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Milwaukee Ald. Joe Davis Sr. Wednesday cited rampant crime, poverty and streets in disrepair among the reasons he will run for mayor in the spring of 2016.

“But the moment of truth came with the handling of the Dontre Hamilton case,” Davis said in making the announcement Wednesday at a small northwest side business. “It revealed to me that Milwaukee needs a comprehensive solution to this long-term problem of in-custody deaths of predominantly African-American males in the city of Milwaukee.”

Hamilton was a mentally ill man shot by Milwaukee police Officer Christopher Manney in Red Arrow Park in April. Manney was fired last week.

Davis will challenge Mayor Tom Barrett and Ald. Bob Donovan in the mayoral race.

Delayed response time by Kenosha Fire Department medical personnel for a possible heart attack has re-ignited the call to place an ambulance at a north side firehouse.

Fire Chief John Thomsen says it would be premature to make such a decision before the conclusion of a study by an outside consultant analyzing the city’s needs for fire and medical services.

Joshua Braithwaite admitted he had sex with the woman he is accused of raping and killing, but said it was consensual, and that he never saw her after their middle-of-the-night encounter.

Braithwaite is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping in the July 9, 2012, death of Lashe Zalar. Zalar’s burned body was found in Nedweski Park that morning, when firefighters put out a brush fire.

Pending further action, two large Kenosha retail stores face possible suspension or revocation of beer and liquor licenses.

The Walgreen’s at 3805 80th St. is pending a 60-day suspension of its licenses, and the Pick ‘n Save at 2811 18th St. will go before the City Council’s License and Permit Committee Oct. 27 for a revocation hearing.

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Traffic accident on corner of 27th & Layton Ave., has traffic jammed up at this moment. No injuries reported.

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Delgado, Heriberto “Pastor Cano” Our Dearly Beloved Heriberto went home to Our Lord on October 2, 2014, at the age of 62. Preceded in death by his parents Manuel and Francisca Delgado. Survived by his loving wife Delilah (neé Saenz), his beloved children Cynthia, Dalila, and Herbie (Jenny), his cherished grandchildren Ricky and Gethsemane Vera, Jonathan Saez, Christiana Hernandez, Angel, Michaeldavid and Joshua Delgado, and his dear great-grandchildren Gabrielle and Judah Vera-Kolstad. Further survived by his siblings Carmen, Carlos, Juan and Maria, nieces and nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Pastor Cano was a man of God. His mission in life was to bring hope to the forgotten and untouchable people in our community, and he did so passionately, selflessly and humbly.

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of four suburban Milwaukee YMCA properties for $9 million.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy in June after its debt rose to $29 million. The sale will allow the Milwaukee Y to restructure into a more urban organization.

The YMCA of Central Waukesha County will buy the Y in Greenfield, another in Menomonee Falls and the West Suburban Y in Wauwatosa for $7 million

Kenosha County’s equalized property value went up this year, ending a five-year downward trend.

The past decade has been one of wild swings in property values. The county’s equalized value in 2005 was $12.37 billion. It climbed to $15 billion in 2008, before plummeting to $12.24 billion in 2013.

The 3 percent gain this year puts the county’s value slightly above what it was in 2005, at $12.58 billion.

Now that city officials have determined a way to bail out its debt-ridden tax incremental financing districts, the city is working on a plan to help rid the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha of its existing debt. The issue of helping out the Boys and Girls Club arose when city, county and school district officials were working out the plan to help the ailing TIF districts by borrowing from well-performing TIFs. According to sources, a similar plan is being considered for the Boys and Girls Club, which has about $3 million in outstanding debt.

 

 

The School Board rejected a Kenosha Unified School District plan to send educators to “cultural competency” training aimed at combating the achievement gap.

The Board voted 6 to 0, with Board President Tamarra Coleman abstaining, to reject a plan to spend $54,000 to send 21 people to a conference organized by the Pacific Education Group, which focuses on cultural competence in the classroom.

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Wisconsin welcomes one of the most entertaining and interactive circus acts to town this week. Performing at the State Fairgrounds until the 21st, the UniverSoul circus is comprised of many exciting Latino acts including a high wire act, a globe of death, trick dogs, elephants, and men of steel.

