February 8, 2016
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Should our high schoolers sleep in?

LakeView Technology Academy’s principal would like to see his school start a little later in the day.

Principal Bill Hittman said the parent of a prospective student contacted him recently with concerns about the school’s start time — 7:20 a.m.

Hittman points to research showing that teens do better when school starts later. “I’m in favor of it,” he said. “I sent a message to my superintendent last week saying, ‘If you want to increase student achievement, start school later.’”


Should our high schoolers sleep in?

LakeView Technology Academy’s principal would like to see his school start a little later in the day.

Principal Bill Hittman said the parent of a prospective student contacted him recently with concerns about the school’s start time — 7:20 a.m.

Hittman points to research showing that teens do better when school starts later. “I’m in favor of it,” he said. “I sent a message to my superintendent last week saying, ‘If you want to increase student achievement, start school later.’”

News briefs: Police arrest woman for man’s assault

A Kenosha woman was arrested after she reportedly struck a man with a broom and bit his upper arm during an argument in the 4500 block of 24th Avenue on Saturday.

Taylor L. Wasion, 22, was arrested for battery involving domestic violence in the 10:32 a.m. incident, according to a Kenosha Police Department report.

Wasion reportedly struck the man in the back with a broom after he parked behind her car and she wanted to leave, according to the report.

Local snowbirds to meet up in Arizona, Florida

Kenosha residents spending the winter in Florida and Arizona are invited to Kenosha Day events:

The annual Kenosha Day picnic for Kenosha snowbirds in Arizona will be Feb. 28.

The event will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (serving lunch between noon and 1:30 p.m.) at Encanto Park, 2605 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz.

Top Dog Gaming owner David Mueller helps James Morse, 10, left, and his friend Jakob Davis, 9, get set up to play "Minecraft" at the downtown gaming room. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Snapshot: Man heeds ‘Call of Duty,’ opens video gaming parlor

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Since April, David Mueller has been operating Top Dog Gaming, 621 56th St., in downtown Kenosha, which he co-owns with his wife Joanne. The gaming lounge offers different games and consoles for people to play on for an hourly fee, and a chance for players to socialize face to face.

Q. What systems do you have here?

A. A little bit of everything. We've got PS4s, X-Box One, Wii, Wii U, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, even original NESs.

An SUV is placed on a flatbed after tumbling over the retaining wall in the 1800 block of 30th Avenue on Sunday morning. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Driver hurt, arrested after car goes over wall

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A Kenosha man was arrested on a drunken-driving charge after he reportedly drove through a retention wall on the city’s north side Sunday.

Martin Aguilera-Cortez, born in 1988, of Kenosha, was taken into custody after being treated for minor injuries at Kenosha Medical Center in the 5:55 a.m. crash that occurred at 18th Street and 30th Avenue. He is facing a charge of operating while intoxicated, first offense, according to Kenosha Police.

Aguilera-Cortez was driving north when he apparently lost control of the vehicle and drove through the railing over the large stone wall near the northeast corner of the Pick ’n Save grocery store lot, according to Sgt. Brent Sagedal of the Kenosha Police Department.

Police probe shooting at Zion bowling alley

ZION –– The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is investigating what they believe to be a gang-related shooting that occurred at a bowling alley in an unincorporated area of Zion early Sunday.

According to a sheriff’s department media release, the male victim was found shot in the leg and head in the 1:40 a.m. incident.

A deputy used life-saving measures, applying a tourniquet to the victim’s leg, and he was later taken to a hospital. Authorities said the man is expected to survive. His identity was not released.

Dwight Brock was a popular bagger at Pick 'n Save. ( submitted photo )

A Life Remembered: Grocery store bagger was well-liked by customers, co-workers

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Dwight Brock was a smiler. His smile defined his whole face and made those around him break out in smiles, too.

“He smiled from day one,” said his mother, Edweana Brock.

Dwight smiled as he rode his bicycle through town and smiled throughout his work day as he bagged groceries and rounded up carts at Pick ‘n Save, 5710 75th St.

Event briefs: Caregiver support group slated for Tuesday

KENOSHA — Dealing with dementia and challenging behaviors will be the topic of the next meeting of the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group.

The group meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, 7730 Sheridan Road.

Call 262-605-6646 to register for the workshop or for additional information.

Former Kenosha man found dead in Missouri

Police in St. Charles, Mo., are investigating the death of a former Kenosha man whose body was found along a bank of the Missouri River on Friday.

Joshua Flesch, 25, was found dead in a wooded area outside the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, located on the west side of the river, just north of Interstate 70.

According to family members, he was last seen Thursday and reported missing Friday afternoon. His body was later found with the assistance of a police canine unit.

Two hurt in fiery crash in downtown Racine

Two people were seriously hurt in a fiery crash in downtown Racine early Saturday morning.

Racine Police said they were called to the intersection of Fifth Street and Main Street at 2:37 a.m. where a vehicle was found rolled over and in flames. Another vehicle was also on the scene. One of the vehicles had struck a building, police said.

Two people were taken to Wheaton Franciscan Hospital with serious injuries.

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Ice isn’t nice to festival visitors

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This article has been revised since its original posting.

