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Kenosha County Circuit Court jury trial to resume Aug. 31

Jury trials are set to resume in Kenosha County Circuit Court on Aug. 31, it was announced Monday. Here’s a news release: The Kenosha County Circuit Court will resume conducting jury trials onAug. 31, with safety protocols in place, Chief Judge Jason Rossell and Clerk of Circuit Court Rebecca Matoska-Mentink announced today (Monday) Remote, video […]

Illinois man sentenced in triple fatal crash

Timothy Vandervere, 41, found guilty of killing three members of a Kenosha family in a crash on Highway 50 in Salem Lakes in April, was sentenced Friday in Kenosha County Circuit Court to 32 years in prison. Dying as a result of the April 5 crash were: Dr. Michael J. Rizzo, 67, of Kenosha, Mary […]

Racine woman charged in local THC vaping case

A Racine woman has been charged in Circuit Court in connection with a case that has also led to charges for two men and their mother from Paddock Lake in connection with an operation that authorities say manufactured illegal THC infused vaping cartridges. Hannah J Curty, 19, of Racine was charged Thursday with Manufacture/Deliver THC […]

County officials set higher goal for petition drive to keep murderer behind bars

An effort by two elected county officials and a victim’s family to keep a man convicted of a 1985 murder in Bristol behind bars is resetting its goal for a petition drive. The petition asking that convicted murderer Eric Nelson not be granted parole next month reached its original goal of 1,000 signatures April 2, […]

Spring Election 2017: Circuit Court Judge Branch 7 results

Incumbent Circuit Court Judge Jodi L. Meier appears to have won election to her seat over challenger John Anthony Ward. Meier was appointed to fill the judgeship after the death of Judge Michael Wilk last year. With 115 of 115 polls reporting preliminary results: Meier 12,386 (85%) to John Anthony Ward 2,145( 15%). ShareTweet0 Shares

Obregon sentenced to life in prison

Andrew Obregon, 34, of Brighton, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for the homicide of Tywon Anderson. The sentence was issued by Judge Chad Kerkman at a hearing Tuesday morning in Kenosha. Obregon also was sentenced by Kerkman for armed robbery, fleeing law enforcement officers and attempted homicide, with sentences to be served concurrently […]

Spring Election 2017: It’s Election Day!

It’s Spring Election Day today with non-partisan municipal, school and judicial offices on the ballot. At the state level, there is a contested election for state superintendent of schools. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting in Twin Lakes will be at Village Hall. Salem Lakes will be using all three polling places: Salem […]

Obregon pleads guilty to homicide before trial

Andrew Obregon pleaded guilty to two charges of homicide in Kenosha County Circuit Court Friday. Obregon’s trial on 32 charges related to the killing of Tywon Anderson and his weeks long evasion of capture by authorities was scheduled to start Monday. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department conducted an intense search for Obregon in connection with Anderson’s murder after […]

Obregon trial delayed until 2017

The trial of Andrew Obregon will not take place this year. The trial was set to begin Sept 26, but court records on Wednesday show the trial has been rescheduled to Jan. 30, 2017. Media reports say the delay came at the request of defense counsel due to an issue caused by illness to part of the defense […]

Twin Lakes woman faces homicide charge in connection with Salem heroin death

A Twin Lakes woman faces a charge of reckless homicide in connection with the heroin overdose death of a Salem man this summer. Elizabeth M. Cooper, 30, faces a charge of  first degree reckless homicide/delivery of drugs. She also has been charged with felony possession of narcotic drugs (heroin) and a misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. […]

Wheatland files appeal to sex offender placement

Wheatland has filed an appeal to a court order placing a sex offender in a Wheatland residence along Highway 50. Wheatland prosecuting attorney Todd Terry filed the appeal on behalf of the town on Wednesday, he said. That appeal is focused on the Racine Circuit Court’s denial of a petition for Wheatland to intervene in the case. Terry […]

Trevor man faces child enticement charges in Winnebago County

Joshua C. Scheil, 28, of Trevor, who serves as pastor of a Twin Lakes church, has been charged with child enticement in Winnebago County. Circuit Court records say Scheil has been charged with: Use a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime. Child Enticement-Sexual Contact. Cause Child 13-18 to View Sex. Activity. Scheil is next […]

Judge S. Michael Wilk, 76, dies

Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge S. Michael Wilk has died, is reporting. Wilk, 76, died after a short hospitalization. Here is the rest of WGTD’s story. Here is an obituary. Share2Tweet2 Shares

Two charged with arson for Paris fire

Two Kenosha men have been arrested and charged with setting a Paris property on fire Thursday, Feb. 18, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday. Facing multiple felony charges including arson of a building without the owners consent are Damien L. Stuble, 21, of Kenosha, and Travis D. Delabio, 21, of Kenosha. “This arson investigation moved […]

Date set for Obregon trial on homicide and other charges

A trial for Andrew Obregon is scheduled to take place in September on a total of over 30 charges including homicide. Obregon, of Bristol, is accused of killing Tywon Anderson, 37, of Kenosha, and leaving his body in Paris. While a person of interest and later a suspect in Anderson’s death, Obregon eluded law enforcement for almost […]

