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Speaker Vos considering expulsion if Bill Kramer doesn't quit Legislature

March 30, 2014 12:36 a.m. | Madison — Disgraced state Rep. Bill Kramer should resign or his fellow lawmakers will have to consider making him the first Wisconsin lawmaker to be expelled from office in nearly 100 years, two of the Legislature's top leaders said Saturday.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said that he found the criminal sexual assault charges filed against the Waukesha Republican on Friday to be credible, and that he was disturbed by the former Assembly majority leader's seemingly flippant reaction to them.

"Bill Kramer should do the honorable thing and resign," Vos said. "When I read the report filed by the (police and prosecutors), it didn't seem to me like there was much remorse."

Vos said aides are now researching the legal process that would be used to expel a lawmaker ahead of a meeting of the Assembly's GOP leaders on Tuesday or Wednesday. Only once in the state's history have legislators taken the step of ousting one of their colleagues.

Friday's charges stemming from an incident three years ago moved forward after more recent incidents surfaced involving two other women, one a legislative aide and the other a lobbyist. Kramer is accused of groping the staffer and harassing the lobbyist while at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., last month.

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Rep. Bill Kramer charged with sexual assault in 2011 case

March 28, 2014 10:04 p.m. | Madison — Rep. Bill Kramer has been charged with two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault on allegations of groping a female legislative staffer in Muskego three years ago, raising anew the question of whether he will be able to remain in his post until the end of his term.

The charges issued by a Waukesha County prosecutor come one month after Kramer, 49, was accused of groping another aide and sexual harassing a lobbyist in a separate recent incident after a Washington, D.C., fundraiser. On Monday, the Waukesha Republican filed paperwork saying he would not run for re-election but so far has not stepped down from his post, which he holds until January.

Deputy District Attorney Debra Blasius filed the charges Friday, alleging that Kramer had grabbed the breasts and groin of a legislative staffer in Muskego after a Republican event at a bar there. He has his initial appearance scheduled for April 14.

A certified public accountant and attorney with a degree from Duke University Law School, Kramer now faces the most serious legal issue of his career — each count of sexual assault carries a potential penalty of up to $100,000 in fines and 40 years in prison.

Jim Gatzke, Kramer's attorney, said Friday that he believes his client will be exonerated.

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Muskego cops refer Bill Kramer for possible sexual assault charges

March 26, 2014 4:01 p.m. | One month after being accused of groping and sexual harassment, Rep. Bill Kramer faces potential sexual assault charges stemming from yet another alleged incident.

Two days after the Waukesha Republican decided not to run for re-election, a prosecutor said that the Muskego Police Department on Wednesday referred to him sexual assault charges against the Waukesha Republican.

Assembly Republicans stripped Kramer of his title as majority leader earlier this month after accusations that he sexually harassed a female lobbyist and groped a legislative aide while in Washington, D.C, for a fundraiser.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said the possible charges are being independently reviewed by one of the prosecutors in his office. He declined to offer any details but did confirm that the referral stems from a different alleged incident from the one on the East Coast.

"This has got nothing to do with the D.C. thing, at least not directly," Schimel said.

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Pius beats Ike girls for third time

March 15, 2014 9:10 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower battled back but couldn't get over the hump and fell to Woodland Champion Pius XI, 35-30, on Saturday to win the WIAA Sectional Championship at Brookfield Central.

Behind sophomore Katie Gardner's 9 first-half points, the Lady Popes led 20-9 at intermission.

But the Lions bounced back to outscore the Lady Popes, 13-4, in the third quarter to cut the lead to 24-22 going into the fourth period.

Sophomore Chelsea Brackmann scored 6 points, junior Sammy Kozlowski added 4 and junior Sydney Cheung scored 3 in the third.

Kozlowski and Cheung opened with 3-pointers, Kozlowski and Gardner each went 1-for-2 from the free throw line, Brackmann scored in close twice, the second off an excellent pass from Kozlowski, cutting it to 21-20 with 2:49 left in the third.

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Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas reveals he has prostate cancer

March 11, 2014 10:42 p.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas revealed Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and might begin treatment as early as next week in San Diego.

The treatment will not interfere with his ability to perform his duties as county executive, Vrakas said in a statement.

Tests confirmed the cancer several weeks ago, according to Vrakas.

"It is not believed the cancer has spread beyond my prostate," he said. "I feel lucky the cancer was detected when it was, and that I will soon begin treatment and get on the path to recovery."

"I strongly encourage men to have annual physicals and to consult their doctor" to determine the need for additional medical screening, Vrakas said. He said his prostate cancer was indicated in tests of blood samples collected during a routine medical checkup in late January.

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Kozlowski keys Lions' third win over West

March 07, 2014 9:45 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower defeated New Berlin West, 53-43, and junior guard Sammy Kozlowski was the big difference in the victory at Eisenhower.

Eisenhower (17-6) plays at Pewaukee (21-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the WIAA regional final. The Pirates whipped Waukesha North, 59-36, Friday night to advance.

After scoring only five points in three quarters, Kozlowski scored seven of Ike's 15 points in the final period to hold off the aggressive Vikings (16-7). She had one basket and was 5-for-8 from the free throw lines as the Vikings had to foul to try and get back in the game.

Eisenhower led 17-7 after one quarter and 26-18 at halftime, but the Vikings kept hanging in there. The lead stayed at eight (38-30) going into the fourth quarter.

The Vikings then made a run to cut the lead to 40-36 with 5:57 left in the game as Ali Boldt scored on a drive, Jenna Nelson put back a rebound and Anne Radtke banked in a jumper.

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Milwaukeeans share paczki on social media

March 04, 2014 10:58 a.m. |

It's Fat Tuesday, which means paczki for a lot of Milwaukeeans.
 
Coworkers brought boxes full of the annual treat into offices around the suburban area. People lined up to wait for theirs despite the snow.
 

Here's a look at how some people are celebrating in the MyCommunityNOW social media story.

Pewaukee finds another gear in overtime to down Lions

March 01, 2014 10:58 p.m. | Ryan Stepanovich estimates he routinely makes 19 out of 20 free throws in practice. Good thing for Pewaukee, he had already gotten that 20th one out of the way.

With 4 seconds on the clock Saturday in a WIAA Division 2 regional final at New Berlin Eisenhower, Stepanovich canned a pair of free throws to tie the score, and Pewaukee found another gear in overtime to emerge with a 50-39 victory over the Lions. The Pirates (17-7) will face Milwaukee Bradley Tech (17-7) at Greenfield on Thursday in the sectional semifinal.

Stepanovich missed the second of two free throws with 21 seconds to go, leaving Eisenhower with a 1-point edge. But after Lions star Reed Timmer split his own set of free throws with 17 seconds to go, the Pirates cashed in on their final possession. Stepanovich and the Pewaukee bench felt he had drawn the contact on his driving layup attempt, which went down, but officials ruled the foul came on the floor.

"I'm usually pretty confident with my free throws," the senior said. "I knew I could make both of them, and I wasn't going to let those last two free throws affect me."

Will Olewinski stole a pass on the first possession of overtime and ultimately hit a 3-pointer from the corner, and Evan Hansen stole a ball at midcourt to lead a transition possession that concluded with an Eric Lutzen 3-point play at the 3:03 mark of OT. The Pirates scored the first 12 points of overtime to put the game out of reach.

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