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Cop Attacker Makes New Request For Release From Hospital



There’s a new request to release a Holmen man who’s in a state hospital for the stabbing of a La Crosse police officer.

The petition from Joseph Smith has just been received by Judge Dale Pasell’s office. Smith withdrew a similar request in July, after two doctors found no apparent change in his mental condition. In 2006, Smith wounded Officer Jon Wenger by stabbing him in the chest with a screwdriver. Smith was released for a brief time three years ago. He was denied a chance at release at a hearing late last year.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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