Sparta Man Still Needs Lawyer
A Sparta man, who was charged with vehicular homicide for a 2009 drunk driving crash that killed his brother, was back in a Monroe County courtroom this morning. 26 year old Jason Schodeberg was arrested 2 weeks ago for allegedly driving drunk and crashing a vehicle July 26th, 2009 on Highway 33 near Cashton. His brother, 30 year old Glenn Schodeberg of Leon, was found pinned beneath it. He was dead at the scene.
Schodeberg is still waiting for the county to appoint him an attorney. At the time of the accident, investigators could not determine who was driving the vehicle.
DNA evidence recovered from the car's air bags and witnesses helped police determine Jason Schodeberg was, in fact, the driver. Schodeberg appeared in court last week on several charges, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He is still in jail on a $5 thousand cash bond. He will be back in court on Friday.
Local Stray Cat Population Still High
In her 8 years as Executive Director of the Coulee Region Humane Society, Heather Schmid says she has seen the stray dog population go way down. As for cats? Well.....that's still another story.
She says education on the matter has gotten better over the years....but it will take the entire community to become educated on the dog adn cat populations to keep them down. Schmid's last day at the Humane Society is tomorrow.
Charge Of "Corruption" Lingers After Ethics Ruling On O'Malley
Steve O'Malley apparently will not be fired, or even fined, for delving into politics on his work time for La Crosse County.
After a two-hour hearing on Friday, the county ethics board ruled that O'Malley did not break any rules when he supported a drive to hire a city administrator in La Crosse. Former county board chair Steve Doyle said O'Malley has more freedom than the county's administrative coordinators were given in the past. Doyle says O'Malley often has 'free rein' to pursue activities that he thinks could help the county. Mike Tellier, one of the citizens who filed the complaint against O'Malley, said the ruling shows that 'corruption' in the county is 'pretty bad.'
Baldwin Is Watching Opponents Split GOP In Senate Race
Four Republicans running for the U-S Senate in Wisconsin like to describe themselves as conservatives...and like to call Democrat Tammy Baldwin one of the most liberal members in Congress.
One blogger on the right says he doesn't know any conservatives who expect Baldwin to win the seat being vacated by Herb Kohl. Baldwin tells us that she expected to be stuck with the 'liberal' label when she launched her campaign. Baldwin visited Riverfest in La Crosse last week, and spoke about providing more economic relief to the middle class.
Ethics Board Rules In O'Malley's Favor
The La Crosse County Ethics Board rules that county administrator Steve O'Malley did not violate ethics rules when he campaigned for a referendum on a city administrator for La Crosse.
The decision came late Friday afternoon, following a two-hour hearing. Ethics board members say O'Malley had the support of the La Crosse County Board and did not personally profit from his activities to get a city administrator elected. The referendum was defeated in April. The board ruled that citizens who filed the complaint did not show clear proof that O'Malley broke any rules. The complaint suggested that any political activity done by O'Malley on county time was outside of his job description.