April 27, 2017
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Stabbing suspect appears in juvenile court


The 15-year-old boy who stabbed a Bradford High School classmate Tuesday had brought a knife to school because he felt threatened by the victim, according to testimony in court.

The teen, a freshman at Bradford, appeared at a hearing Wednesday afternoon to determine whether he will be held in secure custody for now. The state expects to charge the teen as a juvenile Friday with first degree recklessly endangering safety with a weapon and with having a weapon on school property.

Meanwhile the victim, also a 15-year-old freshman, remains in critical condition at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. According to statements in court, he suffered a single stab wound to the heart.

Briefs: Body discovered in Forest Park

A 38-year-old Kenosha man was found dead around 6:45 a.m. Thursday at Forest Park, 4803 61st St.

Kenosha Police Department said a nearby resident discovered the body and contacted authorities. No foul play appears to be involved with the incident, according to police.

The body was discovered near a concrete structure at the north side of the park. Officers located beer bottles, pill containers and a rope at the scene. It appeared the man had been there for several hours when officers arrived, according to police.

In an agreement announced Thursday, United Hospital System Inc. and Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin have cemented a partnership. As of Oct. 1, United Hospital System Inc. will become Froedtert South Inc. and all the campuses, like the Kenosha Medical Center pictured, will be under the Froedtert and MCW branding. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY KEVIN POIRIER )

United, Froedtert cement partnership


Kenosha’s health care options may seem alive and well, but they are about to get a shot in the arm.

On Thursday, United Hospital System announced it has signed a letter of intent to join forces with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

On Oct. 1, Kenosha’s oldest hospital system, consisting of two medical campuses and six clinics and offices, will integrate with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, a regional health network comprised of a multi-disciplinary physician group with an academic-community partnership.

Somers looks into alcohol allowances for Memorial Park

SOMERS — An advisory committee is studying the feasibility of allowing visitors to consume beer, wine, or both, at a park pavilion in the village of Somers.

On Wednesday night, the Parks Committee discussed the idea of establishing a permit that could allow visitors to bring the beverages to Memorial Park, Somers’ largest park and community sports and recreation facility, located directly south of Village Hall. The 14-acre park also contains a playground system, three softball diamonds, a large soccer field and two smaller fields.

Currently, village ordinances prohibit presence or consumption of any alcoholic beverages at any park property. According to Village Board Trustee Joseph Cardinali, the board’s liaison to the committee, the change the panel is seeking would be limited to the pavilion area at Memorial Park.

Speaker Ryan holds telephone town hall for part of constituency

House Speaker Paul Ryan held a telephone town hall event on Tuesday for Rock and Walworth County residents.

Ryan spokesperson Ian Martorana said Ryan, the nation’s third highest ranking Republican, spoke to thousands of people during the event. Ryan represents Wisconsin’s first congressional district, which includes Kenosha County.

Martorana provided the Kenosha News excerpts with excerpts of Ryan’s conversations.

Salem Lakes upholds suspension of Public Safety Department

SALEM LAKES — The Salem Lakes Village Board upheld the suspension of its Public Safety Department operations Wednesday while it explores moving to civilian-based code enforcement, despite a plea by village president Diann Tesar to reinstate the force.

“This needs more discussion,” Tesar said. “I would like our guys to be back in the office until then.”

Tesar found no support to allow employees of the department to resume their duties. Administrator Patrick Casey suggested the Sheriff’s Department be called to respond to any code enforcement issues that arise in the interim.

Men's Cat 4 riders enter a turn around Library Park during the Food, Folks and Spokes bike races downtown Friday. ( kenosha news file photo )

Food, Folks and Spokes returning to Library Park


After a four-year hiatus, the Kenosha YMCA’s Food, Folks and Spokes family festival is returning June 15 to Library Park as the kickoff event for the Tour America’s Dairyland series of cycling races.

The 24th edition of Food, Folks and Spokes will feature food vendors and live entertainment. The evening features pro cycling races and a free concert featuring local band Weird Science from 7 to 9 p.m. This year’s event features new partners and sponsors, with YMCA teaming with Tour America Dairyland for the first time.

The YMCA is restarting Food, Folks and Spokes after it canceled the event in 2013 to work closely with the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce in the Grill Games event.

Students are shown outside Mary D. Bradford High School after being released early after Tuesday's stabbing. On Wednesday, students returned to school with extra counselors available for emotional support. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Bradford students return to school


In the shadow of Tuesday morning’s stabbing at Bradford High School, the students and staff are carrying on.

Kenosha Unified Chief Communication Officer Tanya Ruder said attendance rates were “on par” and that “things are actually pretty quiet and calm over at the school” on Wednesday.

Ruder said some students have taken advantage of extra counselors for emotional support, but most appear to be “safe and comfortable” in their learning environment.

Stabbing suspect’s mother: ‘My heart goes out to his family’

The mother of the Bradford High School student accused of stabbing a classmate said she is still trying to understand what has happened.

According to statements in court Wednesday, the two boys, both freshman at Bradford, had been friends but had a falling out recently, and that the two had exchanged threats on social media.

