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Chase ends in arrest of theft suspect in Elm Grove

July 18, 2011 2:08 p.m. | A Florida woman tried to elude Elm Grove police after an attempt to cash a fraudulent check went awry July 14, according to an Elm Grove police report.

Also in the report:

An employee of M&I Bank, 900 Elm Grove Road, alerted police when the 21-year-old woman attempted to cash a stolen check just before 5 p.m. July 14.

The woman fled in a car when officers arrived and led them on a chase that ended on Sunnyslope Road, near Beechwood Avenue in the city of Brookfield, after one of her tires went flat.

She was arrested after a brief attempt to run away.

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Brookfield East High School recruits students for new DECA chapter

1:14 p.m. | Brookfield East High School's business club goes by a new name now, but the overall purpose remains the same: to encourage students to craft their leadership skills in business, marketing and other related fields.

Until this school year, Brookfield East had a Future Business Leaders of America chapter. But the school has since replaced the FBLA affiliation with a new organization: DECA.

DECA, which formerly stood for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a business club that "prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe," according to the nonprofit organization's mission statement.

Brookfield Central High School also has a DECA chapter.

"Brookfield East moved to DECA so both high schools in the district can work together on community events, competitions and a new class called 'Business Leadership,'" said Joe Seaman, Brookfield East's faculty advisor for the chapter. "'Business Leadership' used the foundation of DECA to help with curriculum ideas and assist with running the school-based enterprises both schools have."

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Brookfield Central volleyball team goes 2-0, goes on to win Neenah Invite

1:13 p.m. | The Brookfield Central girls volleyball team went 2-0 in dual matches to start the week, beating Sussex Hamilton and Muskego, and then went 5-0 without dropping a set to win the 34th annual Neenah Invitational.

They Lancers swept Hamilton 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 27-25) at Sussex on Sept. 29 in a Greater Metro Conference match. Stat leaders were Shannon Kebisek, (eight kills), Miranda Wucherer (21 assist), Sarah Uczen (17 digs, three aces), Abigail Strebig (seven blocks) and Aileen Herman (three aces).

"We were a little inconsistent tonight but found ways to win close games in set one and three," coach Scott Spiess said. "When we put it all together in set two, we looked really good; we did a good job of serving them tough and forcing them into mistakes."

Central defeated Muskego 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-15) on Senior Night on Oct. 1 at home. Stat leaders were Cami Herman (eight kills), Wucherer (18 assists), Uczen (23 assists, three aces) and Strebig (six blocks).

"It was a good win for us tonight as we celebrated our seniors and parents," Spiess said. "A good team effort, a balanced attack and tough defense against a good team in Muskego."

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Derrick Banks named Brookfield East girls soccer coach

12:53 p.m. | A familiar face will be taking over as the head girls soccer coach at Brookfield East in the spring, as assistant Derrick Banks has been promoted to replace Matt Schroeder, who took an associate principal position at Brookfield Central last August.

Banks has coached in the Elmbrook School District for the past 20 years, and he has been coaching on the girls soccer staff for the past seven years. Before that, he coached at Brookfield Central for the girls soccer team.

"I'm extremely honored and proud to take over a long and storied high school program like Brookfield East," Banks said. "We have quality players and coaching staff, and we look to continue our winnings ways."

East athletic director Jeremy Martin was excited about adding to the program.

"I have no doubt that Derrick will continue the winning tradition at Brookfield East with the girls soccer program," Martin said. "He emerged from a pool of exceptional candidates seeking the position. Derrick relates well to students and is a natural leader.

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Brookfield drunk driver leads police on 80 mph chase

12:33 p.m. | A Brookfield man faces up to 10 years and 6 months in prison after being arrested for his sixth drunken driving offense.

51-year-old Jeffrey Arndt was taken into custody early Sunday morning after leading city of Brookfield police on a high speed chase and eventually crashing into a ditch near the northeast corner of the intersection of Brookfield Road and North Ave.

Arndt faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license.

He is scheduled to appear in Waukesha County Circuit Court this Thursday.

Brookfield Central High School Orchestra presents annual 'Spooktacular' concert

9:18 a.m. | The Brookfield Central High School Orchestra is about to get spooky for the Halloween season.

The orchestra will present its annual Halloween "Spooktacular" concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.

The family-friendly performance will include music from "The Addams Family," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Phantom of the Opera." Children of all ages are welcome to attend.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up in costume for a special parade that will be held during the performance and a trick-or-treat opportunity at 8:15 p.m.

"In addition to the trick-or-treat, there will be an instrument petting zoo, where the children can learn more about musical instruments," said Denice Haney, orchestra director for the Elmbrook high schools. "This is a great evening of music and fun!"

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Milwaukee suburbs trick-or-treat times 2015

Oct. 05, 2015 10:00 a.m. |

When will the ghouls and ghosties ring your doorbell this year? Find out in our listing of Milwaukee suburb trick-or-treat times.
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Bay View
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Brookfield
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Brookfield
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Brown Deer
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Elm Grove
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Fox Point
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Halloween parade: 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Hales Corners
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Menomonee Falls
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
New Berlin
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Oak Creek
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
River Hills
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
South Milwaukee
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
St. Francis
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
City of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
West Allis
West Allis Downtown Halloween Hunt: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 31. For ages infant to 12, accompanied by an adult. Donations of nonperishable food items will go to a local food pantry.
Meet 'n Treat: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Whitefish Bay
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Two lanes on U.S. Highway 45 in Waukesha County reopen after crash

Oct. 03, 2015 11:03 a.m. | Two right lanes on northbound U.S. Highway 45 at U.S. Highway 18 (Bluemound Road) have reopened after closing because of a traffic incident. An intial report estimated the lanes could be closed for two hours.

