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State Crime and Court Roundup: Appleton man on trial for molestation charges from 1989

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APPLETON - An Appleton man is scheduled to go on trial September fourth for molesting a girl almost 22 years ago when she was 11.

Roman Zareczny pleaded innocent yesterday to three Outagamie County charges of first-degree sexual assault. Authorities said the girl was playing outside of a school in November of 1989 when Zareczny talked her into going near a back fence where he molested her and threatened to quote, "blow her head off" with a gun. Prosecutors said they don't have physical evidence - but the case was very similar to an incident in April of '89 in which Zareczny was accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl at an Appleton golf course. A charge was filed in that case many years later, after DNA evidence was found. But the matter was dropped because it was filed beyond the six-year time limit under the statute-of-limitations. The time limit was changed later, thus allowing authorities to prosecute the school incident. Zareczny is now 55. He faces up to 40 years in prison on each of his three pending sex charges.

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An attorney suffered a heart attack while he was speaking in a courtroom in Milwaukee. 60-year-old Bradley Bloch of Waukesha was addressing Circuit Judge J.D. Watts in a misdemeanor sentencing when he stopped talking, had trouble breathing, and started to collapse. According to the Journal Sentinel, a sheriff's deputy kept Bloch from falling. The deputy performed CPR while another deputy grabbed a defibrillator nearby - and the two officers alternated treatments until ambulance personnel arrived. Bloch was taken to a Milwaukee hospital, where he was in intensive care at last word. The incident happened on Monday. Fellow attorney Gerry Kuchler said Bloch had bypass surgery for heart problems a couple months ago. Bloch is a veteran defense attorney, and he's a lecturer at UW-Milwaukee.

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Wisconsin's legal association will get a new leader tonight. Kevin Klein of Phillips will be sworn in as the new president of the State Bar. A ceremony will take place during the group's annual meeting in Wisconsin Dells. Klein is the village attorney in Butternut in northwest Wisconsin, and he's the head of the Price County Bar Association. Klein graduated from the UW Law School in 1981, and has served on the State Bar's Board of Governors. As president, Klein will replace Milwaukee attorney Jim Brennan. A one-year term will officially begin on July first.

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