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Federal appeals court questions viability of Elmbrook graduation challenge

Feb. 09, 2011 1:52 p.m. | Federal appeals court judges raised questions Wednesday about the viability of a legal challenge to the Elmbrook School District's past practice of holding graduation ceremonies in a nearby church, noting that the ceremonies returned to campus last year.

At oral arguments before the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook also raised concerns about the anonymity of the plaintiffs, who include nine current and former students, their parents and taxpayers.

"I've never in my life seen an anonymous taxpayer suit," Easterbrook said, noting that only one of the plaintiffs was a minor, whose anonymity is more likely to be preserved in a lawsuit.

Wednesday's hearing before the three-judge panel was the result of an appeal filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State after U.S. District Court Judge Charles Clevert earlier tossed out the advocacy group's lawsuit against the Elmbrook School District.

The group's lawsuit was filed shortly before Brookfield Central and East high schools' 2009 graduation ceremonies as an attempt to keep the events from being held at Elmbrook Church, a non-denominational megachurch in the Town of Brookfield. Clevert rejected the group's request for a preliminary injunction as well as a later claim for damages after the district moved the ceremonies back to campus.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 6.

East emerges from late-game flurry against Hale

Sept. 26, 2014 10:31 p.m. | Brookfield East nipped West Allis Hale, 17-13, on Friday, in a game where the momentum started swinging back and forth in the final minutes.

The win left the Spartans with a 3-1 record in the Greater Metro Conference while the Huskies fell to 1-3 despite playing well against elite competition. A win by the Spartans next week against Wauwatosa East at homecoming would clinch a playoff spot for the Spartans, something coach Tom Swittel pointed out to his team in the postgame huddle.

East was winning, 14-0, Friday night when Hale put together a 15-play, 81-yard drive behind quarterback Joe Jo Breznik, which ended when running back Andre Siggers scored from a yard out and Jake Carr kicked the point after with 11:21 left in the game, cutting the lead to 14-7.

Running back Joe Werner rushed seven times for 30 yards on the drive, while Brezik completed passes of 3, 15, 7 and 2 yards. With the momentum on the Huskies corner, it was East’s turn to try and take it back.

So East quarterback T.C. Swittel took the Spartans 81 yards on 19 plays, which ended when Connor Allen drilled a 22 yard field goal for a 17-7 advantage with 2:34 on the clock.

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Proposed Waukesha County budget keeps property taxes flat

Sept. 24, 2014 4:29 p.m. | Total Waukesha County government spending in 2015 would drop $3 million from this year, to $279.1 million, under a 2015 budget proposed by County Executive Dan Vrakas.

The county's general property tax levy needed to pay more than one-third of projected expenditures would increase slightly less than 1% to $100.49 million for 2015, up $987,100 from the county levy this year, according to budget documents.

Since property values rose about 3% countywide as of Jan. 1 this year, county government can cut its tax rate to generate the higher levy for 2015.

The proposed rate drops seven cents to $2.08 per $1,000 of equalized value. Most homeowners will see no change in the county's portion of their December tax bill.

Though the median home value rose to $246,300 as of Jan. 1, up $7,400, the owner of that home would pay $512 for the county portion of the 2015 tax bill, the same amount as this year. The tax bill impact on specific properties will vary depending on local assessments and changes in property values.

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Elmbrook School District approves 1.7 percent increase for tax levy

Sept. 22, 2014 8:48 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board approved a 1.7 percent increase in the tax levy during the annual meeting on Monday, Sept. 22.

At the meeting, the district set the tax levy at $73.9 million for the 2014-15 school year with an estimated tax rate of $10.51 per $1,000 of assessed value — 18 cents more than last year's rate of $10.33.

A taxpayer with a home valued at $300,000 within the Elmbrook School District would pay about $3,153 in school district taxes, based on the tax rate. Property taxes for individuals, however, will vary based on the assessed valuations for their municipalities.

More information on this story will be printed in an upcoming issue.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 5.

