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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.
Probably not a good idea to take a shot at swimming across the Mississippi River. Three people found that out this morning. They were lucky because Randy Ziebell happened to see the swimmers struggling in the river while he was at his boathouse on Pettibone Island. Ziebell got out his boat and rescued Brook Gast, Dylan Low and Amanda Halderson. The LaCrosse Fire Department thanks Randy for his fast response and warns everyone that they need to be careful whenever they're swimming in the river and that the main channel is difficult to navigate for long distances due to a very strong current.
A power outage this afternoon in Onalaska. Emergency Management Keith Butler says it only impacted a small portion of the city but the outage did take down some traffic lights. Crews have been able to get the power back on. We're still trying to get information regarding what caused the outage to start a little before two o'clock this afternoon.
One man is dead and another is hurt, after both of them crashed while riding motorcycles together near Trempealeau last night.
In the first collision, 55-year-old Steven Meier of Trempealeau lost control of his bike, went into a ditch, and smashed into a utility pole. Meier was killed after being thrown from the cycle. His riding companion, Max Keene of Trempealeau, took a spill after seeing Meier's accident. Keene was taken to a hospital after walking to a house to get help.