County pushes back Barker Road construction

July 29, 2011 11:59 a.m. | Construction set to begin on Barker Road on Aug. 3 has been delayed indefinetly, according to the Waukesha County Department of Public Works.

Rick Harley, a county project manager, said weather and other factors this summer contributed to a backlog of projects for a contractor scheduled to resurface Barker from north of Foxbrook Park to Capitol Drive.

"I can't rightly say when work will begin," he said.

The project is expected to take about 10 days to complete. A detour will lead motorists from Capitol to Springdale Road and then to North Avenue when work begins.

Fires damage homes on Imperial, Independence drives

July 28, 2011 4:37 p.m. | Homes on Independence and Imperial drives were damaged by fire on July 26 and July 27. 

A floor lamp tipped over and ignited nearby clothes in a condominium at 20155 Independence Drive just after midnight on July 27, according to a Brookfield Fire Department press release. 

The residents had evacuated the structure and smoke was bellowing from a second-floor bedroom window when firefighters arrived on scene. A small fire was extinguished after causing about $1,000 in damage, according to the release. 

It took Brookfield firefighters about 10 minutes to extinguish a fire that broke out in a clothes dryer in a home at 4720 Imperial Drive just before 4:30 p.m. July 26. The cause of the fire is under investigation and estimated damage is $1,000, according the fire department. 

No injuries were reported in the fires. 

Brookfield East season ends in quarterfinal round

July 28, 2011 2:32 p.m. | Brookfield East's rallies in the sixth and seventh inning fell short Thursday morning and the Spartans dropped their WIAA State game to Marquette, 3-2, at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point.

Trailing 3-0, the Spartans used errors by Hilltoppers first baseman Gino A'mato and third baseman Willy Bolles to put Pat O'Brien and Nick Kanavas on base to lead off the sixth. Nolan Peterson then walked Kevin Sylla for the second time in three at bats to load the bases.

Sophomore sensation Mike Eberle then ripped a single to right field coming up with another huge hit down the stretch for the Spartans, scoring O'Brien and Kanavas and cutting the lead to 3-2. With pinch-runners Jack Snow on second and Alex White on first, starting pitcher Brian Sylla bunted the runners over to second and third.

With the infield in, Drew Kehoe hit the ball to shortstop Dan Flatley, who looked to third and looked to short, but by then it was too late to get Kehoe at first, loading the bases.

Coach Bill Woodring then put on a suicide squeeze that John Foley put down in front of the plate, but the athletic Peterson bounced off the mound, gloved the ball and flipped it to catcher Nate Siudak for the force at home.

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City Clerk, 7th District Alderwoman to resign

July 28, 2011 8:06 a.m. | City Clerk Kris Schmidt's impending resignation has prompted the resignation of 7th District Alderwoman Lisa Mellone; who intends to seek appointment to the city clerk position.

Mellone, a two-term alderwoman, announced her resignation in an e-mail to her constituents on Wednesday. 

"As a candidate for office in two elections, I've come to appreciate and respect the election process and therefore, have a strong desire to ensure continued fair, accurate and reliable elections while hopefully serving as city clerk," Mellone said. 

Mellone — who serves on the city's Finance Committee and Board of Public Works — said in the e-mail that it was appropriate to tender her resignation before applying to be appointed city clerk. 

Mayor Steven Ponto will interview candidates and appoint an interim representative for the 7th District until an election can be held. 

Maurices opens at Brookfield Square

July 27, 2011 4:14 p.m. | The new Maurices store has opened at Brookfield Square. It is the third location in the area for Maurices, which aims its fashions at twentysomething women.

Other stores are at Southridge and at the Fox River shopping center in Waukesha.

Other new venues at Brookfield Square include Coopers Hawk, a restaurant that replaced Claim Jumper on the west side of the mall, and North Face, which is scheduled to open in November.

Waukesha County to open some parkland to hunting

July 27, 2011 11:32 a.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board has given the go-ahead to opening some of Waukesha County's more remote undeveloped parkland to hunters.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, and without public comment either for or against, the board revised parks rules that will lift a nearly 60-year ban on hunting.

