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Andrea Anderson

Squabble over pillars in Town of Linn

 TOWN OF LINN — Turn onto Snake Road from Highway 50, drive under a canopy of trees and continue onto Alta Vista Drive until you reach a pair of pillars causing friction between town of Linn homeowners and official... Read more >>

Pair seek changes in child-abuse case
- Michael and Carrie Donahue of Genoa City are accused of abusing a 12-year-old boy. Read more >>
Whitewater schools seek $1.2 million
- Residents living within the Whitewater Unified School District limits in Jefferson, Rock and Walworth counties will vote Nov. 4 on a $1.2 million, four year long, non-recurring referendum. Read more >>
Two run for 11th District Senate seat
- Dan Kilkenny, Walworth County Board member, and Steve Nass, state Assembly representative, are competing in the Nov. 4 elections for the 11th Senate District seat. Read more >>
Lake Geneva residents battle for 32nd Assembly
- Alan Kupsik, a Lake Geneva City Council member, is challenging Rep. Tyler August in the Nov. 4 race for the 32nd Assembly District seat.
Board, residents at odds over pillars
- The town of Linn board and residents of a historic estate are in negotiations over two 133-year-old pillars located at the entrance of an Alta Vista Drive estate leading to the Alta Vista Lakefront Mansion. Read more >>
Whitewater school budget up 8 percent
- The Whitewater Unified School District proposed budget is up 8.19 percent because of a one-time payment this year for a performance contract. Read more >>
Elkhorn school budget up slightly
- The proposed Elkhorn Area School District budget includes new programs, money saving measures and a slight increase in the tax levy Read more >>
Sex offender ordinance approved
- The Elkhorn City Council on Monday voted in favor of an ordinance restricting where incoming sex offenders can live within city limits. Read more >>
Scholarships for Walworth County residents
- George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay is offering new scholarship opportunities to potential students who are permanent Walworth County residents. Read more >>
Brian Bates' death under investigation
- The Walworth County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Brian Bates, a Williams Bay man reported missing and found with a gunshot wound to his head. Read more >>
11th Senate District candidates Kilkenny, Nass square off in debate
- Dan Kilkenny and Steve Nass, 11th Senate District candidates, debated on Your Talk Show on WCLO radio Friday. Read more >>
Milder winter is coming, experts say
- This winter is predicted to be warmer and less snowy compared to last year's winter. Read more >>
Judge advances child abuse case
- Michael and Carrie Donahue are facing multiple charges related to the abuse and neglect of a 12-year-old boy. The child is the son of Michael. Both were bound over for trial Tuesday. Read more >>
More prison for mom of drowned twins
- Melody Butt, an East Troy mother convicted of child neglect in the 2011 drowning deaths of her twins, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges Tuesday and will spend the next 10 years in prison. Read more >>
Whitewater budget up nearly 1 percent
- The city of Whitewater's proposed 2015 budget includes four new or modified positions and a total budget increase of less than one percent. Read more >>
Sex offender alternatives
- The Elkhorn City Council discussed alternatives Monday to a potential ordinance that would restrict where incoming registered sex offenders could live in Elkhorn. Read more >>
Mounted search team helps counties
- Whitewater Area Mounted Search Team and Rescue was founded in 2007. The members help search for missing persons in Walworth, Jefferson and Rock counties. Read more >>
Mother of drowned twins has two more
- Melody N. Butt, East Troy, was convicted in 2012 of child neglect/causing death. She fell asleep while her 11-month-old twins were in the bathtub. Now, she's in prison and faces drug-related charges. Read more >>
Heroin addict shares his story
- For Tyler Lybert, alcohol led to marijuana, prescription drugs followed suit and heroin filled the void of Vicodin or OxyContin once they became too expensive. Read more >>
Man guilty of attacking police
- Daniel White, a Sugar Creek, man was found guilty on all counts--including battery to a police officer --for a September 2012 incident. He claimed he was the victim of police brutality. Read more >>
Motion to dismiss juvenile case denied
- The second court appearance for the juvenile charged with homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon was Tuesday. The juvenile is accused of shooting another juvenile in the town of Sharon. The motion to dismiss t... Read more >>
Petition circling in Elkhorn over proposed sex offender ordinance
- A petition against the Elkhorn City Council's proposed ordinance restricting where incoming sex offenders could live is circling among those those linked to Elkhorn businesses. The city council decided Monday to discuss alt... Read more >>
Donations wanted for baseball field
- Treyton's Field of Dreams, 504 W. Starin Road, Whitewater, had its grand opening Saturday. Donations for the project honoring Treyton Kilar are still being accepted to finish the project. Read more >>
Man extradited to face theft charges
- David A. Pierce, 42, was extradited from Costa Rica to face charges in Walworth County. Pierce, a contractor, is accused of over billing a client by more than $320,000. He's charged with five felony counts of theft by contr... Read more >>
Motions to dismiss abuse charges filed
- Kathleen and Martin O'Briens' attorneys filed motions for five charges to be dismissed or modified. Read more >>
Trial begins in Walworth County
- Attorneys made opening arguments Monday in the case involving Daniel White, a Sugar Creek man accused of attacking Walworth County deputies. White claims he is the victim of police brutality. Read more >>
Sex offender rule survives vote
- The Elkhorn City Council voted 4-3 Monday to move forward in the process of approving an ordinance that would restrict where sex offenders could live. Read more >>
Opinions vary on sex offender ordinance
- Some support and some oppose a proposed ordinance that would severely restrict where sex offenders live in Elkhorn. The council could vote on the ordinance Monday. Read more >>
Bank manager gets four years for theft
- Jessica Pfeifer, 33, Clinton, was sentenced to four years in prison for one felony count of theft and 26 felony counts of identity theft for financial gain. Read more >>
UW-W recruitment violations found
- A report released by UW-Whitewater gives details on the investigation into the university's recruitment policies and practices for wrestling. Read more >>
UW-Whitewater upgrading softball complex
- UW-Whitewater is adding a two-story building to its Martha van Steenderen Softball Complex, 910 W. Schwager Drive. Read more >>
Not guilty plea set in Delavan homicide
- Rafael Olivarez pleaded not guilty Friday to a a charge of first-degree intentional homicide. He's accused of stabbing his cousin to death in May. Read more >>
Grant to fund 61 paid UW-W internships
- UW-Whitewater receives grant for paid student internships. Read more >>
Court order restricting reporting details in Sharon shooting case

