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Brother-in-law kills 10 year old boy
June 15, 2013 | 06:50 PM
Gene Decker commented in stories 10 months ago that his brother-in-law wasn't drinking or injesting cocaine when he was operating a boat that struck and killed a 10 year old boy. Gene Decker suggested that prosecutors and law enforcement acted improperly. His said something "was rotten in Denmark" and he questioned the chain of evidence.
Guess what, a few months ago Gene's brother-in-law plead guilty. During his sentencing yesterday, he admitted drinking and injesting cocaine. Gene Decker's brother-in-law was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
I understand Mr. Decker's support of family thru thick and thin. Posting bail for his brother-in-law is Mr. Decker's right. I also think that Mr. Decker was an idiot for suggesting that elected officials and law enforcement officers were corrupt and suggesting his brother-in-law was framed.
Next time you think something is "rotten in Denmark", check your family tree that might be the origin of the smell.
October 26, 2012 | 01:06 PM
The October 25th hard copy edition of The Regional News provided both leaders of the Walworth County Republican and Democratic parties the opportunity to provide an endorsement of their candidates.
Kim Travis, the head of the Walworth County Republican Party, provided the standard party platform in favor of Governor Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, with a personal concern about the $16 trillion in debt that her children and future grandchildren will inherit. Well, based on Governor Romney's lack of specifics for reducing government spending and the voting record of Congressman Paul Ryan, I see nothing that will prevent our national debt from continuing to spiral out of control.
While Governor Romney does not have a voting record in Congress, Paul Ryan does. If his record is an indication as to how a Romney White House will deal with government spending, big government will continue to grow.
Here are some highlights of Congressman Ryan's legislative accomplishments:
*Support for the No Child left Behind Act which added more federal spending and more burdensome regulations for local education.
*The Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act, the largest expansion of entitlement spending since the administration of President Lyndon Johnson, which some analysts estimate has added $7 trillion in unfunded entitlement obligations.
*The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 which provided a $700 billion bailout for the financial sector and allowed executives who mismanaged their businesses to keep their six and seven figures salaries and year-end bonuses, while millions of other taxpaying Americans with substantially lower incomes lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
*The Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act (the auto industry bail-out / take over). This not only provided a bail out for the auto companies, but for their unions, once again at the expense of millions of other taxpaying Americans with lower incomes.
*No less than 5 votes to raise the national debt ceiling, adding trillions of dollars to our national debt.
How is Congressman Ryan's record on these issues any different than that of Senator Harry Reid or Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi? Is this the man that Governor Romney, the Republican Party and Conservatives have offered as part of the team to reduce government spending and to reign in our $16 trillion national debt?
While I will not be voting for President Obama, I will no longer waste my vote on people who claim to be small government conservatives with voting records that indicate the exact opposite and whose campaign platforms offer no specifics to end runaway government spending.
For this election, I will be voting for Libertarian candidates Gary Johnson for President, Joe Kexel for US Senate and Keith Deschler to replace Paul Ryan as our 1st District US Congressman.
If my vote causes the Romney/Ryan ticket to lose, then maybe Republicans in the future will take government spending and deficit reduction more seriously, as our current national debt threatens to destroy our economy and imperils our national security.
James from Lake Geneva
September 24, 2012 | 10:53 AM
Congrats to Alex Ott, local boy, Badger Graduate makes it big in Hollywood, Alex is one of the
Producers of the big action film released last Friday, September 21st, END OF WATCH; but I guess you wouldn't know it unless you know Alex or his family and friends since the local theatre decided not to run it, and the local papers did not make note of this accomplishment of a hometown boy. Good job Alex and great movie!!! Alex is currently working to produce Arnold "I'll be back" "ex-governor of California" Schwartzeneggers next movie. Good Luck Alex!!!!
August 28, 2012 | 02:45 PM
I was on my way to Elkhorn the other day and decided to take the
scenic, long way instead of hopping on 12 like I always do. When I
was going through Lyons on Mill Street I passed to young children
on bikes with their parents behind them. I put my hand up to
casually wave and the father looked at me and turned his head
without a simple wave. The mom, she did the same thing too.
When I lived here in the 80s everyone would wave, but now, I'm
lucky if anyone does. I do it to be kind and because it can make
someone's day. You should take a second and make someone's
Tom from Genoa City
August 20, 2012 | 06:14 PM
Everybody charged with a crime is innocent till proven guilty. If a judge decided that a person charged with a crime is eligible for bail, bail can be posted by anybody with the financial means.
