Thieves Nab Two Cars
Seems as though someone did not get any new cars for Christmas so they decide to steal their own. Sparta Police are looking for two cars that were stolen over the weekend, during two separate incidents.
One is a Teal colored 1993 Geo Prizm with a Minnesota license plate...the other a Silver colored 1998 Chevrolet Malibu with a Wisconsin.
Both vehicles were taken from residences on the west side of Sparta.
Local Republican Hesitates to Predict Outcome of Caucuses
Going into today's caucus voting in Iowa, the Republican presidential candidate field looks pretty wide open. Expect that to narrow considerably after today, says La Crosse republican party chair Bill Feehan. Although he declined to offer his prediction for who might finish first today
Iowa is the first state to take part in the presidential nominating process. Wisconsin's presidential primary won't happen until April.
Hotel Owner Says He Gets Stolen Money Back as Payment
A La Crosse woman faces charges after taking some money from a hotel. Police say the 22 year-old is staying at the Affordable Inn on the northside. They say the owner of the Affordable got video of the woman taking the money out of his cash register last week. Apparently the woman used the same wad of cash to pay some of what she owed on her hotel bill there. Police say she admitted the crime and called the theft a "lapse in judgement."
One Drunk Driving Change Not Likely in New Year
If you ask lawmakers, chances are they'll tell you they're in favor of making a crime of first time drunk driving in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, says John Vose with the Wisconsin chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, costs of changing the law make the idea not such a winner
Which means the idea is likely a non-starter again this year in Madison. Wisconsin is the only state that treats a first time drunk offense as more of a traffic ticket than a crime.
Police Reports Show New Year Celebration Relatively Quiet
After counting up tickets and tallying arrests, turns out it was kind of a quiet New Year's Eve for La Crosse police. There were a few fights. A few broken windows. Somebody on the southside swears he saw a guy shooting six rounds out of a gun though police never found casings. Not really that many drunk driving arrests. There was that one 20 year old Army vet who kicked in the door of a garage on the southside because he was cold, underdressed and trying to get warm. Not surprisingly, police say, that guy was pretty solidly drunk.