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Equipment issue caused power outage affecting 10,000 We Energies customers

The Journal Times, Racine

Aug. 20--RACINE -- We Energies says that an equipment issue is to blame for an extensive power outage Tuesday morning that left more than 10,000 customers without power.

Residences in Sturtevant, Racine, Caledonia and Mount Pleasant were among those affected by the outage, which began a little after 8 a.m. Tuesday. Shortly after 10 a.m., power began returning to many customers, a We Energies spokesperson said.

"Power has been restored to all customers affected by the outage that occurred earlier this morning. The cause of the equipment issue continues to be under investigation," We Energies spokesperson Amy Jahns said.

The major outage affected not only residents, but drivers and businesses in the area. Traffic east of Interstate 94 was largely affected, as traffic lights along busy roads were out, including along Highways 38, 20 and C (Spring Street).

Numerous local businesses, including Badger Meter, Cree and BRP were also without power during the outage.

Ascension All Saints Hospital lost power at abut 8:15 a.m., but the emergency generator system kicked in immediately, a spokeswoman said. Some surgeries were in progress at the time and continued.


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The surgeries that were scheduled but had not yet started were delayed until there was a clearer picture of what was happening, the spokeswoman said. Full power was restored at 9:20 a.m.

Ascension Little Saints Daycare, also on the All Saints campus, lost power, and the children were walked to the hospital where they sang songs and watched a movie.

The two professional buildings on the All Saints campus lost power, as did the All Saints clinic at 10340 Washington Ave. All power was restored by 10:37 a.m., the spokeswoman said.

The Piggly Wiggly grocery store at Racine Centre, 5201 Washington Ave., was among the businesses hit by the power outage. Owner Ralph Malicki said the outage struck at about 8:30 a.m. and lasted until about 10:20 a.m.

During the outage, Malicki said, the store had to close. Store associates covered the food and "took the necessary precautions."

Today's mugshots: Aug. 19

These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.

Thomas C. Burton Jr.


Thomas C. Burton Jr., 1500 block of Geneva Street, Racine, robbery with use of force.

Corey Coronado


Corey Coronado, 5300 block of 16th Street, Mount Pleasant, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Daniel C. Dusing


Daniel C. Dusing, 32800 block of Bayview Drive, Burlington, second degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kazon C. Grantz


Kazon C. Grantz, Franklin, possession with intent to deliver cocaine (between one and five grams), possession of narcotic drugs, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver/distribute/manufacture THC (less than or equal to 200 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia.

Eric William Hafer


Eric William Hafer, 29900 block of Old Hwy A, Burlington, possession of a firearm by a felon, concealing stolen property (greater than $10,000).

Martell D. Harris


Martell D. Harris, Chicago, Ill., possession with intent to deliver cocaine (more than 40 grams), possession of THC.

Roberto B. Hernandez


Roberto B. Hernandez (a.k.a. Mario A. Mejia), 1600 block of Morton Avenue, Racine, substantial battery, disorderly conduct.

Timothy D. Parham


Timothy D. Parham, Chicago, Ill., possession with intent to deliver cocaine (more than 40 grams), possession of THC, possession of narcotic drugs.

Andrew L. Cage


Andrew L. Cage, 1700 block of Carlisle Avenue, disorderly conduct.

Alexus C. McKinley


Alexus C. McKinley, 1600 block of Flett Avenue, Racine, possession of THC, possession of a controlled substance.

Ana L. Najera Trinidad


Ana L. Najera Trinidad, 2000 block of 61st Street, kenosha, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct.

Terry Reed Jr.


Terry Reed Jr., 900 block of Walnut Street, Racine, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct.

Jose Israel Rocha


Jose Israel Rocha, 1300 block of North Wisconsin Street, Racine, resisting an officer, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jeremy D. Tweedy


Jeremy D. Tweedy, Zion, Ill., possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sharlene W. Tyson


Sharlene W. Tyson, 1600 block of Holmes Avenue, Racine, misdemeanor battery, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct.

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Journal Times reporter Michael Burke contributed to this story.


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