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Traffic warning: Expect congestion on I-43 Saturday

June 23, 2011
Elkhorn-- Drivers using Interstate 43 and Walworth County Highway D are warned of serious traffic congestion this weekend, according to the Walworth County Sheriff's Office. Road construction underway on I- 43 between Elkhorn and the Waukesha County line in both directions, and replacement of the Highway D bridge means traffic is already slow in those areas. A June 25 Jimmy Buffett concert at Alpine Valley in the town of Lafayette, which will draw an estimated 30,000 fans, could bring slow traffic to a crawl, the Sheriff's Office warns.
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County OWI court may be ready in four months

June 23, 2011
Elkhorn — Protecting society from people who act badly may involve more than just locking those people up. Initiation of a Walworth County court for third to fifth-time Operating While Intoxicated offenders may be no more than four months off, according to Circuit Court Judge David Reddy. Reddy chaired the June 11 meeting of the Walworth County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. "We still have to work out the details," Reddy said. However, the OWI program would involve the Sheriff's Office, judges, the probation and parole program and the District Attorney's Office in a coordinated effort to identify and enroll people who would benefit from the program.

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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Lakeland Animal Shelter plans for expansion
June 16, 2011
Delavan Township— Lakeland Animal Shelter took another step toward expansion.Last month, the Walworth County Board reviewed and approved the report of the County Zoning Agency for rezoning about 3.14 acres of land currently owned by the Hold Your Horses boarding ranch to make way for expansion of the Lakeland Animal Shelter.The rezone covers only part of the 10 acres the shelter is planning to buy. Purchase of 10 acres from Hold Your Horses is pending, said Kristen Perry, director of Lakeland Animal Shelter.
Breaking: Gang member sentenced in Delavan shooting
June 02, 2011
Elkhorn — A Delavan teen who was involved in gang-related shooting last year was sentenced to four years and three months of confinement June 3 by Judge Robert KennedyJudge Robert Kennedy also sentenced Ross R. Koepke, now 18, to an additional three years and nine months of supervision.It remains unclear who pulled the trigger in the shooting, but court documents indicate Koepke and two other gang members drove to a home on Spruce Street. At the residence someone fired a shots at rival gang member, but missed.
Sheriff’s Office presents awards for courage, service
June 02, 2011
Elkhorn — Walworth County Sheriff David Graves presented this year’s awards to citizens and deputies at the Sheriff’s Office’s annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 20.Awards are presented to those who saved lives, showed bravery in the line of duty or performed exemplary service for the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department in the past year.Following are the awards and reasons for presenting the meritorious citations.
Lake Lawn Resort deal final, finally
May 26, 2011
Lake Geneva businessman and philanthropist Jim Drescher wanted to have Lake Lawn Resort up and running by now. He wanted the golf course lush and green, the marina prepped, the hotel open and ready for guests and at least some of the 300 employees who lost their jobs in winter, back to work.But the $9.5 million deal to purchase the property took much longer than expected, and now Drescher and his ownership group are hurrying to ensure at least parts of the facility are open for Memorial Day weekend. Late last week, Drescher finalized the deal with the banks and now his investment group owns the property. Drescher had hoped the deal would have been completed in April to provide time for preparations to open the popular and historical Delavan resort.
Redistricting makes orphans of two supervisors
Kilkenny, Weber, share District 5 with Redenius
May 19, 2011
Elkhorn — In a process that tried to squeeze as much politics out of County Board redistricting as possible, three supervisors will probably find themselves in the same district come the 2012 election.On Tuesday, following a public hearing, the Walworth County Board approved a tentative county redistricting map with just a small amendment, to be reviewed by the county municipalities.The small map amendment, putting about 72 acres of open land that Delavan plans to annex into District 8, was approved unanimously.
Drunken driver who killed boy gets 20 years
May 12, 2011
Elkhorn — On Sept. 2, 2010, Mike Kilar lost his shadow, mini-me and baseball and fishing partner to a drunken driver.The father, who suffered from a broken vertebrae in a crash that killed his 6-year-old son, Treyton, said he was physically and mentally broken.“My son was killed by a senseless act of destruction, and one that could have been avoided,” Mike Kilar told Walworth County Judge David Reddy during a May 9 sentencing hearing.
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.
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.
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