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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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Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

May 24, 2016 12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. 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.

Mentally tough Menomonee Falls softball team wins sixth GMC title

May 24, 2016 10:20 a.m. | Menomonee Falls Now All-Suburban softball outfielder Stephanie Cole looked around at the beginning of the season and wondered where all her friends were.

Fellow All-Suburban stars including pitcher Kelly Berglund, third baseman Brittany Robinson and catcher Justine Ertl, among others, had all taken their considerable skills and moved on the college and Cole and the few other holdovers (only three seniors total) were left thinking how were the Indians going to continue their decade-long string of success.

By relying on the new kids, who fueled a powerful 7-1 dispatching of dangerous Brookfield Central on May 17 and a n 18-0 rout of West Allis Central on May 20 to clinch a tie for their sixth straight Greater Metro Conference title in a row.

"We were really unsure of how things were going to go," said the four-year letterwinning Cole, who will play softball at UW-La Crosse next year, "but these younger kids stepped up and took control of their positions. Everyone worked together so well."

And that included Cole and the remaining returnees making the newcomers like speedy leadoff hitter Lou Sciortino were welcome. All told the 17-person roster includes six sophomores and four freshmen.

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Germantown softball team gets help en route to sixth NSC crown

May 24, 2016 10:20 a.m. | The Germantown girls softball team didn't know it at the time of its 16-3 six-inning rout of Milwaukee Lutheran on May 19, but the road to its sixth straight North Shore Conference title got a little help along the way.

Whitefish Bay upset Grafton, 9-8, in eight innings on May 19, knocking the Black Hawks (11-3 in league games) out of a share of the championship and lifting the Warhawks (12-2 in NSC play) to the top of the podium all by themselves. Grafton had given Germantown both of its NSC losses.

Before they heard the news of the Bay upset, the Warhawks were just pleased to put a happy ending on this portion of the regular season.

"We took a roundabout way to get a share of the conference title," said co-coach Kurt Raguse. "We would have liked to have won it outright but Grafton played two very good games against us."

Raguse later sent copious thanks to Bay coach Jess Middendorf.

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McMurtry's two wins lead Menomonee Falls boys track team to second in GMC outdoor

May 23, 2016 9:42 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls boys track team is not going to worry about who is eligible or who is not, or who is hurt or who is not because the list of who isn't around is unfortunately long this season.

The Indians are just going to celebrate who's there and who's doing great, like senior hurdler and long jumper Bryce McMurtry, who won both the 110-meter high hurdles in a state-best time and took the 300 intermediate hurdles in a personal-best time to lead Falls to a strong second-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference outdoor at home on May 17.

"He had a good meet, a heck of a meet," said Indian coach Bobby Regent-Smith, also noting that McMurtry finished second in the long jump with a personal-best effort. "We're really starting to see his full potential, what he's capable of. He's been a three-sport athlete all four years (football and basketball too), and now he's reaping the rewards."

It also makes McMurtry a strong candidate for Greater Metro Conference track athlete of the year, an honor that will be awarded at a later date, Regent-Smith said. Counting the outdoor, relay and indoor meets this season, McMurtry has won seven GMC titles and had four runner-up finishes.

The strong finish for Falls puts the Indians in good position to advance many to the WIAA state meet in La Crosse, June 3 and 4. They hosted a regional meet Monday, May 23, and will send qualifiers from there to the WIAA sectional at Watertown on Thursday, May 26, with field events starting at 4 p.m. and running events at 4:45 p.m.

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Street festival to mark Memorial Day in Menomonee Falls

May 23, 2016 5:01 p.m. | For the first time ever, Main Street in Menomonee Falls will close for its first street festival.

The festivities will be held from May 28-30.

On May 28, visitors can enjoy Art on the Walk. The juried art show will feature art of all mediums. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mill Pond Plaza on the east side of the river. A limited number of entry spaces are still available for artists who are interested in participating.

A car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street between Appleton Avenue and Mill Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and is $10 per car. Participants are asked to enter from Mill Street.

