Monthly Archives: August 2011

Off-premise signs a big topic at PS&W meeting

featured-whitepaper1.jpg Clear Channel

Off-premise signs were again a topic of discussion at Monday night’s Public Safety & Welfare meeting.  Two sign representatives were present and spoke at the meeting:  Jason Sari from Adams Outdoor Advertising, and Mark Rausch, from Clear Channel Outdoor Advertising.  Sari had a whole list of items that he asked to be changed in the draft ordinance which was provided at the Aug. 8th meeting.

Continue reading

Lance middle school traffic issues

At last night’s Public Safety and Welfare meeting, the issue of traffic control at Lance Middle School on 80th Street was discussed at length.  The school principal, Chad Dahlk, asked for support.  There are 930 students at Lance this year that start school between 8 am and 8:30 am, and most of the students get dropped off by parents.  He would like to find ways to slow down the traffic.

Continue reading

First Friday this week at I-94 Visitor Information Center

On Friday, Sept. 2, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau kicks off the holiday weekend with another fun, informative, and tasty Open House at its I-94 Visitor Information Center.

Travelers taking a break from the road, as well as local residents – tourists in their own town – are invited.

First Fridays, 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.

Continue reading

Police dept. proposal to take over animal control and parking enforcement

At tonight’s Public Safety and Welfare meeting, Chief of Police John Morrissey presented the committee members with a budget proposal to take over the animal control contract and the three unionized parking enforcement officers and create a new position of “community service officer (CSO)” to handle these duties, plus more.  For example, these officers could also handle responding to non-injury traffic accidents, and the issuance of municipal fire citations.

Continue reading

Units responding to report of dumpster fire

Photo by kconnors with

At 12:06 p.m., several Kenosha fire and police units are responding to a report of a dumpster on fire near a garage in the 2500 block of 18th Street, Kenosha.

Continue reading

Person injured in roof fall

Earlene Frederick photo

A person who fell from a roof was injured today in Kenosha.

The incident occurred in the 4900 block of 68th Street. The person who fell was transported via Flight for Life medical helicopter.

Earlene Frederick photo

Kreuser names new medical examiner

County Executive Jim Kreuser has announced the appointment of Patrice Hall as county medical examiner.

Hall, of Brookfield, is currently a deputy medical examiner in the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hall has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a certified death investigator through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science and has a Post Bachelor Certificate in Forensic Investigation. She also is a licensed funeral director in Michigan and has previously worked as an autopsy assistant. In addition to her work in Waukesha County, Hall worked in the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office in Mount Clemens, Mich., and as an intern in the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office in Detroit, as well as at the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

“Ms. Hall brings a wealth of experience, but what impresses me the most is her enthusiasm and her commitment to expanding her knowledge and experience,” Kreuser said. “The public will appreciate her professionalism and commitment to an ME’s office which responds to the needs of our clients as well as area funeral homes, law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Court System.”

Hall said, “I’m looking forward to this new endeavor and serving the residents of Kenosha County.”

The appointment also needs to be approved by the County Board. Hall is expected to begin her duties on Sept. 6.

Grill Games at Kenosha lakefront this weekend

The inaugural Grill Games Competition & Festival hosted by the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with many area sponsors, will sizzle on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Grill Games is an all-day event including a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, music festival, family fun area, and numerous food vendors.

Continue reading

From the Kenosha PD: Slow down and move over for roadside maintenance and emergency workers

This is the latest in a series of articles that will regularly appear on from Kenosha Police Department Crime Prevention Unit Officers Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis:

A Walking Miracle is what Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy, Tim Johnson, has been called.

He said he never saw the car coming that almost killed him. Surrounded by orange cones and flashing lights, Johnson was clearing an accident on I-94 near Miller Park when a car struck him. He was thrown 35 feet in the air and landed, head first, on a concrete barrier.

Continue reading

Teen charged in Aug. 7 fatal crash pleads not guilty

The teen charged with negligent homicide in the death of a bicyclist on Aug. 7 plead not guilty to that charge in court today in Kenosha, is reporting.

Devin Kunich, 21, of Kenosha, was bicycling home on Highway H when he was struck and killed in an early morning accident on Sunday, Aug. 7 in Pleasant Prairie.

Quashae D. Taylor, 18, of Kenosha, told police that she had her eyes closed while driving on Highway H at the time of the crash and also said that she received a cell phone call at about the same time. She was charged with negligent homicide.

After Dark in the Park set for Aug. 26

Kenosha County Parks is hosting an “After Dark in the Park” at Petrifying Springs park, Parking Area 3, on Aug. 26.

The movie for the night is ”Tangled.”

Continue reading

Second of two CDBG meetings held last night

Photo by mensatic via

Eleven more Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) proposals were reviewed at last night’s CDBG committee meeting.

Below is a listing of the applicants, project titles, summaries of the proposals, and dollar amounts requested, for the proposal presentations which were given at last night’s meeting:

12) City of Kenosha, Dept. of Public Works – Street Improvements – Funds to continue repair of city streets to provide public safety for low- to moderate-income neighborhoods ($500,000);

Continue reading

KUSD transformation plan update

At tonight’s KUSD board meeting, an update was given on the Transformation Plan.  Mr. Gary Vaillancourt, the district’s spokesman and co-chairman of the committee studying collaborative partnerships, was responsible for arranging the printing of the booklets which explained the transformation plan in detail.  The plan will also be available on KUSD’s website for downloading in approximately one week.

Continue reading

First of two CDBG meetings to review grant proposals held tonight

Photo by mensatic via

There were eleven Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) proposal presentations given tonight to the CDBG Committee.  Each proposal applicant was given approximately fifteen minutes to make their presentation and to answer any questions the committee might have.  There will be eleven more proposal presentations given at tomorrow night’s meeting.

Below is a listing of the applicants, project titles, summaries of the proposals, and dollar amounts requested, for the proposal presentations which were given tonight:

Continue reading

Fire in second floor of home on 11th Avenue

Earlene Frederick photo

Kenosha Fire Department personnel fought a fire late last night.

Smoke was showing  from the house in the 7400 block of 11th Avenue when firefighters and police arrived.

The fire was quickly extinguished, with two dogs that were inside escaping. No one else was inside.

Photos by Earlene Frederick

/Earlene Frederick photo

Second Wal-Mart open house meeting held

REUTERS/John Gress

At Tremper High School last night, about 75 local citizens were present to review the site plans, speak with Wal-Mart representatives, and voice their opinions regarding the proposed 90,202 square foot Wal-Mart store to be erected at the corner of 80th Street and 30th Avenue.  The store is being called “Kenosha South.”  It is planned to be the same store as the one in Greendale across from Macy’s. Continue reading

Man dies in Kenosha crash

A man died in a crash in Kenosha Wednesday afternoon, today’s is reporting.

First Wal-Mart open house meeting held

REUTERS/John Gress

There was an “open house” format meeting held tonight at the KUSD Educational Support Center.  Several Wal-Mart representatives were on hand to discuss the planning boards which were placed around the room.  About 25 neighbors of the proposed site on the northeast corner of 30th Avenue and 52nd Street were milling around, asking questions, and making suggestions.

Continue reading

Wirch victory speech video

Here’s some video of state Sen. Bob Wirch’s victory speech last night in the recall election.

Wirch was facing a challenge from republican Jonathon Steitz. The latest unofficial resutrns from this morning have (with all polls reporting):

Wirch 24,443 votes — 57%.

Steitz 16799 votes — 43%.

Here’s the video from Wirch headquarters last night at Local 72 in Kenosha from freelance journalist Mike Gordon:

(photos by Earlene Frederick)

22nd Senate District recall election coverage; Wirch wins

Polls are closed in the 22nd Senate District and some early results are in at 8:20 p.m.

A recall effort was started against incumbent state Sen.  Bob Wirch after he and 13 other Senate Democrats left Madison for Illinois — where they stayed for about three weeks — to avoid a quorum for a vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial budget repair bill last February. Political newcomer Jonathon Steitz survived a Republican primary to challenge Wirch.

With four of 95 polls reporting in Kenosha County,Steitz is leading incumbent Wirch 1768 to 1555.

UPDATE 8:26 p.m. — Steitz 2366; Wirch 1993. No Racine County results yet.Racine County portion of the district is parts of the city and town of Burlington in far western Racine County. All of Kenosha County, except Wheatland, is in the 22nd District.

UPDATE 8:32 p.m. — Racine County reporting some returns. Overall count now Steitz 5229; Wirch 4071.

UPDATE 8:35 p.m. — One more poll reporting. Steitz holds about same percentage margin over Wirch — 56% to 44%.

UPDATE 8:42 p.m. — Nine Kenosha County polls reporting now. No change in percentage of Steitz lead.

UPDATE 8:44 p.m. — Ten polls in, Steitz percentage holding steady.

UPDATE 8:48 p.m. — Twelve polls reporting, Steitz slips one percentage point; now 55% to 45%.

UPDATE 9:06 p.m. — Thirteen polls, no change in lead by percentage for Steitz.

UPDATE 9:09 p.m. — 21 polls now reporting — Wirch takes lead in Kenosha County; Steitz still has edge overall 51% to 49%.

UPDATE 9:13 p.m. — With 27 Kenosha County polls reporting now, Wirch takes lead overall — 52% to 48%.

UPDATE 9:16 p.m. — 46 polls in Kenosha County now reporting; Wirch leading 55% to 45%.

UPDATE 9:29 p.m. — With 89 polls in Kenoshs County now reporting, Wirch lead widens to 56% to 44%.

UPDATE 9:37 p.m. — With all but one Kenosha County poll, and all Racine County polls reporting results, Wirch leads 58% to 42%.

UPDATE 9:57 p.m. — All 95 polling places in Kenosha County and all Racine County polls reporting: Wirch wins 25541 to 18838 or 58% to 42%. These are unofficial results and could still change some tonight as additional ballots — such as absentee votes — are counted.

SeeClickFix software approved

At the Finance and Common Council meetings held yesterday, both committees voted to approve the purchase of a software program application for phones called “SeeClickFix.”  “This software which will cost $1,200 per year, will allow citizens to report potholes, street lights out, and graffiti,” stated Alderperson Theodore Ruffalo.  It geocodes the location of the caller, and it gives the caller the ability to attach a photo of the item being reported on.

Continue reading

Water main break disrupts traffic at 75th and Pershing

/Earlene Frederick photo

A water main break on 75th Street at Pershing Boulevard in Kenosha this morning at about 4 a.m. disrupted traffic flow in the area and flooded the street with water.

The break took about 2 hours to turn off. Traffic was narrowed down to one lane east and west on 75th Street. Pershing traffic southbound was shut down as was traffic out of Pershing Plaza.

Daily Buzz: The fair has music, music, music

The music lover will have daily reasons to attend the Kenosha County Fair.

A variety of acts coming to the Creekside Stage should mean most everyone finds something they can tap their foot — or bob their head — to.

Here’s the lineup and a little about each act:

  • Miss Behavin’ — Wednesday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m. to midnight. The band’s Facebook page describes them as “an extraordinary female-fronted, high-energy party band that covers four decades of the best Classic Rock and R&B.”
  • The Toys — Thursday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m. to midnight. Their My Space pages list the following as influences:  3 Doors Down, Alabama, All American Rejects, Big and Rich, The Charlie Daniels Band, Collective Soul, Daughtry, Dierks Bentley, Electric Light Orchestra, Erasure, Fall Out Boy, Finger 11, Good Charlotte, Green Day, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Eat World, Joe Walsh, John Denver, Journey, The Killers, Maroon 5, Matchbox 20, The Outfield, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rascal Flatts, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Rednex, Rodney Atkins, Seether, and Weezer.
  • Rebel Grace will appear on Friday, Aug. 19, 8 p.m. to midnight. Their website describes the band as the “Midwest’s newest Country Band blending Original Music with all of your Favorite Country hits.
  • 4 Lane Highway will appear Saturday, Aug. 20, 8 p.m. to midnight. The band features “rockin’ country” according to its website.
  • Class of ’62 will play on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. This five-piece band bills itself as a Buddy Holly tribute band and is becoming a fixture of the last night of the Fair.

There also is plenty of music, in a variety of genres, at the talent show, on Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. at the Free Acts Stage near the Fair office.

Common Council votes to leave zoning as is

At tonight’s Kenosha Common Council meeting, there seemed to be some confusion as to the rezoning of the six properties on the north side of Roosevelt Road, from 38th Avenue to 37th Avenue.  So much confusion that the vote on the Land Use Plan Map for the City (2035, District 16) was re-taken.

Continue reading

Units responding to rollover

Photo by kconnors with

At 5:15 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue is responding to a report of a rollover crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 94, just south of I-94.

Continue reading

Daily Buzz: Animal auctions a highlight of the fair

For many a youngster, the culmination of a year’s effort will be at the small and large animal auctions at the Kenosha County Fair.

The Large Animal Sale starts at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20. The Small Animal Sale takes place on Sunday, Aug. 21, starting at 1:30 p.m.

The Fair puts the purpose of the auctions as:

Continue reading

Daily Buzz: Fair has plenty of fare

If you’re going to the Kenosha County Fair, sometime you’re going to have to eat.

Lucky for you it’s hard to imagine another place where you can find such a variety of food, most of it decadently delicious, if perhaps not what your physician would like to see you consume on a regular basis.

As I have mentioned before, I have spent a fair amount of time at the Fair through the years. Consequently, I’ve eaten many a fFair food meal.

For my money, the best deals are available at the stands of the service clubs and other local organizations that serve food at the Fair as fundraisers for their good works. Some examples are Westosha Kiwanis, Kenosha County 4-H, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Farm Bureau. At these places, you’ll find food that is varied, delicious and well-priced.

Better save some room for a fried meal and a sweet treat.

This year’s fair runs from Aug. 17-21.

Tall ships to return to Kenosha

Are you a tall ships fan? Good news!

Two tall ships are returning to the area, the Kenosha Area Visitors and Convention Bureau is reporting.

Wirch-Steitz forum coverage

State Sen. Bob Wirch and his challenger in the Aug. 16 recall election Jonathon Steitz traded views in a forum at the Kenosha Country Club this morning.

The forum was hosted by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance  and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce.

The recall election was spurred by Wirch’s participation in the flight from the state of the 14 state Senate Democrats during debate of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill in February in order to avoid a quorum call for a vote on the  bill. Here Wirch and Steitz give their views on the issue (in all further seated videos Wirch is on the right and Steitz on the  left):

Here’s video of  the candidates opening statements, with Wirch speaking first:

Continue reading

Units responding to report of fire

Photo by kconnors with

At 8:24 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of an “unknown fire” in the 1900 block of Highway KR.

Continue reading