Lady Lancers whip Falls, 57-39

Jan. 27, 2012 9:45 p.m. | The Brookfield Central girls basketball team used a big third quarter to crush Menomonee Falls, 57-39, at Central and move one game out of second place and two out of first in the Greater Metro Conference.

The win left Central at 5-3 (8-6 overall) one game behind Falls (6-2, 13-3) and Sussex Hamilton (6-2, 10-2) and two games behind first-place Divine Savior Holy Angels (7-1, 10-3) with the Dashers coming to Central on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers played with a passion that they had been missing for most of the season, trailing 19-11 with 4:20 left in the half, when the Lancers went on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 19 at intermission.

Nicole Hinz started the run with a big rebound basket, and then Jasime Lewis dropped in two free throws. Sarah Fotsch then hit a jumper and Anna Liewen two free throws in the final seconds of the half.

The Lady Lancers then exploded for a 20-9 third period, closing it out with an 8-3 run and a 39-28 lead after three periods.

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Kindergarten open houses set for Jan. 31

Jan. 27, 2012 10:04 a.m. | The Elmbrook School District is hosting open houses for families of fall 2012 5-year-old kindergartners at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 31 at Brookfield, Burleigh, Dixon, Swanson and Tonawanda elementary schools.

The open houses will include a tour and registration materials will be available.

Families with a child who will be 5 on before Sept. 1 were mailed a packet with their designated school. The district asks that any family with a kindergarten-eligible child that did not receive the packet contact Elmbrook's communications department at (262) 783-2960.

After successful Ladies Night, EEF plans Casino Royale

Jan. 27, 2012 9:58 a.m. | The Elmbrook Education Foundation wound up 2011 by raising the largest amount of money in the eight-year history of Ladies Night and is preparing for its next event, set for March.

The Nov. 29 Ladies Night held at Westmoor Country Club garnered just less than $36,000. The social event included specialty foods and beverages as well as a silent and live auction.

The Casino Royale social will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. March 3 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive. The event will feature casino games by Casino Party Specialists, a jewelry dig sponsored by Faye's Boutique, raffle prizes, and food from Maxie's Southern Comfort and Blue's Egg.

Foundation funds support district educational needs.

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Free blue recycling bins offered in Waukesha County

Jan. 25, 2012 2:00 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County recycling staff will provide free blue bins for recyclables, while supplies last, at eight Waukesha County libraries in February and will be on hand during evening sessions to answer questions about recycling.

All the sessions run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., except at the Waukesha library where the hours will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The dates and libraries: Brookfield on Feb. 7; Oconomowoc on Feb. 9; New Berlin on Feb. 13; Waukesha on Feb. 15; Elm Grove on Feb. 16; Town Hall Library at North Lake in the Town of Merton on Feb. 21; Pewaukee on Feb. 23 and Delafield on Feb. 27.

Town of Waukesha to appeal incorporation ruling

Jan. 22, 2012 8:05 p.m. | Town of Waukesha - The Town Board will appeal a circuit judge's ruling this month that advances an effort by the Town of Brookfield to incorporate much of its territory along with a portion of the Town of Waukesha.

In resolutions adopted after a closed meeting last week, the board restated its opposition to the incorporation and authorized town attorney Hector de la Mora and a second lawyer, Dean P. Laing, to pursue the appeal.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald J. Hassin Jr. ruled Jan. 12 that the Town of Brookfield's petition to incorporate about 4.2 square miles as a village met state procedural requirements and could therefore be sent to the state for review.

In doing so, the judge rejected motions filed by the Town and City of Waukesha to dismiss the incorporation petition. The City of Brookfield, which has stated its willingness to annex the Town of Brookfield land to be incorporated, and the Village of Sussex also joined the objectors.

With the court's blessing, the Town of Brookfield and town resident Jay Walt, who began the incorporation petition drive, can now file its petition and supporting documentation, along with a $25,000 fee, with the state. Typically the Incorporation Review Board holds a public hearing before ruling in favor or against the incorporation.

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Elmbrook student in Korean hospital after brain injury while skiing

Jan. 18, 2012 3:29 p.m. | An Elmbrook School District eighth-grader is in a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, after suffering a severe brain injury in a skiing accident while on vacation in that country.

When Kerwin Hackett's family was last heard from last week, he was still unconscious after the Dec. 30 incident.

