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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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Grasch's in Brookfield will become a Balistreri Sendik's

Feb. 08, 2016 3:59 p.m. | Bill Grasch says he still remembers his first job at Grasch Foods, a third-generation, family-owned specialty grocery store in Brookfield.

"I was 7 years old and my dad told me go around and pick up all the paper in the parking lot and then go sort the bottles in the basement," Grasch said. "That was my first job."

That was 57 years ago. On Monday, Grasch and his family co-owners said they intend to sell their store at 13950 W. North Ave. to the Balistreri family, which plans to convert it into one of their Sendik's Food Markets.

Sendik's is a rapidly-growing upscale grocery chain that operates 12 stores in the metro Milwaukee area.

The store will become the 13th location for brothers Ted, Patrick and Nick Balistreri and their sister, Margaret Harris. Sendik's operates 12 stores in Elm Grove, Franklin, Germantown, Grafton, Greenfield, Hartland, Mequon, New Berlin, Wauwatosa, West Bend and Whitefish Bay, and a Sendik's Fresh2GO store in Bayside.

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Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Brookfield Academy

Feb. 05, 2016 1:47 p.m. |

Girls Basketball

The girls team had an extremely successful week, defeating conference opponent Living Word Lutheran, 54-48, on Jan. 27 in a fast-paced and aggressive game. The Knights trailed by one at the half, but smart decisions and strong shooting gave them the win. Only three girls scored in the game, led by Ashley Balistreriwith 22. Theresa Wichserand Anika Washburnfollowed, with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

With only one day's rest, the team beat conference rival Lake Country Lutheran, 52-47, on Jan. 29 in their biggest game of the season. In their first meeting, the Blue Knights defeated the Lightning by 5 points. Trailing by 7 points at halftime, the Knights used an aggressive and physical defense combined with an improved shooting percentage to get the lead halfway through the second half and finish with the victory.

Washburn led the team in scoring with 19, followed by Wichser with 17. Balistreri and Erika Schlagenhauffollowed with 6 each. The Blue Knights are 14-4 overall, and 9-0 in conference, which puts them atop the conference standings. The girls host Living Word Lutheran at home this Saturday, Feb. 6.

— Erika Schlagenhauf,

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Elm Grove releases surveillance photos of TCF Bank robbery suspects

Feb. 04, 2016 8:34 a.m. | VILLAGE OF ELM GROVE — Only hours after releasing descriptions and a number of images relating to Tuesday morning's bank robbery at TCF Bank, 12850 W. Bluemound Road, Elm Grove police say that they arrested one of three suspects believed to have been involved in the crime.

Police arrested the suspect, who has not yet been named, at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday. Additionally, the vehicle used during the crime was, a blue Chevolet Lumina, was also recovered.

The suspect is expected to be charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Thursday.

Police are still seeking two suspects, one who wore a mask during the robbery and another who did not enter the bank but remained parked outside in the aforementioned vehicle for a quick getaway.

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Brookfield Square already planning another expansion, including parking structure

Feb. 03, 2016 10:51 a.m. | The paint may barely be dry on some parts of Brookfield Square's latest expansion near Sears, but that doesn't mean that the mall's growth is slowing down.

Brookfield Square and its owner, CBL & Associates Properties Inc., have yet another major addition on the agenda in the months to come.

The 20,000 square feet of additional space built on to the southeastern portion of the mall facing North Moorland Road has a number of new restaurants, including Jason's Deli, Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes and Blackfinn Ameripub.

While that expansion, technically Phase 6 in ongoing improvements to the mall dating back to 2005, is already drawing a lot of interest, it is small compared to Phase 7.

Phase 7, which would be located near the northern end of the mall and constructed next to Boston Store, will include a large amount of new retail space and a three-level parking structure. In order to avoid confusion with other recent steps, a city official refers to Phase 7 as the "Boston Store expansion."

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Brookfield man charged with shooting neighbors arrested again for assaulting hotel manager

Feb. 02, 2016 5:25 p.m. | TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The city of Brookfield man charged last fall with three counts of first-degree attempted intentional homicide was arrested again Monday evening.

77-year-old Hubert Smith was staying at Extended Stay America, 325 N. Brookfield Road. Police were called to the hotel at approximately 6:56 p.m. Monday and were advised that Smith had attacked a manager at Extended Stay.

Upon arrival, officers observed red marks on the manager's neck.

The manager told police that he had been knocking on the door to room 306 when a guest staying next door in room 306 opened his door and stepped out into the hallway.

According to a criminal complaint, Smith yelled at the manager "'Are you (screwing) with me?'" Smith went on to say "'All that banging? Is that you trying to (screw) with me?'"

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Town of Brookfield man faces possible prison time in domestic violence case

Feb. 02, 2016 5:16 p.m. | A town of Brookfield man faces up to a year in prison after being charged with battery and disorderly conduct, both relating to domestic abuse last month.

Shoftly after noon on Jan. 8, town of Brookfield police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of North Brookfield Road to conduct a well-being check on the homeowner, John Krumenacher. Krumenacher's employer had been concerned after he had not reported for work all week.

Upon arrival, officers observed Krumenacher's wife, Kathie, already being attended to by town of Brookfield fire department personnel. A criminal complaint noted that the wife had suffered a black eye.

"(The wife) had informed fire department personnel that the defendant had punched her and caused a black eye," the complaint said.

After being told that Krumenacher was in the basement of the residence, police entered and found him sitting on a couch.

