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Shooting reported near Brookfield Square

Oct. 21, 2012 12:03 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that a shooting occurred around 11:30 this morning near Brookfield Square Mall.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

Construction worker dies in machinery accident at Zoo Interchange project

10:15 a.m. | A construction worker died in a machinery accident at the Zoo Interchange project near Interstate 94 and 91st Street at about 7:41 a.m. Feb. 28, the Milwaukee County sheriff's office reported.

The construction worker, 33-year-old Ryan C. Calkins of Brookfield, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's office.

The incident is being investigated by the criminal investigation division of the sheriff's office, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Milwaukee County district attorney's office.

According to Chris Zortman, OSHA's Milwaukee-area director, Calkins "came into contact" with a drill rig while he was installing tiebacks on a retaining wall.

Fran McLaughlin, director of support services for the sheriff's office did not provide further details on the incident because of the ongoing investigation. She said the sheriff's office and Brookfield police helped interview witnesses, notified family members, and are now assisting OSHA with its investigation.

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Wauwatosa rubber stamp company Schwaab chooses Brookfield for new home

March 02, 2015 7:26 p.m. | The Schwaab stamp company will be moving from its longtime location at 11415 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, to a vacant building at 12855 W. Lisbon Road in Brookfield, officials say.

The Schwaab site on Burleigh Road was purchased in January by HSA Commercial Real Estate, developer of Tosa's Mayfair Collection, for $2.15 million, and is likely to be the site of a new shopping center by next year.

"The building is currently being held by an LLC, so Schwaab technically doesn't have the property, but we have plans to move there by June or July," Schwaab President Jeremiah McNeal said, referring to the Brookfield location.

McNeal says that location was an important factor in the search for a new building.

"Location really was key for us. It's very close to our existing building and we anticipate that we'll retain everybody when we move to the new location because it's so close," McNeal said.

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Lancers rally to beat Brookfield East in girls basketball regional

Feb. 27, 2015 9:30 p.m. | Caroline Busch and Emma Brauer battled a tough Brookfield East defense all night and finally pulled away to give Brookfield Central a 46-41 victory on Friday in a first round WIAA Regional game.

 After Central took a 21-13 first quarter lead behind 8 points by Busch, the Spartans rallied with an 11-2 second quarter and a 24-23 halftime lead. East won the third quarter, 7-5, as Mariah Miller hit a 3-point shot on the buzzer for a 31-28 lead going into the fourth quarter.
But Brauer had 7 points and Busch 6 in the final 18-10 period and Central advances to the regional final at King at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Busch had 14 points, but had to battle Abby Gregg all night who faced guarded her most of the night. Brauer, who had a terrible first half shooting, kept shooting and scored 12 points in the game.
Miller had 15 points, and Angela Pichler had 13 to lead East, who committed some crucial turnovers down the stretch.

Construction starts on Brookfield Square expansion

Feb. 26, 2015 2:02 p.m. | Mall officials say that the latest evolution of Brookfield Square is now under way.

The first step of this most recent expansion, which is technically Phase 6 in ongoing improvements, will see the addition of approximately 20,000 square feet of new space. This new structure will be located near the southern end of the mall, adjacent to Sears, and facing North Moorland Road. The project also includes the demolition of approximately 7,400 square feet currently occupied by Sears in order to make room.

"We are very excited to continue to deliver to our shoppers the best that dining and retail has to offer," Brookfield Square General Manager Scott Oleson said in a statement. "We are committed to reinvesting in our center and the community, and this expansion underscores our focus."

The new buildings will feature three new restaurants: Jason's Deli, Blackfinn Ameripub, and Mooyah Burger. More new stores are expected to be announced as the project continues.

City's financial contributions

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Elmbrook promotes Pilgrim Park Middle School's Mike Sereno and Mark Peperkorn

Feb. 25, 2015 11:06 a.m. | Two administrators for the Elmbrook School District were recently promoted to serve new roles for the 2015-16 school year.

