2 Milwaukee women charged with drugging men in River North bars and robbing them, netting $85,000 in cash and valuables

Two Milwaukee women, an expectant mother and a 32-year-old phlebotomist, are accused of drugging 10 men who were partying in River North and then robbing them after they fell unconscious — netting $85,000 in cash, phones and jewelry.

Tiana Trammel, 25, and Tjwana Rainey, 32, ran the scheme from late January until last Sunday, authorities told a Cook County judge on Tuesday.

The two would lead drunken men from the bars and nightclubs of River North, often with an invitation to go back to their place, and then give them a drink from a small glass vial, prosecutors said during a bail hearing.

After downing the drink, the men would black out and later awake either in their own homes or by the side of the road, unharmed but missing their wallets and valuables, prosecutors said.

“We had one victim that awoke at the Lake Forest oasis,” Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Kiefer told Judge Charles Beach II during the hearing broadcast on YouTube.

The women used the stolen credit and debit cards at ATMs at Walmart and Target stores in the Milwaukee area where they live, Kiefer said.

The women were arrested early Sunday in River North after carrying a man from a downtown club to Trammell’s car, authorities said. Both were already on law enforcement’s radar by this time and a tracker had been placed on Trammell’s vehicle.

“The last couple of victims we have in the case, obviously the tracker aligns with what happened to those victims,” he said. Kiefer added that authorities also have surveillance video and license plate readers that captured Trammell’s movements.

Police recovered vials of suspected alcohol that are being analyzed to see what chemicals were used on the men, authorities said.

Trammel and Rainey, who appeared separately before the judge, each face charges of continuing a financial criminal enterprise and possession of a controlled substance.

Neither woman had a significant criminal history and both are mothers of young children, according to their attorneys. But Beach said drugging a person without their knowledge or consent was “an act of violence,” and set bail at $55,000 for Trammell and $45,000 for Rainey. Both are barred from having contact with the victims, and Trammell was barred from returning to Wisconsin during the case.

The criminal tradition of robbing bar hoppers by knocking them out with tainted drinks has its supposed origins in late 19th-century Chicago, where the legendary saloon owner Mickey Finn gave customers laced drinks, stealing money and sometimes clothing.

In recent years, the focus has been on protecting against “date rape” drugs put into cocktails in order to leave people vulnerable to sexual assault.


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Review of The Milwaukee 5615-24 Multi-Base Router Kit

In June 2007, to complement their award-winning, innovative line of BodyGrip Fixed Base routers, Milwaukee introduced their new Heavy Duty Plunge Base, featuring design elements that are sought after by many woodworking professionals. Now you get both of these excellent bases in the Milwaukee 5615-24 Multi-Base router kit.

Performance Features:

The motor is a powerful 1-3 / 4 MAX horsepower, 11.0 amp Milwaukee built motor, which operates at a no-load 24,000 RPM. If you plan to work with hard maple all day, you may want to step up to a larger motor. But for most woodworkers, I feel the power is more than adequate for both soft and hard woods.

This router comes with both a 1/4 "and a 1/2" collet, so you'll be able to use any of your bits with it.

One thing I especially like about this router is the unusually smooth operation. I've experienced a lot more vibration in some other brands. Since a certain amount of that vibration transmits through the bit, you can expect a more precise cut with this router than with many others.

The depth adjustment controls are reliable and precise. The plunge depth of 2-7 / 8 "is more than I would ever need for my projects, and the plunge mechanism works very smoothly.

The power switch, unfortunately, is not dust-sealed. However, the vacuum attachment is very good, and should help to keep the dust in your work area to a minimum.

One more performance-enhancing feature is the two clear sub-bases, which really improve the visibility of your work. And the Sub-base Concentricity Gauge really helps for precise centering of template guides.

Convenience Features:

If you've ever struggled with making height adjustments to a table mounted router, you know what a pain in the neck that can be. One of the most convenient design features of this router is that the fixed base has a hole through which you can adjust the height, while it is mounted in the router table.

The collets are really easy to change. Changing the bits, however, requires the use of two wrenches (which are included).

Depth adjustment controls are easy to operate.

Changing of bases is fast and easy, with no tools required.

The owner's manual provides a pretty good level of detail. It's logical and easy to follow.

Now, for that controversial carrying case … It's sturdy, it does a good job of protecting the router, and it's HUGE. Now if you're short on space in your workshop, you may not like that. Personally, I like having enough space in there for my bits and other accesories, so they are kept all together. Less likelihood of an absent-minded guy like me losing them.

Comfort Features (Ergonomics):

My personal favorite in the ergonomics department is Milwaukee's patented BodyGrip® feature which allows you to hold the router firmly around the middle with either hand, while holding the handle on the opposite side with your other hand. This really gives a feeling of positive control.

This router …