Police ID body found alongside rail tracks

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Authorities on Monday identified a man whose body was found on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks this weekend after being struck by a train.

Shane A. Miller, 35, of Kenosha, was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday afternoon.

A railroad inspector conducting a routine check discovered part of Miller’s remains on the tracks just west of Seventh Avenue in the 8000 block, according to Kenosha Police Department reports.




Aurora finalizing plans for west-end cancer facility

Aurora Healthcare is finalizing plans for an outpatient clinic and cancer center to serve western Kenosha and Racine counties as well as Walworth County.

The organization is on the verge of closing a deal for land for the $75 million campus.

City’s first dog park to open soon in Anderson Park

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The city’s new dog park at Anderson Park is near completion, but an ordinance change is needed before it can be opened to the public.

Work is nearly finished on the newest feature in Anderson Park, 8730 22nd Ave. But before it can be opened, city officials need to change an ordinance to allow dogs to be off leash within the dog park.

Wheatland budget hinges on Oct. 14 referendum

WHEATLAND — The slight decrease in the tax levy approved by the Wheatland Center School electorate last week is based on the approval of the Oct. 14 referendum to exceed the state-imposed revenue cap.

Wheatland Center School Administrator Marty McGinley said the budget presented shows how approving the referendum will not cause the tax levy to rise.

City, county stocking up on salt supplies

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The winter of 2013-’14 blew through local road salt supplies, leaving the city and county with small fractions of their usual supply at the end of the season.

The city of Kenosha’s salt supply had dwindled to 500 tons, and the county’s to 1,800 tons.

News briefs: Senior citizen hit with baseball bat

A 33-year-old Salem woman reportedly belted a senior citizen in the head twice with an aluminum baseball bat while baby-sitting several children at her residence Monday morning in the 27800 block of 99th Street.

Laila Schiavo was arrested for substantial battery of a person 62 years or older and recklessly endangering safety. Both possible charges carry a domestic violence enhancer.

Committee to give Unified gifted programs a closer look

The gifted-and-talented programs in Kenosha Unified School District are about to get a closer look.

The district is forming a “talent development committee.” made up of Unified staff and community residents, to do an overview of the exiting programs and coming up with recommendations for improvements.

Event briefs: Events scheduled at visitors center

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Travelers and local residents are invited to another First Fridays event this Friday at the Visitor Information Center at I-94 and Highway 165.

Hosted by the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the open house is noon to 3 p.m. featuring exhibitors, samples, prizes and coupons.

Police ID body found alongside rail tracks

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Authorities on Monday identified a man whose body was found on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks this weekend after being struck by a train.

Shane A. Miller, 35, of Kenosha, was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday afternoon.

Village seeks input on temporary stop signs

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The village is seeking public feedback regarding stop signs temporarily installed at three locations.

The signs were installed earlier this year at the intersections of Highway H and Bain Station Road, Highway C and Bain Station Road as well as Highway C and 104th Avenue.

City seeks funds to keep marina channel passable

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The city is seeking outside funds to help in the fight to keep sediment from settling in Southport Marina.

City officials have been looking for ways to solve the problem, which makes the mouth of the marina dangerously shallow for passing boats.

News briefs: Accused shoplifter taken into custody

A 25-year-old Kenosha man was shocked with a Taser and arrested after a foot chase outside Kohl’s, 7200 Green Bay Road, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Andrew M. Beltoya ran out of the store after security guards witnessed him shoplifting, according to police. Officers waiting outside chased Beltoya north of the store and fired the Taser when he refused to remove his hand from his waistband, according to police.

Trial delay frustrates family of homicide victim

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Bianca Vite’s family has been to court hearing after court hearing for nearly two years, looking for justice for the murdered young woman.

The 21-year-old Vite’s body was discovered in a Mount Pleasant home that burned down on Christmas Day 2012. Her death was ruled a homicide. Investigators later said her husband, Joseph Guerrero, killed her on Dec. 22, then set the fire that burned her body and the house.

Former St. Joseph teacher pleads guilty of wire fraud

A former St. Joseph Catholic Academy teacher has admitted stealing more than $1.7 million from his in-laws and two organizations.

Arnav Mahant, of Kenosha, was charged with wire fraud in federal court, for actions between 2006 and 2012. Mahant was treasurer of the two organizations during that time.

Rohrman Kenosha Nissan dealership expected to open this week

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Bob Rohrman Auto Group, after two years of battling a wetlands issue in Bristol, is now close to opening Kenosha Nissan, the company’s first Wisconsin store and its third new dealership this month.

The Libertyville, Ill.-based auto conglomerate has 35 dealerships in Illinois and Indiana and plans to have five new stores by the end of next year. It opened a Fort Wayne, Ind., store Monday and plans to have the Kenosha County Nissan dealership open for business Thursday, pending an inspection and the awarding of an occupancy permit.

Second girl accuses Johnson of sexual abuse

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A second girl has accused Curt Johnson of sexual abuse, according to a lawsuit filed in Racine County Circuit Court.

A California law firm filed the suit this summer, alleging Samuel Curtis Johnson III sexually abused the girl between March 2007 and July 2009. The girl was a childhood friend of Johnson’s stepdaughter.

KEA seeking new leader

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The Kenosha Education Association is looking for new leadership.

Less than a month after taking over as executive director of the union, Juan Jimenez said Monday that he will be leaving the KEA at the end of October. Jimenez said he is leaving to take an administrative position at a technical college in western Wisconsin.

Event briefs: Make Halloween masks at Kemper Center

KENOSHA — Children ages 8 and up can make Halloween papier mache massk during a class that begins Saturday.

The class meets 9 to 10:30 a.m. two consecutive Saturdays in the Kids Space/Faulkner Building at the Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave.

History Mystery: Local attorney supported, then clashed with, Mary Baker Eddy

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Question: What prominent local attorney went toe-to-toe with Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Church of Christ Scientist, before settling in Kenosha?

Answer: Joseph Russell Clarkson was a man of integrity, but his convictions led to abrasive situations. And on a couple of occasions, his principles led to actions even he could not explain.

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