Alcohol Testing for Past OWI Leads to Seventh Drunk Driving Arrest
La Crosse police didn't have to test Steven Wier on the breathalyzer for his seventh OWI. He'd already been tested. Wier was at Justice Sanctions in the county law enforcement center on Friday morning. He drove there in his van after breathing into the ignition breath lock to start the van. Apparently the device wasn't working because the 51 year old Wier tested over a .08 at Justice Sanctions. At nine o'clock in the morning. Prompting a call to police. And an arrest for drunk driving number seven. And a trip to lock-up, right next door.
Without Pants, Asleep in a Parking Ramp: Ahh, College
College students often celebrate the end of a semester. Not all of them lose their pants. La Crosse police say they found a 22 year old guy passed out in the stairwell of a downtown parking ramp at around five Saturday morning. He was in boxers, t-shirt and socks. Said he'd gone downtown as a post-school celebration the night before. Not sure where his pants went or the cell phone or wallet that were inside the missing trousers. About three hours after bartime he still blew a .15. Cops gave the student a public intoxication warning and a ride home.
They're Off, On, Off Again; LED Billboards in La Crosse
So maybe there won’t be big flashing electronic billboards in the city of La Crosse after all. Last month, Olympus Media--formerly Collins sign in La Crosse--gained approval from the city council to put up some electronic led billboards in exchange for taking down a certain number of conventional billboards. But the council has decided to take another look at that plan and, next month may consider a moratorium on all electronic billboards until, at least, the specifics of how the billboards are used can be studied.
Former School Board Pres Dies After Racquetball Accident
A long-time La Crosse School Board member and area doctor has died, after an accident while playing racquetball.
Sources tell us Dr. Charles Miller hit a wall during a game at the Y-M-C-A on Saturday and was knocked unconscious. He had severe head and neck injuries, and died on Sunday. Miller was retired from Gundersen Lutheran. He had served as a school board member in La Crosse for many years, including the early 90's when several members were recalled for approving busing and school boundary changes.
Harter Changes Course, Council Junks Fire Hire Move
It looks like the La Crosse fire department will get the guys it apparently needs. Just not the way it had planned. The city council was ready last night to agree to several new hires in the department over mayor Matt Harter’s objections. The council has now put off that decision after Harter says he’s worked out a deal to allow most of the new hires as well as cutting loose overtime spending that he’d ended for the department last week. The mayor also says he’ll work with the firefighters union on staffing and other issues in the future. The abrupt turnabout comes after two council meetings in which the mayor was pilloried for short staffing the department, potentially putting the city in grave danger.