Monthly Archives: June 2011

Storm photos

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Units responding to car and bicycle crash

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At 8:45 p.m., Kenosha Fire and Rescue and police officers are responding to a report of a crash involving a car and a bicycle at 75th Street and 22nd Avenue.

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued; units responding to damage

At about 8:05 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Kenosha County.

The warning is in effect until 8:30 p.m.

UPDATE 8:15 p.m. — Multiple reports of trees down on the northside of Kenosha and in Somers including: Green Bay Road and Highway A, 14th Avenue and 56th Street, and the 400 block of Sheridan Road.

UPDATE 8:26 p.m. — Somers Fire and Rescue responding to a report of a pole on fire at Sheridan Road and Eighth Avenue.

UPDATE 8:29 p.m. — Tree blocking road at 75th Street and 12th Avenue. Tree completely blocking road in the 1800 block of 30th Street.

UPDATE 8:34 p.m. — Large tree down at 73rd Street and 7th Avenue.

UPDATE 8:35 p.m. — Bristol Fire and Rescue being called as mutual aid to a scene at 3114 43rd St.

UPDATE 8:44 p.m. — Quote from police officer via scanner: “This Allendale area is just destroyed.”

UPDATE 8:45 p.m. — Reports of trees down across the Metra line railroad tracks.

UPDATE 8:47 p.m. — Tree and transformer down on Hansen-Lendman Funeral Home. No fire.

UPDATE 8:48 p.m. — contributor Mike Gordon advises that Third Avenue between 60th Street and 75th Street has many very large trees down.

UPDATE about 8:49 — Report of possible broken gas line at 8000 Sheridan Road.

UPDATE 8:55 p.m. — Line with live wires down at 75th Street and 12th Avenue.

UPDATE 8:56 p.m. — Tree down on wires in the 1100 block of 64th Street.

UPDATE 8:57 p.m. — Lines down in the 7900 block of 23rd Avenue.

UPDATE 9:02 p.m. — Fire department and police responding to 8600 block of Sheridan Road for a report of a fallen tree on top of a mobile home.

UPDATE 9:04 p.m. — Quote from another emergency worker via scanner: “This whole area is covered in wires.”

UPDATE 9:05 p.m. — Police officer reports tree completely blocking road in the 1700 block of 79th Street.

UPDATE 9:11 p.m. — 1903 33rd Street, arcing wires.

UPDATE 9:14 p.m. — Wires down in the 1900 block of 38th Street.

UPDATE 9:27 p.m. — Report of gas smell in underground parking at apartment complex in 11100 block of 75th Street.

UPDATE 9:30 p.m. — Report of wires down and arcing being investigated at 61st Street and 11th Avenue.

UPDATE 9:31 p.m. — Firefighters responding to a report of a wire down on a house in the 6400 block of 37th Ave.

UPDATE 9:32 p.m. — Report of wires in the 2900 block of 26th Avenue.

UPDATE 9:34 p.m. — Report of wires and trees down in the 1300 block of 57th Street.

UPDATE 9:36 p.m. — Additional fire equipment being called in to assist from Paris, Salem Fire/Rescue and Randall fire departments.

UPDATE 9:37 p.m. — Firefighters responding to report of trees on fire at a store in the 2000 block of 22nd Avenue.

UPDATE 9:40 p.m.  — Firefighters responding to a report of a tree that went down in back of house in 1300 block of 56th Street. Tree landed on a motorcycle that is now leaking fuel.

UPDATE 9:53 p.m. — An emergency medical unit is responding to  the 1000 block of 57th Street for a report of a man who may have been electrocuted.

UPDATE 9:56 p.m. — Police responding to a report of a man shot in the 5000 block of 32nd Avenue.

UPDATE 9:58 p.m. — WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling reporting via Facebook 75 mph winds in Kenosha.

UPDATE 10 p.m. — In the 7700 block of 34th Avenue, active fire reported in tree.

UPDATE 10:01 p.m. — Transformer reported on fire in the 6500 block of 19th Avenue.

UPDATE 10:04 p.m. — Wires sparking on tree in the 4000 block of 11th Avenue.

UPDATE 10:06 p.m. — Transformer sparking in the 7800 block of 16th Avenue.

UPDATE 10:09 p.m. — Report of live wire in roadway in the 7400 block of 20th Avenue.

UPDATE 10:13 p.m. — Power lines laying on van at business in the 8400 block of Sheridan Road.

UPDATE 10:14 p.m. — Wire down in the 600 block of 68th Place.

