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Group seeking shelter at La Crosse’s Bridgeview Plaza faces trespassing charges



Intruders at La Crosse's Bridgeview Plaza make court appearances on Jan. 23, 2024 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A case of group trespassing at a La Crosse shopping mall led to several people being taken to jail.

Five were arrested for reportedly breaking into Bridgeview Plaza on the north side to seek shelter.

At a La Crosse County court hearing Wednesday, at least one suspect was ordered to have no contact with the mall. A large amount of property was discovered in the restrooms, as well.

La Crosse Police discovered the five in the mall Tuesday, after being called about an apparent break in. Most of them reportedly were staying in bathrooms overnight at Bridgeview.

FILE: The Bridgeview Plaza sign on La Crosse’s north side. Police say trespassers forced doors open to stay inside the mall after hours

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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