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A dream of education

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Among the students heading back to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside this year is Patrick Kimani Nyambura, a student from Kenya starting his second year here.

Nyambura dreamed of getting this kind of education, but before Twin Lakes resident Lynda Hochschild reached out to him, he had no real hope that it would ever happen.

But now, Nyambura needs help in order to complete his education, with the goal of helping others from Kenya do the same.




Delightful dog days

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An annual walk to help raise money for a Kenosha animal shelter brought out dozens of dogs and their owners to Lincoln Park Sunday.

At least 50 people were on hand during most of the afternoon for “Walk for Paws,” and organizers were anticipating as many as 100 participants with their canines companions in tow. The fourth annual event featured a one-mile walk, with proceeds benefiting the Safe Harbor Humane Society.

Arcing wires touch off fire in Trevor home

An electrical fire Sunday that started in an attic has displaced the owners of a home in Trevor.

No one was injured in the 12:28 p.m. fire at 28313 107th Place.

News briefs: Police discover drugs in home

A Kenosha man is facing drug charges after police discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia at a home in the 3800 block of 29th Avenue Saturday.

Anthony N. Dicello, 23, of Kenosha, was issued a summons for charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia but was not arrested in the 3:16 a.m. incident, according to a Kenosha Police Department report. Both charges were for second offenses, police said.

Snapshot: Kenosha man seeks to unite, promote independent musicians

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Born out of a love for independent music, Kenosha native Duane Charles created GigHive, a network promoting artists and allowing them to make a living creating what they love: music.

Charles vets artists before they join the network and promotes them through access to performing spaces and online exposure.

A dream of education

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Among the students heading back to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside this year is Patrick Kimani Nyambura, a student from Kenya starting his second year here.

Nyambura dreamed of getting this kind of education, but before Twin Lakes resident Lynda Hochschild reached out to him, he had no real hope that it would ever happen.

Somers seeks to gauge interest in voluntary annexation

SOMERS — When the village of Somers was created earlier this year, Somers officials hoped property owners in the remnant town would choose to annex into the village.

Now officials are pushing those efforts a little harder.

Event briefs: Tombstone photographers needed Friday

KENOSHA — Volunteers are needed to photograph tombstones at Green Ridge Cemetery, 6604 Seventh Ave., at 9 a.m. Friday as part of a group project of the Kenosha County Genealogy Society.

Volunteers should bring a digital camera, a soft brush, toothbrush, spray bottle with water and a bottle of drinking water.

Weather can’t dampen Twin Lakes event

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TWIN LAKES — The cool weather and rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended the village’s Business in the Park Expo and Car Show on Saturday.

The expo ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and was followed by a block party until midnight. About a dozen antique and classic cars and trucks lined Main Street between Burden Avenue and Lake Avenue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cyclists cruise from Dubuque to Kenosha

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As they shared stories after completing the 175-mile Ride Across Wisconsin, Jason Holly and Bob Bleck said the highlight of the event was the chance to ride with — and get support from — some of the sport’s top athletes.

“This was awesome,” said Holly, saying the professional riders were encouraging and supportive during the ride. “Getting the chance to ride with Jens was incredible.”

Nearly 5,000 ‘rugged maniacs’ tackle obstacle course

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More than 4,800 competitors took on mud, fire, trampolines and a 50-foot water slide during the fourth annual Rugged Maniac obstacle course race Saturday at Wilmot Mountain.

Rugged Maniac stages similar races all over the country, billing itself as one of the nation's largest obstacle race companies.

News briefs: Driver falls asleep, hits tree

A driver was taken to a hospital Thursday after a car he was driving hit a tree.

Kenosha Police said Leotis Jiles, born in 1945, of Kenosha was westbound on 80th Street about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when the car veered off the road near 34th Avenue and hit a tree.

Safety demonstration has some ‘flare’

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The fog along the shore at Kenosha’s Wolfenbuttel Park with tinged with orange late Saturday morning as flares filled the sky.

