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Still no word on cause of Menomonee Falls fire

Jan. 18, 2010 11:43 a.m. | No, we have not forgotten about the fire at Latasha Jackson’s house. No, we are not burying the news or deliberately withholding information about the blaze that destroyed the $1 million mansion in Menomonee Falls, as some readers have wondered in emails.

We simply have nothing new to report at this point.

Bill Cosh, spokesman for state Fire Marshal Tina Virgil, says, “It’s an on-going investigation” and that he cannot comment further.

Sources tell the Journal Sentinel some remnants of the fire were sent to the crime lab and that investigators are awaiting the results.

As it stands, the fire has not been declared arson. Investigators won’t say whether they’ve determined the origin.

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Major phase in Menomonee Falls' White Stone Station completed

July 25, 2016 3:30 p.m. | A large phase of the White Stone Station redevelopment project in the Falls was completed as of July 21. The 92,000 square foot building, known as the mid-box is finished, and the three of the four tenants in that retail space will include Ulta Beauty, HomeGoods and Ross.

Falls village manager/administrator, Mark Fitzgerald said this portion of the redevelopment was critical to the corridor.

"All of it layers into a full-service approach for the apartments and the Wisconsin Athletic Club," Fitzgerald said. "That mid-box is very critical, and we're very pleased to get that as part of this development, and it's nice to see it completed. We think it's very interesting architecture. It's a modern-looking retail establishment, so we're quite pleased with it."

The original area where White Stone exists was abandoned manufacturing facilities. Later, it was an RV facility along the freeway and eventually it became a maintenance facility for We Energies.

A redevelopment plan for the entire corridor was planned by the Village in 2007. The completion of the mid-box area will balance the anchor attraction of Costco, Fitzgerald said.

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Putting in the effort: Menomonee Falls baseball team wins second state title

July 25, 2016 2:35 p.m. | "You get out of it what you put into it."

Menomonee Falls assistant baseball coach Dave Weber made that statement as he was celebrating the Indians' remarkable second straight WIAA state title July 22 at Kapco Park in Mequon.

His son, Ty, had just completed one of the most impressive days of anyone in the history of the 51-year-old state summer tournament.

He went 6-for-8 at the plate over two games, driving in the only runs in the Indians' 2-0 victory over Greater Metro Conference rival Marquette in the final, pitching a complete-game, four-hit shutout along the way.

Dave was immensely pleased that his 6-4, 220-pound Illinois-bound son had overcome the pressure and lived up to all the hype that surrounded him when he came into high school four years ago.

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Roble pitches Menomonee Falls baseball team into state title game

July 25, 2016 2:02 p.m. | Menomonee Falls baseball coach Pat Hansen, with his 421 career wins, is not normally known as a gambling man.

So while many outsiders might see his choice to go with junior Logan Roble in the WIAA state semifinals against New Holstein on July 22 as opposed to all-state ace Ty Weber as a major risk, he did not.

"The way Logan's been pitching lately, it was an easy decision," said Hansen, after Roble threw a complete game, four-hit, 6-0 shutout against the Huskies at Kapco Park in Mequon.

With the victory, the Indians (25-10) took a major step down the road that ended in their second consecutive WIAA state title later that night with a 2-0 win over Greater Metro rival Marquette.

The Hilltoppers beat Greater Metro Conference champion Oak Creek, 8-3, in the early semifinal.

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Menomonee Falls man pleads guilty to homicide after killing bicyclist

July 25, 2016 12:05 p.m. | Menomonee Falls man Adam Neuhaus pleaded guilty Wednesday, July 20 to two felonies, including homicide by negligent operation/vehicle. Neuhaus struck and killed 50 year-old Keith Habenicht who was riding his bike on Appleton Avenue in Germantown on Aug. 23, 2015 before leaving the scene of the crime.

According to the criminal complaint, Habernicht was found unresponsive with a tramatic head injury after a resident called 911. Video footage from a local business revealed a vehicle struck Habenicht's bicycle at approximately 8:15 p.m. Based on the footage, an officer stated he did not see the vehicle stop, attempt to stop or render any type of aid to the victim.

Neuhaus appeared before Washington County Judge Todd Martens on Wednesday to issue his plea, and he will be sentenced Sept. 19.

Homicide by negligent operation/vehicle is a Class G Felony, and upon conviction Neuhaus may be fined not more than $25,000, or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both. The second felony count, hit and run - injury, is a Class U Felony, and upon conviction, Neuhaus may be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned for not more than nine months or both.

Behind marvelous day by Ty Weber, Menomonee Falls baseball repeats as state champion

July 22, 2016 10:09 p.m. | "You get out of it what you put into it."

Menomonee Falls assistant baseball coach Dave Weber made that statement as he was celebrating the Indians' remarkable second straight WIAA state title that was won Friday night at Kapco Park in Mequon.

His son, Ty, had just completed one of the most impressive days of anyone in the history of the 51-year old state summer tournament.

He went 6 for 8 at the plate over two games, driving in the only runs in the Indians' 2-0 victory over Greater Metro Conference rival Marquette in the final, pitching a complete game, four-hit shutout along the way.

Dave was immensely pleased that his 6-4, 220-pound Illinois-bound son had overcome the pressure and lived up to all the hype that had surrounded him when he came into high school four years ago.

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Live coverage: 2016 WIAA State Summer Baseball Tournament

July 22, 2016 6:00 p.m. | UPDATE: Menomonee Falls and Marquette won their semifinal games and are playing in the state title game.

A WIAA state summer baseball title is up for grabs at Kapco Park today.

The field has been whittled to four teams: Marquette, Oak Creek, New Holstein and Menomonee Falls. 

Marquette (26-6) and Oak Creek (31-2) square off in the first semifinal game, set for 9:05 a.m.

New Holstein (20-10) and Menomonee Falls (23-10) will battle in the other semifinal approximately 30 minutes after the opener is complete. 

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Roble pitches Menomonee Falls baseball team into state final, 6-0

July 22, 2016 2:36 p.m. | Menomonee Falls baseball coach Pat Hansen, with his 421 career wins, is not normally known as a gambling man.

So, while many outsiders might see his choice to go with junior Logan Roble in the WIAA state semifinals against New Holstein today as opposed to all-state ace Ty Weber as a major risk, he did not.

"The way Logan's been pitching lately, it was an easy decision," said Hansen, after Roble threw a complete game, four-hit, 6-0 shutout against the Huskies today at Kapco Park in Mequon.

With the victory the Indians (24-10) will now have a chance to defend their 2015 WIAA state championship against Marquette (27-6) at 6:05 p.m. back at Kapco.

The Hilltoppers beat Greater Metro Conference champion Oak Creek, 8-3, in the early semifinal.

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Menomonee Falls woman dreams of starting whoopie pie dessert bus

July 21, 2016 2:58 p.m. | Village of Menomonee Falls —Menomonee Falls' Lora Murray is a tax accountant by day, but dreams about starting a dessert bus by night. Murray finished second at the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge in the start-up category on Wednesday, July 20.

"I was told I placed second, losing by a few points," Murray said. "It was so close. This was the hardest thing I had ever done, but was also the most rewarding. I was already a winner to even make it to the top three in the state in the start-up category."

Murray was sponsored by the Spice House, and she competed in a pool of more than 80 other candidates. Her concept is called Sinful Whoopie, a local dessert bus featuring a variety of whoopie pie flavors. Specifically, her theme is centered on the seven deadly sins.

Rumchata frosting paired with red velvet cake with a hint of Berry Weiss beer is lust, while a whoopie piece made with fresh Door County cherries is pride.

She said the idea reflects her "quirky sense of humor," but the cake recipe itself is one she learned from her mother as a child.

