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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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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Brookfield East boys win North Star Classic Track and Field Invite

May 02, 2016 8:33 p.m. | The Brookfield East boys track and field team beat out Mukwonago for the Northstar Classic Championship on April 30 at Waukesha North.

East scored 117 points to the Indians 112 to win the title. It was the Spartans final tuneup before the conference relays and coach Mike Steiner talked about the strategy coming into the meet.

"We had a heck of a day on Saturday," he said. "The Northstar Invite was a very challenging meet with excellent competition. Loaded with Classic 8 teams, so we knew we had our work cut out for us. With our GMC relay meet this Wednesday, we had to be selective in how we used our kids. So to win the meet was a really big accomplishment. One of our finest days of the year."

Steiner was happy to finally win that meet.

"I'm pretty sure its the first time we've ever won that meet, and we've been going there for years," he said. "It worked out this year and we couldn't be happier. The kids were great all the way through and our depth certainly made a difference. We scored in all but one event."

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Brookfield East Sports Shorts: April 28, 2016 issue

April 29, 2016 10:58 a.m. |

EAST GOLF

Brookfield East finished second in the first Greater Metro Conference mini meet of the season April 18 at Bluemound Country Club.

Marquette won with a 142, finishing ahead of the Spartans (150). East junior Jude Shaferand MUHS' Evan Hussey and David Keane shared medalist honors by shooting 35s.

Seniors Logan Kerstatterand Luke Moyershot 36s, senior Jacob Taylorhad a 43, and freshman Zach Walshhad a 44.

"Collectively, the entire team has been playing extremely well over the last couple weeks," coach Chris Minchk said. "Today, the guys proved to themselves that they can compete at a high level. In prior years, we've relied on one golfer to carry us. This year, we have a balanced lineup from 1-5. On any given day, any of our golfers could be our low round."

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Brookfield Central Sports Shorts: April 28, 2016 issue

April 29, 2016 10:54 a.m. |

CENTRAL GOLF

Brookfield Central shot a 153 and finished fourth behind Marquette (142), Brookfield East (150) and Menomonee Falls (153) in the first Greater Metro Conference mini meet of the season April 18 at Bluemound Country Club.

Seniors Tanner O'Gormanand Josh Trasserled Central with 37s, while senior Kevin Hersbergershot a 39. Freshman Jack Andersonhad a 40, and senior Sean Yunhad a 41.

On April 19 at Ozaukee, Central lost to Arrowhead, 170-173, beating Menomonee Falls and Homestead.

Juniors Brandon Talaskaand Mike Burzynski, and Jack Sonsalla led the way, shooting 43s.

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Video: STEM Shuttle lands at St. Mary's in Elm Grove

April 29, 2016 10:24 a.m. | The Spirit of Education, a 45-foot, 20-ton STEM Shuttle bus, landed at St. Mary's Visitation School on April 28 for students to learn through nine work stations about the challenges of working aboard the International Space Station.

 

Green Bay Packers' Mason Crosby to visit Brookfield Square in support of breast cancer research

April 28, 2016 3:11 p.m. | City of Brookfield — It may be the offseason, but football fans will still have an opportunity to check out one of their Green Bay Packers this Sunday afternoon.

Kicker Mason Crosby will be working with some new teammates in the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network for an event in support of breast cancer research at Brookfield Square, 95 N. Moorland Road.

The event is open to the public and free to attend although a donation of $5 is suggested. Crosby will autograph specially designed greeting cards that can be given to loved ones for Mother's Day. He will also sign pink mini footballs that will be available for purchase for $25.

100 percent of profits from sales and donations will support Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin's breast cancer research.

The event will be in the center court area of the mall outside JC Penney and will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Elm Grove to establish citizen committee for Reinder's redevelopment proposal

April 28, 2016 2:00 p.m. | Village of Elm Grove — If a recently proposed apartment project doesn't pan out the way that the people of Elm Grove want, it won't be for a lack of eyes or opinions.

At Monday night's village board meeting, Village President Neil Palmer proposed the creation of a special citizen committee to monitor both the project and gather feedback from fellow residents.

"One of the things that I think would help the process quite a bit is if we were to establish a citizen or community advisory committee to help be a source for the members of the public," Palmer said.

Palmer's vision for the ad hoc committee would be to provide more conduits for public opinions to be relayed to Wangard, the developer who is proposing a 182-unit housing project at 13420 Watertown Plank Road.

Since the project was announced in March, village meetings have drawn plenty of residents to express their opinions on the project, which would consist of five buildings, 176 apartments and six townhomes. The proposal calls for buildings ranging from two to four stories, which would exceed the maximum height allowed in Elm Grove.

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City of Brookfield on fast pace toward reaching consultant's apartment projection

April 27, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Last November, a consultant for the city of Brookfield estimated that by 2020, the community would need between 500 and 700 new apartments.

Less than six months later, the low end of that range is already on the track to fruition.

The study, put together by Gruen Gruen + Associates, made the prediction based on projected growth in the city over the next five years.

City Director of Community Development Dan Ertl noted that the number presented by the city's consultant was a projected demand, not a cap on what officials should consider.

"That was not a calculated threshold," Ertl said. "The point was to place in context the forecast of demand so that elected officials have that as a frame of reference to consider when projects are in front of them."

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Two Brookfield Lutheran churches join together to form combined congregation

April 26, 2016 11:50 a.m. | Here's to togetherness.

A pair of churches, Cross of Life Lutheran Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church, are coming together to form a new congregation in the city of Brookfield.

The newly named Unity Lutheran Church will comprise both congregations, encompassing about 665 households and a trio of pastors.