Party City pulls Slender Man Halloween costumes in Wisconsin

Sept. 19, 2014 2:26 p.m. | Party City has pulled Slender Man costumes from its shelves throughout Wisconsin after an outcry in the wake of the May stabbing of a girl allegedly by classmates seeking to please the fictional character.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to family and friends of the victim and the entire local community," according to a company statement. "... Party City sells merchandise and costumes for all types of Halloween customers, and nothing we carry is meant to be offensive."

Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12, are charged in adult court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the May 31 stabbing of the girl, also 12, in a wooded area near David's Park on Waukesha's south side. The victim survived the attack.

Weier and Geyser told investigators they were trying to gain the favor of Slender Man.

The Halloween costume depicting the fictional character was found at a Party City store and Spirit Halloween in Brookfield, and drew complaints from some parents, according to local media reports. Both stores there have since stopped carrying the costume.

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East nips Lancers, 24-20, to get back into GMC race

Sept. 18, 2014 10:37 p.m. | Brookfield East started fast, but fell behind by 10, only to rally and defeat Brookfield Central, 24-20, Thursday night in a huge Greater Metro Conference game for both teams.

The Spartans (4-1 overall) tied the Lancers (3-2) for second place in the GMC, each with 2-1 records, behind first place Marquette (2-0, 2-2 overall), who plays Wauwatosa East on Friday.

Brookfield East must face West Allis Hale, Tosa East, Menomonee Falls and West Allis Central the rest of the way, while Central plays West Allis Central, Marquette, Sussex Hamilton and West Allis Hale.

The Spartans took the opening kick-off and went 75 yards on 12 plays, scoring when place kicker Connor Allen booted a 38-yard field at the 7:59 mark of the first quarter. 

East then added a 19-yard touchdown run off the right side by running back Mitch Mikulsky for a 10-0 lead with 7:09 left in the half.

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Man sentenced to 7 years for heroin death

Sept. 18, 2014 4:25 p.m. | Marquis Williams was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree reckless homicide by delivery of drugs.

In June of 2013, Luke Pulsifer of Elm Grove overdosed after acquiring heroin from Williams the night before. Text messages from Pulsifer's phone were traced back to Williams and Elm Grove resident Cody Schoos. Williams provided the heroin while Schoos agreed to drive Pulsifer to the transaction in exchange for a portion of the drugs.

Williams pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 9. On Thursday, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin heard testimony from Laura Pulsifer on behalf of the victim, her son, and a number of family members of the defendant, including Williams' father Dominic Williams.

In the end, Hassin sentenced Williams to a total sentence of 14 years including seven years of initial confinement with seven years extended supervision to follow.

Laura Pulsifer said following the hearing that she had hoped to see a harsher sentence imposed on Williams.

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Hassless Mattress opens 4 worker-less retail outlets

Sept. 17, 2014 4:06 p.m. | Hassless Mattress, a retail business spun out of the Penny Mustard furniture chain, has opened four Milwaukee-area stores with an unusual twist — no employees are on hand to staff the locations.

The outlets open and close remotely, and are fitted with security cameras that can be monitored over the Internet. The shops are stocked with mattress that customers can order from a computer or by phone. The firm delivers from a warehouse in Greendale.

The business model is somewhat similar to that of laundromats, but is being used to sell a product rather than a service. One decades-long observer of the mattress industry said he'd never heard of anything like it.

Running the business is Weston Huth, a nephew of Penny Mustard owners Arvid and Ben Huth. The three men are co-owners of Hassless Mattress.

The stores are at 7740 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield; 18110 W Blue Mound Road, Town of Brookfield; 11018 N Port Washington Road, Mequon; and W188-N10707 Maple Road, Germantown.

City to draft survey on chicken ordinance

Sept. 16, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The City of Brookfield's Legislative & Licensing Committee had in-depth discussions Tuesday night regarding the potential for a new ordinance addressing the allowability for residents to raise chickens.

The committee was largely split on the issue with multiple aldermen supporting each side of the debate and others favoring further discussions but also speaking of moving slowly on any action.

