Randall considering booting illegal golf carts

The Randall town government is exploring the idea of attaching an immobilizing wheel clamp to golf carts that park illegally in town parks.

The Town Board discussed the issue at Thursday’s regular board meeting.

Tom Huffine, enforcement officer, started the discussion with raising the possibility of licensing or registering the carts for individuals who really need them, such as people with mobility disabilities.

 “I know some of them really need it because they can hardly walk,” Huffine.

Further discussion revealed that people without mobility issues driving golf carts on town streets and parking them at Lakeside and Bayview parks is a nuisance. Driving any golf cart on town streets is prohibited.

Without any license or registration, figuring out who a cart belongs to is difficult, Huffine said.

As a possible solution to that issue, Huffine suggested looking into wheel clamps — also known as a Denver boot — which can be purchased for about $60 to $80, he estimated. They can be placed on a vehicle to prevent it from being driven.

A clamp could be placed on a vehicle in the parks with a note about how the owner can get the clamp removed.

Chairman Bob Stoll said he would check into the legal implications of that action and report back to the board.

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A word from our sponsors: July 11, 2020 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

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

5301 366th Ave, Burlington

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update July 10, 2020: 1,703 positives

Note: We have upgraded some of the charts in our week day COVID-19 updates by creating them with a new program that will allow us to embed more interactive charts into our posts. For example, you will be able to hover your cursor over individual data points and see the date and precise value. You also can view a larger view by clicking on “a Flourish chart.” We hope this will make the charts we aggregate and create daily more informative. — DH

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 1,703 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Friday. That’s 31 more positives than Thursday. There have been 46 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. That’s 2 more than Thursday. The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 18,959 negative test results, a positive rate of 1008.1/100,000 people and a 3 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Friday.

Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Friday:

  • Bristol — 28 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 11 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 62 cases
  • Randall — 17 cases (1 more than Thursday)
  • Twin Lakes — 27 cases
  • Wheatland — 11 cases (5 more than Thursday)
  • Paris — 3 cases
  • Brighton — 2 cases

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time:

Here is Kenosha County recovery data as of July 9 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of Friday:

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 34,753 positive tests and 635,411 negative tests with 814 deaths statewide as of Friday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 10,260 positives as of Friday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths July 10, 2020: Raymond L. Bank, Gerald “Jerry” Miltimore

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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Garage sales page updated

West 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.

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Culvert work to close Highway K Monday

From the Kenosha County Division of Highways:

A portion of Kenosha County Highway K (60th Street) will be closed Monday, July 13, for a culvert replacement. The closure includes the stretch between Highway MB (152nd Avenue) and 128th Avenue. Drivers are encouraged to use Highway 50 as an east-west alternate. This work will be conducted weather permitting and is subject to change.

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Paddock Lake to keep meeting attendance options open for board members

A discussion by the Paddock Lake Village Board on Wednesday on whether to continue to allow board members to attend meetings remotely prompted two trustees to say they might resign — for different reasons.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, earlier this year the board amended a village ordinance to allow all or just some board members to attend meetings though virtual audio or video connections.

On Wednesday, village President Terry Burns proposed going forward with another change offering two options: In-person meetings with certain COVID-19 spread prevention provisions or full virtual meetings with prior approval of five of the seven members.

Burns proposed arranging the meeting room for 6-foot separation and requiring mask wearing when entering and leaving the room. A person could remove their mask once in their place.

Trustee Kathy Christenson, who was present on speaker phone on Wednesday, said she was not comfortable with attending board meetings with voluntary mask wearing and she would prefer to continue to attend remotely. If the board opted to not allow individual board members to attend via phone or video link, then she would probably have to eventually resign since she would not be fulfilling her duties as a trustee.

“I am not going to sit there if some people don’t wear a mask, not in a room that size,” Christenson said. “It’s not worth risking my family’s health.” Christenson said she takes care of a 100-plus-year-old family member.

Given that there is a posted requirement for wearing a mask in the municipal building, village attorney Jeff Davison advised not appearing to have a different policy for board meetings or any meeting within the building’s walls.

