A Brookfield woman could face burglary charges after allegedly taking $45,000 to $50,000 worth of jewelry while visiting a family friend's house last week.
According to the Brookfield police report:
The woman, who is not being named because she has not yet been charged, was visiting a friend's home in the 16000 block of Willow Ridge Lane on April 9.
The homeowner said that during the visit, the woman kept excusing herself to use the restroom.
After the woman left, the homeowner found her jewelry was missing and immediately called police, suspecting that her guest had taken the jewelry.» Read Full Article
The village of Elm Grove's 2016 proposed budget will need some adjustments before final approval is possible.
The current draft for the next fiscal year calls for a levy increase of 1.41 percent; however, village manager Dave De Angelis says that Elm Grove is only allowed to make an increase of 1.21 percent.
"The maximum levy increase allowed (for 2016) is 1.21 percent. We still need to reduce the budget by $13,500 or increase revenues," De Angelis said. "The draft calls for 1.41 percent, but the most we can do is 1.21."
Under the currently proposed budget, the owner of a home of average value in the village, $434,580, would pay an additional $39 on the village portion of their property tax bill.
Brookfield East High School's business club goes by a new name now, but the overall purpose remains the same: to encourage students to craft their leadership skills in business, marketing and other related fields.
Until this school year, Brookfield East had a Future Business Leaders of America chapter. But the school has since replaced the FBLA affiliation with a new organization: DECA.
DECA, which formerly stood for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a business club that "prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe," according to the nonprofit organization's mission statement.
Brookfield Central High School also has a DECA chapter.
"Brookfield East moved to DECA so both high schools in the district can work together on community events, competitions and a new class called 'Business Leadership,'" said Joe Seaman, Brookfield East's faculty advisor for the chapter. "'Business Leadership' used the foundation of DECA to help with curriculum ideas and assist with running the school-based enterprises both schools have."» Read Full Article
The Brookfield Central girls volleyball team went 2-0 in dual matches to start the week, beating Sussex Hamilton and Muskego, and then went 5-0 without dropping a set to win the 34th annual Neenah Invitational.
They Lancers swept Hamilton 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 27-25) at Sussex on Sept. 29 in a Greater Metro Conference match. Stat leaders were Shannon Kebisek, (eight kills), Miranda Wucherer (21 assist), Sarah Uczen (17 digs, three aces), Abigail Strebig (seven blocks) and Aileen Herman (three aces).
"We were a little inconsistent tonight but found ways to win close games in set one and three," coach Scott Spiess said. "When we put it all together in set two, we looked really good; we did a good job of serving them tough and forcing them into mistakes."
Central defeated Muskego 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-15) on Senior Night on Oct. 1 at home. Stat leaders were Cami Herman (eight kills), Wucherer (18 assists), Uczen (23 assists, three aces) and Strebig (six blocks).
"It was a good win for us tonight as we celebrated our seniors and parents," Spiess said. "A good team effort, a balanced attack and tough defense against a good team in Muskego."» Read Full Article
A familiar face will be taking over as the head girls soccer coach at Brookfield East in the spring, as assistant Derrick Banks has been promoted to replace Matt Schroeder, who took an associate principal position at Brookfield Central last August.
Banks has coached in the Elmbrook School District for the past 20 years, and he has been coaching on the girls soccer staff for the past seven years. Before that, he coached at Brookfield Central for the girls soccer team.
"I'm extremely honored and proud to take over a long and storied high school program like Brookfield East," Banks said. "We have quality players and coaching staff, and we look to continue our winnings ways."
East athletic director Jeremy Martin was excited about adding to the program.
"I have no doubt that Derrick will continue the winning tradition at Brookfield East with the girls soccer program," Martin said. "He emerged from a pool of exceptional candidates seeking the position. Derrick relates well to students and is a natural leader.» Read Full Article
A Brookfield man faces up to 10 years and 6 months in prison after being arrested for his sixth drunken driving offense.
51-year-old Jeffrey Arndt was taken into custody early Sunday morning after leading city of Brookfield police on a high speed chase and eventually crashing into a ditch near the northeast corner of the intersection of Brookfield Road and North Ave.
Arndt faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license.
He is scheduled to appear in Waukesha County Circuit Court this Thursday.
The Brookfield Central High School Orchestra is about to get spooky for the Halloween season.
The orchestra will present its annual Halloween "Spooktacular" concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.
The family-friendly performance will include music from "The Addams Family," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Phantom of the Opera." Children of all ages are welcome to attend.
Attendees are encouraged to dress up in costume for a special parade that will be held during the performance and a trick-or-treat opportunity at 8:15 p.m.
