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Kenosha Unified approves updated dress code

Sleeveless shirts, pants with holes and leggings will be welcome in Kenosha Unified School District classrooms next school year — at least with a few caveats.

The School Board approved updates to the student dress code Tuesday, the new policy coming after months of committee meetings. The update, which was pushed by member Kyle Flood, sets out guidelines for what students can wear in school, but takes into account changes in fashion.

Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department video shows high-speed chase

A dramatic video posted on the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page gives the deputy’s view of a high-speed chase on Interstate 94 Tuesday afternoon.

Kenosha Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Croeker said they were told shortly after noon to look out for a red or maroon Pontiac Grand Prix. Someone in the car was wanted by Milwaukee police for sexual assault while armed and for fleeing police.

Country Thunder rolling into Kenosha County

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RANDALL — Thirty-five thousand feet of fencing, 1,200 portable toilets, 3,000 sets of chairs and tables and 200 cases of toilet paper being transported to the Kenosha County festival grounds can only mean one thing: Country Thunder is about to begin.

The annual country music festival kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday with big acts such as Gary Allan, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean.

One airlifted after two-vehicle crash near airport

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A man remained in surgery late Wednesday after being injured along with three others in a two-vehicle collision on 52nd Street (Highway 158) at 104th Avenue.

Kenosha Fire Department paramedics transported the man from the crash scene across 52nd Street to the Kenosha Regional Airport, where he was transferred to a Flight for Life helicopter and flown to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

Plan calls for Kennedy Drive closure, creation of lake overlooks

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A revamped Kennedy and Pennoyer parks could have a new soccer field, new overlooks near the lake and reconstructed parking and bathroom facilities.

What it likely won’t have is Kennedy Drive.

Boy on bike hit by car

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A 7-year-old was taken by Flight for Life helicopter to a Milwaukee-area hospital after hit was struck by a car while riding his bicycle.

The accident occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 60th Street and 22nd Avenue.

Unified budget includes administrative cuts to fund employee raises

A preliminary budget for Kenosha Unified School District’s 2014-15 school year includes reductions in administrative budgets to allow employee salary hikes, but also includes a new administrative position.

The School Board unanimously approved the preliminary budget Tuesday night.

Unified employee handbook tabled indefinitely

Plans to adopt a new employee handbook for the Kenosha Unified School District are on hold.

Board members were expected to vote Tuesday on the handbook, which will replace union contracts in laying out working conditions for teachers and other employees.

Authorities form burglary task force

When three North Chicago, Ill., men were taken into custody for a recent, disturbing rash of home invasions, Pleasant Prairie Police Chief David Smetana described the investigation as an “incredible team effort” involving multiple agencies from Wisconsin and Illinois.

Local law enforcement officials hope this type of teamwork soon becomes standard practice.

A good day to hit the beach

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Come on in, the water’s fine — for today at least.

All five of Kenosha’s Lake Michigan beaches are open for business, as the water is clear of contaminants and pollution.

Salem considers ATV ordinance

SALEM — The Salem Town Board got an earful from townspeople Monday night for and against any new ordinance that would allow all-terrain vehicles on certain town roads.

Debbie and Larry Larsen support a proposal, saying it will help riders.

Council shoots down proposed ordinance change

The City Council Monday voted down a proposed ordinance change that would have allowed the city’s licensing committee to scrutinize a license applicant’s whole history of drunken driving.

Currently when reviewing licenses for taxi drivers and bartenders, the committee sees only offenses that occurred within five years of the application date.

Shapshot: Olanos create tasty empanadas at HarborMarket

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Leslie and Victor “Alex” Olano are owners of Olano's Empanadas, a food vendor at HarborMarket in Kenosha. They’ve been running the business for seven months.

Q. How did you get the idea to start a business based on empanadas?

Arts award honors Pomatto

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It's not every day you get to hear what family and friends really think of you, but it was nothing but good news Sunday as Kenosha artist H. June Pomatto was honored as the 2013 Lifetime Achievement winner at the Anderson Arts Center.

The honor, given annually since 2002, recognizes a local artist whose body of work has had a profound effect on the arts community and is an innovator in his/her field.

Power to the pedals

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They came from as far away as Toronto. There were 9-year-olds and 60-somethings. There was even a whole family suited up for a day of pedal-powered racing Sunday at the Washington Park Velodrome.

Some rode upright racers. Some rode low-profile recumbent bicycles. And others raced around the oval track in aerodynamic streamlined bicycles that looked like race cars.

