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LG employee arrested for theft

February 20, 2014

A city of Lake Geneva employee was arrested last week in connection with the theft of a trailer.
The employee was arrested Feb. 11 on charges of theft under $2,500 and felony misconduct in office. ...subscribers>>

Probation violation?

February 20, 2014

ELKHORN — An East Troy mom, whose twin infants drowned in a bathtub in September 2011, was arrested last month on drug charges, and, despite being on probation, is not in custody.

More arrests expected in drug bust

February 20, 2014

ELKHORN — In the last two weeks, the Walworth County Sheriff Department’s Drug Unit arrested eight people in connection with a heroin distribution ring in the Lake Geneva and Delavan areas.
Authorities arrested Jamaal T. Shellie, 33, Waukegan, Ill., on Feb. 7, and he has been charged with seven counts of delivering heroin. Law enforcement officials have said that Shellie was the ringleader of the heroin ring. He is currently in custody in the Walworth County jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.


Recent Crime
Delavan man gets probation for burglary charges
February 13, 2014

ELKHORN — A man who was linked to three area burglaries through DNA evidence was sentenced on Feb. 7 to probation.
Anthony J. Chiapusio, 26, 5113 Highway 50, Delavan, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary. Two additional felony burglary charges were dismissed and read into the record.
The DNA evidence linked Chiapusio to burglaries that occurred in 2010 and 2011. When he was arrested for those burglaries, Chiapusio was on probation for other burglaries.
In 2012, Chiapusio was convicted of three counts of felony burglary, one count of burglary while arming himself with a dangerous weapon and one count of fleeing.
Chiapusio was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to serve one year in the county jail with work-release privileges.
His sentence on Feb. 7, included four years of probation. A six month jail sentence was stayed, which means he will only serve the sentence if he violates the terms of his probation.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Jan. 23, 2010, police investigated a burglary in the town of Darien. On the scene, police found a cigarette butt that didn’t belong to the owners.
On Oct. 26, 2011, a town of Whitewater home was burglarized. A television and a blue ray player had been reported stolen.
An alcohol bottle was found on the scene, which police collected as evidence.
On Aug. 26, 2011, police investigated a burglary in the town of Linn.
The homeowner reported that three televisions, a bow, arrows and other items had been stolen.
It was apparent in the home that someone had used the rest room, and police collected a DNA sample from the bathroom.
The state crime lab reviewed the three DNA samples, and the samples matched Chiapusio’s DNA.


Theft from mother lands man in prison
February 13, 2014

ELKHORN — A Montana man, who was convicted of stealing more than $30,000 from his elderly mother, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Feb. 6 by Judge David Reddy.
On Dec. 4, Michael Bryzek, 44, was found guilty of theft from a business setting in an amount that is more than $10,000. Reddy also sentenced Bryzek to 18 months of extended supervision and ordered him to repay all of the stolen money.
Bryzek’s attorney, Leslie Johnson, maintains that his client acted within the legal boundaries of being his mother’s power of attorney. Johnson told Reddy that he will appeal Bryzek’s conviction.
In 1996, Bryzek’s mother appointed him to become her power of attorney. In the legal document, Bryzek’s mother included a clause that gave him the right to provide himself with gifts.
“Every attorney who drafts a power of attorney is putting their client at risk,” Johnson said during the sentencing hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo argued that Bryzek abused his rights as a power of attorney.
“This is a vicious crime in that the victim is elderly and vulnerable,” Donohoo argued. “His mother trusted him and that was abused and exploited.”
According to bank documents that were entered into evidence during the jury trial, between May 2007 and November 2010 Bryzek made more than 200 transactions that weren’t used for his mother’s benefit.
Those transactions included purchases at hardware stores, pharmacies, grocery stores and checks made out to cash.
A number of checks were made out to a pharmacy, and Bryzek’s mother had one prescription filled at that pharmacy during the time of the thefts.
“He didn’t go out and take a vacation in the Caribbean or buy a fancy new car,” Johnson said. “He bought insulin, he bought food and he got his truck fixed.”
Johnson argued that prosecutors and police twisted the law to convict his client.
“I don’t think that’s the way the law is suppose to work,” Johnson said. “I don’t think the law is a game.”
Johnson said the situation reminded him of the Bob Dylan song “Hurricane.”
“(I) Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game,” Johnson said while quoting Dylan.
Donohoo said the case went to a jury trial and that the jury deliberated for 90 minutes before finding Bryzek guilty.
“He was not wrongly convicted,” she said.
Donohoo also argued that with the population aging it is important to send a message that abuse on the elderly won’t be tolerated.
“All of us in this room will be in this victim’s position someday, where we need someone to take care of us,” Donohoo said.
Before sentencing Bryzek, Reddy said he understood Johnson’s position.
However, he said the jury instructions were carefully crafted to ensure that the jurors had to find that Bryzek acted outside of the “good faith scope” of his authority.
When delivering his sentence, Reddy said Bryzek “violated the trust given to him by his mother”

