February 10, 2011Elkhorn — The man who killed 9-year-old Carter Dorwin sobbed silently in a Walworth County court room while the District Attorney described the crash that took the boy's life.
Jeremy C. Dees, 33, pleaded no contest and was found guilty to a felony charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. When he is sentenced April 7, he will face up to 10 years in the Department of Corrections — up to five years incarceration and five years of extended supervision — and $25,000 in fines.
Dees also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges of reckless driving causing injury. Each of those charges carry a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment and $2,000 in fines.
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February 10, 2011A 15-year-old Badger student has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 31 e-mail bomb threat.
According to the Lake Geneva Police Department, the e-mail was traced back to a school computer. The investigation, which also included the FBI and the Lake Geneva School District, then led police to the teenager who admitted to sending the bomb threat. Through cooperation with the family, the student admitted to police that he acted alone in sending the e-mail out from a school computer on Monday morning.
The police report stated the boy said "he never thought this incident would cause such a commotion and for school to be evacuated and bomb dogs called in."
February 10, 2011There is no way Winterfest and the U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition can be snowed out.
Dave Berg, president of Winterfun Inc., the Shorewood company that runs the competition, assured a Winterfest visitor that there is no blizzard big enough to stop the annual celebration of all things winter.
Last week, from Wednesday to noon Saturday, 15 champion snowsculpting teams from 10 states grabbed their chisels, brushes, saw blades, shovels and improvised sculpting tools to 15 three-ton cylindrical blocks of snow, each about 10-feet tall.
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January 20, 2011Lake Geneva city officials are a few steps closer to purchasing about 60 acres of environmentally sensitive land which weaves along the White River through the former Hillmoor property.
While the long-term future of the Hillmoor land remains unknown, the city apparently is moving toward buying part of the property with help from a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Rivers Grant.
City Administrator Dennis Jordan said the 50-50 grant is expected to be about $90,000. He said the city will have to chip in the same amount as the state.
January 20, 2011Since the summer of 1928, the Geneva Theater has been a fixture in downtown Lake Geneva. For a long time, it was the only theater in the area.
But, things have changed. The property has been on the market for $949,000. Now, with a possible purchase of the property in the works, some local historians are hoping a piece of the building's history can be saved.
Lake Geneva Historic Preservation Committee Chairman Ken Etten said a number of interested community members have met to discuss the future of the building. He also has discussed the possibilities with local leaders and groups.
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Navigating around WinterfestFebruary 03, 2011This year’s Winterfest will be a little different.But, the difference has nothing to do with the snow sculpting competition, activities at the Riviera or when the event is being held.Instead, it’s all about locals and visitors navigating their way around activities during the construction of the Wrigley Drive bridge, which is located near the Riviera and Geneva Lake Area Chamber of Commerce facility on the lakefront.
Bomb scare investigation continuesFebruary 03, 2011The unexpected occurred Monday morning.School administrators, staff and law enforcement organized the evacuation of students from Badger High, Lake Geneva Middle and Eastview, Central-Denison and Star Center schools.As of Tuesday, Lake Geneva police were continuing the investigation of the bomb threat with help from the FBI.
Breaking: Authorities probing bomb scareJanuary 27, 2011Schools within the Badger High and Joint 1 districts were evacuated Monday morning so police could investigate a bomb scare.According to a press release from Lake Geneva Police Assistant Chief Michael Reuss, district administrators received an e-mail claiming bombs were located in Badger High School and other area schools. The e-mail was received at 9:03 a.m.Since then, students from Badger High, Lake Geneva Middle, Central-Denison, Star Center and Eastview Elementary schools were sent home. Reuss stated these students were “evacuated as a precautionary measure.”
City declares snow emergencyJanuary 27, 2011As what some predict to be a historic snow storm begins, Lake Geneva City Administrator Dennis Jordan declared a snow emergency Tuesday morning, Feb. 1.The city is under a snow emergency from noon Tuesday until noon Thursday, Feb. 3.Jordan said this means people shouldn’t park their vehicles on downtown streets so the Street Department has room to remove snow.
Winterfest almost hereJanuary 27, 2011Just days from now, orange dump trucks will be hauling loads of “artificial” snow made at Grand Geneva to Riviera Park. The white stuff will be worked into 10-foot tall cylinders, padded down by workers until the 3-ton chunks of snow are as perfect as possible.Then, it will be time for elite teams from as far away as Alaska, to spend the next three days using saws, axes, files and shovels as they carve intricate and creative sculptures from the thick white snow.It all means Winterfest will be under way soon. Commonly referred to as Lake Geneva’s most widely known event, this year it runs from Feb. 2 to 6 and focuses mainly around the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships, the top snow sculpting competition for U.S. carvers.