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Teen Held in Shooting Incident

RACINE – A 16-year-old male remained in custody Thursday on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide after allegedly shooting at another individual he accused of being “a snitch.” The Racine County District Attorney’s office charged Marcus Ward, 16, with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, five counts of recklessly endangering safety-use of a dangerous weapon, carrying a […]

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Two Suspects Attempt to Elude Police

RACINE – Two suspects attempted to separately elude Racine Police during a Monday traffic stop that resulted in drug-related charges. The Racine County District Attorney’s Office charged James JD Harris, 32, of 2101 90th St., Sturtevant, with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, attempting to flee or elude an officer and obstructing an officer. All […]

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Aggressive policing escalates violence at protests, research shows. A former Madison police chief touts a better way.

By Clara Neupert Wisconsin Watch At least 1,500 young people gathered on Madison, Wisconsin’s Mifflin Street in April 1973 for a block party featuring street dancing, potato salad and sunshine. People drank beer, smoked weed and tossed Frisbees in the neighborhood near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus known informally as Miffland. Police officers observed the […]

Posted inUptown Observer

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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Pleasant Prairie woman faces OWI in Yorkville crash

Here’s what the Racine County Sheriff’s office is reporting: (Image Via Shutterstock) YORKVILLE ⏤ A Pleasant Prairie woman faces her first operating while intoxicated charge following a crash on I-94 early Sunday. Rashae Ashanti Martin, 18, faces a slew of traffic violations in the crash. Those charges include: deviation from designated lane; operator violate red […]

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City receives 3,500 letters calling for officials to fire police chief

KENOSHA ⏤ On Tuesday morning, the Police and Fire Commission heard 25 minutes of calls to fire Police Chief Daniel Miskinis. The calls for Miskinis’ resignation ⏤ at least 3,500 according to the clerk ⏤ came during the citizens’ comments portion of the meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a city official read comments submitted […]

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Racine man charged with domestic battery, disorderly conduct

File photo RACINE – Racine Police arrested a local man on misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct charges following a domestic dispute early Tuesday. The Racine County District Attorney’s office charged Christopher H. Meekma, 30, with one count of misdemeanor battery and two counts of disorderly conduct following the incident.  According to the criminal complaint, officers […]

Posted inUptown Observer

State senators praise Wray’s appointment, differ on views of Jacob Blake shooting

KENOSHA ⏤ State senators Bob Wirch and Van Wanggaard agree Noble Wray is the right choice for someone to review the investigation of the Jacob Blake case. However, when it comes to their opinion of the case itself, they largely differ. Wray hired by DA Graveley, Kaul The state Attorney General’s office announced the former […]

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Art and activism: Beautifying, adding meaning to the aftermath of social unrest

Kenosha is a warzone. That is the perception that has been presented in many reports, comments and opinion pieces written since riots claimed Downtown and Uptown businesses on the nights of Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.  The unrest became fatal not long after Kenosha Police Department Officer Rusten Sheksey shot Jacob Black seven times on […]

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Illinois Woman Sped, Drove Drunk In I-94 Work Zone: Report

RACINE COUNTY, WI — Authorities in Racine County are continuing to patrol the I-94 north-south construction work zone, and say they arrested an Illinois woman for impaired driving, speeding and having drugs in the car along with two children. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, troopers arrested Brittany M. Kirkland, 22, of Chicago. Authorities say […]