Differences on Prosecuting Marijuana Possession
Two different ways to deal with small time pot possession. A few years back the LaCrosse county board changed an ordinance giving cops and prosecutors the option to ticket someone a hundred bucks for a first time bust. Instead, LaCrosse D.A. Tim Gruenke continues to charge possession as a crime with offenders getting their records clear if they go through an assessment. County board chair Steve Doyle doesn't have a huge problem with the way the district attorney handles the situation. But, Doyle says the D.A.'s plan has one weakness. If they charge minor possession as a crime any money from fines goes to the state. Charging it as an ordinance violation keeps the money here in LaCrosse county.
Transit Center: No Actual Transit Until August
It's big. it's new. It's got a big, two-story tunnel going through it's middle. But the transit center in downtown La Crosse isn't quite finished yet. That's why MTU chief Keith Carlson says he wants to wait on changing bus routes to include the new center. He especially wants to avoid having busses drive around the cranes that will be installing a green roof on top of the seven story building. So switching busses to the center won't happen this month as hoped. Carlson is thinking a grand opening for the bus depot and upper living spaces will happen at the same time sometime in August.
Suspect In Tomah Murder Still In Illinois
She turned herself in last week, but a woman accused of a Tomah murder isn't ready yet to appear in a Wisconsin court.
The D-A's office in Sparta says Tammy Cole still has a court hearing in northern Illinois within the next couple of days. Monroe County Prosecutor Dan Cary tells us Cole hasn't agreed to leave Illinois yet. The 46-year-old woman surrendered to cops in the Rockford area last week, after police identified her as the main suspect in the April shooting of Tomah bar owner Vance Evans. An attorney for Cole told Tomah police that the woman was involved in an accidental shooting in Tomah the day Evans died.
Volunteer Labor to Help Out at Eco-Park
Sure, the Eco-Park in La Crosse has just picked up a big state grant. But fundraising's got a long way to go. The Park bosses plan on cutting corners a bit by enlisting volunteers to help tear down remnants of the old zoo in the city's Myrick Park. Makes sense to city park and rec director, Steve Carlyon in a few ways. There's the obvious money savings. There's the community that such an effort builds. There's also legacy considerations. Volunteers can tell their children and grandchildren, he says, that they helped build the Eco-Park. Last week, the Eco-Park won approval for a half million dollar state grant. Just enough to pay architects to draw up plans for new park exhibits.
Child Falls Out Hotel Window
AN APPARENT ACCIDENT AT A NEWLY-OPENED HOTEL IN LA CROSSE...
A FOUR-YEAR-OLD BOY TUMBLED OUT OF A THIRD-FLOOR WINDOW FROM A ROOM AT THE CANDLEWOOD SUITES ON COPELAND AVENUE. THE SCREEN NORMALLY IN THE WINDOW HAD BEEN TAKEN OUT. THE CHILD LANDED ON GRASS BELOW THE WINDOW, AND WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.