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Wilson Drive home catches fire day after Thanksgiving

Nov. 29, 2011 10:20 a.m. | A Brookfield woman returning home from shopping in the wee hours of Black Friday found her kitchen ablaze, according to City of Brookfield Fire Department records.

The woman called firefighters and woke up her sleeping husband after she discovered the kitchen of the single-family home at 825 Wilson Drive was on fire, just before 3:30 a.m. Nov. 25, the report states.

Fire Chief Charlie Myers anticipates the home sustained $100,000 in damages - $70,000 in structural damages and $30,000 in damages to contents from smoke and fire.

Preliminary investigation showed that the fire started because smoking materials had been discarded in a garbage can.

"Our fire prevention message for this incident is that all homeowners ensure they have working smoke detectors on all levels of the home," Myers said. "Please dispose of smoking materials in a metal container and place the container outside, a safe distance from the house."

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New Berlin West hands Eisenhower 2 losses to open week

2:28 p.m. | Whatever New Berlin Eisenhower's number was, New Berlin West had it last week, as the Vikings beat the Lions twice and knocked them out of the championship bracket of the Woodland Conference Baseball Tournament.

First, the Vikings used the excellent pitching of Adam Fritz to win 4-1 at Eisenhower on June 29. Then the next day, West rallied from a four-run deficit to win 5-4 at New Berlin West behind Corey Liebherr's pitching and hitting.

Pitcher's duel

Fritz and Eisenhower's Ryan Macho hooked up in an old-fashioned pitcher's duel with the Vikings' ace coming out on top. Fritz allowed six hits and a run while striking out six and not walking a batter. Macho also pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, three earned runs and two walks while striking out four batters.

Oscar Delvalle scored once, singled twice and drove in two runs as he had West's only multi-hit game. The Lions' Joey Scaffidi had the biggest day, banging out three singles with a run scored. Bryan Marx tripled and scored, and Justice Dodd doubled and scored, batting eighth and ninth for the Vikings.

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New Berlin West baseball team loses to Greendale, beats Shorewood

2:13 p.m. | The big games for New Berlin West and New Berlin Eisenhower were against each other, but they had a couple of other games on the docket as well.

West at Greendale

The Panthers scored nine runs in the first inning and rolled to a 13-1 win over New Berlin West on July 1 at Greendale.

West scored a run in the second, and Greendale countered with four more in the bottom of the inning. With star pitcher Ty Ramirez pitching, the Vikings chance of victory was slim to none as he walked three and had 11 strikeouts.

Angel Ramirez had three hits and an RBI; Sam Sabinash singled and doubled and drove in 3 runs; Bohan Lee singled twice and drove in three runs; and Logan Rezach had two singles and an RBI.

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Elmbrook Humane Society to collect much-needed items at 'Thank Dog It's Friday' event

1:28 p.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society will host its annual "Thank Dog It's Friday" event on Friday, July 17.

The dog-themed event will feature lure coursing, swimming pools (for the dogs), raffles and vendors. Participants will also be invited to "stuff" a Soerens Ford vehicle with items needed by EBHS to provide care to its animal patients.

Those much-needed items include cat and dog food, canned tuna, pet nursing bottles, chicken or beef broth and treats for pets. For a complete list, visit

The free event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the humane society, 20950 Enterprise Ave.

Elm Grove Police and Fire Departments respond to house fire

July 01, 2015 1:18 p.m. | No injuries were reported in relation to an Elm Grove house fire at 13165 Wrayburn Road Wednesday morning.

Elm Grove Police and Fire Departments responded to the active fire at 10:25 a.m. The home was not occupied at the time of the fire although contractors were on scene repairing a roof.

The fire was contained to the attic and upper side walls of the residence and investigators are currently on scene looking into the cause.

Estimate of structural loss is unknown although the total assessed value of the home, including land, is $441,800 based on 2014 property tax listings.

Are you affected by the Milwaukee bus strike? Brookfield Now wants to hear from Gold Line commuters

July 01, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Do you rely on the Milwaukee County Transit System for work? If so, Brookfield Now would like to hear from you.

Reporter John Rasche is currently looking for Gold Line commuters, who depend on the route from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to Brookfield Square Mall.

