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Prosecutors: Money dispute led to Jones slaying

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RACINE — A Kenosha man shot to death in Racine on Monday was killed over “a small amount of money,” according to prosecutors.

Andrew L. Jones Jr., 27, was found dead in an apartment in the 500 block of 3 Mile Road. He had been shot several times.

The apartment was wired for video surveillance and a digital video recorder system in the apartment had saved a recording of Jones’ murder. In the video, according to court records, Jacob W. Rogers, 27, is seen firing a semi-automatic handgun toward the couch where Jones was found dead.




Ex-skinhead, Sikh shooting survivor team to promote peace

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An ex-skinhead and the son of a slain Sikh leader spoke in Kenosha Thursday night to promote peace.

Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Kaleka spoke at Carthage College as part of a monthly-long diversity summit. They discussed how hate affected their lives.

Whittier fifth-graders exceed book drive goal

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Whittier Elementary School fifth-graders Thursday as sorted through books on Thursday for Freedom to Read.

A group of about 45 fifth-graders worked on a book drive for the organization, which works to create and support libraries in impoverished areas of the Bahamas.

Somers questions tavern owners after series of sheriff’s calls

SOMERS — The Somers Town Board questioned two town tavern owners who they identified as requiring units of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department to respond over the last year.

Town Chairman Ben Harbach asked Peter Gochis, who owns Somers House Bar, 1548 Sheridan Road, why there’s been five complaints of loud music from July, October and November of last year.

Firefighters from across state attend Kenosha funeral

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Firefighters from all over the state converged on the A. F. Siebert Chapel at Carthage College for the funeral of Lt. Scott Schumacher who died at age 41 following an 11-year battle with cancer.

By state law, many types of cancer are considered duty-related for firefighters.

Former officer’s evidence admission complicates cases

Revelations that a Kenosha police officer planted evidence during a search related to a homicide has put three cases in limbo.

Anthony M. Edwards, 20, of Kenosha, was fatally shot during a robbery on April 14. Three Kenosha men were charged in connection with his death:

Evidence-planting officer has ties to earlier, related investigation

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The former Kenosha police officer accused of planting evidence in a murder case was involved in a second case with the same defendant.

Former officer Kyle Baars admitted on the witness stand in a homicide trial that he had planted an ID and a bullet in a backpack, the ID belonging to Markese Tibbs, a co-defendant in the trial.

State investigators to interview officers about Wednesday’s shooting

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The state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation will interview four Kenosha Police officers today for their account of Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting in Kenosha, according to Kenosha Police Lt. Brad Hetlet.

A 64-year-old Kenosha man was shot about noon Wednesday after he reportedly advanced on officers and refused to drop a pair of knives inside a garage at 1517 84th Street. The man was shot once in the abdomen and is expected to survive, according to police.

Providence, All Saints Catholic schools to merge

Providence Catholic School in Paris is merging with All Saints Catholic School in Kenosha to create an All Saints West Campus.

News briefs: Man injured fleeing police

A 22-year-old Kenosha man was charged with multiple offenses Thursday after fleeing police and crashing a vehicle early Tuesday morning in the 5100 block of 23rd Avenue.

Guy D. Hamilton was charged with fleeing an officer causing bodily harm and property damage, operating while intoxicated (second offense), obstructing an officer, resisting an officer, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license and two counts of bail jumping.

Fix It: Median eliminates restaurant access point

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Today’s problem: Maria Piliouras, co-owner of Phoenix Family Restaurant, 12440 75th St., contacted Fix It about a problem the state of Wisconsin’s reconstruction of 125th Avenue north of Highway. 50 created for the restaurant. Piliouras and her husband George have owned the Phoenix for 16 years and also own the Marina Gardens restaurant in Harborside.

“It’s a big mess,” Maria Piliouras said, of the new situation near the Phoenix.

Feeding America delivery draws a crowd

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State says Amazon has generated $157M in local spending

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Amazon.com has been cheered as one of Kenosha County’s biggest new developments, and though its largest building is still under construction, the company project has already begun to pay big dividends — expenditures of $157 million in Kenosha County.

