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Man charged with theft of $1 million in Snap-on tools

A Pleasant Prairie man has been charged with stealing Snap-on tools worth $1 million and passing them to someone else for resale, according to court records.

Nathan A. Wrobel, 41, is charged with three counts each of burglary and theft of property worth more than $10,000 for the incidents in October, November and December. If convicted of all counts, he could be sentenced to 37½ years in prison.

Wrobel worked for Snap-on Inc. as a forklift operator and had access to a warehouse facility the company used to assemble and store products, including a large metric tool set and kit primarily sold overseas. The kit retails for about $35,000.




Missing Racine Case teen being sought

Southeastern Wisconsin law enforcement agencies were seeking a teen boy Tuesday night who had been missing since the previous afternoon.

Daniel Brunson, 16, was last seen at Case High School at about 2:30 p.m. The family said Brunson has Asperger’s syndrome and is mentally challenged.

Unhappiness with county pay study continues

A study that proposes to reclassify positions, salaries and wage levels for Kenosha County employees will go back to a consultant and a committee after debate over issues of pay for legal secretaries and others.

The board voted 15-6 Tuesday night to send back the study, after the secretaries to the eight county circuit court judges demanded that they be restored from deputy court clerks, a lower pay classification, to legal secretaries.

Forum targets school budget cuts

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State lawmakers and education advocates decried proposed budget cuts to Wisconsin schools during a forum about school funding Tuesday.

"Education is the foundation on which we build our future leaders. ... In Wisconsin, it's one of the most important values we've had for generations," said state Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, at the event hosted by the Kenosha Education Association, a member organization made up of nearly 2,400 Kenosha Unified School District educators.

Pros, cons of prevailing wage debated

Lawmakers, construction companies and local government leaders sparred Tuesday over a Republican bill that would repeal Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law, with supporters saying the measure would save money and opponents arguing the law guarantees quality construction and wage equality.

Meanwhile, the Kenosha City Council on Monday passed a resolution telling the Legislature not to repeal the prevailing wage law for public projects.

News briefs: Suspects arrested in theft incident

A Kenosha woman was arrested after she reportedly stole liquor and food from Lou Perrine’s, 5145 Sheridan Road, Monday.

Police said Nadine A. Rosenthal, 26, was captured on video surveillance placing items in her purse and leaving the store without paying for them.

Burhani was an inspiration to all, friends say

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John Burhani embraced life with a creative energy and generosity of spirit. But the water was what always spoke to him.

The owner of the Pierhead Lighthouse at the mouth of Kenosha’s harbor channel, Burhani was a beacon for those who shared his love of sailing, kiteboarding and windsurfing, or just wanted to learn.

Homeroom: LakeView students’ car gets 165 mpg

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Students from the LakeView Technology Academy’s Supermileage Vehicle Club attended the year’s first event at Fox Valley Technical College and the Wisconsin International Raceway last month.

The team took two cars, both a gas-powered and an electric-powered car. The team placed third in each event.

Village issues bonds for improvements, refinancing

Pleasant Prairie will issue $22.8 million in bonds, both to refinance existing debt and to complete a series of Tax Increment Financing District projects.

The Village Board on Monday approved the bond issue in two separate measures.

Dozens involved in neighborhood brawl

Two Kenosha residents were charged Tuesday for their involvement in a wild brawl involving nearly a dozen people, numerous weapons and multiple injuries outside a residence in the 1100 block of 61st Street.

Authorities were called twice to the same location within a 20-minute span around 5 p.m. Monday.

Man charged with theft of $1 million in Snap-on tools

A Pleasant Prairie man has been charged with stealing Snap-on tools worth $1 million and passing them to someone else for resale, according to court records.

Nathan A. Wrobel, 41, is charged with three counts each of burglary and theft of property worth more than $10,000 for the incidents in October, November and December. If convicted of all counts, he could be sentenced to 37½ years in prison.

New Gateway security head has checkered past

The man hired in September as Gateway Technical College’s head of security pleaded guilty in 2003 to felony official misconduct, after he was accused of using secure police department resources on behalf of a private investigator.

