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Police discover loaded weapon on drunken driver

Dec. 28, 2012 1:54 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police officers investigating a report of a car in the ditch found a driver who was loaded in more ways than one.

According to police:

The driver of a 1996 Ford truck left the roadway on the north side of Lisbon Road and drove about 70 feet before entering a deep ditch about 1,500 feet east of Graysland Drive East at about 11:30 a.m. Dec. 20. The truck damaged a fence during the accident and the driver had minor injuries.

Officers noticed an odor of intoxicants coming from the driver, a 52-year-old Menomonee Falls man. When questioned, the driver readily admitted drinking rum and Cokes that morning at home before driving his vehicle. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for drunken driving. His blood alcohol content was 0.13.

During a vehicle search police also discovered the driver had a loaded .44 magnum revolver in his truck.

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Looking for something to do this winter? Check out WhatNOW

Dec. 28, 2012 12:34 p.m. | Winter can feel pretty long in Wisconsin, especially once all the holiday hoopla is over.

In that spirit, MyCommunityNOW invites you to check out our special WhatNOW? section for some tips on how to stay busy this winter. You'll find a list of stories on interesting winter activities, a map of some great places to spend time this winter and more.

We also invite you to share your own ideas on what you like to do during the winter. Your comments may appear in a future issue of NOW newspapers.

WhatNOW? A guide to staying busy this winter.

Germantown boys basketball team routs Arrowhead to improve to 10-0

Dec. 28, 2012 12:02 a.m. | Arrowhead boys basketball coach Craig Haase is in his 13th season at the helm at his school and has won conference titles and a state championship and is generally regarded as a knowledgable person when it concerns Wisconsin prep hoops.

He knows a good team when he sees one and his squad is one of them at 10-2.

So, it is probably safe to say no one will accuse him of exaggeration concerning his remarks after unbeaten and number one ranked in the state Germantown annihilated his crew by a 100-47 count in the nightcap of the WBBY Shootout at Concordia University Thursday night.

"The way they do things, they just play with a confidence that I've not seen before," he said of the Warhawks. "I don't think I've seen anything like them and I don't think we've ever played against anyone this good."

"They don't have any weakenesses and they play like they don't have any weaknesses and that is an extremely tough combination to crack."

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Man steals wallet from elderly woman at Menomonee Falls Pick ’n Save

Dec. 26, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Police are looking for a man who stole a woman’s wallet out of her purse while she was shopping at Pick ’n Save last week.

According to the incident report:

The victim, an 82-year-old Menomonee Falls woman, was shopping at Pick ’n Save, N96 W18273 County Line Road, at 2:10 p.m. Dec. 18 when she was approached by a man who asked her questions about food.

While she was distracted the man removed her wallet from her purse, which was lying inside of her shopping cart. The wallet contained about $300 cash, a Visa card, a Wisconsin driver’s license and a Social Security card.

The suspect is described as a male between the ages of 35 and 40. The investigation is ongoing.

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Whitefish Bay boys basketball team outlasts Falls, 55-46

Dec. 22, 2012 11:59 p.m. | Sticking like gum to the bottom of their shoes, the winless Menomonee Falls boys basketball team just wouldn't leave Whitefish Bay alone in the Al McGuire Classic Tournament in the Al McGuire Center Saturday night.

It took some doing, even rallying from an early 7-0 deficit, but the Blue Dukes were finally able to rid themselves of the pesky Indians with a 55-46 decision.

"It was good that we started responding better," said Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik. "We would have liked a better start, but I like our perseverance. That we can fall down seven, 10 or 12 points and still bring ourselves back."

With the win, the Blue Dukes improved to 7-2 overall, while Falls, even though game-after-game it remains competitive, fell to 0-8.

Bay pulled off the win a day after a tough 60-55 North Shore win over Grafton, a useful exercise in the eyes of Lazovik.

