Latest News And Area Information
The Wisconsin Attorney General's Office had a press release today advising that AMBER Alerts can now be found on Twitter by following @Amberalert.
Extremely dangerous cold weather continues in our area. Please continue to avoid any exposure to the elements if possible. If you notice any water main breaks or houses that have broken pipes, please contact the Fontana Police Department.
Fontana Police Department non-emergency: 262 275-2275
Fontana Fire Department non-emergency: 262 275-2131
Alliant Energy (Electric): 800 862-6261
We Energy (Gas): 800 261-5325
Walworth County Aging & Disability Resource: 262 741-3400
Walworth County Crisis Services: 262 741-3200
Walworth County Sheriff non-emergency: 262 741-4400
As always, with any emergency, please call 911 immediately
Everyone should be extra cautious during these extreme cold periods. Watch how long you are exposed to the elements, especially any bare skin. Please check on any elderly neighbors, friends, or family members or ask the contact the Fontana Police Department to do a welfare check.
OFFICER Chris Brunning has been chose to fill the 3/4 time position that the Village Board approved in February 2013. Starting in March Officer Brunning will be working 32 hours a week. Congratulations Chris!
Congratulations to Chris Brunning! - The Village Board approved to make Officer Brunning a full-time officer. Officer Brunning has started his new schedule.
Welcome to our new website - We have redesigned our website. Feel free to give us feedback and let us know what you think.
Congratulations Ruth Hooper! - The Fontana Village Board approved promoting our Community Service Officer Ruth Hooper to become our newest part-time officer. Ruth was sworn in on 08/07/13 and will begin her training immediately. Congratulations Officer Hooper!
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.
The WI Statewide VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the WI Statewide VINE system is 888-868-4631. This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status. Click HERE to visit the site.
PAY TO PARK - All parking meters have been replaced with Pay to Park stations in the lake front area. If you do not have a current village sticker displayed on the driver's side of your windshield and you park in any of the lots or in marked stalls on Third or High Streets you must make payment at one of the four pay stations. Pay stations are located in Lot 3 on Third Street, at the intersection of Third and High Streets and at both ends of Lot #1 by the beach. Parking is checked between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM seven days a week including holidays. If you wish to contest a parking citation you must make a written request to the PD within 10 business days for a hearing.
BUYER BEWARE - CONTRACTOR FRAUD: The FPD is currently investigating several complaints about contractors who may have violated criminal laws by defrauding homeowners when they failed to deliver promised goods or services. These are difficult cases to investigate and prosecute criminally since in some situation what has happened is a civil matter between the contractor and the homeowner. We strongly encourage our citizens to check out any contractor they are considering employing. Do they have a permanent business address you can visit? Can the contractor show proof of insurance? Are they licensed by the state? Can they provide you with references? Be wary of anyone who answers these questions with a no. Do not give cash for down payments and ask for a receipt when you do pay. You can also check a potential contractor for any pending or past civil/criminal court cases on the CCAP on our links page.
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.