Central to host Bradford Saturday afternoon

Oct. 30, 2011 11:31 a.m. | Brookfield Central will host top-rated Kenosha Bradford at 2 p.m. Saturday in a Level 3 WIAA Football Playoff game.

The Lancers (9-2) defeated Franklin (8-3), 42-28, on Saturday to advance while Bradford (11-0) defeated Muskego (9-2), 27-21 on Friday.

Bay's offense overpowers Brookfield East

Oct. 29, 2011 11:24 p.m. | For years, Whitefish Bay's Jim Tietjen has been a defense-first, hard-nosed type of football coach.

He had to be, because traditionally low turnout for the program at Bay made it tough to diversify the offense to the point where it could be on par with his excellent defensive units, which have helped get the Blue Dukes into the WIAA state playoffs for five straight years.

But because of the offensive shortcomings, the Blue Dukes usually bowed out gamely in the first or second round of the playoffs, never reaching the third round or beyond.

That was until Saturday afternoon, when a young Bay team unleashed a potent, high-powered, multi-faceted attack that utterly devastated host Brookfield East, as the Blue Dukes rolled into Level 3 of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs for the first time in school history with a stunning 40-21 win.

"I finally have an offense," Tietjen roared after his team racked up 467 total yards and scored on its first seven possessions in improving to 7-4 on the season.

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Lancers whip Franklin, advance to Level 3

Oct. 29, 2011 10:36 p.m. | Brookfield Central scored six touchdowns and held off Franklin, 42-28, Saturday night at Franklin in a Division 1 Level 2 football playoff game.

Sophomores DeMario Harris and Riley Richarz each rushed for two touchdowns, senior QB Jason Meichtry tossed a TD pass to Robert Rossmiller and junior Jason Toney scored another rushing TD.

Steven Knopp, filling in at kicker for Meichtry was once again a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs.

Central led 14-7 after one quarter, as Richarz scored on a 10-yard run, but Franklin's Ben Miller tied the game on a 25-yard run. Meichtry then passed 19 yards to Rossmiller for the score with 3:09 left in the period.

Toney then gave Central a 21-7 lead when he raced around right end for a 23-yard score, but the Sabers outstanding sophomore QB Sean McGuire launched a 56-yard score to Shaun Quirk to make it 21-14 at half-time.

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Waukesha County officials: Propane bottles, recycling don't mix

Oct. 28, 2011 4:36 p.m. | Waukesha - A Waukesha County recycling plant manager said residents are tossing propane bottles into their recyclables, including some that still contain gas and pose a danger of explosion to workers.

Fifty-five bottles were pulled from the metals recyclables just this week, and at least a dozen were full of gas, said Jim Lewis, plant manager with the agency that contracts to provide Waukesha County recycling.

"This could have caused a major explosion," he said.

This past summer, a small explosion and fire resulted at the plant, apparently caused by the compaction of a one-pound propane cylinder in a baler at the materials recycling facility plant, 220 S. Prairie Ave. Quick response by the Fire Department and facility workers limited damage, and no one was injured.

Karen Fiedler, Waukesha County's solid waste supervisor, said residents should not place propane cylinders in recycling bins, whether empty or partially filled. Information is available on their proper disposal from retail stores where the items were purchased or at the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association website at www.wipga.org.

Help us find the best of our communities

Oct. 28, 2011 7:32 a.m. | We’ve all recommended a place — maybe an eatery, a park, a theater — to family and friends.

So let’s combine our recommendations, our favorite places, and see what NOW readers think are the best places in the NOW communities.

Each week starting Oct. 31, we’ll ask you to submit your favorite places in a NOW community on our Facebook page. We’ll take submissions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the week.

On Thursday and Friday, we’ll take those suggesions and seek your votes for what are the best places in that community. We’ll even make a Foursquare list that you can follow.

Share your favorite places to go to in Wauwatosa on Oct. 31. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Just go to our Facebook page on Monday and let us know.

Middleton nips Spartans in state quarterfinal

Oct. 27, 2011 5:11 p.m. | It was a brief stay for the Brookfield East Spartans on Thursday at the WIAA state soccer tournament at Uihlein Park in Milwaukee.

Second-ranked Middleton (21-3-2) nipped East (20-5), 1-0, on a goal by Steve Harris following a defensive mistake at the 48 minute, 46 second mark.

Harris had the ball 10 yards to the left of the net when the Spartans defender slid into him and tried to knock the ball away. But it bounced off Harris' leg and came back to him and rolled toward the Spartans net.

