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Menomonee Falls athlete chosen for NFL competition

Jan. 10, 2014 12:49 p.m. | Curtis Flannick from Menomonee Falls will compete in the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK National Finals on Saturday in Denver during the weekend of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game. Flannick was one of 40 young athletes chosen from across the country to participate in the competition.

An on-field award presentation will air after the third quarter of the game, which will be televised Sunday on CBS. Flannick will represent the Packers.

Finalists will compete separately in five age divisions at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., with the top scorer in each group crowned national champion. All participants launch two punts, two passes and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy. The best score from each activity is tabulated to determine the athlete's total.

The athletes advanced to the national finals through local, sectional and team championship competitions held throughout the NFL regular season. The top four scorers in each age group from across the country qualified as national finalists.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Lancers dominate Falls, 21-0, in GMC action

Sept. 12, 2014 9:45 p.m. | Brookfield Central tossed a shutout at Menomonee Falls, 21-0, Friday night at home in a steady rain and remained unbeaten in Greater Metro Conference action.
The Lancers (3-1) improved to 2-0, tied with Marquette for first place in the GMC, while the Indians (2-2) fell to 1-1 in league play.

“This is a huge win for us,” coach Jed Kennedy said. “We think there are a lot of teams in the Greater Metro that are kind of all the same. There is no room for error. If you lose a game, it’s going to be tough.

"We told our kids all week, this has to have a playoff feel to it. We thought it was that important a game to get off to the right start.”

And the Lancers did that, taking the opening kickoff and going 64 yards in 11 plays, as Malik Turner raced around right end to give Central a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes, 59 seconds on the clock. Buck Nellen the kicked the first of three  extra points Friday night.

The Lancers then held Falls to a 3-and-out and went 50 yards on 10 plays, with quarterback Dominic Labellarte scoring from 2-yards out for a 14-0 lead with 2:42 left in the first quarter.

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Police searching for two men in connection with armed robbery at a Craigslist sale

Sept. 12, 2014 7:32 a.m. | Germantown — Area police are searching for two suspects in connection to an alleged armed robbery last night in the parking lot of McDonald's, N96 W17512 County Line Road.

A 49-year-old Fond du Lac man came to the restaurant parking lot to purchase some cellphones from an individual who listed them on Craigslist, according to a new release by the Germantown Police Department.

Police responded to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. to speak with the victim, who said he was confronted in the parking lot by two armed males who were driving what the man described as an "older model black Pontiac Sunfire or Chevy Cavelier with black rims .. . in beat up condition," according to the release.

One of the suspects left in the victim's Toyota Camry, and the other suspect left in the black vehicle described above.

Officers from the Menomonee Falls Police Department located the victim's abandoned car in their jurisdiction, about two miles from the scene of the robbery. The suspects were not located, and the release indicated the suspects likely abandoned the victim's vehicle and fled the area in their original vehicle.

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Doran's "Pick 6" sparks Germantown to 48-31 win over Cedarburg

Sept. 11, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Two plays, a halftime apart, but virtually next to each in terms of playing time changed momentum for good as the Germantown football team ended six years of frustrating loses to rival Cedarburg with an entertaining 48-31 victory over the Bulldogs Thursday night.

"They were the last team I hadn't beaten yet (in conference)," said fourth year coach Jake Davis. "I don't think I had beaten them since high school (when he was a center for powerful Homestead teams)."

Senior receiver/defensive end Steve Doran put it even more succiently.

"It's like Carter Schmitz said in the (post-game) huddle. It's not a rivalry until you beat someone."

But tonight the Warhawks (4-0) were determined to beat the Bulldogs and the two plays were the key. One was one part riverboat gambler, one part great skill and then two parts luck, while the other was 100 percent pure talent.

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Menomonee Falls High School Student named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Sept. 11, 2014 3:04 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — It is a rare honor, but for the second year in a row the School District of Menomonee Falls has a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist to call its own. When Menomonee Falls High School senior Nick Wagner received word that he had become one of 16,000 students who made it to the semifinals for the coveted honor, he did what anyone who do.

"I threw myself into the research," he said enthusiastically. After his guidance counselor pulled him out of class in the middle the school day on September 8, he said he couldn't help but want to learn as much as possible about the next steps in the process. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of the qualifying students a couple of days later, informing students they will have the opportunity to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.

