Is there a rumor you'd like tracked down? Rory Linnane answers some of the mysteries of life in Brookfield and helps solve everyday problems.
How is Elmbrook Church handling a gun found in its bathroom?
Question: A reader "deeply disturbed" by a police report about a loaded gun found in the bathroom at Elmbrook Church, 777 S. Barker Road, while children were in the building asked whether church officials plan to do anything about it.
Response: After a March 28 Brookfield NOW article revealed that Elmbrook Church staff found a loaded gun in a church bathroom about noon March 19, reporters flocked to the town of Brookfield Police Department, which had responded to the incident, and concerned parents rang the church, all wanting to know what would be done.
Elmbrook Church Director of Operations Mark Heckman said that would be up to police, who have referred the case to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office. Charges have not been filed.
"That's now between the town of Brookfield police, the individual and the district attorney," Heckman said.
But Heckman did dispute some of the points in the police report. While the report said the woman who left the gun on a feminine disposal can in the bathroom was a volunteer teacher at the church, Heckman said she was actually a person attending an adult Bible study class.
A group for homeschooled children was meeting at the same time, and those children did have access to the bathroom where the gun was left as the police report stated, Heckman said, but they were in a different part of the building "not anywhere near the area" with the gun. According to the police report, the weapon was left in the bathroom on the main floor between the north chapel entrance and the kitchen area.
Although the police report said the gun's safety was in the fire position, Heckman said the staff member who found the gun and security personel said the safety was actually on. He said the church did everything it could to address the situation, having called police immediately upon finding the weapon, and he did not plan to take any further action.
"We take the safety and security of our members and guests very seriously and believe that our internal protocols were followed and served to protect those in attendance that morning," church officials said in a statement.
Submit your question for Ask NOW by sending an email to Rory Linnane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Brookfield and Elm Grove Ask Now: Will sidewalks remain after North Avenue is widened?
- Brookfield and Elm Grove Ask Now: Is River Birch Drive a public trail or a private drive?
- Ask Now: Is Goodwill still coming to Brookfield?
- Ask Now: Traffic signal, but no traffic?
- Ask Now: What's going on with Capitol Heights?
- Ask Now: Are well owners hooked up to city water required to get permit?
- Ask Now: Elm Grove looks toward more walking paths
- Ask Now: What's going on with Plaza 173?
- Ask Now: How many furry friends are in need?
- Ask Now: How does annexation actually work?
- Ask Now: Should Brookfield bikers be excited?
- Ask Now: What's going on with Burger King in the Town of Brookfield?
- Brookfield AskNOW for June 26: Where are the jobs?
- Ask NOW: Which side is the rich side of town?
- Ask NOW: How many elm trees does the Village of Elm Grove actually have?
- Ask NOW: Where did the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts get its name?
- Ask NOW: Should people take more care with their lawn care?
- Ask NOW: Can cars go over grass in order to pass on the right?
- Ask NOW: Reader wonders if bicyclists should use pathways
- Ask NOW: Brookfield resident wonders when he is allowed to pass on the right