Dale Shaver, director of parks and land use, said staff will identify the areas that qualify and attempt to post them on the county's website by fall. One logical starting point, he said, would be greenways such as along the Fox River in the Town of Vernon.

Hunters would not have access to parks with active recreation like hiking and camping, such as in Naga-Waukee or Minooka, he said.

The county is dropping its long-held ban because of a change in state law that makes land purchase grants using state Stewardship Program funds contingent upon opening the land to hunters, fishermen and other recreational interests.

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Florida woman charged with ID theft, endangering safety

July 26, 2011 11:04 a.m. | A Florida woman who led Elm Grove police on a high-speed chase after attempting to cash a stolen check faces five felony charges in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Elizabeth A. Sturm, 21, was charged July 18 with two counts of identity theft, two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, and attempting to flee an officer.

She is being held in Waukesha County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were called to M&I Bank, 900 Elm Grove Road, July 14 because a teller suspected that Sturm was attempting to cash a stolen check.

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Two Elm Grove men face narcotics charge

July 25, 2011 4:16 p.m. | Elm Grove residents Zachriah Napierala, 22, and Colten A. Weber, 21, are accused of having heroin in a parked car they were sitting in in the 17000 block of Winston Park Court on July 18. Both are charged with narcotics and paraphernalia possession.

The charges were issued July 20 in Waukesha County Circuit Court. The men face up to four years in prison if convicted on both counts.

According to the criminal complaint:

About 2 p.m. July 18 a resident told a Brookfield police officer that a suspicious vehicle was parked at the entrance of Winston Park Court.

The officer found Napierala in the driver's seat cupping a syringe. A small metal cup containing heroin was nearby.

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Umpire says he was pushed by player who disagreed with call

July 25, 2011 3:48 p.m. | An umpire working a softball game at Village Park last week says he was pushed by a player who disagreed with a call, according to an Elm Grove police report.

Elm Grove police are investigating the incident, which allegedly took place during a game Thursday.

Also from the report:

The 50-year-old Waukesha man was umpiring a softball game when an altercation unfolded with a 50-year-old Elm Grove man just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday .

The umpire said the Elm Grove man, a player in the game, threw a baseball glove at him and pushed him when he made a call that the player didn't agree with.

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Liberty Property Trust sells 4 Brookfield office buildings for $41 million

July 25, 2011 9:50 a.m. | Liberty Property Trust Inc. announced Monday it has sold four Waukesha County office buildings, totaling 338,000 square feet, for around $41 million.

The properties sold are at 15800 W. Bluemound Road and 245 S. Executive Drive, both in the City of Brookfield near Brookfield Square Mall, and at 20700 W. Swenson Drive and 20800 W. Swenson Drive, both in Crossroads Corporate Center, in the Town of Brookfield.

The multi-tenant properties have a combined occupancy rate of 94%.

The buyer is a Chicago-area investor advised by Barrington, Ill.-based Fulcrum Asset Advisors LLC, said Neal Driscoll, vice president and manager of Liberty’s Milwaukee-area operation. He declined to identify the investor.

The sale comes one month after Malvern, Pa.-based Liberty sold a 30,000-square-foot building, at 11050 W. Liberty Drive, on Milwaukee's far northwest side, to Government Properties Income Trust Inc., based in Newton. Mass., for $6.8 million.

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Brookfield East's late rally beats Lancers, sends Spartans to state

July 23, 2011 8:43 p.m. | Brookfield East exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Brookfield Central, 7-6, Saturday night to win the WIAA Sectional Championship at Germantown.

As a result, the Spartans (17-13) will be making their third trip to state and their first since 1988 when current first-year coach Bill Woodring also coached them.

Central was in command of the game and six outs from a trip to state, when the Spartans put together a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to win a thriller.

Brian Sylla singled to left to begin the rally and after a passed ball, Drew Kehoe singled to left moving Sylla to third. John Foley then blooped a single to right scoring Sylla and moving courtesy runner Andy Wiesen to second.

