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Former priest gets 20 years for sexually assaulting 2 teens in Elm Grove

March 27, 2010 12:34 a.m. | A former Catholic priest was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for sexually assaulting two teenage boys in Elm Grove in the late 1970s and early 1980s, according to his attorney.

James R. Blume, 64, who first served as a Brother of the Holy Cross, became a priest in 1980. He was removed from the priesthood in June 2007. Blume most recently lived in Florida, where he worked as a prison counselor and social worker, said his attorney, Jonathan LaVoy of Brookfield.

In January, Blume pleaded guilty in Waukesha County Circuit Court to two counts of sexual assault of a child.

One victim was a 13-year-old boy, whom Blume assaulted in 1979 at the Sleepy Hollow Motel in Elm Grove.

In October, three months after the first charge was filed, a second man came forward, saying that as a teenager, he, too, had been assaulted by Blume. Those assaults took place between April 1982 and January 1984.

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Elmbrook School District's ACT results reach all-time high

Aug. 26, 2015 3:58 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District has reported an all-time high in ACT results for its high school students.

The district's composite score for the senior class of 2015 reached 25.5 on the college entrance exam — half a point higher than the score in 2014.

The ACT exam assesses high school students' general educational development and ability to complete college-level coursework.

Brookfield East High School's average ACT composite score reached a record-level 25.7 and Brookfield Central High School's average score grew to 25.3.

Brookfield East's ACT composite score ranks as the top No. 3 high school in Wisconsin; Brookfield Central is ranked No. 5.

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Elmbrook Humane Society waives certain adoption fees for National Bow Tie Day

Aug. 26, 2015 11:18 a.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society will celebrate National Bow Tie Day on Friday, Aug. 28, by waiving certain adoption fees.

Any animal with a bow or bow tie on their profile picture on the humane society's website,, will have their adoption fee waived on Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 30.

Bows and bow ties on the housing of each animal at the humane shelter will also qualify for the promotion. All other adoption policies will apply.

The humane society, 20950 Enterprise Ave., is open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Longtime Elm Grove servant passes away

Aug. 26, 2015 7:53 a.m. | Just over a year after stepping down from his longtime post at the head of the Elm Grove Public Library Board, Mike Flanigan has passed away.

Flanigan, who was a resident of the village for nearly three decades passed last Saturday night at the age of 79 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee after a battle with thyroid cancer that lasted approximately two months.

Flanigan is survived by his wife Deb, their two children Laurie and Matthew and two children from a previous marriage, Patrick and Erin.

Public servant

He was perhaps best known for his time as a public servant, having spent time as both a trustee for the village's Board of Trustees and on the board for the United Way.

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Waukesha County endorses Poplar Creek project's conditional use permit

Aug. 25, 2015 9:08 p.m. | Waukesha County took its turn in offering positive feedback to a proposed mixed-use development in the town of Brookfield.

Wimmer Communities came before the town of Brookfield Plan Commission once again Tuesday evening for a public hearing pertaining to its request for an urban form planned unit development (PUD) conditional use permit.

Wimmer is planning to build 136 luxury apartments on 7.45 acres of vacant land along Jennifer Drive north of Bluemound Road and immediately west of Poplar Creek.

In order to build the development, which derives its name from its neighboring stream, Wimmer says that the conditional use request is necessary in order to allow for some flexibility compared to normal standards that would be allowable on the property.

The town approved the conditional use request earlier this summer and Tuesday was the county's first look at the plan via a public hearing.

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West Bend rallies to beat Brookfield, 8-4

Aug. 25, 2015 2:18 p.m. | The Brookfield Bulldogs finished second in the Western Division, dropping an 8-4 decision to the West Bend 7-UP at Monches Recreation Park on Aug. 22.

With both team clinching grand championship berth's last week, both teams were just playing for seeding and pride of being the west champ.

"The guys understood we were playing for the western division," manager Jason Booth said. "But I think there was a little complacency knowing we had a berth locked up in the Grand Championships. I'll take the blame for that. I probably should have had these guys more jacked up to win the West."

