A man reached speeds more than 100 mph on a high-speed chase with Menomonee Falls police after he was suspected of shoplifting Dec. 23.
According to the Menomonee Falls police report:
An unknown man who is suspected of shoplifting a winter jacket at Kohl's Department Store, N95 W18000 Appleton Ave., fled from police as they were trying to pull his vehicle over as he was leaving the parking lot about 2:35 p.m. Dec. 23.
The man reached speeds of more than 100 mph and was last seen traveling eastbound on Appleton Avenue in Milwaukee. Surveillance video of the theft was obtained from Kohl's and the pursuit was captured on a patrol dash cam.
2013 was a big year in suburban news.
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The storm was still a long ways off early in the first quarter between the top-ranked in state Germantown boys' basketball team and fifth-ranked Oshkosh North in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout at Concordia University Saturday night.
The Spartans (8-2) were using a tough zone to deny the middle to the lightning-quick and athletic Warhawks and the score was 9-9 with 1:52 left in the period.
"Could this be the night the record-setting 66-game win streak come to an end?" was the murmur in the crowd as the Warhawks appeared to be a bit frustrated.
But like a sudden gust of wind the storm rose and the hopes of the Spartans were dashed. No, there was going to be no history-making streak-busting going on here tonight.
Senior guard Brian Bearden cashed in a steal off a lay-up and then hit a 3-pointer. Another senior guard Jake Showalter picked up a fastbreak lay-up and then drained a trey himself. For good measure, senior forward Evan Wesenberg dropped in a nifty shot in the post.» Read Full Article
Despite missing one of its top competitiors, the Menomonee Falls wrestling team won its bracket with a 5-0 record and advanced to Saturday's four-team championship round in the 24-school Northern Exposure Duals at Merrill.
The Indians despite not having state-level lightweight Jerott Holz, defeated the Bluejays (77-3), Marquette (72-6), Edgar (60-18), Eau Claire North (58-12) and Oconto Falls (64-9) in first day action.
That effort will advance them to the championship round Saturday with other bracket winners Merrill, Menomonie and Bay Port.
Going unbeaten on the day for the Indians were Eric Wunsch at 106 pounds (5-0), Aaron Daly at 113 and 120 pounds (5-0), Billy Holz at 126 (5-0 with three pins), Jeff Kleser at 132 (4-0), Casey Crangle at 145 (5-0 with three pins), Jake Fuiten at 182 (5-0), and Trayvon Handy at 285 (5-0 with four pins).
Jake McMahon at 138 (4-1), Tyler Simcock at 160 (4-1) and James Dow at 220 (4-1 with four pins) also had good days for the Indians.
The intense "press, run and shoot" Grinnell-style attack of the Germantown girls basketball team did not faze Franklin coach Tony Kathrens when the Sabers had to play the Warhawks in a Rathke tourney consolation game Friday afternnon.
"We don't run that kind of style, but we do practice full-court pressure defense all the time," he said. "I think that was the key to our success."
And successful the Sabers were this afternoon, as they took the lead in the second quarter and held the Warhawks at arm's-length the entire night in a 72-59 decision.
"They beat us to spots again and again," said Warhawk coach Matt Stuve, "or you could say we had a hard time getting to spots. ...we never established a tone defensively where we would work hard enough (to make a strong run)."
The win improved Franklin to 5-2 overall. The Sabers will play Middleton at 11:45 a.m. Saturday in the fifth-place game of the Rathke while Germantown (6-3 overall), which lost its third straight game, will play Racine Case in the 7th-place contest at 10 a.m.» Read Full Article
This is what happens when two magnets of the same polarity bang against against one another again and again.
In a battle of Grinnell-style "press, run and shoot" programs, the Waunakee girls basketball team used a 19-0 third quarter run to erase an nine-point deficit and hold on to edge Germantown, 78-76, in a quarterfinal game of the Rathke Memorial Tournament at Franklin Thursday afternoon.
The intetresting thing about the match-up was, was that Warhawk coach Matt Stuve not only knew about it months in advance (the pairings are released early), but also got to meet up and chat with Warriors coach Brad Lussier in a most unusual fashion.
