Units responding to accident

11:20 a.m. – Bristol Fire & Rescue are responding to a rollover accident in the 19600 block of Highway 50.

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A word from our sponsors: May 12, 2019 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):

8136 203rd Ave, Bristol

23634 124th St, Trevor

602 East St, Silver Lake

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Paddock Lake Village Board shows little interest in establishing ATV/UTV routes

A resident’s request that Paddock Lake consider establishing ATV/UTV routes within the village street system met with little support from the Village Board at a committee of the whole meeting Wednesday.

Resident Ed Ingram asked the board to consider the change. He characterized it as similar to the village’s allowing of registered golf carts to be used on village streets.

“A lot of people in town have UTVs,” Ingram said. “It’s getting to be a big thing in Wisconsin.”

Allowing legal street use would allow him and other UTV owners to get a little more use out of their vehicles, Ingram said.

After Ingram made his case, board members started giving their opinions.

The most supportive was Trustee Robert Spencer, who said he has experienced UTVs being driven “like cars” in other areas of the state and country. With what he sees as the increasing popularity of such vehicles, he called allowing them on village roads some day “inevitable.”

But other board members were less enthusiastic, some markedly so.

Trustees Barb Brenner, Gloria Walter and Kathy Christenson all said they were opposed to allowing ATVs/UTVs on village roads under any circumstances. The trio cited concerns about racing, narrowness of village roads and damage to village roads as reasons.

“I’m just totally against it,” Brenner said.

Expressing more mixed feelings were Trustees Scott Garland and Gary Kaddatz. Garland said he owns an ATV, but he uses it more for work tasks such as snow removal.

President Terry Burns said he was staying “impartial” on the issue.

Another obstacle was route marking requirements from the state. Tim Popanda, village administrator, said he estimates designating an ATV/UTV route within the village would cost $14,000, while the village could only charge a maximum of $25 per unit for a permit to recover those costs.

The board is not expected to advance the consideration of ATV/UTV routes.

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A word from our sponsors: May 11, 2019 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):

1787 Knob Rd, Burlington

23410 112th St, Trevor

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Deaths May 10, 2019: Philip J. Horsch, Edwin C. Tyler, Paul H. Bahr

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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Flood warning issued for Fox River

The Fox River as measured at the New Munster gauge is over flood stage.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning.

At 10 a.m., Friday, the river was at 11.5 feet. The river first exceeded flood stage of 11 feet Thursday evening.

After days of on and off rain, the river level spiked sharply Thursday, rising almost 1.5 feet during 24 hours.

The current NWS forecast for the river calls for a crest of 11.8 feet early Saturday morning. The Fox is expected to be back under flood stage by Monday evening.

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Units responding for fire in Paris

At about 9:47 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue, Somers Fire and Rescue and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the 12900 block of Highway 142 in Paris for a report of a fire.

Per dispatch: Caller reports seeing flames inside a building.

UPDATE 9:51 p.m. — Dispatch reports that deputy on scene says this is a transformer near a building on fire.

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National Association of Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is May 11; benefits The Sharing Center

The largest food drive of the year that benefits The Sharing Center takes place this Saturday, May 11.

Area postal carriers have been distributing blue bags in mailboxes as part of the National Association of Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. This Saturday is the day to fill that bag and put it out at your mailbox to be picked up by your postal carrier.

After being picked up, the food will be brought to local food pantries and relief agencies, including The Sharing Center in Trevor.

“It’s the largest food drive of the year for us and the USA,” said Sharon Pomaville, The Sharing Center executive director.

The Sharing Center will have 90 volunteers on hand to take in the expected massive donations, Pomaville said.

What should you put in your blue bag? Some of the most needed items are:

  • Peanut butter.
  • Cereal.
  • Canned tuna and chicken.
  • Canned fruit in juice.
  • Low sodium soup.

Click here for more information on the drive and a set of frequently asked questions.

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Central HS students compete at 2019 State Solo & Ensemble

Central High School 2019 Saxophone Choir
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Select Central High School band students participated in the State Solo & Ensemble Festival held at UW-Parkside on Saturday, May 4.

Central had 29 events and 60 students earn performances at the festival.  In addition to the several solos, duets, and trios receiving 1 or 2 ratings at State, the following groups received 1 ratings: Flute Choir, Saxophone Choir, and Jazz Central.

The following groups received 2 ratings: Brass Choir and Percussion Ensemble.


