Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Background of profile picture leads police to escort in Brookfield

Nov. 28, 2012 10:17 a.m. | A Milwaukee woman was arrested for prostitution at Motel 6 in Brookfield after police noticed something familiar in the background of the woman's online profile picture.

According to the Town of Brookfield police report:

The 20-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for working as an escort at Motel 6, 20300 W. Bluemound Road, at 2:08 p.m. Nov. 7.

Police conducted an investigation after coming across information about escorts working in the area through an Internet site. The woman's profile image included fixtures that matched those at the hotel, prompting police to perform a sting operation.

Pair sentenced for holiday tip fraud against newspaper customers

Nov. 27, 2012 2:54 p.m. | Two men who concocted a scheme to defraud newspaper customers of tips they thought were going to the person who delivered the paper have been sentenced to jail for the scheme.

David S. Downer, 36, of Hartford was sentenced Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court to 75 days in jail as a condition of two years probation. Downer is allowed work release during the jail time.

Downer pleaded guilty in September to three counts of attempted theft by false representation, as party to a crime.

Stephen Schumacher, 42, of Pewaukee, pleaded no contest to the same charges. He was sentenced Monday to 21 days in jail, also with work release privileges, as a condition of nine months probation.

Each man was ordered to pay $1,127 in costs, and together pay $35 restitution to one of their victims.

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Brookfield police issue warning about theft ring targeting elderly women

Nov. 26, 2012 2:18 p.m. | The City of Brookfield Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding suspects in a possible theft ring in the area.

In a crime alert issued by the department last week, police officials said elderly women are being targeted by multiple white men, ranging in age from about 40 to about 65, with heavy Eastern European accents.

One man distracts the victim by asking a question while the other removes the wallet from the victim's purse.

Several women had their purses or wallets stolen this month.

According to the alert:

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See the best fog photos on social media

Nov. 21, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Dense fog clouded Milwaukee and surrounding areas Wednesday morning, and many people took to Twitter, Instagram and other social media services to share photos.

View those photos here.

Brookfield man charged in highway wrong-way cruise

Nov. 20, 2012 7:40 p.m. | Joshua P. Klawikowski of Brookfield, 21, faces a single count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony that carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years. Klawikowki made an initial appearance in court on November 14, where he was ordered to maintain absolute sobriety.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office received several 911 calls Nov. 10 reporting that a car was traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 43.

Klawikowski was seen on Department of Transportation cameras in a black car driving at speeds that topped 100 mph, narrowly missing oncoming cars and trucks. A sheriff's deputy drove parallel to Klawikowski in the northbound lanes and shone his light at him in an attempt to pull him over, but Klawikoski continued driving, weaving through a construction zone on Interstate 94 at Drexel Avenue.

Klawikowski made a U-turn at Ryan Road and was pulled over by sheriff's deputies south of College Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Saturday November 10. When asked if he knew where he was, he looked around, saw an Amtrak sign and said he was at the train station.

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Labor Day fireworks won't be a tradition in Elm Grove

Nov. 19, 2012 4:39 p.m. | Elm Grove will keep its annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July holiday instead of moving it to Labor Day.

The summer's drought and extreme heat made it unsafe to shoot off fireworks in July, so the village postponed the display to Labor Day, throwing a community event in Village Park in September. It proved popular, prompting the Recreation Committee on Thursday to discuss when to hold fireworks in the future.

The panel was against ending the traditional Fourth of July fireworks display in favor of a late-summer display, but was open to having a second display over Labor Day weekend - if private funding can be found.

"It (Labor Day) was packed and every other surrounding community has Fourth of July activities and fireworks," committee member Paul Schmidt said. "We'd be unique to have this event to differentiate us and possibly bring more people to our community."

Other committee members agreed the Labor Day festivities were a success, but pointed out that having police officers provide crowd control at two fireworks displays during the summer would be costly for the village.

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8-Twelve benefit raises thousands for Azana victims' families

Nov. 19, 2012 12:56 p.m. | A benefit held at 8-Twelve Restaurant to raise money for the Azana Salon shooting victims' families brought in nearly $62,000 last week.

Omar Shaikh, co-owner of SURG Restaurant Group, which sponsored the event, said the event more than doubled the organizers' goal of $30,000.

8-Twelve Restaurant partners Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers came up with the idea for the benefit and donated several autographed items to the silent auction.

Other items were donated by Kohl's Department Stores, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Milwaukee Wave and others.

Three women were killed and four others were wounded when Radcliff Haughton walked into the spa and opened fire Oct. 21. The deaths left eight children without mothers.

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Town of Brookfield approves apartments rezoning

Nov. 19, 2012 7:00 a.m. | A proposal to develop a three-story building with 27 apartments has received zoning approval from the Town of Brookfield.

