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Stars skaters continue to roll; beat St. Mary's Springs co-op, 6-3

Feb. 26, 2014 8:20 a.m. | The Brookfield Stars handed 5th-seeded St. Mary's Springs co-op a 6-3 loss Tuesday night at Blue Line in Fond du Lac, their third straight win in an exciting post-season run.

The 8th-seeded Brookfield co-op includes East, Central and Catholic Memorial, beat 9th-seeded Sussex Hamilton/Germantown co-op, 3-2, on Feb. 18 to open the playoffs.  Then they pulled a major upset and knocked off top-seeded Homestead, 4-3, in overtime on Feb. 20.

After winning Tuesday night, only second-ranked University School of Milwaukee stands between the Stars and the state tournament.  USM and the Stars meet at 4 p.m. at Wilson Arena on Saturday.

The state tournament is at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Alliant Energy Center, Madison from March 6-8.

The Stars run has been a team effort, but John Rymaszewski continues to shine, scoring 8 goals in the tournament so far. He had two goals and two assists in the first game, a hat-trick (3 goals) against Homestead and another hat trick and three assists in last night's win.

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Construction on Juneau pathway to begin in spring in Elm Grove

Feb. 25, 2014 9:39 p.m. | As soon as this August, residents could be walking on a new off-road asphalt pathway on the north side of Juneau Boulevard, from Highland Drive to west of the railroad tracks in Elm Grove.

The Elm Grove Village Board on Feb. 24 awarded a $271,695 contract for construction on the Juneau pathway.

The winning bid, from Blaze Landscape Contracting of Menomonee Falls, was about $71,000 lower than the lowest bid the village received in June, when the only two bids for the project came in higher than expected.

At that time, the village decided to rebid the project in the winter to attract contractors before their schedules for the year were full.

In the meantime, village workers started doing preparation work for the project, which Village Manager Dave De Angelis said brought down the cost of the project, and therefore resulted in lower bids.

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Salmon's 31 sparks Raiders past Spartans, 50-34

Feb. 21, 2014 10:16 p.m. | Senior Katie Salmon scored 31 points to spark Wauwatosa East past Brookfield East, 50-34, on Friday at Tosa East in a Greater Metro Conference game one day before seeding for the post-season.

The win game the Red Raiders (11-9 overall) a 5-8 GMC record, while the Spartans (9-12) fell to 8-5 in league play.

After an ugly first quarter that saw Tosa East lead, 4-1, the Raiders woke up behind Salmon's 15 points and took a 22-3 lead into intermission. Brookfield East outscored Tosa East, 31-28, in the second half, but it was way too late for the Spartans, who continue to show  Jekyll-Hyde personality.

Tosa East led 35-19 going into the final period, as Salmon had 9 of her team's 13 third-period points.

Salmon finished with 31 points on 13 field goals and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Sophomores Bailey Berlin with 11 and Maya Walls with 8 were the only Raiders to score.

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Brookfield Central's LaChance ties single-game conference scoring mark

Feb. 21, 2014 12:37 p.m. | Riley LaChance tied Brookfield Central's singlegame conference scoring record, scoring 44 points in a 81-53 victory over West Allis Central on Thursday at Brookfield Central.

The Lancers finished 14-0 in the Greater Metro Conference and 22-0 overall, by defeating the second-place Bulldogs(11-3, 18-4) for the second time in six days, this time without all-star Elijah Goodman, who sat out with a bad back.

The Lancers led 25-21 after one quarter and 36-31 at halftime, as LaChance had 16 of his 44 points at intermission. He tied the Lancers single game conference mark set by Charlie Jack in 1965.

The Lancers blew the game open and took a 57-42 advantage after a 21-11 third quarter.

Ron Turkvan and Juquan Martin led WAC with 16 points, while LaChance had 44 points on 5 3-pointers and 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Brad Newman added 19, including 8-for-8 from the FT line.

