August 24, 2016
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David Arrington asks the Kenosha Unified School District Board to withdraw the name of his late father, the Rev. Olen Arrington Jr., from the Bradford High School stadium during remarks at Tuesday night's board meeting. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Board backs Bradford name

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Just two weeks after voting to name Bradford High School’s new stadium after the late Rev. Olen Arrington Jr., the Kenosha Unified School District Board reversed itself Tuesday and renamed it “Mary D. Bradford Stadium,” after the school’s namesake.

In making the motion to rescind the Aug. 9 action, board President Tamarra Coleman said she did so for two reasons.

First, Coleman said, she was doing so at the request of the Arrington family to withdraw the late community leader’s name from consideration after the fact.


David Arrington asks the Kenosha Unified School District Board to withdraw the name of his late father, the Rev. Olen Arrington Jr., from the Bradford High School stadium during remarks at Tuesday night's board meeting. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Board backs Bradford name

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Just two weeks after voting to name Bradford High School’s new stadium after the late Rev. Olen Arrington Jr., the Kenosha Unified School District Board reversed itself Tuesday and renamed it “Mary D. Bradford Stadium,” after the school’s namesake.

In making the motion to rescind the Aug. 9 action, board President Tamarra Coleman said she did so for two reasons.

First, Coleman said, she was doing so at the request of the Arrington family to withdraw the late community leader’s name from consideration after the fact.

Somers, Paris plan to fight water decision

The Paris Town Board and Somers Village Board hired additional attorneys Tuesday to handle a lawsuit involving the intergovernmental agreement between the two municipalities.

After a special meeting in closed session, the Paris board voted in open session to retain the law firm of DeWitt Ross & Stevens. It would handled a legal challenge against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ruling barring Somers from providing public water to the land it would gain in the Interstate 94 corridor through annexation under the agreement. The ruling also limits it from providing water to its current customers.

The Somers board approved similar authorization for additional legal assistance at its meeting on Tuesday.

Somers tables ordinance regarding excessive police calls

SOMERS — The Village Board on Tuesday tabled a proposed ordinance that would require businesses to pay for excessive law enforcement calls.

The board will discuss the proposal at a work session next week after further vetting.

The postponement comes after Wal-Mart officials requested a meeting with representatives of the village and the Kenosha Count Sheriff’s Department, which will be serving the village come Nov. 1.

News briefs: Father revives toddler found in pool

A 2-year-old boy was revived by his father after a near-drowning Monday.

According to a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department report, the incident happened during a family gathering at a home on the 5100 block of 18th Street.

As children and adults played in and around the pool, the father noticed the boy — who had been playing on the deck — face down in the pool around 5:15 p.m.

Somers village president George Stoner, right, and First Industrial Realty Trust Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Johannson Yap talk about the property at a groundbreaking for the second building at First Park 94 in Somers. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Somers breaks ground on second industrial park building

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SOMERS — Ground was broken Tuesday for a second building in Somers’ first industrial park, while a tenant has been secured for the first building.

A spokeswoman for Ariens, an outdoor power equipment manufacturer in Wisconsin, confirmed that the company has signed a lease to occupy the building in the First Park 94 at highways 142 and H.

The 601,439-square-foot facility will be used by the company for warehouse space, said Ann Stilp, corporate communications manager.

From left, Donny Finnegan, Randy Smith, Steven Falls Jr. and Jacquelyn McGraw appear in court Tuesday regarding a case involving drugs, beatings and stabbings. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTOS BY BILL SIEL )

Four facing prison for melee over drugs

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A drug deal gone bad ended with a beating, a robbery, two stabbings and four people facing prison time.

According to criminal complaints filed Tuesday, the four defendants clashed Sunday over a heroin deal. The complaint alleges that two men who went to the 4800 block of 13th Court to buy heroin ended up beating up the dealer and attempting to take drugs and cash, with the dealer’s girlfriend then stabbing them both.

The woman and her boyfriend then attempted to cover up the stabbing by tossing the knife into a sewer, where it was later recovered by police, according to the complaint.

Scott Neperud, front left, and Billy Hammond, finish last year's 175-mile Ride Across Wisconsin event that ended at Simmons Island. This year's event will be Saturday and Sunday. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Riding ‘coast to coast’ across Wisconsin

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Roll ’em, roll ’em, roll ’em!

