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Man gets two years prison in endangerment case

September 06, 2012
ELKHORN - Almost all the players in a dramatic domestic abuse incident asked the judge not to send the convicted man to prison. The victim told Judge David Reddy on Wednesday, Sept. 5 that her boyfriend shouldn't be incarcerated for an incident that occurred five years ago in the town of Geneva. On July 7, 2007, Michael D. Hatton, now 30, chased his girlfriend with a van around his lawn and attempted to run her over. During the same incident, Hatton chased the victim with a knife. She fled to a neighbor's home to escape him.
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Delavan couple faces heroin, theft charges

September 06, 2012
A Delavan couple is accused of selling heroin and, in a separate incident, the woman allegedly stole cash from a 82-year-old woman. Eva M. Lawson, 28, and Joshua F. Danielsen, 31, both of 225 Turtle Creek Drive, No. 6, face charges in Walworth County Court. Lawson faces felony charges of delivering heroin, delivering a non-narcotic drug (Suboxone), theft of movable property, possession of narcotic drugs and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
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East Troy man faces child pornography charges

September 06, 2012
A 27-year-old East Troy man faces felony charges of possession of child pornography after he allegedly downloaded the illegal images on his cell phone. If convicted, Jason FD Newcomb, 2867 Edwards St., No. 5, faces up to 25 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint:
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Man faces seventh OWI

September 06, 2012
A 50-year-old Walworth man faces a felony charge of seventh-offense drunken driving after his Aug. 25 arrest in the village of Fontana. If convicted, Michael B. Thomas, W6066 Water Tower Place, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. He also faces a minimum sentence of three years imprisonment.

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Madison man faces assault charge
August 30, 2012
A 31-year-old Madison man is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old Walworth County girl who he met online.Andrew J. Hying, 754 Engelhart Drive, has been charged with sexual assault of a child who is under 16 years of age.If convicted, he faces up to 25 years imprisonment and 15 years of extended supervision. He also faces up to $100,000 in fines.
Man receives probation for sex assault
August 30, 2012
ELKHORN ó A judge didnít buy a 29-year-old manís story when he said he thought the 15-year-old girl he was having a sexual relationship with was an adult.Although Judge John Race said he didnít believe John J. Baumeister, 526 Franklin Ave., he didnít send him to prison either. Instead, Baumeister was sentenced Aug. 30 to seven years probation, which includes a year in jail with work-release privileges. He will also have to undergo sex-offender treatment and register as a sex offender.Baumeister pleaded guilty June 25 to second-degree sexual assault of a child. The law on this charge prevents a defendant from using a misunderstanding of the victimís age as a valid defense.
Warrant issued for man allegedly involved in stabbing
August 23, 2012
ELKHORN ó A warrant has been issued for teenager accused of stabbing a man near Jackson Elementary School, in the city of Elkhorn, after he failed to appear at a Aug. 17 court hearing.A bench warrant was issued Aug. 22 for Alfredo Emilio Villarreal, 18, of Janesville.In Walworth County, Villarreal is charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 12 1/2 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. He pleaded not guilty April 18 to the charges.
Man pleads not guilty by reason of mental disease
August 16, 2012
A 28-year-old Delavan man accused of pointing a firearm at a neighbor and pulling the trigger pleaded not guilty Aug. 15 by reason of mental disease or defect. During the June 17 incident, the gun did not fire, and the magazine fell to the ground.Brandon L. Feltner, 410 N. Terrace St., No. 6, faces felony charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm by a felon. He also faces misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, both as domestic abuse incidents.All four charges have been elevated to a repeater status because Feltner was convicted in 2009 of felony child abuse causing great bodily harm.
Man faces sexual assault charge
August 16, 2012
A 56-year-old Whitewater man faces felony charges after he allegedly fondled a 12-year-old boy on separate occasions in Jefferson, Rock and Walworth counties.Dennis P. Rintala, 755 N. Tratt St., No. 99, faces charges of repeated sexual assault of a child. If convicted, he faces up to 60 years imprisonment, which can include up to 40 years of initial incarceration.
In 2001, man allegedly dragged police officer
August 09, 2012
ELKHORN ó 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.
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 womanís 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.
Bay man pleads guilty to felony burglary
August 09, 2012
A Williams Bay man who burglarized a home and stole prescription pills and womenís 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.
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.
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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