WAUSAU - One in seven children will be propositioned by predators online.
But the Marathon County Sheriff's Department will soon have more tools to help catch online predators. This month they joined the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Most Sheriff's Departments already have divisions that deal with investigating internet crimes. Marathon County does, too. But becoming a member of ICAC will open up more opportunities for funding.
The money will help them with their biggest struggle in fighting internet crime.
"Staying with the times. We've been having, I don't want to say difficulty keeping up with the times, but it's expensive, it's time consuming. We cannot ignore resources like this and try to continue," says Lt. Greg Bean.
The department hopes to use the money to hire more officers. They would be specifically committed to catching online predators.
Lt. Bean says they just joined the program, but they've already requested to add the new position of Technology Detective.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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