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Brookfield police issue warning about theft ring targeting elderly women

Nov. 26, 2012 2:18 p.m. | The City of Brookfield Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding suspects in a possible theft ring in the area.

In a crime alert issued by the department last week, police officials said elderly women are being targeted by multiple white men, ranging in age from about 40 to about 65, with heavy Eastern European accents.

One man distracts the victim by asking a question while the other removes the wallet from the victim's purse.

Several women had their purses or wallets stolen this month.

According to the alert:

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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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Brookfield Library celebrates fall

Oct. 21, 2014 4:25 p.m. | With the changing, falling leaves acting as proof, Autumn is entirely upon the Elmbrook area. As such, the City of Brookfield's Public Library is hosting a seasonal celebration.

Crafts, games, cider, snacks, and even more surprises will be available at the library, 1900 N. Calhoun Road, as part of its Fall Festival this Thursday.

The festival will be held in the library's community room and will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information call 262-782-4140.

City recognized for financial reporting

Oct. 21, 2014 4:13 p.m. | For the 17th straight year, the City of Brookfield has been selected for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The honor is bestowed based on a governing body's comprehensive annual financial report.

Last year, only 55 governing agencies in the state of Wisconsin were recognized for excellence in financial reporting by GFOA, including 28 municipalities. Enterprise funds, counties, school districts, technical college districts, and states are also eligible to receive the certificates.

Brookfield Director of Finance Robert Scott says that all credit should go to his staff, but that the certificate for excellence has become the common standard for the city.

"It's what we should be doing. For the city of Brookfield, this is not atypical," Scott said. "We're going to continue to strive for this kind of excellence."

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Gov. Walker names Foley & Lardner partner as new judge in Waukesha

Oct. 21, 2014 8:00 a.m. | A Brookfield lawyer has been named to fill a spot on the Waukesha County Circuit Court bench. Gov. Scott Walker announced the appointment last week.

Michael Aprahamian, a longtime member of Foley & Lardner, will take over Branch 9 duties from Donald Hassin, Jr., who announced his retirement in July.

At Foley, Aprahamian was a litigator in complex civil cases, and the partner in charge of ethics training at the firm.  He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Yale Law School and clerked for Judge Richard Cudahy at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals prior to joining Foley.

He and he and his wife both attended Brookfield high schools.

On Monday, Aprahamian was winding up affairs at Foley. He said he is meeting with Waukesha court administrators next week and hopes to be sworn in and on the job by Nov. 15, in time to attend a state judicial conference in Appleton later that month.

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Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

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 Week 9.

Dunn fourth, weather big winner at state golf

Oct. 15, 2014 6:23 p.m. | The rain was coming down in sheets. The temperature was plummeting. The winds were something out of the movie "Twister."

At one point Tuesday afternoon, Brookfield Central standout senior golfer Grace Dunn turned to Lancers coach Brian Scrobel and simply chuckled.

"It was almost so bad you just kind of had to laugh," Dunn said. "It was so bad that it was kind of fun."

Dunn was in the minority, but the Lancers star certainly had fun during the second round of the WIAA Division 1 girls state golf tournament. Dunn battled through the miserable conditions and posted a 4-over par 76, which tied for the lowest score of the day.

Dunn's big finish allowed her to jump five places and finish fourth individually at 153, six shots behind champion Loren Skibba of Middleton. Dunn also helped Central climb to a seventh place finish after it was in ninth place following Monday's opening round.

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Brookfield Chick-fil-A grand opening sets sales record

Oct. 14, 2014 12:54 p.m. | The grand opening of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Brookfield last month turned out to be the grandest of them all, the company said Tuesday.

A company spokesman said total sales for the first three days of business at the Chick-fil-A, which opened Sept. 18 at 12625 W. Capitol Drive, topped the grand opening sales record set about three years ago at the chicken chain's restaurant in Aurora, Ill. It also set a single-day sales record during that period.

The Brookfield site was the Atlanta-based company's first stand-alone restaurant in Wisconsin, although it has a mall food court location in Racine.

Stephen Goins, a Chick-fil-A consultant who helps new owners launch their restaurants, said the privately owned company doesn't release daily sales figures, but that the Brookfield location set a sales record for a Thursday-through-Saturday grand opening period. New Chick-fil-A stores always open on Thursdays. They are closed on Sundays.

"We had our biggest day ever on the Saturday, and the three-day total beat the previous record as well," Goins said.

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Brookfield panel endorses $2.6 million in TIF funding for development near Capitol Airport

Oct. 14, 2014 11:55 a.m. | The City of Brookfield Plan Commission unanimously endorsed providing $2.6 million in grants for a 26-acre industrial development north of Gumina Road, between Barker and Springdale roads.

The funds will be awarded in the form of a tax incremental financing district, the fourth in the city's history.

The city expects costs, including financing, to reach an amount not to exceed $3.8 million. Those costs would be recouped over a 14-year term.

Developers Chris Leffler of Spectrum Development LLC and Todd Rizzo of Rizzo Development Group LLC say that the financial assistance is necessary.

"There are some pretty significant shortcomings on this site," Rizzo said.

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Falls defense rises to the occasion

Oct. 10, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Menomonee Falls' rugged defense shut down a short-handed Brookfield East offense and walked off with a 14-6 victory Friday night at East, taking over second place in the Greater Metro Conference.

The Indians are now 5-1, one game behind unbeaten Marquette (6-0) while East fell to 4-2.

Falls opened the game quickly, stopping East on a 3-and-out and then watched senior running back Quintin Handy race around right end 88 yards for a touchdown. Curtis Flannick kicked the extra point and Falls led 7-0 at the 9 minute, 58 second mark.

The only score the Spartans could muster came when Falls fumbled a punt and East lineman Will Wiermero hustled down and recovered it on the Indians’ 12-yard line.

On 2nd and 10, East junior quarterback TC Swittell tossed an 11-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Nick Kreul to get to the 2-yard line, and then Swittell ran it in on the next play. But the Indians special teams came through and blocked the extra point by Connor Allen, one of the best kickers in the state.

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

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 Week 8.

Wisconsin Philharmonic to perform at Wilson Center

Oct. 10, 2014 4:32 p.m. | The Wisconsin Philharmonic will continue its season with Swedish Delight at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts this Sunday.

The performance will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature Maria Bachmann with a guest performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

"It features some works from Swedish composers, such as (Jean) Sebelius," Wisconsin Philharmonic Executive Director Mike Flanigan said. "It should be a great concert. If anybody's not watching the Packers' game, they should come."

The Wisconsin Philharmonic, previously known as the Waukesha Symphony, is a 60-piece orchestra founded in 1947.

The philharmonic will perform again at the Wilson Center on Nov. 9 with Nordic Grandeur.

Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to can also submit letters online via our submission form.

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