Brookfield East easily defeats West Allis Hale football

Sept. 28, 2013 12:55 a.m. | Senior quarterback Zach Damico accounted for six total touchdowns, including four through the air, as host Brookfield East overcame a sloppy second half to defeat West Allis Hale 45-17 in a Greater Metro Conference football game Friday night.

East (3-3, 2-2) raced out to an early homecoming-game lead behind two quick Damico touchdown strikes, including a leaping 28-yard scoring reception by senior Cole Larson and a toss to a wide-open Nate Schieble to make it 17-0 Brookfield East with 1:59 left in the first quarter.

Damico effective

Damico would find Schieble open again for a 20-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to put East up 24-3, taking advantage of Hale's game plan to limit the Spartans' rushing attack.

"He (Damico) is a heck of a runner," said Hale head coach Brandon Ehret. "We game-planned for his running all week, and then he was able to hurt us over the top a few times."

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Men steal 15 or more cartons of cigarettes at Brookfield Walgreens

Sept. 25, 2013 8:33 a.m. | City of Brookfield Police are searching for three people who stole upward of 15 cartons of cigarettes at a Walgreen's store on the city's southwest side.

According to the police report:

Three men went behind the counter at the drug store's location at 15660 W. Greenfield Ave. about 10:27 a.m. Sept. 19.

One said to an employee, "Keep your mouth shut, and you won't get hurt." No weapon was brandished during the exchange.

The men filled a shopping cart with 15 to 20 cartons of Newport and Kool cigarettes, and left the store. Loss is estimated at $1,200.

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Elm Grove pets have chance to star in 2014 calendar

Sept. 23, 2013 1:52 p.m. | The Elm Grove Business Association has chosen the theme "Pets of Elm Grove"for its 2014 calendar of events.

Residents are invited to share digital images of their favorite bunny, bird, cat, hamster, ferret, fish, turtle, iguana or other pet to EGBA board member Mary Inden at

Photos must be received by Mary no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 15.

Read social media story of Brookfield East at Brookfield Central football game

Sept. 21, 2013 7:56 a.m. | Brookfield Central was a rowdy place Sept. 20 as the Brookfield East football team traveled to their intracity rival's field for bragging rights.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Lancers beat Spartans in 'Battle of Brookfield' 35-10

Sept. 20, 2013 9:41 p.m. | Brookfield Central beat Brookfield East in their annual crosstown battle, 35-10, Friday night before an overflow crowd at Central.

The win left Central (2-1, 4-1) one game out of first behind Marquette (3-0, 3-2), tied with Menomonee Falls (2-1, 4-1) and Sussex Hamilton (2-1, 3-2).

With the loss, the Spartans fall to 1-2 and 2-3 overall and now every game is a 'playoff' game for them as they need to win three of their final four games to make the post-season.

"In essence next week’s a playoff game for us. We have to win the regular season playoffs to get in the real playoffs," East coach Tom Swittel said. "That’s just our situation. Our backs are against the wall. We have put ourselves in a horrible position but there is no reason to think we can’t make it still."
The Lancers, on the other hand, have a realistic chance at the title or a tie for the title as Marquette has to play the Chargers, Lancers and the Indians in three of their final four games.

"I think the conference champion will have one loss," Lancers coach Jamie Meulemans said. "We’re still in the hunt and we’re going to go for it."

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New name for former 8-twelve in Brookfield

Sept. 20, 2013 1:42 p.m. | The new name for the former 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill in Brookfield is Hom Wood Fired Grill, owner SURG announced this morning on social media.

It said on Facebook that the new menu will be launched Oct. 7, and changes to the decor will follow within a month.

Early this month, SURG ended its business relationship with suspended Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, the 8 in 8-Twelve. It said it was closing Ryan Braun's Graffito in the Third Ward at the end of the year, and immediately changed the name to Graffito.

As for the Twelve -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- SURG said earlier that Rodgers would continue his relationship with the restaurant group through community relations and charitable activities but did not mention the Brookfield restaurant in particular.

Omar Shaikh, a partner in the restaurant group, declined to say more Friday about Rodgers' involvement.

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Brookfield police seek suspects in home burglary

Sept. 19, 2013 7:51 a.m. | Brookfield police released information Thursday about suspects in a burglary case that resembled another burglary case in Menomonee Falls.

A credit card was among the items taken during a burglary that occurred between 9 p.m. Sept. 11 and 1 a.m. Sept. 12 when suspects slipped into the house using an unsecured rear patio door of house in the area of Capitol Drive and Brookfield Road.