Mike Sereno, principal of Pilgrim Park Middle School, said Kerwin was visiting family over the holiday break when the accident occurred. His parents are Brookfield residents Nathan Hackett and Unkyoung Yang, whose family they were visiting.

Sereno didn't have much detail about the accident, but said Kerwin was wearing a helmet when it happened. In a communication last week with members of the school community, Sereno wrote that though Kerwin was still unconscious, he was showing signs of progress, had good reflexes and opened his eyes a lot, among other hopeful signs.

Sereno said he's been keeping the school informed and made a point to tell Kerwin's closer friends about it first.  

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Pet Supplies Plus moving into former Ethan Allen building

Jan. 17, 2012 9:32 p.m. | Pet Supplies Plus plans to open a store in the former Ethan Allen building at 14750 W. Capitol Drive, which has sat vacant for a number of years.

The Brookfield Common Council gave the final approval for the endeavor tonight.

The pet supply retailer will occupy the entire 14,000-square-foot building, using 8,000 square feet for sales space and the remainder for warehouse space, said Larry Goudy, zoning and planning administrator.

Pet Supplies Plus, which carries an array of toys, food and equipment for dogs, cats, fish, birds and reptiles, already has several locations in the metro area, including a store on Bluemound Road.

Some interior renovations will be made to make the building suitable for the store's use, but no exterior alterations are planned, Goudy said.

United Way campaign exceeds goal in Waukesha County

Jan. 17, 2012 4:26 p.m. | Waukesha - United Way in Waukesha County finished strong and will exceed its $4.3 million goal, campaign co-chairmen announced Tuesday.

The campaign raised $4.35 million, which is 6% more than what was raised last year when the campaign totals fell 3.4% short.

"Our largest companies all increased their contributions this year, as did many smaller companies and individuals," said Joan Shafer, 2011 annual campaign co-chair.

In all, 12,000 individuals and 500 companies contribute to the annual Live United campaign.

The dollars are invested in programs ranging from meeting basic needs of individuals to developing self-reliance.

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Chocolate Factory open in Elm Grove

Jan. 17, 2012 9:28 a.m. | The local subs and ice cream chain the Chocolate Factory has opened its seventh location, this one in Elm Grove.

The store, at 13475 Watertown Plank Road, is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

It has seating for 55, and takeout is available. To contact: (262) 997-0006.

The Chocolate Factory last year closed in the Shops of Grand Avenue in downtown Milwaukee; it moved into the space that formerly housed the Gilded Edge framing shop. 

Lancers beat Red Raiders to take over first place

Jan. 13, 2012 9:54 p.m. | Brookfield Central used a big second quarter to beat Wauwatosa East, 76-63, Friday night before a disappointing crowd at Tosa East.

The win game the Lancers a 6-0 Greater Metro Conference record and moved them a game ahead of the Red Raiders (5-1). Both teams are 10-2 overall.

Kyle Vnuk came off the bench to score six points in the first quarter and spark East to a 17-9 lead after 12 minutes. But the Lancers went on a 28-11 run in the second period behind 12 points by sophomore Riley LaChance and took a 37-28 lead into intermission.

LaChance had 14 points at half and Seth Mortag had 10, while East's Diamonte Mckinley, Vnuk and Bryce Kratzer each had seven.

With Central leading, 47-36, the Red Raiders started an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 47-44 with 1:54 left in the third period.

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Parks system readying for winter rec opportunities

Jan. 12, 2012 8:36 p.m. | The Waukesha County Park System has more than 25 miles of groomed and tracked cross-country ski trails, sledding hills, and snowshoeing and winter hiking trails.

Cross-country ski trails are located within Menomonee Park, W220-N7884 Townline Road in Menomonee Falls; Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Drive in Waukesha; and Nashotah Park, W330 N5113 County Highway C in Nashotah. Waukesha County will be monitoring the snow conditions regularly in order to make sure the grooming process is started as soon as possible after or during this snow event, parks officials said today. Once trails are packed, the website,, will be updated.

Snowshoeing opportunities are available throughout the Waukesha County Park System. Fox River Park, W264-S4500 River Road in Waukesha; Muskego Park, S83-W20370 Janesville Road in Muskego; and Retzer Nature Center, S14-W28167 Madison Street in Waukesha, all have trails that are packed for winter hiking or snowshoeing. Snowshoe rentals are available at Retzer Nature Center for $5.50 a half day and $9 for a full day. The smallest size snowshoe is for 45 pounds. Contact Retzer at (262) 896-8007 for information.

Sledding hills are located at Menomonee Park, Minooka Park, Nashotah Park and Mukwonago Park W325-S9945 Beulah Road in Mukwonago.

For snowmobile trail conditions, call the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association's Hotline at (414) 299-0330. For information about snowmobile clubs in the Waukesha area, see the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association's website at

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Woman dies after weekend fire in Elm Grove

Jan. 12, 2012 3:16 p.m. | An elderly woman who was rescued from her burning home in Elm Grove on Sunday has succumbed to injuries she sustained in the fire, police said Thursday.

Barbara P. Gardner, 91, was in her home in the 14900 block of Watertown Plank Road on Sunday when the fire started. She called 911, and Elm Grove police and fire departments responded at 12:26 p.m. Firefighters rescued the woman from the first floor. Elm Grove EMS took her to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. Once stabilized, she was transferred to the burn center at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee.

That's where Gardner died from her injuries at 6:26 p.m. Wednesday while she was being treated, Elm Grove Police said in a news release Thursday.

"The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and the investigation continues, with the assistance from personnel of the State Fire Marshal's Office," the release said.

Man convicted of killing Brookfield businessman

Jan. 11, 2012 2:32 p.m. | Waukesha - A Milwaukee man was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree reckless homicide in the June killing of Brookfield businessman John Aegerter.

Tommy V. Douyette, 42, savagely beat Aegerter because Lynn M. Hajny had asked him to hurt Aegerter, court records state.

The two had gone to Aegerter's home June 21 to confront him because he reportedly owed money to Hajny's husband, Albert, who at one time was employed by Aegerter, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case. Douyette was described in the complaint as Lynn Hajny's boyfriend.

Douyette had been charged with first-degree intentional homicide as party to a crime, but the charge was reduced as part of a plea agreement that avoids a trial in Douyette's case. His trial had been scheduled for Jan. 30.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Lough said as part of the agreement, she will recommend that Douyette be sentenced to 35 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision.

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Funeral home, crematorium planned for Brookfield

Jan. 11, 2012 7:00 a.m. | A proposal to develop a 25,108-square-foot funeral home and crematorium in Brookfield has been recommended for approval by the city Plan Commission.

The proposal by Krause Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Inc. will be reviewed by the Common Council at its Jan. 17 meeting, said Dan Ertl, director of community development.

The funeral home would be built at 21600 W. Capitol Drive.

Krause now performs all of its cremations at its facility at 9000 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, according to information submitted to the commission by company President Mark Krause.

The number of cremations has been increasing, and Krause now averages over 500 annually--creating the need for a second facility.

Plea deal expected in Brookfield slaying

Jan. 09, 2012 1:36 p.m. | Waukesha - One of the suspects charged in the June killing of Brookfield businessman John C. Aegerter is expected to enter a plea during a hearing Wednesday and avoid going to trial this month.

The Waukesha County district attorney's office says in a letter filed in court that it has reached a resolution with Tommy V. Douyette, 42, and has asked Judge Patrick C. Haughney to consider the plea on Wednesday, when a motion hearing had been scheduled.

Douyette and Lynn M. Hajny, 49, each are charged with first-degree intentional homicide as party to a crime in Aegerter's death.

The details of Douyette's plea agreement were not disclosed in the letter. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Lough on Monday said she could not comment about the offer until after Wednesday's hearing.

Aegerter, 63, was found dead June 22 in the garage of his residence in the 14300 block of Golf Parkway, Brookfield.

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Lancer boys, girls sweeps Brookfield East

Jan. 06, 2012 10:18 p.m. | The 'Battle of Brookfield' wasn't much of a battle on Friday night before a packed house at Brookfield East as both the Brookfield Central boys and girls teams rolled to easy victories.


The Lancers won 75-54 as they jumped off to a 24-9 lead in the first quarter as Seth Mortag and Nick Olson scored 10 ad eight points, respectively. BC went on an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. After an evenly-played second period, Central took at 35-19 lead into intermission.

The Lancers extended their 1-3-1 zone defense against East, picking the Spartans up at half-court.

"We tried to get the ball out of (point guard Ryan) McBride's hands as soon as we could," Central coach Mark Adams said.

