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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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Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off 2012 coverage

The smell of pizza filled the air at the Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off Sunday evening at the UAW Local 72 headquarters, Kenosha.

Proceeds from the event benefited the club and the Octagon Club at Tremper High School, both of whom support youth programs in Kenosha. Attendees sampled pizzas served from different vendors and voted for their favorite. There also was a panel of celebrity judges that selected a winner in two specialty pizza categories — one for chain restaurants and one for local restaurants. This year’s panel — with a chief theme — was made up of Chief Executive Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha Wally Graffen, Sheriff David Beth, Kenosha Chief Of Police John Morrissey, Kenosha Fire Chief John Thomsen, Pleasant Prairie Chief of Fire and Rescue Chief Doug McElmury, and “Chief DJ,” Bill Lawrence.

There also was a silent auction area, 50/50 raffle, live entertainment, and visits from Miss Kenosha, Rebbeca Gaertner, and the Brewers’ Mascots, the Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages.

Participating restaurants, which donated all of their food, were:

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Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off is Feb. 26

A scene from last year's Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club Pizza Bake-Off.

The Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the UAW Local 72 Headquarters, 3615 Washington Road (handicapped accessible).

At the Great Kenosha Pizza Bake- Off, you can sample over 40 pizzas served from local establishments and vote for your favorite tasting pizza to win the “People’s Choice Awards!”  That’s right; you help pick the winners.

Generous Pizza Bakers donating and serving their delicious creations at this year’s event are:  Baker Street, The Brat Stop, Carl’s Pizza West, Charcoal Grill, Jimano’s, Luigi’s, Nick N Willy’s, Papa Murphy’s, Pazzo, Rocky Rococo, Tenuta’s, Toppers and Valeo’s.

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Traffic crashes down because tickets are up, chief tells service club


Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey says he is not big on crime stats. They’re just numbers, he says.

And in general Kenosha’s crime numbers are going in the right direction — down, he said Thursday.

But the most dramatic decrease in the city’s police related numbers is traffic accidents, Morrissey told a meeting of the Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club.

Traffic crashes last year were down 32 percent over the year before, Morrissey said.

One reason, Morrissey said, is that another number was up — traffic citations.

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Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off coverage


The Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club’s annual Great Kenosha Pizza Bake-Off took place Sunday evening at the UAW Local 72 headquarters, 3615 Washington Road, Kenosha.

Proceeds from the event benefited the club and the Octagon Club at Tremper High School.

Attendees sampled pizzas served from different vendors and voted for their favorite.  There also was a  panel of celebrity judges that selected a winner in two specialty pizza categories — one for chain restaurants and one for local restaurants. The panel was made up of Chef Tony Mantuano of Kenosha’s Mangia, Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman, state Rep. John Steinbrink, Boys and Girl Club of Kenosha President Wally Graffen and WLIP Radio Personality Bill Lawrence.

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