Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter said his top-ranked in the state Warhawks' season-opening 73-58 victory over seventh-ranked Brookfield Central Tuesday night will likely amount to "six hours of jubilation after six months of worry."
And he has a point.
The Warhawks have been on everyone's radar since the end of their record-setting 24-2 campaign of a year ago. They were installed as number one in the state in various polls, and have the talent to back that lofty ranking up.
But they hadn't played anyone until tonight.
However, after this wire-to-wire win was done, their opponents, while not quite ready to hand them the state championship trophy yet, were impressed by what they saw.» Read Full Article
Brookfield Central's girls basketball team crushed Milwaukee Hamilton, 54-15, Tuesday night at home to even the Lancers record at 1-1.
Sophomore Lydia Rohde drained four 3-pointers in the first quarter to spark a 21-3 lead. The school record was five 3-pointers in a game, but Rohde missed a chance to tie or break it as she missed her other two attempts and finished with 12 points.
Central led, 36-5, at intermission as coach Dan Wandrey began emptying his bench in the second quarter.
Central worked on its 3-point shooting in the second half, trying not to take the ball inside against an under-manned Wildcat team. They out-scored Hamilton, 18-10, in the second half.
Senior Anna Liewen played an excellent game, leading the way with 14 points as 10 players got on the scoreboard.» Read Full Article
Opponents of Gov. Scott Walker were collecting signatures for a recall petition amid a rush of holiday shoppers in Brookfield over the weekend.
Although police officers responded to seven complaints of signature collection efforts impeding traffic or blocking driveways Nov. 25 and 27, no citations were issued.
"We were pretty much warning them that they can't obstruct traffic," Capt. Jim Adlam said. "You can't block driveway access; you can't take over someone's parking lot or business if they don't want you to."
According to city of Brookfield police reports:
The first interaction came when a man stationed in a median in the 17000 block of Bluemound Road was collecting signatures just before 11:30 a.m. Nov. 25. He was told to relocate to a sidewalk.» Read Full Article
A Brookfield woman returning home from shopping in the wee hours of Black Friday found her kitchen ablaze, according to City of Brookfield Fire Department records.
The woman called firefighters and woke up her sleeping husband after she discovered the kitchen of the single-family home at 825 Wilson Drive was on fire, just before 3:30 a.m. Nov. 25, the report states.
Fire Chief Charlie Myers anticipates the home sustained $100,000 in damages - $70,000 in structural damages and $30,000 in damages to contents from smoke and fire.
Preliminary investigation showed that the fire started because smoking materials had been discarded in a garbage can.
"Our fire prevention message for this incident is that all homeowners ensure they have working smoke detectors on all levels of the home," Myers said. "Please dispose of smoking materials in a metal container and place the container outside, a safe distance from the house."» Read Full Article
One bad stretch in the third quarter was all it took for Brookfield Central's girls basketball team to lose to Madison Edgewood, 51-40, Friday morning in the first-game of the inaugural Thanksgiving Shootout at Central.
The Lancers led 19-17 at half-time, but the Crusaders came out and went on a 23-8 run in the third quarter to take a 40-27 advantage into the fourth period.
Junior guard Amanda Kelm sat on the 3-point line unguarded and nailed four 3-pointers to put the game away. She led all scorers with 19 points.
Anna Liewen led Central with 10 points, but spent most of the game on the bench with foul trouble. Lydia Rohde and Debbie Entzminger had 8 points each and Sara Fotsch added seven.
Green as grass and with bales of turnovers and missed free throws to its credit, the Brookfield East boys basketball team turned to the two experienced hands it could trust Wednesday night in its season opener at Franklin.
And when junior guards Brian Smith and Ryan McBride scored back-to-back hoops in a matter of seven seconds very late in the fourth quarter, the Spartans had turned a 61-60 deficit into a 64-61 victory.
"They're the only two guys we have back with any varsity experience," said East coach Andy Farley. "Ryan had been in foul trouble most of the game (only 11 minutes played all told) so we ran that last play through Nick (Kanavas) and then Brian (Smith) finishes (to take the lead) and then Ryan (McBride) steals the in-bounds and hits another lay-up."
"I just couldn't be more pleased with the way we executed at the end of the game."
