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Kanavas says he won't run for U.S. Senate

Sept. 29, 2011 8:04 a.m. | Former state senator Ted Kanavas said Thursday he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.).

"I am extremely appreciative of the support and honest feedback I received from people across the state; I am inspired by their resilience and hard work. However, today, I am announcing that I will not be pursuing the Republican nomination for the United States Senate," Kanavas said in an email.

Kanavas, of Brookfield, said that with so many candidates, it would be difficult to raise the money needed to win. Kanavas also took note of the presence of former governor Tommy G. Thompson, who is expected to enter the race.

"It is evident that if former governor Thompson enters the race, his entry would tie up many resources. Privately, many donors stated that they would refrain from supporting anyone out of respect for Thompson’s 45-year political legacy. Those factors ultimately led me to my decision," Kanavas said.

Former Republican congressman Mark Neumann has already entered the race. On the Democratic side, U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin has announced she will run for the seat.

U.S. marshals arrest fugitive who fled to Colombia

Sept. 28, 2011 5:14 p.m. | U.S. Marshals arrested a West Allis man Wednesday who fled to Colombia after he was charged with sexual assault in Waukesha County three years ago.

Authorities said the arrest is a prime example of why, because of cooperation with other countries and advances in technology, it is not as easy as it once was for fugitives to escape justice by heading outside the U.S.

"Technology affords us the opportunity to talk to anyone in the world with a device in your hand," Carr said. "Because the world is a smaller place, there are less places to hide."

Colombian authorities arrested Thomas Friedel in Barranquilla, Colombia, after working with the marshals over the past several weeks. Friedel was expelled from Colombia and arrested by deputy U.S. marshals once he arrived Wednesday afternoon at the Miami International Airport in Florida, according to Kevin Carr, U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Friedel was being booked into a Florida jail late Wednesday.

Friedel, 50, was charged in Waukesha County in 2008 with first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13, stemming from an incident in Brookfield in 2007. He fled before making his first appearance.

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Brookfield Academy sets homecoming sports schedule

Sept. 28, 2011 10:54 a.m. | Brookfield Academy will celebrate homecoming on Saturday and Sunday and plenty of sports activites are on the schedule.

On Friday, varsity soccer against Kenosha St. Joseph is set for 4 p.m., while varsity field hockey vs. Divine Savior Holy Angels begins at 4:15 p.m.

The junior varsity volleyball match vs. Lakeshore Christian is at 4:30 p.m. and the junior varsity field hockey vs. University School of Milwaukee will start at 5:25 p.m.

Varsity Volleyball vs. Lakeshore Christian is at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity football game vs. Martin Luther begins at 7 p.m.

Mary Beth Fierek, ’92 Foley, a Brookfield Academy alum and local country music vocalist, will perform the National Anthem before the start of the football game.

Waukesha County building projects get green light

Sept. 27, 2011 10:04 p.m. | Waukesha - Attempts to kill several county building projects in the five-year Waukesha County capital projects plan made no headway Tuesday night as the County Board adopted a $115 million plan almost identical to the plan proposed by County Executive Dan Vrakas.

Only the first year of the plan will affect the 2012 budget.

The board voted 18-4 to move a study of remodeling or replacing the Waukesha County Courthouse ahead one year, from 2014 to 2013.

An attempt to remove a $36 million health and human services building, which is mostly under contract to build already, was defeated 22-0, with even the motion maker, Supervisor Robert Hutton, voting against his motion.

Attempts to eliminate biking trail improvements and replacement of pit toilets in county parks with flush toilets were also soundly defeated.

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Waukesha County Board rejects business loan plan

Sept. 27, 2011 9:54 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board on Tuesday rejected County Executive Dan Vrakas' economic development initiative that targeted small businesses with the potential for high growth for tax-financed, no-interest gap financing loans.

In a rare defeat for Vrakas, the measure - proposed as part of his 2012 budget - was rejected with 13 supervisors opposed and nine in favor. The Executive and Finance committees had recommended approval, and Vrakas announced the new program at a news conference last week.

The Small Business Leverage Loan Program, as it was to be called, would have started with $300,000 in tax funds and would have permitted loans of up to $50,000 to eligible companies in existence at least a year. Targeted businesses would be in manufacturing, technology, suppliers of local manufacturers and similar job creators.

Economic development and financing experts said small businesses are often financed to the hilt, often asset rich but cash poor. Lending institutions in the past may have provided loans through second or third mortgages, a market that has dried up with new regulations and dropping values.

But several supervisors spoke out against the program.

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Get your sports video fix in our Prep Sports Primer

Sept. 27, 2011 7:53 p.m. | Join sports director JR Radcliffe for this week's Prep Sports Primer, the fastest 90 seconds in local high school sports.