Police said the credit card was used to purchase steaks at Walmart, 4140 W. Greenfield Ave., and the suspects, a man and a woman, left in an blue vehicle, according to a news release.

Brookfield police also said several residential burglaries were reported Wednesday night into Thursday morning in the area of North Ave. and Springdale Road and could be related to the other burglaries, according to a news release.

The department also released photos of a woman who used a stolen credit card to buy $1,700 worth of merchandise from Target. The card was reported stolen from Pick N Save, 12735 W. Capitol Drive on Sept. 13.

West Bend woman nearly perfect in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 17, 2013 10:37 a.m. | Michele Spiekerman of West Bend has won a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres by correctly picking all five games in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest and coming the closest to predicting the final score of the West Allis Hale vs. Marquette tie-breaker.

You can join the Pigskin Picks contest and test your picking skills each week against a field of area football fans, NOW sportswriters and celebrity guests. Weekly winners receive two tickets to Marcus Theatres and overall winners will receive gift cards to Bartolotta Restaurants.

Featured games this week are Arrowhead at Mukwonago, Oak Creek at Franklin, Brookfield East at Brookfield Central, Menomonee Falls at Hamilton and Milwaukee Lutheran at Germantown.

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Learn what area football coaches really think and more at Push for the Playoffs

Sept. 16, 2013 12:55 p.m. | Should high school football players wear their names on the back of their jerseys? What's the strangest complaint a coach has ever received from a parent? Do prep players use performance-enhancing drugs?

You can found out the answers anonymous area coaches gave to those questions and more on Coaches Confidential, part of MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country's Push for the Playoffs special section.

Push for the Playoffs also features the latest standings, playoff projection, a poll and more.

BloodCenter declares emergency, extends hours at area donation sites

Sept. 16, 2013 12:47 p.m. | BloodCenter of Wisconsin is extending hours today through Wednesday at eight southeastern Wisconsin donor locations to offset an emergency-level shortage of all blood types.

According to a Blood Center news release, a lack of donors since Labor Day has caused the shortage and left the organization with a one-day supply of several blood types, including rare universal blood type O negative. The Blood Center is seeking an additional 1,000 donors over the three-day span to make up for the shortage.

Potential donors can arrange appointments by calling (877) 232-4376 or visiting Those over 16 are encouraged to donate. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate.

Extended hours at area locations are as follows:

Milwaukee, 638 N. 18th St. — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Test your high school football picking skills in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 13, 2013 2:09 p.m. | We are a few hours away from the kickoffs of tonight's high school football games, which means there is still time to prove you can out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin.

Visit to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Featured games this week are Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead, Pewaukee vs. Greendale, Brookfield Central vs. Menomonee Falls, New Berlin Eisenhower vs. New Berlin West and West Allis Hale at Marquette.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Occupied home burglarized in Brookfield; case fits Falls incident

Sept. 13, 2013 12:55 p.m. | City of Brookfield police officers are investigating a burglary at an occupied home.

The burglary occurred between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday when unknown suspects slipped into the house through unsecured rear patio door, police said Friday.

The burglars took a watch, wallet and electronics from the home, which is the area of Capitol Drive and Brookfield Road. The homeowner and a child were inside during the burglary, which is similar to a recent investigation in Menomonee Falls, Brookfield police said.

Read social media story of Sussex Hamilton at Brookfield East football game

Sept. 13, 2013 9:07 a.m. | Last night was Toga Night for Sussex Hamilton as the team and its fans traveled to Brookfield East for a Greater Metro Conference matchup.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Brookfield East rebounds from loss in style

Sept. 12, 2013 11:23 p.m. | Brookfield East didn't need the whole week to get over a crushing loss.

After six days – one less than usual thanks to the locally televised Thursday night game – of pondering a blown 16-0 lead and 29-23 Greater Metro Conference loss to Marquette, the Spartans showed they were still very much a team to be reckoned with. A 38-21 win over another traditional GMC power, Sussex Hamilton, put East back on track.

"We got kind of a rough start those first three games and lost a heartbreaker last week," said East quarterback Zach Damico, who ran for 156 yards and accounted for three East touchdowns. "We were just able to put it together in the second half this time and play a complete game. ... Everyone's got games under their belt and we're just gaining trust in each other. We have a bunch of sophomores and a freshman playing with us today. We're gaining confidence and just believed."

With three sophomore offensive linemen leading the way, freshman running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd racked up 95 yards and scored two second-half touchdowns that helped the Spartans distance themselves from the Chargers.

