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More expected to hit the road for holiday

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About 42 million Americans nationwide will be hitting the road this Fourth of July weekend, the highest volume of holiday travelers since 2007, according to AAA.

While the upcoming holiday is a popular time for people to go out and enjoy the summer, the recent surge in travel numbers can be traced to the changing tide of the economy.

“It’s really about economics,” said Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs for Wisconsin AAA. “A strengthening labor market helped increase personal income. Combine that with the savings from lower gas prices in the first half of the year, and it has provided a real boost to disposable income.”




News briefs: Police investigating hotel robbery

A man armed with a knife reportedly robbed the Best Western Harborside Inn, 5125 Sixth Ave., about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Kenosha Police Department.

A 37-year-old Racine woman working the front desk told police she was in a back room when she heard someone enter the lobby. A man followed the woman her into the room, forced her to the ground and turned off the lights, according to police.

More state aid coming to local schools

Most Kenosha County school districts will see increases in state aid for next school year, according to estimates released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The state’s budget is not finalized, but aid statewide is expected to remain flat at $4.5 billion under the most recent proposals.

Morrissey expected to testify Thursday

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Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey is the latest official expected to testify in hearings about evidence planting by a former officer.

Last week saw District Attorney Robert Zapf, several police detectives, captains and a lieutenant take the stand, testifying about their roles in the matter regarding former Kenosha Police officer Kyle Baars’ handling of a suspect’s ID card and a bullet during the early stages of a murder investigation.

Woman in custody flees from hospital

A woman used a hospital stay to escape from custody, according to court records, walking out and then taking a train to Kansas.

Jennifer M. Dunlap, 40, and her boyfriend, Thomas M. Schwartz, 31, both of Kenosha, are charged with escape for the April incident. Dunlap is being held in custody on a $5,000 bond; Schwartz has yet to make his initial appearance.

Resident ‘rescues’ deteriorating dog statue at animal shelter

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LeAnn Zadler is a self-proclaimed lover of rescue animals.

“I have about six pets, one from the humane society,” said Zadler, a Kenosha resident. “The rest are from friends or people that couldn’t take them with them and would probably have to put them in a kill shelter. I always thought, ‘There’s room for one more.’”

Event briefs: Wirch to hold local office hours

KENOSHA — State Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Somers, will hold local office hours from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave.

Constituents are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts and concerns about state issues.

Snyder: Two local ‘Kids’ have a glee-ful time in performance troupe

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For Lexie Chiasson and Brad Schulz, life — at least for the summer — imitates TV’s “Glee” and the “Pitch Perfect” movies.

Chiasson, a St. Joseph Catholic Academy student, and Schulz, an Indian Trail High School graduate who attends Indiana University, are performing in Kids from Wisconsin for a second summer.

Brighton residents vote to scrap curbside garbage collection

BRIGHTON — The majority of Brighton residents at a special meeting Tuesday said they want their town dump back.

The issue drew more than 140 people to the special electors meeting at Brighton School. They voted 84 to 54 to “direct the Town Board to return to drop-off solid waste, bulk and recycling services” and eliminate the new curbside contract.

Finding nature in the city

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Nestled behind a conference center and expansive parking lot is one of the most peaceful, yet educationally interesting areas on the Gateway Technical College Kenosha campus.

There, one can see gold finches nesting, hawks, a peregrine falcon and maybe even hear an owl hoot.

News briefs: Fire believed to be accidental

Authorities said an ashtray dumped into a garbage can is the likely cause of a Monday night structure fire at 7742 Ninth Court.

A 65-year-old Kenosha woman told Kenosha Police she dumped an ashtray in the garage before neighbors saw black smoke coming from the home, according to the police report.

Police department’s longest-serving member retires

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Just how young was Oscar Villalobos when he began working for the Kenosha Police Department? Villalobos was so young, he needed his mom’s permission to buy bullets.

The once 19-year-old rookie hung up his badge on Tuesday after 35 years with the department, working as a patrol officer, canine officer and longtime Bradford High School resource officer.

Rare summer halo seen Sunday

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If you happened to look up during Sunday’s Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade, you might have seen more than an escaped balloon.

A number of people were lucky enough to see a rare summer atmospheric event: a halo.

Head of county veterans services retiring

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Derrell Greene is really retiring this time around.

