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The Blackhawk bridge at Lansing has been closed because of the accident. Traffic to and from the bridge on Wisconsin Highway 82 may be closed for the next few hours, but the Crawford County Sheriff's Office says north-south traffic on the Wisconsin side is still moving. People who normally use the bridge at Lansing will have to travel 30 miles to the north or south to get across the river until the bridge reopens.
The idea behind a sidewalk expansion to Southern Bluffs elementary in La Crosse wasn't a bad one. The idea was to create a safe route to school. But, when the half million dollar project's done next month, kids will still have to cross highway 35 to get to Southern Bluffs. So will kids actually use the route to get to school? Southern Bluffs principal Mary Lin Wershofen says it's possible that more kids will use the reconstructed path, but because of a lack of a safe way to crosse the highway, she won't be promoting it as a safe route to school. The sidewalk expansion has been largely funded by the feds, with the city of La Crosse picking up the 29 thousand dollar design tab.
A drug dealer wannabee still faces charges for dealing even though he had no actual drugs to sell.
La Crosse police say they nabbed Wesley Tyson from La Crescent during a traffic stop downtown near city hall early this morning. the 45 year-old Tyson was the passenger in a car driven by a drunk guy. They found bags of white powder on Tyson. Tested the stuff for cocaine, heroin and meth. All negative. Turns out, Tyson had crumbled up some drywall. Says he was going to try and sell it as crack. As he said, just to make a few bucks.
Ready for another internet scam warning? The scams seem to be never ending. As do, apparently, the people willing to fall for them.
This one from the popular free classified site Craigslist, reported to La Crosse police this week. A woman in town was apparently one of many who answered an ad for a house rental in the city. Seemed like a deal too good to be true. And posted, not surprisingly, by a couple claiming to be living in Nigeria. Just fill out this rental application with driver's license and social security number, read the post, send us the deposit and we'll send you the keys. The house, of course, was not for rent. And belonged to somebody else. Police have advised the woman to keep track of her credit reports.
Tossing aside an incumbent isn't going to be a picnic for anyone this election season. Especially when trying to raise funds to do. An example of that difficulty can be found in the latest electronic campaign finance report filings in the race for the assembly seat currently held by La Crosse democratic state rep Jennifer Shilling. Shilling hasn't had a Republican challenger since 2002, so you'd expect her campaign account to be flush with funds. And she's not doing too badly. Nearly 60 grand in the bank according to the report filed this week. Republican challenger Julian Bradley, on the other hand, has a long climb up the campaign fundraising ladder, with just about two hundred dollars cash on hand.