Today's forecast

Partly sunny with a thunderstorm; warmer with a high of 85 degrees.


Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 in Philly

Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said.

Two women, including the mother of the three siblings killed, were critically injured. Police were looking for the suspects, who fled on foot.


Brewers lose to Mets, 3-2

Francisco Rodriguez blew his fourth save of the season, giving up three runs in the ninth inning as the Brewers lost to the Mets 3-2 in Milwaukee on Friday night. For more, see Saturday's Kenosha News.



Kingfish win fifth straight

The Kenosha Kingfish rallied from a 3-0 hole to beat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 5-3 for their fifth consecutive victory Friday night at Simmons Field.



Four earthquakes shake Alaska today

Several earthquakes, including one with a magnitude of 5.9, occurred around the same location in the southeast part of Alaska today.

An unrelated magnitude-4.3 earthquake was felt in Kodiak. No one reported feeling smaller, unrelated quakes in the Brooks Range region and in north-central Alaska.

The magnitude-3.9 earthquake in the Brooks Range was an aftershock of an earlier earthquake near the village of Noatak in an area with otherwise little seismic activity. Since April 18, five magnitude-5.7 temblors have occurred in that area and are associated with multiple aftershocks.


Kenosha soldier falls ill in Afghanistan, dies at U.S. base

Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Kenosha, died Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, from a noncombat-related illness contracted in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced today.

Hamilton's unit was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom

Read more about this story later on kenoshanews.com or in Saturday's Kenosha News.



Shakespeare classic opens tonight at Rhode

Lakeside Players will perform what is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest works in a summer production of "Hamlet," opening today.

While the classic play is familiar to many, Director Alex Metalsky hopes audience sees the play with a fresh set of eyes and relate to the characters problems, as they are still relevant today. The production uses contemporary, modern-day clothing and staging, and it casts a woman as the lead role of Hamlet.

In addition to shows at the Rhode Center for the Arts, two performances also will be held at Simmons Library and Library Park.

For more information, see the Get Out section in today's Kenosha News or go to kenoshanews.com/entertainment.


Psychological thriller opens at Sixth Street Theatre tonight

Over Our Head Player's summer production of "Down the Road" highlights heavy, debatable questions and will likely leave audiences thinking and talking about the core conflicts of the show.

The part psychological thriller, part morality play tells the story of married journalists who are interviewing a serial killer for his official biography. The couple grows uncertain of the ethics of their project and wonder if its only helping turn the criminal into a celebrity.

The drama opens tonight at Sixth Street Theatre in Racine.

For more information, see the Get Out section in today's Kenosha News or go to kenoshanews.com/entertainment.


German Fest begins today in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is welcoming all things German to the Summerfest grounds this weekend for German Fest: "Milwaukee's Original Haus Party."

The ethnic festival includes German traditions, entertainment, music and food, with a variety of authentic German cuisine from well-known German restaurants and food services from southeast Wisconsin. New to this year's event is a free Bier Tasting Tent, which will offer 3-ounce samples of three new beers available for purchase on the grounds. Today's festival hours are 3 p.m.-midnight.

For more information, see the Get Out section in today's Kenosha News or go to kenoshanews.com/entertainment.


Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: Perfect weather greeted the Day 1 crowd at Country Thunder on Thursday. And police have identified the people involved with the fatal crash Wednesday afternoon at 52nd Street and 104th Avenue.

Watch the video here.


Taste of Wisconsin kicks off today

The flavors and cultures of Wisconsin return today with countless opportunities for taste buds to celebrate during this year's Taste of Wisconsin.

The festival takes place in Kenosha along the Lake Michigan shore this weekend with more than 40 vendors, four beverage gardens, 80 acts on four stages, chef demonstrations, kids activities and more. Kidzone activities include a visit from Miss Kenosha, a mascot meet-and-greet, face painting and karaoke.

Organizers are keeping the food options fresh by adding 10 new vendors to this year's event. Today's festival hours are 3-11 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, see the Get Out section in today's Kenosha News or go to kenoshanews.com/entertainment.


Police identify man killed in Wednesday crash

Police have released the identity of people involved in Wednesday's fatal crash.

Jorden E. Spivey, 27, was a passenger in a vehicle struck as it made a left turn at the intersection of 52nd Street and 104th Avenue Wednesday evening. He was airlifted to a Milwaukee hospital, and died Thursday morning. The driver of that car, Sheldon Hartwell, born in 1988, and two juvenile passengers were also treated at a local hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck that struck the car was Donald Anderson, born in 1983. All are Kenosha residents. Witnesses said Anderson went through a red light and struck Hartwell's vehicle as it completed a left turn after the light change.