Brookfield looked to get the monkey off their back of losing to West Bend twice in the regular season. Things didn't look that good for Brookfield as Billy Bynum began the day with a long 2-run home run to the deepest part of the ballpark in the first inning.

With the score 2-0 after three innings, the Bulldogs answered back and tied the score in the top of the fourth when Ryan Hinz hit a two-run double that missed going out by inches.

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Brookfield East girls volleyball team expects to contend

Aug. 25, 2015 2:18 p.m. | After graduating a senior group that took Brookfield East to the sectional semi finals last season, coach Chris Polowy brings in a young team with potential and high expectations.

"I've been asked on several occasions if this is a 'rebuilding year' for our program considering who we graduated," Polowy said. "My response to that is 'definitely not.' We have a talented group of kids this year with a solid group of returners from last year's team. We always expect to compete when we step on the floor and we'll look to do the same thing this season. I have the utmost confidence in this group."

Of course it won't be easy.

"We will go through our ups and downs as these young players learn new offensive and defensive schemes, in addition to learning to play together," he said. "However, their eagerness to learn and compete at a high level will help us as we move forward."

The Spartans have six returning letter winners led by senior Louise Kiekhofer, a 5-feet, 10 inch outside/opposite hitter (442 kills, 63 aces, 335 digs), who was a first-team All-GMC selection.

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East rushes for 434 yards in win over Popes

Aug. 25, 2015 2:18 p.m. | Brookfield East rushed for an amazing 434 yards and whipped Pius XI, 34-20, on Aug. 21 as three players each rushed for over 100 yards.

The Spartans will now host Beaver Dam at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. The Beavers nipped Milwaukee Lutheran, 19-18, at home Aug. 21.

Junior running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd rushed 16 times for 199 yards, a 12.4 average with two scores. Senior running back Mitch Mikulsky raced 15 times for 135 yards (9.0) and a score and quarterback TC Swittel ran 16 times for 100 yards (6.2) and two scores. Swittel also booted 4-of-5 PATs.

"Offensively we certainly discovered our identity," East coach Tom Swittel said. "That's the second most yardage (474, 2013) in school history. I never had three guys get a 100 yards each in a game."

Junior quarterback Tylen Rhodes completed 12-for-26 for 156 yards and rushed 14 times for 42 yards (3.0) and three scores. Running back Keyshawn Carr rushed 7 times for 45 yards (6.4) to lead the rushing attack.

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Brookfield East alumni unite in Madison business

Aug. 25, 2015 12:34 p.m. | A quartet of 2013 Brookfield East High School graduates have decided that pursuing degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison isn't enough to satisfy their ambitions.

In addition to their academic ventures, the four friends and roommates have now decided to take up the adventure of starting their own business.

Last week, Andy Gould, Dennis Mistrioty, Griffin Lynch and Jack Kemnitz officially started Greek Street, LLC, a food cart and catering business.

The idea for Greek Street was born from Dennis' own family history. Dennis' grandfather, also named Dennis Mistrioty, owned and operated a number of restaurants in the Milwaukee area during his career in the food industry.

"He had a collection of restaurants over 30 years at like the Summerfest grounds and on the south side of Milwaukee and at Mayfair Mall," Dennis said. "Eventually his health took a toll on him and he retired."

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Initial Reaction Podcast: What stood out on the first week of high-school football?

Aug. 25, 2015 11:25 a.m. | JP and JR talk about the rise of the Franklin Sabers, a big battle between Arrowhead and Homestead, strong wins for Oak Creek and Germantown and other notes from the first week of football. Plus: the guys differ on whether the Packers will survive the Jordy Nelson injury.

Brookfield Academy appoints new Head of School

Aug. 25, 2015 10:48 a.m. | Brookfield Academy has a new leader.

The academy, 3215 N. Brookfield Road, announced its appointment of James Taintor as head of school Aug. 25.

