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Azana therapist describes tense 45 minutes in hiding

Oct. 21, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For nearly 45 terrifying minutes, Katie O'Rourke sat crouched inside a darkened, second-floor treatment room, with no windows, whispering to a 911 operator on her cellphone.

With O'Rourke, a 23-year-old massage therapist from Wauwatosa at the Azana Spa in Brookfield, was a co-worker, whom she named Mary, and two clients.

She had called 911 after hearing gun shots downstairs. "Quite a few of them," she said in a Sunday night interview hours after the rampage.

She said she was first told by 911 operators to leave the building.

"But I didn't know where the shooter was," she said.

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Investigation just beginning in Brookfield shooting

Oct. 21, 2012 8:14 p.m. | Due to the sheer number of witnesses and law enforcement personnel involved, combined with the size and complexity of the crime scene at Azana Spa in Brookfield, police are looking at a lengthy investigation into the Sunday-morning shooting during which three were killed, four injured, and suspected shooter Radcliffe F. Haughton of Brown Deer was found dead inside the spa, Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said at a press conference Sunday evening.

"It could take days, weeks to figure this all out," said Tushaus, adding that investigators and evidence technicians will need to work through the numerous rooms of the 9,000 square-foot spa to reconstruct the events of the shooting. "It's very large, complex, and involving. There are a lot of things going on, and it's just way too premature to get into (details)."

Police have not identified the three female victims who died during the shooting or the four female victims injured and treated at nearby Froedtert Hospital, and did not comment on whether Haughton's wife, who had gotten a restraining order against him, was among the dead or injured. Police didn't say what type of firearm the suspect had used, if it had been recovered, or if any sort of note had been found.

Tushaus was quick to point out that Haughton was the only suspect in the shooting.

"We are not, I repeat, not seeking any additional suspects," he said. "Our community can feel safe. Southeastern Wisconsin can feel safe in this matter."

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Shooter sought in ongoing scene in Brookfield

Oct. 21, 2012 12:56 p.m. | The city of Brookfield Police Department has locked down the area near Azana Spa on Moorland Road across from Brookfield Square Mall after reports of a multiple shooting occurred at the spa sometime between 11 and 11:15 a.m.

Unconfirmed reports from eyewitnesses said the shooter might be a disgruntled husband or boyfriend of a salon worker.

Police evacuated people from the front and back of the Azana building. A woman was seen rolling and crawling as she left the building.

People went into a McDonald's restaurant, just north of the Azana building.

Unconfirmed reports by eyewitnesses said at least three people were shot. An eyewitness also said a barefoot girl who came out of the salon said: "He shot my mom. He's shooting everyone."

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Shooting reported near Brookfield Square

Oct. 21, 2012 12:03 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that a shooting occurred around 11:30 this morning near Brookfield Square Mall.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

East soccer team earns third straight trip to state with win over Bay

Oct. 20, 2012 10:31 p.m. | Not meaning to sound arrogant or dismissive of the very deep sectionals that his team has played in, Brookfield East boys soccer coach Herbie Dundun still said the WIAA State Tournament berths the Spartans earned in 2010 and 2011 were "almost givens".

Not so this year. East had huge graduation losses, and furthermore, it lost five more potential starters to the newly-founded soccer academy in the area.

So on Saturday night at Central, after the Spartans earned their third state trip in a row to Uihlein Park with a heartstopping 3-2 overtime shootout WIAA sectional final victory over a persistent Whitefish Bay team, a relieved Dundun said this state slot feels much different than the others.

"We were fishing here and there, trying to put the pieces together," he said. "The chemistry was always something a little different, something we were always working on."

"It was very much on the edge at times. It's very satisfying to have done this, but it feels very patched together. We had to fill the gaps as we went along."

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Spartans headed to state meet

Oct. 20, 2012 10:30 p.m. | Brookfield East tied Whitefish Bay, 2-2, and then won a 4-2 shootout Saturday night at the WIAA Brookfield Central Sectional.

As a result, the Spartans (15-7-2) moved on to the WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park from Thursday through Saturday.

It will be East's third straight trip to state. The Spartans will face Kimberly in a 5 p.m. quarterfinal game.

Brookfield Central pulls away from Rockets

Oct. 20, 2012 12:09 a.m. | Third-seeded Brookfield Central hosted sixth-seeded South Milwaukee in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs Friday night and came out with a 33-8 victory to advance to the second round against Whitefish Bay, but it didn't always look so lopsided.

Both teams scored on their first possession. The Lancers started their first drive on their own 19 yard line, but big runs from Demario Harris and quarterback Riley Richarz led to a touchdown in just six plays. South Milwaukee responded with a touchdown of their own after a pass from Justin Oliden to Zach Simuncak set up a first and goal from the Brookfield 1-yard line, and Oliden was able to punch it in.

On the extra point attempt, the Rockets lined up as if to kick the extra point. When the ball was snapped, however, the holder took off for the end zone and made it, giving South Milwaukee an 8-7 lead.

“I can’t take credit for that,” said Rockets coach John Galewski. “It was a bad snap and the holder felt that he couldn’t get the ball down and so it was just a fire call.”

On the Lancers’ next possession, the Rockets forced the Lancers into a fourth down situation near midfield. The Lancers initially appeared lined up as if to go for a conversion, but just before the snap, Richarz took an extra couple of steps backwards, preparing to punt.

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Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today

Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m. | We're a little bit more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's first-round of the WIAA high school football playoffs, so there is still time to sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Appleton East vs. Menomonee Falls; Brown Deer vs. Catholic Memorial; Greendale vs. Wauwatosa West, South Milwaukee vs. Brookfield Central and Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay.

Congratulations to Drew Hunkins of Waukesha, who was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks. He earned a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

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Markusse's two goals lift Brookfield East to soccer sectional final

Oct. 18, 2012 9:49 p.m. | Neither rain, nor mud nor the rooster-tails of water that cropped up everytime a player skidded to the far northwestern corner of the field could stop Brookfield East senior midfielder Mike Markusse Thursday night in a WIAA sectional semifinal soccer game at Menomonee Falls.

Markusse turned senior defender Mark Glowacki's re-direct of a short corner kick by senior Alan Miranda into a flashy, sideways turned goal from about 15 yards out at the 72:20 mark to lift the Spartans to an exciting 3-2 victory over the Indians.

"It was a nicely turned play, a beautiful stroke," said Spartan coach Herbie Dundun. "We knew we would have to make adjustments on a smaller field on a wet night. We had to go long one way (with the wind at our backs) and short on the other (when it was against us)."

"We got caught sleeping on a short, quick corner and we didn't stop the second guy," said Indian coach Scott Stein. It was Markusse's second goal of the game.

The victory avenged a 1-0 loss by the Spartans to the Indians during the regular season that was decided by an East own goal. It also advanced the Spartans to the WIAA sectional final at Brookfield Central at 7 p.m. Saturday against Whitefish Bay, which was a 6-0 winner over Cedarburg this night.

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Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings

Oct. 17, 2012 12:28 p.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (8-0) has been a fixture atop the Living Lake Country/NOW suburban football rankings all season, never moving from the top spot.

The No. 1-seeded Warhawks begin WIAA Division 1 postseason play at home this Friday against No. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (5-3).

You can get the lowdown on Arrowhead's postseason prospects and more first round games in a video preview at NOW's Push for the Playoffs.

Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs

Oct. 17, 2012 9:51 a.m. | The first-round match ups are set in this season's WIAA football playoffs and you can test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters by taking part in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Drew Hunkins of Waukesha was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks, earning a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

You can join the fun in the playoff version of Pigskin Picks.

Judge puts Town of Brookfield incorporation bid on hold

Oct. 16, 2012 1:18 p.m. | A Waukesha County judge has put the brakes on a state proceeding to decide the Town of Brookfield's bid to become a village.

Circuit Judge James A. Kieffer on Monday granted the Town of Waukesha's request for an emergency stay of actions at the Incorporation Review Board that had been set for next week, pending the outcome of the town's appeal of a decision by another Waukesha judge to dismiss the Town of Waukesha from the case.

It's just the latest delay in the Town of Brookfield's effort to obtain village status, a move opposed by the Town of Waukesha over the planned annexation of part of its land into the new municipality.

The Incorporation Review Board, part of the Department of Administration, would ultimately issue a decision for or against the incorporation after a public hearing.

Based on the board's finding, Kieffer would either dismiss the incorporation petition or order a referendum of those living in the proposed village.

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