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UPDATE: Family given one week to rectify conditions at farms were dead animals were found

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A family has been given a week to rectify problems at two farms where more than 80 dead animals were found Friday and Saturday.

Late Saturday night, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced it had ended its “on scene” portion of an investigation into animal abuse at farms owned by the Schmeckel family in Brighton and Paris.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth has directed deputies and detectives to conduct three daily inspections of the progress at the farms this week.




UPDATE: Family given one week to rectify conditions at farms were dead animals were found

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A family has been given a week to rectify problems at two farms where more than 80 dead animals were found Friday and Saturday.

Late Saturday night, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced it had ended its “on scene” portion of an investigation into animal abuse at farms owned by the Schmeckel family in Brighton and Paris.

Dead calves found at second farm

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An investigation into animal neglect at a Kenosha County farm shifted to a second location Saturday, with 30 additional dead calves found at a Paris farm.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has found more than 80 dead calves at the two farms owned by the Schmeckel family.

A savory festival

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BURLINGTON — Gina Diliberti typically creates sculpture from ice, but Saturday she was working with a more fragrant medium.

Diliberti was one of three sculptors creating works from giant hunks of chocolate at the annual ChocolateFest in Burlington.

Opening of History Center display kicks off Memorial Day weekend

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To kick off the Memorial Day weekend, “A Tribute to Our Veterans,” a display honoring Kenosha County’s fallen, wounded and still-standing service members, was unveiled at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Place on Simmons Island.

The exhibit’s main focus is Staff Sgt. James Lee VanBendegom, and it spotlights the Last Man Standing club, a group of World War II and Korean War veterans. In addition, it showcases combat medals earned by Kenosha-area WWII veterans Raymond Krantz and Dewey L. Rosenfeldt.

News briefs: Motorcyclist hurt in Paddock Lake collision

A crash in Paddock Lake Friday just after 8:30 a.m. injured a motorcyclist.

According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence A. Hallgren, born in 1968, of Kenosha, was riding his motorcycle east on Highway 50 when the motorcycle collided with a westbound truck driven by David H. Hamsing, born in 1949, of Salem, at Highway 83.

Shoreland graduates look back and ahead

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SOMERS — On a day of reflection and celebration, the Shoreland Lutheran High School class of 2015 gave into the pomp and circumstance of the graduation ceremony Saturday morning, but once outside, it was all selfies and photo bombs.

The small parochial school in Somers graduated 77 students this year, nearly everyone of them bound for college.

Small rally protests GMOs in food

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It was a small but determined group that made their voices heard against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Kenosha’s third annual March Against Monsanto.

Saturday’s march from Civic Center Park to HarborMarket was part of a worldwide peaceful protest against the Monsanto Corp., held in 38 countries and 428 cities.

A Q&A with Savaglio-Jarvis

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Kenosha Unified School District Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis is in the middle of developing a strategic plan for the district while navigating the evolving state budget landscape.

Savaglio-Jarvis sat down recently with Kenosha News journalist Deneen Smith to discuss various topics.

Two crash victims flown from downtown scene

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A crash left a man and a woman seriously injured and shut down a portion of Sheridan Road about 9 p.m. Friday.

A motorcycle and a car collided near the intersection of 56th Street and Sheridan Road.

News briefs: Salmonella investigation continues

As the investigation into the cause of the Salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 60 people continues, the Kenosha County Division of Health is reaching out to the latino religious community.

"We reached out to St. Mark's (Catholic Church) because they have a large Hispanic population that goes there," said Mark Melotik, director of environmental health. "It's just to let them know that if people are sick to let us know."

Kenosha woman charged in prostitution sting

A 24-year-old Kenosha woman was charged with prostitution and drug possession on Friday after an undercover sting at a local hotel earlier this week.

Stephanie K. Barker was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Value Inn, 7221 122nd Ave. Kenosha police said an undercover detective found Barker’s ad on Backpage.com under Kenosha-Racine escorts, contacted her via text messages and requested her $60 special.

Council gets conflicting recommendations on beach house roof

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In the Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow advises Dorothy which way to take at a crossroads, as he points simultaneously in opposite directions.

