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Probation for La Crosse man arrested for threatening Onalaska woman



He was arrested last year after threatening a woman in Onalaska, then hiding in La Crescent.

Joshua Kletzke of La Crosse was sentenced Tuesday to five years probation — after serving time in another case — for weapon possession, after entering negotiated plea.

The 35-year-old threatened to shoot a female friend.

Judge Ramona Gonzalez remarked in court that Kletzke’s family has been very supportive of him, over years of court cases.

“That you’re all still in here, I’m just like, ‘Are you kidding me?'” Gonzalez said. “That they haven’t written you off already, I am amazed. Don’t you think … look at the … you’re 35 for heaven’s sake.”

Gonzalez says Kletzke can reduce his probation to one year if he remains sober for 12 months.

Kletzke apologized in court to his family and friends for his history of substance abuse.

“I wasn’t thinking clear minded you know?” he said. “I gotta get a grip on my drug addictions and my alcohol addictions.

“As long as I stay off that, I’ll succeed in a positive way.”

Gonzalez recalled Kletzke appearing before her 16 years ago, on his first drunk-driving charge. She told him Kletzke the abusive behavior has to end.

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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