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Brookfield police issue second warning about ongoing wallet thefts

Dec. 19, 2012 3:04 p.m. | The City of Brookfield Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding suspects in ongoing wallet thefts in the area.

According to a crime alert issued this week:

On Dec. 11, a woman’s wallet was stolen from a purse at Pick ‘n Save, 12735 W. Capitol Drive. Video surveillance showed a black man, 5 foot, 5 inches to 5-10, and 40- to 45-years-old in glasses and black woman, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, and 35 to 40-years-old, both wearing black coats, using one of the stolen credit cards the same day at a Wauwatosa Target, 3900 N 124th St., to purchase three electronic tablets and other electronic items totaling more than $2,700. The couple had a toddler in a pink coat and hat in a shopping cart.

On Dec. 12, a purse containing credit cards was stolen from a locked minivan parked at the Brookfield Indoor Soccer Complex, 19485 W Lisbon Road. The suspect smashed the front passenger window of the van to gain access. Video surveillance showed a white man in a black jacket and baseball cap (pictured) using one of the stolen credit cards to buy two electronic tablets 20 minutes later at the same Wauwatosa Target.

The same suspect was seen on video surveillance using the same card to buy another electronic tablet at a West Allis Target, 2600 S 108th Street.

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2014-15 All-Suburban Girls Basketball Team named

April 01, 2015 1:55 p.m. |

Player of the year

Taylor Higginbotham, 5-10 senior, Germantown

Western Illinois recruit led Warhawks to North Shore Conference title and 20-4 season. ... NSC Player of the Year. ... Losses included two to state-qualifier Arrowhead and one to state champion Divine Savior Holy Angels. ... Averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and remarkable 4.7 steals per game. ... Shot 42 percent from field and finished with 43 assists. ... First-team All-State by state coaches association.

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Adults and seniors invited to special ice skating event at Eble arena April 9

April 01, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Eble Ice Arena will hold a special adult skating event on Thursday, April 9.

Visitors will be able to watch the arena's senior synchronized skating team, composed of members above the age of 55.

Adults and seniors are encouraged to learn more about the team and discover a new passion for being on the ice.

The event is free to the public and will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the arena, 19400 W. Bluemound Road. Visitors should dress in warm clothing.

For more information, call Administrative Assistant Nick Busch (262) 784-7512.

C.A.R.I.N.G. group continues donations to schools

April 01, 2015 11:03 a.m. | The C.A.R.I.N.G. Group Elmbrook donated around $230 to a trio of schools in the Elmbrook School District March as it continues its mission of connecting businesses and customers to local education.

The group has now donated approximately $2,500 to the district since it started last November.

The concept allows consumers to register as members at, select schools that they would like to see funds go to, and then see some of the proceeds from their purchases head that way after shopping at participating businesses.

Thus far, Swanson Elementary School has received the most money so far due to the high participation rate of parents and other supporters.

Businesses team up to help victims of domestic violence

March 31, 2015 5:33 p.m. | With protests and awareness for domestic violence on the rise across the country, a group of local businesses are taking it upon themselves to help out with the issue.

Nine businesses in the City of Brookfield and Village of Elm Grove are teaming up to help victims of domestic violence by collecting donations for babies and children staying at The Women's Center in Waukesha.

The participating businesses and their addresses are:

• ActionCOACH of Elm Grove, 13150 Watertown Plank Road

• Brookfield Dance Academy, 2945 N. Brookfield Road

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Incumbent judge faces challenge from young lawyer in Waukesha County

March 31, 2015 3:13 p.m. | In Waukesha County, a young lawyer hopes to upset a 12-year incumbent Tuesday for a seat on the circuit court.

Paul Bugenhagen Jr., 34, expects character issues will shorten his long odds to unseat Linda Van De Water.

"It's the number one thing people approached me about, her public conduct" Bugenhagen said in an interview.

"Most voters are looking for people to simply follow the law, be good role models, promote personal responsibility and show good character," he said.

