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1 man dead, 2 in custody after Monday night shooting, crash

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Kenosha Police said there are two suspects in custody in connection with the homicide of a 20-year-old Kenosha man on Monday night.

The shooting occurred in the 5800 block of 11th Avenue about 10:30 p.m., according to police. The victim, Anthony M. Edwards, drove from the scene along with a 15-year-old passenger and crashed into the front porch of a residence at 6504 Sheridan Road.

RecPlex video defendant faces 11 felonies

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The woman police say placed cameras in Pleasant Prairie RecPlex lockers to videotape female patrons while they changed was charged Tuesday with 11 felonies.

Melissa Wenckebach, 27, of Pleasant Prairie, is charged with 11 counts of capturing an image of nudity. Each of the charges comes with the possibility of 18 months in prison if convicted.

State offers more money to Amazon

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Because it has expanded its building plans, Amazon.com has been awarded an additional $3.3 million in state tax credits for its new Kenosha location.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. amended its contract with Amazon after the retail giant announced plans in December to add an additional 500,000-square-foot building to its planned distribution center at I-94 and Highway 142. Amazon now will receive $10.3 million in tax credits from the state.

Kenosha sets snowfall record

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While Wisconsin has been the epicenter of the polar vortex this winter, it might not surprise residents that Kenosha has set an unofficial record for the most days with snowfall this cold season.

According to the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wis., Kenosha had measurable snowfall for 39 days through April 15. The cold season, according to forecasters, is Sept. 1 to May 30, according to Sarah Marquardt, weather service meteorologist.

Paris eyes options in annexation of land by Kenosha

PARIS — Town chairman Virgil Gentz is hoping the town can work with all parties involved in the potential loss of 348 acres of town land near I-94 to the city of Kenosha through annexation.

“We are doing some listening and working on the issue,” Gentz said Monday. “We want to work together.”

Fire station repairs, expansion to proceed

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The Kenosha Public Safety and Welfare Committee voted Monday to deny an alderman’s request that money earmarked for a fire station’s expansion go toward another station’s repair.

Alderman David Bogdala, with four co-sponsors, authored a resolution asking the city to halt its plans to add on to Fire Station 4 so funds for that project could go toward repairing the floor at Fire Station 5, 2125 Washington Road.

Conservation Congress OKs resolution regarding ice fishing shelters

BRISTOL — A resolution seeking practical rules about the removal of ice fishing shelters, based on ice conditions rather than an arbitrary date, advanced Monday at the spring hearing of the Conservation Congress.

A total of 120 residents attended the meeting, held at Bristol School. Similar hearings to gather input on a variety of conservation, wildlife management and outdoors issues were held in all 72 counties in the state.

‘Small Wonder’

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The Rev. Georgette Wonders danced down the aisle of Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist whenever the choir and congregation sang Cris Williamson’s “Song of the Soul.”

The image, as described by the Rev. Tony Larsen, minister of Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist in Racine, conjured visions of Wonders laughing and twirling, if only in spirit, as the choir led a full house Monday night in singing the song to close a joyous memorial celebrating Wonders’ life.

New aviation club at Central aims high

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The idea seems a little pie in the sky — high schoolers building their own two-seater airplane and using it to earn their pilot’s licenses.

But, there’s a little more than wind beneath the wings of this plan.

Walking to win

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Kathy Ricker and Joya Santarelli may be from different walks of life, but the two women walk the same path when it comes to multiple sclerosis.

Both live with the disease, and both are committed to improving the lives of others who have it.

Snapshot: He sets his sights on the birds

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Rick Fare, 69, of Racine, is the education chairman with Hoy Audubon Society and has been watching birds for more than 30 years. Along with daily birding, Fare hosts classes for those interested in the activity.

Q. When did you start birding?

Artists open their doors for annual event

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Lisa and Rebecca Bigalke know that hitting the books means bringing forth their art in a most sustainable, earth-friendly and fun way.

On Sunday, the sisters, who run Rudbeckia Press out of their home, making original prints and unique book bindings and covers, were one of two dozen stops on Sunday’sr “Get Behind the Arts,” a two-city event designed to promote the arts in Kenosha and Racine.