Pilgrim Park Middle School Principal Mike Sereno will be the new Director of Teaching and Learning, after the school board approved the promotion on Feb. 24.

Sereno will replace Director of Elementary Education Tammy Gibbons, who is resigning at the end of the school year.

Pilgrim Park's Associate Principal, Mark Peperkorn, will be the middle school's next principal.

"A critical responsibility of leadership is managing employee talent throughout the school district," Elmbrook Superintendent Mark Hansen stated in a news release. "We are very fortunate to have two, prove instructional leaders in Mike Sereno and Mark Peperkorn, and the opportunity to fill a key district role and a school leadership position at Pilgrim Park through internal promotions was an easy decision to make."

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Elmbrook Parent Network to address appropriate social media use in panel discussion

Feb. 24, 2015 10:19 a.m. | The Elmbrook Parent Network will host a panel discussion concerning appropriate use of social media on Tuesday, March 3.

"Public and Permanent: Your Digital Tattoo" will discuss the impact of social media on today's children.

The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brookfield Central High School, 16900 W. Gebhardt Road.

The program will be divided into three sections. Parents attending the discussion will:

·Learn about the social media kids are using, the pros and cons of each, and how parents can monitor their use — held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.

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Elm Grove earns Storm Ready certification

Feb. 23, 2015 10:31 p.m. | If a resident of Elm Grove asked the National Weather Service, they might be convinced that they are more safe from severe weather than residents of other communities.

On Monday night, the Elm Grove Board of Trustees was commended by the National Weather Service and forecasters James Wood and Bob McMahon for completing the StormReady program.

StormReady is a nationwide program that measures a community's preparedness for all types of severe weather. The program pushes communities to improve local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.

As of Feb. 23, there are 2,285 StormReady sites, including counties, communities, universities, and more, across 49 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Elm Grove, business association aim to team up on more effective marketing of the community

Feb. 23, 2015 9:58 p.m. | The village of Elm Grove and the Elm Grove Business Association are hoping that in the months to come a partnership can be formed to increase the municipality's marketability.

The idea was first brought up in late 2014 and at Monday's board of trustees meeting, business association vice president Mary Inden briefed village officials on progress thus far.

"We've had two meetings. On the 18th of this month, we had a meeting in the evening which was not really well-attended," Inden said. "(But) we did come out with some nice ideas."

Inden noted that the business association feels that Elm Grove must improve its marketability both for the sake of existing businesses and to bring in new businesses.

"For businesses in Elm Grove, the first top market is of course Elm Grove residents," Inden said. "But then we do need to expand that neighborhood in order to keep our businesses busy."

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Elmbrook Humane Society updates its fundraiser

Feb. 23, 2015 7:02 p.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society's annual spring fundraiser is back with a new name and a new venue.

Called Wine and Whiskers in its first eight years, the humane society will host the event beginning at 5 p.m. March 21 at the Milwaukee Marriott West, W231 N1600 Corporate Court, Waukesha, under the name Spring Gala.

Elmbrook Humane Society executive director Heather Gehrke expects the event to attract between 250 and 300 people and raise close to $50,000 in gross proceeds, roughly in line with past years, and as much as $30,000 in net funds.

"This is a smaller, more quaint event. It's a dinner-type event. That's the major change with this. In the past we've had it set up as more of an hors d'ouvres and food station event with activities going on all around," Gehrke said. "This year, we're having it be more formal with a sit-down dinner."

Gehrke says that the change in format will allow for the humane society to more easily interact with the entire population of guests throughout the night. the evening will include a viewing of a video presentation that will encourage guests to donate specifically to the medical needs at the Elmbrook Humane Society.

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Brookfield aldermen disagree with county's North Ave. plans

Feb. 23, 2015 2:11 p.m. | A pair of Brookfield aldermen attended the Feb. 24 Waukesha County Board meeting with the hope of getting officials' attention regarding an upcoming project in the city.

