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A 40-year-old resident of the town of Franklin in Jackson County has been arrested and is facing charges of first-degree sexual assalt, incest and false imprisonment. And the assaults may date back to 1995. Rodney Tollefson is being held in Jackson County pending a court appearance. Sheriff Duane Waldera says it all started in Sheboygan County.
A 19 year old woman had reported being sexually assaulted and molested and many of those alleged assaults occurred in Jackson County. Waldera says the assaults and molestation of the woman occurred over a number of years and at several locations within Jackson County as well as the Sheboygan County.
Waldera said charges against Tollefson have also been filed in Manitowoc County. Those charges include four counts of second degree sexual assault with the use of force and one count of false imprisonment.
By a nearly unanimous vote, the La Crosse city council has approved hiring several new firefighters. The council heard from many in a packed city council chambers Tuesday night. Mostly firefighters urged the council to agree to the new hires despite the mayor's objections, suggesting that emergency protection suffers without adequate protection. The vote does nothing to counteract the mayor's recent order to end overtime spending in the fire department.
The School District of La Crosse Board of Education will announce the new Superintendent of Schools at a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday, May 11th at 12:15p.m. The press conference will be held in the auditorium of the Hogan Administrative Center.
The Wisconsin Professional Police Association might oppose letting people carry concealed weapons. For them that would be a first. The group has been neutral about it in the past, because of differing views among officers in larger-and-smaller communities. But one of two new bills would not require state permits to carry hidden heat.
This come as a surprise to Hubert Hoffman, of Onalaska. Hoffman is the vice president of Wisconsin Carry, a two-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and expanding gun rights.
Senate Republican Pam Galloway of Wausau and Assembly Republican Jeff Mursau of Crivitz have drafted two bills for concealed carry. They say they’ll push the one which gets the most support at public hearings set for Thursday in Wausau and Madison. Hoffman says he will be in attendance at both hearings.
The La Crosse mayor is the boss. At least the boss of the fire department. That's the opinion of city attorney Stephen Matty regarding mayor Matt Harter's directive to fire chief Gregg Cleveland last week to suspend overtime use in the department. The city council asked whether the mayor had the authority to issue such a directive. The opinion from Matty says state statutes give the mayor that authority and that can only be changed through a change in city ordinances.