Exports Up In Wisconsin
(AP) Wisconsin exported a record $2.8 billion in agricultural goods last year. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says that's an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The state's top agricultural exports include wheat, corn and barley. Its top markets are Canada, Mexico, South Korea, China and Japan. Wisconsin ranks 16th among states in agricultural exports.
Police Nab One in Flat Tire Robbery Scheme
La Crosse police have one man in custody from a robbery earlier this month. But they're still looking for accomplices. They say 22 year-old Jacob Foley was the point man in an elaborate scheme to steal thousands of dollars in cash from a woman. Police say Foley damaged the woman's tire and then later offered to fix it in return for a ride home. Instead, Foley led the woman to an ambush. They say Foley choked her, another guy stuck a knife in her face and somebody was waving a gun around. The guys got sixty bucks altogether.
No Baby in That Stroller
You can understand the concern of those who witnessed the three teens out late at night pushing a baby stroller in LaCrosse. A 19 year-old and a couple of middle schoolers near the Walgreen's around midnight on a Friday looked drunk. And they were, say police, once they tracked the trio down. They were also suspected of shoplifting from the all night drug store. Police found a purse full of stolen make-up. In the stroller, under a blanket, not a baby. But three packs of frozen chicken.
Teen Escapes and Escapes and Then Gets Caught
Markus Chandler's had a busy month so far. La Crosse police had been looking for the 19 year-old for owing thousands in back child support. Spotted him several days ago driving. Cops chased Chandler for a ways while he drove through stop signs and sped down alleys trying to get away. They say he got out of the car and ran. Days after that, they nearly had him a second time when a city bus driver corralled him after suspecting Chandler of cleaning out another passenger's wallet. That time, he kicked his way out of the door of the bus. Finally got him on Friday just before he escaped from a bedroom window. Chandler's in jail today, facing up to ten charges.
Cop Related Shooting Still Being Looked At
The investigation into a police officer related shooting in Sparta January 19th, is almost complete. According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, a report should be done sometime next week and the findings will be forwarded to Monroe County D.A. Dan Cary. Sparta police have been tight lipped on the shooting that involved 19 year old Jacob Olson and officer, Booker Ferguson. Police were responding to a 911 hang up call when they were greeted by a rifle toting Olson on the front porch. After being told to put the gun down, Olson allegedly pointed the rifle at Ferguson at which time he was shot. He was taken to a La Crosse hospital with life threatening injuries and was still there at last check. Ferguson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting....which is customary in this circumstance.