A Menomonee Falls woman suffered minor injuries Thursday when a car struck the back tire of her bicycle on Main Street and Pilgrim Road, causing her to lose control of her bike.
Samantha Goetzke, 23, was crossing Main Street at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday when a car turned onto Pilgrim Road. Goetzke said her back tire was hit by the car and her front tire hit the curb, causing her shin to slam into the curb. The car, described by Menomonee Falls police as a gray hatchback, fled the scene. Police said the driver was a white female between the ages of 25 to 35.
"I saw her coming. I thought she would have stopped, but she didn't," Goetzke said.
She said the driver asked if she was OK. When Goetzke replied "no," the driver left the scene.
Goetzke, who bikes to work every day, said she has a large welt under her knee from where it struck the curb.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay wrestling coach Dale Loebel estimates that there were four or five times senior 182-pound wrestler Ed Dixon could have quit in his match with Germantown senior Hunter Valenta Thursday night.
With Bay nursing a 25-18 lead in the team score, Dixon had fallen behind by 8-1, 13-4 and 15-8 margins, but in a match that featured several wild swings of momentum, Dixon caught Valenta and pinned at 4:29 in the third period.
Teammate Steve Meyer then followed that with a pin of his own in 1:55 at 195 and that was enough of a margin for the Blue Dukes to pull off a 41-33 victory in the opening North Shore Conference dual meet of the season.
"He decided to come off his back and that was the difference," said Loebel of Dixon. "...I knew that this would be a competitive dual. We did well in spots and breaks that could have gone against us went our way tonight."
A big difference in the match, was that Loebel has an upperclassmen-and-upper weights dominated line-up this season. Of the 21 athletes he as out this winter, he has 11 juniors. He had to replace state-tourney participants like Max Carlin, Joey Davey and Rashadeem Gray, a total of over 400 career wins, but was encouraged by the start.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing the Menomonee Falls Tri-City Bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning.
According to a MFPD news release:
The man is described as black with a light complexion, 25 to 35 years old, 5'8"-5'10" tall, with a medium build.
He was wearing a black jacket with dark blue denim jeans and black and white athletic shoes. The man brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash from bank employees.
He ran away from the bank going south with an unknown amount of cash. A dye-pack device included with the cash may have exploded, staining his clothes with red ink.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls police are searching for the man who robbed Tri-City Bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning.
The man walked into the bank at N96-W18221 County Line Road at 10:24 a.m. with a gun in his hand and demanded cash, according to a news release. He fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.
Police said the man might have been exposed to an exploding red dye pack, so he may have red dye on his skin or clothing.
The suspect is described as a black man with light complexion between the ages of 25 and 35, with medium build. He is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5-10 and was wearing a black jacket with dark blue jeans and black and white athletic shoes.
Detectives from the Menomonee Falls Police Department and the FBI continue to investigate. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Lt. Kevin Von Bank at (262) 532-8700.
Germantown police are investigating a slew of break-ins that occurred Sunday night and early Monday morning.
The break-ins and attempted break-ins occurred on Vienna Court, Sylvan Circle and in a parking lot on Knight Drive. A village resident called police Monday, reporting that three subjects were attempting to gain entry into vehicles that parked in a lot on Knight Drive. The suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts and fled in a silver vehicle southbound on Squire Drive after police were called to the scene. Police have been unable to locate the vehicle, Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said.
A resident reported stereo equipment was taken from his vehicle that was parked in an underground, secure parking garage on Vienna Court sometime overnight. Another resident also reported that his vehicle parked on Vienna Court was broken into in the evening hours of Dec. 1. That resident's subwoofer was taken from his trunk, Hoell said.
A fourth report filed says a resident's vehicle was broken into on Sylvan Court sometime overnight Dec. 1 into Dec. 2. A stereo and subwoofers were taken.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to police immediately. Hoell said residents should make sure their doors are locked and valuables are removed from the vehicles.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze at the home, located southwest of Silver Spring Drive and Pilgrim Road, remains under investigation.
A company that makes precision metal components plans to expand its Menomonee Falls facility.
Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Inc., located at W169N5954 Ridgewood Drive, plans to build a 20,000 square-foot addition to its existing 43,000 square-foot facility, according to information filed with the Village of Menomonee Falls.
Ultra wants the village to issue industrial revenue bonds to help finance the $5 million project, which would create 10 full-time jobs.
The village would not be a lender or guarantor of the bond debt. The bonds, if issued in the village's name, would be tax exempt. That would allow Ultra to pay a lower interest rate to the investors that buy the bonds.
The Village Board is to review the proposal at its Monday night meeting.
His coaching opponent, Sheboygan North legend Tom Desotell, has many hundreds of wins to his credit in his long and successful career.
Menomonee Falls' Ben Farley just earned win number one Friday, as his deep and energetic Indians used a 27-6 second quarter outburst to take control and claim a 73-62 victory in their home opener over Desotell's Raiders.
"It feels great," said Farley, whose team lost a road decision to Plymouth in its opener on Tuesday. "I'm so happy for the seniors on this team. I'm happy for all 15 guys on the team who are working their butts off. A lot of guys are getting a lot of minutes sacrificing for the betterment for the team."
Farley, who used 13 players in earning the victory, was most pleased as the Indians rallied from a 17-9 first quarter deficit. Falls won the opening tip and went 49 seconds without taking a shot before eventually turning the ball over.
The Indians would hit only three of 18 shots in that first stanza, but that would change.» Read Full Article
a now-abandoned project to develop a new corporate headquarters.Kohl's Corp. will repay the $2 million advanced by the Village of Menomonee Falls to help the company finance
Village Board President Randy Newman and Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said they had spoken with Kohl's executives Wednesday morningand been assured the money will be returned. A Kohl's spokeswoman confirmed that.
The repayment is expected to occur in the first half of next year, Fitzgerald said.
The development agreement between the village and Kohl's clearly calls for return of the money if the project doesn't go forward, Fitzgerald said.
He said the question of repayment "was never really an issue."» Read Full Article
Roundy's is now accepting applications for its newest Pick 'n Save location in Menomonee Falls.
The new Pick 'n Save store, opening January 2014 at N95 W18351 County Line Road, is looking to hire approximately 125 employees. Both full and part-time positions are available in all departments. Applicants with food service, culinary arts or restaurant experience are especially encouraged to apply for department managerial positions.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at picknsave.com. Interviews will begin on Dec. 2.
Work is under way at the former Quilted Bear in Germantown, a popular wedding venue and restaurant for decades, as it becomes Florian Park.
The property at N111-W18611 Mequon Road, which closed a year ago, recently was sold to Project Design Management for $600,000. PDM also owns the neighboring Country Inn & Suites, and a frontage road will be built between the two venues to make travel easier between the two for guests of weddings, class reunions, corporate meetings and other events, said Ryan Rahl, director of operations.
The restaurant that served the public won't reopen, Rahl said; instead, it will become the smaller of two banquet venues, seating around 90. The larger hall will accommodate 425.
Florian Park would be open to the public for holiday buffets, however.
"We want to cater to premier, upscale events," Rahl said. Some changes will capitalize on the views of the 17-acre property, such as extending the outdoor deck and constructing pergolas.» Read Full Article
Kohl's Corp. has dropped plans to build new headquarters in the Menomonee Falls Woodland Prime office park leaving village officials with a large piece of prime real estate they plan to develop going forward.
Kohl's announced Thursday that is has completed plans to buy a 300,000 square-foot building on Ridgewood Drive in the Silver Spring Corporate Park, where the company's current headquarters are located. The building is across the street from the main Kohl's building and next to the company's 24,000-square-foot wellness center. Kohl's also has agreed to buy the 28,000-square-foot former ProHealth medical building at W165 N5595 Creekwood Crossing, across from the Silver Spring Corporate Park. The company is opting to purchase these two buildings to accommodate its growth, instead of going forward with construction of a $250 million corporate campus that was planned at Woodland Prime.
Though plans fell through at the village's office park, officials are looking at it as an opportunity to bring further development to Menomonee Falls, in addition to keeping Kohl's in the village.
"(Kohl's is) planting their flag squarely in Menomonee Falls," Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said. "They still will be able to grow and expand and that's what our original goal was. That's going to happen."
The village and Kohl's in 2012 reached an agreement that put the village in ownership of 108 acres at Woodland Prime, plus a building located at W127 N7564 Flint Drive. Under the agreement, the land and building in the village's tax incremental finance district No. 10 were going to be transferred to Kohl's in exchange for the company's distribution center located on Woodale Drive. The village now owns the building at Woodale and is leasing it to Kohl's. The village will eventually turn the building into a public works facility, which was the initial intent when it was first acquired, Fitzgerald said.» Read Full Article
Germantown police were asked to process bottles for fingerprints so that those who litter in the village could be caught and cited.
According to the Germantown police report:
A man came into the police department and dropped off water bottles containing tobacco chew juice that he found while walking on Preserve Parkway and Donges Bay Road about 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10. The man asked police to process the bottles for fingerprints.
The man said he has found over 50 similar bottles over a period of time and wanted police to find and cite the litterer. An extra patrol was requested in the area.
It was a somber start to the Menomonee Falls Village Board meeting Monday night as a moment of silence was called to honor longtime and beloved village trustee Jim Jeskewitz, who passed away on Sunday.
"This community was his family," Village President Randy Newman said. "He's been a friend to all of us."
Newman asked for a moment of silence to reflect on Jeskewitz' life and thank him for his services to the village. Jeskewitz, 74, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer over the summer that spread to multiple organs. The late Menomonee Falls football coaching legend also served on the county board and was the longest standing member on the current Village Board.
"He's done a lot for all of us and he's been a mentor to many of us," Newman said.
The visitation is slated for 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the main gym of the high school. The public is welcome to attend.
Menomonee Falls — Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Mollet will replace Fire Chief Jeff Hevey, who left his post in July for a new position as head of a fire department in Texas, according to an announcement to the Village Board on Monday.
Due to a restructuring of the Police and Fire department, Mollet will assume the role of assistant fire chief and will report to Director of Protective Services Anna Ruzinski, who heads the combined departments. There were 16 applicants who applied for the assistant fire chief position. The pool was narrowed down to six before the village decided to hire the internal candidate, Ruzinski said.
"Since Jim has joined the village he has proven to be an asset to our department, he brings a maturity and leadership presence to the Fire Department command staff and he brings a fresh perspective from an outside agency," she said. "Yet, he has learned quickly the unusual protocols that we have of our combined department."
Mollet has 20 years of fire service experience. He started his career with the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department. In 1995, he joined the Greenfield Fire Department and rose to the ranks of battalion chief. Menomonee Falls hired him as the department's battalion chief in April.
When Mollet accepted his position in Menomonee Falls, he said, he was at a point in his career where he needed something new. He saw the combination department in Menomonee Falls as both a challenge and an opportunity.» Read Full Article
Anticipating an overflow crowd, the visitation for the late Menomonee Falls football coach, village trustee and county board member Jim Jeskewitz is slated for 4-9 p.m. Wednesday in the main gym of the high school.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Jeskewitz, 74, passed away Sunday after a short battle with cancer.