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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.

Waukesha concedes it can't meet deadline for radium-free water

Nov. 19, 2014 4:18 p.m. | Waukesha will be unable to comply with a court-ordered deadline of June 2018 to provide radium-safe water to its customers and will ask for an extension of at least two additional years, city officials concede in a memo prepared in response to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel inquiry.

More than four years after the city submitted a precedent-setting request to divert Lake Michigan water across the subcontinental divide, the application remains under state review and has not even been forwarded to the other Great Lakes states for their consideration.

Even if Wisconsin and the other seven states approve the plan by this time next year, the earliest date for completing construction of a new water supply service is the summer of 2020, according to the memo written by Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak and other officials. The memo was distributed this week to the Waukesha Common Council and Water Commission after the Journal Sentinel filed public records requests on Nov. 13 and sought comment from Duchniak on the need for an extension.

To comply with the court order, the city would stop using deep wells drawing radium-contaminated water from sandstone once a new supply is available.

Despite delays in the application process, Waukesha is not reconsidering its Lake Michigan diversion request, officials confirm in the memo. Cost of the lake water supply is estimated at $206 million.

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Waukesha Police Report: Nov. 20, 2014 issue

Nov. 19, 2014 11:30 a.m. | 1 A caller at 2051 Highland Ave. said they believe a garbage bag at the end of Highland Avenue has evidence of a crime in it at 6:49 a.m. Nov. 7. The caller, however, did not specify why. Police simply disposed of the bag.

2 A caller said he is being threatened by his housekeeper at 1815 Northview Road at 2:21 p.m. Nov. 7. He said the housekeeper, who has lived there for two years, sleeps all day and refuses to clean his house. She told him "there is nothing you can do about it." This has been an ongoing issue with the two not getting along.

3 Tools were stolen from a shed at 401 E. Main St. at 4:39 p.m. Nov. 7.

4 A man wearing dark clothing came out of the woods at 3122 Kisdon Hill Drive at 7:33 p.m. Nov. 7 and began petting the caller's dog as she was outside walking the dog. The man then went back into the woods.

5 A Carroll University public safety officer caught a couple of students who took some of the letters off a sign on campus at the northeast corner of Grand and College avenues at 10:52 p.m. Nov. 7.

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Girl charged in Slender Man case to get another competency hearing

Nov. 18, 2014 4:43 p.m. | For the second time, a 12-year-old girl charged with trying to kill a classmate to impress the fictional character Slender Man will have her mental state discussed in court by experts.

Morgan Geyser was found incompetent in August after a doctor and psychologist revealed that she still believed in Slender Man and unicorns, thought she could communicate with the Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort and may suffer from an undiagnosed mental illness.

After weeks of treatment at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, Geyser had regained legal competency — her ability to fully understand the charges against her and aid in her own defense — according to a state psychiatrist's report.

On Tuesday, however, her attorney, Anthony Cotton, said he challenges that conclusion and asked for another full hearing on that issue. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren set a date for a competency hearing on Dec. 18, the same day as a similar hearing for co-defendant Anissa Weier.

That is when the state psychiatrist, Kenneth Casimir, and defense experts would testify about changes in Geyser's situation, leaving the ultimate decision of whether she's ready to proceed to Bohren.

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Burlington's city administrator Kevin Lahner selected to same position in Waukesha

Nov. 14, 2014 6:23 p.m. | The city of Waukesha has found its next city administrator.

Kevin Lahner, the city administrator in Burlington, has been selected by Mayor Shawn Reilly and members of the City Administrator Search Committee to replace Ed Henschel as Waukesha's city administrator.

Reilly made the announcement on Friday, Nov. 14.

The common council must approve the search committee's recommendation. That's expected to happen at its Dec. 2 meeting.

Governmental experiences

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Paul Farrow announces for Waukesha County executive

Nov. 14, 2014 11:54 a.m. | Madison — State Sen. Paul Farrow is running for Waukesha County executive, while Rep. Dale Kooyenga has decided he will not seek the position.

Farrow, a Pewaukee Republican and the son of former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow, announced his plans late Thursday, after news emerged that County Executive Dan Vrakas would not seek re-election.

