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La Crosse County ready to mark 1000th felony of the year, down from 2018

Brad Williams

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The crime rate is down a little in La Crosse County this year, at least in one category. 

The total number of felonies for 2019 could reach 1000 this week, and that mark is being hit a month later than last year. 

There seems to be no easy explanation for the drop, according to DA Tim Gruenke.

“The best news would be is that means less crime is committed, but without digging further into it, I don’t think we can make that claim,” said Gruenke.

A rise in drug crimes had been suggested as a prime reason why La Crosse County exceeded 1100 felonies in 2017 and ’18.

By comparison, Eau Claire County has had over 1600 felonies this year.  

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.