This weekend, some 825 bicyclists will be rolling into Kenosha after a 175-mile trek from the western side of the state.

Riders from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and even Europe will pedal off Saturday in Dubuque, Iowa, ending up in Kenosha — some by Saturday, others by Sunday.

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Paris landowners request annexation into city

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In a move that could wreck the controversial intergovernmental agreement between Paris and Somers, the owners of a Paris parcel have requested their property be annexed into the city of Kenosha.

Narayan and Vidya Baliga, who own nearly 40 acres at 13402 Burlington Road, sent their petition to the state two weeks ago. The city received it last week.

The Baligas’ land is contiguous to the city limits. If the request is approved, it would cut through a key portion of the Somers-Paris development zone, potentially forcing the agreement to be redrawn or scrapped.

Bristol to boost ambulance fees

BRISTOL — The cost of a trip in a Bristol Fire and Rescue ambulance will increase Oct. 1.

The new fee reflects the upgrade to paramedic-level service and is in line with what neighboring departments charge, Bristol Administrator Randy Kerkman said.

“We haven’t raised this since we became a paramedic-level service,” Kerkman said.

Event briefs: Pringle targets invasive plants

BRISTOL — Volunteers are needed to help eliminate invasive species at Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave., during a workday Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to noon, participants will cut down undesirable non-native, invasive plants to help native plants return to the habitat.

Participants should bring their own gloves; tools will be provided. Call 262-857-8008 for more information or go to www.pringlenc.org.

John McCabe ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO )

Bristol officials say no to lower design standards

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BRISTOL — Trustee John McCabe was unable to get fellow Bristol officials to consider lowering commercial building design standards for small business owners.

Administrator Randy Kerkman asked the Village Board Monday if they would like to review the commercial design ordinance and suggest possible changes. The design code has been in effect since 2010.

McCabe said the design standards make it “pretty tough” for a small business owner to move into the village. He said several small business owners and entrepreneurs recently decided to look elsewhere as a result of the strict design standards in Bristol.

Jose Mares has transformed a parking lot area at the KPD's Rotary Safety Center, 5716 14th Ave., into a garden of perennial flowers. Mares lives next door to the facility. ( Brian Passino )

One-man beautification committee

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Jose Mares loves planting flowers and watching them bloom — not only in his garden but next door, too, at the Kenosha Rotary Safety Center, 5716 14th Ave.

Thanks to Mares, 73, the border ringing the center’s asphalt parking lot is a beautiful, bright yellow explosion of black-eyed susans, interspersed with purple, lavender, red, pink, white, goldenrod and green.

Mares asked Safety Officer Dennis Walsh, of the Kenosha Police Department, three years ago for permission to spruce up the grounds. Walsh, better known in the community as “Officer Friendly,” gladly accepted Mares’ offer.

Village panel OKs company headquarters, warehousing plans

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission approved separate proposals Monday night for a swimming pool supply company headquarters/distribution center and the warehousing of SC Johnson products.

Preliminary site and operation plans were approved for Doheny Enterprises Inc.’s proposed company headquarters and a new distribution center on about 16.7 acres at Highway 165 and 80th Avenue.

The swimming pool supplier intends to build a 175,000-square-foot building. Most of the building will be used for warehousing, with the remaining 15,000 square feet used for offices. The new facility will consolidate warehousing from three buildings it currently occupies in Kenosha.

Wal-Mart seeks Somers meeting over ordinance

SOMERS — Wal-Mart officials hope to meet with Somers officials over a proposed ordinance that would fine the retailer for excessive law enforcement calls.

The ordinance as proposed would require businesses to pay $500 for each call exceeding 20 in a month. Businesses would also be responsible for paying $500 for each call exceeding 10 calls in a month that did not result in the filing of charges.

The board is expected to vote on the ordinance tonight at its 5:30 meeting.

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Shooting has neighborhood on edge

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A Sunday morning shooting has a central city neighborhood on edge.

A man was found shot in his home in the 6700 block of 24th Avenue around 8:30 Sunday. The shooting victim, 39, is in critical condition and being treated for life-threatening injuries at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

Kenosha Police were called to the scene after area residents reported hearing gunfire. The man, whose name has not been released, lived with his girlfriend in the lower unit of a two-unit building.