How has Milwaukee County's bus driver strike affected you? How are you making the commute in lieu of bus operation?

Rasche may use your input for an upcoming story about the strike's effect on the Brookfield area.

He can be reached by email at or you can also find him on Twitter at @Rasche_Now.

Brookfield water main break causes closure of Lilly Road

July 01, 2015 7:48 a.m. | A water main break forced the closure of an approximately half-mile stretch of Lilly Road early Friday morning, June 26.

Lilly was closed from West Burleigh Road to Ridgewood Road after a service connection blew out.

"There's a little device called a saddle that sits on the (water) main. It had been put in several years ago to feed a home back in the woods, and it just failed," city of Brookfield Director of Public Works Tom Grisa said.

Closing Lilly Road was standard procedure for the city, considering the situation.

"We don't always know where the break is and it was (spilling) in the roadway," Grisa said. "It was also at the bottom of a hill, so you would have the potential for slippery traffic."

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Town of Brookfield denies two sign requests

July 01, 2015 7:43 a.m. | The town of Brookfield's plan commission stuck to its guns Tuesday night when asked to consider requests by two businesses for signs that would violate the town's sign code.

Siding Unlimited and Skiin both put in requests for the plan commission to recommend scheduling public hearings for the businesses to be allowed to have signs that display digital, changing text.

While commissioners did not specifically have problems with the idea of allowing the public hearing to take place for the textual request, they voted down both items for other reasons.

Most of the discussion on the items referred to Siding Unlimited's request because it came first on the agenda and officials did not want to have the same conversation for Skiin.

"There's a couple of code issues relative to this request and that's the size of the sign," town of Brookfield Development Services Administrator Gary Lake said. "The area proposed is 138 square feet. Our ordinance permits 70 square feet for a single-occupant, free-standing sign."

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Brookfield and Elm Grove Police Report: July 2

July 01, 2015 7:28 a.m. |



1A 60-pound roll of insulated copper wire was stolen from the back lot of Current Electric, 12625 W. Burleigh Road, at 7:05 p.m. on June 22.

2A grass trimmer was stolen from the 17000 block of Deer Park Drive sometime around 9 a.m. on June 23. A city of Brookfield Parks employee had been doing lawn work and left the trimmer momentarily unattended by the side of the road and returned to find it missing.

3Three bags full of Red Bull were stolen from Pick 'n Save, 12735 W. Capitol Drive, at around 10:20 a.m. on June 23. The subject then fled in a vehicle in an unknown direction.

4A 52-year-old man was arrested for retail theft after attempting to steal groceries from Pick 'n Save, 12735 W. Capitol Drive, at 4:26 p.m. on June 23.

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Five things to know about trains in Brookfield

June 30, 2015 11:31 p.m. | Approximately 26 trains come through Brookfield on a daily basis. The freight of these Canadian Pacific Railway trains ranges from food to crude oil and many things in between. Here are five comments addressing frequently asked questions about trains and railroads in the area.

1. There is no schedule

Well, not an exact one at least.

According to Canadian Pacific Railway's website it's not possible to have a set timetable that residents and commuters can check in order to absolutely verify when to expect a railroad crossing to add time to a trip.

"Freight trains do not run on a set schedule like passenger trains do. They can run at any time, depending on what customers need and changes in business cycles," the website reads. "A train schedule may be based on the requirements of a port 2,000 miles away."

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Town of Brookfield once again considers Poplar Creek proposal

June 30, 2015 10:38 p.m. | The town of Brookfield plan commission revisited a topic tabled by the town board over a year ago at its meeting Tuesday night.

In February of 2014, Wimmer Communities came before the town with plans for a mixed-use development to fill 7.45 acres of vacant land along Jennifer Drive, west of Poplar Creek and north of Bluemound Road. At that time, the plan commission recommended the project for approval; however, the town board tabled the topic so that the town could contract for a market analysis for the multifamily housing proposed.

That study was concluded last summer and Wimmer Communities returned Tuesday before the plan commission to restart the approval process.

