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Much has changed in la Crosse in the last thirty years. Including the number of police. But La Crosse police chief Ed Kondracki has warned that lingering vacancies in his department are shrinking the force to 1970's levels. And that's taking a toll on public safety. He cites the dwindling number of tickets and arrests made by his department as indication that current vacancies are taking a toll. There's seven vacanices right now. With two retirements coming in the department by the end of the year. Five more by summer. The city council votes tonight on allowing Kondracki to fill some of those positions tonight. Mayor Matt Harter tells us, if he had wanted those jobs filled, he would have authorized them.
Sneaking drugs into jail can get you more time in the clink. It can also get someone killed.
That's the case with 25 year old Alexandra Lueck of Tomah. She was given five more months behind bars after a jail inmate died from snorting drugs she snuck in.
The woman pleaded no contest in Monroe County court to two counts in relation to delivering the drug Suboxone to 37 year old Adrianna Seroy back in January. Lueck snuck the drug back into the jail after being released for Huber privileges.
Seroy died on January 26th of what is now being called a mixed drug overdose. Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction.
A couple from Mondovi, who spent over three-fourths of their son’s assets on themselves in 2007-and-’08, will be back in court next month to enter new pleas in the case.
51 year old Lori Nault and her husband Michael, are accused of misspending at least 167-thousand dollars owned by their son who was injured in Iraq. They had managed a guardianship account for Army Specialist Shane Nault, who was severely hurt in an explosion in Baghdad in 2007.
Prosecutors said the Naults gambled away at least 53-thousand dollars of their son’s money at casinos
The La Crosse Courthouse clears out in the middle of the afternoon...
Offices and courtrooms in the building were evacuated around 2:30, as fire trucks were called to the building, and police cars blocked off Vine Street in front of the courthouse entrance. Investigators aren't saying why the building was evacuated, but according to one source, a caller to the courthouse claimed to have discovered plans to blow up the building.