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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Monday - March 8, 2010 7:32 pm

Ex-banker Admits To Theft

TODAY, HE PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING MONEY FROM DOZENS OF HIS CUSTOMERS...

FORMER BANKER DON JOHNSON WILL BE SENTENCED IN A FEW WEEKS FOR THE THEFT OF OVER 800-THOUSAND DOLLARS. JOHNSON FLED THE CITY IN 1995, LEAVING BEHIND LETTERS TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAYING HE COULD NOT EXPLAIN WHAT HE HAD DONE. THE 67-YEAR-OLD JOHNSON VOLUNTARILY RETURNED A FEW MONTHS AGO. HIS POSSIBLE SENTENCE COULD BE 10 YEARS IN PRISON. FAMILY MEMBERS AND POTENTIALLY DOZENS OF HIS CUSTOMERS WHO LOST MONEY COULD ATTEND JOHNSON'S SENTENCING, WHICH HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED.

 

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Monday - March 8, 2010 1:13 pm

Red Cross Weighs Needs In Multiple Quakes

WILL THE RED CROSS BE ASKING YOU TO HELP VICTIMS OF LAST NIGHT'S EARTHQUAKE IN TURKEY?

IT'S TOO SOON TO KNOW YET, ACCORDING TO CHERYL HANCOCK FROM THE SCENIC BLUFFS RED CROSS OFFICE IN LA CROSSE. BUT SHE NOTES THAT THE ORGANIZATION HAS NOT BEEN ACTIVELY SEEKING DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF LAST WEEK'S QUAKE IN CHILE, AT THE SAME LEVEL THAT RELIEF WAS SOUGHT FOR HAITI.  THAT'S BECAUSE THE DAMAGE AND LOSS OF LIFE IN HAITI WAS MORE SEVERE THAN IN CHILE.  MORE THAN 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS BEEN DONATED FROM THE LA CROSSE AREA TO HAITI EARTHQUAKE PROGRAMS THROUGH THE RED CROSS.

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Monday - March 8, 2010 1:08 pm

Public Defender Change To Be Signed Soon

MORE PEOPLE IN WISCONSIN WILL BE ABLE TO QUALIFY FOR COURT-APPOINTED LAWYERS IN WISCONSIN, UNDER A BILL PASSED LAST WEEK BY THE STATE ASSEMBLY.

THE GOVERNOR IS LIKELY TO SIGN THAT BILL SOON. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 20 YEARS, THE BILL WOULD CHANGE INCOME REQUIREMENTS IN THE STATE WHICH HAVE KEPT SOME VERY POOR PEOPLE FROM HAVING A LAWYER IF THEY'RE ARRESTED FOR CRIMES. ROSEANN OLIVETO, AN ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLIC DEFENDER IN THE LA CROSSE-LANCASTER AREA, SAYS AREA COUNTIES WILL HAVE TO BE STUDIED TO SEE HOW MANY MORE DEFENDERS THEY CAN HIRE WHEN THE LAW TAKES EFFECT IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

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Friday - March 5, 2010 11:32 am

Appeals Denied In Smulick Murder

NINE YEARS AGO IN LA CROSSE, A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS BEATEN AS PART OF A RITUAL TO BRING ANOTHER TEEN INTO A GANG...AND THEN HE WAS MURDERED.

 

FOUR YOUNG MEN ARE STILL IN PRISON FOR THE 2001 DEATH OF JEFF SMULICK. TWO OF THEM RECENTLY ASKED A JUDGE TO REDUCE THEIR SENTENCES OF MORE THAN 20 YEARS. BUT JUDGE DALE PASELL SAYS IT'S NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO SHORTEN THE SENTENCES OF JONATHAN CORYELL AND TIMOTHY GOYETTE. ALTHOUGH PASELL COMMENDED THE TWO MEN FOR THEIR REHABILITATION EFFORTS IN PRISON, HE SAYS ANY REDUCTION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED CLOSER TO THE END OF THEIR SENTENCES. JEFF SMULICK'S FATHER ASKED THE JUDGE TO DENY THE REDUCTIONS...SAYING THE APPEAL REQUESTS ARE HURTFUL BECAUSE THEY OFTEN COME AROUND THE TIME OF JEFF'S BIRTHDAY.

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Thursday - March 4, 2010 9:35 pm

No Movie Boom In Wisconsin

THE BADGER STATE IS STILL READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP...ANY TIME HOLLYWOOD WANTS TO CALL.

BUT MOVIE MAKERS HAVEN'T BEEN CALLING LATELY...NOT SINCE A FILM INCENTIVE PROGRAM WAS CUT OUT OF THE STATE BUDGET. THE HEAD OF THE LA CROSSE VISITOR BUREAU, DAVE CLEMENTS, HOPES THE NEXT GOVERNOR WILL WANT TO RESTORE THAT PROGRAM. DAVE SAYS THE MOVIE 'FORT MCCOY' BROUGHT SOME EXTRA TOURISM BUSINESS TO THE REGION WHEN IT WAS MADE TWO YEARS AGO.

 

CLEMENTS WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED TO SEE LA CROSSE MAGAZINE DO A COVER STORY ABOUT THE FILMING OF 'FORT MCCOY.' THE SMALL-BUDGET FILM IS SUPPOSED TO BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR.

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Thursday - March 4, 2010 9:33 pm

Cold Streak Ends

THE STREAK IS BROKEN!

THE TEMPERATURE IN LA CROSSE FINALLY GOT UP TO 40 DEGREES YESTERDAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE FIRST OF DECEMBER.

THE OFFICIAL HIGH OF 42 WAS REACHED JUST BEFORE 4:30 IN THE AFTERNOON. THAT ENDED A STRING OF 92 DAYS WHERE THE TEMPERATURE IN THE CITY STAYED BELOW 40. ONLY TWO TIMES HAS LA CROSSE GONE LONGER WITHOUT 40-DEGREE WEATHER. THE RECORD OF 101 DAYS WAS SET NINE YEARS AGO.

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Thursday - March 4, 2010 1:02 pm

Zoo Working On Master Plan

OTTERS AND COUGARS AND BEARS...WHERE ARE THEY?

THE MAJOR ANIMAL DISPLAYS PLANNED FOR THE MYRICK HIXON ECO-PARK IN LA CROSSE ARE STILL ABOUT A YEAR AWAY. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JIM GALLAGHER SAYS PLENTY OF CONSTRUCTION IS IN THE WORKS AT THE PARK FOR THIS YEAR, WITH ANIMALS NOT DUE FOR LIVE EXHIBIT UNTIL THE SUMMER OF 2011.

 

MEANWHILE, GALLAGHER SAYS THE NEW ECO-CENTER BUILDING AT MYRICK HAS BEEN BUSY THROUGHOUT THE WINTER...WITH SCHOOL GROUPS AND LOCAL CLUBS VISITING. NEXT WEEK, LIVE RAPTORS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE BUILDING, AS PART OF AN EXHIBIT ON PEREGRINE FALCONS.

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Wednesday - March 3, 2010 9:50 pm

Alcohol Video Cotnest

ALCOHOL EDUCATION FOR THE INTERNET GENERATION...

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH LA CROSSE COUNTY'S COALITION ON RISKY DRINKING BEHAVIOR HAVE MADE THEIR OWN VIDEOS ABOUT THE RESPONSIBLE USE OF ALCOHOL. SOME ARE SERIOUS, OTHERS ARE SATIRICAL, BUT THEY'RE ALL ON LINE TO BE VOTED ON THIS WEEK, AT www.thebuzzstopshere.com.

 

AL BLISS OF THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THE VOTING WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY, WITH WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED MARCH 10TH AT U-W-L. AL HOPES THAT SOME OF THE VIDEOS MIGHT BE SEEN IN THE FUTURE AS PRE-SHOW ATTRACTIONS IN LOCAL MOVIE THEATERS.

 

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Tuesday - March 2, 2010 9:03 pm

No Saturday Mail?

IN MANY WAYS, THE INTERNET IS REPLACING THE POST OFFICE AS A NORMAL WAY TO COMMUNICATE...

A SHARP DROP IN THE VOLUME OF ITEMS BEING MAILED HAS FORCED THE POSTAL SERVICE TO REVIVE THE IDEA OF ENDING SATURDAY DELIVERIES. IRONICALLY, MARGE OEHLKE FROM THE REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE POSTAL SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE SAYS MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING ON-LINE TO HANDLE THEIR REGULAR MAIL, AT THE OFFICIAL POST OFFICE WEBSITE.

 

OEHLKE SAYS THE POSTAL SERVICE WILL ALWAYS BE NEEDED FOR IMPORTANT BUSINESS DELIVERIES, EVEN AS THE AMOUNT OF PERSONAL MAIL GOES DOWN.

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Tuesday - March 2, 2010 9:00 pm

Nodine Shootings Nearly Solved

 

WHO DID IT IS NOT THE MAIN QUESTION ANY MORE, BUT RATHER 'WHY' DID HE DO IT?

THE WINONA COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE SHOOTING DEATHS LAST WEEK OF MORGAN AND DEBRAH NEDERHISER AT THEIR NODINE HOME. PROSECUTOR CHUCK MACLEAN SAYS MOST EVIDENCE POINTS TO A MURDER-SUICIDE IN WHICH MORGAN WAS THE SHOOTER. BUT MACLEAN SAYS IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS TO REACH A FINAL CONCLUSION. THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THERE ARE REPORTS THAT MR. NEDERHISER WAS HAVING BUSINESS TROUBLE.

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