"We (his family) were in Cancun (Mesico) waiting for a plane and I saw a guy in a Waunakee shirt and it turned out to be Brad," said Stuve. "We knew we were already matched up so we had a chance to talk a bit about things."
Like how many 3-pointers each team would hit and how many turnovers each team would have.» Read Full Article
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At full strength and on a roll, the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team was just too athletic and long for an overmatched Menomonee Falls unit at the Al McGuire Center Saturday night, as the Blue Dukes rolled to a 64-36 decision.
A devastating full-court press, which the Blue Dukes began experimenting with late last season, was very effective, as it forced multiple turnovers and gave Bay many easy chances at the hoop.
"We transitioned into that (press) towards the end of last year and began using it more this year," said Bay coach Kevin Lazovik. "It gets us rolling, moving our feet, which is always a good thing."
The win was Bay's fourth in a row and third this week as the Blue Dukes improved to 6-3 overall, while the Indians, who were also playing their third game of the week (1-2), fell to 4-4 overall.
"They're good, very good," said Falls coach Ben Farley. "They're talented all the way around. Everyone can shoot, everyone can drive and their length really was really the biggest thing that bothered us. With their size, we just weren't able to get to the middle."» Read Full Article
Wrestling up a weight class, wrestler Bill Holz recorded his 100th career win Wednesday night for Menomonee Falls with a technical fall at 126 pounds.
More importantly, Holz, who happily posed with teammates for pictures with a sign commemorating the event, started a five-match win streak for the Indians against always tough West Allis Central, and that keyed a pivotal 40-22 Greater Metro Conference dual meet victory over the always tough Bulldogs.
"This was an important (team) win," he said. "If we'd have lost, we'd have been out of the league race, because aside from (West Allis) Hale, they're the biggest challenge we'll face this year (in GMC duals).
(As far as the weight classes go) It's kind of interesting. We're all taking our turns and moving around a lot."
And that's the way it's going to be most of the season said Falls coach Jim McMahon, as the Indians look to defend their Greater Metro title.» Read Full Article
In the end, Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter couldn't hide his exuberance.
After weeks of trying to cover his ears and eyes and shutting out all mention of Dominican's 33-year old state record winning streak of 62 games, and after saying all the right coach things about focusing on the next game at hand, he just let go Saturday night after his Warhawks tied that Holy Grail of a hoops mark with a 75-29 demolition of that same Dominican program before an overflow crowd at Homestead.
"It's hard to do, even to talk about our two state titles is hard," he said, "because we're so busy focusing on the next game, the next one up, that it is hard to take the time to appreciate what's happened here, how far this program has come.
And what followed next was said without a trace of irony by this 14-year coaching veteran.
"But where does that come from?" he said, his face lighting up. "That my program ties the greatest record in the history of the state? Are you kidding me?!? It's huge!!!"» Read Full Article
Members of the Germantown girls basketball team look at the banners in the upper corner of the gym, shake their heads and say, "Wow, that was a long time ago!" when they contemplate that the last league title for the program came in 1973.
Coach Matt Stuve puts it in simpler terms for the Warhawks, who took early control of the North Shore Conference race with a key 75-64 win over defending champion Cedarburg Friday night.
It was a victory that came hard on the heels of another big win over another NSC power, Whitefish Bay, the previous week.
"Like last year, the (basketball) gods didn't give us much of a chance to warm-up (in the league schedule)," said Stuve. "We opened with these same two teams last year (Bay and Cedarburg) and we lost both of them and we finished two games out. We've got these two wins, now do we have enough stamina to play hard through the rest of a 14-game (NSC) schedule?
"It's something we want to do. I like to remind them that the last conference title (the last of three in a row in the old Scenic Moraine) was won in March 1973 and I wasn't born until September 1973. So it'd be good to have one in our lifetimes (laughs), because we've been waiting way too long."» Read Full Article
Brookfield Central used a fast start to defeat Sussex Hamilton, 70-60, Friday at Central in a battle of last year's co-champions in the Greater Metro Conference.
