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Convicted Cop Attacker Withdraws Request To Be Freed




The Holmen man who’s hospitalized for attacking a La Crosse cop has withdrawn his latest request to be released…

In a brief telephone conference with Judge Dale Pasell, Joseph Smith said he freely made the decision not to ask for release at this time. Eight years ago this week, Smith was charged with stabbing and wounding Officer Jon Wenger with a screwdriver. Smith has been committed to a state hospital for most of the time since then, aside from a brief release in 2010.



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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