Zion man gets 30 years for killing infant

A judge has sentenced a Zion, Ill man to 30 years in prison for killing his then-girlfriend's 5-month-old son and dumping the body into a trash container.

Prosecutors say Demetries Thorpe smothered the infant, Joshua Summeries, while the child was crying. Thorpe pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this year.

Multi-vehicle accident reported at Hwy 31 and 52nd Street

Authorities have closed 52nd Street in both directions at Highway 31 following a multi-vehicle accident with multiple injuries, according to scanner traffic.

Tremper soccer fourth in latest poll

Tremper was ranked fourth in the latest Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Division-1 state coaches poll, which was released today.

The Trojans were fifth last week.

Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: Public school students went back to the classroom today, and the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum celebrated the opening of its new west campus at the former McKinley Middle School.

Watch the video here.

Flight diverted, woman removed over seat dispute

Officials say a Delta Air Lines flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Fla., was diverted and a combative woman removed because of a passenger dispute over a reclining seat.

Amy Fine, 32, of Boca Raton, Fla., told authorities she wasn't aggressive, just emotional over the death of her two dogs, on the Monday night flight.

According to an airport authority report, Fine was resting her head on her tray table when the passenger ahead of her reclined the seat. It hit Fine's head, and witnesses say the two passengers began arguing. The flight was diverted to Jacksonville.

New KTEC campus opens its doors

The first day of school at KTEC West opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by kids and families.

The second campus for the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum opened today at the former McKinley Middle School, 5710 32nd Ave. The new school has about 340 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Dept. of Revenue releases information on bust

Two local men were arrested by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue last week for illegal manufacturing and cigarette tax evasion.

Ronald Runkles, 42, of Pleasant Prairie and Thomas Banner, 46, of Trevor were taken into custody at a Burlington business, according to the Department of Revenue.

Three search warrants were served at two residences and a retail store.

Former Walker aide who spurred investigation dies

A former aide whose report of possible embezzlement led to a secret investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's Milwaukee County executive staff has died.

Thomas Nardelli, 70, was Walker's chief of staff when Walker was county executive and followed him to Madison when Walker became governor. Nardelli left a position as administrator for the state's Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services in 2011.

Walker described Nardelli in a statement as "a wonderful public servant and a dear friend."

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New School year starts for region's school children

Tens of thousands of students are heading back to school across Wisconsin.

Among them are nine siblings in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. The Beffel children range from 4-year-old kindergarten to senior year in high school. Mom Marisa Beffel says it takes a lot of preparation to get all her children ready for the new school year.

Beffel says she'd be lost without her calendar, because if it doesn't get written down, she wouldn't remember all the children's activities and plans.

Governor skirts touchy casino decision

As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker enters the homestretch of a closely contested race, he is delaying the decision on the Kenosha casino deal even though he said it could open the door for thousands of jobs for the region. But he also added it also could cost the state tens of millions of dollars.

Walker has delayed a decision until well after the November election.

He hasn't offered any hints about which way he's leaning, drawing criticism from Democrats and some residents who say it's time for the governor to reveal his intentions.

Obama in Milwaukee speaks of economic opportunity

President Barack Obama was back in Milwaukee for Labor Day, where he spoke of economic opportunity at LaborFest 2014.

Obama touched on topics of equal pay for women and a higher minimum wage. He says, "I'm not asking for the moon, I just want a good deal for American workers."

In a 30-minute afternoon speech, Obama urged the crowd of about 6,000 not to grow frustrated with Republican obstructionism in Congress. He counseled them to be persistent, saying that's the same strategy he used to get Michelle to marry him.

Franklin police investigate soccer brawl

Police are searching for an adult soccer player who they say kicked an opponent unconscious during a brawl near Milwaukee.

Franklin Police Sgt. William Van Zile said Monday the brawl broke out Sunday during an adult league soccer tournament at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. Police say players went into the stands to try to calm fans, but they ended up joining the altercation.

Van Zile says two security guards and two players were hurt in the fight, including the player who was knocked unconscious. No arrests have been made.

Less humid today

Partly sunny and less humid today. High: 79; low: 59.

Frozen frosh take challenge at Carthage

About 500 Carthage College freshmen accepted the ice bucket challenge Monday night, dousing themselves en masse on Art Keller Field.

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

Labor honoree sets sights on November

Labor Person of the Year Tod Ohnstad didn't spend much time talking about himself or his contributions to labor in Kenosha after receiving the honor Monday at Labor Fest.

Instead, he turned the focus to November, and the upcoming congressional and gubernatorial elections.

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

Alleged robber killed after victim opens fire in Milwaukee

Milwaukee police said an armed robber who accosted a group of victims died after one of the victims opened fire with a handgun. The shooting happened Monday about 5:30 a.m.

Paddock Lake celebration spawns nonprofit group

A small idea that started an Oktoberfest celebration has since not only expanded into a much larger event, but also has sparked the creation of a nonprofit organization.

Old Settlers Oktoberfest Inc. was formed to keep the Old Settlers Oktoberfest event going for years to come, organizer Heidi Schuerstedt said.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com.

Q&A with new Unified superintendent

With the school year starting Tuesday, we asked new Kenosha Unified School Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis three questions:

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

History Mystery: Big event in 1921 drew a big crowd

What drew an estimated 15,000 people to the heart of Kenosha on Nov. 18, 1921? The answer is in this week's History Mystery.

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

Carthage men's soccer wins

The Carthage men's soccer team defeated Willamette University, 2-0, in a non-conference game Monday afternoon at Art Keller Field.

Brewers lose to Cubs, fall out of first

For the first time since April 5, the Milwaukee Brewers aren't at least tied for first place in the NL Central.

Milwaukee's 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs' on Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field, combined with St. Louis' 5-4 win over Pittsburgh, dropped the Brewers into second place in the division, one game behind the Cardinals.

U..S Rep. Duckworth announces she's pregnant

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double amputee, said Monday she's pregnant and expecting a baby girl in early December.

Duckworth, a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, announced the pregnancy on NBC's "Today" show.

Obama calls for minimum wage hike in Milwaukee speech

President Barack Obama was back in Milwaukee for Labor Day, where he spoke of economic opportunity at LaborFest 2014.

Obama touched on topics of equal pay for women and a higher minimum wage. He said, "I'm not asking for the moon, I just want a good deal for American workers."

Strong thunderstorm chance today

Today's forecast calls for high temperatures near 80 degrees, with a chance of a strong thunderstorm.

For more details, see today's Kenosha News. Visit this website regularly for up-to-the-minute weather data; you can also sign up for News Now weather alerts.

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