Brookfield Central students disciplined for bullying

May 29, 2013 10:41 a.m. | Five Brookfield Central students were given warning by police and received school sanctions last week for harassing other students in school and through social media.

Principal Don LaBonte was careful not to divulge too much information in order to protect the identities of the juveniles involved.

"It was just some very nasty communication directed toward a couple of kids and it was unacceptable," he said. "We dealt with it strongly."

LaBonte would not say the extent of disciplinary action he enforced. Administrators learned of the incidents last week and reported them to police May 17.

According to Elmbrook's prohibition of bullying policy, in a situation where bullying occurs off school property or on a non-school computer but is brought to the attention of school officials, disciplinary action is based on whether the conduct is determined to disrupt or prevent a safe and positive educational or work environment.

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Man charged after attempted armed abduction in Brookfield parking lot

May 28, 2013 9:09 a.m. | A 32-year-old Milwaukee man was charged with endangering safety/negligent handling of a weapon, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon, all repeat offenses, May 16 in Waukesha County Circuit Court after allegedly pointing a gun at a man in a Brookfield parking lot.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Aug. 16, 2012, Brookfield police responded to a call of a man with a gun at a business in the 1500 block of Commerce Avenue.

A man involved in the incident, the ex-brother-in-law of the suspect, told police he had just gotten into his car when a man, later identified as John Binter (right), opened the door and demanded that the man "get the (expletive) out of the car."

 The man refused and Binter raised his shirt, showed the man what appeared to be a pistol and told the man to get out of his car and get into Binter's, which was parked next to the man's car.

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Brookfield to host hazardous waste collection June 1

May 24, 2013 12:15 p.m. | The city of Brookfield will hold a special hazardous waste collection from 8 a.m. to noon June 1.

Waukesha County residents can drop off chemicals and other waste at the Recycling Center, 19700 Riverview Drive.

Old, unusable chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, oil-based paints, and mercury-containing products will be accepted. Latex paint and non-hazardous cleaning materials will not be accepted.

For a full list of acceptable household hazardous waste materials, visit or call (262) 896-8300.

Brookfield Square adds Body Central, Torrid and Glitter, loses New York & Company

May 24, 2013 12:04 p.m. | Women's apparel retailer New York & Company is closing its Brookfield Square mall store, and the space will be divided to accommodate two new stores.

One side of the New York & Company space will be filled by young women's retailer Body Central, while the other will house a relocated Champs shoe and sportswear store, Scott S. Oleson, manager of Brookfield Square, said Friday. Both are set to open this summer, he said

Oleson said the former Champs location will become a Torrid store later this year. Torrid sells trendy plus-size women's fashions.

Also on the south end of the mall,  a Tiger Lily women's ready-to-wear store will move into a vacant space and Fan Appreciation, which sells sports apparel and gifts, will relocate to a nearby empty site. The former Fan Appreciation space will be filled by Glitter, a seller of fashion accessories for women and girls, Oleson said.

"In addition, the new Divino Gelato Cafe kiosk will be opening near the food court at the beginning of June," Oleson said.

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Loaded handgun taken from unlocked car in Brookfield

May 21, 2013 11:08 a.m. | A Brookfield man told police that someone had taken a loaded handgun from his unlocked truck overnight May 17.

According to the Brookfield police report:

A 72-year-old man called Brookfield police at 1:59 p.m. May 18 and said that his loaded Ruger 380 handgun was taken from his truck in the 4600 block of Meadow View East.

The gun, fixed with a "lasermax laser sight," was in a tan nylon case in the center console. Loose change and a set of binoculars were also taken.

A set of tools and a set of golf clubs in the truck were left in place.

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Purses targeted in car break-ins outside Wilson Center

May 17, 2013 12:13 p.m. | Visitors to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, had an unpleasant surprise after attending events at the venue May 10.

According to city of Brookfield police reports:

Five vehicles in a parking lot outside the center were broken into between 6:55 and 7:39 p.m. May 10. In all instances, windows were smashed to gain entry. Seven windows total were damaged.

