Falls' kickers maintain composure, beat BC for first time, 2-1

Aug. 30, 2011 9:44 p.m. | There's a first time for everything, but if the Menomonee Falls boys soccer team was going to beat Brookfield Central for the first time ever Tuesday night, it had to maintain an even strain.

So that's why with the score tied 1-1 and his team denied an easy goal on a questionable offsides call midway through the second half, Falls coach Scott Stein knew that his side needed to maintain its composure on the road against state power Brookfield Central.

"We're going to be playing high-level teams all season long so we can't hang our heads everytime something doesn't go our way," he said.

And the Indians didn't, putting more pressure on the Lancers on a drizzly, cool night as senior Skyler Hying deftly dribbled a ball off his right foot and passed it over his shoulder to a diving Connor Young, who headed the ball into the net at point-blank range in the 71st minute.

Falls then fended off a fierce Central counter-attack and came away with its precious piece of history by a 2-1 count.

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Thief tries stealing from same store one too many times

Aug. 29, 2011 5:42 p.m. | An 18-year-old Milwaukee woman who stole baby formula from a Menomonee Falls store on multiple occasions was apprehended after an observant store employee spotted the suspect while he was compiling a theft report.

According to Menomonee Falls police:

A woman entered Target, N95 W17707 Shady Lane, at two different times on Aug. 23, concealed about 35 cans of baby formula valued at $735, and left the store without paying.

At about 3 p.m. the next day, Aug. 24, a Target loss prevention officer was preparing his security reports and surveillance video in anticipation of reporting the crime when the same woman entered the store and attempted to steal more baby formula. The woman fled the store and the police were notified.

Menomonee Falls police located the vehicle at 3:10 p.m. and apprehended the suspect and the driver of the getaway car, a 27-year-old Milwaukee man. They were taken to the store and were positively identified by the store employee and video surveillance.

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Big plays lead Falls past WB East

Aug. 26, 2011 11:17 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls football team decided they wouldn’t wait long to strike first in Friday’s 28-7 victory over the West Bend East Suns.

On Falls' first play from scirmmage, junior quarterback Brett Krause snuck up the middle of the Suns’ defense and didn’t slow down until he reached the end zone to put the home team up 7-0.

The Indians defense showed they could awe the crowd as well when senior lineman Jared Bratchett sacked East quarterback Zach Lemke for a loss of three yards and more importantly forced the Suns to punt.

With the ball back in their possession, Krause decided he liked scoring early in a drive, as he rifled a 58-yard touchdown pass to junior Justin Johnson to make the score 14-0.

The first half wasn’t all good news for Falls as senior running back Otis White was helped off the field with an apparent leg injury in the second quarter. He did not return to action.

Luckily for Falls, sophomore Christian Almonte, who had 91 rushing yards last week against Slinger, filled in nicely for the Indians.

“Losing Otis hurt a lot,” Krause said. “We’ve got some younger guys stepping up and thankfully they were able to step up.”

Almonte managed just 21 yards on the ground, but helped the Indians wear the Suns down throughout the game.

Falls head coach John Baker said his team fought well, but there’s always room for improvement.

“We have to be more aggressive upfront on the offensive line,” Baker said.

Last week, Falls as a team rushed for 258 yards total. On Friday, the Indians only produced 149 yards on the ground.

Late in the first quarter, East closed the gap as Lemke threw a 13-yard score to Brandon Herbst to slash Falls’ lead to a mere seven points.
Falls’ defense again stepped up as Bratchett recorded his second sack of the game.

“I was really proud of the guys,” Baker said. “Defense really stepped it up, so I’m really proud of the group effort.”

Falls made it a two-touchdown game when Krause connected with senior tight end Nic DeMore for a 26-yard score, which put the Indians up 21-7 going into the half.

Throughout the game, Lemke proved to be a thorn in Falls’ side. The Suns signal-caller ran the ball 23 times but only averaged 2.4 yards a carry, netting 56 yards total.

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Erdmann resigns from Germantown School Board

Aug. 25, 2011 1:20 p.m. | Michael Erdmann, who has served nearly seven years as School Board president, is resigning his School Board post, according to a letter he sent out today.

