Bank Robber Nailed
On Monday, the La Crosse Police Department assisted in a search warrant and the arrest of a Cottage Grove man who La Crosse Police believe was involved in the March 28th robbery of the Associated Bank at 3956 Mormon Coulee Road.
A La Crosse Police Detective along with multiple Wisconsin law enforcement agencies in Dane County and the FBI and ATF executed a search warrant on the home of 52 year old Jeff Farrington.
A break in the La Crosse robbery came as a result of evidence left behind at a previous Neenah bank robbery as well as camera surveillance photos taken at the La Crosse robbery.
Farrington is currently being held on the Neenah robbery case. The Eastern District U.S. Attorney's office is handling the case.
Threat Writer Still Not Arrested
Katherine Windels' charges are serious enough to get the state attorney general's office involved. But not enough to get her arrested. Windels is the 26 year-old from Cross Plains who sent threatening emails to republican senators for their support of governor Walker's collective bargaining law. When we asked Dane county DA, Ismael Ozanne today, why Windels had yet to be arrested for the threats, he referred us to state cops. They, at first, referred us back to the DA, but eventually explained that agents simply didn't feel Windels constituted a serious threat. Among the emails that she faces charges for sending, one says, 'we will hunt you down, we will slit your throats, we will drink your blood.' She's due in court later this month
City Council Races Will Result in Some New Faces
A few more than half of the city council seats are on the ballot today in the city of La Crosse.
Voting outcome will insure that two new faces get seated on the council this month. That's because two districts--7 and 13--lack an incumbent. In a special election for district 7, former council member Jim Bloedorn and Justin Fons are vying to replace Mike Larsen, who quit the seat abruptly in the fall. In district 13, retired La Crosse firefighter Fran Formanek and current county board supervisor, Bill Brockmiller are hoping to replace longtime council member Bernie Maney who's retiring from the seat this year. In two races, incumbent council members may struggle to hold on to their seats. In district 15, challenger Doug Happel polled significantly better than incumbent Lorraine Decker in the February primary. Incumbent district 12 candidate Bruce Ranis, likewise got significantly fewer votes than one of his February primary opponents, Sara Sullivan. In districts 11, 16 and 17, incumbents Audrey Kader, Marilyn Wigdahl and Dick Swantz face no challengers
94th Primary Today at Polls
Primary voting for the 94th assembly seat in Wisconsin is today. The seat was vacated by West Salem's Mike Huebsch when he became governor Walker's Secretary of Administration. Seven candidates are on the ballot. Republicans are John Lautz, Jon Hetland, Steven Freng, Jake Speed, and Lynnetta Kopp. Democrats are Cheryl Hancock and Steve Doyle. Top vote getter from both parties will run in the special general election next month
More To Retire/Resign From Lacrosse School District
They range from kindergarten teachers to 4th grade teachers and teacher assistants. Just some of the positions that will become open in June......just in time for the new school year. The positions come from 16 resignations and retirements the Lacrosse School Board accepted last night. And as the board has accepted 59 so far this year....filling the open spots will take a little time.
Superintendent Jerry Kember says he expects between 40 and 50 retirements every year since Lacrosse does have a senior staff. And he admits he does expect more before the year's out due to the uncertainty coming out of Madison.
An upcoming recruitment fair will be attended by board members....and the question will be... does Lacrosse have what future employees want?! Kember says yes they do.