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Natural causes declared in February death of La Crosse jail prisoner

Brad Williams

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The death of a La Crosse County prisoner earlier this year has been ruled a death from natural causes. 

The sheriff’s department says there was no foul play when 57-year-old Jeffrey Nottestad was declared dead at the county jail on February 4th, following attempts to revive him. 

At the time, Sheriff Jeff Wolf said it appeared that Nottestad had died from a previous medical condition. 

La Crosse police investigated the death, and an autopsy was conducted at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. 

Nottestad apparently died a short time after jailers had routine contact with him. 

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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