Erdmann, a doctor and administrator at the VA hospital in Milwaukee, said he is resigning for personal reasons. With his professional responsibilities growing, time spent with family has been cut significantly, making his position as president an even greater burden on his time.

"I challenge others who are deeply committed to the education of our youth to step forward to serve the district (by) filling my vacant seat," Erdmann said in his letter to the district.

"The time is now. The next generation waits. Education is the greatest hope to unleash the full potential of the American Dream."

Any adult interested in serving on the board is encouraged to apply for the vacant seat.

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State Highway 145 construction to begin Monday

Aug. 24, 2011 4:02 p.m. | Construction on 3.5 miles of state Highway 145 in Menomonee Falls and Germantown is scheduled to start Monday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

At least one lane in each direction will be open for motorists at all times. A detour at N. 124th St. and state Highway 145 will be set up as Old Orchard Road will be closed.

The highway will be resurfaced between its intersections with state highways 100 (Brown Deer Road) and 167 (Mequon Road), the DOT said. The project will be paid for with a combination of state and federal funds.

According to the DOT, the work will include excavating, grading, placing a new storm sewer pipe, installing new traffic signals and creating a new concrete roadway.

Waukesha County executive appoints chief of staff

Aug. 24, 2011 2:48 p.m. | Waukesha - Shawn Lundie, a former staff assistant to three Republican lawmakers, has been hired as chief of staff for Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.

Lundie, 38, worked in the district and Washington offices of U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner from 1998 to 2005, including as his district coordinator in Brookfield. He was chief of staff for state Sen. Ted Kanavas from 2005 until the end of last year, when Kanavas left office. Since then he has worked in the office of 33rd District Sen. Rich Zipperer.

"I grew up in Delafield and all of my work experience has been serving elected officials in Waukesha County," Lundie said.

The Kettle Moraine High School graduate first knew Vrakas as his state representative, a position Vrakas held from 1990 until his election as county executive in 2005.

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Davis era at Germantown begins with rout

Aug. 19, 2011 10:43 p.m. | Certainly new Germantown football coach Jake Davis will sleep a lot more easily this evening.

For after not getting a wink the night before his first game at the Warhawk helm, the team went out and rewarded his hard work with a through, almost immaculate 56-0 rout of Whitnall on parents' night Friday.

"I got a couple of hours this morning but that was about it," Davis chuckled afterward. "Just too much on the mind."

The players labored hard to ease their new coach's mind.

"No, no," said senior quarterback Josh Mongan, who was eight of 11 this night for 139 yards and two TDs. "You never want to start a new coach on a bad note. It felt great. We needed to get it done right for him (Davis)."

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We're tweeting live tonight from high school football games, and you can too

Aug. 19, 2011 10:04 a.m. | You can follow the opening Friday night of high school football action as Journal Sentinel, NOW and Lake Country reporters tweet from high school football games throughout the area.

You can add to our coverage of the games by sending your own tweets with the tag #wisfb to add it to our running feed.

After the games, check out the football scoreboard and statistics page, produced in partnership with WisSports.net.

Before the games begin, you can take a look at the prospects for area teams in our football preview stories, which are featured on the Suburban Sports Roundup page.

Vandals damage Falls Little League facility, equipment

Aug. 16, 2011 3:50 p.m. | Menomonee Falls Police are looking for the person or people responsible for doing significant damage to facilities at the Menomonee Falls Little League complex.

It's unclear precisely when the incident occurred or how many people were involved, but it is believed to have taken place sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, according to a news release.

Suspects entered a locked concession stand and vandalized the inside, while also damaging three storage sheds and three vending machines. The vandals also removed and damaged a golf-type utility cart which was recovered in the subdivision to the south of the complex around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Police believe some of the damage to several sheds was most likely done by ramming them with the utility cart. Police estimated the damage total as several thousand dollars.

Menomonee Falls Little League and Waukesha County Crime Stoppers are both offering cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for the damage.

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Fire that starts in garage causes heavy damage to Menomonee Falls home

Aug. 14, 2011 4:56 p.m. | A Menomonee Falls home was heavily damaged in a fire that started just after noon Sunday in the home's garage.

Menomonee Falls Fire Chief Jeff Hevey said the blaze, on Prairie Dawn, was called into the fire department at 12:05 and firefighters found a fully engulfed home when they arrived and called for mutual aid from neighboring communities.

