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Suspect in April 2013 double murder enters guilty plea

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A double murder trial stopped abruptly Tuesday morning when the defendant agreed to an 11th-hour plea deal offered by the state.

Darshawn Frison, 19, was on trial for killing Zachary Hernandez and Carlos Garcia in April 2013. He had been charged with five felonies — two counts each of first-degree intentional homicide and armed robbery, and one count of illegally possessing a firearm. His two co-defendants were expected to testify against him.

Tax impact of village dissolution: ‘murky’

SILVER LAKE — If the referendum to dissolve the village of Silver Lake is approved, residents will most likely see a decrease in the municipal part of their tax bill, according to Dale Knapp, research director of the Wisconsin Taxpayer's Alliance.

However, the county and school sections of the tax bill will also be affected, Knapp said. To what degree and in what direction is more difficult to determine.

Man reportedly groped patrons in haunted house

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A Kenosha man was charged on Monday with three counts of sexual assault after reportedly terrifying several patrons and employees inside an area haunted house.

Daniel Lee Rosmann, 51, was detained by security and taken into custody by Mount Pleasant Police at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Abandoned Haunted House Complex, 2825 SE Frontage Road. In addition to three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, Rosmann was charged with disorderly conduct and lewd and lascivious behavior.

New downtown director excited about possibilities

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The newly hired Downtown Kenosha Inc. executive director said Tuesday the city’s pro-development outlook and infrastructure attracted him.

Christopher Naumann resigned Friday from a similar position in Green Bay with On Broadway Inc. to take the job here.

Rematch: Ryan vs. Zerban

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The First Congressional District contest in November involves two men who have done battle before.

Incumbent Paul Ryan, a Republican from Janesville, is seeking his ninth term. He’s opposed by Rob Zerban, a Democrat from Kenosha who served on the Kenosha County Board and ran against Ryan two years ago.

Detention officer beaten in attack by Braithwaite

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Less than one day after being convicted of murder, Kenosha’s Joshua P. Braithwaite was arrested for felony battery after a brutal attack on a Kenosha County Jail correctional officer.

The 34-year-old jail worker was taken to Kenosha Medical Center with multiple head and facial injuries at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s report. The man suffered a head laceration, numerous scrapes and bruises to his face, a swollen left eye and needed stitches to his mouth.

The changing face of the Kenosha Unified School District

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Declining birth rates and shifting demographics are changing the look of Kenosha Unified School District.

Unified has 200 fewer students this school year, with three of the last four years seeing declining enrollment in the district. Last year saw a slight increase in students, but only because the district added universal 4-year-old kindergarten, bringing a new generation of students to the schools.

Ryan, Zerban debate highlights differences

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JANESVILLE — The debate between 1st District Congressional candidates Rob Zerban and Rep. Paul Ryan was remarkable for its civility while highlighting a clash of political philosophies.

Ryan called for “collaboration to make a better life, not a government-centered vision based on coercion.”

City Council backs county’s plan for downtown Wi-Fi

It wasn’t exactly, “Presto, change-o” Monday night at the Kenosha City Council meeting.

Nor was there any magic in how the council approved Alderwoman Rhonda Jenkins’ resolution, which originally “urged” Mayor Keith Bosman to add $10,000 to his proposed 2015 budget to partner in Kenosha County’s plan to provide free public Wi-Fi in the downtown Kenosha area.

Family continues pumpkin-carving tradition

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Perhaps against his better judgment, Kenosha’s David Breiling offered one of his secret pumpkin-carving tips.

“The big trick is to carve out a lot of the inside,” Breiling said. “If you want to make it easy on yourself and have the best design, use the scraper tool and remove as much flesh as you can from inside so the pumpkin is thinner.”

Snapshot: Makeup artist revels in the Halloween season

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Paul Hoepner is a quiet, unassuming family man who likes to stay out of the spotlight and goes to church on Sunday. Then he spends the rest of the week scaring the bejeezus out of people.

Halloween is his avocation, and Hoepner applies his skills as chief makeup artist at Abandoned Haunted House in Mount Pleasant. His abilities earned him a first-place award in March at the Monster Makeover Challenge in St. Louis, a national competition that attracted 300 submissions.