Goalkeeper Alex Cagle raced out to cut down on the angle, but Harris lifted the ball over him and into the net.

"I was dribbling the end line, took a little bit too big of a touch," Harris said. "The defender came over and slid and it bounced right off of my leg. It just bounced right off in front of me and the keeper came out and I just touched it over the top of him.

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Elmbrook to shutter Hillside

Oct. 25, 2011 9:46 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board voted, 6-1, tonight to close Hillside Elementary School after this school year ends.

Board member Bob Ziegler provided the lone dissenting vote, saying the board should see a redistricting plan before making the decision.

A plan for redistricting Elmbrook's remaining elementary schools is expected to be unveiled in November.

The decision was greeted with jeers from the crowd of about 150 people who came to witness the vote, most of whom oppose the closing.

Waukesha County Board does about face on loan program

Oct. 25, 2011 8:24 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board reconsidered its earlier rejection of County Executive Dan Vrakas' proposed business loan program Tuesday night, tweaking some of the details and then approving it on a 15 to 8 vote.

The Small Business Leverage Loan Program will be established beginning Jan. 1 at $300,000 in tax funds and will provide 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, the type that are considered to have higher growth potential and higher pay levels.

Initially proposed to be interest free for three to five years, each loan will now carry a 3% annual interest rate, based on an amendment by the board. Supervisors also established a sunset on the program after three years. The program will be administered under contract by the nonprofit Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp.

Last month, the board rejected the program on a 13-9 vote.

Vrakas proposed the program as an economic initiative for the county to help expanding companies that are highly leveraged, often asset rich but cash poor. In the past, second and third mortgages were often used to fill funding gaps, a market that has dried up with declining property values and tighter lending regulations.

Man arrested in Brookfield for 5th drunken driving offense

Oct. 25, 2011 11:04 a.m. | A 63-year-old man was arrested for his fifth offense of drunken driving Oct. 19, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

An officer clocked the Wauwatosa man driving 40 mph in a 25-mph zone on Greenfield Avenue, east of Sunnyslope Road, just after 10 p.m. Oct. 19, the report states.

The man then cut off the officer's squad car and proceeded to turn left from a through-lane before he was stopped on Elm Grove Road, near Cardinal Crest Drive.

A blood sample was collected to determine the man's blood-alcohol content.

Couple reports loss of $200K in jewelry

Oct. 24, 2011 6:30 p.m. | Hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry were taken from a home on Bradford Lane on Oct. 21, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

A man reported that his wife returned to their home in the 21000 block of Bradford Lane to discover that it had been broken into between 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Oct. 21.

It appears the perpetrator gained entry through an unlocked back door and made away with $200,000 in men's and women's jewelry and about $500 in cash.

The home is outfitted with a burglary alarm, but it was not activated at the time of the burglary.

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Man gets 10 years for fleeing crash that killed stepson

Oct. 24, 2011 11:16 a.m. | A Milwaukee man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed his 8-year-old stepson.

Joseph Allen Dandridge, 26, fled from the Nov. 13, 2010 crash near U.S. Highway 45 and Burleigh St., broke into a Brookfield home and was arrested there after a standoff with police. He faces separate charges in Waukesha County for that incident.

Dandridge pleaded guilty in August to vehicular homicide, use of a controlled substance, and hit and run involving death. Alcohol -related charges were dismissed.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Richard Sankovitz told Dandridge he didn't believe he consumed alcohol after the crash, or that Dandridge fled because he was so filled with remorse that he intended to commit suicide.

"You left your son there," Sankovitz said with some incredulity. Donovan Thrash, 8, died in the crash.

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East to host Whitefish Bay Saturday at 4 p.m. in D2 Football Playoffs

Oct. 24, 2011 9:35 a.m. | Whitefish Bay will travel to Brookfield East for a 4 p.m. WIAA D2 Level 2 Football Playoff game.

The Blue Dukes are 6-4, having beaten Milwaukee Bradley Tech of the City Conference, 58-24, on Saturday in their first playoff match-up. They finished tied for fourth (4-3) in the North Shore Conference during the regular season.

The Spartans (7-3) defeated Woodland Conference Black Division Champion Greendale, 14-7, on Friday night to advance.

Central football game Saturday night at Franklin

Oct. 24, 2011 8:49 a.m. | Brookfield Central will travel to Franklin for a 7 p.m. WIAA Division 1 level 2 Football game on Saturday.

Central (8-2) will face Franklin (8-2) of the Southeast Conference.

The Sabers have won four in a row since losing to Muskego, 20-0, on Sept. 23. Their other loss came to Kenosha Bradford, 25-0, on Sept. 2.

The Lancers have won five in a row, having last lost, 31-28, to Marquette in double overtime on Sept. 16.

Central drilled Milwaukee Hamilton of the City Conference, 62-24, in the first round at home last week, while the Sabers beat MUHS, 23-21, at Hart Park.

East kickers advance to state with 2-0 win over Falls

Oct. 22, 2011 10:44 p.m. | When Brookfield East soccer senior co-captain Peter Tongas headed in fellow co-captain Mark Heydt's prefect crossing pass at the 12:46 mark of the WIAA sectional final against Menomonee Falls Saturday night, coach Herbie Dundun felt almost certain that the Spartans were packing their bags for a quick trip to the state tournament next week.

And that was because of one simple thing.

"Our defense has become much better (since the 1-0 loss to the Indians back in August)," he said. "Our cohesiveness, chemistry and coverage for one another has become so much better than it has been."

"It has given us the defensive blanket that we need."

And that blanket got help from a late security goal from John Orgovan, as the Spartans did indeed earn a state berth with a 2-0 victory in a physical, intense game that left neither coach happy with the officiating.

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Missing QB no problem for Lancers

Oct. 22, 2011 5:43 p.m. | Playing without their starting quarterback didn’t bother Brookfield Central as the Lancers rolled over Milwaukee Hamilton, 62-24, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Brookfield.

Senior Jason Meichtry sat on the sidelines with a sprained ankle - he could have played if needed - so sophomore JV quarterback Riley Richarz stepped in and never missed a beat for the Lancers, who scored nine rushing touchdowns.

Richarz worked with the first-team offense all week, and he didn’t seem phased by the opportunity.

“I thought, 'I gotta help our team,'” he said. “Gotta help them win. It was exciting; a playoff game, first time I started at quarterback, I loved it. My linemen blocked everybody. They were perfect.”

Central coach Jamie Meulemans was happy with the sophomore’s performance.

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Lancers crush Wildcats, will face Franklin next weekend

Oct. 22, 2011 4:52 p.m. | Playing without their starting quarterback didn’t bother Brookfield Central as the Lancers rolled over Milwaukee Hamilton, 62-24, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Brookfield.

Senior Jason Meichtry sat on the sidelines with a sprained ankle - he could have played if needed - so sophomore JV quarterback Riley Richarz stepped in and never missed a beat for the Lancers, who scored nine rushing touchdowns.
Richarz worked with the first-team offense all week and he didn’t seem phased by the opportunity.

“I thought I gotta help our team,” he said. “Gotta help them win. It was exciting; a playoff game, first time I started at quarterback, I loved it. My linemen blocked everybody - they did perfect.”

Central coach Jamie Meulemans was happy with the sophomore’s performance.

“He really did manage the game well,” he said. “He wasn’t rattled at all. He showed some good savvy today. I was very proud of him.

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Spartans give away football, keep the win

Oct. 22, 2011 1:13 a.m. | During the course of Friday night’s game against Greendale, the Brookfield East football team gave away three interceptions, including one deep in its own territory, as well as a fumble near the Panthers’ goal line, and a blocked punt.

The Spartans made six trips inside the Greendale 35, scoring on only one of those possessions. They also ventured inside the 5-yard line and came away with no points on two different occasions.

Considering all that, it seems likely that they would have lost – yet in reality, they came out with a 14-7 victory in a WIAA Division 2 first-round game at Stephen J. Gavinski Field in Greendale.

They survived partially because of Greendale’s own mistakes, including three lost fumbles and an interception, and because of their own stout defense, which stopped the Panthers on downs in East territory twice during the second half.

“We have a habit of (making it tough on ourselves); that’s for sure,” East coach Tom Swittel said. “Our goal always is to play 48 minutes of football, and we had to do that tonight.”

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Spartans to meet Falls for sectional title on Saturday night

Oct. 21, 2011 11:47 a.m. | Brookfield East (20-4) will be looking for revenge when the Spartans meet Menomonee Falls (20-3-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Brookfield Central in a WIAA Sectional Soccer Championship match.

The top-seeded Indians, who tied East in the Greater Metro Conference standings (both were 5-2), won a tie-breaker because they beat the second-seeded Spartans, 1-0, on Aug. 23.