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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Donges Bay Road reconstruction enters final phase

July 21, 2016 1:15 p.m. | Village of Germantown —The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will enter the final phase of construction on Donges Bay Road and WIS 145 (Fond du Lac Avenue) on Monday, July 25 in Germantown.

To complete this final phase, WIS 145 will close to southbound traffic, and Donges Bay Road will remain closed. To get through the intersection, the only direction open will be WIS 145 northbound.

The construction is scheduled for completion in late fall.

More information about the project can be found online at http://projects.511wi.gov/wis145/.

Wanakia Wildlife gives a bird's-eye view to Menomonee Falls Nature Camp kids

July 21, 2016 9:52 a.m. | Village of Menomonee Falls -Falls Presbyterian Church Nature Camp welcomed Wanakia Wildlife on Wednesday, July 20. Each year the church focuses on a different natural element for the Nature Camp; this year, the camp focus was on birds.

There were 40 children at the camp event from the Menomonee Falls community.

"Not only did the kids learn a lot about nature, but they have also been learning about how to love and appreciate this creation through a biblical lens," said church pastor, Stephen Roberts. "Birds can be even more beautiful when seen through the creative handiwork of God! I also was impressed with the number of injured/debilitated animals. In taking in "expendable" creatures, our wonderful teacher was also teaching compassion to the children. Of course, the kids had a lot of fun too!"

Wanakia Wild opened in 2008, and provides rescue, rehabilitation and release of Wisconsin wildlife for Washington County and the surrounding communities. The organization's founder, Marty Thompson, brought six wild birds to the church grounds, including a barred and great horned owl, an American pastoral, a wild duck and a hawk.

"Nature sure knew what it was doing when it made our birds," Thompson said.

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Resources available to Waukesha County residents during extreme heat

July 21, 2016 9:21 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is reminding residents of the resources available during the excessive heat warning in effect from noon Thursday, July 21, through 7 p.m. Friday, July 22.

"Excessive heat is the most frequent weather-related danger in southeast Wisconsin," said Farrow. "For this reason, Waukesha County has safeguards in place to ensure that even our most vulnerable residents can stay safe and healthy."

Cooling centers

Dozens of cooling centers and places to cool off are in Waukesha County, such as libraries, malls, or senior dining centers.

·Members of the public may use Waukesha County ice arenas as cooling stations for free. The cost to skate is $6.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.

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Southbound Highway 145 to close for construction in Germantown

July 20, 2016 11:40 a.m. | The southbound lanes of Wisconsin Highway 145 at Donges Bay Road in Germantown will close Monday for construction and will not reopen until late fall, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

The closure comes as state workers begin the second and final phase of the reconstruction of the intersection there.

Wisconsin Highway 145 will be closed to all southbound traffic until late fall. Donges Bay Road will remain closed in both directions at the intersection.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Menomonee Falls woman arrested for OWI after running over her fiancé

July 19, 2016 7:00 p.m. | A Menomonee Falls woman was taken into custody for second offense OWI after she ran over her fiancé with her pickup truck July 3.

According to police, the incident occurred after the suspect, Cristal Janke, 34, and her 36-year-old fiancé started arguing while she was driving him and their young daughter home from the fireworks display at Menomonee Falls High School at about 10:35 p.m.

As she was approaching their residence, Janke stated that she decided to drop off her fiancé and spend the night at her mother's house. After her fiancé got out of the truck, Janke told police she heard him open the rear passenger side door, so she started pulling away. She said she then heard the door slam shut, following by a "clunking" sound, according to the police report.

Janke told police she pulled into a nearby driveway to turn around, and that's when she saw her fiancé lying in the roadway.

When asked how much alcohol they drank that day, Janke told police her fiancé drank an eight pack of beer and several other alcoholic drinks, and she drank four cans of beer. She failed field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test indicated her blood alcohol content was 0.12.

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