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Aquinas Academy plans to expand

Jan. 02, 2014 2:59 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission on Tuesday will consider a proposal from Aquinas Academy to construct a new, free standing building to accommodate its growing study body.

Aquinas Academy, W15935 Good Hope Road, teaches students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The proposed 29,785-square-foot facility would be located approximately 50 feet to the south of the existing 14,760 square-foot building, according to village documents. The school is hoping the Plan Commission and Village Board will grant an amendment to its conditional use permit to allow for the expansion.

The building would be used as a middle school and will provide additional classrooms, a gymnasium and an oratory. It would be designed with rooms allocated to science, art, music and a library, as well as general classroom space.

The new facility is designed so it can accommodate two additional wings in the future that would total another 15,000 square feet and provide another 10 classrooms, according to documents.

The Plan Commission will send their recommendation to the Village Board, which will make the final decision.

Three injured after police chase ends in Menomonee Falls

July 25, 2014 9:49 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — A police chase ended in a crash at Mill and Lilly roads the morning of Friday, July 25.

Three people were injured as the result of a crash, which occurred as the Milwaukee Police Department was in pursuit of a suspect driving a Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on Mill Road, according to Lt. Kevin Von Bank. The suspect was involved in several armed robberies in Milwaukee that morning before colliding with a van that was driving northbound on Lilly Road.

The two occupants of the van were injured, Von Bank said, as was the suspect. All three people were taken to local hospitals for treatment and evaluation.

The incident remains under investigation by the Menomonee Falls and Milwaukee police departments. No further information is available at this time.

Highway 41 crash victim identified

July 23, 2014 10:51 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — The 25-year-old Wauwatosa man who died in a crash during rush hour Thursday, July 10, has been identified. Charles Hill was pronounced dead shortly after police responded to a call reporting the crash at about 4:30 a.m. on southbound Highway 41 in Menomonee Falls.

The sole occupant of the vehicle, Hill was ejected from his 2002 Honda Accord into a flooded ditch as the vehicle rolled over about a mile south of Main Street. As a result of the crash, two southbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours during rush hour as police investigated the incident.

Meanwhile, witnesses reported Hill was driving in excess of 90 miles per hour, according to the police report. An empty bottle of Goldschlager was also found at the scene, and while alcohol was present, no blood alcohol content was available.

"We do not have the toxicology reports from the Medical Examiner's office, so we cannot comment on blood alcohol content," said Lt. Kevin Von Bank. The report indicates Hill, an employee at Cafe Hollander in Wauwatosa, was drinking with friends the night before. In addition, the report references that Hill had battled depression for the last several years.

His parents, Jeannine and Steven Hill, separated about five years ago, according to the report, and informed police that Charles Hill did have two failed suicide attempts in the past four years, which Von Bank said has prompted additional investigation on whether this was a suicide attempt. That investigation is ongoing.

Menomonee Falls baseball team advances with 2-0 shutout of Port

July 16, 2014 8:46 p.m. | Unbeaten Menomonee Falls sophomore pitcher Ty Weber doesn't need much offensive help to get the job done.

And Wednesday night in the Indians' 2-0 WIAA regional semifinal victory over Port Washington, fast-moving, impact-making centerfielder Michael Bowe made sure Weber had enough to work with as he ripped a two-RBI single to center in the fifth.

That smack made sure that Weber's four-hit, 11-strikeout effort would not go to waste.

"I love playing for this team," Bowe said. "I just try to provide a spark and give us some confidence. That the team feeds off that is great because I think if we play like we can, we can hang with anyone out there."

With the win, the 21-10 Indians advance to a 5:30 p.m. WIAA regional final on Friday at Grafton, which was a 5-0 winner over Nicolet tonight. Both games had been postponed a day by bad weather on Tuesday.

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Germantown baseball team outlasts Cedarburg, 3-2, in 11 innings

July 15, 2014 9:52 p.m. | Overcoming odd calls, ejections, missed opportunities and intermittent rain, the Germantown baseball team lived to fight another day, as ace Randy Finger pitched 10 strong innings and the Warhawks pulled out an 11-inning WIAA regional decision over host Cedarburg on Tuersday night.

"A great game, as good a game as I've been a part of," said Warhawks coach Jeff Wolf. "I tell you, win or lose, I couldn't be more proud. Not once when we missed an opportunity did I see them hang their heads or lose faith."

That faith and tenacity will carry the Warhawks (13-16) into a WIAA regional final at second-seeded Homestead (22-7) at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

"We won't be the favorite, but we're playing our best ball of the season right now," said Wolf.

Then he looked at the strong-armed and strong-willed Finger and joked: "Maybe if we can grow another arm on Randy, we could have him go again on Friday."

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A new Fairest of the Fair will be crowned Wednesday night at the Waukesha County Fair

July 15, 2014 8:31 p.m. | The featured event for opening night of the Waukesha County Fair is the Fairest of the Fair competition.

A winner will be chosen from the five finalists at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Leinie Lodge Stage.

Winners of the countywide competition are selected on the basis of personality, communication skills, school and community activities, professional appearance, knowledge of and experience with the Waukesha County Fair.

Last year's Fairest of the Fair, Cecilia Heberling of Big Bend, will crown a new Fairest of the Fair. Heberling will also share her experiences as the county's Fairest of the Fair while the judges deliberate on Wednesday.

The 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Kaitlyn Riley, from the Crawford County Fair, will also attend the competition and share her experiences as the state's Fairest of the Fair.

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Manufacturers plan expansions, relocations in Germantown

July 14, 2014 10:51 a.m. | A series of light industrial developments are seeking village approval in Germantown, including one project that would relocate a company there from Cedarburg.

The projects are undergoing Plan Commission review for their site development and building plans. According to village documents:

■ Machining Concepts Inc. wants to build a 32,400-square-foot manufacturing plant on an 8.4-acre parcel in the northeast corner of Maple and Freistadt roads.

Machining Concepts is a precision machining company that specializes in production turning and milling services for the automotive, airline, electrical, medical, military and off-road vehicle industries.

The company, which has 41 employees, now has a 15,000-square-foot landlocked facility at W63-N171 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

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Menomonee Falls baseball team beats BC in GMC third place game

July 10, 2014 9:50 p.m. | Back on June 13, Brookfield Central pitcher Luke Sommerfeld and the Lancer bats dominated an inexperienced Menomonee Falls baseball team that was still trying to figure things out by a 12-2 count.

What a difference a month makes.

On Thursday, with the same line-up they had in that June contest, the Indians got off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed, beating Sommerfeld and the Lancers by a 7-5 count in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament third place game.

"This is huge for our confidence," said Indian coach Pat Hansen. "The last time we played them at their place (the June 13 game), they just beat us up.

"...This shows we've come quite a long ways."

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Wauwatosa man killed in crash that snarled Highway 41 traffic

July 10, 2014 11:03 a.m. | A 25-year-old Wauwatosa man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning on southbound Highway 41 in Menomonee Falls, according to a news release.

The Menomonee Falls Police and Fire Departments responded to the crash about 4:30 a.m., police say. The Wauwatosa man, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was transported to a hospital where he later died from his injuries. His identity has not been disclosed.

Two southbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours during the investigation of the crash. All lanes were open as of 10 a.m. Thursday.

The crash remains under investigation, and Menomonee Falls police have directed all questions to Assistant Chief Mark Waters at (262) 532-8702.

Falls baseball team advances on RBI single by Johnson in seventh

July 08, 2014 8:51 p.m. | Second baseman Derek Johnson and the rest of the Menomonee Falls baseball team know that the Indians don't need a lot of runs when they have sophomore ace Ty Weber on the mound.

But Tuesday afternoon in their Greater Metro Conference Tournament quarterfinal game with West Allis Hale, the Indians cut it a little close.

Despite a 10-strikeout, one walk, three-hit shutout effort, Weber was still not in line for the win going into the bottom of the seventh.

But an error, a sacrifice and a sharply struck RBI single by Johnson later, Falls made Weber a winner with a 1-0 decision.

"Basically, it was one of those games where there weren't a whole lot of hard hit balls," said Indian coach Pat Hansen. "We didn't hit and they didn't hit. They committed just one error but we took advantage of it and that was the ballgame."

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Germantown's Finger blanks North Shore baseball champ Bay, 2-0

July 07, 2014 9:20 p.m. | In the recent past the Germantown baseball team's pitching staff had been so deep that the Warhawks didn't need the services of Randy Finger.

But time and graduation have taken a toll on the Warhawks' resources and Finger, now in his senior year, was called back to the hill.

And is coach Jeff Wolf and the team ever happy that he did.

Showing command of all his pitches, moving corner to corner and up and down, Finger completely baffled North Shore Conference champion Whitefish Bay on the Blue Dukes' homefield Monday night.

He scattered three hits, worked out of a couple of jams deftly, walked four and struck out an impressive 10, including the last three in a row. He even scored the game's only two runs as the Warhawks stymied the potent Blue Dukes, 2-0.

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Falls complicates GMC race with 5-2 win over Brookfield Central

July 01, 2014 9:23 p.m. | No longer a young team, though the talented battery on display tonight was all-sophomore, the still youthful Menomonee Falls baseball team threw a big monkey wrench into the Greater Metro Conference race tonight with an efficient and stunning 5-2 win over league leader Brookfield Central.

