Fischer to cover all facets for the Germantown boys hoops team

Nov. 29, 2012 7:57 p.m. | In the impressive season-opening 78-62 win over highly-regarded North Shore rival Homestead on Tuesday night, everyone there saw the 28 points that all-everything 7-0 center Luke Fischer had.

They also no doubt couldn't miss many of his seven blocked shots or the many other shots he simply changed by his mere presence underneath.

But there was a lot of other things going on with the versatile and athletic Indiana recruit that the average fan may have missed.

Like how he served as a press break in the middle of the court, occasionally bringing the ball across in a pinch, or how veteran coach Steve Showalter would occasionally place him in the high post, where he could easily scan the entire lane area looking for an open teammate (he recorded at least three assists this way).

He also served as decoy on the Warhawks' favorite play, as he came back into the line-up with just two seconds left in the first half, and inbounded a perfect lob to Jake Showalter for an easy hoop that made it a 14-point lead at the break.

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Veteran Menomonee Falls wrestlers dominate Germantown

Nov. 28, 2012 10:43 p.m. | Germantown wrestling coach Casey Gabrielson summed up his team's opening night 54-18 rout at the hands of border rival Menomonee Falls on Wednesday night thusly:

"It was like men against boys in a lot of cases and in that situation, men are always going to win," he said.

And that it was, as the Indians, with returning state state placewinner Bill Holz leading the way, won the first seven matches and never looked back.

Indian coach Jim McMahon downplayed the meaning of the impressive win, but was still pleased with the effort.

"We're still young," he said. "We're still putting together a set line-up and we have a lot of competitive spots yet."

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Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Woman reports being trampled by Black Friday shoppers at Germantown Walmart

Nov. 26, 2012 3:26 p.m. | A 43-year-old woman called police after she was trampled by numerous customers during the Thanksgiving Day sales event at Walmart.

According to the Germantown police log:

The woman stated she was in the video gaming section of the electronics department to purchase advertised video games at Walmart, W190 N9855 Appleton Ave., shortly after 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. When employees started handing out the special sale-priced video games, customers behind her began to trample and push her as they tried to grab the products for themselves.

The woman sustained minor injuries to her right wrist and right ankle and declined medical treatment.

She was unable to identify anyone involved in the melee and told police she would be filing an incident report with Walmart management.

Do you know Germantown victim in shooting by police? Contact us

Nov. 25, 2012 12:14 p.m. | Police have not released the name of the 28-year-old Germantown man who was killed by a Milwaukee police officer on Saturday after an armed robbery, and the Milwaukee County medical examiner's report on the incident remained sealed Sunday.

If you know the name of the victim, send an email to

The officer involved in the shooting was responding Saturday afternoon to the report of an armed robbery. The Germantown man was trying to flee in a vehicle but crashed, then ran from the scene. Police said that the officer tried to conduct a field interview of the man, but that during the encounter the officer feared for his life and discharged his weapon.

Police said the victim was on probation and wanted on several warrants.

The 39-year-old officer is a 15-year veteran of the Milwaukee force. He has been placed on standard administrative leave. Police did not say why the officer felt threatened.

See the best fog photos on social media

Nov. 21, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Dense fog clouded Milwaukee and surrounding areas Wednesday morning, and many people took to Twitter, Instagram and other social media services to share photos.

View those photos here.

Highly-touted Falls girls open with 49-32 win over Memorial

Nov. 20, 2012 11:06 p.m. | The expectations are high, the schedule is challenging and the talent pool deep for the Menomonee Falls girls basketball team this season as the Indians got out of the gate with a 49-32 opening game victory at home Tuesday night against Catholic Memorial.

"Yesterday we had our goals meeting and these kids want to go to the (WIAA) state tournament and win the (Greater Metro) conference championship," said veteran Indian coach Craig Amundson. "It's hard to do that stuff, but they believe they can do it."

And with good reason, the Indians will build around senior four-year letterwinners 6-1 Erin Crownover, 5-10 point guard Amber Bullock, and 5-10 swing player Mikayla Robertson.

Add into that mix three-year letterwinners 5-11 junior forward Erin Otzelberger and 6-1 senior forward Monica Carlson and the Indians, who are coming off an 18-5 season in 2011-12, are ready to challenge DSHA and Brookfield Central for the GMC title.

Other experienced hands include 5-8 senior guard Haley Precia and 5-4 junior guard Anna Smalley.

