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A three-hour video of a cop questioning a possible murder suspect was a key piece of evidence on Tuesday at the Eric Koula trial...
The video showed state agent John Christopherson asking Eric about things that could link him to the 2010 murders of his parents. The agent told Eric that his parents would want him to do the right thing. Defense attorney Keith Belzer said that sounded like Christopherson was trying to get a confession from Koula, and the agent said that was 'a goal.'
The prosecution is expected to call a few more witnesses in the next day or two before the defense begins its case.
A 21-year-old man from Holmen gets 12 years in prison for his role in a fast-food holdup...
Samuel Wing was sentenced today, more than two years after he and another man stole money from an Onalaska Burger King. While Wing's attorney suggests that the robbery was a crime of impulse, Judge Elliott Levine says much planning was involved, because the robbers had to know where to go in the building to find the money, and what time of day to commit the holdup.
Wing was found guilty by a jury, but maintains his innocence. However, he told the judge today that he did play a part in the crime.
'Can I tear his head off?'
That's what Eric Koula told a state agent what he thought should happen to the person who killed his parents. But during that same conversation two years ago, the agent informed Eric that some evidence is pointing to him as the killer. Today, jurors at Eric Koula's trial have been watching a video of agent John Christopherson talking with Koula in July of 2010, two months after the murders of Dennis and Merna Koula. Eric tells the agent about going shopping for plants on the afternoon of May 21st, at the hour police believe that he shot his parents. But Christopherson says Eric's cellphone signal traces him to his parents' house in Barre Mills, instead of the Shopko on Rose Street. Several times, Eric says 'I didn't do it.'
Graffiti vandals could face steep fines in La Crosse soon. The city council this week is deciding on a new ordinance that allows for a thousand dollar fine for tagging a building for a first time offense. Two thousand dollars for subsequent offenses. Sorely needed to address a growing problem says city planner Larry Kirch
Part of the new ordinance gives property owners 24 hours after getting notice to remove graffiti or have city crews do it for them and pay the cost.
Plenty of unhappy landlords in La Crosse as the city draws close to getting new rules regarding garbage disposal. Pamela Strittmater represents the La Crosse Apartment Association. She says, the new rules are just the wrong solution to an ongoing garbage problem
The new rules would mandate rental property owners get a dumpster for any property with at least eight bedrooms. The whole city council is poised to vote on those rules at a meeting tonight.