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Kenosha – A Trevor man is facing up to 12 years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that left one of his passengers critically injured.

Joshua D. Erickson, 22, is being held on $15,000 cash bond on a charge of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, along with a series of traffic offenses.

There were two passengers in the truck with Erickson. When Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, one of the women was unconscious in the roadway, being treated by emergency personnel.

The woman was taken by helicopter to Froedtert Hospital, where medical personnel later reported that she had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and was in extremely critical condition.

The second passenger was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, Erickson initially denied being the driver, even though the passenger with minor injuries told deputies he had been driving.

Later, after he was taken to a hospital for a blood test, he admitted he was driving and said he believed he must have hit a patch of ice on the road.

Along with the felony charge, Erickson was charged with operating while intoxicated, driving too fast for conditions, driving without insurance and having open intoxicants in a vehicle.


KENOSHA – Kenosha Unified School District’s 51st Annual Choral Festival will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Indian Trail High School and Academy field house. This is the first year the event will be held at Indian Trail, which was done to allow for expanded event capacity. The event will showcase over 1,100 students from the elementary, middle, high and charter schools.

Tickets are available online at<>. All seats are reserved, and patrons can choose between the field house performance venue ($8) or live-feed video auditorium seating ($3). Both the Saturday and Sunday performances will be streamed live on Channel 20. These events traditionally sell out, and tickets cannot be guaranteed at the door.

This year’s guest conductor is Dr. Zachary Durlam, director of choral activities at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Durlam will visit KUSD secondary schools to rehearse with choirs on Thursday, Feb. 16, and Friday, Feb. 17.The concert will feature performances by 11 individual high school choirs. In addition, there will be combined performances featuring mass choirs from middle and high school, men’s choir and the All-City Elementary Choir.

Participating directors and their schools are Bradley Mann, Bradford High School and Bullen Middle School; Kristen Singer, Harborside Academy; John Choi, Indian Trail High School and Academy; Polly Amborn, Tremper High School; Shannon Robertson, Lance Middle School; Kathleen Crane, Lincoln Middle School; Beth Herrendeen-Smith, Mahone Middle School; Anna Schmidt, Washington Middle School and John Kryl, Kenosha Technology Enhanced Curriculum.

Patricia Black and Jennifer Westover will serve as accompanists for the festival. Scott Plank, coordinator of fine arts, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Taking a short absence from Milwaukee’s television market, Cozi TV, a programming network of nostalgic older TV shows, is back on the air in Milwaukee — on Channel 38.3.

Many favorite shows including “Frasier,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Columbo,” will now be available on Channel 38.3 operated by WTSJ-38, WTSJ’s print media partner is the Spanish Journal.

On Jan. 15, WTSJ Channel 38.3 introduced Cozi TV back to the Milwaukee market, giving Cozi TV viewers options to view their favorite programs on cable or satellite services.

In addition to Cozi, WTSJ carries Azteca, a Spanish-language channel, at 38.1 (Channel 38 on DirecTV and Channel 807 on Time Warner Cable); Buzzr, a channel carrying old game shows, on 38.2; QVC, the home-shopping channel, on 38.4; AccuWeather on 38.5; Tuff, a male-centric channel at 38.6; and the Country Network at 38.7.

Kenosha – An online petition in support of Kenosha Police officer Kendal West has more than 700 signatures.

West was charged with battery, disorderly conduct and misconduct in public office for an incident that occurred while he was on duty and in police uniform on Jan. 1. West is accused of leaving his assigned patrol area and punching a man who was in a romantic relationship with his wife.

The 29-year-old KPD officer and military veteran is out on bond and on administrative leave.

Kenosha Ald. Kevin Mathewson called for West’s termination. However, Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said Monday that disciplinary action would be decided after the investigation into the incident is completed.

West was hired as a probationary officer in 2013. He graduated from Gateway Technical College’s 15-week law enforcement program in spring 2015.

