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Meindel plays hero, CMH stuns Wisco

Nov. 02, 2012 10:40 p.m. |  

Mitch Meindel said he was lobbying to get the football the whole game, and he finally got his chance in the second half. He even got more than he bargained for.


Meindel caught two touchdowns, but nothing was bigger than his 33-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Catholic Memorial to a thrilling 24-21 upset win over Wisconsin Lutheran at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday. The Level 3 win in the Division 3 playoffs put the Crusaders into a state semifinal next week against Mt. Horeb/Barneveld.
“I was thinking it’s just like practice, just another kick,” said Meindel, whose liner went through without a doubt. “If I go through the motion, it will be good. I have nightmares about that kind of thing. It’s not what you want to do, but if you have to, you want to be able to produce.”
Meindel’s leg is his greatest attribute. Committed to kick for North Dakota next year, Meindel also happens to be a tremendous punter. He already had a 56-yard punt earlier in the game when he sent a 64-yard boomer down to the Wisconsin Lutheran 1-yard line with 8:51 to play.
On 4th and 1 from the 10 and leading, 21-14, Wisconsin Lutheran (10-1) elected to go for the first down and fell short, with Justin Dentici and Jake Drwila stopping the rushing attempt.
“He’s done that historically in the past,” Memorial coach Bill Young said, referring to Wisco coach Kirk DeNoyer. “I thought they were just going to try and draw us offsides. It was just phenomenal.”
Memorial (9-2) faced its own fourth down play from the 1-yard line four plays later, but John Clark plunged in to tie the score at 21-21. Memorial fell earlier in the season to Mukwonago, 14-13, after a failed two-point conversion late in the game, but this time, the Crusaders played it safe.
That decision paid off handsomely when Alec Kocour intercepted Wisconsin Lutheran quarterback Zach Evans on a tipped pass with 2:50 to play on the Wisco 40-yard line.
“I saw the quarterback drop back and when he threw it, I didn’t think 86 (receiver Anthony Carver) could get to it, but I could tell he was going to get a hand on it,” Kocour said. “I played the tip and it came right to me.”
The diving catch set up the final drive, where the Crusaders used six plays to inch into Meindel’s range and drain the clock. Meindel was momentarily taken off the field from his receiver position to practice on the sideline.
“That’s average, that’s my comfort range right there,” Meindel said. “If it had been 10 yards more, it would have been nerveracking.”
It was the first time Memorial led all night. The Vikings looked like the powerhouse they are in the first half, taking a 14-0 lead and holding CMH to just 58 yards of total offense. Running back tandem Adihia Bell and London Townsend both gashed CMH for touchdowns.
“We figured out everything in the lockerroom,” Kocour said. “We knew we had to take care of the edge. Our defensive line played solid and our linebackers were filling the holes.”
CMH finally got on the board with 7:08 to go in the third quarter, when quarterback Pat White found Meindel wide open for a 71-yard touchdown reception. The ball slipped out of Meindel’s hands on the 1-yard line, but he quickly pounced on top.
“I was telling coach to give me the ball the whole game,” Meindel said with a smile. “They were triple teaming Andre (Bodden) on the other side, so I was one on one the whole game. I thought I could get him and I did.”
After a 3-and-out, the Crusaders had another long touchdown play negated by an illegal procedure, but Memorial was able to keep the drive alive and scored on a 31-yard reception from Meindel to tie the game.
Lutheran responded, with Townsend covering the final 11 yards of a drive that featured two 15-yard CMH penalties. The Vikings re-claimed the lead at 21-14 with 10:30 to play.
“It was just one of those things where we kept plugging along,” Young said. “We had those deer eyes (in the first half). It was ugly, but I can’t say enough about my kids and coaches.”
Said Meindel, “We figured at halftime it was only 14. We have an explosive offense. We can score quickly, and we did. … We knew we had a good team at the beginning of the year and now we have a chance to prove it.”
Young, who guided the Crusaders to the state championship game two seasons ago, turns 62 on Sunday.
“This is a pretty darn good birthday present for me,” he said.

With Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners closed, the chef prepares for a restaurant in downtown Waukesha

9:48 a.m. | Mia Famiglia, the Italian restaurant in Hales Corners, has closed as its chef works to open a new restaurant in downtown Waukesha in March.

Tom White Jr. said the restaurant he's opening at 225 South St. would have a streamlined menu that would include small plates, burgers and sandwiches, along with specials that would make use of seasonal ingredients from the city's farmers market.

He's finalizing the concept and still deciding on the new restaurant's name but said he's leaning toward Maglio, his mother's maiden name and a nod to his Sicilian ancestry.

The new location, at the site of the recently closed Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, has an advantage for the growing Mia Famiglia line of prepared foods, which includes pastas, sauces and dressings.

"The beauty of this new building is that it has a large production kitchen in the basement," White said. The products are sold in eight grocery stores including Glorioso's Italian Market in Milwaukee and Grasch Foods in Brookfield, three winter farmers markets and seven summer markets, and he said he's in talks with Outpost Local Foods to sell the products in its stores.

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Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub closed in downtown Waukesha

Jan. 23, 2015 3:29 p.m. | Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub did not last long in downtown Waukesha.

The pub, which opened during the fall of 2013 at 225 South St., closed two weeks ago, said Dominic Hoeffler, who was the general manager at the Waukesha location.

The pub had closed for a couple weeks last August due to what its owner called as staffing issues. The pub reopened with almost 90 percent new staff as well as a few menu changes.

Hoeffler said staff was not the reason this time for the closure. However, when asked why they shut down, Hoeffler said he was not at liberty to discuss the reasons.

"We're not allowed to say," Hoeffler said.

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Video: Downtown Waukesha draws high-end apartments

Jan. 23, 2015 9:50 a.m. | In this week's Land & Space video, we look at four high-end apartment developments, totaling over 300 units, in the works in the downtown Waukesha area.

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Gunshots hit vehicles in parking lot on North University Drive in Waukesha

Jan. 22, 2015 6:41 p.m. | Many people were rattled after hearing gunshots outside their apartment complex on the northwest side of the city on Sunday, Jan. 18.

Police responded to the 2700 block of N. University Drive after many callers reported hearing gunshots just after 7 p.m. Sunday.

One caller thought it could have been from a semi-automatic handgun or rifle, according to the police blotter.

Another caller said they heard about seven shots and some males arguing outside before seeing three vehicles leave. But the caller did not know if the males were related to the gunshots.

The only descriptions one resident gave was that the two suspects were black males in their late teens. The caller said after firing a gun, they left on foot toward North University Drive.

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Rollout of new garbage, recycling carts underway in city of Waukesha

Jan. 22, 2015 1:49 p.m. | The rollout of the new recycling and garbage carts in the city of Waukesha is underway.

The new carts have been distributed to the southwest portion of the city this week and will continue to be delivered to the rest of the city over the next two weeks.

Department of Public Works Director Fred Abadi said at Tuesday's common council meeting everyone who is eligible to receive the carts in the city should have them by the first week in February.

Dustin Nolan, city of Waukesha recycling and solid waste coordinator, added that there isn't a set date a particular neighborhood will receive the carts. Weather and other circumstances could alter the schedule, he said.

Crews with Advanced Disposal were out on Wednesday, Jan. 21, loading up the carts at the city's Drop-Off Center and heading to American Avenue, just west of the downtown area, among other locations for home distribution.

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Charges filed against 3rd suspect in slaying of Citgo station clerk

Jan. 21, 2015 7:23 p.m. | A man wanted in the fatal shooting of a clerk during a robbery at a Waukesha gas station was charged Wednesday with felony murder, according to state court records.

An arrest warrant was also issued for Darrin L. Malone, 28, one of three people involved in the Jan. 13 killing of Saeed Sharwani, 65, at the Citgo station at 1445 Whiterock Ave.

Prosecutors already had charged Kenneth Thomas, 19, with first-degree intentional homicide armed robbery and other charges, and Jerica Cotton, 23, the alleged getaway driver, with felony murder and armed robbery.

