Accountant Says Koula Was Too Poor To Take Out Loans
A West Salem man accused of killing his parents for their money was in bad financial shape two years ago, according to an accountant speaking at his trial.
That picture of Eric Koula is in sharp contrast to the defense claim that Eric had lots of money available and very few debts. Today, attorney Jim Koby asked accountant Mary Jo Werner if Eric could have borrowed money against his pickup truck or other vehicles he owned in 2010. Werner says auto loan businesses probably would have turned him down, because of their loan conditions, requiring customers to have a steady paycheck.
Investigators say Koula lost large amounts of money in stock trading, was not working, and was behind on his bills when his parents were murdered. The day after the shootings, Eric cashed a $50,000 check from his father which police think was forged.
Norwalk Meat Packer Faces Steep Fines for Worker Death
Plenty of safe places to work in the region. A meat-packing plant in Norwalk doesn't appear to be among them. OSHA has put the smackdown on the VPP Group meat packing facility for what the federal agency is calling a "zero commitment to worker safety and health." The action comes after the December electrocution death of a worker at the plant. OSHA says the worker was sent to work on a leaking water pipe near an electrical box. The fed agency found nearly a dozen violations in the plant, some not having anything to do with the electrocution. OSHA has recommended fines of nearly 190 thousand dollars to VPP.
County Aiming for Help From Wellness Grant
An effort to expand wellness education could use some help. La Crosse county nutritionist Linda Lee is hoping for support for a 450 thousand dollar grant to, among other things, add to the current Farm-to-School effort in the county
The grant comes from the feds through the UW system. It's a competitive grant and bonus points are awarded for the county's grant application based on votes gathered online.
Clang, Clang, Clang Goes The Trolley...Again
The city of La Crosse put one of its prized possessions up for sale several months ago. Now, that prize is back on display.
The former M-T-U trolley was sold to the Lamers Bus Company after a dispute with Washington over how the vehicle was supposed to be used. Lamers and the city have worked out a schedule for sightseeing trolley rides for this year, with tours beginning today.
Regular trolley tours are scheduled on weekends through the summer and early fall. More than 40 private tours also have been booked by the Convention and Visitor Bureau
City Garbage Rules Headed for Update
New rules regulating garbage disposal in La Crosse appear to be on the way. The city council has given preliminary approval to an update to La Crosse's garbage codes that involve mandates for increased use of dumpsters by rental properties, increased restrictions on scavengers, and limits on numbers of large items that can be thrown out at any one time. The city's public works board has been working on revising the city's current garbage rules for more than a year. Several landlords have resisted the new rules, saying that they would be costly and ineffective.