Germantown swept away by Goslings

Oct. 30, 2011 12:10 a.m. |  

They may have lost in three straight sets, but the Germantown girls volleyball players made Watertown earn each and every point Saturday night during the WIAA Division 1 sectional final.

The top-seed Watertown Goslings ended second-seeded Germantown’s season, winning 26-24, 25-19, 26-24 to advance to the WIAA state tournament next weekend in Green Bay.

“We played well all season, I can’t feel bad,” Warhawks coach Diane Harrod said. “We sold ourselves short tonight. We weren’t hitting like we’ve been hitting.”

Germantown could not stop Watertown junior Katie Stadick, who made the Warhawks run all over the court with her 28 kills and 15 blocks.

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Sen. Darling settles records dispute with Democratic-leaning group

Oct. 28, 2011 5:14 p.m. | A Democratic-leaning advocacy group and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) have settled their dispute over a records request by the advocacy group, and she must pay a $1,000 attorney fee, according to a stipulation made public this week.

The advocacy group, One Wisconsin Now, had sued Darling after she did not respond to a June request for her communications with a school voucher advocacy group, American Federation for Children, according to a release from One Wisconsin Now. She was in the midst of a recall election at the time.

The release said she finally responded to the request after the lawsuit was filed, releasing records that showed email communication with a lobbyist representing the AFC. The group was a major issue advertiser during Darling's summer recall election, spending over $230,000 on television advertising in the Milwaukee market, according to a Journal Sentinel analysis.

Darling couldn't be reached for a comment.

Waukesha County officials: Propane bottles, recycling don't mix

Oct. 28, 2011 4:36 p.m. | Waukesha - A Waukesha County recycling plant manager said residents are tossing propane bottles into their recyclables, including some that still contain gas and pose a danger of explosion to workers.

Fifty-five bottles were pulled from the metals recyclables just this week, and at least a dozen were full of gas, said Jim Lewis, plant manager with the agency that contracts to provide Waukesha County recycling.

"This could have caused a major explosion," he said.

This past summer, a small explosion and fire resulted at the plant, apparently caused by the compaction of a one-pound propane cylinder in a baler at the materials recycling facility plant, 220 S. Prairie Ave. Quick response by the Fire Department and facility workers limited damage, and no one was injured.

Karen Fiedler, Waukesha County's solid waste supervisor, said residents should not place propane cylinders in recycling bins, whether empty or partially filled. Information is available on their proper disposal from retail stores where the items were purchased or at the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association website at

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Oct. 28, 2011 7:32 a.m. | We’ve all recommended a place — maybe an eatery, a park, a theater — to family and friends.

So let’s combine our recommendations, our favorite places, and see what NOW readers think are the best places in the NOW communities.

Each week starting Oct. 31, we’ll ask you to submit your favorite places in a NOW community on our Facebook page. We’ll take submissions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the week.

On Thursday and Friday, we’ll take those suggesions and seek your votes for what are the best places in that community. We’ll even make a Foursquare list that you can follow.

Share your favorite places to go to in Wauwatosa on Oct. 31. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Just go to our Facebook page on Monday and let us know.

Germantown netters rout West

Oct. 28, 2011 12:08 a.m. | The jubilant post-match huddle for the Germantown girls volleyball team had one simple catchphrase as its breaker Thursday night.

"Three down, one to go!"

That statement meant that the Warhawks, after their 25-11, 25-17, 25-19 rout of host Waukesha West in a WIAA sectional semifinal, are in the same position they were last year, on the brink of state, with one more match to win.

Germantown, the sectional's second seed, will play at top-seeded Watertown at 7 p.m. Saturday for the right to advance to next week's WIAA state tournament in Green Bay. Watertown had to work to beat stubborn Mukwonago in five games to advance to the final.

After last year's wrenching five-game loss to rival Menomonee Falls in the sectional final kept them from a state berth then, these Warhawks are not going to be denied now.

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Sixty pounds of marijuana seized in Lannon

Oct. 26, 2011 7:38 a.m. | The Waukesha County Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Unit on Monday seized about 60 pounds of marijuana and $500,000 in cash from a storage facility in Lannnon, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities also found two handguns, a rifle and a motor vehicle, along with other recreational vehicles.

During a followup investigation, a search warrant was served at an apartment in Menomonee Falls, and a 28-year-old man was taken into custody after police found another 5 pounds of marijuana and 1 1/2 ounces of cocaine.

