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Man robbed during stay at Brookfield hotel

June 11, 2013 9:29 p.m. | A recent stay at the Courtyard Mariott in Brookfield was less than pleasant for one man after he was robbed overnight.

According to the city of Brookfield police report:

A man heard a knock at his door at 1:17 a.m. June 6.

When he opened the door, two men pushed their way in, taking an iPhone, cash and other items.

No weapons were displayed, and the men left the hotel through a rear door.

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Blackfinn Ameripub to open at Brookfield Square this month

11:21 a.m. | The latest in a series of new restaurant openings at Brookfield Square will welcome its first guests later this month.

Blackfinn Ameripub is set to join Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes and Jason's Deli as new dining options at the mall.

The restaurant will host a grand opening for the general public March 3, but before that, a number of people will get a preview of both Blackfinn's food as well as its commitment to the community.

"We're doing a charity event on Saturday, Feb. 20, with the Elmbrook Education Foundation," Blackfinn Ameripub regional partner Jeff Lloyd said. "We do this for most of our openings. We like to be involved in the community."

Blackfinn has begun orientation and training for its 150-plus employees this week as it prepares to offer what Lloyd says is a special dining experience.

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Sport Shorts: Feb. 11, 2016

Feb. 09, 2016 6:39 p.m. |


The Brookfield East girls basketball team had another good week, going 2-0 and increasing their winning streak to four games.

They traveled to Menomonee Falls and whipped the Indians by 31 points Feb. 2 to open the week and then rallied in the second half to beat second-place Sussex Hamilton, 66-54, on Feb. 5.

East is 14-6 overall and 8-4 in the Greater Metro Conference, one game out of second behind the Chargers (15-4, 9-3) and Brookfield Central (14-5, 9-3).

East earned a 73-42 decision over Falls as senior Mariah Millerscored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out two assists and two steals.

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Bruggink, Malensek spark Brookfield Central boys in wins over West Allis Central, Hale

Feb. 09, 2016 4:04 p.m. | Brookfield Central senior forward Andrew Bruggink is on a roll, and his Lancers are benefiting from it, as he scored 31 points to spark a 77-61 win at West Allis Central on Feb. 2 and 23 points in a 61-38 win over West Allis Hale on Feb. 5 at home.

The Lancers are 10-2 in the last 12 games, as Bruggink has averaged 20 points a game in that stretch. That included three games of 31, one of 29, one of 23 and one of 20. They have won three in a row entering the week. That was also the second game in a row Bruggink scored 31 points.

Big first half

Brookfield Central jumped off to a 41-28 lead at intermission and then exchanged baskets, winning the second half, 36-33.

Bruggink was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line with five 3-pointers, three rebounds and two steals, and freshman Gage Malensek added 11 points, seven assists and three rebounds.

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Brookfield East girls basketball team rallies to beat Sussex Hamilton, 66-54

Feb. 09, 2016 3:52 p.m. | The run was as shocking as it was scintillating.

When it was done, it reversed the course of Friday's Greater Metro Conference game between host Sussex Hamilton and Brookfield East. Now, the Spartans are hoping the burst changes the direction of their season, while the Chargers must ensure there are no lasting effects.

East trailed Hamilton, 40-28 with 15 minutes remaining. Then almost out of the blue, the Spartans went on a 20-0 surge that later grew to 28-2.

East's shocking spurt allowed it to post a 66-54 win — one of its most impressive victories of the season.

The Spartans improved to 14-6 overall, 8-4 in the league and won their fourth straight game. Hamilton, which had won 11 of 12 games before Friday, fell to 15-4, 9-3.

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Brookfield's Rumpit, Attenberger win multiple swim events at Classic 8/GMC tourney

Feb. 09, 2016 3:37 p.m. | The Brookfield Barracudas finished third in the Classic Eight/Greater Metro Conference swimming tournament and had two swimmers win four events.

Brookfield scored 454 points to finish behind Arrowhead (498) and Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial (470).

"We felt that if we executed our brand of racing, we had a chance to unseat Arrowhead," Brookfield coach William Twitchell said. "Unfortunately the seeds of this championship needed to be sown in the month of December, and we were not prepared, in several key areas, for the challenge.

"As a program, we will re-evaluate our coaching staff, the program goals and athlete expectations in the off-season, and nothing will be excluded from our scrutiny. As the team portion of the season concludes, we are faced with regrouping, refocusing and polishing our strengths for the upcoming tournament season."

Senior Connor Rumpit won the 200 freestyle (1:43.66) and the 500 free (4:42.63) and was named Athlete of the Year for the conference.

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Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield plans improvement to outdoor dining

Feb. 09, 2016 3:23 p.m. | Members and guests at Westmoor Country Club, 400 S. Moorland Road, can expect an improved outdoor dining experience in their future.

The club has announced plans to completely renovate and re-do its outdoor patio.

"We've been working on outdoor dining for our members for approximately four years," Westmoor Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Joseph Coan said. "We have looked at various sites around the club and determined that upgrading the somewhat outdated facilities we had were in our best interests."

Westmoor's restaurant, which services pool guests, golfers and tennis players, will adjoin the new patio and provide meal services during lunch and dinner. In addition, Coan says that the club is hoping to extend the hours of operation of the new patio beyond the summer months.

With the renovations, the new patio will increase in size overall, but the seating capacity will remain similar.

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Brookfield gymnastics team keeps on rolling

Feb. 09, 2016 3:22 p.m. | The Brookfield girls gymnastics team had a good week with a win at Whitefish Bay on Feb. 4 and then a third-place finish at the Kenosha Invite on Feb. 6.

Brookfield scored 139.7 points, while Bay managed 138.025 and Port Washington added 119.2.

Amanda Pennow took first in bars and floor; third on vault and beam; and first in the all-around. Lexi Romero won the vault and the beam and was third in the all-around. Caitlin Locante was second on bars and floor

In the junior varsity meet, it was Whitefish Bay (118.95), Brookfield (113.3) and Port Washington (49.5).

JV event champions for Brookfield were Jenna Wojcik (floor) and Caitlyn Albrecht (vault).

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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 police continue search for two TCF Bank robbery suspects

Feb. 04, 2016 8:34 a.m. | A few hours after releasing descriptions and a number of images relating to a bank robbery Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, at TCF Bank, 12850 W. Bluemound Road, one suspect in the crime turned himself into authorities early Wednesday afternoon.

Elijah McGee, 20, of Milwaukee was the first suspect to enter the bank last week. He did not wear a mask and his face was captured by surveillance cameras on multiple occasions.

Elm Grove police were contacted by the Milwaukee Police Department shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday and responded to the department after being told that McGee had turned himself in.

A criminal complaint states that McGee had consulted with a family member, who is a retired police officer.

Police responded to McGee's address and met with his mother, who was shown photos of the bank robbery suspect and positively identified the suspect as her son.

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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.


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