Brookfield East to have new principal next school year

March 29, 2013 1:52 p.m. | Dan Pavletich, Brookfield East High School principal, has been selected the district's new human resources director.

"Although it is difficult to leave Brookfield East, I will work hard to ensure a smooth transition for the new principal," he said in a news release. "I am thrilled to join the district staff as the director of human resources."

Pavletich, who is in his third year as East principal, has worked in the district since 1996. He will begin his new position July 1, and a search for a new principal will begin immediately.

According to the news release, Pavletich will lead the district's efforts toward implementing the state's educator effectiveness model that promotes high-quality teaching, employee recognition and establishment of a talent management strategy that develops leadership across the district.

Elmbrook Schools Superintendent Mark Hansen said the success of the district is the result of outstanding educational opportunities provided to students, as well as the continuing professional development of staff.

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8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill receives accolades

March 29, 2013 1:46 p.m. | Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers left-fielder Ryan Braun earned some hardware this week, but not for their play on the field.

The two athletes teamed up in 2012 to open 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill, 17800 W. Bluemound Road. The farm-to-table restaurant was named one of the 20 best athlete-owned restaurants last week by "The Daily Meal," an online food and drink publication. Fox News went ahead and named it the best.

Eric Kaye, the restaurant's general manager, said he's proud of what the Brookfield restaurant has been able to accomplish since opening.

"We're committed to providing a great dining service here. We're more than just a sports bar. We offer great food, great service and a great atmosphere," he said.

The restaurant gets its beef from Hidden Creek Farm in New London, and the comfort food-heavy menu includes items like cheddar and gouda tater tots, fried cheese curds, pastrami-spiced pork chop, and surf and turf.

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Lawsuit of imprisoned 'Silly the Clown' dismissed

March 29, 2013 1:00 p.m. | A court in Chicago has tossed a lawsuit by an ex-clown imprisoned for sexual assault. He accused prison officials of violating his rights because they seized birthday cards to his young daughters.

Before jurors convicted him of assaulting his adult girlfriend, Ronald Schroeder performed around southeastern Wisconsin as "Silly the Clown" and "Mr. Silly."

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that he can't claim violations of his First Amendment rights, especially because he was eventually allowed to send the cards.

The court says officials interpreted a sentencing order that Schroeder avoid contact with minors as prohibiting birthday cards to his children. The judge later clarified that sending the cards was allowed.

The 43-year-old Schroeder is serving a six-year sentence in a Wisconsin state prison in Waukesha.

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Germantown's Fischer, Showalter lead NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team

March 29, 2013 9:59 a.m. | Germantown center Luke Fischer has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season after helping the Warhawks to their second consecutive WIAA Division 1 basketball championship.

He is joined on the NOW team by his coach, Steve Showalter, who has guided the Warhawks to 56 consecutive victories and the back-to-back state titles.

Dominican's Duane Wilson and Diamond Stone also earned spots on the team after helping their squad to the state Division 4 title.

You can read more about them and the other members of the team on the special page highlighting the NOW 2012-13 All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team.

Cold bug delays adoption for Charley, abandoned dog at Elmbrook Humane Society

March 29, 2013 8:37 a.m. | Charley, the dog found on a slab of ice on the Kinnickinnic River last week, won't be adopted on Friday as planned, according to the Elmbrook Humane Society.

"I am sad to say that Charley will not be available for adoption this Friday; he has come down with a cold," Rachel Coolbroth, director of community relations and development said. "He will need to recover from his cold before we can neuter him."

The two-year-old Pug/Shepherd mix arrived at EBHS on March 20 after his original owner surrendered him to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.

The dog was rescued by Milwaukee police after the pup was found stranded on ice in Bay View on March 17.

The shelter has received more than 100 calls about the dog, who was supposed to be neutered today for a Friday adoption.

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Diverse lineup on tap for Wilson Center's 2013-'14 season

March 27, 2013 3:33 p.m. | Performances by the trailblazing Kronos Quartet and Pilobolus dance company top the 2013-'14 season announced recently by the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield.

