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Man threatens driver with knife, runs off

Nov. 21, 2011 5:06 p.m. | A Brookfield man could face a felony charge after brandishing a knife and threatening to slit the throat of a motorist who suspected he was driving drunk and called the police, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

The 21-year-old man pulled over on 162nd Street, near Capitol Drive, and approached another car with a knife.

The 21-year-old believed the driver of that car had cut him off and told him he was going to slit somebody's throat.

He then ran off and was arrested a short time later on a tentative charge of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

Crew claiming to be spring break partiers busted in check fraud scheme

1:58 p.m. | Their suspicions already high, Elm Grove police heard this explanation when they asked some Georgia men what they were up to in a minivan that had just fled the leafy suburb at high speed:

They were on spring break, one said, and had driven overnight to Wisconsin "to have some good fun."

They actually were part of a sophisticated nationwide check fraud scheme that Elm Grove police — through instinct, experience and a little serendipity — unraveled and put down last week in not much longer than it would take on a TV crime show, according to prosecutors.

From the time officers noticed the minivan moving oddly in downtown Elm Grove to when they were shutting the jail door on the whole operation, all of about four hours passed.

"I don't think we've ever had 10 people in custody at one time," Assistant Chief Jason Hennen said Monday.

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Investigation: Family behind collapsed Falls building has a history of neglecting properties

May 01, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Executives of the companies that own and manage the partially collapsed North Hills Plaza in Menomonee Falls have a long history of legal troubles and neglecting properties, a Menomonee Falls Now investigation has found.

North Hills Plaza is owned by 1340 East 9th Street Realty Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, whose CEO is Samuel Pinter, according to Waukesha County tax records and information from the New York Department of State. His son, Charles Pinter, is the CEO of Royale Property Management, which oversees North Hills Plaza. Together the Pinters and their affiliated companies have left a wake of rundown properties, according to court records and officials in Texas.

In 2013, unlivable conditions rife with cockroaches, toilets overflowing, spoiled food and a pool so filthy the water was black were reported in inspection reports for a Texas retirement community owned by Samuel Pinter.

A 2004 federal court lawsuit over an alleged $44 million Ponzi scheme names Samuel Pinter as a defendant, and Charles Pinter was ultimately brought into the suit, as well.

In addition, news sources have reported other incidents in which properties owned by Charles or Samuel, or both, were found to be dilapidated and unlivable.

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Deanna Wellens named new associate principal of Pilgrim Park Middle School

April 29, 2015 2:13 p.m. | Deanna Wellens will be the new associate principal at Pilgrim Park Middle School, the school board announced April 28.

Wellens is currently the Dean of Students at Wyoming Middle School in Wyoming, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2003 and a Master's degree for Science in School Psychology from Miami University in 2004.

Wellens will replace Mark Peperkorn, who was promoted to Pilgrim Park Principal earlier this year. Wellens will begin July 1.

"I am excited to return to my home state of Wisconsin and to begin working with the students, staff and families of Pilgrim Park," Wellens said in a news release.

More on this story will be published at a later date.

Brookfield farmers market returns Saturday

April 28, 2015 6:38 p.m. | The Brookfield Farmers Market will kick off its 25th season this Saturday.

The farmers market is located in the parking lot of City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, and is open every Saturday throughout the season from 7:30 a.m. - noon.

In addition to the normal lines of vendors, which feature plants, produce, meats, bakery and garden art, is Market & More, a monthly arts and crafts event that is held on the third Saturday of each month.

The market will celebrate its 25th year throughout the season with free frequent shopper punch cards, which will be available at the information table near the clock tower of City Hall.

The market will run through Saturday, Oct. 31.

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Elmbrook Humane Society to team with HAWS

April 28, 2015 6:33 p.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society has taken on another partner as it continues its nokill mission.

On Tuesday, Elmbrook and the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County (HAWS) announced that the two organizations would be creating a partnership with the goal of creating one of Wisconsin's first no-kill communities within Waukesha County.

The partnership will see Elmbrook open its doors, kennels, and adoption center to cats and kittens from HAWS.

