2013 news timeline: Walworth County

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Staff | January 2, 2014

Take a look at what made the news in 2013, as compiled from walworthcountytoday.com and gazetteextra.com websites and social media:

Special Methods in Equine Learning Skills co-founder Sherry Monty retired in January, after 28 years minding the therapeutic riding facility in Darien. http://walworth.www.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/2013/jan/06/smiles-leader-leaves-legacy-people-special-needs/

John Powers died January 17 at the age of 67. Born on the south side of Chicago, Powers became a Lake Geneva resident. The author of a number of novels, including “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?”—which went all the way to Broadway—he later worked as a motivational speaker: http://bit.ly/1cJh3NV

A Walworth County deputy fatally shot an 18-year-old jail inmate, Alfredo Emilio Villarreal at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn January 21. Deputy Richard Lagle, who had been guarding Villarreal while the inmate had been admitted to the hospital, was attacked after he had unshackled Villarreal to let him use the restroom.  Lagle was cleared of any charges by the Walworth County district attorney: http://bit.ly/1l2DW2d

A five-alarm fire at Echo Lake Foods in Burlington on January 31,  that drew more than 80 fire departments from around the area, left some 300 workers at the plant—one of the largest employers in the area—out of work. http://bit.ly/1hgZLeg

Millie's Restaurant and Shopping Village, a longtime Delavan fixture, announced it had closed in February. The Slater family, who had been the owners of the 48-year-old restaurant since 1980, said the business had taken a hit from the economy, and prospective new owners backed out of a deal at the last minute: http://bit.ly/1cnr12P

A 14-month-old boy was fatally mauled by two pit bulls owned by the toddler's babysitter in Fontana: http://gazettextra.com/news/2013/mar/08/friends-family-mourn-loss-toddler-dog-attack/

Daylan Turner, a then 14-year-old Walworth teenager ran away from home in March, but came back three months later, according to police reports. A 16-year-old Delavan girl, Kiana Haggermaker-Tucker, however, is still missing since she disappeared September 26. http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1223453/1

Fire gutted two buildings on the square in East Troy April 26, destroying three businesses and several apartment buildings.

Authorities arrested a juvenile in connection with an armed robbery of a Citgo gas station in the village of Walworth May 2. 

A Twin Lakes police officer, Jeffrey Kreft, was killed in a head-on crash in Lyons May 25, after the 16-year-old driver of a truck crossed the center line. Kreft had just finished his third-shift job and was heading home.

Longtime Delavan historian Gordon Yadon died June 21 at the age of 90: http://m.janesville.www.clients.ellingtoncms.com/obits/2013/jun/24/wallace-yadon/

St. Patrick Parish School in Elkhorn closed its doors in June after 55 years: http://on.fb.me/1dbjVzx

A snapping turtle was fatally beaten on a golf course in Delavan in June. Rewards for information on the beating were offered, but no one was arrested: http://bit.ly/1a2fgTi

Summer storms rolled through Walworth County in June, causing flooding on area roads and highways: http://bit.ly/1dqaCiO

Walworth County moved ahead to purchase a nearly 200-acre property along the White River in Lyons as a county park: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20130825/WC/130829858

A new dental clinic with a mission to help low-income residents aims to fill a need in the community. The clinic is a collaborative effort among the Walworth County Health and Human Services, Inspiration Ministries and Community Health Care: http://www.walworthcountytoday.com/article/20131124/WC/131129886

In November, a heating and cooling contractor stepped in to provide a new furnace for three Darien brothers who were struggling to save a home built by their late parents in 1975 as apart of a Housing and Urban Development program: http://www.communityshoppers.com/Donated-furnace-keeps-Darien-family-in-their-home

Voters in Elkhorn backed a referendum to borrow and spend up to $3.5 million to replace an aging community swimming pool during a November election: http://www.walworthcountytoday.com/article/20131106/WC/131109851

The city of Elkhorn moved its Nativity display to a less-prominent place in the square after a complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation: http://bit.ly/1bO0JGH

Area residents rallied around a Sharon wife and mother who lost her husband and two of her daughters, and had a second daughter hospitalized after a car accident on Nov. 29 in Bradford. A number of fundraising efforts were held for the Oritz family: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20131205/ARTICLES/131209810

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