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'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.
A bipartisan party planned Tuesday night, not far from the State Capitol...
It's the brat and burger party that Governor Walker announced just after winning the recall election last week. About three-fourths of the state lawmakers are planning to attend...with Republicans outnumbering Democrats, about 2-to-1. On a visit to La Crosse on Monday, Walker said a variety of Wisconsin-made brats and beers will be served at the event.
Reporters will be kept out of the cookout...with the governor's office arguing that Walker and the lawmakers would not be able to socialize in a 'relaxed environment' if the media were there.
A large part of the state's murder case against Eric Koula hinges on the idea that he allegedly killed his parents during an hour-long trip from La Crosse to his home in West Salem.
Investigators tested that theory before Koula's arrest, and one state agent talked about the driving experiment during the trial on Monday. John Christopherson was one of the agents who retraced the route that police believe Koula took on May 21st, 2010...if he was the actual murderer. He says the trip involved three legs...from Loomis Street in La Crosse to the home of Koula's parents...then over to the Shopko on Highway 16. Then, the final leg, to Eric's house.
That's nearly 23 miles, with a total driving time of 37 minutes. Prosecutors believe Koula could have spent 15 minutes at his parents' house committing the murders, and still arrived home by 6:30 p.m.