Big third quarter sparks Lancers 71-56 win over Bay View

Dec. 30, 2011 10:44 p.m. | Brookfield Central doubled up Bay View in the third quarter and rolled to a 71-56 victory on Friday to win the Luke Homan Memorial Holiday Tournament.

Central trailed the Redcats, 34-22, at intermission before the Lancers defense kicked in and Seth Mortag (9 points) and Riley LaChance (8) combined for 17 of their 28 third-quarter points.

The Lancers led, 50-48, going into the final period and then Mortag took over, scoring 13 points as Central rolled over the Redcats, 21-8.

Mortag finished with 29 points and LaChance added 14. Marlon Northern had 16 points, but fouled out with 1:01 left in the third period.


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Short-handed Spartans hang tough then lose to Riverside

Dec. 30, 2011 10:32 p.m. | Playing without three starters, Brookfield East stayed close to Milwaukee Riverside before seeing the Tigers pull away in the fourth quarter for a 60-44 win.

With Mikey Novak and Billy Dietz out sick and Nick Kanavas unavailable, East hung with Riverside until 5:25 was left to play. After Ryan McBride sank two free throws to cut the lead to 35-34, the Tigers went on a 7-0 run.

But McBride passed to Brian Smith, who scored on a driving lay-up and Smith was fouled on the play. He converted the free throw to cut the lead to 42-37, but an 8-0 run put the Spartans way. 

McBride led East with 18 points as he continues to be a bigger part of this offense and Smith added 14. Bakari Triggs led Riverside with 15 and Jalen Currie and Shomari Triggs had 13 each.

East Troy beat Racine Horlick, 67-61, in the championship game to win the LaVern Luebstorf Holiday Tournament. Nate Dodge had 19 points for the winners and Antwan Jackson had 20 for the Rebels.

Elm Grove police looking for suspect in dry cleaning reimbursement scam

Dec. 27, 2011 4:42 p.m. | A man tried to get two Elm Grove businesses to pay his dry cleaning costs in a scheme that netted $50 last week, according to the Elm Grove Police Department.

An employee of Walgreens, 15350 Bluemound Road, contacted police just before 4 p.m. Dec. 19 to report that the store may have fallen victim to a confidence game.

According to a police report:

An unidentified man claimed someone spilled soda on his jacket during a previous visit to the store, and a manager said the store would reimburse him for cleaning costs.

He presented a dry cleaning receipt for $50 and was reimbursed. The manager he had named wasn't on duty.

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From Miss St. Francis to Mrs. Claus, relive the year in pictures

Dec. 27, 2011 9:43 a.m. | We have just posted our collection of News Photos of the Year and Sports Photos of the Year as selected by NOW staff photojournalists C.T. Kruger and Peter Zuzga.

Browse the galleries to see images from some of the most newsworthy events of the past 12 months. You will also find some of the quieter, but no less photogenic events captured by our award-winning staff.

We also invite you to visit the links below to take a look back at the five most popular NOW photo galleries of 2011:

2011 Track and Field State Meet

Miss St. Francis pageant

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Former prosecutor gets Waukesha County court appointment

Dec. 23, 2011 4:26 p.m. | Jennifer Dorow was appointed Friday to serve as a judge in Waukesha County Circuit Court by Gov. Scott Walker.

Dorow is a former assistant district attorney in Waukesha now in private practice with Huppertz & Dorow, S.C. She will replace Mark Gundrum, whom Walker recently appointed to the state Court of Appeals.

Dorow is the 16th judge appointed this year by Walker.

Dorow is a graduate of Marquette University and Regent University School of Law. She has been licensed to practice law in Wisconsin since 1996.

No challengers emerge in Brookfield city races

Dec. 22, 2011 9:41 a.m. | All eight city of Brookfield alderman who are up for reelection this spring have filed nomination papers, but no challengers have stepped forward, according to City Clerk Kelly Michaels. 

Seats from all seven of the city's districts are up for grabs. Aside from District 7, where both representatives are up for reelection, the other six districts will have one candidate on the ballot. 

Aldermen Ron Balzer, Scott Berg, Christopher Blackburn, Buck Jurken, Renee Lower, Lisa Mellone, Rick Owen and Daniel Sutton have all filed nomination papers. 

