June 24, 2016
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Fire chief seeks more info on commercial tenants

Difficulties fighting a commercial fire in Trevor earlier this month prompted Salem Fire Chief Mike Slover to request a new ordinance be drafted to require the fire department be notified of new occupants.

"Any time you change occupancy, the fire department should be notified," Slover said. "That's not happening. I'm going to be looking for some support from the board."

The June 8 fire at Salem Business Center, 28501 Wilmot Road, quickly got out of control due to the number of flammable materials and accelerants being stored in more than one of the units.

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Our top story: Andrew Obregon will return to court in July, with his attorneys seeking a change of venue.


Sewer mains to get an upgrade

Sewer mains to get an upgrade Some of the village's clay sewer mains will be lined with PVC this year, in an effort to keep the village from having to completely replace them.

The mains with the worst infiltration will be relined, he said. Visu-Sewer, a company based in Milwaukee, was awarded a $117,005 contract for it's bid to re-line sewer mains.

Five paving projects to start soon in Pl. Prairie

Village officials this week awarded a contract for the second phase of this year's paving program.

Payne & Dolan, a large construction firm in Kenosha, was awarded $385,266 for five paving projects around the village. The timeline for the projects is still in the works, but they are expected to be completed later this summer or in early fall, said Director of Public Works John Steinbrink Jr.

Attorneys seek more time in Obregon case

Andrew Obregon will return to court in July, his attorneys seeking a change of venue.

Obregon was briefly in court Friday morning for a hearing scheduled on the issue, and on a motion from his attorneys to suppress some evidence. However, both prosecution and defense attorneys asked for more time to prepare.

Tall Ship Red Witch to return to Kenosha

The Chicago-based captain of the wooden Tall Ship Red Witch has announced the ship will return to Kenosha for the remainder of the summer beginning July 1.

The 49-passenger ship will offer 80-minute public sales and private charters on Lake Michigan. The ship docked at Southport Marina for three weeks earlier this spring.

For more on this story, check later at kenoshanews.com.

WEDC negotiating with two local companies

Two Kenosha County companies are actively negotiating with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on the terms of business development tax credit contracts that could commit the firms to create new full time jobs.

The job guarantees would be in exchange for funds to expand their business operations.

WEDC has declined to name the companies, disclose the value of the tax credits or the length of the tax credit period until negotiations are completed. Negotiations have been ongoing will be finalized as soon as the companies and the agency agree on the terms.

Lucas Museum pulls out of Chicago

Lucas Museum officials today announced they're abandoning plans to build the project in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

The museum, which would house "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' art collection, faced opposition from those who believed it was not an appropriate use of lakefront land in Chicago. It was to have been built on Chicago Park District land south of Soldier Field.

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Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup. Our top story: A 16-year-old boy is facing armed robbery charges after he allegedly attacked a homeless man in Wolfenbuttel Park.


Milwaukee gets $1M loan to start replacing lead pipes

Milwaukee is getting a $1 million state loan to begin the costly task of replacing 70,000 lead water pipes throughout the city.

Public works officials say the priority is replacing pipes to 385 state-licensed day care centers in Milwaukee, since none of the city's public schools get their water through lead pipes. The work will take three years.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports it would cost $500 million to $750 million to fully replace all the city's lead service lines, which connect water mains with residences built before 1951. The work might take three to five decades, though the timetable could be sped up if federal funds become available.

Bluegrass music patriarch Ralph Stanley dies at 89

Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday. He was 89.

Stanley died at his home in Sandy Ridge, Virginia, because of difficulties from skin cancer, publicist Kirt Webster said.

Wirch calls for audit of state veterans department

State Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Somers, is circulating a letter seeking support for an audit of the state Department of Veterans Affairs after learning how much money goes to administrative costs.

"I find this very troublesome, especially as a veteran," Wirch said Thursday. "We have the highest administrative costs in the Midwest, which means less money for veterans."

For more on this story, check kenoshanews.com and see today's Kenosha News.

Today's forecast

Mostly sunny, pleasant and warmer. High: 78; low: 58.

Britain votes to leave EU, according to news projections

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, British broadcasters BBC and ITV forecast after 315 of 382 local results have been counted.

BBC forecasts that 52 percent opt for a Brexit, while 48 percent want to stay in the world's biggest economic bloc.

If confirmed, a Brexit means that the EU loses a member state for the first time, amid mounting anti-EU sentiment across the bloc.

Lux gets first hit as professional

Former Indian Trail's star Gavin Lux picked up his first professional hit Thursday night for the Arizona League Dodgers. Lux, who was picked 20th overall, batted leadoff as the Dodgers' designated hitter against the Arizona League Padres at Peoria Stadium.

Opponents speak out at hearing on Hwy. F relocation

A number of Kenosha County residents discussed their concerns with a real estate acquisition representative at a public involvement meeting held Thursday on a plan to rebuild part of Hwy. F.

Other residents came to see how the proposed route will affect the parks and traffic flow and to hear about its process.Kenosha County proposes to relocate about one mile of Highway F to the north from 352nd Avenue east to Highway O.

It is a proposal that drew strong opposition when introduced last year and prompted the Randall Town Board to issue a resolution opposing it.

Chinooks topple Kingfish

The Kenosha Kingfish dropped a 7-1 Northwoods League decision Thursday night at the Lakeshore Chinooks to fall to 9-15 overall. See Friday's Kenosha News or visit www.kenoshanews.com later for more.

Cubs lose to Marlins, 4-2

The Cubs suffered their fourth consecutive defeat Thursday night, falling to the Marlins, 4-2, in Miami. For more, see Friday's Kenosha News.

Ellenson to the Pistons

Rice Lake native Henry Ellenson, who played one season at Marquette University and was Freshman of the Year in the Big East Conference, was drafted No. 18 overall Thursday by the Detroit Pistons.

Bucks select Maker in first round

With the 10th overall pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks chose 7-foot-1 Thon Maker, who played last season at the Athletic Institute in Canada. He is only the second player to enter the NBA since 2005. See Friday's paper for more or visit www.kenoshanews.com later.

Illinois lawmakers to reconvene as budget deadline nears

The Illinois Legislature plans to reconvene next week as the state approaches a second year without a budget.

Senate President John Cullerton told members today they should return to Springfield on Wednesday. The House also is expected to be in session.

Stabbing victim mum about details of attack

A man turned up at Kenosha Medical Center's emergency room late Wednesday with a life-threatening stab wound, but wasn't eager to cooperate with police.

Kenosha police were called to the ER at 11:35 p.m. The victim was a 28-year-old man with a puncture wound in his neck, which had caused one of his lungs to partially collapse.

For more on this story, check kenoshanews.com and see Friday's Kenosha News.

College locked down as man with gun arrested in Milwaukee

The downtown campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College was briefly locked down after a man was spotted with a gun.

Milwaukee police responded to MATC just before noon today and arrested the man. Police recovered a handgun. No one was injured.

Vote count starts in Britain's EU referendum

The polls closed today in Britain's historic referendum with a leading supporter of the campaign to leave the European Union saying it looked like his side had lost the vote, sending the pound soaring and pleasing Britain's pro-European partisans.

But politicians and polling experts said it was far too early to declare a winner as the country began a nerve-wracking night of ballot-counting after a day of high turnout and foul weather.

Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Watch this afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup. Our top story: A vehicle was stolen from a Pleasant Prairie gas station early this morning, with a 9-year-old boy asleep in the backseat.


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