Tornado Strikes Tomah Speedway
Once again Mother Nature has proven she is not a race fan in 2011. This time on a more serious scale. The storm that tore up parts of LaCrosse, Sparta and Tomah also hit Excalibur Speedway.
“A few of the power lines at the speedway were blown over and unfortunately we are not the only one having issues. The soonest we were able to find anyone to come and repair the damage was Friday. That is too close to race time and so we made the decision to push the opening back one more week. We hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend.” -Greg Oliver, Race Operations Manager.
Officials plan to have everything repaired by the weekend and have everything back up
and ready to go the following week. The 2011 season, if we get some cooperation from Mather Nature, will officially kick off Friday June 3rd
Felony County Now At 40 For Melrose Man
A horrific tale of sexual abuse and torture spanning more than 15 years is detailed in a mountain of criminal charges filed this week against a western Wisconsin man. The victim, a 19-year-old woman now living in the Sheboygan area, was brutally and repeatedly raped from age 4 until last Christmas, according to criminal complaints charging the man with 40 counts of sexual assault and incest.
The 40 year old Melrose man has been charged in Jackson and Manitowoc counties with a total of 40 felonies that carry a maximum combined prison term of nearly 900 years. He was arrested May 5th, two weeks after the victim first reported the crimes to Sheboygan County investigators. The complaints detail dozens of episodes, including one instance where the man had his nephew join in raping and torturing the victim.
Monroe County District Attorney and Special Prosecutor, Dan Cary, said prosecutors are working with local investigators and prosecutors in the other counties. The is currently in the Jackson County Jail, held in lieu of a half million dollar cash bond.
City of La Crosse: Don't Mix Your Storm Junk
Don't mix your trees with your roofing shingles. Or your wall siding, or gutters, or windows.... or any other part of your house that came loose during Sunday's storm in La Crosse. Although the city is collecting chunks of fallen trees from boulevards, it is warning against mixing construction junk with the trees, otherwise those trying to clean up, the city says, will have to take the whole mess to the dump themselves.
Arena Damaged, Condemned
One of the many condemned buildings after a Sunday afternoon storm in La Crosse? The city's Green Island Ice Arena near Gundersen Lutheran. The building was damaged in the storm, has been condemned and now is shut down, the city's parks department says, until further notice. Many other homes and businesses have been condemned and emergency workers spent much of Monday refusing to let people in to retrieve their belongings from those places that had been severely damaged by the storm. Besides canceling all the indoor activities at Green Island, the parks department has also relocated all outdoor activities as well.
The City of La Crosse is NOT planning a construction or building material debris clean up at this time. Residents must contact waste haulers for a dumpster or haul material to the La Crosse County Solid Waste Department located at 6502 State Road 16, La Crosse, WI. For more information, they can be reached at 608-785-5972. If you have materials that qualify as large items, they may be put out on the same day as your recycling for Harter’s to pick up. Please refer to the 2011 Recycler for guidelines or contact the City of La Crosse Recycling office at 608-789-7508 or Harter’s Quick clean up at 608-782-2082. If construction, building, or other foreign material is found to be in with tree debris, the City of La Crosse will not pick it up and you will have to haul it all to the Solid Waste Department.