Woman charged with felony in burglarizing Brookfield home

Oct. 28, 2013 10:06 a.m. | A Watertown woman has been charged with a felony that could result in a fine of up to $25,000 and as much as 12 1/2 years in prison in connection to the burglary of a Brookfield home in May.

The Waukesha district attorney's office issued a warrant for her arrest Oct. 15.

Tyler C. Listle, 25, of Watertown, is believed to have broken into the house through a window to steal jewelry May 27, according to the criminal complaint.

The homeowner said she found a footprint below her window, which was missing its frame and screen.

Listle has not yet entered a plea, but according to police reports, Listle told her mom that she had stolen the jewelry.

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Bay defeats Brookfield East kickers, 2-1, to win sectional title

Oct. 26, 2013 8:03 p.m. |

Whitefish Bay got revenge and will be making its first trip to this week’s WIAA Division 2 State Boys Soccer Tournament since 2003 by defeating Brookfield East, 2-1, on Saturday in the sectional finals at East.
The Spartans (17-4-3) had defeated the Blue Dukes, 5-3, on Sept. 28 and in last year’s sectional finals. Bay did not want to see a similar ending, so they got on the board quickly.
Following a Spartan foul at the 25:35 mark, Bay senior midfielder Zach Heller got the first of his two assists after receiving a free kick, then passing the ball to Paul Gwidt in front of the goal. The senior forward then drilled a shot into the left side of the net past East keeper Drew Johnson for a 1-0 lead.
Then at the 38:34 mark, the Blue Dukes took advantage of an East defender falling as they ran down the right side for another score. Heller got a pass in front of the goal and instead of taking a shot, he kicked it behind his leg to junior Joey Borris, who drilled in a shot to give Bay a 2-0 lead at halftime.
East shots on goal in the first half were taken by Peter Raymonds, James Knowles, Mick Kemnitz, David Loffredo and Aidan Haupt, but they couldn’t convert and it eventually cost them.
First-year Bay coach Jeff Worzella knew the Spartans were going to be fired up in the second half.
“We knew they were going to come at us,” he said. “In the first game we were defensive and we lost. This time we tried to get that third goal. We didn’t make any adjustments until about 10 minutes left when we put an extra man back.”
The Spartans finally got on the board scored when junior Peter Raymonds headed in a shot off a pass by senior Ryan Dundun at the 52:41 minute mark.
The Spartans chance to tie the game came when Bay was called for a penalty in the box, but Michael Fuchs penalty kick was blocked when Bay keeper Alex Witteman anticipated the shot to his left, leaped through the air and knocked it away.
East coach Herbie Dundun was happy with his team’s second half play, but he felt the Spartans win the first time around, hurt his team’s mental process.
“Sometimes young players think it will just happen. They forget about the hard work that got them there. We played relaxed and two goals is never easy to get back.
“We played hard, but we dug ourselves too deep a hole. When we scored the momentum shifted. The boys saw the hour glass going down and they started playing. Unfortunately, it was too little too late.
“In the second half we played like champions and that is the way to go out, playing like champions. I am very proud of the way they played in the second half. We wish Whitefish Bay the best of luck in State.”
Raymonds, Loffredo, Mick Kemnitz, Dundun, Sam Kreul, Winston Markusse and Fuchs while Tommy Baxa and Kreul had key clears and Johnson had two saves.
 The Spartans had set the tone early. In the 13th minute mark Raymonds hit a ball off the crossbar. James Knowles reacted quickly and kicked the rebound, but Witteman made another big play and knocked the ball away.
The game’s tragic moment occurred a few minutes later when Bay senior forward Jack Menard was hit in the head and went down, delaying the match for 20 minutes, as he was treated and eventually taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
Worzella talked about the injury to Menard and how it affected his team.
“We’re going to the hospital to see Jack right now,” he said afterward. “We talked about that at halftime. Let’s win this one for him.”
This is Bay's 11th trip to state, but its first since 2003 - and Worzalla credited the senior leadership.
“They believed what I said,” said Worzella, who was hired about a week before the season. “They don’t believe in just going through the motions. I give them and my assistants (Robby Dubinski and Pat Krygiel) all the credit.”
The Blue Dukes (17-5-0) will now play Cedarburg (14-4-2) at noon on Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park, with the winner playing at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Read social media story of Division 2 Level 1 football playoffs games

Oct. 26, 2013 8:43 a.m. | Homestead, South Milwaukee, Messmer/Shorewood, Brookfield Central, Sussex Hamilton, Whitefish Bay, Brookfield East and Greenfield all faced off in Level 1 of the WIAA football playoffs Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Patterson's five touchdowns spark Hamilton past Lancers

Oct. 25, 2013 10:28 p.m. | For the second time in three weeks Sussex Hamilton showed Brookfield Central they were the better football team.

