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Police in La Crosse have been concerned about the growing use of heroin within the city...
But the drug also is finding its way to rural areas. Five persons from the Galesville area now face charges of possessing or delivering heroin, following two separate drug busts on Friday. The La Crosse County sheriff's department was among the outside agencies brought in on the searches by Trempealeau County. At least two of the suspects have past drug arrests on their records. One of them, Joshua Wittenberg, arrested in the town of Gale search, was convicted last year for drug possession, and spent some time in jail.
Country music star Toby Keith has rescheduled his Fort McCoy concert that was supposed to Thursday night, August 2nd. Keith will be undergoing a minor medical outpatient procedure next week and will reschedule his appearance at Fort McCoy for August 30th. Tickets purchased for the August 2nd performance will be honored for the new date, no exchange necessary. In addition, Fort McCoy will still host Gretchen Wilson with special guests at next week's August 2nd concert at Fort McCoy. The Beer garden opens at 3 pm and the concert starts at 7 pm. This concert will be free and open to all. No ticket is necessary to attend.
When Kong Vue goes to trial in La Crosse for the Sara Hougom murder, tapes of police interviewing him will be allowed as evidence.
That ruling comes today in court, despite arguments from Vue's attorney that cops pressured his client into a confession and would not let him leave the interview room. Attorney Mark Lawton questioned the police and special agents today, to show that they coerced Vue into admitting that he shot Hougom. But Judge Todd Bjerke says he also saw the tapes, and did not find verbal pressure or coercion on the part of the cops. Kong Vue has told police that he shot Hougom when he went into her apartment to steal a purse. Vue's uncle, Pao Choua Vue, is also charged in the murder, and he goes on trial in late August.
A local Winona college student is still hospitalized after sustaining injuries in a car accident.
A selection commitee at Mayo Health Systems has chosen a new Chief Administrative Officer. Former C.A.O. Ron Paczkowski announced his retirement earlier this year. Joseph Kruse will take over the reigns starting September 4th.
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Kruse says that he wants to help the health system grow and focus on improving the quality and cost of care that Mayo Clinic Health System provides.