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Germantown police seeking information on armed robbery at BP gas station

Dec. 31, 2012 11:28 a.m. | Germantown police are looking for information regarding an armed robbery which took place Monday, Dec. 31.

According to a Germantown Police Department news release:

An employee of the BP gas station at N112W11190 Mequon Road contacted police at approximately 6:30 a.m. to report an armed robbery.

The suspect was described as a male in his mid to late twenties. The employee described the suspect as about six feet tall with a slender build, wearing black insulated coveralls and a black baseball cap. He had facial hair described as "a couple of days unshaven."

He showed a knife before demanding money and running from the gas station with an unknown amount of money.

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Falls police representatives invite public to chat over coffee

2:43 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Have a conversation over coffee with officers from the Menomonee Falls Police Department this Thursday, April 20.

Representatives from the department will be available to answer questions, field concerns and simply get to know residents from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Ally's Bistro, N72 W13350 Lund Lane.

For more information, call the department at (262) 532-4700.

Germantown School Board could make decision about space needs at Rockfield Elementary School

10:03 a.m. | Germantown — After several months of serious consideration of a solution to the space problem at Rockfield Elementary School, the Germantown School Board could make a decision tonight about its next steps.

The board tonight should have final cost estimates for the short-term modular classroom solution to compare and contrast with a more long-term solution, like a permanent addition of classrooms to the overcrowded school.

Also on the agenda is further review of the community survey conducted by the district earlier this year as well as a possible decision about rental property on Holy Hill Road.

The board meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the district administrative offices, N104 W13840 Donges Bay Road.

Falls school district to review facilities plans, ask for community feedback

9:53 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — The topic of facility planning is on the table again for the Menomonee Falls School Board at their meeting tonight.

The agenda includes discussion items on what the district has done in terms of research thus far, as well as a reminder of the upcoming community input meetings in May.

Careful examination of the facility study completed in February 2014 has been occurring in monthly work sessions for almost a year now and will likely continue through at least next year as the board analyzes how to most efficiently utilize its space and buildings in coming years.

In work sessions over the past several months, 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.

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Menomonee Falls educators receive national awards

April 23, 2015 9:53 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Lynnette Oetzel and Julie Poetzel, teachers at Menomonee Falls High School, have been awarded a teachers scholarship and classroom grant respectively to benefit their high schools students and community at large.

Oetzel will attend the Green Lake Math Conference and Poetzel will purchase medical supplies for her Medical Detectives Classes.

The AAEF is committed to offering individual educators the means to optimize student learning with out-of-the-box initiatives.

"I applaud the dedication that Lynette and Julie have demonstrated in securing funding for their projects," said AAEF Executive Director Gary Beckner. "Without questions, teachers like Lynette and Julie make AAE scholarships and grants a worthy investment in empowering educators to meet their professional potential!"

The Association of American Educators Foundation is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Association of American Educators, a nonunion professional organization for teachers across the country. AAE is rapidly growing in the state of Wisconsin.

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Menomonee Falls village board president steps down, highlights positives from tenure

April 23, 2015 9:43 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —Playing an active role in navigating the village through some challenging economic times was among a few things former Village President Randy Newman said he was most proud of about his tenure.

After two terms as village board president and service to the board and other committees for a total of 20 years, Newman has said the time has come for him to explore some other ways to get involved with the community.

A certified public accountant, Newman is vice president of finance for Community Physicians at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he said he aims to get more involved in social organizations in the future.

But in a quick review of the past at a recent board meeting, Newman had nothing but positive things to say about the time he spent on the board.

"I'm very proud of what we've been able to accomplish, and it isn't often we look at the good things we've done," he said.

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Menomonee Falls' Jones blanks Germantown, 2-0, in softball thriller

April 22, 2015 9:02 p.m. | Menomonee Falls' sophomore softball pitcher Ciera Jones was unfazed by the moment in facing powerful archrival Germantown on a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Kennedy Middle School.

But the unseemly 40 degree temperatures and howling winds did give her pause.

"All I did was think about somewhere warm and I was warm," she chuckled.