A counter petition was launched on Wednesday, calling for West’s termination.

MILWAUKEE —Dirty water running from a kitchen faucet has raised new concerns about lead contamination for some residents on Milwaukee’s south side.

It’s not what anyone wants to see — murky brown tap water, but that’s what Zoila Dominguez said she saw in her home.

She immediately suspected that work was being done on an underground water service line down the block.

Whenever work is being done on nearby lines, lead can leach from those laterals into nearby homes, and that’s what raised the concern in this case.

“Anytime the water discolors like that, that’s a red flag for me, 100 percent,” said Robert Miranda of the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition.

Miranda said the dirty tap water shows the pipes were disturbed, creating a lead risk.

A Department of Public Works spokeswoman said a leak was repaired on a nearby lead service line, and when the main was turned back on, the water “was very rusty” from an iron, not lead, water main.

She said residents were notified and given a brochure about lead awareness.

But Miranda said not all neighbors got that information, and he believes more should be done.

“We need to immediately begin the process of testing that water. That whole block should be tested,” Miranda said. “Without testing, public works officials have no foundation to say there was no lead in the water”.

For now, Miranda is encouraging neighbors to flush their lines, and get a lead removal filter for the faucets.

Chicago— El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, formuló este martes un dramático llamado a la unión “más allá de nuestras diferencias”, en su último mensaje a la nación antes de pasar el mando a su sucesor, Donald Trump, el 20 de enero.

Obama dijo que el país estaba ahora “más fuerte” que hace ocho años, cuando llegó al poder, y aunque aseguró que la sociedad había mejorado las relaciones raciales, admitió que el tema sigue siendo una “fuerza divisiva” entre los estadounidenses.

Desde el centro de Convenciones McCormick, junto al lago Michigan, en la ciudad de Chicago, el mandatario saliente instó a los estadounidenses a creer en su capacidad para promover cambios.

“Les pido que crean. No en mi capacidad de promover un cambio, sino en la capacidad de ustedes”, dijo Obama, para cerrar con la frase con que pavimentó su camino a la presidencia: “Sí, podemos. Sí, lo hicimos”.

Asimismo, aseguró que negar el cambio climático “traiciona a futuras generaciones”.

“Podemos y debemos discutir sobre la mejor forma de abordar el problema. Pero simplemente negar el problema, no solo traiciona a futuras generaciones, sino que también traiciona el espíritu esencial de nuestro país”, expresó.

El último viaje de Obama en el avión presidencial Air Force One fue una peregrinación a la ciudad que lo adoptó y lo catapultó políticamente.

Muchos desafiaron el gélido invierno de Chicago para asistir al discurso del mandatario saliente, en el que también estuvieron presentes la primera dama, Michelle Obama, el vicepresidente, Joe Biden, y su esposa, Jill.

By Adam Wesley

GREEN BAY – Rep. Joel Kleefisch had a ready response for lawmakers and school administrators who were quick to speak out against a proposal late last year for statewide random drug testing in high schools.

With the Wisconsin State Assembly back in session, Kleefisch is planning in the next two months to introduce a bill that would require schools to test students for drugs at the request of parents. Kleefisch said the testing service would provide a way to combat an increased and deadly use of heroin and other illegal drugs that stops short of mandating randomly testing students, as the Republican from Oconomowoc initially proposed in early December.

“It’s still not a proposal, it’s still not a bill, it’s not been drafted,” Kleefisch said last week. “But, I think with the concerns people have about forced testing, our best approach is to make the parents aware that we will offer an opt-in for parents to have their children tested.”

Specifics for what the expanded drug testing would entail and how it would be funded need to be determined, though Kleefisch is suggesting a minimally invasive process using hair samples.

Some school leaders are receptive to such a proposal, after they balked at the earlier recommendation for ordering statewide testing out of concern that it takes away local control from schools.

