May 17, 2012DELAVAN — A wrestling coach who allegedly attempted to pick up a 17-year-old in the parking lot of Phoenix Middle School is being held in the Walworth County Jail on a $15,000 cash bond.
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Prosecutor asks judge to send Gann to prisonMay 17, 2012ELKHORN — Despite a prosecutor recommending prison, a man who beat and then shot his two dogs will spend the next three years on probation.
Kevin G. Gann, 51, Delavan Township, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of mistreatment of an animal, a felony count of possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
As a condition of his probation, Gann will serve 90 days in jail with work release privileges. Before his sentencing he served 114 days in the jail.
May 17, 2012A former Geneva Township police chief pleaded guilty May 9 to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Edward Gritzner, 57, of Lake Como, was sentenced to one year of probation. As a condition of his probation, Gritzner must receive counseling as recommended by his probation agent.
He also must pay a $100 fine. During his year of probation, he can't consume alcohol and he is not to have violent contact with the victim.
May 17, 2012BLOOMFIELD — A 52-year-old Pell Lake woman may have "borrowed" money from the Pell Lake Sanitary District.
JoAnn Kanas, W1344 Glenwood Road, the district's former utility clerk, faces felony charges of theft from a business setting totaling more than $10,000 and misconduct in public office.
If convicted, she faces up to 13-1/2 years imprisonment and $35,000 in fines. She made her initial court appearance May 15 when Judge John Race set a $20,000 signature bond for her. During the hearing, Kanas was represented by public defender Travis Schwantes.
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Delavan man guilty of sexual assaultZuccolotto featured on ‘America’s Most Wanted’May 10, 2012ELKHORN — A Delavan man who raped a 13-year-old girl in the basement of a Delavan apartment building pleaded guilty May 8 to three felonies. In 2001, David Zuccolotto, who is now 30, also known as Sergio Rodriguez, pinned the girl down in the basement while his brother, Cesar Zuccolotto, prevented an 18-year-old girl from helping the victim.After the incident the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office filed felony charges against Zuccolotto, but he fled from the area after being released on bond.
Jury trial begins in assault caseMay 03, 2012ELKHORN — A two-part jury trial against a 60-year-old Bloomfield man, who was allegedly molesting two young girls, began Wednesday morning.Chris E. DeMint, of Bloomfield, faces two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child. He pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to both of the charges.During the first part of the trial the jury must determine whether DeMint committed the crimes. During the second part of trial, if the jury deems him guilty, the jury must determine whether DeMint is mentally responsible for his actions.
Man charged for exposing himself in parkMay 03, 2012ELKHORN — Police have arrested a Lake Geneva man after he allegedly exposed himself to a jogger, who was running through Library Park.Police arrested the suspect at the scene after the victim identified him, according to the criminal complaint.Antonio Valdez Becerra, 32, 113 Park Row, has been charged with two misdemeanors. He faces one count of lewd and lascivious behavior for exposure and a count of disorderly conduct.
Sex offender receives lifeMay 03, 2012ELKHORN — A sex offender who has abused young girls from Texas to Walworth County will spend the rest of his life in prison. On Friday, a Walworth County jury found Chris E. DeMint, 60, guilty of two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child. In this case, his victims were 3 and 5 when the assaults began in 2008. The two girls were assaulted for about two years until police arrested DeMint in 2010.DeMint, of Bloomfield, pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to the crimes. That means the jury first had to determine whether DeMint committed the assaults and then had to determine whether he was mentally responsible for his action.
Heroin dealer gets 12 yearsApril 26, 2012ELKHORN — A heroin dealer, who in the past two years allegedly distributed more than a kilo of the drug, was sentenced April 26 to 12 years in a state prison.Alan D. Messier, 27, N. Main St., Walworth, also was sentenced to six years of extended supervision. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of delivering heroin and a felony charged of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, ecstasy.During the sentencing hearing, Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputy Ira Martin, who is with the drug unit, displayed a board with known customers and dealers involved with Messier.
Fontana man faces fifth felony drunken drivingApril 26, 2012ELKHORN — In the past three months, the Fontana Police Department arrested a 41-year-old man three times, twice for drunken driving. Police first arrested Stephan W. Zaring, 126 W. Main St., on Feb. 27 at the village’s elementary school after a staff member called stating he appeared intoxicated.Zaring was arrested again March 25 for allegedly violating his bond condition of having no alcohol. Then on, April 19, Zaring was arrested for allegedly driving drunk.
Delavan man sentenced for drunken drivingApril 26, 2012ELKHORN — A 22-year-old Delavan man was sentenced April 19 to 18 months in a state prison after he hurt three people in a drunken driving crash in the city of Delavan.David Gerald Scott Michalosky, 2317 Prairie View Drive., also was sentenced to two years of extended supervision. For the next two years, his driver’s license will be revoked. An ignition interlock device also must be installed in his vehicle.
Woman charged after allegedly stabbing girlfriend with screwdriverApril 19, 2012ELKHORN — A 23-year-old East Troy woman faces a felony charge after allegedly stabbing her live-in girlfriend in the head with a screwdriver. Raquel Mayer, 2867 Edwards St., No. 7., has been charged with felony second-degree reckless endangerment involving a dangerous weapon. The Walworth County District Attorney’s Office also filed misdemeanor charges of battery involving a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct with a domestic abuse assessment.
Police arrest alleged heroin dealersApril 19, 2012ELKHORN — Two alleged heroin dealers face multiple felony charges in Walworth County Court after their March 29 arrests. Randal L. Bass, 44, Bloomfield, faces charges of possession of a narcotic drug, three counts of delivering heroin and five counts of bail jumping. At the time of his arrest, Bass was on bond for a felony charge of theft of movable property, which was filed in October.He now is facing 10 felony charges. If convicted of all counts, he faces up to 74-1/2 years imprisonment and $145,000 in fines.
Man allegedly intimidated witnessApril 19, 2012A Bloomfield man faces a felony charge of intimidation of a witness after allegedly threatening a woman who was an informant for the Walworth County Drug Unit.If convicted, Thomas M. Kelly, 1201 County Highway H, faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.Kelly is the second man to be charged in connection with this case.