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Driver with gun seen going past La Crosse elementary school; 19-year-old arrested

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A 19-year-old arrested Wednesday, after allegedly driving by Northside Elementary School in La Crosse multiple times during recess, while holding a gun and wearing a mask.

Radde

Carter Radde from La Crosse is accused of terroristic threats, causing panic, displaying a false license plate, among other things.

Police stated Radde drove past the school on Kane Street, repeatedly around noon, while holding what appeared to be a gun and wearing a mask.

Playground staff said the gold car was also playing loud music with the windows down as it drove past, police said.

Multiple groups within the department responded quickly out of safety concern and the vehicle was quickly located in what police called a “high-risk traffic stop.” Radde was arrested about 30 minutes after the call came in, police said.

Police found a mask in the car and an air-soft gun on a kitchen table. At the time of the stop, two other individuals were in the vehicle with Radde, but it was determined they were not involved and were released.

According to police, Radde told officers he was on his way to pick up friends and made a wrong turn, so he drove past the school again. He admitted he could understand how it could be alarming to staff. Police also said he left the air-soft gun inside, assuming police were called. 

Bond for Radde has been set at $5,000 cash.

A driver holding a gun allegedly drove past Northside Elementary during recess on Tuesday, Nov. 1st

There are Radde’s charges:

947.019(e)                         Terroristic Threats

947.01(1)/939.63              Disorderly Conduct While Armed

946.49(1)(b)                       Felony Bail Jumping

973.10                                Probation Hold

341.62                                Display False Vehicle Registration Plate

343.44(1)(a)                       Operating While Suspended

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 Porter

    November 3, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Kinda weird , I have seen this guys mug shot before , So the Police do their job , take him to JAIL , Then the judge lowers his bond and lets him out even though he has a BIG criminal past , then next week he has a real gun and ends up inside a school next time , get rid of these LIBERAL JUDGES that are not nearly tough enough on crime , Thank you Officers for doing a GREAT JOB !!!!!!! Vote Kent Porter for Mayor , Write me in , I will back police and donate my pay to police and K-9 units

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