Crews came up short Wednesday, after a daylong search for a McHenry man who went missing on Silver Lake this week. Sheriff David Beth has identified the victim as 66-year-old John Spoor, of McHenry. Beth said yesterday the search for Spoor, who disappeared Tuesday, is ongoing. Officials said the man’s 18-foot Ranger fishing boat was found in a patch of weeds on the north side of Silver Lake, with a dead trolling battery. By last night, Beth said the search was being considered a recovery mission.
Life at Fire Station 5 will soon get back to normal, after the city approved a construction contract to fix the station's faltering floor. The City Council on Monday approved a $99,000 contract to repair the concrete floor that had suffered damage from a leaky drain. Significant cracks in the floor have weakened it so much that fire trucks can no longer park on that side of the station.
The investigation continues in Walworth County after a dog was found dead on Sunday. Police were called to the White River Trail parking lot in Geneva after someone found a dog wrapped in a blanket. The dog appears to be a female bullmastiff breed, yellow with a black face, weighing approximately 90 pounds. Police said the dog was shot eight times and was wrapped in a gray blanket with white striping on the inside. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department
A new poll shows strong support for the Kenosha Casino project. The Marquette Law School poll shows 50 percent support the casino, that’s up one point from last month. The Menominee Tribe wants to build an $800 million casino and Hard Rock Cafe complex in Kenosha. The project has met opposition from the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, which has a casino in Milwaukee. Ironically, the poll shows the strongest support for the casino is in Milwaukee, where 60 percent favor the casino and 25 percent are against it.
A 13-year-old Racine boy could spend up to 60 years behind bars after he stabbed a young girl. Jamal S. Williams, who is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, is accused of stabbing the girl several times with a pocketknife. The girl was walking on Rapids Drive near Racine Horlick High School when Williams accused her of “messing” with his girlfriend and attacked her from behind. Police said the girl was seriously injured, but an official update on her condition was not available Wednesday. Bail for Williams was set at 50-thousand-dollars he is next due in court October 20th.
A new Marquette University Law School poll shows a close race between Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke. The poll released yesterday shows Walker and Burke tied at 46 percent. The poll of 800 voters was done between Sept. 11 and Sunday. State officials said with seven weeks to go, the race for governor has never been closer.
The investigation continues in Kenosha County after a fatal crash on Tuesday. Officials said the crash took place at the intersection of Highway KR and the Interstate 94 West Frontage Road in Paris. According to police, a vehicle was northbound on the frontage road when it was struck by an eastbound vehicle on KR. The driver of the northbound vehicle was killed, with the passenger transported to a Kenosha hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Pending the investigation, police have not released the names of those involved in the crash.
A 28-year-old Kenosha man remains in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital following a motorcycle crash in Kenosha. 28-year-old Stephen Hampton was southbound on Sheridan road just after 8:30 p.m. Monday, that’s when his motorcycle slammed into a northbound vehicle making a left turn. 44-year-old Margarita Tellez told police she never saw the oncoming motorcycle. Hampton struck the passenger side and flew over the vehicle. Police said the victim was unconscious and not breathing when approached at the scene. Hampton was transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.
(Madison)--What will have to be cut in order to cover the state's budget deficit? That's the question several State Senators are asking Governor Scott Walker's administration after the deficit came to light. In a letter by State Senators Bob Wirch, Chris Larson, Dave Hansen, and Jennifer Shilling, Secretary Mike Huebsch is asked where he and the governor intend to cut money out of the budget. Wirch told WLIP's Bill Lawrence that decision should not be done in the dark. The deficit in the budget currently exceeds the amount that triggers the department of administration to take action. Wirch and his colleagues want the state legislature in the loop during the process.
The Kenosha Police Department is working to reduce the suicide rate among police officers. Police Chief John Morrissey and two Kenosha police officers appear in a national video campaign aimed at raising awareness about suicide prevention tools for officers. The video, released in August, was funded by an anonymous Kenosha donor and produced in consultation with the Denver Police Department and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Morrissey and his department are at the forefront of the campaign after the department increased its suicide prevention efforts following two officer suicides within five months in 2010.
The Addison of Pleasant Prairie received approval from the Village Plan Commission this week. That green light sets the stage for Village Board approval of plans by Senior Lifestyle Corp. to begin phase one of development for the new assisted living facility. In 2005, the village approved a conceptual plan by VK Arbor LLC for The Addison. However, the company went bankrupt in 2010, leaving required upgrades for the 9.2-acre parcel unfinished. With approval, Senior Lifestyle would assume the cost and responsibility of that project. The commission voted Monday to make that recommendation to the Village Board, which approved the company’s conceptual plan for The Addison in December.
Health officials say there's no evidence that a severe respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds of children in more than 10 states has been found in Wisconsin. The illness appears to be caused by a rare virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold. Enterovirus 68 is a strain in a family of viruses that typically strikes from summertime through autumn. State officials believe it could come here and they’re enhancing surveillance and getting messaging out to parents and health care providers to be looking for it.
(Kenosha)--The Kenosha Parks Commission tabled the Kennedy Park Improvement plan this week so that a cost estimate on how much it would cost to fix the drive can be carried out. The move comes after several speakers at Tuesday’s meeting questioned the 2 million dollar amount that has been previously quoted. 17th district alderman David Bogdala was one of the questioners. He told WLIP’s Bill Lawrence that this isn’t the first time a high figure has been quoted for an improvement project. The commission is also seeking an opinion from the DNR has to any potential environmental issues from redoing the road.
Authorities have identified the man involved in a series of accidents on Green Bay Road this week. 50-year-old Glenn Thomas, of Kenosha, was driving a Village dump truck when he apparently suffered a “medical event” before plowing over several vehicles and causing numerous injuries. The first crash took place at the intersection of 60th Street and Green Bay Road in Somers.The dump truck continued northbound on Green Bay Road for 10 blocks - striking everything in its path - before eventually coming to rest at 52nd Avenue and Green Bay Road. Police said there were seven different injury reports, both minor and serious. The truck had severe front-end damage and was missing its front wheels. Police say the crash remains under investigation.
A Kenosha man out on bond for retail theft is facing new charges for robbing a gas station at gunpoint. 40-year-old Tomas Garcia is charged with armed robbery and bail jumping, both as a repeat offender. According to police, Garcia robbed the Quick Shop (off 34th Ave. and 52nd St.) on August 22md. Police used store video footage to identify the suspect, and the cashier was able to choose his picture in a photo lineup. Garcia is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. He could spend over 30 years in prison if convicted.