The flares were from the Waukegan Sail and Power Squadron, which conducted a boating flare shoot safety demonstration.

‘Fish shock’ helps assess health of Wolf Lake

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BRIGHTON — Fish in Wolf Lake in the Richard Bong State Recreation Area got a jolt Saturday morning.

At 10 a.m., Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff performed a “fish shock” to survey how the fish population is faring since the lake was drained in 2013 due to problems with a dam. The dam was rebuilt, and the lake was refilled this year.

Event briefs: Church program to help those with cancer

KENOSHA — A faith-based program for people fighting cancer begins Wednesday at First Christian Church, 13022 Wilmot Road (Highway C).

Our Journey of Hope aims to offer help and spiritual counsel to those fighting cancer as well as their family, friends and caregivers.

New challenge for county’s aging HIV sufferers

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It’s been 30 years since the first cases of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, was discovered damaging immune systems and taking thousands of lives.

Today, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin on 57th Street in Kenosha is on the front lines to combat the disease, with no cure, which continues to carry an infamous stigma.

CUSH, others push ‘driver cards’ for undocumented immigrants

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Supporters calling for a Wisconsin law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain “driver cards,” rallied Friday in Lincoln Park.

Kenosha’s Congregations United to Serve Humanity and the Racine Interfaith Coalition organized the noon event to bring greater attention to the issue, with state Reps. JoCasta Zamarippa, D-Milwaukee, joined by Reps. Tod Ohnstad and Peter Barca of Kenosha and other speakers who addressed the estimated 75-90 who attended.

Local drug unit wins state award

The Kenosha Drug Operations Group received the Drug Unit of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Narcotics Officers’ Association on Aug. 22. The group was presented the award at the 25th association’s annual training conference.

Each year, drug units across the state are nominated by association members and later forwarded to a committee. Kenosha Drug Operation Group was reccomended based on Operation Constellation, which was the largest coordinated drug bust in Kenosha history.

High bacteria count closes beach at Lilly Lake

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WHEATLAND — The public swimming beach at Lilly Lake will remain closed through the weekend as a result of high levels of E.coli.

The beach, routinely monitored for bacteria, was closed to swimmers Tuesday when the results of a test showed E.coli levels reached 2,419 parts per 100mL.

Amazon makes surprise delivery of school supplies

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Amazon surprised Jefferson Elementary teachers Friday morning with $10,000 worth of classroom supplies and treats for needy students.

The effort, part of the company’s Wish List Fulfillment initiative, aims to help shoulder some of the costs associated with preparing classrooms for the new school year. Each year, many Kenosha Unified School District teachers pay hundreds of dollars for supplies out of their own pockets and are not reimbursed.

VFWs, AT&T Pioneers donate supplies to Bullen, Mahone

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More than 275 Kenosha and Racine students received new backpacks filled with school supplies from Kenosha and Racine area Veterans of Foreign Wars in conjunction with AT&T Pioneers.

The organizations visited area schools, including Bullen and Mahone Middle School, as part of their annual “Tools for Learning Project.” Each year, the Pioneers work to raise money, purchase supplies and stuff backpacks to help needy students start the school year.

More charges in stolen Snap-On tool kits case

The man police believe was selling stolen Snap-On tool kits on eBay has been charged with six felonies.

Nathan Wrobel, a former employee of Snap-On was charged in May with stealing the tools from the warehouse where they were being stored, and passing them to someone else for resale.

Waukegan woman will head to trial in infant’s death

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A Waukegan, Ill., woman accused of killing a 3-month-old girl three years ago has turned down the state’s last offer to resolve her murder case without a trial, setting the case to go before a jury in November.

Sarah Gumm, 36, is charged in Lake County with first-degree murder for the July 2012 death of Rylan Koopmeiners. Rylan died while she was in Gumm’s care. Gumm had been hired to babysit the infant, whose family lived in Kenosha.

