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Trains were running a little late out of La Crosse last night. Blame it on booze. Appears to have at least something to do with why 54 year-old Gregory Davis decided it would be a good idea to pull spikes out of the rail bed by the northside Amtrak station. They say Davis had been drinking when he pulled out up to a dozen rail spikes. Davis told cops he pulled out the spikes because they were loose. He got charged and rail bosses had to shut down all traffic until the spikes were replaced and the tracks were inspected.
La Crosse police are now releasing the name of the man found dead near a north-side park last week...
The body of 40-year-old Anthony Ducharme of La Crosse was identified by his family this weekend. Police discovered Ducharme's body on Thursday near Red Cloud Park. Investigators believe Ducharme died after taking drugs given to him by others. Four persons are now suspected of trying to hide Ducharme's body, and a fifth could be charged with supplying the drug.
For now, they're suspected of hiding the body of a man who died after taking drugs.
Three La Crosse residents, including a father and son, made their first court appearance today after being arrested on Thursday. Bond for Christina Lorenz is set at 250-thousand dollars cash. Her co-defendants, Robert and Cain Moss, have slightly lower bonds. The D-A's office says the three gave drugs to the man whose body was hidden near Red Cloud Park yesterday. When the man died suddenly, the suspects apparently had to find a way to dispose of the corpse.
Hard to run a bar without a liquor license. And, maybe, harder still to fight city hall to get one. Apparently what some potential bar owners felt in La Crosse after the city's plan commission denied the group a license. City council member Andrea Richmond says she was told the denial came because there's just too many bars downtown. A real head-scratcher for Richmond who says a business is a business and if it fills a storefront and attracts people downtown then what's the problem?
Oddly, the denial of a liquor license for Neuie's Downtown happened at the same meeting that another liquor license for downtown was approved. The group who wanted to open the bar have asked that their license application get withdrawn.
To make it very clear, La Crosse mayor Matt Harter didn't suddenly change his mind about filling several empty positions on the police department. He says, there was actually work to be done making that decision. The mayor tells us he had to do some ride-alongs, have some discussions with the police chief, and plan for the upcoming year's budget before deciding that the jobs should be filled.
Frustrated with the mayor's pace of decision, police chief Ed Kondracki was ready this week to bring his hiring requests to the city council before Harter decided the city could afford two days ago that La Crosse could afford the new officers. The chief says, even with filling the vacant jobs, he'll still be short on people because most of the jobs will be filled with internal candidates.