Onalaska Council Weighs Reform Task Force
Is it time for some reforms at Onalaska City Hall?
A plan to appoint a 'Reform Options Committee' will be introduced at tonight's Onalaska City Council meeting. Mayor Mike Giese wants to be sure that the committee follows city policies.
Giese worries that the plan is not very specific. The resolution calling for a committee suggests that it would study every Onalaska city department, and make recommendations on whether to eliminate or privatize some city services.
Teen Robbery Suspect's Background To Be Studied
One of the suspects in a New Year's Eve robbery in La Crosse will get to put off a 'not guilty' plea for a month...
Leon Hesser-Thompson's attorney wants to research the 17-year-old's 'psychological history,' following previous arrests in Minnesota. Hesser-Thompson and another teen are accused of stealing money from a 14-year-old on the victim's birthday, by threatening him with a B-B pistol.
Kapanke On Arizona Shooting
Among the people that were shot at a public appearance by an Arizona Representative Saturday, were friends and constituents of Gabby Giffords. So will that deter people from going out to see elected officials now?
Senator Dan Kapanke of Lacrosse says the voting public should never be afraid of attending public functions that feature those that they voted for.
Kapanke says he will not change anything or scale back his public appearances.
He sends his prayers out to the loved ones of those killed and injured in Saturday's tragedy.
Shilling On Arizona Shooting
18 years ago........State Representative Jennifer Shilling's parents were found slain in a walk-in freezer and cooler at a suburban Chicago fast food restaurant. The date.......January 8th.
Saturday, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was critically wounded in a shooting rampage at a forum for constituents. Six people died and several others were wounded. The date.....January 8th.
Shilling says it was all too familiar and she felt the pain of everyone involved in what she describes as two acts of senseless violence. Shilling said that Saturday she knew immediately what the families were going through when it came to disbelief....anguish and sadness.
As for changing the way she sets public appearances.....Shilling says no changes...but a better sense of awareness of her surroundings now.
Walgreens Robber Caught With Stolen Smokes
If it looks like a robber, acts like a robber, chances are it's a robber. A clerk at the southside Walgreens had Joseph Strebe pegged as soon as he walked in to the store just after midnight last night. The 19 year-old was wearing a bandanna over his face and the clerk told Strebe it looked as if he was getting ready to rob the place. And he was, police say. Cops say Strebe put a gun to the clerk's neck, demanded money, and when the clerk couldn't get the cash drawer open, Strebe hit him in the head with his gun and demanded cigarettes instead. Cops later found Strebe carrying three cartons of Newports. Nearby, they also collected the bandanna and the gun. it was a BB gun. With no BB's in it apparently.