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Handyman charged with stealing $10K in jewelry

Nov. 10, 2011 2:00 p.m. | 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.

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I-94 at Moorland Road in Brookfield delayed by accident

4:25 p.m. | City of Brookfield — An accident on I-94 eastbound has resulted in significant delays this afternoon.

The two left lanes of I-94 east near the Moorland Road exit in Brookfield are closed due to the crash which occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country's 2016 WIAA State Track and Field Meet Special Section

3:00 p.m. | The WIAA state meet runs Friday and Saturday at the Unviersity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and several area athletes will be taking part looking to make history.

Check out our special section for the event, including athletes to watch, past photo galleries and past champions with the meet just around the corner.

Brookfield Central rallies to beat East for regional softball title

2:16 p.m. | The Brookfield Central softball team swept crosstown rival Brookfield East, 3-0, this year, but the last two meetings could have gone either way.

After blowing out East, 10-2, on April 27, the Spartans dropped a 7-6 decision after blowing a 5-1 lead. It was a familiar story on May 26, when the Lancers nipped the Spartans, 6-4.

Central scored a run in the second for a 1-0 lead, but the Spartans put three runs on the board in the third inning against Central's ace Crystal Sicard and then added a run in the sixth for a 4-1 lead.

In the third, East got out on an error, but Sicard got two outs before a couple Spartan hits brought in three runs.

"The top of the third was a little rough for us," Central co-coach Alyssa Robison said. "We couldn't answer those runs for too long."

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Brookfield Blue Sox nip Bulldogs, 3-2, in Lakes action

2:01 p.m. | The Brookfield Blue Sox outdueled the Bulldogs, 3-2, in the Land O'Lakes Western Division of the Battle of Brookfield on May 29 at McCoy Field.

Veteran John Arnold (seven innings) and Ben Versnik combined to pitch nine innings, eight hits, two earned runs, three walks and six strikeouts. Josh Lemke (seven innings) got the loss, but he combined with Jonathan Keane to scatter nine hits, three runs, one earned run, three walks and four strikeouts in eight innings.

The Sox scored all three runs in the third inning while the Bulldogs scored single runs in the third and fifth innings.

Pat Tobias drove in two runs and Matt McCarten drove in one while McCarten and Arnold had two hits each for the Sox. Keane and Mike Jacobs had two hits each, and Jacobs and Ryan Hinz had RBIs for the Bulldogs.

Saturday's games

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Brookfield Central girls track and field team finishes fourth at Hale sectional

1:14 p.m. | Coach Brian Calhoun's Brookfield Central girls track and field team finished fourth out of 15 teams at the WIAA West Allis Hale sectional on May 26.

Wauwatosa West (103), Waukesha West (90), Brookfield East (88) and Brookfield Central (79) were at the top of the sectional standings. The top three girls qualify for state. The Lancers girls qualified four relay teams and three individuals in four events.

The 4x800-meter relay was second in 9 minutes, 36.09 seconds behind senior Lucy Kwiatkowski, senior Olivia Zweber, sophomore Michelle Hirsch and senior Emma Kumer.

The 4x200-meter relay took second in 1:43.05 behind senior Hope Peterson, sophomore Lexi Romero, junior Marissa Zepecki and sophomore Georgia Eberle.

The other two relays finished third: the 4x100 in 49.41 seconds behind senior Cassie Jehly, Romero, Peterson and Eberle and the 4x400 relay in 4:02.05 behind Zepecki, sophomore Katie Smith, senior Rachel Hirsch and junior Amanda Miller.

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Brookfield Academy: June 2, 2016

12:56 p.m. |

Boys tennis

The BA boys varsity tennis team participated in subsectionals on Monday, May 23. Advancing to sectionals on Wednesday were singles players Anand Saluja(No. 1 singles) and Liam Matthews(No. 2 singles) and the doubles teams of Michael Rajchel/Jason Tan(No. 1 Doubles) and Bryan Geenen/Adil Bhatia(No. 2 doubles). On May 25, sectional champions were Saluja and Geenen/Bhatia and sectional runners-up were Matthews and Rajchel/Tan.

The great performance by these six players ensured they all will be playing in the state tournament Thursday-Saturday, June 2-4, with Saluja receiving a top seed, Rajchel/Tan a No. 2 seed and Geenen/Bhatia a No. 5 seed.

— Coach Todd Fischer

Girls soccer

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SURG to close HŌM Wood Fired Grill Brookfield location

7:55 a.m. | SURG Restaurant Group has announced that today will be the last for its HŌM Wood Fired Grill restaurant location in Brookfield.

SURG has decided not to extend the expiring lease of the restaurant located at 17800 W. Bluemound Road. The HŌM restaurant at Bayshore will continue to operate.

"We are extremely proud of this location and plan to continue the tradition at our Glendale restaurant," SURG co-owner and CEO Michael Polaski said. "With the changing times, SURG has decided that this is an opportunity to focus on other areas and continue to improve our positions."

HŌM, pronounced "home," focused on using local produce and ingredients.

It originally opened in Brookfield in the fall of 2013 as a transformation of the former 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill after SURG ended its business relationship with Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun following his admission of using performance enhancing drugs.

Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country

May 27, 2016 12:15 p.m. | There are many programs, parades and events on Memorial Day in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.

Here's a roundup of events on the Monday, May 30, federal holiday:

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Menomonee Falls boys basketball coach Ben Farley to step down

May 26, 2016 1:56 p.m. | A day after he accepted the head football coaching job at his alma mater Brookfield East, it was announced that Ben Farley will be stepping down as boys basketball coach at Menomonee Falls.

