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Man gets two years for heroin

August 09, 2012
A 47-year-old Lake Geneva man was sentenced July 31 to two years in a state prison after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of delivering heroin. Gerald W. Olcott, 1120 Wells St., Apt. 1, also was sentenced to two years of extended supervision. As a condition of his supervision, he must pay a $500 fine and reimburse $200 in buy money.
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Man faces ninth OWI

August 09, 2012
A 69-year-old man was arrested Aug. 3 for what law enforcement is claiming is his ninth drunken-driving offense. If convicted, Fred J. Schneider, of Zion, Ill., faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. The charge also carries a minimum penalty of three years imprisonment.
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Bay man pleads guilty to felony burglary

August 09, 2012
A Williams Bay man who burglarized a home and stole prescription pills and women's underwear was sentenced Aug. 2 to two years of probation. As a condition of his probation, Michael P. Oja, 158 Oakwood St., will serve 90 days in jail with work release privileges. Prior to his sentencing hearing, Oja had been in jail since his Feb. 17 arrest in lieu of a $1,000 cash bond.
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Illinois pair face heroin charges

August 09, 2012
A brother and sister were arrested by the Walworth County Drug Unit after they allegedly sold heroin out of a car to confidential informant while the woman's children were in the vehicle. Juan J. Hernandez Jr., 22, and Ana Garza, 24, of Beach Road, Ill., both face felony charges of delivering heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin. If convicted of both counts, they faces a maximum initial incarceration period of 17 1/2 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision. They each also faces up to $75,000 in fines.
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In 2001, man allegedly dragged police officer

August 09, 2012
ELKHORN — A Texas inmate, who is serving a 30-year sentence for stabbing a cop in the throat, will face felony charges in Walworth County for a 2001 incident where he allegedly dragged a Darien police officer 40 feet with his car. In 2001, David R. Puckett, 28, was charged in Walworth County with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, battery to a law enforcement officer and battery to law enforcement. If convicted, he faces 30 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

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Mom gets probation in infants’ drowning
August 02, 2012
ELKHORN — A mother whose infant twins drowned in a bathtub while she slept in another room will spend the next 14 years on probation.“I miss the smiles, the soft touch and the love that me and my babies have,” Melody Butt said in reference to the twins who diedduring her sentencing hearing on Tuesday.As a condition of her probation, Butt, 27, of East Troy, was sentenced to one year in jail with work-release privileges. However, the jail will determine whether she serves that sentence in the Huber facility or at her residence on electronic monitoring.
Illegal immigrant gets 10 years in rape case
July 19, 2012
ELKHORN — “Just thinking about it hurts me,” the victim said while sobbing.The “it” refers to a rape that occurred more than 10 years ago in the basement of a Delavan apartment. The victim, who was 13 at the time, was lured into a laundry room by David Zuccolotto, a then 19-year-old illegal immigrant.“I hope to God that he suffers. Like he made me,” the woman said during Zuccolotto’s sentencing.
Delavan man receives ‘stayed’ sentence in pot through mail case
July 19, 2012
ELKHORN — A 52-year-old Delavan man won’t go to prison after police intercepted a package heading to his home with more than two pounds of pot in it.Paul S. Neves, formerly of East Troy, pleaded guilty April 27 to conspiring to possess marijuana with intent to deliver. The charges were filed after law enforcement intercepted a package that contained more than two pounds of pot that was addressed to Neves.On July 16, Judge Robert Kennedy imposed and stayed a four-year prison sentence, which means Neves will only be incarcerated if he violates the terms of his six year probation.
New charges filed against volunteer
July 12, 2012
ELKHORN — A former volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization faces a new felony charge for sexual assaults that allegedly occurred at his home in LaFayette Township.Rodney J. Meiller, 51, appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon.He now faces three counts of repeated sexual assault of a child. All three felonies carry a maximum sentence of 60 years, which each carries a maximum sentence of 40 years of initial confinement and 20 years of extended supervision.
Alleged drunken driver accused of hitting girl on bicycle
July 12, 2012
TOWN OF DELAVAN — A Wonder Lake, Ill., woman was allegedly intoxicated May 23 when she hit a 10-year-old girl riding a bicycle at the Shell Gas Station with her Ford Escape. After the crash, the woman left the scene.When town of Delavan police arrived gas station on Highway 50 they saw a pink bicycle in the parking lot with eight-to-10 foot-long scratch marks on the pavement where the bike had been pushed, according to the criminal complaint.Marium Lidia Ibarra, 19, 7711 Beach Road, faces felony charges of second-degree reckless endangerment and hit and run causing injury.
Bay woman receives probation for burglary
July 12, 2012
ELKHORN — Walworth County Deputy District Joshua Grube said it was a close case. One where the line between probation and prison was razor thin.The case involved a 22-year-old woman who broke into a home where several firearms were stolen and traded for heroin in Chicago. “I can say, however, that this offense is a very grave one,” Grube said. “And I believe she is just missing prison.”
Elkhorn burglar gets five years probation
July 12, 2012
ELKHORN — A burglar who robbed a home and storage units was sentenced to five years probation July 5 by Judge John Race. Anthony J. Chiapusio, 5441 Schmidt Road, Elkhorn, pleaded guilty April 26 to felony charges of fleeing, three counts of burglary and one count of burglary while armed with a dangerous weapon.As a condition of Chiapusio’s probation, he must serve one year in the jail with work release privileges. He also must pay restitution, which exceeds $40,000.
Alleged sex offender not competent to stand trial
July 12, 2012
ELKHORN — The criminal proceedings against a 67-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting two young girls are on hold after he was found not competent to stand trial.David L. Burdick, 353 Tyrrell Court, No. 313, Delavan, was charged with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child. If convicted, he faces up to 120 years imprisonment. Burdick knew the alleged victims. One of the alleged victims was 4, and the other was 8 when the assaults allegedly began.
Man allegedly tried to get unemployment in jail
July 12, 2012
ELKHORN — After his arrest for domestic abuse, a 30-year-old Black Earth man allegedly collected unemployment checks while incarcerated at the Walworth County Jail.On June 28, the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office filed three misdemeanor theft charges against Michael D. Hatton, 1138 Mills St. Each misdemeanor count carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines.The domestic abuse charges stem from an incident in which Hatton allegedly threatened to run over a woman with his van and chased her with a knife.
Woman sentenced in reckless driving crash
July 05, 2012
Elkhorn — When Judge John Race sentenced a 19-year-old mom for felony reckless driving, he made it clear he wanted her to mature. “She needs to grow up, she needs to realize she is not a child,” Race said. Sarah R. Wald, N3141 Canary Road, on Oct. 21 drove down Edwards Boulevard in a zigzag fashion while singing a song and traveling about 50 mph in a 30 mph zone.
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