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Dream Playground’s phase 2 about to begin

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The weather forecast for Labor Day and several other days next week calls for a high probability of thunderstorms.

Nevertheless, Tammy Conforti, president of the Kenosha Dream Playground Project, said Friday the show must — and will — go on, rain or shine.

The show, of course, being the second and final phase of the all volunteer “community build,” starting with the daylong kick off Labor Day and five consecutive days of several hundred volunteers thereafter doing whatever it takes to wrap up their end of the work on Sept. 12.




Today’s news briefs: Off-duty officer assists in arrest

The quick response from an off-duty law enforcement officer led to the arrest of a 14-year-old Kenosha boy early Monday morning.

Kenosha Police Department units responded to the 7500 block of 27th Avenue at 12:33 a.m. when an officer spotted the suspect walking through his yard and peering into the front window of a nearby residence.

Woman turns to Facebook to find hit-and-run driver

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Village police have obtained incriminating photo evidence in a hit-and-run investigation.

Authorities responded at 7:24 a.m. Monday when a Pleasant Prairie woman told police she was involved in an accident at the intersection of highways H and 50. When the other vehicle attempted to leave the scene, the woman snapped a clear photo of the vehicle and the man behind the wheel.

Kenosha Beef probing cause of recall

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Kenosha Beef International, the manufacturing partner for the marketer of Johnsonville Grillers, is reviewing production video and undergoing a thorough inspection of its production equipment in the wake of a recall of more than 89,000 pounds of pork sausage patties that were contaminated with extraneous materials.

President and CEO Dennis Vignieri on Thursday said Kenosha Beef was also examining footage from cameras in the production area to determine how the contaminant — believed to be small pieces of metal — got into the pork patties that were produced for Johnsonville on May 13.

Two in same car arrested for drunken driving

The Kenosha Police Department said a two-vehicle accident resulted in multiple injuries early Wednesday morning, and two occupants of the same car were arrested for drunken driving.

Authorities responded at 12:09 a.m. at the intersection of 18th Avenue, and 51st Place.

Man, 20, charged with sexual assault of 13-year-old

A 20-year-old man who was ordered not to have any unsupervised contact with children under age 16 has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Travis W. White of Kenosha is accused of meeting with the 13-year-old girl at her home on Aug. 15.

Schools trying to cope with heat, humidity

Back-to-school season coincided with the hottest stretch of the summer, making for sticky classrooms.

On Tuesday, as most students returned to school, temperatures reached 90 degrees in Kenosha. It was the hottest start to the school year since 2011.

Fire departments seek expenses from farm cleanup

Fire chiefs from Kansasville and Paris are seeking reimbursement for costs associated with the role the departments played in removal of dead calves from two farms owned by Jeffrey Schmeckel, of Brighton.

“It should not be up to taxpayers to cover the cost of our response to a call of this nature,” Kansasville Fire Chief Scott Remer said.

If a tree falls at Tremper...

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A reader called Fix It to complain that, “Over at Tremper High School, there are 14 dead ash trees over 50, 60 feet in the air, some of them. They’ve been slowly dying from the emerald ash borer. They’re on a very large parkway. Tuesday, there’s going to be hundreds of kids walking underneath those trees. Some of the bark is starting to fall off the limbs.

“At that height, a limb coming down and hitting a kid could do a lot of damage, possibly even death. I know they always cut back on forestry and parks ... the kids’ safety is very important. This is definitely a safety hazard.”

Downtown event expects to be cheesier this year

This year’s Cheese-a-Palooza is aiming to double everything: the number of vendors, musical acts and the crown jewel of the the event — cheese.

In its second second year, the cheese festival will kick off on Saturday and stretch into Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m at the HarborPark near 54th Street & 6th Avenue. The event, sponsored by Happenings magazine and the city of Kenosha, is now coordinating closely with the Classic Cruise-In Car Show starting 9 a.m. that day, according to event coordinator Kaitlyn Peski.

Harding resigns from Somers board, cites work demands

Somers Village Trustee Larry Harding is resigning from the board. Harding turned to Facebook Wednesday to make the announcement.

