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 - August 24, 2010 10:14 am

The Little Car That Could

It's amazing the kind of abuse cars can take before they run out of steam. Like the little Pontiac Sunfire that 22 year old Kimberly Dickinson was driving early this morning in the northside industrial park in La Crosse. Police say the Onalaska woman hit a guard rail and a concrete post and then continued driving for quite a ways before finally coming to a stop. It's suprising she was able to go at all. Both airbags had deployed, her windshield was smashed, the rear bumper had nearly fallen off, the front passenger tire was flat, the rim solidly bent, rivers of various fluids leaking. Dickinson said she had two drinks at a bar in West Salem. Probably more than that; police say she blew a .20.


Tuesday - August 24, 2010 10:02 am

Apparent Meth Dealer Busted Behind Bars

La Crosse police didn't have to look far to bust the latest drug dealer in the city. Cops found Steven Huber Byers in jail already when they arrested him for dealing meth on the street. Cops had used an informant last month to get the goods on Huber Byers. Police say he sold their guy two and a half grams of meth in a little zip-loc bag for $180. Due to the nature of the investigation they weren't able to arrest the 24 year-old at the time of the drug deal. So he made it convenient for them by getting busted for something else.


Tuesday - August 24, 2010 9:56 am

Bradley for Assembly at Your Door, in the Library

Haven't met Julian Bradley yet? Just wait. He's coming. The affable, young Bradley's using the shake-every-single-hand technique to win La Crosse's state assembly seat. It's been some work.  Especially, he says, with how warm it's been.   Bradley's grateful for the dedication of his volunteers who have helped with reaching out to potential voters.  The Republican holds a couple of town hall-style meetings today in two of La Crosse's libraries.   He'll be at the main library at 1:00 and at the North Branch at 5:30. 


Tuesday - August 24, 2010 9:53 am

Grand River Station: Behind But Nearly Open

It's been a long time coming. A little longer than originally thought, actually. The Grand River Station Transit Center in downtown La Crosse. A grand opening for the center this week. About ten months after it was supposed to be open.   City Public Works director Dale Hexom says original plans needed additional details worked out before contractors could even begin the project, which led to some delays.   But complications with financing also pushed the completion of the transit center back.   Hexom says the building will come in close to its original 23 million dollar budget. But, with bills for the project still coming in, at this point he's not sure how close.


Tuesday - August 24, 2010 9:49 am

Bliss Road Status: Some Drilling Required

Big bulldozers and giant, gravel-hauling trucks aren't hurrying to Bliss Road in La Crosse.  Not quite yet. First, a firm has been contracted to drill for soil samples at the site of the latest washout of the road that climbs from the city floor to the top of Grandad Bluff. The city's Public Works department says the soil cores are needed to evaluate the quality of what's underneath the section of road at the washout. And that has to happen prior to any repair getting started. Bliss washed out after a heavy rain just over a week ago. It remains closed and will likely be that way for at least a few more weeks.


La Crosse police scored a two-fer over the week-end at a house on the city's far southside.


Late Sunday night, they busted a 26 year-old guy outside the house on Quail drive after he apparently threatened his wife with a Remington 870 12 guage. But it was after cops went into the home that they found all the agricultural fun the guy's brother, 20 year-old Kallen Faas has been having. They found marijuana plants in a makeshift grow cabinet made out of an old fridge. They found hallucinogenic mushrooms growing in rice. They found fertilizer and needles and grow lights and a book on growing pot along with dried pot and 'shrooms. All of it, insists Faas, for his own personal use. Police have arrested him for dealing.


Monday - August 23, 2010 11:06 am

Northside Neighbors Lead Police to Drug House

Neighbors on the northside of La Crosse should get an attaboy from police. It was calls about suspicious activity at a house on Harvey street on the northside that brought out investigators. A look through the garbage gave police all they needed to justify a search of the home of Justin Betz and Heather Fitzgerald. Inside, all kinds of drugs. And the couple's two little children. The 28 year-old Betz has an extensive criminal background and has just recently gotten out of the slammer . Now, he and Fitzgerald have been busted for possession.


Monday - August 23, 2010 11:05 am

Student Drunk, Tries to Climb Into Burning House

Who else besides firefighters run into a burning house? Now, an answer to that age old rhetorical question, care of a La Crosse college student. Police say they pulled a 19 year-old off of a garage sitting about five feet away from a house that was engulfed in flames early Sunday morning on North 14th street. Apparently the young guy was trying to climb in to the burning house. His explanation: he was attempting to help firefighters look for anybody inside. Claimed he had lost a friend in a fire years ago. He was, by the way, quite drunk. That Sunday morning fire on 14th street is still under investigation.


It's a re-worked ordinance that will be used to likely fill a temporary vacancy on the La Crosse city council. It was just this past April that members finally agreed on changes to an ordinance for filling vacancies on the council. The changes came out of a desire to give the council as a whole more control over the process. In the past, if the council president refused to fill an empty seat, than it didn't get filled. Now, with council member Mike Larsen on a disability leave of absence, it's council president Audrey Kader who's proposing filling the seat temporarily, a process that's also part of that re-worked ordinance. Kader says she's filling the seat at Larsen's request.  Kader also says, after weeks of consideration, she decided on proposing to fill the seat with former 5th district council member Jacie Gamroth. 


Thursday - August 19, 2010 6:07 pm

Pit Bull Jumps, Bites and Runs

A La Crosse teen is nursing a wound he received at the jaws of a pit bull on the city's southside. Police say the 13 year-old was walking on the sidewalk on the five hundred block of Hood street last night around eight. As he passed a woman and her pit bull going the other way, the dog jumped up and got a mouthful of flesh right under the boy's arm. He was treated at the hospital. Police are still looking for the woman and the dog.