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Failure to buckle prisoner in nets officer 4-day suspension

Dec. 06, 2012 6:16 p.m. | The Brookfield Fire and Police Commission voted, 4-1, today to uphold a four-day suspension of an officer who failed to properly buckle a prisoner in a seatbelt in her squad car.

Andrew D. Schauer, attorney from Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said his client, officer Sarah Mork, will serve the suspension and is looking forward to moving on.

"Sarah and the association are disappointed with the commission's decision, but we fully respect the decision. It will be carried out as the commission orders, and Sarah looks forward to returning back to work, ready to serve and protect the citizens of Brookfield," Schauer said after the ruling. "The statutes provide for a circuit court appeal, which we will not be doing."

Chief Daniel Tushaus filed charges against Mork alleging she had engaged in "serious acts of misconduct warranting disciplinary action" earlier this year. She appealed, and the case was heard this week.

Germantown softball team rallies to hold off Brookfield Central, 5-3

10:24 p.m. | It's late May and time for WIAA sectional softball.

That must mean Germantown is finding a way to frustrate Brookfield Central and ace pitcher Crystal Sicard.

Because despite two home runs from the senior Sicard, the Warhawks found a way to survive Tuesday night in a 5-3 WIAA sectional semifinal game at Kennedy Middle School.

"She's a great player and she threw a great game, just a couple of defensive plays decided this one,"said Germantown co-coach Kurt Raguse of Sicard

The win was the third one in four years for the Warhawks (20-8 overall) over the Lancers in sectional play and now marks their fifth straight berth in the WIAA sectional final.

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Elmbrook stresses local control on bathroom-use issue

8:55 p.m. | With the nation abuzz about restrictions, allowances and guidelines for bathroom usage, the Elmbrook School District is taking its time on the subject.

In the weeks after the nation's Department of Justice released a set of guidelines on transgender bathroom usage, Elmbrook officials say certain accommodations are being made.

Elmbrook School District chief information officer Chris Thompson explained the district's current approach on the topic, with schools offering separate accommodations for anyone who chooses to use them.

"The letter from the DOJ outlines emerging practices and recommendations. One of them is to provide individual-user options available to all students who voluntarily seek additional privacy, and each of our schools have that," Thompson said.

Thompson said that, as of last fall, all schools in the district have single-occupancy bathrooms available for use to both genders.

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Elm Grove approves new parks and open space plan

8:39 p.m. | Movies in the park, winter festivals, more trails and updated pool equipment.

The horizons are bright and exciting for residents of Elm Grove looking to enjoy the outdoors.

After many months of deliberation, the Elm Grove Board of Trustees approved a new parks and open space plan Monday.

The unanimous vote acts as the culmination of efforts that included a survey of approximately 600 residents and the formation of an ad hoc committee devoted to the topic.

Elm Grove recreation director Erin Cross noted that some elements of the plan's general goals have already been implemented around the village.

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Brookfield I-94 eastbound crash cleared, all lanes open

4:50 p.m. | City of Brookfield — An accident near the Moorland Road exit on I-94 eastbound has been cleared.

The crash, which occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m., closed two lanes on I-94 and resulted in delays for approximately an hour before it was cleared and lanes re-opened.

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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