JR takes a look at some of the top stories in the area, including the 6-0 Muskego football team, some dominant efforts by the Brookfield Central girls cross country team and more.

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Waukesha County levy rises less than 1% in Vrakas budget

Sept. 27, 2011 7:01 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas presented his 2012 budget to the County Board on Tuesday night, a spending plan with a tax levy increase of 0.6% - the lowest in nearly 30 years.

Vrakas said in an earlier interview that it was the toughest budget he's faced, given significant cuts in state funding, the continuing effects of the recession and the state-imposed tax levy limit that restricted its increase to the percentage growth in tax base from new construction.

Despite all that, the county is maintaining infrastructure and services, he said.

Most taxpayers would see no increase in the county portion of their tax bill, which the county calculates has increased $14 in five years for a median-valued home. With many property values dropping, the 4-cent increase in the county's proposed equalized tax rate - to $2.01 per $1,000 full market value - could even mean a drop in individual county tax bills this year. Municipal and school taxes make up a far greater share of tax bills.

Vrakas' proposed budget of $284.4 million is up 6%. Within that budget, spending of $244 million on operations is down 1.4%, largely from personnel and pension savings and because the state rather than the county will now contract for $3.5 million in services for children with autism and similar long-term care needs.

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Elmbrook likely to see 7.6 percent tax levy drop

Sept. 27, 2011 3:42 p.m. | Residents of the Elmbrook School District can expect to pay less for the school portion of their 2011 property tax bills, following preliminary approval of the district's proposed 2011-12 budget.

Residents voted at the district's annual meeting Monday to set a tax levy of about $72 million, a 7.6 percent decrease from the 2010-11 tax levy.

That puts the 2011 tax rate at $9.75 per $1,000 of property value, down 8.8 percent from last year.

Based on equalized values, the owner of a $300,000 home can expect to pay $2,925 this year in school taxes - down from $3,207 in 2010. However, property taxes will vary depending on actual assessed values.

The motion to levy the annual tax was approved, 16-6, in an advisory vote by residents in attendance, which included School Board members.

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Tonight's Spartans-Marquette soccer match moved to Central's Field

Sept. 27, 2011 11:34 a.m. | Tonight's important soccer match between Brookfield East and Marquette has been moved to Brookfield Central at 7 p.m.

The Hilltoppers (5-0, 12-0) are the top-ranked team in the state and the Spartans (4-1, 14-2) are ranked third.

The game has been moved because of wet field conditions.

The JV soccer will be played on the North field tonight at 5 p.m. at BROOKFIELD EAST.

Former Wauwatosa West basketball coach Landisch loses battle with cancer

Sept. 26, 2011 11:37 a.m. | Former Wauwatosa West boys basketball coach Mike Landisch lost his year and a half year battle with cancer Sunday night.

Landisch, 31, is survived by his wife, Colleen, daughter, Makenna, and son, Caden, who was born in August. He was placed in hospice four weeks ago.

The Wauwatosa community and beyond, embraced the likeable Landisch, who discovered he had kidney cancer in January, 2010. There were several fundraisers set up to help him and his family battle medical bills.

Landisch's final season as a coach was one of the best in the school's recent history.

The Trojans finished with an 11-6 Woodland Conference record and a 15-11 overall mark and they won their first regional championship since 1996.

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Suburban drug sting ends in two arrests for dealing cocaine

Sept. 23, 2011 4:00 p.m. | A Milwaukee man faces more than 70 years in prison if convicted of selling cocaine to an undercover police officer in the cities of Brookfield and Waukesha, according to a criminal complaint.

Jose Gallegos Ramirez, 35, was held on $100,000 bail after making an initial appearance in Waukesha County Circuit Court on five felony charges and two misdemeanor counts.

According to the complaint:

Gallegos Ramirez met an undercover detective in the parking lot of Brookfield Square Mall, 95 N. Moorland Road, the evening of Aug. 4.

The detective purchased one ounce of cocaine from Gallegos Ramirez for $1,250.

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Waukesha County considers closing girls detention unit

Sept. 23, 2011 2:10 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County would close its secure detention unit for girls next year and contract with Washington County for the service under a proposal outlined Friday by Health and Human Services Director Peter Schuler.

The estimated $200,000 saving would be used to fill other gaps in the department's budget, including replenishing a fund that pays for services aimed at keeping youth from more expensive incarceration or out-of-home placements, Schuler said.

The proposal will be included in County Executive Dan Vrakas' 2012 budget proposal, which he will release Tuesday. The Health and Human Services Committee will take up the budget Thursday.

A study group had been working since January to find efficiencies in the 36-bed Juvenile Center, which in recent years has operated far below capacity. It had not reached a conclusion, despite a May deadline, and Vrakas' plan effectively ends the committee's job.

"Our job is at an end," Corporation Counsel Tom Farley, who chaired the group, told members Friday.

