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Rematch: Ryan vs. Zerban


The First Congressional District contest in November involves two men who have done battle before.

Incumbent Paul Ryan, a Republican from Janesville, is seeking his ninth term. He’s opposed by Rob Zerban, a Democrat from Kenosha who served on the Kenosha County Board and ran against Ryan two years ago.

In 2012 Zerban got 43.4 percent of the vote, the closest race for Ryan since he captured the seat in 1998. Two years ago Ryan spent little time in the district and didn’t engage in any debates with Zerban. Instead, he was focused on his run for the vice presidency on the Republican ticket with Mitt Romney.

Leadership projects to benefit local agencies

Participants in a local program designed to develop leadership skills while addressing community needs will be embarking on projects that involve assisting older adults with meals, enhancing literacy, providing career counseling for young women and helping parents connect with schools.

Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, Kenosha Literacy Council, Kenosha Unified PTA Council and Genesis House are beneficiaries of team projects from 16 members of Leadership Kenosha. Teams were assembled following a call for participants in September and projects developed are as follows:

News briefs: Gun fired inside HarborPark townhouse

Kenosha Police said a 67-year-old Chicago man was getting ready to attend a concealed-carry weapons class when he picked up a handgun in his HarborPark townhouse and blew out a sliding glass door in his kitchen.

Officers responded to the 5400 block of Fifth Avenue just before noon Sunday.

Trial begins in 2013 double homicide


A man is on trial this week for the April 2013 fatal shooting of two men in a 25th Avenue back yard.

Darshawn Frison was one of three people charged with the murders of Zachary Hernandez and Carlos Garcia. Police say the trio, rounded out by Karlos Hamilton and DeQuan Young, planned to rob Hernandez and Garcia of money and drugs. During the robbery, Frison is accused of firing four shots, two at each of the victims.

The changing face of the Kenosha Unified School District


Declining birth rates and shifting demographics are changing the look of Kenosha Unified School District.

Unified has 200 fewer students this school year, with three of the last four years seeing declining enrollment in the district. Last year saw a slight increase in students, but only because the district added universal 4-year-old kindergarten, bringing a new generation of students to the schools.

Local veteran gets handshake, challenge coin from president


For Ben Dowell, meeting President Barack Obama earlier this month, shaking hands and briefly conversing with him still seems surreal.

“I still get chills when I think about it,” Dowell said. “That somebody so important, whose time is worth, what, millions of dollars an hour, and with so little time on his hands would ask me how I’m doing, where I served. It was especially touching for me because I’m ending my (Army) career as an officer for him to say a personal thank you.”

Detention officer beaten in attack by Braithwaite


Less than one day after being convicted of murder, Kenosha’s Joshua P. Braithwaite was arrested for felony battery after a brutal attack on a Kenosha County Jail correctional officer.

The 34-year-old jail worker was taken to Kenosha Medical Center with multiple head and facial injuries at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s report. The man suffered a head laceration, numerous scrapes and bruises to his face, a swollen left eye and needed stitches to his mouth.

Anti-freeze spill forces school evacuation


SOMERS — Alarm bells rang early Monday morning after a suspicious chemical smell forced school officials at Somers Elementary to evacuate the school.

About 465 students and staff were kept outside for about 90 minutes until fire officials determined the problem.

Where and when can you vote early in person in Kenosha County?


In-person early voting began Monday but the hours and days for voting vary by municipality. These are the dates and times city, village and town residents can vote. The last day for early in-person voting is Oct. 31. Election Day is Nov. 4.

Where - Brighton Town Office, 25000 Burlington Road

Event briefs: Gardening workshop slated at Gateway

KENOSHA — A free gardening workshop begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for Sustainable Living at Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave.

The workshop will cover getting gardens ready for winter.

History Mystery: Long-serving police chief had checkered history


Question: How many years did Police Chief Owen O’Hare serve on Kenosha’s police force?

Answer: O'Hare was probably the most celebrated police chief in Kenosha history. He was the man who escorted the police force into the motor age.

Rematch: Ryan vs. Zerban


The First Congressional District contest in November involves two men who have done battle before.

Incumbent Paul Ryan, a Republican from Janesville, is seeking his ninth term. He’s opposed by Rob Zerban, a Democrat from Kenosha who served on the Kenosha County Board and ran against Ryan two years ago.

Arbet in line to return to county

A familiar face is expected to return to the Kenosha County Center as early as December.