Farley, a guidance counselor at Falls, had served as Brookfield East's defensive coordinator for the last four years and will take over from Hall of Fame coach Tom Swittel, who resigned recently after leading East to a 48-17 record over the last six seasons.

Farley has recorded a 33-36 record in the last three years as Falls' head basketball coach including a fine 14-9 mark this past winter.

Falls Athletic Director Ryan Anderson was sad to see Farley go but understood the almost impossible constraints of trying to run both varsity football and basketball teams seeing as the seasons run back-to-back with each other.

Anderson said the Falls basketball job will be posted ASAP on the official posting site WECAN and all interested applicants are asked to send their resumes there.

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Elm Grove Village Market Night to debut in June

May 26, 2016 1:15 p.m. | Village of Elm Grove — Over 50 vendors will join elected officials and event organizers in celebrating the opening of the Elm Grove Village Market Night.

The market, organized by a number of local residents and business owners including Beth Sadowski, Pam Brilowski, Susan Freedy and Jamie O'Donoghue, will run from June 8 through October 19.

Vendors will offer a wide range of items including fresh, organic produce, live plants and herbs, wood products, skin care products, jewelry, pottery and much more.

The market will be held at the intersection of Watertown Plank Road and Elm Grove Street in the Ray's Auto Body Shop lot.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held prior to the market's opening night at 4:45 p.m. June 8.

Brookfield committee again discusses TIF referendum option but takes no action

May 25, 2016 10:42 a.m. | After months away from the topic, the city's legislative and licensing committee returned to talks about tax incremental financing districts Tuesday, May 17.

A legislative referral made by Aldermen Christopher Blackburn and Jerry Mellone last September would require all TIF requests with project costs of over $1 million to be voted on directly by the citizens of Brookfield.

The topic has been discussed on and off by the committee with a recent delay in order to allow the city attorney's office to research the issue.

At Tuesday's meeting, Assistant City Attorney Julie Aquavia delivered her findings to officials. Aquavia noted that "there are no statutory or case law provisions that would prevent the city from enacting an ordinance that would require a referendum by the city's electorate on the issue of whether to create a TIF district."

"The bottom line is: Yes, you could adopt an ordinance," City Attorney Karen Flaherty said.

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Brookfield Central, DSHA play to 1-1 tie, share GMC crown

May 25, 2016 8:41 a.m. | Brookfield Central met Divine Savior Holy Angels on Tuesday night at Central to decide the Greater Metro Conference Championship. When the game was over, nothing had changed.

The Lancers (12-0-2) and Dashers (11-6-2) played to a 1-1 tie and finished on top of the GMC where they have been all season, both teams going 6-0-1. The Lancers, rated 32nd in the nation, were the top team in the state and DSHA was number 2.

The game got off to a fast start, when the Dashers got on the board at the 11:19 mark on a goal from junior forward Grace Lenz. But Central quickly countered at the 14:23 mark when star sophomore forward Emma Staszkiewicz beat a defender from the left side, made a 360 move and drilled a shot into the upper right corner of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Ten minutes later, with lightning flashing out in the western skies, the match was stopped and fans were told to leave the bleachers. After about a 50-minute delay — which included a heavy downpour — both teams returned to the field and play resumed after a warmup.

No one threatened the rest of the half. Because of the long delay, halftime was only 5 minutes and the action resumed. Staszkiewicz had a near miss over the top of the goal in the 67th minute, but then hurt her wrist and had to leave the game. She did return.

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Brookfield and Elm Grove go all out for Memorial Day

May 24, 2016 4:04 p.m. | A number of Memorial Day activities are scheduled in Brookfield and Elm Grove this weekend to remind folks that for every cookout they have, there is, or has been, someone fighting for our right to enjoy it.

Pancake Breakfast

The Elm Grove Woman's Club will be hosting its annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast at its clubhouse, 13885 Watertown Plank Road, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 30.

Tickets are on sale now for $8 per adult and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and younger eat free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (262) 782-5930.

Commemoration

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Brookfield-Elm Grove Sports Notes: May 26, 2016

May 24, 2016 3:37 p.m. |

East's Aslin extended an offer to Air Force Academy

Brookfield East senior offensive lineman Max Aslin was extended a scholarship offer from Air Force Academy over the weekend.

He still has not made a decision on his college and is considering other offers.

Aslin, a 6-foot, 3-inch 293 pounder, was one of the reasons the Spartans football team had an outstanding rushing attack.

Brookfield East to host boys basketball camps

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Ben Farley named new Brookfield East football coach

May 24, 2016 3:25 p.m. | A former Brookfield East graduate and coach has been named Brookfield East football coach, a maneuver announced by athletics and activities director Jeremy Martin on May 24.

Ben Farley, who coached the Menomonee Falls boys basketball team, coached under former head coach Tom Swittel the past six years.

"He's ready," Swittel said. "He's a really good coach. Cory Golla (former athletics director) asked me, 'There is one guy we'd really like you to consider,'" Swittel recalled when he was hired. It was Ben Farley."

After talking to Farley, Swittel hired him. He coached defensive backs his first year and then added defensive coordinator to his duties the last five years. He also worked with the punt return team.

"He's been coaching football and basketball," Swittel said. "He has a great background. He was one of the all-time greats at East and an All-American safety at Whitewater. "He works hard, gets along with the players ... they should do really well under coach Farley's leadership."

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