July 28, 2011Elkhorn — A 45-year-old former Williams Bay man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography won't have to serve time in a state prison or the Walworth County Jail.
However, Ronald Oehm, now of Whitewater, will have to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years and serve five years of probation.
On July 28, Judge Robert Kennedy spared Oehm from jail after he claimed he didn't intentionally seek out child pornography and, according to evidence on his computer, likely rarely viewed the illegal, illicit images.
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Ackley helps Afghanistan woman who was shot by insurgentsJuly 28, 2011Khowst Province, Afghanistan — If it wasn't for the fast thinking of an army medic and a 2001 Big Foot High School graduate, an Afghanistan woman who was caught in the middle of a fire fight between insurgents and U.S. forces might be dead.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chris Ackley, a Sharon native, helped provide medical care on July 6 to the 36-year-old Afghanistan woman who suffered from a gunshot wound to her chest.
"I feel like I was doing my job, and if it were to happen again, I would not change a thing," Ackley wrote in a July 21 e-mail. "I'm thankful for everyone who took time to show their appreciation, but I was just doing my job."
July 28, 2011Williams Bay — The School District found its balance this year.
The School Board presented a proposed budget for 2011-12 at the district's annual meeting on July 25 that shows $6.6 million incoming, and an equal $6.6 million outgoing.
As the budget review page stated: "The budget as printed ... is a balanced budget."
Recent Geneva Lake West
Woman dies after diving off pier in Lower BrookwoodJuly 21, 2011Fontana — An 86-year-old Oak Park, Ill., woman died in Geneva Lake about 11:28 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, Fontana police reported.According to the Fontana police report, a witness told police that he saw Inger O. Klumpner jump off the pier by her summer home in Lower Brookwood. Between 15 and 20 minutes later, the same witness saw Klumpner floating face down in the lake.The witness reportedly removed the woman from the water and called for assistance. The Water Safety Patrol was first on the scene. When Fontana police arrived, Water Safety Patrol responders were performing CPR on Klumpner.
Negotiations for Headquarters sale endJuly 21, 2011Fontana — The village is no longer negotiating the sale of the former Headquarters building with developer Brian Pollard.On July 6, the Village Board and Community Development Authority met for about 10 minutes in closed session to discuss an option to purchase the building located at 138 Fontana Boulevard. Pollard submitted a Real Estate Option to purchase the property July 1, which both the CDA and Village Board rejected for financial reasons.
Village’s Highway 14 plan gains steamPlan Commission recommends route that brings road closer to schoolJuly 21, 2011Walworth — The village’s Plan Commission wants an alternative route for Highway 14 that eliminates all the right angle turns, but brings the road closer to the village’s elementary school.With no one but a reporter in the audience, the commission recommended the Village Board adopt that plan for Highway 14. This issue will be on the village’s September agenda.Plan Commissioners were somewhat surprised the controversial issue didn’t bring more people to the meeting. At times, when commissioners discussed the issue, Village Hall was packed with people who opposed bringing the road closer to the school.
Turner: ‘Tidy up legal situation on Lake Street’Former trustee wants clarification for road boundariesJuly 14, 2011Fontana — A contentious public battle last summer over the riparian rights on Lake Street seemingly ended when an independent, Madison-based attorney reviewed century-old legal documents and opined that the businesses — not the village — have the right to the water.Publicly, little has been said about the issue since Hank Gempeler, of Foley and Lardner, provided the village with a report on the lakefront ownership issue, which was the cornerstone of the controversy.However, Lake Street has never been platted and the legal boundaries of the road remain unclear.
Should Fontana borrow to repair village’s worst roads?July 14, 2011Fontana — Roads in the village are in need of repair, but at least one trustee is against shelling out the cash to fix them.Trustee Peg Pollitt said the village isn’t in the position to borrow any more money and increase its debt, which already exceeds $20 million. During the Village Board’s June 6 meeting, trustees discussed whether it should borrow money to fund maintenance projects, which would include repairs to the village’s safety building and several roads.
Fugitive caughtGrant faces felony sexual assault chargesJuly 07, 2011Elkhorn — A man accused of molesting two girls was arrested last month in Bloomfield Township by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Marshals. Michael T. Grant, 45, whose address is listed on court records as N4972 Town Hall Road, Delavan, was charged Oct. 7, 2010 with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child.Grant, who also goes by the name Tim Grant, has a previous address on Constance Boulevard in Williams Bay. He previously worked at the Fantasy Hill Ranch in Delavan Township.
Parking stations push out parking metersJuly 07, 2011Fontana — Diane Kersten and Donna Stephens of Woodstock, Ill., seemed to have the worst luck parking in Fontana early on a recent Saturday afternoon.The Woodstock, Ill., women were in town for a friend’s memorial get-together at nearby Chuck’s tavern on June 25. They parked in Lot 3, and marched up to the parking station in the center of the lot with an air of confidence.And then, human and machine simply didn’t connect. Diane punched in the parking space number, inserted $1, good for an hour of parking, but failed to punch enter before hitting the receipt button. She got a receipt reading “$1 invalid for parking.”
Graduate film student sets stage in FontanaJune 30, 2011Fontana — Using the village as his backdrop, a graduate student at the University of Southern California has brought his cinematic vision to life. A couple weeks ago, Joselito Seldera, who attended Reek and Fontana Elementary Schools and Big Foot High School, filmed his movie, “Unsettled,” at Chucks Lake Shore Inn, Reid Park and in the homes of village residents. Unsettled,” which Seldera described as a “coming of age” movie, is a requirement for his graduation. However, he also plans on showing his work at Sundance and Cannes film festivals and his goal is to turn it into a full-length movie.
Board may change teachers’ contractJune 30, 2011Walworth — Under a new proposal, if there are layoffs at Big Foot High School, it won’t necessarily affect the newest teacher.Performance evaluations, academic credentials and National Board Certifications also will be considered when cuts are needed. A new evaluation model also may be used to provide economic incentives to distinguished teachers.During the Big Foot School Board’s June meeting, the district’s administration and members of the Teacher’s Union discussed proposed changes to the teacher’s contract and a new evaluation model.
New fire engine sports black paint, safety improvementsJune 23, 2011Walworth — The village’s new $387,000 fire engine — which will replace one that is 23 years old — soon will be responding to emergency calls in the area.The Pierce custom-built engine arrived more than 20 days ago, but wasn’t immediately put on the road.With new technology and safety features, Fire Chief Andy Long wanted to make sure his volunteer squad was properly trained on the engine before it hit the streets.