Keller and Krause lead Germantown to 8-0 rout of Nicolet

June 28, 2012 10:07 p.m. | A North Shore Conference title, something that hasn't happened in 22 years for the Germantown baseball team, got another step closer to reality Thursday night, as pitcher Brian Keller and catcher Danny Krause each hit three-run homers in leading the Warhawks to an 8-0 rout of Nicolet.

"We're not looking ahead or looking back," said Krause, also the team's leadoff hitter. "We knew what we had going into the season, it was just a matter of putting it all together and getting it clicking."

"Something like that (the league title) would mean a lot. I think we have an excellent shot at it."

The victory improved the Warhawks to 12-2 in North Shore play and 15-7 overall. They still have four league games left including a make-up tilt back at home Friday at 5:30 p.m. at home against Port Washington.

Traditional NSC power West Bend West continues to lurk close behind, with an 11-4 NSC mark (16-8 overall).

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Walker to visit Bradley Corp. in Germantown

June 28, 2012 11:14 a.m. | Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Bradley Corp.'s new manufacturing facility July 2 in Germantown.

The event is slated for 10 to 11 a.m. at the new plant, N106 W13500 Bradley Way in the Germantown Business Park. The grand opening features presentations from Bradley Corp. Chief Executive Officer Don Mullett, the company's president Bryan Mullett, as well as Walker. The governor will also be taken on a tour of the plant, according to Suzanne Freckmann, public relations associate for Bradley Corp.

The 91-year-old company designs and manufactures plumbing fixtures, restroom accessories, solid plastic lockers and emergency equipment.

Bradley Corp.'s original manufacturing plant and headquarters is located in Menomonee Falls. The new plant in Germantown has about 100 employees.

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Waukesha County to examine pay, benefits structure

June 26, 2012 4:48 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County has hired a consultant to study the pay and benefits of county employees in an effort to answer questions from the public and elected officials about how the county's compensation system compares to the private sector as well as other governments.

In a memo to county employees Tuesday, Jim Richter, human resources manager, wrote, "In tough economic times, a great deal of pressure is placed on local governments to continue to provide high quality services with fewer and fewer resources. This type of environment tends to increase awareness of salaries and benefits of public sector employees and a general belief that public employees have overly generous benefits."

That was a central theme during last year's political storm around enactment of legislation that shifted pension and health care benefits onto certain public employees and all-but-eliminated public employee collective bargaining.

Waukesha County has 335 employees who were not union members and another 700 employees who were formerly in unions but no longer are since the change in state law that weakened union representation.

Pay for the first group was previously determined by job content, the market and general business practices, Richter said. Pay for the larger group had been determined by collective bargaining by unions that no longer represent those employees.

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Chemical spill reported in Menomonee Falls

June 26, 2012 4:28 p.m. | TMJ4 is reporting that four people were injured after a 10 gallon drum of organic peroxide spilled at the Bradley Corporation on Main Street near Highway 41.

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Family feud leads to mother's ashes on sidewalk

June 25, 2012 2:36 p.m. | Police were called after an altercation between brothers in Germantown resulted in a broken urn and a family member's ashes being scattered on the sidewalk.

According to the police report:

A resident called police after his two siblings got into a heated argument Sunday morning around 9:20.

The altercation led to a brother throwing and breaking the urn containing their mother's ashes on the sidewalk outside their residence in the W211 N11600 block of Hilltop Circle.

The caller told police he and his brother were able to get most of their mother's ashes off the sidewalk and into a plastic bag.

GT's Keller wins for second time in week, beats Homestead, 6-1

June 21, 2012 8:48 p.m. | Germantown pitcher Brian Keller celebrated his 18th birthday in grand style Thursday night, by holding Homestead to just one hit and picking up his second win in three days, as the Warhawks cemented their hold on first place in the North Shore Conference with a 6-1 victory.

"I felt good out there," he said. "I wasn't too tired. I run everyday so I feel good about my conditioning. Everything felt in the groove today and it's fun right now for us. We're playing as a real team. ...We're hitting the ball, keeping the errors down and just playing good overall baseball."

The win was the eighth in a row for the senior-dominated Warhawks who are now 8-2 in North Shore play and 11-5 overall. They enjoy a 1-1/2 game lead over both West Bend West and Cedarburg (7-4) while Homestead fell to 6-6 in league play and 12-6 overall.

Homestead coach Ernie Millard admires the heck out of Keller, but wishes he would see him a little less often than he does.

"He's the only Germantown pitcher we've seen in the last two years," he said. "He didn't throw as hard as he did the first time we played (a 1-0 Germantown win), but his command is just so good. That just makes it hard for us, because we don't score as much as we used to."

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NOW honor rolls updated

June 19, 2012 11:40 a.m. | We've just updated our honor rolls page with the latest lists of high-achieving students from area schools.

The honor rolls posted include: Forest Park Middle School, Greendale Middle School, Homestead High School, Kennedy Middle School, Muskego High School, Oak Creek-Franklin West Middle School, Saint Thomas More High School, St. Francis High School, South Milwaukee Middle School, South Milwaukee High School and Whitefish Bay High School.

