La Crosse police won't have much problem linking a 26 year-old guy to a burglary of a downtown ice cream shop this week. They caught Nathan HOlmes pretty much red-handed on the roof of the Pearl after, they say, he nailed the store's cash box for hundreds of dollars. They think he's the guy that hit the same ice cream store last week for several hundred bucks. He's also a suspect in three other burglaries. Now, police are putting out feelers among business owners downtown to see what else Holmes may have been up to; they're looking for info on his activities over the last three weeks.
Farms in the area will be well represented at the Farm Aid event in Milwaukee this week-end. Arcadia-based Organic Valley is sending busloads of farmers to the 25th anniversary Farm Aid benefit concert. The 120 farmers won't be hard to identify; they're all wearing T-shirts that say either "who's your farmer?" or, "I'm your farmer." The concert will be held on Saturday at Miller Park.
Two thousand bucks for a dog? That's how much a Viroqua woman values her terrier mix. Which makes the loss of the dog a pretty tough one. Woman says the dog disappeared from her car while she was at Menard's in La Crosse yesterday morning. Figures someone stole him. Says he looks like Toto, from Wizard of Oz, and answers to the name Dickens. Good find for the thief, apparently; Dickens works as a therapy dog. Police say, no suspects yet.
A young boy reportedly was hurt in an accident on the Torchlight Parade route in La Crosse Thursday night...
Sources report that the boy, about eight years old, was run over by a vehicle in the Gillette Street area around the time the parade was starting. He apparently had arm and leg injuries. City police could not confirm whether the vehicle was taking part in the parade, but the parade was stalled for several minutes because of the accident.
A guy police busted this week in La Crosse might not be unbreakable. But he appears to be Taser-proof. Cops had to chase down 26 year-old Bruce Finch after he threatened to shoot a northside bar owner and then did a drive-by at the bar while cops were posted outside. They say he was Tased by two different cops and given some drive stuns to the leg. All to no effect. Finch faces a list of charges, including one for fighting the cops and one for head-butting the bar owner.