Mellone's seat will be up for a two-year term expiring in 2014. All other seats carry four-year terms that expire in 2016. 

Challengers have until 5 p.m. Jan 3 to collect at least 20 signatures from constituents and file nomination papers at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road. 

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Fugitive Brookfield lawyer arrested at Holy Hill

Dec. 21, 2011 2:45 p.m. | Authorities just announced that Thomas E. Bielinski, a lawyer charged with fraud who failed to appear at a plea hearing Monday, has been arrested.

District Attorney John Chisholm announced that investigators from his office and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Bielinski without incident after he was located at Holy Hill by the Washington County Sheriff's Department which had gotten a tip about the location.

Chisholm said the arrest took place near the end of a noon-time Mass. Bielinski was was wearing a sheathed knife around his neck, Chisholm said, and is currently being held at the Washington County Jail. He said Bielinski will be transferred to Milwaukee County in a few days.

"I expect we will ask for some significant cash bail," Chisholm said. Bielinski had been free on a $10,000 signature bond.

A judge issued a bench warrant for Bielinski's arrest Monday after he failed to show up for a morning hearing, and couldn't be found for a postponed hearing after lunch. He had been expected to enter a guilty plea.

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Episcopal Diocese wins legal dispute with breakaway church

Dec. 21, 2011 11:24 a.m. | A Waukesha County judge has ruled in favor of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee in a dispute over church property taken by an Elm Grove congregation when it broke away over theological differences in 2008.

The decision, by Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis, means members of St. Edmund's Parish who left the Episcopal Church to align with a new, more theologically conservative Anglican province must relinquish all church property and vacate the building at 14625 Watertown Plank Road.

Milwaukee Bishop Steven Miller lauded the decision and said he will begin working with St. Edmund parishioners pushed out by the split in an effort to help rebuild their congregation.

"For three years, the members of St. Edmund's Episcopal Church have been denied the use of their rightful church home," he said. "I am grateful the property will once again be used for its original purpose - the work and witness of the Episcopal Church."

The Rev. Samuel Scheibler, who was installed as rector of St. Edmund's after the split, and the church's attorney did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

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Pool cue becomes weapon after beer dispute escalates, police say

Dec. 20, 2011 1:18 p.m. | A Brookfield man struck another man in the head with a pool cue after an argument over a pitcher of beer, according to a criminal complaint.

Kyle Filbrandt, 22, has been charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct as a repeat offender in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

If convicted on both counts, he could face more than five years in prison and $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

Filbrandt was playing pool at the Saloon on Calhoun, 17000 W. Capitol Drive, about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 2 when an altercation began.

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Only in Wisconsin? Angered by long line, woman throws bottles while waiting to buy bratwurst

Dec. 20, 2011 10:30 a.m. | A 23-year-old woman who lost her temper at Open Pantry, 3960 N. Brookfield Road, hurled two bottles of soda at a clerk and stormed out of the business, according to city of Brookfield police.

A manager called police to the store just after 3 p.m. Dec. 15.

According to the report:

The manager said a long line at the cash register first upset the 23-year-old.

Her agitation grew when the register malfunctioned while she attempted to pay for two bratwurst. 

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Burglar crashes Packers party, helps self to beer

Dec. 19, 2011 3:59 p.m. | A burglar showed up early to a Packers party at a neighborhood clubhouse and helped himself to beer and candy, according to city of Brookfield police. 

Officers were called to the Wexford Downs Clubhouse, 17798 Nassau Drive, just before noon on Sunday for a reported burglary.

According to a police report:

An intruder entered the clubhouse and helped themselves to a bottle of beer and candy that had been arranged on tables for guests who were going to watch the Packers game there. 

Entry may have been gained through an unlocked sliding door between about 2 p.m. Dec. 16 and the time of the call. 

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Older adults invited to 'Christmas in Germany'

Dec. 19, 2011 2:31 p.m. | Join older adults from Brookfield and Elm Grove at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday for a program titled Christmas in Germany at the Brookfield Senior Center, 2000 N. Calhoun Road. 

Sing along with D'Oberlandler Bavarian Dancers as they perform sounds of Christmas from the Old Country through zither and accordion music. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Elmbrook Older Adult Forum hosts gatherings for older adults on the fourth Tuesday of every month. For more information, call (262) 853-9352.

