Court Hearing In 2001 Gang Murder
Timothy Goyette has made attempts to withdraw his 'guilty' plea in the murder of Smulick nine years ago. Goyette was only 15 when he took part in a gang-related beating of the 16-year-old Smulick. Goyette is serving a 25-year prison term. In March, a La Crosse judge turned down requests by Goyette and co-defendant Jonathan Coryell to have their sentences reduced.
UW System: Cost is Great, Benefit Greater
Few argue that higher education's a good investment for those who seek degrees. As it turns out, it's not too shabby for those who run the schools who hand out the degrees. The latest accountability report from the UW system claims that the system's 26 campuses and its 179 thousand students contribute ten billion dollars to the state economy. Compare that to the billion or so that state taxpayers put into the system every year. The same report says last year's graduating class of around 33 thousand contributed over a half billion to the state's economy. About 35 million of that came from the UWL graduating class of about 16 hundred.
87 Year-Old Nets First OWI
Among the many drunk drivers La Crosse police have had to deal with recently, one southside guy has collected his very first. At 87 years old. They've got a witness who saw the octagenarian late at night gun his car up over a boulevard and into a tree. And then juice it in reverse and slam in to a truck parked on the street. The impacts were enough to deploy airbags in his car. On the breathalyzer, they say he blew just over the legal limit for driving.
Motel Robber Sought by La Crosse Police
Police are still on the look-out for an armed robbery suspect from this week-end. They say a short, chunky, red-haired guy robbed a woman at gun-point on Friday night in her motel room at the Affordable Inn on the northside. Cops say the guy knocked first, she opened the door, and then he pushed her into the corner, threatening her with a gun, before turning over her room. They say he got away with a laptop, a purse, a cell phone and some cash. They say he's no more than 5' 4" , red haired, goatee, wearing a dark hoodie. The victim, in the meantime, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Franciscan House Razing in Front of Council Committees this Week
This week, the La Crosse city council will begin tackling more parking. This time, the city is getting asked to weigh in on whether Franciscan Skemp can tear down six houses for parking and green space. Not the nicest houses, says Tim Acklin, in the city planner's office; they need some work. The city would rather the medical center build up rather than out but the parking and green space align with Franciscan's long range planning. The city planner's office is recommending that Franciscan Skemp get approved to take down the houses.