A large crowd came out to watch a battle between Riley LaChance and Brady Ellingson and weren't disappointed, but the experienced and balanced Lancers made the difference in the end.
Ellingson led all scorers with 26 points, including 7-for-7 from the free throw line. LaChance had 21 points, hitting 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
But big Elijah Goodman scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Brad Newman scored 14 points. They were both 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Central finished with 11 free throws in the final period, as the Chargers had to catch up.
Goodman scored six first quarter points, as Central jumped off to a 12-0 lead when Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni called time out. The Lancers led 17-4 after one period, but from then on the Chargers battled back and made a game of it, actually cutting the lead to 31-28 when Goodman hit a lay-up right before half.» Read Full Article
Differing opinions emerged Wednesday as dozens of people filled Germantown Village Hall to discuss the fate of the Blackstone Creek Golf Course.
The Village Board on Monday will vote on a purchase agreement to buy 153 acres of the golf course from property owners Troy Schmidt and Frank Romano. If this happens, a long-range plan will be developed to ultimately turn the land into a public park that would lie in the heart of the village. In turn, Schmidt and Romano would develop a 40-acre parcel along Mequon Road with retail, and single- and multi-family housing.
Some residents are in favor of the proposal. They see the need for more recreational opportunities for children and young families, including more baseball, softball and soccer fields. Others say if the village loses the golf course, it's losing one of its most valuable amenities.
"The golf course is an asset to the community," Germantown resident Marv Klowak said. "There's a lot of recreation for all ages, it brings in jobs, stimulates the economy. We've lived here for 20 years and, for me, the golf course was one of the factors of why we moved here."
Even if this land deal fails to go through, there is no guarantee the golf course will remain open, Village President Dean Wolter said. If the village doesn't buy it and it's sold, there's a chance no one in Germantown could use it.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — A 32-year-old Butler man is facing a felony charge after he threatened his former employer with a knife the morning of Nov. 29.
According to the police:
The suspect was arguing with his former employer at the Radisson Hotel, N88 W14750 Main St., over money he was apparently owed when he pulled out a knife at about 11:05 a.m.
When the victim saw the knife he ran inside his van and locked the doors, and the suspect slashed the driver's side tire of the victim's van before fleeing the scene.
The suspect later admitted to committing the crime at the Butler Police Station, and he was transported back to the Menomonee Falls Police Department where he was arrested for second degree recklessly endangering safety and criminal damage to property.» Read Full Article
A 63-year-old Franklin man has died as a result of injuries he sustained during a multiple vehicle crash Sunday morning on southbound U.S. Highway 41/45 in Menomonee Falls.
The Menomonee Falls Police Department responded to the multiple-vehicle crash reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. Shortly thereafter, additional vehicle crashes were reported on the highway. As a result of those additional accidents, a second person sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the crashes, while numerous people suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The Menomonee Falls Police Department is estimating that about 100 vehicles were involved in the numerous crashes that occurred on the three-mile stretch of the highway through the village.
Highway 41/45 was shut down for approximately nine hours Sunday for safety reasons as steady snowfall led to slick road conditions and blowing snow limited visibility.
The Menomonee Falls Police Department's Traffic Unit is currently investigating the crashes.
As he was leaving the Menomonee Falls gym Saturday night following his team's occasionally impressive, occasionally messy 83-47 rout of the host Indians Saturday night, Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter called out to someone across the floor and said:
"That coach for them (Falls), he's doing all right. They'll be OK (this season)."
Showalter, the man at the top of the mountain, with back-to-back WIAA state championships to his credit and his 60th win in a row under his belt, was just recognizing the tenacity and intensity of the Indians that was instilled in them by first-year coach Ben Farley.
Farley is someone who wants to start climbing the same mountain that Showalter started on 14 years ago but he didn't think the effort this night was a good step towards that goal.
"They're just really, really good," he said of the Warhawks. "They're number one in the state, 12th nationally. I thought we had a good plan, we just didn't execute any of it.» Read Full Article
In preperation for the better attended boys game that followed Saturday night, the crowd grew steadily for the Germantown at Menomonee Falls girls basketball game as the contest progressed.