Law enforcement agencies participating included the Village of Lannon Police and Fire departments, Village of Menomonee Falls Police Department, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department patrol division and K-9 unit.

The Waukesha County Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Unit is composed of members from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, City of Brookfield, New Berlin, Muskego, Waukesha, Village of Eagle, Hartland, Pewaukee and Menomonee Falls Police Departments as well as the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office.

Waukesha County Board does about face on loan program

Oct. 25, 2011 8:24 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board reconsidered its earlier rejection of County Executive Dan Vrakas' proposed business loan program Tuesday night, tweaking some of the details and then approving it on a 15 to 8 vote.

The Small Business Leverage Loan Program will be established beginning Jan. 1 at $300,000 in tax funds and will provide loans of up to $50,000 to eligible companies in existence at least a year. Targeted businesses would be in manufacturing, technology, suppliers of local manufacturers and similar job creators, the type that are considered to have higher growth potential and higher pay levels.

Initially proposed to be interest free for three to five years, each loan will now carry a 3% annual interest rate, based on an amendment by the board. Supervisors also established a sunset on the program after three years. The program will be administered under contract by the nonprofit Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp.

Last month, the board rejected the program on a 13-9 vote.

Vrakas proposed the program as an economic initiative for the county to help expanding companies that are highly leveraged, often asset rich but cash poor. In the past, second and third mortgages were often used to fill funding gaps, a market that has dried up with declining property values and tighter lending regulations.

Mukwonago spikers topple Falls in thriller

Oct. 22, 2011 11:59 p.m. | Mukwonago senior Taylor Brown said her team has become known for comebacks.

 "We've come back in a 15-point game from 8-0, so we knew we could do it," she said, moments after delivering a match-clinching kill that gave the Indians girls volleyball team a thrilling five-set win over Menomonee Falls in the WIAA Division 1 regional final. "We just had to have our minds straight, and we did. It was amazing."

The situation was only half as dire as the one Brown described when Falls jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fifth and final set, riding the wave of energy carried over from winning the final four points of the fourth set in a 25-18 victory. Mukwonago not only clawed back to even but took a 13-10 lead, then finished with an Amber Gray block and Brown's kill across the middle.

"I don't know if we've ever beaten them," Mukwonago coach Mary Pocius said after her fifth-seeded Indians topped fourth-seeded Falls, 18-25, 25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 15-13. "I don't know if we beat them in the (now-defunct) Braveland, but we haven't since. This is just a thrill and a half.

"It's kind of a shock," said setter Morgan Cizauskas, who handed out 46 assists. "Obviously, you can see all the emotions in all of us; we all have tears in our eyes. We proved to everyone that we can take out a top-seed team."

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East kickers advance to state with 2-0 win over Falls

Oct. 22, 2011 10:44 p.m. | When Brookfield East soccer senior co-captain Peter Tongas headed in fellow co-captain Mark Heydt's prefect crossing pass at the 12:46 mark of the WIAA sectional final against Menomonee Falls Saturday night, coach Herbie Dundun felt almost certain that the Spartans were packing their bags for a quick trip to the state tournament next week.

And that was because of one simple thing.

"Our defense has become much better (since the 1-0 loss to the Indians back in August)," he said. "Our cohesiveness, chemistry and coverage for one another has become so much better than it has been."

"It has given us the defensive blanket that we need."

And that blanket got help from a late security goal from John Orgovan, as the Spartans did indeed earn a state berth with a 2-0 victory in a physical, intense game that left neither coach happy with the officiating.

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Chargers outmuscle GT, 37-20

Oct. 22, 2011 5:20 p.m. | At times overdressed, and at times dehydrated, Sussex Hamilton ruinning back Nick Patterson was never unprepared when it came to the Chargers' impressive 37-20 WIAA Division 1, Level 1 playoff win over area rival Germantown on Saturday.

Patterson rushed 21 times for 236 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a 19-yard TD pass from quarterback Matt Judson as the Chargers (9-1 overall) broke out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back against the Warhawks.

But he also proved to be human.

"If you notice, he had to come out for a series in the first half, he wasn't feeling very well at the time," said Chargers coach John Damato. "He had to get cooled down."

Patterson explained it was a sartorial blunder on his part. 

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Spartans to meet Falls for sectional title on Saturday night

Oct. 21, 2011 11:47 a.m. | Brookfield East (20-4) will be looking for revenge when the Spartans meet Menomonee Falls (20-3-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Brookfield Central in a WIAA Sectional Soccer Championship match.

