CAUSE OF DEATH FOR CRAIG MEYERS
A cause of death for the college student found in the Mississippi River this week. The LaCrosse county medical examiner Dr. John Steers says Craig Meyers drowned to death. Steers tells Wizzum News that the 21 year old college student also suffered from hypothermia alcohol intoxication. Meyers's body was found below the ice on Tuesday afternoon. Craig was last seen alive at 2am on Sunday when a relative dropped him off on the 700 block of Market Street.
Register Your Bike and Get a Free Light
La Crosse police were uncomfortable with the idea of giving away free bike lights the whole time. Not because they don't want bicycle riders to go without. It's just that the big box of bike light sets they got from the county through a grant program came with the understanding that the lights would be handed out to those riding illegally without bike lights. Kind of like a reward for breaking the law. La Crosse cops instead will hand out the lights to the first fifty who show up at the PD downtown to register their bikes. Bike registration is two bucks and is required under city ordinance.
Baldwin Ousts Staffer Over Tomah Investigation
US Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin now admits she could have done more to seek federal action involving the over-prescription of painkillers at the V-A Medical Center in Tomah. In a column submitted to Wisconsin newspapers, Baldwin said her office should have done a better job "listening to and communicating with" a second constituent whom her office was working with on problems at Tomah. Whistle-blower Ryan Honl said he tried working with Baldwin's office, after learning that she stayed publicly silent on a report from the V-A last August that responded to a complaint about the Tomah drug matter as early as last March. This morning, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Baldwin fired her Number-two Wisconsin staffer after she reportedly asked Honl not to expose the matter publicly for fear that she'd get fired. Baldwin defended part of her actions, saying the V-A had not revealed in April or June that its Inspector General's office had uncovered similar problems. She never sought a Senate committee investigation until after the Center for Investigative Reporting recently uncovered that the numbers of prescription pain-killers at Tomah rose 500-percent from 2004-through-2012, even with fewer patients. The center also said a veteran died from an over-prescription. Baldwin said she has spoken with U-S Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald -- and he plans to launch a new investigation into the Tomah facility.
Tomah Man Clings To Life After Crash
A Monroe County man is clinging to life tonight after receiving life-threatening injuries in a Wednesday morning crash in Columbia County. The crash happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. about five miles north of the Columbia-Dane County line.
Campaign Violation Allegations Include New UW Regent from Onalaska
A newly appointed member of the UW board of regents is among those on a complaint filed by a watchdog group alleging campaign finance rules violations. Gary Roberts from Onalaska, big contributor to Scott Walker, was recently appointed by the governor to a term on the board of regents. According to a complaint filed by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Roberts is one of 29 big donors in the state who violated the annual 10 thousand dollar limit for individual campaign donations. Also on the list of those breaking the contribution limit, according to the group, Vicky Kunz from La Crosse, listed as a Kwik Trip employee.