February 23, 2012ELKHORN —An attempted murderer, who cut another man's throat and set an apartment building on fire, will remain under community supervision for the next six decades, Judge John Race ruled Thursday afternoon.
On. Jan. 25, Damen E. Leroy, 33, Lake Geneva, pleaded not guilty to first-degree attempted homicide by reason of mental disease or defect. During that hearing, Race placed Leroy under the care of the Department of Health and Human Services. With this plea, Leroy was found guilty of actually committing the crimes, but not legally responsible.
On Feb. 23, Race had a choice between placing Leroy in a mental health institution or leaving him under community supervision. At the recommendations of defense attorney Valerian Powell, District Attorney Phil Koss and a mental health report generated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Race placed Leroy under community supervision.
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February 23, 2012ELKHORN — A former youth minister at Mt. Zion Church is serving a 60-day jail sentence after he was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of having sex with a child over the age of 16.
Stephen T. Flynn, 26, 204 E. Court St., Elkhorn, was sentenced Jan. 24 and was granted work release privileges.
Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss said Flynn met the victim through Mt. Zion church, but added he is no longer a youth minister there.
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February 23, 2012ELKHORN — Star Center Elementary School first-grade teacher Johnalee A. Kawalec, 43, faces a felony charge of theft after she allegedly stole more than $50,000 from an elderly man whose finances were left in her care.
Officially, Kawalec faces a charge of theft of more than $10,000, but the victim claims that between 2005 and 2011, Kawalec wrote more than $50,000 worth of checks without his permission.
If convicted, Kawalec, W1544 Lake Geneva Highway, village of Bloomfield, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines.
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Man committed after biting officerFebruary 16, 2012On Feb. 15, a 25-year-old Delavan man was found guilty, but not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect after a March 26, 2011 incident when he bit a police officer and entered a woman’s car and offered her children candy.Gabriel Gonzalez, 1243 Barnes St., was charged with battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct, all of these charges were elevated to a repeater status.According to online court records, Gonzalez was turned over to a state mental institution. A predisposition investigation was ordered before his April 11 hearing.
Elkhorn man receives four years prison for assaulting girlFebruary 09, 2012ELKHORN — When police questioned an Elkhorn man about sexual assaults that occurred more than a decade ago, he admitted to it, but pointed his finger at the 7-year-old victim stating “she called the shots.”Those words haunted him in court Friday morning, when Judge John Race said those claims victimized the girl a second time.On Friday morning, Race sentenced Ronald J. Vyskocil, 43, to four years in a state prison. He also will have to register as a sex offender. After the sentence Vyskocil was taken into custody.
Police arrest two in drug bustFebruary 09, 2012ELKHORN — A Delavan woman faces a charge of delivering heroin after she allegedly gave the drug to a woman on Fox Lane in the village of Walworth.Jeanna M. Rosing, 23, 433 Autumn Drive, faces felony charges of delivering heroin and possession of narcotic drugs, both charges have been elevated to repeater status.She also has been charged with misdemeanor bail jumping, which is also enhanced to a repeater status.
Lake Geneva man pleads in attempted homicide caseJanuary 26, 2012ELKHORN — After attempting to kill a man by stabbing him and setting his apartment building on fire, a 33-year-old Lake Geneva man will be under the care of the Department of Health and Human Services for the next 60 years.However, how the department will oversee him will be determined by a judge at a Feb. 23 hearing. On Jan. 25, Damen E. Leroy pleaded not guilty to first-degree attempted homicide by reason of mental disease or defect. Walworth County Circuit Court Judge John Race accepted Leroy’s plea.Leroy, who lists a Mobile Street address in online court records, is free from custody as he awaits the hearing.
Jury convicts man of sexual assaultJanuary 26, 2012A 29-year-old Lake Geneva man was found guilty by a Walworth County Jury Jan. 24 after he sexually assaulted two young girls, ages 8 and 10.Tyrone L. Lipson, 250 Country Club Drive, has been convicted of repeated sexual assault of a child and first-degree sexual assault by having sexual contact with a child under 13.When he is sentenced March 16 he faces up to 120 years imprisonment.
Man receives three years for seventh drunken driving offenseJanuary 26, 2012A Lake Como man was sentenced to three years in state prison Jan. 18 after he pleaded guilty to his seventh drunken driving offense.Kent L. Halladay, N3090 Robin Road No. 7, also will serve five years of extended supervision and must pay a $600 fine.According to the criminal complaint:
Woman must complete community serviceJanuary 26, 2012ELKHORN — A woman who stole from the Delavan-Darien FFA Alumni Fund must complete 80 hours of community service.Joyce C. Becker, 129 Sharon St., Sharon, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft from a business setting.On Jan. 19, Judge John Race also sentenced her to 18 months of probation.
In separate cases, two men allegedly kill dogsJanuary 26, 2012ELKHORN — In two separate incidents, the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office has filed felony charges against two men, who allegedly shot and killed dogs, one of whom allegedly stuffed the animal’s body in a freezer. Jeffery A. Borre, 38, of Whitewater, faces felony charges of mistreatment of animals and bail jumping and a misdemeanor charge of intentionally killing a dog. If convicted of all counts, Borre faces nine years and eight months imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint, Borre shot a Rottweiler in its head, put the animal in a garbage bag and put it in a freezer.
Subcontractor in city subdivision faces felony chargesJanuary 12, 2012ELKHORN — A 36-year-old Pell Lake man, who was the subcontractor on a road project in the city of Lake Geneva, faces criminal charges after he allegedly used funds given to him for materials for personal expenses, including paying his attorney-fees related to a drunken driving arrest. Jason M. Bader, W192 Tulip Drive, faces two felony charges of theft by a contractor. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years imprisonment and $50,000 in fines.Bader is the owner of J & J Sealcoating. Basso Builders subcontracted J & J Sealcoating for a development project known as the Meadow Lands Subdivision, which is in the city of Lake Geneva.
Nebraska man appears in court in missing girl caseJanuary 05, 2012ELKHORN — A 21-year-old Lincoln, Neb. a man, who was arrested shortly after an Amber Alert was issued for a missing 13-year-old girl, appeared in front of Judge John Race Thursday afternoon for his second court appearance.Jacob T. Cambridge was charged Thursday with sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.Cambridge was released from custody Dec. 21 after his parents posted a $10,000 cash bond.