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Two in custody in Brookfield man's death

June 23, 2011 8:44 p.m. | Brookfield - The 63-year-old Brookfield man who was found dead in his home Wednesday had been beaten and bound, his face wrapped in duct tape and plastic grocery bags placed over his head, according to court records filed Thursday afternoon to detain two people on suspicion of homicide.

The victim, John Aegerter, may have been strangled or had his neck broken during the attack at his home sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday, the court records state.

And Aegerter may have been killed in a dispute over money, records state.

Tommy V. Douyette, 42, was ordered held on $750,000 bail on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide and Lynn M. Hajny, 48, was ordered held on $500,000 bail on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide, party to a crime. No formal charges were filed Thursday during their initial court appearances, but Waukesha County Circuit Court Commissioner Thomas J. Pieper determined that probable cause existed to hold them in connection with the homicide.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Lough said she expects to file charges sometime next week.

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Kathryn Martin named interim president of the Wilson Center

4:05 p.m. | When executive director Jonathan Winkle left the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in January, some might have expected things to slow down for the organization.

Those folks would have been wrong.

Winkle certainly left large shoes behind when he departed to take on the same role at Performance Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but those shoes have been filled by interim president & CEO Kathryn Martin.

"It's been amazing. From the moment I walked in the doors, I was welcomed, which doesn't always happen when I walk into a new organization," Martin said.

Martin, who has worked in interim leadership for 12 years, including a wealth of experience in the fine arts, said she was impressed with the amount of activity going on at the Wilson Center on her first day in February.

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Ex-Milwaukee Tool employee accused of burglary from Brookfield company

3:55 p.m. | City of Brookfield police in July responded to Milwaukee Tool's corporate headquarters, 13135 W. Lisbon Road, Brookfield after the report of the theft of a large quantity of tools from the facility.

Last week, a 38-year-old Kewaskum man was charged with two counts of burglary for the crime.

Matthew Rehm, a former temporary employee of Milwaukee Tool, is accused of stealing equipment on two different occasions and, if found guilty, could face up to 12 years and six months in prison on each count.

Milwaukee Tool employees told police that on Monday, July 13, 2015, the company had put up some displays featuring a number of tools currently sold in stores. The next day, a number of tools from those displays were missing.

The company checked video surveillance footage and found that an unidentified white male suspect was seen walking out of the area with the displays, with a rolling cart and bags on the cart.

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Brookfield Academy: May 1, 2016

3:48 p.m. |

Varsity Golf

The varsity golf team started their week with a very competitive mini-meet on April 26 at New Berlin Hills, finishing in third place with a team score of 175. Alex Pellegriniand Rohan Nangiatook home the individual medalist honors with rounds of 41. Garrett Smithand Rhea Nangiaalso contributed with scores of 46 and 47.

On April 28, BA battled through the frigid cold and brisk winds to finish in first place at the Bog with a team score of 170. Rohan Nangia and Rhea Nangia were individual medalists with low scores of 40. Pellegrini also played exceptionally well with a round of 42. Alex Zhuand Smith rounded out the all-around team effort with rounds of 48.

— Geo Peterson, coach

Track and field

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Brookfield Bulldogs beat Hartland in Land O'Lakes opener

3:15 p.m. | The Brookfield Bulldogs surrendered four unearned runs in the first inning May 1 but stayed the course and came away with a 12-5 victory over Hartland.

Trailing 4-3, Brookfield added two runs in the sixth; three in the seventh and eighth; and a run in the ninth to win going away.

Dan O'Brien hit a long home run and just missed on another that hit off the fence and ended up as a triple, finishing with three RBIs. Bill Gorman had four hits and two walks on the day, and Anthony Andres had two doubles and three RBIs.

Greg Bathemer, nearing the 100-win mark in Land O'Lakes action, started and worked five innings, allowing seven hits and walking one while fanning six Oilers.

