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Tips to Pleasant Prairie Police lead to drug arrest and charges

The Kenosha County District Attorney’s office released the following statement regarding a drug arrest and charging of a suspect:
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Man charged in Kenosha bank robbery

The Kenosha Police Department is distributing the following statement regarding the charging of a person in connection with a Kenosha bank robbery earlier this week:
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Judge Kerkman named champion of adoption

Judge Chad Kerkman (center) is presented with the Governor’s Champion of Adoption Award by DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson (left) and Fredi Ellen Bove, Administrator of DCF’s Division of Safety and Permanence. /Submitted photo

Judge Chad Kerkman, Kenosha County Circuit Court, received the 2012 Champion of Adoption Award at the annual presentation ceremony of the Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parent Awards at the State Capitol last week.

The ceremony was held in the Assembly Chamber and hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson presented awards to individuals and families who have dedicated themselves to supporting adoptions in Wisconsin. Jockey International was instrumental in the success of the event, presenting backpacks to all the children and offering the closing remarks.

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Kenosha man charged in Somers murder case

Javier Garcia /Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department photo

Javier Garcia, 52, of Kenosha, has been charged in Kenosha County Circuit Court with 1st degree intentional homicide in connection with the death of Lisa Mezera in August.

Mezera, 26, of Kenosha, was found dead in a Somers cemetery on August 19th.

Garcia was held in the Kenosha County Jail since August 20th. He was able to be held in custody on probation and parole violations.

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Suspect in Somers murder case may be charged on Thursday

A suspect being held in the Kenosha County Jail since August is expected to be charged in Circuit Court tomorrow  in the case of a woman whose body was found in a Somers cemetery on August 19th.

KenoWi does not identify suspects until they have been formally charged.  According to a Sheriff’s Department statement, the suspect was a known associate of the victim, Lisa Mezera. The suspect, a 52-year-old man from Kenosha, has been in custody since August 20th, the day after the discovery of the victim’s body. He was able to be held in custody on probation and parole violations.

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Man charged in stabbing death

A Kenosha man faces a charge of intentional homicide for the stabbing death of a Kenosha woman Monday.

Johnny L. Young, 37, was charged with 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide today in Kenosha County Circuit Court, court records show.

Young is accused of stabbing Christine Saucier at an apartment in the 6300 block of 26th Ave., Kenosha late morning on Monday. Police were called to the scene at about 11:30 a.m., forced entry and found the victim down. Young was quickly taken into custody.

Our original post is available here.

A 620WTMJ story with some details from the criminal complaint is available here.

Circuit Court judge election results: Rossell wins

At 9:52 p.m., with 107 of 120 polls reporting partial results in the Circuit Court judge race: Jason Rossell 12251, Edward Antaramian 10557.

UPDATE 11:11 p.m. — Final unofficial results: Jason Rossell 14239, Edward Antaramian 12394.

Circuit court judge primary results: Rossell and Antaramian advance

There are some early results (8:19 p.m.) in for the circuit court race in today’s non-partisan primary.

  • Jason A. Rossell:  231.
  • Edward R. Antaramian:  170.
  • William Michel:  149.
  • David R. Berman:  140.
  • David E. Celebre:  52.

The two highest vote-getters will face off  in the April election.

UPDATE:  8:29 p.m. – Six of 105 polls reporting:  Rossell 328, Antaramian 204, Michel 20,  Berman 170, Celebre 60.

UPDATE:  9:15 p.m. – 25 of 105 polls reporting:  Rossell 1887, Antaramian 950, Berman 808, Michel 784, Celebre 368.

UPDATE:  9:53 p.m. – With 95 of 105 polls reporting:  Rossell 4589, Antaramian 3019 , Michel 2349, Berman 2159, Celebre 1201.

UPDATE:  9:56 p.m. – With 99 of 105 polls reporting:  Rossell 4721, Antaramian 3131, Michel 2420, Berman 2210, Celebre 1248.

UPDATE:  9:58 p.m. – With 104 of 105 polls reporting:  Rossell 4742, Antaramian 3142, Michel 2434, Berman 2222, Celebre 1262.

UPDATE:  10:25 p.m. – Rossell issues the following statement via email: “I am happy that we did this well in the primary. Thank you to all who voted, who supported me, and have encouraged me throughout this time. There is still a lot of work to do both on the bench and for the general election. I am looking forward to getting back to work at the Courthouse on Thursday and keeping Kenosha’s safety as my top priority. I am also looking forward to getting out and meeting more people during the next few weeks. Hopefully we can add to the positive momentum from tonight’s result.”

UPDATE:  10:27 p.m. – Final unofficial results:  Rossell 5038, Antaramian 3473, Michel 2705, Berman 2395, Celebre 1436.

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, fox6now.com 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.

Safe haven for crime victims and witnesses unveiled


Crime victims and witnesses who are participating in trials now have a place of their own in the Kenosha County Courthouse where they will not have to confront friends and family members of defendants.

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser and Kenosha County District Attorney Robert D. Zapf today unveiled the space dedicated as a safe haven.

“When I learned there were no safe places for crime victims and witnesses to wait during court hearings and trials, I knew we had to take quick action to address that,” Kreuser said.

District Attorney Zapf said that, too often, crime victims and witnesses felt intimidated by friends and family members of the defendants as they waited in hallways or in the courtroom.

“We don’t want to re-victimize people who are taking the brave action to report a crime and to participate in court,” Zapf said. “This new space allows them to take a break from court proceedings in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.”

Here’s some video of Kreuser, Zapf and other explaining why the room is important and how it came about:

The area was furnished through the generous donations of Kenosha County businesses. The donations were:

  • Grand TV and appliance donated a 32″ LCD flat screen TV and 18 cubic-foot refrigerator.
  • Ashley furniture donated all the furniture, wall art and rug.
  • Wal-Mart donated $500 worth of toys, games, movies and a DVD player.

“Rather than fill the space with discarded second-hand furniture from other county departments, these businesses helped to create a comfortable space for crime victims and witnesses. We are truly grateful to all of them,” Kreuser said.

No county dollars were used to renovate the space, which was made available in the lower level of the courthouse when the county Division of Information Technology moved to renovated space at the Kenosha County Public Safety Building. Minor cleaning of the space was provided by the county Public Works-Facilities Division employees.

Appeals court upholds Jensen murder conviction

A state Appeals Court has upheld the conviction of a Pleasant Prairie man convicted of poisoning his wife, the Associated Press is reporting.

Jensen was found guilty of first degree intentional homicide and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Mark Jensen’s attorney says he will ask the state Supreme Court to hear the case.

Man charged in Somers shooting incident

David M. Minnick /Kenosha County Sheriff's Department photo

David Minnick, the Somers man arrested Monday for firing into his in-laws’ home, was charged in intake court Wednesday.

Minnick was charged with:

  • Aggravated battery.
  • First degree intentional homicide.
  • Burglary-dwelling, boat or motor home.
  • Endanger safety/reckless use of firearm.
  • Four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Minnick on Monday allegedly fired shots into a home in the 600 block of 14th Place, Somers, during a domestic disturbance involving his wife and in-laws.

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