December 02, 2010The Walworth County District Attorney's Office filed charges Friday afternoon against Jeremy C. Dees for the Nov. 16 crash that killed 9-year-old Eastview Elementary School student Carter Dorwin and injured his mother and brother.
Dees, 33, appeared in Walworth County Circuit Court Friday afternoon via closed circuit television. He was in an orange jail jumpsuit. He still has a brace on his neck and was hunched over for much of his 5-minute appearance.
According to the complaint, Dees is being charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and two counts of reckless driving causing injury.
A lengthy to-do list could mean a Reek referendum as early as AprilDecember 02, 2010Linn — Although Reek School originally was built in 1939, most of the current facility problems are with the 1993 addition.
There's a list of almost 50 items, including the deterioration of the school's brick and windows, a roof and chimney in need of repairs and flooding and leaking with nearly every rainfall. Recently, members of a special Reek citizens committee, School Board members and district staff and officials voted on which issues are the most important.
Those issues prompted builders, architects and financial experts to talk about the possibility of a referendum Thursday, Nov. 18, at a special committee meeting. At a meeting scheduled for Monday, Dec. 6, the committee is expected to narrow the focus on what the proposed Reek School project will cover.
Recent Geneva, Linn Township
BREAKING - Linn tornado aftermathPicking up the piecesNovember 25, 2010Linn — Mother Nature’s wrecking ball smashed into four houses and three barns Monday afternoon. Some livestock also were killed. After two tornadoes roared through Southeastern Wisconsin, about 4,000 were without power. But on Tuesday, some locals continue to pick up the pieces.At about 11:20 a.m., Linn Police Chief Dennis Wisniewski said Zenda remained in a blackout. Wisniewski said the Linn Town Hall offices — including his Police Department — are running off a generator until Alliant Energy restores electricity, which was expected to occur by 2 p.m.
Police looking for witnesses to fatal accidentNovember 25, 2010Elkhorn— The Walworth County Sheriff’s Department is looking for witnesses to an accident that left a 9-year-old Lake Como boy dead.On Tuesday, Nov. 16, at about 6:58 a.m., a two-car accident occurred on Highway H by Park Street, which is near the Como Flats area, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release. “We are asking for your help. If you saw any part of this crash, or called into the dispatch center, we urge you to call Captain Scott McClory at (262) 741-4441and provide us with your name and phone number so we may speak with you,” according to the release. “It is very important to this case. You can call 24-7 as this number always has the voicemail featured activated.”
Geneva Town Board proposes trimmed-down budgetChairman shows worry over not raising tax rate yet another yearNovember 25, 2010Geneva — If the proposed 2011 budget is approved as-is, it will be the fourth consecutive year the town’s tax rate will be $1.91 per $1,000 of assessed value.That means the owner of a $200,000 home will pay $382 in taxes for town services. Additional portions of a town taxpayer’s bill go toward the state, Walworth County, Gateway Technical College and local school districts.But in an e-mail statement Thursday, Nov. 18, Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale discussed the pros and cons of keeping the tax rate the same four years in a row.
Signs of decay?November 18, 2010Linn — “There’s a good one,” Reek School Administrator Lillian Henderson said Thursday, Nov. 11.She bent down three feet from the school’s main entrance and plucked what appeared to be a potato chip off the edge of the sidewalk. It was a good-sized chip, the kind you’d hope not to break as you pull it out of the bag.“Another one to add to the collection,” Henderson said jokingly.
BREAKING - Eastview student dies in car accidentNovember 11, 2010Geneva — A 9-year-old Eastview Elementary School student died early Tuesday morning after a two-vehicle crash on Highway H.Carter Michael Dorwin was pronounced dead at the scene at about 8:08 a.m. by Walworth County Coroner John Griebel, according to a statement from town of Geneva police officer Ken Mulhollon. In the same vehicle as Carter was the driver and his mother, Nicole L. Dorwin, 36, and his brother, Bradley Dorwin, 4. The Dorwins reside in the Lake Como subdivision.
Another couple hundred years:Questers restore Black Point dining setNovember 11, 2010Linn — They don’t make many dining room sets like this one anymore.It’s an Eastlake triple-pedestal walnut dining table with 40 chairs. The set lies on a porch of the historic Black Point estate, in the same spot it has been since the home was built.The set is actually older than the Queen Anne Victorian cottage which is just as iconic to the Geneva Lake shores as Yerkes Observatory and the Riviera. Black Point was built in 1888.
Two meetings for a busy Town BoardNovember 04, 2010Geneva — There’s a lot on the plate for the Town Board. That’s why, this month, it will have two meetings.Apparently, the regular board meeting last month ran long. In an e-mail Sunday, Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale explained why there will be board meetings the next two Mondays, Nov. 8 and 15.“In October, the town supervisors endured a rather lengthy meeting and confusion resulted when one did not recall whether or not a vote had been taken,” Lauderdale said.
Agree to disagree: Officials offer opinions on Town Hall issueOctober 21, 2010Geneva — Apparently, there’s a rift between Town Board members.Some of them favor looking into ways to deal with the spatial and structural concerns about the Geneva Town Hall, N3496 Como Road. Others say now’s not the time to talk about spending money.During communications between Thursday, Oct. 14, and Monday, all five board members expressed similar concerns about the issue of what to do with the Town Hall as they explained their stance on the topic.
Jury’s out on a
replacement for DowningOctober 14, 2010Geneva — Right now, no one’s on deck to replace former administrator Margaret Downing.But if someone does replace her, it may depend on the outcome of next April’s election. By then, there’s the possibility the job may even have a different title.In a Sept. 15 e-mail, Geneva Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale stated he isn’t actively seeking someone to replace Downing, whose last day as administrator was Oct. 1.
Former police chief won’t be leaving empty-handedSettlement agreement reveals terms of Gritzner’s retirementOctober 07, 2010Geneva — Ed Gritzner’s retirement from his longtime post as town police chief will cost taxpayers an extra $65,000. That’s in addition to his budgeted salary for this year, which Town Clerk-Treasurer Deb Kirch said Monday is $75,400.But that $65,000 won’t be paid to him all at once.