Report: Associated branches in Waukesha, Brookfield, Greendale to close

Dec. 17, 2011 8:06 p.m. | Associated Bank branches in Waukesha, Brookfield and Greendale are among the locations that will close as part of a consolidation announced Friday, the according to a report Saturday in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Associated, the largest bank based in Wisconsin, said Friday it was closing 21 branches in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois, but officials did not disclose with branches were closing.

An employee with the Green Bay-based bank provided the State Journal with a list of the branches that are slated to close, including two in Madison. A company spokeswoman on Saturday would not confirm the list.

Lancers nip Bulldogs, take half-game lead in GMC

Dec. 15, 2011 10:10 p.m. | Brookfield Central rallied with two minutes left to play and beat a talented West Allis Central team, 52-49, in West Allis Thursday night.

The Lancers improved to 4-0 (5-1 overall), one-half game ahead of Wauwatosa East (3-0, 5-0). The Bulldogs fell to 2-2, 4-3 overall. The game was played tonight because the prestigious Ed Stech Wrestling Tournament is at WAC the next two days.

Najeal McMillian, the Bulldogs star player, put in a rebound shot and was fouled with 2 minutes to play, giving WAC a 48-46 lead and BC called time out.

After the time out, McMillian sank the free throw for a 49-46 lead, but that was the last score for the Bulldogs.

Seth Mortag drove the lane for a score and after the Bulldogs lost the ball, Riley LaChance went inside and banked in a shot for a 50-49 lead with 55.8 seconds left.

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Waukesha police arrest 2 in carrier tip scam

Dec. 15, 2011 1:26 p.m. | Waukesha police have arrested two men in connection with a scam aimed at cheating newspaper carriers out of holiday tips from their customers.

Capt. Ron Oremus said one of the men, who is 41 and from Pewaukee, has been referred to the Waukesha County district attorney for possible charges of theft by fraud and mail fraud. That suspect was a Journal Sentinel carrier until being fired after the scam came to light last week.

The men are accused of circulating letters to customers of other carriers in Waukesha County in an attempt to get these customers to send money to a post office box. Oremus said hundreds of dollars were sent in by people thinking they were tipping their own carriers. The second suspect's name appears on these letters. He is 33 and lives in Hartford.

Von Maur-anchored project may not begin construction until 2013

Dec. 15, 2011 10:45 a.m. | When I last wrote about The Corners, a proposed Town of Brookfield retail and office development anchored by a Von Maur department store, the expectation was that construction would begin in spring 2012, with the project opening in the fall of 2013.

But that timetable could be delayed by a year, Marcus Corp. Chief Executive Officer Greg Marcus said Thursday.

Marcus is developing The Corners, a $100 million project planned for 19 acres between W. Blue Mound Road and I-94, east of N. Barker Road. That site is now occupied by a small strip retail center and former theater owned by Marcus, and a former Menards store.

Davenport, Iowa-based Von Maur's planned 140,000-square-foot store will make up roughly one-third of The Corners, which will have about 460,000 square feet of retail and office space.

The response from other potential tenants remains strong, Greg Marcus said during today's conference call with analysts to discuss the company's quarterly financial results.

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Separate trials ordered in homicide

Dec. 15, 2011 10:36 a.m. | Tommy V. Douyette and Lynn M. Hajny will be tried separately on homicide charges filed in the death of local businessman John Aegerter in June. 

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick Haughney granted a motion filed by Hajny's attorney, Michael Hart, to sever the cases during a hearing held Thursday morning. 

Douyette, 42, of Milwaukee, and Hajny, 49, of New Berlin, had been scheduled to appear before a 12-person jury on charges of first degree intentional homicide in January. 

Hart moved to sever the cases because Douyette and Hajny allegedly made statements implicating each other in the homicide of 63-year-old Aegerter in the garage of his Brookfield home on June 22. 

Waukesha County Deputy District Attorney Timothy Westphal and Douyette's attorney, Jonathan Smith, both agreed that the cases should move forward separately. 

