Waukesha - A 51-year-old Brookfield woman was charged Monday with hit-and-run related to a December incident that sent a Brookfield police officer to a hospital with numerous injuries.
Christine M. Druecke, who was charged with one felony count of hit-and-run with great bodily harm, is accused of striking Officer Paul Dilger at 12:12 a.m. Dec. 11 and failing to stop after hitting him.
Dilger, who has not yet been medically cleared to return to work, was on foot with two other officers when he was hit by Druecke's car. The three were responding to a report of a suicide threat at a residence in the 19100 block of W. North Ave. They had parked their squad cars and were walking west on North Ave. to the residence when Dilger was struck by a westbound vehicle, according to the criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court and police reports.
Druecke turned herself in on Dec. 14 and told Brookfield police that she was driving on North Ave. at the time the officer was injured. She told police that she did not recall whether she passed a parked police car on North Ave., but that she admitted striking what she thought was a deer.
She said she continued to her home, which is nearby, and saw that her vehicle was damaged.» Read Full Article
EAST GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Spartans finished second at their own invitational on Oct. 10, as the Gold winner was Greendale, the Silver winner was Lakeside Lutheran and the Bronze winner was Whitefish Bay.
The standings were Greendale, East, Mukwonago, Greenfield, Lakeside Lutheran, Waukesha West, Oak Creek, Racine Horlick, Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee Lutheran, Wauwatosa East and New Berlin West.
Stats for the tournament were Gretchen Bruhn(23 kills), Jessa Hansen(71 assists), LouiseKiekhofer (22 kills), Mackenna Berry(27 digs), Taylor Allen(10 blocks), Alex Ahrens(seven blocks) and Emma Kiekhofer(five aces).
"All the girls were able to contribute," coach Chris Polowy said. "We saw a lot of good things from all 14 girls on our roster. Seeing the girls step up when things didn't go their way really gives us the necessary confidence as we head into conference and regional play."» Read Full Article
Brookfield Central was swept by Fort Atkinson on Oct. 6 and against Marquette at home.
Against Fort Atkinson, the Lancers lost (25-14, 25-19, 26-24). Stats leaders were Dylan Pashke(six kills), Eric Brown(five kills), Max Ryder(five kills), Bradley Moon(12 assists), Matthew Lee(10 assists) and Mike Elwing(two blocks).
"Guys improved all night. Evidence is the score but more importantly with how we run the offense" coach Ken Nash said. "Instead of just setting outside, we were able to set the middle. The last few weeks we were setting the middle a few times a match. As a team, the middle was set a total of 15 times, five times as much as a match last week."
Marquette defeated the Lancers the next day, 25-13, 25-12, 25-12.» Read Full Article
If Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare officials' hopes pan out, many patients and guests at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital will have an easier time during their visits in the years to come.
Wheaton is planning to commit $28.6 million to a number of renovations in the hospital.
A number of departments will be moved from the hospital building into the neighboring medical office building. In order to make room for that change, a number of physicians and specialists will be moving from the hospital campus to other Wheaton locations in Brookfield.
The only external structural change that the project will entail will be a small walkway to connect the two buildings to increase convenience for patients and visitors.
Brookfield Central has combined experience with youth by naming Megan Arndorfer and Alyssa Robison co-head softball coaches for the Lancers
Arndorfer is in her ninth year of teaching, with three of those years being a health education, physical education and exercise physiology teacher at Central. Before coaching at Central, she coached for 16 years, with six of those years as the head varsity softball coach at Wauwatosa East.
"Through the selection process and from observing Megan in the class room and in her previous role as head coach at Wauwatosa East, it is obvious that she is continuously teaching and motivating student athletes about the importance of communication and developing a collaborative team," Todd Sobrilsky, Central athletic/activities director said.
"She also emphasizes to players that they must make the connection of playing in an educational based sports environment to the real world, implicating that the student athletes' learning goes well beyond the field," he added.
