Police Identify Shooting Victim
Police have identified the victim of a shooting yesterday in La Crosse. Cops say 20 year-old Sara Hougom was killed at her home on Division street yesterday afternoon. Police say Hougom called 911 around four yesterday afternoon to report that she'd been shot. First responders worked on her in the apartment, got her to the hospital, where she later died of her wounds. POlice say the wounds do not appear to be self-inflicted and they continue to investigate the shooting with the help of several other agencies. No one in custody at this point. Police are also investigating a separate shooting on the northside that happened within minutes of the Hougom killing. In that shooting, someone pumped at least four bullets into a home on Island street, although no one was injured.
GET Coach And Teacher Enters One Plea In Dry Ice Injury Case
In Trempealeau County Court today, a plea of 'not guilty' from a girls' basketball coach who's charged with causing injury to his players while showing them a science experiment.
Brady Olson has entered that plea on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He could enter a plea to physical abuse of a child during his preliminary hearing, set for April 10th. Olson is the science teacher and coach from Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau who's been charged with causing burns on the legs of his middle-school team members. At least one girl on the team says Olson placed dry ice on their skin to show what the frozen chemical is like.
Early Apple Blossoms Threatened By Chance Of Freeze
Yesterday marked the first time in almost two weeks that the mercury dropped below 40 degrees in the immediate La Crosse area.
If it gets much colder, local fruit crops could be in big trouble, now that trees are blossoming early. From Bauer's Market in La Crescent, owner Bruce Bauer says just one night of temps in the 20's could ruin an orchard. He's seen it happen a couple of times in the last 50 years...in 1964 and 1988.
Bauer says the growers he's talked with have been busy protecting the budding fruit trees, so they're less likely to freeze.
Woman Dies After Shooting In South Lax
Two shootings that happened Monday afternoon are being investigated in La Crosse...
One shooting has left a 20-year-old woman dead. That happened in the 700 block of Division Street. The woman died at Mayo Franciscan in La Crosse. The other incident was on the north side of the city, Island Street, where someone apparently shot at a window. Nobody was hurt in that situation.
Lax Doc Thinks Cheney Didn't Get Preferential Treatment For Transplant
For the eight years that he was Vice President, Dick Cheney was in the news often because of recurring heart problems.
Now, the 71-year-old Cheney has gotten a heart transplant...raising questions of possible favoritism, and whether he's too old for such a procedure. Dr. Prem Rabindra, a heart surgeon at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, believes that Cheney wouldn't have gotten a transplant if doctors didn't think he needed it, and could handle it.
Although Gundersen does not perform heart transplants, Rabindra says the hospital may soon begin implanting ventricular pumps, which Cheney had before his transplant. Madison and Rochester are the cities closest to La Crosse where heart transplants are done.