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7 dead from Legionnaires' disease at Quincy veterans home

The death toll from a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a western Illinois veterans home climbed to seven Tuesday, with the state's public health director suggesting more fatalities are likely.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the state Department of Public Health said that each of the victims at the 129-year-old Quincy facility had underlying medical conditions, with an average age of 86.

Thirty-nine residents have been sickened so far, and test results for others remain pending.


County Board seeks to lure presidential debate to Kenosha

The Kenosha County Board is trying to get the nation's attention.

On Tuesday the board unanimously approved a resolution calling for a Democratic presidential debate to take place in Kenosha.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Wednesday's newspaper.



Cubs down Reds

The Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. For more, pick up Wednesday's edition of the Kenosha News.



Brewers down Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers opened a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 7-4 win at Miller Park on Tuesday night. For more, pick up Wednesday's edition of the Kenosha News.



Proposal retracts mayor's power over park fee waiver

Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman said Tuesday he was surprised and disappointed by a move to have the city's Park Commission - not the mayor's office - grant waivers of park use fees.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Wednesday's newspaper.



Jazz concerts aid to help revitalize Lincoln Park

A series a jazz concerts are planned later this month in Lincoln Park as part of a plan to revitalize the park.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Wednesday's newspaper.



Grill Games attendance lags due to soggy weather

Inclement weather kept crowds at bay at last weekend's Grill Games BBQ competition, with less than half the attendance compared with last year, organizers for the two-day event said Tuesday.

The games drew an estimated 5,000 people over the two days with low attendance due to rain, cold and foggy conditions Friday and Saturday, according to the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. A record number of teams, however, participated this year.


Court sides with Uber drivers to expand case over pay

A federal judge granted class-action status today to a case in California against Uber over the payment of its drivers.

The ruling increases the number of potential California plaintiffs in the lawsuit claiming Uber drivers are incorrectly classified as independent contractors when they are actually employees.


Man gets nine years for sexual assault

A Kenosha man who sexually assaulted a sleeping woman on last summer was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison.

Cornelius Britt, 20, was accused of going into a woman's apartment on July 14, 2014, and raping her when he found her asleep in bed.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Thursday's newspaper.



Unified to take closer look at P.E. waiver

The Kenosha Unified School District is taking another look at physical education waivers.

The school district is forming a committee on the waivers, asking members of the public interested in serving on the committee to apply to the district.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Wednesday's newspaper.



Labor Person of the Year deflects praise

This year's Labor Person of the Year doesn't think he should stand alone in the spotlight.

"I'm very proud of the award, but I feel like it should be persons of the year," said Roger Clark, plumber and business manager of Local Union 118.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Wednesday's newspaper.



Packers release Sebetic

The Green Bay Packers released defensive back Kyle Sebetic, a Tremper graduate, the team announced on Tuesday. Also released in the roster moves was former UW-Whitewater quarterback Matt Blanchard.



Stocks fall sharply

Stocks plunged again today, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated.

Stocks started the day sharply lower and never recovered, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling as much as 548 points. No part of the market was spared. All 10 sectors of the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell more than 2 percent. Just three stocks in the S&P 500 closed higher.


Ex-South Carolina police chief sentenced to home detention for fatal shooting

A white ex-police chief pleaded guilty today to misconduct in office in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man and was sentenced to a year of home detention.

Prosecutors agreed to drop the murder charge against 38-year-old Richard Combs, the former police chief of the small town of Eutawville, in exchange for his guilty plea. Combs stood trial twice on the murder charge, but both cases ended with hung juries. He would have faced 30 years to life if convicted of murder.


Basement fire damages Salem home

A basement fire damaged a house at 6331 218th Ave. in Salem early this afternoon.

Fire officials say a dehumidifier is believed to be the cause of the fire. The blaze was extinguished quickly, but basement floor joists were damaged and hot spots necessitated the demolition of an exterior wall.

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


Man remains out of custody in Snap-On theft

Brian Ambrosini will remain out of jail, after a court commissioner gave him a $25,000 signature bond rather than requiring he post cash.

Ambrosini is accused of working with a Snap-On employee to steal tool kits worth more than $1 million, and then sell them on eBay. As a condition of his bond, Ambrosini is to have no contact with Snap-On's buildings and must not sell any Snap-On tool over the internet.


Madison police officer who killed man returns to duty

A Madison police officer who killed an unarmed man earlier this year has returned to duty.

Matt Kenny shot Tony Robinson in an apartment house stairwell in March. Kenny said Robinson started swinging at him as he was coming up the stairs to investigate sounds of a disturbance. Witnesses said Robinson, who was high on mushrooms, had been running in traffic and assaulted two people.

Prosecutors cleared Kenny of any criminal wrongdoing in May. An internal police investigation found he violated no policies in early June.



West end schools monitoring Illinois manhunt

Administrators at rural Kenosha County schools located near the border of Illinois said they are monitoring the manhunt for three suspects involved in the fatal shooting of a Fox Lake police officer.

Salem School, Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated and Wilmot High School are in close proximity to the border. Schools in Grant are on lockdown. Antioch schools, the closest in proximity to Wisconsin, put a "soft lockdown" in place. Administrators here said they are in communication with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department regarding the situation and no lockdown measures have been called for.


New exam needed for man in Capri Walker case

A judge on Tuesday ordered a new competency evaluation for Roddee Daniel, one of two teenagers convicted of the 2008 killing of Capri Walker.

Daniel's competency has been looked at several times during the case. This time, the evaluation is looking to determine whether Daniel is able to assist with the appeal of his conviction.


Sales of UW Badger merchandise up 10%

Wisconsin's trip to the Final Four last spring sent fans flocking for Badger wear, and the university's bottom line is showing it.

The school says royalties from licensed merchandise rose 10 percent in the past school year to more than $3.8 million.

That was second-highest in school history and put Wisconsin 14th among the nearly 200 schools that work through the same licensing company.
The only higher year was in 2012-13.
A little less than half the money this year went to financial aid for undergraduates, with the rest to the athletic department



New works arrive on Kenosha's Sculpture Walk

Today is installation day for new pieces on Kenosha's lakefront Sculpture Walk.

Sculptures that have been in place as part of the 2013-'15 exhibition are being removed and replaced with new works that will remain on display until 2017. The sculptures are funded through private donations.

For more details, check kenoshanews.com.


Source: Fox Lake officer dead

A Fox Lake officer has died after being shot Tuesday morning near Rollins Road and Route 59, according to numerous media outlets.

All area schools are on lockdown as authorities search for two suspects. Service on the Milwaukee District North Line was shut down in both directions.



Fox Lake officer shot

Police in northern Illinois say a manhunt is under way after an officer was shot.

The search in Fox Lake has prompted the lockdown of Grant Community High School and disrupted Metra commuter rail service on the Milwaukee District North Line.

Superintendent Christy Sefcik says the school is keeping children and staff away from windows and out of sight. She says school officials were told that police were searching for several "armed individuals."

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko tells WBBM radio that an officer was shot Tuesday morning. The report said the officer's condition was not immediately available.




Missing Kenosha man found in Kentucky

A missing Kenosha man was located safely in Tomkinsville, Kentucky and has rejoined his family, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

James J. Helton, 39, was reported missing by his family on Aug. 17 after making suicidal statements and jumping from a moving vehicle two days prior.

He was spotted in a heavily wooded area near Russell Road and I-94 about 3:45 a.m. on Aug. 18 but evaded Lake County deputies, canine units and a search helicoptor.



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