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Walworth man accused of breaking jaw

September 26, 2013

A 33-year-old Walworth man allegedly broke another man’s jaw on June 9 at a tavern in Lake Como.
Shaun E. Hillary, 104 Webber St. Apt. 6B, has been charged with substantial battery, and, if convicted, faces up to 3 1/2 years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.

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Heroin dealers' probation revoked

September 26, 2013

A convicted heroin dealer’s probation was revoked after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of battery by a prisoner and misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Michael J. Fischer, 34, was convicted in 2012 for selling heroin, and was sentenced to five years of probation and one-year in jail with work-release privileges.

Man gets 10 years for crimes against child

September 26, 2013

ELKHORN — A former Pell Lake man will spend 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child more than 50 times during a three-year period.
Larry J. Smith, 30, was also sentenced Tuesday morning to three years of extended supervision by Judge David Reddy.
On June 20, a Walworth County jury found Smith guilty of two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child and one count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. Smith denies the assaults occurred and is maintaining his innocence. Seventeen people wrote letters to Reddy stating that Smith is a kind and generous person. However, Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube said these letters are indicative Smith’s public personality and not the one he hides behind closed doors.
“There are two faces that this defendant presents to those around him. He presents himself as that helpful caring person,” Grube said. “That’s not the face he shows (the victim). That’s not the face he shows when it’s dark out... That’s not the face he shows when no one is watching.”
Smith began assaulting the girl in March 2008, according to court documents. Assaults continued until the girl came forward in May 2011. She was between the ages of 11 and 13 when Smith was assaulting her. At that time, Smith was between the ages of 24 and 27.
Smith’s defense attorney, Jenelle Glasbrenner, asked Reddy to impose but stay a 10-year prison sentence.
This would mean that Smith wouldn’t go to prison unless he violated the terms of his probation. She said Smith has a good family support system, has no prior adult criminal record and has a good work history. Since turning 18, Smith has maintained employment by serving in the military and working as an auto mechanic and in a factory.

Expert testimony
Glasbrenner, also brought in two expert witnesses that testified Smith has a low risk to reoffend.
Dr. Dawn Pflugradt, who is a sex offender risk-assessment specialist with the Department of Corrections, and Dr. Melissa Westendorf, a clinical and forensic psychologist, interviewed Smith and reviewed the reports before concluding that he has a low-risk to reoffend.
Pflugradt develops reports that are used by the Department of Corrections when it makes sentencing recommendations. Westendorf was retained by Glasbrenner.
Experts testified that Smith also isn’t likely to reoffend — which is defined as being arrested again — because he denies committing the crime.
“Various studies indicate that denial in itself doesn’t correlate with recidivism rates,” Pflugradt said.
Both Pflugradt and Westendorf also testified that Smith, clinically speaking, didn’t exhibit behaviors of sexual deviancy.
The psychologists use actuarial factors to determine the risk factor. The risk factor would have been elevated if the victim was younger than 11 when the assaults began and if the victim was a male. Both Pflugradt and Westendorf testified that studies have indicated that sex offenders are more likely to reoffend when their victims are boys.
Grube was critical of the actuarial scales used by Pflugradt and Westendorf because they didn’t account for the fact that the assaults occurred during a three-year period and happened more than 50 times.
Reddy dismissed the arguments that Smith wasn’t sexually deviant when he announced the sentence.
“This may not be deviant behavior by actuarials using numbers ... It is according to society’s norm.”

Elkhorn woman faces drug charges

September 26, 2013

A 33-year-old woman was arrested in Lake Geneva for allegedly selling Xanax.
Dawn M. Pfister of Elkhorn has been charged with felony possession with intent to deliver a schedule IV drug.
If convicted of the felony, she faces up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines....subscribers>>

Man faces OWI, heroin charge

September 26, 2013

A 62-year-old Lake Geneva man was arrested Aug. 28 for allegedly possessing heroin and drunken driving.
Patrick J. Searles, 1109 W. Main St., has been charged with possession of a narcotic drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
If convicted of the felony charge, Searles faces up to 3 1/2 years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines....subscribers>>

Walworth man pleads guilty to sexual assault

September 26, 2013

An 18-year-old Walworth man pleaded guilty Sept. 6 to a felony charge of sexual assault of a child, under the age of 16.
When Aaron M. Mitchell, 267 Fox Lane, is sentenced Nov. 4 he faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines. ...subscribers>>