“You have to have a rule and you have to abide by that rule,” Davison said. “If you have a rule that everyone should have a mask on in the building then they should have a mask on. If you have elected officials that don’t have them on they shouldn’t be here.”

That prompted Trustee Scott Garland — the only board member or village staff member not wearing a mask — to offer to resign. One of two audience members also was not wearing a mask during the meeting.

“I would be happy to resign,” Garland said.

A second possibility of a trustee resignation seemed to alarm village administrator Tim Popanda.

“We can’t be losing two public officials,” Popanda said.

Ultimately, the board settled on two avenues: To create a policy solidifying the mask wearing requirement in the building and continue to allow individual members to attend meetings (except closed sessions) via phone or audio/video computer link.

That would allow Christenson to attend most meetings remotely to avoid the possibility of non mask wearing and also allow Garland to attend remotely in order to not make others uncomfortable with his lack of mask wearing.

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July 10, 2020 lake test results: Center Lake remains at caution

A swim caution remains in effect for Center Lake after re-sampling by the Kenosha County Division of Health Thursday continued to show elevated E.coli levels there.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when the test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

The most recent result for Center Lake was 272 E.coli/100 mL.

The swim caution will remain in effect over the weekend as smapling will not take place again until next week

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update July 9, 2020: 1,672 positives

ote: We have upgraded some of the charts in our week day COVID-19 updates by creating them with a new program that will allow us to embed more interactive charts into our posts. For example, you will be able to hover your cursor over individual data points and see the date and precise value. You also can view a larger view by clicking on “a Flourish chart.” We hope this will make the charts we aggregate and create daily more informative. — DH

The Wisconsin Division of Health is reporting 1,672 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Wednesday. That’s 44 more positives than Wednesday. There have been 44 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. The DHS also is reporting 18,719 negative test results, a positive rate of 989.7/100,000 people and a 3 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Thursday.

Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Thursday:

  • Bristol — 28 cases (2 more cases than Wednesday)
  • Paddock Lake — 11 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 62 cases (2 more than Wednesday)
  • Randall — 16 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 27 cases (1 more than Wednesday)
  • Wheatland — 6 cases
  • Paris — 3 cases
  • Brighton — 2 case

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time:

Here is Kenosha County recovery data as of July 9 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of Thursday:

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 33,908 positive tests and 623,554 negative tests with 809 deaths statewide as of Thursday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 10,185 positives as of Thursday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths July 9, 2020: Doris Elaine Colombe

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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Severe thunderstorm watch issued

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

The watch is set to be in effect until 11 p.m.

UPDATE 4:40 p.m. — Here’s a few items from the NWS Sullivan office regarding this storm:

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 11PM. Main concerns are wind gusts around 60 mph, quarter size hail, and…

Posted by US National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan Wisconsin on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Storms are making their way through Wisconsin. Some storms may be severe with 60 mph winds, quarter size hail, and flooding. Make sure to keep up with the current conditions.

Posted by US National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan Wisconsin on Thursday, July 9, 2020

UPDATE 9:30 p.m. — After several rounds of stormy weather, the severe thunderstorm watch has been cancelled.

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July 9, 2020 lake test results: Paddock Lake North Shore Association caution lifted; Center Lake still on caution

A swim caution has been lifted for the North Shore Association beach on Paddock Lake and a swim caution remains in effect at Center Lake after re-sampling Wednesday.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when the test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

The results for resampling done Wednesday were:

  • Center Lake – 649 E.coli/100 mL
  • North Shore Association – 58 E.coli/100 mL

Center Lake was scheduled to be resampled again Thursday.

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Units responding for spill in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 10:47 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding for a to the area of 83rd Street and 196th Avenue for a report of oil on the roadway.

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A word from our sponsors: Register now for Westosha Falcons Youth Football 100% all-play league

Secure your athlete’s spot for Westosha Falcons Youth Football (WFYF) Fall 2020 action today!

Teams forming now for 1st -2nd grade Fall Flag, 3rd-8th grade Fall Tackle, and 3rd-8th grade Summer Camp (July 21-23, 2020).

Visit www.westoshafootball.org to register online.

Our Heads-Up Tackling Certified league provides 100% ALL-PLAY opportunity for every athlete: Westosha Youth Falcons play to learn and learn to play! Our commitment to player development, positive coaching, academics & citizenship, and sportsmanship prepare our athletes for seamless transition to the Westosha Falcons High School football program.

  • $200 Tackle league fee.
  • $75 Flag league fee.
  • $50 Summer Camp fee.

Sibling and referral discounts & flexible payment plan available.
Please contact westoshayouthfootball@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

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Garage sales page updated

West 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.

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Agenda: Randall Town Board meeting July 9, 2020

The Randall Town Board is scheduled to hold a regular meeting on Thursday starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall in Bassett.

“Strict adherence to recommended isolation practices will be followed,” the agenda says.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Tabled Nippersink parking concerns and request of additional/repair of No Parking Signs. Discussion, consideration, and action if any.
  • Consideration of golf cart permits for handicap access to the Park. Discussion, consideration, and action if any.

The full agenda is available here.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update July 8, 2020: 1,628 positives

Note: We have upgraded some of the charts in our week day COVID-19 updates by creating them with a new program that will allow us to embed more interactive charts into our posts. For example, you will be able to hover your cursor over individual data points and see the date and precise value. You also can view a larger view by clicking on “a Flourish chart.” We hope this will make the charts we aggregate and create daily more informative. — DH

The Wisconsin Division of Health is reporting 1,628 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Wednesday. That’s 2 more positives than Tuesday. There have been 44 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. The DHS also is reporting 18,719 negative test results, a positive rate of 967.1/100,000 people and a 3 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Wednesday.

Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Tuesday:

  • Bristol — 26 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 11 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 60 cases
  • Randall — 16 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 26 cases
  • Wheatland — 6 cases
  • Paris — 3 cases
  • Brighton — 2 case

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time:

Here is Kenosha County recovery data as of July 2 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of Wednesday:

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 33.154 positive tests and 611,105 negative tests with 807 deaths statewide as of Wednesday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 10,101 positives as of Wednesday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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2020 Old Settlers Oktoberfest cancelled

Another 2020 public event has been cancelled..

Old Settlers Oktoberfest in Paddock Lake made the following announcement via social media:

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Old Settlers Oktoberfest on…

Posted by Old Settlers Oktoberfest on Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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July 8, 2020 lake test results: Center Lake and Paddock Lake North Shore Association at swim caution

Center Lake and the North Shore Association beach on Paddock Lake are under swim cautions after testing showed elevated E.coli levels there.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when the test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

The test results that produced the cautions were:

  • Center Lake: 816 E.coli/100 mL
  • North Shore Association on Paddock Lake:  261 E.coli/100 mL

Those spots were set to be resampled Wednesday.

Other results from Tuesday as reported by the Kenosha County Division of Health (except where noted) are:

Salem Lakes –Silver Lake County Park beach 179 E.coli/100 mL; Silver Lake DeWitt Park 40 E.coli/100mL; Lake Shangri-la 220th Ct. 23 E.coli/100 mL; Lake Shangri-la 214th Ave. 15 E.coli/100 mL; Center Lake 816 E.coli/100 mL; Camp Lake: 147 E.coli/100 mL; Hooker Lake Boat Launch 201 E.coli/100 mL; Rock Lake 7 E.coli/100mL.

Paddock Lake — Old Settlers County Park 12 E.coli/10; Hoag Park 5 E.coli/100 mL; North Shore Association 261 E.coli/100 mL; PHLA beach 122 E.coli/100mL. PHLA Diving Board 6 E.coli/100 mL.

Wheatland — Lilly Lake 3 E.coli/100 mL.

Twin Lakes — Lance Park on Lake Mary 12 E.coli/100 mL; Sunset beach on Lake Elizabeth 2 E.coli/100 mL; Musial beach on Lake Elizabeth 33 E.coli/100 mL; Lucille beach on Lake Elizabeth 56 E.coli/100 mL

Bristol — Lake George-101st St 12 E.coli/100 mL; Lake George-187th Ave 6 E.coli/100 mL.

