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Lawmaker Scott Newcomer subject of threats

Waukesha — State Rep. Scott Newcomer (R-Delafield) has been targeted by a Hartland man who believes the assemblyman was having an affair with his estranged wife.

On July 1, Newcomer called the City of Delafield Police Department regarding Keith Brouwer, 42, of 625 Dundee Lane, Hartland.

Newcomer reported Brouwer had been going to Lake Country Pool and Spa stores, of which Newcomer is co-owner, and harassed employees and customers, according to a Delafield police report. Newcomer requested extra patrols on his wife's house and the Delafield store on Sun Valley Drive.

Newcomer filed for divorce from his wife on Aug. 7, according to documents filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Newcomer and his wife have three children and would have been married 20 years next month.

Brouwer accused Newcomer of having an affair with his wife during Brouwer's divorce proceedings last year. In a letter dated Feb. 24, 2009, to Judge J. Mac Davis, Brouwer said he believed his wife "fell in love" with Newcomer in 2007.

Brouwer said his wife sold half of Lake Country Pool and Spa to Newcomer and that Newcomer has "destroyed his life," according to court documents.

Brouwer, who is currently in Waukesha County Jail for violating his probation, was convicted in September 2008 of three misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal trespass to a dwelling. In that incident, Brouwer made threatening comments to his wife in January 2008, including threats to kill her and kill himself.

Brouwer's wife told police that her husband knew she "had a boyfriend and that (he) was going to kill the boyfriend," the criminal complaint said.

When Brouwer was sentenced, a judge approved a no-contact order between Brouwer, his ex-wife and "Scott N," who are listed as victims, according to court records.

Brouwer has twice before been convicted of disorderly conduct and has also been convicted of fourth-offense drunken driving, according to court records.

Newcomer has other problems as well, according to court documents.

American Express Bank has filed a lawsuit against Newcomer and Lake Country Pools LLC. American Express claims the business has $35,015 in unpaid credit card bills, according to the suit filed June 29.

Also, the state Department of Revenue has filed seven tax warrants against the business for delinquent taxes totaling more than $31,000.

This year, four lawsuits have also been filed against the firm, naming Brouwer's ex-wife as well as four small claims. Two of the lawsuits have been settled, totaling nearly $30,000 in judgments.

A spokesperson for the state representative said Newcomer would not comment on personal issues.


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