George Kotsonis then hit a slow roller in front of home plate and beat the throw to first to load the bases for lead-off hitter Brandt Rogers. Rogers then jumped on a pitch and drilled a single to center scoring Wiesen and Foley to bring East within one and moving Kotsonis to second.

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Brookfield Central, East meet Saturday in sectional finals

July 22, 2011 7:29 p.m. | Brookfield Central beat Menomonee Falls, 10-6, and Brookfield East nipped Pewaukee, 6-5, today in the WIAA Sectional semi-finals at Germantown.

As a result, the teams will meet in a 5 p.m. sectional championship game at Germantown on Saturday, with the winner going to next week's WIAA state tournament on Wednesday and Thursday at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point.

Friday's title game had to be moved to Saturday because the first game of the day was an hour and a half late because of a rain delay.

The 4th-seeded Lancers (21-11) used a 6-run fifth inning to hold off the top-seeded Indians (20-11) and rolled to a 10-6 win in the first game at Germantown.

Central led 3-2 through four innings as both teams scored in the first inning and then Matt Haralson of Central and Troy Kenkel of Falls shut down the offenses until the fifth.

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Elmbrook to vote on eliminating top HR post

July 22, 2011 2:16 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board will vote Tuesday on eliminating the district's assistant superintendent for human resources position and hiring an internal candidate for a combined position of human resources director and staff counsel.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Central Administration Office, 13780 Hope St., Brookfield.

The board will vote on whether to appoint Kristi Foy, who now serves as the district's legal counsel, to the new position. Foy would have a 12-month contract and earn $85,000 in the new role, but her salary would be prorated to reflect an Aug. 1 start.

Some human resources responsibilities also would be delegated to Keith Brightman, assistant superintendent for finance and operations. Brightman's salary would be increased to $130,000, also prorated to an Aug. 1 start date.

The move is estimated to save the district $93,000, Supintendent Matt Gibson wrote in a memo to the School Board.

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Von Maur-anchored retail center construction to start next spring

July 21, 2011 11:03 a.m. | Construction of the Town of Brookfield retail development to be anchored by a Von Maur department store is expected to begin in spring 2012.

Marcus Corp., the project's main developer, hopes to see the $100 million development, known as The Corners, open in the second half of 2013, said Greg Marcus, chief executive officer of the Milwaukee-based company.

"We are very encouraged by the initial response from potential tenants," Marcus said Thursday. He made his comments during a discussion with analysts after the company released its fourth quarter earnings.

Some of the site preparation work will begin this fall, said Bruce Westling, of NAI MLG Commercial, the project's leasing manager. But actual construction of the buildings is to begin in the spring, said Westling and Doug Neis, Marcus Corp. chief financial officer.

I reported in June that months after a new state law gave the Town of Brookfield the power to use a tax incremental financing district in connection with The Corners, the TIF proposal is still being negotiated.

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Brookfield Central, East advance to sectionals

July 19, 2011 11:12 p.m. | Brookfield Central outslugged Germantown, 16-11, while two Brookfield East pitchers no-hit Sussex Hamilton, 10-0, as both teams advanced to the Germantown Sectional on Friday.

The Lancers will play Menomonee Falls at 11 a.m. and the Spartans play Pewaukee at 1:30 p.m. the winners will play at 5 p.m. for the chance to go to the state tournament next week.

In one of the wilder games of the year, the Lancers scored twice in the first, but Germantown countered with two runs in the second to tie the game and two for in the third for a 4-2 advantage.

But Central scored twice in the third to tie the game, only to see the Warhawks score a run in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. But then Central added three runs in the fourth to take a 7-5 lead, only to see Germantown score twice and tie the game.

Central then scored seven runs in the fifth for a 14-7 lead and held on for the win, as Germantown scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh. The Lancers had scored twice in the sixth, as neither team’s offense could be stopped.