Sophomore ace pitcher Ty Weber held in check his second strong line-up in a row (after defeating Oak Creek last week) using a change of speed to strike out six and induce lazy flyball after flyball.

Meanwhile, his catcher, fellow sophomore Josh Schwechel hit a two-run double to right-center off Lancer ace Elijah Goodman in the second inning to give the Indians a 2-1 lead they would not surrender.

"We feel now that in the second round of (the conference season) we're working together better," said Schwechel. "We know what everything is all about now."

And Schwechel also liked what he saw out of his pitcher, who he has been catching since they were about 10 years old.

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Homestead baseball team gets help from G'town mistakes in 10-4 win

June 26, 2014 9:29 p.m. | Sometimes when a team gets beat soundly, its coach will just tip his cap and say "We got beat by a better team".

But in the case of the Homestead baseball team's 10-4 victory over visiting Germantown Thursday night at beautifully refurbished Rennicke Field, winning coach Ernie Millard said he sort of felt sorry for Germantown, because the Warhawks handed the Highlanders opportunity after opportunity courtesy of six errrors.

"They (the Warhawks actually came out and played well at the beginning), but then they had one bad inning (the fifth, with three errors and five Homestead runs) and we took advantage," said Millard. "We were able to score but we didn't exactly tear the cover off the ball."

The win came on the heels of a completion of a suspended game between the two squads that was played at Germantown. In that game, the score was 11-11 in the top of the 11th and Homestead used three hits, including a Bryce Juedes RBI single and a passed ball to score two runs in that frame to pull out a 13-11 win.

Then the two teams boarded their buses and headed down Mequon Road to Rennicke Field for a regularly scheduled game on a rare beautiful June night.

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Falls pitcher Ty Weber strikes out 12 in 4-3 win over Oak Creek

June 24, 2014 10:14 p.m. | Seeing as this was supposed to be a home game for Oak Creek but was sent back to  Menomonee Falls because of wet grounds on the south side, Falls coach Pat Hansen wondered if the harrowing, 4-3 victory the Indians pulled over the Knights Tuesday night counted as a home win.

"Because almost all of our recent wins against these guys have come on the road," he said. "We haven't done too well here recently against them (on our home field of Trenary)."

But because Hansen had steely sophomore ace in the hole Ty Weber, the Indians were able to earn an important win, regardless of whether it was counted as a home game or not.

Weber improved to 5-0 on the season with a gritty effort. The Knights (13-4 overall), tagged him for 10 hits, but Weber was able to strand a lot of runners with 12 timely strikeouts against just two walks.

"This team hit him harder than just about anybody has this year," said Hansen, "but a good sign for a young pitcher is that he was still able to compete without his best stuff."

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Milwaukee suburbs Fourth of July 2014 celebrations

June 20, 2014 9:30 a.m. |  

Bayside

  • Parade: 9 a.m. July 4, the annual parade begins at Standish Place entrance to Bayside Middle School.

City of Brookfield

  • Parade: 10 a.m. July 4. Starting at Gebhardt Rd. to Calhoun Rd. onto North Ave. The parade will be followed by an ice cream social at the Civic Plaza, 2000 North Calhoun Rd.
  • Family Fest: 6 to 9 p.m. July 4, family fun with live entertainment, inflatables and food for all to enjoy at Mitchell Park, 19900 River Rd.
  • Fireworks: 9:15 p.m. July 4 at Mitchell Park.

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6 Milwaukee-area municipalities report sewage overflows

June 19, 2014 11:53 p.m. | Milwaukee, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Bayside, Mequon and Port Washington joined the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in reporting sanitary sewer overflows to local waterways after Wednesday's storms poured several inches of rain across the metropolitan area, state environmental officials said Thursday.

The municipalities and the district relieved storm-swollen flows in a small number of sanitary sewers by pumping excess waste directly to streams, or to ditches and storm sewers that are tributaries to waterways. This is done to prevent backups of sewage into basements.

Each sanitary sewer overflow ended Wednesday, according to notices submitted to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Overflows of combined sanitary and storm sewers in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood ended shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to Peter Topczewski, MMSD director of water quality protection. At that time, the district started reopening gates between combined sewers and the deep tunnel system and allowing any continuing overflows to drain to the tunnels, he said.

The combined sewer overflows to waterways started shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when the gates were closed to preserve remaining space in the tunnels for overflows from separate sanitary sewers. No estimate of the volume of untreated wastewater discharged to local rivers and Lake Michigan was available Thursday.

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