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The Year in Pictures: Tragedy and triumph, sadness and joy

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Among the stories of the year was the funeral of Cpl. Keith Nurnberg of Genoa City. His wife, Tonya, above, sits with relatives as an honor guard folds the flag from her husband’s casket. Nurnberg was killed in Iraq Sept. 5 and buried in Bloomfield Cemetery.


The biggest story of the year in Walworth County was, sadly, the most tragic in many years.

Authorities were called to a Delavan apartment June 9 where they made a grisly discovery.

Six people were dead and a 20-month-old girl was gravely injured.

It appeared that Ambrosio Analco murdered his ex-girlfriend and four others, then turned the gun on himself.

Left dead were Analco's ex-girlfriend Nicole M. McAffee and their twin sons Argenis and Isaiah, Nicole's sister Ashley L. Huerta and their friend, Vanessa L. Iverson. Jasmine Analco, 20 months, was shot, but survived.

But for every story of tragedy this past year, there was more than one story of joy and triumph.

The following provides a sampling of both the good and bad brought to light in 2007.

Although most agree the shootings in Delavan was the biggest news story, lots of news happened.

Here's our list of the top 10 Walworth County news stories of 2007:

Top ten

10) Following years of planning, legal wrangling and delays, the Black Point estate along the south shore of Geneva Lake opened to the public for tours in June.

9) More than their share of tragedy: The death of two Badger High students in a car vs. dump truck crash in April was just one of a string of vehicle accidents involving classmates that students at Badger had to cope with in the past year.

8) Just say no: The Intersport youth sports complex in Elkhorn and the Sho-Deen residential development in Delavan Township both ground to a halt following tumultuous debate by politicians.

7) They are the champions: The UW-W football team claimed their first national championship in their third straight NCAA III title game appearance.

6) The American nightmare of home ownership: Authorities uncover a mortgage scam that bilked unsuspecting homeowners out of thousands of dollars.

5) A hero's farewell: Cpl. Keith Nurnberg, 26, had recently moved to Genoa City with his pregnant wife, Tonya. He was killed in Iraq Sept. 5 and buried in Bloomfield Cemetery.

5) More trouble: Donald J. McGuire, a Jesuit priest convicted of nearly 40-year-old child molestation charges from incidents occurring in Fontana, had new allegations surface against him.

3) Voters say smaller is better: A contentious proposal to reduce the number of supervisors on the Walworth County Board from 25 to 11 gets approval from voters.

2) Illegal harvest: Hunters stumbled upon what may be one of the largest marijuana-growing operations in Walworth County history. There were so many plants that authorities had to airlift them out to be destroyed.

1) Authorities believe Ambrosio Analco, 23, killed three women, his two infant sons, then himself in a Delavan apartment in June.

 

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