“If someone asks my opinion of it, I would definitely be willing to look into it, at least,” said Jeff Baumann, principal at Crivitz High School, which started random drug testing for most of its students in 2015.

Crivitz is among several high schools in the state that randomly test students for illegal drug use if they participate in extracurricular activities and/or drive to school.

However, unlike some high schools in the state that have random drug testing, Crivitz doesn’t honor requests from parents to test their kids for drugs. Though he’s receptive to possibly changing that stance, Baumann wondered what role, if any, schools should take with parental requests for drug testing.

“In my opinion, if a person is that concerned that their child is doing something they shouldn’t be doing, you can buy drug-testing kits over the counter. That’s what I would do,” said Baumann, a parent of teenagers.

Leaders from school districts that don’t have drug testing are taking a wait-and-see approach, but want assurances that they will be involved in the discussion.

Damian LaCroix, superintendent of the Howard-Suamico School District, urged lawmakers and legislative staff at a forum hosted last month by Pulaski High School to engage school administrators “as partners in policy development that directly affects our students, our families and our communities.”

At the time of the Dec. 14 forum, LaCroix took exception to Kleefisch’s proposal of statewide random drug testing in schools.

“For these types of proposals to be happening in a vacuum, absent our opportunity and the opportunity for local control and school-board members to engage in meaningful policy development, I think represents short-sightedness and will continue to cause this frustration and lack of trust at certain levels that I think presently exist,” LaCroix told the forum panel.

Parents Kept In The Loop

School administrators in Crivitz, which began testing students during the 2015-16 school year, say about 170 of its 209 students are eligible to be tested. Those students participate in co-curricular activities or have parking privileges on school grounds.

Five students are randomly picked every two weeks. That comes to roughly 90 drug tests in a school year, all done free through a partnership with Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.

Of the more than 120 urine tests administered at the school in the first year and a half of the program, administrators say no more than a handful have tested positive for illegal drugs.

Parents are immediately notified if their son or daughter has a positive test. A course of action is taken for parents to get help for their child. Punishment also is meted out, whether it’s a suspension from sports or another activity, or a prolonged revocation of a parking permit.

“I think what parents appreciate that we do is that we don’t get any police involved or anything like that,” said Jeff Dorschner, the school’s athletics director. “It’s for them (the parents) to know. It’s for your own information. We’ll give them the option on offering them help and assistance through counseling services, through our guidance department, but from there on out, it’s up to the parents to determine whether or not they deem that their son or daughter has a problem or has an issue. It’s that early intervention.”

Dorschner led the push for testing in the high school in response to a spike in student code-of-conduct violations that stemmed from illegal drug use. At the time, a few parents opposed the program, and the school also received calls and emails from outside the district arguing that random testing violates students’  privacy.

That’s also the position of the ACLU of Wisconsin.

Associate Director Molly Collins said the organization opposes student drug testing because it is intrusive and possibly counterproductive.

This year, there have been no complaints about Crivitz’s drug-testing policy, Baumann said.

“We’re not the first one to invent the wheel here,” Dorschner said. “About 20 percent of the schools nationwide do (random drug testing). So, it’s nothing that’s brand new.

“(And) I’ve said this from Day 1, if we’re able to save one kid, turn one kid around, that’s worth it.”

The school doesn’t, however, test students at the request of their parents.

“We have declined because we don’t want to go down that slippery slope,” Dorschner said.

He explained that consistency with all students is important in setting school policy.

“If we start taking requests from parents to test their kids and then there are other kids who may be (suspected) of using (drugs) but their parents do not request a test be conducted, it puts administration in a tough spot in being consistent,” Dorschner said.

Testing Has To Be ‘A Good Fit’

Conversely, De Pere High School honors parents’ requests to have their kids tested.

Those students are added to the 12 who are randomly picked each week from three groups: students in extracurricular activities, those who have permits to park in the school lot and those on the school’s DREAM Team who pledge to be drug- and alcohol-free.

