Severe thunderstorms possible Tuesday night

The National Weather Service office in Sullivan is saying a line of storms expected to pass through our area Tuesday night could bring severe weather. Here’s a graphic:

Just to our west and northwest, including Walworth County, a tornado watch is in effect.

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Units responding for smoke in Bristol

At about 3:53 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Paris Fire and Rescue Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of smoke in a building in the 8400 block of 198th Avenue in Bristol.

UPDATE about 4:02 p.m. — Bristol command reports source of smoke in apartment found. All units still coming to the scene released to return to quarters.

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Units responding to Wilmot UHS for alarm

At about 2:11 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to Wilmot Union High School for an alarm.

Per dispatch: This is being reported as a smoke detection alarm.

UPDATE about 2:14 p.m. — Dispatch reports this is believed to be a false alarm.

UPDATE about 2:18 p.m. — Fire unit on the scene reports evacuation in progress.

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Dense fog advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The advisory is set to be in effect until 10 a.m., Tuesday.

Visibility of a quarter of a mile or less possible in dense fog areas, the advisory text says.

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Peter Poli appointed Salem Lakes trustee

Newly appointed Peter Poli takes his seat on the Salem Lake Village Board

Peter Poli was appointed a Salem Lakes trustee by the Village Board at its meeting Monday.

Poli was appointed in a 5 to 1 vote.

Poli was sworn in during the meeting and began acting in his new capacity for the balance of the meeting.

Poli will serve out the remainder of the term of Kelly Sweeting, who was elected in April 2023 and resigned as of April 30. Sweeting cited health challenges as the reason for her resignation. Poli’s term will run until the April 2025 election.

Poli ran for trustee in the April 2024 election coming in fourth in a race that seated three people.

Poli, 51, of Wilmot, owns his own plumbing company. He is currently the chairperson of the village Board of Appeals.

The board had established a process for appointing someone to the open seat that had interested individuals submit applications and answer questions in writing from board members. The board was then to interview candidates Monday at its meeting.

Two candidates were considered at the meeting, Poli and Doug Randolph, current chairperson of the village Park Commission and a former Silver Lake village trustee. Both gave presentations on their qualifications and then answered questions from Village Board members.

After the questioning, the board had some discussion, during which both candidates were lauded by several of the board members as being great candidates.

“There’s really no wrong answer here,” said village President Rita Bucur. “I’m really happy that we have two qualified people to choose from.”

“You both have a lots of common denominators,” said Trustee Bill Hopkins. “I hope whoever is odd man out that you run in next April’s election.”

Trustee Ron Gandt was the sole vote for Randolph.

Here is video of Poli’s swearing in:

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Deaths May 20, 2024: Kim Anne Nyden

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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Twin Lakes American Legion Post 544 to host 2024 Memorial Day parade and cemetery observances on May 27

Twin Lakes American Legion Post 544 will host a Memorial Day parade on May 27.

All entries with a patriotic or memorial theme are welcome.  Please refrain from any political and/or campaign centered entries as this will be a non-partisan event (All incumbent office holders welcome).  Parade staging will begin at 10 a.m. at Lance Park, and the parade will begin promptly at 11 a.m.  The parade route will be from Lance Park to American Legion Post 544 using Lance Drive, East Main St, South Lake Avenue and Legion Drive. 

There will be a ceremony at the post immediately following the parade.

The post will conduct Memorial Observances at the following locations prior to the parade: 9 a.m. at Mound Prairie Cemetery, 39000 104th St., and 9:30 a.m. at St John’s Cemetery, Highway KD, Twin Lakes.

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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 set to be in effect until 5 p.m.

The watch area also includes some northeastern Illinois counties.

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Schultz-Hahn American Legion Post #293 to host 2024 Memorial Day Parade and ceremony in Silver Lake May 27

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Schultz-Hahn American Legion Post #293 will host its annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremony on Monday, May 27.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. The parade route typically starts at Prosser Street and Cogswell Drive and proceeds south on Cogswell to First Street. The parade follows First Street to East Lake Street, turning north at Second Street and back to the staging area outside Riverview School.