DOT mulls roundabout at highways 83, C

A roundabout at the intersection of highways 83 and C in Salem is being considered by the state Department of Transportation, spokesman Brian DeNeve said Friday.

It is one of two options for the intersection that will be unveiled at an informational meeting set for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Salem Town Hall, 9814 Antioch Road. The other is for an improved, signalized intersection.

Arbet in line to return to county

A familiar face is expected to return to the Kenosha County Center as early as December.

Ray Arbet, who headed the Public Works Department from 2008 to 2012, is being recommended again for the position.

Fencers combine skill, finesse, strategy

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Think chess, not checkers.

Nearly 35 competitors were on hand to showcase a sport combining skill, finesse, strategy and endurance at the second annual Loran Hein Fencing Open Saturday at the LakeView RecPlex. The event included a beginner’s division (ages 8-13), advanced division (ages 8-13) and mixed division (ages 14 to adult).

Woman, child escape injury when car plows through hotel room

A 43-year-old Las Vegas woman and her 3-year-old grandson were sound asleep when a car drove through their hotel room at the Country Inn & Suites, 7011 122nd Ave., just before 10:30 p.m. Friday.

The woman said she was awakened by a “loud, crumbling, explosion sound” and saw a Pontiac Grand Prix parked in front of the bed. The vehicle entered through the north side of the building, traveled through the room and into the hallway, according to the police report.

    Official releases thousands of Walker-related emails

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s former aides and associates when he was a county executive were released Tuesday, prompting allegations from Walker and other Republicans that the timing two weeks before the election was politically motivated.

    Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s office made public the nearly 16,000 emails and attachments that prosecutors seized from county and personal computers during the investigation that ended in 2013. Walker was never charged but six of his aides and associates were convicted on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office.

    Early voting opens in state

    MADISON (AP) — Supporters of Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke tried to capitalize on a two-week early voting period that began Monday, holding rallies and other events to get voters to the polls.

    In-person absentee voting continues through Oct. 31, the Friday before the Nov. 4 election. With the race a dead heat, both sides see turnout as crucial.

    Milwaukee officer firing was rare step: report

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A report said a Milwaukee police officer who killed a mentally ill man in a downtown park likely is the first Milwaukee officer fired as a result of a fatal on-duty shooting in at least 45 years.

    Even the two officers who’ve been criminally charged in fatal shootings since 1968 were not fired from the department, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday.

    John Doe probe legal fees near $900,000

    MADISON (AP) — Taxpayers have paid nearly $900,000 in legal fees related to the John Doe investigation of coordinated campaign efforts between the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker and his supporters, according to a newspaper report.

    According to the Wisconsin Secretary of State’s office, current caps negotiated with the private law firms allow the state to spend up to about $1.1 million, the Capital Times reported. The caps have been increased as costs rise.

    Burke, supporters hope minimum wage issue sways voters

    MADISON (AP) — Democrat Mary Burke and her supporters hope that Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s adamant opposition to the minimum wage will help swing the governor’s race in her favor, with polls showing them tied less than three weeks before Election Day.

    Burke supports increasing Wisconsin’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. Walker not only opposes increasing the minimum wage, he said this week that he doesn’t think setting a minimum salary serves a purpose.

    New poll shows race in dead heat again

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    MADISON (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said Wednesday that the dispute over the authenticity of her jobs plan slowed the momentum of her campaign against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, but a new poll shows the race remains a dead heat.

    From May through September, polls by the Marquette University Law School showed the race to be tied. But the first poll after the plagiarism accusations broke, released two weeks ago, showed Walker ahead of Burke by 5 points. That had a 4.1 percentage point margin of error.

    Walker downplays his interest in running for president

    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker downplayed his interest in running for president during an editorial board meeting broadcast live Tuesday, three weeks before voters will decide whether to re-elect him to the office he’s already won twice since 2010.

    In the expansive interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker said “anybody who wants to be president has to be a little crazy, so I don’t know if I want to be classified as crazy.”

    Pulizzano steps down as Kings manager

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    KENOSHA — Tim Pulizzano said he knew going into the Frank Langsdorf League playoffs in August that this summer would be his last managing the Kenosha Kings.

    A former four-year starting pitcher at Carthage College, Pulizzano, 38, announced recently that he is stepping down as Kings manager after 13 seasons.

    Parkside women’s soccer team No. 6 in national rankings

    KENOSHA — The region is where the heart is for the UW-Parkside women’s soccer team.

    The national respect isn’t too bad, though.

    COLLEGE: Reds finish off Vikings in four

    The Carthage College women’s volleyball team overcame a bump in the second set to beat Augustana 25-18, 20-25, 25-8 and 25-18 in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin action Tuesday at Tarble Arena.

    The Reds entered the contest ranked 14th American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll. With the victory, Carthage (23-2, 5-0 CCIW) maintained its grip on first place in the conference.

    VBALL: Lancers, Pacers set up rubber match

    The St. Joseph and Shoreland Lutheran girls volleyball teams both pulled off home WIAA Division-3 regional quarterfinals sweeps on Tuesday to set up a Thursday meeting.

    Fourth-seeded St. Joseph took down No. 14 Carmen while No. 5 Shoreland downed No. 12 Eastbrook/Hope School.

    Claire Czerwonka: Athletic Republic/Kenosha News Athlete of the Week

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    St. Joseph sophomore Claire Czerwonka is the Athletic Republic/Kenosha News Athlete of the Week.

    Czerwonka won the WIAA Division-2 State Tennis individual title Saturday in Madison.

    Gordon excited that Badgers control fate

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    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon had no shame rooting for Nebraska.

    The Bradford graduate and nation’s leading rusher likely doesn’t cheer often for the Cornhuskers. But Nebraska handed Northwestern its second league loss this weekend, putting Wisconsin right back into the Big Ten West race since the Badgers’ only conference loss this season was to the Wildcats.

    Hale gets his shot

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    Out with one former Kenosha Twin as a major league manager, in with another.

    Eagles sweep postseason honors

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    The Christian Life soccer team won the Midwest Classic Conference title so it’s only fitting the Eagles were rewarded handsomely when the league honors were revealed Monday.

    Monday Morning Quarterback I

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    When the Tremper football team pulled out a 21-14 victory over rival Bradford in Thursday night’s regular-season finale, it was the first time that the Trojans topped the Red Devils since the 2008 season opener.

    Monday Morning Quarterback II

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    There’s no single formula for success in the postseason, and it’s difficult to predict which mid-seeded teams have a deep postseason run in them.

    But if the fifth-seeded Wilmot football team can advance past fourth-seeded and Southern Lakes Conference rival Burlington in a WIAA Division-2 first-round game at 7 p.m. Friday in Burlington, the Panthers may be irritating and frustrating when facing teams not familiar with their style.

    Konior, Rangers down Quincy

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    Emily Konior, a senior, scored both goals for the 12th-ranked UW-Parkside women’s soccer team as it edged Quincy University, 2-1, in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at Wood Road Field in Somers.

    It was Parkside’s second victory over a regionally ranked team in three days. Quincy is ranked No. 10 in the Midwest Region, while Truman State, whom UWP defeated 2-1 on Friday, is ranked No. 6.

    SEC: Bradford runners succeed as favorite

    The Bradford boys cross country thrived as the “hunted” on Saturday.

    For the second consecutive year, the state-ranked Red Devils claimed the Southeast Conference championship at Grant Park in South Milwaukee.

    Carthage plays giveaway to N.C.

    Five turnovers didn’t do the Carthage football team any favors in a 53-23 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin loss to North Central during the Cardinals’ Homecoming on Saturday afternoon at Benedetti-Wherli Stadium in Naperville, Ill.

    The Red Men fell to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the CCIW, while North Central — ranked 12th in the latest NCAA Division III poll — improved to 5-1 and 3-0.

    A record-setting day for Haines

    Freshman Shelby Haines set meet records in her two individual titles and was part of another on a winning relay squad to lead the Indian Trail girls swim team to the overall title in the West Allis Central Invitational Saturday.

    The Hawks totaled 501 points, 31 clear of second-place Franklin’s 470. The meet featured eight teams.

