2013 Suburban news photos of the year gallery now online

Dec. 30, 2013 8:58 a.m. | 2013 was a big year in suburban news.

Court hearings for Benjamin Sebena, the anniversary of the Sikh temple shooting and more. And you can find photos from those events and more in our 2013 Suburban News Photos of the Year gallery.

Brookfield man charged with battery

Dec. 27, 2013 11:05 a.m. | Brookfield resident Patrick Collins, 35, was charged with substantial battery after his college friend told police Collins hit him in the face with a heavy bottle of liquor, according to the criminal complaint.

The charge was filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Dec. 18. Collins faces up to 31/2 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the complaint:

Police arrived at Collins' home about 5 a.m. Oct. 26. The friend said Collins had just suddenly and inexplicably grabbed him and hit him in the face.

Collins' friend was sent to the hospital, where he was treated for a fractured nose. Asking what happened between police and his friend, Collins asserted, "I'm a CPA, and I know my rights."

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Bartolotta restaurant gift cards worth $375 are up for grabs in MyCommunityNOW's Suburban Selfies contest!

Dec. 26, 2013 12:58 p.m. |  

How well do you know the suburbs?

Do you like a good riddle?

How does a $200 splurge at the Bartolotta Restaurant of your choice sound?

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Waukesha County briefly loses dispatch radio system

Dec. 24, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Radio communications at Waukesha County's communications center went down briefly Tuesday, forcing dispatchers to switch to a backup system.

A dispatch supervisor said she had few details but reported the system was quickly restored after she contacted engineers who keep the radio system running.

In July, the communications center in Waukesha took 911 calls for Milwaukee County when Milwaukee County's communications system went down due to an electrical fire.

Lancers use fast start to beat Chargers, 70-60

Dec. 13, 2013 10:05 p.m. | Brookfield Central used a fast start to defeat Sussex Hamilton, 70-60, Friday at Central in a battle of last year's co-champions in the Greater Metro Conference.

A large crowd came out to watch a battle between Riley LaChance and Brady Ellingson and weren't disappointed, but the experienced and balanced Lancers made the difference in the end.

Ellingson led all scorers with 26 points, including 7-for-7 from the free throw line. LaChance had 21 points, hitting 6-of-7 from the free throw line.

But big Elijah Goodman scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Brad Newman scored 14 points. They were both 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Central finished with 11 free throws in the final period, as the Chargers had to catch up.

Goodman scored six first quarter points, as Central jumped off to a 12-0 lead when Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni called time out. The Lancers led 17-4 after one period, but from then on the Chargers battled back and made a game of it, actually cutting the lead to 31-28 when Goodman hit a lay-up right before half.

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Meulemans resigns as Lancers football coach

Dec. 13, 2013 2:37 p.m. | Brookfield Central’s Jamie Meulemans resigned his position as football coach to spend more time with his family.

Meulemans replaced Doug Lange in 2010 and took the Lancers to the playoffs for four straight seasons. He finished with a 28-14 record overall record, a .667 winning mark over and a 19-9 mark (.678) in the Greater Metro Conference.
Muelemans had switched in-school positions in August, going from teaching to an administrative position as Dean of Students. 
Meulemans and Jenny, his wife of 16 years, have two children — Joshua, 12, and Maya, 9. Being Dean of Students and head football coach was starting to take away from his family.
“Football is a year around job now,” Meulemans said. “Joshua plays select baseball, basketball and football. Maya is in team gymnastics. The timing is good to do this.”
Todd Sobrilsky, athletic & activities director, understood Meulemans position.
“We are sad to lose someone of coach Meulemans’ caliber from the BCHS coaching ranks,” Sobrilsky said. “The standard he set for himself, his staff, his players and the football program was a model for how a high school, education-based athletic program should be run.”
When asked about what he will miss the most, Meulemans answer was not surprising.
“Seeing seeing boys turn into men,” he said. “You can push them correctly to perform at a high level, but then put your arm around them. They know you love them; they know you care about them.”
Sobrilsky agreed.
“Not only was he a good football person; he was a great molder of young men,” he said. “Jamie’s passion for his players and the guidance he provided them in developing from boys into young men while in high school will be difficult to replace. 
“His messages concerning character development and family to the student athletes he coached are lessons that go way beyond the successes his teams had on the scoreboard. 
“The lucky part for us at BCHS is that he will still be a part of our BCHS school community family, just in a different role within our school.”
Meulemans and his wife discussed the move and with their kids being so active, it was difficult because Jenny worked second shift.
Meulemans has been enjoying his position as Dean of Students and sees a similarity between that and coaching.
“I enjoy the job,” he said. “Like coaching, you can work with the kids, counsel them. It was an honor to be asked to take the job and it turned out to be a lot of fun.”
Looking back at his four years at the helm, Meulemans talked about his on the field highlights.
“Winning the conference title the first year as a D1 school was great,” he said. “Making it to Level 3 of the playoffs. Beating Mukwonago in the final seconds on TV and then beating Marquette in the final seconds this season.
“I also enjoyed the recruiting process, helping the kids and meeting the different coaches during the process.”
Meulemans biggest recruits were offensive lineman Marcus Aprahamian (Duke), defensive lineman Chikwe Obasih (Wisconsin ) and offensive tackle Luke Rasmussen, who still is considering several offers.
But in the end, Meulemans went back to the student athletes.
“We had fun,” he said. “But it’s about the kids, not about me. It’s about them.” 