As a police officer in Naperville, Ill., Michael Gohlke was the subject of an internal investigation, according to reports published in the Daily Herald in 2001. He resigned in August 2000, during the investigation.

Demolition works begins at Lakewood School

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TWIN LAKES — It wasn't thunder Lakewood School students were hearing Tuesday during the rainy school day. It was the sound of the school gymnasium being torn down.

"It sounds a little like thunder," Administrator Joe Price said, adding that the noise of the long-anticipated demolition was heard mostly in the kindergarten through second-grade classrooms. "(Crews) are anticipating it will be completely down within the next week."

Budding scientists explore Pike River

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Rain did not dampen the spirit of the 40 St. Joseph Catholic Academy fourth-graders who gathered Tuesday at Petrifying Springs County Park to collect samples from the Pike River.

Carthage College chemistry professor Chris Blaine and about a dozen of her students guided the budding scientists as they walked collected aquatic life and water samples and recorded the river’s temperature and pH. The data will be used to determine the health of the river.

Somers memorializes war hero, community leader Leon Dreger

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It’s hard to get two dozen people to agree on anything.

But when former Somers Town Board Chairman Jim Smith stood up at last month’s annual meeting and moved to rename the Town Board chambers to “Leon Dreger Hall,” it passed unanimously.

KENOSHA — “Musical Celebration” is the theme for Family Fun Night, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Hedberg Library at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

Various instruments will be available to try, as well as a music reading workshop and concert.

Aldermen encounter confusion regarding city rules, penalties

Typically routine appeals by separate individuals Monday night before the Kenosha City Council led to finger pointing but also toward aldermen’s resolve to clear up bureaucratic confusion.

The appeals involved home-remodeling permits and penalties levied against property owners for not clearing snow/ice from sidewalks.

Village grapples with 39th Avenue detour

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Two weeks into the 39th Avenue reconstruction closure, there have been detour changes and traffic citations.

“We’re really trying to make sure traffic stays out of the work zone. We don’t want to have any workers hurt,” Village Administrator Michael Pollocoff told the Village Board at its Monday meeting.

Union Grove reigns at Battle of the Books

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PARIS — The annual Battle of the Books among 11 schools from western Kenosha and Racine counties Monday had all the marks of a main event.

Complete with the Alan Parsons Project’s “Sirius” playing as the parade of teams were introduced, parents, friends and others applauded their entry into the gymnasium at Paris School, which hosted the event for the first time.

Twin Lakes man seeks to have fox as pet

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TWIN LAKES — An arctic fox may soon find its way to Twin Lakes — from the tundra of ... Indiana?

Village resident Richard Chapman, 23, plans to keep a domesticated arctic fox as a pet at 614 Indian Point Road. He shared his plans with the Village Board at its Committee of the Whole meeting Monday.

Grieving mothers share their feelings at sentencing

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Two mothers grieved in court Monday afternoon, one for her son who was fatally shot and the other for her son who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for pulling the trigger.

A jury convicted Joseph-Jamal Brantley, 23, of first-degree reckless homicide, armed robbery, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and carrying a concealed weapon for the April 2014 shooting death of Anthony Edwards. Two others were charged in Edwards' death; their cases have not yet concluded.

News briefs: Racine man injured in I-94 crash

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said a 32-year-old Racine man was hospitalized with multiple injuries and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his vehicle collided with a semi-tractor trailer on Interstate 94 at Highway E about 6 a.m. Sunday.

Cory Borchart suffered five broken ribs and a collapsed lung in the crash. Authorities said Borchart lost control of his car and slid sideways into the truck’s rear tires.

Former all-state wrestler has bout with Kenosha police

A former all-state high school wrestler scored few points with Kenosha police early Sunday morning.

Tyler Rice, 20, of Kenosha, was taken into custody for resisting arrest and obstruction after a bout with officers about 2:40 a.m. in the 5400 block of 60th Street, according to police.

Accused bank robber was on ‘reign of terror’

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The man who robbed a North Shore Bank in Kenosha Saturday morning told a teller he knew where she lived and would kill her if she put a dye pack in with the money, according to court records.

