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Of the many drunk drivers stopped by La Crosse police this week-end, one young woman appeared not to take her first OWI too terribly seriously. Cops say they stopped 25 year-old Nicole Petersen early Sunday morning, speeding on East avenue on the city's southside. Police say Petersen seemed drunk but also reeked of marijuana. Cops say she was laughing during her arrest, at one point asking if she was going to be on the "Cops" TV show. She blew a .169. Told police she'd was smoking pot to get sober.
Just how much water rates increase in La Crosse is nothing that's set in stone. Not quite yet. The city council has approved a request to increase rates in the city by about 30 percent for the average home user. State regulators could make that lower. Even higher. And could act soon, causing rates to change by June or July and just in time for the height of lawn watering season, acknowledges city water utility manager, Mark Johnson. A public hearing on the rate request will be held before the new water rates are set.
Despite recent congressional criticism, a La Crosse company is on the right track. That's from Don Weber, CEO of Logistics Health, who says he doesn't agree with the evaluation last month of Nevada freshman congressman Joe Heck, who claims LHI's contracts to get reservists ready for duty actually decrease readiness and increase costs. He says much of that criticism came from a lack of understanding of the contracts LHI has with the military. But Weber also thinks part of Heck's criticism is based on the federal government's slow acceptance of change.
A La Crosse man is sentenced to prison for his role in the overdose death of his girlfriend last year.
Police say Perner bought the heroin from 26-year-old Cory Koopman of Sparta, who is also facing charges before giving the drugs to Perkins twice in one night. She overdosed the next morning. Koopman will go to trial in June.