Speedway and Family Entertainment Center in a 43,300-square-foot building at 21875 Doral Road, just north of I-94 and east of Springdale Road.

But that location fell through, Damico told me, and he's now looking at other sites.

The entertainment center would feature two indoor tracks: a small one for young children and a longer one, with higher speeds, for older children and adults. The center also would feature batting cages, dark-light miniature golf, video games, a golf simulator, and party rooms.

Fun World entertainment center, also in the Town of Brookfield, closed this week, and will have an auction of its fixtures on Saturday.

Suburban Selfies is back! Win a $200 dinner!

9:40 a.m. | Our popular Suburban Selfies contest is back for the 2014 holiday season, and it's bigger and better than ever. We've expanded the contest to cover both the My Community Now coverage area (Milwaukee suburbs) and Lake Country Now coverage area.

The rules are simple:

-Solve the riddles, which allude to landmarks in the suburbs.

-Go to the landmarks and take a selfie with the landmarks in question in the background.

-Submit your selfies via our online contest page.

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BEAST Robotics asks mentors, volunteers to join the club for 2015 season

9:04 a.m. | The BEAST Robotics high school club is currently looking for help to begin the 2015 season.

BEAST Robotics, also known as FIRST Team 2202, is the culmination of students from both Brookfield Central and Brookfield East high schools dedicated to building a robot within six weeks.

The robot will then be tested to perform certain tasks during regional, state and national competitions.

BEAST Robotics is now asking for mentors, engineers and volunteers to join the club.

"There are many jobs (in BEAST Robotics) that require experience working with tools and general problem solving - so we are looking for professional or hobby electricians, mechanics and woodworkers," the club stated in a news release. "We also welcome people without experience - tell us what you're good at, and we'll find a place for you!"

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Town of Brookfield police seek robbery suspect

Dec. 23, 2014 5:59 p.m. | Town of Brookfield Police officers responded Monday afternoon to a strong arm robbery at Walgreen's, 21325 E. Moreland Blvd.

Just before 2 p.m., a suspect described as an approximately 20-year-old black male wearing a black nike pullover hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and a fur-trapper style hat stepped up to the counter to purchase a pack of gum. When the cashier opened the register, the suspect reached over the counter, pushed the cashier's arms away, and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

"It is a strong arm robbery because he pushed the arms of the cashier, which is very light force, but it still had physical contact," Town of Brookfield Police Department Lieutenant Dave Mironischen said. "Robbery is a felony."

The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot. Surveillance photos have been sent out on the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network.

New Brookfield TIF gets final approval

Dec. 21, 2014 7:29 p.m. | In late-August, the city of Brookfield received a request to create its first tax incremental financing district in 10 years. Last week Thursday, the Joint Review Board for the project gave the final approval necessary for the development to proceed.

Property north of Gumina Road between Springdale and Barker Roads has been under the ownership of Chris Leffler of Spectrum Development for nearly 15 years; however, a serious attempt to develop it has not come to fruition.

The land was annexed from the town of Brookfield into the city in July and the TIF request was soon to follow.

"We've wanted to develop here for years. It's partly been (waiting for) the economy, and the other part has been the annexation by the city and the availability of sewer and water for the property," Leffler said in September.

The Joint Review Board, which consists of a member from each of the four taxing bodies of the area and a citizen member from the general public, was unanimous in its backing of the creation of the TID, which would be the city's fourth in its history and passed 13 – 1 at the Common Council level two weeks ago.

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Central boys beat Red Raiders, 52-41

Dec. 19, 2014 9:52 p.m. | Brookfield Central pulled away from Wauwatosa East in the fourth quarter and handed the Red Raiders their first loss of the year, 52-41, at Central Friday night.

The win knocked Tosa East out of first and into a second-place tie with Brookfield East and Central, all with 2-1 records. Marquette is the last unbeaten team in the Greater Metro Conference at 3-0.

Tosa East led, 11-8, and 21-17 at halftime, but the Lancers went on a 15-10 run to take a slim 32-31 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Central went on a 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter, as Henry Mirshberger opened with a 3-pointer, Max Wojcik hit two free throws, Sam Rohde drove to the basket, was fouled and converted a free throw and then Rohde hit Emil Radisevic with a perfect pass for a layup and a 42-31 lead.

