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Sophisticated Pot Plot Unveiled; High Lake Level Level Prompts Spending

Sept 9, 2019 9:30p

Authorities laid out the details of an alleged, high-tech marijuana sales operation at a bond hearing Monday for one of two Paddock Lake brothers who've been arrested. According to a report in the Kenosha News, bond for 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines was set at $500,000 after a prosecutor said Huffhines had employees filling 3,000 to 5,000 vape cartridges per day at a Bristol condo. Searches of the condo and the man's family home in Paddock Lake reportedly yielded 188 pounds of marijuana, between $15,000 and $20,000 in cash, eight guns and nine iPhones. Huffhines' 23-year-old brother has yet to appear in court because he's being held for a probation violation. The brother has prior drug convictions. Tyler Huffhines, as an 18-year-old Central High School student, was profiled by the paper in 2018 for his entreprenurial skills. He claimed he was making thousands of dollars by selling athletic shoes online. 

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A Racine robbery victim was jumped by two males on a city street last week. Police had some strong leads to work with. One of the offenders had on Burger King uniform complete with a company-issued visor and name tag. Following a brief investigation, 17-year-old Dayvion Hunter was arrested. He made his first court appearance Monday. Bond was set at $1,000. 

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Foxconn has launched the second year of its Smart Cities, Smart Futures competition. New rules put the focus on smart manufacturing, with categories limited to agri-tech, healthcare, safety, mobility and energy sustainability. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 20th. The contest is open to students, faculty and staff at the state's four-year colleges and two-year technical colleges. The competition last year drew 325 submissions. Kate Field, a horticulture teacher at Gateway, since retired, was one of 12 winners. An information session for anyone interested in submitting an entry will be held at Gateway's iMET center Tuesday morning at 11. 

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Lake Michigan's high water level will be costing Kenosha more money. Because a couple of outlets are now under water, the city's utility plans to buy two pumps worth $700,000 to ensure that a sewage bypass system in the 6700 blk. of 3rd Ave. works in times of heavy rainfall. Without the pumps, it's possible that storm water and raw sewage could back up into basements in the neighborhood. 

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A permanent memorial to the thousands of services members who are still listed as being missing in action from WWII to the present will be installed in the Kenosha Administration building outside the county board chamber and the offices of Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser. It's a chair--the Chair of Honor, which will be perpetually left empty. The memorial has been donated by the Wisconsin branch of the veterans group Rolling Thunder. A dedication ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 19th at 4. 

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