"It's all really exciting," said Wagner, who is uncertain which of six or seven colleges he will chose to study environmental engineering next fall. In the meantime, he will stay involved in several organizations at the high school, including the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Amnesty International and the National Spanish Honor Society.

Germantown to consider long-term plan for downtown district

Sept. 11, 2014 12:21 p.m. | Germantown — A request for additional parking to service two popular Germantown restaurants on Main Street has sparked a conversation by village officials on the need for a larger long-term plan for the area.

The Plan Commission on September 8 unanimously recommended approval of an off-site parking area to service overflow parking from patrons of Old Town Inn and Von Rothenburg Bier Stube. The request proposes to convert an existing residential lot into a 52-lot parking area similar to the nearby lot built in 2010 for Gehl Foods.

"I'm not so much opposed to (the parking lot) as I am concerned about the long-term planning of this area," explained Commissioner and Trustee David Baum, who agreed that there is a need for parking in the area. Despite that need, Baum said he fears that the practice of purchasing nearby residential properties to convert them into parking lots is becoming a trend that could stand in the way of the development of the village's closest thing to a downtown area.

"I am concerned about where are we going with this part of our village," he said. "Are we just going to let it sprawl like this and building parking lots everywhere or are we going to start developing a cohesive plan for it?"

Village Planner Jeff Retzlaff said he agrees with the need for some sort of formal plan for the area because "right now we seem to be in nothing more than a reactive mode to the issues going on along Main Street, including the current issue being the need for additional parking."

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Man killed in Falls fire identified

Sept. 08, 2014 3:31 p.m. | The man killed in a Menomonee Falls house fire on Sunday has been identified as 50-year-old John Sackenheim, according to the Waukesha County medical examiner's office.

Menomonee Falls Police and Fire investigators were called about a report of smoke and flames coming from a house in the 6600 block of Lilly Road about 1:09 a.m. Sunday. Sackenheim, the lone resident, was found dead inside the home.

Smoldering remains from a fire ring on a deck are believed to have ignited the porch and then the house during the overnight hours, authorities said Monday. No foul play is suspected, police said.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department issued a news release Monday that said "the deceased subject has been identified as the homeowner, a 50 year old male and lone resident of the single family residence."

Assistant Police Chief Mark Waters initially declined to name the man when reached by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday because the man's identity was obtained from the state Division of Motor Vehicles driver's license database.

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Kohl's seeks to unload Woodland Prime building

Sept. 08, 2014 12:06 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Almost a year after Kohl's announced it would be changing course with its plans to expand its headquarters in the Woodland Prime business park, the corporation announced September 8 that they now intend to unload the 52,744-square-foot office building at 800 Woodland Prime.

Several calls as well as emails to Kohl's public relations department were unreturned, but Robert Flood of RFP Commercial, Inc. confirmed the retailer has enlisted the commercial real estate company to market the 5.15-acre property for sale or lease. Kohl's and its employees never occupied the building after taking it over in 2012, according to the news release from RFP Commercial, Inc., and no employees will be affected by the sale or lease.

Ironically, the announcement precedes a move by financial advisory companies Sattell, Johnson, Appel & Co. and SJA Financial Advisory LLC into a new location at the end of this month. The affiliate companies on September 29 will begin operating in a newly constructed 14,500-square-foot building in the new office park on Good Hope Road and Appleton Avenue, a move prompted by Kohl's acquisition of their existing location at 800 Woodland Prime.

"We are happy to be able to stay in Menomonee Falls, as well as to only be moving such a short distance away," said Sattell, Johnson, Appel & Co. CPA Chris Felton, adding that the company has been in the village since 2003.

Meanwhile, Kohl's is proceeding with its new plans to renovate existing buildings in the village rather than building a new headquarters in Woodland Prime. Earlier this year, the company announced its $4.1 million purchase of two buildings formerly owned by Ultra Tool and Manufacturing.

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School district taxes remain flat for Menomonee Falls residents

Sept. 08, 2014 8:06 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — There wasn't much of anything left to say at the annual meeting and budget hearing on the 2014-15 Menomonee Falls School District budget, which calls for a tax rate that will most likely be the same as the prior year.

The budget was approved by about a dozen residents in attendance at the Sept. 8 meeting with no contest, following months of discussion and preparation by the school board.