"We wanted to just start exploring what more we can do together to help the feline population," Elmbrook Humane Society Executive Director Heather Gehrke said. "Out of that resulted a direct partnership between HAWS and our organization to save additional lives of cats."

Gehrke says that the relationship could not have begun at a better time of year as spring often sees animal shelters flooded with stray cats and litters of kittens.

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Brookfield man OK in Nepal, according to email sent to parents

April 28, 2015 9:35 a.m. | A Brookfield couple says that they have finally gotten direct word from their son that he is safe and sound after he was caught in Nepal during last Saturday's earthquake.

Kevin Woods was staying at a guest house 18 miles southeast of Kathmandu when the disaster struck. Woods, who lives in Thailand and is working on a PhD, was in Nepal for a conference.

Kevin's parents, Mike and Joyce, learned of the earthquake, like many others in the western hemisphere, as they woke up on Saturday morning.

"That morning my husband woke me up and told me about it. At first I thought he was kidding, because he's such a kidder," Joyce said. "I went on the Internet to try to find out anything I can."

For the next hour, Joyce looked for leads that might give her any semblance of relief about Kevin. After finding the Internet unhelpful, she began reaching out to newsrooms.

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Author of book featuring local police stories to host signing at Brookfield Square

April 28, 2015 1:33 a.m. | Barnes & Noble at Brookfield Square will be hosting a book signing this weekend for "Wisconsin 5-0: From High Risk Police Calls to Comic Cop Stories."

The book, released last summer, puts together 31 stories from police officers across the state of Wisconsin as author Hilary Dickinson looks to shed more light on what goes on in the minds of law enforcement agents as they respond to situations and how the calls can end up having lasting effects.

Among the stories told throughout the book are a number of familiar stories that readers will recognize, such as the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek.

Local stories

Two featured stories cover a pair of the most memorable events to happen in Brookfield and Elm Grove in recent years. Dickinson spoke with City of Brookfield police officer Adam Behnke about his experience responding to the Azana Salon and Spa shooting in 2012. Former Elm Grove officer John Krahn is also a voice in the book as he recalls the train crash during the Memorial Day parade in 2009 that left him with injuries that forced him to retire.

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Brookfield TIF district for The Corridor gets final approval

April 27, 2015 7:13 p.m. | The developer Irgens got the final approval it needed Monday evening for the creation of the city of Brookfield's fifth tax-incremental financing district.

The Joint Review Board unanimously approved the creation of the district, which will house Irgens' proposed mixed-use development The Corridor.

The district will provide the developer with $7.42 million in grants to assist in the development of phase one of the project. The city's total costs will reach about $11.25 million including financing and will be recouped through new tax revenue generated by the development over a term of 14 or 15 years depending on how much tax-exempt financing Brookfield can obtain.

The Joint Review Board is a body made up of five members — one representative from each of the taxing bodies that will be affected by the TIF district. Mayor Steve Ponto voted for the city of Brookfield; Waukesha County was represented by Department of Administration head Norm Cummings; Cary Tessmann attended for the Waukesha County Technical College district; and school board member Glen Allgaier attended on behalf of the Elmbrook School District. Jeffrey Trader was the Joint Review Board's member from the general public.

Proceedings were smooth throughout the meeting as all members expressed support for the creation of the district.

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Joint Review Board to rule on Irgens' financial aid

April 27, 2015 3:08 p.m. | A final approval stands between Irgens and the creation of the City of Brookfield's fifth tax-incremental financing district.

The joint review board will take up the item at 5:45 p.m. this evening at City Hall.

The board consists of one representative from each of the four taxing bodies that would be affected by the TID, as well as a citizen member.

The current proposal for TID #5 calls for the city to provide $7.42 million in grants to assist in the development of phase one of The Corridor. The city's total costs would reach approximately $11.25 million including financing.

Anthropologie coming to Brookfield

April 22, 2015 9:27 a.m. | Anthropologie, an upscale women's apparel and accessories retailer, will open a shop in the Town of Brookfield, the chain's second Milwaukee-area location.

