Bill Kramer pleads not guilty to sexual assault, waives hearing

May 15, 2014 9:36 p.m. | Waukesha — Rep. Bill Kramer pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of second-degree sexual assault Thursday in Waukesha County Circuit Court in connection with allegations that he groped a female congressional staffer in Muskego three years ago.

Kramer (R-Waukesha) waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and Court Commissioner Thomas J. Pieper found probable cause for the case to proceed to trial. Each count of sexual assault carries a maximum possible penalty of 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Kramer's next court appearance is scheduled for June 18. A trial date has not yet been set.

The charges allege that Kramer grabbed the breasts and groin of the congressional staffer after a Republican event at a Muskego bar.

Kramer's attorney, Eduardo Borda, said Thursday's hearing was the beginning of the process of separating fact from fiction.

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Waukesha School Board holds off on renaming Central Middle School

May 14, 2014 9:27 p.m. | It’s not fully back to the drawing board in the process to rename Central Middle School.

But changing the middle school’s name to possibly Les Paul Middle School will have to wait another day after the Waukesha School Board Wednesday night tabled renaming the school.

The renaming process will return to committee level to be further discussed.

The Finance and Facilities Committee, at its Monday meeting, had recommended changing Central’s name to Les Paul Middle School.

But on Wednesday concerns were raised and the discussion turned to keeping “Central” in the school’s name.

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Teen charged in connection to burglary at Waukesha’s Trailside Cycle shop

May 14, 2014 11:32 a.m. | A 17-year-old boy was accused of burglarizing Waukesha’s Trailside Cycle shop in April, allegedly stealing more than $7,000 worth of merchandise.

Anthony J. Williams, 529 Elizabeth St., was charged Monday, May 12, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with being party to the crime of burglary, a Class F felony which carries a maximum sentence of 12-and-a-half years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police were dispatched to investigate a burglary at Trailside Cycle, 732 Clinton St., at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 23.

Surveillance footage showed two suspects kicking in a rear door the night before and looting the shop of bike chains, skate tools, skateboards and bicycles. Also taken was a smart phone and a laptop, the complaint states.

Later that afternoon, an employee told police in the complaint he had spotted a suspect, later identified as Williams, riding one of the stolen bicycles on the 300 block of W. Main Street.

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Fight at Waukesha house party leads to felony charges

May 14, 2014 9:32 a.m. | A 40-year-old man was arrested after he “went hard,” allegedly attacking two men over the weekend at a house party on Fairview Avenue in Waukesha.

James J. McCray, 430 Kimberly Drive, was charged Monday, May 12, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with substantial battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police were dispatched to break up a fight at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at a residence at 410 Fairview Ave.

Officers made contact with Daniel Vasquez, who said in the complaint that McCray had confronted him while drunk and said, “I got my pistol now [expletive], what’s up?”

Vasquez and homeowner Daniel Jimenez tried to calm McCray down, but he allegedly punched Vasquez in the jaw, breaking a tooth, the complaint states. He then struck Vasquez in the chest and arm.

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Blain's Farm and Fleet executive retiring

May 13, 2014 5:39 p.m. | The top executive of Blain's Farm and Fleet stores is retiring and will be succeeded by his sister, the company said Tuesday.

Robert Blain, president, chief executive and co-owner of Janesville-based Blain Supply Inc. and Blain's Farm and Fleet, will step down June 25.

Company executive Jane Blain Gilbertson already has assumed the roles of president, CEO and sole owner, the company said. A formal leadership transition will take place over the next few weeks, the retailer said.

Robert Blain, 61, has been with the companies for 38 years and has been president since Robert's and Jane's father, Bert Blain, died in 1993. During Robert's 20 years as president, the companies opened stores in seven new markets. taking locations to 35 from 28 in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

When Robert became president in 1993, the companies had 2,787 employees. Today the work force is 4,000.

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