August 27, 2016
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Atlanta Police seek man who posed as Uber driver, attacked woman

Atlanta police investigating a woman's report that she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver say they now believe the suspect posed as a driver to lure her into his car, the most recent of several attacks by phony Uber drivers around the nation.

Within the past 12 months, police in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla., have issued alerts to warn residents about people pretending to be Uber drivers and preying on unsuspecting customers.

Breach in fishing license system exposes data

A breach in a vendor's system that processes online sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state exposed several million records containing buyers' personal information, officials said Friday.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI are investigating the hack into Dallas-based Active Network, the Washington State Office of Cyber Security said in a statement. Washington halted all sales earlier this week, allowing anglers to fish license-free, while Idaho and Oregon have stopped only online sales.

Today's forecast: A heavy thunderstorm

Mostly cloudy with a heavy thunderstorm. High: 81; low: 65.

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Cubs win

The Cubs beat the Dodgers 6-4 in Friday in Los Angeles.

Pirates beat Brewers

The Pirates defeated the Brewers, 5-3, in Milwaukee on Friday night. For more, see Saturday's Kenosha News.

Central School Board sets policies on treatment of transgender students

Guidelines that spell out the process by which transgender students can get concerns addressed about a variety of issues - such as which pronouns are used for them by teachers, and restroom or locker room use - have been approved by the Central High School Board of Education.

Superintendent Scott Pierce said the guidelines will most likely become part of the district's Harassment Policy Guidelines as well its Non-Discrimination Policy Guidelines.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Kenosha County faces acute shortage of foster homes

The number of children who need foster homes is increasing, but the number of licensed foster homes is not, and that's a problem.

This May, there were 287 children in foster care in Kenosha County, up 10 percent over May 2015. Meanwhile Kenosha Human Development Services normally has 40 foster homes available, but now they're down to 14.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Obregon murder trial gearing up

Next week, 200 Kenosha County residents will get a letter in the mail.

The letter - a multi-page questionnaire - is the first step in the process of picking a jury for the high-profile trial of former fugitive Andrew Obregon.

His trial is slated to begin Sept. 26.

For more, see Saturday's Kenosha News.

Kenosha man recognized nationally for innovations as school librarian

"I'm excited and humbled," Kenosha's Todd Burleson said today of being named nationally as 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

Attorney asks court to hold Avery appeal open pending motion

A Wisconsin man accused of killing a freelance photographer wants a state appellate court to hold his latest appeal open pending a decision on additional scientific testing in the case.

Steven Avery is serving a life sentence after a jury convicted him of killing 25-year-old Teresa Halbach in his family's Manitowoc County salvage yard in 2005. Avery, the subject of the popular Netflix series "Making a Murderer," has been fighting his conviction for years.

His attorney, Kathleen Zellner, filed a motion today with the 2nd District Court of Appeals asking the court to hold his latest appeal in abeyance. She wrote that she planned to file a motion today seeking additional testing of evidence that will prove Avery's innocence and the appeal should be suspended pending the results.

No injuries in car vs. building

There were no injuries when a car went through the window of Gold Diamond & Design, 10320 75th St. this morning. Store owner John Langenfeld had just left his worktable near the window when the crash occurred. For photos and more, check back at and read Saturday's Kenosha News.

Watch the morning Kenosha News Minute

Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup. Our top story: One of two nuns found slain in a Mississippi home on Thursday, was a teacher at St. Joseph High School in Kenosha in the 1970s.


Car vs. building

A vehicle has reportedly gone through the window of a jewelry store in the 10300 block of 75th 10:47 a.m.

Slain nun was former St. Joseph teacher

Sister Margaret Held, one of the two nuns found slain in a Mississippi home on Thursday, was a teacher at St. Joseph High School in Kenosha in the 1970s.

Held, according to a statement from the present-day St. Joseph Catholic Academy, taught social science classes from 1972 to 1976. "Sr. Margie was a true leader and role model who will be greatly missed by all who knew her," said Sister Sylvia Leonardi, a sister in community with the School Sisters of St. Francis and a long-time St. Joseph teacher.

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

3 rescued from capsized vessel including 6-year-old boy

The Coast Guard and a local diver rescued three people after their boat capsized in the Umpqua River near the Oregon Coast, trapping a 6-year-old boy under the hull.

Coast Guard officials say a boat crew responded Thursday afternoon to a disabled 21-foot pleasure boat that was unable to anchor in the area of Winchester Bay. The boat had reportedly run onto a jetty and capsized.

Your coffee habit may be written in your DNA

A growing body of evidence suggests that the amount of coffee we consume is determined by our genetic makeup rather than the amount of sleep we got the night before.

Recent reports have linked coffee consumption with improvements in short-term memory, as well as a reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis, melanoma, Type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. It might also be good for your heart.

In a new paper published Thursday in Scientific Reports, a team of researchers describe the discovery of a gene variant that appears to limit coffee drinking.

Today's forecast: High of 80

Pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. High: 80; low: 64.

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Unified ACT scores echo state drop

ACT test results in Kenosha Unified School District mirror the slight drop in 2016 standardized test results statewide this year.

Local and state educators, as well as ACT Inc., agree the drop was likely at least in part the result of more students taking the test, as officials pushed for 100 percent participation this year.

For more, see Friday's Kenosha News.

Explosion rocks sports center near Brussels

A Belgian newspaper is reporting that an explosion has rocked a sports center in the Belgian town of Chimay, with reports of at least one person dead and two injured.

A rescue services spokesman said early Friday that the blast happened just after midnight and that several people were in the building at the time.

No plea change allowed in homicide case

A Pleasant Prairie man who shot his friend, then staged the scene to look like a suicide, lost an attempt to withdraw his guilty plea Thursday.

Roland Garza, 29, pleaded guilty last July to first-degree reckless homicide and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He said he accidently shot and killed Carl Nichols, 26, a man he described as his best friend, after the two had been drinking.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.

Yacht Club restaurant launches anew

It took a few months, but the restaurant at the Kenosha Yacht Club is again open.

The Lake House Bar & Grille is under different management and a different menu are not the only changes that have occurred. A modified agreement with the KYC makes the restaurant management company more of a partner and less of a tenant.

For more, see Friday's Kenosha News.

Illinois redistricting referendum won't appear on ballot

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, making it ineligible to appear on the November ballot.

The 4-3 decision, which affirmed a Cook County circuit court judge's ruling, said the measure that would give the power to draw legislative maps to an independent commission instead of lawmakers didn't meet constitutional muster. A county judge rejected a similar signature-driven effort in 2014.

Weekend pop-up boutique coming to Trevor

A's Dress Closet - a pop-up non-profit that provides free dresses and accessories for girls attending school formals - will set up its boutique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sharing Center, 25700 Wilmot Rd., in Trevor.

The bi-annual event, held in advance of high school homecoming and prom dances, is open to all teen girls, Hutchings said.

For more, see Friday's Kenosha News.

Chicago-area imam pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

A prominent Islamic scholar and longtime head of a suburban Chicago school accused of molesting an underage girl and a 23-year-old woman school employee has pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Mohammed Abdullah Saleem was sentenced today to two years of probation and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He was also barred from being in the presence of any female of any age, except relatives, without the presence of another adult female.

2 nuns found slain in Mississippi home

Two Catholic nuns were found slain in a Mississippi home where they lived when the women, both nurse practitioners, didn't report to work at a nearby hospital, authorities said today.

Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee said it was too early to say how the nuns died, but it appears they were not shot.

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