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BREAKING - Blaze near fire station results in minor injuries

October 21, 2010
An early morning fire Wednesday, Oct. 20, across the street from the Lake Geneva Fire Station, resulted in minor injuries as 14 residents no longer have a home. The Fire Department was dispatched at 1:41 a.m. to 741 Marshall Street, the same road the fire station is located on. The volunteer department members responded with a fire engine to the location five minutes later. The city of Lake Geneva has a paid-on-premises program during the daytime on weekdays only, so the firefighters who responded had to travel from their homes to the station and then to the blaze. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire on the second floor enclosed porch that had spread into the living area of the second floor. Fire personnel were able to bring the fire under control within 10 minutes. However, the damage had already been done from heat, smoke and water.

Murder victim spent life giving

October 21, 2010
Lake Geneva's Sandra Teichow spent much of the last several years helping others — teaching students in places as far away as Bosnia and Belarus, collecting shoes for Guatemalan children and building brick houses in Nicaragua. But last week, Teichow's desire to make a difference in her hometown of Racine probably led to her death. Teichow, 67, was found dead in a wooded area near the Root River on West Sixth Street in Racine on Oct. 14 at about 4:15 p.m. She had been strangled and suffered blunt force trauma to her head and upper body. There also were signs of defensive injuries to her hands and arms.

Aldermen suing city for attorney's fees

Lawsuit stems from 2009 suspensions

October 21, 2010
Four aldermen — two former, two current — have filed a lawsuit in Walworth County Circuit Court against the city of Lake Geneva. Alderwomen Mary Jo Fesenmaier and Arleen Krohn and former aldermen Tom Spellman and Penny Roehrer want the city to pay for more than $90,000 in legal fees incurred during their 2009 suspensions from the council, imposed by former mayor Bill Chesen. The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 11 and the city now has 20 days to respond.

Assessment change could save city money in future years

October 21, 2010
The city of Lake Geneva has found one way to save money in upcoming years. It appears as if officials are close to replacing internal full-time assessor Grace Lininger with an assessment consultant company, Accurate Appraisal. On Oct. 11, the council discussed the Accurate Appraisal bid proposal for all assessment services from 2011 through 2014. The total cost would be $173,000, which include a market revaluation in 2011 and continued assessment maintenance the next three years.

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BREAKING - Lake Geneva woman found dead in Racine
October 14, 2010
Racine - Police have determined the body of a woman found near her vehicle on 6th and Memorial in Racine is Lake Geneva's Sandra Teichow.Teichow, 67, was found Thursday at about 4 p.m. at a park in that location. A person of interest is in custody as investigators treat the death as a homicide. Teichow was a 30-year resident of Walworth County and lived in Lake Geneva for more than 15 years.In 2007, Teichow and her husband Denny, spent 16 days traveling across all 135 bridges in the United States that go over the Mississippi River. The Regional News wrote a feature story about the couple and their trip.
Former alderman can hold onto e-mails
October 14, 2010
After more than four months, the state’s attorney general’s office has responded with an opinion regarding the requirement of a former Lake Geneva official to respond to open records laws. Last week, Assistant Attorney General Lewis Beilin wrote in a three-page letter to the Regional News that “Wisconsin public records law does not require former Alderman Tom Spellman to respond to a request for records created or maintained by him during his tenure as a city alderman, but that are now under his personal control.”In June, the Regional News and Janesville Gazette wrote letters to the Attorney General’s office asking for help regarding requests for e-mails sent to Spellman and his response to them.
City facing budget deficit head on
Departments told to cut
October 14, 2010
The city of Lake Geneva’s 2011 budget situation is no different than most other communities, the state and the federal government — revenues are down and expenses are on the rise.With just weeks before adopting the 2011 budget, the city’s deficit is nearly $550,000. That’s why council members sent the city’s department heads back to the drawing board to reduce their expenses in an effort to lower the deficit.“The overall picture is a little gruesome here,” Finance, License and Regulation Committee Chairman Todd Krause said last week.
Shooting hoops with Shalhoub
Actor promoting independent film made in Wisconsin
October 07, 2010
Lyons — Obsessive compulsive murder detective Adrian Monk would never have slipped into a white terrycloth robe that had been worn by someone else, and then strolled onto a basketball court in black flip flops to shoot some hoops.But award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub, who played the lead role on the hit USA television show “Monk,” had no problem with any of that.Although he played a former high school basketball champion in the 1999 television movie “That Championship Season” and received some basketball help on the set in the past, Shalhoub said he still plays the game “very badly, very, very badly” while he fired a couple shots at the rim on Grand Geneva’s court.
What to do with Flatiron Park?
October 07, 2010
It appears as though less is more when it comes to the future enhancement of Lake Geneva’s Flatiron Park.Two months after first presenting its Flatiron Park renovation plan, the Beautification Committee was back in front of members of the City Council Monday night to discuss the updated enhancement proposal, which includes a ceremony space, water feature, a new gazebo, sidewalks through the park and an elevated stage.But, aldermen said what they have heard from constituents is much different than the Beautification Committee’s plan.
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