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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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Police warn of door-to-door robbery scams

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:

Scams take many forms, but offer the same result — you lose.  If you are the potential victim of a scam, alerting the police is the one thing to prevent others from being preyed upon.

Imagine you were Mr. and Mrs. Smith from Dearborn, Michigan, returning home from the grocery store.  As the couple began to enter their home, three men posing as water department employees approached and said they needed to check the water pressure in the house.

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Finance Committee also approves 2013 executive budgets

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Tonight, the Finance Committee reconvened to finish up the review of the 2013 budgets.  The focus tonight was on the 2013 executive operating budgets.  This meeting lasted a little over three hours.  Alderperson Tod Ohnstad was not present at tonight’s meeting.  The budgets were approved by a vote of 4 to 1, with Alderperson David Bogdala being the sole dissenting voter.

Mayor Keith Bosman said that the budget of $71.9 million is one in which there are no reductions in service planned.  He mentioned the decreased shared revenue and increased health care costs, the proposed 2% employee raise, and the increased burden of health care on the city’s employees.  He thanked the employees for working with administration over the years.

The current budget increases the tax levy by 2.2%.  Frank Pacetti, city administrator explained the effect on the average homeowner.  Assessed values in the city have decreased 11%.  The average home value went from $147,400 last year to $126,700 this year, a 14% decrease.  Applying the mil rate against the assessed value yields 10.288 on a $147,400 home equals $1,516.  The projected mil rate of 11.874 on the $126,700 home equals $1,504, a decrease of $12.

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Finance committee approves CIP

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At the Finance Committee meeting on Monday night, which lasted almost five hours, the city’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) was unanimously approved, with a few amendments.  At the beginning of the meeting, Chairman Daniel Prozanski stated that the review was going to be handled differently than it has in the past.  They were not going to go through the 302-page document page by page.  Committee members could instead make their amendments in an attempt to expedite the meeting.

Prozanski made motions for the following amendments:

  • Strawberry Creek Park – Add $402,220 to the 2013 CIP by adding $201,110 in outside funding from grants and $201,110 in park impact fees, for a net of zero.  Mayor Keith Bosman said that as soon as the drainage and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issues were taken care of, work would commence in 2013.
  • Southport Park – Add $181,000 to the contingency line and add $181,000 in outside funding from grants and lakefront park impact fees, for a net of zero.  This move makes $281,000 available for the Southport Park in 2013.  Alderperson Rocco LaMacchia wanted to know if this move would impact other parks, and the reply was no.

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Safety meeting at the B&GC – Police chief says “Call, call, call”

Pictured are Police Chief John Morrissey, Alderperson for the 2nd district, Chris Schwartz, and Alderperson for the 7th district, Patrick Juliana


At tonight’s safety meeting which was held at the Boys & Girls Club, 1330 – 52nd Street, two alderpersons hosted.  Chris Schwartz, alderperson for the 2nd district, and Patrick Juliana, alderperson for the 7th district, were the two organizers for the meeting.  Police Chief John Morrissey was also in attendance, as well as Captain Edo Maccari, 2nd shift commander, Ron Francis, one of the crime prevention officers, and gang officer, Leo Viola.  About twenty citizens were in attendance.

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Public safety & welfare budgets vetted tonight

At tonight’s Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting, the following city of Kenosha 2013 budgets were vetted:  Department of Community Development and Inspections, Police Department, Fire Department, and Health Department.

Frank Pacetti, the city administrator, made an introductory comment saying, “There has been no reduction in any of the services.  What has been added is a half-position in the Community Development and Inspections Department, reducing outside services.”  Jeff LaBahn, the city’s director of that department, spoke further on that added position.  It is a permanent part-time inspector to improve customer service responsiveness and to secure a financial advantage.

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Kenosha Police release statement on armed robbery

The Kenosha Police Department has released the following statement regarding an armed robbery of a Kenosha business today:
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Trick-or-treating safety tips

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:

Don’t take candy from strangers!  Oh, except on Halloween, of course.

Are we confusing our children?  Not if we take the time to communicate with them and explain why, one day every year, there is an exception to this safety rule.

Candy is but one area of concern to keep Halloween a safe and fun holiday for our children.

