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Dispute at La Crosse Mexican restaurant leads to a “queso” disorderly conduct



A customer complaint at a downtown Mexican restaurant reportedly became physical, and a bit messy, leading to an arrest by La Crosse police.

India James of Onalaska is accused of disorderly conduct and bail jumping. During a court appearance by James on Monday, Judge Gloria Doyle ordered a signature bond, and told her to have no contact with the Qdoba restaurant on 3rd Street.

City police said that last week, James argued with an employee at the Qdoba counter, demanding a refund for burnt chips. She reportedly became more upset as the employee helped other customers.

Right after James was given the refund, she reportedly threw a cup of queso at the worker’s face and shirt, and eventually drove away before police arrived.

Officers saw James downtown again early Sunday morning, and questioned her about the incident. James said she remembered being at the restaurant, but claimed she didn’t know why she was being charged.

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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  1. Kent

    July 26, 2022 at 5:41 am

    Yea GREAT JOB GLORIA DOYLE , This India chick has been in trouble before , Threw a cup of stuff at someones face , then just let her out on another signature bond to hurt someone else , These soft on crime judges have to be voted out of office , remember these folks in 2025 !!!!!

    • Main

      July 27, 2022 at 7:42 am

      This is minor this isn’t a perfect world ppl are allowed to get upset throwing a empty cup is childish not criminal the proper charge was assembled there’s no need to keep the jails full on such a minor charge

    • Jay

      July 28, 2022 at 7:35 pm

      Yeah, let’s keep her jail for a year awaiting trial then send her to prison for the maximum allotted time for her crime. That will rid the streets of these monsters. That will show them how tough on crime we are. Get a grip Kent

  2. Yvonne

    July 28, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Many of our judges are soft on crime and let drug dealers & thugs get away with a slap on the wrist.
    It’s been this way for too many years and that’s why we have big crime/drug problems in La Crosse.

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