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Dog track may now go on the market

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What now becomes of Dairyland Greyhound Park?

That’s one of the questions in the wake of Gov. Scott Walker shooting down the proposed $800 million proposed Menominee-Hard Rock casino project in Kenosha at the park.

Roy Berger, vice president of Dairyland Greyhound Park Inc., said it isn’t certain what will happen now with the site. The Menominee have held an option since several years prior to Dairyland being shuttered in 2009.




News briefs: Police seek men who robbed cab driver

Kenosha police are seeking two men who allegedly robbed a cab driver in the 4800 block of 13th Court Saturday night.

The driver said one robber pulled a gun on her and stuck it in her chest, while the second robber rummaged around in the cab in the 9:02 p.m. incident, according to a Kenosha Police Department report.

Passenger takes the wheel after bus driver collapses

Quick action by a Illinois woman helped stop a bus that had crashed after its driver collapsed Saturday night in Bristol.

The 11:38 p.m. crash in the 8200 block of southbound Interstate 94 sent 11 of the 34 passengers to area hospitals, all reportedly with minor injuries.

Planning for college begins now, speaker says

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When it comes to college, now is the time to start planning.

That was the advice from Isaias Ortiz, who addressed about 75 high schoolers and middle schoolers at an event last week designed to encourage pursuit of higher education.

Event briefs: Fair will explain health coverage options

KENOSHA — An event to educate people about health coverage options will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave.

The event, hosted by the Gateway Technical Education Association, will help attendees learn about the Affordable Care Act, Badger Care, Medicaid and other health care and health insurance programs.

Feds crack down on law enforcement seizures of cash, property

Nearly 30 years ago, the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department purchased its first mobile command emergency response vehicle after a single-engine plane crashed near Highway E and Interstate 94, scattering $100,000 throughout a farm field.

The pilot told authorities he was unaware of the large amount of cash. Whn a scale with marijuana residue was discovered, deputies spent the rest of the evening scooping up bills and hauling them off in large, plastic bags.

Snapshot: Society’s Assets helps those in need

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Linda Vogelman is assistant director for independent living services for Society’s Assets, where she helps those in need with assistive living technology.

Q: What are your main responsibilities or areas of expertise?

Elementary school census reflects declining birth rate

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Nearly every elementary school in Kenosha Unified School District has fewer students this school year as declining birth rates lead to fewer kids in the classroom.

School districts in Wisconsin track enrollment through official counts designated by the state during the year. The first is the “third Friday count” taken in September shortly after schools open for the year.

A Life Remembered: Longtime carpenter built many Wilmot structures

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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.

Frank Rausch made his mark — and several landmarks — in Wilmot.

North Carolina congressman reflects on time with King

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Speaking in Kenosha Saturday, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., reflected on one of the most memorable days of his life.

It was Aug. 28, 1963, as he stood with his father and listened to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver the memorable “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.

News briefs: Asleep-at-the-wheel driver injured in crash

A driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel was taken to a hospital after the car he was driving crashed about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Kenosha County deputies said Anthony S. Sturnio, born in 1987, of Kenosha, was eastbound on Highway L when the crash occurred in the 4700 block.

Volunteers turn out to rehab house

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Jo Wynn had volunteers coming out of the woodwork Saturday morning.

And when the project is rehabbing a 107-year-old house, that’s a lot of woodwork.

Tribal gaming expert: Risk of lawsuits played into decision

Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to reject the proposed Kenosha casino may have come down to analysis of dueling threats.

Richard Monette, a professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and director of the Great Lakes Indian Law Center, is a leading expert on tribal law.

Dog track may now go on the market

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What now becomes of Dairyland Greyhound Park?

That’s one of the questions in the wake of Gov. Scott Walker shooting down the proposed $800 million proposed Menominee-Hard Rock casino project in Kenosha at the park.

Casino decision decried across party lines

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In a state where the partisan divide has developed into something resembling trench warfare, the reaction to Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to reject the Kenosha casino produced something rare — bipartisan agreement.

The word “disappointed” was repeated by every Republican and Democratic legislator and political leader in Kenosha and Racine counties in the wake of Walker’s decision Friday to reject the proposed Hard Rock Casino and Hotel at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park.

Event briefs: Vocal student to perform at library

KENOSHA — “Classical Sundays at the Library” begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave.