In 2011, Van De Water, 52, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Racine County after authorities said she confronted an ex-boyfriend outside the home of another woman and kicked and jumped on his car. The next day, according to the complaint, Van De Water confronted the couple at a Brookfield restaurant.

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For 2nd time, woman who left gun in church restroom beats charge

March 31, 2015 2:53 p.m. | For the second time, an Oconomowoc woman has beaten criminal charges filed after she left  her loaded handgun in a Brookfield church last year.

Susan Hitchler, 67, had been attending an adult Bible study group at Elmbrook Church in March when she forgot the weapon in the women's restroom. No one else saw the gun until a janitor discovered it and turned it over to security at Elmbrook Church.

She was charged with negligently handing a weapon, but a judge dismissed the charge in June. In  November, Waukesha County prosecutors re-filed a new complaint charging disorderly conduct.

But in that case, Circuit Judge Lee Dreyfuss Jr. on Tuesday found that the complaint did not meet the legal criteria for disorderly conduct and granted  a defense motion to dismiss.  He noted Hitchler had a license to carry a concealed weapon when she forgot the weapon.

He did find she was negligent, but said her negligence was not criminal, according to court record  notes of the hearing.

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Elmbrook Humane Society seeking help, foster homes

March 31, 2015 12:33 p.m. | During its busiest time of the year, the Elmbrook Humane Society is looking to residents for help as it continues its mission as a no-kill shelter.

With the weather warming up and dozens newborn and stray animals flooding its kennels, the shelter is appealing to the public for help by considering volunteering as foster homes for animals.

"Spring definitely brings a need for more foster homes as we litters of kittens coming to us during the next several months," Elmbrook Humane Society Executive Director Heather Gehrke said.

Elmbrook currently has 30 foster homes around the area that it regularly uses in helping to house animals in need.

In addition to foster homes, Gehrke also notes that the Elmbrook Humane Society is encouraging adoptions through its Egg Grab promotion, which started Wednesday and runs through April 12.

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High-end men's salon coming to Elm Grove

March 31, 2015 9:30 a.m. | A Milwaukee couple wants to offer a high-end salon and hair service option for men in the area.

Erich and Dawn Herman will be combining their skills to open up their own franchise of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons at the Autumn Grove plaza on West Bluemound Road.

"Essentially what we're looking at is offering a male-focused, high-end salon and barbershop," Erich Herman said. "This is a place where men can go for a professional grooming experience in a relaxed, sophisticated environment."

18|8 Fine Men's Salons is a company based out of southern California. Erich and Dawn began their venture by evaluating a number of different businesses and concepts.

"This one really resonated with me. The market is steady. The demand for men's grooming services is increasing," Erich Herman said. "If you think about some of the big disruptors in the market over the last several decades, like the Internet, you're never going to get an online haircut or get your haircut overseas. It's fairly recession-proof."

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Milwaukee-area teens aim to continue fight against teen suicide

March 30, 2015 10:28 p.m. | Having put on a concert attended by over 400 guests and donated $5,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a lot of teenagers might be satisfied with their charitable efforts.

But the trio of Milwaukee-area teens who have teamed up to form and now popularize Think Through Your Life are taking a different approach.

Early success

Isabel Pesci of Elm Grove, Taylor Newcomer of Pewaukee, and Elizabeth Korb of Cedarburg met each other through their love of music less than two years ago. The girls put their passion for music together with their concerns about teen suicide to put on last September's concert at the Waukesha County Expo Center.

The concert grossed $38,000 and, after expenses, TTYL was able to present a check for $5,000 last week to NAMI.

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Student writing contest entries due today

March 27, 2015 7:10 a.m. | Entries to Community Newspapers' student writing contest is 5 p.m. today, Friday, March 27. Students, imagine you're the last person on earth. Write a story about what it would be like and what you would do and feel. Drop off entries at our Waukesha office, 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A. Be sure to include your name, age, home address, phone number, grade and school. (Address and phone number will be used to notify winners and distribute prizes; they will not be published.) Email entries will not be accepted. Entries will be divided into two categories: grades three through five, and six through eight. Cash prizes will be awarded; winners will be published in Brookfield-Elm Grove Now and Wauwatosa Now this spring. Good luck!

