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The Wilmot Union High School Academic Decathlon team will bring home a golden banner from the golden state this week as the Division II national champions.

Kenosha man takes plea deal in attempted homicide case

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A Kenosha man accused of trying to kill his then-wife during an argument in a grocery store parking lot in 2011 entered into a plea agreement Monday, as his trial was to begin.

Gary L. Johnson, 64, agreed to plead no-contest to second-degree attempted homicide and two felony counts of aggravated battery.

Brother testifies in murder trial

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As his trial began Monday, there was no question Chester Mass shot and killed his girlfriend. The only question was motivation.

Mass is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the December 2013 death of his on-again, off-again girlfriend Heather Adamski, her death followed by a daylong standoff with police.

Chrysler site study begins

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A relatively light turnout greeted eight members of the Urban Land Institute advisory services panel Monday as they get started on their study to redevelop the 109-acre Chrysler Engine Plant site at 5555 30th Ave.

About 40 people showed up for the mix-and-mingle reception at Gateway Technology College.

Somers looks to become whole again

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SOMERS — Less than two weeks after the election carved a new village of Somers from the town, residents and officials are looking ahead to reunification.

Leroy and Myrtle Johnson have lived in Somers since 1963. They are now residents of the remnant town, but would like to be reunited with the village.

Authorities probe case of severely burned cat

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A cat found last week with severely burned paws is recovering at a local animal hospital while authorities investigate alleged animal abuse.

The 10- to 11-month-old cat, who was discovered attempting to crawl by volunteer workers at First Step Services Inc., 1017 63rd St. on Wednesday, has been receiving laser therapy treatments to help heal burns on all four paws, according to Dr. William Carlisle, veterinarian with Kenosha Animal Hospital.

Survivor recalls Holocaust horrors

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Magda Brown was 17 years old when her world was destroyed.

She went from a happy home in her native Hungary to the place where dozens of Jews would be crammed inside on their way to the concentration camps and gas chambers to die.

Behavioral court seeing success

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Lorenzo Jones’ life was turmoil, he said, “at rock bottom” when he had the chance to join the county’s Behavioral Health Treatment Court.

“There was no one I could trust in my life,” he said. “I couldn’t turn to no one who would assist me.”

Locals rally to ‘Back the Badge’

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On a cold January day in 2004, Teri Jendusa-Nicolai finally saw the light of day after a terrifying ordeal.

The Racine County woman had been beaten and stuffed, partially clothed, inside a plastic garbage can, driven to Illinois and hidden under some boxes in an unheated storage unit.

Trial to begin in fatal shooting, standoff

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A man police say fatally shot his girlfriend and then refused to come out of the house, leading to a daylong standoff, will be tried for homicide starting Monday.

Chester J. Mass, 39, of Kenosha, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with Heather Adamski’s death in December 2013.

Plenty of both at cheese, beer festival

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Can you wet your whistle with a habanero apple ale?

Or do you need something to slow down the sensation that comes on like gangbusters from a ghost pepper cheese?

Despite wind, disc golfers excel at UW-Parkside event

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SOMERS — While the sun was out, so was the wind, which proved to be a challenge to the 99 disc golfers competing in the 13th annual Prairie Open Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The wind was a steady 15 mph gusting to 20, according to tournament director Sergio Correa.

Police probe rash of auto break-ins

A Kenosha man has taken matters into his own hands in an attempt to halt an alarming number of overnight vehicle break-ins.

Chris Pratt, 25, is offering a $300 reward for the return of his stolen property and $100 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects recently involved in entering vehicles at Oakwood Mobile Homes, 9002 Sheridan Road.

Students, staff protest proposed UW budget cuts

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SOMERS — A small but loud group of students and staff marched through the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus Wednesday afternoon, calling attention to budget cuts they believe will come if legislators approve Gov. Scott Walker’s budget as is.

The budget includes a $300 million cut to the UW System, and if that is spread among the campuses as has been done in the past, Parkside officials believe they could be dealing with a 13 percent cut.

Local dog owners wary of canine flu outbreak

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Ah-choo! Cough, cough.

If those sounds are coming from your dog, he or she could be a victim of a strain of canine influenza that has hit the Chicago area, with more than 1,100 cases and five confirmed deaths.

    Walker’s frugal shopping tale doesn’t mention taxpayer millions

    By By John McCormick

    Bloomberg News (TNS)

    Report finds missteps in 1990 slaying investigation

    FOND DU LAC (AP) — Investigators’ missteps led to delays in charging anyone in the 1990 disappearance and killing of an 18-year-old Wisconsin woman, according to a report published Sunday.

