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Circles of life

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Shortly after two young men were rescued after diving off North Pier on Simmons Island, a fire department official reacted with frustration.

The concrete and steel pier, which juts into Lake Michigan and marks the entrance to the Kenosha Harbor, is a popular gathering spot, and people are often tempted to dive there despite signs warning of dangerous currents.

“We are often called to Lake Michigan for rescues, but many of them are at this pier, and unfortunately there have been a number of fatalities,” said Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter after the pair had been pulled from the water by a passing boat. “These two individuals were very close to becoming the next statistic.”




Watson appointed to Salem School Board

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SALEM — Parisa Watson was appointed to the Salem Board of Education for a second time Wednesday.

Board members chose Watson from a field of three interested candidates to fill the position vacated by Jack Niccolai. The term will expire in April.

Motorcyclist severely injured in crash

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A motorcyclist suffered severe foot and leg injuries in a collision with a vehicle at the intersection of 75th Street and 60th Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

The motorcycle rider, whose name nor condition was not immediately available, was airlifted by Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, according to Sgt. James Beller of the Kenosha Police Department.

Dog days are here

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After a relatively cool start to July, typically the hottest month of the year, the weather is heating up toward the end of the week, with temperatures forecast to be in the high 80s today and reaching 90 by Friday.

According to the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wis., the warmth is also expected to continue well into next week, but not as hot. So far, forecasters are looking at temperatures be in the mid- to low 80s.

Circles of life

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Shortly after two young men were rescued after diving off North Pier on Simmons Island, a fire department official reacted with frustration.

The concrete and steel pier, which juts into Lake Michigan and marks the entrance to the Kenosha Harbor, is a popular gathering spot, and people are often tempted to dive there despite signs warning of dangerous currents.

Somers industrial park moving forward

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SOMERS — The village of Somers is putting plans for its first industrial park on the fast track.

In a special Village Board meeting Monday night following a Plan Commission meeting on the same subject, the board unanimously approved the site plan and certified survey map for the project, to be developed by First Industrial Reality Trust.

Somers Village Board sets its pay

SOMERS — The Village Board set its annual stipend Tuesday, though one board member said the salaries are too high.

Board members will make $6,000 annually, while the village president will make $12,000 a year.

Kenosha Unified budget cuts not as deep as anticipated

Although it won’t be finalized until October, the Kenosha Unified School Board has approved a preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year that maintains programs while cutting administrative costs.

Like public school districts throughout Wisconsin, Unified will be required by the state budget to operate without any increase in funds for the next school year.

News briefs: KPD, KSD team up in arrest

Multiple agencies were involved in apprehending a Kenosha man who fled during an arrest about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Citgo, 5922 Sheridan Road.

Devontae R. Smith, 24, was arrested on a probation violation and faces charges for identify theft, two counts of resisting and obstructing an officer, possession of marijuana and manufacturing with an intent to deliver marijuana.

Fur-trading days to come alive at Pike River Rendezvous

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With a few steps on Simmons Island beach, people can find themselves whisked away to 200 years in the past — where mountain men slept in tepees and pirates attacked traders for their goods — this weekend at the Pike River Rendezvous.

While the camp on the beach officially opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, people are encouraged to stop by and interact with the re-enactors Friday about daily life during the fur trade era.

Looking ahead to Taste of Wisconsin

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Here’s a capsule look at the Taste of Wisconsin, which begins Friday:

What: Seventh annual Taste of Wisconsin Festival

Police seek steak stealers

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Kenosha Police Department obtained video surveillance of a man stealing six porterhouse steaks at Pick ‘n Save, 1901 63rd St., on July 22.

The man placed the steaks in the child seat of a shopping cart and then stuffed them into his jacket, according to the police report.

Police seek woman for fraudulent bank withdrawal

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Authorities are seeking help in an investigation surrounding a fraudulent withdrawal from a local bank.

Kenosha Police said a U.S. Bank employee recently reported the incident and released video surveillance of the two suspects involved.

Event briefs: Educational series set for caregivers

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A six-week educational series for caregivers is upcoming at Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd.

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” meets 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday starting Aug. 5. Registration is required by Friday.

Somers officials wrangle about public comments

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SOMERS — Village President George Stoner cut off comments by a Somers resident Tuesday night when it appeared he was about to criticize Stoner.

Speaking during the citizen comments portion of the Village Board meeting, former town firefighter Carl Kirkorian asked for a raise for Somers firefighters. Then he started complaining about the board meeting’s start time.

