Brookfield East hires new athletic director

June 26, 2013 2:10 p.m. | Brookfield East has hired Jeremy Martin as athletic director/associate principal beginning on July 1.

Martin joins the Spartans after spending 10 years from the Port Edwards School District in Central Wisconsin where he was AD, coach and world language teacher (Spanish).

He replaced Cale Vogel who joined the program last summer.

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Head to the Journal Interactive Network newsletters page and sign up to receive the Suburban News Roundup newsletter, which is distributed on Thursday mornings. In this week's edition, there will be a item telling subscribers how they can enter a sweepstakes for Summerfest tickets.

Five winners will be announced via email on Friday, June 28.

Brookfield Pick 'n Save pharmacy robbed for drugs

June 24, 2013 2:17 p.m. | Brookfield police are searching for a woman who robbed a Pick 'n Save pharmacy Sunday morning for its narcotics.

Just before 10 a.m., a woman handed a pharmacist a note demanding all of the oxycodone and OxyContin in the store, said Capt. Phil Horter.

The note implied the woman was armed with a gun and a bomb.

The woman did not show any weapons, but the pharmacist complied.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic woman in her 20s, about 5 feet, 2 to 3 inches tall. She wore a black hooded sweater, sunglasses and has a scar on her lip.

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Armed woman robs Brookfield Pick 'n Save pharmacy

June 23, 2013 2:38 p.m. | A woman committed an armed robbery of the pharmacy at the Pick n' Save at 17295 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield about 10 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Police wouldn't disclose whether she took cash or drugs.

She implied she had a weapon, they said.

Brookfield woman says unleashed Rottweiler attacked her dog

June 19, 2013 11:30 a.m. | A woman told city of Brookfield police that her dog was attacked by a rottweiler during a walk through Mitchell Park on June 10.

According to the police report:

The woman was walking her 26-pound dog through the dog park at 9:34 a.m. June 10 when an 80-pound brown and black rottweiler bit her dog in the abdomen and shook it.

The victim told the owner that her dog should be on a leash. The owner replied, "You should not have walked by my dog."

The owner fled east on a path that leads to a Brookfield Elementary on Brookfield Road.

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Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with social media

June 19, 2013 8:07 a.m. | Bluegrass music filled Humboldt Park last night in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert.

But photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill, which featured Pay the Devil / The Best Westerns.

Cedarburg tops Lancers, 3-1, moves to state finals

June 14, 2013 9:04 p.m. | No. 1 ranked Cedarburg beat Brookfield Central, 3-1, scoring twice in the second half to put the game away.

Nikki Albrecht scored 17 minutes into the game off a pass from Kaitlin Kuznacic to take a 1-0 lead into intermission.

Then six minutes into the second half, Tylor Skorik scored in front of an empty net when Rachel Oleson came out to make a play, taking a pass from Josee Stiever.

Then at 52:30, Stiever drilled a beautiful unassisted go from about 15 yards out.

Emma Brauer scored Central's goal to prevent the shutout at the 69:15 mark, drilling a shot in from about 15 yards away in the middle in front of the goal.

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'Starry Nights' at the Wilson Center starts June 21

June 13, 2013 3:19 p.m. | The Sharon Lynn Wilson Center is inviting families to pack blankets and picnic baskets for its annual Starry Nights outdoor concert series. All live shows are free and will take place at Mitchell Park, 19900 River Road, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase for those who aren't able to pack a picnic basket.

· VIVO with Warren Wiegratz, June 21

Wiegratz returns with the international flair of his group VIVO — a jazz, pop, bossa and samba music ensemble.

· Starry Nights Orchestra with Florentine Opera, June 28

The Wilson Center's Starry Nights Orchestra returns with a patriotic Americana program under the stars.

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Turelli's goal gives Lancers 1-0 win over Neenah in state quarter-finals

June 13, 2013 2:40 p.m. |  Brookfield Central's Bella Turelli shook off a shoulder injury and kicked in the winning goal in a 1-0 quarter-final win over Neenah Thursday afternoon, moving the Lancers on to the semi-finals at 6 p.m. Friday against the winner of the Cedarburg/Eau Claire Memorial match.

Cedarburg, the top team in the state, was winning 1-0 early in the game.

The game was scoreless until nine minutes where left to play. Central's Morgan Kenney hit a shot to the right of the goal which was deflected. Lulu Zuba then got the ball and flipped it to Turelli, who put in a shot from about eight feet in front of the goal.

"I just did a little turn move and put it in," Turelli said, not knowing where the ball came from. "I think the goalkeeper (Brooke Hiltunen) lost track of the ball after it was deflected."