This just inked: Tattoo parlors on the rise in Kenosha

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Early last year, it wasn’t easy finding a tattoo parlor in Kenosha.

There was one on the west side of town. Other than that, one had to travel to Racine, Milwaukee, or cross the Illinois border.

Local group helping severely wounded soldier

The Southern Wisconsin All Airborne Chapter has begun raising funds to help a severely injured soldier.

Thomas Connors of Texas was injured by an improvised explosive device while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. He is 100 percent disabled after being severely burned and suffering spinal and back injuries.

KAFASI honors its volunteers

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Ceacy Moore volunteered every day last week, just one extra day over her usual six-day volunteer work week.

For the past two years, Moore has volunteered at the Moose Lodge bingo events, Aurora Medical Center gift shop and at the Kenosha Public Museum.

    Walker refuses to back down on jobs promise

    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker isn’t expected to fulfill his 2010 campaign promise to add 250,000 private sector jobs by next year in Wisconsin, but he said Wednesday that he doesn’t think voters will hold it against him.

    Walker’s detractors, including Democratic gubernatorial opponent Mary Burke, have been hammering Walker on the jobs promise, hoping that voters will keep that in mind this fall when he stands for re-election. About 100,000 private sector jobs have been added since Walker took office, but he promised there would be 250,000 by the time his first term ends this year.

    Lawyer: Kramer to plead not guilty to sex assault

    WAUKESHA (AP) — State Rep. Bill Kramer will plead not guilty next month to charges that he groped a woman’s breasts after a Republican fundraiser, his attorney told reporters Monday following Kramer’s initial court appearance.

    The Assembly’s former majority leader was silent during the four-minute hearing in Waukesha County. A court commissioner imposed a $5,000 signature bond and ordered that Kramer not have any contact with his accuser.

    UW System flexible degree program courses don’t match Walker’s interests

    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker may want to finish his college course work using a new flexible degree option through the University of Wisconsin System, but there are no immediate plans to offer classes in the fields he’s interested in.

    Walker made waves this week when he said he wants to finish his degree, which would plug a hole in his resume if he runs for president in 2016. He left Marquette University 34 credits shy of graduating in May 1990. He studied political science, economics and philosophy. Walker last week said he would like to complete his degree through the UW System’s new Flexible Option Degree Program, launched in January.

    Ellis won’t seek new term after secret video

    MADISON (AP) — Republican state Senate President Mike Ellis abruptly announced Friday that he would no longer seek re-election, saying the release of a secret video recording of him discussing an illegal campaign scheme was the “tipping point.”

    Ellis’ announcement means the end of a 44-year career in the Wisconsin Legislature that spanned eight governors and began when current Gov. Scott Walker was just 3-years-old. Ellis dropped out of his campaign just two days after the secretly recorded video was made public by Project Veritas. The national organization, led by conservative activist James O’Keefe, recorded Ellis about two weeks ago while talking at a bar near the state Capitol.

    UW System has more than $1.7 billion on hand

    MADISON (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System finished the first three quarters of fiscal year 2013-14 with more than $1.7 billion on hand and should finish the year with about $1.1 billion left over, according to new data released Thursday.

    The figures come as the Board of Regents’ finance committee is preparing to approve tweaks to a new policy governing the size of system institutions’ surpluses during a two-day meeting at UW-River Falls.

    Walker dodges college degree question

    MIDDLETON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican candidate for president who lacks a college degree, said Wednesday he would like to complete his course work to get his diploma, but he dodged a question about whether it was necessary to run for higher office.

    Walker, who was first elected as governor in 2010 and faces re-election this fall, left Marquette University in 1990 when he was 34 credit hours short of completing his degree. He studied political science, economics and philosophy.

    State voucher student scores lagging

    MADISON (AP) — Students attending private schools in Wisconsin using taxpayer-subsidized vouchers did not score as well overall as their public school counterparts on reading or math tests, results released Tuesday show.