LAKE GENEVA — The focus of Winterfest was supposed to be snow sculptures and tasty treats, not sinking vehicles.

Fifteen vehicles parked on Geneva Lake on Saturday afternoon sank into the frigid water, causing a spectacle that drew hundreds of gawkers and news reporters from across the region. No one was reported injured.

News briefs: Man leads police in chase

An man out on bail for other misdemeanor crimes led Kenosha police on a chase starting about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

According to Kenosha Police, officers began following the vehicle driven by Daniel D. Marquis, 19, of Kenosha, after Marquis reportedly tried to elude police in the 4400 block of 52nd Street.

Marquis led police south on 44th Avenue at high rate of speed, winding through the neighborhood.

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Sex offender to be released in Pleasant Prairie

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A registered sex offender will move into a residence in the 12200 block of Sheridan Road on Feb. 16.

David Ramirez, 35, was convicted of child enticement with sexual contact in 2000. His criminal history also includes charges of battery, disorderly conduct and harassment.

His related offense includes second degree sexual assault of a child. The victim profile includes minor females.

From left, Kenosha County Sheriff's deputies Ray Merlin, Lars Roalkvan and Mike Preston jump in the water Saturday at the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics at the Brat Stop. ( KEVIN POIRIER )

Freezin’ for a reason

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There’s something about belly flopping into 40-degree water that sends an extra shiver down your spine, even if you’re just a witness to the act.

The jumpers at the annual Kenosha Polar Plunge for Special Olympics got plenty of sympathetic shivers from the crowd at the Brat Stop Saturday afternoon.

“There’s always belly floppers and cannonballers, and you get some that try jumping straight for the ladder without hitting the water,” said Brian Vaccaro, one of three members of the dry-suited Kenosha County Dive Team who stood in the pool to assist. “That’s why I usually stand in front of the ladder so they jump into me instead of getting hurt on the ladder.”

Team Minnesota took second place and the State of Wisconsin Award with this sculpture at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships in Lake Geneva. ( PHOTO BY CHRISTINE VERSTRAETE )

Snow sculptors carve out a tough competition

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LAKE GENEVA — There was plenty of excitement at this year’s 21st annual U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships in Lake Geneva, both inside and out.

Not only did last year’s winning team from Wisconsin again take both the top prize and the people’s choice award for its out-of-this-world sculpture, but the Illinois 2 team from the Rockford area placed in the top three for the second time with its viking sculpture.

The Minnesota team took second place for its wintry woman sculpture called “Frozen Whisper.”

Teagan Renwick, 6, middle, faces Wyatt Leiting, right, during the floor hockey games organized Saturday at Salem Grade School, organized by the new Western Kenosha County Recreation organization ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

New recreation group forms on west end

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A new group called Western Kenosha County Recreation has formed to fill a youth programming need created by the abrupt cancellation of programming offered through the Kenosha Area Soccer Association.

Parents who had reportedly paid a registration fee to KASA for children to participate in floor hockey learned late last year that the program was canceled.

The KASA website and Facebook page are still functional, but are out of date. Parents report they have yet to get a refund.

Event briefs: Memory screenings offered Monday

KENOSHA — The Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center will offer free memory screenings and dementia care consultations 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St.

Memory screens are available for people concerned about memory changes, at risk of Alzheimer’s disease due to family history, or as a personal screening.

Dementia care consultations address the challenges of those caring for someone or living with dementia.

The Parmentier Apartments, 2204 60th St., are still heated with steam. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

That History Column: Uptown apartments retain steam heat

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If you’ve ever lived in an apartment or house with steam heat, you may remember the knocking radiators and hissing air vents when the system wasn’t working efficiently.

More than likely, those sounds were part of daily life.

But you may not have known the earliest steam-heated apartment buildings in Kenosha were built for luxury living.

A kick sled is at the center of the winter sports exhibit at the Kenosha History Center. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Artifact of the month

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A Swedish-style kick sled is this month’s Artifact of the Month at the Kenosha History Center.

The sled, part of the center’s “Winter Sports in Kenosha” exhibit, was used by the Swedish-American parents of Jane (Bohleen) Krahn, and donated to the museum by Priscilla Reisenauer.

A kick sled, or spark, is a small sled consisting of a chair mounted on a pair of flexible metal runners which extend backward to about twice the chair’s length.

Proposed rule changes appeal to lakefront property owners

Lakefront property owners would have more leeway to dredge sediment from the lake, fix sea walls and expand boathouses — activities opponents claim will be at the expense of good conservation practices — under proposed legislation governing navigable waters and wetlands.

But, it is welcome news for lakefront riparian homeowners like Dennis Druker who has seen the lake near his shoreline fill with sediment from stormwater runoff.

“At one time I could stand in the water and it was chest deep,” Druker said. “It is maybe a foot and half deep now.”

Man charged with making threats

A man threatened a woman outside Salem Grade School on Dec. 18, according to court records, saying “I have a .45 that says I can,” when she told him he could not be at the school.

Michael J. Strobach, 34, of Abbotsford, is charged with disorderly conduct and using a computer to threaten someone. He has yet to make an initial appearance on the charge here.

