Walworth-Fontana area

Highway 14 reconstruction plans still in the works  

By Anne Trautner Assistant Editor       The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is still working on plans for restructuring Highway 14 in the village of Walworth.       “We still have two different potential paths that we were looking at. We are moving toward a recommendation, which would move the roadway […]

 
 

Residents up in arms over Peters Road bridge closure  

Residents up in arms over Peters Road bridge closure   

Town hall meeting to be held Aug. 11 to share concerns and potential solutions By Kellen Olshefski Editor       Residents in the Town of Sharon are speaking out against the closure of the bridge on Peters Road, claiming it’s land-locked them from the north and put them in potential danger. […]

 
 

Peters Road bridge to close Thursday  

  Unsafe bridge will remain closed until funding is obtained   The Peters Road bridge will be closing to all traffic next Thursday after being deemed unsafe by Walworth County and the State of Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner, according to Town of Sharon Board Chairman Rich Brandl. According to the release […]

 
 

Boy shot and killed in Town of Sharon  

  By Anne Trautner Assistant Editor Eric Gutierrez, an 11-year-old boy from Sharon, died after being shot in the head in a wooded area behind N1602 Highway K in Sharon Township on July 9. The case remained an open investigation for the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, which is working with […]

 
 

Walworth’s first branch court still out of session  

Hearings for parking tickets and zoning ordinances haven’t occurred since December By Anne Trautner Assistant Editor The village of Walworth has not had any court hearings involving zoning ordinances or parking tickets since December. “One of the problems is that a hearing can’t be held without a court clerk, and […]

 
 

Zelich enters not guilty plea

Zelich enters not guilty plea

By Kellen Olshefski Staff Writer Steven Zelich pleaded not guilty to two charges of hiding a corpse during an arraignment hearing in Walworth County Circuit Court Thursday. The 52-year-old West Allis man, who was bound over for trial on July 3, appeared via video from jail. A $1 million bail […]

 
 

Community comes together to support Fontana bridge repairs  

Community comes together to support Fontana bridge repairs   

Work on permanent bridge construction to begin in 2015 By Anne Trautner Assistant Editor       The Fontana Village Board decided Monday to aim for October 2015 as a target date to begin permanent repairs on the village’s South Lakeshore Drive bridge at the Abbey Harbor.       Until then, the bridge […]

 
 

South Lakeshore Drive bridge in Fontana closed last week  

South Lakeshore Drive bridge in Fontana closed last week   

Bridge undergoes repairs after being found unsafe for traffic By Anne Trautner Assistant Editor       Fontana employees traditionally work diligently to prepare for the July 4 holiday, the busiest time of the year for the resort village.       This year’s preparations may have been the most challenging yet, with the […]

 
 

Teacher remains on suspension following Facebook post  

Williams Bay School Board continues thorough analysis of incident prior to making final decision By Anne Trautner Assistant Editor       Breann Vogt, a fifth-grade teacher at Williams Bay Elementary School, remains on leave following a Facebook post she made on June 2.       Vogt, who has taught at the school […]

 
 

Police identify second victim in suitcase murders

Police identify second victim in suitcase murders

By Vicky Wedig Editor Jenny Gamez, 19, of Cottage Grove, Ore., has been identified through dental records as the second victim of a suspected murderer who dumped her body and another alongside a Town of Geneva road in suitcases earlier this month. Walworth County and Town of Geneva police announced […]