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The investigation into a police officer related shooting in Sparta January 19th, is almost complete. According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, a report should be done sometime next week and the findings will be forwarded to Monroe County D.A. Dan Cary. Sparta police have been tight lipped on the shooting that involved 19 year old Jacob Olson and officer, Booker Ferguson. Police were responding to a 911 hang up call when they were greeted by a rifle toting Olson on the front porch. After being told to put the gun down, Olson allegedly pointed the rifle at Ferguson at which time he was shot. He was taken to a La Crosse hospital with life threatening injuries and was still there at last check. Ferguson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting....which is customary in this circumstance.
You can understand the concern of those who witnessed the three teens out late at night pushing a baby stroller in LaCrosse. A 19 year-old and a couple of middle schoolers near the Walgreen's around midnight on a Friday looked drunk. And they were, say police, once they tracked the trio down. They were also suspected of shoplifting from the all night drug store. Police found a purse full of stolen make-up. In the stroller, under a blanket, not a baby. But three packs of frozen chicken.
Markus Chandler's had a busy month so far. La Crosse police had been looking for the 19 year-old for owing thousands in back child support. Spotted him several days ago driving. Cops chased Chandler for a ways while he drove through stop signs and sped down alleys trying to get away. They say he got out of the car and ran. Days after that, they nearly had him a second time when a city bus driver corralled him after suspecting Chandler of cleaning out another passenger's wallet. That time, he kicked his way out of the door of the bus. Finally got him on Friday just before he escaped from a bedroom window. Chandler's in jail today, facing up to ten charges.
La Crosse police have one man in custody from a robbery earlier this month. But they're still looking for accomplices. They say 22 year-old Jacob Foley was the point man in an elaborate scheme to steal thousands of dollars in cash from a woman. Police say Foley damaged the woman's tire and then later offered to fix it in return for a ride home. Instead, Foley led the woman to an ambush. They say Foley choked her, another guy stuck a knife in her face and somebody was waving a gun around. The guys got sixty bucks altogether.
(AP) The Minnesota House has unanimously passed a bill that would require teachers to pass a basic skills test before getting a teacher's license. Republican bill sponsor Andrea Kieffer says the legislation would keep unqualified teachers out of the classroom.
Current law allows teachers to hold a provisional license for three years while continuing to retake the test. The companion bill hasn't received a vote in the full Senate. Gov. Mark Dayton has not yet taken a public stance on the bill.