Shameka Wade said her son had been threatened by the victim and two of his friends, saying the three had come to her house looking for her son in the past, and saying they had once tried to attack him at a restaurant in town.


Stabbing suspect appears in juvenile court


The 15-year-old boy who stabbed a Bradford High School classmate Tuesday had brought a knife to school because he felt threatened by the victim, according to testimony in court.

The teen, a freshman at Bradford, appeared at a hearing Wednesday afternoon to determine whether he will be held in secure custody for now. The state expects to charge the teen as a juvenile Friday with first degree recklessly endangering safety with a weapon and with having a weapon on school property.

Meanwhile the victim, also a 15-year-old freshman, remains in critical condition at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. According to statements in court, he suffered a single stab wound to the heart.

Kenosha Creative Economy Strategic Plan to be unveiled Friday

Factories and warehouses bring jobs that underpin the community financially, but they are not the only factors that drive the local economy. The arts and creative endeavors play a vital role as well.

The Kenosha Creative Economy Strategic Plan, the first effort of its kind, will be unveiled Friday.

This effort is sponsored by the City of Kenosha Commission on the Arts in conjunction with several partners, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration.

News briefs: Randall house fire displaces couple

RANDALL — A fire at a home in the 3400 block of 120th St. Tuesday night has displaced a Randall couple.

Randall Fire Chief Matt Gronke said the department responded to a call at 8:45 p.m. for a fire that started on the deck while the owner was frying fish. The fire spread into the home through the open kitchen door and engulfed the kitchen and living room.

Gronke said it took firefighters about 15 minutes to put the fire out. Damage is estimated to be over $100,000 and the couple is staying with relatives.

John Parker, left, and James Spencer make their initial appearances in court on Wednesday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Teens accused of firing AR-15 on 8th Ave.


Two Kenosha teenagers are each being held on $100,000 bond, accused of spraying an occupied vehicle with bullets from an AR-15 rifle

James Spencer, 18, and John Parker, 19, appeared in court for a bond hearing Wednesday, with the state expected to bring charges against them Friday. Assistant District Attorney Carli McNeal told Commissioner David Berman that the state expects to seek four counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety against both teens.

According to McNeal, Spencer and Parker had driven together to the area of Eighth Avenue and 49th Street at about 11:30 pm Monday. Another vehicle occupied by several other men pulled over on the same street in what McNeal said was a prearranged meeting over a dispute that began on social media.

Event briefs: ‘Home Front Seminar’ set at museum

KENOSHA — The Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave., will host a “Home Front Seminar” from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The day will be filled with presentations on the social history of the Civil War period.

Topics will include the Underground Railroad, Mackinac Island’s influence on the war, Northwestern Sanitary Fairs and historical fiction vs. fictional history.

Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino. ( Starbucks )

The ‘unicorn’ effect turns food into artwork


Apparently, I’ve been doing this whole food thing wrong.

For more than 50 years, I’ve had what I consider a close, personal relationship with food and drink. I look for key attributes like flavor, texture, freshness, nutritional value — when what I should have been focused on is how the food looks.

Starbucks caused a sensation last week when it introduced its “Unicorn Frappuccino,” but the coffee chain was just following the trend of crafting “unicorn food” by adding colorful dyes, frostings and sprinkles to ordinary items.

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Hazmat cleans up ammonia spill in Kenosha County


PARIS — Hazmat teams cleaned up an anhydrous ammonia spill on Highway KR (1st Street) near Highway 45 Wednesday morning.

Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Eric Klinkhammer said 800 gallons of ammonia leaked out when a valve on the truck malfunctioned around 11 a.m. It was originally reported that the truck overturned, but Klinkhammer clarified that in the afternoon.

The spill happened between two farm fields, in an area with one home nearby.

Event briefs: Church seeks items for rummage sale

PADDOCK LAKE — Donations are being sought for Christ Lutheran Church’s annual rummage sale.

Items can be donated through Thursday.

The sale is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 24929 75th St.

Shelter 1 at Petrifying Springs County Park is being remodeled into a German-style beer garden. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Somers clears way for Petrifying Springs beer garden


SOMERS — Come Memorial Day weekend, visitors to Petrifying Springs Park will be able to tap into high-end and locally brewed beers, as well as wine, at a new beer garden in Petrifying Springs Park.

After a public hearing Tuesday, the Somers Village Board unanimously approved fermented malt and wine licenses for the Petrifying Springs Biergarten, located at the south entrance to the park on Highway JR.

The licenses were approved with the condition that beer garden operators come before the board for cabaret licenses if hosting live entertainment.

Students grapple with feelings after stabbing

Shock, anger and anxiety were among the feelings shared by Bradford High School students after a stabbing that left a 15-year-old student fighting for his life Tuesday night.

Fifteen students who attend Bradford but participate in after-school programs through the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha attended an impromptu “critical incident debriefing” with Dominique Pritchett, social worker and psychotherapist with the Kenosha Community Health Center.

“They were in shock,” said Pritchett, who responded to a call from the club’s teen coordinator along with a juvenile crisis worker.

