Nothing like the coming of spring to bring about the excesses of youth. Like that fellow police had to pick off the ground this week-end on the northside of La Crosse. The cabbie called it in. One of those early morning situations where the guy was so drunk he couldn't find his wallet in his back pocket to pay cab fare. Couldn't stand. He could only answer yes or no to police questions. Police say he blew a .325. Got busted for the small amount of cocaine left in his front pocket.
The good news for a robbery victim in La Crosse is that police have recovered his two flat-screen TVs. Bad news is he's still out several thousand dollars in cash. Police say a guy on the city's northside was beat up and robbed in his apartment by thugs he apparently knows. They stole his two flat screens, his phone and about six grand in cash from a safe. Cops nailed 19 year-old Richard Little as one of the robbers this week-end. They also found the flat screens. One of them stored in a bathtub. Police are still on the track of two of the suspects and have yet to find the missing money.
Touch and go for a young guy who suffered a pretty severe head injury this week-end in downtown La Crosse after a bar scuffle. Cops say the victim was punched by Jeffrey Eggebakken, a 23 year-old La Crosse guy. Eggebakken hit the guy hard enough to knock him over a snowbank so that he hit his head on the street. Witnesses coraled the drunk and belligerent Eggebakken long enough for cops to get there. The victim suffered a fractured skull and a subdural hematoma. The injury was the end result of a bar time fight over a beach ball.
We've been hearing about state cuts to local cities, county's and school districts.....but not too much about what Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal would do to seniors in the state.
Well the Governor's budget would see a cut of about 500-million dollars in cuts from Medicaid through a variety of reforms including increasing co-pays and deductibles, but not by reducing benefits. And that says Noreen Holmes-Kuroski of the Lacrosse County Aging Department....would lead to cuts in local senior transportation as well. And that Kuroski says is a must have for seniors and others.
Kuroski says most seniors want to stay at home as much as possible, but cuts like these may not make that possible if you take away their means of transportation
La Crosse has long struggled to deal with the fiscal challenges of having excessive tax exempt properties in the city. And now there may be more. The Shrine of Our Lady Guadalupe is one of two organizations seeking tax relief in the form of an exemption from the city council this week. The Shrine wants its gift shop and restaurant declared exempt, even though neither has had that status since being built. Attorney Tom Kieffer represents the Shrine in the tax fight. He disagrees with the city's contention that neither the gift shop nor the restaurant are essential to the evangelical mission of the shrine. Local governments could lose 45 thousand dollars in tax money if the Shrine gets its exemption. WTC is also hoping for an exemption for the student dorm it has built downtown even though the school owns neither the building or the land it's built on.