All fire and rescue units will line up along School Street starting at 8:15 a.m. All other participants will line up in front of Riverview School on Prosser Street, also starting at 8:15 a.m.

A memorial service will follow the parade in the front of the American Legion Hall at Cogswell Drive and East Northwater Street. Refreshments will be served immediately following the service.

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A word from our sponsors: Purely Paws Spa offers dog grooming and pet supply

Note: This is a paid announcement from Purely Paws Spa — DH

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Agenda: Salem Lakes Village Board meeting May 20, 2024

The Salem Lakes Village Board is scheduled to meet Monday at 6 p.m. at Village Hall in Salem.

This meeting will be live streamed and available for later viewing here.

Agenda items include:

  • Appointment of a candidate to fill the Trustee vacancy for duration of term ending April 2025. Such appointment will proceed as follows: (a) 3 to 5-minute presentation by each candidate for the vacant Trustee seat, (b) interview by the Village Board of all candidates for a total of up to 30-45 minutes involving one question by each Trustee, (c) Village Board review, discussion and action on applicants for position of vacant Trustee position including Village Board of Trustees vote to select an applicant to fill the vacancy; and (d) seating/oath of the appointed trustee.
  • Regarding a change order to the new F450 1-ton dump truck to authorize Ewald Trucking to
    upgrade from original quote approved quote of $89,013.00 to $109,214.00 for upgraded rear
    hydraulics for dump box and new stainless steel hydraulic salt spreader.
  • Addition of (4) solar powered red LED flashing stop signs to Rock Lake Road (2) at Runyard
    Way for approximately $2,950 and (2) at 122nd Street for approximately $2,950, for an
    estimated cost of $5,900.00, not including shipping.
  • Fines and damages regarding Matthias Academy and the removal of manhole covers.
  • To authorize the addition of three (3) full-time firefighters to the Village of Salem Lakes Fire
    & Rescue Department.
  • Presentation of the 2023 Village of Salem Lakes Audit Report, presented by Amber
    Drewieske from Clifton Larson Allen, LLP.
  • A closed session concerning fencing claims brought by Kevin Schrage involving adjoining
    property owners made under Wis. Stat. Ch. 90’s fencing dispute law.
  • Village Clerk Job Description and salary range.

The full agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Twin Lakes Village Board meeting May 20, 2024

The Twin Lakes Village is scheduled to meeting Monday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

Among the agenda items are:

Discussion and possible action regarding Resolution 2024-5-4 Exercising Referendum
Option for EMS services.

Discussion and possible action regarding Resolution 2024-5-3 to Borrow $220,000 from
the Trust Funds of the State of Wisconsin for the purchase of an ambulance.

Discussion regarding the number of Sergeant positions at the Police Department.

The full agenda is available here.

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Highway Q to close for resurfacing

From the county Division of Highways:

A resurfacing project on Kenosha County Highway Q in the Village of Bristol is set to begin Tuesday, May 21, and will involve daily closures to through traffic.

The work area includes the portion of Highway Q (104th Street/Winfield Road) between highways U (136th Avenue) and 45 (Bristol Road).

Closures will be staged from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays excluding Fridays from Tuesday, May 21, through the week of June 10. Local residents and businesses will retain access.

Drivers are encouraged to use Highway C (Wilmot Road) as an alternate route.

This work schedule is weather-dependent and is subject to change.

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A word from our sponsors: May 19, 2024 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:

25811 91st St, Salem

 

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Sons of the American Legion Post #293 rehabbing Veterans Memorial Park in Silver Lake

Sons of the American Legion Post #293 members were working Saturday on their rehabilitation of Veterans Memorial Park in Silver Lake.

The SAL post, affiliated with Schultz-Hahn American Legion Post #293 in Silver Lake, has been working on shaping up the park. Earlier this year, it received approval to do the work from the Salem Lakes Village Board.

