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Kenosha News Week in Review

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Woman in custody flees from hospital

A woman used a hospital stay to escape from custody, according to court records, walking out and then taking a train to Kansas.

Jennifer M. Dunlap, 40, and her boyfriend, Thomas M. Schwartz, 31, both of Kenosha, are charged with escape for the April incident. Dunlap is being held in custody on a $5,000 bond; Schwartz has yet to make his initial appearance.

Morrissey expected to testify Thursday


Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey is the latest official expected to testify in hearings about evidence planting by a former officer.

Last week saw District Attorney Robert Zapf, several police detectives, captains and a lieutenant take the stand, testifying about their roles in the matter regarding former Kenosha Police officer Kyle Baars’ handling of a suspect’s ID card and a bullet during the early stages of a murder investigation.

Fulmer outlines mayoral vision


Tom Fulmer, who has filed papers to run for Kenosha mayor in 2016, is skeptical of beating the only other announced candidate so far, former Mayor John Antaramian.

“Mr. Antaramian is probably going to kill me when it comes to voting time,” Fulmer said Wednesday. “He’s probably going to crush me because he has been in politics all his life. ... I think he’d be a great governor, really.”

Silver Lake to pursue contracting with Salem for fire, rescue service

SILVER LAKE — Village officials will again look into contracting with the town of Salem for fire and rescue service.

The Village Board Wednesday voted 5-1, with one trustee abstaining, “to contact Salem and begin talks concerning a contract with the town of Salem for fire and rescue service.”

Law enforcement warns of dangers, cost of illegal fireworks


From the shimmering colors that dart across the night sky to a rumbling boom, fireworks are always a captivating show on Independence Day celebrations.

But their flashy appearance could come with a heavy price. Local law enforcement reminds the public there are strict regulations on what devices are allowed in the county.

More expected to hit the road for holiday


About 42 million Americans nationwide will be hitting the road this Fourth of July weekend, the highest volume of holiday travelers since 2007, according to AAA.

While the upcoming holiday is a popular time for people to go out and enjoy the summer, the recent surge in travel numbers can be traced to the changing tide of the economy.

Finding nature in the city


Nestled behind a conference center and expansive parking lot is one of the most peaceful, yet educationally interesting areas on the Gateway Technical College Kenosha campus.

There, one can see gold finches nesting, hawks, a peregrine falcon and maybe even hear an owl hoot.

Brighton residents vote to scrap curbside garbage collection

BRIGHTON — The majority of Brighton residents at a special meeting Tuesday said they want their town dump back.

The issue drew more than 140 people to the special electors meeting at Brighton School. They voted 84 to 54 to “direct the Town Board to return to drop-off solid waste, bulk and recycling services” and eliminate the new curbside contract.

Warning issued about invasive lake algae


Kenosha County lake associations are being warned about a new threat — starry stonewort, an invasive algae that forms a dense mat of material on the lake bottom, preventing native plants from growing and fish from spawning.

"This is on our radar," Paddock Lake Administrator Tim Popanda said Monday. "I have shared the (information provided by a lake management consultant) with our two private beach associations."

Antaramian will seek his old office


Seven years after completing his fourth consecutive term as Kenosha mayor, John Antaramian officially declared Monday he will again seek cty hall’s top spot.

“I’m looking forward to working again with the community,” Antaramian told the Kenosha News.

Erratic driving leads to heroin arrests

Heroin and driving don’t mix.

Three people from Kenosha were charged Monday in Racine County with possession of narcotics after deputies said they found heroin in their vehicle — and evidence that at least some of them had recently injected the drug.

Alert neighbors spot fire


Eagle-eyed neighbors are being credited for quickly alerting authorities to a house fire Monday evening.

Angelique Ely and Leah Schlenker said they were driving about 7:30 p.m. when they spotted flame from the home at 7700 Ninth Court and immediately called 911 for help.

A Life Remembered: Woman’s crafted Santas, dolls proved popular


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.

Being a crafty woman was Melissa Zietz’s claim to fame.

City Council faced with dueling streetcar resolutions


Call them dueling resolutions.

While Ald. Dan Prozanski’s resolution, approved 12-3 by Kenosha’s City Council on June 15, leaves the door open for expansion of Kenosha’s streetcar, a competing resolution proposed by Alds. David Bogdala and G. John Ruffolo would kill it altogether and direct the $2.8 million budget for the streetcar directly into street repairs.

Going west: WestoshaMarket manager is excited about new venture


Melanie Hovey, one of the founders of the Kenosha HarborMarket, will be managing the new WestoshaMarket, which is opening Saturday, the day its big brother HarborMarket is closed due to the holiday celebrations in downtown Kenosha.

WestoshaMarket will then run each 3 to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday until the end of August. It will be the only evening market in the area.

    Assembly to consider 20-week abortion ban in special session

    MADISON (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has voted to take up bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and repeal Wisconsin’s prevailing wage for construction workers, as well as state budget votes, in a special legislative session.

