May 26, 2016
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Bradford High School ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO )

Threats mount at Bradford


A reported bomb threat scrawled on a Bradford High School restroom wall Wednesday led school officials to contact police and evacuate the building.

It was the third such incident at Bradford this month, including one Monday — the same day Pleasant Prairie Elementary School received a recorded bomb threat by phone, leading to evacuation and cancellation of classes.

A threat on May 11 to shoot up Bradford — apparently made in jest — led to a 16-year-old Bradford sophomore being referred by police to Juvenile Intake, where she may face serious charges.

Bradford High School ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO )

Threats mount at Bradford


A reported bomb threat scrawled on a Bradford High School restroom wall Wednesday led school officials to contact police and evacuate the building.

It was the third such incident at Bradford this month, including one Monday — the same day Pleasant Prairie Elementary School received a recorded bomb threat by phone, leading to evacuation and cancellation of classes.

A threat on May 11 to shoot up Bradford — apparently made in jest — led to a 16-year-old Bradford sophomore being referred by police to Juvenile Intake, where she may face serious charges.

Paris Town Board chairman Virgil Gentz, center, conducts a meeting of the board on Tuesday. The board is under fire due to an intergovernmental agreement it signed with the village of Somers. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Mars Cheese Castle joins lawsuit challenging Somers-Paris pact


The owners of Mars Cheese Castle are now party to the lawsuit over the controversial intergovernmental agreement between the town of Paris and village of Somers.

They join the city of Kenosha and a handful of affected Paris residents as plaintiffs in the case being handled in Kenosha County Circuit Court by an outside judge, Phillip Koss of Walworth County.

The family — which operates the iconic establishment at 2800 West Frontage Road and owns property in Paris — claims they were not notified about the agreement until April 7, eight days before it was approved by the Paris Town Board.

Bleachers are going up for the new stadium at Bradford High School. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Committee members sought to name Bradford stadium


The Kenosha Unified School District is seeking members of the public to help name the new stadium at Bradford High School, currently under construction.

Those interested in serving on the committee must submit a letter of interest and name suggestions by June 3.

The committee will be appointed by Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis by June 6 and will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 8. If additional time is needed, the committee will meet again at 5;30 p.m. June 21.

News briefs: Kenosha woman dies in I-94 crash

A 34-year-old Kenosha woman was killed in a one-car crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 94 Wednesday afternoon.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the crash, which occurred when the driver reportedly lost control and the car rolled over at the Highway 142 on-ramp at about 11:40 a.m.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

Event briefs: Oneida dancers to perform Saturday

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Oneida Nation dancers will be performing at the Kenosha I-94 Visitor Information Center at I-94 and Highway 165 on Saturday.

Performances are slated for 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2:30 and 3 p.m. The dancers will be joined by Miss Oneida, Jessica House.

The I-94 Visitor Information Center is staffed by the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Wheatland to appeal sex offender placement


The town of Wheatland is appealing a decision of a Racine court to place a registered sex offender in the town, and asking for a stay of the placement until the appeal is decided.

Wheatland attorney Todd Terry said he would file the appeal Wednesday afternoon. The basis of the appeal, Terry said, is that Racine County Circuit Judge Allan Torhorst did not allow Wheatland to intervene in the case when he reconsidered the placement of Michael McGee.

Torhorst upheld the placement Tuesday and ordered that McGee, 53, be placed at the home on the 32200 block of Geneva Road, within 10 days of the order.

Liz Snyder cozies up to a Tommy Boy cocktail at the new Waterfront Warehouse restaurant, 3322 Sheridan Road. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY REX DAVENPORT )

Snyder: The Waterfront Warehouse: First impressions


“It’s hip to be on the north side now.”

That’s how my husband, Rex, summed up our recent sampling night at the Waterfront Warehouse restaurant.

It could have been the blueberry mojito talking, but he’s got a point. The Waterfront Warehouse, located on Sheridan Road just north of 35th Street, brings a definite cool vibe to the north side. (Can you tell we’re north-siders? And that we’re definitely not hip?)