The Amazon project has already exceeded its initial projections for expenditures and is now expected to spend more than $300 million before the project is completed, according to Mark Maley, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

Today’s event briefs: Solo, ensemble festival is Saturday

KENOSHA — Students from area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Association-sanctioned District Solo & Ensemble Music Festival from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at at Indian Trail High School Academy, 6800 60th St.

The festival is free and open to the public.

Silver Lake to seek library building agreement

SILVER LAKE — Village officials agreed Wednesday to have the village attorney draft a building use agreement to present to the Community Library Board.

The idea of renting or leasing the space to the Library Board comes after Twin Lakes, Randall and Paddock Lake made it clear they will not contribute to the cost of a building purchased by Silver Lake as a possible location for a library.

UPDATE: Kenosha man shot by police

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A knife-wielding 64-year-old Kenosha man was shot by police late Wednesday morning after he reportedly advanced on them and refused orders to drop the knives.

According to a press release from Kenosha Police Lt. Brad Hetlet, police were called at 11:42 a.m. to the 1500 block of 84th Street, where a woman said her husband went into the garage to kill himself.

After two-month hiatus, Winter HarborMarket returns Saturday

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After a two-month hiatus, the Kenosha HarborMarket is reopening Saturday at the Rhode Center for the Arts, bringing back locally grown, fresh foods and entertainment.

HarborMarket president Ray Forgianni said the market will open with 20 to 22 vendors, including some farmers who have grown fresh vegetables in greenhouses and hoop houses.

Got a gator? Get it gone, village says

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The village is tightening up language in its pet ordinance to make sure rabbits are the only livestock in homes and alligators don’t show up in bathtubs.

The Village Board unanimously approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance Monday to clarify that the only livestock allowed as a household pets are rabbits and that other animals, such as fowl or poultry, goats, pot-bellied pigs, exotic snakes, large reptiles and other exotic animals not commonly found in residences are not allowed as household pets.

Budget proposal would abolish insurance fund

A state-administered fund that has provided property insurance for local government and school districts for more than 100 years would be abolished under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget.

The Local Government Property Insurance Fund covers $52 billion in assets for 970 municipalities and school districts in Wisconsin.

Seven local schools apply to voucher program

Seven parochial and private schools in Kenosha and Racine counties have registered and are eligible to receive applicants for the 2015-16 school year through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.

The taxpayer-funded voucher program allows financially eligible students to attend private or religious schools free of tuition.

Kenosha native takes command at Great Lakes

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NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — The opportunity to oversee the Navy’s largest training center and build on its 114-year history was simply too much to pass up for Kenosha native Jim Hawkins.

The U.S. Navy captain was appointed Naval Station Great Lakes commanding officer in a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday at the Great Lakes USS Whitehat in North Chicago, Ill.

Horse treatment case to go to trial next week

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The couple accused of starving the animals on their Pleasant Prairie farm is due to take their case before a jury next week.

David and Paula White are each charged with 11 counts of mistreatment of animals causing death, six counts of providing improper shelter or sanitation for animals and one count of bail jumping. If convicted, they could be sentenced to prison, or to time on probation.

Pleasant Prairie man charged for string of retail thefts

A man suspected in two dozen retail thefts in three states was arrested Friday in Pleasant Prairie.

William C. Maysack, 30, of Pleasant Prairie, is charged with two counts of retail theft and one of possession of drug paraphernalia for a series of incidents in the village last month. Two other men are named in the complaints, but have not yet been charged.

Shalom Center continues search for executive director

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The Shalom Center has high hopes for its new executive director, who has yet to be hired.

The local charity has been operating without a permenant head since Fran Hansen left in December.

Snyder: From Kenosha to ... Hollywood?

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You don’t think of little old Kenosha as being a hotbed of the arts.

But sometimes this Midwestern city can surprise you.

Event briefs: Casino night Saturday aids Bristol PTA

BRISTOL — A Mardi Gras casino night, a fundraiser for the Bristol School PTA, will be 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Bristol Oaks Country Club, 16801 75th St.

The event includes casino games, dancing, pictures and an auction.

UPDATE: Suspect arrested in murder of former Kenosha man in Racine

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A 27-year-old former Kenosha man is dead after a shooting at a Racine apartment complex on Monday.