The event features music from Kenosha Symphony Orchestra members and Carthage College students.

NO CASINO: Quick quotes from leaders

Here is a sampling of the local and area leaders reaction to Friday’s decision by Gov. Scott Walker to deny the Menominee-Hard Rock Kenosha casino project.

Randall Board urged to work with Bloomfield on Powers Lake matters

RANDALL — Powers Lake resident Nancy Crabtree is urging Randall town officials to work jointly with the village of Bloomfield on issues related to the border lake.

“It has become very noticeable and apparent that we have so many different entities in charge of Powers Lake and they are enacting different rules,” Crabtree said.

NO CASINO: Reactions from residents mixed after Walker denial

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A sampling of people interviewed Friday night in Kenosha elicited a range of opinions on Gov. Walker’s decision earlier in the day to deny the Menominee-Hard Rock proposal for an $800 million casino, hotel, entertainment and convention center complex.

“There are some people who believe it would be good for the Kenosha economy. I differ from that,” said Mario Ventura, Jr., owner of the popular Mars Cheese Castle on Highway 142 at I-94.

Randall board balks at paying for new library building

RANDALL — Like officials in Twin Lakes and Paddock Lake, Randall Town Board members said Thursday they will not help pay for the building Silver Lake purchased for a Community Library.

Town chairman Bob Stoll said he is not interested in asking residents for any more than they already provide though the library levy.

Somers sets referendum for incorporation

The town of Somers is one step closer to becoming a village. The Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge David Wilk signed an order Wednesday calling for an incorporation referendum set for April 7.

“Its exciting,” Somers Supervisor George Stoner said. “I’m 100-percent for it. We need to incorporate.”

NO CASINO: State’s analysis of Kenosha plan outlines positive economic impact

Wisconsin Secretary of Administration Mike Huebsch issued a report on the proposed Kenosha casino that incorporates the analyses of consultants hired by the state and the state’s negotiations with the tribes and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Here are excerpts from that report:

Second defendant in double murder gets 25 years

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A 22-year-old Chicago man with a long history of being at the wrong place at the wrong time was sentenced to 25 years in prison with an additional 10 years of supervised release for his involvement in a 2013 double homicide in Kenosha.

Dequan Young pleaded guilty to two counts of felony murder in the deaths of Zachary Hernandez, 20, of Kenosha and Carlos Garcia, 23, of Racine on April 5, 2013.

NO CASINO: Former governor looms in Walker’s decision

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Gov. Scott Walker looked back to his predecessor to justify his denial of the Kenosha casino, saying the compact Jim Doyle negotiated with the Potawatomi exposes the state to too much financial risk to allow him to approve the Menominee-Hard Rock proposal.

“The reason for that is simple,” he said. “It boils down to what I’ve said repeatedly was our biggest challenge over the last several months, and that is because of the compacts that were put in place by former Gov. Jim Doyle.”

NO CASINO: Officials and business leaders react to casino denial

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As he heads to Iowa to attempt to drum up support for a possible presidential run, Gov. Scott Walker is leaving supporters of the Kenosha casino seething.

From local political leaders, to business owners to regular Joes, few people in Kenosha had a kind word to say about the decision to reject the Menominee Tribe’s proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park.

Downtown set for success

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Kenosha’s downtown is well positioned for successful revitalization, according to presentations made Thursday by a five-member team of economic, design and re-development experts.

Among several building examples ripe for revitalization — according to Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, DC-based real estate and economic development consulting firm — is the former Alford/J.C. Penney building at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and 58th Street.

Grocery Games! Family with local ties to appear on Food Network show

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A family with strong ties to Kenosha recently competed in Guy’s Grocery Games in an episode that will aire at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Food Network.

The “Kid’s Choice” episode of the “Family Style” edition features Michael Lavin, executive chef of Courtyard Catering and Gooseberries Fresh Food Market in Burlington, his wife Lori and their son Andrew, 15, who attends St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.

Robbery victim Flood threatened after testifying at sentencing

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Kenosha Unified School Board member Kyle Flood reported he was threatened by phone Thursday between the two sentencing hearings for two men involved in an August incident in which his phone was stolen.

Flood was walking near the lakefront with a friend about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 7 when they were surrounded by five or six male subjects. One of them asked to use Flood’s phone, and took it from him. Another person then grabbed the phone and ran off. Someone then punched Flood’s friend, and kicked her.

Meijer construction progressing

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The long-awaited opening of Kenosha’s Meijer store seems around the corner, as construction is nearing completion and company officials are preparing to make an announcement within the next few days.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based hypermarket retailer will did not disclose a hard date for the opening of the Kenosha store or any of the other three Wisconsin locations.

Ryan sounds off after State of the Union

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., expressed tepid criticism of President Barack Obama after this week’s State of the Union address, telling reporters on a conference call Thursday he hopes lame duck status changes Obama’s approach.

“He’s been a particularly partisan president, so he’s not the kind of president that it’s natural for him to look for the common ground, and I hope being a lame duck may change that,” said the 1st District congressman.

Couple tied to Alabama murder clear Kenosha County court

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Two people arrested here for retail theft, but connected with a murder in Alabama, are expected to be returned soon to their home state.

Stephanie D. Underwood and Matthew Thrasher waived extradition hearings on Thursday, meaning Alabama authorities can come pick them up any time. They also resolved their local cases, clearing out any need to return to Kenosha County to deal with the misdemeanor charges that followed their theft of vodka and Rockstar energy drinks from a grocery store on Jan. 13.

Police hunting bank robbery suspect

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Kenosha Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at Johnson Bank, 2729 18th St., just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Bank employees said a man entered the building with a handgun, demanded cash from a teller and left with an undisclosed amount of money, according to police.

FIX IT: Parking on 74th Street

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Today’s problem: On-street parking on 74th Street just east of the intersection with 104th Avenue. The area has multiple businesses, including a preschool on the north side of the street, several outpatient health care facilities and a hotel.

Fix It reader Rian Phillips wrote, “… There has been a great increase in the number of vehicles parked on 74th Street. They are parked on both sides of this curved street with multiple business driveways that are much more difficult to see due to all the parked cars.

Event briefs: Carthage Family Fun Night is Friday

KENOSHA — “Game Night” is the theme of Carthage College’s Family Fun Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the college’s Hedberg Library.

Activities include board games and active games. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Land east of Somers Walmart eyed for future development

SOMERS — Town officials expect to meet with the new owners of a vacant 40-acre tract in a few weeks to discuss commercial development at the Somers Market Center, where Walmart and Sam’s Club are anchor stores.

In late December, RCG-Somers LLC., an affiliate of Atlanta-based RCG Ventures, a real estate development and management firm, purchased the land from Bank of America for $2.38 million, with plans to develop segments of the 40-acres for retail and business use.

Streetcar supporters raise their voices at council meeting

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A group calling for a referendum to stop Kenosha’s planned streetcar route expansion ran into an even bigger group of streetcar supporters at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

Some 34 people took to the podium during the citizens’ comments portion of the meeting. An unofficial estimate counted 21 speakers supporting aldermen who voted for the route expansion and against holding a non-binding referendum on the issue versus 13 who want to stop the expansion and advocated going to referendum in April.

Casino’s next step: BIA decision on gaming compact

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ deadline to rule on the new compact between the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and the state is further away than Gov. Scott Walker's deadline to decide whether to allow the proposed Kenosha casino.

The new 25-year compact — signed Tuesday by Walker and the Menominee — would see the tribe paying the state $1 billion, an amount the tribe says would make up for any lost revenue from other casinos in the state.

Redevelopment experts studying downtown Kenosha

A team of economic experts is in Kenosha to interview, evaluate and make recommendations on the city’s plans for redeveloping its downtown.

The five-member team, including three members of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Main Street program and two consulting specialists, arrived Tuesday morning and will end their tour of the city late Thursday afternoon when they are to make their preliminary report during public meeting at 4 p.m. at Best Western Harborside, 5125 Sixth Ave.

Local man avoids prison by helping with bust of marijuana ring

MILWAUKEE — A former Kenosha man avoided prison on a federal drug charge after the court learned he had cooperated with investigators and was living a crime-free life.

Lloyd J. Belongia, 34, was one of five local men indicted in federal court on charges related to a massive drug bust in February 2013. Also charged were Jason Cantwell, Martin Squier and Trevor Schlief, all of Kenosha, and Tyson Wehrmeister of Paris. Two people from California were also charged.

News briefs: Enticement reported near bus stop

Authorities are investigating another child enticement report that occurred near a bus stop in the 3100 block of 60th Street just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Kenosha police.

