Feds And Army Involved In Sparta Search Warrants
Quite the showing Friday in Sparta.......as 8 local policing agencies served search warrants on two Sparta homes on Wolcott Street. Even the La Crosse County Bear cat showed up. Seems as though two perps arrested on drug, weapons and stolen property charges had security cameras set up on the outside of their homes to see who was there....making for a dangerous sitation. Sparta Police Mike Kass explained to WIZM news that even the U.S. Army showed up.....a rarity .
Kass says they arrested 33 year old Charles Poirer and 39 yeqar old Darren Phillips on various counts. As the investigation continues, Kass feels more arrests will be made.
Western Technical College Is 100
100 years ago it was called the La Crosse Continuation and Adult Schools. Now 100 years, it's called Western Technical College. And with plenty of celebrations going on this month, retired dean of industrial technologies, Bill Welch Sr, explains that the tech college set the stage for familiar programs nationwide.
The college started in 1912 as a continuation school for adults, high school dropouts and trade training. From two rooms in the Longfellow school building, Western has expanded to a 15 building campus in La Crosse, with regional locations in Black River Falls, Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua, and a public safety training center in Sparta.
Storm Cleanup Continues
Heavy weekend rains have caused several rivers and creeks to rise in southern Wisconsin. Jackson, LaCrosse, Trempealeau, Waushara, Winnebago and Green Lake Counties are all under a flood warning. On Sunday, several areas received more than two inches of rain.
This week, there is a chance for two additional systems to move across Wisconsin. The first system will cause afternoon showers on Tuesday. However, the storms are expected to bring less than an inch of rain.
In Trempealeau County, clean up continued throughout the weekend in the community of Blair following last week's storm. Classes resumed today at the Blair-Taylor Elementary and High Schools after being closed for two days due to roof damage caused by the storm. School officials are concerned that rain leaking through the roof may also caused damage to the gym floor. And in Juneau County, a communications tower was struck by lightning on Sunday.
Vinehout Wants To Capture Union Votes
Tomorrow, Wisconsin voters will choose one democratic primary candidate, to face Governor Scott Walker in the June 5th recall election. And one of those candidates says the union vote could hurt her opponent. Senator, kathleen Vinehout talked with WIZM news about Kathleen Falk getting quite a few union nominations.
Those two, along with Doug La Follette and Tom Barrett, will have the chance to move on to the first ever Wisconsin governor recall next month.
Dispatcher Recognizes Caller on 911 Hang Up
You know you've had a little too much contact police when an emergency dispatcher recognizes your voice during a 911 hang-up call. That's Timothy Clinch, apparently. The dispatcher says the 44 year-old called La Crosse 911 from a convenience store phone on Saturday night, made some disparaging comments about the mayor's sexuality and then hung up. Video surveillance confirmed the guy's identity. Police tracked Clinch to his apartment but he didn't go quietly. Police say Clinch threw an alarm clock at the arresting officer, burned him with a cigarette and had to be physically convinced to walk to the squad car. They say Clinch also spit on the cop on the way to jail.