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Homicide suspect bound over for trial

May 15, 2014
ELKHORN — When a police officer arrived at the scene of a homicide, the suspect waived his squad car down and directed the officer to a man who was bleeding to death outside of an apartment. Rafael Olivarez, 39, was bound over for trial for first-degree intentional homicide during a May 14 preliminary hearing. Olivarez allegedly stabbed his cousin, 31-year-old Ivan Guerrero, to death on May 4. If convicted, Olivarez faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
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Former cop appears in court

May 15, 2014

ELKHORN — Former Bloomfield and Genoa City police officer Aaron Henson made a brief court appearance on Monday afternoon and is next scheduled in court for a preliminary hearing on June 4.

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Delavan man charged with first-degree intentional homicide

May 15, 2014

ELKHORN — The man accused of fatally stabbing his cousin on May 4 remains in jail and faces life in prison.

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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.

Former cop makes court appearance
May 08, 2014
ELKHORN Former Genoa City and Bloomfield police officer Aaron Henson allegedly told a Walworth County Sheriffs detective that he stole money from the Genoa City police department because he was having financial troubles, according to a recently released criminal complaint.
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.

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.

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>>
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.

Man guilty of assaulting disabled girl
May 01, 2014
ELKHORN — A Walworth County jury found a 20-year-old Lake Geneva man guilty of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old developmentally disabled girl.
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.

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.

Judge Reddy denies motions in White case
April 24, 2014

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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