UPDATE: Two more arrested in connection with Wheatland shooting

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Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department officials now believe they have all suspects connected to a fatal shooting Thursday evening in custody.

Joseph Riley, 23, of Wheatland was shot and died at his home on 71st Street in Wheatland.

The third and fourth suspect in the case were identified in a Sheriff’s Department new release as: Augustine Jesus Sanchez , 20, of Racine, and Anthony Lee Harris II, 23, of Racine.

From the news release issued Sunday at 2 p.m.:

While the investigation will continue, we believe that all of the suspects in this attack are now in custody. The vehicle used was also located by Detectives and was impounded for evidence processing. As Sheriff David Beth mentioned in his Friday press conference, this homicide does not appear to have been a random attack. The residence appears to have been specifically targeted by the suspects. All four suspects are expected to make their initial appearance in Kenosha County Intake Court on Monday afternoon. The KSD Public Information Office will confirm on Monday morning. Sheriff Beth would like to extend his gratitude for the many witnesses that assisted and would also like to commend the diligent work of the great men and women of the Sheriff’s Department who were able to apprehend these violent suspects in less than 48 hours.”

Deputies responded to the 71st Street address at about 10:30 p.m., Thursday, after receiving an anonymous phone call that there had been a shooting there. Riley and a woman who had been shot were there. Two other people are believed to have been at Riley’s house when the incident began. One fled the scene and that person’s identity is known to the sheriff’s department. The whereabouts or identity of the fourth person is not known, Beth said Friday.

Two other suspects in the homicide —  Markeith Wilson, 20, of Racine and Demarco Hudson, 17, of Racine — also are in custody. Both had been shot when they were taken into custody at a gas station/fast food restaurant on Highway 50 in Paddock Lake shortly after the shooting in Wheatland was reported. Beth said he believes they were shot by Riley returning fire at the initial crime scene.

A GoFundMe page to raise money for Riley’s funeral expenses has been established.

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Paddock Lake stocked with walleye

Paddock Lake was stocked with a supply of young walleye last week.

The restocking was funded by a cooperative effort between the Paddock Hooker Lake Association, local businesses, residents and the Paddock Lake Protection District.

With cooler temperatures leading up to last Wednesday, some light surface ice had to be broken before the fish could be transferred to the lake at the village boat launch off 238th Avenue. A handful of onlookers greeted the new aquatic residents, which were transferred by net from a tank on a truck to a plastic tub and then poured gently into the lake.

In total, the lake will be stocked with 560 6-to-8-inch and 520 5-to-7-inch walleye for a total 1,080, said Bruce Giles., president of the PHLA.

To stock walleye was decided after conferring with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Local fire department responding for mutual aid to Pleasant Prairie

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At about 2:53 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue is being requested to respond for mutual aid to Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue for a crash in the 10100 block of Highway 50.

Per dispatch: Bristol is requested to send an ambulance.

A word from our sponsors: Nov. 18, 2018 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):

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State Rep. Kerkman named Assembly Majority Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms

In the first post-election meeting of the Assembly Republican Caucus Monday, State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem Lakes) was elected to serve as the 2019-2020 Assembly Majority Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms.

Kerkman has been a member of the Assembly Republican’s leadership team since 2011; this will be her 5th consecutive term as Sergeant-at-Arms.

“I look forward to contributing my experience to both our caucus and Assembly-wide discussions,” said Kerkman. “I have always valued reaching across the aisle to achieve success for Wisconsin and the Kenosha-county area, and warmly anticipate maintaining existing relationships and building new ones.”

In addition to helping develop and execute caucus priorities, the Majority Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms maintains order in caucus meetings, supervising the coming and going of all persons to and from caucus and coordinating materials distribution and meeting the needs of members in caucus. Kerkman and her staff are mentors to new legislators and staff and assist with legislator and staff development.

Units responding for fire in Randall

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At about 6:20 p.m., Randall fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to a report of a fire in the 11500 block of Richmond Road in Randall.

Per dispatch: Fire is of “unknown origin.”

UPDATE 6:25 p.m. — Twin Lakes Rescue can break off response and return to quarters per fire command.

Deaths Nov. 17, 2018: Gerda Marie Axtell, Ronald B. Kosman

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Units responding for crash in Paris

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At about 5:43 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways 142 and 45 in Paris.

Per dispatch: Four vehicles involved. At least one person reporting injury.

UPDATE 5:50 p.m. — Bristol Fire and Rescue requested to respond as mutual aid with an ambulance.

UPDATE 5:54 p.m. — Somers Rescue requested to respond as mutual aid with an ambulance.

Kathy Schick Personal Training leads yoga at Westosha Sports Complex to benefit The Sharing Center

Kathy Schick leading a yoga class at Westosha Sports Complex in Silver Lake.

A local personal trainer led yoga classes this week as a way to help those less fortunate in the community.

Kathy Schick of Kathy Schick Personal Training was looking for a way to do community service, as her yoga training has encouraged.

“One of the great things about yoga is they encourage you to do community service,” Schick said.

Schick hit upon the idea of offering free yoga instruction in exchange for donations of non-perishable food items for The Sharing Center in Trevor. She partnered with her neighbors, Dave and DeeDee Adamecz, to hold some of the yoga sessions at the Adamecz’ business, Westosha Sports Complex in Silver Lake.

The idea of helping people with food — especially at the holiday season — was a personal one for Schick. When she was a child and her parents divorced, benefactors at the small church they attended made a weekly donation of groceries to the family.

“To this day I don’t know who did that,” said Schick.

The sessions were held last Thursday, some at Westosha Sports Complex and some at Kathy Schick Personal Training also in Silver Lake. People who made a donation were able to attend a yoga session led by Schick. For each session, a drawing was held for a gift basket, filled with items donated by other area businesses, including: Sandlots of Salem, Antidote, Snap Fitness of Paddock Lake, Paws ‘n’ Claws, Hansen’s Ice Cream Parlor, Silver Lake Auto Service, Boutique tres chic, Ruth’s Hairlines and Nice and Neat Shop.

2018 Brighton School Veterans recognition coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Students and staff at Brighton School recognized the service and sacrifice of US military veterans at an assembly at the school Friday.

Members of the public, including some veterans, were also in attendance.

The program featured a flag folding ceremony, recognition of veterans in attendance and musical performances from Brighton band and choir students.  Here is some video of the band and choir students:

Special guests at Brighton School this year were The Chimers, a musical group made up of residents of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Union Grove. The group performed several patriotic numbers. Here is a video sample of The Chimers performance:

Here are some more photos from the program:
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Units responding to crash in Wheatland

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At about 7 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 40600 block of Highway F (Bloomfield Road) in Randall.

Per dispatch: Car has reportedly struck one of more parked vehicles. Extent of injuries unknown.

Snow likely Friday night into Saturday morning

It looks like we should get some real accumulating snow Friday night and Saturday morning, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.

Snow is likely to start around midnight and is expected to continue through at least 9 a.m., Saturday. When it’s all over, we could have two inches on the ground.

If you’re not a fan of snow, there’s good news in the balance of the forecast: No more snow through Thanksgiving Day. And if you’re not a fan of these unseasonably cold temps, there’s also good news to look forward to. High temperatures should be in the mid 40s Thanksgiving day and Friday.

UPDATE: Identity of victim of shooting in Wheatland released; suspects in custody

The identity of the person who died in a shooting in Wheatland Thursday night was released by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department at a press conference Friday morning.

Joseph Riley, 23, was shot and died in the Wheatland home that he rented in the 315th block of 71st Street. Two people had kicked in a door and entered the home and opened fire, Sheriff David Beth said.

