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DA reluctantly reduces charge in sexual assault case

Former town of Geneva police sergeant was investigator

May 27, 2010
Elkhorn — A sexual assault charge significantly was reduced Tuesday during a plea hearing for a case former Geneva Town Police Sgt. Robert Haase investigated. Scott J. Anderson, 7186 Depot St., Springfield, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree sexual assault, a charge which carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. Originally, Anderson was charged with felony repeated sexual assault of the same child, which carries a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison. During the plea hearing, Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube left no question why the charge was changed. "I would have never made this offer in this case if it were not for the actions of the investigating officer," he said.

Town of Linn officials moving forward with a new focus

Controversial police issues 'yesterday's news,' says acting chairman

May 27, 2010
Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series about the changing of the guard in the town of Linn. After longtime chairman David Bollweg resigned, the Linn Town Board appointed Supervisor No. 1 Jim Weiss to fill the position until it expires next April. The first part of the series, which was a story about Weiss and the board's decision, appeared in last week's Regional News. By Steve Targo

Recent Geneva, Linn Township
Board stays four strong
Weiss: A ‘group effort’ to replace Bollweg
May 20, 2010
Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series. The second part will be about what the new town leader believes to be some of the most important issues of the town’s future.Linn — The plate’s already full for Jim Weiss.
A moment of silence?
Site comments trigger concerns
May 13, 2010
Geneva — It was one inappropriate comment too many for Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale on the Regional News Web site. That’s why he may no longer grant interviews to the newspaper.On Sunday afternoon, someone posted a comment of a sexual nature in reference to a Geneva Township woman who was quoted in a Regional News story. She also had posted numerous comments on the Web site. But less than an hour later, Lauderdale announced on the site he will enter a “lack of comment phase” and urged people to cancel their Regional News subscriptions.The inappropriate comment was removed Sunday night. However, shortly after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning at the south shore boat launch on Lake Como, Lauderdale said he is undecided on whether he will continue to provide comments and share information with the Regional News.
Hunters can’t use rifles, handguns in Linn Township
But board may consider revising ordinance
May 06, 2010
Linn — A controversial situation involving one former town cop’s response to a 911 call involving some coyote hunters led locals to an interesting discovery.There’s a town ordinance which prohibits any kind of hunting with a rifle or a handgun.Years ago, the Linn Town Board adopted the ordinance, but it wasn’t brought up until after a Feb. 15 call prompted law enforcement officers to confront a group of coyote hunters with their weapons brandished. Now, the board may discuss changing the ordinance at its May 10 meeting.
Town of Geneva cop wants special prosecutor
April 29, 2010
Elkhorn — On Monday afternoon, town of Geneva police officer Robert B. Haase was booked and printed by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department. Earlier in the afternoon, he made his first court appearance as a defendant. Haase faces two felony charges of misconduct in office for allegedly falsifying a recorded statement and failing to perform his known duty.If convicted, he faces up to seven years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines.
A bittersweet farewell
Linn chairman reveals why he’s leaving local politics
April 29, 2010
“The tractor,” David Bollweg said with a long face and a sigh. On Monday morning, the 77-year-old town of Linn chairman sat at his desk, surrounded by stacks of pictures no longer on the walls of his office at the Town Hall and talked about why he resigned last week.For the past year, the town hasn’t been as quiet as it typically appears.
Committed to improving police communication
Board’s statement on O’Brien matter, what members learned from situation
April 22, 2010
Linn — Apparently, the controversy surrounding the Town Police Department has gone on long enough.At an April 12 meeting, Linn Town Supervisor Jim Weiss read two statements from the Town Board — one about the situation concerning former police Lt. Terry O’Brien, one about a Feb. 15 incident involving cops and coyote hunters.But the board sets forth a new goal in its two-page statement about the O’Brien matter.
Some want chief fired
But annual meeting motion apparently failed
April 22, 2010
Linn — It began Tuesday, April 13, when a local man made a motion directing the Town Board to look at firing the police chief at the annual town meeting.Resident Jim Keeler stood up and read one reason after another why Linn Police Chief Dennis Wisniewski should be fired.After Keeler made several allegations against Wisniewski, Supervisor Jim Weiss said although Keeler’s statements were interesting, the powers of a town meeting do not include being able to conduct disciplinary actions against town employees.
Bollweg resigns as town of Linn chairman
April 22, 2010
Linn — “This is why all of you are here,” David Bollweg said to a group of about 16 people, most of them standing along the walls of the Town Hall conference room. “I hope I make a lot of people happy.”Then, Bollweg read his letter of resignation, which the Town Board accepted Monday at a special meeting.He said he resigned because of “recent health concerns and recent events within the town of Linn.”
Town of Geneva cop faces felony charges
April 22, 2010
Elkhorn — A former town of Geneva police sergeant will find himself in the defendant’s chair of a courtroom April 26.Two felony charges were filed Monday afternoon against Robert B. Haase, 42, Elkhorn, for misconduct in office. One charge concerns allegations of intentionally falsifying a recorded statement, the other for failure to perform his duty.If convicted, he could face up to seven years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines.
The lid’s been lifted on chief’s one-day suspension
Gritzner reportedly was profane, threatening during a telephone call
April 15, 2010
Geneva — The town police chief used profanity and “threatening conduct” toward a town resident over the telephone.That’s what led to his one-day, with-pay suspension last month, according to the order signed March 16 by the Geneva Town Police Commission.The stipulation and order about Gritzner was released April 7, 12 days after the Regional News filed an open records request for it.
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