"Organizationally, it's going to be a full union," said the Rev. John Horner-Ibler, formerly of Cross of Life. "This collaboration creates options."

Both churches, Cross of Life at 20700 W. North Ave. and Christ the King at 4600 Pilgrim Road, will remain open and will continue to be identified as such to avoid confusion.

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Brookfield's Leitermann on UW-Oshkosh's National Title Team

April 26, 2016 9:03 a.m. | Former Wauwatosa star Travis Hudson became the first player in National Collegiate Volleyball Federation history to be named the National Player of the Year three times when awards were announced after the Division I championship match April 11 in Louisville.

Hudson, a 6-6 setter, led the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans to their third straight NCVF Division I title. Previously this year he was named the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Player of the Year and a Midwest Ten Conference first-team selection.

"Travis is the best player to have ever played collegiate club volleyball," said Schaefer. "He led a bunch of unknowns to the national title in 2014, directed us to another title in 2015 and then helped a team overcome a ton of injuries, including one he was directly dealing with to another national title this year.

"It is an honor to coach somebody with so much passion for the UW-Oshkosh volleyball program, his teammates and the sport. He deserves every accolade he receives because of his dedication to be the best in all areas of his life."

National Champions

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Brookfield East tennis team beats Eau Claire, Arrowhead, Neenah

April 26, 2016 9:00 a.m. | Brookfield East beat Eau Claire Memorial and lost to Marquette in dual meets last week, then finished second to the Hilltoppers in the Spartans Invitational on April 23.

The Spartans failed to finish a match because of the weather with Sussex Hamilton on April 19 to start the week; that match has been rescheduled for May 9.

They lost to Marquette, 4-3, in a match with a long rain delay.

"Unfortunately several players on our team did not come back strong after the delay," coach Linda Lied said. "We were up in one match and on serve in another, but after the delay we started flat, and Marquette took advantage of that. We lost both those courts and the match."

East won the top two singles matches behind David Horneffer over Ethan Budiono (6-0, 6-2) and Robert Krill over John Massart (6-2, 6-1) and the No. 1 doubles match with Doug Francken/Patrick Krill over Caleb Schifano/Noah Guillermo (6-2, 6-1).

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Brookfield Central's tennis team beats Indian Trail, West Allis Central, then wins own tournament

April 26, 2016 7:52 a.m. | Brookfield Central's boys tennis team had an unbeaten week, winning two dual meets and going 4-0 in their own Lancers Invitational on April 22-23.

Central began the week at Indian Trail, winning, 7-0, on April 18, which was the score of four of their victories for the week.

Gunther Treis (6-2, 6-0), Josh Fernandez (6-3, 3-6, 6-1), Sam Schreiner (6-3, 5-2, retired) and Tom Foley (6-1, 6-0) swept singles. Doubles winners were Carlos Flores-Komatsu/Henry Mirsberger (6-2, 6-4), Ben Peterson/Saad Kahn (6-2, 6-2) and Alex Mirsberger/Brandon Beihoff (6-1, 6-2) won at doubles.

The Central-Menomonee Falls match was rained out April 19 and was rescheduled for Monday, May 9, at Falls.

The Lancers then blanked West Allis, 7-0, at home on April 21.

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Brookfield Central's girls track and field team wins Union Grove, Wisconsin Lutheran Invites

April 25, 2016 5:05 p.m. | The Brookfield Central girls track and field teams made it two for two last week, winning both the Union Grove Invitational on April 19 and the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational on April 23.

The girls beat Burlington in the 12-team Union Grove Bronco Invite to start the week, scoring 171.3 points to 108.

Central won nine events, including three relays.

The relay winners were the 4x200-meter relay in 1 minute, 49.04 seconds (Georgina Eberle, Hope Peterson, Lexi Romero, Marissa Zepecke); the 4x400 relay in 4:15.51 (Amanda Miller, Rachel Hirsch, Romero, Zepecke) and the 4x800 relay first in 9:59.49 (Olivia Zwebber, Rachel Illgen, Abby Mauermann, Leah Neustedter).

Eberle finished first in the 100 dash (12.94 seconds); Katie Smith came in first in the 400 (1:08.03), and Zwebber was first in the 3200 (11:49.71).

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Brookfield Academy: April 28

April 25, 2016 4:57 p.m. |

Boys golf

The Brookfield Academy golf team earned a first-place finish in its conference mini meet April 19 at The Legend at Brandybrook. The team put together an impressive total score of 164 led by rounds of 38 by Alex Pellegrini, 40 by Rohan Nangia and 41 by Rhea Nangia— placing all three golfers in the top five for individual performances. Garrett Smithalso contributed with a round of 45.

— Geo Peterson, coach

Track and field

The track and field team competed in the Tom Burger Invitational at Milwaukee Lutheran High School on April 16. Both the girls and boys teams placed fifth out of the 12 teams entered.

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Catholic Memorial principal Bob Hall selected to lead new innovative program at Elmbrook Schools

April 25, 2016 3:45 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District will be pulling from local talent for a new program meant to help juniors and seniors experience real-world, hands-on education.

The district is planning to launch a new Innovation Collaboratory in September 2017 and has selected Catholic Memorial High School principal Bob Hall to serve as executive director of the initiative.

"The first thing that you'll notice when you meet Dr. Hall is just his unbridled enthusiasm and commitment to kids. He's one of those personalities that is all-in," said Elmbrook Superintendent Mark Hansen.

The district's new Innovation Collaboratory will work to create partnerships between Elmbrook students and local businesses and organizations.

Hansen noted that the idea came from a desire to expand the students' opportunities for education outside a traditional classroom setting.

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