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You have to have standards. And La Crosse police will hold you to them if you apply for a bartender's license in the city. After a review of the 18 license applications denied by the police in the last year, we find that police follow a pattern of denials: Excessive problems with the law, drug and alcohol convictions, or just unpaid parking tickets. The 18 denials were among 500 or so bartender license applications total over the last year. Not a big number, says La Crosse tavern league president Mike Brown, and he doesn't think the process for getting a license is overly burdensome. Although Brown does have some light criticism for denials based on unpaid parking tickets. Brown also says, though you don't have to have an operator's license to tend bar in the city, members of the Tavern League typically require their bartenders to get the license.
A judge in Prairie du Chien could decide this afternoon whether Michael Burroughs will be tried for a murder he already confessed to committing.
Burroughs has an evidence hearing in Crawford County court...a standard procedure, leading up to a possible negotiated plea. The Iowa man went to police in Prairie earlier this month, and told them he strangled Shannon Fischer in his apartment in 2006, putting her body in the garbage days later. Area police had spent years searching for Fischer as a missing person.
A 23-year-old man is suspected of killing the Jackson County man who was found dead in his home on Wednesday.
Aaron Powers was arrested at a park near New Lisbon yesterday, while he and others were camping. The group was near a stolen pickup truck belonging to Terrance Stoen of North Bend, who was shot in the head several days ago. Investigators believe the shooting happened during a burglary at Stoen's house.
Buffalo County authorities say they’ve solved one break-in at the Cochrane-Fountain City School and are investigating another.
Two former students broke into the school in August 2009, stealing thousands in electronics and damaging property.
The school was again burglarized last month, when thieves stole a safe filled with cash from the District, FBLA and FFA concession stand and money from fundraisers.