An unknown suspect(s) had more than 18-holes in mind when he or she stole a golf cart from a golf course and ended up totaling the vehicle in nearby Sussex.
According to a Menomonee Falls police report:
The golf cart was stolen from Silver Spring Country Club, N56 W21318 Silver Spring Drive, Menomonee Falls, between 9:30 p.m. July 25 and 6 a.m. July 26.
The unknown suspect(s) broke the cable that was used to secure the cart, then drove it around the golf course and tipped it over in a bunker, breaking off the top of the cart.
A Waukesha County deputy found the cart under the railroad bridge on Waukesha Avenue south of Linda Drive in Sussex, where it appeared to have been driven off the bridge. The cart sustained extensive damage and was a complete loss.
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The burn ban in the Village of Menomonee Falls has been lifted due to days of successive rainfall this week.
Residents are asked to follow normal outdoor burning regulations.
The Menomonee Falls Fire Department monitors conditions closely, gathering information from both the weather service and the state to determine how much moisture is in the ground.
"It's also our best judgment," said Assistant Fire Chief Richard Burgess.
Burgess urges village residents to continue using extreme caution because although the burn ban is lifted, there are still dry areas that exist throughout the area.» Read Full Article
An app released by Milwaukee Riverkeeper makes it easy to find a safe beach for swimming.
The Swim Guide uses water quality monitoring data from government authorities. Green marks indicate acceptable water quality, while red marks show where it is unsafe. It also enables users to get directions, view photos and report pollution immediately to Milwaukee Riverkeeper.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper wants to protect beachgoers from getting sick, and raise public awareness about pollution threatening our rights to swimmable waters.
The technology was developed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and is now managed by Milwaukee Riverkeeper and other member groups of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a network of 200 water protection groups worldwide.
The app can be downloaded at milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/content/swim-guide.
The Waukesha County Board has appropriated more than a quarter-million dollars to fix an election computer programming mistake by outgoing County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.
Supervisors voted, 22-2, on Tuesday to spend $256,300 in the wake of a breakdown in the system for reporting results in the April 3 election.
Despite Nickolaus' promise to post timely results online, the public didn't learn the results of contested local races for hours. Reporters and election reporting service representatives had to tabulate vote totals themselves from long paper tapes hanging on the walls of a meeting room.
At County Executive Dan Vrakas' direction, the county hired a consulting firm to investigate what happened, at a cost of $15,000.
SysLogic Inc. of Brookfield found that Nickolaus had ordered an upgrade in the election software and, after that upgrade, she was the only person trained to program the computers. Then, sometime after final testing of the computers, but before the election, she changed something in the programming, the consultant's report said.» Read Full Article
A suspended Germantown teacher and coach was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges stemming from a brief sexual relationship with a student in April.
Eric P. Glass, 29, was charged in April with three counts of sexual assault by school staff, a felony punishable by up to three years in prison.
On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to intercourse with a child 16 or older, and fourth degree sexual assault.
Circuit Judge Richard Sankovitz sentenced Glass to 90 days in jail on each count, to be served concurrently, with work release privileges and credit for three days.
Glass will be resigning from his teacher's position, said his attorney, Julius Kim. "He's realized he should probably be going into a different line of work," Kim said.» Read Full Article
The Washington County Fair fireworks show that was slated to go off at dusk Tuesday was canceled due to drought conditions.
"With the existing drought conditions and an unlikely chance of rain, we just don't want to take any chances to start the fair off with catastrophe," said Fair Manager Sandy Lang.
The fair continues until Sunday. Events includes the crowning of the Fairest of the Fair, Battle of the Bands and BOTS IQ. REO Speedwagon headlines the event with a performance at 7 p.m. Thursday.
For a complete schedule of events, visit wcfairpark.com.
Sentry food stores in West Allis and Menomonee Falls will become Piggly Wiggly supermarkets.
The stores, owned by Ted and Joan Majdecki, will make the switch August 23.
Ted Majdecki said increasing competition in the already tough grocery business was driving his move from Sentry, whose store count has been ebbing, to the larger Piggly Wiggly chain.
"We feel they're a little better wholesaler at this point at 98 stores strong, and at Sentry we're down to 26," he said. "I hope the future for Sentry's fine. They're all friends of mine. But it was a business decision we had to make with sadness and regret."