UPDATE 10:15 p.m. — Live wire across street in 7400 block of 20th Avenue.

UPDATE 10:17 p.m. — Report of tree on fire near garage in the 4500 block of 23rd Avenue.

UPDATE 10:19 p.m. — Have a downed wire to report? Call We Energies at:  1-800-662-4797.

UPDATE 10:24 p.m. — Witness that was driving out west from Carthage College at about 9:45 p.m. reported numerous branches down along Sheridan Road. Complete power outage on 52nd Street from a little west of Sheridan to almost Green Bay Road including buildings, street lights and traffic signals.

UPDATE 10:45 p.m. — Leaving scanner now to get to a press conference on storm.  Check back in a while to see what we find out. — Darren H.

Units responding to report of structure fire

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At about 8:07 pm., Somers Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a structure fire in the 2100 block of Sheridan Road.

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Google maps demo at Public Works Committee Meeting last night

At last night’s Public Works Committee meeting, a demonstration was given by Kevin Risch, assistant city engineer, on the use of Google Maps.  The Kenosha News currently prints the Street Construction Report every week in their Monday edition, showing street construction projects that are ongoing in the city of Kenosha.  In an effort to use the newest technology possible, Google Maps will now be used in this weekly report. 

Chairman G. John Ruffolo was concerned about keeping the information up to date.  Constitutents get “antsy” when proposed project completion dates are not adhered to. 

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Heat advisory issued for Friday

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that includes Kenosha County for Friday from noon to 8 p.m.

High temperatures are expected to reach at least the mid 90s with heat index readings of 100 or over possible.

Here’s a previous post we had regarding coping with hot weather.

Sheriff’s Department to intensify traffic enforcement July 1-17

To decrease speeding and increase safety belt use, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department will intensify its traffic safety enforcement efforts during the Summer Heat campaign from July 1 to 17.

“With more officers patrolling, for longer hours during the Summer Heat campaign, we are striving to get drivers to comply voluntarily with the posted speed limits and to buckle up,” said Sheriff David Beth. “Our goal is not to issue more traffic citations. Our goal is to reduce the number of traffic deaths in Kenosha County. If people traveling in our county refuse to comply with speed limits and safety belt use, deputies will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action.”

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Units responding to report of grass fire

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At 6:13 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a grass fire at Highways A and 31 (Green Bay Road), Somers.

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First Friday this week at I-94 Visitor Information Center

The Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is kicking off the long holiday weekend on Friday, July 1, with a Summer Open House at its I-94 Visitor Information Center. Local residents staying in town for the weekend can gather ideas on how to be a tourist in their own town, while travelers hitting the road early can stop in for a break, treats, and useful travel information.

The first Friday of every month (through September), a free open house takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at this center, which serves as the gateway to Wisconsin for countless Illinois travelers. Expected exhibitors on July 1 are:

Three issues dominated Monday’s Public Safety & Welfare Meeting

The Public Safety & Welfare Committee met on Monday night.  All five committee members were in attendance.  The three major items of discussion were the need for an ordinance regarding accessory building exemptions for residential properties, the principal sponsorship of ordinances and resolutions, and the request that the city attorney draft an outdoor billboard ordinance.

Regarding the first item, apparently, there are constituents in several districts who wish to expand the size of their garages beyond the 840 square foot limit currently in place.  Some have properties greater than one acre, and some do not.  Alderperson Michael Orth felt that the size of the garage needed to be proportional to the size of the house on the property, or else it will look out of place.  Paula Blise, zoning coordinator, pointed out that the second page of the proposed ordinance discussed scale size.  It needed to be “subordinate to the principal structure, approved by the alderperson of the district, approved by all neighbors within 100 feet, and architecturally designed.”  Orth recalled a situation in his district a year ago where none of the neighbors were being “reasonable.”  In fact, his statement was “the word reasonable equals neighborhood dispute.” 

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Highway 165-39th Avenue roundabout work taking longer than expected

According to the Pleasant Prairie village website:

The Department of Transportation is currently working on the construction of roundabouts on State Highway 165. Work at 39th Avenue has taken longer than originally anticipated. Barring further weather-related delays, the intersection at Highway 165 and 39th Avenue is now expected to be complete at the end of July.
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Common Council met in a special meeting tonight

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The Kenosha Common Council met for a special meeting tonight for five agenda items all having to do with licensing.  Three of the agenda items that were on this morning’s Licensing & Permit Committee meeting were on the special meeting’s agenda tonight.  Only five alderpersons were not in attendance, so the meeting did have a quorum present.  The five not in attendance were Alderpersons Eric Haugaard, G. John Ruffolo, Katherine Marks, Anthony Nudo, and David Bogdala.  The Mayor also was not in attendance; Alderperson Jesse Downing presided over the meeting.

