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Mayor’s wife enters “not guilty” plea in pepper-spray incident

Brad Williams

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A judge from outside La Crosse County will be assigned to the disorderly conduct case against Christy Kabat, the wife of La Crosse mayor Tim Kabat. 

Judge Elliott Levine recused himself from the case on Tuesday, when Mrs. Kabat made her initial appearance on the misdemeanor charge. 

The La Crosse district attorney’s office had already passed on the case, to avoid a conflict of interest, and Vernon County D-A Tim Gaskell is the special prosecutor for the case. 

Christy Kabat was charged after confronting a van driver twice, while a group of demonstrators was marching against racism near City Hall on May 30th. 

The driver admitted to using pepper spray on the mayor’s wife during the incident. 

Mrs. Kabat entered a “not guilty” plea in court on Tuesday, and was given a signature bond.

The maximum penalties she could face if convicted of disorderly conduct include jail time and a $1000 fine.

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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