Storms Roll Through Again
It was a very interesting way way to start the work week this morning as storms rolled through western Wisconsin. The National Weather Service said there was golf-ball-sized hail between Arcadia and Blair in Trempealeau County. A road washed out in Jackson County, where a flash flood broke out near Taylor following a four-inch downpour. The western half of Jackson County was impacted by the storm with downed trees and power lines. Crews continue to clear roadways. In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for West Central Jackson County. Clark County reported 4 culvert washouts as a result of heavy rains.
Northern Monroe County saw 3-4 inches of rain pour down near Cataract, flooding some small creeks in the area. Monroe County Emergency Management told WIZM news that all the roads in the area were good to go.
An excessive heat warning continues for the area until Thursday night at 9.
No Flag For Awhile
The Grandad Bluff Flag will be removed until power is replaced to the lookout, due to current construction taking place on the Bluff. The Bluff will be closed until further notice due to renovations. Visitors are not allowed to enter the lookout area as construction can be dangerous.
Convicted Sex Offender Released in La Crosse
Another convicted sex offender will call La Crosse home. 57 year-old Alvin Hughes will live at Attic Correctional on Rose street . Hughes was convicted five years ago in a sexual assault of a disabled woman and threatened to hurt the woman's child if she didn't give in. He's also got a second degree murder charge on his rap sheet.
Marshfield Man Causes Accident While Drunk, Looking at GPS
Among the many drunk drivers corralled by La Crosse police over the week-end was the guy who got a little too distracted by the electronics in his car. Cops say James Panzer from Marshfield was paying more attention to his GPS than to the road when he swerved across a lane of traffic to make a left turn and ran into another car. Some people hurt in the accident, including kids in the back of Panzer's van. Panzer blew a .143 on the scene. Interestingly, police say his wife, a passenger in the van, was sober enough to drive.
Chief Not Happy About New Pot Rule, Won't Block Use
La Crosse's police chief says he won't block a new ordinance that allows tickets for first time marijuana possession. But chief Ed Kondracki is still not happy about the idea. The chief says he's concerned the ordinance will send a "mixed message" about drug tolerance which could increase drug use in the community. Kondracki says, once the ordinance goes into effect, it's up to his officers' discretion on whether to write tickets for marijuana or charge possession as a crime.