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Lancers nip East in overtime, 34-28

Sept. 22, 2011 10:54 p.m. | The top two offensive players in the Greater Metro Conference showed up at Brookfield East last Friday before an estimated crowd of 2,000 and both players lived up to their hype.

Brookfield Central senior quarterback Jason Meichtry and East junior running back Zach Schober accounted for 28 and 26 points, respectively, in the Lancers’ 34-28 overtime victory Friday, which moved Central into a first place tie.

Meichtry passed for one touchdown and rushed for three more (16, 5, 2), the last from two yards out in the first overtime giving Central the win. He was also 6-for-11 passing for 88 yards, rushed 21 times for 65 yards, accounting for 153 total yards and kicked four extra points.

Schober scored three touchdowns (55, 19, 1), booted two field goals (31, 25) and two extra points. He rushed for 202 yards on 33 carries and caught one pass for 29 yards, totaling 231 yards.

Meichtry remembered last season’s 14-10 loss to the Spartans and he didn’t want to see that happen again.

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Vrakas announces Waukesha County small-business loan initiative

Sept. 21, 2011 4:34 p.m. | Waukesha - Existing Waukesha County small businesses with growth potential could get tax-financed, interest-free loans of up to $50,000 under an economic development initiative County Executive Dan Vrakas announced Wednesday.

Called the Small Business Leverage Loan Program, the effort would start with $300,000 next year, enough to serve a half-dozen businesses or more. The program is set for County Board action Tuesday.

Vrakas said he's been looking for an economic development tool that the county could use. Director of Administration Norman Cummings suggested the loan program after learning of a similar effort in Minnesota.

"A lot of companies can get around third base, but they need that extra push to get to home plate," Vrakas said in announcing the initiative at a news conference Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, in an appearance before the County Board's Finance Committee, which recommended approval of the program, Cummings said: "We are typically not in this business. But in these times and these kinds of difficulties," he said, the county needs to join the effort to help promote job growth, especially among small businesses.

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OSHA cites Roundy's over injury at Pick 'n Save store

Sept. 20, 2011 4:30 p.m. | A federal agency has proposed that a Roundy's Supermarkets Inc. subsidiary be fined $126,000 after an employee broke his leg in a fall at a Brookfield Pick 'n Save store.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Mega Marts LLC, a unit of Roundy's, for two "willful" safety violations following the March 20 accident at the Pick 'n Save at 12735 W. Capitol Drive. According to the agency, the employee had been working from the forks of a motorized stacker and fell nearly 12 feet.

OSHA defines willful violations as those committed with "intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement or plain indifference to employee safety and health."

Roundy's denied such conduct.

"We take the health, safety and welfare of our employees very seriously and do not willfully or intentionally put them at risk," spokeswoman Vivian King said Tuesday via email. "We have investigated and corrected the circumstances surrounding this incident and will be following up with OSHA to discuss the facts and circumstances."

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Good Samaritan stops runaway bus, gets driver urgent medical care

Sept. 20, 2011 12:40 p.m. | Matt Collins was on his way to a business meeting when he saw a school bus drift aimlessly through the intersection of Elm Grove and Bluemound roads just after 8:30 a.m. Sept. 15.

"It appeared nobody was driving," he said. "I got out and ran up to the bus and figured that I would jump in and stop it."

When Collins threw open the door, however, he found the driver, a 65-year-old Milwaukee man, slumped over without a pulse and two special needs children aboard.

"I stopped the bus and threw it in park," he said. "Another guy ran up behind me, and we pulled him out and started to administer CPR."

An Elm Grove police officer was on the scene within minutes of receiving a 911 call, and used a defibrillator to shock the driver's heart, Police Chief Jim Gage said.

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Teen arrested in Milwaukee Electric and Tool burglary

Sept. 19, 2011 3:12 p.m. | A 16-year-old Milwaukee boy has been arrested for burglarizing Milwaukee Electric and Tool, 12905 W. Lisbon Road, according to city of Brookfield police.

According to the police report:

Police were called to Milwaukee Electric and Tool at 7:48 a.m. Sept. 12 because a window on the east side of the building had been smashed and items from inside taken.

Scrap wire and five power tools were taken. Loss is estimated at more than $3,400.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested after Brookfield police learned that Wauwatosa police identified numerous people in a vehicle full of scrap copper wire Sept. 12.

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Auto parts store employee accused of stealing $15K

Sept. 19, 2011 3:10 p.m. | A Milwaukee man told police he stole about $15,000 from area auto parts stores over the last year to support a newborn child, according to a town of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

The 31-year-old man told police he took between $2,500 and $3,000 from the cash register of Advance Auto Parts, 18795 W. Bluemound Road, while he worked there in recent months.

He had entered false returns into the cash register and taken the change.

