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Kenosha News Week in Review

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Bill seeks to protect rescuers of kids in overheated cars

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People breaking into parked cars to save kids, pets and others from injury or death due to overheated interiors on hot days would not be held liable under a bill being circulated by state Rep. Tod Ohnstad, D-Kenosha.

Co-authored in the Assembly by Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, and in the Senate by Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, the proposed bill stems from a resolution Ald. Rocco LaMacchia Sr. wrote and got approved by Kenosha’s City Council without opposition.

Comedian reminisces about growing up in Kenosha

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When comedian and writer Jeff Cesario came back to his hometown of Kenosha this week he was reminded how much the city has changed since his days growing up on the north side.

Cesario, a 1971 graduate of Bradford High School, was the keynote speaker Tuesday for the 2015 Annual Meeting luncheon of the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce.

Unified OKs new approach to handling intruders

The Kenosha Unified School District will move forward with a new approach to training staff to handle school intruders.

The School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with ALICE — Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate — training for school staff.

Somers officials wrangle about public comments

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SOMERS — Village President George Stoner cut off comments by a Somers resident Tuesday night when it appeared he was about to criticize Stoner.

Speaking during the citizen comments portion of the Village Board meeting, former town firefighter Carl Kirkorian asked for a raise for Somers firefighters. Then he started complaining about the board meeting’s start time.

UPDATE: Bristol plane crash investigation continues

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Kenosha County’s medical examiner is continuing to try to positively identify one of the two victims in a Bristol plane crash.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered the downed plane in a Bristol field Sunday after being asked to search for it after it was reported overdue at the annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in in Oshkosh.

Workers lured to Illinois by higher wages

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While Kenosha County is enjoying a jobs spurt created by corporate expansions and Illinois companies coming to Wisconsin, there is a quiet, but growing number of entry-level workers crossing the border to take jobs in Illinois.

The reason? Illinois’ higher minimum wage. While Wisconsin’s minimum wage is $7.25, in Illinois it’s $8.25 an hour.

County roadwork in full swing

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Roadwork season is in full swing in Kenosha County.

Over the last few days, highway crews have been paving a 2.5-mile stretch of 22nd Avenue from Highway KR to the intersection of 15th Street and Birch Road. As of Monday, new asphalt was down on most of the road in both directions, and traffic was halted intermittently as crews continued to apply fresh oil on the surface.

City officials seek clarity in beach house repair contracts

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With a week to go before the 60-day deferral period is up, the Kenosha Park Commission, well, deferred making a recommendation Monday on repair or replacement of the Southport Beach House roof.

At issue is essentially whether the majority of slate roof sections on the historic building should be replaced with asphalt shingles versus replacing specific slate shingles and doing little or nothing else.

Opening acts enjoy their time in Country Thunder spotlight

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RANDALL — Country Thunder has always been celebrated for bringing big names to Wisconsin, but for some country music fans the lesser-known opening acts bring fresh material to the scene.

“I kind of feel like they (County Thunder organizers) have been paying attention to headliners more than the experience,” said Natalie Morris of Mundelein, Ill. “There used to be a lot of big names throughout the day, not just at the end of the day.”

E. coli warning issued for Silver Lake beach

An E. coli bacteria warning has been issued for Silver Lake’s DeWitt Beach off Cogswell Drive.

According to the village’s website, the warning was posted Friday and remains in effect until further notice.

Two die in plane crash

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BRISTOL — The bodies of two men, who died in a plane crash, were discovered in a field behind a home in the 16800 block of 60th Street Sunday.

According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, the small, two-seat, single-engine plane was found about 12:38 p.m. in a grassy field several hundred yards south of a residence at 16807 60th St. after authorities picked up a signal from a cellphone in the wreckage.

Fans frolic as Bryan closes out Country Thunder

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RANDALL — Clouds rumbled over the grounds on the last day of Country Thunder Sunday, but not even the slightest chance of rain could keep country music fans away from the main stage.

Throughout the festival there were two names on everyone’s minds: Luke Bryan — the final act of Country Thunder — and Eric Church, who was named one of the main acts for Country Thunder 2016.

Somers mulls referendum to unify village, town

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SOMERS — Town officials are now considering a referendum to annex the remaining remnant town properties into the village of Somers.

“We’d bring it all back together,” Town/Village Administrator Bill Morris said.

Despite traffic increase, no plans to widen roads west of Uline

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BRISTOL — Traffic has gotten much heavier along the two-lane roads west of the Uline development, but not so much that the county plans major improvements in the near term.

“That area in the vicinity of Uline and the intersection of (highways) Q and U is probably one of the most analyzed areas there is (in the county) as far as traffic goes,” said Gary Sipsma, county highway commissioner.

Car smashes into garage

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A car sped through a parking lot and crashed into a garage Saturday evening after the driver appeared to suffer from a medical condition.

According to a witness, the driver of the late-model Buick either blacked out or otherwise lost control of the car about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of 75th St.

    State Assembly OKs Bucks arena deal

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    MADISON (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that both Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city.

    No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team owner Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public.

