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La Crosse County reaches 1,000th felony a week ahead of last year’s pace

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For the second consecutive year, La Crosse County has recorded 1,000 felony cases.

This year, it came a week earlier than last.

The district attorney’s office blames much of the spike in felonies in recent years on drug use and possession, especially meth.

By comparison, Milwaukee County only needed two months to reach the 1,000-felony level this year.

At the other end, Monroe County just recorded its 600th felony early this month.

The 1,000th felony case was a domestic abuse charge against Yovon Boyd of West Salem. The 33-year-old was arrested Tuesday after allegedly trying to choke his girlfriend during an argument.

He’s also charged with felony possession of a firearm.

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. kay

    October 18, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Department is overcharging the “crime” as felonies, then pleading down to actually fitting the crime. (What should have been the original charge.) So, therefore, numbers of felonies has risen. The public gets mad because it appears the judges are so forgiving and letting “felony” criminals off too easily. Much of this is the DA’s responsibility and should be blamed for this contortions of the law.

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