Lakeshore News

Ex-Officer to Be Sentenced in Suitcase Murder

Former police officer Steven Zelich will be sentenced this (Wednesday) afternoon for killing one of two women whose bodies were found in suitcases near Lake Geneva. The 54-year-old Zelich struck a plea deal in January, just as a trial was about to begin in Kenosha County. He pleaded guilty to hiding a corpse and a reduced charge of reckless homicide for the 2012 choking death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez of Oregon. Zelich, a former West Allis police officer, also faces a murder charge in Minnesota for the 2013 death of Laura Simonson at a hotel in Rochester. Both bodies were found in suitcases along a roadside in 2014, and his lawyer says both killings were inadvertent following rough sex Zelich had with both victims.


Lakeshore News

Boy Survives Mom’s Suicide/Drowning Attempt

A two-year-old boy could be released from a hospital as early as today (Wednesday), after he survived his mother’s apparent effort to drown him in Milwaukee. Police say 21-year-old Brianna Bailey died after she jumped into Lake Michigan on Monday, apparently to kill herself and her toddler. Witnesses saw the incident, and rescue divers pulled both people from the water. Bailey died a few hours later, while Jay’Cion was recovering at Milwaukee Children’s Hospital. W-I-S-N T-V says Bailey became despondent after she broke up with toddler’s father, Kegan Cooks.


Community Events, Lakeshore News

Emergency Assistance for Honeybees Program

The Emergency Assistance for Honeybees Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible honeybee producers who have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions including colony collapse disorder.

Eligible honeybee losses include loss of purchased feed due to an eligible adverse weather event, cost of additional feed purchased above normal quantities due to an eligible adverse weather condition, colony losses in excess of normal mortality due to an eligible weather event or loss condition, including colony collapse disorder, and hive losses due to eligible adverse weather.

Eligible losses must be able to be documented and losses due to colony collapse disorder must be able to be substantiated by a knowledgeable third party.

Producers who suffer eligible honeybee losses must file a notice of loss the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent or by November 1, 2016.

Producers or other interested parties in Calumet and Manitowoc Counties should contact the Manitowoc Farm Service Agency Office at 920-683-5119, ext. 2 with any questions or program eligibility requirements.


Lakeshore News

UW Manitowoc to Hold Athlete Preview Day

The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Blue Devils Athletic Department will host prospective student-athletes and their parents on Sunday, April 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for Athlete Preview Day.

High school juniors and seniors interested in playing intercollegiate athletics for the Blue Devils are invited to this informational event to be held in the campus’ Hillside Hall and gym, 705 Viebahn Street, Manitowoc. Parents are encouraged to attend with their son or daughter.

The event will include: informational presentations led by Blue Devils coaches, campus tours, open gym and pizza with the coaches. Current student-athletes will also be available to answer questions.

Reservations for Athlete Preview Day can be made by contacting Neil Hall, UW-Manitowoc athletic director, at (920) 629-2724 or

UW-Manitowoc competes in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference. The campus currently offers women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s tennis. For more information, visit the web at


Community Events, Lakeshore News, News Around the World

4 Tips for Saving Money This Spring

1. Spring Cleaning Deals: April showers help to wash off the winter, but they won’t do a deep clean. Home improvement and big box retailers hold big weekend home sales featuring savings on spring cleaning supplies and tools, vacuums, shopvacs, storage bins, garage organizers and car wash and waxes. Smart shoppers will seek out B1G1 deals on cleaners and heavily discounted bulk paper towels and rags that will last through summer.

2. Spring Apparel and Gear: New seasonal spring apparel gets a second go around and better pricing compared to late March, with a range of 20-40% off top name-brand clothing, activewear and running shoes from stores like Nike, Under Armour and Adidas. Outdoor sports stores such as REI, Cabela’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods display deep discount pricing on the latest sports and outdoors gear for baseball, golfing, hiking, cycling, fishing, hunting and camping

3. Lawn, Garden and Patio Needs: Stores like Walmart and Sears rain down timely savings on outdoor spring essentials by offering seasonal deals on lawn and garden needs. Expect 10-30% off lawn seed/fertilizers, landscaping/mulching, perennial bulbs and plants, shrubs and trees and many high-quality tools and equipment to help DIYers do the work. Other home maintenance sales include savings for paint, deck and siding cleaners, washers, hoses and sprayers.

4. Mother’s Day Sales: Some folks find hidden savings from spring sales as they shop for mom. April can present better over-all savings (vs. May) on jewelry and luxury apparel accessories like handbags. Spring sales also offer some of the lowest prices ever on last year’s health juicers, coffee makers, cookware and small kitchen appliances. Local deals from Groupon and Living Social offer great savings alternatives for moms with up to 50% off coupons at restaurants, spas, fitness classes, auto-detailing and spring house cleanings.


Country News

Chris Stapleton & Kelsea Ballerini Are Big Winners

The Academy of Country Music has announced its winners in the New Female Artist, New Male Artist and New Duo/Group categories for its 51st Academy of Country Music Awards presentation, coming up on Sunday, April 3.

The winners are, respectively, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton and Old Dominion.

New Male Vocalist

Chris Stapleton
Brett Eldredge
Chris Janson
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice

New Female Vocalist

Kelsea Ballerini
Mickey Guyton

New Vocal Duo or Group

Old Dominion
A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Maddie & Tae

This year marks the first ACM wins for all three artists, who are nominated for additional ACM awards when the ceremony takes place at the Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, co-hosted Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley.

The live broadcast will be held at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.



Kyle Busch Racing Trucks This Weekend

Defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch will make the first of four scheduled Camping World Truck Series starts this season on Saturday afternoon in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Busch’s last race in the Truck Series was last fall in New Hampshire, where he finished eleventh. His most recent start at Martinsville came in October 2011, when he ran second to Denny Hamlin – who was also driving a Busch-owned entry. In addition to this coming Saturday’s race on the Virginia half-mile, Busch will drive the Number-18 Toyota in Charlotte on May 20th, Kentucky on July 7th and Bristol on August 17th. Although Busch has not personally won a Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, Kyle Busch Motorsports has four victories there … two apiece for Hamlin and Darrell Wallace Junior.