K2 Ban Moves Forward
Synthetic cannabis, watch out; La Crosse has your number. A city council committee this week has approved a ban on the sale, possession, and use of synthetic marijuana. It goes by names like K2 and Spice but generally is considered to be similar in nature to marijuana. Municipal prosecutor Pete Kisken says the stuff is poison and, because it's unregulated, poses a significant danger to La Crosse and therefore needs to be regulated at least until the state of Wisconsin enacts a ban statewide.
Tomah Fugitive Captured
Tomah police have captured their fugitive. Friday, near midnight, 45
year-old Mark Page went on the run after a routine traffic stop brought out
out the Tomah K9 unit and the dog apparently hit on some drugs in his car.
Page was arrested but escaped. Cops tracked him to his apartment and thought
they had him cornered but he slipped through their net and was on the lam
for a couple of days, possibly in La Crosse, before turning himself in at
the VA in Tomah yesterday afternoon. Police have dealings with Page in the
past in which he brandished a weapon at them.
Shooting Victim Identified
A La Crosse shooting victim has been identified. La Crosse police say You Moua is the 19 year old woman who was shot to death in a yard on the southside of La Crosse Sunday night. They say the shooting of Moua apparently followed a connected shooting in the 700 block of Ferry street earlier in the evening in which no one was hurt. Police say the shootings and the death of Moua is a domestic-related crime and is still under investigation.
Police: Shells, Gun, Car Link Woman to Both Sunday Night Shootings
La Crosse police have made ammunition matches in two separate shootings from Sunday. Police say they've collected spent shell casings from the area around a home at Ferry street in La Crosse, from the car of 19 year-old Youa Moua, and from the south side yard where Moua apparently took her own life. Police say all of the 9 millimeter ammo matches and they'll leave it to the state crime lab to determine if all the shells were fired from the same gun. Police also say that witnesses recall a car driven by Moua leaving the scene of the Ferry street shooting. It was where her former boyfriend apparently lived. Meanwhile, results from an autopsy on Moua are likely to take several weeks.
Loggers GM: It's Arson
Officially, it's an arson. La Crosse loggers general manager Chris Goodell tells us this afternoon that the fire department has termed Sunday's fire at Copeland Park intentionally set. The dugout and bleachers along the third base line were both torched. Both need to be completely replaced. No suspects yet, but police have collected footprints of those who apparently ran around the bases either before or after setting the fire. No dollar amount on the damage yet and no word on whether it will be the city or the Loggers who will pay for repairs.