    Private school voucher students did score higher than public school students who receive free or reduced-priced lunches, a comparison used by the program’s supporters but questioned by the state Department of Public Instruction as not being fair given differing income eligibility cut-offs.

    Leading off: There’ll never be another like Arnie

    Partly because of my profession and partly from seeing too many of them turn out to be something far less than what people had hoped, I’ve generally never considered professional athletes to be “heroes.” You can admire their talents, sure, but when it comes down to it they’re human beings like the rest of us.

    They just happen to be able to hit or shoot a ball better or run faster than 99 percent of the world’s population.

    WIAA vote on multiplier put off; committee formed

    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association did not hold a vote on a proposed 1.65 multiplier for nonpublic schools at its annual meeting in Stevens Point Wednesday.

    Instead, a motion to create an ad hoc committee passed by a vote of 352-77.

    Reds split twinbill with No. 16 North Central

    With a golden opportunity to sweep a CCIW doubleheader from 16th-ranked North Central, the Carthage softball team was hurt by one costly inning on Wednesday at Carthage.

    Behind a two-hitter from Makenzie Walker, the Reds posted a 2-0 victory in Game 1, but suffered a 6-5 defeat in the nightcap.

    Leading off: A spring in his step? Hardly

    If you are told by someone who works in the sports department at a daily newspaper that they enjoy the spring sports season, don’t believe it.

    It is a blatant lie.

    High schools to vote on enrollment proposal Wednesday

    KENOSHA — The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association will take a historic vote when its annual meeting is held Wednesday at Stevens Point.

    Fourteen years after voting to offer membership to nonpublic schools, the WIAA membership in attendance is expected to vote on a proposed 1.65 multiplier for nonpublic schools.

    Two-goal flurry lifts Tremper over Indian Trail

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    Facing a halftime deficit, the Tremper girls soccer team scored twice in a 39-second span midway through the second half in a 2-1 Southeast Conference victory over Indian Trail on Tuesday night at chilly Ameche Field.

    The Trojans improved to 2-0 in the SEC (5-4 overall).

    LEADING OFF: Book still stands up for Jackie

    Everything old is new again.

    With today marking the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut, I am revisiting my column that appeared in this very spot 17 years ago today.

    ON CAMPUS: Guttormsen helps OSU to rare win over Texas

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    Bradford graduate Karyn Guttormsen joined an exclusive club after the Oklahoma State women’s tennis team upset 22nd-ranked Texas, 4-3, on Sunday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin.

    BRIEFS: Watychowicz nets weekly GLVC award

    The Great Lakes Valley Conference released its weekly award winners for the outdoor track and field season on Friday and UW-Parkside senior Jessica Watychowciz secured Runner of the Week accolades.

    Watychowicz made her 2014 debut on the track on April 4 at the Stanford Invitational, clocking a school-record and NCAA meet provisional-qualifying time of 16 minutes, 38.65 seconds in the 5,000-meter run. She owns the fastest time in NCAA Division II by more than six seconds and entered the week with the 76th-fastest collegiate time in the country (NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA).

    Kenosha splits at Mark Your Moment Showcase

    The second annual Mark Your Moment Showcase ended up being a draw on Saturday night at Racine Case.

    In a pair of High School Senior All-Star Games pitting Kenosha County against Racine County, Kenosha posted a 69-58 victory in the girls game, while Racine rolled to a 94-77 victory in the boys game.

    COLLEGE: Carthage trio shuts out Chicago

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    Tim Sulik, Marc Mantucca and Sam Wilhelms combined for a five-hitter as the Carthage baseball team blanked the University of Chicago, 4-0, in a non-conference game on Sunday at J. Kyle Anderson Field in Chicago.

    It was only the second shutout of the season for the Red Men (13-11).

    Leading off: Remembering an incredible game

    I’ll never forget that game.

    It was the type of game where the reporters in attendance must’ve had their fingers on the “send” button about five times, only to furiously lay on the delete key and start writing all over again. Every time you thought it was over something unbelievable happened, and it was like the game was starting all over again.

    College roundup: Top rival handles Carthage in volleyball

    The Carthage men’s volleyball team was ousted once again by its No. 1 nemesis.

    Third-ranked Juniata College of Huntingdon, Pa., swept fourth-ranked Carthage, 25-21, 25-23, 25-18, in the semifinals of the Continental Volleyball Conference Tournament at Saturday at Thiel College’s Beeghley Gymnasium in Greenville, Pa.

    College baseball roundup: Red Men capture series with split

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    The Carthage baseball team split a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin doubleheader with Wheaton at Augie Schmidt Field Saturday.

    The Red Men (12-11, 6-6 CCIW) won the first game, 5-2, before being shut out 5-0 in the nightcap. Carthage took two of three in the weekend series with Friday’s 8-5 win at Wheaton (15-11, 5-7).

    Prep soccer roundup: Christian Life falls in title game of Wilmot Quad

    The Christian Life soccer team lost to Racine Horlick 2-0 in the championship game of the Wilmot Quad on Saturday.

    “We hung around most of the game,” said CLS coach Alan Krass, whose team is 2-1.





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    ‘Small Wonder’

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    The Rev. Georgette Wonders danced down the aisle of Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist whenever the choir and congregation sang Cris Williamson’s “Song of the Soul.”

    Conservation Congress OKs resolution regarding ice fishing shelters

    BRISTOL — A resolution seeking practical rules about the removal of ice fishing shelters, based on ice conditions rather than an arbitrary date, advanced Monday at the spring hearing of the Conservation Congress.

    County seeks security gates for parking lot

    A parking lot used by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and the Kenosha Police Department is about to become more secure under a proposal to install new $60,000 gates and safety system at its entrance.

    Fire station repairs, expansion to proceed

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    The Kenosha Public Safety and Welfare Committee voted Monday to deny an alderman’s request that money earmarked for a fire station’s expansion go toward another station’s repair.

    Paris eyes options in annexation of land by Kenosha

    PARIS — Town chairman Virgil Gentz is hoping the town can work with all parties involved in the potential loss of 348 acres of town land near I-94 to the city of Kenosha through annexation.

    Lockheed thanks Snap-on for contributions to latest jet fighter

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    Snap-on Inc.’s contributions to the military’s latest fighter jet were lauded Monday.

    News briefs: Police probe Monday night shooting

    One person was shot at 58th Street and 11th Avenue late Monday night.

    Event briefs: Railroading group to meet Wednesday

    STURTEVANT — Those with an interest in railroading are invited to the Western Union Junction Railroad Club’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Sturtevant Village Hall, 2801 89th St.

    Kenosha teen accused of burglaries

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    A Kenosha teen is accused two counts of burglary and one count of concealing stolen property in incidents that occurred between Jan. 23 and March 21.

    History Mystery: Kenosha’s Statue of Liberty takes up new residence in museum

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    Last week’s question: Whatever happened to the Statue of Liberty statue in Civic Center Park?



    Artists open their doors for annual event

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    Lisa and Rebecca Bigalke know that hitting the books means bringing forth their art in a most sustainable, earth-friendly and fun way.

    Snapshot: He sets his sights on the birds

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    Rick Fare, 69, of Racine, is the education chairman with Hoy Audubon Society and has been watching birds for more than 30 years. Along with daily birding, Fare hosts classes for those interested in the activity.

    News briefs: Video gambling machines targeted in robbery

    Kenosha police investigated a report of a burglary involving video gambling machines at a tavern in the 8200 block of Sheridan Road Saturday.

    New aviation club at Central aims high

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    The idea seems a little pie in the sky — high schoolers building their own two-seater airplane and using it to earn their pilot’s licenses.

    Pomatto to receive arts award

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    H. June Pomatto has been chosen to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anderson Arts Center.

    A Life Remembered: June Ward was longtime, dedicated teacher

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    Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.

    Local events: Memorial service set for minister

    KENOSHA — A memorial service for the Rev. Georgette Wonders, who died Friday, begins at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church, 2001 80th St.

    Moving to Kenosha

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    What makes people want to move to Kenosha?