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Elm Grove police looking for suspect in dry cleaning reimbursement scam

Dec. 27, 2011 4:42 p.m. | A man tried to get two Elm Grove businesses to pay his dry cleaning costs in a scheme that netted $50 last week, according to the Elm Grove Police Department.

An employee of Walgreens, 15350 Bluemound Road, contacted police just before 4 p.m. Dec. 19 to report that the store may have fallen victim to a confidence game.

According to a police report:

An unidentified man claimed someone spilled soda on his jacket during a previous visit to the store, and a manager said the store would reimburse him for cleaning costs.

He presented a dry cleaning receipt for $50 and was reimbursed. The manager he had named wasn't on duty.

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Sports Notes: July 2, 2015

June 29, 2015 3:53 p.m. |

Jr. Spartan Football

accepting registrations

The Brookfield East Junior Spartan Football Program is now accepting registrations for the 2015-16 school year.

The program is open to residents and open-enrollment students in the Brookfield East High School attendance area who will be in fifth through eighth grade during the 2015-16 school year.

Fourth-graders playing up will be accepted as needed.

Registration forms and additional information can be found online at

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Brookfield's Krill wins boys 16 doubles Midwest Closed Junior Championship

June 29, 2015 3:48 p.m. | Indianapolis, Indiana — The USTA/Midwest Section Closed Junior Championships, the most prestigious junior tournament in the Midwest Section, ended June 25, and a Brookfield Easst player ended up winning the boys 16 doubles competition.

Robert Krill of Elm Grove team up with Nicholas Marino of Northbrook, Illinois, to defeat Lucas Horve of Forsyth, Illinois, and Jack Randall of Lockport, Illinois (6-3, 6-4).

Krill played No. 2 singles for coach Linda Lied at Brookfield East this season.

Over 1,000 talented junior players from all five USTA/Midwest Section States – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin — competed in the event.

These players are some of the best in the country and many have already committed to colleges across the nation.

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Rufer, Keane key Lancers' victory over Brookfield East

June 29, 2015 3:23 p.m. | Brookfield Central senior catcher Mike Rufer is known for his defensive skills, but in the Lancers' 6-1 decision over Brookfield East on June 22 at Central, Rufer let his bat do the talking.

Rufer, batting sixth in the order, had a third of his team's hits, going 3-for-3 with three singles and a run scored as the Lancers banged out nine hits against the Spartans.

He had a big hit in the Lancers' three-run second inning and again in the fifth.

With one out in the second, Michael Hauser singled to left field, and Rufer also followed with a single to left. Dominic LaBellarte dropped down a bunt, and East pitcher Jake Smith threw the ball away, allowing Hauser to score and courtesy runner Bob Gerhard to go to third, making the score 1-0.

Senior Jarred Shipman dropped down a suicide squeeze bunt to score Gerhard, making it 2-0, and junior Dillon Sehmer hit into a 6-4 fielder's choice, scoring LaBellarte for a 3-0 lead.

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Water main break closes Lilly Road

June 26, 2015 7:50 a.m. |  

A water main break has closed a half-mile of Lilly Road, from West Burleigh to Ridgewood Road. 


The water department is working to fix the issue.  

Elm Grove library surveying residents on future

June 24, 2015 12:28 a.m. | The Elm Grove Public Library is looking into changing its path.

And it needs residents' help in order to figure out its next direction.

The village's Library Board is revisiting its long-term strategic plan and is asking residents of the village, library-goers and potential-future-library-goers alike, to take a few minutes of their time and respond to a survey regarding what they'd like to see more or less of if and when they visit.

The survey is posted on both the village's website and the library's website. In addition, hard copies can be picked up at the circulation desk at the library, 13600 Juneau Blvd.

Motion to dismiss for couple charged with locking daughter in basement denied

June 23, 2015 7:14 p.m. | A motion to dismiss child neglect charges against a Brookfield couple was denied in Waukesha County Court Tuesday afternoon.

