January 21, 2017
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Gurnee police seek 9 charged after Christmas Eve mall fight

Police in north-suburban Chicago are asking the public to help them find nine people who face charges after a Christmas Eve mall fight.

Gurnee police on Thursday said the arrest warrants were issued for seven adults and two juveniles on charges ranging from mob action to aggravated battery. The charges result from a fight on Dec. 24 between two groups of people at Gurnee Mills mall.

Authorities say prosecutors obtained the arrest warrants after police finished their investigation using security camera footage, YouTube video and help from Waukegan police and mall security.


We Energies to idle Pleasant Prairie coal plant for half of year

In response to low natural gas prices and flat demand for electricity, We Energies plans to roll back operations at its coal-fired Pleasant Prairie Power Plant in Kenosha County.

Under the plan, We Energies will keep the power plant available to run during June, July and August when power demand is highest. The plant would also be available again in December, January and February when power demand tends to recover from low levels typically seen in early fall.



Today's forecast: Morning fog

Fog in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High: 52; low: 36.


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Women's March draws Kenosha women

Dozens of local women will join rallies across the nation in support of women's rights and gender equality this weekend.

Sandra Butler carpooled to Washington, D.C., with friends. She plans to join tens of thousands of women for the Women's March on Washington, a grassroots movement following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.



Police officer waives hearing in battery, misconduct case

Kenosha Police Officer Kendal West waived his preliminary hearing Friday morning and the case was set for arraignment next month in front of a judge.

West is charged with battery, disorderly conduct and misconduct in public office. If convicted of the two misdemeanors and one felony he could be sent to prison for as many as 1 1/2 years, with additional time on supervised release. Fines could be as much as $21,000.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.



Kind: Late Cabinet pick could affect Wisconsin farmers

A Wisconsin congressman says the late nomination of Georgia's former governor as U.S. agriculture secretary could impact Wisconsin farmers.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind tells Wisconsin Public Radio the late pick could delay work on the next farm bill.

Kind says that if and when former Gov. Sonny Perdue is confirmed, he won't have much time to work on transitional agricultural issues with outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack.


Inauguration protesters gather in downtown Chicago

Crowds of protesters are rallying in a downtown Chicago plaza hours after President Donald Trump was sworn into office.

Students, immigrant rights activists and veterans were among those chanting Friday afternoon. Chicago Public Schools students had planned a walkout earlier in the day and several appeared in school uniforms at the event. College students also took part.


Trump delivering inaugural address

Donald Trump is delivering his inaugural address. Says from this point forward, it will be "America first," and promises a rebuilding of the country "with American hands and American labor."

"We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American."



World's primates facing extinction crisis, new report says

Gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct, and scientists say it's our fault that our closest living relatives are in trouble, a new international study warns.

About 60 percent of the more than 500 primate species are "now threatened with extinction" and 3 out of 4 primate species have shrinking populations, according to a study published in this week's journal Science Advances .

The decline has been blamed on human activities including hunting, mining and oil drilling. Logging, ranching and farming have also destroyed precious habitat in Africa, Asia and South America.




Planning continues on new Firestone auto center in Somers

Developers are continuing work on plans for a tire and automotive center in Somers and expect to break ground a month later than originally anticipated.

Firestone and its parent company Bridgestone anticipate locating in Somers' Market Center, at the corner of 31st Street and Green Bay Road (Highway 31), just south of Festival Foods.

See more in today's Kenosha News.



Today's forecast: Fog, rain, drizzle

Fog with rain and drizzle this morning. High: 42; low: 38.


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Southern Indy ends Parkside's win streak

The 22nd-ranked UW-Parkside men's basketball team had numerous chances to tie its school record with a 16th straight victory on Thursday night, but ninth-ranked Southern Indiana kept repelling the Rangers to hold on for a 76-72 Great Lakes Valley Conference win in Evansville, Ind., on Thursday night. For more, visit kenoshanews.com or pick up Friday's edition of the News.



Community members meet to talk frankly of racism

Dozens gathered at the Civil War Museum to discuss systematic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement Thursday evening.

The event, held during Kindness Week, included people of various races, ages, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.



Community members meet to talk frankly of racism

Dozens gathered at the Civil War Museum to discuss systematic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement Thursday evening.

The event, held during Kindness Week, included people of various races, ages, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.



Parkside women fall to Southern Indy

The UW-Parkside women's basketball team had its three-game winning streak end on Thursday night with a 78-71 Great Lakes Valley Conference loss to Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind. For more, visit kenoshanews.com or pick up Friday's edition of the News.



Giannis named All-Star starter

Milwaukee Bucks fourth-year phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo was named as a starter on the NBA's Eastern Conference All-Star team, which was revealed on Thursday. He's the first Bucks All-Star since Michael Redd in 2004 and the first starter since Sidney Moncrief in 1986. Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls was also named as a starter for the East.



Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo' extradited to U.S.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpin who twice made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run as the country's most wanted man, was extradited to the U.S. today to face charges.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department announced Guzman was handed over to U.S. authorities for transportation to the U.S. today.


Aurora to close QuickCare clinic in local grocery

Aurora Healthcare is closing its Kenosha-based Aurora QuickCare Clinic before the end of the month in a plan that calls for the healthcare provider to offer more services in other facilities, some of which will be located in Walgreen's pharmacies throughout eastern Wisconsin.

The Aurora QuickCare Clinic located in the Piggly Wiggly supermarket at 2801 14th Place, will close Jan. 27.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.


Local Deer Advisory Council supports rehabilitation ban

The Kenosha County Deer Advisory Council voted 3-2 to recommend continuation of a statewide ban on rehabilitating deer in chronic wasting disease-affected areas.

The ban is listed as a means to "prevent new introductions of CWD."

The rehabilitation ban is just one topic on which county deer councils throughout the state are making recommendations.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.


Kenosha woman who stabbed boyfriend gets probation

A woman who stabbed her boyfriend in the back will not serve any jail time if she successfully completes probation.

Alexandra Kamm, 26, of Kenosha, was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety and substantial battery for the incident in June. Kamm pled guilty to substantial battery and the remaining criminal charges were dismissed.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.




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