Andrew Lee Jones Jr. died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne. Racine police responded at about 9 a.m. Monday to the Allegro Apartments, 522 Three Mile Road, where Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

Executive praises county’s economic health

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser touted the county’s financial health and burgeoning economic growth Tuesday night in his annual State of the County address to the County Board.

“Kenosha County is a red hot economic development area,” Kreuser said. “Our economic development renaissance has made local, regional and national headlines. We should be proud of our community’s success.”

Bergo was one of first women on County Board

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Anne Bergo was a quiet woman with a voracious appetite for mystery novels, a love of mushrooms and community advocacy.

A teacher for 21 years and later a 16-year member of the Kenosha County Board, Bergo died Friday from natural causes, according to her son John Bergo. She was 93. A private service is expected to be held later this month.

Council approves contract to repair Southport Park shoreline

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On Oct. 31, Violent Lake Michigan wave action caused by high winds devoured nearly 500 feet of Southport Park shoreline in a single, monstrous bite.

The damage just south of the First Avenue/75th Street intersection exposed sedimented layers of the area’s geologic record, including the remains of a prehistoric forest compressed into inches of soft, blackish peat.

Rain forest animals pay visit to Paris

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PARIS — The expressions on students’ faces became increasingly worrisome Tuesday when the top of a large plastic bin kept popping open during an assembly at Paris School on rain forest animals.

The third-, fourth- and fifth-graders had already seen Mark Rosenthal of Animal Magic Inc. pull creepy crawly things out of smaller boxes. They also knew the presentation would include a variety of exotic animals native to the rain forest, including a sloth.

News briefs: Man dies in industrial accident

A 42-year-old man was killed after he was trapped on an elevated mechanical lift at a Pleasant Prairie warehouse Tuesday morning.

Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue were called to OHL, 8691 109th St., at 8:38 a.m. for a report of a man who sustained a head injury and was trapped on a lift about 30 feet in the air.

Evidence-planting has attorneys in uproar

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A former Kenosha Police officer’s admission that he planted evidence in a homicide investigation has defense attorneys calling foul.

During a homicide trial Monday, former officer Kyle Baars admitted he planted an ID and a bullet in a backpack recovered during a search related to the shooting death of a Kenosha man.

Milwaukee to probe former officer’s actions

A former Kenosha police officer could be criminally prosecuted after admitting in court that he planted evidence during a search connected with a murder investigation.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has agreed to review information about former officer Kyle Baars’ conduct during the investigation into Anthony Edwards’ shooting death on April 14.

Case will continue against former Indian Trail teacher

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The case will move forward against a former Indian Trail High School and Academy teacher accused of using text messages to communicate with two students about sexual activity.

Jeffrey Spencer, 25, of Kenosha, is charged with nine counts of child enticement for the text exchanges with two teenage girls. One of the girls told police that he kissed her while they were alone in a room at the school, according to court records. The other girl said they never had any physical contact.

Paris School part of discrimination lawsuit

Kenosha parents whose autistic child was not admitted into Paris Consolidated School through open enrollment have joined a lawsuit that claims Wisconsin's open enrollment rules violate federal disability law.

Specifically, the suit claims open enrollment violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because it denies students with disabilities the benefits of a government program on the basis of disability.

Homeroom: Three cheers for cheer team

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The Central High School varsity cheer team took first place in Division II at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches Association tournament last Saturday.

The team’s stunt groups swept the awards with first-, second- and third-place awards. Team members Jaden McKenna and Philicia Quiroz were also named to the All State team.

Event briefs: Earring beading class slated Thursday

KENOSHA — An art class in making earring beading will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kenosha Art Association, 5615 Seventh Ave.

Participants will create two or three pairs of earrings.

Urban Land Institute to gauge Chrysler site’s redevelopment potential

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The Urban Land Institute could make a five-day visit to Kenosha in April to study and make recommendations for the 109-acre former Chrysler Engine Plant property at 5555 30th Ave.

However, whether ULI is open to doing the study, which likely would drive redevelopment of the central city site, will hinge on whether it accepts a minor change to a $125,000 agreement after it was amended Monday night by the Kenosha City Council at the insistence of Ald. David Bogdala.