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K-9 obstacle course created as Eagle Scout project opens

Kenosha Police Department Officer Jon Schradt and Miky run the new obstacle training course at the Kenosha County Detention Center. /Earlene Frederick photo

A K-9 obstacle course created as an Eagle Scout project was officially opened at the Kenosha County Detention Center, 4777 – 88th Avenue, on Saturday morning.

On hand were K-9 teams from the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department and the Kenosha Police Department.

Also, at the event was Boy Scout James Nowak, who built the obstacle course as his Eagle Scout Community Service Project. Nowak, a member of St. Mark’s Troop 507, approached the Sheriff’s and Police Departments about the possibility of building the course. The Sheriff’s Department was able to identify a site at the Detention Center that would serve the needs of both departments and allow 24-hour access without disturbing neighbors. This location allows K-9 handlers to train with their partners during their regular work shift anytime of the day or night.

Nowak worked with local volunteers to build the obstacle course. Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. and the Kiwanis made donations toward the project. Lowe’s donated all of the building supplies, which totaled nearly $1,500. Yuka Fence supplied the fencing for the site, said Scout master Tom Zamba.

Said Sheriff David Beth:

“(Kenosha) Police Chief Morrissey and I are glad that James would consider our department K-9 teams for his Eagle Scout Project. This course will insure the health and safety of our dogs for many years to come.”

Sheriff David Beth presents Boy Scout James Nowak with a few mementos. Nowak built a police K9 obstacle course at the Kenosha County Detention Center as an Eagle Scout community service project. The course was officially opened Saturday. /Earlene Frederick photo

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Suspect arrested in shooting incident at Roosevelt and 24th Avenue

Kenosha Police today issued a statement regarding the identification of a juvenile suspect regarding a shooting that took place Aug.10 near 24th avenue and Roosevelt Road in Kenosha.

Here’s the statement:

On 08-10-12 at approximately 2229 hours Officers of the Kenosha Police Department responded to area of 24th Ave and Roosevelt Road for a report of a shooting. On arrival to this area Officers located two juvenile male subjects who had gunshot wounds, both were taken to local hospitals by Kenosha Fire Department rescue personnel. During this investigation a 16 year old male suspect was identified and taken into custody. Charges have been referred to the Kenosha County District Attorneys Office which include: 1 st Dergree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and two counts of 1 st Degree Reckless Injury PTAC with use of a dangerous weapon. The Juvenile suspect currently is in custody and has a hearing scheduled for Sept. 20 in Kenosha County Circuit Court.

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Another crime prevention meeting held tonight

Another crime prevention meeting was held at Pete’s Place, 4520 Eighth Avenue, tonight.  This was initiated by the Union Park Neighborhood Watch Program.  Fifty people were in attendance, and crime prevention officer Jeff Wamboldt was present, as well as two alderpersons.  They were Eric Haugaard representing the first district, and Chris Schwartz representing the second district.  Wamboldt said that he thought it was a great turnout.

Wamboldt passed out whistles, Neighborhood Watch (NW) packets containing identity theft brochures, NW window clings, a contact phone numbers sheet, and an old NW newsletter.

Wamboldt reiterated a lot of what was presented last night at the McKinley crime prevention meeting, such as the three components of Neighborhood Watch, the “crime triangle” or the “crime equation,” and the “broken window theory.”  To read about this meeting, click here:  McKinley Crime Prevention Meeting.

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Airport commission approves ordinance change on communication tower

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At this afternoon’s Airport Commission meeting, a zoning ordinance change relating to communication towers was approved unanimously.  City development coordinator Brian Wilke gave some introductory comments about the item, and then Ray Arbet, public works director for Kenosha County, also spoke.  On August 9th, the City Plan Commission gave their approval as well.  See the related article:  City Plan Commission Approves Ordinance Change on Towers.  The Common Council will have to give its final approval.

The zoning ordinance currently regulates height and setbacks for communication towers via the conditional use permit process.  Generally speaking, communication (cellular) towers can vary from 100 feet to 150 feet in height.  Radio/television/relay towers can be constructed up to 300 feet in height.

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Tips to stay safe on Facebook

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:

Social networking is here to stay, so we had better learn how to harness and control its power.

In our previous article, we discussed the ways Facebook can be used to help fight crime, giving law enforcement a much-needed tool in locating and apprehending criminals.  Click here to read the previous article:  “Social Media Becoming an Increasingly Important Law Enforcement Tool.”