Meanwhile, Franklin coach Tim Hogan, who also has much rebuilding to do after an excellent 2010-11 campaign, couldn't help but be a little discouraged after the Sabers lost a four-point lead in the last 2:26.» Read Full Article
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Waukesha - Waukesha County plans to reduce commuter service between Waukesha and downtown Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee beginning Jan. 2, but first officials will hear from the public at a hearing set for Dec. 1.
Two routes would be affected:
- Route 901, which operates from downtown Waukesha to Milwaukee, including UWM, now offers 21 trips weekdays between 5:15 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Proposed cutbacks would reduce the service to peak travel hours and just eight total trips, running between 5:15 and 10:07 a.m. and 2:26 and 7:38 p.m. weekdays.
- Route 905 operates from various park-and-ride lots along I-94 between Oconomowoc and Milwaukee. The service runs during morning and afternoon rush hours weekdays, and it will be cut from the current six trips to five trips during the morning rush hour. No cut is planned in the afternoon.
The hearing on the changes will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Waukesha County Courthouse County Board Room, 515 W. Moreland Blvd.
Transit staff will be on hand to hear from the public.» Read Full Article
A mother who forgot her 3-year-old daughter at Walgreens, 2205 N. Calhoun Road, told authorities that she rushed back to the store once she realized her mistake, according to city of Brookfield police reports.
Also in the reports:
A Walgreens employee notified police that store staff were unable to find the parents of a 3-year-old girl at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20.
The girl's mother returned to the store by 7 p.m. and said she rushed back once she realized she had left her daughter behind.
Officers forwarded the case to Waukesha County Child Services for review.
Brookfield police are investigating a report that a former employee of New Skin Wellness in Brookfield took more than $60,000 in products from the company over the course of a year, according to a Brookfield police report.
Also in the report:
A representative of Anew Skin and Wellness, 19265 W. Capitol Drive, reported that a former employee had taken a large amount of products from the business.
The estimated value of the products taken has varied, but most recently was estimated at $60,000.
The matter remains under investigation.
A Brookfield woman was scammed out of more than $29,000 by someone she had met on a dating website, according to city of Brookfield police reports.
Also in the reports:
The woman told officers she had wired more than $29,000 to Malaysia on Nov. 19.
The 51-year-old woman maintained a lengthy relationship with the man, whom she had met on a popular dating website, before she agreed to send him more than $29,000 to pay for taxes on a supposed inheritance.
Although the man had agreed to pay her back, she never heard from him again.
Brookfield police officers rushed to a reported burglary in progress in the early hours of Nov. 15 only to find that the perpetrator was a clumsy buck.
A woman reported that she had heard what sounded like an explosion and found broken glass outside a neighbor's condominium in the 18000 block of Emerald Circle just before 2 a.m. Nov. 15, according to a police report.
Nothing was disturbed inside the condo, and officers found deer tracks leading to and from the building, Capt. Jim Adlam said.
Officers then scanned the perimeter and found a large buck limping off.
"Apparently it ran into the door, broke the glass and ran off," Adlam said.» Read Full Article
A Brookfield man could face a felony charge after brandishing a knife and threatening to slit the throat of a motorist who suspected he was driving drunk and called the police, according to a city of Brookfield police report.
Also in the report:
The 21-year-old man pulled over on 162nd Street, near Capitol Drive, and approached another car with a knife.
The 21-year-old believed the driver of that car had cut him off and told him he was going to slit somebody's throat.
He then ran off and was arrested a short time later on a tentative charge of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.
On Tuesday, join older adults from the Brookfield and Elm Grove communities for a presentation titled "Funeral Pre-planning - A Gift to Your Family" beginning at 12:45 p.m. in the Brookfield Senior Community Center, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.
These monthly educational gatherings for older adults are offered on the 4th Tuesday of the month by the Elmbrook Area Older Adult Forum. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Juli at (262) 853-9352.
Carol Boeck, pre-arrangement counselor with Church and Chapel Funeral Homes, will discuss the advantages funeral pre-planning offers.
Elmbrook Area Older Adult Forum was developed by local professionals to help empower older adults and their families through education and support.
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But for a chance encounter with a pile of old computer processing cards, George Dalton might have grown up to be a butcher.
Instead, he became a co-founder of Fiserv Inc., the Brookfield-based firm that is now one of the world's largest data processors for all kinds of financial institutions.
The magic moment happened when he was 16 and saw a friend run a deck of punched cards through an early computer. As Dalton later said, he "fell in love with the computer business then and there."
George D. Dalton died of natural causes Thursday, following months of health problems since surgery in April. He was 83.