Family and friends
During the hearing, Bryzek’s bother, Steve, said his brother did nothing wrong. Steve said that Michael took care of his mother and waited on her hand and foot. Bryzek’s mother didn’t attend the hearing. Steve Bryzek said he believes that his mother included the clause in the power of attorney document that allowed for gifts because she knew how much work it was to take care of an elderly person.
“He always put her needs first,” Steve Bryzek said. “He always has done what is best for her.”
Steve testified during his brother’s jury trial. Donohoo said it is the state’s position that Steve gave “false testimony” during the trial.
Not all of Michael’s brothers are standing by their sibling. Another brother, Frank, asked Reddy to give his brother the maximum sentence.
Attorney Howard Schoenfeld said he is a fishing buddy of Michael Bryzek. Schoenfeld said that Michael Bryzek took good care of his mother.
“Putting this man in prison or incarcerating him would not be justice,” Schoenfeld said.
When Michael Bryzek made his statement, he said he regretted not better explaining his mother’s finances to other family members.

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Cops bust heroin ring
February 13, 2014
The Walworth County Drug Unit arrested three people that are suspected to be part of a heroin-dealing ring in the Lake Geneva and Delavan area.The investigation lasted about a month and the arrests were made on Friday and announced Monday in a press release.Jamaal Shellie, 33, of Waukegan, Ill., is accused of heading the group and having others drive him around to sell heroin.He was also recruiting others to sell heroin for him, according to the press release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.Shellie was arrested in a Lake Geneva hotel on seven heroin delivery counts. As of Tuesday morning, online court records indicate Shellie is in custody in the Walworth County jail.Two others were also arrested.

Man wants statement tossed
February 06, 2014

ELKHORN — An 18-year-old Woodstock, Ill., man, who admitted to police that he used force during a sexual assault, is arguing that his statement should be tossed from evidence because he didn’t understand his Miranda rights.
Armando Mezo-Reyes has been charged with felony second-degree sexual assault and misdemeanor battery. He is in custody in the Walworth County jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.
Police read Mezo-Reyes his Miranda rights in English, and Mezo-Reyes is arguing that the didn’t understand his rights because he primarily speaks Spanish. However, throughout his arrest, and during his interview with police, Mezo-Reyes spoke to officers in English.

Man faces ninth drunken driving
February 06, 2014
A 49-year-old Burlington man was arrested Jan. 23 for ninth-offense drunken driving in the town of Lyons.If convicted, Algwyn L. Stanley, 1445 Pleasant St., faces up to 10 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines.He also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of three years imprisonment.
Theft from mother lands man in prison
February 06, 2014