Neighborhood comes together for ‘Home’

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With free popcorn, punch and hot dogs in hand, about 40 children and their parents spread blankets and sheets before a large screen where the the movie “Home” was about to play in the parking lot outside the Urban Outreach Center Thursday night.

Mother Nature took care of dimming the lights as twilight faded and they huddled in anticipation of the movie some had even seen before. But movie nights in the summer have become a tradition at the center at 6218 26th Ave. and its neighborhood over the last few years.

Today’s event briefs: All for a Cure 5K walk/run on Sunday

KENOSHA — The seventh annual All for a Cure 5K will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at the south end of Kennedy Park, 4051 Fifth Ave.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost is $20 for individual registration and $15 as part of a group/team.

Concrete work begins at Velodrome

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The new racing surface for the Washington Park Velodrome began taking shape Thursday, with a Rasch Construction & Engineering crew forming, pouring and finishing some 300 feet for the north straightaway.

Larry Rasch, owner of the company awarded reconstruction of the historic venue under a $700,000 city of Kenosha contract, said project completion will be prior to November. That’s ahead of Acting Public works Director Shelly Billingsley’s recent Nov. 20 projection.

Bank robbing couple head to prison

It’s prison time for the Kenosha couple that worked together to rob banks last year, with her writing the notes and driving the getaway car and him going in to get the money.

Timothy LeBoeuf and Jessica Cortes were arrested in December and charged with robbing several banks between September and December. LeBoeuf was charged with five robberies and Cortes with four.

Four local schools top state ACT average

Four Kenosha County high schools exceeded the state average ACT score, while Wisconsin itself is second in the nation in the college entrance exam scores for 2015 graduates.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the average composite ACT score for last school year’s graduating class was 22.2, tied with Iowa for second place in the nation behind Minnesota.

Randall voters to weigh in on property tax plan

RANDALL — Taxes will not increase if Randall School District residents approve an additional $460,000 in annual funding for the next three years, district administrator John Gendron said.

“State of Wisconsin funding for education has decreased at a level never seen before,” Gendron said. “The referendum dollars replace the funding reduced by the State of Wisconsin, thus not creating an additional tax burden to residents of Randall School District.”

County unemployment rate drops to 5.2%

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BY JAMES LAWSON

jlawson@kenoshanews.com

News briefs: Two armed robberies reported

Kenosha Police are warning people to be cautious after two armed robberies were reported in the last five days in the residential neighborhood between 75th and 80th streets, and 30th and 39th avenues.

Police said people a man with a handgun robbed people walking in the neighborhood at night.

Fix It: Walkway is dark at marina, Wolfenbuttel Park

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This week’s problem: A reader contacted Fix It with a concern about the overhead lights being out along walkway at the Southport Marina and Wolfenbuttel Park.

“It's a safety issue … we let our children play out there.” He said that the lights have been out for a while; and, "I would think, from a policing standpoint, it would be a potential haven for criminals.”

After chasing mini motorcycle, police find weapons cache

Kenosha Police found an AK-47 style assault rifle, a handgun, a large supply of ammunition and high capacity magazines in the home of a man who led an officer on a brief chase on a mini motorcycle.

According to the police report, an officer on patrol spotted the man — later identified as Yevonny Segura, 23, of Kenosha — riding the mini motorcycle or “pocket bike” on 24th Avenue crossing 52nd Street. The officer followed the man because the bikes are not street-legal.

Paris clerk appoints deputy

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PARIS — Town clerk Beverly McCumber named Heather Nikula as deputy clerk on Thursday.

Nikula, who worked for Kenosha County in multiple capacities, will replace part-time office assistant Mary Burkman, who recently left to accept a full-time position elsewhere.

County weighs ideas for addressing mental health budget deficit

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Kenosha County Board supervisors surveyed a variety of ideas Wednesday night aimed at addressing a budget deficit for mental health services.