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Congratulations to all the students and their parents on their academic success.

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Falls' Wolf blanks OC, 4-0, as Indians seize lead in GMC race

June 18, 2012 10:16 p.m. | He may be listed as the fourth starter on the Menomonee Falls' baseball team's pitching rotation, but sophomore Tommy Wolf was the ace the Indians needed Monday night, as he stymied hot-hitting host Oak Creek on just one hit in a critical, 4-0, Greater Metro Conference decision.

"I thought in my opinion that I was put in a tough position," said Wolf, "so I tried to play it like a normal game. I just threw strikes and let my defense help me."

Indian coach Pat Hansen was ecstatic over the exceptionally clean effort the Indians turned in as they took sole possession of first in GMC play (11-2 in league play and 17-2 overall) while Oak Creek fell to 10-3 and 13-4, respectively.

"That is what I call playoff baseball," he told the team in the dimming light at Oak Creek's Abendschein Field. "You play good defense and pitch well, commit zero errors, good things usually happen."

"And this should be a lesson to our entire staff. Get ahead in the count and let your defense make plays. Just a flawless game from that respect."

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The empire falls, GT softball team beats Point, 3-2, at state

June 14, 2012 6:22 p.m. | The earth shook, the ground rumbled and almost split asunder, as the Germantown girls softball team did not flinch against defending state champion Stevens Point, 3-2, in a WIAA state quarterfinal thriller at Goodman Diamond in Madison Thursday afternoon.

Okay, in the heartstopping seventh inning, when the 22-6 Panthers put runners on second and third with none out and the Warhawks nursing a 3-2 lead, maybe you did see a little twitch coming from senior pitcher Lauren Renard.

"The first girl gets on, no outs," she said. "Then the second girl gets on,  no outs, then there's a passed ball. I just had to remember to take deep breaths."

And she did, all the while making clutch pitches. She got outfielder Carly Lass to fly out to shallow left and then she got a clutch full-count strikeout of Leah Soik for the second out.

But before anyone could get too happy, there was the little matter of taking care of Panthers' hyper-deadly first baseman Taylor Smola. The single season Point record-holder for RBIs (45), Smola had keyed a two-run game-tieing rally in the sixth with a ground-rule double.

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Chippewa Falls' 10-run first does in Hamilton at state, 18-2

June 14, 2012 11:42 a.m. | Everything went according to plan for Sussex Hamilton softball coach Jim Lawinger in the Chargers' first WIAA state tournament game in 21 years against Chippewa Falls Thursday morning.

Momentarily, that is.

They had third baseman Katie Weber blast a leadoff triple and then score on shortstop Jenny Shernell's perfectly executed squeeze bunt for a 1-0 lead.

But then the 26-2 Cardinals, who have counted among their victories this season a win over defending state champion Steven Point, started executing their own gameplan.

They started using Hamilton pitchers Sydney Sprinkel and Emily Jansen for batting practice, as they plated a shocking 10 runs on nine hits in the bottom of the first en route to  a stunning 18-2, five-inning, victory in the WIAA state quarterfinal game at Goodman Diamond in Madison.

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Girl, 17, found passed out, arrested for drunken driving

June 12, 2012 8:12 a.m. | Menomonee Falls - A 17-year-old girl was arrested for drunken driving after police found her sleeping behind the steering wheel of her car parked in a lane of traffic on Main Street on June 6.

According to the police report:

At 12:40 a.m. June 6, Menomonee Falls police received an anonymous complaint of a vehicle parked in a lane of traffic on Main Street at Leon Road. Officers located the car parked in the eastbound lane of Main Street with its engine running and lights off. The driver, a 17-year-old Pewaukee girl, had her seat belt on and was sleeping in the front driver's seat with no pants on.

When the driver awoke she vomited. Police contacted emergency medical services but it was determined there was no medical emergency. The girl was given a field sobriety test, which she failed. Her preliminary blood alcohol content was 0.17.

Officers searching her vehicle located a full can of beer on the driver's floorboard. The suspect stated she had been drinking at a residence with her ex-boyfriend and others, but could not give an exact location to police.

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GT softball team earns state berth by blanking Homestead, 3-0

June 07, 2012 9:15 p.m. | Germantown senior catcher Kelsey Smith did not want to endure what she and the rest of the team went through last season, when archrival Homestead stunned the then North Shore champion Warhawks in the WIAA sectional final.

And Smith and the Warhawks didn't let it happen again, as after another North Shore championship and another regular season sweep of the Highlanders, they took care of business and earned their first WIAA state tournament berth in 15 years with a 3-0 sectional final victory over Homestead at Kennedy Middle School Thursday night.

"This is the best moment," said Smith, whose sacrifice fly in the sixth inning added a critical insurance run. "It's the best way to play last home game on this field."

"This game was everything, because I remember all the crying that went on after the (sectional) game last year. All those tears we cried went into this year's effort. We learned important lessons."

With the win, the Warhawks (21-4 overall) earned a WIAA state quarterfinal slot at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Goodman Diamond in Madison, against defending state champion Stevens Point (22-5), which was a 3-0 winner over Beaver Dam today. It is Germantown's third overall trip to state.

