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Andrea Anderson

Woman devoted to restoring 1850s church
- Georgia Kestol-Bauer is restoring Hart Prairie Methodist-Episcopal Church in the town of Richmond. The church is believed to have been built by Norwegian immigrants in the early 1850s. Read more >>
Online business eyes Sharon building
- HopMeUp and AltaRail owner Dan Hill is waiting for the Department of Natural Resources to give him the green light before the retailer makes his way to the village of Sharon. Read more >>
Mary Burke mingles in Janesville
- Mary Burke made a campaign stop at the Italian House on Thursday before before heading to the Rock County 4-H Fair. Read more >>
Teacher resigns after Facebook posts
- A Williams Bay teacher accused of posting threatening comments on Facebook in June has reached a resignation agreement with the Williams Bay School District. Read more >>
Street employees appear in court
- Ronald Carstensen and Donald Hoeft Jr., former Lake Geneva Street Department employees, made their initial appearance in court Tuesday. Read more >>
Whitewater shooting suspects in court
- The four people accused of being involved in a Friday morning Whitewater shooting made their initial court appearances Tuesday. Read more >>
Men face federal drug charges
- Two Janesville men face charges in federal court for conspiring to sell the club-drug methylone, also called Molly or M1. Read more >>
Whitewater chooses peace pole over flag
- The Whitewater City Council rescinded part of a 1971 resolution that claimed the city must fly the United Nations flag outside City Hall. Read more >>
Alpine Valley eyeing camping expansion
- A Walworth County official who met with Live Nation representatives says the operator is considering adjusting its camping facilities in the future to attract more artists. Read more >>
Shingle recycling permit approved
- Southwind RAS, an Illinois company, will be taking over 58 acres of vacant land in the town of Lafayette for its asphalt shingle recycling business. The Walworth County Zoning Agency committee approved a conditional-use per... Read more >>
Not guilty plea in suitcase bodies case
- Steven Zelich entered not guilty pleas to two felony counts of hiding a corpse at an arraignment Thursday, July 17. He's suspected of killing two women, concealing their bodies in separate suitcases and then dumping the sui... Read more >>
Wastewater lagoon under construction
- The city broke ground on its new anaerobic wastewater pretreatment lagoon last month. It will be completed by October. It's across the street from Seneca, 418 E. Conde St. Read more >>
Walworth County sued over permits
- A group of Walworth County residents are suing several entities over a potential shingles plant in Walworth County. Read more >>
Day of Action scheduled
- The third annual Walworth County Day of Action is taking place Thursday, July 24. The event is sponsored by United Way of Walworth County, Volunteer Connection and Walworth County Volunteer Services. Read more >>
Uncle: A preventable accident, death
- The uncle of Eric Gutierrez, the 11-year-old town of Sharon boy who died after sustaining a gunshot wound Wednesday, is asking that someone be held accountable. Read more >>
Organ donation: 'It's not an easy decision'

JANESVILLE—The organs of Eric Gutierrez, the 11-year-old Sharon boy shot in the head Wednesday, will be donated, according to the mother's Facebook page.

Former bank manager pleads guilty to stealing more than $150,000
- Jessica Pfeifer, 32, Clinton, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $150,000 from Delavan's Guaranty Bank and an additional 26 felony counts of identity theft for financial gain. Read more >>
Coroner notified in Sharon shooting

SHARON—Authorities are investigating the shooting of a boy in the town of Sharon reported at 12:33 p.m. Wednesday.

Court: Hearsay evidence OK
- The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled hearsay evidence will remain admissible at preliminary hearings after oral arguments from two lawyers challenging the statute were heard in March. Read more >>
Trail of a drunken driving blood sample
- The Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene and the trail of a toxicology sample. Read more >>
Steven Zelich bound over for trial
- Steven Zelich is bound over for trial for two counts of hiding a corpse. Read more >>
Officials identify second body
- Authorities identified the second woman found in a suitcase along a town of Geneva road June 5 as Jenny Gamez. Steven Zelich of West Allis is suspected in Gamez's death. Read more >>
Experts: Local honey bee population unstable
- The national, state and local unstable honey bee population is a concern for many. Read more >>
Zelich held on $1 million bond
- Steven Zelich, 52, West Allis, is charged with two counts of hiding a corpse. He was being held on a $1 million cash bond after a court hearing Friday. Read more >>
Suitcase suspect held on $1 million bond

