March 23, 2017
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A woman holds her pets after Kenosha firefighters helped her out of a second floor apartment window and down the ladder at an apartment fire at 516 60th St. on Wednesday, March 21, 2017. ( Brian Passino )

Firefighters rescue two from downtown apartment fire


This article has been revised since its original posting.

Two people had to be rescued from a second-story apartment and 10 people were displaced by a fire in a downtown apartment building Wednesday morning.

Kenosha firefighters were called to 516 60th St. at 9:03 a.m. for a report of a fire in a bedroom in a first-floor apartment.

Today’s News Briefs: Man found with drugs, loaded handgun

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Pleasant Prairie Police arrested a Kenosha man after he was found with marijuana and a loaded handgun after a traffic stop in the 8900 block of Cooper Road on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old man, whose name as not released, was a passenger in a vehicle village police pulled over at 4:43 p.m. after discovering the registered owner was driving with a suspended license, according to Lt. Paul Marik of the Pleasant Prairie Police Department.

Police are recommending charges of possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. The man was also being held on a traffic warrant.

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Long John Silver’s coming to Kenosha


The city of Kenosha will get a Long John Silver’s this year.

The City Plan Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the fast-food restaurant Thursday evening.

“It will be our first new prototype in several years,” said Leigh Ann VanDam, senior director of development and real estate for the company. “We’re reinvigorating the brand.”

Two men held for attempted armed robbery

Two men are under arrest after what authorities said was an attempted armed robbery gone wrong.

According to a Kenosha Police report, the men had planned to rob a 24-year-old Kenosha man, believing he had drugs in his house. The pair planned to ambush the man Wednesday afternoon as he left his house to take his girlfriend to work.

The girlfriend, 23, and her friend, 21, began leaving the apartment in the 2400 block of 52nd Street, along with the 24-year old, at about 1:30 p.m. As they walked down the stairs they saw a tall man at the bottom of the stairs. He was holding a handgun, according to the report.

Shannon Behm, left, a speech and dramatics teacher with the Racine Unified school district, works with All Saints students Paul Capelli, middle, and Cal Heinisch as they do a frozen image tableau of the tree from the novel, "The Night Gardener" during the 33rd annual English Fest 2017 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday, March 23, 2017. ( Brian Passino )

English Festival celebrates literature


Kenosha and Racine middle school students continued a celebration of reading at the 33rd annual English Festival on Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The event was spread out over two days to accomodate nearly 600 students. Seventh and eighth graders who attended the event — complete with 30 reading and writing workshops — were required to read six of the seven novels chosen by the event’s selection committee.

Jonathan Auxier, author of New York Times best-selling novel “The Night Gardener,” wrapped up the event with a presentation that informed, encouraged and greatly entertained students and educators.

Premium Outlets in Pleasant Prairie ( kenosha news file photo )

Premium Outlets sees spring activity


The Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets Mall is adding a new store, True Religion, a designer jeans retailer, and announced four stores with spring expansion and remodeling plans.

Cristin Newton, a mall marketing and business development director, said True Religion, a Vernon, Calif.-based designer jeans retailer will open April 24 in a 2,700-square foot space that had been vacant. It will be in the south plaza between the Chico’s and Brooks Brothers Factory stores.

“We are so excited to bring True Religion, one of the most iconic denimwear brands around, to our center this spring,” Newton said.

People wait in line for the grand opening of the new Aldi grocery store on Thursday. ( Brian Passino )

Aldi opens in Kenosha


North side residents welcomed another new supermarket, discount grocer Aldi, into their neighborhood Thursday morning.

Two hours before the official 8:30 opening, shoppers and curiosity seekers were lining up outside the store hoping to become one of the first 100 to receive a gold ticket that could have won them a gift card worth up to $100.

The new Aldi store at 3524 57th Ave., near the intersection of Green Bay and Washington roads, is the city’s second of that chain. It is located near two other grocery retailers — Wal-Mart and the the Somers Festival Foods store.

HARIBO, a German company known for manufacturing goldbears and other gummi treats, will be building a 500,000-square-foot facility in Pleasant Prairie. About 400 jobs will be created in the first phase. ( ap file photo )

HARIBO to build in Pleasant Prairie


Kenosha County is about to get a little sweeter.

German candymaker HARIBO will build a $242 million manufacturing facility in Pleasant Prairie, on the Abbott site the village recently purchased for investment.

