Winona County Drug Court Coming
La Crosse County has had a drug court since 2001 and it's been succesful. Winona County hopes to get the same results as they are close to developing one there. County Attorney, Karin ( CAR-IN) Sonneman.
Representatives from law enforcement, community services and legal staff, along with several other members, all attended a weeklong training session in Minneapolis hosted by the National Drug Institute, where they learned about different aspects of the proposed program and drafted a list of policies and procedures. It should begin in the fall.
Sock Used To Start Car Fire In Sparta
A 22 year old Sparta man was arrested over the weekend for trying to start his girlfriends car on fire with a sock. And for his efforts, he ended up getting tased. Jorden Hibbler is accused of shoving a sock into the gas tank of his girlfriends car and trying to light it on fire. A resident saw this....chased Hibbler away and called 911. Police were told by a jogger where the man was hiding and he was found hiding behind a house with a fenced in yard. After a brief confrontation, Hibbler was hit with 50 thousand volts. He now faces charges of attempted arson, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Man Jailed In La Crosse For Allegedly Raping Another Man
A night of drinking and doing drugs has led to a rape charge against a Viterbo student. Police have arrested Dennis Campos for raping another guy after the two got drunk and high together. Cops say the 21 year-old Campos met the victim in a bar downtown and bought him drinks. They went back to Campos' apartment, apparently smoked some pot, took some pills, after which the victim passed out. Police say Campos then carried the victim to his bed and raped the unconscious 22 year-old. Cops say Campos has admitted the assault took place. Bond for Campos has been set at $5000 cash.
Another Investigation Requested In 2-Year-Old BK Robbery
A convicted robber will wait two more months to be sentenced for a holdup that happened two years ago...
Samuel Wing has requested a second pre-trial investigation, before he is sentenced for a May 2010 armed robbery at a Burger King in Onalaska. Judge Elliott Levine granted the request, and rescheduled the sentencing hearing for June 12th. Wing is seeking a more favorable review than the original pre-sentence report recommending a long prison term. Wing and another man forced their way into the restaurant before it opened for the day, and he fired a shot during the robbery.
Mayor Vetoes Downtown Mainstreet Money
La Crosse's mayor has wielded his veto pen again. Mayor Matt Harter has vetoed a unanimous decision by the city council last week to release already budget money for Downtown Mainstreet Incorporated. The mayor says, as a private organization, Downtown Mainstreet shouldn't be getting public money as a subsidy. The 19 thousand dollars directed towards Downtown Mainstreet was approved last fall and was a thousand dollars less than the city sent to the organization last year. Downtown Mainstreet says its mission is to "enhance, revitalize, and redevelop La Crosse's original central business district."