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Germantown's Fischer, Showalter lead NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team

March 29, 2013 9:59 a.m. | Germantown center Luke Fischer has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season after helping the Warhawks to their second consecutive WIAA Division 1 basketball championship.

He is joined on the NOW team by his coach, Steve Showalter, who has guided the Warhawks to 56 consecutive victories and the back-to-back state titles.

Dominican's Duane Wilson and Diamond Stone also earned spots on the team after helping their squad to the state Division 4 title.

You can read more about them and the other members of the team on the special page highlighting the NOW 2012-13 All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team.

Waukesha lawyers poll favors Patience Roggensack for state Supreme Court

March 27, 2013 11:47 a.m. | The Waukesha County Bar Association released results of its judicial poll Wednesday, and incumbent Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack garnered more "qualified" and fewer "unqualified" votes than challenger Ed Fallone.

The organization's 531 members got ballots, but only 169 returned them.

In the "highly qualified" category, Roggensack led 93 to 36, but only 40 to 35 under "qualified." Fallone, a professor at Marquette University Law School,  got 54 "not qualifieds" to 18 for the incumbent. Forty-three voters had no opinion on Fallone, while 15 had no opinion of Roggensack.

The election for the 10-year term is Tuesday.

Marijuana stuck to driver's license leads Falls police to arrest two for drug possession

March 26, 2013 9:27 a.m. | Menomonee Falls police arrested two people for drug possession after police noticed that a large clump of marijuana was stuck to the face of one of the subjects’ driver’s license during a traffic stop on March 18.

According to the police report:

An officer who pulled a 1996 Chrysler Sebring for suspended registration on Appleton Avenue and Premier Lane at about 3:30 p.m. discovered the driver, an 18-year-old Milwaukee man, was driving on a suspended driver’s license.

The officer asked the driver for identification but he did not have any identification or driver’s license with him. After running a check on the driver the officer discovered he was driving with a suspended driver’s license.

The passenger, an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman, then handed her driver’s license to the officer, and the officer noticed a tightly packed “vegetable material” was stuck to its face, according to the report. The material looked and smelled like marijuana, and when questioned about the substance the woman gave her wallet to the officer which contained several more chunks of the same material.

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Germantown's Luke Fischer claims another honor

March 25, 2013 9:27 a.m. | With the Mr Basketball award already on his resume, Germantown's Luke Fischer has also been named the Gatorade state player of the year.

The 7-foot forward led the Warhawks to an undefeated season and their second straight Division 1 state title. He averaged 21 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.9 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

Fischer signed with Indiana.

Video: Daykin discusses Menomonee Falls Radisson

March 22, 2013 10:44 a.m. | Business reporter Tom Daykin discusses how Menomonee Falls village officials now face the question of how to recoup the community’s $15 million investment in the 135-room Radisson hotel.

 

Fischer named Wisconsin's Gatorade State Player of the Year

March 21, 2013 11:55 p.m. | Adding just one more title to an already celebrated basketball season, Germantown's all-state center Luke Fischer was just named Wisconsin's Gatorade State Player of the Year.

Fischer, who led the 28-0 Warhawks to their second straight WIAA State Division I title, had already been named the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) Mr. Basketball and was an AP first-team all-state selection as well being named the North Shore Conference's Player of the Year.

Fellow Germantown center and Loyola of Chicago star Ben Averkamp was also the Wisconsin Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2009.

Dan Leffel resigns as Falls boys basketball coach

March 21, 2013 3:25 p.m. |

Boys basketball coach Dan Leffel has decided to step down after two years as the varsity basketball coach.
 
Leffel has coached 13 years, 10 in Menomonee Falls and three at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
 
“I’ve coached for many years and have decided that now is the right time to walk away from coaching to spend quality time with my active family," says Leffel. "I’m also looking forward to having more time to dedicate to teaching
third grade at Riverside Elementary School."
 
“Like the entire Menomonee Falls community, I was surprised by the
announcement, but commend Dan on the decision to make his family time a
priority,” said athletic and activities director, Ryan Anderson. “This year’s team
finished the season with some gritty wins. The future of Falls basketball is
promising. The returning and upcoming players within the program will fuel a
solid line-up for years to come.”
Leffel added, "I am very proud of the players I’ve coached over the years and
look back fondly on the time spent teaching those young men the game of
basketball, and a little about life outside of the game. I'm thankful for the support of parents, the district, and Indians' fans during my tenure. I wish great success to the next varsity basketball coach of Menomonee Falls and look forward to sitting in the stands with my family and cheering on the program."
The position opening will be posted on Friday, March 22. Interested applicants
can apply on WECAN or contact Athletic & Activities Director, Ryan Anderson,
for more information. A selection committee will be formed and a new coach
will be in place by the end of April.