Two suspects in the homicide — a 17 year old male from Racine and a 20 year old male from Racine — are in custody. Both had been shot when they were taken into custody at a gas station/fast food restaurant on Highway 50 in Paddock Lake shortly after the shooting in Wheatland was reported. Beth said he believes they were shot by Riley returning fire at the initial crime scene. Another person who at the home before the gunfire started was also shot and was at a Milwaukee hospital with serious injuries.

Beth identified the suspects in Riley’s shooting as Markeith Wilson, 20, of Racine and Demarco Hudson, 17, of Racine. Both were expected to make an initial court appearance in Kenosha Friday.

Beth said investigators believe the break-in was drug related, though he did not elaborate on how.

Deputies responded to the 71st Street address at about 10:30 p.m., Thursday after receiving an anonymous phone call that there had been a shooting there. Riley and a woman who had been shot were there. Two other people are believed to have been at Riley’s house when the incident began. One fled the scene and that person’s identity is known to the sheriff’s department. The whereabouts or identity of the fourth person is not known, Beth said.

The Sheriff’s Department is looking for a black four-door sedan that was used to transport Wilson and Hudson to the Paddock Lake parking lot where they were dropped off, Beth said. That car may have been driven and occupied by two other people.

While the person or persons driving the four-door sedan are not in custody, law enforcement officials do not believe they are a threat to the public.

“We were very confident that all of the parties that posed a threat to anybody were in custody,” Beth said. “This was a targeted situation. This wasn’t a random act. They knew where they were going. They knew what their objective was. The general public was never at risk with this one.”

Here is video of the press conference from Friday morning (video by Earlene Frederick):

A GoFundMe page to raise money for Riley’s funeral expenses has been established.

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Press release from Kenosha Sheriff’s Department:

At 10:25 pm on Thursday November 15, 2018, Kenosha Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to an address in the Town of Wheatland in the 31500 block of 71st Street for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, Deputies learned of a shooting that occurred in that residence. There were two injured people at that home. Shortly thereafter, deputies also were summoned to the BP gas station in Paddock Lake for a report of two other people with gunshot wounds. Salem Lakes and Wheatland Fire and EMS personnel also responded. There were four people injured, one of whom is deceased. The surviving victims were transported via rescue and are being treated at area hospitals. The Wheatland Constable, Wisconsin State Patrol, Twin Lakes Police Department and Kenosha Police Department are assisting. Deputies and Detectives are actively investigating this incident. We are looking for an involved vehicle, a black four-door car, which was seen at the BP gas station with the two injured people.

Photos by Earlene Frederick

UPDATE 5:41 a.m. — Sheriff David Beth has scheduled a press conference on this incident for Friday morning. We will be there. Check back for more information.

UPDATE — Here’s a link to info from the conference

Deaths Nov. 15, 2018: Michael Cannon

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Units responding for fire on I-94

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At about 5:52 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a semi-tractor trailer on fire in about the 9000 block of the southbound lanes of I-94.

UPDATE 5:55 p.m. — Deputy on scene with a tanker truck on Highway C off ramp; deputy reports to dispatch no flames visible.

UPDATE 5:57 p.m. — Deputy reports to dispatch that there is no fire. only smoke from a brake that locked up on the tractor.

UPDATE: Woman dies in crash in Twin Lakes

A Crystal Lake, Ill. woman died in a crash at Highway P (388th Avenue) and Highway O (Richmond Road/Lance Drive) in Twin Lakes Thursday afternoon.

From a media release from the Twin Lakes Police Department:

At 1:25 pm on Thursday, 11115/2018 Twin Lakes Police and Twin Lakes Fire/Rescue responded to the intersection of Richmond Road and 388t Avenue located in the Village of Twin Lakes for a collision between two vehicles. Drivers and witnesses at the scene advised a car, driven by an 85-year-old male from Crystal Lake, lL was traveling southbound on 388th Avenue approaching the intersection at Richmond Road. Road conditions at the time were snow covered and slippery. The vehicle slid into the intersection at Richmond Road was struck in the passenger side by a large garbage truck which was travelling east-bound on Richmond Road. Prior to the arrival of emergency services, witnesses on scene began performing CPR on an 83-year-old female passenger of the car. She was also from Crystal Lake, IL. The female passenger was later pronounced dead at the scene. The 85-year old male driver of the car was transported to NIMC Hospital in McHenry, IL with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was a 56-year old male from Muskego, WI. He was not injured. The Twin Lakes Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. At this time, it appears road conditions were a factor in this crash. No names are being released at this time.

