Cloudy, breezy today

Today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy and breezy weather conditions, with a high temperature into the low 50s.

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Couple asks Supreme Court to nix marriage ban

A same-sex couple has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's gay marriage ban.

Katherine Halopka-Ivery and Linda Halopka-Ivery filed a lawsuit directly with the high court Wednesday. The lawsuit says the couple lives in Milwaukee County and married in San Diego. They allege Wisconsin's gay marriage ban denies them federal rights afforded to opposite-sex married couples


Kenosha County results generally reflect conservation voting statewide

Local residents were evenly split on a proposal to hunt tundra swan, an idea that was defeated statewide, Conservation Congress Spring Hearing results show.

More than 7,000 people voted statewide Monday on this and other wildlife management proposals during the hearings. Results were released Wednesda and show that, in most cases, county voting trended along the lines of statewide voting.


15 injured after firetrucks collide in California

Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided today in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15 people, including at least five firefighters.

One of the victims was in critical condition, officials said.


Kenosha man booked for felony robbery

A third suspect in the April 1 robbery of a local liquor store has been charged and made an initial appearance Wednesday in Kenosha County Circuit Court.

Markese K. Tibbs, 19, faces a felony robbery charge along with two other suspects - a woman and a man - arrested earlier and charged two days after the trio allegedly stole tequila from Shenanigan's, 2615 60th St., on April 1, and ended up dragging a liquor store employee from the car when he tried to stop them.

Police said Wednesday night that an earlier Kenosha County Jail report listing a charge of homicide was incorrect and has been corrected.


Lakewood School information session draws critics, supporters

An information session to educate voters about a two-part project to make Lakewood School energy efficient and a proposed $6 million referendum to remodel the buillding drew criticism over funding and promotion.

Some residents criticized school officials and the board over why both phases had not been put to a public vote. Project supporters questioned critics and asked that more people become involved in the process to enable a successful referendum.

The referendum is planned for May 20 at the school at 1218 Wilmot Ave. in Twin Lakes.


John Gendron named new Randall administraator

The Randall School Board announced Wednesday John Gendron was selected as the new administrator at the school.

Gendron, who is serving as administrator at Riverview School in Silver Lake, will replace longtime administrator Steve Bloom, effective July 1. He was chosen from an initial pool of 16 candidates.


No trial date set in Nedweski Park case

No trial date has been set for the man police say slashed a young woman's throat and set fire to her body in Nedweski Park in the summer of 2012.

Joshua Braithwaite, 23, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the July 9, 2012 murder of Lashé Zalar. The trial has been on hold as the parties dealt with pre-trial motions, including whether the defense would get access to mental health records of a witness who said she saw Braithwaite jump a fence and run as sirens started up.


Feds bust state drug ring

Federal officials in Wisconsin say 27 people have been indicted on drug-trafficking and related charges following a three-year investigation.

U.S. Attorney James Santelle says the drug ring was led by a 40-year-old Pewaukee man who used family and friends in Milwaukee to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana and then launder the proceeds by buying cars, a boat and real estate.


Kohl confirms he has sold Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he has reached a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for about $550 million. For more, see Thursday's Kenosha News.



Brewers beat Cardinals

Wily Peralta pitched six strong innings, Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run single as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1, Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park to avoid a three-game sweep.

NL Central first-place Milwaukee (11-4) will begin a four-game series at Pittsburgh on Thursday night.



Walker making no promises about serving out another full term

Gov. Scott Walker is once again refusing to commit to serving a full four-year term if he is re-elected this fall.

Walker was asked today if he would commit to serving the full term and he said, "I'm committed to running for governor."

Walker is considering running for president in 2016, a race that would come midway through a second term should he win in November. Democrat Mary Burke is challenging Walker. Walker says he intends to focus his campaign on what he plans on doing in his next term.


Gov. Walker signs cannabis oil bill

A bill allowing for seizure treatments with cannabis oil has been signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.

Cannabis oil, which has no recreational value, has recently been discovered to help patients cope with their seizures. Families across Wisconsin, including some from the Kenosha area, lobbied for the drug's legalization.

For more on this story, check back to kenoshanews.com and see Thursday's edition of the Kenosha News.



Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Kenosha police have identified the victim of the fatal shooting late Monday. And the woman accused of hiding video cameras in a Pleasant Prairie RecPlex locker room has been charged with 11 felonies.

Watch the video here.


