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Kenosha native takes command at Great Lakes

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NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — The opportunity to oversee the Navy’s largest training center and build on its 114-year history was simply too much to pass up for Kenosha native Jim Hawkins.

The U.S. Navy captain was appointed Naval Station Great Lakes commanding officer in a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday at the Great Lakes USS Whitehat in North Chicago, Ill.

Budget proposal would abolish insurance fund

A state-administered fund that has provided property insurance for local government and school districts for more than 100 years would be abolished under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget.

The Local Government Property Insurance Fund covers $52 billion in assets for 970 municipalities and school districts in Wisconsin.

After two-month hiatus, Winter HarborMarket returns Saturday

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After a two-month hiatus, the Kenosha HarborMarket is reopening Saturday at the Rhode Center for the Arts, bringing back locally grown, fresh foods and entertainment.

HarborMarket president Ray Forgianni said the market will open with 20 to 22 vendors, including some farmers who have grown fresh vegetables in greenhouses and hoop houses.

UPDATE: Kenosha man shot by police

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A knife-wielding 64-year-old Kenosha man was shot by police late Wednesday morning after he reportedly advanced on them and refused orders to drop the knives.

According to a press release from Kenosha Police Lt. Brad Hetlet, police were called at 11:42 a.m. to the 1500 block of 84th Street, where a woman said her husband went into the garage to kill himself.

Paris School part of discrimination lawsuit

Kenosha parents whose autistic child was not admitted into Paris Consolidated School through open enrollment have joined a lawsuit that claims Wisconsin's open enrollment rules violate federal disability law.

Specifically, the suit claims open enrollment violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because it denies students with disabilities the benefits of a government program on the basis of disability.

Evidence-planting has attorneys in uproar

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A former Kenosha Police officer’s admission that he planted evidence in a homicide investigation has defense attorneys calling foul.

During a homicide trial Monday, former officer Kyle Baars admitted he planted an ID and a bullet in a backpack recovered during a search related to the shooting death of a Kenosha man.

Executive praises county’s economic health

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser touted the county’s financial health and burgeoning economic growth Tuesday night in his annual State of the County address to the County Board.

“Kenosha County is a red hot economic development area,” Kreuser said. “Our economic development renaissance has made local, regional and national headlines. We should be proud of our community’s success.”

UPDATE: Suspect arrested in murder of former Kenosha man in Racine

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A 27-year-old former Kenosha man is dead after a shooting at a Racine apartment complex on Monday.

Andrew Lee Jones Jr. died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne. Racine police responded at about 9 a.m. Monday to the Allegro Apartments, 522 Three Mile Road, where Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jurors find Brantley guilty

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Jurors convicted Joseph-Jamal Brantley of homicide on Monday, but the judge held off on entering a judgment against him, due to a defense challenge to the proceedings.

The challenge centered around officer misconduct during the investigation. A former Kenosha police officer admitted last week that he planted two pieces of evidence while searching a home connected with the April murder of Anthony Edwards.

Governor's budget would dismantle local care for disabled, advocates say

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Disabled and elderly Kenosha County residents and their advocates are concerned that Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget will adversely affect program that allow people to stay in their homes rather than go into nursing homes or institutions.

According to speakers at a meeting Monday at Gateway Technical College, proposals in the governor’s budget would eliminate county-based services like the Kenosha County Aging and Disability Resource Center, eliminate a program called IRIS that helps people with disabilities direct their own care at home, and change the regionally based model for Family Care to a statewide program handled by insurance companies.

Local employers support right-to-work legislation

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While labor leaders and some lawmakers believe a right-to-work law will soften wages and benefits for employees, local company executives believe it would attract more companies and jobs and allow employees to have a more direct relationship with their employers.

“I don’t see a need for a union. That’s what gives us the freedom to hire who we want to hire,” said Michael Kopper, president of Centrisys, a manufacturer of industrial centrifuge systems.

Vouchers undermine public schools, researcher says

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A proposal to expand the voucher program and charter schools in Wisconsin will undermine local control and accountability of public education, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher.

Julie Mead, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, said more than $210 million will be spent this year on voucher programs statewide.

The road to recovery

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WHEATLAND — Twelve-year-old Kayla Brown has made remarkable progress since Dec. 31 when she suffered life-threatening injuries in a car crash on Highway 50.

But she has a long recovery ahead.