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Kenosha police seeking information on shooting incident

The Kenosha Police Department has issued the following update on the shooting incident from Friday, Aug. 10 that we first reported on here:
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City Plan Commission approves ordinance change on towers

At this evening’s City Plan Commission, a zoning ordinance change relating to public safety and communication towers was approved unanimously.  Ray Arbet, public works director for Kenosha County, spoke on the agenda item.

The current big orange tower is located on 60th Street and 56th Avenue.  “This is a key piece of the public safety network,” said Arbet.  It provides key radio equipment communications transmissions for the Kenosha Police Department, the Kenosha Fire Department, and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

An engineering study was done in December of last year, and the results were received in January, which showed that the tower has reached the end of its useful life, which is about 75 years, according to Arbet.  He said that they had to look for another piece of municipally-owned piece of property on which to build a new tower.  The site chosen was a few blocks west of the current tower, in Nash Park, abutting 60th Street. The height of the current tower is 295 feet, and the proposal calls for the new tower not to exceed 330 feet.  The added height is needed to boost the emergency communications for the three departments.

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Violent crime down in Kenosha halts beat patrol assistance from state

The Kenosha Police Department is facing a classic good news/bad news situation.

The good news: Violent crime is down, and the population is up.

The bad news: As a result of the good news, the Kenosha PD is no longer able to receive beat patrol funding it has been getting from the state.

Nevertheless, Mayor Keith Bosman said he is committed to finding a way to continue walking beat patrol with or without the state money.

“We will find a way to work through it,” Mayor Keith Bosman said in a press release.

Here’s the text of the entire statement from Bosman’s office:
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Charges filed against Joshua P. Braithwaite in death of Lashe Zalar

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Charges have been filed in Kenosha County Circuit Court against Joshua P. Braithwaite in the death of Lashe Zalar.

Zalar’s body was found in Nedweski Park on July 9 when Kenosha Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a brush fire there.

According to Circuit Court records, Braithwaite faces the following felony charges:

  • 1st Degree Intentional Homicide
  • 1st Degree Sexual Assault/Great Bodily Harm
  • Kidnapping/Seize or Confine w/o Consent

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Social media becoming an increasingly important law enforcement tool

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:

Facebook, love it or hate it, is a modern age law enforcement tool. It has become a large part of our everyday lives. We use it to connect with friends, meet people, network, and gather information about anything and everything. More than ever, police are “logging in” to catch criminals and solve crimes.

Facebook, and even Twitter, is about more than reconnecting with old friends. Detectives across the country are turning to social networking sites to piece together crimes and are asking citizens for help in locating suspects. Help make Kenosha a safer place by “liking” the Kenosha Police Department Facebook page.

“It’s a very useful tool,” says Kenosha Police Detective Matthew Hagen.
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Details of motorcycle accident released

Details of one of the motorcycle accidents that occurred early Sunday morning have been released.  Alcohol played a role in this accident.  According to a Kenosha Police Department report:

“At about 2:40 a.m., Cody J. Grno, 21, was found on the ground lying unconscious, but breathing, some 30 feet from his 2010 Harley-Davidson after he apparently went off the roadway, struck two bushes, a fence post and a utility pole before coming to rest on a sidewalk in the 1600 block of 56th Street.

Kenosha Fire Department paramedics transported Grno to Kenosha Medical Center.  From there, he was transferred to Froedtert Hospital, in Milwaukee.

Grno apparently called a cousin, asking to be picked up from a tavern in the 1700 block of 52nd Street.  The cousin told police he drove Grno around to let him “sober up,” but Grno had him drive him back to the bar to get his motorcycle.  The cousin reportedly urged Grno repeatedly not to drive, but Grno only agreed to be followed home.  Grno allegedly accelerated at high speed, blew stop signs and disregarded flashing red traffic lights, and the cousin quickly lost sight of him.  He only saw Grno again after following a police squad car to the scene of the wreck.

Grno was cited for operating while intoxicated.  No other vehicles were involved, and nobody else was reported injured.”

The medical condition, nature and extent of injuries incurred by Grno, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, remain unavailable this morning.  If an update is received, it will be updated here.  Check back for more details.