That covers more than 80 percent of the school’s enrollment of more than 1,400 students.

Nick Joseph, the school principal, said students are told from which pool they were selected if their number is picked for a drug test. Students being tested because of a parental request, no matter if they’re already eligible for drug testing, also are told.

“We’re very honest with them,” Joseph said.

Joseph declined to give numbers, but he said positive results since the school started testing in the 2007-08 school year are “rare.” Punishment may include a sports suspension, community/school service or loss of parking, in addition to completing a co-curricular rehabilitation program.

The tests are done for free in collaboration with Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

De Pere also randomly tests students for alcohol at school dances.

“It’s part of what we do,” Joseph said. “The community is supportive. From talking to some kids or some parents, they feel that it’s given the kids an out of, ‘I don’t want to do that because what if I get tested?’”

Regardless of what measures, if any, are proposed at the state level, Joseph and other school leaders are advocating for input from the local level.

“In my opinion, to be successful, it’s got to be a good fit for the school and the community,” Joseph said.

Pulaski Superintendent Bec Kurzynske, whose school district doesn’t have drug testing for high school students, wants to see what unfolds in Madison in the near future.

“I would need to know more about the funding of the (proposed) testing,” she said. “I am very interested to see details of the governor’s proposed budget and engaging with our elected officials to share how the proposals may impact our students and community.”

A Push For Local Control

Kaukauna High School Principal Corey Baumgartner said he would like legislators to leave drug testing policies to the schools.

Like De Pere, Kaukauna randomly tests students in co-curricular activities, those in a specific drug- and alcohol-free club and those registered to use the school’s parking lot.

“Really, the whole process is to deter our students from use, but once we do identify those students, we really want to provide an opportunity for intervention and treatment for those who need it,” Baumgartner said. “It’s not just to play ‘Gotcha!’ and ‘Let’s kick you off of the musical or your sports team.’”

About 108 students are tested per year, and in the last three years just a few have come back positive, he said. Each test costs about $36, he said. Those costs could add up if the state requires additional testing.

“If they mandate it, I hope funding would come with it to help those schools,” he said.

Baumgartner said he understands the grave concern around opioid and other drug abuse inWisconsin. At the same time, he said he appreciated that Kaukauna’s drug testing grew from local recognition of the issue.

Kleefisch is optimistic he can rally enough votes within the Legislature for the expanded testing. The aim, he says, is to curb a deadly epidemic of heroin and other opiates.

“If we have an opt-in for parents, that’s ultimate local control,” Kleefisch said. “It’s so local it’s in the home.”

Republished from USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

Washington– El presidente republicano de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos, Paul Ryan, fue reelecto este martes sin sorpresas, lo que confirma su lugar de hombre fuerte del Congreso e interlocutor privilegiado de Donald Trump.

Los miembros de la Cámara Baja del Congreso, que hoy inauguraron la actividad parlamentaria, le dieron 239 votos a favor, contra los 189 para la demócrata Nancy Pelosi. Su elección fue casi unánime entre el grupo republicano.

Ultraliberal de 46 años, Paul Ryan hizo la mayor parte de su carrera en el Congreso. Fue candidato a la vicepresidencia en 2012 y en octubre de 2015 se convirtió en “portavoz” de una rebelión del ala ultraconservadora del grupo mayoritario.

Junto con el jefe de la mayoría republicana del Senado, Mitch McConnell, al otro lado del imponente Capitolio de Washington, Ryan tendrá la responsabilidad de aplicar el enorme programa legislativo de los conservadores que hasta ahora chocaba con el presidente demócrata Barack Obama.

Sus relaciones con Donald Trump tuvieron altos y bajos. Durante la campaña electoral, se distanció del candidato Trump por el lenguaje que usaba y por las propuestas que hacía, incluso tildando algunas de “racistas”.

Pero todo cambió tras la victoria de Trump: los dos hombres limpiaron sus diferencias y prometieron una colaboración fructífera, en particular sobre la anulación de la reforma de salud de Barack Obama, y una reducción y simplificación de los impuestos.

El nuevo Congreso, elegido en noviembre pasado al mismo tiempo que el sucesor de Obama, entra en funciones el 3 de enero, según la Constitución, mientras que Donald Trump prestará juramente el 20 de enero.

Los republicanos disponen de una mayoría importante en la Cámara (241 bancas contra 194 para los demócratas) y en el Senado (52 republicanos contra 48 demócratas).


KENOSHA COUNTY — A Kenosha police officer has been criminally charged facing three charges — misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct (use of a dangerous weapon) and misconduct in public office (excess authority).

The accused is 29-year-old Kendal West of Kenosha.

According to a criminal complaint, on January 1st, officers spoke with an emergency room physician who indicated he spoke with West’s wife, who was in the process of going through a divorce with West. The physician advised that he had recently had an issue with West — who threatened him over the phone.

According to the complaint, the physician stated that after he saw a Kenosha Police Department squad car pull up, West exited the squad car and “charge at him.” He said West “pulled his arm back to punch (the physician),” and the physician stated he told West to “remember his job.”

The physician said at this point, West began punching him in the head — causing his glasses to fall from his face.

The complaint says West then re-entered his vehicle, and accelerated towards the physician.

Investigators spoke with Kenosha police, who advised West was on duty and dressed in his full uniform at the time of this alleged incident.

Surveillance video from the hospital was reviewed, and it showed West’s squad car pull up, and West approaching and then punching the physician, the complaint states.

West has been placed on administrative leave from the Kenosha Police Department.

Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said in a news release on January 1st — the “actions of this officer were not, in any way, connected to his official duties and run contrary to our mission. An internal investigation will be conducted parallel to that by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.”

Miskinis added, “I understand that personal problems are something we all deal with and I support the officer in that regard; however, as Chief, if the allegations are correct, I cannot condone his manner in dealing with them.”

West made his initial appearance in court in this case on Tuesday, January 3rd.

A $20,000 signature bond was set and signed.

He’ll be in court for his preliminary hearing on January 20th.

A Kenosha woman was charged with a felony for allegedly attempting to stab her son on Christmas Eve.

Tamica Lanier, 35, was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon.

Kenosha Police responded to a call to Lanier’s home made by one of her children who said her mother had pulled a knife on her. The caller told dispatchers that her brother had taken the knife away from her mother.

When police arrived they found the 20-year-old son holding the knife his mother had used, which police described as having a four-inch blade.

The son told police he had just come home from picking up one of his two younger sisters. His mother wanted to take the keys to the car, which is registered in both of their names, and he refused, saying he did not want to be left in charge of his sisters.

The complaint states that the son stayed in the living room, but a teenage sister went to his room to try to protect his things. He then heard the sister screaming “she has a knife” and “she’s going to stab me” and ran to her aid. He said he saw his mother stabbing his air mattress with a knife.

He attempted to take the knife from her and she jabbed him in the chest with the knife, hitting the chest pocket of his coat. The complaint states that he had a knit hat in the pocket of his coat, and the knife struck the jacket and hat and bent, but did not go through.

The son refused to sign a complaint against his mother.

She was released on a signature bond.

By Robert Miranda

Editor’s Commentary

    As many families learn of the news that Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) has lead water concerns, families whose children attend Choice and private schools have yet to receive any notice regarding the safety of the drinking water at these schools.

The danger that lead water presents to our children is serious and must be dealt with. Over 70,000 homes with lead pipes leaching lead into drinking and cooking water running through taps in our homes has been going on for decades in addition to the fact that we now know that lead is present in MPS, gives rise to the need to push for policy change in this city addressing this toxic metal in our drinking water.

While MPS has decided to be upfront and to some extent be transparent on the matter, many schools operating under the choice and private school systems have yet to release any data regarding the safety of drinking water in their facilities.