The SAL post received a donation of plants and a landscaping plan from Breezy Hill Nursery, said Don Fremling, SAL post #293 squadron commander, who also is a member of the American Legion.

SAL members have provided the muscle, removing some old plantings and replacing them with the new donations and spreading mulch.

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Local fire department responding for mutual aid to Pleasant Prairie

At about 1 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue is responding to a request for mutual aid from Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue.

Per dispatch: Bristol is responding for a rollover crash at Highway 165 and 120th Avenue with multiple injuries.

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Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Assoc. 2024 Business in the Park & Car Show coverage (PHOTOS)

The Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Assoc. 2024 Business in the Park & Car Show is taking place downtown Saturday.

The event, featuring vendor and business booths, food, DJ music and a car show filling Main Street, continues until 3 p.m., Saturday.

Here are some more photos from the event just after the car show opened:

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A word from our sponsors: May 18, 2024 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:

26824 98th St, Trevor

25811 91st St, Salem

 

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Air quality alert issued

Kenosha County is under an air quality alert from noon until 11 p.m., Saturday.

From the alert text:

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Ozone on Saturday, May 18, from noon until 11 p.m. This advisory affects people living in the following counties: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha. Due to ozone conducive weather conditions including a lake breeze, the air quality index is expected to reach the UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS (USG) level. People with lung disease (such as asthma), children, older adults, and people who are active outdoors (including outdoor workers) should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

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Deaths May 17, 2024: Jacqueline Ann Zentmyer

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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Paddock Lake local street improvement project to start June 6

This map from the village shows tentative start dates and where work will be done.

Paddock Lake in the summer has been synonymous in recent years with road construction, primarily on Highway 50.

There will be road construction this year too in Paddock Lake, but this time on village roads.

Work on the extensive project that will touch most sectors of the village (except the newer neighborhoods) is expected to begin June 6 and be completed in September.

Performing the work will be Asphalt Contractors. The bid cost was be $1.8 million.

The village is paying for the project in part by recently issuing $1.4 million in general obligation bonds, with some of those proceeds also being applied to a $460,281 water main project also taking place this year. The balance for the two projects will come from village surplus funds, capital improvement fund, ARPA funds and a local road improvement state grant. In all, 58 percent of the project is being funded by the bonds, with the surplus and other funds making up the rest.

The scope of the project as described in a village news release says: “The project scope includes grinding/milling deteriorated pavement and resurfacing with new asphalt pavement. The project will be addressing numerous streets throughout the Village and includes 248th Ave. from 67th Street South to 68th Street and 248th Ave. from 65th Street North to 60th Street. All disturbed driveways, sidewalks, streets, and lawn areas will be restored upon completion.”

From the village news release:

The public and users of these roads can expect to see temporary road closures within the construction project area. Roadwork ahead signs will be prominently displayed to alert traffic to use alternate village roads.”

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Deaths May 16, 2024: Joyce Ann Cates

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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Ambulnz by DocGo gives EMS presentation to Randall & Wheatland town boards

Private emergency medical services provider Ambulnz by DocGo gave a presentation on its services and answered questions from board members at a joint Randall and Wheatland town boards meeting Tuesday at Wheatland Town Hall in New Munster..

Ambulnz by DocGo is being considered by the towns for providing EMS staring in 2025. The towns currently contract with Twin Lakes Rescue for that service.

Last summer, Randall, Twin Lakes and Wheatland and TLR began exploring how to fund 24/7 station coverage for EMS out of the Twin Lakes station. There were some joint meetings and a $900,000 to $1 million cost estimated. Eventually a cost of $900,000 divided with Twin Lakes paying 50 percent and the towns each paying 25 percent was established. The plan then was for each municipality to hold a referendum in April to approve the needed funding.

That timeline broke down over ironing out some details about who the new EMTs would work for and other details. The referendum target was switched to August.

More recently, TLR submitted contracts to Randall and Wheatland with an approval deadline for April 15. The deadline was driven, Twin Lakes Fire Department and Rescue Squad Chief Ron Redlin said, by the timeline for an August referendum.

