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A little more background on the prison that two inmates walked away from 2 weeks ago. The Black River Falls Correctional Facility accepts inmates with 6 months left on their prison terms and some actually were used to assist in the flood clean up in La Crosse a few years ago. Superintendent, David Andraskas. Says they get inmates ready to go back into the public.
He says they also help inmates get their GED diplomas. Both James Newman and James Mislevec were doing good in these programs before they walked away from the facility and were later captured in Florida. The two will be back in court in Florida tomorrow morning.
4 houses in La Crosse will be demolished thanks in part to money awarded to Coulee Cap of La Crosse County. It's part of the state's Strategic Blight Elimination Program. Department of Financial Institutions Secretary, Peter Bildsten, explains what criteria has to be met before money's are handed down.
$1 million was given to 10 Wisconsin cities for demolition of blighted residential properties. The funds were made available from proceeds of the National Mortgage Settlement received earlier this year by DFI and DOJ.
Bond has been set in Trempealeau County for a group of drug suspects, including multiple members of the same family.
Todd Wittenberg, Zachary Wittenberg, Jeffrey Ellenz, and Sara McConnell all need five thousand dollars cash to get out of jail. They were all accused of heroin possession, after being nabbed in drug raids in the Galesville area last Friday. No charges filed yet against Joshua Wittenberg, who recently served jail time for drugs. Ellenz is charged with maintaining a drug house in Galesville. And McConnell is a young mother who has been ordered to have no unsupervised contact with her child.
Wisconsin ranks 10th in education, 15th in economic well being, and 18th for both health and family values. Those numbers coming from the latest Kids County nationwide report. Some stronger numbers in La Crosse County says Children and Family Center President, Michael Boehm.
Boehm says one number that sticks out negatively across the state is the percentage of teens abusing illegal drugs and alcohol. Nine percent of the state s teens abuse those substances. That has stayed the same, while the national abuse rate has dropped to around seven percent.
The La Crosse School District has taken a pretty good hit the past 2 years with an influx of teachers either retiring or resigning from the district. But Human Resources Director, Steve Salerno, says they are filling the holes with bright, young staff and should be good to go come the fall.
Salerno says there are one or two more holes to fill before school starts but feels confident a staff of 100% will be on board by that time.