La Crosse Pimp To Prison
A La Crosse pimp who ran a prostitution ring out of his North Side apartment will spend the next four years in prison. La Crosse County Circuit Judge Scott Horne sentenced 50 year old Steven Cathey this afternoon. Cathey stated in court that he did not try to prostitute anybody.
Prosecutors contend Cathey ran the ring out of an apartment on Rose Street from his October 2010, prison release until February 1st of last year. One woman said Cathey arranged her meetings with men, and another said Cathey kept the money from her eight customers and paid her with crack cocaine.
Cathey denied being involved in prostitution but was heard on phone calls from jail telling a woman to get rid of all the names and numbers. Cathey, back in October, entered an Alford plea where he admits no wrongdoing but concedes a jury likely would convict him to one count of pandering/pimping days before his trial. He later tried to withdraw his plea.
Onalaska Enjoys Savings
A switch in health insurance providers will save big bucks for the Onalaska School District and its employees.
Larry Dalton, Director of Finance and Business Services, says after considering bids from a number of providers, school officials dropped longtime carrier WEA Trust. The school district will work with Gundersen Lutheran and Mayo affiliated HMOs to offer a dual choice program, the first of its kind in a school district.
Fate Of Fest Comes Thursday
Oktoberfest USA has announced they will hold two separate press conferences on Thursday, April 5th to discuss the fate of the 2012 Oktoberfest parades. Both conferences will be held at the Oktoberfest Southside Festgrounds.
Jail On Voters Minds
Monroe County residents are taking to the polls today to vote on where they would like to see a new jailand courthouse built. Monroe County Sheriff, Pete Quirin.
Quirin says it's on the referendum because it's been a stumbling block with the county board for more then 20 years. Some want it built in downtown Sparta....others at the dog pound site near Highway 71.
Onalaska Mayor Vote Tomorrow
Onalaska picking a mayor tomorrow at the polls. Joe Chilsen and Samantha Carter facing off in that race. We asked the candidates about their views on a number of issues facing the city of Onalaska. Both have an understanding of crime issues in the city. Chilsen's been on the city's police and fire commission for more than a decade. He's fine with safety in Onalaska
Samantha Carter works with Justice Sanctions in La Crosse county. She's a little more worried about the spread of drugs and crime that's infecting La Crosse and wants to establish more Neighborhood Watch groups
Chilsen or Carter replaces one-term mayor Mike Giese.