Both towns also had begun seeking other possibilities, such as private companies, for EMS service.

Twin Lakes Rescue gave a presentation to both board on April 29 to try to renew negotiations with Randall and Wheatland.

Tuesday brought another sizable audience to Wheatland Town Hall. Fifteen citizens spoke at the outset. Most were opposed to switching to a private company.

In the Ambulnz by DocGo presentation, Wisconsin operations director Courtney Davis pushed back against the idea his company only did interfacility transports, not 911 service. The company has a facility in Pleasant Prairie, that focuses largely on interfacility transports. That’s because southeast Wisconsin is largely organized by fire department run EMS, Davis said. An Ambulnz by DocGo sister company does provide 911 service in Lake Mills.

“This is not just an interfacility company,” Davis said.

In Randall and Wheatland, Ambulnz by DocGo is proposing housing an EMT staffed ambulance in Wheatland and another in Randall. Stationed here also would be a paramedic in a chase vehicle that would go to medical calls and assess patients and ride with the transport to a hospital when needed. The ambulances would be a type 3, similar to the structure of what the fire department based squads use.

Cost for the service would be $430,000 per year shared by the two towns, Davis said.

Twin Lakes Rescue is proposing a cost of $450,000 shared by the two towns. TLR is an EMT advanced department, which calls for paramedics as mutual aid as needed.

Board members only were allowed to ask questions after the presentation. Additional detail about Ambulnz by DocGo’s proposal revealed during those questions and answers includes:

  • If the local ambulances are stored outside, they will be equipped with a warming unit so that medication inside is not affected by cold and the unit is ready for transportation sooner, Davis said. Ambulnz by DocGo staff will also be expected to keep the ambulance clear of snow. “That vehicle will need to be ready … and not covered in snow,” Davis said.
  • Davis said staff will be expected to learn local roads, but added that some current employees also work for Bristol Fire and Rescue and Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue.
  • Ambulnz by DocGo staff will not be firefighters. In some cases they may have to wait until fire department personnel arrive to help free a patient that is trapped, Davis said. “We are trained that if a patient is entrapped and you can’t get to them you have to wait until extrication equipment gets there,” Davis said. “We are not going to put ourselves in a situation where we put ourselves in direct harm. We want to work with the local fire departments to understand what they want us to do in those particular situations.”
  • Davis explained that Ambulnz by DocGo’s status as a national company helps provide the cost it is offering Randall and Wheatland. It has other revenue sources (like interfacility transport), Davis said and it projects to collect about $500,000 in billing of residents of services in a year. The company also sees performing 911 EMS in Wheatland and Randall as a way to establish additional business opportunities in neighboring communities, chiefly for interfacilty transfer, Davis said.
  • A mechanical CPR device will be housed in each of the local ambulances, Davis said. Some other equipment such as a cardiac monitor and advanced medications will travel with the paramedic.

The meeting heated up briefly toward the end after Randall Town Supervisor George Bailitz lamented the negativity some in the community are showing toward Ambulnz by DocGo, saying a lot of the negativity is coming from fire department members. Some of the fire department personnel in the audience angrily pushed back, calling Bailitz’s comment an insult to them sharing opinions based on decades of experience.

Redlin, speaking from the audience, also criticized printed information distributed at the meeting with questions and answers about the issue. Redlin charged that it contained lies about his department.

On Monday, the Wheatland Town Board approved holding a referendum to exceed the state imposed tax levy limit for about $150,000 per year for five years to pay for EMS, whoever the provider turns out to be.

Among those speaking during public comments at the beginning of the meeting were two visitors from Salem Lakes: village administrator Cassandra Hiller and Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue interim Chief Alan Carr.

Hiller said her village presented a proposal to cover the towns for EMS as well. She asked board members to be cognizant not only of the effect on their communities but also the region’s EMS service.

Carr, a retired Kenosha Fire Department officer, asked the board to consider whether a private EMS provider is in fact a downgrade from what is now provided by TLR.