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Chase ends in arrest of theft suspect in Elm Grove

July 18, 2011 2:08 p.m. | A Florida woman tried to elude Elm Grove police after an attempt to cash a fraudulent check went awry July 14, according to an Elm Grove police report.

Also in the report:

An employee of M&I Bank, 900 Elm Grove Road, alerted police when the 21-year-old woman attempted to cash a stolen check just before 5 p.m. July 14.

The woman fled in a car when officers arrived and led them on a chase that ended on Sunnyslope Road, near Beechwood Avenue in the city of Brookfield, after one of her tires went flat.

She was arrested after a brief attempt to run away.

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Pair plead not guilty to homicide charges

July 15, 2011 10:12 a.m. | Tommy Douyette and Lynn Hajny waived preliminary hearings and pleaded not guilty to homicide charges on Friday.

Douyette, 42, is charged with first degree intentional homicide and Hajny, 48, is charged with being a party to first degree intentional homicide in the beating and strangulation death of 63-year-old John Aegerter in his Brookfield home on Golf Parkway on June 22.

Douyette and Hajny waived preliminary hearings and pleaded not guilty to the charges in separate hearings before Waukesha County Court Commissioner Martin Binn on Friday.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Lough would have had to present evidence to establish probable cause to believe Douyette and Hajny committed felonies in a preliminary hearing.

Douyette was represented by attorney Jonathan Smith of Milwaukee. Hajny was represented by attorney Michael Hart of Milwaukee.

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Think you know Brookfield and Elm Grove? Identify our mystery photo and you could win movie passes

July 15, 2011 7:40 a.m. | How well do you know Brookfield and Elm Grove?

Take a look at this week's mystery photo, tell us where it was taken, and you could win a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theaters.

Congratulations to Julie Hoppe, who won movie passes last week by identifying this picture, which is the logo for the Mill Place Shops in Elm Grove.

Check Brookfield and Elm Grove NOW for a new photo to identify each week. You can also find a link to the contest from our News page.

Go to mystery photo.

Furniture Deals and Steals complaints flood BBB

July 14, 2011 12:57 p.m. | Many customers of Furniture Deals & Steals have described their experience with the retailer as more of a steal than a deal since the store abruptly closed earlier this month.

The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau has fielded about 70 complaints from customers of Furniture Deals & Steals locations around the state.

The retailer’s Brookfield location at 16460 W. Bluemound Road closed for Independence Day and never reopened, said Susan Bach, a BBB representative.

Craig Widenski of Pewaukee said he paid $300 for a down payment on a sectional couch in April at the Brookfield location.

Delivery was supposed to take up to eight weeks, but the couch still hasn’t arrived.

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Hale wins GMC consolation title; Engle fans 14 Lancers

July 13, 2011 9:33 p.m. | Dillion Engle was the major reason his West Allis Hale baseball team beat Brookfield Central, 8-0, Wednesday night at McCoy Field to win the Greater Metro Conference Tournament Consolation Championship.

Engle, who is headed to UWM to play baseball in the fall, was exceptional, as he fanned 14 Lancers and allowed only three hits - a single by Bill Calawerts and a double by Ryan Hinz in the third and an infield hit to Dan Barwick in the sixth. He only walked two batters.

Engle was also outstanding at the plate, as he had four singles in four at bats and two RBIs and Garet Morganroth singled twice, doubled, scored three times and drove in two.

Brian Kimpel singled twice and drove in a run and Patrick Heal singled twice, scored a run and drove one in.

Hale scored a run in the first, three in the second and two runs in the fourth and seventh innings.

Homicide suspects to have preliminary hearing Friday

July 13, 2011 1:06 p.m. | Two people charged with homicide in the death of a Brookfield business owner are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

Tommy V. Douyette, 42, and Lynn M. Hajny, 48, are respectively charged with first-degree intentional homicide and being a party to first-degree intentional homicide in the beating and strangulation death of John Aegerter in his home on Golf Parkway on June 22.

They could be ordered to stand trial on the charges if Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Martin Binn finds probable cause to believe the allegations are true in Friday's preliminary hearing.

