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La Crosse woman accused of trying to run over kids

Brad Williams



A La Crosse woman has been accused of being involved in two new criminal cases — one as a defendant, the other as an alleged victim.


Monica Thompson is suspected of reckless endangerment for trying to run over three teenagers on bicycles, but she claims she wasn’t the driver.

Police believe the 21-year-old Thompson was speeding behind the cyclists and struck one boy on Friday night, near a community center on 6th Street.

In court, Thompson said she doesn’t know the juveniles, and her mother said somebody else was driving that car.

She has still been ordered to stay away from the bicycle riders.

Thompson is also accused of getting into a fight on the street this month with Devon Yang, who has a plea hearing next month for allegedly trying to shoot Thompson two years ago.

Yang is charged with running after Thompson and starting the argument.

Yang and three other young men were charged with firing a gun at Thompson on State Street in La Crosse in 2017.

He could enter a plea in that case next month.

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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