An early morning blaze destroyed the Menomonee Falls mansion owned by Latasha Jackson, a child-care provider under criminal investigation after receiving millions of dollars from the taxpayer-financed Wisconsin Shares program.
Fire officials said the call came in at 5:17 Sunday morning. No one was at the home, located on Goetz Court, at the time of the blaze, and no firefighters were reported injured. An agent from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was called in to assist the investigation.
Jackson, 32, was the subject of a Journal Sentinel story that outlined how she reaped nearly $3 million from the Wisconsin Shares program - and bought a Jaguar convertible and built the 7,600-square-foot house with an indoor swimming pool and indoor basketball court - while, for 10 years, regulators ignored red flags indicating she was scamming the system. The story sparked a wave of taxpayer outrage and led to a sweeping crackdown on sketchy child-care providers. Within weeks, state regulators cut public funding to about 130 child-care providers suspected of cheating the program.
Menomonee Falls Fire Chief Jeff Hevey said Jackson, who also goes by her married name, Latasha Wilder, was out of town and that he spoke to her Sunday morning.
"I spoke to them on the phone and let them know their house was a total loss," Hevey said. "They were devastated by the news."» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — A lot of freshmen are looking forward to the release of the latest smartphone or their first homecoming dance.
Then there's Amma Otchere, who, at the tender age of 14, already has her life all planned out. She's going to go to Harvard and become a neurosurgeon before becoming surgeon general someday.
And recently, she learned she was one big step closer to her dreams.
"I was asleep when my mom came to tell me I'd scored a 34 on the ACT," said Otchere, a freshman at Menomonee Falls High School. "Honestly, right after the test, I didn't think I did that well, so I was pretty surprised."
Otchere took the test through The Northwestern University's Academic Talent Search, a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment, as a means of gifted testing, to help parents and educators better understand their students' educational needs. The highest attainable score on an ACT is a 36.» Read Full Article
Both the Germantown boys and girls cross country teams are going to come into the North Shore Conference cross country meet Friday, Oct. 16, at Brown Deer Park as underdogs.
But the favorites better beware of the Warhawks as after both squads won the team titles in the Waterford Wolverine Invitational on Oct. 8, Germantown is coming into the NSC race with a lot of momentum.
"It looks like we have put ourselves in a good position to place well at conference," said girls coach Nancy Pietrowiak. "However, our true goals are the sectional meet and the Menomonee Falls Meet of Future Champions. The success of the team is a measuring stick to the success of the workouts/season, and having as close to 100-percent improvement on the team is a huge goal."
"Coming up this week, we hope to close this time gap even further," said boys coach Harris Jones. "Our lead runners are confident with their chances of staying close to or with the lead pack in the conference race and our mid-pack guys should definitely race well on a fast course."
The boys varsity race at Brown Deer will begin at 3:30 p.m. while the girls will be at 4:05 p.m. Whitefish Bay is the 15-time girls champ and will be the favorite again while Port Washington is the three-time boys winner with this year's favorite being Homestead. Germantown won three consecutive boys titles from 2008-10.» Read Full Article
With an injury forcing game but green junior quarterback Arick Gleissner into a starting role for the Menomonee Falls football team, it was going to be an uphill climb for the Indians to get the WIAA playoff-clinching win over West Allis Hale on Oct. 9.
But despite falling into a 21-0 hole to start the game, Falls almost pulled it out in the end, losing by a 21-14 count when a last-second bomb was intercepted in the end zone.
"It was a tough situation to be in," said Indian coach Dan Lutz. "We fumbled on our first play and then on our second series we threw an interception. Arick did what he could. The first half, he was a little overwhelmed and then in the second half, he did a pretty good job with some long balls."
The loss drops Falls to 3-3 in GMC play and 3-5 overall. The Indians will need to win their regular season closer at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at league-leading Brookfield Central (6-0, 7-1). Even with a loss against the Lancers, there is an outside chance Falls could still advance to the playoffs.
"It's a nothing to lose game for us," said Lutz. "We're going to give it our best shot. We'll treat it as a playoff game. Now or never."» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — The ongoing efforts to expand and improve Community Memorial Hospital just got a local boost.
Community Memorial Hospital on Oct. 13 announced the receipt of a $100,000 donation from Kohl's to expand the emergency department at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls.
The donation will specifically support one of four specialized trauma rooms used for the most critically ill or injured patients with life-threatening emergencies, explained Public Relations Manager Rita Schuetz.
Each trauma room is designed to accommodate a larger team of care providers and specialized medical equipment providing stabilization, diagnosis and treatment quickly and effectively.
"The donation demonstrates Kohl's commitment to the community through this investment in premier emergency care," said Dennis Pollard, president of Community Memorial Hospital and chief operating officer of Froedtert Health. "Community Memorial Hospital is privileged to have the support of such a great community neighbor."» Read Full Article
GERMANTOWN GIRLS GOLF
The Warhawks ended a competitive season when senior Sophia Mazurekfinished 27th and junior Lindsey Enders 33rd in the WIAA sectional tournament at Rolling Meadows in Fond du Lac on Oct. 6.
Mazurek carded an 18-hole score of 91 for her spot while Enders came in with a 92. A score of 78 was needed for an individual state tournament berth.
Arrowhead (301) and North Shore Conference champion Homestead (325) earned the WIAA state team berths.
