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.

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.

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.

The plaque at the Kenosha County Administration Building. ( Kenosha News file photo )

Supervisors staying out of state fight


County Board supervisors this month voted against a resolution that would show the board’s support for the redrawing of legislative maps for the state.

The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Leah Blough and passed by the Legislative Committee by a 3-2 vote. The resolution stated support for a district court decision which threw out the maps drawn by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The judges ordered new maps to be drawn by November, saying the current ones amounted to unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering favoring Republicans.

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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.

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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.

Teen in shooting death to be tried as juvenile

A 16-year-old Kenosha boy facing charges for the accidental shooting death of his cousin will be tried as a juvenile.

At a waiver hearing Monday, prosecutors argued that the teen, who was 15 when the shooting death of Sean Bialas occurred on Feb. 11, should be tried as an adult because of the seriousness of the crime and because of the teen’s past actions, which included chronic truancy and failure to complete programming.

Judge David Wilk rejected the state’s request to waive the case into the adult court system, saying it had not shown that trying the teen as a juvenile would be contrary to the interests of the juvenile and the public,

Kenosha School Board President Tamarra Coleman, shown during a meeting in January, was re-elected as board president on Monday. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Coleman re-elected as Kenosha Unified School Board president


In a 4-3 vote, the Kenosha Unified School Board on Monday elected Tamarra Colman to another term as president.

Coleman, whose term expires in 2018, was also elected board president in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Coleman was challenged by board member Mike Falkofske, who received votes from himself, Rebecca Stevens and Tony Garcia.

Mary Radigan, of Sazzy B, right, and James Shields, of Mangia Wine Bar, left, plate their dishes during the Ramen Rumble Sunday at Mangia, ( SEAN KRAJACIC )

Kenosha chefs whip up noodle creations during ‘Ramen Rumble’


A local Italian restaurant known for its fresh pastas set aside its menu for a night for a savory showdown involving another noted noodle dish.

The ramen creations of Sazzy B’s chef Mary Radigan and Mangia Wine Bar’s chef James Shields went head-to-head at Mangia during the first “Ramen Rumble” competition.

The event, coordinated by Young Leaders in Kenosha, was a kickoff to Young Professionals Week, part of statewide initiative designed to engage young professionals in unique activities, according to Kenneth Murray, Y-Link committee member.

Steve Miller, right, an instructor at the Kenosha Aikikai Aikido dojo, demonstrates a hold on Shawn Elam, left, that results in Elam being thrown to the mat. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Kenosha man finds his niche in aikido


Steve Miller is an aikido instructor at the Kenosha Aikikai Aikido dojo, 5016 Seventh Ave.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba in the late 1920s. Kenosha Aikikai also offers training in aido, a traditional Japanese sword art, tai chi and a meditation session.

Q. How long have you been practicing aikido?

Dennis Bedford, youth empowerment director of outreach and schools for the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, back, works with kids at the club on Wednesday. The longtime counselor and mentor is retiring this summer. ( SEAN KRAJACIC )

Longtime Boys & Girls Club counselor to retire


Dennis Bedford has a passion for working with kids. Mentoring troubled youth has been his lifelong mission.

Now, after more than 45 years mentoring youth in Kenosha, Bedford, youth empowerment director of outreach and schools for the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, will be retiring in July.

His successor is teen services director Felicia Dalton, a Kenosha native who grew up in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and desires to relay what she learned from her experiences to help teens.

Posters such as these, from the Immigration Defense Project, have been placed in Gateway Technical College buildings informing people of their rights if approached by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. ( )

Schools take notice of travel ban, immigration enforcement


Implications for students of the Trump Administration’s travel ban and federal immigration policy have gotten the attention of Gateway Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Whether and how the Kenosha Unified School District may deal with the issues will wait until after Monday’s School Board organizational meeting, when members will vote on their president, according to Tanya Ruder, the district’s communication director.

In a campuswide message this month, Bryan D. Albrecht, president and CEO of Gateway Technical College, responded to questions fielded by Gateway officials about the pending federal immigration policies and possible effects on students, employees and families.