    Citing court records and search warrants, a review by the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team found the investigation into the killing of Berit Beck of Sturtevant was “plagued by long lapses, missteps and flawed theories.”

    Budget cuts could hurt UW-Madison

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    MADISON (AP) — The University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus in Madison would have to eliminate about 400 mostly vacant positions, close and merge programs and reduce academic offerings and services if Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget cut passes, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Friday.

    Blank posted a plan on her school Web page for how UW-Madison would cope with Walker’s proposed cuts, noting that even though the final amount isn’t known, the school had to consider how to deal with what could be a $96 million budget hole next year.

    Walker brushes off low approval rating

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    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker brushed off new poll numbers Thursday that put his approval rating at just 41 percent and showed there was strong opposition to some of his most significant budget proposals, including cuts to the University of Wisconsin and K-12 schools.

    Speaking on a conference call from Spain, where he’s completing a trade mission, Walker said he anticipated that the numbers would improve as people become more familiar with parts of the budget like a UW tuition freeze and a $5 per-year property tax cut on typical homes.

    Republicans vote to cut budget for secretary of state’s office

    MADISON (AP) — Longtime Secretary of State Doug La Follette, who’s seen his office targeted for elimination and had its already limited responsibilities scaled back in recent years, said Wednesday the latest Republican push to slash his staff and budget would be an unmitigated “train wreck.”

    La Follette, the only Democrat in statewide office, who has held the relatively powerless office of secretary of state for 33 straight years, was the big loser in the first day of votes on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget.

    High school tennis preview capsules

    Coach: John Ramey

    So far this season: Defeated Racine Park 7-0 on April 14 in a Southeast Conference dual meet. ... Finished ninth in the 10-team Trojan/Palmen Tournament.

    Parkside’s Serio to play for Kingfish

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    The Kenosha Kingfish didn’t have to look far to fill one of the spots on their pitching staff for the 2015 season.

    The Northwoods League team announced late last week that it had signed UW-Parkside sophomore right-hander Josh Serio, a Whitnall High School graduate and Greenfield native, to a contract.

    College ticker

    MEN’S GOLF

    UW-Parkside

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    BOYS GOLF

    Southeast Conference Mini Meet

    Boresch advances in PBA50 event

    Kenosha bowler Lennie Boresch Jr. advanced to match play in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl on Monday at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla.

    With the top 32 moving on to match play, Boresch finished 20th after two rounds of qualifying with a 16-game pinfall total of 3,693 (230.8 avg.).

    Hayden lends a helping bat

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    Wilmot graduate Brendon Hayden did his part in helping the Virginia Tech baseball team end a long losing streak to 23rd-ranked North Carolina on Friday at English Field in Blacksburg, Va.

    High school ticker

    TRACK AND FIELD

    McFarland Invitational

    Helmich keeps Carthage in hunt

    Jared Helmich continues to make a case for College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the Year honors.

    The junior right-hander tossed nine shutout innings and extended his school-record hitting streak as the Carthage baseball team blanked Millikin, 3-0, on Sunday at Augie Schmidt Field.

    Sunday’s college ticker

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    BASEBALLIllinois Springfield 6, UW-Parkside 2, 11 inn.

    UW-Parkside 2, Illinois Springfield 1The Rangers scored two on an error in the seventh of the second game to salvage a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader split in Somers. ... Parkside had three hits in the two games. ... Troy Bittenbender and Zach Thompson scored on an error by the outfielder after the Rangers (11-20, 10-18 GLVC) had loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh. ... Riley Phillips fired a five-hitter with no walks or strikeouts for his second win. ... In the opener, Springfield (20-21, 14-14) scored four in the 11th to win it. Parkside fell behind 2-0 but tied with runs in the fifth when Ryan Ruediger scored on a wild pitch and in the sixth on an RBI by Bryan Wade.

    Hawk, King slated to appear at Simmons Field

    Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, Jerry “The King” Lawler and a Kenosha Twins legend and Elsa are among the celebrities scheduled to appear at Simmons Field for the Kenosha Kingfish this season.

    The second-year Northwoods League team revealed the promotional schedule for its 35-game home schedule on Saturday.

    Helmich sets Carthage record with 27-game hitting streak

    KENOSHA — The Carthage baseball team earned a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin doubleheader split against Millikin on Saturday at Augie Schmidt Field.

    Millikin won the first game 4-3 before Carthage (20-7, 9-5 CCIW) posted a 10-0 victory in the second game.

    Central tops Wilmot for softball tourney title

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    Most pundits probably expected a championship showdown between Stevens Point and Central — ranked third and fourth, respectively, in Division-1 in the latest state coaches poll — in Saturday’s Western Kenosha County Invite, held at both Paddock Lake’s Sorensen Fields and Wilmot’s Panther Complex.

    But Wilmot crashed that party with a semifinal upset of Stevens Point, leading to an all-county title game between Central and Wilmot.

    Wolf bowls a 790 series

    Courtney Wolf came up just shy of her first 800 series in the Heyden Classic League at Guttormsen Recreation Center. She rolled a 790 on games of 279, 289 and 222.

    Brandon Peters followed up his pair of 300 games last week by leading the Heyden Classic with a 793 series. He bowled games of 269, 246 and 278.

    High school baseball ticker

    Bradford 7, Grant (Ill.) 3

    Grant (Ill.) 5, Bradford 2

    College ticker

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    BASEBALL

    UW-Parkside 5, Illinois Springfield 2

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    Chrysler site study begins

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    A relatively light turnout greeted eight members of the Urban Land Institute advisory services panel Monday as they get started on their study to redevelop the 109-acre Chrysler Engine Plant site at 5555 30th Ave.

    Two to receive AAUW education awards

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    A women’s group will honor two Kenosha Unified School District teachers with awards for diversity and educational excellence next month.

    Some say the didn’t hear tornado sirens during drill

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Village officials hope residents alarmed by Thursday’s statewide tornado drill may have learned a thing or two.

    Pleasant Prairie updates permit fees; most to cost more

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    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The village is making changes to permit fees associated with the building inspection department, and most fees are going up.

    News briefs: Bones not human, medical examiner says

    Bones discovered in a local resident’s basement were confirmed as non-human, according to Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patty Hall on Monday.

    Brother testifies in murder trial

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    As his trial began Monday, there was no question Chester Mass shot and killed his girlfriend. The only question was motivation.

    Kenosha man takes plea deal in attempted homicide case

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    A Kenosha man accused of trying to kill his then-wife during an argument in a grocery store parking lot in 2011 entered into a plea agreement Monday, as his trial was to begin.

    Annual town meetings begin Tuesday

    It is the time of year when townsfolk across the state get together to exercise their power of direct democracy at annual town meetings.

    Wilmot wins national Academic Decathlon title

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    Home sales lag in Kenosha County

    Mortgage rates are low, but it’s harder for millennials and other first-time home buyers to find the house they want because of the small inventory of existing homes in Kenosha County, real estate experts say.

    Kenosha pharmacy wins statewide revitalization award

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    Erin Merritt, a pharmacist and a lifetime Kenosha resident, not only envisioned owning a drug store, but a quaint, corner store that would reside in the 117-year-old Herrmann Drug store building.

    Gateway sets Earth Day celebration

    The planting of a Survivor Tree will highlight Gateway Technical College’s annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday.

    Event briefs: Medicare session set for Thursday

    KENOSHA — A“Welcome to Medicare” program will meet 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club, 1330 52nd St.

    History Mystery: Kenosha’s last livery stable closed in 1925

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    Question: When did the the Palace Livery, the last livery stable in Kenosha, close?



    Behavioral court seeing success

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    Lorenzo Jones’ life was turmoil, he said, “at rock bottom” when he had the chance to join the county’s Behavioral Health Treatment Court.

    Survivor recalls Holocaust horrors

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    Magda Brown was 17 years old when her world was destroyed.

    Snapshot: Local couple exercises by cleaning up downtown trash

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    For more than two years, Jeff Haig and his wife Peggy Boerman have combined physical exercise with public service four or five days each week. With a bucket and an extension tool in hand, the couple picks up trash along the sidewalks and thoroughfares of downtown Kenosha.

    News briefs: Country Thunder named top festival

    Country Thunder, the four-day country music festival that takes place each July in Twin Lakes, was named Festival of the Year Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

    Authorities probe case of severely burned cat

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    A cat found last week with severely burned paws is recovering at a local animal hospital while authorities investigate alleged animal abuse.

    Somers cracks down on troublesome bars

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    SOMERS — Troubled bar scenes once again have the attention of the Somers Town Board.

    Silver Lake trustee questions attorney fees

    SILVER LAKE — Trustee Pat Dunn raised concern last week over mounting legal fees the village is incurring.

    Somers looks to become whole again

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    SOMERS — Less than two weeks after the election carved a new village of Somers from the town, residents and officials are looking ahead to reunification.

    A Life Remembered: Blindness couldn’t stop Chuckie Puntillo

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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.

    Event briefs: Seniors can share spring stories

    KENOSHA — “Spring Has Sprung” is the topic for a conference call for seniors, beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday.