Gary Robarge, 67, 3320 Damon St., pleaded guilty this week in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of stalking. A misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to dwelling was dismissed.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will not recommend a prison sentence.

Judge Michael Schumacher ordered a pre-sentence investigation by the state Department of Corrections.  Schumacher will sentence Robarge on May 27. Schumacher is not bound by the plea agreement and could sentence Robarge to up to 18 months in prison.

Robarge was arrested after he was found in the woman’s home by her husband, police said.  According to the criminal complaint:

The woman’s husband arrived at his south side residence at about 6:30 p.m. May 31 to change clothes to meet his wife for dinner. Robarge emerged from the bedroom closet while the man was changing clothes, left the residence and drove away in his vehicle. The woman was not home.  The 61-year-old woman told police Robarge has been stalking her for 10 years and said she is scared of him.

The woman said she would find Robarge waiting for her outside her work as often as once a week. She said she would sometimes go grocery shopping after work to avoid him.  Robarge would call her frequently – as often as once a day – invite her to come over for a drink, wish her a happy birthday and tell her his wife was out of town.

When he invited her over for drinks, Robarge told the woman not to tell anyone about it.  Robarge also frequently drove by the woman’s house, sometimes almost daily. He showed up at her house during the time her husband normally met people for morning coffee, the woman said.

On Nov. 30, 2011, Robarge pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct in connection with an incident with the woman.

As part of a one-year deferred agreement with prosecutors, the charge would be dismissed if Robarge had no contact with the woman or her husband.  The woman told police Robarge abided by those conditions but has been calling her, driving by her house and showing up in places where she’s at since the agreement ended. The woman said she’s never given Robarge the impression she’s interested in him.

Portage County Felony Case  2014 CF 36

A Bancroft man accused of killing his dog with a hammer was arrested Tuesday after a judge issued an arrest warrant for him Monday, January 27, 2014.  Cody Phillips, 26, is expected to be charged with felony animal abuse for allegedly killing his dog, Clyde, with a hammer on Jan. 19. Phillips was to appear in court Monday, but when he did not show up, a Portage County Circuit Court judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Phillips was arrested at his home Tuesday. Phillips told deputies he was mad at the dog and the messes it made, according to the Journal. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 31/2 years in prison.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant DA Cass Cousins.

A Clark county dog breeder plead no contest to charges of selling dogs without a license and was ordered to give up all but six dogs, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The plea follows a DATCP investigation that spanned two years.  See Clark County Case 2013 CM 231.

According to court documents, Tammy L. Kautzer, 37, continued to advertise puppies for sale after having been denied a license, in violation of the 2010 dog seller’s law.  The law requires inspection and licensing of facilities that sell or adopt more than 25 dogs from more than three litters in a year. It also prohibits selling puppies less than 7 weeks old unless they go with their mothers, and requires that certificates of veterinary inspection, or health certificates, accompany dogs that are sold or adopted for a fee.  Kautzer’s initial license application was denied in November 2011 when she failed to meet minimum standards.  As a result, she was prohibited from operating as a dog seller in Wisconsin.  Her appeal was not granted.  In several instances, Kautzer asked family members to post the advertisements on her behalf so that her

The plea agreement includes one year probation, restitution in an amount to be determined by the court, and a provision that Kautzer cannot have more than six dogs on the property.  She was ordered to relinquish her dogs within 5 days of the judgment.

GALESVILLE, Wisconsin—

A man is dead after falling from a third story balcony in Galesville. Officers say it happened just before 10:00pm Saturday night, January 25, 2014. Authorities found the man outside the residence on the ground.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is not being released. The incident is under investigation by the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department and Galesville City Police.

A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison on January 21, 2014 for attempting to blackmail a Town of Port Washington woman he met through a college dating Facebook page by threatening to post provocative photos of her and a recording of a phone sex conversation on the Internet.    Jeremiah D. Olson of Gays Mills, who pleaded no contest to felony counts of threatening to communicate derogatory information and threatening to injure or accuse of a crime in December, was also sentenced to two years extended supervision and two years probation by Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Voiland.
Voiland followed the recommendation of District Attorney Adam Gerol and rejected a request from Olson’s lawyer and a plea from his mother to withhold a prison sentence, saying Olson’s punishment should serve as a deterrent to people who think they can prey on those who use the Internet.     “The world basically lives online,” Voiland said. “People want to know they can be safe on the Internet.”

Reacting to a comment Olson made about having to live with his felony convictions for the rest of his life, the judge noted that derogatory information posted online can be particularly insidious because it seemingly exists forever in cyberspace.
“The Internet has made it so there are just some thing that will never go away,” Voiland said. “Sometimes people just can’t go on with their lives because you can always find it on Google.”

A Lafayette County man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for a 2011 drunk driving crash that killed his 21-year-old passenger.  Kyle Monahan was convicted by a jury of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in connection with the death of Rebecca Cushman of Dixon. Police said Monahan was driving near Shullsburg when the car left the road and rolled several times. Both he and Cushman were thrown from the vehicle.   Case 2012 CF 72 was prosecuted by District Attorney Katherine Findley.

The Rock County DA’s Office says a photobombing led to a shooting and attempted homicide charge.   Twenty-nine-year-old Thamar Harper was charged on December 23, 2013 with  first-degree attempted homicide in connection with the shooting of 23-year-old Marcus McKinnis the day before in the Eagles Club parking lot in Beloit.

According to a criminal complaint, McKinnis and some people were attempting to take a group picture when the suspect jumped into the frame.

The complaint says Harper and the group start fighting and security asked them to leave.  Harper then allegedly followed McKinnis and at least two other men to their cars.  McKinnis is being treated at a Madison hospital. Another person was also shot but was released at the scene.

Harper is due in court on December 27th.