Thursday, April 25, 2013
Fear over multimillion dollar lawsuits has prompted many departments to strictly follow requirements in the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act that may or may not apply. And in doing so, they're violating the state's open records law.
A legal battle in Illinois over a $20 parking ticket could potentially cost a Chicago suburb tens of millions of dollars — and fear that the case could have implications here is prompting many Milwaukee-area police departments to drastically clamp down on how much information they’re releasing to the public. In a matter of months, police departments from Caledonia to Port Washington have stopped providing names of people their officers are arresting, ticketing or contacting, and, in some cases, won’t even release details on where a crime occurred because of the pending litigation in Illinois. We could see a closing off of Wisconsin’s open records laws — laws that are considered among the strongest in the country. “There’s the real …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Whether he was trying to steal someone's heart, who knows, but tender-aged boy was certainly trying to steal the ingredients for a close encounter.
A 14-year-old Milwaukee boy must have had some interesting explaining to do when he was released to his parents after being caught shoplifting. At 4:04 p.m. March 17, the boy was cited for retail theft at the Pick ‘n Save store at 12735 W. Capitol Dr. The youngster “seems to have had quite an evening planned,” a police spokesman said. Recovered in the attempted theft were 10 items worth $74.41, including Trojan vibrating rings, Trojan sensitive condoms, KY warming liquid and two candles – clearly to set the mood. In other incidents: March 14 At 4:57 p.m., two 16-year-old Wauwatosa girls were cited for shoplifting from JC Penney at Brookfield Square after they were seen taking clothing into fitting rooms and coming out empty-handed. Store …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Robber escapes with cash after showing gun, employees tell police. No vehicle was seen in his getaway.
A man armed with a handgun robbed a Town of Brookfield Subway sandwich shop Wednesday night and escaped, police said Thursday. At about 10 p.m., police said, the robber, wearing all black clothing, walked in to the shop at 19555 Blue Mound Rd., went up to the counter and pulled up his sweatshirt to show a handgun in his pants waist. He demanded cash from frightened employees and as soon as it was handed over, he left. The restaurant staff locked the doors and last saw the robber walking toward the nearby George Webb diner. No vehicle was seen, and no witnesses outside the Subway saw the man. Town of Brookfield police said they have video evidence that is being followed up, but so far no suspect. The robber was described as white, 25 to 35 …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
If found, suspect could face a considerably stiffer penalty after escalating something possibly less than a misdemeanor into a serious felony.
What began as a simple case of shoplifting was being investigated by Brookfield police as an armed robbery after a grocery thief threatened to stab a store employee while brandishing a meat thermometer. At 9:58 p.m. Feb. 28, police were called the Pick ‘n Save at 12735 W. Capitol Drive after a security guard tried to stop the suspect from leaving with $99 worth of meat. When confronted at the doors, he showed the sharp thermometer and threatened to use it. He did, however, drop the goods and the escaped in an older teal-colored Geo Metro hatchback, heading east. He was described as black, in his 40s to 50s, 6-foot-1 and 190 to 200 pounds. The report did not say whether the meat thermometer was also thought to have been stolen from the …
Friday, March 1, 2013
When a quiet Sunday exploded into a scene of mass terror at the Azana Spa and Salon in Brookfield, officers from the western suburbs took the initiative to save lives — while risking their own.
Through a door marked "Quiet Zone" and along a long, turning hallway on the second floor of Azana Spa and Salon are 10 massage therapy rooms, each with a name: Serenity, Ecstasy, Bliss... Purity, Unity, Harmony... Peace, Joy, Spirit... Tranquility. Those ideals were shattered on Oct. 21. The mass shooting that day at Azana Spa in Brookfield has been widely reported, with a handful of witness accounts painting a jagged, partial picture of the chaos and terror inflicted that day by killer Radcliffe Haughton, who took four lives, including his own. But a fuller view of what police officers found when they arrived, what they did in response, what more witnesses have told them, awaited the release of reports by the Brookfield Police Department …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Two of three men are suspected second-time offenders, and one is so far over the limit he can't stay upright – but that didn't stop him from driving.
Two of three people arrested by Brookfield police for drunken driving are facing charges of a second offense, and one of those drivers had a blood alcohol concentration of .26, 3½ times the proscribed limit. According to police reports: At 8:06 p.m. Feb. 8, a 55-year-old New Berlin man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after police were called to Outback Steakhouse, 1260 S. Moorland Rd., about a highly intoxicated customer who had tried to get in his car to leave. Restaurant taff begging him not to drive, but before police could arrive, he did get in his car and drive off. Officers spotted him on West Greenfield Avenue, caught up and pulled him over near Davidson Road. Besides the evidence of numerous frantic …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Weapon is found about a mile east of armed robbery scene and a day and a half later, leading police to believe it could be linked to the crime.
A sharp-eyed public worker found and turned in a gun police believe was possibly used in an armed robbery two days before. At 8:41 a.m. Feb. 7, a snowplow driver for the Waukesha County Highway Department reported that he’d found a black handgun in the right-of-way between the street and the sidewalk in the 17700 block of Blue Mound. It proved to be a Umarex CO2-powered BB gun, and police believe it may be the weapon used in an armed robbery of a clerk Feb. 5 at Brian's Gas and Go Mobil station, 19075 Blue Mound Rd., in the Town of Brookfield. The gun was found about one mile east of Brian's, indicating, if nothing else, the direction the robber fled if indeed it is the weapon he used. Brookfield city police turned the weapon over to their…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Man's fake injury, illness and identification do not avail him in misbegotten attempt to get hold of prescription narcotics.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jim Price
Wednesday, February 13
Don't even ask where that blood came from. At 4:16 p.m. Feb. 2, a 41-year-old Milwaukee man was taken into custody for attempting to obtain prescription medication by fraud and obstructing an officer after he tried to get narcotics at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital, 19333 W. North Ave. The man came in with fake ID, wanting narcotic medicine for pain, he said. But he was uncooperative about being examined, and all his vital signs were normal. A doctor who had seen the man before warned that he was probably scamming, and police were called. Among other things, they found that the suspect had brought in a syringe of blood to spray on himself to make it look like he had an injury. The doctor who recognized him said that on an earlier occasion the …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Citizen calls in one suspected drunken driver and a patrol officer spots another, both driving erratically and dangerously on busy thoroughfares.
A 54-year-old Wauwatosa woman was arrested at 9:55 p.m. Feb. 2 on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after a Brookfield police patrol officer saw her driving erratically and dangerously and pulled her over. The officer was driving southbound on North 124th Street near West Burleigh Street when he noticed the woman weaving. He got behind her and saw her almost strike a curb and then veer back over the center line. When he had noted that she kept varying her speed for no apparent reason and then crossed the center line again, he stopped her. The officer said he immediately noticed a strong odor alcohol when he spoke to the driver. But when he asked if she'd been drinking, she said she was coming home from a dinner date and had …
Monday, February 11, 2013
On the same afternoon, police answer two unrelated calls in which families wanted a son arrested and prosecuted for stealing from them – in one instance, during a burglary.
Two reports called in to Brookfield police within two hours Wednesday afternoon were in no way related to one another but showed some remarkable similarities. In each case, a young adult man was accused of stealing rare and valuable property from his own family – and in one case, breaking in to get it. According to police reports: The first call came at 2:48 p.m. Wednesday, when a resident of the 19000 block of West North Avenue contacted police to report her stepson for theft from their home. She said he had stolen an antique brass fireplace set and sold it for scrap, and she wanted him arrested. The 22-year-old admitted the crime and said he had tried to get the heirloom fireplace pieces back, but it was too late – they were gone from …