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Falls police warn residents about 'ransomware' online scam

Dec. 04, 2012 3:51 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department is warning residents about a new cyber scam that poses as a criminal complaint center, freezes someone's computer and requires payment for it to be unlocked.

The latest version of the ransomware uses the name of "Internet Crime Complaint Center" to frighten victims into sending money to the perpetrators, according to the Police Department. This version of the malware also claims that the user's computer activity is being recorded using audio, video and other devices.

The cyber-scam lures victims to a drive-by download website, at which time the ransomware is installed on the user's computer. Once installed, the computer freezes and a screen is displayed warning the user they have violated United States Federal Law. The message further declares that a law enforcement agency has determined that a computer using the victim's IP address has accessed child pornography and other illegal content, according to the Police Department's news release.

To unlock the computer from being frozen, the user is instructed to pay a fine using prepaid money card services. The geographic location of the user's PC determines what payment services are offered. The malware then continues to operate on the compromised computer and can be used to commit online banking and credit card fraud.

For information about this scam or to report Internet abuse, contact the Menomonee Falls Police Department by calling (262) 532-8700.

Things To Do: Feb. 11, 2016

11:42 a.m. |

2016 Young at Art exhibition open at Menomonee Falls High School

Menomonee Falls — The Art Guild of Menomonee Falls, in partnership with the Menomonee Falls High School National Art Honor Society, is opening an art show by the young artists in the community.

The gallery, which will remain open through Friday, Feb. 12, is located in the lobby area off of the Menomonee Falls High School auditorium, W142N8101 Merrimac Drive.

Each student piece in the exhibition was chosen by the student's art instructor for its outstanding merit.

The pieces on display will include drawings, paintings, collage, metals and sculptures.

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Sacrifices made, Germantown wrestlers win NSC title

11:32 a.m. | Everyone had to sacrifice if the Germantown wrestling team was going to win its first North Shore Conference title in 15 years.

Including the man who is the face of the program, returning state qualifier Zack Szohr.

To maximize their chances of winning conference and hopefully earn a WIAA state team tournament berth, everyone moved down a weight class, and the linchpin was Szohr, who spent a lot of the season at 113 pounds and occasionally 120.

But to make it all work, he had to agree to go down to 106, where he qualified for state last season.

He agreed, he made the weight and so did everyone else as the job got done.

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Five Germantown, Menomonee Falls area soccer players sign letters of intent

11:04 a.m. | It was a spectacularly good national collegiate signing day for area girls soccer players on Feb. 3 as three from Germantown and two from the Falls have accepted offers and signed national letters of intent for next fall.

They include Tessa Estock and Julia Lehnen from the Falls and Piper Brown, Bri Klopfer and Taylor Johnson from Germantown.

Menomonee Falls

Estock will be heading to Viterbo in La Crosse where she will major in nursing

Estock will finish up and impressive career for the Falls High School team this spring. She has played both defense and midfield in what will be a four-year career for the Indians. Estock was named honorable mention all-Greater Metro Conference three years and team Most Valuable Player as a junior for the 2015 Indian team that made the WIAA state tournament for the first time.

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UPDATE: Nine crashes, 25 damaged vehicles reported in Feb. 9 crash on Highway 41 in Menomonee Falls

10:02 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Nine separate traffic crashes that resulted in 25 damaged vehicles and six injured people stalled traffic for about two hours during rush hour on Feb. 9.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department responded to an initial call at about 9 a.m. reporting several crashes along Highway 41/45 southbound near Pilgrim Road and Main Street.

A slowdown in traffic and sun glare, including the glare off wet pavement, may have been contributing factors, according to a news release.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department partnered with the Menomonee Falls Fire Dept., Germantown Fire Dept., city of Brookfield Fire Dept. and the Wisconsin State Patrol in investigating this incident and transporting injured parties.

The highway was returned to normal traffic at approximately 9:45 a.m.

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Sports Shorts: Feb. 11, 2016

9:45 a.m. |

MENOMONEE FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL

The Indians snapped their three-game skid with pair of tense Greater Metro Conference victories last week.

Falls beat Wauwatosa East, 69-65, on Feb. 5 after edging Brookfield East, 55-49, on Feb. 2.

With the two victories, the Indians improved to 5-6 in GMC play and 11-7 overall. They hosted Watertown in a nonconference game on Feb. 9 and will visit West Allis Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in a GMC contest.

The Indians rallied for the win against Tosa after falling behind, 29-23, at the break. They exploded for 46 points in earning the hard-fought win. Senior point guard Bryce McMurtryled the way with 22 points, while senior forward Jerin Freyhad 13, junior guard Cross Wilson10 and junior forward Darrell Johnson-Handy nine.

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Construction to start on Highway 175 in Washington County

Feb. 08, 2016 12:24 p.m. | Germantown — As road construction season approaches, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation would like to make sure drivers are informed of major upcoming projects.

Included in the projects in the area is work on Highway 175 from Beechwood Industrial Court to Polk Street, which is slated to begin in March.

The reconstruction project improvements include new concrete curb and gutter; storm sewer; asphaltic pavement; a shared-use path; new signing and pavement marking; and a roundabout at the intersection of Hwy 175 and Hwy 167.

Anyone interested in learning more about the project is encouraged to attend an open house meeting from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Richfield Fire Station, 2008 WIS 175, Richfield.

Mashuda Contractors, which will make a presentation at 6 p.m. that outlines the schedule of operations, has been awarded the $6.64 million contract to construct these improvements.

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Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Menomonee Falls wrestling team storms to Greater Metro tourney title

Feb. 06, 2016 12:53 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls wrestling team won six individual weight classes en route to an impressive triumph in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament at West Allis Hale tonight.

But veteran coach Jim McMahon wanted all to know that everyone on the team contributed to this third league tourney title in four years.