"We have proved time and time again, that our pursuit of lower taxes, community involvement, and electing good stewards of the public trust helps build strong communities and a county that we are all proud of," Farrow said in a written statement announcing his plans. "I look forward to continuing that tradition if I have the honor to serve as county executive."

Kooyenga, a Brookfield Republican, said Friday he had been encouraged to run but decided against it.

"After prayer and discussing with my amazing wife, Jennifer, we decided I can best fight for our values and principles by continued service in the Legislature," Kooyenga said in a written statement.

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30West magazine looking for Waukesha couples to feature in February issue

Nov. 13, 2014 12:42 p.m. | Got a great love story? 30West magazine is looking to feature some Waukesha County couples and their stories in our February issue. Interested in getting featured? Email a photo along with your name, address and telephone number to lakenews@jcpgroup.com with "30West love story" in the subject line. Please also include a brief description of your story. All emails must be received by November 21 to be considered.

Waukesha Police Report: Nov. 13, 2014 issue

Nov. 13, 2014 11:15 a.m. | 1 A caller said he was approached outside House of Guinness, 354 W. Main St., at 12:26 a.m. Oct. 31 by a man asking for money for a cab. The caller gave him $15 and the man then went back into the bar for a drink.

2 A customer's cellphone was stolen at Waukesha County's Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 2120 E. Moreland Blvd., at 11:55 a.m. Oct. 31.

3 A man called the police department, 1901 Delafield St., at 4:22 p.m. Oct. 31 saying an unidentified man keeps calling him and insisting he hit his car and left a note on it. The caller said he had not been in an accident and has no idea what the man is talking about.

4 An iPad was stolen from a house at 2107 Kensington Drive prior to 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

5 A locker was broken into and a wallet, watch and cellphone were stolen at the YMCA, 320 E. Broadway, prior to 7:42 p.m. Oct. 31.

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Vrakas to retire as Waukesha County exec, sparking likely GOP tussle

Nov. 13, 2014 9:50 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas announced Thursday that he won't be running for re-election in the spring.

The announcement comes some eight months after Vrakas made public the fact that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He completed treatment in 10 weeks and returned to work full time in June.

Word of Vrakas' impending retirement announcement had several leading Waukesha Republicans scrambling to gauge and, in some cases, lock up support for what will be an open seat. The general election for the nonpartisan office is to be held in April.

Heading the list of potential candidates are Sen. Paul Farrow, a Pewaukee Republican, and Rep. Dale Kooyenga, a Republican from Brookfield. Both are considered rising stars in the party.

"I would say that Farrow is probably the favorite, but this is incredibly early," said one Waukesha Republican. "Dan hasn't even announced that he's not running." 

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Waukesha County keeps taxes flat in 2015 budget

Nov. 12, 2014 6:10 p.m. | The Waukesha County Board on Wednesday adopted a final 2015 budget with an increase of slightly less than 1% to the general property tax levy.

The total levy stands at $100.49 million for 2015, up $987,100 from this year.

The property tax rate needed to generate the 2015 levy is $2.08 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, down seven cents from this year. The decrease in the rate coupled with a rise in property values will result in no change in the county portion of the December tax bills for most homeowners.

The tax rate and levy were unchanged from the budget recommended by County Executive Dan Vrakas.

Vrakas praised the board for approving a budget that does not increase the property tax burden on homeowners. The final budget "maintains our role as a low tax leader in the state," Vrakas said.

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Waukesha Common Council approves a 2.73 percent tax levy increase for 2015

Nov. 12, 2014 5:03 p.m. | Waukesha taxpayers will pay more on the city portion of their tax bill in 2015.

The tax levy will be $54.55 million, a 2.73 percent increase from 2014, according to figures provided by city of Waukesha Finance Director Richard Abbott. The common council approved the tax levy increase on Nov. 11.

Abbott said the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is $10.43 for 2015, up from $10.19 in 2014. This means a homeowner with an assessed value of $200,000 will pay $2,086 on the city portion of their tax bill, up $48 from 2014.