On six or seven occasions, the man told officers, he put a $20 bill into the cash register in an effort to pay the money back.

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Central falls in 2OT thriller

Sept. 17, 2011 12:07 a.m. |

A pair of field goal attempts in double overtime were all that separated Marquette University High School from Brookfield Central in a 31-28 thriller for the ages in the Greater Metro Conference on Friday.
 
Marquette chipped in a 15-yarder on the first possession of double overtime, while Central - driven backward by an inadvertently fumbled pitch – couldn’t connect on a 40-yarder.
 
“This is going to be like the old Black & Blue division in the NFC,” said Marquette coach Jeff Mazurzak. “The Greater Metro is tough every week. Sussex was tough on both of us. It’s going to be a rough road from here on out for everyone.”
 
The 31-28 advantage was the Hilltoppers’ first lead of the game.
 
“In regulation we were struggling to score,” Mazurzak said. “But we knew our defense could hang. Our offense came alive just in time. We found a way to win. We were lucky. That’s a great team over there. They fight hard.”
 
The first half was mostly a matchup of Central’s powerful run game versus Marquette’s aerial attack.
 
Using the potent combination of senior Craig Jordan and sophomore DeMario Harris, the Lancers piled up 50 yards on 11 carries. Senior quarterback Jason Meichtry dodged, scrambled and sprinted for another 70 yards and a rushing touchdown. He also threw for 80 yards and kicked two extra points.
 
The Hilltoppers, meanwhile, could only muster five yards rushing on six carries, and were forced to rely on the arm of senior quarterback Joe Greif - who went 5 of 12 for 62 yards – and a stalwart opportunistic defense, which scored the team’s only first half points on a 55-yard fumble recovery and score by senior Ryan Donald.
 
Central grabbed the second half’s first momentum swing with an interception by senior lineman Rocky Johnson and 20-yard return to Marquette’s 11-yard line. Meichtry ran for an 11-yard keeper on the very next play, picking his way through traffic and diving forward into the endzone with the ball outstretched in one hand.
 
The game took a turn for the dramatic with 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
 
Central, leading 14-7, went on a six-play three-minute drive, culminating in a 40-yard high-arcing bomb by Meichtry down the left sideline that senior Isaiah Sydnor hauled in at the 15 and took to the end zone.
 
The ensuing line drive kickoff stuck in the chest of a Marquette special teams player at midfield, and the Hilltoppers similarly scored in six plays.
 
After picking up a first down on a 15-yard completion to senior Alex Ash, Marquette dug deep into its playbook. Greif faked a handoff to the left, then pitched back to Ash on his right. The tight end looked upfield and tossed a flea-flicker pass 40 yards to Matt Misiewicz. The 6-4 senior easily outjumped the defensive back. Three runs later, junior running back Jordan McClain was standing in the end zone.
 
“Miskiewicz is so athletic,” Greif said. “Ash, too. He has huge hands and can reel in anything. I’m lucky to have both to throw to, with an offensive line that gave me time and kept me safe.”
 
Both teams moved the ball throughout the fourth quarter, but couldn’t convert the drives to points.
 
With the game on the line, Marquette took over on its own 20 with just 3:22 remaining, facing a 21-14 deficit.
 
Greif led the team downfield with a trio of big passes: a 10-yard strike to junior Tom Siwula, a 40-yard slant that senior William Crawford tipped to himself, and a 16-yard touchdown jumpball that Misiewicz again plucked from a defensive back’s grasp.
 
With the score knotted at 21-21, both teams punted their way out of regulation.
 
Overtime rules give both teams 1st downs at the opposition's 25. Central went on offense first, assembling a dramatic, heart-pounding eight-play attack that featured three penalties, two fourth down attempts and a fumble, but resulted in a 28-21 lead.
 
On the very next play, Greif faked into the line, then tossed a soft lob into the gut of a wide-open Ash in the end zone.
 
“We knew they were sitting on the pass,” Greif said. “That’s why we went play action, to suck ‘em in.”
 
In double overtime, Greif hit Crawford for a 15-yard completion and moved his way to the goalline on a quarterback keeper, but the Central defense stiffened. Greif was tossed for a loss in the backfield, then run out of bounds while looking for an open receiver. The 15-yard field goal gave the Hilltoppers a 31-28 lead.
 
“They’re a great football team, and it was a great battle tonight,” said Central coach Jamie Meulemans. “I thought our defense – guys like Steven Ambrookian, Chikwe Obasih, Adam Miller - played great, and our offense had its moments.”
 
“I’m just proud of these kids. They played their hearts out in every aspect of the game,” he said. “I know we didn’t come out on top, but I told our boys to keep their heads up. It was just a great battle.”

