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Getting closer to the season of freezing temps. Which will inevitably provide relief from mosquitoes. Just in time for those watching some of the diseases transmitted by the whining little buggers. Wisconsin's department of health says the state has its first case of West Nile Virus. The case popped up in a blood donation in Washington county. There's been other evidence of West Nile in the state this year but this is the first confirmed case of the mosquito borne illness in a human being.
They say Steven Hanifl is known to fight with cops.
He didn't do anything to diminish that reputation yesterday. Police say the 32 year old was making a bit of a disturbance at the southside La Crosse Walgreen's yesterday morning. Enough of a disturbance for cops to track him down. They found him just a few blocks away. Hanifl didn't do himself any favors when he threw some red liquid into an officer's face and went down swinging. They had to taze Hanifl several times. One cop has multiple scrapes over the ordeal and Hanifl faces a police battery charge,.
That big high-voltage power line planned for western Wisconsin could run straight through Onalaska...
The city planner for Onalaska, Jason Gilman, says proposals for the 'Badger Coulee' line show two possible routes through Onalaska...one along Highway 53 and the interstate, and another along the downtown riverfront. Gilman says both suggested routes could cause problems. The power line plans will be discussed at a public meeting next Monday at the Stoney Creek Inn near Highway 16.
There's still a chance that criminal charges could be filed over that Holmen area car crash involving a teenage driver and a La Crosse County squad car...
A spokesman for the state justice department says the crash report is being studied now by an assistant attorney general, who will decide whether to charge anyone. Sixteen-year-old Brandon Jennings was killed in the collision with a squad car last July. The deputy behind the wheel of the squad had been dispatched to a fight that broke out in a Holmen bar. Details of the accident report will not be released publicly until after the assistant A-G has made her decision about charges.