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Man charged in Whitewater shooting

August 07, 2014

A 21-year-old Brown Deer man is accused of pulling the trigger in a shooting that occurred July 18 at a Whitewater apartment building.
No one was shot during the incident — a bullet was recovered from the floor — but seven people were inside of the apartment at the time of the incident.

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Zelich appears in Kenosha County

August 07, 2014

KENOSHA — The suspect in the suitcase body case has officially been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Kenosha County.

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Supreme Court upholds hearsay evidence

August 07, 2014

MADISON — The state Supreme Court recently upheld a decision by former Judge John Race that allowed hearsay evidence into a preliminary hearing.

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Wrestling coach has sentenced reduced

August 07, 2014

ELKHORN — Former Elkhorn wrestling coach Steven Springsteen-Hensel had his sentence reduced during a short hearing Aug. 1.

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Man allegedly sold heroin

August 07, 2014

A 34-year-old rural Whitewater man faces a felony charge of delivering heroin as a repeat offender.

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Suspected cocaine dealer charged

August 07, 2014

A 25-year-old Harvard, Ill., man is accused of selling $4,450 of cocaine to a confidential police informant between June 23 and July 16.
Angel Cruz faces three counts of delivering cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

Recent Crime
Walworth man faces second sex assault charge
July 31, 2014

ELKHORN — A 19-year-old Woodstock, Ill., man, who is accused of twice raping a woman last summer, is now facing charges for both allegations.

Drug unit announces cocaine bust
July 24, 2014
ELKHORN - Two suspected cocaine dealers from Harvard Ill., were recently arrested by police in Walworth County and McHenry County, Ill.Angel Cruz, 25, and Froilan Avila-Romo, 29, both of Harvard, were taken into custody after an investigation by the Walworth County Drug Unit, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The arrests were announced in a July 23 press release from the Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit.Police stopped Cruz’s vehicle on Lakeville Road in the town of Walworth. Inside of his car police allegedly found three ounces of cocaine.At the same time, police executed a search on a home in Harvard, Ill., and found 7.5 grams of cocaine, $2,400 in cash, a scale and packaging material.When police searched Cruz’s home, they reportedly found five grams of cocaine.Cruz is confined in the Walworth County jail, and the sheriff’s department is referring charges of three counts of delivering cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver to the Walworth County District Attorney’s office.Avila-Romo was arrested by McHenry County authorities and is confined in the McHenry County jail.According to the McHenry County Sheriff's Department web site, Avila-Romo’s bond is set at $25,000, and he is facing four counts of delivering cocaine and four counts of possession with intent to deliver.
Details emerge in Whitewater shooting
July 24, 2014
ELKHORN — A nonphysical altercation at a Madison IHOP appears to have led to a shot being fired at an apartment a few blocks from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus, according to a recently released affidavit. On July 23, the Whitewater Police Department filed a search warrant in Walworth County Circuit Court on five cell phones. The phones were discovered as part of the investigation into the shooting that occurred on July 18 at about 4:20 a.m. at the University Garden Apartments at 370 N. Tratt St.Police are sending the cell phones to the Department of Criminal Investigation to have the “passwords breached and the contents extracted,” the warrant states.Police arrested Dezmond X. Jones, 21; Jaymar Nash, 21; Brianna M. Jones, 21, and Ebony Nichols, 23, in connection to the shooting. Brianna Jones and Nicols have each posted a $2,000 cash bond and have been released from the Walworth County jail. Dezmond Jones is still in custody on a $10,000 cash bond and Nash is being held on a $25,000 cash bond.The Walworth County District Attorney’s Office has not filed formal charges against any of the suspects.In the early morning hours of July 18, police responded to the shooting scene and spoke to brothers Zebdee and Lee Wilson. On July 17, the Wilsons, Brianna Jones and Nichols were at a Madison IHOP and “a nonphysical altercation occurred between E. Nichols and L. Wilson,” according to the search warrant affidavit.After the altercation, the two women returned to their Whitewater apartment, and Nichols called her brother, Nash.Zebdee Wilson showed police a Facebook message he received from Brianna Jones that stated, “u (expletive) up fam just don’t kno,” and that also stated “this is no longer in my hands and i’m debating about pressing charges against your brother,” the affidavit states.Nash and Dezmond Jones went to the apartment belonging to the two women, and the four reportedly drove to the Wilsons’ apartment. People within the apartment told police that Brianna Jones and Nichols began banging and kicking on the door. The two also yelled for Zebdee Wilson to exit the apartment.Zebdee Wilson told police that at some point the door opened and he entered the doorway. He said when he entered the door way he saw a man “rack the slide of a firearm, and bring the firearm up,” according to the affidavit.Zebdee Wilson told police that he swung at the suspect, pushed him to the ground and attempted to re-enter the apartment. Lee Wilson told police he saw Nash fire the shot, according to the affidavit.Dezmond Jones and Nash were arrested when Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies stopped their vehicle and located a .40 caliber handgun inside of the vehicle’s glove box Inside of the vehicle’s glove box, according to the affidavit.A bullet casing found at the scene and a live bullet found in the apartment hallway matched the ammunition located inside of the handgun, according to the affidavit.Both Wilsons were given photos lineups of the suspects, and Lee Wilson identified Nash as the shooter.
Photos of unconscious man leads to charges
July 24, 2014
A Genoa City woman is accused of taking lewd photos of a man while he was unconscious.Genevieve S. Thornberry, 36, has been charged with capturing an image of nudity without consent.
Former referee faces felony charges
July 24, 2014

A 32-year-old registered sex offender has been formally charged for allegedly officiating a sporting event at Big Foot High School in September 2012.

