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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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Coast Guard ends search for Brookfield pilot missing after crash

Aug. 31, 2014 4:45 p.m. | The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday called off its search for a Brookfield man whose plane left Waukesha on Saturday before running out of fuel and crashing into the Atlantic Ocean after he mysteriously lost consciousness and contact with aviation officials.

Retired Harley-Davidson executive Ronald Hutchinson, 67, was on a personal trip, his son Patrick Hutchinson said Sunday. He said his father had been flying for 40 years and was in very good health.

"I want to applaud the efforts of the Coast Guard," he said. "All the federal agencies involved kept us informed of every step of this."

Only a wheel and a piece of cowling had been found, by a fisherman in the vicinity of the crash, about 50 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island, Va., according to the Coast Guard.

As the single-engine plane entered restricted air space near Washington, D.C., fighter jets scrambled to inspect it. Those pilots reported that the operator of the small plane appeared to be unconscious. The Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday the pilot had stopped responding to radio communications about 1 p.m.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29

Aug. 29, 2014 10:27 p.m. | Teams were looking to continue winning ways or bounce back after opening-week losses Aug. 28 and 29.

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 2.

Elm Grove's Imaging Biometrics granted a patent

Aug. 29, 2014 11:04 a.m. | Imaging Biometrics LLC, an Elm Grove software firm, has been issued a U.S. patent covering a technology for data acquisition and processing from certain medical images.

The technology has potential to improve radiology workflows, reduce costs and benefit stroke and brain tumor patients, the company said. It would be used with magnetic resonance images, or MRIs.

When Imaging Biometrics gets the technology commercialized, it will allow what are now two different types of images that can be obtained from an MRI to be processed from a single scan, the company said.

"The claims of this patent further strengthen our technology portfolio," said Michael Schmainda, the company's president and chief executive officer. "Providing twice the information using half the resources is a huge step in helping hospitals improve patient care while fighting rising costs."

Both husband, wife now have left loaded guns in restrooms

Aug. 27, 2014 9:53 p.m. | Apparently, carrying a concealed weapon for some people is so second nature they don't realize when they've left their gun behind in a restroom.

A 76-year-old Oconomowoc man — whose wife left a loaded handgun in a Brookfield church restroom this year — left his own weapon in the restroom of a Door County fun park this month, according to sheriff's department reports.

The loaded Ruger .380-caliber was found, in a holster, on the floor of a men's room at the Egg Harbor Fun Park on Aug. 9. A patron of the park — which features miniature golf, go-carts, arcade games and many other attractions for families — turned it in to the park's owner. The owner held it a few hours, assuming the owner would come back looking for the gun. When no one did, he called the sheriff's office.

Investigators traced the gun to Gerald Hitchler, who has a second home in Egg Harbor. Records showed he had purchased the weapon in 2012 from a Gander Mountain store.

No one was hurt.

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Whitefish Bay hands Lancers, Kennedy opening-night defeat

Aug. 22, 2014 10:33 p.m. | It was not the type of debut that Brookfield Central coach Jed Kennedy was hoping for Friday night, as Whitefish Bay dominated the Lancers and rolled to a 20-6 victory at Central in the season opener.

“The defense was on the field most of the game,” Kennedy said. “What did they have, 75 offensive plays? We have physical kids up front but they just didn’t play that way.”
 
An elated Whitefish Bay coach Jim Tietjen had an answer for that.

“I was concerned with all these new rules about our conditioning,” he said. “But I felt our kids were in better shape. We got after them. There were points early in the game I felt when we drove on them, they were tired.

“They got the big guys and the heat takes it toll on them. We’re not very big, but our kids rose to the occasion. We had some questions coming in and we answered them.”

After BC senior linebacker Matt Patterson sacked Bay quarterback Jake Fisher to stop the opening drive, the Blue Dukes stopped Central on a 3-and-out and put together a 10-play, 74-yard drive.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

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 1.

Anthem College closes its Brookfield campus, stranding 150 students

Aug. 22, 2014 6:42 p.m. | For-profit Anthem College closed its Brookfield campus Friday, abandoning a $1.7 million lease and displacing about 150 students in massage therapy, medical billing/coding, medical assisting and surgical technician programs, a state official confirmed.

The closing marks at least the fourth of a for-profit in the Milwaukee area in recent years. Everest College, Kaplan College and Sanford Brown have all left the Milwaukee market amid financial problems and pressures from federal officials to improve performance outcomes.

The state loaded about $250,000 in laboratory equipment from Anthem College into a moving van for safekeeping on Thursday, said David Dies, executive secretary of the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board. The board oversees 230 institutions that serve more than 60,000 working adults in Wisconsin — most of whom are ages 33 to 46.

Under terms of a teach-out agreement required by its accreditor, Anthem College will transfer equipment, faculty and curriculum for each of its defunct programs to whichever for-profit school in the area agrees to "teach out" the students through completion of their diploma or associate degree, Dies said.

"You pick up everything and move it over to the other school," he explained.

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Town Police warns against fake bills

Aug. 22, 2014 1:53 p.m. | Brookfield businesses should be on the lookout for counterfeit bills.

A New Berlin resident attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill at Open Pantry, 17235 W. Bluemound Road, last week.

Town of Brookfield Police Lt. Detective Sean Schmidt noted that the Town has only seen one incident of this specific type of counterfeiting, but that there have also been multiple cases of fraudulent bills by a different method.

"What we usually see is people take a $5 bill and bleach it and then they print a $100 or a $50 bill on that," Schmidt said.