In March, a Brookfield mother and her husband were charged with one count of child neglect in a case involving a 13-year-old girl and the couple's alleged treatment of the child.

Brookfield Now is not naming the couple, the child's mother and stepfather, in order to protect the identity of the child.

The couple pleaded not guilty to the charge in April and last month the couple's attorneys, Chelsea Williamson and Ronald Sonderhouse, filed a motion to dismiss.

On Tuesday, Sonderhouse said that the motion to dismiss was fueled by a lack of sufficiency of the criminal complaint. Sonderhouse said that the defense attempted to subpoena two witnesses for Tuesday's hearing, but neither was available.

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Elm Grove police seek leads in robbery

June 23, 2015 6:48 p.m. | A robber who made off with around $328 after threatening a woman in her garage in the 15100 block of Bluemound Road on June 12 is still on the loose.

Village of Elm Grove police are still searching for leads as they attempt to identify a suspect in the robbery, which took place at around 9:30 p.m.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s who is about 6 feet tall and between 160 and 170 pounds. He is described as having no facial hair, a deep voice, and was wearing a black knit hat, dark zip-up shirt and dark pants.

The suspect committed the robbery when he approached the woman, who was unloading her trunk, placed something cold against the back of her neck, and demanded money at which point the victim turned over the cash.

Police from the city of Brookfield and city of New Berlin also responded to the call and officers, including a K-9 unit, searched the area for over an hour. The suspect was last seen fleeing north on Terrace Drive.

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Brookfield's St. Dominic gearing up for annual Dominic Days festival

June 23, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Brookfield's St. Dominic Catholic Parish will look ahead to its 60th anniversary celebration by once again welcoming the community to its annual festival, Dominic Days.

Dominic Days is a four-day event which runs from Thursday afternoon through Sunday on one summer weekend. This year, it's July 9 through 12.

St. Dominic Director of Marketing & Communications Meg Picciolo notes that the festival expanded from three to four days for the first time last year. The parish felt that the expansion was a success and received plenty of positive feedback on it.

A large reason for increasing the length of Dominic Days was to allow the parish to offer an opportunity for children with special needs.

"The first thing we do on Thursday is that we have a special time for kids with special needs," Picciolo said. "Kids with special needs can ride on the rides with free wristbands; they just have to pre-register with us."

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Brookfield to host forum for new park

June 23, 2015 12:03 a.m. | The city of Brookfield is asking for public input this Thursday, June 25, on a new neighborhood park proposed in the city's 7th district.

The Meadows of Brookfield Neighborhood Park would be located on the east side of Eastmoor Avenue between Mt. Vernon Avenue and Golf Parkway. It has been in the city's Park & Open Space Plan as a recommended site for a future park since 1984. The park is intended to serve an area outlined by Bluemound Road to the north, Sunnyslope Road to the east, I-94 to the south and Moorland Road to the west. The area contains over 500 households. As of right now, the closest city parks to the area are Mary Knoll Park, located south of I-94, and Krueger Park, located east of Elm Grove Road.

"It's been identified in the city's Park and Open Space Plan dating back to 1984, but it hasn't moved forward until this point in time," Brookfield Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry Bill Kolstad said. "There was some resident interest indicated that was presented to the parks and recreation commission and they authorized moving forward with a public process at this time."

Kolstad said that while Mary Knoll and Krueger are district parks, which tend to be larger in size, the Meadows of Brookfield will be a neighborhood park.

"A neighborhood park is really identified to serve the neighborhood within a half-mile to a mile radius," Kolstad said.

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2015 4th of July events in suburban Milwaukee

June 22, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Welcome to summer! Area communities have numerous events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2015. If you know of an event you don't see listed here, drop us a line at Enjoy!

A list of 4th of July celebrations in Lake Country is a available here.

City of Brookfield 

Join the city of Brookfield as it celebrates Independence Day on Saturday, July Fourth. The day’s activities begin with a parade that starts at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Gebhardt Road at the driveway of Brookfield Central High School, turns right on Calhoun Road, left on North Avenue, and left on Norhardt Drive, where it ends at the corner of Civic Drive.

