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Busy week for the UPS this week.
The company says this is the busiest for them of the holiday shipping season. At the UPS store in downtown La Crosse, Jim Ehle (ee-lee) sees all kinds of packages that come in, headed for spots all around the globe. There are restrictions; no cigarettes, no alcohol, no firearms.....
All those packages that are getting shipped this week, will find their destination next week, during which the UPS expects to deliver 120 milllion packages worldwide.
Cops see plenty that's disturbing. But a home that one of La Crosse's officers visited this week-end will probably stay with him for awhile. The officer was looking for a missing seven year-old and a ten year-old boy yesterday afternoon. Wound up at one of the boy's houses on the northside. Talked to the mom. And immediately was overwhelmed by the extreme filth and squalor that the family was living in. In his report, the cop described a place with garbage on the floor. Nothing clean in the kitchen. Cat feces in the kids' bedroom. No sheets. Dirty mattresses. And a mom, strung out on heroin, telling stories about how her druggie friends would frequently stay over for days or weeks at a time. Police arrested one of those pals at the house and referred mom to the county.
Still no opinion from the La Crosse city clerk's office regarding dueling referendums. We've asked the clerk to determine whether a city council proposed referendum regarding a city administrator or one that could arise from a petition on the issue would be on the ballot if the petition drive is successful. Leader of the petition drive, Dave Drewes, says he's confident that his measure would have priority because the petition drive started last week prior to the council opting to go to a referendum on the issue. But the clerk's office says it's premature to draw legal conclusions before the petition measure goes to the city council.
The Monroe County DA is looking at felony charges of burglary and arson against a Sparta man who set a gas station on fire early Saturday morning. D.A. Dan Cary tells WIZM news that he is still looking over reports from the fire at Fast Eddie's in Sparta that 38 year old Bradford White is accused of setting.
White was apparently angry because the store would not sell him alcohol because he was intoxicated. He had been arrested earlier Friday for trying to steal alcohol from the gas station and was released to a family member.
Later that night, Cary says White went back to the gas station......broke in...stole some things....and started the grocery portion of the store on fire. He is currently in the Monroe County Jail awaiting formal charges.
Monroe County has released the name of the man that died in an industrial accident at Valley Pride Packing Plant in Norwalk that happened on Friday. He was 31 year old Edgar Becerra of Viola,
No other details of the incident are available at this time pending further investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).