Unified OKs new approach to handling intruders

The Kenosha Unified School District will move forward with a new approach to training staff to handle school intruders.

The School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with ALICE — Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate — training for school staff.

Dream Playground volunteers needed for first phase of construction

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The Kenosha Dream Playground Project is seeking at least 150 volunteers to help with the first phase of construction of the fully accessible playground in Petzke Park, 1700 29th St.

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed Aug. 20-23.

Simmons Island access limited due to Pike River Rendezvous

KENOSHA — The Pike River Rendezvous will be Saturday and Sunday on Simmons Island.

Access to Simmons Island will be limited to non-motorized traffic beginning Wednesday. Cars will be able to reach the history center and yacht club; access is restricted to the park road going down to the beach.

Comedian reminisces about growing up in Kenosha

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When comedian and writer Jeff Cesario came back to his hometown of Kenosha this week he was reminded how much the city has changed since his days growing up on the north side.

Cesario, a 1971 graduate of Bradford High School, was the keynote speaker Tuesday for the 2015 Annual Meeting luncheon of the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce.

News briefs: Victims identified in plane crash

Authorities have released the names of the men killed in a plane crash discovered Sunday in Bristol.

The pilot was William L. Lanman, 69, of Louisville, Ky., and the passenger was James D. Arnold, 43, of Crestwood, Ky. The plane was en route to the annual Experimental Aircraft Association air show in Oshkosh.

Somers seeks to form village park committee, recreation program

SOMERS — The village is planning to form a Park Committee to manage the new municipality’s park system, which was previously handled by the town Park Committee.

All but one of Somers’ parks are in the village, Town/Village Attorney Jeff Davison said.

National Night Out set for Aug. 4

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Kenosha will take part in the 31st annual National Night Out Against Crime Aug. 4 in an effort to build better relationships between young people and local law enforcement.

The free event will be celebrated at three locations from 5 to 8 p.m.:

Bill seeks to protect rescuers of kids in overheated cars

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People breaking into parked cars to save kids, pets and others from injury or death due to overheated interiors on hot days would not be held liable under a bill being circulated by state Rep. Tod Ohnstad, D-Kenosha.

Co-authored in the Assembly by Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, and in the Senate by Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, the proposed bill stems from a resolution Ald. Rocco LaMacchia Sr. wrote and got approved by Kenosha’s City Council without opposition.

Event briefs: Central band to perform Wednesday

PADDOCK LAKE — The Central High School Community Band will present a summer concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The outdoor concert will take place behind the school, 24617 75th St., Paddock Lake. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Alderman hospitalized in intensive care

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Ald. Bob Johnson, who represents Kenosha’s 16th District, remained hospitalized late Monday in Wauwatosa after falling ill last week.

According to Rachel Brandes, Johnson’s longtime girlfriend, he had not been feeling well the past two months, and when his condition worsened dramatically last Tuesday night, she called for paramedics, who took Johnson by ambulance to St. Catherine’s Medical Center in Pleasant Prairie.

City officials seek clarity in beach house repair contracts

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With a week to go before the 60-day deferral period is up, the Kenosha Park Commission, well, deferred making a recommendation Monday on repair or replacement of the Southport Beach House roof.

At issue is essentially whether the majority of slate roof sections on the historic building should be replaced with asphalt shingles versus replacing specific slate shingles and doing little or nothing else.

County roadwork in full swing

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Roadwork season is in full swing in Kenosha County.

Over the last few days, highway crews have been paving a 2.5-mile stretch of 22nd Avenue from Highway KR to the intersection of 15th Street and Birch Road. As of Monday, new asphalt was down on most of the road in both directions, and traffic was halted intermittently as crews continued to apply fresh oil on the surface.

Workers lured to Illinois by higher wages

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While Kenosha County is enjoying a jobs spurt created by corporate expansions and Illinois companies coming to Wisconsin, there is a quiet, but growing number of entry-level workers crossing the border to take jobs in Illinois.

The reason? Illinois’ higher minimum wage. While Wisconsin’s minimum wage is $7.25, in Illinois it’s $8.25 an hour.

Man charged in armed robbery outside store

A Kenosha man stole cash and the hat off a man’s head during a Wednesday incident outside a convenience store, according to police.

Deandre Watkins, 27, is charged with armed robbery and bail jumping, both as a repeat offender. If convicted, he could face up to 33 years in prison.

News briefs: Arrest made in self-inflicted stabbing

A 30-year-old Kenosha man faces numerous charges after reportedly threatening a woman and stabbing himself at a residence in the 1500 block of 52nd Street Saturday.