A free throw and rebound putback by East's Jack Mihelich and a layup by Ty Ederesinghe cut the lead to 42-36, but that was as close as the Red Raiders got in the final 1:50.

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Wisconsin Guard medic honored for saving woman's life

Dec. 18, 2014 5:27 p.m. | A Wisconsin National Guard combat medic who helped save the life of a woman injured in a car crash has received the military's highest medal for valor in noncombat.

Sgt. Michael C. Black, 24, of Brookfield received the Soldier's Medal at a ceremony this month at his unit's Appleton armory.

"It was an honor to be recognized like that. There's a lot of guys out there who do a whole lot more than I can ever do but it's nice to be recognized," Black said in a phone interview Thursday.

Black and two soldiers from Plymouth-based Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery were training in January 2013 near the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for deployment to Afghanistan when they drove up to the scene of an accident. It was early in the morning and at first the crash looked like a fender bender because the driver was walking around and there didn't appear to be much damage to the vehicle.

But the Wisconsin soldiers soon discovered the passenger, Linda Hartman, a mother of two who had just finished her overnight security shift at the missile base, was dying.

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Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night

Dec. 18, 2014 11:57 a.m. | Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at the stadium interchange near Miller Park will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for a storm sewer installation.

The state Department of Transportation expects backups during the day Saturday on westbound I-94 between the Marquette and stadium interchanges.

The DOT recommends the following detours:

  • Miller Park Way to National Avenue to Greenfield Avenue
  • US 41 to Bluemound Road to Glenview Avenue to Watertown Plank Road
  • I-894 bypass or I-43 to other regional east/west routes

More information the project, and other projects, is available on the DOT website.

Supreme Court grants expungement to young pot offender, reversing Court of Appeals

Dec. 18, 2014 8:42 a.m. | A young Brookfield man who successfully completed his probation was automatically entitled to have his marijuana conviction expunged, as a judge originally granted, despite his later arrest that led the judge to change her mind.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday reversed lower courts that had decided Kearney Hemp had missed his chance. The court had heard oral arguments in the case last month in Waukesha, as part of its annual Justice on Wheels program to bring court operations around the state.

In its ruling, the high court found that now-retired Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jean DiMotto improperly exercised her discretion when she reversed the decision she made at sentencing to find Hemp, 24, eligible for expungement.

Wisconsin allows people under 25 to expunge convictions for offenses that carry no more than a six-year prison term as a maximum sentence.

Hemp pleaded guilty in 2010 to a single felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and other conditions of an 18-month term of probation. DiMotto ordered expungement upon successful completion of the probation. By December 2011, Hemp finished the probation successfully.

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Big 4th quarter sparks BC victory

Dec. 16, 2014 11:36 p.m. | Brookfield Central coach Mallory Liebl knew playing a good Brookfield East team would be tough Dec. 16 at home, the first time she would face the Spartans as the Lancers new head coach.

And for three quarters it was just that, as Central went into the fourth quarter with the game tied at 29-29. But Central went on an 18-5 run and ended up running away with a 47-34 victory.

“It’s huge,” Liebl said. “It’s so exciting for the girls.They were so ready for this game. I’m so happy for them. I’m proud of them and I am so happy they were able to get this game tonight. It’s always a good win when you can pull one out against our crosstown rivals.”

Rachel Kolb came out and hit a free throw to start the fourth quarter and Caroline Busch put in a rebound before Cami Cross stole the ball and scored for East to cut the lead to 32-31.

But then East went on a 14-0 run to put the game out of reach. Kathryn Stief put in a big rebound basket to get the run started with 3:55 left to play and then nailed a 3-pointer for a 37-31 lead.

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Central boys pull away in fourth quarter

Dec. 16, 2014 11:34 p.m. | Brookfield Central basketball coach Dan Wandrey had been here before — facing crosstown rival Brookfield East — but this time it was as the boys basketball coach.

The Lancers won 56-45 to even their Greater Metro Conference record at 1-1, the same league mark as the Spartans. Central is now 3-1, while East fell to 3-2 overall.

When asked how it felt to beat his conference rival coaching the boys now, Wandrey shrugged and gave a candid answer.

“It’s the same, but there were more people in the gym,” the longtime girls basketball coach said. “While watching the girls play, I said to my assistant, ‘It’s a little quiet in here.’