Always a hit is the Knights of Columbus Lucky Duck Derby. Watch hundreds of yellow duckies race their way down the river. The race begins at 11 a.m. at Mill Pond Park. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Knights of Columbus Clubhouse or the Village Centre office, or at the park the day of the race. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5.

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Germantown girls second, boys fourth in NSC track outdoor

May 23, 2016 4:19 p.m. | With tired legs and complicated schedules, the Germantown track teams readied themselves for the upcoming WIAA series of meets as the girls tied for second and the boys finished a competitive fourth in the North Shore Conference outdoor meet on May 17 at Nicolet.

"The kids were juggling so many other things, especially the girls," said program coach Greg Siegert, "but they are ready for the next stage. I never question the girls intentions. They do so well in other things, they find it hard to say 'no' to anyone."

But the Warhawks will hopefully be saying "yes" to several WIAA state meet berths this week. They hosted a regional meet on Monday, May 23, and sent qualifiers to the sectional at Watertown at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26.

From there, the top three finishers in all events plus all those whose efforts are among the eight best out of all sectionals statewide will advance to the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse, June 3 and 4.

The Germantown girls will rely heavily on their strong sprint relays, while state place-winning jumper Shon Pratcher Jr. will pace the boys' efforts.

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Menomonee Falls and Germantown Sports Shorts: May 26

May 23, 2016 12:50 p.m. |

MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS TRACK

The Indians got a win from the 4x100-meter relay team en route to a fifth-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference outdoor meet on May 17.

Falls hosted a WIAA regional meet on Monday, May 23 and now will send qualifiers to the sectional meet at Watertown starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26.

The top three in each event from sectional, will advance to the state meet in La Crosse, June 3 and 4.

Falls scored 63 points for its spot in the GMC meet as Brookfield East won with 179.

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Threat 'not credible'; Kennedy Middle School in Germantown is open today

May 20, 2016 8:27 a.m. | Germantown's Kennedy Middle School is open Friday, May 20, despite a threat by a student at the school on Thursday, May 19.

According to a letter posted on Facebook by Superintendent Jeff Holmes, the threat was not credible.

Holmes added that he wanted to "assure you that your children will be safe and secure tomorrow and beyond at KMS, as the school and law enforcement have worked closely in resolving the ... matter."

Holmes reported that a physical altercation took place at about 12:50 p.m. May 19 outside, during commons. During the altercation, one of the students made a threat, which was reported to school administrators.

School officials notified the Germantown Police Department, which, after an investigation, determined the threat was not credible.

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With some help, Germantown wins North Shore girls softball title

May 19, 2016 11:24 p.m. | The Germantown girls softball team didn't know it at the time of its 16-3 six-inning rout of Milwaukee Lutheran Thursday afternoon, but the road to its sixth straight North Shore Conference title got a little help along the way.

Whitefish Bay upset Grafton, 9-8, in eight innings Thursday, knocking the Black Hawks (11-3 in league games) out of a share of the championship and lifting the Warhawks (12-2 in NSC play) to the top of the podium all by themselves. Grafton had given Germantown both of its NSC losses.

Before they heard the news of the Bay upset, the Warhawks were just pleased to put a happy ending on this portion of the regular season.

"We took a roundabout way to get a share of the conference title," said co-coach Kurt Raguse. "We would have liked to have won it outright but Grafton played two very good games against us."

As Bay did against Grafton today.

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Overnight closure of Highway 45 at I-41/US 45 split

May 18, 2016 2:25 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to perform paving work at the I-41/US 45 split in Washington County. To facilitate this work, a full closure of US 45, but not I-41, will be required.

The closure of US 45 is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 22 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. If weather conditions prohibit this work, the contingency date is Sunday, June 5.

Detour:

For northbound US 45 traffic: Continue north on I-41, past the spilt, to exit at eastbound WIS 145. Continue east on WIS 145 to connect with the entrance ramp for northbound US 45.

For southbound US 45 traffic: Exit at westbound WIS 145. Continue west on WIS 145 to connect with the entrance ramp for southbound I-41. Interstate 41 will merge with US 45 at the split.

