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La Crosse man accused of throwing knife, choking woman in domestic fight



“The only way you leave me is dead.”


That’s what a woman claimed was said to her by a La Crosse man during a domestic incident, before he allegedly choked her and threw a knife at her.

Billy Atwell is accused of strangulation and battery after an apparent fight Wednesday night at the woman’s home in Onalaska.

The victim says the 36-year-old Atwell tried to choke her for as long as a minute.

Atwell claims the woman hit him.

A cash bond has been set at $500.

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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