"Our number one running back two weeks ago sprained his ankle on the first play of the game; we played him against Marquette and he was probably about 60 percent," East coach Tom Swittel said of Gerald Childs, who did not carry the ball against Hamilton. "We couldn't even give him the ball. (Santiago-Lloyd) is our next best back."

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Liquor truck police chase ends soberly in Brookfield ditch

Sept. 10, 2013 12:30 p.m. | A Milwaukee man allegedly stole a liquor truck from a Hartland grocery store parking lot Tuesday morning and led police on a chase down Interstate 94 before driving into a ditch in Brookfield.

Hartland police fielded the initial call, which reported that the large straight truck had been stolen while its driver was inside the Piggly Wiggly on Cottonwood Ave. The truck was found heading east on I-94, and officers from several departments responded, including the State Patrol, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Brookfield police tried to stop the truck, but it continued east, sideswiping another vehicle. Police deployed stop sticks, and the truck exited at Moorland Road, where the driver allegedly hit three more vehicles, lost control, struck a sign and ended up in the ditch on Carpenter Road.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man, was arrested after a short foot chase and will be referred to prosecutors on possible charges of vehicle theft, fleeing an officer and hit-and-run, the sheriff's department said.

One person received minor injuries when the truck hit one of the other vehicles.

High-speed chase winds from Jefferson County to Brookfield

Sept. 09, 2013 1:47 p.m. | A high-speed chase, beginning at 11:07 a.m. Sept. 5 in Jefferson County, ended peacefully in Brookfield, Wisconsin State Patrol officials said.

According to a statement issued by the state patrol:

A 40-year-old woman driving a blue van with two other people in it was stopped by a motorcycle officer on Interstate 94 East, near the 277 mile post in Jefferson County. She fled, but a state patrol squad caught up to the van a mile down the road. Instead of stopping, she sped up, reaching speeds of 110 mph.

She took a slight detour around Highway 83 before driving back onto I-94.

Officers attempted to spike her tires twice — once west of Barker Road and once east of Barker Road. The second set of spikes was successful and all four of the van's tires were blown out.

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Brookfield East baseball coach resigns

Sept. 09, 2013 10:39 a.m. | Brookfield East head baseball coach Bill Woodring has resigned his position after three seasons, Athletic Director Jeremy Martin announced last week.

"I would like to thank the entire Brookfield East community for the opportunity to serve as the head baseball coach for the past three years," Woodring said.

Woodring began his head coaching career at Brookfield East back in 1987-1988, when he led the program to two state appearances. He also served as head coach at Brookfield Central (1989-1991) and at Pewaukee (1995-2000) with conference championships in 1998 and 2000. Woodring cited health reasons for his reason to resign.

"His connection to our community coupled with his wealth of baseball knowledge and experience will certainly be missed." Martin said.

The position will be posted soon. Interested applicants can contact Martin for more information.

Homestead leads suburban football poll

Sept. 09, 2013 10:25 a.m. | Homestead retained its spot atop the Lake Country/MyCommunityNOW suburban football poll with a 44-21 victory over Port Washington in the North Shore Conference opener.

The Highlanders moved into the top spot last week after defeating defending Division 1 champion Arrowhead.

Arrowhead defeated Kettle Moraine, 21-3, and is second in the poll.

You can see the rest of the top five, test your knowledge of football rules, learn what area high school football coaches really think and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake County Push for the Playoffs page.

Challenge Miss Southern Wisconsin, veteran sportswriters in NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 09, 2013 9:26 a.m. | How well do you know high school football? Can you out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin?

Find out by going to to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin return this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. Rech was the leading VIP picker in last season's regular-season contest. Radcliffe was first in the playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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East's mistakes lead to 29-23 loss to Marquette

Sept. 06, 2013 10:53 p.m. | Brookfield East dropped a 29-23 decision to Marquette on Friday at East in the Greater Metro Conference opener for both teams.

The Spartans blew a 16-point lead as the Hilltoppers' size eventually wore them down.

"Our inexperience showed, as did our lack of size," East coach Tom Swittel said. "They wore us out. They were just so much bigger than we were. It just wasn't meant to be I guess."

After the Spartans led 16-0, Marquette's offense came to life and outscored East the rest of the way, 29-7. The only second-half score came when Vince Schimborski blocked a field goal attempt and an alert Mitch Mikulsky picked the ball up and raced 86 yards for the score with 1:03 left in the third period for a 23-14 lead.

"It was cosmetic surgery there because at that point, we were so being totally outplayed," Swittel said. "It was a blip on the radar screen, that one play."

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