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Boy in custody for Germantown house fire

Sept. 24, 2009 5:17 p.m. | Germantown - A 12-year-old boy was arrested Thursday on suspicion of setting the fire that destroyed his family's home at N11546 Shadow Wood Drive, Police Chief Peter Hoell said.

Hoell described the boy as being responsible for the fire but did not release other information.

Douglas and Sadie Bugni and their eight other children safely fled the burning two-story residence after a neighbor, Richard Hanson, woke them about 1:10 a.m., Hoell said. Damage to the home, garage and vehicles is estimated at $500,000.

The suspect was found outside the home after a search, Hoell said. The nine children include six girls, ages 12, 6, 6, 5, 3 and 1. The two other boys are ages 15 and 8.

Hanson lives next door and ran to help the Bugni family after he saw smoke and flames coming from their home, Hoell said. Hanson's daughter, Katie, called 911.

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Plans for Germantown performing arts pavilion take shape, include park upgrades

Oct. 09, 2015 10:08 a.m. | Germantown — Not only will Firemen's Park soon become the home to the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavilion, but the park itself will most likely be getting a face-lift of its own.

A new concept for the park is being discussed as plans continue to develop for the construction of the pavilion, which will offer a venue for parties, dancing and other festivities as soon as next spring.

"We think this could really come together as the catalyst for how this bandshell can fit into a larger picture," said trustee David Baum, who chairs the Building Oversight Committee. "The idea is to work the pavilion into a different area of the park that might be better suited for such a thing for a number of reasons."

Design is complete on the pavilion, but a move to a different location could optimize the use of natural elements of the park, including the use of a hill to act as a natural amphitheater and offer an unobstructed seating area.

By integrating plans into a different location in the park, Baum said the plans could include an upgraded shelter that would offer a level of cohesion to the overall layout of the park.

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Driver survives hourlong extraction from vehicle near Highway 41 and Friestadt Road

Oct. 06, 2015 3:07 p.m. | Germantown — Even after being trapped in a vehicle for about an hour, the driver of a vehicle that was in an accident on Oct. 6 is expected to survive.

The Germantown police and fire departments responded to a call at about 12:30 a.m. reporting that a dump truck hit the overpass and rolled over near Freistadt Road on Highway 41.

Upon arrival to the scene, responders found a dump truck that had its box up and struck the Friestadt Road overpass, causing the truck to roll over and skid down northbound Highway 41, according to a news release.

The driver was extensively trapped in the vehicle as it was leaking diesel fuel. He was conscious and alert, but his legs were pinned under the dash by the steering column and pinned against the road by the weight of the truck, the release said.

Flight for Life was called for transport as the responders began extraction operations, which took about an hour.

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Germantown's Sam Siebenaller sets records at big Evanston invite

Oct. 06, 2015 2:08 p.m. | Even though the team famously does not have its own pool and has to practice at Homestead and at Schroeder Aquatic Center, Germantown girls swim coach Kevin Ewald wants his tankers thinking big.

That's why they make the annual two-hour road trip to Evanston, Illinois, each fall for a nine-team powerhouse invitational at the Naperville Center, where the Illinois state meet is conducted each year.

And this time around on Oct. 3, Ewald was particularly proud of his team, as in an event which featured three of the top five ranked Illinois schools, the Warhawks were a competitive sixth as Sam Siebenaller set multiple records in winning both the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke.

"We like this trip as opposed to the standard 15-minute to a half-hour trip were used to taking (to invitationals)," said Ewald. "We like going to Nicolet and to Cedarburg and to Homestead (invitational) meets like that, they're all great meets, but I also like the idea of having the kids see new competition, great competition.

"This is fun for us. We respect them and they respect us and it's a great place to swim. A lot of big names have come through that door."

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Fall leaf pickup slated to begin mid-October in the Falls

Oct. 06, 2015 10:48 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — It's that time of year again. As people are winterizing their pools and putting away patio furniture, it's also time to clean up the yard.

The Meomonee Falls Public Works Department will soon begin picking up leaves within the urban areas of the village on streets with curb and gutter and storm sewer systems.

The deadline for placing leaves in the street is Sunday, Nov. 22.

The leaf pickup program is exclusively for leaves only and does not include brush, yard waste or other debris. The Village disposes of the leaves that are collected through a composting process.

If brush and debris are mixed in with the leaves during collection, the equipment used to turn the piles for composting tends to repeatedly jamb and plug up. As a result, it's important to keep the leaf piles collected by the village free of brush and other yard debris.