All of the five agenda items were approved:

  • Baker Street Restaurant was approved for its renewal beer/liquor license;
  • Bragados Banquets was approved for its renewal beer/wine license;

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Licensing and permit committee met this morning

Listed below is a re-cap of the Licensing & Permit Committee Meeting which was held this morning:

  • Six operator’s (bartender) licenses were approved; five were deferred to the next meeting due to false or incomplete information.
  • The following establishments received approval for beer/liquor licenses:  Slice, located at 4235 Green Bay Road; Pub 22 (the old Las Cazuelas Mexican Grill location); and Baker Street Restaurant.
  • Southport Mobil was approved for its Class “A” beer license renewal.
  • Char’s Cafe received approval for an outdoor dining area license.  

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Units responding to report of apartment fire

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At 4:55 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of an apartment on fire in the 4600 block of 38th Avenue.

UPDATE 4:58 p.m. — Personnel on scene reports that fire was on outside of building. Appears to be out now. Building has been evacuated.
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Units responding to child in tree

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At 3:36 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to the 1800 block of 89th Street for a child stuck in a tree.

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Units responding to fire alarm at hospital

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At 2:47 p.m., units from the Kenosha Fire Department are responding to a report of a supervisory fire alarm at Kenosha Medical Center, 6308 Eighth Ave., Kenosha.

UPDATE 2:51 p.m. — False alarm confirmed.

Units responding to fire alarm

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At 11:09 a.m., Somers Fire and Rescue is responding to a report of a fire alarm at Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers.

UPDATE 11:11 a.m. — Fire chief is on scene and is holding additional units in quarters until further notice. Alarm believed to have been triggered by a contractor working at the school.

Units responding to crash in Somers

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At 10:22 p.m., sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 4700 block of 22nd Street, Somers.

Dispatch reports that there are wires down as a result of the crash.

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Nicholas Mowry Eagle Scout Court of Honor

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Nicholas Mowry of Kenosha recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor attainable through the Boy Scouts of America.

Statistics show that only 3 percent of the young men who participate in Boy Scouts earn this rank. His Court of Honor was held on Sunday, June 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Kenosha and was attended by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman and State Sen. Bob Wirch. He is the son of Mike and Janice Mowry. Mike Mowry is also an Eagle Scout.

Nicholas Mowry first became involved with the Boy Scouts of America as a Bobcat in 2000. In working toward the rank of Eagle Scout since, Mowry has earned a total of 43 Merit Badges, including the 15 required to become an Eagle Scout. He has also served as a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and is the recipient of the Parvuli Dei and the Ad Altare Dei awards. Mowry has also served in a number of leadership roles, including Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.

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Pleasant Prairie PD looking for tips on recent crimes

Pleasant Prairie Police Department has issued the following press releases seeking information:

  • On Wednesday evening, June 22, Pleasant Prairie Police responded to a report of theft from a construction trailer near the 4200 block of Highway 165. A caller reported that, between the late night hours of Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday evening June 22, someone had entered a locked construction trailer and removed items without consent. Anyone with information relevant to the matter is asked to contact the Pleasant Prairie Police Department at 262-694-7353 or Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.
  • On Thursday, June 23, Pleasant Prairie Police responded to a report of theft near the 10600 block of the West I-94 Frontage Road. A caller reported that, at some point between 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 and 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, someone had taken a parked skid loader without consent. The skid loader was described as an orange, 2009, Case, 450 series, with a sticker on the side identifying a local landscaping business. Anyone with information relevant to the matter is asked to contact the Pleasant Prairie Police Department at 262-694-7353 or Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.

Pleasant Prairie announces info regarding triathlon logistics

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The Pleasant Prairie Triathlon will draw many visitors to the area during the weekend of June 25 and 26.

The Pleasant Prairie Junior Triathlon will be held inside Prairie Springs Park on Saturday, June 25, with check-in beginning at 7 a.m. Nearly 300 youth athletes are expected to participate.

The Pleasant Prairie Triathlon will be held on Sunday, June 26 beginning at 6:30 a.m. More than 1,200 adult athletes are expected to compete. With additional numbers of spectators and volunteers, officials anticipate up to 3,200 visitors over both days. RecPlex and Prairie Springs Park will host the event.