Spartans alone at the top

Sept. 16, 2011 11:30 p.m. |  

On paper, a 29-0 win might look perfect. For Brookfield East head coach Tom Swittel, his team’s victory over visiting Wauwatosa East on Friday night was anything but.

“Far from perfect,” Swittel said. “We left way too many points on the field. We had a touchdown called back on an illegal contact, we made a lot of mistakes, and we have plenty of work to do.”

And the Spartans’ perfect 5-0 record?

“We could lose our next four games,” Swittel added. “We have four very, very tough games coming up. The minute we think we’re good, we’re not. We don’t look at our ranking or anything like that.”

While the Spartans may not be perfect, they were closer to it than the Red Raiders. The Spartans defense limited Tosa East to 71 yards passing and negative-8 rushing. The Red Raiders defense kept them in the game early, but mistakes and a struggling offense became too much to overcome.

“That’s the story of our season,” said Tosa East head coach Jake Wolter, whose team dropped to 1-4 and 0-3 in the Greater Metro Conference. “It’s not our defense that’s losing these games for us. They’ve kept us in every game, but you can’t keep putting them in those positions. It’s turnovers, bad punts and giving away short fields. Every score we gave up tonight came on a short field.”

The Spartans were led offensively by junior running back Zach Schober, who rushed 31 times for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including the game’s first score midway through the first quarter. Schober said the heavy workload started to wear him down late in the game.

“To be honest, I did feel the fatigue a little bit,” he said. “We didn’t pass the ball much tonight, so I started to feel it a little in the fourth quarter.”

But by that point, the hole was too deep for the Red Raiders. Brookfield had built its 29-0 edge by the end of the third quarter and played a ball-control game with heavy substitutions in the fourth.

Defensively, the Spartans were led by 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive lineman Alec James, who also chipped in offensively with an 11-yard touchdown run and a 19-yard scoring catch. James was relentless in the pass rush all night, utilizing an arsenal of bull rushes and spin moves at the line of scrimmage as Brookfield stymied a passing attack that posted 231 yards against West Allis Central a week ago.

“That’s a Division I player,” Wolter said. “I’m not looking forward to watching the film and seeing how many times our quarterback had to pick himself up. But I am looking forward to watching that kid play years down the road.”

For as dominant as James was, he was equally humble.

“It’s never just about me,” James said. “It’s always our offensive line, they make everything develop. Even on the touchdown run, I really didn’t have to do anything at all. The blocking popped it wide open, and I just ran.”

After five weeks, the Spartans have proven to be a powerful force. Sitting alone atop the Greater Metro Conference, they have notched four shutouts and have outscored their opponents 195-13. 

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College student gets 90 days for 'Wedding Crashers' prank

Sept. 14, 2011 3:10 p.m. | A former standout Brookfield Central swimmer has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for putting eye drops in her college roommate's water bottle, a prank inspired by the movie, "Wedding Crashers."

Luciana Reichel, 22, was charged in January for tampering with the drink the previous fall at a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh dorm. She pleaded no contest in July to  was sentenced to Wednesday to 90 days in the Winnebago County Jail, with no work or school release for the first 30 days, according to online court records.

Reichel a former swimmer for UW-O and onetime nursing student, was also ordered not to work in the medical field.

Reichel's roommate suffered repeated bouts of nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite and fatigue that her doctor couldn't explain. Another student told the victim after Reichel talked of spiking her roommate's water.

Hillside top choice for closure

Sept. 14, 2011 9:30 a.m. | Residents filled the Elmbrook School Board meeting room, lined the walls and spilled into the hallway as school officials voted Tuesday to recommend closing Hillside Elementary after the 2011-12 school year.

Superintendent Matt Gibson recommended closing one school rather than two because Elmbrook elementary students will fill the remaining four schools to capacity, and the district would lose the ability to regulate enrollment numbers through non-resident students.

Gibson also suggested, however, that closure of Tonawanda Elementary may need to be revisited in the near future, perhaps as soon as five years.

"I believe there is a greater risk of losing resident enrollment based on the last remaining school in the village of Elm Grove being closed," he said.

The recommendation gained support though no formal action was taken. Public engagements meetings will be held before the board votes on the closure Oct. 25.

United Way in Waukesha County seeks boost in giving

Sept. 13, 2011 3:38 p.m. | Waukesha - United Way in Waukesha County has set a fundraising goal of $4.3 million this year, a 5.2% increase over the $4,090,947 it raised in 2010, to help fund health and human service agencies that assist people in need.

The $4.3 million target for the annual fundraising campaign is the same amount the organization sought in contributions last year but fell short of because of the down economy.

"With the significant need still present in our community, we feel it important to strive for that $4.3 million yet again this year," said Courtney Capes, manager of marketing and communications for United Way in Waukesha County.

In 2009, $4,261,000 was raised.

United Way in Waukesha County's campaign runs through Dec. 30.