Think of Kenosha’s City Council as Dorothy, with the Parks Commission and Public Works Committee, playing the part of the Scarecrow’s confusingly opposed arms.

‘Dry run’ of downtown Wi-Fi to go online Saturday

As promised, free, outdoor public Wi-Fi access to cover Kenosha’s lakefront and downtown areas will go online today.

The caveat, according to city and county officials, is this is only the first phase of the project and will provide a very small coverage area around Civic Center Park and Kenosha’s Dinosaur Discovery Museum.

Twin Lakes nearing police chief decision

TWIN LAKES — A new Twin Lakes police chief could be named as early as next week, Village Administrator Jennifer Frederick said Friday.

The Police Commission has interviewed six candidates to replace Police Chief Dale Racer, who will retire July 6 after eight years in Twin Lakes.

Armus faces grievances from former patients

A local dermatologist who turned in his patients while working as a federal drug informant is coming under the scrutiny of the state’s Medical Examining Board, after a complaint was filed saying his behavior was unethical.

Dr. Steven Armus, 54, of Caledonia, was arrested in 2009 and charged in Kenosha County with possession of cocaine. The case moved from state to federal court in 2011, and as part of his plea negotiation, Armus agreed to become an informant, in hopes that it would help when it was time to be sentenced.

Cardinali’s Bakery, a Kenosha tradition, reopens Saturday

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When the doors open Saturday morning at Cardinali’s Golden Krust Bakery, a Kenosha tradtion comes back to life.

The bakery, located at 2225 52nd St., has been closed for more than a year, when former owner Mike Cardinali locked the doors following the death of his wife and partner, Janet.

UW-Parkside developing ‘Ready Badger’ app

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Local residents seeking information on what to do during an emergency or a natural disaster could soon have a mobile application available at their fingertips.

University of Wisconsin-Parkside computer science students have released a prototype of the “Ready Badger” smartphone app, created with significant input from state emergency management officials. The app caters to southeast Wisconsin with the possibility of expanding throughout the state, according to Parkside professor Derek Riley.

Construction zones will slow Memorial Day weekend travel

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Highway construction work along Interstate 94 and elsewhere in Wisconsin will be halted during the busy Memorial Day weekend, but motorists will likely encounter delays on some major roadways, transportation officials said Thursday.

Work on state highway projects will end at noon today and resume at 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation projects communication manager Mark Kantola.

Town still weighs on Village of Somers

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The cost of doing business as the Village of Somers is starting to prove more costly as some residents had feared prior to the incorporation referendum.

Right now the Village of Somers is trying to refund more than $9.57 million of bond debt going back to 2008 to save money on lower interest rates but because they are tethered legally to the remnant town, both for revenues and debt, the deal is proving to be problematic.

Somers Fire Commission focus on internal candidates for interim chief

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Former Somers Fire Chief Thomas Smith left his job for the last time May 8 but more than a week later Somers officials are one step closer to hiring an interim chief.

The Somers Fire Commission met Thursday to discuss a procedure and review applications and resumes for the top job.

County Board members heated in discussing compensation study findings

A meeting to allow the consultants of a compensation study to defend their findings turned heated as some Kenosha County Board supervisors sought answers to the processes and data used in assembling it.

During the board’s special Committee of the Whole meeting, no recommendations were made nor were votes taken, as it was scheduled as an informational session. It included a presentation from the Segal Waters Consulting.

DOT scraps roundabout plan in Paris

PARIS — A roundabout at highways 45 and 142 is no longer the state Department of Transportation’s preferred option for the intersection, slated for improvement as part of the 2022 Highway 45 reconstruction project.

A public information meeting on the Highway 45 work planned between Highway 50 in Kenosha County and Highway 11 in Racine County will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 27 at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St.

History Center to open new veterans exhibit

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To be powerful, an exhibit doesn’t have to be enormous.

That’s the case with “A Tribute to Our Veterans,” a display honoring Kenosha County’s fallen, wounded and still standing service members, which will be unveiled 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Place on Simmons Island.

Unified still concerned about state budget fallout

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Although public education cuts proposed by Gov. Scott Walker were rolled back by a legislative committee, Kenosha Unified School District officials remain concerned about the impact of the state budget on the district.

