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No injuries but the man involved in a standoff with LaCrosse cops remains in the hospital. At about 8:30 Saturday night police responded to a domestic disturbance at a home on the 12 hundred block on 16th street. When cops tried to enter the homeowner fired his gun. Police got geared up with bulletproof vests and high powered rifles before creating a perimeter around the south side LaCrosse home. After holing himself up in his house for about five hours the man surrendered himself to police. Cops say they can't release the name of the guy behind the standoff because he's checked into the hospital. Neighbors say he's a nice guy and serves as a local firefighter.
So far in La Crosse, if you've collected a ticket for smoking indoors, count yourself among the very, very unlucky. Police say they've written just four tickets to those violationg Wisconsin's new indoor workplace smoking ban. The tickets are 164 dollars. Those tickets were written to individuals smoking in just two establishments, police say; The Helm and Del's Bar. Both of those were given warnings. The law requires businesses get warned before being cited for allowing smoking indoors.
What can you do to show how upset you are about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? A number of people are organizing protests and boycotts aimed at the company responsible for the ongoing leak. LaCrosse county sustainability coordinator Nick Nichols feels it's ill advised to boycott BP gas stations. Instead he suggests cutting back on consumption altogether. Nichols points out that gas and oil prices are down because the demand has also gone down. He suggests taking a bike ride and combining your trips to save on gas. Which means more money in your pocket.
La Crosse gets another sex offender released into the community today. La Crosse police say 33 year-old Earl Yanske will live at Attic correctional on Rose street beginning today. Yanske did time most recently for having sex with a 15 year-old girl. But he's been convicted in the past of having sex with a 14 year-old runaway. Cops say Yanske's not to have any unsupervised contact with children.
And then there were two. Retired commercial building inspector Nick Charles says he's running for assembly in Wisconsin in the district currently held by democrat Jennifer Shilling. The La Crosse native says he just felt it was time to tackle the daunting task of unseating the popular incumbent who hasn't had an opponent in eight years. Charles joins fellow republican Julian Bradley in the race. Bradley announced his campaign for the 95th district several weeks ago.