Randall — (as reported by town of Randall) Powers Lake beach 44.1E.coli/100 mL; Fox Park beach on Lake Benedict 8.6 E.coli/100 mL.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update July 7, 2020: 1,626 positives

Note: We have upgraded some of the charts in our week day COVID-19 updates by creating them with a new program that will allow us to embed more interactive charts into our posts. For example, you will be able to hover your cursor over individual data points and see the date and precise value. You also can view a larger view by clicking on “a Flourish chart.” We hope this will make the charts we aggregate and create daily more informative. — DH

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 1,626 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Tuesday. That’s 25 more positives than Monday. There have been 44 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 18,717 negative test results, a positive rate of 956.5/100,000 people and a 3 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Tuesday.

Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Tuesday:

  • Bristol — 26 cases (1 more than Monday)
  • Paddock Lake — 11 cases (1 more than Monday)
  • Salem Lakes — 60 cases
  • Randall — 16 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 26 cases (1 more than Monday)
  • Wheatland — 6 cases
  • Paris — 3 cases
  • Brighton — 2 case

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time:

Here is Kenosha County recovery data as of July 2 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of Tuesday:

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 32,556 positive tests and 601,012 negative tests with 805 deaths statewide as of Tuesday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 10,044 positives as of Tuesday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Units responding for fire along Bristol-Paris border

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:43 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue and Paris Fire and Rescue units are responding to the 16000 block of Highway K (60th Street) along the Bristol-Paris border for a report of a fire.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting a fire in a tree.

UPDATE 8:48 p.m. — Dispatch reports WE Energies responding.

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Deaths July 7, 2020: Edmund F. Kretschmer

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 →
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Agenda: Paddock Lake committee of the whole meeting July 8, 2020

The Paddock Lake Village Board is scheduled to hold a committee of the whole meeting Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m., at the Paddock Lake Municipal Building in Paddock Lake.

At a committee of the whole meeting board’s discuss issue but do not hold formal votes on actionable items.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Preliminary water main special assessment.
  • Extending interim water system construction loan.

The full agenda is available here.

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A word from our sponsors: 2020 Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association golf outing is July 22

Photo by Benjamin Earwicker, www.garrisonphoto.org/sxc, via stock.xchng

Note: This is a paid announcement from the Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association. — DH

The 2020 Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association golf outing will take place Wed. July 22. The event is open to the public.

This 30th annual outing will be held at the Twin Lakes Country Club.

Event includes 18 holes of golf with cart, Mega Putt, Ball Toss, contests on the course, hole-in-one opportunities, lunch at the turn, steak dinner, prizes, raffles and silent auction.

Get your foursome together. Applications available at the chamber. Call at 262-877-2220 or email at info@twinlakeschamber.com.

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A word from our sponsors: Join the 2020 season of WKCYF Jr. Panthers Football & Cheer

Note: This is a paid announcement from WKCYF Jr. Panthers. — DH

Sign up now for the 2020 season of Western Kenosha County Youth Football Jr. Panthers Football & Cheer and get in the game.

The program is for boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade who reside in Western Kenosha County.

Affordable payment plans are available.

Visit www.jrpanthersfootballncheer.com to register and for more info.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update July 6, 2020: 1,601 positives

Note: We have upgraded some of the charts in our week day COVID-19 updates by creating them with a new program that will allow us to embed more interactive charts into our posts. For example, you will be able to hover your cursor over individual data points and see the date and precise value. You also can view a larger view by clicking on “a Flourish chart.” We hope this will make the charts we aggregate and create daily more informative. — DH

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 1,601 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Monday. That’s 54 more positives than Friday. There have been 44 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 18,650 negative test results, a positive rate of 945.8/100,000 people and a 3 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Monday.

Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Friday:

  • Bristol — 25 cases (2 more than Friday)
  • Paddock Lake — 10 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 60 cases (4 more than Friday)
  • Randall — 16 cases (2 more than Friday)
  • Twin Lakes — 25 cases (2 more than Friday)
  • Wheatland — 7 cases (2 more than Friday)
  • Paris — 3 cases
  • Brighton — 2 case (1 more than Friday)

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time:

Here is Kenosha County recovery data as of July 2 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of Monday:

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 32,061 positive tests and 588,913 negative tests with 796 deaths statewide as of Monday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 10,006 positives as of Monday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths July 6, 2020: Rudolph J. “Rudy” Schwamlien, Spencer Shaw

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 →
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Twin Lakes sells K9 Rex to former handler

The Twin Lakes Village Board on Monday agreed to sell the Twin Lakes Police Department’s K9 officer, Rex, to the handler who had worked with the dog since 2017, but is now leaving the department.

Former TLPD Officer Joe Patla and K9 Rex on their first official day on the job. /Earlene Frederick photo

The vote at a special board meeting was 4-3, with Trustees Kevin Fitzgerald, Aaron Karow, Bill Kaskin and Jeremy Knoll voting in favor and Trustees Barbara Andres and Sharon Bower and President Howard Skinner voting against.

In 2017, Twin Lakes Police Department Officer Joseph Patla had spearheaded the drive to bring a K9 to the department and act as its handler. Funding for the purchase of the dog as well as maintenance of the animal came from community fundraising.

Last month, Patla gave notice he was leaving the department. He offered to work with the department part-time with Rex until a new officer could be trained, he said. When that was rejected by department administration, he sought to purchase the dog from the village for $6,000.

Last week, at a special Village Board meeting, the board rejected selling the dog to Patla in a 5 to 1 vote with Knoll voting against and Fitzgerald abstaining.

In the meantime, some community members got energized about letting the dog stay with Patla. An online petition was started and an online fundraising drive conducted to add to the amount of money offered to the village for the dog.

In the end, the action Monday by the village set the amount at $18,000. Some board members said they understood that to be the amount it would take to replace Rex with another K9 and train a new handler. Skinner pointed out it also was the sum of the $6,000 Patla had offered to pay for the dog and the $12,000 raised by the online campaign.

There was no public comment during the meeting. Patla, whose last day with the TLPD was Thursday, was in the audience, but did not speak at the meeting.

Discussion by the board was brief before the vote, with Fitzgerald questioning the price of $18,000. He thought the appropriate amount was $16,000, he said.

After the vote, Skinner handed the floor to TLPD Chief Adam Grosz, who explained the department’s position on Rex staying with the department and retraining with another handler.

Grosz praised the contribution Rex made to the department in apprehending suspects, in protecting officers and in public relations. He added the rest of the department supported Rex staying on with the TLPD. About 10 officers in uniform stood together during the meeting in the audience.

“Nobody asked Joe Patla to leave our department … but it didn’t mean that Rex had to end his career,” Grosz said. “Rex was an outstanding K9 officer. We were blessed to find a great one in Rex.”

If one expert consulted by the department had said Rex would be better off staying with Patla rather than continuing to work as a police K9, Grosz would have advocated for keeping the pair together, he said. Instead, the experts said Rex would likely be happier and healthier continuing to work with a new handler, Grosz said.

“I believe this is a disservice to Rex and the community,” Grosz said.

Skinner said he appreciated the support and work put in by the TLPD leadership and officers on this issue.

“I feel that I and the Village Board were backed into a corner,” Skinner said. “This will not happen again on my watch.”

The sale is contingent on approval of a written agreement by the village, Patla and the police association.

Over 30 members of the public were at the special meeting.

A view of the audience at the special meeting just before the meeting started.

Grosz said there are two current TLPD police officers who have expressed interest in becoming the department’s next K9 handler.

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Deaths July 5, 2020: Shirley G. Haase

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 →
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Units responding for alarm in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:21 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units responding for an alarm in the 15700 block of 88th Street in Bristol.

Per dispatch: This is for a carbon monoxide alarm.

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