January 18, 2017
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Members of the Tremper Travel Club include, from left, Savannah Novak, Ebony Beard, Faith Wrycha and Vincent Watring. They will be traveling to the inauguration Friday in Washington, D.C. ( Brian Passino )

Tremper Travel Club headed to Washington for inauguration

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Eighteen Tremper High School students are about to witness history.

When Donald Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, they will be there on the National Mall along with a crowd estimated at 800,000 to 900,000.

The students, members of the Tremper Travel Club, will be taking in the inauguration along with an inaugural ball and sightseeing excursions during a four-day tour of Washington, D.C.


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Trevor man charged in drunken-driving crash that critically injured woman

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A Trevor man is facing up to 12 years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that left one of his passengers critically injured.

Joshua D. Erickson, 22, is being held on $15,000 cash bond on a charge of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, along with a series of traffic offenses, for the Sunday crash.

According to the criminal complaint, Erickson lost control of a pickup truck he was driving in the 8700 block of Camp Lake Road at 1:45 a.m., crashing into a tree.

Ice at Silver Lake Park beach on Tuesday. The Department of Natural Resources is urging caution by people who are going out on the ice after the recent warm weather and rain. ( Brian Passino )

Thin ice a dangerous situation

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Ice conditions on inland lakes are poor in spots and getting worse, according to reports from across Kenosha County.

“It’s terrible,” said Randy Rogness, owner of Paddock Lake Sporting Goods. “All the lakes have certain areas that are open, or where the ice has heaved. You’ve got to be careful when you go out.”

Department of Natural Resources Warden Brandon Smith said two all-terrain vehicles broke through the ice on Camp Lake and another went through on Silver Lake over the weekend.

The people running scams that target the elderly could be subject to greater penalties under legislation proposed by Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers. ( SHUTTERSTOCK PHOTO )

Deterring fraud against seniors with new legislation

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State Sen. Bob Wirch has re-introduced a bill to combat a growing problem: “heartbreaking” scams targeting the aged and ill.

The legislation, which is being circulated for co-sponsors and has received bipartisan support, creates a civil cause of action for financial exploitation of a vulnerable person, defined as someone who is elderly, incapacitated or living with certain disabilities.

Under the bill, a court must award such a person who can successfully prove that he or she was defrauded up to three times the damages, plus attorney fees and reasonable fees for any necessary services of a conservator or guardian ad litem.

Wyndham Garden signs are erected at the former Best Western Harborside hotel in downtown Kenosha on Monday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Owner has big plans to spruce up Kenosha waterfront hotel

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Rajiv Singh says he’s committed to repairing the image of Kenosha’s only lakefront hotel — and making it a downtown hotspot.

Singh, president of the company operating the establishment, is busy re-decorating — and renovating — the site of the former Best Western Harborside, 5125 Sixth Ave.

New signs appeared recently bearing the hotel's new affiliation with the Wyndham Hotel Group. It now carries the Wyndham Garden banner, a brand familiar to business travelers and corporate travel account managers.

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Plans for climbing tower, zip line at Salem Boy Scout camp move forward

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SALEM — Plans for a climbing tower with a zip line and two new cabins at Boy Scout Camp Sol R. Crown will advance to Kenosha County with a favorable recommendation from Salem officials.

The Town Board voted Monday to recommend approval of the required conditional use permit for the proposed amenities at the 146-acre campground, 11651 304th Ave., owned by the Boy Scouts of America Northeast Illinois Council.

The board had tabled the action last week after neighbors voiced concerns about the proposed location of the cabins and the tower, and about road improvements.

Michael Cina ( Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office )

UPDATED: Suspect arrested in Reavers homicide

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This article has been revised since its original posting.

A West Allis man is facing charges for the August murder of Kenosha resident Bernard Reavers.

Michael W. Cina, 38, was charged Monday with first-degree intentional homicide, burglary while armed with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Ivan Rodriguez Gonzalez, Student Star Ambassador at Gateway Technical College tells his story during the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the college on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. ( SEAN KRAJACIC )

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy honored at Gateway event

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Every year the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Gateway Technical College draws a big crowd, the event featuring speakers honoring King’s legacy and humanitarian awards for people working to better their communities.

This year’s event was packed as usual, but also a bit more poignant.

The celebration of King’s birthday came as President-elect Donald Trump was getting headlines for a high-profile verbal attack on civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, and as many people concerned with civil rights issues worry about the impact of Trump’s election.

Suspect surrenders after chase into farm field

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Officers arrested a man at gunpoint after he tried to flee a traffic stop Sunday afternoon.

Tony A’Reginald Keith, 28, of Kenosha, was taken into custody after he led officers into a nearby farm field after the 12:30 p.m. stop at Green Bay Road and Springbrook Road, according to Lt. Paul Marik of the Pleasant Prairie Police Department.

Keith was initially stopped for having invalid license plates.

Demonstrators protest and march against the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act on Sunday in front of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's downtown Kenosha office. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Downtown Kenosha rally seeks protection of Obamacare provisions

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Dozens of residents rallied in downtown Kenosha Sunday, calling for Congress to have a plan in place before repealing the Affordable Care Act.

About 70 members of Forward Kenosha marched and picketed in front of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s office, saying they want the Wisconsin Republican and legislators to halt the process that would revoke what’s commonly known as Obamacare.

They said repealing the Affordable Care Act would threaten some 30 million Americans who could lose health coverage.

Wayne Moddes flashes his signature smile. ( submitted photo )

A Life Remembered: Local man loved refurbishing cars

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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.

Wayne Moddes’ first loves were a 1962 Chevy, 1968 and 1971 Javelins and a 1949 Dodge.

Among Wayne’s other loves were running, bicycling, restoring antique bikes and his wife of 48 years, Debbie.