“All the kids come to this game — they circle the date on the calendar — they have their friends and they text and they twitter. All those things together, it adds a lot to these games, the girls and the boys. Everyone is laying it on the line.”

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Council approves key steps for luxury apartment project

Dec. 16, 2014 11:32 p.m. | For years the city of Brookfield has been talking about a need for more housing options. This year has seen a handful of new apartment projects presented and approved by officials.

On Tuesday night, the city's Common Council continued the trend, approving zoning and land use amendments for what is projected to be the largest apartment building within the municipality.

The Reserve, a 194-unit luxury apartment project planned for a vacant parcel of Bishop's Woods on Bluemound Road, was recommended for approval to the council by the city's Plan Commission.

The Reserve would be a four-story structure with a parking garage located within the interior of the apartment building.

The property was previously listed in the city's 2035 Comprehensive Plan as having a future land use of: Employment Focused – Lower Density, but the council changed that Tuesday night to Mixed-Use Focused – Higher Density. Similarly, the council approved rezoning the parcel from Office and Limited Industrial District to a Planned Development District – General Plan. The Planned Development District will allow the developers, Campbell Capital Group LLC and Atlantic Realty Partners Inc. to exceed the city's normal floor area ratio limitation of 30 percent.

Brookfield Central alum publishes first book

Dec. 16, 2014 5:54 p.m. | A Brookfield Central High School graduate has done quite a bit in the years since she graduated in 2000.

Kersti Niebruegge's journey as a writer reached its next chapter last week when she published her first book: "Mistake, Wisconsin."

The book is a realistic fiction novel aimed at young adults that satirizes a small town in Niebruegge's home state.

"It's set deep in the Northwoods. Someone has been stealing mailboxes and it's up to our high school sophomore, Megan, to figure out what's going on," Niebruegge said.

"Mistake, Wisconsin" is a portrait of a typical small town in Wisconsin filled with humor and oddball characters. Niebruegge admits that she drew plenty from herself and her own life experience into the novel's protagonist.

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Brookfield cheer squad dances its way to world competition

Dec. 14, 2014 11:18 p.m. | Both Wisconsin and the United States of America will be represented by a group of cheerleaders from Brookfield this winter.

The Junior Lancer Cheer Titanium Cheer Squad has earned the right to compete at the International Cheer Union School World Cheerleading Championships on Feb. 8 in Orlando, Fla.

The squad represents the first middle school/recreational cheer team from the state of Wisconsin to earn the distinction of performing at the international event.

In addition to the world's competition, the Junior Lancer team will also be competing over the same weekend as a part of the Universal Cheerleading Association National High School Championships for the second year.

Already a successful season

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Brookfield Elementary reports cases of strep throat

Dec. 10, 2014 2:39 p.m. | Brookfield Elementary School, 2530 N. Brookfield Road, has identified multiple cases of strep throat, particularly in the first grade, this week.

The school posted information regarding the incidents of strep throat on its website Dec. 9.

Strep throat, a bacterial infection, is often associated with fevers, sore throats and stomach aches. Once diagnosed, the infection is treated with a throat swab and antibiotics.

"Our custodial staff has been made aware of these cases, and have taken extra precautions and measures to thoroughly clean and disinfect common areas in our school," the school reported on its website. "Children may return to school 24 hours after they have started the antibiotics to prevent the spread of germs to others. Frequent hand washing is recommended as well."

Information about strep throat can be found on the website.

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Elmbrook School District approves fee-based preschool option, registration to open Feb. 5

Dec. 09, 2014 9:59 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District will offer a new, fee-based preschool option this fall, after the school board unanimously approved the proposal on Dec. 9.

Preschool has been a debated issue within the school district for several years due to opposition of a pre-kindergarten service funded by taxpayers.

"This (preschool) issue has long been one that this board has questioned and challenged," said School Board President Tom Gehl, "but you (administrators) figured out how to solve it; you figured it out."

The Elmbrook Preschool will not be a 4K program, which provides universal access to early education for students within the district. Instead, the preschool will be funded through enrollment fees.

The preschool will be held in at Dixon Elementary School, 2400 Pilgrim Square Drive, for three hours a day, five days a week. A morning session and an afternoon session will be offered.

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