At 8:01 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to Tremper High School, Kenosha, to a report of chest pain.
Joseph Kexel of Kenosha has announced his candidacy for the US Senate as a Libertarian candidate.
Here’ s his announcement press release:
A criminal charge of negligent homicide against the driver of a car involved in the death of a bicyclist last summer in Pleasant Prairie was dropped today in Circuit Court.
Instead, Quashae D. Taylor, 19, pleaded no contest to a traffic citation of inattentive driving. She was assessd a $100 fine.
At about 3:55 p.m., a power outage is being reported in the general area of the Forest Park neighborhood, or at least the northside of the neighborhood along 60th Street.
Included in the affected area is Fire Station Number 4, which is having some difficulty with its back-up generator.
We Energies is reporting about 1,200 customers affected.
UPDATE 4:07 p.m. — Fire Station generator working again and station is back in service.
UPDATE 6:03 p.m. — We Energies showing less than 5 customers in the area still affected.
At about 2:57 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire Department is responding to a report of a crash in the 11800 block of 75th Street, Pleasant Prairie.
At about 1:44 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department is responding to a fire alarm at Washington Middle School, in Kenosha.
UPDATE 1:49 p.m. — Firefighter inside investigating reports a pull station was pulled.
UPDATE 1:50 p.m. – Confirmed as false alarm.
At 9:25 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a fire in the 2300 block of 63rd Street, in Kenosha.
Dispatch reports fire is contained in the oven.
UPDATE 9:28 p.m. — Fire appears to be out. Some fire units clearing the scene.
At 8:22 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue is responding to a report of an electrical fire in the 300 block of 110th Street, in Pleasant Prairie.
UPDATE 8:24 p.m. — Dispatch reports that problem is with a fuse box. No flames seen, but smoke coming from box.
At 1:38 p.m., the Pleasant Prairie Fire Department is responding for mutual aid to the Newport Fire Department for a semi truck on fire just over the state line.
The five National Weather Service offices that service Wisconsin will conduct a test of the tornado watch and warning codes today.
A test tornado watch will be issued at 1 p.m. Test tornado warnings will be issued at 1:45 p.m., which should be followed by a sounding of the warning sirens. Both will expire at 2 p.m.
On some alert systems, the watches and warnings may appear to be real if the words “test” are not seen.
- Police Officer Richard Heckel retired effective April 15, 2012;
- Police Officer Glenn Janzer’s resigning effective April 24, 2012; and
- Police Officer Thomas Lesniak retiring effective April 30, 2012.
According to police chief John Morrissey, the plan is to replace them. By the time they get their testing and background checks completed, they would probably have a July start date.
Monday was the last Common Council meeting for five Kenosha alderpersons. The five are:
- Theodore Ruffalo – 2nd District;
- Katherine Marks – 8th District, decided not to run again after having served on the Council for 20 years;
- Lawrence Green – 9th District, served on the Council for 2 years; and
- Anthony Nudo – 11th District, served on the Council for 4 years; and
- Raymond Misner – 13th District – served on the Council for 6 years.
Finance Committee – David Bogdala, Tod Ohnstad, Keith Rosenberg, Rocco LaMacchia, Daniel Prozanski, and Curt Wilson
Public Works, Water Commission, and Storm Water Utility – Steve Bostrom, Eric Haugaard, Jan Michalski, Scott Gordon, Patrick Juliana, and G. John Ruffolo
The get bEHIND the aRTS studio tour that was held this past weekend was an annual event I hope you didn’t miss. The art tour took place from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
With a suggested donation of $5, visitors were able to buy a souvenir button allowing open access to all studios on the tour. Tour maps and souvenir buttons were available at all participating studios. Visitors could begin the tour at any location. All donations went to support this and future Studio Tours.
(Many more photos after the continued link below)
At 5:23 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and village police are responding to a report of a crash in the 7700 block of Highway 50 (75th Street), in Pleasant Prairie.
At 10:10 a.m., the Kenosha Fire Department is responding to an unknown medical problem at a gas station/convenience store in the 2600 block of 22nd Avenue.
At about 3:25 p.m., units from Pleasant Prairie Fire Department are responding to a report of a wire down in the 8200 block of Springbrook Road, Pleasant Prairie.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for a portion of Wisconsin including Kenosha County. The advisory is in effect until 7 p.m.