Before he began Fiserv, Dalton played a key role in the development of the TYME network. Dalton was then at Midland National Bank and had already started an independent network called Cash Plus. That reportedly spurred other banks to begin talking about creating their own network, but they planned to exclude Midland. Dalton's boss, John Kelly, embarrassed them into changing that plan.» Read Full Article
Opponents of holding public high school graduations at a large church will get one more shot at arguing their case in federal court.
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday vacated a prior ruling in favor of the Elmbrook School District by a three-judge panel, and announced the entire court will rehear the case. No dates were set for oral argument.
The panel in September upheld a district court decision to throw out a lawsuit brought by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. It claimed the Elmbrook School District's past practice of holding graduation ceremonies for Brookfield high schools at Elmbrook Church violated students' constitutional rights.
At earlier oral arguments before the three-judge panel, judges seemed skeptical.
Town of Brookfield residents won't see a property tax increase in 2012, which marks the third consecutive year town officials have voted to hold the line on spending.
The Town Board unanimously approved a $4.62 million operating budget for 2012 on Tuesday. That represents a 0.08 percent decrease from 2011.
Property tax payers will pay $3.56 per $1,000 of assessed property value to support a $3.6 million levy.
"The town sees a very bright financial future and expects to maintain its current levels of municipal services for many years to come," Town Administrator Rick Czopp said.
The town used savings from employee pension contributions and a 60 percent decrease in debt interest payments to offset a 25 percent decrease in shared revenue and a 10 percent decrease in state transportation aid.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board adopted County Executive Dan Vrakas' proposed 2012 budget intact Tuesday, overwhelmingly rejecting a supervisor's last-ditch effort to prevent closing the Juvenile Center girls' secure detention unit.
Supervisor Patricia Haukohl, chairman of the board's Finance Committee, said the budget represents a continuation of quality infrastructure and services that Waukesha County residents have come to expect. With Haukohl and committee chairs participating in development of the budget early on, she said, the process reflected cooperation and "a synergy so rare among other governments."
The budget calls for a general tax levy of $98 million, up 0.6%, the lowest increase in nearly 30 years.
The resulting tax rate is $2.01 per $1,000 fair market value, up 4 cents. A Waukesha County home of median value this year - $255,600 - would pay $514 in county taxes under the budget, about the same as last year when property values were higher, county officials estimate.
The county share of the tax bill is among the smaller portions, with municipal and school taxes making up a bigger share.» Read Full Article
City of Brookfield firefighters responded to a report of a building on fire in the 18200 block of Beverly Hills Drive just after 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13.
Firefighters arrived to find that the homeowner had used a dry chemical fire extinguisher to suppress a fire inside a clothes dryer prior to arrival, according to a report.
Lint had clogged the vent hose, and the homeowner was advised to have it checked by service personnel before using it again.
Damage is estimated at $1,000, according to the report.
A Cudahy man who was hired by a Brookfield couple to do yard work and odd jobs around their Buena Vista Drive home has been charged with stealing nearly $10,000 in jewelry.
John C. Talaska, 31, faces more than 18 years in prison if convicted on felony counts of burglary and theft. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday and remains in Waukesha County Jail on $3,500 cash bond.
According to the criminal complaint:
A couple hired Talaska to do yard work and odd jobs around their home in the 2400 block of Buena Vista Drive on two days in October.
Soon after, the homeowners discovered that 14 pieces of jewelry, a $9,600 value, were missing from a bedroom and identified Talaska as a suspect.» Read Full Article
Federal work-safety regulators on Wednesday cited Vinton Construction Co. of Manitowoc for safety violations for failing to protect workers from cave-ins while digging trenches to install water mainlines in Brookfield.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed penalties totaling $95,040, after an inspection that began in June.
Vinton Construction will have the opportunity to request a hearing and contest the proposed citations, said Scott Allen, a spokesman at OSHA's regional office in Chicago.
But there has been a pattern of repeat violations, he added.
"This company has an extensive history with OSHA dating back to 1979," said Allen. "Vinton's been cited seven other times since 2005 and has been issued repeat violations for lack of trench and excavation protection," he said.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - The Waukesha County Finance Committee wrapped up its review of the 2012 county budget Wednesday, unanimously recommending a $98.5 million tax levy that is exactly as County Executive Dan Vrakas proposed six weeks ago.
