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.
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.
DNR Ownership of Marsh Maybe Not More Restrictive
If the DNR takes it over, will La Crosse be able to use its own marsh? The DNR wants the city to live up to a decade-old vow to transfer ownership of the marsh to the state agency. But some are worried that would mean La Crosse would have less control over land within city boundaries. Possibly, says the DNR's Craig Thompson, but possibly no less control than it has now
The transfer talk has emerged again after the resurgence of potential plans to build a north south corridor for the city through the marsh.
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.
Wild Fire Season Has Struck
It's that time of year again....time for wild fires. And they have kept some fire department busy so far. Like this weekend where the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department was called out to theTownship of Bergen where a wild land fire was heading toward a shed. And it got worse than that. The Department found 2-sheds were fully engulfed in fire. Fire was also in direct contact with a 500 gallon LP cylinder and another shed. In the end, fire had destroyed 2 sheds and a car, a 3rd shed recieved minor structure damage and home exterior damage was reported to the 2nd floor and 2 rooms on 1st floor. The dry vegetation and wind gusts caused the valley the wild land fire moved up the hill at an alarming rate. Winds were gusting as high as 29mph.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department.