    Ozanne finds spending records

    MADISON (AP) — Attorney general hopeful Ismael Ozanne failed to supply a reason for spending $33,000 in campaign cash on finance reports he filed with state elections officials earlier this week.

    But Ozanne campaign adviser Stan Davis sent The Associated Press updated records late Thursday afternoon with explanations for most of the spending, saying he spent the entire day trying to piece them together.

    Walker, Burke in dead heat: poll

    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s new campaign strategy attacking Democratic challenger Mary Burke for outsourcing in her family business doesn’t appear to have moved many voters yet, according to a poll released Wednesday.

    The Marquette University Law School poll showed the race to be a dead heat between the Republican governor and Burke, whose family owns Trek Bicycles. Although Burke has gained some ground among coveted independent voters, the overall numbers were virtually unchanged from May.

    Attorney general candidates tout experience at forum

    MADISON (AP) — The three Democratic candidates for attorney general agreed on most political issues during a public forum Tuesday, so they sought to differentiate themselves by touting their experience and ability to win the November general election.

    The candidates include two district attorneys — Susan Happ in Jefferson County and Ismael Ozanne in Dane County — and one state lawmaker, Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee. They’ll meet in an Aug. 12 primary, and the winner will take on Republican Brad Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney.

    Board rejects request to allow cameras at polling stations

    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin’s election board rejected the request of Republican lawmakers on Monday and decided to keep in place a ban on using cameras at polling stations after the NAACP and others raised concerns about voter intimidation.

    The Government Accountability Board, on a 4-2 vote, went along with other changes affecting election observers — including requiring them to show photo identification at the polls — and sent the proposed rule to the Legislature.

    Walker takes risk with Trek attack

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    MADISON — Trek Bicycle Corp., which makes bikes for everyone from children on training wheels to competitors in the Tour de France, has found itself in the middle of an entirely different kind of race — the one for Wisconsin governor.

    Democratic challenger Mary Burke has proudly touted her ties to the company founded by her father and where she was once an executive. When she launched her campaign in October, she talked about the family’s business starting “in a red barn in Waterloo,” the nearly 1,000 people it now employs in Wisconsin, the $100 million it generates for the state economy every year and the millions more it has given to charities over the years.

    Bodies-in-suitcase suspect pleads not guilty

    ELKHORN — A former police officer suspected in the deaths of two women pleaded not guilty Thursday to trying to hide their bodies in suitcases dumped along a rural road, while the man’s attorney said he expected more charges to come first in a neighboring Wisconsin county.

    The plea was entered for Steven Zelich, 52, during a brief hearing in Walworth County, where highway workers cutting grass found the suitcases on June 5. He appeared by video from the county jail.

    Egnarski finishes 47th in State Am golf

    Tyler Egnarski, a University of Wisconsin-Parkside sophomore-to-be, finished tied for 47th at 27-over-par 307 in the 113th State Amateur Championship at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon.

    Egnarski matched his third-round score with a final-round 8-over 78 Thursday on the par-70 course. He shot rounds of 74, 77, 78 and 78 and joined four others with the 307 total.

    Pro basketball in Bradford grad Young’s future, but where?

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    KENOSHA — She doesn’t know where yet, but Katie Young will be playing professional basketball.

    The former Bradford standout and recent Marquette University graduate is weighing her options, all of which for the moment include exactly what she wants: getting paid to play basketball.

    Kingfish shut out Rafters, 2-0

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    KENOSHA — After scoring a total of 41 runs last weekend while winning their final three games before the Northwoods League All-Star break, the Kenosha Kingfish returned to action Thursday night and their pitchers stole the show in a 2-0 victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters before 2,420 fans at Simmons Field.

    Kingfish ace and Hawaii Pacific University junior-to-be Rico Garcia allowed five hits and struck out five while tossing six shutout innings to improve to 4-2 and lower his ERA to 2.18.

    Local baseball: Kings top seed in Langsdorf playoffs

    The Kenosha Kings lost their game Thursday night but managed to get a much bigger-picture victory.

    The Kings dropped a 6-2 Langsdorf League game to the West Allis Nationals at McCarty Park but still secured the No. 1 seed for the Langsdorf playoffs. As the top seed, Kenosha (28-12 overall, 15-5 Langsdorf) is assured a spot in the best-of-3 championship series, which will be played on Aug. 5, 6 and 9.

