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New cameras to monitor downtown La Crosse could be bought through fund-raiser



A campaign to bring more security cameras to downtown La Crosse is being launched.

The City Vision organization wants to raise $50,000 to place new, high-quality cameras close to the river, according to group spokesman Mike Keil.

“We’re proposing to add cameras along our riverfront,” Keil said Wednesday, “giving the police department a chance to intercept people who are in danger of entering the river.”

Ten years ago this month, in September of 2012, father and son, Paul and A.J. Petras, were shot and killed on a Saturday afternoon inside the May’s Photo store on Main Street in downtown La Crosse.

The slayings led to the original City Vision project to install 32 cameras in La Crosse, at a cost of around $500,000.

This time around, six new cameras that have a greater range of vision would be put in strategic downtown spots.

Carolyn Knobloch, working on the camera campaign, was among the volunteers who searched earlier this year for UW-La Crosse student Hamud Faal, whose body was found in the river a month after he was reported missing.

Knoblock thinks more cameras could have helped search crews find Faal sooner.

Carolyn Knobloch speaks at a news conference about the fund-raising campaign for new downtown cameras

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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