The former Brass Ball School, built circa 1860. ( SUBMITTED PHOTO )

Village hopes to preserve parts of old Brass Ball School


PADDOCK LAKE — Village officials hope to salvage some of the historical elements of the original Brass Ball School near the intersection of highways 50 and 75, when and if the building’s new owner demolishes it.

“There are some architectural features we would like to historically preserve — like a transom window,” Village Administrator Tim Popanda said.

Owner Conio Lehnert, who also owns the adjacent the Brass Ball Fruit Stand, offered to donate the wood frame schoolhouse, built circa 1860, to the village in 2009, giving the village first right of refusal should the property be sold.

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Snyder: We’re making a Splash! with our Summer Events Preview Guide


“Summertime and the livin’ is easy …”

Yeah, on what planet?

It’s almost summer and that means you’ve got outdoor furniture to clean, flowers to plant and, if you’re fortunate enough to have a swimming pool, plenty of dead bugs to skim off the surface.

Kristine Hobson, left, is graduating this year along with her children Connor Young, center, and Kait Young. ( )

Mom, kids all graduating this year


SOMERS — Kristine Hobson’s advice for adults thinking about returning to school: “Just do it.”

Three members of the Hobson family earned diplomas this spring.

Kristine earned her master’s degree from Carthage College in education; her daughter Kait Young earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from the University of Alabama, and her son Connor Young will receive his high school diploma from LakeView Technology Academy on June 2.

Steven Tindall salutes as the U.S. Coast Guard places a wreath in the water during a Memorial Day service hosted by the Navy Ship Club 40 at Navy Park in 2015. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Memorial Day observances


Veterans organizations and cemeteries have planned Memorial Day observances throughout the holiday weekend.

In addition to ceremonies, three area communities will hold parades on Monday. Silver Lake’s parade begins at 9 a.m., while Twin Lakes and Burlington parades begin at 11 a.m. Ceremonies and memorial services follow all three.

— Memorial Day remembrance radio show about Memorial Day and veterans benefits with Scott Barter of WLIP Radio will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Tune to AM 1050 to listen.

Cabaret license denied for Somers tavern

SOMERS — The Village Board on Tuesday night approved a probationary cabaret license for Somers House, but denied a similar license for the Upper Deck tavern, two embattled establishments whose clientele have drawn the ire of local officials, law enforcement and neighbors.

The board voted 4-1 to issue the license to Somers House, 1548 Sheridan Road, after trustees questioned owners about the efforts they’ve made to curtail underage drinking. Trustee Joe Cardinale cast the dissenting vote.

But the board voted 3-2 to deny a probationary license for the operators of the Upper Deck Tavern, 1778 Sheridan Road, citing recent incidents including an April 3 shooting at a local park after a fight that occurred inside the bar.

Season pools passes now on sale

Season passes to Kenosha’s two public swimming pools are now on sale.

Pools are scheduled to open at 10 a.m. June 11, weather permitting.

Regulars pool hours are 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The pools will be closed on Mondays, including the Fourth of July.

Unified board approves policy regarding vacancies

With minimal discussion and no disagreements, the Kenosha Unified School Board adopted a revised policy Tuesday night incorporating new state laws for filling board vacancies.

The new policy requires filling such a vacancy within 60 days from the time it occurs.

If the full board fails to meet the deadline, the board secretary will randomly select three members, drawing their names “from a container.” The three so selected will then appoint an individual from among the list of candidates who applied to fill the post.

Lawsuit challenges denial of Paris residents’ petition

PARIS — The dispute over a petition to force a referendum on a controversial intergovernmental agreement between the town of Paris and village of Somers is headed to court.

The petition was deemed insufficient by the town clerk Friday.

But Attorney J. Michael McTernan filed a lawsuit in Kenosha County Circuit Court Wednesday, challenging that decision.

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Judge upholds placing of sex offender in Wheatland


WHEATLAND — Mark Rogers said he is disappointed that a judge has upheld a decision to place a sex offender next door to his Wheatland home.

“It is beyond me why they would want to put someone with those kind of charges next a family,” Rogers said. “We love our home, but we will be moving. I’m not gong to let my family be test dummies.”

