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At a murder trial starting next month in La Crosse County, there will be limits on how much evidence can point to a suspect other than the defendant.
Eric Koula is accused of killing his parents and forging a check in his father's name, after running up large debts from stock trading. Judge Scott Horne says some evidence will be allowed showing that Eric's father, Dennis, wanted to stop giving money to Eric's brother-in-law. But Horne ruled out some other evidence suggesting that Patrick Cowell could be an alternate suspect in the case.
Dennis and Merna Koula were shot at their rural La Crosse County home two years ago. Eric Koula's trial begins April 11th.
A Franciscan Skemp IT employee in La Crosse is in trouble for trying to take videos in a bathroom. Cops say a construction worker found a video-recording pen in the ceiling above a bathroom stall in a unisex bathroom at the Professional Arts Building at Franciscan Skemp. Cops say the motion-activated pen was apparently set up to record toilet private time in the sixth floor bathroom. Not much action there. Cops say they have pictures of the employee, Jeffrey Baylor, recording himself getting the pen into position. And the construction worker taking the pen out of the ceiling. The 27 year-old Baylor faces a couple of charges including invasion of privacy.
Three La Crosse circuit court judges are among those who signed Walker recall petitions. A new report finds that a total of 29 county-level judges across the state signed petitions to recall governor Walker. 16 of those are from Milwaukee. The report finds Ramona Gonzalez, Todd Bjerke and Dale Pasell signed petitions. Judge J. David Rice in Monroe county also signed a petition as did judge Micheal Rosborough in Vernon county. Apparently, signing the petitions does not violate judicial ethics rules.
It's that time of year again....time for wild fires. And they have kept some fire department busy so far. Like this weekend where the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department was called out to theTownship of Bergen where a wild land fire was heading toward a shed. And it got worse than that. The Department found 2-sheds were fully engulfed in fire. Fire was also in direct contact with a 500 gallon LP cylinder and another shed. In the end, fire had destroyed 2 sheds and a car, a 3rd shed recieved minor structure damage and home exterior damage was reported to the 2nd floor and 2 rooms on 1st floor. The dry vegetation and wind gusts caused the valley the wild land fire moved up the hill at an alarming rate. Winds were gusting as high as 29mph.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department.
If the DNR takes it over, will La Crosse be able to use its own marsh? The DNR wants the city to live up to a decade-old vow to transfer ownership of the marsh to the state agency. But some are worried that would mean La Crosse would have less control over land within city boundaries. Possibly, says the DNR's Craig Thompson, but possibly no less control than it has now
The transfer talk has emerged again after the resurgence of potential plans to build a north south corridor for the city through the marsh.