Koopman Gets Prison For Woman's Fatal Overdose
Eight years in prison is the sentence for an admitted drug dealer convicted of causing a young woman's overdose death.
Cory Koopman will serve that term after a prison sentence for another crime is finished. Koopman sold heroin last year to Mitchell Perner, and Perner's girlfriend Shelby Perkins died after taking the heroin. Shelby's father, Kelly Perkins, accused Koopman and Perner of plotting to kill his daughter. Prosecutor Brian Barton says there was no evidence of such a conspiracy, which is why Koopman was charged with reckless homicide.
Petition Drive Begins to Preserve City Land as Park
A petition drive has started to keep developers away from a big swath of parkland in La Crosse. Tim Kneipp, a local biking enthusiast, has started the online petition drive to urge city council members to designate the blufftop experimental farm as park land anid resist the temptation allow development on some of the land. The petition drive just started yesterday at SignOn.org. And the signatures have been coming quickly
La Crosse purchased the 160 acre tract of land near Hixon Forest nearly fifty years ago from the UW system.
Homeless Memorial In La Crosse Wednesday
A memorial will be held later today in La Crosse that looks back on the homeless people that have died over the past year. It's a national event held by the Salvation Army and as Kathy Bolling explains, the ceremony has grown since 2008 as has the number of the homeless population.
It starts at 4pm at the Salvation Army 223 N. 8th St. in La Crosse. A free meal follows the program.
Will There Be A Statewide Cell Phone Ban While Driving
A proposal floating around the Wisconsin Assembly would place a ban on all cell phone usuage in vehicles statwide. In comes on the heals of the National Transportation Board urging the same thing. Democratic State Assemblyman, Steve Doyle, does have much faith in the bill.
A year ago, Kenosha Democrat Peter Barca sponsored the Assembly version of the current state law that bans texting while driving. That was a bi-partisan effort at the time. Barca is also behind the cell phone ban bill as well.
Homicide Charges Planned In North La Crosse Drug Death
Two suspects accused of hiding a corpse near a north La Crosse park this summer could be charged with murder soon...
A hearing is planned next month on whether Christina Lorenz and Cain Moss should be charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the drug death of Anthony Du Charme. Moss and Lorenz are accused of smoking the drug fentanyl with Du Charme last August. After Du Charme died suddenly, his body was hidden on a hillside near Red Cloud Park. Another hearing is planned in January to schedule trials for two other defendants charged with disposing of Du Charme's body.