Yes, according to a US Supreme court decision announced yesterday, you have the right to bear arms. But concealed arms? McDonald versus the City of Chicago doesn't go that far, says Onalaska'a Hubert Hoffman, vice president of Wisconsin Carry. So the case is likely to have little impact on state gun laws. He says the state only controls the manner in which people can carry guns, not whether they can have them at all so McDonald probably doesn't apply in that sense. But Hoffman does believe the court's decision might help his group challenge state restrictions of guns in school zones.
Just another law to enforce. That's the response from La Crosse police when we asked about enforcing the new statewide indoor workplace smoking ban that goes into effect next week. Police lieutenant Bob Berndt says, an officer will be able to respond to complaints or anyone he sees smoking where they shouldn't be. At that point, says Berndt, a $164 ticket could be issued based on the officer's discretion. Berndt doesn't expect his department to stage any indoor smoking crackdowns in the city.
Iowa and Illinois already have them...why not Minnesota?
An independent candidate for Minnesota governor, Rob Hahn, sees riverboat casinos in the state's future, as far south as La Crescent. But La Crescent Mayor Mike Poellinger says people in the community already have outlets for gambling...to raise money for charity. He also thinks the region might be saturated with casinos, such as Treasure Island and Lady Luck. And Poellinger wonders where Hahn would put a riverboat in La Crescent...where most of the riverfront land is already held by private owners.
Still no arrest in an apparent armed robbery on Friday at the mall in La Crosse. Cops says a 65 year old woman claimed she was held up by a guy wearing a motorcycle helmet early on Friday afternoon as she was leaving the mall. Apparently no witnesses to the crime, no video surveillance and no sign of the robber who just happened to pick a victim carrying over a thousand dollars in cash. Woman told police the only person who knew she'd be carrying that kind of cash is a relative.
Cops in Tomah didn't have to look far to find a bank robber there yesterday. Police say 34 year-old Mark Rathbun was hanging out relatively close to the Farmers and Merchants Bank in the City of Tomah when they picked him up. They say he matched the description provided by tellers of the guy who came into the bank around 1:30, showed a note, said he had a gun, got some money and left. Sure enough, police say Rathbun, had the money. But he didn't have a gun. Never did, he told cops. But he's still been sent to the Monroe county jail on Armed Robbery charges.