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Lang store closing in Brookfield

Feb. 10, 2011 11:10 a.m. | The Lang store in the Plaza shopping center on W. Blue Mound Rd. at N. Calhoun Rd. will close Feb. 27.

Jeff Werner, chief executive officer at Perfect Timing Inc., the parent company for Lang, said the store would re-open in June or July with back-to-school merchandise. It might close again later in the summer and re-open in October with fall and holiday items, Werner said.

The business moved to the smaller Brookfield location from New Berlin last year. A Sendik's Market is now operating in the former Lang space in New Berlin. 

The Lang store has operated for several years as an outlet for the calendar and decorative accessories company, which is based in Waukesha.

Werner said the temporary closings would cut costs during slow times. Lang also plans to run clearance sale events during the holiday season at multiple locations, he said.

Anthem College closes its Brookfield campus, stranding 150 students

6:42 p.m. | For-profit Anthem College closed its Brookfield campus Friday, abandoning a $1.7 million lease and displacing about 150 students in massage therapy, medical billing/coding, medical assisting and surgical technician programs, a state official confirmed.

The closing marks at least the fourth of a for-profit in the Milwaukee area in recent years. Everest College, Kaplan University and Sanford Brown have all left the Milwaukee market amid financial problems and pressures from federal officials to improve performance outcomes.

The state loaded about $250,000 in laboratory equipment from Anthem College into a moving van for safekeeping on Thursday, said David Dies, executive secretary of the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board. The board oversees 230 institutions that serve more than 60,000 working adults in Wisconsin — most of whom are ages 33 to 46.

Under terms of a teach-out agreement required by its accreditor, Anthem College will transfer equipment, faculty and curriculum for each of its defunct programs to whichever for-profit school in the area agrees to "teach out" the students through completion of their diploma or associate degree, Dies said.

"You pick up everything and move it over to the other school," he explained.

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Town Police warns against fake bills

1:53 p.m. | Brookfield businesses should be on the lookout for counterfeit bills.

A New Berlin resident attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill at Open Pantry, 17235 W. Bluemound Road, last week.

Town of Brookfield Police Lt. Detective Sean Schmidt noted that the Town has only seen one incident of this specific type of counterfeiting, but that there have also been multiple cases of fraudulent bills by a different method.

"What we usually see is people take a $5 bill and bleach it and then they print a $100 or a $50 bill on that," Schmidt said.

Bleaching a smaller bill and re-printing a larger bill's value on the same paper allows counterfeiters to have their product pass the pen test, which reveals illegitimate paper.

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Chick-fil-A celebrates National Lemonade Day with free samples in Brookfield, Greendale

Aug. 19, 2014 4:51 p.m. | Brookfield — Chick-fil-A will celebrate National Lemonade Day on Wednesday, August 20 with "pop up" lemonade stands in Brookfield and Greendale, the communities of the first two stand-alone restaurants in Wisconsin.

The Chick-fil-A stands will offer free lemonade samples and promotional items.

The Brookfield lemonade stand will be set up outside 200 N. Corporate Drive, in the Brookfield Lakes Corporate Center, at 11:30 a.m.

The Greendale stand will be located inside the Martin Luther High School parking lot, 5201 S. 76th Street, at 2:30 p.m.

These two new Wisconsin locations join Chick-fil-A's family of more than 1,800 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Both restaurants are on schedule to open this September, when they will invite the local community to participate in the "First 100" free food promotion.

Brookfield police warn against phone scam

Aug. 19, 2014 4:00 p.m. | Brookfield residents are cautioned against a phone scam resurfacing this month.

Last week, at least four city of Brookfield residents were the victims of fraudulent calls that featured the caller impersonating a police officer. The caller then told the recipient that they had run a red light or missed their jury duty date and that the "officer" was going to put a warrant out for their arrest unless funds were transferred by the recipient of the calls using Vanilla Reload cards.

"We went through this about three to six months ago and we believe all the calls are coming from outside the country," Brookfield Police Department Captain Phil Horter said. "We don't have any leads."

Horter suggests suspicious calls from someone claiming to be a police officer work the same way as calls from people impersonating a bank asking for account information.

"Don't reply to these calls or make any payments until you call the appropriate agency. If somebody calls and says this is the city of Brookfield police, hang up, and call us," Horter said.

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Severson earns easy victory over challenger

Aug. 13, 2014 9:15 a.m. | Waukesha County GOP leaders were able to breathe a big sigh of relief when county sheriff's inspector Eric Severson eaily defeated challenger Tom Alioto, a former Lisbon police sergeant, in the Republican primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12.

