South Milwaukee death, karaoke regular remembered at bar

Friends of a Cudahy woman who died after falling unconscious at a South Milwaukee bar sang her praises Friday night, Dec. 2.

The usual karaoke night at the American Legion was different, though, without one of the people who loved it the most – 55-year-old Kim Mikulance, also known as Raina Reighns.

The DJ, Daniel Walsh, was a friend of Mikulance's. He said the mother of four was a sweet person who loved helping people and animals – often taking in strays. Others described her as jovial, and a people person who had a contagious laugh. They said she could often be found at the American Legion on karaoke night.

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Walsh said their favorite song to sing together was "Close My Eyes Forever." Even without his singing partner, he played it first Friday night – something he said he now does at all his shows.

"She would love it. She’s singing with me. I can see her when I do it, so I know she’s there," said Walsh.

Kim Mikulance

"She was good. She was really good," said friend Mike Mitchell. "It hurts me that she’s gone."

An official memorial for Mikulance is planned for Dec. 13 at The Historic Scotty's Bar & Pizza in Milwaukee at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

The official cause of Mikulance's death has not been released. 

Death investigation

A person of interest in Mikulance's death remains jailed in Milwaukee in connection to a separate case, including allegedly kidnapping a 79-year-old woman.

Timothy Olson was booked into the Milwaukee County Jail Tuesday night. He was arrested hours earlier by Franklin police in connection with that kidnapping case. Police said the alleged kidnapping happened less than a week after Mikulance passed out at the South Milwaukee tavern. 

Timothy Olson 

Surveillance video from Nov. 17 at Powers on Tenth shows the 55-year-old and a man who Racine police said appears to be Olson.

Racine police had been trying to track down Olson, who is suspected of drugging other women and stealing their money.

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"The way I saw her clutching her drink, I knew something was wrong," said bartender Sam Anderson.

Mikulance passed out and died days later. The day after her death, Franklin police say Olson was at it again. 

"The woman was having drinks a local restaurant/bar. She was approached by Olson for a drink. She declined and ultimately left," said Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva. "He approached her in the parking lot with the threat of a gun, forced her into her own car, and held her for a number of hours."

It was Racine police who put Olson on the public's radar early last month. Racine was looking for Olson, who police said used dating apps to steal from women. 

Olson has been in and out of prison since the 1990s. FOX6 News profiled him as the "Ripoff Romeo" 10 years ago for much of the same things he is accused of now by police. 

Timothy Olson

On Tuesday, Franklin police said an officer spotted Olson pushing a bicycle near 35th and Rawson. He ran into an apartment complex. Police said they had to tase Olson to take him into custody.

"There’s no doubt that this person would continue to do what he did until caught," Oliva said. 

Olson was booked into the Milwaukee County Jail on recommended charges of kidnappings, stealing money, two counts of burglary, and resisting an officer. Formal charges have yet to be filed.