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It's ten and done for Rose Mary. Great Rivers United Way executive director Rose Mary Boesen's resigning her job. Boesen's been the director of the local United Way chapter for ten years and has been with the organization for twenty years. United Way board chair Brad Sturm expects the search for a new director will take up to six months.
A bomb threat today at Black River Falls High School. The principal reported a threat written on a school wall yesterday regarding a bomb that was supposed to go off in the school today. A bomb dog was brought in and police took a number of precautions including searches, security checkpoints for students and the school was on lockdown status. No evidence of a bomb was located inside the school. The search is on for whoever made the threat.
TOMORROW IS THE DAY WHEN ASSEMBLYMAN JEFF WOOD IS SCHEDULED TO FACE A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE THAT COULD DECIDE TO EXPEL HIM.
MEANWHILE, WOOD IS EXPECTED TO ENTER A PLEA ON AN O-W-I CHARGE NEXT MONTH IN PORTAGE. A SIMILAR CHARGE IN MONROE COUNTY MIGHT NOT LEAD TO A TRIAL UNTIL FALL, ACCORDING TO D-A DAN CARY IN SPARTA. THAT'S BECAUSE OF DELAYS AT THE STATE LAB WHICH IS TESTING WOOD'S BLOOD SAMPLES FOR ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. APRIL WILL MARK SIX MONTHS SINCE WOOD WAS ARRESTED IN TOMAH. THAT WAS HIS THIRD O-W-I CHARGE IN LESS THAN A YEAR.
HE WAS ALREADY CHARGED WITH THE ARMED HOLDUP OF A POPULAR LA CROSSE ICE CREAM STORE...
NOW, JUSTIN PURDY IS THE SUSPECT IN ANOTHER ARMED ROBBERY THAT HAPPENED TWO WEEKS LATER IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD. THE FIRST ROBBERY OCCURRED OCTOBER 20TH AT RANISON ICE CREAM ON 16TH STREET...WHILE THE SECOND WAS AT THE BEAD SHOPPE IN NEARBY JACKSON PLAZA ON NOVEMBER 4TH. PURDY WAS BROUGHT TO COURT A WEEK AFTER THE BEAD SHOPPE HOLDUP TO FACE A CHARGE IN THE RANISON ROBBERY. ANALYSIS OF D-N-A FROM A SHIRT AND GLOVE FOUND NEAR THE BEAD SHOPPE LED POLICE TO PURDY. HE MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON THE NEW CHARGE ON FRIDAY. PURDY'S BOND IS 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH.