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Waukesha West bounces Waterford with upset

Oct. 19, 2012 11:41 p.m. | Waukesha West senior standout Dylan Chmura hit the key to his team’s victory on the road at Waterford.

“We had to be intense the whole game," Chmura said. "We were the first half and we knew we had to play the same way in the second. We had to stick in there and we did. We did it when we had to at the end. This is going to be a magical run to the state championship.”

West held off Waterford’s final attempt for a go-ahead score with 1:10 left to play to post a 14-12 first round victory. The Wolverines will host Watertown, a 49 – 14 victor over Burlington, in Level 2 next week.

“They were bigger than us in the offensive line,” noted West coach Steve Rux. “I challenged our linemen all week and they responded. Our plan was to get outside and we had success and I liked the way we threw the ball.”

His outside attack worked perfectly as West’s offense took over when Waterford’s opening drive stalled at its own 34. Starting at the West 43, the Wolverines moved 57 yards in 3:04 to get on the board with Ar’Breon Dunson-Lilley’s 2-yard run. Steve Drida’s PAT gave Waukesha a 7-0 lead.

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Hubley, Memorial too much for Falcons

Oct. 19, 2012 11:17 p.m. | Catholic Memorial could do no wrong, racing to a 41-7 lead and ultimately defeating Brown Deer in the WIAA Division 3 football playoffs at Carroll University on Friday, 48-28.

Senior running back Matt Hubley served as the table setter for the CMH offense, delivering 71 yards and four rushing touchdowns in the first half alone.

"Those guys (the offensive line) were doing a good job all night” said Hubley after the game.

Memorial moved on to a Level 2 game against Pewaukee -- a familiar foe at this stage of the postseason. The two programs have split games in Level 1 contests each of the past two postseasons.

Brown Deer looked like it had a case of nerves, particularly on an opening drive that could not have gone worse. The Falcons were whistled for a false start penalty on the first play from scrimmage, and quarterback Drew Worth was sacked on the second play and fumbled the ball, though Brown Deer recovered.

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IED found in Waukesha

Oct. 19, 2012 4:26 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Bomb Squad removed an improvised explosive device from the 1300 block of Falls Court in the City of Waukesha this afternoon. The squad detonated thedevice at a remote location.

Waukesha Police responded to the scene initially at about 11:30 a.m. today. The investigation is ongoing, according to a news release. Further information was not available.

Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today

Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m. | We're a little bit more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's first-round of the WIAA high school football playoffs, so there is still time to sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Appleton East vs. Menomonee Falls; Brown Deer vs. Catholic Memorial; Greendale vs. Wauwatosa West, South Milwaukee vs. Brookfield Central and Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay.

Congratulations to Drew Hunkins of Waukesha, who was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks. He earned a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

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Waukesha North student struck, injured by van

Oct. 18, 2012 2:38 p.m. | Police responded to the intersection of Summit Avenue and Greenmeadow Drive at approximately 7:50 a.m. this morning after a 15-year-old girl was struck by a van there.

The girl, a student at Waukesha North High School, was waiting to cross southbound in a crosswalk across Summit Avenue where she obsereved a vehicle approaching westbound. According to a media release from the Waukesha Police Department, the vehicle indicated and began to turn left from Summit Avenue onto to Greenmeadow.

The girl stepped into the crosswalk but did not see there was a van that began to pass the first vehicle. The van struck the girl, who was subsequently transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Police said the girl suffered a minor head and leg injury as a result.

The van's driver was uninjured, and drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the accident, the release said.

Police were still investigating, and it is unknown at this time if speed was a factor. Police had not yet issued any citations, as the investigation was still pending.

Part of Broadway will be closed to traffic for Saturday's Broadway Fall Festival in downtown Waukesha

Oct. 18, 2012 2:13 p.m. | With the first Broadway Fall Festival taking place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Broadway Street between Barstow and Wisconsin Avenue will be closed to traffic.

The festival will include food, music, activities such as face painting, kids crafts, a raffle, and beer and wine sampling, among others.

Local fire fighters will be on hand from 2 to 4 p.m. to teach individuals fire prevention tips and a fire truck will be on display.

A drawing for the raffle will take place at 4:30 pm at Cake Pops by design, 128 W. Broadway, where the profits will go to support the Family Service of Waukesha's Big Yellow House.

