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Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha hires director

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Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha has named Kristie Vitale as its first executive director.

“The mission of Habitat for Humanity is what drew me to the position,” Vitale said Friday. “Habitat for Humanity doesn’t just provide families with a home. It is a life-altering experience, especially for the children.”

Joyce Pavlina, president of the local habitat organization, said volunteer, board and committee members were handling the marketing, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, grant-writing and community awareness responsibilities Vitale will oversee.




News briefs: Mother-son shoplifting team arrested

A mother-son shoplifting duo were arrested for stealing a number of household items at Wal-Mart, 3500 Brumback Blvd., just after noon Thursday, according to the police report.

Sonia Negron, 35, of Kenosha was taken into custody for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and retail theft. Her 16-year-old son was also arrested for retail theft.

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.

Damage to electric pole prompts 30th Avenue closure

Extensive damage to a wooden electrical pole due to a car crash on 30th Ave. at 5:40 p.m. Friday led the Kenosha Fire Department to close the road from Highway E to 15th Place.

The street remained closed to traffic as of 9 p.m. while We Energies workers were installing a new utility pole.

Surveillance video shows shoplifters in action

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Kenosha Police are investigating a reported theft at a local sports memorabilia store, including surveillance video involving two women, two young children and possibly an infant.

Authorities released video on Friday for the Oct. 14 shoplifting complaint at Sports Dome, 6916 Green Bay Road.

State trooper tried to get wrong-way truck to stop

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A state trooper sped alongside a wrong-way driver on Interstate 94, with only the median wall separating their vehicles, as he tried to get the driver to pull over, according to testimony given Friday morning.

Alejandro Ramirez-Gonzalez, 19, of Milwaukee, later crashed, according to law enforcement, killing one and injuring another and himself. Ramirez-Gonzalez’s had a preliminary hearing Friday on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by use of a vehicle, injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, fleeing officers causing death and great harm, and recklessly endangering safety.

Plan Commission OKs permit for Fifth Avenue Lofts

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If all continues to go without a hitch, the transformation of the former Frank L. Wells Co. industrial site into the planned Fifth Avenue Lofts could begin with demolition in November, S.R. Mills, president of Bear Development and Construction Management Associates, said Friday.

The proposed 60-unit apartment complex took another step toward becoming reality Thursday with unanimous city Plan Commission approval recommending that City Council give thumbs-up to a conditional use permit for the property at 5821 Fifth Ave.

Blind runner raises funds for cystic fibrosis

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Following the white line contrasting on Carthage College’s red track, David Kuhn, of DeKalb, Ill., legally blind ever since a car accident in the 1980s, ran 20 miles Friday on his way to his 11,000-mile goal.

“I can see the white line on the track,” he said. “Sort of ....”

City of Kenosha to debut its first dog park

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The city of Kenosha will open its first dog park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Anderson Park.

The yet-to-be-named off-leash dog area is located near 89th Street and 22nd Avenue.

Event briefs: Class to focus on essential oils

KENOSHA — A free class on using essential oils for a variety of health concerns begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Community Room at Festival Foods, 3207 80th St.

For more information, contact Gabrielle Potter at 847-650-7550 or email GpotterRN@gmail.com.

Kenosha teen’s fashion passion is now a business

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Like most girls at a very young age, Cybria Williams would put on high heels, a dress and profile in front of a mirror.

She always liked fashionable clothes. She often imagined that she was on a runway listening to the “oohs” and “aahs” as she was showing off her fabric creations.

Drunken driver gets two-year prison term

A Salem man who drove drunk and caused a head-on collision in April 2013 was sentenced to prison last week.

On Oct. 17 a judge sentenced Harley Ruppert, 50, to two years in prison and three years on supervised release, following a guilty plea to drunken driving causing injury. This was his fifth drunken-driving conviction.

Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha hires director

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Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha has named Kristie Vitale as its first executive director.

“The mission of Habitat for Humanity is what drew me to the position,” Vitale said Friday. “Habitat for Humanity doesn’t just provide families with a home. It is a life-altering experience, especially for the children.”

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