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Wisconsin Supreme Court takes Daniel case

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The appeals aren’t yet over for one of the teenage boys convicted of murdering Capri Walker in 2008.

Roddee W. Daniel was 15 years old when he and Kawanis Trotter broke into Walker’s home, beat her to death, and stole a video game system. Daniel, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was found competent to stand trial, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release.

Those who make less give more to charity, statistics show

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Congratulations, Kenosha County. You gave $60,728,000 to charity in 2012.

A new study in The Chronicle of Philanthropy found that adults in Kenosha County gave an average of $2,134 to charity that year, which amounted to 2.2 percent of each person’s annual income.

Squad video shows dangerous I-94 chase as it unfolds

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One of the riskiest high-speed chases in recent memory was documented by stunning dash-cam video, released by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday.

The pursuit, which involved three law enforcement agencies, began at 11:42 a.m. Oct. 16 in the 9500 block of Interstate 94 and traveled both directions on the interstate through Kenosha and Racine counties.

Homecoming for Kenosha MIA

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When Kenosha's own James Lee Van Bendegom was a teenager, he dropped out of Bradford High School to join the U.S. Army to fight in the Vietnam War.

What happened next was a journey for his family and his country that would take five decades and a bizarre twist of fate.

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.

    Most voucher students came from private schools

    MADISON (AP) — The vast majority of students receiving a taxpayer-subsidized voucher to attend private school this year did not go to a Wisconsin public school last year, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Public Instruction.

    Just over 19 percent of the 538 students who entered the statewide program this year attended a public school last year, the data showed. Over the two years of the program, just under 20 percent of those receiving a voucher came from a public school.

    Democrats rip Walker for not seeking preschool grants

    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has not applied for up to $60 million in preschool development grants from the federal government, a move decried as irresponsible by Democrats who are trying to make it an issue in the upcoming election.

    The deadline for states to apply for the grants from the U.S. departments of Education and Health and Human Services is Friday.

    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.

    UW-Parkside women’s soccer team goes with what works

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    SOMERS — It’s like a soccer riddle.

    How does a team do something that makes no sense and perfect sense at the same time? How can the numbers not seem to fit the equation and yet still provide a perfectly logical answer?

    Pacers’ Strutz makes the best of a tough situation

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    SOMERS — Every fan who walks through the gate prior to a high school football game receives a roster.

    In helping to identify the competitors on the field, the single sheet of paper usually includes the number, height, weight, position and year in school for each player.

    Tremper blanks Oak Creek in soccer sectional semi

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    KENOSHA — Coach Chris Tindall’s 200th win at Tremper got the team one win closer to the WIAA Division-1 State Soccer Tournament.

    Tremper defeated Oak Creek, 4-0, Thursday night in a sectional semifinal at Ameche Field.

    Using the broom

    Fourth-seeded and host St. Joseph swept its way into Saturday’s WIAA Division-3 girls volleyball regional final.

    The Lancers dispatched fifth-seeded Shoreland Lutheran 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 in a regional semifinal to set up a match at top-seeded Lake Country Lutheran 7 p.m. Saturday.

    Local briefs: Deer Council meets on Tuesday at Bong

    Deer population objectives for Kenosha County for the next three years will be the main topic of discussion at the County Deer Advisory Council meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bong State Recreation Area’s visitor center.

    This is the second Council meeting being held this fall.

    Oak Creek pays Tremper a sectional visit tonight

    The Tremper soccer team will be facing one of the few teams that stood toe-to-toe with them season tonight.

    The top-seeded Trojans will take on No. 3 Oak Creek in a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division-1 sectional semifinal at 7 tonight at Ameche Field.

    Bradford beats Indian Trail in boys volleyball

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    KENOSHA — What a difference a year can make.

    Last season, the Bradford boys volleyball team was 0-10 in the Southeast Conference. This season, the Red Devils are 12-6 and 6-2 in the SEC (5-0 in the SEC South) after defeating Indian Trail in four games on Wednesday at the Bradford Fieldhouse.

