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The Hmong Mutual Assistance Association is assisting the family of Junior Thao, the little boy who went missing while swimming at Pettibone Park in La Crosse last night. They have established an account at Associated Bank.
Donations to the account will be used to help offset costs incurred related to search and recovery as well as other expenses related to the child’s disappearance. Donations may be sent to, or dropped off at any Associated Bank branch.
Checks should be made out to the Thao Family Benefit.
For the first time ever in the Coulee Region, a handful of current professional wrestlers will join forces for the creation of Freedom Pro Wrestling, an independent professional wrestling franchise owned and operated in Western Wisconsin. This summer’s event will be called “Summer Sizzler” and will take place at the Onalaska Omni Center on Saturday, August 13, at 7:00 p.m.
Highlighting the event, presented in conjunction with 95.7 FM The Rock, will be the main event match between WWE legend Kevin Nash and former WWE superstar Carlito. Other former WWE superstars highlighting the card are Al Snow and the New Age Outlaws featuring Billy Gun and Jesse James. Current champion of TNA wrestling, Eric Young, will also be in the ring. Also for the first time in this area, Kevin Nash will be available for a special private meet & greet autograph session with fans.
Giving a local flair, Freedom Pro Wrestling is introducing the Coulee Cup. This will be an invitational over the top rope battle royal. To sweeten the deal, the winner of the Coulee Cup will have $1,000 donated to the local charity of their choice. Already accepting invitations are members of the La Crosse Spartans indoor football team. Spartans players Ryan Maiuri, James Washington, Richard Chambers, Walner Belleus, and Xzavie Jackson look to prove sports superiority. Also accepting an invitation to participate in the Coulee Cup is former 95th District State Assembly candidate, Julian Bradley.
VIP passes are available for the private meet & greet party as well as the event itself for just $50. Floor seats are being sold for $20, with general admission bleacher seating available for $10 as well.
To order tickets or for more information on the event, visit www.freedomprowrestling.com.
It all started with a family swim on a hot day. For the Thao family of Lacrosse, never would they think it would end with a search for 6 year old Jr. Thao. And that search in the Mississippi River was suspended at 8pm tonight due to safety concerns.
Thao went missing around 3pm today as the family swam in an area of Pettibone Beach that did not have a life guard. After family members noticed Thao was missing, they called police.
Search and Rescue boats from Lacrosse County and the Sheriff's Department, 2 Lacrosse County Dive teams and the Coast Guard Auxiliary all descended on the spot where the youngster was last seen swimming. Sonar cameras were brought in, though by 6pm the search moved away from the beach and down river towards the Big Blue Bridges. That's where it ended.......at least for today.
Cousin, Julie Thao, told me at the scene that a Hmong ritual was performed at the house and beach area......a funeral of sorts. She has hopes that the ritual comes true and" who ever has young JR.....they will bring him back....back where he can be seen again". For rescuers.....it will be back in the water again in the morning.
A 22 year old Clark County man has died as the result of a train vs. pedestrian accident yesterday.
The Greenwood man died at the scene.
The investigation continues this morning....the man's name has not yet been released.
A Stoddard man is recovering from head injuries after jumping onto and falling off a moving truck yesterday. It happened around 3:30 yesterday afternoon when 27 year old Buck DuCharme jumped onto the running board of a truck driven by 56 year old Leslie Lachine of Stueben. According to the Vernon County sheriff's office, DuCharme jumped onto the moving truck and started pounding on the window. When the driver accelerated, DuCharme fell off the truck and landed on the street. He was found unconscious and suffering head injuries. He was taken to Gunderson Lutheran with non-life threatening injuries. The incident is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed.