Wisconsin City Has Position La Crosse Could Consider
Having one person lead the police and fire departments? Who's ever heard of such a thing? They have in Oconomowoc. One of the few cities in Wisconsin who have one public safety director in charge of police and fire, something that La Crosse mayor Matt Harter wants to study as an option. And it's a pretty good option, says Oconomowoc administrator, Diane Gard
Mayor Harter would like to hold off on hiring a new permanent police chief until the idea of combining the leadership of police and fire can be studied.
Onalaska Man Facing Trial For Trying To Strangle Girlfriend
'You're going to...die now.'
According to a criminal complaint, that's what an Onalaska man said to his girlfriend as he tried to choke her last month. Amberique Winters pleads 'not guilty' to charges of strangulation and battery, resulting from fights with the victim. No trial date has been set. The woman claims Winters attempted to strangle her, struck her face, and dragged her around her house by her wrists. He reportedly threatened to kill her if she saw other men.
Bullying Discussed In La Crosse
When the La Crosse School District brought in an expert on bullying this week, they wanted to hear and share ideas of hwta it will take to curb a problem that has struck school districts every where. And Superintendent, Randy Nelson, says it all starts in cyberspace.
Nelson says the district constantly works to let students know that bullying won't be tolerated and that if they see or hear it happening, to report it.
It used to be that heroin was one of the most expensive drugs out there. But check almost any courtroom in the state and you'll find heroin cases on the rise. Sparta Police Chief, Mike Kass, says he is seeing it every day....and not just in his city. So what's being done to crack down on the drug?
Kass says towns and cities are also sharing ways that they are using to crack down on the dealing and usage of the drug. He says it's here to stay.......at least for a while.
Will 11 X 15 Fly!
11 thousand Wisconsin prisoners would be released into treatment programs by 2015 if a group of religious leaders has their way. But La Crosse County D.A. Tim Gruenke says most prisoners are behind bars for a reason.
Organizers of the campaign, led by an umbrella organization for faith based coalitions in Wisconsin called WISDOM, haven't suggested legislative or policy changes so far.