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Every local government is looking for ways to come up with additional revenue. Car fires are a place to start. The West Salem fire district could add a five hundred dollar car fire fee, pending a vote by the West Salem village board tonight. Village administrator Theresa Schnitzler says firefighters don't like the fee because they fear people won't call about a car fire until it's too late
The towns of Barre and Hamilton have already approved the fee.
Quite a mess to clean up at a downtown La Crosse car dealership after week-end vandals went after several vehicles. Pischke motors was the target this week-end for somebody with a rock and a need to vent artistically by scratching through the paint on 15 new cars and trucks. Thousands and thousands worth of damage. One car had "Go Oshkosh" scrawled into the back. A few suffered crude drawings of penises. One had initials. Another just had the word "ghouls" scratched into the paint. No suspects yet but police think the vandalism could be connected to a similar attack at a parking lot nearby.
A well meaning vet could be on the hook for almost two thousand dollars after trying to help out, what he thought was, another veteran who needed a hand. La Crosse police say a 73 year-old from Georgia was at the airport car rental place asking about veteran discounts when he was approached by a rough-looking guy who identified himself as a veteran and needed help getting a rental car. The well-meaning older vet rented the younger guy a car and put it on his credit card. Later told police he did it because it was Memorial Day week-end and knows how hard it is to deal with post-war health problems. Three weeks later, the car had not been returned. Finally found parked at the Mayo parking lot in La Crosse. Police are looking for an Onalaska man in the apparent theft.
La Crosse city hall getting bombarded by calls about garbage collection. The city's new garbage regulations are in place and many in the city are confused about what to do, apparently. Postcards detailing some of the changes will go out next week. Some of the queries right now are about garbage cans themselves. Public works director Dale Hexom tells us, in general, if you buy a can with a lid, it's probably going to work under the new rules. Also, although the rules limit size to 48 gallon cans, Hexom says a fifty gallon can will work, as long as its not too heavy. To get rid of old cans, Hexom says, just put them out, marked as trash.
A 52 year old Town of Sparta man was in Monroe County Court yesterday to hear charges that he sexually assaulted one of his grandaughters the past 5 years, since she was in kindergarten. The man, who WIZM news won't name to protect the child, was charged with 2 counts of child sexual assault, repeated sexual assault and enticement. According to the criminal complaint, the man admitted to bathing the young girl on several occasions, following her into her bedroom and, during different parts of the day, would sexually touch the girl and have her touch him. The girl, who's mother and grandmother were home at the time of some of the assaults, stated that she was not afraid to say anything to anyone about what was going on. At one point, she told investigators that her grandfather told her her he was not worried about the little girl telling police what was happening, but he didn't want her telling her grandmother about it. The man faces almost 200 years behind bars if convicted of all charges. He remains free on a cash bond.