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Braithwaite accused of attacking jail worker

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

The 34-year-old jail worker was transported to Kenosha Medical Center with multiple head and facial injuries at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the 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.



Virginia abduction suspect charged with rape

The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged today with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005.

The indictment against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was handed up by a Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax County. Matthew was also charged with attempted capital murder, according to the indictment.


Births in Wis. fall for 6th straight year

The number of babies born in Wisconsin has dropped for the sixth straight year.

The state Department of Health Services reported Monday that there were 66,566 live births to Wisconsin residents in 2013. That is 663 fewer than in 2012.

Births in Wisconsin have gone done every year since 2007. The number of live births last year was the lowest since 1997 when there were 66,490.



Earth on pace for heat record

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping.

It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.


Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: Joshua Braithwaite has been found guilty of murder, and jury selection began today in the trial of Darshawn Frison, one of three men accused of the April 20-13 fatal shootings of two men in a Kenosha backyard.

Watch the video here.


Ryan-Zerban debate tonight in Janesville

The second debate between First District Congressional candidates Paul Ryan and Rob Zerban is Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Janesville. The Janesville Gazette will live stream the event at gazettextra.com/ryanvzerban.


7 bodies found in Indiana

The bodies of seven women were found in northwestern Indiana over the weekend after a man's confession to one killing led police to the grisly discovery of the other bodies, including three in one abandoned house, authorities said Monday.

The discoveries began after a 43-year-old man allegedly confessed to killing a woman whose body was found Friday in a Motel 6 in Hammond, Ind. He then told investigators where more bodies could be found in abandoned homes in the nearby city of Gary, a deteriorating former steel town about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, police said.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Monday that the suspect is a sex offender from Austin, Texas.



Happ defends herself against GOP accusation

Republicans are accusing Democratic attorney general hopeful Susan Happ of letting a pipe bomb builder get off scot-free even though she stepped aside to let federal prosecutors handle the case.

Happ currently serves as the Jefferson County district attorney. On Friday the state GOP questioned why Happ's office charged Christopher Hamlin with possessing a pipe bomb in 2009 only to drop the case less than a month later. The GOP issued a statement accusing Happ of not caring about public safety.

Happ has countered she dropped the case because a federal grand jury had indicted Hamlin with possessing a destructive device. Online federal court records indicate Hamlin was indicted 16 days after Happ's office filed its charges. He was ultimately sentenced to seven years in prison.



Hazmat unit called to Somers Elementary

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department has confirmed the hazardous materials team is at Somers Elementary School for a leaking heating and cooling system.

Emergency crews arrived just before 9 a.m., according to scanner reports.



Gasoline prices in Wis. fall again

Average retail gasoline prices in Wisconsin have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.16 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,112 gas outlets in Wisconsin.

In Kenosha, prices are down another 20 cents a gallon to an average of $2.95.

Nationally, prices are down 6.1 cents per gallon in the last week to an average of $3.12.



Early voting begins today

Voters hoping to avoid lines at the polls Election Day can begin casting their ballots today.

Municipal clerks across Wisconsin will accept ballots beginning Monday. Early voting hours generally run from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. weekdays, however local clerks can set their own hours within those perimeters. Early voting ends Oct. 31.



Waukegan teachers' strike continues

A teachers strike in the Waukegan continues into a third week.

Waukegan Public Schools District 60 said there will be no classes Monday after negotiations with the Lake County Federation of Teachers stalled last week. About 17,000 students have been out of class since the strike started Oct. 2.

Both sides say progress has been made, but they are at an impasse on salary increases.



18-year-old killed by stray bullet in Chicago

Cook County authorities say an 18-year-old woman has died after being shot by a stray bullet while sitting in a Chicago apartment.

Police say Alexandra Burgos was killed early Sunday in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed her death.

Police say she was sitting in an apartment when gunshots from outside struck her in the head. They say she was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead around 1:30 a.m. Burgos' family members tell WFLD-TV she went to the apartment to pick up her brother from what they believe was a party there.



Hot off the Press: Monday, Oct 20

Early voting begins today in state

DOT mulls Salem roundabout

Family continues pumpkin-carving tradition


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The weather forecast

Partly cloudy with a high of 59 degrees.


U.S. airdrops weapons to Kurds in Syria

The U.S. military says it airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The airdrops today were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. said earlier Sunday that it launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area.


Board to consider return of public works head

A familiar face is expected to return to the Kenosha County Center at highways 45 and 50 as early as December.

Ray Arbet, who was at the helm of the public works department from 2008 to 2012, is being recommended again for a similar position.The County Board will review Arbet's application at its Tuesday night meeting.

Arbet would replace Chris Masin who was hired earlier this year as director of public works and development services. Masin left the county this summer to go back to Shelby, Tenn.


Arbet in line to return to county

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

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Monday's newspaper.



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.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Monday's newspaper.



Snapshot: Makeup artist revels in Halloween

This week's Snapshot feature is on Paul Hoepner, a makeup artist who specializes in Halloween, working for the Abandoned Haunted House in Mount Pleasant.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Monday's newspaper.



Report: Milwaukee officer's firing was rare step

A report says 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.


A Life Remembered: Hearing impairment couldn't deter Verdelle Fulmer

This week's A Life Remembered is about Verdelle Fulmer, who didn't let a hearing impairment stop her from raising seven kids.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Monday's newspaper.



Family continues pumpkin-carving tradition

A nearly 20-year tradition continued Saturday as the Breiling family gathered to carve pumpkins.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Monday's newspaper.



Tannehill leads Dolphins by Bears, 27-14

CHICAGO (AP) - Ryan Tannehill threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns in an efficient performance, and the Miami Dolphins beat the Chicago Bears 27-14 on Sunday.

Tannehill connected on his first 14 passes and was 25 of 32 overall, helping Miami bounce back from a brutal 27-24 loss to Green Bay.



Packers crush Carolina, 38-17

GREEN BAY (AP)--The Green Bay Packers had a fine plan for neutralizing Carolina's running game: dominate on offense.

Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, Randall Cobb torched the Carolina secondary for 121 yards on six catches and the Packers rolled to a 38-17 victory on Sunday.


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