The committee voted 4 - 1 to instruct city staff to draft questions that would be distributed in a survey in the city's next newsletter and/or online. The questions will be approved by the committee before being presented to the public.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Lancers dominate Falls, 21-0, in GMC action

Sept. 12, 2014 9:45 p.m. | Brookfield Central tossed a shutout at Menomonee Falls, 21-0, Friday night at home in a steady rain and remained unbeaten in Greater Metro Conference action.
The Lancers (3-1) improved to 2-0, tied with Marquette for first place in the GMC, while the Indians (2-2) fell to 1-1 in league play.

“This is a huge win for us,” coach Jed Kennedy said. “We think there are a lot of teams in the Greater Metro that are kind of all the same. There is no room for error. If you lose a game, it’s going to be tough.

"We told our kids all week, this has to have a playoff feel to it. We thought it was that important a game to get off to the right start.”

And the Lancers did that, taking the opening kickoff and going 64 yards in 11 plays, as Malik Turner raced around right end to give Central a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes, 59 seconds on the clock. Buck Nellen the kicked the first of three  extra points Friday night.

The Lancers then held Falls to a 3-and-out and went 50 yards on 10 plays, with quarterback Dominic Labellarte scoring from 2-yards out for a 14-0 lead with 2:42 left in the first quarter.

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"Mousetrap" opens at Sunset Playhouse

Sept. 11, 2014 5:08 p.m. | Elm Grove's Sunset Playhouse opens its latest production, "The Mousetrap" tonight.

"The Mousetrap," by Agatha Christie, is the longest-running play in the history of London's West End. It follows the suspenseful murder-mystery plot of a group of people snowed in and trapped in a guest house. And one among them has murderous intentions.

The Sunset Playhouse is located at 800 Elm Grove Road. Tickets can be purchased at the box office one hour prior to any performance and can also be purchased online at www.sunsetplayhouse.com/tickets and by telephone byc alling 262-782-4430.

The production of "The Mousetrap" will run from Sept. 11 - 28.

Rash of vehicle break-ins in Elm Grove

Sept. 09, 2014 3:57 p.m. | The Village of Elm Grove has had dozens of vehicles broken into in the last month including nine in one night last week.

Village of Elm Grove Police Department Assistant Chief Jason Hennen warns residents to lock their vehicles and to avoid leaving valuables, such as laptops, purses, or credit cards their vehicles.

"If you want to keep your stuff, lock it up. It's pretty basic," Hennen said.

During the night of Sept. 2 or early-morning hours of Sept. 3, nine vehicles were rummaged through. Only one vehicle had anything of value, a wallet containing cash and credit cards, taken from it.

Hennen noted that there were two burglaries in recent weeks that saw the perpetrators entering unlocked homes.

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Irgens returns with revamped 'Corridor' plans

Sept. 09, 2014 12:50 a.m. | Having taken two months back at the drawing board, Irgens returned to the City of Brookfield's Plan Commission with a revamped plan that took heed of criticism previously expressed by the panel in July.

The progression of Irgens' plans for The Corridor, a massive mixed-use development set to be erected on the former Ruby Farmstead, was halted on July 7, when commissioners voted unanimously to table the topic due to what multiple members called "disappointment." With their audibles not being finished by August, the developer returned Monday night for a new evaluation.

Changes to Irgens' plans include additional retail space and more options that could lead to public benefit.

Irgens' plans, as presented Monday night, now call for 871,000 square feet of space, nearly 100,000 more than was shown two months ago. Previously, the company had planned for 782,000 square feet. Since their initial presentation, Irgens has increased the amount of corporate office space and mixed use space that it proposes for The Corridor.

In July, the company called for a development consisting of 500,000 square feet of offices, 138,000 square feet of retail space, and 93,000 square feet of mixed uses. On Monday, Irgens' proposal included 552,000 square feet of corporate office space, 136,000 square feet of retail, and 198,000 square feet of mixed uses. Mixed uses will include medical, fitness/wellness, and hospitality uses.

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