“Due to increasing demands at work, I had no choice but to resign my position as village trustee, effective immediately. I regret having to do this. I feel like I’m letting people down, especially the volunteers who worked so hard to get me on the ballot,” it read in part.

Event briefs: Cancer benefit slated at Coins

KENOSHA — The fourth annual Coins Cancer Cookout and Memorial Poker Ride will be Sunday.

The event, at Coins Sports Bar, 1714 52nd St., begins at noon and includes a corn roast, food, games, raffles and a concert by Michael Scott at 7 p.m.

Somers to consider capitalization policy

SOMERS — A proposed policy for capital assets will go before the Village Board on Tuesday.

The capitalization policy would take into account general capital assets with an initial cost of $5,000 and the life of their use.

Kenosha Beef recalls pork sausage products

Kenosha Beef International is recalling approximately 89,235 pounds of pork sausage patty products after small pieces of metal were found in the meat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The frozen, pork sausage patties were produced on May 13. The following products are subject to recall:

39th Avenue project won’t take place this year

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Although planned and approved to be resurfaced this year, a seven-block section of rough road on 39th Avenue from 45th Street to 52nd Street in Kenosha won’t even go to bid until January or February, according to Mayor Keith Bosman.

Bosman said Wednesday the Kenosha Water Utility first must complete underground work needed along that stretch before the resurfacing can start.

County grapples with mental health budget

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Is it time for Kenosha County to run its own facility for those with serious mental illnesses?

Last week, the County Board held a special meeting to discuss a budget deficit associated with the cost of committing the mentally ill to facilities outside of Kenosha. The need for a local facility was one of the ideas floated.

News briefs: Woman gets probation for leaving kids in burning apartment

A Kenosha woman who left her four sleeping children at home with food cooking on the stove will spend one year on probation, after entering a plea to one count each of child neglect and bail jumping.

Tammy T. Anderson, 40, was arrested May 28, when she returned to her apartment that had been on fire.

Local authorities on alert regarding Fox Lake shooting

Local law enforcement officials remained on high alert Wednesday, despite having little information in the hunt for three suspects involved in the fatal shooting of a Fox Lake, Ill., officer.

Fox Lake Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, 52, was shot dead Tuesday morning while pursuing three suspicious men on foot just 10 miles south of the Wisconsin-Illinois border near Route 12 and Sayton Road.

Man to be charged in theft of wallets, purses

A Kenosha man suspected of stealing purses and wallets from at least 13 homes had his bond set Wednesday at $100,000, ahead of charges being filed.

Scott R. Ciotti, 40, is expected to be charged this week with 14 counts of burglary, 13 counts of theft and five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Bedtime tips, shared by local teacher, go viral

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When a Wilson Elementary School teacher posted a chart on social media relaying recommended bedtimes, she just hoped to give the school’s parents a bit of a benchmark.

Stacy Karlsen, a kindergarten-first grade teacher, posted the chart on Wilson’s Facebook page on Friday with the words “helpful information!”

Snyder: On this Labor Day Weekend, hug a worker

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I never met Robert S. Strang, but as Labor Day approaches, I salute him.

The lifelong Kenoshan died at age 90 on Aug. 25, and I read his obituary in our Sunday newspaper. (Oh, yes, I read the obits, so try to have an interesting one, OK?)

Event briefs: Cruise-In car show Saturday in downtown

KENOSHA — The Kenosha Classic Cruise-In car show will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Kenosha.

Sponsored by the Midwest Street Machine Association, the show is free and open to all makes and models of vehicles and motorcycles. Gates open at 7 a.m.

Kenoshan charged in man’s overdose

A Kenosha man is charged in Racine County with recklessly endangering safety after deputies there said he gave a man the drug he used to overdose.

Kyle J. Mierzejewski, 23, is charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a revoked license and four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping for the incident.

Johnson removed as Silver Lake committee chairman

SILVER LAKE — Silver Lake Trustee Roger Johnson was recently stripped of his role as chairman of the General Welfare, Buildings, Public Works, Parks, Public Lands and Library Committee by village president Bruce Nopenz.

“I replaced him as the chair of the committee due to poor performance,” Nopenz said. “I have appointed Doug Randolph as chairman of that committee.”