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Germantown boys basketball team in top form, routs East Troy, 80-36

Dec. 22, 2012 10:55 p.m. | Germantown junior point guard LaMonte Bearden doesn't see it as anything magical the way he flows through defenses like a knife through butter, setting up teammates and leading the unbeaten and number one ranked Warhawk boys' basketball team to one imposing victory after another.

He just sees it as a matter of trust. And coach Steve Showalter's trust in the transfer student from Homestead is not misplaced.

In the Warhawks' stunningly dominant 80-36 rout of the state's second-ranked division 3 school in East Troy Saturday night, Bearden picked pockets, snagged rebounds away from bigger people and generally made miserable a Trojan team, which had come in with an impressive 5-0 record, boasting two 6-9 national recruits in Brett and Alex Prahl.

"I thank coach for trusting me, to take on the role of point guard," he said after his 21-point performance. "Everybody is expecting me to do well."

Especially his coach.

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Germantown girls upset Arrowhead

Dec. 22, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Germantown's girls basketball team handed Arrowhead its first loss with a 66-60 outcome at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee on Saturday.

GT forced 35 turnovers thanks to its up-tempo, mass-substitution offense but still had to fight off a late rally. Arrowhead overcame a 10-point deficit after three quarters and tied the game at 58-58 with 2:48 to play on an Ally May basket, but Amy Flasch scored her only basket of the game in response, and Germantown never trailed again.

Bridget Kelley scored 16 points for Germantown, and Taylor Higginbotham scored 13, including six on three straight baskets in the third quarter as Germantown built its advantage. Kelly Smith scored 21 for Arrowhead, including the first two baskets of the second half as Arrowhead quickly turned a 35-32 deficit at halftime into a 42-39 edge.

Falls sends letter to parents in response to threat rumors

Dec. 19, 2012 1:05 p.m. | Like many schools across the area including in Oak Creek and Waukesha, rumors of a threat to Menomonee Falls High School have been circulating at school and in the community, which officials at the School District said are being thoroughly investigated.

A letter was sent to Menomonee Falls parents, saying nothing has indicated that there is a threat to the school on Friday, which is the day the rumor has targeted.

In cooperation with the Menomonee Falls Police Department, any concerns about specific students have been investigated through interviews with students and families, locker searches and media monitoring, according to the School District.

"While we intend to be visible and vigilant on Friday we do intend to continue with classes," reads a letter sent to parents from Menomonee Falls High School Principal Corey Golla. "As a parent you have every right to keep your children home on Friday."

The letter also asks parents to tell their children that providing false information will result in serious consequences at school and with police.

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Hamilton boys basketball team holds off tenacious Falls rally, 52-47

Dec. 18, 2012 10:41 p.m. | Good border rivalries in sports bring out the best, the worst and sometimes the personal in everyone.

Take the Menomonee Falls-Sussex Hamilton boys basketball game Tuesday night in the Falls. The student sections were doing their usual "Why so quiet?", "Let's play football!" type of chants, when the Charger fans, tired of being reminded that the Indians upset them in one of the great grid games of autumn, upped the ante' with this:

"You're so ugly!"

Ouch! The Falls fans largely laughed it off, even Falls coaches in the stands chuckled at the clever rejoinder and then everyone started paying attention to the game again.

Their guys had struggled against the unbeaten Chargers (3-0 in Greater Metro Conference play and 7-0 overall) for the better part of three quarters, scoring only two points in the first period.

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Menomonee Falls energy storage company ships $1M system to Navy

Dec. 18, 2012 4:50 p.m. | ZBB Energy Corp. has shipped an energy storage system to the U.S. Navy, an order valued at more than $1 million.

The company said Tuesday the energy storage system, or EnerSystem, will be used in an island microgrid that will combine battery power with renewable energy and diesel generators.

The system, including a power and energy control system as well as 20 ZBB zinc bromide flow batteries, will be installed at the San Nicolas Island Naval Facility in the Catalina Islands off the coast of Los Angeles.

During the next two years, ZBB said, the EnerSystem will be tested over the next two years to see how the system performs in delivering power from a combination of soruces, including wind turbines and diesel generators.

