December 05, 2013A 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.
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December 05, 2013ELKHORN — 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.
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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.
Principal knew volunteer was a sex offenderNovember 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.
Sharon man faces 12th OWINovember 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 caseNovember 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.
Drunken driving case dismissedNovember 14, 2013
ELKHORN — A felony charge of ninth-offense drunken driving was dismissed without prejudice after blood tests failed to prove that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Bruno C. Moelter, 55, Pell Lake, was charged with ninth-offense drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle into a pole on Feb. 9, 2013, in the village of Genoa City on Highway H north of Fellows Road.
Man back in court for 12th OWI chargeNovember 07, 2013
ELKHORN — A 71-year-old man who was arrested in August 2012, for what is allegedly his 12th drunken driving offense, is back in the Walworth County jail after he missed a court appearance back in February.
Fred J. Schnedier, Zion, Ill., was arrested in Bloomfield for drunken driving after he went to PFI Fashions, which is north of Genoa City on County Highway B, to use the restroom. Employees called police because they suspected Schneider was drunk and feared he would hurt someone if he continued to drive.
Schneider faces a felony charge of 12th-offense drunken driving. If convicted, he faces up to 7 1/2 years imprisonment and five years of extended supervision. He plead not guilty to the charge Sept. 12, 2012.
Schneider also faces felony and misdemeanor bail jumping charges. If convicted of the felony charge, he faces up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.
Schneider is currently in custody in the Walworth County jail on a $5,000 cash bond.
According to court records:
When Schneider entered PFI Fashions, he wasn’t wearing a shirt and asked to use the restroom.
Two employees escorted him to the restroom, and when Schneider was in the restroom one of the employees called the Genoa City and Bloomfield police.
While waiting for police, a manager distracted Schneider by showing him shirts and the manager gave Schneider a shirt to wear.
Schneider attempted to pay for the shirt with playing cards he had in his wallet.
When Genoa City Sgt. Mike Sireno arrived, Schneider told him he believed he was in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., which is about 30 miles east of Genoa City.
Schneider became agitated by police questions.
He told police that his girlfriend had driven him to PFI Fashions, and she left in a taxi. However, an employee saw Schneider pull up to the store and exit the vehicle by himself.
Schneider kept moving his head during the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, which is a field test for intoxication. During the test, the driver must follow a pen with his or her eyes without moving his or her head.
When asked not to move his head, Schneider yelled at the officer and stumbled backwards. He then told the officer he wouldn’t take any more tests. Schneider was then arrested.
The first record check police ran showed that Schneider had six prior drunken driving convictions. At the Walworth County jail, another OWI was discovered on his record.
By the time charges were filed, law enforcement found one more drunken driving conviction and he was charged with his ninth-offense.
In January, prosecutors amended the charge to 12th offense drunken driving after three additional convictions were discovered.
After the arrest
After Schneider’s arrest, Judge John Race set a $10,000 bond for his release, which included a $5,000 cash component. Schneider posted a $5,000 cash bond on December 20 and was released. According to online court records, Schneider changed his address with the court but didn’t appear before a judge again.
Before Schneider posted bond, his attorney, Melissa Nepomiachi, filed a motion to reduce his bond. In the motion, Nepomiachi wrote that Schneider is a U.S. Air Force veteran and is receiving treatment four days a week at a VA hospital. Schneider is a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Schneider’s 11 prior convictions are for offenses that occurred March 1, 1991; May 8, 1991; Sept. 14, 1994; Oct. 21, 1994; Jan. 24, 1996; Feb. 4, 1997; Feb. 4, 1998; March 26, 1999; April 2, 1999; Nov. 5, 2000 and March 3, 2001.
Four of the prior convictions were for offenses that occurred in Wisconsin, two are from Illinois and five are from Minnesota.
Former bank branch manager faces theft chargesNovember 07, 2013
ELKHORN — A former bank branch manager is accused of stealing more than $150,000 from Delavan’s Guaranty Bank.
Jessica A. Pfeifer, 32, Clinton, has been charged with theft from a financial institution in an amount greater than $100,000. She also faces 26 counts of felony identity theft. Each count carries a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.
Pfeifer is free from custody on a surety bond, which was co-signed by her husband and her father. She also was required to post $2,000 in cash.
According to the criminal complaint:
Dwayne Rogers, the assistant vice president, corporate investigations for Guaranty Bank, received a complaint from a former customer.
Through an investigation, Rogers learned that Pfeifer had taken money from this customer’s bank account. As he continued his investigation, Rogers learned that Pfeifer had been performing unauthorized withdrawals from other customer accounts.