The annual citywide ice cream social takes place on the Civic Plaza immediately after the parade. Ice cream and lemonade are available. There will be a flag-raising ceremony and other entertainment.

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Sunset Playhouse offers free ticket for fathers

June 19, 2015 5:08 p.m. | The Sunset Playhouse is celebrating Father's Day this weekend with a buy one, get one free ticket special for Sunday's 2 p.m. presentation of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite."

The Sunset Playhouse is located at 800 Elm Grove Road. For more information, call 262-782-4430.

Some officials still skeptical of Corridor

June 16, 2015 10:34 p.m. | Despite a development agreement being signed a tax incremental financing district having been endorsed and approved, city of Brookfield officials continue to be skeptical of parts of Irgens proposed development: The Corridor.

At Tuesday's Common Council meeting, officials were asked to approve a resolution authorizing general obligation bonds for tax incremental district (TID) #5 for the development.

Despite the district being approved by a thin margin of 8 – 7 in April, with Mayor Steve Ponto breaking the 7 – 7 tie among aldermen, and the Joint Review Board later endorsing the TID as well, multiple aldermen continued to protest it.

Even though it may have led to potential legal troubles for the city, aldermen Christopher Blackburn, Jerry Mellone, Bill Carnell and Dan Sutton found themselves unable to support a resolution to authorize general obligation bonds for the district.

The resolution was approved anyway though by a 10-3-1 vote with Blackburn, Mellone and Carnell voting against it and Sutton abstaining.

Brookfield Academy's Head of School retires

June 16, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Brookfield Academy's Head of School, Robert Solsrud, will retire this summer after working 46 years at the school.

Solsrud fulfilled the roles of teacher, administrator of each division, coach and athletic director and served as the academy's Head of School for the last 22 years. Solsrud is the Brookfield Academy's third Head of School in its 53-year history.

Solsrud recalled how the academy, located at 3460 N. Brookfield Road, has grown throughout his tenure.

The campus has expanded to include more buildings, which enabled growth in both student enrollment and staff positions, he said.

"The academy has changed in many ways, but what hasn't changed is its educational philosophy and values," Solsrud said.

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Kristin Olson to be Tonawanda Elementary's new principal in Elmbrook district

June 15, 2015 9:53 a.m. | Tonawanda Elementary's new principal will be Kristin Olson, the Elmbrook School Board announced on May 28.

Before serving as a teaching and learning specialist at Tonawanda, Olson taught fourth grade at Brookfield Elementary and was a principal in the New Berlin School District.

"We are so fortunate to have Kristin Olson able and willing to step into the leadership role at Tonawanda," Mark Hansen, superintendent of the Elmbrook School District, stated in a news release. "Kristin is already deeply invested in Tonawanda's school community, and it is a unique opportunity to have someone with her experience and leadership capacity available to continue the great work Dr. Kasmarick has done over the past seven years."

Olson will replace Alix Kasmarick, who accepted a position in another school district. Olson will officially begin her new role as Tonawanda's principal on July 1.

"I am humbled by the opportunity and the support I have already received from the staff, parents and students at Tonawanda," Olson stated in a news release. "I love our school and it will be a privilege to serve as principal, and a challenge to build on our mission of inspiring kind, engaged and critical thinkers, prepared to successfully contribute to our world."

Police hope to fill safety sessions

June 12, 2015 1:43 p.m. | The city of Brookfield Police Dept. is looking for more participants in its Safety Town program, which is being offered by the department for its 30th year running.

Safety Town is a program designed to teach children entering kindergarten about safety with a specific emphasis on fire and traffic.

The city will be offering three sessions throughout the summer, which will all take place at Burleigh Elementary School, 16185 Burleigh Place.

All sessions are a week long with Safety Town running from 9 a.m. - noon daily throughout the following dates:

·June 21 - 26

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