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Walworth man faces child pornography charge

May 02, 2013
A 25-year-old Walworth man is accused of possessing child pornography and displaying the contraband online through his web cam. Parker G. Voltz, 318 Howard St., has been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. Each charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines. The charge also carries a minimum penalty of three years of initial confinement.
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Pastor found not guilty

May 02, 2013
ELKHORN — A Walworth County jury cleared a former pastor of any wrongdoing after law enforcement officials accused him of failing to notify authorities of sexual assaults occurring between young boys. Joseph R. Fultz, 49, now of Milton, was the pastor at Grace Evangelical Church in the village of Walworth. Prosecutors said underage parishioners at the church engaged in sexual activity amongsst themselves. No adults are suspected, or were ever accused, of having sexual contact with children. Certain professionals, social workers, teachers and members of the clergy are legally required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Authorities said Fultz knew of the allegations of sexual misconduct and needed to notify law enforcement. Defense attorney Michael Witt, who represented Fultz in the case, didn't return a phone message to the Regional News for comment. Assisant District Attorney Haley Rea shared her thoughts about why the jury may have reached its verdict.
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Pell Lake man charged with wife's death

May 02, 2013
CHICAGO (AP) — A retired engineer was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of his wife — 13 years after she drowned in the bathtub of the couple's home in suburban Chicago. Frank Buschauer, 64, who was arrested near his home in Pell Lake, appeared in a Cook County courtroom in Rolling Meadows on Friday, where a judge ordered him held without bail, according to a news release from the county's state's attorney's office. Buschauer is charged in the Feb. 28, 2000, death of 47-year-old Cynthia Hrisco in the couple's home in South Barrington.

Sheriff: Whitewater man arrested in accident that injured four people

May 02, 2013
WHITEWATER — A 26-year-old Whitewater man was in the Walworth County jail on Monday following a two-car crash in the town of Whitewater on Saturday evening. Jeremy B. Colberg has been arrested and charges are being referred to the Walworth County District Attorney's Office for the following: Operating while intoxicated (third offense), four counts of causing great bodily harm — operating while intoxicated, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, inattentive driving and failure to yield right of way while making a left turn. Additionally, the Department of Corrections-Division of Probation and Parole has placed a hold on Colber following this crash. Colberg was on parole for a prior drug arrest conviction.
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Inmate, sex offender faces burglary charge

May 02, 2013
A 42-year-old man, who is now serving a prison sentence, is accused of breaking into the Como Inn Bar on May 22, 2012. Richard J. Schultz, who is incarcerated at the Dodge Correctional Institute, faces a felony charge of burglary of a building. If convicted, Schultz faces up to 12 1/2 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. He pleaded not guilty to the charge on April 16....subscribers>>
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Como man faces sexual assault charge

May 02, 2013
A 20-year-old Lake Como man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping. Zacharia D. Martin, 3359 Narcissus Road, faces a felony charge of third-degree sexual assault. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. ...subscribers>>
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Delavan grandmother guilty of felony theft

May 02, 2013
ELKHORN — A 75-year-old Delavan grandmother was sentenced April 12 to two years of probation after she stole money from the East Delavan Union Cemetery Association. Sandra A. Behn, 706 Faryl Ave., No. 12, pleaded guilty on March 14 to a felony charge of theft from a business setting. Behn had been the treasurer of the association since 2006. ...subscribers>>
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Police ID suspect using online dating profile

Same username used for lewd Skype cats with teen found on Date Hookup site

May 02, 2013
A 26-year-old Pennsylvania man is accused of having sexually-explict video chats with a 14-year-old Lyons girl. Sergey V. Seward, of Media, Penn., faces felony charges of causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity and a count of exposing genitals or pubic area. If convicted of both counts, Seward faces 9 1/2 years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines. ...subscribers>>

