It could have been a case of "Up on the rooftop, slip, slip, slip" that caused a concerned Germantown resident to call police when what looked to be a person was hanging from a second-story gutter.
Not to worry. The person was actually a humorous holiday decoration.
According to the Germantown police:
A resident called police to report a subject hanging from a second-story gutter and was not moving in the W164 N11000 block of Kings Way at 3:50 p.m. Dec. 13.
Officers responded to the address and determined the subject in question was a holiday decoration.» Read Full Article
Dan Vrakas revealed Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and might begin treatment as early as next week in San Diego.Waukesha County Executive
The treatment will not interfere with his ability to perform his duties as county executive, Vrakas said in a statement.
Tests confirmed the cancer several weeks ago, according to Vrakas.
"It is not believed the cancer has spread beyond my prostate," he said. "I feel lucky the cancer was detected when it was, and that I will soon begin treatment and get on the path to recovery."
"I strongly encourage men to have annual physicals and to consult their doctor" to determine the need for additional medical screening, Vrakas said. He said his prostate cancer was indicated in tests of blood samples collected during a routine medical checkup in late January.» Read Full Article
Three men have been charged in connection with baby formula thefts at two Menomonee Falls stores in February and March.
Dante Rhodes, 37, Muhammad Ali, 33, and Seth Nelson, 40, were charged March 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
According to the Menomonee Falls police report:
An employee at Pick 'n Save, N95-W18273 County Line Road, called police after the men put 21 cans of baby formula into shopping bags, loaded them into a green Ford Explorer and drove away about 6:20 p.m. March 2.
The men were arrested a short time later after they were caught concealing baby formula at Target, N95-W17707 Shady Lane, and were taken into custody.» Read Full Article
A 40-year-old Menomonee Falls woman could face charges after she shoplifted kitchen items from area stores and sold them to pawn shops on March 3.
According to the Menomonee Falls police report:
The woman was arrested March 3 after she was seen stealing a coffeemaker, a kitchenware set and a mixer at Target, N95-W17707 Shady Lane, and then drove off in a 2001 tan Acura.
Police identified her through her license plate number and took her into custody for shoplifting a short time later.
During the investigation it was discovered that she had stolen a mixer, a food processor and a space heater from the same Target store Jan. 21.» Read Full Article
Rob Miller of ProActive Coaching will speak to the public in the Menomonee Falls High School Auditorium on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. His topic will be the “The Role of Parents in Athletics”.
Falls Athletic Director Ryan Anderson was introduced to the ProActive Coaching program recently and thought it would be good for the public to know about it
"I first was introduced to ProActive Coaching at the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association’s annual conference," said Anderson. "I was immediately impressed with the messages and attitudes they brought forward. ...iit will be worth your time."
The program will be presented with help from the Menomonee Falls High School Booster Club.
Miller will also be speaking to the entire coaching staff (grades 6-12) and will be hosting a session for all members of grades 6-12 at MFHS. His session with the students will take place on Wednesday, March 12 from 1:45-3 p.m.» Read Full Article
"This has been a fun season."
The thought that Germantown boys basketball team senior forward Jon Averkamp conveyed following the Warhawks' WIAA sectional final victory over Kimberly Saturday afternoon could be thought of as an odd one given all that the team has been through this winter.
The long, tangled odyssey for the two-time WIAA state champions included the weight of expectation, two rare losses that broke a state record 69-game winning streak and the drug-related suspensions of four players, including two starters and a key reserve.
Those were decidedly not fun moments.
But here the Warhawks are back aiming at making history with the possibility of a third straight state title with all the fun that achievement would entail.» Read Full Article
Facing the Germantown tempo is one thing. Facing it when the Warhawks are hitting their 3-point shots is perhaps an insurmountable challenge.
Though Kettle Moraine hovered within striking distance all night, it never led Friday in the WIAA Division 1 girls basketball regional final, and Germantown held off all KM challenges before emerging with a 72-63 win at Germantown. The Warhawks advanced to face the other Warhawks of Arrowhead in Thursday's sectional semifinal.
Germantown buried eight 3-pointers in the first half, and both of its first baskets in the second half also came from distance. Perhaps more impressively, eight players accounted for at least one of those makes.