ELKHORN—A court order is preventing The Gazette from reporting details about a July town of Sharon shooting and a juvenile charged in the event.

Sharon shooting suspect in court
- The juvenile charged with homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon after fatally shooting a friend in July in the town of Sharon appeared in court Tuesday. Read more >>
Court order restricts reporting on case
- A Walworth County Court order is restricting The Gazette from reporting details about a town of Sharon shooting and a juvenile case attached to it. Read more >>
The reason for overgrown grass at Monterey Park
- Janesville officials allowed grass and weeds to grow tall along the lagoon at Monterey Park. It was an experiment to see if it would decrease the number of ducks and geese off the fields and trail. Read more >>
USA wins world ski tournament
- Team USA wins the biennial World Water Ski Show Tournament. The next one will be in 2016. Read more >>
USA leads water ski tournament
- Team USA is leading the World Water Ski Show Tournament that brings together five international teams. Read more >>
World ski tourney kicks off Friday
- World Water Ski Show Tournament is kicking off Friday evening at Traxler Park, 600 N. Main St., Janesville. Read more >>
Online commenting case settled
- A case between UW-Whitewater Professor Sally Vogl-Bauer and former graduate student Anthony Llewellyn is settled, according to online court records. Vogl-Bauer claimed Llewellyn defamed her. Read more >>
Fire chief: Abell's fire an accident
- The Friday morning fire that destroyed Abell's Restaurant and Lounge caused between $500,000 and $1 million damage was an accident, Elkhorn Fire Department Chief Rod Smith said. Read more >>
Whitewater teacher earns top state award
- Whitewater math teacher Diana Callope was named 2014 Wisconsin's Middle School Teacher of the Year in a surprise ceremony Friday. Read more >>
Elkhorn fire under investigation
- Elkhorn Fire Department is investigating the cause of a Friday morning fire that destroyed Abell's Restaurant and Lounge, N6427 Highway 12. Read more >>
Last blast: WJJO's Sonic Boom brings 13 bands to Janesville
- Madison radio station WJJO will sponsor a daylong outdoor concert Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport. It's an event made for hard rock. Read more >>
Elkhorn ponders sex offender limits
- The Elkhorn City Council voted 4-3 to draft an ordinance that would restrict where sex offenders can live in the city. It would require offenders to live at least 2,500 feet from facilities for children. Read more >>
Trial ordered in Delavan homicide
- Rafael Olivarez, 39, Delavan, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. He was bound over for trial at a second preliminary hearing Monday. Read more >>