Efrem Z. Coleman, 42, of Racine, is charged with robbery of a financial institution, threatening to injure someone and fleeing from police, among other charges. He made his initial appearance on Monday, where bond was set at $150,000.

Education leaders must engage with community, author says

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For public schools to thrive, district leadership must do more to bring the message of their accomplishments and struggles to the wider community, according to an education advocate speaking in Kenosha County Monday.

Jamie Vollmer, an author and public school advocate, spoke at Uline Monday morning to a group of business, non-profit and community leaders invited by Foresight 20/20, a partnership of the United Way, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and Kenosha County government.

Event briefs: Professor to discuss bird studies

KENOSHA — A local professor’s study of Oregon birds will be the topic of a Thursday program meeting arranged by the Hoy Audubon Society of Kenosha and Racine counties.

The 7 p.m. session, at Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave., Kenosha, is free and open to the public. Elections for the Hoy board of directors also will be held then.

History Mystery: Wells Co. had long history in Kenosha

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Question: In what year was the Wells-Messier Co. established?

Answer: Would it help if we referred to the company by the name it was incorporated under in 1909, which was Frank L. Wells Co.?

Bikers receive the blessing at Kenosha church

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Beneath an overcast sky, on a warm spring day, the steady rumble making its way around 39th Avenue into the parking lot at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 8760 37th Ave., signaled the unofficial start of the motorcycle riding season.

And more than 500 riders and their bikes received the blessings of the Rev. Linda Hanus at the annual ceremony that has brought together members of the Lake Shore Harley Owners Group, an organization based in Libertyville, Ill., for the last 26 years.

Snapshot: Horticulturist works all year to make Kenosha beautiful

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A love for plants and an interest in design is drew Duane Van Duyn to become the city of Kenosha’s horticulturist, a position he’s held for seven years. He and his small seasonal staff take care of 190 gardens throughout the city.

Q. Spring is a busy season for you. What is going on?

Blessing begins riding season

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TWIN LAKES — More than 300 motorcycle riders made their way from Kenosha to Twin Lakes Sunday for the 18th annual bike blessing at Calvary Congregational United Church of Christ.

The Rev. Judy Wang, pastor of Calvary Congregational, said it’s an event everyone enjoys.

News briefs: Police arrest man for assault

Officers arrested a Kenosha man who allegedly assaulted a woman at a home in the 3400 block of Roosevelt Road early Saturday morning.

Craig T. Stinefast, 43, was arrested for intimidating a victim, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1:53 a.m. incident, according to a Kenosha Police Department report.

DOT request complicates Somers-Kenosha borders

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The reconstruction of Highway N east of Interstate 94 is long over but a squabble over which municipality is responsible for the road is still going on.

The fight concerns the B areas of Somers — non-contiguous islands of Somers that are scheduled to be annexed into Kenosha in 2035 — and highways K, G, S and N.

Event briefs: Learn about herbalism at Wilmot

WILMOT — A program on herbalism begins at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of the Community Outreach program at Wilmot High School, 11112 308th Ave.

Participants will learn about herbs found in our area, how to identify them and how to use them.

A Life Remembered: Businessman was always upbeat

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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.

“Okey dokey, artichokey!”

Science takes center stage at museum

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Visit the Kenosha Public Museum, and you’d expect to find prehistoric mammoth remains, relics of other animals — bones, teeth, whole beasts preserved in their natural forms by taxidermists — and artifacts narrating Mother Nature’s evolution over millennia.

Had you dropped in Saturday, you might not have expected to see an R2-D2 lookalike based on the famed robot in George Lucas’ “Star Wars” movie saga.

Music fills the halls of UW-Parkside

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SOMERS — In a once-a-year onslaught, the halls of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside were filled Saturday with more than 3,000 talented student musicians.

The annual State Solo and Ensemble Festival featured more than 1,000 music events, with students performing in front of judges.

Bank robber nabbed

An armed robbery at North Shore Bank, 6906 Green Bay Road, Saturday morning led to a high-speed police chase into Racine County, ending with the male suspect apprehended in Mount Pleasant.

