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Charges in Kenosha Gunfight; 'Time' Honoree Tries to Calm Crowd; More on Jail Death; Woman Escapes Attacker by Jumping From 2nd Floor Window

June 4, 2021 3:20p 

From WGTD News:

More charges have been filed in a gunfight between two groups that occurred in broad daylight in Kenosha last month. Two Kenosha men who allegedly were part of an armed group that went to a duplex to confront another group were charged this week. Jashawn Williams and Courtney Harris, both 22, are being held on bonds of $25,000. Williams and Harris allegedly wound up trading gunfire with the apartment occupants who had slipped out a back door after getting wind of what was about to happen. No one was hurt. The incident occurred in the area of 54th St. and 18th Ave. during the afternoon of May 10th. A pair of 17-year-olds who purportedly were among those who fled the apartment are also facing gun charges. Surveillance video helped police crack the case. 

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A community organizer who was recognized by Time Magazine is credited with trying to calm a rowdy crowd in Kenosha Thursday evening. Police were called to the area of 61st St. and 21st Ave. for a large fight and a report that someone was threatening to get a gun. Officers arrested 37-year-old Shaquille Watkins for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting. A crowd of over two dozen people began yelling at the officers. The complaint says Porsche Bennett told the crowd she had witnessed the defendant resisting arrest, but the group wasn't swayed. The complaint says officers left the scene quickly to avoid escalating the situation any further. The complaint says Bennett was armed herself, but that the gun was in plain sight.

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In a domestic violence incident in Racine, a woman jumped from her second-story apartment window in the 2200 blk. of Loni Lane Thursday evening to escape from the father of her children.  According to a criminal complaint, the woman suffered numerous injuries, including a partially collapsed lung. 29-year-old Robert Petty was arrested following a chase. Petty's record includes a prior incident of domestic violence with the same woman. A 1st floor apartment resident told police he saw the victim sail past his apartment and hit the ground. 

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A spokesman for the Racine County Sheriff's Dept. says that the jail inmate who died in custody after repeatedly smashing his head against a wall would've received psychological services if the arresting agency would've launched paperwork to declare the man a danger to himself. 27-year-old Malcolm James died in the jail Tuesday evening after jailers tried to intervene. According to a news release, James suffered a "medical event" during the process and was unable to be revived. Racine Police had arrested James over the weekend after he set some small fires in his apartment. Minutes earlier he had called police on himself saying 'he did not want to die" and that "he just didn't know what to do," according to a criminal complaint. James had been taken to the hospital on Saturday for injuries presumably sustained in an initial head-smashing episode, but then was returned to jail. Several dozen people protested James' treatment by authorties by marching through downtown Racine Thursday evening, blocking traffic. Additional demonstrations were planned for this weekend.  

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Residents in many neighborhoods are frazzled by frequent, seemingly indiscriminate gunfire, especially at night. Thursday evening a couple of shots rang out in the area of 75th St. and Sheridan Rd. on Kenosha's south side. But they were readily explained. An officer fired two shots to kill a deer that needed to be euthanized. The wayward animal had collided with a vehicle near the intersection.

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