August 23, 2016
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Watch this afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup.

Our top story: The owners of a Paris parcel that cuts through the Paris-Somers land development deal requested to be annexed into the city of Kenosha.

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Anti-abortion activists file suit over Chicago ‘bubble zone'

Anti-abortion activists are challenging a Chicago ordinance that stops protesters from getting within 8 feet of anyone entering a health care facility.

The complaint was filed today in federal court in Chicago by anti-abortion groups and "sidewalk counselors" who want to hand out literature near abortion clinics. They claim the city violates their free speech rights with its 8-foot "bubble zone" around people within 50 feet of clinic entrances.

Bristol officials say no to lower design standards

A Bristol trustee failed to get support from fellow board members for lowering design standards for small business owner.

Trustee John McCabe said he has heard the design standards have kept some business owners from locating in Bristol. Other members of the Village Board disagreed.

Find more on this story at our website.

One-man beautification committee

A Kenosha Rotary Safety Center neighbor has volunteered his time and resources to turn a neglected parking lot border into a beautiful garden. Read about Jose Mares and see photos of the garden now, on our website.

Jennifer Lawrence tops Forbes list

Jennifer Lawrence topped Forbes magazine's list of the world's highest-paid actress for the second straight year, banking $46 million. Melissa McCarthy was second, with $33 million, and Scarlett Johansson third, with $25 million.

Watch the morning Kenosha News Minute

Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup. Our top story: Over the weekend, a man was shot in his home on 24th Avenue near 67th street, and the violence has left neighbors on edge.


Wis. Ethics Commission to decide if members can donate

Members of Wisconsin's newly created commission charged with overseeing the state's ethics, lobbying and campaign finance laws are set to decide on whether they will allow themselves to make political donations.

Nothing in state law bars members of the new Ethics Commission from donating to the very politicians they are regulating. But the panel is to vote today on whether to allow donations or ban them for candidates and campaign committees.

Commission members are partisan appointees, unlike their predecessors on the Government Accountability Board who were retired judges and prohibited under the law from donating.

Drone over Lambeau confiscated by authorities

A drone that flew over Lambeau Field during the Green Bay Packers game last week has been confiscated in a federal investigation.

Officials say it's against the law to fly a drone over the stadium because of the potential for danger. Green Bay Police Commander Paul Ebel said the drone could malfunction and crash into the crowd, or worse, it could contain a bomb.

Police tracked the drone to a house across the street from the stadium and said the drone operator has been cooperative. WBAY-TV reported police said the operator apparently didn't intend any harm, but could still be charged depending on what the Federal Aviation Administration finds in its investigation.

Wilmot looks to sell unused forest land

The Wilmot Union High School District is selling its 160-acre school forest near Richard Bong State Recreation Area.

For more, check or see Tuesday's newspaper.

Today's forecast: Sunshine

Seasonable with sunshine this afternoon. High: 82; low: 66.

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Cubs win in San Diego

The Cubs downed the Padres 5-1 on Monday night in San Diego.

Pool supply, warehousing plans approved in village

The Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission approved separate proposals for a swimming pool supply company headquarters and distribution center and the warehousing of SC Johnson products Monday night.

Preliminary site and operation plans were approved for Doheny Enterprises, Inc.'s proposed company headquarters at Highway 165 and 80th Avenue. The commission also approved site and operation plans for DHL Supply Chain to occupy the entire building it already uses in the LakeView Corporate Park. The additional space will be used for warehouse storage of SC Johnson products.

Brewers top Rockies

Chris Carter hit his 30th home run as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Monday night at Miller Park.

For more, read Tuesday's Kenosha News.

Wal-Mart seeks Somers meeting over ordinance

Wal-Mart officials hope to meet with Somers officials over a proposed ordinance that would fine the retailer for excessive law enforcement calls.

For more, check or see Tuesday's newspaper.

Shooting has neighborhood on edge

A Sunday morning shooting has a central city neighborhood on edge.

A man was found shot in his home in the 6700 block of 24th Avenue around 8:30 Sunday. The shooting victim, 39, is in critical condition and being treated for life-threatening injuries at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

For more, check or see Tuesday's newspaper.

Raze order issued for downtown parking garage

A raze order has been issued for a downtown Kenosha parking garage.

The five-story structure, in the 600 block of 57th Street, has been closed for seven months due to safety concerns and much-needed repairs.

For more, check or see Tuesday's newspaper.

Court: Early voting in Wisconsin can continue

A federal appeals court says early voting in Wisconsin can continue.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson in July struck down a host of Wisconsin's election laws, including limits on early voting. He also ordered the state to quickly issue credentials valid for voting for anyone struggling to obtain photo ID. Peterson granted state attorneys' request to stay the photo ID credentials, noting the state already has a receipt system in place. But he refused to stay other parts of his ruling.

Kenosha News Minute ready for watching

This afternoon's Kenosha News Minute is ready for watching. Our top story:

Donna Matthews' bond was set at $1 million when she made her initial appearance today on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide.

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Woman gets $1 million bond in homicide case

Donna Matthews' bond was set at $1 million when she made her initial appearance today on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide.

She is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Michael Gayan, last month. Her brother, Derrick, is also charged with homicide, for assistance police say he offered in committing the crime.

KUSD board set to bow to protests over naming high school's new stadium

After a weeklong controversy, the Kenosha Unified School Board is poised to reverse themselves Tuesday when they take up President Tamarra Coleman's motion to name - or rename - the new Bradford High School stadium.

Read more about this story later at and in Tuesday's Kenosha News.

Governor visits Kenall Manufacturing

Gov. Scott Walker visited Kenall Manufacturing Monday, touting a surplus lowering the unemployment insurance tax for Wisconsin employers.

The unemployment insurance trust is currently about $1 billion, initiating a legislated reduction in the unemployment insurance tax. Over the last two years, such reductions have amounted to $135 million dollars, Walker said.

Three in custody for stabbing, including the stabbing victim

A man stabbed Sunday afternoon is among three people in jail awaiting charges related to the incident.

Police found the man with a stab wound after getting a call about a bleeding man walking on the 4800 block of 13th Court Sunday at 5:15 p.m. Today, police said it appeared the man was stabbed when he attempted to rob two people at a nearby home in what may have been a dispute over a drug deal. All three are in custody awaiting charges.

Archival Revival: Fair fiascoes from the past

Diane Giles recounts the stories of two fiascoes that hit the Kenosha County Fair in the 1920s.

The first, was a Waco plane crash that led to a propeller on display for decades. And the second was a tent fire that had people pushing cars out of harm's way.

Planned Parenthood to shutter Appleton abortion clinic

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin officials say they won't reopen an abortion clinic in Appleton, one of three in the state, because they can't meet sufficient security standards.

The clinic suspended operations last year. Planned Parenthood officials said today that they reviewed security in the wake of an attack on a Colorado Springs clinic and decided they could not meet security standards.

Planned Parenthood will still offer abortion services at clinics in Madison and Milwaukee.

UPDATE: Police say Sunday incident was a stabbing

Kenosha police this morning said what was believed to be a shooting Sunday afternoon was actually a stabbing.

The incident in the 4800 block of 13th Court came hours after police began investigating a separate shooting at a home in the 6700 block of 24th Avenue.

Police are expected to reveal more details early this afternoon. For updates, check back at and see Tuesday's Kenosha News.

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