Units responding to report of trauma at Eighth Avenue and 59th Place, Kenosha

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At 8:14 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a trauma with injury at the intersection of 59th Place and Eighth Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to fire alarms at Public Safety Building

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At 8 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a fire alarm in the Public Safety Building, 1000 – 55th Street, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash in Kenosha

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At about 7:21 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department and city police are responding to a report of a crash in the 4400 block of 5th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Common Council approves resolution to find lender for HOME Program

A topic on both the Finance Committee and Common Council agendas last night was the issue of the extension of the city-wide housing rehabilitation loan program (H.E.L.P.).

With the consummated sale of the American Motors Community Credit Union (AMCCU) to TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union (TFFCU) on August 1st, it is the city’s hope that Truestone take over the administration of the loans through this program.  AMCCU was also administering the loans through the Tax Incremental District (TID) Rehabilitation Loan Program.  AMCCU was the administrator of both of these programs until it ran into financial difficulties.

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Gathering of solidarity for Sikhs held in Kenosha

Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH) hosted a local interfaith gathering of solidarity at noon Monday in reaction to the shootings Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

The gathering was held at the Kenosha Civic Center Park (across from the Kenosha County Courthouse, Sheridan Road at 56th Street).

Here is video by Mike Gordon of the gathering, which featured comments from several local faith leaders:

Finance Committee conducts mid-year budget review

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At last night’s Finance Committee meeting, city administrator Frank Pacetti gave a presentation on the city’s budget.  He said the city finds itself about $1 million under expense projections for the first half of the year.  The city’s approved budget for 2012 was $70.8 million.  Pacetti did say that “the city expects to be at the projected budget amount at the end of the year.  Where we are does not mean that we will be $2 million under budget at the end of the year,” he said.

Carol Stancato, finance director, said that the city was under budget in personal services, material and supplies, and contractual expenses.  There are eight budgeted positions that are still vacant.

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“National Night Out” event tomorrow night

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The annual “National Night Out” event will take place tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 7th, at the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, located at 1330 – 52nd Street, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

This event is used by the Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services Gang Prevention Department to educate families about gang and crime prevention, and other important topics.

The event offers free food, games, prizes, and goodie bags for children.  Featured entertainment includes The Big Balloon Tycoon, Ventriloquism on the Move with Mike and Woody, the Kenosha Academy of Dance, and a Tae Kwon Do demonstration.

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Units responding to crash in Kenosha

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At about 10:13 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a crash in the 5000 block of 30th Avenue in Kenosha.

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Kenosha interfaith response to Oak Creek shooting

Since we are all shocked and saddened by the tragic mass shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek this morning, the Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH) will host a local interfaith gathering of solidarity at noon tomorrow, Monday, August 6.  The gathering will be held at the Kenosha Civic Center Park (across from the Kenosha County Court House, Sheridan Road at 56th Street).  Those who wish to make a statement on behalf of their congregation or faith group, may do so.  They wish to start promptly at noon, so please gather 10 – 15 minutes in advance.

St. Peter’s Church festival ends tonight at 9 pm

The St. Peter’s Church Family Festival has been going on all weekend. They’re located at 2224 – 30th Avenue.

On Friday, there was a fish fry and classic car show.  The Doo-Wop Daddies (50’s-60’s band) was the entertainment.  All foods, kids’ games, 5/$1 booth, silent auction, main raffle booth, beer tent, and showtime were open.  Yesterday, 3-D (a three-man acoustic band), and another band, Exhibit A, performed.  A polka mass was held at 5:00 pm.

Today, the festival started at noon.  There was also a polka mass at 11:30 am.  A chicken dinner was served until 4:00 pm.  There is a dunk tank and some bouncy houses for the kids.  Mike from Jamm Entertainment is doing karaoke until 9:00 pm tonight.  The 5/$1 special raffle goes on until 8:45 pm.  The main raffle for a car, vacation, and motorized bike will be held at 9:00 pm.

You still have time to stop out and have some family fun.  All are welcome!



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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Van takes out pole and signal in Kenosha crash

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A van early this morning sheared off a utility pole and took out a traffic signal too in Kenosha.

The crash occurred at about 3 a.m. just south of 27th Street on 22nd Avenue.

Tree knocks down wires near cemetery

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A tree fell out of Greenridge Cemetery onto wires running along Seventh Avenue early this morning.

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Chase ends with crash into house in Kenosha

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A chase of a suspect by Kenosha police ended up with a car running into a house in the 6500 block of 32nd Avenue last night.

The house had some damage, but not extensive. No people were injured in the house, or among the suspects or officers.

Units responding to crash between child and car in Kenosha

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At 8:29 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and police officers are responding to a report of a car running over a child in the 4600 block of 20th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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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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McKinley School area walkaround planned

Residents of 31st, 32nd, 33rd, and 34th Avenues between 52nd and 60th Streets have been invited to attend a neighborhood walk-around on Friday, August 10th, at 7 pm.  They will meet at the McKinley Elementary School Playground, on 33rd Avenue.  Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights and wear light-colored clothing.

On Thursday, July 19th, an organizational meeting was held at the Boys and Girls Club for the formation of neighborhood watches in the McKinley School area.  The turnout was impressive, and a clear message was sent that the residents of the area are ready, willing, and able to form several watches in the neighborhood.

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Upcoming baseball events

The Kenosha Public Museum is celebrating America’s favorite past time — baseball — with three free events from Friday, August 10th, through Sunday, August 12th.

