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Lake Geneva man faces neglect charge

Child jumped out window while man was sleeping

August 19, 2010
A 41-year-old Lake Geneva man faces a felony child neglect charge after a 3-year-old child jumped out a second-story window while he was sleeping. David A. Rasch, 1075 Mobil St., allegedly had been drinking prior to falling asleep. If convicted, Rasch faces up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.
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Breaking: Gun found in Highlands Channel

August 19, 2010
Elkhorn — The Walworth County Sheriff's Department retrieved a gun that is believed to have been used in an Aug. 5 shooting in the town of Walworth. In the murky waters of the Highlands Channel, the dive team located the weapon at 10:25 a.m. Aug. 18. The gun has been sent to the State Crime Lab for further analysis. On Aug. 5 at 3:46 p.m., Eric Grethe, 20, Lake Geneva, was shot with a small caliber handgun. Law enforcement found Grethe lying in a driveway near Townline Road and Bennett Street.

County Board recommends against adding seats

August 19, 2010
Elkhorn — Now is not the time to grow. That was the decision of the Walworth County Board Aug. 10, as it voted 8-3 to recommend that the executive committee not consider adding new seats to the 11-member board. In an April 2007 binding referendum, county voters elected to cut board size from 25 to 11.

Public comments show strong opinions on County Board size

August 19, 2010
Elkhorn — Board size may well be the "third rail" in Walworth County Board politics, at least for now. Just the suggestion put forward through a letter by Supervisor Jerry Grant that the board might consider expanding, drew some passionate public comment, both for and against a larger board. Those opposed had little sympathy for the claim that supervisors were overworked. An opponent of a larger board threatened to cut even more seats if supervisors continued to consider adding to the board.

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Breaking: Man in custody after nearly seven years on run
August 12, 2010
Walworth —A man on the Walworth County’s Most Wanted fugitives list has been taken into custody after nearly seven years on the run.In 2003, Jayme A. Manriquez, 34, Delavan, was charged with felony first-degree attempted intentional homicide, aggravated battery and first-degree reckless injury after allegedly nearly beating a man to death.After Manriquez was charged, a friend posted a $5,000 cash bond.
Update: Man brought back into custody after years on the run
August 12, 2010
Elkhorn — Early one morning in September 2003, men armed with baseball bats, crowbars and a metal rod nearly beat a man to death outside a Delavan home.When police arrived on the scene, they reported the man appeared to be gurgling on his own blood, according to court documents.After the gang-related beating, four men were charged with felonies and three have since been sentenced.
Lakes specialist helps fight spread of invasive species
August 12, 2010
Williams Bay — Audrey Greene is the lady with the wrap-around sunglasses and dark blue T-shirt that reads: “Clean Boats, Clean Waters. She’s turning up at public boat launches in Walworth County reminding boaters and all boating sports enthusiasts that it’s their responsibility to stop the spread of invasive species. On a bright Friday morning at the Williams Bay Municipal Pier, Greene approached boaters with a quick survey and a reminder that the owners needed to make sure their boats were clean going into the water and clean coming out. In addition, all water from Geneva Lake had to be dumped and not taken to another lake.
Update: Sheriff releases names of shooting suspects
August 05, 2010
Police arrested Corey Moore-Morrison, 18, of Janesville and Nathan N. Williams, 28, of Darien. Both men are currently in custody on probation holds.
Getting ‘Reddy’ to be county judge
August 05, 2010
Elkhorn — David Reddy spent hours on his campaign for Walworth County Judge knocking on doors and shaking hands.Now that he’s elected, the work really begins.“I’m looking forward to the challenges,” Reddy said in a recent interview.
Two in custody following shooting
August 05, 2010
Police reportedly have two men in custody following a Thursday afternoon shooting near the Delavan Highlands subdivision.Law enforcement on scene reported that police searched the surrounding area and woods for a suspect.It also was reported that a patient was shot and taken to the hospital.
National grant to help evaluate historic building
July 29, 2010
Delavan — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has awarded the city a $4,450 grant for a conditions assessment of the Israel Stowell Temperance House.The award was announced July 15.City Administrator Joe Salitros said the city matched the grant dollar for dollar to pay LJM Architects of Sheboygan $8,900 to do the assessment.
Grappling with space issues at Walworth County Jail
July 22, 2010
Elkhorn — According to Walworth County Jail Administrator Michael Schmitz, overcrowding is a serious issue for the Walworth County Jail. If something isn’t done soon, it could reach a boiling point. Sometimes, the overcrowding reaches a point where 30 inmates must sleep on the floor in the jail’s basketball court. While bringing in programs such as a drug court could improve the jail, Schmitz is hesitant to act without research because Commitment Accountability Treatment and Education currently only has three people in it. The issue of improving the jail’s overcrowding problems currently is being reviewed by the Walworth County Executive Committee, but at a July 9 Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee meeting, options were discussed to simply upgrade the current facility by bringing in outside programs. A main concern raised was the need to lock up some people.
Jim drops out
D’Alessandro endorses Nieuwenhuis
July 15, 2010
Williams Bay — Local business owner Jim D’Alessandro officially has ended his campaign as a candidate for the 32nd State Assembly seat, leaving seven to vie for the spot. The Williams Bay native said he will support Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis. “I sincerely appreciate those who supported me and valued the business and public service experience that I brought to the race as a candidate,” D’Alessandro said in an e-mail. “We are at a critical time in our state’s history which calls for a representative with experience not only in the business world but experienced in public service.”
INTERNET EXCLUSIVE: EcoFair360 set for this weekend
July 15, 2010
Lake Geneva’s Peg Esposito said she hasn’t been involved in city government since she lost the race for the Third District in April to Bill Mott.But, that wasn’t because of her defeat. Esposito told the City Council Monday night she has been working on EcoFair360, an event set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn.Esposito handed out programs for the event and urged city officials to attend.
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