Hevey said the homeowners were doing some work in the house, took a break and smelled smoke coming from the garage a short time later. They discovered the blaze in the garage, fled and called 911.

Falls delivers knockout punch to Pasch's bid for Senate

Aug. 10, 2011 11:30 a.m. | The 8th District Senate recall race on Tuesday ended in a familiar way: waiting on Waukesha County. According to unofficial results, Republican Sen. Alberta Darling received 9,052 votes to Democrat Rep. Sandy Pasch's 4,567 with a 67 percent voter turnout.

The northwestern part of the district was supposed to be key for Darling as she had conservative strongholds in Menomonee Falls, Germantown and Mequon. Results for most of the night favored Pasch until Waukesha County results came in.

In the end, Falls, which Pasch won in the primary against the Republican protest candidate, proved to be the decisive blow to Pasch's bid at unseating Darling. The race also set up to be for control of the Senate with two Democrats having already upset Republican incumbents, needing a third to complete the flip.

With two recalls against Democratic Senators still to come, the Republicans assured themselves the majority in the Senate for at least the next year, although current Senate Republicans not facing recalls have been fundraising heavily to prepare for any further recall attempts next year when other legislators, including Gov. Scott Walker become eligible.

Waukesha County clerk denies delaying voting results

Aug. 10, 2011 10:34 a.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus on Wednesday denied Democratic Party allegations that she was "sitting on votes" that ultimately helped swing the outcome to a Republican victory in the race Tuesday between Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Sandy Pasch, a Democrat.

Even as state Democratic officials were backtracking on what they later called "heat-of-the-moment statements" as Pasch fell behind in the vote count, Nickolaus explained that the final three wards from Menomonee Falls came in at 11:41 p.m. and were posted on the county clerk's website at 11:47 p.m. Most of the village's 29 wards in 10 reporting units were called in earlier, at 10:39 p.m., according to the village clerk. Nickolaus said she had those partial results posted at 10:47 p.m..

"It's just a matter of understanding the process," Nickolaus said. "I don't touch ballots on election night. I stay in my office and have to wait for poll workers to get results to the municipal clerk, and for the municipal clerk to get them to me. I don't run elections on election day. What I do is report the results after the election."

Graeme Zielinski, communications director for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, had said on television and on Twitter Tuesday night that the Waukesha County returns included instances of tampering and irregularities. Menomonee Falls gave Republican Darling a nearly 2-to-1 edge over Pasch. Darling retained her 8th Senate District seat with 53% of the vote, one of four Republican incumbent winners among the six Republicans facing recall.

In a statement Wednesday, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said the party would not pursue questions of irregularities.

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Dems back off vote-tampering charges

Aug. 10, 2011 12:50 a.m. | Wisconsin Democrats are backing off charges of vote-tampering in the 8th Senate District recall, less than 1-1/2 hours after they leveled those accusations.

"Though we believe that Sandy Pasch was able to battle Alberta Darling to a virtual tie, on her turf, we will not pursue questions of irregularities. Those heat-of-the-moment statements came in light of the uncertainties that arose from a recent election, known too well," state party Chairman Mike Tate said in a prepared statement early Wednesday morning.

Late Tuesday night, party spokesman Graeme Zielinski had accused Waukesha County Kathy Nickolaus of manipulating the Menomonee Falls vote count as Pasch, a Democratic representative from Whitefish Bay, sought to oust  Darling, the River Hills Republican senator. When Zielinski spoke, all 10 Menomonee Falls wards in the district were still out, but they soon came in and swung the lead in the race to Darling.

Nickolaus had come under scrutiny in the spring Supreme Court race, when she initially reported a vote total that omitted the entire city of Brookfield. Adding Brookfield's results swung the race from a victory for liberal Asst. Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg to a win for conservative Justice David Prosser.

Germantown voters back Darling over Pasch by nearly 4,000 votes

Aug. 09, 2011 10:34 p.m. | Enormous crowds at some Germantown polling places showed in the results as incumbent Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, gashed challenger Sandy Pasch by more than 2.5-to-1.

The unofficial vote totals Tuesday night were 6,030 votes for Darling to 2,320 votes for Pasch.