Choice and private schools should be obligated to give the same kind of report MPS gave to the public regarding the safety of their drinking and cooking water!

Choice and private schools should test all water taps in their buildings immediately. The results of these tests should be made public in the same manner MPS provided its results to the public.

Considering the practice of Choice schools to not provide data showing the effectiveness and efficiency of their schools while receiving public funding, will Choice schools be as transparent as MPS on this matter of safe drinking water? Or will secrecy continue to be part of their culture?

The families of children attending Choice and private schools have a right to know if the water is safe to drink or to use for cooking at their school.

Choice and private schools should disclose:

Protocols used for testing water at each school

Whether or not all taps at each school was tested

Whether or not the school tested has lead pipes or lead fixtures

The average lead level in the water even if under 15pbb

Actions to address lead pipe and fixture removal and lead water awareness

Lead blood testing for children at schools with lead blood levels above EPA standard 15pbb reading or below.

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” James Madison

To say politics in 2016 was extraordinary is to make the understatement of the century.

Summing up the oddest, silliest and most head-scratching political moments of the year wasn’t that much of a problem considering the fact there was so much silliness to choose from.

But let’s be honest. For as many of those silly moments the aftermath of the presidential election has left our country divided. How much joy could anyone really take in President-elect Donald Trump’s goofy tete-a-tete with Kanye West when it came against the backdrop of Hillary Clinton blaming Russia for her loss against Donald Trump. Really!

Even the moments in the presidential debates that became fodder for giggly social media memes — “bad hombres,” “nasty woman,” Hillary Clinton’s shimmy and Trump’s sniffles — whoa nelly.

But it would be foolish to ignore those who say the attention paid to kooky campaign moments is precisely what has eroded public trust in mainstream journalism.

Still, a couple of the most goofy moments in national politics happened when:

Chris Christie’s Controversial M&M Strategy

It wasn’t a great year for the Governor of New Jersey. Chris Christie’s approval rating has slumped almost to the teens and his early loyalty to then-candidate Donald Trump hasn’t been rewarded with the Cabinet position he may have planned on. But you’ve got to hand it to Christie for standing by his principles when he was ridiculed this March for dumping the contents of a small bag of M&M’s into a bigger box. “There’s a bag inside the box, you dope!” he told a pair of radio hosts who questioned his method. “It’s easier to hold the box than it is to hold the bag!” No apologies, Governor. No apologies.

How about the goofy Libertarian Party Chair candidate who got naked on stage, drops out–life continues

It’s a testament to the peculiarity of 2016 that a candidate for a significant party office stripped down to a thong on stage at a televised convention and the public response was a weary: “Ugh, what now?” But it happened, it was dumb. He lost.

In Milwaukee

violence Took Center Stage on the National media circuit

In August, a north side Milwaukee neighborhood erupted in two nights of violence after the police shooting of a young black man, Sylville Smith. His death at the hands of a black Milwaukee officer unleashed simmering anger in the Sherman Park neighborhood, with eight businesses burned, other properties looted and several officers and civilians injured. In a rare move, the officer who killed Smith, Dominique Heaggan-Brown, was charged in December with first-degree reckless homicide. Heaggan-Brown had already been fired after he was charged in a separate case with sexual assault.

Some bright moments for Latinos – Top Two Latino Moments in Sports – 2016

Monica Puig brings Puerto Rico its first-ever Olympic gold medal

In its Olympic history, Puerto Rico has participated in 18 Olympiads. Before 2016 the Caribbean island only had eight medals to show for it, none of them were gold, and six of them came in the boxing ring. Out of those eight, six were bronze. The most recent silver medal came during the 2012 games in London thanks to wrestler Jaime Espinal. Enter Monica Puig.

