Man In Jail After 7 Hour Standoff
A Missouri man who held several police agencies at bay early Sunday morning is still in jail on a $500 cash bond. 22 year old Kenneth Roark made his first court apearance in Monroe County today. A formal complaint has not yet been filed....but initial charges Roark faces in the 7 hour standoff at the Super 8 Motel in Tomah, include suspicion of endangering safety while intoxicated with a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. Tomah police were responding to a report of an intoxicated armed man Sunday morning around 2:30. After 15 rooms were cleared out, Roark was finally brought out of his motel room after officers flushed him out with chemical agents. Roark was staying at the motel as part of a crew that's building a sand mine in the area. He will be back in court early next month.
New DMV Centers Open MOnday
Starting today, three more Wisconsin communities will have state motor vehicle service centers. They’ll be located at Alma in Buffalo County, Viroqua in Vernon County, and a location in Menominee County.
The new state budget requires all 72 counties to have at least one DMV
service center. The main purpose is to make it easier for people to get photo
I-D’s, so they can use them to vote under the state’s new identification
The agency is also expanding service in most of its centers around the state to at least 20 hours per week. That requirement is also in the state budget.
7 Hour Standoff Ends Peacefully
A Missouri man is in the Monroe County jail after keeping police at bay for 7 hours Sunday morning at a Tomah Motel. 22 year old Kenneth Roark was reportedly in the Super 8 Motel around 2:30am, intoxicated and had a hand gun. After officers confonted him in a hallway......he ran off back into his room.
Several police agencies set up a perimeter around the motel......cleared out 15 rooms on the first floor.....and in the end, flushed him out of the room using chemical agents. Tomah Police Cheif Wes Revels told WIZM's Dan Deicher that the people staying in the rooms that were cleared out were performing work at a local sand mine with Roark.
Roark is being held on suspicion of endangering safety while intoxicated with a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. He will make a court appearance Monday morning.
Wisconsin Tobacco Report Has Some Good And Some Bad
2 A's and 2 F's..........that's what you will find in the latest Wisconsin tobacco report card published by the American Lung Association. One reason there are a couple of F's........funding cuts for tobacco programs....are at 75% this year.
Judi Zabel, Co-coordinator for the 7 C’s Health Initiative in the La Crosse area says the enormity of the challenge facing them requires combined resources at both the state and federal levels. Something she's crossing her fingers for real soon.
La Crosse Busy With Accidents
Since 6 am today, emergency personnel have responded to at least 20 motorist assists (mostly slide-offs), 28 collisions, and 4 car crashes with injuries. One collision involved a vehicle striking a snow plow and another collision involved a vehicle rear-ending a city bus.