A handbag was taken from one vehicle. A purse containing credit cards and identification was taken from another. A purse containing credit cards, identification and a portable media player were taken from a third vehicle. From a fourth vehicle, a work bag containing magazines, books, a work identification card and an access key to the victim's office was taken. A purse containing personal items was taken from a fifth vehicle.

3 masked robbers flee after Brookfield bank heist

May 16, 2013 7:26 p.m. | Three masked men - one armed with a semiautomatic handgun - robbed a Brookfield bank Thursday afternoon, police said.

Employees at Guaranty Bank, 12655 W. Capitol Drive, were ordered to the floor as two of the robbers jumped over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

The fleeing robbers abandoned their vehicle in the bank's service drive after a dye pack attached to the cash exploded. They then crossed Capitol Drive and were last seen in a black midsize vehicle that had been parked behind an office building, police said.

Guaranty Bank in Brookfield robbed

May 16, 2013 6:19 p.m. | Police are searching for three suspects after an armed robbery in Brookfield Thursday afternoon.

According to a statement from Captain James Adlam of the Brookfield Police Department: 

At 1:04 p.m., police responded to a robbery at Guaranty Bank, 12655 W. Capitol Drive. The first officer arrived within 30 seconds of receiving the call.

An abandoned getaway vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Lumina, was found on the service drive in front of the bank. A dye pack attached to the money had detonated in the vehicle.

According to witnesses, three African-American male suspects entered the bank with their faces covered. At least one semi-automatic handgun was shown.

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Auditors draw different conclusions on Azana spa shooter case

May 16, 2013 10:08 a.m. | Brown Deer — Two separate reports come to very different conclusions on the interactions between Brown Deer police, Zina Haughton, and her estranged husband, Radcliffe, now infamous for gunning down Zina, two of her co-workers, and injuring three others before committing suicide.

By and large, auditor Robert C. Willis, whom Brown Deer hired in the wake of public outcry over the October 2012 Azana Spa shooting, concluded that Brown Deer police acted appropriately while dealing with the Haughtons, given the circumstances.

"BDPD and its officers acted professionally, enforced all laws and acted reasonably and appropriately in any and all dealings with the Haughtons," Willis wrote. "The BDPD has adequate training and an exemplary policy on how to respond to domestic abuse calls."

Domestic violence experts Judith Munaker and Linda Besser, consulted to review Willis' findings, tell a different story. Their report, attached as an appendix to the end of Willis' audit, repeatedly takes Brown Deer police to task for a lack of follow-ups, and includes a list of mistakes ranging from witness interviewing, evidence gathering and a lack of information sharing with Brookfield police.

More training needed

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U.S. Supreme Court declines action on Elmbrook church graduation case

May 13, 2013 11:13 a.m. | The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take action on the Elmbrook Church graduation case.

There was some speculation among court watchers that the the court might "grant certiorari" -- agree to hear the case -- on Monday, but according to SCOTUSblog, the case was not among those either granted or denied cert.

Amy Howe, who wrote this mornings Live Blog for SCOTUSblog, said she presumes the case will be re-listed again.

Re-listing means the court carries the case forward for possible consideration at another weekly conference of justices. Re-listing can be employed for numerous reasons.

That means the case could still be heard by the high court. Or not. If the latter, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the practice of holding Brookfield public high school graduations at the church is unconstitutional, will stand.

Elmbrook recommends new Brookfield Elementary principal

May 10, 2013 5:02 p.m. | Daniel Westfahl, currently principal at Stormonth Elementary School in the Fox Point-Bayside School District, has been chosen to take the reins at Brookfield Elementary School.

The Elmbrook School Board is set to vote on a two-year contract for Westfahl on Monday. It stipulates a salary of $99,000.

Westfahl has been principal at Stormonth for three years. He began his career in education as a first-grade teacher at Marcy Elementary School in the Hamilton School District in 1993.

Brookfield Elementary Principal Lynn Raines announced her retirement in March. She has been with the district since 2004, starting as a first-grade teacher at Burleigh Elementary, and began her position as principal at Brookfield Elementary in 2009.