The Legislature’s budget committee voted this week to remove the governor’s proposed cut of more than $127 million in state aid, a reduction that would have cost Unified $3.3 million. But the committee recommended a raft of changes to public education, including a statewide expansion of the voucher system that takes money from public schools and gives it to parents to pay for private school tuition.

News briefs: More salmonella cases confirmed

Salmonella with a matching DNA fingerprint has now been found in five patients, according to Kenosha County Division of Health.

That’s three more cases than were verified Wednesday. In an update released this afternoon, the health department said more than 60 ill people have been identified in connection with the local outbreak, the same number that was announced Wednesday.

Fix It: City pledges fix for vertically challenged flagpole

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This week’s problem: Katy Hall contacted Fix It regarding a damaged flagpole near the Sesquicentennial Bandshell in Pennoyer Park.

“It has been down ever since fall. I just wondered when it would be up again.” Hall said, adding, “I've kind of missed it. ... That was my wind indicator.”

Today’s event briefs: Memorial Day ceremony slated at Navy Memorial Park

KENOSHA — Navy Club Ship 40 will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at Navy Memorial Park, Sixth Avenue between 52nd and 54th Streets at the Kenosha Harbor.

The U.S. Coast Guard will participate along with the Crimson Corral and the Warriors Watch. The memorial service will last approximately one hour.

The Ladder: A conversation takes 2 people

Business coverage has always been one of the building blocks of daily newspapers.

Manufacturing, retail, finance and service businesses represent jobs and opportunities that are required for a city and its region to thrive and grow. The taxes these companies pay and the paychecks of employees are the financial lifeblood of any community.

Kenosha woman pleads guilty in $1.5M Medicaid fraud case

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A Kenosha woman has admitted she submitted fraudulent claims for Medicaid payment, pleading guilty to medical assistance fraud and forgery.

Carleen D. Larson, 43, was charged with seven counts of medical assistance fraud, two counts of forgery and one of racketeering for activities between 2005 and 2014, when the state said she received more than $1.5 million for services she never provided.

Local Memorial Day ceremonies set

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Local Memorial Day observances:

— Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery ceremony, 11 a.m., 21731 Spring St., Union Grove. The keynote speaker will be Gov. Scott Walker. The Commemorative Air Force will conduct a flyover, weather permitting.

Silver Lake ponders lease agreement for library building

SILVER LAKE — Village officials got their first glance Wednesday at the draft lease agreement that will be presented to the Community Library Board in hopes the village-owned building on Second Street will become a library after all.

Village president Bruce Nopenz said the village attorney drafted the agreement. It will go to the Library Board next week as a starting point for discussion.

Tougher barriers placed at harbor’s edge

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After several crashed involving wayward vehicles, the concrete bollards protecting Navy Park at the east end of 52nd Street have been improved.

City Parks Superintendent Jeff Warnock said the bollards were purposely designed to be heftier, taller and set deeper underground than the largely ornamental concrete posts linked by chains.

Group forms to support beach house

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A group committed to preserving the Southport Beach House is having its inaugural meeting Thursday.

The Southport Beach House Association is hosting an open house in conjunction with the meeting, 5 to 7 p.m. in the beach house, 7825 First Ave.

Man who stole car, dog gets seven years

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A Kenosha man arrested in November after police said he stole a dog and an elderly woman's car was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison.

Jontaz Darden, 18, pleaded guilty to armed robbery with threat of force. Charges of theft, driving a vehicle without consent and bail jumping were dismissed.

Salem School Board member steps down

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SALEM — Jack Niccolai, who won re-election to the Salem School Board in April as the highest vote-getter, resigned from the board Tuesday, effective immediately.

“I want to thank the taxpayers for their vote of confidence and the School Board members for their support and encouragement,” Niccolai wrote in a letter of resignation. “However, due to circumstances beyond my control, I am forced to re-evaluate my place on this board. I realize that I cannot devote the time and energy this seat requires.”

Former Kenosha County sheriff was dedicated to law enforcement

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Dan Piencikowski had a passion for helping people and trying to make a difference as a law enforcement officer — so much so that as a deputy he decided one day he’d run for sheriff.