    Elsen on the move

    Kenosha’s Jordan Elsen is moving on to the second stage of Web.com Tour qualifying.

    The 2010 State Amateur and 2010 State Match Play champion tied for seventh with a 5-under 283 (70-70-74-69) in a first-stage qualifier Oct. 14-17 at The Breakers Rees Jones Course in West Palm Beach, Fla.

    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.

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    Sheriff seeks to increase number of federal detainees

    The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department received preliminary budget approval Wednesday to take on more federal detainees and increase electronic monitoring of those not in prison.

    Homecoming for Kenosha MIA

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    When Kenosha's own James Lee Van Bendegom was a teenager, he dropped out of Bradford High School to join the U.S. Army to fight in the Vietnam War.

    State aid hit bumps up Lakewood levy

    TWIN LAKES — A 14.2 percent increase in the tax levy was approved Wednesday by residents in the Lakewood School district.

    Old county radio tower to come down

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    An old radio communications tower that has served the county for at least half a century is expected to be dismantled next month.

    Squad video shows dangerous I-94 chase as it unfolds

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    One of the riskiest high-speed chases in recent memory was documented by stunning dash-cam video, released by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday.

    News briefs: Police searching for hit-and-run car

    Kenosha Police said it is searching for a hit-and-run vehicle involved in a rollover crash Monday in the 2600 block of Alford Park Drive.

    Gateway tweaks budget, reduces taxes

    Gateway Technical College, in an amendment to its fiscal 2015 budget, is giving Kenosha County homeowners an early Christmas gift — a tax reduction.

    Those who make less give more to charity, statistics show

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    Congratulations, Kenosha County. You gave $60,728,000 to charity in 2012.

    Surviving haunted house takes nerves, proper footwear, cash

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    At this point in election season, the scariest thing for me is being bombarded by TV ads depicting candidates for political office as evil incarnate.

    Central to see tax levy decrease

    PADDOCK LAKE — A 7.9 percent decrease in the tax levy for Central High School was approved Tuesday.

    Kenosha County offers first-time home bargains

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    Kenosha County housing sales dropped in September, but median prices continued to climb slightly compared to the same month a year ago.

    Wisconsin Supreme Court takes Daniel case

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    The appeals aren’t yet over for one of the teenage boys convicted of murdering Capri Walker in 2008.

    Homeroom: Open Wings marks ‘Mayor Bosman Day’

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    Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman visited Open Wings Learning Community, a private, non-profit school in Kenosha, as part of students’ studies.

    Event briefs: Boofest Saturday at downtown museums

    KENOSHA — BooFest will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave.; Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave.; and the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 10th Ave.



    County Board OKs Arbet’s return

    The Kenosha County Board unanimously approved the appointment of Ray Arbet to serve as director of the Public Works and Development Services Department at its meeting Tuesday night.

    Trevor-Wilmot to use fund balance to offset tax increase

    TREVOR — A 3.4 percent increase in the Trevor-School Consolidated School District tax levy was approved by the electorate Tuesday.

    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.

    News briefs: Elaborate phone scam reported

    A 76-year-old Twin Lakes man reported an elaborate phone scam Monday morning involving the Internal Revenue Service and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

    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.

    St. Joseph celebrates state tennis champ

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    St. Joseph Catholic Academy celebrated honored state tennis champion Claire Czerwonka Tuesday, with an assembly full of adoring peers.

    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.

    Defense reviewing thousands of pages to prep for Zelich case

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    The defense has reviewed thousands of pages of discovery materials in the Kenosha County case against a man accused of strangling a woman during a sexual encounter, then hiding her body for several years.

    Event briefs: Kemper observatory will be open Friday

    KENOSHA — The Griffin Observatory at the Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave., will be open for night-sky viewing from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, weather permitting.

    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.