Taintor served as head of school for The Calverton School in Huntington, Maryland, for the last three years. Before that, he was head master of Lake Mary Preparatory School in Lake Mary, Florida, for four years.

Taintor replaces former Head of School Robert Solsrud, who retired this summer after working 46 years at the school.

"The search process for a new Head of School began in earnest in the spring of 2014," William Law, chair of the academy's board of directors, stated in a news release. "The scope of our search included internal candidates and external candidates throughout the United States. .. . The Search Committee's decision was based on overall qualifications, which included experience, vision, passion, education, and leadership style. As a community, we are very proud to have selected Dr. Taintor as our next Head of School."

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Police seek suspects after theft of wallet, fraudulent use of credit card

Aug. 20, 2015 3:53 p.m. | City of Brookfield police are in search of four suspects total believed to be involved in the theft of a wallet and subsequent fraudulent uses of a stolen credit card.

Police say that at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday, a pair of suspects began following a woman and eventually stole her wallet from her shopping cart at Pick 'N Save, 15170 W. Greenfield Ave.

Soon after the theft, a stolen credit card was used to purchase seven $1,000 gift cards from Target, 12725 W. Bluemound Road. Two additional suspects were involved in the fraudulent purchases.

The suspects are described as all male with darker complexions and between the ages of 25 to 55. Police believe that the suspects are from out of town and may be staying at a local hotel and renting a vehicle.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police at 262-787-3702.

Local physicians to stage Band-Aid benefit at Wilson Center

Aug. 20, 2015 1:58 p.m. | A quartet of local bands will take part in an outdoor fundraiser Saturday at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, to raise funds for AngelsGrace Hospice.

The bands, which all feature physicians from ProHealth Care's medical staff, will range in style and genre from classic guitar and folk to celtic and rock.

The Milwaukee Guitar Quartet will kick off festivities at 6 p.m. followed by Finian McCoy, Craic Daddies and The Lucy Chamberlain Band.

Advance tickets are available for $10 until Aug. 21 and are available at the ProHealth Care Foundation office at Waukesha Memorial hospital, the cashier's office at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital or AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc. Tickets will also be available at the gate for $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on for the series of outdoor concerts. Food and drink may also be carried in.

Brookfield East listed in Newsweek's 'America's Top High Schools' ranking

Aug. 20, 2015 10:18 a.m. | Brookfield East High School was listed in Newsweek's annual "America's Top High Schools," a 2015 ranking that was released on Aug. 20.

Newsweek ranked 500 high schools across the country based on certain criteria, including college readiness, graduation rate, percentage of college-bound students and SAT/ACT scores.

Brookfield East High School, 3305 Lilly Road, was ranked No. 475 on the list.

For more information about the Newsweek rankings, visit

Central's LaBellarte, East's Swittel do what they do best

Aug. 19, 2015 8:32 p.m. | Brookfield football fans should be familiar with the names Dominic LaBellarte and TC Swittel. These are the two major players who will make a difference in how successful Brookfield Central and Brookfield East, respectively, will be in 2015.

Neither is a rah-rah kid, but they have a style their coaches appreciate.

"Dom is a quiet kid, but he has a swagger to him," said Lancers coach Jed Kennedy. "He's a very confident kid, but he's confident to a point where it's not a bad thing. He plays with a lot of confidence. He knows he's a really good player. He plays like that. He wants the ball in his hands.

"Every good team I've had has had that swagger when they step on the field. They feed off Dom."

TC has changed for the better over the years according to East coach Tom Swittel, who also happens to be TC's father.

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The 2015 Suburban Milwaukee Prep Football Guide

Aug. 19, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Football is back Thursday, August 20, when Arrowhead and Homestead once again square off in a heavyweight opening bout. Get the lowdown on your home team, and the competition, with our extensive guide to prep football teams and players from the Milwaukee suburbs.

INITIAL REACTION PODCAST: Homestead vs. Arrowhead ... who you got? (and a full-fledged football preview)


-Push for the playoffs (detailed team rankings)

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