According to information provided by Kenosha Police Department Sgts. Joseph Riesselmann and Daniel Cooper, the 42-year-old Racine man was arrested by a Mount Pleasant Police Department officer after abandoning the vehicle he was driving and allegedly attempting to flee on foot.

Agency encourages people to go screen free for a week

People are being encouraged to turn off televisions, computers and video games starting Monday as part of National Screen-Free Week.

Locally, the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency WIC program is joining schools, libraries and community groups across the country in having families go screen free.

A sun-drenched day to run

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Drenched in sweat, a half-marathoner rounded a corner onto 56th Street, forcing his tired body into a jog. He muttered his mantra over and over to his running partner: “Brats and beer, brats and beer...”

Perhaps no other marathon in the country has such rewards for those crossing the finish line, but the Wisconsin Marathon held Saturday morning in Kenosha isn’t your usual marathon.

No reports of major damage from small earthquake in Michigan

DETROIT — Geological experts said a small earthquake centered in southwestern Michigan was felt around the state and other parts of the Upper Midwest.

U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso said the 4.2-magnitude temblor was recorded at 11:23 a.m. (Kenosha time) Saturday. Its epicenter was about nine miles southeast of Kalamazoo near Galesburg.

News briefs: Woman injured in three-car crash

A three-car crash in Somers just before 2:30 p.m. Monday sent one woman to the hospital.

According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, a car driven by Nicole A. Anderson, born in 1985, of Sturtevant, was northbound on Highway EA and struck an eastbound car on Highway A driven by George N. Penza, born in 1935, of Kenosha, who had failed to yield to the cross traffic on Highway EA.

That History Column: Renovations underway at 115-year-old Simmons Library

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The Gilbert M. Simmons Library, 711 59th Place, is approaching a milestone 115th birthday this month.

If you’ve driven past lately, you probably noticed the massive fencing encircling the site.

Artifact of the Month: Simmons war album

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The “Simmons Co. War Album: The Picture Story of Simmons at War: From Bunks to Bazooka Rockets” is the Artifact of the Month for May at the Kenosha History Center.

The album was published by the Simmons Co. as a historical memento of its contributions to the World War II effort. It tells the story of the company’s conversion from a mattress company to a maker of more than 2,600 products to support our military effort in the war.

Turnout sparse for dog park cleanup

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The annual spring cleanup held Saturday in Kenosha County’s three dog parks in Salem, Somers and Twin Lakes went better than anticipated, despite the lack of volunteers.

Though he waited alone at the Harris Family Dog Park in Salem, Kenosha County Parks Director Jon Rudie still called it a good day, thanks to the exceptionally good weather.

Event briefs: Fundraiser to benefit Forgotten Friends

KENOSHA — A fundraiser for Kenosha Forgotten Friends pet rescue will be 4 to 8 p.m Tuesday at McDonald’s, 7530 Pershing Blvd.

Local veterinarian William Carlisle will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Guests can have their faces painted by Lyyski Designs.

Brompton triumphs in Battle of the Books

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It’s called the Battle of the Books but it was a war of memory, reading comprehension and teamwork, too.

The team of fourth and fifth graders from the Brompton School took first place at the 29th Annual Battle of the Books between 22 schools hosted at Nash Elementary School Friday. The charter school housed at Vernon Elementary beat out the second place Edward Bain School of Language and Art Dual Language team that had been the reigning Unified champions six years straight.

Car floats away from boat launch, occupants escape

A Bristol woman’s car rolled into Lake Shangri-La Tuesday from a private boat launch.

Southport Beach House roof issue still unsettled

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Controversy over repairing the slate roof atop the historic Southport Beach House or replacing the slate with asphalt shingles continues to swirl.

With no potential slate-repair bidders attending a mandatory pre-bid meeting this week the city of Kenosha may have to go back to the drawing board.

Drug deal murder sentencing on hold

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From jail, Brandon Horak sent a letter of apology to the family of a man he helped put in the path of a fatal shot.

Horak, 21, of Kenosha, has pleaded guilty to felony murder for his role in lining up an April 2014 robbery of drugs. He was the middle-man, using text messages to connect Anthony M. Edwards with two men who robbed him of drugs at gunpoint and fatally shot him as he left the scene.

