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Union leader sees end of the road on complaints against fire chief

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The firefighter that filed the first of a series of complaints against Kenosha Fire Chief John Thomsen said he doesn’t think his colleagues have anywhere else to turn, with regard to their issues with the chief.

Jeremy Ryan, president of Kenosha Professional Firefighters Local 414, saw the complaint that he and others filed against Thomsen dismissed by the Police and Fire Commission Tuesday.

Commission wants answers to Van Woods water woes

TWIN LAKES — Patricia Stahl, owner of Van Woods Estates Waterworks, did not attend a recent prehearing conference held as part of the Public Service Commission’s investigation into the troubled community well system.

The PSC is investigating alleged violations of safe drinking water and public water system standards.

Despite March decline, housing sales boom on the horizon, real estate experts believe

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They must know something about the Kenosha real estate market that the statistics do not reveal.

Although March housing sales in the county declined by 13.5 percent, for the third consecutive monthly drop this year, a significant number of new members have joined the local Realtors association.

Wheatland may try again on referendum

WHEATLAND — Wheatland Center School may try again with a referendum to exceed the state-imposed revenue cap.

"We need to talk about all our options and put it all on the table," Administrator Marty McGinley said at Wednesday’s School Board meeting, the first since the April 1 referendum failed by just over 50 votes.

Medication disposal events set for Saturday

Free household medicine disposal events will be held at three locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

All Kenosha residents are invited to drop off any outdated or unused medication, including prescription drugs. The collections are for households only, not businesses.

Aide charged with child abuse after incident with autistic boy

A former special education aide at Jane Vernon Elementary School was charged with child abuse for allegedly slapping and tripping a child in her care at the school.

Cynthia Tessman, 54, of Kenosha, was charged this month with one felony count of physical abuse of a child, the charge related to an incident that occurred at the school last June.

Commission dismisses complaint against fire chief

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The Kenosha Police and Fire Commission voted Tuesday to dismiss complaints made against Fire Chief John Thomsen, ending a review of charges brought by the firefighter union’s president.

Thomsen, who has been accused of multiple counts of acts unbecoming of an officer, has already been disciplined because of the complaint. With the Police and Fire Commission’s action Tuesday, the chief will not have his two-week suspension altered.

Two charged in shooting death

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Footprints in the late spring snow led police to the suspects charged Tuesday in last week’s shooting death.

Police learned of the shooting when a 15-year-old passenger in victim Anthony M. Edwards’ car called 911, after the shot driver crashed into a home in the 6500 block of Sheridan Road about 10:40 p.m. April 14.

Officials hint at big developments in the works

New announcements on business development in Kenosha are expected this spring, several local officials said.

“There are a couple of big industrial projects that have potential to be announced in the next several weeks,” said Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman.

Garcia gets life in prison plus 33 years for Mezera murder

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There was no apology for family members of Lisa Marie Mezera, who attended a sentencing hearing Monday afternoon looking for some form of justice.

Ultimately, that justice came in the form of life in prison for Javier Garcia without the possibility of parole, followed by 33 years and nine months incarceration on the lesser charges of which he was convicted.

Overloaded? Hire a virtual assistant or concierge

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The owner of an Illinois transportation company needed help with administrative tasks.

The woman running a non-profit Racine company couldn’t find time to set up meetings with financial donors and perform marketing duties.

Salem considers ad hoc committee to explore incorporation

SALEM — The Salem Town Board met as a committee of the whole Monday night to discuss the merits of forming an ad hoc committee to explore possible incorporation.

Being considered is a committee of 11 to 15 members including interested town residents.

Gateway expands Earth Day celebration

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Gateway Technical College has expanded its Celebrate Earth Day activities and demonstrations for 2014.

This year’s event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will include more hands-on demonstrations, family-friendly activities and ways community members can be gentle on the environment at work and home.

Snapshot: Military historian uses the past to educate for the future

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A German helmet from World War II and bitter memories from that conflict were handed down to Carl Bogar Jr. from his grandfather. Both guided Bogar to a military career and finally to becoming a military historian and founder of Historic Military Impressions.

Q: How long have you been interested in history in general and military history specifically?

Police cite comedy event for liquor license violations

Kenosha police cited the management of the Woman's Club, 6028 Eighth Ave., with multiple liquor violations Saturday night during at an event which featured live comedians.

