KenoWi to end publication

KenoWi.com is ceasing publication as of today, the local news website’s parent company, 2Hill Media LLC, has announced.

“While we have made great progress since KenoWi.com started in September of 2010, we have not been able to achieve the kind of results that would have allowed us to keep KenoWi.com going as a viable business,”said Darren Hillock, the site’s co-publisher. “We want to thank all of you who became regular readers of KenoWi over the last two plus years. We also want to thank our contributors — especially Margie Gentner and Earlene Frederick — for helping us publish an interesting and timely alternative news source about Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers. We also appreciate all of the community organizations and government representatives that kept us informed of their activities along the way and the many loyal readers who spread the word about KenoWi.com.

2Hill Media’s other local news website, westofthei.com, is unaffected by this announcement and will continue to cover Western Kenosha County.

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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Kenosha 2012 Dickens Celebration coverage

Dickens-Celebration-004-webThe Civil War Museum was the host of the Kenosha 2012 Dickens Celebration on Dec. 9, an event to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. The free event featured many different activities happening simultaneously, creating a family-friendly afternoon that appealed to both adults and children.

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Units responding to structure fire in Kenosha

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At about 4:05 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to the 4700 block of Sheridan Road in Kenosha for a a report of structure fire.

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Redevelopment authority meeting

On Tuesday afternoon, the Redevelopment Authority of the city of Kenosha met for a brief meeting to discuss several agenda items.  The first was the financial report for August 31, 2012.  It was received and filed.

The second item was the proposed $1/year lease for the private dumpster at 515 – 58th Street (DIG Kenosha, LLC).  Chairperson Katherine Marks’ signature is required on the lease, according to community development specialist,  Zohrab Khaligian.

The committee then discussed the 2013 Redevelopment Authority Plan and the proposed 2013 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).  In total, the request for funding is $1.25 million for the next three years, $1.7 million for the next five years.  The amount was amended from $425,000 to $400,000 for 2013 and $250,000 in the latter years.  Marks said that one more acquisition is planned for this year.  The Common Council must approve this request for funding.

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Kenosha Public Museum hosts flower show

This Saturday, September 15th, a judged flower show will be held at the Kenosha Public Museum from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Kenosha’s Four Seasons Garden Club will be hosting.  The museum is located at 5500 First Avenue.

Titled “Beatles in My Garden,” the show includes cut flower arrangements, table settings, and horticulture and educational exhibits.  All the entry classifications have themes/titles based on Beatles songs.

The event is free.


Severe thunderstorm warning issued

At 1:58 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for eastern Kenosha County.

The warning will be in effect until 3 p.m. The storm under observation is expected to Kenosha Airport around 2:20 p.m., Pleasant Prairie around 2:35 p.m. and downtown Kenosha around 2:50 p.m. At the time of the warning it was near Union Grove and moving southeast around 10 mph.

Kenosha County Fair opens Wednesday

Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a KenoWi.com sponsor. – DH

The 2012 Kenosha County Fair opens Wednesday.

The fair will take place this year from Aug. 15-19 at the fairgrounds in Wilmot adjacent to Wilmot Union High School. The theme this year is “What’s Bloomin at the Kenosha County Fair.” Daily admission is $9 for 12 years old and above. Ages 8 to 11 are $5 a day, and children 7 and under are free. A season ticket for adults is $30. Seniors 62 and older have daily admission of $6 on Wednesday only, Senior Citizens Day.

The fair is a truly something for everyone event. Animals, art, rides, music, racing, food and more. And it’s the ultimate all ages event, too.

Units responding to large grass fire in Pleasant Prairie

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At about 6:55 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire Department units are responding to a report of a large grass fire in the 8300 block of 82nd Street, in Pleasant Prairie.

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Power outage on Kenosha north side and Somers

Kenosha Joint Services Dispatch is reporting a wide spread power outage on Kenosha’s north side and in Somers as of about 1:20 p.m.

Some Kenosha Fire Department units were dispatched to a downed wire that was catching grass on fire, which may be related. Wire was near the Gateway Technical College Campus. No info on We Energies outage map yet.

UPDATE 1:32 p.m. — We Energies outage map now says over 3,700 customers affected. Cause under investigation.

UPDATE 1:54 p.m. — Cause now listed as We Energies equipment problem.

