Monthly Archives: March 2011

Units responding to roll-over in Kenosha

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At 6:20 p.m., Kenosha police and rescue units are responding to a  report of a roll-over crash at 63rd Street and 32nd Avenue, Kenosha.

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Units responding to report of roadside fire in Somers

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At 2:38 p.m., firefighters and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a  report of a small fire at 30th Avenue and 12th Street, Somers.

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Kenosha County ranks 61st and 57th in Wis. in UW health report

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Kenosha County ranked 61st out of 72 counties in Health Outcomes and 57th in Health Factors, according to the new County Health Rankings report released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kenosha County Health Department said in a news release.

The rankings have ranked the health of Wisconsin counties annually since 2003.

Kenosha County remained consistent with their ranking of 61st in Health Outcomes, dropping one spot from 2010. Improvement was seen in the Health Factors ranking, moving from 63rd in 2010 to 57th this year.

“The rankings help everyone see how where we live, learn, work and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live,” said Cindy Johnson, director/health officer of the Kenosha County Health Department.  Continue reading

Units responding to call on Sheridan Road

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At 12:05 p.m., several Sheriff’s Department squads are responding to a request from the Mt. Pleasant Police for assistance with a traffic stop in the 400 block of Sheridan Road, Somers, where the police have a car pulled over at gunpoint, dispatch reports.

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Units responding to report of crash

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At about 7:25 a.m., sheriff’s deputies and Somers Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of a crash near Highway H and Highway S.

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Units responding to report of crash on 30th Ave.

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At 7:03 p.m., Kenosha police are responding to a report of a crash with injuries in the 8100 block of 30th Avenue, Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash at 80th Street and Sheridan Road

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At about 5:45 p.m., Kenosha police were responding to a  report of a crash at 80th Street and Sheridan Road.

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Social hosting ordinance passes committee

Note: The following report was prepared by Steve Fredriksson, SPF Process Director, “Stand Tall Against Alcohol,”  Concerned Citizens Coalition On Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse for Greater Kenosha — DH

An ordinance designed to increase enforcement of existing underage drinking laws has passed the  Kenosha Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting Monday.

The proposed “social hosting” ordinance, sponsored by Alderman Michael Orth, more clearly delineates parent/guardian legal responsibility as it pertains to underage drinking gatherings. It also defines who can be held responsible when underage drinking occurs, and defines “residence, premises, public or private property” as those areas pertain to underage drinking gatherings. This ordinance closely mimics the social ordinance that has been in force in Manitowoc. That ordinance is one that is considered a “model”, and that is being replicated at municipalities throughout the state.

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Units responding to crash on 52nd Street

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At 3:51 p.m., Kenosha police and fire units are responding to a  report of a crash with injuries at 39th Avenue and 52nd Street.

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Units responding to report of crash at Green Bay Road and Highway K

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At 12:23 p.m., sheriff’s deputies are responding to a  report of a crash at Green Bay Road and Highway K.

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Units responding to car fire

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At 7:59 a.m., Kenosha police and fire units are responding to a report of a car on fire in the parking lot of Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave., Kenosha.

Flames were coming from under the hood. No one was inside the vehicle.

Units responding to report of armed robbery

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At 7:48 a.m., Kenosha police are responding to a report of an armed robbery in a parking lot in the Kenosha Unified Education Support Center parking lot, 3600 52nd St., Kenosha.

A man approached a woman in her car, took her purse and fled, dispatch reports. He reportedly had a gun.

Suspect is described as a black male, in his 20s, wearing jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

UPDATE 8:31 a.m. — Police have the incident on surveillance video. They searched a home but did not find the suspect. A tracking dog may be brought in from the Sheriff’s Department.

Construction on Highway 165 to begin

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The State Department of Transportation will resume construction on State Highway 165 surrounding County Highway EZ (39th Avenue) in Pleasant Prairie this month.

Road closures to accommodate the work were to take effect today. The entire intersection of Highway 165 and 39th Avenue will be closed to traffic, extending both north and south of the intersection on 39th Avenue and east and west of the intersection on Highway 165.

The intersection is expected to remain closed through late June or early July.

State highway and truck traffic will be detoured north to State Highway 50 between Highways 31 (Green Bay Road) and 32 (Sheridan Road) for east/west access across the area. Local traffic will have access to local east/west roads in the village, including: 116th Street to the south, and 93rd and 85th Streets to the north. Local traffic will have north/south access to Highways ML (Springbrook Road), 31 (Green Bay Road) and 32 (Sheridan Road). Access to existing properties in the work area should be maintained throughout the duration of the project. If any access will be restricted, the project contractor will notify property owners 24 hours in advance.

Following work at the intersection of 39th Avenue, the DOT will begin construction at the intersection of Highway ML (Springbrook Road) and Highway 165. Work includes the construction of four vehicle lanes, separated by a raised median and complemented by bicycle lanes. Two roundabouts will be installed, the first at 39th Avenue and the second at Springbrook Road.