    GIRLS VBALL: Tremper makes it an SEC sweep

    The top-seeded Tremper girls volleyball team went 3-0 on Saturday to win the Southeast Conference Tournament at Racine Park.

    The Trojans, who captured the SEC regular season title, opened with a 25-14, 25-11 win over Bradford. They then battled for a pair of three-set wins, defeating fourth-seeded Indian Trail, 25-27, 25-11, 15-11, and second-seeded Franklin, 27-25, 23-25, 15-10, in the championship match.

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    City Council backs county’s plan for downtown Wi-Fi

    It wasn’t exactly, “Presto, change-o” Monday night at the Kenosha City Council meeting.

    Ryan, Zerban debate highlights differences

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    JANESVILLE — The debate between 1st District Congressional candidates Rob Zerban and Rep. Paul Ryan was remarkable for its civility while highlighting a clash of political philosophies.

    County budget hearings begin this week

    Public hearings on the proposed 2015 Kenosha County budget begin this week.

    News briefs: Gun fired inside HarborPark townhouse

    Kenosha Police said a 67-year-old Chicago man was getting ready to attend a concealed-carry weapons class when he picked up a handgun in his HarborPark townhouse and blew out a sliding glass door in his kitchen.

    Trial begins in 2013 double homicide

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    A man is on trial this week for the April 2013 fatal shooting of two men in a 25th Avenue back yard.

    The changing face of the Kenosha Unified School District

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    Declining birth rates and shifting demographics are changing the look of Kenosha Unified School District.

    Local veteran gets handshake, challenge coin from president

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    For Ben Dowell, meeting President Barack Obama earlier this month, shaking hands and briefly conversing with him still seems surreal.

    Detention officer beaten in attack by Braithwaite

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    Less than one day after being convicted of murder, Kenosha’s Joshua P. Braithwaite was arrested for felony battery after a brutal attack on a Kenosha County Jail correctional officer.

    Anti-freeze spill forces school evacuation

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    SOMERS — Alarm bells rang early Monday morning after a suspicious chemical smell forced school officials at Somers Elementary to evacuate the school.

    Where and when can you vote early in person in Kenosha County?

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    In-person early voting began Monday but the hours and days for voting vary by municipality. These are the dates and times city, village and town residents can vote. The last day for early in-person voting is Oct. 31. Election Day is Nov. 4.

    Event briefs: Gardening workshop slated at Gateway

    KENOSHA — A free gardening workshop begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for Sustainable Living at Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave.

    History Mystery: Long-serving police chief had checkered history

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    Question: How many years did Police Chief Owen O’Hare serve on Kenosha’s police force?

    Rematch: Ryan vs. Zerban

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    The First Congressional District contest in November involves two men who have done battle before.



    Arbet in line to return to county

    A familiar face is expected to return to the Kenosha County Center as early as December.

    News briefs: Family uninjured in house fire

    A family escaped uninjured from a Saturday fire that started in a laundry room of a two-family home at 1507 53rd St., Kenosha Fire Department officials said Sunday.

    DOT mulls roundabout at highways 83, C

    A roundabout at the intersection of highways 83 and C in Salem is being considered by the state Department of Transportation, spokesman Brian DeNeve said Friday.

    Snapshot: Makeup artist revels in the Halloween season

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    Paul Hoepner is a quiet, unassuming family man who likes to stay out of the spotlight and goes to church on Sunday. Then he spends the rest of the week scaring the bejeezus out of people.

    Event briefs: Fun ’n’ Fit fair slated at YMCA

    KENOSHA — The eighth annual Fun ’n’ Fit Recreation and Fitness Fair will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the YMCA, 7101 53rd St.

    Life Remembered: Hearing impairment didn’t deter Verdelle Fulmer

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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.

    Family continues pumpkin-carving tradition

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    Perhaps against his better judgment, Kenosha’s David Breiling offered one of his secret pumpkin-carving tips.

    Ten questions with Ryan, Zerban

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    MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, a Janesville Republican, faces Democrat Rob Zerban, a former small business owner from Kenosha, on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Associated Press asked them to answer the same questions in 130 words or less. Their responses follow.