He’s not scared of writing

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Kenosha author Christian A. Larsen has been a teacher and a broadcaster. Now he can say he’s the author of a short story in a Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthology.

Larsen’s short story, “Cataldo’s Copy,” is among the 30 stories published in the anthology “Qualia Nous” that was recently nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology by the Horror Writers Association.

Boy rescued after fall through ice

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A 13-year-old boy was trapped briefly and treated for hypothermia after he fell into the water at Eichelman Park beach Sunday afternoon.

The boy, whose name was not disclosed, had been on the rocks at the shoreline with friends when he fell through ice in a spot where the water was about 2-3 feet deep, according to Battalion Chief Bernhardt of the Kenosha Fire Department.

    Assembly debates right-to-work bill

    MADISON (AP) — Assembly Democrats pushed the debate over making Wisconsin a right-to-work state deep into Thursday night.

    Debate on a Republican-authored bill that would prohibit businesses and unions from reaching agreements that mandate all workers, not just union members, pay union dues began in the Assembly about 1 p.m. Thursday.

    Pollster: Walker ‘very likely’ to run for president

    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is “very likely” to get into the race for president but has yet to make a decision, a veteran Republican pollster and one of the governor’s top advisers said Wednesday.

    Ed Goeas, president and CEO of The Tarrance Group, made the comments after a speech at the annual business day event organized by the state chamber of commerce. He told hundreds of Wisconsin business leaders that Walker is “just what the doctor ordered in terms of the future of the country” for Republicans looking to recapture the White House next year.

    Committee seeks assurances of no UW tuition surge

    MADISON (AP) — Republicans on the Legislature’s finance committee demanded assurances Tuesday from University of Wisconsin System officials that they won’t dramatically increase tuition if they’re uncoupled from state oversight under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plan.

    Walker’s budget proposal would cut $300 million from the system over the next two years and keep a current tuition freeze in place over that period. In exchange, the governor would free the system from state oversight and give its leaders the autonomy they’ve been seeking for years. Future state funding would come through a block grant fueled by sales tax revenue, with annual increases tied to inflation. Right now, state aid for the system comes from a combination of different taxes.

    Union members speak out against right-to-work bill

    MADISON (AP) — Electricians, pipe fitters, carpenters and other union members opposed to making Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state dominated more than 11 hours of testimony Monday on a fast-tracked proposal expected to pass the Legislature later in the week and be signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.

    The Assembly Labor Committee, six days after the Senate Labor Committee held a similar hearing, heard testimony into the night on the bill that would ban any requirement that non-union members in the private sector pay union dues. Opponents outnumbered supporters 70-1 at last week’s Senate hearing, and the majority of those speaking Monday were also against the measure.

    Advocates: Walker’s budget could hurt programs for disabled

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    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed cuts to programs that help people with disabilities live independently are being criticized as potentially devastating by advocates and those who use the services.

    Walker’s proposed budget would expand the state’s Family Care program by Jan. 1, 2017, at which point all other long-term care programs would be discontinued, including the IRIS program, which benefits 11,000 adults with long-term care needs. Walker has proposed cutting $14 million in funding to the Family Care program over the next two years.

    UW requests ending duplicate sex assault reporting

    MADISON — The University of Wisconsin requested that Gov. Scott Walker remove a requirement that all 26 campuses report allegations of sexual assaults to the state every year because it already submits similar information to the federal government, a UW spokesman said Friday.

    The proposal to delete the annual reports to the state Department of Justice is among dozens of requirements that would be removed as part of Walker’s plan to decouple the university from most state laws and state oversight. Though the budget proposal came out earlier this month, the sex assault request was explained in a summary released Thursday by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

    Walker defends timing of right-to-work bill

    MADISON (AP) — The Legislature’s timing on taking up the fast-tracked right-to-work bill this week was “just right,” Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday, adding that he believes the public has been given plenty of opportunities to express themselves on the fast-tracked proposal.

    The Senate passed the bill Wednesday and it is coming up for an Assembly vote next week even though Republican leaders said in the heat of the 2014 campaign that the issue would not be addressed. Walker had also said in September while facing re-election that he was not pushing for right-to-work and would not support it this legislative session.

    Preview: prep boys basketball regional semifinals

    Here’s a look at the WIAA regional semifinal boys basketball games involving Kenosha County teams at 7 p.m. Friday:

    Bradford at Indian Trail

    Marko representing Kenosha in state gymnastics

    Mady Marko is the lone local representative at the 45th WIAA State Gymnastics Championships in Wisconsin Rapids this weekend.