According to a criminal complaint, Douyette and Hajny went to Aegerter's home to confront him about money he owed Hajny's husband. Douyette, under the direction of Hajny, bludgeoned and strangled the 63-year-old.

A tip from Hajny's cousin led to their arrests in Slinger on June 22.

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Brookfield Central nips Brookfield East, 6-5, in GMC tourney

July 12, 2011 8:58 p.m. | Brad Leachy struck out the last batter with the bases loaded and Brookfield Central held on to beat Brookfield East, 6-5, Tuesday night at East.

Central advanced to the Consolation Championship of the second GMC Tournament. The Lancers will host West Allis Hale and the Spartans will play at Menomonee Falls on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

East had won the first meeting, 10-3, on May 31 at East and Central won, 8-5, on July 5 at Central. The teams could meet one more time if they reach the sectional finals on July 22.

Tuesday’s game was a thriller down to the final out, as the Spartans cut the Lancers lead to 6-5 and had the bases loaded with two outs when Brad Leachy fanned the final East hitter to end the game.

“Brad Leachy has found his role,” Central coach Jeff Bigler said. “He relishes coming in and slamming the door. It was fun to watch because his fastball was finishing.”

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New Brookfield gymnastics coach named

July 12, 2011 3:30 p.m. | Erin Kokta has accepted the head coaching position for the Brookfield Central girls gymnastics co-op team.

Kokta has been an assistant coach in the program for four seasons. She has also been an assistant for five years in the girls track and field program at Brookfield East.

She is a 2006 graduate of UW-Eau Claire where she earned a degree in Mass Communication-Advertising. While at UWEC she was a three-time All-American athlete in track and field including a third- place finish in the long jump. She continued to serve as an assistant coach in the men's and women's program.

Kokta was also a standout high school athlete at Brookfield East competing in gymnastics and track and field. She currently works independently in graphic design and manages athletic events throughout the region for PT Timing.

"We are excited to have an athlete and coach of Erin's caliber continue her career in Brookfield," said Athletic Director Corey Golla. "She has already earned respect and credibility in our athletic program."

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School closing, health care plans among Elmbrook topics tonight

July 12, 2011 1:27 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board tonight will discuss several topics, including the timeline for a decision on an elementary school closing and proposed changes to employee health-care plans.

The board also will act on changes to the 2011-12 district budget and whether to admit siblings of Open Enrollment students for the 2011-12 school year.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Central Administration Office, 13780 Hope St., Brookfield. An agenda and background information can be found here.

Man attacks co-worker over radio music argument

July 12, 2011 9:54 a.m. | An argument between co-workers over what they listened to on the radio resulted in one man attacking another, according to a town of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

The 19-year-old victim was working on a car in the service department at Lexus of Brookfield, 20001 W. Bluemound Road, when he was attacked by a 22-year-old co-worker on June 22.

Witnesses said the 22-year-old blindsided the victim with punches to the face and head.

The victim told police that he and the 22-year-old had an argument on June 17 over Salsa music that was on the radio.

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Muskego beats Spartans, 8-2, in first-round GMC Tournament game

July 11, 2011 8:35 p.m. | Muskego got some revenge and whipped Brookfield East Monday night, 8-2, at Muskego in a first-round game of the second Greater Metro Conference Tournament.

The Warriors (22-6) scored single runs in the second and third innings and then had 3-run innings in the third and the fifth to coast to the win.

Jake Jewell's 2-out RBI double off East losing pitcher John Foley got the Warriors on the board in the first inning. Alex Kozicki's sacrifice fly made it 2-0 in the second.

Jewell had an RBI ground out in the third and Kozicki ripped a 2-run double for a 5-0 lead. Muskego's last three runs in the fifth off reliever Nick Kanavas were all unearned thanks to two errors by the Spartans.

Kanavas worked three innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks and fanning two, while not allowing an earned run.

