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Despite Falls' rout of Central, title hopes fade as East edges Hamilton

Oct. 12, 2012 10:45 p.m. | 'It would have been a phenomenal story."

That's all Menomonee Falls football coach John Baker could say shortly after he and his team watched on television Brookfield East's harrowing 14-13 overtime win over Sussex Hamilton late Friday night.

The Indians had taken care of business earlier that night, turning in a dominant defensive effort in handling a short-handed Brookfield Central squad, 14-0.

Falls (6-1 in Greater Metro Conference play and 6-2 overall) needed to beat the Lancers (4-3, 5-3) and then needed help from Hamilton. A victory by the Chargers (5-2, 6-2) over East (7-0, 8-0) would have vaulted the Indians into a three-way tie for the GMC title with those same two teams.

It would have been Falls' first league championship since 2004.

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Homestead buries GT in second half, secures share of NSC title

Oct. 11, 2012 11:05 p.m. | When in doubt, trust your players.

And that's exactly what veteran, state championship-winning Hall of Fame coach Dave Keel did Thursday night, as with his offense stuck in reverse in the first half (15 plays for just 26 yards) against archrival Germantown, the Highlanders needed a jump-start after a 0-0 first two quarters.

"The kids made a couple of suggestions," Keel said. "They said the sweep might be open and then Jay (running back) Schneider went and made us look like geniuses."

That he did.

Because Schneider took the ball on the first play of the second half from his own 19-yard line on that very sweep call.

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6 hurt, including 5 students, in Germantown bus collision

Oct. 11, 2012 6:06 p.m. | Germantown - Six people, including five Germantown High School students, were injured Thursday afternoon in a crash involving a school bus and two cars, authorities said.

According to Germantown police, 28 students from the high school were aboard the bus when one of the cars failed to yield the right of way shortly after 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Mequon and Division roads.

Along with two students aboard the bus, four occupants of the cars were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Three students in one of the cars were among those injured, Germantown High School Principal Joel Farren said.

Germantown appoints new director of teaching and learning

Oct. 10, 2012 11:48 a.m. | The Germantown School Board on Monday appointed Amy Belle Elementary School Principal Mary Kucharski as the director of teaching and learning.

It was a difficult search to replace Jennifer Ganske, who resigned in August, said Superintendent Susan Borden. The right candidate needed to have expert knowledge in K5 literacy, which is an area that Kucharski has experience in, Borden said.

The Germantown School District is adopting a new K5 reading and writing program. The reading and writing adoption is at the forefront for the 2012-13 school year as the district works to align curriculum with state standards.

"We didn't find that in the candidate pool," Borden said. "Maria is giving us the gift of time with her services as director."

Kucharski will serve as director for the next year before returning to her position as principal at Amy Belle. By then, Borden said they are anticipating a more diverse candidate pool to select from in order to fill the position.

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Menomonee Falls police arrest man suspected of abducting kids

Oct. 09, 2012 12:36 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - A 19-year-old Fond du Lac man was arrested after he fled from Menomonee Falls police and crashed his car with three young children inside on Oct. 1.

According to Menomonee Falls police:

At 6 p.m., Menomonee Falls police received an alert from the Fond du Lac Police Department regarding an attempt to locate a man driving a red, 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The driver of the car, a 19-year-old Fond du Lac man, allegedly abducted three young children after a domestic violence incident in Fond du Lac.

Menomonee Falls officers located the vehicle and pulled it over in the 12400 block of U. S. Highway 41. When the officers approached the vehicle and attempted to talk to the driver he sped away, initiating a police pursuit. The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed on the 124th Street exit ramp from Highway 145.

The driver fled the car, leaving the three young children behind. The foot pursuit ended when canine officer Tyson located the suspect in the courtyard of a business at 11770 Lake Park Drive in Milwaukee.

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Alert employee helps police arrest two sets of thieves

Oct. 09, 2012 11:54 a.m. | Germantown - An observant employee at L.T. Hampel helped police catch three thieves at a neighboring business between 11:15 p.m. and Oct. 1 and 4 a.m. Oct. 2.

According to Germantown police:

An employee at L.T. Hampel called police to report he heard the sound of glass breaking shortly after a suspicious vehicle drove into the parking lot at Systems Inc., W194 N11481 McCormick Drive, at 11:15 p.m. Oct. 1. The business is located just south of L.T. Hampel and was closed for the evening.

Officers arrived on the scene and arrested a 56-year-old man and a 46-year-old man for theft from a vehicle.

The same employee called police again at 4 a.m. Oct. 2 to report another suspicious vehicle in the parking lot behind Systems Inc. The caller stated the vehicle, a silver minivan, left the parking lot after a short amount of time and turned eastbound onto Edison Drive.

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Man faces charges after stealing from grandparents

Oct. 09, 2012 11:40 a.m. | A 25-year-old Menomonee Falls man was arrested for stealing his grandparents' debit card and using it to make fraudulent charges and take money out of their account.

According to Menomonee Falls police:

Officers responded to the victims' residence in the N70 W13500 block of Brentwood Drive after receiving a report that someone stole a debit card from the home sometime between midnight Sept. 22 and 4 a.m. Sept. 29. The suspect apparently used the card to make cash withdrawals from area ATMs and fraudulent purchases in the Falls area.

The victims told police they believed their grandson, who had access to their home, stole the card.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 30, an officer parked near the victims' residence saw the victims' grandson exiting a cab in front of the home. When the officer approached the suspect and identified himself, the suspect tried to run away and a foot pursuit ensued. The suspect was eventually tackled to the ground and taken into custody for identity theft and resisting arrest.

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Germantown School Board may consider new facility fee

Oct. 08, 2012 9:40 p.m. | The Germantown School Board may consider implementing a facility usage fee to the Germantown Parks and Recreation Department for the use of district buildings to run many of their programs.

Board member Bruce Warnimont said the district's Building Committee has begun to entertain the idea of charging the recreation department a fee and asked the board if it was worth further discussion. Although the recreation department does not pay any fees, the department does place money into a fund that is set aside for special projects within the school district.

"I think to some degree we should try recoup utility costs," said Board Member Tom Barney.

Sarah Larson and Diana Kline were the only two board members who said the current structure should be left as is and no fees should be charged.

In addition to further discussing a new fee structure, Warnimont said the Building Committee is also talking about whether or not the recreation department should be allowed to use academic portions of district facilities. Currently, recreation programs are limited to using school gymnasiums.

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Two boys arrested for beating 15-year-old Germantown High School student

Oct. 08, 2012 3:22 p.m. | Germantown - Two students were arrested after a 15-year-old boy was severely injured during a fight at Germantown High School on Friday.

Updated: Germantown High School has released a statement on the incident.

According to a news release: Germantown police responded to a report of a fight at Germantown High School, W180 N11501 River Lane, at 11:13 a.m. Oct. 5. When officers arrived at the scene, the school resource officer and school administration had already broken up the fight and separated everyone involved.

As a result of a preliminary investigation, a 16-year-old male student was arrested for substantial battery and was transported to the Washington County Juvenile Secure Detention Facility. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested for disorderly conduct for his involvement in the fight. He was booked at the Germantown Police Department and released.

The 15-year-old victim in this incident was transported to Children's Hospital with severe facial injuries. Police later learned that the victim was going to need surgery to repair facial injuries.

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How might the WIAA football playoff brackets stack up?

Oct. 08, 2012 12:44 p.m. | The WIAA football postseason picture is becoming a little more clear as teams prepare this week for their final regular-season games.

Lake Country's JR Radcliffe takes a shot at seeding the Division 1, 2 and 3 brackets in his latest Bracketology blog.

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