The developer is proposing a mixed-use development called Poplar Creek that would include a retail building at the corner of Jennifer Drive and Bluemound Road as well as 136 luxury apartments.

The apartments would be located in a building to be constructed further back from Bluemound Road and along the proposed Poplar Creek Parkway. The building would be three stories on each end and would rise to four near the middle of the structure where a two-story clubhouse would connect the two halves.

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Ask Now: Fewer meetings? Same pay?

June 30, 2015 10:13 p.m. | Is there a rumor you'd like tracked down? Geoff Bruce answers some of the mysteries of life in Brookfield and Elm Grove and helps solve everyday problems.

A resident asks: The City of Brookfield cuts back from two common council meetings per month to one during the summer. I am wondering if aldermen also see their pay reduced while having to attend less meetings or if they receive the same compensation.

Answer: City of Brookfield aldermen receive the same payments throughout the summer as they do during the rest of the year.

Aldermen are paid $9,911 annually.

City of Brookfield Director of Finance Robert Scott noted that aldermen are paid twice per month throughout the year.

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Brookfield author's proceeds going to Wounded Warrior Project

June 30, 2015 8:19 p.m. | A former Brookfield resident is continuing his efforts to help veterans while also pursuing a late-blooming passion.

John Sponcia, who now resides just across Lisbon Road in Menomonee Falls, will be giving a presentation next week — Thursday, July 9 — at the Brookfield Public Library about his latest book, "Going Back to Move Forward: A Baby Boomer's Time Travel."

Sponcia retired after being a co-owner at a Ford dealership in Cudahy in 2004 and soon found himself looking for a new way to spend his time.

"When I retired and had spare time I read more and then I had a lot of verbal opinions. I would voice those to my son and he said 'Why don't you just write this stuff down?'" Sponcia said.

Soon after, in 2008, Sponcia started blogging. In the time since his writing career began, he has now released two books, the first being "Voiceover… Sanity in the Age of Madness."

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Sports Notes: July 2, 2015

June 29, 2015 3:53 p.m. |

Jr. Spartan Football

accepting registrations

The Brookfield East Junior Spartan Football Program is now accepting registrations for the 2015-16 school year.

The program is open to residents and open-enrollment students in the Brookfield East High School attendance area who will be in fifth through eighth grade during the 2015-16 school year.

Fourth-graders playing up will be accepted as needed.

Registration forms and additional information can be found online at

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Brookfield's Krill wins boys 16 doubles Midwest Closed Junior Championship

June 29, 2015 3:48 p.m. | Indianapolis, Indiana — The USTA/Midwest Section Closed Junior Championships, the most prestigious junior tournament in the Midwest Section, ended June 25, and a Brookfield Easst player ended up winning the boys 16 doubles competition.

Robert Krill of Elm Grove team up with Nicholas Marino of Northbrook, Illinois, to defeat Lucas Horve of Forsyth, Illinois, and Jack Randall of Lockport, Illinois (6-3, 6-4).

Krill played No. 2 singles for coach Linda Lied at Brookfield East this season.

Over 1,000 talented junior players from all five USTA/Midwest Section States – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin — competed in the event.

These players are some of the best in the country and many have already committed to colleges across the nation.

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Rufer, Keane key Lancers' victory over Brookfield East

June 29, 2015 3:23 p.m. | Brookfield Central senior catcher Mike Rufer is known for his defensive skills, but in the Lancers' 6-1 decision over Brookfield East on June 22 at Central, Rufer let his bat do the talking.

Rufer, batting sixth in the order, had a third of his team's hits, going 3-for-3 with three singles and a run scored as the Lancers banged out nine hits against the Spartans.

He had a big hit in the Lancers' three-run second inning and again in the fifth.

With one out in the second, Michael Hauser singled to left field, and Rufer also followed with a single to left. Dominic LaBellarte dropped down a bunt, and East pitcher Jake Smith threw the ball away, allowing Hauser to score and courtesy runner Bob Gerhard to go to third, making the score 1-0.

Senior Jarred Shipman dropped down a suicide squeeze bunt to score Gerhard, making it 2-0, and junior Dillon Sehmer hit into a 6-4 fielder's choice, scoring LaBellarte for a 3-0 lead.

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