"In addition to the trick-or-treat, there will be an instrument petting zoo, where the children can learn more about musical instruments," said Denice Haney, orchestra director for the Elmbrook high schools. "This is a great evening of music and fun!"» Read Full Article
Two right lanes on northbound U.S. Highway 45 at U.S. Highway 18 (Bluemound Road) have reopened after closing because of a traffic incident. An intial report estimated the lanes could be closed for two hours.
The crash happened at 10:09 a.m. Saturday, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation incident notification. Also of note, the ramps from Interstate 94 westbound and Interstate 94 eastbound to U.S. Highway 45 northbound are closed in the Zoo Interchange.
Following Brookfield East's 38-0 victory over Menomonee Falls on Friday night, the Spartans got together for a team photo and held up one hand and one finger, signifying six straight seasons of qualifying for the playoffs.
Ever since coach Tom Swittel took over a struggling program back in 2010, the Spartans have made the postseason tournament. Both East and Falls, each 3-1 in the Greater Metro Conference, needed a win to qualify with three games left on the schedule.
From the opening drive, there was no doubt East was ready to play, as the Spartans got the running clock going in the fourth quarter and registered their fourth shutout in seven games this season.
East is now 6-1 overall, tied with Marquette (5-2, 4-1) for second behind unbeaten Brookfield Central (6-1, 5-0) with two games left to play. The Indians are 3-2 in the GMC and 3-4 overall.
Junior running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd ran for four touchdowns, while senior quarterback TC Swittel ran for one and added eight points on five extra points and a field goal to lead the Spartans to victory.» Read Full Article
Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.
With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?
Shoppers at Brookfield Square have another option to satisfy their sweet tooth as a former local store makes its return to the mall.
In 2009, the Buddy Squirrel store at Brookfield Square was one of a number of the company's retail locations to suffer the sting of the great recession.
"At one point I think we had more than 10 stores, but then the recession hit hard. People weren't buying as much candy as they used to," Buddy Squirrel president Dick Kerndt said. "Now we've started building back up. Brookfield is our fourth store now."
The St. Francis-based candy and popcorn store is back and even bigger than before in a 1,700-square-foot location near Sears.
"It's probably 50 percent bigger than our former store," Kerndt said. "Sometimes, as it gets close to the holidays and then on to Easter, those stores get quite packed. In this case, when you walk in, you'll see there's a much bigger, open area for people."» Read Full Article
A pair of community service clubs in the village of Elm Grove are trying to build more bridges ... to each other.
This Sunday, Oct. 3, the Elm Grove Junior Guild and the Elm Grove Woman's Club will come together to celebrate the guild's 50th birthday and the club's 75th year since its inception.
The Diamond and Gold Brunch will bring members and supporters of both groups together with the hope of strengthening bridges and relationships between the two groups.
"It's a joint celebration between our two organizations. We're celebrating 125 years of serving the community," Elm Grove Woman's Club President Jennifer Morris said. "We just finished our 75th year and the Junior Guild is just starting their 50th."
Morris noted that the two clubs used to be one, with the Woman's Club being founded in 1939 by 90 original members.» Read Full Article
Last summer city of Brookfield officials made note that in the years to come they expected a lot of new multifamily housing developments to come into the city.
In just a little more than a year, that expectation has already become a reality.
Since last summer, nearly 500 units of multifamily housing have been approved and are slated for construction in Brookfield.
Brookfield Director of Community Development Dan Ertl says that the overall number of apartments and condos coming into the community does not surprise him, though the recent pace does.
"The net increase does not surprise me because we did have an outside consultant prepare a housing study in 2008 that projected the number of housing units that would be added to the city through 2025," Ertl said. "We're tracking consistent with that, although there's been acceleration for a short period of time recently due to latent construction demand."» Read Full Article
After Brookfield Central's 52-20 win over Marquette in a battle of unbeaten Greater Metro Conference teams on Friday at Central, fiery coach Jed Kennedy had one thing at the top of his mind: Sussex Hamilton, the Lancers' next opponent.
The Chargers (2-2, 2-4 overall), who have won two of the their last three games, will host Central at 7 p.m. Friday.
"We'll keep grinding, and we'll get ready for Sussex next week," he said about what could have been his biggest victory since taking over last season. "I don't care about a victory for me; I care about a victory for my kids. They work hard; they do everything I ask them to do, and it's not always easy. The end result worked out all their way."
In a game that saw the Lancers put Marquette on a running clock (35-point lead or more) with two minutes and 33 seconds left in the third quarter, Central came up with the big play when it needed it.
The Hilltoppers couldn't stop either running back Malik Turner, who ran for five touchdowns and rushed for 188 yards in 26 carries (7.2 average) or quarterback Dominic Labellarte, who added 101 yards in 14 carries (7.2) and a score.» Read Full Article