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State appeals court upholds weapon search against Monroe County man

Brad Williams

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A Wisconsin appeals court rules that police in Tomah did have “reasonable suspicion” to search a Warrens man’s car for weapons. 

Michael Kingsley was turned down for an appeal of his conviction for possessing marijuana and bail jumping during a 2015 traffic stop in Tomah. 

Kingsley says the arresting officer did not have a good reason for doing a weapon search. 

But the appeals judges argued that Kingsley has been active in an anti-government group, and officers reportedly volunteer to assist whenever Kingsley is stopped by police, because of concerns about officer safety. 

Kingsley reached a plea agreement in the Tomah case last year.

A different court case, in which Kingsley said Monroe County jail officers used excessive force on him, went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.     

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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