The 66-year-old former Kenoshan, who was Kenosha County sheriff from 1983-85, died May 14 surrounded by family in Colorado after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Former Packer stresses importance of learning

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Though his profession was playing football, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman said he has always loved learning.

"My dream was to play fooball, but my goal was to earn a degree," Freeman, 42, told students Wednesday during a visit to St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Lower Campus.

Kenosha not the target of GOP school plan

A Republican plan to remake the way a neighborhood school is represented should not affect the Kenosha Unified School District.

A provision included in an education plan approved by the Legislature’s budget committee early Wednesday included a plan aimed at the Racine Unified School District.

Salmonella cases jump to 60

The number of cases of salmonella exposure has now tripled.

More than 60 people have been identified with gastrointestinal illness in connection with Supermercado Los Corrales grocery store, 3933 52nd St., according to the Kenosha County Division of Health.

More than 700 miles of interstates in Wisconsin to be 70 mph

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The speed limit will be going up soon on more than 700 miles of rural stretches of interstate in Wisconsin, including Interstate 94 in Kenosha and Racine counties.

The state Department of Transportation released details Wednesday of the first places around the state where the speed limit will jump from 65 mph to 70 mph. The announcement came shortly after Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a bill that allowed for the speed limit increase.

News briefs: Alleged drug dealer charged with six felonies

A Kenosha man busted during a drug raid was charged on Wednesday with multiple felonies for manufacturing and delivering heroin.

Patrick A. Mackey, 41, was held on $100,000 cash bond. He faces up to $236,000 in fines and over 50 years imprisonment.

Former officer to face obstruction, misconduct charges

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Former police officer Kyle Baars appeared in court Wednesday on a charge that he obstructed officers while he was participating in an investigation while he worked for the Kenosha Police Department.

Baars is charged with obstructing an officer and misconduct in public office, for his actions during a homicide investigation a year ago. Baars, 28, of Racine, could be sentenced to 18 months in prison and two years on extended supervision on the misconduct charge, which is a felony.

Snyder: Summer’s calling; are you listening?

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Just because you may have scraped ice off your windshield this morning doesn’t mean summer isn’t almost here.

I don’t mean to scare you — OK, I do — but a glance at my trusty calendar tells me Memorial Day Weekend starts today.

Probation ordered for man shot by Kenosha police

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Wracked with guilt over what he did during the Vietnam War, a Kenosha man became suicidal in March. He went into his garage, intending to kill himself, and came out having been shot by police.

Terry Knight, 66, survived and was later charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety for his actions that day.

Gateway grads overcome challenges to succeed

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SOMERS — When Zaida Hernandez-Irisson began attending Gateway Technical College five years ago, she was in the barber and cosmetology program.

On Tuesday, the 23-year-old Kenoshan graduated with an associate of applied science degree in biomedical engineering technology.

Salmonella outbreak probe focuses on grocery store

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Kenosha County Division of Health officials are working with the owner and employees of Supermercado Los Corrales grocery store, 3933 52nd St., to find out how a salmonella outbreak started and sickened nearly two dozen people.

“We’re in the early stages of the investigation to determine the source,” said Gwynn Perry-Brye, clinical services director for the Kenosha County Division of Health. “We are starting to see more people call us. We have several nurses working on interviews and the interview process.”

Pool passes go on sale Tuesday

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KENOSHA — Season passes for Kenosha’s public swimming pools will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday.

Pools in Anderson and Washington parks will open for the season at noon June 13.

News briefs: KDOG executes early drug bust

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A 41-year-old Kenosha man was taken into custody during a drug bust early Tuesday morning in the 6000 block of 37th Avenue.

Patrick A. Mackey faces charges on four counts of delivering heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of Xanax and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Drunken-driving suspect subdued twice with Taser

The Kenosha Police Department said an officer smashed a car window when a 36-year-old Kenosha man refused to stop his vehicle about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown Kenosha.

Christopher Reed was arrested for drunken driving (third offense), obstructing an officer, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct and for carrying a concealed weapon.

Local man gets probation for marijuana distribution

The prosecutor told Tyson Wehrmeister to stay out of trouble and wished him good luck just after Wehrmeister was sentenced to probation and a short period of house arrest for his role in a marijuana distribution operation.