In the Indians win, Nick Gonzales scored the match's only goal at 49:42 on assists from Skyler Hying and Nick Burgoyne.

The winner of Saturday's match will qualify for next week's WIAA State Soccer Tournament at Uihlein Field.

Waukesha County armored vehicle pressed into duty on first day

Oct. 20, 2011 5:44 p.m. | Waukesha - A planned demonstration of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department's new $260,000 armored vehicle was hijacked by a real-life tactical incident.

Deputy Inspector Eric Severson said the vehicle, a military-type truck bought with federal Department of Homeland Security funds and money seized from drug dealers, was called into service just as it was being driven from the county's fleet garage to the courthouse complex for the demonstration planned Thursday afternoon for county supervisors and the news media.

While he did not know all the details, he said the Bearcat, as it is called, was summoned by Waukesha police to an incident involving a man with a gun at the Stop-N-Go convenience store at the corner of St. Paul and S. Washington avenues.

Waukesha Police Sgt. Jerry Habanek said the call shortly before 2 p.m. involved a man who was sitting in his car, reportedly with a gun in his lap, at the gas pumps for about 30 minutes. The city's SWAT team in its vehicle and the county's new Bearcat responded, with the man's vehicle sandwiched between the two. Severson said the "intentional accident" didn't damage the Bearcat.

Charges referred

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Vrakas' business loan plan may get new life

Oct. 20, 2011 11:08 a.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas' proposed small-business loan program, rejected last month by the County Board, could get a second chance next week.

Supervisor Dave Falstad, one of 13 supervisors to vote against the $300,000 tax financed program, will ask for reconsideration at the board's meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the courthouse.

Nine supervisors supported the plan in September, but County Board Chairman Jim Dwyer, who was among them, said three supervisors - Ted Rolfs, Pamela Meyer and Jean Tortomasi - were absent for the vote and two of them have indicated support for the plan. If all 25 supervisors are present Tuesday, 13 votes would be necessary for reconsideration and passage.

The Small Business Leverage Loan Program would have provided no-interest loans of up to $50,000 to highly leveraged eligible companies in existence at least a year that need temporary gap financing. Businesses targeted for the loans would be in manufacturing, technology, suppliers of local manufacturers and similar job creators.

The $300,000 comes from tax funds returned to the county by communities who close out tax incremental financing districts with surpluses. Under tax incremental financing, communities keep all the property taxes on new development in a designated area until public investments that helped spur that development are fully paid off.

EPA orders Brookfield to end sewer overflows

Oct. 19, 2011 4:40 p.m. | Brookfield - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the City of Brookfield to eliminate all sanitary sewer overflows to its waterways by Dec. 31, 2015, and the cost of compliance could be millions of dollars, Public Works Director Tom Grisa said Wednesday.

Full cost of complying with the order and the impact on sewer rates will not be known until required investigations of public and private sewers are completed, Grisa said. He estimates the final price might be less than $10 million if inspections show that 10% or fewer of residential sanitary sewer laterals are contributing to the problem and are in need of repair.

One full year before the December 2015 deadline, Brookfield must stop using emergency pump stations at two sanitary sewer overflow sites that have contributed the largest volumes of untreated wastewater to local streams, under an EPA administrative consent order approved Tuesday by the Common Council.

One pump station and overflow pipe is located at Brookfield Road and Beverly Hills Drive, near Brookfield Academy High School, and discharges to a wetland that drains to the Fox River. The second pump station and overflow pipe is at Cardinal Crest Drive, north of Robinwood St., and discharges to Underwood Creek, a tributary of the Menomonee River.

Though the city has spent tens of millions of dollars in the last decade upgrading its separate sanitary and storm sewers, excessive amounts of storm water still get into municipal sanitary sewers and cause occasional overflows or backups of sewage into basements during extreme storms, Grisa said.

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East at Greendale Friday, Central hosts Milwaukee Hamilton Saturday

Oct. 19, 2011 11:14 a.m. | The official football playoff scenario has finally been set for Brookfield Central and Brookfield East for this weekend.

The Lancers (7-2) will host Milwaukee Hamilton (4-5) on Saturday - which was announced on Tuesday.

But the Spartans (6-3) at Greendale (8-1) game was not scheduled until this morning.

The game was intially scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, but was moved to 7 p.m. Friday night instead.

Brookfield police say Westbrook Beverage, Subway robberies could be linked

Oct. 17, 2011 4:02 p.m. | City of Brookfield police believe two armed robberies reported a week apart may be connected.

Two men wearing dark clothes and black bandannas over their faces used a semi-automatic handgun to rob the Westbrook Beverage Center, 13400 W. Greenfield Ave., at 8:58 p.m. Oct. 16, according to police reports.

Police Capt. Jim Adlam said they then ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Officers from numerous agencies assisted city of Brookfield officers secure a perimeter, but the robbers were not found.

Adlam said investigators believe the Oct. 16 armed robbery may be related to the robbery of Subway, 3960 N. Brookfield Road, before 6:30 a.m. Oct. 10.

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Brookfield teen accused of stealing car, ATV and mini bike

Oct. 17, 2011 3:54 p.m. | A 16-year-old Brookfield boy could face burglary and theft charges for stealing a car, mini bike and all-terrain vehicle from a home in the 13000 block of Hampton Road, according to city of Brookfield police reports.

Also from the reports:

The vehicles, with a combined value of $3,400, were reported stolen at 5:41 a.m. Oct. 12.

The car was found in the backyard of a home in the 3400 block of Fiebrantz Drive just after 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12.

A man provided a description of the person who left the car, and it matched a teen who attends Brookfield East High School.

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Man accidentally shoots gun into neighboring apartment

Oct. 17, 2011 3:44 p.m. | A Brookfield man accidentally fired a shotgun into a neighboring apartment unit while attempting to unload it, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also from the report:

The man called the police to report that he had misfired a round of buckshot into the wall of an apartment in the 18000 block of Lake Drive just before 10 a.m. Oct. 14, because he was unsure if anybody next door had been injured.

Paramedics were put on standby while officers called a maintenance man to unlock the apartment.

The apartment was found to be empty and nobody was injured.

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Brookfield Central clinches share of GMC grid title with 35-0 blanking of Falls

Oct. 14, 2011 10:23 p.m. | After his team put in a workmanlike effort of dismantling Menomonee Falls on Friday, 35-0,  thereby clinching a share of the Greater Metro Conference title, a humble Lancers coach Jamie Meulemans pointed to the south toward the team's practice fields.

"There, that's where the work was done," he said, straining to be heard over the blare of the PA system playing Queen's "We Are the Champions". "These kids work so hard, coming in at 7 a.m. winter and summer for speed and agility and conditioning drills.

"I told them that it's not the games that make you champions, but the things you do on the practice field and in life. These kids have clearly taken that to heart."

And then when asked if he learned that piece of philosophy from his old mentor at Germantown, semi-retired coach Phil Datka, who came on to help Meulemans on the Lancers staff this fall. Meulemans said: "Absolutely".

With the win, the Lancers improved to 6-1 in Greater Metro play and 7-2 overall, earning a piece of the title pie with Marquette (6-1, 7-2) and Sussex Hamilton (6-1, 8-1), both of whom were also winners this night. It is the fourth GMC title that the Lancers have either won outright or shared since 2002.

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East beats Cedarburg, Central loses to Tosa East

Oct. 13, 2011 11:13 p.m. |

Brookfield East got two goals from Max Karcher and rolled to a 4-1 win over Cedarburg on Thursday night and advanced to next week's sectional semfinal at East.


Spartans will face Wauwatosa East, which upset Brookfield Central, 1-0, at Central on Thursday. No details were available.


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Bid fails to keep Waukesha County girls detention unit open

Oct. 13, 2011 5:16 p.m. | Waukesha - An attempt to reverse Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas' budget proposal that would close the girls' secure detention section of the Juvenile Center failed to win support of the County Board's Health and Human Services Committee Thursday.

Supervisor Janel Brandtjen, chairman of the committee, proposed a budget amendment that would restore funds for the operation, but her motion failed on a 3-4 vote in committee. She said after the meeting that she didn't know whether she would independently pursue the amendment with the full County Board.

Vrakas proposed closing the unit because the number of girls held at the center has dropped to about 30 a year, compared with 127 a year five years ago. The budget calls for contracting with Washington County's unit in West Bend for the service, with transportation back and forth provided by Waukesha County.

Health and Human Services Director Peter Schuler defended the closing, saying he saw no change in the trend toward fewer girls being held in secure detention. He also said that "Washington County will do a good job."

Contracting for the girls' detention space would save nearly $200,000, according to Vrakas' budget proposal. Some of that would be used to fill other gaps created in the health and human services budget, including replenishing funds for programs aimed at keeping troubled youth out of more expensive correctional and residential care facilities.

