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Rash of fights leads to basketball court closure


Local basketball courts, used more commonly for fighting than pickup games recently, are set to be shut down for two weeks.

In a response to an alarming number of police calls at Lincoln Park, the courts will be closed on Friday and will reopen on June 15, according to Mayor Keith Bosman.

Streetcar expansion awaits We Energies report


A plan to expand Kenosha’s streetcar line is on hold while city officials await a report from We Energies.

The report spells out the utility’s requirements if the expansion is to follow a north-south route primarily along Sixth and Eighth avenues, perpendicular to the existing tracks, according to City Administrator Frank Pacetti.

Lawsuit filed in salmonella outbreak


One of the families sickened after eating pork carnitas from Supermercado Los Corrales has sued the grocery store and its insurance company, and more lawsuits are likely to be filed.

Kenneth and Melissa Vela's attorney filed the complaint Wednesday in Kenosha County Circuit Court, demanding compensation for their pain and suffering, mental distress, fear of future illness, past and future medical expenses, lost wages and other damages that may arise.

Strom named interim fire chief in Somers


Capt. Aaron Strom was named Somers’ interim fire chief Wednesday.

The decision by the Somers Fire Commission was unanimous. Don Howland was not present. The move still has to be approved by the Village Board.

Man charged after reportedly slamming into motorcycle

A 35-year-old Kenosha man was charged Tuesday afternoon with two felony counts of injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle after reportedly crashing into a motorcycle on Friday, resulting in serious injuries.

Michael D. Valeri was believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he drove a Mazda 3 into the side of a stalled Harley-Davidson at about 9 p.m. at the intersection of 56th Street and Sheridan Road, according to the Kenosha Police Department.

Cleanup progresses at Paris, Brighton farms


Cleanup is underway at the two farms where authorities found dozens of dead calves over the weekend.

Kenosha County Sheriff Dave Beth said cleanup is nearly finished at the farm at 20801 First St., Paris, and has begun at 275 248th Ave., Brighton.

Firms selected for Unified sports upgrades


Two hometown firms will lead the $16.7 million project to build new sports facilities for Kenosha Unified’s high schools.

The district chose Kenosha-based Partners in Design as the architect for the project and Camosy Construction to provide construction management.

Dream Playground enters key phase


Kenosha Dream Playground Project organizers are hosting back-to-back public meetings Friday, the first to recruit “captains” followed by a presentation by the playground designer.

Saturday marks the 100-day countdown to the start of construction for the $1 million playground being designed to accommodate children with disabilities. It will feature full accessibility to all equipment, play areas and a restroom.

Police use batons, Tasers to quell unruly crowd after fight

Kenosha Police Department made numerous arrests after responding to a large fight at Lincoln Park about 8 p.m. Monday.

More than 20 officers were called to the 1800 block of 69th Street for the report of several hundred people gathered for a fight, according to the police report.

Indian Motorcycle dealership melds architecture, classic brand


RACINE — Architectural and motorcycle history have melded in a new dealership: Indian Motorcycle of Racine.

Located in a lovingly restored building at 522 Sixth St., the dealership is the first in the region to exclusively sell the newly invigorated Indian brand.

From horseshoes to computers


BASSETT — When Fred Sarbacker Sr. bought a local blacksmith business from Hank Blaine in 1915, automobiles were still a bit of a rare sight in western Kenosha County.

The business mostly shoed horses and repaired buggies, but was beginning to do more work on autos of the era. A new horseshoe cost 50 cents, and a replacement wheel for a buggy would set you back $6. All labor was 50 cents an hour.

Rain shortens west-end Memorial day activities


Monday’s rain canceled the Memorial Day parade in Twin Lakes and forced the Schultz-Hahn American Legion Post 293 in Silver Lake to cancel its outdoor ceremony and hold a shortened event inside.

But the rain didn’t stop residents and visitors from taking time to remember those who died in service to our country.

The lingering effects of war


Katiemarie Owen has seen evidence of the price paid by those who have served in the armed forces.

Her father Stephen Owen, who served 23 years in the Navy, 11 of them at sea, is now 100 percent service-connected disabled, exposed to chemicals that have caused damage to his skin, lungs, intestines, joints and brain.

UPDATE: Family given one week to rectify conditions at farms were dead animals were found


A family has been given a week to rectify problems at two farms where more than 80 dead animals were found Friday and Saturday.

Late Saturday night, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced it had ended its “on scene” portion of an investigation into animal abuse at farms own by the Schmeckel family in Brighton and Paris.

Holding onto hope


Laura Ling engaged her captors, believing their humanity remained even as she despaired.

Imprisoned for 140 days after she was captured in 2009 by North Korean soldiers at the country’s border with China, the journalist — who was reporting on the trafficking of women — said she had to believe there was still hope for her survival, even for her eventual release.

    UW budget would be cut by $250M


    MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed $300 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System would be reduced by $50 million, and tenure protections for faculty would be removed from state law, under changes endorsed Friday by Republicans who control the Legislature’s budget-writing committee.