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"TJ Walkers" bid farewell to Thomas Jefferson as their winter walking destination

May 17, 2016 2:17 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The floors may creak and the ceilings may leak, but that hasn't stopped a group of dedicated walkers from making their way through the halls of Thomas Jefferson Middle School for the past several winters.

The affectionately self-nicknamed "TJ Walkers" took their final laps around the school late last month, as the season drew to its close.

The admittedly rundown building, which has stood vacant for several years, will be torn down in mid-July as a result of the passed facilities referendum.

The walking program began in October 2012 and generally welcomed as many as 35 walkers a day from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays in October through April each year. There used to also be a night walking time as well.

Supervised through the older adult and volunteer portion of the Community Education and Recreation Department, it is estimated that there were more than 8,900 walkers of the TJ's halls through the years.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: A chat with award-winning sportscaster Dennis Krause

May 17, 2016 11:45 a.m. | JR and JP chat with one of JP's colleagues - the highly decorated Dennis Krause of Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - to talk about the Milwaukee sports market, the evolving sports business, the appetite for Packers content and more. Would Dennis give Giannis the max deal, and is the window closing on the Green Bay Packers? In other news, can Wily Peralta be saved and will Nigel Hayes return to Wisconsin? 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.

Germantown Superintendent Jeff Holmes announces candidacy for Wisconsin State Superintendent

May 17, 2016 10:25 a.m. | The halls of the district administrative offices in Germantown have been abuzz lately, as some exciting news is making its way to the masses.

Educational reform, specifically pertaining to local control and the state's funding formula for school districts, are among the things Superintendent Jeff Holmes said he wants to focus on as he launches a campaign for Wisconsin State Superintendent.

"We embrace the idea that true local control, with the ability to make local decisions that make the most sense for a community's unique situation, is best," Holmes said. "(We) believe that a school district's development of culture, climate and growth mindset supersedes current standardization methodology in both learning and teaching."

As April 2017 approaches, Holmes said he plans to do what he can to start focusing on ways to "propel public instruction toward a brighter future."

Specifically, Holmes' campaign manager Brian Medved said that will mean taking a look at curriculum and what the standards look like and finding new ways to meet the needs of students in the future.

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Sports Shorts: May 19, 2016

May 17, 2016 10:21 a.m. |

GERMANTOWN BOYS TENNIS

The Warhawks are rolling into the championship portion of the season in good form as they took second in the eight-team Raider Invite on May 12 under cold and snowy conditions.

Germantown scored 29 points and fell just short of Fond du Lac (32) in the event.

The Warhawks will take part in the North Shore Conference Tournament on May 18 and 19 at Whitefish Bay and Nicolet. They will then turn around and take part in WIAA subsectional action at the Sports Core in Kohler on Tuesday, May 24 (Manitowoc hosting) with qualifiers heading to the sectional at the Fox Cities Racquet Club in Appleton on Thursday, May 26 (Oshkosh West hosting).

The Warhawks entered this week's action with an 8-7 dual-meet record.

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Menomonee Falls boys tennis team stays on a roll, wins Slinger Invite

May 17, 2016 9:31 a.m. | The history of the Menomonee Falls boys tennis program is not a particularly strong or storied one.

There was state place-winner and Falls Hall of Famer Kent Smith starring at Falls North in the early 1970s and a few years later state qualifier John Buckley, also at North.

In the intervening years, there have been a few more state qualifiers here and there but no overwhelming breakthroughs individually or team-wise. The program, like many others in the area, has had a hard time breaking through the largely unbreakable area glass ceiling of Marquette; Brookfield East and Central; Homestead; Whitefish Bay; Nicolet; etc.

Enter this year's Indians squad. They are not going to frighten the aforementioned empires in terms of individual talent, but they are certainly making a name as arguably maybe the best overall team in Falls history.

They won the Germantown Quad on May 5, and then exactly a week later, they made history on May 12 by winning the eight-team Hartford-Slinger Invite. It may be the first large invite of any kind won by a Falls boys tennis program ever.

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