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The Grandad Bluff Flag will be removed until power is replaced to the lookout, due to current construction taking place on the Bluff. The Bluff will be closed until further notice due to renovations. Visitors are not allowed to enter the lookout area as construction can be dangerous.
Among the many drunk drivers corralled by La Crosse police over the week-end was the guy who got a little too distracted by the electronics in his car. Cops say James Panzer from Marshfield was paying more attention to his GPS than to the road when he swerved across a lane of traffic to make a left turn and ran into another car. Some people hurt in the accident, including kids in the back of Panzer's van. Panzer blew a .143 on the scene. Interestingly, police say his wife, a passenger in the van, was sober enough to drive.
Another convicted sex offender will call La Crosse home. 57 year-old Alvin Hughes will live at Attic Correctional on Rose street . Hughes was convicted five years ago in a sexual assault of a disabled woman and threatened to hurt the woman's child if she didn't give in. He's also got a second degree murder charge on his rap sheet.
La Crosse's police chief says he won't block a new ordinance that allows tickets for first time marijuana possession. But chief Ed Kondracki is still not happy about the idea. The chief says he's concerned the ordinance will send a "mixed message" about drug tolerance which could increase drug use in the community. Kondracki says, once the ordinance goes into effect, it's up to his officers' discretion on whether to write tickets for marijuana or charge possession as a crime.
A couple heat related items today so far........The La Crescent-Hokah Community Summer Band & Jazz Band have canceled their concert for tonight, due to the heat. For members of the band there will be practice instead at 6:30pm at the High School Band room.