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Homicide suspects to have preliminary hearing Friday

July 13, 2011 1:06 p.m. | Two people charged with homicide in the death of a Brookfield business owner are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

Tommy V. Douyette, 42, and Lynn M. Hajny, 48, are respectively charged with first-degree intentional homicide and being a party to first-degree intentional homicide in the beating and strangulation death of John Aegerter in his home on Golf Parkway on June 22.

They could be ordered to stand trial on the charges if Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Martin Binn finds probable cause to believe the allegations are true in Friday's preliminary hearing.

According to a criminal complaint, Douyette and Hajny went to Aegerter's home to confront him about money he owed Hajny's husband. Douyette, under the direction of Hajny, bludgeoned and strangled the 63-year-old.

A tip from Hajny's cousin led to their arrests in Slinger on June 22.

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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 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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Elmbrook taxi service asking city for $13k

Sept. 08, 2014 4:12 p.m. | The Elmbrook Senior Taxi service plans to ask the City of Brookfield Common Council for a $13,250 increase in funding at next Tuesday's council meeting.

The City of Brookfield contributed just under $7,000 in 2013, but Elmbrook Senior Taxi (EST) officials say that more is needed.

EST is a taxi service for seniors and ambulatory disabled persons that reside in the City of Brookfield, Town of Brookfield, Village of Elm Grove, and Village of Butler. The service is provides transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping trips, and social outings.

President of the EST Board Sandy Wolff notes that the service's demand for rides is increasing and that the company has been running as much as a $20,000 deficit in recent years.

"We have had to turn down a lot of rides and when you keep turning people down, they don't come back," Wolff said. "It's a quality of life issue for seniors to be able to get where they need to go."

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Dixon Elementary receives "Schools of Recognition" award by DPI

Sept. 08, 2014 12:56 p.m. | Dixon Elementary School was recently named a Wisconsin Title 1 School of Recognition by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for its achievement results and its ability to close the achievement gap for all students.

Title 1 schools are identified based on their percentage of low-income families eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. In the 2013-14 school year, five Elmbrook schools met eligibility requirements for Title 1 funding.

Dixon is the first school in the district to receive the recognition and is one of eight schools across the state designated by the DPI as a high-achieving and high-progress school.

"I am extremely proud of our students and their achievement results," said Dixon Principal Jeanne Siegenthaler in a news release. "Our staff does an outstanding job at setting high expectations for all students, while providing personalized support to make sure each student meets his or her full academic potential. This recognition is a tribute to the entire Dixon community's commitment to excellence."

Dixon will be recognized at a ceremony for all "Schools of Recognition" award-winners in Madison on October 13. Dixon teachers also will be eligible to participate in a Fellowship Grant Program.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

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 3.

Brookfield East, riddled with injuries, can't hang with Marquette

Sept. 05, 2014 11:54 p.m. | The number and quality of his players that are on crutches (and in slings and braces) isn't something Brookfield East coach Tom Swittel is going to use as, well, a crutch.

However, it would be hard to blame him if he did.

Despite opening 2-0, the Spartans limped into their Greater Metro Conference opener against Marquette at Hart Park on Friday, Sept. 5. A couple of hours later, the Spartans injury list had grown again, and they had suffered their first defeat, a 43-7 loss to the Hilltoppers.

"We're dipping into our reserves and expecting them to step up," Swittel said. "It was a difficult night all around."

Unable to get anything clicking on offense for most of the night (178 total yards on 51 plays from scrimmage), the Spartans had trouble keeping Marquette's litany of playmakers off the field. By contrast, Marquette compiled 476 total yards and 28 first downs on 76 plays from scrimmage.

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