CHICAGO - Two United Airlines flights slid or skidded off an O'Hare runway in less than a month - one on December 30 and the other on January 22. No one was injured, but many were scared. In other news, O'Hare has dropped to 2nd place as the nation's busiest airport. Atlanta International has reclaimed the top spot.
MILWAUKEE - A semi filled with $70,000 worth of cheese was stolen from a warehouse in Germantown. The police shared a photo of the truck online and received a call when someone spotted it in Milwaukee. By the time police arrived, all the cheese was gone, with no sign of any suspects.
BEACH PARK - On January 20, fifty-six Beach Park elementary children were on a bus en route to their homes when they got a driving lesson. As the bus traveled north on Green Bay Road, a semi hit it from behind and forced the bus into another semi in front of it, essentially sandwiching it! No one was seriously hurt, but nine students were taken to the hospital.
WHEATON - Wheaton Warrenville South High School Show Choir members were traveling north on I-90, on January 15, excited to be going to the Show Choir Classic in Onalaska, Wisconsin the next day. All of a sudden, one of the two buses jolted off the highway onto an exit ramp. One of the students told the driver to stop when she saw fire coming up the side of the bus. All the students rushed out before the bus went up in flames. Nobody was inured, but many costumes, makeup, and personal belongings were ruined. Not willing to give up, they all climbed into the one remaining bus and headed for Onalaska. As the saying goes... the show must go on! After help from family, friends and strangers, the girls were ready to perform. And perform they did! They got top prize and the title of Grand Champions!
KENOSHA - Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha was on lockdown for part of Monday, January 25, after parents and others heard of threats via social media aimed at Lincoln school students. Turns out they were aimed at Lincoln High School in Florida. Better to be safe than sorry! If it is your own children who are at risk, you can never be too safe!
NORTHEAST WISCONSIN - A handful of animal-rights groups were upset at a coyote hunting contest in northeast Wisconsin in January. They were afraid some wolves would get shot, but they also showed concern for the coyotes. What these groups fail to understand is that the large population of coyotes is killing a lot of deer each year. Also in danger are small children! The population of coyotes must be kept at bay for safety reasons. There were even wolf-hunting seasons in Wisconsin during the 2012-2014 hunting seasons, because of the growing wolf population. This is not just a sport but a necessity!
WAUKEGAN - I'm not really fond of PETA, an animal rights group which has protested the killing of bugs, wild mice, rats and other questionable critters. I admit I laughed when I first saw a mock PETA bumper sticker, "People Eating Tasty Animals". But in January, PETA offered $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who hung a cat from a tree branch in December. It's one thing if you're talking about saving some bugs or wild rats, but animal cruelty is wrong. I hope the police find this sick individual and put him in jail! And I have to say, "Thank you, PETA."
LAKE GENEVA - A two-story house caught fire from a space heater, in January, and fire started to spread rapidly through the house. The two people on the first floor quickly ran out with the clothes on their backs, but there were two adults and a baby stranded on the roof with only minutes to spare. A policeman driving nearby saw the smoke and rushed to the scene. The officer told the mother to drop the baby. At first she didn't want to, but then she realized that it was her only option. She finally did as he instructed, and the officer caught the baby safely. The mother and the grandmother of the child eventually got down with the help of neighbors. And the baby? She never cried once - oblivious to the crisis around her.
ZION - Two young Zion women (Amanda Hutchison, 27, and Jameka Leonard, 29) and their families have gone through so much in the past few months. Amanda was diagnosed with small cell ovarian cancer late last year, and Jameka was diagnosed with a type of brain cancer in 2009. Jameka, who has been fighting this cancer for years, was placed in hospice care in January. She currently has a gofundme page: (gofundme.com/teammeka) and any help that you can give would really be appreciated! Amanda also has a gofundme page: (gofundme.com/8cep5zgs)
for all who wish to help. A special fundraiser for Amanda is scheduled to be held on February 6 at Market Square Hotel (see page 11 of our February 2016 issue for details).