County Board seeks to lure presidential debate to Kenosha

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The Kenosha County Board is trying to get the nation’s attention.

On Tuesday the board unanimously approved a resolution calling for a Democratic presidential debate to take place in Kenosha.

Proposal retracts mayor’s power over park fee waivers

Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman said Tuesday he was surprised and disappointed by a move to have the city’s Park Commission — not the mayor’s office — grant waivers of park use fees.

The commission voted 3-2 on Monday to recommend to the City Council Ald. David Bogdala’s proposal to make the commission the sole grantor of waivers.

Concerts aim to help revitalize Lincoln Park

Two decades ago, Lincoln Park Live was a showcase musical event in Kenosha’s largest park.

Now, it’s set to return this month, with jazz, gospel and rhythm/blues concerts scheduled Sept. 10, 17 and 24 in the park’s flower gardens just behind the Bruno Oribiletti Center.

Poor weather smokes Grill Games attendance

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Inclement weather kept crowds at bay for last weekend’s Grill Games, with less than half the attendance compared with last year, organizers for said Tuesday.

Lou Molitor, president and CEO of the Kenosha Chamber of Commerce, said the event drew an estimated 5,000 people Friday and Saturday, with low attendance due to rain, cold and foggy conditions.

Four Unified schools have multi-grade classes

When children returned to school Tuesday, students at four Kenosha Unified School District schools attended class with students from two grade levels.

Last week, the Kenosha Unified School Board approved waivers for six schools to use multi-grade classes with more than 20 students in each class. By board policy, schools that have more than one grade level in the same class must seek board approval if there are more than 20 students in the classroom.

Lots of smiles on first day of school

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At Harvey Elementary School in Kenosha, parents Jose and Veronica Murrieta realized too late that they had forgotten to take their customary “back to school” photo of their son Joshua.

So the couple, who had walked their son to his second grade class, improvised. While Veronica peeked in the classroom door, Jose raised his camera to the ceiling-level windows between the classroom and the hallway and snapped, then grinned at his wife. Success.

Freshmen rule at Central — for one day

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PADDOCK LAKE — Central High School freshmen learned an important lesson Tuesday — where not to be Wednesday when the entire student body returns to school.

"This is the main hallway," senior Alyssa MacKinnon, a freshman mentor, told the ninth-graders.

News briefs: Dehumidifier blamed for Salem fire

A faulty dehumidifier is believed to be the cause of a basement fire at a Salem home Tuesday afternoon.

Salem Fire and Rescue responded at 12:13 p.m. and were assisted by numerous other departments at 6331 218th Ave. Firefighters discovered smoke coming from the front of the home and a front corner, according to Salem Fire Chief Mike Slover.

Man gets nine years for sexual assault

A Kenosha man who sexually assaulted a sleeping woman on last summer was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison.

Cornelius Britt, 20, was accused of going into a woman’s apartment on July 14, 2014, and raping her when he found her asleep in bed. The woman woke up during the assault, according to the criminal complaint, and pushed him off her and out of the apartment.

New competency exam ordered in murder case

The court is once again examining the competency of one of the two teenagers convicted of the 2008 murder of Capri M. Walker, this time as he pursues an appeal.

On appeal, judges decided the wrong standard was applied when the court looked at whether Roddee Daniel, now 22, was competent to stand trial. Daniel has schizophrenia, according to court records, and was found competent at the time of the trial.

Unified to take closer look at P.E. waiver

The Kenosha Unified School District is taking another look at physical education waivers.

The school district is forming a committee on the waivers, asking members of the public interested in serving on the committee to apply to the district.

Snap-on theft suspect to remain free on bond

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The second man charged in connection with the theft of Snap-on Inc. tool kits worth more than $1 million must not sell any tools online while he remains out on bond.

Brian Ambrosini, 50, of Kenosha, is charged with three counts each of burglary and theft for incidents that took place in October, November and December.

Labor Person of the Year deflects praise

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This year’s Labor Person of the Year doesn’t think he should stand alone in the spotlight.

“I’m very proud of the award, but I feel like it should be persons of the year,” said Roger Clark, plumber and business manager of Local Union 118. He also serves as the president of the Southeastern Wisconsin Building & Construction Trades Council.

