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VIDEO: Falls Booster Club 7th Annual Dodgeball Tournament

March 28, 2014 12:32 p.m. |  The 7th annual Dodgeball Tournament drew 54 teams totaling 320 players in five division that was hosted by the Menomonee Falls Booster Club and the Capital Improvement Campaign.


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Menomonee Falls police seek suspects in attempted break-in

March 25, 2014 2:53 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police are seeking three suspects who attempted to break into an occupied home the morning of March 19.

According to the police report:

A resident in the 14000 block of Faye Court called police after three unknown males approached the front door of his residence and attempted to break in at 11:05 a.m.

The resident's juvenile daughter was sitting on the couch doing homework when the incident occurred.

One of the suspects was described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over his head and black leather gloves. The other two suspects were standing with their backs to the house, as if acting as lookouts. They also were wearing black hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled up.

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Pep rally today at Germantown High School will honor basketball team, others

March 19, 2014 12:52 p.m. | There will be a student recognition ceremony at Germantown High School at 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday to honor the three-time state champion boys basketball team, the state runner-up boys volleyball team as well as other academic and athletic award winners.

Both teams will formally present their trophies to the school at this time. Steve Showalter is the coach of the basketball team and Brian Rushmer is the coach of the volleyball team.

Fundraiser to be held for new Falls Field in honor of Jeskewitz

March 19, 2014 1:30 a.m. | There will be a four-day fundraiser at Krueger's Entertainment Center, W16471 Appleton Ave., in Menomonee Falls running from March 20-23 (Thursday through Sunday) to help renovate the football field at Falls High School.

It will be held in honor of the late football coach Jim Jeskewitz, for whom the new Field Turf surface at Schumann Stadium will be named once all the monies are in place. The event will coincide with the NCAA Basketball Tourney and will run from noon until the games end each day.

Participants can purchase a "Remember Jess" wristband on site for $1 and Krueger's will donate 10 percent of any purchase towards the new field. Other events are scheduled each day, including giveaways and drawings.

The event is being sponsored by former graduates and football players from Falls East and Falls High Schools where the WFCA Hall of Famer Jeskewitz coached from 1969-1996. He passed away after a short battle with cancer this past fall.

Two open-carry backers lead to Germantown police response

March 17, 2014 9:23 p.m. | A Sheboygan Falls man caused a stir last weekend in Germantown when he openly carried two firearms, prompting residents to call police and the police chief to post an update on the department's Facebook page — which led to another open-carry advocate traveling to Germantown.

William Polster of Sheboygan Falls has spent the last year openly carrying his firearms throughout Wisconsin and recording his interactions with the public and police.

"So many people just call the cops on it," he said Monday. "If you feel threatened, that's one thing. If it's properly carried in a non-threatening manner, it should not be a problem at all."

Several residents in Germantown called police over the weekend when they saw Polster with a handgun holstered on his hip and a long gun slung over his back.

He was walking in the area of Mequon Road and Squire Drive on Saturday, and officers briefly made contact with Polster when he approached a police squad car, according to a post on the Germantown police Facebook page.

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Germantown boys make history with third straight title

March 16, 2014 1:34 a.m. | He was clutching the trophy closely to his chest, this sharp-shooting two guard, this veteran of three WIAA state basketball championships.

Because this trophy meant the most of all of them, because after all those days of being in the background, he and his friends were out front, the seniors. They were the ones in command but when approached about his thoughts on that situation, he quietly said:

"No, it was never easy."

But then again, nothing worth having is ever easily earned and Germantown senior guard Jake Showalter, the coach's son, and his friends, his teammates "his brothers" as he called them, worked for every bit of history they earned tonight. 

And they will be remembered well in history as they joined the elite and small fraternity of three-time WIAA state hoops' champions with a gritty 48-42 decision over Neenah at the Kohl Center in Madison.

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Germantown boys can enter the history books on Saturday night

March 14, 2014 11:58 p.m. | Germantown coach Steve Showalter hestiated answering the question following his team's shockingly easy 77-60 state semifinal victory over Milwaukee King Friday night at the Kohl Center.

The query went something like this (loosely paraphrased): "How does it feel to be a game away from being compared to the all-time greats (in state prep basketball)?"