And it seemed to work quite well for her, as the Indians' backup pitcher struck out the first four Warhawk batters she faced en route to a 2-0 shutout victory for the Indians in the battle of area and state powers.

She finished with six strikeouts and no walks as the Indians avenged a WIAA state quarterfinal loss to the Warhawks at the end of last season.

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Falls board plans to move ahead with private property sewer lateral work

April 21, 2015 8:43 p.m. | Menomonee Falls —It may be a bit inconvenient, but some residents in Menomonee Falls could soon see some improvements made to their sewer laterals.

At no cost to them, plans are in the works to repair all of the identified and repairable leaks that were found in one area of the village that was part of an inspection of sewer lines conducted last fall.

As part of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's Private Property Inflow and Infiltration Reduction program, Director of Utilities Jeff Nettesheim explained that voluntary inspections were done in five targeted areas of the village last September and October.

Following severe storm events in 2010, MMSD allocated a certain amount of funding to each of its 28 municipal customers to use on qualifying activities to reduce INI off of private properties, explained Brown & Caldwell consultant Julie McMullin.

In Menomonee Falls there was an overall participation rate of about 61 percent overall, with a much higher rate of participation in the El Rio area of the village, where inspections did show work could be done to improve problem areas in the system.

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Longtime Germantown trustee Al Vanderheiden bids farewell, thanks community

April 21, 2015 8:18 p.m. | Germantown — There's a lot more to serving on the village board than what people see at meetings, said trustee Al Vanderheiden as he communicated his farewell message at his last meeting on April 20.

"A lot of people talk about the village board and they say 'what are they doing up there?'" he said. "It takes a lot of hard work to spend the time to find out what you need to know to develop and make sure the village is moving in the right direction."

In Vanderheiden's case, it took 12 years of time, as he was first elected to the role in 2003, but it is time he looks back on fondly.

"I'm proud to be a part of this board," said Vanderheiden, a lifelong Germantown resident. "It's just an exciting, challenging position I would encourage any member of the public to consider. It's something that you'll never forget ... something that comes from your heart."

During his time on the board, he served on a number of committees, including the Public Works and Highway Committee and the Tourism/Community Betterment Committee.

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Longtime Germantown fire captain resigns

April 21, 2015 8:03 p.m. | Germantown — The Germantown Fire Department, one that many village residents assume is full-time, is losing a familiar face as Captain Matt Karpinski has accepted a new position for a neighboring community.

"To say he will be missed is an understatement," said Fire Chief Gary Weiss. "Grafton is getting a good guy."

After 13 years with the department, Karpinski leaves Germantown on April 29 to start his new role as division chief of fire prevention and public education for the Grafton Fire Department on April 30.

His departure will leave behind a staff of three part-time and four full-time employees in addition to a paid-on-call staff of people who respond to calls when the station isn't manned.

This comes at a challenging time for the department, as Weiss continues his campaign efforts to get a referendum he has said is more than necessary in order for a fall election.

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Germantown Fire Department, Red Cross provide free smoke detectors following fatal fire

April 21, 2015 1:18 p.m. | Germantown —The cause remains unknown in an April 11 fire that killed one person and injured a firefighter, but that hasn't stopped the Germantown Fire Department from teaming up with the American Red Cross to prevent similar circumstances from occurring again.

"There were multiple smoke detectors in the home, and none of them were operational," said Fire Chief Gary Weiss. "This has prompted us to, in conjunction with the Red Cross, walk through that area and offer free smoke detectors to whoever may need one."

The fire was reported around 4 a.m. April 11 near Legend Avenue and Blacksmith Court, where members of the department found an unresponsive 43-year-old man identified as David Umhoefer in the home. He was immediately transported to Community Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead, Weiss explained.

Investigation of the cause of the fire is ongoing, but Weiss said the department is excited to participate in the prevention of similar fires with the Red Cross.

"Nearly two-thirds of all fire-related deaths occur in homes that have no functioning smoke alarms," Weiss said. "Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half."

