Police/Fire

David Smetana is new Pleasant Prairie Police chief

David-SmetanaDavid Smetana has been selected as the new chief of the Pleasant Prairie Police Department, the village announced in a statement today.

Smetana, most recently with the Racine Police Department, was the choice from a field of 34 applicants. He is reporting for duty today.

Here is the rest of the statement:

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Kenosha home damaged by fire this morning

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/Earlene Frederick photo

A Kenosha home was damaged by fire early this morning.

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Units responding to report of smoke from garage

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At 3:30 p.m, Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of smoke coming from a garage in the 5000 block of Pershing Road in Kenosha.

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Police chief says crime stats up

Kenosha-Police-Dept-Badge-Logo-webAt this morning’s Police and Fire Commission meeting, Police Chief John Morrissey talked about the 2o12 crime statistics.  He provided some unaudited numbers.  There were 111,177 calls for service last year, compared to 107,114 in 2011.  Arrests were up slightly, from 10,592 in 2011, to 10,662 in 2012.  Traffic citations went from 15,873 in 2011, to 17,387 in 2012.

The Community Service Officer (CSO) program, a new program in 2012, had no 2011 statistics for comparison.  The CSO calls for service totaled 6,706.  CSO court citations were 309, and CSO trap calls totaled 809.

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Units responding to rollover crash on Highway G

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At about 7:11 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a rollover crash in the 2000 block of Highway G (30th Avenue), in Kenosha.

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Fire in Pleasant Prairie damages home and sends two to hospital

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/Earlene Frederick photo

The Pleasant Prairie Fire Department released the following statement regarding a house fire on 39th Avenue this morning:
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Units responding to car vs. building

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At 4:34 p.m., units from Kenosha Fire Department and city police are responding to a report of a car striking a building in the 2900 block of 75th Street, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash in Pleasant Prairie

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At about 8:40 a.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units and a village police officers are responding to a report of a crash at Springbrook Road and 104th Street in Pleasant Prairie.

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Units responding to dumpster fire in Kenosha

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At 9:51 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a dumpster fire in the 1400 block of 60th Street, in Kenosha.
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Units responding to car vs. pedestrian crash in Kenosha

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At 5:20 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to 60th Street and 20th Avenue, in Kenosha, for a report of a car versus pedestrian crash.

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Tree branches down on Highway H

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At about 9:24 p.m., a Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy is reporting tree branches down on Highway H near Highway L, in Somers.

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Units responding to crash at Green Bay and 52nd St

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At 9:11 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash at 52nd Street and Green Bay Road in kenosha.

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Units responding to report of porch fire in Kenosha

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Photo by kconnors with morgueFile.com

At 8:48 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a porch fire in the 1700 block of 74th Street, in Kenosha.

UPDATE 8:49 p.m. — Police officers report fire is mostly out, dispatch reports.

UPDATE 8:52 p.m. — Most units are clearing the scene.

UPDATE 8:57 p.m. — Command terminated.

Units responding to crash at Washington Road and 39th Avenue

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At about 3:55 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash at Washington Road and 39th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash in Kenosha

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At about 9:45 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy is responding to a report of a crash at 52nd Street and 35th Avenue.

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Units responding to crash on Green Bay Road

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At 1:16 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units and village police officers are responding to a report of a crash at 95th Street and Green Bay Road.

UPDATE 1:19 p.m. — One person reporting chest pain. Air bag deployed.

Units responding to semi-truck on fire

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/Sam Abel photo

At 3:30 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a semi on fire in the 2800 block of West Frontage Road.  The fire is underneath the truck.

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Neighborhood Watch programs bring safety to communities

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This is the latest in a series of articles that will regularly appear on KenoWi.com 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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Units responding to report of gas line leak in Kenosha

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At 7:42 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a gas main leak  in the 6800 block of 24th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash in Kenosha

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At about 10:02 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash in the 1500 block of 22nd Avenue, in Kenosha.

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KPD communications equipment

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At Monday’s Board of Water Commissioners meeting, authorization was given to allow Kenosha County to install 4.9 GHz communications equipment on two Kenosha Water Utility elevated tanks that currently have city of Kenosha Police Department (KPD) communications equipment for a trial period not to exceed six months.

Ed St. Peter, general manager of Kenosha’s Water Utility, showed the piece of equipment that would hang in the tanks.  One of thentanks is the 60th Street tower, the 300-foot tower.  “Right now,” he said, “we are in negotiations.  We’re re-looking at the agreement being modified.”

One of the 4.9 GHz units would be used by the Sheriff’s Department, the KPD and the Kenosha Fire Department, and for other county public safety uses.  The other is a 2.8 GHz unit which is owed by the county and leased to a company called Higher Communication, offering broadband access.  This is a commercial venture.  The county is leasing the equipment to them.

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Rollover crash in Kenosha injures two

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/Earlene Frederick photo

A van rollover crash this morning left two people injured.

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Man found dead on northside identified

The man found dead on Kenosha’s northside Wednesday has been identified by police as David A. Sipes of Kenosha.

From the official Police Department statement:

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Units responding to crash in Somers

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At 8:20 a.m., Somers Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways G and KR, in Somers.

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Man’s body found in retention basin on Kenosha northside

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/Earlene Frederick photo

Kenosha Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the body of a man found dead today on Kenosha’s north side.

From the Kenosha Police Department press release:
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UPDATE: Hoarding conditions contributed to Sheridan Road fire’s severity

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/Earlene Frederick photo

What a fire official called “hoarding conditions” contributed to the severity of a fire in a home on Sheridan Road Tuesday as well as made it difficult to fight.

From a briefing Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter gave to the media at the scene:

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Units responding to crash at 52nd Street and 30th Avenue, Kenosha

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At about 11:55 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash at 52nd Street and 30th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to smoke in residence on Sheridan Road in Kenosha

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At 11:26 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and police officers are responding to a report of smoke in a residence in the 7400 block of Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to fire in apartment

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At 10:40 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a fire in an apartment in the 4000 block of University Drive, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash on I-94

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 11:24 a.m., Paris Fire and Rescue is responding to a crash in the southbound lanes of I-94 at about Highway E.

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