Sparta Arsonist Back In Court
A man who tried to burn down a Sparta convenience store now faces 71 years in prison if convicted on 6 charges. 38 year old Bradford White made a court appearance this morning in Monroe County court.
White, apparently upset that Fast Eddie's in Sparta would not serve him alcohol a week ago because he was drunk, is accused of going back to the store late that night....crashing his car into the front doors...stealing over $2500 in alcohol and then setting the place on fire. White faces charges of arson, armed burglary, criminal damage to property and reckless endangerment with a weapon. He is in jail on a $20 thousand cash bond.
The grocery side of the store sustained serious damage while the liquor side had to be wiped out due to health department concerns. White will be back in court in January.
Local College One Of The Best For Veterans
The Military Times magazine has named Western Techincal College one of the nation's top 10 two year colleges for veterans. Western, coming in at number 7 on the list, is the only two year college in Wisconsin to make the list. Jackie Helgeson says making things easier for Vet's to transition into college life is something they strive for.
More than 1,400 veteran students are currently enrolled at Western,
Republican Leader Believes Recall Petition Mark Will be Reached
Bill Feehan's got a pretty dim view of the whole petition drive to recall governor Scott Walker. First, says the chair of La Crosse county Republicans, it's clear there's people who are signing petitions multiple times, calling the new claim that organizers have reached the half million mark in petitions a pretty dubious one......
Feehan is referencing election regulators' admission that, although they would flag unusual names on petitions, it would be up to challengers to prove their lack of validity. But Feehan also believes that, even if recall organizers aren't quite there yet, they will be able to collect the required signatures to force a recall election sometime next year. Partially why the party is planning a re-opening of its La Crosse headquarter for early next month.
Investigation Turns Up Potentially Key Evidence in Liquor Theft
Thieves ripping off thousands of dollars in booze have left a trail for police to follow in La Crosse. Cops are investigating the theft of cases of beer, wine and liquor from the Pettibone Resort this week-end. They say the crooks pried open a door and stole the booze and left shoeprints and tire tracks in the snow. They also left what could turn out to be the lynchpin in the investigation. A frozen puddle of urine. Cops have collected the urine to test for DNA.
Central High School Wants New Commons Area
Central High School in Lacrosse wants to change the way the east side entrance looks and maybe asking for your help in making it happen. A presentation was shown to the school board Monday night, which would turn the commons area into a more desireable space for students, staff and visitors.
The $180 thousand project would include a new student store and a small branch of Altra Federal Credit Union. The financial breakdown would be $60 thousand spread into 3 entities. They include Central High School fund raising........Central Booster Club fund raising and the capitol improvement budget.
Also included would be community partnerships, community/family donations and wall tile sales. Fundraising will go until March with a tentative ground breaking set for the summer.