Coming into the Rio games Puig was ranked No. 33 in the world by the WTA. She had never won a grand slam event, and only had three singles titles overall. But in Brazil she was a woman on a mission as she swept past seven other competitors to not only become just the second unseeded player to win a medal, but to also make Puerto Rican history by claiming the island’s first Olympic gold medal. As competitive as Puerto Rico has been in boxing, wrestling, and even basketball, it was tennis that allowed “La Borinqueña” to be played at the medal ceremony.

Laurie Hernandez is the new face of Team USA gymnastics

She’s only 16, but for nearly two weeks Team USA gymnast Laurie Hernandez stole our hearts and bested some of the world’s top athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. As the youngest member of USA Gymnastics, Hernandez’s efforts on the vault, balance beam, and floor exercise pushed the United States to 13 total medals. Eight of which were gold, and Hernandez added two (gold and silver) to her personal collection.

Her Olympic performance landed her a spot on season 23 of “Dancing with the Stars” which she also won. Is there anything she can’t do?

2016 was an amazing year for these athletes and we’re excited to see what 2017 has in store.

Here Are More Memorable Moments From 2016

Protester Ieshia Evans is detained by law enforcement on July 9 near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department during protests over the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Sterling’s death, followed by the fatal shooting of another black man, Philando Castile, 32, near St. Paul, Minnesota, revived a wave of protests in recent years over police treatment of minorities that has given rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds babies at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Syrian men carrying babies make their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held Salihin neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo.

Some who will be remembered for the ages who died in 2016 include: Prince, Castro and Ali, may they Rest In Peace. 

SHEBOYGAN – Three men were arrested and charged with various drug-related crimes after police found more than 2 pounds of marijuana in an apartment.

Julio Rojas, 22, and Clemente Rojas, 20, were each charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place as party to a crime and bail jumping, both felonies, while Arturo Negrete, 24, was charged with felony possession of THC with intent to deliver.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers responded to an apartment on the 700 block of North Avenue after a resident complained that his apartment started to smell like “a skunk” and that he believed his neighbors were doing drugs.

Police responding smelled marijuana coming from Clemente’s apartment.

Officer later went into the basement and found a small plastic bag containing marijuana.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the home and found several bags of marijuana that, combined weighed 994.1 grams or about 2.2 pounds. Both Julio and Clemente Rojas told the officers that the marijuana belonged to their uncle, Negrete.

In an interview with police, Clemente Rojas said he knew that his apartment smelled of marijuana, but did not think much of it and was unaware of the marijuana stored in his apartment.

The first day of winter brought Santa Claus to Frank Elementary School, prompting much laughter and a few tears from grateful students and staff.

The event was a joint community effort led by Walgreens and Rust-Oleum, 408 kids received wrapped gifts and 10 adopted families will have a merrier Christmas.

Presiding over the Wednesday festivities was the Jolly Old Elf himself, enthusiastically portrayed by Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Robert Croeker, who handed out presents and led joyous cheers of “Merry Christmas!” in unison with the children. A shake of his sleigh bells even allowed the kids to “hear” his reindeer stomping on the roof of the school.

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signed the ordinance authorizing the replacement of leaking, broken or emergency repair lead water service lines and creating a special assessment for lead water service lines on private properties this week.

The Milwaukee Common Council approved the ordinance with a 12-3 vote on December 13th.

Under the approved ordinance, Milwaukee Water Works will replace leaking or damaged lead service lines at eligible residential properties (1-4 units) and, using federal government monies administered through the state Department of Natural Resources, plans to replace lead service lines with copper at 385 licensed child cares and eight private schools in 2017 — with work set to begin in the spring.

“Minimizing exposure from lead in drinking water by assuring that proper water treatment is maintained is also a high priority. As we all know, this is what Flint did NOT do,” Barrett said.

The property owners’ share of the cost is estimated at around $1,600 — and can be paid over 10 years. It’ll average $16/month for each property.

There are approximately 300 leaks on lead service lines each year in Milwaukee, which is the approximate number covered in the 2017 plan.

