La Crosse police probably could have busted John Megathy any number of times for drunk driving. That's according to a tipster who tells police he just couldn't let the 57 year-old drive around drunk anymore. So he called. And cops arrested Megathy on Saturday afternoon driving on the northside. Apparently very drunk; they say he blew a .312 on the breathalyzer.
An alert neighbor in La Crosse helped police foil a break-in this week-end. Cops say the woman called at around three in the morning about two guys prowling around next door. Police found one of the guys smoking in the front. They got a variety of answers about why the two were at the house and why they'd ripped a screen and broken a window. None of the reasons good ones. Police say the guys had some meth on them. Both 28 year-old Kao Vang and 24 year-old Matthew Symitczek got busted on burglary and drug charges.
No one wants to meet a grumpy snow plow driver on the road. Or get manhandled by a disgruntled jailer. Or get snapped at by a snarly 911 operator. But on the job morale for public workers could be an issue in some parts of Wisconsin. Because, says La Crosse county administrator Steve O'Malley, some county executives and administrators around the state will have near complete control over employee working conditions once governor Walker's controversial collective bargaining law takes effect. O'Malley says morale of employees was one of his considerations in seeking contract extensions for eight of the county's public unions. County board workers overwhelmingly approved the two year extensions last week.
This is supposed to be the biggest time of year. For basketball brackets. And vasectomies. Urologists say vasectomies spike by 50% at the beginning of the division one college basketball tournament. Actually, there's several times of year when elective surgery scheduling jumps, says Matt Kabliska, surgery administrator at Gundersen Lutheran, especially during Christmas vacation.
And, yes, Kabliska says, scheduled surgeries have gone up a bit this month. He's not sure if that's necessarily related to college basketball.
Rarely do La Crosse police get an honest evaluation from suspected drunk drivers on just how inebriated they are. But, when 48 year-old Wallace Clark failed the field tests they gave him on Friday after a stop, both he and the arresting officer figured the .08 he blew on the breathalyzer had to be wrong. Sure enough, the second try was significantly higher. Clark collected the drunk driving ticket as well as several others for everything from hit and run to having no insurance.