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Xcel Energy says we're getting close to peaking the power grid. Hot temperatures have forced some to crank up their air conditioners and some leave them on all night. Brian Elwood of Xcel Energy.
Elwood says we only had a three day stretch last year where the power grid was dinged....with at least 3 more days of the high temps to go...he says this could get interesting.
A Tomah man, who several witnesses said will basically do anything to get sex from women, was in a Monroe County courtroom Monday. 53 year old Mark Clay listened as Judge Todd Ziegler read off 29 counts against the man. 18 of them dealing with prostitution. The others dealing with threats, battery and drug dealing.
Prosecutors contend that over the past couple of years, Clay would offer women around Tomah sex in exchange for cash, drugs and alcohol. Police also found in his apartment, over 40 pairs of used women's underwear, that they claim Clay purchased from women in bars for up to $40 a pair. They were found in bags that were labeled with the woman's name and date he got them. Naked pictures were also found of area women, some Clay apparently paid them to take. It all came to a climax when Clay was arrested for assaulting a bartender in a bathroom at a Tomah bar recently. He's free on a cash bond.
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.