October 22, 2016
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European Mars probe crashed, may have exploded

Europe's experimental Mars probe hit the right spot - but at the wrong speed - and may have ended up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck the surface, scientists said Friday.

Pictures taken by a NASA satellite show a black spot in the area where the Schiaparelli lander was meant to touch down Wednesday, the European Space Agency said. The images end two days of speculation following the probe's unexpected radio silence less than a minute before the planned landing.

"Estimates are that Schiaparelli dropped from a height of between 2 and 4 kilometers (1.4-2.4 miles), therefore impacting at a considerable speed, greater than 300 kilometers per hour (186 mph)," the agency said.

No discipline for Minneapolis cops in Jamar Clark slaying

Two Minneapolis police officers followed proper procedure in a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark in November, and won't face discipline, the city's police chief announced.

Chief Janee Harteau said Friday that an internal investigation found the officers were warranted in using deadly force in the death of the 24-year-old black man.

Clark was shot in the head on Nov. 15 in a confrontation with Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze on the city's north side. His death set off protests that lasted several weeks, including an 18-day encampment around the area's police precinct.

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Kenosha Police probe attempted abduction

Kenosha Police are investigating a report of an attempted abduction that reportedly took place near the intersection of 45th Street and Sheridan Road Friday evening.

The call to police came in shortly after 7 p.m. Officials were not able to provide a description or age of the victim.

Police indicated in online reports they received a report of a van being connected to the suspect responsible for the attempted abduction.

London City Airport declared safe after 'chemical incident'

More than two dozen people were treated for breathing difficulties in a suspected chemical incident that sparked the evacuation of London City Airport Friday, fire and ambulance services said.

After a three-hour investigation by police and firefighters in protective clothing, the terminal was declared safe. Police were not treating the incident as terrorist-related, and said they were investigating whether a canister of tear gas discarded by a passenger was the cause.

Wisconsin officer facing felony charge from March shooting

A Wisconsin police officer faces a felony charge for allegedly shooting and injuring an unarmed man in March after removing him from a bus, according to a criminal complaint issued Friday.

Brown Deer officer Devon Kraemer was charged with aggravated battery with use of a dangerous weapon. Authorities allege that Kraemer shot 26-year-old Manuel Burnley while he was face down on the ground. Burnley is black, while the two officers involved are white.

Cyberattacks disrupt the internet

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are investigating a massive cyberattack that stopped or slowed access to Twitter, Spotify, Amazon and other sites Friday by targeting a firm responsible for routing internet traffic their way.

Dyn, a New Hampshire internet services company, reported early Friday that a large-scale attack temporarily overwhelmed its servers.

Users reported outages and slowdowns at sites including PayPal, Github, Netflix, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Vox Media, among others.

Twin Lakes, Silver Lake ink new refuse collection, recycling contracts

Two western Kenosha County communities changed their refuse collection service providers this week.

The new service will start for Silver Lake residents on Nov. 7, while Twin Lakes will transition to the new provider beginning Jan. 1.

For more information, see story in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Illinois woman caught attempting huge shoplifting cache

A McHenry woman has been caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart stores so many times the corporation has apparently barred her from entering any of their stores in the United States.

But according to a Kenosha Sheriff's Department report, she drove from Illinois with her two children Wednesday to the Somers Wal-Mart on Green Bay Road. Security staff called deputies after watching the woman spend two hours in the store using a razor to strip jewelry from packages, stuffing the trinkets into purses and bags.

According to the deputy's report, Tiffany Judt's bags, when searched, contained 231 stolen items valued at $1,625. A store security officer told the deputy it was the largest number of items they had seen stolen at the store in one go.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Zion man held for false imprisonment, intimidating victim

A Zion, Ill., man allegedly held his former girlfriend against her will and threatened her with what she thought was a handgun.

Aaron Bailey, 28, was charged Friday with three felonies for allegedly sneaking into his former girlfriend's Kenosha home, threatening her with a BB-gun that appeared to be a real handgun, and forcing her to contact the man she is now dating - getting him to come to her home.

Bailey was charged Friday with false imprisonment, intimidating a victim, threats to injure, criminal trespass, battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Curious Kenosha: What's the plan for dead ash trees?

Leaves aren't the only things falling from trees these days. City workers removed about 500 ash trees this year with over 3,000 others scheduled to be taken down in the future.

The emerald ash borer is to blame for the mess and the extensive cleanup project needed to remove the area's entire ash population.

The Kenosha News looked into this issue after a question about ash trees received the most votes in a Curious Kenosha voting round.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Visit www.kenoshanews.com/curiouskenosha to submit your own Curious Kenosha question.

Racine 17-year-old charged with firing gun at local teens

A 17-year-old Racine boy is being held on $20,000 bond on charges he fired a gun at a group of teens on a Kenosha porch.

Auston C. Harris was charged Friday with first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Unified, KEA negotiate small teacher wage hike

Teachers will get a minimal pay increase with the Kenosha Unified School Board's approval Tuesday.

District and Kenosha Education Association negotiators met earlier this month and tentatively OK'd a collective bargaining agreement that would increase the base wage across the board by 0.12 percent.