Recent Crime
Man gets prison for home invasion
Other suspect is awaiting sentencing
April 18, 2013
ELKHORN — One man has been sentenced to prison for eight years for his role in a home invasion in the town of Geneva. The other suspect is awaiting a sentencing and is facing a lengthy stay in a penitentiary. The two men pointed a firearm at a woman while trying to steal drugs and money, according to the criminal complaints.In August, a woman reported to police that two men entered her home on Snake Road and said “give us the weed” and “give us the money.”
Did a drunk man visit the DA's office?
April 18, 2013
While out on bond for a felony drunken driving offense, one of the the worst places to show up drunk would be inside of a district attorney’s office. That’s what a 70-year-old Clinton man is accused of doing on March 25.Jack G. Tuls, of Clinton, was scheduled for a 9 a.m. hearing in Rock County for a felony drunken-driving offense. ...subscribers>>
Man seriously hurt in crash, driver arrested
April 18, 2013
Two men were seriously injured after a Jan. 5 crash in Richmond township, and the driver is facing felony charges because he was allegedly intoxicated. Steven R. Thompson, 57, has been charged with use of a vehicle with a controlled substance in his blood.If convicted, he faces up to 12 1/2 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. ...subscribers>>
Burglar gets prison
April 18, 2013
A 25-year-old Delavan man was sentenced March 14 to two years in a state prison after he broke into a Williams Bay home.Devon D. Keithley, 401 Breezy St., pleaded guilty to a felony charge of burglary of a dwelling and misdemeanor obstructing an officer.Keithley also was sentenced to four years of extended supervision and was ordered to pay $280 in restitution. ...subscribers>>
Delavan child molester gets 30 years
April 11, 2013
ELKHORN — Judge John Race sent a 68-year-old Delavan man, who sexually assaulted two young children, to prison for the 30 years.David L. Burdick, 353 Tyrrell Court, No. 313, pleaded guilty to two counts of repeated sexual assault of the same child.Burdick knew the alleged victims, who were 4 and 8 when the assaults began. ...subscribers>>
Man arrested for eighth drunken driving offense
April 11, 2013
A 54-year-old man was arrested on U.S. Highway 43 in the village of East Troy Feb. 2 for eighth-offense drunken driving.If convicted, Paul B. Bernier, of Franklin, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.He also faces a minimum penalty of three years imprisonment. ...subscribers>>
Walworth teen faces bail jumping charges
April 11, 2013
A Walworth Township teenager faces several new felony charges after he allegedly violated the conditions of his bail.Aerian G. Ouska, W7140 Brick Church Road, was charged in March 2012 with second-degree sexual assault of a child. If convicted of that charge, Ouska faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines. ...subscribers>>
Double-digit drunken driver?
Fresh out of prison for ninth offense, LaPuma arrested in Darien
April 11, 2013
ELKHORN — Shortly after completing a prison substance-abuse program, a 49-year-old man was arrested in Darien for drunken driving as a 10th offense.Leonard LaPuma, of Chicago, is in custody at the Walworth County jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.Until January 10, LaPuma was serving a prison sentence for his ninth drunken-driving conviction, and he was only free from custody for a couple of months before his most recent arrest.
Man gets prison for false imprisonment
April 04, 2013
ELKHORN — A 52-year-old Delavan man, who threatened to “start killing children,” was sentenced to three years in prison by Judge John Race.Gerry L. Rogers, W7955 Creek Road, 209, also was sentenced March 25 to three years of extended supervision. Rogers, a registered sex offender, was arrested after he called his mother “the devil” and said he was going to go to a school and “start killing children,” according to the criminal complaint. ...subscribers>>
Dog killer avoids prison sentence
April 04, 2013
A Whitewater man, who shot a dog and stuffed it into a freezer, avoided prison when he was sentenced March 28.Jeffery A. Borre, 39, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of mistreatment of animals, causing death. A felony charge of bail jumping and a misdemeanor charge of intentionally killing a dog was dismissed but read into the record.On March 28, Borre was sentenced to one year in prison followed by one year of extended supervision. However, that sentence was stayed, which means he won’t serve it unless he violates the conditions of his two-year probation. ...subscribers>>
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