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A squabble over a couple bucks and a coat have led to an arson charge against a homeless guy in La Crosse. Cops say Thomas Hitchins was ticked off at his buddy for stealing some cash and his jacket. So the 78 year-old decided the appropriate response was to light up the guy's camper, piled high with his personal belongings. Hitchins at first told a cop he had nothing to do with the fire but later admitted the arson, tying it directly to the squabble between the two men.
A La Crosse parking cop helped nail a drunk driver this week-end. Police say the off-duty Civilian Service Employee--or, CSE--stopped to help at an accident on the southside on Saturday. Apparently a truck had run into a lawn mower. Dude in the truck, 38 year-old Kim Hebel, took off and the CSE followed him. At one point, cops say Hebel tried to ram the CSE's car. Dispatch got a play by play of the pursuit. County cops eventually nabbed Hebel after he hit two cars. They say he was pretty solidly drunk. He faces a couple hit and run charges and a couple charges for his scuffle with deputies. They say it's also Hebel's fifth OWI.
Trains were running a little late out of La Crosse last night. Blame it on booze. Appears to have at least something to do with why 54 year-old Gregory Davis decided it would be a good idea to pull spikes out of the rail bed by the northside Amtrak station. They say Davis had been drinking when he pulled out up to a dozen rail spikes. Davis told cops he pulled out the spikes because they were loose. He got charged and rail bosses had to shut down all traffic until the spikes were replaced and the tracks were inspected.
La Crosse police are now releasing the name of the man found dead near a north-side park last week...
The body of 40-year-old Anthony Ducharme of La Crosse was identified by his family this weekend. Police discovered Ducharme's body on Thursday near Red Cloud Park. Investigators believe Ducharme died after taking drugs given to him by others. Four persons are now suspected of trying to hide Ducharme's body, and a fifth could be charged with supplying the drug.
For now, they're suspected of hiding the body of a man who died after taking drugs.
Three La Crosse residents, including a father and son, made their first court appearance today after being arrested on Thursday. Bond for Christina Lorenz is set at 250-thousand dollars cash. Her co-defendants, Robert and Cain Moss, have slightly lower bonds. The D-A's office says the three gave drugs to the man whose body was hidden near Red Cloud Park yesterday. When the man died suddenly, the suspects apparently had to find a way to dispose of the corpse.