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    •              MEDIA RELEASE

       

                                                8-14-15

       

      FATAL HOUSE FIRE

       

       

      At approximately 1:50 AM today, the Fontana Police Department and the Fontana Fire Department were advised of a structure fire at 919 Juneau Drive in the Village of Fontana.

       

      Arriving units found the structure (single story home) fully engulfed and three adult occupants of the house outside who reported that a fourth subject was still in the house. Firefighters searched and removed an unconscious 19 year old male, who was attended to by paramedics and MD1. The 19 year was transported to Mercy Walworth Hospital, where he was later declared deceased. The three other occupants of the house were also transported to area hospitals and are being treated for injuries.

       

      Fire departments from the Villages of Walworth, Williams Bay, Darien, along with units from the Cities of Lake Geneva, Delavan, Harvard, and the Townships of Linn and Delavan assisted in fighting the fire, which was under control by 2:35 AM.

       

      The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Linn Police Department also assisted at the scene.

       

      The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fontana Police Department, the Walworth County Fire Investigation Task Force, and the State of Wisconsin DCI.

       

      Deceased – Ryan Opitz, age 19, of Mundelein, IL

      Injured – David Opitz, age 54, of Mundelein, IL

      Injured – Merry Opitz, age 81, of Fontana, WI

      Injured – Travis Breaman, age 19, of Fort Myers, FL

       

      Release issued by Wolfgang Nitsch, Fontana Fire Chief

      and Steven Olson, Fontana Police Chief

       

      Contact Person - Chief Nitsch - 262-275-2131  


    • You can make the first day of school special!  The Tree House is partnering with local Law Enforcement to help make an impact on our community by assisting children who need school supplies but cannot afford them. A School Supply Drive will be held July 28 - August 26, 2015 
    • MOST NEEDED  SUPPLIES:
      •  Backpacks 
      • Rulers
      • #2 Pencils 
      • Pencil Pouches
      • Notebook Paper 
      • Colored Pencils
      • Glue/ Glue Sticks 
      • Scissors
      • Crayons 
      • Markers
      • Erasers 
      • Highlighters
      • Mechanical Pencils 
      • Pens
      • Post-It Notes

    • SCHOOL SUPPLY DROP OFF LOCATIONS:
      • The Tree House W4063 Elkhorn Highway NN, Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4 pm
    • AREA POLICE DEPARTMENTS:
    • Village of Fontana
    • Village of Walworth 
    • Village of Genoa City 
    • Town of Delavan
    • Village of East Troy 
    • Town of East Troy
    • Village of Sharon 
    • City of Lake Geneva
    • Town of Linn
    • Village of Williams Bay
    • City of Elkhorn 
    • City of Whitewater
    • Town of Bloomfield 
    • City of Delavan
    • www.wcac4kids.org
  • Congratulations to Officer Derrick Goetsch.  Officer Goestch recently completed his course to become an EMT with the Village of Fontana EMS.
  • The Fontana Police Department has joined The Suburban Mutual Assistance Response  Teams (SMART).  This will provide an enhanced coordinated response by law enforcement to major incidents in a three county area.
  • The Fontana Police Department received a grant from the Department of Transportation to buy new traffic safety equipment.  Grants like this provide the department with new equipment and saves the community money.

  • The Wisconsin Attorney General's Office had a press release today advising that AMBER Alerts can now be found on Twitter by following @Amberalert.
  • Ransonware Malware Infections - A new type of computer virus is starting to show up more frequently.  Your computer will lock up with a warning from a government agency, such as the FBI, DOJ, or other Law Enforcement agency, stating that you have illegal items on your computer.  It gives you the option to pay a fine and unlock your computer or you will be arrested.  A Law Enforcement Agency will NEVER contact you about a possible violation in this manner.  If this happens to you, immediately disconnect your computer from the internet and turn the power off.  If you have another computer or device that has internet access you may be able to search for a solution and remove the virus yourself.  IF this is not an option, please contact an IT professional to remove it for you.  For more information a link has been added to our "links" page, or you can access it HERE.
  • SCAMS AND CON MEN: Recently one of our citizens fell victim to an overseas lottery scam. The citizen had received mail which told her she had won the Australian Lottery for 6.5 million dollars. The con artists convinced her that the winnings were hers if she would pay various taxes and fees. She ended up sending over $200,000.00 to a bogus firm in England.  Remember the old adage " If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is to good to be true". Help us protect others from falling prey, call us immediately when you think someone is trying to scam you or a friend.
  • MYSTATEUSA.COM NOTIFICATIONS: Law enforcement agencies in Walworth County have a unique tool that allows them to notify the public of special situations by phone. This is how the system works. If there is a unique incident in Fontana such as a missing child, the FPD will have the 911 center activate what is know as the MYSPACEUSA.COM system. A recorded message will be made describing the child and any other information. The dispatch center will then program into the system the area to be notified which could be as small one city block or as large as the whole county. That message will then will be sent to every phone number in the designated area. If you answer the phone you will hear the caller identified as the 911 Center and then the message or it will be left on your answering machine.
  • PHONE SCAMS -  If you are called by someone claiming to work for a bank even if it is your bank do not give out any personal or banking information. No legitimate bank will call you to ask you for your account info, social security number or other personal information. Sometimes the caller will claim they are conducting an investigation into illegal activity at the bank and your assistance in providing the information is needed. If you are called tell them nothing an call the police promptly.