Emergency crews responded at 2:51 p.m. when a man was spotted lying in the road in the 1700 block of 52nd Street.

Racine man charged in July 8 Kenosha shooting

A Racine man has been arrested and charged with a July 8 shooting in Kenosha.

Dominique D. Bryant, 22, is charged with first-degree reckless injury, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm by someone adjudged delinquent and obstructing an officer. If convicted of all counts, he could face 36 years in prison.

Woman arrested for assaulting fiance on wedding day

Kenosha Police said a 31-year-old Kenosha woman spent her wedding day in jail after striking her fiance over the head with an empty beer bottle around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at a residence in the 5400 block of 33rd Avenue.

The woman was arrested for battery and transported to Kenosha County Jail.

Event briefs: Dragon Boat Festival set for Saturday

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Pleasant Prairie Dragon Boat Festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday on Lake Andrea in Prairie Springs Park, highways 165 and H.

In dragon boat racing, teams of 20 paddle the 45-foot slender boats, racing against other boats.

Van flips under 43rd Street viaduct

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A 52-year-old Pleasant Prairie man was taken to Kenosha Medical Center with minor injuries after a single-vehicle crash at the viaduct in the 1100 block of 43rd Street, about 12:50 p.m., according to Kenosha police.

Police said the man suffered an asthma attack and reached for an inhaler when the van struck the concrete base of the viaduct. He was headed west on 43rd Street.

UPDATE: Bristol plane crash investigation continues

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Kenosha County’s medical examiner is continuing to try to positively identify one of the two victims in a Bristol plane crash.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered the downed plane in a Bristol field Sunday after being asked to search for it after it was reported overdue at the annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in in Oshkosh.

Criminal charge against teacher’s aide dropped

Prosecutors dropped the criminal charge against a former school aide accused of abusing a boy with autism, a move that upset the boy’s family.

Cynthia Tessman, 55, of Kenosha, was charged with physical abuse of a child, a felony, related to an incident at Jane Vernon Elementary School in June 2013. The charge was filed in April 2014.

History Mystery: Kenosha’s short-lived time as the village of Pike

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Question: We now know it as the city of Kenosha. How long was it known as the village of Pike?

Answer: What? You never heard of Pike?

Snapshot: He boils water to keep campus warm

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When describing his job, Dale Lovejoy says he boils water for a living.

For the past 20 years, he has worked at the power plant responsible for the cooling and heating of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus. He started as an operator and was promoted to plant superintendent about 16 years ago and now supervises a staff of six.

Fans frolic as Bryan closes out Country Thunder

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RANDALL — Clouds rumbled over the grounds on the last day of Country Thunder Sunday, but not even the slightest chance of rain could keep country music fans away from the main stage.

Throughout the festival there were two names on everyone’s minds: Luke Bryan — the final act of Country Thunder — and Eric Church, who was named one of the main acts for Country Thunder 2016.

Two die in plane crash

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BRISTOL — The bodies of two men, who died in a plane crash, were discovered in a field behind a home in the 16800 block of 60th Street Sunday.

According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, the small, two-seat, single-engine plane was found about 12:38 p.m. in a grassy field several hundred yards south of a residence at 16807 60th St. after authorities picked up a signal from a cellphone in the wreckage.

Non-life-threatening injuries in industrial mishap

A man in his early 30s was taken to a local hospital late Saturday after being injured in an industrial accident.

According to police, he was cleaning a printing press when his hand was drawn into the machine at Vista International Packaging, 1126 88th Place.

A Life Remembered: Longtime teacher emphasized importance of education

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Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.

She could teach them on a bus, she could teach them in a school; in the city or the county, Allyn Geary really ruled.

E. coli warning issued for Silver Lake beach

An E. coli bacteria warning has been issued for Silver Lake’s DeWitt Beach off Cogswell Drive.

According to the village’s website, the warning was posted Friday and remains in effect until further notice.

Opening acts enjoy their time in Country Thunder spotlight

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RANDALL — Country Thunder has always been celebrated for bringing big names to Wisconsin, but for some country music fans the lesser-known opening acts bring fresh material to the scene.

“I kind of feel like they (County Thunder organizers) have been paying attention to headliners more than the experience,” said Natalie Morris of Mundelein, Ill. “There used to be a lot of big names throughout the day, not just at the end of the day.”

Volunteers tend to sick, injured at Country Thunder

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RANDALL — The energy was electric at Country Thunder as the gates opened Saturday.