News briefs: Man loses pants in reported robbery

A 35-year-old man told Kenosha Police he was robbed at gunpoint Sunday.

Police were called to 1900 block of 63rd Street at 3:15 a.m. for a man who was not wearing pants who said he was robbed in the 2200 block of Roosevelt Road.

He told police two men pointed a gun at him, demanding, “Give me what what you’ve got.”

This downtown parking garage at 620 57th St. has been declared structurally unsafe until repairs are made. Last week, the city ordered that the structure be razed. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Raze order issued for downtown parking garage

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A raze order has been issued for a downtown Kenosha parking ramp.

The five-story structure at 620 57th St. has been closed for seven months due to safety concerns and much-needed repairs.

The order states that owner Paul McDonough has 30 days to raze the structure. If not, the city would hire a firm to raze it and bill McDonough for the work.

Kenosha Police officer investigate a stabbing incident in the 4800 block of 13th Court Sunday afternoon. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Three held in stabbing incident

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Three people are in Kenosha County Jail awaiting charges related to a stabbing on Sunday — including the man who was stabbed.

Police were called to the 4800 block of 13th Court at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday for a report of a man bleeding. They found an injured man, and initially believed he had been shot, but later realized he had been stabbed in the back.

According to Kenosha Police Lt. Thomas Hamm, the 35-year-old Paddock Lake man was taken to a local hospital for treatment of the stab wound, which was not life-threatening.

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Wilmot looks to sell unused forest land

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WILMOT — The Wilmot Union High School District is selling its 160-acre school forest near Richard Bong State Recreation Area.

"We don't use it," Superintendent Dan Kopp said. "Given the length of our classes and the distance to the forest, it isn't feasible for us to use."

Like the state recreation center named after a World War II ace and Brightondale Golf Course, the acreage was once slated to be part of a jet fighter air base.

Donna Matthews appears in intake court on Monday. She is accused of killing Michael Gayan. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

$1 million bond set in murder case

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A woman accused of murdering her former boyfriend — a man defense attorneys called “her abuser” — is being held on $1 million bond.

Donna Matthews, 50, of Lahaina, Hawaii, made her first appearance in a Kenosha County court Monday, facing a first-degree intentional homicide charge for the July 4 death of 51-year-old Michael Gayan.

She is accused of shooting Gayan at his home in the 300 block of 59th Place, timing the shooting to coincide with Fourth of July fireworks to cover up the sound of gunshots.

A Bradford logo adorns the turf inside the new stadium at Bradford High School. The Kenosha Unified School's Board's decision to name the stadium after the late Rev. Olen Arrington Jr. instead of Mary D. Bradford as an ad hoc committee had recommended will likely be reversed Tuesday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )

Unified board to reconsider stadium name

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The Kenosha Unified School Board is poised to reverse itself Tuesday on the naming of the new stadium at Bradford High School.

Board president Tamarra Coleman, who voted with the 3-2 majority Aug. 9 to name the stadium after the late Rev. Olen Arrington Jr., has placed an item on the agenda an item to rescind the vote and instead acquiesce to naming it “Mary D. Bradford Stadium.”

The latter choice was recommended by an ad hoc naming committee of community volunteers, which was convened by the district and comprised mostly of Bradford alumni.

Event briefs: Music in the Park concludes Thursday

TWIN LAKES — The Music in the Park series concludes Thursday in Twin Lakes’ Central Park in downtown Twin Lakes, next to the caboose.

People will be able to sing karaoke with a live band from 6 to 8 p.m.

KENOSHA — The movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding II” will be shown at dusk Friday in Lincoln Park, 6900 18th Ave.

Gov. Scott Walker walks and talks with Pat Marry, chief operating officer of Kenall Manufacturing, while touring the facility on Monday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

UPDATED: Governor visits Kenosha’s Kenall Manufacturing

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Gov. Scott Walker visited Kenall Manufacturing in Kenosha Monday, touting a surplus that’s lowered the unemployment insurance tax for Wisconsin employers and administrative initiatives that he pointed to as contributing factors in falling unemployment.

The unemployment insurance fund reached $980 million as of June 30, which initiated a legislated reduction in the unemployment insurance tax for employers in the program.

Walker toured the manufacturing facility at Kenall, which produces commercial lighting, and spoke to reporters about about the reduced tax for employers and the public assistance requirements such as drug tests and basic employability training that are required to access unemployment insurance.

A Waco airplane similar to this 1920s-era model supposedly crashed at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds in 1927. The plane was to give rides to fairgoers. ( Image from Waco Nine Rebirth website )

Archival Revival: Fair fiascoes from the past

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Last week’s Kenosha County Fair was a great success, pulling in thousands of visitors to see the animals, 4-H projects and tractor pulls.

Now that the crowds have left the Wilmot fairgrounds in care of the cleanup crew, it’s probably safe to write about a pair of fair fiascoes from the ancient past.

Legend has it that one of the features of the Wilmot fair in 1927 was an airplane ride, but the plane crashed. Luckily, no one was injured. For many decades, into the 1990s, the plane’s propeller was displayed in the fair office.

News briefs: Two hurt, one critically, in Bristol crash

BRISTOL — Two people were hurt, with one flown from the scene by a medical helicopter, in a crash reported about 6 p.m. Sunday at highways 45 and 50 in Bristol.

According to a release from the Bristol Fire & Rescue Department, one person was trapped in the wreckage with “significant injuries” when emergency crews arrived. That person was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

The other patient reportedly had minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to St. Catherine’s Medical Center in Pleasant Prairie.

Cars crash into each other during the demolition derby at the Kenosha County Fair on Sunday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

New features energize Kenosha County Fair

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WILMOT — The last day of the Kenosha County Fair brought cooler weather and more people to the fairgrounds, according to organizers.

Denise Zirbel, fair director, said that while Wednesday and Thursday were “on par” with last year’s attendance, humid and rainy weather Friday and Saturday dampened it, and she expected much lower attendance on both days. Actual numbers would not be available until Monday, she said.

“Today, so far, it’s excellent,” she said of the temperatures that reached the mid- to upper 70s. The skies were partly cloudy, at times, but by late afternoon, the sun shone brightly.

Ashlyn Edquist auctions her khaki Campbell drake at the Kenosha County Fair on Sunday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

A fair for fowl

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WILMOT — When it comes to geese, Brandon and Dawson Hansen appear to have the market cornered.

The brothers took top honors for their fowl, with Brandon receiving the ribbon for best overall goose and Dawson for best reserve goose, buff male and female geese, respectively.

Theirs were among nearly 100 animals — turkeys, ducks, rabbits and chickens — that were auctioned during the small animal auction at the Kenosha County Fair on Sunday, the fair’s last day.

Kenosha Police officer investigate a possible shooting in the 4800 block of 13th Court Sunday afternoon. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Man found shot in home

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Kenosha police were investigating a shooting Sunday when a report of another possible shooting came later that afternoon.

In the first incident, a man with a gunshot wound was found inside a residence in the 6700 block of 24th Avenue Sunday morning.

The victim was discovered after police officers responded to a report of shots fired there at 8:28 a.m., according to a Kenosha Police Department report.

Dogs Boss, Herr and Raven sit in hoops while participating Sunday in the musical rings game at Walk for Paws in Anderson Park, a fundraiser for Safe Harbor Humane Society. ( PHOTO BY CHRISTINE VERSTRAETE )

Dogs, owners enjoy Walk for Paws

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Anderson Park went to the dogs Sunday — for a good cause.

Visitors of all ages brought their four-legged friends out for a day in the park to help raise funds for the Safe Harbor Humane Society at the fifth annual Walk for Paws.

The afternoon event was expected to raise at least $25,000 to help support medical costs, vaccinations and other needs at the shelter which now has 100 dogs and 200 cats in residence.

Jim Siebert, owner of Blue Ribbon Edge Sharpening Service, sharpens a knife at HarborMarket. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Snapshot: Never a dull moment

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From humble begins going door to door with a sharpening stone and some lubricant, charging 35 cents per knives, Jim Siebert has stepped it up. His HarborMarket booth, Blue Ribbon Edge Sharpening Service, is surrounded by several sharpening machines that can handle most jobs people bring to him.

Q. How do people find you?

A. I am at the market every Saturday. I do knives while people are shopping. Usually I run about an hour before a set of knives are done. Or an hour behind — let's put it that way — when I am busy.

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