Alliant Energy substation burglarized
A Mauston man, charged with burglarizing an Alliant Energy substation, was in court Wednesday morning. According to the complaint, on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, 30-year old Michael DeLong had allegedly used a metal cutter to cut a chain link fence of an Alliant substation located along Highway 82 east of Mauston. Two Juneau County deputies responded to an alarm at that location. Investigation revealed fresh footprints and a large spool of black electrical wire had been taken to the snowmobile trail. The footprints were followed along Highway 82 east. A deputy also located a small spool of yellow electrical wire on the Alliant substation property line. The foot prints crossed Highway 82 heading north. The deputy followed the prints in the fresh snow to a deer stand where DeLong was hiding. His pant legs were covered with snow and he appeared cold wearing only a sweatshirt. During an initial court appearance Wednesday morning, defense attorney Roger Klopp told the court he would be filing a motion to dismiss the charges based on insufficiencies in the criminal complaint. Judge John Roemer noted the defendant was in custody on a probation hold and bail had been set at a $1000 signature bond. Conditions of bond include no contact with any employees of Alliant Energy and DeLong may not go onto Alliant Energy property.
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