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

Prostitution charge for local woman

A 22-year-old year old woman being treated at a local hospital this week told staff she was being forced into prostitution, leading to the arrest of the person she said was acting as her pimp.

According to a criminal complaint filed Friday, police were called to the hospital to speak to the woman. She told officers that last summer Arielle Kelly, 27, told her she could live with her and that she would take care of her if she would have sex with men for money. The woman said she had nowhere else to go so she agreed.

Time Warner stock surges following report of AT&T interest

Shares of media giant Time Warner Inc. jumped Friday following a report that telecommunications firm AT&T Inc. could purchase it as early as this weekend.

Time Warner's shot up $6.49, or 7.8 percent, to close at $89.48. Shares of AT&T fell $1.16, or 3 percent, to $37.49.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday morning that AT&T was in "advanced talks" to acquire Time Warner. Citing unnamed sources, the Journal said discussions were still "fluid" and could still fall through.

State: Nearly 34,000 kids get private school vouchers

Nearly 34,000 Wisconsin students have enrolled in the state's voucher school subsidy program this year.

Data the state Department of Public Instruction released Friday shows 33,781 students received a subsidy to attend one of 209 participating private schools. The program is expected to cost the state about $245 million this school year.

Jail, probation in Christmas Day beating

A man originally facing up to 20 years in prison for beating his girlfriend's father with a baseball bat was sentenced to three years probation Friday.

Alexander Garcia, 25, was initially charged with aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon for the Christmas Day beating of his then girlfriend's father. Garcia allegedly beat 58-year-old Thomas Eppers of Twin Lakes with a metal baseball bat, leaving him unconscious with a serious head injuries.

Garcia pled guilty last month to aggravated battery-intended bodily harm.

Jail, probation in Christmas Day beating

Man boarding dog in Bristol to save its life

NEWS NOW A dog deemed dangerous by Pleasant Prairie village officials is now staying at kennel in Bristol, according to its owner.

Jack Thomsen, owner of Bookie, a 6 1/2 year old mastiff, had until Wednesday, to move the dog from his home or have the canine euthanized. Last month, the Village Board found the dog to be dangerous to the community after police alleged it bit two boys and its owner.

Man boarding dog in Bristol to save its life

Survey: More Americans now have access to bank accounts

More Americans have access to a checking or savings account, according to a survey released Thursday by federal regulators, a sign that the improving economy is helping lift the nation's poorest households.

Having a checking or savings account is considered a cornerstone of financial stability in the U.S. Without one, households must rely on check-cashing services, prepaid debit cards and other costly ways to pay bills and make routine transactions.

The portion of Americans who do not have a bank account, known in industry jargon as the "unbanked," declined to 7 percent in 2015 from 7.7 percent in 2013, according to the survey from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

U.S. confirms 11th death due to Takata air bags

A 50-year-old woman who died after a car wreck last month in California is the 11th U.S. victim of Takata Corp.'s defective air bag inflators.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed the woman's death on Thursday but didn't release her name. Up to five people also may have been killed by the air bags in Malaysia, bringing the number of deaths globally to as many as 16.

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Firefighter thrown up to 20 feet in Portland gas explosion

An injured firefighter who's being hailed as a hero for helping to evacuate a building before a powerful gas explosion in a Portland shopping district said Thursday he was tossed up to 20 feet by the blast.

The explosion hurt eight people Wednesday morning, demolished a three-story historic building and ignited a fire that sent a plume of smoke over the city. Three firefighters, two police officers and three civilians were injured.

None of the injuries were life-threatening.

Early voting strong in Wisconsin's most Democratic counties

About 29 percent of all absentee ballots cast in Wisconsin so far have come from the state's most heavily Democratic counties.

The latest data posted on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website Thursday shows ballots cast in Milwaukee and Dane counties are far outpacing those that have come from the conservative suburban counties of Washington, Waukesha and Ozaukee.

Donald Trump mocks his critics

Mocking his critics, Donald Trump pledged Thursday to fully accept the outcome of next month's presidential election - if he wins. The Republican said he reserved the right to contest questionable results, deepening his unsubstantiated assertions that the race against Hillary Clinton could be rigged against him.

Trump's comments came a day after his stunning refusal in the final presidential debate to say whether he would concede to Clinton if he loses. His resistance, threatening to undermine the essence of American democracy, was roundly rejected by fellow Republicans.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.

Johnson breaks with Trump on election result acceptance

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, in a break with his party's presidential nominee, Donald Trump, said through a spokesman Thursday that the results of the election should be respected.

Trump created a bipartisan uproar after refusing during Wednesday's presidential debate to say whether he would accept the outcome of the election. On Thursday, at a campaign rally in Ohio, Trump said he won't commit to honoring the outcome of the Nov. 8 election because he wants to reserve his right to file a legal challenge "in the case of a questionable result."

But Trump's two highest-ranking Republican supporters in Wisconsin - Johnson and Gov. Scott Walker - both distanced themselves from his position on Thursday. Neither withdrew their backing.

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