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Local restaurants’ soups compete for fundraiser


Every year is an election year — at least when it comes to voting for Kenosha’s favorite soup.

On Wednesday, 16 “souper” candidates were in the running for the 15th Annual Bowls & Books soupfest contest and fundraiser held at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St.

Man pleads not guilty in shooting death


A Racine man police say was videotaped fatally shooting a friend March 2 has pleaded not guilty to homicide.

Jacob W. Rogers, 27, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, the homicide charge carries a mandatory life sentence.

Reluctant burglar leaves photo ID at the scene

An 18-year-old man left his ID behind when he helped burglarize a home this month, hoping to be caught.

The man, Reighnn T. Post-McNab, is charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property for the incident in the 6600 block of 16th Avenue. He told police he was pressured by someone else into helping with the burglary of a family he knew, and that he wanted to be traced back to the crime.

A day for the Knights


Lincoln Middle School on Wednesday became the epicenter of goodwill in the face of bullying once again.

Desiree Andrews, her cheerleading squad and the Lincoln Knights basketball team now known for stepping in to stop bullies from the stands were celebrated at the school, fresh off national media appearances.

Odd setup found in back of van

The Kenosha Police Department said it discovered an unusual setup in the back of a white van driven by a man suspected of following a woman’s vehicle through a neighborhood near the 3700 block of 22nd Avenue on Monday afternoon.

Arnulfo C. Gonzalez, 62, of Kenosha, was arrested for having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle during a traffic stop in the 3000 block of Washington Road about 2:30 p.m. Gonzalez had a vodka beverage in his van’s cup holder and said he was drinking it while driving, according to the police report.

New life for old bricks, wood


Some of the materials are more than a century old.

But regardless their age, many of the old bricks and beams from the demolition of the Frank L. Wells Co. manufacturing plant in downtown Kenosha will find new life in other buildings.

Supermarket faces license suspension for alcohol sales to minors

A north-side Kenosha supermarket will likely have its liquor license suspended for 30 days pending City Council action next month.

Ald. Curt Wilson, chairman of the council’s License and Permit Committee, said Tuesday the move is mandatory under the city ordinance covering Class A retail liquor sales.

Documents show timeline of evidence-planting probe


Documents released Tuesday reveal how and when police officials learned of possible evidence-planting in a homicide investigation.

Former Kenosha police office Kyle Baars admitted on the stand earlier this month that he brought a bullet and a suspect's ID to the April crime scene and allowed them to be collected as evidence.

Amazon to begin accepting job applications for fulfillment center


Amazon is officially accepting job applications for the 1,000 people it will need to begin operations in its state-of-the-art Kenosha fulfillment center that will feature robotic and computerized operations.

While Nina Lindsey, a spokeswoman for the Seattle-based company, did not disclose an official opening date, company policy is to begin hiring about two months before opening a fulfillment center.

Industrial park is supervisor’s goal for Chrysler site


A Kenosha County Board supervisor wants the city to turn the former Chrysler Engine Plant site into an industrial or office park.

Supervisor Terry Rose, chairman of the county’s Finance and Administration Committee, said a resolution to that effect is expected to be discussed next week by the committee before going to the board for consideration on April 8.

Authorities confirm IDs of bodies in burned farmhouse


The two bodies removed from a burned Pleasant Prairie farmhouse were identified as Paula and David White on Saturday, according to the Pleasant Prairie Police Department.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, with assistance from the Kenosha County Medical Examiner’s Office, identified the bodies based on dental records.

Rich tradition of quilt making celebrated on National Quilt Day


They say every picture tells a story, but it’s a quilt that tells a story and warms your heart — literally.

Quilts hung from the rafters, and quilters demonstrated their craft at the annual Southport Quilters Guild exhibit at the Kenosha Public Museum, all in honor of National Quilt Day on Saturday.

The fieldhouse was alive, with the sound of music


Susan Chandler’s career traveled full circle Saturday night.

After beginning nearly 40 years ago as a Kenosha Unified music teacher, Chandler returned to where it all began as the guest conductor for more than 1,200 musicians who performed in front of a record crowd at the 53rd annual Orchestra Festival at the Indian Trail fieldhouse.

    UW president vows to resign if he can’t shrink cuts

    MADISON (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross says he’ll quit if he can’t convince legislators to reduce a $300 million cut that Gov. Scott Walker wants to impose on campuses.

    Cross told faculty and students at UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday that he’ll resign if he can’t win substantial reductions in the cut and protect faculty tenure and academic freedom.

