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Separate $500,000 bonds for La Crosse suspects storage unit attack, airport intrusion



Two men charged in separate La Crosse County incidents both appeared in court Tuesday, and both would need to post $500,000 bonds to get out of jail.


Freeman Cole returned to La Crosse, after being captured in Florida last month on an arrest warrant.

Cole faces charges of attempted murder, strangulation and false imprisonment for an alleged Oct. 3 attack on a woman at a south La Crosse storage unit.

Police said Cole took the victim into a storage shed on Fiesta Court and began beating her. A passersby heard screaming coming from one of the units and discovered Cole and the victim inside.

Cole ran and eventually arrested in Osceola County, Fla., on Oct. 29.


La Crosse County Judge Scott Horne set another court hearing for Cole next week.

Also remaining in La Crosse jail on $500,000 bond is Cody Anderson, who’s accused of crashing through a gate at the La Crosse Regional Airport and getting aboard a private plane.

Horne authorized a competency exam for Anderson, following a request from a defense attorney.

Police said Anderson drove through the closed airport gate on Nov. 11, got aboard a private airplane and threatened those inside.

The judge set a hearing for Dec. 18 to review findings from Anderson’s examination.

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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