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Germantown woman gets 9 years in drug overdose case

Nov. 23, 2010 3:16 p.m. | Port Washington - A Germantown resident linked to three fatal drug overdoses in 2009 was sentenced to nine years in prison Tuesday for one of those deaths, three times more than a prosecutor had recommended.

Kimberly Sell, 38, had pleaded no contest last month to first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Kati Lynn Hammen, 21, found dead in her Fredonia home Dec. 21. Sell, who had sold Hammen methadone the day before, was charged in Ozaukee County in March.

Though not charged, Sell remains linked to at least two other drug overdose deaths in 2009, authorities have said. She is a person of interest in the April death of her fiancé, Ted Olla, who lived with her, and the Christmas Day death of Ian Hegmegee of Menomonee Falls, Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said in March.

The other deaths were part of a presentence report read by Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy. He told Sell he didn't believe she was just trying to help out a fellow addict when she sold her the methadone.

"You were a drug dealer, and we might as well call it what it is," Malloy said. He noted that Sell kept on selling the methadone, including to an undercover police officer, even after her fiancé's death and after Hegmegee had been hospitalized from his overdose in October.

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Germantown girls basketball team in regional final after 56-46 win

Feb. 27, 2015 9:38 p.m. | The style points weren't quite there for the Germantown girls basketball team Friday night in its 56-46 WIAA regional semifinal victory over stubborn Sussex Hamilton.

All that matters, said senior all-star guard Taylor Higginbotham is this little fact:

"The whole season is important," said Higginbotham, who scored 22 points to lead all scorers, "but now is the time you play for. You want to keep playing. You want to be able to get to another series of practices."

Or in this instance, a rematch at red-hot Arrowhead (18-5) at 7 p.m. Saturday night in a WIAA regional final. Arrowhead, which has a 13-game win streak, edged Germantown, 50-49, back on Jan. 17 and also ended the Warhawks' season in sectional semifinal play in 2014.

"We let that one slip away," said Stuve of the January loss. "It was a lesson learned. We're a little better right now, but they may be the best team in the state right now. They're playing better than just about anybody out there."

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Germantown school district discusses issues with student food waste

Feb. 27, 2015 1:21 p.m. | Germantown — Whole apples, oranges and other fruits and vegatables simply shouldn't be wasted. At least that is the popular opinion of Germantown School Board member Thomas Barney.

For Barney, the concern about how much food is getting thrown away in district schools at lunch time started around the dinner table, where his third-grade son shared what happened that day at County Line Elementary School.

"One of the lunch ladies said to only take as much ketchup and mustard as you need, but take two pieces of fruit and throw it away if you're not going to eat it, or something along those lines," said Barney, who was stunned to learn the issue spans in various levels of intensity across all district schools.

"It seems like we're wasting a lot of food, and yet technically what the lunch lady told my son was not incorrect because we have to make sure the students are served enough fruits and vegatables to meet the federal requirement," Barney explained. "I understand the idea is for kids to eat healthier lunches, but I think we're finding there are a lot of kids throwing it away for whatever reason, like maybe they don't like the taste as much."

Following federal and state requirements

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Rixton to play at Menomonee Falls High School

Feb. 27, 2015 10:47 a.m. | British pop band Rixton, known for their hit "Me and My Broken Heart," will play a private show for 1,400 students at Menomonee Falls High School today.

Menomonee Falls got the chance to host the concert by winning Goodwill's Fall Haul.  It was one of 469 southeasterm Wisconsin high schools to participate in the donation challenge and contributed more than 28,600 items.

"We are proud of our community's leadership and generousity in the Fall Haul event," Menomonee Falls Principal Corey Golla said. 

Rixton will open for pop star Ariana Grande at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Friday night. They have opened for Grande throughout the North American leg of her "The Honeymoon Tour" in anticipation of their debut album, which releases in March.

"This concert reinforces how important it is to give back to our community," Golla said.

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Construction to begin on expanded emergency department at CMH in Menomonee Falls

Feb. 27, 2015 10:32 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Construction will begin next week on the 4,000-square-foot expansion of the emergency department at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital.

Along with increasing capacity and modernizing the department, CMH Public Relations Manager Rita said the project will facilitate the growth of the emergency department, improve efficiency and increase patient comfort and better accommodate medical equipment.

Plans include a new entrance, larger waiting area and additional exam rooms.

Germantown parents speak out against large kindergarten class sizes, district acknowledges problem

Feb. 24, 2015 9:07 p.m. | Germantown — An overall lack of space is not a new problem at Rockfield Elementary School. But a group of parents says the time is now for the district to take action toward resolving what district officials have for several years acknowledged is an ongoing problem.