"I'd rather not answer questions like that until after tomorrow night (after the state championship game with 26-1 Neenah at 8:15 p.m.)," was the somewhat surprised response.

Because history is often a fuzzy thing, said to be written by the winners of wars and  elections. But these same people may be writing much about these Warhawks, as they attempt to become just the seventh team (maybe the eighth if red-hot Whitefish Bay Dominican beats Blair-Taylor in the D4 title game this afternoon) to win three consecutive state titles.

The first championship for the Warhawks was about making history in 2012 and last year's crown was a victory lap, a team so dominant that they had only only two single-digit wins all season and were not seriously challenged throughout the WIAA state tournament series.

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Germantown to play for third straight state title after 77-60 rout of King

March 14, 2014 9:35 p.m. | Milwaukee King basketball coach Jim Gosz has won four state titles and is a prideful man, but he knows a really good team when he sees one and he saw one Friday night in the Generals' WIAA D1 state semifinal with Germantown.

Showing much of the swagger that had made them a dominant forced in earning the last two state titles, the Warhawks trailed only once and got dominant performances from post Evan Wesenberg and point guard Lamnote' Bearden in routing the Generals, 77-60.

With the win, the Warhawks will play for their third straight state crown at 8:15 p.m. Saturday against the winner of Neenah and Mukwonago.

"I knew Germantown was a really good team going in," said Gosz, "but I didn't tell my guys that. Did I think they were this good? Yes."

"...They rank right up there (with the best in state history). Those three they bring off the bench are as good as any they have on the court. People want to bash Germantown (for the drug arrests and subsequent suspensions that resulted from them two months ago), but they're the real deal."

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Two arrested for drug possession after locking keys in vehicle

March 12, 2014 10:15 a.m. | A 25-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were arrested for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia after flagging down a police officer because they locked their keys inside their vehicle March 6.

According to the Germantown police report:

A 25-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman locked their keys inside their vehicle at Germantown Mobil, N96-W17500 County Line Road, about 7 p.m. March 6.

The two flagged down a police officer because they needed assistance to open the door. When the officer opened the door and smelled marijuana, the two consented to a vehicle search and the drugs were found.

They were arrested for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia after police found heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia inside their vehicle. In addition, the woman was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant through the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas reveals he has prostate cancer

March 11, 2014 10:42 p.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas revealed Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and might begin treatment as early as next week in San Diego.

The treatment will not interfere with his ability to perform his duties as county executive, Vrakas said in a statement.

Tests confirmed the cancer several weeks ago, according to Vrakas.

"It is not believed the cancer has spread beyond my prostate," he said. "I feel lucky the cancer was detected when it was, and that I will soon begin treatment and get on the path to recovery."

"I strongly encourage men to have annual physicals and to consult their doctor" to determine the need for additional medical screening, Vrakas said. He said his prostate cancer was indicated in tests of blood samples collected during a routine medical checkup in late January.

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Men charged in theft of baby formula from Target stores

March 11, 2014 9:32 a.m. | Three men have been charged in connection with baby formula thefts at two Menomonee Falls stores in February and March.

Dante Rhodes, 37, Muhammad Ali, 33, and Seth Nelson, 40, were charged March 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

According to the Menomonee Falls police report:

An employee at Pick 'n Save, N95-W18273 County Line Road, called police after the men put 21 cans of baby formula into shopping bags, loaded them into a green Ford Explorer and drove away about 6:20 p.m. March 2.

The men were arrested a short time later after they were caught concealing baby formula at Target, N95-W17707 Shady Lane, and were taken into custody.

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Woman arrested for stealing kitchenwares to pawn

March 11, 2014 7:45 a.m. | A 40-year-old Menomonee Falls woman could face charges after she shoplifted kitchen items from area stores and sold them to pawn shops on March 3.

According to the Menomonee Falls police report:

The woman was arrested March 3 after she was seen stealing a coffeemaker, a kitchenware set and a mixer at Target, N95-W17707 Shady Lane, and then drove off in a 2001 tan Acura.

Police identified her through her license plate number and took her into custody for shoplifting a short time later.

During the investigation it was discovered that she had stolen a mixer, a food processor and a space heater from the same Target store Jan. 21.

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Miller to speak on the role of parents in sports at Falls High School

March 10, 2014 1:22 p.m. | Rob Miller of ProActive Coaching will speak to the public in the Menomonee Falls High School Auditorium on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. His topic will be the “The Role of Parents in Athletics”. 