According to court records, school staff reported a possible weapon on school grounds about 3:30 p.m., and put the school on lockdown. A woman said she had come to school and seen Strobach near the front door.

In this file photo from last March, the marquee at the former Keno Drive-In says it all: "Closed forever." ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Bear donating Keno Drive-In items to historical society

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Iconic portions of the shuttered Keno Drive-In will be preserved at the Pleasant Prairie Historical Society for future generations.

The original marquee sign, ticket booth facade and popcorn popper, among other items, will be preserved. Despite rumors on social media, there are no plans to give the items to anyone hoping to use them for a new drive-in.

“People wanted to acquire and buy it and we thought we would give it away,” said Steve Mills, owner of Bear Realty, the company that owns the property. “We were asked by the village to do this. It’s been in the works for a number of weeks.”

Charge filed against driver in December crash

A Salem man was drunk when he crashed his car on Dec. 19, according to court records, seriously injuring a passenger.

Thomas Scrambling, 22, is charged with causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He is out of custody on a $5,000 signature bond, and has been ordered not to drink or possess alcohol.

Deputies responded to the 24800 block of 84th Street in Salem about 3:15 a.m. Dec. 19, for a reported single vehicle crash. The engine and transmission were missing from the engine compartment, and the driver’s side front tire was completely separated from the vehicle.

Tree cleanup on highway A ( KEVIN POIRIER )

Ash tree removal reaches Highway A

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Kenosha County Highway workers took out ash trees along Highway A on Friday.

With the closure of Petrifying Springs Park resulting in lower traffic on the road, it was a good time to do the work and close the road. The clean up is expected to last about a week is the weather stays good. Petrifying Springs County has been temporarily closed since mid-January due to ash tree removal.

Kenosha County is looking to fell more than 2,600 ash trees in Petrifying Springs, Brighton Dale Links golf course and Fox River Park because of damage done by insects. All of the ash trees have been infested by the emerald ash borer, a beetle native to eastern Asia that feeds on ash species.

Lily Lachman, shown in December, continues to await a heart transplant at Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY JANINE ANDERSON )

Lily’s wait for a heart continues

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Lily Lachman’s wait for a new heart got a bit harder this week.

The Kenosha first-grader has been at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since Dec. 1, after she was diagnosed with a heart infection and told she needed a transplant.

Nothing has become available, and in the weeks since her diagnosis, she has had several surgeries, including one to install HeartWare, a type of pump that supports her heart’s function and makes it easier for blood to be moved around her body.

Brian Boeckenstedt is remodeling Bella Vita Banquets, formerly Marino's, in New Munster. ( BILL SIEL )

Marino’s transforms into Bella Vita

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Bella Vita means beautiful life — the very thing Heather and Brian Boeckenstedt want to start couples off with at the family’s so-named, newly renovated banquet hall in Wheatland.

“We wanted to pick a name that reflected our Italian heritage and one that meant something to us,” Heather said of the name.

The Boeckenstedt’s are busy putting the finishing touches on the 17,000-square-foot hall, that has three convertible banquet rooms that can host events for 100 to 600 guests.

Local whooping cough cases on the rise

Three more Kenosha County children have been diagnosed with pertussis, making the county’s incidence of the vaccine-preventable disease six times greater than it was this time last year.

The students — one from Lakewood School and two from Randall School — are home until cleared to return by their doctors. So far this season, the county has seen 30 cases. Last year at this time, five had been reported.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection, spread by contact with respiratory droplets from an infected person. Exposure usually takes place after repeated indoor face-to-face contact, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

In this file photo, Nick Wiersum, curator of education at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, poses with a cast copy of Stan, a T-Rex found in South Dakota. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

‘Jurassic’ films offer up fun, not facts

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The Kenosha Public Museum is hosting a free “Jurassic Park” movie marathon from noon to 9 p.m. today.

To get ready, we asked local dinosaur expert Nick Wiersum — curator of natural history education for the Kenosha public museums — some “Jurassic”-related questions.

Wiersum and paleontologists from Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside will offer ongoing Twitter commentary during the films. Tweet questions to them by using the hashtag #KPMJurassic. Also, written questions can be submitted during the film marathon in a question box in the museum lobby. The questions will be answered after the screening of each film.

GO Events: Memory screenings offered

KENOSHA — The Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center will offer free memory screenings and dementia care consultations 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St.

Memory screens are available for people concerned about memory changes, at risk of Alzheimer’s disease due to family history, or as a personal screening.

Dementia care consultations address the challenges of those caring for someone or living with dementia.

Somers Town Board eyes ways to control unruly debate

SOMERS – Hoping to reduce disruptions, Town Board members have been told not to engage in protracted debate with residents during meetings, and to remove residents who become belligerent.

Chairman Mark Molinaro said it’s an issue that has bothered him and something that he said he won’t allow to happen in future meetings.

“The dialogue we get into with citizens when they come in with citizen’s comments, quite honestly the moment the board member responds to that it becomes debate,” he said Thursday night at a Town Board work session. “It’s not on the agenda and it’s illegal.”

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