Brad Williams

Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad 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.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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They got together to say, there's not much to say...

 

The La Crosse County sheriff, the district attorney, and the Onalaska police chief met with reporters to talk about Monday night's shooting near West Salem. But they didn't take questions, because the investigation isn't finished yet, and they don't want to spread rumors. What the law enforcement leaders would say is that Keith Marchbanks is still in the hospital, under 24 hour guard. Marchbanks was shot by an Onalaska policeman when he came toward police with a large butcher knife. He's accused of injuring his wife Stefanie with that knife. And arson investigators are still looking into the fire that ruined the Marchbanks home that night. So, until charges are filed or there's a major change in the case, they have no more answers.

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Wednesday - March 31, 2010 9:11 pm

Body On Minnesota Side Of River

A BODY FOUND IN THE MISSISSIPPI...IN SOUTHERN HOUSTON COUNTY.

SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES WERE CALLED TO THE RENO AREA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND FOUND A MAN'S BODY IN THE WATER. INVESTIGATORS HAVE IDENTIFIED THE MAN, BUT HIS NAME WON'T BE RELEASED UNTIL THE FAMILY IS NOTIFIED. AN AUTOPSY IS PLANNED FOR TODAY.

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Tuesday - March 30, 2010 9:58 pm

Health Bill Not A Takeover, Says Kind

SOME DISAGREEMENTS ABOUT WASHINGTON'S ROLE IN HEALTH CARE ARE NOT GOING TO BE SETTLED SOON...IF EVER.

OPPONENTS OF THE HEALTH CARE BILL SIGNED LAST WEEK ROUTINELY CALL THE PLAN A GOVERNMENT 'TAKEOVER.' BUT DEMOCRAT RON KIND SAYS, LOOK AT IT MORE CLOSELY.  KIND SPOKE WITH REPORTERS IN LA CROSSE YESTERDAY ABOUT THE EFFECT THE HEALTH BILL SHOULD HAVE ON WESTERN WISCONSIN. THE HOUSE DEMOCRAT SAYS WHEN CONGRESS PASSED A PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL YEARS AGO, BACKERS MADE THE MISTAKE OF NOT INCLUDING WAYS TO PAY FOR THE PLAN.

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He was carrying a knife more than a foot long, and ignored police orders to drop it.

That's why a West Salem man, Keith Marchbanks, was shot by an Onalaska policeman during a call to his home last night. Marchbanks had surgery at Gundersen Lutheran, and is in critical condition. He's suspected of stabbing wife Stefanie, who's been treated for chest and thigh wounds. A two-car garage was set on fire. Officers got two younger family members out of the burning house.

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Tuesday - March 30, 2010 8:15 am

Man Shot By Police After County Stabbing

A stabbing, a shooting and a fire, all at the same home near West Salem. Police were called to the home on Hidden Valley Road in the town of Hamilton just after nine last night. When police got there, they found the garage on fire. A man armed with a knife came charging at police when they responded. He was shot, reportedly three times in the chest, by officers. He was medlinked to a La Crosse hospital. A woman was treated for stab wounds. No word this morning on the condition of either the suspect or the victim, and no names have been released yet.

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Monday - March 29, 2010 10:20 pm

Wisconsin Dems Continue Fight Against Kapanke

LATE LAST YEAR, AREA STATE SENATOR DAN KAPANKE GOT INTO A DISPUTE WITH WISCONSIN DEMOCRATS OVER PUBLIC MEETINGS AND OPEN RECORDS...

REPUBLICAN KAPANKE ENDED UP PAYING 38-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SETTLE A LAWSUIT FILED BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. AND THE DEMS AREN'T GOING TO LET VOTERS FORGET ABOUT IT, NOW THAT KAPANKE IS TRYING TO UNSEAT DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN RON KIND.

GRAEME ZIELINSKI, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF WISCONSIN, IS SLAMMING KAPANKE FOR SUGGESTING THAT THE STATE FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE NEWLY-PASSED FEDERAL HEALTH CARE BILL.

 

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Monday - March 29, 2010 12:38 pm

Primary Foe For Kapanke In Race For Congress

There's more than one Republican running against Ron Kind for Congress in western Wisconsin.

Long-time banker Bruce Evers from Holmen is challenging Senator Dan Kapanke for the GOP nomination. Kapanke's campaign says their man took 94 per cent in a straw poll at a district caucus this weekend. But Evers says in the actual endorsement vote, Kapanke received no more than 60 per cent, and he picked up about 20 per cent.

Evers wants to cut the size of the federal government, and put more controls on spending by Washington. He also backs changes to the new health care law, and wants more tort reform to reduce lawsuits against doctors.

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Monday - March 29, 2010 12:35 pm

Fiery, Cheesy Mess On I-90

Fire, smoke, and lots of melted cheese...

They were all a result of a truck crash on I-90 in Winona County this morning. A semi carrying a load of cheese crossed the median and partly went over a bridge, shortly after 6:30 a-m. The driver of the semi...Glen Boyer of Le Mars, Iowa...had minor injuries after the accident. The fiery crash caused the Minnesota State Patrol to shut down most of the traffic on I-90 for a couple of hours.

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Monday - March 29, 2010 7:46 am

Truck Fire On I-90 In Minnesota

A truck fire on westbound I-90 in Winona County has shut down traffic in both directions.

No word on any injuries.  The truck, carrying a load of cheese, caught fire near the Rushford exit.

 

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Sunday - March 28, 2010 9:42 pm

Police Upset With Student Found Drunk

LA CROSSE POLICE ARE PLENTY TICKED OFF AT THIS GUY...

A 22-YEAR-OLD COLLEGE STUDENT IS BEING CHEWED OUT PUBLICLY BY CHIEF ED KONDRACKI FOR GETTING DRUNK AND CHOOSING TO WALK HOME FROM 3RD STREET LATE SATURDAY MORNING. THE COPS SPENT HOURS LOOKING FOR HIM, UNTIL HE TURNED UP DRUNK AND ASLEEP INSIDE SOMEBODY ELSE'S CAR ON ZEISLER STREET...ABOUT A MILE FROM DOWNTOWN. THE CHIEF SAYS THE STUDENT FAILED TO ANSWER ABOUT 50 CALLS TO HIS CELL PHONE, AND SAYS IT'S 'MIND-BOGGLING' THAT ANYONE WOULD IGNORE SAFETY TIPS LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AFTER THE LATEST RIVERFRONT DROWNING IN LA CROSSE.

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