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Couple reports loss of $200K in jewelry

Oct. 24, 2011 6:30 p.m. | Hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry were taken from a home on Bradford Lane on Oct. 21, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

A man reported that his wife returned to their home in the 21000 block of Bradford Lane to discover that it had been broken into between 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Oct. 21.

It appears the perpetrator gained entry through an unlocked back door and made away with $200,000 in men's and women's jewelry and about $500 in cash.

The home is outfitted with a burglary alarm, but it was not activated at the time of the burglary.

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Save teeth, help troops

1:46 p.m. | As Brookfield children prepare to make the Trick-or-Treat rounds, youth and adults alike should be aware that once bellies are full, there is another option to filling up again.

John Petek, founder of Health and Wealth Alliance in Waukesha, is once again collecting excess candy next week which will then be sent overseas in care packages to troops.

Collection boxes will be available at three locations on three different days next week. On Monday, Nov. 3, donations will be taken at Waukesha Public Library from 2 - 6 p.m. On Tuesday, the Brookfield Public Library will take donations from 3 - 7 p.m., and on Wednesday, candy will be collected at the Town of Brookfield Town Hall from 3 - 6 p.m.

If interested donors are unable to make it to a collection box, they can also call 262-827-9380 to have their extra treats picked up.

Brookfield East girls volleyball team one step away from state

Oct. 30, 2014 10:33 p.m. | There's always a first time.

That's the attitude the Brookfield East girls volleyball team will carry into Saturday night's 7 p.m.WIAA sectional final at home with Greater Metro Conference rival and top-ranked in state DSHA,

At stake will be the fourth-ranked Spartans' first berth in the WIAA State Tournament.

East advanced to the final with an impressive 25-11, 25-20. 25-22 sectional semifinal victory over Pius XI Thursday night at Central. DSHA swept Nicolet earlier in the evening to earn its berth in the final.

The Spartans have lost three times this season to the Dashers, the closest being an epic five-set defeat in the GMC tourney final two weeks ago.

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Photo Gallery: WIAA state soccer tourney day one

Oct. 30, 2014 3:32 p.m. | Day one photos from Uihlein Park in Milwaukee, where St. Thomas More defeated Barron 3-0 to advance to the Division 4 final.

Check back Friday for photos and gameday coverage of the Division 2 semifinal between Brookfield East and Pulaski as well as the Division 1 semifinal between Menomonee Falls and Beloit Memorial.

Elm Grove approves of gourmet grilled cheese

Oct. 29, 2014 1:12 p.m. | New options for comfort food are on the way to Elm Grove.

The Village's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Tom and Chee, a restaurant that will be moving into 12862 W. Bluemound Road.

The franchise, headquartered out of Cincinnati, specializes in gourmet grilled cheese and soup.

The Elm Grove location will be the first Tom and Chee location in Wisconsin.

Tickets now on sale for Brookfield Central's 'Peter Pan' fall musical

Oct. 28, 2014 4:35 p.m. | Tickets are now on sale for Brookfield Central High School's "Peter Pan" fall musical next month.

The high school theatre department's production is the Broadway musical based on the popular play by Sir James Barrie.

Showtimes for the musical begin at 7:30 p.m. on November 20, 21, and 22 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive. Additional performances will be held at 2 p.m. on November 22 and 23.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center box office at (262) 781-9520 or online at Ticket prices range from $10 to $24.

More information on Brookfield Central's fall musical will be included in an upcoming issue.

Elm Grove waste removal to remain the same

Oct. 27, 2014 11:01 p.m. | The Village of Elm Grove has chosen its new waste removal contractor.

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Village Manager Dave DeAngelis executing a new refuse and recycling contract with John's Disposal Service Inc. at its meeting on Monday night.

Elm Grove's current proposed 2015 Budget sets aside $492,290 for solid waste disposal. Compared with 2014's $456,967, the budgeted amount represents a 6.7 percent increase.

The contract will be for seven years, with a village option to extend the service by another three years.

Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

Oct. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Initial Reaction podcast: Examining week one matchups.

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

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Humane Society to waive adoption fees for Halloween

Oct. 26, 2014 11:27 p.m. | Starting Wednesday, it will be even easier to find a new family member at the Elmbrook Humane Society.

The shelter is running a promotion that may be in commemoration of Halloween, but represents the themes of Christmas.

From Oct. 29 - 31, Elmbrook Humane Society is waiving all adoption fees for any and all animals with black or orange fur or collars.

"Through this adoption promotion, you have an aopportunity to forgo the adoption fee, which allows you the opportunity to invest the money saved for other needs," Elmbrook Humane Society Executive Director Heather Gehrke said in a press release.

The humane society requests that interested parties stop in at the shelter and meet with adoption counselors.

