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How many times do you hear stories about somebody in elected office getting a pay cut? Could happen in La Crosse if voters approve hiring a city administrator in the spring. A city council committee has approved slicing the mayor's salary by half if that happens
Karl Wiggert spoke in front of the committee about the change. If approved by the entire council next week and depending on the outcome of the referendum vote in April, the next mayor's salary would shrink to about 38 thousand dollars.
It's possible that bad timing will cost La Crosse taxpayers millions of dollars. Ten years ago, Homeland Security grants could have paid for some, if not all, of the cost to replace the radio system for city of La Crosse workers. Now, the city will have to pay up to an estimated four million dollars to upgrade an aging system
County emergency management boss, Keith Butler. He says the current La Crosse city radio system for police, fire, streets crews and everybody else doesn't communicate with the rest of the radio systems in the county.
The investigation into an officer related shooting in Sparta 2 weeks ago continues. In the meantime, the Department of Justice and Sparta Police remain tight lipped on where the investigation is.
Back on January 19th, police were responding to a 911 hang up call. When police arrived, they were greeted by 19 year old Jacob Olsen who was armed with a rifle. After officers, several times, ordered Olson to put the rifle down, he pointed it at Officer Booker Ferguson who then shot Olson. That sent him to Gunderson Lutheran with life threatening injuries. No update on Olson's condition was available.
Ferguson, a nine year veteran of the Sparta PD, remains on administrative leave as is customary when officers are involved in a shooting.
The U-W-L dorm that was damaged by fire this weekend could be left vacant for the next month...University chancellor Joe Gow says students will not be able to move back into Drake Hall for two to four weeks, because of repairs that must be made following a basement fire on Sunday. Although there was damage to the electrical systems at Drake, Gow says the fire was not electrical in nature. There's also no evidence of an accelerant being used to start furniture on fire. The chancellor says there are plans to install sprinkler systems in the residence halls that were built in the 50's and 60's.