Kenosha Alderman G. John Ruffolo arrested; preliminary charge is stalking

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Kenosha Alderman G. John Ruffolo

KENOSHA -- Kenosha 4th District Alderman G. John Ruffolo is under investigation and has been arrested. The preliminary charge is stalking in this case -- and this isn't the first time claims of wrongdoing have been brought against him.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is handling the investigation. Officials are expected to release details about this case on Wednesday, August 16th.

Neighbors said Ruffolo was arrested Tuesday morning at his home -- with investigators taking away some bags and a computer. When FOX6 News stopped by his home on Tuesday evening, no one answered the door.

The reason the DOJ is investigating is to avoid any conflict with the Kenosha County District Attorney's Office. The district attorney's office requested a special prosecutor in the case. Ruffolo is being held in the Racine County Jail.

Ruffolo will make his initial appearance in Kenosha County Circuit Court on Wednesday. A criminal complaint is also expected to be filed  that day. The DOJ will have no comment on the specifics of this case until that time.

FOX6 News spoke with Ruffolo back in 2014 as the owner of a Kenosha trailer park. Two women blamed the alderman for a frozen pipe issue. He claimed he did nothing wrong.

"We're not responsible for it," Ruffolo said at the time.

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.