Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds is the News Director at Midwest Family Broadcasting. He covers the internecine agonies of La Crosse city hall. He really likes basketball.

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Tuesday - June 8, 2010 11:15 am

La Crosse Police Respond Possible Bank Robbery

La Crosse police are on the trail of another bank robber.    Few details right now, but police are apparently looking for a thin white guy, about 6 feet tall, light hair, wearing a baseball cap, dark hoodie, dark sunglasses.   They say a semi-automatic weapon of some kind is involved. 

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There'll be punishment for a deadly attack on a dog in Riverside Park after all. Late last week, La Crosse police say, Lips, the 145 pound bull mastiff, took a big bite of Baxter, the 10 pound Yorkshire Terrier. Baxter didn't survive the attack. Owners of both dogs were given verbal warnings for having their dogs in the park. Upon further review, police determined that the owner of Lips didn't really have control of his dog in the attack so they've delivered to him a $164 ticket. The guy, who only outweighs his dog by fifteen pounds, says the ticket's unfair and he did everything in his power to hold his dog back. He plans on fighting the ticket.

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La Crosse police reserves are once again on the case in Riverside Park. Summertime shifts for Operation Riverwatch belong mostly to reserves because the college student-led organization loses most of its volunteers during summer months. A police reserve was the one who nabbed a Galesville guy this week-end in the park before he could get in any trouble. the 21 year-old was stumbling drunk in the park early Saturday morning near bar time when he was spotted by a reserve who then hailed a nearby officer. The guy thought he was near Myrick Park and UWL and was looking for a duplex. Pretty solidly drunk, says the officer, who handed the guy his first public intoxication warning.

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Monday - June 7, 2010 1:27 pm

Principal Jobs Filled in La Crosse

Principal vacancies for La Crosse schools should be filled after this evening. The school board is scheduled at a meeting tonight to fill the openings left by the retirements of three elementary school principals. Laura Huber will take the job heading Roosevelt, Franklin and the Coulee Montessori schools on the northside. Steve Micheals is getting hired for the principal's job at Hamilton and Sota-1. And Michelle Shirel will take over the top job at Spence elementary. The district has already filled another principal slot that was to be vacant after this spring. This summer, Larry Myhra will return to the job he left two years ago as principal of Lincoln middle school.

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Wisconsin schools are on track to be just like every other school system in the nation. At least in some ways. Wisconsin is one of the first states to adopt the national Common Core reading and math standards. Those standards shouldn't be that hard to meet, says curriculum boss at Onalaska schools, Fran Finco.. Not for his school district or any other in the area.  He says most in the area are already on track to at least hit Common Core minimums.
Adopting the national standards are part of Wisconsin's second round application for federal dollars under the Race to the Top education program.

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Wednesday - June 2, 2010 6:32 pm

So Maybe That's Why the Toilet Clogs

La Crosse cops had to chase a guy all the way into a toilet on a possible drug bust Tuesday night. Police say an anonymous tipster said she'd been approached by a thug selling crack outside the Mileage station on Cass Street in La Crosse. Guy was still there when cops pulled up but hot-footed it inside to the bathroom as soon as the officer stepped out of his squad. The cop caught up to 40 year-old Micheal Williams while he had his arm stuffed inside the toilet, apparently trying to hide something. They tazed him, cuffed him, arrested him, but never found the drugs. Although apparently didn't pull the toilet apart to take a good look.

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Wednesday - June 2, 2010 6:31 pm

Gangsters: Making Them Young These Days

How young do gangsters get? If you believe a kid La Crosse cops have recently busted, it can be eleven years old. They say the young punk, while at the tennis courts on 7th and Farnam, whipped out a BB gun from his waistband and shot another middle schooler in the gut at close range, drawing blood. Police say he also threatened a witness to keep quiet about it or he'd shoot her, too. The kid claims to be part of the Gangster Disciples, just like his older brother. Cops believe it and say he was involved in another gang dust-up last month with the Crazy Hmong Boys.

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Thursday - May 27, 2010 6:23 pm

DOT's Summer Schedule With You in Mind

You're not going to believe this. But the Wisconsin DOT is actually trying to make your Memorial Day week-end travel easier. The agency actually schedules some road repair projects to end before this week-end to ease holiday travel. No kidding, says Don Greul, project development engineer for the DOT.   One of the projects is just north of Madison; done with work before Memorial day, starts up again after Labor day.  Done before next winter.  Greul says the interstate work south of Tomah was also completed just in time for this week-end's travel bubble.

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Thursday - May 27, 2010 6:21 pm

Local Dermatologist Seconds Tanning Bed Study

It might look like the healthy glow of summer. But a tan from a tanning bed might be more like the deadly gloom of cancer. That's essentially the results of a new study that finds the risk of melanoma skin cancer 74 percent higher among those who do indoor tanning. But don't expect the tanning to stop, says Gundersen Lutheran dermatologist, Karl Noll.  He says it's really hard for young people to believe tanning is dangerous when it's such a delayed effect.  Sound familiar?  Does to the World Health Organization.   WHO already considers tanning beds to be the same kind of cancer risk as tobacco.

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At some point, the state of Wisconsin is going to figure out exactly what it wants to learn from police agencies. Until then, police departments will have to wait and see what's expected under mandates to keep track of potential racial profiling. Onalaska police chief Jeffrey Trotnic says he's not overly concerned about the mandates.   As a cop in Missouri for several years, Trotnic says he already had experience in collecting data to track racial profiling and, he says, it actually can be useful information that's gathered.  Area police agencies already have the equipment and training in place to record things like race, gender or whether a search is done during a traffic stop.

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