These results will likely determine who will be sheriff for the next four years since there is no Democrat running in the heavily Republican county.

Severson earned 32,940 votes compared to Alioto's 5,485.

After the votes were counted, Severson said he was "happy" and "humbled" by the outcome.

"We stuck to our message that qualifications count and the voters sent us a strong message that they want someone who is qualified to serve them and that is what I will be honored to do," Severson added.

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Eric Severson wins landslide vote for Waukesha County sheriff

Aug. 12, 2014 10:44 p.m. | Eric Severson, the chief inspector for the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office, is bound to bear the sheriff's badge after a landslide victory in the Republican primary election.

With more than 70% of the vote counted Tuesday night, Severson earned about 86% of the vote — more than 26,000 supporters — in the race against Tom Alioto, a former Town of Lisbon police sergeant.

Alioto earned about 4,300 votes.

There is no Democratic candidate for Waukesha County sheriff.

The candidates were seeking to replace Dan Trawicki, who served as sheriff for 12 years but declined to run for a fourth term.

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Police identify Elm Grove mountain biker who died during race

Aug. 12, 2014 5:20 p.m. | Police in Upper Michigan have identified the Elm Grove resident who died during a mountain bike race over the weekend as Peter Joseph Bausch.

Bausch, 37, was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon just a mile or two from the finish line of the Ore to Shore mountain bike race in the Marquette area. The race Negaunee and ended in Marquette, on the shore of Lake Superior. Bausch's family contacted authorities when he was late to his expected finishing time.

Marquette police said an autopsy did not immediately determine a cause of death, but that no foul play is suspected. Further results are pending, reported WNMU-FM.

Bausch, a graduate of Marquette University High School, St. Louis University, and Marquette Law School, was a general counsel for patent and technology at S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. in Racine.

According to a death notice, Bausch was an active and well-traveled camper and hiker who also competed in cycling events around the Midwest and had skied in the American Birkebeiner race.

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Police look for help in search for robbery suspect

Aug. 12, 2014 12:28 p.m. | The city of Brookfield Police Department is reaching out for assistance in its pursuit of a robbery suspect.

The case revolves around a suspect who robbed Open Pantry, 17235 W. Bluemound Road, shortly after 5 p.m. on the evening of July 16. The suspect claimed to have a gun and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect warned that if police arrived within 10 minutes, he would return and shoot someone.

The suspect is a white male between 5'7" and 6'0" who wore black shorts, a black jacket, sunglasses, and a camouflage baseball cap. The cap appeared to have a red emblem on the front that one witness described as possibly being the "W" logo of the Wisconsin Badgers.

Having exhausted their leads, Brookfield Police are now reaching out to the community for assistance in identifying the perpetrator.

"We weren't able to get anywhere, so now we're just trying to get the community involved," Captain Phil Horter said.

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Large portion of Barker Road to close

Aug. 06, 2014 3:34 p.m. | Barker Road will be closed between Capitol Drive and North Ave. starting Monday, Aug. 18.

The Waukesha County Department of Public Works will be working on a failing cross culvert located south of Capitol Drive during the closure. The department estimates that the work will be completed by Sept. 20.

A detour will be posted. When approaching the closed portion of Barker Road from the south, drivers should turn west on North Ave. to Springdale Road, proceed north to Capitol Drive, and then east back to Barker Road. From the north, drivers can find passage by taking Capitol Drive west to Springdale Road, going south to North Ave., and then proceeding east until reaching Barker Road again.

Video: How to navigate construction surrounding the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair

July 30, 2014 1:40 p.m. | West Allis — The Interstate 94 freeway ramps and streets around the fair are open to handle the surge of traffic starting Thursday with the opening of the 11-day Wisconsin State Fair.

That's a relief to West Allis Mayor Dan Devine who said, "They told us several times that it all would be open."

Freeway ramps at 84th Street have been closed for the massive Zoo Interchange rehabilitation project, as has the crucial Kearney Avenue that takes traffic coming from the west and exiting at 84th Street into the north end of the fair. The fair extends from 84th to 76th streets.

What will not be open is the 76th Street bridge over Interstate 94, a major route from the north to the fair's 76th Street entrance and to the fair entrance on Greenfield Avenue.

Instead, fair officials recommend taking 70th Street south to Greenfield Avenue and entering at 78th Street.

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Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas holding virtual Town Hall meeting on Twitter

July 30, 2014 11:54 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas has been giving presentations on the county's budget over the last couple of weeks.

Today, he'll hold another meeting with county residents - just not in person.

Vrakas, who is active on social media, will host a virtual Town Hall meeting through Twitter from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The county executive said the virtual Town Hall meeting is being done in an effort to increase communication and citizen engagement and make county government more accessible to residents.

Vrakas encourages anyone who has questions regarding Waukesha County and the 2015 Waukesha County budget to tweet them to his Twitter handle, @CoExecDanVrakas, between now and the conclusion of the virtual Town Hall meeting.

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Top 10 things to see and do at the Wisconsin State Fair

July 29, 2014 9:06 a.m. | This year's Wisconsin State Fair is the can't miss summer event of the season. With more than 30 free stages of entertainment, 100 different foods on a stick, and a cornucopia of cream puffs, what more could a Wisconsinite want?

The fair runs Tursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 10, at 640 S. 84th Street, West Allis. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the final Sunday of the fair.

Check out the top 10 things to see and do before you plan your trip to the fair and follow my blog Fair E-tales for the latest and greatest in fair happenings. On Wisconsin!

1. The Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit

For all the history buffs out there, the Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit at the south end of the Exposition Center is the place to be. The exhibit includes pieces from iconic fair favorites, such as the original cream puff, Mille's Sausages, the Giant Slide and more. Test your knowledge after checking out the retro displays and take a fair quiz for a chance to win some fairy cool prizes.

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Brookfield Central turns back Homestead for state title, 9-2

July 25, 2014 10:28 p.m. | When a team has a pitching staff made up of spit and bailing wire like Homestead baseball coach Ernie Millard admits that he had this season, don't be surprised when the spit dries or the wire frays sometimes.

Much like it did Friday night at Kapco Park in the WIAA State Summer Baseball championship game, as Brookfield Central woke its long slumbering bats and beat Homestead for its fourth state title in a 9-2 decision.

"That has been a ghost that has clung to us all season long," said Millard of his pitching, "and tonight it finally caught up with us. We competed like crazy. ....but we knew we would have to play a perfect game to beat them."

The loss denied the Highlanders a fourth  state title of their own ( to go along with crowns in 1974, 1978, and 1994) and closed out a compelling season at 26-8.

Meanwhile, the high-expectation Lancers (29-6) resurrected a season that had started out fast at 21-1, and then hit a major skid with a 1-5 run that cost them the Greater Metro Conference title and a lot of their confidence.

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Lancers romp to state title, 9-2, over Homestead

July 25, 2014 9:45 p.m. | Mequon  Brookfield Central easily defeated Homestead, 9-2, on Friday night to win the WIAA State Summer Baseball Championship at Kapco Park in Mequon.

The Lancers finished 29-6 and earned their fourth state title, tying Oak Creek for most championships. Central previously won titles in 1969, 1976 and 2000. They have made seven appearances now, the last time in 2001. This is coach Jeff Bigler’s first trip to the state tournament with the Lancers in his 12 year career.

“We knew we had the talent to win it,” Bigler said. “Experiencing what we experience in team sports is what life is all about. You’re on top of the world – 21-1 – then you had the lowest of lows where you drop three straight conference games and you don’t win the title that you covet in the Greater Metro Conference which I think is the greatest conference in the state.

“The you pick yourself back up, coming back and playing your best baseball. There were a lot of naysayers. A lot of people saying we couldn’t do it. People were saying what’s wrong with Brookfield Central?  Obviously, nothing is wring with Brookfield Central.”

The state title game had one surprise hero, but it was definitely a team victory. When one of the Lancers top three pitchers Luke Sommerfeld struggled, allowing two runs, two walks, a hit batter, a single and a double in one-plus inning of work, Bigler didn’t hesitate to call on Matt Ausloos, who came to the mound from centerfield.

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Lancers nip Plymouth, 2-1, move on to state finals

July 25, 2014 4:56 p.m. |

Senior Elijah Goodman turned up the heat when he had to and unsung heroes Josh Peltier and Riley Keays came up big to lead Brookfield Central to a 2-1 victory in the WIAA State Summer Baseball semifinals Friday afternoon at Kapco Park.
Goodman pitched a complete game 2-hitter, walking two and fanning 13 to out duel Plymouth junior Zac Cain, who was also outstanding, allowing four hits, three walks while fanning six.

“Everyone said that we beat them, 13-1, in the first meeting,” coach Jeff Bigler said. “That was not the game I knew we were going to be playing. This kid (Cain) pitched against us last time and for whatever reason, things just snowballed on him. That was not indicative of the way that they play. They are a legit team and he is a legit pitcher who can play on any team in the state. He competed at a high level and that kid pitched his heart out.”

With the game scoreless through fourth, Central broke through first in the top of the inning.

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