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Officials with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department arrested James B. Kapla, who was charged with attempted homicide in Sauk County in October, for bail jumping and violating a restraining order.

Kapla, who was arrested on Monday, is facing 24 counts of felony bail jumping and 22 counts of violating a restraining order.

According to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department, Kapla was charged on Oct. 6 with attempted homicide in Sauk County for allegedly stabbing a woman in the neck with a knife while the two argued over his drinking. When the woman confronted him at a tavern in Lake Delton about his drinking, they started to argue.

The couple returned to their condo. There, Kapla started to throw drawers around in the kitchen and he pulled out a knife. He then stabbed the woman twice in the neck. As a result, she suffered deep lacerations and she was taken to the hospital.

After the incident, Kapla posted a $25,000 cash bond to be released from the Sauk County Jail.

Kapla and the woman are residents of Racine County. The following day a Racine County judge issued a restraining order barring Kapla from contacting the woman.

Investigators with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department found out that Kapla had been contacting the woman, which was also a violation of his bond from Sauk County and the restraining order from Racine County. As Kapla was being taken into custody, investigators smelled alcohol on Kapla’s breath.

A preliminary breathalyzer test concluded that he had a blood-alcohol level of .21. A blood sample was taken. However, the results of that test won’t be available for several weeks, according to the press release.

He had an initial appearance in Racine County Court scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. He is being held on a $136,500 cash bond.




Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.