Pay Summary Shows Overtime Balloons for Fire Department
The La Crosse fire department not only exceeded its overtime budget from last year. The department blew through it. That's among the information we gleaned from a summary of pay and overtime in the city from last year.
Alternate Side Parking Experiment May Survive After All
La Crosse's great alternate side parking experiment might not be dead after all. The city council has voted to reconsider getting rid of a controversial ordinance that allowed for a special area around UWL that allowed cars to stay on one side of the road during the winter with drivers only having to move after a special notification from the city. Problem was, nobody moved the cars. After two years, the experiment was largely considered a failure. But the council will take another look at the idea in a month to see whether there's any way to make the plan work that hasn't been tried already.
Tommy Gets Newt's Help In Lax Campaign Stop
Familiar campaign territory today for Tommy Thompson and Newt Gingrich.
Both men spoke this morning at Logistics Health in La Crosse. Thompson, running for U-S Senate, was president of L-H-I for a few years...and former House speaker Gingrich visits La Crosse often because his wife Calista is from the area. Thompson hopes Wisconsin voters are paying attention to the Senate primary, because he thinks many people got tired of politics after the Walker recall race in June. And Gingrich is 'very comfortable' in feeling that voters will want to remove President Obama from office this fall.
Tremplo County Sex Offender Denied Re-Trial By Appeals Court
An area man convicted of sexual assault could not persuade an appeals court that he was mentally ill, or had another medical condition that justified a new trial or a different sentence.
Appeals judges have upheld the conviction and appeal of 60-year-old Darryl Pruett of Trempealeau County. Pruett is almost halfway through a nine-year prison term for sexually assaulting an underage girl. He wanted to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming insanity. But the appeals court did not find justification for that claim. They also rejected Pruett's argument that a thyroid condition was not taken into account when he was sentenced.
Schaffer Made Quick Decision To Plead In Double Murder
Larry Schaffer's decision to enter a plea on murder charges came pretty quickly...
That's according to Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary, who had made plea offers to Schaffer before a hearing on Monday. Schaffer was scheduled to be tried this month for the apparently drug-related murders of a Sparta couple in 2002. He pleads 'no contest' to the deaths, and could get a dozen or more years in prison. Cary says many key witnesses in the case either have died, or may have forgotten important details about the murders.