Zelich pleads not guilty
July 24, 2014
ELKHORN — Steven Zelich, the suspect in the suitcase bodies case, pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to two counts of hiding corpse.Zelich, a 52-year-old former West Allis police officer, appeared in court by video from the Walworth County jail.
Former Genoa City, Bloomfield cop pleads not guilty to theft
July 10, 2014

ELKHORN — Former Bloomfield and Genoa City police officer Aaron Henson pleaded not guilty during a short hearing June 2.
Henson, 36, of Bloomfield, is charged with felony misconduct in public office and misdemeanor theft after Genoa City police discovered cash missing from the bail bond box.

Boy shot in Sharon
July 10, 2014
An 11-year-old town of Sharon boy was shot around 12:30 p.m. July 9 in the town of Sharon.Eric Gutierrez was transported to Mercy Hospital in Janesville, where his mother said on Facebook that the family was keeping him on life support until organ donor recipients could be found.
Arrest made in suitcase probe
July 03, 2014
ELKHORN — It’s about a 45 minute drive between the location where two female bodies were found in separate suitcases along North Como Road and the suspect’s West Allis apartment.
Homicide suspect was reportedly seeking revenge
June 26, 2014

DELAVAN — Recently released documents from the Delavan Police Department reveal a possible motive in the homicide death of 31-year-old Ivan Guerrero.
Guerrero’s cousin by marriage, Rafael Olivarez, is in custody and has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Walworth County Circuit Court.
According to the recently released reports, Olivarez held suspicions that Guerrero was responsible for the death of his cousin, Jesse Perez.
According to reports, Perez’s death in 2000 was ruled a suicide, but Olivarez and others were suspicious that Guerrero was somehow responsible.
While in custody, Olivarez allegedly told Delavan Police Officer James Berlin “something to the effect that Ivan killed Rafael’s cousin and that he had to defend himself,” the reports states. When police questioned Ivan Guerrero’s wife, Brenda Garcia, she said in the early morning hours of her husband’s death she heard Olivarez become “belligerent and mad at Ivan.”
“Garcia said Rafael was yelling statements accusing Ivan of involvement in his cousin’s death, then started swinging and fighting with Ivan,” the police reports state.
Leading up to Guerrero’s murder
On May 3, Olivarez and his aunt, Rebecca Perez, went to Guerrero and Garcia’s apartment to watch the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana.
At the apartment, Guerrero, Garcia and Olivarez drank, “but in Garcia’s opinion (were) not extremely intoxicated.”
Perez went home and arrangements were made for Olivarez to spend the night at the apartment.
Perez told police that she left the apartment on May 4 at about 1:30 a.m., and when she left everyone was getting along.
At some point after Garcia left, Olivarez and Guerrero began arguing.
Garcia said she attempted to intervene, but Olivarez hit her, and police saw her right wrist and thumb were badly swollen, according to the reports.
Garcia said that she saw Olivarez grab a knife from the kitchen.
“Garcia clearly attributed this attack to past bad feelings about this other cousin being killed years ago, and felt Rafael stabbed Ivan as (a) mistaken act of revenge/retaliation,” police reports state.
When police arrived on the scene, at about 3:17 a.m., Berlin located Olivarez waiving him down in front of the apartments on Lawson School Road.
Berlin reports that Olivarez was covered in blood.
Police also report seeing Guerreo lying on the ground covered in blood.

Berlin attempted to talk to Guerrero, who was breathing short shallow breaths, and Walworth County Sheriff Deputy Edgar Resendez ran to his squad car to retrieve a medical bag.
When Berlin was tending to Guerrero, Garcia came out of the home and was crying. When Resendez returned with the medical bag, Garcia began screaming at Olivarez in Spanish.
Resendez, who speaks Spanish, told Berlin “that’s our supsect, pointing to Rafael,” the reports state.
While in police custody, Olivarez told Berlin that “he has people that can take care of me and my family if I don’t help him, but it’s already too late for me, but my family may still have a chance...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.”
When Berlin told Olivarez that he was being arrested for homicide, he asked who died.
“I told him Ivan and he just stared at me while his eyes started tearing up,” the report states.

Possible motive
On May 9, Rebecca Perez went to the Delavan Police Department to talk about Guerrero’s death. Perez had learned that the argument between Olivarez and Guerrero began because of the death of her son, Jesse Perez.
Rebecca Perez said that her son’s death was ruled a suicide by the Milwaukee Police Department. Police questioned Rebecca Perez on whether she had doubts on that ruling.
“Perez said that her husband, who died in 2005, was mad at the situation and believed that Guerrero and Jesse may have had an argument and something happened,” the police reports state.
On May 15, a friend of Guerrero, Robert Covarrubias, was interviewed by police.
During that interview, Covarrubias said he was friends with Guerrero and said their friendship was so close that they were “brothers.”
He said at the time of Jesse Perez’s death, he was at a party in Crystal City, Texas.
He said Olivarez, who he had met previously through Guerrero, was also there.
At this party, Olivarez questioned Covarrubias about Perez’s death.
“Robert said that Olivarez was acting like a ‘detective,’” the police reports state.

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