Racine County Judge Allan Torhorst on Tuesday upheld the placement of Michael McGee, 53, in a home in the 32200 block of Geneva Road, adjacent to Rogers, his fiancee and their 1-year-old boy.

Family reported missing from Lake Geneva found safe

A woman and her three children reported missing from Lake Geneva earlier this month have been found safe.

According to a press release from the Lake Geneva Police Department, Michalene Melges and her children Hans, Kristian and Maverik were located Tuesday in Savannah, Ga. All were reportedly in good physical condition.

An arrest warrant for Michalene was issued by Walworth County for interfering with child custody, and she is being held on that warrant by Savannah authorities.

Randall School first-graders, competing as Australia, cheer as the parade of nations kicks off the ninth annual Randall Olympics Tuesday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Let the Games begin!


RANDALL — An opening ceremony Tuesday kicked off the ninth annual Olympic Games at Randall Consolidated School — an eight-day, K-8 contest held every four years in anticipation of the Summer Games.

The ceremony included a procession of athletes, the presentation of the Olympic flag, the reading of the Olympic Creed, recital of the Olympic Oath and the “lighting” of the torch, before Superintendent John Gendron declared the games open.

“This all started back in 1984 to teach the students the history and traditions of the Olympics,” physical education teacher Mike Perry, said. “It is a multi-curricular event.”

Pleasant Prairie Elementary School families got "colorized" as they participated May 21 in their Color Run. ( submitted photo )

Homeroom: Randall students send four vets to Washington


Four veterans are headed to Washington, D.C., on an Honor Flight thanks to Randall Consolidated School students.

A yearlong project by the Randall School Council raised $1,857, which was supplemented by a $250 matching donation. That meant the council could send four veterans on the flight, instead of the original goal of two.

“It is our honor to be able to help send veterans to our national capital to see the memorials erected in their honor and that of their fallen companions,” said Karen Reddin, gifted-and-talented coordinator at the school.

From left: Kevin Kohlmeyer, Robert Faber, Matthew Parkey ( Photo courtesy of Kenosha County Sheriff's Department )

39 charged in drug crackdown


A two-day law enforcement sting of Kenosha County drug dealers last week ended with charges against 39 people, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

The department had earlier released information on what it called “Operation Smackdown” on May 18-19, when the Kenosha Drug Operations Group made a series of arrests. Many of the arrests were of people targeted over months through controlled drug buys.

According to information provided by the department Tuesday, the operation ended with the seizure of 527 grams of cocaine, 77 grams of heroin, 1,407 grams of marijuana, 4.1 grams of mushrooms and prescription drugs.

News briefs: No man found in Lilly Lake incident

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department tactical team was called to a home in Lilly Lake Monday for a report of a despondent man with a gun, but ultimately found the man was not in the residence.

The Wheatland constable reported to the Sheriff’s Department that a man in a home in the 7800 block of 336th Avenue was reported to be in his garage with a gun and that he was refusing to respond. A family member and neighbor had each reported the situation.

The county tactical team responded at about 8 p.m. and was on the scene for several hours attempting to contact the man until a family member gave them permission to enter the house.

Event briefs: Golf fundraiser to aid injured man

TWIN LAKES — A fundraising golf outing for a man severely injured in a Christmas Eve attack will take place Sunday.

The benefit for Tom Eppers begins at 1 p.m. at Twin Lakes Country Club, 1230 Legion Drive, Twin Lakes. It includes golf, dinner, live entertainment throughout the day, contests, raffles and a silent auction.

Cost is $65 for golf and dinner or $40 for just dinner, which begins at 7 p.m.

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Growth stresses local labor market, study says


Kenosha County employers benefit from an economy and business conditions that help their bottom line, but at the same time put an element of the unknown into business operations.

Those were just some of the indications in a newly released labor market analysis of the Kenosha region.

Highlights from the report, conducted over a five-month period by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, were unveiled Tuesday as part of the Let’s Talk Talent Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.


