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KYF meeting report

KYF 006_optYesterday, Alderperson Chris Schwartz, from the 2nd district, hosted a meeting at the Kenosha Public Museum, for the developer and architect of a proposed apartment project in the former Kenosha Youth Foundation (KYF) building, 720 – 59th Place.  David Nankin, developer and owner, and architect, Tom O’Connell, made their presentation and answered questions from the group of roughly 50 people.

Nankin and O’Connell brought renderings of their concept plan:

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Neighborhood Watch programs bring safety to communities

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:

“It works!” was the most common answer given by Neighborhood Watch (NW)  participants when asked why people of Kenosha should start an NW program in their neighborhoods.

“It’s also fun,” said Angie Howard, NW block captain.  “When our group gets together, it’s like having a party.  We have become such great friends.  Not only have we learned how to keep ourselves safe, but I now have another group of friends.”

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A Christmas poem to keep you safe

Twas the NightThis 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 2012 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

T’was the night of the break-in, I again case your house.
I had cased it for weeks, quiet like a mouse.
There were no lights on, you had no alarm.
You made it so easy for me to do harm.
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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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Neighborhood Watch Christmas video

The Kenosha Police crime prevention officers, Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis, have published a new Christmas video.  Click below to watch it:

This should get you into the Christmas spirit!

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 meeting

On Thursday, October 25th, Alderperson of the 2nd district, Chris Schwartz, will host a public safety meeting at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 1330 – 52nd Street, in Kenosha.  It will start at 6:30 pm.  The meeting will target Frank Elementary School and the Columbus Park area, but all are welcome.

The focus will be on neighborhood safety and non-owner-occupied properties.  However, residents are encouraged to speak on any issue, concern, or idea.

The Kenosha Crime Prevention officers and a Kenosha Police Department representative will address issues and concerns.

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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Neighborhood town hall meeting at McKinley

Tonight, Alderperson Scott Gordon (11th district) hosted a neighborhood town hall community meeting at the McKinley Grade School, 5520 – 32nd Avenue.  Present were:  Gordon, Senator Bob Wirch, County Board Supervisors Ron Frederick and Boyd Frederick, the city of Kenosha’s public works director Michael Lemens, deputy city attorney Matt Knight, Kenosha Police Captain Eric Larsen, Kenosha Police Sgt. Brent Sagedal, crime prevention officer Jeff Wamboldt, and gang prevention officer Aaron Dilhoff.

Gordon introduced those he invited to the group of about thirty citizens.  “They’ll answer questions about anything.  We will not leave here until every question is answered.”  He informed the group that the city’s budget was released on Monday, as well as the city’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).  He had copies available for review.  “There’s a 2.2% levy included in the current budget proposal, which translates to a $30/home, 60 cents a week increase in taxes.  This budget includes no cuts in police, fire, or emergency medical services.  This is very important.”  He also gave a construction update:  they are going to start paving tomorrow.

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17th district meeting

Alderperson David Bogdala has announced a 17th district neighborhood meeting to be held on Thursday, September 20th, at 7pm. The meeting will take place at Nash Elementary School at 6801 – 99th Avenue, in Kenosha.

Discussion topics will include:  a review of 2012, priorities for 2013, on-going projects, new Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) maps, and a Kenosha police update.  Crime prevention officer Jeff Wamboldt will be in attendance. 

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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McKinley crime prevention meeting

From left to right, Kenosha dispatch supervisor Josh Nielsen, director of joint services Thomas Genthner, crime prevention officer Ron Francis, alderperson of the 11th district, Scott Gordon, and crime prevention officer Jeff Wamboldt.

About thirty people were in attendance at tonight’s Neighborhood Watch meeting for the McKinley area.  Scott Gordon, the alderperson for the district, hosted the meeting at the Harbor Manufacturing Company, 2012 – 52nd Street.  Kenosha crime prevention officers Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis were in attendance, as well as two other alderpersons, Curt Wilson (13th district), and Patrick Juliana (7th district), to show their support.  “We want to make Kenosha a safe place to live,” said Wamboldt.

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Another public safety meeting

Public safety concerns will be addressed during a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Pete’s Place, 4820 Eighth Avenue.  Initiated by the Union Park Neighborhood Watch Program, attendance will include an officer from the Crime Prevention Unit and alderpersons Eric Haugaard (1st district) and Chris Schwartz (2nd district).

Residents and business owners from the first and second districts are encouraged to attend.  However, all are welcome.

For more information, call Chris Schwartz at (262) 620-3727, or visit


Lincoln crime prevention meeting

From left to right, Alderperson David Bogdala, Deputy Chief of Police Daniel Miskinis, Aaron Dilhoff, a gang prevention officer, Alderperson Jan Michalski, Crime Prevention Officer Jeff Wamboldt, Alderperson Kevin Mathewson, and Alderperson Steve Bostrom.

Almost 100 people were in attendance at tonight’s crime prevention meeting hosted by Alderperson Kevin Mathewson, representative for the 8th district.  Alderpersons Steve Bostrom (12th district) and Jan Michalski (3rd district) co-sponsored the meeting.  Residents of these three districts were encouraged to attend, but all Kenosha residents were invited.  The meeting was organized to discuss public safety in the Uptown area, and it was held at the Lincoln Park Building, in Kenosha.  Other alderpersons present at the meeting were David Bogdala, Rocco LaMacchia, and G. John Ruffolo.

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Neighborhood Watch meeting set for McKinley school area

Scott Gordon, Alderperson of the 11th District

Scott Gordon, alderperson of the 11th district, has organized an important meeting for the residents of 31st, 32nd, 33rd, and 34th Avenues to begin the implementation of several block watches in the McKinley School area.  The Kenosha Police Crime Prevention Officers (Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis) will be there to organize and address your concerns and questions.

The meeting will take place next Tuesday, August 28, at 6:00 pm.  The meeting is going to be held at the Harbor Manufacturing Company located at 2012 – 52nd Street.  Parking is available in the rear lot of the old Piasecki Funeral Home.

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Neighborhood Watch walk-around

Scott Gordon, Alderperson of the 11th District, hosted a Neighborhood Watch walk around the McKinley neighborhood last night.  The group met in the McKinley Elementary School playground on 33rd Avenue at 7:00 pm.  The purpose of the gathering was to promote the formation of several neighborhood watch block groups.  The residents of the area wanted to send a clear message that they will not tolerate criminal activity in their area. Their ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life and make the area a safer place to raise a family.  Present were the two Kenosha Police Department crime prevention officers, Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis.

Gordon opened the meeting with the following words:

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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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Neighborhood Watch program meeting not well attended

Only two residents of the 7th District showed up at the Neighborhood Watch Program meeting held last night at the Boys & Girls Club on 52nd Street.  Alderperson Patrick Juliana attributed the low attendance to the fact that the district has a very high transient rate.  Even though the percentage of home ownership has increased every year for the last four years in the district, most people don’t want to get involved.  Other reasons given for non-participation were:  1) Because they are doing illegal acts; 2) Because they feel intimidated; and 3) Because they are afraid of retribution.

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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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Alderperson Anthony Nudo hosted listening session

A small group of eleven people attended Alderperson Anthony Nudo’s listening session earlier tonight, which was held in the gymnasium of McKinley Elementary School.  Possibly the weather had something to do with the low turnout.  Present were crime prevention officers Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis, and Neighborhood Watch block captain Dino Marchesini.

Francis told the group that there are 160 neighborhood watch groups in the city of Kenosha.  Three components of a neighborhood watch are:

  1. Look out for each other;

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