Greene, 63, of Kenosha, who has been the county’s director of veterans services for 6½ years, said Monday he’ll be stepping down this week. He said he hopes to enjoy playing more rounds of golf and take a trip Alaska next month.

More expected to hit the road for holiday

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About 42 million Americans nationwide will be hitting the road this Fourth of July weekend, the highest volume of holiday travelers since 2007, according to AAA.

While the upcoming holiday is a popular time for people to go out and enjoy the summer, the recent surge in travel numbers can be traced to the changing tide of the economy.

Law enforcement warns of dangers, cost of illegal fireworks

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From the shimmering colors that dart across the night sky to a rumbling boom, fireworks are always a captivating show on Independence Day celebrations.

But their flashy appearance could come with a heavy price. Local law enforcement reminds the public there are strict regulations on what devices are allowed in the county.

Report lays out pros, cons of Salem incorporation

SALEM — The town’s Incorporation Committee presented Monday the results of its yearlong study of the benefits, tax implications and steps required to incorporate the town of Salem into a village.

At a special meeting of the electorate, committee chairman Mike Ullstrup summarized the nearly 200-page document in a little over an hour. It will now be up to the Town Board to determine if it would like to explore the idea further.

Alert neighbors spot fire

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Eagle-eyed neighbors are being credited for quickly alerting authorities to a house fire Monday evening.

Angelique Ely and Leah Schlenker said they were driving about 7:30 p.m. when they spotted flame from the home at 7700 Ninth Court and immediately called 911 for help.

Unified moves to align with new Course Options law

After rejecting the policy for last school year, the Kenosha Unified School Board has approved a district policy on the state’s Course Options program, allowing students to take courses at other schools and colleges at district expense.

The Wisconsin Legislature created the Course Options program in 2013 during the last state budget cycle, the program opening to students for the 2014-15 school year.

Erratic driving leads to heroin arrests

Heroin and driving don’t mix.

Three people from Kenosha were charged Monday in Racine County with possession of narcotics after deputies said they found heroin in their vehicle — and evidence that at least some of them had recently injected the drug.

Antaramian will seek his old office

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Seven years after completing his fourth consecutive term as Kenosha mayor, John Antaramian officially declared Monday he will again seek cty hall’s top spot.

“I’m looking forward to working again with the community,” Antaramian told the Kenosha News.

Kenall shining a light on hospital, transportation safety

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Kenall Manufacturing, a Kenosha-based producer of commercial and industrial LED lighting systems, is on a special mission to make hospitals, parking garages and roadway tunnels safer places.

And that’s not all. As one of Kenosha’s newest industrial arrivals, Kenall develops lighting systems for what President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Marry describes as “challenging environments.” That includes transportation facilities, correctional institutions, clean room and food processing facilities where safety is of utmost importance.

Moped struck in hit-and-run crash

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Kenosha Police are looking for the driver of a red Pontiac involved in a hit-and-run crash with a moped Monday afternoon.

The crash occurred about 1 p.m. at 22nd Avenue and 62nd Street. Romero Vazquez said he was northbound on a moped when the car pulled in front of him.

Warning issued about invasive lake algae

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Kenosha County lake associations are being warned about a new threat — starry stonewort, an invasive algae that forms a dense mat of material on the lake bottom, preventing native plants from growing and fish from spawning.

"This is on our radar," Paddock Lake Administrator Tim Popanda said Monday. "I have shared the (information provided by a lake management consultant) with our two private beach associations."

City lays out traffic restrictions for holiday

Kenosha’s Independence Day celebration Saturday will result in some road closings and traffic adjustments.

Due to heavy traffic in the HarborPark area, recreational vehicles will be directed to park in less-congested areas.

City lists holiday closings

The Independence Day holiday on Saturday will affect some city hours and services.

The Municipal Building will be closed Friday.

History Mystery: Simmons a cog in Pikes Peak railway

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Question: Kenosha industrialist Zalmon G. Simmons bankrolled what small but mighty railway in 1889?

Answer: It’s the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado.

News briefs: Police apprehend man who fled

A Kenosha man was arrested after he reportedly fled from officers in the 3500 block of 50th Street late Saturday.

Anthony A. Massie, 49, was arrested for obstructing and resisting officers and bail jumping in the 11:39 p.m. incident.

Community comes together for annual parade

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They were rolling. And marching. And waving and even tumbling their way through the annual Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade.