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East, Central kickers move on to regional finals

Oct. 11, 2011 11:29 p.m. | Both Brookfield East and Brookfield Central won first-round regional games on Tuesday and moved on to regional final matches on Thursday night on their home field.

East beat Milwaukee Hamilton, 5-0, to advance and meet Cedarburg Thursday in the finals.

The Spartans led 3-0 at half-time as goals were scored by Peter Tongas (Max Karcher assist, 22:40), Ben Kosmider (David Fuchs assist, 31:53) and Karcher (Matt Wilson assist, 39:15).

In the second half they put the game away quickly as John Orgovan scored on a bicycle kick (Trenton Daniels assist) 27 seconds into the second half.

Wilson closed out the scoring at 59:30 with a chip shot over the goalie's head.

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Baby formula case brings guilty pleas

Oct. 11, 2011 9:50 p.m. | What started with federal agents raiding a Waukesha County warehouse four years ago and seizing more than 81,000 cans of suspected stolen baby formula culminated Tuesday when a prominent Milwaukee-area businessman and his brother were charged with conspiracy and hiding income to avoid taxes.

Rassem "Russ" Kaloti, 50, owner of Kaloti Wholesale of New Berlin, and his brother and partner in the business, Ishaq "Isaac" Kaloti, have agreed to plead guilty to the tax and conspiracy counts. In addition, Isaac Kaloti, 45, will plead guilty to knowingly receiving stolen baby formula.

Federal prosecutors laid out a complicated scheme in which the brothers hid millions generated by their grocery distribution company and a hotel they owned using secret bank accounts and secondary computer systems. They also paid illegal immigrants in cash to sort and relabel baby formula - and to iron the brothers' clothes and wash their cars, according to the charging document filed Tuesday.

"These charges reflect our continued commitment to investigate and prosecute criminal conduct occurring at the highest levels of business, no matter how complex the case, and to bring to justice wrongdoers regardless of their stature, office or position," U.S. Attorney James L. Santelle said in a statement.

Under the sentencing guidelines, the brothers - who both live in Brookfield - each face a minimum of three years in prison, but prosecutors agreed to recommend 30 months behind bars for each and allow the terms to be "staggered" so one brother is always out to run the business.

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Brookfield man apparently none too pleased with youth group promoters

Oct. 11, 2011 7:21 a.m. | Two men who were spreading word about a youth group that promotes self-responsibility got an earful from a Brookfield man when they asked to borrow a lighter to light a cigarette, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

A 20-year-old man reported that the two men asked him to borrow the lighter after approaching him about a youth group they were promoting near the intersection of Gebhardt and Barker roads at 7:41 p.m. Oct. 7.

When responding officers found the men, they said the 20-year-old had screamed obscenities at them and yelled "white power."

They also told the officer they were stumping for a youth group that promotes self-responsibility and the notion that the color of one's skin and where they are from have no impact on success - but maintained that they were not accepting donations.

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Boy tries to avoid trouble, inadvertently causes panic

Oct. 10, 2011 5:06 p.m. | A Brookfield Academy student who sneaked out of his house on Bermuda Boulevard in the early morning hours Friday to serve a detention without his mother finding out created a false panic when he forgot to close the front door, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

The 17-year-old boy's mother called the police just before 6 a.m. Friday, when she discovered that the front door of her home was ajar.

She told officers that she remembered locking the door the night before and worried that an intruder had entered her house.

Officers found the boy serving detention at Brookfield Academy shortly after he was discovered missing from his bedroom.

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Brookfield Road Subway robbed at gunpoint

Oct. 10, 2011 4:50 p.m. | Two men robbed the Subway restaurant at 3960 N. Brookfield Road at gunpoint early Monday, according to city of Brookfield police.

A man wearing a black hood and a black bandanna came into the store and ordered the lone employee on duty to the back of the store just before 6:30 a.m., according to the police report.

"All (the employee) could see was eyes and a gun," Brookfield Police Capt. Jim Adlam said.

Once in the back of the store, Adlam said, the man ordered the employee to lie on the floor and then let a second man - also cloaked in a black hood and bandanna - into the store through a back door.

The two men took cash and fled.

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$18K wedding ring set taken from Elm Grove home

Oct. 10, 2011 4:44 p.m. | More than $23,000 in jewelry was reported stolen from a village of Elm Grove home, according to an Elm Grove police report.