Canhead, aka Jamie Keeton, has an unusual ability that allows him to stick things, such as cans and bottles, to his head. The medal he's holding indicates he holds a Guinness world record for his ability. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Snapshot: Kenosha man seeks to capitalize on unusual ability

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Canhead, aka Jamie Keeton, 48, of Kenosha, is a "real live X-Man" who doesn't mind sharing his ability with anyone who asks to see it.

Keeton can place anything with a solid, smooth surface on his head and hands and have it stick.

According to Keeton, the pores on his skin draw more air than regular pores and act as suction cups.

Leslie Libby, of Racine, plays Quidditch pong at the PotterPalooza fundraiser Saturday at the Kenosha Public Museum. She was among the 200 Harry Potter fans who took part in the fundraiser. At left is Friends of the Kenosha Public Museums board member Michael Dean, of Kenosha. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Adults-only PotterPalooza event in Kenosha a hit with the wizarding crowd

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If you think Harry Potter is just for kids, you’re not wearing your invisibility cloak right.

An adults-only PotterPalooza event Saturday night at the Kenosha Public Museum was sold out, with 200 people partaking of Potter-inspired cocktails and engaging in wizarding activities.

“It is a huge success,” said Miles Hartley, president of the Friends of the Kenosha Public Museums. “It exceeded our expectations.”

Former Ukrainian orphans who came to the area 25 years ago reunite Saturday at the Brat Stop. In front from left are Onya Jackson, Andriy Nazarenko, Natalya Swearingen, Lesia Leitzinger and Ruslan Zeamer. In back are Josh McBain, Dina Wood, Annya Knautz and Jonathan Pylypiv. ( PHOTO BY CHRISTINE A. VERSTRAETE )

Ukrainian orphans who came to Kenosha area 25 years ago reunite

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Twenty-five years later, some of the former orphans who first came to the U.S. and were adopted here found themselves together once again.

They shared memories, photos, laughs and a common goal Saturday at their small reunion at the Brat Stop: to keep helping other orphans back in their homeland have a better future thanks to the work of their fellow former orphan Andriy Nazarenko.

“I get a lot of moral support from my parents to continue my work, and I get a lot of energy from the people who understand and support us,” said 36-year-old Nazarenko, who was back in Wisconsin for the first time since 2013.

News briefs: Mount Pleasant man dies in crash

RAYMOND — A Mount Pleasant man was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Friday morning in Racine County.

According to the Racine County Sheriff’s Department, a witness saw the vehicle roll over at Highway G and 43rd Street in Raymond at 2:40 a.m.

Responding deputies found the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle — Steven Stich, 31 — had been ejected. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig hands plateware to Theodric Corley Jr. at Saturday's Community Unity Breakfast at Edward Bain School of Language of Arts. The event served as a kickoff to Kenosha's Kindness Week. Leipzig was one of several local officials at the event. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )

Kenosha’s Community Unity Breakfast highlights acts of kindness

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From a notion more than two decades ago, a community breakfast Saturday celebrated both the creative works of local students and their individual acts kindness as part of the annual Kenosha Kindness Week.

“Building Relationships Through Acts of Peace and Kindness — Pay it Forward” is the theme for a number of events under the Kindness Week umbrella for 2017.

A packed cafeteria at Edward Bain School of Language and Arts helped the week gain momentum as more than 20 students were recognized and publicly honored.

Plans to renovate this building at 4314 39th Ave. into a permanent homeless shelter took for the Shalom Center are progressing. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Third $100K match pledged for shelter

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Another donor has pledged to match $100,000 in donations raised from the community for the Shalom Center’s permanent homeless shelter.

This would be the third large donation used as an incentive to get people and businesses to offer financial support to the planned shelter after an the organization was unable to get an $850,000 grant it hoped to use to fund the construction project.

Denis and Kay Wikel made the first such pledge, which was met within the first week of community fundraising. A second match incentive was announced on Jan. 6, with $100,000 from the Mary Frost Ashley Charitable Trust, managed by the Callahan family.

Michael Langston appears in Commissioner David Berman's courtroom on Friday, January 13, 2017. ( BRIAN PASSINO )

Reckless homicide charge in heroin death

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A Kenosha man is being held on $50,000 bond on a charge that he provided drugs that resulted in another man’s overdose death.

Michael Langston, 24, was charged Friday with first-degree reckless homicide for the Oct. 2 death of Shane Bjork of Kenosha.

According to the criminal complaint, Bjork, 34, was found dead in bed in a home on the 9000 block of Sheridan Road. When police arrived at the home, they found drug paraphernalia including a scale, glass pipes and a syringe in the room. Three women at the house said two men had been with Bjork in his room prior to his death.

Photographer Janice Bezzo is greeted by a dog she is photographing for Safe Harbor Humane Shelter. Bezzo helps the shelter with photos for them to post on social media to help get animals adopted. ( KENOHSA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Pet photographer helps those who most need homes

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For rescue dogs awaiting adoption, a key factor in whether they find a new home is often how appealing they look on the internet.

Would-be rescuers looking for a new pet scan shelter and rescue group websites and social media for available pets, and whether the animal’s personality shines in the photograph can be a big factor in whether the dog or cat is able to quickly find a new home or whether it languishes in a kennel.

Janice Bezzo hopes her volunteer work as a photographer is helping animals in Kenosha County find permanent homes.

Wilmot Stage Stop restaurant on Monday, January 9, 2017. ( BRIAN PASSINO )

Wilmot Stage Stop to open Tuesday

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WILMOT — In a few short days, the Wilmot Stage Stop will once again be rocking the supper club scene.

Tuesday is the day for the grand re-opening of the historic steakhouse located at 30646 113th St.

The restaurant, in continuous operation for 168 years under the same family, closed in July.

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