Kitchen Fire May Leave House A Total Loss
Cooking a pizza snack on the stove is what apparently started a fire that gutted a three-apartment house in La Crosse on Thursday.
While nobody was hurt in the afternoon fire, structural damage could make it impractical to fix the house. Owner Rick Hamilton got an assessment of damage from the assistant fire chief, hearing about severe damage to the walls and roof. One of the three units had been vacated recently. The current tenants were accounted for soon after the fire was reported.
Postman Guilty Of Stealing Mail
A 50 year old postal worker has pleaded guilty to stealing items from people's mail he was supposed to deliver. 50 year old Robert Ernstes of Melrose made the plea Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Madison. Ernstes was caught last year after a postal customer said that money was missing several greeting cards he was sending to family members.
Police found that only Ernstes would have handled the cards. He was caught when a test piece of mail was sent in last year. Ernstes took the mail home with him......and a search of his car, home, and garage turned up some 9 thousand pieces of mail dating back to November, 2008. Ernstes faces 5 years in prison and hefty fines when sentenced in May.
Student Arrested For Death List
Seems as though bullying was behind the arrest of a 16 year old Sparta student Wednesday.
Kass says the list consisted of 26 names and mentioned bringing a
handgun to school. Kass tells WIZM news that the student made the list
after he was being bullied at school.
Firefighters Battle Apartment Fire
La Crosse fire fighters have been battling a 2 story apartment building fire for the past hour. The fire, at 920 Fifth Avenue south, started shortly after 2. Firefighters have been in defensive mode for quite some time and at one point, were all ordered out of the building. No injuries have been reported. We'll have more as the afternoon progresses.
Police Write Dozens of Tickets for Pot Possession
When the La Crosse city council approved a new ordinance regarding marijuana possession, the police chief wasn't happy about it. Last summer, police chief Ed Kondracki said his officers didn't want the ability to write tickets for marijuana possession and warned about a perception of drug tolerance because of the drug. Although the last part might be hard to quantify, the count on the marijuana possession tickets is easy to measure. Police say 64 have been cited for marijuana possession since the new law went into effect. 118 have been arrested for misdemeanor possession during the same period of time.