The crash happened at 10:09 a.m. Saturday, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation incident notification. Also of note, the ramps from Interstate 94 westbound and Interstate 94 eastbound to U.S. Highway 45 northbound are closed in the Zoo Interchange.

Brookfield East rolls over Menomonee Falls behind Sam Santiago-Lloyd's four TDs

Oct. 02, 2015 11:58 p.m. | Following Brookfield East's 38-0 victory over Menomonee Falls on Friday night, the Spartans got together for a team photo and held up one hand and one finger, signifying six straight seasons of qualifying for the playoffs.

Ever since coach Tom Swittel took over a struggling program back in 2010, the Spartans have made the postseason tournament. Both East and Falls, each 3-1 in the Greater Metro Conference, needed a win to qualify with three games left on the schedule.

From the opening drive, there was no doubt East was ready to play, as the Spartans got the running clock going in the fourth quarter and registered their fourth shutout in seven games this season.

East is now 6-1 overall, tied with Marquette (5-2, 4-1) for second behind unbeaten Brookfield Central (6-1, 5-0) with two games left to play. The Indians are 3-2 in the GMC and 3-4 overall.

Junior running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd ran for four touchdowns, while senior quarterback TC Swittel ran for one and added eight points on five extra points and a field goal to lead the Spartans to victory.

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Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players

Oct. 02, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football?

Oct. 01, 2015 11:00 a.m. | With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?

Buddy Squirrel happy to return to Brookfield Square

Sept. 30, 2015 3:16 p.m. | Shoppers at Brookfield Square have another option to satisfy their sweet tooth as a former local store makes its return to the mall.

In 2009, the Buddy Squirrel store at Brookfield Square was one of a number of the company's retail locations to suffer the sting of the great recession.

"At one point I think we had more than 10 stores, but then the recession hit hard. People weren't buying as much candy as they used to," Buddy Squirrel president Dick Kerndt said. "Now we've started building back up. Brookfield is our fourth store now."

The St. Francis-based candy and popcorn store is back and even bigger than before in a 1,700-square-foot location near Sears.

"It's probably 50 percent bigger than our former store," Kerndt said. "Sometimes, as it gets close to the holidays and then on to Easter, those stores get quite packed. In this case, when you walk in, you'll see there's a much bigger, open area for people."

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Elm Grove Woman's Club, Junior Guild reconnecting

Sept. 30, 2015 8:18 a.m. | A pair of community service clubs in the village of Elm Grove are trying to build more bridges ... to each other.

This Sunday, Oct. 3, the Elm Grove Junior Guild and the Elm Grove Woman's Club will come together to celebrate the guild's 50th birthday and the club's 75th year since its inception.

The Diamond and Gold Brunch will bring members and supporters of both groups together with the hope of strengthening bridges and relationships between the two groups.

"It's a joint celebration between our two organizations. We're celebrating 125 years of serving the community," Elm Grove Woman's Club President Jennifer Morris said. "We just finished our 75th year and the Junior Guild is just starting their 50th."

Morris noted that the two clubs used to be one, with the Woman's Club being founded in 1939 by 90 original members.

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Multifamily housing surges in Brookfield

Sept. 29, 2015 8:30 p.m. | Last summer city of Brookfield officials made note that in the years to come they expected a lot of new multifamily housing developments to come into the city.

In just a little more than a year, that expectation has already become a reality.

Since last summer, nearly 500 units of multifamily housing have been approved and are slated for construction in Brookfield.

Brookfield Director of Community Development Dan Ertl says that the overall number of apartments and condos coming into the community does not surprise him, though the recent pace does.

"The net increase does not surprise me because we did have an outside consultant prepare a housing study in 2008 that projected the number of housing units that would be added to the city through 2025," Ertl said. "We're tracking consistent with that, although there's been acceleration for a short period of time recently due to latent construction demand."

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Brookfield Central football crushes Marquette, 52-20

Sept. 29, 2015 3:53 p.m. | After Brookfield Central's 52-20 win over Marquette in a battle of unbeaten Greater Metro Conference teams on Friday at Central, fiery coach Jed Kennedy had one thing at the top of his mind: Sussex Hamilton, the Lancers' next opponent.

The Chargers (2-2, 2-4 overall), who have won two of the their last three games, will host Central at 7 p.m. Friday.

"We'll keep grinding, and we'll get ready for Sussex next week," he said about what could have been his biggest victory since taking over last season. "I don't care about a victory for me; I care about a victory for my kids. They work hard; they do everything I ask them to do, and it's not always easy. The end result worked out all their way."

In a game that saw the Lancers put Marquette on a running clock (35-point lead or more) with two minutes and 33 seconds left in the third quarter, Central came up with the big play when it needed it.

The Hilltoppers couldn't stop either running back Malik Turner, who ran for five touchdowns and rushed for 188 yards in 26 carries (7.2 average) or quarterback Dominic Labellarte, who added 101 yards in 14 carries (7.2) and a score.

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Central wins 4 straight GMC titles

Sept. 29, 2015 3:03 p.m. | Coach Brian Scrobel saw his Brookfield Central girls golf team win its fourth straight Greater Metro Conference Championship on Sept. 23.

The Lancers won all five mini meets and the conference tourney Sept. 23.

"I'm very, very pleased," Scrobel said. "I usually temper my enthusiasm, but this year I didn't hide it. We lost Grace (Dunn, two-time GMC Golfer of the Year), and I challenged these kids.

"They have a special gift, a blend of talent, and at times we were not only playing almost as well as did last year with Grace, but even better. And that is a credit to the girls battling all year. They keep taking the program to the next level."

The Lancers shot a 169 in winning the final mini meet Sept. 21 at North Hills Country Club.

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