Andres came on in relief to earn the save, pitching four solid innings, giving up a run on two hits and striking out three.

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Brookfield Central boys tennis team ranked sixth in state

1:53 p.m. | The Brookfield Central boys team had a busy, and successful, week, winning four of five matches and beating two state-ranked teams.

As a result, coach Dave Steinbach's squad moved into the top 10 rankings, moving into the No. 6 spot in the week.

Central traveled to Sussex Hamilton on April 26 and beat the Chargers, 7-0, in the only Greater Metro Conference match of the week.

Gunther Treis (3-6, 6-3, 6-2), Josh Fernandez (6-2, 6-0), Tom Foley (6-2, 4-6, 7-5) and Alex Mirsberger (6-2, 6-0) won the singles matches.

Carlos Flores-Komatsu/Sam Schreiner (6-0, 6-0), Brandon Beihoff/Mark Crowder (6-1, 6-0) and Taral Jella/Shankar Thiru (6-2, 6-0) won at doubles.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Brookfield East boys win North Star Classic Track and Field Invite

May 02, 2016 8:33 p.m. | The Brookfield East boys track and field team beat out Mukwonago for the Northstar Classic Championship on April 30 at Waukesha North.

East scored 117 points to the Indians 112 to win the title. It was the Spartans final tuneup before the conference relays and coach Mike Steiner talked about the strategy coming into the meet.

"We had a heck of a day on Saturday," he said. "The Northstar Invite was a very challenging meet with excellent competition. Loaded with Classic 8 teams, so we knew we had our work cut out for us. With our GMC relay meet this Wednesday, we had to be selective in how we used our kids. So to win the meet was a really big accomplishment. One of our finest days of the year."

Steiner was happy to finally win that meet.

"I'm pretty sure its the first time we've ever won that meet, and we've been going there for years," he said. "It worked out this year and we couldn't be happier. The kids were great all the way through and our depth certainly made a difference. We scored in all but one event."

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Brookfield East Sports Shorts: April 28, 2016 issue

April 29, 2016 10:58 a.m. |


Brookfield East finished second in the first Greater Metro Conference mini meet of the season April 18 at Bluemound Country Club.

Marquette won with a 142, finishing ahead of the Spartans (150). East junior Jude Shaferand MUHS' Evan Hussey and David Keane shared medalist honors by shooting 35s.

Seniors Logan Kerstatterand Luke Moyershot 36s, senior Jacob Taylorhad a 43, and freshman Zach Walshhad a 44.

"Collectively, the entire team has been playing extremely well over the last couple weeks," coach Chris Minchk said. "Today, the guys proved to themselves that they can compete at a high level. In prior years, we've relied on one golfer to carry us. This year, we have a balanced lineup from 1-5. On any given day, any of our golfers could be our low round."

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Brookfield Central Sports Shorts: April 28, 2016 issue

April 29, 2016 10:54 a.m. |


Brookfield Central shot a 153 and finished fourth behind Marquette (142), Brookfield East (150) and Menomonee Falls (153) in the first Greater Metro Conference mini meet of the season April 18 at Bluemound Country Club.

Seniors Tanner O'Gormanand Josh Trasserled Central with 37s, while senior Kevin Hersbergershot a 39. Freshman Jack Andersonhad a 40, and senior Sean Yunhad a 41.

On April 19 at Ozaukee, Central lost to Arrowhead, 170-173, beating Menomonee Falls and Homestead.

Juniors Brandon Talaskaand Mike Burzynski, and Jack Sonsalla led the way, shooting 43s.

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Video: STEM Shuttle lands at St. Mary's in Elm Grove

April 29, 2016 10:24 a.m. | The Spirit of Education, a 45-foot, 20-ton STEM Shuttle bus, landed at St. Mary's Visitation School on April 28 for students to learn through nine work stations about the challenges of working aboard the International Space Station.