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Falls Radisson owner barred from hotel property

June 07, 2012 2:05 p.m. | The principal owner of the financially troubled Radisson Hotel, in Menomonee Falls, has been temporarily barred by a judge from being on the hotel property.

James Heyden also is temporarily restrained from using or selling any of the assets pledged as collateral to obtain a $17.65 million loan from the Village of Menomonee Falls to develop the Radisson.

That temporary restraining order was issued this week by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin.

The order was requested by attorney Randall Crocker, who's representing the village in a receivership proceeding involving the Radisson.

The hotel was placed under the supervision of a court-appointed receiver in November at the request of the village.

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Looking for your local polling place?

June 05, 2012 9:10 a.m. | If you would like to cast a vote today in Wisconsin's election and are not sure where your local polling place is, check out the Wisconsin Voter Public Access Page.

There you will find your local polling place, a sample ballot, list of elected officials and more.

Polls are open today until 8 p.m.

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Germantown officials consider allowing alcohol sales at gas stations

June 05, 2012 8:25 a.m. | The discussion on Monday night was not whether alcohol should be allowed in gas stations, the question was what kind should be allowed.

The Germantown Village Board directed legal counsel and staff to research the current liquor license ordinances, as well as put together a draft ordinance that would allow fermented alcoholic beverages to be sold in gas stations. Trustees did not see an issue, nor did Police Chief Peter Hoell in allowing the sale of beer or wine in gas stations. The ordinance will be discussed further at the June 18 meeting.

Though the board supported beer and wine, some were unsure if liquor should be allowed. The Class A and Class B licenses provided by the village dictate which type of liquor is allowed and have different stipulations and fees.

Hoell said he did have an issue with allowing alcohol at gas stations. He said the police department has a slew of checks and balances in place where alcohol is sold, from citing owners and employees to revoking licenses if they see fit.

The discussion started after Asif Vadsaria, the owner of a gas station near Holy Hill Road and Highway 41, asked the village's Safety Committee if they could sell alcohol.

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GT beats Nicolet to advance to sectional softball final versus Homestead

June 04, 2012 9:56 p.m. | Once more, with feeling.

That'll be the case Thursday night at 7 p.m. back at the Kennedy Middle School Fields, when the North Shore Conference Germantown softball team will host archrival Homestead in a WIAA sectional final, with a berth in the state tournament on the line.

The Warhawks advanced to the sectional final behind Amanda Witzlib's 13 strikeouts and Addy Green's two-run home run with a 3-1 sectional semifinal decision Monday night over another North shore rival Nicolet.

The sectional final will be a replay of last season. The scenario will be exactly the same too, as last year, the Warhawks beat the Highlanders twice during the regular season only to have Homestead edge them in the sectional final.

And once again, Germantown has edged Homestead in two thrillers this season en route to an unbeaten North Shore Conference campaign. Germantown will enter with a record of 21-4, while the Highlanders will come in at 19-5. The Highlanders advanced with a 6-3 victory Monday night against Brookfield Central.

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Menomonee Falls buying land for office developments; Kohl's?

June 04, 2012 12:46 p.m. | Menomonee Falls is set to buy two vacant parcels at Woodland Prime office park, where Kohl's Corp. has considered developing its new corporate headquarters.

The Village Board, at Monday night's meeting, will consider approving a purchase agreement for the parcels, which are 19 acres and 14.1 acres. The land would be sold by HRH Acquisitions LLC, an investment group led by Milwaukee developer Doug Weas.

If approved by the board, the village would pay around $24,526 per acre, or just over $800,000, said Mark Fitzgerald, village manager.

The village is buying the parcels "at a steep discount so we can work with developers regarding the future development of this land," Fitzgerald told me.

He declined to say whether the impending purchase has anything to do with a possible future new corporate campus for Kohl's.

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NOW, Lake Country state track photo gallery now online

June 03, 2012 10:14 a.m. | We've just added the final images to the NOW/Lake Country Publications photo gallery from this weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse.

Photojournalists Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath collected more than 100 images from two days of competition at the sun-splashed Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Brookfield East repeated as the boys champions in Division 1 while Riverside captured the girls title.

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Candidate filings call for primaries in Waukesha County

June 01, 2012 5:46 p.m. | Waukesha - Primary elections will be required to narrow the ballot choices for two Waukesha County offices - county clerk and register of deeds - after three Republicans filed nomination papers for each office by Friday's deadline.

The primary will be Aug. 14.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced in April that she would not seek another term after she came under withering criticism for election reporting missteps in recent years. The question of her competence came to a head after the spring election when County Executive Dan Vrakas, a former Republican legislator, said he'd call on her to resign - something he could not force - unless she assigned the recall election oversight to her deputy.

Vrakas said the credibility of Waukesha County elections was at stake.

While Vrakas announced Nickolaus had agreed to passing off those procedural duties, Nickolaus later said in her announcement that she maintained authority and responsibility and has since appeared to be in charge of the election duties.

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