According to a criminal complaint:

Thomas shot Sharwani, and Cotton told investigators she agreed to be the getaway driver because she's just a helpful person by nature.

Waukesha Police Report: Jan. 22, 2015, issue

Jan. 21, 2015 4:30 p.m. | 1 A caller says her former boyfriend stole everything she owns at an apartment at 128 Cambridge Ave. prior to 9:54 a.m. Jan. 9.

2 A caller reported at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 9 that approximately six months ago a person armed with a gun came over to his apartment at 2125 Kensington Drive and beat him up. He suspects the same person has put sugar in his gas tank. He told police that he was previously too afraid to report the incidents.

3 A school-issued iPad at Hadfield Elementary School, 733 Linden St., was stolen prior to 4:16 p.m. Jan. 9.

4 A caller saw a man, who was walking by, stop and dig a hole in the snow at 421 Riverview Ave. at 5:44 p.m. Jan. 9. The caller felt this was odd.

5 A caller reported a domestic disturbance at 520 Bell St. at 4:20 a.m. Jan. 11 after a female ran over to a residence, telling someone to call the police because her boyfriend was beating her up. However, police determined there was no criteria for a domestic disturbance as both parties said they had too much to drink. The woman then said she was jealous that her boyfriend was talking to another girl and that she overreacted.

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Fox Head Residences developer asks to postpone action on Waukesha apartments

Jan. 20, 2015 7:16 p.m. | No action was taken on components of the Fox Head Residences, an apartment complex being proposed near Carroll University at the site of the former Fox Head Brewery.  

Community Development Director Jennifer Andrews announced at Tuesday's common council meeting that the developer of the project asked that items relating to the apartment be put on hold until the council's Feb. 19 meeting.

Andrews said Terrance Wall, the developer, was out of town tonight and also wanted to postpone action because he wanted to finish making some of the changes requested by the plan commission at its meeting on Jan. 14. 

As a result, the council will have a month to decide if it will move forward with a project that many already spoke out against at a meeting earlier this month

The council was scheduled to vote on a land-use plan amendment and rezoning of 211 and 223 Maple Ave. at Tuesday's meeting. The land-use plan would change from industrial to commercial and rezoning would change the site from manufacturing and business to a general business planned-unit development.

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Nearby Citgo gas station closes early in response to last week's fatal shooting in Waukesha

Jan. 20, 2015 3:50 p.m. | A Citgo gas station that is just a few blocks away from the Citgo station that was the site of an armed robbery/homicide last week has been closing early as a precautionary measure.

Megan Healey, a clerk at the Citgo gas station at 1700 Pewaukee Road, just north of the Waukesha County Courthouse, said on Tuesday that her station has been closing at 7 p.m., instead of 8 p.m., since last Friday. 

She said her station actually closed two hours early for two days on Wednesday, Jan. 14, and Thursday, Jan. 15, in response to the homicide, which took place at the Citgo gas station, 1445 Whiterock Ave., just before 10:45 p.m. Jan. 13.

Healey said her station didn't receive any threats after the homicide, but employees and the manager felt it was best to close early at nights.

"It was for safety reasons," Healey said. "It's just a precautionary measure."

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Suspected getaway driver in deadly robbery tells police being helpful 'in her nature'

Jan. 19, 2015 10:55 p.m. | A Milwaukee woman told police she agreed to be the getaway driver in a deadly Waukesha armed robbery because, "it was simply in her nature to help people," according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Jerica L. Cotton, 23, said she was being helpful to Kenneth Thomas, 19, and Darrin Malone, 28, when she drove them to the Citgo gas station at 1445 Whiterock Ave., where Thomas allegedly shot clerk Saeed Sharwani, 65, shortly before 11 p.m. Jan. 13, according to the complaint.

Thomas was charged Monday with first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery and other counts. Cotton was charged with felony murder and armed robbery.

Malone, 28, who is considered armed and dangerous, was still at large Monday.

The three are suspected of a half-dozen armed robberies in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, including those of a bank in Milwaukee and of a 7-Eleven store in the Town of Brookfield where multiple shots were fired.