Rogers met with Pfeifer in July to question her about the transactions. One customer reported that $20,500 had been removed from her bank account.
Rogers was able to determine that Pfeifer was the teller that made the withdrawal. After the withdrawal was made, a cashier’s check in the amount of $20,500 was deposited into the customer’s account.
During an interview with Rogers on June 17, Pfeifer said that she stole money from the bank to pay bills, buy grocceries and cover the costs of other expenses. She told Rogers that she took the money from the bank by hiding it on her person or by putting it into FedEx envelopes. Pfeifer also told Rogers that she didn’t have any of the money and had spent it all. Bank auditors reviewed all the transactions and reported a loss of more than $150,000.
Man gets probation, jail for growing potNovember 07, 2013A 33-year-old Walworth man was sentenced to jail and probation after he was arrested for growing marijuana.Shaun E. Hillary, 104 Webber St. Apt. 6B, plead guilty to manufacturing THC, in an amount greater than 2,500 grams. Additional felony charges of maintaining a drug trafficking place and substantial battery were dismissed but read into the record.
Man gets probation for tavern burglariesOctober 31, 2013ELKHORN — A convicted burglar, who broke into taverns in Genoa City and Lake Como, avoided a prison sentence after his defense attorney reached an agreement with prosecutors.Kory L. Myerson, 23, Harvard, was sentenced Oct. 24 to six years of probation, which includes 150 days in jail with work-release privileges. As a condition of his probation, Myerson must pay more than $32,000 in restitution.“Mr. Myerson, it looks as though you are getting a second chance,” Judge David Reddy said. “You need to realize this is probably your last chance. If you get in trouble like this again, prison is probably the only option.”
Man faces three felonies after crash that killed a momOctober 24, 2013ELKORN — A mother was killed and her child was injured when a Whitewater man, who was allegedly driving drunk at more than 90 mph, crashed into their SUV on Highway 89 in the town of Whitewater.On Oct. 16 the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office filed three felony charges against Craig M. Seefeldt, 50.He has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, second-degree reckless homicide and operating while intoxicated causing injury, as a second and subsequent offense.Melissa J. Patrick, 40, Whitewater, was killed as a result of the crash and her 14-year-old daughter was injured.Seefeldt is being held in the Walworth County jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.According to the criminal complaint:On Oct. 13, a Walworth County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to a report of a crash on Highway 89 near Island Road in the town of Whitewater.The deputy saw a Chevy Malibu parked, facing south in the northbound lane, with severe front end damage.The deputy spoke to the child, who was in the SUV.The girl told the deputy that her mother, Patrick, was driving and turning into her father’s driveway when a car hit them from behind.The girl had cuts on her face and said her legs hurt.The impact of the crash caused the SUV to flip over into the ditch. Patrick was ejected from the vehicle and was pinned underneath it.She died at the scene.When the deputy questioned Seefeldt, Seefeldt said he didn’t know what had happened.Seefeldt told the deputy that he was driving down the road when his airbags deployed.He also said another car hit him, and that car must have been coming from another direction. The deputy smelled alcohol on Seefeldt’s breath and saw that Seefeldt’s eyes were glassy and he was having difficulty keeping his balance.Seefeldt said he drank three beers that day and was driving to a friend’s home.The deputy performed field sobriety tests on Seefeldt, which Seefeldt failed. A portable Breathalyzer test indicated that Seefeldt’s blood alcohol level was 0.2 percent, which is 2.5 times higher than the legal limit of 0.08 percent.Seefeldt was transferred to Aurora Lakeland Medical Center for a blood draw.Initially, Seefeldt refused the blood draw. However, deputies had a warrant to take his blood, and, after several additional deputies arrived, Seefeldt allowed the blood draw.Precrash data reports indicate that just seconds before the crash Seefeldt was driving at 91 mph.The speed limit is 55 mph at that location on Highway 89. Prior to impact, Seefeldt’s vehicle was traveling at 63 mph, according to the report.A deputy at the crash noted that despite the damage to Patrick’s SUV, the turn signal was still blinking.
Did Waterford man commit perjury?October 24, 2013ELKHORN — A 67-year-old Waterford man faces two felony perjury charges after he allegedly falsely testified during his own criminal proceedings. If convicted, Haesi Heribert Fanizius faces up to 12 years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines. On Jan. 7, Fanizius pleaded guilty to a felony charge of identity theft for a case that was filed in November 2010. In that case, Fanizius is accused of using his son’s Social Security number for employment purposes and to open a bank account.