    Kit Beyer, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, said Friday that lawmakers voted by paper ballot to hold the special session. The Committee on Assembly Organization voted 5-3 with all Republicans in favor. She said the Assembly plans to meet Wednesday.

    Walker to run for president: aides

    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher’s son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said Thursday.

    Having spent the past several months traveling the country, speaking to conservatives, courting voters and scoring well in some early polls, Walker will officially enter the race with a campaign announcement in Waukesha on July 13, the aides said.

    Milwaukee County bus drivers strike

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hundreds of Milwaukee County union bus drivers went on strike early Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of commuters scrambling to make alternative plans to get to work and elsewhere.

    The roughly 750 drivers walked off the job at 3 a.m. and began picketing at the Milwaukee County Transit System garages after contract negotiations between union leaders and transit officials broke down. The sides met with a federal mediator Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to avoid a strike.

    Legislators break budget logjam

    MADISON (AP) — Republican legislative leaders have reached a deal on a new state budget that drops a financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium and changes to the prevailing wage law, co-chairs of the Legislature’s budget committee said Tuesday.

    Joint Finance Committee co-chairs Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling told The Associated Press that both of those issues — which had contributed to a monthlong delay on passing the budget — will be taken up later as separate bills, perhaps in a special session.

    Vos calls out fellow Senate Republicans on budget

    MADISON (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called on Senate Republicans to publicly take a position on the type of changes to Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law they’re willing to support, saying Monday that his plan cutting eligible projects by 60 percent has the votes to pass and be signed into law.

    With the budget impasse now in its fifth week, Vos voiced frustration with his Senate colleagues, saying he would hold more news conferences this week to lay out the Assembly’s positions on other outstanding issues.

    Hog ‘megafarm’ plan draws opposition

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A proposed hog “megafarm” in northern Wisconsin is raising concerns among some residents that millions of gallons of pig manure will eventually wash off the land and pollute Lake Superior.

    An Iowa business plans to produce thousands of pigs annually a few miles from Ashland and the shore of Chequamegon Bay. If plans are approved by state and federal regulators, the $17.7 million farm would be the largest hog farm in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

    Wisconsin Energy, Integrys deal powered by natural gas

    Life’s a gas for utility executives in Milwaukee this summer.

    Couple the demand from sand mines with the competitive price of natural gas, and you get a growth opportunity for Wisconsin’s largest utility.

    Walker calls ruling a ‘grave mistake’


    MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to launch a run for president within weeks, on Friday called the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide a “grave mistake” and renewed his call for an amendment to the Constitution allowing states to determine who can marry.

    The Supreme Court’s ruling does not change Wisconsin law. The state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, supported by Walker and approved by voters in 2006, was struck down by a federal judge last year clearing the way for gay couples to legally marry.

    Golf notebook: Engle qualifies for State Amateur


    Kenosha’s Travis Engle, 38, shot a 4-over par 74 (35-39) on Tuesday at Rivermoor Country Club to tie for seventh and qualify for the 114th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship on July 20-23 at Erin Hills in Erin.

    Engle’s round featured three birdies, nine pars, five bogeys and one double bogey. The 2008 Men’s County Open champion, playing out of Brighton Dale Links, was among 11 qualifiers in the 74-player field.

    Kingfish make early lead hold up vs. Loggers


    The bats got started early and the pitching was dominant for eight innings as the Kenosha Kingfish held on for their fifth straight win, 10-6 over the La Crosse Loggers at Copeland Park on Friday night.

    The Northwoods League South Division first-half champion Kingfish won their third in a row to open the second half.

    Ramos in Pan Am wrestling

    Kenosha’s Hannah Ramos will be competing with the USA Wrestling Women’s National Cadet Team in the UWW Cadet Pan Am Championships Friday through Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    UWW Cadets are athletes from ages 15-17, and Ramos will be wrestling in the Women’s Freestyle Division at 60 kg. She earned her spot in the Pam Am Championships with a runner-up finish at the UWW Cadet Nationals in Irving, Texas, in May. She was also a Wisconsin State Champion at 138 pounds in the Girls Division this year.

    Rake Legion wins one, loses one

    The Kenosha Rake Legion baseball team split a pair of games on Wednesday and Thursday.

    The Rake defeated Richmond (Ill.) Legion 7-1 on Thursday at Scot Forge Field, as Kyle Cable tossed a complete game, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

    Kingfish win fourth in a row


    The Kenosha Kingfish have been getting downright dominant pitching during their four-game winning streak.

    And while the bats haven’t exactly been smoking, they’re getting enough key hits to make the pitching hold up.

    Reeling in another Ranger



    A staple of the Northwoods League is that clubs’ rosters are frequently updated, and that’s been the case for the Kenosha Kingfish this week.

    Kingfish christen second half with a victory

    Fresh off wrapping up the Northwoods League South Division first-half title on Tuesday, the Kenosha Kingfish opened the second half in style Wednesday night.

