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Federal appeals court listens to arguments in Jensen case


CHICAGO — “That sounds like a good reason for a new trial,” was one of the last things a federal appeals judge said on Thursday to attorneys arguing the appeal of Mark Jensen’s murder conviction.

The statement, uttered by 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Justice David F. Hamilton, came after about 45 minutes of argument and discussion of the case by attorneys for Jensen and the state of Wisconsin.

The state appealed the case to the 7th Circuit, after a Milwaukee-based federal district judge overturned Jensen’s 2008 conviction for the 1998 death of his wife, Julie Jensen, at their Pleasant Prairie home.

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.

Change in payment schedule annoys Unified teachers

In recent years, teachers and other employees at Kenosha Unified School District could choose to be paid year-round, with their pay spread out to cover the summer months.

That practice appears to be coming to an end. This week, employees were informed by a memo that their paychecks will be shifted to a 10-month schedule.

Free tickets available for national VA festival program in Milwaukee

Free tickets remain available for a Sunday program that caps off the 2014 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, being held this week in Milwaukee.

The event began Thursday and will end Sunday with an art exhibition at noon followed by the stage show at 2 p.m. featuring songs, dance and dramatic readings at the Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave.

News briefs: Cement shortage delays road work

Repaving work on 39th Avenue between 52nd Street and Washington Road in Kenosha is being slowed by a cement shortage that is causing delays across the Upper Midwest.

The contractor, Payne and Dolan, had expected to have the project completed by Oct. 31, according to city administrator Frank Pacetti. But the wet spring across the region delayed the start of the construction season, pushing more work into the latter part of the year. That’s put such high demand on cement plants that they can’t keep up.

Summit-goers bemoan scandal of poverty in SE Wisconsin

SOMERS – A summit to discuss poverty in Kenosha and Racine drew 200 people from churches and area agencies to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday night.

Kenosha’s Congregations United to Serve Humanity’s annual meeting — held jointly with Racine Interfaith Coalition — brought to light what organizers termed is Wisconsin’s “scandal of poverty.”

Public Works panel OKs budget

The City Council’s Public Works Committee has approved the administration’s preliminary 2015 operating budget and a five-year capital improvement plan to maintain and improve city streets, clear snow and do other infrastructure projects.

The $9.14 million operating budget amounts to about $160,000 more than was allocated this year.

County said to commit $250K to permanent homeless shelter

Kenosha County is expected to commit $250,000 to a future permanent homeless shelter for the area, according to organizers of a poverty summit held Thursday night.

Veronica King, vice president for the Congregations United to Serve Humanity, made the announcement about the county’s plan before participants in attendance.

Safari park promoter eyes site in Wheatland

WHEATLAND — To the surprise of residents here, Wheatland, known more for dairy cows than endangered species, has emerged as the possible location for a free-range safari park.

The man who would be leading the tour is Jay Christie, a.k.a “Jungle Jay,” who announced in September he would leave his position as Racine Zoological Society President and CEO to create the first “Safari Park” in the state.

Unified adopts ‘just cause’ disciplinary standard

Employees of Kenosha Unified School District will have a “just cause” standard for discipline and termination under a compromise approved by the School Board.

The board has been working to revise its policies to adapt to post-Act 10 Wisconsin, changing its policies to line up with the employee work condition rules that will be outlined in an employee handbook that is in draft stage.

Students learn about manufacturing opportunities


STURTEVANT — Many may have studied about the industrial revolution in their history classes, but over the past two days more than 500 middle school and high school students learned about today’s industrial evolution in an out-of-the classroom experience at Gateway Technical College’s second annual Manufacturers Expo.

Students from the Unified School District and several other regional school districts attended sessions Wednesday and Thursday to learn from local companies how manufacturing has changed, what skills they need to be successful and the importance of education and training. The students watched demonstrations and participated in hands-on activities as they learned more about how today’s manufacturers operate.

News briefs: Kenosha County man killed in crash

RAYMOND — A 21-year-old Kenosha County man was killed in a crash in the town of Raymond Thursday morning, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.

A sheriff’s news release said the Kenosha County man, who has not been named, was the lone occupant of a vehicle that rear-ended a dump truck at the intersection of Highway 45 and Four and a Quarter Mile Road at 6:21 a.m. Both vehicles were traveling northbound on Highway 45.

Riverview ponders shorter school year for construction

SILVER LAKE — Riverview School in Silver Lake is considering either ending the school year early or starting school later in the fall to accommodate building renovations.

The Board of Education is seeking parents’ opinions via on online survey.

DJ says police reports have cost him clients

A local DJ said he’s already lost numerous clients and has temporarily ceased operations following recent accusations involving his business.

Cashone McKnight, better known as DJ Cash, has been connected by local law enforcement to numerous nightclub incidents including a dangerous scene early Saturday morning at Pub 22, 2000 60th Street.

Salvation Army plans fashion show fundraiser

The Salvation Army is trying a new fundraiser this fall: a fashion show.

The “Winter in the City Fashion Show” will be held at the Salvation Army building, 3116 75th St., on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clothes will be coming from Maurices, with nails by Jamberry Nails, jewelry from Lia Sophia and cosmetics from Motive Cosmetics and L’Bri.

Today’s event briefs

KENOSHA — “Pasta for Poverty,” a fundraising dinner for the Shalom Center, will be noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church, 2001 80th St.

The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children.

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