A 14-year-old Kenosha girl said a black SUV with no license plates pulled alongside her on 31st Avenue, according to the police report. Police said a female passenger in the vehicle yelled for the teen to “come here” twice. The vehicle, driven by a black man believed to be in his 30s, left westbound on 60th Street.

Police chief praises community interaction

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The well-publicized, officer-involved deaths in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City drove a wedge between law enforcement and citizens in communities throughout the country.

Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey doesn’t believe Kenosha was one of them.

Shoplifting arrests, abandoned car in Kenosha connected to murder in Alabama

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When Kenosha police arrested two people for stealing liquor from a local grocery store, they found a connection to an Alabama murder.

Stephanie Underwood and Matthew Thrasher were spotted Jan. 13 stealing Aristocrat vodka and Rockstar energy drinks at Piggly Wiggly, 2215 80th St., according to court records. Store loss prevention personnel saw the two conceal the items in their clothing and then pass the final point of purchase at the store.

Living history: Eighth-graders portray famous figures

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TWIN LAKES — Rosa Parks, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ella Fitzgerald and Clara Barton were brought to life Wednesday by Lakewood School eighth-graders.

The portrayals were part of National History Day Contest presentations. They could also choose to present their research as a paper, an exhibit, a documentary or a web site.

Man arrested in bizarre home invasion

A Kansasville man is facing attempted murder charges in a bizarre home invasion.

Ronald Kaehn, 28, allegedly broke into a home on Highway 11 in Kansasville on Jan. 17, planning to kill the people inside. According to the criminal complaint, Kaehn told police “his grandparents were psychopaths and his father was a murderer. He stated he entered the house to find out if he was a killer too.”

Snyder: Local group hoping to assemble AMC/Nash museum

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You can’t swing a rusted-out Gremlin in this city without hitting someone with a connection to American Motors Corp.

Maybe I’m exaggerating (a bit), but the roots of Nash Motors and AMC, and, later, Chrysler, still run deep in Kenosha. How deep? The first mass assembly plant was built here in 1902 — a year ahead of Henry Ford’s first factory — and, until the late 1980s, car manufacturing was the engine driving the local economy.

Event briefs: Volunteer event set at museum

KENOSHA — A volunteer recruitment open house will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave.

Those interested in volunteering at the public museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum and Civil War Museum are invited. Participants can watch current volunteers in action and talk to them about their experiences.

Menominee, state ink gaming pact

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The Menominee Nation and the state of Wisconsin have agreed to an amendment to a gaming compact that would pay the state more than $1 billion over a 25-year period to make up for lost revenue from other casinos should it occur if a casino is built in Kenosha.

The compact was agreed to Tuesday less than a month before Gov. Scott Walker is expected to meet a federally imposed Feb. 19 deadline to approve or deny the casino project. The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs would be required to approve the new compact agreement.

Event seeks to recruit volunteers to build Dream Playground

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Organizers of an inclusive children’s playground will host an event Sunday to help recruit volunteers to build it in September and to continue fundraising.

The Dream Playground Project is inviting the community to the “Year of the Build” kickoff celebration from 3 to 9 p.m. at the United Auto Workers Local 72 meeting hall at 3615 Washington Road.

Homeroom: Bradford cross country runners are smart, too

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The Bradford Boys Cross Country Team received first place in the 2014 Academic All-State Team Award among Division-1 schools.

The team had an overall grade point average of 3.96. Of the seven members on the team, each had a GPA of better than 3.0, with three members — Noah Trimark, Jake Fellman and Ansel Fellman — each having a 4.0 GPA. Other team members with strong academic records were Michael Mleczko, Dane Rasmussen, Scott Seymour and Nick Gwynne.

Mentors making a difference in Unified schools

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Walking through a hallway at Brass Community School, Bunny Stoops breaks into a series of impromptu dance steps.

The student at Stoops’ side laughs. And watching through a window from the school office, Deb Malsack looks to a visitor and smiles.

Husband convicted in 2012 death Bianca Vite

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RACINE — Members of Bianca Vite’s family cried softly as three guilty verdicts came down Tuesday against the man who murdered her.

The former Kenosha woman’s badly burned body was found on Christmas Day 2012, when firefighters in Mount Pleasant put out a fire at a home. The medical examiner found she had been strangled, and her husband, Joseph Guerrero, was later arrested in connection with her death.

