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TOWN OF SHARON— Investigators say a town of Sharon teen failed to stop at a stop sign Wednesday and crashed into the car of a man who then died at the scene, according to a Walworth County sheriff's news release.

Loren Huffman, 67, also of the town of Sharon, sustained critical injuries from the crash and died, according to the release. The teen, driving a blue 2005 Ford Taurus, was Isabel Lavariega Bazan, 19.

Monday, 24 April 2017 16:39

Delavan man dead in motorcycle crash

SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP -- A Delavan man died Monday when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a tree in Sugar Creek Township.

Joshua Faber, 32, died when his motorcycle hit a tree about 11:37 a.m. along County Highway H, according to a Walworth County Sheriff's Office news release.

It's a little over halfway through Kurt Picknell's first term as Walworth County's sheriff, and he appears to have settled comfortably into the job.

But things change quickly in law enforcement, even in largely rural Walworth County.

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.

TOWN OF WHITEWATER—Two men were hospitalized—one in critical condition—after  a car collided with a semi-tractor on U.S. Highway 12 in the town of Whitewater Wednesday morning, according to a release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.

Ryan Gellings, 21, of Whitewater was taken to an area trauma center in critical condition. Marc Tracy, 43, of Carpentersville, Illinois, was transported to an area trauma center with moderate injuries.  

At 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies, City of Whitewater police, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater police and Whitewater Fire and Rescue units received reports of a semi versus car head-on crash at the Highway 12 bypass, just east of the S. Wisconsin Street overpass in the town of Whitewater.

Emergency responders found a green 1997 BMW with extensive front end damage on the eastbound shoulder of the highway. A 2012 Volvo semi-tractor with an attached tanker trailer was in the southbound ditch. Debris was scattered across the road.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Gellings was driving the BMW eastbound on Highway 12 when his car crossed the center line.  The semi, driven by Tracy, was westbound on Highway 12 and swerved to the right to avoid the collision. Both vehicles collided head on in the westbound lane.

The drivers were the only occupants of each of their vehicles.

Highway 12 was closed for about 6 hours in the Whitewater area for investigation and cleanup, according to the release.

 The crash remains under investigation by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Team and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Agencies who responded to this scene include Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, City of Whitewater Police Department, University of Wisconsin Whitewater Police Department, Whitewater Fire and Rescue, Wisconsin DOT, Wisconsin State Patrol, Walworth County Department of Public Works.


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