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Homicide suspect bound over for trial

May 22, 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.
Delavan Police Officer James Berlin testified that when he arrived at the scene, an apartment on Lawson School Road, the first person he saw was Olivarez.
“I saw a male Hispanic approaching me, waiving me down,” Berlin testified. “He was covered in blood, what appeared to be blood.” At the apartments the night of the stabbing, Olivarez directed Berlin to Guerrero.
“There was a male Hispanic lying in the grass,” Berlin said. “He also was covered in blood and had a stab wound in his chest and some slashing marks on his right arm.”
On cross examination, Public Defender Travis Schwantes questioned Berlin on why he thought the injury was a stab wound.
“It appeared to be a ripping injury,” Berlin responded.
Delavan Det. David Smith also testified and attended the autopsy that was conducted by Dr. Zelda Okia of the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“She determined that he died from blood loss due to multiple stab wounds,” Smith testified.

Preliminary hearing
During a preliminary hearing, a judge or court commissioner, must determine whether there is enough probable cause to bind a defendant over for trial.
The judge or court commissioner must determine if a felony was committed and whether the felony was likely committed by the defendant. He or she must also rule in the light most favorable to the state.
District Attorney Daniel Necci, who also introduced the criminal complaint into evidence, argued that there was enough evidence to bind Olivarez over for trial.
Schwantes argued that the state didn’t prove probable cause, and that neither Berlin nor Smith directly linked Olivarez to the stabbing.
Court Commissioner Daniel Johnson ruled that there was enough evidence to bind Olivarez over for trial.
Olivarez is next set for an arraignment on June 5 in front of Judge David Reddy.
Olivarez is in custody in lieu of a $1 million cash bond
According to the criminal complaint:
When police arrived on the scene, Olivarez’s face, hands, sweatshirt, pants and socks were covered in blood.
The officer also made contact with Guerrero who was lying on the ground. The officer saw a blood trail leading from Guerrero to the door of a Delavan apartment. Guerrero’s breathing was slow and shallow, the officer reported.
The officer described Guerrero’s stab wound as about five inches long, two inches wide and so deep that it “appeared to have visceral fatty tissue exposed,” according to the complaint.
The victim’s wife, Brenda Garcia, said that Olivarez was a guest in their home.
She said Olivarez became belligerent with Guerrero.
Olivarez apparently attempted to attack Guerrero and Garcia intervened, but she was struck several times and thrown to the side.
Garcia said Olivarez grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Guerrero.
When taking Olivarez into custody, Olivarez allegedly stated “I might be in prison for the rest of my life, but I got Mexicans that will take care of things for me out here,” according to the complaint. An autopsy ruled that Guerrero died of multiple stab wounds.

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Heroin dealer sentenced

May 22, 2014

ELKHORN — A Lake Geneva man who sold heroin to police informants was sentenced to seven years in prison.

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Geneva man gets prison for burglarizing taverns

May 22, 2014

A 26-year-old town of Geneva man was sentenced May 9 to four years in prison after he burglarized several taverns, including the Mars Resort in the town of Linn.

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Breathalyzer shows man went to court with 0.292

May 22, 2014

ELKHORN — A 40-year-old man is accused of attending an April 25 court hearing with a blood alcohol level of 0.292.

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Woman guilty of driving drunk in wrong lane on Interstate 43

May 22, 2014

ELKHORN — A 27-year-old Milwaukee woman pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety after she drove her car drunk on the wrong side of Interstate 43.

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Man gets three years for violent attack

May 22, 2014

ELKHORN ­— A 33-year-old man who sliced someone’s stomach during a violent home invasion was sentenced to three years in prison on May 2 by Judge David Reddy.


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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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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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