Kong Vue Statements On Hougom Murder To Be Allowed At Trial
When Kong Vue goes to trial in La Crosse for the Sara Hougom murder, tapes of police interviewing him will be allowed as evidence.
That ruling comes today in court, despite arguments from Vue's attorney that cops pressured his client into a confession and would not let him leave the interview room. Attorney Mark Lawton questioned the police and special agents today, to show that they coerced Vue into admitting that he shot Hougom. But Judge Todd Bjerke says he also saw the tapes, and did not find verbal pressure or coercion on the part of the cops. Kong Vue has told police that he shot Hougom when he went into her apartment to steal a purse. Vue's uncle, Pao Choua Vue, is also charged in the murder, and he goes on trial in late August.
Golf Courses Feeling The Heat Of The Drought
We have all heard about the effects the summer drought has had on people's lawns and farmers fields. But what about area golf courses? Tom Ceresa, owner of the Maple Grove Country Club, says this has been an interesting summer so far.
He says the course itself has held up pretty well as they have gone from watering 6 hours a day to about 13. And tee times are being seen as early as 6am.
Critically Injured Student Still Recovering
A local Winona college student is still hospitalized after sustaining injuries in a car accident.
New C.A.O. At Mayo Health System
A selection commitee at Mayo Health Systems has chosen a new Chief Administrative Officer. Former C.A.O. Ron Paczkowski announced his retirement earlier this year. Joseph Kruse will take over the reigns starting September 4th.
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Kruse says that he wants to help the health system grow and focus on improving the quality and cost of care that Mayo Clinic Health System provides.
Charges Still Possible in Money Creek Campfire Accident
No charges yet in a campfire accident that left four children burned at an area campground back in June. Houston county sheriff Doug Ely says he's getting close to wrapping up the investigation into the June 29th fire at Money Creek Haven Campground. A man apparently dumped some sort of accelerant onto a smoldering campfire, causing the fuel container to explode and burning the children. Four year-old Chloe Langen suffered the worst of the burns and flirted with death a few times before stabilizing at a burn center in St Paul. Five year-old Annabelle Heyer was also burned badly and was flown to a hospital in Madison.