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Injured squirrel chases kids

Sept. 12, 2011 4:34 p.m. | An injured squirrel had to be wrangled by the Elmbrook Humane Society after it chased after children playing in the village of Elm Grove on Sept. 4.

A man in the 1000 block of Woodland Avenue reported to Elm Grove police just after 6 p.m. Sept. 4 that a sick squirrel appeared to chase after children there before seeking refuge a few feet up in a tree.

The Elmbrook Humane Society was called to the scene and found that the distressed squirrel was actually injured, likely from being struck by a car.

"Sometimes if an animal is injured and feels threatened it tries to protect itself when someone comes near it," said Karen Sparapani, executive director of the Elmbrook Humane Society.

Humane society staff caught the injured squirrel in a net and took it back to the shelter.

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Man accused of stealing meat, driving drunk

Sept. 12, 2011 3:38 p.m. | A Milwaukee man in a car with a flat tire was arrested for drunken driving after taking more than $130 in meat from Pick 'n Save, 12735 W. Capitol Drive, Sept. 8, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

Pick 'n Save staff reported the 27-year-old man had taken a large amount of meat from the store just before 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

An officer found the man driving east on Capitol Drive and followed him into Wauwatosa.

He stopped at Highway 100 shortly after one of his vehicle's tires shredded, exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away.

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Pizza delivery drivers get into fight

Sept. 12, 2011 3:32 p.m. | Officers were forced to moderate a fight between two pizza delivery drivers after one of them reported the other had brandished a knife, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also from the report:

The two men began to argue over their delivery routes inside Domino's, 17305 W. Capitol Drive, just after 7 p.m. Friday.

When they took the argument outside the business, one of the men reported the other may have brought a knife outside with him.

When officers were called, the alleged victim said he wasn't sure if the other man had a knife and only saw him holding something with a blue handle.

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East stakes its claim

Sept. 09, 2011 11:39 p.m. | The Brookfield East football team might be able to finally silence the critics after shutting out previously-unbeaten Menomonee Falls on Friday, 21-0.

"I was not surprised with how well Brookfield East played," Falls head coach John Baker said aftewards. "The kids are believing, they were 3-0, they played extremely hard."

The Spartans are now 4-0 overall following their impressive victory, the only team in the rugged Greater Metro Conference without a loss this season.

They are tied with Brookfield Central (2-0, 3-1) for first place in the conference, following the Lancers' 56-38 victory over Sussex Hamilton at home, giving the top of the GMC a Brookfield flavor.

East coach Tom Swittel continues to pull all the right strings in his second season at the helm, as he has put together a 13-2 record since taking over.

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Central racks up 56 points in shootout

Sept. 09, 2011 11:34 p.m. | It remains theoretically possible that the eventual Greater Metro Conference Offensive Back of the Year did not spend time on the field at Brookfield Central on Friday.

But it's pretty unlikely. The only question is whether that player is Jason Meichtry of Brookfield Central or Nick Patterson of Sussex Hamilton. It appears only injury can slow either one.
 
The Central quarterback was electric with his feet, rushing for 163 yards and three touchdowns, helping his team to a 56-38 win in a shootout. Thanks to Patterson, a big-play machine who racked up 222 yards and three touchdowns, Central had to sweat it out, as the Chargers rattled off 21 consecutive points in the third quarter to turn a borderline blowout into a one-score game.
 
The Chargers scored one play after Patterson was forced to leave the game in the third quarter after sustaining a dislocated elbow to make it 42-38, a blow that nonetheless short-circuited Hamilton's comeback attempt. The Lancers hauled in five turnovers en route to victory in the offensive spectacle.
 
"As dumb as it sounds, and I'm not just saying this because of the score ... At halftime, I said to our offensive staff: We're going to need 56 (points) to win this game," said Central offensive coordinator Joe Koch. "It just felt that way. You kind of felt that No. 4 (Patterson) was so dangerous. I wasn't comfortable until we got there."
 
Patterson proved it when he took the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards to the end zone for a touchdown -- but the play was called back by a block in the back penalty well downfield.
 
Forced instead to start on the Central 25, Hamilton eventually turned the ball over on downs, and Central surged downfield to take a 42-17 lead on the heels of Marcus Crum's 17-yard scamper.
 
What could have been a demoralizing turn of events instead seemed to open the floodgates for Hamilton. Patterson went for 51 yards, and brother Drew Patterson delivered a 28-yard run for a score one play after the Chargers recovered a fumbled kickoff.
 
On the next possession, Nick Patterson incurred his injury deep in Central territory. Though backup quarterback Mark Gryszkiewicz found J.J. Flor for a touchdown immediately thereafter to make it 42-38 – a third score in just more than 5 minutes of football – Patterson was done for the night.
 
