Twin Lakes man charged in crash death of Twin Lakes teen

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A Twin Lakes man faces a felony charge in connection with a crash that killed a teen along a county highway in Randall last summer.

Thomas H. Johnston IV, 28, has been charged with homicide by vehicle use-controlled substance in connection with the crash that occurred on June 14, 2013, according to Circuit Court records.

Nathaniel J. Walter, 16 of  Twin Lakes, died on June 27, 2013 as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. Walter was on a riding mower when he was struck.

Sheriff’s Department officials have said charges were delayed in this case due to waiting for toxicology results.

Johnston had a court appearance on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. His next court appearance is set for Sept. 3 for a status conference.

Salem Summer School 2014 wrap-up

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Salem Summer School was held from July 7th through August 1st. There were 225 students who attended the 4 week program. There were many reinforcement and enrichment opportunities for students to choose from, particularly in the areas of reading, math, and computers. There were also classes that allowed many hands-on experiences such as Arithmetic in the Kitchen, Soaring Rockets, and Agricultural Science. On any given day, students could be seen applying their science, technology, engineering, and math skills by constructing rockets, measuring recipes, milking goats, or recording and monitoring the hatching of chickens. Students also had opportunities to expend some energy while practicing their team-building and cooperation skills in physical education/team sports class.

This was the second year in a row that Salem School had a summer school program.

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Bristol School addition preview (PHOTOS)

bristol-ryczek-additon-1Students, staff and parents of Bristol School will be enjoying the new amenities of the Gale Ryczek Wing, which was recently completed in time for the coming school year.

The $5.3 million addition added 15 classrooms to the building, including a new art room, a new general music room and an  IT center. Fourth and fifth grade classroom also will be housed in the addition.

The addition was named for current and longtime district administrator Gale Ryczek.

Here are some photos taken this week, while the final, final touches were put on the space:
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Rain and thunderstorms expected after 2 a.m.

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

At 9:11 p.m., the latest forecast from the National Weather Service says thunderstorm are likely here after 2 a.m. — with the hourly weather graph indicating they are almost certain by 4 a.m.

That said, lightning is already flashing in Paddock Lake.

A 70 percent chance of thunderstorms continues through Saturday.

Units responding to I-94 for smoking vehicle

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At about 8:02 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a smoking vehicle along I-94.

Per dispatch: Caller reported a smoking vehicle along the northbound lanes somewhere between Highway C and 50.

Trevor-Wilmot School ALS ice bucket challenge (VIDEO)

Trevor-Wilmot School staff members accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from district curriculum director Tracy Donich. Some chose the ice, others decided to make a donation, and many did both. Trevor-Wilmot challenged the Wilmot High School staff.

Here’s the video (thanks Tracy Donich — DH):

Deaths Aug. 29, 2014: Leslie Gillmore

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Twin Lakes Movies in the Park looks good; unstable air grounds seaplane

Twin Lakes officials anticipate being able to go forward with Movies in the Park’s screening of “Planes” tonight, but the planned pre-movie seaplane landing on Lake Mary has fallen victim to the weather.

More info on the village’s Facebook page.

UPDATE 7:10 p.m. — Movie screening has been cancelled now too, due to wind too strong for screen. That’s the bad news. Good news: The pairing of screening “Planes” along with a seaplane landing remains viable for 2015!

A word from our sponsors: Affordable Alarms offers home security at reasonable cost

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Affordable Alarms offers effective security for your home at a reasonable onetime cost.

Affordable Alarms was founded by Powers Lake native and experienced law enforcement officer Bryan Pelz. A sheriff’s deputy for the last 19 years, he mainly patrols areas west of Highway 45 in Kenosha County.

“In the last several years I have realized how much of my time has been spent taking theft and burglary reports,” Pelz said. “Many of those burglaries were in nice west end neighborhoods. In one day I took between 5 and 7 burglaries in the same neighborhood.”

But those burglaries might have been avoidable.

“What I realized was many of the theft and burglary reports I take could have been avoided if residents would have taken small steps to protect themselves,” Pelz said. “The biggest thing I noticed is people with alarm systems rarely ever get burglarized. In fact, in my 18 years I have never taken a report of someone taking items from a home that had a working alarm system.”

Such a system doesn’t have to be expensive.

“I realize most people live on a tight budget and cannot afford several hundred dollars for an alarm system just to be trapped in a three-year contract and $35 to $50 month fees,” Pelz said. “That’s a lot to ask when people live pay check to pay check. For the last eight years I have been testing many different types of alarms and I put together a very simple but effective and cost friendly alarm system.”

For example, outfitting two doors and eight windows costs just $116 with Affordable Alarms.