Falls Athletic Director Ryan Anderson was introduced to the ProActive Coaching program recently and thought it would be good for the public to know about it

"I first was introduced to ProActive Coaching at the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association’s annual conference," said Anderson. "I was immediately impressed with the messages and attitudes they brought forward.  ...iit will be worth your time."

The program will be presented with help from the Menomonee Falls High School Booster Club.

Miller will also be speaking to the entire coaching staff (grades 6-12) and will be hosting a session for all members of grades 6-12 at MFHS. His session with the students will take place on Wednesday, March 12 from 1:45-3 p.m.

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Germantown boys aim for third straight state title after sectional win

March 08, 2014 11:55 p.m. | "This has been a fun season."

The thought that Germantown boys basketball team senior forward Jon Averkamp conveyed following the Warhawks' WIAA sectional final victory over Kimberly Saturday afternoon could be thought of as an odd one given all that the team has been through this winter.

The long, tangled odyssey for the two-time WIAA state champions included the weight of expectation, two rare losses that broke a state record 69-game winning streak and the drug-related suspensions of four players, including two starters and a key reserve.

Those were decidedly not fun moments.

But here the Warhawks are back aiming at making history with the possibility of a third straight state title with all the fun that achievement would entail.

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Germantown's aerial assault keeps Kettle Moraine at bay

March 08, 2014 10:38 p.m. | Facing the Germantown tempo is one thing. Facing it when the Warhawks are hitting their 3-point shots is perhaps an insurmountable challenge.

Though Kettle Moraine hovered within striking distance all night, it never led Friday in the WIAA Division 1 girls basketball regional final, and Germantown held off all KM challenges before emerging with a 72-63 win at Germantown. The Warhawks advanced to face the other Warhawks of Arrowhead in Thursday's sectional semifinal.

Germantown buried eight 3-pointers in the first half, and both of its first baskets in the second half also came from distance. Perhaps more impressively, eight players accounted for at least one of those makes.

"We rotate 11 kids through, and none of them are afraid to put it up in any situation," Germantown coach Matt Stuve said. "That's a product of how we play, and I think when you play like we do, kids just naturally develop that confidence, where if they're open, they're shooting. That's what we preach. Val (Meissner) struggled a little bit at times tonight, but she's not thinking about that. She's just being in the moment, recognizing space and putting it up."

He was speaking specifically about Meissner's triple in the fourth quarter, the 11th and final 3-pointer of the night. That basket at the 3:58 mark initiated a run of eight straight points after the Lasers had pulled to within 56-52.

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Germantown girls cruise past rival Falls

March 07, 2014 10:14 p.m. | The Germantown girls basketball team worked hard for the second seed in its half of the Sheboygan North WIAA Division 1 sectional bracket.

It meant that if the North Shore Conference champion Warhawks took care of business, they would get both regional games at home this weekend with chances at big crowds both nights. The girls did their part with a 79-51 win over Menomonee Falls on Friday.

They were not looking past seventh-seed and area rival Menomonee Falls on Friday in the regional semifinal, but they knew that they were heavily favored, and so made plans to make sure that the maximum number of eyes would be available to see the team on Saturday night should they beat the Indians.

That meant Athletic Director Jack Klebesadel was working the phones and e-mail all week with the staff in his old bailywick of Ashwaubenon (where he was the AD years ago), trying to move the time of the WIAA boys sectional final game on Saturday.

That's because the two-time state champion Germantown boys team was heavily favored and did dispatch area rival Sussex Hamilton in a sectional semifinal Thursday night to earn a berth in the WIAA Ashwaubenon sectional final.

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Falls' Optimists give $25,000 to CIC for HS facilities renovation project

March 06, 2014 11:44 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Optimists' Club has given $25,000 to the Booster Club's Capital Improvement Committee for the second phase of the high school athletic facilities update.

The second phase of the project includes a vast updating of Schumann Stadium including permanant bathrooms and a fieldturf playing surface. It would also look to put a new softball field on campus.

"We have about $300,000 raised and we're looking for a million," Falls Athletic Director Ryan Anderson said last fall of the ambitious next phases of the school's facilities upgrade, "and it will include a public, permanent bathroom on the north end of the (Schumann) stadium as well as team rooms for both football and track."