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Menomonee Falls volleyball team secures invite title with win over Greendale

Oct. 06, 2015 9:53 a.m. | A signature win, one to define the season and to possibly send the team onto great things.

That's what the eighth-ranked Menomonee Falls girls volleyball got when it surged past fourth-ranked Greendale, 25-21, 25-19, for the title in the Indians' own invitational on Oct. 3.

"This is what we were looking for," said Indian coach JC Bruns. "To get to the finals and play a team like that ... we hadn't won a tournament all year, and I told the kids, 'Why not ours?'"

The tournament was also a breakthrough for the rebuilding Germantown squad, who lost to Falls in pool play but fought back to take third with a spirited 13-25, 25-15, 15-13 victory over Middleton in the consolation match.

Warhawk coach Ted Gollakner was understandably enthusiastic about the result.

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Sport Shorts: Oct. 8, 2015

Oct. 05, 2015 11:18 p.m. |


The Warhawks had a strong day in the WIAA regional tournament on Sept. 30, taking sixth in a deep field and advancing Sophia Mazurekand Lindsey Endersto the WIAA sectional tournament that was played at Rolling Meadows in Fond du Lac on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The top two teams and first three individuals not on those teams advanced from the sectional to the state tournament at University Ridge in Verona, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12 and 13.

Germantown shot an 18-hole score team score of 374 at the regional, just seven shots out of the fourth and final sectional qualifying spot turned in by Oconomowoc. Arrowhead edged North Shore champ Homestead, 330-331, for the meet title, and Kettle Moraine was the other sectional qualifier.

Mazurek tied for 14th individually with a score of 90, and Enders earned her spot with a 92. The top four teams and first four individuals not on those teams advanced to the sectional. Allison Peroutka just missed out on a sectional berth with a 93.

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Germantown board sides with residents, does not allow plans for large apartment complex

Oct. 05, 2015 9:03 p.m. | Germantown — There has been clapping and there has been confusion. There have been standing ovations and lengthy discussions. And in the end, a highly contested proposal to develop a large portion of property along Main Street into a 190-unit apartment has hit a roadblock.

A full house packed the Village Hall board room on Sept. 21, and again on Oct. 5 as the board considered rezoning and conditional-use permit requests that would allow development for 190 units on 23.8 acres at N116 W16200 Main Street near Park Avenue.

After the Sept. 21 outcry from dozens of residents who pleaded with the board, the board on Oct. 5 opted to take action that could limit the number of units that are developed down to 172 units.

The board in a 5-4 vote on Oct. 5 denied the rezoning of two parcels that would have otherwise been part of the development, which could mean the development will include less units.

In addition, the board in a 5-4 vote denied the development of a planned development district (PDD), which would have allowed the board to have continued input about density and other factors involved with the development of the district.

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Chipotle in Menomonee Falls to open next month, employees needed

Oct. 05, 2015 8:03 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Burrito lovers only have about a month to wait until Chipotle opens in Menomonee Falls.

As the restaurant gears up for its opening next month, they are looking to hire about 30 people.

"It's a pretty exciting time for us and we have a lot to offer in terms of benefits and the like," said General Manager Mayra Rodriguez, adding that benefits include tuition reimbursement, paid breaks and free meals.

Open interviews will be held at the restaurant from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday from now until the Nov. 7 opening, Rodriguez said.

The restaurant is opening in Rivercrest Center off Appleton Avenue in the space formerly occupied by Starbucks.

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Saxony Village proposal discussion to resume in Germantown

Oct. 05, 2015 1:18 p.m. | Germantown —A decision could be made tonight involving a highly contested proposal to develop a large portion of property along Main Street into a 190-unit apartment complex.

The Germantown Village Board will tonight resume its conversation about rezoning and conditional-use permit requests that would allow the development of 190 units on 23.8 acres at N116 W16200 Main Street near Park Avenue.

A full house of residents who are opposed to the proposal packed the board room when the board last discussed the matter on Sept. 21.

Concerns about traffic, noise and light pollution are among those voiced by several neighboring residents, in addition to confusion about net acreage as it relates to the density, and contaminated soil at the site were among the items brought up by the residents who addressed the board.

The board meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, N112 W17001 Mequon Road.

Reminder: responses needed to Falls School District Community Survey today, Oct. 5

Oct. 05, 2015 1:13 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — It's not too late to weigh in on the future of Menomonee Falls schools.