“We’ve carried the torch to you. Now we need some help,” Kenosha County Mental Health & Protective Services Manager Jim Truchan said.

Museums a success, despite not meeting lofty projections

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When proposed in 2005, the $15 million Civil War Museum was projected by some to attract 300,000 visitors a year.

That projection came in separate newspaper interviews with former City Administrator Nick Arnold and former Kenosha Public Museum director of development Peggy Gregorski.

Centenarian sisters share tips for a long life

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Two centenarian siblings are on track for a world record. Like a good wine, they have a few more years before their combined ages are ripe for a record.

Kenosha resident Irene Baumgartener, 103, and her sister Stella Spandet, 100, of Dwight, Ill., are both models of health. They’ve managed to escape cancer, heart trouble and other age-related diseases.

Budding entrepreneurs hit home runs at FastPitch

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Gary Krause, George Carlozzi and Daniel Haas dreamed of ways to make life easier and safer for others.

They turned their dreams into reality, and now have some help sharing their dreams with the world.

WestoshaMarket enjoys successful inaugural season

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BRISTOL — The plentiful, bright produce at the last WestoshaMarket of the season Wednesday served as both a metaphor for the market's attendance, as well as its future.

"Each week it got a little bit bigger," said Melanie Hovey, of Kenosha Common Markets Inc. "We didn't really know what to expect. We are pretty pleased. Next year we will definitely continue into September."

Unified alters snow day notifications

Kenosha Unified School District families will get a slightly earlier announcement of snow days.

The School Board on Tuesday approved a change in the emergency school closing policy, shifting the deadline for announcing a closing from 6 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Unified to acquire land near EBSOLA

A plan to cleanup an industrial site near Edward Bain School of Language and Arts will move forward after a vote from the Kenosha Unified School Board.

The board voted 6-0 to enter into an agreement with the city of Kenosha, Kenosha County and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the cleanup of a four-acre site adjacent to EBSOLA, 2600 50th St.

Social media threats may have led to shots being fired at a Kenosha home Tuesday night.

A Kenosha woman told police someone fired shots and attempted to break into her home in 1900 block of 45th Street at about 8:40 p.m. Her children and several friends were there at the time.

It’s party time in Twin Lakes

TWIN LAKES — Main Street in Twin Lakes will close to traffic from 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday for a daytime car show and an evening block party.

“It will be an all-day affair,” said Joe Donile, of Croz Pub and Grub, a co-sponsor of the street dance. “It has kind of become an end-of-the summer tradition.”

Unified schools get upgrades

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At Jane Vernon Elementary School, teachers are busy readying classrooms for students who will return to a newly renovated — and more energy efficient — building next week.

Jane Vernon was the most extensive in a series of summer building projects for the Kenosha Unified School District. The district completed a two-year, $17 million energy-efficiency project during the school break.

Teacher pleads guilty to sexual assault

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A former Bullen Middle School teacher and coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to the charge that he sexually assaulted a high school student while he was employed by the Kenosha Unified School District.

Chris Hemba, 32, of Racine, was charged earlier this summer with sexual assault of a student by school staff, exposing genitals to a child and having sex with a child 16 years old or older. With his plea, the second two charges will be dismissed.

Snyder: This Grill Games team cooks up fun along with food

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Let’s make something clear right up front: Laura Tyunaitis is not going to share her award-winning grilling recipes.

But she does offer tips on how to create your own masterpiece.

Event briefs: Fundraiser to aid college tour organization

KENOSHA — A fundraising “Back to School Rally” for Education Youth Development Outreach begins at noon Friday and will continue until noon Saturday at Second Baptist Church, 3925 32nd Ave.

Alvin D. Owens, who leads the organization, has vowed to shave his head if $3,000 is raised.

Unified rejects student advisory committee

The Kenosha Unified School Board rejected a proposal to create a student advisory committee aimed at giving students a stronger voice in district policy.

