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Gun threat leads to brief lockdown at Fairview South in Brookfield

Jan. 24, 2013 2:24 p.m. | An Elmbrook School District official said students at Fairview South School, 3525 Bermuda Boulevard, are in no danger after a brief lockdown this morning.

The elementary school, which serves about 60 special-needs students ages 12 to 20, went on lockdown for about 30 minutes as students arrived for class.

Anne Moore, director of communications for the district, said school staff members were notified of a threat and immediately contacted authorities.

"Staff was made aware of a specific threat that a specific student had threatened to bring a gun to school," Moore said.

School staff provided Brookfield police with the name of the student and a description of the vehicle he likely would be arriving in.

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Brookfield's Scott named chair of governmental accounting council

May 26, 2015 5:58 p.m. | City of Brookfield Director of Finance Robert Scott has been named the new chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council.

Scott was selected by the board of trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation last Friday.

The advisory council is responsible for advising the Governmental Accounting Standards Board on technical issues, project priorities, and other matters that affect standards for accounting and financial reporting by local and state governments.

Scott is the first local government official to be named chairman of the council, with all former chairs having been from the state governmental level.

"It makes it more special," Scott said.

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Town of Brookfield's Carp O' Rama on cusp of cancellation

May 26, 2015 2:03 p.m. | An annual tradition in the town of Brookfield is in danger of not happening this year.

The town's Carp O' Rama event, which has offered casual competition for young anglers in the community for over 15 years currently has no registered contestants this year.

Town of Brookfield Parks & Recreation Director Chad Brown says that the last chance for children to register will be early next week.

Carp O' Rama is open to all Town of Brookfield children between the ages of 4 - 12 and takes place at Brook Park off of N. Barker Road. The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, but Brown says that the event will likely be cancelled if a reasonable amount of contestants do not register.

Lawsuit by ex-employee is latest trouble for Mequon attorney Sarah Laux

May 22, 2015 12:33 p.m. | Trouble continues to mount for a Mequon estate planning lawyer facing federal fraud charges, state civil fraud suits and actions by the state bar.

Sarah Laux has been sued by a young lawyer she had hired right out of school, who now says she wrongfully fired him after he pointed out legal and ethical problems with how she was doing business.

Michael S. Kilkenny of Brookfield says in his lawsuit that after he warned Laux that if she didn't send letters to the firm's clients about the questionable nature of her so-called Transition Trust, he would. She left him a voice mail on his wedding anniversary in August, telling him not to return to the office.

He has since started his own law office.

According to the lawsuit, Kilkenny first clerked part time for Laux at her Greenfield office while he completed Marquette Law School, then began full time as a lawyer after he graduated in May 2014.

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Brookfield Christian's Ryan Dekker named Teacher of the Year by local radio station

May 20, 2015 10:43 a.m. | Ryan Dekker of Brookfield Christian School was named the Teacher of the Year Winner by Trending Radio 93.3 (WLDB-FM) this week.

The contest, held from May 1 to May 18, allowed community members to vote for their favorite educator in Milwaukee. Dekker was chosen out of five other candidates in the area.

As the Teacher of the Year, Dekker will receive a four-night stay in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and a grand prize package that includes four tickets to a Milwaukee Admirals hockey game.

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Brookfield criticizes state Hotel and Lodging Association proposal

May 19, 2015 11:03 p.m. | City of Brookfield —A proposal to alter state room tax provisions came under fire Tuesday, May 19, by common council members, who ultimately approved a resolution opposing those efforts.

The Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association has sought to have room tax changes inserted into the state budget bill that would change how much municipalities can retain and how much would go to the state. City officials said if the provision succeds, it would result in a loss of at least $400,000 annually in the city budget.

Alderman Scott Berg, who said he received an email from the Wisconsin League of Municipalities last week seeking comment on the association's intent, implored his fellow aldermen to understand the importance of the situation.

"There's a lot of money at stake. Take it seriously. This is a big deal," Alderman Scott Berg said.

Mayor Steve Ponto spent much of last Thursday in Madison in the company of state Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) as a team of officials discussed ways to combat the proposal.

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Elmbrook Rotary Club looking for more teams for annual Spikes for Tykes fundraiser

May 19, 2015 7:58 p.m. | The Elmbrook Rotary Club will welcome upward of 50 volleyball teams Saturday, May 30, at its annual fundraiser, the 28th annual Spikes for Tykes.

Spikes for Tykes has been bringing companies, clubs and residents together since 1988 in an effort to raise funds for a variety of local and international causes.

The event, which collects registration fees from teams,has raised more than $590,000 over the years for causes ranging from the Child Abuse Prevention Fund to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

Spikes for Tykes event co-chairman Barry James said the event is a good opportunity to have fun while helping a number of good causes and also potentially gain some camaraderie among company or clubs.

"It's not a tournament; it's just for fun. There's no victory prize and no trophy," James said. "It's good for camaraderie and team building ... . It's fun."

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Brookfield chicken amendment moves on

May 19, 2015 7:53 p.m. | After nearly eight months of discussions, several impassioned pleas from residents, large quantities of research and one month-long poll, the City of Brookfield's legislative and licensing committee finally made a decision regarding an amendment that would make raising chickens more accessible to residents.

