WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- More than 3,500 miles separate Ireland and Wisconsin, but Irish history is a lot closer than you might think.
As part of America’s great melting pot, 19th-century Irish immigrants flocked to our state, including Walworth and Rock counties, where they helped settle the land as farmers and workers, added their names and skills to local communities and built schools, churches and businesses -- some of which are still thriving today.
TOWN OF GENEVA—A single-family house in Lake Geneva was seriously damaged in a fire Monday night, but no injuries were reported, according to a release from the Lake Geneva Fire Department.
Firefighters responded to a call of a structure fire at N3393 Oak Road in Lake Geneva about 10:31 p.m. Monday.
Upon arrival, crews saw flames on an exterior wall of the house.
The home’s occupants had gotten out of the house before crews arrived.
Before firefighters arrived, town of Geneva police officers used a fire extinguisher to knock down some of the fire, according to the release.
The fire spread into the walls and roof of the structure.
During overhaul operations, firefighters tracked down remaining hot spots and extinguished the fire.
The Elkhorn Area Fire Department also responded to the scene.
According to the release, the home also sustained smoke and water damage.
Crews returned to quarters at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday, according to the release.
The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation.
TOWN OF GENEVA—A Lake Geneva man died in an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening in the town of Geneva, but authorities have released few details so far as the incident is being investigated.
Kris Kristl, 26, of Lake Geneva was identified as a suspect who was shot in the incident, which happened about 7:46 p.m. Thursday on County Highway H near Petrie Road in the town of Geneva, according to a joint release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and the Elkhorn Police Department.
Police were present at the location Thursday evening investigating a reckless driving complaint, according to the release.
Kristl was shot and killed by an Elkhorn police officer and Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy, according to Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell.
Both were on duty at the time.
Police said the Elkhorn police officer involved in the shooting has been with the department for about eight years.
The Walworth County deputy has been with the sheriff’s office for two years and has a total of six years of law enforcement experience, according to the release.
Both officers have been placed on administrative duty, which is standard procedure in such incidents.
The sheriff's office requested the assistance of the state Department of Criminal Investigations to assist, which is required in cases where an officer is involved in a shooting, according to Picknell.
The DCI is continuing as the lead agency in this investigation.
Authorities said they will release more information on the incident as the investigation progresses.
A stretch of County Highway H, from Petrie to County Highway NN was closed for hours while investigators followed up.
This is the third officer-involved shooting in Walworth County in the past 13 months.
A 26-year-old man, Eric Olsen, died Jan. 8, 2016, after being shot by officers near Lake Como. Police say they were responding to a report of a disturbance when the encountered Olsen, who charged at them with a knife.
Then, on Feb. 24, 2016, Christopher Davis, 21, was shot by police in an East Troy parking lot during what police say was a drug investigation that turned into a car chase and crash.
TOWN of GENEVA -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating what they describe as "an officer-involved critical incident" in the Town of Geneva, according to TMJ4 news.
Scanner traffic indicates the incident took place near the intersection of Petrie Road and County Highway H Thursday evening, Feb. 2, 2017.
No official information has been released at this time.
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