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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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Behind marvelous day by Ty Weber, Menomonee Falls baseball repeats as state champion

July 22, 2016 10:09 p.m. | "You get out of it what you put into it."

Menomonee Falls assistant baseball coach Dave Weber made that statement as he was celebrating the Indians' remarkable second straight WIAA state title that was won Friday night at Kapco Park in Mequon.

His son, Ty, had just completed one of the most impressive days of anyone in the history of the 51-year old state summer tournament.

He went 6 for 8 at the plate over two games, driving in the only runs in the Indians' 2-0 victory over Greater Metro Conference rival Marquette in the final, pitching a complete game, four-hit shutout along the way.

Dave was immensely pleased that his 6-4, 220-pound Illinois-bound son had overcome the pressure and lived up to all the hype that had surrounded him when he came into high school four years ago.

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Live coverage: 2016 WIAA State Summer Baseball Tournament

July 22, 2016 6:00 p.m. | UPDATE: Menomonee Falls and Marquette won their semifinal games and are playing in the state title game.

A WIAA state summer baseball title is up for grabs at Kapco Park today.

The field has been whittled to four teams: Marquette, Oak Creek, New Holstein and Menomonee Falls. 

Marquette (26-6) and Oak Creek (31-2) square off in the first semifinal game, set for 9:05 a.m.

New Holstein (20-10) and Menomonee Falls (23-10) will battle in the other semifinal approximately 30 minutes after the opener is complete. 

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Roble pitches Menomonee Falls baseball team into state final, 6-0

July 22, 2016 2:36 p.m. | Menomonee Falls baseball coach Pat Hansen, with his 421 career wins, is not normally known as a gambling man.

So, while many outsiders might see his choice to go with junior Logan Roble in the WIAA state semifinals against New Holstein today as opposed to all-state ace Ty Weber as a major risk, he did not.

"The way Logan's been pitching lately, it was an easy decision," said Hansen, after Roble threw a complete game, four-hit, 6-0 shutout against the Huskies today at Kapco Park in Mequon.

With the victory the Indians (24-10) will now have a chance to defend their 2015 WIAA state championship against Marquette (27-6) at 6:05 p.m. back at Kapco.

The Hilltoppers beat Greater Metro Conference champion Oak Creek, 8-3, in the early semifinal.

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Menomonee Falls woman dreams of starting whoopie pie dessert bus

July 21, 2016 2:58 p.m. | Village of Menomonee Falls —Menomonee Falls' Lora Murray is a tax accountant by day, but dreams about starting a dessert bus by night. Murray finished second at the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge in the start-up category on Wednesday, July 20.

"I was told I placed second, losing by a few points," Murray said. "It was so close. This was the hardest thing I had ever done, but was also the most rewarding. I was already a winner to even make it to the top three in the state in the start-up category."

Murray competed in a pool of more than 80 other candidates. Her concept is called Sinful Whoopie, a local dessert bus featuring a variety of whoopie pie flavors. Specifically, her theme is centered on the seven deadly sins.

Rumchata frosting paired with red velvet cake with a hint of Berry Weiss beer is lust, while a whoopie piece made with fresh Door County cherries is pride.

She said the idea reflects her "quirky sense of humor," but the cake recipe itself is one she learned from her mother as a child.

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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Donges Bay Road reconstruction enters final phase

July 21, 2016 1:15 p.m. | Village of Germantown —The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will enter the final phase of construction on Donges Bay Road and WIS 145 (Fond du Lac Avenue) on Monday, July 25 in Germantown.

To complete this final phase, WIS 145 will close to southbound traffic, and Donges Bay Road will remain closed. To get through the intersection, the only direction open will be WIS 145 northbound.

The construction is scheduled for completion in late fall.

More information about the project can be found online at http://projects.511wi.gov/wis145/.

Menomonee Falls man pleads guilty to homicide after killing bicyclist

July 21, 2016 10:38 a.m. | Menomonee Falls man Adam Neuhaus pleaded guilty Wednesday, July 20 to two felonies, including homicide by negligent operation/vehicle. Neuhaus struck and killed 50 year-old Keith Habenicht who was riding his bike on Appleton Avenue in Germantown on Aug. 23, 2015 before leaving the scene of the crime.

According to the criminal complaint, Habernicht was found unresponsive with a tramatic head injury after a resident called 911. Video footage from a local business revealed a vehicle struck Habenicht's bicycle at approximately 8:15 p.m. Based on the footage, an officer stated he did not see the vehicle stop, attempt to stop or render any type of aid to the victim.

Neuhaus appeared before Washington County Judge Todd Martens on Wednesday to issue his plea, and he will be sentenced Sept. 19.

Homicide by negligent operation/vehicle is a Class G Felony, and upon conviction Neuhaus may be fined not more than $25,000, or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both. The second felony count, hit and run - injury, is a Class U Felony, and upon conviction, Neuhaus may be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned for not more than nine months or both.

Wanakia Wildlife gives a bird's-eye view to Menomonee Falls Nature Camp kids

July 21, 2016 9:52 a.m. | Village of Menomonee Falls -Falls Presbyterian Church Nature Camp welcomed Wanakia Wildlife on Wednesday, July 20. Each year the church focuses on a different natural element for the Nature Camp; this year, the camp focus was on birds.

There were 40 children at the camp event from the Menomonee Falls community.

