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Kenosha County officials working on local COVID-19 vaccine distribution

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ On Tuesday, county officials announced plans for the first phase of local distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, which began nationally Monday. However, the general public can expect to have to wait to receive the vaccine until the second or third quarter of 2021.  https://www.facebook.com/theuptownobserver/posts/129786192232571 Collaborative effort The county’s Tuesday announcement stated the […]

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

Kenosha Fire Department Chief Charles Leipzig, second from left, speaks to reporters at the scene of a fire in Uptown on Aug. 12, 2020. Leipzig has submitted his resignation from his position as chief. Deputy Chief Christopher Bigley will serve as the interim chief of the department. Photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. KENOSHA ⏤At […]

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Tuesday morning fire causes $35,000 in damages to Racine business

RACINE ⏤ A Tuesday morning structure fire caused $35,000 in damages to a business on De Koven Avenue in the city. https://www.facebook.com/theuptownobserver/posts/129786192232571 Sign up to make a monthly donation to The Uptown Observer and support local independent journalism. According to the Racine Fire Department, firefighters responded to Modine Manufacturing, 1500 De Koven Avenue, around 7 […]

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Kenosha to pay for damages to officers’ personal vehicles during ‘civil unrest’

On Monday, the Kenosha Common Council approved approximately $1,166 to be disbursed to four police officers whose vehicles were damaged in a city parking garage near the Kenosha Public Safety Building at the end of August. File photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. KENOSHA ⏤ The city of Kenosha Monday authorized approximately $1,166 to reimburse […]

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Kenosha council urges state to give COVID-19 vaccine to residents at no cost

KENOSHA ⏤ The city of Kenosha formally approved a resolution calling for the state to offer a COVID-19 vaccine to residents free of charge. The measure, principally sponsored by Dist. 16 Ald. Dominic Ruffalo, passed unanimously Monday night.  Ruffalo pushes for funding Ruffalo encouraged his colleagues to support the measure by first reminding them that […]

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Racine man facing 18 felony bail jumping counts for missing court-appointed drug testing dates

RACINE ⸺ The Racine County District Attorney’s office has charged a local man with 18 counts of felony bail jumping for missing court-appointed drug testing. When the man, Antonio Harris, 29, of Racine, did eventually show up for testing, his urine tested positive for methamphetamine. Harris faces 18 counts of felony bail jumping and seven […]

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Kenosha County recommends 10-day quarantine protocol for symptom-free COVID-19 contacts

Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit is recommending people who have been exposed to COVID-19, but are symptom-free, quarantine themselves for 10 days. File photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Kenosha County Division of Health Monday unveiled a new 10-day isolation period protocol for those exposed to COVID-19. However, the […]

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KCDHS updates committee members on efforts to combat systemic racism in Kenosha County

Protestors, activists and those generally impassioned by the death of George Floyd earlier in the year and the shooting of Jacob Blake locally in August have been a common feature of County Board meetings in 2020, highlighting the need to address systemic racism in Kenosha County. File photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. KENOSHA COUNTY […]

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Observer Conversations: Organizers of new panel series explain importance of hard discussions

The first “Building Hope” panel discussion will focus on activism. This photo was taken by The Uptown Observer Founder and Editor-in-Chief Daniel Thompson at the Christopher Columbus statue in the city during a protest over the summer. KENOSHA ⸺ The Kenosha County Dems and Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families are partnering for a panel series, […]

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Milwaukee man facing felonies after fleeing Racine police, telling them ‘shoot me’

RACINE ⸺ A Milwaukee man faces numerous felonies after fleeing from police last week and telling them “shoot me” when caught.  The Racine County District Attorney’s office has charged Joshua Mitchell, 26, with: Possession of a firearm by outstate felon, firearm mandatory minimum enhancer, a felony;Two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, both felonies;Vehicle operator […]

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Burlington man facing separate felony cases for drug dealing, vehicle theft

FILE PHOTO RACINE COUNTY ⸺ A Burlington man faces felonies in two cases ⸺ one involving drug dealing and one involving vehicle theft. In the drug case, the Racine County District Attorney’s office has charged Julian M. Barler, 24, with two counts of  manufacture/deliver THC (<= 200 grams), second or subsequent offense. Both charges resulted […]