"He's the best running back in the conference, I can tell you that right now," Hamilton coach John Damato said. "To lose probably the player of the year in the conference, that was tough. You lose your quarterback (Matt Judson), your free safety (Aaron Mushall) ... a lot of adversity we had to endure, and when it was 42-38, we felt pretty good about our chances."
 
Central was again forced to punt on the first play of the third quarter, but when Nic Veling pounced on a ball that bounced off Hamilton's return man, Central regained the momentum. Meichtry converted on a fourth down, and DeMario Harris capped the brief drive with a touchdown run.
 
Harris finished with 75 yards and two touchdowns.
 
"It felt like a track meet," said Central coach Jamie Meulemans. "Our offense just stepped up great tonight."
 
Meichtry did throw a late interception but has come a long way from the six-interception outing of Week 1 against Racine Park.
 
"It's a whole new system, and he's starting to get it a little bit," Koch said. "The poor kid has been through three different offensive systems in three years, so he's starting now to understand the offense. Sometimes he tries to be too perfect ... As dumb as it sounds, I'm not happy yet with our offense. We had too many miscues and missed opportunities."
 
Central made the most of the opportunities the defense provided. The Lancers converted one fumble recovery into a touchdown drive, and on the first play after kickoff, Central had another score when Austin Vanark knocked the ball away and Chris DuBois picked it up and ran it to the end zone.
 
After DJ Ley's diving interception on the next series, Harris scored his first touchdown to make it 27-7, Brookfield Central.
 
One play after the Chargers lost Judson for the game with an apparent ankle injury, Patterson surged 55 yards to make it 27-14, but Craig Jordan's 37-yard run to the goal line preceded another Meichtry touchdown and helped to make it 35-17 at halftime.
 
"He's a tough kid, and he wants to win so bad," Koch said of Meichtry. "Physically, he's a big strong kid that can run. You can see the potential there. We're going to go as far as Jason takes us."
 
Both teams left the game with 3-1 overall records, with Central owning the 2-0 ledger in Greater Metro Conference play.
 
"I don't want to take anything away from Brookfield Central; (Meichtry) is the best I've seen all year," Damato said. "You can see they preach turnovers."

Spartans blanked previously unbeaten Falls, 21-0

Sept. 09, 2011 11:07 p.m. | The Brookfield East football team might be able to finally silence the critics after shutting out previously unbeaten Menomonee Falls, 21-0, Friday night at the Falls.

"I was not surprised with how well Brookfield East played," Falls head coach John Baker said aftewards. "The kids are believing, they were 3-0, they played extremely hard."

The Spartans are now 4-0 overall following their impressive victory, the only team in the rugged Greater Metro Conference without a loss this season.

They are tied with Brookfield Central (2-0, 3-1) for first place in the conference, following the Lancers 56-31 victory over Sussex Hamilton at home, giving the top of the GMC a Brookfield flavor.

East coach Tom Swittel continues to pull all the right strings in his second season at the helm, as he has put together a 13-2 record since taking over.

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Follow Hamilton-Central live blog tonight

Sept. 09, 2011 8:45 a.m. | Sports director JR Radcliffe will provide live updates from the Sussex Hamilton-Brookfield Central football game tonight, with kickoff beginning at 7 p.m. Both teams are 1-0 in early play of the Greater Metro Conference. Follow the live blog here.

Sweep not so easy for Falls v-ball team against BC

Sept. 07, 2011 10:15 p.m. | With 10 Greater Metro Conference titles since 1996 to its credit, the Menomonee Falls girls volleyball team is used to having its way in league play.

But with a young back row still working out the kinks and some mystifyingly inconsistent play dogging the team, the Indians had to work hard to go 2-0 in GMC duals with a 25-18, 26-24, 25-23 decision over a veteran Brookfield Central team Wednesday night.

"When people ask me how we're doing I say 'fair to moderate'," said Indian coach J.C. Bruns. "We had some inconsistencies with our pass tonight. We passed fairly well for good stretches at times tonight, but then at other times, it went 'Bye-Bye'."

Lancer coach Scott Spiess, whose team returns eight players this season, knew that his side missed out on a great chance tonight.

"We did have a good chance," he said, "but we couldn't quite make enough plays at the end of each game to make it work. We're more competitive, more so than in the past. We've just got to get it into our heads that we believe we can do it."

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New health aids retailer opens in Brookfield

Sept. 07, 2011 8:00 a.m. | A new, locally owned store that sell home medical equipment and health aids has opened in Brookfield.

Total Health & Wellness is leasing 3,700 square feet at 17145 W. Blue Mound Road, in The Plaza. The store was developed by Kinex, a Brookfield company that distributes orthopedic devices.

Total Health's merchandise includes braces, walkers and wheelchairs.