In Anderson's mind, this change cannot come too soon.

The first phase of the project, which was completed in 2007 for $1.54 million, vastly upgraded the track and the entrances to the stadium among other things (the tennis courts, gym bleachers and soccer lights were also beneficiaries). It was largely funded by an enthusiastic and tireless fundraising effort of the CIC.

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Milwaukeeans share paczki on social media

March 04, 2014 10:58 a.m. |

It's Fat Tuesday, which means paczki for a lot of Milwaukeeans.
Coworkers brought boxes full of the annual treat into offices around the suburban area. People lined up to wait for theirs despite the snow.

Here's a look at how some people are celebrating in the MyCommunityNOW social media story.

Menomonee Falls police seek baby formula thieves

March 04, 2014 10:22 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Menomonee Falls police are seeking two subjects who worked in tandem to shoplift more than $600 of baby formula during two separate incidents on Feb. 24 and 25.

According to the police log:

The two suspects arrived together at Target, W17707 Shady Lane, in a 1990s Green Ford Explorer at about 8:25 p.m. Feb. 24. One of the suspects entered the store first and selected 27 cans of baby formula, hid them inside a garbage can that was placed inside a cart, and then left the shopping cart with the garbage can full of formula in an aisle. The second suspect then entered the store, retrieved the cart with the merchandise, and then left without paying or attempting to pay.

The same suspects then repeated the same crime at Target at about 5:15 p.m. Feb. 25, when the first suspect placed 30 cans of baby formula inside a plastic storage bin, and then abandoned the cart in the aisle. The second suspect then entered the store, retrieved the cart and left without paying.

During both incidents the two suspects were seen leaving the parking lot in the Ford Explorer.

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Woman arrested after shoplifting, attacking store employee

March 04, 2014 8:24 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — A Milwaukee woman is facing two felony charges after she attacked an employee with a screwdriver when he attempted to detain her and two other women for shoplifting at a Menomonee Falls grocery store on Feb. 23.

According to the police report:

A 59-year-old security officer/employee at Woodman's Food Market, N8145 Highway 145, was attempting to detain three women for shoplifting three carts full of unpaid merchandise, valued at more than $900, when police were called at 1:35 p.m.

According to the security officer, one of the suspects, a 47-year-old woman, attempted to stab him with a screwdriver while he was trying to detain her for police. The employee was able to wrestle the screwdriver away from the woman and avoid injury before the woman fled the scene.

Police quickly located the screwdriver-wielding suspect and two other suspects, a 39-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman, running out of the parking lot and they were all taken into custody.

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Germantown still too powerful for Arrowhead

March 01, 2014 11:30 p.m. | Saturday evening's matchup between Germantown and visiting Arrowhead went from a relatively close 39-31 game at halftime to an 80-52 win for the two-time defending state champions from Germantown. The home team may not have come into the playoffs as the undisputed favorite to win the Division 1 state title, as they had in previous years, but Germantown headed to the sectional semifinal looking the part.

Germantown employed a stifling pressure defense that caused Arrowhead to turn the ball over on numerous occasions, taking a 23-14 lead after the first quarter and expanding that lead on an Even Wesenberg basket, a Brian Bearden steal and dunk and a Lamonte Bearden interception converted into two free throws, making it 28-14.

Arrowhead persisted, however. After a 3-pointer from Ricky Finco, Arrowhead created a turnover of its own when Matt Calewarts stole the ball and scored. The visiting Warhawks rode that momentum for the remainder of the half and went into halftime trailing by only 8 points.

The second half started poorly for Arrowhead, as Germantown scored the first 8 points of the half and went on to outscore Arrowhead in the third quarter, 26-9. Germantown continued to utilize the high pressure defense, and Arrowhead simply could never quite adapt to it.

"They crashed the boards hard offensively," said Arrowhead coach Craig Haase, "and they make you pay on putbacks. I thought in the third quarter and in the first quarter, they got some offensive putbacks that started the game out for them. They want to get after you and pressure you, and that caused a lot of turnovers on our part. Usually we handle the ball fairly well. Tonight just didn't go our way. It's a good team. There's a reason why they've done as well as they have done. I don't fault our kids one bit; we gave a phenomenal effort."

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