Waiting times at some polling places were more than 30 minutes as lines grew more than 70 deep at times in a historically Republican-leaning district that was billed as crucial for Darling in her bid to retain her 8th District Senate seat.

Voter turnout was unavailable following the count.

Distinguished Young Women photo gallery now online

Aug. 08, 2011 8:29 a.m. | We've just published a photo gallery from this weekend's Distinguished Young Women of Wisconsin state finals, which were held in South Milwaukee.

The event, formerly known as Jr. Miss, featured young ladies from throughout the metropolitan area competing for the right to attend next year's national competition in Mobile, Ala.

Local competitors, who won their respective regional events, include: Abigail Rufer (Brookfield), Michelle Papala (Cudahy), Sarah Creegan (Elm Grove), Athylia Paremski (Franklin), CeCi Scheuber (Menomonee Falls), Gina Miliacca (Oak Creek), Allison Blochowicz (South Milwaukee), Emily Mixon (Hales Corners), Karlee Nimmer (Kewaunee), Amy Walsh (Sussex), and Becca Richter (Waukesha).

Go to photo gallery.

Suspect in custody after tactical situation in Menomonee Falls

Aug. 08, 2011 6:01 a.m. | MENOMONEE FALLS - Menomonee Falls Police says that they have taken a mentally ill man armed with a sword into custody after a nearly four-hour standoff there.

No one was hurt.

Police, Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies and the Waukesha County Tactical Unit were on scene during the standoff.  Officers surrounded a home near the corner of North Lilly and West Good Hope Roads on Monday morning at about 1:10 a.m.

"The Menomonee Falls Police Department received a call from a mother of a 28-year-old subject," Menomonee Falls Police Captain Mark Waters told TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray. 

"The mother believed that she was fearful of her safety," explained Waters. 

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Tax district for new Kohl's headquarters wins first approval

Aug. 03, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A $41 million tax financing district that would pave the way for Kohl's Corp. to move its headquarters to Woodland Prime office park has been approved by the Menomonee Falls Plan Commission.

The commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to endorse the plan, which also needs Village Board approval. A special board meeting will likely be set for late August to consider the proposal.

The plan, which I first reported last week, is to put Kohl's main building, with about 900,000 square feet, on 45 acres the village owns in the northwestern portion of Woodland Prime. The business park is north of Good Hope Road between Appleton Ave. and Highway 45.

The financing plan would allow the village to buy additional vacant parcels, totaling 36 acres, within Woodland Prime. Some of that land could accommodate other buildings for Kohl's.

Also, more development is expected south of Good Hope Road and east of Appleton Ave., on 30 acres that now include vacant land and a former car dealership. That development could include office buildings, as well as restaurants and other commercial uses that typically feed off business parks.

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Visit the NOW staff at National Night Out

Aug. 02, 2011 2:12 p.m. | NOW reporter Peter Bukowski and editor Susan Nord will be holding a special State Fair promotion at National Night Out in Menomonee Falls. The two will be on hand to meet members of the community.

NOW is also giving away two state fair tickets if you can correctly identify a picture we'll post sometime during National Night Out on Twitter. Here's a hint: It'll be something or someone at National Night Out. The first person to come to our table with the correct answer wins a pair of tickets to State Fair, which opens Thursday.

Follow PBukowski_CNI and susannord for more details.

Falls OKs downtown housing plan; talks continue on financing request

Aug. 02, 2011 11:04 a.m. | A land use plan to create a 30-unit apartment building in downtown Menomonee Falls won Village Board approval Monday night, and negotiations are continuing about possible village financing for the project.

William Bode, of Brayton Management Co., is proposing the apartments for Appleton Ave., just south of Main St. The four-story development, which would replace two older, vacant buildings, would include enclosed parking and street-level retail space.

Bode is seeking $1 million in village funds, which would be repaid through the development's property taxes, to help pay for his property acquisition and site preparation costs. The project also would include Bode's equity financing, and a $3 million commercial loan that would carry a federal repayment guarantee.

Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald told me Tuesday morning that village officials are still talking with Bode about his financing request, which would need separate Village Board approval.

"We're not committing anything to it at this point," Fitzgerald said.

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