HARIBO is the maker of the Gold-Bear gummi candies. This will be the company’s first facility in North America. It is expected to bring about 400 jobs to the area when it opens in 2020.

Fix It: Dumped televisions in a wetland in the 9100 block of 122nd St. (County Hwy. ML) in Pleasant Prairie on Sunday, March 12, 2017. ( BRIAN PASSINO )

Fix It: TV dumping ground on Highway ML


Today’s problem: Dumped televisions in a wetland on the south side of the 9100 block of Highway ML (122nd Street ) in Pleasant Prairie. This is just west of Highway H (88th Avenue) and just east of the Canadian Pacific/Amtrak railroad tracks.

Fix It noticed the TVs while bicycling by the area, which is near the Des Plaines River. They’re on the bottom of moderate incline just off the side of ML, in a spot where it would be hard to see them from a vehicle on the road.

The area is often used by birds as a stopping point. Fix It has seen as many as five egrets gathered there together at one time. Blue herons and sandhill cranes also stop there. There’s other wildlife around, too. In a few weeks, you can pass by and hear the spring peeper frogs ribbiting away, a sure sign of spring.

GO Events: K9 unit fundraiser is Saturday at Coins

KENOSHA — The Kenosha Tavern League is staging a fundraiser for the Kenosha Police Department’s K9 unit beginning at 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Coins Sports Bar, 1714 52nd St.

The free admission event features food and live music beginning with Brecken Miles and Jackie Bucher (former lead singers of Bella Cain) at 2 p.m., followd Grant June and John Anderson follow at 4 p.m.

There will be a series of prize raffles, silent auctions and cash raffles with 100 percent of the proceeds going the K9 unit if an effort to purchase new dogs.

Dream Playground president Tammy Conforti helps Jada Jackson, 9, with flower designs while she works on a drawing for a tile at the Boys and Girls Club. At right, Edward McKinney, 10, looks on. More than 60 club participants are creating tiles that will fill a blank wall at the playground. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Dream Playground wall to be decorated with children’s artwork


Inside a youth art room at the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, Erica Dolly had finished designing scene that she hopes will last lifetime.

“I drew it because it was the most beautiful thing I saw in Kenosha,” said Erica, who attends Brass Elementary School

The 10-year-old’s rendering of her playing under sunny skies between two fruiting bushes in a field will one day be part of a wall at the city’s Dream Playground, the 15,000-square-foot playground accessible to children of all ages and abilities in Petzke Park, 2900 14th Ave.

News briefs: Fire destroys home’s kitchen

A kitchen was destroyed in a fire Wednesday evening.

Kenosha were called at 6:18 p.m. to the blaze at 4414 17th Ave. Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Wes Bernhardt said firefighters were able to stop it from spreading to other rooms.

The home sustained heavy smoke and water damage, he said. Firefighters put out the fire within eight to 10 minutes after arrival. However, investigators were still on the scene late Wednesday.

Treasurer hosting shower to benefit Women and Children’s Horizons

Kenosha County Treasurer Teri Jacobson is hosting a communitywide shower for Women and Children’s Horizons.

Donations to benefit clients of the agency, an organization dedicated to advocating for victims of domestic and sexual violence, can be dropped off at Jacobson’s office, 1010 56th St., or at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St., Bristol.

Among the items requested: crockpots, coffee makers, dishes, pots and pans, utensils, silverware, bed pillows, 3-5 drawer storage bins, comforters, sheets, blankets, diapers (especially larger sizes) and baby wipes.

Judge Lauren Ace, center, examines lambs shown by Kendall Krumm, left, Wylie Jackson, Mitchell Holmes and Taylor Meredith during last year's Kenosha County Fair. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Kenosha County Fair announces theme, special contests


Organizers are promising “A Barn Good Time” at the 2017 Kenosha County Fair Aug. 16-20, and announced a bushel of special contests in its Open Class Division centered on this year’s theme.

“The special categories provide a way for fairgoers to not only enjoy the attractions at the fair, but also to participate in the fair,” director Denise Zirbel said.

The 2017 Special Project challenges people to build and decorate a wooden barn birdhouse. The only rules are that it be made only of materials able to withstand the elements and be no larger than 18 inches tall, deep and wide.

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Four seeking three seats on Paddock Lake Village Board


PADDOCK LAKE — Voters will choose from three incumbents and one newcomer in the April 4 general election to fill three at-large trustee seats on the Paddock Lake Village Board.

