On Jan. 5, between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. three locked vehicles were broken into in the parking lot at the Marcus Cinema Menomonee Falls, N9393 Premier Lane.
It is unclear how many people were involved in the break-ins, but according to police, the thief used some type of pry tool to shatter the door window glass of the vehicles. Purses containing personal information, cash and credit cards were removed from all three vehicles. The purses were either left in plain view or under another object on the vehicle seats where they could be seen easily from outside.
Purchases were made with several of the stolen credit cards later that same evening.
Menomonee Falls Police have not provided details on any suspects.
The Police Department urges residents to lock vehicles and take any valuables with you. If that is not possible, lock items in the trunk or hide them from view. If you notice anyone suspicious in parking lots - a person standing next to vehicles with no apparent purpose, looking into vehicles or breaking into a vehicle, call the police immediately from a safe distance away. Do not confront them, but make observations about their age, height, weight, clothing and any other descriptors, including any vehicle they may be using.
Menomonee Falls —It may not be on the minds of most Wisconsinites amid the snow and frigid temperatures, but as the seasons change a major international health concern could have widespread effects right in our backyards.
Following the Feb. 1 declaration by the World Health Organization that has deemed the Zika virus an international public health emergency, local businesses and health care organizations are bracing for what the virus could mean at a local level.
Mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common symptoms of the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness, which has prompted several travel alerts to be issued to areas including the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.
Before the warmer temperatures make their ways back into the area, local pest control professionals are saying there are some things for those making plans for spring break to keep in mind.
While Wil-Kil Pest Control does not have the medical expertise to comment directly on the virus and symptoms, Regional Manager Randy Allen said the company is seeking to generate awareness about mosquito prevention.» Read Full Article
"That was more like Germantown basketball," said Warhawks' all-state point guard Juwan McCloud.
And he was correct in his assertion after the Warhawks' stunning 101-74 rout of a surging Whitefish Bay squad in a key North Shore Conference game Tuesday night.
It looked and sounded like vintage high-powered Warhawks' basketball, from the relentless attacking of the basket to the large numbers of turnovers they forced as Germantown maintained (10-1 in NSC play) a one game lead over Cedarburg in the league race and won its sixth game in a row.
"It really did feel a little like the old days," added McCloud, who finished with 24 points on the night. "I think we've shaken off all those things that bothered us in December (four losses in five games). We just needed to play better than we were in all ways.
"We were playing sluggish, just not doiong the right things. It was tough stuff to learn."» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — Even though he is known in Menomonee Falls as a numbers guy, former Director of Business Services Jeff Gross said it is the people in the School District of Menomonee Falls who he will miss most.
Gross, who left the district for a new role as the Chief Finance Officer in the Kettle Moraine School District Feb. 1, thanked the school board, district officials and district leaders for the chance to work with them for the past eight years at a recent school board meeting.
"I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to work here with the dedicated staff...this was a really hard decision to make professionally," Gross said.
The move did make sense personally for Gross, whose children attend the Kettle Moraine School District.
"If it wasn't for my children being in the (Kettle Moraine School District), there is no way I would leave what we have going here," he said. "(But) it makes sense and it will be good to have some new challenges and hopefully help make the Kettle Moraine School District better."» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — Changes to programming and reductions in staffing are among the items that could be in the future of the School District of Menomonee Falls.
At least that is what district officials are saying can be drawn from the estimated $6.6 million in structural deficits anticipated over the next five years.
The school board on Feb. 8 reviewed in detail the 2016-17 budget, which includes an estimated deficit of about $1.1 million. Two scenarios are being discussed for the budget planning process, including options with or without the impact of the two referendum questions voters will face in April.
"Obviously a lot hinges on the referendum outcome regarding which path we take, but we are outlining two paths within this (budget) document," explained Director of Business Services Keith Brightman.
After three years analyzing the long-term facility and operational needs of the school district, the board decided to present two questions to voters on Tuesday, April 5.» Read Full Article
The Menomonee Falls wrestling team won six individual weight classes en route to an impressive triumph in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament at West Allis Hale on Feb. 5.
But veteran coach Jim McMahon wanted all to know that everyone on the team contributed to this third league tourney title in four years.
It's a concept McMahon has been working on for years.
"It takes a really good team to win the GMC," he said, "and we needed everyone to get this done. This is such a good group of kids. They've been getting better all year, and I've been around this sport long enough; winning something like this is never easy.
"There's a lot of skill, a little bit of luck and a whole lot of good kids buying in that made this work out as well as it did."» Read Full Article
Former youth basketball coach Cory Casper pleaded guilty recently to sexually assaulting a former player, a teenage girl, who had been forced by her mother to maintain a romantic relationship with him.
Casper, 41, entered his guilty pleas during a Feb. 8 hearing in Waukesha County Circuit Court, records show. Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez found him guilty of two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, a class A misdemeanor. The maximum penalty for that crime is up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines.
A sentencing hearing for Casper, who recently moved to Milwaukee, has been scheduled for March 17. Casper was charged in November 2014 with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, sexual contact with a child under the age of 13 and one count of child enticement, which was later dismissed but read into the court record. The other charges were reduced or dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
All of the charges stemmed from various interactions Casper had with the victim, some of them sexual, who was 12 at the time. Many of those encounters were orchestrated by the girl's mother, who, according to a criminal complaint, had strong feelings for Casper that were not reciprocated.
