Gov. Scott Walker's administration has warned the Potawatomi tribe that it could lose nearly 2,000 slot machines if it continues to withhold its $25 million annual payment to the state. The Forest County Potawatomi says it's withholding the payment because the state may end up owing the tribe money if Walker approves the Kenosha casino project. The Journal Sentinel says Walker's administration warned the tribe in a letter released Wednesday that if the Potawatomi wins the payment dispute in court, the tribe's 2003 compact amendment would be voided and rules of the 1998 compact agreement would prevail. That, in turn, would limit the tribe to 1,000 electronic games, 2,000 less than it currently offers at its Milwaukee casino.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue released no further information regarding a search warrant it carried out on Wednesday. According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, the 10-thousand block of Bain Station Road was taped off for hours on Wednesday. at 10368 Bain Station Road on Wednesday. Law enforcement agents were seen removing boxes of paperwork from the home. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue usually steps in for crimes involving unpaid state taxes on alcohol and tobacco. The agency refused to provide details on the search, stating it was part of an ongoing investigation.
Two Illinois men were arrested by Kenosha police in a massive drug bust on Wednesday. According to the Kenosha Drug Operations Group, the sting took place off 80th Street and 60th Avenue. 30-year-old Omar Villalobos and 33-year-old Jesus Flores were arrested on felony charges of possession of meth. Authorities searched a vehicle and discovered a cooler in the trunk containing two, one-pound packages of methamphetamine wrapped in several layers of cellophane. Police said the drugs hold a street value of $24,000.
If you have Labor Day weekend plans in the Kenosha area, make sure you bring your umbrella. Every day except Sunday will carry a more than 50 percent chance of precipitation. According to the National Weather Service, “We have a system that’s moving over our area and brining us some showers and thunderstorms over the next few days. For Kenosha County and most of southeastern Wisconsin, showers and thunderstorms will begin to form late Friday night and into Sunday, with a 60 to 70 percent chance of rain.
Plans for a massive $18.6 million expansion and renovation of Brookside Care Center apparently has the support of most Kenosha County Board supervisors. As presented, the project would be funded by bonds paid back by projected increases in Brookside revenue as a result of the changes. County Executive Jim Kreuser said the project has been studied and revised several times over the past four years and could be tweaked again before its formal presentation on November 7th.
The City Council this week paved the way for Kenosha’s fifth tattoo parlor to open for business in the Uptown neighborhood. Since voting to allow tattoo shops in the city last year, Kenosha has seen four such parlors pop up in very close proximity to each other. That’s because the city outlined where the shops could open to only the Uptown and downtown business districts. Because of that restriction, there are two downtown parlors that are blocks away. At Monday’s council meeting, Alderman Jan Michalski said the council had no legal recourse to stop the companies, but suggested that the council enact rules either controlling parlor density or expanding the boundaries beyond the two areas.
Three men are behind bars for selling heroin in Kenosha. 28-year-old Alonzo Conner, 45-year-old Jimmie Shepard, and 25-year-old Jerrell Griffin were arrested in September, after a drug bust in a Taco Bell bathroom. Conner, of Kenosha, will spend four years behind bars after he pleaded no contest to selling heroin. Shepard, of Zion, will spend two years in prison for his role in the crime. Griffin, of Kenosha, will begin his two-year sentence after he finishes serving time for three additional crimes.
A Racine man is facing charges after he tried stealing thousands of dollars from his employer’s business account. According to the complaint filed against him in Kenosha County Circuit Court, 29-year-old David Holden worked for Calumet Diversified Meats in Pleasant Prairie. The owner told police that he was reviewing accounts and didn’t understand why money was being pulled from a PayPal account. When he looked into it, he learned a debit card issued to an employee was being used to make the transfers. He is next due in court in September and if convicted, Holden could spend up to six years behind bars.
Firefighters battled a raging blaze over the weekend at Kenosha Steel Castings. According to fire officials, the fire began in a laboratory attached to the main foundry building. The buildings were unoccupied at the time, and there were no injuries; however, the structure’s age and nature of the operations made conditions challenging for firefighters. The condition of the building’s water mains required fire crews to access water from nearby 30th Avenue and 70th Street.The buildings suffered significant damage to exterior walls and the roof from fire and water. The cause of the fire is under investigation; however the building is considered a total loss.
A man will spend three years in prison on charges of child enticement for sexual contact. The man was charged with that offense and eight other felonies after his children told police he gave a 12-year-old girl a hands-on explanation of doing a breast exam and showed them his “private area.” In addition to the time in prison and four years on supervised release, he must also register as a sex offender. The man, who is not being named to protect his children, told police that it was meant to be an “educational experience, not something of a sexual nature.
More than 2,800 additional Kenosha County patients would be eligible for BadgerCare if Wisconsin would accept federal money for Medicaid expansion. Citizen Action of Wisconsin used data from the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau to do a county-by-county estimate of the number of people that would be eligible for Medicaid, and the financial impact for each county. Voters in Kenosha will be able to weigh in on the expansion of Medicaid when they vote this November, a provision of the Affordable Care Act that Gov. Scott Walker previously denied. The referendum question was approved at Monday’s City Council meeting, putting the issue on the November ballot.
(Kenosha)--As the reconstruction of I-94 through Kenosha moves forward, one of the unattended consequences has been the need for companies along the highway to redo their signage. The road is 20 feet higher in some places causing the need for the city to offer exceptions when it comes to the size and height of signs. Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman said he supports the exemptions but the city needs better plans. Bosman pointed out that while each situation is different; the city needs a balanced approach between what a business wants and what looks best from the road.
The city's Parks Commission has announced it will take up the master plan for Kennedy and Pennoyer parks on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd. The Parks Commission would be charged with voting on the controversial plan that calls for the closing of Kennedy Park Drive. Opponents of the plan say the roadway should not be closed to motor vehicles in exchange for walking and biking trails. The meeting is the first step in the approval process for the master plan. The Plan Commission will only vote in the role of advisory, merely recommending action for the City Council.
The Racine County Sheriff's Department says the investigation into records tampering at city hall is active and ongoing. Investigators have been looking into allegations of email tampering and spying for months. Tig Kerkman is the city employee accused of accessing the emails of his boss @ IT firm Comsys, along with the email accounts of Mayor Keith Bosom and Alderman Steve Bostrom. Officials have confirmed their investigation began locally before being bounced to the Racine County Sheriff’s Department. Officials sayinvestigators are working diligently to uncover new information.
Kenosha Unified is still working to fill approximately 100 open spots for the approaching school year. The school district has listed 85 open certified staff positions and 26 support-staff openings, about average for this time of year. According to KUSD spokeswoman Tanya Ruder, openings range from part-time music and coaching positions-- to special education teaching positions that are often more difficult to staff. Many of the open jobs are part-time positions or one-year contracts.