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Being number four at something can be a pretty good achievement...and so it is for the La Crosse area Boy Scouts.
The national Scouting organization ranks the Gateway Area Council as the fourth-best council in the U-S, based on a set of several criteria. Local director Sean Henneman says he knew the La Crosse scouting program was good...but didn't realize it was rated so close to the top.
The Gateway Council has a high retention record...meaning about 70 per cent of the local boys who enter Scouting stay in the program for many years.
He admitted he was 'caught red handed' selling drugs in La Crosse...
Now, Jamario McKnight is scheduled to be sentenced this July on drug charges, following a plea hearing yesterday. McKnight and a second man were caught in a police sting in the Copeland Park area. He was charged with delivering cocaine and possessing marijuana. McKnight is from the Chicago area, and told La Crosse cops that he came to western Wisconsin after being told local buyers pay 'good money' for drugs.
Changing the oil and dumping it in the street? Don't do it. The city of La Crosse is warning against dumping into the city's storm sewers. The storm sewers run directly to the river and pollutants go to the Mississippi untreated. Along with obvious prohibitions against dumping oil and other very clearly toxic substances into storm sewers, the city's rules against dumping also include soap of all kinds, human bodily waste, and lawn clippings.
A wanted man, captured. La Crosse police have been looking for Frederick Lomprey IV for weeks. He's suspected of being responsible for several burglaries in the city. Last night, cops spotted Lomprey riding in a car on the northside, stopped the car and then chased Lomprey down when he took off on foot. Among the crimes Lomprey is wanted for are a couple of rip-offs in which he apparently targeted some friends and took their electronic equipment, presumably to pawn for cash.
A La Crosse man pleads 'not guilty' to an attempted holdup at a north-side business...
Michael Wilken will be scheduled for trial, but his attorney says he and the D-A are working on a negotiated plea. Wilken has told police that he wanted money to buy heroin. He's accused of threatening the owner of the Olde Towne North Pet Store with a knife, but the owner chased the robber away by threatening to hit him with a board.