- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Man, 81, dies in crash with West Allis squad car

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) - West Allis police say an 81-year-old man is dead after colliding with a squad car on its way to an accident.

The crash happened just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say the squad car was on its way to investigate an accident when it collided with another vehicle.

Authorities say the 81-year-old man driving the other vehicle died upon arrival at a hospital. His name is being withheld until relatives are notified.

The officer was conscious and also taken to the hospital. Police say he was treated for minor injuries and released.

The Wisconsin State Patrol has been asked to investigate the crash. The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office also was notified.

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Justices deadlocked in billionaire assault case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A teenager who accused a billionaire heir to the SC Johnson fortune of sexually abusing her for years can’t testify at his trial unless she agrees to release her medical records, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, reversing a decision it issued last year.

The high court issued a muddled ruling last summer saying the girl could testify against 58-year-old Samuel Curtis Johnson, the son of the late SC Johnson chairman Sam Johnson. On Wednesday the court issued an order clarifying that the ruling amounted to a deadlock.

That means a lower court decision barring the girl from testifying until she releases her medical records stands. The girl has refused to release the records, and her attorney, Kathleen Quinn, told the trial judge during a status hearing in Racine on Wednesday that her client’s position hadn’t changed. Judge Eugene A. Gasiorkiewicz set a July 14 trial date and stated that the girl won’t be able to testify until she gives up the records.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Wednesday’s ruling would affect the case. Much depends on how crucial the girl’s testimony was for prosecutors and what other evidence investigators may have gathered.

Quinn declined to discuss the case when reached by phone later Wednesday, other than to say again that her client’s medical records are confidential. Neither the Racine County district attorney’s office nor Johnson’s attorney, Mark Richards, immediately responded to phone messages seeking comment.

Prosecutors charged Johnson in 2011 with multiple sexual assault counts. The girl, now 18, told investigators Johnson had inappropriate sexual contact with her 15 to 20 times beginning in the summer after she finished sixth grade, when she was 12 years old.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl’s mother said Johnson denied the allegations when she confronted him. She later asked him again about the girl’s allegations and he responded by asking her if she was recording him. She told him she wasn’t and he acknowledged fondling the girl, the complaint states. He also has told her he was sorry for hurting the girl.

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Sexual assault charges against Kramer under review

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Waukesha County district attorney is reviewing a criminal sexual assault referral against ousted Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer sent to his office by the Muskego Police Department on Wednesday morning.

Kramer, a Republican from Waukesha, was removed as majority leader by Assembly Republicans earlier this month amid allegations that he sexually harassed two women while in Washington, D.C. Kramer filed paperwork Monday stating that he would not seek re-election.

District Attorney Brad Schimel said Wednesday that possible charges referred earlier in the day by the police department were being reviewed. Schimel said he wasn’t sure if he will actually file charges based on the police report, or if more investigation would be needed.

Schimel, a Republican who is running for state attorney general, declined to comment on the details of the allegations. But he did confirm they were from an incident other than the allegations from the Washington trip earlier this month, noting that he has no jurisdiction there.

A message left with the Muskego Police Department was not immediately returned.

Kramer’s chief of staff Cameron Sholty declined to comment.

Kramer was unanimously voted out of his position as majority leader on March 4 after he was accused of sexually harassing two women while in Washington for a fundraiser. One of the women is a lobbyist and the other is a legislative staff member.

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Cheese producer Saputo to close Wisconsin plant

NEW LONDON, Wis. (AP) - A major employer in New London says it will be shutting its doors.

Saputo Cheese says its New London plant will close by Aug. 23. Sixty-seven people will lose their jobs.

The plant has been in operation in New London for more than 60 years.

Saputo says it would cost too much money to update the plant to modern standards.

New London Mayor Gary Henke tells WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1pyYkaNhttp://bit.ly/1pyYkaN ) he’s disappointed but not surprised by the news. Saputo has been cutting back operations over the past year.

The Montreal-based company is closing three other plants, one in Maryland and two in Canada. The closings are set to begin in May and be finished by December 2015.

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