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    Ex-banker Admits To Theft

    TODAY, HE PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING MONEY FROM DOZENS OF HIS CUSTOMERS… FORMER BANKER DON JOHNSON WILL BE SENTENCED IN A FEW WEEKS FOR THE THEFT OF OVER 800-THOUSAND DOLLARS. JOHNSON FLED THE CITY IN 1995, LEAVING BEHIND LETTERS TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAYING HE COULD NOT EXPLAIN WHAT HE HAD DONE....

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    Red Cross Weighs Needs In Multiple Quakes

    WILL THE RED CROSS BE ASKING YOU TO HELP VICTIMS OF LAST NIGHT’S EARTHQUAKE IN TURKEY? IT’S TOO SOON TO KNOW YET, ACCORDING TO CHERYL HANCOCK FROM THE SCENIC BLUFFS RED CROSS OFFICE IN LA CROSSE. BUT SHE NOTES THAT THE ORGANIZATION HAS NOT BEEN ACTIVELY SEEKING DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF LAST...

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    Public Defender Change To Be Signed Soon

    MORE PEOPLE IN WISCONSIN WILL BE ABLE TO QUALIFY FOR COURT-APPOINTED LAWYERS IN WISCONSIN, UNDER A BILL PASSED LAST WEEK BY THE STATE ASSEMBLY. THE GOVERNOR IS LIKELY TO SIGN THAT BILL SOON. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 20 YEARS, THE BILL WOULD CHANGE INCOME REQUIREMENTS IN THE STATE WHICH HAVE...

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    Small Light Leads to Larger Arrest

    In the “how to be a drug dealer” handbook, there’s probably a part that deals with making sure all of your car lights are operational when you’re carrying. That’s the part, apparently, that 26 year-old Cyrus Compton didn’t read before taking a drive through La Crosse on Friday evening. Cops say they...

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    Salvation Army Mess Maker Returns to Jail

    Last week she was in trouble for making a mess at the La Crosse Salvation Army. Doesn’t seem like she’s in much better shape this week. La Crosse cops say they arrested 22 year-old Heather Voeller on Saturday in a vacant home on the city’s southside. Just one week-end after busting her...

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    Appeals Denied In Smulick Murder

    NINE YEARS AGO IN LA CROSSE, A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS BEATEN AS PART OF A RITUAL TO BRING ANOTHER TEEN INTO A GANG…AND THEN HE WAS MURDERED.   FOUR YOUNG MEN ARE STILL IN PRISON FOR THE 2001 DEATH OF JEFF SMULICK. TWO OF THEM RECENTLY ASKED A JUDGE TO REDUCE THEIR...

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    IT Audit Approved for City

    A deeper look into the information technology goings on in city hall looks like a certainty . The La Crosse city council finance committee has approved spending thousands on an audit of the city’s IT department. The audit was called for after the city’s IT director was hauled from his job in...

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    Patros Purchase Given Tentative Approval

    La Crosse is getting close to fulfilling a waterfront vision that’s decades old. The city council’s finance committee has approved paying the nearly two million dollars for the eleven acre Patros property between Copeland avenue and the Black River. The final piece in a big jigsaw puzzle of development project land, giving...

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    No Movie Boom In Wisconsin

    THE BADGER STATE IS STILL READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP…ANY TIME HOLLYWOOD WANTS TO CALL. BUT MOVIE MAKERS HAVEN’T BEEN CALLING LATELY…NOT SINCE A FILM INCENTIVE PROGRAM WAS CUT OUT OF THE STATE BUDGET. THE HEAD OF THE LA CROSSE VISITOR BUREAU, DAVE CLEMENTS, HOPES THE NEXT GOVERNOR WILL WANT TO RESTORE THAT...

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    Cold Streak Ends

    THE STREAK IS BROKEN! THE TEMPERATURE IN LA CROSSE FINALLY GOT UP TO 40 DEGREES YESTERDAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE FIRST OF DECEMBER. THE OFFICIAL HIGH OF 42 WAS REACHED JUST BEFORE 4:30 IN THE AFTERNOON. THAT ENDED A STRING OF 92 DAYS WHERE THE TEMPERATURE IN THE CITY STAYED...

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    Road Work Update

    When will crews in LaCrosse county start road construction projects?  Within a few weeks the highway department can start addressing some minor repair work.  But, it takes warmer weather to hit the area before the heavy lifting can begin says highway commissioner Dennis Osgood.  Could be late April or early May before...

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    Sangster Update

    LaCrosse’s indoor football team will be without their starting quarterback for awhile.  The LaCrosse Spartans have confirmed QB Jimmy Sangster will miss three to four games with a sprained knee ligament.  Fortunately, the team has two bye weeks in a row to minimize the amount of games the Spartans will have to...