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Woman accused of stealing from employer to feed drug habit

Aug. 19, 2011 1:00 p.m. | A former bookkeeper of Brookfield-based Mailwaukee Mailing Equipment is accused of using a company credit card to draw cash advances and make unauthorized purchases totaling nearly $40,000 to fund her drug habit, according to a criminal complaint.

Nicole D. Buchert, 36, of West Allis has been charged with theft in a business setting totaling more than $10,000, identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

She faces a maximum sentence of 26 years in prison if convicted on all three felony counts.

According to the criminal complaint:

Buchert obtained a company credit card in her name while she worked as a bookkeeper for Mailwaukee Mailing Equipment, 17020 Pheasant Drive, in August, 2010.

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Groundbreaking ceremony set for The Corners

10:03 a.m. | After many years of preparation, developers are set to finally officially break ground on The Corners in the town of Brookfield.

The groundbreaking ceremony is set for the morning of Tuesday, May 12.

Attendees will begin arriving at 10 a.m. Following candid photography and some brief remarks, the official groundbreaking is set for 11 a.m.

Vacant Brookfield church may soon have new tenants

May 05, 2015 8:33 p.m. | A vacant church in the city of Brookfield may soon find its chapel occupied again.

Last month, the city's Plan Review Board fielded and approved a request to schedule a public hearing by Lao Christian Church for occupancy of the former Brookfield United Methodist Church at 2400 N. Brookfield Road.

According to city of Brookfield planning administrator Mike Theis says that the church has sat vacant for more than a year after its former congregation merged with Peace United Methodist Church on North Ave.

Emerald Ash Borer discovered in Elm Grove

May 05, 2015 8:13 p.m. | Elm Grove's forestry department has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) within the village.

The discovery was made on April 29 near Tonawanda School.

"This is the first confirmed case that we've had," Elm Grove forester Ron Hill said.

Elm Grove woman passes on skating legacy to youth

May 05, 2015 8:13 p.m. | At 69-years-old, some people might think that it's time to start winding down and enjoy the recliner.

But for Marcia Richards of Elm Grove, nothing could be further from the truth.

Richards came back from Salt Lake City two weeks ago with three medals after having competed at the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships.

Stemming from that success, Richards has been invited to perform alongside skaters young enough to be her grandchildren this weekend at the Pettit National Ice Center's annual Red, White and Blades event.

Brookfield officer honored for heroism

May 05, 2015 6:58 p.m. | A City of Brookfield police officer was honored last month for his role in the rescue of a 20-year-old man from being trapped underneath a burning vehicle.

Officer Jacob Olynick joined New Berlin police officer Joshua Ledzian and West Allis sergeant Clinton Corwin and officers Lucas Binter and Randy Kwasinski in receiving Meritorious Awards from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association for the group's work in both capturing a suspect after a high speed chase and saving the subject's life.

Jacob Olynick is the son of Brent and Valerie Olynick.

Two suspects charged with Elm Grove burglaries, thefts

May 04, 2015 11:18 p.m. | A pair of suspects are in custody and are being charged with multiple offenses related to a pattern of thefts from vehicles and two burglaries in the village of Elm Grove.

The Elm Grove Police Dept. worked with City of Milwaukee Police in the arrests of Antonio Bell and Jeremiah Kimbrough, both of Milwaukee, last week after investigations allowed them to track the suspects to an apartment in the 3800 block of Port Washington Road.

Both subjects later admitted to being involved in thefts from vehicles but both denied being the one who actually physically committed the thefts and said that they operated the get-away vehicle.

The pair are also suspected of having been involved in a number of entries to vehicles in other communities in the greater Milwaukee area.

Crew claiming to be spring break partiers busted in check fraud scheme

May 04, 2015 1:58 p.m. | Their suspicions already high, Elm Grove police heard this explanation when they asked some Georgia men what they were up to in a minivan that had just fled the leafy suburb at high speed:

They were on spring break, one said, and had driven overnight to Wisconsin "to have some good fun."

They actually were part of a sophisticated nationwide check fraud scheme that Elm Grove police — through instinct, experience and a little serendipity — unraveled and put down last week in not much longer than it would take on a TV crime show, according to prosecutors.

From the time officers noticed the minivan moving oddly in downtown Elm Grove to when they were shutting the jail door on the whole operation, all of about four hours passed.

"I don't think we've ever had 10 people in custody at one time," Assistant Chief Jason Hennen said Monday.

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Investigation: Family behind collapsed Falls building has a history of neglecting properties

May 01, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Executives of the companies that own and manage the partially collapsed North Hills Plaza in Menomonee Falls have a long history of legal troubles and neglecting properties, a Menomonee Falls Now investigation has found.

North Hills Plaza is owned by 1340 East 9th Street Realty Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, whose CEO is Samuel Pinter, according to Waukesha County tax records and information from the New York Department of State. His son, Charles Pinter, is the CEO of Royale Property Management, which oversees North Hills Plaza. Together the Pinters and their affiliated companies have left a wake of rundown properties, according to court records and officials in Texas.

In 2013, unlivable conditions rife with cockroaches, toilets overflowing, spoiled food and a pool so filthy the water was black were reported in inspection reports for a Texas retirement community owned by Samuel Pinter.

A 2004 federal court lawsuit over an alleged $44 million Ponzi scheme names Samuel Pinter as a defendant, and Charles Pinter was ultimately brought into the suit, as well.

In addition, news sources have reported other incidents in which properties owned by Charles or Samuel, or both, were found to be dilapidated and unlivable.

