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Residents safely evacuated from Elm Grove house fire

Feb. 19, 2014 11:27 a.m. | An officer was sent to the hospital because of smoke inhalation, but there were no other injuries in a house fire at 1805 Brojan Drive in Elm Grove on Feb. 18.

Damage to the home was between $150,000 and $200,000, based on a preliminary estimate. The total assessed value of the property is $330,000, according to a statement from police.

Police and firefighters responded to the fire about 9:20 p.m. Feb. 18. Two adults in the home were alerted by smoke detectors, called 911 and evacuated.

"Early activation of smoke detectors made the difference in alerting the occupants and getting them out of the house safely," Elm Grove Police Chief James Gage said in a statement.

The first fire truck arrived 11 minutes after their call, he said. City of Brookfield Police assisted.

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Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

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 9.

Dunn fourth, weather big winner at state golf

Oct. 15, 2014 6:23 p.m. | The rain was coming down in sheets. The temperature was plummeting. The winds were something out of the movie "Twister."

At one point Tuesday afternoon, Brookfield Central standout senior golfer Grace Dunn turned to Lancers coach Brian Scrobel and simply chuckled.

"It was almost so bad you just kind of had to laugh," Dunn said. "It was so bad that it was kind of fun."

Dunn was in the minority, but the Lancers star certainly had fun during the second round of the WIAA Division 1 girls state golf tournament. Dunn battled through the miserable conditions and posted a 4-over par 76, which tied for the lowest score of the day.

Dunn's big finish allowed her to jump five places and finish fourth individually at 153, six shots behind champion Loren Skibba of Middleton. Dunn also helped Central climb to a seventh place finish after it was in ninth place following Monday's opening round.

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Brookfield Chick-fil-A grand opening sets sales record

Oct. 14, 2014 12:54 p.m. | The grand opening of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Brookfield last month turned out to be the grandest of them all, the company said Tuesday.

A company spokesman said total sales for the first three days of business at the Chick-fil-A, which opened Sept. 18 at 12625 W. Capitol Drive, topped the grand opening sales record set about three years ago at the chicken chain's restaurant in Aurora, Ill. It also set a single-day sales record during that period.

The Brookfield site was the Atlanta-based company's first stand-alone restaurant in Wisconsin, although it has a mall food court location in Racine.

Stephen Goins, a Chick-fil-A consultant who helps new owners launch their restaurants, said the privately owned company doesn't release daily sales figures, but that the Brookfield location set a sales record for a Thursday-through-Saturday grand opening period. New Chick-fil-A stores always open on Thursdays. They are closed on Sundays.

"We had our biggest day ever on the Saturday, and the three-day total beat the previous record as well," Goins said.

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Brookfield panel endorses $2.6 million in TIF funding for development near Capitol Airport

Oct. 14, 2014 11:55 a.m. | The City of Brookfield Plan Commission unanimously endorsed providing $2.6 million in grants for a 26-acre industrial development north of Gumina Road, between Barker and Springdale roads.

The funds will be awarded in the form of a tax incremental financing district, the fourth in the city's history.

The city expects costs, including financing, to reach an amount not to exceed $3.8 million. Those costs would be recouped over a 14-year term.

Developers Chris Leffler of Spectrum Development LLC and Todd Rizzo of Rizzo Development Group LLC say that the financial assistance is necessary.

"There are some pretty significant shortcomings on this site," Rizzo said.

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Falls defense rises to the occasion

Oct. 10, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Menomonee Falls' rugged defense shut down a short-handed Brookfield East offense and walked off with a 14-6 victory Friday night at East, taking over second place in the Greater Metro Conference.

The Indians are now 5-1, one game behind unbeaten Marquette (6-0) while East fell to 4-2.

Falls opened the game quickly, stopping East on a 3-and-out and then watched senior running back Quintin Handy race around right end 88 yards for a touchdown. Curtis Flannick kicked the extra point and Falls led 7-0 at the 9 minute, 58 second mark.

The only score the Spartans could muster came when Falls fumbled a punt and East lineman Will Wiermero hustled down and recovered it on the Indians’ 12-yard line.

On 2nd and 10, East junior quarterback TC Swittell tossed an 11-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Nick Kreul to get to the 2-yard line, and then Swittell ran it in on the next play. But the Indians special teams came through and blocked the extra point by Connor Allen, one of the best kickers in the state.

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

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 8.

Wisconsin Philharmonic to perform at Wilson Center

Oct. 10, 2014 4:32 p.m. | The Wisconsin Philharmonic will continue its season with Swedish Delight at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts this Sunday.

The performance will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature Maria Bachmann with a guest performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

"It features some works from Swedish composers, such as (Jean) Sebelius," Wisconsin Philharmonic Executive Director Mike Flanigan said. "It should be a great concert. If anybody's not watching the Packers' game, they should come."

The Wisconsin Philharmonic, previously known as the Waukesha Symphony, is a 60-piece orchestra founded in 1947.

The philharmonic will perform again at the Wilson Center on Nov. 9 with Nordic Grandeur.

Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to can also submit letters online via our submission form.

Brookfield public hearing draws out new objections to North Avenue office building

Oct. 08, 2014 12:29 p.m. | For nearly a year, a property on the southeast corner of San Fernando Drive and North Avenue has sparked debate among City of Brookfield officials and residents of both Brookfield and the Elm Grove.

In recent months, the city's Plan Commission expressed little but support for a project that would see a two-story office building built on the empty lot. But residents had objected to two different placement options, saying the building would loom over their property.

A compromise was reached this week — increased setbacks that met neighbors' concerns.

Some city officials had worried about the proposed placement of the building against the eastern side of the lot, and Elm Grove neighbors to the east expressed concerns about privacy, with two-story windows looking down onto their property and pool.

Owner Marian Mleczko, and Wahlgren Schwenn Architects, Engineers and General Contractors, proposed a new spot for the building in the northwest corner of the lot to accommodate the concerns of the neighbors to the east.

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First-place Marquette blanks Lancers, 23-0

Oct. 03, 2014 11:12 p.m. | Brookfield Central not only lost out on a chance to share first-place with Marquette on Friday at Hart Park, but the Lancers also lost a chance to clinch a postseason berth, for now.

The Hilltoppers (5-2 overall) improved to 5-0 in the Greater Metro Conference with a 23-0 victory over Central (4-3 overall, 3-2 in GMC).  The Lancers now have to win one of their final two games - at Sussex Hamilton (2-5, 2-3) next Friday or at home Oct. 16 against West Allis Hale (3-4, 1-5).

"We knew this was going to be tough," coach Jed Kennedy said. "We only returned four starters. We don’t have a lot of kids who had Friday night experience. Some of these mistakes should have been taken care of by week seven. That’s disappointing.

"If someone said we would going into week seven 4-3, I would have thought they were reaching for the stars a little bit. Reality is, we’re a good enough team to be better than 4-3. Our margin for error is not huge. We’re not going to come out and score 60 points a game. When we're inside the 30, inside the 16, you’ve got to come away with points. We walked away with zero."

Central took the first drive of the game 9 plays to the MUHS 33-yard when Dominic LaBellarte fumbled. The Lancers defense then stopped Marquette's powerful offense and forced a punt, one that traveled to the 2-yard line.

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 7

Oct. 03, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 7 on Oct. 2 and 3.

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 7.

Irgens to host informational meeting on Ruby Farm

Oct. 03, 2014 1:52 p.m. | An informational meeting will be held at Swanson Elementary School next week Wednesday where Irgens will present plans to Brookfield residents regarding the future of the Ruby Farm property.

Irgens is in the early stages of a development called The Corridor, which will transform one of the last green spaces in the City of Brookfield into an 871,000 square-foot, mixed-use development.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Swanson school has previously been used as a site for informational meetings in the area, including during the widening of Calhoun Road. Concerned Calhoun Community President Mary Waring said that she is pleased with how Irgens has kept residents in the loop.

"They've been extremely forthocming. I can't compliment them enough with how much they're including the neighborhoods," Waring said. "We always have our meetings at Swanson because they're comfortable and easy so it's nice that they're doing that."

Waring noted that she and her neighbors are also very pleased with Irgens' audible over the summer to make plans to preserve the Ruby Farm barn after previously stating the intent to remove it.

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Falls woman gets 15 months for embezzling to cover gambling debts

Oct. 02, 2014 4:58 p.m. | The former office manager of a Milwaukee-area talent agency who stole more than $1 million from her former employer to cover gambling losses was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in federal prison.

Yvonne Dikiara, 56, of Menomonee Falls also was ordered to pay a little more than $1 million in restitution. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman imposed the sentence.

Dikiara was the office manager of Talent Associates in Brookfield and later in Menomonee Falls, which places musicians and other artists in shows throughout the Midwest. The business is made up of several operations involved in entertainment and recreation in southern Wisconsin.

From 1986 to 2012, Dikiara handled the firm's books and records, paid bills and had authorization to sign the president's name to certain documents, according to court documents.

In 1998, she began losing money playing slot machines at Potawatomi Bingo Casino. Between 2001 and 2012, she lost nearly $1.7 million gambling there, documents said.

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Enter Halloween contest to win tickets to Legends & Lore

Sept. 30, 2014 9:39 a.m. | Halloween is creeping up, and that means it's time to see and hear about your favorite Halloween haunts.

If you do, you have a chance to enjoy haunted walks, spooky stories and crafts plus folklore from Wisconsin's past with free tickets to Halloween Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle on Oct. 11, 18, 25 and 31.

Here's what you need to do to be entered into a giveaway for one adult and one child admission:

Post a photo of you in your best Halloween costume or share your favorite place to go to for a Halloween fright. You can enter on Twitter or Instagram, but either way, you must include the hashtag #HalloweenWI in your post.

Deadline to enter is noon Thursday, Oct. 9. Four winners of one adult and one child admission each will be selected and notified Friday, Oct. 10.

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