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Cops aren't sure how they did it, but they did it, and did it up good. Several bar owners on the northside of La Crosse were stung last night by some guys playing video poker who were either extremely lucky or somehow very crooked. The guys hit the machines for around five hundred bucks each. Some of the bars paid out. One wouldn't pay out until today and at the other bar, they accused the guys of rigging the game and they left with over four hundred bucks of credits on the machine. Police stopped some fellows from out of town who appear to be the video machine scammers but say they've got no evidence the guys did anything criminal.
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate is filing a complaint against state Sen. Dan Kapanke, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 3rd District.
The complaint expected to be filed Wednesday with the Government Accountability Board alleges that Kapanke illegally used money from a nonprofit foundation that accepts money from groups that employ lobbyists to pay off debt he owes to the city of La Crosse.
The complaint alleges Kapanke used nearly $17,000 from the foundation to pay the city back for lighting it installed at the field where the La Crosse Loggers play. Kapanke owns the Northwoods League team.
Kapanke did not immediately return a message seeking comment. He and Bruce Evers are seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Ron Kind.
It's amazing the kind of abuse cars can take before they run out of steam. Like the little Pontiac Sunfire that 22 year old Kimberly Dickinson was driving early this morning in the northside industrial park in La Crosse. Police say the Onalaska woman hit a guard rail and a concrete post and then continued driving for quite a ways before finally coming to a stop. It's suprising she was able to go at all. Both airbags had deployed, her windshield was smashed, the rear bumper had nearly fallen off, the front passenger tire was flat, the rim solidly bent, rivers of various fluids leaking. Dickinson said she had two drinks at a bar in West Salem. Probably more than that; police say she blew a .20.
La Crosse police didn't have to look far to bust the latest drug dealer in the city. Cops found Steven Huber Byers in jail already when they arrested him for dealing meth on the street. Cops had used an informant last month to get the goods on Huber Byers. Police say he sold their guy two and a half grams of meth in a little zip-loc bag for $180. Due to the nature of the investigation they weren't able to arrest the 24 year-old at the time of the drug deal. So he made it convenient for them by getting busted for something else.