Posted 4:45 pm, July 7, 2016, by Ben Handelman, Updated at 09:11pm, July 7, 2016
"ORLANDO -- Under arrest at the happiest place on earth. A Racine
youth baseball coach is facing charges of groping children at a Disney
World park. His team from Racine is competing at a baseball tournament
in Orlando. Tonight, their coach is in a jail cell.
"26-year-old Nicholas Groth, who's from Oak Creek, is accused of
groping at least three children in a pool at Disney's Pop Century
"Authorities say Groth was staying at the resort when several kids say he swam up to them in the pool and 'grabbed their butts.'
"When one of the children's father confronted the stranger,
authorities say Groth said, 'Please, I didn't do anything. I'm a U14
Wisconsin baseball coach!'
"With the help of Disney, authorities say they noticed only one
Wisconsin team, from Racine, was taking part in Disney's International
Salute to Baseball. That team's coach fit the suspect's description.
"When Groth was stopped at his hotel on Wednesday, and questioned by a
detective, officials say 'Groth appeared to be in a mental struggle.'
"After indirect and slow responses to questions, the detective said, 'his responses disturbed me.'
"Groth doesn't just work with kids during the summer. Online records
show during the school year, he works as a second grade teacher at
Willow Glen Primary School in St. Francis.
"By email, FOX6 News was able to reach out to another coach who is with the team in Florida -- he asked, 'Is this a joke?'
"The coach says Thursday was a day off from baseball, and she was with family at Hollywood Studios unaware of the arrest.
"By evening, the coach wrote, 'Parents already know and we are meeting
shortly. Right now, I have to take care of my team and my family.'
"Deputies say Groth's responses disturbed them so much they asked if
he was on any medication or had mental illness. His response was that
he'd been hit in the head with baseballs three times this year.
"Groth is now being held without bond, facing five charges of lewd and
lascivious molestation with most of the victims under the age of 12."
"Racine police say a man lying naked in his driveway on Tuesday
attempted to flee police but was then taken into custody for lewd and
Barrera, 41, of Racine, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit
Court with one misdemeanor count each of lewd and lascivious behavior,
disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. If convicted of all charges, he
faces up to almost two years in prison and/or up to $21,000 in fines. "According to the criminal complaint, police were called around 11:30
a.m. Tuesday to a home in the 5200 block of Marlboro Drive for a report
of a drunk man shouting at neighbors. When officers arrived, they found
Barrera lying naked on the sidewalk save for a pair of socks. When they
asked if he was okay, he shouted, 'I’m gonna (expletive) you up!' "Police say when they attempted to take him into custody, Barrera 'ripped' away from them and fled to the backyard of a nearby home. When
officers gave chase, neighbors told them Barrera was running west on
Marlboro. One squad was positioned to block Barrera’s flight path, and
when he saw it, he turned around toward pursuing officers. "When Barrera realized he was cornered, he dropped to the ground but continued to resist arrest, the complaint reads. "Barrera was assigned a $500 signature bond during his initial
appearance Wednesday and ordered to not possess or consume alcohol. He
must also submit to random urine tests as well as tests after court
appearances. Barrera was still in Racine County Jail as of Wednesday
night and will next be in court August 4 for his pre-trial conference."
In all my years of boozing, not once did I want to take my clothes off in public. However, this may become a Fourth Fest tradition. A few years back, my buddy was listening to the police scanner on the 4th of July. A woman called in to report that there was a naked man pounding on her front door.
"MOUNT PLEASANT — Kurt Wahlen appears to be on his way out as Mount Pleasant village administrator.
Village Board has called a special meeting Monday to discuss a
separation agreement with Wahlen, whom the new board majority has
closed-session meeting has been set for 7:30 a.m. at Village Hall, 8811
Campus Drive. Board members then may reconvene in open session to vote
on matters discussed in closed session.
"Wahlen expects Monday will be his last day on the job.
"'Elections have consequences,' Wahlen said when reached by phone Thursday. 'That's what I'm facing here.'
on the factional Mount Pleasant Village Board shifted after the April 5
election, with the new majority often at odds with the current
administration. The most high-profile example is a controversial Highway
V water and sewer project, which Wahlen helped bring to passage before
"Talks about extending the contract never materialized, Wahlen said.
"In another meeting, a fired employee took to a public forum to make a variety of claims about 'questionable practices' under Wahlen, who denies the claims.
been part of a turbulent period for the board after two incumbents were
unseated in April, in a race driven by their support for the Highway V
project. In recent weeks, the board has clashed over closed-session
meetings, special assessments for water mains and grant funding for Pike
"Wahlen, the former Racine police chief, began his tenure as Mount Pleasant village administrator in 2013.
"'It's time for the village to move on, and if it means getting me out of the way, so be it,' Wahlen said.
Board members and Village President Jerry Garski could not be reached
for comment Thursday. The village canceled its regularly-scheduled
Monday night meeting."
"RACINE — Eight cats were removed from
a home in the 1600 block of Deane Boulevard during a police
seizure Wednesday afternoon, according to Angela Speed, vice president
of communication for the Wisconsin Humane Society.
house, located at 1608 Deane, had a sign posted from the City of Racine
Health Department that read: 'This unit can not be used for human
habitation, occupancy or use.'