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Germantown football team advances with easy win over Brookfield Central

Oct. 24, 2014 11:44 p.m. | Welcome to the North Shore Conference Invitational.

That's what the WIAA D2 southeast area football playoff bracket has turned into, as Homestead, Whitefish Bay, Cedarburg and Germantown all recorded easy wins in Level 1 action Friday night.

Germantown (9-1) did its part, overcoming a slow start to slowly overwhelm Brookfield Central at Datka Field, 37-18.

The Warhawks trailed 3-0 in the first quarter but then ran off 30 unanswered points in earning the victory. They will now host Cedarburg (8-2), which they defeated 48-31 earlier this season, next Friday, Oct. 31 in a level II contest.

The other semifinal in this bracket involves Bay (7-3) visiting Homestead. The winners will meet in Level 3.

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Cedarburg poised for North Shore rematch

Oct. 24, 2014 11:33 p.m. | The Cedarburg Bulldogs will get a chance to exorcise their demons on Halloween night.

After dominating Brookfield East, 49-13, in Friday night's WIAA Division 2 Level 1 playoff game, the third-seeded Bulldogs (8-2, 6-1 in the North Shore Conference), earned an opportunity to avenge one of their two losses next week at No. 2-seeded Germantown (9-1, 6-1).

"This is the game I've been thinking about all year," Cedarburg senior quarterback Mike Mojica said. "We went down to Germantown before, we lost, I got hurt in the game, so I've been wanting to get another shot for a long time."

Cedarburg dropped the first game, 48-31, on Sept. 11. It was well-contested most of the way, but the Warhawks four-touchdown third quarter made the difference.

"Our kids are always excited to play," Cedarburg head coach Brian Leair said. "But yeah, that's one I think they want another shot at, and they're more than excited to get another week of football."

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

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 Level 1.

Brookfield East leaves Pewaukee feeling foggy

Oct. 24, 2014 8:47 a.m. | The start of the sectional semifinal soccer match between Pewaukee and Brookfield East was delayed eight minutes when a bank dense fog rolled swiftly over the field, the product of smoke machines operating on the Haunted Nature Center fundraiser held just west of the stadium at East.

But once the contest began, clarity came quickly, and not just in terms of visibility.

Brookfield East took advantage of a Pewaukee own goal less than two minutes in and then piled on for a healthy first-half lead en route to a 4-0 victory Oct. 23 in the WIAA Division 2 match, one that sent East into a rematch with Whitefish Bay in Saturday's sectional final. Bay defeated East on the Spartans' home turf in the same spot last year.

Peter Raymonds scored twice, which was pretty impressive considering the senior leader was in a hospital bed just days earlier, and the Spartans had a 3-0 lead by the 35th minute, jettisoning a Pewaukee team that had made back-to-back state appearances in Division 3 before joining the D2 field this season.

"They're a good side; this would be only the second game they've lost," East coach Herbie Dundun said. "(The own goal) was a lucky break. In soccer terms, we call it a consequence of good play. It's a byproduct. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't, but we'll take it."

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Police pursuing suspect in shots fired incident

Oct. 22, 2014 11:32 a.m. | Town of Brookfield Police have at least one lead toward a suspect involved in at least seven shots being fired at Motel 6, 20300 W. Bluemound Road, early Wednesday morning.

Officers initially responded to the motel around 3:30 a.m. after a 911 hang-up; however, during their travel time, additional calls were received saying that shots had been fired.

Police have, so far, not located any victims or anyone who was harmed during the altercation.

"We recovered seven shell casings but didn't locate anything that was hit," Lt. Detective Sean Schmidt said.

Witnesses reported that there was a dispute, including arguing and shouting, prior to hearing the gunshots. Afterward, two vehicles fled the scene.

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Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.



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The Corridor project in Brookfield criticized for height, density and its name

Oct. 21, 2014 11:59 p.m. | City of Brookfield officials and residents alike took their turns on the floor to voice their views on the pending project for the Ruby Farm and former Journal Communications property.

The city hosted a public hearing for Irgens' The Corridor Tuesday night during which members of the public, as well as members of the city's Common Council, were invited to comment.

The primary source of debate Tuesday was the rezoning of the property's 65.85 acres into a Planned Development District (PDD) that would then allow the developer to stretch the boundaries of regular zoning standards to accommodate their plans.

The most contentious aspects of Irgens' current plans were a floor-area ratio of approximately 50 percent — a measure of density — and a request for building heights that would reach a maximum if 85 feet in parts of the development. Without the PDD, the floor-area ratio would be limited to 30 percent and building heights would not be allowed to exceed 70 feet.

Alderman Christopher Blackburn was outspoken in his view that the development should offer more public benefit to the community if Irgens hopes to have such flexibility.

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