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A 52 year old Town of Sparta man was in Monroe County Court yesterday to hear charges that he sexually assaulted one of his grandaughters the past 5 years, since she was in kindergarten. The man, who WIZM news won't name to protect the child, was charged with 2 counts of child sexual assault, repeated sexual assault and enticement. According to the criminal complaint, the man admitted to bathing the young girl on several occasions, following her into her bedroom and, during different parts of the day, would sexually touch the girl and have her touch him. The girl, who's mother and grandmother were home at the time of some of the assaults, stated that she was not afraid to say anything to anyone about what was going on. At one point, she told investigators that her grandfather told her her he was not worried about the little girl telling police what was happening, but he didn't want her telling her grandmother about it. The man faces almost 200 years behind bars if convicted of all charges. He remains free on a cash bond.
The heat index could stay at 3 figures the rest of the week. Cause for concern among the areas hospitals. WIZM'S Dan Deicher has the story.
Area hospitals are prepared for people to come in or to be brought in.....all suffering from the effects of the heat. Kim Lombard of Gunderson Lutheran says there are signs you should be looking for if you have been in the heat too long.
Lombard says of course keep plenty of water around......stay out of the sun......keep the AC going....and check on those that may not have air conditioning.
The annual Riverfest begins today.....and besides kids rides, entertainment and food....the heat will also be a big conversation amongst festers. WIZM'S Dan Deicher talked with officials about what they are doing to deal with the heat this week.
A Sparta man has been charged with vehicular homicide for a 2009 drunk driving crash that killed his brother. 26 year old Jason Schodeberg was arrested last Friday for allegedly driving drunk and crashing a vehicle July 26th, 2009 on Highway 33 near Cashton. His brother, 30 year old Glenn Schodeberg of Leon, was found pinned beneath it. He was dead at the scene. Jason Schodeberg left the crash scene, apparently trying to find help, but was found later by EMT's and was treated for injuries. At the time of the accident, investigators could not determine who was driving the vehicle. Jason Schodeberg told police he begged his brother not to drive and was a passenger. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department says DNA evidence recovered from the car's air bags and witnesses helped them determine Jason Schodeberg was, in fact, the driver. Schodeberg appeared in court Monday on several charges, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He was released on a $5 thousand cash bond. He will be back in court July 9th.
You think La Crosse has been around a long time?
A city that's 150 years old is nothing, when you compare it to 'the old country.' La Crosse's German sister city of Friedberg was founded in the year 1264...which means they're getting ready for their community's 750th anniversary in 2014. Meanwhile, Friedberg Mayor Peter Bergmair has made it to La Crosse this week to help us celebrate our country's 236th birthday. Bergmair will represent Friedberg at a special sister-city booth during Riverfest, which begins tomorrow.