September 02, 2010Town of Troy — A 6-year-old boy was killed after a suspected drunken driver allegedly blew a stop sign Thursday causing a two-vehicle crash.
Scott Dragotta, 44, East Troy, is being held in the Walworth County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond. He was arrested on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and operating while under the influence causing great bodily harm.
During a Friday bail bond hearing, District Attorney Phil Koss said Dragotta failed field sobriety tests and had a 0.19 blood alcohol level, according to a portable breathalyzer test.
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September 02, 2010Elkhorn -- Tom Lothian, 32nd Assembly District incumbent, is not running for re-election. Now six contenders are vying for the Republican nomination in the Sept. 14 primary.
On Aug. 26, the Walworth County GOP sponsored a candidates forum on neutral ground, at Sperino's Restaurant, which is just outside the official 32nd District boundary, and across the street from the county GOP headquarters. Not really a debate, moderator Kim Howarth read off a series of questions that were culled from the Republican faithful to test their candidates.
This was not a homogenous group, although some themes attractive to Republican voters were developed, like the need to cut taxes to attract business, slash spending to balance the state's wobbly budget, and undo the economic damage that Republicans blame on the incumbent and majority Democrats.
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Terry and Kegley’s lives center on helping 4-H youthAugust 26, 2010East Troy — For Terry and Dianne Kegley, of rural East Troy, the Walworth County Fair has been a lifelong commitment. They were active in the Fair and the local 4-H as children.As a youngster, Terry would show livestock at the fair, and was named Outstanding 4-H Boy, had a Grand Champion Barrow and was Senior Leadership President.
Breaking: Gun found in Highlands ChannelAugust 19, 2010Elkhorn — 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.
Lake Geneva man faces neglect chargeChild jumped out window while man was sleepingAugust 19, 2010A 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.
Public comments show strong opinions on County Board sizeAugust 19, 2010Elkhorn — 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.
County Board recommends against adding seatsAugust 19, 2010Elkhorn — 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.
Breaking: Man in custody after nearly seven years on runAugust 12, 2010Walworth —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 runAugust 12, 2010Elkhorn — 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 speciesAugust 12, 2010Williams 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.
Getting ‘Reddy’ to be county judgeAugust 05, 2010Elkhorn — 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.