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Florida woman charged with ID theft, endangering safety

July 26, 2011 11:04 a.m. | A Florida woman who led Elm Grove police on a high-speed chase after attempting to cash a stolen check faces five felony charges in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Elizabeth A. Sturm, 21, was charged July 18 with two counts of identity theft, two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, and attempting to flee an officer.

She is being held in Waukesha County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were called to M&I Bank, 900 Elm Grove Road, July 14 because a teller suspected that Sturm was attempting to cash a stolen check.

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Poplar Creek, Home2Suites highlight town board agenda

4:23 p.m. | The town of Brookfield town board have a busy evening ahead of them as tonight's agenda includes a number of items pertaining to major projects.

Among those topics is the final approval for the development of a 105-room Home2Suites extended stay hotel and a pair of land use or zoning changes to land directly west of Poplar Creek to make way for a mixed-use development that would include 136 luxury apartments.

In addition, the agenda lists the intention for the board to adjourn into closed session in order to meet with legal counsel and discuss the town's strategy moving forward with incorporation proceedings.

The town board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the town of Brookfield Municipal Building, 645 N. Janacek Road.

Town of Brookfield's latest incorporation bid fails

3:50 p.m. | The town of Brookfield has once again come up short in an effort for incorporation.

The Wisconsin Incorporation Review Board submitted its ruling July 30 and posted it to its website July 31 after a four-year process that was started in 2011 by town resident Jay Walt.

The board ruled that the petition failed to meet three of the six statutory standards required in order for the town to morph into a village.

The standards by which the petition failed were compactness and homogeneity, impact on the remainder of the town and impact on the metropolitan community.

Disconnected elements

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Brookfield Bulldogs veteran Lueck comes away a big winner

2:48 p.m. | Brookfield Bulldogs veteran Jeff Lueck came up big time last weekend, coming off the bench to defeat crosstown rival Blue Sox and getting his team the fourth seed in the playoffs, which begin this Sunday.

Lueck pitched a total of 82/3 innings in a 4-3 win on Saturday, Aug. 1, and an 8-3 victory on Sunday, Aug. 2, over the Sox, allowing only five hits and earning a victory in each game.

With the score tied 3-3 on Saturday, Lueck came in relief of Greg Basthemer with the bases loaded and two outs and got Sox shortstop Tim Kahle to hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning. It was an interesting move by manager Jason Booth, who told me "I hope I'm doing the right thing" as he walked back into the dugout.

After a three-up, three-down sixth inning, Lueck allowed two runners in the seventh inning but got out of the inning when center fielder Kris Franzen caught Zach Loss' line drive to short center and threw out Aaron Leitner at the plate to end the inning.

He had another 1-2-3 inning in the eighth inning, and the Bulldogs took a 4-3 lead with a run in the bottom of the inning.

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Brookfield Bulldogs sweep Blue Sox to make playoffs

12:59 p.m. | Brookfield Blue Sox manager Jeff Lemmermann didn't have a good feeling when he came to the ballpark on Sunday, Aug. 2, following a 4-3 loss to crosstown rival Bulldogs on Saturday at McCoy Field.

The loss (see separate story) set up a win-or-go-home scenario for Lemmermann's crew, who should have won Saturday's battle but left 14 runners on base.

As a result, the Sox got off to a slow start on Sunday and dropped an 8-3 decision to the Bulldogs to fall out of the playoff race. Lannon will come to town on Sunday, Aug. 9, to face the Bulldogs for a noon playoff game.

"I didn't have a good feeling last night," Lemmermann said. "A couple of breaks here and there; we hit the ball well. We probably should have won that game. We left a lot of guys on base. Today we came in flat. We didn't play well and buried ourselves early, 8-0. It's hard to dig out against any team, let alone them (the Bulldogs). I did not think there was a chance we could lose two in a row."

Either did Bulldogs manager Jason Booth.