The top-seeded Indians, who tied East in the Greater Metro Conference standings (both were 5-2), won a tie-breaker because they beat the second-seeded Spartans, 1-0, on Aug. 23.

In the Indians win, Nick Gonzales scored the match's only goal at 49:42 on assists from Skyler Hying and Nick Burgoyne.

The winner of Saturday's match will qualify for next week's WIAA State Soccer Tournament at Uihlein Field.

Falls gets shootout win over Germantown

Oct. 21, 2011 10:49 a.m. | Thursday night’s WIAA sectional semifinal soccer match between Germantown and host Menomonee Falls turned out to be a fast paced thriller that saw the Indians emerge victorious in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw through regulation and overtime.

The hero of the day for the Indians was senior goalkeeper Cole Morris, who stopped Germantown’s second and third penalty kicks en route to a 4-1 win in the shootout, giving Falls a berth in Saturday's sectional final against Brookfield East.

“It wasn’t just me,” said Morris, “Germantown played a great game.”

On his first penalty save, Morris dove to his left and saved a low shot. On his second save, he went right and managed to get his hands on a well-struck ball that was headed for the corner of the goal.

“I guess I just guessed right," Morris said.

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Waukesha County armored vehicle pressed into duty on first day

Oct. 20, 2011 5:44 p.m. | Waukesha - A planned demonstration of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department's new $260,000 armored vehicle was hijacked by a real-life tactical incident.

Deputy Inspector Eric Severson said the vehicle, a military-type truck bought with federal Department of Homeland Security funds and money seized from drug dealers, was called into service just as it was being driven from the county's fleet garage to the courthouse complex for the demonstration planned Thursday afternoon for county supervisors and the news media.

While he did not know all the details, he said the Bearcat, as it is called, was summoned by Waukesha police to an incident involving a man with a gun at the Stop-N-Go convenience store at the corner of St. Paul and S. Washington avenues.

Waukesha Police Sgt. Jerry Habanek said the call shortly before 2 p.m. involved a man who was sitting in his car, reportedly with a gun in his lap, at the gas pumps for about 30 minutes. The city's SWAT team in its vehicle and the county's new Bearcat responded, with the man's vehicle sandwiched between the two. Severson said the "intentional accident" didn't damage the Bearcat.

Charges referred

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Vrakas' business loan plan may get new life

Oct. 20, 2011 11:08 a.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas' proposed small-business loan program, rejected last month by the County Board, could get a second chance next week.

Supervisor Dave Falstad, one of 13 supervisors to vote against the $300,000 tax financed program, will ask for reconsideration at the board's meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the courthouse.

Nine supervisors supported the plan in September, but County Board Chairman Jim Dwyer, who was among them, said three supervisors - Ted Rolfs, Pamela Meyer and Jean Tortomasi - were absent for the vote and two of them have indicated support for the plan. If all 25 supervisors are present Tuesday, 13 votes would be necessary for reconsideration and passage.

The Small Business Leverage Loan Program would have provided no-interest loans of up to $50,000 to highly leveraged eligible companies in existence at least a year that need temporary gap financing. Businesses targeted for the loans would be in manufacturing, technology, suppliers of local manufacturers and similar job creators.

The $300,000 comes from tax funds returned to the county by communities who close out tax incremental financing districts with surpluses. Under tax incremental financing, communities keep all the property taxes on new development in a designated area until public investments that helped spur that development are fully paid off.

Brookfield Central clinches share of GMC grid title with 35-0 blanking of Falls

Oct. 14, 2011 10:23 p.m. | After his team put in a workmanlike effort of dismantling Menomonee Falls on Friday, 35-0,  thereby clinching a share of the Greater Metro Conference title, a humble Lancers coach Jamie Meulemans pointed to the south toward the team's practice fields.

"There, that's where the work was done," he said, straining to be heard over the blare of the PA system playing Queen's "We Are the Champions". "These kids work so hard, coming in at 7 a.m. winter and summer for speed and agility and conditioning drills.

"I told them that it's not the games that make you champions, but the things you do on the practice field and in life. These kids have clearly taken that to heart."

And then when asked if he learned that piece of philosophy from his old mentor at Germantown, semi-retired coach Phil Datka, who came on to help Meulemans on the Lancers staff this fall. Meulemans said: "Absolutely".