What the fans saw was just a taste of the intense "run, press and shoot" Grinnell-style offense that the Warhawks won 18 games with last season.
And although the Warhawks were down point guard Paige Groth (sprained ankle) and weren't having one of their prime nights offensively, they still gave the fans in attendance an impressive display with a 73-54 decision over their game border rivals.
"It was nice to have the big crowd in the second half," said Warhawk coach Matt Stuve. "I didn't care that most of them were seeing the boys game as long as they were here seeing us."
The Warhawks, who have high aspirations after that breakthrough season last year, are now 2-0 having won their critical North Shore opener the night before over tough Whitefish Bay.» Read Full Article
Why not us? Why not tonight?
Like many Germantown opponents have been thinking the last two seasons, Friday night in Whitefish Bay, the home Blue Dukes inquired once again if they could be the ones to end the Germantown winning streak. After all, the Blue Dukes are certainly familiar with the Warhawks, having accounted for several notches in the 58-game run prior to this latest battle, and Whitefish Bay hung with a tough Milwaukee King squad just last week.
Unfortunately for the Blue Dukes, the answers given by Germantown were familiar ones as senior guard Lamonte' Bearden led the Warhawks past Whitefish Bay, 80-72. Bearden, a University of Buffalo recruit, scored 29 and was the catalyst in a first-quarter run that cemented Germantown's 59th consecutive win. Brother Brian Bearden isn't too shabby either, helping out with 22 points of his own.
Whitefish Bay held an early 3-point lead before Germantown scored 16 unanswered, including two dunks (on four attempts). Lamonte' Bearden seemed to flip a switch during the run, becoming instantly more assertive and marking 15 tallies in the first quarter alone, giving Germantown a 27-17 lead. The multiple dunk attempts weren't exactly what Germantown coach Steve Showalter wants all the time, but he recognized the fact the plays sparked an important run.
"If we could stuff the ball better, it wouldn't be so bad, but we do want to make runs, and it did help," Showalter said. "Sometimes one or two runs in a game like this are enough, and we needed them to be able to hold these guys off.» Read Full Article
Key players determining the future of Blackstone Creek Golf Course are holding a public information meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Germantown Village Hall so residents can see conceptual ideas for a new park and mixed-use development in the center of the village.
The Germantown Village Board plans to purchase approximately 153-acres of the golf course to both spur a $30 million development and build a public park. No sale has been finalized, though the Village Board in early November directed legal counsel to develop a purchase agreement and set a 45-day due diligence period to comb through it. That period ends Dec. 18. The Village Board will vote on the agreement Dec. 16, said Village President Dean Wolter. However, before any decision is made, key stakeholders wanted to share preliminary development plans with residents and gauge public opinion on the proposal.
The village wants to buy the property from Frank Romano and Troy Schmidt, who have offered to sell the land at $5,350 per acre.
The village would turn the land into a public park. If that occurs, Schmidt said the plan is to redevelop the remaining 40-acre parcel along Mequon Road and to the north of Mequon Road with a projected $30 million mixed-use development of retail spaces and single and multifamily housing. Schmidt, as well as developer Matt Neumann with Neumann Cos., will be at the information meeting to show residents a conceptual master plan for that area of the village. Neumann Cos., recently developed nearby land known as the Glen at Blackstone Creek.
Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Casperson will show park designs at the meeting and gather input on amenities the public would like to have there. The project is long-term. It could take between five to 10 years to complete, Wolter said.» Read Full Article
Greendale quarterback Josh Ringelberg is quick to credit his teammates, but there was no doubt of the offensive impact the dual-threat junior had this season.
Ringelberg has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year after throwing for 41 touchdowns and running for 10. He led the Panthers to the Division 3 state finals, where he threw for a record 270 yards, including a record 97-yard toss to Nate Miller.
Ringelberg is joined on the team by Homestead's Dave Keel, the NOW All-Suburban Football Coach of the Year. Keel, a perennial contender for the award, garnered it for the first time after leading the Highlanders to an 11-1 mark despite losing the bulk of his 2012 state title team to graduation.
Whitefish Bay wrestling coach Dale Loebel estimates that there were four or five times senior 182-pound wrestler Ed Dixon could have quit in his match with Germantown senior Hunter Valenta Thursday night.
With Bay nursing a 25-18 lead in the team score, Dixon had fallen behind by 8-1, 13-4 and 15-8 margins, but in a match that featured several wild swings of momentum, Dixon caught Valenta and pinned at 4:29 in the third period.
Teammate Steve Meyer then followed that with a pin of his own in 1:55 at 195 and that was enough of a margin for the Blue Dukes to pull off a 41-33 victory in the opening North Shore Conference dual meet of the season.
"He decided to come off his back and that was the difference," said Loebel of Dixon. "...I knew that this would be a competitive dual. We did well in spots and breaks that could have gone against us went our way tonight."
A big difference in the match, was that Loebel has an upperclassmen-and-upper weights dominated line-up this season. Of the 21 athletes he as out this winter, he has 11 juniors. He had to replace state-tourney participants like Max Carlin, Joey Davey and Rashadeem Gray, a total of over 400 career wins, but was encouraged by the start.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing the Menomonee Falls Tri-City Bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning.
According to a MFPD news release:
The man is described as black with a light complexion, 25 to 35 years old, 5'8"-5'10" tall, with a medium build.
He was wearing a black jacket with dark blue denim jeans and black and white athletic shoes. The man brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash from bank employees.
He ran away from the bank going south with an unknown amount of cash. A dye-pack device included with the cash may have exploded, staining his clothes with red ink.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls police are searching for the man who robbed Tri-City Bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning.
The man walked into the bank at N96-W18221 County Line Road at 10:24 a.m. with a gun in his hand and demanded cash, according to a news release. He fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.
Police said the man might have been exposed to an exploding red dye pack, so he may have red dye on his skin or clothing.
The suspect is described as a black man with light complexion between the ages of 25 and 35, with medium build. He is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5-10 and was wearing a black jacket with dark blue jeans and black and white athletic shoes.
Detectives from the Menomonee Falls Police Department and the FBI continue to investigate. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Lt. Kevin Von Bank at (262) 532-8700.
Germantown police are investigating a slew of break-ins that occurred Sunday night and early Monday morning.
The break-ins and attempted break-ins occurred on Vienna Court, Sylvan Circle and in a parking lot on Knight Drive. A village resident called police Monday, reporting that three subjects were attempting to gain entry into vehicles that parked in a lot on Knight Drive. The suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts and fled in a silver vehicle southbound on Squire Drive after police were called to the scene. Police have been unable to locate the vehicle, Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said.
A resident reported stereo equipment was taken from his vehicle that was parked in an underground, secure parking garage on Vienna Court sometime overnight. Another resident also reported that his vehicle parked on Vienna Court was broken into in the evening hours of Dec. 1. That resident's subwoofer was taken from his trunk, Hoell said.
A fourth report filed says a resident's vehicle was broken into on Sylvan Court sometime overnight Dec. 1 into Dec. 2. A stereo and subwoofers were taken.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to police immediately. Hoell said residents should make sure their doors are locked and valuables are removed from the vehicles.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze at the home, located southwest of Silver Spring Drive and Pilgrim Road, remains under investigation.
A company that makes precision metal components plans to expand its Menomonee Falls facility.
Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Inc., located at W169N5954 Ridgewood Drive, plans to build a 20,000 square-foot addition to its existing 43,000 square-foot facility, according to information filed with the Village of Menomonee Falls.
Ultra wants the village to issue industrial revenue bonds to help finance the $5 million project, which would create 10 full-time jobs.
The village would not be a lender or guarantor of the bond debt. The bonds, if issued in the village's name, would be tax exempt. That would allow Ultra to pay a lower interest rate to the investors that buy the bonds.
The Village Board is to review the proposal at its Monday night meeting.