Kohl to announce sale of Bucks, ESPN reports

ESPN is reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks will be sold today to two hedge-fund billionaires.

Owner and former Sen. Herb Kohl reached an agreement to sell the team for $550 million, according to sources cited by ESPN. It is believed that Kohl made keeping the team in Milwaukee a condition of the sale.



Walker signs bill allowing pot product for medical use

A state senator says Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that legalizes the use of a marijuana byproduct to help treat children's seizures.

The bill allows the use of cannabidiol, an oil extract, to be administered under the care of a doctor. The measure falls far short of legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote in March. The Senate passed it unanimously earlier this month. Sen. Robert Wirch, a Somers Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, released a statement today saying the governor had signed the measure.



WIAA pushes multiplier to committee

According to Shoreland Lutheran athletic director Tim Treder, the WIAA membership voted 352-77 on a motion to send the 1.65 multiplier to committee.

Instead of each private school student counting as 1.65 students for athletic divisional classification, the WIAA will create a committee to look at the underlying problem for the controversial proposal.



Hearing on proposed Chicago casino underway

Business groups say a proposed Chicago casino would boost business and tourism, but others are worried about the potential for corruption.

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and others say a downtown casino would complement tourist attractions and shopping.

They spoke Wednesday at a legislative hearing that'll also feature testimony from unions and anti-gambling groups.

The Chicago Crime Commission wants protections against corruption.

State Rep. Bob Rita is bill sponsor. The Blue Island Democrat is offering two options: A plan to add five casinos plus slots at racetracks or a plan to allow a Chicago casino.

A Chicago location hasn't been decided, but urban planners say possibilities are the Congress Hotel, the top floors of a Macy's and the James R. Thompson Center, a state building.



Portage man sentenced in Social Security fraud

A Portage County man convicted of helping to cash the Social Security checks of his presumably dead mother-in-law has been sentenced to 54 months in prison, and now his wife might have similar charges reinstated.

A Stevens Point Journal Media report says 73-year-old Ronald Disher of Almond was sentenced Tuesday. His defense attorney, Gary Kryshak, declined to comment Wednesday morning.

Related charges against Disher's wife had been dropped in June after the 71-year-old was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial. But when Dolores Disher showed up at her husband's sentencing, prosecutors thought she looked alert enough to understand the charges.



Traffic delays reported on Hwy 50

A two-vehicle accident involving a car and minivan has created delays on westbound Highway 50 near Menards.

There were no injuries reported, according to scanner traffic.



Kenosha Water Utility lifts frozen service advisory

With the frost level now down to 36 inches, the Kenosha Water Utility is advising it is OK for all customers to stop running a constant stream of water.

The utility had advised about 1,000 customers who experienced service freezes during the harsh winter to keep a stream of water running until further notice. Ed St. Peter, the utility's general manager, reversed that order this morning.

"If someone shuts their water off and it does freeze up again, we'll thaw them for free," St. Peter said. "I'm hoping we don't get any of those calls."


Crash reported at I-94 and Hwy 11

The left southbound lane is closed following a crash at I-94 and Highway 11 in Racine.



Cold case headed to preliminary hearing today

The man charged with killing a 14-year-old Palatine, Ill., girl in 1997 will be in court 9:30 a.m. today for a preliminary hearing at the Racine Courthouse.

James P. Eaton, 36, of Palentine, was charged with first-degree homicide and hiding a corpse in connection with the disappearance and murder of Amber Gail Creek.

Creek's body was discovered in Burlington in February of 1997.



Marquette fraternities issued warnings

Marquette University officials have issued a warning to three fraternities following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Student affairs assistant vice president Marya Leatherwood says the Delta Chi, Sigma Phi Delta and Triangle chapters are under notice. In addition Sigma Delta Phi has been warned about hazing.

WISN-TV reports any violations of Greek policies or student codes of conduct will result in immediate suspension of all activities pending the outcome of an investigation by the university.

Milwaukee police investigated a reported assault on April 5 at the Triangle fraternity house. Lt. Mark Stanmeyer says the woman who made the complaint did not wish to press charges.



DNR stocking trout statewide

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is working to stock 316,000 trout across the state ahead of inland fishing season opener next month.

More than 100,000 trout will be stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes and ponds. The rest will go into waters where the habitat is marginal and there's no natural reproduction.

DNR officials say lingering ice cover on lakes is delaying some of the stocking, but they still expect to get all the fish in the water by the May 3 season opener.






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