UPDATE 2:01 p.m. — We Energies now reporting large outage ended. Three small less than 5 customers a piece outages remain.

Police seeking info on thefts from vehicles in Pleasant Prairie

Pleasant Prairie Police have issued the following press release:

On Monday, June 25, thirteen (13) reports of thefts from vehicles were received. Callers reported that vehicles parked in residential driveways had been entered and items had been removed without the owners’ consent. The thefts occurred sometime between Sunday evening, June 24, and Monday morning, June 25, in the area surrounding Cooper Road south of 75th Street. Items taken included various electronic items, cash, and change. Pleasant Prairie Police are now investigating the incidents. Anyone with information related to this matter is asked to contact the Pleasant Prairie Police Department at (262) 694-7353, or the Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at (262) 656-7333.  Pleasant Prairie Police strongly encourage residents to remove valuables from their vehicles when leaving them unattended for any period of time.

Healthy People Kenosha County looking for help getting grant

Healthy People Kenosha County needs your help. The committee is currently applying for a grant through the Transform Wisconsin Fund. This transformation grant will look at mobilizing community resources to increase children and family access to and awareness of fun and safe places to be active, access to and education of healthy foods, access to smoke-free apartments to live in, and decrease access to tobacco products. The Healthy People Kenosha County committee members are encouraging everyone to go and vote for their project on the Transform WI website (www.transformwi.com). Voting counts for 5 points on the grant and will help guarantee that Kenosha County receives funding. Now is the time to get the word out and build community support for this important community initiative.

Kenosha Fire Department at fire on 20th Avenue, Kenosha

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Kenosha Fire Department units are on the scene of a fire in the 5700 block of 20th Avenue, in Kenosha, at about 5 p.m.

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A word from our sponsors: Family Night tonight at Wilmot Raceway

Note: Wilmot Raceway is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

It’s Family Night at the Wilmot Raceway tonight, May 19.

Adults are just $10, and all kids 11 & under are free. On track action starts at 6 pm.  Pit Gates open at 3 p.m., and Grandstand Gates 5 p.m.

Tonight’s program will feature the Don’s Auto Parts & Machine Service / Hoosier Tire Modifieds, the R.A. Adams Enterprises / Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, the Fec’s Place / Outlaw Race Parts Mini Sprints, the Massive Speed Pro 4’s and the Hawg Heaven Bandit 4’s.

Units responding to fire in downtown Kenosha

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UPDATED with photos from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick — DH

UPDATED 9:43 p.m. — Interior photos from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick — DH

At 1:32 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are on scene at a structure fire in the 300 block of 58th Street, Kenosha.

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Serious injuries in two separate motorcycle crashes

Kenosha Fire Department personnel and city police officers responded to two separate motorcycle crashes last night. (Click link below for photos from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick):

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Criminal charge dropped in bicyclist death case

A criminal charge of negligent homicide against the driver of a car involved in the death of a bicyclist last summer in Pleasant Prairie was dropped today in Circuit Court.

Instead, Quashae D. Taylor, 19, pleaded  no contest to a traffic citation of inattentive driving. She was assessd a $100 fine.

Devin Kunich, 21, of Kenosha died in the Aug. 7, 2012 crash.

Power outage in area of Forest Park area

At about 3:55 p.m., a power outage is being reported in the general area of the Forest Park neighborhood, or at least the northside of the neighborhood along 60th Street.

Included in the affected area is Fire Station Number 4, which is having some difficulty with its back-up generator.

We Energies is reporting about 1,200 customers affected.

UPDATE 4:07 p.m. — Fire Station generator working again and station is back in service.

UPDATE 6:03 p.m. — We Energies showing less than 5 customers in the area still affected.

Units responding to crash at Tremper High School

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At about 7:50 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department and Police are responding to Tremper High School for a report of a crash with injuries.

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Units responding for cars block Hwy. S

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At about 3:50 p.m., sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 7200 block of Highway S, in Somers.

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Kenoshan named Miss America

Kenoshan Laura Kaeppeler was named Miss America at the iconic pageant In Las Vegas tonight, the Journal-Sentinel, and many others, are reporting.

Here’s a link to photos and info from the Miss America website.

Winter weather advisory issued for area

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the area from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday.

Snow accumulations are expected from 5 to 7 inches through the entire snowfall period.

I hope you got those Christmas lights down while you had the chance to do it in 50 degree weather.

Units responding for vehicle on fire

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At 6:40 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a vehicle on fire in the 1900 block of East Frontage Road, Somers.

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New Year’s Lake Michigan dip coverage

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Some individuals who wanted to start out 2012 with a bang and a brrrr took a plunge in Lake Michigan off Simmons Island this morning.

The cold dip is an annual — and chilly — tradition.

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Volunteer tax preparers sought

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With tax season approaching, United Way of Kenosha County is working in partnership with other community organizations to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which provides income tax preparation services for low-moderate income individuals and families.

Volunteers are being recruited to work at VITA sites both in Kenosha and in Salem and will be provided with free training to become an IRS-certified tax preparer. In addition to tax preparation, volunteers are also needed to greet clients, provide interpreter services and organize the tax sites, while others may help assist with the publicity for the VITA program. Help your fellow community by volunteering a few hours per month to prepare taxes for those unable to afford it.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please respond by Jan. 13. You may call 658-4104 or e-mail lmcdonald@kenoshaunitedway.org if you are interested or have questions regarding this volunteer opportunity. This program is brought to you by United Way of Kenosha County and the Kenosha County VITA Coalition.

Youngsters get a chance to shop with a Kenosha cop

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Some selected Kenosha youngsters got some help with their Christmas shopping last Saturday thanks to Kenosha police officers.

The officers’ police association sponsored the annual event, which provides the youngsters with money to spend on gifts for themselves and their family. This year’s event with Kenosha police officers took place at Wal-Mart.

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Crash at engine plant site

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Police and firefighters responded to a crash at the former Chrysler Engine plant site on 60th Street in Kenosha at about 3:30 a.m. this morning.

A pick-up truck went through the fence at the entrance to the plant in about the 2700 block of 60th Street.

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Drug unit makes arrest in Kenosha after executing search warrant

A Kenosha man faces charges after being arrested as part of a Kenosha Drug Operations Group (KDOG) and Kenosha Police Department-Gang Unit operation Wednesday.

From a statement released by the Sheriff’s Department:

On Nov. 16 at approximately 9:40 a.m. members of the Kenosha Drug Operations Group, with the assistance of the Kenosha Police Dept-Gang Unit conducted a search warrant at 9002 Sheridan Rd lot#103. A 25-year-old suspect was taken into custody on five counts of delivery of cocaine, keeper of a drug house, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Seized from the residence was 116.6 grams of cocaine, 31.5 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, digital scale, packaging materials, two computers, $972.88 in U.S. currency and components for an indoor grow operation, including grow lamps, electrical ballast, flexible ducting, vent fan, plant starter box, water filter and grow tent. The drugs seized are valued at approximately $9300. The suspect is currently custody in the county jail.

4 liquor license revocation hearings held today

This morning, the Licensing & Permit Committee met, along with their attorney, Steve Cain, and his stenographer, to hold four liquor license revocation hearings.  Larry Keating, attorney, was present and spoke on behalf of two of the license holders (DSD Group, LLC, Amarjit Dhindsa, Agent (Roosevelt Oil), and Aces I, LLC, Richard Yuenkel, Agent (2901 Pub & Grub).  Keating requested that both of these be deferred until December 12th, and the committee was agreeable.  During that time, they promised to discuss resolutions to the issues with the interested parties.

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Country Inn and Suites special needs Halloween event coverage

The Country Inn and Suites in Kenosha, just west of I-94, hosted Halloween a party and indoor trick-or-treat for adults and children with special needs on Oct. 27 at the hotel.

The event was a Halloween celebration for those with special needs and their families. Participants dressed up in their favorite costumes and then trick-or-treated in a safe, accessible environment on the first floor of the hotel. Area businesses and organizations (including westofthei.com) sponsored rooms and provided fun stations for the trick-or-treaters. Food was also served for those participating.

This is the fourth year for the event at the Country Inn & Suites, Kenosha. Because of the success of the Kenosha event, “another Country Inn & Suites in suburban Milwaukee decided to host a similar event this year,” Jennifer Dodd, director of sales at the Kenosha location, said.

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