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They've got the drugs, now they're looking for the drug dealers. La Crosse police are on the hunt for three people they say have something to do with some guns, drugs, and money they found with a search warrant at a place on Jackson street on Tuesday. Working off a tip, cops says they collected from 1621 Jackson; two guns, lots of ammo, three grand in cash and 20 thousand dollars worth of cocaine. But no people. They're looking for information or the whereabouts of 29 year-old Nichole Scholl, 30 year-old Raymond Lewis, and 36 year-old Orlandus Lewis. All of them, say the cops, should be considered armed and dangerous.
When U-W-La Crosse began work on a new academic building last year, two old dorms had to be demolished.
Now, there seems to be some second-guessing about whether Baird and Trowbridge Halls should have been torn down before new housing was built. Residence Life director Nick Nicklaus says the building schedule on campus did cause a little problem, and "ideally," a new dorm would have been ready by the time those two halls were demolished. Two freshman dorms had to put three to five students in some rooms this year, to make up for the loss of two halls, but Nicklaus says the students handled the situation well. However, U-W-L did impose an early deadline this year for getting into dorms next fall.
No trial this week, over the Brothers Bar in Madison.
The Fortney family, owners of Brothers taverns in Madison, La Crosse, and other cities, have accepted a two-million dollar offer for their site near the UW campus. The Fortneys and the university were supposed to go to trial starting today, on whether the UW could take over the bar under laws of eminent domain. The UW wants to put a music building on the tavern site, and claimed that the Fortneys were just holding out for a better price. The Fortneys had filed the lawsuit in October, after they couldn't get the Board of Regents to help them move the bar to another location in Madison.
It sounds like it's a done deal. But it's not. And all kinds of unforeseen things could pop up between now and when the La Crosse city council will decide whether to support a deal worked out with developer Don Weber to build a new parking ramp downtown. City council member Bruce Ranis says he's okay with what he's heard about the deal so far but he wants to see the details of the plan that includes Weber financing construction of the $10.3 million ramp and then selling it to the city. The plan also calls for Weber to build a third Riverside Center building that will include parking spaces and be worth about $18 million.