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Chief Roger Pattie informed the Village Board at a meeting Wednesday the fire trucks could not be operated until their outdated tires are replaced.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

An 11-year-old girl and four others were wounded this week in three separate shootings in Milwaukee.

The girl and 29-year-old man were wounded in an alley in the 4000 block of N. 25th St., according to a Milwaukee Police Department news release.

The injuries of the victims are not life-threatening, and the shooting stemmed from an argument between the man and the shooter.

The victims, who are not related, were taken to hospitals and police are looking for a suspect in the shooting, according to a police news release.

Niagara Bottling, LLC, announced plans today to open a 377,000-square-foot plant to be erected in LakeView Corporate Park.

Niagara plans to employ 40 people there initially phase, with the number potentially growing to 75 at what will become the 20th U.S. location for the California-based company, the second largest bottled-water manufacturer in the country.

The facility will be up and running by early 2015, according to a joint statement issued by Niagara, Pleasant Prairie, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Kenosha County and the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development organization.

More than 100 friends and family members gathered for a vigil to remember Dulonden Ratiliffe Wednesday night at the site where he was shot and killed in the 300 block of Main Street in downtown Racine. Ratliff, 21, of Kenosha died Saturday in an incident in which a gun went off and a bullet struck him in the head. Christopher S. Brown, 33, of Racine has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in connection with the shooting.

MILWAUKEE — City employees would have the option of taking off on March 31st annually as a holiday observing the birthday of American labor and civil rights champion Cesar Chavez under proposed legislation to by the Common Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

Milwaukee’s proposed ordinance is authored by Alderman Tony Zielinski and co-sponsored by Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Bob Donovan, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderman Robert W. Puente.

Alderman Zielinski said he believes the Chavez birthday holiday measure is an excellent way to honor the legacy “of a man who is a true hero to all working Americans.”

Rep. Bill Kramer faces potential sexual assault charges from an alleged incident not associated with the allegations of sexual harassment made against him a month ago.

Two days after the Waukesha Republican decided not to run for re-election, a prosecutor said that the Muskego Police Department on Wednesday referred to him sexual assault charges against the Waukesha Republican.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said the possible charges are being independently reviewed by one of the prosecutors in his office.

Milwaukee – Potawatomi Bingo Casino will change the name and logo of its Menomonee Valley entertainment complex to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. The change will take place this summer and recognizes the addition of lodging into its array of entertainment and hospitality offerings.

This marks the first time the property has changed its name in more than two decades. It began in 1991 as Potawatomi Bingo and changed to Potawatomi Bingo Casino in 1993 when it expanded its gaming offerings.

“Changing the property’s name to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino marks an exciting new chapter in the storied evolution of our business,” said Mike Goodrich, general manager. “In 23 years, the Potawatomi name has become known for premier entertainment here in Milwaukee. As an established brand, we felt it was important to retain a name that people know and recognize.”

Potawatomi Bingo Casino broke ground on its $150 million, 381-room hotel on July 12, 2012. The 18-story hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Milwaukee, a full-service casual restaurant, lobby bar, exercise area and more than 10,000 feet of additional meeting space. The hotel will officially open this fall.

“We are looking forward to opening our beautiful new hotel to our guests and providing them with a level of guest service that sets a new standard in Milwaukee.” said Goodrich.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele moved to veto a “living wage” ordinance requiring an $11.32 minimum hourly pay for county workers and employees of certain county contractors.

Abele then urged the County Board to sustain the veto, noting a warning from the county comptroller saying the wage ordinance could jeopardize the county’s Family Care program, the program employes 2,400 low-wage workers.

The care program provides in-home services to frail elderly and disabled people.

“Not only is that an unsustainable spending plan, it will also threaten our ability to maintain core services, including many of the safety-net services that benefit low-income workers,” Abele wrote.

The recent recession hit American Latino families especially hard—the Pew Research Center found the median household wealth of Latino families fell more than that of any other group, decreasing 66% between 2005 and 2009, from $18,359 to $6,325. Compounding those losses was a hard hit to industries employing many Latinos, such as construction, hospitality, and domestic services. It left the unemployment rate among Latinos 2% higher than it is for everyone else. Many Latino families are still struggling to regain what they’ve lost.

Monica Yuhas announced her resignation today from the Village Board to accept employment with the village as a clerical secretary. Yuhas, in her fourth consecutive 2-year term since first being elected in 2007, said the decision was difficult and emotional but done in the best interests of her family.

Changes that offer riders of Western Kenosha County Transit more options and increase the number of stops took effect this week.

“Each year we modify our schedule to better align it with riders’ requests and needs,” said Carolyn Feldt with the Kenosha County Aging and Disability Resource Center. “Our goal is to make our regular route meet more people’s transit needs.”

A Bristol man died Wednesday following an accident in the 14100 block of 60th Street, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

Donald Huebner, 89, became “unresponsive” at the scene after the 1:08 p.m. accident in which deputies and Bristol Fire and Rescue responded to a call of a vehicle that went into a ditch at Highway K in front of 14121 60th Street.

Huebner, who had experienced a “medical event” in the accident, was transported to Aurora Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to news reports.

travisTravis’s family is worried about their missing son. Travis Lyyski was last seen at school on Thursday February 6, 2014. He is a freshman at Bradford High School. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie and grey converse shoes and the hat in the picture. If you have any information or may knowwhere Travis is, please contact the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department at262-605-5100.

The Milwaukee HUD Office will be moving from the 13th floor of their building at 310 West Wisconsin Avenue to the 9th floor. As a result, due to the actual move and lack of access to their phones, systems, and emails, there will be days and times when they will not be able to respond to your emails and/or calls as timely as they would like. The Milwaukee HUD staff will begin packing the week of January 20th and relocate to their new space on February 3rd.

The downtown apartment complex that has drawn opposition from some Kenosha residents can now be built, after the City Council gave final approval to the development on Wednesday.