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Police respond to two threats at Elmbrook middle school

April 03, 2012 8:18 p.m. | Brookfield police were called twice to Wisconsin Hills Middle School on March 29 to deal with students making violent threats. The first incident took place just before 9 a.m. and involved a 14-year-old boy threatening to kill another student during an aggressive and expletive-filled exchange.

The boy was cited for disorderly conduct and referred to juvenile court.

Later that day, at 1:47 p.m., police again came to the school after it was found a 12-year-old girl used another student's iPad to announce via Facebook she planned to blow up the school. The girl said she was frustrated that her friend was being bullied by another student.

She was not cited.

City to draft survey on chicken ordinance

Sept. 16, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The City of Brookfield's Legislative & Licensing Committee had in-depth discussions Tuesday night regarding the potential for a new ordinance addressing the allowability for residents to raise chickens.

The committee was largely split on the issue with multiple aldermen supporting each side of the debate and others favoring further discussions but also speaking of moving slowly on any action.

The committee voted 4 - 1 to instruct city staff to draft questions that would be distributed in a survey in the city's next newsletter and/or online. The questions will be approved by the committee before being presented to the public.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Lancers dominate Falls, 21-0, in GMC action

Sept. 12, 2014 9:45 p.m. | Brookfield Central tossed a shutout at Menomonee Falls, 21-0, Friday night at home in a steady rain and remained unbeaten in Greater Metro Conference action.
The Lancers (3-1) improved to 2-0, tied with Marquette for first place in the GMC, while the Indians (2-2) fell to 1-1 in league play.

“This is a huge win for us,” coach Jed Kennedy said. “We think there are a lot of teams in the Greater Metro that are kind of all the same. There is no room for error. If you lose a game, it’s going to be tough.

"We told our kids all week, this has to have a playoff feel to it. We thought it was that important a game to get off to the right start.”

And the Lancers did that, taking the opening kickoff and going 64 yards in 11 plays, as Malik Turner raced around right end to give Central a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes, 59 seconds on the clock. Buck Nellen the kicked the first of three  extra points Friday night.

The Lancers then held Falls to a 3-and-out and went 50 yards on 10 plays, with quarterback Dominic Labellarte scoring from 2-yards out for a 14-0 lead with 2:42 left in the first quarter.

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"Mousetrap" opens at Sunset Playhouse

Sept. 11, 2014 5:08 p.m. | Elm Grove's Sunset Playhouse opens its latest production, "The Mousetrap" tonight.

"The Mousetrap," by Agatha Christie, is the longest-running play in the history of London's West End. It follows the suspenseful murder-mystery plot of a group of people snowed in and trapped in a guest house. And one among them has murderous intentions.

The Sunset Playhouse is located at 800 Elm Grove Road. Tickets can be purchased at the box office one hour prior to any performance and can also be purchased online at and by telephone byc alling 262-782-4430.

The production of "The Mousetrap" will run from Sept. 11 - 28.

Rash of vehicle break-ins in Elm Grove

Sept. 09, 2014 3:57 p.m. | The Village of Elm Grove has had dozens of vehicles broken into in the last month including nine in one night last week.

Village of Elm Grove Police Department Assistant Chief Jason Hennen warns residents to lock their vehicles and to avoid leaving valuables, such as laptops, purses, or credit cards their vehicles.

"If you want to keep your stuff, lock it up. It's pretty basic," Hennen said.

During the night of Sept. 2 or early-morning hours of Sept. 3, nine vehicles were rummaged through. Only one vehicle had anything of value, a wallet containing cash and credit cards, taken from it.

Hennen noted that there were two burglaries in recent weeks that saw the perpetrators entering unlocked homes.

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Irgens returns with revamped 'Corridor' plans

Sept. 09, 2014 12:50 a.m. | Having taken two months back at the drawing board, Irgens returned to the City of Brookfield's Plan Commission with a revamped plan that took heed of criticism previously expressed by the panel in July.

The progression of Irgens' plans for The Corridor, a massive mixed-use development set to be erected on the former Ruby Farmstead, was halted on July 7, when commissioners voted unanimously to table the topic due to what multiple members called "disappointment." With their audibles not being finished by August, the developer returned Monday night for a new evaluation.

Changes to Irgens' plans include additional retail space and more options that could lead to public benefit.

Irgens' plans, as presented Monday night, now call for 871,000 square feet of space, nearly 100,000 more than was shown two months ago. Previously, the company had planned for 782,000 square feet. Since their initial presentation, Irgens has increased the amount of corporate office space and mixed use space that it proposes for The Corridor.

In July, the company called for a development consisting of 500,000 square feet of offices, 138,000 square feet of retail space, and 93,000 square feet of mixed uses. On Monday, Irgens' proposal included 552,000 square feet of corporate office space, 136,000 square feet of retail, and 198,000 square feet of mixed uses. Mixed uses will include medical, fitness/wellness, and hospitality uses.

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Elmbrook taxi service asking city for $13k

Sept. 08, 2014 4:12 p.m. | The Elmbrook Senior Taxi service plans to ask the City of Brookfield Common Council for a $13,250 increase in funding at next Tuesday's council meeting.

The City of Brookfield contributed just under $7,000 in 2013, but Elmbrook Senior Taxi (EST) officials say that more is needed.

EST is a taxi service for seniors and ambulatory disabled persons that reside in the City of Brookfield, Town of Brookfield, Village of Elm Grove, and Village of Butler. The service is provides transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping trips, and social outings.

President of the EST Board Sandy Wolff notes that the service's demand for rides is increasing and that the company has been running as much as a $20,000 deficit in recent years.

"We have had to turn down a lot of rides and when you keep turning people down, they don't come back," Wolff said. "It's a quality of life issue for seniors to be able to get where they need to go."

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Dixon Elementary receives "Schools of Recognition" award by DPI

Sept. 08, 2014 12:56 p.m. | Dixon Elementary School was recently named a Wisconsin Title 1 School of Recognition by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for its achievement results and its ability to close the achievement gap for all students.

Title 1 schools are identified based on their percentage of low-income families eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. In the 2013-14 school year, five Elmbrook schools met eligibility requirements for Title 1 funding.

Dixon is the first school in the district to receive the recognition and is one of eight schools across the state designated by the DPI as a high-achieving and high-progress school.

"I am extremely proud of our students and their achievement results," said Dixon Principal Jeanne Siegenthaler in a news release. "Our staff does an outstanding job at setting high expectations for all students, while providing personalized support to make sure each student meets his or her full academic potential. This recognition is a tribute to the entire Dixon community's commitment to excellence."

Dixon will be recognized at a ceremony for all "Schools of Recognition" award-winners in Madison on October 13. Dixon teachers also will be eligible to participate in a Fellowship Grant Program.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

Brookfield East, riddled with injuries, can't hang with Marquette

Sept. 05, 2014 11:54 p.m. | The number and quality of his players that are on crutches (and in slings and braces) isn't something Brookfield East coach Tom Swittel is going to use as, well, a crutch.

However, it would be hard to blame him if he did.

Despite opening 2-0, the Spartans limped into their Greater Metro Conference opener against Marquette at Hart Park on Friday, Sept. 5. A couple of hours later, the Spartans injury list had grown again, and they had suffered their first defeat, a 43-7 loss to the Hilltoppers.

"We're dipping into our reserves and expecting them to step up," Swittel said. "It was a difficult night all around."

Unable to get anything clicking on offense for most of the night (178 total yards on 51 plays from scrimmage), the Spartans had trouble keeping Marquette's litany of playmakers off the field. By contrast, Marquette compiled 476 total yards and 28 first downs on 76 plays from scrimmage.

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Waukesha County Sheriff's Department warns of impostor scam, claiming missed court appearance, unpaid fines

Sept. 05, 2014 9:31 a.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's Department impostor scamScammers claiming to be from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department have been calling residents, claiming they missed a court appearance, have unpaid fines or missed jury duty, and that a warrant will be issued for their arrest unless they pay immediately.