The Navy is considering deployment in other island settings like Guantanamo Bay and Diego Garcia, Roger Natsuhara of the Navy said in a statement this fall.

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Social media users share images of today's snowfall

Dec. 18, 2012 1:48 p.m. | Snow. It's here, whether you're ready for it or not. And social media users shared a bunch of photos as it began to fall Tuesday.

Read the story and see the photos of snowfall today.

Visit Today's TMJ4 for more on today's snowfall and a winter storm watch later this week.

Blodorn to resign from School Board, hired by District

Dec. 18, 2012 1:40 p.m. | Menomonee Falls School Board Member Lori Blodorn will resign from the School Board within the next few weeks as she accepted the position of human resources manager within the School District.

Blodorn, whose Board seat is open in the spring election, will replace the current Human Resources Manager Ken Kuberka.

According to the District, Blodorn will officially start her new job in January.

The School Board will also decide in January how to handle the vacant seat. The Board can either appoint someone who would then have to run for election in April, or run with six members until the election.

More than 75 candidates were reviewed for the human resources manager position. A handful of candidates were interviewed, according to the District.

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Holiday decoration prompts call to police from concerned Germantown resident

Dec. 17, 2012 12:55 p.m. | It could have been a case of "Up on the rooftop, slip, slip, slip" that caused a concerned Germantown resident to call police when what looked to be a person was hanging from a second-story gutter.

Not to worry. The person was actually a humorous holiday decoration.

According to the Germantown police:

A resident called police to report a subject hanging from a second-story gutter and was not moving in the W164 N11000 block of Kings Way at 3:50 p.m. Dec. 13.

Officers responded to the address and determined the subject in question was a holiday decoration.

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NOW bloggers talk about Newtown shooting

Dec. 17, 2012 9:27 a.m. | There have been a lot of national gun-related shootings this year, but Friday's in Newtown, Conn., took the country by surprise perhaps more than any other.

And several of the NOW bloggers took up their virtual pens to share their thoughts on the latest tragedy.

  • Tom Ceparski of Oak Creek writes of the conflict he feels being a father of a young girl and a gun owner.
  • Tom Gaertner of Wauwatosa writes that he spent time cleaning his firearms after his hunting season.
  • Lester Schultz of the North Shore believes it is time to do something about gun control.
  • Karen Waldkirch of Wauwatosa says we need to look at ourselves in order to change the culture in America.
  • Robin Zdroik of Greenfield thinks we should look inward to do the best that we can.
  • Kevin Fischer of Franklin wonders what would happen if shooter Adam Lanza were alive.
  • TJ Meyers-Jansky of West Allis reminds us that the shooting occurred because of human choices.

Germantown boys basketball team too much for Falls, 87-44

Dec. 16, 2012 12:03 a.m. | The unbeaten and number one-ranked Germantown boys basketball team was having a difficult time fending off winless, but feisty border rival Menomonee Falls Saturday night through about a quarter-and-a-half.

But then the Warhawks broke open a 23-15 game with a second stanza closing 19-2 outburst that gave them a 42-17 lead and ended any residual drama, as the 7-0 Warhawks rolled past the 0-6 Indians, 87-44.

"We can get these good outcomes," said Germantown coach Steve Showalter, "when we put on runs like that. When we capitalize on forcing turnovers and score six, eight, 10-12 points in a row we can make life easier on ourselves. When we don't, we struggle."

The victory was the defending WIAA state champions' 35th win in a row.

Indian coach Dan Leffel said he was very happy with his team's effort up to the momnent that the Germantown run started.

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Germantown girls basketball team outlasts rival Falls, 85-81

Dec. 15, 2012 10:56 p.m. | The play for Germantown with 41 seconds left in the heated, messy and exciting border battle Saturday night between the Warhawk girls basketball team and their counterparts from Menomonee Falls was supposed to go this way.....

Or maybe not.