Event briefs: Car show to benefit wounded soldier

KENOSHA — A car show to benefit a severely wounded soldier from Kenosha will take place 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Simmons Island.

The Southern Wisconsin All Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association Inc.’s 13th annual show will benefit Reina Hockenberry, who was shot multiple times in August 2014 while training Afghan soldiers.

Phone scam in Pleasant Prairie

Pleasant Prairie officials are warning of a phone scam in which callers claim to be raising money for the Pleasant Prairie Fire & Rescue Department.

“These callers are not associated with the village fire and rescue department,” according to a press release from the village. “People who receive such a call should not give the caller any personal information or money.”

Organizer seeks to get college tour on track

A 24-hour hair-cutting event over the weekend kicked off fundraising for a Kenosha-based college tour and educational program.

The “Back to School Rally” is the first of several fundraisers for the Education Youth Development Outreach program, which featured celebrity barbers, including director Alvin Owens, past graduates, and Juan Acevedo, creator of Chicago’s first 24-hour hair-cutting challenge.

Homeless woman scratches by with pig companion

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As police scanner calls go, it was a doozy: “Homeless woman living in camper with pig. Check on welfare of pig.”

The call was so odd, we felt the need to follow up with the Kenosha Police Department to see if we had heard the call correctly. Yes, we were told, a caller had told police a homeless woman had a pet pig, and the caller was concerned the pig might not be getting enough food.

Business of the Year winners announced

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An automotive parts manufacturer and an accounting firm have been named as Businesses of the Year of 2015 by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce.

ASYST Technologies, a plastic injection mold company, is the 2015 Business of the Year. Specialized Accounting Services LLC, an accounting, tax and payroll services company, is the 2015 Small Business of the Year.

Dissecting homelessness

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What causes homelessness?

At a forum Monday, one woman suggested a lack of subsidized housing. Another said it stems from genetic disability and economic hardship.

Newcomers arrive on Parkside campus

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SOMERS — Elijah Triggs was remarkably calm.

“It’s just another day,” Triggs said. “I’m ready.”

Wage increases sought for county’s 911 center

Some Kenosha County officials want to bump up pay for employees of the county 911 center so wages are more competitive with surrounding communities.

Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey said some positions with Kenosha County Joint Services, which handles 911 dispatching for the city and county, are notorious for departures due to low pay.

Back to school by the numbers

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Tuesday is back-to-school day in Kenosha Unified and other public school districts across Wisconsin. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at Unified as the new school year begins:

4,316 — total number of staff employed by Kenosha Unified as of Monday

Fundraiser a success for animal rescue group

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It might be a one-year-old record, but Kenosha Forgotten Friends shattered it.

The pet rehabilitation and rescue group raised about $29,000 at its “Paws for the Cause” event at the Breakwater Bar and Grill on Aug. 16. That’s nearly $10,000 more than the fundraiser made in its first year in 2014.

September is National Preparedness Month

Kenosha County Emergency Management is reminding local residents to sign up for its text messaging alert service during September’s National Preparedness Month.

Residents can get the free service by subscribing at AlertSense.com.

News briefs: Arrest made after car hits building

Kenosha Police Department said a 44-year-old Kenosha man was arrested for operating under the influence after driving a car into a building and fleeing around 6:40 p.m. Sunday.

William W. Smith was observed driving east on 60th Street near 22nd Avenue, in a smoking vehicle riding on its rims, according to the police report.

Event briefs: New sculptures to be installed Tuesday

KENOSHA — Ten new sculptures will be installed Tuesday as part of downtown Kenosha’s Sculpture Walk.

Sculptures that have been in place since 2013 will be removed as part of the plan to have new sculptures every two years.

History Mystery: Swedish family helped launch Lutheran congregation

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Question: What Kenosha Lutheran church held its first services in the home of August and Anna Strangberg?

Answer: The congregation that would eventually become Kenosha's St. Paul’s Lutheran Church began in the living room of the Strangberg family.

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    Somers to consider capitalization policy

    SOMERS — A proposed policy for capital assets will go before the Village Board on Tuesday.