    Egnarski in 45th place in State Am golf

    University of Wisconsin-Parkside sophomore-to-be Tyler Egnarski is tied for 45th entering Thursday’s final round of the 113th State Amateur Championship at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon

    Egnarski, a 20-year-old from Watertown, carded a 78 on the par-70 track in Wednesday’s third round. He’s tied with four others at 19-over 229. Egnarski shot a 74 in the first round and a 77 in the second to be the only one of nine golfers with Kenosha County connections to make the cut.

    Daniels gives Kingfish a little local flavor

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    KENOSHA — Time will tell if Josh Daniels advances to higher levels of baseball, but no matter what the 6-foot-6 right-hander can lay claim to this historical footnote: he’s the first player with a direct “Kenosha connection” to play for the Kenosha Kingfish in their inaugural season in the Northwoods League.

    An Elk Grove, Ill., resident, Daniels has pitched the last two seasons at Carthage College. The senior-to-be went 3-2 with a 3.76 ERA in nine starts for the Red Men in 2014.

    Rake down Merchants in American Legion regional playoff game

    KENOSHA — The Kenosha Rake used a four-run sixth inning to take the lead, then held on for a 5-2, nine-inning victory over the Kenosha Legion Post 21 Merchants in a Wisconsin American Legion Region 7 first-round playoff game Wednesday at Bradford High School’s Wavro Field.

    The Rake, who won a coin flip to be the “home” team, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Kyle Washburn singled and scored on a double steal of home, with Pete Del Fava swiping second on the play.

    Parkside’s Egnarski makes cut in State Am golf

    Only one of the nine golfers with Kenosha County connections will play the final two rounds after Tuesday’s second round of the 113th State Amateur Championship at Ozaukee Country Club.

    UW-Parkside sophomore-to-be Tyler Egnarski followed up Monday’s 74 with a 77 on Tuesday. His 11-over par 151 leaves Egnarski tied for 33rd. Egnarski had 11 pars and seven bogeys in Tuesday’s round. The top 70 and ties made Tuesday’s 36-hole cut.

    Kingfish help South beat North in All-Star Game

    Not even the All-Star break could stop the Kenosha Kingfish’s win streak.

    Rico Garcia pitched a scoreless inning and Pat Porter played the entire game in left field Tuesday as the South Division defeated the North Division 3-0 in the Northwoods League All-Star Game before a crowd of 2,106 at Kapco Park in Mequon.

    Kings get past Barons in ninth

    The Kenosha Kings continue toward the top seed for the Langsdorf League postseason.

    The Kings got a go-ahead RBI single from Joe Ferro in the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday night en route to a 4-2 victory over the Burlington Barons in Langsdorf action at Beaumont Park in Burlington.

    Porter packs a punch

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    Pat Porter knows that confidence in baseball can be excruciatingly fleeting.

    So as the Ohio State University senior-to-be continues to slug his way through the Northwoods League this summer as the everyday left fielder and No. 3 hitter for the Kenosha Kingfish, Porter is learning that you can’t dwell on one rough game at the plate.

    Union Grove rallies past Post 21 Merchants, 6-3

    The Kenosha Legion Post 21 Merchants couldn’t hold three early leads in their 6-3 loss at Union Grove on Sunday afternoon.

    Kenosha took a 1-0 lead on Kyle Jones’ solo home run to left field in the first inning. Derek Nelson doubled leading off the third and scored on Andrew Luscomb’s RBI single that made it 2-1.

    Kingfish explode past Mallards

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    The big innings keep coming for the Kenosha Kingfish.

    The Kingfish scored six runs in the fourth inning in building a 9-0 lead en route to a 9-5 victory over the Madison Mallards Sunday evening in front of 2,519 at Simmons Field.

    Allison ascends to title

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    Kris Allison finally broke through to win the Championship Flight title at the Ladies County Open.

    Allison began playing in the 33rd annual tournament in its first year, in 1982, when she won the B-Flight crown. She eventually moved up to A-Flight and then Championship Flight for the last dozen or so years.

    All-County Softball unveiled

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    KENOSHA — The Central softball team came as close to back-to-back WIAA Division-1 titles as a team can come without sealing the deal, falling to Kimberly 6-5 in the 15th inning of the longest game in state tournament history.





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    UPDATE: Man airlifted after crash near airport has died

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    The man airlifted to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for treatment after a Wednesday two-car crash at the intersection of 52nd Street and 104th Avenue has died.

    County seeks federal help to pay for winter damage

    Gov. Scott Walker is asking the federal government to help eight Wisconsin counties — including Kenosha County — recover from infrastructure damage caused by the severe winter weather.

    Gateway to receive $1.9M for worker training

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    STURTEVANT — A $1.89 million state award will go toward reducing student waiting lists and expanding enrollment capacity in high-demand program areas at Gateway Technical College, officials said Wednesday.

    Country Thunder rolling into Kenosha County

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    RANDALL — Thirty-five thousand feet of fencing, 1,200 portable toilets, 3,000 sets of chairs and tables and 200 cases of toilet paper being transported to the Kenosha County festival grounds can only mean one thing: Country Thunder is about to begin.

    Fruit recall affects Sam’s Club customers

    Fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide and at the Kenosha Sam’s Club are being recalled over concerns of listeria contamination.

    Administrators shift at Kenosha Unified

    A little cascade of administrative appointments began Tuesday as Sue Savaglio-Jarvis steps into the role of superintendent of Kenosha Unified School District.

    News briefs: Police use Taser to subdue unruly man

    A Kenosha man was arrested after a confrontation Tuesday morning.

    Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department video shows high-speed chase

    A dramatic video posted on the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page gives the deputy’s view of a high-speed chase on Interstate 94 Tuesday afternoon.

    Kenosha Unified approves updated dress code

    Sleeveless shirts, pants with holes and leggings will be welcome in Kenosha Unified School District classrooms next school year — at least with a few caveats.

    Event briefs: Car show slated at Bristol church

    BRISTOL — The 10th annual Classic Cruise to Church car show will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 13022 Wilmot Road.

    Free orchestra lessons motivate budding musicians

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    Kaiden Weiher, 9, is jazzed about Mozart. He is jazzed about orchestra lessons. He is jazzed about being wide awake at 9 a.m. on a Wednesday in the middle of summer.

    Snyder: Draggin’ my way through the wonderful world of water sports

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    Dragons are enjoying a pop culture surge, thanks to “Game of Thrones” and “How to Train Your Dragon,” not to mention the band Imagine Dragons. (And, let’s face it, dragons are just cool.)



    Unified employee handbook tabled indefinitely

    Plans to adopt a new employee handbook for the Kenosha Unified School District are on hold.

    Unified budget includes administrative cuts to fund employee raises

    A preliminary budget for Kenosha Unified School District’s 2014-15 school year includes reductions in administrative budgets to allow employee salary hikes, but also includes a new administrative position.

    Boy on bike hit by car

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    A 7-year-old was taken by Flight for Life helicopter to a Milwaukee-area hospital after hit was struck by a car while riding his bicycle.

    Midwest weather got you down? You’re not alone

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    It’s been a frustrating weather year so far, with the winter’s polar vortex, weeks of fog this spring, and a summer that feels as though it just arrived.

    Kenosha Homecoming revs up

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    The six-day Kenosha Homecoming celebration of locally built automobiles got started Tuesday night, with a cruise-in night at the Wendy’s on 39th Avenue and 75th Street.

    Plan calls for Kennedy Drive closure, creation of lake overlooks

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    A revamped Kennedy and Pennoyer parks could have a new soccer field, new overlooks near the lake and reconstructed parking and bathroom facilities.

    Bosman expects streetcar vote by September

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    A decision on whether to expand the Kenosha streetcar will be made by September at the latest, Mayor Keith Bosman said Tuesday.

    Village breaks ground on new fire station

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    Pleasant Prairie broke ground on its new fire station Tuesday, to be built next to the current one.

    Jazz and Blues Festival adds cooking demonstration

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    Additional performances and a cooking demonstration have been added to the program for Kenosha’s HarborPark Jazz and Blues Festival on Aug. 16.

    News briefs: Boy left behind at YMCA

    YMCA staff closing up Monday night discovered a boy had been left behind.

    Aquanuts place second at state championships

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    The Aquanuts of Twin Lakes placed second in Division 1 at the 48th annual Wisconsin Water Ski Show Championships July 17-20 in Wisconsin Rapids, on Lake Wazeecha.

    Event briefs: Volunteers needed to photograph tombstones

    KENOSHA — Volunteers are needed to photograph tombstones at 9 a.m. Friday at Green Ridge Cemetery, 6604 Seventh Ave., as part of a group project of the Kenosha County Genealogical Society.