"There wasn't really a set play," said Germantown coach Matt Stuve of his team's attacking and pressing style. "We sort of run on the idea that if you have an open shot, shoot it. We actually didn't call a set play all night. We only have about four of them and the girls have probably forgotten them anyway (laughs)."

So that's how the ball wound up in the hands of senior forward Megan (Maggie) Johnston who calmly drained the Warhawks' 11th and last three-pointer of the night from the right wing to give Germantown the lead for good at 82-81.

Germantown forced four more misses out of their friends from across Country Line Road in the remaining seconds and wound up draining three of four free throws in that same time span as it eased away with a wild 85-81 victory.

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Ogunbowale and DSHA too much for Falls girls' basketball team, 54-40

Dec. 14, 2012 10:24 p.m. | DSHA sophomore all-state guard Arike Ogunbowale can score, everyone knows that and opposing teams try to defend against her array of shots any way they can.

But how do you defend against something as dazzling as what she did at the 3:52 mark of the third quarter against host Menomonee Falls Friday with the Dashers nursing a six-point lead over the short-handed Indians?

It turns out few could.

Because Ogunbowale at that point simply crossed mid-court and whipped a precise over-the-shoulder pass to teammate Shaylan Reardon under the basket for an easily converted lay-up and an eight-point lead.

It was plays like that that allowed the 7-1 Dashers to keep Falls at arm's-length throughout the second half of an important, 54-40 Greater Metro Conference basketball victory.

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Germantown, Hamilton the top-ranked teams in NOW's Roundball Rankings

Dec. 12, 2012 11:59 a.m. | The defending Division 1 state champion Germantown boys basketball team has won 32 games in a row and finds itself atop the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings.

The Hamilton Chargers are the top-ranked girls team and are coming off a 64-10 victory over West Allis Central in the Greater Metro Conference opener.

In addition to the top five boys and girls teams in the area, Roundball Rankings includes a player of the week, poll, area scoring leaders and more.

Brookfield Central takes seat at GMC table

Dec. 07, 2012 10:52 p.m. |

The Brookfield Central girls basketball team started Friday night’s Greater Metro Conference opener with a three-pointer, and it was a sign of things to come in the Lancers’ 51-42 victory over Menomonee Falls.
 
Sophomore guard Emma Brauer gave the Lancers an early 3-0 lead over the visiting Indians, and junior guard and captain Lydia Rohde followed with four first-half triples to give the Lancers a 26-19 halftime lead.
 
“Lydia is a big, strong athletic kid with a great stroke,” Brookfield Central head coach Dan Wandrey said. “She’s such an unselfish player that sometimes it’s hard to get her to be that assertive offensively. But you saw what she can do.”
 
The Indians remained competitive, pulling within four in the second half, but the Lancers remained in control and held a lead that grew as large as 11 on the night. A competitive contest was expected after the teams finished third and fourth in the conference last season and split their head-to-head matchups.
 
“We had a slow start, but we fought hard and got back, we got it into within four,” Menomonee Falls head coach Craig Amundson said. “We threw every defense we had them. Rohde was pretty good tonight.”
 
At several moments in the second half, the Indians appeared ready to make a run, but turnovers or big plays on Central’s side stymied their rallies.
 
“We fought really hard,” Amundson said. “That’s why we really weren’t terribly disappointed with the effort. It’s not like our kids weren’t trying. We worked really hard right until the end. But the feeling I got was, we just couldn’t get over that hump.”
 
Wandrey offered a similar analysis.
 
“I’m kind of a doomsday guy,” he said. “It felt like it was at 42-38 for a really long time, and they just couldn’t get over that hump. I was thinking if they make a couple of plays, we could be in trouble, but our kids were on the floor, we were diving, and we just made the difference in hustle points.”
 
The Lancers, who improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Greater Metro, visit Slinger for their first road test of the season on Tuesday night, while the Indians (2-2, 0-1) will try to bounce back at Wauwatosa East.
 
Looking ahead, Amundson said it wouldn’t get any easier for the Indians.
 