The fact that Turelli played let alone scored the only goal was surprising.

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Tree crashes through Brookfield church roof during evening service

June 13, 2013 11:49 a.m. | Members of Victory International Fellowship are in cleanup mode after a large tree fell through the church's roof at the height of Wednesday's severe storms.

Lead pastor Rory Grooters said about 130 men, women and children were inside the church, near Calhoun and Burleigh roads, at 7 p.m., when the tree fell.

"What I thought was loud thunder was actually the tree falling through the roof," Grooters said.

Adults were in the sanctuary, teens were in the gym and young kids were in the children's wing, away from where the tree had fallen.

Members immediately went into disaster mode and safely evacuated everyone from the building using the church's policies and procedures.

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Michigan pastor indicted for defrauding Brookfield bank

June 12, 2013 4:30 p.m. | A man who led a church in Grand Rapids, Mich., was indicted Tuesday in Milwaukee on counts that he defrauded a bank in Wisconsin on a $1.5 million loan.

Timothy Woodson, who served as pastor of Well Rehoboth Church in Grand Rapids from 2004 to at least 2009, is charged with mail fraud and using the U.S. Postal Service for the fraud.

Woodson received a $1.5 million loan from Ridgestone Bank in Brookfield in 2007 -- $800,000 to buy property for the church and nearly $250,000 to pay off an existing loan on the church property. The rest was used to pay for improvements and other costs, according to the indictment.

After spending the money, Woodson tried to get another loan from a different bank, Chemical Bank in Midland, Mich. Chemical Bank officials told Woodson they would not extend a loan unless the church property was free of any liens. At that time, Ridgestone had a lien on the church property and refused to release it, the indictment said.

In June 2008, Woodson created and filed a false discharge of the mortgage lien on the church property held by Ridgestone with the Kent County Register of Deeds in Michigan, the indictment says. Woodson created a mailbox he opened at a UPS store in Brookfield. The Register of Deeds recorded the false document and mailed it to the UPS store mailbox.

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Man robbed during stay at Brookfield hotel

June 11, 2013 9:29 p.m. | A recent stay at the Courtyard Mariott in Brookfield was less than pleasant for one man after he was robbed overnight.

According to the city of Brookfield police report:

A man heard a knock at his door at 1:17 a.m. June 6.

When he opened the door, two men pushed their way in, taking an iPhone, cash and other items.

No weapons were displayed, and the men left the hotel through a rear door.

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Graduation in the suburbs photo gallery now online

June 10, 2013 10:32 a.m. | It's not all pomp and circumstance, but that might be how it felt for suburban high school graduates this weekend.

Students from Nicolet, Germantown, New Berlin and more crossed across stages around the suburban Milwaukee area signifying their high school success. You can view photos of those proud graduates in our photo gallery.

Lancers kickers whip East, 2-0

June 08, 2013 7:52 p.m. | Brookfield Central's girls soccer team beat, Brookfield East, 2-0, on Saturday evening at Central to win the sectional semi-final and advance to the WIAA State Tournament on Thursday-Saturday next week.

Central scored 13 minutes, 12 seconds left into the game on a free kick by Sierra High. Central's Abby Miller was taken down by an East defender resulting in the opportunty.

Lined up to the left of the goal from 10 yards out, High drilled a shot into the top of the net over East goalkeeper Rachel Novak who leaped as high as she could.

Central's final goal came with seven minutes left when Miller led Lulu Zuba perfectly and the speedy sophomore outraced a Spartan defender and went one-on-one with Novak. As the helpless Novak came out to cut down on the shot, Zuba drilled it into the net to clinch the game.

But the key to the game came in the final seconds of the first half, when senior captain Jackie Wandt went to shoot a penalty kick.

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MUHS dominates Spartans in state tennis semi-finals

June 08, 2013 3:41 p.m. | Brookfield East improved as the tennis season went on, especially on the doubles side. But the Spartans just couldn't get to the level of powerful Marquette.

As a result, the Hilltoppers swept doubles as expected and then split the four singles matches, with freshmen Dave Horneffer and Doug Francken dominating with wins at No. 3 and N. 4 singles.

Senior Mike Ebsen/sophomore David Sinense at No. 3 doubles beat East senior Michael Wolff/sophomore Tyler Kendler (6-0, 7-5) in a tougher match than expected.

But MUHS No. 1 doubles of seniors CJ Armbrust/Jed Skeran handled juniors Ben Stewart/Jimmy Engelhart (6-4, 6-3).