David. W. Vareck, born in 1969, of Kenosha, was issued citations for unauthorized source of beer, sale of alcohol without a license, operating without a public entertainment license and operating without a manager or operator license, according to a police report.

    Walker signs police investigation bill into law

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    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin police departments will have to allow outside investigators to run officer-involved death investigations under a bill Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Wednesday.

    The measure was among 55 bills Walker signed at the state Capitol as he puts the finishing touches on the two-year legislative session and prepares to focus on his re-election campaign. His office released a list of all the bills with a short summary of each; the officer-involved entry said the measure would increase public confidence in police investigations.

    Agent let 43 child porn cases languish for months: officials

    MADISON (AP) — The former supervisor of the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Milwaukee office allowed nearly four dozen Internet child pornography cases to languish for months, agency officials said in his termination letter.

    An internal investigation found former Special Agent-in-Charge Willie Brantley held 43 cases longer than 120 days before assigning them between 2011 and 2013, according to the letter Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John sent Brantley on March 19. Brantley held some cases for years and some were never assigned, St. John wrote.

    Madison legislator to run for governor

    MADISON (AP) — A Madison legislator who was cited for flipping a young boy off an inner tube at the beach and mused about lugging a musket onto the Assembly floor announced Monday he’ll run for governor.

    Rep. Brett Hulsey joins three other Democrats already vying for the party’s nomination, including Mary Burke, Marcia Mercedes Perkins and Hariprasad Trivedi. The four will face off in an Aug. 12 primary. The winner will advance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the general election on Nov. 4.

    State police agencies brace for new investigation protocols

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    MADISON (AP) — A bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done it themselves, police observers said.

    The measure’s supporters said the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force.

    Judge orders archdiocese to explain why plan divides victims into groups

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee must explain in documents being sent to its creditors why its bankruptcy reorganization plan classifies sexual abuse victims into categories, with plans to pay one group and not others, a federal bankruptcy judge ordered Thursday.

    The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2011, saying it would not have the money to pay if lawsuits filed by clergy sexual abuse victims went against it. The reorganization plan filed in February would provide about $4 million to pay nearly 130 victims, but it would exclude hundreds of others from compensation.

    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.

    Leading off: Be a superhero on Saturday

    Have you ever wanted to don a cape, pull up some tights, don on a mask and save the world?

    Saturday you can do just that and help out some kids while you are at it.

    MCC baseball roundup: Game slips away from Shoreland late

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    The Shoreland Lutheran baseball team surrendered seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings Thursday to turn a tight game into an 8-1 Metro Classic Conference loss to Greendale Martin Luther in Somers.

    The Pacers (0-8, 0-4 MCC) were outhit just 10-9 but couldn’t match the Spartans (3-2, 2-0) on the scoreboard.

    Marian finally solves Carthage

    KENOSHA — Marian University of Fond du Lac took almost 20 years of frustration out on the Carthage baseball team on Thursday.

    The Red Men, who had won 27 of 29 meetings against the Sabres since the teams began playing in 1995, were swept in a non-conference doubleheader, 12-7 and 9-3, at Augie Schmidt Field.

    Leading off: Wild spring weather can’t stop rugby club

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    In breaking down my disdain of the spring sports season recently, one of my biggest gripes was the inclement weather that usually results in rescheduling nightmares for athletic directors.

    On Monday, April 14, it snowed, causing every outdoor activity to be postponed.

    College roundup: Parkside baseball team sweeps Lewis

    It took some late-inning dramatics but the UW-Parkside baseball team finally notched its first doubleheader sweep of the season on Wednesday.

    Behind Derek Tuttle’s two-homer day, which included a grand slam, and Eric DuCharme’s walkoff single, the Rangers swept Lewis at Oberbruner Field.

    Carthage drops lacrosse match

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    Carthage dropped a Midwest Lacrosse Conference match against Concordia, 9-5, at Art Keller Field on Wednesday.

    The Red Men led 3-2 after one, but Concordia scored four unanswered goals to take the lead for good.

    Prep roundup: Sharp Shoreland goes back-to-back

    The Shoreland Lutheran softball team won its second Metro Classic Conference game in as many days with a 3-2 victory over host Greendale Martin Luther on Wednesday.

