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(AP) The head of the Wisconsin state elections board charged with reviewing about 1.9 million signatures seeking to recall Gov. Scott Walker and five others says verification work done by outside tea party groups should not be considered. The Government Accountability Board is in the process of checking whether there are enough signatures on the petitions to order recall elections against Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators. Board head Kevin Kennedy says in a memo Monday that GAB staff believe only information they develop or that is given to them by petition circulators or the targeted office holders should be used to determine the validity of the signatures. The board was to discuss the issue at its meeting Tuesday.
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.
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.
Bruce Evers says he hasn't quite made up his mind yet. But the Holmen businessman is close to deciding on making another run for congress as a republican in Wisconsin's third congressional district. Two years ago, he came in a distant second to Dan Kapanke in a primary for the seat. Not tremendously surprising
Evers would join former Fort McCoy garrision commander Ray Boland as republicans in the race to take on democrat Ron Kind.
Big changes could be coming to municipal court in the region. The city of La Crosse is poised to study combining its municipal court with Onalaska's. An idea that's actually come up in the past several months. Onalaska judge John Brinckman says, when he was first approached about the idea, he was less than impressed with the concept
Among the changes that would likely come with a combined court is going from two judges to one, and moving all cases to a single courtroom in one of the cities.