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A Tomah man, who several witnesses said will basically do anything to get sex from women, was in a Monroe County courtroom Monday. 53 year old Mark Clay listened as Judge Todd Ziegler read off 29 counts against the man. 18 of them dealing with prostitution. The others dealing with threats, battery and drug dealing.
Prosecutors contend that over the past couple of years, Clay would offer women around Tomah sex in exchange for cash, drugs and alcohol. Police also found in his apartment, over 40 pairs of used women's underwear, that they claim Clay purchased from women in bars for up to $40 a pair. They were found in bags that were labeled with the woman's name and date he got them. Naked pictures were also found of area women, some Clay apparently paid them to take. It all came to a climax when Clay was arrested for assaulting a bartender in a bathroom at a Tomah bar recently. He's free on a cash bond.
Every local government is looking for ways to come up with additional revenue. Car fires are a place to start. The West Salem fire district could add a five hundred dollar car fire fee, pending a vote by the West Salem village board tonight. Village administrator Theresa Schnitzler says firefighters don't like the fee because they fear people won't call about a car fire until it's too late
The towns of Barre and Hamilton have already approved the fee.
Quite a mess to clean up at a downtown La Crosse car dealership after week-end vandals went after several vehicles. Pischke motors was the target this week-end for somebody with a rock and a need to vent artistically by scratching through the paint on 15 new cars and trucks. Thousands and thousands worth of damage. One car had "Go Oshkosh" scrawled into the back. A few suffered crude drawings of penises. One had initials. Another just had the word "ghouls" scratched into the paint. No suspects yet but police think the vandalism could be connected to a similar attack at a parking lot nearby.
A well meaning vet could be on the hook for almost two thousand dollars after trying to help out, what he thought was, another veteran who needed a hand. La Crosse police say a 73 year-old from Georgia was at the airport car rental place asking about veteran discounts when he was approached by a rough-looking guy who identified himself as a veteran and needed help getting a rental car. The well-meaning older vet rented the younger guy a car and put it on his credit card. Later told police he did it because it was Memorial Day week-end and knows how hard it is to deal with post-war health problems. Three weeks later, the car had not been returned. Finally found parked at the Mayo parking lot in La Crosse. Police are looking for an Onalaska man in the apparent theft.
La Crosse city hall getting bombarded by calls about garbage collection. The city's new garbage regulations are in place and many in the city are confused about what to do, apparently. Postcards detailing some of the changes will go out next week. Some of the queries right now are about garbage cans themselves. Public works director Dale Hexom tells us, in general, if you buy a can with a lid, it's probably going to work under the new rules. Also, although the rules limit size to 48 gallon cans, Hexom says a fifty gallon can will work, as long as its not too heavy. To get rid of old cans, Hexom says, just put them out, marked as trash.