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Brookfield woman gets jail time for striking officer with car

Jan. 05, 2012 6:26 p.m. | Waukesha - Christine M. Druecke hung her head and sobbed as a judge told her Thursday she was going to jail for a hit-and-run incident in December 2009 that severely injured a Brookfield police officer, who was hurt so bad that he never was able to return to the job and had to give up his law-enforcement career.

Druecke, 53, of Brookfield, was hoping to get probation, but Waukesha County Circuit Judge Kathryn W. Foster instead gave her eight months in jail with work-release privileges.

"Even good people make mistakes and have to be held accountable," Foster told Druecke, the co-owner of a Brookfield gymnastics and dance studio who had no prior criminal record.

Foster handed out the sentence after former Officer Paul Dilger, who had to retire from the force last month, and his wife, Linda, told Foster how their lives had been shattered since the incident.

Dilger, who was walking along a road when he was struck, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, a torn ACL and deformation of the spinal cord.

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Woman charged in Brookfield jewelry theft case

Jan. 05, 2012 1:18 p.m. | Janina S. Werner, 18, of Milwaukee, was charged with being party to the theft of jewelry from a Brookfield home in Waukesha County Circuit Court yesterday.

If convicted, she faces a fine of up to $10,000, up to six years in prison, or both.

The criminal complaint alleges:

The woman who lives in the home, in the 16100 block of Cumberland Court, noticed that a number of pieces of gold jewelry were missing and reported the matter Sept. 12. The rings, pendants and other items taken had a total estimated value of about $5,000.

She believed the items had been taken during the month of August, and recalled that two of her son's friends - one being Werner - had spent time in the home.

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New Berlin police warn of burglary ring

Jan. 05, 2012 9:52 a.m. | New Berlin - Police issued a warning Thursday about a burglary ring that has committed at least 14 break-ins since mid-December in at least seven municipalities in the region.

Most of the burglaries have occurred in the morning and the suspects are believed to be men in their 20s to 30s, New Berlin police said Thursday.

Five of the burglaries have occurred in New Berlin. Residences in Brookfield, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee and West Allis also have been hit.

In New Berlin, the burglars have driven through neighborhoods on weekday mornings after people have left for work and look for houses that do not appear to be occupied, Lt. Mike Glider stated in a news release.

Suspects follow routine

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Facebook page that raised concern among Elmbrook parents no longer online

Jan. 05, 2012 7:32 a.m. | The Facebook page that raised the ire of parents and other supporters of special education students appeared to be taken down by 3 p.m. Jan. 4, hours after an article about the site appeared on JSOnline, and

Prior to the disappearance, "Brookfield Biitches," which included a profile picture that poked fun at Special Olympics athletes, was slowly beginning to lose friends who had attached their names and profiles to the site.

The 556 names had been reduced to 547 within several hours after NOW posted the story depicting the strong disapproval of the site among Elmbrook School District parents and staff members.

"I'm not all that surprised," said Pat McKenna, a Wauwatosa-based Internet consultant, regarding the page's disappearance.

"It's just another example of the power of social media."

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Voters will have choices in Elmbrook election

Jan. 03, 2012 8:40 p.m. | Both Elmbrook School Board incumbents up for re-election April 3 will be challenged.

Paul Byrne, a four-year resident of Elm Grove will face incumbent Jean Lambert for the seat representing Area IV, roughly the southeast quadrant of the district.

Lynne Thomas, who is in her fourth year as a Brookfield resident, will challenge incumbent Meg Wartman for the at-large seat.

"The district is facing a lot of challenges, and I feel that my strategic planning background will be useful in the new financial environment," Byrne said.

When she announced her intention to run again in November, Lambert noted there was a lot of work to be done including "a greater focus on student achievement" and "acclimating a new superintendent."

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The most-read stories of 2011

Jan. 03, 2012 12:54 p.m. | Some of the most interesting news often happens in the suburbs and the just-completed year was no exception.

The most-read NOW online story of 2011 was an item on a 70-year-old St. Francis man who found a missile buried in the wall of his bathroom. How did it get there? We don't know for sure, but a former owner of the house was a World War II veteran known to collect war souvenirs.

We invite you to take a look back at some of the other most popular stories from 2011:

Woman uses 5-year-old son as shield against Taser

Family of lost child at Mayfair fights with police officers

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