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2016 Brookfield East Jr. Spartans Baseball set tryouts for Saturday

9:02 a.m. |

The Brookfield East Jr. Spartans Select Baseball Program will begin holding tryouts for the 2016 season on Saturday, August 8th at Wirth Park.   Under the guidance of Varsity Coach Nicholas Wycklendt, the Jr. Spartans baseball program preaches teamwork and sportsmanship, with a strong emphasis on player development. 
The 2016 U8, U9, and U10 teams will have tryouts on August 8th from 9:00 till 10:30.   The u11, U12, and U13 teams will conduct tryouts that same day from 11:00 till 12:30.   For full details on tryout dates and times, and more information about the program, visit our website:

Elm Grove to host first camp out in Village Park

Aug. 04, 2015 1:43 a.m. | Dozens of families and hundreds of residents will gather in the friendly confines of Village Park for the village of Elm Grove's first Great Elm Grove Campout.

The campout was inspired by inquiries from village residents about the possibility of such an event. In addition, Elm Grove recreation director Erin Cross says that she felt a village campout would be successful because it has worked in other communities.

"It's something that I've seen at other recreation departments, and camping is kind of one of my hobbies, so I really latched onto it right away," Cross said. "It will be a fantastic family event."

The Great Elm Grove Campout will feature entertainment for all ages starting at 4 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 8.

"We will have our pool open as normal and the campout is also in conjunction with one of our Movies in the Park," Cross said.

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New Berlin woman charged with embezzling from neurosurgery practice

July 30, 2015 3:48 p.m. | A New Berlin woman has been charged with embezzling more than $200,000 while working for a Brookfield neurosurgery practice from 2012 to 2014.

Debbie A. Benson, 53, faces 13 counts of theft in a business setting, over $10,000, and five counts of unauthorized use of an entity's identifying information.

According to the criminal complaint:

Benson began working as a billing specialist at Wisconsin Neurosurgery in March 2012. In 2014, the business owner, surgeon Kimball Fuiks, hired an auditor and asked her to sit down with Benson and teach her some better financial management because the business wasn't doing well.

The auditor noted resistance from Benson, and then began reviewing books and immediately noticed red flags; clients who had not been billed. After the auditor confronted Benson, she promptly resigned.

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Town commission recommends approval for pair of Poplar Creek requests

July 28, 2015 10:18 p.m. | The town of Brookfield Plan Commission took its turn tackling a pair of requests from Wimmer Communities regarding the developer's proposal for land north of W. Bluemound Road and just west of Poplar Creek.

The project, which shares the name Poplar Creek with its aquatic future neighbor, would bring 136 luxury apartments and a 4,200-square-foot retail building to a currently vacant 7.45 acre parcel.

On Tuesday night, the Plan Commission was asked to consider a rezoning request by Wimmer to change the property from being intended only for business to having a mixed-use development be allowable.

Additionally, the panel was tasked with making a recommendation on the topic of a conditional use permit for Poplar Creek that would allow it some elbow room compared to normal standards in the town.

The commission made recommendations to the town board in favor of both requests by 5-0 and 4-1 votes respectively with commissioner Len Smeltzer casting the dissenting vote for the conditional use permit.

City of Brookfield to host 17th National Night Out

July 28, 2015 11:48 a.m. | Residents will have a chance to meet and bond with their police and fire personnel next Wednesday night.

The city of Brookfield will be hosting its 17th annual National Night Out at the Brookfield Civic Plaza, located just north of City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, and the city Public Safety Building, 2100 N. Calhoun Road.

"National Night Out is a celebration of crime prevention and safety," city of Brookfield Police Dept. community services officer Denise Carroll said. "It is an opportunity to get crime prevention and safety information out to the community."

The event is Brookfield's branch of a national program launched in 1984 to promote positive relationships between police and their communities.

National Night Out in Brookfield will run from 5 - 9 p.m. Wednesday evening and will include plenty of topical crime prevention information.

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'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale

July 28, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.

The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.

The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.

Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.

Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.

Blue Sox increase winning streak to seven in a row

July 28, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Brookfield Blue Sox Gold Glove centerfielder Nick Rechlitz struggled in his first three at bats against Sussex in an 8-4 win on July 25 at McCoy Field. He even struggled the first few pitches in his fourth at bat, but not for long.

The Bulldogs trailed, 4-3, in the bottom of the seventh, with JJ Belknapp at third and Matt McCarten on second when Rechlitz came to bat. He grounded out to the mound, flew out to right field and grounded out to second in his first three at bats.