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Rods for a Reason to benefit Make-A-Wish

The Rods for a Reason Car and Motorcycle Show will take place on July 10 (rain date July 17) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Petrifying Springs Park, Area #3.

There will be a $10 entry fee; admission is free to spectators. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Awards will be at 4 p.m.

There will be 11 classes, two trophies per class, cash award for first place in each class.

Participant voting ballots need to be in by 2 p.m. Two best of show trophies and the Park Director’s Choice Trophy will also be awarded.

In total, there will be $1,500 worth of door prizes.

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Units responding to crash on Sheridan Road

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At about 9:46 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a traffic crash with injuries in the 1100 block of Sheridan Road, Somers.

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Redistricting project is very close

At tonight’s hour and a half-long, televised, Special Leadership Meeting, the committee members, city administration and the assistant city attorney made progress to finalizing the redistricting of the city to conform to the Legislative Reference Bureau’s guidelines.  The following committee members were present at the meeting:  Alderpersons David Bogdala, G. John Ruffolo, Jesse Downing, Anthony Nudo, and Daniel Prozanski.  Alderpersons Ray Misner and Michael Orth were excused.  Other alderpersons present at the meeting were:  Eric Haugaard, Tod Ohnstad, Steve Bostrom and Katherine Marks.  The Mayor was also in attendance.

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A word from our sponsors: 100 cars plus jet rocket school bus heat up Wilmot Raceway

Paul Stender’s World Record holding jet powered School Bus and Jeep entertained the big crowd at intermission during Antioch Night at Wilmot Raceway last Saturday.

Here is some video of Stender melting a stack of cars with his jet powered school bus:

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New/old seal logo approved for use by city

This is the city seal approved for use at Monday's Common Council meeting.

The Kenosha Common Council has voted to replace the current village city seal/logo with a new one.

Well, actually, the new seal is one that was in use before the current one was adopted about 40 years ago.

Critics of the current seal said it was no longer a relevant representation of the city, with its depictions of shipping and heavy industry.

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Kenosha/Racine Write & Sketchcrawl this Saturday

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Visual artists and writers are invited to participate in the Kenosha/Racine Write & Sketchcrawl at Mound Cemetery, 1147 West Blvd, Racine, WI, from  10 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, June 25.

At this free activity, visual artists may sketch the paths, stone markers, and natural beauty of the area, while writers will be encouraged to capture the essence of the surroundings and their reflections on them in prose and poetry.

Organizers will provide prompts to writers in order to engage the creative process. No experience or RSVP is necessary. The Kenosha/Racine Write & Sketchcrawl is free and open to everyone, ages 13 and older. Participants may take part for two hours or 20 minutes, based on their own schedule.

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Units responding to report of crash

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At 9:23 a.m., Somers Fire and Rescue is responding to a report of a crash at Highways S and H, Somers.

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Revolutionary War re-enactment coming to Fox River County Park

Rebels and Redcoats on the Fox, a Revolutionary War re-enactment will be coming to Fox River County Park on July 9 and 10.

The event is open to the public. Hours on Saturday will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The re-enactment will include various demonstrations and shows including: Morning Formation/Colors, Tea Protest, Artillery Demonstration, Skirmish, Band of Music, Military Skits, Military Fashion Show, Civilian Fashion Show, Tomahawk Competition, Artillery Demonstration, Battle and more. A full schedule is available here.

The event is being sponsored by Community State Bank and Kenosha County Parks.

The park is located south of Highway F, just west of Silver Lake.

New Boys & Girls Club opening coverage

Kenosha got its first look at a dream almost 20 years in the making with an open house and ribbon cutting at the new Boys & Girls Club facility at 1330 52nd St.

With a couple hours yet to go in the event, Walter Graffen, club chief executive officer, said 1,500 people had come out to see the new club.

The facility includes a large gym, a dedicated indoor soccer field, and a host of rooms that can be used for everything from just hanging out to performing arts. The facility also will house space for a number of local organizations who serve children including the Kenosha Police Department, The Spanish Center, The Kenosha Unified School District, and the Kenosha Community Health Center.

The building was funded by a capital campaign that has raised over $10 million so far, with a completion goal of $13.8 million. The city of Kenosha donated $5 million, and $1 million donations were made by Natalie and Dennis Troha and Joseph and Shirley Madigrano.

Here is some video of highlights of the opening ceremony: