'Person of Interest' in Custody in Elkhorn Double Homicide

Feb. 5, 2024 9p

From WGTD News:

A possible suspect has been taken into custody in connection with last week's double homicide in a Elkhorn tavern. Police said Monday night that an individual who has been identified as a 'person of interest' was picked up on an unrelated matter. A lead that developed over the weekend culminated in the arrest, according to a news release. A bartender at the Sports Page Barr, 37-year-old Gina Weingart of Elkhorn, and her 33-year-old husband, Emerson Weingart, were pronounced dead inside the bar just after midnight on Thursday. No additional information was released about the suspect or the circumstances that led to the arrest. A campaign to raise money to cover the funeral expenses of the couple reached its $10,000 goal Monday. 

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A $59 million project to renovate Racine's oldest high school is expected to begin this summer. Meeting in work-session mode Monday night, the school board reviewed plans to renovate Horlick High School as part of the $1 billion modernizing and downsizing referendum that was approved three years ago. Horlick will celebrate its centennial in 2028. Dozens of functional improvements are to be made in a project that'll be phased in over two years. Also Monday night, the board learned that plans to rebuild Red Apple as a K-through-8 school  at 1012 Center St. came in over a million dollars under budget. The new school is expected to open in fall of 2025. The design includes a roof-top garden learning area. And the board reviewed plans to modernize and slightly expand SC Johnson Elementary. 

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Live video from a security camera tipped off an Elkhorn homeowner that a burglary was taking place at his residence Saturday evening. It led to a quick call to police, a high-speed chase and the arrest of three people who might be part of a burglary ring. According to a news release from Elkhorn police, the homeowner called 911 just before 6 p.m. The first officer arrived about two minutes later, and immediately started following a suspicious vehicle seen leaving the area. The driver refused to stop, and led police on a high-speed chase that ended with a crash in Lake Geneva. Using police dogs and drones, police and deputies were able to capture a 16-year-old boy from Chicago and two adults, one from Palatine, Illinois and the other from New Jersey. Police said they may be part of a group that targets the homes of Asian business owners. 

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A 19-year-old Kenosha man was charged with two counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide Monday. Gabriel Islas allegedly stabbed the mother of his child over the weekend, and then turned the knife on the woman's father who had gone to investigate what was going on. All three lived in the same north side home. None of the stab wounds were life-threatening. During the attack, the couple's one-year-old son fell off a bed but wasn't hurt. Bond for Islas was set Monday at $750,000. 

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A 27-year-old man was arrested in Phoenix for allegedly sending over 20,000 Oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl to an address in the Racine area. If convicted, Edgar Almonte faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. The case was investigated by federal authorities and officers from both the Racine County Sheriff's Department and Racine Police. In addition to the pills, about 500 grams of what was described in a news release as "pressed fentanyl" were recovered. 

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