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Participants needed for Relay for Life, May 29-30 in Germantown

April 21, 2015 11:18 a.m. | The dates are set. The stage will be ready. But the heart and soul of this year's local American Cancer Society Relay for Life is still missing a few very important pieces.

Teams, cancer survivors and caregivers are still needed to participate in the Relay for Life Quarry Community event, which brings together the communities of Germantown, Lannon, Lisbon, Menomonee Falls, Pewaukee and Sussex at Germantown High School, W180 N11501 River Lane, from 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30.

"The more teams we have, the more money we raise to fight cancer," said Allison Klein, local American Cancer Society representative. "Teams are the heart and soul of every relay event."

The 15-hour, family-friendly fundraiser combines team participation in a walking relay with music, entertainment, games, food, a silent auction and even camping. Each team must have at least one walker on the track at all times.

Teams of friend and families, as well as teams from area businesses, churches, organizations and schools solicit sponsors and donations. Funds also are raised from activities that occur throughout the event, Klein said.

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Update: 911 call reveals details of attempted carjacking in Menomonee Falls

April 20, 2015 11:50 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — A woman and her 4-year-old daughter came face to face with a long-barreled gun in an attempted carjacking in Menomonee Falls on April 13.

The 34-year-old woman made a very emotional 911 call to police from outside JoAnn Fabrics shortly before 11 a.m., reporting an attempted armed robbery carjacking in the parking lot of North Pointe Shopping Centre in the W14500 block of Appleton Ave.

"They came up along my window and pounded on my car," she said through tears in the 911 call. "I figured out what was happening and I hit the gas and drove away."


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Child, man are crticially injured in crash

April 17, 2015 9:43 p.m. | A child and a 30-year-old man, both from Milwaukee, were critically injured Friday when the vehicle they were in crashed into the rear of a dump truck on Wasaukee Road between Ozaukee and Washington counties, authorities said.

According to Mequon police and Germantown Fire Department officials, the crash was reported shortly before 4 p.m. at the intersection of Wasaukee and Highland roads.

A 56-year-old Mequon man traveling west in a small dump truck pulling a utility trailer was stopped at a stop sign at Wasaukee Road when the rear of the trailer was struck by a van driven by the Milwaukee man.

When first responders arrived at the scene, bystanders were removing the two victims from the van, which had rolled over into a ditch.

The man and child in the van were critically injured and flown to hospitals by Flight for Life helicopters.

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Germantown School Board members call modular classrooms a "Band-Aid"

April 17, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Germantown — It's looking a bit more likely that the Germantown School District may pursue a more permanent solution for adding space at Rockfield Elementary School.

The board is waiting on final cost estimates for the short-term modular classroom solution before they make a final decision on whether to pursue the permanent addition of classrooms to the overcrowded school.

As they wait, though, board members are speaking out against what some are calling a Band-Aid to a larger problem.

"I don't have an appetite for something modular," said board member Brian Medved. "I think we need to take a look at a the big picture; we need to consider everything before we throw money away, and I think (using modular classrooms) would be throwing money away."

The board has for several months been considering both modular and permanent solutions, keeping in mind both the immediate and long-term needs of children at the school, where staff has already gotten creative with solutions such as having music classes in the library and other student work time in hallways and vestibules.

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Germantown school district survey yields support for pool, solutions to overcrowding

April 17, 2015 9:13 a.m. | Germantown — The results are in, and the need for a pool, a vested interest in addressing overcrowding in elementary schools and support for improvements to aging buildings and technology were among the most popular items on a recent survey done by the Germantown School District.

The district received about 1,130 responses that Superintendent Jeff Holmes said demonstrate an overwhelming amount of support for a referendum to address a number of issues.

"I think (the results show) that (residents) want to invest in our schools," Board Member Brian Medved said. "They see the value in that."

The survey included almost 40 questions targeted at gauging support from district taxpayers on providing additional funding for things such as renovations to or the addition of elementary schools; upgrades to aging buildings and technology; and an investment in a new auditorium.

In addition to what Holmes called "very positive" responses regarding doing something long-term to address overcrowding in elementary schools, almost 90 percent of those who responded said they would support funding for a pool in the village.

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