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Deanna Wellens named new associate principal of Pilgrim Park Middle School

April 29, 2015 2:13 p.m. | Deanna Wellens will be the new associate principal at Pilgrim Park Middle School, the school board announced April 28.

Wellens is currently the Dean of Students at Wyoming Middle School in Wyoming, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2003 and a Master's degree for Science in School Psychology from Miami University in 2004.

Wellens will replace Mark Peperkorn, who was promoted to Pilgrim Park Principal earlier this year. Wellens will begin July 1.

"I am excited to return to my home state of Wisconsin and to begin working with the students, staff and families of Pilgrim Park," Wellens said in a news release.

More on this story will be published at a later date.

Brookfield farmers market returns Saturday

April 28, 2015 6:38 p.m. | The Brookfield Farmers Market will kick off its 25th season this Saturday.

The farmers market is located in the parking lot of City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, and is open every Saturday throughout the season from 7:30 a.m. - noon.

In addition to the normal lines of vendors, which feature plants, produce, meats, bakery and garden art, is Market & More, a monthly arts and crafts event that is held on the third Saturday of each month.

The market will celebrate its 25th year throughout the season with free frequent shopper punch cards, which will be available at the information table near the clock tower of City Hall.

The market will run through Saturday, Oct. 31.

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Elmbrook Humane Society to team with HAWS

April 28, 2015 6:33 p.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society has taken on another partner as it continues its nokill mission.

On Tuesday, Elmbrook and the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County (HAWS) announced that the two organizations would be creating a partnership with the goal of creating one of Wisconsin's first no-kill communities within Waukesha County.

The partnership will see Elmbrook open its doors, kennels, and adoption center to cats and kittens from HAWS.

"We wanted to just start exploring what more we can do together to help the feline population," Elmbrook Humane Society Executive Director Heather Gehrke said. "Out of that resulted a direct partnership between HAWS and our organization to save additional lives of cats."

Gehrke says that the relationship could not have begun at a better time of year as spring often sees animal shelters flooded with stray cats and litters of kittens.

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Brookfield man OK in Nepal, according to email sent to parents

April 28, 2015 9:35 a.m. | A Brookfield couple says that they have finally gotten direct word from their son that he is safe and sound after he was caught in Nepal during last Saturday's earthquake.

Kevin Woods was staying at a guest house 18 miles southeast of Kathmandu when the disaster struck. Woods, who lives in Thailand and is working on a PhD, was in Nepal for a conference.

Kevin's parents, Mike and Joyce, learned of the earthquake, like many others in the western hemisphere, as they woke up on Saturday morning.

"That morning my husband woke me up and told me about it. At first I thought he was kidding, because he's such a kidder," Joyce said. "I went on the Internet to try to find out anything I can."

For the next hour, Joyce looked for leads that might give her any semblance of relief about Kevin. After finding the Internet unhelpful, she began reaching out to newsrooms.

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Author of book featuring local police stories to host signing at Brookfield Square

April 28, 2015 1:33 a.m. | Barnes & Noble at Brookfield Square will be hosting a book signing this weekend for "Wisconsin 5-0: From High Risk Police Calls to Comic Cop Stories."

The book, released last summer, puts together 31 stories from police officers across the state of Wisconsin as author Hilary Dickinson looks to shed more light on what goes on in the minds of law enforcement agents as they respond to situations and how the calls can end up having lasting effects.

Among the stories told throughout the book are a number of familiar stories that readers will recognize, such as the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek.

Local stories

Two featured stories cover a pair of the most memorable events to happen in Brookfield and Elm Grove in recent years. Dickinson spoke with City of Brookfield police officer Adam Behnke about his experience responding to the Azana Salon and Spa shooting in 2012. Former Elm Grove officer John Krahn is also a voice in the book as he recalls the train crash during the Memorial Day parade in 2009 that left him with injuries that forced him to retire.

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Brookfield TIF district for The Corridor gets final approval

April 27, 2015 7:13 p.m. | The developer Irgens got the final approval it needed Monday evening for the creation of the city of Brookfield's fifth tax-incremental financing district.

The Joint Review Board unanimously approved the creation of the district, which will house Irgens' proposed mixed-use development The Corridor.

The district will provide the developer with $7.42 million in grants to assist in the development of phase one of the project. The city's total costs will reach about $11.25 million including financing and will be recouped through new tax revenue generated by the development over a term of 14 or 15 years depending on how much tax-exempt financing Brookfield can obtain.

The Joint Review Board is a body made up of five members — one representative from each of the taxing bodies that will be affected by the TIF district. Mayor Steve Ponto voted for the city of Brookfield; Waukesha County was represented by Department of Administration head Norm Cummings; Cary Tessmann attended for the Waukesha County Technical College district; and school board member Glen Allgaier attended on behalf of the Elmbrook School District. Jeffrey Trader was the Joint Review Board's member from the general public.

Proceedings were smooth throughout the meeting as all members expressed support for the creation of the district.

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Joint Review Board to rule on Irgens' financial aid

April 27, 2015 3:08 p.m. | A final approval stands between Irgens and the creation of the City of Brookfield's fifth tax-incremental financing district.

The joint review board will take up the item at 5:45 p.m. this evening at City Hall.

The board consists of one representative from each of the four taxing bodies that would be affected by the TID, as well as a citizen member.

The current proposal for TID #5 calls for the city to provide $7.42 million in grants to assist in the development of phase one of The Corridor. The city's total costs would reach approximately $11.25 million including financing.

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