The Kenosha Sheriff's Department has released impressive dash cam video of a recent high-speed pursuit resulting in the arrest of two Milwaukee men. 19-year-old Gualbert Portillo and his brother 18-year-old Johnathon Portillo initiated the I-94 chase through Kenosha and Racine Counties involving dangerous speeds. The chase ended when a Racine County Sheriff's deputy spun the suspect's vehicle on a successful PIT maneuver near Highway K in Racine. The video is now available on the Kenosha Police Department’s Facebook page.
The Wisconsin governor's race remains up for grabs in a new poll from Rasmussen Reports. Among likely voters, the poll shows Democratic challenger Mary Burke with 49 percent backing and Gov. Scott Walker with 48 percent. Among the 88 percent who say they are definitely going to vote in this contest, Walker and Burke are tied at 49 percent apiece.
It was a good year for charities in Kenosha County. A new study in The Chronicle of Philanthropy found that adults in Kenosha County gave an average of $2,134 to charity in 2012, which amounted to around 2.2 percent of each person’s annual income, and a total of 60.7-million-dollars. Officials say some gave far more than others — and you might say the generous ones are the ones who have the least to give. According to the new study, people who made $25,000 or less that year gave 5.8 percent of their income to charity, while people who made over 100-thousand-dollars that year gave about 1.9 percent.
The Kenosha County Board unanimously approved the appointment of Ray Arbet to serve as director of the public works and development department at its meeting Tuesday night. The approval did not come without debate as supervisors questioned the commitment of Arbet given three previous stints with the county. At least one supervisor criticized Arbet said he would stay at least six years or until his retirement.
An old radio communications tower that has served Kenosha County for at least half a century is expected to be taken down next month. The tower at 60th Street near 54th Avenue, which still stands, was taken off line earlier this summer. The only part of the old tower that is still functional is a flashing light at the top; that’s in accordance with federal regulations. The new tower, which serves the county and city joint emergency operations, went live on July 15th.
Mary Burke's campaign says former President Bill Clinton will be in Milwaukee tomorrow to rally support in her bid for governor. President Barack Obama plans to campaign with Burke in Milwaukee in the days prior to the Nov. 4 election. The most recent poll from Marquette University Law School shows Burke and Gov. Scott Walker are in a close race, tied at 46 percent among likely voters.
Joshua Braithwaite confessed to having sex with the young woman he is accused of killing two years ago, but claims he never saw her after their encounter. The Kenosha man is charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the July 2012 murder of Lashe Zalar. The trial, which began last week, is expected to continue for several more days. If convicted of his many charges, Braithwaite could spend life in prison.
The new Marquette University Law School poll showed Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke in a close race. The report, released yesterday, showed them each with 47 percent support. Walker had a 5-point lead in the most recent poll two weeks ago. Prior to that poll, Burke and Walker had been about even since May. Walker and Burke are scheduled to meet Friday, in Milwaukee, for their second and final debate before the election.
A Kenosha man was arrested after a high-speed chase on Tuesday. 33-year-old Kerry Pilliger was initially stopped for a seat belt violation; that’s when he took off, making reckless turns at high speeds. Police said Pilliger eventually struck a curb off 17th Ave. and 61st Street. Police said he jumped out of the vehicle, hopped a 6-7-foot fence and fled east. He was quickly apprehended by police, who found him with 82.5 grams of cocaine, 3.7 grams of heroin, and prescription medication. Police said the suspect is now facing numerous charges of fleeing police and drug possession.
Most school districts in Kenosha County will get less state aid this year, that’s according to new reports from the state Department of Public Instruction. Statewide, schools will share $4.476 billion in state aid, an increase of $94.4 million over last year. Of the state’s 424 public schools, around 52 percent, will receive more state aid this school; however, of the 12 school districts in Kenosha County, only five will see an increase. The Westosha-Central High School District has the second-highest increase over last year, 13.78 percent. The Wheatland Center School District got the fifth highest award in the state, an increase of 23.59 percent over last school year.
A Kenosha Police officer suffered minor injuries after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver. 35-year-old Jayson Souza-Temaner is facing his fourth drunken driving charge for the Tuesday crash. Police were called to the area in search of a white Chrysler involved in a series of accidents with several vehicles near 39th Ave. and 45th Street. When a police officer pursued the suspect vehicle, the Chrysler slammed into the front end of the squad car. Souza-Temaner was taken into custody at gunpoint and jailed on suspicion of DUI. The crash, which was captured on the squad car’s dash camera, is under investigation by Wisconsin State Patrol.
The Shalom Center’s bid to establish a permanent homeless shelter in Kenosha will once again be on the table. A special Plan Commission meeting, set for Thursday, would include three public hearings on the matter. Shalom officials hope to create the shelter in the former St. Vincent De Paul store, off 62nd Street and 14th Ave. On Thursday, the Plan Commission will be asked to consider rezoning the property. The request initially came before the commission in April, but it failed on a 4-2 vote. Neighbors objected to the plan, and some city officials said Shalom officials had to work out numerous bugs in the plan.
Kenosha County's high rate of asthma has health officials looking for ways to give people living with the chronic condition breathing room to receive the help they need. The county received a $75,500 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and already has a case manager in place. Officials say a county health navigator is expected to be hired by the end of the year. The county ranks third in the state in hospitalizations and fourth in emergency department visits.
Kenosha Unified School District is looking at a $16.7 million plan to build new high school sports facilities with a new stadium for Bradford High School. The sports facilities committee presented their recommendations Tuesday, including a plan to build a sports stadium at Bradford, along with renovations at Tremper's stadium and upgrades of other outdoor sports facilities at all three high schools. The School Board is expected to decide next month whether to seek an April referendum to fund the plan.
Trial continues this week for the Kenosha man accused of killing a young woman two years ago. 23-year-old Joshua Braithwaite is charged with first-degree homicide for the July 2012 murder of Lashe Zalar. Braithwaite’s trial began last week, and the state closed out its case Tuesday, calling Zalar’s friends to testify about her last night, and several state crime lab experts.The trial, which began last week, is expected to continue for several more days. If convicted of his many charges, Braithwaite could spend life in prison.