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Man gets 16 years for sex assault

June 12, 2014
ELKHORN — A Lake Geneva man who sexually assaulted a developmentally disabled girl was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday morning by Judge David Reddy. In April, a jury found Roberto Sanchez-Nova, 20, guilty of first-degree sexual assault of a child. Reddy also sentenced Sanchez-Nova to six years of extended supervision. "This is a case where a 10-year-old girl was sexually assaulted," Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube said. "And by all accounts she functions at about a first-grade level."
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Sheriff investigates alleged officer theft

June 12, 2014

BLOOMFIELD — Two years ago, a woman reported that former Bloomfield and Genoa City Police Officer Aaron Henson stole cash from her during a traffic stop. ...subscribers>>

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Sex offender allegedly had child pornography

June 12, 2014
A registered sex offender is accused of downloading child pornography on a file sharing website. Francis J. Coyle, 58, of East Troy, faces two counts of possession of child pornography. If convicted of both counts, Coyle faces up to 50 years imprisonment and $200,000 in fines.
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Man gets prison for assault

June 12, 2014
A 21-year-old Lake Como man, who sexually assaulted a woman while she was sleeping, was sentenced on June 2 to three years in prison. Zacharia D. Martin, pleaded guilty to felony charge of third-degree sexual assault. After he finishes his prison sentence, Martin will spend three years on extended supervision. Martin also must register as a sex offender for the next 15 years, undergo sex offender treatment and pay $1,298.73.
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Fibish family members face drug charges

June 12, 2014

A husband, wife and their two adult children are accused of selling prescription medication in Lake Geneva and in Williams Bay.

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Former Badger janitor bound over for trial

June 12, 2014

ELKHORN — A former Badger High School janitor, who is accused of sexually assaulting a female student, was bound over for trial last week by Judge David Reddy.

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Defense moves to toss homicide case

June 12, 2014

ELKHORN — The defense attorneys for a Delavan man accused of stabbing and killing his cousin have filed a motion to dismiss the case because of conflicting reports of a witness’ statement.

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Bodies found in Geneva
June 05, 2014
TOWN OF GENEVA — Police found two bodies in two separate suitcases on the side of North Como Road Thursday afternoon.“The town of Geneva Highway Department was cutting the grass along North Como Road,” a press release from the town of Geneva Police Department states. “One of the highway employees observed two suitcases in long grass in the ditch area. The suitcases were placed at the side of the road to allow the grass to be cut.”At about 3 p.m., police responded to a complaint from a citizen of two suitcases sitting along the side North Como Road, east of County Highway H.“Officers responded to the location and after opening the suitcases discovered two bodies, one in each suitcase,” the press release states.Autopsies will be conducted today at the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office.“At this time we are working with law enforcement agencies reviewing missing person's reports,” according to the press release. “We hope to learn additional information following the autopsy that will assist in identifying the individuals.”The town of Geneva Police Department is being assisted by the Walworth County Sheriff's Office with this investigation. This is an ongoing investigation and updates will be released as they become available.“The citizens of the town of Geneva can rest assured that this is an isolated incident, and the crime did not occur where the bodies were located,” the press release states.Anyone that may have additional information should contact the town of Geneva Police Department at (262) 248-9926. Individuals can anonymously email tips at www.tipsubmit.com , text their tip to "CRIMES" (274637) and begin the message with tip4wc followed by the tip, or report the tip to the Walworth County Crime Stoppers (262) 723- 2677 (COPS).
Defense moves to dismiss homicide case
June 05, 2014
ELKHORN — The defense attorneys for a Delavan man accused of stabbing and killing his cousin have filed a motion to dismiss the case because of conflicting reports of a witness’ statement.Rafael Olivarez, 39, of Delavan is facing a felony charge of first-degree intentional homicide after he allegedly stabbed to death 31-year-old Ivan Guerrero. Olivarez is represented by Travis Schwantes and Julia May, both of the public defender’s office. A motion was filed on June 5 to dismiss the case and to release Olivarez from jail immediately.
DA drops charges against Illinois man
June 05, 2014

ELKHORN ­­­— Another case in which former Bloomfield and Genoa City police officer Aaron Henson was the arresting officer was dismissed on Monday afternoon.

