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UPDATE - Sheriff's Department releases name of shooting victim

July 15, 2010
On Wednesday, the Walworth County Sheriff's Department released the name of the man who died in an officer-involved shooting earlier Tuesday morning in Lake Como. Roman O. Petriw, 47, had been living at the residence for the past several weeks. Originally from Chicago, Petriw was a childhood friend of the owner of the home, who lives in Dundee, Ill. According to the release, Petriw had been unemployed for the last several months and was depressed over personal issues. On Tuesday, between 6:15 and 6:20 a.m., a Lake Como man was out walking his dog in the area of Whittier and Dandelion roads when he said he heard a "pop."

'You have to at least look at the allegations'

Town Board still hasn't decided on investigating complaint against police chief

July 15, 2010
Linn — A month ago, the town received a complaint signed by 14 people listing an array of allegations against Police Chief Dennis Wisniewski. Although the Linn Town Board conducted its first closed session meeting about the complaint Thursday, July 8, its members still haven't decided whether the complaint merits investigation. "You have to at least look at the allegations. … That's why we're gathering more information," Town Attorney David Schiltz said shortly after the July 8 special meeting in the Town Hall basement.

Recent Geneva, Linn Township
A welcome surprise
Economic program makes bridge possible
July 08, 2010
Linn — For quite some time, town officials have been trying to obtain the funds to replace a bridge on Mohawk Road.But thanks to U.S. President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus program, improvements to the bridge east of Swamp Angel Road are being made earlier than expected.“The reason this came up so soon is the president released money for the economic recovery program, which is called ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act),” said Jim Wolfgram, the town’s highway superintendent. “This project is 100 percent paid for by the federal government.”
Judge orders special prosecutor in town cop’s case
July 01, 2010
Elkhorn — A former town of Geneva sergeant who is facing felony charges won’t be prosecuted by the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office.Robert B. Haase has been charged with falsifying a recorded statement and failing to perform his known duty. If convicted of both counts, he faces seven years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines.On June 24, Judge Michael Gibbs agreed with Haase’s request to have a special prosecutor because the Walworth County DA’s office has a conflict of interest in the case.
An ‘even better’ Fourth of July celebration
Lake Como association’s festivities this Saturday
July 01, 2010
Geneva — Some people may head to the big cities to celebrate the Fourth of July.But for Laura Woolard, the best way to enjoy the holiday is through activities she helped organize for the Lake Como Beach Property Owners Association. The day kicks off with a parade that ends at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Dandelion Road, a.k.a. The Point.
They called him Mister
Longtime Traver teacher who helped bring computers into classrooms retires
June 24, 2010
This past year at Traver School, every seventh- and eighth-grader had a laptop. There’s a proposal to supply laptops to every sixth- through eighth-grader next year.There also are SMART boards, in which computer images aren’t only projected onto a screen, but students and teachers can manipulate computer objects with their hands.But 33 years ago, it was cutting-edge technology to have personal computers which you could hook up to a television set. Data was stored on audio cassettes. If you wanted your computer to do something, you had to write the program, which could take weeks to complete.
Police chief complaint in hands of board members
June 17, 2010
Linn — At least the ongoing police controversy has created some learning opportunities.Last week, a complaint against Town Police Chief Dennis Wisniewski signed by 14 people was filed with the town clerk-treasurer.But on Monday, Town Attorney David Schiltz said he doesn’t know how officials will proceed with investigating this complaint because there’s no clear town policy to guide officials through the situation.
At it again: Group filing complaint against police chief
June 10, 2010
Linn — Apparently, town resident Jim Keeler still wants officials to fire Police Chief Dennis Wisniewski.At the annual town meeting in April, Keeler read a list of several reasons why he believes Wisniewski should be terminated. Although Keeler made a motion asking the Linn Town Board to investigate his claims, evidently it wasn’t official.Then, last month, newly appointed acting town chairman Jim Weiss said the controversy shrouding Wisniewski and the Town Police Department for the past two years was “yesterday’s news.”
A better boat launch
June 03, 2010
Geneva — It used to appear as if Schofield Road led directly into the southern waters of Lake Como for no good reason. This was the old municipal boat launch for the south shore of the lake.“We had just the lake bed at this launch,” Town Board Supervisor Larry Kulik said. But Kulik said there were several chronic problems with the launch.
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
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.
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.
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