Pool leaks 7,500 gallons a day
Started out as four people, now will pack the Radisson this morning
There is something uncomfortable about watching the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner. And it's not just the room was filled with narcissists pretending to love one another. It was uncomfortable...
She claims she wasn't a gang leader or the head of a drug ring, and shouldn't be serving a 15-year prison term.
But a Wisconsin appeals court disagrees with Socorro Kerner of Jackson County, and is upholding her sentence on cocaine and marijuana charges. Kerner and about a dozen other people were busted on drug charges four years ago, in connection with a Jackson County operation that made at least a million dollars. She argues that prosecutors got a long prison term by portraying her as a 'hardened gang member.' The appeals court writes that the sentencing judge imposed the prison time to protect the community from a drug dealer.
Most cities the size of La Crosse, or larger, charge you by the hour to park your car in a ramp.
La Crosse will start using ticket gates in its downtown ramps by April...but parking will still be free for the first four hours during the week, and the first eight hours on weekends. Bob Haines of the city public works office admits that the city is being generous by not charging drivers as soon as they enter the ramps. Haines tells us the long grace period may keep parking revenue down. He thinks the ramps will generate about 25-thousand dollars a year for City Hall.
The dispute over voter ID in Wisconsin goes back to the appeals courts...
The state Supreme Court has decided not to rule on the ID law. And for local election officials like La Crosse County clerk Ginny Dankmeyer, it means conducting elections the same way they've been doing things already.
With the law being blocked by lower-court judges, Wisconsin voters still do not have to show an ID at the polls when they vote.
Voters in Holmen spoke out about fluoridation five years ago...and they may be asked to speak out again.
The Holmen Village Board has scheduled a special meeting this Thursday...to discuss the possibility of a new referendum on putting fluoride in the water. Just last week, the board voted to resume the fluoridation that was temporarily halted two years ago. The special meeting is being requested by two of those board members who called for a halt to fluoridation...which was approved in a 2008 referendum.
Dropping some pounds might win you some dollars. The La Crosse County
A couple of new sexual assault cases from the weekend in La Crosse County...
Shane Henry of Holmen is charged with second-degree sexual assault and strangulation. Bond for Henry is set at 10-thousand dollars cash.
Another man charged with two assaults is being let out of jail, since he has no prior record. But the prosecution wanted a cash bond for 26-year-old Kevin Koster. Koster's attorney admits that alcohol could have contributed to the crimes, which may have involved Koster and up to four other people after a visit to a bar.
Heavy fog may be to blame for a school bus crash this morning in Vernon County. It happened around 9:20 in the Town of Wheatland.
51 year old Dwight Veglahn of rural Genoa was driving a school bus for Desoto Area Schools, northbound on State Highway 82. As the bus was turning into a church parking lot in heavy fog, it was struck near the rear wheels by a car driven by 47 year old Timothy Fergot of rural Viroqua.
Fergot sustained minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle for medical treatment. There were twelve children ages 7 to 18 on the school bus. Four children reported minor injuries and three were transported by Tri State Ambulance.
The longest-serving inmate now in the La Crosse County jail is set to be tried for homicide in March...or maybe April.
Cain Moss has been in jail for 17 months, since being arrested for the drug-related death of Anthony Du Charme. Today, Moss's attorney, Candice Tlustosch, said in court that she plans to seek more testing on autopsy samples from Du Charme. That testing could delay the planned March 18th start of the trial. Moss is charged with reckless homicide for giving drugs to Du Charme, and with concealing the man's body on a hillside.