Michalski sponsoring second Uptown cleanup this Saturday; alderpersons share comments on various topics

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KENOSHA ⏤ While last night’s meeting didn’t have any hot button topics on the agenda, alderpersons spent the end sharing a few important local things on their minds. https://youtu.be/ofAxmrwsY_U During the alderpersons’ comments portion of last night’s Kenosha City Council meeting, Dist. 3 Ald. Jan Michalski, Dist. 2 Ald. Bill Siel, Dist. 16 Ald. Dominic [...]

Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department releases warning after spate of overdoses over past week

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KENOSHA ⏤ After six overdoses in about as many days, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has a message. And that message is clear and simple: Do not take medication you are not prescribed. https://videopress.com/v/ta74sm1v?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Emergency personnel responded to the six overdoses during the week of March 30 through April 4, 2021. As a result, both [...]

City committees, commissions give approval to new Kenosha Fire Station No. 4 variances

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KENOSHA ⏤Several Kenosha committees and commissions, including Public Works, approved moving forward with a new Kenosha Fire Department Station No. 4, passing needed variances for the project Monday. The new station, located at 4810 60th St., would replace the current building at that location, finished in 1964.  According to Kenosha Fire Department Chief Christopher Bigley, [...]

Mid-Week Rewind: Stories/pictures published Feb. 13 -17, 2021

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THIS WEEK'S STORIES SO FAR KENOSHA ⏤ Take a look back on the stories, videos and pictures that The Uptown Observer has published between Saturday, Feb. 13, and Wednesday morning. Find our latest stories below, presented in a nice timeline for you to peruse at your convenience. Support the Observer Family Make a one-time donationYour contribution is appreciated.DonateMake a monthly donationYour [...]

Inmate found unresponsive in Kenosha County Jail cell dies

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KENOSHA ⏤ The inmate found hanging in his jail cell on Feb. 9 at the Kenosha County Jail has died from his injuries.  Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. David Wright made the announcement Wednesday morning that the inmate ⏤ identified as Timothy J. Nelson, 25, of Kenosha ⏤ had died at Froedtert Hospital at 3:42 [...]

Police and Fire Commission approves KFD appointments, questions what to do with citizens’ comments

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KENOSHA ⏤ During an at-times confusingly formatted meeting, the city’s Police and Fire Commission approved the resignations of three Kenosha Police Department officers.  The body also approved the appointment of nine probationary firefighters to the Kenosha Fire Department, as well as the job posting for seeking a new fire chief. However, Commissioner Leo Chiappetta asked [...]

Racine County Sheriff’s Department investigating suicide attempt at Kenosha County Jail

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25-year-old listed in critical condition KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Racine County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a suicide attempt carried out in the Kenosha County Jail Tuesday evening. According to a Wednesday release from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Tuesday around 6:38 p.m. a correctional officer found an inmate unresponsive in their cell. The inmate was [...]

Police and Fire Commission appoint two officers, decrease years in administration requirement for fire chief

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KENOSHA ⏤ The city Police and Fire Commission appointed two new probationary officers to the Kenosha Police Department Monday. The commission approved the appointments of Troy Damask and Alexandra Maykut unanimously during a special meeting Monday morning. Both appointments will be effective Feb. 8. Get to know a little bit about the new officers in [...]

Police and Fire Commission promote KPD and KFD personnel, discuss fire chief posting

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KENOSHA ⸺ On Tuesday morning, the Kenosha Police and Fire Commission approved numerous promotions in the Kenosha Fire Department. These promotions included those of: Nicholas Eschmann to probationary division chief of emergency medical services; Jeffery Wunder to probationary fire line captain; Michael Ruffolo to probationary fire lieutenant; And Joseph Sielski to probationary apparatus operator. All [...]

Kenosha City Council approves emergency authorization for mayor ahead of Blake shooting decision

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  KENOSHA ⏤ The City Council approved a resolution giving Mayor John Antaramian emergency authorization powers in the event of unrest. Once activated, the mayor will have emergency authorization for eight days. After eight days, the City Council will have to approve additional measures taken concerning any violent unrest. The emergency powers come as Kenosha [...]

Kenosha announces road closures ahead of Jacob Blake shooting ruling; Evers authorizes 500 National Guard

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KENOSHA ⏤ The city has closed portions of local roadways, specifically those surrounding the Kenosha County Courthouse ahead of the impending ruling on the Jacob Blake shooting. Gov. Tony Evers also authorized the National Guard to come and assist local authorities. The announcement is a result of Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley making his decision this [...]

Ald. Paff seemingly defends Kyle Rittenhouse in Jan. 4 comments

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KENOSHA — During Monday night’s Kenosha City Council meeting, District 6 Ald. David Paff gave the following seemingly sympathetic statements about Kyle Rittenhouse, who is currently going through the court system on charges of murdering two local residents on Aug. 25, 2020. Rittenhouse, as well as everyone on the streets in Kenosha that night, was [...]

Rockhead’s fire caused by overloaded circuit

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KENOSHA ⏤ An overloaded circuit on the second floor sparked an Uptown fire that damaged the Rockhead’s Comics & Games building. The fire began around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16., at the structure at 2328 Roosevelt Rd. To battle the fire, the Kenosha Fire Department called in an additional two units, Fire Chief Charles Leipzig said Thursday. [...]

Police and Fire Commission discusses, makes some changes to recruitment practices

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Commissioners, staff say farewell to retiring Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig KENOSHA ⏤At its Tuesday morning meeting, the Police and Fire Commission reviewed possible changes to the city’s recruitment processes, specifically new-hire written tests. During the meeting, Samantha Thorstad, HR analyst for the city, recommended doing away with the written test portion of the recruitment process. ‘Could [...]

KFD to offer free COVID testing in Uptown Wednesdays and Fridays

KENOSHA ⏤ The Kenosha Fire Department will offer free COVID-19 testing twice weekly in Uptown starting Friday. The department announced in a press release Thursday that it will be hosting testing at the vacant Fire Station No. 3, 2121 Roosevelt Road, in Uptown. Testing will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays through the end of the year, [...]

Last night’s meeting: Council increases bond for inciting violence more than 10 times normal amount; alderpersons object to city methodology

KENOSHA ⏤ During last night’s City Council meeting, alderpersons voted to increase the bond amount for the charge of inciting violence by more than 10 times from $124 to $1,321. That measure passed by a slim margin of 9-7. It is effective immediately. Likewise, the city also approved emergency authorization for Mayor John Antaramian, which he can use to [...]