    Kenosha Beef recalls pork sausage products

    Kenosha Beef International is recalling approximately 89,235 pounds of pork sausage patty products after small pieces of metal were found in the meat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

    39th Avenue project won’t take place this year

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    Although planned and approved to be resurfaced this year, a seven-block section of rough road on 39th Avenue from 45th Street to 52nd Street in Kenosha won’t even go to bid until January or February, according to Mayor Keith Bosman.

    County grapples with mental health budget

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    Is it time for Kenosha County to run its own facility for those with serious mental illnesses?

    News briefs: Woman gets probation for leaving kids in burning apartment

    A Kenosha woman who left her four sleeping children at home with food cooking on the stove will spend one year on probation, after entering a plea to one count each of child neglect and bail jumping.

    Local authorities on alert regarding Fox Lake shooting

    Local law enforcement officials remained on high alert Wednesday, despite having little information in the hunt for three suspects involved in the fatal shooting of a Fox Lake, Ill., officer.

    Man to be charged in theft of wallets, purses

    A Kenosha man suspected of stealing purses and wallets from at least 13 homes had his bond set Wednesday at $100,000, ahead of charges being filed.

    Bedtime tips, shared by local teacher, go viral

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    When a Wilson Elementary School teacher posted a chart on social media relaying recommended bedtimes, she just hoped to give the school’s parents a bit of a benchmark.

    Snyder: On this Labor Day Weekend, hug a worker

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    I never met Robert S. Strang, but as Labor Day approaches, I salute him.

    Event briefs: Cruise-In car show Saturday in downtown

    KENOSHA — The Kenosha Classic Cruise-In car show will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Kenosha.

    Kenoshan charged in man’s overdose

    A Kenosha man is charged in Racine County with recklessly endangering safety after deputies there said he gave a man the drug he used to overdose.

    Johnson removed as Silver Lake committee chairman

    SILVER LAKE — Silver Lake Trustee Roger Johnson was recently stripped of his role as chairman of the General Welfare, Buildings, Public Works, Parks, Public Lands and Library Committee by village president Bruce Nopenz.



    County Board seeks to lure presidential debate to Kenosha

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    The Kenosha County Board is trying to get the nation’s attention.

    Proposal retracts mayor’s power over park fee waivers

    Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman said Tuesday he was surprised and disappointed by a move to have the city’s Park Commission — not the mayor’s office — grant waivers of park use fees.

    Concerts aim to help revitalize Lincoln Park

    Two decades ago, Lincoln Park Live was a showcase musical event in Kenosha’s largest park.

    Poor weather smokes Grill Games attendance

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    Inclement weather kept crowds at bay for last weekend’s Grill Games, with less than half the attendance compared with last year, organizers for said Tuesday.

    Four Unified schools have multi-grade classes

    When children returned to school Tuesday, students at four Kenosha Unified School District schools attended class with students from two grade levels.

    Lots of smiles on first day of school

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    At Harvey Elementary School in Kenosha, parents Jose and Veronica Murrieta realized too late that they had forgotten to take their customary “back to school” photo of their son Joshua.

    Freshmen rule at Central — for one day

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    PADDOCK LAKE — Central High School freshmen learned an important lesson Tuesday — where not to be Wednesday when the entire student body returns to school.

    News briefs: Dehumidifier blamed for Salem fire

    A faulty dehumidifier is believed to be the cause of a basement fire at a Salem home Tuesday afternoon.

    Man gets nine years for sexual assault

    A Kenosha man who sexually assaulted a sleeping woman on last summer was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison.

    New competency exam ordered in murder case

    The court is once again examining the competency of one of the two teenagers convicted of the 2008 murder of Capri M. Walker, this time as he pursues an appeal.

    Unified to take closer look at P.E. waiver

    The Kenosha Unified School District is taking another look at physical education waivers.

    Snap-on theft suspect to remain free on bond

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    The second man charged in connection with the theft of Snap-on Inc. tool kits worth more than $1 million must not sell any tools online while he remains out on bond.

    Labor Person of the Year deflects praise

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    This year’s Labor Person of the Year doesn’t think he should stand alone in the spotlight.

    Event briefs: Car show to benefit wounded soldier

    KENOSHA — A car show to benefit a severely wounded soldier from Kenosha will take place 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Simmons Island.

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