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Sometimes pushing a little helps you get what you want. La Crosse city council members pushed hard enough on developer Don Weber to get him to give ground on what was once considered a deal breaker. A ban on paid parking in the new city parking ramp has been lifted. Really wasn't that hard, says city council member, Audrey Kader. She says Weber determined that it was in the city's best interest to be able to charge for parking at the ramp if it needed to. She says, he also really wants to start construction on the ramp and the third Riverside Center building. The city currently doesn't charge for parking in any ramps. But if it does in the near future, the new ramp would be included.
No arrests, no suspect, and no definite cause of death...
Still plenty of unanswered questions in the murders of a Barre Mills couple, Dennis and Merna Koula. La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson says they're still trying to figure out when the murders occurred.
The Koulas' son discovered the bodies of his parents early Monday morning. About a dozen investigators are still searching the couple's home near the Fox Hollow golf course. Autopsy results might be available late this week.
It's now considered a double murder...
La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson says Dennis and Merna Koula were murdered at their Barre Mills home. Nearly a dozen investigators have been assigned to the case, and the state crime lab is still involved in the probe. Dennis Koula was a pharmacist, and an owner of Valley View Ford in West Salem. The couple's bodies were discovered Monday morning by their son, when he came to the house on Fox Valley Drive.
HOW DID A LA CROSSE COUPLE IN THEIR 60'S DIE?
INVESTIGATORS HAVEN'T REACHED A CONCLUSION YET, AFTER INSPECTING THE HOUSE WHERE DENNIS AND MERNA KOULA LIVED AT BARRE MILLS. A SON FOUND HIS PARENTS' BODIES INSIDE THE HOUSE EARLY MONDAY. SHERIFF STEVE HELGESON SAYS THE STATE CRIME LAB WAS CALLED TO THE SCENE PRETTY QUICKLY.
AUTOPSIES MAY BE DONE IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. HELGESON SAYS NEIGHBORS DIDN'T SEE OR HEAR ANYTHING UNUSUAL DURING THE WEEKEND.