Kathy Christenson, Richard Fish and Gary Kaddatz are making bids for re-election. Chris Kram is making his first bid for public office.

“My family and I have planted roots here, and I want to do anything I can to make sure our community continues to grow and thrive,” said Kram, who grew up in the area and moved to Paddock Lake three years ago. “I would also like to try and get the younger generation more involved and enthusiastic about their community.”

Austin Damaschke tees off at Brighton Dale Links on March 5, the earliest opening day on record for a Kenosha County course. More courses will open on Friday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

More Kenosha County golf courses to open on Friday


The Petrifying Springs Golf Course and the Blue Spruce course at Brighton Dale Links will open on Friday, Kenosha County officials have announced.

The announcement follows the opening of the White Birch course at Brighton Dale Links on March 6. The Red Pine course and practice range will open as soon as weather and course conditions permit.

Dan Drier, PGA professional and general manager of the county’s public golf courses, said there are many new player benefits.

Marcos Cruz, left, Rochelle Cina, middle,, and Pete Russo stand in line while waiting to talk to a prospective employer during the job fair at Gateway Technical College on Wednesday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Plentiful employment highlights Kenosha County Job Fair


More vendors with more job openings made Wednesday’s Kenosha County Job Fair a buyer’s market, with companies offering sign-on bonuses, more benefits and promises of quick upward mobility.

Within the first hour of the event at Gateway Technical College, more than 150 job seekers, many with resumes and work credentials in hand, were talking with recruiters in the hopes of find new employment.

Sponsored by the Kenosha County Job Center and the Kenosha News, the job fair featured 57 vendors. Many of the employers had several jobs offerings, some of which had gone unfilled for several months.

Mike Stone, general manager of Amazon, speaks on a panel during the Kenosha Area Business Alliance's annual meeting at UW-Parkside on Wednesday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

KABA’s report card shows high marks for economic development


In front of a packed audience, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance presented a report card of sorts as part of its 2017 annual meeting.

During the luncheon Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, business leaders, government officials and an array of interested parties heard a scorecard of activities and successes made possible by the funds and efforts of the public-private organization.

KABA President Todd Battle said the organization is four years into a five-year economic development plan for Kenosha County. KABA's efforts “have resulted in 5,500 new jobs, $728 million of capital investment and nearly 9.5 million square feet of new development in the county.”

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Work on Highway 165 resumes; lane closures expected


Lane closures on Highway 165 will cause traffic delays over the next several months as the state resurfaces the road.

Work resumed Wednesday on the project from Interstate 94 east to Green Bay Road.

"The initial work is anticipated to take place off-road with limited traffic impacts," state Department of Transportation spokesman Brian DeNeve. "The week of March 27, long-term single lane closures on (Highway) 165 are scheduled. Some congestion may occur with these closures."

Wu-Shock, the Wichita State Shockers wheat stalk mascot, is 100 percent gluten. Which, in today's world, means he must be defeated! ( ap file photo )

Snyder: A little Madness can be a good thing


I only pay attention to college basketball long enough to fill out my NCAA Tournament bracket and then agonize over the games. Which makes me an expert, as far as March Madness goes.

And I’m not apologizing for this brief yet deep dive into college hoops. It’s a relief to worry about Baylor’s three-point shooting numbers rather than the alarming number of Russian connections to the 2016 presidential campaign.

The best part? The games continue, starting today. The even best-er best part? Our Wisconsin Badgers are still playing, taking on Florida Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

A woman holds her pets after Kenosha firefighters helped her out of a second floor apartment window and down the ladder at an apartment fire at 516 60th St. on Wednesday, March 21, 2017. ( Brian Passino )

Firefighters rescue two from downtown apartment fire


This article has been revised since its original posting.

Two people had to be rescued from a second-story apartment and 10 people were displaced by a fire in a downtown apartment building Wednesday morning.

Kenosha firefighters were called to 516 60th St. at 9:03 a.m. for a report of a fire in a bedroom in a first-floor apartment.

Kenosha Police Officer Kendal West was arrested on New Year's Day for a personal incident that occurred while on duty. He is due to enter a plea in April to charges against him. ( KENOSHA POLICE FACEBOOK PHOTO )

Plea pending for charged officer


The Kenosha police officer accused of, while on duty, punching an emergency department doctor is expected to enter a plea next month.

