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141st year, No. 21

Keeping you current since 1872

Sheriff Awards

Flooding damages businesses Page 3A

Deputies and others receive recognition. Pages 2-3B

Badger tennis wins SLC Team took third at conference meet Page 1C

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Kwik Trip buys Clark station After clearing, gas station will seek developer or donate land By Chris Schultz


ALDERWOMAN ELIZABETH CHAPPELL demonstrates the use of the orange flags to help pedestrians safely cross the street in her district. The flag is homemade, Chappell said. City flags are larger.

Pedestrians wave flags for safe street crossing By Chris Schultz Any driver seeing an orange flag floating by at the intersections of Main and Wisconsin streets, Main and Cook streets or Main and Marshall streets, should take care. The pedestrian hoisting the flag wants to cross the street safely. The experiment with the crossing flags was started by Alderwoman Elizabeth Chappell,

said Public Works Director Dan Winkler. The program is based on a similar crossing-flag program in Madison, Chappell said. “I personally think it’s a good idea,” said Winkler. “Anything that attracts attention to the pedestrian crossing the street is a good thing.” Chappell said she came up with the idea after a pedestrian in a wheelchair was struck by a vehicle while crossing at Broad and Dodge streets last summer.

“The poor man gets hit in the crosswalk and it flipped my wig,” Chappell said. Chappell said she, her dog and her daughter often take walks around the city. “Over the years we’ve been narrowly missed in the crosswalk,” she said. Among other Wisconsin communities that use the flag program are Stoughton, Menomonie, La Crosse and Cottage Grove. Flags are usually yellow, orange, red or even lime green.

The southwest corner of Williams and Marshall streets will be cleared and cleaned by Kwik Trip and then either offered up for development or gifted to the city, according to Hans Zietlow, director of real estate for the LaCrosse-based retailer. The former Clark Station that was on that corner is now closed, its drive blocked off by wire fencing. Zietlow said it is the company’s policy to remediate old gas stations and convenience stores. “There are so many old, ratty convenience stores out there, where the cost of cleaning up the site is greater than the value of the land it sits on,” Zietlow said. “Since we were accused of creating eyesores, we decided to clean one up,” he said. “We bought it and will remove the tanks and do remediation.” The operators of the small Clark station, 728 Williams St., were opposed to Kwik Trip moving into


Lake Geneva has parking boss By Chris Schultz It’s not going to be an easy job. Sylvia Martinez-Mullally stepped in as the city’s first-ever parking supervisor on May 1. Right now, she’s observing. She’s taking walks with the parking officers and getting to know the Luke II parking system. “I’m just the observer right now,” Martinez-Mullally said in a recent interview. “At this point, I’m very brand new.”

She has yet to officially attend her first meeting of the Lake Geneva Parking Comm i s s i o n , although she said she’s had an informal conversat ion with commis- Martinez-Mullally sion chairman Martin Smith. So, at this time, she’s careful

about making suggestions or talking about possible improvements in the system. Mayor Jim Connors said the new supervisor will eventually be asked to analyze the city’s parking and proposing improvements. She will also be a liasion with downtown business owners and the chamber of commerce, he said. Connors said the supervisor will also implement recommendations in the city’s recent parking study.


THE CLARK STATION will be razed, and offered for redevelopment or donated to the city. the Williams Street area, as were several other nearby gas and service station owners. PLEASE SEE KWIK TRIP PAGE 10A


Genoa City

The Memorial Day parade in Lake Geneva begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Wisconsin and Broad streets. The parade route runs to the Riviera, where a ceremony is held.

The Sponholtz-Deignan American Legion Post 183 is hosting a Memorial Day event at Brookwood Elementary School at 10 a.m. The parade will follow at 11 a.m. and begins at the American Legion post at 322 Fellows Road.

Walworth/Fontana The Ingalls-Koeppen American Legion Post 102 will present Memorial Day services at the following locations. 8 a.m. Cobblestone Cemetery ceremony. 9 a.m. Brick Church Cemetery ceremony. 9:45 a.m. Walworth parade and ceremony. 11 a.m. Fontana parade and ceremony.

Williams Bay The Williams Bay Memorial Day Parade, hosted by VFW Post 2373, will begin on Cherry Street at 10:30 a.m. with the ceremony to take place at 11 a.m. in Edgewater Park. The guest pastor is Rev. Anderson of the Calvary Community Church. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the park shelter.


Homicide suspect bound over for trial By Robert Ireland ELKHORN — When a police officer arrived at the scene of a homicide, the suspect waived his squad car down and directed the officer to a man who was bleeding to death outside of an apartment. Rafael Olivarez, 39, was bound over for trial for first-degree inten-

tional homicide during a May 14 preliminary hearing. Olivarez allegedly stabbed his cousin, 31-year-old Ivan Guerrero, to death on May 4. If convicted, Olivarez faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Delavan Police Officer James Berlin testified that when he arrived at the scene, an apartment on Lawson School Road, the first

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person he saw was Olivarez. “I saw a male Hispanic approaching me, waiving me down,” Berlin testified. “He was covered in blood, what appeared to be blood.” At the apartments the night of the stabbing, Olivarez directed Berlin to Guerrero.


“There was a male Hispanic lying in the grass,” Berlin said. “He also was covered in blood and had a stab wound in his chest and some slashing marks on his right arm.” On cross examination, Public Defender Travis Schwantes ques-

tioned Berlin on why he thought the injury was a stab wound. “It appeared to be a ripping injury,” Berlin responded. Delavan Det. David Smith also testified and attended the autopsy that was conducted by Dr. Zelda Okia of the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office.

COMING ATTRACTIONS Special deal for military The Geneva Lake Museum will offer free admission to active duty military members from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The museum is taking part in this event as a member of Blue Star Museums.

Music by the Lake tickets Tickets for the annual outdoor summer entertainment venue Music by the Lake are for sale. The event includes performances by the Beach Boys and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Call (262) 245-8501.


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