SHEBOYGAN – A 21-year-old Sheboygan man was arrested for Facebook posts about school shootings.

Joshua J. Bagemehl was charged with terrorist threats, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 1.5 years in prison and two years extended supervision.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police received an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip on Dec. 12 that said Bagemehl was planning a school shooting. On his Facebook page, Bagemehl had posted about buying a semi-automatic assault rifle and said he thought it would be “funny” if a school shooting occurred in Sheboygan.

Bagemehl’s mother told officers that he is schizophrenic and bipolar.

During a search of Bagemehl home, officers recovered a .22 caliber assault-style rifle, 299 rounds of .22 caliber tactical ammunition and handwritten notes concerning homemade weapons.

Police also found plan for a “hostile takeover.

Bagemehl admitted to posting on Facebook and told officers that he did it to get a “reaction” out of people.

Bagemehl told officers that they would find ISIS videos, including a beheading and drive-by shootings, on his computer and cell phone. He said he had been watching videos of that type for five years and that they “never get old.”

He told officers that he gets the urge to shoot people and that watching videos relieves his stress so that he doesn’t shoot people.

Washington– Yahoo dijo que cree que ciberpiratas robaron e informaron de más de mil millones de cuentas en agosto de 2013.

La compañía señaló que es una intromisión distinta a la que reveló en septiembre, cuando dijo que 500 millones de cuentas quedaron expuestas.

El nuevo ciberataque plantea dudas sobre si Verizon tratará de cambiar los términos de su propuesta de compra de Yahoo por cuatro mil 800 millones de dólares.

Yahoo, con sede en Sunnyvale, California, dijo que la información robada podría incluir nombres, direcciones de correo electrónico, números telefónicos, fechas de nacimiento y preguntas y respuestas de seguridad.

La compañía dijo que cree que la información bancaria y de tarjetas de pago no resultó afectada.

Milwaukee homeowners will have to pick up a third of the cost to replace old, unhealthy lead pipes.

Milwaukee’s new plan was approved by the Common Council on Tuesday as part of a new ordinance to begin replacing lead pipes that leak or break. Lead lateral pipes could pose a health risk to the city’s young children who live in older homes.

The Common Council voted 12-3 for a plan to replace lead pipes leading to older homes, but work will be done only when there’s a water leak emergency or water main repairs are required.

The average price to a homeowner would be $1,600. That represents a third of the total average cost to run new water lines to a home.

“Coming up with that kind of money would really be a hardship,” Alice Giggar said.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the impact of the cost to a homeowner would be softened by spreading the payments out over 10 years.

When Barrett was asked about the cost to economically challenged families he said that’s why they’re allowing a homeowner to pay over 10 years.

“Roughly $160 per year, and you divide that by 12, and you’re looking at maybe $12 or $13 a month, maybe a cup or two of coffee a week.”

The city would pick up the balance, two-thirds, or an estimated $3,200 of the total cost of $4,800.

Freshwater for Life Action Coalition Spokesperson, Robert Miranda stated: “Even though Common Council voted to pass the Mayor’s proposal based on the opinion of the City Attorney that ownership/responsibility of the lead laterals on the homeowners side is property of the homeowner, I have forwarded the City Attorney’s opinion to a lawyer from EarthJustice based in Washington DC., who is an expert on lead lateral ownership issues and who informed me that she will review the City Attorney’s opinion and let me know where we stand.” Miranda said.

The group believes the lead pipes are property of the City of Milwaukee.

Miranda continued to say that if the lawyers at Earthjustice believe there is a case, he will be inviting them to Milwaukee to bring the matter before the courts to block homeowners from paying any amount to replace the lead pipes.

State-licensed day cares will be the first to get the new pipes, and work will begin next year.

The city recommends that families who live in homes with lead service lines and who have children under the age of 6 (especially bottle-fed infants) and/or pregnant or breastfeeding women consider using a drinking water filter certified to remove lead.