A 10 year old boy was tubing behind a boat that his father was driving. His three siblings were also with the 10 year old. The boy, Tony Borcia would be starting 5th grade at Butterfield School in Libertyville, IL this week. Tony, the 10 year old boy, fell off the tube. Frantically waving his arms as a 29' boat approached, he was bobbing up and down in the water wearing a red life preserver. The boy was struck by the boat. A horrific scene. Many forensic tests and a few weeks later, the boater who struck Tony was charged with reckless homicide as law enforcement officers and district attorneys reporting that he was intoxicated, and had cocaine in his system. The judge stipulated $1 million bail.
Lake Geneva's Gene Decker bailed the man out of jail.
It was discovered several days later that this was not the first time this particular boater was charged with operating a boat while under the influence.
I read that Mr. Decker refused to answer any questions. I guess that's his choice.
It's curious that an elected official would choose to bail out an individual charged with such a crime.
I wonder if Mr. Decker sees Tony Borcia's face when he closes his eyes and tries to sleep at night.
I believe I have the facts correct, but feel free to do a google search on Tony Borcia and read the reports for yourself.
John Brown is MY Friend
August 16, 2012 | 11:14 AM
I recently read Mr. Schultz's article on Ms. Nancy
the tragic death of her son, John. I'm not here to
anymore trivial arguments on fault and justice;
think it to be nothing but a quick fix. A mere drunken
to ease the pain. As a man with a journalism
background I have
no issues with public opinion. I encourage it. News
be news if no one spread it. That being said...
As John's cousin and one of the lucky ones to be called
"close friend" I think its time we all took a deep breath.
no anger towards innocent bloggers stating their
None of you had the pleasure of knowing John. I am
To this day. So..once a week, I'm going to hop on here
talk about my friend. Get to know him..Brownie Wuz
Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class
Leash and No Swim Ordinance
August 14, 2012 | 08:30 AM
It has come to my attention that after attending the Committee of the Whole council meeting on August 6th 2012 and after discussing the "Leash" and "No Swim" Ordinance that the City Council has gone back on what was discussed and their decision to take the ordinance back to the Lakes, Piers and Harbors Commitee for revisions. After the meeting on August 6th the Alderman agreed that the ordinance should be taken back to the Lakes, Piers and Harbors Committee for REVISIONS. Now, the Alderman that agreed went back on their WORD and are now wanting the ordinance enforced. What a slap in the face to the City residents that showed up to the open council meeting and voiced their opinions. I guess it's true, there are a lot of liars in politics. I am appauled at the Alderman for going back on their WORD and DECISION. You should be ASHAMED of yourselves.
August 09, 2012 | 10:16 AM
Dear Lake Geneva News staff and editors,
I am a loyal reader and appreciate the constant access to
local news and happenings that your publication provides.
That being said, you need a proofreader. There are so many
glaring grammatical errors in your articles I end up feeling
embarrassed on behalf of the person whose name graces the
byline. Being that you are the "official" newspaper for so many
of our local schools, businesses, and other important entities,
it seems that proper spelling and sentence structure should
be of great concern to your paper. It doesn't take long to
read through each article and scan for mistakes, and if you're
interested in having someone help you with this I would be
happy to be considered for the job. Please feel free to
respond to this post if you'd like to discuss this further.
Thank you for your time and consistent up-to-date news about
our wonderful hometown.
July 06, 2012 | 07:07 PM
I was at Wal-mart earlier and seen something that disturbed me.
When I worked retail each department had carts of returned
merchandise at the customer service desk to be returned to the
respected departments for whatever reason. Well today while
standing in line to get a money order I seen a cart loaded with
refrigerated items just sitting against the wall. There was milk,
juices and a few other things that need to go back to the
coolers and every employee just walked past it. I know it
probably wasn't their department but we are talking food items
and spoilage probability. I don't know how long it was sitting
there before I seen it. But with this extreme heat it is warmer in
the stores than usual. My question is this. Why wasn't this
merchandise taken back to the department promptly? It takes
very little time in this heat for things to spoil. Has anyone else
seen something like this at stores?
June 02, 2012 | 10:06 PM
How do the three top officials at the Geneva Lakes YMCA get fired & the Regional News doesn't have one story? Why did I have to read about this in the Janesville paper?
The Y relies on funds from the Lake Geneva tax payers who fund the youth programs, as well as the members & private donors, yet we have no idea what the reason for the dismissal is. This doesn't make sense.