The Majdecki's have owned the West Allis store for 11 years and the Menomonee Falls location for eight.» Read Full Article
"Baseball is a funny game," said Oak Creek baseball coach Scott Holler moments after first baseman Riley Shelton's ripping single up the middle completed a roaring comeback from a 4-0 deficit and earned them the unlikeliest of WIAA state championships against Germantown Friday night at Kapco Park in Mequon.
"It can be so cruel and yet be so sweet."
And Holler and company had endured much of both in the last month, as they claimed their summer baseball record fourth state crown with the thrilling 5-4 decision.
After all, it wasn't supposed to be this rebuilt Oak Creek unit that was to taste this sweetest prize of all. This team with just two-and-a-half starters coming back (if you really stretch it) from the 2011 Greater Metro Conference regular season champions.
Further, they really weren't supposed to do it because a month ago top pitcher Austin Barbee dislocated his shoulder and tore a tendon in a head-first slide during a bad loss to archrival Franklin. He was supposed to be lost for the season.» Read Full Article
photo gallery of today's WIAA state summer baseball finals in Mequon with images from the championship game between Oak Creek and Germantown.MyCommunityNOW has just updated its
Oak Creek rallied from four runs down to win, 5-4.
Kohl's Corp. has made official what we've surmised for months: the retailer will build its new corporate campus at the Woodland Prime office park in Menomonee Falls.
The $250 million development, announced Thursday, includes over $70 million in state and local financing. In return, Kohl's expects to add 3,000 corporate office jobs over 12 years.
Kohl’s will take ownership of around 100 acres at Woodland Prime, now owned by the Village of Menomonee Falls, and a 53,000-square-foot office building adjacent to the vacant land, the company announced. The village is buying that office building, and will later transfer its ownership to Kohl's.
"This real estate will provide Kohl’s the opportunity to develop office space that would serve as a second corporate campus to support the company’s long-term business growth," the company statement said. Woodland Prime is north of Good Hope Road, between Highway 45 and Appleton Ave.
In exchange, the village will take ownership of Kohl’s 530,000-square-foot former distribution center located at N54 W13901 Woodale Drive, Menomonee Falls. That center was converted into offices for some Kohl's corporate employees.» Read Full Article
The Menomonee Falls Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying an unknown male suspect who took two cartons of cigarettes last week.
At 8:15 p.m. July 11, a 34- to 35-year-old man, between 6 feet to 6-foot-3 inches tall and 215 to 230 pounds, asked for two cartons of Newport 100 cigarettes at 8:15 p.m. at BP Falls Amoco, N71 W13161 Appleton Ave. When the clerk set the cartons on the counter, the suspect took the items and sped off in a newer model silver Dodge pickup truck.
Pictures of the suspect and vehicle can be viewed online here.
Anyone who knows the suspect, should call (262) 532-8700 or email the police tip line at email@example.com.
There was pressure from the oppressive heat, there was pressure from having to defend its number one sectional seed, and then there was the pressure that a surprising Hartland Arrowhead baseball team simply put on the Menomonee Falls baseball team Monday through its endless number of baserunners.
The Warhawks used every form of pressure in their arsenal as they surprised the Indians, 7-4, in a WIAA sectional semifinal match-up in Cedarburg.
"What did they have, 13 hits, 10 runners left on base?" said a disappointed Indian coach Pat Hansen. "They just had runners all over the place and when that happens, every little mistake is magnified. They also had very good approaches at the plate."
Those approaches and that pressure put a surprisingly quick end to the Falls' season on this oppressively hot morning, as Falls finished the season at 27-5, while Arrowhead (23-10) went on to fall to number two seed Germantown, 3-2, in eight innings in the sectional final held later that day.
Falls had opportunities to put pressure on the Warhawks too, as the Indians took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI groundout by Troy Kenkel and then after the Warhawks tied the score in the third, they took the lead again with an RBI double by starting and losing pitcher Brendan Paule.» Read Full Article
Germantown first baseman Blake Fleischman couldn't hear the cheers after his long looping single to right-center easily scored swift teammate Danny Krause from second in the bottom of the eighth late on an oppressively hot Monday afternoon in Cedarburg.
He couldn't hear the excitement, the joy and the relief as his hit lifted the Warhawk baseball team to a 3-2 WIAA sectional final win over Arrowhead earning Germantown its second state tournament berth in three years.