Stolen laptop leads to weapons arrest

Kenosha Police Department said a 36-year-old UW-Parkside student became irate at the Puzzle House, 4224 Seventh Ave., Thursday evening after discovering someone stole his laptop.

Richard J. Adamik, 36, said he was at the bar drinking and enjoying himself when his backpack, with a laptop containing work for a research paper, was removed from the back of a bar stool, according to the police report.

Tourism spending in county rises 8 percent

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Tourists spent more than $181.3 million in Kenosha County last year, 7.9 percent more than during the previous year.

While the bulk of the spending, more than 61 percent, was on retail purchases, food and beverages, 14.5 percent was on lodging. Dennis DuChene, president of the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. Hotel occupancy was up 8.7 percent.

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    Aldermen encounter confusion regarding city rules, penalties

    Typically routine appeals by separate individuals Monday night before the Kenosha City Council led to finger pointing but also toward aldermen’s resolve to clear up bureaucratic confusion.

    Village grapples with 39th Avenue detour

    3

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Two weeks into the 39th Avenue reconstruction closure, there have been detour changes and traffic citations.

    Union Grove reigns at Battle of the Books

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    PARIS — The annual Battle of the Books among 11 schools from western Kenosha and Racine counties Monday had all the marks of a main event.

    Twin Lakes man seeks to have fox as pet

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    TWIN LAKES — An arctic fox may soon find its way to Twin Lakes — from the tundra of ... Indiana?

    Grieving mothers share their feelings at sentencing

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    Two mothers grieved in court Monday afternoon, one for her son who was fatally shot and the other for her son who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for pulling the trigger.

    News briefs: Racine man injured in I-94 crash

    The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said a 32-year-old Racine man was hospitalized with multiple injuries and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his vehicle collided with a semi-tractor trailer on Interstate 94 at Highway E about 6 a.m. Sunday.

    Former all-state wrestler has bout with Kenosha police

    A former all-state high school wrestler scored few points with Kenosha police early Sunday morning.

    Accused bank robber was on ‘reign of terror’

    1

    The man who robbed a North Shore Bank in Kenosha Saturday morning told a teller he knew where she lived and would kill her if she put a dye pack in with the money, according to court records.

    Education leaders must engage with community, author says

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    For public schools to thrive, district leadership must do more to bring the message of their accomplishments and struggles to the wider community, according to an education advocate speaking in Kenosha County Monday.

    Event briefs: Professor to discuss bird studies

    KENOSHA — A local professor’s study of Oregon birds will be the topic of a Thursday program meeting arranged by the Hoy Audubon Society of Kenosha and Racine counties.

    History Mystery: Wells Co. had long history in Kenosha

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    Question: In what year was the Wells-Messier Co. established?



    Bikers receive the blessing at Kenosha church

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    Beneath an overcast sky, on a warm spring day, the steady rumble making its way around 39th Avenue into the parking lot at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 8760 37th Ave., signaled the unofficial start of the motorcycle riding season.

    Snapshot: Horticulturist works all year to make Kenosha beautiful

    10

    A love for plants and an interest in design is drew Duane Van Duyn to become the city of Kenosha’s horticulturist, a position he’s held for seven years. He and his small seasonal staff take care of 190 gardens throughout the city.

    Blessing begins riding season

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    TWIN LAKES — More than 300 motorcycle riders made their way from Kenosha to Twin Lakes Sunday for the 18th annual bike blessing at Calvary Congregational United Church of Christ.

    News briefs: Police arrest man for assault

    Officers arrested a Kenosha man who allegedly assaulted a woman at a home in the 3400 block of Roosevelt Road early Saturday morning.

    DOT request complicates Somers-Kenosha borders

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    The reconstruction of Highway N east of Interstate 94 is long over but a squabble over which municipality is responsible for the road is still going on.

    Event briefs: Learn about herbalism at Wilmot

    WILMOT — A program on herbalism begins at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of the Community Outreach program at Wilmot High School, 11112 308th Ave.

    A Life Remembered: Businessman was always upbeat

    1

    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.