"It takes a really good team to win the GMC," he said, "and we needed everyone to get this done. This is such a good group of kids. They've been getting better all year and I've been around this sport long enough, winning something like this is never easy.

"...There's a lot of skill, a little bit of luck and a whole lot of good kids buying in that made this work out as well as it did."

Falls scored 247.5 points to claim the title as it roared past West Allis Central (198.5) and Sussex Hamilton (188). The Indians had dropped a one-point decision to Central in December to lose the league dual meet title to the Bulldogs.

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Faustel in Germantown welcomes John Pokrandt to controls engineering team

Feb. 05, 2016 10:26 a.m. | Germantown — A Germantown-based manufacturer of technological web converting equipment is growing its engineering team.

Faustel announced Feb. 4 the addition of John Pokrandt to the controls engineering team.

Pokrandt has 19 years of electrical engineering experience designing control systems for equipment installed on web offset and gravure printing presses.

"I am thrilled to be part of the Faustel team, developing their control systems," he said. "I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company in the converting industry."

Construction to start on Highway 175 in Washington County

Feb. 05, 2016 9:56 a.m. | Germantown — As road construction season approaches, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation would like to make sure drivers are informed of major upcoming projects.

Included in the projects in the area is work WIS-175 from Beechwood Industrial Court to Polk Street, which is slated to begin in March.

The reconstruction project improvements include new concrete curb and gutter, storm sewer, asphaltic pavement, a shared-use path, new signing and pavement marking, and a roundabout at the intersection of WIS-175 and WIS-167.

Anyone interested in learning more about the project is encouraged to attend an open house meeting from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Richfield Fire Station, 2008 WIS 175, Richfield.

Mashuda Contractors, which will make a presentation at 6 p.m. that outlines the schedule of operations, has been awarded the $6.64 million contract to construct these improvements.

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Menomonee Falls Dance Team to compete in kick, jazz at state competition Feb. 6

Feb. 04, 2016 8:57 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — For the first time in nine years, the Menomonee Falls Dance team has qualified for state.

The team of 29 dancers will perform a kick routine and a jazz routine for the first time in school history at the state competition in La Crosse on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The team has been practicing under the guidance of Jenn Nagy and Chelsea Bushman since August.

Menomonee Falls Comprehensive Plan complete, set for possible approval this spring

Feb. 03, 2016 2:32 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — A document that will serve as a guide for the future physical, social and economic development of Menomonee Falls is now complete.

The plan commission on Feb. 2 reviewed the draft 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update, which is now available for public review following months of discussion and meetings with residents and village staff.

A vision statement, revised goals and an updated land-use plan are among the new and updated features of the plan.

Among the goals of the plan is to create a document that is clearly written and easily accessible so it effectively serves as a guide for future development decisions, explained Planning Technician Tyler Zwagerman.

Public outreach efforts concluded in August and staff summarized input from the 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update survey and the two summer workshops in a report that has been under review by the 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Steering Committee since it formed in September.

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Park planning continues in Menomonee Falls

Feb. 03, 2016 1:57 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Splash pads, new playgrounds and a dog park could be on the horizon for residents of Menomonee Falls.

While none of the improvements will be happening overnight, the village board on Feb. 1 approved adding plans for upgrades to Village Park and the development of a new park, Aero Park, on the village's southwest side.

The approval followed months of discussion and community input sessions on the parks, culminating into what Director of Engineering Services Tom Hoffman called master plans to be funded through capital dollars in the village budget in future years.

Located downtown at Appleton Avenue and Garfield Drive, plans for Village Park include new tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground, splash pad, improved parking and a path system.

Work on Village Park is proposed to take place in three phases, totaling an estimated $3.3 million, also including work on a plaza, the war memorial, lighting and a festival area that could be a new home for the village's Thursday night concert series.

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Homestead girls basketball team beats Gerrmantown, tightens NSC

Feb. 02, 2016 11:04 p.m. | Homestead senior guard Taylor McIlwraith and her teammates have been waiting all season for shots to fall.

The team was experienced, talented and favored to win the North Shore Conference girls basketball title this season, but because the offense was such a hit-and-miss affair (mostly) miss, everything was a struggle and the Highlanders found themselves scrambling to climb back into the race after dropping the first two games of the league campaign.

Buit Tuesday night, before a small, but intense crowd in the tiny old Homestead gym, shots dropped like never before this season against two-time league champion and current NSC leader Germantown, a team the nine-member Homestead senior class had still not beaten in their school career.

Coupled with scads of turnovers, the Highlanders would hit shot after shot and build a 12-point lead in the first half. They still led by as much as eight with eight minutes to go.

But the relentless Warhawks would not let go, as led by forward Olivia Verdin (23 points) and guard Kenzie Schmitz (21), they crawled back into game.

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School District of Menomonee Falls to continue examining results of one-time Badger exam

Feb. 02, 2016 12:38 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The results of a one-time exam that replaced the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination is leaving district officials in Menomonee Falls with more questions than answers.

The State of Wisconsin and the Department of Public Instruction recently released the Wisconsin State Accountability System Badger Exam, which is a one-time statewide exam, as well as ACT scores for the 2014-15 school year.

The School District of Menomonee Falls results exceeded the state performance in both English and math, with 64.4 percent scoring proficient or advanced, compared to 51.2 percent statewide, in English and 57.6 percent scoring proficient or advanced, compared to 43.7 percent statewide, in math.

"These scores reflect that teachers are doing a great job preparing our students for the rigor that now comes with standards aligned to college and career preparation," said Gary Kiltz, the district Director of Curriculum and Learning.

Though Superintendent Pat Greco said reading and math scores have changed from previous tests, she said the data as it compares to prior and future years is murky.

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