Amanda Ingle, of Sturtevant, left, and her friend Jen Delgado, of Racine, are a blur of color as they take part in Saturday night's 5K Run With The Cops fundraiser at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to benefit Special Olympics. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Runners, walker illuminate the night for Special Olympics


Saturday night’s Run With the Cops was a “triple win,” according to Brittany Neukirchen of Special Olympics Wisconsin:

— It helped raise funds to support Special Olympics athletes.

— It enabled law enforcement to interact with the public in a positive manner.

Wilmot is runner-up in national Academic Decathlon

After two consecutive years as national champions, the Wilmot High School Academic Decathlon team finished in the runner-up slot during Saturday’s competition in Madison.

Wilmot was bested in Division II competition by Bishop Hendricken High School of Rhode Island, 43,612.5 points to Wilmot’s 42,073.3.

"It was a pivotal year in the sense that this group was able to carry the torch, win the state title and get us into the national competition,” Wilmot coach Don Serkowski said.

A rocket built by a team of students from the Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, Minn., blasts off during the First Nations Launch on Saturday at Bong State Recreational Area. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY JEFFREY ZAMPANTI )

Astronaut relives his youth at rocket launch competition


BRIGHTON — Former NASA astronaut John Herrington launched model rockets during his youth and would occasionally place a beetle inside the payload for added entertainment.

Never in a million years did he envision someday he’d be that beetle.

Herrington, a 2002 crew member on the Endeavour space shuttle, reminisced as he spent the day with many young, inspiring minds at the eighth annual First Nations Launch on Saturday at Bong State Recreational Area.

Ivan Pasterski, 6, gets help climbing out of a sling high in a tree from Don Roppolo, of Davey Tree Experts, during an Earth Day event at Gateway Technical College on Saturday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

From bees to water, Gateway teaches stewardship of the planet during Earth Day event


What better way to enjoy Earth Day than from the top of a 200-year-old oak tree?

Local residents had the opportunity to climb a tree, explore a bee colony and visit more than 40 environment-friendly exhibits at the 10th annual Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday at Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave.

The free expo was one of several local Earth Day events, which also included a March for Science and Pike River cleanup project.

Ald. Kevin Mathewson, left, and Scott Barter ( )

DA: Residency rhubarb a state issue


The Kenosha County District Attorney’s office will not launch an investigation into whether Kenosha Ald. Kevin Mathewson still resides in his district.

Scott Barter, president of Kenoshans for Open/Honest Government, provided materials to the district attorney’s office this month alleging that Mathewson no longer resides in the 8th District.

District Attorney Michael Graveley said Barter must go through the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office for such an issue. Graveley returned Barter’s packet of information to him.

Feeonquay Jenkins, 25, listens to the charges weighed against him in Kenosha County Intake Court on Friday afternoon. He is accmpanied by public defender Lauren Breckenfelder. Jenkins was taken into custody in Arkansas on a series of felony charges, including human trafficking and kidnapping, and has also repeatedly failed to show for court appearances. He is being held on over $700,000 bond. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY DANIEL GAITAN )

Accused human trafficker caught


A man with seven open cases here and a history of not showing up in court appears likely to stay in custody for some time.

Court Commissioner David Berman set a cumulative bond of $765,000 for defendant Feeonquay Jenkins on Kenosha County Circuit Court cases after Jenkins was captured in Arkansas.

It has been about a year since Jenkins’ last appearance here, and nine months since he began missing court dates.

Salem Lakes suspends Public Safety Department

SALEM LAKES — Operation of its Public Safety Department has been suspended by the Salem Lakes Village Board this week, effective immediately.

The department was organized under the town of Salem and expanded to cover the Salem Lakes area when Salem merged with Silver Lake. Prior to the merger, the Salem Town Board stripped the department of its traffic enforcement powers, making its primary function ordinance enforcement and water patrol.

“I have not talked to a person in five years who likes our Public Safety Department, or appreciates our Public Safety Department or the job they do,” said trustee Mike Culat. “This has come up time and time again.”

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