Pelz comes out to his clients homes and evaluates their property, giving his professional opinion on how to make their home more secure from possible thieves or what they can do to protect and even recover their property if lost or stolen. Pelz then demonstrates his alarms and informs his potential clients of what type of alarm would best secure their home. He gives a price to install the alarm.

“I do this with no sales pressure,” Pelz said. “I offer a 90 day warranty on all alarms and I do all the work myself.”

Contact Bryan Pelz at Affordable Alarms for a consultation today at 262-818-8054 or

Kelly James-Piccolo to fill Randall School Board vacancy

randall-school-name-bus-webThe Randall Consolidated Board of Education announces that it has selected Kelly James-Piccolo to fill the vacant seat created by the resignation of  Sarah Nettis in June, district administrator John Gendron announced today.

James-Piccolo was selected from a pool of three citizens that included Linda Smith and Bob Klein. The Board met with each of the three on Monday, Aug. 25 in open session and James-Piccolo was selected on the second round of voting. She will officially be appointed at the Sept 10 regular Board meeting and will serve until the Spring 2015 election.

Units responding for alarm at Bristol School

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At about 11:31 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding for a supervisory alarm at Bristol School.

Per dispatch: Alarm came in through an alarm company, showing a general alarm.

UPDATE 11:32 a.m. — Bristol chief on scene is investigating and reports no signs of fire showing from the exterior.

UPDATE 11:34 a.m. — Chief tells dispatch no response needed from other units.

Bristol FD responding to state line crash for mutual aid

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At 10:49 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding for mutual aid to the Antioch Fire Department for a crash at Highway 45 and WG (State Line Road).

Per dispatch: Crash involves one vehicle, which may be rolled over. Scene is just south of the intersection in Illinois.

Prom dress event at Salem library Sept. 6

prom-dress-sxc-Cynthia-Lutes-webA’s Dress Closet is having a Dress Giveaway at the Salem Community Library branch Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m . They are offering 1 free (gently worn) dress for Prom or Homecoming to local high school girls.  A $10 donation is requested, which will go towards next year’s event. This is a nonprofit event. The organizers have been collecting dresses from friends, families, co-workers and would like to pass them on to local girls.

The library is located at 24615 89th St, Salem.

Garage sales page updated

garage-saleWest of the I’s garage sales page has been updated.

Be sure to check it out each week before you begin your bargain hunting.

If you’d like your sale added to the list, please drop us a line at Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

Storms prominent in forecast today, Saturday

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Photo by Pablo Roda via stock.xchng

Thunderstorms are prominent, if not quite certain, in the local National Weather Service forecast for today and continuing into Saturday.

There’s a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today and a 60 percent chance tonight and Saturday. The high temperature forecast for today and Saturday is 80.

Sunday looks to be a little warmer — high 82 — and sunny. Then the thunderstorms return, starting with a slight chance Sunday and then likely by Monday (60 percent chance).

A hydrologic outlook from the NWS warns that heavy rain could cause streams to rise, but it also points out that the heaviest rain is not expected here. The Fox River as measured at the New Munster gauge is at 6.58 feet as of 6 a.m. Friday, well below flood stage of 10 feet.

High temperatures are expected to continue to be around 80 for the first week of school.

UPDATE 8:11 p.m. — Thunders rumbles heard in Paddock Lake.

Lakewood School staff accepts ice bucket challenge

Lakewood School staff accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge Wednesday afternoon:

Here’s a video by Christina Fauria that is also posted on the school website:

Brighton School Honor Roll fourth quarter 2013-14

Note: The following post was sponsored by Gagliardi Law, LLP. — DH

The following students were named to the Brighton School honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year:

8th Grade

Principal Honor Roll — Melanie Petges, Abigail Moat, Chelsa Perleberg, Elijah Scheckel, Kelly Wolkober.

Honor Roll — James Bigley, Claire Fox, Taylor Mitchell, Lindsay Meyers, Brooke Wysaitko.

A-B Honor Roll — Matthew Bruzas, Luke DeBell, Jacob Hauser, Kate Husenica, Alayna Oldenburg, Tala Peacock.

7th Grade

Principal Honor Roll — Gabe Hartke, Braden Lejcar, Emily Springer, Mason Sullivan, Rebecca Tondi.

Honor Roll — Alexandrea Lemieux, Dylan Hughes, Jake Mueller, Keely Nelson, Elizabeth Petges, Ethan Rushkus, Alexander Salerno, Layne Schroeder, Jordyn Schultz, Courtney Uhlenhake, Paris Zamba.

A-B Honor Roll — Daniel Boyd, Anthony Brand, Joshua Ellerbrock, Katelyn Halladay.

6th Grade

Principals Honor Roll — Frank Bain, Kenna Beth, Kayla Daniels, Tyme Eppers, Anastasia Doyle-Bruce, Charles Feeney, Elizabeth Gorka, Isabelle Keen, Hannah Moat, Hannah Nelson, Amanda Tews, Heidi Ludwig, Keith Myers, Alyssa Rasch, Adam Seybert, Daniel Seward, Ryan Spafford, Paige Wysaitko.

Honor Roll — Amanda Hauser, Ryan DeBell, Joseph Ellerbrock, Donaven Packard, Trinity Pflueger.

5th Grade

Principals Honor Roll — Carolann Bradley, Max Calzada, Abigail Conrad, Hannah Coots, Noah Dufek, Megan Fliess, Luke Hartke, Shannon Hughes, Megan Lejcar, Alyssa Meyer, Antonina Miller, Kyle Mitchell, Sydney Nys, Magnus Schroeder, Jacob Seward, McKenna Smith, Lexie Wisnefski.

Honor Roll — Rylan Ladd, Matthew Smith, Alexandra Wolf.

A-B Honor Roll — Donald Brand, Emmarie Eppers, Daniel Patten, Chloe Uhlenhake, Hunter Schwertfeger, Lili Welker.

Note: The following post was sponsored by Gagliardi Law, LLP. — DH

Garage sales page updated

garage-saleWest of the I’s garage sales page has been updated.

Be sure to check it out each week before you begin your bargain hunting.

If you’d like your sale added to the list, please drop us a line at Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

Lakewood School building improvements update

Twin Lakes School District administrator Joseph Price shared some photos with us that show the progress of work being done on the Lakewood School building this summer:

This is a new classroom door locking system that can automatically be locked with the touch of a button should a "lock down" situation occur. /Contributed photo

This is a new classroom door locking system that can automatically be locked with the touch of a button should a “lock down” situation occur. /Contributed photo


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New water fountains where students can refill their water bottles with filtered water. It also has a counter that tells us how many bottles have been saved. This is an eco friendly unit and students will have access to purified water. /Contributed photo

Deaths Aug. 27, 2014: Frederick C. Peterson

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

A word from our sponsors: Bear Homes the preferred builder for The Meadows of Mill Creek Subdivision

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Note: Bear Homes is a sponsor. — DH

Bear Homes is pleased to be the preferred builder of the Meadows of Mill Creek Subdivision, located off 84th Street & 245th Avenue in Salem, WI.

This community has a total of 24 single family lots and a total of 10 remaining ready to be built on.

Lot sizes in the range of a half acre and are on city sewer and private shared wells. There are a wide variety of look out and walk out lots available to choose from.

Bear Homes is in the process of starting a builder spec in the subdivision which will be a two story four bedroom home and appox. 2300 sq.ft. This home will be listed for $289,900.

Please view our website at www.Bearhomes.come to get a quick “Quote on Demand” to build the home of your dreams or to view our floor plans and photo gallery. Or call to schedule an appointment to meet with our sales representative at 262.842.0600

Units responding to crash in Silver Lake

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At 3:52 p.m., Silver Lake Fire Department and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units and a Silver Lake Police officer are responding to a report of a crash at Highway B and F in Silver Lake.

UPDATE 3:54 p.m. — Fire Department unit on the scene reports two vehicles involved and patients with minor injuries.

UPDATE 3:57 p.m. — SLPD officer requests a tow for one of the vehicles.

Units responding for gas main break in Paris

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At about 1:35 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a gas main break.

Per dispatch: Break occurred in a construction area in the 2800 block of West Frontage Road in Paris.

A word from our sponsors: New weekly ad for Marv & Alison’s Sentry posted at

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This week’s ad for Marv & Alison’s Sentry  in Paddock Lake is now available at Click on the ad to see the full line-up of values for this coming week.

The sale prices in this ad (click here to see ad) are effective from Thursday, Aug. 28 through Wednesday, Sept. 3.  Ask for a copy of the coupons — including the Super Coupons — at the store service desk.

This week’s ad includes a three-day coupon sale.

Check out this week’s Marv & Alison’s Sentry ad for great values you can get right here in Western Kenosha County.

Draft Rock Lake management study due in Sept.

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Rock Lake.

A draft of a Rock Lake management study being prepared by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission should be done by the end of September, the biologist/planner preparing the document said.

Beverly Saunders, a senior specialist and lake planner for SEWRPC who is writing the plan, explained the process and what will be addressed in the plan at a meeting held at Salem Town Hall Tuesday.

About 20 people attended. Craig Helker, water resources biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, also was in attendance, mostly in an observational role, though he did address some questions regarding permitting and aquatic plant control.

Saunders said she expected the plan to be completed by the end of September. She then will solicit comments from the DNR. Another meeting with the public will be held — probably in October — to review the draft before the plan is finalized.

Once it is completed, the plan will help guide permitting for aquatic plant control for five years, Helker said.

The subject areas to be addressed as outlined by Saunders were diverse and extensive. They included: Water flow and spillway maintenance, blue green and floating algae, aquatic plant management, water quality, wildlife – including fish and birds, lake restoration, shoreline maintenance and other miscellaneous areas of concern.

In the end, the plan is advisory, not regulatory, Saunders said. But it will offer a plan for managing the lake and will be referenced by the DNR in issuing any permits.

The ultimate goal will be to have a lake that works better for residents and others that use it.

“A healthy lake is one that functions well without a lot of maintenance,” Saunders said.

Saunders said she has been out on the lake and has talked to some residents.

Here is Saunders’ outline of issues to be included in the study.

Salem and the Rock Lake Restoration Association are sharing the cost of the study.

Units responding to medical call at Wilmot UHS

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At about 5:34 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a medical call at Wilmot Union High School.

Per dispatch: Patient injured their knee while playing soccer.

Units responding for crash in Salem

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At about 5:17 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways 50 and B in Salem.

Per dispatch: Preliminary information indicates two vehicles involved, one partially rolled over and the other in the cemetery at the intersection.

UPDATE 5:23 p.m. — Salem chief arriving on scene indicates one vehicle on its side, the other with moderate damage. Rescue squad personnel and deputies talking with occupants.

UPDATE 5:35 p.m. — Tows being sent for both vehicles.

Twin Lakes Movies in the Park concludes with “Planes”

The Village of Twin Lakes Park Commission and season sponsor Baxter and Woodman Consulting Engineers 2014 Movies in the Parks program concludes for the season Friday, Aug. 29.

The final showing of the season includes some special pre-screening activities. A seaplane will land on Lake Mary between 5:30 and 6 p.m. The plane will then takeoff from Lake Mary at about 7:30 p.m. “Planes” will be screened beginning at dusk (about 8 p.m.) in the outdoor amphitheater on the shores of Lake Mary at Lance Park.

Bring a blanket or chair for these free, family-friendly movies. Movies are shown inside at the park in the event of rain.

Randall School honor roll fourth quarter 2013-14

The following post was sponsored by Gagliardi Law, LLP. — DH

The following students were named to the Randall School Honor Roll for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

7th Grade

Straight A’s: Jacob Brockway, Skyler Cordova.

High Honors: Austin Adam, Tyler Adam, Dianna Barker, Lauren Christensen, Gretta Cieslak, Carson Doty, Grady Duffy, Alexandra Grobarchik, Emily Hershelman, Jaret Ketterhagen, Trinity Lee, Elizabeth Lucik, Stephanie Mays, Grace Norberg, Daniel Porter, Katelyn Strother, Alexander Wank, Makayla Wedge-Damon, Megan Wise, Mason Worklan.

Honorable Mention: Ashley Albrecht, Jordan Ball, Jessica Bouma, Hannah Brendel, Paloma Deiters, Brennan Diedrich, Molly Eisenhauer, Jacob Erickson, Dana Fornell, Emily Gesky, Mikayla Gulbransen, Aaron Herzog, Madison Johnson, Kieran Kehoe, Cullen Ketterhagen, Meranda Kuwik, Paige LaBar, Alessandra Lupo, Kenedy Nardini, Dawsen Pelky, Seneca Peterson, Nathaniel Quade, Tanis Rossow, Jake Sattersten, Branden Spencer, Ayden Steffen.

8th Grade

Straight A’s: Faith Boyd, Teagan Duffy, Ashley Lesko, Shae O’Day.

High Honors: Jeremy Bruton, Desrye Erickson, Rachel Fosler, Samantha Gallatin, Sydney Grossi, Emily Hand, Sydney Helmuth, Kayla Kerkman, Mitchell Klein, Kordan Kopp, Kira Mackay, Ella Parisi, Kody Schemenauer, Dayne Schleusner, Megan Streitmatter, Emily Vershowske, Samuel Wank.

Honorable Mention: Tristan Azevedo, Colby Barker, Jadah Bollinger, Samantha Castellano, Christine Dogan, Sierra Domek, Ashley Falasz, Daniel Folos, Adia Fuller, Dante Kappers, Samantha Karls, Robert Lyon, Talia Nordigian, Alexandra Nunez, Montana Platts, Amy Poteracki, Alex Rittorno, Alex Tenhagen, Jeremy Toro, Brooklyn Willms.

The following post was sponsored by Gagliardi Law, LLP. — DH

Units responding to Twin Lakes PD for burning smell

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At about 11:03 a.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding to the Twin Lakes Fire Department station on Lance Drive for an electrical burning smell.

UPDATE 11:18 a.m. — Police officer reports to dispatch that smell appears to be from the HVAC system. Repair company being called.

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