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Sex offender gets longer sentence

December 26, 2013
A 42-year-old former Lake Como man was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison after he failed to update the sex offender registry. Richard J. Schultz, who is incarcerated at Jackson Correctional Institution in Black River Falls, pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to the three felony charges related to the sex offender. Schultz already is serving a prison sentence for exposing a child to harmful material and that sentence ends on July 13, 2014.
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Man sentenced to probation, jail for theft

December 26, 2013
ELKHORN — A 19-year-old Pell Lake man was sentenced Dec. 16 to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft. As a condition of his probation, Joseph E. Glover, 20, must spend 60 days in jail with work-release privileges and complete 30 hours of community service. Glover was also ordered to pay court costs.
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Woman gets jail, probation for role in home invasion

December 26, 2013
A 26-year-old Delavan woman will spend time on probation in jail for her role in a violent home invasion in which a man was beaten and stabbed. Miranda Decker pleaded guilty Oct. 15 to felony false imprisonment. Felony charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and strangulation were dismissed but read into the record.
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Man gets four years

December 26, 2013
An 18-year-old Milwaukee man was sent to prison Dec. 12 for four years after he had sex with a 13-year-old girl. Daniel Tencle-Frias pleaded guilty Oct. 11 to second-degree sexual assault of a child. A felony charge of repeated sexual assault of a child was dismissed but read into the record. Tencle also was sentenced to four years of extended supervision.
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Woman in retirement home reports sexual assault

December 26, 2013

ELKHORN — A Janesville man is accused of sexually assaulting a resident of a retirement home when he was providing the woman with physical therapy.
Matthew G. Hendrickson, 56, has been charged with second-degree sexual assault. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.
Hendrickson is free from custody on a $1,000 cash bond. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Dec. 16.
On Dec. 4, a resident of Golden Years of Walworth reported the sexual assault to police. The woman, who is 79, said she had physical therapy from a man who was not her regular therapist.
The woman reported to police that the man touched her in a sexual manner, according to the criminal complaint.
“For over 44 years the staff of the Golden Years has lovingly cared for and served many, many area seniors. Regrettably we can confirm that an allegation of misconduct was recently made against an individual who was temporarily working at the Golden Years as a subcontracted service provider,” Golden Years released in a statement. “We are wholeheartedly working with the Walworth Police Department and the Walworth County District Attorney’s office on this matter. As this is an ongoing investigation we are unable to comment any further. Please know each of our staff are very special, gifted and dedicated individuals that will continue to love and serve our residents.”
During the investigation, the police confirmed that Hendrickson was sent to Golden Years from the Greenfield Rehabilitation Agency through a medical staffing agency.
An officer interviewed Hendrickson, who said he saw the victim as a patient, according to the complaint.
During that interview Hendrickson admitted to touching the victim, according to the criminal complaint.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services website, Hendrickson is a licensed physical therapist assistant. As of Dec. 20, his license was listed as “current.”
The site states that his license was granted on July 17, 2013, and it expires on Feb. 28, 2015. However, the site doesn’t indicate whether Hendrickson first received his license on July 17 or if it was renewed on that date.

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Teen gets prison for his role in robbery