With the win, the Lancers improved to 6-1 in Greater Metro play and 7-2 overall, earning a piece of the title pie with Marquette (6-1, 7-2) and Sussex Hamilton (6-1, 8-1), both of whom were also winners this night. It is the fourth GMC title that the Lancers have either won outright or shared since 2002.

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Germantown shatters Homestead's 67-game NSC winning streak

Oct. 13, 2011 10:48 p.m. | The Homestead football team's 67-game winning streak in the North Shore Conference is over and it was Germantown that did it.

From the moment senior Warhawk senior running back Alec Richmond slipped through a gapping chasm for 76 yards and a TD on the first play of the game, until the time that Highlander quarterback Cody Berger was slammed to ground at the Germantown four-yard line on the last play of the game preserving the 27-0 shutout, it was clear that there would be no more inspirational miracle finishes, no more fluke plays, no more simple beatdowns for the Highlanders this cool, damp Thursday night.

What a way to get your coaching career going against your alma mater first-year Germantown coach Jake Davis and especially with retired Warhawk coach Phil Datka sitting up in the press box watching.

"It is a great thing, I would by lying if I would say otherwise," said Davis, after addressing his happy group of Warhawks at Datka Stadium. "I went to Homestead, I know what that's like (to be expected to win every game), but really, it just comes down to the kids. They've worked so hard and we're so happy to see them succeed."

"And yeah, I knew he (Datka) was there. I think he'll want to see me in a little bit (laughs)."

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Bid fails to keep Waukesha County girls detention unit open

Oct. 13, 2011 5:16 p.m. | Waukesha - An attempt to reverse Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas' budget proposal that would close the girls' secure detention section of the Juvenile Center failed to win support of the County Board's Health and Human Services Committee Thursday.

Supervisor Janel Brandtjen, chairman of the committee, proposed a budget amendment that would restore funds for the operation, but her motion failed on a 3-4 vote in committee. She said after the meeting that she didn't know whether she would independently pursue the amendment with the full County Board.

Vrakas proposed closing the unit because the number of girls held at the center has dropped to about 30 a year, compared with 127 a year five years ago. The budget calls for contracting with Washington County's unit in West Bend for the service, with transportation back and forth provided by Waukesha County.

Health and Human Services Director Peter Schuler defended the closing, saying he saw no change in the trend toward fewer girls being held in secure detention. He also said that "Washington County will do a good job."

Contracting for the girls' detention space would save nearly $200,000, according to Vrakas' budget proposal. Some of that would be used to fill other gaps created in the health and human services budget, including replenishing funds for programs aimed at keeping troubled youth out of more expensive correctional and residential care facilities.

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Pizza restaurant Tazinos to sell $1 million in shares

Oct. 10, 2011 3:24 p.m. | Tazinos Inc., which operates all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta and salad bar restaurants, said Monday it plans to raise $1 million to expand its business.

The St. Francis company will sell shares for $1 each to investors who meet certain "suitability" standards, Tazinos said in a news release. Typically, investors in such deals must meet certain net worth requirements.

Tazinos operates restaurants in Menomonee Falls, Oak Creek and Pleasant Prairie, and plans to develop more locations in the Milwaukee area, the release said.

Tazinos was founded in 2007 by Purcell, according to the company's website.

Falls breaks through in the fourth

Oct. 08, 2011 12:11 a.m. |  

The Menomonee Falls football team wanted to make sure that next week’s regular season finale wouldn’t be their last game of the season.

So far, so good.

The Indians, who beat West Allis Hale on Friday night by a score of 34-13, are now 5-3 overall and 3-3 in league play and need one more victory to clinch a playoff berth.

Hale fell to 1-7 overall but kept the game closer than the score indicates.Entering the fourth quarter, Falls and Hale were tied at 13-13 when the Huskies made a late comeback.

It wasn’t until the Indians rattled off 21 unanswered points that the game was put out of Hale's reach. Falls junior running back Justin Johnson, who had three rushing touchdowns, finished with 96 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards.

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Take a capsule look at the week's top stories in NOW's Prep Sports Primer

Oct. 04, 2011 10:33 a.m. |

Join NOW and Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe for this week's Prep Sports Primer, the fastest 90 seconds in local high school sports.

Each week, JR will highlight some of the top sports stories in the suburban area. This week includes looks at the standout Homestead girls tennis team, some of the top girls golfers, including Kettle Moraine's Leighann Cabush, and more.

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