2017 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: Fair has daily demo from Kenosha Sheriff’s Department

Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.con sponsor. This is a paid announcement — DH

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department tent at the Kenosha County Fair has a full program of demonstrations running each day of this year’s fair.

  • On Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Mobile Command Unit, ATV and snowmobile will be on display.
  • On Thursday, there the BearCat Vehicle and TRT Gear will be on display from noon to 2 p.m.
  • On Friday, the Sheriff’s Bomb Unit will be on site, with demonstrations at 4 and 6 p.m.
  • On Saturday, there will be live Taser demonstrations at 4 and 6 p.m. Yes, they are really going to tase people.
  • On Sunday, there will be a Sheriff’s K-9 demonstrations at 2 and 4 p.m.

The demos are held outside at the northwest corner of the Commercial Building.

The Kenosha County Fair runs Aug. 16-20 this year.

2017-18 Kenosha County Youth in Governance participants announced

Kenosha County Youth in Governance swore in its newest class of 14 local high school students earlier this summer.

Participants serve as advisory members of the County Board’s six standing committees, plus the Kenosha Joint Services Board. They attend meetings and have the opportunity to contribute to discussions just the same as the elected supervisors who make up the committees. The students are paired with a mentor member of each committee.

“Youth in Governance does an outstanding job of getting some of our community’s best and brightest teens involved in government at a young age,” said County Executive Jim Kreuser. “These are our future leaders.”

Members are nominated, often by teachers, before undergoing an in-depth interview process. For the 2017 program year, there were 260 nominees, 20 of whom were interviewed by current and past YIG participants and members of the County Board’s Planning, Development and Extension
Education Committee.

“The youths we get that apply for Youth in Governance, they’re always so amazing,” said Supervisor Erin Decker, chairwoman of the Planning, Development and Extension Education Committee. “They’re all bright and active and just great. It’s always great to see a bunch of
people who you know that, in the future, they’re going to do well.”

In order to be considered for YIG participation, applicants must be Kenosha County residents in 10th or 11th grade with a grade-point average of 2.5 or greater. Participants are required to attend the monthly meetings of their assigned committee, plus at least one full County Board meeting during their one-year term. They are also required to participate in a bus tour – a one-day crash course in all of the functions of county government – at the start of the term.

Terms run from May to May. High school juniors completing their first term have the opportunity to apply to return for a second year.

County Board Chairwoman Kim Breunig has been a champion of Youth in Governance since it began. What was then an experiment for Kenosha County has become a model for governments elsewhere in Wisconsin that have launched similar programs.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a youth who came out of there saying ‘that was a waste of my time,’” Breunig said. “Whether they talk in the committee meetings or not, I think they always learn something.”

“I love this program,” Breunig added. “I think it was one of the best things that Kenosha County ever did.”

The 2017-’18 Youth in Governance class includes:

  • Jeremy Jin, Finance and Administration Committee.
  • Emma Heller-Cavener, Finance and Administration Committee.
  • Megan Setter, Human Services Committee.
  • Na’Kia Hughes, Human Services Committee.
  • Jamal Hanson, Joint Services Board.
  • Janaki Rawal, Joint Services Board.
  • Morgan Kolimaga, Judiciary and Law Committee.
  • Anna Delisi, Judiciary and Law Committee.
  • Isabella Ricker, Legislative Committee.
  • Aubriana Maedke, Legislative Committee.
  • Jonathan Filiatreault, Planning, Development and Extension Education Committee.
  • Julia Arturi, Planning, Development and Extension Education Committee.
  • Alexander Dawson, Public Works and Facilities Committee.
  • Aiden Moore, Public Works and Facilities Committee.

For more information about Kenosha County Youth in Governance, please visit http://kenosha.uwex.edu/youth-development/youth-in-governance/.

Units responding to accident

11:15 a.m. – Salem Fire and Rescue is responding to an injury accident in the 7800 block of Highway 83.

11:22 a.m. – Two vehicles involved, minor injuries being reported.

2017 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: The fair has plenty of pull

Note: Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The Kenosha County Fair has plenty of pull — as in pulling competitions.

The fair’s pull categories range from garden to 14,500 pound tractors.

Truck and tractor pull is scheduled for Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstand. Classes are:

  • Altered Farm Tractors
  • Too Hot to Farm Tractors
  • 9500 Farm Tractors
  • Modified Tractors
  • Pro Street Gas Trucks
  • Barnyard Gas Trucks
  • Outlaw Diesel Trucks
  • Pro Street Diesel Trucks
  • 14,500 Farm Turbo Tractors

Combine demo derby follows the pulling competition Thursday.

Garden tractor pull takes place Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., weigh-in at 9 a.m.

More information on garden tractor pull classes and rules is available here.

The Kenosha County Fair runs this year from Aug. 16-20.

