District names interim principal at Ben Franklin Elementary

Jan. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | Bil Zahn, a retired elementary principal from the Elmbrook School District, was named interim principal at Ben Franklin Elementary in Menomonee Falls as a result of Principal Steve Bold's resignation.

His resignation takes effect June 30. Zahn, who served as Burleigh Elementary School principal for 22 years, will act as principal while the district posts the full-time position at Ben Franklin. According to the Menomonee Falls School District, Zahn spent the week meeting the students in their classrooms and introducing himself.

Valley View Principal Tina Posnanski and Riverside Elementary Principal Scott Walter will be working with Ben Franklin's Associate Principal Mike Mullen and Zahn "to ensure the continuity of support and quality focus on improvement continues," said Superintendent Patricia Greco.

Zahn will serve as interim principal until the School District finds a suitable replacement, Greco said.

Fire causes $150,000 in damage to Menomonee Falls home; five people make it to safety

Jan. 03, 2013 11:48 a.m. | A fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon in Menomonee Falls caused $150,000 in damages to a single-story, family residence.

Five people were inside the home at W1355 Mary Dale Drive when it caught fire. All made it out safely. A bystander was able to take the family into the car after they left the home.

The fire was started by a cooking appliance outside, which caught the outside of the house on fire before it quickly spread inside the house and up into the attic, said Menomonee Falls Fire Chief Jeff Hevey.

The Menomonee Falls Fire Department received the first call at 1:38 p.m. Multiple 911 calls came from an office building next door to the home, Hevey said.

The Fire Department was on scene at 1:41 p.m. and had the fire extinguished about an hour later.

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Filing extended for Germantown School Board election, village president unopposed

Jan. 03, 2013 9:18 a.m. | Three seats are open in spring on the Germantown School Board and filing has been extended to Monday for one of those positions.

Germantown School Board member Diana Kline did not file the correct paperwork declaring a re-election run or noncandidacy for seat four by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday, which means filing for that seat has to be extended until 5 p.m. Monday.

Kline can no longer run, according to the Germantown School District; however, since the incumbent did not file the necessary paperwork, the deadline is extended.

Germantown residents Jill North and Brian Medved have filed for her seat on the School Board. They will run against each other in the April 2 election provided no one else files for seat four. If a third candidate files, there will be a primary election in February.

Incumbents Bruce Warnimont and Michael Loth, whose terms expire in April, will run unopposed in spring. Warnimont holds seat two and Loth holds seat six.

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Filing in Falls closes, Village Board members contested in spring

Jan. 03, 2013 9:06 a.m. | The time is up for residents to file to run for open positions during the spring election for school boards and local municipalities.

Three terms on the Menomonee Falls Village Board will expire in April: seat four, currently held by Mike McDonald; seat five, held by Jeff Steliga; and seat six, held by Steve Raymonds.

All three incumbents are running once more. Real Estate Agent Bonnie Lemmer is running against Steliga for seat five. McDonald is contested by Jeremy Walz. Raymonds will run unopposed.

Village trustees serve three-year terms and receive $5,500 annually.

Three people are running for the three open seats up for election on the Menomonee Falls School Board. Incumbents Faith VanderHorst and Scott Ternes and Valley View Elementary Parent Teacher Association President Michele Divelbiss are running for the School Board seats.

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Menomonee Falls police urge residents to lock doors, windows in light of two burglaries

Jan. 02, 2013 1:14 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police are warning residents and business owners to watch for suspicious activities after two homes were broken into Sunday and Monday.

According to a news release from the Menomonee Falls Police Department:

In the evening on Sunday, on the W15700 block of Countryside Drive, a home was entered through an unlocked garage service door and a laptop was taken. The suspects also attempted to enter several other homes on Countryside Drive and Colony Road, but were deterred after the doors were found to be locked, according to the Menomonee Falls Police Department.

A second home was broken into on Monday evening on the N5522 block of Ridgewood Drive. Suspects entered into the condo through an unlocked bedroom window. Jewelry, cash and gift cards were taken. No one was home at the time of the burglaries.

Police urge residents to lock all windows and doors, especially when they are not at home.

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Germantown man accused of hiding marijuana - by eating it

Jan. 01, 2013 10:22 a.m. | Jackson - A 26-year-old Germantown man pulled over by police for expired license plates Sunday tried to hide marijuana by eating it, according to Village of Jackson police.

Officers stopped the man's vehicle about 3 p.m. Sunday and smelled marijuana smoke wafting from inside. Officers also spotted marijuana on the floor and console. The man and a passenger denied using the drug but during a sobriety field test, an officer discovered the man's mouth was coated with marijuana flakes and his tongue was green.

The man was arrested for his third offense operating while under the influence and for carrying a concealed weapon. Police found a club in the car which was a violation of the man's probation.

Germantown BP robbed by man with knife

Dec. 31, 2012 4:20 p.m. | Germantown BP, N112-W11190 Mequon Road, was robbed about 6:30 a.m. Monday by a man with a knife, police said.

The man is described as white, in his mid-to-late 20s, about 6 feet tall with a slender build.

He was wearing black, insulated coveralls and a black baseball cap and was unshaven, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Germantown police at (262) 253-7780 or Washington County We-Tip at (800) 232-0594.

Germantown police seeking information on armed robbery at BP gas station

Dec. 31, 2012 11:28 a.m. | Germantown police are looking for information regarding an armed robbery which took place Monday, Dec. 31.

According to a Germantown Police Department news release:

An employee of the BP gas station at N112W11190 Mequon Road contacted police at approximately 6:30 a.m. to report an armed robbery.

The suspect was described as a male in his mid to late twenties. The employee described the suspect as about six feet tall with a slender build, wearing black insulated coveralls and a black baseball cap. He had facial hair described as "a couple of days unshaven."

He showed a knife before demanding money and running from the gas station with an unknown amount of money.

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Social media users remember Jennifer Sebena

Dec. 31, 2012 11:26 a.m. | Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena was remembered on Saturday at her funeral at Elmbrook Church. 

But community members, law enforcement officials and other people didn't stop then. They continued to offer remembrances on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels. Read the social media story.

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