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Couple reports loss of $200K in jewelry

Oct. 24, 2011 6:30 p.m. | Hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry were taken from a home on Bradford Lane on Oct. 21, according to a city of Brookfield police report.

Also in the report:

A man reported that his wife returned to their home in the 21000 block of Bradford Lane to discover that it had been broken into between 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Oct. 21.

It appears the perpetrator gained entry through an unlocked back door and made away with $200,000 in men's and women's jewelry and about $500 in cash.

The home is outfitted with a burglary alarm, but it was not activated at the time of the burglary.

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Brookfield Central boys track team fifth at GMC Outdoor Championship

May 23, 2016 9:34 p.m. | The Brookfield Central boys track and field team took fifth in the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor Championship on May 10 at Menomonee Falls.

Brookfield East (172), Menomonee Falls (134), Marquette University and Wauwatosa East (83.5) finished before Brookfield Central (70.5).

"Despite our fifth-place finish, we had a very successful day," Central coach Steve Kracht said. "Three of our four relays posted their best time of the year. We had kids in 12 of the 14 individual events have their best performance of their career or season. I told the team that we cannot control what the other teams/athletes do. All we can do is perform to the best of our abilities. Well, the vast majority of our kids did that, so we look at this as a very successful day. In 2015, we finished eighth in the conference, so we moved up three spots to fifth. So we are slowly improving."

Kumo Okoro had the top finish, taking second in the 800-meter run in 2:00.88, while Trent Boldin took third in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and Ezedike Chioma was fourth in the 200 (22.62)

Central took three of the top five places in the pole vault as Buc Nellen was third (12-feet, 6 inches), Mitch Meves took fourth (12-6) and Joe Dubois was fifth (12-0).

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Elm Grove to rule on new parks plan tonight

May 23, 2016 6:17 p.m. | Village of Elm Grove — The Elm Grove board of trustees will host a public hearing and then rule on a new parks and open space at its meeting tonight.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening in the courtroom at Village Hall, 13600 Juneau Blvd.

Brookfield Central girls finish solid second in GMC Outdoor

May 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. | The Brookfield Central girls track and field team finished a solid second (145.5) in the Greater Metro COnference Outdoor behind Brookfield East (179) and well before third-place Sussex Hamilton (115.5).

The Lancers won only two events, both by Lexi Romero, but they used their depth to finish as well as they did.

Central had three runners place in the 100-meter dash. Romero won the event with a time of 12.31, Georgina Eberle finished third (12.73) and Hope Peterson was seventh (13.33).

Romero also took first in the 200 dash (25.43), Eberle was second (25.68) and Marissa Zepecki was fourth (26.99).

In the 800 run, three Lancers placed, led by Michelle Hirsch, who was third (2:22.58), Olivia Zweber in fourth (2:24.85) and Abby Mauermann in fifth (2:25.91).

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Sports Authority to close Brookfield store, all stores nationwide

May 23, 2016 8:52 a.m. | City of Brookfield — Sports Authority will close its 450 stores, including its Bluemound Road location in Brookfield.

According to a report from CNN, the company plans to close all of its locations and well all of its remaining assets. The decision comes after Sports Authority filed for bankruptcy in March and said it would close 140 stores. However, the company was unable to reach a deal with creditors and lenders.

Specific dates for when stores would officially close have not been announced at this time.

According to CNN, Sports Authority had 14,500 employees in March when it filed for bankruptcy, nearly two-thirds of whom were part time.

The report also noted that the company has been overtaken by Dick's Sporting Goods.

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Town of Brookfield Motel 6 a frequent stop for police

May 19, 2016 3:20 p.m. | They'll leave the light on for you.

But if you're in the town of Brookfield Police Department, it probably won't matter. You would know where the place is.

Since the beginning of 2015, the department has recorded 698 "incidents" regarding Motel 6.

Located on the northeast corner of Bluemound and Barker roads, the motel is one of the department's most frequent destinations according to town Police Chief Chris Perket.

"We get more calls from them than normal compared to other hotels," Perket said.

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Brookfield's Corridor and Corners projects are rising fast

May 19, 2016 9:55 a.m. | In March, Waukesha County executive Paul Farrow called Bluemound Road in the city and town of Brookfield Wisconsin's "magnificent two-and-a-half miles."

That magnificence is continuing to evolve as two major projects begin to take shape.

The Corners in the town of Brookfield and The Corridor in the city broke ground last year in May and July respectively and structures continue to materialize at each site.

The Corners

Getting off of I-94 at Barker Road or traveling along Bluemound until one sees an immense structure to the south will bring travelers to the town of Brookfield's new jewel, The Corners.

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Brookfield committee directs police department to begin prescription drug drop box program

May 19, 2016 12:19 a.m. | City of Brookfield — After months of deliberation and research and, for some, years of waiting, the city of Brookfied looks to be on its way to offering a convenient way for residents to dispose of prescription drugs.

At its meeting Wednesday evening, the city's public safety & human resources committee approved a legislative referral from alderman Scott Berg and directed the city police department to begin putting together a program for a prescription drug collection box.

Aldermen Gary Mahkorn, Rick Owen and Renee Lowerr spoke positively about the idea and felt that it was time for Brookfield to offer its own disposal option rather than asking its residents to travel to neighboring communities.

Alderman Bob Reddin voted against the action, arguing that Waukesha County already offers the service and that the county government is better equipped to handle the materials.

Alderman Dan Sutton was absent and excused from Wednesday's meeting.

Brookfield committee to discuss prescription drug drop boxes in the city

May 18, 2016 1:59 p.m. | City of Brookfield — The city of Brookfield's human resources and public safety committee will return to discussions about drug drop boxes in the community Wednesday evening.

The committee will discuss enacting an ordinance that would require drugstores in the city to take back unused medication.

Officials will also talk about city attorney Karen Flaherty's review of federal and state regulations regarding the collection of unused prescription drugs in drop boxes and associated issues.

The committee will meet at 6 p.m. tonight in the council chambers of City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

Brookfield Chick-fil-A proposal brings up discussion of city standards

May 18, 2016 1:30 p.m. | A proposal for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant outside of Brookfield Square led one Brookfield alderman to question the standards that the city is holding itself to these days.

Alderman Christopher Blackburn was one of two common council members to speak out against Chick-fil-A at a council meeting Tuesday, May 18.

Chick-fil-A is requesting zoning changes on property previously occupied by Associated Bank near Brookfield Square along Moorland Road in order to make a restaurant with a drive-thru an allowable use. The zoning changes were approved after debate.

The Chick-fil-A proposal spurred Blackburn to raise a larger issue.

"Years ago, Brookfield had zoning that had pretty strict requirements for green space," Blackburn said. "My perception was that Brookfield was looking to maybe actually discourage certain businesses (such as) gas stations, auto repair shops and fast food restaurants."

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Brookfield committee discusses TIF referendum option, no action taken

May 18, 2016 10:42 a.m. | City of Brookfield — After months away from the topic, the city's legislative & licensing committee returned to talks about tax incremental financing (TIF) districts Tuesday night.

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."

Aldermen Gary Mahkorn, Bill Carnell, Buck Jurken and Renee Lowerr all spoke on the subject Tuesday evening. Alderman Jeff McCarthy was excused absent from the meeting.

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Jason Borski takes over as Wauwatosa West baseball coach

May 18, 2016 10:35 a.m. | After seven years in the Wauwatosa West baseball program, the last three as coach Chad Mateske's top varsity assistant, Jason Borski has taken over as the Trojans' head coach this spring.

Borski coached the Trojans' junior varsity from 2008 to 2012 before moving up to varsity in 2013. His experience goes back before that, however, as he was the head JV baseball coach at Cedarburg High School (2006-07) and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School (2005-06).

He has also been an assistant AAA Legion Coach for the Wisconsin Rapids Rangers (2004), the head varsity reserve coach for La Crosse Aquinas (2004), seventh-grade assistant coach at La Crescent, Minnesota (2003), and Junior Legion assistant coach, Wisconsin Rapids (2000-03).

At Tosa West, Borski has also been a weight room supervisor (2015) and the BSU Club co-adviser (2014-present).

A member of the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association since 2005, Borski has been a baseball camp coordinator/coach for various camps from ages 6-18 starting in 1999.

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Sports Shorts: May 19, 2016

May 18, 2016 12:00 a.m. |

BC GOLF

For the second straight Greater Metro Conference mini-meet, Brookfield Central finished second to Marquette, shooting a 157 to 150 on May 9 at North Hills Country Club.

Rounding out the lineup on Monday were Wauwatosa (173), Menomonee Falls (176), Brookfield East (176), Sussex Hamilton (183), West Allis Hale (200) and West Allis Central (224).

Josh Trassershot a 37 to finish behind medalist Sean Hussey of Marquette (36). Other Lancers were Zach Mendel(38), Kevin Hershberger(40),Jack Anderson(42) and Sean Yun(44).

Central then finished sixth (334) out of 18 teams at the Lake Country Charity Invitational on May 14 at Brown Deer Park Golf Course. Marquette won with a 313.

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Brookfield Central edges East, 7-6, in crosstown thriller

May 17, 2016 11:45 p.m. | The old cliche about throwing out the records when rivals meet stood up on May 12 when Brookfield East traveled to crosstown rival Brookfield Central.

In what Central co-coach Alyssa Robison called "a nail-biter," both the Lancers and Spartans exchanged leads going into the final inning, when Central scored to earn a hard-fought 7-6 win.

The Spartans trailed, 6-5, in the seventh, but they got their lead batter on and moved her around to tie the game. Syd Jahnke started the inning off with a single, Emily Gaskell moved her with a sacrifice bunt and Maney moved her to third with a 5-3 ground out. Then Knight drove her in with a single with two outs.

Then in the bottom of the seventh, Central's Alexa Rayborn starts off with a hit, and Smyczek follows with a fielder's choice as the Spartans retired Rayborn out at second. Audrey Kentz singles to right center to move Smyczek to third, and Kentz advances to second on the throw.

Rachel Sicard comes up and hits a slow roller to the left side, and Smyczek breaks for the plate. East tried to make the play at home, but Smyczek slid under the tag with the winning run.

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Conference center plans presented to Brookfield common council

May 17, 2016 9:51 p.m. | City of Brookfield — Aldermen got an early peek at what may be a major future centerpiece of not only Brookfield, but Waukesha County.

Tuesday's common council meeting featured a presentation from a number of interested parties about plans in the early stages for a conference center in the city of Brookfield.

The center has been discussed since 2012 and as part of the approvals for Irgens' The Corridor, talks have intensified between the city and Visit Brookfield.

Elected officials and members of the public were presented with preliminary plans and a number of renderings courtesy of Milwaukee-based architect Kahler-Slater Tuesday evening.

Sports Notes: May 19, 2016

May 17, 2016 7:55 p.m. |

East's Wellman commits to Badgers' rowing team

Brookfield East's Ben Wellman committed to the University of Wisconsin men's rowing team last week.

Wellman, a 6-foot-5-inch all-conference tight-end in football and all-conference ski racer for East, will row for UW-Madison and pursue a degree in engineering.

UW-Madison rowing is an NCAA Division I program and has been in existence since 1874, consistently ranked nationally in the top 10 and winning their last national championship in 2008.

Central grad Brath on St. Norbert College track team

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