Meet Joyce Westerman, Kenosha baseball hero from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), at 6:30 pm on Friday, August 10th.  Eighty-six year old Kenosha native, Joyce Westerman played for eight years in the AAGPBL.  Her biography, “Joyce Westerman:  Baseball Hero,” was recently published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.  Join Joyce and her biographer, Bob Kann, as they share Joyce’s story about a Wisconsin farm girl who became a pioneer in women’s sports.  Learn about Joyce’s life growing up during the Depression, working at Nash Motors, playing professional baseball, and more.  Joyce’s can-do attitude in sports and life are guaranteed to inspire.  Westerman’s book is available for purchase at both the Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum gift shops.

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Kenosha Police recommend a charge of homicide for suspect in Nedweski Park death

Kenosha Police are recommending a charge of  first degree intentional homicide for a 21-year-old man in connection with 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.

The suspect has not been formally charged yet. KenoWi does not typically name a person in connection with a charge until they have been formally charged.

The new development was included in a statement released by Chief John Morrissey this evening.

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Pike River Rendezvous this weekend

The Kenosha Public Museums presents the annual Pike River Rendezvous this weekend, Friday, August 3rd, through Sunday, August 5th.

More than 300 re-enactors will be encamped on Simmons Island Park (5001 – 4th Avenue, in Kenosha) for a historic recreation of the time when Native Americans and fur traders gathered to exchange goods and services. Talk with costumed re-enactors about life at a rendezvous, learn through craft and trades demonstrations, and watch juggling, musical acts, and pirate battles on the beach. Plus the family activities area will be open Saturday and Sunday. Children of all ages can play period games and make arrowhead or bear claw necklaces and corn husk dolls. Period foods and souvenirs will be available for purchase.

Rendezvous hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.

Units responding to porch fire

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At 9:26 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a porch on fire in the 3500 block of 14th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash on I-94 south of Highway 50

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At 9:14 p.m., sheriff’s deputies and units from Kenosha Fire Department, Bristol Fire and Rescue, Somers Fire and Rescue, Paris Fire Department, and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of a crash involving a car and a semi-tractor trailer in the southbound lanes of I-94, just south of Highway 50.

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Status updates on parks projects

Yesterday afternoon, the Kenosha Board of Park commissioners met.  Status updates on several city parks projects were given at the meeting.

Shelley Billingsley, engineering director, gave a status update on the lakefront water feature.  Camosy Construction experienced a delay in a manufacturing shipment; the shipments were broken into two.  The underground material will be coming first, then the features.  The last manifold for the underground work will be arriving this week.  Then, they will be pouring the foundation of the seawall between the walking path and the splash pad.  They had to move a conduit line.  The remainder of the concrete should be finished in the next couple of weeks.  The projected ending date is late August/early September.

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Special licensing meeting reviews demerit point system

A special meeting was held after the regular Licensing/Permit Committee meeting last night to discuss Chapter 10 of the Code of General Ordinances for the city of Kenosha.  This chapter has to do with alcoholic beverages.  If you’d like to review this chapter for yourself, click here:  Chapter 10 – Alcoholic Beverages.

Chairman Jesse Downing stated that the purpose of this meeting was to seek the input of both the public and the commissioners on the topic of revamping the city’s demerit point system.  Public comments were then solicited.  Shirley Wylie, owner of Clay’s Tavern, made comments having to do with minors. She didn’t believe that minors should be ticketed for both loitering and underage drinking.  Kerry Raymond, owner of Sir Arthur’s Beer Gardens, stated, “I believe the whole point system should be scrapped.  It’s a penalty, but we’ve been told that it merely tracks a business’ progress.  That’s the biggest problem.  Even if my ticket drops, the points are still there.”

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Two public safety issues

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Two discussion items were on tonight’s Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting agenda.  The first had to do with the crosswalks at Bullen Middle School, 2804 – 39th Avenue.  Kim Fischer, principal of the school, was present and spoke on behalf of the school’s concern over speeding traffic north of the school now that 39th Avenue has been opened.

There was an accident there about six weeks ago, according to Kenosha police deputy captain Daniel Miskinis.  Alderperson Anthony Kennedy brought this issue to the agenda based on the good work this committee did last year with Lance Middle School.  Chairman Rocco LaMacchia recalled the pedestrian warning signs that were placed in the middle of 80th Street, which helped slow down the traffic going through that area.

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Units responding to alarm at courthouse

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At 8:59 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a fire alarm at the Kenosha County Courthouse, 912 56th Street, in Kenosha.

First fire units on scene report no signs of fire showing.

All remaining municipal burning bans lifted

Municipalities throughout Kenosha County have lifted their ban on open burning, Pleasant Prairie Fire Chief Doug J. McElmury announced today on behalf of the Kenosha County Chiefs and Captains Association.

Conditions still call for extreme caution while burning, McElmury said in his statement.

People burning must comply with local municipal ordinances regarding open burning, McElmury said. Requirements for open burning vary by community, so contact your local fire department for details.

The City of Kenosha does not allow open burning; charcoal and gas grills are permitted.

Units responding to crash on 52nd St. in Kenosha

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At 5:27 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash in the 2300 block of 52nd Street, in Kenosha.

Dispatch reports that vehicles are now pulled over onto 24th Avenue.

Units investigating water main break

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At about 12:05 p.m., a Kenosha Police officer is investigating a report of a water main break at 82nd Street and 63rd Avenue in Kenosha.

Shirl’s vigil for Robbie Wilde

About seventy-five people gathered at Shirl’s Custard tonight to mark the third anniversary of the fatal robbery that took the life of the cook, 18-year-old Robbie Wilde.  Family and friends held candles in memory of the young man’s life that was so tragically cut short.