A Janesville man plead guilty to a reduced charge in Rock County Court Tuesday. Dakota Potts is accused of sexually assaulting a 9 year old boy in the restroom at Monterey Park in 2018. He was originally charged with first degree sexual assault of a child under 13, but due to the plea agreement he plead guilty to second degree sexual assault of a child under 16. The maximum sentence for that crime is 40 years in prison. The prosecution will not argue for a longer sentence then 3 years in prison and 7 years of extended supervision as part of the plea deal. Sentencing is set for April 2nd.
Several Wendy’s restaurants including 2 in Janesville have been fined for violating child labor laws. Manna Inc. operates Wendy’s in 9 different states, and 38 minors were found to work in the 8 restaurants Manna owns in Wisconsin. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and House division said Manna violated child labor requirements as set by the Fair Labor Standards Act when it allowed 14 and 15 year old employees to work outside legally approved hours and more hours than allowed by law. Under the law children can’t work before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. or more then 3 hours on a school day, with a maximum of 8 hours on the weekend but not exceeding 18 hours when school is in session. Manna was fined $157,114 for the violations.
A resolution could be forthcoming, causing a delay in the trial of a former Jefferson police officer accused of misconduct in public office. Daniel Johnson of Fort Atkinson faces two charges of misconduct after he was accused of trading confidential police information for sexual favors. In two requests for a continuance filed by both the state Assistant Attorney General and the defense attorney, it suggested that a deal will be worked out before a jury trial is necessary. The trial is scheduled for January 23. Johnson was charged in March 2019 after an investigation found a 25 year old woman gave him oral sex in exchange for confidential information from child protective services. If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison and $20 thousand in fines.
Janesville Police arrested a woman related to a drug investigation after officers conducted controlled cocaine buys from her in the city of Janesville. Kadee Russell sold cocaine to officers during a series of buys that the police had set up, according to a Janesville Police Department news release, and is charged with two counts of deliver of cocaine, two counts of maintaining a drug trafficking vehicle, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Russell is being held at Rock County Jail and no court date has been set.
A Mukwanago man was sentenced Friday in Walworth County Court for nearly beating a man to death with a baseball bat. Marcus Sevilla plead guilty in November to aggravated battery and first degree recklessly causing injury. The victim needed to have part of his skull removed to stop the swelling, and has metal plates in his head. Sevilla had a previous battery conviction in 1990, but had a clean record since. His lawyer asked for a lighter sentence because Sevilla is older, remorseful, and has mental and physical health issues including a heart condition, kidney disease, and schizophrenia. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with 10 years of extended supervision.
TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN
JANUARY 20, 2020
CALL MEETING TO ORDER
TRANSFER FUNDS AND PAY BILLS
REVIEW/ACTION ON REVISIONS TO CHAPTER 5 BUILDING CODE
DISCUSSION/ACTION ON SEX OFFENDER ORDINANCE
DISCUSSION/ACTION ON CREATING A PARK IN THE TOWN
TOWN’S ASSOCIATION MEETING
ZONING OFFICER REPORT
SET DATE FOR GREGORY & PATTY JOHNSON ZONING HEARING
SET NEXT MEETING DATE FEBRUARY 17, 2020
IMMEDIATELLY FOLLOWING TOWN BOARD MEETING
CALL CAUCUS TO ORDER
ELECT CHAIRMAN (PRESENT TOWN CHAIR CAN NOT RUN MEETING IF HE IS
APPOINT CLERK AS MINUTE TAKER
SELECT 2 TELLERS TO CANASS THE VOTE FOR EACH OFFICE TO BE NOMINATED
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 3RD SUPERVISOR
NONINATIONS OPEN FOR 4TH SUPERVISOR
CLOSE TOWN CAUCUS
NOMINEES TO FILL OUT THERE PAPER WORK
Three things to do in Walworth County
1.) Check out seasonal happenings
The great thing about smaller towns is that you get to enjoy the "small town atmosphere." During fall, there are apple orchards and pumpkin patches to attened! Just you wait until you hear about the festivals. There is Winterfest, the Walworth County Fair and of course the legendary Darien Cornfest. Fun for the entire family!
2.) Get outside
Hiking or checking out local scenery is a super fun and healthy way to spend your time in Walworth County. Natureland Park, Bald Buff Nature Trail, and Nordic Trail Head are a couple of highly reviewed trails that you may want to check out next time you want to go hiking.
3.) Go shopping/Grab a bite to eat
Walworth County has many local shops, resturants, and businesses. Whether you like to antique, or you consider yourself a foodie, there is something for everyone in Walworth County. Just take a stroll through one of the downtown locations! And don't worry, there are plenty of hotels and B&B's for visitors to the town!