For more information, contact Cake Pops by Design at (414) 254-3448.

Town's terms on water service too steep for Waukesha

Oct. 17, 2012 4:42 p.m. | Waukesha - The Town of Waukesha is asking too high a price for inclusion in the city's future water service area, City Administrator Ed Henschel said Wednesday.

The city will not accept the town's request to be paid 20 years worth of property taxes as compensation for any property annexed by the city, he said.

"We will discuss a shorter time period," Henschel said. A state law requires a city or village to pay five years of property taxes to a town as compensation when there is unanimous support of property owners for annexation.

Henschel said he expects to set up a meeting with town officials next week to discuss the future water service area.

Town Chairman Angie Van Scyoc said Wednesday that she is willing to meet with city officials to discuss the town's terms.

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Great Lakes environmental groups looking over Waukesha today

Oct. 17, 2012 1:58 p.m. | Waukesha -- Ten representatives of environmental and conservation groups from six other Great Lakes states are touring Waukesha by bus this afternoon to get a first hand look at the city.

They will meet with Waukesha Water Utility officials and consultants at mid-afternoon as part of a two-day tour aimed at a better understanding of Waukesha's need for Great Lakes water.

On Thursday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will speak to the group before the bus departs to drive through Oak Creek, a possible supplier of lake water to Waukesha.

The Waukesha and Oak Creek common councils approved a letter of intent for a water deal earlier this month but Oak Creek water utility officials have not signed the document.

Barrett has reminded Waukesha officials of Milwaukee's willingness to negotiate selling lake water to them only if Waukesha accepts Milwaukee's terms. Barrett is demanding that Waukesha distribute lake water only to its current service area and not to any land added in the future.

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Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings

Oct. 17, 2012 12:28 p.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (8-0) has been a fixture atop the Living Lake Country/NOW suburban football rankings all season, never moving from the top spot.

The No. 1-seeded Warhawks begin WIAA Division 1 postseason play at home this Friday against No. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (5-3).

You can get the lowdown on Arrowhead's postseason prospects and more first round games in a video preview at NOW's Push for the Playoffs.

Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs

Oct. 17, 2012 9:51 a.m. | The first-round match ups are set in this season's WIAA football playoffs and you can test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters by taking part in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Drew Hunkins of Waukesha was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks, earning a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

You can join the fun in the playoff version of Pigskin Picks.

Town of Waukesha to address City of Waukesha water service area

Oct. 16, 2012 3:07 p.m. | With barely a minute to spare, the Town of Waukesha will hold a special Town Board meeting today.

The meeting was posted at 12:42 p.m. and the meeting was scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m. at Town Hall, W250 S3567 Center Road.

According to state statute, at least a 24-hour notice of a meeting is required; however, it states, if 24 hours is impossible or impractical for good cause, a shorter notice may be given, but in no case may the notice be less than two hours.

It goes on to say that this “good cause” provision allowing short notice should be used sparingly and only when truly necessary.

The only item on the agenda is to discuss and possibly take action on the City of Waukesha's water service area.

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Judge puts Town of Brookfield incorporation bid on hold

Oct. 16, 2012 1:18 p.m. | A Waukesha County judge has put the brakes on a state proceeding to decide the Town of Brookfield's bid to become a village.

Circuit Judge James A. Kieffer on Monday granted the Town of Waukesha's request for an emergency stay of actions at the Incorporation Review Board that had been set for next week, pending the outcome of the town's appeal of a decision by another Waukesha judge to dismiss the Town of Waukesha from the case.

It's just the latest delay in the Town of Brookfield's effort to obtain village status, a move opposed by the Town of Waukesha over the planned annexation of part of its land into the new municipality.

The Incorporation Review Board, part of the Department of Administration, would ultimately issue a decision for or against the incorporation after a public hearing.

Based on the board's finding, Kieffer would either dismiss the incorporation petition or order a referendum of those living in the proposed village.

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Waukesha man dies in single-car crash in Dane County

Oct. 15, 2012 8:52 a.m. | A 21-year-old Waukesha man has died as a result of a single-vehicle crash, the Dane County medical examiner's office said Monday.

The man was identified as Richie R. Christie.

He was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday on Odana Road near Tokay Blvd., the medical examiner said.

Christie was taken to a Madison hospital, but later died, the office said.

The case remains under investigation by the Madison Police Department and the county medical examiner's office.

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