Man allegedly stole check from church's collection plate

September 26, 2013

A 41-year-old man allegedly used the banking information from a check he took out of a church’s collection plate to pay for his AT&T bill.
Chateau K. Stokes, 1304 Birchwood St., Delavan, faces two felony counts of identity theft for financial gain.
If convicted, Stokes faces up to 12 years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines....subscribers>>

Man faces cocaine charge

September 26, 2013

A 64-year-old Fontana man faces a felony charge of possession of cocaine as a second or subsequent offense.
If convicted, Alois Hartmann, 866 Sauganash Drive, faces up to 3 1/2 years imprisonment and $10,000 fines....subscribers>>

Delavan man faces bail jumping charges

September 26, 2013

A 43-year-old Delavan man, who is accused of strangling a woman and punching the family dog, faces more felony charges after he allegedly sent text messages to the woman after he posted bond.
Monty M. Contreras faces two counts of felony bail jumping and a felony charge of strangulation, as a repeater. If convicted of the felony charges, Contreras faces up to 22 years imprisonment and $30,000 in fines....subscribers>>


Recent Crime
Jury reaches deadlock in White case
September 19, 2013
ELKHORN — A Walworth County jury reached a deadlock while deliberating a case involving a man who allegedly attacked two Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies.Daniel White, 41, Sugar Creek, faces felony charges of battery to a police officer, use of a dangerous weapon, and failure to comply with an officer’s attempt to take a person into custody.
Union Grove man allegedly sold fatal heroin dose
September 19, 2013
ELKHORN — A 41-year-old man is accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin in the town of Sugar Creek in late June.Stanley A. Bies of Union Grove has been charged in Walworth County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide.
Woman pleads guilty to lesser counts
September 12, 2013
A 38-year-old former Sharon woman who had sex with two 15-year-old boys pleaded guilty Aug. 29 to several reduced charges.Rachael A. McCormick, now of East Troy, pleaded guilty to two counts of exposing a child to harmful materials, Class I felonies, and two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault. McCormick was originally charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, Class B felonies. She originally faced up to 120 years imprisonment.
Woman gets four years for burglary
Chaplin caught in township home
September 12, 2013

A 59-year-old Delavan woman was sentenced to four years in prison after she pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge.
Gail A. Chaplin also was sentenced to four years of extended supervision.
On Nov. 15, a Walworth Township couple arrived at their home and found their back door pried open and a women inside their house.
That woman was later identified as Chaplin, who, in 2005, was convicted of burglary and sentenced to five years of probation.
Misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal damage to property were dismissed but considered during the sentencing hearing.
According to the criminal complaint:
When the couple returned home they saw a tan Buick in their driveway and that the back door to their home had been pried open. The man entered his home and saw a female intruder inside. The man told the woman she couldn’t leave until police arrived, but she drove away in the Buick.
The homeowners told police two bottles of prescription medication were missing.
The couple wrote the license plate number of the Buick, which was later located at the Delavan Piggly Wiggly.
When police arrived at the Piggly Wiggly they spoke to Chaplin, who denied entering the residence.
However, both homeowners identified her as the intruder in photo line ups.


Man allegedly sold fatal heroin dose
September 12, 2013
ELKHORN — A 41-year-old man is accused of selling a fatal does of heroin in the town of Sugar Creek in late June.Stanley A. Bies of Union Grove has been charged in Walworth County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide.Craig C. Ankney, 39, was found unresponsive June 29 in a Sugar Creek home, and the woman who found him told Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies that Ankney was known to snort heroin.The woman also told deputies that a man named “Stan” sells heroin to Ankney, and the woman identified the suspected drug dealer in a photo.The reckless homicide charge, a Class C felony, carries a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines. Bies is being held in the Walworth County jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.In addition to the homicide charge, Bies faces six counts of delivering heroin, one of which is in an amount greater than 10 grams. He faces up to 92 1/2 years imprisonment and $275,000 in fines for the drug delivery charges.According to online court records, Bies allegedly sold heroin after Ankney overdosed from the drug.According to the criminal complaint:On Aug. 26, Walworth County Sgt. Jeff Patek questioned Bies, who admitted to selling heroin. He also said that Ankney was a customer.Bies also told Patek that he sold heroin to Ankney the day Ankney died. On July 1, the Walworth County Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy on Ankney and determined he died from a lethal injection of heroin.According to online court records, the six charges Bies is facing for allegedly dealing heroin stem from sales that occurred in August.
Suspect in burglary arrested while nude
September 05, 2013
The suspect in the burglary of lakeside restaurant was arrested while he was swimming naked in Lake Como.
Driver allegedly hits bicyclist, flees scene
Milton man on federal probation for attempting to kill unborn child
September 05, 2013
A man on federal probation for attempting to kill his unborn child was arrested in Walworth County after he allegedly hit a bicyclist with his vehicle. ...subscribers>>
Woman gets jail, probation in family theft case
August 29, 2013

