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Man stabbed in Bloomfield

Woman in county jail

June 27, 2013
BLOOMFIELD — A 41-year-old Bloomfield woman was arrested after she allegedly stabbed a 39-year-old man with a kitchen knife during a domestic abuse incident. On Sunday, June 23 at about 9:45 p.m., police responded to a home on W. Lake Shore Drive for a report of a stabbing. Both Michelle Meinen and Jonathan Giese were transported to the hospital after police responded to the home.
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Former Pell Lake man guilty of sexual assault

June 27, 2013
A Walworth County jury found a 29-year-old former Pell Lake man guilty of three sexual assault charges on Thursday night. Larry J. Smith, now of Delavan, was found guilty of two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child under the age of 16. Smith is being held in the Walworth County jail while he awaits sentencing. When he is sentenced Sept. 12 at 8:30 a.m. in front of Judge David Reddy, he faces up to 120 years imprisonment and $300,000 in fines. ...subscribers>>
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Delavan man gets two years in prison

June 27, 2013
A 21-year-old Delavan man was sent June 14 to a state prison for two years for possessing a firearm as a felon. On April 25 a Walworth County jury cleared Blake A. Kruizenga of most of the charges that were filed against him by the Walworth County District Attorney's Office, but found him guilty of one felony. Kruizenga was accused of entering a man's home with a firearm and burglarizing it. However, the jury found him not guilty of felony counts of armed robbery, burglary while armed with a dangerous weapon, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and two counts of false imprisonment. He was also found not guilty of misdemeanor battery. ...subscribers>>

Recent Crime
Man gets prison for drunken driving
June 13, 2013
ELKHORN — A Walworth man was sentenced June 3 to 7 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two separate felony charges of seventh-offense drunken driving.Michael B. Thomas, 51, W6066 Water Tower Place, was arrested Aug. 25 and Nov. 19 for drunken driving. Before the two most recent convictions, Thomas had six prior drunken-driving convictions.Thomas also was sentenced to 10 years of extended supervision, and was ordered to pay $5,000 in fines. ...subscribers>>
Burglar gets probation
June 13, 2013
A 35-year-old man was sentenced June 7 to two years of probation after pleading guilty to a felony charge of burglary.Corey W. Shumak, now of Watertown and formerly of Walworth, also was sentenced to four months in jail with work-release privileges. A felony bail jumping charge and a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer was dismissed but read into the record. ...subscribers>>
Man faces child porn charge
June 13, 2013
A 44-year-old Genoa City man faces a felony charge of possession of child pornography.If convicted, Dale R. Curtis, 693 Bluebill Lane, faces up to 25 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines. The charge also carries a minimum sentence of three years of initial confinement. ...subscribers>>
Not enough press to change venue in attempted murder case
June 06, 2013
ELKHORN — The press coverage in an attempted homicide case hasn’t poisoned a potential jury pool enough to justify a change in venue Judge John Race ruled on Friday afternoon. In addition to the two attempted homicide charges, Larry M. Shannon, 41, of Whitewater, faces nine other felonies and three misdemeanors. Shannon was arrested in October after he allegedly cut the throats of two children, beat their mother and then fled from police in a car in both Rock and Walworth counties, according to court documents.
Process server guilty of felonies
June 06, 2013
ELKHORN — A 40-year-old process server pleaded guilty to two felony charges after he lied about serving court papers to two people.Randy L. Ruegg, 1123 Sheridan Road, pleaded guilty May 24 of two felony counts of forgery of an official certification. When he is sentenced July 12 he faces up to 12 years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines. ...subscribers>>
Man fined for being drunk at DA’s office
Rock County resident faces felony for allegedly mistreating a horse
June 06, 2013
ELKHORN ­­— Wandering into the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office while drunk cost a Clinton man $500. Jack G. Tuls, 70, pleaded guilty May 23 to a felony bail jumping charge. When Tuls went into the Walworth County Judicial Center, he was free from custody on a fifth-offense drunken driving charge in Rock County. ...subscribers>>
Woman guilty of receiving stolen money
Anderson awaits sentencing, jury trial for bail jumping
May 30, 2013
A woman who received nearly a half a million dollars in stolen money is sitting in jail without bond as she awaits a sentencing hearing and a possible prison sentence.And to make matters worse for the woman, she has another jury trial set for June 13, and, if convicted of those charges, she faces even more time behind bars. Joanne M. Anderson, 50, now of Kentucky, was found guilty by a Walworth County jury May 22 of receiving stolen property.
Pell Lake teen faces burglary charge
May 30, 2013
A 19-year-old Pell Lake man is accused of burglarizing three homes.Joseph E. Glover, 19, faces three counts of burglary.If convicted, he faces up to 37 1/2 years imprisonment and $75,000 in fines. ...subscribers>>
Man guilty of multiple armed robberies
May 23, 2013
ELKHORN — A 26-year-old Elgin, Ill., man who was part of a group that was responsible for multiple armed robberies in Wisconsin and Illinois pleaded guilty May 7 to three felony charges in Walworth County Circuit Court.Terrance Cortez Walker Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced June 27. Each felony count of armed robbery carries a maximum penalty of $100,000 in fines and 40 years imprisonment. Walker was arrested in 2009. Walker and others were arrested in connection with an armed robbery ring that was linked to more than 20 thefts.
Subcontractor avoids prison in theft case
May 23, 2013
A 37-year-old Pell Lake subcontractor was sentenced May 13 to four years of probation after he used money meant for materials on personal expenses.Jason Bader, W192 Tulip Drive, is the owner of J & J Sealcoating. As a condition of his probation, Bader must serve six months in jail with work-release privileges. He also must pay $103,423 in restitution. ...subscribers>>
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