Green Bay Packers' Mason Crosby to visit Brookfield Square in support of breast cancer research

April 28, 2016 3:11 p.m. | City of Brookfield — It may be the offseason, but football fans will still have an opportunity to check out one of their Green Bay Packers this Sunday afternoon.

Kicker Mason Crosby will be working with some new teammates in the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network for an event in support of breast cancer research at Brookfield Square, 95 N. Moorland Road.

The event is open to the public and free to attend although a donation of $5 is suggested. Crosby will autograph specially designed greeting cards that can be given to loved ones for Mother's Day. He will also sign pink mini footballs that will be available for purchase for $25.

100 percent of profits from sales and donations will support Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin's breast cancer research.

The event will be in the center court area of the mall outside JC Penney and will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Elm Grove to establish citizen committee for Reinder's redevelopment proposal

April 28, 2016 2:00 p.m. | Village of Elm Grove — If a recently proposed apartment project doesn't pan out the way that the people of Elm Grove want, it won't be for a lack of eyes or opinions.

At Monday night's village board meeting, Village President Neil Palmer proposed the creation of a special citizen committee to monitor both the project and gather feedback from fellow residents.

"One of the things that I think would help the process quite a bit is if we were to establish a citizen or community advisory committee to help be a source for the members of the public," Palmer said.

Palmer's vision for the ad hoc committee would be to provide more conduits for public opinions to be relayed to Wangard, the developer who is proposing a 182-unit housing project at 13420 Watertown Plank Road.

Since the project was announced in March, village meetings have drawn plenty of residents to express their opinions on the project, which would consist of five buildings, 176 apartments and six townhomes. The proposal calls for buildings ranging from two to four stories, which would exceed the maximum height allowed in Elm Grove.

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City of Brookfield on fast pace toward reaching consultant's apartment projection

April 27, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Last November, a consultant for the city of Brookfield estimated that by 2020, the community would need between 500 and 700 new apartments.

Less than six months later, the low end of that range is already on the track to fruition.

The study, put together by Gruen Gruen + Associates, made the prediction based on projected growth in the city over the next five years.

City Director of Community Development Dan Ertl noted that the number presented by the city's consultant was a projected demand, not a cap on what officials should consider.

"That was not a calculated threshold," Ertl said. "The point was to place in context the forecast of demand so that elected officials have that as a frame of reference to consider when projects are in front of them."

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Two Brookfield Lutheran churches join together to form combined congregation

April 26, 2016 11:50 a.m. | Here's to togetherness.

A pair of churches, Cross of Life Lutheran Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church, are coming together to form a new congregation in the city of Brookfield.

The newly named Unity Lutheran Church will comprise both congregations, encompassing about 665 households and a trio of pastors.

"Organizationally, it's going to be a full union," said the Rev. John Horner-Ibler, formerly of Cross of Life. "This collaboration creates options."

Both churches, Cross of Life at 20700 W. North Ave. and Christ the King at 4600 Pilgrim Road, will remain open and will continue to be identified as such to avoid confusion.

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Brookfield's Leitermann on UW-Oshkosh's National Title Team

April 26, 2016 9:03 a.m. | Former Wauwatosa star Travis Hudson became the first player in National Collegiate Volleyball Federation history to be named the National Player of the Year three times when awards were announced after the Division I championship match April 11 in Louisville.

Hudson, a 6-6 setter, led the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans to their third straight NCVF Division I title. Previously this year he was named the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Player of the Year and a Midwest Ten Conference first-team selection.

"Travis is the best player to have ever played collegiate club volleyball," said Schaefer. "He led a bunch of unknowns to the national title in 2014, directed us to another title in 2015 and then helped a team overcome a ton of injuries, including one he was directly dealing with to another national title this year.

"It is an honor to coach somebody with so much passion for the UW-Oshkosh volleyball program, his teammates and the sport. He deserves every accolade he receives because of his dedication to be the best in all areas of his life."

National Champions

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