Central High School 2019 Brass Choir /Submitted photo

Jazz Central /Submitted photo
Central High School 2019 Percussion Ensemble
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Wilmot UHS board member resigns; replacement sought

The Wilmot Union High School District is seeking to fill a board seat in the wake of the resignation of member Barbara Tietz.

Qualified applicants must reside within the district and be at least 18 years old. Applicants should send a communication of intent to Daniel S. Kopp, District Administrator, Wilmot Union High School District, PO Box 8, Wilmot, WI, 53192, no later than May 29.

Additionally, all applicants are asked to report to Room 180 of Wilmot Union High School at 6 p.m. on June 3, for a board meeting where they will be interviewed by the members of the Board of Education.

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A word from our sponsors: IRA/All Star Challenge Event, featuring Tony Stewart at Wilmot Raceway on May 17.

Note: Wilmot Raceway is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The Wilmot Raceway will proudly host an IRA/All Star Challenge Event, featuring Tony Stewart on Friday, May 17.

The local stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will take on the travelers of the Ollies Bargain Outlet/Mobil 1 All Star Circuit of Champions in a rare Friday night race date at Wilmot Raceway. 3-time

NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart will make only his second ever Wilmot appearance, having competed in a USAC Sprint Car event at Wilmot nearly twenty years ago. Tony’s last two scheduled Wilmot appearances were cancelled, first due to injury, and then by weather in 2017.

Some other All Star contenders include defending series champion Aaron Reutzel (TX), multi-time IRA / All Star Wilmot winner Dale Blaney (OH), 2-time All Star Champion Greg Wilson (OH), Cory Eliason (CA), Paul McMahan
(TN), Brock Zearfoss (PA), plus Spencer Bayston, Cale Conley, Skylar Gee, and more.

The IRA will be led by 8-time series champ “The North Pole Nightmare” Bill Balog, defending series champ Jake Blackhurst, 2-time IRA champ Scotty Neitzel, 2016 champ and multi-time Wilmot champ Jeremy Schultz, plus Scotty Thiel, Russel Borland, Ben Schmidt, Kris Spitz, and many more.

Advance tickets are available for this event, and advance ticket purchasers will be allowed to enter and choose their seats early (3PM) on race day, prior to the gates being opened (4PM) for race day ticket purchases. So, while all seats are General Admission, advance ticket purchasers will have an early entry time to choose their seats. Advance ticket sales will end on Thursday, May 16th.

A 5-division night returns on May 11th leading up to the big Tony Stewart IRA / All Star Sprint Challenge on FRIDAY night May 17th.

Joining the IRA & All Star 410/winged Sprints on May 17th will be the AutoMeter Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints, and the IRA Lightning Sprints (formerly the WIMS 1000cc Mini Sprints). Watch www.wilmotraceway.com for more details on this major event.

Check out www.wilmotraceway.com for more details regarding an action packed 2019 of dirt track racing on our third-mile oval.

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2019 Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony coverage (VIDEO)

The ultimate sacrifice of members of law enforcement in Kenosha County was remembered in a ceremony in Kenosha Wednesday.

Wet weather moved the ceremony inside the Kenosha Public Museum, which is adjacent to the Law Enforcement Memorial.

Representatives of Kenosha County’s law enforcement agencies — the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Twin Lakes Police Department, Kenosha Police Department, Pleasant Prairie Police Department and University of Wisconsin-Parkside Police Department — participated.

A special focus of this year’s ceremony was recognizing the 100th anniversary of the death of Kenosha Police Officer Antonio Pingitore, who was killed in the line of duty in 1919.

James Pingitore, grandson of Antonio, served as this year’s keynote speaker. Here is video of his remarks about his grandfather and the circumstances of his death:

Here is video of the Kenosha Area Pipes & Drums Association playing Amazing Grace during the ceremony:

Here is video of the rifle salute and the playing of Taps that concluded the program:

All video by Earlene Frederick, used with permission.

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Deaths May 8, 2019: Allen Edward Stevens Jr. Dean Frank Schultz

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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Units responding for alarm in Randall

At about 7:19 p.m., Randall Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to the 38600 block of 87th Street in Randall for an alarm.

Per dispatch: This is a carbon monoxide alarm.

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Deaths May 7, 2019: Byron Howard Biehn, Robert Vernon “Bob” Fornero

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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Two local men died from Waukegan plant explosion

Two local men were among the four individuals that died from an explosion at a Waukegan, Illinois plant Friday evening.

Bryan Biehn, 53 of Brighton, has been identified as one of the people who died at the scene.

