La Crosse Judges Signed Walker Recall Petitions
Three La Crosse circuit court judges are among those who signed Walker recall petitions. A new report finds that a total of 29 county-level judges across the state signed petitions to recall governor Walker. 16 of those are from Milwaukee. The report finds Ramona Gonzalez, Todd Bjerke and Dale Pasell signed petitions. Judge J. David Rice in Monroe county also signed a petition as did judge Micheal Rosborough in Vernon county. Apparently, signing the petitions does not violate judicial ethics rules.
Mayo Employee Busted for Video Pen in Bathroom Stall
A Franciscan Skemp IT employee in La Crosse is in trouble for trying to take videos in a bathroom. Cops say a construction worker found a video-recording pen in the ceiling above a bathroom stall in a unisex bathroom at the Professional Arts Building at Franciscan Skemp. Cops say the motion-activated pen was apparently set up to record toilet private time in the sixth floor bathroom. Not much action there. Cops say they have pictures of the employee, Jeffrey Baylor, recording himself getting the pen into position. And the construction worker taking the pen out of the ceiling. The 27 year-old Baylor faces a couple of charges including invasion of privacy.
Dankmeyer Puts Voter Turnout at 35%
The Government Accountability Board wants to hold recall elections May 8th, or use that date for primary elections if needed and then hold the general election June 5th. And La Crosse County Clerk, Ginny Dankmeyer, is not wasting anytime getting things ready for the elections.
She says going through the same process last year with recall elections has given her staff an upper hand in preparing for this years. She has projected a 35% voter turnout in the recall of the Governor and Lt. Governor.
Judge Puts Limits On Evidence In Koula Murder Trial
At a murder trial starting next month in La Crosse County, there will be limits on how much evidence can point to a suspect other than the defendant.
Eric Koula is accused of killing his parents and forging a check in his father's name, after running up large debts from stock trading. Judge Scott Horne says some evidence will be allowed showing that Eric's father, Dennis, wanted to stop giving money to Eric's brother-in-law. But Horne ruled out some other evidence suggesting that Patrick Cowell could be an alternate suspect in the case.
Dennis and Merna Koula were shot at their rural La Crosse County home two years ago. Eric Koula's trial begins April 11th.
City to Talk Parade Fees With Oktoberfest This Week
The only thing at stake in talks this week in La Crosse city hall is the existence of the city's most popular event. Mayor Matt Harter plans to meet with representatives from the Oktoberfest board to work out an agreement on fees that the city wants from the event to offset costs of police overtime. The board thinks the fees are excessive enough that it has suspended planning for its three parades in the fall. Despite that, Harter feels optimistic
The city wants 18 thousand dollars for the Maple Leaf and Torchlight parades. Apparently no charge for the opening day parade, but the organization has put that one hold, anyway.