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Murder suspect in police custody

May 08, 2014

DELAVAN — One man is dead and one adult sustained minor injuries after a stabbing in Delavan May 4.

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Former janitor arrested

May 08, 2014

A 68-year-old former Badger High School janitor was arrested on May 1 and is being held in the Walworth County jail on suspicion of sexual assault of a student by school staff.
According to online records, Alfredo Sandoval is being held in the Walworth County jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.
His next court appearance is scheduled for May 9 at 1:15 p.m.
Lake Geneva Police Lt. Edward Gritzner said police were called to Badger High School at about 3:55 p.m. on May 1.
“The reported assault happened inside of the school,” Gritzner said. “The male was confronted by the school staff, and we did arrest him and confined him in the Walworth Couny jail on that charge.”

Gritzner said because of the sensitive nature of the case he couldn’t release any more information.
Online court records also indicate that conditions of Sandoval’s bond include no contact with Badger High School or its students, no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and no contact with a specific 17-year-old. Badger High School District Administrator Jim Gottinger said he couldn’t release much information because the “matter is under investigation.”
“We are working cooperatively with the LGPD in this matter,” Gottinger said in an email. Gottinger said that Sandoval was a part-time custodian who worked at the school for 2 1/2 years, but is no longer employed by the district.

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The Smoke Shop owner faces four felony charges

May 08, 2014
ELKHORN — The Walworth County District Attorney has charged the owner of the Delavan Smoke Shop with several felonies for selling what he is labeling hazardous substances....subscribers>>
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Man gets five years on sexploitation charge

May 08, 2014

A 26-year-old Walworth man was sentenced to five years in a state prison after he pleaded guilty April 30 to a felony charge of child sexploitation.

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Case dismissed against man accused of rape

May 08, 2014

ELKHORN — Prosecutors have dismissed charges against an Illinois man accused of rape after the alleged victim reported she wouldn’t be able to testify.

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Former cop makes court appearance

May 08, 2014
ELKHORN — Former Genoa City and Bloomfield police officer Aaron Henson allegedly told a Walworth County Sheriff's detective that he stole money from the Genoa City police department because he was having financial troubles, according to a recently released criminal complaint.
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Illinois man faces sexual assault charges

May 01, 2014

A 28-year-old Arlington Heights, Ill., man is accused of having sexual contact on March 21 with a 15-year-old girl in Walworth County.
Jerome M. Slowik has been charged with sexual assault of a child under the age of 16.
If convicted, he faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On March 27, police spoke to the victim who said that she went to a movie with Slowik, and that after the movie Slowik drove her to a dead-end road.
On the dead-end road, Slowik parked the vehicle. In the car, the two kissed and allegedly Slowik touched the child in a sexual manner.

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Former Bloomfield man faces sexual assault charges

May 01, 2014

A former Bloomfield man, who was sent to prison last year for child abuse, is now accused of sexually assaulting two young children.
Berne P. Moran, an inmate at the Red Granite Correctional Institute, faces two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child.
If convicted of those charges, the 51-year-old faces up to 120 years imprisonment.
On May 1, 2013, Judge John Race sentenced Moran to one year in a state prison and three years of extended supervision after Moran pleaded guilty to the felony child abuse charge.
In the child abuse case, the victim, an 8-year-old girl, reported that Moran slapped her back several times.
The girl told police that her back hurt her so much she couldn’t bend over to tie her shoes.
In the new case, Judge David Reddy set a $25,000 cash bond.
According to the criminal complaint:
In September 2013, two children, a 9-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, were interviewed by forensic interviewer Paula Hocking at the Walworth County Tree House in Elkhorn.
The boy told Hocking that Moran touched him in a sexual manner, and that the boy touched Moran in a sexual manner.
The girl reported similar assaults and said they took place in Elkhorn and Pell Lake.
The criminal complaint states that the assaults occurred sometime between January 2010 and October 2012.


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ELKHORN — Judge David Reddy denied two motions filed by a Sugar Creek man who claims that Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies intimidated jurors during his September trial.

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Appeals court overturns Judge Race
April 17, 2014

WAUKESHA — On April 9, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals District II, in part, overturned a decision made by Walworth County Judge John Race in a multiple-offense drunken driving case. ...subscribers>>

Confession stays
April 10, 2014

ELKHORN — On April 3, Judge David Reddy ruled that an 18-year-old Woodstock, Ill., man’s confession to police — in which he admitted to sexually assaulting a woman — will remain in evidence.
In a motion, Armando Mezo-Reyes argued that he didn’t understand his Miranda rights because police read him his rights in English.
Mezo-Reyes was born in Mexico and primarily speaks Spanish.

Moelter sent back to prison
April 03, 2014

ELKHORN — “This court is in a difficult position,” Judge David Reddy said during Bruno Moelter’s probation revocation hearing.
In February 2013, the 56-year-old was arrested and charged for operating while under the influence, as a ninth-offense. However, his blood tested negative for the presence of drugs and alcohol, and the charges were dismissed.

Lake Geneva man arrested after chase
April 03, 2014

A Lake Geneva man was arrested Sunday afternoon following a high-speed chase that involved five police agencies.
Christopher L. Mangold, 40, was taken into custody at about 3:55 p.m. after his car was forced to a stop by a Walworth County Sheriff’s deputy squad car.
Both Mangold’s car and the squad car were damaged.

Armed robber gets 10 years
April 03, 2014

ELKHORN — A teenager who was involved in a brazen armed robbery in November 2012 was sentenced March 26 to 10 years in prison.
On Nov. 6, 2012, the night of the presidential election, Marcos Rosas-Villegas of Lake Geneva rushed into a woman’s apartment with two other juveniles and ransacked it.
Rosas pleaded guilty to a felony charge of armed robbery.

Judge hears motion to dismiss White case
April 03, 2014
ELKHORN — Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies are accused of attempting to intimidated jurors into finding a Sugar Creek man guilty of assaulting a law enforcement officer. The deputies are accused of doing this by having a large presence in the courthouse.However, during a March 27 motion hearing, Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube argued that the deputies at the courthouse either were witnesses in the case, providing security or were supporting a fellow officer who they believe is a victim of a vicious assault. ...subscribers>>
Woman allegedly raped by man she met online
April 03, 2014

ELKHORN — A 24-year-old Illinois man is accused of raping a Walworth County woman who he met on a free online dating website.
Christopher D. Wessels of Rock Falls, Ill., has been charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
If convicted of both counts, Wessels faces up to 20 years imprisonment and $50,000 in fines.

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