No Arrests Yet In Shooting: It's Homicide, According To Autopsy
La Crosse police have not arrested anyone yet for the shooting death of a Western Tech student on Monday.
A news release from the police department declares the death of 20-year-old Sara Hougom to be a homicide, based on autopsy results. That would be the second murder in La Crosse this month, following the strangling death of a woman on the city's north side. Meanwhile, U-W-L Chancellor Joe Gow says a memorial service for the local college student may be planned soon.
Two La Crosse Officers On Administrative Leave Pending Investigation
Internal discipline for La Crosse cops busted on illegal hunting charges could be on the way. Officers Corrie Korn and Faling Yang face fines and prison time for duck hunting illegally with their guiding company in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge over two years ago. We asked police captain Jason Melby about in-house discipline
Melby says a May sentencing on the federal hunting charges would likely be taken into account when making decisions about Korn and Yang. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave.
Police Say Drunk Driver Also Texting
Among the many drunk drivers collared by La Crosse police this week-end, 28 year-old Richard Roiz may have had some additional obstacles to overcome. Cops say they witnessed Roiz flying down South avenue in his black Crown Vic early Saturday morning. And then watched him hammer a traffic sign up on a median and then keep on driving. They say Roiz blew a .22. But he says he drove up over the median, slammed into the sign, and blew out his front tire because he was texting. So he got a ticket for that, too.
Brutus Sniffs Out Crack in Dash
You can hide your drug stash from the prying eyes of police. But maybe not from the sniffing snouts of drug dogs. La Crosse Cops got 23 year-old Kenneth Jackson at a routine traffic stop this week-end. Smelled some marijuana. Which was all an officer needed, apparently to call out Brutus the drug dog. Brutus got really interested in the dashboard. Turns out, Jackson was using the dashboard as a nifty space to hide the crack he was selling. Cops recovered several bags of crack from behind a dash panel. Jackson has a previous conviction for selling drugs.
Police Identify Shooting Victim
Police have identified the victim of a shooting yesterday in La Crosse. Cops say 20 year-old Sara Hougom was killed at her home on Division street yesterday afternoon. Police say Hougom called 911 around four yesterday afternoon to report that she'd been shot. First responders worked on her in the apartment, got her to the hospital, where she later died of her wounds. POlice say the wounds do not appear to be self-inflicted and they continue to investigate the shooting with the help of several other agencies. No one in custody at this point. Police are also investigating a separate shooting on the northside that happened within minutes of the Hougom killing. In that shooting, someone pumped at least four bullets into a home on Island street, although no one was injured.