Large class sizes and the resulting possibility for teacher burnout were among several concerns raised by Jackson resident Lenny Hanson, who on Feb. 23 addressed the school board on behalf of a growing number of parents in the district.

"My child is in her first year in kindergarten, and my child's teacher will always be the one that says 'oh boy, here comes that big class,'" said Hanson, whose daughter is enrolled at Rockfield.

The school houses the district's early childhood program, which the district had hoped to find a new home for this school year. Though nothing has come together yet, a move would free up the space utilized by about 50 students between the ages of 3 and 5 years old who have special education needs.

Creative solutions like having the music classes in the library and other student work time in hallways and vestibules are among those being utilized to accomodate the needs of the school. The problem is there is no room for the program elsewhere in the district either, leading the district to look elsewhere in the village for location options.

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Menomonee Falls School Board takes steps to include two referendum questions on April 2016 ballot

Feb. 24, 2015 8:31 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — It is looking more and more likely that the School District of Menomonee Falls will be turning to voters for help to address operational and facilities needs in the district.

As soon as this time next year, two referendum questions could appear on the ballot in a culmination of what will at that point be two years of consideration and planning for the future of school facilities throughout the village.

Following a facilities study completed in February 2014, the board has for a year been meeting monthly to discuss options for proceeding with program improvement projects and capital maintenance projects earmarked for completion in the next five years.

The projects include everything from asphalt replacement and galvanized piping and plumbing fixtures, to improvements to the high school and middle school auditoriums and Project Lead the Way classrooms.

The future of Hiawatha and Thomas Jefferson (TJ) are also in question, due to the cost estimated to bring TJ back online coming in close to the cost of an entirely new building.

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Best friends, Barry Manilow 'Fanilows' to reunite at Milwaukee concert

Feb. 23, 2015 3:20 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Barry Manilow is credited with saying "nobody is going to give you anything; you've got to go out and fight for it."

And fight they did.

For almost two years, lifelong best friends Michelle Held and Diane Kubatzki were barely on speaking terms after what happened at a 1982 Barry Manilow concert they attended together.

"I was heartbroken," said Kubatzki, the much bigger Manilow fan of the two. "I honestly couldn't even believe it what was happening right before my eyes."

Moments earlier, Manilow had asked the crowd of more than 30,000 for a volunteer to come sing with him on stage.

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Damage to vacant Menomonee Falls school property estimated well over $10,000

Feb. 23, 2015 11:30 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Crime Stoppers and the Menomonee Falls Village Board are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the possible arrest of whoever is responsible for serious damage done to Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Feb. 18.

"Significant damage" was done to the school property at W165 N8301 Lavergne Ave. late in the night, according to a notice put out by the school district.

"The suspects entered through an unlocked tunnel door on the south side of the building and did massive damage to the property," explained Lt. Kevin Von Bank. "A few exterior windows were damaged, but a lot more damage was done inside the building to interior windows and mirrors in the restrooms."

Though an exact estimate of damage was not known as of press deadline, Von Bank said he is "certain it is well over $10,000."

The school has been closed since 2005.

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Knodl supports, speaks in favor of Right-to-work legislation

Feb. 23, 2015 9:11 a.m. | Days before right-to-work legislation will be introduced, state representative Dan Knodl (R) spoke in favor of the change.

"I have long been a strong supporter of right to work and I am excited to see that Assembly Republicans are committed to moving Wisconsin forward. Right to work is an important piece of the puzzle for improving Wisconsin's economy and business climate," said Knodl, in a statement.

Knodl said he will be joining his colleagues, representatives Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Dave Craig (R-Big Bend), as assembly leads on this bill.

"Right to work is about increasing worker freedom and opportunity, growing our economy, job creation, and overall economic prosperity," Knodl said, in the statement. "There are 24 states that already have right-to-work laws and Wisconsin should be excited about the prospect of becoming number 25."

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin state senate is expected to take up a right-to-work bill in what's known as an extraordinary legislative session. If it passes, the bill could move on to the state assembly for consideration as soon as next week.

Germantown school board approves resignation of teacher arrested for vandalism

Feb. 23, 2015 8:48 a.m. | Germantown — An issue that last summer started at a vandalized Scott Walker booth at the Jefferson County Fair has been brought to its final resolution for the Germantown School District.

The school board reviewed a resignation letter it received from kindergarten teacher April K. Smith, who pleaded guilty no contest in court on Aug. 19 after causing about $40 in damage to an unknown number of Scott Walker signs at the Republican party tent at the fair on July 9.

"Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Germantown community and work with many wonderful colleagues and administrators," said a resignation letter submitted by Smith. According to the letter, the resignation is effective Friday, Feb. 13. "If there is any way I can be of help during the transition, please let me know."

Smith, 39, who formerly taught kindergarten at Amy Belle Elementary, returned to the classroom in what the district referred to as an "alternate teaching assignment" on Jan. 5. Prior to that, she had been suspended, following her arrest for disorderly conduct at the fair. An email requesting comments from her was not returned.

Her new assignment co-teaching 51 kindergarten students in two classrooms at Rockfield Elementary School has helped with what parents have said are much-too-large class sizes at the school.

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Germantown boys basketball team clinches outright NSC title

Feb. 20, 2015 11:07 p.m. | Over the course of the last nine extremely successful years, the three-time WIAA state champion Germantown boys basketball team has had to stare down moments like it faced Friday night on senior night at home against archrival Homestead.

The Highlanders had erased a 10-point third quarter deficit, and behind the mighty efforts of 6-7 forward Jaylen Key (26 points), had surged into a 51-47 lead with 7:32 left before a packed Germantown gym full of hoops' junkies.

In the past, Warhawk superstars like Ben Averkamp, Zak Showalter, Luke Fischer or Lamonte Bearden would have stepped to the fore to put an end to such nonsense.

But those guys are long gone to college or beyond.

Enter junior point guard Juwan McCloud, who now put up his name for consideration among those Warhawk greats. In that fourth quarter, he would hit in short succession, four 3-pointers, including one four-point play.

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Vacant Menomonee Falls school property vandalized

Feb. 20, 2015 7:13 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Crime Stoppers and the Menomonee Falls Village Board are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the possible arrest of whoever is responsible for serious damage done to Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Feb. 18.

"Significant damage" was done to the school property at W165 N8301 Lavergne Ave. late in the night, according to a notice put out by the school district.

"The suspects entered through an unlocked tunnel door on the south side of the building and did massive damage to the property," explained Lt. Kevin Von Bank. "A few exterior windows were damaged, but a lot more damage was done inside the building to interior windows and mirrors in the restrooms."

Though an exact estimate of damage was not known as of press deadline, Von Bank said he is "certain it is well over $10,000."

The school was last used for students in the 2008-09 school year.

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Falls School Board to discuss public involvement in development of facilities plans

Feb. 20, 2015 3:32 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Discussion on the future of facilities in Menomonee Falls, and the role the public will play in it, will continue at the school board meeting on Monday, Feb. 23.

On the agenda is a discussion of community involvement in the facilities planning process, which has been ongoing for about a year now following the facility study completed in February 2014.

In a work session last month, district staff again discussed options for proceeding with program improvement projects and capital maintenance projects earmarked for completion in the next five years. The projects include everything from asphalt replacement and galvanized piping and plumbing fixtures, to improvements to the high school and middle school auditoriums and Project Lead the Way classrooms.

The future of Hiawatha and Thomas Jefferson (TJ) are also in question, due to the cost estimated to bring TJ back online coming in close to the cost of an entirely new building.

Though all work sessions are open to the public, the board recently decided to formally seek community input on the priorities of the projects later this year. For more of the full back story, click here.

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Germantown girls basketball team wins 2nd outright North Shore crown

Feb. 20, 2015 12:07 a.m. |

In it's home fieldhouse, the Homestead girls basketball team had Germantown star guards Taylor Higginbotham and Val Meissner in serious foul trouble at the half Thursday night.

They also held the Warhawks without a point for well over five minutes in the second quarter.

And they cut the deficit to two points on three occasions in the fourth quarter.

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Germantown teen to play Carnegie Hall

Feb. 19, 2015 11:19 a.m. | When she was little, Eve Harris would play violin in front of her dolls. Sunday, the 18-year old from Germantown will play at Carnegie Hall.

Harris is one of 100 students from around the world selected to perform in the orchestra portion of the High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will tour New York with fellow participants, begin  rehearsing Thursday and  play the country's most famous concert hall Sunday night in a performance directed by prominent New York and New Jersey youth conductor Jeffery Grogan.

"It's an honor to be performing with other kids my age and to have a world class conductor," Harris said.

Harris' teacher, Lewis Rosove, nominated her for the program, feeling that auditioning would be good experience for her. When Harris' parents, Laureen and Michael, got the email that their daughter had been one of 100 chosen out of 10,000, they had to read the email multiple times before reality sank in.

Harris is homeschooled but takes music classes at Maranatha Baptist University and has played in its orchestra for five years. At 13, she was the youngest person ever to play in the university's orchestra.

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