True to form for the Wilson Center, it's a diverse lineup that includes a series of Wednesday matinee shows and the return of free Friday evening outdoor concerts in summer.

For information on subscription tickets, call (262) 781-9520.

Here's a look at the center's planned events:

Performing Arts Series

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Woman says gun stolen during visit to Brookfield car wash

March 26, 2013 12:41 p.m. | A woman told town of Brookfield police that car wash employees did more than a wax and vacuum during a visit to a local car wash.

According to the police report:

A 78-year-old Brookfield woman took her car to Full Service Car Wash, 19050 W. Bluemound Road, on the morning of March 20.

She said she remembered having her .38 revolver in the front seat's fold-down armrest the day before.

She got out of her car and an employee drove it into the wash.

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Lynn Raines to leave post as Brookfield El principal

March 25, 2013 11:38 a.m. | Brookfield Elementary School Principal Lynn Raines will resign from her position at the end of the school year, she has announced.

In a letter to parents, Raines said she wants to focus on motherhood. She assured the community that she will remain committed to maintaining the school's standard of excellence through the rest of this school year and work with her successor to ensure a smooth transition.

"Since my return in November, I have strived to be an exemplary leader of this school and a doting mother to Mia," Raines said in the letter. "I am grateful to have both roles. However, with great pains, I have determined that, for the time being, I should serve only one of those roles. At the conclusion of this school year, I am resigning and will become a full-time mom."

Raines said it was a difficult choice and praised the work of teachers, students and their parents.

"Helping to educate Brookfield Elementary's students has been the most rewarding experience of my career," she said.

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What happened to my milk jug? Waukesha County recycling staff to explain at Brookfield, Elm Grove Libraries

March 24, 2013 10:50 a.m. | Have you ever wondered what the numbers "1" or "2" mean on the bottom of a plastic bottle?

Waukesha County recycling staff will be at both the Brookfield and Elm Grove public libraries to explain.

In Brookfield on Monday and Elm Grove on Tuesday between 4 and 6 p.m., residents can ask questions and get more information on recycling and how to properly dispose of recyclable plastics and cans.

Recycling staff will also explain codes and share how recyclables are later used.

The visit is part of a "tour" of the county by recycling staff this month, including stops at area libraries, as part of the county's recycling education and outreach.

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The Corners retail project still on course, Marcus says, despite delays

March 22, 2013 7:00 a.m. | A spring goundbreaking planned for The Corners retail development in the Town of Brookfield doesn't appear to be in the works.

But developer Marcus Corp. continues to make progress on the project, Chief Executive Officer Greg Marcus said Thursday during an teleconference with analysts on the company's third quarter earnings report. 

The Corners is planned for 19 acres east of Barker Road, between I-94 and W. Blue Mound Road.

Along with the 140, 000-square-foot Von Maur department store anchor, The Corners would include 243,000 square feet of additional shops and restaurants, and 140 to 150 higher-end apartments at its projected fall 2014 opening.

In early October, a town proposal to spend $35 million to help finance development of The Corners landed a unanimous Plan Commission endorsement. A Town Board vote was scheduled for November

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Lawsuit against railroad over 2009 Elm Grove crash back on track

March 19, 2013 11:48 a.m. | A negligence lawsuit against a railroad over a 2009 collision at the Elm Grove Memorial Day parade can move forward, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

In a 2-1 decision, the court reversed a trial court ruling that the plaintiffs' claims were preempted by federal railroad law.

Judge Patricia Curley dissented.

"Perhaps chafing under the unfortunate result that correct application of the Federal Railroad Safety Act
would bring, the Majority has adopted a definition of 'specific individual hazard' that would allow the Plaintiffs’ lawsuit to proceed in state court," Curley wrote  She then points out that a parade can't be considered such a hazard under case law.

On a cross-appeal, the railroad argued that while a van stuck on the tracks was a specific hazard, it arose entirely from the plaintiffs' own negligence. But the appeals court unanimously affirmed the trial judge's decision not to grant summary judgment for the railroad based on that point.

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Two employees arrested after fight at Brookfield KFC

March 19, 2013 11:06 a.m. | A 23-year-old Milwaukee woman and a 24-year-old Milwaukee man were cited for disorderly conduct after a fight in the lobby of the Brookfield KFC restaurant.

According to the town of Brookfield police report:

Officers responded to KFC, 20351 W. Bluemound Road, at 1:47 p.m. March 8 after a manager reported a fight between two employees.

The woman involved told officers that she had gotten into a verbal altercation with a man, her co-worker, that there was "drama" between the two and that the man had shoved her.

An officer went to his car to get paperwork, and when he came back, the two were arguing and yelling in the lobby again.

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Mukwonago man charged in town of Brookfield armed robbery

March 18, 2013 3:34 p.m. | A 30-year-old Mukwonago man was charged with robbery with threat of force after allegedly robbing a town of Brookfield Subway at gunpoint last week.

Salvador Sanchez was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday after allegedly walking into Subway, 19555 W. Bluemound Road, at 10 p.m. March 13; demanding cash and showing a gun tucked in his waistband, escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Connection to Waukesha robberies

The suspect in the Brookfield robbery was described as a white man weighing about 140 pounds, 5-feet, 6-inches tall, wearing jeans, a black shirt and a black knit hat.

Two days later on March 15, a man matching that description robbed a Speedway gas station, 1600 E. Sunset Drive, in Waukesha at 12:54 a.m.

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Robber's blunders lead police to suspect

March 18, 2013 11:26 a.m. | Brookfield Police have arrested a 21-year-old Milwaukee man who allegedly robbed a bank in Pewaukee.

The man, who wore a ski mask, apparently entered the Capitol Drive Pick 'n Save at about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, and approached the teller stationed at the Guaranty Bank. He said he wanted to make a withdrawal but handed a note to the teller demanding money instead, according to police.

Capt. Tim Otto of the Pewaukee Police Department said that the note indicated that he had a weapon, although none was visible and none was located on the suspect. No one was injured during the incident.

"The teller was outstanding. She did everything right," Otto said.

The teller appeared to make a withdrawal and gave the suspect cash - more than $2,000 - along with a dye pack, set on a timer. It exploded in the parking lot, and witnesses were able to make note of the man while he drove away, his clothes and his cash stained, Otto said. According to police reports, he took off in a Chevy Malibu with personalized plates and was caught minutes later in the 13700 block of Capitol Drive

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One person hospitalized for smoke inhalation after fire damages Brookfield complex

March 14, 2013 4:16 p.m. | A late night fire at a multi-family building in Brookfield sent one person to the hospital for smoke inhalation Wednesday night.

The City of Brookfield Fire Department arrived at the complex, 17675 Nassau Drive, at 10:30 p.m. and reported smoke coming from the basement.

Crews were able to bring the fire under control and contained to the room of origin.

The fire caused an estimated $45,000 in damage and the cause is under investigation.

Subway shop in Town of Brookfield robbed

March 14, 2013 12:08 p.m. | Police are searching for the man who robbed a Subway in the Town of Brookfield late Wednesday.

Detective Sgt. Sean Schmidt said a man with a handgun tucked in his waistband came into the sandwich shop at 19555 W. Blue Mound Road about 10 p.m. and demanded cash. Employees turned over money and the man walked out.

The suspect is described as a white man who weighs about 140 pounds and stands 5-feet, 6-inches tall. The man was wearing jeans, a black shirt and a black knit hat. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (262) 796-3798.

NOW sites roll out Facebook commenting system

March 14, 2013 11:45 a.m. | You may have noticed today that MyCommunityNOW sites have switched from our previous commenting system to a new model, which requires a Facebook account.

We hope this change, which requires people to post using their real names, will elevate the level of transparency, discussion and civility in our comment threads.

The new commenting system may look familiar to NOW readers who also visit Today'sTMJ4, which uses the same system.

We know there will still be users who post comments which violate our guidelines. We would ask you to report abusive comments by clicking the "X" that appears on the top-right corner of a comment. Users who have previously registered on a NOW site will have to create a Facebook account to comment.

