At 9:13 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash involving a vehicle and a train at Highway A and the Canadian Pacific, in Somers.
Crash was reported by the train crew. Train was estimated to be traveling between 75 to 80 mph at time of impact.
UPDATE 9:24 p.m. — Deputy blocking westbound traffic on Highway A at Highway EA.
UPDATE 11:43 p.m. — From the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department:
On 12-20-12 at 2110 hrs Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 8000 block of CTH A /7th St with Somers Fire and Rescue in the Town of Somers for a crash involving an Amtrak train and a Jeep Cherokee. Initial reports indicate that a Jeep Cherokee was traveling eastbound on CTH A as the northbound train approached. The Jeep Cherokee did not initially slow or attempt to stop for the lights and crossing gates according to witnesses. When the Jeep did attempt to stop it was too late. The vehicle slid on the snow covered and slippery road about 150 feet off the road, through the ditch and up onto the train tracks. The driver was the only occupant of the Jeep. The driver was fatally injured in the crash. The driver’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members. There were 89 passengers on the train with three crew members. No one on the train reported any injury. Buses were brought in to remove the passengers. The train was heading from Chicago to Milwaukee. Other Amtrak service is being disrupted by this crash for at least a few hours.
State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) said that she has received her committee chairmanship assignments for the upcoming legislative session. Kerkman will serve as Assembly Co-Chair of the Joint Audit Committee and Vice-Chair of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. The 2013-2014 legislative session will mark Kerkman’s seventh term in the State Assembly and as a member of both the Joint Audit and Ways and Means Committees.
Kerkman’s district includes Western Kenosha County, except for Wheatland, along with much of Pleasant Prairie and part of Somers.
“I look forward to continuing to lead the Joint Audit Committee as we work to ensure efficiency in state government spending and operations,” said Kerkman.
The Somers Fire Department, 7511 – 12th Street, Somers, and the Exploring Division of the Three Harbors Council will be sponsoring a city-wide open house on Wednesday, December 5th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This event is for teenagers from 14 to 20 years old interested in a career in fire and rescue services. Exploring is a unique career discovery program for young men and women. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in this field. Students will get a hands-on experience that will help them to determine whether or not this particular career field is right for them. Students will develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in the fire service and get to know other teenagers and young adults sharing the same interests and aspirations.
Exploring can be the first step in identifying career possibilities, while having fun in an exciting and educational environment.
At about 12:20 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways A and Y, in Somers.
Today, the Transit Department held two public hearings on the proposed bus fare increases. Only nine people attended the morning session, and three people attended the evening session. Most of the dialogue exchange discussed in this article happened at the morning session. Check our previous article for details on the proposed fare increases: Public Hearings on Bus Fare Increase.
Ron Iwen, transit director, said that no route changes are planned, just the rate increases. They are also proposing leaving the Saturday service the same as it is now. Currently, four buses run on Saturday. Iwen stated that the department experienced a loss of funding from the state last year.
At 1:28 p.m., Somers Rescue is responding to a medical call at Shoreland Lutheran High School, in Somers.
The Kenosha County Specialized Response Team’s Hazardous Materials Division is inviting the public to an open house to showcase the equipment used to provide Haz Mat Services. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 8th, at the Somers Fire Station #1, 7511 – 12th Street, in Somers.
Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser and County Sheriff David Beth will join the KCSRT Haz Mat Team Coordinator Mark Niederer and the Kenosha County Chiefs and Captains Group for the open house.
“This is an opportunity for people to see the equipment used to respond to hazardous materials events in the city and county of Kenosha,” said Niederer, an officer with Bristol Fire and Rescue. “We would like to demonstrate the preparedness of the KCSRT Haz Mat Team.”
For more information about the open house, please contact Niederer at the Bristol Fire Department, (262) 857-2711.
As of about 9:30 a.m., the Division of Emergency Management of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Center is reporting no property damage or evacuation requests related to wind and high waves on Lake Michigan this morning.
Also, the Kenosha Police Department is reporting that the Coast Guard has closed the north pier at Kenosha’s lakefront.
VFW Post 2751 in Somers dedicated their Veteran’s Memorial, recently constructed behind the Somer’s Municipal building, at a ceremony Saturday
The memorial cost bout $60,000 for three pavilions and concrete work. The post will take care of the flags at the memorial while the rest of the facility has been turned over to the town. The post conducted many fundraisers to pay for the memorial.
People can rent the pavilions. A now empty concrete pad is expected to one day have some sort of armament display. There also are trees yet to be planted.
The post retains rights to the site for Memorial Day and Veterans Day services.
Here are some more photos from the ceremony from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick:
Vice President Joe Biden was campaigning Friday in Oshkosh and then in Somers at UW-Parkside.
Between the two appearances, he also had time for a quick stop at Mars Cheese Castle in Paris, specifically.
Here’s coverage of the UW-Parkside speech from WLS-TV.
At about 12:43 p.m., Somers Fire Department units are responding to a report of a burning violation in the 4400 block of 12th Street, in Somers.
UPDATE 12:48 p.m. — Deputy on the scene reports to dispatch that fire is a controlled burn.
Javier Garcia, 52, of Kenosha, has been charged in Kenosha County Circuit Court with 1st degree intentional homicide in connection with the death of Lisa Mezera in August.
Mezera, 26, of Kenosha, was found dead in a Somers cemetery on August 19th.
Garcia was held in the Kenosha County Jail since August 20th. He was able to be held in custody on probation and parole violations.
KenoWi does not identify suspects until they have been formally charged. According to a Sheriff’s Department statement, the suspect was a known associate of the victim, Lisa Mezera. The suspect, a 52-year-old man from Kenosha, has been in custody since August 20th, the day after the discovery of the victim’s body. He was able to be held in custody on probation and parole violations.
At about 9:55 a.m., units from Kenosha Fire Department, Paris Fire and Rescue, Bristol Fire and Rescue, and Somers Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of a crash on I-94, southbound lanes south of Highway 158.
At about 7:40 a.m., Somers Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash in the 1000 block of Sheridan Road, in Somers.