Menomonee Falls police seeking serial shoplifters who use Escalade as getaway car

March 19, 2013 3:46 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - Police are seeking two subjects who shoplifted a cart filled with groceries and fled in a silver Cadillac Escalade on at least two separate occasions within the span of a few days at Woodman's, N8145 Highway 145.

According to the police log:

On March 2, two unknown subjects using two grocery carts selected meat, seafood, cleaning and paper products, then met up in one of the aisles where one of the suspects concealed the merchandise in plastic grocery bags at about 1:40 p.m. The subjects then put all the bagged items in one cart and left the store without paying.

The subjects loaded the groceries into the silver Cadillac Escalade and fled the lot in an unknown direction.

A second incident occurred at 12:05 p.m. March 5, when the same subjects shoplifted a cart filled with meat, seafood and cleaning products. A vendor saw the subjects putting the items into plastic bags and reported the theft to store management, but they were unable to confront the subjects before they loaded the items into the silver Escalade with temporary license plates and fled the lot.

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NOW sites roll out Facebook commenting system

March 14, 2013 11:45 a.m. | You may have noticed today that MyCommunityNOW sites have switched from our previous commenting system to a new model, which requires a Facebook account.

We hope this change, which requires people to post using their real names, will elevate the level of transparency, discussion and civility in our comment threads.

The new commenting system may look familiar to NOW readers who also visit Today'sTMJ4, which uses the same system.

We know there will still be users who post comments which violate our guidelines. We would ask you to report abusive comments by clicking the "X" that appears on the top-right corner of a comment. Users who have previously registered on a NOW site will have to create a Facebook account to comment.

We also would like to hear any feedback or technical problems you may have with the new system. Drop us a line at news@cninow.com with the subject Facebook comments.

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Menomonee Falls police called after elderly men scuffle at nursing home

March 13, 2013 12:34 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police were called to a nursing home March 5 after one male resident allegedly pulled another from bed and attacked him using the victim's walker.

According to the police report:

Menomonee Falls police and fire department responded to an emergency service call at Northfield Manor, W128 N6900 Northfield Drive, at 7:15 p.m.

Paramedics treated and took an 82-year-old man to the hospital for treatment of cuts to his head following an altercation with another elderly male resident.

An investigation revealed that the elderly male resident went into the victim’s room unannounced, pulled him out of bed and onto the floor, then used the victim’s manual walker to strike him several times about the head and body.

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Falls increases enforcement through St. Patrick's Day

March 13, 2013 11:10 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department has been ramping up enforcement over the St. Patrick's Day holiday period.

To combat drunken driving and increase safety belt use, the Police Department has intensified its traffic safety enforcement since March 4 and will continue to do so through March 20, which includes the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

The increased enforcement is part of a $20,000 grant that Menomonee Falls received from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Safety.

"During the St. Patrick's Day mobilization and throughout the year, we are striving to prevent motorists from killing and injuring themselves and others on our roadways. Although we're trying to increase voluntarily compliance with traffic laws - not to write more tickets or make more arrests - we will take enforcement action if voluntary compliance fails," said Police Chief Anna Ruzinski. "We are serious about traffic safety enforcement because far too many needless deaths and serious injuries are due to drunken driving and not wearing safety belts."

She said one of the department's goals is to reduce preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin.

Germantown boys basketball team claims second straight title

March 09, 2013 10:18 p.m. | This was not Germantown basketball in terms of style, production or the pure grace that the game can be and which coach Steve Showalter loves.

No, the 57-28 victory over Mukwonago Saturday night at the Kohl Center in Madison was something different; grittier, tougher, and filled with more substance.

It was WIAA state championship-caliber basketball.

And it marked the end of a season-long journey for the Warhawks to prove that last season's title was not a fluke. That the flashy, high-scoring team that had rolled so many opponents could find a heart, find a way and get the job done,

Germantown scored a season low for points, but it was enough to make them the Warhawks the first repeat champions in division I since Oshkosh West in 2006 and 2007.

