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There was plenty of grousing when a vast list of new fees went into effect for the city of La Crosse at the beginning of the year. But those fees have meant a surge in revenue for some departments. The fire department, which began collecting new fees for everything from fire pits to false alarms on January first, has padded the city's coffers with tens of thousands of dollars. The recreational fire pit permit alone has generated 23 thousand dollars. A fire inspection fee for businesses has brought in 67 thousand dollars so far this year. Those fees can range from about a hundred dollars for the smallest businesses to several hundred dollars.
An apparent fight over growing marijuana may have led to a shooting last night in Jackson County...
A 23-year-old man has been treated for a bullet wound in the back, and an older man is accused of the shooting. Sixty-one-year-old Michael Charles of the town of Franklin is being held without bond in the Jackson County Jail, on a charge of endangering safety. A 22-caliber rifle was seized at the Charles home near Taylor, along with some marijuana. Sheriff's officers say Charles was upset with the shooting victim for going to a place where marijuana was being grown.
The man who admits to shooting a La Crosse woman last March during a burglary could get up to 40 years in prison.
Kong Vue pleads guilty to the murder of Sara Hougom. He and his uncle, Pao Choua Vue, could be sentenced together in November for what police say was a random shooting. The negotiated count for Kong Vue is reckless homicide. Three other charges were dismissed.
Ronald Tischer will be La Crosse's new police chief. The Waukesha police captain was selected from three remaining candidates Thursday by the La Crosse police and fire commission and immediately accepted the job offer.. The selection comes four months after former chief Ed Kondracki retired. We asked commission member Doug Happel about the length of time to come to the decision
Tischer was selected over interim police chief Rob Abraham and Onalaska police chief Jeffrey Trotnic
As the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus comes alive with students once again, one looming thought crosses Chancellor, Joe Gow's mind.
Gow says he and other local college heads met recently with La Crosse Police interim Chief, Rob Abraham about the growing heroine problem in the city. The main concern says Gow is not on the campus but off campus where people rob and steal to get money to buy the drug.