Strange Sparta Guy
A strange night for Onalaska Police last night. Seems as though 25 year old Martin Cooper of Sparta walked into Northern Hills Elementary where he grabbed the janitor, pulled her into a closet and put his hands on her hips. The janitor was able to get away from Cooper and called police. While Onalaska police were searching the area for Cooper, another call came from a resident advising that a man had walked into their house......sat down on a couch......put his arm around a female that was sitting on the couch and pulled her closer. He then left the house.
While still searching for Cooper, another call was received from a business on Riders Club reporting a suspicious male. Officers located the subject, determined it was the same person from the previous two calls and arrested Cooper.
He was arrested on two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of trespassing and taken to the La Crosse County Jail where he was booked on the three charges. Cooper, who is also on probation, had a probation hold placed on him.
Sex Offender To Be Released
Lacrosse Police say a convicted sex offender is about to be released from prison. 31 year old Troy Baker will live at the Attic Correctional Center on Rose street come Saturday.
He had been convicted of sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl over a one year period and also a 12 year old girl. Baker was also convicted of threats and providing a minor with alcohol.
Baker can have no contact with minors, bars, he must abide by sexual offender rules...and will be placed on the sex offender registtry for life.
Charges Pending Against Sparta Arsonist
The Monroe County DA is looking at felony charges of burglary and arson against a Sparta man who set a gas station on fire early Saturday morning. D.A. Dan Cary tells WIZM news that he is still looking over reports from the fire at Fast Eddie's in Sparta that 38 year old Bradford White is accused of setting.
White was apparently angry because the store would not sell him alcohol because he was intoxicated. He had been arrested earlier Friday for trying to steal alcohol from the gas station and was released to a family member.
Later that night, Cary says White went back to the gas station......broke in...stole some things....and started the grocery portion of the store on fire. He is currently in the Monroe County Jail awaiting formal charges.
Name Released In Packing Plant Death
Monroe County has released the name of the man that died in an industrial accident at Valley Pride Packing Plant in Norwalk that happened on Friday. He was 31 year old Edgar Becerra of Viola,
No other details of the incident are available at this time pending further investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Clerk Says No Decision on Hypothetical Referendum
Still no opinion from the La Crosse city clerk's office regarding dueling referendums. We've asked the clerk to determine whether a city council proposed referendum regarding a city administrator or one that could arise from a petition on the issue would be on the ballot if the petition drive is successful. Leader of the petition drive, Dave Drewes, says he's confident that his measure would have priority because the petition drive started last week prior to the council opting to go to a referendum on the issue. But the clerk's office says it's premature to draw legal conclusions before the petition measure goes to the city council.