Germantown turned in several good 18-hole scores this season including the 374 it recorded in the WIAA regional on Sept. 30.» Read Full Article
A man was arrested for retail theft at Mills Fleet Farm, N96 W18200 County Line Road, at 8:07 p.m. Sept. 29.
A man was arrested for retail theft at Mills Fleet Farm, N96 W18200 County Line Road, at 6:10 p.m. Oct. 2.
A man was cited for retail theft at Mills Fleet Farm, N96 W18200 County Line Road, at 1:03 p.m. Oct. 3.
A man was arrested on warrants totaling $11,600 after he took a stolen video game system to Game Stop, N95W18473 County Line Road, before 1:08 p.m. Oct. 3.» Read Full Article
Germantown — The results of the 2015 community survey will be discussed by the Germantown Plan Commission at tonight's meeting.
The survey, conducted earlier this year, asked residents to weigh in on a variety of issues pertaining the future of the village.
The commission will also be discussing the zoning code as it relates to planned development districts, sparked in part by the plans for a proposed apartment complex known as Saxony Village along Main Street downtown.
The commission meets at 7 p.m. at Village Halls, N112 W17001 Mequon Road.
Germantown —Updates on enrollment and the construction project at Rockfield Elementary School are among the items the Germantown School Board is expected to review tonight.
Also on the agenda is the review of proposals on technology courses.
The board meets at 7 p.m. at the district office, N104 W13840 Donges Bay Road.
Menomonee Falls — The results are in on the school district's community survey, which was mailed districtwide last month.
The Menomonee Falls School Board is expected to review the results at tonight's meeting at 6 p.m. at Village Hall, W156 N8480 Pilgrim Road.
The goal of the survey was to obtain feedback from the community as the district considers putting two referendum questions on the ballot in spring 2015.
As soon as April 2015, two referendum questions could appear on the ballot in a culmination of what will at that point be more than two years of consideration and planning for the future of school facilities throughout the village.
The referendum questions seek to address both the facilities and operational needs of the district, which the board has for a year and a half been meeting monthly to consider options on how best to proceed.» Read Full Article
Germantown — Lanes near the southbound I-41/US 45 split have reopened.
Crews have completed installation of a small bridge in the southbound lanes.
Lane closures related to the work began in September and had been anticipated to last one month. Instead, the project was completed early, allowing lanes to reopen on Oct. 10.
There will continue to be some shoulder closures and off-peak lane closures, but during peak hours all travel lanes will be open.
The work is part of the US 41/45 Rehabilitation Project.» Read Full Article
Germantown — The possibilities are endless. That is the message Germantown High School's Scott Schubert said he wishes to communicate as he works to get the word out about an upcoming event.
The Germantown School District, in collaboration with a consortium known as Local Educators and Agencies Promoting Potential, is hosting a transition resource fair on Oct. 20 that is geared toward students and young adults with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 21.
"It's so important for people to see what options are out there and what resources various organizations and colleges can offer," said Schubert, who is the transition coordinator at GHS. "Sometimes people don't understand how many options are out there for them, so this makes it easy for them to see what kind of support they can get at various colleges and potential employers."
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, the fair will feature more than 30 community providers with information on postsecondary education for young adults with disabilities, including employment, housing and year-round recreation opportunities.
Each agency represented will have take-home information to hand out as well as a representative on hand to answer questions. Among the agencies and schools likely to be represented are the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Whitewater; Edgewood College; Marquette University; Milwaukee Center for Independence; and Goodwill.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — Another local restaurant will begin featuring outdoor seating in Menomonee Falls.
Tornado Brewery, N88 W16718 Appleton Ave., was on Oct. 5 granted approval to add outdoor seating and extend indoor hours of operation until 2 a.m.
Restaurant and brewery owner Dennis Erb has called his establishment a brewery, pub and fish and chips shop, which he moved to the Falls from Cudahy in June.
The restaurant serves fish fry, pizza, appetizers and sandwiches, in addition to its extensive beer offerings.
Outdoor seating will be available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, from March 1 through Nov. 1 each year.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls —Appleton Avenue is shut down in both directions as police investigate a suspicious package at the Menomonee Falls Post Office, N85W16110 Appleton Ave.
Fox 6 is reporting that police are investigating an incident that occurred at the post office this afternoon. A bomb squad was called in and entered the post office shortly after 4 p.m.
All lanes of Appleton Avenue are blocked in both directions in the area due to this ongoing investigation.
No further information was immediately available.
Germantown — Not only will Firemen's Park soon become the home to the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavilion, but the park itself will most likely be getting a face-lift of its own.
A new concept for the park is being discussed as plans continue to develop for the construction of the pavilion, which will offer a venue for parties, dancing and other festivities as soon as next spring.
"We think this could really come together as the catalyst for how this bandshell can fit into a larger picture," said trustee David Baum, who chairs the Building Oversight Committee. "The idea is to work the pavilion into a different area of the park that might be better suited for such a thing for a number of reasons."
Design is complete on the pavilion, but a move to a different location could optimize the use of natural elements of the park, including the use of a hill to act as a natural amphitheater and offer an unobstructed seating area.
By integrating plans into a different location in the park, Baum said the plans could include an upgraded shelter that would offer a level of cohesion to the overall layout of the park.» Read Full Article