Bleaching a smaller bill and re-printing a larger bill's value on the same paper allows counterfeiters to have their product pass the pen test, which reveals illegitimate paper.

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Chick-fil-A celebrates National Lemonade Day with free samples in Brookfield, Greendale

Aug. 19, 2014 4:51 p.m. | Brookfield — Chick-fil-A will celebrate National Lemonade Day on Wednesday, August 20 with "pop up" lemonade stands in Brookfield and Greendale, the communities of the first two stand-alone restaurants in Wisconsin.

The Chick-fil-A stands will offer free lemonade samples and promotional items.

The Brookfield lemonade stand will be set up outside 200 N. Corporate Drive, in the Brookfield Lakes Corporate Center, at 11:30 a.m.

The Greendale stand will be located inside the Martin Luther High School parking lot, 5201 S. 76th Street, at 2:30 p.m.

These two new Wisconsin locations join Chick-fil-A's family of more than 1,800 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Both restaurants are on schedule to open this September, when they will invite the local community to participate in the "First 100" free food promotion.

Brookfield police warn against phone scam

Aug. 19, 2014 4:00 p.m. | Brookfield residents are cautioned against a phone scam resurfacing this month.

Last week, at least four city of Brookfield residents were the victims of fraudulent calls that featured the caller impersonating a police officer. The caller then told the recipient that they had run a red light or missed their jury duty date and that the "officer" was going to put a warrant out for their arrest unless funds were transferred by the recipient of the calls using Vanilla Reload cards.

"We went through this about three to six months ago and we believe all the calls are coming from outside the country," Brookfield Police Department Captain Phil Horter said. "We don't have any leads."

Horter suggests suspicious calls from someone claiming to be a police officer work the same way as calls from people impersonating a bank asking for account information.

"Don't reply to these calls or make any payments until you call the appropriate agency. If somebody calls and says this is the city of Brookfield police, hang up, and call us," Horter said.

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Severson earns easy victory over challenger

Aug. 13, 2014 9:15 a.m. | Waukesha County GOP leaders were able to breathe a big sigh of relief when county sheriff's inspector Eric Severson eaily defeated challenger Tom Alioto, a former Lisbon police sergeant, in the Republican primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12.

These results will likely determine who will be sheriff for the next four years since there is no Democrat running in the heavily Republican county.

Severson earned 32,940 votes compared to Alioto's 5,485.

After the votes were counted, Severson said he was "happy" and "humbled" by the outcome.

"We stuck to our message that qualifications count and the voters sent us a strong message that they want someone who is qualified to serve them and that is what I will be honored to do," Severson added.

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Eric Severson wins landslide vote for Waukesha County sheriff

Aug. 12, 2014 10:44 p.m. | Eric Severson, the chief inspector for the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office, is bound to bear the sheriff's badge after a landslide victory in the Republican primary election.

With more than 70% of the vote counted Tuesday night, Severson earned about 86% of the vote — more than 26,000 supporters — in the race against Tom Alioto, a former Town of Lisbon police sergeant.

Alioto earned about 4,300 votes.

There is no Democratic candidate for Waukesha County sheriff.

The candidates were seeking to replace Dan Trawicki, who served as sheriff for 12 years but declined to run for a fourth term.

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Police identify Elm Grove mountain biker who died during race

Aug. 12, 2014 5:20 p.m. | Police in Upper Michigan have identified the Elm Grove resident who died during a mountain bike race over the weekend as Peter Joseph Bausch.

Bausch, 37, was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon just a mile or two from the finish line of the Ore to Shore mountain bike race in the Marquette area. The race Negaunee and ended in Marquette, on the shore of Lake Superior. Bausch's family contacted authorities when he was late to his expected finishing time.

Marquette police said an autopsy did not immediately determine a cause of death, but that no foul play is suspected. Further results are pending, reported WNMU-FM.

Bausch, a graduate of Marquette University High School, St. Louis University, and Marquette Law School, was a general counsel for patent and technology at S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. in Racine.

According to a death notice, Bausch was an active and well-traveled camper and hiker who also competed in cycling events around the Midwest and had skied in the American Birkebeiner race.

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Police look for help in search for robbery suspect

Aug. 12, 2014 12:28 p.m. | The city of Brookfield Police Department is reaching out for assistance in its pursuit of a robbery suspect.

The case revolves around a suspect who robbed Open Pantry, 17235 W. Bluemound Road, shortly after 5 p.m. on the evening of July 16. The suspect claimed to have a gun and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect warned that if police arrived within 10 minutes, he would return and shoot someone.

The suspect is a white male between 5'7" and 6'0" who wore black shorts, a black jacket, sunglasses, and a camouflage baseball cap. The cap appeared to have a red emblem on the front that one witness described as possibly being the "W" logo of the Wisconsin Badgers.

Having exhausted their leads, Brookfield Police are now reaching out to the community for assistance in identifying the perpetrator.

"We weren't able to get anywhere, so now we're just trying to get the community involved," Captain Phil Horter said.

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Large portion of Barker Road to close

Aug. 06, 2014 3:34 p.m. | Barker Road will be closed between Capitol Drive and North Ave. starting Monday, Aug. 18.

The Waukesha County Department of Public Works will be working on a failing cross culvert located south of Capitol Drive during the closure. The department estimates that the work will be completed by Sept. 20.

A detour will be posted. When approaching the closed portion of Barker Road from the south, drivers should turn west on North Ave. to Springdale Road, proceed north to Capitol Drive, and then east back to Barker Road. From the north, drivers can find passage by taking Capitol Drive west to Springdale Road, going south to North Ave., and then proceeding east until reaching Barker Road again.

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