Units responding to water emergency

6:37 p.m. – Bristol Fire and Rescue are responding to a water emergency at 199th and 214th Ave.

Deaths Aug. 14, 2017: Darin Dodge Bruski

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:

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UPDATE: Name of victims in drag strip shooting released

Sheriff David Beth updates reporters regarding the shootings at Great Lakes Dragaway Sunday morning.

The names of the victims in a Sunday evening shooting at a drag strip in Paris have been released by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

At a press conference at the track on Monday afternoon, Sheriff David Beth said the victims, all men, were:

  • David L. Watson, 30, of Oswego, Illinois, who died en route to the hospital.
  • Khalid R. Howard, 30, of Aurora, Illinois, who died at the scene.
  • Derek K. Edwards, 26, of North Aurora, who died at the scene.

Authorities do not have a suspect in custody as of Monday afternoon, Beth said.

The suspect is described as a black male, between the areas of 20-30, approximately 5 feet 9 inches with a thin athletic build. Witnesses describe the suspect as having shaved hair on both sides with a “scruffy” top. Witnesses say he fled on foot and then by an unknown vehicle.

Beth said the shootings were at close range and the victims were distinct targets. At one point he referred to the shootings as assassinations. There was a “strong possibility” it was gang-related as the three victims were known gang associates.

“I don’t know if this is retaliation, I don’t know if this is a family trouble, I really don’t know,” Beth said. “The only thing I am very positive of is the three people who are dead are involved with a gang in Illinois.”

Beth said he could not give a motive for the shooting.

There was armed private security on site; the track was not screening people for weapons, Beth said, but the incident happened in a parking area where anyone could have driven in.

Deputies were on scene all night. Searching the scene was difficult because of the upwards of 15,000 people at the event and fading light after the 7 p.m. hour when it occurred. Investigation at the scene continued while the press conference was going on.

Beth said the KCSD is working with Milwaukee area police, Aurora police and the FBI.

Beth asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the Sheriff’s Department (262-605-5100).

“Keep calling in,” Beth said.

Units responding for fire in Wheatland

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At about 11:34 a.m., Town of Wheatland For Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to the 3100 block of Dyer Lake Road in Wheatland for a fire.

Per dispatch: A garbage container is on fire.

UPDATE: Three shooting victims at drag strip in Paris are dead

Sheriff David Beth talks to reporters at the entrance to Great Lakes Dragaway

Three people shot by a single gunman at Great Lakes Dragaway in Paris Sunday evening have died, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said.

Beth said the shooting may have been gang related. A suspect was not in custody as of 9:30 p.m.

The shooter was described as a black male in his 20s, wearing cutoff blue jean shorts, a black hoodie sweatshirt, with shaved hair on at least one side.

The shooter approached three people at a food vendor set up in a parking area. The shooting was reported at about 7 p.m. The victims were shot at close range.

All three of the people who were shot are believed to be from Illinois and two of them from Aurora, Illinois, Beth said.

Two of the people died at the scene. One died while being transported by ambulance to a hospital, Beth said. All of the victims were male.

“Only three people were shot and all three of those have died,” Beth said.

An event at the drag strip Sunday, called Larry’s Fun Fest, had attracted about 5,000 people to the event, many from Milwaukee and the Chicago area.

Beth said he interviewed some friends of the victims, who said they had no idea what motivated the shooting.

Beth said authorities did not know where the shooter was or if he might even still be on the scene. Some people said the shooter left the scene in a black vehicle, Beth said.

“I don’t know if our suspect is still here or he left, I don’t know,” Beth said.

A motive for the shooting was unknown, Beth said. There had been no altercations earlier in the day.

“The detectives that I talked to, we’re not aware exactly of what caused this,” Beth told reporters.

The food vendor was located in a parking are, not the regular food vending area, Beth said.

Beth asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the Sheriff’s Department (262-605-5100).

“We would love someone .. to call the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department and let them know what you know,” Beth said.

Investigation into the incident was still ongoing at the scene as of the press conference time and Beth said he expected it to continue through the night.

Cars were still leaving the property at about 9:45 p.m.

Here is video of the Beth press conference:

Brian Mitchell is a racer and volunteer at the track. He characterized the fest as a positive event where people try to escape a bad element. Here is video of an interview with Brian Mitchell from last night at the track (from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick):

UPDATE: Three shot at drag strip in Paris

Three people were shot at Great Lakes Dragaway in Paris Sunday evening, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed in a news release.

About 5000 people were in attendance at the track.

Cars are still exiting the track property at 9:16 p.m.

A press conference is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. We will update after that.

UPDATE 9:45 p.m. — Sheriff David Beth says at press conference that people who were shot are all dead. Press conference over. I will update soon.