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Residents safely evacuated from Elm Grove house fire

Feb. 19, 2014 11:27 a.m. | An officer was sent to the hospital because of smoke inhalation, but there were no other injuries in a house fire at 1805 Brojan Drive in Elm Grove on Feb. 18.

Damage to the home was between $150,000 and $200,000, based on a preliminary estimate. The total assessed value of the property is $330,000, according to a statement from police.

Police and firefighters responded to the fire about 9:20 p.m. Feb. 18. Two adults in the home were alerted by smoke detectors, called 911 and evacuated.

"Early activation of smoke detectors made the difference in alerting the occupants and getting them out of the house safely," Elm Grove Police Chief James Gage said in a statement.

The first fire truck arrived 11 minutes after their call, he said. City of Brookfield Police assisted.

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Man charged with sexually assaulting employee in Brookfield office building

Feb. 18, 2014 8:23 a.m. | A Milwaukee man was charged with third-degree sexual assault in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Feb. 13, after being accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him at an office building at 20350 Watertower Boulevard in the town of Brookfield.

According to the criminal complaint:

The 21-year-old woman worked as a cleaner at the building. She said she finished cleaning Feb. 12 and wanted to go home, but her manager, Roberto Galindo Segundo, 32, forced her onto a bed and had sexual intercourse with her despite her repeated requests for him to leave her alone.

The woman then contacted her boyfriend, and her parents came to get her. Her sister called police, who took Galindo Segundo into custody.

An officer from Eagle who is fluent in Spanish read Galindo Segundo his Miranda rights. Galindo Segundo waived his rights and told police he did not know what happened, and it depended on what the woman said.

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Lancers run by West Allis Central, 88-59

Feb. 15, 2014 8:32 p.m. | Brookfield Central whipped West Allis Central, 88-59, on Saturday and clinched at least a tie for the Greater Metro Conference Championship.

The Lancers (20-0, 12-0) lead the Bulldogs (17-3, 10-2) by two games with games left to play.

Brookfield plays at Menomonee Falls (11-9, 7-5) on Tuesday and then hosts West Allis Central in a rematch next Thursday to close out the regular season. The Bulldogs host MUHS on Tuesday (7-12, 3-8) before meeting Brook Central.

Brad Newman was the big story on Saturday, as he scored 26 points, 13 in each half. Riley LaChance had 23 points, Elijah Goodman had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Caleb Mortag had 15 points.

WAC, Ron Turkvan had 14, Jaquan Martin had 13 and Brandon Key had 11.

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East’s Miller sparks win over Chargers

Feb. 15, 2014 9:58 a.m. | If only a game of catch could solve all of life’s problems.

That’s all it took for Brookfield East head coach Michael Goodman to get sophomore forward Mariah Miller going in Friday night’s 45-38 win over visiting Sussex Hamilton (8-3).

It was an unusual sight as Miller took a spot on the bench early in the first quarter and Goodman walked over with a basketball. When play resumed, the pair tossed it back and forth for a moment, then Goodman said a few words and turned back to the action.

“Catch the ball,” Goodman said. “That’s all I said. She dropped it a few times on the first possessions there, but her matchup was something we highlighted going in. She had 22 points the last time we played them — they don’t have a girl inside who can cover her.”

Miller finished a game-high 18 points as the Spartans avenged a 60-41 loss to Sussex on Jan. 17.

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Lancers rally and beat DSHA again

Feb. 15, 2014 9:31 a.m. | The Brookfield Central girls basketball team went to DSHA as the only team in the Greater Metro Conference that had managed to beat the Dashers this season, and like their first meeting, the Lancers came out with a 5-point win, 63-58.

The Lancers jumped out to an early lead after a 3-pointer from Lydia Rohde and two baskets from Emma Brauer gave them a 7-1 lead midway through the first quarter and they led 12-8 at the end of the quarter.

The Dashers found their first lead of the game when Rachel Heinrich scored a 3, giving DSHA a 20-18 lead. She then scored her second in a row on the Dashers’ next possession. Central’s Caroline Busch sunk a three of her own before Ogunbowale scored two just before the buzzer to send DSHA into halftime with a 25-21 lead.

