Koopman Drug Plea
A second suspect in the drug death of a young woman pleads guilty to reckless homicide...
Cory Koopman of Sparta entered a negotiated plea in La Crosse County court this morning. Koopman admits to selling the heroin used by Shelby Perkins just before she died last year. Perkins's boyfriend, Mitchell Perner, is in prison now for his part in her overdose death.
Koopman could get up to 25 years behind bars for the homicide charge...but because he cooperated with prosecutors, the D-A's office may recommend just eight years of prison time when he is sentenced.
1985 Lacrosse Murder Still Open
A new interview is in the works for an old murder case in La Crosse County...
Sheriff's Captain Kurt Papenfuss is saying a sex offender will be interviewed soon about the 1985 murder of U-W-L student Terry Dolowy. D-N-A testing will be done to see if the new suspect can be connected to Dolowy, whose body was exhumed a few years ago to obtain more physical evidence.
Dolowy's boyfriend also remains a suspect in the woman's murder and decapitation. Dolowy's burning remains were found in Vernon County a few days after she disappeared.
Armed La Crescent Man Faces Fifth OWI
Among the drunk drivers getting nabbed by police in La Crosse this week, there was one guy facing his fifth. Police say Nicholas Bernacchi from La Crescent was stumbling drunk when they stopped him for a burnt-out taillight near Viterbo on Saturday. They say he wouldn't give them a breath sample. They dumped out Bernacchi's two open beers in the car and confiscated a couple knives. Besides the drunk driving charge, Bernacchi faces concealed weapons charges for the knives.
Onalaska DARE Ready For Chili Cookoff
Get out your fireproof chili spoons. The 8th of October marks the 20th anniversary of the annual State Bank Financial Chili Cookoff and the Onalaska Police Department is hitting the ground running with, as they put it, dueling chili(s).
Onalaska D.A.R.E. Officer Leah Myers says their theme is “A little taste of heaven and a little bite from hell.” I’m the angelic side of the duo so I’ll be making a mild white chicken chili. Great flavor but it only has “angelic heat”. Since you can’t have heaven without hell our Administrative Manager will be making her hellishly hot Cajun chili. I helped her with it last year and it is HOT. She tops it with something called the “Devil’s Slaw” that’s so hot it was burning my fingers through the gloves.”
According to Myers the two cooks will be sporting halos or horns depending on which version of chili you try. All of the proceeds go to support the D.A.R.E./G.R.E.A.T. programs in our area schools and Habitat for Humanity. Commemorative pins, which admit four to the cookoff, are on sale at the Onalaska Police Department for $20.00 and individual tickets may be purchased on the day of the event for $5.00. The cook-off starts at 11:30am and winds down at 2:30pm.
Police Cite Naked Man Pushing Motorcycle
It was a pretty nice day on Saturday around La Crosse. Maybe a little chilly to be pushing motorcycles around without any clothes on. But that's exactly how David Miller was spending his Saturday evening. Right before six, La Crosse police say they could see him from the station. He was the one naked guy running around on the WTC campus. Apparently he was grabbing motorcycles that belonged to others and pushing them. They finally caught up to Miller sitting in the buff on one of the bikes. Didn't know why he was doing it. Didn't know where he was. He did know, however, that he'd smoked some of the drug, ecstasy. A disorderly conduct for Miller and a charge for damaging one of the motorcycles.