Units responding for crash on I-94

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At about 8:08 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue is responding for a report of a crash in the 100 block of I-94 southbound.

Per dispatch: Crash involves car and motorcycle.

Units responding to shooting at Paris drag strip

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At about 7:12 p.m., units from multiple local fire departments are responding to a box alarm activated by Paris Fire and Rescue for multiple shooting victims at a drag strip in the 18400 block of Highway KR in Paris.

Departments responding are Kansasville Fire Department, Union Grove Fire Department, Bristol Fire and Rescue, Somers Fire and Rescue and Pleasant Prairie Fire Department. Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue is responding for change of quarters. Flight for Life medical transport helicopter also is included in the box alarm. The departments are responding with engines, ambulances and a squad.

The shooter has been identified as a male black, about 5 feet 9 inches, about 145 pounds who has fled the scene in a black vehicle. Direction of travel unknown.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m. — Highway KR being shut down from Highway 45 to I-94.

UPDATE 7:54 p.m. — Deputy requests Highway KR at I-94 be opened for constant stream of eastbound traffic leaving drag strip property. Both lanes for traffic being used for eastbound travel.

UPDATE 8:13 p.m. — Dispatch reporting a crash on Highway KR involving a car and maybe two motorcycles.

UPDATE 8:18 p.m. — Dispatch reporting an additional crash in the 15300 block of Highway KR.

UPDATE 8:21 p.m. — Box alarm being upgraded for ambulances only. Staging at Paris Fire station. Due with ambulances Twin Lakes Rescue, Caledonia Fire Department, Newport Fire Department, South Shore Fire Department, Salem Lakes Fire Department and Scout Leaders Fire Department.

 

Deaths Aug. 13, 2017: Rose Mary Bauer

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Deal of the Day: Breezy Hill Nursery $25 gift card half off

breezy-hill-nursery-summer-2015Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal!

Today’s offering is from Breezy Hill Nursery, 7530 288th Ave. Breezy Hill Nursery offers a full line of landscaping and gardening supplies. Their retail center offers gifts, decor, garden and landscaping products, delivery services and classes. Breezy Hill’s Garden Center Staff are passionate gardeners who are truly excited by the opportunity to share their knowledge, offer up some advice or show off the exciting signature specimen plant material their garden center is known for.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Breezy Hill Nursery gift card that you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). Full description of conditions is available here. It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!





A word from our sponsors: Aug. 13, 2017 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

23300 111th St, Trevor

11702 242nd Ct, Trevor

2403 136th Ave, Kenosha

2017 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: Pig and duck racing at this year’s fair

Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Pig racing has a been a entertaining staple of the Kenosha County Fair for years.

This year there will be pig racing again and a new twist — duck racing.

Come and see who wins at the Pleasure Valley Pig and Duck Races. Cheer on your pig to victory as it glides across the track to a prize of an Oreo cookie. Make some noise for the ducks as they swim as fast as they can, the louder the crowd the faster they swim.

The pig and duck races will take place at the Show Area between 4-H Exhibits and Public Safety & First Aid. Schedule is:

  • Wednesday through Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The 2017 Kenosha County Fair runs from Aug. 16-20.

Units responding for burning in Brighton

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At about 7 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding for a report of burning in the 23700 block of 18th Place in Brighton.

Per dispatch: Caller reports burning of inappropriate items in a bonfire.

Units responding for down wire in Bristol

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At about 10:28 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a down wire in the 16700 block of 92nd Street in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Caller reports a tree branch fell on a wire.

UPDATE 10:33 a.m. — Utility company crew responding.

A word from our sponsors: Aug. 12, 2017 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

8001 160th Ave, Bristol

Part of Highway D in Paris to close for culvert work

The Kenosha County Division of Highways has announced a closure of a stretch of Highway D in Paris for culvert work.

From a news release:

A segment of Kenosha County Trunk Highway D will be closed part of next week for emergency culvert repair work. The portion of Highway D (176th Avenue) between Highway 142 (Burlington Road) and Highway N (38th Street) is expected to be closed for two days beginning Monday, Aug. 14. The duration of the closure will be dependent upon the weather. The culvert to be repaired was damaged during the recent flooding in the area. The Kenosha County Division of Highways has contracted with Burlington-based Wanasek Corp. to handle the work.

2017 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: Lots of racing at the Kenosha County Fair

Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

There’s a lot of racing at the Kenosha County Fair.

On Friday, Aug. 19, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series plus WingLESS Sprints, Street Stocks and Bandits will take place at the Wilmot Raceway. Gates Open at 5 p.m.; racing starts at 6:45 p.m. There is an additional fee of $5 for ages 12 and older for this racing program.