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Police Explorer Post hosting spaghetti dinner today 4 to 8 p.m.

Spaghetti sound good for dinner tonight?

You’re in luck! Kenosha Police Explorer Post 509 is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner today, April 28th, to raise funds to support the Police Explorer Post.

The dinner is being held at Lamb of God Lutheran Church at 8411 Old Greenbay Road, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The cost is $7 per person and includes spaghetti, salad, and drink.

Body found along lakefront identified, report says

A body found along the Kenosha lakeshore Wednesday has been identified by Kenosha Police as Bradley M. Evans, 37, is reporting.

CPTED — Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

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:

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:

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Police chief gives Optimist Club rundown on local crime, other department activities

Police Chief John Morrissey.

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:

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Contractors can protect against construction site theft

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:

As copper and other metals continue to rise in price, so does construction site theft. Metals are only one area of concern according to former new home builder, Rob Wikstrom of Anstrom Developers. “Wire, copper, and tools are favorite targets of thieves.  I once had someone break into a house while it was under construction and steal the compressor right out of the basement.”

Construction site theft is literally a big business. Industry experts estimate annual losses at roughly $1 billion. Contractors, equipment dealers, insurance companies, home owners, and employees all suffer when job sites are vandalized or equipment and materials are stolen.

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Maintaining quality of life in rental property

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:

Landlords and property managers can help raise the quality of life in rental communities by attending a free Crime-Free Multi-Housing seminar facilitated by the Kenosha Police Department. Reservations are now being taken for the March 24, 2012, seminar. To reserve a space, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 657-3937, or email at

From single family homes to multi-family buildings, the Crime-Free Multi-Housing initiative will help reduce crime and calls for service while creating a safer atmosphere for tenants and the surrounding neighborhood.

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Deputies catch attempted carjackers in Somers

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Sheriff’s deputies this morning arrested two suspects who allegedly attempted to carjack a Somers resident’s vehicle.

From a press release issued this afternoon:

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Keep safety in mind while out walking

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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:

“Horrifying” was how Patty described the assault.

On a cold dark January night, Patty put on her warmest winter coat, slapped on a set of earmuffs, and left the restaurant where she worked. Walking home alone, she took the same route she had taken for years. She only lived six blocks from the restaurant and felt safe. It was a nice neighborhood – the street lights all worked and a few homes still displayed Christmas decorations.

Once outside, Patty made a cellphone call to her best friend as she crossed the street. Further up the sidewalk, Patty passed by a tall row of hedges. Absorbed in her phone conversation, she did not notice the pair of hands reaching out from behind the shrubbery. Unknown to Patty, a man from the restaurant had been watching her for months and determined she was an easy mark. She was always on her cellphone and did not pay attention to her surroundings. The ponytail she wore, which he used as a handle, made nabbing her that much easier.

Fortunately, this true story has a happy ending. Patty did not give up without a fight. While trying to prevent from being raped, Patty’s winter coat unzipped and she was able to struggle free, leaving the suspect with only her coat.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland can be fun as long as you keep one thing in mind at all times – YOUR SAFETY! Here are some tips:

T’was the Night of the Break-In

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:

With the holidays fast approaching and 2011 soon coming to an end, we thought we would write a special safety article for the season. Together with Officer Friendly, Dennis Walsh, we wrote this poem based on “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” We hope you enjoy it. Have a safe and happy holiday season.


T’was the Night of the Break-In 

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Keep your little monsters safe on Halloween

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:

Don’t take candy from strangers! Oh, except on Halloween, of course.

Are we confusing our children? Not if we take the time to communicate with them and explain why, one day every year, there is an exception to this safety rule.

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From the Kenosha PD: Help SeeClickFix to a better Kenosha

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:

Imagine a city in which every citizen was empowered with the ability to play an active role in their neighborhood, working hand in hand with local authorities and government officials to improve the quality of life for all residents. In Kenosha, citizens have more than one way to make this a reality. To compliment Kenosha’s Neighborhood Watch program, citizens now have a new tool which allows the reporting of blight via the internet. The SeeClickFix site is a web tool that allows citizens to report non-emergency neighborhood issues such as graffiti, potholes, and non-working streetlights. This tool, accessible by many cell phones, is a form of community activism and centers around a web-based map that displays all user comments, including photographs and suggested resolutions.

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