    The Joint Finance Committee also planned to approve continuing a tuition freeze for two more years and do away with Walker’s plan to give UW more independence from state laws and oversight, something Republicans who control the Legislature have said for weeks was their intention.

    Walker says he’d be ‘pleased’ with prevailing wage repeal

    PORTAGE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday he would be “pleased” if a repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law were a part of the state budget, but he’d also be satisfied with significant changes to the requirement setting construction wages for public works jobs.

    Walker commented as the Legislature’s budget-writing committee hoped to complete work on the two-year spending plan today, despite not having agreement on how to pay for highway and state road projects, a financing deal for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena or whether to repeal the prevailing wage.

    Budget panel OKs changes to long-term care programs

    MADISON (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature’s budget committee adopted most of Gov. Scott Walker’s plan Wednesday to expand the Family Care program and incorporate elements of the IRIS program into it, pushing aside pleas from minority Democrats and advocates for the disabled to leave both programs alone.

    The GOP lawmakers tweaked Walker’s plan in places, adding language that guarantees enrollees would still have a say in developing their care plans and would keep receiving state stipends to cover services they need just as IRIS provides.

    Lawmakers seek agreement on budget issues

    MADISON (AP) — A tangle of unresolved issues swirled around the Republican-controlled Legislature on Tuesday as lawmakers rushed to complete deals by the end of the week on some of the biggest pieces of Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year state spending plan — including cuts to the University of Wisconsin, roads funding and paying for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

    Complicating things, the conservative chairman of the Assembly Labor Committee broke with the wishes of Republican leaders and scheduled a hearing and vote today on a bill to repeal the prevailing wage.

    We Energies customers enjoy gas bill savings of 24%

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Customers of Wisconsin’s largest utility caught a break this past winter.

    After paying almost $800 to keep warm during the “polar vortex” winter of 2013-14, bills for a typical We Energies customer were down by almost $190 for the six-month heating season that ended April 30. Company spokesman Brian Manthey said a typical customer’s bill fell 24 percent to $596 for the season.

    Uproar over surprise motion

    MADISON (AP) — Critics are blasting legislators after the state’s budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities.

    The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee passed a motion early Wednesday morning that included the plan. The plan wasn’t addressed in the meeting.

    Disputes on Wis. Supreme Court continue, emails released

    MADISON — Even with a new chief justice, the disputes continue behind the scenes inside the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Backers of a constitutional amendment allowing the justices to decide who will be their leader argued it would lead to more harmony on the Supreme Court. But emails released Friday show the tenure of new Chief Justice Patience Roggensack is off to a rocky start.

    Bradford wins softball regional title over Indian Trail


    For five innings, Indian Trail pitcher Emilia Jackson had Bradford’s talented softball team guessing at the plate during Friday’s WIAA Division-1 regional championship game.

    The second-seeded Red Devils managed only three hits against the Hawks’ junior hurler in those first five at-bats, as Jackson used an assortment of pitches to keep the host team on its heels.

    Softball roundup: Christian Life wins regional title

    The Christian Life softball team lived up to its No. 1 seed on Friday afternoon.

    The Eagles built an early lead and held off second-seeded Greendale Martin Luther, 4-3, in a WIAA Division-3 regional final at Old Little League Park.

    Bradford’s Baldwin shines in track sectional

    Jackie Baldwin put herself in position to win a couple of state titles next week.

    The Bradford senior sprinter smoked the competition in two individual events and was part of a winning relay in Friday’s WIAA Division-1 track and field sectional at Monterey Stadium in Janesville.

    High school ticker: Tremper baseball team triumphs


    Tremper 7, Wisconsin Lutheran 5

    Kingfish win third in a row

    Nick Sergakis and Hunter Alexander each homered as the Kenosha Kingfish ran their winning streak to three with a 10-8 victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks on Friday night at Simmons Field.

    Lakeshore jumped out to a 4-1 lead as it had five hits against Kenosha starter Anthony Olson, a Tremper graduate in the first inning.

    Kingfish well-armed

    For the second consecutive night, the Kenosha Kingfish got a solid starting pitching performance.

    And for the second consecutive night, the Kingfish won.

    Moore returning to State

    Daniel Moore secured a return trip to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division-1 State Individual Tennis Tournament.

    The Tremper sophomore will be joined by Indian Trail’s Alessandro Fracassi (No. 1 singles) and Nick Ancona and Saagar Shah (No. 1 doubles) as the trio all placed in the top four in their respective flights in Thursday’s WIAA Division-1 sectional at Heyer Park in Waukesha.

    Prep ticker: Bradford edges Tremper in baseball

    BASEBALLBradford 3, Tremper 2It was a drama-filled Senior Day at Wavro Field for the fifth-ranked and Southeast Conference champion Red Devils. ... Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, senior Mike Haugh drove in senior Tyler Hedstrom from first base with a two-out, two-strike double for the walk-off Southeast Conference victory. ... Bradford pitcher Kyle Schultz scattered 10 hits in seven innings with four walks and three strikeouts. ... His counterpart, Keith Kutzler, also went the distance, allowing seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. ... Haugh and Vinny Hubli had two hits apiece for Bradford (18-7, 13-2). ... Justin Lavey tripled twice and Eric Paz and Mitchell Buban also had two hits for the Trojans (16-7, 10-5). ... “We stranded a lot of runners,” Tremper coach John Matera said about the 10 left on base. “Schulz made big pitches and their defense made the plays.”

    St. Joseph 13, Lutheran/Prairie 3, 5 inn.Myron Glass Jr., Pete Schuler, Don Goodes, Kyle Cable and Alex O’Lear — the top five in the batting order — combined to go 12-for-18 with six doubles, seven RBI and 10 runs scored for the Metro Classic Conference champion Lancers at Horlick Field. ... Goodes was 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead the way. ... “Everyone hit the ball with authority today,” St. Joseph coach Ron Schuler said. “This was a great way to end the season.” ... Cable pitched five strong innings with four strikeouts for the win.

    Local briefs: Parkside baseball signs three players


    The UW-Parkside baseball program announced on Wednesday that three players — Robert Neylon, Lovell Chandler and Gianfranco Sorrentino — signed their National Letters of Intent and will play for the Rangers in 2016.

    For starters, a real gem


    UW-Parkside’s Josh Serio certainly showed he could pitch with the elite on Wednesday.

    Making his Northwoods League debut, Serio survived a turbulent first inning to earn the victory in the Kingfish’s 4-2 win over the St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox before 1,852 at Simmons Field.

    Postseason ticker: Indian Trail softball wins


    Indian Trail 3, Greendale 1Led by pitcher Emilia Jackson, the 10th-seeded Hawks knocked off the seventh-seeded Panthers in a WIAA Division-1 regional semifinal at Greendale. ... Indian Trail (7-15) will play at second-seeded Bradford in the regional final 4:30 p.m. Friday. ... Jackson tossed a three-hit complete game with one walk and 10 strikeouts. ... Kendall Dobnikar gave Jackson all the runs she would need with a two-run home run in the second inning.

    Prep ticker: St. Joseph baseball wins conference title

    Straight to the point


    It was another one-point victory for the Central girls track and field team.

    One week after squeaking out a 128-127 victory over Badger in the Southern Lakes Conference Outdoor Meet, the Falcons made every point count once again as they eked out a 109-108 victory over Bradford to claim the crown in a WIAA Division-1 regional on Wednesday in Paddock Lake.

    Prep postseason ticker: Shoreland girls second in track regional


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    Sleeping children rescued from smoke-filled home

    Kenosha firefighters rescued four sleeping children from a smoke-filled apartment Thursday evening. A 40-year-old woman — the grandmother of three of the children and the mother of one — was arrested for child neglect.

    Today’s event briefs: Event to honor Vietnam veterans

    KENOSHA — “Righting the Wrongs,” a program to honor Vietnam veterans and to mark the 40th anniversary of the war’s end begins at 1 p.m. Saturday in Wolfenbuttel Park,5901 Third Ave.

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    Neighbors, park users at odds over Lincoln basketball courts


    Kenosha resident Aaron Marshall was drawn to a sprawling, tree-lined park — perfect for a morning fishing trip, an afternoon picnic or a twilight stroll — when he relocated his family to the Lincoln Park neighborhood in 2009.

    News briefs: Man breaking up fight suffers head injury

    A 31-year-old man who was believed to be breaking up a fight involving over 40 teenagers was transported to Kenosha Medical Center with a head injury on Monday, according to Kenosha Police Department.

    Bieker gets 25 years prison for Leydel murder


    The Kenosha man who fired the fatal shot in a 2009 homicide was re-sentenced Thursday, after an appeal vacated his earlier conviction.

    Jury delivers guilty verdicts on drug charges

    A Kenosha man found in January 2014 with heroin, cocaine and marijuana in his home was convicted Thursday of nine charges that grew out of that investigation.

    Students get close look at peregrine falcon chicks


    Students from Stocker Elementary School in Kenosha got up close and personal with some endangered birds Thursday.

    Fine replaces probation in Salem neighbor dispute case

    A Salem man will pay a fine rather than serve out the balance of his probation for a disorderly conduct charge.

    State board changes panfish limit on Paddock Lake

    PADDOCK LAKE — The panfish bag limit on Paddock Lake will be reduced during spawning season for 10 years starting next spring under rule changes approved by the Natural Resources Board.

    Worker receives high-voltage shock on foundry roof


    A man was flown to a trauma center in Milwaukee after receiving a heavy jolt of electricity on the roof of a Kenosha foundry Thursday.

    Ray Radigan’s locks the door


    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The motto on the sign at Ray Radigan’s restaurant on Sheridan Road is bold: “Wonderful Food.”