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Elmbrook schools add cameras to SMART technology

Dec. 14, 2011 10:46 a.m. | Document cameras designed to share academic work to a classroom or across classrooms soon will be part of the learning environment for Elmbrook School District students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

A $50,000 Lighthouse Grant from the Wisconsin Technology Initiative in partnership with the Elmbrook Education Foundation will provide document cameras that can project book text, written work from students and teachers as well as microscope slides onto existing Smart Boards. The content then can be digitally captured for group viewing and editing or saved for later use.

The technology, Elmbrook officials said, will enhance student learning through more immediate interaction among wider audiences. Chris Thompson, Elmbrook's chief information officer, pointed to the district's commitment to technology and a strong relationship between the district and the Elmbrook Education Foundation.

"This partnership that we have developed with the EEF over the past four years laid the groundwork for successful grant application with the Wisconsin Technology Initiative," Thompson said.

DSHA pulls away, tops Central

Dec. 13, 2011 11:21 p.m. | For three and a half quarters, the Brookfield Central girls basketball team gave Divine Savior Holy Angels and its star freshman Arike Ogunbowale all they could handle.

But over the course of two pivotal minutes late in the fourth quarter, the Dashers busted open a tight contest to knock off the defending Greater Metro Conference champion Lancers by a misleading final margin of 54-38 on Tuesday at DSHA.

Up 40-36 with three minutes to play, Ogunbowale sparked an 11-0 run by pushing the tempo and scoring in transition. A basket by Central junior Sarah Fotsch finally stopped the bleeding with 52 seconds left, but the damage had been done.

"That's the snowball effect," Central head coach Dan Wandrey said. "We got down, started taking quick shots, missing a lot of outside shots [resulting in] long rebounds, and all of a sudden it's bust out, bust out...."

Ogunbowale scored nine consecutive DSHA points in the fourth quarter and tallied 20 of her game-high 23 points in the second half, more than offsetting her poor shooting early on.

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Town of Brookfield home fire causes $90,000 damage

Dec. 12, 2011 4:52 p.m. | Fire caused about $90,000 in damage to a town of Brookfield home on Dona Vista Drive on Dec. 7, according to the town of Brookfield Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to the home at 755 Dona Vista Drive when a motorist on Davidson Road reported seeing smoke just after 11 p.m. Dec. 7.

A town of Brookfield police officer who was among the first on scene pounded on the door until a woman who resided there awoke and came outside, according to a police report.

Fire Chief Andrew Smerz said the fire started in the garage, and an insurance company investigator is working to establish its cause.

Smerz said it appears the fire caused about $70,000 in structural damage. Smoke and fire damage to contents of the home and garage - including a car - totaled about $22,000.

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Holiday band concert moved to Jan. 11

Dec. 12, 2011 3:42 p.m. | Brookfield Central High School has announced a change in its Holiday Band Concert. The free performance originally scheduled for Dec. 13 will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive.

Brookfield man, riled over Walker recall, could face disorderly conduct citation

Dec. 12, 2011 3:21 p.m. | A Brookfield man could be cited for disorderly conduct after a heated exchange with people collecting signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker was recorded, according to city of Brookfield police.

According to a police report:

The 51-year-old man approached two people collecting signatures in the 17000 block of Bluemound Road at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10.

He used profane language and grabbed a camera that one of the signature collectors used to record the exchange.

The man acted as though he was going to smash the camera, but gave it back and left the scene.

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Roundball Rankings is back with a list of the area's best basketball squads

Dec. 12, 2011 12:50 p.m. | Which squads are the best basketball teams in the area?

You'll find the answers at our Roundball Rankings page, home to a rundown of the top 20 boys and girls teams, the player of the week, photo of the week, area scoring leaders, a fan forum and more.

Germantown (4-0) is the top team in the boys rankings this week while Dominican (3-0) is rated the best girls squad.

Driver collides with New Berlin squad car, arrested after chase

Dec. 12, 2011 12:22 p.m. | A 29-year-old drunken driver from Brookfield collided with a New Berlin police squad car and led officers on a chase Saturday morning that reached up to 95 mph and ended when the suspect's car struck a curb, police said.

It was the second time in a month that a drunken driver had struck a staffed New Berlin police car.

The man's car collided with a New Berlin police squad car at 12:34 a.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of S. Calhoun Road, but the driver didn't stop. That started a 1.5-mile high-speed pursuit with a police officer. When the officer stopped pursuing, the man's car struck a curb at the intersection of S. Calhoun Road and W. Blue Mound Road in Brookfield, disabling the vehicle.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of eluding an officer, hit-and-run and first-offense drunken driving.

It was nearly a month to the day - about 2 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 - that another drunken driver of similar age hit a squad car at the intersection of W. Greenfield Ave. and S Calhoun Road. That driver, a 28-year-old Milwaukee man, was arrested on suspicion of third-offense drunken driving and failure to yield right of way.

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Lancers hand Homestead first loss

Dec. 10, 2011 8:47 p.m. | Brookfield Central beat Homestead, 65-53, Saturday afternoon in the NY2LA Tournament at Homestead High School and sophomore Riley LaChance poured in 28 points to lead all scorers.

The Lancers (3-1) bounced back from a poor performance in a 57-51 win over Menomonee Falls on Friday, to dominate the Highlanders (5-1) who were unbeaten going into the game.

Central led 21-12 after one quarter and 39-24 at half-time and then took a 58-36 lead into the fourth period.

LaChance scored 13 points in the first quarter to get them off to a fast start and had 19 at half-time. Seth Mortag finished with 13.

Luke Worthington led Homestead with 17 points, while James Reilly had 13 and Jake Laihinen had 10.

Raiders defense whips Spartans

Dec. 09, 2011 10:18 p.m. | Wauwatosa East used good defense to whip Brookfield East on Friday, 50-36, on a night where both teams had trouble offensively.

The win improved Tosa East's record to 2-0 in the Greater Metro Conference, 3-0 overall, while the Spartans fell to 1-1 and 3-1 overall.

In a low-scoring first half which is typical of when these two team's battle, the Raiders held an 18-12 lead as both teams couldn't get their shots to drop.

Vince Cupertino, who was the defensive star, holding the Spartans Brian Smith to six second-half points, had seven points at half-time while Billy Dietz led BE with five.

TE went on a 10-0 run to start the second half and take a 28-12 lead at the 6:06 mark and Marquise Carter had five of the points in that run. Smith helped the Spartans fight back with four points in the final minutes to cut the lead to 30-22.

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Trader Joe's coming to Brookfield

Dec. 09, 2011 2:32 p.m. | The Trader Joe's specialty foods chain will open its second Milwaukee-area store in Brookfield.

The store, which could have around 12,500 square feet, will be at the Underwood Crossing shopping center that's under construction at the former Quebecor World printing plant site.

Trader Joe's will be north and east of a Target store under construction at Underwood Crossing, said Dan Ertl, Brookfield's director of community development. That puts the store on W. Bluemound Road, near N. 127th St., Ertl said Friday.

The store will likely open by late summer 2012, Ertl said.

That's around the same that Target and other Underwood Crossing retailers, including a PNC Bank branch, are to open, he said.

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Fire causes $45,000 in damage to condo

Dec. 09, 2011 10:59 a.m. | The cause of a fire that left a condomium with $45,000 in damages Thursday afternoon remains under investigation, according to the city of Brookfield Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to a two-family condominium at 16405 Dane Court East in Brookfield just before 3 p.m. Thursday and found flames extending up an exterior wall on the second floor.

According to a release from the fire department:

While responding, firefighters learned that an elderly person resided there. It was later discovered, however, that the unit was unoccupied at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Within 20 minutes, the fire was extinguished. A bedroom area and the exterior walls of the second-floor unit suffered about $45,000 in damages.

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Police clerk killed himself amid probe into Brookfield homicide

Dec. 07, 2011 3:44 p.m. | Waukesha - A third person was questioned in connection with the June killing of a Brookfield businessman: a Wauwatosa Police Department clerk who committed suicide shortly after he was interviewed by Brookfield police.

The clerk, Mark Finken, shot and killed himself July 23 in the garage of his Wauwatosa home, according to an autopsy report by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

Finken, 43, had been questioned twice by Brookfield police. Investigators on July 11 asked him about four phone calls he received from Lynn Hajny late June 21 and a call Finken made to Hajny.

Hajny, 49, and Tommy Douyette, 42, are accused of killing John C. Aegerter, who was found dead in the garage of his Brookfield residence on June 22.

