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La Crosse police scored a two-fer over the week-end at a house on the city's far southside.
Late Sunday night, they busted a 26 year-old guy outside the house on Quail drive after he apparently threatened his wife with a Remington 870 12 guage. But it was after cops went into the home that they found all the agricultural fun the guy's brother, 20 year-old Kallen Faas has been having. They found marijuana plants in a makeshift grow cabinet made out of an old fridge. They found hallucinogenic mushrooms growing in rice. They found fertilizer and needles and grow lights and a book on growing pot along with dried pot and 'shrooms. All of it, insists Faas, for his own personal use. Police have arrested him for dealing.
Neighbors on the northside of La Crosse should get an attaboy from police. It was calls about suspicious activity at a house on Harvey street on the northside that brought out investigators. A look through the garbage gave police all they needed to justify a search of the home of Justin Betz and Heather Fitzgerald. Inside, all kinds of drugs. And the couple's two little children. The 28 year-old Betz has an extensive criminal background and has just recently gotten out of the slammer . Now, he and Fitzgerald have been busted for possession.
Who else besides firefighters run into a burning house? Now, an answer to that age old rhetorical question, care of a La Crosse college student. Police say they pulled a 19 year-old off of a garage sitting about five feet away from a house that was engulfed in flames early Sunday morning on North 14th street. Apparently the young guy was trying to climb in to the burning house. His explanation: he was attempting to help firefighters look for anybody inside. Claimed he had lost a friend in a fire years ago. He was, by the way, quite drunk. That Sunday morning fire on 14th street is still under investigation.
It's a re-worked ordinance that will be used to likely fill a temporary vacancy on the La Crosse city council. It was just this past April that members finally agreed on changes to an ordinance for filling vacancies on the council. The changes came out of a desire to give the council as a whole more control over the process. In the past, if the council president refused to fill an empty seat, than it didn't get filled. Now, with council member Mike Larsen on a disability leave of absence, it's council president Audrey Kader who's proposing filling the seat temporarily, a process that's also part of that re-worked ordinance. Kader says she's filling the seat at Larsen's request. Kader also says, after weeks of consideration, she decided on proposing to fill the seat with former 5th district council member Jacie Gamroth.