The Chargers (7-3) held on to defeat the Lancers (7-3), 37-34, Friday night at Sussex, as neither team could stop the other team's big playmaker.

Hamilton Running back Drew Patterson scored five touchdowns, while Central quarterback Riley Richarz had three and running back Terry Wallen had two. Richarz had 213 yards rushing in 29 carries.

"Two great players going at it head-to-head and they’re difference makers," Central coach Jamie Meulemans said of Patterson and Richarz. Theirs outscored ours tonight."
Trailing 27-14 at intermission, the Lancers didn't quit.

"The seniors rallied them at halftime and they answered and came out in the second half almost won the football game," Meulemans said.

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Wycklendt named new East baseball coach

Oct. 25, 2013 12:34 p.m. | If Brookfield East fans like a positive attitude and enthusiasm, they should be excited about new baseball coach Nicholas Wycklendt.

East athletic director Jeremy Martin announced Wycklendt‘s hiring on Friday. Despite being only 26 years old, Wycklendt brings seven years of coaching experience to the table, including the last two seasons at the head coach at Port Washington of the North Shore Conference.

“He is about everything our coaches stand for,” Martin said of his hiring Wycklendt. “He believes in developing relationships, character and the fact that working with the kids is bigger than baseball.

“He also brought experience and excitement to the job. We (search committee) all saw the same things. Nicholas was our guy. It was all about fit.”

Wycklendt previously was an assistant coach under Brian Durst at Grafton High School for six seasons. In fact, upon graduating from Nicolet, he got into coaching the Blackhawks when he was 19 years old.

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Milwaukee County offering free golf

Oct. 23, 2013 3:29 p.m. | From Oct. 23-25, those who rent a $10 golf cart at six Milwaukee County Parks golf courses will have green fees waived.

For parties, each player would pay $10 for a share of an available cart and play for free. If all carts are rented golfers may walk on for free.

"The weather is beautiful — it's just a bit cooler," said Assistant Recreation Chief Joe Mronzinski. "There's still time to get some quality play in this season, and for the next three days, your green fee is free."

Reservations can be made over the phone at (414) 475-6222 or online at milwaukeecountygolfcourses.com.

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State aid boost won't help Elmbrook

Oct. 21, 2013 3:01 p.m. | Elmbrook taxpayers will miss out on much of the reward of a property tax relief bill signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker on Oct. 20. The state will give an extra $100 million in school aid over two years, but not allow schools to increase total spending, with the aim of reducing the load on property taxes this December.

But each district will be affected differently based on the state's school aid formula, with about 80 districts like Elmbrook lacking significant change, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The bureau's analysis estimates an increase in state aid for Elmbrook Schools of $709 for the 2013-14 school year as a result of the bill. Other districts could benefit more significantly, such as the Waukesha School District, which is estimated to see an increase of almost $900,000 in state aid, and the Wauwatosa School District, which could gain about $475,000.

Azana Spa to close Monday in observance of mass killing anniversary

Oct. 18, 2013 2:44 p.m. | Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield will be closed Monday for employees to spend the day in a private gathering with their families on the one-year anniversary of a mass shooting that killed three people.

Radcliffe Haughton killed his estranged wife, Zina, and two of her co-workers, Cary Robuck and Maelyn Lind. He also wounded four others before committing suicide.

The salon is offering purple gift cards this month with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Women's Center of Waukesha, owner Tami Gemmell said in a news release Friday. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

"We are thankful for each other, our loyal clients and our gracious community," Gemmell said. "Your support has made it possible for our Azana family to move forward and continue to serve you."