By a 3-2 vote, the quintet of aldermen who sit on the committee approved an ordinance that would allow all residents with lots of at least one-third acre to keep up to four hens in their backyards.

Aldermen remained on the same sides as they have been for months, with Gary Mahkorn and Buck Jurken opposing the action and Lisa Mellone, Jeff McCarthy, and Bill Carnell moving it to the next level.

The committee has looked favorably upon the possibility of attaching a sunset clause to any legislation that would see the ordinance expire in two years if not renewed by the common council.

Other guidelines within the ordinance as presented to the committee Tuesday, May 19, include that chicken coops must be 10 feet from any property lines or structures and that residents wishing to run electricity to said coops must apply for a separate permit.

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Brookfield to continue chicken talks

May 19, 2015 5:53 p.m. | The city of Brookfield's Legislative & Licensing Committee is scheduled to continue its talks to allow more residents in the city to keep residential chickens.

The committee is expected to discuss specifics of an ordinance that is being drafted by city staff.

The committee will be meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the Seligenstadt Conference Room at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

Annual Brookfield Rummage Daze returns

May 18, 2015 8:48 p.m. | For one day this weekend, one of the city of Brookfield's largest green spaces will be transformed into a market with all types of treasures.

Wirth Park will play host Saturday to the Brookfield Jaycees annual Rummage & Craft Daze.

For more than 20 years the event has brought dozens of parties together looking to sell a variety of goods.

Rummage & Craft Daze registration head Matt Powers said that one of the main ideas behind the event is to provide a setting for those who might otherwise hesitate to host their own rummage or garage sales.

"I have one vendor who has had some burglaries in their neighborhood and just doesn't want people to come to their house and know where they live and what they have, so they decided to come here this year," Powers said.

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82-year-old physician sentenced to a year and a day of prison

May 18, 2015 11:38 a.m. | An 82-year-old former physician from Brookfield has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs, in a case prompted by the overdose death of one of his patients.

Jerry Yee pleaded guilty in January to two counts of writing prescriptions for narcotics without legitimate medical reasons and outside his practice. Yee was an osteopath who surrendered his state medical license after the offenses first came to light in December 2013.

Yee originally faced 16 counts for improperly dispensing painkillers and other drugs such as Adderall, Xanax and Alprazolam to third parties between 2010 and 2013.

Yee's attorney, John Birdsall, noted in court papers that Yee's patient, Heather Andrews, died in June 2013 of a heroin overdose around the one-year anniversary of her boyfriend's fatal overdose, and that there was no evidence the Xanax that Yee had described played any role in her death.

"The government and the (pre-sentence report writer) seem to be urging the court to punish Dr. Yee for Ms. Andrew's tragic death," Birdsall wrote.

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Brookfield Central, East in top 10 high schools in Wisconsin, according to new report

May 14, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Brookfield Central and Brookfield East high schools are in the top 10 high schools in Wisconsin, according to a new ranking by the U.S. News & World Report.

The new ranking, released earlier this month, weighed multiple factors for each of the state's 466 high schools, including student-to-teacher ratio, college readiness, mathematics and reading.

In the 2015 U.S. News Best High School rankings, 57 Wisconsin schools received silver medals, and 83 were awarded bronze, according to the publisher's website.

Brookfield East High School, 3305 N. Lilly Road, was ranked as the ninth top high school in the state; Brookfield Central High School, 16900 W. Gebhardt Road, came in 10th place.

"We are very proud of Brookfield Central's and Brookfield East's student achievement results as represented by the U.S. News Top Ten Rankings," said Chief Information Officer Chris Thompson on behalf of the Elmbrook School District. "We believe that regardless of the measurement tool used, our schools are among the finest in the state.

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Let us know about your Memorial Day event

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Massive overhaul of area conferences could be afoot

May 13, 2015 10:55 a.m. | A large-scale reorganization of area conferences could be on the way, plus a look back at new directions for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Annual parade a source of pride in Elm Grove

May 12, 2015 5:33 p.m. | Another May means another Memorial Day Parade is on the way in the village of Elm Grove.

One of the village's largest annual events attracts a wealth of spectators and participants from both Elm Grove and neighboring communities.

The parade was first held in 1947 when a unit marched from American Legion Post 449 to the flag at St. Mary's Visitation Parish while local children followed on their bicycles. Though the post has since moved to its new location on 124th Street in Brookfield, the tradition that it started 68 years ago remains.

The 68th annual Elm Grove Memorial Day Parade will be made possible in large part due to the Elm Grove Junior Guild, which takes it upon itself to host the event each year.

"I think that it fits in with the general mission of the junior guild to offer a sense of community to our community," parade co-chairwoman Sara Schedler said. "It's a very neat, special event that families have been attending in Elm Grove for years and I'm honored to be a part of it."

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Dick's Sporting Goods to anchor new Brookfield development

May 12, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Irgens has announced one of the anchors of the 150,000-square-foot retail portion of its mixed-use development, The Corridor.

Dick's Sporting Goods will occupy approximately a third of the total retail space within the property.

Plans for the mid-box retailer were presented to Brookfield's Plan Commission Monday night.

The store will sit near the entrance to The Corridor from Bluemound Road on Discovery Drive. It will be neighbored by two junior box retailers to the south with the three tenants sharing a building.

Architectural details were presented to officials by Aaron Ebent, senior designer with Kahler Slater Experience Design.

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