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Candy to Fall From Sky; Funeral Home Gun Charges

June 4, 2024 12:20a

From WGTD News: 

The school year at Gifford in Racine Unified is coming to an end—memorably. Students in the elementary grades at the K-through-8 on Northwestern Ave. will be getting candy Tuesday for meeting reading goals. The actual sweets aren't noteworthy--it's how the candy is being delivered. The school’s mascot will be dropping bags of it onto an adjacent field from a helicopter. The students will be turned loose to scoop up as much as they can. The stunt was the idea of Chris Nowak, the school’s literacy instructional coach. The cost of the promotion is being covered by donations. Students are being grouped by age for three separate drops that will occur between nine and ten. 


A 38-year-old Racine man has been charged with disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon after he allegedly brandished a handgun at a funeral last Saturday. Bond for Marcus Perry was set at $1,000 Monday. According to the criminal complaint, a verbal argument broke out near the casket in the chapel of the Draeger Langendorf Funeral Home on ‘K-R’ in Mt. Pleasant. Perry could be seen on security camera video walking up, pulling a gun from his waistband and then pointing it straight up into the air. Police were called. The first officers on the scene reported a chaotic situation. According to the complaint, Perry was quickly identified as the man with the gun and was ordered to the ground. He was taken into custody without incident. The gun was never recovered. According to a news release from Mt. Pleasant police, several others were taken into custody but there’s no immediate indication of charges or citations.