The impostor then asks the resident to pay with a pre-paid money card and leaves a call-back number to receive the card number and access codes, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said in a news release late Thursday.

Several residents complained about receiving such calls, the department said.

"It is not common practice for the Waukesha Sheriff's Department to contact citizens via telephone to advise them of warrants or to collect fines," the news release said. "It is also not the practice of the Waukesha Sheriff's Department to collect payment for fines via pre-paid money cards."

Residents who receive scam calls from impostors should hang up, ignore the request for money and instead report the scam to the sheriff's department.

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Waukesha County plans to spend $93 million on roads, buildings, parks

Sept. 03, 2014 2:54 p.m. | Waukesha County would spend nearly $93.3 million in the next five years to improve roads, buildings and parks as part of a proposed 2015-'19 capital projects plan, county officials said.

Emphasis would be on repaving and reconstructing county highways with estimated spending of $39.4 million over five years, according to a capital plan recommended by County Executive Dan Vrakas and Director of Administration Norm Cummings.

The largest single project in the plan would be a $36.4million courthouse addition with construction scheduled in 2019 and 2020.

Under the plan, the oldest section of the county jail would be demolished as a first step in building a four-story addition for criminal courts.

Eight of 15 courtrooms would move to the new building.

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Library lot costs nearly double

Sept. 02, 2014 9:05 p.m. | The bill has come in a bit bigger than expected for the City of Brookfield for its renovations to parking areas adjacent to the Brookfield Public Library.

Having originally budgeted approximately half a million dollars to the project, Tuesday the city's Common Council approved nearly doubling the expense, with an increase of $485,000 to the project's expenditure account.

"The bids originally came in higher than expected and then we ran into a few things," City of Brookfield Director of Public Works Tom Grisa said.

Among the unanticipated expenditures was bid prices coming in well over the $500,000 budget. The contract was awarded to D.F. Tomasini Contractors, Inc. for $650,000.

Other additions to the project's cost have included the addition of an originally unplanned parking lot to the east of the library. After the city's initial plans, a small area adjacent to other parking lots remained unused. Poor soil conditions in the construction zone also contributed to the increases to the bottom line.

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Industrial development hinges on TIF district

Sept. 02, 2014 1:12 p.m. | A major development is shaping up north of Capitol Drive for the City of Brookfield.

Spectrum Development LLC and Rizzo Development Group LLC are proposing a 320,000 square foot light industrial development on a 26-acre site north of Gumina Road and between Springdale and Barker Roads. The City of Brookfield annexed the property from the Town of Brookfield on July 15.

"It fits into the City of Brookfield's master plan. The vacancy rate in Waukesha County is very low right now and there's a limited supply of sites available for industrial development," Todd Rizzo, principal at Rizzo Development, said. "So what is in short supply in the county is what the city (wants). So the timing is dead on."

Rizzo's partner Chris Leffler of Spectrum Development has owned the property for over 10 years and his desires for development are nothing new.

"We've wanted to develop here for years. It's partly been (waiting for) the economy, and the other part has been the annexation by the city and the availability of sewer and water for the property," Leffler said.

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Teen trio teams up to take on suicide, depression

Sept. 02, 2014 12:51 p.m. | In an era when bullying and depression are often hidden behind vague Facebook posts and passive-aggressive tweets, three Milwaukee-area teens are bringing the issue of teen suicide and depression under the spotlight. The literal spotlights will be on stage at a benefit concert at the Waukesha County Expo Center on Sept. 28.

Isabel Pesci of Elm Grove, Taylor Newcomer of Pewaukee and Elizabeth Korb of Cedarburg haven't even known each other for a year, but the trio, brought together through their shared love of music, has become a dynamic force in the founding of their group, Think Through Your Life (TTYL).

"We all met on Twitter. We knew that we went to the same concerts, but didn't really know each other. We just knew of each other," Isabel said.

Bringing it together

Talks about a benefit concert to combat teen suicide and depression both through fundraising and raising awareness began in January.

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