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Cops say they've arrested Micheal Kohutko on a number of charges for some squabbles with his girlfriend. They say the 25 year-old gave the woman bruises after the last throwdown and, some time ago, held a loaded .357 to her head while he threatened her. Kohutko admits to pointing the gun at the victim but says it was because she hit him. He also claims the bruises were a result of "rough sex." Following a court order, police have seized four handguns, two rifles and a shotgun plus hundreds of rounds of ammo from Kohutko, who is, they say identifiable by a tattoo in Latin that reads "defensor femunus." Roughly translated as, "defender of women."
A La Crosse guy is nursing his wounds after a beat down and robbery this week-end. Cops say the 25 year-old was walking home from the bars downtown on Saturday morning when he was jumped by an SUV full of guys. One of the guys apparently thought the victim had been talking smack about his brother. They got his phone, a bunch of cash, even his house key. They left behind cuts, bruises and, what police say, looks like shoe print on the side of the victim's head. Police say they do have a suspect.
La Crosse police have run across another person who might be a good candidate for a coming warming center for the homeless in the city. Police say this guy was stumbling down the street in blizzard conditions early Sunday morning. He'd fallen down a few times. Was covered with snow. Wearing only a t-shirt. Homeless guy. Said he'd been drinking at numerous bars downtown.. But otherwise was pretty incoherent with frostbite and hypothermia starting to set in and snow frozen to his face. Police took him to the hospital. At that point, the 53 year-old got a little cantankerous and uncooperative, forcing police to take him to jail.
Big, chunky piles of snow still cover the sidewalks in downtown La Crosse. In some areas, it looks like you're walking through a tunnel. Much of that goes away tomorrow night. The city says snow removal downtown will begin tomorrow night and continue for several nights until done. Although scooping the snow will create more space on streets and sidewalks, while the removal process is occurring, the city warns against driving over some of the big berms and piles that will be created in the streets by city crews,.