Arndorfer holds a bachelor of science in physical education, health education and specially designed physical education from Carroll University and a master's degree from National Louis University with a concentration on curriculum and instruction. This educational background creates a unique perspective on her coaching philosophy and style. She is excited to continue to motivate and develop student-athletes mentally, emotionally and physically as the co-head coach.» Read Full Article
The Brookfield Central girls golf team qualified for the state tournament for the sixth straight season on Oct. 6 at Wanaki, finishing second behind Franklin.
The Sabers shot a 336, while the Lancers had a 345, both qualifying for state. Central has made the trip to state for the 13th time in 14 years and 23 times overall as a team.
The Lancers were GMC champions for the fourth straight season, their tenth title overall, and they also had their ninth GMC Player of the Year (Emily Balding).
"I am so proud of this group of girls," coach Brian Scrobel said. "They are so talented, and their passion is unmatched. The sky is the limit with these girls. As a team we struggled a bit at sectionals, but we found a way to get back to Madison. The greens were very fast, and the hole locations were very hard."
Brookfield Central senior Taylor Moon finished third with an 81 to lead the Lancers, while sophomore Emily Balding finished tied for sixth (84). Sophomore Lexi Romero tied for 11th (88), sophomore Emma Whitfield was 17th (92) and sophomore Sophia Sun tied for 27th (101).» Read Full Article
The Brookfield Academy football team didn't need a whole lot of motivation going into Friday's contest at Lake Country Lutheran. It was LCL's homecoming game and a key rivalry game that didn't disappoint.
Even with Brookfield Academy's solid air attack, the Lightning prevailed, 31-21, and dropped the Blue Knights to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the Midwest Classic Conference.
The two teams traded punches throughout the first half until Lake Country Lutheran scored consecutive touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Brookfield Academy quarterback Ian Francis completed 29-of-46 pass attempts for 309 yards and three touchdowns.
"I thought (Francis) made really great strides tonight," BA coach Jon Kahle said. "This was a good experience for us to mature as a team. (LCL) has been top dogs for a few years now. For us to kind of slug back and forth with them, that shows we can be pretty tough. The next part of that is fixing some of the mistakes we have."» Read Full Article
A troubled commercial development on Capitol Drive took a big step toward easier times Monday night.
Members of the city of Brookfield plan commission unanimously approved a rezoning request for Capitol West Plaza, 17495 W. Capitol Drive, that would allow for tenants with more intensive uses at the site.
The request stems from both an analysis by the city's advisory committee for the Capitol Drive Corridor as well as a proposed tenant already interested in the east end of the strip mall.
Honest-1 Auto Care hopes to move in, but the rezoning is necessary in order to make it an allowable tenant.
Residents at a nearby condominium complex have expressed concerns about the noise levels and potential affect on property values that more intense uses, such as Honest-1, might have.» Read Full Article
A decline in enrollment at Fairview South School has warranted special attention from administrators, leaving many families concerned about the fate of the school's special education services.
Fairview South, 3525 Bermuda Blvd., is a school designed for students ages 10 to 21 with mild to severe cognitive disabilities. The institution serves students from 12 area school districts, including the Elmbrook School District.
Elmbrook is the fiscal agent for the Waukesha County Special Education Consortium, which ties all participating school district students to programs at Fairview South.
But despite Fairview South's reach across southeast Wisconsin, the program has received fewer students this year. The 2015-16 school year began with only 43 students — eight less than in 2014-15.
Tanya Fredrich, Elmbrook's director of student services, led a special parent meeting Oct. 12 to garner questions and concerns from Fairview South families regarding the enrollment.» Read Full Article
Brookfield and Elm Grove residents are asked to take the time to fill out a study for Waukesha County regarding its emergency preparedness as part of the county's Hazard Mitigation Plan update process.
The purpose of the plan is to identify policies and actions that will help to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage.