The county is planning an expansion of North Avenue in the city of Brookfield between N. 124th Street and North Calhoun Road.

The expansion would at least double the width of the road, with the county's Department of Public Works planning to widen it from two lanes to four lanes to better handle traffic that exceeds 20,000 vehicles per day.

County officials said the threshold generally used for expanding a road to four lanes is 18,000 vehicles per day.

Aldermen Dan Sutton and Bill Carnell attended the meeting. Sutton planned to speak during the board's public comment portion of proceedings, but, because the topic wasn't on the agenda, he was not able to address the issue.

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Crews clear crash that closed I-94 exit ramp in Brookfield

Feb. 21, 2015 10:46 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the westbound Interstate 94 exit ramp to U.S. Highway 18 in Brookfield Saturday morning. The Wisconsin State Patrol responded.

Wilson Center welcomes Barbara Morgan exhibit to Brookfield

Feb. 20, 2015 5:59 p.m. | Fans of both art and photography can find something to do this Saturday evening at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive.

The Wilson Center has the Barbara Morgan Ploch Art Gallery on display and a reception will be held for the exhibit, which is on loan from the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University.

Barbara Morgan was an American photographer perhaps most well known in the worlds of visual art and dance for depicting modern dancers.

The reception will run from 6 - 7:30 p.m. and the exhibit will remain on display at the Wilson Center through March 14.

Former owners of Brookfield title company charged with fraud

Feb. 19, 2015 4:50 p.m. | The former owners of a Brookfield title company have been charged with stealing more than $1.8 million from the company.

Timothy Kugler, 43, and Lisa Verken, 41, (formerly known as Lisa Kugler) of West Bend, and Michelle Hayes, 46, of Wauwatosa face counts of bank fraud conspiracy, bank fraud and filing false tax returns, according to a grand jury indictment announced Thursday.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, the trio diverted mortgage lender money from an escrow account at New Horizon LLC into a different account, and then wrote checks to themselves from that account.

They withheld settlement funds at closings and told bank employees that overdrafts in the New Horizon escrow were due to tardy wire transfers of funds from lenders, and later altered bank records to try to hide the fraud from auditors working for New Horizon's insurance underwriter.

None of the defendants reported the money as income on their 2008 and 2009 tax returns, according to the indictment.

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Town of Brookfield's The Corners project set for groundbreaking in the spring

Feb. 19, 2015 12:37 p.m. | The town of Brookfield's Town Board approved a developer's agreement Wednesday night for a long-awaited project set for 19 acres between Bluemound Road and I-94, east of Barker Road.

The Corners, a 750,000 square-foot mixed use development, is now projected to have a formal groundbreaking this spring. Officials hopes that the project can be completed in the Fall of 2016.

"It's taken a long time to reach these agreements, but the time wasn't wasted," Brookfield Town Administrator Rick Czopp said. "We're all excited and we're ready for them to start."

Experienced developers on board

The Marcus Corp. has announced that Chicago-based Bradford Real Estate Companies and IM Properties, based across the pond in the United Kingdom, will be joining it on the project. IM Properties and Bradford Real Estate will serve as the managing member with Marcus staying on as a minority partner.

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Elmbrook School District to host two celebrations for Chinese Year of the Ram

Feb. 18, 2015 12:25 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District welcomes its families to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Thursday and Friday.

The district's Chinese language program will host the event, which will celebrate the Chinese Year of the Ram.

The celebration will include many traditional Chinese activities, such as Taichi, Chinese acupuncture and Chinese caligraphy. Chinese food will be prepared by Elmbrook parents. Dumplings and homemade egg rolls will be sold for $1.50 each.

Visitors will also enjoy ping-pong, a chopsticks competition and paper lanterns.

Local organizations International Institue of Holistic Medicine-USA and JK Taewonto will also be present for the celebrations.

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