December 26, 2013

ELKHORN — Last November, four kids planned to rob an apparent drug dealer by planting an inside man in the woman’s apartment to ensure everything was “cool” before they broke in armed with knives and a metal pipe.
On Dec. 18 the inside man, Angel Ortiz, 17, Lake Geneva, was sentenced to five years in a state prison and eight years of extended supervision by Judge Phillip Koss. Ortiz is an illegal immigrant and will likely be deported after he finishes his prison sentence.
Prosecutor Haley Rea said Ortiz and his co-defendants hashed out a “sophisticated” plan, and the teens targeted the apparent drug dealer because she would be less likely to contact law enforcement after the robbery.
However, defense attorney John Cabranes, said the plan wasn’t sophisticated because the defendants discussed it and joked about it on Facebook.
“How sophisticated is it when you blast to the world your involvement in this?” he asked.
Ortiz, who was 16 at the time of the robbery, bought marijuana from the victims and smoked it with the people inside of the home. While inside, Ortiz messaged another juvenile and told him it was time to rob the apartment.
Three other juveniles, who were 13, 14 and 16, knocked on the apartment door and rushed inside when the woman answered it. The three teens were wearing dark clothes and masks.
Marcos Rosas-Villegas, now 17, was waived into adult court, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and is scheduled for a Jan. 21 sentencing hearing. He faces up to 40 years imprisonment.
After the hearing, Rea said she couldn’t disclose what happened to the other two juveniles. However, during the hearing, Koss said that the two spent time in a juvenile detention center.
Once inside the apartment, Rosas-Villegas and the two juveniles tied up all the people inside of the home, including two young children. The victims in the case said that during the home invasion Ortiz didn’t seem to take it seriously and was laughing.
During the sentencing hearing, Rea played a video recording of an interview that law enforcement conducted with a 4-year-old girl who was at the home during the robbery.
The girl told the interviewer that the “bad guys” came into the home and “tied me up really hard.” Rea said the home invasion was traumatic for the child.
“He planned this crime. He seemed to be proud of it,” she said.
Rea also read Facebook messages that Ortiz sent and received. A girl sent Ortiz a message asking “Did you end up robbing that lady, lol.” In another message, Ortiz wrote that he is always on a “mission.” Rea said the robbery was a joke to Ortiz and his friends.
“These four were at a higher-level than the average young criminal,” Rea said. “This was a well thought out, planned invasion.”
During the hearing, Cabranes said that his client is a “soft-spoken and generally straight-forward individual.”
“I don’t see this kid, and I emphasize the word kid because he is a kid, with someone who would be involved in this,” he said.
Cabranes asked Koss to send his client to jail, not prison, and place him on probation. He said that his client will likely be deported and separated from his family as a result of this crime.
“There is hope that sometime there will be immigration reform, which he is now completely ineligible for. He is done,” Cabranes said. “That is a significant consequence beyond anything that you can do to him.”
Cabranes said his client suffers from alcohol and other drug dependence issues and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, which was caused by living with an abusive father.
Ortiz’s mother and a man, who identified himself as Ortiz’s father for the past six years, asked Koss to show some leniency in his sentence.
“Take into consideration that we don’t want to lose him — we are a family,” the man said.
When given a chance to speak, Ortiz again admitted his involvement in the robbery.
“I started hanging out with the wrong crew, and I guess I still do sometimes,” he said.
When pronouncing his sentence, Koss said that this was an “incredibly serious crime.”
During the hearing, Koss said it is never a good thing to send a young person to prison, but the crime was too serious to sentence him to probation.
“At some point, at some level of common sense, someone has to take responsibility and say this isn’t a good idea,” Koss said. “To the contrary they bragged about it.”

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Rapist sent to prison for 15 years

December 26, 2013
ELKHORN — A Lake Geneva man who raped a 16-year-old girl at an underage drinking party was sentenced Dec. 19 to 15 years in a state prison.

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Man gets 20 years for cutting woman's throat
December 12, 2013

ELKHORN — An Elkhorn man will spend two decades behind bars after he broke into his exgirlfriend’s home and cut her mother’s throat.
“He was totally focused on killing me,” the mother wrote to Judge David Reddy before the sentencing hearing.
Around midnight on April 26, Dennis Jackson Jr., 38, broke into an Elkhorn home, attacked his former girlfriend and then went after her mother with a kitchen knife.

Heroin dealer gets 8 years in prison
December 12, 2013

ELKHORN ­— A 23-year-old Kenosha man, who was arrested by the Walworth County Drug Unit with more than five grams of heroin in his possession, was sentenced Nov. 20 to eight years in a state prison.
Juan J. Hernandez Jr., plead guilty Nov. 20 to delivering heroin and possession of heroin with intent to deliver. On each count Hernandez was sentenced to four years in prison and three years of extended supervision.

Platteville man faces fraud charge
December 12, 2013
A 56-year-old Platteville man faces a felony charge after he allegedly purchased a number of tractors from Mecum Auctions with a fraudulent check.Larry D. Kallembach faces a felony charge of forgery and theft in an amount greater than $10,000. If convicted, he faces up to 16 years imprisonment and $35,000 fines.
Man gets 3 years for child porn
December 12, 2013
A 28-year-old East Troy man was sentenced to three years in a state prison on Nov. 27 for possessing child pornography.Jason FD Newcomb, W2653 Otto Court, plead guilty Nov. 13 to the felony charge, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison.After his release from prison, Newcomb will spend three years on extended supervision.
Man moves to have blood test tossed in fatal car crash
December 05, 2013