Pay factor in hike

The total operating budget was about $60.6 million, about a 2.29 percent increase from 2014, which met the Expenditure Restraint Program requirements for limiting spending, Abbott said.

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Doctor says Waukesha stabbing suspect in Slender Man case now competent to continue

Nov. 12, 2014 11:16 a.m. | Three months after Morgan E. Geyser was found incompetent, a medical expert has determined that the 12-year-old is now competent to face criminal proceedings.

Geyser, charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, had been receiving treatment at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute since a judge ruled her incompetent in August. She is accused of nearly stabbing her friend to death as a way to prove herself worthy to a fictitious Internet horror character called Slender Man.

Competency is largely based on whether the court determines a defendant has the mental capacity to assist their attorneys in the defense.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren revealed in court on Wednesday, Nov. 12, that Kenneth Casimir, a doctor in Appleton who specializes in psychiatry, filed a report saying Geyser now has the mental capacity to understand the proceedings and to assist in her own defense.

"To me, that means she's competent to proceed," Bohren said at last week's hearing.

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Expert finds suspect in Slender Man stabbing fit for court

Nov. 12, 2014 10:08 a.m. | Waukesha — After months of treatment, one of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate to impress the fictional character Slender Man is now legally competent to proceed with her case, according to a state psychiatrist.

A final ruling on Morgan Geyser's competency, however, won't come for at least another week. At a hearing Wednesday, her attorney asked for more time to go over the doctor's report — filed Tuesday — with Geyser and her family.

At a hearing set for Tuesday, Geyser's defense is expected to announce whether they accept her competency or will request a full hearing at which experts would once again testify about their evaluations of the girl.

The prosecution of Geyser has been on hold since August, when she was found incompetent, and sent from the Washington County juvenile detention center to a state psychiatric facility in Oshkosh.

Two experts testified in August that Geyser could not fully understand the charges against her or properly aid in her own defense, but each felt that some of that was due to her age and that with help she could reach competency.

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Waukesha city budget addresses relocating fire station and other burning issues in 2015

Nov. 10, 2014 7:24 p.m. | A year after being withheld from the budget, a new fire station is finally in the plans for the city of Waukesha's southwest side for 2015.

That isn't the only noteworthy budget item — renovating the Les Paul Performance Center is also of interest — as the common council considered budget approval Tuesday, Nov. 11.

And there could be some additions to the plan that will make the project a little more costly.

Station relocation

The city has been looking at moving Fire Station No. 3 for years to meet fire department response-time goals on that side of the city, which has grown in recent years.

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Suburban roundup: Week three of the WIAA football postseason

Nov. 10, 2014 10:45 a.m. | Big plays, big mistakes, dominant defenses, and last second heroics. Such were the key factors of week three football in the WIAA postseason.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Homestead pulled off a miraculous last-minute drive and converted a two point attempt to defeat rival Cedarburg 15-14.

-Arrowhead scored on multiple big plays to defeat Mukwonago, 28-10. PHOTO GALLERY: Arrowhead vs. Mukwonago.

-Darlington managed to contain Lake Country Lutheran's explosive halfback Adam Tovar en route to a 41-12 win.

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Waukesha school officials dedicate renamed Les Paul Middle School

Nov. 08, 2014 1:29 p.m. | Waukesha — Music legend Les Paul discovered his penchant for guitar at Waukesha Junior High. It's where his teachers recognized his curious nature, answering never-ending questions like how electricity got to light switches or why windows vibrated.

Now school officials hope Paul's inspiration and innovative spirit rub off on current students. They've renamed the school, most recently known as Central Middle School, after the country and jazz guitarist, who also developed technology and recording techniques that set the standard in the music industry.

Les Paul Middle School Principal Rob Bennett said it seems to be working: Paul and his innovations, like the solid body electric guitar, come up often.

"You can kind of see that 'ah ha' moment for them of, 'It could be me, I could be that next person.' So I think that is pretty powerful," Bennett said ahead of a dedication ceremony Saturday.

Born Lester William Polsfuss in 1915, Paul built his first crystal radio at age 9, around the time he first picked up a guitar. Playing it came quickly for Paul, and he performed on the school stage that still stands today in Waukesha.

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