Onalaska School District Settles On Insurance Carriers
Having to change the ways employees of the Onalaksa School District are covered by health insurance was one task that had to be done this year. This after the loss of $1.5 million in state money this year. Larry Dalton, Director of Finance & Business Services, says the school board was prepared for this change.
The end result......the district will work with Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan and Mayo's Health Tradition Health Plan to offer employees the choice of insurance companies and health care providers. All at a savings of $800 thousand.
No Arrests Yet In Shooting: It's Homicide, According To Autopsy
La Crosse police have not arrested anyone yet for the shooting death of a Western Tech student on Monday.
A news release from the police department declares the death of 20-year-old Sara Hougom to be a homicide, based on autopsy results. That would be the second murder in La Crosse this month, following the strangling death of a woman on the city's north side. Meanwhile, U-W-L Chancellor Joe Gow says a memorial service for the local college student may be planned soon.
Brutus Sniffs Out Crack in Dash
You can hide your drug stash from the prying eyes of police. But maybe not from the sniffing snouts of drug dogs. La Crosse Cops got 23 year-old Kenneth Jackson at a routine traffic stop this week-end. Smelled some marijuana. Which was all an officer needed, apparently to call out Brutus the drug dog. Brutus got really interested in the dashboard. Turns out, Jackson was using the dashboard as a nifty space to hide the crack he was selling. Cops recovered several bags of crack from behind a dash panel. Jackson has a previous conviction for selling drugs.
Two La Crosse Officers On Administrative Leave Pending Investigation
Internal discipline for La Crosse cops busted on illegal hunting charges could be on the way. Officers Corrie Korn and Faling Yang face fines and prison time for duck hunting illegally with their guiding company in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge over two years ago. We asked police captain Jason Melby about in-house discipline
Melby says a May sentencing on the federal hunting charges would likely be taken into account when making decisions about Korn and Yang. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave.
Police Say Drunk Driver Also Texting
Among the many drunk drivers collared by La Crosse police this week-end, 28 year-old Richard Roiz may have had some additional obstacles to overcome. Cops say they witnessed Roiz flying down South avenue in his black Crown Vic early Saturday morning. And then watched him hammer a traffic sign up on a median and then keep on driving. They say Roiz blew a .22. But he says he drove up over the median, slammed into the sign, and blew out his front tire because he was texting. So he got a ticket for that, too.