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TOMORROW IS THE DAY WHEN ASSEMBLYMAN JEFF WOOD IS SCHEDULED TO FACE A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE THAT COULD DECIDE TO EXPEL HIM.
MEANWHILE, WOOD IS EXPECTED TO ENTER A PLEA ON AN O-W-I CHARGE NEXT MONTH IN PORTAGE. A SIMILAR CHARGE IN MONROE COUNTY MIGHT NOT LEAD TO A TRIAL UNTIL FALL, ACCORDING TO D-A DAN CARY IN SPARTA. THAT'S BECAUSE OF DELAYS AT THE STATE LAB WHICH IS TESTING WOOD'S BLOOD SAMPLES FOR ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. APRIL WILL MARK SIX MONTHS SINCE WOOD WAS ARRESTED IN TOMAH. THAT WAS HIS THIRD O-W-I CHARGE IN LESS THAN A YEAR.
HE WAS ALREADY CHARGED WITH THE ARMED HOLDUP OF A POPULAR LA CROSSE ICE CREAM STORE...
NOW, JUSTIN PURDY IS THE SUSPECT IN ANOTHER ARMED ROBBERY THAT HAPPENED TWO WEEKS LATER IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD. THE FIRST ROBBERY OCCURRED OCTOBER 20TH AT RANISON ICE CREAM ON 16TH STREET...WHILE THE SECOND WAS AT THE BEAD SHOPPE IN NEARBY JACKSON PLAZA ON NOVEMBER 4TH. PURDY WAS BROUGHT TO COURT A WEEK AFTER THE BEAD SHOPPE HOLDUP TO FACE A CHARGE IN THE RANISON ROBBERY. ANALYSIS OF D-N-A FROM A SHIRT AND GLOVE FOUND NEAR THE BEAD SHOPPE LED POLICE TO PURDY. HE MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON THE NEW CHARGE ON FRIDAY. PURDY'S BOND IS 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH.
Onalaska's fire chief continues to push for a 2nd fire department for the city. Chief Don Dominick says building a new facility on highway 16 would benefit the city because it would improve response times in that area from ten minutes to four. Dominick is hoping the city gets a 2.3 million dollar grant to pay for construction of a new fire house. The city of Onalaska would have to foot the bill for the land.
A SHORT SPIN AROUND DOWNTOWN LA CROSSE CAN GIVE A POLITICAL CANDIDATE AN EDUCATION...AND SOME PUBLICITY.
MILWAUKEE MAYOR TOM BARRETT WENT AROUND TO LA CROSSE BUSINESSES TODAY, SAYING HE WANTS A JOB AS WISCONSIN'S NEXT GOVERNOR. AND ONE WORKER JOKED THAT HER STORE IS HIRING. BARRETT SAYS HE'S LEARNING THAT SMALL BUSINESSES WANT STATE GOVERNMENT TO LEAVE THEM ALONE.
REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING THE SAME APPROACH TO THE VOTERS. G-O-P CANDIDATE MARK NEUMANN HAS A 'MAIN STREET' TOUR SCHEDULED IN LA CROSSE NEXT WEEK.
If you own a dog or a cat in LaCrosse county you have until the end of the month to get them registered. Heather Schmid with the Coulee Region Humane Society reminds us all dogs have to licensed and most municipalities in the county require cats to be licensed as well. Heather says you can register with your local treasurer or at the Humane Society. If you wait until after the deadline you will have to pay a late fee. If you get caught with an unregistered pet it could run you a couple of hundred bucks in fines.