And with the temperatures in the mid-70s with partly sunny skies, Kenosha was the place to be Sunday afternoon to enjoy “Celebrating Our Heroes,” the parade’s theme.

Going west: WestoshaMarket manager is excited about new venture

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Melanie Hovey, one of the founders of the Kenosha HarborMarket, will be managing the new WestoshaMarket, which is opening Saturday, the day its big brother HarborMarket is closed due to the holiday celebrations in downtown Kenosha.

WestoshaMarket will then run each 3 to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday until the end of August. It will be the only evening market in the area.

City Council faced with dueling streetcar resolutions

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Call them dueling resolutions.

While Ald. Dan Prozanski’s resolution, approved 12-3 by Kenosha’s City Council on June 15, leaves the door open for expansion of Kenosha’s streetcar, a competing resolution proposed by Alds. David Bogdala and G. John Ruffolo would kill it altogether and direct the $2.8 million budget for the streetcar directly into street repairs.

A Life Remembered: Woman’s crafted Santas, dolls proved popular

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Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.

Being a crafty woman was Melissa Zietz’s claim to fame.

Event briefs: Twin Lakes Legion to serve pizza dinner

TWIN LAKES — The Twin Lakes American Legion, 989 Legion Drive, is hosting a pizza dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for ages 6-12.

A rose by any other name ...

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It’s a passion within a passion. Growing roses is more than gardening. It is a hobby that takes patience, creative imagination, a caring heart and a love of beauty.

While growing roses is a rosarian’s delight, presenting them at a show is an even better thrill.

Somers firefighters dive into training

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When it comes to funding the Somers Fire Department hope floats as does Interim Fire Chief Aaron Strom.

Recently, Somers firefighter/EMT Daniel Gain swam out near the center of the pond off Highway E to portray a victim as each firefighter, including Chief Strom, took their turn initiating a rescue in dive gear they call a “Gumby suit.”

How high? City reviewing rules for I-94 signs

The issue of signs along Interstate 94 through Kenosha is under review as the city considers changes in codes that regulate those signs.

According to Brian Wilke, development coordinator for the city, the city is considering new regulations regarding all signs. The I-94 corridor is just one part of the effort.

County recycling better than average

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Recycling efforts in Kenosha County overall are better than average, according to information recently released by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Eight of the 12 municipalities in the county exceeded the state average for the tonnage of recyclables collected per capita in 2013, Kenneth Hein, a waste management specialist with the DNR, said. This put the county average above the state average as well.

Murder victim’s mom: Don’t let one bad cop stain department

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Mistakes by police have meant Lisa Westphal and her family are still waiting for closure in her son’s death.

Anthony Edwards was fatally shot in April 2014, when he was set up for a robbery. One of the people he went to meet brought a gun, and fired into his car.

Today’s News Briefs: Evening out ends in a fight

Two couples out for an evening of fun got into an altercation about 3 a.m. Friday.

A resident in in the 1900 block of 43rd Street called police when he heard the disturbance and the breaking of glass.

Civic Veterans Parade line-up

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The 2015 Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. The theme this year is “Celebrating Our Heroes.” Walgreens is the parade sponsor.

The parade begins at 22nd Avenue and 63rd Street. It will travel north to 60th Street before heading east to Library Park, then will go around the south end of the park to Sixth Avenue and travel north to 50th Street.

Kenosha County farmers say crops look strong

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Kenosha County’s corn, soybean and alfalfa crops are off to a swell start, farmers reported Friday.

But, their words were delivered with a “do-I-dare-say-it?” tone.

Repeat offender gets 20 months prison for beating

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The “wolf pack” attack by a group of young men against another outside a grocery store is part of what makes city neighborhoods feel unsafe, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder said Friday morning.

Schroeder was sentencing Christopher Garden, 18, of Kenosha, for his role in an unprovoked attack in October, in which a teenager was severely beaten and stomped on outside Pick n’ Save, 1901 63rd St. The teenager had a seizure due to the incident, which was caught on store surveillance video. Garden and three others were charged in the attack.

Parent sues Unified over busing arrangement

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A father has sued the Kenosha Unified School District over how it gets middle and high school students to school, saying conditions on city buses violate state statutes.

Eric Relyea’s daughter attends Mahone Middle School, and like other students at that school, her parents put her on a city bus for transportation. But Relyea became increasingly concerned about incidents on the bus.

