Racine Fire; Security Camera Incentive; School Employee Charged

May 15, 2024 2:15p

From WGTD News:

Fire heavily damaged a two-story home in Racine Monday evening. The blaze at 225 Howland Ave. displaced seven residents. Initially, dispatchers were told that children might be trapped inside. But all of the occupants made it out safely. Foul play is not suspected. The Red Cross was called in, according to a news release from the fire department. 

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The City of Racine is using left-over federal COVID relief dollars to help residents and business owners buy security cameras. The crime-fighting initiative has been undertaken elsewhere. Under Racine’s program, homeowners will be offered up to $150 and business owners $250. There’s one main catch. Grant recipients will need to promise to provide footage to the police department when requested. Security camera video has been used to solve a number of crimes in the city, including at least two homicides, according to a news release. An application form for the reimbursement is available on the city’s website. The money that’s been allocated for the program will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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A staff member of a Racine charter school has been charged with sexual assault in alleged incidents involving students. 36-year-old Jamill Sanders is identified in a criminal complaint as a behavioral interventionalist at the 21st Century Preparatory School. The school serves students in 4K through 8th grade and operates under the authority of UW-Parkside and the UW Board of Regents.  According to the complaint, Sanders allegedly had inappropriate contact with a pair of 12-year-old girls and a 14-year-old girl. Two other students told investigators that Sanders called them names with sexual references. Sanders, who’s being held on a $10,000 bond, was charged with 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child.

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