The Town Board's action allows developer Bill Bode to proceed with detailed plans for the apartment building, which will include underground parking, at 655 N. Brookfield Road. The rezoning also requires approval from Waukesha County officials.

The project still requires site plan approval, said Gary Lake, town building inspector. Bode said he hopes to bring a detailed plan before town officials in early 2013.

Bode owns Brayton Management Co., which also operates Galleria West Shopping Center, at Blue Mound and Brookfield roads.

Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged

Nov. 16, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For more than 40 years, Gary Medrow has wielded a telephone the way a check forger wields a pen.

Except instead of faking signatures for financial gain, Medrow has used the phone as a disguise to impersonate people in officialdom - from police officers to accident investigators - to indulge his favorite fetish: persuading complete strangers to carry each other around.

The latest persona adopted by the 68-year-old serial impostor, according to a criminal complaint, is that of a Journal Sentinel photojournalist, calling two female high school athletes to set up photo shoots in which they would hold each other upon their shoulders.

Medrow, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday and charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with two counts each of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident involving two Cedarburg High School girls.

Authorities in Franklin, Verona, Hartland and Mequon are investigating similar incidents, which involve female athletes who have had their pictures in the newspaper, Cedarburg police Officer Joe Biliskov said.

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Youth author Gordon Korman to speak Nov. 19 at Wilson Center

Nov. 15, 2012 2:00 p.m. | Author Gordon Korman will be the featured speaker at a free presentation to be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive.

"An Evening with Gordon Korman" will include a presentation by the author and an autograph session.

At 6:30 p.m., the author also will moderate a special trivia contest entitled "Battle of the Books" between students at Pilgrim Park and Wisconsin Hills Middle Schools.

Korman has authored more than 50 middle-grade and teen novels. His works include New York Times bestseller "The 39 Clues" as well as "One False Note," "The Juvie Three," "Son of the Mob," "Born to Rock," Swindle" and "Schooled."

His latest book, Hideout, is scheduled to be released in January.

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Brook-Falls saves 'Discount,' loses 'Liquor' in name battle

Nov. 15, 2012 1:16 p.m. | Two years after Discount Liquor began going after competitors who used the term discount in their names, one of its biggest, most stubborn targets has finally conceded to the trademark tussle.

On the verge of trial late last month, Brook-Falls Discount Liquor decided to settle an action brought by Discount Liqour. In several other cases, Discount Liquor got other stores to drop the term discount.

But the deal with Brook-Falls changes its name to Brook-Falls Discount Wine & Spirits, according to the stipulation filed last week in Waukesha County Circuit Court.  Brook-Falls, 14835 W. Lisbon Road, Brookfield, had 14 days to change the name in any electronic advertising, and 45 days to change signage at the store.

Brook-Falls agreed to immediately stop using its former name as a trade name in any way.

There's a settlement agreement as well, but that, of course, was deemed confidential and sealed by Circuit Judge Lee S. Dreyfus Jr..

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Brookfield driver charged in wrong-way trip on freeway

Nov. 14, 2012 12:32 p.m. | A Brookfield driver who authorities say sped more than 15 miles in the opposite lanes of a freeway on the weekend was charged Wednesday with a felony that could land him in prison for five years.

Joshua P. Klawikowski, 21, faces a single count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety for the dangerous drive that came to end early Saturday before anyone was injured. He is being held in the Milwaukee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint, Klawikowski reached speeds of about 100 mph while southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 43/94 south of Milwaukee early Saturday. Department of Transportation cameras show headlights streaking south between the median wall and oncoming vehicles.

A Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy driving parallel to Klawikowski in the southbound lanes tried to make him pull over and pointed a spotlight at his vehicle, but Klawikowski continued almost to Racine County before finally making a U-turn and joining the proper flow of traffic.

Klawikowski was finally stopped about 2:30 a.m. going north in the northbound lanes near College Ave. According to the complaint, when asked if he knew where he was, he looked around, noticed an Amtrak sign and replied he was at the train station.

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Taxes remain flat in Waukesha County budget

Nov. 13, 2012 3:40 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County government will be able to balance its 2013 budget with a few dollars less from most homeowners.

The county will collect $512 in property taxes for 2013 - $2 less than this year's budget - on a home with a median value of $243,200. The taxes will help pay for a $273.77 million spending plan for 2013 adopted Tuesday by the County Board.

The total cost of county government drops 3.8% in 2013, fully $10.9 million less than this year, County Budget Manager Keith Swartz said.

Waukesha County spends less per resident than any other county in the state, Swartz said.

Much of the decline in next year's budget was due to spending less on major capital construction projects than this year.

