Woman Dies In Van Wreck
Police in Sparta are still investigating a crash that killed a passenger in a mini-van.
Authorities said the vehicle was crossing Highway 27 when it was hit by a semi-truck going north on the highway. A woman in the van died. She was 75-year-old Bernice Hough.The trucker, 44-year-old Delbert Singer of Indiana, was not hurt.
The van driver, 72-year-old Raymond Hough, was taken to a Sparta hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Child Drowns in Tub
A 15 month old child is dead after apparently drowning in the family bath tub.
Rescue squads were called to 3005 Lakeshore Drive in the Town of Campbell yesterday around 5pm and found the child unresponsive.
After taking the child to Gunderson Lutheran....the child was pronounced dead.
The case is still under investigation.
Plea Entered On Child Sex Charge
A 29-year-old man from La Crosse could get 40 years in prison for molesting an underage girl...
John Bjerkaas is convicted of second-degree sexual assault, after entering an Alford plea...where he doesn't actually admit to a crime, but says there is evidence against him. Bjerkaas was supposed to go on trial for two more serious charges. He was charged in November with touching private parts of the 12-year-old victim, while she pretended to be asleep. Bjerkaas previously served probation for possessing child porn.
LADCO Boss Backs Walker Reform For Commerce Dept.
Cutting red tape for Wisconsin businesses will be a goal for the new Republican governor who takes office next week...
And Scott Walker's goal is shared by many Wisconsin residents in the job development profession. LADCO director Jim Hill in La Crosse says too many state regulations can prevent businesses from growing.
Hill backs Walker's idea of getting the state Commerce Department out of the regulation business. Both men would assign those duties to other agencies, or would cut down on the number of rules entirely.
Help in Clearing Storm Drains Requested by City
As the temperature jumps today, the melt-off begins. Which, coupled with forecasted rain, could cause some problems on La Crosse city streets if the melting snow has nowhere to go. That's why the city's public works department is asking for help in clearing storm drains covered by ice and snow on the road. Streets crews can't get to all of them at once, says public works director, Dale Hexom, so if you live near one of the drains, consider it a civic duty to get out a shovel and go for it. Melting snow will be the rule for the next couple of days as temps will stay in the thirties through Friday. Frigid temps expected again on Friday night and through the week-end.