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In calendar year 2010, Drug Task Forces in Wisconsin initiated over 1500 new investigations and out of those, hundreds of arrests and prosecutions have taken place. But to do all that you need funding. The Western Wisconsin Drug Task Force, which covers 5 local counties and 17 agencies, will recieve over $36 thousand in funding this year.....but according to Jeff Wolf, it's a huge cut from years past.
Wisconsin's 18 Drug Task Forces cover 56 of the state's 72 counties, and eight of Wisconsin's 11 tribes. They will all share in over $1 million in federal funding this year.
The La Crosse county treasurer's office is willing to work with deadbeats. Or anyone else who happens to owe the county back property taxes. And it's a list. Over two thousand who owe at the end of 2011. Total tax debt: Over four million dollars. The treasurer's office tells us all they can do is try to arrange payment plans for those who are behind or--after two years--begin the foreclosure process. The $4.2 million owed at the end of last year is seven hundred thousand more than was owed in the county at the end of 2010 and more than double the delinquency of 2007.
There are some things that just seem to make more sense when you've been drinking heavily. Which might explain the actions of four young guys this week-end in La Crosse. Apparently all of them hammered, three of them underage. Came back to the Vine street apartment of one of the guys early morning Saturday. But on the way, amused themselves by kicking in the doors of several other apartments. Scared several people and destroyed doors and doorframes. They arrested three, still looking for the fourth guy.
There could be more than one referendum on the ballot of La Crosse voters in the spring. The city council this week votes on whether to hold an advisory referendum on billboards. The billboard referendum is an idea that comes from the work of the committee that's been tackling sign issues since a moratorium was placed on electronic signs in the city months ago. The advisory referendum would join a referendum to determine whether the city changes its form of government to include a city administrator. Both would be on the same ballot as the presidential primary on April 3rd.
Police don't have a suspect yet in a robbery at a bar on the northside. Cops say a guy with his face wrapped in a black scarf pointed a gun at the bartender at Fishes bar just before midnight on Saturday. "It's cold outside," the crook said, "give me all your money." The robber got away with hundreds. Police are looking for a shorter white guy in his twenties. They might have had more information but the security video system at the bar isn't working.