A Pleasant Prairie man was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert hospital in Wauwatosa after accidentally shooting himself while hunting coyotes. Police said the man was found by a neighbor at 6:20 a.m. Thursday. He told police his shotgun accidentally discharged, striking him in the chest. A spokesman said his injuries are serious, but he is expected to survive.
A woman accused of secretly taking videos of people in locker rooms at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex and Uline pleaded guilty Thursday morning to 47 felony charges. 28-year-old Melissa Wenckebach, of Pleasant Prairie, was charged with 262 counts of capturing an image of nudity without the subject’s consent. As part of her plea agreement, all but the 47 counts to which she pleaded guilty will be dismissed. She is next due in court October 30th. If convicted, each charge comes with a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison. Wenckebach would also be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years.
Kenosha Police are warning people to be cautious after two armed robberies were reported in the last five days in the residential neighborhood between 75th and 80th Street, and 30th and 39th Avenues. Police said a man with a handgun robbed people walking in the neighborhood at night. The suspect is described as an African American man of medium build. Anyone with information about the robberies should contact the Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 656-7333.
Kenosha Unified families will get a better announcement of snow days this year. The School Board on Tuesday approved a change in the emergency school closing policy, shifting the deadline for announcing a closing from 6 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. In addition, the policy now states that schools will automatically be closed if there is a “winter weather warning” issued prior to 5 a.m. that is expected to remain in effect throughout the school day, or if there is a sustained wind chill of minus 43 degrees or a sustained temperature of minus 20 degrees.
Racine police used a Taser and a police dog to subdue a Kenosha man prior to his arrest for stalking and harassment. 20-year-old Joshua Ammon is facing charges in Racine County for stalking, harassment, and resisting arrest. Racine police got involved on Aug. 14, when a business owner called saying Ammon had been making harassing phone calls to an employee. He has a filed Kenosha County case with pending charges of false imprisonment, strangulation, and battery; he has not yet made an initial appearance on those charges.
One of two people allegedly caught on camera stealing from a Kenosha garage made his initial appearance Monday in Kenosha County Circuit Court. 27-year-old Ryan Dwyer, of Pleasant Prairie, is facing six counts of burglary and five of theft for a string of burglaries earlier this month. The other person connected with the case, 22-year-old Jasmine Shafer, was unable to appear in court due to medical needs. The two were developed as suspects after a 12-year-old boy on Aug. 11 saw two people stealing from his garage. He took photographs of them and the vehicle, and the photos were shared on social media. If convicted of their many charges, Dwyer and Shafer could face significant prison time.
Birds in Kenosha have tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Kenosha County Division of Health reports. A dead crow found Aug. 14 is the first bird to test positive for West Nile in Kenosha this year. Officials said residents of Kenosha County should take extra precautions against mosquito bites when spending time outside.During 2014, only six cases of infection were reported among Wisconsin residents. Historically, most infections occur in August and September.
BP has announced that its Indiana refinery is back online after a shutdown that pushed gas prices up in the last two weeks. Prices jumped 60 cents a gallon in one day after the massive refinery shut down. GasBuddy is now expecting a steep decline in prices across the Midwest in the coming days.
The former Dairyland Greyhound Park — once the proposed site for a Hard Rock casino, hotel and convention center — has been rebranded as the Midwest Innovation Center and is listed on the real estate market to be sold as one parcel or to be broken into sections. Though it was just listed on the market this week, there is already a long list of interested parties. Tom Boyle, a spokesman for Transwestern, a commercial real estate brokerage, said the site is prime land that could attract significant interest and an attractive selling price. Transwestern has not declared an asking price for the property.
Police shot and killed an English bulldog after it allegedly bit a woman and attacked officers. Police were called to the report of a woman bleeding and a dog loose at 3 p.m. near the intersection of 19th Avenue and 76th Street. Officers said they were unable to gain control of the animal — a 16-month-old male named Tank — that injured at least one officer. Responders leashed the dog before it bit an officer and got loose. Officers said they shot the dog multiple times to stop the attack and prevent further harm. It is unclear how many bullets were fired and by how many officers.
A lengthy, outside investigation involving Kenosha Police officer Pablo Torres continues. Less than a week after receiving a report from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Kenosha County district attorney's office announced Tuesday it will employ a use-of-force expert before making a final decision in the March 14th shooting death of 26-year-old Aaron Siler of Kenosha. Torres remains on paid leave after pulling the trigger in two shootings in 11 days. The 19-year department veteran has already been cleared in the March 4th non-fatal shooting of 66-year-old Terry Knight.
Local law enforcement agencies are cracking down on their safety enforcement during the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. In effort to stop impaired driving, Kenosha police have teamed up with law enforcement agencies across the country to seek out intoxicated drivers. The program, which is funded entirely by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, kicks off tomorrow and runs through September 7th. Last year, there were more than 24,000 convictions for drunken driving in Wisconsin.
The National Weather Service confirms a tornado caused damage in Lake Geneva on Tuesday.Weather service staff surveyed damage caused by the severe weather in Walworth County and said Wednesday that an F1 twister touched down. The severe weather damaged a number of buildings in a small industrial park in the Town of Lyons. The tornado also left a trail of tree damage north of Lake Geneva.
The Kenosha man being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail on charges that he killed Berit Beck in 1990 has been hit with drug possession charges. Dennis Brantner is accused of possessing prescription drugs, found in his boot when he was booked at Fond du Lac County Jail after he was arrested here in March. According to police, in addition to the drug possession charges, he is also facing charges of bail jumping. He was out on bond for Kenosha County gun charges when he was arrested for the murder.
A massive fire destroyed a vacant industrial building scheduled for demolition Friday morning; closing streets, and filling the neighborhood with thick, potentially toxic smoke. The Kenosha Fire Department was called to the former Bastrup Roofing and Supply company building around 8:30 a.m. According to police, when fire crews arrived, the entire building was engulfed in flames. Firefighters worked for hours to extinguish the blaze, working in shifts so they could re-hydrate. According to a spokesman, We Energies cut power to approximately 1,500 homes in the area.The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and police said foul play is suspected.