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It tends to get a little rough in downtown La Crosse late at night during the week-end. Occasionally even for innocent bystanders. Like the guy cops took a complaint from early Sunday morning. The 22 year-old college student was downtown with friends when he was attacked. Said he was brutally shoved into the side of a bar building on third street. Good enough to give him a two inch gash in the back of his head. Docs needed seven staples to close it. Police are still searching for the shoving suspect.
What's really going to break the health care bank in the future? According to a new congressional budget office report, it's obesity. The cost of caring for the overly large is rapidly making healthcare more expensive in the US. At Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, surgeon Shanu Khatari says gastric bypass surgery is the one proven method to get the weight off and keep it off. Oddly, many insurance companies don't cover it. Though, Dr. Khatari says, those same companies don't seem to have a problem covering the illnesses that are directly related to obesity like diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. Khatari says gastric bypass is much cheaper in the long run than dealing with obesity related illnesses.
After a week behind bars in Minnesota, two men wanted for a triple-murder in Florida are headed south...
James Howze and Lonnie Munn are being transported now to Suwannee County, Florida...where they'll be charged with the shooting deaths of an older couple and their nephew. The fugitives were nabbed last week while camping out at Whitewater State Park near Winona. Detectives traced them to Winona County when one of them used an A-T-M card in St. Charles. Ironically, the sheriff in Suwannee County had said just after the murders that he thought Munn and Howze would be caught close to the crime scene.
The crash report is finished...
A supervisor with the Wisconsin State Patrol tells us that the report on a fatal collision this summer near Holmen should be delivered to the La Crosse District Attorney today. Supervisor Duane Meyers expects the D-A to release results of the investigation by early next week, after deciding whether charges should be filed in the case. Sixteen-year-old Brandon Jennings was killed on July 18th when his car collided with a La Crosse County squad car that was heading to a crime scene in Holmen. The deputy who drove the squad car has been on routine leave since the accident, while the State Patrol investigated.