Allen Stevens, 29, of Paddock Lake, died at an Illinois hospital from injuries sustained in the explosion.

Another man who died in the explosion was from Kenosha and the fourth has not been found yet, jsoline.com is reporting.

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Fox River forecast to exceed flood stage this week

The current National Weather Service forecast for the Fox River calls for the river to be over flood stage by late this week, after another round of over an inch of rain starting Tuesday night and continuing into Thursday.

The river, as measured at the New Munster Gauge, is expected to exceed flood stage of 11 feet by about Thursday afternoon and reach a crest of 11.6 feet early Friday afternoon.

The river could be back under flood stage by Monday evening.

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2019 Motorcycle blessing coverage

/Earlene Frederick photo, used with permission.

The annual mass motorcycle ride through Western Kenosha County followed by a blessing at a church in Twin Lakes took place Saturday.

It was the 23rd year for the event. An estimated 250-300 motorcyclists took part.

The ride starts at a motorcycle dealership in Kenosha along I-94 and concludes at Calvary Congregational United Church of Christ in Twin Lakes.

The Rev. Lisa Irwin gave the blessing. Here’s video from Earlene Frederick:

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Units responding for medical call in Trevor

At about 11:55 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the intersection of 104th Place and 270th Avenue in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Caller reports person down in intersection.

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Deaths May 6, 2019: James R. Butera

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 for crash in Trevor

At about 2:28 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways 83 and C in Trevor.

Per dispatch: One occupant of a vehicle reporting injuries.

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Paddock Lake man among those who died in industrial explosion in Waukegan

One of the people that died from an industrial plant explosion Friday night in Waukegan was a Paddock Lake man.

Allen Stevens, 29, of Paddock Lake, died at an Illinois hospital a day after the explosion, WGTD is reporting.

Here is the full WGTD story.

Four people died as a result of the explosion at AB Specialty Silicones in Waukegan.

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Units responding for fire in Twin Lakes

At about 4:47 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department, Randall Fire Department, Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Richmond Fire Department units are responding to a report of a fire in the 800 block of Rosebud Avenue in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting a shed on fire.

UPDATE 4:49 p.m. — Fire unit on the scene reports shed is fully involved.

UPDATE 4:56 p.m. — TWFD units being returned to quarters.

UPDATE 5 p.m. — Dispatch reports that Randall tender can stand down.

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Bristol Strivers 4-H Club plants tree at Town Hall in honor of club founder Doris Magwitz

Members of the Bristol Strivers 4-H Club on Saturday planted a tree in honor of founder Doris Magwitz at the old Town Hall site in Firemen’s Park in Bristol.

Magwitz organized the Bristol Strivers 4-H Club in 1956. She died in September 2018.

Club members dug the hole for the autumn blaze maple, helped get the tree into the hole and filled the hole back up.

The club’s President Ryan Herda also made a bench in his shop class at Central High School (with help from classmates Ben Ernst and Hunter Dye) that was placed beneath the tree.

Here’s video of the club members digging the hole:

Here’s video of the planting and refilling the hole:

Here are some more photos:

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Twin Lakes Fire Department host training burn

Twin Lakes Fire Department members conducted a training burn on a home in the 1200 block of Musial Road in Twin Lakes on Saturday.

The Randall and Richmond fire departments also were invited to train at the burn.

The building was an old cottage.

Here’s a video of the burn by Earlene Frederick:

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Units responding for crash in Trevor

At about 11:08 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Crash scene is in parking lot of Trevor-Wilmot School. Motorcyclist practicing driving has struck a stop sign.

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Units responding for crash in Bristol

At about 9:05 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways U and WG (State Line Road) in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Two trucks are involved. One vehicle is leaking gas.

UPDATE about 9:20 a.m. — Deputy requests a two for a vehicle with side damage.

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A word from our sponsors: May 5, 2019 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):

1787 Knob Rd, Burlington

24724 74th St, Salem

23410 112th St, Trevor

5216 26th St, Kenosha

602 East St, Silver Lake

23634 124th St, Trevor

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Units responding for fire on I-94

At about 9:35 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department units are responding to the 10400 block of the southbound lanes of I-94.

Per dispatch: This response is for a vehicle fire.

UPDATE 9:38 p.m. — Dispatch reports this is on an exit ramp. Truck with brake and bearing on fire.

UPDATE 9:41 p.m. — Per dispatch: Truck driver has put out fire with water.

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