Elmbrook received 68 applications in response to the posting for the position, according to School Board documents posted today. Eight candidates were initially screened, and three finalists were selected by an interview team.

Mandel plans apartments at Sendik's Towne Centre

May 10, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Mandel Group Inc. plans to develop two high-end apartment buildings next to Sendik's Towne Centre, in Brookfield.

The firm this summer is expected to submit to city officials detailed proposals for developments on two separate parcels: one at the southwest corner of Thomson Drive and N. Brookfield Road, the other at the northeast corner of Thomson Drive and Richfield Parkway.

Those two parcels, totaling 2 acres, are part of the 28-acre Towne Centre, a mixed-use development with stores, restaurants and offices at Brookfield Road and W. Capitol Drive. The Mandel developments would be built near other multifamily housing on Thomson Drive. 

The apartment proposals will "reflect the mixed-use, walkable nature of Towne Centre," said Dan Ertl, city community development director. 

The Plan Commission on Monday will consider an amendment to the development agreement between the city and the Towne Centre which would allow apartments to be developed there.

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Man shot last month in Costa Rica dies

May 07, 2013 10:48 p.m. | A West Allis man who worked as a golf caddy while walking, hiking and backpacking around the world died Tuesday, a little more than a month after being robbed and shot in Costa Rica, his family said.

Steven Adam Flesch, 31, traveled to 34 countries in four years and had been in Central America since January, said his sister, Nikki Lannert of Waukesha.

He was shot April 2 in San Jose two days before he was scheduled to fly home, Lannert said.

"He was the biggest adventurer," she said.

A graduate of Brookfield Central High School, Flesch earned a degree in golf course management from the San Diego Golf Academy and was a caddy at Erin Hills Golf Course in the Town of Erin for the past three or four years, she said.

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Lancers beat East kickers, 2-0

May 07, 2013 9:52 p.m. |  Brookfield Central beat Brookfield East, 2-0, Tuesday night at East and Lancer seniors Sarah Fotsch and Sierra High and coach Jason Burdge had a special reason to be happy.

That's because that was the first time Fotsch, Sierra and the rest of the seniors had beaten East in their four years. For Burdge, it goes back further. It was the first time he beat the Spartans since he took over as coach six years ago.

"We've been waiting four years to beat East. I just love this win," Fotsch said.

Burdge pointed out that the year Central went to state they beat East in a shootout, but that technically a tie.

"For me it's my first official win. It feels like a big weight off my shoulders," he said. "Every year its our main goal - beat East. I'm like (former Chicago Bears coach) Lovey Smith, every year you got you've got to beat the Packers."

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Lancers beat East in doubleheader, remain in first

May 06, 2013 8:00 p.m. |  Carley Sobrilsky's 3-run homer in the bottom of the fifth envoked the 10-run rule and gave Brookfield Central a 13-1 win over Brookfield East on Monday at Central in the first game of a doubleheader.

Then in the nightcap, the Lancers rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth inning and held on to defeat the Spartans, 6-5, in a thriller.

Angie Chartier, who left the game with a head injury when she had a collision at second base in the fifth inning, returned in the sixth to rip a bases-loaded single to centerfield to drive in the tying and eventual winning run.

Crystal Sicard singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in two runs, Ashley Rossman singled twice, drove in two runs and scored three times and Gabby Tierney singled doubled and drove in a run.

Sicard allowed two hits and fannd eight in five innings for the win.

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Elmbrook high schools on nation's most challenging list

May 03, 2013 1:44 p.m. | Both high schools in the Elmbrook School District earned a spot on the Washington Post's annual list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

Out of more than 1,900 public and private high schools throughout the country, Brookfield East was ranked 674, while Brookfield Central came in at 837. Within Wisconsin, Brookfield East ranked seventh and Brookfield Central ninth.

For the past 15 years, the list has been compiled by a formula using the number of college-level tests - Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education - given at a school in 2012, divided by the number of seniors that graduated that year.

The entire list can be found at

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