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‘The need is growing’


Two hundred families will be able to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal this week as a result of the open hearts and giving hands of the congregants of Fellowship Baptist Church, 1700 89th St., in Kenosha.

Saturday’s 11th annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway increased the number of turkeys distributed by seven over last year.

Twenty minutes after the official giveaway started at 10 a.m., there was only one ticket left at the check-in table in the church vestibule, when a woman entered with a young boy.

Learning about life after high school


For some students, it was an experience of a lifetime.

How cool was it to tour a factory where they could learn about manufacturing, learn about job opportunities and see how one of their favorite beverages was produced?

News briefs: Phone theft leads to man’s arrest

A woman who had her smartphone stolen from her car Thursday evening led police to the alleged thief early Friday morning.

Kyle J. Sconzert, 22, of Kenosha, was arrested for theft and issued citations for operating while intoxicated second offense.

Parkside fraternity serves up a community meal


Young men working elbow to elbow in the kitchen at the Salvation Army served up platefuls of steaming food Saturday afternoon, to hungry patrons.

It was the second year that Omega Delta Phi fraternity, Omicron chapter, headquartered at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, hosted a Thanksgiving meal at the facility.

Most parents support shorter year at Riverview

SILVER LAKE — The majority of parents who responded to a survey about ending the school year early to accommodate Riverview School building renovations approve of the idea.

“We had 399 survey responses, which will assist our board as we consider scheduling options,” Administrator Jon Schleusner said. “A total of 87 percent of respondents indicated they would be supportive of an early end of the school year.”

Program helps survivors of suicide cope


It’s not a subject many want to hear about or talk about, but those who have been touched by the loss of someone through suicide were encouraged to share their stories Saturday.

The event was the 16th annual International Survivors of Suicide Program held at the Kenosha County Job Center.

‘The need is growing’


Two hundred families will be able to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal this week as a result of the open hearts and giving hands of the congregants of Fellowship Baptist Church, 1700 89th St., in Kenosha.

Saturday’s 11th annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway increased the number of turkeys distributed by seven over last year.

Event briefs: Fantasy book club meets on Monday

KENOSHA — A fantasy/science fiction book club for adults meets at 6 p.m. Monday at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave.

Attendees are invited to share their favorite books and authors.

Community encouraged to help those affected by horrific slaying case

The brutal slaying of a baby girl and alleged beating of her mother this week has shaken the community and thrust the often hidden anguish of domestic violence into the public eye.

According to the criminal complaint: Serenity Rose, 11 months, died Tuesday after her father, Russell Rose, repeatedly slammed her to the ground during a physical confrontation with her mother outside their apartment, 5008 21st Ave. The baby’s death was witnessed by a neighbor who tried to intervene when he heard Serenity’s mother screaming, saw Rose punch the woman and throw the child to the ground.

Neighbor displaced by murder, fire


Sam Quigley, who lived in the apartment directly above murder victim Serenity Rose’s family in the three-unit building in the 5000 block of 21st Avenue, is still reeling in the aftermath, although he only knew the family casually. Quigley said he often heard the couple quarreling but said he had never seen or heard any signs of physical violence.

“It’s pretty emotional. I don’t see how anyone could hurt a kid,” said Quigley, who recalled having held Serenity and seeing the baby take her first steps.

Social service groups applaud immigration plan

When President Obama finished his speech announcing his immigration plan Thursday, Irene Santos’s phone began to ring.

Friends and family began calling the 82-year-old Santos — who worked on immigrant issues with social services agencies from 1962 to her retirement in 1995 — for her reaction.

Riverview first-graders put on Thanksgiving skit


SILVER LAKE — After 10 years, the music room at Riverview School is no longer large enough to contain the thanksgiving expressed by the first-grade class.

“I think we are going to need a new venue,” first-grade teacher Lori Moldenhauer, said.

Water utility crews busy, but recent cold not to blame


Kenosha Water Utility General Manager Ed St. Peter doesn’t envision there will ever be another season like last year, when there were an alarming 160 water main breaks and 227 reported frozen services.

But if Friday morning was any indication, it could be another rough winter for the city waterworks.

Man arrested after trying to enter woman’s car

A Racine man was arrested for marijuana possession after attempting to enter a woman’s vehicle in the 3100 block of 15th Street just after 7 a.m. Thursday.

Gilberto Flores-Dominques, 33, appeared to be highly intoxicated and was pacing in front of an apartment complex when officers arrived, according to the police report. A woman said she was scraping ice off of her car windows when Flores-Dominques tried opening the door.

Man charged with beating teen at party

Charges were filed against a man police say took part in attacking and robbing a 17-year-old boy at a party last month.

Dwayne E. Wates II, 23, is charged with armed robbery, substantial battery, child abuse and false imprisonment for the incident.

Couple arrested for growing marijuana

A couple was arrested Wednesday after police say they discoverd a “sophisticated” marijuana growing operation at their Kenosha home.

Victor A. Olano-Correa and Leslie Olano, both of Kenosha, were taken into custody during an investigation by the Kenosha Drug Operations Group and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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    News briefs: One arrested, others sought for attack outside bar

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    Alleged child killer has history with legal system


    While online court records show no prior domestic abuse allegations against Russell L. Rose Jr. — the man police believe assaulted his girlfriend and killed their 11-month-old daughter, Serenity Rose, Tuesday night — he has had legal trouble.

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    Agencies stand ready to help those embroiled in domestic violence

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    News briefs: County health division passes review

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    Gun deer hunting season begins Saturday


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    Event briefs: Zumba fundraiser to benefit Wilmot choir

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