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Sauk Co. jailer charged with repeated child sex abuse

Sauk Co. jailer charged with repeated child sex abuse

A criminal complaint filed Tuesday against a Sauk County jailer detailed allegations of sexual abuse against his two daughters, both under the age of 10.

Kyle Garstka, 31, appeared in Columbia County Court Friday via video conference. He has been charged with two felony counts of repeated sexual abuse of a child and remains in jail with a cash bond of $25,000.

According to the complaint, Garstka allegedly inappropriately touched his two daughters, ages 7 and 8, while they stayed at his Reedsburg apartment between March 24 and March 31.

Garstka and his wife share custody of their daughters, and they stayed with him during their spring break, according to the complaint.

The complaint said the girls detailed instances in which Garstka inappropriately touched them while they were using the bathroom or taking a shower by unlocking the door with a pen. The girls also told police he would touch them while they pretended to be asleep at night.

Circus World stakeholders voice concerns at hearing

A museum donor accused directors of mismanagement during a budget meeting in Wisconsin Dells Wednesday, but the leaders of the Circus World Museum said that?s just more misinformation from supporters of a state takeover.

At the hearing at Kalahari Resort, museum stakeholders from both sides voiced their concerns. The hearing is the third of four, and the one that took place at a location nearest Madison and Baraboo.

?Our bottom line is we want the Circus World Museum to be there, to be here in the State of Wisconsin,? Gov. Scott Walker said after the hearing.

One attendee, a museum donor, expressed his support of a takeover and said an example of mismanagement included the museum?s decision to bring a circus wagon to the meeting.

"Out there in the parking lot is a priceless wagon out in the rain, transported in this weather," the man said. "None of us would transport our prized car or antique in an open trailer in this kind of weather."

School leaders blast governor's voucher plan at hearing

Local school administrators at a public budget hearing Wednesday said Gov. Scott Walker's private school vouchers and funding proposals would cost their districts millions of dollars.

The comments came during the third of four public meetings held by the legislature's Joint Finance Committee about Walker's proposals. The committee will return to the Capitol next week to begin working on the budget.

Vouchers are a policy decision that doesn't belong in the budget process, said Tim Schell, director of instruction at Waunakee School District.

"Budgets are about leadership and about choice," Schell said during the hearing, held at the Kalahari Resort in Lake Delton. "In your time of choosing as a panel, act wisely for the future of Wisconsin and Wisconsin's children."

In Madison, where vouchers would take effect because there is more than one school deemed to be failing, administrators said Walker's plans would cost $37 million over five years.

Legislators in town to talk jobs with business leaders

Legislators in town to talk jobs with business leaders

Pocan, Schultz hold roundtable, generate economic growth ideas   

Two lawmakers will be in Reedsburg Friday to meet with local business leaders to discuss economic growth ideas.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and State Senator Dale Schultz will host a roundtable at the Reedsburg Country Club at 12:45 p.m.

According to a news release, the two lawmakers will discuss proactive, bipartisan measures to support businesses and get Wisconsin back to work.

Subway robbery suspect in custody

A woman suspected of robbing a Sauk City sandwich shop Friday afternoon has been arrested, authorities said.

The Sauk Prairie Police Department said Sabrina M. Eimer, 26, of North Freedom, was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. Friday -- about four hours after the incident -- with the help of the Sauk County Sheriff?s Department.

According to the Sauk Prairie police, the Subway restaurant on Phillips Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint just before 4:30 p.m.

At some point between the hold up and 8:30 p.m., police had located Eimer?s car at a rural Sauk County housing complex off Highway 12, but not Eimer and sent a news release warning citizens she may have a handgun.

Eimer was later found and taken into custody on suspicion of armed robbery, though police did not indicate where the woman was located.

Juvenile admits to leaving clothes in Wisconsin River

Juvenile admits to leaving clothes in Wisconsin River

A tip led Wisconsin Dells police to a juvenile who admitted to leaving clothes in the Wisconsin River following a search effort by authorities.

A dive team was deployed Thursday morning, and found no evidence other than the clothing.

The juvenile admitted to falling into the river and disrobing in order to climb out. The juvenile was cited for underage consumption of alcohol and disorderly conduct. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor.

Wisconsin Dells officers and a Kilbourn Fire Department rescue boat responded to the waterfront area near Santorini Village Hotel at about 1:40 a.m. to search for a person reported in the water, according to a news release.

Dive team deployed after clothes found in Wisconsin River

Authorities said no evidence aside from clothing was found Thursday morning after a report of a person in the Wisconsin River near an area hotel.

Wisconsin Dells officers and a Kilbourn Fire Department rescue boat responded to the waterfront area near Santorini Village Hotel at about 1:40 a.m. to search for a person reported in the water, according to a news release.

Police Chief Jody Ward said several clothing items were found in the water near River Walk Pub but no identification was found. Ward said it was undetermined as of Thursday afternoon if someone was in the water.

Police said a black-and-white Ecko Unltd brand jacket, Roadblock brand denim pants, navy-and-white shorts and blue-and-black basketball shoes were found in the water.

The Columbia County Sheriff?s Department dive team also conducted a search of the water, Ward said, but no more evidence was found.