Command changes at Coast Guard Station Kenosha


Bittersweet may be the best way to describe Thursday’s change of command ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Station Kenosha on Simmons Island.

Senior Chief Colleen McCarthy turned over the helm to Senior Chief Joseph Svendsen, and in doing so she ended a 21-year career in the Coast Guard.

“This ceremony reflects the immense power and absolute accountability a station officer in charge holds,” said Capt. Amy Cocanour, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan commander. “It’s the Coast Guard’s way of seamlessly passing responsibility and authority from one leader to another.”

Man faces first-degree charges for multiple sex assaults of children

A man sexually assaulted two girls multiple times, police say, leading to three felony charges.

Music on the Border a blast


PADDOCK LAKE — As the sun disappeared behind Central High School’s field emerging from the waning light were the sights and sounds of Jersey Surf.

Their drum and bugle corps program “Pay it Forward,” which included the late Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” gave 8-year-old Sofiya and her 4-year-old sister Selah reasons to marvel and applaud as they sat comfortably sandwiched between their mother Lisa Hill and aunt Robin Town.

Learning personal discipline through golf


PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Every Tuesday and Thursday, nine kids from Kenosha’s Boys & Girls Club storm the range at Jack Thomsen’s Transcendental Golf to pick up some golfing skills.

The program was set up between the Kenosha Police Department and the Boys & Girls Club to engage students in a game that is known for keeping players disciplined.

City taking bids for long-awaited 104th Ave. work


The city will begin taking bids Friday for the renovation of 104th Avenue just south of 60th Street, meaning the repaving of the seriously deteriorated road will be completed this summer.

Repaving 104th Avenue has been a point of consternation between Kenosha and Somers, as the street borders each municipality. While the two governments debate exactly how to fund the work, the city said it will go ahead and get the project started before construction season ends.

News briefs: Hit-and-run victim chases suspect

An alleged hit-and-run victim chased the suspect to his residence at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday at the 2600 block of 35th Street.

According to police reports, a 47-year-old Kenosha man told police a vehicle hit his car and caused damage to the front passenger side. The man then followed Joel Ritchie, 43, of Kenosha, to his residence where Ritchie parked the car and ran away.

Village couple fraudulently uses food stamp account: report

A Pleasant Prairie couple fraudulently got access to a woman’s food stamp benefits when one of them pretended to be the woman in a phone call to the state, according to court records.

John R. Clum Sr., 47, and Colleen G. Bates, 48, are charged with misappropriating someone’s identity to obtain a monetary benefit. If convicted, they could each receive three years prison.

Local foreclosure filings continue to fall

While fewer Kenosha County homeowners are facing foreclosure, many of those who have struggled through the process for several months are losing the battle.

Foreclosure filings in May were down 6.7 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Jammin’ by the lake


The peanut butter — and the jams — were in abundance Thursday at Veterans Memorial Park, where families staked out on the lawn for the first performance of this season’s Peanut Butter and Jam concert series.

Many groups set out blankets and picnics under the late-morning sun. At 11:30 a.m., Michigan-based band The Ragbirds entertained with their brand of exuberant folk-pop that was perfect for a sunny and picturesque day by the lake.

New city, county law enforcement tower ready


A new radio communications tower for the county and city joint emergency operations is expected to finally make its debut mid-month.

Kenosha County Board Supervisor Dennis Elverman, Public Works and Facilities Committee chairman, said Tuesday the tower located at 60th Street and 60th Avenue in the southwest corner of Nash Park, would be going online by July 14. It is replacing a tower at 60th Street near 54th Avenue, which is at least a half century old.

Kenosha firefighter’s termination case goes before commission


The Kenosha Police and Fire Commission adjourned after nearly eight hours of testimony Thursday at the Municipal Building, involving the possible termination of firefighter Matthew Spidell.

Spidell, a seven-year department veteran, took the stand without legal representation. He admitted to operating emergency vehicles without a valid driver’s license during a three-month span in 2013 and refuted claims he lied about his residency.

Uline to bring distribution center, 475 jobs to Kenosha


Uline, the packaging materials company headquartered in Pleasant Prairie, announced Thursday it will relocate its Midwest distribution center — and 475 jobs — from Waukegan, Ill., to Kenosha.

The company said it has plans to buy 200 acres of land that was annexed into Kenosha from the town of Paris this week. The site, near Highway 142 and Interstate 94, will house a 60,000-square-foot office and a 1 million-square-foot distribution center.

Ill. bank seeks to buy Talmer Bank and Trust

Antioch, Ill.-based State Bank of the Lakes is awaiting regulatory approval to complete the acquisition of Talmer Bank and Trust and expand its presence in Kenosha.

If approved, State Bank of the Lakes, a unit of Wintrust Community Bank network, will take over operations on Aug. 8.

Today’s event briefs: Concealed-carry class is Saturday

KENOSHA — A class in becoming certified to carry a concealed weapon will take place noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars, 6618 39th Ave.

The cost is $75. The class will cover requirements for a Wisconsin Concealed Carry permit.

Silver Lake dissolution petition certified

A petition submitted by residents who want to dissolve the village of Silver Lake was certified by Village Clerk Terry Faber Thursday.

The petition was filed June 25, but Faber had until Thursday to certify the signatures.

Downtown Kenosha Inc. initiatives continue despite leader’s departure

The organization that was created to carry out the redevelopment of downtown Kenosha is actively working on project initiatives, despite the absence of a director.

Members of the board of directors, some whom are members of partnership organizations, are taking on projects that were launched when Violet Ricker served as executive director of Downtown Kenosha Inc. She resigned suddenly in June. Meanwhile, the Downtown Kenosha Inc. Board is launching a nationwide search for a new director with economic development experience.

Paris officials hope agreement with Kenosha leads to another pact

PARIS — Town officials hope a recent intergovernmental agreement reached with the city of Kenosha will lead to further cooperation and a more permanent boundary agreement.

“The town is still hoping to get a boundary agreement in place,” Paris supervisor Ron Kammerzelt said.

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