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KUSD Chief to Retire; KPD Report on Blake Incident; Fire Probe Ongoing

May 3, 2021 1:45p; Updated at 6:15p with Savaglio-Jarvis retirement and KPD report; Updated 5-4 with fatality ID

From WGTD News:

Kenosha Unified School Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis plans to retire at the end of June. The Kenosha native has been superintendent for the past seven years after having served in the district as a principal and assistant superintendent. In a news release, Savaglio-Jarvis said her father, before he died last January, had encouraged her to slow down and enjoy life. She'll be replaced on an interim basis by Bethany Ormseth, who currently serves as director of LakeView Technology Academy. Also retiring this year is Susan Valeri, chief of school leadership, which means the district will be looking to replace two top leaders. 


The Kenosha Police Department has released an internal report on the circumstances that led to the shooting of Jacob Blake last summer. As previously announced, the department ruled that the level of force used by Officer Rusten Sheskey was justified and that he followed policy and training. Sheskey was reinstated in March following the August incident. According to the Kenosha News, the report said that Sheskey would've been justified in firing his gun even earlier in his encounter with Blake. Sheskey had wrestled on the ground with Blake as he tried to arrest him on a warrant. Three attempts to tase Blake were unsuccessful. Seconds later, Sheskey shot Blake after Blake, armed with a knife, scrambled around a vehicle with three of his kids inside and slid behind the wheel. The report goes on to criticize one of the two officers who was with Sheskey on the call, suggesting that Officer Vincent Arenas did not act in an effective manner. But neither Arenas, or the third officer, received any discipline for their actions in the matter and have since returned to work.  


A wind-whipped fire in Trevor Sunday evening that spread to a fence and two homes before the fire department even got there is still under investigation. Salem Lakes Fire Chief Mike Slover said the two-story homes were destroyed and a garage was scorched. The county's fire investigation task force has been called in. Investigators have ruled out arson and an electrical malfunction as possible causes. A burn barrel located near where the fire is believed to have started had unburnt paper inside. High winds contributed to the fire's rapid spread. Because of a lack of hydrants in the area, the fire departments that were called to the scene had to haul in water. The occupants of one of the destroyed houses were home at the time and evacuated safely. Nobody was home at the other house. 


A 66-year-old Milwaukee man was killed in an early-morning, single-vehicle accident in northwest Kenosha County. Daniel Randazzo's pick-up went off a curve on 312th St. north of State Highway 142 and crashed into a wooded area. The Kenosha County Sheriff's Dept. was notified of the accident Monday at 3 a.m.