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Kenall manufacturing officially in Kenosha

Kenall Manufacturing, a maker of commercial lighting fixtures, has officially relocated to its corporate headquarters and production facility, joining a growing list of former Illinois companies that have crossed the Wisconsin border to conduct business in Kenosha County.

The company moved into its new Kenosha facility at 10200 55th St., earlier this month and has already begun production at its new manufacturing plant.

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


Local home sales down, but prices up in 2014

Despite an improving economy highlighted by decreasing unemployment and mortgage rates, Kenosha County's 2014 housing sales will not match last year's strong performance.

Meanwhile, this year's sales prices have increased partly because home buyers are purchasing homes that have more amenities.

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


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1990s TV star 'Screech' charged in bar stabbing

Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was charged today with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas in Port Washington, Wis.

Diamond, 37, of Port Washington, faces charges of felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety charge, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.

The man had been stabbed under the armpit and police said he was not seriously injured.


Wake begins for NY officer gunned down in cruiser

The wife and two sons of a New York City policeman gunned down along with his partner have been joined by hundreds of uniformed officers at his wake.

The family of Officer Rafael Ramos and officers streamed into the Christ Tabernacle Church in the Glendale section of Queens toay, less than a week after the Dec. 20 killings.

Ramos was killed in a brazen daytime ambush along with Officer Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter later killed himself.


Racine man held in fatal hit-and-run, bail jumping

A 31-year-old Racine man has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian dead.

Charges filed today against Bradley Hayek allege he was at the wheel of a car that struck a man Thursday night in Racine and fled the scene. The victim, 45-year-old Robert Castaneda, died at a nearby emergency room.

Hayek was arrested a few blocks from the scene. He faces multiple charges, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Hayek is also facing bail jumping charges, according to the Racine Police Department; he was awaiting sentencing for a prior drug conviction.



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Court rules landlord not liable in dog attack

The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a landlord can't be held liable as the owner of his tenants' dogs for multiple injuries they inflicted on a woman.

According to court documents, George Kontos allowed his daughter and her family to live on his Winnebago County property with their dogs. In June 2008 the dogs attacked Julie Augsburger.

A judge ruled Kontos was the dogs' owner under state law and could be held liable, and an appeals court affirmed that ruling. But the Supreme Court reversed the appeals court today in a 6-1 decision.



Hot off the press: Friday, Dec. 26

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

* Church's Christmas feast is shared with those having no place else to go

* Aviation club building a plane at Central High School

* Knitters tend to others

* Honda Holiday Classic basketball tourney tips off tonight at Carthage


Mount Pleasant bell ringers find diamond ring

Salvation Army bell ringers in Mount Pleasant found a diamond ring inside their red kettle during a Tuesday donation drive.

After a few days of waiting for an owner to come forward, the Racine Salvation Army is considering the ring a generous donation.

Donations - and unusual contributions like the diamond ring - have surged since the Salvation Army announced it was behind on its fundraising goal.



Cloudy today

Mostly cloudy today with a high of 45, low 36.



Chicago girl's death ruled accident

An autopsy shows that a 1-year Chicago girl found dead in her home accidentally drowned.

The Cook County medical examiner characterized Alonah Smith's death as an accident in a report released today.


Power returns to Mississippi town after storm

Authorities say they have restored power to nearly everyone in the Mississippi town of Columbia following a series of powerful tornadoes that hit the town.

Meanwhile, Marion County coroner Norma Williamson said Amber Sumrall, 33, of Sandy Hook was one of the four people killed in Tuesday's storm. She died after being trapped in a beauty salon.


Immanuel Methodist serving homeless today

Immanuel United Methodist Church, 5410 Sheridan Road, is hosting a meal for the homeless from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

The church started the annual tradition over 15 years ago.

A steady stream of visitors served themselves to pastries and refreshments this morning with a Christmas feast planned for this afternoon.



Country star Lee to perform Sunday's anthem

Sunday's big NFC North showdown at Lambeau Field will reunite a pair of Tennessee football buddies, but one is putting on a solo performance.

Country singer Jackie Lee will perform the national anthem before the Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game. After that, his former high school teammate Randall Cobb will take the field as a star receiver for the Packers as they try for the division championship.

Lee and Cobb played together for the Alcoa High School Tornadoes in Maryville, Tennessee, Cobb stayed on the football field, becoming a constant receiving threat this year for the Packers with 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. Lee went the music route.



Lawmaker wants change to Wisconsin judge terms

Wisconsin lawmakers will likely weigh legislation next year that would require judges to leave the bench when they turn 75.

Republican Rep. Dean Knudson, of Hudson, said he plans to introduce the measure in the upcoming session. If it passes the GOP-run Legislature, three Supreme Court justices and many lower court judges would be forced to retire, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker would appoint judges to fill unexpired terms. Reserve and temporary judges would be exempt under the proposal.

Knudson said he's responding to the will of the people and insists his proposal isn't motivated by partisanship. Voters in 1977 directed the Legislature to set a mandatory retirement age no earlier than 70, a requirement hasn't been acted on to date.



Matthews is NFC defensive player of week

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is the NFC's Player of the Week on defense after a command performance against Tampa Bay.

Matthews grabbed the honor Wednesday as he and the rest of Green Bay's team prepare for a crucial game against Detroit. The Packers-Lions winner will win the NFC North crown and a first-round bye.

He had 2 1/2 sacks last week in Green Bay's win in Tampa and six tackles. Four were for yardage losses.



Chinese scorpion found in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Humane Animal Welfare Society in Waukesha County is looking for a home for a Chinese golden scorpion.

The scorpion was brought in by a mason who discovered it while working with stones imported from China.

Humane society director Mark Hess says it's a first for his organization. It's currently being kept in an aquarium.

With pincers in front and a spindly tail, Hess says it's not a pet the general public may want. He says it may appeal more to someone who is "into this kind of creepy crawly." They hope to find the scorpion a home in the new year.



Today's forecast: Partly sunny and unseasonably warm

Today's forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high near 41, with overnight lows around 34 degrees.

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Kenosha church hosts annual Christmas Eve dinner

People lined up outside before the doors opened today for the 14th annual Christmas Eve dinner at Christ the King Church.

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New domestic battery charges filed against man out on bond for fight

A Pleasant Prairie man out on bond for getting into a fight with someone at a bar has been charged with domestic battery, after his girlfriend told police he attacked her earlier this month.

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


Kenosha man arrested for OWI twice in 10 days

A Kenosha man arrested for drunken driving twice within 10 days has been charged with several felony counts related to the incidents.

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


Rollover crash reported at 52nd St. and Green Bay Road

The Kenosha Fire Department was responding about 1 p.m. to a report of a rollover crash at 52nd Street and Green Bay Road.

According to scanner traffic, the collision involved three vehicles, one of which was upside down.

For updates, check later at kenoshanews.com.


UW-Parkside names new arts and humanities dean

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has named Lesley Walker as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

Walker previously served as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Indiana University South Bend. She begins July 1.


Sony, YouTube reach deal to show 'The Interview'

Sony has struck a deal with YouTube to offer digital rentals of "The Interview" beginning Thursday, a source with direct knowledge of the situation says.

The deal comes just one day after Sony announced a limited release of the film it previously said it had no plans to release.

The unusual release marks one of the first times a studio movie will be shown simultaneously in theaters and video on demand. Usually, larger studio films aren't made available on digital platforms for at least a few months after the initial theatrical release, to ensure maximizing theater box office.

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