Brookfield may alter zoning to make city more welcoming to health clubs

March 24, 2015 10:57 p.m. | The city of Brookfield is looking into changing its definition of intensive uses in its zoning code to exclude health clubs and fitness centers.

The topic arose among city staff because of the possibility of Planet Fitness moving into a vacancy at Capitol Plaza.

"The last couple of years their tenant in that space in the short term has been Halloween Express," Brookfield economic development coordinator Tim Casey said. "They've been in touch with us since about 2014 and have indicated to us that they have an opportunity to lease that space to Planet Fitness."

Casey, director of community development Dan Ertl, and other staff decided to consider amending the city's definition of intensive uses in order to make it easier for Planet Fitness and other health clubs and fitness centers to move to Brookfield.

"We've had an awful lot of small fitness centers and health clubs come into the city. Most of them (are) pretty small in terms of square footage and pretty small in terms of the number of users," Casey said.

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Elm Grove establishes committee to explore fiber internet

March 24, 2015 10:07 p.m. | The idea of fiber networks seems to be contagious in the Elmbrook area.

The city of Brookfield and Elmbrook School District are looking to partner together on a dark fiber network and now residents in the village of Elm Grove have approached village officials with the idea of bringing fiber internet to Elm Grove to be used by residents and businesses.

Last week Monday Elm Grove resident Ted Eull presented information to the village's Public Works/Utilities Committee and explained the advantages of fiber internet service vs. coaxial cable. Eull asked the committee to explore the possibility of bringing fiber service to the village.

At Monday's Board of Trustees meeting, the village formally approved the forming of an ad hoc committee to explore the topic.

Elm Grove church irks residents with cell tower proposal

March 24, 2015 7:07 p.m. | A group of residents are fighting a proposal by Elm Grove Lutheran Church to erect a cell tower on the church's property.

Neighbors worry that the 115-foot tower will lead to lower property values in the area and also could be aesthetically unpleasant. Efforts against the erecting of the tower have been led by resident Jan Termuehlen.

"It's everything. I think it's detrimental to the neighborhood in general. Having a 115-foot cell tower poking up above everything else is, I don't think, conducive to the feel of the neighborhood," Termuehlen said.

Termuehlen also cited a belief that some people hold that close proximity to cell towers can be damaging to health, although he admitted that he does not know of proof of such a theory.

"There's the potential for fears of living under a cell tower. Whether it's real or not, if you have a mom with three kids, do you think she would rather live under a cell tower or not under a cell tower?" Temuehlen said.

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Marcus looking into exiting Corners project

March 24, 2015 6:07 p.m. | The Marcus Corp. may be exiting as a stakeholder in The Corners in the near future, after recouping its costs.

During an earnings conference call last week, Marcus chief financial officer Doug Neis touched on the possibility.

"Like any typical agreement, there are provisions that could allow for an exit and we'll see how that plays out," Neis said.

Neis noted that Marcus is uncertain of when that exit might take place.

"It could be within a reasonable timeframe after opening, but it doesn't have to be. There's a potential for it to be as early as the year after it opens, but it also could, under a variety of different conditions, continue for awhile," Neis said. "It really is not determined at this point in time. I can't tell you when it's going to be."

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Wheelchair basketball team heading to Nationals

March 24, 2015 11:47 a.m. | The Milwaukee Heat wheelchair basketball team enjoyed a triumph on home soil last weekend at the Midwest Conference Junior 10' Championship held at Brookfield East High School.

The team topped the Grand Rapids Jr. Pacers 57 - 31 to win the title and will now head to nationals in Louisville, Kentucky as the 4th-seed.

"It was fantastic. It was really rewarding to achieve this next level for our program," Heat head coach Bob Anger said. "It was our first Midwest Conference championship and to be able to do it at home was just great."

A trio of Heat players received tournament honors including Laura Vacek, who was named to the all-tournament team, Mark Krenz, who was named Male Most Valuable Player, and Emily Oberst, who was named Female Most Valuable Player.


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