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Twin Lakes commission hires new police chief

Twin Lakes will have a new police chief in July.

Hiring from within the department, the village Police Commission voted unanimously to offer Lt. Adam Grosz the position, according to an announcement from the commission on Tuesday.

The commission made the decision last week, while the Village Board discussed a financial agreement on the matter Monday night in closed session, according to its President Howard Skinner. Grosz will begin his new duties July 7.


Streetcar utilities cost: $5.5 million

Kenosha officials are deriding an estimate from We Energies saying it will cost $5.5 million to relocate utilities in order to expand the streetcar line.

The City Council has approved just over $10 million for the entire project, with the city covering $2 million and the federal government covering just under $8 million.

If We Energies sticks by that cost in a written estimate to the city, that likely would kill the expansion.

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



Gateway balks at charter schools

Leaders of Gateway Technical College say they have no interest in operating charter schools.

A provision was slipped into the Joint Finance Committee's motion on higher education last week allowing Gateway to begin operating independent charter high schools in a seven-county area including Kenosha County.

A Gateway spokesman said the college did not ask for the provision and has no interest in pursuing it.

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



2 killed in Wisconsin plane crash

Police say two people are dead after a plane crashed on Oshkosh Corp. property.

Oshkosh police and firefighters responded to the crash just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say both people who died were aboard the plane.


Local fruit crops looking good

The cool spring has been good to Kenosha County fruit crops. Whether its strawberries, apples or peaches you long for, local growers report crops are off to a good start.

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



Wilmot grad turns the tassel at Harvard

You don't need to take a probability course at Harvard to figure out Cara Dowell has beaten the odds to become the first Wilmot High School alum to graduate from the Ivy League school.

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



Tropical Storm Blanca becomes hurricane

Tropical Storm Blanca has become the second hurricane of the eastern Pacific season, but poses no threat to land.

The storm's maximum sustained winds strengthened today to 75 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to become a major hurricane on Wednesday.


Bradford beats Tremper again

Bradford softball beat Tremper 7-0 at Bradford on Tuesday at home. Bradford will host Oak Creek at 4:30 p.m. at Bradford in a WIAA sectional final on Thursday. Go to kenoshanews.com later tonight for more coverage.



Probe into fatal police shooting continues

A lengthy outside investigation involving Kenosha Police officer Pablo Torres could soon be wrapping up, according to Kenosha County District Attorney Robert Zapf.

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



Central beats Wilmot in extras

Central softball beat Wilmot 3-2 in an 8-inning contest at Sorensen Field. The Falcons play at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Union Grove in the sectional finals. Check out kenoshanews.com later tonight for more coverage.



Wilmot School vandalism jeopardizes school sale

As work continues to fix the damage done to the former Wilmot Grade School by vandals, the pending sale of the property is in jeopardy.

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



Village increases fine for contempt of court

The penalty for misbehaving in the Pleasant Prairie Municipal court just went up, from $50 to $200.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com.



Trooper slaying suspect not responsible for 2nd bank robbery

Authorities say the man suspected of gunning down a state trooper and another man after robbing a rural Wisconsin bank was not responsible for a second bank robbery that day.

The second robbery happened March 24 near the Fond du Lac shootout that left both Steven Timothy Snyder and Trooper Trevor Casper dead.

A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice said authorities don't believe Snyder was the suspect in the Fond du Lac bank robbery.


Tornado caused $18.6 million in damage at UW-Platteville

A final tally shows a tornado that struck the UW-Platteville campus nearly a year ago caused $18.6 million in damage. The school released the final damage numbers on Tuesday.

The tornado hit the campus on June 16, 2014, breaking windows, destroying roofs, downing trees and bending light towers at the sports stadium. The twister caused $7.3 million in damage to Bridgeway Commons, $4.8 million in damage to Rountree Commons and $1.8 million to Southwest Hall. All three buildings are dorms.


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Grosz selected as Twin Lakes police chief

Adam Grosz has been tapped as the new police chief in Twin Lakes. Grosz is currently a lieutenant in the department.

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



Pleasant Prairie ups contempt of court

Pleasant Prairie just added a higher fine amount and jail time to its contempt of court ordinance which could be used if you don't let code inspectors in your house.

For more on this story pick up Wednesday's edition of the Kenosha News.



Man fighting charges that he stole $80K in corn

A man is fighting charges that he stole corn worth about $80,000 out of a farmer's grain bin, taking the theft case to trial.

Reinhard Gellert, 64, of Zion, Ill., is charged with theft of movable property worth more than $10,000 and criminal damage to property. He is accused of working with out-of-state companies to get semi trucks to come load up grain being stored for future sale, and haul it away - all without the owner's permission.

Read more later today at www.kenoshanews.com.


Man pleads guilty in high-speed I-94 chase

Milwaukee resident Gualbert Portillo pleaded guilty today to recklessly endangering safety and fleeing officers, resolving a case stemming from a dangerous high-speed chase on Interstate 94 in October.

Portillo also faces charges in Racine County, for the chase which spanned two counties and went in both directions on the highway. Read more later today at www.kenoshanews.com


Sheridan Road at 52nd Street Reopened

Sheridan Road at 52nd Street reopened just after three Tuesday afternoon during a police investigation of an alleged hit and run involving someone who was crossing the street in the 5100 block.

Kenosha Police LT. Brad Hetlet said the male victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"At about 2 o'clock p-m a pedestrian was hit by a Toyota Camry. The injury was not serious - it was a shoulder injury," Hetlet said.

It's unclear at this time whether the unnamed driver will face any charges in the incident.

"It was initially reported as a hit and run but the operator of the vehicle did flee, however, he returned to the scene," Hetlet said.

The name of the victim was not released.



Senate rejects changes to surveillance bill

The Senate has rejected changes to a House-passed bill remaking a disputed post-Sept. 11 surveillance program. That clears the way for the Senate to pass the legislation and send it directly to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The action today came two days after the Senate let the National Security Agency's bulk phone collections program temporarily lapse.


Kenosha-based United joins Integrated Health Network

United Hospital System of Kenosha has joined the Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin in a move that is designed to solidify a relationship that addresses future changes in how health care is delivered -- and reimbursed.

Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, one of two dominant healthcare networks in the state, is made up of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Froedtert Health, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Columbia St. Mary's and health systems throughout Wisconsin. It competes with Aurora Health Care and other smaller networks across the state.

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


Crash closes northbound Sheridan at 52nd

Northbound Sheridan Road was closed at 52nd Street shortly after 2:30 this afternoon as authorities investigate a hit-and-run crash.

Further information was not immediately available. For updates, check back at kenoshanews.com.


Bridge work closes Highway N in Paris

Bridge work will close Highway N (38th Street) in Paris until Aug. 7.

The closure, which began today, affects the area between highways 45 and D. The project involves the replacement of the Highway N bridge over the Des Plaines River, about a mile east of Highway 45.

Drivers are urged to use Highway K as a detour. Local access to residents on Highway N will be provided.


Gateway has no plans to open charter schools

Leaders of Gateway Technical College have no interest in operating charter schools.

A provision was slipped into the Joint Finance Committee's motion on higher education last week allowing Gateway to begin operating charter schools in a seven-county area including Kenosha County.

A Gateway spokesman said the college did not ask for the provision and has no interest in pursuing it. "We do not plan to open a charter school by any means," said Stephanie Sklba, vice president of community and government relations.

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