Worker Hit By Train at Forest Hills
Someone hit by a train at Forest Hills this morning in La Crosse. Apparently a worker at the golf course was crossing the tracks after eight this morning in a small utility vehicle when he was hit by a train. Stunningly, Police say the worker suffered only minor injuries while the little utility vehicle he was on was absolutely destroyed. He told cops he never heard the train coming.
Report from City Halls Shows Variety of Travel Destinations
Look through the travel expense reports from La Crosse city hall and you'll find all sorts of interesting destinations: Phoenix, Los Angeles, Orlando, Boston. All places that city employees have traveled to that appear on records for the first five months of this year. We took a look at the travel report and found plenty of travel for training and conferences. Like the nearly five hundred dollar bill for the municipal prosecutor to attend an OWI workshop in Elkhart Lake. Or the thirty three hundred dollars spent by the city's planning department to send three employees to the American Planning Association conference in L.A. A couple of Orlando trips: one for GREAT program training and another for the fire chief to attend a conference. Police spend by far the most on travel. But much of that is paid for through grants. 54 thousand dollars in travel expenses by city employees so far this year.
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.
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