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Walworth County Fair official receives Heritage Award

December 16, 2010
Las Vegas — Ed Sokolowski, a member of the Walworth County Fair Board, was one of five recipients of the Heritage Award. The award was made Dec. 1 during special ceremonies at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) 120th Annual Convention. Members of the Walworth County Fair Board nominated him for the honor. The Heritage Award is sponsored by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance.

Five charged in plot to import California marijuana

Plan broken up when parents turn in daughter

December 16, 2010
Elkhorn — Four people in Walworth County and one in California have been charged for allegedly planning to have marijuana shipped from California to sell to students at Elkhorn Area High School and elsewhere in Walworth County. Ian G. Johnson, 18, 3393 South Road, Lyons Township; Taylor M. Aguilar, 18, 1126 Dodge St., Lake Geneva; Curt A. Schlagel, 18, Sugar Creek Township; and Nikolas A. Koch, 18, 24-1/2 S. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, have all been charged with conspiracy to deliver marijuana. If convicted, they each face up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines. Merrick J. Boyer, 18, 1245 Morning View Dr. No. 162, Escondido, Calif., faces a felony charge of delivering marijuana. If convicted, he also faces up to six years imprisonment.

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Dunn sentenced to 10 years probation for child porn
December 09, 2010
Elkhorn — Writer, museum curator, teacher, and now, registered sex offender.Walter S. Dunn, 82, LaFayette Township, was sentenced to six months of confinement under the Huber law, followed by 10 years of probation after pleading guilty earlier to one count of possession of child pornography.Walworth County Judge James Carlson also imposed and stayed a three-year prison term, which could be enforced if Dunn violates his probation.
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.”
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.
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.
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