United Way, ‘Play 60’ bring activities to Kenosha playgrounds

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One of the largest stencil projects imaginable is taking place at local elementary school playgrounds.

The United Way of Kenosha County, in partnership with NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60, is transforming asphalt into a colorful array of activities designed to help students have fun while learning and stay active.

News briefs: Man overdoses behind the wheel

Pleasant Prairie police said a 27-year-old Racine man overdosed on heroin while driving in the 11500 block of Green Bay Road about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Nicholas A. Ortiz was unresponsive when his vehicle crossed the median into oncoming traffic. A passenger in the vehicle, Andrew Sawisky, 24, of Racine, took control of the wheel and stopped the car, according to police.

Fence divides community garden, neighbors

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In “Mending Wall,” the poet Robert Frost purports to quote the next-door land owner saying: “Good fences make good neighbors.”

It should be noted the neighbor stresses “good” fences. It’s not clear whether the speaker in the poem agrees with the premise that erecting a wall between people with opposing perspectives actually makes for “good neighbors.”

Event briefs: Hair-cutting benefit is Sunday

KENOSHA — A “cut-athon” benefit will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at In-Style Hair Studio, 3611 Roosevelt Road.

Haircuts will be given for donations to aid Rily Lowrance, who recently underwent brain surgery.

Keep summer cool: follow food safety rules

What do summertime picnics, cookouts, camping, and days at the park or beach have in common? Summer fun and summer food! Whether you’re grilling, pot lucking, or picking up food on the go, summer brings a whole new flavor to what and how we eat.

And nothing kills good times faster than a bad case of food poisoning. As temperatures rise and we change the way we cook and eat, it’s time to review food safety rules to keep you and yours healthy and safe.

480-unit apartment complex plan on hold

North Shore Bank is seeking a new buyer for a 49-acre land tract that was designated for a 480-unit apartment development just west of Interstate 94 in Kenosha.

David Lane, a vice president with Brookfield-based North Shore Bank, said an agreement ended when the prospective buyer, Continental Properties Co., bowed out of the deal. The land has been relisted with the Milwaukee-based CBRE, a real estate services firm that has put it on the market for $3.5 million.

Bristol family plans event to benefit All Saints neonatal ICU

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Giving birth prematurely is always a stressful event for a family.

Such was the case for Jill and Matthew Gillmore of Bristol when their seventh child was born nine weeks early on April 30.

Mass gets life in prison for Adamski murder

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The prosecutor said Chester Mass executed Heather Adamski, shooting her while she was on her knees in front of him.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said Adamski was murdered on Dec. 4, 2013, because Mass needed to exercise control over her. That just as she was pulling away from him with a new job, a new granddaughter, and plans to stay somewhere else, he “lured her back under false pretenses,” held a gun to her head as she performed oral sex on him, and pulled the trigger.

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    Alert neighbors spot fire

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    Eagle-eyed neighbors are being credited for quickly alerting authorities to a house fire Monday evening.

    Unified moves to align with new Course Options law

    After rejecting the policy for last school year, the Kenosha Unified School Board has approved a district policy on the state’s Course Options program, allowing students to take courses at other schools and colleges at district expense.

    Erratic driving leads to heroin arrests

    Heroin and driving don’t mix.

    Antaramian will seek his old office

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    Seven years after completing his fourth consecutive term as Kenosha mayor, John Antaramian officially declared Monday he will again seek cty hall’s top spot.

    Kenall shining a light on hospital, transportation safety

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    Kenall Manufacturing, a Kenosha-based producer of commercial and industrial LED lighting systems, is on a special mission to make hospitals, parking garages and roadway tunnels safer places.

    Moped struck in hit-and-run crash

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    Kenosha Police are looking for the driver of a red Pontiac involved in a hit-and-run crash with a moped Monday afternoon.

    Warning issued about invasive lake algae

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    Kenosha County lake associations are being warned about a new threat — starry stonewort, an invasive algae that forms a dense mat of material on the lake bottom, preventing native plants from growing and fish from spawning.

    City lays out traffic restrictions for holiday

    Kenosha’s Independence Day celebration Saturday will result in some road closings and traffic adjustments.

    City lists holiday closings

    The Independence Day holiday on Saturday will affect some city hours and services.

    History Mystery: Simmons a cog in Pikes Peak railway

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    Question: Kenosha industrialist Zalmon G. Simmons bankrolled what small but mighty railway in 1889?