We also would like to hear any feedback or technical problems you may have with the new system. Drop us a line at with the subject Facebook comments.

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Four in Elmbrook win Kohl Educational Foundation awards

March 11, 2013 1:00 p.m. | Brookfield East High School student Collin Steen has won a $1,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship demonstrate academic excellence and a strong promise to succeed in college and beyond. Steen is among 22 recipients this year from the southeastern Wisconsin region.

Three Elmbrook teachers have been selected as Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship recipients: Brian Balfany of Pilgrim Park Middle School; Laurie Horne of Wisconsin Hills Middle School and Thomas Juran of Brookfield Central High School.

Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Each Fellow receives a $1,000 grant, as does the school they teach at.

Brookfield Square opening five new stores

March 09, 2013 12:24 p.m. | The owners of Brookfield Square Mall announced on Saturday the addition of several new stores opening this spring and later in the year.

The new stores include Tradehome Shoes, a shoe store, which will open next month in a 2,308 square-foot space; Crazy 8, a clothing and accessories store for boys and girls, which will open in May in a 2,066 square-foot space; Divino Gelato Café, which will open in August near the food court; Body Central, a ladies' apparel store opening in November in a 4,560 square-foot space; and Torrid, which offers plus-size clothing and accessories for women and teenage girls, which will open in November in a 3,800 square-foot space.

"We are very pleased to be announcing the addition of five new stores this year," said Scott Oleson, the mall's general manager. "The new store openings will transition beginning in April and continue through November."

CBL & Associates Properties Inc. is the owner and manager of the mall.

WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery updated

March 09, 2013 9:57 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW has just updated Peter Zuzga's WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery with images from the Division 1 semifinals.

Germantown and Mukwonago will meet in tonight's Division 1 championship game after defeating Oshkosh North and King in semifinal contests. The title game is set to begin shortly after the conclusion of the Division 2 championship game, which is at 6:35 p.m and features Wisconsin Lutheran against Pulaski.

NOW will update the photo gallery tonight with photos from the Division 1 championship and the Division 4 title game between Dominican and Auburndale.

WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery

WIAA state tournament preview/schedule

NOW Newspapers wins 22 awards in state contest

March 08, 2013 10:54 p.m. | NOW Newspapers, publisher of Wauwatosa NOW and seven other suburban weekly newspapers, was presented with 22 awards Friday at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association annual convention in Madison.

The Better Newspapers Contest recognizes the top journalism in the state. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.

Wauwatosa NOW took first place in General Web Excellence and took first and second in Web Special Project, recognizing its online All-Suburban Football Team and Act 10 coverage.

NOW Newspapers also won the following honors:

Continuing Web Coverage, second, South Shore NOW

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Luxury apartments proposed in Brookfield gain support

March 08, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Sutter Creek Residences, a 144-unit luxury apartment and condo complex planned for east of S. Barker Road and north of W. Greenfield Ave., received a warm reception at this week's Brookfield Common Council public hearing, according to a article by reporter Scottie Lee Meyers.

If it receives city approval, the $20 million Sutter Creek would be developed in phases, with 89 apartments in two buildings, a community building and outdoor pool planned for the first phase; 43 apartments in the second phase, and 12 condos in the third phase. The apartment buildings would each be three stories.

Most of the 27.6-acre development site will be preserved as open space, the proposal said. The development would include 119 underground parking spaces, and 71 surface parking spaces. 

Sutter Creek's one- and two-bedroom units would target empty nesters and young professionals, mainly from Elm Grove, New Berlin, Brookfield and Waukesha.  The developers hope to begin construction on the $8.9 million first phase in May, with completion by spring of 2014.

The development team includes land owner BRP Holdings LLC and its members, Richard Walters and Kevin Thompson; Robert Gake, president of Middleton-based Parmenter Development Inc., and Peter Ogden and Jon Ross, from Ogden & Co., according to the proposal

Blue Mound Road in Brookfield reopens after crash

March 06, 2013 7:26 a.m. | A crash on eastbound Blue Mound Road at Calhoun Road in Brookfield closed all eastbound lanes for nearly four hours. The crash occurred a little after 3 a.m. The scene was cleared by 7 a.m.

Rohde, Lancers beat East in regional semifinals

March 01, 2013 9:01 p.m. | Lydia Rohde scored a season-high 26 points and sparked Brookfield Central to a 61-44 victory over Brookfield East on Friday in a WIAA regional semfiinal game at Central on Friday.

The Lancers will now travel to top-seeded Milwaukee Riverside on Saturday for a 5 p.m. game. 

Central jumped off to a 24-10 first-quarter lead, as Rohde scored 14 of the Lancers points, including two free throws to open the game when East was called for a technical foul for not wearing the right color of uniform.

Nicole Hinz followed with back-to-back 3-pointers, Rohde stole the ball and scored, then followed with a jumper and a foul. She connected on a free throw for a 13-0 lead. Central increased the margin to 17-1 before Laura Kennedy banked in a 3-pointer for East's first basket at the 2 minute, 22 second mark of the quarter.

"It meant a lot to us to get off to that fast start," Rohde said afterward. "We need that momentum to get off to that good start. Usually when we start off strong, we finish strong."

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Azana spa shooter told neighbor he planned to kill

March 01, 2013 8:56 p.m. | Less than a week before Radcliffe F. Haughton opened fire at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield in October, killing his estranged wife and two of her co-workers, a neighbor overheard him telling his father, "If I had a gun, I would shoot her," according to documents released Friday.

Haughton also told the neighbor, Jeffrey Simmons, "She's not the only one I'm going to get" and described "sitting on a hill and picking them off one by one," according to a letter from the Brookfield police to Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel. Haughton had earlier complained to his neighbor that he believed his wife was having an affair.

Simmons told Haughton "he was acting like a fool and to calm down," according to reports released by the Brookfield Police Department.

Haughton, who took a cab from his home in Brown Deer to the spa where Zina Haughton worked on Oct. 21, told the taxi driver, Jesse Thomas, he had found pictures on his wife's phone that led him to believe she was cheating. Haughton also blamed his wife for the fact that he had lost his job and was on the brink of foreclosure. On the way to the spa, Haughton told Thomas he had bought an automatic weapon and asked the cabbie what he would do if his wife had sent explicit pictures to another man, the letter says.

"Thomas said his response was to do nothing because it 'wasn't worth it,' " the letter says.

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Community Watch

» Brookfield East to have new principal next school year 3/29

» 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill receives accolades 3/29

» Lawsuit of imprisoned 'Silly the Clown' dismissed 3/29

» Germantown's Fischer, Showalter lead NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team 3/29

» Cold bug delays adoption for Charley, abandoned dog at Elmbrook Humane Society 3/29

» Diverse lineup on tap for Wilson Center's 2013-'14 season 3/27

» Woman says gun stolen during visit to Brookfield car wash 3/26

» Lynn Raines to leave post as Brookfield El principal 3/25

» What happened to my milk jug? Waukesha County recycling staff to explain at Brookfield, Elm Grove Libraries 3/24

» The Corners retail project still on course, Marcus says, despite delays 3/22

» Lawsuit against railroad over 2009 Elm Grove crash back on track 3/19

» Two employees arrested after fight at Brookfield KFC 3/19

» Mukwonago man charged in town of Brookfield armed robbery 3/18

» Robber's blunders lead police to suspect 3/18

» One person hospitalized for smoke inhalation after fire damages Brookfield complex 3/14

» Subway shop in Town of Brookfield robbed Updated:  3/14

» NOW sites roll out Facebook commenting system Updated:  3/14

» Four in Elmbrook win Kohl Educational Foundation awards 3/11

» Brookfield Square opening five new stores 3/9

» WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery updated 3/9

» NOW Newspapers wins 22 awards in state contest 3/8

» Luxury apartments proposed in Brookfield gain support 3/8

» Blue Mound Road in Brookfield reopens after crash Updated:  3/6

» Rohde, Lancers beat East in regional semifinals 3/1

» Azana spa shooter told neighbor he planned to kill Updated:  3/1

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