Also in the report:

A homeowner reported on Oct. 6 that a gold and diamond engagement-wedding ring set valued at $18,000 and a heart-shaped emerald pendant valued at $2,300 had been taken from the home.

The pieces were last seen on a bar in the home in the end of July or beginning of August.

Since that time, people hired to clean the property and adult children of the homeowner's acquaintances have been inside the home.

Raiders improving, but Central dominates

Oct. 07, 2011 11:09 p.m. |  

Friday night’s Greater Metro Conference matchup between Brookfield Central and Wauwatosa East was a harder fought game than the 48-13 score line would indicate.

Despite the loss, Tosa East showed many positives. The Raiders, now 0-6 in conference play and 1-7 overall, rushed for 106 yards and sophomore Quarterback Christian Tolbert passed for 175 yards and two touchdowns.

“He’s done great,” said Raiders coach Jake Wolter. “He came up from JV because our starting quarterback was injured. On the first (touchdown pass) on the pre-snap, we were yelling for him to throw to someone else, but he threw to our old quarterback (Kyle Vnuk), who was pretty well defended, but he’s a bigger kid who could jump up and make the catch. The second one was a nice catch by Vince Cupertino.”

The Lancers offense didn’t miss a beat during the game and jumped out to a 21-0 lead three minutes before halftime on a touchdown run from Jason Meichtry in the first quarter and two from DeMario Harris in the second. The Raiders managed their first touchdown two minutes later after a long pass from Tolbert to Cupertino for a 34-yard pick up, and a well placed touchdown pass that found its way into the hands of Vnuk despite good coverage from Brookfield Central.

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Failed fourth down play leads to Marquette's win over East

Oct. 07, 2011 10:27 p.m. | Marquette stopped Brookfield East on a fourth down and one wiht 4:27 left to play and turned that into a touchdown and a 22-16 victory.

The win enabled the Hilltoppers to stay in a first-place tie (5-1) with Brookfield Central and Sussex Hamilton while the Spartans hopes for a share of the title probably went down the drain (4-2).

Leading 16-14, East went for a first down on fourth and one from its own 34 instead of punting and letting its defense win the game.

But the Hilltopper defense stopped East QB Bryce Pompos on fourth and one and scored five plays later on a short run by Alex Klestinski. A 2-point conversion by QB Joe Greif to Tom Siwula gave them a 6-point lead (22-16).

Marquette scored first at 11:09 of the first quarter when Greif threw a 37-yard pass to Matt Misiewicz for a 7-0 lead.

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Full-court review of Elmbrook graduation case sought

Oct. 07, 2011 2:22 p.m. | Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked a federal appeals court to rule that Elmbrook School District violated students' constitutional rights by holding some past graduation ceremonies in a church.

A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September issued a 2-1 decision upholding a lower court ruling stating the district did nothing wrong by holding the Brookfield East and Brookfield Central ceremonies at Elmbrook Church. Now, Americans United, which represents anonymous defendants in the case, wants a full-court review.

"Public schools should schedule graduation ceremonies at facilities where all families feel welcome," Americans United Senior Litigation Counsel Alex J. Luchenitser said. "Students should not have to be immersed in an intensely religious environment of a faith different from their own in order to attend their graduation. Graduation is too important to leave some families out."

The court now has the option of accepting or denying the request.

Penny Mustard to relocate its Brookfield store

Oct. 06, 2011 4:14 p.m. | Penny Mustard, the furniture chain formerly called P.M. Bedroom Gallery, will shift its Brookfield store to new quarters on Saturday.

The retailer has leased the former Flanner's Home Entertainment building, 16220 W. Blue Mound Road. The change will give Penny Mustard 26,400 square feet of space in a high-profile, roadside location.

The current Brookfield store, which will be used for the next several months as a clearance center, occupies 11,000 square feet in a retail center at W. Blue Mound and N. Calhoun Roads.

Penny Mustard operates two other furniture stores in suburban Milwaukee and four in suburban Chicago.

Take a capsule look at the week's top stories in NOW's Prep Sports Primer

Oct. 04, 2011 10:33 a.m. |

Join NOW and Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe for this week's Prep Sports Primer, the fastest 90 seconds in local high school sports.

Each week, JR will highlight some of the top sports stories in the suburban area. This week includes looks at the standout Homestead girls tennis team, some of the top girls golfers, including Kettle Moraine's Leighann Cabush, and more.