    Milwaukee ex-officer defends actions in killing unarmed man

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he shot and killed a man in a park last April testified Sunday that he followed proper protocol, and he believes he was wrongfully terminated.

    Christopher Manney testified during the fourth day of a hearing Sunday before a Fire and Police Commission panel. It was the first time he has spoken publicly about the April 30 fatal shooting of Dontre Hamilton.

    Fired Milwaukee officer’s hearing continues


    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two police officers testified Saturday during an appeals hearing for a Milwaukee officer who was fired for inappropriately frisking a mentally ill black man before fatally shooting the man during a scuffle.

    Christopher Manney killed Dontre Hamilton, 31, during a fight in a downtown park in April. He was later fired for not following department rules in the moments leading up to the shooting and conducting an “out-of-policy pat-down,” Police Chief Edward Flynn has said.

    Former congressman, early Vietnam war critic, dies at 91

    MADISON (AP) — Bob Kastenmeier, a liberal Democrat from Wisconsin whose 32 years in Congress were marked by his early and staunch opposition to the Vietnam War, died Friday. He was 91.

    Kastenmeier, a World War II veteran who represented the liberal Madison area starting in 1959, had been suffering from heart problems and died at his home in Arlington, Virginia, said his wife Dorothy. She said her husband’s main interest had always been world peace, “and I think the people will remember him for that.”

    Right-to-work law won’t be blocked

    MADISON — A judge on Thursday declined to block Wisconsin’s new right-to-work law, allowing it to remain in effect while several unions challenge the statute.

    Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust rejected the request by three unions to grant a temporary injunction blocking the law from being enforced pending the outcome of their lawsuit. He said he believes the unions have a chance of winning the case, but he’s not convinced that letting the law stand while the proceedings continue would cause them serious damage.

    GOP budget committee unveils new UW plan

    MADISON (AP) — The co-chair and another Republican member of the Legislature’s powerful budget committee panel said Wednesday they don’t support giving the University of Wisconsin more independence from state oversight, in another sign of dwindling support for Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to do just that.

    Joint Finance Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren, of Marinette, and Rep. Dean Knudson, of Hudson, said they are against turning UW into a public authority under which they would have independence from state laws and oversight, including the setting of tuition.

    Thursday’s college ticker


    UW-Oshkosh 13, Carthage 5, 6 inn.;

    Sebetic signs with Packers



    It’s official: Tremper graduate Kyle Sebetic is a Green Bay Packer.

    Prep notebook: Bradford, Tremper represented in football All-Star Game

    The South squad will have Kenosha representation on both sides of the ball in the 39th annual Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game.

    Bradford senior inside linebacker La’Ryan Johnson and Tremper senior center Brian Newberry were named to the 46-player South roster for the Large Schools game on Saturday, July 18 at UW-Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium.

    Carthage men win CCIW lacrosse debut


    KENOSHA — The Carthage College men’s lacrosse team made history Wednesday night with its inaugural match in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

    The Red Men remained perfect on the season (9-0) by defeating the University of Dubuque 16-3 in their CCIW debut at Art Keller Field.

    Wednesday’s college ticker


    Oberlin 7, Carthage 6

    Tuesday’s college ticker

    Seeing double again



    Following a year apart, the Munroe sisters are back together again.

    Sebetic takes another shot



    NFL Director of Football Development Matt Birk addressed a room full of players in Arizona on Saturday prior to the inaugural Veteran Combine.

    Monday’s college ticker


    Carthage 8, Carleton 5

    One more game for Ziggy


    UW-Parkside senior Ziggy Riauka gets to play one more college basketball game.

    The forward was named to the West team for Friday’s National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Reese’s Division II College All-Star Game at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

    Lancers embrace expectations



    A few inches of snow on Monday wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the St. Joseph baseball team on the first day of practice.

    Sunday’s college ticker



    Carthage 13, Middlebury (Vt.) 1

    Wisconsin moving on


    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Wisconsin wasn’t at its best against Oregon. Fortunately for the Badgers, they didn’t have to be to earn a return trip to the Sweet 16.

    The Badgers beat the Ducks for the second straight year in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32, this time 72-65 at CenturyLink Century on Sunday night.

    Elsen elevating



    Kenosha native Jordan Elsen experienced the greatest season of his golfing life in 2010 when he became only the fourth Wisconsin golfer to win the State Match Play and State Amateur championships in the same year.

    College baseball roundup: Rangers sweep Rockhurst


    Superb pitching carried the UW-Parkside men’s baseball team to a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader sweep of Rockhurst, 2-1 and 2-0, on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Carthage’s Augie Schmidt Field.

    Parkside’s Mario Samuel and John Perez teamed up for a three-hitter in the seven-inning opener, and freshman left-hander Ty Jandron tossed a complete-game, five-hit shutout in the nine-inning second game.

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    Documents show timeline of evidence-planting probe


    Documents released Tuesday reveal how and when police officials learned of possible evidence-planting in a homicide investigation.

    Delays due to evidence-planting frustrate murder victim’s family

    Delays for defense attorneys to investigate evidence-planting by a former Kenosha police officer have pushed back resolution of homicide cases, leaving the victim's family unable to see the end of the process.

    Supermarket faces license suspension for alcohol sales to minors

    A north-side Kenosha supermarket will likely have its liquor license suspended for 30 days pending City Council action next month.

    Hidden-camera trial to proceed


    The man police say was behind the hiding of cameras in locker rooms at the RecPlex and Uline has refused the state’s plea deal and is set for trial, after his attorney came back on board.

    New life for old bricks, wood


    Some of the materials are more than a century old.

    Odd setup found in back of van

    The Kenosha Police Department said it discovered an unusual setup in the back of a white van driven by a man suspected of following a woman’s vehicle through a neighborhood near the 3700 block of 22nd Avenue on Monday afternoon.

    News briefs: Student arrested for disorderly conduct

    A 13-year-old Washington Middle School student was arrested for disorderly conduct about 3:30 p.m. Monday for repeatedly yelling profanities at school staff members, according to Kenosha Police Department.

    Event briefs: ‘Citizen scientist’ program set at Pringle

    BRISTOL — A program on becoming a “citizen scientist” begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave., Bristol.

    Teacher brings taste of Iditarod to Lincoln Park


    A dog sled team working in a Kenosha park might be hard to put your head around, especially with no snow on the ground.

    Homeroom: Lieutenant governor pays a visit to LakeView


    Wisconsin Lt. Governor Kleefisch visited LakeView Technology Academy Tuesday.

    Man wanted in abduction, shooting caught


    VILLAGE OF MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — After a daylong manhunt, authorities Monday captured a fugitive accused of abducting a woman from a southeastern Wisconsin hospital and fleeing in an exchange of gunfire.

    Bristol ponders plan to put puppy park atop old treatment plant site

    BRISTOL — A two-acre dog park will be created at the site of the former waste water treatment plant in Bristol.

    Plans approved for second Kwik Trip site in Pleasant Prairie

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission considered and approved plans related to the construction of a Kwik Trip gasoline and convenience store at a meeting Monday.

    Retiring debt key to holding down cost of athletic referendum

    Kenosha Unified officials pitch the $16.7 million athletics facilities referendum as not increasing taxes on the average $200,000 district home.

    City Council unanimously backs Unified athletic facilities referendum

    Supporting the Kenosha Unified School District’s upcoming $16.7 million athletics facilities referendum — without dissent — was the right signal from City Council, according to Ald. Dan Prozanski.

    Murder-suicide in horse abuse case, police say


    The deaths of Paula and David White last week were a murder-suicide, according to police.

    Officials: ‘Fake bomb’ won’t result in charges

    Authorities said a suspicious device found inside a residence, believed to be potentially explosive, was constructed by an 18-year-old Kenosha man who said he built it months ago because he was bored.

    Winter’s return contributes to numerous accidents


    Three Winthrop Harbor, Ill., teenagers are recovering after the minivan they were riding in collided with a school bus on 39th Avenue in Pleasant Prairie Monday morning.

    Judge rules Unified labor contracts aren’t valid

    The final contract agreements reached between the Kenosha Unified School District and its unions have been declared invalid, in a decision released Thursday by Judge David Bastianelli.

    News briefs: Disabled man says he was robbed on street

    Kenosha Police Department said it is investigating a robbery that occurred in the 6000 block of 57th Avenue about midnight Sunday.

    February home sales down from 2014

    If first-time home buyers drove some of last year’s home sales, then it is the trade-up buyers who will have to boost this year’s sluggish real estate market.

    History Mystery: Jeffery led industry with spare tire


    Question: What innovation did Thomas B. Jeffery make standard on his Rambler automobiles in 1909 that beat out all others in the American automobile industry?

    Today’s event briefs: Lions Club promotes diabetes awareness

    PADDOCK LAKE — In recognition of Diabetes Alert Day, the Paddock Lake Area Lions Club will be distributing diabetes brochures and information on Tuesday at the Community Library in Salem, the Sharing Center in Trevor and the Westosha Community Center in Bristol.

    Justices turn away challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law


    The Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter identification law, after having blocked the state from requiring photo IDs in November’s general election.