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Koula Completes Testimony At His Trial
After a day-and-a-half of questioning, Eric Koula has completed testimony at his La Crosse murder trial.
Koula has been consistent in explaining his actions surrounding the shooting of his parents two years ago, and in saying why he misled police about certain evidence. The West Salem man has said that when he was arrested, he couldn't believe police suspected him of committing the murders. Prosecutor Gary Freyberg followed up on that statement, claiming that Koula thought he was smarter than everybody else.
Koula insists that he went to the Bridgeview Plaza Shopko at about the time that his parents were shot, and was not actually at the scene of the crime. The prosecution argues that Koula went to a second Shopko and grabbed the first plant he found, just so he could get a receipt proving he shopped there.
Pertussis Cases Surging in La Crosse County
La Crosse county health employees are working overtime to tackle a growing pertussis problem. The county has 77 confirmed cases of whooping cough since the beginning of last month. Reasons for the outbreak?
Traci Lien is a county public health nurse. She says the majority of the confirmed cases are among teenagers. But older adults lacking booster vaccinations and younger children are very susceptible, too
Koula Denies Murders In First Day On Witness Stand
Eric Koula openly denies killing his parents...but he has admitted to other things at his La Crosse murder trial.
Koula was emotional on the stand Monday when he apologized for sending a threatening note to himself after the murders, to keep police from suspecting his teenage son.
Koula told defense attorney Keith Belzer that he didn't tell police about signing his father's name to a 50-thousand dollar check, because he didn't expect them to believe him. Koula is charged with forgery for cashing that check.
Koula insists that he did shop at Bridgeview Plaza at about the same time his parents were shot on May 21st, 2010...even though security cameras do not show him at that location.
Livable Neighborhoods President Says New Garbage Rules No Panacea
New garbage rules for La Crosse might not fix the city's curbside trash problem. Livable Neighborhoods president Charlie Weeth is among those who question whether the just-approved regulations will achieve promised results. he suggests the benefits of mandates for more dumpsters at rentals might have been oversold a bit
Weeth says if the volume of garbage is too big for a dumpster then there will still be messes. As there will be if scavengers continue to dumpster-dive and people use the dumpsters illegally.