Allegations of the sexual nature of the relationship came to light after the girl's father reported the assaults to police. The complaint said the woman, who will not be named to protect the victim's identity, allegedly arranged for her daughter to be alone with Casper on numerous occasions — including twice in his car in a secluded area of the Menomonee Falls Home Depot parking lot — despite her daughter's protestations that Casper "scared her more than anyone in the world."» Read Full Article
Germantown — There are two questions on the minds of village of Germantown officials as they review the project plans for a roundabout at Appleton Avenue and Lannon Road: why now and why us?
The village board has voted to postpone approval of an estimated $80,433 cost to the village for its portion of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's plans to construct a roundabout in 2018.
The price tag, which includes about $47,880 in design costs in addition to an estimated $32,553 in construction costs, was deemed unreasonable by village officials.
"This is a situation where we have been on two different tracks," explained Village Engineer Brionne Bischke.
While the DOT was working on the surfacing project from Maple Road to near Cabela's, and part of that includes the roundabout, Bischke explained the village has simultaneously been conducting research necessary to bring the area up to speed for the construction of Willow Creek Business Park within tax-incremental financing district no. 6.» Read Full Article
2016 Young at Art exhibition open at Menomonee Falls High School
Menomonee Falls — The Art Guild of Menomonee Falls, in partnership with the Menomonee Falls High School National Art Honor Society, is opening an art show by the young artists in the community.
The gallery, which will remain open through Friday, Feb. 12, is located in the lobby area off of the Menomonee Falls High School auditorium, W142N8101 Merrimac Drive.
Each student piece in the exhibition was chosen by the student's art instructor for its outstanding merit.
The pieces on display will include drawings, paintings, collage, metals and sculptures.» Read Full Article
Everyone had to sacrifice if the Germantown wrestling team was going to win its first North Shore Conference title in 15 years.
Including the man who is the face of the program, returning state qualifier Zack Szohr.
To maximize their chances of winning conference and hopefully earn a WIAA state team tournament berth, everyone moved down a weight class, and the linchpin was Szohr, who spent a lot of the season at 113 pounds and occasionally 120.
But to make it all work, he had to agree to go down to 106, where he qualified for state last season.
He agreed, he made the weight and so did everyone else as the job got done.» Read Full Article
It was a spectacularly good national collegiate signing day for area girls soccer players on Feb. 3 as three from Germantown and two from the Falls have accepted offers and signed national letters of intent for next fall.
They include Tessa Estock and Julia Lehnen from the Falls and Piper Brown, Bri Klopfer and Taylor Johnson from Germantown.
Estock will be heading to Viterbo in La Crosse where she will major in nursing
Estock will finish up and impressive career for the Falls High School team this spring. She has played both defense and midfield in what will be a four-year career for the Indians. Estock was named honorable mention all-Greater Metro Conference three years and team Most Valuable Player as a junior for the 2015 Indian team that made the WIAA state tournament for the first time.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — Nine separate traffic crashes that resulted in 25 damaged vehicles and six injured people stalled traffic for about two hours during rush hour on Feb. 9.
The Menomonee Falls Police Department responded to an initial call at about 9 a.m. reporting several crashes along Highway 41/45 southbound near Pilgrim Road and Main Street.
A slowdown in traffic and sun glare, including the glare off wet pavement, may have been contributing factors, according to a news release.
The Menomonee Falls Police Department partnered with the Menomonee Falls Fire Department, Germantown Fire Department, city of Brookfield Fire Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol in investigating the incident and transporting injured parties.
The highway was returned to normal traffic at approximately 9:45 a.m.» Read Full Article
MENOMONEE FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL
The Indians snapped their three-game skid with pair of tense Greater Metro Conference victories last week.
Falls beat Wauwatosa East, 69-65, on Feb. 5 after edging Brookfield East, 55-49, on Feb. 2.
With the two victories, the Indians improved to 5-6 in GMC play and 11-7 overall. They hosted Watertown in a nonconference game on Feb. 9 and will visit West Allis Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in a GMC contest.
The Indians rallied for the win against Tosa after falling behind, 29-23, at the break. They exploded for 46 points in earning the hard-fought win. Senior point guard Bryce McMurtryled the way with 22 points, while senior forward Jerin Freyhad 13, junior guard Cross Wilson10 and junior forward Darrell Johnson-Handy nine.» Read Full Article
Germantown — As road construction season approaches, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation would like to make sure drivers are informed of major upcoming projects.
Included in the projects in the area is work on Highway 175 from Beechwood Industrial Court to Polk Street, which is slated to begin in March.
The reconstruction project improvements include new concrete curb and gutter; storm sewer; asphaltic pavement; a shared-use path; new signing and pavement marking; and a roundabout at the intersection of Hwy 175 and Hwy 167.
Anyone interested in learning more about the project is encouraged to attend an open house meeting from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Richfield Fire Station, 2008 WIS 175, Richfield.
Mashuda Contractors, which will make a presentation at 6 p.m. that outlines the schedule of operations, has been awarded the $6.64 million contract to construct these improvements.» Read Full Article
The Menomonee Falls wrestling team won six individual weight classes en route to an impressive triumph in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament at West Allis Hale tonight.
But veteran coach Jim McMahon wanted all to know that everyone on the team contributed to this third league tourney title in four years.
"It takes a really good team to win the GMC," he said, "and we needed everyone to get this done. This is such a good group of kids. They've been getting better all year and I've been around this sport long enough, winning something like this is never easy.
"...There's a lot of skill, a little bit of luck and a whole lot of good kids buying in that made this work out as well as it did."
Falls scored 247.5 points to claim the title as it roared past West Allis Central (198.5) and Sussex Hamilton (188). The Indians had dropped a one-point decision to Central in December to lose the league dual meet title to the Bulldogs.» Read Full Article