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More than 500 without power in town of Brookfield

July 11, 2011 12:32 p.m. | Thunderstorms knocked out power to more than 500 homes and businesses in the town of Brookfield on Monday morning.

According to the We Energies website:

An outage reported just after 10 a.m. left 560 customers south of Interstate 94, near Brookfield Road, without power.

Also, about five customers near the intersection of Bluemound and Brookfield roads and about 16 customers just east of Rolling Meadows Park are without power.

In the city of Brookfield, near Greenfield Avenue and just east of 124th Street, about 50 customers were without power.

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Police identify victim in Walker's Point shooting

July 11, 2011 11:46 a.m. | Milwaukee police are still looking for the man who shot and killed a 19-year-old Milwaukee man in Walker's Point early Sunday.

Police said Ashantia L. Lindsey died when he was shot inside a house in the 1300 block of W. Madison St. about 2:05 a.m. Sunday.

Milwaukee police Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer said the homicide victim was in "an ongoing feud" with the suspect, who came to the residence.

Lindsey has a record of disorderly conduct and battery.

The suspect has a record for weapons offenses, Stanmeyer said.

Lancers sweep Red Raiders

July 08, 2011 8:28 p.m. | Brookfield Central defeated Wauwatosa East in a doubleheader on Friday evening and finished the regular season with a 11-9 record in the Greater Metro Conference and 16-9 overall.

Central finished the regular season with a 6-game winning streak and 7 wins out of the last 8 games. Tosa East finished with a 3-17 record and a 7-18 overall mark. They have lost 3 in a row and 4 of their last 5 games.

The first game today was suspended a few weeks ago because of rain and picked up with one out and the bases loaded in the top of the fourth and Central leading 6-3. After a strikeout for the second out, Connor Shipman cleared the bases with a double and put the game out of reach at 9-3 and eventually topped out at 14-3.

Danny Barwick had a single, two walks, a triple and a double, scored twice and drove in two runs. Ryan Hinz had a double and a single, two walks and three RBIs.

Josh Ells pitched the final three innings allowing five hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Kyle Dobbe and Jake Lake each singled twice for the Red Raiders.

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Hinz and BC stifle Falls' bats in 2-0 GMC decision

July 05, 2011 9:02 p.m. | The days of retired coach Mark Rohde and the mad-bombing, three-run home run hitting state champions of 2000 are long, long in the past for the Brookfield Central baseball team.

So current Lancer coach Jeff Bigler could only chuckle as he thought about the two bunts, the two sacrifice flies and the perfectly-executed hit-and-run in the fifth inning that accounted for all the runs in a tightly-played well-executed 2-0 win over host Menomonee Falls Tuesday night.

"We got those bunts down and we moved some runners around and we got the job done," said Bigler. "We needed to do that, because they didn't give us anything. That's a great ballclub (Falls), well-worthy of a number one seed (WIAA sectional seed)."

And thoughts of WIAA tournament play July 19 and 22 were well on the minds of both Bigler and Falls coach Pat Hansen as both are in the same sectional and the seeding meeting is Wednesday.

Falls is a candidate for a number one seed with a 12-6 GMC and 16-8 overall record while Central is fighting for a first-round home game at 8-9 and 13-9, respectively.

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Soda delivery van taken for a ride

July 05, 2011 5:52 p.m. | A soda delivery van was stolen from the 200 block of Executive Drive while its owner serviced vending machines June 29.

According to the city of Brookfield police report:

The driver parked the white, 1999 Chevrolet van in front of a business and left the keys in the ignition while he filled vending machines with soda just before 1 p.m. June 29.

The delivery van was gone when he returned.

The van was recovered, unoccupied, in Milwaukee on July 1.

Appliances, pipes stolen from vacant duplex

July 05, 2011 5:40 p.m. | More than $5,000 in appliances and copper piping was taken from a vacant duplex in the 18000 block of Hoffman Avenue, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also from the report:

The front door of the four-unit duplex was kicked open between June 23 and June 28.

Six water heaters, three ranges, three refrigerators, two washing machines, two driers and copper piping were taken

An inspection company that was hired by North Shore Bank, which owns the property, found the damage and missing appliances June 28.