Wehrmeister had earlier pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge stemming from a federal investigation into marijuana distribution and sales in the Kenosha area.

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    News briefs: Salmonella investigation continues

    As the investigation into the cause of the Salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 60 people continues, the Kenosha County Division of Health is reaching out to the latino religious community.

    Animal abuse alleged on Brighton farm

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    BRIGHTON — The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of alleged animal abuse at a farm on Highway 75 in Brighton.

    Kenosha woman charged in prostitution sting

    A 24-year-old Kenosha woman was charged with prostitution and drug possession on Friday after an undercover sting at a local hotel earlier this week.

    Council gets conflicting recommendations on beach house roof

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    In the Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow advises Dorothy which way to take at a crossroads, as he points simultaneously in opposite directions.

    ‘Dry run’ of downtown Wi-Fi to go online Saturday

    As promised, free, outdoor public Wi-Fi access to cover Kenosha’s lakefront and downtown areas will go online today.

    Twin Lakes nearing police chief decision

    TWIN LAKES — A new Twin Lakes police chief could be named as early as next week, Village Administrator Jennifer Frederick said Friday.

    Armus faces grievances from former patients

    A local dermatologist who turned in his patients while working as a federal drug informant is coming under the scrutiny of the state’s Medical Examining Board, after a complaint was filed saying his behavior was unethical.

    Cardinali’s Bakery, a Kenosha tradition, reopens Saturday

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    When the doors open Saturday morning at Cardinali’s Golden Krust Bakery, a Kenosha tradtion comes back to life.

    UW-Parkside developing ‘Ready Badger’ app

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    Local residents seeking information on what to do during an emergency or a natural disaster could soon have a mobile application available at their fingertips.



    Construction zones will slow Memorial Day weekend travel

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    Highway construction work along Interstate 94 and elsewhere in Wisconsin will be halted during the busy Memorial Day weekend, but motorists will likely encounter delays on some major roadways, transportation officials said Thursday.

    Town still weighs on Village of Somers

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    The cost of doing business as the Village of Somers is starting to prove more costly as some residents had feared prior to the incorporation referendum.

    Somers Fire Commission focus on internal candidates for interim chief

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    Former Somers Fire Chief Thomas Smith left his job for the last time May 8 but more than a week later Somers officials are one step closer to hiring an interim chief.

    County Board members heated in discussing compensation study findings

    A meeting to allow the consultants of a compensation study to defend their findings turned heated as some Kenosha County Board supervisors sought answers to the processes and data used in assembling it.

    Uber in Kenosha? U bet

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    A quick pick-up, a smooth comfortable ride, no ticking meters and a timely direct route to my destination.

    DOT scraps roundabout plan in Paris

    PARIS — A roundabout at highways 45 and 142 is no longer the state Department of Transportation’s preferred option for the intersection, slated for improvement as part of the 2022 Highway 45 reconstruction project.

    History Center to open new veterans exhibit

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    To be powerful, an exhibit doesn’t have to be enormous.

    Unified still concerned about state budget fallout

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    Although public education cuts proposed by Gov. Scott Walker were rolled back by a legislative committee, Kenosha Unified School District officials remain concerned about the impact of the state budget on the district.

    News briefs: More salmonella cases confirmed

    Salmonella with a matching DNA fingerprint has now been found in five patients, according to Kenosha County Division of Health.

    Fix It: City pledges fix for vertically challenged flagpole

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    This week’s problem: Katy Hall contacted Fix It regarding a damaged flagpole near the Sesquicentennial Bandshell in Pennoyer Park.

    Today’s event briefs: Memorial Day ceremony slated at Navy Memorial Park

    KENOSHA — Navy Club Ship 40 will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at Navy Memorial Park, Sixth Avenue between 52nd and 54th Streets at the Kenosha Harbor.

    The Ladder: A conversation takes 2 people

    Business coverage has always been one of the building blocks of daily newspapers.

    Kenosha woman pleads guilty in $1.5M Medicaid fraud case

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    A Kenosha woman has admitted she submitted fraudulent claims for Medicaid payment, pleading guilty to medical assistance fraud and forgery.

    Local Memorial Day ceremonies set

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    Local Memorial Day observances: