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DA: Use of deadly force in shooting 'necessary'

August 05, 2010
Geneva — Town police officers Ken Mulhollon and Jason Sweeney and Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Smith won't be on administrative duty anymore. The officers were involved in the July 13 fatal shooting of Roman O. Petriw, 47, N3095 Dandelion Road. Since then, in a move that's standard for these tye of situations, Mulhollon, Sweeney and Smith were placed on administrative leave. But on Friday, Walworth County Sheriff David Graves and Geneva Town Police Chief Ed Gritzner issued a statement announcing the officers will return to full duty.

Two reasons to hang in towns of Linn, Geneva this weekend

August 05, 2010
Some people may not know it, but there's a special link between the town of Geneva's FunFestival and the Linn Town Fire and EMS Department's annual Pig and Corn Roast. "I went to the town of Linn and saw what they do at their annual pig roast," said Margaret Downing, town of Geneva administrator and FunFestival creator/organizer. "I thought that would be something good for the town of Geneva to do." On Saturday, Aug. 7, the town of Geneva FunFestival turns 3 years old.

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Board OKs resolution to look into borrowing money for property, construction project
July 29, 2010
Geneva — Late Monday morning, a woman walked into the rear of a white building with dirty siding. A few steps down, she strolled through a narrow corridor in a basement, past a window behind which the town’s clerk of courts has a desk, in a room about the size of a walk-in closet in the master bedroom of some moderately-priced apartment.This woman walked past the deputy clerk’s desk and into the largest room in the basement.
DA will drop charges against cop
July 29, 2010
Elkhorn —Prosecutors agreed to drop felony charges against a town of Geneva cop in exchange for his badge.Robert B. Haase, 42, Elkhorn, a town of Geneva police officer has agreed to resign. Then, two felony charges of misconduct in office will be dismissed.Although Haase won’t work in Geneva Township again, it is unclear whether he could work as a police officer in the future.
‘Nontraditional’ local school official takes a bow
Health reasons force Cook to retire
July 22, 2010
Craig Cook has left an indelible mark on the community as a prinicipal of Eastview and Denison schools and administrator of Woods School. But his 30-plus years in education began with the end of his career in rock music.“Being the nontraditional guy that I am, I joined a band and went on the road for eight years,” Cook said.
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.
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.
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