Monthly Archives: January 2011

Pleasant Prairie declares snow emergency

Pleasant Prairie has declared a snow emergency effective 3 p.m. on Monday. It will remain in effect until further notice.

During the snow emergency, no parking is allowed on village streets. All snow emergency parking restrictions will be enforced throughout this time period.

For more information related to the Village Snow and Ice Removal Plan, click here.

Blizzard Watch issued for region Tues.-Wed.

The weather forecast  language has gotten a little more forceful regarding the snowy and windy conditions expected over the next few days.

The National Weather Service has now issued a blizzard for all of Kenosha County and most of  southeastern Wisconsin broadly defined. The blizzard warning will be in effect from 3 p.m. Tuesday until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The forecast also has upped the ante on snow tonight. From 2 to 3 inches are now forecast overnight. The largest snow is still expected Tuesday night with blizzard conditions following.

A manpower emergency has been declared at the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department due to the expected blizzard. All available deputies will be on patrol, rerouted from training and other non-vital assignments, said Sgt. Bill Beth, the department’s spokesman.

Units responding to report of crash on Green Bay Road

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At 4:24 p.m., Kenosha Police and Fire units are responding to a report of a crash in the 6200 block of Green Bay Road.

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Units responding to crash on Alford Park Drive

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At about 6:35 a.m., multiple Kenosha police and fire units are responding to a report of a crash in the 2700 block of Alford Park Drive.

Dispatch is reporting that there are injuries. Traffic on Alford Park Drive being shut off.


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Units responding for wires sparking on Washington Road

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At 7:27 p.m., a Kenosha Fire Department engine is responding for a report of wires that are sparking in the 2700 block of Washington Road, Kenosha.

Dispatch reports that the sparking may be coming from where a light pole was knocked down. The wires are reportedly melting a cone put over the wires.

Department of Public Works is also responding to the scene.


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Blizzard Watch issued for Kenosha County Tues. night through Weds a.m.

The National Weather Service has upped the ante again on the snow situation issuing a blizzard watch for all of Kenosha County Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Current forecasts for the Kenosha area call for somewhere between 14 and 19 inches of snow (!) starting Monday and continuing through Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Further complicating the situation is forecasted blowing and drifting. The weather service says this storm is similar to the January 1999 storm that dropped 14 inches and resulted in drifts 4 to 8 feet (!!) high.

The biggest dump should come Tuesday night, with between  10 to 14 inches possible as of the 12:36 p.m. forecast today.

UPDATE 4:17 p.m. — The snow forecast continues to get higher! The 3:36 p.m. NWS forecast now calls for 14 to 22 inches (!!!!) of accumulation Monday through Wednesday.

Sessions to focus on kids dealing with addiction in the family

In conjunction with Club Breakaway’s most popular meeting 12-step meeting, the HOPE Council will be holding I Am Special, a program for elementary-aged children who participate due to a parent’s substance abuse.

The evening sessions are approximately 90 minutes long, and there are six sessions in each I Am Special project. Participants must plan to attend all six sessions. The sessions are:

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Snowy start to next week forecast

The National Weather Service is forecasting a snowy start to the next work week for the Kenosha area.

A storm is expected to move-in Monday that could dump from 3 to 6 inches of snow on us. lake effect could increase that total to 10 inches closer to the lake.

While the worst snow will be Monday, there is some possibility of snow in the forecast through Wednesday night.

Coast Guard Auxiliary offering boating safety course

Are you looking forward to springtime and the start of boating season? Start preparing now! The U.S.C.G Auxiliary is conducting a nine-hour boating safety course from 6 to 9 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays beginning on Feb. 10.

Classes will be held at the Gander Mountain Store, 6801 120th Ave., Kenosha.

The course is called About Boating Safely and it’s an exciting and highly interactive boating safety course. Included in ABS is: Introduction to Boating, Boating Laws, Personal Safety Equipment, Safe Boat handling, Navigation, Boating Problems, Tailoring and Storing. The investment is $30/person and $20/person for each additional family member.

Completion of ABS satisfies the Wisconsin DNR requirement for boaters aged 12 to 16 who must have a Boater Safety Certificate to operate a PWC without an adult on board.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling Tim Caufield at 492-6479 or emailing him at CaptTim@speeddial.net.

Units responding to report of crash at 75th St. and 60th Ave.

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At 3:11 p.m., Kenosha Police are responding to a report of a crash at 75th Street (Highway 50) and 60th Avenue, Kenosha.

Dispatch reports that two vehicles are involved. People are getting out of the vehicles. The street is blocked by the involved vehicles.

UPDATE 3:16 p.m. — Westbound traffic on 75th Street being blocked by police.


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Units responding for investigation of natural gas smell

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At 6:38 p.m., units from Paris Fire and Rescue and Somers Fire and Rescue are responding to the area between Highway 142 and Highway E along Interstate 94 to investigate a strong smell of natural gas reported by a passersby.
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Units responding to alarm on Green Bay Road

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At 5:55 p.m., several Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of an alarm at a child care business in th 6400 block of Green Bay Road.

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Units responding to crash at 60th St. and 57th Ave.

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At about 3:30 p.m., Kenosha Police and Fire units are responding to a report of a crash at 60th Street and 57th Avenue.

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Units responding to crash at Sheridan and 40th Street

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At 3:25 p.m, Kenosha Police are responding to a report of a crash at Sheridan Road and 40th Street, Kenosha

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Little snow accumulation expected tonight

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The National Weather Service is forecasting snow and ice tonight, but less than an inch of accumulation.

Units responding to report of crash on 81st Street

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At 10:26 a.m., Kenosha Police and Fire units are responding to a report of a car that went up the curb and may have hit a pole in the 2400 block of 81st Street.

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KenoWi.com to be subject of WLIP radio program Friday morning

KenoWi.com, Kenosha newest online news source, will be the topic on the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce’s new local business show on WLIP from 6:30 to 7 a.m., Friday, Jan. 28.

One of the site’s founders, Darren Hillock, will discuss the site and how it fits into the local news scape.

Kenosha Unified School Board OKs capital projects plan

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The 2011-2012 Capital Projects Plan was approved at the Kenosha Unified School Board Tuesday.

Major items included in the plan included:

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Deputies responding to crash on southbound I-94

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At 12:24 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy is responding to a report of crash on southbound I-94 around the Highway 165 on ramp that may involve two semi-tractor trailers and a car.

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Units responding to report of crash at Roosevelt and 39th Ave.

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At 11:32 a.m., police are responding to a report of a crash at Roosevelt Road and 39th Avenue.

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Units responding to crash on Washington Road

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At about 11:03 a.m., Kenosha Police are responding to the 3200 block of Washington Road for a report of a two-vehicle crash.

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Units responding to crash at 35th Street and 30th Avenue

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At 10:02 a.m., Kenosha Police are responding to a report of a two-vehicle crash on 30th Avenue at 35th Street.

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About an inch of snow accumulation expected today

The National Weather Service is forecast about one inch of snow accumulation today.

And, high temperatures are forecast to be in the 30s and 20s through Monday.

Units responding to report of crash at Highways 50 and 31

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At about 3:07 p.m., Kenosha Police and Fire units are responding to a report of a multi vehicle crash at the intersection of 75th Street and Green Bay Road. (Highways 50 and 75).

Police officer on scene reports to dispatch that crash is in the intersection. He is requesting that westbound traffic be shut down on 75th Street.

UPDATE 3:13 p.m. — Personnel on scene reports that injuries appear to be minor. Westbound traffic on 75th Street being directed north on Green Bay Road.


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Units responding to truck crash on Highway EA

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At 12:17 p.m., units from Somers Fire and Rescue and the Sheriff’s Department are responding to a report of a dairy products delivery truck on its side on Highway EA just north of Highway A in Somers.

UPDATE 12:21 p.m. — Driver exiting vehicle now and “looks fine,” a deputy on scene reports to dispatch.


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Units responding to Washington Middle School

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At 10:08 a.m., Kenosha Police and a Fire Department medical unit are responding to Washington Middle School, 811 Washington Road.

Dispatch reports that the response is for a students who is uncontrollable.

Units responding to crash on Highway KR

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At 7:48 a.m., sheriff’s deputies and Somers Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of a crash in the 3500 block of Highway KR, Somers.

Dispatch reports that there are believed to be injuries. We Energies also is being called to the scene so a utility pole may be involved.


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New Kensoha schools electronic devices policy passes first reading

The Kenosha Unified School Board has approved a first reading of a policy that would loosen up restrictions on the use of some personal electronic devices in schools.

The Electronic Communication Policy and Rule 5435 was reviewed with the understating that use of electronic devices may contribute to learning and educational experiences. Revisions will allow student use for instruction during the school day.  This would be directed by the staff as authorized by the principal.

Superintendent Michele Hancock  made a presentation on the district’s revised electronic devices policy. She wanted to address the concerns she’s been hearing about the policy. The presentation was titled, “Are Policies Getting in the Way of Progress?” Major points made during her presentation included:

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Two awards presented at Kenosha Unified School Board meeting

Two awards were presented at the KUSD Board Meeting tonight:

  • The Apple Distinguished School Award was presented to Washington Middle School, as a “21st century learning environment utilizing Apple computers.” The school joins 52 schools nationwide and is one of two schools in Wisconsin to have received the award. They’ve made use of the Apple notebook, iPad and iPod devices in their curriculum. Jan Sinclair, Apple representative, presented the award to principal Nancy Weirick..
  • The Outstanding Administrator Award was presented to Johnathan Bardeen, principal of Curtis Strange School. This was presented by the Wisconsin State Reading Association to Bardeen. The award will be officially presented at the WSRA State meeting in February.

Units responding for report of car hitting building

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At 2:50 p.m., Kenosha Police and Fire Department medical units are responding to a report of car hitting a drug stopre in the 1800 block of 30th Avenue, Kenosha.

Dispatch reports driver of car may have hit their head.


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