Commission tables action on closure of Kennedy Drive

The city's Parks Commission on Monday decided against voting on the park's master plan that called for the closure of Kennedy Drive.

After nearly three hours of citizen comments requesting the drive stay open, the commission voted to table the Kennedy Park master plan that would turn Kennedy Drive into a walking path with scenic overlooks.

The commission said it wanted more information from the city on how much it would cost to keep Kennedy Drive.

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Walker won't make another job-creation promise

Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he won't make another job-creation promise like he did four years ago, a pledge he's all but certain not to fulfill by the end of his term in December.

Walker said his economic development plan to be unveiled in coming weeks will be a detailed proposal about how to grow quality jobs, but it won't include a specific promise of how many jobs would be created.

Kenosha man nabbed after drag race, high-speed chase

A high-speed road race in Mount Pleasant has a Kenosha man facing prison, if convicted of six charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Jesus D. Herrera Jaimes, 20, was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, after Mount Pleasant police saw two vehicles rev their engines and race from a stoplight on Durand Avenue, near Lathrop Avenue, which turns into 13th Avenue across the county line.

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Central sixth, Tremper seventh in girls state vball poll

Central was ranked sixth and Tremper was seventh in the latest Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association girls Division-1 state poll.

Milwaukee officer crashes into stopped car

Milwaukee police said an apparent medical emergency caused an officer to crash into another car near Miller Park.

Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said the 22-year-old officer was driving southbound Monday morning when he rear-ended a car stopped at a red light.

Dump truck crashes injure at least seven on Highway 31

Two crashes involving a dump truck on Green Bay Road (Highway 31) sent at least seven people, including a deputy, to local hospitals for their injuries Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

The accidents occurred within minutes of each other before 2 p.m. The first accident was at the intersection of 60th Street and Green Bay Road in Somers and a deputy was transported for minor injuries.

The second accident was at 52nd Street and Green Bay Road in Kenosha where six people, including the truck's driver, were transported for serious and minor injuries. The intersections were closed for about an hour.

Bristol students stretch out

Bristol School staff donned groovy tie-dyed T-shirts with smiley faces as they greeted students to the newly expanded school Tuesday with the song "Happy," by Pharrell Williams.

The new section has new academic classrooms as well as a music room, art room and computer lab, along with unused space for the future. The entire school got a new fire alarm system, phone/intercom system and security upgrades.

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New year, new school for Kenosha Unified

While thousands of students returned to their classrooms for the first day of school Tuesday, at the old McKinley Middle School - now the west campus of the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum - the day began with a celebration.

Parents posed their kids for pictures with the new KTEC sign in front of the school, 5710 32nd Ave., while inside the gym the school year began with a welcoming ceremony and a ribbon cutting.

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Silver Lake Police Chief to resign

Silver Lake Police Chief Dan Kingsley submitted a letter of resignation letter that will be considered by the Village Board Wednesday. Kingsley said he is retiring from law enforcement for another pursuit. His resignation is effective Sept. 12.

Los Angeles jury finds man guilty of serial killings

A Los Angeles jury has convicted a career criminal in the serial killings of three women in the 1980s.

The jury today found 74-year-old Samuel Little guilty of three counts of murder.

Zion man gets 30 years for killing infant

A judge has sentenced a Zion, Ill man to 30 years in prison for killing his then-girlfriend's 5-month-old son and dumping the body into a trash container.

Prosecutors say Demetries Thorpe smothered the infant, Joshua Summeries, while the child was crying. Thorpe pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this year.

Multi-vehicle accident reported at Hwy 31 and 52nd Street

Authorities have closed 52nd Street in both directions at Highway 31 following a multi-vehicle accident with multiple injuries, according to scanner traffic.

Tremper soccer fourth in latest poll

Tremper was ranked fourth in the latest Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Division-1 state coaches poll, which was released today.

The Trojans were fifth last week.

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Among our top stories: Public school students went back to the classroom today, and the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum celebrated the opening of its new west campus at the former McKinley Middle School.

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Flight diverted, woman removed over seat dispute

Officials say a Delta Air Lines flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Fla., was diverted and a combative woman removed because of a passenger dispute over a reclining seat.

Amy Fine, 32, of Boca Raton, Fla., told authorities she wasn't aggressive, just emotional over the death of her two dogs, on the Monday night flight.

According to an airport authority report, Fine was resting her head on her tray table when the passenger ahead of her reclined the seat. It hit Fine's head, and witnesses say the two passengers began arguing. The flight was diverted to Jacksonville.

New KTEC campus opens its doors

The first day of school at KTEC West opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by kids and families.

The second campus for the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum opened today at the former McKinley Middle School, 5710 32nd Ave. The new school has about 340 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Dept. of Revenue releases information on bust

Two local men were arrested by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue last week for illegal manufacturing and cigarette tax evasion.

Ronald Runkles, 42, of Pleasant Prairie and Thomas Banner, 46, of Trevor were taken into custody at a Burlington business, according to the Department of Revenue.

Three search warrants were served at two residences and a retail store.

Former Walker aide who spurred investigation dies

A former aide whose report of possible embezzlement led to a secret investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's Milwaukee County executive staff has died.

Thomas Nardelli, 70, was Walker's chief of staff when Walker was county executive and followed him to Madison when Walker became governor. Nardelli left a position as administrator for the state's Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services in 2011.

Walker described Nardelli in a statement as "a wonderful public servant and a dear friend."

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New School year starts for region's school children

Tens of thousands of students are heading back to school across Wisconsin.

Among them are nine siblings in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. The Beffel children range from 4-year-old kindergarten to senior year in high school. Mom Marisa Beffel says it takes a lot of preparation to get all her children ready for the new school year.

Beffel says she'd be lost without her calendar, because if it doesn't get written down, she wouldn't remember all the children's activities and plans.

Governor skirts touchy casino decision

As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker enters the homestretch of a closely contested race, he is delaying the decision on the Kenosha casino deal even though he said it could open the door for thousands of jobs for the region. But he also added it also could cost the state tens of millions of dollars.

Walker has delayed a decision until well after the November election.

He hasn't offered any hints about which way he's leaning, drawing criticism from Democrats and some residents who say it's time for the governor to reveal his intentions.

Obama in Milwaukee speaks of economic opportunity

President Barack Obama was back in Milwaukee for Labor Day, where he spoke of economic opportunity at LaborFest 2014.

Obama touched on topics of equal pay for women and a higher minimum wage. He says, "I'm not asking for the moon, I just want a good deal for American workers."

In a 30-minute afternoon speech, Obama urged the crowd of about 6,000 not to grow frustrated with Republican obstructionism in Congress. He counseled them to be persistent, saying that's the same strategy he used to get Michelle to marry him.

Franklin police investigate soccer brawl

Police are searching for an adult soccer player who they say kicked an opponent unconscious during a brawl near Milwaukee.

Franklin Police Sgt. William Van Zile said Monday the brawl broke out Sunday during an adult league soccer tournament at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. Police say players went into the stands to try to calm fans, but they ended up joining the altercation.

Van Zile says two security guards and two players were hurt in the fight, including the player who was knocked unconscious. No arrests have been made.

Less humid today

Partly sunny and less humid today. High: 79; low: 59.

Frozen frosh take challenge at Carthage

About 500 Carthage College freshmen accepted the ice bucket challenge Monday night, dousing themselves en masse on Art Keller Field.

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