“I think we regrouped,” DSHA coach Scott Witt said of his team’s performance after the first quarter. “Once we were able to play from in front, I think we got in more of a rhythm.

“Rachel Heinrich had a huge night for us, Taylor Drost hit some baskets, we got Sami Leach with some easy ones. We had a lot of contributions from different sources, and I thought we played some of our best basketball of the year.”

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Armed robbery at BMO Harris

Feb. 14, 2014 2:26 p.m. | A man armed with a handgun demanded cash from a teller at BMO Harris Bank, 19105 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield, obtained it and left at 11:08 a.m. Thursday, city of Brookfield police said. There were no injuries to employees.

The man was wearing a black-and-white checkered scarf over his face, dark sunglasses, a dark winter jacket, a light sun-type hat and grey pants, according to the police report.

Anyone with information can call the City of Brookfield Police Department at (262) 787-3702.

Brookfield homes evacuated for gas leak Tuesday

Feb. 14, 2014 11:47 a.m. | No injuries were reported, but 14 homes were evacuated when firefighters responded to a natural gas leak in the 4600 block of North 147th Street about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday.

The gas leaked from an underground main into area homes. We Energies turned off the gas to 14 homes, and five homes lost power.

Sixteen city of Brookfield firefighters helped We Energies ventilate the affected homes, and residents were able to return home about 3 p.m.

Lancers crush MUHS, 70-44; Bulldogs next on Saturday

Feb. 13, 2014 9:32 p.m. | Brookfield Central blew away Marquette University High School, 70-44, after a slow start and now travels to West Allis Central on Saturday for a battle for the Greater Metro Conference Championship.

MUHS led 14-11 after one thanks to four 3-pointers - two each by Jack Barbera and Quin Rowen - against the Lancers 1-3-1 zone. But then Central coach Mark Adams switched to a man-to-man defense and the Hilltoppers were outscored, 19-0, in the second quarter as Central took a 30-14 lead into halftime.

Brookfield then came out and outscore MUHS, 30-13, in the third quarter to roll to a 60-27 lead before Adams cleared the bench in the fourth quarter.

Elijah Goodman, who was physically banged around by MUHS, found time to grab 25 rebounds and just miss the school record, while also scoring 14 points. Riley LaChance, who scored nine points in the first half, finished with 23. Rowen led MUHS with 11.

West Allis Central (9-1) plays at Wauwatosa East on Friday and then hosts the Lancers (19-0) Saturday at 6 p.m. in a makeup game.

Regal to present plans for Sileno Quarry Monday at Brookfield Plan Commission meeting

Feb. 13, 2014 3:05 p.m. | The Brookfield Plan Commission and Park and Recreation Commission will jointly consider a new set of plans for the Sileno Quarry in a special meeting Monday. The proposal includes 112 luxury apartments and the potential for a park or conservancy.

Mark Regal, a leader with Brookfield Residents Against the Dump, said in December he had accepted an offer to purchase the land at 13505 W. Burleigh Road on the condition that he could get a development agreement with the city. He owns the Regal Crest Village Apartments adjacent to the site.

Mark and Christina Regal, through their company MRCR, submitted conceptual plans to the city that include construction of apartment buildings on 10 acres along Burleigh Road, a minor portion of the 85-acre property they are under contract to purchase.

The remaining 75 acres would go to a not-for-profit or government entity for conservation purposes, with 13 of the acres south of the water potentially going to the city of Brookfield for a park.

Alan Marcuvitz, legal representative for the Regals, assured in a letter to city staff that the Regals are sticking to their original goal of having "no trucking of fill to the site."

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Rohde's 28 leads Central past Tosa East girls

Feb. 07, 2014 9:39 p.m. | Senior guard Lydia Rohde helped Brookfield Central snap a 2-game losing streak and beat Wauwatosa East, 60-31, on Friday at Tosa East.

