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Victim in restaurant sex assault waits for justice

Three months after an alleged sexual assault inside a Cross Plains restaurant, the victim spoke exclusively with WISC-TV and said the hope for justice has turned into a waiting game.

Weeks after its summertime grand opening, Cinco De Mayo quickly found a following, but the popularity of Cross Plains' newest restaurant started unraveling in early August.

"The food wasn't quite ready, so I sat down at the bar," said Jane (whose name has been changed for protection) describing the night of Aug. 3.

It was not the first time Jane had ordered take-out from Cinco De Mayo, but she said it would be her last.

"And I was still at the bar waiting (for food), and then they offered me a margarita. So I'm thinking, I'll drink this for about five minutes, and I'll grab my food," Jane said.

Shortly after sipping the drink, Jane said she felt "cloudy in the head."

Police ID suspect in sexual assault at Cross Plains restaurant

The Cross Plains Police Department has identified a suspect in connection with a sexual assault at a restaurant.

Cross Plains police said they have referred charges against Alejandro Gonzalez-Carmona, 23, of Cross Plains, to the Dane County District Attorney's Office. Police said they referred a charge of first-degree sexual assault.

Police said the charge stems from an investigation into an alleged assault that occurred Aug. 3 at Cinco de Mayo restaurant in Cross Plains.

Police Chief Thomas Janssen said other charges are a possibility as the investigation is ongoing.

Police said a woman was reportedly picking up takeout food at the restaurant around 9:40 p.m. Aug. 3. While she was waiting for her food, restaurant staff her offered a margarita, which she accepted and then quickly started feeling foggy in the head, according to a search warrant.

University Avenue opens after months of construction

One of the most heavily traveled roads in Madison is open to traffic after what was a long summer for some drivers.

Local leaders on Thursday officially reopened University Avenue. The $14.7 million reconstruction project replaced the pavement, from Allen Boulevard, to Segoe Road, and added new bike lanes, traffic signals and lights and improved intersections.

WISC-TV visited with the manager of Brennan's Market, which is right in the heart of the construction, earlier this year just as the construction was starting.

The manager said the store was ready for the worst, anticipating upwards of a 25 percent drop in business.

"We knew it was going to be a headache, and it certainly was for the duration of the summer and the entire seven months. Luckily, we're thankful we have a core customer base," said Tim Mulcahy, manager at Brennan's Market.

Red Cross blood donation schedule

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Holiday shopping begins this weekend

A gift bazaar encourages Middleton residents to start their holiday shopping early.

The Advertisers Press fall gift bazaar will take place Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2222 Parview Rd.

Several crafters and home-based businesses will be there with items for sale.

For more information, call Diane at 608-828-1348.

Transplant recovery house opens in Middleton

Transplant recovery house opens in Middleton

The Restoring Hope Transplant House opened Wednesday after years of work.

The house in Middleton offers organ and bone marrow recipients a place to stay while they focus on their recovery.

The house, located on Terrace Avenue, will serve as a home away from home for families getting transplants at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Patients will find guest rooms, living spaces and experienced staff. It costs $35 dollars to stay at Restoring Hope per night, unlike hotels, which can cost more than $100.

"We are full of gratitude for those that have actually helped us get there,"Cindy Herbst, executive director of the Restoring Hope Transplant House, said. "As a nonprofit, you never do it alone. You need those people in the community, those donors and those friends that come together and say, 'We understand.'"

Voters in Middleton-Cross Plains district to decide referendum

Next month, residents in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District will decide whether to approve a nearly $60 million referendum.

The plan calls for major renovations at the district's two middle schools -- Kromrey Middle School in Middleton and Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains.

"It's two questions on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. We have a capital question of $59.8 million and the plan there is to rebuild and expand Kromrey Middle School and then also to expand Glacier Creek Middle School," said Perry Hibner, the school district's communication director.

Hibner said parts of Kromrey Middle School were built in the 1960s.

"We anticipate having to spend $5 million to $7 million in maintenance improvements in the next five to seven years. That means we'd have no dollars to do maintenance projects at other schools. We just don't think it makes sense to invest dollars into a bad facility," Hibner said.