Vouchers undermine public schools, researcher says

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A proposal to expand the voucher program and charter schools in Wisconsin will undermine local control and accountability of public education, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher.

Julie Mead, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, said more than $210 million will be spent this year on voucher programs statewide.

Roadwork slated for three village subdivisions

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Three subdivisions in the village will see their roads repaired this year.

Monday night, the Village Board unanimously awarded a contract to Payne and Dolan Inc. for pavement work for $682,256.

Twin Lakes may give up library role

TWIN LAKES — Twin Lakes officials are considering relinquishing the village’s role as the fiscal agent for the Community Library System.

“It is a lot of work,” Village Administrator Jennifer Frederick told village officials at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, adding that the village is not reimbursed for the hours it takes village staff to complete the accounting and payroll for the library.

Local employers support right-to-work legislation

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While labor leaders and some lawmakers believe a right-to-work law will soften wages and benefits for employees, local company executives believe it would attract more companies and jobs and allow employees to have a more direct relationship with their employers.

“I don’t see a need for a union. That’s what gives us the freedom to hire who we want to hire,” said Michael Kopper, president of Centrisys, a manufacturer of industrial centrifuge systems.

Governor's budget would dismantle local care for disabled, advocates say

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Disabled and elderly Kenosha County residents and their advocates are concerned that Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget will adversely affect program that allow people to stay in their homes rather than go into nursing homes or institutions.

According to speakers at a meeting Monday at Gateway Technical College, proposals in the governor’s budget would eliminate county-based services like the Kenosha County Aging and Disability Resource Center, eliminate a program called IRIS that helps people with disabilities direct their own care at home, and change the regionally based model for Family Care to a statewide program handled by insurance companies.

Brantley case: Former officer admits to planting evidence

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A former Kenosha police officer admitted in court Monday that he planted evidence during a murder investigation last year.

Officer Kyle Baars resigned in January, after department officials learned that he was responsible for putting the ID of a suspect in the Anthony Edwards homicide into a backpack recovered from a home searched during the investigation. Baars had taken the ID when he brought Markese Tibbs to the Public Safety Building from the home in the 1200 block of 59th Street late on April 14.

Procession to mark firefighter’s funeral

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The funeral for a fallen Kenosha firefighter begins at noon Thursday at in the Siebert Chapel at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

Kenosha Fire Lt. Scott Schumacher, 41, of Trevor, will be buried after the funeral and a procession to Fire Station No. 7, 9700 52nd St., for a private family ceremony.

News briefs: Heroin involved in car crash

Kenosha Police said a local man may have been shooting heroin just moments before he was involved in a car crash in the 5600 block of Sheridan Road Sunday night.

Sean Cross, 28, was arrested for operating under the influence. He was also ticketed for inattentive driving and operating without a license. Shane Cross, 24, of Kenosha, was a passenger in the vehicle and was taken into custody for a probation violation.

Event briefs: Spaghetti dinner to aid playground project

KENOSHA — A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will take place 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kenosha Achievement Center, 1218 79th St.

Proceeds will go toward the Dream Playground project to build a fully accessible playground in Kenosha.

History Mystery: Height aside, Walter Alford was a giant in Kenosha

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Question: What physical attribute was most noticeable when meeting Nash Motors vice president and Kenosha civic leader Walter H. Alford?

Answer: His height. Although there is no historical record of his height, this rare photo of him with the City Council makes it clear that he was short in stature.

Kenosha loves its pizza

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In Kenosha, for one night, the biggest pizzeria in town can be found on Washington Road.

And more than 650 people found the Great Pizza Bake-Off to their liking Sunday, where 11 restaurants showcased their very best pies for the public at the United Auto Workers Local 72, 3615 Washington Road.

Boy rescued after fall through ice

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A 13-year-old boy was trapped briefly and treated for hypothermia after he fell into the water at Eichelman Park beach Sunday afternoon.

The boy, whose name was not disclosed, had been on the rocks at the shoreline with friends when he fell through ice in a spot where the water was about 2-3 feet deep, according to Battalion Chief Bernhardt of the Kenosha Fire Department.

