Former Pastor Accused Of Child Sex Assault
A Tomah man, who is a former pastor of the Church of God Prophecy in Necedah and now a truck driver, was in Monroe County Court this morning, facing charges of sexual assault of a child, repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child and child enticement. 64 year old Michael Delaney is accused of targeting the same victim over an extended period of time in Monroe County and throughout the country while he was a pastor and trucker. Tomah police say the year long investigation heated up in December when the now 17 year old victim's parents came to police to report the abuse. The victim was 13 and 14 when the assaults occurred and they allegedly happened for several years. Delaney pleaded guilty back in 1983 to two counts of sexual abuse while a pastor in Arizona. He'll be back in court on February 27th. He's out of jail on a $7500 signature bond.
Former Monroe County Employee Charged With Sexual Assault
A Sparta man who was the coordinator of the Monroe County Community Service Work Program made an appearance in a Monroe County courtroom this morning after being charged with sexually assaulting two inmates. 28 year old Adam Helgerson was charged with with felony misconduct in office, false imprisonment, third-degree sexual assault and six counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.
Gow Wants To See Buildings Renovated
There are 5 or 6 buildings on the campus of UW-L that are not equipped with sprinkler systems. That's because when they were built in the 50's and 60's, they were not required to have them installed. Now, they are required to have them in the buildings. Would that have helped the fire at Drake Hall Sunday?
Chancellor Joe Gow says they want to renovate and place sprinkler systems in all of the older buildings....but at $7 million a crack...finding funding may slow things down a bit.
Not A Great Day On The Ice
An SUV fell partially through the ice on Lake Onalaska Saturday afternoon during a fishing derby near Red Pines.
The vehicle went in the water about three feet and the driver got out safely.
Soldiers Off To Farm
The Wisconsin National Guard is planning a pair of send off ceremonies this weekend for about 200 soldiers headed overseas. And for one group it won't be handling a security group or looking for land mines. They will be farming.
Colonel Darrel Foyt says a lot of the soldiers were doing agri science learning and instruction at UW-Madison. That ceremony is set for Saturday afternoon at Hartford High School in Hartford. That ceremony will honor about 60 members of the 82nd Agribusiness Development Team.