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No Lock Thief Hits One House Too Many
La Crosse police think they may have solved several burglaries with one arrest this week. Cops say they've busted 21 year-old Joshua Dull in the act of trying to steal electronics from a home in the city. Cops have been looking for the thieves responsible for many burglaries that occurred at places that were left unlocked. Dull, they say, was on his way towards making off with a flat screen and an X-Box gaming system when he was tripped up by the owners. Apparently they held on to him until cops arrived. Police think he's behind at least some of the other burglaries. Right now they're trying to find some of the other electronics that have been stolen.
Skemp To Close Arcadia Hospital
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare plans to expand its family medicine practice and long-term care facilities while discontinuing hospital-based services at its Arcadia campus, effective the end of the first quarter, 2011. Hospital services include acute care admissions, obstetrics and emergency services.
This decision does not include clinic services, behavioral health, specialty outreach, or nursing home services, which will be continued and are slated for enhancement or expansion.
Vice President for Regional Practices John Nemec said Franciscan Skemp leaders researched the situation to ensure that the service it provides continues to meet the needs of the community and can be sustainable long term, both financially and from a safety and quality perspective. Maintenance requirements for the aging hospital, low patient volumes and limited population growth all contributed to the decision to discontinue hospital-based services at the Arcadia campus.
On this campus, Franciscan Skemp employees 215 individuals. This change will affect fewer than 20 positions.
The family medicine clinic and nursing home in Arcadia will remain fully staffed to provide service to area residents. Franciscan Skemp’s plans to expand its current family medicine practice in Arcadia include a new clinic building, which will be reviewed for approval in the 2011 budget.
Long-term care is a demonstrated need for the Arcadia community that will be maintained going forward, including swing bed services for those patients who have recovered from the acute phase of an illness, but continue to require skilled nursing care and/or skilled rehabilitation services. A gap in the services currently being provided is that of assisted living. Franciscan Skemp is in the process of seeking a partner who could potentially add this service.
Many emergency services and acute care needs will be provided in the clinic urgent care setting where patients can be treated and discharged or stabilized and transferred. Major trauma and after hours emergencies will be managed by rapid transport to major hospitals in the area.
School Referendum Projects on Track
HVAC systems, security systems and door locksets and hardware....all projects under the $35 million referendum Lacrosse voters approved back in 2008. So where are those projects at?
Joe Lavina says with great summer weather and good planning.....the district is on track to complete most of the projects at hand.
Still left to do.......replacing doors and door locks and new motion censor security systems....all on track to be completed by June.
Homicide Charge Results From Drug Overdose
A La Crosse man could be charged today with reckless homicide, because of a drug death last month.
Ian Lutz was arrested last month after the apparent overdose death of Garrett Hall. Before he died, Hall claimed that he had bought heroin from Lutz, and Lutz admitted to police that he had sold the drug to Hall. Until now, Lutz had been charged with making and delivering heroin, but not with homicide.