Ray Arbet, who headed the Public Works Department from 2008 to 2012, is being recommended again for the position.

News briefs: Family uninjured in house fire

A family escaped uninjured from a Saturday fire that started in a laundry room of a two-family home at 1507 53rd St., Kenosha Fire Department officials said Sunday.

Two children and two adults evacuated the lower unit of the building at the time of the fire, which was reported at 6:43 p.m. Saturday.

DOT mulls roundabout at highways 83, C

A roundabout at the intersection of highways 83 and C in Salem is being considered by the state Department of Transportation, spokesman Brian DeNeve said Friday.

It is one of two options for the intersection that will be unveiled at an informational meeting set for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Salem Town Hall, 9814 Antioch Road. The other is for an improved, signalized intersection.

Snapshot: Makeup artist revels in the Halloween season


Paul Hoepner is a quiet, unassuming family man who likes to stay out of the spotlight and goes to church on Sunday. Then he spends the rest of the week scaring the bejeezus out of people.

Halloween is his avocation, and Hoepner applies his skills as chief makeup artist at Abandoned Haunted House in Mount Pleasant. His abilities earned him a first-place award in March at the Monster Makeover Challenge in St. Louis, a national competition that attracted 300 submissions.

Event briefs: Fun ’n’ Fit fair slated at YMCA

KENOSHA — The eighth annual Fun ’n’ Fit Recreation and Fitness Fair will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the YMCA, 7101 53rd St.

Free and open to the public, the event will include more than 25 vendors and a number of hands-on activities, including kayaking, swimming, storytelling and a drum circle.

Life Remembered: Hearing impairment didn’t deter Verdelle Fulmer


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.

Verdelle Fulmer’s husband brought home ponies, lambs, a wild bull, tractors and a fleet of golf carts. She kept the house running like clockwork.

Family continues pumpkin-carving tradition


Perhaps against his better judgment, Kenosha’s David Breiling offered one of his secret pumpkin-carving tips.

“The big trick is to carve out a lot of the inside,” Breiling said. “If you want to make it easy on yourself and have the best design, use the scraper tool and remove as much flesh as you can from inside so the pumpkin is thinner.”

Ten questions with Ryan, Zerban


MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, a Janesville Republican, faces Democrat Rob Zerban, a former small business owner from Kenosha, on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Associated Press asked them to answer the same questions in 130 words or less. Their responses follow.

The latest favorability rating for members of Congress is 13 percent. What would you do to improve the functioning of the body?

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    Victim’s family found trial ‘long and difficult’

    Still sobbing but visibly relieved as she left the courtroom Friday, Erica Duty-Hommes, said she was “glad that justice prevailed” after the jury found Joshua Braithwaite guilty of raping and murdering her daughter, Lashe Zalar, 20, two years ago.

    Guilty verdict in murder case; mistrial motion denied


    Lashe Zalar’s family and friends reacted with tearful joy Friday after a Kenosha County jury found Joshua Braithwaite guilty on all counts in her rape and murder two years ago.

    Event briefs: Woman’s Club to host recital

    KENOSHA — Isabella A. Belotti will give a vocal recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Woman’s Club, 6028 Eighth Ave.

    Alderman complains about ambulance response time

    Delayed response time by Kenosha Fire Department medical personnel for a possible heart attack has re-ignited the call for another ambulance at a north-side firehouse.

    Study of city ambulance needs is underway

    Whether and how much the Kenosha Fire Department should spend to fund additional equipment, greater staffing, a new fire station and where to deploy personnel or equipment are matters for public debate by city aldermen as representatives of local taxpayers, Fire Chief John Thomsen says.

    Domestic violence has high costs to society

    During the winter of 2007, a husband and wife had an argument that became physical when the husband struck the wife in the face, shattering her left eye socket. A neighbor called the police about the loud arguing she heard coming from next door. Had she known about the physical abuse, the neighbor would have also called for a rescue squad.

    Trial for 2013 backyard killing to begin Monday


    A trial is expected to begin Monday for one of the three men accused of the April 2013 fatal shooting of two men in a backyard.

    Two charged for thefts in WhiteCaps area

    Local residents victimized by an alarming number of recent vehicle break-ins could soon receive good news from the Kenosha Police Department.

    Got a wet smartphone? TekDry can help


    Randall native and Wilmot High School graduate Craig Beinecke and his business partners are urging people to “think twice before using rice” to dry out wet electronics.