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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Friday - November 12, 2010 1:08 pm

Hit-and-Run Driver Caught In Legal Dilemma

A convicted hit-and-run driver from La Crosse is stuck in a legal "Catch-22"...

Rhonda Boardman cannot qualify for an earned release from prison until she has served three years for contributing to the 2008 traffic death of pedestrian Billy Harter. Her sentence is exactly four years. The catch, according to La Crosse D-A Tim Gruenke, is that Boardman can't be released if she has only a year or less left to serve in prison. So, her only hope for earned release is for her date of eligibility to be moved ahead. Gruenke says the defense request to have Boardman qualify sooner will be heard in court on November 29th.

 

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Friday - November 12, 2010 12:33 pm

Danger In Energy Drinks

Alcohol and caffeine is a hazardous combination, that's becoming easier for young people to get...

Washington State is banning the sale of the 'energy drinks' that are popular on college campuses. Gundersen Lutheran dietitian Marisa Pruitt in La Crosse says putting caffeine and alcohol together can lead easily to binge drinking, because caffeine suppresses the feeling of getting drunk, and alcohol suppresses the effects of caffeine.  Pruitt says she hasn't seen many cases of Gundersen patients becoming ill on energy drinks. But, she has seen studies showing 31 per cent of U.S.teens consume those energy drinks. 

 

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Tuesday - November 9, 2010 7:08 pm

Crouton Factory Getting New Owner?

The future of La Crosse's downtown crouton factory is unclear, now that a big bread company is buying some bakery holdings from Sara Lee.

The deal between Sara Lee and Grupo Bimbo, worth nearly a billion dollars, was announced yesterday. Sara Lee is the latest owner of the bakery that has operated on Cass Street for decades. Tim Kabat of Downtown Mainstreet Incorporated is happy to have the factory in the central city, although its location next to Cameron Park may not please everyone.

Grupo Bimbo is based in Mexico, and already makes familiar American products such as Thomas's English Muffins. Bimbo reportedly is interested in expanding its U-S operations.

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Many people living in Wisconsin will get to vote in two elections this week.

Besides today's balloting for state and national offices, an election for president of Hmong clans in Wisconsin is happening on Saturday. Houa Vang of Sheboygan, an organizer of the first-ever vote, says a clan council president can help settle domestic disputes in Hmong families instead of calling in local government.  Until now, the president of the Hmong group in Wisconsin had been chosen by a well-known Hmong leader. Voting in the La Crosse area will be done at the Hmong Cultural Center on Ward Avenue.

 

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Tuesday - November 2, 2010 11:40 am

Charges Could Be Filed This Month in Holmen Crash

The decision is getting 'closer,' we're told...

The Wisconsin Attorney General's office may announce in a week or two whether charges will be filed because of a fatal car crash in Holmen this summer. A La Crosse County deputy and a high school student collided on Highway 35 late at night, while the deputy was heading to a police call in a squad car. The student, 16-year-old Brandon Jennings, was killed. Deputy Trisha Stratman was placed on leave for several weeks after the crash, before returning to office duty.

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Murder, plus burglary, plus car theft...

Jackson County has filed more than half-a-dozen charges against the suspect in the October shooting death of Terrance Stoen. The most serious charge against 23-year-old Aaron Powers is first-degree murder. Powers is suspected of killing Stoen during a burglary, and then stealing his pickup and cell phone. He had both the phone and the truck when he was arrested days later while camping in Juneau County. His bond remains at a million dollars cash. An evidence hearing is planned for early January.

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Tuesday - October 26, 2010 12:29 pm

Too Early To Know If Bliss Road Can Reopen

Could Bliss Road be reopened to one lane traffic?

Many people living in the town of Shelby hope the answer is 'yes,' but the La Crosse Public Works Department says it's too early to know. Assistant public works director Tony Hutchens says a consultant will check out the road up Grandad Bluff on Friday. And Hutchens adds that it's still up to the city council to decide whether the road should ever be reopened after frequent landslides. The town of Shelby is offering to pay for a traffic signal that could regulate one-lane traffic on Bliss Road.

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Tuesday - October 26, 2010 11:46 am

Boscobel Calls Off 4-K Because Of Winds

At least one school district in western Wisconsin is changing its plans because of high winds moving through the region...

The Boscobel schools have called off 4-year kindergarten for this afternoon, because of windy conditions.

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Monday - October 25, 2010 10:22 pm

Shelby Offers Signal For Bliss Road

People could be driving on Bliss Road today...if the city of La Crosse would allow it.

Shelby town chair Lynnetta Kopp told town residents last night that one lane of traffic on the closed road up Grandad Bluff can handle traffic. So she has proposed putting a temporary traffic signal, paid for by Shelby, on Bliss Road so it can reopen.

 

So far, no answer from Mayor Matt Harter or other city leaders. Some of the Shelby residents at a town meeting last night accused La Crosse of 'blackmail' and trying to pick their pockets to pay for a road entirely within city limits.

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Monday - October 25, 2010 12:26 pm

Jury Chosen For La Crosse Priest Abuse Trial

It didn't take long to choose a jury in a sexual assault case involving a priest serving in the La Crosse Diocese...

Jury selection for the trial of Father Edmund Donkor-Baine lasted less than two hours. Those jurors will begin hearing testimony tomorrow, on charges that Donkor-Baine had sexual contact with a woman he was counseling in a divorce. The woman says she complained to police after church officials took no action against the priest, who's visiting from Ghana. She claims the incident happened in a parked car more than a year ago.

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