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County part-time position to help with jail policy

January 27, 2011
Elkhorn — Walworth County is seeking some short-term staff help for its Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. Although the job may last only six months, whoever is hired would help the CJCC and Walworth County Board set jail incarceration policy for years to come. The Walworth County Board's Executive Committee recommended hiring the temporary staff at its Jan. 17 meeting.

Area Boys & Girls Club advisory council forms

Next step: Find a building

January 20, 2011
Delavan — The advisory council of a new Delavan-Darien Boys & Girls Club met and organized last week Ashley Contreras, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Delavan-Darien School District, said the council will partner with the Janesville Boys & Girls Club and the new advisory council will answer to the Janesville board of directors. The next step will be to find a facility where the Delavan-Darien Boys and Girls Club can meet, possibly a vacant building or space in a school.

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County program seeks to reduce foreclosures
Banks urged to talk with homeowners
January 13, 2011
Elkhorn — Walworth County Judge John Race said he was disturbed by the stream of homeowners facing foreclosure who came through his courtroom.“These are good people fallen on hard times,” Race said.“It isn’t often I am disturbed by what I do in court,” Race said in a recent face-to-face interview. But he said he was watching people coming into his court in tears, frustrated in their efforts to renegotiate their mortgages, and frightened by the summons and complaint for foreclosure filed against their homes.
‘Holy Night’ warm one for men in homeless shelter
Safe haven provides beds for at least 10 in need
January 06, 2011
Delavan — It’s a holy night, the song says.It’s a good night, said Mike, one of the men staying at the Walworth County Men’s Emergency Homeless Shelter this past Christmas Eve.Without the shelter, Mike probably would have been on his own this holy night. While temperatures were not the coldest of the year, it was snowing and the wind was raw.
2010 - New beginnings, fading memories
December 30, 2010
An old face fades from Delavan Lake. A new face represents the State 32nd Assembly District. Finally, an East Troy man, who thought he was hiring a hitman, faces six years in prison.These are some of the top stories for 2010.
Supervisors seek ‘vision’ for managing jail population
December 23, 2010
Elkhorn — The Walworth County Board and the county’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee have wrestled with the problem of reducing the county’s jail population for almost exactly a year.Now, it’s time for some vision.On Monday, the County Board’s Executive Committee voted to send a synopsis of its findings to the coordinating committee and request a report on where it and the executive committee are in agreement and where they might differ.
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.
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.
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.
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