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Azana Salon's interior changes pay tribute to fallen employees

Dec. 02, 2012 8:58 p.m. | Brookfield - Azana Salon and Spa clients entered a new normal when the salon reopened Saturday at 8 a.m.

The salon held a media walkthrough Friday to preview the new changes to the interior, which was completely destroyed when Radcliffe Haughton shot seven people and then set fire to the building on October 21.

Tami Gemmell, Azana's owner, said she and her employees are excited about the changes and are ready to start fresh.

"We have all been committed to the healing process," Gemmell said. "This is our home away from home."

The new interior was designed by Gemmell's sister, Viki Murray. Murray designed the salon when it first opened 13 years ago and said she felt she was the only one who could handle the job of redesigning her sister's salon after the tragedy.

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Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Background of profile picture leads police to escort in Brookfield

Nov. 28, 2012 10:17 a.m. | A Milwaukee woman was arrested for prostitution at Motel 6 in Brookfield after police noticed something familiar in the background of the woman's online profile picture.

According to the Town of Brookfield police report:

The 20-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for working as an escort at Motel 6, 20300 W. Bluemound Road, at 2:08 p.m. Nov. 7.

Police conducted an investigation after coming across information about escorts working in the area through an Internet site. The woman's profile image included fixtures that matched those at the hotel, prompting police to perform a sting operation.

Pair sentenced for holiday tip fraud against newspaper customers

Nov. 27, 2012 2:54 p.m. | Two men who concocted a scheme to defraud newspaper customers of tips they thought were going to the person who delivered the paper have been sentenced to jail for the scheme.

David S. Downer, 36, of Hartford was sentenced Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court to 75 days in jail as a condition of two years probation. Downer is allowed work release during the jail time.

Downer pleaded guilty in September to three counts of attempted theft by false representation, as party to a crime.

Stephen Schumacher, 42, of Pewaukee, pleaded no contest to the same charges. He was sentenced Monday to 21 days in jail, also with work release privileges, as a condition of nine months probation.

Each man was ordered to pay $1,127 in costs, and together pay $35 restitution to one of their victims.

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Brookfield police issue warning about theft ring targeting elderly women

Nov. 26, 2012 2:18 p.m. | The City of Brookfield Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding suspects in a possible theft ring in the area.

In a crime alert issued by the department last week, police officials said elderly women are being targeted by multiple white men, ranging in age from about 40 to about 65, with heavy Eastern European accents.

One man distracts the victim by asking a question while the other removes the wallet from the victim's purse.

Several women had their purses or wallets stolen this month.

According to the alert:

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