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Declaring her independence

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Erin Merritt is bolding going where fewer and fewer people are willing to go.

She’s opening an independent pharmacy.

On Nov. 19, when she opens the doors to Modern Apothecary in Kenosha’s harborside neighborhood, Merritt will realize a long-held dream.



Uline-allied firm buys newly annexed properties along I-94

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Four properties annexed from Paris into Kenosha this year were sold this month to a company with ties to Uline.

Eight parcels across Interstate 94 from where Amazon’s new distribution facility has gone up were annexed into the city, at the landowners’ requests. The other four properties remain with the original owners.

Sports complex to host grand opening events

John Ricchio, owner of Fielder’s Choice Training Facility, located at 4211 Green Bay Road, plans to celebrate the business’ grand opening on Sunday, Oct. 19, with baseball demonstrations. The mutisport complex offers clinics, camps and training staff throughout the year.

Lola’s Fitting Room Co., in Grayslake, Ill., owned by Bex Anderson, has launched a new on-location bra fitting service designed to add convenience and privacy to shopping for intimate apparel.

Blocking break-ins

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Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.

The costs associated with computer and website attacks can run well into the thousands and even millions of dollars for a small company. Many small businesses have been attacked — 44 percent, according to a 2013 survey by the National Small Business Association, an advocacy group. Those companies had costs averaging $8,700.

Uptown Brass Pick ‘n Save property sold to Mich. company

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Wangard Partners Inc., has sold the Uptown Brass Center Pick ‘n Save grocery store building to a Michigan company for $9.25 million and has three other properties at the shopping center up for sale.

The Pick ‘n Save store located on a 5.77-acre tract at 1901 63rd St. was sold to CCG Properties-AD LLC, a Norton Shores, Mich.-based company.

Amazon close to occupancy of first Kenosha building

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The first phase of the Amazon.com facility is expected to come closer to fruition Friday, when the city of Kenosha is to conduct an inspection that would allow the Seattle-based online retailer to begin operations locally.

While company officials would not confirm the actual start date for operations, Brian Wilke, a development coordinator for the city, confirmed the company has submitted an application for occupancy of the 500,000 square-foot building on the site at 11211 Burlington Road, near Interstate 94 and Highway 142.

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.

Out on his own

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“I want to put a shingle out, like a doctor in ‘Little House on the Prairie,’” said Dr. Raaid Museitif.

Museitif was born and raised in Kenosha and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Uline plans another Pleasant Prairie warehouse

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Uline is planning to occupy another warehouse in Pleasant Prairie.

The shipping supply company’s plans to open a 521,000-square-foot warehouse in LakeView Corporate Park is on Monday’s agenda for the village Plan Commission.

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    TUESDAY NIGHT: Infant killed in reported domestic incident

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    An 11-month-old infant was killed Tuesday night in a reported domestic-violence incident which also led to a structure fire.

    Silver Lake committee proposes procedure for hiring fire chief

    SILVER LAKE — The village’s Emergency Services Committee on Tuesday night recommended that the Village Board consider a new procedure for appointing a part-time, permanent fire chief.

    Scrap collectors take new licensing, inspections in stride

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    Willie Barr’s gnarled knuckles bear witness to the 72-year-old Kenosha resident’s two decades salvaging iron, steel and other metal scrap, which he loads into the bed of his similarly scarred and calloused pickup truck.

    New four-way stop helps slow 104th Avenue traffic

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    Pleasant Prairie officials added a new four-way stop and expanded a 25 mph zone on 104th Avenue in an effort to address speeders and increased traffic from Highway 50.

    High levels of coal ash detected in county

    A significant amount of coal ash, which has been linked to well water contamination, has been used as fill product at construction sites in Kenosha County, a report released Tuesday by Clean Wisconsin shows.

    Wanted: Missing 1966 Rambler convertible

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    A Kenosha car buff’s 1966 Rambler Classic convertible has disappeared.

    Whoa, Christmas tree!

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    Christmas cheer made its way across town — in a big way — on Tuesday, as crews transported the official city tree from its former home on the south side to its new perch on the east side of the Kenosha Public Museum.

    A bigger, better place to lend a hand

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    A man stepped into the lobby of the ECLA Outreach Center Tuesday and headed straight for Lucian Brown.

    State agency set KEA recertification vote

    Teachers in the Kenosha Unified School District will vote next month whether to recertify the Kenosha Education Association.

    Baby sitter to go on trial for infant’s death

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    A Waukegan, Ill., woman accused of killing a Kenosha baby in her care is prepared to go to trial.

    Twin Lakes to see levy decrease

    TWIN LAKES — A 2 percent decrease in the tax levy was approved Monday by the Twin Lakes Village Board.

    News briefs: Second man pleads guilty in double homicide

    A second person has pleaded guilty to felony murder for the April 2013 shooting deaths of two men in a Kenosha back yard.

    Event briefs: Pen-and-ink art workshop slated

    KENOSHA — A beginning pen-and-ink drawing workshop will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kenosha Art Association, 5615 Seventh Ave.



    Attorney decries treatment of mentally ill inmates

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    Prison inmates with mental illness are treated unfairly, according to a Kenosha attorney whose conviction of money laundering was overturned last year.

    Council approves ordinance regulating scrap collectors

    Scrap collection and storage in Kenosha’s residential neighborhoods will now require salvage operators to be licensed, under a new ordinance passed Monday night by the City Council.

    Union backs city administration regarding fire study

    The head of Kenosha’s firefighters union said his group supports Fire Chief John Thomsen and city administration for not initially releasing preliminary data from an ongoing study into Kenosha Fire Department performance and practices.

    Silver Lake trustee seeks part-time fire chief

    SILVER LAKE — A plan to hire a part-time fire chief to lead the Silver Lake Fire Department will be the main topic of discussion at an Emergency Services Committee meeting Tuesday night.

    News briefs: Officers rescue woman from roof

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    Man avoids jail time in bonfire attack

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    A man accused of throwing a flaming log at someone who ended up in a bonfire after an argument has avoided prison.

    Cold weather halts 39th Avenue work

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    Work to repave a portion of 39th Avenue has been halted by cold weather.

    Schools see shortage of substitute teachers

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    When Karen Kempinen retired from the Kenosha Unified School District in 2011, she wasn’t quite ready to quit teaching.

    Guilty pleas entered in Kenosha drug bust

    Local men involved in a massive drug distribution ring have begun formally admitting their roles in the conspiracy, pleading guilty to federal charges related to the seizure of hundreds of pounds of marijuana as well as several firearms.

    Disciplinary problems precede long-serving sheriff’s captain’s retirement

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    One of the longest-serving, highest-ranking members of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced his retirement after being suspended and reassigned by his superiors, reportedly for continuously abusing his power and the repeated inability to control his emotions.

    Web service targeted in death of infant

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    A federal judge is likely to decide whether an Internet service that matches parents with baby sitters can be held responsible for the death of a Kenosha infant two years ago.

    History Mystery: City sought lakefront estate for bathing beach

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    Question: Whose property was purchased by the city in 1920 to enlarge Eichelman Park?

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