ELKHORN — A Woodstock man accused of killing a passenger while driving drunk filed a motion to suppress his blood sample because of what he is calling a “defective search warrant.”
Daniel P. Consolo, 24, has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and homicide with a prohibited alcohol content.
On June 15 at about 7:46 a.m., Consolo was allegedly driving a Jeep, which crashed into a tree off of Cobblestone Road in the town of Walworth. As a result of the crash, a passenger, Kevin D. Green of Fontana, died.
After the crash, Consolo was transported to Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center for treatment. At the hospital, Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Otterbacher reported that he could smell alcohol on Consolo. Emergency personnel who treated Consolo also reported smelling alcohol on him, according to Otterbacher’s report.
At the hospital Otterbacher asked Consolo if he would give him consent for a blood draw. Consolo denied his request.
Otterbacher prepared a blood search warrant, which was later signed by Judge David Reddy.
Consolo’s attorney, Patrick Cafferty, calls the warrant defective because it wasn’t notarized.
“Based on the fact that the notary portion remains blank, it is unclear as to whether this statement was sworn,”
The motion hearing is set for Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.
Consolo plead not guilty to the charges Aug. 1, but it appeared he was considering changing his plea in October.
In an Oct. 16 email, Cafferty requested that the court push back the date of a status hearing.
“It is a big case and not very old,” Cafferty wrote. “We would prefer to proceed this way because we believe it is headed toward resolution, but it’s not quite there yet.”
The status hearing was pushed back until Nov. 22, which is when Cafferty filed the motions to suppress the evidence obtained from the search warrant.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 7:46 a.m. Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a Jeep that had crashed into a tree.
The deputy on the scene reported that he saw several bottles of beer near the vehicle. Consolo was found lying near the driver’s side door of the vehicle.
Consolo was transferred to Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center for a fractured femur. Consolo told emergency responders that he was the driver of the vehicle.
At the accident scene, Green was treated for his injuries. He later died of his injuries at Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa.
On June 15, at 1:45 p.m., sheriff’s deputies went to Centegra Hospital, McHenry, Ill. At Centegra, Ryan and Adam Szudarski, two other passengers in the vehicle, were being treated for injuries they received in the crash.
Adam Szudarski told police that he, Ryan Szudarski, Green and Consolo began drinking in Illinois around 7 p.m. the previous day.
At around 5 or 6 a.m. they ran out of alcohol and drove toward a residence in Fontana. The group purchased more alcohol and continued to drink.
Adam Szudarski told police that Consolo was driving through fields and doing donuts on lawns.
The crash occurred when Consolo went straight when he should have turned, Adam Szudarski said.
After the crash, the Szudarskis left the vehicle and were picked up by a friend.


Woman allegedly drove drunk down wrong lane on I-43
December 05, 2013
ELKHORN A 27-year-old Milwaukee woman is accused of driving drunk in the wrong lane of Interstate 43. Amy M. Surges, 6920 W. Center Street No. 4, has been charged with felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. Surges also faces a misdemeanor charge of second-offense drunken driving.
Man gets jail, probation for chats with child
December 05, 2013
A 19-year-old Lake Como man must register as a sex offender for the next 15 years after he asked a 12-year-old boy for naked pictures.Matthew S. Rollie, N3326 Hickory Road, plead guilty Nov. 25 to a felony charge of exposing a child to harmful materials. Misdemeanor charges of impersonating a peace officer and disorderly conduct were read into the record.
Principal knew volunteer was a sex offender
November 28, 2013

ELKHORN — Central Denison Principal Besty Schroeder reportedly knew that a man was a registered sex offender before he volunteered in the school.
During the sentencing hearing for James Isenhart, Lake Geneva, he said — and court documents back his claim — that he told Schroeder he is a registered sex offender.
However, Isenhart failed to tell the sex offender registry, a legal requirement. ...subscribers>>

Sharon man faces 12th OWI
November 14, 2013

ELKHORN — A 44-year-old Sharon man was arrested on Halloween for what is allegedly his 12th drunken driving offense.
Duwayne F. Peters’ vehicle was stopped at 9:22 p.m. on West School Street. The arresting officer reports that Peter’s smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, was staggering and admitted to drinking a 12 pack of beer.
If convicted, Peters faces up to 12 1/2 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. The charge also carries a minimum penalty of four years imprisonment.
According to online records, Peters is currently in custody in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
Peters has prior drunken driving convictions for offenses that occurred on Aug. 21, 1993; Nov. 25, 1993; April 2, 1994; Nov. 27, 1998; Jan. 29, 1999; March 11, 1999; March 25, 1999; May 16, 1999; May 26, 1999; Jan. 14, 2004 and June 2, 2012.
The criminal complaint and online court records indicate Peters didn’t receive a prison sentence for his 10th and 11th offenses.
According to the criminal complaint, Peters’ most recent conviction, for his 11th offense, occurred in Illinois.
According to the complaint, his driving privileges were revoked for one year for that conviction.
Online court records indicate that Peters was convicted in Adams County for eighth-offense drunken driving for the Jan. 14, 2004, offense.
However, based on the most recent criminal complaint, that was actually Peters’ 10th offense.
In Adams County, Peters received an imposed and stayed jail sentence, which means Peters would only serve the prison term if he violated the terms of his three-year probation.
As a condition of probation in that case, Peters was sentenced to spend one-year in jail with work-release privileges.


Trial set for April in attempted murder case
November 14, 2013

ELKHORN — A Whitewater man accused of attempting to murder two young girls has fired his public defender, which will delay a jury trial until at least April.
Larry M. Shannon, 41, has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, four felony sexual assault charges, three counts of false imprisonment, two felony strangulation charges and three misdemeanor charges. ...subscribers>>

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