(Kenosha)--Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says that while this year’s presidential primary season has been a contentious one, he believes the divisions in his party are overblown. Priebus told WLIP’s Bill Lawrence that political divisions in both of the major parties are being scrutinized in the media because that’s what draws ratings and revenue.
Priebus says that he tries to remain neutral in the primary process, only adding his opinion when it becomes necessary. The Kenosha native is now in his third term heading up the RNC. You can hear the entire interview with Priebus here.
(Kenosha)--Tourists spent nearly 200-million dollars in Kenosha County in 2015. That's according to new numbers released by the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visitors spent 196-point-6 million dollars, that's an increase of 8-point-1 percent over 2014. Kenosha County is ranked 19th as far as tourist spending in the 72 counties in Wisconsin. 57 million dollars was spent on food and drinks, 30 million dollars for lodging, and 64 million dollars was spent on retail items. In all Kenosha County generated 22-point-1 million dollars in state and local tax revenues. Additionally it's estimated that tourism creates over 31-hundred jobs in the county.
A Paris home was destroyed in a fire Friday; the same house that was the site of an arson fire this year. According to police, the Paris Fire Department was called to the fire at the single-story home around 5 a.m. Police said the vacant home was gutted by the fire before crews were able to extinguish the blaze. In March, the house suffered minor damage by an arson fire. Damien Struble and Travis Delabio, both 21, of Kenosha, are facing charges of arson in connection with the fire. Both remain behind bars, awaiting trial in June. According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, the Friday fire remains under investigation.
A Carthage College student was arrested for drunken driving and possession of narcotics Wednesday night. According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, police were called to 33rd and Sheridan Road for a multiple-vehicle injury crash about 9 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies found 20-year-old Aaron Robillard, of Kenosha, sitting on the ground next to a vehicle. The suspect was reportedly unable to stand and had a cut under his right eye. He was taken to Kenosha Medical Center; that’s where he allegedly confessed to hitting a vehicle in front of him because he was driving too fast.
State Senator Bob Wirch says that he's close to making an announcement for reelection. Wirch told WLIP's Bill Lawrence that less and less seats are competitive in the State Legislature because of gerrymandering, which Wirch says is a factor in his decision process. Wirch also said that he still loves the most important part of the job-meeting with and listening to voters. The deadline for incumbents to announce for reelection is June 1st.
DEFOREST, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a manhunt for a suspect in a fatal shooting in West Allis ended with a chase and shootout on a Wisconsin highway. West Allis police say a 42-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday morning at an apartment complex. Several hours later, a drive-by shooting was reported on Interstate 90/94 near DeForest. That incident led to traffic closures. Authorities began following a suspect vehicle and used road spikes to disable it. According to a statement from the Dane County Sheriff's Office, the driver, a 20-year-old from West Allis, got out of the vehicle and moved toward officers with a handgun. When he refused to drop it, two deputies shot him. He was taken to a hospital, and two passengers in the car are in custody. The Wisconsin Department of Justice says it's believed the suspect in the drive-by is responsible for the homicide.
ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) -- An 18-year-old student is home recovering after he was shot outside of a prom in Wisconsin last weekend. Collin Cooper was released from Aspirus Wausau Hospital on Friday and is back home in Antigo with his family. Cooper and his date were leaving the dance when police say an 18-year-old man opened fire. An Antigo police officer shot the suspect, Jakob Wagner. He was pronounced dead early Sunday at a hospital after the shooting. Authorities have not released a motive for the attack. The Wisconsin Justice Department is investigating the officer-involved shooting.
A fire stemming from a car wash damaged the Harborside Mobil gas station and closed it for business Sunday morning. According to Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter, firefighters arrived to heavy smoke coming from the attic as well as the front door of the store. Police said the store was evacuated prior to their arrival, and no customers were inside. The fire led to heavy smoke damage, with the biggest amount occurring on the north end of the building. Haerter said authorities stayed on scene for about two hours to evaluate the fire, which remains under investigation.
(AP)--Authorities have released the name of a restaurant delivery driver who was killed while making a delivery in Racine. Police say 37-year-old James Norris of Racine was working for Steak and Lemonade Restaurant on Friday night. He was making a delivery on the 3900 block of Green Street when he was apparently shot. Authorities say they responded to a call of multiple shots fired and police searched the neighborhood and found Norris with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made and police are still asking anyone with information to come forward.
Senator Bernie Sanders will be making a campaign stop in Kenosha this week. The Sanders campaign says that the presidential candidate will be at the Tarble Arena on the Carthage College campus at 10 AM Wednesday morning. Doors will open at 8 and RSVPs through the Sanders campaign are strongly recommended. Sanders is the first of the candidates to visit Kenosha ahead of next week's presidential primary. All of the major party candidates are planning stops throughout Wisconsin, including a Donald Trump Town Hall event in Green Bay later this week.