"Of the eight cats, three were
kittens and five were adults, Speed said. The cats are currently in the
custody of the Wisconsin Humane Society.
"'We have the cats in our (Racine County) facility and are taking care of them,' Speed said.
"The owner of the house appeared to
have taped a note on the door before the police seizure. The note read, 'Health Department will be here 7-6-16 approx. noon for inspection plus
animal removal. No one is in the house until then. Thanks, Owner.'
"Attempts to reach police and Health Department officials Wednesday for elaboration were unsuccessful."
Hello, my cutie pies! How are you? Still suffering shell shock from the 4th of July? The weather was perfect for the holiday, but now the temps are crawling up, along with the humidity. There's a possibility of rain and/or thunderstorms for today and tomorrow. When it's January and freezing cold out, I don't think about some of the massive thunderstorms that occur in the summer and the damage they do. Almost every night you can see a band of thunderstorms headed from west to east somewhere across the USA.
Don't get me wrong. In the winter we have storms with the s-word. It's worse. Much worse. Somewhere there must be a "Mayberry, RFD" where the weather is pretty darn good most of the time. That's where I want to be.
Señor Zanza accompanied Junior to both the parade and the fireworks. You couldn't get me to go to the fireworks no how. People are packed like sardines. I don't like the crowds. Thank God for Señor Zanza. He's a saint.
After the parade, "my boys" returned, along with a few girls about Junior's age. Guess who had promised them free food and free readings from his psychic mother? I told the girls to help themselves to the food, but it was a holiday and I wasn't going to work on a holiday, especially for free. Some of the girls hung around and ate a brat or two, talking with Junior and Señor Zanza. Apparently, I was the wicked witch of the west for not doing free readings. I explained to Junior later that doing readings is not a parlor trick. I also told him to try to meditate a little bit to see if he's inherited any of his parents' powers. Fat chance. He can't sit still long enough to tie his shoe, let alone contact his inner self (which, like his outer self, is probably hungry all of the time).
"Mayor dedicates bubbler, memorial plaque" Thank you, Mr. Mayor Dickert for the bubbler. It's not really a bubbler, but a drinking fountain, but who's counting? We have the promise of more "bubblers" springing up around town. I can hardly wait. Maybe we'll become known as Bubblertown. For once, this is a positive check mark in Mr. Mayor's career. "Let them drink bubblers." "A chicken in every pot and a bubbler in every home." "Bubbler blabber banter."
Mr. OrbsCorbs begged me to plug his OrbsCorbs, Of Course, for president campaign. Consider it plugged, Mr. OrbsCorbs.
As for the apparent Republican and Democratic nominees, gag me with a spoon. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." There ya go. All this infighting amongst ourselves kept us from seeing true national developments. I can't stand either nominee apparent. I'm voting for Mr. OrbsCorbs.
Like the shortened workweek, my blog is truncated today. My love for my readers, however, is endless. You are my family. Together we share the ups and downs of this crazy world. I love you. all of you.
I haven't maintained my connections concerning various events around town, but this is prime party time for Racine. There's always something going on. Get out and enjoy some of it. There's bound to be something you like to do.
"An Illinois woman was charged with drunk driving and forgery after she tried to buy $49 in food from a Taco Bell with a counterfeit $50 bill. "Joy Taborn, 42, of Joliet, IL, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with uttering a forgery. If convicted of the charge, Taborn faces up to six years in prison and/or fined up to $10,000. "According to the criminal complaint, an employee at the restaurant
called the police when Taborn tried to buy $49 in food from Taco Bell,
5620 Washington Ave. Taborn left before she could get her food. When
police stopped Taborn in her car leaving the restaurant, the officer
found that Taborn had another $50 bill that had the same serial number
as the one used to pay Taco Bell. "During the investigation, the detective learned that only the $50
used to buy the food was counterfeit and the other one was not. Taborn
told the police she buys items in Joliet from Target and Walmart, and
sells them in Racine. She received the counterfeit bill from someone she
sold clothing to, but she couldn’t describe the man she sold them to. "The officer told Taborn that her story didn’t make sense. She was
also cited for drunken driving because her blood-alcohol content was
.12, just over the legal limit of .08. "A cash bond was set for $500. Taborn is expected to have a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. July 13."
Yay! That's "my" Taco Bell. I eat there way too often for my budget.
When I ran the muffler shop in Chicago, I took in 5 counterfeit twenties and didn't even know it. At the end of the day, I wrote a personal check and cashed it. Later, I went to a liquor store to buy my booze. The guy behind the counter there didn't even look at the twenty I gave him. He said, "Someone played a joke on you. This isn't real." At first I worried about the other twenties I took from the till, but they were OK. The bank caught the other 4 twenties. I asked the guy at the liquor store how he could tell it was fake without even looking at it. He said, "The feel. It didn't feel like real money." I still couldn't tell the difference.
I wanted to keep the counterfeit twenty, but the Secret Service made me turn it in. At the end of my telephone conversation with a Secret Service agent, he asked for a quote on exhaust work for a Corvette. I thought, "A Corvette? We pay these guys too much."
"The CHALLENGE for the Trustees: "Has MTP had enough? When will Residency restrictions be introduced?
When will those who are involved in Offices of Trust and Profit be
required to be MEMBERS and SHAREHOLDERS in the Community?
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