Homecoming draws AMC buffs from great distances


Holger Froede had some vacation time on his hands, and was looking for a way to make use of it.

“I decided, let’s go to Kenosha, to the heartland of AMC,” he said Thursday, as he stood in a parking lot off Washington Road among rows of vintage cars. Froede traveled here from Germany, one of an expected 25,000 people expected to come to the city this week for Kenosha Homecoming, a celebration of everything American Motors.

‘Perfect’ for Day 1:


Campers began making their sites homey and ready for four days of habitation while others spent their time lounging on the lawn listening to the early acts such as Chad Brownlee, Dallas Smith and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Big name acts Thompson Square and Gary Allan ended the festival’s opening night.

First day of festival quiet for emergency personnel

With 35,000 people in one spot for a four- day country music festival, local law enforcement and emergency personnel made it a priority to have people on the ground for Country Thunder weekend.

Randall Fire Department Capt. Bob Stoll said the first day of the event went pretty quietly with few injuries and no fires.

Six months in jail for role in heroin overdose


Sharissa Fecht, 27, of Bristol, whose boyfriend died after she injected him with heroin at his request, was sentenced Thursday in Kenosha County Circuit Court to six months in jail and placed on five years probation.

In addition, Judge Wilber Warren stayed a potential 25-year prison sentence after citing the mutual responsibilities Fecht and Timothy Andro, 41, shared in bringing about Andro’s death when he overdosed in early January.

News briefs: Subway robbed Wednesday night

Police are looking for a man who robbed Subway, 1923 63rd St., Wednesday night.

According to police, the man displayed a small handgun and took money from the cash register before leaving on foot shortly before 9:15 p.m.

Unemployment rate rises in city, county

Unemployment climbed in Kenosha County in June, following a statewide trend.

Unemployment in the county ticked up to 6.7 percent, up from 6.1 percent in May. In the city of Kenosha, the June rate was 7.4 percent, up from 6.9 percent the previous month.

Advocate resigns from beach house committee

The vice chairman of the Southport Beach House Citizen’s Committee has resigned in frustration, saying the city’s lack of willingness to work with the committee has made it obsolete.

Margaret Heller, an activist for the Beach House who was instrumental in creating the committee, said she’s given up hope for the committee. After months of attempting to work with the city on ways to improve usage of the historic beach house, Heller said it was no longer worth her effort.

Council rejects appointee to advisory panel

The City Council on Monday did something it hasn’t done in at least two years: it voted down an appointee to a city committee.

Council members were asked to appoint Mitchell Pedersen to the Southport Beach House Citizens Committee, a committee that can only recommend ways to preserve the historic beach house.

Fix It: Burned-out house becomes neighborhood eyesore


Today’s problem: This burnt out, vacated ruins on a not-so-well-traveled Pleasant Prairie road may be out of sight for most folks, but it’s by no means out of mind for nearby neighbors.

The problem: In October 2012, fire gutted the modest frame house at 9823 Fourth Ave. in the Carol Beach subdivision, and the lot, hemmed in by the Chiwaukee Prairie state nature preserve on a secluded gravel road, has become a magnet for illegal fly dumping, according to those who tipped Fix It to the unsavory conditions.

Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with police in local cellphone case


A sharply divided Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with police in two separate cases Thursday — including a Kenosha homicide case — where cellphone data was used to track suspects without obtaining search warrants.

The decisions drew a rebuke from the chief justice, who argued people’s privacy rights were violated in each instance.

Police officer fired over harassment


A Kenosha police officer has been fired for using his position to harass and intimidate a female officer and a person with whom he had an off-duty confrontation.

Police Chief John Morrissey started the termination procedure for officer Casey Apker, and on Thursday the Police and Fire Commission agreed with the chief. The termination was effective immediately.

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    Gateway to receive $1.9M for worker training


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    Fruit recall affects Sam’s Club customers

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    Administrators shift at Kenosha Unified

    A little cascade of administrative appointments began Tuesday as Sue Savaglio-Jarvis steps into the role of superintendent of Kenosha Unified School District.

    News briefs: Police use Taser to subdue unruly man

    A Kenosha man was arrested after a confrontation Tuesday morning.

    Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department video shows high-speed chase

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    Kenosha Unified approves updated dress code

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    Event briefs: Car show slated at Bristol church

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    Free orchestra lessons motivate budding musicians


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    Unified employee handbook tabled indefinitely

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    Boy on bike hit by car


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    Plan calls for Kennedy Drive closure, creation of lake overlooks


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    Event briefs: Volunteers needed to photograph tombstones

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