Winds are forecast to be 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph. That’s about what the data at Kenosha Airport is showing.
At about 8:13 p.m., a Kenosha Fire Department engine is responding to the 6000 block of 22nd Avenue, Kenosha, to investigate a report of a smell of smoke.
On Saturday morning, at Gateway’s Madrigrano Auditorium, the Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, Inc. (KAFASI) thanked its many volunteers. A breakfast reception was held and hosted by Gary Brown, KAFASI’s executive director. The total number of volunteers in 2011 was 836 putting in a total of 57,815 hours.
LaVerne Jaros, director of Kenosha County’s Division of Aging and Family Services quoted Maya Angelou. “You can’t go through life with two catcher’s mitts on your hands. You have to be able to throw something back.” Dignitaries present included state Sen. Bob Wirch, Mayor Keith Bosman and Alderperson Jan Michalski.
Robert Jensen, the 13th district alderperson candidate who lost in the April 3rd election, filed Monday for a recount. The city’s Canvass Board met this morning to review the votes cast for both candidates, Jensen, and Curt Wilson. On Election Day, Jensen had received 709 votes, and Wilson had 732 (23 votes between the two). Four wards comprise the 13th district: Wards 59, 60, 61 and 62. Voting was held at the Southwest Library and Jane Vernon Elementary School.
Three members comprise the Canvass Board: Michael DeFazio, Richard Levis and Deb Salas, the city clerk/treasurer. Jensen and Ann Wilson (Curt’s wife) were in attendance. (Curt was performing his duties as bailiff at the court house today.) He joined Ann later in the afternoon. Ann stated that she knows more about the voting process anyway. “Plus, I’m more vocal,” she said. “I’m more protective.”
Nationally-recognized presenter Silagh White of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, will talk about the importance of arts in the community during a free, public presentation at 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Kenosha Public Museum.
White, a Kenosha native, has a rich and diverse background in the arts as a performer, administrator, and community volunteer. She has served on a number of advisory boards for various cultural organizations, and is in demand as a speaker on a variety of topics in the arts and culture.
Would a “Peeping Tom” peep through a first floor window with a fully grown rosebush in front of it? Would a “purse-snatcher” snatch a purse in a common area occupied by numerous employees drinking their morning coffee? The likelihood of either scenario taking place is very small due to a concept known as CPTED, which stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. The “Peeping Tom” would not approach the window with the rosebush because he subconsciously knows rosebushes contain long thorns that could cause him pain and the “purse-snatcher” would pick a less conspicuous location in order to go undetected.
The CPTED concept is a crime prevention philosophy based on the theory that proper design and effective use of the natural environment can lead to a reduction in crime while improving the quality of life. “Natural” not only refers to the crime prevention by-product that comes from normal and routine use of an environment (coffee location), but also the use of nature (rosebush) to help prevent crime. It reduces criminal opportunity and promotes positive social interaction among legitimate users of a specific area.
There are four basic overlapping principles in the CPTED concept:
Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey gave members of the Kenosha Optimist Club a rundown on crime statistics over the last year.
“It was mostly good news, with no homicides last year, and robberies, aggravated assaults and burglaries down,” Morrissey said.
Thefts increased, but Morrissey said that was not completely surprising.
“I think economy wise that’s to be expected,” Morrissey said.
Morrissey was speaking at the Optimist Club’s annual Respect for Law Enforcement event, held at Baker’s Street in Kenosha. Here is some video of all of Morrissey’s comments on crime reporting (I apologize for the poor lighting — DH):
Other tidbits from Morrissey’s remarks:
A reception was held after the three city meetings last night for Alderpersons Ray Misner and Anthony Nudo, who will not be continuing on the committees any longer due to the fact that they lost their seats in their respective districts in the election last week. Misner is the chairman of the Licensing & Permit Committee, a member of the Storm Water Utility, the Technology, and Public Works Committees, and also a member of the Board of Water Commissioners. Nudo is the chairman of the Storm Water Utility Committee, vice chairman of the Board of Water Commissioners, and a member of the Licensing & Permit and Public Works Committees.
Both were presented with placques, bricks, and goodie bags. A reception with food and drinks was served after the conclusion of the special Board of Water Commissioners meeting.