The calls Hajny made to Finken were placed at the approximate time of Aegerter's killing, according to an affidavit filed in mid-November. The filing includes a request for a subpoena that seeks Finken's cellphone records, including calls, text messages, voice mails, contacts and other data.

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Village believes con artist posing as paper deliveryman

Dec. 07, 2011 3:11 p.m. | It appears a scam artist is playing the Grinch, trying to take holiday tips from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel subscribers under the guise of being their newspaper carrier.

Local police are working with the Postal Inspector's office in investigating the scam, which thus far has targeted homes in Brookfield, Elm Grove and Pewaukee. Residents in those communities found fliers from a man with a Pewaukee mailing address portraying himself as a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel carrier in their newspaper tubes or mailboxes. That flier instructs the recipient how to send him a holiday tip.

Elm Grove Police Chief Jim Gage said a customer notified her real paper carrier that someone else had been putting fliers in newspaper boxes in the community.

The real newspaper carrier then sent a notice to his customers warning them of the scam as well as a confirmation letter from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel circulation. A Journal-Sentinel spokeswoman said the company is aware of the scam and has sent letters to its customers letting them know not to give money to the man referenced in the flier.

The fraudulent flier came with a Christmas card put in with Milwaukee Journal-Sentinels and Wall Street Journals, or simply into mailboxes in some cases. The note contains a name and address where checks can be mailed, and according to police, some residents did indeed mail checks to the fake newspaper carrier.

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Suspects in Brookfield killing seek separate trials

Dec. 06, 2011 3:18 p.m. | Waukesha - Attorneys for the two people accused of killing Brookfield businessman John C. Aegerter in June are seeking separate trials, contending they won't get a fair trial if there is one proceeding.

Tommy V. Douyette, 42, and Lynn M. Hajny, 49, each are charged with first-degree intentional homicide as party to a crime and are scheduled for a joint jury trial beginning Jan. 30 before Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick C. Haughney.

Douyette's attorney, Jonathan C. Smith, and Hajny's attorney, Michael F. Hart, each filed motions seeking separate trials.

In the motions, they state that Hajny and Douyette made statements to investigators that allegedly implicate them in Aegerter's death.

It's likely prosecutors will use those statements as evidence of guilt during the trial. If Douyette and Hajny exercise their right not to testify during the trial, it would interfere with their constitutional right to confront their accusers, the attorneys argue in the motions.

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Register now for Brunch with Santa

Dec. 06, 2011 3:12 p.m. | Now's your chance to share a meal with the Jolly Old Elf himself - but you have to act fast. Reservations for the Elm Grove Junior Guild and Elm Grove Women's Club Brunch with Santa are due Friday.

The brunch itself will held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 at the Elm Grove Women's Club. The morning will feature holiday music, arts, crafts and of course, a brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Attendees can bring an unwrapped toy for donation to the Parent's Place Toy Drive.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $7 per child. Kids 1 and younger get in free. Visit for a registration form, and send your payment and reservation to Elm Grove Junior Guild, PO Box 343, Elm Grove, WI 53122.

Man stabbed in arm during fight

Dec. 05, 2011 4:00 p.m. | A New Berlin man was injured by a pocket knife during a scuffle with a town of Brookfield man, likely about drugs, Nov. 29, according to city of Brookfield police.

A witness reported that two men were on the ground fighting in the 100 block of Corporate Drive just before 1 p.m. Nov. 29.

Also in the report:

The two men, a 29-year-old New Berlin man and a 21-year-old town of Brookfield man, fled before officers arrived.

The witness said the New Berlin man claimed he had been stabbed in the arm with a knife during the altercation then left on foot.

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Bonnie Lane fire results in $210,000 in damage to home

Dec. 05, 2011 2:16 p.m. | A fire that caused $210,000 in damage to a home on Bonnie Lane on Sunday night remains under investigation, according to the city of Brookfield Fire Department.

A woman reported fire in the back hallway of her home at 18300 Bonnie Lane just before 11 p.m. Sunday.

Fire Chief Charlie Myers said the woman and her daughter evacuated the home when they smelled smoke, and no injuries were reported.

