October 27, 2016
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Manson follower Watson denied parole

California parole officials recommended today that Charles "Tex" Watson, the self-described right-hand man of murderous cult leader Charles Manson, should remain in prison 47 years after he helped plan and carry out the slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people.

Watson's 17th parole hearing was held at Mule Creek State Prison near Sacramento. He can seek parole again in five years.

Dozens turn out to remember Owens at vigil

Dozens of mourners turned out Thursday night for a vigil to remember Willie Owens, a man who smiled often, made others laugh and sought to make sure neighborhood kids didn't go hungry.

Owens was shot and killed Monday night at his home in the 1900 block of 62nd Street. Police have issued warrants for two people sought in connection with the homicide. No arrests have been made.

Red Devils, Eagles lose in volleyball

The Bradford and Christian Life girls volleyball teams had their seasons end Thursday night.

Fort Atkinson defeated Bradford in five sets in a WIAA Division-1 sectional semifinal at Stoughton, while Lake Country Lutheran toppled Christian Life in four sets in a Division-3 sectional semifinal at Racine St. Catherine's.

For more on the matches, read Friday's Kenosha News and kenoshanews.com later tonight.

Community group challenges all to ‘Try the Bus'

A leading faith-based community organization in Kenosha is challenging public officials and encouraging the public to try the bus next week in it's effort to advocate for local transit.

Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH) hopes to strengthen public transportation so those who are transit dependent, can participate in the full life of the community.

In that effort, CUSH and Kenosha Area Transit are promoting a "Try the Bus" day on Friday, Nov. 4. Normal bus fares will apply. See more Friday's Kenosha News.

Illinois firm to be first tenant in Salem Business Park

For the second time in two weeks, local business development officials announced the recruitment and relocation of a printing and packaging company from Illinois into a local industrial park.

At a ceremony Thursday, Vonco Products LLC was unveiled as the first tenant of the Salem Business Park. The company and its approximately 85 employees will move across the state line from Villa Park into a purpose-built 80,500-square-foot building in Salem.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.

Guilty plea expected in Kenosha prostitution case

A Kenosha woman arrested as part of a nationwide human trafficking sting is expected to take a plea deal.

Paula Whittaker, 55, appeared in court Thursday. At the hearing, Whittaker waived her right to a preliminary hearing in which the state would have had to prove probable cause.

Instead, Whittaker and her attorney indicated that they have reached an agreement with prosecutors in which she would enter a guilty plea to the charge.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.

Local 104-year-old fan believes her Cubs will finally win it all

The last time the Chicago Cubs were in the World Series, Hazel Sarich was 36 years old.

She had yet to marry her second husband, Bill Sarich, of Waukegan, Ill., who introduced her to the trials and tribulations of being a Cubs fan.

Today, the well-known Cub fan at Brookside Care Center, believes she's got it figured out, that her Cubbies will win it all this year.

See feature in Friday's Kenosha News.

Jury acquits Oregon standoff leaders of federal charges

The leaders of an armed group who seized a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were acquitted today in the 41-day standoff that brought new attention to a long-running dispute over control of federal lands in the U.S. West.

A jury found brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty of possessing a firearm in a federal facility and conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Five co-defendants also were tried on one or both of the charges.

Man freed from prison after 12 years when case is dismissed

A man imprisoned 12 years for the murder of an off-duty Cook County Jail officer is free after a judge dismissed the case against him.

Bernard Mims was released today from Pontiac Correctional Center. A reason for the state's attorney dropping the case against the 36-year-old Mims' wasn't given in court.

Update: Police oust oil pipeline protesters from private land

Law enforcement officers wearing riot gear and firing bean bags and pepper spray today ousted protesters from a camp on private land in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Hundreds of armed state and local police and National Guard - some on foot and others driving trucks, military Humvees and buses - began the operation at midday and slowly enveloped the camp, arresting more than a dozen protesters who refused to leave.

UW-Madison confirms meningococcal disease in 3rd student

The University of Wisconsin-Madison said meningococcal disease has been confirmed in a third student.

The school said the student is being treated at a hospital. University Health Services is working with Public Health Madison Dane County to notify people who have been in close contact with the student.

Authorities begin arresting oil pipeline protesters

Authorities have begun arresting some Dakota Access pipeline protesters at a camp the demonstrators set up on private land in the path of pipeline construction.

An Associated Press reporter said law enforcement officers formed a horseshoe-like loop around the camp in North Dakota. Several protesters were arrested on the perimeter of the camp as authorities slowly moved in.

State of Downtown: Making progress

Downtown Kenosha is slowly improving its image and progressing along on a master plan to attract new businesses, tenants and creative ventures.

DKI executive director Christopher Naumann delivered the fourth annual State of Downtown presentation on Thursday.

State of Downtown: Making progress

Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute

Our top story: A 30-year-old Burlington man is dead after being struck by a vehicle early this morning on I-94 just south of Highway 158.


Paris School to see levy decrease

A 6.8 percent decrease in the Paris School tax levy was certified this week.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com.

Pedestrian struck, killed on I-94

A pedestrian was reportedly struck and killed on Interstate 94 near Highway 158 in Kenosha early this morning.

The person was struck while attempting to cross the southbound side of the interstate about 3 a.m., according to published reports. The southbound lanes, which were closed off while authorities investigated, were reopened by 5:30 a.m.

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

Today's forecast: Mostly cloudy

Mostly cloudy with a high of 51 degrees and a low of 39.

Up to the minute forecast

Chicago-area man charged with trying to kill officers

A grand jury has handed down an indictment of a suburban Chicago man for allegedly trying to kill two officers on a Drug Enforcement Administration task force during an undercover sting in August.

A statement today from U.S. prosecutors in Chicago said Adan Godinez faces multiple charges that include attempted murder and conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Cubs defeat Indians

The Cubs beat the Indians, 5-1, Wednesday night in Cleveland to even the World Series at one game apiece. For more, see Thursday's Kenosha News.

Unemployment rate continues to fall

Kenosha County's September unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, one of the lowest levels since the recession began in 2007.

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

Man who fled country has bond revoked

A Kenosha convenience store owner who fled the country after being convicted of child enticement had his bond revoked Wednesday.

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

$100,000 bond set in child porn case

A Kenosha man charged with possession of child pornography is being held on $100,000 bond.

Donald M. Jervis, 52, made his initial appearance in court today. Jervis, a retired New Jersey firefighter, is charged with 17 counts of possession of child pornography and four counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child.

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

Wisconsin Democrats ask for election oversight

Wisconsin's Democratic members of Congress want the U.S. Justice Department to oversee the state's monitoring of the election due to concerns with the new voter ID law.

The four Democrats sent a letter today to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking for the oversight. It was signed by Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Reps. Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan and Ron Kind.

Car struck by train, driver escapes injury

A car was struck by an Amtrak train in Pleasant Prairie after the driver drove around the crossing barrier.

The driver, in a hurry to get to work, went around the barrier at the tracks on 88th Avenue near the RecPlex. The train struck the rear of the car. No one was injured.

Court nixes rule against hosting underage drinking parties

A Wisconsin appeals court has struck down a Fond du Lac County ordinance that prohibits adults from hosting underage drinkers in their homes.

The case centers on Stuart Muche of Van Dyne. He was cited last year after minors began drinking at his son's graduation party. Muche argued the ordinance is improperly stricter than state law, which prohibits adults from hosting underagers on a premises the adult owns or controls.

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