On Saturday, Aug. 20 the Kenosha County Fair/Roger Iles Tribute featuring The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series plus Modifieds, Mini Sprints and Bandits will take place at the Wilmot Raceway. Gates open at 5 p.m.; racing starts at 6:45 p.m.  An additional fee of $5 applies for ages 12 and older.

This year’s Kenosha County Fair will take place from Aug. 16-20.

Highway 45 update Aug. 11, 2017: Begin some asphalt paving, concrete pavement staking, continued restoration on Stage 1

Note: With the help of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, we will be telling our readers what work took place on the Highway 45 project in the week just past and what is expected to take place in the coming week. Check back every Friday for the latest.

What happened this week (Week of Aug. 7) — Finished common excavation north of 79 th St (Bristol Bay) on Wednesday; new
closure will not allow access from WIS 50 to US 45 south of 79 th St. Residents of Bristol Bay should access from WIS 50. Finished trimming for paving operation Tuesday. Paved northbound US 45 from 86th St to 83rd St. Began asphalt paving from County CJ to 196th St on Wednesday for turn lanes and bypass lanes. Kenosha County closed County C at County D for Culvert work. This was not associated with the US 45 project. This closure took place 8/8 – 8/9. Continued restoration on Stage 1. Perform concrete pavement staking for southbound US 45.

What’s expected to happen next week (Week of Aug. 14) — Will perform common excavation and storm sewer work south of 79th St (Bristol
Bay). This will require US 45 to be closed on the south side of 79th St. Residents should access Bristol Bay from the north. Residents of Bristol Bay
should take US 45 off of WIS 50. Anticipated to get the signals set to Red-Flash at County C and County WG on Monday. Continue asphalt paving from County CJ to 196 th St. Grading behind curb and gutter once pavement is laid down on Stage 1. Pave the southbound lane of US 45 from 83rd St to 86th St. Slip curb and gutter from 86th St to 83 rd St. Continue restoration on Stage 1.

Deal of the Day: Hill Country Market $25 gift card half off

HCMl-west-of-the-i-web-ad-(1)Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal!

Today’s offering is from Hill Country Market, 7510 288th Ave, Suite #1, Salem. Hill Country Market features local, organic, and gluten-free grocery products, produce, fine cheese, sausage, wine and beer, gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, deli items, fresh meat, baked goods and more. They believe that fresh, local, and natural ingredients are best. You can even expect to see produce straight from their garden during the growing season. Make sure you visit the tea and coffee bar at Hill Country Market and the deli offering quality meat and cheeses from Boar’s Head. Hungry? Check out Hill Country Market’s unique, made-to-order sandwiches and panini’s as well as salads, soups of the day, fresh baked goods, and more.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Hill Country Market gift card that you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). Full description of conditions is available here. It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!

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Readers photos: Rainbow over Paddock Lake

/Photo by Kristen Gourlie

Kristen Gourlie took this photo of a rainbow over Paddock Lake on Thursday.

A word from our sponsors: Wisconsin Emissions Testing available at Wilmot Auto Service

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Wisconsin Emissions Tests can now be done at Wilmot Auto Service.

The test is free to you. Call 862-6300 for an appointment. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Wilmot Auto Service, Inc is an independent auto repair shop and has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.

Dwayne & Cindy Garwood are the owners and Dwayne is an ASE Master technician and has been in the automotive repair business for over 25 years, 16 of these years have been in Wilmot. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 66 years in business. He employs ASE certified and ASE master technicians. Dwayne’s commitment to you has always been to offer the highest quality, honest and friendly auto service.

Wilmot Auto Service offers a variety of services like alignments, brakes, tires, timing belts, check engine lights and state inspections. They can be reached at 262-862-6300. They are located at 11307 Fox River Rd. Wilmot, WI 53192 with the BP gas station in downtown Wilmot. www.wilmotautoservice.com

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 darren@westofthei.com. Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

2017 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: Take the bus to the fair

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All aboard to the Kenosha County Fair!

Western Kenosha County Transit will offer stops to the fair for no additional cost on Aug. 16, 17  and 18.

Full schedule is available here.

This will impact the regular schedule by a few minutes each way, and your patience is appreciated during these days. All rides $2 each way.

Enjoy the Kenosha County Fair minus the hassle of parking. Relax and take Western Transit.

Fair bus stop is at the south gate by the school. Last bus to Kenosha leaves the Fair at 3:45 p.m. Last bus to Twin Lakes leaves the Fair at 5:20 p.m.

The Kenosha County Fair runs from Aug. 16-20 this year.

Deaths Aug. 10, 2017: John H. Emerson Jr.

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:

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Units responding to crash in Silver Lake

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At about 3:40 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highway B and Lotus Drive in Silver Lake.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a car and 15-year-old that was riding a bicycle.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The watch is in effect until 9 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.

UPDATE 9:10 p.m. — Watch has expired.

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