ELKHORN — A Montana man, who was convicted of stealing more than $30,000 from his elderly mother, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Feb. 6 by Judge David Reddy.
On Dec. 4, Michael Bryzek, 44, was found guilty of theft from a business setting in an amount that is more than $10,000. Reddy also sentenced Bryzek to 18 months of extended supervision and ordered him to repay all of the stolen money.
Bryzek’s attorney, Leslie Johnson, maintains that his client acted within the legal boundaries of being his mother’s power of attorney. Johnson told Reddy that he will appeal Bryzek’s conviction.
In 1996, Bryzek’s mother appointed him to become her power of attorney. In the legal document, Bryzek’s mother included a clause that gave him the right to provide himself with gifts.
“Every attorney who drafts a power of attorney is putting their client at risk,” Johnson said during the sentencing hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo argued that Bryzek abused his rights as a power of attorney.
“This is a vicious crime in that the victim is elderly and vulnerable,” Donohoo argued. “His mother trusted him and that was abused and exploited.”
According to bank documents that were entered into evidence during the jury trial, between May 2007 and November 2010 Bryzek made more than 200 transactions that weren’t used for his mother’s benefit.
Those transactions included purchases at hardware stores, pharmacies, grocery stores and checks made out to cash.
A number of checks were made out to a pharmacy, and Bryzek’s mother had one prescription filled at that pharmacy during the time of the thefts.
“He didn’t go out and take a vacation in the Caribbean or buy a fancy new car,” Johnson said. “He bought insulin, he bought food and he got his truck fixed.”
Johnson argued that prosecutors and police twisted the law to convict his client.
“I don’t think that’s the way the law is suppose to work,” Johnson said. “I don’t think the law is a game.”
Johnson said the situation reminded him of the Bob Dylan song “Hurricane.”
“(I) Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game,” Johnson said while quoting Dylan.
Donohoo said the case went to a jury trial and that the jury deliberated for 90 minutes before finding Bryzek guilty.
“He was not wrongly convicted,” she said.
Donohoo also argued that with the population aging it is important to send a message that abuse on the elderly won’t be tolerated.
“All of us in this room will be in this victim’s position someday, where we need someone to take care of us,” Donohoo said.
Before sentencing Bryzek, Reddy said he understood Johnson’s position.
However, he said the jury instructions were carefully crafted to ensure that the jurors had to find that Bryzek acted outside of the “good faith scope” of his authority.
When delivering his sentence, Reddy said Bryzek “violated the trust given to him by his mother”

Family and friends
During the hearing, Bryzek’s bother, Steve, said his brother did nothing wrong. Steve said that Michael took care of his mother and waited on her hand and foot. Bryzek’s mother didn’t attend the hearing. Steve Bryzek said he believes that his mother included the clause in the power of attorney document that allowed for gifts because she knew how much work it was to take care of an elderly person.
“He always put her needs first,” Steve Bryzek said. “He always has done what is best for her.”
Steve testified during his brother’s jury trial. Donohoo said it is the state’s position that Steve gave “false testimony” during the trial.
Not all of Michael’s brothers are standing by their sibling. Another brother, Frank, asked Reddy to give his brother the maximum sentence.
Attorney Howard Schoenfeld said he is a fishing buddy of Michael Bryzek. Schoenfeld said that Michael Bryzek took good care of his mother.
“Putting this man in prison or incarcerating him would not be justice,” Schoenfeld said.
When Michael Bryzek made his statement, he said he regretted not better explaining his mother’s finances to other family members.


Woman in stabbing case faces new felonies
January 30, 2014

The Walworth County District Attorney’s Office recently filed two new criminal charges against a 41-year-old Lake Geneva woman who is accused of stabbing her live-in boyfriend in the shoulder with a kitchen knife on Jan. 23 during a domestic dispute.

Walworth man faces bond violation charge
January 30, 2014

A 26-year-old Walworth man faces a felony bail jumping charge after his Jan. 9 arrest in the village of Walworth.
Parker G. Voltz, 318 Howard St., has been charged with felony bail jumping. At the time of his arrest, he was free from custody on a felony charge of possession of child pornography. ...subscribers>>

Judge won't toss charges against Genoa City man
January 30, 2014

Walworth County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Koss rejected a motion to dismiss a criminal case against a Genoa City man accused of child sexual assault.
Amrik Singh, 53, 410 Wisconsin St., Apt. C, has been charged with sexual assault of a child under the age of 16.

Lake Geneva man faces 20 new charges
January 23, 2014

On Jan. 16, the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office filed 20 new criminal charges against a Lake Geneva man who was allegedly selling heroin and prescription medication.
Dominic D. Ecklund, 25, is in custody in the Walworth County jail in lieu of a $20,000 cash bond. At the time of his arrest, Ecklund was free from custody on bond on a separate case, in which he is accused of selling prescription medication to a confidential police informant.
In the most recent case, Ecklund has been charged with:

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