ELKHORN—The West Allis man prosecutors say admitted killing two women and putting their bodies into suitcases was ordered held Friday at the Walworth County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

Complaint filed in suitcase bodies case
- Steven Zelich, the West Allis man being questioned in connection with two bodies found along a Walworth County roadside, was booked into the county jail Thursday morning. Read more >>
Man arrested in connection with suitcase bodies
- Steven M. Zelich, 52, of West Allis was arrested Wednesday in connection with two women's bodies found in two suitcases in the town of Geneva, and one woman has been identified as being from Minnesota. Read more >>
Kedzie lands job with trucking group
- Former Republican state Sen. Neal Kedzie will be the new president of Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association. Read more >>
Former Lake Geneva workers charged
- Two former Lake Geneva Street Department employees were charged with misconduct in public office and theft after allegedly giving away city salt/sand to private companies and stealing city oil and scrap metal. Read more >>
Aqua Jays overcome injuries
- Jamie Kumlien and Aragorn Luiting, two Aqua Jays water skiers, are out for the season because of injuries. But, Aaron Schoelzel, Aqua Jays show director, is optimistic about the season. Read more >>
$500,000 cash bond set for Courtney
- A $500,000 cash bond was set Friday afternoon for Clayton Courtney. Courtney, 28, of Janesville, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Read more >>
Committee delays decision on shingles
- The Walworth County Zoning Agency committee voted unanimously to delay a decision on allowing a conditional use permit for an Illinois-based company that wants to operate a shingle recycling company in the town of Lafayette. Read more >>
Judge delays decision in homicide
- Judge David Reddy wants more information before deciding to dismiss the case involving Rafael Olivarez, 39, of Delavan. Olivarez is suspected of stabbing his cousin to death May 4. Read more >>
City council tables U.N. flag discussion
- The Whitewater City Council decided to postpone a decision Tuesday on flying the U.N. flag outside City Hall. Betty Refior asked the council to reinforce the 1971 council resolution. Read more >>
Elkhorn company goes global
- Palmer Hamilton, 143 S. Jackson St., Elkhorn, produces mobile and customizable cafeteria tables, booths, outdoor furniture and fancier furniture for customers across the world. Read more >>
Walworth issues same-sex licenses
- Walworth County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Thursday morning. Read more >>
Man sentenced for child sexual assault
- Roberto Sanchez-Nova of Lake Geneva was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in prison followed by five years extended supervision for first-degree sexual assault to a child younger than 13. Read more >>
Teacher on leave over Facebook post
- Breann Vogt, a fifth grade Williams Bay Elementary School teacher, is on administrative leave after posting a threatening comment on Facebook in early June, according to the school district. Read more >>
Rock County's first same-sex marriage
- Rock County's first same-sex marriage happened Monday at the Rock County Courthouse. Amanda Suckow and Jennifer Wagner, both of Janesville, got married. Read more >>
Clubs celebrate 4-H centennial
- The Linn 4-H Club is the oldest 4-H club in Wisconsin and will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of all the state's 4-H clubs. Read more >>
Whitewater High School graduates 124
- One hundred and twenty four Whitewater High School seniors graduated Sunday at a ceremony in the high school's gym. Read more >>
Officials working to ID bodies in suitcases
- Police are reviewing a national list of missing persons and hope autopsies will help identify two bodies found in suitcases Thursday afternoon along a rural road. Read more >>
Defense: Drop murder charge
- Rafael Olivarez, 39, is charged with fatally stabbing his cousin. Olivarez's attorney filed a motion to dismiss the charges and release the defendant from jail. Read more >>
Badger High janitor bound over for trial
- Alfredo Sandoval, 68, of Lake Geneva, is charged with felony sexual assault of a student by school staff. He was bound over for trial Thursday.. Read more >>
DOT plans 2019 construction
- The Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to update parts of Milwaukee Street and area intersections in 2019. Read more >>