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Tough decisions, maybe for city leaders in La Crosse. The city wants to develop the former industrial Mobil Oil site. But many also want to tackle struggling neighborhood values. And maybe can't afford to do both at the same time, says housing expert at the UW Extension office, Karl Green
The city's been working on acquiring and cleaning up the 65 acre site on the Black River for years. So far, there's no solid plan on what to turn it into.
The overriding idea behind new regulations on garbage pick-up in La Crosse is to make things look nicer. To that end, the rules would restrict how long garbage cans could be put out. Can't leave them on the curb for a couple days. Can't sit them on the edge of the alley. With some exceptions, says city public works director Dale Hexom.
La Crosse city council votes on the new garbage rules this week.
Still some questions about how a guy was treated after a ruckus in a downtown La Crosse bar last week. Police say 26 year-old Peter Spencer got a little out of control in the bar, was doing roundhouse kicks on the dance floor, rushed the DJ, and finally was corralled by bouncers. A witness said those bouncers appeared to go way over the top in subduing Spencer. But Spencer didn't make it easy for himself, either, especially after he kicked an officer on the way to a squad car, leading to a much more serious charge than the one he was facing for the bar scuffle. Spencer was booked into jail after getting released from the hospital this week-end.
Police figure they've got a pretty good lead on a home break-in this week-end in La Crosse. Cops say someone climbed through a window at a house next to Weigent Park on the near southside sometime over the week-end. They do have some footprints in the snow under the window. They've swabbed a bit for DNA inside. But, probably more compelling is a wallet they found under the window with a driver's license inside. They've listed the owner of the wallet as the most likely suspect for the break-in.
A woman in La Crosse had to go to the hospital for bite wounds this week-end. Apparently a victim of a very jealous Melanie Fife. They say the 44 year-old Fife drunkenly confronted the bite victim at Fife's boyfriend's place. The two women fought. Fife broke a window, pulled the other woman's arm through the window and bit it. Fife herself suffered cuts from the broken glass. They say she blew a .17 when they brought her to jail.