The DOT has started using roundabouts throughout the state to create slower traffic speeds and fewer conflict points to reduce accidents that  cause serious injury.

Officer Craig Birkholz laid to rest in Kenosha

Services took place in Kenosha Friday and Saturday for Fond du Lac Police Officer Craig Birkholz, a Kenosha native, who who killed by a gunshot last weekend while responding to a call.

The outpouring of officers attending visitation services Friday and the funeral Saturday was impressive. Hundreds of other citizens also turned out to show their respect and line the procession routes, some holding signs.

Birkholz’s partner, Ryan Williams, also shot in the incident but released from the hospital Friday, was in attendance Saturday and stood and saluted as Birkholz’s casket entered St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, on 14th Avenue.

Attendance also included over 20 K-9 units. Williams police dog was also shot in the incident last Sunday.

The above photos were taken by freelance photographer Earlene Frederick. Mouse over the photos for caption information.

UW School of Medicine to survey area residents

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The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), is the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s new statewide research project. Every year, SHOW meets with Wisconsin residents from all over the state to measure their health. This spring, the survey teams will visit households in the Kenosha area.

SHOW surveyors will knock on the doors of randomly selected households to complete a multi-step in-person health survey. SHOW combines personal interviews, laboratory tests, physical measurements, and community environmental measurements to gather important information on our health. The information that SHOW compiles will be made available to researchers who are interested in Wisconsin’s public health issues.

In order for SHOW’s health measurements to be truly representative of Wisconsin’s population, the survey randomly selects households from throughout the state. Roughly 1,200 households from neighborhoods around Wisconsin are invited to participate each year.

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Student art exhibit opens April 1 at Kenosha Public Museum

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Approximately 1,000 pieces of art work created by local students will go on display Friday, April 1 in the Kenosha Public Museum’s second floor galleries.

Ceramics, sculptures, acrylics, photography and many other forms of art are represented in the student art exhibit, presented by the Kenosha Unified School District Department of Fine Arts. The exhibit includes works from all of the schools in the Kenosha Unified School District.

The young artists range in age from kindergarteners to high school seniors. There will be an opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, featuring musical performances by students from district schools.

The exhibit will remain on display through Saturday, April 23.

Units responding to report of fight

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At about 4:05 p.m., Kenosha police are responding to a report of a possible fight amongst juveniles at 44th Street and 7th Avenue.

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Local services set for slain police officer with Kenosha ties

Services in Kenosha have been set for Friday and Saturday for a Fond du Lac police officer who was shot and killed on duty.

Officer Craig Birkholz was killed in a stand-off Sunday in Fond du Lac. Birkholz is a Kenosha native.

A full obituary and info on the services is available at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home website.

Unified high schools to participate in supportive school project

The Kenosha Unified School District will participate in the Wisconsin Safe and Supportive School Project.

Dan Tenuta, assistant superintendent of secondary school leadership, reviewed the request at the School Board meeting Tuesday evening.

The Department of Public Instruction  is carrying out a four-year project, from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2014, to improve conditions for learning in the 19 school districts that were selected due to numbers and/or rates of disruptive drug and violence-related incidents. KUSD is one of the 19 school districts selected.

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Units responding to second crash on Highway KR

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At 9:15 p.m., deputies and Somers Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of a second crash along Highway KR, this time in the 7800 block.

An SUV reportedly rolled over, entered the ditch and came to rest back on its tires. SUV is now on the south side of the road.

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Units responding to crash on Highway KR

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At 9:02 p.m., deputies and Somers Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of a rollover crash in the area of Highway H along Highway KR.

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Units responding to train station

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At about 8 p.m., Kenosha police and an emergency medical personnel are responding to the Metra Train Station for a report of an assault that may have taken place on the train.

A conductor reported to police that the assault may have taken place on the train between Winthrop Harbor and the Kenosha stop.

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Kenosha Unified open enrollment numbers reported

More students are looking to leave the Kenosha Unified School District than enter it through open enrollment for the next school year.

Anderson J. Lattimore, assistant superintendent of educational accountability, reviewed the Open Enrollment Report for the School Board Tuesday night.

Open enrollment is a program in Wisconsin that allows students to apply to attend public school districts other than their residence district.

A total of 119 students are seeking to enter the KUSD; 244 students are applying to leave the district.

Fifty-three of the 119 students are being approved for entry, based on space availability. This was passed unanimously by the board.

Assisted senior living facility tabled

A conditional use permit for a 47-unit senior assisted living facility to be located at 1870 27th Avenue was tabled at Monday’s Common Council meeting.

Alderperson Rocco LaMacchia stated that the City Plan Commission needed more information, and there was no one who appeared to answer their questions. Therefore, the approval was deferred.