Rohde scored 28 points and didn't play most of the fourth quarter and she hit 7 3-pointers in the process, breaking the single game record she shared with Debbie Entzminger (6).

Central led 21-9 after one quarter as Rohde had 13 points and led 33-15 at half as Rohde had 19. Katie Salmon had 20 points, including all eight of Tosa East's points in the fourth quarter.

Central is now 6-3 in the Greater Metro and 13-3 overall. East is 3-7 and 8-3 respectively.

The Lancers had lost to Sussex Hamilton and Brookfield East their last two times out.

Brookfield to host first Stradivarius concert since robbery

Feb. 07, 2014 3:27 p.m. | Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond confirmed he will play the recovered "Lapinski" Stradivarius violin at his performance Monday at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center.

It will be his first performance with the instrument since it was taken from him in an armed robbery Jan. 27. Police found the violin unharmed in an attic in Milwaukee. Two people have been charged with the theft Universal Knowledge Allah and Salah Jones.

The Wilson Center provided the following statement from Almond today:

"I am so relieved that the instrument has been recovered unharmed, and look forward to performing on it Monday evening in a program centered around the violin's incredible history. Thanks to the exceptional work of all the individuals involved in its return, we can now celebrate the wonderful resolution of this most recent chapter in the instrument's storied life."

More information on the performance at www.wilson-center.com/frankly-music.

Brookfield could host next Stradivarius violin performance

Feb. 07, 2014 8:15 a.m. | Milwaukee Police announced yesterday that they have recovered the "Lipinski" Stradivarius violin, which was taken in an armed robbery from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond on Jan. 27.

Almond is scheduled to perform at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts on Monday, in a concert that was planned to focus on the history of the recovered violin. The center has confirmed that the show will go on, but has not announced whether Almond will be playing the Stradivarius.

Milwaukee Police said they will be returning the violin today to its anonymous owner, who had loaned the centuries-old instrument to Almond.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra President Mark Niehaus said Almond is performing in Florida this weekend and has not determined whether he will continue playing the Stradivarius when he returns. He said for now Almond was just relieved to see photos showing a seemingly unharmed violin.

"He's thrilled that the violin is back," Niehaus said. "Pictures can say 1,000 words. It looks the way it's supposed to look."

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East girls snap 12-game losing streak to Lancers

Feb. 04, 2014 10:12 p.m. | The Brookfield East girls basketball team edged Brookfield Central, 38-36, and snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Lancers. In the nightcap, The No.1 ranked Lancers rolled over the Spartan boys, 72-42.

Girls

Alena Moro's layup with 4:21 in the third quarter gave Central a 23-22 lead and that was the last time the Spartans trailed.

Angela Pichler hit a free throw and a jumper and Mariah Miller scored on two drives to the basket and East took a 29-23 lead.

Sophomore Cami Cross hit a jumper and a rebound for a 33-26 lead, before Central countered with a rebound basket and a 3-pointer by Caroline Busch to cut the lead to 33-31 with 3:10 left in the game.

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Court denies young pot offender promised expungement

Feb. 04, 2014 9:07 a.m. | A young Brookfield man convicted of possessing marijuana will not have the offense expunged from his record, despite a judge's order at sentencing, the state Court of Appeals ruled in 2-1 decision Tuesday.

A dissenting judge wrote that Kearney Hemp deserves the expungement, despite a later charge that occurred after he completed probation but before procedural errors delayed the formal expungement of his pot conviction.

Wisconsin allows people under 25 to expunge convictions for offenses that carry no more than a six year prison term as a maximum sentence.

Hemp, 24, pleaded guilty in 2010 to a single felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and other conditions of an 18-month term of probation. Now retired Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jean DiMotto ordered expungement upon successful completion of the probation. By December 2011, Hemp finished the probation successfully.

But it wasn't until late 2012 that Hemp's lawyer filed a form seeking expungement. By that time, Hemp was facing new charges in Walworth County of drunken driving and possessing marijuana.

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