Police: Teen had gun while going through cars


A Kenosha teen was charged with theft, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana after a resident called about three men attempting to break into cars.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman called Kenosha police at 2 a.m. May 21, saying she saw a man trying to break into a car near 55th Street and 31st Avenue. She then saw two other men join him, and saw the men checking door handles on other parked cars.

When police arrived they they saw three male subjects walking in the area. When the three saw police, they fled on foot. Officers chased them, eventually catching one of them — Koven K. Blakey, 17, of Kenosha. Officers found a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol in Blakey’s jacket pocket. In a backpack he was carrying, they found two women’s wallets, a key fob for a Volkswagen, and a small amount of marijuana in a zippered pouch. According to the criminal complaint, Blakey said he stole the gun from a woman who had left it in her purse outside a bar.

Somers approves virtual meeting attendance

SOMERS — Somers Village Board members can now attend meetings without being in the Village Hall.

Last week the board approved an ordinance allowing members to attend via telephone or other electronic format, such as Skype.

“It’s to allow more flexibility. I don’t see a problem with it,” Trustee Joe Cardinali said. “Ultimately it leaves us open for more options, but it’s important that we have to be able to allow the audience to participate with what we are saying.”

Danica Steinseifer nails in rafter braces on her Habitat for Humanity house under construction at 4428 53rd St. Monday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )

Walls going up on fifth Habitat home


Danica Steinseifer will soon have a home to raise her family.

Thanks in part to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha, the mother of two young children will have a one-story, three-bedroom home to call her own.

Construction crews, volunteers and other Habitat families are busy building walls and installing concrete slabs at the corner of Pershing Boulevard and 53rd Street. The home, made mostly out of donated materials, should be ready by fall.

Law enforcement personnel, Kenosha Unified School District and Pleasant Prairie Elementary School officials meet Monday outside the school after its evacuation due to a bomb threat, which later proved unfounded. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Bomb threat clears Pleasant Prairie Elementary School


PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A pre-recorded bomb threat led to the evacuation of Pleasant Prairie Elementary School, 9208 Wilmot Road, Monday morning.

The threat was left on the school voicemail and reported to the Pleasant Prairie Police Department about 11:30 a.m., according to Lt. Dan Reilly.

Upon evacuation, pupils initially were assembled at nearby St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 9091 Prairie Ridge Blvd., before being bussed to Mahone Middle School, 6800 60th St., to await pick up from parents or other authorized adults.

Lake Geneva Police are seeking this mother and her three sons who have been reported missing. Clockwise from top left are Michalene Melges, Maverik "Buddy" Melges, Hans Melges and Kristian "Max" Melges. ( )

News briefs: Authorities seek missing family


LAKE GENEVA — Authorities are seeking a Lake Geneva woman and her three sons.

Lake Geneva Police Chief Michael S. Rasmussen said Michalene Melges, 40, her children, Hans, 14; Kristian “Max,” 12; and Maverik “Buddy,” 10, were last seen leaving their residence in the 900 block of South Lakeshore Drive on May 10.

Michalene rented a van in Lake Bluff, Ill., on May 9, and the van was returned to a rental company in Plano, Texas, on May 13.

Two more villages OK Community Library Board plan

TWIN LAKES — A new, joint library agreement that changes the Community Library Board apportionment has gained support from of a majority of the member municipalities.

Villages boards in Twin Lakes, Paddock Lake and Silver Lake have approved the agreement. Approval is also needed from the Salem and Randall town boards in order for the agreement to be ratified.

The agreement will change the makeup of the Library Board, which currently has 11 members — two from each municipality and one school representative. That agreement is in violation of state statute, which orders membership to be based on population.

Alleged victim’s no-show leads to man’s release from prison

The trial for a man accused of attempting to kidnap a woman from a bus stop was postponed — and the man released on bail — because the victim was unavailable to testify.

Eric Ward, 52, of Somers, was charged with attempted kidnapping and disorderly conduct after he allegedly attempted to get a woman into his car last November.

The woman told police Ward popped his trunk, rushed toward her and said, “If you don’t want to get in this car, I’ll put you in this (expletive) car. Little girls like you get out of school and don’t make it home.”

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