More voters are casting in-person absentee ballots than in prior gubernatorial elections. Area-clerks say thousands of Kenosha County voters are heading to their offices to take advantage of the two-week early voting window. Kenosha Clerk Debbie Salas said things are much busier than usual, with approximately 300 voters per day. Officials said they had expected about half that number to come through. Pleasant Prairie Village Clerk Jane Romanowski said the village is averaging about 130 per day. So far, just over 14-hundred ballots have been issued in the Village, with an estimate of two-thousand-plus absentee ballots issued by the end of this week. In comparison, just over one-thousand total absentee ballots were cast in the November 2010 election, and 1,411 absentee ballots at the June 2012 recall election.
Kenosha police said the investigation continues, after a young boy was struck in a parking lot on Monday. The 6-year-old boy was struck by a SUV in the Goodwill parking lot and suffered what authorities believed to be significant, but non-life-threatening, injuries. 23-year-old Rubie Rojas, of Kenosha, is the child’s mother. Rojas said she was holding her son’s hand and walking through the store parking lot when the SUV came out of nowhere and struck them. 53-year-old Rachelle Moore was the driver of that vehicle. Moore was taken to a nearby hospital to have blood drawn as a precaution. Police said she was not believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The open race for Wisconsin’s 21st Senate District pits a former senator against a political newcomer. Van Wanggaard is attempting to recapture the seat that he lost in the 2012 recall. Sen. John Lehman, who beat Wanggaard then, is leaving the seat to pursue a run for lieutenant governor. Wanggaard’s Democratic opponent is Randy Bryce, an ironworker from Caledonia. The newly redrawn district covers much of rural Kenosha and Racine counties. In Kenosha County, it includes Pleasant Prairie and the portion of Somers west of Green Bay Road. To find your polling place, go to KenoshaCounty.org.
Two Kenosha women are facing charges of retail theft after video footage of their robbery was shared on social media. 30-year-old Nancy Diaz and 22-year-old Jessica Fox were identified based on tips received when the video was posted on Facebook. Police said the two women and two children, ages approximately 5 and 10 years old, walked into Sports Dome, on Oct. 14 and stole around $400 worth of Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks merchandise. Sports Dome offered a reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in the robbery.
A Kenosha man is facing charges after he threatened to blow up a state office building in Madison last week. 41-year-old Andrew Gray is charged with making a bomb scare and threatening a workforce development employee. A member of the Wisconsin State Police learned Friday that someone — later identified as Gray — called the State of Wisconsin Unemployment Call Center in Madison and requested the building address. Police said he then told the call taker he was going to blow up the building. The building was placed on lockdown to prevent Gray from entering the building if he was in the area, and Kenosha police were called to his home. He is next due in court Nov. 14th, and if convicted of both charges he could spend over 12 years in prison.
(Kenosha)--One person is dead after a crash involving a motorcycle and a deer. The accident happened late Saturday night in Bristol near the state line. According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department the accident happened around 11:30 PM. No other details in the accident have been released.
(Kenosha)--Fuel prices continue to at their lowest in months as motorists are enjoying pump prices at or below 3 dollars a gallon. However Fuel price analyst Trilby Lundberg says it looks like crude oil prices may be leveling out.. Sunday’s average for a gallon of regular is 2-99 a gallon, down 2 cents from last week. Triple-A estimates it costs under 45 dollars to fill the average gas tank.
(Madison) AP --Governor Scott Walker proudly defends his decision to reject hundreds of millions of federal dollars to pay for expanding Medicaid coverage. But polls show most Wisconsin residents believe he made the wrong choice and his Democratic gubernatorial opponent Mary Burke decries the move as irresponsible. How Walker approached Medicaid offers a clear contrast with Burke, who said she would undo Walker's policies and take the money.
The most recent Marquette University Law School poll showed the race in the November 4th election is tied. That same poll showed 59 percent of likely voters would like the state to accept the federal Medicaid money, while 30 percent agree with Walker in rejecting it.
(Madison) AP --Wisconsin attorney general candidates Brad Schimel and Susan Happ held their second debate Friday night. The race between Schimel, a Republican, and Happ, a Democrat, has turned fierce, with each accusing the other of being soft on crime. Friday's debate generated some sparks, too, when Happ accused Schimel of flip-flopping on whether he would defend a state law that bans outside groups from coordinating with candidates. Schimel has said he would defend the law. When a debate moderator asked him again about the law he said couldn't defend state regulations that go beyond constitutional boundaries. Happ said that means he wouldn't defend the law.
(Madison) AP --Several Wisconsin insurance companies are holding special sign-ups so same-sex couples can add spouses to their health plans. The special enrollment period is needed because gays and lesbians who got married this summer were unable to add spouses to their coverage amid the uncertainty surrounding the legal status of their marriages. People generally can make changes to a health plan during the year only after a "life-changing" event, such as a marriage, divorce, or birth or adoption of a child.
(Madison) AP --Wisconsin state health officials have launched an Ebola hotline. The state Department of Health Services announced Friday that the line is for fielding questions Wisconsin residents have about the Ebola virus. The toll-free number is 844-684-1064. State Health Officer Karen McKeown says even though no one has been diagnosed with Ebola, and chances of catching it remain "extremely low," she understands people are concerned and have questions. Information about Ebola is also available on the DHS website.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department received preliminary budget approval Wednesday to take on more federal detainees and increase electronic monitoring of those on release. The Finance and Administration Committee gave its approval to the department’s 2015 budget, which is expected to increase by 1.35 percent, or to 34.6 million-dollars in 2015. According to Sheriff David Beth, the number of detainees would increase by four per day to produce just under $142,000 in revenue for the county. The sheriff’s budget, which has the largest levy in the county, was one of 10 budgets approved by the committee. Officials said the committee would continue its hearings on Monday.
Crews are putting the finishing touches on Kenosha County’s first park-and-ride lot across from the Recplex in Pleasant Prairie. The $1.5 million parking lot is set to nearly double the parking available adjacent to the popular village recreation facility at Lake Andrea with nearly 400 more spaces available. The new lot will be opened this weekend for a nearby swim meet, with regular use expected by the end of next week.
The appeals aren’t yet over for one of the teenage boys charged with killing Capri Walker in 2008. Roddee Daniel was 15 years old when he and Kawanis Trotter broke into Walker’s home, killed her, and stole a video game system. Daniel, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was found competent to stand trial, convicted, and is now spending life in prison. On appeal, Daniel’s attorney questioned the standard the circuit court judge used in finding Daniel competent. The appeals court agreed with attorney Anthony Jurek, and sent the case back to the circuit court for a second look. If Daniel were now found incompetent, it could overturn the conviction. According to officials, the state’s reply brief has not yet been filed.
Just 12 days before the election, state Rep. Brett Hulsey says he is running for governor as an independent write-in candidate. Hulsey lost the Democratic primary to Mary Burke, earing 16 percent of the vote. Hulsey announced Thursday that he was mounting a last-minute write-in campaign, but if it appears the effort is helping Gov. Scott Walker, he will stop. The most recent Marquette University Law School poll showed Burke and Walker tied at 46 percent among likely voters.