Circuses have been around for ages, but this circus based out of Atlanta, Georgia has been a breath of fresh air as it tours around the country. No matter where they go, everyone raves about the audience interaction; you feel like you are part of the circus.

Juan Olate of the Olate family has been in the entertainment business in the United States for 16 years, and he loves every minute of his job. Juan works specifically with the trick dogs, and he considers each dog a member of his family. “I love to entertain crowds, I love to see their reactions, I really just love everything about performing,” said Olate when asked why he has performed for so long. He later went on to explain that performing runs in his family, backing that claim up by mentioning his uncle who, along with his dogs, won the popular talent show America’s Got Talent in 2012. Olate, who was born in Chile, mentioned that he is very excited for “Latino night” on Friday, September 19th.

Willy Meza is a daredevil of the highest order. He not only performs during the high wire act, but also is one of the motorcycle riders in the “Globe of Death.” Meza has been performing for 25 years and hails from Colombia.

Latino night will be a party. With additional Latino acts like Abel Driggs, a native of Cuba, showing off his skills on the Cuban Pole, and Jorge Barreda, a Colombian native, performing with Elephants, this even is  the definition of a can’t miss for the Latino community.

With a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on Ticketmaster and tickets selling for as little as $23, this is a must see event. The UniverSoul Circus will be performing in West Allis, WI, at the State Fairgrounds throughout the weekend.

WASHINGTON – President Obama nominated Wisconsin’s U.S. Senator Ron Johnson to be a representative in the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly.

The White House announced the nomination on Friday.

Sen. Johnson serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he is a ranking member on the European Affairs Subcommittee. Johnson also serves on the Committee on the Budget, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

America observed 13th anniversary of the attack on September 11, 2001 by terrorists this past week. Over 3000 Americans died that day when the Twin Towers in New York City collapsed on that tragic day.

GREENFIELD – The driver of a car that was shot at early Wednesday morning in Greenfield has died, according to Police Chief Brad Wentlandt.

Greenfield police are looking for the person or people who opened fire on the car on 27th Street near the Interstate 43/894 interchange.The 26-year-old Palmyra man was shot in the head and died Wednesday afternoon at Froedtert Hospital.

Wentlandt said they believe the victim and the gunman knew each other and that this was not a random shooting.

The victim’s name is not being released until relatives are notified.

Acting on a search warrant, the Racine County Sheriff’s Department visited Kenosha to obtain evidence for its investigation into city government.

Racine authorities have launched an investigation into city government after it learned of allegations that some one within the government was tampering with emails or other public records. The complaint began locally with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, but was bounced to Racine so as to avoid a conflict of interest, local authorities said.

Officials with the Racine Sheriff’s Department were in Kenosha Tuesday to “obtain pieces of equipment and more information” relating to its investigation, Lt. Steve Sikora said.

The search was executed at two municipal buildings, but the Racine Sheriff’s Department could not confirm which buildings were involved.

Acting Fire Chief Roger Pattie informed the Village Board at a meeting Wednesday the fire trucks could not be operated until their outdated tires are replaced. 

Then, when a short-term request to get some fire coverage from Salem was defeated by the Village Board, he resigned as fire chief, citing the board’s “lack of concern for its citizens.”

The 21 members of the class of 2014, who graduated tonight, raised the total of Leadership Kenosha alumni to 231 since its inception in 1998.

The graduates participated in a 9-month leadership development program, guided by experienced local leaders, while working in teams with sponsoring non-profit organizations on projects the teams developed to meet specific needs of their sponsors.

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Milwaukee Brewer Gold Glove winner Carlos Gomez will attend the Carlos Gomez Hispanic Scholarship Fund in collaboration with Wisconsin LULAC Council 333, at the offices of Mexican Fiesta.

Wisconsin LULAC Council 333 has created the Carlos Gomez Hispanic Scholarship Fund aimed at helping Wisconsin Hispanic students to pursue a college degree.  Gomez will be presenting six Hispanic Youth with the first Carlos Gomez Scholarship of $1,000 dollars each to help these Hispanic students to pursue their college degree.  To lead off the Carlos Gomez Scholarship fund Gomez has contributed $5,000 with $1,000 being matched by the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation.