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Lime green water in Underwood Creek is just a test

Nov. 07, 2012 11:38 a.m. | Your eyes are not fooling you. The water in Underwood Creek in Elm Grove and Brookfield is green, but there is no need to be alarmed.

The city of Brookfield is testing for leaks in its sanitary and storm sewer system as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The green fluorescent dye used in the testing empties into the creek. Brookfield Public Works Director Thomas Grisa said the dye is non-toxic and testing will continue for the next few weeks.

"The dye is safe for the creek and its inhabitants," Grisa said. "A resident sent me a picture of ducks swimming in the creek this morning."

Elm Grove conducted similar tests last week.

Brookfield offers yard waste disposal options

Nov. 06, 2012 10:56 a.m. | As the last of the leaves fall from the trees, the city of Brookfield Department of Public Works is reminding residents about the rules for disposing of yard waste.

Thomas Grisa, director of public works, said burning is allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. when the wind speed does not exceed 15 mph. Burning piles must be no larger than 5 feet in diameter, 2 feet high, 25 feet from the front lot line, 15 feet from the side and 10 feet from the rear. Burning is not permitted on ditches or roadways.

The city does not pick up yard brush and waste, he said.. City of Brookfield residents can haul bagged leaves to the recycling center, 19700 Riverview Drive, or call a licensed hauler to remove the leaves. The recycling center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m. through Nov. 30, and year-round on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the recycling center for yard waste disposal requires proof of residency.

Driver who struck deputies' car now facing homicide charge

Nov. 05, 2012 5:20 p.m. | An 18-year-old St. Francis man who authorities say plowed into Waukesha County Sheriff's patrol car on a freeway last week now faces a homicide charge for the death of his own passenger.

According to the criminal complaint:

Ihor M. Sahan was speeding east on Interstate 94 about 2:40 a.m. Thursday when he slammed into the squad car that was parked in the turnaround area at Sunny Slope Road. Deputies Bryan Skaar and Patrick Sykes were running radar speed enforcement and noted Sahan's vehicle approaching at 74 mph right before it struck their car.

The injured deputies climbed out of their damaged car to see Sahan's vehicle on fire a short distance away. They pulled Sahan and his unconscious passenger from the burning vehicle.

The passenger, Ryan Petri, 17, had not been wearing a seat belt and suffered massive brain trauma. He was taken to Children's Hospital but never regained consciousness and died Saturday.

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8-Twelve Restaurant announces benefit for children of Azana Spa victims

Nov. 05, 2012 3:42 p.m. | Brookfield's 8-Twelve MVP Bar and Grill will hold a fundraiser for the children of the victims of the Azana Salon and Spa shooting.

Radcliff Haughton killed three women and wounded four others when he opened fire in the spa on Oct. 21.

The dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at 8-Twelve, 17800 W. Bluemound Road.

Tickets cost $100; food and drinks are included. A silent auction will take place, featuring items donated by Packer's quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, who arepartners in the restaurant with SURG Restaurant Group. Other auction donors include the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Wave, Global Sight and Sound and Kohl's Department Stores.

All money raised will go to the children of Zina Haughton, Maelyn Lind and Cary Robuck, who were killed in the Oct. 21 shooting.

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Brookfield Trader Joe's celebrates grand opening today

Nov. 05, 2012 2:46 p.m. | Grocery chain Trader Joe's officially opened its Brookfield location today.

The 12,500-square-foot store celebrated its grand opening at 12665 W. Bluemound Road this morning with Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto and store manager Jeff Clark cutting a ceremonial lei. Festivities will continue throughout the day, with face painting for kids and food demonstrations.

The chain describes itself as a grocery store like no other, carrying domestic and imported items including fresh-baked artisan breads, international frozen entrees, 100 percent juices, deli items, and vitamins and supplements.

The store is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Trader Joe's has more than 380 stores in 34 states. Wisconsin is home to three of these stores, one in Glendale at Bayshore Town Center, one in Madison and the Bluemound store.

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