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Menomonee Falls Village Board approves budget, slight levy increase

Nov. 20, 2012 6:45 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday approved a 0.95 percent increase to the property tax levy for the 2013 budget.

The 2011 tax rate was $5.1947 per $1,000 of assessed value; the 2012 rate has been set at $5.1997 per $1,000 of assessed value. The total levy for the 2013 budget is $21,915,109, which reflects a $205,589 increase, or a 0.947 percent rise from last year's levy of $21,709,520. The 2013 general operating budget also increased 0.9 percent.

Fees and utility rates will remain the same in 2013.

"This year, with very minimal increase in the tax rate, the direct impact to citizens is minimal," said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald. "We think in this economy, it would have made no sense to do anything radically different."

Since 2006, the total tax increase for a property valued at $250,000 was $29. For homes assessed at $250,000 and less, the 2013 budget reflects a tax increase of about $1.

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Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged

Nov. 16, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For more than 40 years, Gary Medrow has wielded a telephone the way a check forger wields a pen.

Except instead of faking signatures for financial gain, Medrow has used the phone as a disguise to impersonate people in officialdom - from police officers to accident investigators - to indulge his favorite fetish: persuading complete strangers to carry each other around.

The latest persona adopted by the 68-year-old serial impostor, according to a criminal complaint, is that of a Journal Sentinel photojournalist, calling two female high school athletes to set up photo shoots in which they would hold each other upon their shoulders.

Medrow, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday and charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with two counts each of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident involving two Cedarburg High School girls.

Authorities in Franklin, Verona, Hartland and Mequon are investigating similar incidents, which involve female athletes who have had their pictures in the newspaper, Cedarburg police Officer Joe Biliskov said.

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Quilted Bear in Germantown closes

Nov. 16, 2012 5:06 p.m. | The Quilted Bear, a longtime restaurant and banquet hall at N111-W18611 Mequon Road in Germantown, closed unexpectedly early this week.

"The Quilted Bear is closed. We wish to thank you for your past patronage," the telephone recording at the restaurant said Friday. It also said messages wouldn't be returned.

With its 17-acre grounds, gazebo and pond, the restaurant has been a popular spot for wedding receptions for decades. The Quilted Bear was built in 1983, according to Journal Sentinel files. Ownership has changed over the years; the most recent owners were Kathy and Dean Kohnke.

Brook-Falls saves 'Discount,' loses 'Liquor' in name battle

Nov. 15, 2012 1:16 p.m. | Two years after Discount Liquor began going after competitors who used the term discount in their names, one of its biggest, most stubborn targets has finally conceded to the trademark tussle.

On the verge of trial late last month, Brook-Falls Discount Liquor decided to settle an action brought by Discount Liqour. In several other cases, Discount Liquor got other stores to drop the term discount.

But the deal with Brook-Falls changes its name to Brook-Falls Discount Wine & Spirits, according to the stipulation filed last week in Waukesha County Circuit Court.  Brook-Falls, 14835 W. Lisbon Road, Brookfield, had 14 days to change the name in any electronic advertising, and 45 days to change signage at the store.

Brook-Falls agreed to immediately stop using its former name as a trade name in any way.

There's a settlement agreement as well, but that, of course, was deemed confidential and sealed by Circuit Judge Lee S. Dreyfus Jr..

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Taxes remain flat in Waukesha County budget

Nov. 13, 2012 3:40 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County government will be able to balance its 2013 budget with a few dollars less from most homeowners.

The county will collect $512 in property taxes for 2013 - $2 less than this year's budget - on a home with a median value of $243,200. The taxes will help pay for a $273.77 million spending plan for 2013 adopted Tuesday by the County Board.

The total cost of county government drops 3.8% in 2013, fully $10.9 million less than this year, County Budget Manager Keith Swartz said.

Waukesha County spends less per resident than any other county in the state, Swartz said.

Much of the decline in next year's budget was due to spending less on major capital construction projects than this year.

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Developer proposes 331 apartments in Menomonee Falls

Nov. 13, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Fiduciary Real Estate Development Inc. is proposing 331 higher-end apartments for 14 acres west of the former Stolper site in Menomonee Falls, a $40 million project.

The apartments would be north of Roosevelt Drive and south of a planned extension of Richfield Way, west of Patton Drive.

There would be seven buildings, each with three to four stories, and 33 to 55 units. The development, which is have a conceptual review Tuesday night before the village Plan Commission, would include a clubhouse and outdoor swimming pool.

The proposal calls for nine studio units, 128 one-bedroom units, 144 two-bedroom units and 50 three-bedroom units.

If it obtains zoning approval, Fiduciary hopes to begin construction in 2013, when the village is scheduled to do most of the Richfield Way street extension, said Craig Raddatz, Fiduciary's director of development. The apartment community's two entrances would both be off of Richfield Way.

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Germantown volleyball team falls to top-ranked Appleton North at state

Nov. 09, 2012 10:05 p.m. | The little things, an off-line dig here, a less-than-great set there and a kill attempt that was out by inches over on the far side of the court.

That's all that separated the Germantown boys volleyball team from a potentially stirring upset of number-one ranked in the state and unbeaten Appleton North in a WIAA State Tournament quarterfinal match Friday night at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Instead, the Warhawks (23-9 record), who had leads late in each of the first two sets, eventually lost a 27-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-17 decision to the Lightning (32-0).

North advanced to a noon semifinal on Saturday against defending state champion Marquette, which outlasted Muskego in another quarterfinal.

"A couple of little errors, that's all it was," said a disappointed Warhawk coach Brian Rushmer. "We didn't have our feet set on defense in one situation or we put a ball into the net in another. It's the little things that put you over the top."

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Falls and Germantown residents support Romney, Thompson at the polls

Nov. 07, 2012 11:09 a.m. | Both the Germantown and Menomonee Falls communities had more than a 90 percent voter turnout following Tuesday's election, with the majority of voters supporting Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Republican senatorial Candidate Tommy Thompson.

President Barack Obama won a second term in office when unofficial results poured in Tuesday night. He also won the electorate vote in Wisconsin. Democrat Tammy Baldwin was the first woman from Wisconsin elected to the U.S. Senate, beating Thompson statewide despite Thompson's landslide victory in both villages of Menomonee Falls and Germantown.

Republican Dan Knodl beat Democrat Shan Haqqi for the Menomonee Falls district 24 state assembly seat.

In Menomonee Falls, 93.58 percent of registered voters cast ballots, which is 22,791 votes out of the 24,355 registered voters, according to unofficial election results posted by the Menomonee Falls Clerk Services Department. There were 7,539 absentee ballots issued. As of Wednesday, 7,425 were returned.

There was a 96.38 percent voter turnout in Germantown. There were 12,379 people who cast ballots in the village, out of the 12,844 registered voters, according to unofficial results posted by the Washington County Clerk's Office.

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Crews investigate 'suspicious' house fire in Menomonee Falls

Nov. 06, 2012 12:41 p.m. | A house fire that erupted early this morning extensively damaged a two story, single family residence on Claas Road, causing about $90,000 in damage.

No one is currently living in the vacant home. The cause of the fire that was reported at 12:48 a.m. at W136 N6870 Claas Road is considered "suspicious," said Menomonee Falls Fire Chief Jeffrey Hevey.

Crews from the Menomonee Falls Fire Department and Police Department were still on scene as of noon today investigating the fire.

Fire crews from Germantown, Butler, Lannon and Elm Grove responded to assist Menomonee Falls firefighters with putting out the blaze.

An update on the cause of the fire will be available later in the week.

Looking for your local polling place?

Nov. 02, 2012 9:44 a.m. | We are four days away from the next election and one of the best resources to find out local voting information is at the state's official page for Wisconsin Voter Information.

There you can find information on where to vote in your community, check your provisional ballot status and more.

Click here to visit the Wisconsin Voter Information page.

North Shore voters can visit our North Shore Voting Guide, which has a list of polling places and a post-redistricting guide to congressional, assembly, and senate districts.

Germantown boys volleyball team rallies for second state berth

Nov. 01, 2012 10:23 p.m. | In the end, the Germantown boys volleyball team found its identity Thursday night in the WIAA sectional final against host Arrowhead.

The top seeds were down 6-3 in the fourth game of their WIAA sectional final and were already down two games to one, facing elimination if they could not rally and force a fifth game.

Germantown looked lethargic and cranky from a couple of calls that went against them, and a second straight WIAA state tournament berth was seriously in doubt.

So what did coach Brian Rushmer tell his team?

"Baiscally, what I said was, 'It's our season or nothing right now. Are we a volleyball team or a bunch of basketball players playing at it?'," he said.

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