    The Bradford junior competes for Kenosha Combined, which is composed of girls from Bradford, Tremper and Central. This is Marko’s third trip to state, but her first in the all-around competition. As a freshman she qualified for vault (12th place) and as a sophomore for balance beam and floor exercise.

    Carthage baseball team’s opening trip cancelled by snow

    Due to a winter storm that dropped about two feet of snow on the Louisville, Ky., area this week, the Carthage baseball team’s season-opening trip to Louisville on Saturday and Sunday was cancelled.

    The Red Men were scheduled to play two games on Saturday and one on Sunday but are now slated to begin their season with a trip to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Art Nehf Field in Terre Haute, Ind., on March 14-15.

    St. Joseph girls fall in sectional semifinal

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    RACINE — Last season, a very young St. Joseph’s girls basketball team made an early exit from the WIAA Division-4 playoffs.

    One year later, the Lancers won their first two playoffs games before bowing out on Thursday night to Whitefish Bay Dominican, 44-41, in a sectional semifinal contest at Racine Case.

    Parkside holds off Truman State

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    The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team turned what appeared to be a blowout into an exercise in survival in a Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinal against Truman State on Thursday night at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

    The third-seeded Rangers never trailed and led by as many as 16 points in the second half but had to hold off a furious rally by the sixth-seeded Bulldogs to escape with a 73-70 victory.

    Parkside men rake in GLVC honors

    KENOSHA — In the midst of a record-setting season, it is no surprise the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team was widely honored by the Great Lakes Valley Conference on Wednesday.

    Luke Reigel was named GLVC Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons while Ziggy Riauka and Jimmy Gavin earned first-team all-league honors.

    Lancers go for the trifecta

    KENOSHA — More of the same.

    That is what St. Joseph girls basketball coach Lynell Collins is hoping for when his Lancers take on Whitefish Bay Dominican in a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division-4 sectional semifinal game at Racine Case at 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Parkside men open postseason in league tournament vs. Truman State

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    Junior guard Jimmy Gavin celebrated with the mob on the court at the DeSimone Gymnasium last Thursday after the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team beat Lewis to claim at least a share of its third straight Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division title.

    Young named WIAC’s player of the year

    Quardell Young is officially part of Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball royalty.

    In a not-so-surprising announcement, the UW-Whitewater senior point guard was named the league’s Player of the Year on Tuesday. The Bradford graduate is the first recipient from Kenosha County in the 49-year history of the award.

    Reuther boys advance in regional

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    KENOSHA — Reuther won its final home game this season 54-52 over St. Anthony in a WIAA Division-3 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday night after a heroic effort by Jakeem Brantley.

    Brantley entered play with a strained left knee and led Reuther with 15 points and had both of his team’s baskets in the final minute. After the final buzzer, Brantley’s teammates celebrated at midcourt and helped him to the sideline.

    Parkside men stay at No. 8 in poll

    KENOSHA — The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team remained at No. 8 for the second consecutive week in the NCAA Division II Top 25 poll, released on Tuesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

    The Rangers (25-2) have won nine straight and earned a share of their third consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division title. They’ll face Truman State in a GLVC Tournament quarterfinal at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Tuesday’s prep ticker

    BOYS BASKETBALL

    Janesville Parker 69, Tremper 50

    Prairie able to finish off Shoreland

    SOMERS — Shoreland Lutheran’s young basketball team has lost its share of close games this season, so a hard-fought 63-60 defeat to visiting Racine Prairie on Tuesday in a WIAA Division-4 regional quarterfinal should not have come as a surprise to the Pacers’ energetic and vocal fans.

    “We’ve lost a lot of games by four points or less, so I guess losing by three tonight is just par for this season,” Shoreland coach Paul Strutz said. “We gave it all we had, but we just came up a few points short again.”

    Central boys stay alive with win over Elkhorn

    ELKHORN — In a conversation with seniors Kyle Foulke, Marshall Gilbert, Ben Graveley, Tyion Lewis, D’Angelo Lux and Brady Willkomm on Monday, Central boys basketball coach Gordon Nikolic offered these prophetic words:

    “Somebody who doesn’t usually make shots for us is going to have to step up,” he said.