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Complaint: Waukesha man charged with armed robbery wanted to be caught

Jan. 19, 2015 1:45 p.m. | A 34-year-old Waukesha man allegedly held up a gas station clerk with a knife, then allowed the clerk to call the police, to whom he immediately surrendered when they arrived.

Michael Palmore Jr., 337 N. West Ave., was charged on Friday, Jan. 9, in Waukesha County Circuit Court as a repeat offender with armed robbery and misdemeanor bail jumping.

Palmore faces up to nearly 41 years behind bars and $110,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded in emergency fashion around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 9 to the BP gas station at 910 W. St. Paul Ave. to the report of an armed robbery in progress.

The clerk who phoned in the emergency told officers in the complaint that Palmore had been in and out of the station that night, but eventually approached the counter brandishing a knife. Then something unusual happened: Palmore apologized to the clerk.

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2 arrested in fatal Waukesha Citgo robbery linked to violent spree

Jan. 16, 2015 5:35 p.m. | Waukesha police on Friday announced the arrests of two-thirds of a suspected violent trio believed responsible for the killing of a gas station clerk during a series of robberies in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Kenneth Thomas, 19, and Jerica L. Cotton, 23, were arrested in connection with the robbery and shooting death of Saeed A. Sharwani, 65, shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Citgo gas station at 1445 Whiterock Ave., according to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department.

Thomas, who is suspected of having fired the shot that killed Sharwani, was arrested by West Allis police executing a search warrant for Milwaukee police.

Cotton is suspected of being the getaway driver in the robbery.

Authorities are still seeking Darrin Malone, 28, and believe the three are responsible for at least six robberies in West Allis, Milwaukee, the Town of Brookfield and Waukesha, including that of a bank in Milwaukee and a robbery in the Town of Brookfield Jan. 10 during which multiple shots were fired.

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Man accused of killing Waukesha gas station clerk, female getaway driver arrested

Jan. 16, 2015 3:09 p.m. | Waukesha police, as of Friday afternoon, have arrested two people who are alleged to have been involved in the fatal shooting of a gas station clerk on Tuesday night in Waukesha.

Kenneth Thomas, 19, the man accused of killing Saeed Sharwani, was arrested in the city of West Allis less than 10 hours after the armed robbery/homicide at the Citgo gas station, 1445 Whiterock Ave., Waukesha.

According to a news release sent out Friday afternoon by Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department, Thomas, a convicted felon, was arrested by the West Allis Police Department Tactical Unit as it was executing a search warrant for a robbery investigation from the Milwaukee Police Department.

Oremus said the Waukesha Police Department believes Thomas and his accomplices were involved in at least six recent robberies in four jurisdictions: West Allis, Milwaukee, the town of Brookfield and Waukesha.

Shortly after police announced that Thomas was arrested, another news release was sent out saying a 23-year-old woman, tied to the case, has also been arrested and is in custody. Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said Jerica Cotton was the getaway driver for Thomas and the other male suspect at the scene of the crime.

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Former Waukesha alderman Ripplinger dies, two visitations scheduled this weekend

Jan. 16, 2015 2:14 p.m. | Former city of Waukesha Alderman James Ripplinger died on Jan. 10.

He was 77. 

Ripplinger served as an alderman in Waukesha from 1994 to 2005. 

A resolution was signed by Mayor Shawn Reilly and will be read at the common council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20. 

There will be two visitations for Ripplinger.

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Armed robbery occurs Thursday night on Hinman Avenue in Waukesha

Jan. 16, 2015 12:07 p.m. | Two suspects are at-large after committing an armed robbery Thursday night, just south of Carroll University in Waukesha.

Lt. Tom Wagner said two males, who were wearing scarfs covering their face, displayed a handgun and took a male's phone and wallet in the 200 block of Hinman Ave. around 8 p.m. Jan. 15.

The suspects, wearing hooded sweatshirts, were reportedly in their late teens or early 20s. The caller said a black full-sized semi automatic handgun was displayed.

The suspects got away, Wagner said. No injuries were reported to the victim.

One suspect is described as a black male who had one-inch long dreads and was wearing a blue scarf over his face. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

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