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Bond has been set high for a La Crosse man accused of 'child enticement'...
Edward Mathews will need 50-thousand dollars in cash to get out of jail. Mathews is accused of threatening a girl with a knife in the Logan High area. The D-A's office says the 61-year-old Mathews has a sexual assault charge on his record from Illinois, dating back almost 30 years.
A formal criminal complaint should be ready by Friday.
A second suspect in the drug death of a young woman pleads guilty to reckless homicide...
Cory Koopman of Sparta entered a negotiated plea in La Crosse County court this morning. Koopman admits to selling the heroin used by Shelby Perkins just before she died last year. Perkins's boyfriend, Mitchell Perner, is in prison now for his part in her overdose death.
Koopman could get up to 25 years behind bars for the homicide charge...but because he cooperated with prosecutors, the D-A's office may recommend just eight years of prison time when he is sentenced.
A new interview is in the works for an old murder case in La Crosse County...
Sheriff's Captain Kurt Papenfuss is saying a sex offender will be interviewed soon about the 1985 murder of U-W-L student Terry Dolowy. D-N-A testing will be done to see if the new suspect can be connected to Dolowy, whose body was exhumed a few years ago to obtain more physical evidence.
Dolowy's boyfriend also remains a suspect in the woman's murder and decapitation. Dolowy's burning remains were found in Vernon County a few days after she disappeared.
Get out your fireproof chili spoons. The 8th of October marks the 20th anniversary of the annual State Bank Financial Chili Cookoff and the Onalaska Police Department is hitting the ground running with, as they put it, dueling chili(s).
Onalaska D.A.R.E. Officer Leah Myers says their theme is “A little taste of heaven and a little bite from hell.” I’m the angelic side of the duo so I’ll be making a mild white chicken chili. Great flavor but it only has “angelic heat”. Since you can’t have heaven without hell our Administrative Manager will be making her hellishly hot Cajun chili. I helped her with it last year and it is HOT. She tops it with something called the “Devil’s Slaw” that’s so hot it was burning my fingers through the gloves.”
According to Myers the two cooks will be sporting halos or horns depending on which version of chili you try. All of the proceeds go to support the D.A.R.E./G.R.E.A.T. programs in our area schools and Habitat for Humanity. Commemorative pins, which admit four to the cookoff, are on sale at the Onalaska Police Department for $20.00 and individual tickets may be purchased on the day of the event for $5.00. The cook-off starts at 11:30am and winds down at 2:30pm.
Among the drunk drivers getting nabbed by police in La Crosse this week, there was one guy facing his fifth. Police say Nicholas Bernacchi from La Crescent was stumbling drunk when they stopped him for a burnt-out taillight near Viterbo on Saturday. They say he wouldn't give them a breath sample. They dumped out Bernacchi's two open beers in the car and confiscated a couple knives. Besides the drunk driving charge, Bernacchi faces concealed weapons charges for the knives.