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Tree crashes through Brookfield church roof during evening service

June 13, 2013 11:49 a.m. | Members of Victory International Fellowship are in cleanup mode after a large tree fell through the church's roof at the height of Wednesday's severe storms.

Lead pastor Rory Grooters said about 130 men, women and children were inside the church, near Calhoun and Burleigh roads, at 7 p.m., when the tree fell.

"What I thought was loud thunder was actually the tree falling through the roof," Grooters said.

Adults were in the sanctuary, teens were in the gym and young kids were in the children's wing, away from where the tree had fallen.

Members immediately went into disaster mode and safely evacuated everyone from the building using the church's policies and procedures.

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Brookfield Central finished second in the final mini meet on May 16 at the Wisconsin Country Club and the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on May 18 at Morningstar.

As a result, the Lancers finished second overall with 37 points to Marquette's 49 points. Behind MUHS and Central were Brookfield East (29), Wauwatosa (27), Menomonee Falls (26), Sussex Hamilton (21), West Allis Hale (7) and West Allis Central (0).

Kevin Hershbergershot a 37 on May 16, followed by Sean Yun(40), Jack Anderson(42), Josh Trasser(44) and Zack Mindel(44).

On May 18, Hershberger had a 74 over 18 holes, followed by Mindel (76), Trasser (77), Sun (80) and Anderson (82).

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2:15 p.m. | Both the boys and girls varsity track and field teams came away from the Midwest Classic Conference Outdoor meet on May 17 with third-place finishes. The boys scored 95 points and the girls — with only 13 competing — totaled 122 points.

For the boys, MJ Woodswon the 100-meter dash, anchoring the winning 400 relay with Delmar Herman, Nathan Kustnerand Joe Doyleand placing third in the long jump.

Nathan Kustnerran an impressive second leg in the 400 relay and also placed second in the 200 dash. Mark Morrishad the best last conference outdoor meet of his high school career by taking second in the 400 dash and second in the 1600 relay with Chris Bienkowski, Sam Weinbergand Colin Guest.

The 3,200 relay of Jack Loomis, Ahmed Nosir, Tom Bonnessand Evan Medoratook third, placing well ahead of expectations. Yaman Othmancontinued his development in the hurdles by placing fifth in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles. His 300 hurdle race was a huge 2-second improvement over his personal record.

The girls ran amazingly well, considering how few of them were competing. Natalie Arnoldcontinued her dominance in the distance events by winning the 1,600 and the 3,200 in impressive fashion. Ashlin LaFondhad a great meet by winning the 800, placing second in the 400 dash and anchoring the winning 1,600 relay with Shannon Griffin, Harper LaFondand Elissa Daniel.

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Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Brookfield East boys win GMC Outdoor and Triple Crown

10:22 a.m. | When the Brookfield East boys track and field team won the Greater Metro Conference Outdoor Championships on May 17 at Menomonee Falls, coach Mike Steiner's crew won their fifth Triple Crown.

East has now won the Triple Crown (Indoor, Relays, Outdoor) in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016. It was the seventh year in a row East won the outdoor title.

"Tuesday was another step down the path for us," Steiner said. "We are starting to wind the season down, so the kids performing at such a high level is encouraging as we move into the state meet series. It was a fun night, and we're happy for all the kids, but especially the seniors. They wanted this pretty bad, so to see them reach one of their goals is special."

Steiner then went out of his way to praise the seniors and tipped his cap to the underclassmen.

"Our seniors have been tremendous since day one," he said. "They are talented and they are motivated to be great, a pretty good recipe for success. Our younger guys are eager and they want to do whatever they can to help contribute. A number of them have made significant strides throughout the season and the hard work is starting to pay off."

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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. | 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, May 18, the city's public safety and 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.

Alderman Gary Mahkorn was among the officials who spoke positively about the idea and felt that it was time for Brookfield to offer its own disposal option.

"I would support this initiative for our police department to collect these drugs," Mahkorn said. "I was a state prosecutor and I was in juvenile court many times and I cannot tell you how many times I was in a court room and heard accounts of kids who got into their parents' medicine boxes."

Mahkorn pointed out that the use of prescription drugs is often a first step for people who might end up being heroin users.

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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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