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Keith Marchbanks could be let out of the hospital within a month, according to both the La Crosse County sheriff's department and the D-A. Investigators have talked with Marchbanks about the events of March 29th at his wife's West Salem home, when they say he stabbed her twice and started the house on fire. Prosecutor Tim Gruenke tells us he hasn't decided yet on what charges could be filed against Marchbanks...who was shot by an Onalaska policeman as he quickly walked toward cops with a butcher knife.
If you think you've seen a wolf in Wisconsin, you're probably not wrong. Wisconsin DNR wildlife ecologist, Adrian Wydeven says, over a three-year period 56 of the state's counties recorded finding at least one dead wolf. His agency has recorded over seven hundred wolves in the state. Biggest number since counting began. Partly why the state is asking the feds to remove the wolves from the endangered species list.
So there's your offshore oil drilling on display in the gulf coast. And the giant oil spill that's threatening coastlines along the gulf is causing more than a few to rethink the idea of increased drilling. Although La Crosse's Barb Frank, on the national board of the Sierra Club has never been a fan of offshore drilling. She says it risks too much environmental destruction and degradation. The Republican governor of Florida says he's re-thinking support for drilling near the state's coastlines. But the Obama administration, so far, is standing by its plans to expand drilling off the coast.
Cold pills, ammonia, and drain cleaner...
Tell-tale ingredients for a meth lab. And that stuff was found inside an address on Farnam Street in La Crosse this week...along with some meth being cooked, and some already made. Eight people are facing charges so far. Investigator Fritz Leinfelder for La Crosse County says purchases of cold medicine led police to some of the suspects.
Leinfelder says even if less meth is being produced in Wisconsin, it's still being brought into the state from Chicago, Minneapolis, or elsewhere.
The outcome was never seriously in doubt. But La Crosse city council members had a hard time with some aspects of a deal for a new parking ramp and third Riverside Center building downtown. During discussions over the deal last night Council member Doug Farmer got a little frustrated that an agreement would keep the city from charging for parking at its own ramp. Farmer thinks developer Don Weber must be thinking the ramp is hi. Not the case, says Farmer. He also expressed doubts about a deal that hinged on whether the city could charge for parking in its own ramp.
Under the deal, the city will own a new parking ramp but generally won't be able to charge for parking for 13 years. Construction on the ramp is scheduled to start in July. Groundbreaking for a third Riverside Center building under the deal is supposed to happen on May 15th.