Just two amendments to accept grants totaling $170,000 were made to Vrakas' budget - one to provide cancer education and screening for low-income and uninsured individuals, the other to establish a drug court. Both grants were confirmed after Vrakas' budget was introduced. Neither change added to the tax levy.
The sole controversy that flared during the budget review was Vrakas' plan to close the girls secure detention unit of the Juvenile Center and contract with Washington County for the service. Supervisor Janel Brandtjen's attempt to restore the program failed both in the Health and Human Services and Finance Committees.
The final budget calls for spending $244.7 million on operations, down 1.4% from this year; a capital projects list costing $39.9 million, double last year's total but with cash on hand of $10.4 million applied to keep tax support even with last year's; nontax revenues of $163.2 million, up 6%; and a general tax levy of $98.0 million, up 0.6%.
Taxpayers in communities without libraries will pay $2.9 million, or 1% more, toward the federated library system.» Read Full Article
Elmbrook School District residents are invited to provide their input as the School Board develops criteria to use when searching for and selecting the next superintendent.
The board has hired search firm Ray & Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to conduct a national search. Ray & Associates will facilitate Superintendent Search Focus Groups on Nov. 15 to build a profile of the ideal Elmbrook superintendent.
Community members are invited to attend forums at the following times/locations:
10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Central Administrative Offices, 13780 Hope St., Brookfield
6:30 to 8 p.m., Brookfield East High School cafeteria, 3305 North Lilly Road, Brookfield» Read Full Article
A detailed proposal to provide public financing assistance for a Town of Brookfield retail development, anchored by a Von Maur department store, is likely months away from being presented to the Town Board.
That's according to Rick Czopp, town administrator.
Negotiations between the town and developer Marcus Corp. have taken longer than expected.
Czopp said those talks are going well.
But the negotiations have been complicated, he said, and officials are taking a cautious approach on spending what could be $20 million to $30 million for the town's first tax incremental financing district.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Waukesha County could move to ban guns from more county buildings in the wake of the new state law allowing concealed carry, while Waukesha city buildings would remain ban-free under a Public Works Board recommendation.
A county ordinance that prohibits carrying concealed weapons in the Human Services Center, the Public Health Center, the Mental Health Center, the Juvenile Center and the Waukesha County Communications Center has been drafted for Executive Committee review next Monday and County Board approval later this month.
Weapons and dangerous items are already prohibited at the courthouse and Administration Center, where visitors must pass through a security checkpoint staffed by deputies and a metal detector before entering. The county will only add the statutorily required notification signs in the other buildings where weapons are prohibited, according to Shawn Lundie, chief of staff to the county executive.
Not every county facility will ban weapons, however. Waukesha County parks and golf courses would be open to those lawfully carrying concealed weapons under the proposed ordinance, said Dale Shaver, parks and land use director. However, at special events where a tenant rents a facility - be it a golf course clubhouse or space at the Expo Center - the individuals or groups who are leasing or renting county facilities would have the right to set their own policy.
The Waukesha Public Works Board has unanimously recommended that the city allow concealed weapons to be brought into City Hall and other municipal buildings. Fred Abadi, public works director, said members were persuaded by Police Chief Russell Jack's comments against the ban. Among other things, he said the only real way to ban weapons is to have a secure screening process at the building entrance, much like the county uses at the courthouse.» Read Full Article
As leaves pile, city of Brookfield officials remind residents to follow city code related to burning.
Fire Chief Charlie Myers asks people to keep the following in mind:
The burning of garbage, flammable liquids and other materials that may produce a noxious odor or health hazard is prohibited.
Open areas of standing grass, woods, brush, ditches and roadways cannot be burned.
No burning is allowed between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m., and fires must be completely extinguished by 7 p.m.» Read Full Article
Two fires caused minor damage in Brookfield this weekend.
A pot of water boiled over on a stove, causing a pan of cooking oil to overflow and ignite a grill at Brookfield Commons, 15455 W. Bluemound Road, just before 6 p.m. Nov. 4, according to the Fire Department.
The business was evacuated while the owner activated an overhead sprinkler system that extinguished the blaze.
Damage was limited to about four ceiling tiles above the stove.
Brookfield firefighters also were called to a second-floor condominium in the 18000 block of Taywood Circle for a report that a deck was on fire just before 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6.» Read Full Article
We received 26 comments and 49 venue recommendations. But now it’s time to vote. We want to know the top 10 of your favorite places in Tosa.
