A Chippewa Falls teacher accused of sexually assaulting a former student in Beloit has officially been fired. Court records show Tyler Edge is accused of assaulting a teen starting in the spring of 2017. The victim also told police Edge assaulted him about 20 times inside Beloit Memorial High School, where Edge was a long-term substitute. Edge joined the Chippewa Falls School District in July. He had been suspended without pay since February. Tuesday night, the school board voted to officially terminate his contract. Edge is charged with sexual assault of a student and repeated sexual assault of a child. He's due back in Rock County Court April 25 for a status hearing.
A sex sting by Rice Lake police has netted another suspect. Jay Hoppe, from Almena, was arrested over the weekend, and charged Tuesday. A Rice Lake police officer posted an ad online posing as a 15 year old girl who was interested in meeting older men. Police say Hoppe responded, and eventually arranged to meet the girl for sex acts. He was arrested when he arrived to meet her. Hoppe is charged with child enticement, attempted child sexual assault, and using a computer to facilitate a sex crime.
A Chippewa Falls mother is accused of exposing her infant baby to meth and other drugs. Kimberly Ham was charged Tuesday with child neglect. Investigators said a January search of her home turned up meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Hair follicles from her 2.5-month-old baby tested positive for meth, morphine and a metabolite of heroin. Ham is also charged with possessing drugs and being party to maintaining a drug trafficking place. She will be in court in May.
The Transportation Security Administration confirms reports that Tuesday morning flights at Central Wisconsin Airport were delayed by what appeared to be an explosive device. A hand grenade was found in a checked bag at 5:25 A-M leading to an evacuation of the facility in Mosinee. The grenade was inert and the Marathon County Bomb Squad disposed of it. Mosinee Police handled the tense situation. A T-S-A spokesperson says the incident should remind travelers that any item which looks like an explosive can't be packed in a checked bag.
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