“This is the toughest schedule I’ve had in my 16 years as the varsity coach, and that includes conference and our non-conference schedule,” he said. “Brookfield Central is good. There’s never going to be an easy game all year. If we look too far ahead in the schedule, you might get a stomachache. All we can do is focus on our mistakes and try to correct them in practice and work on improving. And we have been improving.”
 
Wandrey said the conference opener was a statement game for the Lancers and singled out the play of Rohde, who finished with 21 points, and junior forward Jasmine Lewis, who helped defend the Indians senior standout center Erin Crownover on the interior.
 
“We have sometimes struggled over the last few years with our consistency and intensity, and I don’t think we had that at all tonight. Jasmine is great. She’s an undersized inside player, maybe a slow-footed outside player, but whatever deficiencies she has, she makes up for it in hustle.”
 
Wandrey added a quality win early in the season could provide a boost of confidence for a team still trying to find itself.
 
“Last year there was this separation in our league and we were right in the middle,” he said. “We didn’t compete with the top teams; we just handled the weaker ones. We’ve been talking about our identity, and I think this tells us we can compete with those teams at the top of the conference.”

Fire in Falls destroys barn, semitrailer

Dec. 05, 2012 10:24 a.m. | A fire that erupted Tuesday afternoon, destroying a barn, is still under investigation after crews worked into the early morning Wednesday to extinguish the blaze.

The fire at W220 N9110 Town Line Road was reported at 3:38 p.m. About 17 communities responded to the fire that destroyed the main barn on the property, as well as a semitrailer parked next to it. A home also received minor damage.

One firefighter was sent to Community Memorial Hospital with minor injuries from back strain, said Menomonee Falls Fire Department Chief Jeffrey Hevey. No other injuries were reported and the injured firefighter was released from the hospital Tuesday night.

At the time the fire broke out, there were more than 25 horses in the barn and all were removed safely.

It took hours to put out the fire as water had to be trucked to the property in a dozen water tenders because there aren't fire hydrants in the area. Water tenders hold between 2,000 and 3,500 gallons of water.

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Falls police warn residents about 'ransomware' online scam

Dec. 04, 2012 3:51 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department is warning residents about a new cyber scam that poses as a criminal complaint center, freezes someone's computer and requires payment for it to be unlocked.

The latest version of the ransomware uses the name of "Internet Crime Complaint Center" to frighten victims into sending money to the perpetrators, according to the Police Department. This version of the malware also claims that the user's computer activity is being recorded using audio, video and other devices.

The cyber-scam lures victims to a drive-by download website, at which time the ransomware is installed on the user's computer. Once installed, the computer freezes and a screen is displayed warning the user they have violated United States Federal Law. The message further declares that a law enforcement agency has determined that a computer using the victim's IP address has accessed child pornography and other illegal content, according to the Police Department's news release.

To unlock the computer from being frozen, the user is instructed to pay a fine using prepaid money card services. The geographic location of the user's PC determines what payment services are offered. The malware then continues to operate on the compromised computer and can be used to commit online banking and credit card fraud.

For information about this scam or to report Internet abuse, contact the Menomonee Falls Police Department by calling (262) 532-8700.

Germantown seeks new Park and Recreation director

Dec. 03, 2012 9:30 p.m. | The Village of Germantown is seeking a new Park and Recreation Department Director after the Village Board on Monday announced the resignation of Director Brett Altergott.

Altergott has accepted new employment in Minnesota.

"It's really sad to see Brett go," said Village Manager David Schornack. "He's done an outstanding job here and we really wish him and his family the very best."

The Board approved advertising for the position on Monday; however, after a brief debate voted not to advertise the job with a salary range.

Trustees Terri Kaminski and Shane Daniels opposed the decision to not include salary in the advertisement. Kaminski said though it is common for private sector jobs to not include salary ranges, every public sector job advertisement does. The starting salary would have been advertised at $59,000 for someone with a bachelor's degree.

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