ELKHORN — Kimberly L. Doran agreed to care for her elderly father and removed him from a “dump” of a nursing home. However, when her dad was in her care, she stole $35,000 from his IRA account.
“This was a serious betrayal of trust,” Judge David Reddy said after sentencing the 47-year-old woman to three years of probation, which was the maximum probation term allowed.
As a condition of her probation, Reddy stayed and imposed all but 15 days of a six-month jail sentence. This means Doran must serve 15 days in jail, and, at her probation agent’s discretion could serve the remanding 5 1/2 months.
Sometime around April 2010, Doran became her father’s power of attorney, according to court documents. Doran made three withdrawals from her father’s IRA account, which totaled $35,000. Because the withdrawals came from an IRA account the victim incurred additional costs for fees and tax penalties. He also lost potential income on interest that the account would have generated.
Doran’s attorney John Dade and Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo agreed to a restitution amount before the hearing.
The amount of restitution is $40,000 if Doran pays her father $5,000 within the next 90 days.
However, if she doesn’t, the amount of restitution raises to $45,000.
Donohoo asked Reddy to sentence Doran to probation, but asked him to include conditional jail time to serve as a deterrent to other potential offenders.
“We are seeing more and more cases of people stealing money from family and close friends,” Donohoo said. “If you steal from vulnerable people, like the elderly or infirm, there will be punishment.”
Dade said the victim, Doran and Doran’s husband all resided in the same home in Bloomfield Township. He said some of the money went to cover shared household expenses.
“She was the main person taking care of him,” Dade said.
Dade’s comment drew laughs of disbelief from the victim and two of his friends.
“She was in essence a 24/7 in-home nurse, who was helping (the victim),” Dade said.
Dade said a mitigating factor in the case is that Doran provided her father some care without receiving compensation.
“To that I say, ‘That’s what a good daughter does,’” Reddy said.
Dade asked Reddy to sentence his client to probation, but not to include jail time.
Dade compared Doran’s case to the cases of Johnalee Kawalec and Deborah Hutter. Both women were convicted of theft, and both received probation without conditional jail time. Unlike Doran’s case, Kawalec took her case to jury trial and was convicted.
“Mrs. Donohoo said she asked for jail in those cases, but she didn’t get it, and neither should Mrs. Doran,” Dade said.
Reddy wasn’t the judge in either the Kawalec or the Hutter cases, and he said he wasn’t familiar with either case. As a judge, he said it isn’t appropriate for him to compare the cases.


DA clears deputies in fatal shooting
August 15, 2013
ELKHORN — Four Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputies who shot and killed a man armed with a sheriff’s shotgun acted within the scope of the law, according to Walworth County District Attorney Daniel Necci.On June 13, Jeremiah Krubert, 39, arrived at his mother’s home where he brutally attacked his mother’s boyfriend and allegedly set the kitchen on fire.When Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Neumann arrived at the home, Krubert came at Neumann with a knife and Neumann fired multiple times at Krubert. Neumann backed away from Krubert and demanded he “get down.” Neumann’s firearm had a mechanical failure. Krubert kept approaching Neumann and said, “Kill me, kill me.”
Man gets 14 years for sexual assault
August 08, 2013
Elkhorn — A 27-year-old man, who sexually assaulted a girl while she was swimming in Geneva Lake, was sent to prison for 14 years.Matthew L. Dennis, who is a resident of Washington state, also assaulted the girl at a home in the town of Delavan. Judge David Reddy also ordered that Dennis spend 14 years on extended supervision after he is released from prison. Dennis also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
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