Violin thief sentenced to prison

A Milwaukee man who provided the stun gun used in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January was sentenced Thursday to 3½ years in prison.

Universal K. Allah, 37, pleaded guilty in May to being party to felony robbery, a charge with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. His attorney and family asked for leniency, noting that Allah loaned the weapon but didn't participate in the attack.

Milwaukee County Judge Dennis Moroney was not moved. He told Allah that being party to the crime makes him just as culpable as the man who carried out the attack, especially since Allah knew his acquaintance planned to use the weapon to steal a rare musical instrument.

The instrument, which is almost 300 years old, was missing for nine days before police recovered it in good condition. Moroney said the crime was an attack not only on the concertmaster from whom it was taken but on the Milwaukee community as a whole. Before sentencing, Allah apologized to the court, the violin's owner and the concertmaster to whom it had been loaned.



50 children who crossed U.S.-Mexico border placed in Wisconsin

The federal office that helps refugees settle in the United States has placed 50 unaccompanied children in Wisconsin.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday showing where children had been placed. It did not provide specifics on their locations. The office says it tries to place children with a parent, relative or family friend when possible.

Immigration officials have been overwhelmed by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children fleeing from gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the state should not be considered a site for these children, saying it would be in the children's best interests if they were reloacted near the U.S. southern border so families can be promptly reunited.


Hot off the Press: Latest from the Kenosha News

Stories in today's Kenosha News and on our website include:

The vice chairman of the Southport Beach House Citizen's Committee has resigned in frustration, saying the city's lack of willingness to work with the committee has made it obsolete.

Unemployment climbed in Kenosha County in June, following the statewide trend. In the county as a whole and in the city, the rise was of less than 1 percent.

A Bristol woman who injected her boyfriend with what proved to be a fatal dose of heroin will spend six months in jail.

Kenosha Homecoming is drawing AMC enthusiasts.



Read these stories and our other local news coverage.


The weather forecast

Mostly cloudy with a couple of thunderstorms. High: 74; low: 63.


Brewers beat Mets, 9-1

Matt Garza allowed two hits over eight innings to rebound from a horrendous outing and Ryan Braun hit one of three homers for the Brewers in a 9-1 victory over the Mets in Milwaukee on Thursday night. For more, see Friday's Kenosha News.



Kingfish win fourth in a row

The Kenosha Kingfish ran their winning streak to four with a 2-0 victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Thursday night at Simmons Field.



Woman charged in heroin death gets probation, six months jail

Sharissa Fecht, 27, of Bristol, who pleaded guilty in May to reckless homicide in the heroin overdose death of her boyfriend, was sentenced today by Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Wilber Warren to six months jail time.

In also staying a possible 25-year prison sentence and placing her on five years probation, Warren cited the mutual responsibilities of Fecht and Timothy Andro, her late boyfriend, in causing Andro's death after Fecht injected Andro with the drug in January at Andro's request.

Read more about this story later at kenoshanews.com or in Friday's Kenosha News.


Official says plane wreckage found in Mali

A Burkina Faso official says the wreckage of the Air Algerie plane that went missing has been found in Mali.

Gen. Gilbert Diendere says the wreckage was located about 31 miles from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali.


Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year under the new health care law.

The caps are $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The amount is equal to the national average annual premium for a bronze-level health plan.


1 dead, 2 injured in Pennsylvania hospital shooting

A gunman opened fire inside a hospital psychiatric unit today, leaving one hospital employee dead and a second injured before being critically wounded himself, a prosecutor said.

Just what led to the shooting was unknown, but the gunman had psychiatric problems, District Attorney Jack Whalen said.


Wisconsin farmers set record for cranberry harvest

Wisconsin cranberry farmers increased production by 25 percent last year to harvest a record 6 million barrels.

That's according to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures released today by Gov. Scott Walker's office. Each barrel of cranberries weighs 100 pounds.

Walker said Wisconsin harvested two-thirds of the nation's cranberries last year and three times as much as Massachusetts, the second-largest cranberry producer.


Baldwin proposes bill to help VA medical centers

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation aimed at increasing the number of doctors at Veterans Affairs medical centers and reducing wait times.

Baldwin, a Democrat, said in a statement today that the bill would create 2,000 residency positions over five years at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide. Residency is the next step in doctors' training following medical school.

The bill also would require the VA to allocate the residency positions based on doctor shortages at its facilities and to prioritize training for specialists who are needed.



Ryan proposes new anti-poverty plan

Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan today to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.

Programs that would be merged include food stamps, cash welfare, housing subsidies, and heating aid for the poor, among others.






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