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Units responding for crash in Paris

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At about 3:13 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units are responding for a report of a crash in the 15300 block of Highway N in Paris.

Units responding to crash in Randall

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At about 2:51 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department, Randall Fire Department and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to the 36600 block of Highway F in Twin Lakes for a crash.

Per dispatch: A car has struck a tree.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m. — Deputy on the scene reports to dispatch there appears to be no injuries.

Units responding for crash in Twin Lakes

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At about 1:26 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highways P and O in Twin Lakes.

UPDATE 4:33 p.m. — One woman died in this crash. More info here.

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A word from our sponsors: Hafs Road Orchard open through November

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Fall is the time to visit Hafs Road Orchard.

2018 marks Hafs Road Orchard’s 25th year of growing the Honeycrisp variety of apples. Their first Honeycrisp were planted in 1992, 60 trees as a trial. In the next several years customer enthusiasm and a buzz in the apple grower community convinced Hafs Road Orchard owners Richard and Deborah Polansky to dive in. They went on Honeycrisp tours, talked with fellow growers and now grow over 1,000 Honeycrisp trees. In spring 2015, Hafs Road Orchard planted 400 new Honeycrisp trees.

The orchard store is bursting with fresh apples for eating, cakes, pies, apple sauce, salads and crisps. Please feel free to call (262) 279-3638 to check on quantities of your favorite varieties. Be sure to pick up some fresh apple cider and don’t forget the orchard’s handmade Honeycrisp caramel apples.

The orchard also has a fantastic selection of gourds and pumpkins.

Hafs Road Orchard is open through Thanksgiving. Check here for hours.

Honeycrisp are a delicious healthy holiday gift.

Hafs Road Orchard is conveniently located just 7 miles east of Lake Geneva at W632 Hafs Road Genoa City.

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2018 KAFASI Bowls ‘n’ Bakers fundraiser coverage (PHOTOS)

Luisa’s turkey and dumpling soup was voted the favorite.

Soup and plenty of it was on the menu for Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services Inc. Bowls ‘n’ Bakers fundraiser Friday at the Parkway Chateau.

In this annual event, restaurants from Western Kenosha County offer their best soup and attendees get a chance to vote for their favorite. This year, Luisa’s turkey dumpling soup was the crowd favorite. That was a repeat win for Luisa’s, which had its stuffed pepper soup win in 2017.

Other participating restaurants were: Parkway Chateau, Wilmot Stage Stop, The Sandlots of Salem, Charlie’s Place, Benders Bar and Grill, Village Pub of Silver Lake, Bassett Creek Saloon & Eatery, Bella Vita Banquet and Convention Center and Luisa’s.

Along with the soup eating and judging there was a bake sale and raffles, including one for a coveted set of Green Bay Packers tickets.

The fundraiser helps support senior and family services that KAFASI provides in Kenosha County such as Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Transportation, Daybreak and Family Support.

Event sponsors were PATS Services, Lester’s Bison Farm and Luisa’s.

Here are some more photos from the event:
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Northbound traffic being diverted on I-94 for incident

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At about 6:30 a.m., sheriff’s deputies are diverting northbound I-94 traffic onto the Frontage Road at Highway 142 due to an incident on the highway.

UPDATE about 6:45 a m.– Fox 6 reporting incident is a semi truck fire.

Concerns over safety and administration dominate Bristol School Board meeting

Concerns from parents and teachers of Bristol School dominated Wednesday’s School Board meeting.