As state aid continues in a steady downward trend, Director of Business Services Jeff Gross explained the inverse relationship state funding has on local funding for the district.

"As the state aid has gone down since 2007-08, the local levy goes up to offset that," said Gross, adding that state aid for 2014-15 is estimated at about $7.3 million in stark contrast to $15.82 million in 2007-08.

Meanwhile, Gross added that the state-mandated revenue limit for the district has decreased by about $3.8 million partially due to the district having higher property values in comparison to other parts of the state.

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Menomonee Falls man dies in house fire

Sept. 08, 2014 7:48 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Investigation is ongoing relating to a house fire that occurred in Menomonee Falls in the early morning hours Sept. 6.

Upon arrival to the house in the 6600 block of Lilly Road shortly after 1 a.m., police officers and firefighters located a 50-year-old man dead inside the home.

No other people were identified as being at the residence, and the man was the lone resident.

It is believed the man was burning material in a fire ring located on a deck attached to the house the evening before the house fire, according to information provided by the Menomonee Falls Police Department.

Smoldering remnants in the fire ignited the porch and subsequently the house during the overnight hours, police officials said. No foul play is suspected.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

One person dead after Menomonee Falls house fire

Sept. 06, 2014 10:08 a.m. | An early morning fire swept through a house in Menomonee Falls, killing one person Saturday. Authorities would not release the name or information about the deceased.

Menomonee Falls Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of smoke and flames coming a house in the 6600 north block of Lilly Road around 1:09 a.m, according to a news release from the village. While fighting the blaze, firefighters found the deceased person inside the house.

The fire was extinguished and is now under investigation by local police and fire officials, as well as the State Fire Marshall's office.

Germantown football team rallies to beat Bay

Sept. 06, 2014 1:28 a.m. | After two easy routs to open the season, the Germantown football team found itself in a stunning 14-0 hole in the first quarter against visiting North Shore rival Whitefish Bay Friday night.

Warhawks coach Jake Davis wondered if his team had the heart to come back.

The answer was an emphatic yes. Behind dynamic third-year quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn, Jr. and a big play defense, the Warhawks rallied for a 38-28 victory to improve to 3-0 on the season.

"There's something to be said about getting into a dogfight right away (in the league race)," said Germantown coach Jake Davis. "I wanted to see how they'd respond. If we folded, that would have told me one thing, but we didn't, and that told me another.

"We have a lot of things to clean up, penalties (two of which wiped out touchdowns), turnovers (both of which the Blue Dukes turned into TDs), other things and that'll give us something to focus on."

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Falls manufacturer plans to shift headquarters to Germantown

Sept. 05, 2014 10:45 a.m. | A Menomonee Falls-based manufacturer is planning to build its new headquarters in nearby Germantown.

Weimer Bearing & Transmission has submitted a proposal to village officials for a 68,390-square-foot industrial building in Germantown Business Park, at the southeast corner of Mequon Road and Eisenhower Drive, according to the Plan Commission agenda posted Friday.

Around 30% of the building would be offices, with the rest for manufacturing and warehousing, said Weimer Chief Executive Officer Richard Stangl. He said the new building would replace the company's Menomonee Falls headquarters, which has around 35,000 square feet at W134 N5368 Campbell Drive.

Weimer has around 70 employees at its Menomonee Falls facility, Stangl said. The company plans to increase its workforce, he said, but has had difficulty finding qualified employees.

The company plans to begin construction on the new building next spring if it's approved by village officials, Stangl said. It would be completed by fall 2015.

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Waukesha County Sheriff's Department warns of impostor scam, claiming missed court appearance, unpaid fines

Sept. 05, 2014 9:31 a.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's Department impostor scamScammers claiming to be from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department have been calling residents, claiming they missed a court appearance, have unpaid fines or missed jury duty, and that a warrant will be issued for their arrest unless they pay immediately.

The impostor then asks the resident to pay with a pre-paid money card and leaves a call-back number to receive the card number and access codes, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said in a news release late Thursday.

Several residents complained about receiving such calls, the department said.

"It is not common practice for the Waukesha Sheriff's Department to contact citizens via telephone to advise them of warrants or to collect fines," the news release said. "It is also not the practice of the Waukesha Sheriff's Department to collect payment for fines via pre-paid money cards."

Residents who receive scam calls from impostors should hang up, ignore the request for money and instead report the scam to the sheriff's department.

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