Anthropologie has joined the list of retailers that will locate in The Corners shopping and residential complex, Chris Speciale of Bradford Real Estate, one of the project's developers, said Tuesday. Speciale spoke at the 2015 Wisconsin Retail Conference at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

The Corners, which is being built between W. Blue Mound Road and I-94, east of N. Barker Road, is to open in October 2016. Anchored by a 140,000-square-foot Von Maur department store, the complex also will include such retailers as Sendik's Food Market, Chico's, White House Black Market, Café Benelux and Colectivo Coffee.

Anthropologie's more than 200 locations include shops in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, and in Madison's Hilldale Shopping Center.

 

Brookfield couple charged in child neglect case pleads not guilty

April 21, 2015 11:08 p.m. | The Brookfield couple charged with neglecting a child entered separate not guilty pleas last week.

Both the mother and stepfather, who are accused of keeping a 13-year-old child locked in the basement and not allowing her to shower, brush her teeth or use the restroom, are next scheduled to appear in Waukesha County court for a hearing on the morning of May 18.

The defendants are not being named to protect the identity of the child.

City of Brookfield Police began investigating the case after an anonymous tip and later executed a search warrant on the property March 5.

The parents were charged in late March after police found the child was being kept in the basement throughout the night and attended school on multiple occasions with a soiled diaper.

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Brookfield council postpones decision on bus shelters

April 21, 2015 10:33 p.m. | One week after the City of Brookfield's Plan Commission unanimously approved a change to its sign code in order to accommodate advertisements on six bus shelters, the common council expressed a great deal more skepticism.

Aldermen brought up concerns regarding the city's powers to enforce cleanliness and maintenance of the shelters as well as questions about the precedent that allowing such advertising might set.

The council voted 12-0-1 to postpone the topic and directed staff to review the issue and report back to the council regarding the concerns that were raised.

Brookfield committee discusses chicken ordinance specifics

April 21, 2015 9:08 p.m. | The city of Brookfield's Legislative & Licensing Committee went through a list of details Tuesday night that might be included as the city staff continues to move toward an ordinance that would allow more residences to have residential chickens.

In March the committee advised City Attorney Karen Flaherty, Zoning & Building Administrator Larry Goudy and other staff to compose a list of issues regarding the potential ordinance that the aldermen could then go through one-by-one and address.

That list was presented Tuesday night and consisted of 27 separate line items that varied from basics such as the required size of a lot in order for its owner to raise chickens to specifics like the cost of a permit.

The committee, made up of Aldermen Gary Mahkorn, Lisa Mellone, Jeff McCarthy, Bill Carnell and Buck Jurken has been discussing the topic since last fall.

In Tuesday's discussions, Mellone, McCarthy and Carnell maintained their status in favor of increasing the allowance of chickens, while Mahkorn remained skeptical. Jurken was not in attendance.

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Barre fitness trend moving to Brookfield

April 21, 2015 4:48 p.m. | Another new fitness trend is spreading to Brookfield.

In early May, The Barre Code will be opening at Harvard Square, 18000 W. Bluemound Road. It will be the second location for franchise owner and instructor Betsy Wong.

"I have a franchise in the Third Ward already that has been operating since December of 2013," Wong said. "We have a gotten a lot of interest from people in Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Elm Grove and Waukesha, but they are only able to come sporadically because it's a bit of a drive."

Wong, a Wauwatosa native, believes that Brookfield will provide a good central location for clientele in western Milwaukee County and Waukesha County.

As for the fitness routine itself, Wong says that Barre has been around for 7 - 10 years but has only recently been gaining steam in the Midwest.

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Developers looking to start on Corners parking structure early

April 21, 2015 1:03 p.m. | The trio of developers involved with The Corners are attempting to accellerate the progress of the development.

At Monday night's Town of Brookfield Plan Commission meeting, officials discussed a request by Bradford Real Estate Companies to allow for work on the development's underground parking structure to begin sooner.

Officials cited the need to provide Bradford, IM Properties, and the Marcus Corporation with as large of a time window as possible to work on the structure before winter.

The Plan Commission made recommendations to the Town Board in regard to early start approval for the parking structure as well as for a certified survey map.

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