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La Crosse DA agrees of rise in gun crimes but disputes police argument in lenient treatment



La Crosse County’s district attorney agrees with city police that local gun crimes seem to be increasing.

Even though Tim Gruenke has noticed a spike in gun-related offenses, however, he can’t say why it’s happening.

“I don’t see a pattern that I can point to that would expalin the increase,” Gruenke said. “But, there is an increase in the number of people that have guns and the number of crimes that have guns involved in them.”

Gruenke does dispute the argument made by police that criminals using guns are getting lenient treatment in court.

He says the presence of a gun tends to make a crime more serious, which could lead to increased bonds.

“A gun related crime could be a shooting, which is very serious to somebody that’s a felon, but they had a gun when they were hunting a month ago,” Gruenke said.

Police report a 76 percent increase in felons being arrested with guns in La Crosse over a four-year period.

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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  1. Jolene Lien

    October 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    It is my opinion that any crime that is committed while carrying a weapon should be enhanced in the penalty given. Also no early probation or parole if it was committed while carrying.

    Judges should give REAL sentences regardless if a first offence.

    That should be a deterrent.

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