Today is the last day for residents to respond to the school district's community survey, which was mailed districtwide earlier this month. Responses are due back by 5 p.m. today.

The goal of the survey is to obtain feedback from the community as the district considers putting two referendum questions on the ballot in spring 2015.

As soon as April 2015, two referendum questions could appear on the ballot in a culmination of what will at that point be more than two years of consideration and planning for the future of school facilities throughout the village.

The referendum questions seek to address both the facilities and operational needs of the district, which the board has for a year and a half been meeting monthly to consider options on how best to proceed.

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Robin's Nest to host Vera Bradley Ambassador Joan Bradley Reedy

Oct. 05, 2015 12:28 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — It all started in an aiport. Patricia Miller and longtime friend Barbara Baekgaard were waiting on a flight in Atlanta when they noticed something that stood out to them: a lack of feminine-looking luggage.

Now more than 30 years later, that observation has blossomed into a well-known and well-loved brand known as Vera Bradley. Named for Baekgaard's mother, Veronica Bradley, the company embraces the ideals of the American dream in a way that has captivated and empowered loyal patrons of the brand.

The company's history will be among the topics of discussion at a casual gathering featuring Joan Bradley Reedy at a breast cancer fundraising event at Robin's Nest on Saturday, Oct. 16. Reedy is the daughter of Vera Bradley and sister of company co-founder Baekgaard.

"We are just so excited to have Joan come and be a part of something like this," said Margie Masshardt, of Robin's Nest, located at N89 W16389 Main Street. "We've carried the products since 1997, so it's really an honor to have Joan be coming here to be part of our special day."

The event, which will take place between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., will offer guests the opportunity to hear about the history of the company, share personal stories and raise money for breast cancer research.

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Menomonee Falls to consider allowing outdoor seating at Tornado Brewery

Oct. 05, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Menomonee Falls —Outdoor seating and a later allowable operation time for a popular local restaurant are both being considered tonight by the Menomonee Falls Village Board.

On the agenda is the consideration of a request of Harvey Friess and Hanson Water Works Inc. to obtain a conditional-use permit allowing Tornado Brewery, N88W16718 Appleton Ave., to have outdoor seating and its indoor hours of operation extended until 2 a.m.

The board meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, W156 N8480 Pilgrim Road.

Germantown School District to see small increase in taxes

Oct. 05, 2015 11:33 a.m. | Germantown — Rockfield Elementary School is getting a significant addition and investments in energy efficiency are being made in the Germantown School District in 2015-16, but taxpayers won't see much of an increase for either of these things on their bill.

The school district on Sept. 28 approved the 2015-16 budget, which includes a levy that is up about 3.29 percent to $29.2 million over last year's $28.8 million.

But taxes are expected to remain fairly stable, at an estimated an estimated $9.81 per $1,000 of equalized property value, up from $9.49 in 2014-15.

The balanced budget took into account an estimated $600,000 loss in state funding, Director of Business and Auxiliary Services Ric Ericksen has said, covers the cost of adding eight classrooms at Rockfield Elementary School and does not include any cuts to educational program initiatives and standards development efforts previously approved by the board.

"This has been a long-standing (issue) and certainly this will finally allow for music and art to be housed in a classroom at Rockfield, addresses some programming needs such as the early childhood issues that occur at Rockfield and will provide for a commons learning and teaching area, which is a new element of the board's effort to modernize curriculum and instruction," Ericksen said.

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Former professional fighter puts burglar in choke hold, keeps him knocked out until police arrive

Oct. 05, 2015 11:25 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — In most cases, the burglar probably would have been dead. Instead, 47-year-old Richard Melville is behind bars after breaking into a Menomonee Falls home last month.

"He definitely picked the wrong home," said homeowner Dan LaSavage, who took Melville down using his experience as a professional fighter upon encountering him in his kitchen late at night. It was his first night in his new home, and when he heard noises in the home he first assumed it was his three-year-old daughter.

"I heard noises and I thought it was her getting up so I went to check on her, but that wasn't it," said LaSavage, a former mixed martial arts fighter who recently moved his business Combat Corner into Menomonee Falls. "I honestly could have killed him, but instead I just made sure he sure he stayed incapacitated."

Melville was charged Oct. 1 with burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges follow a prior burglary conviction in Milwaukee, which means he faces up to 23 years in prison if convicted.

"Things were pretty moderate in terms of what could have happened," said LaSavage. "I mean, the guy had a knife...I'm going to do what I had to do for the safety of myself and my kids."

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