"Not only did the kids learn a lot about nature, but they have also been learning about how to love and appreciate this creation through a biblical lens," said church pastor, Stephen Roberts. "Birds can be even more beautiful when seen through the creative handiwork of God! I also was impressed with the number of injured/debilitated animals. In taking in "expendable" creatures, our wonderful teacher was also teaching compassion to the children. Of course, the kids had a lot of fun too!"

Wanakia Wild opened in 2008, and provides rescue, rehabilitation and release of Wisconsin wildlife for Washington County and the surrounding communities. The organization's founder, Marty Thompson, brought six wild birds to the church grounds, including a barred and great horned owl, an American pastoral, a wild duck and a hawk.

"Nature sure knew what it was doing when it made our birds," Thompson said.

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Resources available to Waukesha County residents during extreme heat

July 21, 2016 9:21 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is reminding residents of the resources available during the excessive heat warning in effect from noon Thursday, July 21, through 7 p.m. Friday, July 22.

"Excessive heat is the most frequent weather-related danger in southeast Wisconsin," said Farrow. "For this reason, Waukesha County has safeguards in place to ensure that even our most vulnerable residents can stay safe and healthy."

Cooling centers

Dozens of cooling centers and places to cool off are in Waukesha County, such as libraries, malls, or senior dining centers.

·Members of the public may use Waukesha County ice arenas as cooling stations for free. The cost to skate is $6.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.

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Southbound Highway 145 to close for construction in Germantown

July 20, 2016 11:40 a.m. | The southbound lanes of Wisconsin Highway 145 at Donges Bay Road in Germantown will close Monday for construction and will not reopen until late fall, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

The closure comes as state workers begin the second and final phase of the reconstruction of the intersection there.

Wisconsin Highway 145 will be closed to all southbound traffic until late fall. Donges Bay Road will remain closed in both directions at the intersection.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Menomonee Falls woman arrested for OWI after running over her fiancé

July 19, 2016 7:00 p.m. | A Menomonee Falls woman was taken into custody for second offense OWI after she ran over her fiancé with her pickup truck July 3.

According to police, the incident occurred after the suspect, Cristal Janke, 34, and her 36-year-old fiancé started arguing while she was driving him and their young daughter home from the fireworks display at Menomonee Falls High School at about 10:35 p.m.

As she was approaching their residence, Janke stated that she decided to drop off her fiancé and spend the night at her mother's house. After her fiancé got out of the truck, Janke told police she heard him open the rear passenger side door, so she started pulling away. She said she then heard the door slam shut, following by a "clunking" sound, according to the police report.

Janke told police she pulled into a nearby driveway to turn around, and that's when she saw her fiancé lying in the roadway.

When asked how much alcohol they drank that day, Janke told police her fiancé drank an eight pack of beer and several other alcoholic drinks, and she drank four cans of beer. She failed field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test indicated her blood alcohol content was 0.12.

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GMC set to dominate state summer baseball tournament

July 19, 2016 12:10 p.m. | Welcome to the 51st annual Greater Metro Conference, oops, I mean the WIAA State Summer Baseball Tournament on Friday, July 22, at Kapco Park in Mequon.

One could be forgiven for that slip of the tongue, as the 10-team league completely dominated sectional play on Monday, July 18. League regular-season and tourney champ Oak Creek (12-4 over Classic 8 champion Muskego), Marquette (10-0 over Pewaukee in five innings) and defending state champion Menomonee Falls (10-6 over North Shore champ West Bend West) all overwhelmed their sectional finals' opposition.

The outcome continues a recent trend as the GMC has dominated the 50-plus team summer series since 2000. Brookfield Central (2000 and 2014), Oak Creek (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2012), Franklin (2010 and 2011), Marquette (2006 and 2008) and most recently Falls (2015) have combined to win 11 state championships in that time.

In fact, last year, Falls beat GMC rival Franklin, 11-0, for the title.

Due to very high projected temperatures on Friday, July 22, the start of the state semifinals at Kapco Park in Mequon has been moved to 9:05 a.m. People will have to get up early to see a rematch of the terrific July 7 GMC Tourney final between Oak Creek (31-2) and Marquette (26-6).

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'Two more wins': Menomonee Falls baseball team heads back to state

July 19, 2016 11:24 a.m. | "It's all worth it."

That was the simple comment of Menomonee Falls Major League draft choice Ty Weber after a long, exhausting day that saw his Indians secure a chance at repeating their 2015 WIAA state championship.

First, Falls edged Grafton, 2-1, in a heart-stopping sectional semifinal at Germantown, and then on just 40 minutes rest, the Indians came back and stunned North Shore Conference champion West Bend West, 10-6, in the July 18 sectional final.

Falls broke the Spartans' 23-game winning streak, and the game wasn't even as close as the final score indicated.

Weber, as many close watchers of prep baseball know, has been pulling double duty this summer, first taking classes at University of Illinois, where he is gong to be a scholarship player.

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Menomonee Falls baseball team heads back to state with upset of West

July 18, 2016 10:07 p.m. | "It's all worth it."

That was the simple comment of Menomonee Falls Major League draft choice Ty Weber after a long, exhausting day that saw his Indians secure a chance at repeating their 2015 WIAA state championship.

First Falls edged Grafton, 2-1, in a heartstopping sectional semifinal at Germantown and then on just 40 minutes rest, the Indians came back and stunned North Shore Conference champion West Bend West, 10-6, in the sectional final.

Falls broke the Spartans 23-game winning streak and the game wasn't even as close as the final score indicated.

Weber, as many close watchers of prep baseball know, has been pulling double duty this summer first taking classes at University of Illinois, where he is gong to be a scholarship player.

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