    Walker: EPA should be limited ‘umbrella organization’

    MADISON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said Monday he would shift most of the responsibilities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state-based regulators, leaving the EPA to serve as an “umbrella organization” that would resolve disputes between them.

    Like many Republicans, the Wisconsin governor is a vocal critic of the agency charged with enforcing the nation’s laws against pollution. While Walker said he would not eliminate the EPA if elected president, he would shift its powers and resources to state environmental agencies such as Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources.

    State GOP takes aim at ethics board

    MADISON (AP) — Stung by a corruption scandal that led to the convictions of five lawmakers, a longtime Republican state senator met with the head of a government watchdog agency at a bar down the street from the Capitol to talk about how to improve ethics oversight.

    “I literally wrote on a napkin, ‘Government Accountability Board,’” former Sen. Mike Ellis said, recalling that 2005 meeting with Common Cause in Wisconsin director Jay Heck. “It started on a napkin.”

    Wis. GOP lawmakers push bill to ban sale of fetal body tissues

    MADISON — The sale of fetal body parts would be banned in Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood could lose millions of dollars in federal funding under bills being circulated by a pair of Republican state representatives.

    Reps. Andre Jacque and Joel Kleefisch circulated their proposal banning the sale and use of fetal body parts for co-sponsorship Thursday, with a deadline of Aug. 6. They say the bill is in reaction to recently released videos showing a Planned Parenthood medical director in southern California meeting with people posing as potential buyers of intact fetal specimens.

    Vos sought open records law changes

    MADISON (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos was the state lawmaker who drafted a proposal that would have gutted Wisconsin’s open records law and protected legislators from having to release documents currently available, documents released to The Associated Press on Thursday show.

    Vos, a Republican, sent an email June 29 to legislative leadership and support agencies to coordinate drafting of the amendment language, emails released by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s office showed.

    Walker not worried about attention given to Trump

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he’s not worried about the attention Donald Trump is getting in his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

    Walker, who launched his bid last week, spoke to voters before taking questions from reporters at Puckett’s Restaurant and Grocery in downtown Nashville.

    Walker issues order to arm National Guard members

    MADISON (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order Tuesday authorizing Wisconsin National Guard personnel to carry firearms while on duty in the wake of an attack on a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    The governor’s order directed Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, who oversees the Wisconsin National Guard, to arm guard personnel “as reasonably necessary.” Walker also said in a news release that he ordered Dunbar to review the long-term security plans for all of the guard’s facilities.

    Kingfish keep streaking

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    The hits aren’t coming in bunches lately for the Kenosha Kingfish, but they have been timely.

    Despite tallying only six hits Tuesday night, the Kingfish made them count in an 8-6 Northwoods League victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks before an announced sellout crowd of 3,218 at Simmons Field.

    Helmich back in town

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    On the wall of the building that houses the Kenosha Kingfish clubhouse and team store at Simmons Field, a large dry erase board is posted with each team’s starting lineup shortly before first pitch.

    Prior to Monday night’s game, any local college baseball fan would’ve likely recognized the name written in the pitcher’s slot at the bottom of the Wisconsin Woodchucks lineup.

    No place to go but up

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    GREEN BAY—It looks like another year of just trying to be competitive in the defensive line for the Green Bay Packers after a series of disappointing high draft choices and pair of suspensions.

    Other than the return from injury of nose tackle B.J. Raji, there is little reason to think the unit can emerge from the bottom quartile of NFL defensive lines.

    A guide to Packers’ training camp

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    The Green Bay Packers training camp will be at St. Norbert College in De Pere for the 58th consecutive summer, the longest stay at one location for any NFL team.

    Here’s a look at all things Packers’ training camp with players reporting today and practices beginning on Thursday:

    Kingfish hoping to get greedy

    KENOSHA — If anybody thought the Kenosha Kingfish were satisfied with just winning the Northwoods League first-half title, think again.

    They want it all.

    Kingfish dump Woodchucks

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    KENOSHA — Many players have had a hand in helping the Kenosha Kingfish rack up as many wins as they have this season.

    Blaney wins again at Wilmot Raceway

    Dale Blaney may hail from Hartland, Ohio, but he is clearly at home at the Wilmot Raceway.

    The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions point leader landed in victory lane for the fourth consecutive year at the county’s one-third mile clay oval at Saturday’s All Star/Interstate Racing Association “Sprintacular Showdown.”

    Kingfish pull away from Battle Creek

    KENOSHA — For most of Sunday night’s game with visiting Battle Creek (Mich.), it never really appeared that the Kenosha Kingfish were in any kind of serious trouble.

    But they also didn’t have a lot of breathing room — until the seventh inning.

    Engle wins Men’s County Open

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    After two days of playing dead even, someone had to step to the front of the field Sunday in the final round of the 63rd annual Men’s County Open.

    And that someone was Travis Engle.

    Kenosha News All-County baseball team unveiled

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    KENOSHA — This Kenosha News All-County Baseball Team could be the best one yet.

    The 10th annual squad features three All-State players in Indian Trail’s Jared Hoerter and Gavin Lux and Tremper’s Justin Lavey.

    A look at the All-County Baseball second team

    Underclassmen who are selected second-team All-County usually have a good shot to move up to the first team before they graduate.

    Not Shoreland Lutheran’s Josh Christensen. His standout sophomore season with the Pacers was his last.

    Kingfish triumph over Battle Creek

    KENOSHA — P.J. Schuster is in quite a groove, and the playoff-bound Kenosha Kingfish show no signs of letting up as the regular season nears the finish line.

    Schuster, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-hander who will be a senior at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, tossed seven shutout innings on Saturday night as the Kingfish cruised to a 6-2 Northwoods League victory over the Battle Creek (Mich.) Bombers in front of 2,912 fans at Simmons Field.

    Engle, Wallace remain tied atop County Open

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    The 63rd annual Men’s County Open has turned into a two-horse race.

    First-round co-leaders Travis Engle and Mack Wallace remained tied after the second round on Saturday at Petrifying Springs, but they were able to extend their lead to six strokes over third-place Fred Hoppe Jr. in the 27-player Championship Flight.

    Raceway hosts Challenge tonight

    The Wilmot Raceway will host some of the best drivers in the Midwest for the IRA Outlaw/All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Challenge tonight.

    Drivers from the IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will take on competitors from the traveling All-Star Circuit of Champions Series, which is owned by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.

    Kingfish handle Bombers again

    The Kenosha Kingfish return to Simmons Field tonight on quite the roll.

    For the second consecutive game, the Kingfish cuffed Battle Creek — this time 6-4 — before 1,782 fans in a Northwoods League game on Friday night at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek, Mich.

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    Alderman hospitalized in intensive care

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    Ald. Bob Johnson, who represents Kenosha’s 16th District, remained hospitalized late Monday in Wauwatosa after falling ill last week.

    City officials seek clarity in beach house repair contracts

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    With a week to go before the 60-day deferral period is up, the Kenosha Park Commission, well, deferred making a recommendation Monday on repair or replacement of the Southport Beach House roof.

    County roadwork in full swing

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    Roadwork season is in full swing in Kenosha County.

    Workers lured to Illinois by higher wages

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    While Kenosha County is enjoying a jobs spurt created by corporate expansions and Illinois companies coming to Wisconsin, there is a quiet, but growing number of entry-level workers crossing the border to take jobs in Illinois.

    Man charged in armed robbery outside store

    A Kenosha man stole cash and the hat off a man’s head during a Wednesday incident outside a convenience store, according to police.

    News briefs: Arrest made in self-inflicted stabbing

    A 30-year-old Kenosha man faces numerous charges after reportedly threatening a woman and stabbing himself at a residence in the 1500 block of 52nd Street Saturday.

    Racine man charged in July 8 Kenosha shooting

    A Racine man has been arrested and charged with a July 8 shooting in Kenosha.

    Woman arrested for assaulting fiance on wedding day

    Kenosha Police said a 31-year-old Kenosha woman spent her wedding day in jail after striking her fiance over the head with an empty beer bottle around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at a residence in the 5400 block of 33rd Avenue.

    Event briefs: Dragon Boat Festival set for Saturday

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Pleasant Prairie Dragon Boat Festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday on Lake Andrea in Prairie Springs Park, highways 165 and H.

    Van flips under 43rd Street viaduct

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    A 52-year-old Pleasant Prairie man was taken to Kenosha Medical Center with minor injuries after a single-vehicle crash at the viaduct in the 1100 block of 43rd Street, about 12:50 p.m., according to Kenosha police.

    UPDATE: Bristol plane crash investigation continues

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    Kenosha County’s medical examiner is continuing to try to positively identify one of the two victims in a Bristol plane crash.

    Criminal charge against teacher’s aide dropped

    Prosecutors dropped the criminal charge against a former school aide accused of abusing a boy with autism, a move that upset the boy’s family.

    History Mystery: Kenosha’s short-lived time as the village of Pike

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    Question: We now know it as the city of Kenosha. How long was it known as the village of Pike?

    Snapshot: He boils water to keep campus warm

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    When describing his job, Dale Lovejoy says he boils water for a living.



    Fans frolic as Bryan closes out Country Thunder

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    RANDALL — Clouds rumbled over the grounds on the last day of Country Thunder Sunday, but not even the slightest chance of rain could keep country music fans away from the main stage.

    Two die in plane crash

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    BRISTOL — The bodies of two men, who died in a plane crash, were discovered in a field behind a home in the 16800 block of 60th Street Sunday.

    Non-life-threatening injuries in industrial mishap

    A man in his early 30s was taken to a local hospital late Saturday after being injured in an industrial accident.

    A Life Remembered: Longtime teacher emphasized importance of education

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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.

    E. coli warning issued for Silver Lake beach

    An E. coli bacteria warning has been issued for Silver Lake’s DeWitt Beach off Cogswell Drive.

    Opening acts enjoy their time in Country Thunder spotlight

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    RANDALL — Country Thunder has always been celebrated for bringing big names to Wisconsin, but for some country music fans the lesser-known opening acts bring fresh material to the scene.

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