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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Tomah Standoff Ends With Surrender

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Police in Tomah have seized several firearms from the house of a man who was arrested after a standoff early today.  The Combined Tactical Unit of Monroe County responded to Alan Pisarek's house after getting information that Pisarek was drunk and armed.  He's a convicted felon.  Pisarek gave himself up after speaking on the phone with negotiators, and was taken to jail to face possible charges.  The arrest happened in the 14-hundred block of Butts Avenue in Tomah.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Bomb Squad Detonates Pipe Bomb in Sparta

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Sparta Police Chief David Kuderer said that over the weekend there were four separate incidents involving suspicious minor explosions in the city which likely were from fireworks, so didn't want to take any chances on what was found Monday morning. Kuderer said that around 8:00 a.m., a garbage man found a pipe bomb in front of a home on Julie Avenue. After notifying police, several homes near the device were evacuated as a precaution.A bomb squad robot shot the end of the device off so they could look inside the tube. Their investigation continues into the incident. No injuries were reported.

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Kind Says Trade Bill Comes With Benefits

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On Friday, Congressman Ron Kind voted to pass Trade Promotion Authority. Kind also voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance, which did not pass. KInd says both bills give our workers and businesses even more wind at their backs to do what they do best: imagine, invent, build, and sell goods made in America to the rest of the world.  

 

Kind says the passage of Trade Promotion Authority is simply the first step in the process that gives President Obama the same authority every President since Franklin Roosevelt, except for President Nixon, has enjoyed. The House of Representatives passed the authority bill but failed to reauthorize Trade Adjustment Assistance.   Another vote may come this week.

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Accused Perpetrator Free to Teach Class

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A La Crosse man accused of sexually assaulting a minor has been released from jail...which means he'll be able to teach a class at U-W-L next week.  University chemistry professor Paul Miller was given a signature bond of 10-thousand dollars in court on Monday.  Miller is facing a second-degree assault charge.  A criminal complaint is expected tomorrow.  In order to avoid going back to jail, Miller has to avoid contact with anyone under 18, except for his own family.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Special Olympics Torch Relay Stop in La Crosse

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It was just two weeks ago when the annual Torch Run for the Wisconsin Special Olympics went through the La Crosse area.  Tonight, an even bigger torch relay in honor of Special Olympics will be celebrated at Copeland Park.  The Unified Relay Across America began just after Memorial Day, and is taking three separate routes through the U-S, according to local Special Olympics volunteer Kerry Gloede, all starting at various points to the east.

The Flame of Hope arrives at Logger Field for a ceremony at 6 p-m.  The three relays will end at Los Angeles in early July for the start of the Special Olympics World Games.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Wisconsin Planning for Expected Return of Bird Flu

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In Wisconsin, the state ag department is taking a pretty easy going approach to the summer season in dealing with this year's avian flu outbreak.  But winter's coming.  And so, they expect, will the flu.  Back to possibly take another shot at poultry farms and factories.  Wasn't bad in Wisconsin this spring, says state vet, Paul McGraw; just 10 farms affected out of a possible 19 thousand.  McGraw acknowledges that, while Minnesota had most of the nation's flu oubreak cases during the spring's northward wild bird migration, it could be Wisconsin's turn when migratory birds start to head south in the fall.  

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

New Rule Restricts City Hunting Bans

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Part of a budget bill for the Wisconsin DNR would also keep cities from banning bow hunting within city limits. 

 

 

The measure is buried in between one that gets rid of class B bear licenses and another that creates a funding source for a marsh education center.  it prohibits city ordinances that ban hunting with a bow or a crossbow.  While many cities will be affected, La Crosse is not.  Hunting is allowed on the hundreds of acres of lands annexed into the city that were originally acquired by the MVC.  Limited bow hunting is also allowed within the La Crosse River marsh.  

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Monday - June 15, 2015 12:00 am

Dive Unit Gets OK for Isle la Plume Building

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A breakthrough for the La Crosse County Dive Unit with the city of La Crosse. After several weeks of inaction, the city's board of public works today has agreed to lease a space on Isle la Plume to the volunteer group. The space will allow construction of a big building from which the unit can stage. Currently, the group has gear in storage in various donated spaces around the county. The new building will include space from city fire department water response gear, as well.

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Monday - June 15, 2015 12:00 am

Riverfest Eyes Construction Warily

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Not only will the next few months of construction on Second street in La Crosse frustrate workers in that area, but an upcoming festival could be impacted as well.
 
Nick Bjerke with Riverfest says he's well updated on what's going on with the construction that began last week.  He says fortunately there's still a couple of options open for visitors to get to the park during the fest but the road work, he says, is very concerning. 
 
 

 

Riverfest begins on Wednesday July 1st and goes through Saturday July 4th at Riverside Park. 

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Murder Cases in Jackson County Today

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A couple of homicide cases are set to come before a Jackson County judge today.  Dreama Harvey is scheduled first in Jackson County court this morning.  Harvey was arrested this month, for allegedly supplying the heroin that killed Dustin Bahr on Valentine's Day.  Bahr was found dead at an apartment in Black River Falls.  John Cook also has a hearing today.  Cook is charged with stabbing a woman to death during an argument at a Black River Falls dog park.  

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