Larsen Replacement Approved With Resistance
You almost believe that by the time Mike Larsen's temporary replacement's approved, she won't be needed. It seems to be going that way so far in the effort to fill the ailing Larsen's seventh district city council seat in La Crosse. First committee vote to approve Jacie Gamroth for the seat is split with a loud and almost angry 'no' vote coming from council member Andrea Richmond. She's essentially calling the temporary appointment a hijacking of democracy. She wants to instead refine city rules to define jsut when a temporary replacement is needed on the council and hold off on appointing anyone to Larsen's seat since he's supposed to return to the council in November.
K2 Ban Moves Forward
Synthetic cannabis, watch out; La Crosse has your number. A city council committee this week has approved a ban on the sale, possession, and use of synthetic marijuana. It goes by names like K2 and Spice but generally is considered to be similar in nature to marijuana. Municipal prosecutor Pete Kisken says the stuff is poison and, because it's unregulated, poses a significant danger to La Crosse and therefore needs to be regulated at least until the state of Wisconsin enacts a ban statewide.
Police: Shells, Gun, Car Link Woman to Both Sunday Night Shootings
La Crosse police have made ammunition matches in two separate shootings from Sunday. Police say they've collected spent shell casings from the area around a home at Ferry street in La Crosse, from the car of 19 year-old Youa Moua, and from the south side yard where Moua apparently took her own life. Police say all of the 9 millimeter ammo matches and they'll leave it to the state crime lab to determine if all the shells were fired from the same gun. Police also say that witnesses recall a car driven by Moua leaving the scene of the Ferry street shooting. It was where her former boyfriend apparently lived. Meanwhile, results from an autopsy on Moua are likely to take several weeks.
Tomah Fugitive Captured
Tomah police have captured their fugitive. Friday, near midnight, 45
year-old Mark Page went on the run after a routine traffic stop brought out
out the Tomah K9 unit and the dog apparently hit on some drugs in his car.
Page was arrested but escaped. Cops tracked him to his apartment and thought
they had him cornered but he slipped through their net and was on the lam
for a couple of days, possibly in La Crosse, before turning himself in at
the VA in Tomah yesterday afternoon. Police have dealings with Page in the
past in which he brandished a weapon at them.
Shooting Victim Identified
A La Crosse shooting victim has been identified. La Crosse police say You Moua is the 19 year old woman who was shot to death in a yard on the southside of La Crosse Sunday night. They say the shooting of Moua apparently followed a connected shooting in the 700 block of Ferry street earlier in the evening in which no one was hurt. Police say the shootings and the death of Moua is a domestic-related crime and is still under investigation.