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State representative, husband file for divorce

Kenosha County’s leading political couple is divorcing.

Circuit Judge Chad Kerkman and his wife, state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, filed jointly for divorce earlier this month, according to Kenosha County Circuit Court records.

Their first and only scheduled appearance in court is a June 21 default divorce hearing in front of Court Commissioner James Fitzgerald.

Contacted Sunday, Samantha Kerkman declined comment on the situation, beyond one public statement.

“The only thing I have to say is that it’s a personal matter,” she said.

Chad Kerkman could not be reached Sunday.

The couple have two children.

The two married in November 2002, about two years after Samantha Kerkman, then Samantha Starzyk, was elected to represent the 66th Assembly District. Last fall, she defeated former Rep. John Steinbrink in an open race for the newly drawn 61st District.

While Samantha Kerkman, 38, is a Republican, Chad Kerkman, 42, has identified himself as a Democrat.

An attorney, he was elected circuit judge in 2009, defeating Kenosha attorney Fred Zievers in a race for a newly created seat. His current term expires in 2015.

Drunken driver leads deputies on high-speed chase

RANDALL — An intoxicated driver led Kenosha County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase after a hit-and-run crash early Saturday.

According to an accident report, Jared D. Young, 29, of Trevor, was eastbound on 98th Street about 12:30 a.m. when he drove off the road and into the ditch at Highway KD, sending his vehicle airborne and into the ditch across Highway KD. The vehicle continued eastbound and came to rest in a cemetery, the report said.

The report said Young drove over two grave markers before exiting the cemetery southbound on Highway KD.

Deputies located Young’s vehicle in the 26800 block of Highway C and apprehended him after a chase, the report said.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash, the report said. Young was also cited for illegal lane deviation, driving too fast for conditions, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to report an accident.

He was taken to the Kenosha County Jail, where he remained in custody Sunday evening, according to inmate records.

Copper pipe stolen from vacant home

Kenosha police are investigating the apparent burglary of a vacant house, which was found with its basement flooded due to tampering with copper water lines.

According to a police report, a woman called police shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, after she found a broken window and an open door at the house in the 5100 block of 20th Avenue.

Police arrived to find a flood in the basement, and copper water pipes bent and hanging from the ceiling.

The owner of the property said the incident happened sometime after he was last in the house on Friday.

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