The Sojourner Family Peace Center and the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will have a memorial service and candlelight vigil from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at Milwaukee City Hall.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear case over 2009 Elm Grove train crash

Oct. 14, 2013 11:13 a.m. | The Wisconsin Supreme Court has announced that it is accepting five new cases, including one over a 2009 train crash involving a minivan before Elm Grove's Memorial Day parade that prompted a heroic rescue and that ultimately ended a police officer's career.

A trial judge had ruled that federal railroad law pre-empted a resulting civil suit, but in March, a divided Wisconsin Court of Appeals reversed and put the civil suit back on track.

According to the Supreme Court's summary, the railroad is objecting to the Court of Appeals' opinion because it empowers local governments to control train speed whenever traffic might be near railroad tracks. The railroad says that, under that interpretation, railroads would have to deviate from the operational practices dictated by federal law for even relatively mundane traffic-producing events.

"A decision by the Supreme Court could potentially have wide ranging effects on railroad traffic on 3,000 miles of track in Wisconsin and possibly elsewhere on interconnected rails," according to the high court's summary.

Monica Ensley-Partenfelder's van was stuck on the tracks as the train approached. Elm Grove police officer John Krahn helped her out, then he and Ensley-Partenfelder's husband, Scott, turned their attention to the couple's 2-year-old child in the van's back seat. Krahn and Scott Partenfelder were severely injured when the train struck the van. The child, who remained strapped in a car seat, was unhurt.

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Homestead secures spot atop suburban football poll

Oct. 14, 2013 9:15 a.m. | The Homestead football team retains its No. 1 ranking in the NOW/Lake Country suburban football poll by holding off a rally by Germantown to clinch at least a share of its 13th consecutive North Shore Conference title.

You can see the rest of the teams ranked in the poll, get a capsule look at schools who have clinched playoff spots, learn what coaches really think, and much more at the Push for the Playoffs special section.

Go to NOW/LakeCountry Push for the Playoffs.

Read social media story of Brookfield East at Menomonee Falls football game

Oct. 12, 2013 8:19 a.m. | A Greater Metro showdown pitted 3-2 East at 4-1 Falls, with East probably needing just one more win to make it into the playoff picture.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Harvestine gives a kick to Lancers

Oct. 11, 2013 11:32 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton senior Bret Harvestine doesn't throw, catch or run for the football team. And sometimes, the all-conference soccer player can't fit football practice into his schedule. But he did enough on Friday night to put the Chargers into the playoffs.

Harvestine's 29-yard boot with 2 seconds left gave Hamilton a thrilling 24-21 win over host Brookfield Central (6-2, 4-2 Greater Metro) and clinched a postseason berth for the Chargers (5-3, 4-2) with only Wauwatosa East left on the regular season schedule.

As the Chargers moved closer to field goal range in the waning seconds, all eyes shifted to Harvestine.

"Teammates are coming up to me like, 'Bret you might have to do this thing,'" Harvestine said. "I just sat by myself, took a few deep breaths and did what I had to do. That's my third field goal of the year. It's crazy. All I could think was 'Get it through the uprights.'"

He did – right down the middle – and with plenty of room to spare. Harvestine was comfortable from 35 yards out in warm-ups and hit from as deep as 42 yards deep in practice just days ago.

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Falls nips Brookfield East, 29-21

Oct. 11, 2013 10:32 p.m. | Menomonee Falls scored four rushing touchdowns and defeated Brookfield East, 29-21, in a game which had a lot on the line for both teams.

Falls (5-1) left the field tied for first place with and needed a win in its season finale against Marquette (5-1) at home next week to grab the outright Greater Metro title. East (3-3) needs one win to clinch a playoff berth and will have to wait until next week when it faces last-place West Allis Central (0-6).

"We talked about it," a happy Falls coach John Baker said. "We felt this was going to be our first playoff game. We’re already in, but we play them (East) and Marquette.

"Brook East is a playoff team. They are a good hard-hitting team. We talked about field position, which was really huge tonight. The guys converting on short fields because in a big game, that’s what you have to do to win it."
The Indians rushed for 260 yards and were led by sophomore Bryce McMurtry, who rushed for 134 yards on 9 carries (14.9 yard average). His 72-yard TD run with 1:47 left in the half gave Falls a 14-7 lead at intermission.
"Bryce is dynamic kid," Baker said. "He’s only a sophomore; sometimes it's like you get that sophomore in him a little bit and all of a sudden you can see this kid who can change a game. He is young yet, he is awesome to watch."
QB Adam Vechart rushed for 119 yards in 21 carries, but the Spartans shut down RB Christian Almonte, who managed 17 yards in 20 attempts.
The Falls defense did a good job on East quarterback Zach Damico, who finished 13-for-30 for 221 yards and a touchdown pass to Will Sutton, which tied the game in the third quarter. Damico, who opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown run, finished with 75 yards rushing in 15 carries.
Almonte scored on a 1-yard run after a 7-play, 31-yard drive to open the fourth quarter and made the score 20-14. Falls then recovered a fumble on a double reverse that started with two flags being tossed for two men in motion.
East coach Tom Swittel got the information on the play second-hand.

"I wasn’t watching it; I was with the defense at that point," he said. "We had two guys that went in motion, one guy just stopped because he probably thought it was going to be a penalty. The guy that got the ball and was supposed to pitch it and pitched to nobody I was told. The other kid thought because the flags were thrown, there wasn’t going to be a play."

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Brookfield mayor says quarry plans represent best path for city

Oct. 11, 2013 10:48 a.m. | Brookfield Mayor Steven Ponto writes in a column for BrookfieldNOW that the plan to deposit clean fill and renovate the 85-acre Sileno Property south of Burleigh Road is the best choice for the city.

"At the end of this process, the city will have a beautiful 70-acre park with a 23-acre lake, which would be up to 28 feet deep," Ponto writes.

You can read Brookfield Mayor Steven Ponto's complete quarry column here.

TIF legislation could help Von Maur project, other developments

Oct. 11, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Newly introduced state legislation could make it easier for Town of Brookfield officials to approve a public financing plan for The Corners, a proposed mixed-use project anchored by a Von Maur department store.

Senate Bill 338 would allow some Wisconsin towns with urban characteristics to create tax incremental financing districts. Currently, towns are restricted in their ability to create such districts, which are often used by cities and villages to help finance development.

With tax financing districts, a city or village usually borrows money to help pay for a commercial development. That project's new property taxes pay back those funds over several years. Once the debt is paid, the new property taxes then go to the community, its school district and other local governments.

Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature in 2011 approved a bill that allows the Town of Brookfield to create a tax financing district for a retail development.

The Corners, to be developed by Milwaukee-based Marcus Corp., CarVal Investors LLC, an independent subsidiary of Minneapolis-based food conglomerate Cargill Inc., and Chicago-based real estate investment company M & J Wilkow Ltd., would include Von Maur, other stores, restaurants and apartments north of I-94 and east of Barker Road.

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Chick-fil-A plans to open Brookfield, Greendale stores

Oct. 09, 2013 4:29 p.m. | Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A plans to open a restaurant in Brookfield next summer.

The suburban Atlanta company has preliminary approval from Brookfield planning officials to construct a 5,000-square-foot restaurant at 12575 W. Capitol Drive, in what now is part of a retail parking lot. It would have a drive-through window and a terrace with outdoor seating.

"This will be a free-standing building in that shopping center area at the corner of 124th and Capitol," said Mayor Steve Ponto.

Chick-fil-A also intends to open a restaurant near Southridge Mall in Greendale. The company recently submitted building plans to the village, said Village Manager Todd K. Michaels.

Currently, the closest Chick-fil-A to the Milwaukee metro area is in Racine.

Suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times now online

Oct. 07, 2013 12:40 p.m. | We've just posted our comprehensive listing of 2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times, featuring activities from Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Washington County and Waukesha County.

2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times.

Read social media story of Marquette at Brookfield Central football game

Oct. 05, 2013 8:23 a.m. | The Greater Metro Conference title picture could become clearer after Marquette and Brookfield Central met on the gridiron.

Heading into the game, the Hilltoppers led the league at 5-0, and Central's lone loss came in overtime against Menomonee Falls.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Spartans take care of business against Tosa East

Oct. 04, 2013 11:18 p.m. | Friday's football game between Wauwatosa East and the visiting Spartans from Brookfield East was summed up on the first play when Brookfield's Will Sutton returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. The Spartans would cruise on to a 54-7 win, keeping their hopes for both the playoffs and a share in the Greater Metro Conference Championship alive.

"I don't think we've had a kickoff return for a touchdown this year," said Spartans coach Tom Swittel, " but you know we've got some pretty quality return guys and good speed, so we practice like it could happen any time. Tonight it worked out that way. It was a great start to the game, no question. We wanted to come out and start fast and play fast and we did that. We did pretty much what we intended to do tonight, so I'm happy with the effort and everything else. We need one more win to get into the playoffs."

The Spartans went up 47-0 on a touchdown run from Gerald Childs, his second of the night. The Spartans also scored on a run from Sam Santiago-Lloyd, two runs from quarterback Zach Damico, and an interception returned for a touchdown by Justin Muro.

"That team is a lot better than we are, and we're trying to focus on positive things," said Tosa East coach Mike Richards. "There weren't a whole lot of positives that came out of this game, unfortunately, so I told the kids when I talked to them after the game we've got a short memory, got to forget about it, and focus on West Allis Hale next week. I credit coach Swittel; he's a very good coach. He's got a good staff, he's got a very good ball club, and we're hoping to get as big and as fast and as strong as they are."

The Raiders did manage to score a touchdown just before the end of the first half on a pass from quarterback Jackson Telderer to Ryan Kelnhofer. With a running clock in the second half, Brookfield East managed just one more touchdown on a short run by Josh Dempsey.

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Lancers rally to beat Marquette, share first place

Oct. 04, 2013 10:28 p.m. | The final score said Brookfield Central beat Marquette, 42-38, on Friday at Central, but that doesn't even begin to tell the story.

Leading 35-10 with 1:06 left in the first half, the Lancers saw MUHS take advantage of several Central mistakes as quarterback Charlie Greif put on an air show with more than 300 yards in the second half.

When Mike Thompson caught his second touchdown pass of the game to take a 38-35 lead (Greif ran in a 2-point conversion) with 1 minute, 59 seconds left to play, it looked like the Lancers' chances to at least share the Greater Metro Championship were over.

Central quarterback Riley Richarz had a tipped interception and a fumble that led to Hilltoppers scoring two touchdowns late in the game. So when he took the Lancers out to the 26 yard line on what was to be their final drive with 1:29 left ot play, he had a lot on his mind.

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FedEx SmartPost moving headquarters to Brookfield

Oct. 02, 2013 12:41 p.m. | FedEx SmartPost Inc. is moving its headquarters from New Berlin to Brookfield, leasing an office building that's been vacant for over three years.

FedEx SmartPost is leasing the 79,228-square-foot building that was last used by AT&T Inc. just north of I-94 and west of Calhoun Road at Brookfield Lakes Corporate Center, said Andrew Weltcheff, senior vice president of asset management at Hammes Co., which owns the building.

FedEx SmartPost is now at 16555 W. Rogers Drive. The company will continue to use that facility as a processing center after the offices relocate in early 2014, according to a statement issued Wednesday by FedEx.

"'The new facility will replace the current headquarters facility in New Berlin, allowing us to continue to meet and exceed customer demands," the statement said. "When the facility opens, all (office) positions will transfer from the existing headquarters, and we will add to the workforce as necessary."

More than 140 employees will transfer to the Brookfield offices, said Erin Truxal, a company spokeswoman. Over 430 employees who work in operations at the processing center will stay at that New Berlin facility.
The Brookfield building, at 17950 W.Corporate Drive, was developed in 1989 for AT&T's predecessor, Wisconsin Bell. It's been empty since the spring of 2010 when AT&T downsized.

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Irgens buys Ruby Farms property in Brookfield

Oct. 02, 2013 11:19 a.m. | Commercial real estate firm Irgens purchased the Ruby Farm property on Calhoun Road on Monday for $10.17 million, state records show.

The land is zoned for offices, and developer Mark Irgens told the Business Journal in May that the company was considering building three or four high-end offices there, as well as some housing and retail spaces.

Dan Ertl, director of community development for the city of Brookfield, said office developments would fit well with the other businesses on Bluemound Road, which borders the property to the north.

"That's our last remaining major parcel in the Bluemound Road corridor," Ertl said. "The city will expect that Irgens follow the city's master plan for that area, which envisions a mixed-use project complementary to the business corridor and being a good neighbor to the single-family home neighborhood."

Ertl said although the office market is soft now, he expects it will be better down the road.

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