Kenosha man hurt in fatal crash in Lake County

A Kenosha man was injured in a two-vehicle crash that left another man dead in Lake County, Ill., Tuesday.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occurred at 6:45 a.m. on Russell Road near North Delany Road in Newport Township.

Deputies said their initial investigation showed that a 34-year-old man driving a Mazda 6 was headed west on Russell Road and attempted to pass a westbound 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by a 56-year-old Kenosha man.

Verdict against Kenosha Achievement Center in assault carries mixed result

A jury sent a mixed result — and delivered no apparent monetary damages — in a civil lawsuit concerning the sexual assault of a cognitively disabled man by a bus driver.

The man had sued the Kenosha Achievement Center, alleging that negligence by the agency led to the assault.

After a five-day trial, the jury found Monday that the center was negligent, but also found that the negligence did not lead to the victim’s injury. They also found that the man’s caseworker was not negligent.

Kit Stilwell addresses the Kenosha Unified School District Board on Jan. 24. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Man with complaints against Kenosha police walks out of hearing


A man claiming misconduct from Kenosha Police Department officials walked out of a hearing about his complaint Tuesday morning.

The Police and Fire Commission convened to hear complaints from Kit Stilwell against Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis and three officers. Over the years, Stilwell has made inflammatory, rude and peculiar statements against elected officials and often engages in emotional outbursts during public meetings.

According to Richard Schend, president of the commission, Stilwell declined to stay for the meeting and left early.

New guidelines for opiate prescribing aim to protect patients

New state guidelines around how doctors can prescribe opioids are now in place to combat prescription pain medication abuse and heroin addiction.

But concerns have been raised about whether area doctors will implement those guidelines.

The problem with prescription opioid pain medication dates back to 2001 when the Joint Commission on Health Care made pain the fifth vital sign. Up until that time patients were only prescribed opioids after having surgery, suffering from acute trauma, and in acute cancer situations. In order to reduce suffering the Joint Commission said that doctors should be prescribing opioids to everyone who was in chronic pain, said Dr. Nileshkumar Patel.

Steven Zelich at his sentencing in Kenosha County in March 2016. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Trial expected in dumping of bodies in suitcases


ELKHORN — A West Allis man accused of leaving two bodies stuffed in suitcases on the side of a rural Geneva road in 2014 is set for an Aug. 14 jury trial.

In Walworth County, Steven Zelich, 55, faces two counts of hiding a corpse.

Zelich was scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in May 2016, but Judge David Reddy postponed that proceeding.

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Five with ties to Kenosha County receiving awards from UW-Parkside


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will celebrate and honor its graduates on May 12, with the Traditions of Excellence Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Each of the university’s four colleges will honor two alumni in the categories of achievement and service, recognizing alumni who excel in their field or perform exemplary service to the community.

Recipients with ties to Kenosha County are:

Students watch a gaga ball game at Bristol School. The school installed two octagons used for playing the game. ( Submitted photo )

Homeroom: Bristol students go ‘gaga’ over new game


There’s a new game on the Bristol School playground that school kids are going “gaga” over.

Played with a soft foam ball, gaga ball is a mix of dodgeball and four-square, played in an octagonal enclosure. The Bristol School PTA hired Scherrer Construction to make two of the pits, as they are officially called.

The rules are simple:

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Student stabbed at Bradford


This article has been revised since its original posting.

A Bradford High School freshman was in critical condition Tuesday evening after he was reportedly stabbed by a classmate at the school.

The stabbing was reported at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the school, 3700 Washington Road, with the suspect taken into custody almost immediately.

Somers eyes proposals for construction facility, mosque

SOMERS — Two disparate proposals — a mosque and a construction facility with a temporaray concrete-crushing operation — will go before the village’s Plan Commission May 8.

Contractor A.W. Oakes & Son wants to build a 10,000-square-foot office building and a 24,000-square-foot maintenance building for vehicles and equipment on a 30-acre parcel owned by Jerry Smith at highways L and EA.

The land is just east of Smith’s popular produce market and pumpkin farm.

‘Retrain Your Brain’ program scheduled

KENOSHA — A four-week program designed to help people age 60 and older maintain and grow brain function begins Thursday.

The “Retrain Your Brain” program meets 1 to 3 p.m. each Thursday through May 18 at Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, 7730 Sheridan Road.

Participants will learn how to enhance mood, obtain greater compassion and improve memory. Cost is $50.

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Home sales dropping as supply dwindles, prices rise


First-time home buyers found it more difficult to find their dream home during the first quarter of the year.

Home sales for the first three months of 2017 dropped 12.5 percent compared with the same period a year ago, according to statistics released by the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

Meanwhile, the median price for a house in Kenosha County rose 11.9 percent to $155,000.

News briefs: Meeting slated on future of city parks

Kenosha’s Public Works Department will host a public information meeting Wednesday on plans for city parks.

The meeting, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., is part of the process to update the city’s comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.

Area residents are encouraged to share their thoughts and concerns during the open house. Recommendations will be used by the city in future plans and grant applications.

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