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Fugitive brought back to La Crosse jail, three years after hitting girlfriend in face with bottle



A La Crosse man who’s been a fugitive for more than two years is now in the county jail, on a charge of causing substantial battery to his girlfriend.


Edwin Ware was arrested in Michigan on a court warrant earlier this year. He was returned to La Crosse last week.

The 36-year-old is accused of hitting the victim in the face with a liquor bottle during a fight on Christmas Eve of 2019, causing severe bleeding and facial injuries.

Court records show that Ware missed a court appearance a week after the incident and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The fight happened at Ware’s home on Adams Street. He claims the victim hit him first with a cane.

A cash bond of $2,500 was set. Ware is due back in court on June 13.

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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