"We rotate 11 kids through, and none of them are afraid to put it up in any situation," Germantown coach Matt Stuve said. "That's a product of how we play, and I think when you play like we do, kids just naturally develop that confidence, where if they're open, they're shooting. That's what we preach. Val (Meissner) struggled a little bit at times tonight, but she's not thinking about that. She's just being in the moment, recognizing space and putting it up."
He was speaking specifically about Meissner's triple in the fourth quarter, the 11th and final 3-pointer of the night. That basket at the 3:58 mark initiated a run of eight straight points after the Lasers had pulled to within 56-52.» Read Full Article
The Germantown girls basketball team worked hard for the second seed in its half of the Sheboygan North WIAA Division 1 sectional bracket.
It meant that if the North Shore Conference champion Warhawks took care of business, they would get both regional games at home this weekend with chances at big crowds both nights. The girls did their part with a 79-51 win over Menomonee Falls on Friday.
They were not looking past seventh-seed and area rival Menomonee Falls on Friday in the regional semifinal, but they knew that they were heavily favored, and so made plans to make sure that the maximum number of eyes would be available to see the team on Saturday night should they beat the Indians.
That meant Athletic Director Jack Klebesadel was working the phones and e-mail all week with the staff in his old bailywick of Ashwaubenon (where he was the AD years ago), trying to move the time of the WIAA boys sectional final game on Saturday.
That's because the two-time state champion Germantown boys team was heavily favored and did dispatch area rival Sussex Hamilton in a sectional semifinal Thursday night to earn a berth in the WIAA Ashwaubenon sectional final.» Read Full Article
The Menomonee Falls Optimists' Club has given $25,000 to the Booster Club's Capital Improvement Committee for the second phase of the high school athletic facilities update.
The second phase of the project includes a vast updating of Schumann Stadium including permanant bathrooms and a fieldturf playing surface. It would also look to put a new softball field on campus.
"We have about $300,000 raised and we're looking for a million," Falls Athletic Director Ryan Anderson said last fall of the ambitious next phases of the school's facilities upgrade, "and it will include a public, permanent bathroom on the north end of the (Schumann) stadium as well as team rooms for both football and track."
In Anderson's mind, this change cannot come too soon.
The first phase of the project, which was completed in 2007 for $1.54 million, vastly upgraded the track and the entrances to the stadium among other things (the tennis courts, gym bleachers and soccer lights were also beneficiaries). It was largely funded by an enthusiastic and tireless fundraising effort of the CIC.» Read Full Article
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Menomonee Falls — Menomonee Falls police are seeking two subjects who worked in tandem to shoplift more than $600 of baby formula during two separate incidents on Feb. 24 and 25.
According to the police log:
The two suspects arrived together at Target, W17707 Shady Lane, in a 1990s Green Ford Explorer at about 8:25 p.m. Feb. 24. One of the suspects entered the store first and selected 27 cans of baby formula, hid them inside a garbage can that was placed inside a cart, and then left the shopping cart with the garbage can full of formula in an aisle. The second suspect then entered the store, retrieved the cart with the merchandise, and then left without paying or attempting to pay.
The same suspects then repeated the same crime at Target at about 5:15 p.m. Feb. 25, when the first suspect placed 30 cans of baby formula inside a plastic storage bin, and then abandoned the cart in the aisle. The second suspect then entered the store, retrieved the cart and left without paying.
During both incidents the two suspects were seen leaving the parking lot in the Ford Explorer.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — A Milwaukee woman is facing two felony charges after she attacked an employee with a screwdriver when he attempted to detain her and two other women for shoplifting at a Menomonee Falls grocery store on Feb. 23.
According to the police report:
A 59-year-old security officer/employee at Woodman's Food Market, N8145 Highway 145, was attempting to detain three women for shoplifting three carts full of unpaid merchandise, valued at more than $900, when police were called at 1:35 p.m.
According to the security officer, one of the suspects, a 47-year-old woman, attempted to stab him with a screwdriver while he was trying to detain her for police. The employee was able to wrestle the screwdriver away from the woman and avoid injury before the woman fled the scene.
Police quickly located the screwdriver-wielding suspect and two other suspects, a 39-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman, running out of the parking lot and they were all taken into custody.» Read Full Article
Saturday evening's matchup between Germantown and visiting Arrowhead went from a relatively close 39-31 game at halftime to an 80-52 win for the two-time defending state champions from Germantown. The home team may not have come into the playoffs as the undisputed favorite to win the Division 1 state title, as they had in previous years, but Germantown headed to the sectional semifinal looking the part.
Germantown employed a stifling pressure defense that caused Arrowhead to turn the ball over on numerous occasions, taking a 23-14 lead after the first quarter and expanding that lead on an Even Wesenberg basket, a Brian Bearden steal and dunk and a Lamonte Bearden interception converted into two free throws, making it 28-14.
Arrowhead persisted, however. After a 3-pointer from Ricky Finco, Arrowhead created a turnover of its own when Matt Calewarts stole the ball and scored. The visiting Warhawks rode that momentum for the remainder of the half and went into halftime trailing by only 8 points.
The second half started poorly for Arrowhead, as Germantown scored the first 8 points of the half and went on to outscore Arrowhead in the third quarter, 26-9. Germantown continued to utilize the high pressure defense, and Arrowhead simply could never quite adapt to it.
"They crashed the boards hard offensively," said Arrowhead coach Craig Haase, "and they make you pay on putbacks. I thought in the third quarter and in the first quarter, they got some offensive putbacks that started the game out for them. They want to get after you and pressure you, and that caused a lot of turnovers on our part. Usually we handle the ball fairly well. Tonight just didn't go our way. It's a good team. There's a reason why they've done as well as they have done. I don't fault our kids one bit; we gave a phenomenal effort."» Read Full Article
Kettle Moraine coach Brad Bestor teaches four periods of history a day, so he knows a thing or two about the past. But for his Lasers boys basketball team, the history books keep getting re-written.
Kettle Moraine finally put away a stingy seventh-seeded Menomonee Falls late, 69-59, in a WIAA Division 1` regional semifinal Friday night. Kettle Moraine will play Sussex Hamilton on Saturday back at KM. The Lasers (21-2) added to their school-record number of wins in a season.
But KM struggled the entire first half to score, converting just 35 percent (10 for 28) from the field and allowing Falls to hang around and pester the Classic 8 champs. Dontrell Handy drilled a 3-pointer without hesitation to cut the Falls deficit to only six points, 45-39, with just under six minutes remaining.
"Coach really gets on us every day at practice about the all the little things," said Lasers forward Sam Huskisson. "He tells us to try and slow the game down when it's getting to a pace that we cannot control."
After Handy drained the triple, the Indians (11-12) forced a turnover but could not make any more dents into the Lasers' lead, with two missed point-blank shots. The missed opportunities from close range doomed the Indians all night.» Read Full Article
It was one dose of the expected and two doses of the dramatic at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday in Madison as Aaron Daly and Casey Crangle of Menomonee Falls and Hunter Higginbotham of Germantown all made Friday night's semifinals.
The expected was Daly, as the returning state 106-pound runner-up was completely dominant at 106 again in earning his semifinal berth. He pinned Trevor Hanson of Baraboo in 1:04 in the first round and then downed Hortonville's Jacob Burnett in a nippy 29 seconds in the quarterfinal.
Daly (43-7) credited his move down from 113 pounds for the state tournament series for reinvigorating his season.
"I was a little out of it mentally halfway through the season," he said. "I got into Ringers' (the area club) some more and then I started kicking it up a notch. ...This was a good day. I stayed focused and stayed strong mentally."
He will face Greater Metro Conference rival Tyus White of West Allis Central (41-2) in the 7 p.m. semifinals on Friday for the right to advance to Saturday's 6 p.m. championships. Because Daly was at a higher weight most of the season, the two have not faced each other this season.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls has called strike one against Advanced Waste Services Inc. for installing pipes for industrial waste processing equipment inside a village building without proper state and local permits — weeks before the village Plan Commission is scheduled to decide if such a business can be permitted there.
Village officials issued a stop-work order against the company when the pipes and other structural improvements were discovered, Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said Tuesday.
The company has proposed moving its ChemWorks industrial waste processing business from Milwaukee's west side, where it has been the subject of several years of odor complaints from its neighbors, to an industrial area on Lilly Road.
A zoning occupancy permit issued to the company last year authorizes it to remove building material from the building but not to build new structures or install new equipment, Fitzgerald said.
The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission would act on Advanced Waste Services Inc.'s proposal under the following timetable proposed by Village Attorney Michael Morse:» Read Full Article