“Are we (SLF/R) protecting you because you can’t protect yourself?” Carr asked “We are concerned you are downgrading your service you have with Twin Lakes.”

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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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Paddock Lake Village Board switches to appointments to fill vacant trustee seats; applicants sought

Turns out the Paddock Lake Village Board can and will make appointments to fill its two currently vacant trustee seats.

The remaining members of the board Wednesday gave village staff the go ahead to implement a process to gather applicants with the goal of making appointments in June.

The board had been under the impression it needed a special election to fill the seats, because almost a full term was left on both seats. That election was to set to be the November general election, with an August primary if needed.

But village administrator Tim Popanda said at Wednesday’s regular board meeting that new information from the Wisconsin League of Municipalities and village legal counsel confirmed appointments could be made.

Board reaction to being able to make an appointment was positive among board members.

“I’m glad we can appoint,” said President Pro Tempore Alex Attiah, citing cost of having a special election and other factors. “I’m very happy we can appoint.”

The board also favored making the appointments for the full remainder of the two trustee terms, which will expire in April 2026.

Trustee Michael Rayniak died April 9. He had just been re-elected to a new term April 2. Trustee Barbara Brenner was also re-elected April 2, but notified the village that she chose not to be seated.

Village President Terry Burns also resigned his position as of May 12. Burns’ term expires in April 2025. Popanda said the president slot will not be filled by a permanent appointment. Instead, Trustee Alex Attiah was appointed president pro tempore Wednesday.

Residents interested in being considered for appointment are asked to fill out an application and return it to the village offices no later than June 6 (a printable copy of the application is available here). The appointment is expected to be on the agenda for the Village Board committee of the whole meeting on June 12, when interviews also will tentatively be conducted for selected applicants. Final action is anticipated to take place in open session at the June 19 regular board meeting.

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Units responding for crash in Trevor

At about 8:42 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 10300 block of Highway 83 in Trevor.

Per dispatch: This is a 2 to 3 vehicle crash. One car may be submerged in water.

UPDATE 8:43 p.m. — Kenosha County Dive Team dispatched to respond.

UPDATE 8:45 p.m. — Deputy on scene confirms one vehicle partially in water, but all occupants are out of vehicle. Salem Lakes command cancels dive team response.

UPDATE 8:54 p.m. — Salem Lakes command reports to dispatch that just one vehicle was involved, Sole occupant is out of the vehicle and being checked out by rescue.

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Alex Attiah appointed Paddock Lake president pro tempore

Paddock Lake village Trustee Alex Attiah was appointed president pro tempore until April 2025 at Wednesday’s regular Village Board meeting.

Attiah was appointed by a unanimous vote.

Terry Burns resigned as village president as of May 12, citing health concerns. Burns’ term expires in April 2025.

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A word from our sponsors: 2024 Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association Business in the Park and Car Show is May 18

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

Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association’s Business in the Park & Car Show is May 18.

Hours for the event will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The car show will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All activities will be in downtown Twin Lakes. Admission is free for this fun family event.

Business in the Park & Car Show will feature multiple booths from local businesses, crafters and vendors.

The car show is expected to fill Main Street with vehicles in a variety of styles from a range of years.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Try your luck at Spin the Wheel. Enter a raffle. There also will be a kids activities area. Music will be by DJ Keith.

Attendees also can help the “Fill the Caboose” food drive. Bring school lunch items for the Twin Lakes Food Pantry. Needed items include peanut butter and jelly, one can meals, granola bars, juice boxes, fruit snacks, fruit cups cereal bats or any items that are easy for kids to prepare by themselves. You can also bring items to the chamber office before May 18.

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Units responding for medical call at Wilmot UHS

At about 2:31 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to Wilmot Union High School for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient may have fainted.

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Units responding for crash on I-94

At about 9:31 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Protection District units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the 8200 block of the northbound lanes of I-94.

Per dispatch: Crash involves single motorcyclist.

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