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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Sunday - August 15, 2010 9:49 pm

Bluff Road Shut Down By Another Landslide

THE ROADBLOCKS ARE BACK AT THE FOOT OF GRANDAD BLUFF...

TOO MUCH RAIN HAS CAUSED PROBLEMS AGAIN WITH BLISS ROAD, WHICH TAKES TRAFFIC UP AND DOWN THE LA CROSSE SIDE OF THE BLUFF. ANOTHER LANDSLIDE HAS FORCED THE CITY TO SHUT DOWN THE ROAD. SIMILAR SLIDES HAPPENED DURING FLASH FLOODING PERIODS IN 2007 AND 2008, LEADING TO EXPENSIVE REPAIRS. THE CITY IS EXPECTED TO INSPECT THE WASHED-OUT PART OF BLISS ROAD TODAY.

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Wednesday - August 11, 2010 10:07 pm

Koula Competent For Murder Trial

A DOUBLE MURDER SUSPECT IS FOUND COMPETENT...

JUDGE TODD BJERKE ACCEPTS A DOCTOR'S REPORT, FINDING THAT ERIC KOULA OF LA CROSSE IS MENTALLY FIT TO BE TRIED FOR THE SHOOTING DEATHS OF HIS PARENTS BACK IN MAY. KOULA MAY ENTER A 'NOT GUILTY' PLEA AT HIS NEXT HEARING ON AUGUST 27TH. KOULA IS ACCUSED OF KILLING DENNIS AND MERNA KOULA TO OBTAIN SOME OF THEIR MONEY, TO HELP HIM GET OUT OF DEBT.

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Wednesday - August 11, 2010 12:38 pm

Hundreds Lose Power In Holmen Outage

ABOUT 17-HUNDRED XCEL CUSTOMERS IN HOLMEN HAVE LOST THEIR ELECTRICITY THIS MORNING...

XCEL SPOKESWOMAN LIZ WOLF GREEN SAYS AN EQUIPMENT FAILURE AT A SUBSTATION CAUSED AN OUTAGE JUST BEFORE 8 A-M. SHE DENIES REPORTS OF AN EXPLOSION AT THE SUBSTATION, BUT SAYS THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED. POWER COULD BE RESTORED BEFORE NOON. MEANWHILE, THE HOLMEN FIRE DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING TO LET PEOPLE STAY AT THE AIR CONDITIONED FIRE STATION FOR A WHILE, IF THEY CAN'T STAY COOL INSIDE THEIR HOMES WITHOUT ELECTRICITY.

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Wednesday - August 11, 2010 12:36 pm

Davids Recovering From Heart Bypass

Greg Davids could be home from the hospital within a week, after having heart bypass surgery yesterday in Rochester.

The Republican lawmaker from Preston had a quadruple bypass following a doctor's exam on Monday, according to legislative assistant Kitty Musty. She says Davids did NOT have a heart attack, and no heart damage was found by doctors. Davids may have to spend about five days in the hospital. He's running for re-election to the House this year, but was NOT on the primary ballot yesterday.

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One year ago, swine flu was a major health concern in Wisconsin, and around the world...

But now, the pandemic has run its course, according to the World Health Organization. Many government agencies in the U-S stopped keeping count of H-1-N-1 cases, according to La Crosse County health director Doug Mormann, so there's no good estimate on how many people in the county got the illness.  Health workers believe the general flu vaccine offered this fall will provide protection against H-1-N-1 as well as the seasonal virus.

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Sunday - August 1, 2010 9:33 pm

Local Author Drowns In Area Lake

A DROWNING NEAR BROWNSVILLE CLAIMS THE LIFE OF AN AREA BARTENDER AND STORYTELLER...

ANDREW REVELS OF LA CROSSE DIED SATURDAY AFTER BEING PULLED UNDERWATER BY A BARGE WHILE HE WAS ON LAWRENCE LAKE ON THE MISSISSIPPI. REVELS APPARENTLY FELL INTO THE WATER DURING AN AFTERNOON OF INNER TUBING ON THE LAKE. REVELS WAS 27. HE WAS A BARTENDER AT BUCKY'S BURGER BARN...AND IS KNOWN FOR PODCASTING AND WRITING CHILDREN'S BOOKS.

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Law officers from throughout the La Crosse area showed up for this news conference...and so did the state attorney general.

They were present today as La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson spoke about the arrest of 40-year-old Eric Koula for the May shooting deaths of his parents. Helgeson says financial gain was Eric's motive for killing Dennis and Merna Koula. Attorney General J-B Van Hollen touted the state's assistance in the murder probe...and said D-A Tim Gruenke can't tell as much as he would like to about the case.  Gruenke says Eric Koula was interviewed more tan once about the murders, but he won't say how early Eric was considered a suspect.

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Friday - July 30, 2010 11:43 am

Sheriff And Van Hollen Talk About Koula Arrest

Law officers from throughout the La Crosse area showed up for this news conference...and so did the state attorney general.

They were present today as La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson spoke about the arrest of 40-year-old Eric Koula for the May shooting deaths of his parents. Helgeson says financial gain was Eric's motive for killing Dennis and Merna Koula. Attorney General J-B Van Hollen touted the state's assistance in the murder probe...and said D-A Tim Gruenke can't tell as much as he would like to about the case.  Gruenke says Eric Koula was interviewed more than once about the murders, but he won't say how early Eric was considered a suspect.  Dennis and Merna were shot separately on May 21st...Merna while working at her home computer, and Dennis as he was walking in the front door.  Eric called 9-1-1 three days later, claiming he had discovered his parents' bodies while checking on them. 

 

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Thursday - July 29, 2010 4:21 pm

Son Charged With Murders Of Barre Mills Couple

A suspect is arrested in the double murder of a Barre Mills couple...

That suspect is the couple's 40-year-old son. Eric Koula of West Salem is being charged with the May shooting deaths of his parents, Dennis and Merna Koula, at their rural home. The younger Koula also is charged with forgery. The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department worked with state agents to find a suspect. Sheriff Steve Helgeson has planned a news conference for tomorrow to discuss the arrest.

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Wednesday - July 28, 2010 10:15 pm

Harter Says Certain Meetings Were A Mistake

La Crosse's mayor says he wouldn't do it again...

Matt Harter tells reporters that in the future, he will avoid taking part in meetings affecting his family's waste disposal business.

Harter's comments come after a law firm concluded that he violated city ethics by meeting with the county solid waste director, and bringing his father to the meeting. He says the ethics board, the district attorney, and the state justice department to review the situation and give advice on how to avoid problems again.

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