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La Crosse DA wants more staffers

Brad Williams

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La Crosse’s district attorney says he’s been short-handed on staff for some time but maybe this is the year when Tim Gruenke gets more help.

Gruenke tells the county judiciary committee that he’s encouraged by the budget plans of Gov. Tony Evers to increase prosecutor numbers around Wisconsin.

Gruenke says the number of criminal cases continues to grow, with drug use and domestic violence contributing to the increase.

The number of felony cases filed in La Crosse County exceeded 1200 last year and is already above 200 so far for 2019.

The DA says he has already added a staffer just to handle the processing of court records, which includes squad-car videos.