    Local briefs: Carthage’s Lane nabs lacrosse honor

    Carthage lacrosse player Billy Lane was named the CCIW Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

    The sophomore midfielder from Centennial, Colo., tallied five goals and two assists in a 14-5 victory over Benedictine on Saturday. He also had a team-high nine ground balls as the Red Men improved to 3-0.

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    Silver Lake to seek library building agreement

    SILVER LAKE — Village officials agreed Wednesday to have the village attorney draft a building use agreement to present to the Community Library Board.

    UPDATE: Kenosha man shot by police

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    A knife-wielding 64-year-old Kenosha man was shot by police late Wednesday morning after he reportedly advanced on them and refused orders to drop the knives.

    After two-month hiatus, Winter HarborMarket returns Saturday

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    After a two-month hiatus, the Kenosha HarborMarket is reopening Saturday at the Rhode Center for the Arts, bringing back locally grown, fresh foods and entertainment.

    Got a gator? Get it gone, village says

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    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The village is tightening up language in its pet ordinance to make sure rabbits are the only livestock in homes and alligators don’t show up in bathtubs.

    Budget proposal would abolish insurance fund

    A state-administered fund that has provided property insurance for local government and school districts for more than 100 years would be abolished under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget.

    Seven local schools apply to voucher program

    Seven parochial and private schools in Kenosha and Racine counties have registered and are eligible to receive applicants for the 2015-16 school year through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.

    Kenosha native takes command at Great Lakes

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    NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — The opportunity to oversee the Navy’s largest training center and build on its 114-year history was simply too much to pass up for Kenosha native Jim Hawkins.

    Horse treatment case to go to trial next week

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    The couple accused of starving the animals on their Pleasant Prairie farm is due to take their case before a jury next week.

    Pleasant Prairie man charged for string of retail thefts

    A man suspected in two dozen retail thefts in three states was arrested Friday in Pleasant Prairie.

    Shalom Center continues search for executive director

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    The Shalom Center has high hopes for its new executive director, who has yet to be hired.

    Snyder: From Kenosha to ... Hollywood?

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    You don’t think of little old Kenosha as being a hotbed of the arts.

    Event briefs: Casino night Saturday aids Bristol PTA

    BRISTOL — A Mardi Gras casino night, a fundraiser for the Bristol School PTA, will be 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Bristol Oaks Country Club, 16801 75th St.



    UPDATE: Suspect arrested in murder of former Kenosha man in Racine

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    A 27-year-old former Kenosha man is dead after a shooting at a Racine apartment complex on Monday.

    Executive praises county’s economic health

    Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser touted the county’s financial health and burgeoning economic growth Tuesday night in his annual State of the County address to the County Board.

    Bergo was one of first women on County Board

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    Anne Bergo was a quiet woman with a voracious appetite for mystery novels, a love of mushrooms and community advocacy.

    Council approves contract to repair Southport Park shoreline

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    On Oct. 31, Violent Lake Michigan wave action caused by high winds devoured nearly 500 feet of Southport Park shoreline in a single, monstrous bite.

    Rain forest animals pay visit to Paris

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    PARIS — The expressions on students’ faces became increasingly worrisome Tuesday when the top of a large plastic bin kept popping open during an assembly at Paris School on rain forest animals.

    News briefs: Man dies in industrial accident

    A 42-year-old man was killed after he was trapped on an elevated mechanical lift at a Pleasant Prairie warehouse Tuesday morning.

    Evidence-planting has attorneys in uproar

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    A former Kenosha Police officer’s admission that he planted evidence in a homicide investigation has defense attorneys calling foul.

    Milwaukee to probe former officer’s actions

    A former Kenosha police officer could be criminally prosecuted after admitting in court that he planted evidence during a search connected with a murder investigation.

    Case will continue against former Indian Trail teacher

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    The case will move forward against a former Indian Trail High School and Academy teacher accused of using text messages to communicate with two students about sexual activity.

    Paris School part of discrimination lawsuit

    Kenosha parents whose autistic child was not admitted into Paris Consolidated School through open enrollment have joined a lawsuit that claims Wisconsin's open enrollment rules violate federal disability law.

    Homeroom: Three cheers for cheer team

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    The Central High School varsity cheer team took first place in Division II at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches Association tournament last Saturday.

    Event briefs: Earring beading class slated Thursday

    KENOSHA — An art class in making earring beading will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kenosha Art Association, 5615 Seventh Ave.