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18-year-old charged with repeated sexual assault of children

An 18-year-old Spring Green woman faces prison time for allegedly sexually assaulting two teenagers she regularly had contact with over multiple years, according to a criminal complaint.

Amberlyn Higgins has been charged with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child.

According to the complaint, Higgins sexually assaulted a teenage girl for seven years, and would let a man she had a relationship with watch the incidents on Skype.

Higgins also allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage boy and bribed him by saying she would buy him ice cream or food and give him money, according to the complaint.

Higgins admitted to police she sexually assaulted the girl more than 100 times and sexually assaulted the boy for a couple of years, according to the complaint. Higgins told police the incidents happened every day.

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Circus celebration features parade, boosts economy

This weekend the Baraboo community celebrated 130 years since the Ringling Brothers started their traveling circus, eventually settling in Baraboo where a museum now stands. 

Events last week led up to the great circus parade, which wound around the downtown Baraboo square Saturday. 

It featured clowns, of course, and elephants plus a slew of trick horseback riders and a marching band. 

In the past, the Big Top Parade was held in Milwaukee, Chicago and Baraboo. It took a six-year hiatus while organizers raised the funds to continue the tradition. 

Watch highlights from the parade and on how the celebration is expected to give the economy a boost. 

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DNR to scale back gypsy moth aerial spray program

DNR to scale back gypsy moth aerial spray program

The state Department of Natural Resources wants to dramatically scale back its gypsy moth aerial spray program.

Communities and individuals have been able to ask the DNR to spray moth-infested areas for 14 years. But the agency now wants to limit spraying to only state lands. DNR officials say private aerial spraying has become more available and the gypsy moth threat has decreased. They also say federal cost sharing has shrunk as low as 17 percent of the total expense and they expect it will continue to dwindle.

DNR officials plan to ask the agency's board at a meeting next month in Hayward for permission to start drafting rules to implement the scale-back and hold public hearings on the idea in December.

Car crashes into trees; 1 killed

One person was killed when his car ran off a road and crashed into several trees early Thursday morning, according to a release from the Sauk County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies were called to County Road V in the town of LaValle at 1:14 a.m. for a report of a single-vehicle crash.

Investigators said the car was traveling west on County Road V at a high rate of speed when it left the road and struck several trees. The driver, Jason D. Larrabee, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. Larrabee was not wearing his seat belt and speed was a factor in the crash, according to the Sauk County Sheriff's release.

The Reedsburg Fire Department and EMS, LaValle Fire Department and Sauk County Coroner?s Office assisted at the scene.

Big Top Parade to stroll through downtown Baraboo Sat.

The Big Top Parade will stroll though the downtown Baraboo square Saturday afternoon. 

Downtown Baraboo Inc., Circus World and the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce will present the Downtown Baraboo Circus Celebration that began Thursday and will continue through Sunday afternoon. 

The Big Top Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Birch Street heading east, turning right at Ash Street, right on Third Street heading west and ending at Birch. 

Nanci Caflisch, co-chair of the parade, said this is the second year the city will celebrate its circus heritage with a parade and the first year for what it's calling the Circus Celebration, four days of events to include circus-themed performances, historic circus wagons, kids activities, music, displays, walking tours, foods and more. 

See Caflisch and the parade's Grand Marshal Tom Wopat talk about what to expect on Saturday in the video above.