Who Killed The 9 Year Old Year Girl????
The D.A. in Black River Falls has announced who he thinks who killed a 9 year old girl 21 years ago. At a press conference this afternoon, District Attorney Gerald Fox stated that forensic evidence led them to Chris Thundercloud, a Black River Falls man who died in 2006. Fox claims he raped, tortured and killed Jennifer Wesho in August of 1989 and that Wesho was last seen with Thundercloud.
Wesho's father found her near-nude body in a wooded area near her home in the Sand Pillow Village of the Ho-Chunk housing development, near Black River Falls. Fox says that Thundercloud raped, beat and burned Wesho with cigarettes before strangling her.
Fox says that Thundercloud died at age 55 before authorities had enough evidence to arrest him in the Wesho's murder.
Chase Ends With Crash/Arrest
A high speed chase through Sparta last night has landed one local guy in jail.
It started around 9pm when Monroe County deputies located the owner of a truck who was wanted in connection to a complaint at a local bar in Sparta. When 29 year old Ryan Buroker was found, he sped off through the downtown at speeds reaching 90 miles an hour with 5 police cars behind him.
The chase ended up on County Highway B where Buroker lost control and struck a utility pole. After a brief foot chase and a short stint at Sparta hospital he was booked and jailed.
Buroker is being charged with numerous traffic charges to include 4th Offense OWI and Knowingly Fleeing an Officer.
Lawmakers To Hold Their Own Budget Hearing
A non partisan budget hearing will be held Monday April 25th at UW-L and will feature area lawmakers who want your voice to be heard in Madison when it comes to Governor Scott Walker's proposed 2 year budget.
Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout is encouraging people to attend the hearing......and let lawmakers know how the budget would effect you. She says all documentation will be taken back to the state's capitol.
Others in attendance will include Representative's Chris Danou and Jennifer Shilling along with lawmakers from Madison and Milwaukee.
The hearing will be held from 1-7pm at the Cartwright Center, room 339.
Farmers Band At W Salem Could Get Name Change
Is there a future for the Farmers?
That is, the Marching Farmers Band from West Salem Middle School?
The school wants to rename its band the Panthers, to fit the West Salem High School mascot, and the school board plans to discuss the idea. Superintendent Troy Gunderson says the Marching Farmers, who wear jeans and checkerboard shirts when performing, have been a tradition at the Middle School for decades. Gunderson says the Farmer identity was created decades ago by a school music teacher, when the West Salem district was more rural.
Water Rate Increase Could be Phased In
A water rate hike in La Crosse would take half as big of a bite out of your wallet for now if an agreement reached in the city council sticks this week. The water utility had hoped for the first water rate increase in nine years. One that would add 13 dollars per quarter to the average customer's bill, or, an increase of around thirty percent. But the city council wants to phase that increase in over a couple of years. Possible hitch in the plan: water utility manager Mark Johnson says the state's public Service Commission might turn down the half now, half later plan.