"I'm personally a little deaf so I really didn't hear all the yelling, I didn't know we had won the game," he said as the blistering 95-degree sun still radiated long after the awards ceremony.
That is, until he was mobbed by his happy, sweaty teammates, who had helped him rally the Warhawks from a 2-0 sixth-inning deficit against their Classic Conference rivals.
"It went pretty much right over my head," said Krause, who had been hit by a pitch and sacrificed to second by fellow senior Jimmy Doedens. "I knew the centerfielder had been shaded the other way so I knew it was going to be down on the ground (for a hit)."» Read Full Article
Two of the four season goals for the Germantown baseball team have now been accomplished.
But the hardest ones remain.
"We're playing great right now," said Warhawk ace Brian Keller, who beat West Bend East, 5-0, Friday to lead the Warhawks to a WIAA regional title for the North Shore champions. "I really like the way we're handling ourselves and we're excited about what's to come."
With the league championship and regional title under their belts, the Warhawks (22-9) will now look forward to WIAA sectional play at Cedarburg on Monday. Germantown will play the late semifinal at 1:30 p.m. against Cedarburg (18-7) which upset North Shore rival West Bend West, 6-5, in its own regional final Friday night.
Greater Metro Conference champion Menomonee Falls (27-4) will play Arrowhead (22-9) in the 10:30 a.m. semi. The winners will meet at 4:30 p.m. for the right to advance to the WIAA State Tournament at Kapco Field in Mequon on July 20.» Read Full Article
Two suspects were taken into custody in Milwaukee Friday in connection with a bank robbery in Germantown, the second in the village this week and the latest in a string of robberies by a man with a similar description.
Shortly after noon a Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one used about an hour before in the robbery of US Bank at N96 W18480 County Line Road, Germantown, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said.
According to sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin, a deputy in a squad car saw the vehicle at a gas station at S. 6th and W. Becher Sts. and blocked an exit from the station.
The driver of the vehicle tried to drive in reverse toward another exit but that was blocked by a Milwaukee police squad car.
Two occupants of the suspect vehicle were arrested and turned over to Washington County authorities, McLaughlin said.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus' last-minute programming change to voting machines before the April 3 election - a change that may have triggered the computer error that stymied election night results reporting - was required by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, newly released emails show.
However, a legally required public test of the equipment once that change was made to ensure it worked properly was not performed, according to the records.
A consultant hired at County Executive Dan Vrakas' insistence to identify problems and fixes in the clerk's office after a string of election-reporting problems said Nickolaus acknowledged she made a programming change after the machines were initially tested. However, the report says she didn't specify what the change was.
She has not responded to repeated requests for comment or explanation.
As a result of the consultant's findings, the County Board will be asked to spend $256,300 to fix problems and eliminate risks of future mistakes. The vast majority of it will cover fees for Command Central LLC, the software vendor, to program equipment for the May and June recall elections and next month's primary. Only $4,000 is being sought to train other staff on election system programming - a job Nickolaus kept to herself. The consultant, SysLogic Inc., initially was hired to perform the study for $15,000.» Read Full Article
Due to dry conditions and a depleting water supply, the Germantown Department of Public Works has declared a lawn watering ban for all customers in the village.
The ban will continue indefinitely. The Department of Public Works is asking all residents to discontinue watering their lawns; however, the use of water for trees, gardens or car washing is still permitted. The department is also requesting residents on private wells voluntarily restrict lawn watering to conserve water resources that may be shared by neighbors.
Director of Public Works Dan Ludwig said currently there are not any fines for those who do not follow the ban; however, that will be the next course of action if necessary.
"I'm hoping we have enough citizens that honor this request so we don't have to do any enforcement," Ludwig said. "We know it's a very harsh time right now and lawns are suffering, especially for people with new lawns, but we're asking for the sacrifice now so we don't have to go to harsher measures."
The Village of Germantown Water System runs on groundwater. The wells are currently running 18 hours every day. For 11 hours of that, the wells are running in deficit, meaning the pumps can't keep the levels in the water tanks at a normal elevation. The groundwater that feeds the pumps is also depleting because the pumps are running so often.» Read Full Article
Tyler Kozlowski never let Wauwatosa East get in the game -- or even out of the infield.
The Sussex Hamilton senior pitcher allowed two infield singles and one unearned run over seven superb innings, and Sussex Hamilton handled Wauwatosa East in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs at Hamilton on Tuesday, 7-1.