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    Silver Lake to seek library building agreement

    SILVER LAKE — Village officials agreed Wednesday to have the village attorney draft a building use agreement to present to the Community Library Board.

    UPDATE: Kenosha man shot by police

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    A knife-wielding 64-year-old Kenosha man was shot by police late Wednesday morning after he reportedly advanced on them and refused orders to drop the knives.

    After two-month hiatus, Winter HarborMarket returns Saturday

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    After a two-month hiatus, the Kenosha HarborMarket is reopening Saturday at the Rhode Center for the Arts, bringing back locally grown, fresh foods and entertainment.

    Got a gator? Get it gone, village says

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    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The village is tightening up language in its pet ordinance to make sure rabbits are the only livestock in homes and alligators don’t show up in bathtubs.

    Budget proposal would abolish insurance fund

    A state-administered fund that has provided property insurance for local government and school districts for more than 100 years would be abolished under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget.

    Seven local schools apply to voucher program

    Seven parochial and private schools in Kenosha and Racine counties have registered and are eligible to receive applicants for the 2015-16 school year through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.

    Kenosha native takes command at Great Lakes

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    NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — The opportunity to oversee the Navy’s largest training center and build on its 114-year history was simply too much to pass up for Kenosha native Jim Hawkins.

    Horse treatment case to go to trial next week

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    The couple accused of starving the animals on their Pleasant Prairie farm is due to take their case before a jury next week.

    Pleasant Prairie man charged for string of retail thefts

    A man suspected in two dozen retail thefts in three states was arrested Friday in Pleasant Prairie.

    Shalom Center continues search for executive director

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    The Shalom Center has high hopes for its new executive director, who has yet to be hired.

    Snyder: From Kenosha to ... Hollywood?

    1

    You don’t think of little old Kenosha as being a hotbed of the arts.

    Event briefs: Casino night Saturday aids Bristol PTA

    BRISTOL — A Mardi Gras casino night, a fundraiser for the Bristol School PTA, will be 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Bristol Oaks Country Club, 16801 75th St.



    UPDATE: Suspect arrested in murder of former Kenosha man in Racine

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    A 27-year-old former Kenosha man is dead after a shooting at a Racine apartment complex on Monday.

    Executive praises county’s economic health

    Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser touted the county’s financial health and burgeoning economic growth Tuesday night in his annual State of the County address to the County Board.

    Bergo was one of first women on County Board

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    Anne Bergo was a quiet woman with a voracious appetite for mystery novels, a love of mushrooms and community advocacy.

    Council approves contract to repair Southport Park shoreline

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    On Oct. 31, Violent Lake Michigan wave action caused by high winds devoured nearly 500 feet of Southport Park shoreline in a single, monstrous bite.

    Rain forest animals pay visit to Paris

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    PARIS — The expressions on students’ faces became increasingly worrisome Tuesday when the top of a large plastic bin kept popping open during an assembly at Paris School on rain forest animals.

    News briefs: Man dies in industrial accident

    A 42-year-old man was killed after he was trapped on an elevated mechanical lift at a Pleasant Prairie warehouse Tuesday morning.

    Evidence-planting has attorneys in uproar

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    A former Kenosha Police officer’s admission that he planted evidence in a homicide investigation has defense attorneys calling foul.

    Milwaukee to probe former officer’s actions

    A former Kenosha police officer could be criminally prosecuted after admitting in court that he planted evidence during a search connected with a murder investigation.

    Case will continue against former Indian Trail teacher

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    The case will move forward against a former Indian Trail High School and Academy teacher accused of using text messages to communicate with two students about sexual activity.

    Paris School part of discrimination lawsuit

    Kenosha parents whose autistic child was not admitted into Paris Consolidated School through open enrollment have joined a lawsuit that claims Wisconsin's open enrollment rules violate federal disability law.

    Homeroom: Three cheers for cheer team

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    The Central High School varsity cheer team took first place in Division II at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches Association tournament last Saturday.

    Event briefs: Earring beading class slated Thursday

    KENOSHA — An art class in making earring beading will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kenosha Art Association, 5615 Seventh Ave.