In the first hour of the festival, concertgoers spread out blankets, exploring the vendors and baring more skin on the sweltering day.

Car smashes into garage

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A car sped through a parking lot and crashed into a garage Saturday evening after the driver appeared to suffer from a medical condition.

According to a witness, the driver of the late-model Buick either blacked out or otherwise lost control of the car about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of 75th St.

News briefs: Police investigate possible stabbing

Authorities responded to a reported stabbing in the 1700 block of 52nd Street at 2:51 p.m. Saturday.

Kenosha Police Department said a man appeared to be injured and was lying in the middle of 52nd Street, according to police scanner traffic. The man was taken to Kenosha Medical Center.

Volunteers help stem invasive plants at Pringle

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BRISTOL — Buckthorn, multiflora rose, garlic mustard and honeysuckle were under attack Saturday morning at Pringle Nature Center.

Volunteers armed with garden clippers and bug spray helped restore the nature center’s oak savanna by removing invasive plant species to return native plants back to the habitat.

Kids workout with Kingfish thanks to local Realtors

Simmons Field became a field of dreams for youngsters from Kenosha Saturday afternoon as they got the chance to try out their hitting, catching and running skills with Kenosha Kingfish players.

Sponsored by the Southshore Realtors Association, the Take Me Out to the Ball Game Outing drew kids who might not normally have the chance to attend a Kingfish game.

Despite traffic increase, no plans to widen roads west of Uline

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BRISTOL — Traffic has gotten much heavier along the two-lane roads west of the Uline development, but not so much that the county plans major improvements in the near term.

“That area in the vicinity of Uline and the intersection of (highways) Q and U is probably one of the most analyzed areas there is (in the county) as far as traffic goes,” said Gary Sipsma, county highway commissioner.

Somers mulls referendum to unify village, town

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SOMERS — Town officials are now considering a referendum to annex the remaining remnant town properties into the village of Somers.

“We’d bring it all back together,” Town/Village Administrator Bill Morris said.

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    Alderman hospitalized in intensive care

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    Ald. Bob Johnson, who represents Kenosha’s 16th District, remained hospitalized late Monday in Wauwatosa after falling ill last week.

    City officials seek clarity in beach house repair contracts

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    With a week to go before the 60-day deferral period is up, the Kenosha Park Commission, well, deferred making a recommendation Monday on repair or replacement of the Southport Beach House roof.

    County roadwork in full swing

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    Roadwork season is in full swing in Kenosha County.

    Workers lured to Illinois by higher wages

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    While Kenosha County is enjoying a jobs spurt created by corporate expansions and Illinois companies coming to Wisconsin, there is a quiet, but growing number of entry-level workers crossing the border to take jobs in Illinois.

    Man charged in armed robbery outside store

    A Kenosha man stole cash and the hat off a man’s head during a Wednesday incident outside a convenience store, according to police.

    News briefs: Arrest made in self-inflicted stabbing

    A 30-year-old Kenosha man faces numerous charges after reportedly threatening a woman and stabbing himself at a residence in the 1500 block of 52nd Street Saturday.

    Racine man charged in July 8 Kenosha shooting

    A Racine man has been arrested and charged with a July 8 shooting in Kenosha.

    Woman arrested for assaulting fiance on wedding day

    Kenosha Police said a 31-year-old Kenosha woman spent her wedding day in jail after striking her fiance over the head with an empty beer bottle around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at a residence in the 5400 block of 33rd Avenue.

    Event briefs: Dragon Boat Festival set for Saturday

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Pleasant Prairie Dragon Boat Festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday on Lake Andrea in Prairie Springs Park, highways 165 and H.

    Van flips under 43rd Street viaduct

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    A 52-year-old Pleasant Prairie man was taken to Kenosha Medical Center with minor injuries after a single-vehicle crash at the viaduct in the 1100 block of 43rd Street, about 12:50 p.m., according to Kenosha police.

    UPDATE: Bristol plane crash investigation continues

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    Kenosha County’s medical examiner is continuing to try to positively identify one of the two victims in a Bristol plane crash.

    Criminal charge against teacher’s aide dropped

    Prosecutors dropped the criminal charge against a former school aide accused of abusing a boy with autism, a move that upset the boy’s family.

    History Mystery: Kenosha’s short-lived time as the village of Pike

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    Question: We now know it as the city of Kenosha. How long was it known as the village of Pike?

    Snapshot: He boils water to keep campus warm

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    When describing his job, Dale Lovejoy says he boils water for a living.

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