Kozlowski finished with eight strikeouts -- at least one in every inning -- and retired the final seven batters he faced.
"Tyler's been our No. 1 all year," said Hamilton coach Mike Schramek, whose team will now battle host Brookfield East (15-14) in Friday's regional final. "He obviously keeps us competitive and he really knows how to command his pitches, when to throw what pitches, where to throw location-wise. It's a luxury to have someone that legitimately has three pitches they can throw, which keeps the opposing team off balance."
Hamilton (16-13) did commit four errors, including one that allowed Tosa East's lone run to come around in the fourth. But by then, the Chargers had a 5-0 lead, starting with three runs in the opening frame, then sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth and claimed two more tallies. Mark Lunowa went 3 for 4 for the Chargers with two runs scored and two RBIs.» Read Full Article
Sometime after final testing of Waukesha County's election software - but before the April election - County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus mysteriously changed something in her office's computer programming, according to a consulting firm's report released Tuesday.
Only Nickolaus knows what she did. The consultants can't figure it out, and she's not talking.
But whatever she did, it caused a breakdown in reporting election results that will cost county taxpayers $256,300 to fix, the report says.
And that's not the only money that Waukesha County will have to spend to get its election systems operating properly, County Executive Dan Vrakas said Tuesday.
Aging hardware is out of compliance with federal standards and nearing the end of its useful life, the report says. That equipment was supposed to be replaced in 2009, but Nickolaus killed the project because county purchasing officials wouldn't let her award a no-bid contract, said Norm Cummings, county director of administration.» Read Full Article
A Germantown bank robbed Monday is believed to be the latest target of a robber suspected of striking at least eight banks in southeastern Wisconsin since April, authorities said.
The M&I bank at W156 N11150 Mequon Road was held up shortly before 3 p.m., police said.
The robber, described as a white male, about six feet tall and weighing 180-200 pounds, did not show or imply that he had a weapon and escaped with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.
The man also was described as being in his late 20s with short scruffy facial hair and wearing a baseball cap and a tan shirt with darker sleeves.
In previous robberies the man handed a note to tellers demanding cash.» Read Full Article
A consultant's report traces problems in reporting Waukesha County election results directly to mistakes by outgoing County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus - mistakes that will cost county taxpayers more than a quarter of a million dollars to fix.
Nickolaus had promised to post timely results online and update them periodically for the April 3 election. But the public didn't learn the results of contested local races for hours, while reporters and election reporting service representatives were forced to tabulate the vote totals themselves from long paper tapes hanging on the walls of a meeting room.
The embattled county clerk already was under scrutiny because of her role in the 2011 state Supreme Court race, when she left the entire city of Brookfield out of countywide vote totals. When those 14,000 votes were added in, two days after the election, Justice David Prosser had won by 7,000 votes, instead of narrowly losing to Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, as the original count showed. But the uncertainty over the Waukesha County vote led to a statewide recount that confirmed Prosser's victory.
Nickolaus, a Republican, agreed to withdraw from directly overseeing this year's gubernatorial recall election after County Executive Dan Vrakas, a former GOP legislator, threatened to call for her resignation if she didn't hand off her election duties. She also announced she would not seek re-election in No vember.
After the April election, Vrakas told the county Department of Administration to hire a consultant "to get to the bottom of what the problems were," said Norm Cummings, director of administration. The full report from SysLogic Inc., a Brookfield consulting firm, was not immediately available Monday, but some of its findings are briefly summarized in a funding measure being considered by the County Board.» Read Full Article
Germantown - One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday on Mary Buth Lane south of Highland Road, Germantown police said.
The vehicle was northbound on Mary Buth Lane when it left the road, went into a ditch, overturned and burst into flames, police said.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other people were in the vehicle, police said.
Police were not releasing any other details about the victim because relatives were still being notified.
Independence Day photo gallery with colorful shots from today's events in Oak Creek and yesterday's parade in Menomonee Falls.We've just updated our suburban
We'll continue to update the gallery throughout the day with more images from the metropolitan area.
Germantown baseball coach Jeff Wolf called his kids "even better people than they are baseball players" after the Warhawks tagged Whitefish Bay, 8-0, Tuesday night to clinch their first North Shore Conference title in 22 years.
But no one would have begrudged him if he had changed his mind a few moments later after seniors Danny Krause and Louis Tuszynski hit him with a celebratory sneak attack of a water cooler bath.
