A La Crosse woman is in hot water for stabbing her boyfriend. Police say Ann Bolling went after her man at their place on Mormon Coulee Road early Monday morning. They say she was pretty drunk. And the victim was drunk. In fact, the homeless guy who had crashed there for the night was drunk. And cops say the 48 year-old Bolling went out for more beer after she stabbed her guy and then came back with the beer in time to get arrested. There appears to be no real clear motive for the stabbing although Bolling did express frustration that the victim was always on her to go buy more beer. Police say they recovered a 12 inch knife at the scene. There was blood, bits of flesh and some hair on the blade.
Sometimes it takes a little shove from the city council to get things done. La Crosse police say they've had several complaints from a city council member for some time about lots of stop and go traffic at a house on Denton street. Lots of people in the neighborhood also concerned and suspicious about the heavy traffic at the house. And for good reason, apparently. When police got inside, they found a small scale marijuana selling operation. They've arrested 19 year-old Rhodey Dezelske for dealing. He told police he's got about two customers a day and sells only about an ounce and quarter a month.
A steady stream of people right now heading to La Crosse economic support offices. They're applying for money to help pay heating bills. Actually pretty typical, says Tom Miller, who administers the program in the county. Miller says the typical surge in heating assistance applicants happens in October and at the end of the season when utilities can start disconnecting. Last year, the county provided state funded heating assistance to four thousand households. He expects smaller amount of heating assistance will be available to each household this year.
So, those couple hundred inmates released early from Wisconsin prisons should make a big impact on the state's budget. That was the idea, anyway, behind the early release program adopted this year as part of a budget shaving plan for the state's corrections department. But virtually no savings have been realized by the plan, says West Salem state rep, Mike Huebsch. He says all the program has done has put communities in danger from those getting released early from prison.
Huebsch also criticizes the program because the Department of Corrections doesn't have a good grasp of how many get released early, only to wind up back in the court system shortly after.
A big promotion for a former La Crosse bishop. Raymond Burke has been named a Cardinal, an announcement made this morning by Pope Benedict. Burke previously served as Bishop of the La Crosse Diocese, and later as Archbishop of the St. Louis Diocese. He currently serves in Rome where he heads the Vatican Supreme Court. As Cardinal, Burke will be among those charged with selecting the next Pope.