West, 30, is charged with misconduct in public office, a felony, along with battery and disorderly conduct for the Jan. 1 incident. West is accused of punching a man he believed was romantically involved with his wife.

West appeared in court briefly Wednesday morning. The plea hearing is set for April 5.

Event briefs: Class in raising roses offered at Parkside

SOMERS — A class in raising roses takes place 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Orchard Room of Tallent Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road.

This class teaches the best ways to plant and feed particular kinds of roses, how to stop pests from attacking them, and how to protect the garden year round.

Cost is $29. To register, go to

In this file photo from July, Pleasant Prairie Police Officer Mike Algiers holds a body-worn camera. While the village police force uses the cameras, Kenosha is still weighing their use. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Kenosha officials push state for guidance on police body cameras


The Kenosha City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday requesting state legislators to adopt statewide rules and regulations for police-worn body cameras.

The request will be sent to all state legislators and Gov. Scott Walker.

According to the resolution, body cameras will help local law enforcement officials in numerous ways by:

News briefs: Man charged for stealing, cashing checks

A Kenosha man is facing felony theft charges for allegedly stealing and cashing checks from his employer.

Eric Rowlette, 34, was charged Monday with theft from a business setting, forgery, uttering a forgery and unauthorized use of an individual’s personal information or documents.

He allegedly cashed $3,130 in checks taken from Midwest Equipment Sales in Kenosha.

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Longtime political activist, County Board member Edwin Andersen dies


Throughout his life, Edwin Andersen believed that ethics were more important than winning.

“He also thought the good guys and the bad guys were not necessarily divided on partisan lines,” said his son, Martin Andersen.

The longtime Kenosha civic leader and political activist died Thursday in Menomonee Falls. He was 92.

Stinky, a feral cat, stretches while waiting for dinner at the Sherman Gardens on Oct. 21, 2016 in Evanston, Ill. ( CHICAGO TRIBUNE PHOTO BY KEVIN TANAKA )

Kenosha weighs program to trap, neuter, release feral cats


The Kenosha City Council on Monday deferred a vote on a proposal to change the way the city deals with feral cats.

The proposal authorizes Safe Harbor Humane Society to neuter/spay and vaccinate captured cats before releasing them back into the city. Freed cats would have a portion of an ear clipped for identification purposes.

The ordinance change will be taken up again next month.

Edna Williams, left, helps tutor children at Bose Elementary School on Tuesday, including Eveyana Garcia, middle, and Javiona Jackson, second from right. Williams is involved with the Foster Grandparents group. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Foster Grandparents also learn from kids while being mentors


In some ways, it sounds like the plot of a television show: Put senior citizens in the middle of dozens of kids in a grade school and watch the non-stop hilarity that ensues.

While it might not make it as a CBS sitcom, the Foster Grandparent Program from Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin does seem to create a great deal of joy for both the kids and the senior citizens who make the program possible.

A few years ago, a speaker who visited the apartment complex where Darlene Pauna, 83, lives told a small group about how to get involved.


Kenosha County judge tapped for district position


Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Jason Rossell is the new chief judge of the Second Judicial Administrative District.

Rossell was named to the position by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, replacing Chief Judge Allan P. “Pat” Torhorst, Racine County Circuit Court, who is retiring.

Rossell will serve as chief for the balance of Torhorst’s term, which expires July 31, 2018. After that he may be reappointed by the Supreme Court to serve as chief for up to six years.

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Mother could be charged in infant’s death


A Kenosha woman may be charged with reckless homicide related to the death of her 9-month-old daughter over the weekend.

According to Kenosha Police, officers were called to Kenosha Medical Center, 6308 Eighth Ave., about 7 a.m. Saturday. They learned that a 9-month-old girl had been brought into the hospital and had died.

Sgt. James Beller said that the child “appeared lifeless or in need of very urgent care” when brought to the hospital.

Fifth-grade students go through donations collected to help refugees settling in the Midwest. Pictured from left to right are Jordan Roscioli, Madison Keeter, Eric Kenesie (hidden at back right) and Matthew Keeter. ( Submitted photo courtesy St. Joseph Catholic Academy )

Homeroom: Students excel at competitions



Kenosha Unified School District teams are this week’s Standout for their collective success in the local and state 2017 Battle of the Books competitions.

Bradford High School’s team placed second overall among the 61 teams participating in the High School State Battle of the Books sponsored by the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association.

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