Alderperson Michael Orth commented on a point of order; a motion to table is not debatable. A roll call vote was taken, and it was agreed by the council unanimously to defer the item.

RecPlex Kids Expo coverage

The RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie hosted its annual Kids Expo Saturday.

The Kids Expo is free and open to the public. Families attending the expo found nearly 50 exhibitors on hand providing demonstrations, products, information and activities related to youth and families. Special youth-oriented activities included: on-stage entertainment every half hour; children’s Passport Raffles; an obstacle course sponsored by Pleasant Prairie Fire & Rescue; an appearance by Rico, the Pleasant Prairie Police Department’s K-9 friend; a free inflatables area; and more.

Police responding to report of armed robbery

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At 8:54 p.m., Kenosha police and fire rescue units are responding to a report of an armed robbery in the 8300 block of 26th Avenue.

Dispatch reports that there are at least two robbers and that the men were believed to have fled on foot.

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City to deny claims from house explosion

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The Kenosha city government has issued a statement today saying that it will be denying claims regarding the Jan. 10 explosion of a vacant city owned house at 55th Street and 22nd Avenue because an investigation appears to point to “illegal acts of unknown third parties” as the cause of the explosion.


The city’s position was laid out in a press release available in full on the city’s website.

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Intergovernmental agreement with Menominee extended

At tonight’s Kenosha Common Council meeting, several representatives of the Menominee Indian Tribe were present to speak on behalf of the request for a second extension of the intergovernmental agreement between the city, county and the tribe regarding a casino at the Dairyland Greyhound Track site.

Randal Chevalier, the tribal chairman, introduced himself and the rest of the representatives:  Myrna Warrington, vice chair; Laurie Boivin, legislature; Eric Olson, and an attorney.

Alderperson David Bogdala said that, after lengthy discussion and debate at the Finance Committee meeting earlier tonight, the intergovernmental agreement was extended for 30 days, enough time for the City Attorney’s Office to draft an extension. Bogdala stated he would be voting against the proposal to properly represent the majority of his constituents.

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County Emergency Management to host weather spotting classes

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Kenosha County Emergency Management will sponsor Beginners and Advanced classes on Severe Weather/Tornado Spotting on April 4 and 28.

“The classes are free and the public is highly encouraged to attend to learn more about severe weather, how it is formed and how it affects them. Law enforcement, fire, EMS, public works and amateur radio operators are especially encouraged to attend,” Lt. Ed Van Tine, director, Kenosha County Emergency Management, said.

“Trained Tornado Spotters are the eyes and ears of the National Weather Service. Tornado Spotters provide critical information during severe weather to the county and the National Weather Service,” said Van Tine. “These two classes build upon each other and will inform citizens what they need to know to identify potential hazardous weather. Whether people want to be a trained tornado spotter or just become more knowledgeable about severe weather and tornadoes, these two classes are extremely informative.”

The April 4 Beginner’s Severe Weather/Tornado Spotter’s class will cover basic meteorology, including how tornadoes are formed, tornado spotting tips and tornado reporting procedures.

The April 28 Advanced Severe Weather/Tornado Spotter’s class will cover thunderstorm types, thunderstorm development, wall clouds, tornado classifications and variations, and a tornado’s life cycle.

Kenosha County is one of several southeast Wisconsin counties to offer the Advance Severe Weather/Tornado Spotter’s Class. The Beginner’s Tornado Spotter’s Class is a prerequisite to taking the Advanced Spotter’s Class and can be taken anytime previous to the Advanced Class.

Both classes are free  and will be held at the Kenosha County Center, Highways 45 and 50 in Bristol, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register for the April 4 and/or the April 28 classes, please RSVP no later than April 1 to Kenosha County Emergency Management at 605-7900 with your name, phone number (in case of cancellation) and how many people will be attending, so as to assure enough handouts and seating.

The Severe Weather/Tornado Spotter Classes are co-sponsored by Kenosha County Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and the Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association.





Coast Guard offering boating safety course

Do you enjoy water sports? Want to be prepared for the unexpected? Were you born after Jan. 1 1989? Did you know the DNR requires you to complete a boating safety course?

To meet this requirement and ensure you have a safe as well as fun time on the water the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary is offering the 9-hour course: About Boating Safely (ABS) on three consecutive Thursday’s — March 24, March 31 and April 7 — from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gander Mountain, 6801 120th Ave., Kenosha.

ABS is a highly interactive boating safety course. Included in are: Boating Laws, Personal Safety Equipment, Safe Boat Handling, Basic Navigation, Boating Problems, Tailoring and Storing your Boat, and more.

Also, if you have a Jet Ski in the family and a young operator (12 years or older) they must have this course to operate without an adult on board.

So, if you’re looking forward to getting your boat in the water this spring, start preparing today with a Boating Safely Course. Your investment will be $30/person and $20/person for each additional family member.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling Tim Caufield at 492-6479 or emailing him at