A link to the survey is available via the city of Brookfield's website at www.ci.brookfield.wi.us. Residents are asked to complete the survey by Oct. 30.
Brookfield East defensive back/wide receiver Will Schmidt and Marquette quarterback Jack Dwyer have a little history between them.
Schmidt, who played with Dwyer on the Jr. Hilltoppers and at MUHS as a freshman, played a huge role in the Spartans 34-21 victory over Marquette on Friday at East.
With Brookfield East trailing, 7-6, Schmidt stepped in front of a Dwyer pass in the flat and raced 40 yards down the sideline for a touchdown and a 13-7 lead which East never relinquished.
The win left the Spartans with a 5-1 record, alone in second place in the Greater Metro Conference, and 7-1 overall. MUHS dropped to third with a 4-2 record, 5-3 overall.
Schmidt's touchdown gave the Saprtans a cushion they needed, because every time Marquette scored, East answered. Dwyer had just completed two short passes in the flat, when Schmidt laid back and then stepped up and intercepted his former teammate and raced untouched down the sidelines.» Read Full Article
Schmidt’s touchdown gave the Spartans a cushion they needed, because every time Marquette scored, East answered. Dwyer had just completed two short passes in the flat, when Schmidt laid back and then stepped up and intercepted his former teammate and raced untouched down the sidelines.» Read Full Article
Mrs. Arndorfer is currently in her ninth year of teaching, with three of those years being a health education, physical education and exercise physiology teacher at Central. Before coaching at Central, she coached for 16 years, with six of those years being the head varsity softball coach at Wauwatosa East.
“Through the selection process and from observing Megan in the class room and in her previous role as head coach at Wauwatosa East, it is obvious that she is continuously teaching and motivating student athletes about the importance of communication and developing a collaborative team,” Todd Sobrilsky, Central athletic/activities director said.
“She also emphasizes to players that they must make the connection of playing in an educational based sports environment to the real world, implicating that what the student athletes learning goes well beyond the field.”
Arndorfer holds a B.S. degree in Physical Education, Health Education and Specially Designed Physical Education from Carroll University and a Master's degree from National Louis University with a concentration on Curriculum and Instruction. This educational background creates a unique perspective on her coaching philosophy and style. She is excited to continue to motivate and develop student-athletes mentally, emotionally, and physically as the co-head coach.» Read Full Article
St. Mary's Visitation Catholic Parish in Elm Grove will be the only church in the Milwaukee Archdiocese to host the relics of St. Maria Goretti this fall.
Her relics are being held at congregations across the United States for the first time as part of a "Pilgrimage of Mercy: the Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti." The pilgrimage marks the second time the relics have left Italy.
The tour comes during a recent papal declaration of an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, set to begin Dec. 8.
"To have the relics of a saint in our parish church is a source of grace not only for those who will make time to come for the Mass or to simply pray quietly, but also for the entire parish community," said Rev. Peter Berger, pastor of St. Mary's Visitation.
The pilgrimage includes stops at 25 Catholic dioceses spanning 16 states, including the Archdioceses of New York, Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and Oklahoma City.» Read Full Article
The first year of the first mosque in Waukesha County is quickly nearing its twilight.
Throughout the nine months since opening its doors in January, Masjid Al-Noor in the city of Brookfield has not only seen its congregation grow, but has made plenty of friends throughout the community.
Last week, a number of members of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee West paid a visit to the Jewish people of Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha.
"For me, personally, it was actually my second time going there," ISM West board member and liason Dr. Mushir Hassan said. "It was nice to be able to go and learn more about Judaism with our group. It's nice to be able to go and just see the things we share in common."
Hassan traces his connection to Congregation Emanu-El back a number of years, having previously been welcomed as an interfaith speaker at a re-dedication ceremony. He feels that the members of Masjid Al-Noor can learn plenty from their Jewish friends, and not just about their faith.» Read Full Article