Wisconsin police brace for new probe protocols

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MADISON — A bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done it themselves, police observers say.

The measure’s supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force.

The bill — inspired by Kenosha resident Michael M. Bell — passed the Legislature earlier this year, and Gov. Scott Walker has signaled he will sign it into law soon.




Wisconsin police brace for new probe protocols

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MADISON — A bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done it themselves, police observers say.

The measure’s supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force.

Water main break likely culprit in formation of sinkhole

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A hidden water main break is being blamed for a sinkhole that was discovered Saturday when a Kenosha Police squad car hit it, reportedly injuring an officer.

John Prijic, street division superintendent, said Sunday night that street and water staff determined the sinkhole, which formed Saturday at 23rd Avenue and 56th Street, occurred most likely as a result of a water main break.

News briefs: Car runs red light, strikes pedestrian

A pedestrian was hurt when a car reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of 29th Avenue and 60th Street on Saturday.

Aaron W. Fugate, born in 2001, of Kenosha, was taken to Aurora Medical Center after the 11:55 a.m. accident, according to a Kenosha Police Department traffic report. His injuries included cuts to the back of his head, left elbow and back. Police said he was conscious and alert after the accident.

Police cite comedy event for liquor license violations

Kenosha police cited the management of the Woman's Club, 6028 Eighth Ave., with multiple liquor violations Saturday night during at an event which featured live comedians.

David. W. Vareck, born in 1969, of Kenosha, was issued citations for unauthorized source of beer, sale of alcohol without a license, operating without a public entertainment license and operating without a manager or operator license, according to a police report.

Snapshot: Military historian uses the past to educate for the future

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A German helmet from World War II and bitter memories from that conflict were handed down to Carl Bogar Jr. from his grandfather. Both guided Bogar to a military career and finally to becoming a military historian and founder of Historic Military Impressions.

Q: How long have you been interested in history in general and military history specifically?

Gateway expands Earth Day celebration

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Gateway Technical College has expanded its Celebrate Earth Day activities and demonstrations for 2014.

This year’s event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will include more hands-on demonstrations, family-friendly activities and ways community members can be gentle on the environment at work and home.

Zarletti, Rice to receive Arbor Day honors

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Kenosha labor leader Jack Rice and former Kenosha County Sheriff Larry C. Zarletti will be honored this year at the city's Arbor Day Commemoration on Friday.

Rice, 88, died Nov. 1, 2013. Zarletti, 60, died July 8, 2013.

A Life Remembered: From farming to flowers, agriculture was his life

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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.

Paul G. Jaeger was an agricultural agent for Kenosha County UW-Extension, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a lifetime member of the Kenosha County Fair Board.

Event briefs: Genealogy sessions available at library

KENOSHA — One-on-one family history consultation sessions are available 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave.

Those interested can meet with a Kenosha County Genealogy Society genealogist for up to 30 minutes to start creating a family tree or to receive further guidance in genealogical exploration.





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