In the longest and last doubles match finished, a key match, which would have taken the pressure off the Spartans to have to sweep singles to win, No. 2 doubles of senior Greg Raster/junior Austin Budiono battled sophomores Henry Termuehlen/Patrick Krill and won (6-0, 7-5).

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East netters blank Wausau East, 7-0

June 07, 2013 9:19 p.m. | Everything went like Brookfield East thought it would Friday night in the WIAA State Team Tennis quarter-finals, as the Spartans rolled over Wausau East, 7-0, at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

Felix Corwin on at No. 1 singles (7-0, 7-0), Tim Corwin won at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-1), David Horneffer won at No. 3 (6-1, 6-0) and Doug Francken at No. (6-1, 6-0).

In doubles Ben Stewart/Tim Engelhart won (6-1, 6-1), Henry Termuehlmen/Patrick Krill won (6-0, 6-1) and Michael Wulff/Tyler Kender won (6-3, 6-2).

"I was very pleased," coach Linda Lied said. "It's hard to play an opponent weaker than you, because sometimes you play down to the level and play only as hard as you need to. 

"Our big speech was to come out hard and play focused right from the start. Our doubles did a really solid job with that, so they led the team. Everyone was playing tough tennis and they all got off the court really clean.

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Central nips Tosa East kickers, 1-0, on Kenney's goal

June 06, 2013 11:29 p.m. | Wauwatosa East won’t miss Brookfield Central senior Morgan Kenny.

It was Kenny who provided the only goal in Central’s 1-0 sectional semifinal victory over the Red Raiders on Thursday night – and it was also Kenny who provided the assist in the Lancers 1-0 win over East on May 13.

Kenny connected at the 20:02 mark off an assist from sophomore Emma Brauer. It was all the Lancers (14-5-3) needed to advance to Saturday’s final with Brookfield East, whom they defeated 2-0 on Saturday at Central.

“It’s something we worked on in practice all the time,” Central head coach Jason Burdge said. “It was off one of our throw-ins. We scored a few goals on it this year. In practice, we made a couple of tweaks on it and that’s how Morgan got in there.”

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Sheriff's report: 'Porn in the morn' among Butler Police Department's misdeeds

June 05, 2013 3:46 p.m. | Village of Butler - A Waukesha County Sheriff's investigation that compares the Butler Police Department to a college fraternity because of the behavior of some of its officers is expected to be released Thursday, according to sources familiar with the report.

The voluminous report includes summaries of the activities of five police officers including the retired police chief who participated in what one former police officer described as "porn in the morn." 

The officers, including the chief, occasionally viewed and emailed pornographic photos on village electronic equipment including computers and cellular telephones. In addition, the officers engaged in conversations that included sexually and racially offensive language, according to the report.

One of the officers has been referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's office for possible prosecution. The sources declined to describe the potential severity of the charges that might be brought against the police officer.

Police Chief Michael Cosgrove, a 33 year veteran of the department, announced his retirement in the midst of the investigation.

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Pilot of crashed airplane appears unharmed

June 04, 2013 2:51 p.m. | The pilot of a small experimental airplane that crashed at the Capitol Drive Airport this afternoon is alert and appears to be uninjured, Fire Chief Charlie Myers said.

"He didn't appear to be in any distress whatsoever," Myers said of the pilot. However, the pilot is being evaluated by Brookfield paramedics.

The plane landed upside down in a marshy area, and was found in water about boot high. The circumstances of the crash are unknown at this time, Myers said.

Flight for Life and multiple area fire departments responded.

As of 2:45 p.m., the two-seater airplane was still on the airfield.

TMJ4: Small plane crashes in Brookfield

June 04, 2013 2:06 p.m. | Today'sTMJ4 is reporting a small plane has crashed near the Capitol Drive Airport in Brookfield.

Police and fire personnel are on the scene. No injuries have been reported.

Small plane reportedly crashes in Brookfield marsh

June 04, 2013 1:59 p.m. | A small plane has crashed near Brookfield's Capitol Airport, according to Waukesha County dispatch.

Brookfield police, who are handling the incident, wouldn't immediately confirm or comment on the crash.

The plane reportedly landed north of the airport in a marshy area, and the pilot is not injured.

County Executive Dan Vrakas to host Town Hall meetings

June 04, 2013 11:28 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas will hold three Town Hall meetings to help residents learn about the budget process and take input on decisions that will affect 2014 initiatives on the following dates:

·July 16, 6 p.m., Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., N16 W23250 Stone Ridge Dr. #1, Waukesha

·July 25, 9 a.m., Oconomowoc Community Center 220 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc

·July 29, 5 p.m. Waukesha County Courthouse, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room 350, Waukesha

Specialized transportation will be available with a 72-hour notice and can be arranged by calling (262) 548-7828. For more information about the meetings, call the County Executive's Office at (262) 548-7902.

