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Bangor man pleads ‘not guilty’ to choking

Brad Williams

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A Bangor man pleads ‘not guilty’ to choking a woman who came to his house this summer. 

Jonathan Baum was charged in July with punching the woman and choking her. 

The victim told police that Baum threatened to put her in the trunk of his car, but Baum claims the woman attacked him. 

He’s also accused of attempting to choke the same victim back in May. 

Baum had failed to appear for a court hearing last month, and was arrested a few days later. 

Also in court on Friday, a La Crosse drug suspect is still looking for a defense lawyer, to represent him on cases dating back several months. 

Joshua Kletzke is being given another two weeks to find an attorney, and is ordered to return to court on October 16th. 

Kletzke is accused of armed robbery, drug trafficking, and fleeing police. 

In June, Kletzke was arrested after a police chase through La Crosse. 

He was wanted on a warrant for allegedly leaving a bag of meth behind at a French Island motel.   

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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