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Robbery suspect to get competency exam

Brad Williams

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A competency exam is ordered for an armed robbery suspect in La Crosse. 

Timothy Ellis is accused of robbing a man at gunpoint on a north La Crosse street last winter, and firing a bullet into the victim’s car. 

A county judge has granted a motion for an exam to determine if Ellis is mentally fit to be tried for the crime. 

The decision means that Ellis’s trial, which was scheduled for March 16th, is being postponed until it is determined whether Ellis is competent. 

Timothy’s brother Justin Ellis also is charged in the robbery.   

In another local theft case, two men from Texas are accused of stealing mail in the La Crosse area, and trying to alter checks that they have found. 

Stephen Hoffman and Kevin Mason are suspected of theft and forgery. 

Mason did not appear for a court hearing in La Crosse, and a warrant is issued for his arrest.

Hoffman did show, and he’s jailed on $10,000 cash bond. 

Police found stolen mail and ripped-up checks in a motel room used by Hoffman. 

The men are accused of changing the writing on some checks, in order to cash them in, sometimes for a higher amount than originally written on the check.

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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