Video evidence accidentally erased in OWI case
June 05, 2014

ELKHORN — On Monday morning, Judge David Reddy rejected a Lake Geneva woman’s request to have her criminal case dismissed because police accidentally destroyed some of the evidence.

Woodstock man guilty of OWI homicide
May 29, 2014

ELKHORN — A Woodstock man, who killed a passenger while driving drunk, pleaded guilty May 22 to a felony charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Cocaine dealer gets six years
May 29, 2014

ELKHORN — The patriarch in a family cocaine business was sent to prison on May 20 for six years after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

Man gets prison for 12th OWI
May 29, 2014

ELKHORN — A 45-year-old Sharon man was sentenced to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to his 12th drunken driving offense.
Duwayne F. Peters was arrested on Halloween at 9:22 p.m. on West School Street.

Heroin dealer gets six years
May 29, 2014

ELKHORN — A Lake Geneva man who sold heroin to police informants was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Dominic D. Ecklund, 25, was also sentenced to three years extended supervision.

Homicide suspect bound over for trial
May 22, 2014

ELKHORN — When a police officer arrived at the scene of a homicide, the suspect waived his squad car down and directed the officer to a man who was bleeding to death outside of an apartment.
Rafael Olivarez, 39, was bound over for trial for first-degree intentional homicide during a May 14 preliminary hearing.
Olivarez allegedly stabbed his cousin, 31-year-old Ivan Guerrero, to death on May 4. If convicted, Olivarez faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
Delavan Police Officer James Berlin testified that when he arrived at the scene, an apartment on Lawson School Road, the first person he saw was Olivarez.
“I saw a male Hispanic approaching me, waiving me down,” Berlin testified. “He was covered in blood, what appeared to be blood.” At the apartments the night of the stabbing, Olivarez directed Berlin to Guerrero.
“There was a male Hispanic lying in the grass,” Berlin said. “He also was covered in blood and had a stab wound in his chest and some slashing marks on his right arm.”
On cross examination, Public Defender Travis Schwantes questioned Berlin on why he thought the injury was a stab wound.
“It appeared to be a ripping injury,” Berlin responded.
Delavan Det. David Smith also testified and attended the autopsy that was conducted by Dr. Zelda Okia of the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“She determined that he died from blood loss due to multiple stab wounds,” Smith testified.

Preliminary hearing
During a preliminary hearing, a judge or court commissioner, must determine whether there is enough probable cause to bind a defendant over for trial.
The judge or court commissioner must determine if a felony was committed and whether the felony was likely committed by the defendant. He or she must also rule in the light most favorable to the state.
District Attorney Daniel Necci, who also introduced the criminal complaint into evidence, argued that there was enough evidence to bind Olivarez over for trial.
Schwantes argued that the state didn’t prove probable cause, and that neither Berlin nor Smith directly linked Olivarez to the stabbing.
Court Commissioner Daniel Johnson ruled that there was enough evidence to bind Olivarez over for trial.
Olivarez is next set for an arraignment on June 5 in front of Judge David Reddy.
Olivarez is in custody in lieu of a $1 million cash bond
According to the criminal complaint:
When police arrived on the scene, Olivarez’s face, hands, sweatshirt, pants and socks were covered in blood.
The officer also made contact with Guerrero who was lying on the ground. The officer saw a blood trail leading from Guerrero to the door of a Delavan apartment. Guerrero’s breathing was slow and shallow, the officer reported.
The officer described Guerrero’s stab wound as about five inches long, two inches wide and so deep that it “appeared to have visceral fatty tissue exposed,” according to the complaint.
The victim’s wife, Brenda Garcia, said that Olivarez was a guest in their home.
She said Olivarez became belligerent with Guerrero.
Olivarez apparently attempted to attack Guerrero and Garcia intervened, but she was struck several times and thrown to the side.
Garcia said Olivarez grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Guerrero.
When taking Olivarez into custody, Olivarez allegedly stated “I might be in prison for the rest of my life, but I got Mexicans that will take care of things for me out here,” according to the complaint. An autopsy ruled that Guerrero died of multiple stab wounds.

Man gets three years for violent attack
May 22, 2014

ELKHORN ­— A 33-year-old man who sliced someone’s stomach during a violent home invasion was sentenced to three years in prison on May 2 by Judge David Reddy.

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