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BREAKING: Drunken driver who killed 6-year-old gets 20 years

May 05, 2011
Elkhorn — A drunken driver who killed a 6-year-old boy and injured five other people in two separate drunken driving crashes Sept. 2 was sentenced today to 20 years in prison. Scott D. Dragotta, of rural East Troy, also was sentenced to 10 years of extended supervision. On Highways ES and D, Dragotta crashed his vehicle into another car, but fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Minutes after fleeing the first accident, Dragotta again crashed his vehicle.

Soldier with county ties dies in combat

May 05, 2011
Elkhorn — Sgt. Matthew Hermanson, 22, of Appleton and with family ties to Walworth County, died from small arms fire April 28 in Wardek Province, Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Hermanson's death was confirmed by the DOD on May 1. According to the DOD's official release, Hermanson was killed in action when enemy forces attacked his unit. The Wardek Province, where Hermanson died, is in the east central part of Afghanistan. Hermanson was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

Area Boys & Girls Club advisory council forms

Next step: Find a building

January 20, 2011
Delavan — The advisory council of a new Delavan-Darien Boys & Girls Club met and organized last week Ashley Contreras, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Delavan-Darien School District, said the council will partner with the Janesville Boys & Girls Club and the new advisory council will answer to the Janesville board of directors. The next step will be to find a facility where the Delavan-Darien Boys and Girls Club can meet, possibly a vacant building or space in a school.

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State Highway 50 plans proceed on schedule
Actual construction may not occur until 2018 or later
April 28, 2011
Delavan — Dozens of property owners who live or work along Highway 50 turned out at Delavan-Darien High School April 20 to look at and hear about the state Department of Transportation plans for major improvements and expansions to the roadway.The project area is from Interstate 43 east, through town of Delavan and Williams Bay, to Highway 67.The new Highway 50 arrangement, referred to as the recommended alternative by the DOT, calls for expanding the roadway to six lanes from I-43 to the entrance at Lowe’s, and four lanes the rest of the way east.
Darien woman faces felony charge in theft of FFA Alumni Fund money
April 21, 2011
Elkhorn — A Darien woman made a preliminary appearance in Walworth County Circuit Court Wednesday morning on a charge of felony theft of more than $10,000.Joy C. Becker, 41, 129 Sharon St., Darien, is accused of taking about $32,000 from the Delavan-Darien High School FFA Alumni Association Fund between April 1, 2009 and Oct. 31 2009. She faces fines of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment of not more than 10 years, or both. According to the complaint: Becker was treasurer of the FFA Alumni Fund.
Lake Lawn Resort sale details moving slowly
April 21, 2011
Delavan — The purchase of Lake Lawn Resort by a local group of investors led by Jim Drescher still is not a done deal, yet.But, Drescher said Tuesday morning, parties are working hard to iron out all the details that go along with the $9.5 million cash purchase of the 241-acre resort.“You close on a house in a month and we will just be at four weeks now,” Drescher said of the process to buy the resort. “There’s a lot of stuff to do and everyone is working hard.”
Server law won’t get special emphasis in Walworth County
State law difficult to enforce, traffic safety panel finds
April 14, 2011
Elkhorn — State law is clear.Chapter 125.07(2) of Wisconsin state statutes makes it illegal to serve an intoxicated person. Anyone who violates that law may be fined not less than $100 and not more than $500 and spend up to 60 days in jail.After that, things get murky.
BREAKING - Tuesday's election winners
March 31, 2011
The following are several of the races decided on Tuesday. For full coverage, pick up the Regional News this week and next week for comments from candidates in many of the races.Bloomfield Twn-ChairpersonKENNETH MONROE 611Write-in Votes 28
BREAKING - Lake Lawn sale to locals still in limbo
Drescher will make one final offer, bankers to meet at resort Friday
March 24, 2011
Delavan - Late Thursday evening, green gates blocked anyone trying to enter Lake Lawn Resort.But, on Friday afternoon, bankers from up to 14 different institutions that have a stake in the property were expected to meet on the grounds. Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis and prospective Lake Lawn buyer Jim Drescher told a room full of interested people Thursday night at City Hall about the scheduled gathering by the bankers. Nieuwenhuis said there are people from some of the banks involved that have never even seen what Lake Lawn looks like.
BREAKING - Lake Lawn purchase may be done deal
March 24, 2011
Delavan - It appears as though a done deal is very close for the purchase of Lake Lawn Resort.There are reports that a deal has been struck between Anchor Bank and other financial institutions and local businessman Jim Drescher and his group of investors.Reportedly, the deal is for $9.5 million for the property, which is assessed at about $31 million.
Selling heroin in jail earns stayed sentence
March 24, 2011
Elkhorn — A woman who sold heroin inside the Walworth County jail received a 12-1/2 year stayed prison sentence during a March 12 court hearing. Erica L. Otto, 23, of Eagle, was sentenced to seven years of probation. If she violates the terms of her probation, she will have to serve the prison sentence and five years of extended supervision.
BREAKING - Lake Lawn purchase on horizon?
Locals want to buy, reopen, possibly create charitable trust
March 17, 2011
Delavan - It appears a deal may be close between local investors and Anchor Bank on the sale of Lake Lawn Resort.Investors were scheduled to meet with bank leaders Friday, March 18, to discuss details of a purchase. During the past two weeks, Jim Drescher, leader of the investment group, which apparently also includes Lake Geneva's Sal Dimiceli, has made offers to Anchor Bank for about $8.5 million. However, those offers were not accepted.
Whitewater to open county’s first charter grade school
March 10, 2011
Whitewater — Starting next school year, Lincoln School will convert to LINCS, a new charter school, and what may be the first elementary public charter school in Walworth County.LINCS stands for Lincoln Inquiry Charter School. The name was chosen to retain connection to the Lincoln Elementary School, said Jo Bernhardt, who is now principal of Lincoln and will be principal at LINCS.Bernhardt said plans for the new charter school started in November 2009, when the newly-hired superintendent, Suzanne Zentner, announced she wanted the district to focus on 21st century learning.
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