Anticipating a large crowd, the meeting was moved to the school cafeteria. Over 100 people were in attendance.

Staff and parents have been upset of late over safety concerns raised by a September incident in which one student attacked another with a sharp object and scheduling and morale issues at the school.

Concerning safety, board President Kathy LeFebve read a statement saying the district needs to review emergency policies, review the student handbook, review times and areas where students are supervised, review times and areas where people have access to the school building, conduct a debriefing on the cut attack, have training with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, update the crisis plan and present all of this to the School Board.

LeFebve proposed and the board approved creating a Parent Advisory Committee to conduct some of the above work. How the committee would be formed, including who would serve on it and how they would be selected, was not discussed.

Here is a recording of LeFebve’s statement:

For over an hour, parents and staff members commented on troubles at the school, including safety, the cutting attack and staff concerns. In all, 19 individuals spoke along with a group of teachers representing the sixth through eighth grade staff. Several parents read statements from anonymous teachers who said they feared for their jobs if they spoke for themselves. Some speakers related positive experiences with the current administration and the need for patience in working out problems. Though speakers expressed a variety of opinions, all comments were met with applause afterwards

Here is a recording of all of the public comments:

One of the speakers presented a petition with 183 signatures expressing no confidence in district administrator Michael Juech and associate principal Sarah Lindh.

Salem Lakes passes tax levy with 3 percent increase

The Salem Lakes Village Board passed a 2019 budget Wednesday that included a tax levy of $4,963,141.

The budget and levy passed unanimously with all board members present at a special meeting held just after a budget hearing. No members of the public commented or attended the hearing.

The 2019 tax levy including the Community Library levy is an increase of $147,241 or 3 percent from 2018’s levy of $4,815,900. The village cannot control the library levy. The village set portion of the levy for 2019 is $4,509,913, which is a $110,113 or 2.5 percent increase over 2018.

The village’s assessed value for 2019 increased 1 percent, which results in a mil rate of $3.51/$1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 1.4 percent from $3.46/$1,000 of assessed value for 2018.

Residents of the former village of Silver Lake may see the biggest impact on their tax bill. For the last two years since the Salem Lakes merger, Silver Lake and Salem residents technically had separate tax levies and rates — with Silver Lake’s rate per $1,000 of assessed value being higher. This will be the first year with a unified tax levy and the same rate for the entire village.

Deaths Nov. 14, 2018: Anthony Sansevieri

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A word from our sponsors: Breezy Hill Garden Center and Hill Country Market Sparkle Event is Nov. 16

Note: Breezy Hill Garden Center and Hill Country Market are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Enjoy holiday decor and a designer mantle decor demo at Breezy Hill Garden Center from 6:30pm – 7:15pm and then head across the parking lot to Hill Country Market for a wine tasting with appetizers and a silent auction to benefit the Sharing Center of SE Wisconsin. Find everything you need for entertaining this holiday season! $15/person.

Also, Kids Yoga at Wild Roost Salon and Turning Leaf Acupuncture from 6:00 – 7:30 $10/per child. Please, call and pre-register for this event. Call 262-537-4867 and sign up before 11/16/2018.

Must be 21 or older to sign up/attend.

Units responding for fire in Brighton

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At about 4:21 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue, Kansasville Fire Department and Union Grove Fire Department units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a fire in the 1000 block of 312th Avenue (Highway J) in Brighton.

Per dispatch: Reported that a shed is on fire. Hay inside shed. Shed is about 20 feet from a garage.

UPDATE 4:28 p.m. — Fire command reports to dispatch that shed is “fully involved.”

Units responding for burning in Randall

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At about 4:01 p.m., Randal Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of burning in the 33300 block of 125th Street in Randall.

Sheriff’s Department seeking info about Bristol burglaries

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information regarding burglaries in Bristol.

From the Sheriff’s Department Facebook page:

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