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Police looking for witnesses to fatal accident

December 02, 2010
Elkhorn — 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."Y

Surcharge may fund jail diversion program

County charges $50 to install interlocks

December 02, 2010
Elkhorn — A proposal that the county fund at least part of a drunken driving treatment program through a surcharge on the installation of auto ignition interlocks will go to the Walworth County Board's Finance Committee this month. Walworth County Judge David Reddy suggested it to the County Board's Executive Committee at its November meeting. The committee endorsed the recommendation.

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Former landfill owner fined for air quality violations
Republic is former owner of Delavan area landfill
November 25, 2010
Madison — Republic Services of Wisconsin has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle state claims under Wisconsin’s air pollution and solid waste management laws for violations at the Mallard Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility in Delavan and the Kestrel Hawk Landfill in Racine, according to a press release from the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office.Republic Services worked with the state Department of Natural Resources to take the steps necessary to ensure future compliance, according to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.Republic, a company headquartered in Phoenix, operated landfill gas collection systems at Kestrel Hawk and Mallard Ridge.
County budget levy, rate increase
November 18, 2010
Elkhorn — After expanding its 2011 budget and levy of $60.8 million by a scant $2,800, the Walworth County Board approved its spending plan by a 9-2 vote on Nov. 8.Only supervisors Dan Kilkenny and Randy Hawkins voted against the budget and levy. Based on where a taxpayer lives and how much of the four-part county tax levy he or she has to support, a property owner could find his or her property taxes for county purposes increased by 6.06 percent.’
American Legion marks 300th rally for troops
November 11, 2010
Elkhorn — This week’s 300th Support Our Troops rally was something of a celebration.Starting at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, the rally was to honor all those troops who have since come home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and of those preparing to return. It was recognition of an event that was originally thought would last only 10 weeks.And it was a solemn reminder of those few who gave all in their service and who will not be coming home again.
American Legion marks 300th rally for troops
November 11, 2010
Elkhorn — This week’s 300th Support Our Troops rally was something of a celebration.Starting at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, the rally was to honor all those troops who have since come home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and of those preparing to return. It was recognition of an event that was originally thought would last only 10 weeks.And it was a solemn reminder of those few who gave all in their service and who will not be coming home again.
Delavan police, DA to determine charges in standoff
November 04, 2010
Delavan — Of three Delavan men arrested early Sunday, two are still in Walworth County Jail, and one was released on a signature bond, according to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.Guadalupe Valadez and Jesse Soto are still being held in jail on probation holds. Jeremy Soto was released on $1,000 signature bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 15, according to a Walworth County corrections officer.Guadalupe Valadez, 30; Jesus Valadez, 30; and Jeremy Soto, 25 were arrested between 7 and 9 a.m. Sunday. Jesse Soto, 29, Delavan, was detained but not arrested, Delavan Police Chief Timothy O’Neill said.
August dominates 32nd Assembly race
November 04, 2010
Republican Tyler August won’t be looking for a recount petition this time around. In fact, late Tuesday night, August was enjoying some time with friends and supporters at the Waterfront Restaurant in the Abbey Resort in Fontana, as the vote tallies showed him comfortably in the lead over a Democratic and two independent challengers in the race for the state’s 32nd Assembly District.Late Walworth County results alone showed August up by more than two to one over his closest competitor, Democrat Doug Harrod, 65, Bloomfield Township.
Sheriff faces challenge from two independent candidates
October 28, 2010
Elkhorn — Walworth County Sheriff David Graves, 57, of Elkhorn, will face two independent challengers on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.Challenging Graves, a Republican, are Csaba G. Keller, 49, of Walworth, and Paul A. Yakowenko, 53, of the Genoa City/Pell Lake area. Graves was first elected in 2000. Before that he was undersheriff, patrol commander and assistant jail administrator. He has been with the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department since 1976.
Man who cut reverend’s throat heads to prison
Nelson will spend 15 years behind bars, 15 year on extended supervision
October 14, 2010
Elkhorn — In what prosecutors painted as a domestic abuse crime, a 23-year-old man who cut a reverend’s throat while out on bond for another violent crime will spend the next 15 years in a state prison.Martin J. Nelson, who lived in rural Whitewater, also was sentenced to 15 years of extended supervision. Nelson previously pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted homicide after he cut the Rev. Michael L. Obinger’s throat Aug. 20 in La Grange Township. During Tuesday afternoon’s proceedings, Nelson apologized to Obinger for the attack and the “embarrassment these proceedings have put him through.”
Forum set for Assembly race
Chamber hosting member showcase at same time
October 14, 2010
Geneva Township — The public will have a chance to hear the candidates who are vying for the 32nd State Assembly debate Oct. 19 at the Lodge at Geneva Ridge.The Geneva Lake West Chamber is hosting the event in conjunction with its semi-annual member showcase.Both events are free and open to the public. The members showcase will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and the candidates forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Lake Lawn still has time to recover
Employees given notice, closing date in sight
October 14, 2010
Delavan — If the owners of Lake Lawn Resort can’t find new investors or a fresh infusion of funds in the next six weeks, it’s likely the 132-year-old hotel and spa will close by Nov. 30, or soon thereafter.Such a closing would send shockwaves through the local economy.According to the state Department of Workforce Development website, a 60-day layoff notice was sent to the 126 full-time resort employees at the resort on Oct. 8. Under Wisconsin’s WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act, the hotel has to register when and how many employees will be laid off.
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