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    Randall Board urged to work with Bloomfield on Powers Lake matters

    RANDALL — Powers Lake resident Nancy Crabtree is urging Randall town officials to work jointly with the village of Bloomfield on issues related to the border lake.

    NO CASINO: Reactions from residents mixed after Walker denial

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    A sampling of people interviewed Friday night in Kenosha elicited a range of opinions on Gov. Walker’s decision earlier in the day to deny the Menominee-Hard Rock proposal for an $800 million casino, hotel, entertainment and convention center complex.

    Randall board balks at paying for new library building

    RANDALL — Like officials in Twin Lakes and Paddock Lake, Randall Town Board members said Thursday they will not help pay for the building Silver Lake purchased for a Community Library.

    Somers sets referendum for incorporation

    The town of Somers is one step closer to becoming a village. The Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge David Wilk signed an order Wednesday calling for an incorporation referendum set for April 7.

    NO CASINO: State’s analysis of Kenosha plan outlines positive economic impact

    Wisconsin Secretary of Administration Mike Huebsch issued a report on the proposed Kenosha casino that incorporates the analyses of consultants hired by the state and the state’s negotiations with the tribes and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    Second defendant in double murder gets 25 years

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    A 22-year-old Chicago man with a long history of being at the wrong place at the wrong time was sentenced to 25 years in prison with an additional 10 years of supervised release for his involvement in a 2013 double homicide in Kenosha.

    NO CASINO: Former governor looms in Walker’s decision

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    Gov. Scott Walker looked back to his predecessor to justify his denial of the Kenosha casino, saying the compact Jim Doyle negotiated with the Potawatomi exposes the state to too much financial risk to allow him to approve the Menominee-Hard Rock proposal.

    NO CASINO: Officials and business leaders react to casino denial

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    As he heads to Iowa to attempt to drum up support for a possible presidential run, Gov. Scott Walker is leaving supporters of the Kenosha casino seething.

    NO CASINO MAIN STORY: Walker says risk ‘too great’ and denies Kenosha project

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    Despite saying he would use all the time available to him to make a decision, Gov. Scott Walker denied the Menominee Indian Tribe’s proposed Kenosha casino with four weeks left on the clock.



    Downtown set for success

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    Kenosha’s downtown is well positioned for successful revitalization, according to presentations made Thursday by a five-member team of economic, design and re-development experts.

    Grocery Games! Family with local ties to appear on Food Network show

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    A family with strong ties to Kenosha recently competed in Guy’s Grocery Games in an episode that will aire at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Food Network.

    Robbery victim Flood threatened after testifying at sentencing

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    Kenosha Unified School Board member Kyle Flood reported he was threatened by phone Thursday between the two sentencing hearings for two men involved in an August incident in which his phone was stolen.

    Meijer construction progressing

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    The long-awaited opening of Kenosha’s Meijer store seems around the corner, as construction is nearing completion and company officials are preparing to make an announcement within the next few days.

    Ryan sounds off after State of the Union

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    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., expressed tepid criticism of President Barack Obama after this week’s State of the Union address, telling reporters on a conference call Thursday he hopes lame duck status changes Obama’s approach.

    Couple tied to Alabama murder clear Kenosha County court

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    Two people arrested here for retail theft, but connected with a murder in Alabama, are expected to be returned soon to their home state.

    Police hunting bank robbery suspect

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    Kenosha Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at Johnson Bank, 2729 18th St., just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

    FIX IT: Parking on 74th Street

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    Today’s problem: On-street parking on 74th Street just east of the intersection with 104th Avenue. The area has multiple businesses, including a preschool on the north side of the street, several outpatient health care facilities and a hotel.

    Event briefs: Carthage Family Fun Night is Friday

    KENOSHA — “Game Night” is the theme of Carthage College’s Family Fun Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the college’s Hedberg Library.

    Land east of Somers Walmart eyed for future development

    SOMERS — Town officials expect to meet with the new owners of a vacant 40-acre tract in a few weeks to discuss commercial development at the Somers Market Center, where Walmart and Sam’s Club are anchor stores.

    UPDATED: Potawatomi sue over Kenosha casino reimbursement language

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    The Forest County Potawatomi filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ rejection of new compact language that would force the state to reimburse the tribe if the Menominee Nation gets a casino here.