    Peyton Tindall tied it at 1-1 with a solo home run in the second inning and Kate Linnemann gave Shoreland the lead for good with a solo shot of her own in the fourth. The Pacers (3-5, 2-2 Metro Classic) made it 3-1 in the fifth on a two-out hit by Delaney Hundley.

    Prep baseball roundup: Hawks cruise in Florida

    Playing in gorgeous weather evidently agrees with the Indian Trail baseball team.

    Evan Myers pitched 51/3 shutout innings as the Hawks blanked Riverbend (Va.), 4-0, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Buena Vista, Fla., on Wednesday,

    Leading off: Remembering “Field of Dreams”

    “It is money they have and peace they lack.”

    Of all the obvious and oft-quoted lines from the movie “Field of Dreams,” this is the one I like most. It’s not as well-remembered as other famous lines from the movie. It comes from Terence Mann’s (played by James Earl Jones) powerful and eloquent “People Will Come” speech.

    PREPS: Obua, Koker propel Pacers to first place

    The Shoreland Lutheran girls track and field team claimed a first-place team finish in the Bronco Invite at Union Grove Tuesday.

    Awisi Obua and Caylee Koker each contributed three top-three finishes for the Pacers, who finished with 128 points to place ahead Burlington’s 110 in the nine-team standings.

    College roundup: UWM outshines UWP at Simmons

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    The UW-Milwaukee baseball team celebrated the first night game and first college game in refurbished Simmons Field with a 13-3 win over UW-Parkside on Tuesday in the Wisconsin World Series.

    The Division I Panthers led 7-0 (all unearned runs) after four.

    LEADING OFF: Offending my baseball sensibilities

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    I guess we can add Gerrit Cole to the list of players who view themselves as an enforcer of Major League Baseball’s unwritten rules.

    Make no mistake, the Pittsburgh starter was the instigator in Sunday’s melee between the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers. I know what you’re thinking (partly because most of the media reported it this way), it was Carlos Gomez being Carlos Gomez ... again.

    BRIEFS: Parkside, UWM at Simmons tonight

    UW-Parkside will host UW-Milwaukee at 6:05 tonight in the first collegiate game at refurbished Simmons Field.

    Gates at open at 5:05 p.m.

    Malsack, Devils best Panthers

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    The Bradford softball team jumped to a 7-0 lead and held off Wilmot for an 8-5 non-conference win at Wilmot on Monday.

    The Red Devils (5-2) built their lead on an Angie Malsack three-run homer in the first and a two-run single in the fourth by Erin Brewer.

    LOCAL BRIEFS: UW-Parkside golfers 5th in GLVC tourney

    The UW-Parkside golf team is in fifth place out of 14 teams after the 36-hole opening round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship on Sunday at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind.

    Indianapolis leads the way with a 568 (289-279) and McKendree (Ill.) is in second at 577 (288.289). The Rangers finished with a 589 (298-291).





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    Caledonia Democrat Bryce enters 21st District Senate race

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    Caledonia Democrat Randy Bryce today announced his candidacy for the 21st Senate District, which includes much of rural Kenosha County.

    Two charged in shooting death

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    Footprints in the late spring snow led police to the suspects charged Tuesday in last week’s shooting death.

    Celebrating Earth Day at Kenosha Public Museum

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    Did you know that cutting your shower short by a minute each day would save about 2,500 gallons of water over the course of a year?

    Commission dismisses complaint against fire chief

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    The Kenosha Police and Fire Commission voted Tuesday to dismiss complaints made against Fire Chief John Thomsen, ending a review of charges brought by the firefighter union’s president.

    Aide charged with child abuse after incident with autistic boy

    A former special education aide at Jane Vernon Elementary School was charged with child abuse for allegedly slapping and tripping a child in her care at the school.

    Medication disposal events set for Saturday

    Free household medicine disposal events will be held at three locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    News briefs: Woman identified in OWI rollover

    Kenosha police identified the woman who was was believed to be intoxicated while causing a two-car rollover crash at 85th Street and Sheridan Road just after noon on Monday.

    Event briefs: Fundraiser to aid Central High School arts programs

    KENOSHA — A fundraiser to benefit performing arts programs at Central High School will take place 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 11880 74th Place.

    Salem gains TIF authority

    SALEM — A new economic development tool is available to the town of Salem under new legislation allowing towns that meet certain criteria to create Tax Incremental Financing districts.