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You get some home care for your elderly father, you probably don't expect him to get ripped off in the process. Police say 40 year-old Lisa Wilchinski stole checks from a 90 year old La Crosse guy she was hired to take care of. They say the Onalaska woman wrote herself over a thousand bucks in checks on the elderly guy's account. Apparently, she also used his credit card to get herself a nice new ring. She denies any theft. Tells cops she got hush money from the 90 year-old because he groped her and didn't want her to tell anybody about it.
Cops aren't sure how they did it, but they did it, and did it up good. Several bar owners on the northside of La Crosse were stung last night by some guys playing video poker who were either extremely lucky or somehow very crooked. The guys hit the machines for around five hundred bucks each. Some of the bars paid out. One wouldn't pay out until today and at the other bar, they accused the guys of rigging the game and they left with over four hundred bucks of credits on the machine. Police stopped some fellows from out of town who appear to be the video machine scammers but say they've got no evidence the guys did anything criminal.
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate is filing a complaint against state Sen. Dan Kapanke, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 3rd District.
The complaint expected to be filed Wednesday with the Government Accountability Board alleges that Kapanke illegally used money from a nonprofit foundation that accepts money from groups that employ lobbyists to pay off debt he owes to the city of La Crosse.
The complaint alleges Kapanke used nearly $17,000 from the foundation to pay the city back for lighting it installed at the field where the La Crosse Loggers play. Kapanke owns the Northwoods League team.
Kapanke did not immediately return a message seeking comment. He and Bruce Evers are seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Ron Kind.
It's amazing the kind of abuse cars can take before they run out of steam. Like the little Pontiac Sunfire that 22 year old Kimberly Dickinson was driving early this morning in the northside industrial park in La Crosse. Police say the Onalaska woman hit a guard rail and a concrete post and then continued driving for quite a ways before finally coming to a stop. It's suprising she was able to go at all. Both airbags had deployed, her windshield was smashed, the rear bumper had nearly fallen off, the front passenger tire was flat, the rim solidly bent, rivers of various fluids leaking. Dickinson said she had two drinks at a bar in West Salem. Probably more than that; police say she blew a .20.