Arrowhead falls to Brookfield Central

Dec. 22, 2012 3:59 p.m. | Arrowhead's boys basketball team hit 14 three-pointers, but it wasn't enough as Brookfield Central handed the Warhawks their first loss of the season in a 70-66 battle at the Al McGuire Center on Saturday.

Brookfield Central (6-1) never trailed in the second half, though Arrowhead pulled close at times. Dom Todarello's 3-pointer made it 59-57, but Central's Riley LaChance (22 points) converted on an old fashioned 3-point play with 1:23 to go to replenish the lead. The Lancers then hit 8 of 10 free throws in the final minute to lock the game down.

Peter Matiacci hit a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for Central. Elijah Goodman added 15 points.

Arrowhead (9-1) was led by Kyle Keranen's 12 points and D.J. Escamilla (10 points), who has almost completed his long journey back from a shoulder injury.

Brookfield police issue second warning about ongoing wallet thefts

Dec. 19, 2012 3:04 p.m. | The City of Brookfield Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding suspects in ongoing wallet thefts in the area.

According to a crime alert issued this week:

On Dec. 11, a woman’s wallet was stolen from a purse at Pick ‘n Save, 12735 W. Capitol Drive. Video surveillance showed a black man, 5 foot, 5 inches to 5-10, and 40- to 45-years-old in glasses and black woman, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, and 35 to 40-years-old, both wearing black coats, using one of the stolen credit cards the same day at a Wauwatosa Target, 3900 N 124th St., to purchase three electronic tablets and other electronic items totaling more than $2,700. The couple had a toddler in a pink coat and hat in a shopping cart.

On Dec. 12, a purse containing credit cards was stolen from a locked minivan parked at the Brookfield Indoor Soccer Complex, 19485 W Lisbon Road. The suspect smashed the front passenger window of the van to gain access. Video surveillance showed a white man in a black jacket and baseball cap (pictured) using one of the stolen credit cards to buy two electronic tablets 20 minutes later at the same Wauwatosa Target.

The same suspect was seen on video surveillance using the same card to buy another electronic tablet at a West Allis Target, 2600 S 108th Street.

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Housekeeper accused of stealing jewelry from Brookfield home

Dec. 19, 2012 8:31 a.m. | Sapphire and oval citrine pendants are among the list of items a housekeeper is accused of stealing from a town of Brookfield home as she worked.

The 36-year-old West Allis woman, who works for local cleaning service, was arrested Nov. 20 after a homeowner accused her of stealing items from a jewelry box between August and November, according to a town of Brookfield police report.

The case is now being reviewed by the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office; no charges had been filed as of Tuesday's press deadline.

Also from the town police report:

The homeowner placed a small, white cloth inside the jewelry box before housekeepers arrived at her home. After noticing the white cloth in different positions after each visit, the homeowner began recording which items were present and which were missing after each visit. The homeowner called the business owner, who confronted the two housekeepers assigned to the home; both denied taking any of the items.

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Social media users share images of today's snowfall

Dec. 18, 2012 1:48 p.m. | Snow. It's here, whether you're ready for it or not. And social media users shared a bunch of photos as it began to fall Tuesday.

Read the story and see the photos of snowfall today.

Visit Today's TMJ4 for more on today's snowfall and a winter storm watch later this week.

Court disbars Brookfield lawyer convicted of scam

Dec. 18, 2012 8:07 a.m. | In a formality, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday revoked the law license of Thomas Bielinski, a Brookfield lawyer who ran a four-year fraud that netted him more than $500,000 from the Milwaukee County clerk of court's office.

Bielinski was sentenced in April to five years in prison.

He purported to represent the rightful owners of unclaimed funds kept by the clerk. He falsified  notarizations, created fake companies, stole identities and forged altered court records. The fraud became his full-time job; he apparently had no other, legitimate law practice.

According to Tuesday's court ruling, Bielinski agreed to the findings of professional misconduct, and the sanction of license revocation. He would be eligible to seek reinstatement after five years.

NOW bloggers talk about Newtown shooting

Dec. 17, 2012 9:27 a.m. | There have been a lot of national gun-related shootings this year, but Friday's in Newtown, Conn., took the country by surprise perhaps more than any other.

And several of the NOW bloggers took up their virtual pens to share their thoughts on the latest tragedy.

  • Tom Ceparski of Oak Creek writes of the conflict he feels being a father of a young girl and a gun owner.
  • Tom Gaertner of Wauwatosa writes that he spent time cleaning his firearms after his hunting season.
  • Lester Schultz of the North Shore believes it is time to do something about gun control.
  • Karen Waldkirch of Wauwatosa says we need to look at ourselves in order to change the culture in America.
  • Robin Zdroik of Greenfield thinks we should look inward to do the best that we can.
  • Kevin Fischer of Franklin wonders what would happen if shooter Adam Lanza were alive.
  • TJ Meyers-Jansky of West Allis reminds us that the shooting occurred because of human choices.

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