Board members voted 4-2 against the plan, with Tamarra Coleman, Gary Kunich, Mary Snyder and Dan Wade voting no. Kyle Flood and Mike Falkofske voted yes.

ComSys head fires back at city

The next shoe has dropped in the city’s ongoing information technology probe.

Kathy McAuliffe, the owner of ComSys Inc., the city’s former information technology contractor, officially filed a notice of claim Aug. 20, seen as the first step if a lawsuit is in the works.

Somers town, village to get IT service from county

SOMERS — Kenosha County will be providing the village and town of Somers with computer and phone services under for the remainder of the year and all of next year.

Village trustees voted 4-0 favoring the intergovernmental agreement which pays the county $1,373 per month through December. In 2016, the cost for services would increase to $1,800 per month.

Stein hoisting competition draws curious crowd

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Beer isn’t always light.

A curious crowd turned out for a not-so-serious stein hoisting competition Tuesday evening at Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub, 510 57th St. The event, part of the Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition, lasted for hours, with the winner hoisting his loaded five-pound stein for 6 minutes, 31 seconds.

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    Weather can’t dampen Twin Lakes event

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    TWIN LAKES — The cool weather and rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended the village’s Business in the Park Expo and Car Show on Saturday.

    Cyclists cruise from Dubuque to Kenosha

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    As they shared stories after completing the 175-mile Ride Across Wisconsin, Jason Holly and Bob Bleck said the highlight of the event was the chance to ride with — and get support from — some of the sport’s top athletes.

    Nearly 5,000 ‘rugged maniacs’ tackle obstacle course

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    More than 4,800 competitors took on mud, fire, trampolines and a 50-foot water slide during the fourth annual Rugged Maniac obstacle course race Saturday at Wilmot Mountain.

    News briefs: Driver falls asleep, hits tree

    A driver was taken to a hospital Thursday after a car he was driving hit a tree.

    Safety demonstration has some ‘flare’

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    The fog along the shore at Kenosha’s Wolfenbuttel Park with tinged with orange late Saturday morning as flares filled the sky.

    ‘Fish shock’ helps assess health of Wolf Lake

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    BRIGHTON — Fish in Wolf Lake in the Richard Bong State Recreation Area got a jolt Saturday morning.

    Event briefs: Church program to help those with cancer

    KENOSHA — A faith-based program for people fighting cancer begins Wednesday at First Christian Church, 13022 Wilmot Road (Highway C).



    New challenge for county’s aging HIV sufferers

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    It’s been 30 years since the first cases of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, was discovered damaging immune systems and taking thousands of lives.

    CUSH, others push ‘driver cards’ for undocumented immigrants

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    Supporters calling for a Wisconsin law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain “driver cards,” rallied Friday in Lincoln Park.

    Local drug unit wins state award

    The Kenosha Drug Operations Group received the Drug Unit of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Narcotics Officers’ Association on Aug. 22. The group was presented the award at the 25th association’s annual training conference.

    High bacteria count closes beach at Lilly Lake

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    WHEATLAND — The public swimming beach at Lilly Lake will remain closed through the weekend as a result of high levels of E.coli.

    Amazon makes surprise delivery of school supplies

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    Amazon surprised Jefferson Elementary teachers Friday morning with $10,000 worth of classroom supplies and treats for needy students.

    VFWs, AT&T Pioneers donate supplies to Bullen, Mahone

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    More than 275 Kenosha and Racine students received new backpacks filled with school supplies from Kenosha and Racine area Veterans of Foreign Wars in conjunction with AT&T Pioneers.

    More charges in stolen Snap-On tool kits case

    The man police believe was selling stolen Snap-On tool kits on eBay has been charged with six felonies.

    Waukegan woman will head to trial in infant’s death

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    A Waukegan, Ill., woman accused of killing a 3-month-old girl three years ago has turned down the state’s last offer to resolve her murder case without a trial, setting the case to go before a jury in November.

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