Man unintentionally shoots himself

Sept. 06, 2011 2:50 p.m. | A 75-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the thigh with a handgun Aug. 31, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

A woman placed a 911 call just after 1:30 p.m. when she found the man lying wounded on the floor of their home on 165th Street.

Police and emergency medical personnel arrived at the home to find the man had unintentionally shot himself with a 0.22 caliber handgun and was losing a significant amount of blood.

He was rushed to Froedtert Hospital by ambulance.

Man arrested for sixth drunken driving offense

Sept. 06, 2011 1:56 p.m. | A Waukesha man was arrested for a sixth offense of drunken driving in the town of Brookfield on Sept. 5, according to a town of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

The 44-year-old was stopped at the intersection of Moreland Boulevard and Kossow Road just after 3.30 p.m. when an officer noticed that license plates on the vehicle he was driving didn't match its description.

An officer who made contact with the man smelled alcohol. The man failed field sobriety tests, and a preliminary test revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.12.

He also was cited for driving without a license.

Harris powers Central past Hale

Sept. 02, 2011 10:18 p.m. | Brookfield Central used 3 touchdown runs by DeMario Harris to spark a 34-14 win over West Allis Hale at Central Friday night in the Greater Metro Conference opener for both teams.

Harris scored on a 56-yard run in the second period, a 15-yard run and another 56-yard run in the third period and finished with 137 yards in 9 carries, a 15.2 average.

Charlie O'Dwyer scored on a 5-yard run to open the game and Jason Meichtry ran a score in from 7-yards out to wrap up the games's coring.

The Huskies got scores from Zach Smith on a 4-yard run in the third period and Dan Sotiros on a 1-yard run in the fourth period.

Central is now 2-1 overall and the Huskies fell to 1-2.

Spartans crush West Allis Central, 48-13

Sept. 02, 2011 9:45 p.m. | Brookfield East crushed West Allis Central, 48-13, Friday night at the West Allis Athletic Complex in the Greater Metro Conference opener for both teams.

The Spartans improved to 3-0, while the Bulldogs fell to 1-2.

Senior Troy Brown returned the opening kick for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead, but the Spartans came right back to take the lead for good on a 4-play 30-yard drive, concluding on a 1-yard run by East's Zach Schober, who also kicked the PAT for 7-6 lead at 9:44 of the first period.

After a quick 3-and-out, East scored again on a 7-play 61-yard drive, ending when QB Bryce Pompos had a 17-yard TD pass to Kyle Wirtz. Schober's PAT made it 14-6 at the 5:18 mark.

After another 3-and-out, the Spartans went 37 yards in 3 plays, concluding when Pompos passed 38 yards to 6-4 WR Griffin Lynch, who who outjumped the smaller Bulldog defensive back for the ball and took it in for score and a 21-6 lead with 2:10 left in the period.

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Pizzeria Uno closes in Elm Grove

Sept. 02, 2011 3:48 p.m. | The Pizzeria Uno restaurant in Elm Grove has closed.

The restaurant notified customers in an email that the location at 15280 W. Blue Mound Road has been shut down, and directed them to its restaurant in Menomonee Falls.

"Sometimes, locations just don't work, even with great guests like you," the email stated. "That's the case here."

A sign posted in a window of the Elm Grove location said: "We've closed these doors for the last time, but please keep in touch."

Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp., of Boston, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January. The company could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. At the time of the bankruptcy filing, the chain had seven locations in Wisconsin, including the Elm Grove and Menomonee Falls sites.

Waukesha County exec pitches $115 million in projects

Sept. 01, 2011 9:14 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas released his five-year, $115 million plan for county projects Thursday that he says balances the need for maintaining infrastructure with services that ensure economic vitality.

The biggest item in the next five years - the largest-ever project, a $36 million new health and human services building, got under design this year. Major road projects, including the widening of Janesville Road in Muskego and the Waukesha west bypass, were under construction or study in previous years.

A first phase of Janesville Road widening between Moorland Road and the east county line finished in 2006 and cost $11.3 million. The new phase in Vrakas' plan between Moorland and Racine Ave., which had been delayed and is now proposed through 2013, will cost $27 million in state, local and county funds.

A second major road project previously identified as a future need is the widening to four lanes of North Ave. in Brookfield. Construction on the easterly phase, from 124th St. to Moorland Road, would start in about 2015 at a projected cost of nearly $18 million in county and federal funds. Design of the westerly phase, from Calhoun to Pilgrim roads, would begin in 2016 with construction in future years and a projected cost of about $9 million.

Vrakas will again ask the County Board to approve a study of remodeling or replacing the Waukesha County Courthouse, at a cost of $250,000. The board last year rejected the study on a 14-8 vote. Vrakas is asking for it in 2014, when the health and human services building is expected to be finished. Officials have discussed using the vacated health and human services building to temporarily house courthouse operations while courthouse remodeling goes on.

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