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Lime green water in Underwood Creek is just a test

Nov. 07, 2012 11:38 a.m. | Your eyes are not fooling you. The water in Underwood Creek in Elm Grove and Brookfield is green, but there is no need to be alarmed.

The city of Brookfield is testing for leaks in its sanitary and storm sewer system as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The green fluorescent dye used in the testing empties into the creek. Brookfield Public Works Director Thomas Grisa said the dye is non-toxic and testing will continue for the next few weeks.

"The dye is safe for the creek and its inhabitants," Grisa said. "A resident sent me a picture of ducks swimming in the creek this morning."

Elm Grove conducted similar tests last week.

Brookfield offers yard waste disposal options

Nov. 06, 2012 10:56 a.m. | As the last of the leaves fall from the trees, the city of Brookfield Department of Public Works is reminding residents about the rules for disposing of yard waste.

Thomas Grisa, director of public works, said burning is allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. when the wind speed does not exceed 15 mph. Burning piles must be no larger than 5 feet in diameter, 2 feet high, 25 feet from the front lot line, 15 feet from the side and 10 feet from the rear. Burning is not permitted on ditches or roadways.

The city does not pick up yard brush and waste, he said.. City of Brookfield residents can haul bagged leaves to the recycling center, 19700 Riverview Drive, or call a licensed hauler to remove the leaves. The recycling center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m. through Nov. 30, and year-round on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the recycling center for yard waste disposal requires proof of residency.

Driver who struck deputies' car now facing homicide charge

Nov. 05, 2012 5:20 p.m. | An 18-year-old St. Francis man who authorities say plowed into Waukesha County Sheriff's patrol car on a freeway last week now faces a homicide charge for the death of his own passenger.

According to the criminal complaint:

Ihor M. Sahan was speeding east on Interstate 94 about 2:40 a.m. Thursday when he slammed into the squad car that was parked in the turnaround area at Sunny Slope Road. Deputies Bryan Skaar and Patrick Sykes were running radar speed enforcement and noted Sahan's vehicle approaching at 74 mph right before it struck their car.

The injured deputies climbed out of their damaged car to see Sahan's vehicle on fire a short distance away. They pulled Sahan and his unconscious passenger from the burning vehicle.

The passenger, Ryan Petri, 17, had not been wearing a seat belt and suffered massive brain trauma. He was taken to Children's Hospital but never regained consciousness and died Saturday.

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8-Twelve Restaurant announces benefit for children of Azana Spa victims

Nov. 05, 2012 3:42 p.m. | Brookfield's 8-Twelve MVP Bar and Grill will hold a fundraiser for the children of the victims of the Azana Salon and Spa shooting.

Radcliff Haughton killed three women and wounded four others when he opened fire in the spa on Oct. 21.

The dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at 8-Twelve, 17800 W. Bluemound Road.

Tickets cost $100; food and drinks are included. A silent auction will take place, featuring items donated by Packer's quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, who arepartners in the restaurant with SURG Restaurant Group. Other auction donors include the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Wave, Global Sight and Sound and Kohl's Department Stores.

All money raised will go to the children of Zina Haughton, Maelyn Lind and Cary Robuck, who were killed in the Oct. 21 shooting.

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Brookfield Trader Joe's celebrates grand opening today

Nov. 05, 2012 2:46 p.m. | Grocery chain Trader Joe's officially opened its Brookfield location today.

The 12,500-square-foot store celebrated its grand opening at 12665 W. Bluemound Road this morning with Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto and store manager Jeff Clark cutting a ceremonial lei. Festivities will continue throughout the day, with face painting for kids and food demonstrations.

The chain describes itself as a grocery store like no other, carrying domestic and imported items including fresh-baked artisan breads, international frozen entrees, 100 percent juices, deli items, and vitamins and supplements.

The store is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Trader Joe's has more than 380 stores in 34 states. Wisconsin is home to three of these stores, one in Glendale at Bayshore Town Center, one in Madison and the Bluemound store.

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Whitefish Bay football team rallies past East in playoff action, 24-14

Nov. 02, 2012 11:21 p.m. | Because he got smart in the second half, Whitefish Bay offensive coordinator Jake Wolter won't have to start looking for another job.

And because he was smart enough to give the ball to his all-world back Rashadeem Gray to the tune of 22 times and 170 yards in the second half, the Blue Duke football team is en route to the WIAA State Division 2 semifinals for the first time in its history courtesy of a 24-14 level 3 victory over previously unbeaten Brookfield East Friday night.

"It was kind of funny," said Wolter. "Rah- Rah (Gray's nickname) and I were talking about five or six weeks ago, and I told him that if we lose from here on out and you don't have at least 20 touches and you're not hurt, I'm going to fire myself (laughs)."

"In my my mind, he's the best player in the state and he needs to have the ball."