    It was a combined effort on the mound that did the trick.

    Local briefs: Carthage swimmers cited for grades

    The College Swimming Coaches Association of America recognized the Carthage men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs, as well as a pair of individuals from the men’s program.

    On Tuesday, the CSCAA named the two Carthage programs to the 2015 All-Scholar Team. To receive recognition, programs must have achieved a GPA of 3.00 or higher during the spring semester.

    Local briefs: Rake prevail at Union Grove

    Jimmy O’Lear fired a complete game seven-hitter and drove in two as the Rake Legion baseball team won 5-4 at Union Grove on Tuesday.

    O’Lear struck out six against no walks.

    WSCA cites Tremper’s Johnson

    Tremper sophomore-to-be Haley Johnson was selected among the “Best of the Rest” by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association on Tuesday.

    The organization also released its “First 11.” No Kenoshans were on that team.

    Error pays off for Fish


    The Kenosha Kingfish traveled from Mequon’s Kapco Park to Simmons Field on Tuesday afternoon thinking they’d need some help to secure the first-half title of the Northwoods League South Division.

    And help they got in the form of a clerical correction a couple hours before they even took the field for the second leg of a home-and-home doubleheader with the Lakeshore Chinooks.

    Sweeping to the South


    After a roller coaster-like opening month-plus of the season, the Kenosha Kingfish are finally South Division first-half champions of the Northwoods League.

    The Kingfish completed their rocky ride by sweeping the Lakeshore Chinooks in a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, winning the opener 6-1 at Kapco Park in Mequon and the nightcap 2-1 in front of 2,033 at Simmons Field.

    Reigel on ex-coach Ryan: ‘Lucky to have been a part of it’


    Word that longtime Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan will spend one last season on the sideline rippled through the sports world Monday.

    And while the decision wasn’t completely a surprise — Ryan is 67 years old — it still had many people talking including UW-Parkside men’s coach Luke Reigel, who of course, knows a thing or two about the four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.

    Local briefs: Bible captures Men’s City Open

    Matthew Bible won the two-day Men’s City Open golf tournament, which concluded Sunday at Muni.

    Bible shot 143 and finished six strokes ahead of Cory Metallo in the Championship Flight. Steve Levonowich was third with a 151 while Joe Torcaso was fourth with a 153 in the eight-golfer field.

    Title on the line today



    As recently as June 18, the Kenosha Kingfish were about as hot as a baseball team can get.

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    Johnson grand marshal for Somers July 4th parade


    SOMERS – It’s not the first time Myrtle Johnson will be leading the Somers July 4th Parade but Saturday will be the first as its grand marshal.

    Local veteran at center of fundraising groundswell


    On Wednesday, the charity Active Heroes — with the help of a Pleasant Prairie man — launched a fundraising campaign in hopes of raising $78,000 for a retreat for veterans and their families in Kentucky.

    Kenosha’s June was cool, but not the coldest

    While Kenosha residents shivered their way through last month, a meteorologist says this June was not the coldest on record.

    Chief testifies in evidence-planting hearing


    Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey wishes he had known earlier about suspected problems with evidence collected by former officer Kyle Baars.

    Mayor moves to derail streetcar expansion


    The controversial Kenosha streetcar route expansion looks to be derailed Monday, when Mayor Keith Bosman will present the City Council with a resolution to remove available federal funding and redirect $2.8 million in local borrowing largely to fix city streets.

    Libertyfest’s fireworks set for Friday


    TWIN LAKES — It’s fireworks on Friday this year at the annual Libertyfest event at Lance Park in Twin Lakes.

    FIX IT: Rough 19th Avenue rail crossing threatens to damage crossing vehicles


    This week’s problem: Those loud screeching and grinding sounds you hear? That’s the sound of the undercarriage of your vehicle nearly being ripped off as you cross the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in the 5500 block of 19th Avenue Two readers contacted Fix It about that rough crossing.

    BRIEFS: Man arrested after slashing tire

    A 25-year-old Kenosha man put a woman’s possessions out on the curb and slashed one of her vehicle’s tires when she came over to pick it up about 1 p.m. Wednesday at a residence in the 5000 block of 58th Street, according to the Kenosha Police Department.

    Ocenco doubling its local facility

    Ocenco Inc., a manufacturer of respiratory protection and therapy devices, is doubling its Pleasant Prairie manufacturing facility to accommodate an expansion of new business.

    Two new charges for former Bullen teacher


    Two new charges were added Thursday against the former Bullen Middle School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a high school student.

    Come sail away


    A Nashville, Tenn., man’s astonishing 6,500-mile journey on a homemade, 14-foot sailboat included a recent overnight stay at the Kenosha Yacht Club.

    Today’s event briefs: Water utility’s traveling tap set to debut

    The Kenosha Water Utility’s Traveling Tap will make its debut this weekend.