Man guilty of death of Twin Lakes teen in 2013 crash sentenced to prison

The man who struck a Twin Lakes teenager who later died from his injuries in the June 2013 traffic crash was sentenced in Kenosha County Circuit Court Monday. Thomas H. Johnston IV, 29, of Twin Lakes, had pleaded no contest to a charge of  homicide by use of vehicle-controlled substance. On June 14, 2013, Johnston struck Nathaniel […]

Obregon back in Wisconsin in Kenosha County Jail

The suspect in the homicide of a Kenosha man who eluded police for almost two weeks and eventually was caught in Illinois, is back in Wisconsin. From a statement from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department issued this afternoon: Andrew Obregon, 32, of Brighton, waived his extradition to Kenosha County, today in a Lake County, IL court […]

Man found shot in Illinois Monday faces charges in Kenosha County

A man found shot at a bar in Lake Villa, Ill. Monday night is facing charges in Kenosha County. A press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department identified the man found in Lake Villa as Justin K. Diedrich, 23, various Illinois media outlets said. The release went on to say Diedrich “was at the scene of the […]

Driver in wrong way fatal crash faces felony charges

Brian J.  Smith, the driver of a truck that was going the wrong way on Highway 50 in Wheatland  on Dec. 6 leading to a crash with another vehicle in which two people died, faces five felony charges. Smith, 36, of Lindenhurst, appeared in Kenosha County court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday. He faces felony charges […]

Twin Lakes man charged in crash death of Twin Lakes teen

A Twin Lakes man faces a felony charge in connection with a crash that killed a teen along a county highway in Randall last summer. Thomas H. Johnston IV, 28, has been charged with homicide by vehicle use-controlled substance in connection with the crash that occurred on June 14, 2013, according to Circuit Court records. Nathaniel […]

Orozco charged with felony in fatal crash

The man who was driving a car involved in a crash in which his passenger died on Sunday morning in Bristol has been charged with a felony. Christopher J. Orozco, 29, of Paddock Lake, has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of vehicle in Kenosha County Circuit Court. Orozco is scheduled to appear in […]

Twin Lakes women face drug-related charges

Two Twin Lakes women have been charged with drug related crimes as the result of an investigation by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Kenosha Drug Operations Group. From a statement issued by the department Thursday: On March 4, 2014, Kenosha Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Samantha L. Horne and Samantha J. Ogelvie. KDOG (Kenosha Drug Operations Group) conducted […]

Kenosha County receives grant for Treatment Alternatives and Diversion

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced $1.5 million in grant awards to 12 counties — including Kenosha County — and one tribe for the establishment of specialty court and pre-trial diversion projects. The funding is part of the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program, also known as “TAD,” and is used by counties to establish […]

Search warrant execution in Twin Lakes uncovers marijuana grow operation

Persistence by officers executing a drug search warrant in Twin Lakes Saturday uncovered the beginning of a marijuana growing operation, police said. From a statement released today by Twin Lakes Police Chief Dale Racer: On Saturday, September 7, 2013, the Twin Lakes Police Department, with the assistance of the Kenosha County Drug Operations Group (K-DOG), […]

Man found guilty in murder of Trevor woman

James Ealy, accused of the murder of Mary Hutchison of Trevor in 2006, was found guilty today by a Lake County Circuit Court jury, the Associated Press is reporting. Ealy robbed the fast food restaurant in Linderhurst where Hutchison was a manager and working on the day she was strangled to death. More details available […]

Four arrested and face charges in Paddock Lake burglaries

A tip about suspicious individuals in the neighborhood led to the arrest Monday of four suspects in break-ins at two Paddock Lake homes. According to a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department report: At 12:22 p.m., a deputy responded to a report of four suspicious male subjects walking through backyards on the west side of Paddock Lake. The deputy was able to […]

Twin Lakes man faces election fraud charges

Michael D. Radtke of Twin Lakes has been charged by the Kenosha County District Attorney with three counts of election fraud. From a statement issued by the DA’s office today: A criminal complaint has been issued charging Michael D. Radtke, 49, 907 Legion Dr., Twin Lakes, with three counts of election fraud. According to the complaint, Radtke, […]

Dowse appointed full-time court commissioner

Rebecca Matoska-Mentink, Clerk of Circuit Court has made the following announcement: Local attorney Geoffrey Dowse has been named by the Circuit Court Judges as Kenosha Circuit Court’s newest full-time court commissioner. Dowse will replace retired Court Commissioner John C. Plous, who retired on December 28, 2012. He will begin this position on March 4. Dowse […]

Kenosha County Firearms Surrender Project starts

A coordinated effort between the Kenosha County Circuit Court, Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office that will require people who are the subject of domestic abuse and related temporary restraining orders and injunction orders to surrender any firearms in their possession while the Court Order is active was unveiled this week. The effort, known […]

Trevor man charged with possession of child pornography

A Trevor man has been charged with possesson of child pornography after state Department of Justice special agents and sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at his home last week. From a DOJ press release: On Thursday, January 31, 2013, special agents with the Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), along with […]

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