Criminals kept police busy in 2016 in Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Sussex and surrounding communities. Here is a look at some of the top crimes stories from this past year.
Jerry Mislang, known as the "Voice of Menomonee Falls" for his work as a sports announcer for the school district, was sentenced in August to 75 days in Waukesha County Jail, and fined $1,547 for possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, his third offense of operating under the influence of drugs and failure to obey a traffic officer on Feb. 9.
Robert T. Modl, 18, was charged with nine drug-related offenses, including two counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place in his Sussex home. Modl is facing three counts of manufacturing and delivery of LSD (less than 1 gram), one count of manufacturing and delivering THC (less than 200 grams), one count of possession with intent to deliver LSD, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place. Modl graduated from Hamilton High School in June.
Melissa Jaeger, 23, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and bail jumping in connection with the robbery of Bank Mutual on Water Place and Appleton Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Jaeger allegedly made away with $1,150 after she presented a note demanding the money, displaying a firearm in the process. Police said she acted alone in the crime.
Two people died in a single-vehicle crash on Tuesday, June 30, in the village of Sussex on Maple Avenue at Donna Drive in the village of Sussex. The initial investigation indicated the car was northbound on Maple Avenue and lost control on the wet pavement south of Donna Drive. The car crossed the southbound lane, left the roadway and struck a very large 4-foot-high tree stump. Speed appears to be a factor.
The Waukesha County District Attorney's office filed charges against Quentin B. Hazelwood, who on Wednesday, Oct. 12, was the driver of a car involved in the fatal car crash that killed his passenger, Demario A. Harrison. According to the criminal complaint, Hazelwood had slammed on his brakes to stop on Highway I-41 in Menomonee Falls and began to back up because a bicycle was in the way of his vehicle. Hazelwood said in the report that his vehicle was then struck from behind by a car. The impact caused Hazelwood and Harrison to lose consciousness. Soon after, a second vehicle struck Hazelwood's vehicle again. Harrison was trapped inside the passenger side of the vehicle, and had to be extricated and transported by Flight for Life for emergency medical treatment. According to the complaint, Harrison was later pronounced dead due to his injuries from the accident.
The first known credit card skimmer in Menomonee Falls was found at the BP Corner Pump at N56 W17450 Silver Spring Drive between noon on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
An unidentified man walked into Pet World on N84 W15670 Appleton Ave., removed a rat snake from its tank and hid it inside his pants before he walked out the door at approximately 1:20 p.m. on Aug. 21. The snake was non-venomous and valued at $105.
Investigators from the Menomonee Falls Police Department said this is the first year cyber ransoming has been reported by local businesses.