Monthly Archives: May 2012

RNC chief Preibus links his concern over voter fraud to his being from Kenosha

Republican National Chairman Reince Preibus today linked his concern about voter fraud in Wisconsin to being from Kenosha in comments made in a conference call with reporters.

Multiple media sources are quoting Preibus as saying:

I’m always concerned about voter fraud, you know. Being from Kenosha, and quite frankly have lived through seeing some of it happen. Certainly in Milwaukee we had plenty of it, and I think it’s been documented. I reject any notion that it’s not the case.”

Preibus went on to cite some non-specific cases in Milwaukee, but never came back to elaborate on his hometown reference.

A word from our sponsors: Wilmot Raceway results for May 26


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Tommy Sexton celebrated his victory with a wheel stand down the backstretch at Wilmot Raceway after taking the A-main during the fourth event of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints season at Wilmot Raceway May 26. Sexton had every reason to celebrate, as taking a feature win so far this season in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car Series action has been especially challenging. Until this evening, Billy Balog, the defending series champion, had made first place on the podium his exclusive territory, having won every feature so far in 2012. For a brief time, it appeared that Balog may perhaps increase his winning streak after establishing a new track record on Wilmot Raceway’s third-mile clay oval in qualifying with a blistering orbit of 12.609 seconds on Saturday night. Sexton, however, had other plans. The 2011 Wilmot Raceway champion proved to be a formidable foe. In heat race action, Sexton outran Balog for the victory, taking a popular win in front of the home track crowd. In the feature race, Sexton, who started the contest in tenth, methodically worked his way to the front taking the lead from Scott Uttech and then fending off the challenges of Mike Kertscher to score his fourth career Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car Series feature victory. Uttech, who led the first half of the main event, would settle for a third place finish. For Kertscher, it was another bittersweet runner-up finish. Kertscher has had perhaps the most consistent performances of any driver this season. He has finished runner-up in the past three Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint events and also collected a second place finish at Wilmot Raceway’s season opener and event which was captured by Sexton. Sexton’s last Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Car Series victory came during the 2011 season in September when he topped the action at the Sheboygan County Fairpark track in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Balog’s flawless performance so far in 2012, which resulted in three straight A-main wins, came unglued after a tangle with Scott Neitzel early in the feature race. The resulting accident dropped both Balog and Neitzel from the contest, assuring Balog’s winning streak would come to an end.

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Units responding to crash on 76th Street, Pleasant Prairie

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At about 3:01 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units and police offices are responding to a report of crash in the 9700 block of 76th Street, in Pleasant Prairie.

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Units responding to Pleasant Prairie Elementary for medical call

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At about 1:55 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and police officers are responding to a medical call at Pleasant Prairie Elementary School.

Patient is an 11-year-old who is having difficulty breathing due to an asthma attack. Relatives are on the way also, with a new inhaler.

Units responding to crash on Green Bay Road in Pleasant Prairie

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At 1:49 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Police are responding to a report of a crash in the southbound lanes of Green Bay Road at about the 9500 block, in Pleasant Prairie.

Dispatch says there are no injuries being reported.

Home invasion prompts search for suspect in Somers and Kenosha


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A home invasion this morning in Somers caused a multi-law enforcement agency search and the lockdown of three schools.

As of about 11:40 a.m., the suspect had not been found.

“It is believed that this crime was targeted toward this specific home,” said Sgt. Bill Beth, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department spokesman. “It is not believed that there is a threat to the greater community at this time.”

According to a Sheriff’s Department statement:
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KMart approved for beer license

The renewal application of KMart Corporation for a retail beer license generated some discussion among the Licensing & Permit Committee members on Tuesday night.  Chairman Jesse Downing said to the applicant, “I have nothing against you personally.  KMart Corporation changed agents.  There is not an adverse recommendation from the city attorney’s office.  However, KMart has received a citation; they should have demerit points attached to their license.”  Alderperson Patrick Juliana agreed.  The alderpersons said that they didn’t think it was appropriate to issue the license without some demerit points attached.  They said that they didn’t want to “set a bad precedent.”  Kennedy stated that he would not support the application at all.  “I don’t believe KMart should have a liquor license,” he said.  It was finally approved by a vote of 3 to 2, subject to 40 demerit points.  Alderpersons Kennedy and Chris Schwartz voted against.  The Common Council will have the final vote on this item, as well as the rest of the following items, on its agenda next Monday, June 4th.

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Dredging beginning this week

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The dredging of the Kenosha Harbor and Southport Marina is beginning this week, the city has announced.

Once the pipe has been delivered, it will take approximately two weeks to assemble. No work will be done on holidays or days with high wave action.

Two booster pumps will be used to pump the water up to Pennoyer Park and are planned to be placed at the following locations:

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Highway 50 resurfacing project

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There was an open house held at Gander Mountain last night regarding the Highway 50 Resurfacing Project.  Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) representatives were present to answer questions.

The lane closures on the adjacent resurfacing project on Highway 50 are scheduled to begin next Monday (June 4th), and continue until late June.  Below is an updated I-94 North-South Freeway Racine/Kenosha County closure schedule:

  • Eastbound, left lane closed, 117th Avenue to 94th Avenue
  • Eastbound, left lane closed, 64th Avenue to east of 57th Avenue
  • Westbound, left lane closed, east of 117th Avenue to 88th Avenue
  • Westbound, left lane closed, west of 60th Avenue to east of 57th Avenue

To sign up for updates on the Wisconsin DOT website, click here:  I-94 North-South Freeway Project.

 

Units responding to report of vehicle fire

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At 2:20 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a vehicle on fire in the 10300 block of 77th Street.

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Units responding to motorcycle crash on Highway E, Somers

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At about 2:08 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a motorcycle crash on Highway E just east of Green Bay Road.

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Units responding to report of crash on Roosevelt Road

At  about 2:05 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a crash at Roosevelt Road and 33rd Avenue, in Kenosha.

There are reportedly injuries.

Southport Beach House restoration

Beach Elevation (C. Cartwright photo, 2002)

At tonight’s meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners, the agenda included an informational item on the Southport Beach House restoration.  A very in-depth presentation with many detailed pictures was made by Kevin Donahue from Engberg Anderson, whose offices are based out of Milwaukee, Madison, and Tuscon.  This consultant was funded by the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to evaluate the bathhouse itself.

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Units responding to burning

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At 9:36 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire Department units are responding to a report of a burning violation in the 91oo block of Cooper Road, in Pleasant Prairie.

Dispatch informs that it is not a burn day.

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Units responding to strong smell of gas in Kenosha

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At about 8:10 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a strong smell of natural gas at a residence in the 4800 block of 39th Avenue, in Kenosha.

UPDATE 8:15 p.m. — Fire personnel on scene confirm there is a strong smell of gas in the area. They are out trying to pinpoint the source. We Energies also responding.

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POW/MIA ceremony

About one hundred people gathered in Library Park, in Kenosha, at noon today, to honor the Prisoners of War/Missing in Action soldiers from the Vietnam War.

Click here to watch the six-minute video of the ceremony:

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Units responding to report of unconscious person

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At 5:03 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and police officers are responding to a report of an unconscious person.  There are many people standing outside at Roosevelt Road and 24th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash at 75th Street and 30th Avenue, Kenosha

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At 5:02 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a crash at 75th Street and 30th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash on Green Bay Road in Pleasant Prairie

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At 4:38 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and police officers are responding to a report of a crash in the 8500 block of Green Bay Road, in Pleasant Prairie.

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for most of Wisconsin, including Kenosha County.

The watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

Some of the storms passing through the area are expected to produce hail and strong winds.

Early Saturday morning crash near airport

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A crash early Saturday morning in Kenosha resulted in a person having to be freed from their vehicle.

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First uptown car show

The Uptown Business Group, Inc., hosted its first annual car show earlier today along 22nd Avenue between 60th and 63rd Streets.  The street was closed off for those three blocks, and more than 80 vintage cars lined the streets.  There was live music provided by the Tom Van Caster Band, martial arts demonstrations from the Kenosha Tae Kwon Do Club, Inc., 2221 – 63rd Street, and tours of Kenosha’s Fire Station No. 3.  A people’s choice award contest was also part of the festivities.

People attending the free show were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, which were donated to First Step Services, a non-profit organization that helps the homeless.

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Deal of the Day: Half off 18 holes at Petrifying Springs or Brighton Dale golf course

Have you heard about our feature at KenoWi called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal! Our offer today is from Kenosha County Golf courses — Brighton Dale Links and Petrifying Springs Golf Course. Three scorecards provide information for three separate tracts comprising the 45-hole Brighton Dale complex. White Birch and Blue Spruce are 18-hole, par 72 layouts that measure over 6,900 and 6,600 yards, respectively. Red Pine is a 9-hole, par 36 layout of over 3,500 yards. Brighton Dale is a 4-Star Award Winner, Best Places To Play, Golf Digest. The 18-hole course at the Petrifying Springs Golf Course features 5,979 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 67.8 and it has a slope rating of 119. Designed by Joseph A. Roseman, the Petrifying Springs golf course opened in 1936. Our offer today is for a pair of passes for weekday 18 holes, no motorized cart at Brighton Dale Links or Petrifying Springs. That’s a $52 value, which we will offer for $27 ($1 processing fee included). Passes expire 11-16-2012. Full description of conditions is available here. Click the button below to buy the Deal of the Day.





Traffic backing up at railroad crossing

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At 2:34 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy on patrol reports that traffic is backing up on Highway K (60th Street) due to crossing gates being down.

Another deputy reports that two trains are stopped on the tracks. Railroad being called due to traffic backup.

Units responding to report of injury at Nash Park

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At 2:32 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of an injury at Nash Park, 56th Avenue and 56th Street, in Kenosha.
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Units responding to marina for medical call

At 12:27 p.m., the Kenosha Fire Department medical units are responding to the marina at 56th Street and Lake Michigan for a medical call.

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Units responding to alarm at outlet mall

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At about 12:12 p.m., the Pleasant Prairie Fire Department units are responding to a report of an activated fire alarm at the Pavilion at the Premium Outlets.

UPDATE 12:13 p.m. — Dispatch says alarm is from a rooftop sensor.  No flames or smoke showing.

Units responding to report of gas leak

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At about 11:20 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a gas leak in the 5600 block of 41st Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to theater for fainting

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At about 8:35 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 -56th Street, for a woman who has fainted.

Units responding to report of tree on fire

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At about 4:45 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire Department units are responding to the 4300 block of 104th Street for a report of a tree on fire.

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