According to a news release from the fire department:

City of Brookfield firefighters radioed for mutual assistance from town of Brookfield and village of Elm Grove firefighters when the found heavy smoke and fire rapidly spreading to a garage.

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Smith and BE too much for Falls and Tokoto in GMC opener, 73-52

Dec. 02, 2011 10:46 p.m. | Brookfield East boys basketball coach Andy Farley pulled one out of the book of the late coaching legend Jim Valvano Friday night when he went into the corridor above the visiting lockers at Menomonee Falls and started hugging every assistant in sight.

And Farley had good reason to do so, as his Spartans improved to 3-0 with a stunning 73-52 rout of host Falls in both teams' Greater Metro Conference opener.

"This is a big win," he said, "because the GMC is just so good. To get the first one is great for a number of reasons. The kids were really ready to play."

No more so than junior guard Brian Smith.

The Spartans had built a 33-18 halftime lead on the Indians (0-1), as Falls had enormous foul troubles in the first half with the much quicker Spartans (four players with two checkmarks apiece in the first quarter and East in the 10-foul super-bonus already at the 1:55 mark of the initial session).

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Celtic Christmas at the Inn runs Saturday, Sunday

Dec. 02, 2011 3:02 p.m. | The Elmbrook Historical Society is hosting Celtic Christmas at the Inn this weekend.

The public is invited to come to the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum, 1075 Pilgrim Parkway, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday or noon and 4 p.m. Sunday to see the inn decorated for the holidays, learn about holiday traditions from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Victorian England, and to enjoy Irish dancing.

The cost is $5 for general admission and $2 for children.

The times listed in Thursday's issue of NOW were incorrect.

For details, visit

Jordy Nelson to sign autographs, collect food donations at AT&T Store

Dec. 02, 2011 12:36 p.m. | Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson will autograph photos at AT&T Store locations in Brookfield and Glendale in an effort to collect food donations for Milwaukee Hunger Task Force on Dec. 6.

Nelson will visit AT&T Store's Brookfield location, 3825 N. 124th St., from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the Glendale location, 6150 N. Port Washington Road, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

"Not only will this give local fans the opportunity to meet (Nelson), it also provides the opportunity for them to be a part of a charitable event during the holidays by donating canned goods to fight hunger in the Milwaukee area," Dave Fine, vice president and general manager for AT&T in Illinois and Wisconsin, said in a news release.

Attendees are asked to bring canned food donations and can also register to win a tablet computer and a smart phone.

Brookfield Cleaners, UPS Store damaged by fire, smoke

Dec. 02, 2011 12:32 p.m. | An electrical issue with a sign led to a fire that caused $7,000 in structural damages to a storefront at the Plaza on Bluemound early Wednesday morning, according to the City of Brookfield Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to an alarm in the shopping center at the southeast corner of Bluemound and Calhoun roads about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the incident report:

Firefighters found the wood and aluminum awning above Brookfield Cleaners was ablaze, and that fire had broken through the fascia where an electric sign was mounted.

The sprinkler system had been automatically activated and helped suppress the fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the remaining fire with about 200 gallons of water.

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Teller accused of taking money from bank accounts

Dec. 01, 2011 3:56 p.m. | A Milwaukee woman took $3,640 from an Elm Grove bank while she worked as a teller there and made unauthorized transactions to customer accounts to cover her tracks, according to a criminal complaint.

A felony charge of fraud against a financial institution was filed Tuesday against Shanecqua R. Tucker, 20, in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Tucker is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Dec. 14. She could face up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the complaint:

A man reported to Elm Grove police that $1,000 had been withdrawn from his account after he made a deposit at the TCF Bank branch located at 12850 W. Bluemound Road on Sept. 5.

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What is your favorite holiday song? Tell us in our online forum

Dec. 01, 2011 9:09 a.m. | Do you have a favorite holiday song? We'd love to hear which ones you most enjoy and why.

Just visit our forum and let us know which songs you find yourself listening to again and again. It might be a a tune that reminds you of your childhood, or maybe a certain song that brings to mind a lost loved one or family tradition.

We'll be keeping an eye on the comments and will use some as part of a special feature that will appear this holiday season online and in your local NOW newspaper.

If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, you might want to check out our photo gallery of recent holiday-themed activities.

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