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WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery updated

March 09, 2013 9:57 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW has just updated Peter Zuzga's WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery with images from the Division 1 semifinals.

Germantown and Mukwonago will meet in tonight's Division 1 championship game after defeating Oshkosh North and King in semifinal contests. The title game is set to begin shortly after the conclusion of the Division 2 championship game, which is at 6:35 p.m and features Wisconsin Lutheran against Pulaski.

NOW will update the photo gallery tonight with photos from the Division 1 championship and the Division 4 title game between Dominican and Auburndale.

WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery

WIAA state tournament preview/schedule

WIAA State D1 final: Germantown (27-0) vs. Mukwonago (23-4)

March 08, 2013 11:47 p.m. | As Wisconsin's newly-minted Mr. Basketball, Germantown center Luke Fischer was a keenly aware observer of the going's-on late in the second WIAA Division 1 semifinal between Mukwonago and Milwaukee King Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.

And when it became apparent that the 27-0 Warhawks, who had earned the right to defend their title with a surprisingly easy 80-60 victory over Oshkosh North in the early semifinal, were not going to get the highly-anticipated rematch of the 2012 final with King, Fischer just nodded his head and said:

"That very interesting."

Yes, it is, as the only ones who expected the party-crashers from Mukwonago to beat the powerful City Conference co-champion Generals were the Indians themselves and their fans, as they used a balanced attack, poise against the King press and a refusal to back down, to pull off a stunning 64-47 victory.

"We've been building and working hard for this for sometime," said coach Jim Haasser in the WIAA teleconference before state last Sunday. "We thought we'd knock off Madison Memorial last year (in the sectional), but we were able to do it this year."

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NOW Newspapers wins 22 awards in state contest

March 08, 2013 10:54 p.m. | NOW Newspapers, publisher of Wauwatosa NOW and seven other suburban weekly newspapers, was presented with 22 awards Friday at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association annual convention in Madison.

The Better Newspapers Contest recognizes the top journalism in the state. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.

Wauwatosa NOW took first place in General Web Excellence and took first and second in Web Special Project, recognizing its online All-Suburban Football Team and Act 10 coverage.

NOW Newspapers also won the following honors:

Continuing Web Coverage, second, South Shore NOW

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Germantown boys to defend state title after victory over North

March 08, 2013 8:25 p.m. | It's not easy winning a WIAA state basketball championship like the Germantown boys did last year and its supposed to be a lot tougher to defend than the Warhawks made it look Friday night, when they rolled past Oshkosh North, 80-60, in a division I semifinal contest at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Coach Steve Showalter knows that the Warhawks' difficulties are just beginning as they now prepare fo the winner of Milwaukee King and Mukwonago in the 8:15 p.m. final on Saturday night.

"We've preached since day one, since these kids started playing for me, that we know that there are two good teams out there playing (in the other semifinal)," he said. "We're not stupid. We were riding high last year (going into the final after a big win over Madison Memorial) and Milwaukee King woke us up and reminded us that we would have to work for this thing (the championship)."

"So we'll work all night and all day (Saturday) to get ready to defend our title."

Germantown beat King, 72-69, for the championship last season.

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Menomonee Falls Plan Commission approves FBI facility

March 06, 2013 12:30 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission on Tuesday approved a permit for an FBI facility to be located on Town Hall Road.

Menomonee Falls is one of three locations the federal government is looking at to relocate its regional office currently located on Kilbourn Avenue in Milwaukee. The Plan Commission approved the conditional use permit with ten conditions for the renovation of an existing 105,000 square foot facility at W180 N7950 Town Hall Road.

The now vacant building used to be a health and medical facility that has since moved across the street. Procacci Development Corp. is the contract purchaser of the property and would lease the building to the federal government.

Should the Menomonee Falls site be selected, the architectural plans would have to be approved by the Architectural Control Board to ensure the project fits the aesthetics of the village, said Planning Commissioner Michael McDonald.

"We are one of the communities in the running so we made it so it provided enough flexibility initially that they don't have to jump through hoops, but then ensure that it is compatible with the community and meets the security needs of the FBI," he said.

Waukesha West girls win first regional title

March 02, 2013 10:15 p.m. | With its best player and Western Illinois recruit Michelle Farrow limited to the role of team motivator for much of the second half of the season because of a knee injury, the Waukesha West girls basketball team looked for leadership among its youthful ranks Saturday in its WIAA regional final against formidable Germantown.