But after battling Lucas Keller, who had entered the game in the sixth inning, Rechlitz ripped a two-strike single to center field to bring home Belknapp and McCarten for a 5-4 lead, with Rechlitz taking second on the throw to the plate. Tim Kahle then singled in Rechlitz for a 6-4 lead going into the final two innings.

"The biggest thing is you have to stay confident, forget your previous at bats and continue to look forward, thinking of the next pitch and putting the ball in play and making solid contact," Rechlitz said. "I was lucky enough to get a pitch up in the zone, got my hands through and get a good barrel on it. It gave us the game today and gave us the lead, and that was good."

Rechlitz added an RBI double in the eighth inning and scored the game's final run for an 8-4 win.

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Both Brookfield Land O' Lakes teams can make playoffs — or not

July 28, 2015 11:03 a.m. | The following tiebreakers are set up for the Western Division playoff scenarios.

The first tiebreaker is head-to-head results (if more than two teams are tied). The second one is the team with the best record against other teams involved in playoffs. The third one is the combined record of teams they lost to (highest percentage gets higher seed). The fourth is the number of runs allowed in regular-season league games, and the last one is the always reliable coin toss.

Here is the breakdown sent in by commissioner Craig Larsen.

1. Pewaukee Muskies (14-3): Have clinched a spot in the playoffs and a first-round bye and can clinch the No. 1 seed by winning at Monches or by West Bend losing one of two games this weekend.

2. West Bend 7 Up (12-4):Have clinched a spot in the playoffs, will be no lower than the third seed, will host a game and can clinch a first-round bye with a win over Oconomowoc or a Hartand or Sussex loss.

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Brookfield Bulldogs split two games over weekend

July 28, 2015 10:58 a.m. | The Brookfield Bulldogs suffered a big 4-3 loss to Sussex (12-5) on Sunday, July 26, at McCoy Field, following a 6-3 road win over Monches (10-7) on Saturday, July 25.

The split left the Bulldogs (9-7) tied with crosstown rival Brookfield Blue Sox (9-7), with each tied for the sixth and final playoff spot. They play each other on Saturday and Sunday at McCoy Field.

"We've gone through some growing pains this season as we've gotten much younger," manager Jason booth said of his Bulldogs. "But this is exactly what we needed. They've all played a ton this season, and it's really going to pay off dividends in 2016 and beyond.

"Parker (Sniatynski-St. Louis Billikens), Elijah (Goodman-UWM), Patrick (O'Brien-Purdue) and Erik (Nelson-St. Louis Billikens) are all extremely talented."

Last-inning loss

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Brookfield man charged after alleged stabbing

July 28, 2015 10:34 a.m. | A Brookfield man faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison after allegedly stabbing an acquaintance eight times early Saturday morning.

19-year-old Aaron Mattes is charged with substantial battery, use of a dangerous weapon after a criminal complaint indicated that he attacked a man in the 20500 block of Chadwick Lane in the city of Brookfield as part an ongonig feud between the two.

The victim's girlfriend told police that she witnessed the assault after dropping the victim off at his house around 12:45 a.m. Saturday. After her boyfriend exited the vehicle, Mattes tackled him and the two began to fight.

At 1:07 a.m., police were called and advised that a stabbing victim had been brought into Elmbrook Memorial Hospital.

The victim had a total of eight cuts or stab wounds on his body including two on his head, two on his shoulder and four on his thigh, all requiring stitches.

Brookfield Land O'Lakes game brings back good memories

July 28, 2015 10:08 a.m. | It brought back a lot of memories sitting on the sidelines Saturday at McCoy Field watching the Brookfield Blue Sox defeat the Sussex Cardinals, 8-4, for their sixth straight victory.

I was one of the youngest managers in Land O'Lakes history back when I was 19 years old. After graduating from Brookfield Central in 1967, I played for the Brookfield Lakers, which is now the Brookfield Bulldogs. I use the words "played for" loosely.

I had a lifetime batting average of .200, getting two hits in 10 at bats, both off a pitcher named Kent Larson, who pitched for Muskego, which was then part of the Eastern Division.

In fact, when you only have two career hits, you remember them well. They were opposite field singles over the shortstop's head. No, I didn't take the outside pitch the other way, I just swung late.

For years, my teammates kidded me, saying "I owned Kent Larson."

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