Attempted child enticement.
A scary situation that occurred last Thursday, September 6, 2018, has parents taking extra precautions regarding their children’s safety. The Elkhorn Police Department received a call late that afternoon regarding an attempted child enticement at around 3 p.m. The kids were all coming out of the building and heading home near the Elkhorn Middle School.
The report stated that a black minivan pulled up next to an 11-year old female student. A male driver tried to lure the girl into the van by telling her that her father had been in an accident and that she should get in and let him take her to the hospital. The girl did the right thing. She did not agree to go, instead of walking away. The minivan was last seen going east on East First Avenue towards Highway 11. The minivan was described as being black with tinted windows. There was a bright blue patch on the driver’s side tailgate and a sunrise or sunset on the license plate. The police are urging parents to talk about this incident with their children and to discuss what to do if they are ever in a situation like this. Also, the Elkhorn School District is not taking this lightly. They have e-mailed parents to let them know about the incident and to assure the public that they are assisting in any way they can with the investigation. Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about appropriate safety measures, and the schools will be doing the same. The Elkhorn Police will have additional patrols on duty. The Elkhorn School District has shared this email with other schools in the area to help ensure the safety of all students. Anyone with information can call Detective Bass at 262-723-2210, or contact Walworth County Crime Stoppers at 262-723-2677 or p3tips.com.
There was no mention, signage, or warning of road closures by the railroad with respect to the closure of Highway B. The GSR came upon this frustrating road closure by accident last Wednesday while delivering papers. The only question to be answered at that time was, “how do we get around this blockage because there are no signs?” The GSR delivery driver, not being from the Village of Walworth or surrounding area was not familiar with the side roads, found it infernally complex, and inconvenient to try to avoid the closed road. A worker on the project, questioned by the driver, said he didn’t know anything about signs or the detour. Our driver may not have chosen the shortest or easiest detour, but managed to figure it out. So, from that experience, editorial thought it should share this information, considering several of our readers frequently travel to the Village of Walworth for medical appointments at Aurora Health Center, or grocery shopping at Sentry.
Currently, there are approximately seven miles of track going through the Village of Walworth being replaced, resulting in portions of County Road B, east of town in both directions, to be temporarily closed. Ridge Road, west of the tracks, to Cobblestone and Indian Hills east of the tracks, a one-mile stretch will be closed for approximately one more week. Hopefully, crews will also fix the severe dip in the road at the railroad tracks during the replacement of the old track. Meanwhile, if you are headed into Walworth from the east, or heading east out of town you will need to plan your route accordingly and be prepared for poorly marked detours.