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Masseuse rubbed wrong way when offer for 'happy ending' declined

Oct. 03, 2011 4:12 p.m. | A businessman said that a woman he paid for a massage stole cash and his wedding ring from his hotel room after he declined her offer for a "happy ending" Sept. 28, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

The 33-year-old man reported at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 28 that a masseuse had taken $50 from his wallet and his wedding ring from the room he rented at the Sheraton Hotel, 375 S. Moorland Road.

He requested that a detective - or any officer dressed in street clothes - respond to the hotel because he was there for a business conference and did not want to draw attention to himself.

He told responding officers that he paid the woman for a massage, and she took his personal effects and left after he declined her offer for a "happy ending."

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Man, 80, arrested for drunken driving after hitting restaurant in Brookfield

Oct. 04, 2011 9:54 a.m. | An 80-year-old Brookfield man was arrested for drunken driving and hit and run after striking a restaurant, two cars and two trees with his car Sept. 29, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

The man was leaving Maxim's Restaurant, 18025 W. Capitol Drive, at 1:54 p.m. Sept. 29 when he struck the building, two cars and two trees, causing minor damage.

Restaurant staff got the man's name from a credit card receipt and reported the incident to police.

The man was arrested for his third offense of drunken driving when officers went to his home and found his damaged car parked in an open garage.

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Fires cause little to no damage at Best Western, Central Bark

Oct. 04, 2011 9:50 a.m. | Fire suppression and detection systems are credited with quelling two fires in the city of Brookfield before major damages were incurred last week.

According to Fire Department reports:

Firefighters found a light haze of smoke coming from the kitchen when they arrived at Best Western Midway, 1005 S. Moorland Road, at 2:21 a.m. Sept. 30. It was later determined that a pile of rags used for cleaning had somehow ignited.

Hotel guests were evacuated.

Water from the fire-suppression sprinkler system extinguished the blaze and prevented any damage to the building.

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$21K in jewelry reported stolen

Oct. 04, 2011 9:24 a.m. | More than $21,000 in jewelry was taken from a home in the 3600 block of Muirwood Drive on Sept. 28, it was reported to city of Brookfield police.

According to the police report, the burglary happened between 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Sept. 28. The intruder pried open a rear casement window to get into the home after an attempt to pry open a rear patio door failed.

The case remains under investigation.

Con poses as credit card company to get man's money

Oct. 03, 2011 4:08 p.m. | A Brookfield man who thought he had negotiated a payment plan for outstanding credit card debt became the victim of fraud, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also from the report:

The 79-year-old man reported that he stopped making payments on a $28,000 credit card balance in December because he could no longer afford to.

In a series of phone calls with someone claiming to be a representative of the credit card company, the man agreed to pay $5,800 in 36 monthly payments if the remainder of the balance was forgiven.

The unidentified suspect had the man's personal information and details of his credit account.

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Community Watch

» Central to host Bradford Saturday afternoon 10/30

» Bay's offense overpowers Brookfield East 10/29

» Lancers whip Franklin, advance to Level 3 10/29

» Waukesha County officials: Propane bottles, recycling don't mix 10/28

» Help us find the best of our communities 10/28

» Middleton nips Spartans in state quarterfinal 10/27

» Elmbrook to shutter Hillside 10/25

» Waukesha County Board does about face on loan program 10/25

» Man arrested in Brookfield for 5th drunken driving offense 10/25

» Couple reports loss of $200K in jewelry 10/24

» Man gets 10 years for fleeing crash that killed stepson 10/24

» East to host Whitefish Bay Saturday at 4 p.m. in D2 Football Playoffs 10/24

» Central football game Saturday night at Franklin 10/24

» East kickers advance to state with 2-0 win over Falls 10/22

» Missing QB no problem for Lancers 10/22

» Lancers crush Wildcats, will face Franklin next weekend 10/22

» Spartans give away football, keep the win 10/22

» Spartans to meet Falls for sectional title on Saturday night 10/21

» Waukesha County armored vehicle pressed into duty on first day Updated:  10/20

» Vrakas' business loan plan may get new life 10/20

» EPA orders Brookfield to end sewer overflows 10/19

» East at Greendale Friday, Central hosts Milwaukee Hamilton Saturday 10/19

» Brookfield police say Westbrook Beverage, Subway robberies could be linked 10/17

» Brookfield teen accused of stealing car, ATV and mini bike 10/17

» Man accidentally shoots gun into neighboring apartment 10/17

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