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Count that as another firefighter retirement and another vacancy in a constantly shrinking La Crosse city department. Assistant chief Randy Loken is retiring from the fire department after 25 years on the job. His retirement comes during a tug of war match going on between some on the city council and Mayor Matt Harter over filling positions in the fire department. Next month the council could vote on sidestepping the mayor to fill up to six current vacancies in the department.
The phone scams that filch seniors out their savings? They really do happen. With frightening regularity. An elderly woman is La Crosse's latest victim. Cops say the 83 year-old got a call from someone claiming to be her grandson. Said he needed a thousand bucks right away. An emergency, he said. Of course, she sent it. Wired it through Western Union And then she got another call asking for more. That's when she called other family members and found out she'd been had. At this point, police have no idea where the money went.
A national guardsman is in hot water for terrorizing a nursing home in La Crosse over the week-end. Cops say 24 year-old Grant Adams broke into Bethany Riverside just before six on Saturday morning. They say he snuck up behind a 33 year-old female employee, put a plastic bag over her head and attempted to strangle or suffocate her. POlice say the woman ripped off the bag and called for help. After a bit of a fight, cops arrested a very drunk Adams at the nursing home. He told them he was involved in some special ops. Just making sure they were doing their job. He faces multiple charges.
THE ROADBLOCKS ARE BACK AT THE FOOT OF GRANDAD BLUFF...
TOO MUCH RAIN HAS CAUSED PROBLEMS AGAIN WITH BLISS ROAD, WHICH TAKES TRAFFIC UP AND DOWN THE LA CROSSE SIDE OF THE BLUFF. ANOTHER LANDSLIDE HAS FORCED THE CITY TO SHUT DOWN THE ROAD. SIMILAR SLIDES HAPPENED DURING FLASH FLOODING PERIODS IN 2007 AND 2008, LEADING TO EXPENSIVE REPAIRS. THE CITY IS EXPECTED TO INSPECT THE WASHED-OUT PART OF BLISS ROAD TODAY.