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Kenosha Police make robbery arrests

Kenosha Police have two suspects in custody on two separate robberies involving local businesses.

Adrian Moore, 29, of Kenosha was taken into custody for his involvement in a robbery at Johnson Bank, 2729 18th Ave., on Jan. 22. Moore was questioned by detectives on Tuesday and taken into custody.

Edith Mae May, 54, of Kenosha was arrested in connection with a series of robberies at Soon's Sushi Cafe, 2100 54th Street. Police executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1700 block of 54th Street and linked May to three robberies at the business.

WCS School Board opposed to transmission lines

The Wheatland School Board Wednesday, passed a resolution opposing any route of the proposed Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project by the American Transmission Company that would run along school district property. For more information, visit www.kenoshanews.com

Water main break shuts down Commons Grounds

For the second straight day, Commons Grounds coffee shop has been affected by a water main break in front of the store in the 5100 block of Sixth Avenue.

The main broke Wednesday morning, limiting water supply to the shop from 9-11 a.m., and ruptured once again after being repaired around 2 p.m., according to a store employee.

City crews are repairing the main and have informed store employees it should be fixed around 10 a.m.

Hot off the press: Thursday, Jan. 29

Here is a look at today's top stories available now at KenoshaNews.com and in today's Kenosha News:

* Despite a request from 10 Wisconsin legislators, Gov. Scott Walker said he will not reconsider his decision to deny a Kenosha casino.

* Jurors acquitted a former University of Wisconsin-Parkside basketball recruit of sexually assaulting a fellow student in September 2013.

* Bradford High School students participated in a video conference with Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin on Wednesday.

* The University of Wisconsin-Parkside men's basketball team plays top-ranked Indianapolis in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game 7:30 tonight at the DeSimone Gymnasium.

Dean Foods closing Sheboygan plant

Dean Foods says it will close its dairy plant in Sheboygan.

The plant has been in operation for more than 100 years. Dean Foods says it's consolidating operations and will continue to operate its plant in De Pere.

Sheboygan Press Media says about 70 jobs will be lost when the company closes the Sheboygan location on or before April 30. Dean is one of the largest milk producers in the country.

U.S. jobless benefit claims near 15-year low

The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.

Weekly applications dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since April 2000. It is also the biggest decline in two years. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 8,250 to 298,500.

The latest drop may have been exaggerated by the federal holiday, which likely slowed the processing of some claims.

Berlin schools to keep controversial mascot

Berlin Area School District officials have decided the high school mascot will remain the same amid criticism that it's racially insensitive.

The school board voted Monday night to retain the Indian mascot at Berlin High School after survey results were announced. About 92 percent of more than 1,300 community members surveyed voted in favor of keeping the mascot.

One resident says the name honors a Native American tribe that no longer exists. But another resident who was in favor of the name change says the mascot exploits Native American culture and teaches children that stereotyping is acceptable.

Brown Deer students record selves at sex party

Four middle school students are facing criminal charges after authorities say they recorded themselves at a so-called sex party that took place at a Brown Deer home over winter break.

Police were called to Brown Deer Middle School earlier this month after a student told a staff member about the gathering and videos recorded by partygoers. Four students were arrested by police after questioning and police have recommended they be charged with first- and second-degree sexual assault of a child.

Brown Deer Police Chief Michael Kass says it doesn't appear any of the videos were posted on social media. He says authorities don't believe any adults were involved but they want to send a clear message that this behavior isn't acceptable among middle-school age kids.

Windy, snow showers in AM

Today's forecast: Windy, morning snow showers; high temperature around 38 degrees, heading down to a 24-hour low of 17.

For more weather 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.

Cavaliers' Irving scores 55 points

Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record and leading the Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 over Portland in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

Wednesday's Prep Sports

WRESTLING: Martin Luther 39, Shoreland 36

BOYS BASKETBALL: Racine Prairie 55, Shoreland 50; Reuther 78, University School 50.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: University School 45, Reuther 8

Find more coverage at kenoshanews.com or in Thursday's issue.

Sharapova in Australian Open final

Maria Sharapova reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makaraova 6-3, 6-2 in a semifinal on Thursday in Melbourne, Australia.

North Park sweeps Carthage

The Carthage mens basketball team lost to North Park University 79-75 at home on Wednesday. The womens team lost 63-60 in overtime at North Park. Coverage of both games is on kenoshanews.com and will be in Thursday's paper.

Townes, co-inventor of the laser, dies at 99

Charles H. Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics who unapologetically spoke of his strong spiritual faith, has died. He was 99.

Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, where Townes was a professor emeritus who only last year stopped going to campus every day, said he had been in poor health before he died Tuesday on the way to an Oakland hospital.

Stewart buys sprint car series

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart purchased the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series, one of the oldest, traveling sprint car organizations in the country.

Series of courtroom snafus leaves DA blaming schedule, staffing

Prosecutors had a rough day in Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder's courtroom earlier this week, when the judge took them to task for a host of deficiencies -- problems District Attorney Robert Zapf chalked up to a overly busy schedule and an understaffed office.

To read the whole story, click here or see Thursday's Kenosha News.

Snyder: Local artist helps businesses release their inner fabulousness

In this week's column, Elizabeth Snyder looks at the impact original artwork - created by local artists - is having on local businesses.

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

Police offer tips for staying safe when walking

Kenosha Police officers Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis offer safety advice for pedestrians.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com.

Holocaust survivor tells her story

Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin - a volunteer with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - met with a group of students from Bradford High School Wednesday, talking to students and answering their questions through a video link from the museum in Washington, D.C.

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

Family event Sunday to aid Habitat for Humanity

The third annual Family Fun Expo, organized by the Central High School Habitat for Humanity chapter, will raise needed funds for the organization Sunday.

Activities at the event are geared for ages 2-10, club president Austin Heiselmann, 16, said. The expo is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 24617 75th St. Admission is $5 per child; parents and children under 2 are free.

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

McDonald's names new CEO

McDonald's Corp. has tapped Steve Easterbrook as its new president and CEO to succeed Don Thompson, who has led the burger chain about two and a half years.

Thompson will retire March 1 after nearly 25 years with the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company.

Jury acquits former Parkside student of sex assault

After deliberating for about an hour, jurors returned two not guilty verdicts in a sexual assault case involving two former University of Wisconsin-Parkside students.

Austin Robinson, 20, a basketball recruit in September 2013, was accused of forcing a female student to engage in rough sexual activity. Both parties testified during the trial, with the woman saying she was not interested in the activity that took place, and Robinson saying the activity was consensual.

Man dies in Milwaukee garage fire

The Milwaukee Fire Department says a man has died in a garage fire.

The fire broke out about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. Deputy Fire Chief Terry Lintonen says firefighters found the man dead.

Milwaukee fire and police departments are investigating. An autopsy is scheduled Thursday.

Walker announces support for various rural projects

Gov. Scott Walker said today he will propose spending more money to help rural schools, expand broadband in under-served areas of Wisconsin and do more to train workers and invest in rural parts of the state.

Walker says he will increase state aid that goes to rural schools and put in $5 million more to pay for transportation costs for rural schools.

Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Click below to watch this afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup sponsored by Festival Foods. Our top story is a bipartisan group of state lawmakers petitioning Gov. Scott Walker to reconsider his decision regarding the Kenosha casino project.



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