Tje Wolverines found it. In came in the likes of senior forward Lizzy Connors who had 26 points, freshman point guard Dani Rhodes, who had 22 fearless points (including 11 of 13 from the foul line) and sophomore forward Katy Walz, who contributed 13.

It all led to a little bit of history being made as the Wolverines showed some maturity and claimed their first-ever regional championship with a harder-than-it-looks 73-54 decision over the visiting Warhawks.

West used fast starts in both halves and a critical push in the fourth quarter to pull away from the hard-charging and fast-paced Germantown squad. The Wolverines advanced to Thursday's sectional semifinal against conference rival Arrowhead at Kettle Moraine.

"We've had some problems with fading a little bit down the stretch recently," said first-year West coach Mark Busalacchi, "but I told the girls tonight that that was not an option."

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Germantown boys beat DePere, 73-59, will defend state title

March 02, 2013 3:57 p.m. | The biggest man in the bulding was not above kneeling down on the floor to sign autographs for the smallest of fans Saturday afternoon at Homestead High School.

But that's just life for Germantown's 7-0 center Luke Fischer after he and the Warhawks earned the right to defend their WIAA State Division 1 championship with a physical, 73-59, sectional final decision over De Pere Saturday afternoon before an estimated crowd of 2,700 fans.

The 26-0 Warhawks, now winners of 54 straight games, had been desiginated Fischer's team by coach Steve Showalter when the season started, a season oozing with expectations from the start.

Fischer had 19 points despite some very physical attention from the 22-4 Redbirds, and was his usual dominant defensive self underneath, but he was quick to dispense all the credit to his teammates for the achievement.

As the only returning starter off the 28-0 state champs of a year ago, he knew that he would need all the help he could get if the Warhawks were to return to the promised land of a year ago.

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Germantown runs by Waukesha South

March 01, 2013 11:10 p.m. | The Germantown girls basketball team scored a 63-43 victory over visiting Waukesha South in a regional semifinal Friday, earning a chance to face second-seeded Waukesha West on Saturday.

Germantown’s 3-point shooters struck early and often with Amy Flasch opening the scoring for the Warhawks in the first quarter, while the Warhawks’ defense was utterly relentless in its full court pressure.

The Blackshirts couldn’t quite cope with the pressure and were forced into bad passes or shots on numerous occasions. Star player Lexi Weitzer, a four-year starter and the only senior on the team, was consistently facing a double team, and the Warhawks led 19-5 after the first quarter, then 39-19 at halftime.

Waukesha South favored penetrating inside for easy baskets rather than taking outside shots.

“When you’re playing three to two, we wanted to make sure that we weren’t shooting anything from beyond five feet," South coach Paul Darling said. "What I did not realize is that we would have such trouble getting the ball in. Our passing was pretty poor tonight.”

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Von Rothenburg Bier Stube in Germantown pouring beers again

March 01, 2013 8:01 a.m. | The longtime Von Rothenburg Bier Stube in Germantown, which closed last year, is open again.

It reopened this week under new owner Chaz Hastings, who also owns a Harley-Davidson dealership and others bars including Tally Ho in Erin. It's been spruced up, but its distinctive elements like the stained glass windows are still in place.

Ten German beers are on tap; come warm weather, the outdoor beer garden will be expanded. The bar also is resuming the Stein Club and is planning activities to go along with it.

Hastings also bought the closed Jerry’s Old Town Inn next to the Bier Stube; it will reopen later.

The Bier Stube,  N116-W15863 Main St., opens at 3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. To contact: (262) 293-3098.

Senior housing with 350 units proposed for Menomonee Falls

March 01, 2013 7:00 a.m. | A senior housing development that would eventually include 350 apartments is being proposed for a 23-acre site in Menomonee Falls.

Presbyterian Homes & Services is proposing the senior housing campus for a site near the northwest corner of Lisbon and Pilgrim Roads, according to a village Plan Commission report.

The commission will review the zoning request at its Tuesday meeting. If the village rezones the site, a more detailed plan will likely be submitted for village review this spring.

The Roseville, Minn.-based non-profit group's long-term plans call for four buildings, constructed in three separate phases. 

Presbyterian Homes hopes to begin construction in spring 2014 on the first phase if the village approves the development, said John Mehrkens, vice president of development for Senior Housing Partners, the project development arm of Presbyterian Homes.

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