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An apparent drug-related death in La Crosse is now considered a murder case...
The district attorney's office has brought reckless homicide charges against Cain Moss and Christina Lorenz, nearly six months after they were arrested for allegedly hiding the body of Anthony Du Charme near a city park. Earlier testimony in the case indicated that 'Tony, Tina, and Cain' had used drugs together just before Tony suddenly died. Judge Ramona Gonzalez commended the D-A for waiting until an autopsy was concluded before charging anyone with killing Du Charme.
(AP) Four more employees of the Antigo School District have been suspended following a drug investigation that resulted in criminal charges against the high school football coach. The school district released a statement Monday which said three of the four employees work at the high school and include a special education teacher, a learning disabilities teacher and the director of the aquatic center. The fourth employee is an elementary school gym teacher. All will be on paid leave. The principal of Antigo West and Pleasant View elementary schools was one of three people charged last week with a marijuana distribution business in Langlade County. Forty-seven-year-old John Lund is also the high school football coach. The Antigo Daily Journal reports Lund appeared in court Monday. He will return for a preliminary hearing Feb. 9. Lund's attorney, Hank Schultz, says he plans a vigorous defense. The Wausau Daily Herald says the district has already replaced the four suspended employees.
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker says he has $2.6 million on hand to fight an effort to recall him from office. Walker reported Monday that he had that much cash on hand as of Jan. 17, the end of the current period covered by the report. That is the same day that organizers of the effort to recall him say they submitted more than 1 million signatures to force an election. They also submitted petitions to recall Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four other Republican state senators. Walker released a statement about his report, but the actual filing was not yet posted. He had until midnight to file it. Walker says he raised $12 million since Jan. 1, 2011. He raised $2.5 million in the last three weeks of the year.
AP- The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is reporting that it raised nearly $400,000 since Dec. 10. The party was a leader in the circulation of petitions to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker and five others. Reports the party planned to file Tuesday with election regulators show that it raised $394,000 in the final five weeks of the recall campaign which ended Jan. 17. Over that same period, the state Republican Party reported raising about $243,000. Recall organizers say they turned in 1.9 million signatures against Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four other Republican state senators. The process of verifying those signatures is ongoing.
Walker also plans on filing an update to his campaign fundraising since mid-December. His previous report showed he raised $5.1 million as of Dec. 10.
Local business owner and County Board Supervisor Bill Feehan announced today that he will form an exploratory committee, the early stage of a possible run for Wisconsin’s 32nd State Senate District. Feehan, who represents La Crosse’s 3rd District on the County Board, owns three local businesses with his wife Sue Kolve. He has also worked at Unilever Food Solutions for 16 years, most recently responsible for managing business with regional food service chains. Feehan is the current GOP chair for La Crosse County and serves on the county board of Health and the Criminal Justice Management Council. His website is www.feehanforsenate.com