"Woah, that actually feels good," laughed Wolf after the game that was conducted in 95-plus degree heat at Ritzenthaler Dream Field.
And everyone was indeed feeling good about the first outright league baseball title since 1990. With the win, Germantown is 15-2 in North Shore play and 18-9 overall with only one more league game (at home Thursday against West Bend West) left to play.
Second play West is 12-5 (17-9 overall) after losing to Slinger Tuesday night.» Read Full Article
NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year after slugging her way to 12 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Huskies this season.West Allis Hale junior Rachel Seefeldt has been named the
She is joined on the squad by teammate Sarah Mueller and players from 10 other suburban teams.
Germantown co-coaches Kurt Raguse and Amy Barbiaux were named the coaches of the year.
The Germantown Fire Department has been watering Fireman's Park for the past four days so the Fourth of July fireworks can go on as planned.
The fireworks will go off at dusk July 4. Fire Chief Gary Pollpeter said they will be watering the grass tonight, as well as the morning of July 4 in preparation for the show. The burn ban is still in effect for the village.
The annual Germantown parade starts at noon on Pilgrim and Mequon roads. The parade travels north on Pilgrim Road to Fond du Lac Avenue then to Main Street. The route then heads west on Main Street to Park Avenue, turns north on Park Avenue and ends at Freistadt Road near Firemen's Park.
The celebration continues throughout the afternoon and evening at the park.
The Fourth of July fireworks, slated for approximately 9 tonight in Menomonee Falls, will go on as planned, however, a slew of preventive measures were taken due to dry weather conditions.
The police department has worked with the school district to ensure the safety of the Fourth of July fireworks that are shot off from the Menomonee Falls High School football field. The main concern is wind, not dry conditions as the area at the high school has been wet down. Winds are only projected to be six to eight miles per hour Tuesday. If wind speeds increase, Anna Ruzinski, Menomonee Falls police chief and director of protective services said at the Village Board meeting Monday night that the size of the show will be adjusted.
Although the fireworks will go on, the burn ban remains in place. This includes all campfires and personal fire pits. Grills are still allowed. The fine for those in violation of the burn ban is $177.
Most fireworks are already illegal in the village, said Ruzinski; however, she is asking the public to refrain from using items such as sparklers and other legal items that cause sparks until dry conditions improve.
"Please use common sense and we ask people to refrain or limit the use of those," said Ruzinski. "Our main goal is to educate the public when they have sparklers."» Read Full Article
The Menomonee Falls Village Board room was nearly full Monday night as residents turned up for the public comment portion to discuss the Radisson Hotel.
Though public comment was limited to 15 minutes, two things were clear after eight speakers addressed the board: the subcontractors want to be paid, and the public does not want the village's investment in the hotel to fall on their shoulders.
"My advice for you is get out of the private sector. What were you thinking? You all need to be thrown out of office," Menomonee Falls resident Mark Rattan said.
The village of Menomonee Falls lent $17.65 million to Lodging Investors of Menomonee Falls for the Radisson Hotel that opened in June 2011. The village is still owed a majority of its principal loan.
Steve Welcenbach, president of the Menomonee Falls Taxpayers Association asked the Village Board to work together with the association and the community to fix the problem that is the Radisson Hotel. The MFTA is a nonprofit organization that formed this year with a mission to keep taxes and spending in Menomonee Falls down. Its goal is to also stop the community from providing financing to private businesses.» Read Full Article
There were so many good story arcs to think about as Menomonee Falls baseball coach Pat Hansen handed out brand-new white caps after his Indians had clinched the Greater Metro Conference title outright Monday night with a 5-1 decision over Marquette.
One was that it was senior night for six seniors who weren't so celebrated going into the campaign. They carried out the ritual of signing the big wooden Indianhead before the game that every senior class does.
Troy Kenkel, Joel Zyhowski, Nick Mandella, Cole Morris, Ryan Bowe and Paul Fitzgerald were the names now etched permanently into history.
This group had been picked for fifth behind two-time state champ Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek, and Marquette, but instead found themselves as conference champions and conference tournament top seeds. They will host Marquette again on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in a GMC tourney quarterfinal having finished the regular season with a 17-3 league mark with a 24-3 overall record.
"Congratulations to the seniors," said Hansen. "I know some of you had to bide your time and didn't play a lot last year, but you worked hard and now find yourselves in a good station."» Read Full Article