Power out in Brookfield

Dec. 12, 2013 12:50 p.m. | Power is out for about 830 We Energies customers near Calhoun Road and Capitol Drive, where a utility pole was struck by a vehicle, the power utility confirmed.

The pole was struck about 11:15 a.m., and the company is working to repair it and the downed power lines, but did not have an estimate of when power would be restored.

IP addresses lead to arrest in Elm Grove office burglary

Dec. 11, 2013 2:21 p.m. | Elm Grove police arrested an Oak Creek man Dec. 2 for reportedly taking more than $20,000 of computer equipment from TWP Architecture, 13100 Watertown Plank Road.

Christopher Edwards, charged with burglary to a building, faces up to 12.5 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines if convicted of the felony.

Edwards allegedly broke into TWP Architecture through a basement window between 6 and 7 a.m. Nov. 23 and took several computers and related equipment, Elm Grove Assistant Chief of Police Jason Hennen said.

Hennen said police were able to track down Edwards by tracing the location of the computers by their IP addresses and executing search warrants at two residences.

At one residence in Oak Creek, police found the vehicle that had been seen at the office on security camera footage, as well as much of the stolen property. At another residence in Milwaukee, police found a computer Edwards had sold to the resident, Hennen said.

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Greendale's Josh Ringelberg named NOW Football Player of the Year

Dec. 06, 2013 8:04 a.m. | Greendale quarterback Josh Ringelberg is quick to credit his teammates, but there was no doubt of the offensive impact the dual-threat junior had this season.

Ringelberg has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year after throwing for 41 touchdowns and running for 10. He led the Panthers to the Division 3 state finals, where he threw for a record 270 yards, including a record 97-yard toss to Nate Miller.

Ringelberg is joined on the team by Homestead's Dave Keel, the NOW All-Suburban Football Coach of the Year. Keel, a perennial contender for the award, garnered it for the first time after leading the Highlanders to an 11-1 mark despite losing the bulk of his 2012 state title team to graduation.

2013 NOW All-Suburban Football Team

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New stores, restaurants announced for The Corners

Dec. 04, 2013 7:12 a.m. | Ten new stores and restaurants have been announced for The Corners, the Von Maur-anchored retail project that won approval Tuesday night for public financing from the Town of Brookfield.

The list, announced Wednesday by project developer Marcus Corp., includes retailers that are opening their first Milwaukee-area locations. They are:

Arhaus Furniture, a Walton Hill, Ohio-based chain with 40 locations. This will be its first Wisconsin store.

Brio Tuscan Grille, an Italian restaurant chain, based in Columbus, Ohio, opening its first location in Wisconsin. The chain is owned by Bravo Brio Restaurant Group Inc., which also operates Bravo Cucina Italiana, a chain that closed its Bayshore Town Center location, in Glendale, this summer, and operates another Bravo Cucina at Brookfield Square Mall.

Café Benelux, operated by Milwaukee-based Lowlands Group, which first opened in the Historic Third Ward in spring 2011.This will be the restaurant group’s first Waukesha County location.

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Brookfield approves spending $38 million on Corners development

Dec. 03, 2013 9:25 p.m. | The Town of Brookfield will spend around $38 million to help finance a $176 million retail development anchored by a Von Maur department store, under a proposal approved Tuesday night.

The Town Board voted unanimously to provide public financing for The Corners, which will have stores, restaurants and apartments north of I-94 and east of Barker Road.

With the vote, demolition of an empty theater and other vacant buildings at the site is to begin in early 2014, followed by construction of The Corners. Von Maur and the other retailers, which haven't yet been named publicly, are to open by November 2015.

The Corners is being developed by Milwaukee-based Marcus Corp., which owns the former cinema and other property at the site; CarVal Investors LLC, an independent subsidiary of Minneapolis-based food conglomerate Cargill Inc., and Chicago-based real estate investment company M&J Wilkow.

The town's money is being provided through a tax incremental financing district at the project site. New property taxes from The Corners will pay back those funds within an estimated 20 years. After the town's debt is paid, the property taxes go to the town, the Waukesha School District and other local governments.

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Left lane of eastbound I-94 at Barker Road reopens after crash

Dec. 03, 2013 8:47 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the left lane of eastbound Interstate 94 at Barker Road in Brookfield.

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