So read the list of the 50 venues, head over to our Facebook page, and vote for your two favorites. (Any votes for venues not already suggested will not be counted.) Some venues are just outside of Tosa's borders, but are included anyway because of their proximity to the city.
Voting will take place through Sunday, Nov. 13. Once the top 10 places have been compiled, you’ll be able to find them as a Foursquare list.» Read Full Article
Kenosha Bradford showed why it is one of the state's top teams Saturday afternoon as they blanked Brookfield Central, 27-0, in a WIAA Level 3 football playoff game.
On a day that the Lancers 'bend but don't break' defense gave the Lancers a chance to advance, Bradford shut out Central's offense, which was averaging 38 points a game.
Senior fullback Quanzell Murphy was a pain in the Lancers' side as he scored the Red Devils first two touchdowns, turning short passes from senior quarterback Zach Swisher into touchdowns of 70 and 21 yards.
Bradford led at half-time, 14-0, thanks to Murphy, who scored with 8:54 left in the first quarter and with 11:51 in the second quarter.
The Red Devils had scores with 4:48 in the third quarter (Henry Cabrera 5-yard run) and 2:39 left in the game (John Myers 40 TD).» Read Full Article
Waukesha - With the election still a year off, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus has a Republican primary challenger.
Kathleen Karalewitz, who unsuccessfully ran against Nickolaus for Waukesha County clerk in the 2002 Republican primary, announced Wednesday that she will try to unseat Nickolaus in the fall 2012 election.
Nickolaus, the focus of intense criticism and Government Accountability Board investigation for her mishandling of the April Supreme Court unofficial election returns in Waukesha County, has said she intends to seek re-election.
Karalewitz was deputy county clerk under former County Clerk Patricia E. Madden, who preceded Nickolaus. Madden is Karalewitz's campaign treasurer. Karalewitz said she has 30 years of experience in county and municipal government, including as deputy county clerk, director of clerk services for Menomonee Falls, deputy treasurer for the Town of Mukwonago and currently as administrator and clerk-treasurer for the Town of Mukwonago.
Karalewitz said she will file registration papers Thursday.» Read Full Article
Wauwatosa East took care of business Tuesday night and now the Red Raiders are one step away from their sixth straight trip to the WIAA State Tournament next weekend.
The first-seeded Red Raiders, currently ranked fourth in the state, defeated fourth-seeded Brookfield East, 3-1, on Tuesday at home and they now travel to the Brookfield East Sectional on Thursday for a 7 p.m. match-up with second-seeded Shorewood of the Woodland Conference.
In what sounds like the opening scene of a horror movie, city of Brookfield police received a report that four human heads had been found in a garbage bin on the city's west side Oct. 25.
However, responding officers quickly discovered that the report - albeit well-intentioned - was a work of fiction.
According to police reports:
A startled resident reported that a garbage bag containing four human heads had been found in a garbage receptacle behind some businesses in the 12000 bock of Burleigh Road just after 9 a.m. Oct. 25.
After checking a number of garbage bins in the area, an officer was directed to the one in question.» Read Full Article
Gov. Scott Walker announced Monday that Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is eligible for up to $1.5 million in economic development tax credits and a $250,000 loan to improve its facility at 13135 W. Lisbon Road in Brookfield.
The tax credits will help Milwaukee Electric Tool expand its research and development center, which the company expects will create 103 new jobs.
"Within the power tool industry, Milwaukee is regarded as the brand of choice for the professional trades. Our vision to lead by delivering disruptive innovation to the market place directly reflects the culture of our state and the core values of the people who choose to live here," said Ty Staviski, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Milwaukee Tool.
Mayor Steve Ponto praised Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for working closely with the city and Waukesha County Economic Development Corp. to encourage business expansion and create highly skilled, family-supporting jobs.
Cash, computers and a security system were taken from two Brookfield businesses that were burglarized after business hours Oct. 27, according to city of Brookfield police reports.
Also in the reports:
A passerby called police to Brookfield Vacuum, 17000 W. Capitol Drive, when glass in a front door was discovered broken just before 9 a.m. Oct. 28.
Responding officers found that about $400 had been taken, along with a desktop computer and a recording device for a security system. The equipment is valued at $500.
Officers also were called to Gogolakk Group, 1025 S. Moorland Road, when it was discovered that a suite door had been pried open just after 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28.» Read Full Article