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Armed robbers make off with cash from TCF Bank in Elm Grove

Feb. 02, 2016 4:05 p.m. | VILLAGE OF ELM GROVE — The search is on and the investigation ongoing today after a pair of armed suspects robbed TCF Bank in Elm Grove Tuesday morning.

Village of Elm Grove Police Dept. assistant chief Jason Hennen says that the suspects entered the bank at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and conducted a "takeover robbery."

The suspects took control of the bank and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police say that they were seen fleeing the scene in a vehicle.

TCF Bank, 12850 W. Bluemound Road, was closed for the remainder of the day while police began conducting their investigation.

Hennen said that the department hopes to be able to release surveillance photos and suspect descriptions Wednesday.

Sport Shorts: Feb. 4, 2016

Feb. 02, 2016 12:20 p.m. |

EAST BOYS

The Brookfield East boys basketball team is still looking for their first win despite playing two hard-fought games.

East lost to West Allis Hale and West Allis Central last week to fall to 0-9 in the Greater Metro Conference and 2-12 overall.

West Allis Hale had too much firepower, and the Brookfield East boys basketball team couldn't stop them and dropped a 75-67 decision on Jan. 26 at Hale to start the week.

The Spartans battled to a 37-37 first-half tie, but the Huskies pulled away in the second half (38-30) to earn the win.

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Lineup change leads to victory for Brookfield Central wrestlers

Feb. 02, 2016 11:55 a.m. | With the battle of Brookfield hanging in the balance, Chris Demos took a chance.

The Brookfield Central wrestling coach gave up a forfeit at 132 pounds and left the dual in the hands of a pair of underclassmen wrestling up a weight class.

It paid off, as sophomore Dayveon Martin rallied to win at 138 pounds, and freshman Alex Craig won by pin at 145 pounds to give the Lancers a 34-33 victory over rival Brookfield East on Thursday night.

"I'm so proud of my younger guys," Demos said. "I had some seniors that made some costly mistakes. I can't tell you how proud I am of my young guys."

After forfeiting at 132 pounds, Brookfield Central trailed 33-25 with two matches left.

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Brookfield East Junior Spartans set football registration

Feb. 02, 2016 11:13 a.m. | The Brookfield East Junior Spartan football program is holding registration for the 2016-2017 school year.

The program is open to residents and open-enrollment students in the Brookfield East High School attendance area who will be in fifth though eighth grade during the 2016-2017 school year. Fourth graders "playing up" will be accepted as needed. Two teams will be fielded at each grade level.

An informational meeting and on-site registration will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 11, at the Brookfield East cafeteria. An overview of the program will be provided at this meeting.

Registration forms can be downloaded by visiting the Junior Spartan website at www.juniorspartans.org.

Open registration via mail or online is being accepted through Feb. 29. A late fee will be assessed for registrations received after March 1. Registration fee is $295.00 per player and $345 after March 1 ($50 late fee).

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10 college-bound Brookfield student-athletes sign letters of intent

Feb. 02, 2016 11:04 a.m. | Ten Brookfield student-athletes signed letters of intent to participate in their respective sports for next year — five from Central and five from East.

Lancers signees

Brookfield Central's Brandon Hughes and Joey Koppelman, coached by Jed Kennedy, will be playing football at the next level. Hughes will be heading to UW-Oshkosh and Koppelman to the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota.

Alexandrea Lee, coached by Brian Scrobel, will be playing golf for Carroll University, and Crystal Sicard, coached by Doug Lange, will be playing softball at the University of Indianapolis.

Olivia Zweber, coached by Lorie Lewis, will be running cross-country at UW-Oshkosh.

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New Starbucks to lead Boulder Venture redevelopment project in Brookfield

Feb. 01, 2016 11:10 p.m. | CITY OF BROOKFIELD — A Starbucks location is the first tenant announced for a new mixed-use development proposed at one of the major gateways to the city of Brookfield.

The project is the work of Milwaukee developer Boulder Venture and a public hearing regarding the proposal was scheduled by the city's common council last month.

City of Brookfield director of community development Dan Ertl says that the development will rejuvenate three properties located at the northwest corner of N. 124th Street and W. Capitol Drive.

The building closest to the intersection will be shared between Starbucks and the mattress store under the current proposal and will measure approximately 6,000-square-feet. Ertl says that the second building, located behind the first, would be a 7,000-square-foot tire store.

Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in January

Feb. 01, 2016 10:52 a.m. | Sometimes you're just looking for a little positivity.

And we hope to deliver that to you with a roundup of positive and uplifting stories from suburban Milwaukee and the Lake Country area. The following stories were published in the past month, and they feature stories that could warm your heart.

 

Nashotah teen spent 18 months in Los Angeles pursuing her dreams as an actress and singer

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Interactive: Brookfield lights that drew complaints are shut down

Jan. 28, 2016 8:28 a.m. | A slew of complaints spewing from residents in the neighborhoods east of the proposed The Corridor development along Calhoun Road have not fallen on deaf ears.

Less than a week after a number of residents took to the podium at a city common council meeting last Tuesday, Jan. 19, the new streetlights at the intersection of Golf Parkway and Calhoun have been extinguished temporarily.

During the public comment portion of last week's meeting, residents expressed their dismay at the brightness of the nine new lights installed at the intersection.

Within days, some of the lights had been turned off.

"The two on the east side were turned off last week," city of Brookfield Director of Public Works Tom Grisa said. "The way the circuit is set up, we could turn off the ones that were closest to the residents."

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