Buyers pay for car with counterfeit cash

July 05, 2011 2:00 p.m. | A man received $550 in counterfeit cash when he attempted to sell a car June 28, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also from the report:

The man met with prospective buyers, an unidentified man and a woman, in the 15000 block of Gebhardt Road to sell a used car for $700 in cash.

When the victim attempted to deposit the cash into a bank account, he learned he had been given $550 in counterfeit bills.

It appears a bleach solution had been used to wash ink from $5 bills and then they were made to appear more valuable.

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July 4 photo galleries now online

July 05, 2011 1:56 p.m. | NOW photographers were out and about in the community this weekend and we've just published a number of photo galleries featuring all the red, white and blue fun from this year's Independence Day festivities in the suburbs.

Follow the links below to check out each community's July 4 celebrations:

Elm Grove Revolutionary War re-enactors

Menomonee Falls

New Berlin

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Charges filed in Brookfield homicide case

July 01, 2011 12:20 p.m. | Tommy V. Douyette and Lynn M. Hajny were charged Thursday in the beating and suffocation death of 63-year-old local business owner John C. Aegerter.

Douyette, 42, of Milwaukee was charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Hajny, 48, of New Berlin was charged with being a party to first-degree intentional homicide.

They had separate appearances in intake court Thursday.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Commissioner Laura Lau continued the $750,000 bail ordered for Douyette last week, and the $500,000 bail ordered for Hajny.

She also ordered they have no contact each other or with witnesses.

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Volunteers needed to help run Macker basketball tourney

July 01, 2011 12:20 p.m. | The Elmbrook Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to help at the Gus Macker three-on-three basketball tournament, which runs July 23 and 24 in the town of Brookfield.

The event will take place at the Crossroads office buildings, 20975 Swenson Drive. Games will be played between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.

The foundation is looking for volunteers to help with general ground maintenance and parking on July 24. Ground maintenance workers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., and parking assistants are needed from 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m.

Volunteers should be 15 or older. Teens in need of service hours will be provided a certificate of service hours upon request.

Those interested in volunteering should send an email to

Community Watch

» County pushes back Barker Road construction 7/29

» Fires damage homes on Imperial, Independence drives 7/28

» Brookfield East season ends in quarterfinal round 7/28

» City Clerk, 7th District Alderwoman to resign 7/28

» Maurices opens at Brookfield Square 7/27

» Waukesha County to open some parkland to hunting 7/27

» Florida woman charged with ID theft, endangering safety 7/26

» Two Elm Grove men face narcotics charge 7/25

» Umpire says he was pushed by player who disagreed with call 7/25

» Liberty Property Trust sells 4 Brookfield office buildings for $41 million 7/25

» Brookfield East's late rally beats Lancers, sends Spartans to state 7/23

» Brookfield Central, East meet Saturday in sectional finals 7/22

» Elmbrook to vote on eliminating top HR post 7/22

» Von Maur-anchored retail center construction to start next spring 7/21

» Brookfield Central, East advance to sectionals 7/19

» Chase ends in arrest of theft suspect in Elm Grove 7/18

» Pair plead not guilty to homicide charges 7/15

» Think you know Brookfield and Elm Grove? Identify our mystery photo and you could win movie passes 7/15

» Furniture Deals and Steals complaints flood BBB 7/14

» Hale wins GMC consolation title; Engle fans 14 Lancers 7/13

» Homicide suspects to have preliminary hearing Friday 7/13

» Brookfield Central nips Brookfield East, 6-5, in GMC tourney 7/12

» New Brookfield gymnastics coach named 7/12

» School closing, health care plans among Elmbrook topics tonight 7/12

» Man attacks co-worker over radio music argument 7/12

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The 2016 Waukesha County Fair saw rain, scorching temps and tropical humidity throughout its five-day run. Check out our stories, photos and video from the fair, including coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as a ranking of the top food items.

Best Summer Ever


We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.