Bluff Road Shut Down By Another Landslide
TOO MUCH RAIN HAS CAUSED PROBLEMS AGAIN WITH BLISS ROAD, WHICH TAKES TRAFFIC UP AND DOWN THE LA CROSSE SIDE OF THE BLUFF. ANOTHER LANDSLIDE HAS FORCED THE CITY TO SHUT DOWN THE ROAD. SIMILAR SLIDES HAPPENED DURING FLASH FLOODING PERIODS IN 2007 AND 2008, LEADING TO EXPENSIVE REPAIRS. THE CITY IS EXPECTED TO INSPECT THE WASHED-OUT PART OF BLISS ROAD TODAY.
Would Be Robber: Pregnant, Drunk and Hammer Wielding
"I want a soft shell and this is a stick up so give me all your money." Apparently how 38 year-old Julie Bailey went about trying to rob the Taco John's on La Crosse 's southside Tuesday night. Police say Bailey: drunk, pregnant, wearing a bright floral shirt, pink and white slippers and armed with a hammer, had passed over two other businesses before she'd settled on robbing the fast food shop because there just weren't as many people inside. Her plan ran into problems when she couldn't get the hammer out of her shorts. Cops say her roommate, 51 year-old Bruce Collins was behind the plot. Couple needed money, apparently, to buy crack.
Mayor: ED Drugs Under Review
Viagra on public employee prescription plans? They had it in Milwaukee schools and want it back. La Crosse city employees get Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and other erectile dysfunction drugs on their plan. We asked mayor Matt Harter if those drugs should stay in the plan considering the city's financial straits. The mayor says the human resources department is evaluating all such expenditures. Harter says his aim is to make the city health plan resemble those that are available in the private sector.
Another Tie Chicken Vote Could Require Mayor
If the La Crosse city council stays evenly divided on the backyard chicken issue, one guys vote could become all important. Mayor Matt Harter could kill or save the backyard chicken proposal. We asked where he's at on chickens right now. He says he believes very strongly in property rights but when you choose to live in a city you give up some of those rights. At the same time, Harter likes a provision of the proposed ordinance that would require a yearly renewal of an application for chickens and that neighbors would have to agree to the application. Harter says he'll wait to see how the debate on chickens goes tonight before the final vote on the issue. He doesn't believe that vote will be split evenly as it was on Tuesday.
Koula Competent For Murder Trial
A DOUBLE MURDER SUSPECT IS FOUND COMPETENT...
JUDGE TODD BJERKE ACCEPTS A DOCTOR'S REPORT, FINDING THAT ERIC KOULA OF LA CROSSE IS MENTALLY FIT TO BE TRIED FOR THE SHOOTING DEATHS OF HIS PARENTS BACK IN MAY. KOULA MAY ENTER A 'NOT GUILTY' PLEA AT HIS NEXT HEARING ON AUGUST 27TH. KOULA IS ACCUSED OF KILLING DENNIS AND MERNA KOULA TO OBTAIN SOME OF THEIR MONEY, TO HELP HIM GET OUT OF DEBT.