Germantown edges Brookfield Central in softball sectional final

June 02, 2013 2:24 p.m. | Just when it looked like the momentum shifted back to Brookfield Central, Germantown senior Felicia Kons took it right back with one swing of the bat.

In an outstanding pitching duel between Central freshman Crystal Sicard and Germantown’s Amanda Witzlib, the sectional championship game at Brookfield East on May 30 looked like it was headed for extra innings.

Sophomore Haley Johnson led off the bottom of the sixth inning with Sicard’s only walk of the game, but Central’s all-star catcher Carly Sobrilsky picked her off first base with a rifle throw. Junior Erika Berry then struck out and the Lancers had momentum squarely on their side.

But then Kons came to the plate — she had a strikeout and a flyball in her first two appearances. And the lefthanded hitter took an outside pitch and deposited over the wall in left centerfield for a 1-0 lead.

“After five innings I felt the game was going to go into overtime, extra innings,” Fons said. “The pitch was a little outside, but it felt great when I hit it. I ran it out and when everyone cheered I knew it was a homer.”

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2013 WIAA State Track and Field photo gallery updated

June 02, 2013 10:47 a.m. | has just updated its photo gallery of the 2013 WIAA State Track & Field Meet in La Crosse with more images from Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Brookfield East boys team captured its third consecutive Division 1 title, edging Green Bay Preble, 51-50. Shorewood won the Division 2 boys title and Saint Mary's Springs the D3 title. Kenosha Tremper, East Troy and Edgar won the girls titles.

Results from this year's meet are available at the WIAA State Meet official results page.

You can see a photo gallery of the 2012 state track and field meet here.

Brookfield East claim third straight Division 1 title

June 01, 2013 11:49 p.m. | La Crosse — When the comeback was officially complete, they all held three fingers into the sky.

The official "three-peat" signal, Brookfield East senior Brad Johnson told his teammates, is when you touch your thumb and index finger together. And holding that "three-peat," runners saluted each other, hollered and celebrated the fact they're the standard for boys track and field in the state of Wisconsin.

With a thrilling win in the meet's final event Saturday — the 1,600 relay — the Spartans won their third straight WIAA Division 1 track and field championship.

"Since last year ended, we've been saying, 'Three-peat, three-peat, three-peat,'" said Johnson, who anchored the relay. "That was our whole mind-set. We trained for this all winter, all summer, all fall, every season."

And it took heart-stopping theatrics to get it done. Heading into the final event, Brookfield East trailed Green Bay Preble by seven points in the team standings. Both schools had groups competing in the relay and both were seeded in the middle of the pack. But when the Spartans needed to be perfect, they were.

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Community Watch

» Brookfield East hires new athletic director 6/26

» Subscribe to NOW's weekly newsletter for chance to win Summerfest tickets 6/25

» Brookfield Pick 'n Save pharmacy robbed for drugs 6/24

» Armed woman robs Brookfield Pick 'n Save pharmacy 6/23

» Brookfield woman says unleashed Rottweiler attacked her dog 6/19

» Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with social media 6/19

» Cedarburg tops Lancers, 3-1, moves to state finals 6/14

» 'Starry Nights' at the Wilson Center starts June 21 6/13

» Turelli's goal gives Lancers 1-0 win over Neenah in state quarter-finals 6/13

» Tree crashes through Brookfield church roof during evening service 6/13

» Michigan pastor indicted for defrauding Brookfield bank 6/12

» Man robbed during stay at Brookfield hotel 6/11

» Graduation in the suburbs photo gallery now online 6/10

» Lancers kickers whip East, 2-0 6/8

» MUHS dominates Spartans in state tennis semi-finals 6/8

» East netters blank Wausau East, 7-0 6/7

» Central nips Tosa East kickers, 1-0, on Kenney's goal 6/6

» Sheriff's report: 'Porn in the morn' among Butler Police Department's misdeeds 6/5

» Pilot of crashed airplane appears unharmed 6/4

» TMJ4: Small plane crashes in Brookfield 6/4

» Small plane reportedly crashes in Brookfield marsh 6/4

» County Executive Dan Vrakas to host Town Hall meetings 6/4

» Germantown edges Brookfield Central in softball sectional final 6/2

» 2013 WIAA State Track and Field photo gallery updated 6/2

» Brookfield East claim third straight Division 1 title 6/1

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