Gray, who finished with 193 yards on 28 carries that included the game-clinching 59-yard burst for score with 1:45 remaining and who also scored the go-ahead TD on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Grant Menard with 3:53 remaining, appreciated the compliment.

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Looking for your local polling place?

Nov. 02, 2012 9:44 a.m. | We are four days away from the next election and one of the best resources to find out local voting information is at the state's official page for Wisconsin Voter Information.

There you can find information on where to vote in your community, check your provisional ballot status and more.

Click here to visit the Wisconsin Voter Information page.

North Shore voters can visit our North Shore Voting Guide, which has a list of polling places and a post-redistricting guide to congressional, assembly, and senate districts.

Red Raiders beat Brookfield Central, 3-1

Nov. 01, 2012 9:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa East will be making a seventh straight trip to the WIAA boys volleyball state tournament following a 3-1 win over the Lancers in the WIAA sectional final at Brookfield Central.

The Red Raiders won the first two matches, 25-18, and 25-21, but the Lancers fought back to win the third game, 25-20. East then won a thriller, 25-23, to clinch the match.

The games were played with each team making big runs, as well as a healthy quotient of lift calls and unforced errors.

Central led 16-9 in game four, but East went on a 7-0 run to tie the match. The Lancers took an 18-17 lead, but the Red Raiders scored seven unanswered points for a 24-18 lead. Central then rattled off five straight, with East hitting three of the points out of bounds, pressing to get that final point.

Following a timeout by coach John Simon, East returned a shot off a Lancers player out of bounds for the win.

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Harsh criticism of police chief out of line, Brown Deer legislators say

Nov. 01, 2012 7:16 p.m. | Two state legislators who represent Brown Deer said Thursday they are looking into the how the village's Police Department responded to repeated calls at the home of Brookfield spa shooter Radcliffe Haughton, but they said other lawmakers who admonished the police chief were out of line.

Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. Daniel Knodl (R-Germantown) said they have been in touch with the Brown Deer Police Department, which responded to the Haughton home repeatedly for domestic violence over a decade.

They criticized the lawmakers - 10 Democrats and two Republicans - who sent a letter to Brown Deer Police Chief Steven Rinzel, telling him he was blaming the victim and it appeared his department violated the state's mandatory arrest law on two domestic violence calls to the Haughton home.

The dozen lawmakers also demanded an outside audit of how the department responded to the nearly two dozen calls to the Haughton home and its policies and practices in domestic violence cases, according to the letter.

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been asking for such a review since last week.

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Deputies among those injured in I-94 crash

Nov. 01, 2012 9:52 a.m. | Two Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies and two motorists were injured early Thursday when a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old St. Francis man struck a parked squad car on I-94.

The deputies were inside the marked squad car in the median of I-94 west of Sunnyslope Road monitoring traffic at 2:43 a.m. when the eastbound vehicle traveled into the median and struck the squad. The car's engine ignited and the deputies helped the driver and his unconscious passenger, a 17-year-old West Allis boy, out of the vehicle, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The passenger suffered critical injuries and was taken to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life. The deputies suffered back and facial injuries and were taken by ambulance to Froedtert. The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

One of the Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies has worked for the department for 11 years; the other deputy has been with the department for four months.

Community Watch

» Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year 11/28

» Background of profile picture leads police to escort in Brookfield 11/28

» Pair sentenced for holiday tip fraud against newspaper customers 11/27

» Brookfield police issue warning about theft ring targeting elderly women 11/26

» See the best fog photos on social media 11/21

» Brookfield man charged in highway wrong-way cruise 11/20

» Labor Day fireworks won't be a tradition in Elm Grove 11/19

» 8-Twelve benefit raises thousands for Azana victims' families 11/19

» Town of Brookfield approves apartments rezoning 11/19

» Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged Updated:  11/16

» Youth author Gordon Korman to speak Nov. 19 at Wilson Center 11/15

» Brook-Falls saves 'Discount,' loses 'Liquor' in name battle 11/15

» Brookfield driver charged in wrong-way trip on freeway 11/14

» Taxes remain flat in Waukesha County budget 11/13

» Lime green water in Underwood Creek is just a test 11/7

» Brookfield offers yard waste disposal options 11/6

» Driver who struck deputies' car now facing homicide charge 11/5

» 8-Twelve Restaurant announces benefit for children of Azana Spa victims 11/5

» Brookfield Trader Joe's celebrates grand opening today 11/5

» Whitefish Bay football team rallies past East in playoff action, 24-14 11/2

» Looking for your local polling place? 11/2

» Red Raiders beat Brookfield Central, 3-1 11/1

» Harsh criticism of police chief out of line, Brown Deer legislators say Updated:  11/1

» Deputies among those injured in I-94 crash Updated:  11/1

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Waukesha County Fair


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We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.