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West Salem gets some dough from the feds. 7 other Wisconsin cities and one county will have safer schools thanks a federal grant from the Secure-Our-Schools program in the U-S Justice Department.
West Salem is tabbed to get over $20 thousand dollars....something West Salem High School Principal Mark Carlson says came as a suprise.
The funding will help cover the costs of surveillance systems, metal detectors, locks, fences, and lighting among other things.
Ken Kratz resigned today as Calumet County’s district attorney, almost three weeks after he first admitted giving sexually-suggestive messages to a woman. In a statement, Kratz said he lost the confidence of the people he represented, due primarily to quote, “personal issues which have now affected my professional career.”
It was first reported last month that Kratz sent 30 racy text messages last fall to a domestic abuse victim while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend. At least four other women then came forward with stories of what Kratz told them – including one who said Kratz offered to help write a victim-witness statement in exchange for sex.
Doyle said this morning that every crime victim has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and Kratz violated that right.
You've probably heard at one point or another that government run healthcare is a train wreck. But that doesn't appear to be the case with a relatively new state health program in Wisconsin. The Badger Care Plus Basic plan starting enrolling people in the summer. The plan covers about 35 hundred in the state now. It's a very basic health plan that costs about $130 a month and offers a set number of doctor visits, hospital stays and generic drug coverage. A new report from the Department of Health Services today says the plan is not only solvent but has taken in twice as much in premiums than it has paid out. The health department says the plan is self-funded and doesn't use taxpayer dollars.
A fight over cards has landed an Onalaska man in some hot water. La Crosse cops say they arrested Angelo Ervin at a northside bar this week-end after he got into a tussle with a guy he was playing cards with. They say the 41 year-old Ervin wrestled another man to the floor of the bar over an argument about money in the poker pot. And then Ervin apparently pulled out his pocketknife and tried to slash the guy's throat. Not successful at that but he did manage to cut himself pretty good. Ervin faces a few charges including a couple for the crack and pot he tried to swallow when police busted him at the bar.
A guy police busted this week in La Crosse might not be unbreakable. But he appears to be Taser-proof. Cops had to chase down 26 year-old Bruce Finch after he threatened to shoot a northside bar owner and then did a drive-by at the bar while cops were posted outside. They say he was Tased by two different cops and given some drive stuns to the leg. All to no effect. Finch faces a list of charges, including one for fighting the cops and one for head-butting the bar owner.